Archive for March, 2014

The Sporting Naturalist

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The Sporting Naturalist

Naturalist?  Whether or not one shoots or angles, any success beyond dumb luck depends on one’s knowledge of the wild and its inhabitants.  And learning about wildlife, finned, feathered or furred, makes one a naturalist.  I was reminded of this last week when taking the terrier out for a morning walk and saw, to my […]

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Thrift, Tweed and The Countryside Lifestyle

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Thrift, Tweed and The Countryside Lifestyle

Thrift is not usually a word one associates with country gentlemen.  We all feel that the proper country squire goes to London periodically to shop Savile Row for his shooting togs.  This, however, is an error.  There are rather a fair number of provincial tailors who can equip the newly landed gentleman (or his overseas […]

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Apologies

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Apologies

There is no article today due to a death in the family.  The Sporting Gentry will resume Monday, March 24th.  Thank-you for your understanding. Walter

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Hunt California . . . and Get it All Wrong!

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Hunt California . . . and Get it All Wrong!

Hunt California . . . and Get it Wrong! California, despite its reputation for ‘extreme’ gun controls, is hunting’s best kept secret.  This comes despite an oversupply of people.  But the facts are that there isn’t much in North America we can’t hunt; and there are a few things you have to hunt California for.  […]

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Poverty Soup: Chap. 2

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Poverty Soup:  Chap. 2

The immigrants from Southern Italy that came to America in the early years of the XX Century came here fleeing poverty.  Not for them the traditional middle-class midday meal of primo, segundo, and a salad.  No, those laborers and small holders were left destitute by the earthquakes of 1905, 1908 and 1915.  They considered themselves […]

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Wild City: How the Animals Came to Town

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Wild City:  How the Animals Came to Town

Whenever I read about some cougar that has wandered into a suburb in the foothills and see the predictable comment about how humans are moving into the wildlife’s home I cannot help but shake my head.  We are living in the era of the wild city.  Leopards eat people in downtown Mumbai, bears sooth their […]

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Poverty Soup

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Poverty Soup

Poverty Soup is real soup.  Too many soup recipes have pretensions or aspire to exclusivity.  Bouillabaisse is a prime example with several restaurants in Marseilles claiming to be the only ones who make ‘the real thing’.  Hogwash.  Bouillabaisse is just like any other fisherman’s soup.  You make it out of what parts of your catch […]

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The Zombie Buffalo–the one that almost got me!

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The Zombie Buffalo–the one that almost got me!

Zombie Buffalo?  Yes, they exist.  I know.  One almost got me. After many years as a happy bird hunter I changed careers and became an elementary school teacher.  That meant that except for occasional weekends in the desert or runs out to a local pheasant club when everyone else got to go hunting I had […]

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