My Life As a Turkey

Joe Hutto knows more about the wild turkey than any living person.  That’s because he raised a brood of them from eggs.  He was the the first face they saw upon hatching and imprinted on them.  He lived a year with them.  Every day, he was a turkey.  He wrote a book about his experience called Illumination in the Flatwoods.  PBS did a documentary about it.   The link to the full episode is HERE.


Pittsburgh Tribune Review

I got to be in Saturday’s paper in a piece about turkey hunting done by Bob Frye.  They even put my picture in there.  They must have had a limited photo selection.  LINK.

Last Bird Hunt of the Year

englishsetterBefore hanging it up for the year, I took my year old English Setter for a run.  It got hot and he fizzled out pretty quick, but he hunted very hard and pointed five birds in our 45 minute hunt.  He has come a long way in the past four months and it was very gratifying to see all of our hard work paying off. [Read more…]

The Past Couple Weeks in Pictures


I’ve been busy the past few weeks and haven’t had much time to post much, but some good stuff has been going on. I finally got my archery buck from 2012 to Nick Krvioniak from Vivid Taxidermy a while back. He turned it around really quickly to use in the West Virginia State Taxidermy competition. The deer was over 300 pounds live weight and was 24 inches behind its ears. [Read more…]

Pigman Shows Off Scary Shooting Skills

Look out Jerry Miculek, Pigman is now the king of pistoliers.  Pigman, who’s real name is Brian Quaca has a show on the Discovery Channel as well as one on the Sportsman Channel which both revolve around, you guessed it, pigs.  I stumbled across this video last night of a hog encounter.  Pleeeaaase Watch it.

Did you see it too?  Am I crazy?  Aside from this guy being a raging dipshit, did you see how he shot that hog?  It looks like he folded it the 3rd or 4th shot, then gave it another 6 or 7  while facing his camera man at what couldn’t be more than a few feet.  That’s not safe, kids.  Then after he’s reliving the harrowing experience he points the gun (which is unloaded, but still) at his own head while talking with his hands.

pigman retard


Maybe I’m just being a stick in the mud, but I don’t really think that was the most safe way to be handling a firearm.  But whatever, maybe I just don’t know how to have a good time.  What do you think?

26 Turkey Kills in 2 Minutes


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Red-Headed Stepchild: The Browning A500

red browning buckhead

Over the years, Browning has produced some memorable shotguns like the legendary A5 and the unparalleled Superposed over under.  It has also produced some less than memorable offerings like the B2000 and much loathed A500.

Built in the early 80’s, the A500 was introduced as a short recoil auto loader that could cycle both 2 3/4 and 3 inch rounds which was something the A5 could not do without changing friction rings.  From 1987 to 1992, the gun was offered in two separate types: the A500G which was gas operated and the the short recoiling A500R.

I’ve been a proud A500R owner since 2000 when my dad traded some old dog kennels for the showroom condition Browning with a 28 inch Invector choked barrel.  His intention was to put together a turkey gun for me so he sent it to Jim Crumley [Read more…]

Walking a Dog That Doesn’t Want To Be Walked

Working with a young gun dog that still has some puppy characteristics can be very trying.  Often, these bad puppyish traits appear out of nowhere and quickly go away but sometimes, they’re a persisting problem.  My English Setter is one year old, and up until the other day he was not very good at on the leash.  He would pull so hard and most of the time, the verbal commands we worked diligently on did not work.  He pulled like he should have been attached to a sled.

english setter leash [Read more…]

Random Cell Phone Photos

Going through my cell phone pictures this morning, I picked out several from the last few months that caught my attention.  In no particular order, here they are.

english setter on pointPirate Pete on point in the yard.


yough riverOver the shoulder shot of a client on the Youghiogheny River the first weekend of October.

English Setter PuppyPete with a well earned pheasant wing.

West Virginia Brook TroutA nice little Native Brook Trout with Dustin’s custom 5 weight I built him a few years ago.

West Virginia Brown Trout face

Meadow Run PennsylvaniaView from my office in October.

Bird FarmThe pheasant farm at work on a cool fall evening.