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ISSUE X THE BLACK BEARS ARE BACK UTPOST SPRING TURKEY SEASON COOKING HIGH ON THE HOG BOW HUNTING HOGS NOODLING OUTPOST FICTION ICE FISHING PLUS GRAVEL GRINDING & JOAN OSBORNE ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & 1.00 COUPON VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM http 5MveCGisXgg http IieVrZhItOw TABLE OF CONTENTS 11 BLACK BEARS ARE BACK 17 BOW HUNTING FOR HOGS 28 ICE FISHING 35 TURKEY TROTTING 14 IT S TUESDAY LET S GO QUAIL HUNTING NOODLING 23 COOKING HIGH ON THE HOG 47 COMING TO THE RESCUE 49 GRINDING GRAVEL 53 THE OUTPOST MUSIC JOAN OSBORNE 57 KEEPING THE SECRETS OF TREES 48 MOUNTAIN BIKING GUIDES BILL DANCE BLOOPERS 58 61 LIKE US ON FACEBOOK 44 Editor s Letter Recently I had a conversation with someone who is older than me. Since this is becoming a rarer experience as I approach old fartism I try to learn something each time this happens. This gentleman is an avid outdoorsman who has forgotten more about hunting and fishing than I will ever know. His opinions are often brilliant and at the very least always colorful. Our conversation concerned the weird cycle that nature specifically wild game is going through presently. He grew up in the Hill Country of Texas near Austin and has fond memories of hunting bobwhite quail in the 50 s and 60 s. However now there are almost no quail to be found anywhere in the area. While everybody has a theory nobody really knows why the quail population in Texas has disappeared. I ve also been goose hunting with him on the rice farms near the Texas Gulf coast and the Canadian geese population has gotten so large that the tundra where they live in the summer has been decimated perhaps permanently by pressure from this overpopulation. Conservation goose seasons with virtually unlimited bag limits have done little to reduce this glut of geese. Every hunter farmer or rancher knows about the increase in the populations of feral hogs. They re everywhere wreaking havoc on wildlife habitat. These hogs have been in the wild since the Spaniards accidentally discovered the New World and brought seeds livestock and diseases with them. However the dramatic increase in the number of these feral pigs is a relatively new phenomenon. What s going on here I believe that some answers may come from Big Data. The subject of Big Data is popular among the big thinkers in business science and even politics. Basically the theory is that by gathering enough data and crunching enough numbers patterns will emerge. If when these patterns are understood predictions about the future can accurately be made. A good example of how Big Data can be used in business is in mass retail marketing. Say a jewelry chain gathers years of data gathered from the sophisticated point of sale scanners fed in to their customer database. With this data the chain can accurately predict what types of rings or necklaces will be bought at any time of the year. With this knowledge a whole litany of in-store tactics can be hatched to sell more stuff. Conceivably wildlife managers could use the Big Data that they have about quail and wild hog populations and build strategies for increasing the former and diminishing the later. The challenge comes from managing a process that can take decades to see a pattern and as well-known wildlife biologist Dr. Dale Rollins notes The more you study the situation the more complex it will inevitably become. True dat. John E. Weaver was a well-respected botanist and prairie ecologists at the University of Nebraska during the early years of the 20th Century and while he probably used some version of Big Data in his wide-ranging studies he didn t have the computing power that we have now. He did however have a gift of communicating the essence of the situation Nature is an open book for those willing to read. Upon each grass covered hillside is revealed the history of the past the conditions of the present and the hope for the future. Perhaps the answers to the mysteries of nature will be revealed if we are willing to make the time to observe and act decisively. Time will tell. And speaking of time it s time to get on with this month s The Outpost. Ice fishing spring turkey hunting black bears coming back noodling for catfish wild hogs taking over and Joan Osborne s latest and best CD are all in this issue. As always we d love to hear from you to tell us how we re doing. I answer every email and will listen to any idea for future stories. Shoot me one whenever you can art Now I m gonna go back to crunching some Big Data and figure this darn thing out THE oUTPOST Well right off the bat I am impressed with the mix of outdoor interests music and cooking. I am already a fan of Gary Clark Jr. I ve got a CD in my car. And I like the mix of how-to articles and just plain old stories. One of the things that turns me off with the big widely distributed hunting magazines is that they seem to be very heavy on the how-to and very light or fully void of hunting stories (whether fictional or non-fictional). I already know how put my boots on sight my gun recognize deer sign and pick a stand. I am much more entertained by well-written recollections of past hunts and other topical coverage. I like it. -Kyle Smith Marietta GA FIELD NOTES FROM OUTPOST READERS ISSUE IX THE OUTPOST SHOOTING THE MOON MOUNTAIN BIKING OUTPOST FICTION Good day to you all I really enjoy getting this and would like to continue doing so. Right now it comes to my work e-mail - - - can I get it switched to my home e-mail The reason I m requesting this is after 43 years here at my job I m going to hang it up and retire. More time with the family grandkids and of course hunting and fishing. - Roger De Moss New Sharon Iowa AWESOME those recipes are keepers the pics and information are world-class. - Tim Nice Rag - Terry R. Whitford Sgt of Marines QUAIL HUNTING PATTERNING A SHOTGUN GETTING INTO SHAPE FOR OUTDOORS SPORTS CASHING IN ON WINTER VARMINTS CHEF KEVIN GILLESPIE PLUS FLOUNDER RECIPES TOP 12 CD S OF 2012 & MORE... THE OUTPOST Gorilla Marketing LLC 770-675-7200 Jason Martin Partner Jim Zegers King of the Jungle Art Young Editor in Chief Contributing Writers Art Young Jeff Brady Photo Credits Sandy Earle Jason Martin Brad Steele Trey Wetherington Tony Eckler Polly Keene Flickr Commons Burnt Pine Plantation Jim Zegers Michael Allen National Wild Turkey Federation Misti Brenner THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2013 by Gorilla Marketing LLC Marietta GA 30062. Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. THE oUTPOST ISSUE II ISSUE II ISSUE III HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF WADE FISHING THE SURF GOING HOG WILD ALL HAIL KING MACKEREL CHOOSING A HUNTING DOG EARL SCRUGGS ONE OF A KIND VENISON RECIPES BASS FISHING THE SPAWN THE NEW LAKE EFFECT ON FISHING WOMEN WITH WEAPONS WILLIE NELSON HEROES HOW TO KEEP A HUNT ING DO G IN SHAP E IN TH E OFFSEA SON HUNTING AXIS DEER CATCHING CRAPPIE CATFISH RECIPES BETTER BANK FISHING WHAT S THE MOST POPULAR FISH ISSUE IV ISSUE V ISSUE VI IN THE SUMMER TIME BOWFISHING 2012 DOVE HUNTING SPECIAL EDITION GETTING YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW FIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SUCCESS THIS SEASON 2012 DUCK HUNTING SPECIAL EDITION DUCK HUNTING CHECKLIST YOU DON T KNOW JACK A Conversation with Jack Unruh DUCK HUNTING IN ANY WEATHER BUCK KNIVES KEEPING THEIR EDGE BEST DOVE DOVE HUNTING CHECKLIST DECOY IN HISTORY DUCK DECOYS DUCK CALLS DUCK DOGS BEST CALIBER FOR WHITETAIL TRADITIONAL VS CROSSBOW KIM COSTNER GIRLS LOVE HUNTING TOO BONNIE RAITT SLIPSTREAM OH MY ACHING BACK PLUS RECIPES KIM COSTNER FROG GIGGING PLUS DOVE RECIPES KIM COSTNER & 5 BOOKS EVERY HUNTER SHOULD READ ISSUE VII ISSUE VII ISSUE IX 2012 DEER HUNTING SPECIAL EDITION MAKE THAT 300 YARD SHOT CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE CHEF KEVIN GILLESPIE THE OUTPOST SHOOTING THE MOON MOUNTAIN BIKING OUTPOST FICTION QUAIL HUNTING PATTERNING A SHOTGUN GETTING INTO SHAPE FOR OUTDOORS SPORTS DEER HUNTING CHECKLIST HOW TO CAMO YOUR GUN VIDEO THE BUCK STOPS HERE SCENT CONTROL CROSS COUNTRY SKIING MOUNTAIN BIKING H HOW TO GET KIDS INVOLVED IN HUN HUNTING AND FISHING CASHING IN ON WINTER VARMINTS WHY IN-HAND SCORING OF BUCKS IS ON ITS WAY OUT FIELD DRESSING A DEER VIDEO RATTLING ANTLERS SOUTHERN GIRL TAYLOR ROBERTS OUTPOST FICTION PLUS KEVING GILLSPIE S RECIPES GARY CLARK S NEW CD & MORE... 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You can also click here The Black Bears Are Back While still considered an endangered species in many states the American black bear is making a comeback in Arkansas Oklahoma Eastern Texas and Louisiana. The population of this giant mammal was almost decimated as the United States was settled in the 18th and 19th centuries and the wildlife biologists and regulators have instituted a no hunting policy in areas that have had dwindling numbers of black bears. This prohibition might not be necessary in these areas where they re numbers are growing. 9 In Texas alone the fish and game regulatory agency The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) says that the bears are returning to the area that their forebears inhabited 50 or so years ago. This is because the bear populations in Oklahoma Arkansas and Louisiana are thriving and apparently these bears are crossing the state lines to check out the Lone Star state. Hunters and fishermen know why the bears are coming back in East Texas. There are about 12 million acres of undeveloped land from the banks of the Red River in the northern part of the area down to the Beaumont area to the south. This part of the state is lush and perfect for a bear s habitat. There is plenty of food cover and best of all not many people. In fact the population of this part of the world is primarily rural and unlike the rest of the urbanized world the population has gone down from 14 300 in 1990 to about 12 800 in 2009. DOES A BEAR SIT IN THE WOODS Actually black bears don t sit much. Unlike the images of Winnie the Pooh who is usually seen sitting on the ground with his paw full of honey black bears spend most of their time on the move looking for food and whatever qualifies for adventure in the mind of a bear. Plus most of the newly arrived bears are young males and like young males of every animal species they have big plans The wildlife experts say that typically these male bears roam hundreds of miles to stake out their territory away from other males. Anyone with a teenage son can immediately understand this phenomenon. Wildlife officials note that the female bears usually stay closer to their mothers and don t travel as far. Many states have set up black bear breeding areas. In Ohio where it is illegal to hunt black bears the state has set up an area in the Southeastern part of the state to encourage growth in the population. Alabama has areas set aside for its black bears to safely flourish and Texas has two areas for breeding areas for black bears. One area is in far West Texas in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park near the border of New Mexico. There is also a fledgling population in the Big Bend National Park that was established when bears from Mexico crossed the border for a little cultural exchange in the 1980 s. To the surprise of the suburbanites who live there this bunch of bears from Big Bend has ventured all the way to the western edges of the popular Hill Country near San Antonio. WHY DID THE BEARS DISAPPEAR IN THE FIRST PLACE The black bear or Ursus Americanus for anyone who had a biology class was decimated by a combination of unregulated hunting and a loss of natural habitat. As a result by the mid-1940 s there were virtually no bears in places like Ohio and Texas. Early Texas settlers hunted bear for the meat skins and even used the bear fat for cooking. As with many natural resources most people thought the bears would always be there but one day they weren t. A few years ago conservationists in Texas decided that the black bear should be welcomed back home. The TPWD helped to form the East Texas Black Bear Task Force which is composed of private and public entities and landowners. The group is focused on implementing a bear conservation plan for East Texas and its goals include research and educating the public about bears. As a part of this program bears in Texas and Louisiana are protected from hunting by both states laws. HUNTING BLACK AND BROWN BEARS There are about 27 states where the numbers of bears can support hunting. These states vary greatly in human population from the sparsely populated Alaska to the heavily populated states of New York and Massachusetts. Unfortunately for the hunter the laws regulating the hunting of bears have almost no consistency from state to state. Some require that a hunter have a guide and some don t. Some allow hunting over bait and others deem this illegal. You can use dogs to hunt bear in some states while in other states this would be illegal. 12 Therefore in addition to the need for scouting the countryside before heading out for a hunt it is also critical that the hunter research the regulations of the state where he is thinking about pursuing bears. There is a good online resource - - that has links to every state s fish and wildlife agencies and their laws about hunting bears. It s a good idea to (1) check out the regs in the states where you are thinking about hunting and (2) find a reputable guide service that can help to navigate both the country and the often complicated regulations of the area. IF YOU SHOULD ENCOUNTER A BEAR If you happen to have a gun in your hands when you see something in the distance that looks a little like a feral hog watch the animal closely to make sure that it is not a black bear. Wildlife experts note that bears especially small bears or cubs can look a lot like big hogs. Accidentally shooting an endangered bear would be sad and would cost you about 10 000 in fines. Plus some states have jail time tacked on to convictions for illegal bear hunting. Double check before pulling the trigger. Bears are primarily vegetarians and eat blackberries grapes acorns leaves and other food found in a forest. They don t eat people. Sometimes they have been known to be attracted to garbage containers with left-over fried food and human trash but in most cases they want to stay as far from humans as humans want to stay away from them. Here are some commonsense suggestions on how to avoid an encounter with a black bear o o o o o o Keep hunting camps clean to prevent odors that will attract bears. Discard gut piles far away from campsites. Placing deer corn in piles or in open feeders will attract more bears. Using an automated feeder hung out of reach of bears will decrease bear visitation. Switching bait types from corn to soybeans will reduce bear activity. Planting food plots is the best way to attract deer and avoid bear visits If you should accidentally encounter a bear remember o o o o o o Bears are normally shy and not aggressive to humans. If a bear regularly visits your deer stand scare it with rocks a slingshot or air horn. If you encounter a bear at close range talk in a calm manner while backing away slowly. Do not make direct eye contact. Do not run This can trigger a bear s chase instinct. If a bear approaches you stand your ground and raise your arms backpack or jacket to appear larger. Yell at the bear to scare it off. If attacked fight back aggressively with anything available. Let the bear know you are not easy prey. Do not play dead Crying like a little girl will not work so don t even try it. This my personal observation You re welcome o o Hopefully this will give outdoorsmen and women a little snapshot on the status of these black bears as they get their populations back up in some areas of North America. If you re considering a hunt be sure and check their endangered status and the laws for that state. 13 It s Tuesday. Let s Go Quail Hunting The Outpost Hunts Burnt Pine Plantation What s for Lunch Before heading to the quail fields lunch was served and this was not just a little sandwich chips and soft drink affair. This was a hearty homemade meat loaf mashed potatoes vegetables rolls sweet tea and banana pudding feast. It was amazingly good and it set the stage for the rest of a great afternoon in the field. Shortly after lunch our crew met the two guys who had the daunting responsibility of helping us find some birds our two guides for the afternoon Segundo and Matt. The fact that Matt was from South Africa and Segundo was from Argentina suggests several interesting things about the Burnt Pine operation. These two guys had immense knowledge about the habits of quail and other game birds and it says something that the management of Burnt Pine Plantation recruited them both from their native countries and brought them to Georgia to guide bird hunts. When The Outpost magazine crew left the city of Atlanta on the last Tuesday morning of January in route to Burnt Pine Plantation the temperature was unseasonably warm 67 degrees and the weather was something that the Georgia Visitor s Bureau can only dream about. This time of year it could have just as easily been freezing rain and bitterly cold but not this day. It was a perfect day for quail hunting. Unbeknownst to those of us who usually spend workdays staring at the screen of a laptop this weekday afternoon would have no calls no emails and no texts but rather a hunting experience that will be a treasured memory for years to come. After picking up one member of the hunting party at the Atlanta airport the four of us hit I-20 for the one-hour trip to Burnt Pine Plantation nestled in the towering pines near the small community of Newborn Georgia. 14 In the pre-hunt meeting both guides were adamant about safety techniques that were expected by hunters. They did this with some humor and without being obnoxious. It s in everybody s best interest (including the hunting dogs and guides) that some careless hunter doesn t inadvertently turn a cool day in the field into a rush to the emergency room. Like Quail Hunting Used to Be As the website for Burnt Pine Plantation notes Georgia is famous for quail and at Burnt Pine you will experience quail hunting at its finest Since we have a large land base and a wide variety of planted cover to hunt there is plenty of Quail hunting action. Supplemental stocking ensures you several large covey flushes on every hunt. The major difference between hunting our cover and what you might remember hunting is the abundance of birds in ours Take it from someone who walked those fields hunting over some very well-trained dogs that paragraph from the website is more than just good ad copy. On our afternoon hunt we never went for more than 15 minutes without the two dogs coming to a rock solid point. And sure enough shortly thereafter one or two quail would flush and we had the chance to try and drop them. Sometime we did and sometimes we didn t but there were plenty of birds and lots of opportunity to swing a shotgun. Our two guides really enhanced the experience by sharing their knowledge about tendencies of the bobwhite quail that we were seeing. This is clearly a job that they both enjoy and several times Segundo with a big smile on his face rhetorically asked anyone and everyone How you like my office At the end of the day we were lucky enough to take home about 70 birds between the four of us. Plus we took enough pictures to fill several pages of The Outpost. We hope you enjoy seeing them in this issue. If you re a bird or deer hunter you won t regret making the trip to Burnt Pines Plantation. The fields are immaculately maintained the people are knowledgeable and friendly and the food is excellent. When we were having a post-hunt beer we found out that the lodge has 26 rooms and meeting facilities for corporate retreats. Plus the facilities can accommodate up to 250 people for special events such as weddings and banquets. The next time we want to entertain some clients I can tell you where we will take them. You guessed it. http zUiyYqwcPZA TO REGISTER CLICK grand_prize.php HE MAY BE UGLY... BUT HE S TASTY BOW HUNTING WILD HOGS In the past few years the population of feral pigs has gone hog wild. In the process farmland rivers and streams and wildlife habitat have been destroyed by the nasty habits of these relentless porkers. In a relatively short time these hogs have spread to more than 38 out of 50 states and parts of Mexico and Canada and they ve done billions of dollars in damage. Because of their exponential population growth and destructive nature the fish and game regulatory agencies in every state have allowed virtually unrestricted hunting of these hogs. Any time day or night with a basic hunting license and the permission of the landowner a hunter can take an unlimited number of these very tasty pigs to the freezer. This is good news for hunters who don t have much to do during the late winter spring and summer. In many ways the most exciting way to hunt these hogs is with a bow. A Walk on the Wild Side Wildlife biologists note that feral hogs have a much higher tolerance for both heat and cold than other animals. However the temperature will dictate their foraging movement. In the heat of summer the pigs will tend to be more nocturnal and they will be looking for a cool bed near water during the day. On winter days they tend to be active at dawn and twilight. In the spring their movement is dependent on hunting pressure. If it gets higher they will tend to forage at night. 17 Some hog hunters have seen herds of 50 or more hogs. However the average herd size is 8 with no more than 3 adults per group. However with the population of this animal is increasing the herds will likely trend larger. The vision of wild hogs is poor but they make up for this with superior senses of smell and hearing. Hunters who can read the wind and position themselves down-wind from the hogs have a better chance of getting a closer shot. Feral hogs are stocky and stout. A mature hog has a shoulder height of about 36 inches and can weigh anywhere from 100 to 400 pounds. They have four continuously growing tusks two on top and two on the bottom and because they spend a lot of time fighting other hogs these tusks are usually razor sharp. A Plan for Hog Hunting A pig s vital organs are located between his shoulder blades. Placing a broadhead in this spot will usually drop the animal. However the tricks for the hunter is to (1) have the right bait strategy for luring the pigs within range (2) get in the right position to make this kill shot (3) have enough power for the broadhead to break through the tough hide and bone of the hog. The process starts with luring the pigs into the area where a shot can be taken. Wild hogs love to eat. In fact they tend to make pigs of themselves especially when corn is involved. They also adapt well to a timed feeding system. Hog hunting guides suggest that hunters scout areas looking for signs of rooting or wallows. Hanging a corn feeder as opposed to setting up a tripod which hogs can knock over near this area where they have spent some time and then setting up a tree stand with a good view and about 15 yards from the baited area is a good strategy. Guides note that hogs like to feed in an open area which is near a thicket allowing them to dart in and out of cover so putting the feeder near the cover is advised. During the day it s possible to get a good close-in shot on the hogs from this tree stand because their vision is so limited. However there s nothing wrong with the hog s sense of smell. It is therefore important to place the stand where the prevailing breeze is down-wind from the baited area. Should the wind change the hunter can have a fallback position with a blind on the opposite side of the bait in the cover of the thicket. It is legal to hunt hogs during the night in most states and this presents even more opportunities when the hunting pressure has encouraged the pigs to nocturnal foraging. The same ambush baiting strategy used during the day will work at night and for the thrill-seeker some down-wind stalking can also yield some close-in shots. Needless to say there s a lot more pressure on a shot from the ground than one from the tree stand 18 The Best Bows and Broadheads for Hogs The best bow for hog hunting is one that is designed for close and fast shooting. Most hog hunting guides and websites dedicated to the sport suggest a smooth single-cam bow with a 7 -inch brace height. Most suggest the draw weight of the bow be 50 to 60 pounds. Personal preference is always important but several sources cite the Bear Anarchy bow as an excellent weapon for hogs. Hog hunting guides also suggest using an electronic dot scope such as the Apex Gear Nano-Dot instead of pins because they allow for accuracy in low light. Since hog hunting is often done at night a stabilizermounted light with a red beam (rather than a white beam which can spook hogs) is also a good addition. Hawg Lite makes a good red-beam light that costs about 100. 19 No matter how hard you work to get into position bait the area and make an accurate shot the type of broadhead used can be the difference between quick kill and hours of tracking. Expert hog hunters advise that you use a fixed-blade broadhead that will break bone if necessary. The three-blade Muzzy 100 (about 40 for six) is a good choice for this. Try the Pork Wild hogs breed year-round which is one of the reason that they are out of control. Wildlife experts and veterinarians note that female wild pigs can produce three liters in two years. The old timers who farm and ranch in the Southwestern U.S. have an old saying When a feral hog has six piglets only eight are expected to survive. However if more people realized just how good-tasting and healthy the meet from these hogs are there would be many more hunters out there reducing the population and bringing home the bacon. In this issue of The Outpost we have included several ways to prepare wild hog. If you get the chance to get out in the field and harvest 1 or 2 hogs the most flavorable size tend to be smaller 50 to 70 pounds. Plus wild game processors and butchers suggest that the best chops come from a sow that is not nursing piglets. This assumes that a hunter who has ambushed an angry pig and is drawing back his bow while a hard-charging wild hog bears down on him is checking the gender and nursing habits of this animal 20 It s about Time. It s about Certainty. 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It s also much leaner and because of this it s healthier to eat. WHOLE HOG ON A SPIT When you ready to go whole hog here s a very simple way. It takes a while so you might want to stock up on liquid refreshments and snacks for your salivating guests. Time to Prepare 4 to 6 hours (depending on the size of the hog) Serves A very large hungry group Ingredients Thoroughly cleaned wild hog 30 40 pounds Olive oil Red pepper flakes Wild Fennel Ground pepper Salt You will also need a large electric spit rotisserie plus several 6-inch pieces of oak and a bag of mesquite chips. Directions Build a fire pit over which the hog will cook on the rotisserie. Use the oak for this fire Salt the carcass of the hog cut slits and embed garlic cloves and wild fennel in the meat Impale the hog on the rotisserie skewer using chicken wire to securely lash the legs so that they don t flog around or fall off Spread pepper over the surface and start the spit turning Keep the fire hot adding briquettes and mesquite chips plan to cook the meat at a minimum of 170 F (this temperature will kill random microbes) Use a basting mixture of olive oil red pepper flakes and ground black pepper and coat the entire hog as it rotates using a basting brush or new paint brush. About 4 hours into the cooking process soak the mesquite chunks in water and spread them over the hottest portions of the fire. This will generate lots of smoke which will enhance the flavor of the pork. When the meat is done it will be easy to remove from the bone. Any meat that looks pink or rare should be cooked further on a grill or in the oven Cooked pork can be served with grilled vegetables rice or potatoes and barbeque sauce (optional) 24 THE OUTPOST recipes SMOKED WILD HOG CHOPS WITH PEPPERED PEACH GLAZE There is nothing tastier than the chops from a wild hog. They re lean and delicious. Here s a simple way to prepare them. Time to Prepare 3 hours Ingredients Spicy Brine 8 Wild Hog Bone-In Chops 1 2 gal. water 2 3 cups salt 1 2 cup sugar 1 tsp.cayenne pepper 1 Tbs. black pepper 1 Tbs. cumin seed 1 2 tsp. rosemary 1 2 Tbs. minced garlic Directions Blend above ingrediants. Soak chops in brine for 3-4 hours. Remove from brine place chops on smoker racks and place racks in smoker. Smoke for about 45 minutes. Remove chops and allow to cool. Serves 4 Peppered Peach Glaze 2 3 cup Peach Preserves 2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger 2 Tbs. lime juice 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard 1 1 2 tsp.grated lime peel 1 tsp. cracked black pepper Heat above ingredients and let simmer. Grill the Smoked Wild Hog to order and baste with the Peppered Peach Glaze. Coat the chops well before serving. 25 THE OUTPOST recipes SMOKED POBLANO WILD HOG TENDERLOIN Ingredients 4 Wild Hog Tenderloin 4 Cups Light Brown Sugar 8 Green Onions cut into 2 pieces 4 Tbsp Minced Garlic 4 Tbsp Emeril s Essence Spice Blend 4 Large Poblano Peppers Smoked Cut into 1 2 x 2 strips Olive Oil Coarse (Kosher) Salt Directions Smoke the Poblanos by drizzling them with olive oil and sprinkling with pinch of salt on each. Place on fairly high flame on grill and cover or place on cookie sheet in oven underneath broiler. Smoke peppers rotating every couple of minutes until skin is bubbling. Remove from heat and place in large plastic ziplock bags. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove peppers from bag remove skin seeds and stem and slice into 1 2 x 2 strips. Set aside. Rinse and pat dry tenderloin. Lay each tenderloin on a large piece of plastic wrap large enough to roll each tenderloin and 1 4 of all other ingredients up completely. Season each tenderloin with1 Tbsp Essence. On each tenderloin place 1 poblano pepper (in strips) 2 green onions 1 Tbsp garlic and pack with 1 C. brown sugar. Roll fairly tightly in plastic wrap twisting ends and place in deep pan. Cover and place pan in refrigerator for at least 12 hours. 24 hours is preferable. Remove tenderloin from pan unwrap over pan (brown sugar will be in liquid form) and remove most of the onions and peppers. Pour marinade seasonings in to a saucepan and cook till boiling. Strain the mixture so that you may use the liquid for basting the pork. Place on grill on medium heat searing all sides as best you can. Reduce heat to low and cook slowly covered basting and turning periodically. Cook until a meat thermometer reads medium doneness - 145 - 150 F - in the thickest part of the meat. Remove from heat and allow to rest. Do not cover as the meat will continue to cook even when uncovered. After 15-20 minutes place tenderloin on cutting board slice into 3 4 medallions. Serve with baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries and sauteed green beans or snow peas. 26 Rural TV Saturdays at 12 30 PM (EST) RFDTV Saturdays at 4 00 PM (EST) Mondays at 7 00 AM (EST) Seen on Cable DirecTV 604 and DISH 240 Thurs 7 00pm Sun 2 30pm Fri 1 00pm All EST THE OUTPOST ICE FISHING ICE ICE BABY Why would anyone in his right mind get up before dawn on the weekend put on three layers of clothes because the outside temperature is not only freezing but below zero and drive down an icy road to a lake that has been frozen over for the past two months These are simple questions to anyone who loves to ice fish. The reason is obvious there are fish down there below the ice and they need to be caught Any hard-core angler who lives near a lake in Canada or the northern states such as Minnesota Wisconsin and the Dakotas knows that the winter months are the perfect time to get out the auger drill through the ice set up the tent or shack and drop a line. While the conditions are somewhat nippy the catch can be worth the shivers. THE COLD HARD FACTS Ice fishing is a little more involved than just driving out to a lake and casting a line. First of all there s the ice. It has to be penetrated. Most people use an auger designed for this chore but a chisel or ice saw can also be used to cut a circular or rectangular hole in the ice. Some hearty souls even use an ax but this involves a lot more physical labor than most sane fishermen care to exert Most ice fishermen also bring along some type of shelter. These can be as rudimentary as tents or tiny wooded shacks and as elaborate as rooms with multiple bunks cooking stoves and refrigerators. Most anglers call them ice shacks or (the more literary of the group) call them ice shanties. Whatever they re called they pretty much reflect the personality of the angler. 28 Regardless of how fancy or basic his ice shanty is just about every ice fisherman brings along a small heater. This is used for two reasons keeping the angler warm during the hours spent over solid ice and keeping the fishing hole from freezing over. If the temp falls to -29F it becomes difficult to keep the recently dug hole from freezing over. At this temperature it is also difficult to keep the fisherman s nose from freezing and falling off DROPPING A LINE TECHNIQUES FOR ICE FISHING There are as many variations on ice fishing as there are fishermen. However most folks use one of these three methods for this chilly sport. The easiest method is to use a standard fishing rod and reel rigged with brightly colored lures or jigs. Live bait such as large worms crappie and shiny minnow is also used. The angler raises and lowers the lure or bait to give some motion to the presentation. Another popular ice fishing strategy involves using Tip-Ups. These are made of wood or plastic and have a spool of line attached with a thin piece of metal that goes from the spool to a flag. Black line is on the spool and a swivel is placed at the end of the black line. A piece of fishing line with a hook is attached to the swivel. Worms or small minnows are placed on the hook. The hook with bait is placed into the water under the ice and the fun begins. Ice fishing guides have a couple of theories about the optimal depth that the bait is to be dropped for this Tip-Up method. One thought is the bait is placed about a yard or one meter under the ice. The second is that the bait is placed two to three meters under the ice. Yet another opinion is that the bait is suspended one foot (30 cm) above the bottom of the lake. When the fish strikes the bait the flag is lifted sending the message that every fisherman wants to hear. There is an opportunity for the angler to play the fish and tire it before retrieval of the line. When the angler can see the fish s head through the hole in the ice the fish is can be hoisted onto the ice. Spear fishing is also a popular way to ice fish. This requires a larger hole in the ice and the deployment of fish decoys. A dark hut or ice shanty is also required for this tactic. The angler closely watches the water while holding a large spear which has four or five points and is attached to a secured line. This method is often used for lake sturgeon fishing. There are some restrictions in the U.S. for this spear fishing and local regulations should be checked before using this method. 29 THE OUTPOST ICE FISHING WHAT S DOWN THERE When a lake or reservoir freezes over in the winter the fish that were enjoying the autumn and summer weather a few months ago are still there just swimming deeper. So the types of fish an ice angler is likely to catch are the same species that inhabit the waterway year-round. Lake trout walleye Muskie pike and other hearty fish are all there for the taking. However different fishing tactics are necessary when they are swimming under 3 feet of ice. LAKE TROUT Some experts believe that lake trout may be the easiest fish to snare on an ice fishing expedition. They are prowling predators and are always on the look-out for baitfish such as silvery ciscoes whitefish smelt shiners and perch. They also take advantage of sunken structures stumps debris to trap their next meal. So if the angler has knowledge of the lake and some idea where these traps are located there s a better than zero chance of finding lake trout. Where are the best depths to catch these lake trout It depends on the time of year. In the early winter the ice is not as thick and an angler can find this species in depths of 20 to 60 feet. Later in the winter say February the ice is thicker and the rays of the sun don t penetrate into the water as much. This results in the plankton and other tiny plants which feed smaller fish rising closer to the diminished sunlight. When smaller fish such as perch follow its food the lake trout follow. In addition to hanging around the structures on the bottom of the lake these fish respond best to movement. As a result the best lures are tube jigs Jigging Rapalas airplane jigs or spoons. Plus fishing guides say that any action that simulates a dead or dying cisco smelt or perch is the ticket to catching lake trout. This action is typically erratic so the presentation should follow suit. WALLEYE It s not necessary to be a brainiac biologist or crusty old fishing guide to understand how the Walleye got its name. All one needs to do is shine a jacklight into the water when one of these fish is swimming by. The name comes from the fact that their eyes like those of lions reflect white light. As online reference Wikipedia notes This eyeshine is the result of a light-gathering layer in the eyes which allows the fish to see well in low-light conditions. In fact many anglers look for walleyes at night since this is when major feeding patterns occur. The fish s eyes also allow them to see well in turbid water which gives them an advantage over their prey. Thus walleye anglers will commonly look for days and locations where there is a good walleye chop or rough water. 30 http watch v DrM2gmx0tNM Most guides agree that the Tip-Up method of ice fishing works best for walleye and the most popular baits are jigs including the Jigging Rapala Nils Master Jigger Nils Master Jigging Shad and Baby Jigging Shad. These lures imitate the profile and swimming action of baitfish and when the angler adds movement such as lifts and wiggles the walleye go nuts. Where walleye hang out is based on the fish s tendency to forage for baitfish such as perch. Walleye will try to flush these smaller fish from the bottom of the lake and then grab one when they scatter. For this reason the best depth for the lure is about 4 or 5 feet above the floor of the lake. PIKE & MUSKIE Two of the largest fresh-water fish are related. Both pike and Muskie come from the from the pike family of Esocidae. Both are ambush predators and did we mention they are both BIG. Since they live in fresh water and are massive they are almost irresistible to most ice fisherman. Unfortunately they are also wily which makes difficult to catch but also enhances the challenge for the anglers who choose to pursue them. Because these fish are large and therefore need to constantly on the hunt for their next meal the time of the season especially as it relates to ice thickness is a large determinate on their location. In the early winter season when the ice is not as thick pike and Muskie tend to forage in the shallow water and this is the best place to catch them. Midwinter when the ice is much thicker these fish are found in much deeper water. Both of these fish spawn in early March and begin to stage their move to favorite romantic rendezvous areas in February at the end of winter. Their movement is also encouraged by full moons. Fishing guides who work the U.S. Midwest note that the areas where these fish were born and will then spawn are near marshlands in lakes eutrophic bays creeks and rivers. Ice fishermen who have knowledge of these areas (which are not always easy to find given weather conditions) can drill their holes accordingly and have a better chance of successfully hauling in one or more of these monsters. Most pike and muskies have been caught on tip-ups using dead bait. Since they have to eat constantly to maintain those large bodies these fish are not too choosey when it comes to eating. The best size for these dead baits is 8 to 9 inches and many ice anglers prefer herring for this. IT S IN OUR DNA There s something very primal about ice fishing. Early humans obviously had to eat whether it was sunshine or freezing and if they lived near a water source they had to figure out how to catch enough fish to survive. This survival DNA was likely passed on to those of us who walk the planet now and it s been enhanced by a sense of adventure that modern man doesn t get to experience very often. Overcoming the cold and figuring out where the fish are under all that ice is a challenge that the hearty souls who love this sport live for. If this piece made you cold sorry. Throw another log on the fire. The folks who live in places like Hibbin Minnesota and Fargo North Dakota don t think twice about chilly temperatures. Here s a little conversation from the movie Fargo to show you what we mean. http watch v DrM2gmx0tNM 32 Forward to a Friend A bird in the hand... is worth two in the bush. If you know someone who enjoys getting their hands dirty while pursuing bobwhite quail whitetail deer wild turkeys largemouth bass feral hogs and every other species of wild game why not FORWARD this issue of The Outpost to them It s easy. They ll enjoy reading it. And they might even give you a hand. THE OUTPOST TURKEY TROTTING Getting Ready for Spring Turkey Season THE OUTPOST TURKEY HUNTING America s first Renaissance man was Ben Franklin. He was a scientist inventor successful businessman brilliant writer humorist (Poor Richard s Almanac) spoke multiple languages and in short was someone you would want sitting around the table when a brand new country was being invented. Apparently he was also an insightful judge of wildlife. Franklin thought that whoever made the decision to make the bald eagle the symbol for the United States may have made a mistake based on the attributes of other birds such as the wild turkey. In a letter written to his daughter Franklin said HOW SPRING TURKEY HUNTING DIFFERS FROM THE FALL Understanding the habits and motivations of wild animals is inextricably tied to food water and procreation. These are the most basic elements of the survival of any species and a successful hunter will always take them into consideration. In the case of wild turkeys the fall season finds the hens and their broods sticking together. They forage for food avoid predators and build up strength for the upcoming winter. The young male turkeys also called jakes - hang out together and do whatever teenagers do to pass the time. For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable bird and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides though a little vain & silly a Bird of Courage and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red coat on. While Ben s letter shows that his hatred of the British Army was still very much smoldering when he wrote this note many feel that he was right about the wild turkey. They are some of the smartest most cunning creatures on two legs and they were in America centuries before Christopher Columbus accidently found the New World. While sitting for hours on the hard ground waiting for one of these majestic birds to show themselves in a clearing that s within range of a 12-guage shotgun it s amusing to imagine what turkey talk about when they chat among themselves philosophy quarks a possible theory of singularity These deep thoughts about turkey intelligence are best saved for the hunt. With this type of pedigree bringing back a wild turkey makes for a challenging hunting experience any time of the year but harvesting one in the spring is especially difficult. The older more mature gobblers also pal around with their buddies who are the same age a probably talk about deep subjects. In the spring all of this buddy-buddy camaraderie changes and as usual a female is involved Spring is when turkeys make woopee...or whatever turkeys call this romantic interlude. Mature turkeys - either young ones or older ones are not welcome in the presence of the dominant birds. This sexual tension suggests several strategies for the hunter to employ. Online references note that male turkeys are males are polygamous mating with as many hens as they can. Male wild turkeys show off for females by puffing out their feathers spreading out their tails and dragging their wings. This behavior is most commonly referred to as strutting. The color of their heads and necks which are normally red blue and white can change with the turkey s mood. For example an excited bird s head and neck can change to solid white head They use gobbling drumming booming and spitting as signs of social dominance and to attract females. Courtship begins during the months of March and April which is when turkeys are still flocked together in winter areas. LIKE THE OUTPOST ON FACEBOOK FOR A CHANCE TO WIN GREAT PRIZES 36 TYPES OF TURKEY It may surprise some hunters to know that there are at least six subspecies of wild turkeys. They are all a little different in appearance and even temperament. Here s a brief look at each type of wild turkey from Game Birds of North America and Wikipedia. Eastern Wild Turkey This was the turkey that was first seen by the settlers of Jamestown and one must assume was featured in the first Thanksgiving. The natural range covers the entire eastern half of the United States from Maine in the north to northern Florida and extending as far west as Michigan Illinois and into Missouri. In Canada its range extends into Southeastern Manitoba all of Ontario all of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces. They can grow up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. The upper tail coverts are tipped with chestnut brown. Males can reach 30 pounds (14 kg) in weight. Because of its wide habitat the Eastern Wild Turkey is heavily hunted in the eastern part of the U.S. and is the most hunted wild turkey subspecies. Osceola Wild Turkey or Florida Wild Turkey This bird is most common in the Florida peninsula and wildlife biologists estimate that they number from 80 000 to 100 000 birds. This bird is named for the famous Seminole leader Osceola and was first described in 1890. It s smaller and darker than the Eastern Wild Turkey with the wing feathers being very dark with smaller amounts of the white barring seen on other types of turkeys. Their overall body feathers are an iridescent green-purple color. They are often found in scrub patches of palmetto and occasionally near swamps where amphibian prey is abundant. 37 MERRIAM S WILD TURKEY The Merriam s Wild Turkey ranges through the Rocky Mountains and the neighboring prairies of Wyoming Montana South Dakota and recently introduced in Oregon as well as much of the high mesa country of New Mexico with numbers that wildlife biologists estimate to be from 334 460 to 344 460 birds. Merriam s Wild Turkeys live in Ponderosa Pine and mountainous regions. The subspecies was named in 1900 in honor of Clinton Hart Merriam the first chief of the U.S. Biological Survey. The tail and lower back feathers have white tips and purple and bronze reflections. GOULD S WILD TURKEY Native from the central valleys to the northern mountains of Mexico and the southernmost parts of Arizona and New Mexico Gould s Wild Turkeys are heavily protected and regulated. The subspecies was first described in 1856 and while they exist in small numbers in the U.S. they are abundant in northwestern portions of Mexico. A small population has recently been established in southern Arizona. Gould s are the largest of the five subspecies. They have longer legs larger feet and longer tail feathers. The main colors of the body feathers are copper and greenish-gold. SOUTH MEXICAN WILD TURKEY RIO GRANDE WILD TURKEY The Rio Grande Wild Turkey ranges throughout Texas Oklahoma Kansas New Mexico Colorado Oregon and was introduced to central and western California as well as parts of a few northeastern states. It was also introduced to Hawaii in the late 1950s. Population estimates for this subspecies range from 1 022 700 to 1 025 700. This subspecies is native to the central plain states and has relatively long legs better adapted to a prairie habitat. Its body feathers often have a green-coppery sheen. The tips of the tail and lower back feathers are a buff-to-very light tan color. Its habitats are brush areas next to streams rivers or mesquite pine and scrub oak forests. 38 The South Mexican Wild Turkey is the only one that is not found in the United States or Canada. Pre-European invasion the Aztecs domesticated the southern Mexican subspecies giving rise to the domestic turkey. The Spaniards brought this tamed subspecies back to Europe with them in the mid-16th century from Spain it spread to France and later Britain as a farmyard animal usually becoming the centerpiece of a feast for the well-to-do. By 1620 it was common enough so that Pilgrim settlers of Massachusetts could bring turkeys with them from England unaware that it had a larger close relative already occupying the forests of Massachusetts. It is one of the smallest subspecies and is best known in Spanish from its Aztec-derived name guajolote. Biologists in Mexico have noted that this wild turkey subspecies is thought to be critically endangered. THE OUTPOST TURKEY HUNTING SCOUTING FOR TURKEY One of the most important tasks associated with a successful hunt is also the one usually forgotten by hunters who are busy with other things. It s scouting. According to a study conducted in the state of Missouri in 2010 wild turkeys are more likely to gobble on days with clear skies and the average number of gobbles observed diminished with the amount of cloud cover. Plus gobbling frequency decreased the day after a rain by almost 75 percent. Fascinating right So what does this mean to someone who s just trying to get a gobbler on the table It means that the best bet for preseason scouting is to listen for gobbling on a sunny morning following a dry night. With spring turkey season just around the corner it s time to get out the binoculars and start some reconn. How to Talk Turkey and Become Invisible Turkeys have two powerful senses as defense mechanisms incredible sight and excellent hearing. Unlike deer turkeys do not have a particularly good sense of smell. With some planning and skill these defenses can be overcome. The most challenging and fun part of a spring turkey hunt comes from mastering the ability to call a turkey to within range of a shotgun. Because of their unusually good hearing and they are naturally paranoid about their surroundings and predators turkeys are some of the most difficult of all animals to fool with a man-made call. 39 THE OUTPOST TURKEY HUNTING The most easily mastered turkey call is the box call. If a hunter is new to turkey hunting this is the best choice because it s simple to use. The box call sounds are created by the hunter striking a pivoting lid on one of the sides of the box. One side of the box mimics the high-pitched mating call of the hens and the other produces a yelp that is associated with a tom. Both sides can make soft come-hither clucks that drive big gobblers nuts Old school turkey hunters tend to favor the peg and slate or striker calls. The slate is set in a wooden frame and the hunter runs the peg across the slate producing a turkey cluck and soft whine. This is also a simple call and is usually available at any hunting store or online. The most challenging and effective of the turkey calls are the mouth calls. These include mouth diaphragm wingbones suction and tube type calls. These types of calls require some training and a great deal of practice. However if they can be mastered they give the most life-like sound and because they are used in the mouth the hunter s hands are free to handle the gun. In order to overcome the laser-like vision of turkeys the hunter must try to blend into the natural surroundings. This requires season-appropriate camouflage clothing hats gloves and even face-paint. In the spring this type of camo tends to be more olive green and less brown or tan. Because turkeys can pick up any kind of motion it is also critical that the spring hunter remain perfectly still especially when the prey is in the optimal shot zone. GUNS AND AMMO FOR SPRING TURKEY HUNTS Most turkey hunting guides suggest that hunters apply the KISS principle to gun selection. A 12-guage pump shotgun fully-choked is the gun of choice for most turkey hunters. Since there is lots of walking involved the weight of the gun is also important. When it s trigger time the hunter should always try for a head shot. This is because turkeys are covered with dense tough-to-penetrate feathers that seems like Kevlar to first-time hunters. This means that the shot must fall within a 3-inch target from a typical distance of 30-40 yards. In order to make this difficult shot guides suggest using 4 shot in a high-velocity load. 2 shot are not likely to pattern densely enough to be consistent at this distance especially with the turkey s head in constant motion. Unlike other bird hunting a shot for turkey is more like a rifle than a shotgun. The gun is aimed rather than a pointing swing. Shots on flying turkeys are seldom hit and if they are they usually just cripple the bird and he is lost. 40 http zUiyYqwcPZA TO REGISTER CLICK grand_prize.php THE OUTPOST TURKEY HUNTING RULES OF THE ROOST Wildlife experts note that wild turkeys tend to forage for food over 3-4 square miles daily. They leave their roost at daylight and return at sundown. Finding these roosts is the key to being successful in a spring or fall turkey hunt. The roosts tend to be in wooded areas near water and offer the turkeys a good view of the surrounding areas and potential predators. Skilled turkey hunters spend a great deal of time scouting the hunting property in an effort to find turkey roosts. This can be accomplished by early morning or late evening calls and observation. Once the roost is found it is advisable to set up a hunting blind at least 300 yards away from the site of the roost. This allows the hunter to ambush the turkeys as they are on their way out or back from foraging for food. It is illegal unethical and incredibly dumb to shoot at turkeys while they are on their roost. Even if one or two turkeys are taken all of the other birds will immediately pack up and hit the road never to return to this roost site. Shooting at turkeys while they are on their roost is usually grounds for being evicted from a hunting lease. A GREAT EXPERIENCE Spring turkey hunting is one of the great outdoors sports experiences. The turkeys are usually smarter than the hunters. However since they don t have shotguns hunters get to enjoy the challenge without the repercussion of being shot by an angry gobbler Depending on the part of North America where the turkey hunt taking place the landscape is usually filled with wildflowers and the smells of spring and the weather is pleasant. And if one is lucky enough to bag one of these majestic birds the meat is some of the tastiest of all wild game. As with so many things he said Ben Franklin was right about the intelligence courage and tenacity of the wild turkey. They are hard to fool and a most worthy adversary. 42 THE OUTPOST MUSIC JOAN OSBORNE FINDS HER GROOVE 44 http watch v 3Wd2DveN0R0 BRING IT ON HOME Singer Joan Osborne was an overnight sensation and then fell off the face of the earth. In 1995 without a lot of planning she added a little song called One of Us to her first album Relish. The quirky song which speculated about how we would feel if God was just another slob on the bus trying to make his way home became a smash hit. The song was played (incessantly) on every radio station every format from rock to gospel until we were all pretty much sick of it. Then a smart television producer came up with the idea of using the concept of the song for a TV drama and Joan of Arcadia was launched and it too became a hit. Meanwhile Joan Osborne was getting first- hand knowledge of the old music adage that was credited to pop songwriter Doc Pomus You have your whole life to get that first hit and about two weeks to come up with the next one. Osborne s next few CD s didn t even come close to the popularity and sales of One of Us and she went into the obscurity of every other one-hit wonder. She also had the luxury of learning how to be a singer and performer. This proved to be a blessing in disguise especially when one has the pleasure of listening to her latest collection entitled Bring it on Home. Do You Like That Sweet Soul Music This CD is easily one of the best R&B soul records of the last 20 years. After listening to 1 or 2 cuts of the collection there is no doubt why it s nominated for a Grammy. Osborn s voice is expressive and high energy on the songs that cook and soulful and sultry on the ballads. The musicians including guitarist producer Jack Petrucilli Keith Cotton on keyboards Bob Pomeroy on blazing harmonica Aaron Comess on drums Richard Hammond on bass and New Orleans composer pianist extraordinaire Allen Toussaint sitting in on piano are the best in the business. However the secret weapon of this collection is the choice of songs. This is simply inspired. 45 Osborne s voice has aged nicely since One of Us was a hit and just like Janis Joplin in her heyday her voice is not perfect and that s part of what makes the emotions of the songs come out Depending on the tempo of the song she can go from Tina Turner kick-butt passion to Irma Thomas down-to-my-last-dime pleading soul. Her vocal acrobatics are a thing to behold on Bring it on Home. Each of these tracks is a textbook example of how to deliver a musical hook. The Best Tracks All of Them There are no filler cuts on this CD. They re all good. However the stand out tracks on Bring it on Home include I Don t Need no Doctor first cut by Ray Charles and now absolutely owned by Osborne. Game of Love has a funky second line beat of the Crescent City and the title cut Bring it on Home written and originally cut by blues master Sonny Boy Williams has been updated but is still held true to the R&B hook of the original. Broken Wings is worth the price of admission. As I was listening I was reminded of the classic Toussaint tune performed by Irma Thomas From a Whisper to a Scream. This cut was written by John Mayall and it will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and salute. Background information on the CD notes that one of the best cuts on the project was an impromptu version of Shake Your Hips. It s good that they had the digital recording machine tuned on when they did this tune because it s a stone cold hit. In addition to these songs other standouts include Rhymes (done first by Rev. Al Green) and Roll Like a Wheel. Just put this CD on random play you can t go wrong with any cut. Joan Osborne has found her groove with Bring it on Home. There may not be a mega-hit like One of Us in this collection updated R&B classics but if you love tight horn sections smokin keyboards and guitars this CD belongs in your collection. 46 COMING TO THE RESCUE Who doesn t like Bambi The cute fawn made famous by Walt Disney in the 1942 movie of the same name was the star of one of the best known animated movies in history. In the movie Bambi and his folks were whitetail deer and he spent his days frolicking with buddies Thumper a rabbit and Flower a skunk. Unfortunately life isn t always that idyllic for young deer. Too often these vulnerable fawns are separated from their mothers and left to fend for themselves in the wild. If they happen to live in the whitetail mecca of Central Alabama and they get lucky a volunteer from the Central Alabama Whitetail Rehab Center takes them in helps them to grow into an adult deer and then releases them back into their native habitat. MISSION PROTECTING FAWNS At the non-profit Central Alabama Whitetail Rehab Center (CAWRC) the husband and wife founders Marc and Misti Brenner care for fawns that have been separated from their parents through the fall and winter keeping them protected until they are old enough to fend for themselves. The facility located just outside of Birmingham Alabama is a safe haven for fawns that would otherwise die. As a part of this rescue the Brenner s and their group of volunteers give these young animals the necessary medications formula (with real deer colostrum) bedding shelter and vet s visits. The fawns are introduced to and cared for by our surrogate parent deer that are themselves rescued animal that have needed the continued support of the CAWRC. The fawns bond with the surrogates and learn to recognize them as the parents not the staff members of the organization. The organization has a strong working relationship with and is partly assisted by the continued support of veterinarian care provided by Dr. Randy Britt D.V.M. Each of our rescues are given a thorough exam checked for worms and given vaccinations. Because of the care they are able to receive while at the facility they are normally released as superior animals and are able to care for themselves at a young age. CAWRC has also built a strong working relationship with some of the Alabama State Whitetail Breeders. 47 YOU CAN HELP Along with keeping the fawns safe and comfortable comes the financial responsibility of running this not-forprofit business. The founders own and operate Outfitters Depot and must juggle the demands of running that full-time business along with the CAWRC. This is where other outdoorsmen can help. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Central Alabama Whitetail Rehab Center simply click on the organization s website http You can also call them at (US) 205.281.3920 Misti Brenner sums up the feelings of the organization succinctly. Caring for the fawns is a tiring but rewarding endeavor and we feel that each one of the fawns in some way becomes a part of our family. 48 by Jeff L. Brady Grinding Gravel The New Breed of Bikes and Bicyclists by Jeff L. Brady GRINDING GRAVEL THE NEW BREED OF BIKES AND BICYCLISTS Imagine racing a bike through miles of uncharted unpaved roads - off the map and beyond GPS. The and course takes you over crushed limestone mud sand or across enormous slabs of granite flint sandbeyond GPS. The course takes you over crushed limestone mud sand or across stone or volcanicof granite flint sandstone it among hundreds of other competitors often for days at a enormous slabs rock. Now imagine doing or volcanic rock. Now imagine doing it time with no backup check-points or guides. If days at a time with no backup becomes a swamp. If it among hundreds of other competitors often for it rains bumpy country road checksnows or guides. If it rains a bumpyand slick.road becomes a swamp. If it snows the points the rocky surface turns soft country rocky surface turns soft and slick. The routes are long remote stretches of American back-country. No restraints. No relief. And very few rules. The bikes are a wide array of hybrid machines most haveNo restraints. to mountain bikes and The routes are long remote stretches of American back-country. fat tires akin No frames similar to road bikes. The riders independent of hybrid machines most have fat relief. And very few rules. The bikes are a wide array irreverent and irregular riders who ve grown tired of the traffic mountain bikes and frames similar to road bikes. The riders independent tires akin to along more typical routes. irreverent and irregular riders who ve grown tired of the traffic along more typical routes. Welcome to Gravel Biking the newest mash-up frontier for pro and amateur bikers who want to test Welcome to Gravel Biking the newest mash-up frontier for pro and amateur bikers who their grittest their grit and glutes off the mountain and beyond paved asphalt. want to and glutes off the mountain and beyond paved asphalt. Twelve hours riding gravel on any country road isis better than full day at work says Twelve hours riding gravel on any country road better than a a full day at work says Kevin Campagna an avid gravel avid gravelDallas. It sDallas. It s amazing. Kevin Campagna an grinder in grinder in amazing. Campagna s a sales associate and mechanic at Bicycles Plus in Dallas Texas and has been biking all his life. He calls himself a mountain biker but the attraction to gravel he says is addicting. For me it s kind of a meditation. You go outside and ride all day and hardly see anybody. You can ride 40 or 50 miles without having to loop back or even see a checkpoint. It s wide open. It s riding real country roads. This new genre of biking isn t entirely new. In fact bicycling began on unpaved routes according to Kevin Lee a gravel biking event promoter. It all goes back to dirt roads and wagon trails if you want to be historically accurate Lee says. So the gravel biking term actually represents a throwback to the roots of the sport. Lee organizes and promotes several gravel races in North Texas the longest being the 120-mile Red River Riot held in Muenster Texas north of Fort Worth. As a new type of mountain bike event this one s still under the radar he says but it s probably the next big thing in the cycling industry. Since 2005 the pseudo-sport sand mechanic at Bicycles Plus in Dallas Texas and has Campagna s a sales associate been on a dramatic growth curve. It began in the Midwest and has been spread east west and down to Texas with at least but the marquee rides held annually across since biking all his life. He calls himself a mountain biker a dozen attraction to gravel he says is addicting. For 50 it s 60-mile meditation. You go outside the ride all day and the country. The Funk me is a kind of agravel trek through Ohio on and first weekend in October. The hardly see anybody. You can ride 40 or 50 miles without having to loop back or even following week Omaha hosts the 100-mile North O Jackrabbit Hundy and Nashville attracts Grinders see a checkpoint. It s wide open. It s riding real country roads. on the same weekend with the dual-course Crush-and-Run gravel race for this race Grinders choose between a 50-mile biking isn t entirely new. In fact bicycling began on unpaved routes This new genre of or a 100-mile course through Tennessee back woods and farmland. according to Kevin Lee http a gravel biking event promoter. It all goes back to dirt roads and wagon trails if you want to be historically accurate Lee says. So the gravel biking 49 The Creme de la Creme of Gravel Grinding the Tour Divide - a monster marathon ride across the rooftop of North America from Banff Canada over the craggy peaks and valleys of the Rockies and finally down to the the Mexican border in Antelope Wells New Mexico. The long-haul race requires no advance registration and offers no prize to the winners. Mapped at more then 2700 miles the Divide is billed as the world s longest off-pavement cycling route and it s getting more popular each year. About a hundred cyclists take the challenge each summer beginning annually the second week in June. Campagna is in training for it now. Can t wait he says. The Tour Divide has no compulsory rest periods or specified distances racers must travel daily. The race clock runs non-stop. The athlete who can ride the fastest while making fewer shorter stops usually wins. With an average length of three weeks in the saddle this Mother-of-All Races is - according to most authorities - the longest most challenging modified mountain bike race on the planet. It s a contest for the super-fit but only if super-prepared for endless contingencies of backcountry biking. The Tour Divide website explains the route as ...highlighted by long dirt roads and jeep trails that wend their way through forgotten passes of the Continental Divide. It travels through Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and the United States of Montana Idaho Wyoming Colorado and New Mexico. By route s end a rider will have climbed nearly 200 000 vertical feet which is equivalent to summiting Mount Everest from sea-level 7 times... The route is unmarked and circuitous requiring navigational acumen. It travels through remote backcountry with Grizzly and Mountain Lion density. Intervals between services are frequently 100-plus miles and demand calculated food and water resupply - or suffer the consequences. The bikes are typified as gravel mod bikes or what hard-core riders call a c In other words let the biker beware. gears. They have to be different say a dirt road. You need bigger tires and The bikes are typified as gravel models but are usually a close cousin to mountain bikes or what hard-core riders call a cyclo-cross bike with modified tires brakes and gears. They have to be differ-array of They are built to cover a wide ent says Lee. You can t take a 6 000 racing bike out on a dirt road. You need bigger tires and a a cam found overgrown fire breaks in rutted pavement. Gravel frames are ty lighter frame. long haul. Another key distinction is d They are built to cover a wide array of road types where gravel may ormountain be found overgrown say may not bikes. Most mechanics standard cantilever brakes. fire breaks in a campsite hard-packed cattle trails or pocked and rutted pavement. Gravel frames are typically shaped for a more comfortable ride on the long haul. Another key distinction is disc brakes which are generally only used on mountain bikes. Most mechanics say discs have four times more stopping power than standard cantilever brakes. When advising customers who ask about gravel bikes Campagna recommends they consider their intent racing adventure riding or commuting to work through mud and loose rock. My favorite gravel bike is a hard-tail 29 mountain bike with a fast tire he says meaning a thinner less knobby tire. Racing models are stripped down and designed for speed over comfort. Adventure frames offer endless options for packing gear and supplies. A gravel bike geared toward commuters favors a comfortable seat and frame over maneuverability and speed on the trails. 50 When advising customers who ask ab consider their intent racing adventure Some gravel bikes are single-speed says Campagna just for simplicity - you don t have to worry about shifting and gear choices. And that usually makes it a simpler less technical ride. For the Tour Divide however Campagna has a well-worn Salsa El Mariachi equipped for cross-country. It has a titanium frame with a carbon fork and a 14-speed internal hub. It s perfect for bike packing he says and the Tour Divide s an adventure. The primary appeal of gravel biking seems to be something of a revolt against the corporate intrusion among bicycling in general and mountain biking specifically. It s an organic unofficial grassroots category that has yet to gain ground with sponsors and vendors and for grinders like Campagna that s part of the novelty. Another advantage the stark independence. Gravel bikers have no entourage traveling behind with extra tires tubes and tools. They carry all emergency gear and supplies (sometimes just a credit card) along the way. Consequently most gravel riders say they re not just out riding - they re focused on navigation and logistics as well. How to stock up for the ride What extra gear to carry How far to push each day How to navigate the long dusty trail Campsite or a hotel with a hot shower There s a real sense of adventure says Lee who s Red River Riot is scheduled for March. Being off The primary of nowhere is invigorating. You see something of a revolt against before and push yourin the middle appeal of gravel biking seems to be something you ve never seen the corporate intrusion among bicycling in general and mountain biking specifically. It s an self to overcome some unusual and unexpected terrain. organic unofficial grassroots category that has yet to gain ground with sponsors and vendors and for trips the rider alone must be the judge of novelty. Another advantage For most of thesegrinders like Campagna that s part of the strategy and supplies. No governing board the stark independence. Gravel bikers have no entourage and ecumenical biking through the grit and no Red Bull sponsorships and no boundaries. It s casual traveling behind with extra tires of unpaved Americana. graveltubes and tools. They carry all emergency gear and supplies (sometimes just a credit card) along the way. Consequently most gravel riders say they re not just out riding - they re focused on navigation and logistics as well. How to stock up for the ride What extra gear to carry How far to push each day How to navigate the long dusty trail Campsite or a hotel with a hot shower There s a real sense of adventure says Lee who s Red River Riot is scheduled for March. Being off in the middle of nowhere is invigorating. You see something you ve never seen before and push yourself to overcome some unusual and unexpected terrain. For most of these trips the rider alone must be the judge of strategy and supplies. No governing board no Red Bull sponsorships and no boundaries. It s casual and ecumenical biking through the grit and gravel of unpaved Americana. Follow Kevin Campagna s Tour Divide adventure on Facebook at Kevins2013TD https pages Kevins2013TD 395809227153218 ref ts&fref ts Follow Kevin Campagna s Tour Divide adventure on Facebook at Kevins2013TD - http ZjllGQ Catching Catfish the Hard Way Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is famous for his series of quips that end with the phrase You might be a redneck. Typically these gags involve some uneducated doofus who is either oblivious of his level of doofusness or proud of his ignorance. Examples of you might be a redneck abound. For example If you have to go outside to get something out of the fridge you might be a redneck. If fifth grade was the best six years of your life that s right you might be a redneck. If you go to family reunions to meet girls there s almost no doubt you might be a redneck. YOU MIGHT BE A NOODLER So what if your idea of fun is jumping in a river and feeling around under rocks tree and hidey holes while waiting for a giant catfish to chomp down on your hand Then you have the time of your life spending the next hour or so wrestling this giant fish with your bare hands back to the bank. If this is the something you enjoy it s pretty obvious that you might either be a redneck or someone who is completely certifiably crazy. You re also a part of the weirdest group of adventure sportsmen who enjoy fishing without a rod reel or net. This sport is called noodling and even Larry the Cable Guy couldn t make this stuff up Good News Noodling is Now Legal in a Dozen States Websites dedicated to this sport define noodling as fishing for catfish using only bare hands. It is practiced primarily in the southern United States and many other names such as catfisting grabbling graveling hogging dogging gurgling tickling and stumping are used in different regions for the same activity. For those thrill-seekers who prefer to be on the right side of the law noodling is currently legal in 12 states Alabama Arkansas Georgia Illinois Kentucky Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma South Carolina Tennessee Texas and Wisconsin. Noodling is highly dangerous as someone can loose a finger and in many case a hand. Noodlers have been known to be bitten by cotton mouth snakes and water moccasins logger heads snapping turtles and beavers. Catfish can also bite off a finger. So what s not to like about noodling 53 The Super Bowl of Noodling The popularity of this outdoor sport is growing. Noodling has become so popular in the past decade that today there are even noodling tournaments. The annual Okie Noodling Tournament held at Bob s Pig House in Paul Valley Oklahoma is billed as the largest and oldest noodling tournament around. In recent years it has attracted over 170 contestants and a crowd of over 3 000 spectators. This catfish grabfest is usually held in mid-June. These fish wrestlers will noodle for 24 hours before the weigh-ins with the celebration afterwards including the crowning of Miss Okie Noodling and a massive fish fry. If your cousin wife or both is crowned Miss Okie Noodling it goes without saying that you might be a redneck. There s a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Noodle If noodling sounds like a sport that you want to try you might want to consider giving up anything that requires fingers typing on a computer keyboard playing the violin or flashing the universal symbol for We re Number One at the college football games. However as with any outdoor sport there are right ways and wrong ways to noodle. For example catfish are not the only freshwater fish that can be noodled. The choice of catfish as the prey comes from the circumstances of their habitat. Flathead catfish live in holes or under brush in rivers and lakes and thus are easy to capture due to the static nature of their underwater homes. To begin the hunt a noodler goes underwater to depths ranging from only a few feet to up to twenty feet and places his hand inside a discovered catfish hole. If all goes as planned the catfish will swim forward and latch onto the fisherman s hand usually as a defensive maneuver in order to try to escape the hole. If the fish is particularly large the noodler can hook the hand around its gills. This is where the experts on noodling disagree. Pro bass fisherman Ryan Lovelace grew up noodling with his grandfather in Oklahoma and his grand dad s approach was always to punch forward with one hand after having the fish chomp down on his hand rather than pulling back (the natural response) thereby killing or seriously incapacitating the fish. Since there s not much anecdotal evidence on noodling the individual will have to determine the best tactic for his particular situation http watch v yNuJQnWeyqk Everyone agrees that the number-one safety rule is to always wear gloves when noodling. Gloves also help protect the noodler from the catfish s spiny dorsal and pectoral fins. Though catfish may not seem like the most dangerous fish around those spines aren t trivial and a stab wound is not only extremely painful and it s also common for them to become infected. Rule number two is to never try this sport alone. You could end up with your fist firmly wedged in the maw of a 50-pound flathead and you re fighting on his home turf underwater. This could result in the noodler finding himself in the soup and drowning is a distinct possibility. Why do They Call it Noodling How these sportsmen who enjoy hand-to-hand combat with large catfish came up with the name for this sport noodling is a question that begs for an answer. Of course this is one of life s great mysteries. Several noodling websites offer their learned analysis. One notes that Nobody s certain how the word noodling came to describe hand fishing for catfish. One guess is that wrestling with a slippery squirming fish is like trying to grasp a wet noodle. Another is that the way the fisherman wiggles his or her fingers to lure the catfish is like wet spaghetti. According to the dictionary the word noodle means simpleton. But we re sure that s just a coincidence. Wrestling alligators noodling catfish or playing patty-cake with an angry beaver are all activities that suggest an urgent need for psychological counseling among participants. Yet somewhere someone is whooping it up as they grab the open mouth of a 50 pound catfish and the adrenaline is pumping through their brain. If that someone is you well congratulations you might be a noodler KEEPING THE SECRETS OF TREES Everyone it seems is enthralled with the age rings of trees. From the time we re youngsters we re told by those with a well-meaning but misinformed penchant for pathology that by counting these mysterious rings found in the center of its trunk we can determine the age of the tree. Yeah Well so what This misplaced fascination with these age rings is completely understandable. Because age is a linear concept the significance of these rings is easily understood by little kids and the adults who must try to entertain them. There s even a name for this process of age-dating of trees based on the number of rings. It s dendrochronology. This is quite a scientific mouthful. No doubt this term is bandied about with reckless abandon by lumberjacks arborists and others who are in the tree trade. However have you ever noticed that no one rhapsodizes over the bark of a tree This lack of appreciation is a shame and I believe it s due to the bark s rough appearance. Unlike the cool rings found in the trunk of trees the outer bark is decidedly not warm and fuzzy. Since it is composed of the dead tissue of the stems it gives the impression of the wrinkled face of a grizzled old man who s chainsmoked for 50 years. The bark has a vibe of inscrutability. It gives anyone who dares to get next to it a kind of tough-guy demeanor that screams If you get too close or even think about harming this tree I will hurt you and hurt you bad Because of this it can be seen as the enforcer for the tree. Lest we forget the bark of a willow tree was the basis of what became the most widely used medication on the planet aspirin. Just imagine how many hangovers have been cured and how many heart attacks have been avoided dating back to the time Hippocrates due to a medication that was originally derived from tree bark. The menacing appearance of bark is really a wellcrafted fa ade. Bark is dedicated to the health and safety of the tree. In this sense it is the protector of the tree. By acting and looking tough it discourages any human or animal from trifling with this miraculous creation. Aside from its historical importance and roughhewn appearance bark has an even more important role. It helps the tree keep its secrets. THE OTHER FALL TRADITION For 39 years we have been keeping the Bird Hunting tradition alive by producing lasting memories at the Plantation. Explosive coveys outstanding dog work and up-scale accommodations are available just one hour east of Atlanta. 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