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Groundhog Day: Woodchuck as Chuck

In tribute to Groundhog Day, this is a story about groundhogs, otherwise known as woodchucks or whistle pigs. They got their whistle pig nickname...

A Simple Day in the Deer Woods

In the waning days of muzzleloader season, I decide to take a day trip to Owen County. As I pulled onto the property, before...

Small Woods Deer Hunting – You’re Doing It Wrong

The vast majority of Hoosier hunters are limited to a small woodlot, but that doesn’t limit success if you start planning for the next...

Take Dad Hunting

There have been volumes written and even more spoken about the positive merits of introducing children to our outdoor traditions. But aren’t we missing...

Blaze Orange Makes Safety Sense

While it’s natural to assume animals see, hear and have other senses identical to humans, they don’t. Try eating an acorn from a black...
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Waiting for Deer Day

This appeared in the author's Out in the Open newspaper column: By the time you read this, I will be safely nestled somewhere under an...
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Losing Deer

This fall has been interesting, at least in regards to a good number of conversations I’ve had with some who have different opinions on...

The Mission is Possible!

I don’t often write “two parters” for this column, but last week’s topic demands a follow-up. To recap, last week I explained the math...
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Honor the hunt, not the Hunter

I’ve never been one to watch much television but during the hunting seasons I do catch a few hunting programs. Through the years there...

“How’d I miss?” Shot-spotting for Shotgunners

“How’d I miss?” It’s a common question for shotgun shooters whether at the range or in the field. Obviously, you shot too high, too low,...