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    In December of 1985 my wife, Sheila and I were married in a small church in Eastern Oklahoma by the same preacher that did her mom and dad's wedding service. I married into a large family with some larger than life characters in many ways, but my father-in-law's brother, Terry, was one of the closest.

    Ten years older than Sheila and me, Terry had lived with my wife's family for a while when he was younger and during the holidays he was a common face around the table. An avid fisherman, ...


    Mojave Rattlesnake in West Texas -- Courtesy Lori Crowson

    The very word incites some people with a primeval fear of the serpent, one of the oldest emblems of evil.

    Mojave Rattlesnake in West Texas -- Courtesy Lori Crowson

    As an outdoorsman I have had many encounters with snakes through the years and I expect to have a few more in the future. We travel too many of the same places and every year I encounter a number of snakes, both poisonous and non-poisonous.

    In Eastern Oklahoma we have ...

    I love what I do with We are a group of hunters and friends who work well together pursuing the activities we love. Removing nuisance hogs from the property of perplexed landowners actually gives a feeling of satisfaction in helping our neighbors. Hogs are one of the smartest, elusive creatures in the forest and ...

    "Totally Insane!"

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake -- Oklahoma Variety

    I was beginning to wonder if my friends weren't right about us. It was 6:45 AM and my morning had started with the buzzing of my alarm clock at 5 AM. I was behind the wheel and Mike VanSant was on my passenger side as two of my buddies followed in a motor cycle escort. Charles Haley was in the backseat, filling in as our back-up cameraman on our first ever rattlesnake hunt.

    We had been called a lot worse this week by many of our friends as our rattlesnake hunt grew nearer the weekend of April 3rd. I had been trying to set up a rattlesnake hunt for this spring with some good snake hunters I knew, but there was one guy I knew that I really wanted to take us.

    Doug Vaughn.

    Doug and Shannon Vaughn

    Rattler Ridge

    Doug Vaughn from his own aptly named Rattler Ridge Ranch. Doug had been a gas well pumper on mine and my In-laws property and he introduced himself as a snake hunter from the first time we met him. Over the years Doug had hunted our dens, crawling over rocks and onto ledges searching for the big deadly reptiles, taking many of our big rattlers home with him.

    I didn't ...

    Game-On Week for started out with a bang bang bang Wednesday morning! We had received permission to hunt some private property owned by a friend of a friend of mine in both Texas and Oklahoma. David Dell and I had explored 215 acres of the property in Texas last Saturday morning, finding abundant hog sign though it appeared to be at least a week old. We are used to that and we know ...

    There are over 1 million acres of public hunting land in Texas and finding hogs on that land can be easier than you think. There is a lot of Corp of Engineering land along the Red River and Lake Texoma that can be hunted year round and in the thick tangled underbrush there are wild hogs.

    Scouting an area that Mike and David knew well, we found two sites that we thought were suitable for shooting another feeder light video. We set up game cameras and baited the area, making sure the time was correct on our game cams so we would know how regular the hogs were feeding.

    Over a period of a week we found one of our sites in the river bottom itself was being visited regularly by hogs.

    We named this boar Whitefoot

    Sunday January 23rd, 2011:

    Mike, David and I set up for a night hunt right before dusk the ...

    Write the article and film a Night Vision and Thermal Imaging Hog Hunt?

    What an invitation!!

    Michael Vansant told me the hunt was going down on the Wild River Ranch near Goliad, Texas and would be one of the most high tech hunts offered in the USA. We would be using Generation 3 Night Vision Devices (NVDs) and a thermal imaging device for spotting the hogs from various hunting platforms. He said we were going to hunt for 2 days and then spend a day in Rockport fishing for Redfish and Speckled trout. I immediately started shifting my schedule to accommodate the three days we would be spending in south Texas. I was about to become a member of the team!

    Saturday morning came early as we packed our gear in my truck at Mike’s house. Michael Vansant is one of the owners of and he was grumbling good-naturedly about people sleeping through their alarms, which both David Dell and I had done this morning. This wasn’t Mike’s first rodeo with us and he had planned for it, factoring in a late start.

    The frantic bustling to get things loaded without forgetting anything was very successful – surprisingly and we were soon headed south, ready to eliminate hogs in a very prejudicial manner!

    Our personal gear consisted of three AR-15 rifles in .223 caliber, though Chris had told us he used the 6.8 SPC cartridge and we were welcome to use his guns. We had the video equipment and a fervent hope that Chris’ thermal or night vision gear was going to interface with our camera. Lots of unknowns, but we were very confident that things were going to go our way with killing south Texas hogs and getting something worthwhile on video.

    Feral hogs in Texas and across the rest of the United States where they have been introduced or migrated, have made serious inroads in taking over the habitat of other resident game animals. Hogs are not only destructive they are predatory as their ability to sniff out prey rivals the olfactory abilities of many hunting dog breeds. Turkey nests and baby fawns have fallen ...

    When I was a young man I didn't really understand trophy hunting since any deer I killed was a trophy. Turkeys were such a challenge almost any gobbler taken had some trophy aspects to him. Even the jakes I killed in my youth are memorable.

    Some trophies have nothing to do with how a rack scores or the length of a beard or length of the tusks. Some trophies are about memories and perhaps in a way, the legacy we leave those we love.

    When my daughter Heidi was 16 years old she wanted to deer hunt with me. It was a bitter cold morning, but I had been seeing deer crossing this pipeline to the North of my In-law's house. Heidi and I were up before dawn and traipsing across the knee-high remnants of the bahia grass pasture on that side of the mountain top. As the sun started peeking over the horizon we snuggled into a divot in the hillside that allowed us to watch the openings where I knew two deer trails intersected.

    We saw a doe once daylight appeared and I was going to let her shoot it, ...

    My Grandpa and "Ginger" in 1966.

    Growing up in southeastern Oklahoma during the 1970’s and 1980’s was not exactly growing up on the frontier, but in many ways it was the end of the era. During my teen years to early twenties I saw Oklahoma move from the # 1 state in the nation for quail hunting to a state with game management departments ...



    My Grandpa -- Perry Falconer -- and Tippy in the backyard.

    I reckon I was wanting a hunting dog for some time, but when we got Tippy she didn't look like much more than the house dog she was supposed to be. She was a puppy, barely weaned and unlike her older sibling Dale, we were not going to keep her in the house. My grandma and grandpa always believed animals belonged outside. Dale belonged to my great-aunt and uncle and he was a playful ...

    We sat there on the sloping bank of the pond watching the orange bobber in the water. Boy and dog were enjoying the warmth of the sun on their backs as we fished Grandpa’s pond in the pasture back of his house. I had a grasshopper on the hook and I was watching it as it floated toward a fallen willow that lay half submerged across the north end of ...
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    This story is reposted from with permission from the author and editor Mr. James Burns. This hunt occurred back in 2007, but the concerns are legitimate and prevalent to hunters now. I mentioned this story in the forums. Here it is for those who don't look at the forums. This is a true story and while humorous, it wasn't at the time!!

    "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." I could end this story here and now but then you wouldn't know what ...
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    The first time I encountered a wild boar we got a shock. My In-Laws owned a commercial hog farm in Eastern Oklahoma that includes a 600 sow unit. This wild boar showed up in the middle of the day and he could smell romance in the air. ...
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    The 2009 deer gun season was one of the most privileged of seasons for me. My dad and uncle camped with us and we got to visit more than usual. The food was phenomenal and we all probably gained 5 lbs. Three of us killed big bucks on the first morning – our best season opener ever.

    However, one of my closest friends and his ...

    Preparation for hunting season starts at home and, well, I took what I felt was a big necessary step for a fluid transition from worker/provider to hunter/provider.

    I mowed the lawn today.

    That may not seem like a big accomplishment ...

    The gobblers just wouldn’t come to a call, but we were seeing them all through the day, each of them with a harem that followed, admiring the big Toms as they would strut among their entourage. Several young jakes were among the different flocks we had seen. Grandpa had killed one the week before that had came to the call after gobbling one time during the middle of the day. The gobbler had stepped out in the old logging road and gobbled one last ...

    It had been a police action for years on my father-in-law's ranch, a violent, bloody time fraught with booby traps and pitfalls soon to be followed with ambushes and bloodshed. There were many drive-by shootings in those early days with retaliation taking place in the form of vandalism in the yard and flower bed of my father-in-law's well kept yard. Armadillos are ...

    The cold trickle of water down my back brought a shiver as I pulled my collar tighter. The light rain had turned to a mist, but the pines and hardwood leaves above us had enough rain accumulated to make it seem like it was still raining.

    It was April in 1980. Grandpa and I were turkey hunting off Pigeon Creek road east of Big Cedar in Southeastern Oklahoma. The Ouachita Mountains had recently opened for turkey ...

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