Chasing Spring Bear

I had to admit, the plan had definite appeal.  The old logging road would provide a high ground vantage point overlooking the dense forests of southeast Lane County.   A fifty yard section of road provided several viewpoints from which a number of grass-covered...

Preview of Blogs to Come

As one ages, certain aspects and altruisms of life become more abundantly clear.  As an example, there is an inverse relationship between the enjoyment found in a given activity and the free time in which to indulge in same.  No man ever lamented about spending too...

Thompson/Center NorthWest Explorer

There is something truly therapeutic about a day at the range.  Whether it is the paring of one’s focus from the myriad trappings of modern life down to the simple fundamentals of marksmanship or simply the act of being outside, a range day never ceases to exert...

Coyote Day Trip

The look pasted upon both of our faces was nearly identical.  The appearance of comfortable contentment was, in a flash, replaced with mild panic.  And the cause of the transition between the two states should have been obvious and expected, as clues had been present...

Bone Collector Benchmade Blade

I am a rabid fan and user of Benchmade blades.  Though I almost exclusively use Gene Ingram fixed blades for breaking big critters down into more convenient, portable sizes, you will never catch me without some form or fashion of Benchmade clipped inside my pants...

Firearms Safety, Every Time

As is often the case, it is tragedy which makes us revisit those fundamental rules designed to, ideally, prevent it.  Sadly, it is the untimely, accidental passing of a Brother Warrior that motivates me to pen (or type, as the case may be) some thoughts on firearms...

North American Rescue Casualty Response Kit

I’ll admit this is not generally the most popular topic to broach.  Most people seek out blogs for their flowery presentation or the benignly informative content therein.  They are looking to be regaled with stories of fantastic hunts past or how to plan same. ...

The Girlie Gun

I am not sure I was able to wipe the smile from my face during the entirety of the trip home.  After one day afield with a rifle chambered in Hornady’s .17HMR, I was sold. I am generally a purist when it comes to taking game.  That is, I’m much less about...

Another Season Passed

As Scott and I looked out over the sunny marsh, I knew the season was over.  The season had been ended by neither the predetermined end date set forth by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife nor by the closing of the given area in which we hunt.  As we sat in...

Hunting Dogs: The Ultimate Hunting Buddy

Spend any amount of time around me afield and you’ll likely hear me exclaim, “I like my dogs better than I like most people.”  And there is a fair amount of truth in the statement.  Even as nothing more than unpurposed pets, dogs are readily capable...