Beards & boys – SD late season pheasant hunt

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I wrote a post last week about taking my son hunting & fishing. (Btw, it's always interesting to see how hunting & fishing posts draw strong support... AND fire. Bristol Palin - who, as you know, comes from a great, outdoorsy, Alaska family! - shared my post on her FB page, and then fielded several anti-hunting comments. Here's one below.) In the same vein as my last post, I wanted to share a video of Aidan's first pheasant hunt. In the first week of January, we went to South Dakota with … [Read more...]

Fatherhood, hunting, and fishing… too brutal to go together?

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"I do hunt, and I do fish, and I don't apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing."  - Norman Schwarzkopf I started thinking about being a dad when I was in high school. Fatherhood... what could be more rewarding? Nothing.My earliest thoughts of spending time with my children always included the natural world. From about 1oth-grade on, I envisioned teaching my kids about the great outdoors through camping along the Niobrara River, hiking in Colorado, taking nature walks along th … [Read more...]

Driven By Dreams – Men Living Well

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Excerpt from Man on the Run:Dreaming is easy. The challenge lies in choosing the best dreams. In Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald recounts a conversation he had with his father. “Years ago my father suggested that one of the great tests of human character is found in making critical choices of selection and rejection amidst all of the opportunities that lurk in life’s path. ‘Your challenge,’ he told me, ‘will not be in separating out the good from the bad, but in grabbing the bes … [Read more...]

Setting A High Bar For Future Suitors

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Listen up all you grade-school boys, in about ten years, you’re going to need to bring your A-game. I’m dating my daughters and setting a ridiculously high bar for you to clear. I’m calling them on the phone to ask them out. I’m buying them pink carnations, sunflowers, and roses. I’m opening doors. I’m asking them questions and showing interest in their answers. I’m buying their meals. And at the end of the night, I’m thanking them for giving me the gift of their time.Consider this a friendly … [Read more...]

Slaying Dragons and Eating Peas

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What my nine-year-old son hears: I’m going to be gone for about a week…so you’re the man on the house, Son. You’re the one to slay the Kraken if he’s released in our neighborhood. You’d better sharpen all your weapons, lay them out on your bed, and be ready to use them. If someone breaks into our house, you’ll need to be the one to disarm him, render him helpless, and pin him to the floor with your ever-growing biceps until the police arrive. Do all this…and you’re the one who will be crowned Ki … [Read more...]

Book Giveaway: “Man on the Run”

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We’re giving away a signed copy of "Man on the Run: Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize the Best Things in Life!"Please leave a comment below for your chance to win! On July 13 at noon (EST), we’ll pick a name in a random drawing from all eligible entries received and send you an email notification if you are the winner! Limit one (1) entry per person; NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C. who are 18 or older as of da … [Read more...]


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