Outdoors in the Ozarks
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I hired Nancy Smith Lynn a year or so ago to work with advertisers for my magazines. She owns a farm near Mt. Grove, Missouri and is a nice lady who does a whiz-band job of what she does for me, but … more
I learned something about skunks recently. I drove from my home to Bull Shoals Lake in North Arkansas last week, then up to Texas County and eventually back home to Lightnin’ Ridge here about … more
I was out in the woods about a week ago and I heard a familiar sound high overhead, the call of wild geese. There are not a lot of people who hear specklebelly geese and recognize the fact that they … more
This should make you laugh… a letter I got from Butch Stone, a grizzled old veteran outdoorsman from the Ozarks who makes his own bows and arrows and hunts successfully with them. He … more
A real life naturalist is a man who has lived his life in the woods knows and sees and feels things that he knows the modern world will not understand Men who call themselves ‘Master … more
I bought a Keurig coffee maker at the Walmart store in Houston, Mo., in December and it quit working a little more than a month later. Got to where it wouldn’t make more than two ounces at a … more
They are coming, and believe me, nothing seems to slow them down. They are non-native birds known as black vultures… an evil plague on the Ozarks. Black vultures are compact birds with broad … more
During very cold and vicious winter weather, wild creatures need much more food than they need during the mild stretches that we love to see. The acorns that were as thick as I have seen them in a … more
I went to work at the pool hall one afternoon, straight from school. Ol’ Jim and Ol’ Bill were there and they could tell I was pretty despondent. I was 13 years old and had just got my … more
You have to be smart to hunt with a muzzle-loader! If you aren’t giving some thought to what you are doing and you nonchalantly ram a bullet down the barrel before you pour the powder in, you … more
Note to editors and readers. This column was written many years ago, but people seemed to like it so here it is again. There won’t be any New Year’s Eve party here on Lightnin’ … more
As much as I loved my two little grandsons, I didn’t get either of them a Christmas present when they were young. That’s because they had toys stacked so high in their home that you … more
There is misinformation about deer rubs on trees that you see in the fall and winter. No, the story that those rubs you see are made by bucks whose velvet antlers are itching and they need to get rid … more
I am a beachcomber, I reckon. Didn’t know what that was until I saw it in a magazine the other day. About four or five years ago I was in Canada on Lake of the Woods fishing for Walleye, Bass, … more
We can’t help but be thankful that it was such a mild fall, but I refuse to be happy about the cold that has whacked us in November. But then, I am happy to see a good number of ducks arriving … more
One of the things I hate most about deer season is the combination of long-range rifles and alcohol. In the night before the season opener, liquor stores do business with hunters that exceeds any … more
On Saturday there will be an army of people in the woods with high-powered rifles after white-tail deer. For some reason, I can never relax during deer season. I live in the woods and it can be … more
A man who lives in the country ought to have a good squirrel dog and I don’t have one. The old-timers I knew back home in the hills would not understand that! Problems, problems, problems! … more
When you can provide someone with a good laugh and it lasts all day, you have really accomplished something. And here is how I did it. Dennis Whitesides, an old friend who I have fished and … more
Ain’t October wonderful! It’s the best month of the year for fishing and hunting, except maybe for November and April, and possibly May and December. I once spent most of October in … more
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