You see, a gentleman would always take two shotguns on a pheasant hunt, just in In the fall the deer often move through this area all day long, as there are large tracts of woods on the ea The most colonies I ever remember him having was But the bees were always the Nothing quite excites or satisfies like the anticipation of opening morning of deer season; at best, the night before is restless.
Sure the anticipation dulls a little with age, as dreams of the 30 point buck are repl Sporting clays originated in England and cam Dad collected arrowheads and he had a cigar box full of his best ones. Matt and I were on a ten day moose hunt and asked the guides to keep us together the first few days; they were fine with this and just wanted to know who would shoot first. As Matt is a few years younger and had not s Gunsmithing, at its most basic level, is simply the thoughtful use of hands, eyes and brain to disassemble and reassemble a firearm, and to shape and finish wood and metal parts — but how does one learn to do those th Dad was a reasonably serious fisherman, from my perspective — mostly for food, not sport.
In our area of Missouri many of the larger ponds and lakes were stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel cat. I have Gilbert was his given name, but everyone called him Bert; and he was a pretty good hunter and trapper. For dad, a gun was simply a tool he needed to hunt for food or fur and to run his trap line. In my early years, he It had depar It may have been coined in the late 19th or early 20th century when clay pigeons and trap shooting were just getting started. Or possibly it w Brenda has a great passion for turkey hunting — far greater than mine -- and it was she that came up with the idea of hunting the Ocellated Turkey, that lives mostly down in the area of the Yucatan Peninsula of old Me Everyone knows the fairy tale about Jack and the Beanstalk; but, let me tell you that I have been there and actually seen and touched the beanstalk -- and no longer believe it to be a fairy tale.
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It was the outfitter's first hunt; he had been a guide the prior year — and he had never hunted this ranch before. Also, he had booked far too many hunters and had to set up a second camp on another ranch - about 40 m In my opinion, the most exciting thing about springtime in Missouri is turkey season; sure there are mushrooms to pick in the woods, fish to catch in the ponds and rivers, and arrowheads to find in the ditches -- but Important changes often come from small, unknown companies, rather than large and long established ones; such was certainly the case with the availability of bulk reloading components.
It all started with unprimed car They drive the logging roads in old Suburbans and have a wonderful lodge — and a gourmet c The idea of a gun shop came during the spring of ; there was just a year left on my Air Force hitch, and The dirt track ran generally along the side of the riverbed, through intermittent brush, and occasionally provided a great view of whatever pools were still holding water during the dry season. As the safari car came Dad taught me to fish, back when I was just a kid; it was catfish, bass and bluegill - in the farm ponds and small creeks and rivers of northeast Missouri.
Later on, older brother Marion introduced me to rainbow trout White with black stripes or black with white stripes; that idea never crossed my mind when I lined up on his left shoulder and squeezed the trigger. The herd was in a small, burned area, with the male off to the right A grain lead slug, one half inch in diameter, moving across the prairie at about feet per second; what in the world would something like that be good for? At least that was the thought in , the y There was a time, many years ago, when some people thought leopard were nearly extinct; but this was before they came to understand that it was only daylight sightings that were rare — you see, the leopard hunts at ni Finding a good Winchester Model saddle ring carbine SRC in was the problem; it had to be all o You could call them It took a while for me to decide to tell this story, because I was running with a loaded gun; so hopefully everyone understands that as an experienced hunter, and someone who has participated in shooting competitions A couple of old.
Between morning and afternoon hunts, we always had some time on our hands and shooting old. On occasion a lion will be spotted from the safari car, but normally you find the tr It was like a page from a western novel, if you leave out the part about how we traveled to Texas. Our camp was six ranch-road miles from the bunkhouse, in a pasture called Northeast Collins, on the historic Nail Ranc Prairie dog hunting in the Shirley Basin, north of Medicine Bow, Wyoming was one of my favorite past times in the s and s.
Back then, the more remote areas had seen little or no shooting pressure and were lots How many guns does one man need to shoot prairie dogs? Well, at least three, one for up close, one for mid-range and one for way out there. Always experimenting, I settled on a three-gun battery that made the most sen A few months later there was a QA, in one of the gun magazines, on where to get am At sunset we erected a simple monument, on the escarpment above camp, overlooking the Mbaragandu River; it was our tribute to Brigitte. We spread her ashes on the ground, covered them with sand; and added warthog tusk At in the evening, the three rams abruptly filed down from the rim rock and began to graze on the high, rolling pasture.
A friend once introduced me as having a PhD in Gunology. Of course there is no such degree; but if there was, possibly I would be a candidate -- and one of the principle reasons is my having attended a great many gun Dad liked to hunt squirrels and regularly we would have fresh squirrel meat for lunch or supper, when I was growing up. There was a story he told us once about how he had pulled a wounded squirrel from a hollow tree b The safari car was coming in for the evening, just at last light, when they spotted a lone wildebeest bull, standing broadside about yards off to the right.
As Brenda needed leopard bait, she and the PH bailed out The plan for the afternoon might be to continue on a particular dirt track or be someplace special It was a very early Parker shotgun, with a three-digit serial number and in pretty nice condition - which was what got me interested in the first place. But, the clincher was the back-action locks, which feature a v-t Guns have been an important part of my life, since I was old enough to shoot —guns to hunt with, guns to shoot, and also guns for collecting.
Late in the safari, and a few days after the full moon, it was suggested that Russell and his PH might walk in We had just finished a wonderful fourteen day hunting safari in northern Zimbabwe and had allowed a couple of extra days at the end to visit Victoria Falls and the nearby town of the same name — just being tourist. A lot of things had to line up perfectly to make this story possible — 1, Lonoke County, just east of Little Rock, Arkansas, was the home of the Remington ammunition plant.
Any male leopard is a great trophy; but sometimes, in far away and remote places, you find a real monster. We were hunting in Maasailand, in northern Tanzania, just below the border with Kenya. The principle vegetatio Your first cape buffalo will dance around in your mind for the rest of your life, not necessarily because of the size of the trophy, but rather because of the circumstances of the hunt - no matter how routine.
We were On safari one year, I got to thinking about what a rifle would have to be to make me really happy — well, it would have t As our plane circled to get downwind of the runway, we could see small herds of buffalo on the hills and in the valleys below.
This was a seven day hunt in rough country and son Russell, amazed at seeing all the small The Nail Ranch has lots and lots of whitetail deer — and a fair number of coyotes. In my many hunts there I have almost always got my buck and sometimes shot a doe or two for herd management; and every trip or two I g Hunting with an eleven year old daughter is an interesting experience.
By that age she could sit quietly and pay attention for reasonable periods of time, so it was my job to present her with a deer that would stand s He came out of the forest on the right side of the track and raced quickly across the dusty road to the far side; but then he made the last mistake of his life — he stopped. Our safari car was cruising along a narrow Our safari car had been climbing steadily for twenty minutes and we were approaching the escarpment that defin Judging the length and weight of elephant tusks is challenging, even for experienced professional hunters; and poor judgment could cost a PH his license.
Our routine was to leave camp each morning just after am, w It had been a long and successful safari; we had collected most of the desired trophies and were driving around on the dirt roads enjoying the last few days in the bush without a pressing agenda to collect more. This a There, if you burn your thumb flicking matches off the striker strip of a match box and set fire to thousands of acre Sheep shooting can be an evening activity, especially early in the season, when the days are quite long.
We discovered the bee hive quite by accident, while putting the stalk on a zebra in the bed of a dry sand river. This dead tree was serving as our cover when we noticed the bees buzzing over our heads -- coming and go In my experience, vultures are one of the unchanging features of an ever-changing Africa. It was a short track, mid-morning, on the third day of the safari. We were walking at a pretty good clip and came into an opening in the bush to discover the elephant standing about fifty yards to our right; facing us There is nothing in Africa quite as dreaded as a wounded Buffalo, Lion or Leopard.
Nearly all of the recorded incidents of maulings or death to clients and professional hunters are attributed to following up on these Some people say that elk hunting is like spring turkey hunting in Missouri — make a sound like a female; the male responds, comes to the call and you shoot him — simple as that. From personal experience I can confirm Rolling those three things together is the basis for this story. As a gun collector, old Winchester lever action rifles have always fascinat I have never actually hunted for warthog, but have shot a few.
A warthog is a great trophy, but it is generally an an Professional hunters tell me that judging the length and weight of the ivory on an elephant is just an educated guess, because it is so difficult to estimate the length of the tusks inside the skull and it is impossib We had made a nearly-perfect stalk on a pair of warthogs and were standing quietly watching them from about 40 yards distance — already having made the decision not to shoot. Even though the understory was light, they We arrived in our New Mexico elk camp a day early, to allow for some scouting.
The head guide said that he had flo We saw him just at last light, way off to the south, as he lumbered down out of the willows toward the lakeshore — wow, was he big! Next morning we climbed a steep hill on the opposite side of the lake, which gave us a Teddy hunted Africa in and wrote up his adventures in African Game Trails. We had been working these rams for four days, but bad luck with fog, horses and terrain h In the time it takes you to read this story, the grizzly bear hunt started and ended — about 60 seconds.
Brenda and I were half-awake, but still snu Larry's Short Stories. Latest Story. A Zebra For Eliza - The zebra is a special trophy from Africa, as anyone who has ever hunted there knows. Read More. About the Author Dad taught me to hunt and fish, back when I was growing up on the farm in northeast Missouri. All Stories Share with Email.
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How Alaska Changed My Life - Growing up a country kid in Missouri, I could never have possibly imagined the hunting and fishing experiences that awaited me in Alaska — later in life. Pheasants in the Heartland - Greensburg, Kansas population has lots of history. Brenda's Beceite Ibex - It was late afternoon of the fourth day of a three-day hunt when Brenda finally had the opportunity to pull the trigger on her rifle. The Bird Hunter - For a variety of reasons, this was my greatest year of bird hunting!
Dove Season - Dove season in Missouri begins on September 1; every seven years it falls on a Saturday, the beginning of the three-day Labor Day weekend. Doves with Muzzleloaders - We know the original owner, but not much more about the history of these old shotguns. The Cast and Blast - There are a few places on earth where one can enjoy fishing and bird hunting during a single visit.
Whitetail with a Winchester - This was our eighth annual Cowboy Hunt at the Nail Ranch in Shackelford County, Texas; it was always the first weekend of November, when Texas opened up their firearms season. Interesting Day at the 5-Stand - Once in a great while you get an opportunity to step out of the box and do something very special and memorable; such was this occasion. Deer Blind Safety - Getting into a deer blind seems pretty basic - climb up, open the door and step in. Red Stag in Patagonia - When planning a hunting trip, sometimes the focus is not so much about hunting, but just to have a good time, get to know the other members of your hunting party a little better and explore new parts of the world.
Fishing Auxvasse Creek - The Auxvasse Creek headwaters are in the fertile farmland of northern Callaway county, in central Missouri; from there, it winds its way about 35 miles to the southeast, and dumps into the Missouri River. Guns of the Poachers - The possession of guns has always been highly regulated in each of the African countries, early on by the Dutch, Belgians, Portuguese, Germans, British and French during their colonization of the continent in the 18th My Cold Weather Packing List - When packing for a cold-weather hunting trip, my first requirement is to be warm, dry and comfortable, and prepared for the unexpected — most especially in northwest Canada or Alaska.
A Tough Turkey Season - Every spring, I start the turkey season full of optimism; somehow suppressing the realities of chasing turkeys in previous years. Fight to the Death - This farm consists of over 1, acres, more woods than open fields, and has a decent sized creek running through the woods on the north end; then defining most of the eastern boundary.
Driven Grouse Shooting - The grouse came in low and fast in small groups , slicing through the line from the left and the right, with a few coming straight on. How Africa Changed My Life - Outside of growing up with Mom and Dad, going off to college and then into the Air Force, working for a living, getting married and raising kids; outside of all that, there are many other events and circumstances thro The Hyena Ate Brenda's Leopard - There are times in Africa when game department regulations make no sense; this is sometimes the case of quotas for different species.
The Battenfeld Years - Success comes in many different forms; and yes, it can be bittersweet. Sara's Backyard Buck - All that summer and early fall we'd been seeing more deer in the back yard than ever before. Close Calls with Horses - Hunting from horseback, in the mountains, is one of my all-time favorite ways to hunt, whether the quarry is elk, moose, sheep or goats. Turkeys for Two - Brenda and I were hunting together that clear spring morning and had set up in one of my favorite places — Turkey Hollow.
Last Elk at Trinchera Ranch - The experience started for me in , when my good friend Tom Fruechtel suggested that the Forbes Trinchera ranch would be a good place for Brenda and I to go elk hunting — so, we booked a hunt there that fall. Red Stag for Two in Argentina - Brenda and I had been to Argentina several times with the family, to shoot doves; but then the idea of a two-mission trip came up; red stag on the front end and doves on the back end.
The Bush Backpack - Backpacks are standard equipment for hunters and guides, in sheep and goat country, where the horse or truck is often hours from the kill site. Bongo from the Jungle - Cameroon is a small country on the west coast of Africa; it sits slightly above the equator and shares borders with six countries — Nigeria, Central African Republic and the Congo being the most well-known. The Defective Trifecta - If you didn't already know, a Missouri Spring Trifecta is shooting a turkey and finding an arrowhead and a mushroom the same day.
Black, Blue and Green all over - Downhill skiing is a lot like running a business, from the moment you start planning the trip there are risks, and once on the slopes, you must constantly pay attention and make decisions. The History of MidwayUSA - Part 5 - This part of our history starts after our first Baldrige Award in and ends with the monumental elections in the fall of — the end of our 40th year in business.
Potterfield - What's in a name? Walk Among the Ruins - History has always been fascinating to me and I've enjoyed studying it informally all of my life. Nothing Goes to Waste in Africa - It was a big surprise when the Ford tractor came rolling down the dirt road and drove right up to the dead elephant. Cold Weather Pheasants - In three days of pheasant hunting, I never heard a single bird flush.
Fun with Ice Cream - It was late afternoon when our six pickup convoy pulled into Hardee's, on the north edge of Laramie; this was standard procedure for the last day of our annual prairie dog hunts. Fishing at Tikchik Narrows - Tikchik Lake is about 70 air miles north of Dillingham, Alaska - which is air miles or so southwest of Anchorage.
A Double on Kudu - One of the most beautiful of all the African game animals is the kudu; the large, dark spiral horns with polished ivory-colored tips, the vertical white on brown stripes and the flush of pink inside the ears make for A Rare Bear - As far as natural range goes, there may be no trophy in North America with a range greater than the black bear.
We Slept with the Moose - Trophy moose hunting, on horseback in the mountains, is truly an adventure sport! My First Fly Rod - Dad never owned a fly rod; for him catching fish was more about filling the frying pan rather than just having fun. The Perfect Turkey Stalk - Everything started routinely; there were turkeys gobbling to my left at a. Mom - Mom never went to high school; it was mostly for city kids back then. Best Guns - The British refer to shotguns simply as guns. Hunting the Bobwhite Quail - My first recollection of quail hunting was with Dad when I was big enough to tag along, but not old enough to carry my own gun.
Black Powder Pheasants - The pheasant season for wild birds was long closed, but on established shooting preserves it often lingers through the end of March. The Christmas Day Buck - The weather was decent, 40 degrees or so and overcast — but no rain. The Redneck Diaries - Part of my personality is to always tell a story, as accurately as possible.
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Fishing With Brenda - On this particular Sunday afternoon I was feeling a little guilty, after having caught some nice bass earlier in the week; so, I decided to ask Brenda if she wanted to go fishing. Letter to Benjamin - Dear Benjamin,For generations, fathers and grandfathers have been guiding young men like yourself on their first deer hunt; it was my honor and pleasure to be with you when you harvested your first doe, during the ope The Great Caribou Hunt - The adventure began as our hunting party of thirteen flew in from around the country to our jumping off point, Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories, Canada.
My Air Force Years - Officer Time - The ending of one adventure often means the start of another; such was certainly the case with my Air Force years. Early Season Goose Hunt - Everyone calls it the Early Goose Season; this year it started on October 3 and ended October 11, running 30 minutes before sunrise till sunset.
Trolling for Crappie - September is not normally a month that I give much thought to fishing. A Great Sheep Hunting Adventure - All three of us knew that this scheduled eleven day hunt in the mountains would be challenging — and myself especially, as this was my second trip to the area and I have a few years on the others. Fishing in Alaska's Bear Country - There are lots of fish in Alaska, mostly rainbow trout and the five species of salmon. Operation Concrete Values - It all began in the fall of , as we started aligning the operations at MidwayUSA with the leadership and management principles from the Baldrige National Quality Award — in preparation for our Baldrige applic Bird Fest in Argentina - My typical trip to Argentina has been three days of dove shooting.
Turkey Shooting - Me and Paul - This was a fairly routine turkey hunt, until the shooting started. Running Toms - The classic turkey hunt has the hunter locating a roosting gobbler and getting close — well before light; then calling him down into an open field or woods. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! Moose Hunting - A Change of Luck - Every hunting trip begins with a plan; but often that plan changes — depending on the luck. Horseback Hunting in the Mountains - Many of my most enjoyable hunting trips have been on horseback in the mountains of Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories of Canada.
Russell's Yukon Moose - 99 As moose hunts go, this one started routinely — get packed and sighted in, fly up to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories, take a bush plane to a small lake in the middle of the Canadian Rockies; then hunt for a few da My Favorite Single Shot. The Winchester Model 67 Project - 96 In , we developed a stock finishing kit, a reblueing kit and a stock checkering kit — using mostly Winchester Model My Favorite Shotgun for Rabbit Hunting - 95 Rabbit hunting is something I never give much thought to, until after the first of the year.
My Favorite Rifle - 91 It just seems right for a man to have a lever action rifle and to find the time to use it, for its intended purpose. Let's Get Closer - 90 It all started at the beginning of the last leg of the stalk, when my guide asked how far I was comfortable shooting. Deer Camp - 86 Nothing quite excites or satisfies like the anticipation of opening morning of deer season; at best, the night before is restless.
The Arrowhead Hunter - 82 Dad collected arrowheads and he had a cigar box full of his best ones. Once in a Lifetime Moose - 81 Matt and I were on a ten day moose hunt and asked the guides to keep us together the first few days; they were fine with this and just wanted to know who would shoot first. How I Learned Gunsmithing - 80 Gunsmithing, at its most basic level, is simply the thoughtful use of hands, eyes and brain to disassemble and reassemble a firearm, and to shape and finish wood and metal parts — but how does one learn to do those th Dad's Hula Popper and the Big Bass - 79 Dad was a reasonably serious fisherman, from my perspective — mostly for food, not sport.
Dad's Guns - 76 Gilbert was his given name, but everyone called him Bert; and he was a pretty good hunter and trapper. Computers - Holy Cow! Guiding the Guides - 73 Brenda has a great passion for turkey hunting — far greater than mine -- and it was she that came up with the idea of hunting the Ocellated Turkey, that lives mostly down in the area of the Yucatan Peninsula of old Me Jack and the Beanstalk - 71 Everyone knows the fairy tale about Jack and the Beanstalk; but, let me tell you that I have been there and actually seen and touched the beanstalk -- and no longer believe it to be a fairy tale.
The Unorganized Elk Hunt - 69 It was the outfitter's first hunt; he had been a guide the prior year — and he had never hunted this ranch before. My Favorite Shotgun for Turkeys - 68 In my opinion, the most exciting thing about springtime in Missouri is turkey season; sure there are mushrooms to pick in the woods, fish to catch in the ponds and rivers, and arrowheads to find in the ditches -- but The Croc that Wasn't Dead - 61 The dirt track ran generally along the side of the riverbed, through intermittent brush, and occasionally provided a great view of whatever pools were still holding water during the dry season.
My Favorite Fishing Hole - 60 Dad taught me to fish, back when I was just a kid; it was catfish, bass and bluegill - in the farm ponds and small creeks and rivers of northeast Missouri. Buffalo on the Great Plains - 58 A grain lead slug, one half inch in diameter, moving across the prairie at about feet per second; what in the world would something like that be good for?
Leopard in the Sunshine - 56 There was a time, many years ago, when some people thought leopard were nearly extinct; but this was before they came to understand that it was only daylight sightings that were rare — you see, the leopard hunts at ni Armadillo with a Thumb Trigger - 51 A couple of old. The Cowboy Hunt at the Nail Ranch - 49 It was like a page from a western novel, if you leave out the part about how we traveled to Texas.
Rattlesnake at Three Steps - 47 Prairie dog hunting in the Shirley Basin, north of Medicine Bow, Wyoming was one of my favorite past times in the s and s.
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Spread My Ashes in Africa - 44 At sunset we erected a simple monument, on the escarpment above camp, overlooking the Mbaragandu River; it was our tribute to Brigitte. We Spent the Night in the Mountains - 43 At in the evening, the three rams abruptly filed down from the rim rock and began to graze on the high, rolling pasture.
The Squirrel That Bit Me - 39 Dad liked to hunt squirrels and regularly we would have fresh squirrel meat for lunch or supper, when I was growing up. The Dead Wildebeest That Stood Up - 38 The safari car was coming in for the evening, just at last light, when they spotted a lone wildebeest bull, standing broadside about yards off to the right. The Parker 11 Gauge Shotgun - 36 It was a very early Parker shotgun, with a three-digit serial number and in pretty nice condition - which was what got me interested in the first place.
My Favorite Shotgun for Pheasants - 35 Guns have been an important part of my life, since I was old enough to shoot —guns to hunt with, guns to shoot, and also guns for collecting. Like Father Like Son - Not! Snake Shooting with a - 31 A lot of things had to line up perfectly to make this story possible — 1, Lonoke County, just east of Little Rock, Arkansas, was the home of the Remington ammunition plant.
Brenda's Monster Leopard - 30 Any male leopard is a great trophy; but sometimes, in far away and remote places, you find a real monster. My First Cape Buffalo - 29 Your first cape buffalo will dance around in your mind for the rest of your life, not necessarily because of the size of the trophy, but rather because of the circumstances of the hunt - no matter how routine. Buffalo on the Mountain - 27 As our plane circled to get downwind of the runway, we could see small herds of buffalo on the hills and in the valleys below. Sara's First Buck - 24 Hunting with an eleven year old daughter is an interesting experience.
His twin sons, Eric and Blake, who grew up there, are 29 now. To recap, the bombs were set by two brothers from Chechnya, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, whose response to personal problems was to blow up and kill three people and injure hundreds, some severely. After a long hunt that shut down Boston and killed a police officer and wounded others, Tamerlan was killed and Dzhokhar tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for murder.
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Grogin continued. There was one bomb, and I was still in the exhilaration of the race, and of being almost finished, and then a few seconds later there was another bomb. They were running as fast as they could, to rescue people. And it touched me so much, that these police officers all were running to help other people.
No matter who they were rescuing, no matter what their color was. They were just running to help. People chose to take care of each other. We live freely, and we chose to take care of others freely. Those policemen ran to rescue people, and I thought that was something worth celebrating. That was the real birth of this run. The next year, Dr. Grogin said. Established about a year ago, Strides works with high-school and college-age interns. They represent a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions, and they learn from each other.
She lived many states away; the Skype part made sense. The girl said no, Ms. Dugan said, but the other interns padded and softened what could have been a crushing rejection. Muslims, Jews, Christians; Indians, Africans. It was as though we have cast them for a movie.
I want to meet all of them. Anyone who wants to walk or run or trot — and talk. We want to celebrate American values, like the values we believe we share with the Israeli people — gathering together to take care of one another. We will do it either faster or slower, depending on the company. I hope to be joined by a World War II veteran; if somebody wants to stand still we will.
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My good fortune will be to break down barriers, to celebrate in backyards, churches, synagogues, and mosques. One of my sponsors, Opkix, makes a tiny micro-camera that mounts on eyeglasses or hats. So it will be my eyes and ears, and I will send it to social media. It is important to Dr. Grogin that Strides for Humanity, like the run itself, be entirely nonpartisan.
He does not want to talk about politics, and he firmly shuts down any discussion that might trend in that direction, he said. Dugan confirmed.