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Answered Questions

Answered Questions

I used to think the surest way to attract expert opinion was to pop the hood on my truck. Then I started tying flies. To be fair, I asked for the criticism… sort of. I posted a few photos of my feeble fly tying attempts on social media. As everyone knows by now, social media […]

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December 1, 2017 | By More
Meditating on the hunt

Meditating on the hunt

It was that distinct big hound bawl booming up from the hollow that got my attention. The sound rolled over top of the choppy beagle barks and brought my focus to the mountain bench below. Gripping the shotgun, I focused every bit of my ten-year-old awareness on that Ozark bench and waited as plumes of […]

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November 1, 2017 | By More
Oh deer

Oh deer

I’d never killed a September deer before, but at 7:57 a.m. on September 27 a mature whitetail doe lay expired at the end of a short blood trail in the Ozark Mountains of Newton County. Yep, the same Newton County that’s nested a Chronic Wasting Disease outbreak in Arkansas. The specter of eating an infected […]

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October 1, 2017 | By More
Just a little Buffalo River

Just a little Buffalo River

I’ve been griping about rained-out local creek smallmouth fishing all summer long. The high waters made fish tough to find and often posed a wading hazard. But just an hour’s drive north, the crystalline cool Buffalo National River flowed under more normalish summer conditions. Ever since the fly rod — an elegant tool for a […]

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September 1, 2017 | By More
Late boneset: A fragrant  late-summer pollinator favorite

Late boneset: A fragrant late-summer pollinator favorite

The flower in all of these photos is late boneset. It goes by a few other names — lateflowering thoroughwort, white boneset, and late-flowering boneset. It’s scientific name is Eupatorium serotinum and it’s a member of the aster family. Late boneset is a native plant, common in pastures, forest openings and along roadsides throughout the […]

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August 1, 2017 | By More
Wisdom fell from the trees

Wisdom fell from the trees

Something in the tall grass had Rudy’s full attention. He was locked on point like a bird dog for a few seconds before springing into the air with that decidedly canine pounce – arched back and front paws extended – so typical of coyotes and foxes when they’re hunting rodents. I should clarify that Rudy […]

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July 1, 2017 | By More
It’s not a sport

It’s not a sport

Bullfrog tadpoles are big, easily fat as my thumb and a little longer. They’re obvious while resting on a pond’s mud flat or among the rocks in a tumbling creek. They wear the typical cryptic olive-brown camouflage you’d expect to see on an aquatic creature that can easily slide down any number of gullets, but […]

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June 1, 2017 | By More
Slow indeed

Slow indeed

Water and air were indistinguishable in the 90 percent humidity. Gills or lungs, it seemed like either could work on this side of the lake’s surface as I stepped into the canoe and paddled across the small channel. I had beat the local bass fishing crowd but just barely. Headlights drew down on my quiet […]

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May 1, 2017 | By More
Silent Wing

Silent Wing

Midnight death on silent wing, Melding of shadow and Moonlight beam. Sentinel wrapped in wilderness old, beautiful savage of Mysteries untold. Saffron globes with obsidian holes, Probing for flesh Far down below. Inquiring voice singed with lonesome tone, Whispers terror to whiskered ones Clear to the bone. But the questions you ask eternal and now, […]

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April 1, 2017 | By More
Through my veins

Through my veins

“So what do the creeks mean to you, Johnny?” The question caught me off guard. I’d never tried to verbalize my thoughts about the local creeks and rivers in such a direct manner. I knew how much I enjoyed the small moving waters in my life, but putting that into encompassing terms was not something […]

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March 1, 2017 | By More