Three Rivers 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 groups are the shorebirds. More than 210 species live worldwide. But here in The Natural State, we regularly see just 34. These include plov... 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.