The Matagi Snow Hunters of Honshu

The Matagi Snow Hunters of Honshu

Screw pop sentiment. To hell with the politically correct. Japan’s Matagi snow hunters follow the philosophy of U.S. sage and spiritual leader Ricky Nelson. You can’t please everyone, so ya’ got to please yourself. Hunting the moon bear pleases the Matagi. Has since...
Private Property, Public Hunting

Private Property, Public Hunting

Turkey season opened with a grim forecast of snow. We went anyway. And it snowed. But not right away. The season dawned gray but dry. A gobbler thundered his approval from his cottonwood roost down by the creek. Things went downhill after that. “Sounds like he’s...
Corona Virus Patrolling

Corona Virus Patrolling

I say one thing for living off the grid: you don’t feel the pain of the current coronavirus quarantine. “You guys okay?” friends ask. “Uh, sure. Why?” “Well, the quarantine.” Long pause. “Coronavirus?” “Oh! Yeah, yeah. Sure. Well, we’re sort of always quarantined. The...
Room for Rent: Bluebirds Apply Inside

Room for Rent: Bluebirds Apply Inside

Humans are weird. We are the only species that expends effort to benefit other species. No strings attached. Odd isn’t it? You don’t find altruistic beavers removing their dams to relieve flooding in upland ground squirrel colonies. They don’t stop gnawing down aspens...
They Keep the Place Dancing

They Keep the Place Dancing

At the risk of sounding too cute, we’ve named our off-grid ranch Dancing Springs Ranch. And probably not for the reason you’re thinking. Our water comes from a spring, but emerges more trickle than dance. We wish it were otherwise, but alas, such is the dry West....

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