Category Archives: Hunting

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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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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Stormcrow

Why should I welcome you, Gandalf Stormcrow? – A bewitched Théoden, King of the Mark of Rohan, in response to the arrival of the wizard Gandalf, from The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), … Continue reading

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End of the line

Sport hunting has been in decline throughout my lifetime, and its demise is not long away. For those who live in an urban society and culture, sport hunting is increasingly more expensive and time consuming, an activity made more and … Continue reading

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Rifle cleaning’s a bore

    Screw the bristle brush into the tip of the cleaning rod, soak it in powder solvent, and go to work like a dissident communist Chinese official ordered by the Red Guard to scrub the entryway to the Zhongnanhai … Continue reading

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Treasured possessions

That western-style hat on the top shelf of the bureau is a magical storybook. I need only put it on to be spun into the memories of a dozen bird and deer hunts across the high plains of Nebraska, South … Continue reading

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The Lautenschlager Place

When Walt and I, we went out hunting We saw a sign that said “No Trespassing,” But the other side, it didn’t say nothing; That side was meant for him and me.            – a ditty to the tune of Woody … Continue reading

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Three Guns

You are granted a year’s leave of absence from work and family responsibilities, handed an itinerary of a few dozen hunts across the North American continent, provided with all the necessary equipment, and are sent forth on this dream of … Continue reading

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Hunters and shooters

I prefer the company of those strange characters who stop the hunt for five or ten minutes after each bird is taken so they can tell you how the dog worked, how the bird flushed, which way it flew, how … Continue reading

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Coyotes

Something in the human psyche needs the wolf pack lurking out there in the night to add a bit of terror to our quiet lives, it seems. The wolves are gone, so the villain’s role has been assigned to the … Continue reading

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