What do you do when a bull shark swims 2 feet from your child?

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You make a movie about it, of course!Our family vacationed in Florida last week, and one afternoon while I sat on the beach watching my fishing poles, a 6-ft. bull shark (likely) swam within 2 feet of my 13-year old daughter and her 5-year old cousin. The shark came in looking for a dead fish. Someone had cleaned a pompano and thrown the carcass back into the ocean. My son had discovered the fish and, of course, was using a sand flea net to try to pick it up. Bull sharks can smell one drop … [Read more...]

Midges, Scuds, and Nymphs (Taneycomo VIDEO)

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"The fish and I were both stunned and disbelieving to find ourselves connected by a line." - William Humphrey in The Armchair Angler I’m not a fly fishing guru. I usually learn something new each time I enter a fly shop or watch a YouTube video. Most of what I’ve learned about the sport has come from a couple friends, Scott and Jason—these two experts (my label, not theirs… they’d hate that description) have patiently fielded my questions about the anatomy of trout streams, the diff … [Read more...]

Do kids need batteries to have fun?

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“In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy: a place distant from the adult world, a separate place." - Richard Louv I helped out with a summer camp a while back. About three hundred children from Nebraska and Kansas met at Timberlake Ranch Camp for a week of canoeing, shooting bows, and running a ropes course. The campers and leaders share the space with about a hundred deer and about twice that many wild turkeys. A few days into the weeklong camp, I had supper with one of the ca … [Read more...]

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...]

Fathers, Don’t Blow the In-the-Home QTR

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As we approach Father's Day, here are a few thoughts on the importance of being an active, engaged dad during the "in the home years." We never get them back.Excerpt from "Man on the Run" by Zeke PipherThe Most Important QuarterA man may get seventy, perhaps eighty years, on this earth before his last sunset. The time that our children live under our roof, needing us to wrestle, tickle, discipline, snuggle, bait hooks, and do the hundred other things dads are designed to do, lasts … [Read more...]


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