Outdoors in the Ozarks
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I encourage old time turkey hunters to refrain from buying a turkey tag this spring and hunt them as I do… with a camera. I just don’t want to kill any more gobblers. I have killed them … more
The decline in wild turkey numbers over the past ten years is due to many things. The main cause takes place next weekend, the youth season, what one hunter has referred to the weekend best used to … more
I wrote about some things awhile back that some folks questioned. One column concerned skunks and someone hoorahed the idea that skunks carry rabies and therefore there is liable to be a rabies … more
Mont Cleary was not well-liked. Folks said he had killed a man in the 40s after a poker game on the river by pushing him over a bluff. Argis Blackfern was a good old boy that everyone in the … more
It was two o’clock in the afternoon before we got to the lake, and it was up a little but not much. The water was just a little murky, but there was still a few feet or so of visibility in it. … more
Jerry McCoy, who is one of the best north Arkansas guides, especially for White River trout, will be at our swap meet on Saturday with all kinds of antique and modern fishing gear and antique lures. … more
All through the fall hunting season, those of us who love to hunt waterfowl prayed for rain.   The one thing you need for great duck hunting is plenty of water, and we just didn’t have it. … more
A strange thing is happening out in California, where people are starting to live in caves. If you remember, I wrote about my grandfather and I staying in caves on the Big Piney River in the 60s. We … more
For most of two hours, the little beagle had struck trail after trail, and hotly pursued a half dozen cottontails in circles that wound around broamsedge, cedar thickets and patches of briar and … more
When I am hunting and fishing now I am almost always alone and I have conversations with myself. Some say that when someone does that, it is an indication that they are crazier than a pet coon, but I … more
The last few days of deer season are tough. Those final days for me occur at the close of the ‘muzzle- loader season” when whitetail deer are almost finished with the ‘rut’ … more
Doc Dykes was a frequent visitor to the pool hall in 1963. He was quiet and good humored, plagued with petit-mal seizures on occasion. Doc Dykes was a chiropractor, and likely as educated a man as … more
All through the history of the earth, (and I am talking about tens of thousands of years back) there has been ‘climate change’ on earth. If you want to call it that… I don’t. … more
I turned eleven years old in October of 1958. When we floated the river in November that year I just sat in the front of the old johnboat, peering over the front of the blind, wishing I could hunt … more
I continue to talk to Enforcement Chief Randy Doman of the Missouri Department of Conservation and try to pass on what he wants hunters and fishermen to know. I stress to many who doubt what I … more
I’m sure you remember old Ed Bradbury and Maggie, you haven’t been gone that long. Years ago we ducks on the slough over on the back of Ed’s farm, where you go to floundering around … more
The people in North Arkansas are upset about the new proposal to make the Buffalo National River a ‘Park Preserve.’ Congress is being urged to do it because it would open it up to … more
I keep track of all the birds I have seen on this wilderness ridge where I live and there is a huge list after living here more than 30 years. Several are very rare. The rarest of all showed up about … more
The other day I crossed the Roubidoux River and thought about Lane Davis. Lane was the longtime owner and editor of the Houston Herald newspaper and he hired me to paddle him down the Roubidoux, … more
There’s an old model ‘97 Winchester pump shotgun hanging on my office wall. It is old and scarred, a long-barreled relic from the good old days of my boyhood. In the fall, when the Ozarks … more
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