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Childhood wonder

“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...]

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...]

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...]

FREE e-book & Nebraska hat tutorial

"In Pursuit" - FREE E-BOOK

I've got nothing but good things to offer today! First, my new book, "In Pursuit: Devotions for the Hunter and Fisherman," is being offered on Kindle today for free. Yeah, I said "free." I know... I'm with you... in fact, I'm more shocked than you are. I don't know how anyone can do this and still make a living. But, alas, it's still true. Just click this link and you own gold. Sort of.You can pick up an e-book at any of these great booksellers: Christianbook, Amazon, and Barnes & … [Read more...]

“Thanks, Farmers!” – From Sportsmen

Man on the Run: Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize The Best Things In Life

I think many sportsmen are farmers at heart. They’ve simply missed their calling. Think about it: farmers love being outside, alone with their thoughts. They live for overcoming weather, equipment, and wildlife. And they find a great satisfaction in providing food for themselves and others. Is that not the same soul of a sportsman?This past fall, on a crisp, breezy November afternoon, I sat in a tree stand along a cut bean field. Across my field, on the other side of the road, a seasoned old … [Read more...]


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