River Valley Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun March 19, 2017
PHOTO BY: Keith Sutton

The killdeer lives in Arkansas year-round, nests here and is common here, making it the state’s most familiar shorebird.

Flocking south

Shorebirds often travel thousands of miles

As an avid birdwatcher, I love spring. It’s during this season that many of our feathered friends drop in for a visit before heading north to their breeding grounds. Many species of warblers, vireos, thrushes, sparrows and other groups make appearances of a few days to a few weeks as they migrate from their winter homes south of us to nesting areas in more northern states and provinces. I enjoy watching all birds, but among my favorite ... READ MORE

Gourmet venison: Turn a hunk of deer meat into a superb meal By KEITH SUTTON

When I was young, I hunted deer with a group of elder statesmen at a river-bottom camp in eastern Arkansas. I have many good memories of those times, including some revolving around camp traditions. A hunter who shot at and missed a deer, for example, had his shirt-tail cut off. A young nimrod who killed his first deer would be “blooded” by camp members.