The Turkey Woods- A Special Place

Early yet in the first week of New York’s spring turkey season. It is an annual pilgrimage each year at our household like so many others. As mentioned in an earlier blog post, family health issues has taken center stage and supersedes even the most ingrained rituals one might have. With myself and one of our daughters cleared from…

Turkey Reaping & Decoying- Unsafe? Irresponsible Danger? A Review…

Three years ago I penned my thoughts on Turkey Fanning, Turkey Reaping which has gained popularity by hunters and prominently shown on many Outdoor TV shows. The list includes some long-time veterans of the outdoor industry which I find surprising as most of those labeled with such a moniker have gotten there by being careful, conservative in their actions.…

Turkey Hunting- The Scheme Of Things

I dedicate this to my all my turkey hunting buds, my tribe of gobbler chasing fools. Truthfully it also applies to my tribe of whitetail chasers, running pals, tri geeks, and so on. It pertains to all of us who so passionately live lives of great purpose, of our maker, our choosing’s, of our insanely…

Poachers, Trespassers, and Thieves On Borrowed Time

In surfing the outdoor online forums, chat rooms, and social media sites, it is apparent that we have some cleansing of our ranks to do. The days of being too slick, too sly to be caught poaching, breaking game laws, trespassing and stealing  may soon be made less commonplace. In short, a message to such…

The Hunter, Blaze Orange? It’s The Golden Rules That Matter

With the news of a female hunter in Caledonia, NY succumbing to a fatal gunshot wound to the abdomen during a deer drive yesterday afternoon, it is cause for a visceral reaction. Her name has not been released, and with due respect, not disclosed. Sorry if I appear to be a chauvinist. My reaction to…

For The Love Of The Hunt

As an exercise of thinking out loud, to convey a collection of thoughts, please take my observations as a very personal perspective of my passions that I care so deeply about and in some ways define us and our roles in the natural world. It is not all inclusive nor singularly about me, as from many of your…

A Whitetail Season Opening Day- Final Season… Almost

Opening weekend of the Southern Tier whitetail firearms season is now in the books. Judging from social media posts, there are a lot of happy hunters out there. I’d say the taxidermy business might have a good year also. It is a bit odd for an opener that has gone from t-shirt weather to near…