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Deer With My Dear: Tagged My First Doe

Deer With My Dear: Tagged My First Doe

I suppose someone has tagged a deer the first time they stepped into the woods, but that definitely wasn’t me. My first time in the woods with Sparky was on New Years Eve day 2015. We had been dating for ten months, and this would be an introductory experience of sorts. This was a test to see if I could stand the walk in & out, the quiet, sitting still, and the cold. I learned four things in the box stand…

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We’re Hitched: Taco ‘Bout Our East Texas Wedding

We’re Hitched: Taco ‘Bout Our East Texas Wedding

We‘re Hitched!  We did it. We said, “I do” right as the sun was about to set over our little East Texas town of Harleton. We’re a couple who loves time in the woods, seeking out random roadside attractions, listening to good music, and finding a local place you might see on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. We really wanted a wedding & reception that ‘felt like us’ and was relaxed & fun. If you’re anything like us, you’re gonna love reading…

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My Third Life : Today I Choose Joy

My Third Life : Today I Choose Joy

Sometimes the path to happiness has a few bumps along the way, but I think that’s what makes it all the more special. Actually, it kinda feels like I’m living out my third life. I know it sounds a little Shirley Maclaine, but stay with me. Simply put – my life growing up, my life when I was previously married & had my son, and my life now. This post is obviously not about hunting or the outdoors – but…

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Deer Season Prep Part 3: Trail Cameras

Deer Season Prep Part 3: Trail Cameras

If a tree falls in the woods & no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If your feeder is empty but you weren’t there, do you know who is eating your corn? I think Trail Cameras are a necessary item to add to your Deer Season Prep, whether or not you happen to use feeders – but especially if you do! Why bother with feeders, ground feed, or food plots if you don’t know what’s stopping by…

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Big City Visits The Swamp : Vacation in East Texas

Big City Visits The Swamp : Vacation in East Texas

I’ve become a big fan of East Texas and the various landscapes, but Caddo is definitely a favorite. Swampy water, cypress trees, lily pads, gators, owls, & egrets are all things I didn’t have as a young child in West Texas or years of living in the Big D (that’s Dallas for those who aren’t in Texas). Y’all know I’m a city girl engaged to a country boy. We’re ‘Getting Hitched’ in October, and I thought it was high time…

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Deer Season Prep Part 2: Stands

Deer Season Prep Part 2: Stands

I recently had a friend say that I sure know how to pack fun into a short amount of time. That statement is so true! In the days before VHS, Disney would play some of their classics on TV – my favorites were Swiss Family Robinson, Pollyanna, & Mary Poppins. Every year I would get so excited when they came on, and plop myself on the floor in front of our TV. I so wanted to go on an adventure like…

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Deer Season Prep Part 1: Feeding

Deer Season Prep Part 1: Feeding

Before I fell in love with the outdoors (and Sparky!), I didn’t really understand hunting. I kind of thought all hunters just roamed in the woods like Elmer Fudd with his gun & hunting dog. Hunting on public land is just about like that – whether you’re out hunting ‘wabbits,’ deer, turkey, or wild hogs.  Hunting on private land (leased or owned) allows you more options. Work Now, Play Later There aren’t many areas in life where being lazy pays off, and hunting definitely…

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What Everyone Should Know About Running Lines On The River

What Everyone Should Know About Running Lines On The River

Have you ever gone “Running Lines” on the river in the middle of the night? I got to do just that a week ago – and it was loads of fun, just like I thought it would be. Yes, I happened to start my day already sleep deprived (& possibly just a little delirious) from working four night shifts, but it was fun. Even if you’re an early riser, you should definitely try Running Lines at least once.  If you love fishing, like night-time adventures,…

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Protect Your Head & Other Friendly First Aid FYI

Protect Your Head & Other Friendly First Aid FYI

I’m not your doctor. This is NOT medical advice. This is a friendly warning that if you or your loved ones spend time outdoors, you should really spend some time preparing for a few accidents.  Believe me, I love to have fun & be adventurous, but it’s also nice to think ahead. You probably wear sunscreen to avoid a sunburn & drink water to stay hydrated, so this is just one more smart thing to add to your to-do-list. I’m talking First…

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What Babe Learned On Her First Weekend of East Texas Turkey Season

What Babe Learned On Her First Weekend of East Texas Turkey Season

Babe Learned A LOT Opening Weekend Maybe you’re an avid hunter who knows it all (turkeys included),  maybe you’re thinking about getting into turkey hunting, or maybe you love it & want to get your girl or buddy into the sport. I’m fairly certain I can help you out – even if at my expense just a little. This city girl is new to turkey hunting, but thank goodness I have Sparky to help me learn. My Sparky has bagged a prize-winning Eastern Turkey before –…

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