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Learn to Manage the Machine…

A half-rotted maple stump lurked in dark shadows. Elk moccasins whispered over brittle oak leaves, parallel to a doe trail that followed the spine of a narrow strip of land between two impenetrable thickets. A backcountry woodsman stalked tree-to-tree. A … Continue reading

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A Key Underlying Premise

A downy woodpecker rapped three notes, “Tat-a-tat-a-tat.” Two followed, then three again, then two… An unseen cardinal called to the east, off by the isthmus that divides the nasty thicket. “Tsu, tsu, tsu, tsu” was its four-note song. After a … Continue reading

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“…in case I miss…”

Stars faded. To the east, a warm orange glow back lit the dark shapes that lined the hardwood ridge. A serene silence marked the calm that greeted first light. The air smelled clean and fresh and cool, invigorating to one’s … Continue reading

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A quiet “maybe…”

“Grrr…Rrrreerrr…ssskkktttt…” A growling, spitting protest filled the darkened glade. “Rrrowwl…ssskkttt…urrrr…” The second outburst sounded defensive. Three rounds marked the wilderness altercation between two unseen raccoons, then the forest returned to a divine, pre-dawn silence. A solitary mosquito buzzed about; the … Continue reading

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A Joust Among Wilderness Tenants

Seventeen wood ducks winged low. Lavender and orange backlit a dark tree line as the three groups pulsed back and forth to the southeast. Two stragglers flew overhead, just beyond the Northwest gun’s effective distance. Oak leaves took no notice, … Continue reading

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“…knowing their guns were not loaded…”

Dense fog shrouded the doe trail. The air smelled thick, humid, and almost sweet, like drying corn. Water pattered down from tall oaks and short witch hazel bushes. Elk moccasins splashed the night before’s raindrops that clung to sparse, pale-green … Continue reading

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“Pigeon River Arrival”

“Snapshot Saturday”

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Our Own Historical Version of Eden

Pesky deer flies failed to dampen that morn, in the Year of our Lord, 1796. Sunlight spears penetrated through the lush canopy, scattering splotches of light hinter and yon upon the forest floor. The aroma of spring greenery and dry, … Continue reading

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