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.

Cocoa

  Cocoa Climb into the boat dripping wet and shake off, hand him a mangled duck covered in marsh mud, and he gives you half his braunschweiger sandwich, treats you like a gift from the Celtic god Nodens. But come … Continue reading

Posted in Bird Dogs, Duck Hunting, Labrador Retriever, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

In the grip of the Vortex

Bright sunshine promised a warm morning for snowshoeing. But the thermometer said the Sun was a deceiver: the temperature was 7 degrees below zero. Sub-zero days have been commonplace this winter. The coldest day in our part of the North … Continue reading

Posted in Snoeshowing, Winter, Winter Hiking | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Sport hunting

“Hunting,” the Old Man said, “is the noblest sport yet devised by the hand of man. There were mighty hunters in the Bible, and all the caves where the cave men lived are full of carvings of assorted game the … Continue reading

Posted in Hunting, Hunting Ethic | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Clean slate

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

On the road to recovery

The road to recovery from obsessive compulsive disorder is a long march over rocky ground, and support from caring friends speeds the journey. Sometimes this support arrives in a package marked “tough love,” but the gift is no less valuable … Continue reading

Posted in Bird Guns, Hunting Rifles, Project Guns, Rifle Shooting, Rifles, Shooting Sports, Shotguns | Tagged | Leave a comment

Magnetic North

Tracked and pointed by my French spaniel Abbey, the rooster pheasant hunkering in the last patch of weedy cover at the field’s edge had only one more option for escape. He launched himself skyward squawking insults at Abbey, flipped his … Continue reading

Posted in Bird hunting, Hunting, Shotguns | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

On another planet

An early morning walk with birddogs in last week’s -5 degree weather made me painfully aware that we had moved into winter. This morning’s pre-sunrise walk with the grim hand of the thermometer on the deck  pointing to the -30 … Continue reading

Posted in Bird Dogs, Country Life, Winter, Winter Hiking | Tagged , | 1 Comment