Dressed to the nines and sporting a license to confound canines, the rooster pheasant is the James Bond of the outdoor world. Just when you think you and your German shorthair know exactly where he’s cloaked, the old boy breaks from distant cover and throws out resonating cackles as he...
The first weekend in December remains a special time filled with cold morning jaunts and warm local hospitality as pheasant hunters from near and far look for their picture-perfect moment. Perhaps it’s that first rooster that rises against the glowing eastern horizon, its kaleidoscope of plumage glistening in the brilliant...
There’s no place like deer camp. It’s hallowed ground, whether the accommodations include meager trappings and tent stakes or a full-service kitchen and prime cuts of steak. I’ve been in my share of them, each holding a sentimental quality for a variety of reasons, and not simply because of the proximity...
The iron sights glow faintly on a frosty afternoon sit. Rays from the setting run dance along the barrel as the old whitetail doe feeds closer. The shot lines up perfectly. The West Texas breeze rises slightly as the deer steps broadside at 60 yards. An instant later the trigger eases the...
Chicken-fried steak is unabashedly Texan, the kind of dish that unites billionaire oil baron, the average working man and everyone in between at the lunch counter, dinner table or weekend picnic. It is simple. It is tasty. It is Texas wrapped up in one savory bite, coated always with cream gravy, but...
Whether you’re a hunter, birdwatcher or sports fan, the optics world can be a little confusing. Binoculars come in all shapes, sizes, colors and prices, but knowing what type to buy can be tricky. Summer is the time to figure out what you need in advance of fall hunting seasons,...
The annual shakedown cruise at the family deer lease was running smoother than ever. Family commitments and other September items on the agenda in 2000 had made the yearly run to our time-honored hunting spot south of San Angelo to inventory and to check stands and feeders a one-day marathon...