From the Forest

Waste not want not

I remember some years ago cutting up a deer with a friend. When we got to the less desirable cuts – such as the ribs, shanks or parts of the brisket – he would state proudly, “Waste not want not.” Odds and ends of a firewood pile? “Waste not want not.” The last few drips of maple syrup adhering to […]

Changes on the mountain

From The Forest

Saying goodbye isn’t easy. A few weeks ago, I witnessed an old man say goodbye to something – perhaps a way of life – that will surely go missed on the Shawangunk Ridge. I had just walked out of the woods and was packing up my hunting gear near the base of the Shawangunk Ridge when a pick-up truck slowly […]

Self-fulfilling Prophecies, Climate Change, & Forests

A self-fulfilling prophecy is defined as, “A belief or expectation that an individual holds about a future event that manifests because the individual holds it.” We all have them, at least it’s my expected belief we do. Self-fulfilling prophecies can be used for both good and bad. For instance, believing in yourself might actually lead to real positive results. If […]

Empty Supermarkets

It’s hunting season, so I’ve definitely got deer on my mind, so here goes another article about North America’s most pursued animal… Imagine your nearest supermarket for a second. You see it in the distance, quickly approaching as your car speeds along. The sign is brightly lit and the parking lot welcomes your arrival. Clearly, they’re open; the lights are […]

Hunting Heritage in the Forest

Last year I went out before the hunting season to find a better spot to hang my tree-stand. In choosing a good spot, there are a few variables. First, are there deer perusing the area? I mean without deer, you’re just sitting in the woods alone, instead of hunting. I’m not just talking about one lonely deer track, but instead […]

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