Fly Away Home

The dawn broke early.

A week prior at this time, I was just crawling out of bed to go through the same routine that I had just endured for the last hour.But that trip was prior to the annual “falling back” event for the clocks, and this one was after.[…]


Boat speed can be tough to figure

A reduction in your boat’s cruising speed while your engine is turning its usual number of revolutions can indicate problems. Crud growing on the hull, a leak allowing water to collect in the hull and propeller damage can all cause a speed reduction and waste today’s high-priced fuel.[…]


Hope for the Hopeless

The birds turned at the blat of the call, pinwheeling in flight and heading straight for the spread of decoys set just outside the blind. They stayed slightly out of shotgun range and made a pass by the setup, continuing on behind the hidden hunters[…]


Opening-Day Doozies

The state’s public lands offer diverse duck-hunting experiences, but having success is far different than at any duck club in existence. For one, permanent blinds generally aren’t permitted, and that makes for a lot more work.[…]


Slime Sloppers

That 10-foot surge of salt water from Katrina over our marshes wasn’t enough it seems. As lagniappe, this year we get a low river and drought — just in case some grass might have even thought about growing back.[…]


T-Minus-8 Bucks

“When a big, old buck shows up, you’ve got about 8 seconds to get on him and pull the trigger.” I first heard that theory amidst the smoky, chilly air around a deer camp fire pit.[…]


Welcome Crowds

Aaron Toups had laid claim to the stretch of woods around him by nestling in his tree stand long before the first rays of dawn vaulted over the horizon, but he saw something that would make most hunters cringe as the forests around him brightened.[…]