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J-Moe and I kayaked up into Birch creek hoping to find some crappie but found only bass in the lower end of the creek. J-Moe headed to the spillway and I continued up the creek to check it out.  Good choice for both of us...

When I lived in the Austin area I would often fish the San Gabriel river between Georgetown and Granger lake.  Since moving back to Bryan in 1997 trips to all the hill country streams were far and few between. J-Moe and I were planning on floating the Colorado river in Bastrop but slightly h…

Things were looking pretty spooky at the ranch for the upcoming deer season but the cold wet weather pushed in by October has kicked the rut into high gear!  Good luck to the Bucks!

There's something about autumn with its days growing short and the coolness that the north winds bring.  Maybe it's the relief we feel when summer relinquishes it's hot and heavy grip or maybe because fall is a time of harvest and celebration before the cold and wet of winter sets in.  The s…

On the first kayaking trip up Yegua creek in a very long while it took J-Moe and I about an hour to get up into the creek when it is usually less the 20 minutes. But as usual it was worth the extra effort!

  With a warmer than usual September behind us October ushers in some very nice autumn weather and a measure of relief from a typical Texas summer. Early Sunday morning I was up and out before sunrise heading to Fort Boggy State Park to do a little fly fishing with my good buddy J-Moe.   

There’s beer flowing at Kyle Field, sore fans in Baton Rouge and a Texas quarterback under an odd attack. Here’s a playlist of songs that relate to A&M, an old rival and the SEC.

My wife's sister lives up around Fort Worth so occasionally I'll swing by the Brazos river below Lake Whitney on my way to drop off or pick her up from a weekend visit.

I spent Saturday morning doing chores here at the little ranch house with the intention of heading to work about noontime to re-plumb a critical piece of equipment with new air hoses.  

Music has returned to the center stage at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, and that means a ton of entertaining band names.

I'm pretty sure I disrupted the "never seen before" secret meeting of the Whitetail Bucks to discuss the last few days of the rutting season..  Looks like most every one of the nice young bucks made it through the hunting season.  At least four of the older really big bucks on the ranch were…

 Just a little more than a year ago in October 2017 my wife and I moved out to the country on a friends ranch as the manager to oversee the day to day operations and provide an "on property" presence for security purposes.  

For my wife and I 2018 was a year of reflection and grieving over my parents passing in 2017.  They both made this life better because of their efforts as did many of their generation with roots anchored in the years of the Great Depression.  I can only hope to obtain the admiration and resp…

My high school shop teacher Mr. Jimmy Brown taught me the basics of woodworking that pointed me to an early career as a carpenter and cabinetmaker.  

The last big rainmaker has set the stage for another great winter whitebass and crappie fishing season over at Lake Somerville.  The creeks are pushing all that floodwater down to the lake and with it comes a significant rise.

I know how they feel having the very good fortune being up at Snick's deer camp the first time in 1979 when the old men that started the camp in the early 1940's were still alive and telling their stories. 

The Michigan deer season starts on the 15th of November every year and has for as long as any hunter today can remember. My dad hunted from a Upper Peninsula deer camp the first time in the early 60's.  There were a few years dad didn't make it all the way up to the deer camp near Crystal Fa…

Whether for hunting or just spending time in the north country of Michigan's U.P. (upper peninsula) this little slice of heaven holds all that was and is near and dear to the Tedrick family and friends. Our Birchview deer camp or the "cabinet in the woods" as young nephew Cade would call it,…

Witnessing those special moments of life outdoors is so much more enjoyable when captured and shared.

Deer hunting in Texas has been changed forever benefitting from several years under the antler regulations designed to allow bucks to mature.  It would be hard to prove the regulation isn't working as intended based on the number of mature quality bucks running around Brazos county and all o…

In a little over a week the 2018 firearm deer hunting season begins and the rutting bucks are chasing doe all over the county enhancing the hunters chances of bagging a big ol' buck! 

The rut is ramping up quickly with a week of very wet cooler days behind us and more of the same forecasted. All this rain has made this October like no other in recent memory.  We received more than 15 inches of rainfall at the ranch since the 1st and there is more to come if this trend con…

With well over twenty inches of rain since the last of August the memory of a hot and dry summer is being throughly washed away. The wife and I are just a few days short of one year living here at the ranch. A few weeks into autumn's shorter days and dropping temperatures brings me to my fav…

With a lucky break in the weather the rain stayed away early Sunday giving us the time we needed to enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2018 Texas Renaissance Festival.

A busy work life can sometimes get in the way of what is most important but through it all you will likely find it is so much easier just to go with the flow and roll with the punches. 

For those folks that work outdoors summertime can be very tough. And for me it has meant working early mornings and then again in the evenings after my day job at The Eagle. With a push of wet gulf air and milder temperatures it appears we are finally near the end of another hot & dry su…

There’s optimism in Aggieland, question marks in Austin and a crowded trophy case in Tuscaloosa. Here’s a playlist of songs that relate to A&M, an old rival and the SEC.

Summertime around these parts gets here long before the official start on June 21st!  Outdoor activities are relegated to early and late in the day for the fun stuff and for work except when there is no other option but to endure the midday heat.   I don't stop fishing in the warmer months b…

My fly fishing buddy J-Moe has been having great success on bass and sunfish with a couple of flys he tied up lately. Like most fishermen I know a good thing when I see it and trust J-Moe to give it to me straight when it comes to catching fish "on the fly".  The Llano bug and the Briminator…

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