Dirk Thayer

13 weeks 4 days ago
Early today I found out that one of my oldest friends passed away.  I will not mention a name as I have not talked to any of the family members yet as I felt it was probably too raw.  One of my self-appointed rules in these articles is not to mention names without permission. Any of you that knew this good man will know who I am...
15 weeks 4 days ago
I have had quite an interesting week with wildlife, to say the least.  Not all of it has been pleasant. The meat of the story is about the two most recent encounters.  With that in mind, I thought back to the many calls that I have answered in my law enforcement career.  Some examples are a squirrel in the house, snakes in...
17 weeks 4 days ago
Many of the area churches and cemeteries will be celebrating homecoming and memorial services in the next couple of weeks.  My kinfolk’s old home church, Doty Springs Baptist, will celebrate on the third Sunday in May.  My oldest and fondest memories of church are at Doty Springs.  Many of my relatives are buried in the old...
20 weeks 4 days ago
It is another rainy spring day as I write this article.  It seems that I do my best writing on a rainy day; maybe it is because I do not feel like I am missing something in God’s great outdoors.  I went turkey hunting this morning with the threat of severe thunderstorms approaching and actually heard a bird gobble at the thunder...
21 weeks 4 days ago
  I know a lot of my readers are not hunters and probably think I put a lot of emphasis on this turkey-hunting thing.  I love to hunt and these articles, after all, are about the great outdoors, its relationship with people and whatever else that might come up while on the porch with Dirk. My sons and I have enjoyed some strong...
22 weeks 4 days ago
  Well, I finally got my gobbler.  Oh, it was not easy; mine never are.  I always seem to have to pay my dues with blood, sweat, tears and a whole lot of pride swallowing.  It all began last week as I took a few days off for my birthday and to turkey hunt.  I finally got on a good gobbling bird, maybe two.  ...
23 weeks 4 days ago
    As I write this article, it is raining cats and dogs.  It kind of reminds me of the wet springs we had when I was a child. My mother always said if I lived in a desert and if there was a thimble of water around, I would find it and make a mess.  I was just fascinated with water and apparently messed up a lot of...
24 weeks 4 days ago
  On March 12, 2014, a local father and son team doubled on Osceola long beards in Fla.  A couple of weeks ago, Steve Rawson called me to tell of an adventure that he and his son Landon had completed.  I was coming back from a three-day in-service training in Greenwood and also had to go to Ga. for a funeral that weekend.  ...
26 weeks 4 days ago
  The other day before turkey season opened I received several texts from my son such as, “Daddy, you need to get in there early before anyone else.  You need to be dedicated like you used to be.  Have you patterned your shotgun yet? Have you been listening?” I finally texted back, “Boy, you ain’t my...
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