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Description: The Outpost Magazine special duck hunting issue with duck calling, decoys, weather conditions as well as future fishermen, muzzleloader blows up, survey of small game, survival, recipes, music, and more

DUCK CALLS & DECOYS SPECIAL DUCK HUNTING ISSUE MUZZLELOADER BLOWS UP WATER IN THE US FUTURE FISHERMEN SURVEY OF SMALL GAME HOW TO SURVIVAL VIDEO WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS 1 ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & Made with 100% Real Cheese AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT STYLE 1.00 COUPON CLICK HERE 2 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM www.gordoscheesedip.com VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM http youtu.be 5MveCGisXgg 3 4 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TABLE OF CONTENTS CAN T GET ENOUGH FUTURE FISHERMEN 20 WRONG BLACK POWDER DUCK DECOYS RECIPES 13 DEER ADAPT TO GUN SOUNDS 22 SMALL GAME 16 HUNTING IN ALL WEATHER 24 GUN SUPPRESORS 22 OF THE OUTPOST 38 44 DUCK CALLS 50 KILLER APPS 54 62 GEAR 66 HOW TO S GUIDES 86 90 JUST ADD WATER PHOTO OF THE MONTH THE BACK WOODS 69 PREDATOR GEAR 73 88 SURVIVAL TIPS VANISHING PARADISE GUIDES 92 76 OUTPOST MUSIC 96 CLICK HERE 5 FEATURE STORIES GETTING YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW If you re a duck hunter you know the drill. You re up and on the way to the blind at 4 a.m. Once you arrive you get to unload the decoys slosh through water in the coldest weather imaginable and begin the sky-watch sometimes for hours PAGE 30 NEXT DUCK COMMANDER Anyone who s been out in the blind waiting for ducks or geese to get into range knows how important a call is to bring these honkers in. Nick Deshotel of Lafayette Louisiana makes some of the sweetest duck and deer calls on the market and he s been doing it since he was in elementary school. PAGE 49 BARRY BLANCHARD If you ve ever been in a tight spot somewhere in the wilderness you know how important it is to keep calm and keep moving. That s what mountain climber Barry Blanchard has done in his entire life. In his memoir The Calling he shares the journey if his life radically changed by passion adventure friendships all found at the other end of the rope. PAGE 80 6 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM W W W . T H E O U T P O S T L I F E . C O M 25 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 7 The Outpost Magazine proudly supports the production of and we encourage our readers to do the same In the Mind of the Maker Click here to SUPPORT the making of a truly special movie http mindofthemaker.co support You build it in your mind. Your brain is your computer. Edward Couvillier master boat builder in the mind of the maker A movie about memory imagination and building a boat. BOATBUILDER FILMS PRESENTS A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY C.E.RICHARD IN THE MIND OF THE MAKER c KRISTI GUILLORY & DANNY DEVILLIER e MISTY TALLEY g BRIAN C. MILLER RICHARD p JOHN DUREL j JOHN DUREL & C.E.RICHARD a C.E.RICHARD AND CONNIE CASTILLE k C.E.RICHARD 8 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Editor s Letter Maybe a black bear attacked the gun owner while he was taking a little nap leaving his bones to become dust in the wind. Maybe this prospector stumbled on to a silver vein and when he realized his fabulous good luck took a few hits from the bottle of whiskey he d been saving for just this occasion. Next thing you know he s passed out and a massive thunderstorm dumped 10 inches of rain causing a flash flood and drowning the (briefly) wealthy miner Hey it s possible. Most likely there s a less dramatic story associated with the rifle but the storytellers among us prefer something more epic. The world it seems has become fascinated by a 132year old rifle which was apparently left leaning against a juniper tree in the Nevada desert over a hundred years ago. The 1873 Winchester repeating rifle was found a few weeks ago by archeologist Eva Jensen who was searching the state s arid Snake Mountains for Native American artifacts. According to the British newspaper The Telegraph The find was pure chance the rusted barrel of the rifle just catching in a gleam of the late afternoon sun. Otherwise it was perfectly camouflaged the walnut stock that once been a rich burnished brown bleached gray and rendered indistinguishable from the juniper wood by a century of desiccating winds. When we posted the story about the find on the Facebook page of The Outpost thousands of readers clicked on the story and (no doubt) started shaking their heads in wonder. The questions began Who would just leave their rifle (valued at about 1 000 in today s money) leaning against a tree Why didn t they come back Since there were no bullets found in the rifle was the owner ambushed and killed by either man or beast The scientists found a serial number on the gun and determined it had been manufactured and sold in 1882 along with about 25 000 others which left the Winchester factory in Connecticut. It was around this time when the area was being scoured by mining prospectors for sliver copper and tungsten who filed hundreds of claims in the area. So this weapon could have belonged to one of these miners. That s the scientific analysis and it seems logical. However those of us with more fertile imaginations favor a more exciting story behind this gun left leaning undisturbed for more than a hundred years. Speaking of epic...this month s stories meet that definition. You ll find news you can use about late-season duck hunting and along the way meet Nick Deshotel a young man who makes the sweetest sounding duck calls in South Louisiana. You ll find updates on gun suppressor laws find out how whitetail deer respond to gun versus archery seasons learn about fishing classes in middle schools learn why you should never use anything but black powder in muzzleloaders and meet Barry Blanchard a Canadian mountain-climber whose amazing new book The Calling is perfect reading for those cold nights around the fire. We also have the usual features Outpost GEAR Outpost Music you may not have heard but should a Killer Outdoor App for your phone a six-pack of How To s and more. Let us hear from you sometime. I answer every email whether it s complimentary or irate. Later Art Young Editor The Outpost email me at art theoutpostmagazine.com 9 FIELD NOTES FROM OUTPOST READERS I love your magazine in digital form but my question is when are you guys going to get this in print. Would love to have a copy in our hunting lodge. Travis Greenville FL I am amazed at what you guys put out. I have been following you since the beginning and you guys just keep getting better and better. Started following you on Facebook too and dig what you are doing over there. Kirk New York I am really excited. It is rare that someone can turn me on to new music that I haven t heard. There were several in this issue that I really liked. Especially liked Ben Miller Band. Jason Atlanta GA I am somewhat new to hunting and really appreciate getting this each month. I love your radio station as well. I have started listening on TuneIn on my phone. Pam Thanks guys. I love what you guys are doing keep up the good work THE OUTPOST Gaines Smith Gorilla Marketing LLC 770-675-7200 Jason Martin Partner Art Young Editor in Chief Contributing Writers Art Young Jason Martin Phil Hall Photo Credits Jason Martin Flickr Commons Kirk Driscoll Burnt Pine Plantation Art Young Sandy Earle Tony Eckler Sam Klement Max Fonseca Amy Elrod Green Acres Sportsman Club Garrett Whitworth AL Flickr Southern Swamp Slayers Kalyn Laura Team RIP LA Waterfowl Halo Waterfowl Sam Lashlee Bostic Photography - Mike Ernst Troy Childers Jay Bradshaw Avery Outdoors Predator Gear Cover photo Gaines Smith THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2014 by The Outpost Media Group Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. 10 HigH Performance L o n g L a s t i n g D u r a s H o t tm n o - t e a r fac e s e n v i r o n m e n ta L Ly f r i e n D Ly maDe from 100% recycLeD m at e r i a L s a L L W e at H e r 1-888-390-5548 B I G G R E E N TA R G E T S . 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The innovative program will get its start as a 10-school pilot project thanks to the BoatU.S. Foundation which is providing initial grant funding to F3 to help schools offset the cost of participation. After the pilot phase the program will be refined to a final format and then made available to all interested junior highs. We have been working on the pieces of this program for a long time but we now have it ready to go said F3 Executive Director Mark Gintert. We built a program that is aligned to National Standards for Physical Education and condensed it into a four week module for the classroom. Our intent is to teach the fundamentals of fishing as well as aquatic education and environment stewardship to our target group of 6th 7th and 8th graders and then create a system of multiple fishing opportunities for them. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 13 THE OUTPOST KIDS FISHING We realize that at the end of the class not every student is going to want to continue on with fishing but for those who do we have a format that leads them into a school fishing club where they can get those additional opportunities that they may otherwise miss out on. The program works well whether fishing from the bank or boats and for all venues and species of fish. We just want kids to get outside and to the water s edge where they can learn a host of lessons that can t be experienced in a gym Gintert explained. Gintert further explained that key partners have helped F3 bring the school fishing program to fruition such as the BoatU.S. Foundation Zebco and The Bass Federation. Once the pilot program is completed SUPERFISH will be made available to schools in a format that will allow them to bring it in at a low and manageable cost instead of having to constantly seek grants for funding. We have a unique fundraising feature built into the program that eliminates about 85 percent of the fishing program s cost if a school is willing to do a little work Gintert added. We ve made SUPERFISH an exciting program for the kids and something that s easy for schools to take and run with. Junior high schools interested in being one of the 10 schools involved in the pilot or wanting more information on SUPERFISH can contact Gintert at mark futurefisherman.org or by visiting www.futurefisherman.org 14 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 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. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 15 Deer Learn to Adapt to Sounds of Guns http bosticoutdoorphotography.com 16 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Who says you can t teach an old deer new tricks A new study shows how deer react to gun and archery seasons. Pennsylvania State University researchers began fieldwork on their deer-forest study about two years ago and they are now drawing insights about the deer population in Pennsylvania s Rothrock and Bald Eagle State Forests. The study is focused on the movement of 40 collared deer both male and female who transmit their locations back to Penn State researchers every few hours. The study looks at how the deer react to hunters and hunting pressure and scientists are finding that there is a vast change in behavior between archery and firearms season. According to Duane Diefenbach who is leading the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit It s like flipping a switch. In a story published in the Pittsburg Tribune-Review he said Their behaviors in archery season there s nothing to suggest these deer are being impacted by the hunting that s going on to any great extent but once the rifle season begins we see some pretty dramatic differences. Some of these bucks will leave their home range and go places we ve never seen them in the previous 10 months. It s pretty amazing. Diefenbach noted that both bucks and does have their own ways of hiding from hunters but said that bucks who have survived at least one hunting season are especially skilled in finding spots that are not only remote but also difficult to approach undetected. These bucks find what I call vantage points. Places where the prevailing wind comes from the west--nothing is going to sneak up on them from that direction. And to the east A steep slope where they can make a quick getaway--or definitely see or hear some hunter struggling up the slope Diefenbach wrote. In what many veteran hunters would surely call a Duh moment one of the conclusions drawn by the research team is that deer that have experienced hunting pressure before will have a better strategy for survival than younger deer. This conflicts with another study in South Carolina where scientists at the South WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 17 It s like flipping a switch. Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Auburn University found that there was no correlation between deer age and changes in their movement. In that study researchers found that deer of all ages tended to have the same home ranges and behavior. The Penn State study may have also found evidence that deer can recognize the difference between different hunting seasons. In one example cited in the study a deer the scientists nicknamed the Hillside Doe stayed close to a road throughout bear season but as soon as the deer firearms season began the doe made a beeline for a steep safe spot on a nearby hill. The doe would stay there in the mornings and then come back down to eat in the afternoon therefore bypassing the majority of hunters. It quickly became a routine and she has not been harvested yet. Since we began getting data from GPS collars there are two things we have learned about deer movements during the rifle season that have amazed me Diefenbach wrote online. First deer respond to hunting pressure the day before the season opens (and not before). Second their ability to hide somewhere in their home range during hunting hours is amazing. 18 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 19 THE OUTPOST MUZZLELOADER EXPLODES Here s What Happens When the Wrong Powder is Used https www.youtube.com watch v GCe2B2pN3pQ NOTE Video is just an example of what can happen and not the actual events in this article It s hard to believe Johnny Knoxville is not involved in this story. Anyone who visited the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Facebook page in mid-December got an upclose and personal look at what can happen when a black powder muzzleloader is packed with something besides black powder. According to officials in Indiana this accident was not caused by a malfunction but rather a lapse in judgement (or some would say bone-head move). The incident occurred in Martin County where an unidentified man poured smokeless powder into a black powder-only muzzleloader. What resulted was the firearm exploding like a grenade and ripping off the man s fingers. According to press reports Corporal Eric Doane who responded to the incident said that the malfunction occurred in the man s backyard after several family members brought it over for practice. Indiana s muzzleloader season runs from December 6 to December 21. 20 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The man who fired the gun loaded the muzzleloader with smokeless powder which had been taken from 20 gauge shotgun shells Doane said. He had run out of black powder and had actually cut open the shells and ended up pouring 75 grains of powder into that muzzleloader. Once again smokeless powder is several times more powerful than black powder so it would be like putting a 300-grain charge of blackpowder into a muzzleloader. The gun had essentially become a pipebomb and exploded as soon as the shooter pulled the trigger. His offhand was right there with the breech and the barrel come together and when it blew it took the tips of his fingers off Doane continued. He ended up losing parts of two fingers on his left hand but was able save to save a third which they sewed back on. IT S A GOOD IDEA TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE GUN Many people have misconceptions about black powder firearms. A lot of people just don t understand it Doane said. Even though it s called a black powder gun and the instructions say to only use black powder people open up a box of powder and they see that it s a black color so they think it s okay. Officials described the shooter as an experienced shooter and hunter so it just goes to show that these kinds of mistakes do not happen only to those unfamiliar with firearms. Doane added that one of the man s sons claimed to have previously shot the muzzleloader--successfully--with smokeless powder. There s a good chance that if he shot it before it may have weakened the seam where the breech and barrel came together Doane concluded. For anyone planning on trying this trick it should be noted that smokeless powder can be three to four times more powerful than black powder. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 21 SMALL GAME AND UPLAND BIRDS THE CHOICE OF ABOUT HALF OF HUNTERS NEW SURVEY ABOUT THE TYPE OF GAME WE HUNT Walk by the newsstand in the fall and glance at the covers of outdoor magazines and it would seem deer and other big game are virtually all that is of interest. But that perception would be wrong. In fact according to a recent study by HunterSurvey.com about half of sportsmen surveyed said they had hunted small or upland game in the past year. Species such as squirrels rabbits quail pheasants and similar furred and feathered game still draw hunters into our nation s fields and forests by the millions every year. THE FIRST HUNTING EXPERIENCE Small game and upland hunting often served as a hunter s first experiences pursuing game before deer turkey and elk populations became so plentiful and for many hunters they still are. With abundant opportunities available to hunt various small game and birds it would seem interest among many sportsmen is still there says Rob Southwick president of Southwick Associates which designs and conducts the surveys at HunterSurvey.com ShooterSurvey.com and AnglerSurvey.com. For those not pursuing small game by promoting such hunting we may be able to help expand their hunting opportunities and fun and thereby increase overall hunting activity. 22 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM And what is the type of firearm of choice for these small game hunters HunterSurvey.com found the low-recoiling rimfire in either .22 caliber or .17 caliber remains a favorite among these sportsmen with 67 percent of those surveyed reporting they used them when hunting. Shotguns remain tops for bird hunting. LET THEM HEAR FROM YOU To help continually improve protect and advance hunting shooting and other outdoor recreation all sportsmen and sportswomen are encouraged to participate in the bi-monthly surveys at HunterSurvey.com ShooterSurvey.com and or AnglerSurvey.com. Every other month participants who complete the surveys are entered into a drawing for one of five 100 gift certificates to the sporting goods retailer of their choice. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 23 ALL QUIET IN FLORIDA THE SUNSHINE STATE LEGALIZES HUNTING WITH SUPPRESSORS The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced that it voted to lift the ban on hunting with suppressors in the state. The issue had been hotly debated since FWC officials first announced the possibility of removing the ban earlier this year. Adding Florida to the list 34 states now allow hunters to take game with the aid of suppressors. Sportsmen in Florida and elsewhere have long argued for the use of suppressors also known as silencers because the devices muffle the sound of gun shots to a level that is safe for hearing. Suppressors can help prevent hearing loss especially if you hunt often. Opponents however argue that the quieter gun shots make it easier for poachers to take game and poses a safety concern for non-hunters. A FUNDAMENTIAL MISUNDERSTANDING OF WHAT SUPPRESSORS DO The opposition to suppressor hunting stems from a fundamental misunderstanding or misrepresentation of what suppressors actually do. Knox Williams President of the American Suppressor Association (ASA) told Chris Eger of Guns.com. To claim that a suppressor can make a gunshot silent is as false as claiming that the world is flat he said. Despite their portrayal in Hollywood movies suppressors still make a lot of sound--enough to be heard if you are close enough. What most suppressors will do is reduce the noise level of a gunshot to under 140 dB which is the minimum threshold for a hearing-safe impulse noise according to OSHA. The FWC agreed rescinding the ban on taking game animals like deer squirrels rabbits turkeys quail and crows. Taking nuisance animals with suppressors was already allowed. Following the suppressor vote the Commission also voted to authorize an Executive Order to lift the ban immediately and allow hunting with suppressors to begin at once the FWC stated in a press release. The ASA who supported the move to legalize suppressors for hunting in Florida praised the decision when it was announced. 24 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM It s about Time. It s about Certainty. Welcome to 401K ProAdvisor Isn t it about time somebody was firmly focused on improving retirement outcomes How has your 401(k) plan been performing How much commission is your provider drawing from your plan That s where 401KProAdvisors excels because our team of dedicated retirement plan specialists are qualified to provide a comprehensive suite of retirement plan services. Creative Plan Design Customized Education Ongoing Plan Review Plan Benchmarking ERISA 3(21) & 3(38) 403(b) & Pension Consulting To get the whole story call George Richerson at 770.436.4097 or visit www.401kproadvisor.com. Securities offered through Triad Advisors Inc. Member FINRA SIPC. Advisory Services offered through Wealth & Pension Services Group Inc. Wealth & Pension Services Group Inc. is not affiliated with Triad Advisors Inc. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 25 WHAT S THE WEATHER LIKE WHO CARES. Contrary to popular opinion foul weather is not a prerequisite for waterfowl hunting success. Veteran duck hunters and guides understand the significance of the lyrics penned by songwriter Don Schlitz in his song The Gambler which opines Every hand s a winner and every hand s a loser... you just gotta know when to hold em and know when to fold em. In other words a savvy hunter can win this poker game and take home ducks in any weather conditions if he knows the right tactics to use. Here are some tips on playing the weather hand that s dealt. FAIR WEATHER HUNTING A beautiful clear day makes for some very tough hunting. Why The ducks can fly and dive wherever the urge takes them. Plus the bright sunshine reveals outlines of hunter shadows and the reflection of the sun off of the hunter s face is brighter than the neon signs in Times Square. Plus on clear days it s much easier for ducks to see where hunter might be hiding thereby determining where the safe areas are located and where danger lurks. However make no mistake just because they can fly or land anywhere they want these highly intelligent birds don t do anything willy nilly. They always have a plan. Experts such as those at Ducks Unlimited (DU) note that the flight lanes that they use the fields and woods that they feed in and the water that they float on follow patterns that they have established over many generations. Since there is nothing random about the actions of these birds the smart hunter can position himself to take advantage of these movement patterns by spending the time to closely observe them. So even on crystal clear days which offer the ducks excellent views of anything that might be amiss (e.g. a hunter with a twelve gauge shotgun in his hands) below it is critical for the hunter to set out the decoys and concentrate on watching the flight feeding and rafting patterns of the birds. Over time and this might take hours or days a hunter can ascertain the pattern and position himself for the best shots. STORMY WEATHER If the weather forecast suggests that rain is imminent cloud cover increasing low pressure and increasing wind velocity this is music to the duck hunter s ears. This gloomy weather means there is no problem with ducks being able to see the shadows or movement of hunters and there is no sun glare off shotgun barrels and hunter faces. In spite of the weather the ducks are still going to get hungry and they will continue to fly forage and float. They will simply do this in slightly different areas when the storm is approaching. Hunting guides note that as the wind kicks up ducks will tend to move to more protected areas such as lake coves timber openings and river backwaters. The best tactic for hunters in this inclement weather is to move decoys and themselves to these more sheltered areas. If the weather forecast calls for storms the savvy hunter will find these protected areas and set out dekes here before the sun and the storm rises. 26 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Bad weather also means that ducks will fly lower in an attempt to avoid the stronger wind in the higher altitude. If positioned correctly a hunter can get a much easier passing shot on these lower flying birds. Since the weather can change quickly having mobility in the form of a duck blind boat or wearing waders and moving where the ducks are gathering is a distinct advantage. BABY IT S COLD OUTSIDE Every duck hunter has experience the misery and exhilaration of hunting in freezing weather. In spite of the potential for frost bite and the utterly ridiculous image of a supposedly sane man or woman walking through water that has iced over duck hunting in freezing weather can be wonderful due to the fact that when much of the water is frozen the areas that are still open will have many more ducks than usual. Again it s just knowing when to hold em and so forth. The good news about hunting ducks in freezing weather is that the birds have to eat more taking in more calories in order to compensate for the cold weather. So instead of just morning feeding they must feed at least twice per day. This leads to more opportunities for the hunter to get a closer shot as they put the flaps down to grab a quick snack. The trick to a successful hunt in freezing weather is finding the open (non-frozen) water. These areas are usually areas where levees or high banks shelter the water or areas on a creek or river where the running currents prevent the water from freezing. Areas in timber that receive a steady stream of water from a creek will also usually have open water. http huntgreenacres.com WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 27 THE OUTPOST WEATHER SNOW AND FOG Hunters who know how to use a duck call can have great success when the hunting area is inundated with either snow or fog. The best tactic is to continually call whether or not there are any ducks visible. In this type of weather the ducks that are flying over seem to respond quicker to a friendly voice below and there is no adrenaline rush like the one of seeing a couple of mallards gliding into a decoy spread out of a thick fog or snowfall Snowfall can also cover food sources so setting up near a corn field or stand of trees with plentiful acorns is a good tactic in this type of weather. Again having some historical perspective of the feeding patterns of ducks will enable the hunter to set up in advantageous positions in the middle of a snowstorm. WHO CARES ABOUT THE WEATHER Success in the sport of waterfowl hunting involves good shooting skills compelling calling techniques and a commitment to scouting the area for flying and feeding patterns in all seasons and weather conditions. Many duck hunting guides and savvy hunters understand that this observational skill is equally important to shooting and calling because it will enable the hunter to be in a position to take ducks rain or shine. 28 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 29 LATE SEASON DUCK HUNTING If you re a duck hunter you know the drill. You re up and on the way to the blind at 4 a.m. Once you arrive you get to unload the decoys slosh through water in the coldest weather imaginable and begin the sky-watch sometimes for hours Why do we do it It s pretty simple. Having one of these amazingly cunning high-flyers respond to a call and then glide into the middle of a carefully-designed decoy spread is a thrill that s hard to describe to normal people. Oh yeah duck hunters are not normal people. Ducks Unlimited estimates that more than 14 million people hunt these birds in the U.S. alone and these hunters are responsible for more than 50 billion in related economic activity. That s a lot of hunters and a lot of economic impact. However that s a small part of the story. As a group duck hunters are good stewards of the land and water. There s something about a truly passionate duck hunter that makes him more attuned to the natural environment than many other outdoorsman. Maybe it s because it takes a certain type of person to meet these challenges. In order to be even moderately successful at this sport the hunter must acquire vast amounts of knowledge about the differences in the types of ducks dealing with natural elements and a hundred other areas. In the course of acquiring this knowledge most duck hunters also pick up an appreciation for the environment that supports these incredible birds. This special Duck Hunting issue will barely scratch the surface of sport. As teenagers say there s just TMI too much information. However if you re a wily veteran or new to waterfowl hunting some of these tips and nuggets of information might help you have more fun on your hunt and that s what it s all about. GETTING YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW 30 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Even a grizzled veteran of the duck blind can use a little refresher on the types and proclivities of these clever birds. Here s a quick primer for understanding the tendencies of ducks. PUDDLERS OR DIVERS Ducks are divided into two categories - puddlers or divers. Diver ducks choose shallow water and then feed bottoms-up tail to the sky underwater looking for grains seeds snails and aquatic plants. Puddlers on the other hand tend to forage for food in shallow lakes marshes fields and stock tanks and they usually stay close to land. In fact puddlers will sometimes feed on land similar to geese. Puddler take off with a fierce amount of wing flapping almost like a helicopter unlike divers who tend to take off like a small seaplane which must build up speed before becoming airborne. Puddle duck species have iridescent prismatic wind windows or speculum and some philosophical duck hunters with too much time in the blind have speculated that this speculum serves as a beacon to keep the ducks together in flight. In terms of flight pattern puddlers will often circle water source several times and if they notice anything suspicious (such as the shiny face and teeth of an over-eager duck hunter) they turn tail and fly off into the wild blue yonder. Puddle ducks have roosting areas where they snooze during the night and midday and a feeding area where they grab a bite. The typically leave the roost pre-dawn feed and return to the roost at midday. They venture out to feed again in late afternoon and return to the roost for a little duck chat with the missus when it gets dark. Diver ducks prefer to open water large lakes coastal bays and sea coasts. As their names suggests they dive sometimes to great depths to feed. These ducks enjoy a scintillating repast of crustaceans fish aquatic vegetation and other marine foods. The diver s flight patterns are much different than the puddlers. When they see a body of water that strikes their fancy they tend to come in low and fast. If they notice something weird such as a group of poorly positioned dekes or the glare off of a duck hunter s receding hairline they will flare off to one side. Unlike the take-off of the puddlers divers will accelerate across the water for several yards webbed feet slapping to build speed. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 31 DUCKS ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES - PUDDLERS OR DIVERS. DUCKS THAT ARE PUDDLERS There is a wide variety of ducks that fall into the puddler duck category. These include wigeon northern pintail gadwall green-winged teal blue-winged teal cinnamon teal northern shoveler black duck mottled duck (aka Florida duck) and mallard As for diver ducks there are plenty of them to choose from as well. They are lesser scaup (bluebill) ringnecked duck canvasback redhead common goldeneye common and red-breasted mergansers and bufflehead. Even though they are not technically diver ducks hunting guides usually put the stiff tailed ruddy ducks in this category because they feed on aquatic life and are great underwater swimmers. Before heading to the blind it is a good idea to review images of all of these species in order to use the right hunting strategy. The Ducks Unlimited website (www.ducks. org) is packed with great photography of all of these birds. WHERE TO HUNT THESE DUCKS Because specific types of ducks are attracted to certain terrain water sources and feeding areas that are based on native vegetation it s important to check with local fish and game references in the area being hunted. Google is also a great resource to determine what types of ducks are likely to be flying into your decoy spread. There are some generalizations that can be made. Heavily forested areas with lakes rivers and ponds such as the Piney Woods of East Texas is a duck hunter s paradise. Lakes ponds rivers flooded timber all provide terrific duck hunting. Hunters can stand by trees use boat blinds and permanent blinds to harvest mallards gadwalls wigeons green-winged teal and wood ducks. Coastal areas where there are bays marshes swamps lagoons and inland rice field attract an amazing variety of ducks. Hunters will find puddlers such as pintails and mallard over the rice fields and divers such as lesser scaup redheads and canvasbacks on the coastal waters. In the Midwestern U.S. there is a heavy grain concentration and it is irresistible to mallards pintails gadwalls and wigeons. There are not too many people in this area so there s not much hunter density to worry about. Even in the desert areas where there are sources for water ducks can be found. The types of ducks found here include gadwalls mallards pintails and wigeons. There is also the possibility of harvesting the rare cinnamon teal which is seldom found east of the Rockies. THE TOP DUCK DESTINATIONS FOR 2015 In most cases the home zip code of a duck hunter determines the type of duck he she brings back to the freezer. This is because the traditional migration patterns of all species of ducks are amazingly consistent year after year. However some die-hard hunters have been known to travel thousands of miles from their homes in order to hunt a specific type of duck. It is for these folks that the annual survey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fascinating reading. 32 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 33 This Fish and Wildlife survey uses wintering ground surveys and historical data to predict the migration and ultimate destinations of every duck species. This information is available online from the service. Here are some highlights. MALLARD This iconic bird can be found in a number of migration routes including the Atlantic Flyway the Mississippi Flyway Central Flyway and the Pacific Flyway. If you re in the Atlantic Flyway you will find ducks migrating from Ontario and other Canadian provinces and heading for the wetlands around the St. Lawrence River Valley and along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. Other popular duck destinations in this area include Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on Cayuga Lake in the state s Finger Lakes region and South of the Finger Lakes and the upper Chesapeake Bay where the survey predicts mallard numbers will be most concentrated on the Susquehanna Flats along the Chester River on the upper Eastern Shore and on estuarine wetlands farther down the Eastern Shore. In the past the Mississippi Flyway has been chocked full of mallards and this year is no exception. Ducks.org noted Nearly half the 4.5 million mallards harvested last year in the United States were taken in this flyway. While hunters in Minnesota Wisconsin Illinois and Mississippi enjoy good mallard shooting those in Arkansas often enjoy the best. Arkansas averaged an annual mallard harvest of 598 448 birds. Mallards are primarily drawn to the eastern third of the state which devotes almost 1.5 million acres to rice production. The town of Stuttgart is located at this region s heart earning it the nickname The Rice and Duck Capital of the World. The potholes of North Dakota in the Central Flyway are known for yielding outstanding mallard numbers. The ground survey suggests that around mid-October they begin to congregate on the larger lakes and along the Missouri River to seek available open water. Oklahoma has also become a hotbed for hunting mallards in the Central Flyway. The large lakes in the eastern part of the state Grand Kerr Eufaula Oologah and Texoma are top stopovers for mallards as they migrate between their breeding grounds on the northern prairies and wintering grounds in Texas. Fort Cobb Reservoir also attracts large numbers of mallards because of its location in the heart of the state s peanut-growing region. If you live and hunt in the Pacific Flyway you can count on plenty of mallards this season. Prime spots include southeast Washington near Moses Lake and neighboring Potholes Reservoir. These areas offer migrating ducks an expanse of marsh and open water amid a landscape of mountains and prairie. These two bodies of water are also surrounded by the state s major corn-producing area. Farther south in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California (where the country s second largest rice harvest occurs) biologists counted 160 000 mallards along the Sacramento River. 34 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE OUTPOST DUCK HUNTING PINTAIL This species is one of the most highly distributed duck in the U.S. However it must really like the Pacific coast area because about half of the total population pintails will be found this year in the Pacific Flyway specifically California. These birds gravitate to the various freshwater and brackish marshes flooded agricultural fields and ponds of the Sacramento Valley Suisun Marsh San Joaquin Delta and San Joaquin Valley. There is also a respectable population of pintails wintering in the Texas Gulf coast area in the rice prairies southwest of Houston. GADWALL Since gadwalls are not grain eaters they have a different set of objectives from say mallards when they re considering their winter home. The Fish and Wildlife survey notes they migrate in great numbers to the freshwater marshes of coastal Louisiana. A significant number of birds begin to arrive in late October with the peak migration occurring from mid-November to mid-December. This past January the state s midwinter survey counted an estimated 938 000 gadwalls in southern Louisiana. These birds are also found in Arkansas coastal Texas and even North Dakota (when the winter is mild). BLACK DUCK Black ducks are primarily found in the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways. They are partial to Michigan and the coastal areas around New Jersey Virginia and Maryland. They eat snails and invertebrates and wildlife experts predict a good population of black ducks in the Absecon Bay (near Atlantic City) or Barnegat Bay. TEAL The sportsman s paradise of Louisiana is the most popular destination of teal. The state had the nation s highest average harvest of blue-winged teal with more than 230 000 of the birds taken annually. Most of these are taken in November but the state has an early teal season which begins in September. Green-winged teal migrate later in the season than the blue-winged teal and most of these are harvested in California s Central Valley. TEAL BLACK DUCK GADWALL PINTAIL WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 35 WIGEON The majority of the North American continent s wigeon breed in the boreal forest of Alaska and western Canada and winter throughout California s Central Valley. Because they like to feed in flooded areas their concentration will be determined by rainfall amounts in late summer and early fall. Wigeons can also be found in Oregon Washington and even a few in the coastal area of Texas. CANVASBACK Canvasbacks get around a lot. They can be found in the Atlantic Flyway near Chesapeake Bay in Maryland munching on wild celery and other aquatic plants. They also like California specifically the brackish estuarine marshes and open water of California s San Pablo Bay and Suisun Marsh. Another great spot to find canvasbacks is Catahoula Lake in Louisiana. It has been estimated that approximately 123 000 canvasbacks - nearly a fourth of the continental population pass the winter months in Louisiana. WOOD DUCK Wood ducks have traditionally migrated to areas of forested wetlands. This characteristic is found in abundance in the Mississippi Flyway. Minnesota Wisconsin Arkansas and Alabama are the top destination for this bird. There numbers are enhanced when they mix with the less-migratory southern wood ducks in the southeastern states. REDHEAD If you re intent on hunting redheads this year and you happen to live in the Midwest or Northeast better get ready for a little trip South. Wildlife biologists estimate that 80 percent of the redhead population can be found wintering near the Laguna Madre on the Texas and Mexico Gulf coast. This is a highly saline shallow lagoon located between South Padre Island and the mainland of Texas. Redheads start arriving in Texas in October and spend the winter in the warm sunshine. SCAUP Changes in the wetlands in the Midwest have changed some of the migration patterns of scaup. Several hot spots remain and these include the South Shore of Long Island in New York Devil s Lake in North Dakota (for both spring and fall) coastal Texas and South Louisiana. The scaup like to winter in areas with fresh and brackish marshes and they eat freshwater shrimp found in abundance on the Gulf Coast. RING-NECK DUCK The best place to find ring-neck ducks is in central and northern Minnesota in October. This state leads the rest of the nation in the harvest of this bird with more than 82 000 annually. The two hot spots for ring-necks are Lake Winnibigoshish and Leech Lake. REDHEAD 36 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM DUCK HUNTING LIKE POLITICS IS LOCAL These duck destinations are determined by food sources and hunting pressure both of which can change from year to year. However with proper planning using historical and predictive data from sources such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with local insights provided by guides who work the area a duck hunter can at least have an idea of the type of birds who are likely to be in the area and appropriate decoy strategies can be deployed. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 37 MORE WAYS TO FOOL THOSE SAVVY DUCKS Next to being pulled over by a game warden the most intimidating experience for a duck hunter is formulating a strategy for deploying decoys. Literally hundreds of books have been written about this subject thousands of articles have been posted web and most likely get two duck hunters together and you ll hears two different strategies. Getting any duck within gunshot range is tough because they have superior sight and an almost freaky ability to see when something ain t right down there. No amount of shooting lessons duck calling seminars or lucky camo hats will help a hunter get his daily bag limit unless he has an effective decoy spread. Duck hunting guides realize that in order to get ducks to give your pond or part of the lake a second look you must figure out what attracts them. You then must match that attraction element with a decoy spread that makes the ducks feel comfortable and eager for a little company. 38 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM DECOY STRATEGIES Successful hunters deploy their decoys after careful consideration of all elements. They are also prepared to change the spread (several times if necessary) if that day s birds don t seem to be responding to the original layout. The best way to spend the entire day with no ducks landing near your blind is to rig up a bunch of decoys and toss them out randomly on the water. Here s how to improve your decoy placement. USE SEVERAL SPECIES IN THE SPREAD Guides suggest that a decoy spread with several species of ducks has a good effect on the ducks overhead. Some successful hunters put out as many as five to six dozen dekes with a smattering of mallards and black or dark-colored decoys. These darker models stand out better from the air making the spread easier to see. There is also some thought that various sized decoys stand out better. This means that standard sized magnums and supermagnums can be used to draw attention to the spread. Even different brands of decoys can be mixed and matched in the spread to draw more attention. Brands such as Greenheads Carry-Lites or Flambeaus all have a distinct look and their addition to the spread make it more diverse and interesting. Duck species will tend to segregate themselves. This is especially true with regard to mallards and other ducks. Teal will typically land and swim in the shallow side of the pond next to weeds. They will stay away from the mallards that are usually in deeper more to the center water. Pintails seem to prefer to be on the outside of a concentration of mallards closer to the deeper water. An effective decoy spread should take this natural segregation into consideration. Decoy strategy also changes in the late-season. Most guides suggest slimming down the decoy spread if they are hunting in the latter part of the season. They also recommend calling less during this period. Typical layout could involve 9 decoys probably mallards set up with two drakes and a hen. This mimics nature because the ducks arrange themselves this way when they are competing for a mate. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 39 Most guides recommend hunters not mix puddlers and divers in the same spread. Another cool tip is to buy a heron or goose deke and set it off to the side of the water. Incoming ducks know that these birds won t stay in a dangerous area and these large birds are easier for high-flying ducks to see. If the hunter s blind is a boat the best strategy is to surround it with decoys. It s a good idea to use the same theme of creating a landing area near the blind. The number of decoys should be adjusted according to the type of ducks that are foraging in the area. In the case of small ponds no more than a dozen dekes are needed. However in larger lakes or coastal areas as many as four or five dozen decoys are needed. AN EASY DECOY SCENARIO The most common duck hunting scenario is having a blind on the bank of a pond or lake. In this case the easiest and most effective decoy layout is to have the dekes in a fishhook shape with the shank of the hook pointing downwind and each decoy set two or three feet apart. The ducks should land inside the barb of the large hook. The blind should be a near to this open spot as possible and the wind should never be in the hunter s face. Hunting guides suggest that the best place for hunters to be placed in this configuration is where they can shoot crosswind into the landing area. The barb of the hook of decoys should not be more than 45 yards from the blind and this should be the maximum distance for any shot to be taken. The choice of decoys depends on the types of ducks that are likely to come visit your water hole. If mallards green teal and pintails are likely to be foraging in the area the best suggestion is to use a combination of these species. When mixing mallards and pintails the pintails should be the farthest out because the white of the pintail breast can be seen at a greater distance. KEEP THE WATER RIPPLING Just about everyone agrees that some form of motion and water disturbance has a positive effect on getting the attention of high-flying ducks. Some other tactics include the ripple makers products such as Quiver Magnets and swimming decoys. The tried and true method for life-like motion is the old-fashion jerk string. Guides suggest rigging two or three lines with up to three decoys each and periodically yanking the lines to get the motion. Unfortunately this yanking get tedious in a hurry and if you re lucky enough to have a youngster who wants to go duck hunting with Dad or Granddad this is a great job for him. Over the course of a typical day of duck hunting lots of things can happen to affect the flight patterns of ducks. Weather can turn colder a deluge of rain can hit or the wind can shift and pick up dramatically. Or for whatever nonsensical weird reason the ducks that are working over your blind might not like the look of the spread that you carefully laid out before sunrise. It happens. The best way to deal with this is to always be ready to try some other look. About a half hour after sunrise and shooting time begins and daylight is brighter it is not uncommon for seasoned hunters to make fundamental changes in the decoy spread. This could involve moving mechanized decoys to some other spot adding or subtracting some decoys from the spread or changing the rhythm of the jerking. 40 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 41 42 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Ducks are one of nature s smartest animals. The ancestors of ducks that are flying today evolved over the centuries and learned all about dangerous situations. That knowledge is hard-wired into the brains of modern-day ducks. Even with all of the high tech weapons calls and decoys the most skilled hunters will be lucky to get his daily bag limit and that s just the way nature planned it. YOU NEVER KNOW ENOUGH Duck hunting is a life-long learning experience. Understanding the dozens of species and their unique habits choosing the best shotgun and ammo and getting the decoy spread just right are just three of challenges for a successful hunt. However the point of duck hunting is not just bringing back ducks. It s getting out in the elements sometimes with friends and sometime alone and coming back with great stories. That s a successful hunt. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 43 What s That Sound If you ve ever been in a foreign country and you know that the waiters at the restaurants take better care of you if you speak the language...or at least try to throw in some words that they might understand. In the case of the latter scenario they will typically have pity on you because you re making an attempt and showing some respect for them. In a way this works for ducks too. However they are not as forgiving if your ability to speak their lingo is not up to their exacting standards Ducks are extremely perceptive critters. Even at hundreds of yards away a duck s vision and hearing can pick up unnatural clues that scream danger below and they use this knowledge to fly even higher and faster. However a skilled hunter can overcome this wildlife advantage with careful camouflage natural decoy patterns and compelling duck calls. As with any wildlife lure calling ducks within range requires an ability to re-create the natural sounds of the various species and the timing of a successful stand-up comic. WHAT TYPE OF CALL WORKS BEST Duck calls can be made of either wood or acrylic and as with most big questions in life most hunters eventually find that they like one or the other and no amount of scientific facts can alter this opinion. Moisture affects the tone of wooden calls more than those that are acrylic but hunters who favor wooden calls just think of this as an added charm and it s not a problem. 44 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Another question that duck hunters must consider in a duck call concerns the number of reeds a call should have. Every duck call has either a single or double reed which allows the variations of the quacking sound. Is it more advisable to have a single reed or double reed in order to bring in the ducks Again as laconic hunting guides are fond of saying That depends. A double reed call has two reeds and produces a desirable (at least in the ears of a duck) raspy sound by just blowing air into a call. That s the upside. The downside is that a double reed is limited in range of sound to this one raspy sound. As several online water fowling sites have noted a call does not have to be a double reed to be raspy. It just has to be blown correctly. Several websites that sell duck calls have noted that the amount of air needed to blow a call is not necessarily determined by the call. It is determined by the reed and its length. The longer the reed is the deeper the sound and the harder it is to blow. The shorter the reedthe higher pitch the sound and the easier to blow. A single reed requires a little more voice to be put into the call to produce a ducky sound but once this is accomplished a single reed requires a lot less air to operate and is far more versatile in sound. This versatility accounts for more effectiveness in calling ducks. HOW TO BLOW A DUCK CALL In spite of what s seen on every outdoor television show where a grizzled guide grabs his call and effortlessly starts playing duck music it takes a lot more skill and hours of practice for a hunter to master the correct tone and language of a duck call. For anyone just beginning to enjoy the fun of duck hunting it is important to establish good habits especially as they relate to calling ducks. Expert hunters who have been chosen by the wildlife conservation group Ducks Unlimited (DU) to offer hunters tips on increasing effectiveness have suggested many techniques for better duck calling. In order to get started it is important for the hunter to get a grip. These DU experts suggest that hunters should hold the call like you were in the Army saluting a superior. The end piece should be between your thumb and forefinger. Now slightly cup your hand to form the shape of the letter C . Remember not to cup your hand so much that you begin to muffle the sound. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 45 In terms of the best technique for putting the call to a hunter s mouth it is suggested that while holding the call place the barrel to your mouth like you were drinking from a soda bottle. Make sure that your lips have a good seal around your lips and without so much pressure that your lips are uncomfortable. To get the most natural ducky sound the hunter should practice delivering the air from his diaphragm in order to get the proper low tone. DIFFERENT WORDS FOR DIFFERENT SITUATIONS The calling strategy or language of the call will vary depending on the location species wind direction and even temperament of an approaching flock of ducks. Since the objective is to get them to slow down and eventually drop into the decoy spread it is important to use the right call for the given situation. Champion duck caller and maker of the Drake Brake Duck Calls Greg Brinkley noted in a DU online article that there are eight distinct calls that every hunter should master in order to be successful in any situation. The basic quack is the most simple but often misused call. Brinkley stresses that instead of merely using the Qua Qua Qua the hunter should distinctly enunciate the QuaCK. The second most important call is the greeting call. He notes that this call is employed when ducks are first seen in the distance. The sound is a series of 5 to 7 notes in descending order at a steady rhythm. These are made by saying Kanc Kanc Kanc Kanc. Brinkley notes that the basic feeding call results from saying tikkitukkatikka into the call raising and lowering the volume slightly. A call this is most likely to be misused in the hail or highball call. Experts advise that this call which involves starting with a long strong Aaaaaaink...Aaaaaink... aaaaink... aaainkaink and tapering off as it progresses should only be used when the ducks are at least 100 yards out. If it is used when they are closein they will be spooked and head off for the wild blue yonder. The duck call maker notes that The comeback call is used when ducks don t respond to your greeting or you want an immediate response such as in timber. It s more urgent sounding and faster like Kanckanc Kanc Kanc Kanc. Another effective call is the lonesome hen which is low and throaty. This call is made by drawnout Quaaaaink quacks sounds through the call. 46 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Getting a duck to commit to a decoy spread is very much like a sales call and as any salesman knows sometimes closing the deal requires a little begging. The DU article notes The pleading or begging hail call is used to get the attention of ducks flying 75 to 200 yards above you. This call is a series of 5 to 6 quacks that are really dragged out to sound like you are begging the ducks to land. A pleading call is a Kaaanc Kanc Kanc Kanc sound and its first note is usually held a little longer. DU s final suggestion involves whistling. Whistles are especially effective when hunting mallard pintail and wigeon ducks. It is however important to be able to identify these species before using this call tactic because each respond to different whistles. The Call of the Wild Calling in a group of ducks to a decoy spread is indeed an art. Whether it is with single or double reed wood or acrylic calls the challenge comes from successfully mimicking the incredibly complicated natural voices of these very intelligent creatures. With many hours of practice a hunter can learn to entice birds into shooting range. However even if the bag limit is not reached the sheer joy of watching and on some level communicating with the beautiful birds is worth the effort. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 47 HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF They re all waiting for you at our website WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GO AHEAD. CAST A LINE AND REEL THEM IN 48 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM IS THIS THE NEXT DUCK COMMANDER ME E T NIC K DES HO T E L OUT D OOR E N T RE PRE NEU R Anyone who s been out in the blind waiting for ducks or geese to get into range knows how important a call is to bring these honkers in. Nick Deshotel of Lafayette Louisiana makes some of the sweetest duck and deer calls on the market and he s been doing it since he was in elementary school. Nick stopped by the Outpost and shared some of his woodworking secrets. The Outpost You re a young guy. How did you get started making duck calls Nick Deshotel I got started when I was seven. My grandpa was a dentist here in Lafayette Louisiana and he was teaching me how to make bullwhips. It d take me about 13 hours to make a bullwhip and he needed me to start turning the handles for him. And so that s when I learned to how to use the lathe. I met a guy in New Iberia (La.) who furthered my knowledge on using the lathe and I started making bowls and little projects like that. When I was about nine I decided to start making duck calls because I loved duck hunting. When I first started I was using plastic inserts and just the store-bought little plastic reed inserts. It took me several years but I finally figured out how to make the tone boards myself. Now I ve got what I think are some good sounding calls and high quality. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 49 THE OUTPOST NICK DESHOTEL About how long does it take to make a typical duck call On my stock calls it takes me about 30 minutes but I run them in batches. My custom calls take about five-and-a-half to six hours. Some of the more custom-- like I ve done things like I ve taken a wood-burning pin and I put flames on calls and things of that nature. And those can take up to ten hours you know it kind of just depends but there is a wide range. Yes they re absolutely beautiful. One of the things that I have been fascinated by writing about duck hunting and actually being out on the water is how different species of ducks respond to different calls. I know some guys who will be in the duck blind and have about a dozen duck calls hanging off their neck. Is it necessary to have a different duck call for species-specific calls or can you make the sound with one call for all species Its preferable to have different calls for different species but if I had to choose I would hang two calls on my lanyard. I d hang a mallard call and a little four-in-one duck whistle. And the whistle does a teal it does the mallard drake the pintail and a widgeon. And the mallard call of course does a mallard hen. So you could do it with two calls You could pretty much do it with two. You d just be shy a couple of species but for the most part you can call in any duck with the mallard call. Throw in the whistle for a little confidence call. You make deer calls as well. What is the difference in construction from duck calls The heart and soul of the call is the tone board. With the deer call it s an elongated tone board and it has a different curve to it. I have three notches on my deer tone boards and there s a little O-ring that slides up and down the tone board. This allows you to do buck doe and fawn and you just slide the O-ring. Each notch does a different deer. (Editor s Note At this point in the interview we asked Nick to blow some calls for specific situations teal ducks arriving mallards who have passed over. If you would like to hear these specific calls click on the outpost website www.theoutpostlife. com then click on PODCASTS and choose the Nick Deshotel interview) 50 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM I think there s a tendency on the part of people like me who don t get out as much as you do to over-blow these things where you re just blowing constantly. Is that a problem That is the number one problem. While I m not claiming to be the world s greatest caller if I could give one tip it would be use the duck call as least as you can. You do not want to overuse the thing. The more you blow on the call the more chances you have to squeak up and mess up and let them know that you re not the real deal. It s uncanny to me that ducks are so hard-wired to know when things are not right. It s just amazing They fly as far as they fly and go the same way every year basically and end up in the same pond sometimes and can look down and say You know something s not right down there I m not flying in today. It sure is and you know as far as duck-hunting goes or any hunting there s a lot more than just calling that goes into the success of the hunt. Preparation s everything. Finding the right spot scouting and getting where the birds want to be and then decoy strategies and you ve got to have your decoys looking realistic and then duck calls are kind of just the finisher. First you ve got to get within a couple hundred yards of the birds and then you can use these calls to put them within 30 yards where you can shoot them. I guess everybody in America knows who the Duck Commander is. Do you watch that show and enjoy it or is it you shake your head and go There s no way they make duck calls like that Where I m at right now is where Phil Robertson was 30 or 40 years ago. I still make mine one at a time. They re all handmade. With most of these big duck-call companies the bodies and all the parts are injection molded over in China or wherever and then they kind of just throw them together. However I enjoy the show. They re a funny group of guys and they ve got a good show. What are your duck calls made of Mine are made of a million different kinds of wood I guess you could say. I use everything from the locally sourced woods like cedar and cypress. My little whistles are actually constructed of cedar and I have my cypress mallard call which is made of old-growth cypress. It s all air-dried and the wood s known to be at least a thousand years old. A lot of it s actually sinker cypress that we ve pulled out of the Atchafalaya River. I also use the cocobolo Osage orange African blackwood - that s all your exotic woods that come from Africa Central America and South America. I also use a diamond wood they call it and it s a maple that they take and they cut it in thin veneers and they dye each veneer and stack them up and heat-press them together. And when you turn it down it gives you diamonds from the high to low points of the call. And it s a really pretty wood. It catches everybody s eye. They like the colors. Your calls are beautiful. I know a special design or personalized design would be one price and much higher than normal but if somebody was going to go on your website what are some of the prices that somebody would expect to pay for your calls My cedar whistle is 25 and that s the least expensive call. Next is my cypress mallard which is 40. And then all the way up to my latest model of call that I ve up come up with. I call it The Loudmouth and it s a sharp mallard call. I can make it from whatever wood someone wants. If you want it made from cypress or cedar just like the last expensive calls then that s fine. But I tend to make them out of diamond wood and exotics and things of that nature and those are priced at 130. If you d like me to put flames on them or something like that we kind of just tack on whatever. I can personalize. A lot of people like to put names and stuff on the call. Names dates things like that. I can do that but that has to be done upon request and the price will vary a little bit. That sounds like a perfect birthday gift. How does somebody find you to order one of these calls They can just go to www.dgccalls.com and I have all the different models on this site. As of right now you call in it has the phone number or you can email me. How s business Business is pretty good. Hunting season s here and people are getting fired up That s great. Nick you ve got a job that lot of guys would love to do and I admire you for getting out there and starting a business being an entrepreneur and being true to your roots. This has been fun. We will keep up with you from time to time and check back in with you. All right. I appreciate it Art. www.dgccall.com WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 51 Killer Apps The Outpost Hunting and Fishing Technology Taking a Look at the Sun Seeker BY ANDY DYE If you are like me and get turned around regarding directions while away from obvious cues then this month s featured app may help you make a couple of aspects of your life which you may not have thought about more effective. With GPS so ubiquitous these days driving does not require quite as much navigation as it used to. In areas that have roads in grid patters that may not be as big of a deal. However when roads are dictated by numerous bodies of water and property lines you get endless twists and turns. Wonderful for bikers on a weekend drive but not exactly the best for figuring out what direction you are going. PLAN THE WORK. WORK THE PLAN. This article actually has very little to do with navigation as much as it does planning. When I was looking to build a greenhouse the best time to do so was when it was a bit cooler as working inside a greenhouse in the summer in Louisiana will get uncomfortable in minutes. The problem with planning where to put a garden patch or greenhouse or even just where to plan that fruit tree that you want to is that it is tough to ballpark how much sunlight a spot will get in different seasons. This can also apply to positioning a duck blind for warmth but to not be blinded by the sun. Or a deer stand to make sure you are set up in an area that you can take the sun into account months in the future. That is why the Sun Seeker app has been so helpful. 52 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM AN AUGMENTED REALITY CHECK This app has a few functions all of which are pretty cool for planning your garden or hunts months in advance. It is an augmented reality app (where the camera view is superimposed over the smart phone screen) as well as having data functions. In a snapshot of the data for the day you can see the sunrise and set time current shadow ratio and in the 2D mode where the sun will be at what time relative to where you are. Additionally you can superimpose the sun s position over Google Earth pictures to see where the shadows will be and quickly scroll through where it will be in different months of the year. If you need a bit more point of view information you can switch to 3D mode and hold the phone up to the sky and see where the sun will be at what time throughout the day. There will also be a red and blue line for equinox and solstice to see where the sun will be on those days in the view that you are currently looking at and you ca take a snapshot of what you are looking at as well. I have used it to make sure borderline landscape plants will be getting enough sun as well as where and what direction to face a greenhouse to maximize solar energy capture. If you are so inclined to put up a solar panel or two at the fishing or hunting camp it can help you get the most energy out of your investment. And if you dabble in outdoor photography you can use it to figure out how to get that perfect shot. Andy Dye is a technology and marketing consultant who lives in Lafayette Louisiana. You can send him questions for future features at info theoutpostlife.com WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 53 The app runs around 6 bucks in the app store https itunes.apple.com us app sun-seeker-3daugmented-reality id330247123 mt 8 and there is a sister app for the moon as well if you have a need. THE OUTPOST RECIPES DUCK BURGERS WITH CHERRY MUSTARD AND SMOKED CHEDDAR INGEDIENTS 8 oz ground duck (can use food processor or meat grinder) 1lb ground sirloin 2 tablespoons duck fat 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder Salt and Pepper to taste DIRECTIONS Combine all ingredients being careful not to overwork the mixture. Form into 4 burgers. Sear in a medium-hot skillet. You may finish off in the oven or the grill. Do not start off on the grill because the duck fat could really flame up on the grill. Top with smoked cheddar and serve with cherry mustard on a toasted egg bun CHERRY MUSTARD 1 jar (9 oz) Country style Dijon mustard 1 jar (18 oz) cherry preserves 1 cup dried cherries softened in warm water and finely chopped Combine Dijon mustard with 2 3 of the cherry preserves. Depending on how spicy you like the mustard you can add more or less preserves. Add the dried cherries and serve with your burger. Enjoy Recipe submited by Chef Lisa Richerson 54 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & Made with 100% Real Cheese AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT STYLE 1.00 COUPON CLICK HERE www.gordoscheesedip.com VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 55 THE OUTPOST RECIPES FISH CAMP BASS ON BIG GREEN EGG https www.youtube.com watch v Qrk82fj-Jrs The Outpost is pleased to announce that we have partnered with outdoor icon O Neill Williams. He will be providing some incredible recipes as well as other content throughout the year. Be sure to tune in to his televion show each week as well as listen to his radio show on The Outpost Radio. You can also visit his website at www.oneilloutside.com 56 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM ASIAN SLOW ROASTED DUCK 1 whole Duck rinse and salt exterior and interior 1 bunch parsley cup low sodium soy sauce cup Mazola canola oil cup sesame oil 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 3 teaspoons Asian Five Spice (or teaspoon ground cloves teaspoon ground fennel teaspoon ground anise teaspoon cinnamon teaspoon ginger teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. 1 bunch celery 1 onion cut into quarters Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Stuff cavity of Duck with parsley. Make up basting sauce using soy sauce oils red pepper and Asian five-spice (or other spices). Brush basting sauce over all of Duck (or Chicken) and arrange on bed of celery and onion. Cover with a tent of aluminum foil. Turn Duck (or Chicken) every 20 minutes for approximately 4 hours or until interior temperature reaches 180 degrees. LIFE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 57 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 HERE S HOW TO STAY DRY ON YOUR HUNT A REMARKABLE INNOVATION THE DRYSUIT FROM PREDATOR GEAR If you ve duck hunted for any period of time you ve experienced the memorable sensation of icy cold water sloshing over your hip-boots or waders on to your bare extremities. This usually happens when the temperature is below freezing and at the beginning of the day s hunt leaving you cold and wet for the entire morning. This common albeit miserable situation is about to be a thing of the past if John Loe has anything to say about it. Loe is the inventor of a product that will change the way you think of waders. His company Predator Gear introduced the Drysuit in 2014 and waterfowl hunters and flyfishermen are singing it s praises. The Predator Gear Drysuit is a one-piece suit that keeps a hunter or fisherman totally dry Loe noted in a recent phone interview from his company s headquarters in New Orleans. The only parts of your body that get wet are your hands and above your neck. It s made out of water-proof highly breathable material and that material completely encasulates your entire lower body. There are socks to go around your feet and then the suit is sealed around your wrists and your neck to keep water our even if you go swimming You can literally jump into a swimming pool head-first swim around and when you climb out and unzip the suit you will be dry he added. 58 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM It s nearly impossible to keep yourself warm if you re wet. What the Predator Gear Drysuit does is to ensure you stay dry making it much easier to stay warm Loe said. Every waterfowl hunter has experienced this problem at one time or another so how did Predator Gear come up with this solution According to Loe We ve been thinking about this for years and have gone through many itererations of the product you see now. I basically just got tired of water coming over my hip-boots or water going over the top of my chest-waders and being freezing cold. We knew there was a better way to deal with this but there was no product out there so this was one of the motivations to come up with the Drysuit concept. How have duck and goose hunters responded The response has been terrific Loe said. We have customers all over and people seem to love em. A lot of journalists who have reviewed them have been very postive in their reviews. They think it s a fabulous invention Our mantra at Predator Gear is to make gear for the serious hunter. It s not for the guy who may go hunting or fishing one or two times a year. Our products are for people who are really into it. Passionate The Predator Gear Drysuit is avaiable online now at the company website www.predatorgear.com The product will be avaiable in stores in 2015. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 59 Aside from the comfort advantage the drysuit has another more serious advantage. The big thing that people like is not only do they keep you dry and warm but it s safe Loe said. Every year tragically but not suprisingly a few people end up dying duck hunting from either falling into the water and getting hypothermia or drowning because they re wearing heavy clothing in order to keep warm. We ve already seen a couple of deaths from this type of accident this year and this is horrible. When maintained and worn properly the Drysuit gives you an added margin of safety he said. Predator Gear allowed the Outpost to test this product in the field and the results were magnificient. It s the type of product that makes you slap your head and wonder why didn t we come up with this 30 years ago. This begs the question Is the material in this suit some kind of high tech fabric The material is a four-layer polyester laminate Loe notes. It s very durable from puncture as well as abrasion over time. You don t have to worry about it wearing out. There are kneee-pads to help support this area when the hunter is kneeling down. There s thicker material on the butt and elbow areas. All of the high-wear areas are reinforced more. Hunters wearing the Drysuit will appreciate another aspect of this product. It s extremely breathable. You don t get hot in it was you would in neoprene waders because it s so breathable Loe notes. That s a real advantage because in the winter you get sweaty underneath your gear because of the exertion of working. When you stop you get cold. With the Drysuit when you re moving around setting decoys adjusting the brush on your blinds messing with your dog and all of these things you do to get ready for the hunt you don t get sweaty. Flyfishing is done is all kinds of temperatures. Does anyone use this Drysuit for fishing A lot of people use the suit for Steelhead flyfishing in the Pacific Northwest and some people use them for kayaking in cold places like Long Island Sound he said. The nice thing about this suit is that it s not just great for hunting. You can use it year-round for different activities. Our mantra at Predator Gear is to make gear for the serious hunter. It s not for the guy who may go hunting or fishing one or two times a year. Our products are for people who are really into it. Passionate 60 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 61 R G EA U Other features include 62 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM A Backpack That s Completely Waterproof O The retail price for this DryCASE backpack is 119.99. For more information visit www.drycase.com 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. TP O Keep your powder...and everything else dry DryCASE the manufacturer of waterproof electronic cases has introduced the Brunswick waterproof backpack in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camouflage. The Brunswick is great for carrying all your hunting essentials and offers complete concealment in the field blind or boat. It s 100-percent waterproof and highly functional thanks to the unique two-way air valve on the bottom. Simply roll down the top closure and secure it shut then you can open the valve and squeeze out any captured air or trap air inside so the pack will float. The two-way valve even doubles as a draining tool if you want to fill it with ice and use the backpack as a portable cooler. Made of a heavy duty yet lightweight TPU the Brunswick weighs only 2.2 lbs and has padded shoulder waist and chest straps for a comfortable hold. The main waterproof compartment offers 30 liters of storage capacity and an internal zippered pocket to store smaller items. External Mesh Zippered Pocket Rugged Top Hold Handle Mesh Draw String Side Pocket Carabineer Webbing Straps ST O When an Emergency Happens U O TP ST G EA R The RedHead Expedition Series Paracord Knife ensures you ll be ready for your hunting fishing or outdoors challenge tomorrow no matter where the trail leads you. RedHead Expedition Series Paracord Knife Put one of these knives in your pack or on your belt and you won t need to waste a minute worrying about whether you re prepared to handle cutting chores sure to crop up and survival demands that might. From gutting a deer to shaving tinder to hacking out a serviceable fishing spear the 3 -inch drop point fixed blade in Rc56-58 hardened stainless steel is up to the task. Ribbed-cut grooves on the top spine provide a secure grip for any job. The bonus of this knife is you ll never forget to bring along that other critical survival tool - paracord. This strong versatile rope can do everything from drag and hang your buck to hold up your bivouac to create a makeshift belt for your pants should that need arise. The RedHead Paracord Knife handle comes laced with 60 inches of ultra-versatile 350-pound camo Type II paracord. This simple efficient survival system comes in a durable sheath you can wear on your belt stow in your backpack or keep in the glove box of your hunting rig. In fact it s a good idea to have a RedHead Paracord Knife in all those places. Features include Rugged stays-sharp 3 -inch skinning style drop point blade Blade is 4.25mm thick of 440 stainless steel Rc56-58 hardness Ribbed-cut grooves on the top spine for thumb grip Handle laced with 60 inches of strong versatile camo Type II paracord Includes durable belt sheath Perfect for belt backpack and glove box The price for this paracord knife is 24.99 The RedHead Expedition Series ParaCord Knife is available for delivery to your door fromhttp www.basspro.com and at your nearest Bass Pro Shops retail store. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 63 R O U The Napa-leather Camera and Binocular Sling is available with two-tone finely finished leather and soft slip-proof suede backing. The slip-proof neoprene Camera and Binocular Sling is available in two color combinations forest green with brown piping or black with black piping. The Napa-leather sling is priced at 99.99 and the neoprene version is 44.99. Both can be purchased at fine sporting-goods stores around the country or directly from www.gunslingsdirect.com 64 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TP O Vero Vellini Camera and Binocular Slings are available in two cool designs either the lavishly padded premium Napa leather sling or a bounce-absorbing Air-Cushion neoprene with hand-stitched piping. Vero Vellini Camera and Binocular Slings are the sensible way to carry your camera comfortably so your camera is always ready to capture magic. No need to fumble with your camera in a backpack the Vero Vellini keeps your camera safe and secure while keeping you comfortable all day long. 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. ST G EA A Great Camera or Binocular Sling Since the first camera manufacturer integrated a pair of strap-attachment points cameras have been a literal pain in the neck for most active photographers and as cameras and lenses have gained weight it s only become worse. Vero Vellini has a pair of hand-crafted ergonomically contoured and padded Camera and Binocular Slings to comfortably support your gear ensuring that the weight of your camera is evenly distributed to reduce tension and fatigue on even the longest and most grueling shoots. O U O TP ST G EA R Need to Trim Some Limbs Blocking Your Shooting Lane Great products often come in small packages. Such is the case with the versatile Hooyman Ratchet Pruner with detachable saw Hooyman makers of the highly regarded line of high performance extendible shooting lane saws has designed a revolutionary new Ratchet Pruner that features a built-in detachable pocket saw. The simple push of a button detaches the in-handle saw from the pruner providing you with a handy hand saw. This multipurpose trimming tool is ideal for cutting shooting lanes and brushing in blinds. Like all Hooyman products the Ratchet Pruner is built to last and designed to perform. It features many of the same premium components as the popular Hooyman Saws including a high carbon steel saw blade in the pocket saw. The Ratchet Pruner is constructed of ultra-strong aluminum (not plastic) features a hardened razor sharp pruner blade and offers lightweight performance and pocket-sized convenience making it the perfect all-purpose pruning tool. The suggested retail price for this pruner saw is 44.99 To learn more about the Hooyman Ratchet Pruner and other Hooyman products visit www.hooymansaws.com. 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 65 ANOTHER ICE COLD SIX-PACK OF HOW TO S Every month we scour the internet to find tips tricks screw-ups and embarrassing moments that you can use in your pursuit of the bounty of the great outdoors. We call this feature A Six-Pack of How-To s. It s time to open a few cold ones. 66 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https www.youtube.com watch v sGz-NIBZwEw t 39 Had a great day on the water Caught a couple of monsters. Here how to lose one to a sea lion. Here s how to untangle two bucks...without getting killed by one or both https www.youtube.com watch v 0ci48MNf-fs WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 67 The pigs have invaded paradise. The state of Hawaii is beginning to experience the destruction from feral pigs that the mainland states have been dealing with for some time and some in the state are ready to call in the hunters. As any outdoor sportsman can attest the combination of a fast breeding cycle aggressive rooting habits and adaptability make feral pigs a land-owner s even one who considers himself a conservationist worst nightmare. Because of this the city of Kaneohe Hawaii may soon be joining forces with a local sportsmen s association to deal with its feral hog problem. PIG PROBLEMS ON THE ISLANDS The swine are wreaking their usual havoc in the 400-acre Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden a piece of land valuable not only for its value as a collection of rare and endangered plants but also as flood protection for the city. While Hoomaluhia is still a popular 68 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https www.youtube.com watch v o8E-2jeQ8M0 t 43 Remember how Moe slapped the dickens out of Curly Here s how to get slapped up side the head by a carp Here s how to avoid getting rammed into the water. (Hint don t turn your back on a ram) https www.youtube.com watch v DQKtpmW5Aq4 t 127 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 69 https www.youtube.com watch v EspoCJEnNSs Catching your first fish is priceless. It can also be loud. Here s how to react to catching your first fish if you re a young woman Here s how to react to catching your first fish if you re a little girl https www.youtube.com watch v DQKtpmW5Aq4 t 127 70 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 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 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 WWW.GUNDOGBROKER.COM 72 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM http www.youtube.com watch v kBsOM1RR4jo https www.youtube.com watch v r5WEyPKBRk0&feature youtu.be SURVIVAL TIPS The cold weather can absolutely kill you if you are not prepared. This video shows you how to stay warm and stay alive. It is all about getting the fire started. He makes it look easy but if you have ever seen Naked and Afraid or Survivor you know the hardest things in survival situation is fire shelter and clean water. Know how to build a fire. Practice doing so when it is not a survival situation. Do you have some great survival tips We would love to hear them. You can either jump on our Facebook or Twitter accounts and share those with us there or feel free to email us at art thoutpostmagazine.com In the meantime we hope you enjoy the video. www.TheOutpostLife.com WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 73 HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN 74 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 75 - The boys in the band grew up in Deer Lick Holler in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee playing traditional bluegrass music on tradition bluegrass instruments - The band made up of John Wheeler Jake Bakesnake Byers Hippy Joe Hymas and Johnny Butten had an epiphany that the Lost Highway made famous by Hank Williams and the Highway to Hell discovered by AC DC was the same damn road. -During a spring tour of Germany in 2014 while driving between Dortmund and Frankfurt the band heard the song Eye of the Tiger six different times on six different radio stations in one day. This was seen as a sign from somewhere that they needed to record an album of stadium rock songs from the 1970 s and 80 s. Not a bunch to ignore the hand of fate Hayseed Dixie proceeded to pull the songs and arrangements for Hair Down to my Grass together. -The record recorded in an abandoned barn in the mountains of Cumbria (the most northwestern region of England near Scotland) has some all time favorite rockers (and yes Eye of the Tiger is included) done in the inimitable fashion of Hayseed Dixie. It s Called Classic Rock for a Reason It s hard to believe that these iconic songs heard over and over and over again on Classic Rock stations around the world 24 7 could be reworked and made new again but this brilliant band pulls it off. And they never come across as jokey ironic perhaps but this is no novelty record. This is a great band reworking an owning these songs. STADIUM ROCK ANTHEMS GET A ROCKGRASS REDO The band that refuses to take itself too seriously while seriously picking your eyes out is back with another album that is guaranteed to confuse your prefrontal cortex. This makes album number 15 for Hayseed Dixie and the fans of this bluegrass rock (hence the name of the band s genre rockgrass ) outfit from Eastern Tennessee are going to love Hair Down to my Grass Just one of the many things to love about this band is its brutal honesty about the business where they make their living. Take the Hayseed website. Every band in the world has some kind of backgrounder on its website and this usually consists of the worst form of self-flagellation. Not so with Hayseed Dixie s homepage. CHOOSE YOUR TYPE OF HYPE Visitors to the site who want to find out about the band can click on the Hype button and can then choose between Industry Standard Hype and Progressive Hype. Both are hype but the flavor of the hype is different. Here are a few tidbits we picked up about the new record from from the Hayseed Hype pages 76 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https www.youtube.com watch v Z9nW3kOAEk4 HAYSEED DIXIE KICKS SOME GRASS Imagine Don t Stop Believing a freakin anthem from Journey re-worked with a banjo and mandolin as the dominate instruments. Or Comfortably Numb cut originally by Pink Floyd changed completely and rendered beautifully by the soulful voice of John Wheeler and a lonesome fiddle. The tempo is changed on Dude Looks Like a Lady which sold a bazillion records for Arrowsmith and it becomes a completely new song. Some of these songs such as Summer of 69 are arguably better done in this rockgrass style than the original. What about that song that spawned this record - The Eye of the Tiger It is one of the most interesting of the lot. Hayseed Dixie takes this 1982 hit from Survivor adds a no-holds-barred five string banjo and flat out kills it Covers of hits especially monster hits are usually dreadful. It s almost impossible to forget what we were doing and who we were doing it with when the song was blasting over the radio every couple of hours. We remember the song exactly as it was done to the point of singing the lead guitar parts. However the Hayseed Dixie approach avoids this tendency toward derivative clich by taking a completely different approach to the tempo instrumentation and vocals of these songs. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 77 This album was released in the U.S. on January 20 2015 so there hasn t been enough time to check the airplay and sales. However if the European response where it was released first and the riding high on the charts are any indication Hair Down to my Grass could be a pleasant surprise for millions of Hayseed Dixie fans. https www.youtube.com watch v s2mrn0uhOIA Cody Canada is Showing Some Hippie Love Punk Cody Canada is the poster boy for the Red Dirt Movement. So says Rolling Stone magazine. This movement includes artists from Oklahoma and Texas who have a less-than-awe-struck opinion of the Nashville music mavens. If this designation is weighing on the constantly touring Canada he s not showing any strain. In fact he s got a recently released album with his band The Departed - HippieLovePunk that some feel is the best he s done to date. You may remember Canada as the front man and lead guitarist for the band Cross Canadian Ragweed a Southern-Rock-Roadhouse-Roots group which decided to disband after releasing four top-ten records. This of course makes no business sense but Canada didn t really care whether it did or not. He felt it was time for a change and four years later The Departed is also without Seth James who for a few years split the singing duties with Canada. Now it s just Cody Canada and The Departed and they are knee-deep in HippieLovePunk. So where did that album title come from Canada told RS the story. I have a really close friend down in Texas who is an Americana radio station owner and he asked me what the vibe of the record was and I said You know it s about taking care of each other don t back anyone into a corner and I-love-you kind of stuff. And he goes Oh so like a hippie-love-punk thing. I said Well there you go. There s the title. It really fits the demeanor of the whole record. A Bigger Wall of Sound This new album sounds a little different from previous work. The instrumentation features more Hammond B-3 organ great harmonies and dominate guitars. The effect is a much more booming sound and this enhances the stories found in the songs. It s been noted by several music observers that the lyrics of Cody Canada s songs are about getting along getting it on and getting mad about anyone who puts him in the corner. The first single from the collection InBetweener is a good example of this trend. Background interviews about the new record note that Canada the father of two boys was seriously affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings which occurred in 2012. Some of the most powerful songs on HippieLovePunk are based on his concerns for the safety of his kids. 78 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM According to Canada (in the RS interview) Most musicians live in a bubble he explained. You play a show have a few cocktails smoke some weed wake up repeat. You feel so protected and so safe until you turn on the news and then you re scared. I ve always been a literal writer and I think having kids made me pay attention to what s happening in the world. While the record was just released in mid-January and no sales figures are available at the time of this writing there is little doubt Cody Canada and The Departed will be doing everything in their power to support the record. These guys are road-warriors and if they come to your town got see them. You won t regret it. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 79 AIN T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH FOR BARRY BLANCHARD If you ve ever been in a tight spot somewhere in the wilderness you know how important it is to keep calm and keep moving. That s what mountain climber Barry Blanchard has done in his entire life. In his memoir The Calling he shares the journey if his life radically changed by passion adventure friendships all found at the other end of the rope. The Outpost caught up with Barry at his home in Canmore Alberta which is about an hour west of Calgary and about 15 minutes east of Banff and one of the most beautiful areas of the world. The Outpost The subtitle of your book A Life Rocked by Mountains pretty much sums up your life. How in the world does somebody get into this kind of sport Barry Blanchard Well I know that climbing called to me a number of times when I was a young guy and somewhere within me was the decent intelligence to answer that call. Initially I was riding a greyhound bus back from visiting my paternal grandmother in Medicine Hat Alberta. It was a three and a half hour bus ride back to Calgary Alberta which was my home. 80 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM A young 25-year-old gal was reading a really classic work of literature about mountaineering called the White Spider by Heinrich Harrer. She took the time to read to me from the book and showed me black and white pictures of these guys anchored to the north face of the Eiger (mountain of the Bernese Alps overlooking Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland) during the first descent in the late 30s. It just really struck something deep within me and resonated in my bloodstream and got me really interested in it. So from there it was kind of always in my mind. But perhaps the way a lot of young guys think they re going to be an astronaut or race car driver [laughter] I thought I might be a mountain climber but yeah I just had more accessibility to it particularly in the high school library. You started actually climbing when you were just 17-year-old. Is that s what s known as the arrogance of youth Were you just too dumb to know how dangerous this is When you re climbing you re totally free to go out and bite off way more than you can chew the very first day. You hear a bunch of horrific numbers of casualties and stuff but really it s just some guys mostly shouting at each other and probably taken some potshots at each other but it definitely closed down us getting into Northern Pakistan which logistically was a challenge for us but it eventually worked its way out or worked its way through not that I think you d want to be there when that kind of scrimmaging is going on. Was that mountain well known Why did you choose that part of the world to climb Nanga Parbat (the ninth highest mountain in the world) is a very wellknown mountain with a lot of history actually and some connection to Heinrich Harrer who s first book The White Spider I mentioned earlier. His second book was Seven Years in Tibet because he was taken prisoner of war during a Nanga Parbat expedition in 38 and eventually escaped to Lhasa and became a tutor to the Dalai Lama. That s a different story though. But it s a good story. Yeah it is. Nanga Parbat is the west most 8 000-year peak in the Himalaya and it s actually in the end of the Himalaya. And then across the Indus river is the Hindu Kush and the Karakorum. So yeah a well-known mountain but specifically for us it offers the largest mountain phase in the world. So even though it s not the tallest mountain in the world it has the most relief. So relief is the concept where you stand at the bottom of the mountain and how many thousands of feet you have to climb to get from where you are to the summit. Everyone knows Everest is the highest mountain in the world but it doesn t actually present the most relief. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 81 There is no regulations. However gravity is a pretty strict schoolmaster so it doesn t allow for much too much arrogance there. It s a way to get the attention of even young guys who are pretty wild. Just hang them over a drop and they figure out pretty quick they ve got to toe the line. If you turn on the TV anytime you can witness the conflicts in Pakistan and you climbed in Pakistan during a Shia-Sunni conflict. Can you tell us a little bit about that story and how did that come about What was that like It s unfortunately a relatively normal thing that goes on in Northern Pakistan in the spring where you have these remote villages that are kind of locked up all winter under quite difficult conditions. Come spring the valleys open up and people can get down out of the high mountain valleys where they live and come down to the lower valleys in towns like Gilgit and such. The conflict as we understood it in 1988 when we were there was that one of the members of one of the sects had apparently broken Ramadan - the fasting time of year when the Muslims won t eat between daylight and dusk. It was more or less of an excuse for a bunch of guys who d been bored out of their skulls all winter to storm down of Gilgit with their homemade shotguns and have a little bit of intersect fighting. When you stand at the base of Everest you re 18 000 feet and the summit is 29 000 feet. So there s 11 000 feet of relief. On Nanga Parbat you stand at the bottom of the valley. It s 11 000 feet and the summit is 26 500 feet so there s 15 000 feet of relief. So kind of half again as big as Everest. And that was the attraction for us. You couldn t go anywhere on the planet and get more mountain phase to climb. So that s why you climb mountains because it s there...because it s a challenge Yeah. There s just so many reasons why you climb mountains and some of it is maybe as subtle as you like getting up in the middle of the night and feeling the night frost and moving through cold air by a full moon. There s a lot of magic just in that. I think the real reason I know that I climb mountains and all of my partners climb mountains is for the journey. It s kind of the effect that the endeavor has on you every foot of the way. So it is almost a way of living a little lifetime. There s such intense experiences that in five days of climbing you may experience as much as you would in say a decade of normal living that kind of intensity...it changes you. That s the best explanation I ve ever heard of why somebody climbs mountains or takes on any life-ordeath challenge. One of the memorable passages of your book The Calling involved you being buried in an avalanche in the Himalayas. It was riveting. What were you thinking about when you were covered with all this snow That was on Nanga Parbat actually as we were going for the summit when a very violent storm kind of broke over the mountain and we got hit by the avalanche at about 23 000 or 24 000 feet. That was a type of avalanche that pours over you. You re in a fairly steep terrain anchored to an ice screw and the avalanche pours by you. So in a sense you re buried by it but it s not like the way it piles up on the ground. It was a long avalanche. It went on for 23 minutes so a lot of things go through your mind. Initially when I saw the face of the avalanche bearing down on us and very much looking like a freight train just hammering through this tight gully and you know you re going to get smacked right away was Oh wow This is going to be it. This thing is just going to rip us off the mountain send us to the bottom which is 10 000 feet below. The first thing that screamed into my mind was Oh my God you re never going to see your wife again. There was instant grief and appreciation along with that apprehension that love is going to be lost. That was terrifying right down to the core But that didn t happen. We stayed anchored to the mountain and the avalanche continued. While this is happening you re wondering how your buddies are doing. They re only inches or a couple of feet away from you but you don t know how they re doing because it s just all a torrent of moving snow like getting a big mountain wave or a big ocean wave crashing over you. You hope he s there but you can t really reach out and touch him because the force of the avalanche just won t allow you to raise your arm. Ironically you re getting so hypothermic from all of this snow being dumped over you that you begin to have the macabre thought that Wow I could die of hypothermia within the hour [chuckles]. It s not really perceived that you could die out the avalanche. You are shaking like a jackhammer. You are thinking this is going to be a little bit of black humor. But then thankfully it all ends and the snow hisses away and everything goes back to the storm and you realize your buddies are there. And the question becomes How are we going to get out of this So how did you dig out Was the snow blown off of you or how did you dig out of the covering Well we had run a steep feature in the mountain s ice gully probably about 45 or 50 degrees. So this type of avalanche didn t have any bonded snow in it. It s all loose dry fresh snow from the storm. It s like sand being dumped over you. It all hisses by and goes to the bottom of the mountain where it piles up and makes a deposit. But where we are it flows over us so at the end the only stuff we have to knock off is one meter high dunce cap on top of our shoulders we had from the snow. It s funny when you think about it...a dunce cap. How appropriate. (laughing) 82 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM To listen to the podcast with Barry Blanchard click here http www.theoutpostlife.com pod_popup150103.html WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 83 Outdoor sports in general have a tendency to encourage lifelong friendships. You ve been in many tough scrapes with many of your friends. Has this friendship gotten stronger because of that or has anyone s dumb actions while they were climbing made him an ex-friend The guys I go out with are some of the best in the world. They re the absolute top of the pile cream of the crop top tour guys and I have never walked away from one of those partnership because a mistake was made. I ve made mistakes while climbing with my buddies and they ve made mistakes while climbing with me but none of them have been really really costly. That kind of stuff happens but more so you just get to know the guys you climb with so well. Take that avalanche. After that the next eight or ten hours we went through dodging other avalanches and rappelling down the mountain in the storm and in the dark. It s like it s x-ray vision of the guy beside you. There s nothing that s hidden from you. You get to see everything. I ve found that you grow to love your partners on the rope. You know each other really well and you trust each other emphatically. What advice would you give a young man or woman who s interested in mountain climbing What should they be thinking about reading doing Is there any kind of-- there s not really an academic schedule for this but can you give the youngsters some advice Well there are some universities that offer programs usually tailored towards getting in to the tourist industry or in to guiding which is my profession. I think the advice that I would offer would be read. There s a really rich canon of a lot of pretty good writing that backs up the last 150 or 200 years of climbing. There s some real good gems in there. And then be very incremental in your development as a climber - baby steps. And it s quite accessible to most people these days. 84 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Start at an indoor climbing gym get some skills together there and then go to the outdoor rock environment. Get some instruction and just take your time. Because once again gravity is a tough teacher. As my one buddy said The ground hurts and it s forever. So you don t want to overstep. Tread lightly lads - that s what the old British climbers used to say to the young British climbers. Do you had a big climb lined up for the next six months or so or will you continue guiding No I m right in the middle of my summer guiding so we often joke about it as the summer harvest [chuckles]. I don t have any big climbs on the horizon right now. I have actually been trying to stay home more. My daughters are seven and nine so that s pretty big pull. Yeah the plans for this fall is the guiding season for meal in mid-October. And then I m going to do a tour to promote the book around the states and around Canada. That will see me into the winter into December and that is when the guiding will start again. As I said at the beginning I know almost nothing about the sport of alpine mountain climbing and in spite of that I found this book riveting. If someone likes adventure The Calling is a great read Well thank you I m so happy to hear that you read it and you enjoyed it. That s such a challenge when you re logging the long hours at the keyboard and at the paper thinking Is anyone going to want to read this It s great encouragement To get a copy of The Calling by alpine mountain climber Barry Blanchard check your local bookstore or click on http www.amazon.com The-Calling-Life-Rocked-Mountains dp 1938340310 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 85 JUST ADD WATER I got this powdered water now I don t know what to add. Steven Wright FIRST SOME GOOD NEWS WATER USE IS DOWN Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to this USGS report about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010 which represents a 13 percent reduction of water use from 2005 when about 410 Bgal d were withdrawn and the lowest level since before 1970. Water good old H2O is the critical component for every outdoor sport not to mention every form of life. America s water resources are generally abundant but they are not limitless. Managing this resource is a task that most hunters and anglers are happy to let somebody else do. Every five years the U.S. Geological Survey collects data from counties all over the United States for the national water use report. This is a thorough document that provides water resource managers and private citizens with accurate information on how much water is being used in specific places for a wide variety of purposes. Since 1950 the USGS has tracked the national wateruse statistics said Suzette Kimball acting USGS director. By providing data down to the county level we are able to ensure that water resource managers across the nation have the information necessary to make strong water-use and conservation decisions. 86 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Reaching this 45-year low shows the positive trends in conservation that stem from improvements in water-use technologies and management. Even as the U.S. population continues to grow people are learning to be more water conscious and do their part to help sustain the limited freshwater resources in the country. HOW WATER IS USED Water withdrawn for thermoelectric power was the largest type of water use nationally with the other leading uses being irrigation public supply and selfsupplied industrial water respectively. Withdrawals declined in each of these categories. Collectively all of these uses represented 94 percent of total withdrawals from 2005-2010. A number of factors can be attributed to the 20 percent decline in thermoelectric-power withdrawals including an increase in the number of power plants built or converted since the 1970 s that use more efficient cooling-system technologies declines in withdrawals to protect aquatic habitat and environments power plant closures and a decline in the use of coal to fuel power plants. In a separate report USGS estimated thermoelectricpower withdrawals and consumptive use for 2010 based on linked heat- and water-budget models that integrated power plant characteristics cooling system types and data on heat flows into and out of 1 290 power plants in the United States. By incorporating data on the consumptive use for thermoelectric power since 1995 the models offer a new approach for nationally consistent estimates. Irrigation withdrawals in the United States continued to decline since 2005 and more croplands were reported as using higher-efficiency irrigation systems in 2010. Shifts toward more sprinkler and micro-irrigation systems nationally and declining withdrawals in the West have contributed to a drop in the national average application rate from 2.32 acre-feet per acre in 2005 to 2.07 acre-feet per acre in 2010. For the first time withdrawals for public water supply declined between 2005 and 2010 despite a 4 percent increase in the nation s total population. The number of people served by public-supply systems continued to increase and the public-supply per capita use declined to 89 gallons per day in 2010 from 100 gallons per day in 2005. Declines in industrial withdrawals can be attributed to factors such as greater efficiencies in industrial processes more emphasis on water reuse and recycling and the 2008 U.S. recession resulting in lower industrial production in major water-using industries. WHERE THE WATER IS USED California accounted for 11 percent of the total withdrawals for all categories and 10 percent of total freshwater withdrawals for all categories nationwide. Texas accounted for about 7 percent of total withdrawals for all categories predominantly for thermoelectric power irrigation and public supply. In August USGS released the 2010 water-use estimates for California in advance of the national report. The estimates showed that in 2010 Californians withdrew an estimated total of 38 Bgal day compared with 46 Bgal day in 2005. Surface water withdrawals in the state were down whereas groundwater withdrawals and freshwater withdrawals were up. Most freshwater withdrawals in California are for irrigation. Conserving fresh water is everybody s job from the manager of a thermoelectric plant to the homeowner who wants a lush green lawn in the heat of summer. That big bass or whitetail deer who needs a little drink will thank you. 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These places are important nurseries for marine life and provide wintering habitat for waterfowl. Money for restoration projects could come from the billions that BP and the other companies responsible for the 2010 spill will pay in fines and penalties. Much of this money will ultimately be distributed to the Gulf states for restoration. Over the past hundred years we ve made major changes to the way our rivers flow into the Gulf of Mexico added Bender. The results have not been pretty for fish and wildlife. Restoring degraded coastal habitats will help numerous species of fish and these habitats are also critical for the millions of waterfowl that winter or stopover on the Gulf Coast. The report s 47 proposals can be grouped into these five general categories 88 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 1. Restoring Wetlands Wetlands play a critical role in the Gulf ecosystem--creating habitat for fish and wildlife filtering pollutants stabilizing shorelines and providing protection from storms. Over the past eight decades the Gulf Coast has lost an area of wetlands larger than the state of state of Delaware largely in the area of Louisiana known as the Mississippi River Delta. 2. Restoring Sediment The Mississippi River is hemmed in by man-made levees the river sediment that once nourished the delta s wetlands is now propelled deep into the Gulf. If all of the 19 recommended projects in Louisiana were built together they would sustain restore and rebuild as many as 300 square miles of wetlands that would otherwise be lost by 2060. 3. Restoring the Balance between Fresh and Saltwater Estuaries are created where fresh water from rivers mixes with saltwater from the Gulf. In most of the Gulf s estuaries the natural balance of fresh and salt water has been dramatically altered. The report recommends fixes for many of the Gulf s major estuaries including the Everglades and Apalachicola Bay in Florida as well as five systems in Texas. 4. Restoring Oyster Reefs An adult oyster can filter as much as 50 gallons of water per day and oyster reefs provide important habitat for many economically important species of fish such as redfish shrimp and blue crabs. Oyster reefs also create physical structures that can protect coastal communities from storms. Restoring oyster reefs is a key element in several of the recommended projects in the report for example in Mississippi s Biloxi Bay and Bay St. 5. Protecting Critical Landscapes In a few select places the report recommends purchasing key parcels of coastal lands to protect them in perpetuity. For example the report recommends adding lands to Alabama s Grand Bay and Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuges. The report is aimed at informing a series of decisions that will be ultimately made for funds flowing from the Gulf oil disaster including those to be made by Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. 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