‘Growing up I dreamed of adventure and stayed outside as much as I could; which was tough in the snow of Buffalo, NY. Knocking down my first challenge of Eagle Scout, I learned the skills that would guide me through the rest of my life as an outdoorsman, hunter, dad, and husband. As I approach my 40’s, I live to pass along those traditions to my children. I would rather watch my son take his first duck out of the air or my daughter pull in a huge Northern Pike, than travel solo to an exotic location to hunt myself. While serving as the commander of a Green Beret team around the world, I realized how fortunate we are as Americans to have the freedom to hunt, fish, and share the outdoors with loved ones in relative safety. I often reflect on that era in my life while enjoying the peace of a tree stand or the quiet of a pre-dawn waterfowl hunt. It brings peace to what was otherwise chaos in the world. Whether it is accidently slapping a friend in the face with a stringer full of salmon as we hurry away from an approaching brown bear or untangling my 4 years olds fishing rod for the 20th time, let me live outdoors.
Brian Dowling, Vermont.’
“I am finally getting to see and hunt the snow geese I haven’t seen up close since WWII,” rumbled my hunting neighbor. Laying next to a man for 12 hours in a cold wet corn field hoping some of the ‘flying ghosts,’ will come down out of the sky, you learn a lot about...read more
As we get older, our definitions of spring break changes. For me, it was convincing the wife a good trade off was me going fishing in FL for some fish. As long as of course I would catch enough to pack home for the Fridays leading up to Easter. Sea Bass and Grouper...read more
The new Jackson Kayak Real Tree Kilroy test run was a success. It’s getting cold up here in Vermont but the new Kilroy, Realtree edition arrived in time before freeze up. We hit the home territory of the Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge on the Canadian border. As usual, we...read more