By Kevin Tate
Sometimes we go … kid fishing on a pier or pond bank, baiting with worms or crickets, watching a cork dance for a while, then picking flowers or playing in the dirt.
Dad grabbed my upper arm and squeezed, then gestured to the back. He wanted Gunner up front by him. The dog sat on the floor between his withered legs and melted into Dad’s lap.
One more chance for the old man to see a young dog tearing up the cover, doing the very thing it was born and bred to do. I couldn’t deny him that opportunity after all he’d given me. The ticket would be worth it.
The only thing better than cherishing the memory of a great dog’s lifetime of hunting, is the memory of two great dogs shared by father and son. A three-part story of passing the torch and sharing its light.
from Scott Leysath.
As with all great comfort food, this venison stew is delicious with fork-tender chunks of meat the first night, and the leftovers are even better the next day!
by K.J. Houtman
A simple credo: Don’t skip church, find your gift, and share it with others. This is profound, something that will withstand the test of time, perhaps this is all the guidance we should need.
There’s always an open seat at the campfire Under the Big Pine. If you want to set with us a spell, these are the stories, banter, lore, and whoppers we’ll share. Yours are welcome, too.
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!
For those who enjoy camp cooking in cast iron, pre-seasoned cast iron is the greatest invention since … well … cast iron! Yet even the finest pre-seasoned cast iron requires maintenance.
By Brett Miller
Powerful, vivid memories are triggered by smells. When the author inherits a gun cabinet from his grandfather, opening the door for the first time uncorks a deluge of scented memories.
A caution about serving this in camp. You’ll need to stand late-night guard over the cache because, guaranteed, you’ll have guests attempting midnight raids—it’s that good!
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!
Pointing at the book, I shouted, “Dad, Dad, Dad! This is what I want to do!” He was justifiably puzzled … When he grasped what I was talking about, he looked up at me and sincerely, seriously said, “Okay. Then just do it.”