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SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI HUNTING YEARLING BUCKS FISHING THE DEAD ZONE YOUTH ARCHERY BIKE BIG BEND SPRING TURKEY SEASON FOUR WHEELING EXTREME HUNTRESS WIN GEAR RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS PLUS RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & 1.00 COUPON VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM http 5MveCGisXgg TABLE OF CONTENTS 18 EXTREME HUNTRESS 22 TRANSPLANTING WILD TURKEYS 24 SPRING TURKEY HUNTING 34 SAFARI HUNTING 11 FEWER YEARLINGS HUNTED FOUR WHEELING CHUKAR RECIPES BIKE FEST DEAD ZONE 15 ACADEMY SPORTS ARCHERY SCHOOL 52 16 SHOOTING SPORTS BIG BUSINESS 32 THREE AMIGOS 44 GEAR 46 CHUKAR HUNTING COYWOLF OUTPOST HUMOR WINTERIZING BOAT BACK PAGE THE OUTPOST MUSIC 50 60 66 56 62 76 81 STARTING A FIRE 69 86 HAS BEGUN Introducing the best hunting arrow ever Maxima RED TM. The enemy of superior consistent accuracy is Dynamic Spine the flexing of an arrow in flight. Broadheads can make this flexing even worse. The new hi-tech carbon Maxima REDTM is engineered with stiffer ends to contain and control Dynamic Spine to the center of the arrow or the Red ZoneTM . The result is a breakthrough in broadhead accuracy and simply the best hunting arrow ever created. Shoot BetterTM Editor s Letter Anyway after getting the pose right and carefully camouflaging the porno parts I sent this work of art to Sandy s phone. This was a big mistake. When she got the sext instead of her saying OMG what a sexy guy she started laughing and couldn t stop. She laughed so hard that our dog ran under the bed. Tears of hilarity were running down her sweet face. She couldn t catch her breath. I thought we were on our way to the emergency room. Since she was due get a haircut that day unbeknownst to me she took her phone to the salon and showed it to the girls who work there. When she got home she related that the same fit of hilarity enveloped this group of purple-haired hipsters. Then she handed me 3.73. The girls at the salon took up a collection to go towards your monthly fee at 24-Hour Fitness she said. And then she went into convulsive laugher again No more selfies and no more sexting for me. And if you know what s good for you you ll follow the lead of your kids and also stop taking those silly selfies. There are LOTS of good photographs none of them selfies in this month s Outpost. Plus we re featuring outdoor news you can use like an interview with the owner of Likhulu Safaris how to get ready for spring turkey season a chat with Amanda Lowry the 2014 Extreme Huntress an article about the coywolf and a lot more. Let us hear from you. We answer every email and promise to refrain from sending any selfies back to you Later Art Young Editor art That didn t take long. Did it A couple of months ago November 19 2013 in fact the perpetually pedantic arbiter of words The Oxford English Dictionary officially crowned the word selfie as Word of the Year. Not-so-coincidentally this was the same day when the Millennials (the over-coddled group of young people born between the 1980 and early 2000) decided that taking selfies and posting them online was as lame as mom and dad. All it takes is a bunch of old folks saying that something is hip and cool for the young folks to say nah it s not so cool. This phenomenon is of course not new. It s been going on since Adam and Eve s kids stopped eating apples. We did the same thing when our parents started liking or (horrors ) DOING something we liked. Now the anti-selfie movement is running rampant except for those of us who love to hunt and fish. Just take a quick peek at your Facebook page. There are selfies of friends in the deer blind (bored to tears). There are selfies of anglers with their tiny fish. There are even selfies of outdoorsmen taking selfies of themselves taking selfies. Apparently those of us who spend time in the woods and on the water didn t get the memo from the petulant Gen Y crowd. In an effort to test the marketing power of selfies yours truly took it one step further. That s right. I sent a selfie of me in a complete commando state the kids call it sexting to my better half s mobile phone Of course there were some strategically placed camo on selected areas of my Adonis-like body. Needless to say they were very LARGE pieces of camouflage. Wink. Wink. My friend Steve Schiller forwarded your magazine on to me. Well done. I m now a fan of Outpost Radio. Cal Calvert Fountain Hills Arizona I really like your magazine and want to be put on your mailing list please. Thanks Dan FIELD NOTES FROM OUTPOST READERS You asked for feedback so here goes...I do not like justified type. I think it looks awkward big spaces and all. I use left justified. Just sayin I know there must be many women out there who enjoy outdoor pursuits. It seemed like your publication was geared toward men (bikini clad women...) Again just sayin Other than that loved the varied sections music receipes gear recommendations health and fitness...great job. Alice Atha Vancouver WA 98682 Cheers for In the Mind of the Maker ... beautiful work Art bravo everyone QUAIL HUNTING & SOUTH DAKOTA PHEASANTS BUTTON BUCKS MIND OF THE MAKER ICE FISHING Art what a wonderful surprise. Great issue and a fine article about Edward. Thanks Jim Awesome online magazine thanks for the complimentary issue. Good Ridin Appearing in this sexy magazine will add years to Edward Couvillier s life Ray Brassieur ARTIFICIAL REEFS WETLAND LOSS RED LOBSTER WANTS YOUR RED SNAPPER GETTING INTO SHAPE LLIGATORS ALLIGATORS & CROCS WIN GEAR SURVIVAL BUG OUT BAG RADIO FO THE GREAT OUTDOORS FOR AR PLUS RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & 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 Jason Martin Anne Vandewalle Cory Franks Photo Credits Jason Martin Kirk Driskell Flickr Commons Florida Bow Fishing Likhulu Safari Tony Eckler QDMA Amanda Lowerey Burnt Pine Plantation NWTF Art Young Trey Weatherington Mike Allen Brad Steele Sam Klement Neil Armatti Texas Hunt Lodge Chihuahuan Bike Fest THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2014 by Gorilla Marketing LLC Marietta GA 30062. Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN 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 Fewer Yearling Bucks are Being Taken BY HunTers There s some good news for anyone who wants a hearty and healthy whitetail deer population. According to the Quality Deer Management Association more 1.5-year-old bucks (yearlings) are getting a pass from deer hunters than at any time in modern history according to data gathered for its 2014 Whitetail Report now available free online. In the 2012-13 season the most recent season with complete deer harvest data available from all states only 37 percent of antlered bucks killed by hunters in the United States were yearlings down from over 62 percent in 1988. Antlered bucks do not include button bucks so this means that nearly two-thirds of antlered bucks killed by hunters in 2012-13 were 2.5 years or older. The trend is clear more deer hunters are choosing the benefits that come from protecting yearling bucks and building numbers of older bucks in a deer population said Kip Adams a wildlife biologist and QDMA s Director of Education & Outreach who compiles the annual Whitetail Report. The decline in yearling-buck harvest has been more rapid in some states than others and hunters in a handful of states still take high percentages of yearling bucks but even in most of those states the trend is in the right direction. When most yearling bucks are protected and survive to adulthood hunters witness more rut behaviors get more responses with rattling and grunt calls see more scrapes and rubs find more shed antlers and see and kill mature bucks more frequently. Deer hunting is just more fun and exciting when you protect most yearling bucks said Adams. QDMA doesn t recommend protecting every yearling buck in fact we fully support and encourage youth and new hunters having the opportunity to harvest them if they choose. QDMA simply recommends protecting the majority of yearling bucks. We want hunters to know the benefits of having a more natural age structure and to realize how their hunting can improve when they graduate from taking yearling bucks. For those who favor LESS government intervention in hunting voluntary restraint by hunters plays a significant role in reducing harvest rates among yearling bucks. QDMA found that among the five states with the lowest yearling-buck harvest rates two of them Kansas (14 percent) and Oklahoma (15 percent) do not have any mandatory antler restrictions at the state or regional level. Additionally the national rate has been declining in recent years even without any new states adding statewide antler-based harvest restrictions. QDMA s full report includes state-by-state yearling buck harvest rates states with the most rapid drop in recent seasons states with the highest percentage of mature bucks (3.5 and older) in their harvest and more. Additionally the report takes a look at trends in deer harvest by weapon type deer tagging and reporting requirements by state impacts of the 2012 hemorrhagic disease outbreak public input in deer management by state and many other topics. Photo By QDMA Download a free PDF of the 2014 Whitetail Report here http corporate whitetail-report The Traditional Journey Continues... NEW from the Pope and Young Club... The challenge legacy and romance of Bowhunting The second in a series of books chronicling the foundations and spirit of hunting with the bow and arrow. The Traditional Journey Continues is an easy-reading collection of stories bridging more than a century about how hunting with the bow and arrow can and does positively impact our lives. This book s editor M. R. James notes this is a book for every single bowhunter out there It s designed to inspire and inform readers of bowhunting s enduring legacy. The book is a celebration of rolling up our sleeves and getting busy at bowhunting Read the story of Ishi as told by his friend and hunting companion Will Chief Compton. Join Dr. Saxton Pope as he relates Art Young s adventures in Alaska in the early 1920s. Glenn St. Charles personal account of taking his first-ever deer on a snowy Washington State wilderness hunt and Fred Bear s personal account of tagging a Wyoming elk in 1952 will have you feeling you were right there experiencing it all with them. Contemporary authors Fred Asbell John Gardner Marv Clyncke Len Cardinale Doug Clayton Mike Schlegel Jay St. Charles and Glenn Hisey dive into the feelings and emotions we experience with participation in the varied activities known as bowhunting. The journey of a bowhunter isn t necessarily about recurves longbows or compounds. But it is whether on purpose or by accident about finding the joy and value in the heritage and traditions that are this thing we call BOWHUNTING. It s about relishing in the challenges of the sport about learning its history it s about experiencing the thrill of the chase up close and personal about the hours of practice earning the perfect shot about honing your skills and relying on them about dreaming and planning for the next hunt and so much more worth preserving intact for future generations to share and value. This book also documents the continued success and effectiveness of the simple bow and arrow--ample evidence of the effectiveness of the skilled archer using simple equipment. Listed are all traditional-equipment-taken animals in the P&Y Records Program in all species categories entered into the Records through January 1 2013. A multitude of great field photos enhance the listings. Informative inspiring and timeless this book is a must for every bowhunter s personal library. 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AcAdemy SportS & outdoorS InveStS In Archery In SchoolS National Archery in the Schools Program gets a new sponsor Youth archery is getting more and more popular and this has not been lost on forward-thinking sporting goods retailers. In mid-January Academy Sports Outdoors announced a partnership with National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) the nation s largest youth archery organization to support the program s world national state and local youth archery tournaments which help NASP grow the number of instructional archery classes in schools around the U.S. NASP is an in-school archery curriculum for students in grades 4 - 12 and currently in 47 states and approximately 13 000 schools. These archers and teams from participating NASP schools participate in various local regional and state tournaments ultimately leading to the national and world tournaments which Academy Sports Outdoors now sponsors We look forward to kicking off this new relationship with NASP in 2014 that will encourage active youth participation in archery said Anita Sehgal senior vice president of marketing for Academy Sports Outdoors. We both share a similar vision of making this popular sport more accessible to kids. The company s website notes Academy Sports Outdoors is a premier sports outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products footwear apparel and much more. The Texas-based company operates 172 stores throughout Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Kansas Louisiana Mississippi Missouri North Carolina Oklahoma South Carolina Tennessee and Texas. Academy Sports Outdoors shares our passion for youth development community and the growth of archery participation says Roy Grimes President of NASP. Their support will help us add new archery programs in schools and make our 2014 National and World Tournaments another huge success. The 2014 NASP World Tournament is scheduled for July 11 - 13 2014 in Madison Wisconsin. For more information on NASP visit or for tournament information please visit For more information about Academy Sports Outdoors visit 15 SHOOTING SPORTS ARE BIG BUSINESS TARGET SHOOTING AND HUNTING ON TARGET FOR BILLIONS SPENT That time you re spending at the target range is adding up. In fact the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) says that the money target shooters spend in 2011 resulted in 23 billion being added to the nation s economy and supported more than 185 000 jobs. The report Target Shooting in American Millions of Shooters Billions of Dollars was released at the annual Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show the largest trade show of its kind in the world and a showcase for the firearms and ammunition industry. It provides a first-ever examination of the U.S. target shooting related expenditures. The report also included a stateby-state breakdown as to the number of target shooters retail sales taxes and jobs. On Target In a press release issued by the NSSF it was noted that retail sales related to target shooting account for nearly 10 billion with rifle and handgun shooting being the leading contributors. They were followed by shotgun and muzzleloader shooting. The states of California and Texas are the top two states ranked by retail sales. Combining the data from this target shooting report and Hunting in America shows that target shooters and hunters together poured more than 110 billion into the nation s economy fueling more than 866 000 jobs. Target shooters ( 8.6 billion) and hunters ( 8.4 billion) spend nearly equal amounts on equipment common to both pursuits such as firearms ammunition and accessories. Hunters spend more overall than target shooters when factors such as fuel food lodging and transportation are included. Outdoor sportsmen and women know how much fun the shooting sports are. Now we have a snapshot of how much economic impact they have. 16 1-888-390-5548 B I G G R E E N TA R G E T S . C O M THE OUTPOST EXTREME HUNTRESS The Extreme Huntress of 2014 is Tough Smart and a Mom After nine months of fierce completion Amanda Lowrey of Sandpoint Idaho is the newly crowned Extreme Huntress 2014. Lowrey was taught to hunt at very young age by her father and she s now married with two young daughters of her own. After she was selected as a contest finalist Lowrey competed with three other women in the head-to-head outdoor skills and hunting competition last July at the renowned 777 Ranch in Hondo Texas. Anyone who has ever spent time in the Hill Country of Texas in the middle of summer knows it gets plenty hot but Amanda was up to the challenge. As the Grand Prize winner Lowrey received the highest combined score which was comprised of 30 percent from the outdoor skills portion 40 percent from the judge s scores and the remaining 30 percent was determined through public online votes received from the hundreds of thousands of viewers who watched the eleven riveting episodes of Extreme Huntress online at http The Only Thing exTreme AbOuT AmAndA is her greAT ATTiTude Amanda Lowrey also takes her responsibility as role-model to other young women very seriously. She plans on using her year-long title to encourage other women and girls to get involved in hunting. This came through loud and clear when The Outpost chatted with Amanda about the competition and her love for the outdoors. 18 The Outpost Why did you decide to enter the Extreme Huntress Competition Amanda Lowrey I really like their mission. It s to encourage more women to get out there and hunt in hopes that more children will get interesting in hunting and the outdoors. It s also about preserving the outdoor heritage and getting the word out there. Plus this year the competition involved having the girls get out there and hunt and shoot in order to win versus just a popularity contest as some other contests have. TO What kinds of skill-tests did you have to complete Amanda Part of it involved getting publicity for our efforts. We had to get newspaper magazines and website to cover our contest. When we got to Texas for the outdoor part of the contest we had a list of 12 different animals that we had to hunt. We had to compete in skeet shooting shooting moving targets long-range shooting we ran a biathlon (running and shooting) and every minute we were out there we were being judged and followed around by cameras. They were pretty critical of everything we did. It was a little intimidating TO So with all of the cameras rolling did you learn anything about the way you shoot or react to stress Amanda I did. I learned a lot about myself out there. The first day was a little intimidating and nerve-wracking and in the first competition my rifle misfired. So I was kind of a nervous wreck but after that we just had a lot of fun. Hunting is something I love so it s kind of my comfort zone. TO What was your favorite outdoor skill test Amanda Besides the hunting I really enjoyed the biathlon. That was a blast for me It was really hot and miserable but it was more of self-challenge than anything. It was awesome. TO What types of outdoor sports do you enjoy doing Amanda When we re not hunting we have a bunch of horses so we compete in cowboy-mounted shootings. Most of the time though we spend out in the woods hunting fishing or camping and that takes up most of our time. We also help out with the rodeos here and spend a lot of time on our horses. TO What are the duties and perks of being the Extreme Huntress Amanda The biggest thing is it gives you a platform to share with other women the message to get out there and try it to be a rolemodel. I have a lot of public-speaking plans for this year. As part of the contest I get to go on a hunt of a lifetime which will be filmed for TV. So that s my personal perk from it. TO So you speak with civic groups and schools Amanda Yes. We re doing some youth camps up here both in Idaho and Montana with a big variety of events including archery and other skill training for kids. TO Do you have children Amanda Yes I do. Two girls ages 4 and 5 years. They were cool little cheerleaders. They were excited for mom to win. TO The fastest growing group of hunters is women. Why do you think this is happening Amanda It s always been a male-dominated sport and girls are just starting to realize that they can do it too. They can provide for the families too. There are more women in the workforce and not only is it rewarding from a provisioning standpoint but it s also rewarding to just get out there and do it. Then you have other things such as (the movie) The Hunger Games and that inspires women to do archery. I m still pretty young but it s been so exciting to see how many women are getting involved in the sport. When I first started hunting there were no other girls except my mom who hunted. It s cool to see how many of my friends want to be involved. It s awesome. TO What s next for you Amanda I ve got a couple of guest-episodes for TV shows in the works and I got some seminars planned. We ve started our own business called ICan Outdoors and this includes youth camps ministries in Idaho where we try to get kids interested in hunting incorporating Hunter s Ed and archery. This contest has opened so many doors and I can t tell you all of the things I m going to be doing. I will however be staying involved in the hunting industry and do whatever I can for as long as I can. TO What advice would you give a young woman who s thinking about taking up the sport of hunting Amanda Be confident in yourself. Don t be afraid to try something new and don t be afraid to reach out to people to help you even people who might be considered celebrities in the hunting world. You ll find that they ll be willing to help. Get out there and try it THE OUTPOST TALKIN TURKEY TransplanTing Wild Turkeys NAtioNAL WiLd turkEy FEdErAtioN LEAdS by ExAmPLE There will be some new feathered friends in East Texas thanks to the efforts of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Eastern wild turkeys from Alabama Missouri Kansas South Carolina Tennessee and West Virginia will moved to Texas over the next few weeks in hopes of building the turkey populations in the area. It s all part of the NWTF s national initiative called Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. A NEW HomE For tHESE birdS We have three sites a Wildlife Management Area private property and a mine site where we plan on releasing the birds said TPWD Upland Game Bird Specialist Jason Hardin. We plan to release the birds in northwest Anderson County and central Rusk County near the town of Henderson. It s the same old story Hardin said. The birds were essentially wiped out by subsistence and market hunting along with extensive habitat loss in the later parts of the 19th century but with the help of the NWTF we have been able to bring the birds back all across the country. Although more than 50 counties in east Texas were stocked during the 1980s and 1990s only 28 counties are open for turkey hunting today. So we had to start looking at why we were not as successful in keeping the Eastern wild turkey population flourishing as other states in its historic range. GrEAt Work by tHE NAtioNAL WiLd turkEy FEdErAtioN The NWTF s Texas State Chapter is playing a significant role in footing the bill for transferring the birds. The NWTF and the Making Tracks program has really helped us through the years Hardin said. NWTF Regional Biologist Scotty Parsons is always with us when we evaluate habitat sites and the Texas State Chapter is covering a significant portion of the cost of transporting the birds. Help with the gas bills and plane tickets have been a real boost. We couldn t do what we do without NWTF volunteers and employees. Hopefully one of these days we ll have enough birds so we will not need to rely on other states for our Eastern wild turkey restoration efforts. This restoration effort in Texas is unique said NWTF Assistant Vice President for Conservation Programs Tom Hughes. It s an area where we helped with trap and transfer work in places years ago. Maybe there was a change in the habitat you had less prescribed fire than was needed too much rain or not enough. Whatever the reason we are going back to the area and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is really committed to getting it right this time. Hughes says it s an unusual circumstance in Texas since most wild turkey populations did well following earlier trap and transfer efforts. This one did too for a while said Hughes. But from our standpoint we are still committed to making sure turkeys have the best chance they can for survival. We are still practicing what we preach and have been since 1973. A PubLic PrivAtE PArtNErSHiP The Outpost Magazine endorses this public private partnership for conservation. You can learn more about the NWTF s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative at SPRING TURKEY SEASON IS ALMOST HERE HOW TO GET A COUPLE OF THESE WILY BIRDS BACK TO YOUR TABLE. Having just shivered through one of the toughest winters in many years most of us find it hard to believe we will soon be sitting up against a tree face painted in the camo hues of spring and waiting for a giant turkey to respond to our call. However you can believe it This winter is about to go back to wherever the heck it came from and we re going to be able to get back in the field and enjoy the adrenaline rush of spring turkey season. Before you get out the spring camo and turkey calls we ve a got a few tips to pass along to make your hunt outstanding. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 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. 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. THE OUTPOST TALKIN TURKEY 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. 25 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 greenpurple color. They are often found in scrub patches of palmetto and occasionally near swamps where amphibian prey is abundant. 26 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. 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. SOUTH MEXICAN WILD TURKEY 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 wellto-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. 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 greenishgold. 27 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 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 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. 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 12guage 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. 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. 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. RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS The Three Amigos No Longer Under Federal Government Control Wildlife experts say the population of three exotic antelope species will increase because federal intervention is being removed. While it seems counterintuitive to those who don t hunt the case of the Three Amigos is strong evidence that removing the Endangered Species protections from a group of animals can have the effect of increasing not decreasing their numbers. In mid-January President Obama has signed into law the 2014 Omnibus Bill which includes a Dallas Safari Club (DSC)-backed provision to ensure the future of three antelope species nearly extinct in their native countries but flourishing on ranches in Texas. WHO ARE THESE THREE AMIGOS The Three Amigos provision for which DSC has lobbied over the past several years exempts U.S. populations of scimitar horned oryx Dama gazelle and addax from Endangered Species Act protections. The exemptions clear the way for ranchers to maintain herds of these exotic game animals and to offer hunts without federal intervention. The revenue from hunting these species of antelope provides a powerful incentive for ranchers to ensure that their populations will continue to thrive. Author of the provision Rep. John Carter from Round Rock Texas said This legislation gets big government out of the way so that ranchers can begin working to bring these rare antelope populations back to former levels. This has been a long time in coming but we got it done. Photo by Texas Hunt Lodge A BRIEF HISTORY The antelope were exempt from the Endangered Species Act from 2005 until 2012. During that time populations experienced dramatic growth in the U.S. However the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to remove the exemptions due to legal action that prompted Photo by Texas Hunt Lodge Another supporter of this provision was Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas Texas. He noted I m pleased that the House and Senate were able to reach an agreement that allows American sportsmen to continue conserving the Three Amigos. Despite the onerous and unnecessary federal regulations that have recently threatened the ongoing work to preserve the existence of these endangered antelope this Omnibus Bill takes important steps to protect the Three Amigos and preserve a rich sporting heritage. Photo by Texas Hunt Lodge a cumbersome and lengthy permitting process all of which led to a dramatic population decreases. For example scimitar horned oryx numbers in Texas are now at nearly half of 2010 levels. Organizations partnering with DSC on this legislation include the Exotic Wildlife Association Congressional Sportsmen s Foundation National Rifle Association Safari Club International and North American Deer Farmer s Association. DSC s Washington representative Glenn LeMunyon and EWA s Liz Williams and John Blount also played vital roles in the process. 33 south african safari hunting What Will Cause Wild Game Populations in Africa to Flourish 34 As the owner of South Africabased Likhulu Safaris and skilled big-game hunter Matt van Vurren doesn t have to wonder what it would be like. He lives it every day. Matt is one of the most articulate spokesmen for the conservational benefits of hunting we ve ever met. He s had first-hand experience in how countries such as South Africa manage wildlife by encouraging legal hunting. In the process the wildlife population has flourished in these countries. It s simple. When the wild game is valuable landowners protect and encourage it. When he visits the United States several months out of the year you can usually find Matt at Burnt Pine Plantation about 2-hours from Atlanta Georgia. Some members of the Outpost team were lucky enough to get to know him during a quail hunt in 2012 and we ve have been looking forward to sharing some of his insights about hunting in Africa. The opportunity presented itself recently and here s some of the conversation we shared. A CANDID CONVERSATION WITH MATT VAN VURREN OWNER OF LIKHULU SAFARIS LEGAL HUNTING About the closest anyone of us ever gets to a hunting safari in Africa is by thumbing through old National Geographic magazines or seeing those cool black and white photos of Teddy Roosevelt on one of his safaris around the turn of the 20th century. Stories about countries such as South Africa or Zimbabwe and the amazing diversity of habitats and wild game found here can lead a hunter with a decent imagination to sit back and wonder what it would be like to be stealthily pursuing this game in deepest darkest Africa. The Outpost Where do you conduct your hunts Matt van Vurren All over South Africa Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It all depends what type of trophies we are after. Terrain varies from rolling grass hills (similar to North Dakota) to flat bush country (very similar to Texas) in the Northern Parts of South Africa in the Limpopo Province or Kwa-Zulu Natal Province to the mountains in the Eastern Cape. Our main lodge is situated in the Free State Province and is about 2 hour s drive south of Johannesburg South Africa. The terrain is rolling grass hills and very little trees as the altitude is about 6000 feet above sea level. In Mozambique where we concentrate on animals like buffalo and sable the area is very flat and a lot of swampy areas. WE HUNT EVERYTHING FROM THE MIGHTY AFRICAN ELEPHANT TO THE SMALL STEENBOK. TO What type of game do you hunt Matt We hunt everything from the mighty African elephant to the small Steenbok. The type of species we hunt will again depend on what type of animals trophy the clients have on their wish list . We have hunting areas all over South Africa and neighboring countries and have access to over 50 species of game we can hunt in South Africa alone. We also do bird hunting which includes upland waterfowl and doves pigeons. TO What s a typical hunt day look like on a Likhulu Safari Matt A typical day starts off with a knock on your door before sunrise. We all get together for a light breakfast of toast yogurt cereal fruits and coffee and discuss the day s plan. If we need to travel a good bit that day for a certain trophy we might not have in our area we will get up earlier to get there in time. Let s say we hunt in the Free State Province at my main lodge for a trophy Common Blesbuck (a type of antelope) we will after breakfast get on the vehicles and drive around. We do a lot of spot and stalk hunting. Once we have seen a trophy we like we will have to check the wind direction and try to get a good stalk in. Shots can vary from 50-350 yards and longer but we try and get clients as close as possible and as comfortable as possible before taking the shot. Keep in mind that should you wound an animal in Southern Africa and you cannot find it you still have to pay it in full. Therefore we will try and get the clients as close as possible to the animal. Once the animal is down we will get it cleaned up and prep the area to take photos of the client and his trophy. After that the animal will get loaded and we will head to the skinning shed where the skinners will skin the animal according to the clients need. Needless to say if we don t get an animal s before lunch we will head back to the lodge for a well prepared meal and will head back out in the afternoon for a second attempt at a trophy animal. If we are a good ways from the lodge we will pack a field lunch or even prepare a field lunch at a nice scenic spot and relax for an hour or two after lunch before heading out again. TO Some people think the populations of some animals of Africa are too low. Is this true Matt South Africa s wildlife and conservation success story is unparalleled anywhere in the world. The safari hunting industry played a pivotal role in this since day one and will continue to do so indefinitely In 1964 we had approximately 575 000 wild game animals countrywide. During the 1960 s safari hunting and game ranching were mere fledglings in South Africa but the fact of the matter is that hunting started to place a value on wildlife and wild areas creating a direct incentive to purchase own protect and conserve it. It had become a viable investment. As the safari hunting industry began to grow and with it the demand for South Africa as a destination more and more land was converted from agriculture to wildlife. TO Are there any endangered species or other animals that you don t hunt Matt There are a few animals we don t hunt as we will not get an export permit for them. Some of the endangered species for example say a Honey Badger you can apply for permits for it well in advance to be able to legally hunt it and export it to the country of choice. TO What types of guns are used for the various game Matt We always tell people to bring the rifle with which he she is most comfortable. Knowing your rifle is very important along with knowledge of the correct SHOT PLACEMENT. Unlike hunting a white tail deer here in the States where you are aiming the shoot behind the shoulder we prefer guys to shoot ON the shoulder in South Africa. The vitals in most of our game are situated a little more forward than North American game. It is also a very safe shot meaning your margin of error is a bit more forgiving. If you aim for an animal on the shoulder your target on a mid-size animal is almost 12-inches in diameter so shooting a little high low left or right will put your bullet in the vitals but if you shoot behind the shoulder too low or high it might put your shot in the guts. Again if you wound an animal in Africa you will have to pay for it. Some of the most popular calibers for African hunts are a 270 7mm 30-06 308 300 for your normal plains game species. When hunting Dangerous Game the 375 H&H and 416 Rigby or Remington are very popular choices. By law you must use a 375 or Bigger on Dangerous Game animals like a hippo or buffalo. Today we can boast a wildlife population of close to 19 million head of game. Some species such as white rhino (of which there are currently more than 5 000 on private land) black wildebeest (also called gnu a type of antelope) and bontebok (another type of antelope) were brought back from the brink of extinction. Our sable and roan populations are again healthy and growing and are mostly found on private land today. Species are constantly being re-introduced into areas where they had become locally extinct. There are currently more than 10 000 privately owned game ranches in South Africa predominantly in marginal agricultural areas covering an estimated 20.5 million hectares of land. To put it into perspective private enterprise owns three times more land managed under hugely successful and effective conservation programs than all the state-owned parks and reserves combined. The wildlife industry as a whole which includes professional hunting contributes approximately R8 billion to South Africa s economy each year. This is more than the income derived from sugar cane dairy and many other major agricultural commodities and we believe that this figure is understated. Today we have more international hunting tourists travelling to South Africa each year than any other country on the continent. The South African conservation success story is based on the sound princi- ple of sustainable utilization of which responsible hunting forms a major part. A simple comparison is Kenya a country that has lost 85% of its wildlife since terminating all hunting in the late 1970 s. TO What s your favorite game to hunt Matt Each hunt is different than the previous one in terms of terrain hunting conditions and the client objectives. This makes every hunt unique. I have to say Waterbuck has got to be one of my favorite animals to hunt. I have a soft spot for them as these where one of my first ever charges I experienced when I started as a Professional Hunter in 1999. It was late afternoon and all we saw was the white ring on the butt of the Waterbuck and seeing that this was a really good trophy I told the client to go for the good old Texas Heart Shot. He did but he missed the heart and as the Waterbuck ran away the impact of the bullet and his running away broke his spine. As we tracked it we came around a bush and there this bull and he was not happy with us. He charged us with broken back and all dragging his hind legs. The client got such a scare he dropped his gun and ran away. We had a good laugh afterwards though. Buffalo hunting is probably top of my list too. The fear factor that goes with hunting Buffalo you cannot describe it to anyone. You have to experience it for yourself TO Recently the Dallas Safari Club held an auction for the rights to hunt a black rhino in Namibia. The animal is too old to procreate and the funds are said to go to the preservation of the other endangered black rhinos. However the man who paid 350 000 for the right to hunt this rhino is being vilified in the press. What do you think of this auction process Is this a good idea for herd thinning or is there another way to do this Matt I believe what they did was the right thing. It did draw the attention of the non-hunting community but it also raised the awareness of how well the Black Rhino populations are doing especially in Namibia and South Africa. Again if it were not for hunting these magnificent creatures would have been extinct a long time ago. All of the money raised on the auction for this black rhino hunt I believe will be ploughed back into educating people about them used for gear against poaching and then also to require a new younger bull for breeding purposes and genetics. At the end of the day does it not make more sense to hunt the animal in question as humanly as possible or let it die from age or hunger or worse be shot by poachers just for the horn. If that was the case NOBODY would have benefitted from this. TO Do your hunts go on year-round or do you limit them to a certain time of the year http watch v PmOjMOXtVfY&sns em THE OUTPOST SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI Matt Most hunting is done from March 1st November 30th. I would say the primary hunting time in South Africa is probably from May 1st to end of August as these are our winter months. We do however hunt year round. Bird hunting season is also during the winter months although in the Free State Province we can hunt dove pigeon year round. Mid-high summer is from November End February and it can become hot and we do get most of our rain in the summer time but that all being said we can hunt 365 days a year in South Africa. We can plan a Safari according to everyone s needs budget or dates they have available. TO How can someone join you on one of your Likhulu hunts Matt They can contact me via e-mail at info or visit my website We also have a Facebook page with daily updates and specials. I will be in the States until March the 26th and can be reached on my USA Cell which is 678-332-7286. What one has not experienced one will never understand in print. Isadora Duncan P.o. box 983 reitz 9810 Free State Province South Africa matt 27(0) 72 540 0057 Jacklyne 27(0) 82 091 5903 Fax 27(0) 86 538 3660 info likhulusafaris Winter is a Great time to Go Four-WheelinG Four-wheeling in the winter has its own set of challenges and rewards. You might use yours to gather firewood. In some parts of North America there s still hunting going on and there s always fishing and there s no better way to get there than with a four-wheeler. However there are some rules of the off-road too. Here are some to remember. No matter how tough you are accidents happen and your mama was right It s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye You never know when a stump or rock will catch the front wheel and send you sprawling. This is why you need to always wear the following Helmet Eye-protecting goggles Long pants Long sleeve shirts Gloves Jacket Heavy boots Rule 2 Duck and goose hunting is still in full swing in some southern areas and your four-wheeler is the good way to haul the decoys into the field. If possible bring along a camo net or covering to cover the vehicle. Rule 3 Enjoy the trip. Sure it s probably cold. Hey it s winter However with your four-wheeler you can get far from civilization turn off the motor and listen to the quiet. Here are some additional tips from the folks that make Yamaha four-wheelers. Rule 1 If you re ice fishing don t ride your fourwheeler out onto the ice. Park at the available access area and haul your gear in on a sled by foot. Ice conditions vary widely and if your vehicle cracks through there goes your investment and you ride back to the truck THE OUTPOST HUNTING CHUKAR Hunting CHukar in tHe Winter Be prepared for some steep slopes February is not exactly known as primetime for bird hunting. However if you re looking to bring back a few chukar partridges to the table this is the perfect time. If you ve ever eaten chukar you know it s some of the tastiest meat on the planet rivaling and some think surpassing pheasant. One of the best places to find chukar Utah also happens to be one of the most beautiful areas of North America. Wildlife experts at the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) in Utah say that during this time of year chukar stay in a smaller area making them easier to target. Once the snow starts to fall the birds concentrate in smaller areas and this makes it easier to find coveys of birds. Because chukars live in some of Utah s driest areas there s not as much of a chance of getting stuck in the snow or needed to hike through the state s legendary snow. The colder weather also makes hiking less strenuous. Plus the rattlesnakes are hibernating so there s less chance of accidentally stepping on one. The Utah DWR says that the number of birds is higher this year than it has been in previous years with hunters seeing more chukar later in the season than earlier. While chukars aren t abundant everywhere good pockets of birds are found in chukar habitat throughout the state. Some of the best areas are in the western half of Utah. THREE TIpS FOR WInTER CHUkAR HUnTInG 1 Find the right hunting spot Jason Robinson of the Utah DWR notes that chukars need three things cliffs for roosting shrubby cover near the cliffs and grasses to eat. Find these and you re likely to find chukar. In Utah this habitat is usually found just below the ridgelines at about 4 000 to 6 000 feet in elevation. Because of the cliff this habitat is also very steep. To conserve energy at this height it s recommended that hunters hike up the ridgeline and walk along the ridgeline. When possible coveys are suspected they should walk down from the ridge. Chukars run uphill to escape hunters and they tend to flush downhill when spooked. Because of this Robinson says getting above the birds will give you a big advantage. He notes that a lot of walking is involved but it s a great way to stay in shape through the winter. There s some good news here too. You can sleep in. It s suggested that hunters wait until mid-morning before heading out. This gives the sun time to soften and melt the snow on the ground and make navigating the steep habitat easier. 2 Focus on Food Unlike upland birds such as doves chukars are not limited to pockets of tree stands. They re feeding habitat is wide-ranging. In the winter the best place to find chukar partridges is on south-facing slopes. The snow on these slopes melts faster and this lets some grasses green for the birds to eat. The fact that the north slopes are covered with snow cuts the places where these birds are found by half. At the beginning of the season the chukars spent most of their time hiding from migrating raptors. However at this time of the season these predators have moved on to other areas and like Southwest Airlines the chukars are free to move about the country. 3 Use the Right Gear Because of the extreme weather and terrain hunting chukars in the winter requires good boots. It s important that one s boots provide good traction and ankle support. Otherwise those steep slopes will be taking their toll. It s also recommended that hunters wear clothes in layers. If the hunter gets hot on the hike layers can be removed and if the hike brings him her to a cold and windy ridgeline the layer removed is available to put back on. It s not likely a hunter will get in close to take a shot on these birds. Since long-range shots will be necessary the type of shotgun suggested is a 12 to 28 gauge using 4 to 5 shot. Bringing along a trained dog is also a great idea for hunting chukars. They can help locate the birds and if one is downed retrieve it. This will save the hunter the chore of hiking down the slope to find the birds. A great resource for hunting chukar in Utah is found at guidebooks When you prepare for the cold weather higher altitude and hiking steep slopes hunting chukar can be a blast. If you hunt in Utah you will also likely be in the general proximity of skiing so you can combine two sports in one trip. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.GUNDOGBROKER.COM CHUKAR One of the most delicious of the game birds is chukar and they deserve a great recipe to prepare them. Here s one that requires some time (8 hours in brine) but well worth the effort. Like chicken chukars can get dry in a hurry. That s why we suggest brining the birds overnight before roasting. This sauce is apple-based and you make the sauce at the end while the chukars are resting so have everything ready to go before you get to that point. Serve this with polenta or mashed potatoes. Want more recipes like these Check out our Grill Your Kill tab at This serves 2. (It can be doubled) Prep Time 9 hours Cook Time 45 minutes 2 chukars partridges or Cornish game hens Kosher salt Celery stalks BRINE 1 4 cup kosher salt 4 cups hot tap water 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 cloves 1 small sprig of rosemary 5 sage leaves chopped Juice and zest from a lemon or lime SAUCE 1 minced shallot 2 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons demi-glace 3 tablespoons Calvados or other apple brandy 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 4 teaspoon cinnamon Pinch of salt Preparation 1. Get water as hot as it ll go and pour 4 cups of it over the remaining brine ingredients. Let cool to room temperature. Submerge the birds in the brine cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. 2. Remove the partridges and pat them dry. Let them sit out at room temperature for 20 minutes while you preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 3. Stick a quarter of a lemon -- you can use the lemon from the brine -- into each bird. Lightly salt the birds they ll already be a little salty from the brine so don t go overboard. 4. Get a cast-iron pan or other oven-proof pan and lay down the celery stalks -- these are to keep the partridges up off the bottom of the pan. Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Check for doneness with a thermometer. You want it to be about 155 degrees. 5. Remove the birds tent the loosely with foil to rest then put the pan on the stove. Turn the heat on to medium and remove the celery. 6. Melt the butter in the pan and saut the shallots until they begin to brown. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Cook down by half and turn off the heat. 7. Serve the sauce over mashed potatoes or polenta and under the chukars. SAGE hEn & chukAr kABOBS WITh chIPOTLE BBQ SAucE InGREDIEnTS 6 strips bacon 2 Sage hen breasts 6 Chukar breasts Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki marinade Grill Mates Peppercorn & Garlic Marinade 1 2 cup plain barbecue sauce 1 2 lemon 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons chopped chipotles in adobo sauce 1 2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Freshly ground pepper DIRECTIOnS 1. Cut sage hen breasts into 1 inch pieces put in Ziploc bag and add cup Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki marinade. Marinate for 1 hour. 2. Cut chukar breasts into large enough pieces for skewers. Season chukar with a very light amount of Grill Mates Peppercorn & Garlic Marinade seasoning rub. 3. Soak 8 bamboo skewers in water for about 20 minutes to keep them from burning on the grill or under the broiler. 4. Mix the barbecue sauce lemon juice mustard chipotles red pepper flakes cayenne pepper and 1 4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper in a bowl. Set aside half of the sauce for dipping. 5. Cut 6 slices of bacon into 1 inch pieces. 6. Skewer sage hen pieces onto two skewers adding a piece of bacon into between each piece. Do the same with the chukar. 7. Heat BBQ to high and be sure that it s good and hot. Place skewers on tinfoil or direct on barbeque. Cook 3-5 minutes turning the meat to ensure that the bacon is thoroughly cooked. Do not overcook the tender meat. Remove from heat and serve with the Recipe from R T GE A 52 Nikon Introduces Two New Compact Models to Monarch 7 Binoculars OU TP OS Everyone from hunters to bird-watchers recognize the MONARCH 7 as one of the best binoculars in the world. Now the company is adding two scaled-down models to the prestigious MONARCH 7 product line available in 8x30 and 10x30. These two new 30mm objective lens MONARCH 7 models feature a compact new body design both measuring 4.7 inches long and 4.8 inches wide. Each are made from fiberglass reinforced polycarbonate resin and fitted with rubber armoring making them rugged enough to take just about anywhere. Plus these new 30mm models weigh just over 15 ounces and offer an incredibly wide field of view of 435 feet at 1 000 yards for the 8x30 model and 351 feet for the 10x30 model. As with all of Nikon s MONARCH 7 binoculars the new 30mm models feature ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass to compensate for chromatic aberration and dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coatings to provide users with brighter images and colors by ensuring superior transmittance uniformity across the visible range. All MONARCH 7 binoculars also feature fully multicoated lenses and prisms for brighter images. The roof prisms are also phase-correction-coated offering an even higher resolution more true color rendition and contrast. The new 30mm MONARCH 7 models feature more than 15mm of eye relief to ensure a clear field of view for all users even those wearing glasses as well as multi-click turn-and-slide rubber eyecups to easily find correct eye point. These optics are waterproof and fog-proof. For more information on Nikon s full line of riflescopes binoculars fieldscopes and laser rangefinders visit the Nikon Sports Optics website If you d like to win great gear like this keep watching The Outpost Facebook page for more details. Just LIKE the page and watch for the contest. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM T OS TP OU A New Jig to Rig Slo-Poke Wide-GapPanfishJig The Slo-Poke family of lures has a new member. The Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish Jig is designed by the Bait Rigs Tackle company for superior hook sets using live bait or plastics. A GE R This jig weighs 3 64 oz. and is the perfect in-between size jig. It features a larger wide-gap 4 Mustad hook that produces solid hook sets on Slab Crappies hard-mouthed jumbo perch and other large panfish. This Slo-Poke Wide-Gap also makes a good finesse jig for smaller presentations to Walleye and small-mouth bass. The company notes that the Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish jig can be rigged with larger offerings of live bait and plastics than traditional panfish jigs. It s the perfect jig for the 1 to 2 PowerBait and Gulp series baits which tend to over-power traditional small hook panfish jigs the company says. The innovation of this new jig is its weight-centered construction. This allows the jig to fall slowly and horizontally not head first. This makes it the perfect slow-fall swim jig which is skinny in the weeds and stays in the strike zone longer. This design also produces a more natural swimming action making it easier for fish to inhale the bait. The Slo-Poke Wide-Gap Panfish Jig is available in 3 64oz in nine colors including Glow-in-the-dark 2-tones that glow in color for periods up to 3 hours on a single charge. For more information on this new jig click on the Bait Rigs Tackle website If you d like to win great gear like this keep watching The Outpost Facebook page for more details. Just LIKE the page and watch for the contest. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 53 R OU TP OS The details have not been forgotten. The Switchback has elasticized cuffs on wrists an adjustable draw cord waist that cinches to keep the snow out when low-crawling to get closer and storm flaps on both hood and pockets for full featured foul weather protection. Aside from virtual infield invisibility scent control is also important to avoid detection during spot and stalk and ambush situations or when calling predators in close enough to kill. ScentBlocker adds proven S3 Silver Anti-Microbial to prevent the formation of odor causing bacteria. This new Switchback features the highest quality YKK zippers the jacket offers an attached crown hood with side adjustment points and the bib features adjustable shoulder straps with quick release buckles for a perfectly comfortable fit. Gaining access to interior pockets and getting boots on and off are not a problem either with 2 side slash pockets with zipper closure and 24 leg zippers all with storm flaps. The Scentblocker Switchback is made by Robinson Outdoor Products whose mission is to improve the hunter s experience by innovation. For more information about Robinson Outdoor Products visit their website If you d like to win great gear like this keep watching The Outpost Facebook page for more details. Just LIKE the page and watch for the contest. T A hunter can wear the soft and super quiet brushed face with high definition RealTree XtraTM on the outside for cooler dry hunts earlier in the season. When things get nasty and white Switchback can be easily reversed to expose its Sherpa Fleece AP Snow camo. 54 GE A Two for the Price of One Scentblocker Switchback Most hunters like having lots of options. If you can get two suits out of one garment that s a least twice as good as one suit. With the new ScentBlocker Switchback it s like having two suits for the price of one. It can be Realtree AP Snow or RealTree XtraTM. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Wily Coyotes and Lone Wolves Settle Down Together HOW WILL THIS HYBRID AFFECT WILD GAME If you ve spend any time around a campfire at night you ve likely heard that unmistakable howl of a coyote in the distance. These critters found from Panama to Canada have been evolving in North America for almost 2 million years. The name coyote is borrowed from the Mexican Spanish word coyote ultimately derived from the Aztec word c yotl. In English this Spanish word translates to trickster. Lately this animal has been up to some new tricks. SAY HELLO TO THE COYWOLF For some time wildlife biologists have known that coyotes mate with wolves mostly with eastern subspecies of the grey wolf such as the Great Plans Wolf. The offspring known as a coywolf is generally intermediate in size to both parents being larger than a pure coyote but smaller than a pure wolf. A study showed that of 100 coyotes collected in Maine 22 had half or more grey wolf ancestry and one was 89% grey wolf. The large eastern coyotes in Canada are proposed to be actually hybrids of the smaller western coyotes and grey wolves that met and mated decades ago as the coyotes moved toward New England from their earlier western ranges. Wikipedia notes Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources research scientist Brent Patterson has revealed findings that most coyotes in Eastern Ontario are wolf-coyote hybrids and that the Eastern wolves in Algonquin Park are in general not interbreeding with coyotes. The red wolf is thought by some researchers to be a wolf coyote hybrid rather than a unique species. Strong evidence for hybridization was found through genetic testing which showed red wolves have only 5% of their alleles unique from either gray wolves or coyotes. Analyses of mitochondrial DNA showed the existing red wolf populations are predominantly coyote in origin. A study published in the November 2011 National Geographic noted coyote-wolf hybrids continue to expand in numbers and are now being found from Canada all the way down to Virginia. Coyotes are originally residents of middle America particularly between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River. However by the end of the 20th century the versatile animal which can eat almost anything from shoe leather to fruit had spread to nearly every corner of the United States even the metropolitan areas such as New York City. One of the researchers of the coyote-wolf hybrids is Christine Bozarth who is a former research fellow at the Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. She predicts the coyote is one of the animals that will be left at the end like the cockroaches raccoons and rabbits. CHANGING THE ECOSYSTEM Anyone concerned about the natural habitat for wild game especially deer hunters wonder about the ramifications of this coyote-wolf hybrid. Scientists have not yet studied the behavior of this hybrid species to see if they are killing larger wildlife or changing the ecosystem. However scientists such as Bozarth have noticed that the East Coast hybrids are noticeably larger with more wolf-like skulls jaws and teeth. Given these changes Dr.Bozarth thinks these coyote-wolf hybrid animals should be able to do things like take down deer which a little scrappy (need we add wily ) coyote would not be able to do on its own. Other research has shown that the Eastern hybrids consume deer for almost one-third of their diet. This is a much higher proportion than the Western states. Whether these coywolves will have the same disastrous effect that feral hogs have had on wild game habitat and agriculture or their population will remain stable remains to be seen. However scientists who are studying them all agree they are here to stay. 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 ARE YOU READY TO BIKE BIG BEND If you hurry you still have time to enter one of the most interesting bike fests in the country. The fourth annual Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest will be held on February 13th 15th and it s the perfect way to get out of the winter doldrums. The good news better news about this event is its location. It s in the middle of the least populated part of Texas a few miles from Big Bend National Park and not too far from one of the coolest towns in the state Marfa. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will partner with Terlingua-based outfitter Desert Sports to produce fest as a fundraiser for the Big Bend Trails Alliance. Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa will again host the event with camping available at the resort s Maverick Ranch RV Park. The 2013 festival drew about 400 riders from around the world. With more than 200 miles of multiuse and singletrack trails including the only International Mountain Bicycling Association Epic trail in Texas Big Bend Ranch State Park has become a world-class mountain biking destination. The Epic trail which can be extended from 54 to 70 miles depending on a rider s preference is a favorite among Bike Fest riders. There is also a two-day Epic ride option with an overnight stay and meals at the Sauceda headquarters bunkhouse. However there are plenty of challenging rides for hard-core riders. In addition to the Epic trail the 30mile Rincon Loop ride with its 2.5-mile single-track segment the Chimney Rock Cutoff Trail is popular with riders. The 18-mile Contrabando Loop and single-track Dome Trail segment which also allows for a side trip to the historic Contrabando Waterhole provide quint- essential desert riding as do the single-track spurs along the main road leading into the park. Park rangers will also lead slower-paced Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem bike tours and there will be shorter rides for kids along with rides in Big Bend National Park. For more information on the ride visit the Desert Sports website at www. To learn more about the trails at Big Bend Ranch State Park visit www.tpwd.state. bigbendranch or call the park at (432) 358-4444. The park website has downloadable maps and the Big Bend Ranch Biking Guide with 26 ride descriptions including the Epic trail ride. Here s a video from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department magazine to give you an idea of the type of terrain you can expect on this bike fest. http archive 2014 jan scout2_bikefest utm_ campaign janfeb2014&ut WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE OUTPOST HUMOR - RUMORS FICTION & OUTRIGHT LIES AIRPORT SECURITY By Art Young Anyone who loves to hunt and fish has had at one time or another to get on a plane in order to get to where they hang out. It might be a trip to South Dakota for pheasant or Mexico for marlin but when the only way to get to the game is via plane we bite the bullet and head for the airport. Once there we have the pleasure of dealing with crazy people of all persuasions. This includes the people who work there. The folks who are dedicated to keeping us safe from terrorists. Being an airport security screener must be the worst job on the planet. Aside from fact that the working environment is inundated by a noxious combination of scents the stink of thousands of bare and stocking-only feet walking through the scanner the shoes and boots that had recently encased said feet suitcases with god-knows-what-all spilled inside them and the nasty trans-fat-infused fried food in a to-go bags that someone thought they needed for the hour flight to grandma s - they are constantly surrounded by terrified travelers who are anxious about making their flight. While no science can be quoted on this subject I have reams of anecdotal research that strongly suggests that a traveler s I.Q. is inversely proportional to the proximity of any commercial airport. If his I.Q. 100 at home it is reduced by 30 % when he reaches the airport parking lot. While the tickets are being purchased it goes down another 10% and when the traveler arrives at security it plummets another 20%. Thus all of the signs about having a ticket and ID ready to present and information on what items can and cannot now be taken on the plane have no effect on this ticket-toting zombie because by the time he arrives at security he is a blithering idiot When he approaches the chaos surrounding the security machines which is exacerbated by a long line of other tragic denizens this scared disoriented doofus who is a veritable accident-waiting-to-happen now becomes the business challenge of the ill-trained former security guard (who likely could not pass the test to become a police officer) airport security professional. What could go wrong here Nothing much except for the fact that these security men and women have the responsibility to ferreting out guns knives bombs and other weapons of mass destruction. In the midst of this challenging work environment these folks must carefully observe millions of bags suitcases purses briefcases and every other container that is being carried by the traveler some of whom are crazier than others as they pass through the scanner and show up on the monitors. Fortunately science has come to the rescue of these valiant soldiers on the front line of international terrorism. Research at Duke University has applied a little-known biological theory known as the foraging theory to help professionals such as airport security screeners and radiologists who screen for cancer do a better job. In information published by the research group in Psychological Science it was noted that in nature a foraging creature decides at some point that the patch of potential food it is currently scouring is no richer than the surrounding environment and he or she moves on to find something better. This apparently applies to humans and even airport security personnel. We tend to search for something until our experience tells us that the payoffs are declining. Anyone has decided to call it a night after sitting for hours in a Holiday Inn bar near the airport waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right to show up intuitively understands the truth of the theory of foraging. CAN T GET ENOUGH OF THE OUTPOST These researchers have found that for crucial searching jobs such as airport security and even radiologists who are screening for cancerous cells the effectiveness of screeners can be improved by making them think that there are targets to be found. In fact the article on this research notes that the Transportation Security Administration (the agency charged with airport security in the U.S.) is using a program known as threat image projection where phantom images of contraband are digitally inserted on the baggage screening monitors. It is thought that this will increase the hit rate and improve attention. (Scene An airport security gate at some big city airport somewhere in the United States) TSA Agent Gibbs Wow Did you see that baby that just went through TSA Agent Turner Oh my god That was the ugliest kid I ve ever seen Gibbs I know. Man Speaking of babes when do I get to watch the full-body scan monitor Ain t many perks in this job but... Turner Down boy Gibbs Just sayin. I haven t seen that many curves since I played baseball in high school and word got out I couldn t hit one. Turner Hey. Look at that bag. Does that look like a gun to you Gibbs Let s just see said the blind man. Yeah that LOOKS like a gun but it s probably not a gun. I think the boys upstairs are just screwin with us again with that foraging theory shit. That is definitely NOT a gun. Plus if we call it we have to search that damn bag and I don t know about you but I m getting ready for my break and a little people watching. Turner Yeah you right. I hate going through the crap that people put in their bags. A variation of the story first appeared in Cowbird magazine in 2013. cLICK HERE TO GO TO THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Please help me raise funds to film a documentary about training my horse to fish Inspired by the healing power of a river and a horse I want to help the disabled including veterans illness survivors and children use the horse as a mobile tool to fly fish. And heal. Let s get out into the back country where the REAL fish are. Come along and be part of a truly an amazing ride... can you teach a horse to fish a documentary by anne vandewalle bitethatfly THE OUTPOST FISHING THE DEAD ZONE Can Fishermen Expect Another Dead Zone This Season As we have reported in the past nitrogen and phosphorus from sewage plants urban storm water systems and agricultural operations fuels the growth of algae in waterways around the country. Algae in turn chokes out other aquatic life and can rob water of the oxygen that fish and shellfish need to survive. One of the most devastating consequences of this pollution has been the emergence of the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico - an area the size of Connecticut where algal growth has driven levels of oxygen at the sea floor so low that virtually nothing can live there. Similar issues are driving the dramatic collapse of Lake Erie and threatening other portions of the Great Lakes. The U.S. District Court in Eastern Louisiana in September ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine within six months whether to set new limits on the pollution that is fueling the dangerous algae growth choking the waters throughout the Mississippi River basin the Gulf of Mexico and waters across the country. That deadline is approaching this spring and nobody s talking at the EPA. For too long the EPA has stood on the sidelines while our nation s waters slowly choke on algae said Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Senior Attorney Ann Alexander. They have acknowledged the problem for years but could not muster the gumption to address it. The court is telling the Agency that it is time to stop hiding from the issue and make a decision already. Attorneys at the NRDC led the suit filed on behalf of several conservation groups and based on longstanding efforts by the Mississippi River Collaborative to break decades of inaction from the federal government on the issue of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. The Army Corps of Engineers monitored Kentucky s recreational lakes for harmful algae blooms for the first time this past summer and recorded excessive numbers throughout much of the summer at several lakes said Judy Petersen executive director at Kentucky Waterways Alliance. Nutrient pollution is clearly just as much of a problem in Kentucky as it is in other Mississippi River Basin states and down in the Gulf and the EPA must address it. It should be apparent that pollution limits are essential to controlling pollution said Kelly Foster senior attorney for Waterkeeper Alliance With this decision we are hopeful that the EPA will finally do what it has long known is necessary to address the Gulf Dead Zone and the staggering number of other fisheries water supplies and recreational waters decimated by nitrogen and phosphorus pollution across the nation. The suit filed a year and a half ago challenged the EPA s denial of the Mississippi River Collaborative s 2008 petition to the EPA asking it to establish quantifiable standards and cleanup plans for nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. The suit charged that the EPA had unlawfully refused to respond to the question posed to it which is whether such federal action is necessary to comply with the Clean Water Act. The court agreed with plaintiffs holding that the EPA s refusal to provide a direct answer was unlawful. This isn t just about the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico said Bradley Klein senior staff attorney for the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Algae blooms threaten the Great Lakes-and smaller waterways across the nation are being impacted by this huge problem. Hopefully the EPA will move in the right direction on this because until we deal with the sources which are sometimes thousands of miles away we cannot get to the problem. The decision does not tell the EPA how to address the problem only to make a decision on the issue. However the EPA has repeatedly acknowledged the severity of the problem and stated that federal intervention is appropriate because states are not doing enough to solve it. We are gratified that the EPA cannot duck this important decision and hope that the EPA takes quick and decisive action to control widespread nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Mississippi River said Kris Sigford water quality director at Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. In Minnesota over one-quarter of our streams and rivers are polluted by nitrogen in excess of safe drinking water standards and the trend is increasing rapidly. Depending on the response of the EPA on this issue fishermen from Minnesota to Mississippi will be dealing with the negative effects of this urban and agricultural pollution. HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN 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 WiLLiE NELSoN HEroES 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 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 Eric Church and His Game-Changer The Outsiders How do you follow a platinum CD like Chief If you re Eric Church you make an even better one. This one is called The Outsiders. I really see this album as a game-changer for us Eric Church says of his fourth album. I want people to understand that we re here and that we will be reckoned with. http watch v l5DnNxDTjbQ If advance praise is any indication his plan seems to be working. The Outsiders seems much more personal than Church s previous efforts. Perhaps this is because the collection of songs consists almost entirely of Church compositions or co-compositions and he uses musical and lyric touches that are not normally found in the country genre. In a statement from his website Church noted It was time for us to up our game. This record is what we ve been trying to do all along. We ve gotten close before but this is the first one where we ve really been able to just go for it and take it to the next level. We went into this with the feeling of You haven t really seen what we re capable of yet now we can really do some stuff. For more great music listen to The Outpost Radio at A CLOSER LOOK AT THE OUTSIDERS Music industry types from the suits to the pickers know that Eric Church s trademark is his rebellious sprit. He kicks this up a notch with The Outsiders. Instead of using the same dozen or so Nashville studio players that everybody else uses Church s long-time touring band provide forceful distinctive backup on the record. He also was smart enough to use longtime producer Jay Joyce to help bring the songs to life with a whole passel of arrangement ideas The title track is an anthem. While this is no big surprise the high-octane energy that Church employs on this tune sets the stage for the rest of the collection. The lyrics he wrote for this tune are sharp as a surgeon s scalpel and the musical hook is a knock-out punch. The fact that this stadium rocker is followed by the spare emotional cut entitled A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young which features Church s subtle guitar work is no coincidence. This CD is a prototype of sonic balance. There are a slew of great songs on The Outsiders. Current Church fans will dig the rockin tongue-in-cheek Cold One and the groove-intensive Roller Coaster Ride and Broke Record. Talladega and Give Me Back My Hometown sound like they are both intensely personal and expressive of the artist s life up to now. Like A Wrecking Ball That s Damn Rock & Roll and the story-song The Joint all reinforce the badass attitude that Eric Church exudes. THAT S TOO WEIRD Church noted in an interview about the CD There wasn t one time during the making of this record where I or Jay or anyone else said We can t do that that s too weird. We looked at it like How can we make this song cool how can we push it to become what it needs to be RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTpOSTLIFE.COM 66 It s fairly obvious why Church chose this title. One of CD s recurring lyrical motifs is Outsiders. It s outsiders plural because it s not just about me Church notes. If you look at the cover art it s me and my band. And in the video we re coming through the gates and the fans are coming through behind us. Those people that have always been a part of this journey and this is where we all get to stand up and say We re here now. You could close the doors on us and brush us off before but now we re coming through. I ve always felt like an outsider and I still feel that way Church confides. That feeling is something that you never lose no matter how much acceptance you get. When you ve been burned enough you carry that feeling with you and it becomes a part of you. That chip on your shoulder becomes a source of strength and it drives you to push forward. It s an interesting time in country music--maybe in all music--because everything s up in the air and all the genre barriers are breaking down he says. With satellite radio social media and the way people consume music now people have access to every kind of music and you just don t run into people now who only listen to one kind of music. People are smart enough to discern what s good and if the music makes them feel something then they ll respond. http watch v yLfsLx04GjE TROMBONE SHORTY S LATEST IS SUPAFUNKROCK When was the last time a musician who played the trombone was considered cool It s been a while. Most likely you d have to go back to your grandparents or great grandparent s time when a guy named Glenn Miller trombonist and band leader had a bunch of hits like String of Pearls In the Mood and Chattanooga Choo Choo. For some reason the trombone is one of those instruments that doesn t have a cool factor. Unless of course it s being played by Trombone Shorty. THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT Troy Andrews aka Trombone Shorty is a 28 year old musical phenomenon. Some of this musical talent is due to genetics. His brother is well-known New Orleans-based trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews and his grandfather is singer-songwriter Jessie Hill who had a monster hit in the 60s Ooh Poo Pa Doo. Andres literally grew up with the music of New Orleans and he s now taking it modified by his own musical sensibilities to the world. His latest CD Say This to Say That is his best yet and it guarantees that the music of Troy Andrews will further enhance the musical legacy of the Crescent City. As has been noted on his heavily visited website and Amazon store Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews is a rare artist who can draw both the unqualified respect of jazz legends and deliver a high-energy rock show capable of mesmerizing international rock stars and audiences alike. With such an unprecedented mix of rock funk jazz hip-hop and soul he had to create his own name to describe his signature sound Supafunkrock Andrews is the kind of player who comes along maybe once in a generation. The gumbo that is Supafunkrock is clearly evident on Say This to Say That. THERE S NO SHORTAGE OF MUSICAL STYLES In a stroke of genius Verve Records paired Trombone Shorty with producer Raphael Saadiq for this collection of songs. Saadiq has two of the best ears in the business and had helmed seminal albums for the likes of D Angelo Mary J. Blige and John Legend. This CD will no doubt be considered another tour de force for him mainly because it lets Shorty be Shorty Recorded in Los Angeles and his native New Orleans the album includes nine new original tracks and collaboration with the original line-up of the Meters made up the first family of New Orleans the Neville Brothers recording together for the first time since they broke up in 1977 on a new version of their song Be My Lady. The track also features New Orleans legend and Neville Brother Cyril Neville. Other tracks are performed by Shorty s long time band Orleans Avenue as well as some tracks featuring Saadiq himself. The CD has a mixture of rock tracks as in Say That To Say This You And I (Outta This Place) Get The Picture and Fire And Brimstone more jazzy tracks in Vieux Carre Be My Lady Sunshine and the closing track Shortyville and some R&B cuts in the form of Long Weekend & Dream On . SOME FANS FEEL SHORTED As could be predicted not everyone loves this CD. Those who followed Andrews when he worked in Lenny Kravitz s band have opined that there s not enough rock in this collection. The hardcore R&B folks wanted more...wait for it...R&B. The Jazz crowd were expecting more jazz on it. What this says is a wide range of music aficionados feel strongly that Trombone Shorty s music is their music... not his. On one level this is the most sincere form of flattery. On the other hand as Dylan proved when he went from acoustic to electric brilliant artists evolve and for those who keep an open mind wonderful things can follow. Check out Shorty in the photo to the left. He has been entertaining folks almost since he has been able to walk. 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 FIVE TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR BOAT IS SAFE FROM WINTER WEATHER Plus 10 items you may not even know you need This has been a tough winter and it s not over yet. Record low temperatures snow and ice can make your life miserable and worse they can wreak havoc on your boat. Now might be a good time to check on a boat that has been in winter storage. The Boat Owners Association of the U.S. (BoatUS) has five tips to ensure you boat is safe from old man winter. 1 CheCk The wATerline If your boat is stored in the water over the winter check to see that all of the above-water thru-hulls are still above the waterline. The folks at BoatUS note the weight of snow and ice can submerge above-waterline thru-hulls including the exhaust in inboard boats. If you notice your boat is sitting lower in the water start shoveling. It s best to use plastic shovels or brooms. This is also a good opportunity to check the bubbler system. 2 hAs iT shifTed For boats stored on trailers jackstands or cradles check to make sure the boat has shifted. BoatUS says boats on stands cradles should be level while those on trailers should be slightly bow up. Boats that are longer than 26 feet should have a least three jackstands per side with plywood under each if the boat is on dirt or gravel. 3 CheCk The COver It s not a good idea to store a boat outside without a cover. Plus you should never tie a tarp to a jackstand because strong winter winds can blow underneath the cover and yank the stand out. However tying off the tarp to a trailer frame is safe. A poorly fitted cover can sag allowing large amounts of water to pool freeze and thereby adding considerable weight. Make sure they re taut to allow rain and snow to slide off. 4 is There wATer in The bilge Water or ice in the bilge means there is a leak. It s important to find the source of the water during the winter walk-through and find a temporary fix to plug the lead until spring. Rock salt and antifreeze can help to remove the ice in the bilge and after this it should be dried completely. If it s impossible to get the ice out it s suggested that you add a few cups of antifreeze. 5 buT my bOAT is inside Even if a boat is stored inside in a heated facility it s still a good idea to winterize the boat because winter weather can knock out the power and BOOM the temperature can plummet. Check with the facility management to determine if the power has gone out in your storage and inspect the boat. spring will (evenTuAlly) Arrive With snow on the ground or winter wind blowing this might be a good time to inventory the essentials you need for your boat because spring will eventually arrive Most of us have a boat that s 20-feet or smaller and there are ten pieces of equipment that should be on each of these crafts. pAddles If the engine goes kaput your only means of propulsion are paddles. If this happens keep the outboard down for a rudder and ask you traveling companion to help out. The best kind of paddle is a T handle the kind used for whitewater canoeing. These typically have an aluminum shaft which is light but strong and a plastic blade. Make sure they are at least 5 feet long. dry bOx Most small boats don t have a dry storage area for radios smartphones flashlights GPS and other equipment which can be damaged by moisture. A large plastic marine dry box with lids and O-ring seal is a good investment for your boat. AnChOrs And line Some small boats don t have adequate anchors. However if you want to anchor in a small cover overnight or your engine quits a decent anchor with a chain between the line and the anchor gives the boater some additional options. It s also a good idea to make sure you have a few docklines. COmfOrTAble life JACkeTs The technology of life jackets has gotten better and you can likely find a Type II vest-style jackets that can be worn all day. Some boat owners prefer inflatable jackets which are more buoyant but require more care and cost more. Under any circumstance a life jacket that will be worn the entire time on the water is critical. COmpATible pOwer sOurCes The worst time to find out your GPS unit flashlight or VHF radio is out of juice is during an emergency. Try and get devices that run on the same power source (e.g. AA batteries) and stow an extra set in the boat s dry box. mAnuAl bAiler Small closed deck boats usually rely on a single submersible pump to keep the bilge dry. If this fails or there s a heavy rain this can turn into an emergency. It s a very good idea to keep a manually-operated bilge pump on-board. Air hOrn The U.S. Coast Guard notes that small boats must have a sound-producing device for distress signaling capable of a four-second blast that s audible one quarter-mile away. While a small electric horn may meet this minimal requirement a better choice is a handheld gas-powered air horn which can be heard much farther away. A spAre prOp And fix-iT TOOls Hitting a submerged log or ledge can damage or destroy a prop and cripple the boat. It s a good idea to have a spare prop and the right wrench to change it out. However completing this change can be challenging. Dents in the aluminum props can be put back into serviceable shape by using vice-grip locking pliers and slip-joint pliers. A Charging device Mobile phones don t run on AA batteries so a marine-rated 12-volt receptacle with a weatherproof cap is needed. It should be mounted away from the spray and rain. plastic Cover for paper Chart If you ve ever tried to read a waterproof chart in an open boat you know this doesn t least well. However by putting the chart in a clear plastic holder the wind won t matter. You can buy one or make one from clear plastic and duct tape. Once you ve checked the boat in storage and gotten the little things you need to make it safe all you can do is wait for the warm weather to arrive. Fortunately it will eventually get here and you ll be ready to rock the water. PHOTO OF THE MONTH ISSUE VII ISSUE IX 2012 DEER HUNTING SPECIAL EDITION MAKE THAT 300 YARD SHOT SHOOTING THE MOON MOUNTAIN BIKING OUTPOST FICTION OUTPOST FICTION C 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 CASHING IN ON WINTER VARMENTS WHY IN-HAND SCORING OF BUCKS IS ON ITS WAY OUT FIELD DRESSING A DEER VIDEO RATTLING ANTLERS CHEF KEVIN GILLESPIE PLUS FLOUNDER RECIPES TOP 12 CD S OF 2012 & MORE... PLUS VENISON RECIPES SQUIRREL HUNTING & MUMFORD & SONS HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES They re all waiting for you at our website WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GO AHEAD. TAKE THE SAFETY OFF AND SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER. You re Lost. It s Cold. What s Next Tips on building an emergency fire Stories like this one appear in the news every winter. David Fielding age 21 of Wilmington Mass. set out Wednesday morning December 11 about 8 a.m. to hike in Franconia Notch in Lincoln N.H. He hiked up the Falling Waters Trail then intentionally went off trail eventually losing his way in the woods. He was reported overdue from his hike and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department was alerted at 2 a.m. Thursday. By daylight a search was coordinated and 10 Fish and Game Conservation Officers and 10 volunteers from the Mountain Rescue Service set out to search the mountain for Fielding. An Army National Guard helicopter also assisted. Fielding was located at 12 30 p.m. about 200 feet from the summit of Mount Haystack by other hikers on the Falling Waters Trail. They notified authorities by cell phone and Fielding was airlifted off the mountain by the National Guard helicopter to a waiting ambulance which took him to Littleton Hospital. Though mildly hypothermic he had no major injuries. This young man may not have survived if he had not been carrying some cold weather gear including a sleeping bag said Sgt. Brian Suttmeier of N.H. Fish and Game. His mistakes were hiking alone intentionally leaving the marked trail and going hiking when the weather was predicted to be inclement. The ending to this story could have been much worse. What if the hiker had not been found for days Would he have survived in sub-zero weather Hypothermia can permanently destroy tissue. It can cause a loss of fingers toes and limbs and this assumes the person lives to see the operating room. BUILDInG An EMERGEnCy FIRE Many survival experts feel that the ability to build a fire in an emergency such as this can be the difference between living and dying. This fire must be built quickly under adverse conditions and there is little time for mistakes. Being exhausted or panicked are often the result of being lost and cold and these can cause mistakes that can keep a fire from being built. A survivor will take a deep breath and tamp these fears and fatigue down. The wind and moisture are also two factors that can keep a life-saving fire from being built because they inhibit the initial flame. There are however several actions that can lead to a warm fire being built under any conditions. There are only four things that are required to start a fire source of ignition tinder kindling and fuel. Before starting on any adventure which might lead to being stranded in the elements overnight it s a good idea to have a plan for having each of these elements. The ignition can come from many sources. This can come from waterproof matches a lighter or specialty items such as magnesium bars. These bars usually sold at camping outlets allow the user to scrape the magnesium bar with a sharp knife resulting in a small pile of highly flammable shavings. Striking the flint usually attached to one side of the bar or using the waterproof matches or even flint rocks will fire up this pile of shavings which will burn hotter than 2 000 degrees F. Before the ignition is made it s necessary to have compiled some tinder. The best idea is to bring some dry tender which is fine highly flammable material that catches flame and sets the other components kindling and other wood to combustion. Tender can be made of steel wool shredded cotton balls bandages or swabs from a first-aid kit. Trioxane bars found at surplus and camping stores will also work for tender. Keeping this tender in a water-proof bag is important. In a pinch tender can also be made of natural elements such as pine needles dried grass and abandoned bird s nests. Dry inner bark of dead trees such as cedar and cottonwood trees can be shredded for good tinder material. Even the sap on pine or fir trees when it s hardened will burn hot and serves as good tinder. Kindling is of course the small wood pieces that catch fire and then ignite the larger pieces of wood that fuel the fire. The best kind of larger wood is that which is dead but still attached to a tree away from the ground which may be moist. If the area is wet it may be necessary to split larger pieces of wood and use the dryer inner wood to get the fire started. After the fire has had a chance to get larger place the wet wood nearby to dry out. The process for building a fire is pretty simple once the four essentials are available. Clear a spot and loosely pile the kindling in the shape of a teepee on top of the tinder Place smaller pieces of wood on the kindling making sure to allow for oxygen to circulate then ignite the fire. Once the fuel is burning well add larger pieces of wood. Having or knowing where to get these four elements for a fire can save your life and as such they should be a part of any hiking bag. 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