William Faulkner accepted the Nobel prize for literature in 1950 with a surprising response. People expected to hear the author speak about human suffering and the hard times he focused so muc…

For people, being fit involves watching what we eat and getting regular exercise. To be healthy and enjoy a high quality of life, humans work to avoid putting on too many pounds because, for t…

I’ve often heard, and have often written the words, “hunters pay for conservation.” The reason for this is because hunters buy hunting licenses and the license fees fund state wildlife managem…

I grew up hunting quail and spent years hunting them as a young adult. As a youthful hunter our pheasant hunts usually included running into a covey or two. On some farms we could find twice t…

Occasionally, someone compiles a list of the most inconsequential research projects ever paid for with taxpayer dollars. They don’t have to dig deep. The one I remember most succinctly was a f…

Ice Road Truckers is a long running reality show on the History Channel detailing the foolish, hardy — men and women who transport big loads of cargo across miles of treacherous roads and acro…

There was skim ice on the quiet water and puddles I’ve encountered in the past few days. This ice would melt away when touched by the autumn sun, but it’s a reminder that soon, the sun will lo…

Fish don’t care who the human is at the other end of the lure or bait they are thinking about biting. They’ll bite (or not) whether the angler is young or old, male or female, white, Asian, bl…

INDIANA — With deer firearms season opening on Nov. 14, the Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters of the following.Deer

Duck hunting isn’t a sport, it’s an addiction. Those people with the addiction are called “duck nuts.” I was a duck nut. Few addictions are easy to walk away from, but for the last decade or m…

I once watched a TV fisherman catch a bass while sitting in the front of his boat. He held it up and announced, “This is a solid little fellow — maybe 2 or 2 1/2 pounds.” Then he stepped to th…

Accident statistics always prove there’s nothing safe about being a human. Accidents occur at home, at work and while out recreating. Golfers have accidents, bowlers have accidents as do biker…

I need to hire a trained orangutan a couple times each year. Once when I remove my boat’s battery in late fall when I’m putting the boat into hibernation mode for the cold weather and then one…

Suet should be a staple at every birder’s feeding station year-round, simply because it attracts the greatest variety of birds, including some birds that don’t eat other feeder foods. Suet is …

Several weeks ago the U.S. Senate passed the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act with a bipartisan voice vote. Very few nays were heard from opposing senators. More recently, the U.S.…

It’s no secret that exposure to loud noises is damaging to human ears and the damage is cumulative. The loss of hearing older folks often display can be attributed to attending rock concerts b…

There are at least 28 species of ducks in North America. Some, like mallards, are wide spread and can be found just about anywhere, north to south — coast to coast. Some are more localized. Ci…

Though no boat owner wants to think about the end of the line for Ol’ Wavewhacker, 99.9% of all boats are going to meet an end eventually. What happens to them?

I remember the first fish I ever caught, cooked and ate. I knew I liked fish but my parents weren’t fishermen so fish was seldom on the menu at home. If we had fish at my house, it was probabl…

During the dog days of summer, many anglers put their rods and reels down and are content to wait until later in the fall for cooler weather. But the coller weather period for this part of the…