Memorial Day and Cabela’s “Missing Man” Table

A recent trip to the “city” allowed my son and I to stop by the local Cabela’s store and browse around. Stopping there is something we try to do every time we are nearby. I don’t know many outdoorsmen who wouldn’t do the same. I needed a few jig heads and a rod tip repair kit (don’t ask).

It was just this past Tuesday – the week leading up to Memorial Day. more “Memorial Day and Cabela’s “Missing Man” Table”

Free National Park Entry Days and National Park Week

As kids we often visited Rocky Mountain National Park and hiked its many trails and the trails nearby. We picnicked, looked for wildlife, and drove the winding roads taking in the beauty. I learned to love our national parks. Twenty plus years later I look back on these memories with a smile and strive to create these memories for my own children.

But park entry isn’t always cheap…not to worry!

more “Free National Park Entry Days and National Park Week”

An Ordinary Outdoorsman

It’s a quiet summer morning on the lake. On the far side there is a cove with submerged timber, weedy shoreline, fallen trees, and a variety of other prime fish habitat. There’s a small aluminum jon boat tied up to a stump that sticks out of the water about 40 feet from shore but in prime casting range of most of the cove’s features. There’s a man and his young son fishing out of this very small 12 footer featuring nothing more than a thirty pound thrust transom-mount trolling motor. The boy is casting his usual bobber and worm on a spincast combo they picked up for $15 a few years before and manages to catch a bluegill every few minutes. The man is casting his spinning rod all around, trying one lure at a time, not satisfied with just catching gills. When he lands a good sized largemouth bass, he decides to stick with the Texas rig plastic worm he is throwing.

Shortly after the man catches the first bass, the quiet morning is disrupted by the roar of 150 horse motor slowing down to enter the cove and fish as well. It’s a much bigger and nearly new bass boat with one man on board. He sees the small boat, but the cove has plenty of room for both. He quickly cuts his gas motor and pushes a button to auto-deploy his bow-mount trolling motor. At the same time he looks over the eight baitcasting rigs he has ready to go and selects what he thinks will catch fish.

more “An Ordinary Outdoorsman”