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Andrew Vavra

Apple Valley, Minn.

Outdoors
October 21, 2011

I'm My (Dog's) Own Worst Enemy

Although my ideas may have the best intentions, they still sometimes produce the worst results… Note to Self: Leave the pig femur at home.
Outdoors
June 23, 2011
Getting Birdy for Big Bucks

Getting Birdy for Big Bucks

My recently uploaded trailcam pictures are making me wish some of my favorite hobbies didn't all take place within the same 4-month window of time…
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June 17, 2011
A Father's Day Story: Never Tell Mom

A Father's Day Story: Never Tell Mom

Sometimes our most harrowing moments can become our fondest memories.
Outdoors
May 27, 2011
Bird Dog's Brush with Law

Bird Dog's Brush with Law

Have you had trouble finding unrestricted areas to train, or gotten in trouble training your bird dog in a public area?
Outdoors
May 3, 2011
The Uncertainty of Using Bark Collars

The Uncertainty of Using Bark Collars

To use, or not to use: That is the question. Unfortunately the answer isn't quite as cut-and-dry.
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April 25, 2011

An Open Apology to Chipmunks

I wish I could say my BB gun days were where my love of bird hunting came from, but Grandma made it painfully clear that her song birds were to be left alone.
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April 18, 2011

An Idiot's Guide to Turkey Hunting

Bagging a bird is a bonus, playing cat and mouse is exhilarating, and not having any idea of how I'm going to mess up each year is what keeps me coming back.
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April 13, 2011
A Freezer Full of Remorse

A Freezer Full of Remorse

Do vegetarians get this upset over a wilting head of lettuce? I doubt it.
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March 15, 2011
Man vs. Dog

Man vs. Dog

Are you and your dog on the same page?
Outdoors
January 7, 2011
Why I Hunt

Why I Hunt

Chances are, if you hunt it's because it's in your blood. You were raised in an environment in which Mother Nature was your classroom and Respecting the Land, Rejoicing in Moments Afield, and Reveling in Camaraderie were the "Three R's" you studied.
Outdoors
December 7, 2010
Rent-A-Bird Dog?

Rent-A-Bird Dog?

This past weekend was a harrowing adventure for my bird dog Beau, unfortunately I was 300 miles away from the action.
Outdoors
November 22, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from "The Bird House"

For many people, Thanksgiving is synonymous with tedious amounts of travel, gargantuan levels of tryptophan and enough calories to make you blush in July. So why do we do it?
Outdoors
May 7, 2010
Changing of the Guards

Changing of the Guards

Since I was nine years old I've been lucky enough to have the same hunting dog by my side...However, this past season she made one thing clear: she wanted to collect her 401K and was ready to pass the torch on to another deserving pup.
Outdoors
February 11, 2010

It's the Middle of February, Do You Know Where Your Shotgun is?

February is supposed to be the month in which you express your affection for those who you care for the most, and who (or what) treats you better than your shotgun?
Outdoors
January 5, 2010

Pheasant Season 2010-2011: Get Ready Now

The pheasant off-season can be a very bleak time for an admitted upland addict, however, it doesn't have to be this way.
Outdoors
December 10, 2009
The author and friends pose with evidence of their late season success.

Win Your Battle with Wild Winter Roosters

Tips and tactics for bagging those full-feathered late season roosters.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
The author surveying his spread on Lake Michigan earlier this fall.

Priced out of the Waterfowling Game

Money and mallards, greenbacks and greenheads, decoys and dimes.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
Rachel Schabert taking a break from catching smallies (and embarrassing her guide) in the BWCA

Be Careful What You Wish For

When teaching the ropes becomes passing the reigns, you may want to check your ego.
Outdoors
December 8, 2009
The author and friends pose with a mixed bag after a hard day of hunting

Don't worry, be happy

Sometimes it's hard not to lose sight of the big picture.
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November 19, 2009
The author patiently awaiting another exciting day in the duck blind.

Don't Rock the Boat

Having your decoys set doesn't mean you can't end up in the drink.
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November 6, 2009
The author (far left) approaching a concealed rooster earlier this fall.

Judgment Day: Leaving Your Dog at Home

Although it's never easy, sometimes leaving your dog in the kennel is the right thing to do.