Author Archives: Jerry Johnson

About Jerry Johnson

Curmudgeon. Bird hunter and dog trainer; indifferent wing shot. Retired journalist and college public relations director. Novelist and short story writer. Freeholder: 50-acre farm with 130-year-old log house. Husband, father, grandfather. Retired teacher, coach, mentor. Vicious editor. Blogger.

April snowshoe hike

April snowshoe hike This has been a loooong winter in the North Country, capped by an April 18 storm that dropped 10 inches of wet snow. But the day after the storm dawned sunny and clear, a perfect blue-sky morning … Continue reading

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Hunting camp maxims

Hunting camp maxims Over the course of five decades in hunting camps, the Over the Hill Gang has discovered several universal truths that we should share with those who are newcomers to the blood sports. Each of these truths merits … Continue reading

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Getting ready for winter – in April?

Getting ready for winter – in April? Old timers say there are only two seasons in the North Country: Winter Getting Ready for Winter But that’s hyperbole. Each of the four seasons grace the North Country’s landscape with a different … Continue reading

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The defective computer monitor (Subtitle: ‘I’m sorry, Dave. I can’t let you back into the airlock’)

The defective computer monitor (Subtitle: ‘I’m sorry, Dave. I can’t let you back into the airlock’) Friends who are skilled with social media marketing strategies, and much more clever than I, have been after me for months to expand my … Continue reading

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File marks

File marks Look closely and you may see them: file marks. The faint traces of file marks are barely visible on the water table of this old Lefever Nitro Special 12 gauge double gun. The marks are the final cuts … Continue reading

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ED puts me back on the beam

ED puts me back on the beam Something was not right. The numbers on the digital screen jumped to 28.4, then dived to 23.2, then stabilized at 24.3. The electronic scale was measuring charges, in grains, of XMP 5744 powder … Continue reading

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Three steps toward reducing firearm violence and fatalities

Three steps toward reducing firearm violence and fatalities Proposals for gun control, for the most part, are ludicrous. Not because the intentions of the “gun control” advocates are unworthy. To the contrary: reducing the number of firearm homicides is an … Continue reading

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