Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Humble Pie or Tag Soup?


I had the privilege of hunting Montana recently, and, as always, the country humbles me. And I'm not just talking in that out-of-breath, burning legs, pounding chest, flatlander way. I always learn something on these western trips, and this one was no different. I learned that I will wear make up in the right situation.

Intermedia's Mike Carney joined me on the hunt, and as a dedicated stick bow shooter, he chooses face paint over a face mask. He has several good reasons for painting up, but none of them stopped me from kidding him about it...until I had to use it.

Left the camp minus my face mask, and with a sun drenched afternoon hunt ahead, shinny skin is a no-no. So I did what I had to and painted my face. Wouldn't you know that evening I shot a muley. And since it was all on camera I couldn't rush back and wash my face before Mike saw me. I chalked it up as doing what's necessary to make a shot happen.


Humble pie tastes way better than tag soup...

SHE Outdoor Apparel Photo Shoot





I had the opportunity last week to switch hats here at Chevalier Advertising and assist a photo shoot for the 2010 SHE Outdoor Apparel catalog. While my main role is PR, I also strive to learn all aspects of what our agency does. This was my first photo shoot and I learned so much!

I had the pleasure of working with Dennis Wise, Neil DaCosta, Emma Otsuka and Sarah Hutchinson from Studio 3 Inc. here in Portland. We started bright and early at 6a.m. on Friday at the Portland Yacht Club.


I learned the difference between a product shot versus a lifestyle shot, and how to style each one accordingly. The morning shoot focused mostly on lifestyle shots. I felt bad for the models because it was freezing out on the water!

It is fun going into a photo shoot with a list of shots you want to get, but the real treat is thinking on the fly, and coming up with different shots working with a variety of backgrounds.

Friday afternoon we went over to an island to shoot a few more lifestyle shots and most of the product shots. Between the morning session shooting on Greg Chevalier’s boat and the afternoon on the island, we got a large variety of shots.

I have to give a shout out to Emma from Studio 3, while on the island I was stung by a (rude) wasp on the head. Emma was such a sweetheart and got me an ice pack, antihistamine lotion and ibuprofen!


We wrapped up on Friday around 7p.m. Saturday we started again at 6a.m., this time we shot lifestyle photos on Robin Kizzar’s boat (creative director at Chevalier). We also got some great photos on the dock while the sun rising, simply amazing!

Like the day before, we shot more lifestyle/product shots on the island. I also got to “model.” Okay, so it was for footwear, but hey, now I am a model from the ankle down!

It was both fun and educational to switch job roles for a weekend. I am looking forward to the next steps and learning how to choose and edit photos for the catalog (we shot thousands of photos). Robin has shown me a few photos from the shoot, and I am super excited to see the final product!

A short video from the photo shoot

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Very Important Monday Meeting

Yesterday myself and fellow co-workers Chuck and Kelly had a very important Monday meeting with Mike Nelson of Mike Nelson Outdoors. This meeting was so important that it had to take place on a fishing boat :)

HANGIN' ON THE BOAT

Okay so yesterday we were invited along with Mike S. and Don T. of Yakima Racks to go fishing and maybe talk a little shop on the river with Mike Nelson Outdoors. We started out the morning at the East Morring Basin (near Astoria), where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, and were greated by some nuisance seals that have turned the dock into their favorite hangout spot.

SEALS LOUNGIN' ON THE DOCK

Had no luck due to an unprecedented number of boats being allowed to gill-net fish. We learned a lot from our guide Jim about the gill-net debate between gill-netters, guides, local fisherman, conservation groups, politicians, etc. Read more about that here and consider joining the Coastal Conservation Association.


KRISTIN AND KELLY TRYING TO STAY WARM

After a fun, yet unsuccessful morning in Astoria we headed back toward Portland to the Rainier Boat Ramp to see if our luck would be better there. Mike from Yakima saved the day by catching a beautiful 20 lb. Coho salmon - Mike's first salmon catch ever and the biggest of the year for the boat.


MIKE REELS IN HIS SALMON

Big thanks to our guide Jim of Jim Nicol's Guide Service. Even though we did not catch as many fish as we would have liked (that's the way fishing goes) we had a great time joking around on the water ... I mean working. Jim's boat and equipment are top-notch and he pulled out all of the stops to make sure we fished the best spots and had a great time. We will definitely be scheduling some future outings with Jim.

MIKE AND JIM POSE WITH THE CATCH OF THE DAY

Saturday, September 26, 2009

2nd Annual High Plains Pentathalon a Success

As I sit in my hotel room at the C’mon Inn in Casper, Wyoming, watching college football and catching up on some of the emails that I’ve received this past week, I’m remembering some of the highlights from the 2nd annual High Plains Pentathalon, sponsored by Winchester Ammunition and Merkel.

How in the world did we just combine sporting clays, a double rifle course, a pheasant hunt, prairie dog hunt and an antelope hunt all within three days…and were 100% with the antelope?

Kelly Glause of Cole Creek Outfitters and his team of guides/cooks did a fantastic job with the meals, setting up and working the ranges and putting us on all of the game we hunted.

This event allowed Winchester Ammunition and Merkel to showcase a variety of products to some of the best outdoor writers in the world.

Winchester Ammunition products

  • Super-X Power Max Bonded .30-06 and Supreme Elite 375 H&H—double rifle range
  • AA and Xpert Steel Game/Target loads (12 ga. and 20 ga.)—sporting clays range
  • Super-X Super Pheasant loads (12 ga., 16 ga., 20 ga. and 28 ga.)—pheasant hunt
  • Super-X Power Max Bonded (.270, .30-06 and .308)—antelope hunt
  • Supreme Ballistic Silvertip .223—prairie dog hunt

Merkel products

  • Merkel Double Rifles (.375 H&H and .30-06)—double rifle range
  • Merkel and Grulla shotguns (12 ga., 16 ga., 20 ga. and 28 ga.)—sporting clays range and pheasant hunt
  • Merkel KR1 Rifles (.270, .30-06 and .308)—antelope hunt
  • Anschutz Rifles (.223)—prairie dog hunt

Writers

  • Wolfe Publishing: John Haviland and Brian Pearce
  • FMG Publishing: Suzi Huntington and Shari LeGate
  • NRA: Dave Campbell and Jim Wilson (unable to attend)

Event Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 22nd

  • Guest arrived in Wyoming
  • Product presentations

Wednesday, Sept. 23rd

  • Sighted in the rifles and practiced shooting sporting clays (AM)
  • Wolfe Publishing competed in the double rifle course (PM)
  • NRA and FMG competed in the sporting clays course and shot pheasant (PM)

Thursday, Sept. 24th

  • Everyone shot prairie dogs (AM)
  • Wolfe Publishing competed in the sporting clays course and shot pheasant (PM)
  • NRA and FMG competed in the double rifle course (PM)

Friday, Sept. 25th

  • Everyone hunted antelope (AM) and shot sporting clays (PM)

Needless to say, we were always busy and had a great time.

Stay tuned for more about the High Plains Pentathalon…

video video

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pheasant Weekend With Mom



I am continuing the mom theme here at the Chevalier blog. This past weekend I had the opportunity to take my mom hunting for the first time! The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hosted the Becoming an Outdoor Woman upland workshop in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The workshop was designed for beginners and those who have never hunted before.

This was the first BOW workshop my mother and I have attended and we didn’t know what to expect. We arrived at the Klamath Falls Wildlife Area Saturday morning to a group of welcoming volunteers and eager participants. There were approximately 14 women ranging from mid twenties all the way to seniors.

The morning session was all about safety and what to expect while in the field. We were encouraged to ask questions and really get involved in the session. Questions ranged from how many pellets it takes to kill a bird, to chokes used for upland game and also bird identification.

After the classroom session we headed to the local trap and skeet club to practice firearm safety and improve our shooting skills. It has been years since my mom has shot a shotgun. An instructor worked with her 1-on-1 starting with how to safely operate the firearm, then they worked on patterning the firearm and then it was onto shooting clay pigeons. While my mom was getting 1-on-1 instruction I was able to spend time shooting clay pigeons with other participants.

When we were familiar with our firearms and felt confident, we headed back to the Klamath Falls Wildlife Area for a BBQ lunch. We paired up with a guide and a dog. My mom and I partnered with Jerry and his German Shorthair Miss Contessa from the Klamath chapter of Unlimited Pheasants.

We loaded up his vehicle and headed to a field. On the drive Jerry explained to us that Miss Contessa was a pointer and the difference between a pointer and a flusher. He also gave us the run down of what to expect in the field.

Within the first five minutes Contessa was pointing. Jerry signaled for my mom and I to move forward and get ready. My heart was racing; I couldn’t believe we were already on a bird! Jerry walked up to Contessa and flushed the bird. That rooster took off like a B-52! I heard my mom shoot as I put the bead on the rooster’s head, I squeezed the trigger, but nothing happened. In the midst of excitement, I LEFT THE SAFETY ON!

We all got a good laugh as the rooster glided away on the horizon. Jerry called my blunder “Excuse # 37.” I think we also decided that mom missed because of “Excuse #24: the sun was in her eyes.”

It seemed like Contessa was pointing every 100 yards, there was so much action. I have only seen upland dogs work on TV. It was such a treat watching Contessa work. When she was on a scent, her head would get really flat, like a cobra and jerked at a breakneck pace. When she pointed, she stopped panting, but her tail would wag her entire body. She was so patient and enthusiastic, as flush after flush my mom and I would miss the shots. Contessa would look at us as if she was saying, “it’s ok, I will find another bird for you!”

It didn’t matter that we were missing; we had so much action and were thrilled to see every flight pattern possible from the pheasants. By the end of the first day, my mom and I each got a pheasant (mostly out of luck).

Jerry taught us so much that afternoon. We learned how to read Contessa’s body signals, how to mark where a flushed bird landed using landmarks and how to aim and shoot at a flushing rooster.

It was really cool to see the bond between Jerry and Contessa as well. They have been hunting together for nine years, Jerry doesn’t have to give Contessa direction in the field, nor does he have to verbally communicate with her. I simply can’t explain how dialed in Jerry and Contessa are to one another. I asked Jerry what his secret was with Contessa, he smiled and said, “You just have to know and understand your dog.”

The second morning mom and I woke up sore from all the walking and shooting we did the day before. That did not slow us down, as we got ready to head back to the Klamath Falls Wildlife area. We were so pumped to get back in the field and HUNT! We gulped down our breakfast and loaded up in Jerry’s vehicle. Contessa was ready to go too, she was scouting from her window as we drove to our unit.

No matter how many times we flushed birds, a shot of adrenaline would rock my body every time Contessa pointed. The coolest part of the second day was when we were driving by a dried up pond. My mom yelled, “STOP, please.” She saw a rooster standing in the middle of the pond. We parked and noticed there was not one, but TWO roosters standing in the middle of the pond! As we walked to the roosters, (who hid in a tiny patch of cover) my mom stopped and whispered, “There is one right in front of me.” Both Jerry and I thought she was seeing things. She kept insisting that there was a rooster less than five feet in front of her. Sure enough there was. The rooster was on the run and Contessa was able to corner him in thick brush. Mom and I stood about seven yards apart and got ready for the flush.

Contessa flushed the rooster, and he flew up and right, I had to lower my gun because my mom was directly to my right. This gave me the opportunity to watch my mom track the bird and make the perfect shot. Contessa went into the vortex of thick cover and made one heck of a retrieve. I can’t tell you how cool it was to watch everything come together so perfectly for my mom! We all yelled in joy, hugged and high-fived.

This past weekend was amazing. We learned so much about upland hunting. Mom and I have decided that we want to return to Klamath Falls for a yearly girl’s hunt. I want to thank the following for making this weekend happen:

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Outdoor Skills and Education

Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Klamath chapter of Unlimited Pheasants

Oregon Hunters Association

A super special thanks to JERRY AND MISS CONTESSA, you taught us more than you will ever know!

Here is a video of my mom cleaning a pheasant for the first time!

Shannon’s Gear List:

Berretta 686 White Onyx 20ga O/U

Winchester Xpert® Steel Upland Game & Target

SHE Outdoor Apparel Upland pants and shirt

ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent

Roxanne’s Gear List:

Mossberg Silver Series 20ga O/U

Winchester Xpert® Steel Upland Game & Target

SHE Outdoor Apparel Upland pants and shirt

Monday, September 21, 2009

Girls Day at the Range

Sheriff Jim Wilson wrote a great article in last months Shooting Illustrated (Sept. 2009) about self-defense. He says, "In American society, as a general rule, men accept the responsibility of providing protection and security for the women in their lives. When it comes to personal defense, however, this theory gets pretty weak because, regardless of our gender, we are each responsible for our own safety."
I completely agree and think Sheriff Jim would be proud as yesterday my mom and I brushed up our shooting skills at the The Baron's Den, a local gun shop and shooting range.
KRISTIN SHOOTS THE TAURUS SLIM 9mm
We had a great time shooting the Taurus SLIM (709) 9mm and Taurus Milenium Pro (111) 9mm. Shoot-N-C targets we placed 7-yards downrange and we went through about 150 rounds in one hour.
It would be foolish for my Mom and I to rely on anyone else but ourselves if our lives were in danger. Plus my mom and I are better shots than most of the men in our family anyway :)
KRISTIN'S MOM SHOOTS THE TAURUS PT111
If you are ever in Eugene, OR stop by The Baron's Den and say hi. They have a great selection of products, their staff is very knowledgeable and friendly and you can even rent a Tommy Gun to shoot at their indoor range. My mom and I also took our CHL class there.
Check back later in the week to read about Shannon and her moms' BOW pheasant hunt.

Friday, September 18, 2009

You Pay For What You Get


For years, Jason Gilbertson of Winchester Ammunition and myself, have always discussed how important it is to have the perfect fitting hat. Why do companies/organizations spend all this money on ugly hats or hats that don't fit right? Because they're cheaper!!! And then what happens when you put them in the store or use them as promo gifts? They either stay on the shelf in the store or end up at the bottom of someone's closet...or in the trash.

Hats are a great way to brand your company name or a product you're trying to sell. People pay attention to what other people are wearing, and if it looks good, people will notice and if it doesn't look good, people are going to notice. When you put out a product, make sure it's the best quality and something that people will want. Don't just get it because it's the cheapest hat (or product). As the old saying goes, "you pay for what you get."

I always thought that Ducks Unlimited had the best of anybody. Their hats fit snug and don't sit up on your head too high. They're not too bright in color, they don't have alot of wording and logos...they're simple...and they get their point across.

I see teenagers wearing DU hats everywhere. Some of them hunt and some of them don't. Some of them are members of DU and some of them aren't. They wear the hats because either they support the organization or they think it's a really cool hat. Bottom line—BRANDING!!!

Winchester Ammunition is not only stepping up their hat designs, but their entire gear selection, from apparel to hunting accessories to Winchester memorabilia.

Winchester recently launched a new online store called www.winchestergear.com. Check out this press release that tells more about the site and make sure you visit the store so that you can see for yourself all of Winchester's selections.

Winchester Branded Gear — Now Available Online!

Winchester Ammunition
9/16/2009

Winchester® Ammunition recently launched its new and improved online store at www.winchestergear.com, exclusively providing customers with the latest Winchester branded gear and seasonal products. Now, Winchester enthusiasts will be able to find apparel for men, women and youth, select hunting accessories and gift items like classic Winchester memorabilia.



"People all over the world have a strong affinity and high awareness of the legendary Winchester brand; and the online store is an excellent opportunity for us to get more quality Winchester items in the hands of our loyal customers," said Brett Flaugher VP of Sales and Marketing for Winchester Ammunition.

In addition, Winchester is also offering a special fall waterfowl promotion by providing customers with a $25 Winchester Gear Card when they purchase 10 boxes of either Winchester Super-X, Supreme, or Supreme Elite waterfowl loads. Customers can mix and match the ammunition lines to equal 10 boxes for the special offer.

For more information about the Winchester Ammunition online store, the 2009 waterfowl promotion and its complete line of products visit www.winchester.com.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Something you don't want to find while scouting


Went to one of my leases late yesterday to hang a couple of bow stands and I guess you could say I found my buck. Unless the deer in SC have started shedding their whole heads instead of just antlers, I won't be seeing him this fall. I did find a couple of great places for stands, but I sure wish this guy was still around to maybe slip by Saturday morning....

Be sure to check out Matt Coffey's blog. He's the managing editor at Sporting Classics magazine and he's talking about the MBBA. If you're a bowhunter, you're a member.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pheasant Weekend


I cannot wait until Friday. At five o’clock, I am racing out of the office, picking up my mom and driving about four and a half hours to Southern Oregon. This weekend the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is hosting an upland game bird hunting clinic.

What makes me so excited is the fact that my mom has NEVER hunted before! This will also be our first BOW workshop. This weekend’s BOW workshop is designed to teach new and beginner hunters how to hunt safely and enjoyably.

On Saturday we will have a classroom session on upland game bird hunting and safety before heading out to the range for clay target practice. After the range on Saturday, we will head out for an actual hunting experience! Each woman will be paired with a fish & wildlife volunteer guide and a dog to hunt. Sunday morning, we get to do it all over again! Our limit is two pheasants per day and 10 California quail.

Did I mention the cost of this two-day clinic is only $65 per person?!? I am so thankful there are programs like BOW that make it easy and affordable to introduce someone to the outdoors.

I will let you all know how this weekend goes! I can’t wait!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

First Hunt of the Fall

With my first trip of the fall just a few days away I've started my packing. If you fly at all, you no doubt know how easy it is to be overweight or pack something you're not supposed to. After a few years of doing this I've worked out a system that generally gets me through most bow hunts.

I start with an SKB bowcase. It has wheels and I can toss my duffle on it. I ditch the extra padding in the case and pack clothes around the gear, especially my cams and strings. I also try to make sure I have a complete outer layer in there in case my duffle is lost. I also enjoy hunting with traditional gear so I slip a take down recurve in as a back up. It adds little weight and packs super small.

Sometimes I use the bowcase for my rifle to take advantage of the extra room. And it doesn't look like a rifle case to the people who love purposely dropping and damaging gun cases.

I carry a plain XL duffle, which is harder to tote than the fancy wheeled ones but it lets me pack more gear. And since it's a soft duffle and packs into cargo holds better, I don't get as much grief over it's size. On horseback hunts the outfitter can just strap it to a packsaddle.

If there's any chance of bugs, my Thermacell goes in as well. By the way, Thermacell has an IATA (International Air Transport Association) ruling saying that it is safe to fly with a Thermacell. Since each airport can make their own rules, the best option is to take the butane out of the package. Worst case they should only take it.

My arrows go in a tube to keep the fletching from getting twisted and depending on weight can go in my duffle or bowcase.

My Nikon bino, rangefinder and Fieldscope go in my pack (if possible) which I carry on. If I'm tight on weight, I'll also cram my boots in there. And of course all my tags, license, passport and hunter ed cards stay with me.


The rest of the pile is made up of my Montana decoy, calls and personal stuff-it adds up quickly.

Sometimes I'll look into shipping clothes or heavy gear. It might be cheaper and I've had better luck with UPS and FedEx getting my stuff there on time than most airlines anyway.

You never know what you're gonna get in an airport. I once had a ticket agent ask, and then make me explain that my bow was indeed unloaded in its case.

And my one final, absolute rule of traveling to hunt is that I never take a shot at an animal without first having checked my gun or bow.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Firearms Training on the Couch

One of the coolest aspects of my job is the necessity of product knowledge. It is important that I know the ins and outs of all my clients’ products so I can successfully promote them. For me that means doing things like shooting new guns, learning new laser systems and testing out the latest safes. Pretty hard work, but somebody’s got to do it!

Lately a product that I have been “field-testing” a lot is the new LaserLyte Laser Trainer Pro (LT-PRO). This product, which features a universal adapter for most popular calibers, fits into the barrel of the firearm. A sound-activated laser displays a red dot where the bullet would have hit.

The LaserLyte LT-PRO is great because:

1. It saves TIME.
2. It saves MONEY and AMMO.
3. I can train on my COUCH.


It is very important for firearms owners to train on a regular basis. This great product gives me the chance to train at home when I can’t make it to the range. I also like to think up self-defense scenarios at home and practice what I would do. It never hurts to be prepared for the worst.

Installing the LaserLyte LT-PRO:

- Make sure the firearms is UNLOADED
- Install provided batteries
- Screw on the universal adapter to fit your gun
- Insert the unit into the firearm
- Practice away

The unit runs of off three 337 batteries that provide about 3000 shots. LaserLyte highly recommends the use of snap caps. Happy shooting!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Daily Life of a PR Specialist


Happy Friday! Today's blog is going to be a photo blog. It is a typical day here at Chevalier. CJ,
Jonathan, Kristin and myself make up the PR team at Chevalier.

CJ and Jonathan work from their satellite offices in South Carolina. I must say, CJ’s resembles more of a bow shop than an office!

Our primary roles at Chevalier Advertising are to assist the media and make sure they have the information and equipment needed to write their stories.

Did you know that Chevalier holds an FFL? Kristin is the resident ‘gun slinger’ at the agency. She is responsible for keeping our records up to date, shipping and receiving firearms as well as follow protocol from the ATF. This is not an easy task; Kristin does a great job maintaining our FFL.

These firearms came in today for the 2010 LaserLyte catalog photo shoot.


Kristin busily logging in the firearms


Taurus media samples live here

September is the beginning of our busy season. Between the four of us, we are writing press releases for 2010 new products, assisting in catalog creation, media hunts and getting product (and information) to the media.



This pile of press releases will grow over the next couple of months. All press releases are read by not only the PR associates, but by our CEO and CFO, once approved by Chevalier, they go to the client for review and approval.



We also help with partnerships between companies. Hunter Dan lives in our office plant, he of course is sporting his Nikon Monarch Binoculars!

What is an office without a little competition? Kristin and I graduated from rival Pac 10 schools.


I support the Oregon State Beavers


Kristin supports the Oregon Ducks

This is what a typical day looks like here in the PR office at Chevalier headquarters. Have a great weekend!

(CJ...can I PLLEAAASSSEE have your elk hunt?)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

long weekend




Labor day weekend had always meant deer labor for me. Hanging stands, checking cameras, planting plots or last minute scouting...it's always deer related and this weekend was no exception. Sometimes I think I enjoy the preperation as much as the hunt. At the end of the day I still hope all the work will pay off in a good season with plenty of deer encounters.

Bill Winke at Midwest Whitetail (midwestwhitetail.com) has been talking about his hit list of bucks and that prompted me to share a couple of SC bucks. Being in Iowa he has the luxury of being really, really picky.


Here is SC we just don't get those bean fed giants. And you really have to let the area's potential determine the size of a trophy. A SC buck that reaches 4 years or older is certainly as tough to see, much less shoot, as any animal I've ever chased.


I love hunting and fortunately my job has taken me to some really great places. But when it comes down to my time I think my favorite is hunting whitetails with a bow around home.

............But that does not mean I'm giving up my elk hunt to Shannon!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Plan, Plant and Pray

I haven't had a chance to sight in my rifle with Winchester Ammunition's new Power Max Bonded (www.winchester.com/products/newitems/powermax.aspx) ammo yet, like I was mentioning in my last post, but I did manage to take advantage of the rain we got in SC a few days ago and was able to get the seed/fertilizer in the ground to provide a food source for wildlife after the acorns are gone this winter.

Whether you're a landowner with a large tract of land or small, it's important to manage your land for wildlife properly. The time (and money) you put into your hunting land is more valuable than you probably realize. Not only does it create a good habitat for wildlife, it also creates a place to pass on our hunting traditions to future generations.

When planting a food plot, it's important to do it right and not just throw out a bunch of seed and then cross your fingers. Here are a couple of tips that I try to follow:

1. Test the pH in the soil (contact your local wildlife extension agency)
2. Mix in enough lime into the soil to get the proper pH
3. Depending on the size of your food plot, broadcast the proper amount of fertilizer and seed.
4. Cover the seed
5. Pray for rain!!!

Obviously, these are just a few basic tips. I would recommend contacting one of the many conservation groups or your local wildlife agency for more information on proper land management and food plot planting tips.


With the help of my good friend, CJ Davis, we were able to successfully broadcast enough fertilizer, oats, wheat, clover and rye into three food plots we have on our hunting property.

Now all we can do is just hope that we get enough rain to help the seeds sprout and develop into some great food plots...and that it attracts some monster SC bucks that all of you midwest hunters dream about. Ha!




Wednesday, September 2, 2009

My Dream Hunt


If you could hunt any game, in any part of the world, what would it be?

I have asked this question countless times to my friends and colleagues. Many want to hunt dangerous game in Africa, some want to hunt grizzlies in Alaska. My dream hunt is dove shooting in Argentina with my family.

I have been told that the dove fields of Argentina are like Disneyland and the Super Bowl for wingshooters. Shooting a mountain shotshells in a single day, generous bag limits, experiencing a new culture and spending time with my family …count me in!

I picture us coming back to the lodge after an excellent morning shoot….each of us have cycled 500 (or more) shotshells through our trusty guns. We have worked up a good appetite and we feast on local foods and drink Malbec wine. We laugh and talk about the morning shoot, the shots that were hard and our goals for the afternoon. We may adventure out and explore the area and see what the local markets have to offer and a nap maybe on the agenda. Then, it is back to the dove fields and cycle another 500+ rounds through our guns.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

'Tis the season, almost

I really hate doing the whole "introducing me thing" so I'm just gonna skip that. My profile pretty much sums it up anyway.

Here in my part of SC our archery season opens on Sept. 15th and we're in the home stretch for sure. I already have a few stands up and my bows (yes, life would be so boring if you could only shoot one bow) tuned and dialed in. This year I'll be doing most of my SC deer hunting with a Morrison Dakota longbow. My wife surprised me with it this past Christmas.

How about all those redneck lawn ornaments?? Now that's good landscaping!!!

I've worked hard all summer to be proficient with my new longbow and I'm feeling pretty good should a SC booner (4-year or older doe) walk by within range. I still love shooting and hunting with my compounds but shooting my longbow just seems like a lot more fun this year.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate this week and Jonathan and I can get some food plots planted to help our chances even more.