The Story of the Big Little Bear

The Story Of The Big Little Bear

I’ve killed a bear. Just one. And it wasn’t very big. Actually, even inserting the word big into the previous sentence doesn’t seem right because it causes one to think that there was some bigness to the bear. There wasn’t. Unless, of course, you are telling your one and only bear story to your almost five-year-old just before bed. Then the bear is big.

“Hey Bud, wanna hear a bear story?” I ask before leaving his side.

“Yeah!” he says as he picks his head up off his pillow in the darkness of his room. He’ll listen to anything in order to delay bedtime, so I oblige.

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The Woodpile Woodchuck

The Woodpile Woodchuck

Woodchuck, Vermont, Grilled Woodchuck

This woodchuck had tormented me for weeks. Ever since I received the text that said a woodchuck had been spotted at the office, I’ve amounted to next to nothing. His stomping grounds were within sight of the window next to the printer, and I made an above average number of trips to it to see if I could catch Woody out basking in the sunlight. He was a wary critter – the type that make the hunt challenging and drives a guy insanely unproductive. Twice before he had avoided certain death, but not this time. Not this time.

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My Strategy for This November

My Strategy For This November

Rifle Season November

Just the other day I was looking at my work calendar and I noticed I didn’t have any appointments scheduled for the month of November yet. I realize we are still seven months away (ONLY SEVEN MONTHS?!?!?!), but I think about this month every day of the year. It’s an important month for deer hunters as I am sure you know.

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Presidential Food Plot Debate

Presidential Food Plot Debate
Clinton, Trump, Sanders and Cruz. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Clinton, Trump, Sanders and Cruz. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The other night I had a nightmare that I was forced to interview the top remaining politicians in the race for the presidency on national television. Naturally, I asked them hunting related questions. Keeping the discussion focused is tricky with this bunch, but I was able to glean enough solid responses from our conversation on food plots that I am willing to share with you today. Let's dive right in.

Me: Mr. Trump, planting food plots is a common hunting practice today. How do you feel about them?

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Take Heart, The Woodchuck is Out!

Take Heart, The Woodchuck Is Out!

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Just the other day, my wife and I were sitting in the Woodstock, Vermont, Maplefields Convenience Store reliving a day spent together. She was beautiful, her glowing eyes staring back at mine while holding her fresh cup of coffee on the table between us. The moment hung in time until three older men sat down at the table next to us and began talking. “Well, the woodchuck has been out for two days straight now,” one man said to the other two. After overhearing that I was a mental disaster. Visions of hunting the little devils clouded my ability to carry on a conversation with my wife and my trigger finger started twitching uncontrollably with each passing vision.

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