Outdoors in the Ozarks
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What I am fixin’ to tell you now about a fascinating bird, is not what I learned from the ornithology professors in college and what they taught about the great blue heron, it is from what I … more
A collared dove came up to visit Lightnin’ Ridge yesterday. My wooded ridgetop is of little interest to him as far as a nesting site. Mourning doves fly up here and feed on bird-feeder seed … more
Night fishing under submerged lights has supplied me with some great fishing memories and stories. I thought the other day about the great fishing Bull Shoals Lake had produced back when I lived in … more
Rock bass are to Ozark flowing streams what crappie are to reservoirs. Creel census figures show that they make up the largest percentage of fish caught and fish kept by stream fishermen in the … more
I love the outdoor life I live because all day long when I am on the river or exploring the woods, I see spectacular things that remind me that God is still in charge somewhere, though those places … more
I have decided that turkey hunting and life in general have a great number of similarities. For instance, sometimes in life, striving for the goal is more enjoyable than reaching it and accomplishing … more
I hunted wild gobblers for 50 years… but no more. The first hunt I went on was in the Ouachita Mountains in 1970 at a place called Muddy Creek WMA with an Arkansas Fish and Game biologist by … more
Here is your chance to get a free turkey call and eat a free fish dinner. Last December I started trying to help an old country church to get going again. It is the Brown Hill country church a … more
I was on the river last week the day before the storm, all by myself. I fished for a couple of hours without seeing a fish. For this late in the spring’s beginning, the water was very cold, as … more
At the University of Missouri, the science classes had the best of instructors. My college advisor was a mammalogy instructor by the name of Dr Campbell. The man came to despise me because of several … more
I got a call this morning from a dairy farmer who says there is a bear hanging around his barn that sends his dairy cows into a panic, and they won’t even go into the barn to be milked. He says … more
I hired Nancy Smith Lynn a year or so ago to work with advertisers for my magazines. She owns a farm near Mt. Grove, Missouri and is a nice lady who does a whiz-band job of what she does for me, but … more
I learned something about skunks recently. I drove from my home to Bull Shoals Lake in North Arkansas last week, then up to Texas County and eventually back home to Lightnin’ Ridge here about … more
I was out in the woods about a week ago and I heard a familiar sound high overhead, the call of wild geese. There are not a lot of people who hear specklebelly geese and recognize the fact that they … more
This should make you laugh… a letter I got from Butch Stone, a grizzled old veteran outdoorsman from the Ozarks who makes his own bows and arrows and hunts successfully with them. He … more
A real life naturalist is a man who has lived his life in the woods knows and sees and feels things that he knows the modern world will not understand Men who call themselves ‘Master … more
I bought a Keurig coffee maker at the Walmart store in Houston, Mo., in December and it quit working a little more than a month later. Got to where it wouldn’t make more than two ounces at a … more
They are coming, and believe me, nothing seems to slow them down. They are non-native birds known as black vultures… an evil plague on the Ozarks. Black vultures are compact birds with broad … more
During very cold and vicious winter weather, wild creatures need much more food than they need during the mild stretches that we love to see. The acorns that were as thick as I have seen them in … more
I went to work at the pool hall one afternoon, straight from school. Ol’ Jim and Ol’ Bill were there and they could tell I was pretty despondent. I was 13 years old and had just got my … more
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