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Description: In this issue of The Outpost Magazine - special deer hunting issue, deer hunting checklist, letting young bucks grow, scent control, getting into the rut, tree stands, fall fishing, music, recipes and much more.

2ND ANNIVERSARY LETTING YOUNG BUCKS GROW GETTING INTO A RUT DEER HUNTING CHECKLIST SCENT CONROL TREE STANDS SPECIAL DEER HUNTING ISSUE BEST CALIBER RIFLE FOR DEER HUNTING FALL FISHING RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE 1 ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & Made with 100% Real Cheese AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT STYLE 1.00 COUPON CLICK HERE 2 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM www.gordoscheesedip.com VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM http youtu.be 5MveCGisXgg 3 FEATURE STORIES THE BUCK STOPS HERE Deer hunting whether its whitetail mule deer or the more exotic variety such as Axis or Coues deer has been a part of man s existence for thousands of years. PAGE 13 GETTING INTO A RUT The late fall and early winter is mating season for deer known as the rut. This powerful urge to procreate presents opportunities for the savvy hunter. PAGE 21 CHRONIC BACK PAIN With hunting season here many otherwise sedentary people will be doing things to their back and shoulders which they might regret the next day. PAGE 40 4 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TABLE OF CONTENTS SHOOT OR PASS 25 30 BEST CALIBER RIFLE BEST TREE STANDS 34 32 FALL FISHING 50 27 WHAT S THAT SMELL DEER HUNTING CHECKLIST CHRONIC WASTING 38 44 SHOTGUN RANGEFINDER HOW FAR IS TOO FAR 46 48 KILLER APPS 52 58 64 78 SPRUCE UP YOUR BOAT GEAR HOW TO... FARM BILL RECORD GATOR 55 62 71 80 86 FISH RELEASE RECIPES SURVIVAL CA DROUGHT GUIDES 5 MUSIC 74 82 HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN 6 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM W W W . T H E O U T P O S T L I F E . 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As Terry Anderson noted in a recent post in the Wall Street Journal the environmentalists and recreationists who benefit from the pay-to-play taxes are getting a free lunch provided by the hook and bullet crowd. The day to day cost of natural resource and recreation management is paid by licensing fees we pay to get a hunting fishing license excise taxes paid on buying a new shotgun and other state funds. An easy to spot example of this need-for-tweak in this law involves mountain bikers. Hell who doesn t love mountain bikers However they re not pulling their weight for the environment. According to the Outdoor Foundation there are now 7.1 million mountain bikers and they have to have some kind of trail (s) on which to ride. These trails can cost as much as 30 000 per mile which is about three times the cost of construction a plain ol hiking trail. This foundation noted that the average household income of mountain bikers is between 80 000 and 100 000. As much as we love em they need to be paying to be playing. An excise tax on bikes backpacks tents kayaks and the other similar outdoor toys is appropriate so long as it follows the P-R path of being spent on building recreational infrastructure and not 200 rolls of toilet paper for the federal restrooms. According to the Journal piece The Outdoor Industry Associated estimated that recreational products sales total about 120 billion in 2012. If a 1% excise tax was placed on these sales hikers bikers and campers could help pay for the search-and-rescues trail management and wildlife restoration just like the hunters and anglers are doing now. We ve got some suggestions on how you can use that hunting license you paid for in August in this issue of The Outpost. Whitetail deer season is almost here and as usual we ve got you covered with news you can use. Plus we have an update on an interview we did with marksman Wayne van Zwoll and a controversial piece he wrote for Boone & Crockett why we may be releasing too many fish a killer app and a dozen other articles to make your time outside more fun. Let us know what you think of this issue. I read and respond to every email so send em my way. What do the vigilant defenders of the Second Amendment at the NRA have in common with the anti-gun environmentalists at Sierra Club The objectives of both groups have been immeasurably enhanced by a little known federal law the Pittman-Robertson Act. This law named for the senator and representative who sponsored it in 1937 created the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program and forever changed conservation in the United States of America. Prior to the creation of the Pittman Robertson Act many species of wildlife were driven to or near extinction by hunting pressure and habitat degradation from humans. Notable species which have come back from the brink since the implementation of this act include white-tailed deer wild turkey and wood ducks. The Pittman Robertson Act took over a pre-existing 11% excise tax on firearms and ammunition and instead of sending it to that black hole known as the U.S. Treasury (as it had done in the past) the money is kept separate and is given to the Secretary of the Interior to distribute to the States. The Secretary determines how much to give to each state based on a formula that takes into account both the area of the state and its number of licensed hunters. Since 1937 this tax has generated more than 12 billion. This is one of the purest forms of pay-to-play on the federal books. There s a good reason these pay-to-play taxes are supported by the folks like you who buy guns ammo archery equipment and fishing rods. They re fair and they go to where they are supposed to go to wildlife habitat preservation and restoration. Sometimes groups such as Ducks Unlimited even match these P-R funds to purchase wetlands to keep them being turned into another shopping center. Ironically President Obama or at least his political agenda has been the best thing to happen to hunters and fishermen in a long time. Thanks to his gun control stance gun and ammunition sales have skyrocketed in the past few years and the excise taxes on these items were earmarked for wildlife restoration. Thus the Obama bump has been great for bringing in revenue for wildlife preservation. Later Art Young Editor The Outpost email me at art theoutpostmagazine.com 9 FIELD NOTES FROM OUTPOST READERS I have been receiving your magazine since the beginning and cannot believe how each issue continues to get better. Would love to see more cooking though. Jeff Bowling Green KY 2ND ANNIVERSARY You guys need to include more deer hunting. If your other readers are like me and I suspect they are the main hunting season is deer hunting. I do like the music though. Stan Charlotte NC Love everything about this. Can t believe that I am just now finding out about you guys but glad that i did. Russell Mesquite TX E A R LY T E A L S E A S O N DOVE HUNTING DOVE HUNTING CHECKLIST Signed up for your hunting sweepstakes and didn t win but glad I did since I get your magazine now. Justin Crystal River Fl GETTING SHOTGUN IN SHAPE WETLANDS BIRD POPULATION MULE DEER IN COLORADO TREE STAND SAFETY TIPS HOW TO URBAN DEER HUNTING SURVIVAL VIDEO DEER NUMBERS UP IN LOUISIANA 1 I follow you guys on Facebook and love Ladies Day. Wish you would include more in the magazine as well. Nothing like a hot woman with a gun in her hand. Mark New Orleans LA RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE THE OUTPOST Gorilla Marketing LLC 770-675-7200 Jason Martin Partner Art Young Editor in Chief Contributing Writers Art Young Jason Martin Andy Dye Photo Credits Jason Martin Flickr Commons Kirk Driscoll Burnt Pine Plantation Art Young Sandy Earle Tony Eckler Justin Lamb Chad Parker Trey Weathrington Josh Rodgers 10 THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2014 by The Outpost Media Group Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. HigH Performance L o n g L a s t i n g D u r a s H o t tm n o - t e a r fac e s e n v i r o n m e n ta L Ly f r i e n D Ly maDe from 100% recycLeD m at e r i a L s a L L W e at H e r 1-888-390-5548 B I G G R E E N TA R G E T S . C O M WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 11 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 carbonexpressarrows.com 12 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The Buck Stops Here Deer hunting whether its whitetail mule deer or the more exotic variety such as Axis or Coues deer has been a part of man s existence for thousands of years. For anyone who has never hunted deer it is next to impossible to explain the addiction hunters have toward this pursuit. For those who love this sport no words are adequate. This special deer hunting issue of The Outpost will show how you can have more fun and success on your hunt. We ll go through some tips from experts and hopefully give you something to think about while you re waiting for that huge 12-point buck to ease into range. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 13 THE OUTPOST SPECIAL DEER HUNTING ISSUE A DEER S A DEER...RIGHT In spite of the fact that most non-hunters categorize deer in one big group there are only two species of this animal that are native to North America whitetail and mule deer. There is another subspecies - the Pacific coastal or blacktail deer - which is a regional subspecies of mule deer. In Alaska hunters will find a relative of the mule deer called Sitka deer. Plus there is a small population of whitetail subspecies in the Southwest U.S. and Mexico called Coues deer. In the 1920 s an exotic breed Axis deer was introduced into North America by someone who had more money than good sense. When they failed to keep the gates locked and the fences high most of these deer simply jumped the fence and began to breed both with whitetail and other Axis deer. Now there is a large population of these exotic deer and there are special regulations for harvesting them. More on this later. The ancestors of modern deer first appeared in Mongolia during the Miocene and Pliocene geological epochs some 10 to 20 million years ago. From there they spread to populate most of Asia and Europe eventually crossing the Alaskan land bridge to North America. Once here deer continued evolving until--a mere million years or so ago during the Pleistocene epoch--they attained the form we re familiar with today. It has been estimated that before the arrival of Europeans North America supported some 40 million whitetail and 10 million mule deer. However after the turn of the 20th century modern guns the demand for deer hides and a complete lack of hunting regulations led to a decimation of whitetail and mule deer. The North American deer population had plummeted to a scant half million and that figure represented the total of all species. U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt marshaled the help of many influential conservationists hunters and landowner to stop this annihilation of the deer population in the form of hunting regulations and wildlife planning. This group became the Boone & Crockett Club which is still fighting for reasonable regulations for deer harvesting. As a result of these efforts The Wildlife Management Institute estimates that throughout the 50 states there are between 30 to 45 million whitetail deer and 8 to 10 million mule deer. 14 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The Wildlife Management Institute estimates that throughout the 50 states there are between 30 to 45 million whitetail deer and 8 to 10 million mule deer. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 15 IS THE DEER POPULATION OUT OF CONTROL Some feel that the population of whitetail deer has come back a little too strong. Even with the expansion of cities and a concurrent loss of natural habitat deer can be found foraging in backyards golf courses and the gardens of city-dwellers. This has led many biologists hunters and people concerned with food supplies to ask the question Why can t hunters sell venison commercially In a 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal writer Jim Sterba posed this question and offered some up some facts on harvesting deer to feed U.S. families. The Journal article noted that 85% of the venison sold in American restaurants comes from deer farms in New Zealand. The wild game offered on some upscale eateries is farmraised not harvested by hunters. These laws were passed as a part Roosevelt s attempt to replenish the deer populations. The estimated 6 million whitetail deer that will be taken by hunters this year aren t nearly enough to bring the whitetail population in line. As a result of this ban on the commercial sale of venison serious ecological damage is occurring. Thomas Rawinski a U.S. Forest Services scientist in New Hampshire said Sadly I spend much of my time in ecological disaster zones forests devastated by too many deer. I truly believe that this has become the single greatest conservation challenge of our time. Allowing hunters or special marksmen who are licensed to cull the whitetail deer populations and sell this venison to grocery stores and restaurants or give it to homeless shelters and food banks would help every link of the food chain. However this is a very controversial issue and many hunters and animal rights advocates are opposed to changing the way whitetail deer are harvested. WHITETAIL DEER ARE JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE Every one of the lower 48 states in the U.S. has some number of whitetail deer and states such as California Nevada and Utah have the smallest population of these animals. Because they seems to handle living near civilization better than other wildlife (although feral hogs are starting to give whitetail deer a run for their money in terms of adapting to and destroying human habitat) whitetail deer are probably the best known of the large mammals. The average weight of whitetail deer is about 150 pounds and they stand about 40 inches high at the shoulders. There are of course huge variations on this size of these deer. A long-time record of 425 pounds is held by a whitetail buck. The coloration of these beautiful animals varies depending on the time of the year. In the summer whitetails have a reddish brown color and in the winter their coast turns grey-brown or even a bluish tint. The most obvious physical characteristic of a whitetail deer relates to its name. Its tail is brown on top with a dark stripe down its center and the underside is a brilliant white. Deer hunters know that when its tail is held tightly against the rump little of this white coloration is visible and the animal remains well camouflaged. However the white flag of the tail appears when the deer is getting ready to boogie. The antlers of whitetail deer have all of their points sprouting from the animal s two beams. STUBBORN AS A MULE DEER The range of mule deer extends from southeastern Alaska down into Mexico and from the Pacific coast eastward to a north south line angling from Hudson Bay in Canada down through the middle of Texas. While not nearly as plentiful as whitetail deer the mule deer makes it up in volume as in size of the animal. A typical mule deer buck will weight from 150 to 300 pounds and will have a height at the shoulders of 4045 inches. The does average about 100 to 175 pounds. However it is not usual for a mature mule deer buck to weigh 400 pounds As for their appearance the coloration of mule deer is gray-brown to blue-gray in winter molting to a tawny color in the summer months. The facial markings are similar to those of the whitetail but the muzzle is more elongated. The mule deer s tail is white with a black tip but smaller and more rounded than that of the whitetail. The muley s get their name from their ears. They can grow to be nearly a foot long similar to an actual mule. Needless to say a pair of foot-long ears is a distinctive feature not to mention they enhance this animal s already excellent hearing The mule deer s antlers grow differently from whitetails. A mule deer buck s antlers have two main beams and they fork into two smaller beams each of those forks into two more and so on. 16 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 17 Mule deer differ from whitetail deer in another way how they spend their summers and winters. Wildlife biologists note that mule deer migrate from their summer mountain-meadow habitat down to more pleasant timbered valleys and plains for the winter. Whereas whitetails tend to gather together for the winter on a portion of the same range they occupy in summer. Most hunters group the Pacific blacktail deer in the same class a mule deer and they are similar just smaller. Technically blacktail deer are only found in a strip of forest from southern Alaska down the Pacific to Northern California. The typical blacktail buck weighs about 150 pounds and stands about 36 inches high at the shoulders. There s another weird difference between mule deer and whitetails and it has to do with the way they run. While the whitetail runs by pushing off alternately with its front and rear legs in long graceful bounds blacktails and all other mule deer typically launch themselves with all four legs at once bouncing from point A to point B and gaining more altitude all the way. 18 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM COUES OR COWS Couse deer are the nervous and smaller cousin of the whitetail deer. While hunters usually call this species coos or cooeez the deer was named after naturalist Elliott Coues. His family pronounced their last name as cows. Since most hunters don t want to refer to their quarry as cows they use the other pronounciations Coues deer are usually found in the U.S. Southwestern dessert and throughout the Southwest and Central areas of Mexico. They survive on vegetation that s available in the desert including cactus. Since there are very few of these deer they are hard to hunt. SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE EXOTIC AXIS DEER Anyone who sees an Axis deer for the first is likely impressed with its size coloration and antler rack. This exotic deer is native to Sri Lanka and roamed the Himalayas for centuries before coming to the United States. In the 1930 s several hundred of these deer were transported to the Hill Country of Texas and several other U.S. locations as a novelty addition to some large landowners herd. Unfortunately for these deer importers someone forget to plan for security and quicker than it took to say Oopps many of these beautiful deer jumped the fences hit the road and because of their delicious meat became highly sought after prey for deer hunters. Since the great escape the Axis deer population has expanded to an estimated 50 000 animals in Texas alone and it is a part of what some people call the free-ranging Texotics. In addition to the Axis deer this group includes Sika deer Fallow deer Blackbuck antelope and Aoudad sheep. Axis deer are best identified by their burnt orange coat with white spots (similar to a whitetail fawn) and a black streak running the length of their spine. Bucks have large antlers forking at the base and again inside each main beam. Adult male antlers can reach lengths of just over 40 but 28-36 is most common. Live weights range from 150 to 250 pounds in mature males and 90 to 150 pounds in adult females. Axis deer can be found in herds of 100 or more other deer whitetails included and it has been noted by wildlife biologist that Axis deer can out-compete whitetail deer for native grasses and can even change their normal diet if the need arises. As a result these exotics are crowding out the native whitetail population. Because there were once considered livestock free-roaming Axis deer are not regulated by the state wildlife authorities. They technically belong to the land-owner on whose land they are walking and with permission from the owner hunters can take an Axis deer at any time of the year and there is no bag limit. LET S GO HUNT Whatever deer you re chasing there are things you can do to improve your odds of having a freezer full of venison. We ve talked to hunting guides professional hunters and manufacturers of equipment and these tips are found in this issue. However with a subject as complicated and with as much lore has deer hunting we ve only scratched the surface. The best way to find out what works is to get out there and hunt WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 19 SATURDAY MORNINGS AT 8 00AM EST 20 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE OUTPOST SPECIAL DEER HUNTING ISSUE HOW TO GET INTO A RUT The late fall and early winter is mating season for deer known as the rut. This powerful urge to procreate presents opportunities for the savvy hunter. During this time bucks will do darn near anything to attract some female companionship. Just watch a young guy at a party or bar sometime and you will see variations of this rutting ritual. Bucks show off their masculinity in various ways. They sharpen their antlers by rubbing them on trees or shrubs. They fight with other bucks. They wallow in the mud or dust and they herd the does together. All of these activities make noise and get the attention of both does and other bucks. Just like young men in a bar bucks can t stand to be left out of something that might hold the promise of a few willing does. As a result most will use their superior senses of hearing sight and smell to find out where the party is This is where hunters can use antler rattling techniques to get some close-in shots. A FEW POINTS ON ANTLERS Deer antlers play a critical role in the animal s defense and self-esteem especially during the rut. Antler growth is timed to coincide with the annual mating season. For whitetail and mule deer the cycle begins in midwinter when the previous season s antlers are shed. This explains why there are so many cast-aside deer antlers lying around during spring turkey season. This is also a great time to find some of these sheds and turn them into deer rattles. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 21 New antlers begin develop in the spring and summer and they are composed of living cells nourished and protected by a covering called velvet. By the time mating season arrives the velvet begins to die dry and peel away from the hardening antlers which the buck encourages by rubbing his rack against flexible saplings then honing the tips to sharpness on soft-barked trees. By the time the rut begins these antlers are hard and ready for action. RATTLING BONES Rattling shed antlers is most productive during the rutting season. In fact even though some hunters believe this rattling can bring in deer at any time during the hunting season most wildlife biologists feel that rattling antlers at any time but during the rut is a waste of time and ultimately can drive deer away. This suggests that even deer can get annoyed when someone pretends to be an expert but is in fact misinformed As with most things associated with fishing and hunting many deer hunters have their own special technique for rattling. Some rattle slow wait then rattle fast. Some rattle for no more than 2 minutes wait and then rattle for 2 more minutes. Some won t rattle antlers after 10 a.m. This is reminiscent of the football fan who wears the same clothes and eats the same number of hot dogs in the same way each game because somewhere along the line he has developed a superstition about game day activities. As the commercial says It s only weird if it doesn t work. While every hunter will likely do their own thing when it comes to rattling during the rut a deer hunting guides generally suggest the following three techniques to improve drawing in curious bucks. 1 Check the Buck-to-Doe Ratio In areas where the buck-to-doe ratio is about even there will be more competition among the bucks and rattling will likely yield more attention. In areas where there are many more does than bucks any kind of rattling won t make much difference because the bucks can get a date with 2 or 3 does every night. 2 Start Slowly Start by rattling slowly and quietly. The reason for this is to keep from spooking any deer that happen to be nearby when you start to work your magic. Most hunting guides suggest rattling for about 90 seconds then waiting for five 22 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM minutes before rattling again. As this process continues the hunter can increase the volume of the rattling and continue the process for longer. It s a good idea to wait for about 30-minutes after the first round of deer music in order to let a monster buck who happens to be shy make his way to your stand. 3 Check the Wind Before starting rattling check the wind direction. The reason for this is interesting. A buck will naturally approach a fight among other amorous suitors from downwind in order to hide his own scent and benefit from the element of surprise. The best place for a hunter to set up is at the edge of the field with the wind at his back. As always it is critical that the hunter does everything possible to minimize his scent. FINALLY SCRAPE THE GROUND After the initial rattling the hunter should scrape the ground or nearby trees with the antlers to give the impression of deer moving on. The hunter should stay in one place for at least a half-hour before moving on to another location. Rattling during the rut can be a great way to draw in bucks who are minding their own business in another part of the field. Even with animals and especially with deer curiosity is a powerful incentive. However don t overdo it. A mature buck knows when there s a party going on or if someone is just making a racket. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 23 It s about Time. It s about Certainty. Welcome to 401K ProAdvisor Isn t it about time somebody was firmly focused on improving retirement outcomes How has your 401(k) plan been performing How much commission is your provider drawing from your plan That s where 401KProAdvisors excels because our team of dedicated retirement plan specialists are qualified to provide a comprehensive suite of retirement plan services. Creative Plan Design Customized Education Ongoing Plan Review Plan Benchmarking ERISA 3(21) & 3(38) 403(b) & Pension Consulting To get the whole story call George Richerson at 770.436.4097 or visit www.401kproadvisor.com. Securities offered through Triad Advisors Inc. Member FINRA SIPC. Advisory Services offered through Wealth & Pension Services Group Inc. Wealth & Pension Services Group Inc. is not affiliated with Triad Advisors Inc. 24 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WHEN TO SHOOT AND WHEN TO PASS LETTING YOUNG BUCKS GROW Nothing jacks up the pulse rate of a deer hunter like the sight of whitetail deer approaching in the distance. This is magnified by 10X when the hunter has been sitting in the blind or stand for hours without seeing anything but leaves falling By the way it s moving it s obvious that this amazing animal has not detected anything unusual and it is coming directly into range for a clean shot. When it gets to within 30 yards it s clear that it s a young 8-point buck. So what do you do Take the shot or let this young buck live to grow even bigger by this time next year More and more deer hunters are passing on the young bucks and in the process they are enhancing future hunts. THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA STEPS UP One of the great places to hunt whitetail deer is the state of Oklahoma. The Department of Wildlife Conservation in the Sooner state launched a public awareness campaign last season to influence deer hunters to think about their choice before harvesting the first thing with antlers that walks by. The state s slogan is Hunters in the know...let young bucks grow It is intended to emphasize that deer herd management means more than simply harvesting more antlerless deer. The decision to harvest a deer affects the entire area s wildlife management and this affects future hunts and hunters. In support of this conservation campaign the OK Department of Wildlife has launched a Facebook page where deer hunters are invited to share their stories about passing up the first buck they saw when hunting. WHAT DOES A MATURE BUCK LOOK LIKE The challenge for hunters especially inexperienced hunters is to know when a buck is still young. With all of the excitement of finally getting a shot at a buck any buck new hunters will often take a deer that still has some growing to do. There are several online sources for educating oneself on the approximate ages of whitetail deer. A great source is the Oklahoma Wildlife Department Facebook page. It has photos of older larger bucks that are submitted by visitors to the page. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 25 The Oklahoma Wildlife Department Facebook page can be found at https www.facebook.com wildlifedepartment The next time you get a buck that looks like he s still got some growing to do pull down the gun and get out the camera. This will give him a chance to grow into an even bigger animal and it will give you a good shot of young buck that you can look for next year. 26 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE OUTPOST SPECIAL DEER HUNTING ISSUE WHAT S THAT SMELL IT COULD BE YOU Any fragrance not found in nature will stand out like Limburger cheese and will work against the deer hunter. Unfortunately you have to wash your hunting clothes with something. Fortunately there are several brands of detergent that will do the job without the smell. Scent Killer Scent-a-Way Primos and Dead Down Wind are a few of the many manufacturers of hunting-specific scent-free detergent. Some veteran hunters also use a combination of baking soda and Borax to make their own detergent. It s also recommended to dry these hunting clothes outside on the line not in a dryer where they can pick up the scents of the rest of the family s clothing. If outside drying is not possible some of these detergent companies make drying sheets that help to eliminate the smell of your daughter s perfume which might be lurking in the dryer. Some hunting guides suggest wearing clothing that is infused with activated carbon. This type of clothing absorbs human scents to reduce detection. Scent-Lok and Scent Blocker are two popular manufacturers of these clothes and hats. An activated carbon cap will also reduce scent from sweating and that funky morning coffee breath. Each of the companies that make scent-elimination products also manufacture odor-eliminating sprays for use in the field. These sprays kill bacteria or otherwise limit the amount of human scent detectable to animals. It s a good idea for the hunter to spray himself liberally from head to toe after getting dressed to restrict any remaining scent on clothing. Finally it s not enough to get clothes clean and scent-free. Efforts need to be made to keep them scent-free when they are in storage. The best strategy for this it to buys some WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 27 Have you ever been around a dog or cat that s been recently sprayed by a skunk The smell is so bad your eyes water. That s the way you and your freshly washed hunting clothes smell to your typical whitetail deer. They can smell you from hundreds of yards away Deer have an almost freaky ability to hear smell and see things that appear miniscule to the average hunter. Overcoming their keen sense of sight and hearing can be attempted with camouflage clothing hats and face paint and complete stillness and quiet. However defeating their advantage in the olfactory area is a much bigger challenge. Almost universally deer hunting guides say that improper scent control is the biggest impediment to success in hunting. If you want to have success in hiding from the mature monster bucks this year it s not enough to be well-hidden. You also need to be scent-proof. Here are some tips on blending-in to the wilderness. How to be Sharp-Dressed and Scent-Free One of the worst things a hunter can do is wash his or her clothing in regular detergent. Sure Tide or Gain which advertise their fresh clean smell on daytime TV get clothes clean but they also leave a fragrance in the materials that screams to every deer within a mile There s an idiot with a high-powered gun up there Let s high-tail it outta here extra-large inexpensive Zip-Loc bags and then seal each item inside. Most smart hunters put all of these bags of clothes in another sealed plastic box such as those made by Rubbermaid. ELIMINATING THAT BODY ODOR The cleanest most scent-free hunting clothes will not camouflage the scent of the human body and unless your body just naturally smells like a deer raccoon or feral hog this is a problem. This is especially true if said body has been cleaned and shaved using regular soap and shaving cream. Hunters should always shower and shave using scent-free soap and body wash to get clean without picking up unwanted perfumes. Some of the same companies which make scent-free clothing sell scent-free soap shampoo conditioner deodorant toothpaste and even chewing gum. It s advisable to shower with scent-free products before every hunt and die-hards even use these products exclusively during hunting season to prevent any lingering fragrance. 28 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Most hunters are aware of the pitfalls of body scents and try to eliminate them with the above precautions. However many forget that the two biggest culprits in the odor elimination war are the right hand and the left hand. That s right. Your hands are used for just about everything before and during the hunt and the odds of picking up human scents with those two mitts of yours are high. They also sweat which is a big red flag to Bambi s dad. The best strategy for stopping or at least lessening the odor from your hands is to wear gloves that are sprayed with scent-eliminator products. Some hunters even spray their hands before getting dressed in order to eliminate human scents on the clothing. EVERY STEP YOU TAKE While there is no evidence that former lead singer for Police Sting is a deer hunter his song lyric every step you take every move you make I ll be watching (or smelling) you could have been written by a whitetail deer. Deer constantly smell the ground and if a hunter has walked over the area with contaminated boots the deer will know it and skedaddle. There are two ways to avoid leaving a human scent on the ground around the deer stand. Either buy some carbon activated scentblocker boots from one of the companies that have been mentioned above or wear rubber boots that have been scrubbed down. There are many boot companies that offer a wide variety of rubber boots in different camo patterns and levels of insulation. They are inexpensive waterproof and don t allow human scent out. They will have a rubber smell when they are first purchased so they should be left outside to air out before using on a hunt. Even these rubber boots should be sprayed before every hunt. USE SOME COMMON SCENTS It s the little things that can make the difference between getting a trophy buck and having a day when no deer come within shooting distance. Eliminating human scents can go a long way towards a good day in the field. However for all of the high-tech clothing sprays and gizmos the best tools for scent elimination are based on common sense. For example it makes absolutely no sense for a hunter to have immaculately cleaned his body clothing headgear and boots to eliminate all human scent (see above) and then wear these clothes and boots while eating breakfast drinking coffee smoking cigarettes or filling up the gas tank. All of these activities reek of unnatural scents and will be picked up on the clothing material and hands of he hunter and the deer will avoid them at all costs. The best strategy is to keep the hunting clothes in the Zip-loc bag and the boots off until you get to the field. Try not to spill any coffee or gasoline on your hands (fill up the night before) and stay away from cigarette smoke at all costs. The most important common sense strategy for scent elimination is pay attention to the wind s direction. No matter how clean and scent-free your body clothes and boots are deer have that amazing ability to smell something that does not belong in the wilderness. Complete scent elimination is impossible so setting up downwind from where you think a buck might emerge is very important. However if the buck happens to appear from an area that has you upwind all of these efforts towards scent elimination might help keep you in the game until you can make that shot WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 29 WHAT S THE BEST TYPE OF TREESTAND FOR WHITETAIL DEER HUNTING 30 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM If you re a bow or rifle hunter there s a better than 50 50 chance you will be up a tree in the very near future. Treestands have become an extremely popular piece of gear for hunting whitetail deer. Choosing the right kind of stand involves some forethought because the trees in a given area might not support the type of stand you have. Since there are three kinds of treestands from which to choose here s a quick look at all three. A LOOK AT LADDER STANDS Hunting guides and online resources note that ladder stands are safe and easy to climb. If you can walk you can probably clamber up a ladder. Most height-wary hunters feel more secure with a ladder attached not just to their tree of choice but also to the ground. The stability of a ladder is one of its greatest attributes. Plus they can be attached to just about any kind of tree. The downside of a ladder stand is its weight and bulky nature. If you want an exhausting workout try hauling a ladder stand a long ways. Most hunters use this type of treestand around food plots and on private land where they will hunt year after year. Remember however if you leave a ladder stand up thoroughly check it prior to each season for weaknesses in the straps. CLIMBING STANDS ARE EASY TO MOVE The best thing about a climber stand is its weight and mobility. This stand is the perfect choice for a day-hunter who is going into an area to hunt then bringing the stand out with him that evening. Just find a good spot and you can go up a tree and be hunting in minutes. If the deer aren t coming your way climb back down and move. There are some downsides to the climber stands. Trees have limbs and this presents a challenge. The hunter has to disconnect and reattach his straps to get around some limbs. One solution Carry a small saw to cut off smaller limbs. The biggest drawback of a climber stand is the tree to which it is attached may be easy to climb but in a bad position for getting a clear shorted target than you want to be. Getting in and out of a tree can be a noisy process with this type of treestand. Another disadvantage of a climber stand is the amount of stuff you have to carry into the field with you. In addition to the stand a hunter will have a backpack full of gear bows and guns. It becomes necessary to carefully choose that which is absolutely necessary and leave the rest in the truck. HANG-ON THE DEER ARE COMING Hang-on stands are the most versatile of the three types of stands and as a result the most popular. They can be hung on most trees and unlike the climber stands the limbs are an advantage because they provide a helping hand to get up a tree and help with camouflage. These stands are comfortable over a long period they are easy to turn around to get a better shot and they are easy to climb and descend the tree. Nothing is perfect and the drawback with a hang-on stand is the fact that you have to carry your climbing apparatus with you. This is a problem that many treestand manufacturers have addressed climbing sticks are lighter safer and more secure than ever before. Each of these treestands have advantages and disadvantages but they are all potentially dangerous if the hunter fails to use a safety harness. Don t get up in a tree this season without a quality safety harness. Your life could depend on it. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 31 GUN SEASON DEER HUNTING CHECKLIST It s amazing how many times you find yourself in the great outdoors and realize some small tool or piece of equipment was left back in the garage and the entire hunting experience is diminished. As a public service below we have listed the stuff that you should bring along on your deer hunt. Here are the essentials that you need to pack. Trust me on this you want to bring everything on this list...including the 10-penny nails. Your hunting license Ties for the hunting license tags Rifle with a (recently zeroed) scope Compass Lease maps of the hunting property Gun case Box of bullets of the correct caliber Hat (style optional...cowboy floppy camo Easter bonnet) Dark or camo ski mask Orange vest or cap Shooter s gloves Turtleneck sweater Thermal underwear Down vest or jacket Three-quarter length raincoat with hood Two (2) pairs of well-broken-in hunting boots Two (2) pairs of wool socks Jeans or twill pants Dark-colored chamois shirt Insect repellent (with DEET as one of the ingredients) Plastic canteen Lock-blade drop-point knife with sheath Knife sharpener Small flashlight with belt loop Nylon parachute cord Gambrel Pulley with nylon line Small meat saw Knife for gutting and skinning Game bags Wide belt (to keep you pants up with all of that equipment hanging on) 32 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 33 WHAT S THE BEST CALIBER RIFLE FOR WHITETAIL DEER Bow hunters have been at it for about a month and soon many of them will be exchanging their bows for rifles to hunt whitetail deer. So what caliber of rifle will they likely be choosing. The quickest way to start an argument among a group of hunters is to say something about the best caliber rifle for whitetail deer. Just like noses and other body parts everybody has an opinion about the best gun for deer hunting. Usually these passionate arguments include facts and figures about trajectories ballistics and other scientific considerations. However most of these opinions come down to personal preferences and experiences. In other words it s usually a Ford Chevy deal. Since firearm deer season is here you probably have your gun picked out scope sighted in and ammo purchased. However if you are still undecided as to the best caliber gun for deer hunting we made a few queries of some professional hunting guides and looked at a bunch of websites and here are a few suggestions. 34 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM ONE SHOT KILL The most important criteria for any deer hunting gun are a one-shot kill with little or no meat wasted and its effectiveness from a reasonable range. Of course meeting these criteria has a LOT to do with the skill of the hunter. However the right caliber gun will certainly help in this process. The hunting experts suggest that the best rifle for those who want flat trajectory and low recoil is the .25 - 06 Remington with a 120-grain bullet. This will deliver about 300 pounds per foot more energy than the .243 load with little recoil. This gun has comparable trajectory ballistics to the lighter guns. Probably the most popular gun for deer hunting is the .30 - 06. It has 10 or so bullet types and weights and is one of the most adaptable guns for just about any situation. The guides say that this caliber is not a flat-shooting as the .25 - 06 but it is still very effective at 300 yards. Another favorite of the deer hunting guides is the .270 with the most popular bullet weight being 130 grains. This bullet delivers 100 pounds per foot more energy at 300 yards than the 150 grain bullet out of the .30 06 it has a flatter trajectory and doesn t have much of a kick. There are many more calibers that hunting guides and online references suggest but the one that seems to always be included in any list is the 7 mm magnum. This caliber is especially good for the trophy hunting in the South Texas brush land. It s also a BIG gun so unless you re in good shape and don t mind a few recoil bruises on your shoulder this might be too big for day-in-day-out hunting. PRESERVATION OF THE MEAT The gun debate among hunters usually centers on the contention that the smaller calibers waste less meat. This argument contends the .30 06 .308 .270 and the 7 mm magnum destroy too much meat when they enter the deer. However hunting experts and guides disagree. Since most deer hunters go for the lung shot these heavier calibers have a higher foot-pounds of energy and they tend to anchor the deer thereby preventing a cripple being lost in the brush. Smaller calibers don t have enough power to drop a deer at any distance and when this happens lots of meat is wasted as in the entire deer. Plus many hunters who prefer the small caliber will aim for the neck because they have learned the knock-down limitations of their gun. Unless the neck is broken by this shot the crippled deer will likely escape and the meat of the entire deer is wasted. In addition to being frustrating to the hunter this is inhumane to the wounded deer. The lack of a knock-down shot can also result in the meat of the deer being gamey tasting. This results when a deer is spooked or is wounded and runs for a great distance. When this happens the deer builds up a great deal of blood and adrenalin in his system. Plus oxygen is burned out of the muscles which increases the amount waste residue such as lactic acid. For better tasting deer meat it s better to have a bigger caliber with immediate knock-down power. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 35 THE OUTPOST SPECIAL DEER HUNTING ISSUE SHOOT STRAIGHT Success with bringing back a deer for the freezer depends less on the caliber of gun and more on the range and marksmanship of the hunter. We ve seen old-timers drop a whitetail doe with a well-placed bullet from a singleshot .22. It can be done but it requires a laser-like aim and a short distance. Your hunting style the terrain and hunting conditions you will be operating in will help determine the caliber of rifle that will help you get a clean shot. Hunting from the side of a mountain in Colorado where the only deer will be 200 to 300 yards away is a much different challenge than from a treestand in a wooded area. Talk to guides gun salesmen and other hunters to help you decide which is best for you. 36 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM ISSUE VII 2012 DEER HUNTING SPECIAL EDITION MAKE THAT 300 YARD SHOT DEER HUNTING CHECKLIST HOW TO CAMO YOUR GUN VIDEO THE BUCK STOPS HERE SCENT CONTROL WHY IN-HAND SCORING OF BUCKS IS ON ITS WAY OUT FIELD DRESSING A DEER VIDEO RATTLING ANTLERS PLUS VENISON RECIPES SQUIRREL HUNTING & MUMFORD & SONS HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES They re all waiting for you at our website WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GO AHEAD. TAKE THE SAFETY OFF AND SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 37 DOES A SHOTGUNNER NEED A RANGEFINDER READ THIS AND YOU DECIDE One piece of equipment seldom seen in the gear bags of duck and other waterfowl hunters is a rangefinder. Without a doubt these electronic tape measures have long been in the bag of tricks for big game hunters but rangefinders have become part of the standard kit for shotgunners as well. Here s why. The trick to waterfowl hunting is positioning oneself at the place where the birds want to drop in. This trumps just about everything else including calling and decoy placment except for accurate shooting. Advance scouting becomes critical to make this happen. Plus once a flight pattern is determined finding it the next morning (in the dark) is equally important. The combination of a rangefinder and GPS enables the hunter to find and then re-find the exact place where the birds will be approaching. 38 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HERE S HOW Veteran goose hunting guides suggest this scenario for using a rangefinder and GPS system. On the day before the hunt scout the fields and find a flock you want to hunt the next morning. After rolling up on them pause at a distance that will not spook them. Next enter a GPS waypoint. Range the center of the flock in the field and note the exact compass bearing on which you re ranging. As soon as you re out of sight of the birds stop and manually put a waypoint into the GPS that locates the distance to the birds on the same bearing. With this process the center of the decoy spread has been determined for the next morning. It s still important for the hunter to determine reasonable shooting range based on his experience shell pattern and shooting ability but the rangefinder is a great tool to ensure the birds are within that self-imposed range. OTHER WAYS TO USE A RANGEFINDER During decoy deployment a rangefinder can also be used to set optimal range for shots. As decoys are being placed range back to the blind from the farthest decoy and note the distance. This allows the hunter to establish the maximum shooting range. Only when the birds reach that preestablished distance are shots called for. Rangefinders can also help a hunter establish a safe distance from other hunter when shooting over public water. Most veteran shotgunners feel 300-yards is the minimum distace one set of decoy spreads should be from another. With a rangefinder you can prove the distance to other hunters. Of course you still have to convince them to move-it-on-over. On on the range before the hunt rangefinders can help the waterfowler. It can help determine the pattern of the shot. All that s necessary it to place test targets side by side by side walk back up range and sight through the rangefinder back to the targets. This will tell you the exact distance from which you re shooting and the size of the pattern of your shot from this distance. Probably the last thing a duck or goose hunter wants to think about is another piece of equipment However a rangefinder and the GPS feature on a smartphone can make the difference between a frustrating day on the water and a productive one. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 39 IF YOUR BACK HURTS AFTER A DAY OUT STANDING IN A FIELD YOU MAY NEED TO CORRECT THE WAY YOU RE STANDING With hunting season here many otherwise sedentary people will be doing things to their back and shoulders which they might regret the next day. Walking for hours over cornfields while chasing pheasants or quail climbing up tree stands in hopes of spying a big buck or sitting in a cramped duck blind for hours will wreak havoc on the back and shoulders of someone not used to the activity. Plus those with chronic back pain often avoid the outdoor sports altogether. It might surprise you to learn that back pain resulting from vigorous exercise like hunting fishing or even chronic back problems may be the result of bad posture. Yes your mama was right when she said stand up straight. Experts in back health know that good posture requires both muscle and joint support and constant reminding. This is exactly what the posture shirt from AlignMed does. If you re an active outdoor sports enthusiast whose aching back is making life miserable you ll be interested in this product. It s being used by more than 1 000 professional athletes to keep their backs stronger by keeping improving their posture. BILL SCHULTZ HAD A BAD BACK A large part of the population suffers muscle and joint pain for one reason or another noted Bill Schultz the CEO of AlignMed. However the top reason is because they have bad form or posture. 40 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Most of us spend too much time in front of a computer or traveling in a plane or car and these activities negatively affect our posture. Bill Schultz has been there and done that. These activities force your joints to wear out in a manner they are not supposed to he said in a recent phone interview. If you work all day at a computer or driving it causes you to slump over. The front muscles will shorten the back muscles will get longer the hips will start moving forward and over time you ll start tweaking your body. It is this over time thing that s the problem he added. In my career I did thirty years of research and marketing of orthopedic implants he said. The problem was I was developing products for people who were already broken. They needed surgery pharmaceuticals or physical therapy in order to get fixed. This problem became really REAL when it happened to me Schultz noted. I had lower back pain sciatica and a disc that was protruding. Even with all of my medical contacts I could not come up with a solution. Finally my orthopedic team told me Bill you have bad posture he said. They did some skin taping that fired my back muscles and reminded me about my posture. People don t get better posture on their own. They know it s important but it s too hard to think about it all the time especially if you re sitting at a desk or even hunting and fishing. One of Bill s orthopedic physicians said he could put this taping in a garment and all Bill had to do was wear it. He thought this piece of clothing would have the effect of balancing the muscles firing them and making him think about standing up straighter. I started wearing a jacket that he had sewn and lo and behold it did work Bill said. I subsequently purchased the patent raised some money and started AlignMed. I went from a chronic pain patient at 46 years old to someone who doesn t suffer that anymore at 56. HOW DOES IT WORK According to Bill Schultz it does three things. First the bands which we call neuro bands will support your structure your muscles and joints. Number two they activate muscles. Muscles are filled with nerves which cause the muscles to contract. The posture shirt activates those nerves. Finally it provides a bio-feedback. It makes you think about where your neck shoulders spine and hips are he said. Bill was quick to note that the therapy from AlignMed garment is not done with compression. It does it with variable elasticity he noted. The panels that are sewn into these shirts have elastic properties that mirror the contractions of muscle properties. We call this muscle mapping. We copy what the muscles do from head to toe by laying these elastic straps on the muscles in strategic places and then dragging those muscles to the body s core in the hip area. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 41 In the process of developing and testing this posture shirt Schultz and his team created an entirely new category of apparel. It s functional apparel he stressed. It s not compression apparel or performance apparel and not wearable technology. It s functional apparel. You put it on and it helps the muscles and joints align themselves he said. IT TAKES A LITTLE WORK If you think your back muscles might benefit from this product using it is pretty simple. We tell people they can wear it 10-minutes a day or 24-hours a day Bill said. For a starting point we recommend you wear the garment 1 to 2 hours to begin with. If that s comfortable for you move it up for more time. Your body will tell you if this is working. It takes a little work to get the benefits of better posture Bill notes Some have said they have worn the shirt for 20-minutes and they became tired. That s going to happen when you re using posture muscles you re not used to. It s just like getting a workout in the gym. You re going to feel the effect. If fact our theme for this product is it s the workout you wear. IT S READY FOR THE OUTDOOR SPORTS MARKET AlignMed has sold and tested more than 80 000 units in the medical environment. We ve done enough work with the medical community where the doctor can write a prescription for this shirt Bill said. No other garment can make that claim. No other garment is registered with the FDA as a medical device. Now the company is ready to show outdoor sportsmen the benefits of better posture. It took a while for the orthopedic experts at the company to come up with a viable posture shirt. They had to make more than 500 garments to get the correct formula for making the straps work. Plus the design team wanted clinical proof that the shirt worked. They got it from the agency which regulates pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices the U.S. Food and Drug Agency (FDA) Most products like this have no clinical validation he said. This is what my team of physicians and academic scientists are good at. We live in the world of FDA approvals. We had to prove that the shirt does what we said it does. Once the garments were being worn we used x-ray imaging to observe the joints trying to center themselves Bill said. We used EMG (electromyography) which is a technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles to see muscle firing patterns. We were also able to test vascularity and clinically validate that the garments made a difference. 42 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM We re now going to a consumer environment people like the hunters and anglers who read the Outpost he said. We want them to know that if they are not happy with the shirt they can send it back for a full refund. Plus it looks pretty cool. Once we got our science down we reached out clothing designers and said make this look good and they did. The shirts come in pull-over zip-up and a vest model. We think the vest would work best for hunters and anglers Bill noted. They would put the vest on over a t-shirt and zip it up. It has two side straps and you adjust their own posture. It requires a high degree of athleticism to be a successful bow hunter shotgunner or rifle hunter and the AlignMed team has tested these shirts among professional athletes. We have more than 1 000 professional athletes including more than 400 Major League Baseball players more than 200 NFL athletes and star players in the NBA who wear it he said. Some guys wear the shirt during the game and some wear for their practice work to work on their form. From an athlete s perspective you have to have the best form to perform the best game he said. If your back is out of line you re not going to be able to perform your best and you re going to be susceptible to injuries. If you go out there with bad form and try to throw a baseball 90-miles-an-hour or get hit by a 300-pound tackler you re going to have a problem. We originally tested the posture shirt among elderly people Bill said. They would use the shirt to build muscles to prevent falls. The trainers who worked with athletes noticed this and said our athletes need this for the same reason. So our athletic business took off before the other markets. The easiest place for outdoor sportsmen and women can find AlignMed products is to go the company s website www.AlignMed.com. The product can also be obtained from a physician Functional apparel is here to stay and it s going to get bigger and bigger Bill summed up. We can t cure people but we can help them WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 43 HOW FAR IS TOO FAR BOONE & CROCKETT AGREES WITH WAYNE VAN ZWOLL ON LONG RANGE SHOTS Back in March the Outpost featured an interview with wellknown marksman and firearm expert Wayne van Zwoll. He has outstanding shooting credentials. He started competing in shooting contests at Michigan State University and qualified for the final Olympic tryouts and won two state prone titles. As a journalist he has published almost 3 000 articles and twice that many photographs in publications like Field & Stream Outdoor Life and several NRA publications. Wayne has authored 15 books on firearms and their use in the field. His Rifles & Cartridges column is now in its twenty-second year in Bugle magazine. We spoke with Wayne about his new book that every hunter at no matter what level of shooting expertise will find fascinating Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting. He also recently wrote an article about this subject for the Boone & Crockett Club. More on this later. THE CURRENT STATE OF LONG-RANGE SHOOTING This B&C article and the controversy that followed it led the club to issue a position statement on long range shooting. It began with the club s analysis of the current situation Bullets fired from hunting rifles have had the capability of hitting targets at long distances for many decades. Regardless of these capabilities sportsmen have historically held themselves to an ethical standard of not taking excessively long or risky shots at the big game animals they pursue. New shooting technologies now being developed and promoted for use in hunting are encouraging hunters to shoot at substantially increased distances. These new technologies while not illegal are tempting hunters into taking longer and longer shots which is raising significant ethical questions including those of fair chase and intent. The distance at which a shot is considered long-range ethical or unethical cannot be defined by specific yardages because this varies with each individual situation. It depends on equipment shooting conditions the species being hunted the hunter s experience and marksmanship skills and other variables. It also depends on the commitment of every responsible hunter to avoid inflicting undo suffering to make quick and humane kills and to make every effort never to waste animals pursued as legal quarry. It is widely acknowledged that 44 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM the likelihood of wounding and the challenges of tracking and recovering animals increase proportionally as shooting distances increase. Hunting must involve the risk of detection and failure if there is to be any honor in having overcome the superior senses and survival instincts of the hunted. It is for this reason that sportsmen have embraced limitations so that technology does not fully overwhelm the natural capacities of the prey they pursue. This is a self-imposed trade-off that decreases the likelihood of a successful harvest but heightens the hunting experience and shows respect for the animals being hunted. Combined these values represent the intent and cherished traditions of hunting. WAYNE VAN ZWOLL S OPINION ON LONG RANGE SHOOTING In his Outpost interview Wayne left no room for ambiguities about his opinions about hunters attempting long-range shots rather than moving in closer for one that has a higher percentage. One of our questions dealt with this issue. Outpost Throughout your book you note that attempting to make a long shot on game is not advisable or a challenging as moving in for a closer shot. What do you mean by this Wayne van Zwoll I ve seen people in the field who spot an animal and they try to make a longdistance shot. They want to try out their new highpowered rifle or cartridge or optics and they revel in making a shot that s quite long and they brag about this. To my mind this is not sportsmanlike. I like to shoot at long range because it teaches me about the effect of wind and gravity on my bullet. However when I m shooting at a distance I m shooting at a steel plate or paper. When I m in the field I get as close as I can. I try to never try a shot that I m not 90 percent sure I will make with the first round. That s puts a very high bar for me. People who are attempting long-range shots are risking a miss or crippling shot and the farther you are from the animal the harder it is to finish it if you do make a crippling hit. I don t think that s sportsmanlike. It s not ethical. https www.youtube.com watch v tP11Qv3ulNw THE BOONE & CROCKETT POSITION ON LONG RANGE SHOOTING Apparently the leadership of the Boone & Crockett agree with van Zwoll. They issued this position statement on the subject. The Boone and Crockett Club believes the term long-range shooting is more defined by a hunter s intent than any specific distance at which a shot is taken. If the intent of the individual is to test equipment and determine how far one can shoot to hit a live target and if there is no motivation to risk engagement with the animal being hunted this practice is not hunting and should not be accorded the same status as hunting. The Boone and Crockett Club maintains that hunting at its most fundamental level is defined by a tenuous and unpredictable relationship between predator and prey. This is an intrinsic irrefutable and intimate connection that cannot be compromised if the hunter is to maintain the sanctity of this relationship and any credible claim that hunting is challenging rewarding respectful of wild creatures and in service to wildlife conservation. This connection is built upon many complex components that differentiate hunting from simply shooting or killing. The Club finds that long-range shooting takes unfair advantage of the game animal effectively eliminates the natural capacity of an animal to use its senses and instincts to detect danger and demeans the hunter prey relationship in a way that diminishes the importance and relevance of the animal and the hunt. The Club urges all hunters to think carefully of the consequences of long-range shooting whether hunting with a rifle bow muzzleloader crossbow or handgun and not confuse the purposes and intent of long-range shooting with fair chase hunting. Hunters tend to be an iconoclastic group and because of this they don t necessary agree with every position taken by outdoor sports or conservation organization. Whether they believe taking long range shots is consistent with a fair chase remains to be seen. Some will and some won t. There is however no question about the extensive range of modern rifles. Firearm optic range finding and ammunition technologies have made it possible for hunters to attempt shots on game from unbelievable distances. Unfortunately many hunters are not expert marksman no matter what equipment they own. When these long shots cripple wild game instead of resulting in a clean kill this is worse than unethical. It s a shame. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 45 Chronic Wasting Disease Outbreak on Iowa Deer Farm ALMOST 80 PERCENT OF THE DEER TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE DISEASE Every deer farmer s worst nightmare has occurred in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced that the test results from the depopulation of a quarantined captive deer herd in north-central Iowa showed that 284 of the 356 deer or 79.8 percent of the herd tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The owners of the quarantined herd have entered into a fence maintenance agreement with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship which requires the owners to maintain the 8 foot perimeter fence around the herd premises for five years after the depopulation was complete and the premises had been cleaned and disinfected CWD is a progressive fatal degenerative neurological disease of farmed and free-ranging deer elk and moose. There is no known treatment or vaccine for CWD but is not a disease that affects humans. On July 18 2012 USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service s (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames IA confirmed that a male white tail deer harvested from a hunting preserve in southeast IA was positive for CWD. An investigation revealed that this animal had just been introduced into the hunting preserve from the above-referenced captive deer herd in north-central Iowa. The captive deer herd was immediately quarantined to prevent the spread of CWD. The herd has remained in quarantine until its depopulation on August 25 to 27 2014. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship participated in a joint operation to depopulate the infected herd with USDA Veterinary Services which was the lead agency and USDA Wildlife Services. Federal indemnity funding became available in 2014. USDA APHIS appraised the captive deer herd of 376 animals at that time which was before depopulation and testing at 1 354 250. At that time a herd plan was developed with the owners and officials from USDA and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Once the depopulation was complete and the premises had been cleaned and disinfected indemnity of 917 100.00 from the USDA has been or will be paid to the owners as compensation for the 356 captive deer depopulated. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship operates a voluntary CWD program for farms that sell live animals. Currently 145 Iowa farms participate in the voluntary program. The above-referenced captive deer facility left the voluntary CWD program prior to the discovery of the disease as they had stopped selling live animals. All deer harvested in a hunting preserve must be tested for CWD. gun just in case. 46 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 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 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 47 Killer Apps The Outpost Hunting and Fishing Technology Theodolite On Your Phone BY ANDY DYE Greetings campers. This is the first installment of my technology and the outdoors column. The intent is to show ways you can enhance your outdoor experience or just make life easier with technology as it relates to the outdoors. The first app I wanted to cover was the Theodolite HD app. Admittedly I m still learning how to use all the features of this thing so we ll learn about it together. It s what s called an augmented reality (AR) app which means that it uses the camera on your phone to look in the direction you point it with the tools and information superimposed on top of the picture. You may not think you know anything about AR but if you ve seen that yellow line marking the location of the first down mark on TV football game you ve seen augmented reality. Once you play with this puppy your favorite kind of reality might turn out to be this augmented reality. FEATURES CALCULATING HEIGHT AND DISTANCE AND KEEPING TRACK OF OTHER HUNTERS The most obvious features of this app involve its ability to calculate height and distance based on angles and known distances. You can use it to figure out a tree s height and if you are fortunate enough to have mountains higher than the ridges of ancient river beds like where I live in Louisiana you can figure out some cool distances when hiking or hunting in the wilderness. The version I reviewed also has a feature where you can set up a team and exchange tracking information with each other. The feature is good for up to 20 other people but will cost an extra 0.99 through an in-app purchase. The app information says that it runs with a low consumption of power in the background so that it won t use up too much battery charge. The developers tout this as a search and rescue feature but I could easily see this utilized in hunting camps to see where each hunter is located at any given time. 48 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM This app will record exact GPS coordinates with azimuth features and even has a range finder. Unless you have some experience using all of the types of data a run through of their documentation is advised. You can log data and then email it to yourself. On the map view you can set markers and name them and view the map in a hybrid fashion with both satellite and street maps. SCIENCE Now if you are planning on using the Theodolite HD as a more scientific tool the developers mention that you can get some data packages which are more accurate GPS-wise to account for earth curvature and irregularities. However it seems like out of the box it will suffice to determine the best spot to put a tree stand when standing where you anticipate a deer to be and looking around an area. The good news is that if you have a little more to capture than just a snapshot you can video with the augmented reality on the video through the app. You can also share your location via text message with someone that also has the app and the link will open in the app. Overall the app is 3.99 in the app store and worth it to play around with. Don t forget your smartphone when you hit the field this year. You can use it for these typs of apps and if nothing else you can send shots of the game you took post it on Facebook and rub it in on your friends who did something girly while you were out being a hunter gatherer...as nature intended Andy Dye is a technology and marketing consultant who lives in Lafayette Louisiana. You can send him questions for future features at info theoutpostlife.com WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 49 FALL BACK INTO FISHING 50 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE OUTPOST FALL FISHING Shorter days cooler nights and fewer bugs are signs that autumn is here. If you re an angler this can be some of the most productive time you ll have all year. Fish are starting to go on a feeding frenzy to prepare for winter and next spring s spawn. In the Midwest the two months just prior to the first freeze is prime time for fising. Joe Larscheid chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau says fall is a close second to spring as the top season to fish because the fish will get into predictable patterns making them easier to locate. Panfish especially yellow perch will form large schools as the water temperature cools so look for a lot of boats in one area. In the rivers fish will move to the deepest holes for the winter so fishing the outside bends of the river is a good strategy Larscheid said. Fall is often overlooked as a prime fishing time because many of us are in hunting mode or are busy with school activities but there is excellent fishing to be had and many of our trophy fish are caught in the fall. Experts say using live bait particularly minnows and a slower presentation are keys when fishing in cooler water. Targeting areas of a lake or river where the water is warmer can also improve success. In lakes shallow water along the north shore will be warmer and in lakes and rivers areas where small creeks enter will be warmer. Plus this time of year presents an added bonus. With school back in session not only will the competition for the best fishing spots be less but the campgrounds will also be less busy. Combining a fishing and fall camping trip to a state park when the leaves are turning makes for a perfect outdoor weekend. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 51 WANT TO SPRUCE UP YOUR BOAT HOW ABOUT SOME PERSONALIZED GRAPHICS Boat names are as varied as boat owners. However owners looking for something special to put on their vessel now have a new premium level Custom Boat Graphics service from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) that includes the services of their own private designer. The new Custom Boat Graphics service is for boaters who want something more than just boat name lettering but who may not have the time or creative talent to design their artwork. Boaters only need to come to us with an idea and in as little as two to three business days we have a custom designed artwork ready for installation -- not just a boat name -- delivered to their door said Boat Graphics Specialist Ron Crittendon. Crittendon says having the services of your own private designer can help you get the snazzy graphics you are looking for. We use in-house designers that offer a range of styles for example from artists who specialize in Tahitian designs popular today with West Coast boaters to more traditional looks favored in New England. Boaters start by submitting a request online at www.BoatUS.com customboatgraphics.com or by calling 800-937-3300. Adding to the high level of care is the 30-day Oops Assurance Guarantee on all BoatUS graphics. The Guarantee allows buyers to receive replacement decals free of charge if the graphic was damaged during installation. If getting the creative juices flowing is a challenge BoatUS also has a list over 9000 names submitted over the last two decades as well as annual Top Ten Boat Names lists to help owners find the right choice. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS.com) is the nation s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation services such as 24-hour dispatch on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles feature-packed boat insurance programs money-saving benefits including marina and service discounts and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe clean and responsible boating and offers range of boating safety courses - including 33 free state courses - that can be found at www.BoatUS.org courses.com 52 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 53 54 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE OUTPOST FISH RELEASE ARE WE RELEASING TOO MANY FISH Fishermen have been trained to catch and release. However this might be having unintended consequences at least in the state of Utah. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) will be proposing rule changes for 2015 which encourage anglers to keep their fish. The popularity of catch-and-release fishing boomed over the last decade dramatically changing how biologists are approaching fish management. Releasing too many fish is keeping trout bass and walleye from reaching their ideal size. You may not realize it said DWR fisheries coordinator Drew Cushing but catching and releasing fish--on waters where you re allowed to keep some fish--is working against you. Until anglers start keeping some fish the fish aren t going to grow to the size that many anglers want. Many of Utah s waters simply have too many fish. THE PERCENTAGE OF RELEASED FISH IS AMAZING Releasing so many fish can hurt both anglers and state fisheries. Remarkably the DWR statistics show that 95 percent of all brown trout caught in the state are released as well as 90 percent of black bass. In 2012 anglers only kept 1 500 walleye from Utah s famed Willard Bay Reservoir compared to the 16 000 fish kept in 2002. Although many anglers take great pride in being able to release a fish unharmed officials now say it is okay to take a few for the freezer The DWR is considering removing the home possession limit--which is the amount of fish an angler can have in their homes at any one time--completely for all fish species except salmonids like trout whitefish grayling and salmon. Even those species however may not be protected for long. If we find that [the rule changes] does make a difference Cushing said we might recommend that the possession limit for salmonoids be eliminated in 2016. The alternative can be wasteful and costly. Cushing explains that at reservoirs such as Oak Creek where there are so many brook trout that fish have become stunted officials may have to chemically treat the waters and replace existing fish with new bigger trout. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 55 56 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM http youtu.be 5MveCGisXgg http www.youtube.com watch v mdXrLU7Ax0I WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 57 R G TP O U The Muck Boots Feature Temp Rated - 40degrees Inscentible scent masking Spandura upper for added protection Cushioned EVA midsole Rugged outsole design for added traction 58 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM O Rubber reinforcement pads on the boot s media side provide additional durability and comfort. Providing warmth 100% waterproof protection and scent containment this hunting boot provides exactly what the biggame hunter needs for a successful day afield. agion Antimicrobial treatment to prevent bacterial growth Fleece lining & 5mm of NEOPRENE for added warmth Triple density PU sock liner with etc top lining for added comfort For more information retail locations and pricing for Muck Boots click on the company website http www.muckbootcompany.com If you d like to win great gear like this keep watching The Outpost Facebook page for more details. Just LIKE the page and watch for the contest. ST A hunter can easily pull these tall boots over his pants to reduce scent and keep outerwear dry. The rubber and neoprene proven scent-containment properties when combined with Inscentible scent masking help you maintain a low profile throughout your hunt. EA Muck Boots are Designed for Active Hunting This new hunting boot by Muck Boot Company is designed to keep you out there and in pursuit of your game even when terrain and weather are working against you. Muck Boot s new Realtree Xtra Pursuit Glory hunting boot boasts numerous protective features designed for the active big-game hunter. O U O TP No Matter How Cold it Gets ProFLEX Heated Insoles Keep Your Feet Warm Cold feet during hunting season or ice fishing are a thing of the past. Thermacell ProFLEX Heated Insoles foot warmers are the newest addition to the Thermacell line. Designed to make any cold weather activity more comfortable and enjoyable they have all the features of the original Thermacell Heated Insoles but are more flexible and comfortable have longer use time contain a removable and rechargeable battery and can be charged using either USB cable or wall charger. To get those cold toes toasty simply place Heated Insoles inside footwear and activate heat with wireless remote then adjust heat (medium or high) or turn off with remote as desired. The ProFLEX Insoles durable lightweight soft cushion polyurethane foam construction is breathable conducts heat efficiently and has great retention and shock absorbency for all-day comfort. They maintain a steady temperature inside your footwear keeping your feet at normal body temperature or slightly warmer as desired as opposed to chemical foot-warming pads that get hot to the touch and can make your feet sweat. Powered by rechargeable removable lithium-ion polymer batteries embedded in the foot warmer insoles the can run continuously up to 5 hours - or much longer if used in intervals - on one charge and recharges fully in 4 hours. When one battery runs out simply insert a new battery without even removing the insoles from the shoes for continuous use all day. Small lightweight remote fits into a pocket or attaches to a belt. Thermacell ProFLEX Heated Insoles function equally well in damp or dry environments and can be used in any type of footwear desired whether boots shoes or waders and are highly water resistant against both moisture from outside the footwear and perspiration. Made for men and women the ProFLEX Insoles are customizable to fit any shoe size from a women s 4.5 to a men s 14. 179.99 thermacell.com stores throughout north America. For more information on the Thermacell ProFLEX Heated Insoles click on the company website www.thermacell.com WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 59 ST G EA R R O U Throttle and Clutch are both engineered with high performance rip stop coated materials that will provide water resistance to survive your most extreme adventures. The Throttle is designed as a dual purpose top loading pack-duffle and provides 28L of storage while the Clutch caters to the minimalist urban commuter at 21L. Throttle Features Include An external access hanging padded computer sleeve tablet sleeve and phone pocket with a water resistant rain hood Two additional external side pockets to stash away beverages or other small items A large front zippered pocket and top loading main volume entry for clothes electronics and more An alternative dedicated fleece-lined electronics pocket for GPS systems cell phones or cameras A two-way adjustable sternum strap for maximum comfort over long periods of time Designed in a slate blue stealth black navy green or burnt orange Clutch Features Include A large main volume compartment for all travel goods An interior padded laptop sleeve to keep your electronics protected An aluminum zipper for ultimate durability from rain and quick access to belongings A two-way adjustable sternum strap for maximum comfort over long periods of time Also designed in a slate blue stealth black navy green or burnt orange Throttle and Clutch are now a vailable for 80 and 50 respectively. For more details on the bag desgigns visit www.ogio.com 60 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TP O These two design innovations offer a unique adrenaline-inspired pack for this growing demographic and will allow OGIO to expand its distribution into more outdoor sports channels looking for distinctive styles that will appeal to new customers. ST G OGIO Expands with Urban Outdoor Inspired Day Packs OGIO International Inc. is a leading lifestyle bag designer with a strong sports heritage and the company wanted to create a backpack that combined the aggressive styling of an adventure sports enthusiast with the rugged styling of an outdoor enthusiast. Its two new bags the Throttle and Clutch deliver on both form and function and will appeal to an outdoor sport con sumer that wants a dual purpose pack that will perform as well outdoors as it will for everyday work and travel. EA O Whether for Hunting or Fishing Vicious Vision Delivers Vicious Vision Premium Polarized Sunglasses continue to amaze wearers with their unmatched clarity scratch resistance and glare elimination. It was no different with the introduction of two new lens options Yellow Moss and Blaze Orange. These new colors were developed to enhance vision and depth perception during low light times such as early mornings late evenings or overcast days. The Yellow Moss lens brings many of the benefits of a traditional yellow lens but that hint of green keeps from blowing out images when things begin to brighten up. Pro anglers such as John Crews Bill Lowen and David Kilgore have all reported a noticeable increase in their ability to identify fish and structure in the water with this lens color. The new lens has also been well received by the bowfishing community as a true game changer in their sport. The Blaze Orange was introduced with the hunter in mind although the lens does have applications for fishing and other outdoor activities. The color delivers not only the extra light in dim conditions but also brings improved sharpness and depth perception in the field. The lenses are available in all frame styles including the Realtree Xtra pattern. The lenses will still deliver on the qualities expected from the Xperio UVTM lens technology including Elimination of ALL blinding glare and ghost images 50 times more protection from dangerous UV radiation compared to no lenses at all (highest available today) Advanced hard coat surface technology providing MAXIMUM scratch resistance Cutting edge hydrophobic coating to resist dirt dust smudges oil and water Like the other six Xperio UV lens color options offered by Vicious Vision the two new colors are also available in custom single-vision prescription offerings. They are available through thousands of eyecare professionals nationwide ensuring that the customer will get the personal service and quality they need for better vision. All Vicious Vision eyewear comes with a hard case and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. To learn more about the new eyewear or to configure your own Vicious Vision sunglasses visit the brand website at www.Vicious-Vision.com WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 61 U O TP ST G EA R THE OUTPOST RECIPES Wild Mushroom and Venison Stroganoff Are you looking for a good answer when your spouse says something like why do you spend so much time at that deer hunting lease with those good-for-nothing boys you call your friends How about this Well honey. Let me show you a special dish that can only be completed with venison. How about if I whip us up a little Wild Mushroom and Venison Stroganoff for two This recipe is easy and amazing. These ingredients only serve two so the kids will have to have something more pedestrian. Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 20 min Level Intermediate Serves 2 servings INGREDIENTS 7 ounces white rice Extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium red onion peeled and finely chopped 1 clove garlic peeled and finely sliced 11 ounces venison loin fat and sinews removed trimmed and sliced into finger-sized pieces Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon paprika 9 ounces mixed exciting robust mushrooms wiped clean torn into bite-sized pieces Small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves picked and roughly chopped stalks finely chopped Knob of butter A splash of good brandy 1 lemon zested 2 3 cup cr me fraiche or sour cream Few little gherkins sliced DIRECTIONS Cook the rice according to the package instructions until it s just undercooked and drain in a colander. Put the rice back in the pan cover with aluminum foil and set aside to steam - this will give you incredibly light and fluffy rice. Heat a large frying pan on a medium heat and pour in a glug of extra-virgin olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes until softened and golden. Remove from the heat and spoon the onions and garlic out of the pan onto a plate. Set aside. Season the meat well with salt pepper and the paprika. Rub and massage these flavorings into the meat. Place the frying pan back on a high heat and pour in some more olive oil. Add the mushrooms and fry for a few minutes until they start to brown. Then add the meat and fry for a minute or 2 before adding the parsley stalks (you can do this in 2 pans or in batches if your pan is not big enough) and the cooked onion and garlic. Toss and add the butter and brandy. You can light the brandy and when the flames die down or after a couple of minutes of simmering stir in the lemon zest and all but 1 tablespoon of the cr me fraiche and season to taste. Continue simmering for a few minutes. Any longer than this and the meat will toughen up - it doesn t need long as it s been cut up so small. Serve your fluffy rice on 1 big plate and your stroganoff on another. Simply spoon the remaining cr me fraiche over the stroganoff then sprinkle over the sliced gherkins and the parsley leaves. Bon appetite 62 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https www.youtube.com watch v SKRd-4RwwDA The Outpost is please to announce that we have partnered with outdoor icon O Neill Williams. He will be providing some incredible recipes as well as other content throughout the year. Be sure to tune in to his televion show each week as well as listen to his radio show on The Outpost Radio. You can also visit his website at www.oneilloutside.com LIFE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 63 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 ANOTHER ICE COLD SIX-PACK OF HOW TO S Each month we scour the Internet to bring you a completely RANDOM set of video How To s. 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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. 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Here s How To punch like a Kangeroo. https www.youtube.com watch v ciDAfhhSgns t 41 68 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS The Outpost Radio is the first radio station dedicated to hunting fishing and the great outdoors. You can hear us on your smartphone desktop or tablet...just about anywhere. The Outpost Radio is a mix of great music and information that celebrates the outdoors Give us a listen. Click on The Outpost logo below to listen now WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 69 WWW.GUNDOGBROKER.COM 70 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM http www.youtube.com watch v kBsOM1RR4jo https www.youtube.com watch v WXxQ9WjFWxk 19 USES FOR ZIP TIES IN SURVIVAL SITUATIONS Everyone knows that there are a million uses for WD 40 and Duct Tape. But did you know that there are probably just as many uses for zip ties The above video walks your through a few of those uses. Some are just general common sense but there are some useful ways to take this simple tool and utilize in a survival situation when the SHTF. Do you have some great survival tips We would love to hear them. You can either jump on our Facebook or Twitter accounts and share those with us there or feel free to email us at art thoutpostmagazine.com In the meantime we hope you enjoy the video. www.TheOutpostLife.com WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 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 72 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 73 IS THIS BOB SEGER S RIDE OUT THE MOTOR CITY MASTER HITS ON ALL CYLINDERS For many the only exposure to Bob Seger songs has been his constant rotation on Classic Rock radio stations and of course his hit turned into Chevy commercial Like a Rock. Well that s about to change in a BIG way because Seger has released one of the best records in his 50-year career and radio will no doubt take notice. It s called Ride Out and it s packed with new songs destined to be classics. The singer performer will be 70-years old in a few months and he has sold more than 57 million albums. He has been touring pretty much constantly since the 60 s and some feel the title of his latest Ride Out is a sign that he s about ready to hang em up. According to interviews which preceded the release of the album Seger is not saying whether he s done yet or not. I love all the people in my band he noted in a Wall Street Journal article And I give them good income so I have to think about the musical family that depends on me. Not since Mitch Ryder (and his band The Detroit Wheels ) has an artist been so tied to the Motor City. Seger s bio notes that he grew up in Ann Arbor Michigan and started playing Detroit clubs when he was a teenager. For more than a decade he was a Midwest phenom until his hit Night Moves made him an overnight sensation. While the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan is very much a part of Seger musical DNA the Ride Out album was recorded in Nashville and this might have had something to do with the choice of songs and feeling of the album. 74 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https www.youtube.com watch v mYygx1F0Bmw AN AMAZING COLLECTION The first cut on Ride Out is a perfect choice. Written by the prolific writer singer John Hiatt Detroit Made in many ways is Bob Seger s story. An homage to American-made cars and the people who love them this cut is vintage Seger rocking guitar playful lyrics and all about the heartland. From the first guitar licks of Hey Gypsy fans of the late Stevie Ray Vaughn know exactly what s coming next. Just as Stevie Ray did with his seminal tune Pride & Joy Bob Seger (and his excellent guitarist Kenny Greenburg) put on a clinic on Texas blues with this song. Before releasing the album Seger was interviewed and he said he wrote Hey Gypsy as a tribute to SRV. Another outstanding roots writer performer who decided he d had enough of Nashville and moved to New York City wrote The Devil s Right Hand and it s another standout cut on Ride Out. Steve Earle wrote this song and Seger covers it like a warm blanket on a cold night. This could very well be one of the many singles which come from this album. The title cut of the album is pure unadulterated Seger. Ride Out would rock out listeners in any of the five decades Seger has been performing. This is vintage Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. The album is not without some interesting twists and turns. For example have you ever heard Seger sing a bluegrass song especially one that he wrote and played banjo on Nope. Me neither. However the cut Adam and Eve has been described as a Biblical Duet and it is stunning. The female vocalist on this song is Laura Creamer and it was she who sang background vocals on Seger s monster hit Ramblin Gamblin Man in 1968. This song sounds like the A.P. Carter could have written it but he didn t. Bob Seger did. Seger can still sing a ballad like nobody else. His rough-hewn voice and the sparse production on this cut is the perfect combination for the gorgeous You Take Me In. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are on the road for the next year promoting this album and (no doubt) playing a few of the dozens of the hits in his voluminous catalog. If this is indeed where he Rides Out into the sunset he will leave a legacy that few artists can claim. If you want to see how a musical icon ages gracefully get your hands on a copy of Ride Out. It s one of the best of the year. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 75 FRANK FOSTER HITS A GUSHER FORMER OIL FIELD HAND DRILLS DOWN WITH RHYTHM AND WHISKEY https www.youtube.com watch v _e1jyVFdpck Maybe you ve noticed. We don t write negative music reviews in The Outpost. That s not our role. We re here to pick out a couple of new albums every month out of the hundreds and hundred which are released and tell you why you might want to check them out. Our criteria are simple and some might say arbitrary. The music should appeal to our readers folks who enjoy getting outdoors and hangin with Mother Nature it should have an interesting story and it should have great lyrics and tunes. That s it. It would be a waste of your time for us to pontificate on the failings of a musical artist. As we all know most critics couldn t carry a tune in a bucket anyway. This approach allows us to turn you on to some artists whom you may or may not have discovered. That s the fun part of this gig. This brings us to singer songwriter Frank Foster. He has an amazing new CD entitled Rhythm and Whiskey and he epitomizes southern rock. If you ve missed him when he came through your town you might want to check out is new record. 76 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM He released three other CDs before this one Rowdy Reputation (2011) Red Wings and Six Strings (2012) and Southern Soul (2013). Each was solid and soulful and each contributed to his rabid fan base the people who show up at the county fairs music festivals and Wednesday night gigs at little roadhouse bars. They also must buy CD and downloads because Rhythm and Whiskey sold 9 000 units in the first week after it was released Foster was born in Cypress Bottoms Louisiana a tiny town just south of the Louisiana Arkansas line. As he noted on his website he went to college and then got a good job working on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. While he was making good money searching for black gold he was using his off-duty days searching for a career writing and singing. He did this by performing his songs throughout the country. WHY GET RHYTHM On his new album Frank Foster presents genuine country music with more than a splash of southern rock. You can hear the Hank Jr Skynyrd Allman Brothers Jamey Johnson and Waylon influences a mile away. Some think this type of country music could help the bring back some credibility lost in the auto-tuned flavorof-the month pablum to country music. We agree. There s little doubt why the record label chose Cut Off Jeans as the first single. The lyric is pure down home country and the tune and arrangement is ZZ Top. This is the killer cut that the kids in Brady Texas and Dothan Alabama will be blasting at the Sonic on Friday night after the football game. Foster s singing style is perfect for this one and he kills it. You say your tastes in music leans toward ballads with great hooks Look no further than Good Ol Girl. This could very easily be the next single because it shows off Foster s considerable singing chops. And speaking of hooks there a big juicy guitar hook on the outstanding cut Outlaw Angel that will change your life. Other great cuts on Rhythm and Whiskey include Flyin Down the Highway Southern Man and the closest thing you ll hear to Hank Sr. and the Drifting Cowboy Band The Gospel. The community of men and women who make their living in the oil and gas business have known about Frank Foster for several years because he is one of their own. With this new record he s about to be discovered by the rest of us. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 77 OUTDOOR RECREATION BOOSTED BY THE 2014 FARM BILL Good news from Department of Agriculture The 2014 Farm Bill will include 20 million in funds earmarked for wildlife conservation and improving access to public and private lands for hunters and anglers. Specifically the funding is associated with the Farm Bill s Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the Department of Agriculture will partner with nine state agencies and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation to increase recreational and economic opportunities on private lands. The Natural Resources Conservation Service administers the program. Examples of projects include the construction of a wildlife viewing center in Washington. The Farm Bill will provide 131 000 to the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation for the undertaking which in addition to the viewing center will open 21 000 acres of tribal and private land to public recreation. In Iowa the bill will provide 3 million to assist landowners with 22 000 acres worth of wildlife habitat enhancement projects and open an area for public hunting. Recreational activities are an important economic boost for rural communities. According to the Outdoor Industry Association outdoor recreation supports 6.1 million direct jobs 80 billion in federal state and local tax revenues and 646 billion in spending each year. Here are some state winners from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Arizona Game and Fish Department 2.2 million to expand the state s public access program by working with more landowners through the provision of incentive payments hiring additional staff and boosting outreach efforts. Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation 131 000 to construct a wildlife viewing center and expand access to 8 500 acres of private land and 12 500 acres of tribal lands for hiking bird watching and photography. 78 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Georgia Department of Natural Resources 99 000 to expand the state s Wildlife Management Area program. Illinois Department of Natural Resources 1.7 million to expand the state s public access program with a goal of making land available for recreation while also helping protect at-risk species like the goldenwinged warbler and bog turtle. Iowa Department of Natural Resources 3 million to enhance 22 000 acres of wildlife habitat and open areas for hunting to the public. Michigan Department of Natural Resources 1.2 million to add dozens of farms to the state s hunting access program increasing accessible land by 8 000 acres. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks 490 000 to work with 150 landowners to expand access to 48 000 acres for hunting fishing and recreation. Pennsylvania Game Commission 6 million to expand the state s public access program with a goal of making land available for recreation while also helping at-risk species. South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks 1.5 million to further public access to private lands for hunting and recreation in the southeastern portion of the state as well as improve wildlife habitats. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 2.4 million to increase land availability and participation in hunting as well working with private landowners to further steward wildlife populations. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 79 THE OUTPOST CALIFORNIA DROUGHT WATER COOLERS INSTALLED IN CALIFORNIA EFFECTS OF THE DROUGHT CONTINUE Water cooler talk has taken on a new meaning in the state of California. As the state s waters continue to dry up as a results of its record-breaking drought construction is underway to build water coolers to aid vulneerable fish species. These giant devices are already being installed in facilities like Rancho Cordova s Nimbus Fish Hatchery the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery and the America River Hatchery just east of Sacramento. Officials hope that the coolers will alleviate the strain from abnormally high water temperatures which can be fatal to fish like trout and salmon. The problem is that like elsewhere across the state hatchery managers are having a hard time protecting their water supply from evaporation. Shallow waters are easier to warm and even a few degrees can be uncomfortable for coldwater fish accustomed to a steady 50 or 60 degrees. CONSISTENTLY COLD WATER IS CRITICAL FOR SOME FISH So as the reservoir drops there s less of a coldwater pool lower down in the reservoir and so the reservoir becomes warmer Gary Novak manager of the Nimbus hatchery told CBS News. These massive coolers are already being used in some hatcheries where the state s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) transported hundreds of thousands of Coho salmon retrieved from drying streams and rivers. The unprecedented fish rescue operation took place early this summer during which volunteers and DFW staff swarmed the state s waterways with buckets and nets hoping to catch as many young salmon as possible. According to the Associated Press even hatcheries were susceptible to the heat. The wire service reported that more than 2 million fish were transported from vulnerable hatcheries to cooler ones. Wildlife officials are even considering removing fish eggs from the wild to cooler-equipped hatcheries to ensure their survival at least until they can be released back into the rivers later this year. 80 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 81 AN ALLIGATOR WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA It started out as a mild September day on Lake Blackshear in Georgia. Chad Young and his buddies were hunting alligators and they found one...a big one.The 660-pound reptile offered up a difficult fight to the hunter and his companions and Young said it took more than four hours before the animal finally tired out. Basically it was like taking a full-size truck and hooking it to your boat. I mean he had plenty of power and he didn t slow down for a while Young said . Media reports noted that once the hunters saw size of the alligator s head they knew they needed more help. The 13-foot reptile took six men and a truck to move but it was worth it for Young who said he planned on getting another gator before the season ended. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Young s catch missed the state record by about 10 inches. Alligators in Georgia are inducted into the books based on length rather than weight and the current record holder is a 13-foot 10-3 4-inch gator harvested by Jim Overman from Lake Seminole last year. That animal only weighed 620 pounds. The previous state record was also caught in Lake Seminole in 2010 but measured an inch and half less and weighed 692 pounds. Missing the state record was no big deal to Chad Young. I m happy as I could be. That s probably one of the best times I ve had hunting period he said. 82 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM CAN YOU SWING A SHOTGUN OR CAST A LINE LIKE YOU USED TO PROBABLY NOT Maybe your shoulders and arms are sore. You might need some upper-body rehab. Before your next adventure try this. The all new Stand Up Grinder by Hudson is perfect for the hunter or fisherman whose shoulders and arms have been worn down by repetitive motion. Why go the gym when you can build upper body strength while you re watching the game on TV. Don t let soreness or the onset of arthritis affect your hunting and fishing fun. To shoot better and cast farther order the Hudson Fitness UBE now. Call (888.239.4559) say you heard about Stand Up Grinder in The Outpost and get 600.00 off. You can also click here www.hudsonfitness.com WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 83 PHOTO OF THE MONTH 84 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 85 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. Our Trophy Whitetail and Black Bear area consists of over 110 Square miles of prime habitat to let bucks and bruins mature and get old . We have a 150 minimum on Whitetail to help ensure that we do not shoot those 130 -140 two and three year old bucks that will grow up to be Northern Monsters someday. We offer 1 week of bow muzzleloader (velvet hunts) in early September and 1 week the end of October. Rifle season runs during the month of November during the rut. They are conducted out of heated blinds deep in the forest with transportation being snowmobiles or UTV to the stand locations. All of our hunts are 5 full days with guide meals and lodging included. Hunters can expect to see lots of deer and several mature bucks per day hunting over baited areas. The license is over the counter and will be bought when you arrive (375). Trophy prep and taxidermy available on site. If your ready to put that monster on the wall and experience a hunt of a lifetime please call asap for availability. Groups of up to 8 welcome. Our Fall Black Bear season is from August 25 -Sept. 15th. The hunts are over established baits and hunters can expect to see multiple bears per day. Color phase bears are abundant in our area as well. You will have a 90% opportunity at harvesting a mature bear and a distinct possibility at a book bear SASKATCHEWAN HUNT SPECIALS Trophy Whitetail (Rifle Muzzleloader Bow) Only 4000 - Save 1000 off regular price. Black Bear (Rifle Muzzleloader Bow) Only 3000 - Save 500 off regular price. Please call Bob with any questions 724-290-9338. 86 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM What one has not experienced one will never understand in print. Isadora Duncan P.O. 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