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Description: Alligator hunting, deer plot growing, crankbait fishing, rattlesnake catching and cooking, boat buying and chartering and reviews of two great new CDs.

CHARTERING A FISHING BOAT GROWING DEER PLOTS GATOR HUNTING RATTLESNAKE HUNTING BUYING A BOAT USING CRANKBAITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE THE OUTPOST GOES TO AUSTIN RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS FO PLUS THE OUTPOST MUSIC ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & 1.00 COUPON http youtu.be 5MveCGisXgg http youtu.be IieVrZhItOw MypatriotSupply.com TABLE OF CONTENTS 11 CHARTERING A FISHING BOAT 13 READY TO BUY A FISHING BOAT 17 THE OUTPOST GOES TO AUSTIN 21 DONNY GATORMAN BARTOW 48 CRANK BAIT 26 HOW TO ATTRACT BIG BUCKS I GOT TO GO FISHING 33 HUNTING RATTLE SNACKS 40 COOKING RATTLERS 55 THE OUTPOST MUSIC 60 PHOTO OTM 61 GUIDES LIKE US ON FACEBOOK 43 Editor s Letter To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy if you love hunting alligators that can weigh 800 pounds and have jaws that are powerful enough to crush the side of a boat not to mention a human leg you might have a teeny tiny addiction to adrenaline. If you are looking for some adventure or some raw material for some alligator shoes Donny GatorMan Bartow of Valdosta Georgia is just the guy to make this happen. He s the subject of our cover article this month and in addition to being a very funny guy is an expert on gator hunting. If your taste in hunting reptiles tends toward those that hide out in cool rock ledges in hot dry climates and whose venom can paralyze you then you might enjoy our feature on rattlesnake hunting. The dens of these snakes can contain literally hundreds of rattlers and in places like Sweetwater Texas the entire community takes part in an annual rattlesnake roundup. Plus if you ve ever brought home a few rattlesnakes and were wondering how to best prepare this delicacy for the family supper table we ve got you covered with a couple of rattlesnake recipes. Spoiler alert It tastes a little like frog legs not chicken. We also have great information on how to catch more fish with crank baits in this issue. We ve researched the best ways to grow year-round deer plots to keep those whitetails on your property happy healthy and always coming back to your deer stand in the fall. If you re thinking about buying or chartering a fishing boat don t do it until you ve read our primers on the subjects. And as always we have a look and listen to the best of Outpost Music. Thanks for reading The Outpost. You re a part of a fast-growing group of outdoor sports fanatics and adrenaline junkies. We d love to hear from you. Shoot me an email at art theoutpostmagazine.com. I reply to every one of them. Oh and you don t have to start your email with Hi my name is _____ and I m an adrenaline junkie. We already know this. Later Art Young Editor of the Outpost Magazine art theoutpostmagazine.com Adrenaline is extremely addictive. Just ask the angler who a few seconds ago was quietly retrieving a cast and has just hooked an angry largemouth bass or the pheasant hunter who has just seen a 30-pound bird leap 3 feet straight up out of a cornfield and blast off across the sky like a bottle rocket. Doctors note that adrenaline is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands during high stress or exciting situations. This powerful hormone is part of the human body s acute stress response system and is popularly called the fight or flight response. It works by stimulating the heart rate contracting blood vessels and dilating air passages all of which work to increase blood flow to the muscles and oxygen to the lungs. Another term for this miracle drug is epinephrine which is used by physicians to overcome such conditions as anaphylactic shock. Those of us who hunt and fish are addicted to adrenaline. While this is preferable to being addicted to other drugs including nicotine and alcohol it does present some potential for bodily harm. Oh wait. That s why we re addicted to adrenaline in the first place. It s the excitement and danger we crave. Crank Up the Adrenaline Rush My reason for musing about adrenaline or epinephrine or danger is based on introducing you to some of the articles in this month s Outpost Magazine. Some insight into Nashville. The Nashville article caught my eye and reminded me of our adventure a few weeks back. We missed Roberts Western World and didn t know their history with Tootsies where we did stop. I can t talk about your adventures though. Just kidding. Shawn Pittsburgh PA Issue XII FIELD NOTES FROM OUTPOST READERS Dear Art Thank you for your thoughts. Your input is important to me and I appreciate the time you took to share your views with me. Rest assured that I have read over your comments and as I continue my work in Congress I will do so with your thoughts and comments in mind. Without your help this task would be made far more difficult. THE BASS FISHING THE SPAWN UTPOST CATCHING CRAPPIE KAYAK FISHING Again thank you for contacting me with your thoughts. If I can be of any further assistance to you please feel free to contact my office. Sincerely John Carter U.S. House of Representatives District 31 - Texas GRILLING WHAT YOU RE KILLING CAMPING BREAKFAST THE OUTPOST GOES HONKY TONKIN LOVELESS CAFE LEIPER S FORK CHOOSING A NEW HUNTING DOG SHOTGUN SHOOTING TIPS Thx love it Coby Lochow Ranch Pond & Lake Management LLC N A S H V IL LE RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS PLUS THE OUTPOST MUSIC 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 Duane Hamilton Photo Credits Sandy Earle Jason Martin Kirk Driskell Tonly Eckler John W. Cearley Flickr Commons Poot McFarlin Art Young Donny GatorMan Bartow Richard Moscardelli THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2013 by Gorilla Marketing LLC Marietta GA 30062. Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. ISSUE VII ISSUE II 2012 DEER HUNTING SPECIAL EDITION MAKE THAT 300 YARD SHOT DEER HUNTING CHECKLIST HOW TO CAMO YOUR GUN VIDEO THE BUCK STOPS HERE SCENT CONTROL THE NEW LAKE EFFECT ON FISHING WHY IN-HAND SCORING OF BUCKS IS ON ITS WAY OUT FIELD DRESSING A DEER VIDEO RATTLING ANTLERS HUNTING AXIS DEER CATCHING CRAPPIE CATFISH RECIPES BETTER BANK FISHING PLUS VENISON RECIPES SQUIRREL HUNTING & MUMFORD & SONS HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES They re all waiting for you at our website WWW.THEOUTPOSTMAGAZINE.COM GO AHEAD. TAKE THE SAFETY OFF AND SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER. CAN YOU SWING A SHOTGUN OR CAST A LINE LIKE YOU USED TO PROBABLY NOT Maybe your shoulders and arms are sore. You might need some upper-body rehab. Before your next adventure try this. The all new Stand Up Grinder by Hudson is perfect for the hunter or fisherman whose shoulders and arms have been worn down by repetitive motion. Why go the gym when you can build upper body strength while you re watching the game on TV. Don t let soreness or the onset of arthritis affect your hunting and fishing fun. To shoot better and cast farther order the Hudson Fitness UBE now. Call (888.239.4559) say you heard about Stand Up Grinder in The Outpost and get 600.00 off. You can also click here www.hudsonfitness.com CHARTERINGBig Tom Turkeys How to Trick A FISHING BOAT J immy Buffett the mayor of Margaritaville is famous for his astute observation that it s 5 o clock somewhere. This same logic works for fishing. Beyond a shadow of a doubt regardless of whether it s summer or winter they re biting somewhere. All it takes is a way to find them and for this you might need to charter a boat. Since most people don t charter boats every day some tips on this subject might be 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 follow some protocols. 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 in advance. Sometimes a boat will be available at the last minute due to a customer cancellation but why bet the trip on being lucky. It s a good idea to start researching well in advance and to contact at least three charter boats before making a choice. Plus 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. The site also suggests that an angler should not be put off if the chosen captain is not available on the day that s the first pick especially if it s a weekend. Good charters are usually booked well in advance in fact if he s available on lots of Saturdays and Sundays you should be suspicious. 11 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 being considered. A glowing recommendation about the captain and crew on the charter company s website 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. 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 (at about noon ) that there are no provisions. Courtesy is King 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. 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. Fishing guides and boating websites suggest that it s a good idea to check out a captain s credentials. 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). If the captain has no licenses it s a good idea to move to the next candidate. The Boat s Fishing Style is Important Don t forget to ask each charter boat the type 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 people are scheduled to be on the boat at a time. Party boats can have 20 or more people on a single trip. 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. Ready to Buy a Fishing Boat Take a deep breath and read this article first Most fishermen have heard the old adage about the best two days of boat ownership. The punch line is the day it s bought and the day it s sold. A boat purchased for fishing is often smaller than one of those giant sailboats or ocean cruising yachts and one would assume that these smaller boats would require fewer maintenance headaches. Before continuing in this discussion this is a good time to remember what the word assume makes of u and me. Buying a fishing boat can be a beautiful thing. It s easy to get misty-eyed just thinking about it. Whenever the urge hits and the water calls the boat owner (or Cap n as he prefers to be addressed) and a buddy can be on their way to some secret honey hole where the bass are practically jumping into the vessel. There s no noise except for the tiny splash a lure hitting the water. There is no other word to describe it but sweet Unfortunately the reality of boat ownership is very much like automobile ownership. Both are relatively expensive vehicles and their purchase must be planned in order to make the correct decision. Before lapsing into a verse of Grand Funk Railroad s I m Your Captain here are some factors to consider before signing on the dotted line. It s always a good idea to discuss how a prospective purchase as expensive as a boat will affect one s family and their idea of recreation. There is a side-benefit to this family discussion if they get excited about having a boat and for whatever reason the decision to buy looks really dumb later it s possible for the owner to spread the blame around There are several questions to ask. How many people in the family enjoy fishing Do they require some protection from the elements or are they perfectly happy to sit in an open boat and fish for hours How many fishing buddies are likely to come along on each trip Answers to these questions will help determine the size of boat needed. For any ocean fishing of more than about 20 miles offshore a larger boat is required due to the potential of rough seas and potential safety issues. With this type of boat getting it to the water via trailer becomes a challenge. Usually special vehicles are necessary to get the bigger rigs to the ocean. Some consideration of the expenses involved in storing a fishing boat should be given before purchasing. If it is to be stored in a standard garage its length cannot exceed 25 feet. Another alternative to storing in the home garage is to dock the boat in an area where most of the fishing will be done. While this saves time and money for transport the rental fees for year-round docking should be calculated in the annual cost of maintaining the craft. WHAT TYPE OF FISHING AND HOW MANY WILL BE JOINING THE FUN One of the first considerations for purchasing a boat has to do with the type of fishing being contemplated. Fishing for large mouth bass on a lake or angling for crappie on a river requires a completely different rig than deep sea fishing for flounder. Understanding the type of fishing that the boat will be used for will help determine the size power and equipment that will be needed. 14 WHAT S THE BUDGET The absolute worse time to buy food at the grocery store is when the shopper is hungry. Having a shopping list will also help the food buyer stay within the weekly budget and not get distracted by those irresistible cheese doodles that are prominently displayed in the colorful picnic section of the store. The same goes for buying a boat. Going shopping for a boat particularly at a boat show without a predetermined budget can be disastrous. Visual over stimulation in a boat showroom combined with offers of easy financing have led many otherwise stable people to make very dumb decisions. Having criteria for the boat a budget for its purchase and if possible financing in place will enable the boat buyer to avoid all of the pretty (and expensive) shiny objects OTHER CONSIDERATIONS There are several other factors that should be considered before buying a fishing boat. Many anglers have had great success buying a used boat rather than a new one. If they pass inspection by a knowledgeable expert a used boat can result in substantial savings. Plus these boats are more than likely those new boats (purchased a couple of years ago) that someone realized they were not using enough to justify the note payments. The power of a boat is another consideration. The ever-rising price of fuel is a part of this decision as is the type of fishing. Inboard or outboard motors have advantages and disadvantages and these should be weighed before purchasing a boat. Typically an inboard motor works best for deep sea fishing and an outboard motor works best for fishing on lakes and rivers. DO YOU REALLY NEED WANT A BOAT The decision about buying a fishing boat is similar to that of buying a hunting dog. Having a hunting dog sounds great until he bites the baby needs expensive training a place to live and exercise and he only gets to hunt about 4 times a year. Buying a boat has some similar pitfalls. It s expensive to buy the family might have other ideas about just how much fun having a fishing boat really is and you must have a place to store it year-round. If work or other obligations only allows for a few fishing trips a year it might make more sense to try and rent a boat for those trips or borrow a buddy s boat. He may not be using it. However if getting out on the water and fishing is something that s done a few times every month and someone is lucky enough to have friends and family members who also love the sport maybe it s time to head to boat show or showroom and start angling for the best deal. The best time to buy a boat is during winter or late spring when the previous year s models need to be sold order to make room for the new ones. After making the purchase savor the moment. It s one of best days of boat ownership Southern Boyz Outdoors is a group of outdoor enthusiasts from Southeast Louisiana that document their adventures to bring their way of life in Louisiana. The Southern Boyz demonstrate many of the fun and enjoyable outdoor activities south Louisiana has to offer. Host Kinion Bankston & Tanya Bankston Co-host Danny McDonald Leon Stilley John Bankston Jay McDonald Brad Bankston Debbie McDonald Paul Leblanc and the southern people. http www.youtube.com watch feature player_embedded&v k2LPkw0WX9o The Hunt Channel 266 Dish Network Thursday nights at 8 00 central time Network Ar Tex Tv Channel 50 Hope AR KNTS Channel 17 Natchitoches LA Demand the Outdoors on the ROKU TV BOX Music and Munchies By Duane Hamilton Editor s note Duane Hamilton has been playing drums for country bands since he was in high school. He s now at least 110 years old and is probably playing in some honkey tonk tonight. He s also a very funny guy self-proclaimed Curmudgeon but very funny. Because of his experience prowling the alleys of Austin he brings a different perspective to the music and munchies scene there. As a lifelong Austinite I ve seen a LOT of live music clubs and restaurants come and go. Along the way I ve developed some favorites and these are them. There are new music and food establishments opening up all the time in Austin some make it some don t. The places I ve decided to tell you about are a mix of the old and the new. Being a professional musician for 40 years and a big eater for 55 here are my picks and opinions. First as our imported hipsters would say what s up in the 04 Which is hip talk for Austin zip code 78704. The two best music clubs in Austin are practically across the street from each other on South Lamar. Long- time favorite The Saxon Pub tends to book more established Austin acts such as Omar and The Howlers Bob Schneider Malford Milligan Van Wilks and Extreme Heat. There is always a minimum of three acts a night and more starting earlier on Saturdays and Sundays. The Saxon also books plenty of new and up and coming acts as well. Almost right across the street is the new location of The One-2-One Bar. Gregg and Destinee Ware opened the One-2-One with the goal of having a first class music room. They accomplished their goal Besides being two of the nicest people I have met in the bar business they truly care about giving musicians and customers the best room possible in which to perform. The One-2-One also books a wide range of acts....blues rock funk jazz country singer songwriters...they really have it all. Both great clubs with excellent sound systems schedules and adult beverages. I m thirsty now just thinking about it. Must add slight advantage to One-2-One because of Gregg and Destinee as well as a better parking situation. 17 Duane Hamilton on the drums One of the most popular places in town is Matt s El Rancho and rightfully so. All of your favorite TexMex dishes are available and all done to perfection. And speaking of perfect...The Matt s house margarita on the rocks is how real margaritas are made. I ve tested hundreds and hundreds...okay maybe thousands. These are darn good No matter how many times I come out of rehab I still want a Matt s house rita...I m funny that way. If you were thinking of going more for a traditional Texas country eating experience let s go two-steppin . On the south side we are going to start like this..... dinner at Jack Allen s Kitchen on Hwy 71 West near the Y in Oak Hill. JAK opened about 4 or 5 years ago Jack Gilmore Executive Chef Owner and his team run one of the most impressive restaurants in the city (they ve added a north location in Round rock within the last year). Ever changing daily specials and a menu filled with delicious options...it s all good Did I mention I m a big boy This place is partially responsible. A most attentive staff keeps the refreshing cocktails and delicious munchies flowing. They also have a great Sunday Brunch buffet. Maybe before you dive into a full night of music we should load up that belly. Two of my favorite food stops in the 04 are actually a couple of my favorites regardless of the zip code. This might start a few fist fights. The best brisket in Austin is La barbeque Cuisine Texicana. This BBQ ttrailer rocks it big time. Best advice is to get there early because they sell out every day. Great ribs sausage and pulled pork as well. We buy whole un-cut briskets on a regular basis for family functions. This is not me kidding you. I m a big boy. I ve eaten more than my share...Best brisket EVER But maybe BBQ isn t your thing I still love ya...let s get some world class Tex-Mex. 18 RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS The Outpost Radio is the first radio station dedicated to hunting fishing and the great outdoors. You can hear us on your smartphone desktop or tablet...just about anywhere. The Outpost Radio is a mix of great music and information that celebrates the outdoors Give us a listen. Click on The Outpost logo below to listen now 19 19 Now let s loosen the belt and head out about 15 minutes south of town to Mercer Street Dancehall in downtown Dripping Springs. This place was recently opened and is an overwhelming success. Classic country dancehall bands play Friday and Saturday night to a room filled with dancers young and old. Mercer Street is a family friendly establishment. Get there early they fill up fast most nights. If you re hanging on the north side of town roll downtown to Moonshine on Red River St by the convention center. Moonshine is another high quality local restaurant. I ve never left Moonshine unsatisfied. They have a wide range of dishes everyone can find something enjoyable to fill them up. You will definitely want to valet your vehicle. Don t let that stop you...it s worth the extra 5 or 6 bucks. Do you have your boots on now Good we are gonna take a 25 minute drive northeast of downtown to Coupland Texas home of the Old Coupland Dancehall. This club is in an old grocery store built around 1900. It s been a dancehall for over the last 22 years. Every weekend they bring in top Country dance bands and occasionally they bring in acts such as Johnny Rodriguez Ray Price Gary Stewart. When they were up- and- comers people like Brad Paisley and Ricky Trevino performed here too. It s well worth the drive to a true Texas Dancehall. There s so much live music and some many good places to eat in Austin that I need another dozen pages to cover them all. However I m getting a little hungry and need to fix this situation. I hope you enjoy your visit to Austin and if you try my spots look for me. I ll be the big boy with a margarita or the one up on stage behind the drums 20 Knee-deep in Alligators A Conversation with Donny GatorMan Bartow We fired our cannon til the barrel melted down Then we grabbed an alligator And we fought another round. Jimmy Driftwood The Battle of New Orleans 21 TO What does your job as a State Nuisance Agent for the state entail. GatorMan When someone has an alligator in their swimming pool or backyard or wherever they call 911 or the game warden and I get a call from these folks to come catch the gator. My payment for this is the alligator itself. I will typically sell it to alligator farmers. TO You also have a good business guiding hunters. When is alligator season in Georgia and how does somebody get to chase down these critters For the past ten years Donny GatorMan Bartow has hunted alligators in South Georgia and believe it or not he still has all of his fingers and toes In addition to being 1 of only 11 licensed trappers in the state he does a booming business helping hunters who were awarded permits find their gators. He lives in Valdosta Georgia but spends a lot of his time out on the back roads chasing down these mean motorscooters wherever they may be. He gets about a dozen calls a week from game wardens or citizens who have had the unfortunate experience of coming a little too close to an alligator. During a brief lull in the action we got a chance to talk with Donny and find out what the GatorMan has been up to. GatorMan The hunting season for alligators in Georgia is early September until the first or second week of October. Hunters apply for the permits through a type of lottery with the state and it usually takes someone 3 years before they are awarded a permit. Hunters can hunt on their own or use the service of a trapper guide like me. In this state each permit is good for one alligator over four feet in length and there are very strict rules about taking the gator. TO What are the rules GatorMan Well for one thing there can be no baiting whatsoever. The hunter must physically catch the animal with a pole or bow and arrow or harpoon anything that attaches a line to the gator After the alligator is reeled in he then must be dispatched while in the water. There is one permit per hunter and the gator must be at least 48 inches long. TO So there s no gator trotline like those on Swamp People TV show The Outpost Working around angry alligators for a living must be hazardous. Have you ever been bitten GatorMan Once. I got caught off guard and as I was removing the tape of a four footer gator that I was just about to release took a bite out of my thumb. Nothing serious. I just put some alcohol on it and went on about my business. No time for band aids http vimeo.com 54797716 GatorMan Nope. When people watch that show they get the wrong impression about hunting alligators. The regulations are different from state to state and a non-commercial alligator hunter can only take one gator per season. As a nuisance trapper I sometimes use bait to catch gators and the guys in Louisiana can use bait but most states don t allow this. TO Can a commercial alligator hunter make much money GatorMan Maybe if they have a large enough population and control LOTS of permits you could but when I sell the nuisance gators my buyers typically pay 20 per foot per alligator. So a 10 foot gator brings in 200. You can t make much money with these kinds of numbers. TO What do hunters do with the alligators after they harvest them GatorMan The hunter keeps the meat and the hide and can either sell it or use for personal consumption. Typically an alligator farmer would process these animals for the hunter. TO What s the biggest danger for hunters in alligator hunting GatorMan Not knowing what they re doing and getting someone else hurt. Alligators have one of the highest bite pressures of any other animal. They can do damage to a boat equipment body parts...well anything they can get close enough to bite or swing a tail at. Before we go hunting we have a serious safety discussion about what to watch out for. If after we get out on the water the hunters start to be careless I stop the hunt. Safety is more important than anything For the most part hunters know how dangerous this sport is. 23 TO What s the difference between an alligator and a crocodile GatorMan Attitude. Crocodiles are uglier and they hold a grudge. Actually the biggest difference between these two reptiles is the shape of their snouts and often length as well as distinctive markings. TO Do you have any alligator shoes or boots GatorMan No. I don t and I probably need some. I catch so many each year that you d think I get some made but I just don t have time. Once I caught 13 foot gator and as we were mounting the skull one of his teeth fell out. So I used the tooth for a necklace. It s a big tooth and it reminds me I conquered a monster TO Is gator hunting getting more popular GatorMan Yes it seems to be. It s something that you don t get to do all the time. It can t be done everywhere. Plus it s very dangerous (they can put the hurt on you ). Unlike deer hunting you re chasing an animal that has the potential to kill you. With this new popularity enhanced by the reality television show poaching has increased 3 fold. I ve put out chicken to trap nuisance gators and poachers have cut the lines and taken the gator. They think because they see it on TV they can do it. However if you don t have the proper permit it s poaching and it will cost you big time when the game warden finds you not if he finds you TO What are the weirdest stomach contents you ve found in dead alligators GatorMan I found a tin can once. Of course I ve found tons of turtle shells and teeth from all kinds of animals. I once found a little bitty set of baby deer hooves. By the way alligators love (to eat) dogs. It s like candy to a kid TO What s the best way to prepare alligator for the table GatorMan I like to deep fry it. I cut the meat in pieces that are smaller than chicken nuggets and then add zesty lemon pepper and coat with Zatarain s Lemon Batter. Slap your mama good After about 15-minutes we had to let the GatorMan get on with his business. His mobile phone was ringing and no doubt someone had seen a big ugly alligator hanging out by the pool or walking across a golf course. If you d like to keep up with Donny the best way to do this is LIKE his Facebook page. He posts a bunch of photos and his natural sense of humor is evident on every page. The GatorMan Facebook page can be found at https www.facebook.com donnygatorman.bartow fref ts Donny also has a line of scent-inhibiting soap called Swamp Mud which he is quick to note smells exactly like dirt You can find more info on this his line of apparel and gator jewelry on the Facebook page. If you want more information about applying for a permit and going out gator hunting with Donny give him a call 229.251.9929. If it goes to voicemail that probably means that he s busy catching or putting some tape around the snout of a big angry gator. LIKE THE OUTPOST ON FACEBOOK FOR A CHANCE TO WIN GREAT PRIZES HOW TO ATTRACT BIG BUCKS TO YOUR DEER BLIND THE DEER PLOT THICKENS One of the iconic lines from the movie Field of Dreams is Build it and they will come. While this worked for Ray Kinsella when he turned his cornfield into a baseball mecca it doesn t necessarily work for deer hunters who want to build deer plots to attract those giant bucks. Unfortunately there are many factors that go into a successful land management program for game such as whitetail deer and food is just one of them. Wildlife biologists have noted that even if someone is successful in cultivating mouth-watering food plots this is no guarantee that the property will be crawling with big bucks. An effective food plot program will decrease the home range size of each deer on a property and increase its carrying capacity. However if the goal is a significant increase in the number and size of the animals it is necessary to combine habitat manipulation woods work and selective deer harvest along with planting food plots. More on this later. 26 DEER PLOTS A COMPLICATED CALCULUS In a message to the company s land owners posted on the Deep South Outdoors website employee Richard Shelton touched on the challenges of developing a food plot program After doing some checking with a soil specialist with UT Chattanooga we are going up to do some soil tests to see what we will need to bring the plots up to par. Shelton continued The best seed that fits this area so far is Eagle Forage soybeans which can be drilled at about 50lb. per acre. Second is Hinson soybeans mixed with Lablab at about 50lb. per acre. The third is Lablab cowpeas. These seeds are a little more expensive but the growth of the deer is so much better and the growth of the antler is second to none. The does will experience much better milk production and higher in volume which will only make healthier babies. Doe and buck body weight will increase. We can use a little larger list of seed in the winter because the heat will not be as harsh and the deer will also forage on them less. In the fall we can use cereal grains like wheat radishes rape and turnips. A lot of this will depend on what we find in the soil test. With more than 12 years of land management experience Deep South Outdoors (DSO) understands the challenges of not only growing effective deer plots but overall land and game management of a property. The company currently leases and manages 26 000 acres 15 000 acres in southern Tennessee and 11 000 acres in north Alabama spread among 47 properties. In addition to game management DSO offers forestry and timber management plans farm management cattle management security administrative and digitization management and FSA relationships. DSO is a one stop shop for land owner needs and this service is offered at no cost to the land owner. With this wealth of expertise DSO understands that food plots will help the deer herd health help bucks express their true antler growing potential and make hunting a lot easier because the deer are attracted to the land. If this is combined with habitat and herd management it is incredible what can be accomplished in terms of buck size...no matter how large the property is. PLAN THE WORK WORK THE PLAN As with most things of value planning and executing a game management program involves setting goals and objectives. For example is the goal of building this program to attract deer during the hunting season or increasing the numbers of deer...or both There are different food plot habitat and herd management strategies for these goals. Since food plots are crops are grown specifically for deer some considerations must be given to the seasonal requirements of these animals. Some plants benefit deer through the entire year while other plants target the needs of deer during the fall when most natural or agricultural food is limited. Once some goals are set it s important to realize that any plan must take into consideration the land itself. Some things can be changed about property but there s a good reason certain types of plants grow better in some parts of the country and not so much in others. Nature. And as we all know it s not nice to try and fool Mother Nature. It makes her mad and she has ways of wreaking havoc. Just ask the folks who brought in kudzu to the Southeast U.S. without considering the repercussions. IT STARTS WITH THE SOIL In most cases if the soil on which most hunting occurs was abundantly fertile and therefore capable of growing lush vegetation some farmer would be cultivating it already. To state the obvious the soil of property that s used for hunting is usually not ideal for growing deer plots...or anything else. This is where that soil analysis that Richard Shelton was mentioning (above) to his customers comes in. Identification of the soil and the growing conditions associated with this dirt will determine viability of any deer plot. For example timber lowlands typically have heavy wet soil with limited sunlight whereas ridges are sandy and dry with plenty of direct sunlight. Getting a soil sample will reveal a PH level and what fertilizers are needed and will help determine what types of seeds are viable. Basically every hunting property will have different possibilities and challenges and without knowing the composition of soil and sunlight it is impossible to get a sustainable deer plot program. Spend the money on the soil sample. You ll thank us later. DOWN TO SEEDS AND STEMS AGAIN Next to soil choosing the right seeds for the climate and the hunting objectives is the most important decision for a deer plot program. There are literally books websites white papers and any number of other scholarly treatises developed to help a land owner decide which seeds will work. However here s a (very) brief overview. Note It s advisable for the land owner to conduct more research on this topic before tossing out some magic beans that may or may not grow There are two types of plants annuals and perennials. Both have advantages and disadvantages to feeding and attracting deer. Amount of sunlight maturity days soil types PH yield and price dictate plant selection. Annuals are great for producing a lush crop. Their purpose is to provide food for the deer during a specific time period particularly when nearby farm fields are void and natural grasses are shriveled. Annuals allow a land owner hunter to coordinate the plant growing season with the hunting season. Plants such as turnips radish rutabagas are ideal for cold-weather hunting and these plants keep the deer population nourished during the hunting season and year-round. Perennials are multi-year plants that usually develop hardiness over the years. With hard work (in cultivating and planting) and the right location perennials can yield lush crops year after year. They offer yearround food but can become dormant before the fall and winter hunting seasons. These plants have the other advantage of requiring little maintenance. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION Choosing a location and size of a deer plot can also be challenging. In general It needs to be far enough away from roads to keep traffic from inhibiting the deer. Other considerations include the prevailing winds (since deer have great sense of smell) and other natural cover. Most experts suggest a greater number of smaller plots rather than one large one. These plots should also have ample cover surrounding them. This makes the feel more secure while they grab a quick meal during the day. With large multi-acre fields deer visit them at night. It is also recommended that the plots should be narrow and winding. By limiting its size any buck that enters is within range. This is even more critical if you re bow hunting. It s also important that the entrance and exit to and from the plot area be scent-free. OTHER TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME PLOTTERS Some of the best advice for the novice deer plot farmer is to grow what the other farmers in the area are growing. If you lease property is in an area that is rich in corn rye soybean production then why not grow these plants If an animal is accustomed to chowing down on a particular kind of plant they re likely to search out this plant. So grow it and they will find it...hopefully within range of a 30.06. Conducting some market research with area farmers as to what they grow is time well-spent. Another good tip for first time deer plotters is to plant clover. It has been noted in more than one reference book on this subject that clover is a very forgiving plant and it does several nice things to the soil in which it is planted. It grows with limited growing days and it puts a lot of nutrients especially nitrogen back into the soil allowing future plants better yields. 28 It s about Time. It s about Certainty. Welcome to 401K ProAdvisor Isn t it about me somebody was firmly focused on improving re rement outcomes How has your 401(k) plan been performing How much commission is your provider drawing from your plan That s where 401KProAdvisors excels because our team of dedicated re rement plan specialists are qualified to provide a comprehensive suite of re rement plan services. Crea ve Plan Design Customized Educa on Ongoing Plan Review Plan Benchmarking ERISA 3(21) & 3(38) 403(b) & Pension Consul ng To get the whole story call George Richerson at 770.436.4097 or visit www.401kproadvisor.com. Securi es offered through Triad Advisors Inc. Member FINRA SIPC. Advisory Services offered through Wealth & Pension Services Group Inc. Wealth & Pension Services Group Inc. is not affiliated with Triad Advisors Inc. 29 THE OUTPOST DEER PLOTS GAME MANAGEMENT MORE THAN DEER PLOTS As was noted at the beginning of this article building deer plots while important to attracting and nourishing whitetails mule deer or even axis deer is not the only consideration for land management. For example if you provide more food but don t give deer more housing or cover then the impact will be diminished. There are also herd management strategies that should be considered. For example the companies that specialize in deer farming suggest that if a landowner wants to see more and bigger-racked bucks and larger body weights the doe population should probably be thinned. Because of the territorial tendencies of whitetails and the way that they disperse from the areas where they were born a large matriarchal society can develop over time. Yearling bucks tend to leave the area where they were born and the does tend hang around this area. While no scholarly analysis could be found on this subject this may be nature s way of preventing in-breeding. This suggests that the buck-to-doe ratio is important to consider in game management. This herd management aspect is much more complicated than the space allocated for this article allows. However it suffices to note that it is part of an overall strategy for sustaining and attracting a steady stream of healthy deer. Developing deer plots on the other hand is a much easier proposition. It they are designed using sound principles of agronomy and hunting tactics they will go a long way towards making next season s deer harvest outstanding. www.gundogbroker.com Want to know more about selecting the right pup email Kirk gundogbroker.com 31 THE NEW OUTPOST RADIO IS LAUNCHED Radio for the Great Outdoors The Outpost Radio. At any given time on this unique station you can hear Stevie Ray Vaughan followed by Blackberry Smoke followed by George Jones. While all of this is going on you can be given a chance to listen to podcasts that feature tips on hunting whitetail deer or catching crappie in the Atchafalaya Basin or learning why blue quail would rather run than fly. In the words of more than one recently converted Outpost Radio fanatic I ve never heard anything like this station. Exactly. This combination of music and outdoor sports information presented 24 7 available wherever you are worldwide on your mobile device has never been offered. Until now. If you can do without the little girl pop stars and auto-tuned crap that passes for country and rock and roll these days you might want to try The Outpost Radio. If you want to know the weather wherever you re sitting in a duck blind it s here. If you re on the way to hunt pheasant or fish for walleye and you d like to know if anybody s seeing any this might be your new favorite radio station. The stories in The Outpost Magazine are about the simple joys of living an authentic life. This includes outdoor sports such as fishing hunting camping hiking and biking. It involves good food and strong drink and it also includes music from every genre that sportsmen and sportswomen enjoy. Unfortunately most of the music you hear on traditional (terrestrial) radio is so sanitized analyzed and peroxized that the tunes and words are cotton candy for the brain. Plus most of the outdoor sports radio programs come on the stations between 3 and 4 am. That s a little too early for most of us. It s is for this reason that we joined some friends who are experts in the radio business and launched The Outpost Radio. We re calling it Radio for the great outdoors and that s more than just a catchy phrase. A typical radio station would never play the diversity of songs you ll hear on The Mavericks Back in Your Arms 32 SNAKE RATTLE AND ROLL ON OUTTA HERE The Insanity of Hunting Rattlesnakes Why would anyone hunt rattlesnakes It s one thing to accidently come upon one these potentially lethal snakes when involved with some other outdoor pursuit but it something completely different when there s a conscious desire to find and capture them. We can make up reasons for hunting these stone cold killers. Such as they kill birds such as quail doves and other game birds. Yes. This is true. They bite people. Yep when they are threatened they will do this. However these are not the primary reasons we hunt rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes are hunted for the same reason someone climbs up the side of a 1 500 foot cliff with only a rope between him and the rocks below. It s the same reason catfish noodlers dive beneath the water and stick their bare hands into a rocky little cave in hopes of having a 50 pound catfish chomp down on these hands. It s why we hunt wild hogs with only a .357 Magnum handgun. Most people hunt rattlesnakes in order to get that adrenaline rush of escaping danger or death. Sounds like a good enough reason to us. Let s go find those bad boys WHERE TO FIND THEM Rattlesnakes are a part of a venomous group of snakes that are found from Canada throughout the United States Mexico and Central America all the way down to Central Argentina. There are at least 36 known species of rattlers and they live in a wide range of habitats. Like man they re predators. They hunt small rodents and birds killing them with a venomous bite rather than constricting them. Herpetology websites note that rattlesnakes have a set of fangs with which they inject large quantities of hemotoxic venom. After the bite the venom rapidly travels through the bloodstream destroying tissue and causing swelling internal bleeding and intense pain. The Mojave rattlesnake has a little extra punch in its poison - a neurotoxic component in its venom that causes paralysis and other nervous symptoms. Arizona and Texas are Rattlesnake Meccas in the United States. The desert-like environment of much of Arizona contains the largest number of species of rattlers (13) in the country. These Arizona killers have colorful names such as Massasauga Rattlesnake Mojave Rattlesnake Prairie Rattlesnake Sidewinder Rattlesnake Speckled Rattlesnake Twin-spotted Rattlesnake Tiger Rattlesnake Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake Black-tailed Rattlesnake Arizona Black Rattlesnake Western Rattlesnake Rock Rattlesnake And the rattler we see most on the adventure channels... Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake. Texas has 10 species of rattlers but only 3 interact with humans with any regularity. These are the Prairie Rattlesnake the Eastern Timber or Canebrake Rattlesnake and the Western Diamondbacked Rattlesnakes. FACTS ABOUT RATTLERS There are a lot of myths and misinformation about rattlesnakes. Sometimes the things that scare us take on larger than life attributes. Next time you re sitting round the campfire and you hear a little rustle in the woods before screaming SNAKE like a little girl take a deep breath and share these facts with your buddies. Rattlesnakes use the loreal pit a heat-sensing organ between the nostril and eye to locate prey and potential predators. These snakes have glands that make venom much like human saliva glands make saliva. 35 THE OUTPOST HUNTING RATTLERS The rattle is made of keratin the same material found in human hair and fingernails No unlike the wives tale you ve always hear the age of a rattlesnake cannot be determined by counting the segments of its rattle. Rattlesnake prey may include small mammals birds reptiles amphibians and centipedes. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control less than 1% of rattlesnake bites result in human deaths. The trick is to get to medical assistance quickly before the venom has time to spread. THE BEST WAYS HUNT EM UP As with hunting any type of animal or bird there are as many ways to hunt rattlesnakes as there are to hunt whitetail deer or mourning doves. The process can be as simple or complicated as the hunter wants. However unless you want to be rushed to the emergency room in some country hospital you should probably not forget the things that keep the rattler s fangs away from your leg. Here are a few things you ll need to hunt up some rattlesnake meat. First things first. You ll need a few things from the sporting goods and hardware store. These include snake boots thick leather gloves a 5-gallon can of diesel snake catchers (this is an extended pole with a grabber contraption on the end) a shovel a large can or other storing devices with a closeable top to store the snakes as you round em up. Next step is to find a likely place for rattlesnakes. Snake dens are found in rocky dry areas so look for large rocks with hidey holes around them. These dens can also be found near piles of old wood or tree limbs. The good thing about finding a den is that it increases your odds of finding several snakes because they tend to congregate with other rattlers. There are at least two schools of thought about drawing the snakes out of the den for capture. One holds that it is easier to hunt rattlesnakes when you use live bait. Although some prefer to spear or shoot blind by using live bait you can kill and clean the snake quickly without much margin for error. Simply purchase a collection of live white mice from your local pet store dangle the mice into a den from a strip of fishing twine and then draw out the snake on the string for the kill. Another approach is to spray the diesel in and around the entrance of the den. This makes the snakes disoriented because they become drunk on the fumes and forces them outside for a little air. This is not unlike some of your buddies who ve had one too many in the bar When they exit the den they re confused and can t focus on their surroundings. This is the time to grab the snake grabber and scoop up one at a time. You can then feel free to scream SNAKE and get the heck out of there. 36 DANGER. There will likely be a bunch of drunken rattlesnakes coming out of the den at the same time so watch what you re doing. The best strategy is to maneuver yourself BEHIND the targeted snake before grabbing him. Being in front of the snake is tempting fate because even drunk on diesel he can see and therefore strike you. Next stop emergency room. While you re behind the snake use the snake grabber to pin him directly behind the head. You can also use your shovel to stab the snake in the head area. While it s more dangerous to take back live snakes (but hey you hunting rattlesnakes so danger is clearly not the top of your concerns ) if you trying to sell the snakes there are many who will pay much more per pound for live snakes. Once you ve grabbed one and carefully placed him in the container with a secure lid you might was well grab some more. If you re planning on doing anything with these snake skins or meat you re going to need more than one. When hunting rattlers always bring along a buddy and a cellphone. If you happen to be bitten by one of these angry snakes have the closest hospital or EMS in your phone s memory. If bitten the ER folks or paramedics will inject antivenin to stop the damage caused by snake venom. CAN T GET ENOUGH OF THE OUTPOST WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH RATTLESNAKES AFTER THEY RE DEAD Excluding that nerdy kid in high school who went on to become a herpetologist most people don t have a big problem killing rattlesnakes. Sure they re one of God s creatures and they help keep the rodent population under control and therefore have a worthwhile place in the ecosystem. However they are dangerous to men women children livestock and wild game and no amount of extermination will lead to these snakes extinction. Many hunters only kill what they eat. This is an admirable trait and one that can be fulfilled with rattlesnake meat. Keep reading for a mouthwatering recipe minus the poisonous venom of course for these snakes. One of the coolest things to do with dead rattlesnakes is to use their skins for making other things. Nothing makes a fashion statement in some board room in some large city quite like an iPad cover or briefcase made from a Western Diamond-back rattlesnake hide. It s a great conversation starter Just about anything that can be made from leather can be made from rattlesnake hide. This includes but is not limited to Boots belts wallets rifle and shotgun slings purses backpacks briefcases computer tablet covers book marks guitar straps ( ) and the list goes on. Before getting these hides to someone who has the leather skills to create these items you must first deal with skinning and preserving them. Here are some suggestions on this. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 37 THE OUTPOST HUNTING RATTLERS GETTING SOME SKIN IN THE GAME With some helpful hints found in various websites including Mother Earth News here are some suggestions on getting those rattlesnake skins where someone can see them. As with skinning any game snake skinning needs to be done outside on a wooden or cement workspace. Experts suggest that you first ensure that the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus aren t sticking to the interior of the hide. If they are you will have to scrape them as you go. Place the snake topside down starting at the neck and working toward the tail. Use its small belly vein as a centerline cutting guide. Using a tool such as bandage scissors are good for this because they have a blunt edge that can be inserted under the skin without ripping into the meat and viscera. It s advised to take special care in stripping off the thin skin of the tail until you reach the rattles. At that point you ll have to cut through the remaining lower vertebrae and strip off as much of the adhering muscle as possible. This will allow the whole skin to be attached to the rattles. Scrape off the remaining muscle with a knife working from head to tail. Next rinse the skin thoroughly in cold water and place it on a board or a strip of plywood flesh side up. Attach the neck and tail of the skin to your drying board with small nails tacks or lightweight staples. This will keep the skin from curling. This rattlesnake hide can be sun-dried or the moist inner skin can be packed with salt (with a little extra preservative into the pocket next to the rattles) and adding some pepper to discourage flies. After the skin has dried for two days it can be removed from the backing and the salt and pepper rinsed off. Some tanning experts suggest that the rattler hides can be finished by soaking them in a jar containing half glycerin and half alcohol. One can also apply this solution with a paint brush. Some old tanners have been known to use weird concoctions such as antifreeze for this finishing touch. Skins that are going to be turned into other leather worked items should be treated with two coats. Otherwise the glycerin will prevent glue from adhering to the skin. They should be stored flat in a dry area. IT TASTES LIKE RATTLESNAKE For sheer heart-pounding adrenaline-pumping excitement there s nothing like rattlesnake hunting. As long as the proper precautions are taken it s not any more dangerous than say fighting an alligator with a pocketknife or taking a black bear cub back to the campsite. While the meat has been compared to really tough chicken you can make your own decision when you try one of the rattlesnake recipes that follow. However there is no doubt about the value of the skins. The rattlesnake skins are something that any sharp-dressed man or woman would be proud to wear as boots or carry as purses or bags. So if you re feeling 10-feet tall and bullet-proof rattlesnake hunting might be just the elixir you need. 38 Southern Boyz Outdoors is a group of outdoor enthusiasts from Southeast Louisiana that document their adventures to bring their way of life in Louisiana. The Southern Boyz demonstrate many of the fun and enjoyable outdoor activities south Louisiana has to offer. Host Kinion Bankston & Tanya Bankston Co-host Danny McDonald Leon Stilley John Bankston Jay McDonald Brad Bankston Debbie McDonald Paul Leblanc and the southern people. http www.youtube.com watch feature player_embedded&v k2LPkw0WX9o The Hunt Channel 266 Dish Network Thursday nights at 8 00 central time Network Ar Tex Tv Channel 50 Hope AR KNTS Channel 17 Natchitoches LA Demand the Outdoors on the ROKU TV BOX THE OUTPOST RECIPES I LL HAVE THE RATTLESNAKE R Ingredients Rattlesnake has been described as tasting a little like alligator a little like quail a little like frog legs. But then again not quite like any of those. It s unique and needs to be tasted when cooked in a lightly spiced dish to be appreciated. In most cases in order to enjoy the unique flavor of the meat the snake should be boiled and or simmered first so you can remove the meat from the bones. So boil it with a little bit of spice and some lemon juice and taste it before proceeding with the preparation. 1 4 cup chili powder 2 tsp. cumin 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper 2 lb. rattlesnake meat juice from 1 2 lemon Simmer rattlesnake in water and lemon juice for 1 hour remove and separate meat from bones. Combine de-boned meat with the rest of the ingredients in a crockpot and slow-cook for 6-8 hours or bring to boil in large cooking pot and simmer for 2 hours. Serves 4 people RATTLESNAKE CHILI 1 large onion chopped 3 large garlic cloves minced 1 red bell pepper chopped 3 jalapeno peppers chopped 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes 1 15 oz. can tomato paste 1 28 oz. can chili beans SOUTHERN FRIED RATTLESNAKE Ingredients 1 egg salt to taste 1 tsp. minced garlic 1 tsp. seasoning salt 3 4 cup milk 1 tsp. pepper flour 1 rattlesnake Cut snake meat into 4 inch lengths. Beat egg and milk. Mix spices with flour in a separate bowl. Preheat deep fat fryer with cooking oil. Dip snake into egg mixture and then in flour mixture and place it in hot oil. Cook until golden brown and crispy like fried fish. Serve with French fries. Serves 4 people 40 RATTLESNAKE CILANTRO SOUP Ingredients 1 large onion chopped 2 large garlic cloves mince 6 celery stalks chopped 2 carrots minced 1 bunch cilantro finely chopped 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. marjoram 2 tsp. black pepper 3 bay leaves 3 cans chicken broth 4 cups water 1 cup rice 2 lb. rattlesnake meat juice from 1 2 lemon Simmer rattlesnake in water and lemon juice for 1 hour remove and separate meat from bones. Combine de-boned meat with the rest of the ingredients except for rice in a crockpot and slow-cook for 6-8 hours or bring to boil in large cooking pot and simmer for 2 hours. Add rice in last 3 hours of slow cooker or last 45 minutes of stove pot. Serves 4 people You can t have a rattlesnake meal without a rattlesnake cocktail. Here s one to try. RATTLESNAKE COCKTAIL 1 1 2 oz whiskey 1 tsp lemon juice 1 2 oz. Southern Comfort 1 egg white 1 tsp. sugar Shake and rattle all ingredients with ice strain into a cocktail glass and serve with a cherry. THE OUTPOST CAMPING BREAKFAST GUINNESS CAKE In the unlikely event that you should have a few pints of Guiness Stout left over from the previous night these cakes might be a good eye-opener. The addition of the Guiness Stout gives these cakes a sourdough-like flavor and a much lighter texture that you and your kids would love. Don t worry about the alcohol content. It will cook away. Plus you probably had enough alcohol the previous evening. Ingredients 1 packet of Just-Add-Water Pancake Mix 1 pint of Guiness Stout Heat a pancake grill over a campfire. Pour the pancake mix in a large bowl. Substitute the amount of water prescribed in the instructions with the same amount of Guiness Stout. Mix well and allow it to stand for a few minutes to allow the beer to work into the batter. Lightly grease the griddle with oil or butter. Pour a tablespoonful of the batter into the griddle giving a bit of space so that they won t stick to each other. Flip the pancakes when bubbles start to appear on the edges of the mixture. Serve with fruits or maple syrup. Serves 4 people FAJITAS & EGGS Ingredients 2 or 3 pounds of skirt steak 24 pre-cooked flour or corn tortillas A dozen eggs Onions green peppers tomatoes. Gordo s Cheese Dip (spicy) Salsa (extra hot ) Grill the skirt steaks to taste (rare medium well). Skillet grill the roughly chopped onions peppers tomatoes. Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and warm them over the fire for about 15 minutes. When the steaks are grilled slice (against the grain) them into 1-inch strips and keep them warm. Scramble the eggs. Combine 1 or 2 strips of fajitas in the warmed tortillas with a spoon of eggs and top with the onions tomatoes peppers and Gordo s cheese dip. Serves 4 people 42 http www.youtube.com watch v 4RzhTN9zW3w STEVE AND EDIE BRING HOME THE BLUEGRASS If you haven t been following the careers of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell you may be surprised by how much both have changed. First of all Martin is no longer that wild and crazy guy who was responsible for some of the funniest movies and Saturday Night Live skits ever written. He has expanded his repertoire to include bluegrass banjo picker and (like everything else he has ever done in his life) he is amazingly good at this new interest. You might remember Edie Brickell as the hippy chick lead singer for the Texas rock band The New Bohemians who had a giant hit with the Top 40-friendly tune What I Am decades ago. In time since then and now she has married a little-known musician named Paul Simon raised a family with him and re-started her solo career. Somewhere along the way Steve and Edie got together and wrote and recorded what might be the most interesting and intelligent bluegrass CD of the year Love Has Come for You. They both contributed the tunes and lyrics of these evocative rootsy songs she sings them and he picks the banjo. The CD is produced by music legend Peter Asher who is responsible for discovering and nourishing the careers of people like James Taylor Bonnie Raitt Linda Ronstadt and the group 10 000 Maniacs. 43 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. www.theoutpostmagazine.com Asher does a masterful job on this Martin Brickell collection. He didn t try to fill the speakers with excess sound and elaborate instrumentation. Like the true professional that he is he let the songs and vocals work on their own. The listeners are so much the better for it. There are some great tunes in this collection. Who You Gonna Take which about unrequited love is a particularly poignant piece of music. The first radio cut is When You Get to Ashville and it is highly understated. However it s one of those melodies you find yourself humming long after the song is over. The title cut Love Has Come for You is stunning and worth the price of admission. This CD has more hooks than a bait and tackle shop. Whether its Martin s five-string banjo riffs or Brickell s sweet voice turning phrases that other writers wish they had written Love Has Come for You is not your typical bluegrass collection. Sure there are tragedies and redemptions but you ll never hear Ralph Stanley covering these songs. However Mr. Ralph will probably buy the CD and enjoy it like the rest of use. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM http www.youtube.com watch v bN6FVnELwnQ WELCOME TO MEMPHIS THE LATEST FROM BOZ SCAGGS Good musicians know how important the room is for recording. Some recording studios such as Muscle Shoals (Alabama) or RCA Studio B (Nashville) are famous for the unique sounds that they yield on the final mix. A couple of these amazing studios are found in Memphis Tennessee Sun Studios where rockabilly was born and Royal Studios where producer Willie Mitchell invented the sound that made Rev. Al Green a household sound. One of the most successful performers of the mid-1970 s Boz Scaggs who enjoyed blockbuster success with songs such as Lowdown and Lido Shuffle decided to try and coax the friendly spirit of Willie Mitchell back into the Royal Studios in Memphis and if his latest CD is any indication he succeeded. The CD is appropriately called Memphis and it is far and away the most soulful group of songs that Scaggs has ever recorded. The musicians that were recruited to play on this session reads like a who s who of southern-based R&B. After producing a very successful John Mayer CD Steve Jordan plays drums and produced the record. Ray Parker Jr. and Keb Mo play guitars legendary player Willie Weeks was on bass and Spooner Oldham who has been one of the best writers and players in R&B history handled the keyboards. Needless to say this is an all-star supporting cast which brings us to the star Boz Scaggs. Since starting his career with fellow Texan Steve Miller in the mid-60 s Scaggs has done it all. His album (yep they used to be called albums ) Silk Degrees is one of the all-time best selling musical collections in history. He s a consummate writer guitar player and has a distinctive vocal style. They are all showcased on Memphis. If you re thinking of buying these tracks there are several cuts you might want to sample. Gone Baby Gone is a sad lonely story that will likely knock you out. Pearl of the Quarter is a postcard from the French Quarter in New Orleans and his rendition of the Mink Deville song Mixed Up Shook Up Girl is dead solid perfect pitch. If you like honest to goodness R&B played by the best musicians on the planet and sung by a unique artist you need Memphis by Boz Scaggs on your player. 46 HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF ISSUE XI ISSUE II ISSUE III THE SEEING IS BELIEVING SUNGLASSES REVIEW UTPOST WADE FISHING THE SURF THE NEW LAKE EFFECT ON FISHING WOMEN WITH WEAPONS HOW TO KEEP A HUNT ING DO G IN SHAP E IN TH E OFFSEA SON ALL HAIL KING MACKEREL READING STREAMS HOW TO TRICK TOMS TALKING TURKEY RECIPES TAXIDERMY HUNTING AXIS DEER CATCHING CRAPPIE CATFISH RECIPES BETTER BANK FISHING WILLIE NELSON HEROES PLUS FACEBOOK FLASHBACK & BLACKBERRY SMOKE They re all waiting for you at our website WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GO AHEAD. CAST A LINE AND REEL THEM IN 47 Crankbaits Catch Fish Especially Largemouth Bass The word crank has gotten some bad press over the years. For example crank calls are annoying. Nobody wants to be around someone who s tired and a little cranky. When something is not what it s cranked up to be it s not getting any good recommendations. Even Mark Twain used the word in one of his memorable quotes A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. However ask any bass fisherman what works best for catching the big lunkers and he is likely to say nothing but good things about crankbait. This lure is designed to imitate a swimming bait fish crawfish or other foraging fish. Diving crankbaits float when they are at rest and have a plastic or metal bill that allows them to be pulled and then dive under the water on the retrieve. Lipless crankbaits typically sink and run deepest on a slow retrieve and shallowest on a fast retrieve. Crankbait got its name from this retrieval process. The angler makes a cast with the lure and when he cranked her back in its diving motion would prove irresistible to the predator instincts of a largemouth bass. Having one of the treble hooks stuck in your lip has that effect on bass. It makes them well a little cranky. Crank it Up As with anything related to fishing and hunting there are always differences of opinion about the type of bait to use for catching fish and not every fisherman favors crankbait. The usual complaint about these diving lures involves their two sets of treble hooks. The anti-crankbait crowd feels that with that many hooks and the fact that bass love to hide out in areas with thick vegetation the odds are high that these hooks will get caught in the growth. While there is certainly truth in this concern any lure has the potential for being snagged and seasoned anglers have several tricks for unsnagging hooks without losing the lure. Plus while crankbaits often get caught in this kind of cover the position that the lure travels in is bill first and head down thereby protecting the hooks from getting caught in the growth. 48 Tips on Using Crankbaits As effective as a crankbait can be in snagging a bass these fish especially the ones that have been around a few years won t fall for just any presentation. There are several techniques that an angler can use to improve his odds. Fishing guides offer several great tips for getting a little cranky with these wily fish. The simple stopand-go retrieve is one way to trigger strikes. It is suggested to trigger strikes that the angler crank the lure hard down to its design depth which may be five feet 10 feet 15 or more and then work it in a series of stop and go movements with twitches of the rod between. Banging the plug off of an underwater rock or log can also lead to more success with crankbait. A rocky bar submerged tree or dock pilings are perfect for this lure. Bass can t resist the flirt and flash created when a fast-running crankbait bounces off hard structure. Using the Right Tackle for Crankbait Not every rod will work with a crankbait lure. Veteran fishing guides suggest that a good crankbait rod should have a relatively slow action. In other words the rod should start to bend down about half way down when moderate pressure is applied to the top section. Fast action means that just the top third will bend with the same pressure. Slower rods will help cast the lure further and help keep from tearing out the hooks when a strong fish is caught. Many experts contend that the slower action will also give the bass a little more time to inhale the bait before you set the hook ensuring that you don t rip the bait away from the fish before it gets the hook. As for reels guides suggest using those with 4 1 or 5 1 gear ratios to slow down the bait and provide more power for cranking in the heavy fish. It is also important to have enough line due to the fact that long casts are necessary to take advantage of the diving action of the lure. If fishing in an area that requires the crankbait to dive down to 20 feet or more guides suggest that the best diameter of the line is 10 to 12 pound test. Crankbaits for Shallow Water Fishing Many professional bass fishermen have switched gears on the traditional deployment of crankbait. One of the hottest trends in bass fishing has been the use of shallow-running crankbaits. This is counter-intuitive given that lure manufacturers have been competing for making crankbaits that can dive 20 to 30 feet deep. Anglers that use the shallow-running crankbaits have several reasons for this. 49 The habitat conditions have changed and this encourages shallow running crankbaits. Many lakes have seen a proliferation of shallow weed growth including milfoil hydrilla and other fast-growing varieties. This vegetation is choking the shallows often where there was no aquatic vegetation a decade ago. Fishing guides and some lure manufacturers have noted that these junk weeds provide excellent bass cover and the latest shallowrunning crankbaits is perfect for probing that narrow band of water between the surface and the vegetation. Crankbaits that are designed to work the top of the water and on the outer edges of thick vegetation are rapidly growing in popularity. These crankbaits designed for shallow water use come in two type short-lipped crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. The short-lipped crankbaits are capable of diving only one to three feet on 10-pound line and they vary widely in shape. Some are cylindrical like a living baitfish others short and plump more toad like and others are thin with flat sides. Each style produces its own distinct movements vibrations and sounds. The lipless crankbaits are designed for speed. They all have flat sides a hollow interior chamber loaded with shot or rattles to create a loud chattering sound and no diving lip at all. Most sink at rest a few models float or suspend. Fishing guides note that lipless cranks are designed to be burned quickly over submerged grass beds stumps and rocks creating extreme noise and vibrations that trigger strikes from aggressive bass. While most popular in shallow water lipless cranks can be fished at any depth even counted down or vertically jigged for deep suspended bass. It s Time to Get Cranky Having several crankbait lures in a tackle box is good insurance against a slow day on the water. Whether they are used in deep or shallow water the diving movement lifelike appearance and even sound of crankbaits can help the angler fool his prey. These plugs can turn a slow boring day on the water into knock-down drag-out fight with Mr. Largemouth. 50 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 Mondays - 3 00pm Thursdays - Noon Sundays - 1 30 and 8 30pm I GOT TO GO FISHING by Ellen Nichols Oh Please Daddy Please Can I please please go No no my dear Patti. Fishing s only for boys you know... ... But Daddy I know I can do it Just please let me try my best. Ok you can go along but no fishing because you d just make a mess. Oh thank you Daddy. Thank you You won t even know I m around Yes Patti was so excited for she was a - fishin bound Joey get the tackle box and Tommy grab the bait If we don t get our hooks in the water soon it s going to be too late Patti get the cooler ready and stay here by the car. Then you ll be out of our way and I ll still know where you are Ok Daddy Patti said sadly. I ll just hang and watch from here. And as her dad and her brothers left towards the lake Patti wiped away a tear. 55 Oh Please Daddy Please Can I please please go No no my dear Patti. Fishing s only for boys you know... ... But Daddy I know I can do it Just please let me try my best. Ok you can go along but no fishing because you d just make a mess. Oh thank you Daddy. Thank you You won t even know I m around Yes Patti was so excited for she was a - fishin bound Joey get the tackle box and Tommy grab the bait If we don t get our hooks in the water soon it s going to be too late Patti get the cooler ready and stay here by the car. Then you ll be out of our way and I ll still know where you are Ok Daddy Patti said sadly. I ll just hang and watch from here. And as her dad and her brothers left towards the lake Patti wiped away a tear. I don t need their help. Patti thought I can fish on my own I have a better chance of catching a fish since I am all alone Patti hopped off the car and tiptoed to the lake. But she had no fishing gear so THAT she d have to make. Patti searched through the brush she didn t want anything too big. And after only a few minutes of looking she found the perfect twig. As she walked back over to the shore a glimmering shine caught her eye. She bent down to take a look and Oh What a big surprise She couldn t believe what she d found Someone was on her side. There laid a few feet of string and on the end a fishing hook was tied. Wow How amazing she thought as she tied one end to her fishing pole I really am going fishing she said out loud as she began to dig a hole. The fish won t bite a rusty hook I need a worm for food. She continued to dig in the ground as the lovely soft breezes blew... It didn t take very long to find a big fat worm to use. She baited her hook real good for this worm she wasn t about to lose As Patti dangled her mini catch over the water so clear She admired her own reflection while she gazed at the water mirror. Oh I really hope I catch a fish I m sure to make daddy proud I know he s been proud of me before but I just want to hear it out loud. Meanwhile down the shore a ways Patti s Dad and brothers just sat. Not even a tiny nibble Dad Joey said. Where are all the fish at Patience my son we should catch something soon. I double checked the fishing forecast and tonight s a full moon. Patti saw her string move but it was ever so slight. Then the string stretched fast and long and Patti was up for the fight She pulled and tugged with determination in her face She placed her foot on a rock to act as a brace. Patti felt like she was dreaming could this all be real Then Patti pulled the string from the water and gave a delightful squeal. 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