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Description: The Second Anniversary of The Outpost Magazine is packed with amazing articles, photos and videos. In this issue, The 50 Best Tailwaters for Fly Fishing, Favorite BBQ Joints, Summer Cocktails, Kayak Fishing, Duck Numbers, Gear, Music, Recipes and more.

2nd AnnIvERSARy ISSUE 50 BEST TAILWATERS FAVORITE BBQ JOINTS WYOMING WHITETAILS WHY BOATS SINK FISHING ELECTRONICS KAYAK FISHING MUSKIES GETTING TOO BIG HOW TO RATTLESNAKE SAFETY SURVIVAL VIDEO SUMMER DRINKS RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & 1.00 COUPON VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM Win a hunting trip with Country Music Legend GRAB YOU R GRAB THE GUN AND GORDO S Lorrie Morgan and son Jesse Keith Whitley No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Winner will be drawn 9 15 2014. Official rules may be obtained at http 97828882 NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. The 2014 Fall Gordo s Cheese Dip Ultimate Hunting Trip Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are 18 years of age or older. Sweepstakes begins 07 15 14 and ends on 09 15 14 at noon (ET). Limit one (1) entry per person. One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded consisting of a hunting trip for winner at the Gum Creek Resort in Greenville FL on 10 19 14 10 22 14 which includes (i) 3 nights lodging and meals (ii) 2 days of hunting expeditions (iii) opportunity for winner to meet and attend hunting expeditions with Lorrie Morgan and Jesse Keith Whitley and (iv) opportunity for winner to participate in the filming of a Crazy on Outdoors television episode (total ARV 2 500). (Grand Prize does not include travel to from FL to participate in Grand Prize hunting trip.) To enter and for Official Rules visit http Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Sponsor Charley and Sons Inc. (d b a Kachwa Food Group) 5366 Dixie Industrial Highway Morrow Georgia 30260. FEATURE STORIES KAyAK FISHInG 101 Paddling a 10-foot long kayak over class 2 whitewater rapids in search of that perfect spot on the river to find game fish like largemouth bass is anything but leisurely. Other words like intense extreme or challenging are more accurate in explaining this experience. Kayak fishing has been described as close quarters combat and it s all that and more PAGE 23 50 BEST TAILWATERS TO FLyFISH After reading The 50 Best Tailwaters for Fly Fishing by Terry and Wendy Gunn it s obvious that those who love to fly fish have a new roadmap for their angling. As fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh notes in the Forward to the book. Tailwaters are the salvation of fly fishing for trout. They furnish a constant supply of clear cold water necessary for trout and their food. PAGE 34 THE OUTPOST BBQ The quickest way to get into an argument with a hunter is to confidently say that you know the best rife for whitetail deer. The second quickest way is to say you know where to find the best barbecue. PAGE 42 TABLE OF CONTENTS DUCK NUMBERS 13 CATCHING YOUR OWN BAIT 19 PACU FISH 21 30 SUMMER COCKTAILS 56 17 MULE DEER IN WYOMING WHY BOATS SINK HOW TO MINNESOTA S MUSKIES RECIPES SURVIVING THE WILD HIGH TECH FISHING POLAR BEARS 61 70 64 76 85 95 98 GEAR RATTLESNAKES SMALL STREAMS BOAT DRAINING PHOTO OF THE MONTH 68 83 92 96 100 GUIDES 104 BACK WOODS MUSIC 88 HAvE yOU MISSEd Any ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZInE THEy ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME On In 25 The Outpost Magazine proudly supports the production of and we encourage our readers to do the same In the Mind of the Maker Click here to SUPPORT the making of a truly special movie http support You build it in your mind. Your brain is your computer. Edward Couvillier master boat builder in the mind of the maker A movie about memory imagination and building a boat. BOATBUILDER FILMS PRESENTS A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY C.E.RICHARD IN THE MIND OF THE MAKER c KRISTI GUILLORY & DANNY DEVILLIER e MISTY TALLEY g BRIAN C. MILLER RICHARD p JOHN DUREL j JOHN DUREL & C.E.RICHARD a C.E.RICHARD AND CONNIE CASTILLE k C.E.RICHARD Editor s Letter Well shut the front door My partner in this crime of The Outpost Jason Martin just informed me we are celebrating our second anniversary with this issue. When we started it I thought it d last about a long as the other harebrained schemes he and I have had over the years. Allow me to use the all-purpose one-word exclamatory utterance to which everyone male or female hunter or non-hunter Republican or Democrat can bring their own meaning. Natural predators are not evil. They re predators. That s what they do. Large corporations could learn valuable lessons from studying Ducks Unlimited. Hunters and fishermen are not liars. They are storytellers and they sometimes embellish the truth to make the story more fulfilling to their listeners. No two deer hunters can agree on the best caliber rifle to use for hunting whitetail deer. Attempting to produce enough interesting copy for a 100-page magazine every month is the most humbling experience a writer can ever have. That last lesson has had a dramatic impact on my appearance. See this guy Dude Jerry Garcia was right. What a long strange trip it s been. However aside from being the most fun I ve ever had it has also been educational. In honor of our second year anniversary here are some of the things I ve learned A photo of a cute lab puppy with a camo bandana will get many more Facebook LIKES than a photo of an ugly hunter wearing the same camo bandana. Jack Unruh is one of the greatest living outdoor illustrators on the planet and he still goes to work every day. People of all socio-economic classes love stories (and pictures ) about noodling. Willie Nelson will likely never die but if does someone will roll him up and smoke him. A Remington 870 12-guage pump-action shotgun will still knock down ducks even if it has inadvertently been dropped into three feet of water a few minutes earlier. Blue quail (aka scaled quail) spend more time running than flying. There s a difference between gecko s and anoles. An anole changes color depending on his background. A gecko is the cartoon lizard who does the car insurance commercials. The best way to consistently catch trout under all conditions is to be able to read the stream and accurately guess where they re hanging. One should never underestimate the bad things that can happen when man tries to fix nature. The unintended consequences will make your head spin. He s only 32 years old. However the constant pressure of getting another 10 000 words to the slave-drivers in Atlanta have aged him considerably. He looks like he s 30 years older Seriously all of us who work on the Outpost have had more fun than we ever thought possible. In honor of our Second Anniversary we put together another action-packed issue. You ll find the 50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish projections for the duck populations for this coming season how to keep a boat from sinking where to find the best barbecue in the world why you can t bring back polar bear trophies back from Canada how to pick a kayak for fishing and a few dozen other stories you may enjoy. Thank you for allowing us to be in your in-box every month. It s an honor for us Later Art Young Editor The Outpost email me at art FIELD NOTES FROM OUTPOST READERS The Outpost issue with Charlie Daniels on the cover was wonderful. The Charlie Daniels article was great and the layout was beautiful. Would love to see The Outpost in print form as well. Paula Lebanon TN I am a causal hunter and an occassional fisherman. I have fallen in love with your publication becaue you not only feature articles about hunting and fishing but you touch on lots of other things that appeal to a broader audience. You guys do a terrific job with this and look forward to getting each issue. Roger Nashville TN The new issue looks awesome and we love the article you wrote on FishAssist. Bob Thank you for my copy of The Outpost. I m a upland tournament hunter and my sponsor is Gordo s Cheese Dip from Atlanta. I appreciate that Gordo s supports outdoor sports David Prescher Wingshooters Tournament Hunting Team Fantastic The entire issue looks just great. And I m especially happy to see the Charlie Daniels piece he s kind of a personal favorite My congratulations to the staff on this issue and sincere thanks for sending this to me. Keep it up. ThE ouTpoST Charles Baton Rouge LA Gorilla Marketing LLC 770-675-7200 Jason Martin Partner Art Young Editor in Chief Contributing Writers Art Young Jason Martin Phil Hall Tim Howard Photo Credits (Cover Photo by Jason Martin Ducks Unlimited Flickr Commons Hook 1 Kayak Fishing Gear Tony Eckler Alan Sladek Terrry & Wendy Gunn Burnt Pine Plantation Art Young Sandy Earle Matt Guymon Amy Hazel Mike Lawson Trent Tatum Sanders Schnitzer Jim Kinsey Special Thanks to Skullbound TV THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2014 by The Outpost Media Group 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 . C O M 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 THE OUTPOST DUCK NUMBERS Good NEWS You LL pRoBABLY SEE moRE duckS ThIS YEAR The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released its report on 2014 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total populations were estimated at 49.2 million breeding ducks in the surveyed area. This estimate represents an 8 percent increase from last year s estimate of 45.6 million birds and is 43 percent higher than the 1955-2013 longterm average. This continues a three-year trend of exceptional water conditions and population numbers for many species. Needless to say this is duck calling music to the ears of U.S. waterfowlers dUCKS UnLIMITEd WEIGHS In On THESE nUMBERS It looks like another good waterfowl breeding year for a good portion of the prairies and the boreal forest said Ducks Unlimited (DU) CEO Dale Hall. Precipitation in the form of snow and rain has provided sufficient water to fill important wetlands in key breeding habitats. We hope this will result in good production and another great flight of birds migrating in the fall. DU and its partners continue to work hard to protect and restore habitat to provide for the needs of these birds and so much more. While we still have much work to do in delivering habitat and securing key conservation policies for sustaining these populations we are heartened by the good results we have seen in the past few years. The main determining factor for duck breeding success is wetland and upland habitat conditions in the key breeding landscapes of the prairies and the boreal forest. Conditions observed across the U.S. and Canadian survey areas during the 2014 breeding population survey were improved or similar to last year. Total pond counts for the U.S. and Canada combined showed 7.2 million ponds which is similar to the 2013 estimate and 40 percent above the long-term average. Reports from DU biologists indicate a strong breeding effort across the prairies said DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt. This is despite late winter conditions that delayed nesting activity in some areas by one to two weeks. We need more moisture in the Western Boreal Forest and in parts of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan and higher-than-usual water levels have posed some challenges for nesters in the Eastern Region. But overall this is a good breeding season and depending on local conditions hunters across North America should look forward to another strong fall flight. This spring as has been the case for the past several years saw abundant moisture across much of North America s most important duck breeding areas said DU Chief Biologist Scott Yaich. That bodes well for duck breeding success this summer and we hope for hunting this fall. But we remain concerned with the continuing and escalating loss of nesting habitat in these areas. Because ducks need water wetlands to hold the water and upland habitats to successfully raise their young the ongoing loss of grasslands and wetlands across the Prairie Pothole Region will increasingly impact the number of ducks in the fall flight in the long-term. THIS SURvEy InFORMS HUnTInG SEASOn dATES And BAG LIMITS The spring surveys provide the scientific basis for many management programs across the continent including hunting season dates and bag limits. The four flyway councils and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Regulations Committee will meet in late July to recommend the season structure and bag limits for 2014-15. Individual states will make their specific selections within a federal framework of season length bag limit and dates. Hunters should check the rules in their states for final dates. SPECIES ESTIMATES ARE Mallards 10.9 million which is similar to the 2013 estimate and 42% above the long-term average. Gadwall 3.8 million which is similar to the 2013 estimate and 102% above the longterm average. American wigeon 3.1 million which is 18% above the 2013 estimate and 20% above the long-term average. Green-winged teal 3.4 million which is similar to the 2013 estimate and 69% above the long-term average. Blue-winged teal 8.5 million which is similar to the 2013 estimate and 75% above the long-term average. Northern shovelers 5.3 million which is similar to the 2013 estimate and 114% above the longterm average. Northern pintails 3.2 million which is similar to the 2013 estimates and 20% below the long-term average. Redheads 1.3 million which is similar to their 2013 estimates and 85% above the long-term average. Canvasbacks 0.7 million which is similar to their 2013 estimates and 18% above the long-term average. Scaup 4.6 million which is similar to the 2013 estimate and similar to the longterm average. Black ducks (Eastern Survey Area) 619 000 which is similar to the 2013 estimate and similar to the long-term average. If you would like to view all the data and get a species-by-species breakdown click on DuckNumbers photo courtesy of Ducks Unlimited WHITETAIlS PRESSURE MUlE DEER In WyOMInG Look at any big-city golf course if you doubt how explosive the whitetail deer population has become. This species is also taking over the habitat of other deer such as muleys in Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials are proposing offering doe-fawn licenses in areas of the state s northwest in a bid to halt the expansion of whitetail deer which are moving up from the Teton Range and putting pressure on the area s mule deer population. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that biologists are seeing a decline of mule deer in the west slope of the Tetons where the whitetails have moved in. ExPAnDInG HUnTInG OPPORTUnITIES In THE AREA A lot of the folks were really concerned with the loss of mule deer and are asking us to consider white-tailed licenses Game and Fish regional wildlife coordinator Doug Brimeyer said at a recent public meeting in Jackson Hole. Brimeyer indicated that wildlife officials will be looking at expanded hunting opportunities next December but steps are already being taken to reduce the whitetail population. Hunters in eight of the nine hunting units near Jackson Hole will be able to take does and fawns as early as this fall. Officials hope that this limited hunting expansion will start to take pressure off the mule deer in the area. The whitetail deer are more aggressive and more competitive than the mule deer. As a result they are taking over the habitat. THE EFFEcT OF clIMATE cHAnGE Wyoming officials also believe climate change may be the cause of the whitetail expansion. Although both animals are native to the Tetons whitetails traditionally stick to the lower valley areas while the more hardy mule deer inhabit the higher mountainous terrain. Although they are an icon of the West mule deer have been in decline over the past few decades due to habitat loss or extreme weather. 17 THE OUTPOST PaCU FiSH YouNG mAN hookS A pAcu fISh ThE choppERS WERE ThE fIRST cLuE Nobody would have believed 17-year old Coleman Browning when he told them about the weird fish he caught with human-like teeth. Fortunately the local game warden was there and they got this photo. It turns out it was a Pacu fish a relative of the piranha found in South America s Amazon (the river not the website). He was fishing for catfish at the Number 3 Reservoir near Shelby Ohio. According to the Mansfield News Journal the angler initially thought it was some sort of carp before he saw the creepy human-like teeth. When the game warden came out and saw me catch it he said What is that Browning said. I told him I think I just caught a piranha. Browning was close. The game warden told him the fish was actually a pacu a distant relative of the piranha that is popular as an aquarium fish. The pacu likely got into the reservoir after being released by its previous owner. HE USED THOSE cHOPPERS TO nIbblE bAIT AnD bREAk A HOOk It kept hitting my rod and it stripped the bait away Browning recalled. I rebaited my hook and threw it right where I was getting the hits. It was fighting me hard. Not ready to give up the pacu also broke Browning s first hook as well. The angler eventually caught the fish and since it is a non-native species is now storing it in a bucket of water. Browning s catch was not the first pacu found in Ohio waters. The species have been spotted several times before by anglers and experts say the fish can survive in the state for a time especially in areas with a large crayfish population. In 2011 another angler caught one from Buckeye Lake in central Ohio. Wildlife officials are not overly concerned about the pacu as a threat to the state s waterways because the fish generally die out during cold winters. It is illegal to release pacu into public waters. Pacu are known for being a spirited game fish and are popular with South American fly fishermen. The species is also considered a valuable food fish and are marketed to aquarium owners as vegetarian piranhas. Unlike the sharp pointed teeth of piranha pacu sport straight block-shaped teeth better suited to crushing food like nuts or seeds. 19 Win a hunting trip with Country Music Legend LORRIE MORGAN and son Jesse Keith Whitley DigiCodeTM Data File ACCOUNT 87436 CHARLEY & SONS INC. ORDERED BY KATY CRANE P.O. NUMBER KATY When you buy one of any size INVOICE NO. 1399840 of Gordo s Original Mild Hot ( EPS via EMAIL ) Cheese n Salsa Cheese n Chipotle Manufacturer Queso dips or Gordo s Shredded Cheese. NOTICE This DigiCodeTM file is considered original artwork. It must be inspected and approved by the purchaser. Use of this file confirms acceptance. Any modification of this file through scaling or distortion is prohibited. See back of the Symbology invoice for Limitation of Warranty. Encode 81101080033830011131001101013131231 SYMBOL HEIGHT 0.8576 NBAR 0.0104 BWA -0.0020 1 WEB 123113 1 00 Created on 1-4-13 at 10 26 58 by SYMBOLOGY INC. 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Ironically it s the size of these muskies that s causing concern among the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Apparently muskies are growing larger but the overall population seems to be declining. Since three of the nation s top five muskie fishing spots are located in the state if this decrease in overall population is proven to be accurate it could have direct consequences both biological and economical. A Survey ShOWS FeWer buT LArGer FiSh According to press reports in the state a recent survey in Lake Bemidji found only 500 to 600 adult muskies--a low number for the 6 581-acre lake. There are a lot of really big muskies said Gary Barnard the DNR fisheries supervisor for Bemidji. A lot of fish over 50 inches. Barnard said that one in four of the female muskies caught in Bemidji last month measured over 50 inches and even the males were exceedingly large. Biologists first took note of the phenomenon last year and subsequent study showed that the decline of smaller fish was unlikely to be caused by disease or overfishing. Instead officials believe that the larger muskies are eating too many of the smaller ones. It is now suspected that about two-thirds of stocked fish do not survive to adulthood in Lake Bemidji alone. It is not just Lake Bemidji that is seeing a decrease in smaller muskies either. Data from other Minnesota lakes with muskie populations are also revealing similar scenarios. This begs an obvious question. Why do Large Muskies CannibaLize their oWn In most lakes in the state food is abundant so why are muskies eating their young Muskies have voracious appetites and it is not uncommon for the fish to gulp down frogs small muskrats or even ducklings. Biologists say that there might be more to the fish s feeding habits than they know. Even with this decline in the populations the DNR biologists are not concerned...yet. Nobody produces quality fish like we do said Tim Goeman DNR regional fisheries manager. Over the past 10 to 15 years Minnesota has become a destination for muskie anglers. We have people coming here from all over the country to fish muskies because it s the best fishing you ll find. Anglers from nearby states come for the large muskies. A 2008 study by the DNR and the University of Minnesota found that roughly 14 percent--about 100 000--of the state s anglers are muskie fishermen. They may be getting fewer bites but when they get one it s a whooper. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton recently signed legislation that will increase the minimum keep-size for muskie on most inland waters from 48 inches to 54 inches. kAYAk fIShING 101 HERE S WHy THIS SPORT IS ExPlODInG Paddling a 10-foot long kayak over class 2 whitewater rapids in search of that perfect spot on the river to find game fish like largemouth bass is anything but leisurely. Other words like intense extreme or challenging are more accurate in explaining this experience. Kayak fishing has been described as close quarters combat and it s all that and more Holding on for dear life making quick turns using one end of the paddle for a rudder while hoping that the rod is secured and feeling the scraping of the gravel of the stream on the bottom of the boat are all a part of this extreme version of fishing. However for some anglers who love up-close-and-personal non-motorized fishing there is nothing more fun than kayak fishing. At one time kayaking was merely another way for crazy adrenaline junkies to get their daily fix by hopping in a small one-man craft grabbing a double-bladed paddle and heading for either the open ocean or a whitewater infused stream. Now it has become a very effective way to find fish in either fresh or salt water. Kayak fishing has become a hot sport but it s definitely not for the faint of heart. WHAT S A kAyAk It may surprise you to know that there is not one single type of kayak. No. That would be too simple. Kayaks are classified by their use. There are eight primary classifications polo slalom whitewater surf touring expedition light touring day tripping sprint racing and general recreation. From these primary classifications stem many sub-classes. For example a fishing kayak is simply a general-recreation kayak outfitted with accessories that make it easier from which to fish. Kayaks are also different from canoes. The Grand Poobahs of canoes and kayaks The International Canoe Federation define a kayak as a boat where the paddler faces forward legs in front using a double-bladed paddle. While most kayaks have closed decks the sit-on-top kayaks are growing in popularity (especially among fishermen) as are inflatable kayaks which come without decks but which have air chambers surrounding the boat. Due to their design which is geared toward carrying one person kayaks have outstanding maneuverability in all types of water. They have outstanding range and adaptability because they are powered by paddles in the hands of the individual and as such are ideal for exploring diving and fishing. The fact that there is no sound from even a trolling motor also enhances the craft s value in getting an angler close to highpotential spots without surprising wary fish. FIRST QUESTIOn ARE yOU In SHAPE TO DO THIS Before deciding to take up the sport of kayak fishing it s a good idea to think about what this entails. Kayaks have no motors so the only way to get to the fish is by human power. This requires a level of fitness that many old and even younger anglers don t have. Before heading off to that honey hole make sure you have the stamina to paddle back Fishing from this type of boat also requires some training padding turning guiding the craft balancing etc. and this adds another layer of work before you can actually wet a line. Also because of the limited space kayak fishing puts a premium on multipurpose fishing tackle and gear. Finally because of the constant threat of turning over and being dumped into the water kayak anglers must be willing to wear a life vest for the entire time they are on the water. If any of these things sound like they would be a pain in the butt and put a crimp in your fishing style you might want to stay away from kayak fishing. However if you decide that this sounds like fun the first question anyone who s thinking about taking up kayak fishing asks is what s the best kayak for me to buy. As old fishing guides like to say Well that depends. cHOOSInG A kAyAk FOR FISHInG As noted earlier there are lots options in kayaks and one size does not fit all. There are sit-in kayaks sit-on-top kayaks whitewater kayaks and so forth. Experts in the sport suggest that a newbie kayak angler answer a few questions. First how will the kayak be used For example will you be fishing in low-water streams during late summer If so this is when the stream s flow will be decreased exposing gravel bars a ledges. This means that there could be a lot of getting in and out of the kayak dragging it over the gravel bars and a sit-on-top kayak might be easier for this activity. Secondly go to a kayak retailer with a wide selection climb in a few and test how you feel in the various types of rigs. If you feel cramped ask the sales guy gal to adjust the seat and foot pegs. Climb in and out of as many kayaks as they have for sale and see if it feels comfortable to you. Check each kayak s weight specification and make sure you have enough room for your fishing gear and you. Next decision involves the length of the kayak. The websites of kayak retailers suggest that most fisherman as comfortable using a recreational sit-in or sit-on-top of boat. Boats with a hull length of 12 to 14 feet are the best choice for anglers who fish flat water or mild moving water with an occasional class 1 rapid. The boats which at between 10 and 12 feet are best for fishing excursions where there is flat and moving water. The smaller kayaks 10 feet and shorter are the most maneuverable and are best for float trips where the angler is likely to encounter class 2 or 3 rapids. There are hundreds of other considerations when choosing a kayak. In fact there are entire books and websites dedicated to this subject. The best approach is always to personally try on the boat at the store talk to sales reps at the store and talk to anyone who is involved in the sport. DOn T GET UP A cREEk WITHOUT A PADDlE After the decision on the type of kayak is made there are a three other necessities one must obtain before hitting the water. You will need a paddle rod holder and life vest and as with the kayak itself there are several considerations that go into choosing each of these. The question about length and composition of a paddle is a little more complicated when the kayak is being used for fishing. If a 6 foot tall person was just paddling a 12- foot kayak not trying to catch fish most experts would suggest that he use a paddle of 230 cm. However when fishing from a kayak it is often necessary to pick up the paddle to rudder the boat while you are holding the rod in your other hand. If the paddle is too long or too heavy this becomes onerous. Therefore a shorter paddle (203 cm) made of some light-weight material carbon or fiberglass is much more effective for kayak fishing. Part of the fun of kayak fishing involves dealing with rapids. Keeping a rod secured while this whitewater is knocking the boat around is the job of rod holder. There are all kinds of rod mounts top mount or flush mount holders and most will do the job adequately. However deciding where to put them on the boat is very important because (remember) you re paddling this thing It s important to take your paddling stroke into consideration when installing the rod mount in order to avoid a situation where you are striking the mount while paddling. Most kayak fishing websites suggest that the best way to position these mounts is to have them pointing either straight ahead or straight behind not out to the side where they can get tangled in overhanging branches. While it s not as much fun as choosing the type of kayak choosing to wear a life vest could save your life. Comfort is the key consideration on this piece of gear. Since no one knows when the kayak will hit a patch of water that tosses the angler into the water a life vest can be the difference between going home and drowning. Ask retail salespeople to show you the types of vest that whitewater kayakers like to use and try these on. They should fit snugly without impinging on your ability to paddle and cast. There are a few more accessories that might come in handy for your kayak fishing. You will want include a leash for your paddle and a tether for the rod and reel as well. A small box for tackle and a pair of needle-nosed pliers for pinching sinkers cutting line and removing hooks round out the basic rigging gear required to make any kayak into a more efficient fishing craft. I would say that the biggest factor is the wind Alan said. The wind makes it hard to position and present the bait to the fish. In a traditional boat you have a trolling motor that helps you stay in position and keep the bait in the strike zone longer. Kayakers have to find a drift and chose a bait that works in those conditions. He continued The equipment that you have makes a lot of difference in wind conditions. I fish the Hobie Pro Angler 14. This boat is 14 long and 40 wide making it easier to handle wind and with the mirage drive it allows me to hold my position on a windy point much like a traditional trolling motor. This enables me to fish various baits and do it effectively. SO WHAT ARE THE bEnEFITS OF THIS TyPE OF FISHInG The benefits are that you are the motor so you get great exercise he laughed. Secondly you operate in stealth mode and are able to fish in extremely shallow water. Most of the time we can get where traditional anglers can t go and usually that provides a quality opportunity on a big fish that hasn t been pressured. I enjoy the peaceful silence of the early morning paddle gives me time to think he said. WHAT ARE THE bIGGEST cHAllEnGES AnD bEnEFITS If you re new to the sport of kayak fishing you might be interested in some insights from a professional kayak angler. We asked pro fisherman Alan Sladek to give us some insights about this fast-growing sport. The gear is always evolving Alan notes. I carry a Black-Pac from Yak Attack. This piece of equipment allows me to have excellent tackle organization and storage. It also allows me to keep my rods stored securely. I always carry my Yeti cooler so that I have plenty of hydration and nourishment on the lake. The Pro Angler offers excellent storage and is able to carry 6 rods horizontally. I also use a Lowrance Sonar he said. I use Temple Fork Outfitters Tactical Bait Casting rods. It is important to use rods over 7 feet long because you need to pick up line quickly. Temple Fork makes an outstanding product at a great price. WHAT ADvIcE DOES AlAn OFFER TO SOMEOnE jUST STARTInG OUT In kAyAk FISHInG My advice is to try every brand of kayak before you purchase he notes. Find a reputable dealer that has demo days so that you can try at no cost. Every kayak is different just like every angler. The dealer that I recommend is Mariner-Sails. This company has been in the kayak business for over 20 years and has the knowledge and expertise to advise the expert down to the novice. You can check them out at kAyAk FISHInG WHAT A TRIP If you enjoy fishing because its slow pace helps you relax and renew from the chaos of the real world kayak fishing might not be for you. There s no motor so the angler has to be in good shape. It s strenuous and requires a constant concentration on balancing rod paddle and boat so there s no snoozing involved. However if you like going to places on the water where there is no fishing pressure because no traditional craft can get there - Hello Kayak Fishing This sport can do nothing but explode as more people discover it. It s fast it s fun and it s challenging. It s hand-to-hand combat with the fish How to Catch Your Own Baits According to a July article in the Wall Street Journal there s a worm shortage specifically those big ol fat worms called nightcrawlers which are used by freshwater anglers for bait. The article notes The culprit is bad weather in Ontario the Canadian province where nightcrawlers are hand-picked in the wild and shipped south by the millions. This presents a problem if you re wanting to wet a line and use these wigglers as bait. This spring s shortage of Canadian worms the worst in 26 years is wreaking havoc with supply chains affecting mom-and-pop bait shops and even the retail behemoth WalMart. The price of nightcrawlers is going up if you can even find them. So it might be a good time for a plan B if you fish with live bait. Besides saving a few bucks on worms harvesting you own baits can add to the fun of the experience. Here are a few ideas to get you started. CAST yOUR nET UPOn THE WATER If you want fresh bait there s none fresher than that which is in the same lake you re fishing. Using cast nets to catch baitfish is a fun cheap way to go. The best way to catch some minnows crawdads or hellgrammites is to use a seine net. Bait seines feature a rectangle of mesh with weights along the bottom floats across the top and poles of wood fiberglass or metal along each end. They are used in current and take advantage of the water s flow to wash bait into the netting and hold it there until the netter can grab it. The technique for seining is pretty simple. Just hold it in the current with the lower weighted edge of the net close to the bottom and the top edge near or above the surface in a stretch of stream with plenty of rocks to hide the bottomdwelling bait you re looking for. A lone netter can walk upstream with a narrow one-person seine suspended across the current and hope to catch crayfish hellgrammites and minnows that attempt to flee and get pinned by the current against the mesh. However having a friend or two willing to get their feet wet to help makes seining more fun and effective and allows you to use a wider seine which may stretch 10 feet wide or more. With someone walking directly upstream of the net and turning over rocks kicking up the gravel and generally disturbing the bottom you ll rout out all manner of fresh live bait options. https watch v GtOvU7CRwMA Umbrella nets are effective especially in clear water where you can watch the minnows gather over the mesh. The mesh of an umbrella net is round or square in shape from three to six feet in diameter and held taut and open with flexible wire supports much like an umbrella. Each corner has a line that is connected to a single main cord that is used to quickly lift the net to capture baitfish. By placing the net on the shallow bottom next to a dock and sinking bread balls over it to attract minnows it s possible to have a good stash of minnows quickly. SETTInG A MInnOW TRAP The easiest way to gather a bucket of your fresh minnows is to catch them in a minnow trap. Most of these traps are made of wire mesh and are cylindrical in shape with inverted funnel-shaped openings at each end. To set the trap you place some bait inside drop the trap in into the water and tie it off to the dock or shore. A good bait to catch this bait is a can of cat food punched with multiple holes or a tightly squeezed bread balls. Leave the trap out for a few hours or overnight and you can expect to have fresh bait flipping around the mesh when you check it. A WHITE SPORTS COAT And A PInK CRUSTACEAn Crustaceans such as crayfish shun light and hide under rocks during the daylight hours venturing out to feed after dark. If you re willing to get wet and have quick hands you can catch crawdads by hand by wading the shallows lifting rocks and grabbing the crayfish around the body just behind the pincers. It only take a few times being pinched to learn where to hold them to keep your fingers out of reach. Minnow traps and traps designed specifically for catching crawdads offer a more passive way to capture a day s bait. Baited with just about any type of food scraps and left overnight on the bottom in an area known to have a population of the crustaceans a trap can produce enough crawdads for a weekend. PATIEnCE yOUnG GRASSHOPPER Winged insects such as grasshoppers crickets and cicadas make a great summer bait. This is especially true when gamefish see them hop drop or get blown into the water. These insects are also not that tough to snare. The easiest way to catch grasshoppers is by prowling overgrown fields with a butterfly net watching where they land and snatching them up. Even better if you have a son daughter or grandchild get them to do this. An old trick for catching crickets involves using a wool blanket sprayed with sugar water or sprinkled with cracker crumbs and left in a grassy field from sundown to sun-up. The crickets come for dinner and can t get away because they get their legs caught-up in the blanket s fibers. Another easy cricket trap involves using an entire loaf bread. Just cut the loaf in two and dig out the soft doughy contents leaving twin shells of mostly crust. Doors for little Jiminy and his cricket buddies are created by cutting a quarter-sized hole in the heel of each end and the two halves are put back together loaf-like held with a large rubber band. Leave this loaf out overnight and it will likely be packed with crickets by morning. With all of these alternatives to nightcrawlers who needs em 32 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 A Look AT A NEW Book oN fLY fIShING IN TAILWATERS After reading The 50 Best Tailwaters for Fly Fishing by Terry and Wendy Gunn it s obvious that those who love to fly fish have a new roadmap for their angling. As fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh notes in the Forward to the book. Tailwaters are the salvation of fly fishing for trout. They furnish a constant supply of clear cold water necessary for trout and their food. We caught up with fly fishing guide and now author Terry Gunn recently and chatted with him about this well-organized and beautiful book. People have been telling me that this is going to be their new bucket list book he said. It s not exactly 50 Tailwaters. We ended up with 56 tailwaters. When it was all said and done there was another six that we felt needed to be included. The Outpost What are Tailwaters and why are they great places to fish Terry Gunn Tailwaters refer to rivers that are below a man-made dam. There are a lot of neat things associated with tailwaters not the least of which is that most of the rivers that are tailwaters are known as outstanding places to fly fish. The Missouri the Madison the Big Horn the San Juan in New Mexico Henry s Fork in Idaho are just a few. There s a plethora of tailwaters located down South too. One of the great things about tailwaters is you can usually fish them year-round. This is because the water which comes out of the dam is a constant cold temperature which is perfect for supporting rainbow trout and brown trout. When you go down south it s not just limited to trout. Strippers and smallmouth bass love the tailwaters too. TERRY & WENdY GuNN You RE GETTING ThE opINIoN of SomEoNE Who IS AN ExpERT oN EAch of ThEm Is the temperature of the water the reason these are such good places to find fish It s a combination of the temperature of the water and the fact that the water that comes off the dams are nutrient-laden and well-oxygenated because many of these dams are hydroelectric dams. The Tennessee Valley Authority created a lot of these tailwaters in the 30s and 40s Are these tailwaters found everywhere in the US Yes. They re pretty much everywhere. The southernmost tailwater in the book is the Guadalupe River located just south of Austin Texas. We have three tailwaters that are located in Canada and as I said earlier there s a bunch down South. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) back in the 30s and 40s created a lot of these tailwaters when they were originally built for water storage and hydroelectric production. This book is packed with information and beautifully shot photography. How did you come up with the idea to write this guide When Stonefly Press first approached Wendy (Terry s wife) and me about this book the idea was for us to author each chapter on each tailwater. When Rob Clouse the publisher of Stonefly and I were talking about this project I said Rob this sounds like a wonderful idea and the ultimate road trip visiting each of these 50 tailwaters. However even if I spent a week visiting each river I would only be getting a snapshot of what each of these tailwaters has to offer. I have to be honest with you. I ve been a full-time fly fishing guide for the past 33 years and I have a tough enough time being an expert on the tailwaters I guide on a regular basis much less 50 other tailwaters. I knew a lot of the people who are guides and outfitters on the tailwaters around the country and I did some research and found other experts on the tailwaters in their areas. Basically Wendy and I contacted the experts on each tailwater and asked them if they would consider contributing a chapter on their local tailwater. The neat thing here is that you re not just getting my opinion on these 50 tailwaters. You re getting the opinion of someone who is an expert on each of them. So someone who has worn out three or four pairs of waders walking through this water is writing the chapter and contributing all of these beautiful photographs about his tailwater. IT WAS ABouT 9 000 EmAILS RELATEd To ThIS Book Did you have any editorial supervision or tweaking of any of the copy from your colleagues who were writing it We definitely did some tweaking (laughing) A lot of these guys are fly fishing guides and they don t consider themselves great writers. We helped them along and held their hand through the process. I counted the emails when it was all said and done and I think it was about 9 000 emails related to the writing of this book. Twenty years ago we would not have been able to do a book like this. We were able to collaborate easily with email. Where do you guide on a regular basis I guide at a place in Arizona called Lee s Ferry. We re on the Colorado River right at the entrance to the Grand Canyon. We have a 16 mile stretch of tailwater below Glen Canyon dam and Lake Powell that hold rainbow trout. It s considered to be one of the most spectacular backdrops of any place in the world to fish for rainbow trout. They re in a big canyon with huge sandstone cliffs and we have about 20 000 trout per mile. We go year-round. The usual spring summer and fall and we also have great fishing in the winter. How would someone contact you about fishing with you A real easy way is to look us up on the web. We re . We also have a full-service lodge here. I fouNd TAILWATERS ThAT I WAS NoT fAmILIAR WITh ANd NoW I WANT To Go fISh ThEm Too What were your criteria for choosing the 50 Best Tailwaters to Fly fish Some were absolutely no-brainers. A lot them were famous names on the list of every fly fisherman someplace he s always wanted to go fish. Several of these rivers are household names. Some of them however aren t. What I did was go to companies that have products in every fly fishing shop in the country. I went to these fly fishing reps and asked them what tailwaters they thought should be included. They led me to other experts and that s how we got the list. 39 One of the fun things that happened was I found tailwaters that I was not familiar with and now I want to go fish them too. One that comes to mind is the Owyhee River right outside of Boise Idaho. It s a great brown trout fishery. Another one back East is the Farmington. It s a great up-and-coming river for trout. The photographs in this book are excellent and if they were taken by fly fishing guides you got lucky on this too. We did The people are fly fishing guides and they re out there every day and their clients ask them to take shots of their catch. I think you ll find that most fly fishing guides these days are pretty good photographers. What is the best tip you can give to a fly fisherman to take advantage of tailwaters My best tip is to contact the local expert at the fly shop. Almost all of these tailwaters have a fly shop and fly shops are disappearing across the country in the large metropolitan areas. They re still alive in these tailwater areas because they are able to make a living selling flies and giving expert advice about the area. Many are also associated with guide services as well. The book gives a list of all the local fly shops and I encourage anyone to contact these experts before going into the water. We also list the best places to stay the best places to eat what kinds of licenses you re going to need and other information to make the trip more pleasant. Where can someone buy The 50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish is a great place to go for the book. You can also find it at Plus a lot of the local fly shops carry the book. Terry and Wendy Gunn along with the 50 other fishing guides who contributed to this book have done everyone who has ever fly fished a big favor. The information while voluminous is organized so well it s easy to process. If you fly fish and want to know where the hottest places to catch trout strippers smallmouth bass and other species that thrive in the constantly cold tailwater get this book as soon as you can. Like the rainbow trout that Terry pulls out of the Colorado River it s a beauty. 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 THE bEST bARbEcUE In THE WORlD THE bIG EATERS AT THE OUTPOST WEIGH In The quickest way to get into an argument with a hunter is to confidently say that you know the best rife for whitetail deer. The second quickest way is to say you know where to find the best barbecue. The best deer rifles and barbecue are highly personal some say spiritual subjects. Your daddy may have hunted with a 30.06 and ate barbecue at some little joint down the road and because of this you might have a bias for this caliber gun and that sauce. Since barbecue is very important to the life in the great outdoors (hey you gotta eat right ) we asked four big eaters who happen to work on The Outpost radio and magazine to give us their opinions on the best barbecue in the world. There was no science involved in this experiment on superior barbecue. Like Facebook we wanted to experiment with your human emotions without telling you were doing it. However if you re not ravenously hungry after reading this article you should see your doctor immediately. bIlly SIMS bARbEcUE McAlester OK Billy Sims tansitioned from football to food just as gracefully as he broke through the line running the ball. This place is very delicious The beef is excellent and has great friendly people working there. It is not too bad on the price either. The BBQ sauce they have on the tables is very good makes the beef come alive. Billy Sims Barbecue is something I m very excited about we ve got a fun family-oriented tailgate kind of atmosphere here and some of the tastiest and most tender brisket and ribs around. -- Billy Sims -- Tim Howard The Outpost Radio Lives in Eufaula OK Rib cRib McAlester OK Even though this is a chain it is still one of my favorites. You know exactly what you are going to get at any location. It may not have the personality as some other BBQ joints but is far better than any other type of fast food. Make sure to hit the all you can eat ribs on Tuesdays. These guys have been in business since 1992 and if you stop in you will see why. THE OUTPOST FavORiTE BBq i don t KnoW baRbecue Eufaula OK This is some good BBQ. The very nice lady handling the front was just as pleasant as the food coming from the back. This place is off the beaten path just as many other great BBQ places but well worth it. If you are anywhere near Eufaula OK make plans to dine here. But make sure to loosen your belt first. WildhoRse Mountain bbQ - Sallisaw OK Wild Horse BBQ is bit out of the way off of I-40 but it is completely worth it. This could be the best BBQ in the Midwest. It has been a family tradition for over 40 years. They also have some of the best baked beans on the planet. It is worth the detour and adventure to find this BBQ joint. Massey s baRbecue - Okmulgee OK When Massey s started in 1994 they were just in a small self contained trailer. They only did festivals for their first few years. In 2003 they opened in the current location. They have been voted 1 BBQ in Okmulgee. Their specialty is their smokey and tender ribs that is complimented by a very mild bbq sauce. The peach cobbler to die for. When someone ask what your favorite BBQ just tell them - I Don t Know Art Young The Outpost Magazine Lives in Lafayette LA but spent most of his life in Texas FRanKlin baRbecue - Austin TX There s a reason the President of the United States (moved to the head of the LONG line and) ate at Franklin s when he was in Austin recently. This place is world-famous for its brisket and ribs. The barbeque is worth the wait. It s open 6-days a week from 11 am until they run out closed on Monday. 900 East 11th Street. THE OUTPOST FavORiTE BBq MicKlethWait cRaFt Meats - Austin TX Are you looking for amazing sausage or pork spare ribs or sliced pork shoulder Look for the food truck owned by Micklethwait Craft Meats found at 1309 Rosewood in East Austin. This barbeque has been featured on national TV shows such as Jimmy Kemmel Live and it lives up to its publicity. Don t miss this one. KReuz MaRKet - Lockhart TX Pronounced Krites this is one of the early pioneers of the barbecue business around the Texas Hill Country. It started in 1900 as a meat market and the owners started barbecuing to preserve left-over meat. They use specially selected wood and slow-cook the meat and it has always been popular. Lockhart is just down the road from the Austin airport. KReuz MaRKet Ribs coopeR s baRbecue - Llano TX Llano is about an hour north and west of Austin and on any given day you ll see a long line standing in front of Cooper s Barbecue. This fine establishment is known for its Big Chop a pork chop that falls off the bone and its unique sauce. A great barbecue joint in a cute town...don t miss Coopers if you anywhere near the Texas Hill Country. KReuz MaRKet sausage THE OUTPOST FavORiTE BBq dReaMland caF - Tuscaloosa Alabama I always expect to see the late Bear Bryant sitting at the counter when I m in Dreamland Caf in Tuscaloosa. He and the rest of the Alabama royalty have been known to enjoy some of this classic Southeastern-style barbecue at Dreamland Caf . It was started by Big Daddy Bishop in 1958 and the old-timers say the ribs and white bread are just as good as they were in the beginning. Phil Hall The Outpost Radio Lives in Dallas but has spent time all over the map siM s bbQ - Little Rock AR since 1937 The BBQ is so good at Sim s it has its own name Simmage. You will not find better pork ribs or pulled pork anywhere. And the sauce is a perfect complement with the right amount of spice. The staff is always friendly and helpful and the cornbread is as good as Granny s. The sweet potato pie is made just as it was in 1937 when the Sim s family opened. If you re going through Little Rock and you love ribs Sim s is a once in a lifetime experience. Oh and if you re a movie buff Sim s the BBQ restaurant referred to in Primary Colors. THE OUTPOST FavORiTE BBq claRK s outpost - Tioga TX There are a lot of joints that clam their brisket will melt in your mouth. Rarely does it. But you can take it to the bank at Clark s. When the brisket hits your tongue it starts to melt. Perfection. Make a darn good pie as well. And they ship in dry ice wherever you want. To top things off it s in Tioga Texas one of the many places claiming to be the hometown of Gene Autry. The old building with the picnic tables doesn t hurt the taste either. Sets a fine mood. pecan lodge - Dallas TX The pit burns 24 hours a day fueled only by wood. What else do you need to know Pecan Lodge is the most highly rated BBQ joint in Dallas. It started in the Farmers market in downtown Dallas. The brisket and ribs are amazing. The Mac and cheese and other sides something to crow about. The sauce is very good but you ll never find sauce in Texas that can hold a candle to what you ll find in Arkansas and Tennessee. Plan on standing in line...I ve never been when I didn t have to wait. And the wait is worth it JacK stacK bbQ - Kansas City MO Warning don t let the fancy interior fool you. I normally don t recommend BBQ joints where people might be wearing suits and ties but this is a MAJOR exception. The burnt ends ribs and hickory beans are served on butcher paper quality. Since the 1950s this place has been turning out the best burnt ends you ll find anywhere. In fact everything is fabulous from texture tastes and smoke ring. Grab some Jack Stack BBQ rub too. Just the right mix of hot and sweet. payne s bbQ - Memphis TN My friend Todd Alan turned me onto to Payne s when I told him I thought the Beale Street BBQ was all overrated. He immediately agreed and told me about Payne s where the locals go. Payne s is not fancy at all. You ll have some of the best pulled pork you ve ever had at Payne s and with an oddly delicious mustard slaw. The pork shoulder is a perfect combo of crunchy and soft and sweet and spicy. When you re in Memphis get off Beale Street (sorry about that Jason) and find out where folks that know the city eat. THE OUTPOST FavORiTE BBq Jason Martin The Outpost Magazine Lives in Atlanta but grew up in Tennessee hog heaven Nashville TN Situated next to Centennial Park on the West End of Nashville this little shack isn t much in terms of ambience. In fact there are only two picnic tables outside. But if you are looking for one of the most unique BBQ experiences try the pulled chicken sandwich with the WHTE BBQ sauce. Yes you heard that correctly. The sauce definitely has a kick as do the baked beans. So good that you will want to eat two sandwiches though. Rendezvous Memphis TN The rustic feel of the building and the staff are part of the soul of Memphis. The complimentary red beans and rice as you sit down are delicious. But the dry rub ribs here are something like no other. But be prepared to wait as lines can wrap around the building. heiRlooM bbQ Atlanta GA Korean plus Southern style BBQ are a perfect pairing. This tiny place next to a food market has been getting rave reviews from Food Network and many other major culinary media and for good reason. Try the spicy Korean pork sandwich topped with slaw for and incredibly unique flavor but don t forget to get a side of onion rings as well. Parking is terrible and the location stinks but the food is out of this world HEIRlOOM bbQ Fat MATT S RIb SHAck Atlanta GA This is the real deal for soul food in the heart of ATL. Order the sampler for a taste of the chicken ribs and pulled pork. The greens are to die for as well. Seems like a trend with BBQ places but this is not much on the ambience side of things. You can also enjoy live music on the right nights here as well. iRon WoRKs bbQ Austin TX Situated just around the corner from the Austin Convention Center this is a great place to stop in and see who s who in Austin while enjoying some spectacular brisket. Having a beer or two for lunch is not frowned upon either. This place might not be the awe inspiring food that makes you feel like you had a religious experience but worth the stop if you are in Austin. Win a hunting trip with Country Music Legend GRAB YOU R GRAB THE GUN AND GORDO S Lorrie Morgan and son Jesse Keith Whitley No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Winner will be drawn 9 15 2014. Official rules may be obtained at http 97828882 NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. 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(d b a Kachwa Food Group) 5366 Dixie Industrial Highway Morrow Georgia 30260. http watch v mdXrLU7Ax0I SUMMERTIME COCKTAILS Photo was taken on CastleRock Lake in Wisconsin by Jim Kinsey Executive Producer of Skull Bound TV Here at The Outpost we have been known to have a cocktail or two. And probably like you if you are a drinker and a man we don t want some girly drink. For the most part we agree with that sentiment. We like to toss back our bourbon vodka gin or whatever our pallet desires with a splash of a mixer and that s about it. However during the summer hanging out at the beach the lake or even the pool we get a little island fever and might get a bit fruity from time to time. So we thought that we might share some of our favorite concoctions with you for summertime. Yes they might seem a little girly with an umbrella or fruit hanging out of them...but be forewarned that these drinks have some punch. Below are our top 10 in no particular order. As a precursor to the drinks though there is one beverage that would top all the rest. Straight from the plateau in Tennessee there is a peach moonshine (this is the real stuff not the kind of stuff you buy at the store) that will set you free. It is as smooth as a baby s bottom. Unfortunately our guy got himself into a bit of trouble and we can no longer access this nectar of the woods. SET EM UP jOE 1) MOScOW MUlE 1 - 1 2 fluid ounces vodka 1 2 fluid ounce lime juice ice cubes 1 2 cup ginger beer 1 lime wedge for garnish 2) AbSOlUTE STRESS 1 2 oz Absolut vodka 1 2 oz Malibu coconut rum 1 2 oz peach schnapps 1 oz orange juice 1 oz pineapple juice 1 oz cranberry juice Pour all ingredients into a mixing tin and shake with ice. Pour into a collins glass. No garnish. This drink is known as The Destress at The Whales Tail which is one of our favorite beach hang outs in Destin FL. 3) THE OUTPOST SUMMERTiME COCKTailS PAIn kIllER 2-4 oz. of Pusser s Rum 4 oz. pineapple juice 1 oz. cream of coconut 1 oz. orange juice Grated fresh nutmeg (known as island viagra) This incredible drink was made famous in the British Virgin Islands more specifically Yost Van Dyke at a bar called the Soggy Dollar. The beach bar is virtually unaccessible other than by boat hence the name Soggy Dollar. Perhaps it is the scenery that makes this drink so good but makes our top 10. This is also one of Kenny Chesney s favorite island spots. To see for yourself check out their live webcam http webcam.aspx 4) 5) El DIAblO MARGARITA 1 parts Sauza Conmemorativo A ejo 100% Agave parts DeKuyper Creme de Cassis 1 lime wedge In a shaker filled with ice combine Tequila and cr me de cassis shake and pour over ice into your favorite rocks glass. Top with ginger beer squeeze the lime wedge and enjoy. 6) AlAbAMA SlAMMER 9) THE GODFATHER 1 1 2 oz scotch 1 2 oz Amaretto 1 2 oz amaretto almond liqueur 1 2 oz Southern Comfort peach liqueur 1 2 oz sloe gin 1 splash orange juice 1 splash sweet and sour mix 7) HOlE In OnE 1 1 2 oz Johnnie Walker Red 1 tbsp honey 3 oz unsweetened tea 1 wedge lemon Method Mix the Johnnie Walker whiskey honey and tea in a glass and stir. Serve over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with the lemon wedge. Though it may look like a syrupy after-dinner drink the Godfather is only for the most experienced of drinkers. The sweet amaretto masks the hard unforgiving edge of Scotch. Kind of like how Michael Corleone looks all smooth on the outside but doesn t hesitate to order someone killed when push comes to shove. C mon we had to make one reference to the movie. 10) zoMbie 1 1 4 oz lemon juice 1 oz dark rum 3 4 oz orange juice 1 2 oz cherry brandy 1 2 oz light rum 1 2 oz high-proof dark rum 2 dashes grenadine Don t let the fruity look of this one fool you. As the name indicates too many of these will have you walking like a zombie. 8) SUMMER MASH UP 2 parts Maker s Mark bourbon 1 part Bols Triple Sec liqueur 1 part orange juice 1 part pineapple juice 1 4 part grenadine syrup Pineapple for garnishing Method Fill a glass with ice and add Maker s Mark bourbon. Fill with the Triple Sec orange and pineapple juice and mix. Add the grenadine and garnish with the pineapple. W W W . T h E o u T p o S T L I f E . c o m It s about Time. It s about Certainty. 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When it comes to gradual leaks due to slowly failing parts too many boats existed in a zombie state somewhere between floating and sinking dependent upon the bilge pump which merely postponed the sinking until the pump failed or was overwhelmed. It doesn t take a nautical engineer to figure this one out. Lack of maintenance is the factor here. For boat sinkings while underway the most common cause (43%) is hitting something - a log the bottom or colliding with another boat or dock. Some of these sinkings might have been avoided if some extra care had been taken. Or course some can be chalked up to simply bad luck. Interestingly low-cut transoms that were common on boats in the 1990 s and a cause of sinkings is no longer much of a factor as contained splash wells separating the interior of the boat from the transom are more common in boat designs today. However being swamped while tied stern-to waves remains a cause. To prevent a sinking here are Ten Tips from the boat owner s group For inboard-outboard powered boats inspect sterndrive bellows annually and replace every three to five years. The shift bellows is usually the first to fail. For inboard powered boats check the stuffing box every time you visit the boat and repack - rather than simply tighten down the nut - every spring. For engines with raw water hoses replace them the moment they indicate wear - such as when small cracks appear or they feel spongy when squeezed. Rusty hose clamps are also a concern and should be replaced. Replace the engine cooling system impeller every two to three years. Is there anything sadder that a sunken boat When a boat sinks it s pretty much over. That s because repairs on a sunken boat often cost more than the actual value of the boat. So if boaters want to prevent a sinking at all costs what can they do Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) recently took its first significant look since 2006 at its boat insurance claims files to identify the causes of boat sinkings and found that most were preventable. About two out of every three (69 percent) boats sink at the dock or mooring while the remainder 31 percent sink while underway. Inspect the boat s cockpit and livewell plumbing - again look at hoses clamps and cracked or broken fittings. Make sure you can inspect all such plumbing and if you can t install inspection ports to make the task easier. Each season take are hard look at all below-waterline fittings hoses and clamps. Don t forget the drain plug - you knew this one would be on the list. Keep a good lookout and ask guests to help keep their eyes peeled for deadheads. If you ve grounded or hit something consider a short-haul to inspect the bottom or drive gear. Always pull trailerable boats from the water when storms are forecast. These boats generally have too little freeboard to stand up to any kind of wave action. Dock line management systems that keep the boat centered in its slip can prevent snags that sometimes lead to a sinking. The BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe clean and responsible boating and offers range of boating safety courses. For more information on BoatUS visit their website at www. 62 HAvE yOU MISSEd Any ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZInE THEy ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME On In R EA ST U Three easy steps 1) 2) 3) The suggested retail prices is 89.99 Would you rather spend more time shooting and less time loading The new Caldwell Mag Charger was made for you. With this great invention you can load AR magazines and just seconds. Caldwell Introduces the Mag Charger O Simply align bullet tips and dump ammo into the Mag Charger ammo is automatically aligned without touching a single round. Once filled with ammo insert any AR magazine into the Mag Charger just as you would into a rifle. Then stroke the plunger back and forth loading 5 rounds per stroke as the spring loaded ammo carrier automatically advances aligning the next five rounds until magazine is fully loaded. The entire process of filling the Mag Charger and loading all 50 rounds into two magazines takes less than 15 seconds Watch this video for more details http 85446187 An ammo transfer tray is included to invert ammo that is positioned in ammo boxes with the bullet tips oriented down or to stage bulk ammo for dumping into Mag Charger. Patent Pending For more information about Caldwell and other Battenfeld Technologies products visit TP O 64 The Caldwell Mag Charger is compatible with all AR platform magazines both military specs and molded plastic magazine. It s constructed of durable polycarbonate construction to take a pounding. 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This stylish reversible harness features Realtree Xtra on one side and blaze orange on the other to allow hunters to use the same harness throughout the entire hunting season. We are truly honored to be working with the NRA on this project said Jerry Wydner HSS president and co-owner. We believe that through this new partnership our combined efforts will help to educate a great number of hunters about treestand safety and the importance of being connected to the tree from the minute your feet leave the ground. THE bEST FEATURES HSS merged all of the best and most popular features from its harness line into the all-season Patriot. Made from Tricot fabric for warmth comfort and water resistance this material was also carefully selected for its ability to remain quiet while moving. A front zipper closure removable binocular straps and four deep billow pockets with magnetic closures provide storage and access to everything the hunter may need during a long day in the treestand. The camo side also features two strips of MOLLE-style webbing to attach extra gear. The Patriot vest features the company s new 1.25-inch upper-body webbing tether and waist buckle which provide a lighter weight more snug fit. Like all HSS products the Patriot offers extraordinary strength for complete safety and confidence while hunting or installing equipment aloft. Blaze-orange accents highlight the buckles and zipper pulls. Weighing just 2.5 lbs. the Patriot is the ideal harness for anyone that enjoys hunting more than one season. As expected from HSS the new Patriot comes standard with a lineman s climbing strap primary treestrap and a suspension-relief strap which doubles as a deer-drag. The Patriot will be available at retailers nationwide this summer. A portion of the proceeds from each Patriot purchase will go to help NRA s critical work in both hunter safety and safeguarding our cherished liberties Wydner said. So be safe in the new Patriot and know that you re helping the NRA keep our freedoms safe. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Danville Ala. Hunter Safety System is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative deer hunting gear and hunting equipment for the serious hunter. For additional information visit W W W. T h E o u T p o S T L I f E . c o m 65 U O TP ST G EA R R U TP O ST G EA 66 Rebel Lures for Kids Are you ready for MicroCritters Statistics show that number of anglers in the country is growing at a slow-but-steady rate. These new fishermen primarily kids - need help and guidance from experienced anglers to make the jump from enthusiast to full-fledged angler but one look at kid-friendly fishing equipment shows a big lack of quality. Cartoon character rods and low-quality lures with dull hooks don t win over many hearts. O Rebel Lures knows kids. The company has long manufactured lures that kids naturally gravitate to like little crawfish and amphibian floater divers small minnow imitations and assorted insect baits including crickets. A new Kid s Line It s natural that Rebel takes the first serious step to creating an industry niche for kids tackle. Unlike what s currently available though Rebel s new kids line of lures is not just cheap downsized versions of larger baits. Rebel engineers looked at the problems kids face when making the transition from worm-and-bobber to artificial lures and corrected those issues with the creation of the new Rebel MicroCritter lineup. Young anglers need lures that are safe for them to use by themselves. That s what we made with the MicroCritter series - a high-quality line of lures that are fun for kids to use and safer than what s on the market said Rebel Lures general manager Bruce Stanton. And they catch plenty of fish. The MicroCritter series consists of a tiny MicroCrawfish MicroMinnow MicroHopper and a MicroPop-R. One problem with most ultralight lures is the tiny treble hooks which often require needle-nose pliers to remove from the fish and can end a trip in a hurry if one sticks in the angler s skin past the barb. Rebel replaced these barbed treble hooks with a single barbless hook. Many youngsters want to unhook the fish themselves and a slippery flopping fish with multiple treble hooks thrashing back and forth can be dangerous. Barbless Hooks that Catch Fish Kids love these baits because they look just like little insects and fish and adults appreciate how we made them safer Stanton said. The single barbless hook gives anglers an easier hookset easier hook removal and no emergency room visits to get hooks unstuck from a youngster s skin. With barbless the hook pulls right out. Kids catch more fish and in a safer manner all by themselves. Rebel s Micro Critters series catch almost all species of fish another plus for young anglers who don t care if it s a bass or a bluegill. These super-realistic mimics of crawfish grasshoppers and minnows represent common forage for fish everywhere they swim. We talk about these lures being safer for kids to use but they re also better for the fish too said Stanton. With easier hook removal a youngster can get the fish back into the water faster ensuring it s there to help create another angler in the future. For more information on Rebel Lures visit their website at W W W. T h E o u T p o S T L I f E . c o m O U O TP ST G EA R Trulock Pattern Plus Choke Tubes Not having a tight pattern can make all the difference in whatever shotgun sport you choose. In hunting it can mean you miss bagging your prey in shooting events it can mean losing by just a few points. Trulock Chokes has just the answer for tightening your pattern - its Pattern Plus choke tubes. Pattern Plus chokes are similar to factory chokes in that they screw in flush with the end of the barrel. The chokes come in a variety of popular Trulock choke styles including turkey modified skeet 1 and 2 cylinder styles and more. These chokes are available in numerous sizes to fit most any brand and gauge of shotgun. A Lifetime Guarantee Just like all Trulock choke tubes Pattern Plus chokes are crafted on CNC lathes from 17-4 PH grade stainless-steel solid bar stock - never welded tubing. All Trulock chokes have a high resistance to staining and rust and are backed by Trulock s lifetime guarantee. Don t let your trusty shotgun fail you because of its shooting pattern - improve it with a Pattern Plus choke tube from Trulock Chokes. For more information on Trulock Choke Tubes visit 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. W W W. T h E o u T p o S T L I f E . c o m 67 THE OUTPOST RECiPES CRABMEAT-STUFFED FLOUNDER ROULADES Is there anything better than fresh flounder The answer is Yes. Crabmeat stuffed flounder is better...much better. Here s a simple recipe for a classic New Orleans dish. Total Prep and Cooking Time 1 hour Serves 4 people Ingredients 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 2 pound fresh lump crabmeat picked over for shells and cartilage 1 1 2 teaspoons Essence recipe follows 1 4 cup minced yellow onion 2 tablespoons minced celery 2 tablespoons minced green bell pepper 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves 1 1 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 egg lightly beaten 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 3 4 teaspoon red hot sauce (choose your favorite brand) 3 4 cup crushed butter crackers 1 1 4 teaspoons salt 1 4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 (6 to 8-ounce) flounder fillets skinless pin bones removed 2 lemons 1 cut into thin slices and 1 cut into wedges for serving 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter for drizzling over the fish Directions Position rack in center of oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using 1 2 tablespoon of the butter grease a shallow baking dish and set aside. Place the crabmeat in a large bowl and season with 1 teaspoon of your choice of Cajun seasoning. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. In a medium skillet melt the remaining 2 1 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion celery and bell pepper and cook stirring until softened about 4 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of the parsley and the garlic and cook stirring for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool. Add the cooled vegetables to the crabmeat and toss gently to combine. Add the mayo beaten egg lemon juice Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce and stir gently with a large wooden spoon. Add 1 2 cup of the cracker crumbs 1 4 teaspoon of the salt and pepper and stir gently being careful not to break up the crabmeat. Season each fish fillet with 1 2 teaspoon of your choice of Cajun seasoning and 1 4 teaspoon of salt and place the fillets skin side up on a work surface. Divide the crabmeat filling evenly among the centers of the fish fillets and roll the fillets up to encase the filling. Secure with a toothpick if necessary. Place the fillets seam side down in the prepared baking dish and top with slices of lemon. Sprinkle the remaining 1 4 cup of the cracker crumbs evenly over the tops of the fillets. Drizzle with the melted butter. Using oven mitts or pot holders place the baking dish in the oven and bake until lightly golden and cooked through about 20 minutes. Using oven mitts or pot holders remove the baking dish from the oven and serve the fish using a metal spatula. Garnish with the remaining tablespoon of parsley and serve with additional lemon wedges if desired. This dish goes well with green beans or steamed asparagus. lIFE In THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTPOSTlIFE.cOM 71 HERE S A cOlD SIx-PAck OF HOW-TO S TM From time to time we run across some theory video or old wives tale that we think you the intrepid outdoorsman might want to know about. Usually these tips are couched as How to _________ with the _________being filled with fascinating insights such as How to avoid being eaten by a grizzly bear or How to survive in the wilderness with only a pocketknife and a piece of string while running from a grizzly bear. These examples will have to wait for future issues because this month s Six-Pack of How-To s have nothing to do with bears pocketknives or string. They are however good info for anyone who spends time in the woods and on the water. https watch v 6QKyhcbU8HQ HOW TO SkIn A PHEASAnT In FIvE MInUTES While it s still a few months before you and your buddies can line up on a Midwestern corn field for the pheasant death march if you ve ever harvested one of these birds you know what a mess they can be to clean. This video will show you how to skin one of these good-eating birds with very little grief. It s from the Military Survival Channel. We ve used this technique and it works. HOW TO AvOID GETTInG bITTEn by MOSQUITOES We ve all been there. It s a beautiful morning on the water. It is perfect weather and you just know below that crystal clear lake surface is a hungry gamefish just waiting to be tricked by the brilliant angler you ve become. With a flourish that can only be described as majestic you cast out the lure which the guy at the tackle store guaranteed you would catch fish. And then... Slap Dang it. You mumble and then slap again One of the banes of every summer outdoorsmen is... Slap Mosquitoes. Frankly they suck. They re annoying and their bites can be dangerous to your health. Depending on where you live the spring rains floods left a lot of stagnant water and these are prime breeding grounds for one of nature s most dangerous insects. WHO DOESn T HATE THESE blOOD SUckERS According to the Mayo Clinic mosquitoes are actually the deadliest insect in the world. They carry and transfer more viruses than any other insect and with access to your blood supply they can also cause an allergic reaction which can lead to severe illness and even death. The pigs have invaded paradise. The state of Hawaii is beginning to experience the destruction from feral pigs that the mainland states have been dealing with for some time and some in the state are ready to call in the hunters. As any outdoor sportsman can attest the combination of a fast breeding cycle aggressive rooting habits and adaptability make feral pigs a land-owner s even one who considers himself a conservationist worst nightmare. Because of this the city of Kaneohe Hawaii may soon be joining forces with a local sportsmen s association to deal with its feral hog problem. PIG PROBLEMS On THE ISLAndS The swine are wreaking their usual havoc in the 400-acre Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden a piece of land valuable not only for its value as a collection of rare and endangered plants but also as flood protection for the city. While Hoomaluhia is still a popular W W W . T h E o u T p o S T L I f E . c o m Only the female mosquitoes consume blood and then only when preparing to produce eggs. The smaller males feed on pollen and nectar like many other bugs. On average a mosquito on average will suck .00001 pints of blood. Experts in mosquitoes point out it would take 1.25 million mosquito bites within a short time frame to suck all of your blood lOOk FOR DEET In THE InGREDIEnTS No matter how many TV commercials you see or how many labels you read if the mosquito repellent you re considering doesn t have DEET in the ingredients you re probably wasting your money. DEET is short for Diethyl-meta-toluamide and it s an oil with a slight yellow tint. DEET was originally developed during World War II as an insecticide but later issued to troops as a repellent. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the federal agency which manages infectious disease in the United States our human scent causes mosquitoes to bite. The mosquito senses a number of odors that leads it to believe it has found a food source. It is the smell of our sweat that invites them in for a bite. The DEET not only blocks that odor to mosquitoes and other biting insects but according to several of the manufacturers who use DEET mosquitoes are repelled by the odor. DEET is also a repellant for ticks which are both annoying and deadly. SOME USE bUllFROG Back in 1999 a non-toxic synthetic repellent was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency called IR3535. This ingredient is found in Bullfrog Mosquito Coast and many feel this is more pleasant than DEET products. The BullFrog incorporates a 30SPF sunscreen and a mosquito repellent in one spray. The BullFrog spray is comparable to products with 25 percent DEET and it repels mosquitoes for up to eight hours. BullFrog also makes a sunscreen spray which contains aloe and vitamin E. THERMAcEll APPlIAncES AlSO WORk Another popular way to avoid being bitten by bloodthirsty mosquitoes is to get ThermaCELL appliances. The ThermaCELL lanterns and appliance use a butane cartridge that when lit heats a small blue mat that contains the repellent. The heat generated by the butane cartridge is directed to a metal grill that is part of the design of the Lantern or Appliance. A small mat saturated with repellent sits on top of the metal grill. Heat vaporizes the repellent allowing it to rise into the air. The repellent is allethrin a copy of a repellent that naturally occurs in chrysanthemum flowers. It repels mosquitoes black flies and no-see-ums and will not harm humans or pets. The mats last about three to four hours and the butane cartridges last up to 12 hours. When lit the online reviewers say the appliances will clear out a 15-by-15foot area. There s nothing worse than to be dive-bombed by mosquitoes while you re trying to rest or relax. Aside from being annoying they can also be deadly. Whichever tactic you favor DEET ThermaCELL or some other repellent choose one and use it every time you venture out. THE OUTPOST HOW TO... HOW TO HUnT RAbbITS WITH A TOMAHAWk I don t know about you but I ve been looking for some more ways I can use my trusty tomahawk. How about using it for hunting rabbits Well heck yes This video features shooting champion Dustin Ellerman and his technique is flawless. This is a quick video but worth the watch. https watch v 2_80BtjWtvA HOW TO READ WHITETAIl RUbS AnD ScRAPES Most deer hunters are counting the hours until opening day and we right there with you Hunters who consistently bring home the venison know how to read the habitat of whitetail deer and set up based on what these clues suggest. Here s an interesting way to read the rubs and scrapes of whitetail deer. https watch v oX606PQWhuI&list PLD75DA63DD1F83C4E EDITOR S nOTE As a part of our on-going coverage of the making of the documentary in the Mind of the Maker this month we asked the writer director of the film c.e. Richard to give us his impressions of the process of making and the subject of the film. HOW TO SnEll A HOOk Is there anything more frustrating than setting the hook on a big fish and having be one that got away Sometimes this can t be helped but in most cases losing a fish to the water is the result of a poorly tied line. The classic knot for securing a hook and line is the Snell knot and here s a simple video from Master Guide Rod Bates that shows how it s done. He also shows how to keep your bait secured with this all-purpose knot. For video click here http qxf2lnj HOW TO AvOID TIckS In THE WIlDERnESS You may have read the how to about avoiding mosquitoes (above) but ticks are much more dangerous. They can cause Lyme disease which can be deadly and at the very least debilitating. Here s a quick video on how you can avoid ticks in the wild http nyp3ojb cAN T GET ENouGh of ThE ouTpoST That s the Six-Pack of How To s for this issue. If you have any How-to s that have worked for you or your buddies send them out way. They don t have to be videos. A brief description will be fine and we ll share them with our readers. We ll also send you a small gift with our thanks. Send your How-To s to Art cLIck hERE To Go To Snake Rattle and Roll tipS on avoiding RattleSnake biteS oR maybe taking one home If you live in the south or southwestern US this is the time of year when you might stumble upon a rattlesnake. Hopefully you don t literally stumble upon one because these critters will strike and their poisonous bite can kill you. Rattlesnakes have a colorful history. As with any of god s creatures they play a part in balancing the ecosystem. In some states such as Utah it is even illegal to kill this snake. They also scare the bejabbers out of anyone who hears their iconic rattle off in the distance. Herpetology websites note that rattlesnakes have a set of fangs with which they inject large quantities of hemotoxic venom. After the bite the venom rapidly travels through the bloodstream destroying tissue and causing swelling internal bleeding and intense pain. The Mojave rattlesnake has a little extra punch in its poison - a neurotoxic component in its venom that causes paralysis and other nervous symptoms. Rattlesnakes are a part of a venomous group of snakes that are found from Canada throughout the United States Mexico and Central America all the way down to Central Argentina. There are at least 36 known species of rattlers and they live in a wide range of habitats. Like man they re predators. They hunt small rodents and birds killing them with a venomous bite rather than constricting them. FAcTS AbOUT RATTlERS There are a lot of myths and misinformation about rattlesnakes. Sometimes the things that scare us take on larger than life attributes. Next time you re sitting round the campfire and you hear a little rustle in the woods before screaming SNAKE like a little girl take a deep breath and share these facts with your buddies. Rattlesnakes use the loreal pit a heat-sensing organ between the nostril and eye to locate prey and potential predators. These snakes have glands that make venom much like human saliva glands make saliva. The rattle is made of keratin the same material found in human hair and fingernails No unlike the wives tale you ve always hear the age of a rattlesnake cannot be determined by counting the segments of its rattle. Rattlesnake prey may include small mammals birds reptiles amphibians and centipedes. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control less than 1% of rattlesnake bites result in human deaths. The trick is to get to medical assistance quickly before the venom has time to spread. aRizona and texas aRe RATTlESnAkE MEccAS In the United States most of the rattlesnakes are found in two states Texas and Arizona. The desert-like environment of much of Arizona contains the largest number of species of rattlers (13) in the country. These Arizona killers have colorful names such as Massasauga Rattlesnake Mojave Rattlesnake Prairie Rattlesnake Sidewinder Rattlesnake Speckled Rattlesnake Twin-spotted Rattlesnake Tiger Rattlesnake Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake Black-tailed Rattlesnake Arizona Black Rattlesnake Western Rattlesnake Rock Rattlesnake And the rattler we see most on the adventure channels... Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake Texas has 10 species of rattlers but only 3 interact with humans with any regularity. These are the Prairie Rattlesnake the Eastern Timber or Canebrake Rattlesnake and the Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnakes. STAyInG SAFE AROUnD RATTlESnAkES Some interesting rattlesnake safety tips come from a state where it is illegal to kill them Utah. Clearly this state puts a premium on avoiding this snake rather than challenging it. If you encounter a rattlesnake the way you act will likely determine the experience you have notes Krissy Wilson native aquatic species coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. Like most animals rattlesnakes fear humans. They ll usually do everything they can to avoid us Wilson says. Respecting the snake and giving it plenty of space are the keys to avoiding problems she says. One thing you don t want to do is approach the snake. If you encounter a rattlesnake while hiking Wilson says you should do the following - Remain calm. Do not panic. - Stay at least five feet from the snake. Give the rattlesnake plenty of space. - Do not try to kill the snake. Doing so is illegal (in Utah) and greatly increases the chance the snake will bite you. Wilson says most venomous bites happen when untrained people try to kill or harass a snake. Usually the snake is simply moving through the area sunning itself or looking for a place to hide she says. If you leave the snake alone it will leave you alone. - Alert people to the snake s location. Advise them to use caution and to respect the snake. Keep children and pets away. With the drought in the Southwest there is a good possibility that rattlesnakes will be looking for water wherever they can find it. This includes your backyard. Wilson suggests the following are the best ways to keep rattlesnakes out of your yard - Reduce the number of places where snakes can find shelter. Brush wood rock and junk piles are all items you should get rid of. - Control rodent populations. Having a cat with strong mousing tendencies is a great way to keep rattlers away. Bird feeders and water are two of the main items that attract rodents to yards - Avoid scaring away harmless snake species such as gopher snakes. Having other snake species on or near your yard may deter rattlesnakes from wandering through it. Of course for every wildlife biologist who favors letting these cute snakes go about their merry way there s a person with a firearm in his her hands who feels it is their duty to rid the planet of these dangerous snakes. If you happen to be one of those people and you DON T live in Utah you might be interested in a group of crazy outdoorsmen who hunt these rattlesnakes for fun. THE InSAnITy OF HUnTInG RATTlESnAkES Why would anyone hunt rattlesnakes It s one thing to accidently come upon one these potentially lethal snakes when involved with some other outdoor pursuit but it something completely different when there s a conscious desire to find and capture them. We can make up reasons for hunting these stone cold killers. Such as they kill birds such as quail doves and other game birds. Yes. This is true. They bite people. Yep when they are threatened they will do this. However these are not the primary reasons we hunt rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes are hunted for the same reason someone climbs up the side of a 1 500 foot cliff with only a rope between him and the rocks below. It s the same reason catfish noodlers dive beneath the water and stick their bare hands into a rocky little cave in hopes of having a 50 pound catfish chomp down on these hands. It s why we hunt wild hogs with only a .357 Magnum handgun. Most people hunt rattlesnakes in order to get that adrenaline rush of escaping danger or death. Sounds like a good enough reason to us. Let s go find those bad boys THE bEST WAyS HUnT EM UP As with hunting any type of animal or bird there are as many ways to hunt rattlesnakes as there are to hunt whitetail deer or mourning doves. The process can be as simple or complicated as the hunter wants. However unless you want to be rushed to the emergency room in some country hospital you should probably not forget the things that keep the rattler s fangs away from your leg. Here are a few things you ll need to hunt up some rattlesnake meat. First things first. You ll need a few things from the sporting goods and hardware store. These include snake boots thick leather gloves a 5-gallon can of diesel snake catchers (this is an extended pole with a grabber contraption on the end) a shovel a large can or other storing devices with a closeable top to store the snakes as you round em up. Next step is to find a likely place for rattlesnakes. Snake dens are found in rocky dry areas so look for large rocks with hidey holes around them. These dens can also be found near piles of old wood or tree limbs. The good thing about finding a den is that it increases your odds of finding several snakes because they tend to congregate with other rattlers. There are at least two schools of thought about drawing the snakes out of the den for capture. One holds that it is easier to hunt rattlesnakes when you use live bait. Although some prefer to spear or shoot blind by using live bait you can kill and clean the snake quickly without much margin for error. Simply purchase a collection of live white mice from your local pet store dangle the mice into a den from a strip of fishing twine and then draw out the snake on the string for the kill. Another approach is to spray the diesel in and around the entrance of the den. This makes the snakes disoriented because they become drunk on the fumes and forces them outside for a little air. This is not unlike some of your buddies who ve had one too many in the bar When they exit the den they re confused and can t focus on their surroundings. This is the time to grab the snake grabber and scoop up one at a time. DANGER. There will likely be a bunch of drunken rattlesnakes coming out of the den at the same time so watch what you re doing. The best strategy is to maneuver yourself BEHIND the targeted snake before grabbing him. Being in front of the snake is tempting fate because even drunk on diesel he can see and therefore strike you. Next stop emergency room. While you re behind the snake use the snake grabber to pin him directly behind the head. You can also use your shovel to stab the snake in the head area. While it s more dangerous to take back live snakes (but hey you hunting rattlesnakes so danger is clearly not the top of your concerns ) if you trying to sell the snakes there are many who will pay much more per pound for live snakes. Once you ve grabbed one and carefully placed him in the container with a secure lid you might was well grab some more. If you re planning on doing anything with these snake skins or meat you re going to need more than one. When hunting rattlers always bring along a buddy and a cellphone. If you happen to be bitten by one of these angry snakes have the closest hospital or EMS in your phone s memory. If bitten the ER folks or paramedics will inject antivenin to stop the damage caused by snake venom. EATInG AnD SkInnInG A RATTlER Excluding that nerdy kid in high school who went on to become a herpetologist most people don t have a big problem killing rattlesnakes. Sure they re one of God s creatures and they help keep the rodent population under control and therefore have a worthwhile place in the ecosystem. However they are dangerous to men women children livestock and wild game and no amount of extermination will lead to these snakes extinction. Many hunters only kill what they eat. This is an admirable trait and one that can be fulfilled with rattlesnake meat. One of the coolest things to do with dead rattlesnakes is to use their skins for making other things. Nothing makes a fashion statement in some board room in some large city quite like an iPad cover or briefcase made from a Western Diamond-back rattlesnake hide. It s a great conversation starter Just about anything that can be made from leather can be made from rattlesnake hide. This includes but is not limited to Boots belts wallets rifle and shotgun slings purses backpacks briefcases computer tablet covers book marks guitar straps ( ) and the list goes on. Before getting these hides to someone who has the leather skills to create these items you must first deal with skinning and preserving them. Here are some suggestions on this. DEEP FRIED RATTlESnAkE GETTInG SOME SkIn In THE GAME With some helpful hints found in various websites including Mother Earth News here are some suggestions on getting those rattlesnake skins where someone can see them. As with skinning any game snake skinning needs to be done outside on a wooden or cement workspace. Experts suggest that you first ensure that the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus aren t sticking to the interior of the hide. If they are you will have to scrape them as you go. Place the snake topside down starting at the neck and working toward the tail. Use its small belly vein as a centerline cutting guide. Using a tool such as bandage scissors are good for this because they have a blunt edge that can be inserted under the skin without ripping into the meat and viscera. It s advised to take special care in stripping off the thin skin of the tail until you reach the rattles. At that point you ll have to cut through the remaining lower vertebrae and strip off as much of the adhering muscle as possible. This will allow the whole skin to be attached to the rattles. Scrape off the remaining muscle with a knife working from head to tail. THE OUTPOST RaTTlESNaKES Next rinse the skin thoroughly in cold water and place it on a board or a strip of plywood flesh side up. Attach the neck and tail of the skin to your drying board with small nails tacks or lightweight staples. This will keep the skin from curling. This rattlesnake hide can be sun-dried or the moist inner skin can be packed with salt (with a little extra preservative into the pocket next to the rattles) and adding some pepper to discourage flies. After the skin has dried for two days it can be removed from the backing and the salt and pepper rinsed off. Some tanning experts suggest that the rattler hides can be finished by soaking them in a jar containing half glycerin and half alcohol. One can also apply this solution with a paint brush. Some old tanners have been known to use weird concoctions such as antifreeze for this finishing touch. Skins that are going to be turned into other leather worked items should be treated with two coats. Otherwise the glycerin will prevent glue from adhering to the skin. They should be stored flat in a dry area. 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TAKE THE SAFETy OFF And SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER. http watch v kBsOM1RR4jo http watch v m0bEoVhxFJ8 SuRvIvING ThE WILdERNESS FIRE IT UP What do you think is the most important element in a survival situation obviously you must have water. however you put yourself at risk if you trust many water sources and it is always a smart move to boil your water before consuming. Some would argue that fire can save your life during your survival efforts. not only will it purfiy your water cook any food you may be able to obtain but it will also keep away predators. if you have watched any survival show on television you will know that bugs can be one of the biggest challenges and fire will help keep them away as well. but let s say that your lighter ceases to work and your matches are wet. What then a vital part of survival is to be able to build a fire with nothing but the things available in the wilderness. the above video shows you just how to do that. THE nEW OUTPOST RADIO IS lAUncHED Radio for the Great Outdoors The Outpost Radio. At any given time on this unique station you can hear Stevie Ray Vaughan followed by Blackberry Smoke followed by George Jones. While all of this is going on you can be given a chance to listen to podcasts that feature tips on hunting whitetail deer or catching crappie in the Atchafalaya Basin or learning why blue quail would rather run than fly. In the words of more than one recently converted Outpost Radio fanatic I ve never heard anything like this station. Exactly. This combination of music and outdoor sports information presented 24 7 available wherever you are worldwide on your mobile device has never been offered. Until now. If you can do without the little girl pop stars and auto-tuned crap that passes for country and rock and roll these days you might want to try The Outpost Radio. If you want to know the weather wherever you re sitting in a duck blind it s here. If you re on the way to hunt pheasant or fish for walleye and you d like to know if anybody s seeing any this might be your new favorite radio station. The stories in The Outpost Magazine are about the simple joys of living an authentic life. This includes outdoor sports such as fishing hunting camping hiking and biking. It involves good food and strong drink and it also includes music from every genre that sportsmen and sportswomen enjoy. Unfortunately most of the music you hear on traditional (terrestrial) radio is so sanitized analyzed and peroxized that the tunes and words are cotton candy for the brain. Plus most of the outdoor sports radio programs come on the stations between 3 and 4 am. That s a little too early for most of us. It s is for this reason that we joined some friends who are experts in the radio business and launched The Outpost Radio. We re calling it Radio for the great outdoors and that s more than just a catchy phrase. A typical radio station would never play the diversity of songs you ll hear on THE OUTPOST SMall STREaMS cLEAN SAfE WATER IN RIvERS START WITh SmALL STREAmS lAWS WHIcH AFFEcT yOUR SPORTS The small creeks and streams which are found throughout the US may have more impact on the health of the large rivers and the fish living here than most of us think. A new report from Trout Unlimited details the importance of small seasonal streams across America to the overall health of the country s rivers its fish and fishing opportunity. The report asks anglers to take action to protect these waters by contacting their members of Congress and telling lawmakers to keep the Clean Water Act intact. 30 yEARS OF PROTEcTIOn IS noW JeopaRdized Rising to the Challenge How Anglers Can Respond to Threats to Fishing in America is a brief report and a call to action for all who fish in the United States. Trout Unlimited scientists mapped how small streams influence historic native trout and salmon habitat in 16 states. Legislation in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate would halt a rulemaking process that would restore protections to small intermittent and ephemeral headwater streams under the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers was crafted in response to two Supreme Court rulings in the 2000s that jeopardized 30 years of protections given to small headwater streams under the Clean Water Act. The Court questioned the nexus between these waterswhich run low or dry at certain times of the year-and larger rivers downstream. In the aftermath of the court s decision dozens of interests including the American Petroleum Institute and the National Association of Home Builders requested the federal government issue clarifying rules. Both agencies have since affirmed scientifically that there is indeed a substantial connection between these small waters and the navigable waterways into which they feed and the rule clarifies that connection as required by the court. The draft rule is currently in the public comment phase but if proposed legislation is approved the entire rulemaking process would be derailed. AnGlERS nEED TO MAkE THEIR vOIcE HEARD Rising to the Challenge further details the importance of these small waters and incorporates maps showing the vital nature of headwater streams to the overall health of rivers as well as how they contribute to successful angling across the United States. THE OUTPOST SMall STREaMS Small seasonal streams are vital spawning and rearing areas for fish and are the sources of cold clean water that make up larger rivers said Chris Wood president and CEO of Trout Unlimited. All we are asking for is that the Clean Water Act protects small streams as it did so stunningly well for the first 30 years under the Clean Water Act. If Congress succeeds in stopping their protections fishing and opportunities to fish will seriously decline from pollution and development. Anglers need to make their voices heard. Tell Congress to let the rulemaking process continue and to suggest changes to the rule through the established process rather than killing it altogether for political reasons. Playing politics with clean water and fishing opportunity is not acceptable. The report includes comprehensive maps showing these intermittent and ephemeral streams for 16 states where intact headwaters and their seasonal streams contribute greatly to overall river health as well as angling opportunity. The full report as well as individual print-ready maps produced by TU s Science Team with data from the United States Geological Survey are available for download at http www.tu.or rising-challenge. Smaller headwater and ephemeral streams are the life support system for our larger waters providing essential cold water nutrients and woody material said Jack Williams TU s senior scientist. Restoring their protective status under the Clean Water Act is an elementary step toward protecting fish and fishing all across the country. Trout Unlimited is the nation s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization dedicated to conserving protecting and restoring North America s trout and salmon and their watersheds. More information about the organization and this report can be obtained at WIllIE nElSOn S lATEST IS HIS bEST In 20 yEARS in a show on sirius Radio to preview Willie nelson s latest album band of brothers his producer friend and co-writer on some of these soon-to-be classics buddy cannon said i d be on a plane and when we landed i d have a text waiting from Willie with some partial lyrics. i d head for my connecting flight and text him back some ideas to complete the song. this would go on til one of us had to go. http watch v GmEGdjh-0Do Who says you can t teach an 81-year old musical genius some new technology tricks If he can get this number of memorable songs from high-tech collaboration Willie needs to keep that unlimited data plan in place It seems to be working for him. The trade magazines music critics and most importantly the paying customers at one of his 130 gigs a year are saying Band of Brothers is the best Willie Nelson record in 20 years. If it s not it ll do until another one comes along. Given the frequency of his recordings of late this could be sooner rather than later. THESE TUnES ARE clASSIc WIllIE nElSOn This latest album features nine (of 14 cuts) original songs and several are likely to become Willie classics. Bring It On opens show in time with an inspirational salvo It s written in the Good Book that we ll never be asked to take any more than we can Nelson sings Sounds like a good plan. It s a great beginning for an amazing record. Nelson has the ability to ruminate about the past without sounding bitter or sorry over the wasted opportunities. When they got up in age a lot of writers and singers such as the great Johnny Cash started to sound maudlin about where they were where they d been and the unlikelihood of their ever going back. Willie doesn t wallow in his 80 years of life s experiences. He relishes them. As one reviewer said Age ain t nothin but a number to Nelson who will likely be touring and toking long after we re all dead. If you d like an example just listen to The Wall. Many reviewers have compared this beauty to something his friend Kris Kristofferson would write. It wouldn t be a Willie Nelson record without some sly humor. As Billboard Magazine notes Wives and Girlfriends is practically a three-minute stand-up routine while I Thought I Left You compares an ex-lover to measles and whooping cough against the backdrop of a stately ballad. The album features a couple of Billy Joe Shavers songs one of which The Git Go is a duet with another unique signer Jamey Johnson. This one has a gospel vibe and the two voices work well together. An AMERIcAn TREASURE The song that epitomizes Willie Nelson to most of his fans is the classic On the Road Again and this feeling of traveling down the road making music with my friends permeates the entire Band of Brothers album especially the title cut. Listening to this gem we get the strong impression that Willie is still having a great time writing lyrics with great hooks and playing that worn-out guitar Trigger for the adoring masses. He s earned the right. He s an American treasure. LAzARETTo ThE JokER IS WILd http watch v qI-95cTMeLM JAck WhITE S The venerable music trade pub Billboard Magazine calls Jack White a joker and snake-oil salesman who happens to be a fantastic singer and songwriter. In his latest entitled Lazaretto White is not only joking. He s wild. After folding his highly successful group White Stripes into a two-dollar suitcase the Jackster started his own label (Third Man Records) and solo career which are both based in Nashville. He produced Van Lear Rose for the 82-year old Loretta Lynn and promptly won the Grammy for Best Country Album of the year. He released one of the best albums of the year in 2013 Blunderbuss which enjoyed outstanding sales and critical acceptance. With Lazaretto White uses fiddles organs slide guitars and fuzz boxes powered by hand-cranked generators. Say what you will but this guy is not a one trick pony. He has lots and lots of tricks and he using them skillfully on his latest release. According to interviews before and after the album dropped White said he wrote most of the music months before he composed the lyrics and in order to find inspiration he borrowed from poems and one-act plays he wrote 20 years ago when he was all hunger and no experience. W W W . T h E o u T p o S T L I f E . c o m The Jack White sound has been described as rough and ragged and this is due to his antipathy to digital recording. White records strictly in analog on two old 8-track recorders because it just sounds more real. THERE ARE nO THROWAWAy TRACKS On THIS OnE What makes this record work is its diversity of sound. Take the first cut Three Women. The lyrics deal with these three women in Detroit California and Nashville and our hero s attempt to make a decision about Miss Right. Using great riffs on organ slide guitar and piano White manages to get our toes tapped and our head bobbin on the first cut. The title cut Lazaretto is something altogether different. Altogether. It s hip-hop garage funk that some reviewers have compared to the Black Keys with Danger Mouse. Another cut That Black Bat Licorice is more hippity-hoppity word play. Jack has a blast referencing Nietzsche then atomic clocks then the NYC neighborhood of Dumbo which conveniently rhymes with Columbo. There are some country tunes on this collection as well and a couple feature fiddler extraordinaire Lillie Mae Rische. Temporary Ground High Ball Stepper Just One Drink and Would you Fight for My Love are perfect products of Twang Town. They manage to take advantage of the sonic comfort of a country song formula without sounding formulaic. Quite a feat Alone in my Home shows the best homage to his new friends and neighbors in Nashville. It takes a country flavored tune and adds a pop hook. I LL TAKE AnOTHER Jack White is an original. He obviously cares about his craft and it shows in the type of music he produces for himself and others. Lazaretto opened at the top of the charts and it will get all kinds of accolades before the year is out. It will also sell lots more copies than even Blunderbuss sold. Best of all he s obviously having a big time and he s allowing us to tag along with him. If that s snake oil I ll take another bottle. HigH TecH SHorTcuTS for Summer fiSHing Fishing can be a lot like hunting - especially when the angler is sight fishing. This usually occurs when the spring weather brings the fish to shallow waters. By putting on a pair of polarized sunglasses and scanning the water an angler can stalk fish as surely as a whitetail deer hunter can track a buck through his scope. However in the dog days of summer the waters are warmer and the fish shift deeper. It s not as easy to eyeball the places where fish are hanging out. This is where an angler might want to get a technology assist. FInDInG FISH The angler who can find fish has a tremendous advantage. Sometimes this can be accomplished by experience intuition or luck. However an angler who wants to get a shot at pulling up a monster EVERY TIME he she goes out will often rely on electronic technology to make it so. Tools like sonar GPS mapping and underwater cameras have allowed tech-savvy anglers to have underwater eyes which can put the bait in the right place to attract a fish. He still has to present the bait in a compelling way correctly set the hook and reel it in but at least these electronic tools keep him in the game. DIGITAl MAPS Even the hard-core anti-technology troglodytes have seen a digital contour map displayed on a modern sonar GPS unit. The advantages of a dynamic interactive lake map on a sonar screen are obvious. They display lake river and reservoir depth contours right on the screen plus they show your boat s position as you move along and over various depths. The electronic marking capability is probably worth the price of admission. For example when a fish is caught or something interesting catches your eye you simply hit a button and drop an icon on the map so you can return and fish it anytime. SIDE-lOOkInG SOnAR IS STUnnInG As its name suggests side-looking sonar shoots its fish finding beams both left and right of the boat revealing a photo-quality image of the underwater real estate. Traditional 2-D sonar shows what s below the boat side-looking units can reveal fish that are off to the sides and unaware of your presence Needless to say this is an extreme advantage because it informs the location of a cast. Every lake or river has debris that attracts fish. This could be stumps cars barrels Christmas trees piles of rock or anything else. Gamefish hang around this stuff waiting to ambush an easy meal. When an angler knows where this debris is located a potential honey hole is waiting. SMIlE. yOU RE On cAnDID cAMERA Sonar can display an underwater pile of debris but it takes a camera to show what s living there. These camera are so dependable they can accurately show the type of species of fish who happen to be hanging around waiting for a free lunch. If it shows pockets of crappie or a largemouth lunker the angler can deploy the best lure or other bait to attract that particular species. These underwater cameras are small and extremely mobile. As such they can get into any tangled growth or submerged debris and send back an accurate shot of what s going on down there. The monitor is about the size of a smartphone and is easy to store. DO WE REAlly nEED All THIS TEcHnOlOGy To the fishing purist all this technology may be unsettling. Fishing is an activity that has been around since pre-historic times and many anglers relish the simple challenge of man-against-fish. For them the technology is unfair to the chase and it gets in the way of the mystery of fishing. If this describes you I suspect we won t be seeing you around the sonar screen. If however you ve grown up playing videogames and are interested in combining your love of outdoors sports with cutting-edge technology there is a wide range of equipment from which to choose. In order to outdoor sports fishing and hunting it s critical for the old school guys to be tolerant of the tastes and interests of the youngsters. For them technology is cool. 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 Texas has a New Statewide Boat-draining Rule If you put your boat in a Texas fresh waterway you must now drain all water from the boat and on-board receptacles before leaving or approaching. The new Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regulation is designed to help combat the further spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species. The law which went into effect on July 1st applies to all types and sizes of boats whether powered or not personal watercraft sailboats kayaks canoes or any other vessel used on public waters. The regulation requires the draining of livewells bilges motors and any other receptacles or water-intake systems coming into contact with public waters. kEEP yOUR REcEIPT FOR THE bAIT Live fish including personally caught live bait cannot be transported from the water body where the fish were caught in or aboard a vessel in water from the water body where the fish were caught. Personally caught live bait can be used in the water body where it was caught. Anglers are allowed to transport and use commercially purchased live bait if they have a receipt that identifies the source of the bait. Any live bait purchased from a location on or adjacent to a public water body that is transported in water from that water body can only be used as bait on that same water body. Anglers participating in a fishing tournament confined to one water body may transport live fish in water from that single water body to an identified offsite weigh-in location but all water must be drained and properly disposed of before leaving that location. Anglers are required to possess documentation provided by tournament organizers that identify them as participants in the tournament. Movement from one access point to another on the same lake during the same day does not require draining and there is an exception for governmental activities and emergencies. Marine sanitary systems are not covered by these regulations. WHy All THE FUSS Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and a coalition of partners are working to slow the spread of zebra mussels by reminding boaters to Clean Drain and Dry their vessels before traveling from one lake to another. The partners in this effort include North Texas Municipal Water District Tarrant Regional Water District City of Dallas Water Utilities Department Trinity River Authority San Jacinto River Authority Sabine River Authority Brazos River Authority Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Lower Colorado River Authority Upper Trinity Regional Water District Canadian River Municipal Water Authority City of Grapevine Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. More information is online at zebramussels ThE poLAR BEAR TRophIES ARE STAYING IN cANAdA SOME U.S. HUnTERS ARE STUck In A POlITIcAl nO-MAn S-lAnD So you think your animals have been at the taxidermist a long time A group of hunters have had their polar bears on ice for six years According to a story in the Wall Street Journal the polar bears were legally killed by hunters who traveled to northern Canada in March 2008. But then the United States stepped in and things got confusing. bUREAUcRATIc lIMbO The U.S. government s decision to label the bears a threatened species in May 2008 made it illegal to import polar bear trophies even those killed before the ban leaving the bears killed in March and April on that year in bureaucratic limbo. If you ve ever tried to deal with the government about virtually anything you understand the term bureaucratic limbo. As one can imagine not everyone is happy about hunters killing polar bears and importing them as trophies. Some animal-rights groups worry any one-time exemption to the ban would set a dangerous precedent. And then of course there s the notoriously dysfunctional government of the United States. kIckInG THE POlITIcAl FOOTbAll For a while it looked as if cooler heads would prevail. The usually divided House of Representative and even the office of the President seemed to be agreeing on a compromise that would allow these hunters the rights to their trophies. The U.S. House had given bipartisan support to a measure that would allow bear importation and the Obama administration had given its approval to the policy as well. Even in the Democratically-controlled U.S. Senate the polar bear section of the broader hunting and fishing bill wasn t hotly debated until it fell victim to the partisan tensions over that body s amendments process and the politics of gun laws. Some Democrats wanted to use the measure to move tougher gun-control measures while the Republicans sought to add language loosening gun restrictions. According to the Journal Ultimately support for the bill weakened and proponents couldn t corral the 60 votes needed to move it forward. As a result of this the 41 polar bears which were killed six years ago must remain literally on ice in Canada. In an interview before the vote was taken one of the hunters Christopher Hanks said about the Senate I m sure there are more important matters on their plate but to us this is one of the most important things they could do to make it right. PHOTO OF THE MONTH HAvE yOU MISSEd Any ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZInE THEy ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME On In Horseshoe Hill Outfitters offers world class hunts in locations across the United States and in Canada. We take pride in our ability to put hunters on trophy class animals in all of our locations. SASkATchEWAN TRophY WhITETAIL & BLAck BEAR huNTS We hunt in the Northwest Forest Region where Trophy Whitetail hunters have been traveling to for decades to harvest B.C. bucks that score 160 -200 and weigh 300lbs and Black Bears that stand 7 and average 400 pounds in the Fall Our camp is 3.5 hours North of Saskatoon Airport where our hunters fly into. 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