Sports: Off the Porch

Mar. 02, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Being low man on the pole isn’t bad as long as you’re learning

The drill was fairly complicated for someone with my attention span and ability to stay cool under stress.

Feb. 22, 2014 @ 08:46 PM

Give it your best shot

We were at the old Tarheel Gun Club, and I was sitting on the porch with Jason, the club keeper who always wore blue denim bib overalls.

Feb. 15, 2014 @ 07:24 PM

Stopping by woods on a snowy evening

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know. 
His house is in the village though; 
He will not see me stopping here 
To watch his woods fill up with snow. 

My little horse must think it queer 
To stop without a farmhouse near. 
Between the woods and frozen lake 
The darkest evening of the year. 

He gives his harness bells a shake 
To ask if there is some mistake. 
The only other sound’s the sweep 
Of easy wind and downy flake. 

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, 
But I have promises to keep, 
And miles to go before I sleep, 
And miles to go before I sleep.


Feb. 08, 2014 @ 07:03 PM

Women are harder to train than Labradors, but more rewarding

It happens to me on a regular basis. Someone’s been reading my newspaper column, and they comment on how they wish their wife liked doing outdoor stuff, or that she’d at least go fishing or hunting with them.

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 07:24 PM

A great way to spend a winter day

The desire to shoot ducks overpowered my sense of reason and comfort. 

Jan. 25, 2014 @ 06:06 PM

Pheasant hunt offers Lone Star power

As we worked our way towards the edge of the field, I called to Cherie to keep her eyes open.

Jan. 11, 2014 @ 08:01 PM

Enduring Gratitude helps those who fought for us

What have you done lately for the men who protect your freedom?


Jan. 04, 2014 @ 08:44 PM

Best outdoorsmen aren’t flashiest

The second shooting competition in which I ever competed is one that I’ll always remember.

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 08:38 PM

Maybe things haven’t changed at all

In just a few days, deer season will be over. A couple more weeks and waterfowl season will close. Still, there will be a lot of great hunting weather left. The great thing about this is that the game preserve season runs until the end of March and offers some great hunting and shooting opportunities.

Dec. 24, 2013 @ 02:56 PM

Santa is an outdoor guy

It is a little known fact that Santa Claus is an outdoor guy.

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 05:44 PM

Gratitude makes a great Christmas gift

It happens every Christmas and it will happen again this year. You’ll open a gift and wonder what the giver was thinking when the decision was made this was something you wanted or needed. It wouldn’t be bad if it only happened to you, but you know in your heart, you give the same kind of gifts. We’re among the wealthiest people in the world and most of us have everything we want or need.


Nov. 30, 2013 @ 08:02 PM

Shooting crossing targets, the swing through method

Taylor called, “Pull” and I pushed the button. It was his first shotgun lesson and he was figuring it out, in spite of having to change shoulders when I found he was cross eye dominant.

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 05:05 PM

Friends, the best part of Thanksgiving

Sometimes, a sound takes you back to another time.

Nov. 16, 2013 @ 08:44 PM

Mid-season duck hunt proves unconventional

It was our first time hunting the oxbow beaver pond along the Yadkin.

Nov. 02, 2013 @ 05:08 PM

Don’t get stuck on the beach

It was a beautiful fall day, and Cherie and I were driving out to the Point at Cape Hatteras.