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Description: ISSUE IV. YOU DON’T KNOW JACK. A Conversation with Jack Unruh. BUCK KNIVES KEEPING THEIR EDGE. BOWFISHINGIN’ THE SUMMER TIME. KIM COSTNER. GIRLS LOVE HUNTING TOOBONNIE RAITT. SLIPSTREAM. Editors Letter, Recently while working on one of the articles for this issue I had one of those forehead slapping epiphanies. You know what I’m talking about. A blinding flash a crystal clear clarity occurs to you that demands that you stop and rethink what you’re doing. Mine happened while I was having

ISSUE IV YOU DON T KNOW JACK A Conversation with Jack Unruh BUCK KNIVES KEEPING THEIR EDGE BOWFISHING IN THE SUMMER TIME KIM COSTNER GIRLS LOVE HUNTING TOO BONNIE RAITT SLIPSTREAM Editor s Letter Recently while working on one of the articles for this issue I had one of those forehead slapping epiphanies. You know what I m talking about. A blinding flash a crystal clear clarity occurs to you that demands that you stop and rethink what you re doing. Mine happened while I was having the conversation with my friend Jack Unruh that turned into the featured interview of this issue. Jack has spent his entire brilliant career as an illustrator. He has developed a one-of-akind style that has delighted clients for more than 50 years. When we met at his studio he was busy with 3 or 4 new projects but he was more excited about getting to ride horseback into the wilderness of the Wind River in Wyoming and fish for about a week. Those eyes that have been able to discern incredible detail and beauty were sparkling at the thought of getting outside spending time in a pristine unhurried environment. Here s the big idea. Jack loves what he does because he does what he loves. It is obvious from the meticulous detail of his work and the amazing body of his work that Jack is skilled at his chosen profession. It is equally obvious from the richness and soulfulness of his work that he s good at balancing work and play. Since you re reading this publication you share something with him - a love of fishing hunting exploring and conserving the great outdoors. That s his balancing tool. That s what recharges his creativity. He s the poster child of the benefits getting outside more. Maybe you and I should be following his example. This issue of the Outpost is packed with other ways for you to recharge those batteries while hopefully learning some new tricks. The fascinating and particularly American success story of Buck Knives will likely give you some new reasons to buy yet another one of these tools of adventure. Since we re still in the middle of fishing season we ve got some tips on chartering a fishing boat but if you d rather catch your fish with a bow we ve got a cool story on bowfishing too. This Outpost also has great insights about women and hunting the best way to get a shot at hunting elk in the West and tips on dealing with the limitation of hunting from an elevated deer stand. We haven t forgotten the food and tunes. If you ve ever wanted to cook up a Low Country Boil we ve got the goods on this. Plus we review the new CD Slipstream and Bonnie is sure nuff back We hope you enjoy this issue. As always we would love to hear from you. Hit us up with an email and tell us what you re up to. Like us on Facebook Email us at The-Outpost comcast.net THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2012 by Gorilla Marketing LLC Marietta GA 30062. Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. THE OUTPOST Gorilla Marketing LLC Marietta GA 30062 770-675-7200 Jason Martin Partner Jim Zegers King of the Jungle Art Young Editor in Chief Contributing Writers Art Young Jason Martin Patrick Meitin Tony Martin Photo Credits Sandy Earle - Jason Martin - Floridabowfishing.com - Kim Costner Rodney Coplin - adventureatwill.com - Richard Moscardelli - Buck Knives - Jack Unruh TABLE OF CONTENTS 6 BOWFISHING 10 LOW COUNTRY BOIL 12 GIRLS LOVE HUNTING TOO 14 TIPS ON SHOOTING FROM TREE STANDS & BLINDS 20 BUCK KNIVES 18 WESTERN ELK PLANNER 26 JACK UNRUH 30 PHOTO OF THE MONTH 31 CAPTAIN TONY MIXOLOGY 36 36 TIPS ON CHARTERING A FISHING BAT 43 TRAVEL GUIDES CLASSIFIEDS 43 THE BACK PAGE ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & 1.00 COUPON Bowfishing Hot Fun in the Summertime by Patrick Meitin Bowfishing is fun. It s also a great way to keep your archer s eye sharp and shooting muscles toned for big game hunts to come later in the year. Plus when temperatures soar there s no better place to be than armpit-deep in cooling water. Bowfishing can also serve as a community service thinning trash fish that can hinder reproduction of more valuable game fish. Superfluous carp are the mainstay though various suckers gar buffalo shad or legal ocean-going fish may be your preferred target. The most productive shooting is typically during the late spring or early summer carp spawn though any time of year can provide shooting. Carp will live darn near anywhere from polluted storm drains to small runoff ponds muddy irrigation ditches to crystalline trout rivers to ocean-like reservoirs. First Things First Getting started is easy. First find a place with carp or other non-game fish where it s legal to shoot. When in doubt ask the landowner or someone who s in charge. Getting a game-violation ticket over a slimy carp simply isn t worth it. www.floridabowfishing.com Next you ll need some ratty sneakers and cut-offs polarized sunglasses a wide-brim hat and waterproof sunscreen. There s no use in ruining good clothes as you re going to get dirty in this business. The polarized sunglasses will help cut surface glare and improve the view of submerged targets. Wear some sunblock. Water glare and allday sun guarantee painful sunburns for the unprepared. The Best Bow and Reel You could use the hunting bow you already own for this but generally an older bow that you don t mind getting wet and muddy is best. Traditional re-curve bows and longbows best accommodate the quick from-the-hip shooting normally presented. It doesn t need to be anything fancy or powerful -- a cheap 45- to 50-pound pawn-shop or eBay bow is fine. You ll also need a bowfishing reel equipped with stout cord heavyweight arrow and barbed point. Reels allow you to shoot into deeper water and easily retrieve arrows for another shot. Bowfishing arrows are much heavier than hunting arrows and are typically made of solid fiberglass to penetrate deep water and the scales and bones of a fish. Reels come in a wide variety of styles and models from basic drums to sophisticated crank-handle contraptions. The basic handwound drum reel screws into standard stabilizer riser mounts or tapes into place via anchoring feet. These are fine for shallow water and when shots are not overly long. They re also most economical. Look to Saunders Cajun and Bohning Archery and Eastman Outfitters for affordable options. www.adventureatwill.com Close-faced spinning reels attached to reel seats sometimes with short rods included -- screw into riser stabilizer mounts to make follow-up shots faster and allow you to play your prize after a hit. Just remember to press the release (cast) button before each shot Look to Eastman Outfitters Muzzy Products and Cajun Archery for prime examples. The safest most hassle-free bowfishing reel is AMS Bowfishing s Retriever Reel. Lever-activated rollers neatly stack line into a bottle feeding friction free during the shot and with no buttons to push between shots. They mount via standard sight taps on most bow risers (strap-on mounts are available through AMS for traditional bows with no taps). AMS Muzzy and Bohning are your sources. No matter reel choice many are offered in kit form with everything you ll need to get started. Arrows for Fishing Solid fiberglass fish arrows are standard and abundantly available. They re inexpensive and so durable that they literally last forever. They generally come in bright colors making it easy to adjust fire after a miss. Bohning makes bright yellow orange and white. Cajun AMS and Muzzy offer white shafts (Muzzy also blue) Eastman Outfitters high-viz chartreuse InnerLoc bright orange and glow-in-the-dark. Barbed fish points come in a wide variety of styles and price points. Budget-priced heads can prove trickier to remove from fish while also normally less durable. If you only bowfish occasionally or in waters with soft bottoms they re highly viable. Here you re looking at designs such as Bohning s River Fish Point Eastman Outfitters Eagle Fish Point Cajun s Lil Stinger Mohawk and Wee Stinger and AMS Shure-Shot Points. If you do enough shooting that removing fish becomes tedious or if shooting in punishing areas with copious rock or stumps a sturdier point is in order. These hold instantly-reversible barbs and more rugged construction. Cajun s time-proven StingA-Ree Eastman Outfitters Osprey Fish Point InnerLoc s Grapple 2 and 3 Points Muzzy s Quick Release Gar or Carp Stingray or Shure Shot points and Bohning s RuffNeck all withstand prolonged abuse and make getting rid of shish-kabobbed fish easy. To avoid potential tangles that can mean a broken line and a lost arrow or worse a potentially dangerous bounce-back that results in injury to the shooter or companions -- AMS Safety Slide system is worth every penny. At least one bowfisherman has been killed by a bounce-back. The slide system carries retrieval line in front of the riser and safely out of cables and accessories while drawing and shooting zipping back to facilitate straight-line flight upon release. Kits are sold by AMS Bohning Muzzy and Cajun Archery. Ready Aim... Now you re ready. All you ll have to remember is to aim low when that first fish ghosts into view. This is due to the prism effect created by water making objects appear higher than they actually are. How far under the fish you aim depends on water depth and shot angle and there s no other way to learn than to get out there and shoot some fish. That s what all the fun s about getting outside on a hot spring or summer s day stalking fish in cooling water sometimes shooting until it hurts collecting a few prizes along the way. I can think of few things I would rather do during the dog-days of summer. ck Outpost Cuisine Reference books on the history of various cuisines note that the origins of the Low Country Boil go back to a popular dish of the Gullah Geechee people of the Sea Islands which run along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. African slaves brought along the cooking influences from their homeland and this was mixed with the Spanish and French cooking influences. At one time or another the Low Country Boil has also been known as Frogmore Stew Beaufort Stew (named after Beaufort South Carolina) and Beaufort boil. This very old recipe was revived and made famous by South Carolinian Richard Gay in the 1960 s. There are many variations on the ingredients and preparation for Low Country Boil but here s one quick and easy way to make it. Low Country Boil Prep Time About 30 minutes Cook Time About 40 minutes Serves 6 hungry adults Ingredients Crab boil 2 teaspoons per quart of water 12 red new potatoes 6 (4-inch) smoked sausage link sausage 6 ears corn 3 pounds fresh shrimp unpeeled Directions Fill a large pot with enough water to cover all of the ingredients. Add the crab boil and bring to a boil. Adjust the crab boil to suit your taste. When the water boils add the potatoes and sausage. Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. Add corn and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for no more than 3 minutes. - Drain and serve with warm bread. Low Country Boil The end of the summer is a perfect time to eat outside so long as the sun has started to go down and there s nothing better than a Low Country Boil for summertime chow. Preparation of this delicious meal has the appearance of throwing a bunch of good things into one pot corn on the cob shrimp sausage red potatoes and seasonings turning on a steady heat draining off anything that s not edible and digging in. However there is a little more to putting together a Low Country Boil. First of all a little geography lesson is in order. The Low Country is generally considered to be South Carolina and Northeastern Georgia and this dish originated from this area. WE RE GIVING AWAY A 10 000 SHOPPING SPREE TO REGISTER CLICK www.sportsmenna.com grand_prize.php Girls Love Hunting Too willing to admit it. Ouch. These articles will cover planting food plots moon phases scouting wildlife management children in the outdoors product reviews on gear designed for the female hunter tips on archery latest news from my sponsors fundraisers fly fishing (Yes we little girls can fish too ) turkey hunting with a bow bear hunting with a bow and charitable events like Kid s Hunting for a Cure etc... Speaking of Kid s Hunting for a Cure what is more satisfying than seeing a smile on a child s face when they make that first kill Or catching that first fish I had the opportunity to do just that when I participated in South Georgia s first Kids Hunting for the Cure event in July this year down in Douglas GA. The proceeds went to fight cancer and childhood diseases. Charity events like this for kids are popping up everywhere. As you can see from the smile on 10 year old Lexie s face in the below photo she is stoked She dropped this pig with one shot Now some of you might be thinking that Kim Costner Pro Hunter Ok boys... you have had all the fun for all these years You have kept the secret from us too long Ever since that first buck stepped out in front of me I realized why you cavemen always interrupted the marriage for hunting season If women would have known it was this fun to hunt it kill it and drag it back to the cave you men would have been the ones nursing the babies while staying home With over 2 million women now in the sport of hunting we are definitely a force to be reckoned with. So girls here is some free advice. If you want to turn a guy s head if you want to make them drool just put on some camo and watch the sweat puddle up Have any of you ladies seen the lonely looking groups of men hanging out at the Bass Pro Shops It s really pathetic. Just saying... Seriously though I ve got some great articles coming up over the next issues that will be geared toward the female hunter. Sure you men out there are welcome to read these articles too. First you will have to be in touch with your girly side. Second when you learn something new you must be she used the ever so popular .243 caliper to make this shot. (For you men out there the .243 caliper is a relatively small caliper capable of good expansion upon entry and is a great light weight gun for deer hunting too. It has very little kick making it popular for youth and the female hunter. But I m sure you knew that right ) Wait She didn t shoot it with a .243 It was a 7MM-08. A heavier gun and bigger caliper Go Lexie To make this hunt a memorable one she was guided by April Nicolelli who has been hunting since she was 10. She s has tagged herself as a Rack-A-Holic In her words Ever since that first buck hit the dirt I ve been hooked on deer hunting like crack. I live and breathe it. (Oh look... most of the men reading this just passed out. That is so cute.) April chose Lexie out of the group because she had spunk and loved hunting as much as she does. It was hard to tell who was happier with the kill Lexie or April. In true guide form April found the blood trail and found the pig in no time. Like Lexie April likes to hunt with a bit larger caliper too a 30.06. Yeah. A 30.06. (Well there went our last guy that was reading this article. He just passed out. Come on out girls the coast is clear.) Oh one last thing. We women do love you boys dearly and want to thank you for all you do for us. Teaching us to shoot how to field dress deer how to change our Buckshot mud tires how to install the KC lights ranch hands etc. And besides who else could we get to carry our pig out of the woods for us... I ll be making the rounds at the Bass Pro Shops Fall Classic this month. Maybe I ll see you there Keeping Their Edge for More Than 100 Years If you were ever lucky enough to receive a genuine Buck knife as a kid or an adult you most likely remember when and why. There s something about a knife either a pocket knife or fixed blade that suggests adventure and when it had the Buck brand on it the experience was even sweeter. In a time of high technology and sometime questionable manufacturing quality the Buck family has been making knives that the owners treasure for more than a hundred years. What is it about these knives that instill so much confidence and pride It has to do with a particularly American success story. Buck Knives It s a Family Affair Buck Knives didn t get its famous brand name from some copywriter at an ad agency. The Buck family has been literally making these amazing blades since 1902 and it all started with Hoyt Buck. At the time he was a young apprentice blacksmith living in Leavenworth Kansas and he was looking for a way to temper steel so that it would hold an edge longer. Needless to say he found it and in the process began a family business that would span four generations so far. As the company website notes Hoyt made each knife by hand using worn-out file blades as raw material. His handy work was greatly appreciated during World War II. After the war Hoyts and his wife Daisy were living in Mountain Home Idaho. Their eldest son Al was raising his family in San Diego California so Hoyt decided to relocate to the warmer climes and pass on the cutler legacy to the next generation. Hoyt moved to San Diego and set up shop as H.H. Buck & Son in 1947. In time Al Buck s son Chuck took over the business and added to its line of products while continuing the tradition of craftsmanship. The company reaped the benefits of making a BUCK KNIVES product of consistent quality. The latest generation of the Buck family to run the family business is CJ Buck. Like his father grandfather and great grandfather he continues to innovate in the company s products while maintaining craftsmanship that accounts for the company s success and sustainability in the outdoor sports marketplace. Sweating the Small Stuff From L-R Early photo of Buck Knives Al Buck Hoyt Buck Bottom photo Buck Knives Factory As with every successful company the foundation of the ongoing success of Buck Knives is the quality of its products. Innovation in new products one of the best warranties in the industry after the sale service and extensive retail and online distribution are all built on the foundation of product quality. The company notes We really do sweat the small stuff. It has an extensive network of dealers and long-time users and constantly conducts research among these groups to glean insights about new products and re-engineering existing products. In referring to this process the company says Each knife we bring to market has been thoughtfully designed and engineered. Blending the right properties into stainless steel will ensure that your knife has the right hardness and strength. Heat-treating or tempering the blade helps the knife hold its edge longer and makes it easier for you to re-sharpen the blade. It s the heart and soul of the blade in our humble opinion. Buck Knives are Forever We live in a time of mass production and cheap prices and this leads consumers to have a throw away attitude. If the blade of that knife that was picked up at the convenience store breaks into two pieces while it s being used the owner will most likely toss the pieces in the garbage and go look for another knife. This situation will not likely happen if the knife involved was a Buck knife because the company has one of the best warranties in the industry. The company s warranty is simple and outlined on its website. The Buck Knives Forever Warranty TM is pretty much what it says. A Buck Knife is built to last but if for some reason your Buck is defective due to materials or workmanship you can return it to us for repairs no matter where you bought it. We will repair your knife including part labor and or replacement with a new knife at our discretion. Keep in mind that repairs are not always possible or practical. If this occurs we will replace your knife with the same type of knife or one that is comparable. Hunting Knives Just about every hunter has at least one Buck Knife. They are light weight and tough enough to get the job done whether this entails breasting a mourning dove removing the wings of a ring neck pheasant or field dressing a giant whitetail deer. Some good choices for hunting knives from Buck include Alpha Dorado models (especially the Boone & Crockett Alphas) Alpha Hunter models Bantam BHW models The PakLite models Buck Zipper models (for easier gutting) The ErgoHunter models The Ranger Skinner Plus there are dozens more to choose from at either your favorite outdoor sports retailer on the Buck Knives website. www.buckknives.com Buck Knives for Fishing The most important aspect of a knife that will be used for fishing especially one that will be involved with fileting the catch is that it must stay sharp. The tempered stainless steel in every Buck knife has been engineered with this in mind. Every knife will eventually get dull but the Buck knife can be razor sharp again with little effort. Some possible Buck Knives for the fishermen include ErgoHunter Boning knife models Silver Creek Series of fillet knives Pathfinder EcoLite models Bantam BHW Keeping a Buck in Your Pocket Buck Knives also make some of the best pocket knives on the market. If a part of your job involves opening boxes cutting string or sacks or you just need that comfortable feel of a utilitarian tool sitting in your pocket here are some pocket knives made by Buck to consider Buck Cadet models Chairman series models (Lancer Companion and Solitaire) Knight Paradigm models QuickFire models Prince (a truly classic pocket knife) A Thing of Beauty For a variety of reasons people don t seem to value having a knife in their pocket or on their belt as much as they used to. That s a shame. Part of this is due to the travel demands especially by plane that most of us have to deal with. While you can take a Buck knife hunting fishing camping and any other place where you might need to cut something you probably don t want to take it to the airport if you re there to catch a plane. For outdoorsmen Buck Knives are a thing of beauty. They combine utility with ergonomic balance and classic designs. The success of Buck Knives has been the result of building a better product and relentlessly taking care of the customers who buy it. When the next generation of Buck s takes the company into the next century they will hopefully adhere to the lessons of Hoyt Buck. Most likely they will because the Buck name is on every blade and handle. Tips on Shooting From Stands & Blinds by Patrick Meitin W hitetail deer are typically shot at ranges most would consider slam-dunk. Yet we regularly experience misses afield at ranges that would seem ridiculous on the practice range. The solution to this problem lies in understanding that that shooting in the back yard standing erect and easily repeating perfect shooting form is nothing like shooting from an elevated position from the awkward contortions offered by a tree-stand or pop-up blind. Plus there s the adrenaline rush caused by buck fever to consider Both scenarios offer hidden pitfalls the potential to toss shooting form askew. Tree-Stand Games There are three reasons you ll miss from an elevated stand besides nerves Geometry collapsed shooting form and unrehearsed shooting positions. Geometry is the easy part. The tendency when shooting from a position well above your target is to shoot high. Archers blame gravity but it s actually a function of geometry. That animal is simply closer than you think and your trusty super-precise laser rangefinder isn t immune to errors either. You re aiming for actual distance when the animal is really only as far from you as he is from the base of your tree. Let s say your stand is 30-feet high. The deer is standing 25 yards from the base of the tree holding your stand. You range him and your rangefinder tells you the straight-line range is 31 yards. You re going to shoot high. When installing yourself on the stand and inventorying ranges around your site make a point to range trees on the same level your sitting. You ve then received the actual range for anything at the base of that tree. Of course technology solves recurring bowhunting dilemmas. Several companies now offer laser rangefinders with built-in tilt compensators. When used correctly these give you an actual range to targets well below you. To eliminate even more guesswork choose a pendulum bow sight. A single pin sits in a pivoting cradle automatically adjusting itself for shots from directly beneath your stand to as far as 30 or 35 yards. This is foolproof assurance. Shooting form as it pertains to tree-stands is more problematic. The hunter s tendency is to compensate for the downward angle by dropping the bow arm. This instantly changes your anchor and makes it difficult to use proper back tension. Instead you should bow to your quarry when on stand bending at the waist before aiming and shooting. Practice by first aiming on the level and then bending at the waist once settled into the shot to address the target. Practice in the backyard including a full dress rehearsal to ensure that insulated duds your fall-restraint system or an unaccustomed shot angle won t trip you up. The off-season is the time to unravel possible problems not when a rutting buck approaches your stand. Envision various scenarios. What if a buck comes from behind From hard right (and your right handed). Directly beneath you What if you must shoot from a sitting position Are you ready to perform Blind-Sided Even when ranges are intimate shooting from pop-up blinds can trip up the most experienced shooter. First of all those limited shooting ports -- besides providing potential deflection points can throw range-judging for a loop. They give your brain less information to work around making targets look farther than they actually are. Most hunters are simply unaccustomed to shooting while sitting or kneeling. It might be a good idea to conduct a backyard trial run before the big hunt. Shooting-port deflection isn t uncommon. Anyone who s bowhunted from an enclosed blind has done it at least once. You re excited focused on the shot and forget to take the time to look at where your arrow sits in relation to the window edge. Bow sights are mounted well above the arrow rest by necessity creating this potential. Again backyard trial runs are a helpful exercise. It never hurts to pull your head away from anchor and double-check arrow alignment just before important shots. Where you set up can make getting clean port pass-through easier. For example a blind set up on a rise can create a situation where the shooting port is too high to shoot from even your knees. Setting up in a dip where shots are predominately uphill means you must shoot while sitting flat on your rear. Large shoot-through screens have seemingly eliminated these problems though precautions are in order. Most mechanicals aren t compatible with shoot-through screens blades opening on screening itself and causing wild arrow flight. Fixed-blade heads are less of an issue. The only way to know for certain is to purchase extra broadheads and try them out through your blind before hunting. Since most African bowhunting is conducted from enclosed blinds while guarding water I quickly learned during my first trip over that even at high noon seeing your sight pins can become a challenge inside a dark blind. This is especially true of the prime low-light hours surrounding dawn and dusk. Add a heavy tree canopy overcast sky or shoot-through screens and you re really in trouble. Fiber-optic pins help somewhat but to play it safe I opt for an added sight-pin light or a TruGlo glowing TFO (tritium) top pin. There are many useful options today violet L.E.D. versions seeming to work best for me in all types of light conditions. There is absolutely no doubt that tree-stands and more recently pop-up blinds have made us more deadly bowhunters. Tree-stands have made it possible to literally climb above a whitetail s sharp nose and make ourselves invisible to game while in plain sight. Pop-up blinds have opened up still more options making it possible to take advantage of hotspots where hanging a stand is simply not possible. While stands and blinds have made it easier for us to get close to big game you still must make the shot. This can be trickier than first meets the eye. Prepare now to assure you are up to the challenge when that big buck arrives within range this season. PLANNING A WESTERN ELK HUNT Guaranteed Elk Hunts Over-the-counter elk licenses are rare today though two states stand alone. Colorado and Idaho still allow even non-residents to purchase a tag without early application deadlines or long draw odds though not every hunt unit in either state is included. Colorado allows you to simply show up and buy a tag for a large group of units not included in lottery drawings. You won t be alone on these hunts and you better have done your homework if you expect to beat the crowds to find success. And though Colorado has an estimated 200 000 elk the largest population in the nation trophy quality s normally not of the same as that found in many other elk strongholds outside heavily-managed hunts protected by limited tags systems. Check regulations for guaranteed options at www.wildlife.state.co.us . The Gem State issues limited licenses on a first-comefirst-serve basis during what they term an application period so you must make decisions early for the best hunt units. Otherwise licenses are there for the taking by early birds and there are oftentimes leftover tags in certain areas well into the September archery season. Certain Idaho areas offer better-than-average trophy quality but many of these require wilderness trekking. Find more details at www.state.id.us fishgame. Easy-Draw Options The best trophy-elk areas are no longer secret so you ll have to scan game and fish department web sites for draw odds stats in order to find a hunt with better than 50-percent draw odds. These aren t overly rare but buyers beware as some of these areas are hard-core wilderness and accessing worthwhile hunting can require backpacking or pack animals. There might also be private-land issues. Drop-camp or self-guided trespass-fee options are often available through an outfitter a real bargain when wilderness is involved. Also easy draws can entail fringe habitat with only scattered or sparse elk herds. Quiz a state game biologist to assure you understand what you re getting into before signing up for any hunt. Top picks include Montana www.fwp.state.mt.us hunting default.asp New Mexico www.gmfsh.nm.us Wyoming http gf.state.wy.us If you re only interested in meat (and elk steaks are fine food) and a good time with friends or family check out antlerless hunt options in nearly any Western state as must hunters want antlers and these hunts can be ex- By Patrick Meitin Every season more big-game hunters than ever travel West to pursue North America s most majestic big-game animal -- the Rocky Mountain elk. Thanks in large part to logging and thinning to create more grass for grazing cattle and calm fears of forest fire elk populations have exploded to unprecedented numbers becoming available to more do-it-yourself hunters. Despite this choosing the best elk hunt for you is more complicated than would seem immediately evident. The perspective elk hunter must weigh desires and expectations and balance them with the realities of modern elk hunting. By doing your homework going that extra mile you can find elk-hunting success without the expensive proposition of a guided hunt. tremely easy draws or complete shoe-ins often going undersubscribed. Many of these hunts occur during late seasons when elk move into lower more accessible habitat that harbor very few elk during traditional seasons. your chosen hunting area. Hound them for specific information that will help you hit the ground running. If you re lucky you might find a person who has spent time in the area and can provide current information. Finally in the end you absolutely must invest in on-theground scouting. The one piece of advice I always give is you re better off spending four days of vacation scouting and three hunting smart than seven days hunting blind without having scouted at all. When time s short use vacation wisely investing much of that time scouting even if it ll cut into actual hunting days. Scouting should include dropping in on local ranchers country stores and gas stations. Chatting up locals can sometimes offer that one clue that reveals a real hotspot. Elk hunting s a tough business. You get out of it what you invest. Start now -- laying the groundwork to make your elk hunt a success this season. Going For Broke It goes without saying if you re looking for only the very best antlers in the Rocky Mountains you must be willing to sit the bench for several years before drawing a quality public-lands tag. As I ve said the best places are certainly public knowledge in the information age we live in. Arizona (www.arizona-hunt.com ) automatically goes to the top of the list with areas such as Unit 9 10 1 and 27 offering the best trophy potential. New Mexico s better trophy areas also get an enthusiastic nod with hunt units such as 15 and all of the 16s (A through E) top picks. Montana s best Missouri Breaks areas have emerged as a real hotspots for book bulls with draw odds steep and also the problem of a predominance of private lands where trespass goes to only the well heeled. Nevada and certain Utah areas are real sleepers with record-book bulls common 400inch bulls killed nearly every year. Non-resident elk tags in these states are extremely limited so sleeper or not drawing a tag is never easy. To try your luck scan their web sites at www.nevadadivisionofwildlife.org www.wildlife.utah.gov Battle Plan To arrive as prepared as possible a large volume of desk-jockey scouting s in order. This involves first purchasing appropriate maps of your hunt area U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management BLM according to land status plus U.S. Geological Survey topographical maps to give you a better picture of the lay of the land. Study these maps like a treasure map seeking remote areas void of roads deep canyons or high ridges that will daunt less ambitious hunters even elk habitat itself feeding meadows long traveling ridges hanging bedding benches. After you discover several prospective areas start making phone calls. State wildlife biologists are an obvious start but also hit up local Forest Service BLM or Soil Conservation offices in search of someone who knows something of PHOTO OF THE MONTH EVEN IF YOU DON T KNOW JACK ABOUT ART... A conversation with outdoorsman and illustrator Jack Unruh In a time when most illustrators have more computer equipment than drawing pens and illustration boards Jack Unruh is decidedly older-school. Sure he has a computer and the internet but they re not used for creating his art. That s done with his uncanny visual acuity and highly skilled fingers gripping a drawing pen. He s also an avid and savvy outdoorsman who has hunted and fished around the world making him an interesting subject for The Outpost. Every line and every brushstroke of all of his thousands of meticulously created illustrations are done by hand at his drawing table (yup he has one of those too) sitting by the window in his Dallas studio. Unruh who is 78 years old but looks about 20 years younger has been illustrating magazine articles annual reports advertising layouts - just about any medium that requires a unique look for more than 50 years. He has completed illustration projects for Entertainment Weekly Rolling Stone Atlantic Monthly Time Sports Illustrated Reader s Digest National Geographic Sports Afield Field & Stream GQ Road & Track and Texas Monthly just to mention a few. He has also completed annual reports and advertising campaigns for Citicorp Exxon Mobil Budweiser American Airlines Remington Firearms Georgia Pacific Transamerica Halliburton Sony United Technologies and hundreds more. Along the way Unruh has gained a reputation as an outstanding wildlife illustrator. His illustrations are featured in one of the best hunting and fishing books ever printed The Sportsman s Guide to Texas. To say that Jack s style is somewhat unique is like saying west Texas mourning doves fly pretty fast on opening day. If you ve seen an outdoor sports magazine travel magazine or consumer magazine that has some Unruh illustrations you ll recognize them immediately. His style is like no other artist. He graciously allowed The Outpost to visit his comfortable studio near White Rock Lake in East Dallas and to let us chat with him about hunting fishing and art. As one might expect Jack Unruh s work place is packed with an eclectic collection of books photos of hunting and fishing trips pencils pens paint brushes illustrations-in-process a box of shells for a 357 Magnum fly fishing reels lures and an ancient shotgun hanging above his well-worn drawing table. Just the usual tools of the illustration trade. JACK UNRUH A conversation with outdoorsman and illustrator TO Where s your favorite place to hunt or fish Unruh (laughing) Wherever most people aren t TO And where would that be Unruh I really like to fish in Wyoming and in fact I went in on horseback to fish the Wind River recently. I enjoy hunting upland birds anywhere there are wide open spaces especially Rotan Texas. I hunt in Kansas for quail and pheasant and I like to go to North and South Dakota for pheasant hunting. I used to deer hunt more than I do now but it s hard to go wrong packing into the mountains of Colorado or Wyoming for bigger game. TO Since you have been so successful in the advertising business some people might not know how prolific you have been as a wildlife illustrator... Unruh Well I m not really a wildlife illustrator. I love to cook but I m not a chef. TO OK. Fair enough. You have however created some stunning wildlife illustrations. So when did you start illustrating birds fish deer and the rest of the critters that adorn the outdoor books and magazines that you ve worked for Unruh Over the years I ve been pretty successful illustrating annual reports for large companies and sometimes these companies oil companies especially wanted illustrations of their pump jacks oil drilling rigs pipe and so forth. These are not exactly the most interesting things in the world to draw. If you ve seen one pump-jack you ve pretty much seen em all. So in order to make these illustrations more interesting I started adding wildlife such as a covey of quail here a whitetail deer or a javelin there to the illustrations. Some of the people who saw these drawings of wildlife started asking for more of them and pretty soon the word got out to magazines such as Sports Afield Field & Stream and even National Geographic that I could draw these birds animals and fish and I started getting commissions to illustrate outdoor sports articles. TO So what s your favorite animal or bird to illustrate Unruh Actually my favorite wildlife to draw is fish. They re so interesting. I love the colors and detail of fish. For me to really nail an illustration I need to be close (literally) to the subject and I can do this easier with fish than say a whitetail buck. Big animals are tougher to draw. I also enjoy drawing waterfowl for some of the same reasons. TO How old were you when you first started fishing and hunting Unruh My dad was an Air Force pilot so we lived in a bunch of places including Utah. I started hunting (if you could call it that) there when I was about 11. My mom would take me out past Hall Air Force base with my gun and I would shoot until I ran out of shells. My first fishing trips were on Strawberry Creek trying to catch trout. TO What has been some of your most interesting assignments Unruh Once I was commissioned to illustrate every brewery in Mexico. That was a fun one. National Geographic sent me to the Pyrenees in France crawling through caves as research for an article on Paleolithic man. I got to go on a 7-day float on the Kanektok River in Alaska and illustrate the trip for Sports Afield. That was a blast. Great fishing TO Who are your favorite wildlife artists Unruh Man There are so many good ones. I really like Bob Kuhn Thomas Aquinas Daly and Francis Lee Jacques. TO You illustrated one of my favorite books by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda called Art of Birds. What was that experience like Unruh It was great. I got the assignment from the University of Texas Press and the book was published in 1985. Neruda was such a visual poet it made the book fun to illustrate. I also got some fishing in while I was in Chile since the translator for the book had a place down there. This last comment is vintage Unruh. He often manages to work in some fishing and hunting in his illustration work and this keeps it fun. This delight is evident in his art. Jack Unruh whose website is easy to remember www.jackunruh.com is clearly doing exactly what he was put on this earth to do and he is obviously having the time of his life. He s gracious smart witty and doesn t take himself too seriously. He s the kind of guy you would enjoy talking to while walking over miles of South Dakota corn stubble hunting pheasant. He s also a brilliant artist with an uncanny eye for detail. For those of us who love the outdoors Jack has given us a view of nature that we seldom see. Captain Tony s Mixology Over the years I have been asked what is the manliest drink of all time. I suppose that is a matter of taste. However over the next few issues of The Outpost we will examine some of our picks. Black and Tan Man Nothing says manliness more than a pint of beer. No beer is more manly than a Guinness Draught. Fuel your testosterone with a Black and Tan. The American version can be found in Irish pubs around the country but don t order a Black and Tan if you are in Ireland. The Black and Tan originated in England. You might just get knocked off your bar stool Ingredients 1 2 pint Smithwicks Ale (or your favorite Irish or English ale) 1 2 pint Guinness Draught How to prepare Pour 1 2 pint of Smithwicks into an ice cold frosty mug. Add the Guinness by pouring it over the back of a spoon. This helps disperse the Guiness and give it the black and tan look. Drink up CHEERS BONNIE S BACK Slipstream is Her Best Work in Decades It s been 7 years since Bonnie Raitt has been a recording studio but anyone who thought this immensely talented musician singer was ready for the Classic Rock tour of baby boomer casinos needs some additional fiber in their diet. Bonnie is back with a vengeance and she s doing what she has always done take songs that other people have written and Bonnitize them in her own inimitable style Realizing that the only way to make a living in the decimated recorded music industry is to control all the levers this veteran of the music business has also joined the (r)evolution of the recording business by starting her own label Redwing. Not everyone would want to take on the responsibility of being an artist and an entrepreneur but Raitt has proven over the years that she s not everyone she s someone. The new set of tracks called Slipstream features Raitt s long-time band mates Hutch Hutchinson Ricky Fataar George Marinelli and Mike Finnigan plus a few brilliant additions such as Bill Frisell Al Anderson Paul Brady Maia Sharp Lee Schell Luis Conte and alt-country wunderkind Joe Henry playing on and producing 4 of the tracks. Of course Bonnie s fabulous slide guitar and one-of-kind voice are front and center on each track. Making Other People s Tunes Her Own Since she first started recording Bonnie Raitt has made a habit (and a good living) of finding the best songwriting talent and adapting their songs to her own style. She was one of the first to record John Prine Jackson Browne John Haitt and Randy Newman songs. Her ear was also good enough to pluck a few gems from relatively obscure people like bluesman Mose Allison. This tradition continues on Slipstream. The first radio single from the CD was written and recorded by Gerry Rafferty several years ago. In fact Right Down the Line was a hit for the late performer but Bonnie and band changed the tempo of the tune to reflect a more reggae feel. Mix in a big helping of Bonnie s soulful voice and voila Right Down the Line sounds much different from the original and it s cooler than ever. Want another example Bonnie included two Bob Dylan songs in this set and even if you ve heard him do these songs for the past 20 years her deft changes of phrasing make Million Miles and the classic Standing in the Doorway Bonnie Raitt songs that just happened to be written by the most prolific songwriter in history. Joe Henry Was a Song Drivin Man Much has been written about producer musician Joe Henry who produced You Can t Fail Me Now Million Miles Standing in the Doorway and wrote and produced an amazing cut God Only Knows on the Slipstream CD. Given his success with the late Solomon Burke Carolina Chocolate Drops Rodney Crowell s incredible CD Sex and Gasoline and a few dozen more blockbusters it s not a surprise that Raitt would gravitate to his golden ears. It is clear that Henry s laid back production style and musical taste in song selection is spot on for Raitt. It s interesting to note that the production of this CD except for Right Down the Line is not as slick as some Raitt s songs have been in the past. Most of the tunes are not really radio friendly and this less-polished more real vibe is being appreciated by the legions of her fans. Word is that the Raitt and Henry recorded about a dozen cuts in his home studio and this means that Redwing records will have another batch of great Bonnie Raitt tunes coming out in the future. Not a Bad Cut on the CD The recording sessions for Slipstream must have been fun to watch because it sounds like the players had a blast recording it. One sign of this is the lack of throw-away cuts that were either phoned in or afterthoughts. There s not a wasted cut on this CD. This may be partially due to the fact that most people are buying individual tracks for their digital music devices and if the cut doesn t work it doesn t sell. The tracks on Slipstream won t have this problem. In addition to the ones mentioned above you might want to check out a few of other tracks. The first track written by Randall Bramblett is funk fest led by Raitt s voice and guitar. If you enjoy a more subtle-voiced Bonnie you might enjoy the slower Take My Love With You and Not Cause I Wanted To. One of my favorite cuts was written by Joe Henry and Loudon Wainwright III and our girl signs her butt off on You Can t Fail Me Now. Bonnie Raitt s Slipstream is one of the best CD s of 2012 and it s the best work she s done in decades. If you like blues alt country ballads or funk you ll find something you ll like among these tracks. I m happy to be one of the many to announce Hot damn. Bonnie s Back For the first single off the new CD click here http www.youtube.com watch v -T_aMNbXVdA Tips on Chartering a Fishing Boat The economics of owning a fishing boat are daunting at best. They re expensive to purchase dock and keep up. Unless you re retired or independently wealthy and therefore don t have to work a boat is used on a limited basis maybe once or twice a month at most. Plus the kind of boat that is safe enough for the open seas is much larger than most anglers would ever consider buying. Given these factors most fishermen choose to charter a boat. Since most people don t charter boats every day some tips on this subject are in order. As with just about anything when handing over cold hard cash to the captain of a fishing boat it s a good idea to know your facts and follow some protocols. As with most things in life you usually get what you pay for. As fishing site earthsports.com notes Don t choose according to price or availability. Cheapest is almost certainly not best find out what the going rate is and expect to pay at the higher end of the scale for an experienced top-notch captain and boat. Captain Doug Snowden who owns the Catch-a-Lot Guide Service taking anglers out into the Gulf of Mexico from of Port O Connor Texas notes that charter fees vary but most bay and jetty cost between 500 and 600 for a full (7 hour) day or about 450 for a half day of fishing. Earthsports.com also suggests that an angler should not be put off if the chosen captain is not available on the day that s the first chosen especially if it s a weekend. Good charters are usually booked well in advance in fact if he s (the captain) available on lots of Saturdays and Sundays you should be suspicious. Plan Your Trip If possible book a fishing charter boat at least two weeks in advance. During popular fishing seasons and even in the off-season quality charter fishing boats are often booked far in advance. Sometimes a boat will be available at the last minute due to a customer cancellation but why bet the trip on getting lucky Start researching well in advance and contact at least three charter boats before making a choice. Check Out the Boat and Captain before Chartering The most accurate way to get a reliable read on a charter boat is to ask around among friends who fish the area you re considered. A glowing recommendation about the captain and crew on the charter company s website I ve never had this kind of positive experience on a fishing charter in past 50 years This boat was supernatural in its ability to draw fish is far from objective. Even the people at the marina may not be the best folks to get a recommendation from because they likely have personal relationships with each captain and crew. Snowden says that word-of-mouth from local bait shops and motels in area are probably the most accurate ways to find a good captain and boat. If the captain that you want is not available ask him if he can recommend someone else. Fishing guides and boating websites recommend that you check out a captain s credentials. Oudoorsports. com notes It s amazing how many un-licensed people try to play captain. And in other cases you ll find a captain who has his Coast Guard certification but didn t bother to get a state license (which is only required in certain areas). In either case pass them over if they don t care enough to play by the rules you can t expect them to care about your personal experience. The Boat s Fishing Style is Important Always ask each charter boat that is being considered what types of fishing they offer. Since some charter boats offer bottom fishing trolling or some a combination of both it s important to clarify the day s fishing objectives and match this to the boat that offers this type of service. It s best to ask the price for each type of fishing the length of time your charter is for what species of fish are you likely to catch and the amount of deposit required. It s also important to find out who might be joining you on the trip. Find out how many other people are scheduled to be on the boat at a time. Party boats can have 20 or more people on a single trip. If these folks are serious fishermen or who at least understand the basics of the sport you will enjoy their company. However if they are loud rude and stupid it might be a long day on the boat with them. The experts at outdoorsports.com suggest that one should always check the boat s policy on fish. In some areas the captain takes a cut of the catch and sells it. In this case you ll usually be expected to kill everything you catch--not exactly fun for a catch-and-release angler. Finding out if the crew on the boat clean and filet the day s catch is another element of a checklist. Sometimes there is an extra charge for this and sometimes not. Usually the boat supplies ice for the cleaned fish but this needs to be arranged before leaving the dock. Knowing who s in charge of bringing food and drinks the charter company or the fisherman is extremely important. The quickest way to ruin a great day on the water is to suddenly realize (about noon ) that there are no provisions for lunch Be Courteous and Don t Forget the Tip It s also important to show the proper courtesy for the captain and his crew and this involves showing up at the dock in plenty of time before the boat is scheduled to depart. When asked what some of his clients have done that drove him nuts Captain Snowden said Putting a fish in the boat on their own without me first having a look at what it is (hard head gafttop shark etc.). Some things can be dangerous and cause injury. It is also common to tip 15 to 20 percent if the service on the boat has been good. The usual protocol for this involves giving the tip to the captain and allowing him to disburse to the rest of the crew. Renting a charter boat for fishing doesn t have to be a hassle and it doesn t have to cost a fortune either. Taking a little time to investigate the options and clarifying all of this before making a deposit will go a long way towards an enjoyable trip. (Note If you re interested in fishing the Gulf of Mexico from Port O Connor contact Doug Snowden online at dougsnowden sbcglobal.net or 214-289-0082). Clays for Kids November 2 2012 Clays for Kids is a sporting clays tournament benefiting pediatric cancer research at AFLAC Cancer Center & Blood Disorder Services at Children s Healthcare of Atlanta. 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