One Moose of a Challenge

“Dennis,” my guide whispered in my ear, “I think you’re going to have to go in on him on your own. He doesn’t seem to want to budge, and none of my grunting, cow-calling, or brush-raking has succeeded in getting any response from him at all.” I could hear the frustration in Eric’s [...]

One Moose of a Challenge2020-07-06T08:58:48-06:00

The Bowhiking Chronicles #091518: The Errant Bow

You’ll often hear me mention that I usually hunt alone, and when I decide to bring someone along it often spells trouble. In my adult life, the only consistent hunting partner that I’ve ever had, is my best friend since almost birth. But life has a way of shifting things around and it [...]

The Bowhiking Chronicles #091518: The Errant Bow2020-06-29T12:01:51-06:00

Turkey Fooling Whitetails

In the early 1970s, when I started hunting whitetails in Nebraska (we didn’t have them in Colorado then), I was hunting them on the ground as I did mule deer here in the high mountains. It didn’t take me long to find out that everyone I knew who was taking good whitetail bucks [...]

Turkey Fooling Whitetails2020-06-26T09:06:00-06:00

The Bowhiking Chronicles #051519: Bear Shafted

Raise your hand if you consider yourself a diehard, through-and-through traditional bowhunter. Also raise your hand, if you’ve found that any time you try to deviate from the creed…things have a way of going south. Well, I’ve come to find that in the thick and steep country where I live and hunt, walking [...]

The Bowhiking Chronicles #051519: Bear Shafted2020-06-17T08:08:17-06:00

The Challenge

The blacktail doe appeared from below and behind my stand, a new approach. It was the last day of the season and does are legal in the deer de-emphasis unit where I live in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. I dropped the string! Such was the season a year earlier. By the end of August [...]

The Challenge2020-06-08T08:27:48-06:00

Medicine Bow Buck

He stared at me, straight through me it seemed, as I crouched in the soft undergrowth, nearly in fetal position gripping my longbow behind a primitive blind made of dead sticks and pine bough tips. The odd mesh of sticks and pine needles may have seemed a bit strange to him, but more [...]

Medicine Bow Buck2020-06-02T15:11:08-06:00

“Ayuh…Fiberglass!”

It was a hot, humid, early July morning in 1981. I was 13 years old and spending the week with my grandparents on their farm in southern Maine, and had just returned from the stock pond with several large bull frogs. I was cleaning my game on the front lawn, which still was [...]

“Ayuh…Fiberglass!”2020-05-18T08:49:43-06:00

Lucked Out

Bowhunting with a traditional bow is tough. Add a baby and it’s even tougher. Yes, I know how crazy that sounds. I’m fairly new to the world of traditional archery, having hunted just four deer seasons with stick and string. I’ve been pretty lucky for the most part, filling tags every year and [...]

Lucked Out2020-04-29T15:02:41-06:00

Stay All Day in the Turkey Woods

I have always been a stay-all-day hunter when it comes to turkeys. Due to my ability to comfortably stay in the woods after the peak gobbling time in the morning is over, I have on several occasions carried a gobbler out of the woods during the middle of the day. The odds are [...]

Stay All Day in the Turkey Woods2020-04-15T17:29:14-06:00

A Crazy Stalker

“Are you nuts?” my buddy, Dave, asked. It was not a rhetorical question. I got the impression that he was legitimately concerned about my mental health. He did not smile and was obviously waiting for an answer. I had just informed him that I was planning to stalk turkeys with my recurve. No [...]

A Crazy Stalker2020-03-16T06:47:13-06:00