Deer Zombie

I’d never killed a September whitetail before. But at 7:57 a.m. on September 27 a mature whitetail doe lay expired at the end of a short blood trail in the Ozark Mountains of Newton County. Yep, the same Newton County that’s nested the Chronic Wasting Disease outbreak in Arkansas. The specter of eating an infected whitetail was, I guess, in the back of my mind, but I wasn’t consciously worried about CWD. The morning’s hunt had unfolded on a...

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CWD and politics

CWD and politics

  I wrote this  Letter to the Editor for The Courier, a local newspaper, in response to a puzzling column by David Mosesso regarding CWD and politics as well as the real risks involved with the discovery of CWD positive deer and elk in Arkansas. Since the time this letter was published, CWD positive deer have been found in two other Arkansas counties including my home county of Pope. You can read the published letter here , and you can...

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King of the woodpile

King of the woodpile

  I usually work in a back room I’ve nicknamed the dungeon (no windows and a sometimes depressing place when the muse plays hard to get), but on weekend mornings when everyone else sleeps in, I work from the living room sofa. One reason I work in the dungeon is because I’m easily distracted by what’s going on in our yard. The main reason I enjoy working from the sofa is because I CAN be distracted by what’s going on...

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