Brussels Sprouts For One-and-All

Brussels Sprouts For One-and-All

For a camp cook who takes pride in his or her work, few rewards are as sweet as the smile on a face of a diner turned from being a “hater” into a “lover”—as in “I love Brussels sprouts … the way YOU make them!”

A Good Scar

A Good Scar

I tried yelling again. “Help! Help! HELP!” At the top of my lungs I screamed it. Nothing! I forced myself to calm down and think, “If you’re going to get out of this, you need to figure it out.”

Sporting Chef Scott Leysath’s Wild Duck Recipe with Mushrooms & Sesame

Sporting Chef Scott Leysath’s Wild Duck Recipe with Mushrooms & Sesame

Chef Scott Leysath came up with this recipe on the fly in a strange camp kitchen with ingredients on hand. It’s simply one of the best duck preparations I’ve ever tasted … and I eat a lot of duck!

Video Under the Big Pine … The Real Deal

Video Under the Big Pine … The Real Deal

Though for the most part we’re not big on tech under the big pine, we did make a TV show there once. This piece reflects on homecoming hunts, and sharing wisdom from the Waldo Gang Camp.

Savory Sweet Tater Dutch Oven Casserole

Savory Sweet Tater Dutch Oven Casserole

Sweet sweet potatoes are great, but these versatile veggies are too often overlooked as the foundational ingredient for savory side dishes. I enjoy them with a little zing now and then.

A Moment of Silence … PLEASE

A Moment of Silence … PLEASE

The greatest allure to soloing in wilderness endeavors is the complete control over one condition most lacking in our world – silence!

Listen To Your Guide

Listen To Your Guide

Every call my guide made on the mountain was the right call. He was patient in listening to my pleading, but stood firm in his decision. In the end, listening to the guide accomplished one of my life’s dreams.

When You Have Time to Spare: Try These Braised Short Ribs in Ancho Chile Sauce

When You Have Time to Spare: Try These Braised Short Ribs in Ancho Chile Sauce

Braising is perfect for Dutch oven cooking because it means cooking low and slow. The beef melts under your spoon, and don’t forget to ladle some of that juice over a steaming piece of fresh cornbread.

Isaac: Trek to King’s Mountain

Isaac: Trek to King’s Mountain

By J. Wayne Fears

The next best thing to living the mountain man’s life is reading about it. A great story can take you away to live in your imagination what can no longer be experienced. That’s what great books do!

Take Your Place Under the Big Pine

Take Your Place Under the Big Pine

UndertheBigPine.com is a hunting camp with the tent flap open. Come on in … coffee’s hot on the stove … there’s a simmering pot of chili, too. I hope you’ll find it warm, welcoming, and a place you’ll visit often.

A Tree for Jesus

A Tree for Jesus

by J. Wayne Fears

December brought a different kind of hunting to our little homestead on Tater Knob. As Christmas approached, my brother, Doug, and I knew the day would soon come when our parents would …

How to Camo a Gun with Mossy Oak

How to Camo a Gun with Mossy Oak

With Mossy Oak Graphics, you can do a professional camo job on your shotgun or rifle in about half an hour. It will last long enough to qualify as Lifetime Gear if you want it to, but removes easily and with no residue if that’s what you want!

When Hunters Wore Neckties

When Hunters Wore Neckties

It’s rumored neckties were invented as foul weather gear for hunters and anglers. Fact or fiction? I don’t know, but you’ll enjoy this nostalgic YouTube video from Avery Island, LA ca. 1939; they wore neckties to open duck season!