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Dana’s Christmas List

I know I have been silent on the pages of ODU for most of the year. Other assignments have been keeping me busy.  You have to go where the jobs take you, even if it keeps […]

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A Trip to Marlow’s Bald Hill

Making one’s living from the bounty of the natural resources, to include hunting, is deeply engrained in the rich history of New Hampshire. Unfortunately, urban sprawl has taken many sections of the state away from […]

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Preparing For Winter

There is an old saying that goes something like this, “winter won’t kill you, but not being prepared for winter will”.  In other words when it is -20 degrees outside and there is three feet […]

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Preparation is the Key

Whether you are hunting or fishing, if you want to be successful you need to prepare.  You need to understand the fish or game you are after and you need to have faith in the […]

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Make Good Use of Long Winter Days

  Being in New Hampshire means that there are only two seasons: winter and preparing for winter.  Winter up here can start as early as October and last right through until April. It means long […]

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Remember Who Got Us Here

Originally I intended to write a piece on my first turkey hunt of the year (by the way I didn’t get my bird).  That was until I found out that my wife had left to […]

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My New Knife

I’m not a collector of knives, guns or much of anything else.  I like good products that I can use. Recently, I received a knife called the Jessmuk which is made by L.T. Wright.  You […]

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The Green Mountain State

I have been blessed with the ability to travel throughout the United States over the years, but no place stands out like Vermont.  Vermont is home to some of the best fishing and hunting around. […]

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Make Your Own First-Aid Kit

If you are reading this article the odds are pretty good that you spend a great deal of time outdoors.  No matter where you are accidents can and do happen all of the time. Some […]

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Feed the Need

  If you are like me, when you are out hunting, fishing or hiking, you tend to stay out longer than you originally planned to.  Just one more cast, one more walk around the woodcock […]

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I’m Back

In the last piece of mine that appeared in ODU I said I was taking a break. I needed to decompress and get my head together.  That is exactly what I did.  I packed up […]

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Sunday at the Fishing Show

For some people the sight of geese flying back north or the first robins hopping around on the snowbanks mark the end of winter and the first signs of spring.  For me it is the […]

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Taking A Break

For over 30 years I have been writing pretty much non-stop for a variety of publications.  In each and every article I have tried to be as honest as I can, to stick to the […]

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American Made Part VI: Shooting

This section by far was the most fun researching.  Like with the other sections, I found good and bad news.  Here I will look not only at firearms, but also ammo and other accessories.    Firearms: […]

The Life of a Mouse
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The Life of a Mouse

Once again winter weather has settled on my New Hampshire home.  As with every blow that Mother Nature throws at me, I find myself, shovel in hand, digging my way out.  Paths to the shed […]

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American Made Part V: Blades

A few of us remember when affordable, American made knives, axes, shovels and basically anything with a blade were a dime a dozen.  Well, today you have to search high and wide for an affordable, […]

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American Made Part IV: Fishing

I have a complete section of my home devoted to my fishing and hunting gear.  Believe me I have no shortage of rods, reels and tackle.  Some of my gear is pretty old.  Heck, some […]

The Tools I Carry
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The Tools I Carry

I have been writing about all aspects of the outdoors for over 30 years.  In that time I have been bombarded with requests to do product reviews on the “latest and the greatest”.  Admittedly, if […]

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It Is Time To Join Forces

As we move toward a new year I sit and ponder about the fate of the environment and our outdoor pursuits.  More and more land, public land, is either disappearing or being closed off to […]

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Seeing The Forest For The Trees

I think anyone my age (older than dirt) remembers the saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees”.  The meaning of that saying is simple enough.  It means that we are so focused on […]

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Dana’s Holiday List

Well, it’s that time of year again.  A time when we gather with family and friends at the Benner household.  We gather to celebrate another year, putting aside all of our differences.  We come together […]

Made in America Challenge
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Made in America Challenge

In all my articles I try to tell the reader what I am using for gear on any particular outing.  It is something I have always done and will continue to do.  I have also […]

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Giving Thanks

Once a year Americans “give thanks” in honor of a time long ago when the Native Americans (my ancestors) saved the butts of the European settlers who decided to settle along the shores of New […]

Chasing a Ghost
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Chasing a Ghost

November 8th was the opening day of the New Hampshire firearms season for deer.  November 7th found me getting my gear together and going over my plans.  I decided to hunt a spot in Dunbarton, […]

Moving On
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Moving On

The N.H. early goose season has come and gone and despite my best efforts, there are no geese in the freezer.  I can come up with a host of reasons (excuses) but why bother?  It […]

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This One’s For Jack

Anyone who reads my articles has heard about Jack Hanley.  He has been the subject of many articles over the past 20+ years.  Opening day of the New Hampshire upland game season was always a […]

Cooking For the Wife
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Cooking For the Wife

Well, the freezer is pretty empty.  The meat from last fall’s hunting season is long gone.  Around the Benner household we have been living off fish for most of the summer.  In fact, our dog […]

Are They Worth the Hype
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Calls: Are They Worth the Hype?

There are tons of calls out there, one for every situation.  There are predator calls, waterfowl calls, turkey calls and deer/elk calls and there are just as many manufacturers as there are calls.  Just watch […]

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We Are Americans!

It is 9/11 as I write this, and while my thoughts are with what this date means, I can’t help but think about what is happening to us now.  Unless you are living on the […]

Don’t Complain To Me
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Don’t Complain To Me!

I swear that if I hear one more golfer or landowner who buys up a farm, has no animals and then posts the land complain to me about the resident goose population, I think I […]

Hunting Season is Here
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Hunting Season is Here

It is the first of September, the beginning of hunting season in New Hampshire and I find myself in Quebec, Canada.  I’m not hunting or fishing, instead I am here for my wife’s family reunion.  […]

For the Love of Trout and Beer
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For the Love of Trout and Beer

This tale starts at all places but a cookout at my daughter’s home in Newport, New Hampshire.  My son-in law had just graduated with a degree is Respiratory Therapy and this was a gathering to […]

Rampage Fishing Charters
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Hemingway I Have Returned

Almost exactly a year ago I found myself on assignment in Florida.  While on that trip I visited many places and among the many other stories I wrote, that trip produced an article on Ernest […]

We Don’t Know Everything
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We Don’t Know Everything

Due to what I do for a living I have many people asking me all sorts of questions about the outdoors.  Some of them I can answer right away; others I need to refer to […]

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Food For The Hunt

All of you who read my articles or my blogs on ODU know that I love to hunt and fish, and I love to cook.  With that being said, this piece is about eating while […]