The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


  • Turkeys, coffee and sleep deprivation

    Do you really think that having eight hours of sleep every night is necessary? Don’t you figure some scientist somewhere doing a study tells us this because it sounds good and maybe he is working on the side for Mattress Company? Yeah, that’s what I thought too. The people telling us this are definitely not turkey hunters.

    May 8, 2014

  • 050414 Ellis.jpg Humbled by a simple game bird

    I used to think I knew a thing or two about turkey hunting. Back in the day, some twenty-some-odd years ago, I was pretty confident in my skills and my ability to call in a turkey to the end of my shotgun barrel. I would offer my opinions freely when asked about such mythical subjects ranging from the use of decoys to when to call aggressively, or when to simply shut up. 

    May 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Birds sing to communicate

    The hills are alive with the sound of…  birds. For the last week, migratory birds have been announcing their arrival each morning with a chorus of species-specific songs and calls. And yes, there is a difference between songs and calls.

    May 4, 2014

  • He’ll always be listening to his granddad

    The hunter eased the truck door shut and shoved three shotgun shells into his pocket. Loading up would come a little later and he hoped that he would not forget. The pale glow was starting in the east but there was lots of time. Walking out the road in the dark a small bird went by his head like a guided missile and he barely flinched, like he was expecting it.

    May 4, 2014

  • NRA Convention a special experience

    Your humble scribe journeyed this past weekend to the National Rifle Association Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Not a bad drive from Beckley, but a world away as it is flat as a pancake and lots of cornfields. That’s not a bad thing, just different.

    April 30, 2014

  • 042714 Ellis Standoff with a gobbler

    I have no way of telling for sure, but I am certain the turkey was gobbling when the plane I was on landed. A good friend of mine invited me to turkey hunt with him in Texas, and I graciously accepted his offer and left my mountain home for a few days.

    April 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Loving it at the zoo

    Early childhood experiences often shape the adults we become. In my case, I remember going to the Philadelphia Zoo with my parents. I relished those times with my mom and dad then and recall them fondly now.

    April 26, 2014

  • 042714 Ferguson A happy day I've been waiting on

    One of the happiest days of my life was when our daughter Kelsey was born. From that day I couldn’t wait to take her on her first fishing trip and that chance finally came this past weekend.  I wanted to make sure she was old enough to understand and listen. I knew the time was right when I asked her, “Kelsey, do you want to go fishing?” and she replied with a big “Yea” followed by “Go fishing, Dad.”

    April 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gettin’ ready for gobbler season: Step 5 — safety

    My brothers in camo, I could not do this series on preparing for gobbler season without talking to you about the aspects of turkey hunting safety. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I have trouble calling myself an expert on anything. Unfortunately, however, I do have a lot of experience in this area.

    April 23, 2014

  • Gettin’ ready for gobbler season: Step 4 — the setup

    This just in — in a recent study on turkey hunting and turkey hunters it was found that 98.7 percent of the time when hunters were unsuccessful when calling in a gobbler, the hunter made some mistake during the last 50 yards of the bird’s approach.

    April 17, 2014

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