Category Archives: Wilderness Classroom

“Never say never!”

A finger flipped twice. “Arrkkk…ark,” again the gravel-mouthed hen uttered two soft tones. The finger traced an imaginary line indicating the doe trail that wandered into the red cedar trees. The west face of the hogback ridge, just up from … Continue reading

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Following the Guidance of my Hunter Heroes

Windshield wipers thumped side-to-side. About Wapakoneta, Ohio, I considered turning back. A quick glance at the odometer and some simple arithmetic dispelled that folly; I was half way to Friendship, Indiana, and my first visit to the National Muzzle Loading … Continue reading

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A Cold Shudder…

Thorns tugged at a trail-scarred buckskin leggin. A single claw caught, but broke away from the purple stem. The raspberry switch swung free, then caught in the thin grass. Elk moccasins whispered on as the earthen doe trail wandered deeper … 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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Delivering Another Fatal Message

A fair measure of black powder trickled down the bore. The joyous stench of the last shot hung all about; white smoke drifted overhead. Nimble fingers rolled two, dry, brown, red oak leaves, both with their stems broken off, into … Continue reading

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It’s All Based on Experience

Grayed, brittle branches offered scant cover. That red cedar tree toppled eastward many winters before; a heavy wet snow uprooted it. Back then the boughs were thick and lush and provided a formidable palisade. A few judicious whacks with a … Continue reading

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A Structure for Learning

A readers note: This story deviates from my usual convention of warning you a kill is eminent with a “Kla-whoosh BOOM!” placed toward the end of the tale. As you will see, the nature of this story leaves no alternative… … Continue reading

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“Behind, Not in Front”

“Snapshot Saturday”

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