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A Gun Named ‘Meat In The Pot’

My dad died the day after I wrote last month’s column, a rambling piece about outdoor memories I titled First Deer, Last Deer.  We knew his passing was coming, and it seemed to be coming on quick that week. And I’m sure that’s why last month I was so sentimental about outdoor memories and how…

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First Deer, Last Deer

There are memories so clear, so vivid, it’s like I’m right there once again. The outdoors can do that. I think that’s part of the reason why some people get so caught up in hunting and fishing that it becomes a major part of their lives—a primary part.  Someone who has spent time hunting and…

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YouTube Is The Latest Tech Company Hammering Hunting

A crisp, beautiful 50-degree morning, certainly a most welcome greeting to this day. About halfway out the gravel road, a nice buck trotted across the road, head high and proud. My first thought? I hope my neighbor or his son is sitting in a stand down that hardwood draw with bow in hand.  My next…

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Reconnecting At The Outdoor Blast

The internet has been a fascinating experiment, with usefulness we couldn’t imagine 20 years ago. Your clothes dryer stop working? Just type the make and model into an internet search engine, choose between several step-by-step videos that pop up—my go-to is some dude in Ohio—and you can actually become your own Maytag repairman. Trust me,…

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Answer To Crime Surge Certainly Not More Gun Laws

I sat down this morning to write about the pride I feel about this issue of GON. Duncan Dobie’s story about Papa Bland… another gem by a fantastic storyteller who continues to produce an everlasting chronicle of Georgia’s outdoors. There’s Ronnie Garrison, cranking out another Map-of-the-Month article, pure gold, not just because of the info but…

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Inflation Slams Corn, Lumber And GON

Tight supplies, high demand—a perfect recipe for skyrocketing prices. Looking to build a new box stand overlooking a deer feeder? Pump the brakes on that idea. In less than a year, the price of lumber has increased 380%, and corn prices have jumped 145%. Lots of deer feeders are slap empty right now because of the…

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Fact From Fiction, And The Role Of Bias

If you saw a series of 200 photos of a mature whitetail buck getting nipped and bitten for hours by two coyotes until it was killed, what would you think? It might depend on what you already think. We all have an innate, basic human nature to form beliefs and then to search out tidbits…

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Talking Turkeys: Just An Anecdote

Let’s talk about turkeys. Again… I can’t tell you how many times over the past five years I’ve talked about this goofy looking critter. I love turkeys, and I love hunting them. Every good turkey hunter I know has spent more time than they’re probably comfortable with being questioned by me about turkeys. Do you…

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Moderating Free Speech

Moderation is powerful and important in life, whether we’re talking about how many times you return to the breakfast buffet, partaking in your libation of choice, or when you are publishing, which is what you’re doing every time you post something on the Internet. Should someone be allowed to moderate what you say or write?…

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Problems With Social Media

I’m that guy who gets a message on Facebook and might see it four weeks later—and by might I mean maybe and probably not. You are better off sending smoke signals than “hitting me up” with a social media message. There is lots to dislike about social media, but what’s happening now is dangerous. Remember…

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