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Decoy Toys

My first dove decoys were made of cardboard and inspired by a bird watcher.

A neighbor lady had placed cutouts from a bird magazine on tree limbs around her feeder to attract songbirds — and it worked. On the ground beneath her feeder, she also placed a photograph of a mourning dove, pasted to a cardboard backing. […]

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Sign Language

Robert Clay’s instructions were clear.

“Walk down this road, and you’ll come to a flagged stake,” he said. “Pass that up, and you’ll see another flagged stake. Follow the Bright Eyes from that stake to your stand. It’s in a big willow tree overlooking a dry lake bed. There’s a big buck that should cross there and walk on the trail in front of you and hopefully right under your stand. He’ll come out right before or right at daylight, so be ready. Good luck.”
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Pack ‘n Play

It was as though the animal had popped out of the ground, as deer are seemingly apt to do in food plots.

I had been staring at the empty field for minutes that felt like hours. Nothing. […]

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2003 Duck Forecast

Many Louisiana waterfowlers had hung up their waders and packed their decoys away long before the end of last year’s hunting season, disgusted with the paltry opportunities to kill ducks. […]

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Worth the Wait

As a youngster, I devoured my uncle’s outdoor magazines. He was a chemical engineer, a machinist, a shooter and a gunsmith — and I hero-worshiped him as only a kid can. A patient man, he catered to my incessant questions pestering him with queries about guns, hunting and every other aspect of the shooting sports I could think to ask about. […]

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The Final Count

Deer hunting isn’t really about racks. Well, it isn’t all about antlers.

There’s meat, enjoyment of nature and the thrill of outsmarting one of God’s greatest creations.
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Coastal Killers

“There’s somebody back there!” Eddie hissed, spraying me with whiskey spittle as he pointed a gloved finger behind the duck blind. “I’ve been hearing them all morning.” His eyes were wild. His lips quivered. “SEE!….. Hear THAT?!” […]

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Rice-Field Rabbits

The dictionary defines instinct as “a complex, unlearned, adaptive response to some situation or experience.”

A rabbit hunter defines instinct as “a necessary impulse by which your brain forces your hands to raise your shotgun to your shoulder and pull the trigger in the direction of a lightning-fast furball before said brain has fully even realized there is, in fact, a rabbit in your field of vision.”
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