Recent Journal Entries

As my daughter Beth and granddaughter Madison followed me down a long, mesquite-lined sendero in the dark, I was figuring out where to set up to call in a Rio Grande gobbler at daylight. We hadn’t walked very far before an owl hooted and the trees resonated with loud gobbles not 200 yards from us. Rapidly we moved in towards the birds, but as I peered around a leafed-out mesquite ...

Based on the weather forecast, day two was to be sunny and clear, but the mountaintop was pounded by a snow storm overnight, making for some unforgettable scenes of snow-covered pine and partially exposed rock, especially while the sun was out. But it didn’t last long as the fog returned, blanketing the mountains for the rest of the day. Dropping down into the valley visib ...

For the third time in three years, my wife Jan and I returned to the beautiful mountains of Spain to hunt ibex with our good friend and owner of Caza Hispanica, Vicente Gil. The nine-hour flight on Thursday, March 12 from Dallas to Madrid tempered our excitement a bit, but the anticipation to hunt elevated once again on the comfortably short flight from Madrid to Almeria located on ...

The annual outbreak of tradeshow season has dawned upon the outdoor industry. An array of business ideas, streamlined marketing approaches, and networking cast beams of brilliance, creativity, and imagination throughout the public and companies alike. I recently returned from the 2012 ATA show in Columbus, OH, where an assortment of incredible businesses introduced new and inspirational produ ...

Turkey season is right around the corner.  There is no better time to start thinking about spring. Now is when I start getting my calls together and picking out new ones. I love trying out new box calls, practicing my mouth calls and scouting in the woods. My oldest son is eight and he also enjoys chasing turkeys.  Over the next few months, I will spend a fair amount of ti ...

I never thought I would be that interested in a Diesel truck until I drove the plush 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 HD. There is no question that driving around in a diesel truck has some draw backs...most notably the cost of fuel, but that is the only drawback I could find. There is however, a huge upside to driving the Sierra 2500 HD. It has extreme power so regardless if you want to pull ...

When I was a kid, one thing I looked forward to more than almost anything else was the local fur auction. A fur auction is the place where all the local trappers would come to and sell the furs that they had harvested from the previous fall. Stepping through the doorway of the local conservation club where the auction was held was like stepping back in time. The air was filled with th ...

The only thing comparable to a hunt itself is the anticipation for the next quest, and there’s no place better to investigate future hunting opportunities than at the annual Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas each February. The convention represents the ultimate rendezvous for the outdoor enthusiast searching for that next outdoor adventure. It draws sportsmen from t ...

After enjoying a wonderful Christmas with my family, I crossed the Rio Grande for a second time on the 27th of December. This time, however, was a little different as I would not only be filming some of the largest antlered whitetails in all of Mexico, but hunting a particularly good buck I had spotted on my first excursion but failed to get a good estimate of its age. Arriving late ...

Over the last 11 years I have been privileged to spend two weeks in Old Mexico pursuing and filming some outstanding whitetails. And I do it with some very special friends who love big whitetails every bit as much as I do. My annual trip began on December 11 when we crossed the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass into Piedras Negras at mid afternoon, and by dark we were enjoying mouth-watering nacho ...

Since September, I have logged 48.6 hours in a helicopter conducting game surveys throughout South Texas, seeing a total of 5,197 deer composed of 2,154 bucks, 1,765 doe, and 1,278 fawns, equating to a fawn survival of 72% and a sex ratio favoring males with 1.2 bucks per doe. One of the collateral benefits of conducting aerial inventories is the opportunity to view some ...

Christmas is almost here.  Chances are you may have a bowhunter on your list who you are still shopping for.  Below are a few great items  any bowhunter would be pleased to see underneath the Christmas tree.  Heck.... buy one of the items for yourself!  THE UNO ARCHERY APP   If you are into archery, you need to check out the UNO ...

Each December, Mathews Archery holds a Retailer Business Show in the Wisconsin Dells. At each show, Mathews and their licensees show off the latest and greatest bow gear. This year, Mathews and other companies unveiled a wide variety of new products that bowhunters everywhere will be putting on their must have list. MATHEWS NO CAM HTR You can’t talk about the Mathews Retailer Show without talkin ...

For most of us who own trucks, we own one for many reasons. I have a truck because it makes hauling my hunting dogs around much easier when I can keep them in the back of the truck. I have a truck because it is the perfect vehicle to take on a hunting trip. I can cram a lot of gear in the back of a truck. Many outdoorsmen have a truck partially because of the cool factor that comes ...

On August first, my second day of floating the Yellowstone, began around 9:30 a.m. when my guide Ashby Bell launched his drift boat above the town of Livingston in Paradise Valley. We were now fishing through some of the most beautiful country in the world. Flanked by the snow-covered peaks of the Absaroka Mountain range on the east and the Gallatin Range to the west, it’s like fis ...

With my fly line on the water’s surface, I focused on the chubby chernobyl attached on the tippet as it floated effortlessly in the current downstream along the bank just ahead of the McKenzie drift boat within which I stood. Suddenly a hungry rainbow exploded at the surface and the fly disappeared; with one swift flick of my wrist, I was playing a 17-inch rainbow trout as it fought ...

 Over the last four days of our safari, we simply relished the opportunity to view the diverse array of wildlife inhabiting the region while looking for a tsessebe, which were extremely rare on this concession. On the seventh morning, we spotted one black rhino but had little luck in capturing it on film as the iconic species vanished into the jess as swiftly as an impal ...

While traversing the jungle roads in search of fresh buffalo spoor on the cold, cloudy morning of our fifth day on safari, William and I spotted a hyena not far off into the jess. Traveling some 80 yards before we got Brent to stop could have been a problem, but the curious predator exposed himself long enough for me to take my second hyena. Collecting a hyena to me is a relished e ...

The sound of two tons of nothing but brute force exerted by two bulls vying for a command over the other could be distinctly heard not 40 yards from us. But the dense Mopani forest relinquished no view of the gladiators. It was the third day of our safari, and we failed to find buffalo spoor in the morning fresh enough to warrant pursuing. The evening, however, was different, as we ...

Buffalo in the Lowveld of Zimbabwe Day 1 After entertaining 20 hours on three airlines, I was more than ready to plant my feet onto the tarmac of the J.M. Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on July 9. Two years ago, the terminal was simply a corrugated metal-roofed structure, but it had a facelift and now exuded a more modern design. Actually, I preferred its forme ...
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