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Learning, Practicing and Celebrating Outdoor Recreation

“Let the main part of the diet be meat, to the exclusion of all else.” ~ Walt Whitman (1)



Podcast Convinced Me to Ditch Guns, Start With Bow Hunting in 2021


Single .223 cartridge sitting on shelf

Note: anyone immersed in firearm hunting or any other branch of recreational shooting might roll their eyes into the back of their heads as they read the same things they've heard from 1000 other new firearm seekers and owners since early 2020. And after considering this, I briefly considered canning the post. But, if part of the point of this blog is to document my journey and learning experiences as a student of these hobbies (and it is), then witholding posts to protect the sensibilities of angry/ belligerent readers who are (possibly far) more experienced than I on these topics doesn't seem to make much sense to me. So let the warning be sounded: this post depicts not-so-graphic content of an amateur complaining about finding guns and ammo during the present supply shortage.

Deciding on My First Guns (Shotgun, Center-fire Rifle and Rim-fire Rifle)


Elk on display at retail store

I find I actually feel somewhat self-conscious and embarrassed to admit I have never used a firearm of any kind in my life, I think in part because people who know me know I have some degree of connection to the outdoor-sporting culture, and it just feels like something I should have done by the time I was 23.

Friends in the Field: Southeastern Texas Dove Hunt


Dove hunters standing in field with shotguns

A few weeks ago, one of my buddies and one of his buddies went on a dove hunting trip in Southeastern Texas. I got their permission to share some photos of the experience: