The Little Girl Who Follows Me

The Little Girl Who Follows Me

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.

Pa Needed Another Dog – Conclusion

Pa Needed Another Dog – Conclusion

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.

Pa Needed Another Dog – Part Two

Pa Needed Another Dog – Part Two

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.

Pa Needed Another Dog – Part One

Pa Needed Another Dog – Part One

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.

Stout Venison Stew Is Comfort Food

Stout Venison Stew Is Comfort Food

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!

Hope and a Future

Hope and a Future

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.

The Stories You’ll Hear Under the Big Pine

The Stories You’ll Hear Under the Big Pine

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.

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!

Conditioning & Care of Your Cast Iron

Conditioning & Care of Your Cast Iron

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.

A Powerful Whiff of Granddad

A Powerful Whiff of Granddad

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.

Bubba’s Simple Smoked Pork Shoulder

Bubba’s Simple Smoked Pork Shoulder

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!

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!

Run Rainey, Run: The Little-Bitty Book That Launched a Great Big Career

Run Rainey, Run: The Little-Bitty Book That Launched a Great Big Career

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.”