Recent Discussions

  • Coyotes Prepare for Winter

    November 24th 2017
    A good reading story.  We now have coyotes in our neck of the wood. I suppose they have been here for some years, but I was unaware of it. In the last year or so,… Read More »

  • Dispatch from Deer Camp, 2017

    November 24th 2017
    Very complicated subject, hunting is Like religion and politics, never going to change the mind of those who see the world differently than u For me, the predator class of animals u leave be, via… Read More »

  • Dispatch from Deer Camp, 2017

    November 24th 2017
    Let us count the ways—the succession of poor decisions/choices in this account—from continuing to hunt with a damaged rifle; to, apparently, not being sure of his shot; to then shooting (with the rifle that he… Read More »

  • Dispatch from Deer Camp, 2017

    November 24th 2017
    Thank you for this very thoughtful essay. Read More »

  • Coyotes Prepare for Winter

    November 23rd 2017
    Hey Susie, what a beautiful piece of writing and sentiment. Amazed you learned all you know growing up in Brooklyn. Read More »

  • Coyotes Prepare for Winter

    November 22nd 2017
    Tom beat me to it. Go howl, they often howl back. Read More »

  • Coyotes Prepare for Winter

    November 22nd 2017
    You just made my morning Susie.  As a northerner, a parent and a neighbor to an eastern coyote myself, I very much connected with this writing. Thank you for an educational and insightful article. Happy… Read More »

  • Coyotes Prepare for Winter

    November 21st 2017
    Hey Susie: Go ahead and howl at the coyotes…they may howl back! And its very therapeutic. Read More »

  • Coyotes Prepare for Winter

    November 20th 2017
    I just read the article Susie Spikol Faber wrote, “Coyotes Prepare for Winter,” and loved it! Natural history presented in this way is both enlightening and enriching: The reader learns about the subject at hand… Read More »

  • Lessons in Butchering Venison

    November 20th 2017
    Hi Graham, The fridge should be fine in the workshop. I keep both fridge and freezer in an unheated garage and have never had a problem. Read More »

  • Mammal Teeth

    November 19th 2017
    Do all mammals, including aquatic, become “long in tooth” (a.k.a. receding gums) with age?  Same question extended to include all modern dentates? Read More »

  • The Treehouse Guys

    November 17th 2017
    Don’t know if it’s just me, but Jim Roth looks a lot like actor Cliff DeYoung. I thought they could be brothers or at least cousins. Google it and see. By the way, you guys… Read More »

  • Lessons in Butchering Venison

    November 17th 2017
    In anticipation of using a frig to execute the dry aging process, I recently moved an extra fridge (we redid our kitchen) into my detached and unheated workshop. I even bought a small fan.  My… Read More »

  • What Cats' Eyes Tell Us About Their Souls

    November 16th 2017
    Wonderfully informative. A pleasure to read and re-read.. Thank you. Read More »

  • How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    November 15th 2017
    Conibear-style traps are designed to kill, so hopefully you never have to release a pet from one. To open them, compress the springs one at a time: there’s a hook that will hold each spring… Read More »

  • The Winter Life of the Skunk

    November 14th 2017
    I noticed a strong skunk odor coming from inside my shed. I opened the door and discovered a couple potheads. Read More »

  • Tricks of the Trade: The Perfect Splitting Block

    November 14th 2017
    I’ve tried this with a tire before but it was a massive headache. Turns out I didn’t have the foresight to actually attach it to the stump with screws like you did. Seems so obvious… Read More »

  • Snowshoe Hares in Winter

    November 11th 2017
    11/2017 There were four hares here this summer.  We live with ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and Larch around our cabin.  When the squirrel was cutting the pine cones, I noticed a hare eating the needles of… Read More »

  • Transformations: Which Caterpillar Becomes Which Butterfly?

    November 11th 2017
    Thank you for your site. It helped me identify the Isabella Tiger Moth, a common moth caterpillar, but all the same , exciting to identify and know it will emerge in the spring! Looking for… Read More »

  • How to Release a Dog from a Trap

    November 11th 2017
    Thank you for writing your suggestions in a balanced and accurate manner.  This is an emotional topic for dog owners, and for trappers, many of them dog owners.  I ran a trapline as a teenager… Read More »