Summer Scene 2024- Celebrating Our 50th Edition

As I began writing Summer Scene 2024, it suddenly occurred to me that this will be my 50th edition of our summer newsletter. I wrote the first one in 1974 following a devastating fire that destroyed our original main lodge, office and 80% of our old single room lodging accommodations. I had intended to write only that first newsletter to … Read More


Rumors of my demise are not true even though I’m nearer my expiration date than I once was. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been traveling a lot this spring and summer with my new lady friend, Carol. Due to that fact, y’all probably know as much about what’s happening at Riverview as I do.   However, since … Read More

The 2023-2024 Hunting Season Is In The Books!

Our 2023-2024 hunting season officially ended with a bang on March 23rd. Once again, the finest guests in the world came through our doors to enjoy world class hunting, woods, dogs, guides, food, and service! I often wonder what people think of as they prepare to enter eternity. I somehow doubt that any of them would say that they wish … Read More


This is not my normal blog, but it’s a subject that is very much on my heart. I buried a friend yesterday. Thomas (Tommy) Gaines funeral service was yesterday in a beautiful church that he was instrumental in getting built. I grew up with the Gaines and Williams families. For many years, those two families formed the nucleus of Riverview’s … Read More

Cold Weather

Dang, one of our Yankee guests must have forgotten to close the back door when they headed south to hunt with us. BRR, it is colder than a well driller’s butt in the sunny south. Our wind chill temps came close to single digits, and we have more cold weather on the way.   I’m certain that many of you … Read More


Well, I just finished my 4th Thanksgiving meal. I now look like a bull buffalo, and for some reason, my pants have shrunk! Tomorrow begins a day of reckoning for my fat fanny. My weight loss goal is to be able to clip my toenails and breathe at the same time.   However, we have so many blessings to count this … Read More

Opening Day

As the old Roman philosopher once said, “Tempus Fugit “, or “Time Flies” for those of you who didn’t have to endure three years of Latin in high school as I did. Well, for me, it’s fugiting a helluva lot faster than it once did. We will open our 2023-2024 hunting season this Sunday, and I will be in the … Read More

4th of July

I hope that everyone enjoyed a happy 4th of July, or as I prefer to call it Independence Day. I wonder how many of us paused to think about the sacrifices made or the wisdom of the great men who forged these documents plus the Bill of Rights. At the time King George III ruled the largest empire ever known. He … Read More

Not My Normal Blog

Activities at Riverview have taken on their normal pace since the end of the season. All of the cottages have been cleaned and put in sleep mode for the summer. We even know how many towels we are missing. I would hate to think what the number might have been had we put our logo on them. Years ago, I … Read More

It is Finished!

As we approach Easter Sunday, I am reminded of what Jesus said on the cross when he uttered, “It is finished”. We ended the 2022-2023 season with a bang rather than a whimper. I must admit that I am getting most of my information about this past hunting season from Cader IV since I was noticeably absent for most of … Read More