When I consider the year just ending, it beats the previous year, hands down. No quadruple heart bypass surgery; no totally missing turkey season. 2013 has been a good year overall.
February 1 – When I married Kay soon to be 30 years ago, she brought into our relationship a longing and desire for something that finally found its way into a special parking spot at our house. She bought the Mustang she'd wanted since she was 16.
February 16 – In keeping with a tradition we've had for the past few years, son in law, Bill, brought granddaughters Callie and Catelyn up from Baton Rouge to join my buddy, George Seacrist and me for a squirrel hunt with his prized dogs. We got 12.
March 11-13 – My annual trek north to the White River featured another splendid time catching rainbow trout with fellow writers/broadcasters out of the fabulous Gaston's Resort.
March 21-24 – Took advantage of an invitation to join a group of journalists for a Blast and Cast event in southwest Alabama. Shot quail, caught bass and came close to getting a gobbler.
April 1-4 – Headed to the Russell Ranch in Menard, Texas with a group of buddies for a turkey hunt. Weather rainy, cold and windy, and turkeys not cooperating. However, during the last hour of the hunt, I called in and shot a big Rio gobbler.
May 17 – Went pond fishing for first time this year. Caught a nice bunch of big bluegills.
June 1 – Joined two cousins down in Goldonna for our annual Cuz'n Fish Fest. Because of health issues, my brother had to miss this year's catching and cleaning and cooking and dining on some delicious fried fish.
August 8-10 – Attended the annual conference of the Louisiana Outdoor Writer's Association in Lafayette. Trip included a swamp tour of the Atchafalaya basin and an awards banquet where I was blessed and humbled to receive two writing/photography awards.
September 2-4 – Back to the Russell Ranch in Texas for one of my best dove hunts ever.
September 19 – Helped plan and participate in the 34th Annual Sportsman's Jamboree in Ruston. Special guest speaker Ray Eye was fantastic.
October 5 – Opened squirrel season. Saw one squirrel; got one squirrel. Quite disappointing.
October 9-12 – Attended the annual conference of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association in Lake Charles. Pleased to receive two awards for my radio program, O'Neal Outdoors.
November 2 – Deer season is open and after missing a deer opening day, I finally nailed a fat and fine doe that is currently taking up space in my freezer.
November 15-16 – Accepted an invitation to head back to Lake Charles to join writer friend, John Flores and host, Sammy Faulk for a waterfowl hunt/fishing trip. Ducks didn't cooperate but the specks did. Got our limits along with a box of redfish.
December 21 – As of this date, I have been privileged so far to write 21 articles for LA Sportsman magazine about some of the most impressive trophy bucks taken in Louisiana this season.
Happy New Year to my faithful readers. I'm already looking forward to the events I'll be reporting to you in 2014.
Glynn Harris Outdoors is proudly sponsored by DSK, Ltd. of Minden.