Hunting Diary

  • I Broke My “I” Jinx—Finally!!

    We hunt a lot and are truly blessed to be able to do so. We hunt deer all over the U.S. and we live in Illinois. When it’s deer season, we are on the road a bunch and when we get home, I don’t spend much time hunting…I’m usually catching up with RJ and work. With that being said, I haven’t filled an Illinois buck tag since 1999. Yikes!! I have tried, but it just wouldn’t… read more »

  • Long Spurred Osceola

    It seems like I’ve been on the lucky end of surprises this season. First, Ralph and Vicki surprised me with a Javelina hunt down in Texas in December 2010. Now they surprised me with the opportunity at my first Osceola turkey down in Florida with Uncle Hoppy at Osceola Outfitters.   The day started off slow. Ralph, Vicki, Hoppy, and I had roosted a gobbler the night before on the edge of… read more »

  • Javelina Surprise

    It was the last morning of our hunt with our good friends on The Covenant Ranch in the south Texas brush country. After a great week of deer hunting, we decided to spend the last day hunting hogs, javelina’s, and predators. Vicki and I got into our blind and I began setting up the camera gear for the morning hunt. When Vicki looked over and said, “Hey bud, I just wanted to let you know… read more »

  • Three Days at Hoppy’s

    It was January 2011 and we were on our Florida trip at Hoppy’s (Osceola Outfitters), ready to shoot something big.  We stayed up late the first night talking. The next morning we woke up and had breakfast – it was a delicious breakfast.  We went outside and practiced with the Ten Point and then we went scouting for a good place to sit in the evening.  While we were scouting,… read more »

  • Long Time Coming

    Our hunting season started October first here in Virginia. The month of October was uneventful and as November rolled around we left home on a three week road trip to hunt Nebraska and Kansas, which by the way was slow and uneventful.   We returned home with only one week of regular rifle season left so we made a couple of trips out during the week after work which didn’t work out. So that… read more »

  • A Sudden Change of Luck

    The story of my first Moose hunt started in Central Florida. I had recently returned from a Spring Bear hunt with Freddy Lagos, when Ralph and Vicki invited me to join them at Osceola Outfitters for some Gator and Hog hunting. I arrived at Hoppy’s place mid-afternoon, and before I could unload my gear and get settled, I was introduced to Fern Duquette and his lovely daughter Kelly. Fern and Kelly… read more »