Category Archives: Hunting

The Closing Chapter for Outdoors Down South

Jim boat river

Writing this column and the associated blog has been on of the more interesting things I’ve ever done, even in the context of a life that has been pretty doggone interesting. Though I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words for publication during my career, most were under someone else’s byline. Outdoors Down South is different because it was my own creation, for better or worse, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing it for three years now.

Notes From My Everglades Duck Hunt

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This past weekend, I strayed far from my typical Northwest Florida hunting and fishing grounds and traveled to Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades in search of ducks. It was a great trip and we got a good pile of birds to show for it. On the other hand, there were some things that could have been better. So, for what it’s worth, I want to offer the following comments and suggestions.

Learning to Love Duck


I’ve written before about my tenuous relationship with duck. I’ve always enjoyed hunting them and never really minded cleaning them, but no matter how I cook them, they always ended up tasting like liver. PS – I don’t like liver. I tried dozens of different recipes over the years, but nothing could get me past that obnoxious taste.

A Buck in the Hand

Bill's Deer

I’ve never been a trophy whitetail hunter. The antlers I’ve collected over the years are mostly small or oddly shaped and I’ve never taken one to a taxidermist. In fact, the only one I actually mounted (33 years later) is the very first one I killed when I was 14.

And then a book happened . . .

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I never really set out to write a book. However, on November 11, Life Along the Apalachicola River is scheduled to hit the shelves. You can actually pre-order it now from Barnes & Noble and Amazon, although I think it’s best to buy from local stores if they carry it. You may also buy direct from me for $15 + $4.99 shipping using the PayPal button below:

Hunting Bigfoot Spoiler: We Didn’t Find Him


“Let me be the first to congratulate you on a Sasquatch hunt that I’m certain will be every bit as successful as any funded by National Geographic. While you’re there, keep an eye out for Jimmy Hoffa, the Lost Dutchman’s mine, Manti Te’o’s girlfriend and the Holy Grail.”Text from Bill McClellan on Friday, October 10.

Rails and Moorhens: Hunting Season is Already Here


It’s amazing what you learn when you take the time to read. Mary used to tell me that a lot when I was putting together kids’ toys, furniture and things that included those dreaded words, “Some assembly required.” But it comes in handy in other areas of life as well.

A Cool Breeze and Some Hunting, Please


I’m not complaining. Really, I’m not. This has been a wonderful summer. I’ve caught plenty of fish, the frogs were out in force and most of the time it wasn’t as blistering hot as it could have been.

Tastes (Nothing) Like Chicken

Coon skin

My father-in-law was complaining about raccoons recently and debating the best way to keep them out of his garbage cans. From what I gather, he doesn’t mind them visiting his yard or scrounging for food. His biggest complaint is that they don’t clean up after themselves.

Taking a Hero on a Gator Hunt

Ty and Lane

By Lane Stephens

On Friday, July 11, I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with a true American hero – Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter. My time with Ty was relaxing, exhilarating, and in the end, just a whole lot of fun, as I took him with me on a nuisance alligator hunt on Lake Talquin, near Quincy, Florida.

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