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Don't Fall - But Don't Leave Yourself Hanging When It Comes to Safety and Treestands

Note: A shorter version of this article ran in my Sept. 26, 2019 outdoors column in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star newspaper. Deer season is coming. You have friends and family who care about you. So, please, quit taking shortcuts when it comes to safety as you hunt from treestands. I readily admit to taking shortcuts when I was younger, but some close calls of my own and the experiences of friends who had harrowing, life-threatening experiences reaffirmed that treestand safety is paramount. Spend enough time in the woods and you see it all. I’ve seen ladder stands that haven’t been maintained for years, with brittle, moss-covered ratchet straps. Some ladders are hyper-extended with slip

Got Turtles? Then You've Got Soup! Try Just a Spoonful (as my Gram used to say)

Turtle soup is considered a delicacy is some regions, served in some of the finest restaurants as well as backwater bistros. I first had it nearly 20 years ago, on a trip to Louisiana’s Cajun Country, specifically a restaurant in Abbeville. Like any food you taste for the first time, I had a little apprehension with that first bite. But it sure smelled good. Recalling my grandmother Eleanor’s sage advice to me as a youngster, I slurped in a spoonful. I emptied the cup in a couple minutes, wishing I had ordered a bowl. Subsequent restaurant tastings proved equally fine, but I had never prepared it at home. That recently changed when my wife Maria returned from a visit to her Louisiana home wi

Uruguay Mixed Bag Hunt Delivers Hot-Barrel Shooting, Exquisite Food & Ambiance

Note: I held off on posting this blog about a hunt at Uruguay Lodge until the feature in Safari Club International's "Safari" magazine was published. That article ran in the July/August issue, with Ms. Anna Ackerman in the lead photo. Check out the short video covering our mixed-bag experience and access the digital version of the magazine by clicking on the photo of Anna with a Mossberg SA-20 below. Her first time wingshooting! What a great experience for a kid from semi-rural Virginia. You can also scroll down and see the image gallery for more of the full experience, as well as peek at the trip costs. I bought this hunt at a banquet staged by the Fredericksburg, Virginia, chapter of Ducks

Location, Location: Prime Real Estate a Must in Dove Field; Access Also Becoming an Issue

Prelude: Another start to the fall hunting season began this Labor Day weekend with the arrival of dove season. I found myself with my Boykin spaniel Jameson in a field of cut corn with a smattering of sunflowers. It was a benefit hunt and the crowd was big -- too big. But that's the way things are starting to shape up in many areas where dove shoots are popular. Private shoots on prime land are exclusive events. Bigger shoots with sometimes good but often marginal opportunities are dwindling in number. A half-limit was an outstanding day for many shooters where I was. Down the road two miles, in a smaller but better planted field with more seclusion and great surrounding habitat, I heard hu