• Hunting,  Lifestyle

    Arno Bernard Knives

    I love collecting handmade sporting equipment like knives, fly rods, guns, etc. I look at these things as functional works of art and nice pieces can be passed down as heirlooms for generations. I especially like collecting fine, handmade knives. I recently purchased an Arno Bernard handmade knife and I am impressed by the fit, materials and beauty of the newest piece in my collection.

  • Lifestyle,  The Whiskey Ledger

    The Whiskey Ledger with Bourbon Apprentice

    Back in April of 2020 and amidst the height of the pandemic, a number of NC bourbon enthusiasts were brought together by my buddy Cam to establish what is now known as the NCBurbCrew. I could honestly write a full article on the group’s inception (and I might), but for now, you can just follow that hashtag on social media to find out more about it. One of the mainstays of the group, affectionally called the “Crüe,” is Daniel Spivey, who is @Tipples_And_Drams on Instagram. Daniel knows more about whiskey in his eyelashes than I’ll likely ever know. I’ve learned a ton…

  • Hunting,  Lifestyle

    The “Euro” Pointer

    History reveals that this bird dog should be renamed to show its true countries of origin. Let us start with the origin of the Pointer. Just because “English” is in the description, it does not mean the dog originated in England. The English will probably tell you, yes, citing the old British policy to “Make the world England.” Think more along the lines such as the canine was “created” or refined on the British Isle. If an English Pointer could speak, it would tell you the same thing in a profound British accent. To their owners, we can refer to them as English Sympathizers, the Pointer is the unquestioned aristocrat…

  • Bookshelf,  Hunting,  Lifestyle

    African Game Trails, Theodore Roosevelt

    African Game Trails is written by Theodore Roosevelt and is an account of a safari he took with his son Kermit in East Africa starting out in March of 1909 sailing from New York and ending in Khartoum in March of 1910.  The purpose of this expedition was to collect birds, mammals, reptiles, plants, and especially specimens of big game for The National Museum at Washington, the Smithsonian, and the American Museum of Natural History, New York.  The game mounts from this expedition are on display to this day at these museums.  The other members of the main party included Surgeon-Lieut. Col. Edgar A Mearns, U.S.A, retired; Mr. Edmund Heller,…

  • Hunting,  Lifestyle

    Atlantic Brant & The Death of Blackbeard

    It’s the morning of November 22nd, 1718, and the North Carolina Island of Ocracoke will be witness to a battle that will result in the death and beheading of the most famous pirate in history, Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. The golden age of piracy ended almost 300 years ago, but our fascination with pirates is as strong today as it was during the Golden Age. Blackbeard is, without a doubt, the most well-known pirate, but many myths and legends surround him...

  • Fishing,  Lifestyle

    Heart Wood Trade Landing Nets

    I love unique hand-crafted sporting items, especially when they have a wood component. I just love the beauty of wood grains and the way polished wood feels in my hands; that is why I always prefer wood stocks on my guns. I like a beautiful wood reel seat on my fly rods and exotic wood handles on knives. I also like to support boutique craftsmen that make these heirloom quality items.

  • Lifestyle,  The Whiskey Ledger

    The Whiskey Ledger with Bourbon Apprentice

    Last March – 2019…the year before COVID that sadly seems like a distant memory – I took a trip to Kentucky with my wife and another couple. Although it was only for three days, and there were no beaches or waves to be seen, it still ranks up there as one of my all-time favorite vacations. After all, it’s an adult Disney World of sorts. I’ve gone back and forth in my head about where to take this entry of the Ledger…do I want to go the history route, or do I want to reminisce? If you’ve read any of my previous columns, I think you know what direction we’re…

  • Lifestyle

    The Path to the Farm Or When I Fought The Ghost Naked

    The path to the farmhouse was unimpressive, just a gap in the cornfield that disappeared into the stalks. The only thing beyond the usual was the banged up mail box with the Stars and Stripes painted on it, the lid dangling by just one rivet after fending off the relentless attack of nocturnal beer bottles. Those heat seekers of the night were forever launched by the anonymous backhanded gunners who rolled the roads between Black Creek and Lucama...

  • Lifestyle

    Bringing Autumn Indoors

    Happy October! Cooler weather, sweaters, bonfires, pumpkins, and all the spookiness. During this season, I love to bring the outdoors inside, by using pumpkins, dried florals, wood tones, and moody colors. I wanted to give you some practical tips for decorating during the fall season and how to incorporate in Halloween.