Are overprotective parents HURTING their children?

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Last week, my 11-year old son asked if he could use my 18-inch chainsaw to clear dead trees out of our shelterbelt. In the deepest voice he could muster, he stated, “I’ve got that little hatchet you gave me, Dad… but it’s not quite cutting it.” (Not sure if the pun was intended.) One of [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 [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 [Read More...]

Bowhunting Apologetics

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I’m a bowhunter because… …sitting in a tree, knowing that anything, or nothing, could happen at any moment invigorates me. …it gives me the chance to participate directly in the cycles of life and death to which all of creation is subject, and on which all of nature depends. …it is satisfying to provide healthy [Read More...]

Country living and the birds out back

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“O LORD, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures.” – Psalm 104:24 (NLT)   Jamie and I sat outside on our back patio one evening last week and watched a variety of birds visit our feeder. We also have a [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 [Read More...]


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