Years ago, a classmate of ours, Mary Ellen Godbout, told us about some cabins located in Mahoney State Park just off Interstate... Read more
One of the big events coming up is Ducks Unlimited 50th annual banquet and auction.
Jim Schmelzle and his son, Randy, have fished together many Father’s Day holidays. It’s a tradition.
For years, Bob Bryant and I have hunted New Year’s Day in Osage and Coffee counties.
Onis, David and Tyler Lemon went on their annual deer hunt in Decatur County on the Jerry Talley farm. With the help... Read more
Our annual pheasant hunt at Sleepy Hollow Farm in South Dakota had to be canceled this year. Our son, Dennis, passed away... Read more
Bill Shoemaker has been hunting for pheasant in Norton County for many years. Unfortunately, he’s not had a very good start to... Read more
I have taken many photos over the years of my hunting and fishing outings, and enjoy visiting with Martha Acosta of Walgreens... Read more
A group of Topeka hunters made a trip to Manitoba, Canada, to pursue the brown bear. Eric Becker, Paul Spurgeon and Steve... Read more
Sam Schmelzle, 8, has fished with Grandpa Jim Schmelzle on farm ponds around Valley Falls, but this was Sam’s first time fishing... Read more
I occasionally enjoy frog hunting. Kevin Smith owns a farm in Osage County and has some nice ponds that hold frogs and... Read more
It’s a long journey from Topeka to Ketchikan, Alaska.
Bob Reed and Onis Lemon have been planning an Alaskan fishing trip for... Read more
The past two weeks have been really hot, but some hardy souls have been out on our lakes and streams fishing. Some... Read more
One of my hunting buddies, Dr. Brad Rupp, and I were talking about turkey hunting — we talk often about turkey hunting... Read more
Habitat along the Delaware River is plentiful in the many marshes. In the wet years, migratory birds use this area to rest... Read more
Kaw Valley Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation recently held its annual banquet and auction, and Muddy Creek Gamebirds donated a four-man hunt... Read more
Last weekend I gave my wife a break and took our grandson Reno, who lives with us, to Kansas City to the... Read more
It’s time to think about turkey hunting.
The Shawnee County Hunter Education Association will offer its spring class on four nights next... Read more
I was hoping I would get a call from one of the Shivelys inviting me to go goose hunting this winter. When... Read more
Onis Lemon and I were sitting with Gary Yager at the Ducks Unlimited Auction and Banquet last fall when a quail, chukar... Read more
Deer hunting around the area has been good this year. Spencer Baum of Holton was deer hunting near Larkinburg with his father,... Read more
The weather has not been great for the bow hunters, but they are a hardy bunch.
Steve Massey, whom I have known since... Read more
Kansas has some great hunting for both whitetail and mule deer.
I talked with Lloyd Fox, deer biologist for KDWPT, at the commission... Read more
The 2015 season has arrived and having hunted around Harrold, S.D. for the past 14 years, Bernie Trompeter and I know where... Read more
I have looked forward to the fall hunting season, and the opening of the Kansas dove season started Sept. 1.
I met Onis... Read more
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has been working toward raising the fees for licenses in 2016. This topic has... Read more
On my daily trip to the bank for my store change, one of my hunting buddies, Steve Damron, and I were talking... Read more
After a recent hot day at work, I thought I needed a little relaxation. I invited my grandson, Tyler, and his wife,... Read more
For the fishermen and women out there trying their luck this summer, a little cooler weather sure would add to the fishing... Read more
Turning 60 can be a big deal and Mike Conlin thought he should celebrate in a big way.
Mike has set a tradition... Read more
I have wanted to take my grandson Reno fishing for some time, but with all the rain, it has been hard to... Read more
When you go to northwestern Nebraska, you never know what the weather will bring.
Gib Rhodes of Madison, Dale Berry of New... Read more
I look forward every turkey season to a hunt with two longtime hunting buddies, Tommy Thompson and Rocky Dreimar from Monroe City,... Read more
My annual turkey hunt to northwestern Nebraska finally arrived. Dr. Brad Rupp and I left last Thursday to hunt the Rio Grande... Read more
Spring is a great time to be out in the woods or on the water. Here are a few stories and observations... Read more
My grandson, Reno, missed his turkey last spring so he has been asking me for months when the season starts this year.... Read more
Spring is a good time to purchase a new puppy to start its training for next fall. You need to look at... Read more
A pair of area girls are to be congratulated on their recent deer hunting success, and their parents and grandparents deserve recognition... Read more
Longtime customer Ray Schroeder called and invited me to go along on a trapping trip for beaver and muskrat.
I met Ray and... Read more
I planned to go goose hunting Saturday morning with the Shivelys, of Kansas Xtreme Outfitters. The wind came up, so they postponed... Read more
All the 2014 seasons are over, and I had a great time in the field as well as on the water.
I hunted... Read more
I was contacted by Patty Dick of the Topeka Arthritis Foundation about donating a hunt to be auctioned at their annual fundraising... Read more
The 2014 Kansas deer season has started. I contacted some hunters to see how their luck was panning out.
Kody Wohletz, 14, started... Read more
The 2014 quail and pheasant season was fast approaching, so to get ready, Onis Lemon and I went to Cokeley Farm and... Read more
The Kansas wind took some of the fun out of the Hunter Safety Youth Hunt at Cokeley’s Farms Hunting Preserves last Saturday.
For... Read more
The 2014 South Dakota pheasant season has arrived. Bernie Trompeter and I have hunted together in S.D. for the last fifteen years.... Read more
I have a bucket list I have been working on, and one thing I wanted to do was shoot a bear.
Two... Read more
The fall hunting season starts Monday with dove season. In checking with area hunters, it looks like it could be a very... Read more
I was invited to go walleye fishing in South Dakota with Onis Lemon and Bob Reed, but I had too much on... Read more
Devils Lake is one of the jewels of walleye and northern pike fishing in North Dakota. It’s located about 80 miles west... Read more
Harlan White and I headed out to catch crappie on Melvern Lake on a hot afternoon. We motored to brush piles along... Read more
My wife, Sandra, and I needed to get away for a short trip from business and grandkids, so we went to The... Read more
Washburn baseball coach Steve Anson and I went turkey hunting the last week of the season.
It had been many years since... Read more
My friend Dr. Brad Rupp needs a Rio Grande turkey complete his grand slam this spring. I also want one so I... Read more
For the last several years, I have been determined to kill both a Rio Grande and Merriam turkey on the same trip.
I... Read more
Our friends, Dan and Mary Ann Wade, go mushroom hunting around Missouri Valley, Iowa, each spring with Larry Myers. Larry and his... Read more
The youth turkey season was about to open, and I got a call from a fellow hunter telling me there were about... Read more
Our grandson, Reno, was on spring break last week, and Ron and Sandy Price were having their annual St Patrick’s Day party... Read more
Kansas Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever (PF/QF) had their fourth annual habitat convention in Wichita last weekend at the Great Plains Nature... Read more
Why would a grown man get up at 4:30 a.m. to meet other men and lie in a snow bank in 10-degree... Read more
After our hunt at Cokeley Farms Hunting Preserves with Bob Reed, Onis Lemon and I decided we needed to take more hunts... Read more
I was up at 4 a.m. on Jan. 4 to go goose hunting with Jay and Jim Shively of Kansas Xtreme Outfitters... Read more
The holiday season is a great time to take a young hunter or fisherman out and work with them on becoming someone... Read more
In northeastern Kansas, the opening of deer season last Wednesday was cold, windy and foggy with a light mist.
Steve Damron had gotten... Read more
I was able to open the 2013 quail season with four friends at Pat Gideon’s farm north of Dover.
When I pulled into... Read more
Sandra and I were out to dinner with our grandson, Tyler, and his fiancée, Haley Zander, and I asked the kids if... Read more
Ron Price had mentioned he wanted to hire a fishing guide to better understand the when and how to catch more fish... Read more
My article today is about Isabella Hope Larson, a 1-year-old child in medical trouble in South Dakota.
My Topeka hunters have been pheasant... Read more
Recently graduated hunter safety students were invited to hunt dove Sept. 1 at the Kansas Dept of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWP&T)... Read more
I spent a weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks trying to catch either catfish or blue cats with very little success.
Dan... Read more
Fall will soon be here with dove, teal and early prairie chicken seasons. Don’t forget about black powder and bow season for... Read more
I like hearing about families enjoying fishing or the outdoors together.
Two of my employees at Taco Casa love to fish and so... Read more
My grandson, Tyler Abernathy and his fiancée, Haley Zander were invited to spend a few days with her family for a visit... Read more
Lindsay Stead took his 8 year old grandson, Ty Stead, turkey hunting in Osage County. They were up before 5 a.m. and... Read more
Dr. Brad Rupp and I had a great weekend of turkey hunting. We headed to Hays in the late afternoon and got... Read more
Sunday afternoon, my grandson Reno Groggins and I went to our farm to hunt turkeys.
Before we left Topeka, we had to stop... Read more
Last Friday my young turkey hunters and guides met at the Red Rock Ranch east of Soldier. Owners Bill and Debra do... Read more
The Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation held their 12th annual free spring turkey clinic at Camp Alexander,... Read more
Beginning Jan. 1, resident hunters and anglers ages 65-74 are no longer exempt and now need a license to hunt and fish.
There... Read more
I saw Jere Noe at a Washburn basketball game and he told me he had not been out hunting all season.
Onis Lemon... Read more
If you want a great goose hunt, contact the Shivelys. Jim, Brian and Jay do a super job of finding where the... Read more
The upland game season will close Jan. 31 for quail, pheasant and turkey.
This past week I got out two afternoons and tried... Read more
After looking in my freezer this week, I think maybe I should have a wild game dinner party. There’s quail, pheasant, duck,... Read more
Onis Lemon and I went to Muddy Creek Game Birds near Meriden to hunt quail. Owner Andy Petesch put out 26 birds... Read more
The pheasant hunting opening weekend was very slow to non-existent.
Bill Shoemaker and his group of five hunters only got one pheasant. They... Read more
When it’s Thanksgiving time, it must mean I have another birthday. I have celebrated Thanksgiving and my birthday with some sort of... Read more
Pat Gideon was in for lunch a while back and we were talking hunting and Quail Unlimited. Pat asked if I knew... Read more
I believe this was our 13th year of hunting pheasants in South Dakota. Bernie Trompeter, Greg Duffens and I are all that... Read more
With the opening of quail and pheasant season in Kansas less than 30 days away, are you and your hunting companion ready?
For the opening morning of the Kansas dove season, the Shawnee County Hunter Education Association had secured a dove field along the... Read more
The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission set the fall duck and goose seasons at their commission meeting in Great Bend.
The seasons... Read more
What a week of fishing. First, a turkey hunting buddy from Madison, Mark Osmundson, has wanted to fish with Catdaddy for a... Read more
I met Jim Runnels and Dr. Bob Hall early Saturday morning to go to Pomona Lake for a catfish lesson. We arrived... Read more
Two of my hunting buddies decided to try and kill all six North American turkeys in one spring season. Dale Berry, of... Read more
I told my grandson, Reno, I had a surprise for him the other evening. I had invited Gage Jennings, a schoolmate at... Read more
One of my favorite places to hunt is the Pine Springs Ranch along the Nebraska, South Dakota border. There are hills, green... Read more
The last two weeks I have been busy in the field and on the lake.
First, Harlan White and I fished Melvern Lake... Read more
Mike Christensen called to see if I would take a young man turkey hunting. Christensen is the state director for the Pass... Read more
With the opening of the 2012 youth turkey season April 1, I invited Dakota Bush, 14, to go to the youth hunt... Read more
There has been a lot going on in late March and I see no letup in April.
I attended the Kansas Department of... Read more
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will meet March 22 at the Kansas History Center, 6425 S.W. 6th St.,... Read more
It’s time to think about the upcoming spring hunting and habitat work that will soon be upon us.
With the mild winter weather,... Read more
Jay Shively of Kansas Xtreme Outfitters invited me to go on a goose hunt that I purchased at the Quail and Upland... Read more
Saturday and Sunday morning, I met Bob and Dirk Thomas in Harveyville for a Canada goose hunt with Dan Bell of Bell... Read more
Jim Charity was in our restaurant and asked me if I would take his son, Cameron, 12, hunting.
I have known Jim a... Read more