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FARM BILL FRISCO GUN CLUB LONG DISTANCE SHOOTING COUNTRY GOES HUNTIN RHETT AKINS BROOKE THOMAS MODEL & ANGLER FISHING SUNLASSES GOOSE HUNTING SECOND SEASON LOUISIANA RED SNAPPER GUN CONTROL RULING WIN GEAR RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS PLUS RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & 1.00 COUPON VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM http 5MveCGisXgg TABLE OF CONTENTS 11 COUNTRY GOES HUNTIN 18 TRANSPLANTING WILD TURKEYS 24 FARM BILL 58 LONG RANGE SHOOTING 15 DRONE BOW HUNTERS RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS WILD TURKEY RECIPES OUTPOST HUMOR FROZEN INSECTS GETTING YOUR BOAT IN SHAPE 22 GOOSE HUNTING SECOND SEASON 42 32 BOONE & CROCKETT 34 FRISCO GUN CLUB WEEKEND SNAPPER GEAR SALT WATER FISHING MIND OF THE MAKER THE BUSINESS OF OUTDOORS 40 FISHING SUNGLASSES 48 THE OUTPOST MUSIC 51 66 70 54 68 72 88 81 93 HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN HAS BEGUN Introducing the best hunting arrow ever Maxima RED TM. The enemy of superior consistent accuracy is Dynamic Spine the flexing of an arrow in flight. Broadheads can make this flexing even worse. The new hi-tech carbon Maxima REDTM is engineered with stiffer ends to contain and control Dynamic Spine to the center of the arrow or the Red ZoneTM . The result is a breakthrough in broadhead accuracy and simply the best hunting arrow ever created. Shoot BetterTM Editor s Letter Given his agricultural history and his deeply-felt conservatism I would have loved to have talked with my dad about the Farm Bill that passed in February. Actually he would have talked and I would have listened Once I gave him the facts of the law passed by a bipartisan vote in both houses of Congress and signed by the President I can ASSURE you Arthur Young Jr. would have had some thoughts about the new law affecting farmers ranchers and outdoor sportsmen. We have an overview of this law in this issue and you can find it on page 24. Near the end of his life after I had been hunting our family property for 20 or 30 years my dad got a little more mellow about my passion for hunting. I have some great memories of him sitting by one of the stock tanks chatting with us about cattle prices and plowing while my son Chris and I were pounding incoming doves. He also loved to hear the story about the monster axis deer I took about a mile from the barn he and his father built back in the 60 s. Farmers and outdoor sportsmen need each other and they don t have to be on different sides of the conservation issue. Take a look at our piece on the Farm Bill as well as the other stories in this issue and let us know your thoughts. We answer every email so shoot us one and keep us on our toes. art Later Art Young Editor The Outpost Magazine My father was a farmer who did not particularly care for hunters. He thought they disturbed his cattle and sheep left crap behind like spent shotgun shells and aluminum cans and drank too much. These were the reasons he gave but I believe he didn t allow many hunters on his land was because he thought hunters should be doing some work not sitting around in the shade waiting for doves to fly into range. If you were older than 7 and younger than 70 he thought you needed to be working preferably 7 days each week. The acreage he tilled and toiled over has been in our family for 5 generations. My ancestors were immigrants from Sweden and these hard working folks had a great reverence for the land. They didn t get all teary-eyed and sentimental about it but they respected it for what it could and couldn t yield. They also knew how quickly it could turn mean the 1950 s drought and the random grassfire that wiped out the entire hay crop come to mind. My father who except for the 2 or 3 years he spent in Japan during World War II spent his entire life within a few miles of the family farm and it shaped his personality and political views. His politics were simple. He didn t like politicians and distrusted their actions. He was neither a Democrat nor Republican. In fact he thought both parties were made up of fat-cats who never did a lick of work in their entire lives. Using my political science degree from the State University of Texas I would have to place him in the Neo-PopulistConservative camp. (By the way that s one of the first times in 30 years I have used my highly-coveted degree in political science ) For not being a hunter I have got a lot of info from your magazine recipes travel advice kayak buying info Lauren Roswell GA FIELD NOTES FROM OUTPOST READERS I had signed up for the Lorrie Morgan contest and didn t win. But was pleasantly surprised by your publication. This is the first magazine I have read on-line but really enjoy the content and the convenience. Keep up the good work. Terry Charlotte NC I Love It Keep it coming Paul Luth - Nebraska Art I think you guys do an increbidle job with this. I do love to hunt but also love to read all the other articles. Not so much into fishing but that is OK. Thanks for sending to me. Travis Littleton Sewell OK Awesome magazine thanks for sending it. Jeff Franklin TN THE OUTPOST You guys ROCK Gorilla Marketing LLC 770-675-7200 Jason Martin Partner Jim Zegers King of the Jungle Art Young Editor in Chief Contributing Writers Art Young Jason Martin Photo Credits Jason Martin Kirk Driskell Flickr Commons Florida Bow Fishing Tony Eckler Burnt Pine Plantation NWTF Art Young Frisco Gun Club John Durel Charles Richard Sandy Earle Trey Weatherington Sam Klement Hayden Guynes Boone & Crocket Costa Sunglasses Michael Wilson Harper Lee Josh Shoemaker THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2014 by Gorilla Marketing LLC Marietta GA 30062. Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. 1-888-390-5548 B I G G R E E N TA R G E T S . 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You can also click here T H E 1 3 T H A N N IV ER SAR Y O F BU SH C O U N T R Y GO ES HUN T IN G It s that time of the year again It s getting warmer and the dogwoods are starting to bloom all over the South That can only mean one thing The Turkeys are starting to gobble and it s time for one of the Greatest Traditions and fundraising events in the Country Music and the Outdoor Industry Community. Mark your calendars for March 19 2014. This is the start of the 13th Anniversary of Bush Country Goes Huntin TM. This event was started by a group of passionate professional hunters led by Sam Klement from Dothan Alabama and some of his Nashville Country Music buddies such as Rhett Akins Double Barrel Daryle Singletary and Singer Songwriter Bobby Pinson. If you listen to country music or watch outdoor television odds are good you have seen some footage or heard an interview on one of the top rated Outdoor Television shows like Realtree Outdoors Bone Collector Backwoods Life and HIGTV about this event. It s a simple concept pairing up country artists and outdoor industry professionals for a few days of chasing turkeys and hogs around the Wiregrass Area in SE Alabama NW Florida and SW Georgia. It culminates with an acoustic celebrity benefit concert performed by some of the most talented singer songwriters and a few surprise guests from Nashville Tennessee. This year s concert will be held at Cowboys of Dothan on 3-20 doors open at 5 30 for early silent auction opportunities and dinner. The concert starts at 8pm and lasts until the last song is sung. Many of these folks have been coming to the Wiregrass area for many years. I look forward to this event each year said Eddie Salter (aka The Turkey Man). It s a great way to bring awareness to the Outdoors and raise awareness and dollars from some outstanding charities in the process I have had the chance to hunt with some pretty iconic country singers like Lorrie Morgan Blake Shelton and Rhett Akins. It is a great feeling to introduce someone like this to the Goodness of the Outdoors stated Salter. K INS A ETT RH I guess what keeps me coming back is the long standing friendships I have made over the years and the fact that there is always a great charity component said former Atlanta Braves stand-out Ryan Klesko. Not to mention the turkey hunting is incredible down there FORM ER AT VE RY The teams consisting of a Land AN K LESK Owner Guide Celebrity Country O Singer and a professional Outdoor Television crew host end up hunting on over 40 thousand acres of both public & private property around the Wiregrass during the 3 day event. According to one of the co-founders Sam Klement You never really know who s going to show up to BCGH base camp located in Blakely Georgia on The HOOCH Place. Our policy has always been to extend an invite to the BCGH alumni who can make it down via Text or a phone call prior to the event. We have never sent out any formal invitation. Klement continued Since we are now 13 years strong there are a lot of folks to try and contact each year. So we pretty much leave it as an open invitation to our Alumni. Some celebrities come and go during the event based on their touring schedules and paying gigs. We have never paid our artists celebrities to attend . It s pretty funny at least once per year during the event someone in the camp may get a text from an artist who just happens to be playing a show within 8-10 hours of the Wiregrass area who knows BCGH is going on. You wake up in the morning and there may be a couple of extra tour buses parked at the base camp. Andy Griggs Country Artist and Co-Host of Dem Boyz TV show has been coming down to BCGH for 9 years now. He said I have made some great memories down at this event not to mention some great new friends Where else can you get up kill a turkey and then go back to camp and get a massage in an old re-furbished Grain Bin Now that s a Great event Yeah I will always play some songs and lend my talents for an event like this Bush Country Goes Huntin has been proud to raise awareness and dollars for some outstanding charities over the years like KWO(Keeping Warriors Outdoors) SLF (Sportsman s Legacy Foundation) The Wheeling Sporstman NWTF. One of this year s new BCGH beneficiary charities is The Hospice Angels Foundation of Hospice Advantage which helps family members and patients who are terminally ill handle last wishes and assists with costly medical bills and funeral services during this difficult time. LANT A BR A https watch v qJOUuxzZxso t 10 RHETT AKINS - SAM KLEMENT - DARYLE SINGLETARY For a complete list of BCGH artists Hunting Professionals and Charities or if you would like to get involved in this unique event please visit LORRIE MORGAN The Traditional Journey Continues... NEW from the Pope and Young Club... The challenge legacy and romance of Bowhunting The second in a series of books chronicling the foundations and spirit of hunting with the bow and arrow. The Traditional Journey Continues is an easy-reading collection of stories bridging more than a century about how hunting with the bow and arrow can and does positively impact our lives. This book s editor M. R. James notes this is a book for every single bowhunter out there It s designed to inspire and inform readers of bowhunting s enduring legacy. The book is a celebration of rolling up our sleeves and getting busy at bowhunting Read the story of Ishi as told by his friend and hunting companion Will Chief Compton. Join Dr. Saxton Pope as he relates Art Young s adventures in Alaska in the early 1920s. Glenn St. Charles personal account of taking his first-ever deer on a snowy Washington State wilderness hunt and Fred Bear s personal account of tagging a Wyoming elk in 1952 will have you feeling you were right there experiencing it all with them. Contemporary authors Fred Asbell John Gardner Marv Clyncke Len Cardinale Doug Clayton Mike Schlegel Jay St. Charles and Glenn Hisey dive into the feelings and emotions we experience with participation in the varied activities known as bowhunting. The journey of a bowhunter isn t necessarily about recurves longbows or compounds. But it is whether on purpose or by accident about finding the joy and value in the heritage and traditions that are this thing we call BOWHUNTING. It s about relishing in the challenges of the sport about learning its history it s about experiencing the thrill of the chase up close and personal about the hours of practice earning the perfect shot about honing your skills and relying on them about dreaming and planning for the next hunt and so much more worth preserving intact for future generations to share and value. This book also documents the continued success and effectiveness of the simple bow and arrow--ample evidence of the effectiveness of the skilled archer using simple equipment. Listed are all traditional-equipment-taken animals in the P&Y Records Program in all species categories entered into the Records through January 1 2013. A multitude of great field photos enhance the listings. Informative inspiring and timeless this book is a must for every bowhunter s personal library. Order your copy today BOWHUNTING P E The Traditional Journey Continues 2013 ISBN 9780961796686 Hardcover 268 pages 30.00 shipping AND YO UN BIG GAME RECORDS PO G CLUB If AmAzon CAn Use Drones WhAt AboUt boW hUnters Who knew Amazon s CEO Jeff Bezos interview on 60 Minutes in December would affect the way outdoor sportsmen think about bow hunting As the founder and CEO of the world s largest retailer Bezos statements about drones delivering packages captured the imagination of those of us who are still wondering when we re getting those flying cars we were promised. is testing delivering packages using drones Bezos said. The idea would be to deliver packages as quickly as possible using the small unmanned aircraft through a service the company is calling Prime Air. Bezos played a demo video on 60 Minutes that showed how the aircraft also known as octocopters will pick up packages in small yellow buckets at Amazon s fulfillment centers and fly through the air to deliver items to customers after they hit the buy button online at The goal of the new delivery system is to get packages into customers hands in 30 minutes or less. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as Amazon develops the technology further and waits for the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with rules and regulations the company added. One day Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today the company said. POPE & YOUNG ON DRONES All this talk about drones got many people thinking about how they can be used for other things including outdoor sports. Since hunters and anglers love new gadgets and technology some have thought it would be a great idea to start using drones in the pursuit of game. Conservation and bow-hunting group Pope & Young begs to differ. On the subject of drones the group notes The core values of the Pope and Young Club revolve around the principles of high standards of conduct and ethics in our bowhunting lifestyle. The Club believes that an ethical code is necessary for all responsible bowhunters and is the key to protecting bowhunting s future in our society. The concept of fair chase is a component of an ethical code. Simply defined fair chase is the ethical sportsmanlike and lawful pursuit of free-ranging wild game animals in a manner which does not give the bowhunter an improper or unfair advantage over the animal. In ad- 15 dition to following all bowhunting laws and regulations adherence to the Rules of Fair Chase is required by anyone submitting an entry into the Club s Records Program. Though such rules focus on the pursuit itself the spirit of fair chase is an attitude and a way of life based in a deep-seated respect for wildlife for the environment and for other individuals who share the bounty of our natural resources. THE GROUP CONTINUED ExPLAINING ITS POSITION ON THE USE OF DRONES FOR BOWHUNTING. We urge all Pope & Young Club members to refrain from using Drones UAV s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems) to locate monitor scout or stalk any North American big game species. UAV-assisted bowhunting violates the existing rule that states you may not use electronic devices for attracting locating or pursuing game or guiding the hunter to such game. While the Pope & Young Club acknowledges the potential use of UAV s for purposes of science and game surveys and even to attain non hunting shots such as scenery for outdoor television shows we feel strongly that in order to protect the principles of fair chase and fair opportunity UAV s may not be used as a bowhunting aid. We have a responsibility to make sure that bowhunting remains a primitive pursuit involving woodcraft and skill not merely exploiting technology. Accordingly P&Y supports efforts by state wildlife authorities to ban the use of UAVs to aid or assist in bowhunting. For more information on the Pope & Young Club click on the organization s website 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 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. What s a Beautiful Woman like this Doing With a largemouth Bass in her hanDs 18 THE OUTPOST BROOKE THOMAS If you were drop-dead gorgeous had a smile that lit up a room and you were perfectly comfortable chasing and catching largemouth bass with either a rod or bow would you rather be a model or a professional angler This is not a trick question. FRESHwATER OR SAlTwATER If you re Brooke Thomas the decision is easy. She wants to catch fish for a living. With about 110 000 followers on Facebook well-known companies paying her to wear their swimwear and a calendar filled with photoshoots and fishing tradeshows Brooke Thomas is one of the up-and-comers in outdoor sports modeling. However her real passion is fishing. HOw DID SHE GET STARTED I started out modeling for local companies when I was about 18 and I began posting my fishing pictures at about this same time Brooke notes. Somehow my fishing and modeling became intertwined and I started getting known for both. I had companies contacting me about modeling and they realized that my real passion was fishing. Over time the fishing and modeling got mixed together. Living in Florida Brooke has the opportunity to fish in saltwater and freshwater. Which does she enjoy the most Definitely freshwater she said. I love bass fishing. I like the challenge of it and I like the fact that from where I live (in the Orlando area) it s easily accessible. So what type of lures does Brooke use to catch those big lunkers she posts on Facebook Hey I can t be giving away my trade secrets she laughed. After some good-natured cajoling Brooke tossed us a bone about the type of bait she uses. It just depends on the lake she said. I love spinner bait. I also use watermelon seed trick worms. Those always get em around here. GREAT lOOkS ADvAnTAGE OR DISADvAnTAGE As noted at the beginning of this piece Brooke Thomas is extremely attractive. She s the kind of girl none of us could ever get a date with in high school. In the world of professional fishing is this an advantage or disadvantage It has it pros and its cons she said. There are always going to be those people who are not going to take you seriously because of how you look. Plus there s always going to be some doubt there when you post a photo and people don t expect someone who looks like me to be a serious fisherman. There s always that stereotype and I spend a lot of my time trying to break that stereotype. However it has its advantage too she said. Especially for promotional opportunities for example. However overall I would say most people don t take me seriously as a professional angler. However fishing is definitely my career path of choice she said. YOUnG wOmEn AnD OUTDOOR SpORTS The fastest growing demographic group taking up outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing are young women. Since Brooke is part of this group we were interested in her thoughts on this reason for the phenomenon. We girls love to fish too Brooke said. My girlfriends go fishing with me all the time. I talked with some of the guys who run charters and it s more common for their daughters to come out with them than their sons. I definitely see it as a huge sport for women Does she have any advice for young women who might want to become a pro angler I d say just follow your dreams as corny as that sounds she said. You re going have people who question your motives or don t believe you re really reeling in that 30 pound red fish but just keep doing what you love and success will follow. THE OUTPOST GOOSE HUNTING Goose HuntinG s second season is Here Photo By If you re a goose hunter you might want to hold off putting that shotgun in the gun vault. The second season of snow geese is available in many states around the country and it lasts until spring in some cases. The Conservation Order Light Goose Season known by some by its acronym COLGS gives hunters an opportunity to hunt snow blue and Ross geese (collectively known as light geese ) with no daily or possession limits unplugged shotguns electronic calls and up until a half hour after official sunset. Basically it s open season on light geese and hunters can use just about any strategy to harvest them. So what would possess the wild game sheriffs to allow this kind of goose mayhem There s too many of them and they are destroying habitat wherever they stay. THE POPuLATIONS OF LIGHT GEESE ARE OuT OF CONTROL The COLGS is designed to play an important function said Josh Richardson migratory game bird biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. It s aimed at helping to stabilize the population of mid-continent light geese that have become so populated that they are severely damaging their arctic (breeding) habitat. Adult snow and Ross geese have a low natural mortality rate and benefit from the availability of agricultural crops in the south-central United States. These geese are living longer and reproducing more and their overpopulation continues to degrade Arctic habitat. Because snow geese feed in the arctic by grubbing and pulling out plants by the roots large numbers can literally destroy extensive areas of tundra. Light geese are also a problem in throughout the entire Atlantic flyway and in Texas and Louisiana where tens of millions spend the winter chowing down on those states rice. These states and others with large winter geese populations cooperate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to offer the COLGS. STEP-BY-STEP FOR CONSERVATION GOOSE SEASON Here are some tips to make sure you comply with the loosey goosey regulations for COLGS hunting. Step 1 Check your state s regulations to see if it offers a special season on light geese. Step 2 Take a quick gander at the Migratory Bird Activity and Harvest information compiled by the USFWS. Arkansas waterfowlers killed 39 079 snow geese last season according to their data - plus even more blue and Ross geese. A somewhat surprising 45 060 more snows were reported taken in California a location not necessarily known for this tradition. Step 3 Assuming your state - or one within road trip distance - has a snow goose season contact biologists about these special opportunities. They can often point you in the direction of public land locations holding birds in migratory transition. You can also hire an outfitter who offers snow goose hunts to extend their business. Step 4 Invest in some snow goose decoy shells as well as some full bodies to round out your spread. Motion fakes often enhance the look of your location as well. Hundreds of staked and set fakes aren t out of the question during a snow goose hunt. Step 5 Talk to farmers and other big landholders in your region who might allow you to hunt the snow goose migration. Groups of light geese often number in the hundreds if not thousands in some locations. Step 6 Have a plan for sharing these harvested geese because without bag limits you are likely to have a boatload Wild geese are challenging to prepare for the table unless you know what you re doing. So get online and find some good ways to prepare them. Also check with local food banks homeless shelters and other places where wild game might be appreciated. Farmers and ranchers along with hunters and fishermen have very little in common except for their love of the land and its bountiful goodness. As it turns out this was the overriding factor which convinced these seemingly disparate groups along with Republicans and Democrats to come together to finally pass a meaningful Farm Bill. That legislation passed both the House of Representatives (where it originated) and the Senate and was signed by President Obama in February 2014. SportSmen Hail tHe paSSage of tHe 2014 farm Bill THE OUTPOST 2014 FARM BILL In broad terms this new law includes key priorities that sportsmen s groups have been advocating for years. These include a linkage of conservation compliance with federal crop insurance programs a sodsaver provision aimed at conserving intact prairie ecosystems and expanding incentives for sportsmen s access on private lands. More details on these provisions will follow later in this report. THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGE ENDING UNNECESSARY SUBSIDES While there are many aspects of this fundamental shift in the manner in which our nations land will be managed the foundation of this law involves the end of needless and expensive subsidies to farmers and ranchers. Despite years of criticism and bipartisan demand that Congress end the wasteful direct payment subsidy program they have continued to live on at the expense of taxpayers. The 2014 Farm Bill ends these subsidies once and for all. By ending direct payment and other unnecessary subsidies which pay farmers even in good times when there is no actual need for assistance the Farm Bill cuts farm subsidy spending by billions of dollars and creates more accountability in agriculture programs. This effort represents a landmark shift in federal agriculture policy. This shift away from direct cash payments which began in the mid-90s towards a more market-oriented approach keyed to crop insurance will change everything. This new law creates a commonsense risk management approach that provides support for farmers only when they are hit with weather disasters or market volatility. The new Farm Bill strengthens crop insurance which is more cost-effective than traditional farm subsidies because it requires farmers to have skin in the game by purchasing insurance policies to help ensure they aren t wiped out by disasters. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 25 Because the cost of insuring entire farming operations is so great the federal government helps farmers pay a portion of their crop insurance premiums. Transitioning from direct payment subsidies to crop insurance means farmers get a bill for their premium rather than a check every year. This means farmers are not paid in good times but are protected in the case of disaster. It also means there is less need for Congress to pass ad hoc disaster relief after disasters strike. As a result consumers are protected from spikes in food prices that widespread farmer bankruptcy could create. The importance of crop insurance was underscored during the historic droughts of 2012 which parched more than 80% of the country - devastating crops everywhere. Because most farmers have crop insurance policies family businesses didn t go under and farmers had the tools they needed to pick up the pieces and move forward. Taxpayers were not asked to foot the bill for a disaster relief bill as in past disasters because farmers had purchased insurance policies. This new law also consolidates and streamlines agricultural programs. Nearly 100 programs or authorizations and been consolidated and the law streamlined the remaining programs to get better results with fewer taxpayer dollars. Over the years successive Farm Bills have created new programs and authorizations sometimes with overlapping functions and duplicative objectives. The new Farm Bill combs through USDA s programs and eliminates duplication and unnecessary efforts to further save taxpayer money and make agriculture programs more accountable and efficient. HOW WILDLIFE HABITAT WILL BE AFFECTED Another priority for sportsmen who worked to pass this bill into law was a sodsaver provision targeting the conservation of native prairie. Over the past few years high crop prices and high land values have pushed crop production onto every available acre including some of our last best prairie habitat said Dave Nomsen vice president of governmental affairs for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. This habitat is essential for upland birds and waterfowl. 26 The new Farm law includes a strong sodsaver policy and while the provision is limited to six states Iowa Minnesota Montana Nebraska North Dakota and South Dakota it represents a compromise that will help save native prairie in the states where it is most threatened. Nomsen also noted Conservation compliance and sodsaver aren t just good policy for natural resources they are good policy for the American taxpayer. Taken together the two provisions will save the American taxpayers millions of dollars. This law also reauthorizes many conservation programs that sportsmen have become familiar with over the years while consolidating others. The Conservation Reserve Program has lost some acreage in this law those reductions reflect the current demand for the program on the ground. The bill does include 2 million acres of CRP dedicated for the enrollment of grasslands something beneficial that has not been included in the past said Steve Kline director of government relations for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. The legislation also consolidates several easement programs into a single Agricultural Easement Program a reform that should bring more user-friendliness and efficiency to what was formerly a slate of easement programs. The recently signed law also provides 40 million annually to the Voluntary Public Access program often referred to as Open Fields dollars that will be used to improve sportsmen s access to private lands. HUNTING AND FISHING GROUPS WEIGH IN It has been noted that the two things you DON T want to watch being made are sausage and laws No piece of legislation is perfect and no new law covers every wish held by every outdoor sports organization. However judging by the comments of leading outdoor sports organizations this sausage turned out pretty good One of the most diligent and effective hunting organizations is Ducks Unlimited. Here s what they had to say about the new Farm law. This bill includes proactive and common sense conservation programs that will help deter wetland and other habitat loss incentivize habitat conservation and keep working farmers and ranchers on their land said Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall. DU is thankful to Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran for never losing sight of these end goals. This farm bill is the best for conservation that we ve seen in many years and that is due in large part to our conservation champion Chairwoman Stabenow. In a statement the organization noted that wetlands benefit humans and wildlife by ensuring clean drinking water lessening the impact of floods maintaining vital habitats for waterfowl and other wildlife and keeping working farms 27 and ranches productive by remediating runoff. Due in part to the unintended consequences of current agriculture policy and advanced technology the United States has lost more than 70 percent of the nation s native grasslands and 50 percent of its wetlands. Conservation provisions included in the 2014 Farm Bill (now law) are designed to encourage the conservation of our nation s remaining wetlands and grasslands which help keep our waters clean prevent soil erosion and provide vital habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. The fishing groups were also appreciative of the impact the new Farm law will have on the lakes and streams. Trout Unlimited issued a statement after the passage and signing by the President. It s appropriate that President Obama is signing the Farm Bill today (February 10 2014) in Michigan a state that is not only a leader in agriculture innovation but also is the birthplace more than 50 years ago of Trout Unlimited on the banks of the Au Sable River near Grayling noted Chris Wood CEO of Trout Unlimited. Agriculture and fisheries conservation go together because thousands of miles of our best rivers and streams run through agricultural lands. Today TU is the nation s premiere trout and salmon conservation organization-and a lot of the good work we do is made possible by the Farm Bill and its hard-working conservation programs. Over the past decade aided by our dedicated volunteer members TU has worked alongside ranchers and farmers on scores of win-win projects that promote agricultural innovation while restoring streams and habitat on ranch and farm lands. Much of this work wouldn t be possible without Farm Bill conservation programs which bring resources and people together to get things done. With the help of Farm Bill tools TU is partnering with ranchers and farmers to replace hundreds of old culverts to allow fish passage and revitalize watersheds. We re planting willows and other vegetation to heal eroded stream banks and reduce runoff. We re upgrading aging irrigation systems in the West to use water more efficiently. In short Farm Bill conservation programs are having a huge impact where it counts-on the ground in the health of our rivers and streams. This work is good for fisheries and supports rural sustainability. The Farm Bill signed today includes a long list of programs that help preserve habitat and hunting and fishing opportunities. To name just a few The EQIP program helps farmers and ranchers manage the impacts of grazing by providing funding for fences to protect streams and helping improve irrigation efficiency while saving water for fish. The voluntary access program provides grants that encourage farmers and ranchers to make their lands available to hunting and angling. A stewardship contracting program encourages the Forest Service to invest in watershed restoration projects such as culvert replacement projects to increase fish passage in streams and rivers. A Sodsaver program curtails use of Farm Bill dollars for breaking out new farm land in highly erodible parts of watersheds. The Farm Bill is a vital tool for Trout Unlimited and other conservation groups working with agricultural producers to protect our rivers and streams and the hunting and fishing heritage that goes with them. The conservation group dedicated to restoring improving and protecting mule deer and blacktailed deer and their habitat is the Mule Deer Foundation also issued a statement supporting the new law. The Farm Bill has long provided private landowners with financial support to make good conservation decisions and keep them on their lands - mule deer thrive on private lands and we have to be able to work proactively with farmers and ranchers to make decisions that will benefit deer and all wildlife noted Miles Moretti president of the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF). This is a big day for conservation and wildlife and shows the good things that can happen when members of Congress work together in a bipartisan way. In the statement the organization said Several key provisions important to MDF and its conservation partners were included in the compromise bill. The bill maintains a stewardship contracting program that allows groups like MDF to partner with the U.S. Forest Service to help maintain forest health on almost 193 million acres within the national forests. In addition conservation compliance provisions that require basic conservation efforts in order to receive federal crop insurance as well as a sodsaver provision to protect remaining native grasslands were included in the final bill. Core conservation programs like the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program that have helped the Natural Resource Conservation Service s sage grouse initiative were maintained. Finally the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives or Open Fields Program that provides grants to landowners that allow public hunting fishing and wildlife viewing access on their property was allocated 40 million per year. DEVIL IN THE DETAILS It has been duly noted by savvy observers of legislation that the devil is in the details. The details of this type of wide-ranging change in agricultural policy will be put in the hands of the regulatory folks who are paid to analyze the intent and then enforce new law. This is often a challenge so you ll pardon the farmers ranchers hunters or anglers as they wait and see how the bureaucrats deal with this new law of the land. However if even some of the provisions of this law are applied to U.S. agriculture policy everyone who loves the land farmers and sportsmen their children and grandchildren will benefit. HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN Boone and CroCkett More than Just antler MeasureMent The Boone and Crockett Club was founded by America s most celebrated outdoor sports President Theodore Roosevelt in 1887. This makes B&C the first hunting and conservation organization in the United States and this storied group continues to innovate. A new initiative from Boone and Crockett Club is giving the shooting hunting and outdoor industry a new way to partner with sportsmen for better scientific wildlife management balanced policies hunter advocacy and broader understanding of the applications and benefits of sustainable-use conservation. The initiative is called Trailblazers in Conservation and it s designed to help hunters rise to the challenges of a changing world. TRACKING THE FORCES THAT AFFECT OUR ENVIRONMENT It s a new era of unprecedented pressures on our environment and our wildlife said Marc Mondavi vice president of communications for Boone and Crockett. We re tracking climate change increased energy development urban sprawl invasive plants wildlife diseases conflicting policies and a host of other wildlife and environmental challenges--all at a time when demand for conservation is far outpacing funding. A big part of conservation is and always has been problem solving says Mondavi and no outfit has a more distinguished track record than Boone and Crockett. Boone and Crockett member accomplishments include establishing and protecting national parks founding the National Park Service U.S. Forest Service and National Wildlife Refuge system fostering the vital Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts creating the federal Duck Stamp program and developing the frameworks of modern game laws. ALASKA-YUKON MOOSE JEFFREY D. SCHUCHARD SEELA RANGE YUKON TERRITORIES 211-6 8 BIGHORN SHEEP SHELBY L. MILLER BAKER CO. OREGON - 193 BOONE AND CROCKETT REMAINS THE MOST ACTIVE SPORTING ORGANIZATION IN WASHINGTON D.C. AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET ACTIVELY INVOLVED Roosevelt envisioned conservation as a national priority and an individual responsibility of citizenship. Sportsmen have contributed to this ideal willingly for more than a century. Trailblazers in Conservation is an opportunity for industry partners to help us move more quickly to get all the work done that needs to get done as well as giving them an opportunity get actively involved in these efforts through the Club said Mondavi. He added Businesses in our industry have long understood that successful conservation and science-based resource management ensure that their customers will continue to enjoy the freedom to hunt and shoot have easy access to these activities and find game plentiful once they get there. But that s an ever-more-complex proposition and we must evolve to keep pace. To learn more about Trailblazers in Conservation program click on the organization s website WWW.BOONE-CROCKETT.ORG 33 As more people take up the sport of shooting a new class of gun range is showing up in upscale U.S. cities. Anyone who has ever had a country club membership for golf tennis or swimming will immediately recognize the concept. By starting their marketing about 13 months before they opened the Frisco Gun Club had pre-sold 2 400 memberships before they even opened the doors On the day of our visit the lines were forming for the stateof-the-art gun range at about 11 a.m. and the shooters just kept coming throughout the afternoon. Some of them stopped by the dining room for a meal before heading back to the office and some spent some time looking over the huge collection of firearms in the retail store. People just can t get enough of this noted Brandon Johnson vice-president of the recently opened Frisco Gun Club located north of Dallas. We spoke with Brandon about this new concept of a luxury shooting club. 34 We looked at the way these clubs operated and noticed the increase in the popularity of gun ranges and the sport of shooting. We saw a demand from first-time gun owners who are excited about learning to use their firearm and the safety aspects of this. All of these factors came together with our location in Frisco (Texas) the stars aligned with our moving forward with this concept. Why did you choose Frisco as your location The National Shooting Sports Foundation offered some marketing analysis of the demographics where shooting was popular and we used this data to determine where in the Dallas Fort Worth area this concept of a country club for shooting would be most successful and Frisco seemed to be an ideal location. It s one of the fastest growing cities in the state. It has some of the highest per capita home values in the state. It s a place where there is a higher level of discretionary income and it seemed like a great fit for the North Dallas area. What are some of the amenities that your members enjoy There are several things that are not usually seen in gun ranges. We have a caf and coffee shop which is managed by our chef who also cooks for our VIP restaurant. Just looking at the type of food we offer this makes us unique from any place in the country. The Outpost How did this idea of a country club for shooting come about Brandon Johnson I have to give credit to the Scottsdale Gun Club out in Arizona as the first group to use the concept of a gun range in a luxury or country club setting. They ve been around for 10 or 15 years so they paved the way for this idea. There are a few around the country doing a similar concept. For example this is one in Houston (the Athena Gun Club) and one on the East Coast called the Columbia Shooting Academy. WE HAVE A CAF AND COFFEE SHOP WHICH IS MANAGED BY OUR CHEF WHO ALSO COOKS FOR OUR VIP RESTAURANT. JUST LOOKING AT THE TYPE OF FOOD WE OFFER THIS MAKES US UNIqUE FROM ANY PLACE IN THE COUNTRY. In addition to the food we have a gunsmith on site. We have a gun vault in the building where our VIP members can store their firearms. We also have a 100-person training conference room where we are offering nine different classes ranging from introductory safety classes to advanced NRA classes and CHL classes. We have 7 000 feet of retail space where we are boutique firearms and ammunition shop and we also have apparel and accessories. We have 40 gun lanes 36 of which are 25 yard ranges and 4 are 100yard rifle ranges. All are fully climate-controlled. One thing to note is that we are open to the public but we do have three different levels of membership. They start as a very affordable entry membership all the way up to our VIP membership. The VIP members have access to our restaurant cigar lounge and full bar. They will also get after-hours biometric entrance to the lanes and we will have 6 private lanes for the VIP members. So there s a little something for everyone. What are your hours We are open from 9 in the morning until 10 pm at night seven days a week. Plus if a VIP member wants to come out at 3 a.m. to shoot they are welcome to do so. What are the costs for membership We start with our entry-level regular membership which is 225 per year for an individual and this allows them to come in any time they like and have half-price range fees. Our next level up is a platinumlevel membership for an individual and this is 450 per year. At this level the member can shoot any time they want and pay no range fees. Both of these memberships have a family option. Our entry-level family option is 375 per year and the platinum level family option is 750 per year. The family option will cover up to six members of the same household. Our top-level VIP membership is a one-time initiation fee of 7 500 and then there are monthly dues of 200 per month. This includes the entire family with all children up to 25 years old. MAYOR MASO AT THE RIBBON SHOOTING To listen to the audio interview click here http podcasts pod146.mp3 Do you allow people rent guns to see how they like them Absolutely. In fact we encourage this. If you thinking about buying a new gun and you re not sure how you will like renting one our guns and using it on the range is a great idea. We also offer help from one of our range safety officers. Our rentals for handguns are 15 and you have to buy ammo from us to put through those guns. We have a very large selection of rental guns available. When we visited we had a great pulled-pork taco in your restaurant and had the opportunity to meet your chef. Tell us about him. His name is Scott Romano. Before he joined us he was working at the Joule in downtown Dallas. He worked under Charlie Palmer who is the executive chef there. Scott started working with Charlie in New York City and they opened three different restaurants. After that he went to the West Coast and worked with Wolfgang Puck for a while. Scott is excited about being a part of the Frisco Gun Club because he is an avid outdoorsman hunter and fisherman himself so when he s not in the kitchen he is on the gun range shooting. He s a great guy and people are raving about his food. He s excited about running a fine-dining operation on our VIP side as well as managing the light dining facility we have. Does he specialize in wild game I wouldn t say he specializes in wild game but he does prepare quite a bit of it. It s kind of an American-style that he does. However with a last name like Romano there s a little bit of Italian flair How can people find the Frisco Gun Club Direction and phone numbers are on our website If you in the Dallas area visiting or on business just head north on either the North Dallas Tollway or Highway 75. We are basically at the intersection of the North Dallas Tollway and El Dorado Parkway in Frisco. As I said we are open to the public. So you don t have to have a membership. For the public it s 20 to come in a shoot on one of the 25-yard lanes or 35 to shoot on the 100-yard rifle lane. We think we have something for everyone. Have you noticed more women shooting Definitely. In fact we ve had quite a bit of media reaching out to us to look at female shooters. We offer a Ladies Night on Wednesday evening which gives women half price shooting. Of our membership approximately 30 percent are either female or family-style membership. Not only are we seeing many more females but we are seeing whole families coming in and shooting. Because we are different that the stereotypical gun range I believe we are more inviting to people who wouldn t be comfortable going to a gun range in an old industrial park. We re in the heart of suburbia so we see the SUV pull into the parking lot and mom dad and two kids pop out We are planning some family packages which include ranges targets a pizza and drinks for one set price. In addition we are beginning a Friday night promotion for couples date nights. These are not the types of things you see at your usual gun range. The Right to Bear Arms Gets Closer to Supreme Court Scrutiny A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which meets in San Francisco has struck down the California concealed carry rules and moved this issue closer to a hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court. These judges held that the law violates the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Two of the three judges believe California counties were wrong in requiring lawabiding applicants for concealed carry permits to show good cause beyond simple self-defense to receive a concealed-carry permit. California s highly-restrictive law requires applicants to show good moral character have good cause and get firearms training. Many California sheriffs and police chiefs narrowly interpreted the good cause to the point of requiring a restraining order as evidence of an escalated threat beyond simple self-defense. TOO STRIcT This appeals court has ruled that requirement to be too strict and contrary to the Supreme Court s landmark Heller v District of Columbia decision in 2008. That decision struck down Washington D.C. s longstanding ban on virtually all firearms by affirming the individuals right to have handguns in their homes for self-defense. The right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable firearm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense Judge Diarmuid O Scannlain wrote for the majority. The San Diego County Sheriff s Department s requirement that applicants must provide documentation to show a special need for permits impermissibly infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense. Later in the opinion however O Scannlain wrote We are not holding that the Second Amendment requires the states to permit concealed carry. But the Second Amendment does require that the states permit some form of carry for self-defense outside the home. nOw wHAT HAppEnS As a result of this ruling the San Diego County Sheriff s Department has three options. They can follow the ruling and change policy to comply request a special panel of eleven judges of the Ninth Circuit rehear the case or petition the Supreme Court to consider the case. Many legal scholars feel that this case could be the decision that puts the conflicting opinions before the Supreme Court. Three other circuit courts have ruled in favor of other permit requirements very similar to those just overturned in California. The ruling comes at a good time for pro-gun advocates. A brief filed with the Supreme Court by 34 members of Congress support the request for a Supreme Court review of the Drake case in Illinois. In their brief the thirty three Representatives and one Senator argue the Court should affirm that the Second Amendment secures a right to carry handguns outside the home for self-defense. The conflicting positions are obvious - and the Seventh Circuit has similarly ruled the Second Amendment does guarantee a citizen s right to carry handguns outside the home for self-defense. The Second Third and Fourth Circuits however have found in favor of similar restrictions. Obvious conflicts such as these between the lower courts leave the Supreme Court little option but to consider the point causing the disagreement. Where the sticking point comes is the interpretation of the Heller decision. With this decision the Ninth said the Second Third and Fourth Circuits were incorrect for basing their decisions on cases limiting the Second Amendment right to the militia. Heller the Ninth says teaches the Second Amendment right includes personal self-defense and isn t dependent on militia service. 100 000 pOTEnTIAl FElOnS In cOnnEcTIcUT According to The Outdoor Wire service Connecticut lawmakers are at a loss to explain why thousands of gun owners didn t register semi-automatic rifles before the end of 2013. That requirement was part of last year s hastilypassed legislation that became state law effective January 1 2014. And at that point owners of non-registered assault weapons became guilty of committing a Class D felony. Some Connecticut lawmakers feel the gun owners are ignorant of the law and the consequences while other legislators disagree. Constituents they say are telling them the failure was an intentional act of protest. If that s the case an estimated 20 000 to as many as 100 000 Connecticut residents have accidentally or intentionally committed an act of civil disobedience. CritiCal Fishing gear CHOOSING THE RIGHT SUNGLASSES FOR FISHING If you fish on a regular basis you know that a pair of sunglasses is not a fashion statement. The right pair of sunglasses can make the difference between catching fish and getting a massive headache. Some professional anglers say that they are as important as using the correct rod reel or bait. We ve been checking the fishing forums fishing blogs optical trade magazine and most outdoor sports retailer s websites and have come up with a few brands of fishing sunglasses that consistently get rave reviews from fishing guides and active fishermen. BUT FIRST LET S CUT TO THE CHASE. WHAT ARE THE BEST SUNGLASSES FOR FISHING It should surprise no one that there is no best pair of sunglasses for fishing. This is one of those Ford Chevy conundrums. The best pickup boat fishing rod or pair of sunglasses is utterly completely and ultimately determined by the person who uses them for fishing. There are however a few criteria that should be kept in mind when trying to make this lifechanging decision. THE OUTPOST SUNGLASSES BLINDED BY THE LIGHT For those of us who have lost dozens of expensive sunglasses to the water or wildness it s tempting to buy a cheap pair. However this is counterproductive to the task at hand catching fish A pair of sunglasses that you buy at the Quickie Mart on the way to the lake will drive you nuts prevent you from seeing fish and could lead to serious damage to your eyes. Think about it. You re going to spend hours in the sun whether it s overcast or not and its UV rays have been known to cause serious eye damage. Ophthalmologists have long noted that eyes directly exposed to sunlight on a regular basis can be damaged. Anglers who don t use sunglasses run the risk of getting photokeratitis cataracts or macular degeneration. In non-medical terms constant exposure to the sun can cause blindness. So stay away from the Quickie Mart sunglasses POLARIZED LENS x-RAY VISION The most important criteria for sunglasses for anglers are that they have polarized lenses. These lenses are magical or at the very least they re extremely cool. Why They give the wearer a little taste of x-ray vision. Polarized sunglasses block the sun s glare and other reflective aspects on the water so that angler can literally see through the water down to the bottom if the water is clear enough. Since the most important part of fishing involves putting the bait near an interested (hungry) fish this attribute of polarized lenses is extremely valuable. In addition to revealing the location of fish these lenses will help a fisherman spot riverweed moss tree branches and other debris thereby avoiding getting a line caught on something. Whatever the investment is in a set of sunglasses with polarized lenses when you start calculating the cost of lost lures to unseen debris and the frustration of a slow fishing day it s worth it. WHAT S THE BEST LENS MATERIAL There are lots of choices of lens materials. They can be made of glass plastic polycarbonate or something called Hi-Index. There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to all of these materials. Several of the optical websites (i.e. those not geared specifically for fishing enthusiasts) tout the benefits of polycarbonate lenses. For example Free Vision Info notes For fishing polycarbonate is your best bet. This lens material has all the benefits a fisherman needs 100% protection from UV rays more impact resistant than all other lens materials and it s lighter than plastic or glass. Its only downsides are that it is not as light or as scratch resistant as the Hi-Index materials but its impact resistance exceeds both. While this opinion is interesting and perhaps even compelling the overwhelming sentiment found among the online fishing forums and blogs in other words information that is specifically geared to the avid fisherman is that glass lenses are the superior choice for material. Again this might be one of those Ford Chevy things. The best approach to solving this mini-dilemma is to try on a pair of sunglasses with glass and polycarbonate lenses and see which one feels right to you. GUARDING THAT PERIPHERAL VISION Getting a pair of glasses that keeps out as much light as possible will pay big dividends. Many fishing sunglasses have wrap-around styles that are designed to keep out sunlight from the side. This design helps preclude the distraction of sun glare creeping in as the angler is dealing with the first twinge of a potential bite. Some optical experts also suggest that fishing glasses should have top and side shield lenses to keep out the sun from the peripheral vision. These shield lenses are available in many higher-end sunglass brands. However the wrap-around style mitigates most of this glare and the expense may not be justified. Again the best way to decide is to try on a few pair with and without the top and side shield lenses. WHAT LENS COLOR WORKS BEST Most if not all professional fishermen have multiple pairs of sunglasses each with a different color lens. Aside from the fact that the sunglass manufacturers love this why does someone need more than one pair of sunglasses It s for the same reason that hunters have more than one color type style of camouflage gear...different weather or seasonal conditions demand different colors in gear. In general the color of a fisherman s sunglass lenses should be determined by the type of sunlight or lack thereof during the time the fishing is occurring. There is no one-color-fits-all-situations lens color for fishing because lens colors react differently to different weather situations. Since these glasses are more than a fashion statement ( hey I saw Kenny Chesney wearing a pair of amber sunglasses at his concert... ) it s a good idea to give this some noodling before throwing a couple hundred dollars on some shades. The fishing forums and blogs are all over the road on the best colors for lenses. However if one can get a consensus among the highly diverse fishing nation it seems that many fishermen prefer the amber shades for lens color because they offer a tint that is easy on the eyes. If this a personal preference congratulations you have your lens color. However you may be interested in knowing that amber is actually best suited for cloudy days because it adds color to the monotone gray scenery. Gray lenses are the best for sunny days because they offer a full spectrum of color. Brown is preferable for medium to bright days and yellow is the best color for early morning and late evening when the light is low. Serious fishermen have different sunglasses for all types of weather conditions and the lens color you choose should depend on the type of weather you spend the most amount of time fishing in. THREE MORE TIPS TO CONSIDER There are a couple of other things to consider when buying a pair (or several pair) of sunglasses. Even though it adds some additional expense to the purchase most frequent fishermen prefer having an anti-reflective coating on their lenses. This coating on the back of the lenses eliminates the sun glare when it s behind the angler. Finally don t forget to invest in some safety straps for these expensive glasses. The most common reason sunglasses need to be replaced involves their flying off the sweat-slick head of an enthusiastic angler who has just noticed that a big lunker has decided to take his bait Avid fishermen (who have no doubt lost their share of 200 sunglasses) suggest getting 16-inch or shorter straps that are small enough to grip the back of your neck and help keep them on the angler s face while he s fighting that big one. Floating straps help save the glasses in case they fall into the water and are another good investment. COULD WE HAVE THE ENVELOP PLEASE All of these criteria being noted there are several brands of sunglasses that seem to be favorites of both the serious fisherman and the eye-care specialists. As noted above the best sunglasses for fishing are in the eyes of the beholder. These brands just show up on the fishing forums blog posts and optical industry websites. In no particular order here are some fishing sunglasses that you might want to check out. ExPENSIVE (COSTING 200 ) Costa Del Mars Phantoms (with 580 lenses) Maui Jims Peahi model Smith Optics Solar Bats Ocean Waves Oakley Revo Guide Bolle Anaconda Sun Cloud LESS ExPENSIVE ( 20 ) BUT WORTH CHECKING OUT Bill Dance Ray Ban Aviators Calcutta THE OUTPOST WEEKEND SNAPPER Louisiana opens 2014 RecReationaL Red snappeR season in state WateRs The state of Louisiana is the place to be if you love bringing back a couple of red snappers to the table. On February 21 2014 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the Louisiana weekend-only red snapper season and this unique weekend season will run until further notice. The state defines a weekend is as Friday Saturday and Sunday with the exception of Memorial Day and Labor Day when Monday will be classified as a weekend day as well. The bag and possession limit for the state season is two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length. LDWF Secretary Robert Barham was given the authority to modify red snapper recreational seasons and daily harvest limits by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in 2013. In June 2012 the Commission took action to extend Louisiana state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues or approximately 9 nautical miles. However it s going to take an act of Congress to confirm the state s actions. LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law. Until the time when the U.S. Congress confirms Louisiana s action the battle will continue over Louisiana s state water boundary. The Department reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species including red snapper. Anglers may obtain or renew the permit free of charge at http Permit renewals can be completed up to 30 days prior to expiration. The permit is required for any angler possessing tuna billfish swordfish amberjack grouper snapper hind wahoo cobia and dolphin except those fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana s abundant natural resources. For more information on this weekend-only red snapper season or other fishing news visit the agency at HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF ISSUE XI issUe ii issUe iii THE SEEING IS BELIEVING SUNGLASSES REVIEW UTPOST WADE FISHING THE SuRF The neW Lake eFFeCT on Fishing WOMEN WITH WEAPONS WILLIE NELSON HEROES HOW TO KEEP A HuNT ING DO G IN SHAP E IN TH E OFFSEA SON ALL HAIL KING MACKEREL READING STREAMS HOW TO TRICK TOMS TALKING TURKEY RECIPES TAXIDERMY hUnTing aXis DeeR CatChIng CRaPPIe CatFISh ReCIPeS BetteR BanK FIShIng PLUS FACEBOOK FLASHBACK & BLACKBERRY SMOKE They re all waiting for you at our website WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GO AHEAD. CAST A LINE AND REEL THEM IN Wild Turkey STraighT up Making Wild Turkey STripS for dinner Are you planning on bringing back a gobbler or two Here s a tasty way to prepare them. Anyone who s enjoyed a shot (or two) of Wild Turkey bourbon will appreciate just how good this magical elixir can be when it s combined with wild turkey the bird. This recipe will get your taste buds talking to each other. Wild turkey strips are marinated in honey bourbon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. They are then coated with seasoned flour before frying. If you do not have access to wild game turkey domesticated turkey is just fine. You may also wish to try this with whole chicken breast. And of course any decent brand of bourbon will do. Wild turkey strips may be served as an appetizer or entree. Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 40 minutes InGREDIEnTS 1 wild turkey breast (or domesticated turkey breast) 1 4 cup honey 1 2 cup Wild Turkey bourbon 2 Tablespoons spicy deli mustard 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika 1 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste 1 2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 4 teaspoon dried thyme 1 4 teaspoon dried basil 1 4 teaspoon onion powder 1 4 teaspoon garlic powder Canola oil for frying 1 2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 Tablespoon minced parsley pREpARATIOn Remove the skin from the wild turkey breast and discard. Slice the meat crosswise into strips about 1 2 inch wide and 1 inch thick. Wash the meat and pat dry. Place the honey in a medium micro-safe bowl and heat on High for 1 minute. Whisk in the bourbon mustard and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Pour this marinade into a large freezer zip top bag. Add the turkey breast strips squeeze out the air and seal. Toss to completely coat the meat and refrigerate for 4 hours. Whisk together flour paprika cayenne pepper salt thyme basil onion powder and garlic powder. Place mixture into a new dry zip top freezer bag. Remove turkey breast strips from the marinade and shake off excess liquid. Place the strips into the bag with the seasoned flour. Seal and toss to coat strips. Heat 1 2 inch of oil in a heavy skillet. Fry turkey strips until golden. Do this in batches in order not to crowd the pan. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and minced parsley and serve hot. Yield 4 servings P.S. You might want to keep the Wild Turkey handy while the wild turkey strips are cooking. Want more recipes like these Check out our Grill Your Kill tab at R GE A T 54 How About Sitting in a Turkey Lounger OU TP OS Anyone who has spent hours (and hours) waiting for a wild turkey to come into range will appreciate this piece of gear. The RedHead Turkey Lounger is a folding turkey seat that will make the wait more comfortable. It is also lightweight and easy to carry. Padded arms and a water-resistant seat and back allow hunters to stay comfortable and thus remain still while they wait for the birds. The low profile helps hunters break up their outline and provides a steady base of support for when the gobbler finally offers a clear shot. The lounger s wide-base feet are designed to keep hunters from sinking into the often moist spring ground. The RedHead turkey lounger is durable as well with a strong powder-coated steel frame. Thanks to the strap which wraps around the seat to keep it closed and another one to carry it it is simple to tote from one spot to another. It s also available in Realtree Xtra camo. Some features of the RedHead turkey lounger include Low profile comfortable seat for hunters Wide-base feet which resist sinking into the ground Durable steel frame with powder coat finish Tough water resistant polyester seat and back Solid foam-padded armrests Built-in carry strap and compression wrap Dimensions 20.5 inches X 18 inches X 28 inches Carry weight 5 pounds Maximum weight capacity 250 pounds Suggested retail price 29.99 For more info on the RedHead turkey lounger click on 1qx9no3 If you d like to win great gear like this keep watching The Outpost Facebook page for more details. Just LIKE the page and watch for the contest. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM T OS TP OU A GE R Get Your Turkey MOJO Working Have you ever wanted to look like a turkey Many of us have ACTED like a turkey at one time or another but few can actually look like one. Try this one on for size. MOJO s Turkey Reaper Signature Series Scoot & Shoot is a full body Boss Gobbler Decoy especially designed and constructed to facilitate the exciting hunting method of creeping or fanning turkeys. It has specially designed flared wings to help to cover the hunter s body and convenient combination metal handle and stake and uses MOJO s handy tail hub that allows for quick attachment and removal of the included artificial fan which folds for easy carrying. The fan hub is hinged and spring loaded allowing the user to impart realistic fan motion by a pair of left or right thumb tabs. Also includes a separate hub to accommodate your own real turkey fan. Great for hunting those dominate gobblers that are henned up and will not come to a call. If they won t come to the call make them come to an encroaching gobbler It s not for everyone or every location but it s the most exciting and successful form of turkey hunting where conditions are favorable. Check it out in the short video clip below and no further explanation or encouragement is needed. The suggested retail is 79.99. THIS WARNING FROM MOJO - This decoy makes the hunter look like a long beard boss gobbler. Do NOT use on public land leases or anywhere other hunters might be present and could mistake you for a real turkey Use only in very controlled hunting areas. Watch it in Action http Nt1pNt WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 55 R GE A T Back pad A Turkey Hunting Vest That Has it All Introducing Ol Tom Cotton Full Vest OU TP OS 56 Maybe you ve heard of Uncle Tom (hint he had a famous cabin). However if you re looking for the perfect turkey vest for next turkey season you might want to check into Ol Tom Cotton Full Vest. It has got all you need including a seat cushion. This turkey vest is covered in Realtree Xtra Green and has a natural cotton fabric in a traditional full vest design to deliver a great fit and equal weight distribution for all the gear a turkey hunter carries. Seven customized front pockets 10 interior pockets a large rear game bag and Ol Tom s trusty Magnattach Seat Cushion are all included in this turkey vest. The seat cushion is secured by two strong magnets instead of straps or buckles to ensure that it is effortless to raise and lower. With the concealment Realtree Xtra Green provides and the expanse of storage available this turkey vest is ideal for your hunting wardrobe. Here are some of Ol Tom s features Thick Magnattach Seat Cushion Two front slate pockets Two front mesh storage pockets Three front utility pockets Ten interior pockets including a box call pocket Oversized lined game bag Blaze orange safety flag 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 Lessons on Making ThaT Long-Range Shot How many times has this happened to you The biggest buck you ve ever seen casually walks into a clearing which your fancy new range-finder notes is 325 yards away. He s clearly your ticket to Boone & Crockett-land and all you have to do is wait for him to come your way. Then the inevitable occurs. He lifts his head and that white tail rises. So it s the moment of truth. Do you try and make this long shot or let this monster go his merry way. If you re award-winning marksman Wayne van Zwoll you have a pretty good idea on how you can make the shot but you let this deer live to see another day. We ll let Wayne explain why he will pass on this shot later in this article. However before we get into that here s why you might be interested in listening when he gives you some tips on long-range shooting. Wayne van Zwoll has outstanding shooting credentials. He started competing in shooting contests at Michigan State University and qualified for the final Olympic tryouts and won two state prone titles. As a journalist he has published almost 3 000 articles and twice that many photographs in publications like Field & Stream Outdoor Life and several NRA titles. He has authored 15 books on firearms and their use in the field. His Rifles & Cartridges column is now in its twenty-second year in Bugle magazine. He guides safaris in Africa he teaches marksmanship and archery and he founded and continues to direct High Country Adventures program. Plus he s written a new book that every hunter at no matter what level of shooting expertise will find fascinating. It s called Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting. We invited him to the Outpost to share some shooting wisdom. The Outpost Your book does an amazing job of tracing the history of long range shooting from bow and arrows to high tech rifles. Why did you include a section on archery in a book about long-range shooting Wayne Van Zwoll Partly because I m interested in history and the history of archery is fascinating in itself. The bow dates back many thousands of years. It was really our introduction to long-range shooting because before the bow and the arrow we were pretty much limited to the ranges where we could toss rocks. The bow is not really an intuitive implement. It is quite complex in its design. Even though it might seem simple to us a stick and a string it must not have seems so to early peoples. When the Normans defeated the Saxons in 1066 in the Battle of Hastings the bow and arrow proved to be a lethal weapon and was held in very high esteem in Great Britain for hundreds of years afterwards. In the history of guns what do you think were the most important advances There were many including the invention of gun powder a long time ago. For hundreds of years guns were not as efficient as bows and arrows in battle and in hunting. They were expensive to make and the prerogative of royalty. They were quite unreliable. We now have machine guns that will fire hundreds of rounds a minute but back in the early days the shots were counted as the number of shots per hour. When you get into the 19th century that was really the golden age of gun development. In the middle of the 19th century you had the development in quick sequence the development of the metal cartridge repeating rifle mechanisms and at the end of the century you had the replacement of black powder with smokeless powder which allowed guns to shoot much farther and harder. At the same time you had the bare lead bullet replaced by the jacketed bullet. With the power of the smokeless powder this kept the bare lead bullet from melting in the bore. Once the jacketed bullet came about the stage was set for telescopic sights so we could see far enough to make use of all that range. In your book you have a fascinating section on the Sharps rifle. What was the impact of the Sharp s rifle on the history of long-range shooting Christian Sharps the inventor of this rifle was a quirky fellow (as inventors often are). Sharps lived during the middle of the 19th century and he put together some innovative rifle designs. However as is often the case the best inventors are often not the best businessmen. His most famous rifle was the 1874 Sharps. It has been romanticized but it was responsible for some of the buffalo hunting during the period. During this same period the Remington Rolling Block and the Winchester 1885 took a lot of buffalo as well. All of these were single-shot rifles that fired big black powder cartridges. You book has immense detail about the technical aspects of making a long-range shot. Tell us a little about the impact of the rifle barrel on a long-range shot. It has quite an effect. Until the 1500s all rifles had smooth bores...just like a piece of pipe inside. However in the 16th century rifling became common in Europe. A rifle barrel has lands and grooves that are cut in a spiral fashion so that when the bullet is forced through the rifle it starts to spin similar to a spiraling football. This made a huge difference in the accuracy of a marksman at any distance. Now we have barrels that are held in very close tolerances and the rate of rifling twists are very important. As the bullets became longer and more aerodynamic the rifling twist or pitch had to be steepened or the bullets would start to tumble in the air. The longer the bullet the sharper the twist you need. A 223 cartridge for example can operate in a barrel with a 1 in 14 twist. However as you start using longer bullets in that rifle you have to steepen the twist down to 1 in 8 or 1 in 7. The High Road with Keith Warren What are the differences of rifle that are designed for shooting competitions versus those which are designed for hunting In both cases you want an accurate rifle but those designed for the most demanding of target shooting the bench-rest competition for example have to be extremely accurate. They are typically clumped into weight classes the heavier the weight class the more mass you have in the gun the more accurate it is all things equal. In hunting you have to be able to carry the gun. So there s a weight limit there. In hunting you have different kinds of game. If you re hunting a Cape buffalo you can use a rifle that can drill targets in paper competition. You have to have enough power to down a buffalo. A lot of people are so enamored with the equipment of shooting that they forget you still have to hold the rifle still you have to aim properly and squeeze the trigger without disturbing the rifle. Throughout your book you note that attempting to make a long shot on game is not advisable or a challenging as moving in for a closer shot. What do you mean by this I ve seen people in the field who spot an animal and they try to make a long-distance shot. They want to try out their new high-powered rifle or cartridge or optics and they revel in making a shot that s quite long and they brag about this. To my mind this is not sportsmanlike. I like to shoot at long range because it teaches me about the effect of wind and gravity on my bullet. However when I m shooting at a distance I m shooting at a steel plate or paper. When I m in the field I get as close as I can. I try to never try a shot that I m not 90 percent sure I will make with the first round. That s puts a very high bar for me. People who are attempting long-range shots are risking a miss or crippling shot and the farther you are from the animal the harder it is to finish it if you do make a crippling hit. I don t think that s sportsmanlike. It s not ethical. Choosing the right caliber and ammunition is extremely complicated. Can you give us a brief explanation of what a hunter should consider as to the caliber and ammunition It s a case-by-case answer. If you re looking for a deer rifle you have to ask yourself what type of deer hunting do I do Do I sit on a stump in Eastern hardwoods or walk the ridge in Wyoming. There are a lot of people who feel that the 30.06 cartridge our military cartridge which was developed in 1906 is still one of the most versatile cartridges around and I wouldn t argue with that. If you have a 30.06 bolt-action rifle and a full-powered scope you re set for just about any type of hunting in North America. So in that case the decision about gun and ammunition for hunting most game is pretty darn easy. There is some talk about brush-busting bullets. Bullets don t break branches very well. They will shred timber if you shoot through it but the bullet deflects with every hit. You re not going to hit much. The point is to shoot between the branches not through them. What are the three things that can help a hunter have more success with long-range shooting In hunting unlike target shooting you won t have the support of bench-rest you would at the range. Therefore the most important consideration is full-body support. If that s not steady it doesn t matter what kind of equipment you have your rifle going to wobble to where you ll miss. You can miss with an expensive rifle as easy as you can with a cheap one If you can get into a position with good bone support as close as you can to the ground (prone is my preferred position) you will make a better shot. Sitting is the next best position then kneeling and standing is the position of last resort. When you re standing you only have two points of ground contact and the center of gravity is very high. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Because of my background in target shooting I use a sling in the field almost all of the time. It s not a carrying strap. It s an adjustable shooting strap that helps steady the rifle. A lot of hunters now use a bipod which can also be a steading factor. It does add some weight to the rifle and you can t use it in the kneeling position but it s almost like a rest. The third most important element in getting more shooting success is breath-control and trigger squeeze and these are fundamentals of marksmanship. It has nothing to do with equipment. It s being able to break the shot when your lungs are not moving. When you squeeze the shot you sight won t be completely still nobody can hold a rifle completely still when squeezing a trigger. However if you apply pressure when the sight in on the target and hold pressure when it s off the rifle will eventually fire and the fact that it s spending more time on target than off will usually result in an accurate shot. Do you have some kind of mental checklist that you go through immediately before squeezing the trigger I do get excited when I see the game in the sights. I guess when I stop getting excited I ll stop hunting It can be unnerving seeing a big animal and especially if you think you have little time to shoot. I do remind myself on each shot that I have more time than I think I have. I think many people miss because they hurry the shot. I try to take all the time I can and I use the time wisely. I also will tell myself OK don t start applying pressure on the trigger until the sight is on the target. That has a calming effect. When the bullet is shot it has an arc. How does a shooter particularly one who has a long shot take this into consideration The bullet s arc is parabolic. It s not a rainbow arc. In other words it s steeper at the far end than it is up close. So when you re shooting a modern rifle at 300 yards from 0 to 200 yards it s going to be about 2 inches high (depending on the cartridge) and at 300 you ll be from 6 to 10 inches low (again depending on the cartridge). At 400 yards you ll be from 16 to 24 inches low. You can see it become much steeper at longer distances. This means that accurate range estimate is more critical on longer shots. At 300 yards with most modern rifle you can hold pretty close to dead on. Those range-finder manufacturers like to hear that Wayne Well the laser range-finder has become a very common accoutrement in hunting. I don t carry one myself and I don t use one because I like to get much closer to the game. I want to be a point-blank of my target so I don t have to hold high. While I m not in the range-finder crowd I carry it sometimes when I m guiding hunters. And also just to educate myself when I m not hunting. It helps me to learn to judge range with the eye. Is it easier to teach a child rather than an adult to shoot more accurately That depends a little on the youngster. Some are so eager to shoot and pull the trigger that they re not listening to what you say. After coaching marksmanship the easiest person to teach to shoot better is an adult who wants to learn to shoot but has not had any experience because they know enough to listen. They want to do it well and they don t want to waste their time. It s difficult to train someone who has been at it for a while especially if they think they shot enough to know good technique. There s some thought that if a guy is born in the United States he knows how to drink beer and shoot and he doesn t really need instructions For the past 8 years I ve take safaris to Africa with women-only who have not had experience in this environment. I find that they are very easy to teach to shoot because they know a lot is on the line here. They re only there for 10 days and they want to do well. In fact most of them shoot very well. Recently there have been discussions among hunters game wardens the folks that make guns and equipment about the benefits and problems of gun silencers or suppressors. Do you use a suppressor and if so do they affect accuracy They shouldn t affect accuracy. Any time you add another variable to your equipment there s a possibility of course. However the bullet doesn t touch the suppressor so theoretically there s no effect. It s odd that in the United States where the gun laws are reasonably lax compared to European laws suppressors are not allowed except by special permits. You can t use one without a costly permit. Whereas in Europe they re very common even in Great Britain where the gun laws are very strict. I ve used them and I like them because they do away with the necessity to use hearing protection. Some guns are very loud and you don t want your ears plugged when you hunting because you want to hear the game. There s the dilemma. You do damage your hearing over time when you shoot loud guns. The suppressor doesn t silence the rifle but it does make it quieter and it also reducing the recoil. This is important for people who might not shoot as much or who want to use a powerful rifle but are sensitive to recoil. Or beginners when you re trying to learn to shoot without flinching. I like suppressors but I don t use them because of the costs and the paper work. However I think they re good things. How can someone get a copy of Mastering the Art of Long Range Shooting The easiest way is to go to THE OUTPOST HUMOR - RUMORS FICTION & OUTRIGHT LIES A Cautionary Tale By Art Young OK. So a duck and a pig wander into the immaculately groomed backyard of a well-to-do couple both of whom are in full-makeup and dressed as clowns. They are playing croquet the couple not the duck and pig. Stop me if you ve heard this one. The pig says Pardon me but have either of you two clowns seen my duck s smartphone The colorfully attired couple clearly perplexed by the sight of a pig and a duck in the middle of their backyard politely but firmly shoooo the two barnyard animals away. You two need to get off our grass immediately the articulate lady of the house said. Besides as you can clearly see we re involved in a spirited match of croquet and you are impeding our game. Just looking for a phone Toots the pig snorted. No need to go all Barnum and Bailey on us Yeah. Nice shoes honey said the duck. What are they...size 35 So we enjoy dressing as clowns and playing croquet. You two are farm animals and can t find your phone. Who s sillier Hey so long as were here can we borrow your smartphone for a quick selfie of all of us together Selfie Selfie How many times have you seen a Facebook post with a duck pig and two clowns Never said the two clowns in unison. Exact-a-mundo. It ll be epic Now hand me your phone. 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A Vision for Managing America s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries outlines the nation s most important recreational fisheries management issues and is intended to help guide federal policy decisions particularly as Congress debates the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act the law that governs the nation s marine fisheries. The commission composed of respected biologists economists conservationists fisheries managers and policy makers developed specific management recommendations for keeping saltwater recreational fishing sustainable and healthy. It advanced an innovative and results-oriented approach to marine fisheries management. SALT WATER FISHING IS BIG BUSINESS The economic imprint of saltwater angling in the U.S. is considerable. In 2011 approximately 11 million Americans saltwater fished recreationally spending 27 billion in pursuit of their sport. That activity generated more than 70 billion in economic output and sustained 450 000 jobs. Anglers contribute more than 1.5 billion annually to fisheries habitat and conservation via excise taxes donations and license fees alone. Throughout 2013 members of the blue ribbon commission met to deliberate and debate strategies to improve saltwater recreational fisheries management. A wide range of experts and other stakeholders including economists researchers federal and state agency administrators environmentalists charter captains and individual recreational anglers were invited to meet with the commission to provide information and advice on a variety of fisheries management issues. A Vision for Managing America s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries identifies six key policies that would achieve the commission s vision. Those recommendations primarily focus on the Magnuson-Stevens Act. THE RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE Establishing a national policy for recreational fishing Adopting a revised approach to saltwater recreational fisheries management Allocating marine fisheries for the greatest benefit to the nation Creating reasonable latitude in stock rebuilding timelines Codifying a process for cooperative management Managing for the forage base DOWNLOAD THE REPORT To download A Vision for Managing America s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries visit http N8k5l0 Companies and organizations which contributed to the work of the commission include the American Sportfishing Association Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Berkley Conservation Institute Center for Coastal Conservation Coastal Conservation Association Congressional Sportsmen s Foundation National Marine Manufacturers Association Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Bass Pro Shops Maverick Boats CAN T GET ENOUGH OF THE OUTPOST cLICK HERE TO GO TO THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE OUTPOST FROZEN INSECTS The Upside of Cold TemperaTUres some invasive inseCTs biTe The dUsT The brutally cold weather experienced by most of the United States this winter has wreaked havoc with air travel schools and even commuting home as the folks who spend 8-10 hours on the icy Atlanta freeways one evening can attest. The costs for damages from this unusually frigid winter will likely reach the billions of dollars. However there is a bright side. Invasive insects which destroy trees and other wildlife habitats have been reduced by the big chill. You think Oh great maybe some of those nasty insects are going to be zapped today said Mark Fisher director of conservatories and horticultural programs at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It s Mother Nature s way of dealing with this issue he was quoted in the New York Times. UnInTEnDED cOnSEqUEncES Invasive species of insects and plants usually arrive in the U.S. accidentally and then spread like crazy. Kudzu a plant which is native to Japan was brought to America for a World s Fair exhibit by that country. Some well-meaning but shortsighted agricultural expert saw a great source of cattle feed in the plant and transported it to the Southeast where it began to spread like the proverbial wildfire. According to the NY Times reporter Lisa Foderaro emerald ash borers were first detected in 2002 after they arrived on wood pallets from China. This destructive pest has since killed tens of millions of ash trees in more than 20 states. An insect that looks like an aphid the wooly adelgid was introduced in the U.S. in the 1950s from Japan. This mean critter has killed hundreds of thousands of Eastern hemlocks in Connecticut alone. About the size of one of the periods found at the end of this sentence this insect can pierce the base of needles and suck out the tree s nutritional supply. It can survive for an entire winter on a branch of this type of tree. cOlD THAT kIllS When the temperature takes a steep dive as it has this past couple of months the extreme cold has the potential to freeze these destructive insects. So what does it take to knock out that wooly adelgid The temperature need so go down to about minus 4 or 5 degrees. When this happens ice crystals start forming in the wooly adelgids body and it kills him. How about the emerald ash borers How low must it go to kill them Studies show the thermometer must dip to minus 30 degrees in order to kill them off. It got that cold in Minnesota and Illinois this winter so one must assume these pesky destructive borer went to insect heaven. Unfortunately the cold temperatures will never completely wipe out the invasive species. It helps to manage them but once the weather warms up the populations of these pests began to re-grow. Once introduced to an ecosystem these invasive species can never be totally eradicated. Outdoor sports enthusiasts have a high likelihood of coming into contact with ticks which can spread deadly Lyme disease. Very cold weather can kill off those ticks that happen to be in the area. However ticks are so wide-spread the species will survive in warmer climates. WWW.GUNDOGBROKER.COM THE OUTPOST IN THE MIND OF THE MAKER A couple of months ago we introduced you to Edward Couvillier an 85-year old wooden boat builder and commercial fisherman in Myette Point Louisiana. A documentary entitled In the Mind of the Maker is being produced about Mr. Edward and his three sons by Lafayette film-maker C.E. Richard. If you read our first story you might remember Mr. Couvillier has been building wooden boats since he was a kid. Without any formal education or training in architecture and design he is able to visualize and create these phenomenal skiffs without any plans or blueprint. He pretty much eye-balls it and puts it together. After hearing about Mr. Edward and seeing his work Charles Richard started pulling together the plan to share this story. IT S cOmplIcATED Making a movie is a very complicated process because there are so many moving parts. Making a documentary is even more complicated because there s no script. It s non-fiction and therefore the characters are doing and saying exactly what they would do or say on a typical day. Certainly the presence of a director cameraman soundman and entire crew has some impact on the state of mind of a documentary s character but the primary objective of this type of movie is to reveal a true story. The makers of this unique film were kind enough to let The Outpost go behind the scenes and see what goes into this documentary and the first day of location shooting occurred on Saturday March 1 2014. After driving around the back roads of St. Mary Parish for about an hour and getting different directions from everyone we asked we finally got to the location for Day One of the shooting of In the Mind of the Maker. All of the photos you see in this piece came from the activities of that day. EvERY BOARD TEllS A STORY In between moving microphones and cameras and making sure the cinematographer Brian Richard (no relation to Charles) had the best angle and light for every shot the ring master of this circus Charles Richard was cool and composed. I noticed a storyboard of the day s shooting and asked about this and how a documentary differs from fictional movies. Documentaries typically do NOT use story boards he said pointing to the rudimentary sketch of Mr. Edward running a catfish trot line. Many filmmakers adamantly feel that it s a sign of compromising your authenticity in making a nonfiction film to have your shots carefully planned ahead of times. Those filmmakers will tell you that you re staging your story. I think that these (story board sketches) serves as a good tangible sign of just how different In the Mind of the Maker is from ordinary documentaries. We quite deliberately want a very constructed very crafted look to this film. In fact my goal as director is make a film whose very process of making is reflective of the subject we re addressing. The movie is about artists who create things in their head and then give them form with their hands. And that s what we re aiming for too. So unlike most documentaries that tend to take a more spontaneous approach of capturing a scene we prefer a look and feel that is somewhat more constructed a wellmade film worthy of the well-made boats that Mr. Edward builds. This movie is clearly focused on the amazing ability of the brain (in this case Mr. Edward s) to visualize and create works of art. In fact well-known visual effects company Pixel Magic has been contracted to create a digital model of the boat as it is being built showing the step-by-step process of putting it together. Yes and in order to make a movie about visualization it requires a lot of well visualization Richard notes. That s especially true for the computer-generated imagery that we will be using to let the viewer have a little peek into the mind of the maker as he imagines his boat at different stages. The first set of story boards here (the ones in color) illustrate shots from a scene very early in the movie. Mr. Edward still runs his trot lines every morning and since he s one of the last commercial fishermen in the (Atchafalaya) Basin who still practices this way of life I wanted to capture that very carefully with the camera. These story boards are the work of a former and current student of mine in the Moving Image Arts program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The first set was completed by Ethan Gautreau who since graduating is trying to build his career in the film industry. MInD In the of the MaKeR Director of the In the Mind of the Maker C.E. Richard (left) joins Ray McIntyre of Pixel Magic (center) and Brian Richard (right) the cinematographer of the documentary to discuss the fabulous capablities of the camera. McIntyre had to leave in order to catch a plane back to the set of the television show Nashville where he is managing special effects. Richard and Richard plan the next shot. Charles (left) and Brian (with the camera) are not related but have a great working relationship. The star of In the Mind of the Maker Edward Couviller at 85 years old is still a commercial fisherman. He runs his trot lines every morning and can filet a fish in about 30-seconds. C.E. Richard is either directing the next shot or asking when the food will be ready In addition to being a world-class boat-builder Larry Couvillier (the son of Mr. Edward) has a recipe for catfish coubillion that may be the best cajun stew ever made All it takes is some freshly caught catfish vegetables and a bunch of spices and Larry s recipe which he is not sharing. The hard-working documentarians (and a few hangers-on who stopped by the shoot for the food) were served heaping helpings of catfish coubillon potato salad beans and rice. Yes it was slap-yo-mama good. Brian Richard getting that close-up. MIND In the of the MAKER Catfish coubillion for this many people takes LOTS of catfish filets. Cypress wood that will likely find its way to the boat being built by Mr. Edward and his sons. There s plenty of sawdust MInD Mr. Edward s tools get a workout daily. In the of the MaKeR THE OUTPOST IN THE MIND OF THE MAKER The second set-- the ones in black and white-- were drawn by a current student in our program who is interning with the VFX company we contracted for this movie Pixel Magic. Dylan Meinhardt s story boards illustrate the visual effects shots that composite live action with computer-generated imagery. The point here is that our study of visualization and its role in creativity is not confined to just showing what Mr. Edward is doing on screen. We want our movie to actually embody those principles in a very organic way. That won t really be obvious to a casual viewer but it should contribute a lot toward making this movie look and feel very different from a typical documentary. lET S EAT The first day of the location shooting was also a great excuse for Larry Couvillier son of Mr. Edward and a skilled boat builder himself to show why real Cajun cooking is considered the most nuanced of any culture. Using the catfish caught by his father that morning and a family recipe Larry created a masterpiece catfish courtbouillon. It took a few hours to prepare but the finished product was nothing short of amazing. In addition to the main course potato salad rice and beans rounded out the late afternoon meal. If the documentary turns out as well as the catfish courtbouillon In the Mind of the Maker should be winning all kinds of awards when it s released. You can follow the progress of In the Mind of the Maker on Facebook by clicking here https www.facebook. com InTheMindOfTheMakerFilm If you have questions for C.E. Richard about the documentary email us and we ll pass along to him art https watch v CVUfhaUpQMU 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 When you re the favorite songwriter of top-selling Nashville-based groups and artists such as Lady Antebellum the Band Perry and Lucinda Williams this might be a sign that you should record an album there. Apparently singersongwriter Amos Lee got the memo and he s recorded a brilliant work entitled Mountains of Sorrow Rivers of Song. http watch v oALyGB6bplE Amos Lee s Latest is Spectacular Mountains of Sorrow Rivers of Song photo by Michael Wilson In addition to trying a new city the former schoolteacher from Philadelphia also enlisted a new producer Jay Joyce who has been the producer of several recent CDs featured in this space and to quote George Jones is hotter n 2 pistol. He also decided to use his touring band on the record instead of those legendary Nashville cats. I wanted to play these songs with people that I trust musically and stay open to where it took us he says. The touring band works really hard they re really musical they re a good hang so it was cool to hole up for a few weeks and experience it together. In the singer-songwriter world it can be sort of a solitary creative process so it s good to collaborate with people and bring songs to life together. For more great music listen to The Outpost Radio at 66 photo by Harper Lee A DIFFERENT SOUND FOR AMOS Information on Lee s website notes that the songs were almost all cut live in just a few takes giving them a fresh loose sound. The album was also the first project to be recorded in a studio which was built in a converted church in Nashville. It is clear the Amos Lee sound has been expanded and enriched by the eclectic producer. Lee notes Jay brings a musicality a different kind of ear says Amos. He definitely hears things in ways that I don t and brings out extra dimensions in the songs. He also brings a voice of reason where he can step back from the particulars and get to the essence of an actual take. Making Mountains of Sorrow Rivers of Song in Nashville solidified Amos Lee s relationship to a musical community that has embraced him warmly. He has worked alongside country artists from Sugarland to Willie Nelson and perhaps most notably he teamed up with the Zac Brown Band on their single Day That I Die. Being in Nashville also allowed several remarkable guests to come by and sing on the sessions. Alison Krauss joins Lee for Chill in the Air and Patty Griffin lends her ethereal voice to Mountains of Sorrow. Elsewhere instrumentalists Jerry Douglas Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson s harmonica player) and Jeff Coffin (of the Dave Matthews Band) all pitch in. The title cut of the CD has an interesting back-story. It is based on his visit to Levon Helm s barn in Woodstock where he appeared at the legendary drummer s Midnight Ramble not long before Helm s death. For a few months after Levon passed I was just so struck by the loss says Amos. That tune is completely inspired by him and the legacy he left for someone like me to chase. I didn t realize how heavy it was going to be for me--while I was there I was kind of overwhelmed and a little shut down but sometimes I see things a little stronger in the reflecting pool. This collection has a little something for everyone but this variety of styles from the haunting lyrics and melody of the title cut to the Philly-funky I m the Man Who Wants You is sequenced in a way that makes it a joy to listen to each cut in the order Lee and Joyce chose to put them. Sure there are a few singles that someone will download to the iPod. However the collection as a whole is wonderful. In the backgrounder on this CD Lee acknowledges that this was no accident. He considers the consistency and cohesiveness the primary accomplishment of Mountains Of Sorrow Rivers Of Song. It s a bunch of songs from 1 to 12 you can listen to together he says. That notion of an album may be antiquated but as someone whose mind has always been set to that as a performer and as a listener I still feel inclined to do it. RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS www.THEOUTpOSTlIFE.cOm Please help me raise funds to film a documentary about training my horse to fish Inspired by the healing power of a river and a horse I want to help the disabled including veterans illness survivors and children use the horse as a mobile tool to fly fish. And heal. Let s get out into the back country where the REAL fish are. Come along and be part of a truly an amazing ride... can you teach a horse to fish a documentary by anne vandewalle bitethatfly http watch v MzUsheeHdug photo by Josh Shoemaker HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF S SMALL TOWN HEROES If you ve ever spent any time visiting or living in New Orleans you ve no doubt seen the bohemianattired ragamuffin street performers who ply their trade on Jackson Square or in front retail establishments on Royal or Chartes streets. The groups are usually made up of a couple of guitars a stand-up bass somebody on washboard (or some other type of percussion instrument) and maybe a keyboard or horns. Usually everybody sings in these constantly changing groups and at the end of the day they count up the tips and head home or to a nearby bar. If you saw some of these groups immediately before Katrina destroyed much of the city you have likely seen Alynda Lee Segarra playing washboard banjo or guitar and singing the blues for the tourists. She got to New Orleans after running away from home at age 17 and literally riding the rails across the U.S. Jack Kerouac could not make up this story. Segarra now has another life still in New Orleans and still singing and playing. She s now the lead singer and songwriter for the group everyone is talking about Hurray for the Riff Raff and they have one of the hottest CDs in the roots genre entitled Small Town Heroes. To quote Jerry Garcia What a long strange trip it s been. For more great music listen to The Outpost Radio at BECOMING A PART OF THE RIFF RAFF It s grown into this bigger idea of feeling like we really associate with the underdog says Segarra who came to international attention in 2012 with Look Out Mama. We really feel at home with a lot of worlds of people that don t really seem to fit together she continues and we find a way to make them all hang out with our music. Whether it s the queer community or some freight train-riding kids or some older guys who love classic country a lot of folks feel like mainstream culture isn t directed at them. We re for those people. Segarra a 26-year-old of Puerto Rican descent grew up in the Bronx where she developed an early appreciation for doo-wop and Motown from the neighborhood s longtime residents. The Lower East Side also introduced her to travelers and their stories of life on the road and as noted above inspired her to strike out on her own at 17. Information from Segarra s bio notes The community I found in New Orleans was open and passionate. The young artists were really inspiring to me she says. Apathy wasn t a part of that scene. And then the year after I first visited Katrina happened and I went back and saw the pain and hardship that all of the people who lived there had gone through. It made we want to straighten out my life and not wander so much. The city gave had given me an amazing gift with music and it made me want to settle there and be a part of it and help however I could. A STUNNING COLLECTION OF SONGS AND STYLES Many of the songs on Small Town Heroes reflect that decision and her special reverence for the city. She bears witness to a wave of violence that struck the St. Roch neighborhood in the soulful St. Roch Blues yearns for a night at BJ s Bar in the Bywater in Crash on the Highway and sings of her home in the Lower Ninth Ward on End of the Line. Delia s gone but I m settling the score she sings on The Body Electric a reimagining of the traditional murder ballad. She juxtaposes pure country pop with the dreams and nightmares that come with settling down with just one person in I Know It s Wrong (But That s Alright) while album opener Blue Ridge Mountain is an Appalachian nod to Maybelle Carter. NPR has said that Hurray for the Riff Raff s music sweeps across eras and genres with grace and grit and that s never been truer than on Small Town Heroes. These songs belong to no particular time or place but rather to all of us. These songs are for the riff raff. That would be us. photo by Josh Shoemaker THE nEw OUTpOST RADIO IS lAUncHED Radio for the Great Outdoors The Outpost Radio. At any given time on this unique station you can hear Stevie Ray Vaughan followed by Blackberry Smoke followed by George Jones. While all of this is going on you can be given a chance to listen to podcasts that feature tips on hunting whitetail deer or catching crappie in the Atchafalaya Basin or learning why blue quail would rather run than fly. In the words of more than one recently converted Outpost Radio fanatic I ve never heard anything like this station. Exactly. This combination of music and outdoor sports information presented 24 7 available wherever you are worldwide on your mobile device has never been offered. Until now. If you can do without the little girl pop stars and auto-tuned crap that passes for country and rock and roll these days you might want to try The Outpost Radio. If you want to know the weather wherever you re sitting in a duck blind it s here. If you re on the way to hunt pheasant or fish for walleye and you d like to know if anybody s seeing any this might be your new favorite radio station. The stories in The Outpost Magazine are about the simple joys of living an authentic life. This includes outdoor sports such as fishing hunting camping hiking and biking. It involves good food and strong drink and it also includes music from every genre that sportsmen and sportswomen enjoy. Unfortunately most of the music you hear on traditional (terrestrial) radio is so sanitized analyzed and peroxized that the tunes and words are cotton candy for the brain. Plus most of the outdoor sports radio programs come on the stations between 3 and 4 am. That s a little too early for most of us. It s is for this reason that we joined some friends who are experts in the radio business and launched The Outpost Radio. We re calling it Radio for the great outdoors and that s more than just a catchy phrase. A typical radio station would never play the diversity of songs you ll hear on http watch v UMzNtCkVbic. SEVEN THINGS YOU CAN DO TO GET YOUR BOAT SHIP-SHAPE Old man winter may still have his boney fingers wrapped around our throats but it won t be long until he returns to the southern hemisphere... where he belongs. When that glorious day comes those of us who love to jump in the boat and hit the water will be ready. We will that is if we have all of the repairs completed on our boats. According to the folks at BoatUS spring is not the best time to take care of repairs. Boaters can get frustrated when a repair or upgrade takes a long time but delays are often a simple result of supply and demand. Spring and summer can be the most challenging times to get work done on a boat because everyone else wants their work at the same time said BoatUS Director of Consumer Affairs Charles Fort. But with a little foresight boaters can get the services they need - sometimes at a better price - now. And some things on a winter to do list don t require outside help. Here are some common projects boaters should be looking at doing now before the spring rush Engine and prop Getting your boat s motor worked on in June is like waiting to buy Billy Joel tickets at the door. Get your mechanic on it now if you have a project in mind. It s also the time to have the dings taken out of the prop your prop shop guy will be glad to see you. canvas and Sails Canvas and sail lofts are notoriously cyclical businesses so don t feel guilty about asking for a discount on winter work. Now is the time to get the new bimini top made repair the camper canvas or get the sail stitched up. wiring Every boater needs an extra 12V outlet at the helm or knows of a corroded wire or two somewhere on the boat that needs fixing. If you want to take on this project yourself here are some tips on wiring http boattech articles choosing-cabels-and-terminals. asp. paint and varnish Generally you need warm weather for these projects - but consider taking home hatch boards tiller handles or wood trim projects and working on them now in well ventilated basement or heated garage. line splicing Maybe it s an extra-long spring line you ve always wanted or dock lines that will actually fit your boat s cleats. Curl up by fire sing a sea chantey and start splicing because you will never want to do this in the summer. Here s how to do it boattech casey rope.asp chart and Electronics updates Does your chartplotter use an old chip or are you using the same paper chart you had 10 years ago Your helm electronics software may also have downloadable updates that make them perform better. Do a winter tackle box overhaul You re never going to want to do this once the fish start biting. BoatUS Angler pro Steve Chaconas shows how to get your tacklebox into shape on previous page. Those hazy crazy lazy days of summer will be here before you know it and now is the best time to get your boat ready for the fun A SpARe pROp And FIx-It tOOlS Hitting a submerged log or ledge can damage or destroy a prop and cripple the boat. It s a good idea to have a spare prop and the right wrench to change it out. However completing this change can be challenging. Dents in the aluminum props can be put back into serviceable shape by using vice-grip locking pliers and slip-joint pliers. A ChARGInG devICe Mobile phones don t run on AA batteries so a marine-rated 12-volt receptacle with a weatherproof cap is needed. It should be mounted away from the spray and rain. plAStIC COveR FOR pApeR ChARt If you ve ever tried to read a waterproof chart in an open boat you know this doesn t work... at least well. However by putting the chart in a clear plastic holder the wind won t matter. You can buy one or make one from clear plastic and duct tape. Once you ve checked the boat in storage and gotten the little things you need to make it safe all you can do is wait for the warm weather to arrive. Fortunately it will eventually get here and you ll be ready to rock the water. 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Outdoor Sports Means Big Business The state of Washington sets up the Big Tent Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse that generates billions of dollars in business and tax revenue throughout the United States and especially in the state of Washington. In order to spread this message The Big Tent Outdoor Coalition has been formed. The Big Tent coalition is committed to raising public awareness about the incredible benefits that outdoor recreation brings to our states and their residents said Doug Levy a spokesman for the coalition who represents Washington statewide parks recreation and boating organizations. The Outdoor Industry Association last year reported that Washington ranks sixth nationally in the number of outdoor recreation jobs and that nearly two-thirds of Washingtonians participate in outdoor recreation each year. The study concluded that 22.5 billion is spent annually in Washington on outdoor recreation supporting 227 600 jobs and generating 1.6 billion in state and local tax revenue. Outdoor advocates said the impact is actually greater since the study did not include equestrian sailing and diving activities all of which generate significant economic activity in the state. Jobs in the outdoor recreation sector include outdoor gear and apparel design and sales lodging and transportation guiding and outfitting services and many more. We are delighted that Governor Jay Inslee is highlighting the broad business and social benefits of outdoor recreation. The sector is among the state s biggest contributors to economic community and personal health said Marc Berejka who directs REI s government and community engagement. We look forward to working with the Governor and others to find ways to better support the people communities and entrepreneurs who help make Washington one of the best states in the country for outdoor recreation. In addition to the state agencies and the WWRC the coalition includes American Whitewater Back Country Horsemen of Washington Bicycle Alliance of Washington Citizens for Parks & Recreation Coastal Conservation Association Evergreen Bike Alliance Fish Northwest Northwest Marine Trade Association Northwest Motorcycle Association Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association Northwest Yacht Brokers Association Puget Sound Anglers and the Recreational Boating Association of Washington. 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