To the guy with the gun out the window

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There are hunters... and then there are guys with guns in pickups. These are very different categories.A couple years ago, I encountered a guy with a gun in a pickup. It was an hour after sundown on a crisp December night, and my son and I were outside, talking with our good friend Mike. (Mike is also the landowner of the property I hunt.) All three of us jumped. My son grabbed my pant leg and squeezed. A single rifle shot exploded from the road, about a 1/4-mile from the driveway leading … [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...]

Slow Down, Log Off, And Mourn

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If you’re like me, you’ve been trying to keep up with everything happening everywhere, as commented on by everyone. All of us care deeply about what happened in Newtown. All of us care about how the family and friends of the victims are doing. All of us care that our nation responds in helpful, productive ways. It is human to care, and we are human.But none of us can process the amount of information we receive in one hour on Facebook, Twitter, and the various news and blog sites we follow. O … [Read more...]

Is Your Sign Language On Safety?

You know we’re confused about the human nature and where evil comes from when we have a problem with a three-year-old deaf child who signs his name in a way that looks like he’s pretending to hold a gun. (The boy's name is Hunter, so the sign for his name involves a gun-like motion. Click here for the story.)I’m sorry, but this is silliness amped up on steroids and run amuck.Don’t misunderstand me. I’m for the enforcement of existing gun laws. I’m for background checks and waiting periods … [Read more...]


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