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Fungus Among Us

Fungus Among Us

The woods are quiet during the early parts of the calendar year. Quiet, but not dead. Hikes are peaceful during these months; the insanity inducing buzz of buffalo gnats is replaced with emollient whispers of winter. The chilled breeze strikes remaining leaves of deciduous trees, an adventurous chipmunk unwraps a white oak acorn and the […]

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February 1, 2017 | By More
Proselytizing

Proselytizing

You don’t wake up one morning and decide to become an evangelist. It’s an organic progression that stems from emotion and something more, something deeper. An energy grows within until it reaches the limits of containment and pours out of you. Everything you say and do is unconsciously linked to the energy. Even if you […]

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December 1, 2016 | By More
Experience and wisdom ain’t the same thing

Experience and wisdom ain’t the same thing

Wisdom about shot selection and blood trailing is a product of experience. I’ve made a lot of bone-headed mistakes which more than qualifies me to tell folks what not to do. The problem is I thought all my bad judgments, in regard to archery shots and trailing deer, were behind me. But no, I made […]

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November 1, 2016 | By More
The Tarantula’s Worst Nightmare

The Tarantula’s Worst Nightmare

Something dark and heavy was picking its way through the frostweed blooms. The copper colored wings and curled antennae added beauty as well as menace to its form. It placidly fed on nectar along with one of its cousins, a thread-waisted wasp. The thread-waisted wasp was dwarfed. This burly midnight-blue beast was easily as long […]

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October 1, 2016 | By More
Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Throaty hoots of a great horned owl echo through the trees as I swig the last lukewarm coffee and gently close the truck door. Hunting license — check. Shotgun — check. Pocketful of shells — check. Apple and water bottle — check. Keys slide into a front pocket and into the dark woods I go. […]

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September 1, 2016 | By More
The Science of a Sunset

The Science of a Sunset

Red sky at night Sailor’s delight Red sky in the morning Sailors take warning This ancient rhyme is so old that it predates the Bible, but did you know it has a scientific explanation? Why do red skies at night indicate calm seas, while red skies in the morning forecast squalls and stormy weather? To […]

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August 1, 2016 | By More
Little Lives of the Creek

Little Lives of the Creek

My first memories of a creek trace back to Hacker’s Creek. Hacker’s is a transition for water draining from semi-spirited rapids in the Ozark hills to the somber brown might of the Arkansas River. Topography is the deciding influence for a creek’s personality, and Hacker’s reflects the gentler rolling hills and long stretches of flatland […]

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July 1, 2016 | By More
CWD and Politics

CWD and Politics

As an avid deer hunter and enthusiast of all things wild here in The Natural State, the recent findings of CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) positive elk and deer near Ponca and now three other Arkansas counties including Pope concern me. I’ve Googled “CWD” more times than I care to count over the last few weeks. […]

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June 1, 2016 | By More
Tagged Out

Tagged Out

Every Arkansas hunter knows what the phrase “tagged out” means. Arkansas game laws require deer and turkey to be tagged when brought to hand. The process involves removing a tag from your hunting license, filling it out with the appropriate information (time and date of kill, sex of animal, hunting zone, etc.) and then affixing […]

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May 1, 2016 | By More
Something New Yet Familiar

Something New Yet Familiar

I did not know any fly anglers while growing up here, in the River Valley region of Arkansas. I read about them in the pages of Field & Stream and Sports Afield. I read advice from this guy named Lefty and another fellow named Wulff, but my fishing heroes drove fiberglass boats and threw the […]

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April 1, 2016 | By More