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Little Ditty ‘Bout Sparky & Babe: Flatheads For The Freezer

Little Ditty ‘Bout Sparky & Babe: Flatheads For The Freezer

You can probably hear John (Cougar) Mellencamp singing “Jack & Diane” right now. You’re so welcome. Ditty Poles, a Little Ditty. You’ll see where I’m going with this. Things start warming up in Texas as we enter late spring, and Sparky and I tend to turn our focus from hunting to fishing. Late spring & early summer are all about trying to get some Flathead catfish & making memories with the family. I know I’ve told y’all about running lines…

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Venison Like a Boss & the Story of “Big Boy”

Venison Like a Boss & the Story of “Big Boy”

Are you holding onto your diet by a thread & desperate to eat something other than the same grilled chicken & veggies? Maybe you’d like to invite friends over for dinner, dream of a meal you’re not afraid to cook for your in-laws, or enjoy a date night at home with your sweetie. If you’re like me, you’ve enjoyed the peace & simplicity that seems to follow the busyness of the holidays. When I’m not out hunting, January brings sleeping…

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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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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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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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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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Babe’s Rippin’ Lips & Getting Fry Happy With Sparky!

Babe’s Rippin’ Lips & Getting Fry Happy With Sparky!

If you’re not hungry for fish at the end of this post, something is wrong with you – you must be a vegetarian. I love a good veggie, but this is NOT a post about gardening. Today, we’re talking about rippin’ lips aka fishing. I’m going to HOOK (couldn’t resist!) you up with a Fishing Essential Gear List & a recipe for your next fish fry! There is a Chinese proverb about fishing that is often mistaken for a Bible verse, and…

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Hunting & Cooking Wild Hog

Hunting & Cooking Wild Hog

If you’re having a problem getting enough bacon or pulled pork, you should really listen up! I’ve got a FUN solution for you – Wild Hog hunting! There are tons of ’em and there isn’t a dedicated season for them, unlike their other woodsy pals, the turkey & deer. You see, wild hogs are prolific and destructive. They breed year round and they can have 2 litters per year with up to 12 little piglets each time. Now is the time…

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