Author: Jim Richman

The Bigger Picture of Peace

When my feet finally touched the ground, I took a moment to look at the sky. The tree tops swirled, and I watched a funnel cloud forming less than a mile to my south. I found a small washout to take cover in. I braced myself for the worst, but within moments, peace overtook the river bottom again. 

The violence and fear of that day in the woods was something I’ll never forget. It has caused me to be extra cautious about weather conditions when I hunt, especially if I’m hunting alone. It helped me appreciate peace when I’m in the field.

The JCS 2018 Outdoor Gift Guide:10 Outdoor Gear Items The Hunter In Your Life Will Love. (According to JCS Readers!)

The readers have spoken. This list is a collection of items that JCS readers, and myself, have recommended specifically for this post! Before you search “hunting gear” on Amazon or elsewhere, check out these ideas! They will be used for sure!

A Hunter’s Comfort Food: Country Fried Venison Steak

I can normally tell you when my wife is preparing this meal before I even get into the house. For me, smelling the hot grease and tasting the tender and well-battered and seasoned meat sends me back to a time of wishing I was old enough to hunt with my grandpa. Grouping this recipe with mashed potatoes, homestyle gravy, peas or green beans, a hot roll, and a cold glass of sweet tea will create a new standard of comfort food for you and your family.

One of a Kind: Remembering Our Farm Dog “Snoopy”

When you think of a farm dog, you don’t typically think of an overweight beagle. Well, that overweight beagle would have most likely put the dog you’re thinking of to shame. (I’m biased of course.) The best way to describe her  physical countenance was, “as big around as she was long.” She wasn’t the lean, Blue Heeler type, but that never stopped her. 

Freezing Venison: Packaging Your Game to Last.

You open your freezer with excitement to grab a package of back-strap. You cut open the package, and it looks like you just found a hundred year-old mummy buried in the arctic. Thankfully, we have ways to prevent this tragedy. Packaging your game to last is easier than ever, and its actually less expensive than you might think.

Here are two methods I use to prevent freezer burn and help hard-earned venison be just as pleasing one year from the harvest as it was the day I shot it.

Grace in Every Moment

I sit in stillness, listening to the sounds of the forest as it comes forth from its slumber. I watch as the creatures live out their daily routines as an orchestrated symphony of activity. All of this is meant to give glory to the God who created them. How do I not consider where is God’s grace in this moment?