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Description: In this month's issue of The Outpost Magazine, O'Neill Williams, Turkey Hunting, Ice Fishing, Poachers, The Devil's Backbone, Prepare For Anything, Shed Hunting, Record Rainbow, How To, Recipes, Gear, Music and much more

CATCH AND COOK O Neill Williams TURKEY HUNTING ICE FISHING POACHERS THE DEVIL S BACKBONE PREPARE FOR ANYTHING HOW TO SHED HUNTING RECORD RAINBOW 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 4 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TABLE OF CONTENTS CAN T GET ENOUGH SHED RALLY 13 28 DEVIL S BACKBONE 42 PREPARE FOR ANYTHING 34 RECORD RAINBOW 74 OF THE OUTPOST 26 BIGGEST BEAR IN FL WILDLIFE PROGRAMS 54 RECIPES 58 CATCH AND COOK 60 O NEILL OUTSIDE THE BOX HOW TO S 62 GEAR 67 POACHERS 68 84 OUTPOST MUSIC GUIDES 88 CAMO CASKET 92 98 THE BACK WOODS CLICK HERE 5 FEATURE STORIES TURKEY HUNTING Native American s were feasting on wild turkey long before Christopher Columbus convinced the Queen of Spain to finance his little trip to what he thought was the Far East. Generations of Indians had learned that bringing back one of these tasty gobblers to the home fires required some serious hunting stealth. PAGE 16 O NEILL WILLIAMS This month we begin publishing some of the insights about the great outdoors from a man whom some believe has the greatest job in the world. He gets to participate in and talk about hunting and fishing and get paid for it And he s been doing it for almost 35 years. O Neill Outside is one of the most popular outdoor TV and radio shows in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast because of one man O Neill Williams. Recently we welcomed him to the Outpost. PAGE 36 ICE FISHING Any hard-core angler who lives near a lake in Canada or the northern states such as Minnesota Wisconsin and the Dakotas knows that the winter months are the perfect time to get out the auger drill through the ice set up the tent or shack and drop a line. While the conditions are somewhat nippy the catch can be worth the shivers. PAGE 48 6 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM W W W . T H E O U T P O S T L I F E . C O M 25 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 7 The Outpost Magazine proudly supports the production of and we encourage our readers to do the same In the Mind of the Maker Click here to SUPPORT the making of a truly special movie http mindofthemaker.co support You build it in your mind. Your brain is your computer. Edward Couvillier master boat builder in the mind of the maker A movie about memory imagination and building a boat. BOATBUILDER FILMS PRESENTS A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY C.E.RICHARD IN THE MIND OF THE MAKER c KRISTI GUILLORY & DANNY DEVILLIER e MISTY TALLEY g BRIAN C. MILLER RICHARD p JOHN DUREL j JOHN DUREL & C.E.RICHARD a C.E.RICHARD AND CONNIE CASTILLE k C.E.RICHARD 8 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Editor s Letter For decades my father his father and his father did everything they could to suppress fires on their farm and pasture land in West Texas. Ironically (there s that word again) this effort degraded these ecosystems and have changed the perception of fire and its role in our landscape. Prescribed fire can be an effective management tool to restore and maintain the habitats for wild game. States like Louisiana have established guidelines for the use of prescribed fire as a tool for managing acreage and can also help landowners with funding and guidance on the correct way to use this tool. They also help sportsmen land owners with native grass establishment tree planting and invasive plant control programs. Late winter is a time for deep thinking. Basically it s something to do before spring turkey season finally gets here and we can start fishing without four layers of clothing Recently while I was navel gazing one afternoon I chanced upon the consideration of the great ironies of nature. There are way too many to list here but one stood out for me because I had been researching techniques for wild game habitat improvement. I realize the very fact that a grown man is spending his time noodling about the irony of habitat preservation while there are other more pressing matters such as snoozing on the Barco-Lounger in front of a warm fire he must surely be considered a nerd and beyond redemption. But hey that s the way I roll. Speaking of fire this element is one of those natural ironies I alluded to in the second paragraph. Most people think of fire as a destructive force but the irony is it can be a safe and effective science-based land management tool. Prescribed fire reduces the risk of wildfires by decreasing fuel loads on the ground. That s not just my opinion. I got this burning wisdom from the land management folks at the Louisiana Natural Heritage Program. When used properly prescribed burning can restore enhance and sustain the ecosystem health of the firedependent systems such as open pine systems woodlands and prairies. This includes almost all wild game areas of the Southeast and even some wetlands. While we re on the subject of fire this issue features answer to many burning questions. For example who s that good looking guy on the cover His name is O Neill Williams and he s one of the nation s most popular outdoor commentators. He s also lending his expertise to this very magazine. We also have the cold hard facts about ice fishing. We introduce you to Tim MacWelch an author and expert on how you can prepare for anything. If you looking for some reading material for those cold nights around the fire we found an amazing new novel which features some characters from Texas in the 1880 s called The Devil s Backbone and we talked to the author Bill Wittliff and the illustrator Jack Unruh. Stay warm sit back enjoy this issue and keep the fire burning. Later Art Young Managing Editor email me at art theoutpostmagazine.com 9 FIELD NOTES FROM OUTPOST READERS Just wanted to let yall know you are doing a great job. This last January I made my way back to the marsh land for duck season and I didn t imagine it would be that fun. Thank you to The Outpost for encouraging me to get back out there Andy - Knoxville TN I ve been subscribed to The Outpost for four months now. I pull out my hunting knowledge I gain from you guys on my husband every now and then and I can tell he is impressed Thanks Kate - Augusta GA Recently I decided I wanted to take my son on a hunting trip and thanks to The Outpost I was able to find a place that is not too far from the city affordable and tons of fun. We had a blast. Thank you for helping us build those memories. Jeff Atlanta GA The kids were getting tired of the same ole same ole every night for dinner. I saw a recipe for venison stew on The Outpost tried it and everyone loved it Definitely a new staple in our home. Nancy - Montgomery AL I learn more and more from yall each month. Great stuff THE OUTPOST Jared- Asheville NC Gorilla Marketing LLC 770-675-7200 Jason Martin Partner Art Young Editor in Chief Contributing Writers Art Young Jason Martin Phil Hall Sean Richerson Photo Credits Jason Martin Flickr Commons O Neill Williams Mike Ernst - Bostik Photography Kirk Driscoll Katrina Freds Chad Parker NWTF Burnt Pine Plantation Art Young Tony Eckler Sam Klement Idaho Fish and Game AL Flickr Jack Unruh Polly Keene Jessica Fiddler Halo Waterfowl Sam Lashlee Bostic Photography - Mike Ernst Cover photo Gaines Smith 10 THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2014 by The Outpost Media Group Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. 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 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 11 12 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM If you love to hunt sheds mark your calendar for March 7 2015. That s when the world s largest shed hunt returns. According to press advisories Whitetail Properties and Realtree are inviting men women and families who love the outdoors to get outside on March 7 and hunt for shed antlers upload creative photos and videos to Facebook Twitter and Instagram along with the hashtag ShedRally. ShedRally was started so America could shed hunt together said Michael Turbyfill Whitetail Properties PR & Marketing Director. The hashtag lets us show the world in real time how much we love the outdoors. The ShedRally 2015 Official Trailer at Youtube.com WhitetailPropTV explains more. EVERYBODY CAN HUNT SHEDS At Realtree we re about family friends and the outdoors are very important to us said Dodd Clifton Realtree marketing coordinator. Guy or girl young or old shed hunting is something anyone can do while enjoying time outside. Last year during the inaugural ShedRally thousands of users uploaded photos and videos during the event. Shed hunters from the East Coast to the West Coast participated. The winning photo was submitted by an active-duty soldier stationed in Kuwait. Throughout February Whitetail Properties and Realtree are posting shed hunting tips tactics and exclusive photos and videos on Facebook Twitter and Instagram. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 13 THE OUTPOST SHED RALLY A GREAT WAY TO LEARN ABOUT DEER Shed hunting is an excellent way to learn about the land how bucks use a hunting property and what bucks survived hunting season and winter. It s also a great way for family and friends to exercise and enjoy a few hours outside. Shed hunting is the perfect time to teach young hunters about deer signs and scout for the fall. To top off the event Whitetail Properties will judge all uploaded photos that use the ShedRally hashtag and pick the most original and creative users to win prizes from Whitetail Properties Realtree Scentlok Buck Knives and Legendary Whitetails. For more information about ShedRally The World s Largest Shed Hunt visit www.Facebook.com WhitetailProperties or www.Facebook.com RealtreeOutdoors. 14 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES They re all waiting for you at our website WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GO AHEAD. TAKE THE SAFETY OFF AND SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 15 Spring Forward Getting Ready For Turkey Season 16 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Native American s were feasting on wild turkey long before Christopher Columbus convinced the Queen of Spain to finance his little trip to what he thought was the Far East. Generations of Indians had learned that bringing back one of these tasty gobblers to the home fires required some serious hunting stealth. A lot has changed since the first turkeys were hunted in North America guns equipment game calls but the stealthy tactics remain a prerequisite for success. Some hunting guides swear that taking a turkey in the spring is even more challenging than getting one in the fall. HOW SPRING TURKEY HUNTING DIFFERS FROM FALL Understanding the habits and motivations of wild animals is inextricably tied to food water and procreation. These are the most basic elements of the survival of any species and a successful hunter will always take them into consideration. In the case of wild turkeys the fall season finds the hens and their broods sticking together. They forage for food avoid predators and build up strength for the upcoming winter. The young male turkeys also called jakes - hang out together and do whatever teenagers do to pass the time. The older more mature gobblers also pal around with their buddies who are the same age a probably talk about deep subjects (see above). In the spring all of this buddy-buddy camaraderie changes and as usual a female is involved Spring is when turkeys make whoopee...or whatever turkeys call this romantic interlude. Mature turkeys either young ones or older ones are not welcome in the presence of the dominant birds. This sexual tension suggests several strategies for the hunter to employ. Male turkeys are polygamous mating with as many hens as they can. Male wild turkeys show off for females by puffing out their feathers spreading out their tails and dragging their wings. This behavior is most commonly referred to as strutting. The color of their heads and necks which are normally red blue and white can change with the turkey s mood. For example an excited bird s head and neck can change to solid white head. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 17 They use gobbling drumming booming and spitting as signs of social dominance and to attract females. Courtship begins during the months of March and April which is when turkeys are still flocked together in winter areas. TYPES OF TURKEY It may surprise some hunters to know that there are at least six subspecies of wild turkeys. They are all a little different in appearance and even temperament. Here s a brief look at each type of wild turkey from the classic book on birds Game Birds of North America. EASTERN WILD TURKEY This was the turkey that was first seen by the settlers of Jamestown and one must assume was featured in the first Thanksgiving. The natural range covers the entire eastern half of the United States from Maine in the North to Northern Florida and extending as far west as Michigan Illinois and into Missouri. In Canada its range extends into Southeastern Manitoba all of Ontario all of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces. They can grow up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. The upper tail coverts are tipped with chestnut brown. Males can reach 30 pounds (14 kg) in weight. Because of its wide habitat the Eastern Wild Turkey is heavily hunted in the eastern part of the U.S. and is the most hunted wild turkey subspecies. 18 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 19 THE OUTPOST TURKEY HUNTING OSCEOLA WILD TURKEY OR FLORIDA WILD TURKEY This bird is most common in the Florida peninsula and wildlife biologists estimate that they number from 80 000 to 100 000 birds. This bird is named for the famous Seminole leader Osceola and was first described in 1890. It s smaller and darker than the Eastern Wild Turkey with the wing feathers being very dark with smaller amounts of the white barring seen on other types of turkeys. Their overall body feathers are an iridescent greenpurple color. They are often found in scrub patches of palmetto and occasionally near swamps where amphibian prey is abundant. https www.youtube.com watch v Jz7r-bvULG8&feature youtu.be RIO GRANDE WILD TURKEY The Rio Grande Wild Turkey ranges throughout Texas Oklahoma Kansas New Mexico Colorado Oregon and was introduced to central and western California as well as parts of a few northeastern states. It was also introduced to Hawaii in the late 1950s. Population estimates for this subspecies range from 1 022 700 to 1 025 700. This subspecies is native to the central plain states and has relatively long legs better adapted to a prairie habitat. Its body feathers often have a green-coppery sheen. The tips of the tail and lower back feathers are a buff-to-very light tan color. Its habitats are brush areas next to streams rivers or mesquite pine and scrub oak forests. MERRIAM S WILD TURKEY The Merriam s Wild Turkey ranges through the Rocky Mountains and the neighboring prairies of Wyoming Montana South Dakota and recently introduced in Oregon as well as much of the high mesa country of New Mexico with numbers that wildlife biologists estimate to be from 334 460 to 344 460 birds. Merriam s Wild Turkeys live in Ponderosa Pine and mountainous regions. The subspecies was named in 1900 in honor of Clinton Hart Merriam the first chief of the U.S. Biological Survey. The tail and lower back feathers have white tips and purple and bronze reflections. 20 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GOULD S WILD TURKEY Native from the central valleys to the northern mountains of Mexico and the southernmost parts of Arizona and New Mexico Gould s Wild Turkeys are heavily protected and regulated. The subspecies was first described in 1856 and while they exist in small numbers in the U.S. they are abundant in northwestern portions of Mexico. A small population has recently been established in southern Arizona. Gould s are the largest of the five subspecies. They have longer legs larger feet and longer tail feathers. The main colors of the body feathers are copper and greenish-gold. SOUTH MEXICAN WILD TURKEY The South Mexican Wild Turkey is the only one that is not found in the United States or Canada. Pre-European invasion the Aztecs domesticated the southern Mexican subspecies giving rise to the domestic turkey. The Spaniards brought this tamed subspecies back to Europe with them in the mid-16th century from Spain it spread to France and later Britain as a farmyard animal usually becoming the centerpiece of a feast for the well-to-do. By 1620 it was common enough so that Pilgrim settlers of Massachusetts could bring turkeys with them from England unaware that it had a larger close relative already occupying the forests of Massachusetts. It is one of the smallest subspecies and is best known in Spanish from its Aztecderived name guajolote. Biologists in Mexico have noted that this wild turkey subspecies is thought to be critically endangered. SCOUTING FOR TURKEYS One of the most important tasks associated with a successful hunt is also the one usually forgotten by hunters who are busy with other things. It s scouting. According to a study conducted in the state of Missouri in 2010 wild turkeys are more likely to gobble on days with clear skies and the average number of gobbles observed diminished with the amount of cloud cover. Plus gobbling frequency decreased the day after a rain by almost 75 percent. Fascinating right So what does this mean to someone who s just trying to get a gobbler on the table It means that the best bet for preseason scouting is to listen for gobbling on a sunny morning following a dry night. With spring turkey season just around the corner it s time to get out the binoculars and start some reconn. HOW TO TALK TURKEY AND BECOME INVISIBLE Turkeys have two powerful senses as defense mechanisms incredible sight and excellent hearing. Unlike deer turkeys do not have a particularly good sense of smell. With some planning and skill these defenses overcome. The most challenging and fun part of a spring turkey hunt comes from mastering the ability to call a turkey to within range of a shotgun. Because of their unusually good hearing and are naturally paranoid about their surroundings and predators turkeys are some of the most difficult of all animals to fool with a man-made call. The most easily mastered turkey call is the box call. If a hunter is new to turkey hunting this is the best choice because it s simple to use. The box call sounds are created by the hunter striking a pivoting lid on one of the sides of the box. One side of the box mimics the high-pitched mating call of the hens and the other produces a yelp that is associated with a tom. Both sides can make soft comehither clucks that drive big gobblers nuts WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 21 Old school turkey hunters tend to favor the peg and slate or striker calls. The slate is set in a wooden frame and the hunter runs the peg across the slate producing a turkey cluck and soft whine. This is also a simple call and is usually available at any hunting store or online. The most challenging and effective of the turkey calls are the mouth calls. These include mouth diaphragm wingbones suction and tube type calls. These types of calls require some training and a great deal of practice. However if they can be mastered they give the most life-like sound and because they are used in the mouth the hunter s hands are free to handle the gun. In order to overcome the laser-like vision of turkeys the hunter must try to blend into the natural surroundings. This requires season-appropriate camouflage clothing hats gloves and even face-paint. In the spring this type of camo tends to be more olive green and less brown or tan. Because turkeys can pick up any kind of motion it is also critical that the spring hunter remain perfectly still especially when the prey is in the optimal shot zone. GUNS AND AMMO FOR SPRING TURKEY HUNTS Most turkey hunting guides suggest that hunters apply the KISS principle to gun selection. A 12-gauge pump shotgun fully-choked is the gun of choice for most turkey hunters. Since there is lots of walking involved the weight of the gun is also important. 22 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 23 When it s trigger time the hunter should always try for a head shot. This is because turkeys are covered with dense tough-to-penetrate feathers that seems like Kevlar to first-time hunters. This means that the shot must fall within a 3-inch target from a typical distance of 30-40 yards. In order to make this difficult shot guides suggest using 4 shot in a high-velocity load. 2 shot are not likely to pattern densely enough to be consistent at this distance especially with the turkey s head in constant motion. Unlike other bird hunting a shot for turkey is more like a rifle than a shotgun. The gun is aimed rather than a pointing swing. Shots on flying turkeys are seldom hit and if they are they usually just cripple the bird and he is lost. RULES OF THE ROOST Wildlife experts note that wild turkeys tend to forage for food over 3-4 square miles daily. They leave their roost at daylight and return at sundown. Finding these roosts is the key to being successful in a spring or fall turkey hunt. The roosts tend to be in wooded areas near water and offer the turkeys a good view of the surrounding areas and potential predators. Skilled turkey hunters spend a great deal of time scouting the hunting property in an effort to find turkey roosts. This can be accomplished by early morning or late evening calls and observation. Once the roost is found it is advisable to set up a hunting blind at least 300 yards away from the site of the roost. This allows the hunter to ambush the turkeys as they are on their way out or back from foraging for food. It is illegal unethical and incredibly dumb to shoot at turkeys while they are on their roost. Even if one or two turkeys are taken all of the other birds will immediately pack up and hit the road never to return to this roost site. Shooting at turkeys while they are on their roost is usually grounds for being evicted from a hunting lease. A GREAT EXPERIENCE Spring turkey hunting is one of the great outdoors sports experiences. The turkeys are usually smarter than the hunters. However since they don t have shotguns hunters get to enjoy the challenge without the repercussion of being shot by an angry gobbler Depending on the part of North America where the turkey hunt taking place the landscape is usually filled with wildflowers and the smells of spring and the weather is pleasant. And if one is lucky enough to bag one of these majestic birds the meat is some of the tastiest of all wild game. 24 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 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 25 DONUTS USED TO CAPTURE THE BIGGEST BEAR IN FLORIDA S HISTORY Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) euthanized the largest-documented black bear in the state s history on January 25 2015. According to officials the 740-pound male bear was captured days before while roaming through populated neighborhoods in Seminole County making a brief foray to an area elementary school This beast weighed almost 500 pounds more than the average male black bear in Florida and this led experts to speculate the animal had gotten to its size by ransacking dumpsters and other sources of human food. Officers also discovered that the animal was injured which led them to decide to euthanize the animal. PUBLIC SAFETY WAS AT STAKE We don t want to kill any animal especially an impressive and majestic animal like that Mike Orlando a FWC biologist told The Orlando Sentinel. But public safety is paramount. According to press reports the bear was lured into a trap in Alaqua Lakes and sedated before being transported to a holding facility. For bait wildlife officers used a method that proved highly successful for catching bears in the wild a long sock filled with donuts and drenched in syrup. A similar technique was used to capture the state s previous largest bear which was a 620-pound bruin. This big boy was found rummaging through trash bins near Ocala National Forest. That bear was relocated to the wilderness successfully but officials stress that bears finding food in populated areas can be very dangerous. We don t always rush out and capture them just because they re big Orlando said. No bear--not big ones little ones or the medium-sized ones--should be comfortable in neighborhoods. Black bears numbers are rising in the state of Florida and some lawmakers are calling for the return of the state s bear hunting season. There has been no recreational hunting season in the state since 1994 but the increase in bear sightings and nuisance bears is leading game officials to reconsider the issue. File image from janebelindasmith on the flickr Creative Commons 26 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM It s about Time. It s about Certainty. Welcome to 401K ProAdvisor Isn t it about time somebody was firmly focused on improving retirement outcomes How has your 401(k) plan been performing How much commission is your provider drawing from your plan That s where 401KProAdvisors excels because our team of dedicated retirement plan specialists are qualified to provide a comprehensive suite of retirement plan services. Creative Plan Design Customized Education Ongoing Plan Review Plan Benchmarking ERISA 3(21) & 3(38) 403(b) & Pension Consulting To get the whole story call George Richerson at 770.436.4097 or visit www.401kproadvisor.com. Securities offered through Triad Advisors Inc. Member FINRA SIPC. Advisory Services offered through Wealth & Pension Services Group Inc. Wealth & Pension Services Group Inc. is not affiliated with Triad Advisors Inc. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 27 President Asks for More Money for Fish and Wildlife Programs Requests 1.6 Billion for Fiscal Year 2016 28 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM February 2 2015 was a good day for outdoor sportsmen at least in terms of the federal budget proposed by Barack Obama. The President s Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary budget request supports 1.6 billion in programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service an increase of 135.7 million over the 2015 enacted level to fund the agency s high-priority needs. The budget also contains an additional 1.4 billion available under permanent appropriations most of which will be provided directly to states for fish and wildlife restoration and conservation. Investing in the conservation of our wildlife and habitat resources results in myriad health and economic benefits to U.S. communities said Service Director Dan Ashe. Investing in the next American generation is also critical so we are creating new ways to engage young audiences in outdoor experiences both on wildlife refuges and partner lands. With 80 percent of the U.S. population currently residing in urban communities helping urban dwellers to rediscover the outdoors is a priority for the Service. This budget invests in the science-based conservation and restoration of land water and native species on a landscape scale considering the impacts of a changing climate expansion and improvement of recreational opportunities -- such as hunting fishing and wildlife watching -- for all Americans including urban populations increased efforts to combat illegal wildlife trafficking which is an international crisis and the operation and maintenance of public lands. AMERICA S GREAT OUTDOORS This initiative which is a Service priority seeks to empower all Americans to share the benefits of the outdoors and leave a healthy vibrant outdoor legacy for generations to come. In 2016 a total of 1.5 billion in current funding is proposed for the Service as part of the Administration s initiative to reconnect Americans to the outdoors while developing a landscape level understanding of a changing climate. This includes 1.3 billion for Service operations an increase of 119.2 million over the 2015 enacted level. A critical component of America s Great Outdoors is the National Wildlife Refuge System which offers rewarding and convenient outdoor adventures to an increasingly urban society. Funding for the operation and maintenance of the Refuge System is requested at 508.2 million an increase of 34.0 million above the 2015 enacted level. Included in that increase is an additional 5.0 million for the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program which will extend opportunities to engage more urban youth and adults. The budget also requests 108.3 million for grant programs administered by the Service that support America s Great Outdoors goals. Programs such as the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants are an important source of funds for the conservation and improvement of a range of wildlife and the landscapes on which they depend. THE WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING CRISIS Wildlife trafficking has emerged as an international crisis imperiling some of the world s most recognized and beloved species as well as global security. The poaching of African elephants and rhinos for ivory and horn stands at unprecedented levels and illegal trade is undermining the conservation of scores of other species. The President is requesting an increase of 4.0 million for the Service to combat expanding illegal wildlife trafficking and support conservation efforts on the ground in Africa and across the globe and an additional 4.0 million to expand the Service s wildlife forensics capability to provide the evidence needed for investigating and prosecuting wildlife crimes. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 29 ECOLOGICAL SERVICES ARE INCLUDED The President s budget includes 258.2 million to conserve protect and enhance listed and at-risk wildlife and their habitats an increase of 32.3 million compared with the 2015 enacted level. These increases include a 4.0 million program increase to support conservation of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem which extends across 11 states in the intermountain West. Conservation of this vast area requires a collaborative effort unprecedented in geographic scope and magnitude. To achieve sustainable conservation success for this ecosystem the Service has identified priority needs for basic scientific expertise technical assistance for on-the-ground support and internal and external coordination and partnership building with western states the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and other partners. Additionally the budget request contains a 4.0 million increase to ensure appropriate design and quick approval of important restoration projects that will be occurring in the Gulf of Mexico region in the near future. The Gulf of Mexico Watershed spans 31 states and is critical to the health and vitality of our nation s natural and economic resources. 30 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill dramatically increased the urgency of the Service s work in the Gulf and our leadership responsibilities. Over the course of the next decade billions of dollars in settlement funds Clean Water Act penalties and Natural Resource Damage Assessment restitution will be directed toward projects to study and restore wildlife habitat in the Gulf of Mexico region. The Service is in high demand to provide technical assistance and environmental clearances for these projects and this funding will ensure that this demand can be met. FISH AND AQUATIC CONSERVATION This budget request includes a total of 147.5 million for Fish and Aquatic Resource Conservation a program increase of 4.9 million from the 2015 enacted level. Within its fisheries program the Service is requesting an additional 1.0 million for fish passage improvements to help make human communities and natural resources more resilient by restoring natural stream channels which helps alleviate flood concerns. This partnership program also generates revenue and jobs for local communities. The Service is also requesting an additional 2.4 million for efforts to control the spread of invasive Asian carp.This budget also maintains the funding increase provided to the National Fish Hatchery System by Congress in the 2015 appropriations bill. This level of funding allows the Service to continue hatchery operations that are key to the conservation of our nation s fish and aquatic species. LAND ACQUISITION IS A PART OF THE PLAN The 2016 Federal Land Acquisition program builds on efforts started in 2011 to strategically invest in the highest priority conservation areas through better coordination among Department of the Interior agencies and the U.S. Forest Service. This budget includes 164.8 million for federal land acquisition composed of 58.5 million in current funding and 106.3 million in proposed permanent funding. The budget provides an overall increase of 117.2 million above the 2015 enacted level. An emphasis on the use of these funds is to work with willing landowners to secure public access to places to recreate hunt and fish. Additionally the budget request includes 69.7 million an increase of 12.2 million above the 2015 enacted level for landscape level science and conservation. Global and national conservation challenges such as development pressure climate change resource extraction wildfire drought invasive species and changing ocean conditions require an unprecedented effort to better understand threats and inspire coordinated action to address them. And finally the species recovery is another important Service priority addressed in this budget. For 2016 the President requests a total of 10.7 million an increase of 4.8 million over the enacted level for cooperative recovery. The focus will be on implementing recovery actions for species nearing delisting or reclassification from endangered to threatened and actions that are urgently needed for critically endangered species. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 31 CONSERVATION OF THIS VAST AREA REQUIRES A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT UNPRECEDENTED IN GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE AND MAGNITUDE. HUNTING AND FISHING GROUPS RESPOND TO THE PROPOSAL While support for this President has been lukewarm at best from men and women who hunt and fish the groups who work for conservation programs in the United States were pleased with his budget proposal. Here are a few samples of their responses The budget also earmarks 78 million for conservation and restoration of western sage steppe landscapes which support a vibrant outdoors-based economy as well as hundreds of species important to sportsmen. We are pleased that the administration has strongly invested in sage steppe landscape conservation said Miles Moretti president and CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation. This investment will benefit this critically important ecosystem protecting more than 350 species of plants and animals and ensuring a strong outdoor recreationbased economy in the West. Once again the Obama administration and Interior Department have demonstrated their enduring commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund with another strong budget proposal for FY 16 said Steve Moyer vice president of Trout Unlimited. Trout Unlimited supports this proposal because the LWCF continues to be one of the nation s very best tools for protecting and restoring trout and salmon habitats. In recent decades sportsmen have criticized the gradual erosion of federal support in conservation particularly to programs critical to hunting and angling said Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership President and CEO Whit Fosburgh. We are heartened by this administration s recognition of the importance of these key measures by its release of a budget that while not perfect represents a positive investment in the business plan for outdoor recreation. 32 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 33 A Potential Record-Setting Rainbow Trout is Caught...and Released Clearly Larry Warren strongly believes in catch and release The Idaho angler is receiving praise for catching and releasing a giant rainbow trout in January which allegedly weighed almost eight pounds more than the current state record. The sate Fish and Game agency released a photograph of Warren with his mammoth catch and the image quickly went viral among online anglers. According to Idaho Fish and Game Warren caught the rainbow trout in the Clearwater River near Orofino on January 8 using a six-pound test line. At the time he measured it to be about 28 pounds but state records require that catches be documented on a certified scale. Since Warren released the fish it is ineligible for submission as the new state record. This fish has been swimming in the Clearwater for years noted the Idaho Fish and Game on its Twitter feed. Our fisheries expert in the Clearwater Region estimates the fish at seven years old. As a free fish it s like it will continue to thrive in the river and perhaps one day be caught by another lucky angler. If the boat-side weight of 28 pounds is accurate then it would clearly beat the current state record of 20.2 pounds. That fish was caught by Michelle Larsen-Williams from the Snake River in 2009. For comparison the International Game Fish Association lists a 48-pound rainbow trout as the current world record. That fish was caught in Canada s Lake Diefenbaker by Sean Konrad in 2009. 34 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF They re all waiting for you at our website WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GO AHEAD. CAST A LINE AND REEL THEM IN WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 35 ONE-ON-ONE WITH O NEILL WILLIAMS LEGENDARY OUTDOOR JOURNALIST This month we begin publishing some of the insights about the great outdoors from a man whom some believe has the greatest job in the world. He gets to participate in and talk about hunting and fishing and get paid for it And he s been doing it for almost 35 years. O Neill Outside is one of the most popular outdoor TV and radio shows in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast because of one man O Neill Williams. Recently we welcomed him to the Outpost. 36 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM O Neill Williams Well thank you very much. I ve been looking forward to our conversation and I m awfully flattered with your remarks. I just hope they re partially true at least [laughter]. The Outpost Well you know do you have the best job in the world At least until that alarm goes off at 2 30 AM to wake you to go that early morning show at WSB Radio That is correct. I see an awful lot of people and a lot of outdoorsmen will call me and say I want to do what you do...What shall I do to get that done My first very snobbish remark is Go to college and then learn how to write and how to speak and how to form a proposal and how to pitch and how to sell. Because hunting and fishing is easy. Supporting it with sponsorships and product and corporate associations is the hard part. You were a high school and college athlete. You went to Emory which is a very prestigious school in Atlanta. Have you always hunted and fished while you were growing up Yes it was just one of those things. I kind of adapted to it. I can recall a local pond Dollar Lakes when I was 12 or 13-years-old and I had a buddy who also liked to fish. My mother would drop us off in the mornings on Saturdays and his mother would pick us up in the evenings on Saturdays and during the week in the summertime. That s the way we made our spending money. We caught fish and sold them to the other people at the lake. We were just better at it and we had it figured out. I suppose-- I ve written a couple of stories about it. It s funny how we started that way and after all these years we re still selling our catch How did you get in the radio and TV business Kind of by accident really. In 1980 a producer for a local television channel telephoned a local sports writer for him to do for him to do a live interview show on local cable and that sports writer said I can t do it but I know someone who can. They called me and I just happened to find out that the red light on the camera is not frightening. Just treat it like it s just another person standing there that you re talking to and that s what got it started - local cable. It got bigger and bigger and bigger. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 37 You ve been at it for long long time and you ve seen a lot of changes both in the media and the way media is distributed from the internet to TV to Instagram to YouTube. Is it amazing to you how many different ways people can get messages out Absolutely. As a matter of fact I would tell you it was a slow progression until five years ago. It was crawling snails pace. Nothing much was changing just adding cable networks like outdoor channels sportsman so on. It was moving in that direction. However in the last three to five years I have had people emphatically state that outdoor television would not exist in three years. I personally don t believe that. But there will be additional ways for the guy on his cellphone on his tablet on his television - he can watch what show he wants when he wants to watch it. He doesn t have to wait for it to be broadcast. We re pretty much living proof of that. We ve been doing this for three years We decided to do a digital version because we didn t have the capital to do a traditional print publication. This turned out to be a pretty good move because it allows us to get people like you on get the audio track for podcasts and get the video for our digital magazine. It s a big advantage now that we didn t really think it was at the time. Exactly. Just think about how much we are getting done right here electronically versus writing something down on a legal pad to take back to be typed to be put in a magazine and put in the mail. The pursuit of wild game has been around before religion. People were hunting and fishing a long time before anything else came about and it s changed a lot also in the last 30 years since you ve been involved in it. What do you think have been the good changes and maybe some of the not so good changes Well the good changes are that we have so much land lakes streams and fields to be used and now we know more about them. It s not a secret and the outdoors are available to everyone. Plus just think of the outstanding equipment we have that we take into the outdoors. The stream the lake the field the mountain whatever. Think of the equipment that we have now. It s beautifully done high quality and we are completely outfitted now. So we are very fortunate all of us to be supported with innovation and craftsmanship that makes the outdoors even more comfortable and more enjoyable. 38 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The bad thing I don t think the seasoned veterans of the outdoors are passing along the interest and stories about the outdoors to the next generation as well as we should. That s a very good insight. I think you re exactly right. Say a 12-year-old kid wants to go deer-hunting. Some adult takes him or her out to the stand and they sit there waiting. I am not throwing rocks at the guy that wants to take his grandson or son deer hunting at noon but what has he learned that day about whitetail deer Nothing. He learned how to be quiet and pull the trigger but that s about all. He needs to learn about whitetail deer How do they see How do they smell How old are they How do they live their lives What signals do they give us that they even live there in those woods When should you hunt When is it a waste of time to hunt Yeah there are so many things that go into that glaring little example that teach the youngster so many more things about what he s about to do. Sitting in a deer stand and pulling and the trigger is target practice. That s not hunting. That s so true. I think it may be a combination of a lot of factors. We always hear about kids wanting to play video games and they don t want to get outside and go fishing and hunting. I think if they did what you just described it would make it so much more interesting. It makes it so much more fun. You feel like you ve learned something. You feel like you ve accomplished something. All of those things require time and we ve just got to make time to do it. Team sports like little league or summer baseball which I played until I gradated from college are good for what they are but they are team sports. It s the team s win. It s the team s loss. You make outdoor sports between you and your son or daughter and it is one on one. It s the two of you. It s not the team. The team is good but it is better if you spend the time individually. Not with the team. I recall dozens if not hundreds of days with my two grandfathers hunting and fishing. The team sports I remember the team. I remember the team s success or the team s failure. But I don t remember as much of my parents association with that. Outdoor sports are much more of a learning experience. Not to dismiss the other but this is an addition to and preferred. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 39 Fishing I mean my goodness - bass trout stripers highbridge crappie bream. In each one of those you fish two dozen different ways. So the intricacies and the styling and the challenge of fishing is greater than it is for hunting. After all after you pull the trigger on a hunt the hunt s over. Pretty much. I guess there is some variety in the way you fix it for the table Oh yeah. As a matter of fact in my show I preach that. Hey you going to spend an afternoon hunting with your 15-year-old and you re going to take a deer Besides all the preliminary work that makes you hunt in this particular location that 15-year-old needs to field dress that deer. That 15-year-old needs to butcher that animal. And that 15-year-old needs to be involved in the cooking process and serving it at the table. That completes the hunt. Otherwise just go to Kroger and get a tenderloin. We re so pleased about your joining the Outpost team this month. And we re so pleased to have your insights because they re unique. Tell us what can we expect from O Neil Outside the Box on the Outpost Another big change that you ve noted on your shows and we ve seen it very plainly over the past few years is the number of women who are getting into outdoor sports. What do you think about that I think it s marvelous. Thank goodness for that movie The Hunger Games. That brought an entire generation of young girls into the interest in archery. And I applaud Outdoor Channel Sportsman Channel and these other channels that have not only men and women in the shows but there are some shows that are only women. And there s nothing but good that can come from that. You don t have to be a big strong man to enjoy the outdoors Do you have a favorite outdoor pursuit and if so what is it Well my favorite outdoor pursuit is fishing because fishing is generally non-consumptive. I can fish all day if I catch 10 or 12 or 20 bass they all go back alive. They all go back and I haven t consumed anything. Hunting I can hunt for a week and never pull the trigger and it s just as enjoyable. Most people can t so its consumptive. If I had to choose fishing is my favorite. I can fish yearround. I fish in 50 different ways so every fishing trip can be different. The challenges are there whether its cold water or hot water fishing at night fishing in the daytime. Generally whitetail deer hunting is whitetail deer hunting. It doesn t change that much. You hunt deer in the rut. You interrupt the breeding cycle if you can. You hunt where the does are. Here are the scrapes here are the rubs and it s the same thing it was last year. So there s only one or two ways to do it. 40 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Well I hope to be able to offer some insights. Kind of like I have today that makes a little bit of a different look to the outdoors. Whether it s hunting or fishing camping hiking whatever. A reminiscence a recommendation thoughts during the day. So that what I send to the Outpost won t be this is what I did at Lake Lanier this is what I did on the Gulf Coast in March. And here are the photos from it. It might be who I spent my time with on the coast that day and what kind of an individual that was. Or maybe what happened that day and how it relates to an experience of another day and so on. It ll be first person and I hope people will get something out of it and encourage them to make their own first person and create their own first person experiences. That s great. For goodness sake if you love participating in outdoor sports if you can write down your experiences and take photos. The photos on the wall in my trophy rooms-- when people visit my trophy rooms of course they look at the trophies but they also look at the photos. And it reminds me Oh that was 1995 at a tournament or That was in a trout fishing trip I took with so-and-so in the mountains of West Virginia. What a great thrill that was. Take photos so that you can be reminded of the trips. The trip are the golden leaves of remembrances that we have that we can share with others. Take a glance at our new feature on the Outpost O Neill Outside the Box in this issue. He s the genuine article and we look forward to your comments about his insights. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 41 The Devil s Backbone Outdoors sportmen love a good tale. In fact most of the fishing and hunting stories are very colorful fiction This month s Outpost interview guests have collaborated in one of the of the most original novels of the year entitled The Devil s Backbone. The author of this riveting story is Bill Wittliff. He is a screenwriter and producer of such classics as Lonesome Dove Perfect Storm and Legends of the Fall. He s also a world class photographer. If you ve read the Outpost you may have met our other guest Jack Unruh who illustrated this amazing book. He s one of the best known illustrators of wildlife in the world with work in Southern Living National Geographic Field and Stream and many other magazines. The Outpost Gentlemen you have succeeded splendidly. Bill Wittliff and Jack Unruh Thank you. That s a good way to start [laughter]. Bill let s start with you. After reading this book I found myself reverting to the dialect I grew up with in the hill country of Texas near Brady. You have ruined all those speech lessons and radio announcer training I took as a young man with the pitch perfect Texas dialect in this book. I have to know - was this hard to keep this speech pattern consistent throughout the book Bill Wittliff No. What I did was just cut loose the pencil and whatever came out the end that s what I went with. And the truth is this is the way most of my people talk. It wasn t like I was out there doing research on how people talk in the hill country. Did you grow up in hill country Bill I did. In Blanco Texas. MEET THE TWO MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BEST STORY OF 2015 That s perfect for the book then. That s the area featured in the book. Bill Yeah. Blanco and Fischer Store and the actual Devil s Backbone. All of that area. Bill I don t think I ve seen a phrase that my father and my grandfather used to use consistently. It s purtnear . Bill Yeah purtnear [chuckles]. I don t think that word is in there. Well you need to put that in the follow-up. Bill I can work it in the next one. I really mean that. I just trusted what came out at the end of the pencil and that did not come out or it would be in there. I was just being careful trying not to force anything in there. What s really wonderful is if a character pops out on the paper and he or she is real enough to you and they start talking and you just go with them. That s what I did in this one. 42 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 43 Jack this is very close to a graphic novel. Your illustrations are a great addition to the story. Did you grow up reading comic books or study novel illustrations from the old days Jack Unruh First of all it was Bill s idea to put 25 illustrations in there. I ve illustrated book covers but I ve never illustrated the inside of a book until this project. I was just flabbergasted by the idea. I orginally said you don t need 25 illustrations for the damn thing. But this really intrigued me because back in the early days of novel publishing they put a lot of illustrations in books like The Last of the Mohicans and others. So that was a big hook for me. Then I got a chance to read it. I just started making notes and lordy I came up with a bunch of possible drawings. We really had to do a big edit just to get it down to 25. He writes with so much imagery and spooky stuff in there. It was really intriguing and I just brought out a lot of possible images. Some things you didn t have to draw literally. Recently somebody said Well where d you get all these characters I said Well just go look in the newspaper. They ve got the five most wanted criminals there. They re just mugshots but you can find some great faces. And Bill seemed to have a lot of those for friends so you know. Bill Our family [laughter]. Jack Yeah our family [laughter]. Jack It was a pure joy to work on and just because all the possibilities that Bill offered in his writing. That doesn t come along very often-- it has never come along before to me. I had a year doing it along my other stuff too. So there s a ton of work that had to be done in a relatively short period of time but it was a joy to do. I just met Bill a couple of weeks ago. We ve talked on the phone a lot but I never saw his smiley face until a couple weeks ago [laughter]. 44 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Bill without giving away the twist and turns of the plot because I hate when people do that the Devil s Backbone. Can you give us just a brief synopsis of the plot and what goes on here Bill Not really. Not really [chuckles] Bill I don t think of it that way. Essentially the lead character is a boy whose name is Papa and he has a very mean daddy. The daddy abuses a horse and his mother runs off because of this abuse. The book is essentially about Papa as a boy trying to find his mother and what happened to her because she disappeared. And along the way he meets a bunch of characters who knocked on my door to be in the book. And I made the same deal with all of them which was you can come in and be a part of this story so long as you re not boring. But if you get boring the next guy through the door is going to shoot you hang you or run you out of town For me that s pretty much what happened. I tried really hard not to think and plot it and so on. I trusted that if I had the itch I also had the ability to scratch. And as silly as that might sound that s exactly how I wrote it. So I didn t plot it. Certainly there is a plot every story has a plot. But I just said let s go That s fascinating. It took me a few pages to realize that the person narrating the story was a child. Actually the person narrating the story is the child of Papa. So the next generation that comes along is sharing the story. And that s kind of an interesting perspective. Bill And again that was nothing that I planned out. It s just when I started writing then the different voices would come in. I thought well this guy s telling the story but who is he telling that story to And then that guy became the guy who s telling the story that Papa tells. But again truly I didn t try to think this thing. I just trusted it and went with it. And there it is. Well it is a tour de force I think. Bill Thank you. The Devil s Backbone is published by the University of Texas Press It s a beautifully produced book. Jack you noted earlier that you had never illustrated a novel. Jack No never had-- never done one project that had so many drawings that were related. Most often with magazines you do an opener maybe a quarter page or a half page thread and then that s the end of the thing and it goes off into never never land. This had continuity and this is a good news bad news situation. I had to figure how to draw a guys head from a little bit of a different angle and I ve never been swell at doing that. One very good thing was I was able to use my grandson as a model for Papa. So that was handy and his price was right. (chuckle) Well these characters are stunning Bill. I mean aside from checking the family album did you do any deep research on the setting or the history of the 1880 s in Texas WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 45 Bill I m from that part of the country and before me my people lived in that part of the country. My people were big on sitting around the supper table telling stories. So that was all just natural part of my upbringing. Fischer-Hall is prominent in the story and that s where my family had and still has our family reunions. Going back well over a hundred years. So again there s nothing really thought out. I know it sounds kind of silly but I just figured that if I had the itch to write this I ll also have the ability to scratch that itch. So I just went with it. You have been in the movie business for many years. And most people know you as the screenwriter for Lonesome Dove. Bill It s not a real business. (chuckles) No it s not a business. [chuckles] It s not an industry. It s something preachers say is a calling or something. Bill Yeah. It s a nightmare. Maybe it s just me because I love the story but do you think there is some potential for a movie from this Bill You know this is the first volume of a triology. So I am writing two more. I am on the second one now. Then there will be a third. So I don t even want to think about the possibility of doing a series or a movie of this. I do like the to see Jack s pictures and incidentally a while ago you said Jack when you took this assignment. The truth it wasn t an assignment. Jack could not have done this for any reason other than he simply wanted to because they re certainly was no money in it. Jack jumped in for the same reason I did I guess which was we liked these stories. But it wasn t an assignment in the ordinary sense of that word. Do you think Jack Jack Well yeah other than I made an agreement that I d do it. In the end it was just done really because it was something different. I d never done anything like that. And I could afford to take the time to do it. And it was fun. Gee whiz it was a lot of fun. 46 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Who found whom Bill did you find Jack or vice versa Bill I don t know. What happened was when Dave Hamrick who s the director of the University of Texas press and I started talking about publishing this book and the next two as well I said to Dave Boy I would love for this to be illustrated like a late 1800 s book would ve been illustrated. And he readily agreed so I called a mutual friend of ours DJ Scott-- who s a wonderful graphic designer here in Austin-- and instantly he said Well you should talk to Jack Uruh So he called Jack first and told him about my novel and then I talked to Jack and sent him a copy of the manuscript. Jack and I got to be telephone friends and Jack said Yeah and away we went We had this wonderful back and forth relationship Jack would send me prelims and we d talk about it a little bit. Which ones to illustrate and which ones Jack wanted to illustrate. It was just a nice easy fun venture. Jack And sometimes when I d throw him a curve and he would adjust his writing to fit the curve. That was really helpful. That s fascinating. Give me an example in the book where the story was changed to fit an illustration Jack I think I made this Indian with a blind eye and Bill said Well he doesn t have a blind eye. And I said But he does now. [chuckles] Bill Yeah and I said well okay I got an Indian with one blind eye. [laughter] Man I love it. That s great. Well Jack I ve said this a dozen times but you have the best job in the world. You spend a whole bunch of time in the outdoors fishing hunting and camping and people pay you to illustrate what you see. Besides this book what have you been up to Jack I was in South Dakota in October and Kansas just a couple of weeks ago bird hunting. And I just finished a project for Gardens and Guns which dealt with the starting of the bone fishing camp down off the Florida coast the first of the bone fishing stuff back in the late 50 s. Bill in terms of the rest of the things that you do with your time everyday besides photography writing producing you founded the Wittliff Collection at Texas State University in San Marcus. Do you have day to day work on that or what s that all about It s one of those things that my wife Sally and I founded. I really thought that we would found it get them started and then once a year so they would pull us out and we would get a little shine. But the truth is you get so addicted to the whole idea of those collections or we do. So we re involved not on a daily basis. But yeah we really involved. Absolutely. And you know I guess we re probably more proud of having founded those collections than anything. Because those things go forward through the generations if you do them right when you start. And in addition to collecting cultural artifacts of the region the other purpose is that they are places of inspiration. They re where somebody with the itch to create but maybe not yet the courage can go and see how others struggle to find just the right word just the right sentence to express themselves. For example I always wanted to be a writer but I thought books came from across great oceans. If I d walk into a place like Texas State and see how Dobie and John Graves and Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry all those guys had struggled then I would say Well I can do that I can endure through that. So we re really proud of it. If you re looking for a great read around the fireplace on these cold winter nights you will find the Old West yarn of The Devil s Backbone hard to put down. The Devil s Backbone is available from your local bookstore or from Amazon.com. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 47 IT MAY BE COLD BUT THE FISH ARE STILL BITING HOW TO HAVE FUN AND STAY SAFE WHEN YOU RE ICE FISHING 48 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Any hard-core angler who lives near a lake in Canada or the northern states such as Minnesota Wisconsin and the Dakotas knows that the winter months are the perfect time to get out the auger drill through the ice set up the tent or shack and drop a line. While the conditions are somewhat nippy the catch can be worth the shivers. Here are some tips on having fun and staying safe when you re ice fishing. THE COLD HARD FACTS Ice fishing is more complicated than just driving out to a lake and casting a line. First off there s the ice. It has to be penetrated. Most people use an auger designed for this chore but a chisel or ice saw can also be used to cut a circular or rectangular hole in the ice. Some hearty souls even use an ax but this involves a lot more physical labor than most sane fishermen care to exert Most ice fishermen also bring along some type of shelter. These can be as rudimentary as tents or tiny wooded shacks and as elaborate as rooms with multiple bunks cooking stoves and refrigerators. Most anglers call them ice shacks or (the more literary of the group) call them ice shanties. Whatever they re called they pretty much reflect the personality of the angler. Regardless of how fancy or basic his ice shanty is just about every ice fisherman brings along a small heater. This is used for two reasons keeping the angler warm during the hours spent over solid ice and keeping the fishing hole from freezing over. If the temp falls to -29F it becomes difficult to keep the recently dug hole from freezing over. At this temperature it is also difficult to keep the fisherman s nose from freezing and falling off BE SAFE There s also the question of safety. That ice is made of water which comes in various degrees of solidity. When you put a 200-pound angler and his her shelter on top of a not-so-thick layer of ice. Well you can see the potential for an icecold dip in the lake Each year about this time the Fish and Wildlife agencies in most states where ice fishing is possible put out a list of Dos and Don t s about the sport and before you venture out on the ice you might want to read them. Here s an executive summary to think about before hitting the ice or the cold water below Leave your car or truck on the shore. Every year somebody s vehicle goes through the ice and sometimes anglers drown in the process. Leave info about your fishing plans when where etc. with someone and make sure they re capable of calling out the cavalry if you don t make it home when you said you would. Wear a personal flotation device and don t fish alone. Since ice varies in thickness and condition always carry a chisel or ice spud to check the ice as you proceed. Be very cautious when you re crossing ice near river mouths points of land bridges islands and over reefs and springs. The current causes ice to be thinner in these areas. Avoid going onto ice if it has melted away from the shore. This indicates that melting is underway and the ice can shift position as wind direction changes. Waves from open water can quickly break up large areas of ice. If you see open water in the lake and the wind begins to pick up get off the ice pronto Bring a fully-charged mobile phone with you. Carry a set of hand spikes to help you work your way out of the surface of the ice if you happen to fall through. Holding one in each hand you can alternately punch them into the ice and pull yourself up and out. These spikes don t have to be fancy. You can make a set from large nails. Always carry a safety line that can be tossed to someone who s gone through the ice. Some experts suggest that ice fishermen use the Reach-Throw-Go approach if someone should fall through the ice. If you can t reach them from shore throw them a flotation device or rope. If you still can help them quickly Go for help. Don t walk out on the ice to help your buddy because you might fall through the ice. Heated shanties must have good ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Always open a window or door part way to allow fresh air in. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 49 THE OUTPOST ICE FISHING DROPPING A LINE TECHNIQUES FOR ICE FISHING There are as many variations on ice fishing as there are fishermen. However most folks use one of these three methods for this chilly sport. The easiest method is to use a standard fishing rod and reel rigged with brightly colored lures or jigs. Live bait such as large worms crappie and shiny minnow is also used. The angler raises and lowers the lure or bait to give some motion to the presentation. Another popular ice fishing strategy involves using Tip-Ups. These are made of wood or plastic and have a spool of line attached with a thin piece of metal that goes from the spool to a flag. Black line is on the spool and a swivel is placed at the end of the black line. A piece of fishing line with a hook is attached to the swivel. Worms or small minnows are placed on the hook. The hook with bait is placed into the water under the ice and the fun begins. Ice fishing guides have a couple of theories about the optimal depth that the bait is to be dropped for this Tip-Up method. One thought is the bait is placed about a yard or one meter under the ice. The second is that the bait is placed two to three meters under the ice. Yet another opinion is that the bait is suspended one foot (30 cm) above the bottom of the lake. 50 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM When the fish strikes the bait the flag is lifted sending the message that every fisherman want to hear. There is an opportunity for the angler to play the fish and tire it before retrieval of the line. When the angler can see the fish s head through the hole in the ice the fish is can be hoisted onto the ice. Spear fishing is also a popular way to ice fish. This requires a larger hole in the ice and the deployment of fish decoys. A dark hut or ice shanty is also required for this tactic. The angler closely watches the water while holding a large spear which has four or five points and is attached to a secured line. This method is often used for lake sturgeon fishing. There are some restrictions in the U.S. for this spear fishing and local regulations should be checked before using this method. WHAT S DOWN THERE When a lake or reservoir freezes over in the winter the fish that were enjoying the autumn and summer weather a few months ago are still there just swimming deeper. So the types of fish an ice angler is likely to catch are the same species that inhabit the waterway year-round. Lake trout walleye muskie pike and other hearty fish are all there for the taking. However different fishing tactics are necessary when they are swimming under 3 feet of ice. LAKE TROUT Some experts believe that lake trout may be the easiest fish to snare on an ice fishing expedition. They are prowling predators and are always on the look-out for baitfish such as silvery ciscoes whitefish smelt shiners and perch. They also take advantage of sunken structures stumps debris to trap their next meal. So if the angler has knowledge of the lake and some idea where these traps are located there s a better than zero chance of finding lake trout. Where are the best depths to catch these lake trout It depends on the time of year. In the early winter the ice is not a thick and an angler can find this species in depths of 20 to 60 feet. Later in the winter say this month of February the ice is thicker and the rays of the sun don t penetrate into the water as much. This results in the plankton and other tiny plants which feed smaller fish rising closer to the diminished sunlight. When smaller fish such as perch follow its food the lake trout follow. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 51 In addition to hanging around the structures on the bottom of the lake these fish respond best to movement. As a result the best lures are tube jigs Jigging Rapalas airplane jigs or spoons. Plus fishing guides say that any action that simulates a dead or dying cisco smelt or perch is the ticket to catch lake trout. This action is typically erratic so the presentation should follow suit. WALLEYE It s not necessary to be a brainiac biologist or crusty old fishing guide to understand how the walleye got its name. All one needs to do is shine a jacklight into the water when one of these fish is swimming by. The name comes from the fact that their eyes like those of lions reflect white light. As online reference Wikipedia notes This eyeshine is the result of a light-gathering layer in the eyes which allows the fish to see well in low-light conditions. In fact many anglers look for walleyes at night since this is when major feeding patterns occur. The fish s eyes also allow them to see well in turbid water which gives them an advantage over their prey. Thus walleye anglers will commonly look for days and locations where there is a good walleye chop or rough water. Most guides agree that the Tip-Up method of ice fishing works best for walleye and the most popular baits are jigs including the Jigging Rapala Nils Master Jigger Nils Master Jigging Shad and Baby Jigging Shad. These lures imitate the profile and swimming action of baitfish and when the angler adds movement such as lifts and wiggles the walleye go nuts. Where walleye hang out is based on the fish s tendency to forage for baitfish such as perch. Walleye will try to flush these smaller fish from the bottom of the lake and then grab one when they scatter. For this reason the best depth for the lure is about 4 or 5 feet above the floor of the lake. 52 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM PIKE & MUSKIE Two of the largest fresh-water fish are related. Both pike and Muskie come from the from the pike family of Esocidae. Both are ambush predators and did we mention they are both BIG. Since they live in fresh water and are massive they are almost irresistible to most ice fisherman. Unfortunately they are also wily which makes difficult to catch but also enhances the challenge for the anglers who choose to pursue them. Because these fish are large and therefore need to constantly on the hunt for their next meal the time of the season especially as it relates to ice thickness is a large determinate on their location. In the early winter season when the ice is not as thick pike and Muskie tend to forage in the shallow water and this is the best place to catch them. Midwinter when the ice is much thicker these fish are found in much deeper water. Both of these fish spawn in early March and begin to stage their move to favorite romantic rendezvous areas in February at the end of winter. Their movement is also encouraged by full moons. Fishing guides who work the U.S. Midwest note that the areas where these fish were born and will then spawn are near marshlands in lakes eutrophic bays creeks and rivers. Ice fishermen who have knowledge of these areas (which are not always easy to find given weather conditions) can drill their holes accordingly and have a better chance of successfully hauling in one or more of these monsters. Most pike and muskies have been caught on tip-ups using dead bait. Since they have to eat constantly to maintain those large bodies these fish are not too choosey when it comes to eating. The best size for these dead baits is 8 to 9 inches and many ice anglers prefer herring for this. IT S IN OUR DNA There s something very primal about ice fishing. Early humans obviously had to eat whether it was sunshine or freezing. If they lived near a water source they had to figure out how to catch enough fish to survive. This survival DNA was likely passed on to those of us who walk the planet now and it s been enhanced by a sense of adventure that modern man doesn t get to experience very often. Overcoming the cold and figuring out where the fish are under all that ice is a challenge that the hearty souls who love this sport live for. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 53 THE OUTPOST RECIPES Wild Turkey White Chili INGEDIENTS cup minced onion 1- tablespoons minced garlic 4 teaspoons ground cumin 1- pound un cooked wild turkey breast cut into cubes (or leftover pre-cooked meat) 4 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt broth 2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalape o chilies 1 teaspoon dried marjoram 1 teaspoon dried savory 1 16-ounce can Great Northern beans rinsed drained 1 16-ounce can navy beans 2 medium-sized potatoes pealed and diced Several dashes of hot pepper sauce Chopped green onions Grated cheddar cheese Sour cream Preparation Heat vegetable oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saut until tender. Add cumin and stir about 30 seconds. Add turkey breast. Saut until about 4 to 5 minutes or until no longer pink. Add chicken stock jalape os marjoram and savory to turkey mixture. Add beans and potatoes to chili. Simmer covered until chili is thick about 45 minutes. Season with hot pepper sauce salt and pepper. Add green onions cheese and sour cream separately as desired. 54 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & Made with 100% Real Cheese AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT STYLE 1.00 COUPON CLICK HERE www.gordoscheesedip.com VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 55 THE OUTPOST RECIPES CEDAR PLANK RAINBOW TROUT https www.youtube.com watch v yQy_4GaKbXs The Outpost is pleased to announce that we have partnered with outdoor icon O Neill Williams. He will be providing some incredible recipes as well as other content throughout the year. Be sure to tune in to his televion show each week as well as listen to his radio show on The Outpost Radio. You can also visit his website at www.oneilloutside.com 56 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM EASY BLACKENED WALLEYE INGREDIENTS 4 walleye fillets cup butter melted 1 tbsp garlic powder 1 tsp cayenne pepper tsp salt tsp fresh ground pepper 2 tbsp Dizzy Gourmet Viva Caliente SeasoningTM Fresh lemon halved METHOD In a plastic bag add the melted butter garlic powder cayenne pepper salt pep per and Viva Caliente Seasoning. Add the fish and marinate while preparing the grill. Set the EGG for direct cooking at 400 F 204 C with a Cast Iron Cooking Grid flat side up. Place the walleye on the grid and grill for 4 minutes per side. Squeeze lemon juice on the fillets and serve. LIFE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 57 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 YOU CATCH EM AND LET SOMEBODY ELSE COOK EM Do you enjoy fishing but hate to cook up your catch A new proposal in Louisiana will allow anglers there to hand over their hard-fought catches to their favorite restaurants and chefs to cook. The fish must be cleaned and processed by anglers beforehand and can only be served to the fishing party that caught the fish. The proposal is expected to go under review by the LouisianaWildlifeand Fisheries Commission later this week. Catch and cook programs have been popular in other states such as Michigan where state agencies and local associations implemented the program in 2012. By giving anglers the option to enjoy their fish prepared at a restaurant or fishing lodge the program benefited local economies and boosted tourism. Fishing charters also favored the program and the Michigan Charter Boat Association was one of the main backers of the state s catch and cook initiative. WIN WIN It s a win situation for everybody said Michigan charter captain Denny Grinold told in 2012. It s great 58 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM for charter boats because it enhances the customer s experience it ll create more repeat business. It s also great for the restaurants. Louisiana s charter industry is not so sure about this proposal. This is due to the strict guidelines that come with the state s program. According to press reports on this proposal many fishing lodges already serve fish to their clients they feel the rule will actually prohibit them from cooking fish. According to the first draft of this proposal fish received from anglers in Louisiana have to not only be cleaned and processed but also placed in food-grade single-serve packaging. Daryl Carpenter a charter captain with the Louisiana Charter Boat Association told New Orleans TimesPicayune that such regulations are difficult for fishing lodges that receive a high number of fillets every day. We ll sometimes have a party of six (fishermen) he said. We simply do not have the ability to pack their fish in food-safe packaging in individual serving sizes. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 59 DATE AND BROTHER GO FISHING It was during my 19th summer that I decided it might be worthwhile to take my younger brother 11 years old at the time and my girlfriend of recent vintage out for an evening of fishing. I was an experienced fisherman and not many guys were at that age. I felt I needed to impress her with my knowledge and aptitude. Okay Maybe I did not think things through. It turned out to being a learning experience for us all that would foreshadow the future. I had been catching a few crappie from around the docks at Norris Lake near Lithonia Georgia. A short trip from 7pm to midnight did not seem too difficult. Knowing about the lake docks and general layout served us well and we soon located a small 14 foot aluminum boat. With lanterns and gear in hand off we went into the gathering darkness. First off my brother lost the only paddle overboard never to be retrieved. Eleven year old boys are rarely known for their coordination. However refusing to give in we scrounged a lengthy 2x4 about 12 feet long and I rowed on kayak style toward a destination not yet realized. That necessary paddling style unfortunately wet the matches in my shirt pocket. That situation unfolded as we reached the dock. No matches for the lanterns. What now Press on we were there so fish anyway. As hands and feet scrambled in the darkness on the uneven planks my tackle box was kicked into the water and floated away. This frazzled 18 year old trying his best to impress his beautiful date attempted to decide who should take the blame. Well it seemed important at the time. 60 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM No light no tackle little resolve Give up Live to fish another day. Paddle back to the dock. As I tied a stern line to the post at the dock I was assured by my date that they bow was likewise secured. The lone female on this little jaunt needed to visit the little girl s room. She hurried away privacy and all that. No problem I ll unload go ahead . Alone now I placed the remaining gear on the dock and stepped out. Secured bow line No and I quickly did an acrobatic split and plunged into the dark water head first. My returning date noticed the soggy foot prints on the pavement and recalled the part about the bow line. Teenage giggles mounted into infectious laughter as she surveyed the scene. Remember now these people were only 18-year olds. There I stood no glasses they were lost during the impromptu dive soaked to the bone dignity dripping wet Hardly the impressive conclusion I had envisioned. Anyway we got through that evening sense of humor finely tuned knowing a great deal how we would react to and eventually overcome adversity. It was kind of a rehearsal I guess that first fishing trip. We are still paddling that girl and I sometimes ill-equipped but always willing to go back and start over during some of the darkest times with love and shared humor. We have been together now for 53 years. 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Just LIKE the page and watch for the contest. 62 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM ST The Skeletool CX is made of high carbon high alloy and corrosion resistant stainless steel that holds its edge three times as long as 420 stainless steel. This steel is used on some premium Leather man tool features such as knife blades and wire cutters. EA Skeletool CX The sleek new Leatherman Skeletool CX gets you back to basics...very cool basics. The Skeletool CX has only the most necessary of multi-tool features because sometimes thats all you need. With a 154 CM stainless steel blade pliers bit driver pocket clip and carabiner bottle opener you re set. Lightweight low volume perfect size. The Skeletool CX who says more is better O U O TP ST G EA R Browning Nitro Max Output LED Headlamp Browning s brightest and most powerful headlamp the Browning Nitro Max Output LED Headlamp Next G-1 Vista provides a bright 100-meter beam with the option of red and blue LED light for great night vision options. This powerful headlamp cranks out an impressive 255 lumens of bright hands-free light with its Luxeon Rebel LED. his lightweight headlamp also features two red and two blue LEDs for better night vision. Features lockout switch O-ring seals and an aluminum ring to protect the LEDs and lens. Built-in clip makes attaching light to your ballcap a breeze. Luxeon LED runs for 3 hours on one CR123A battery (included) on high setting 8 hours on low setting. If you are searching for a durable unique product to give you an edge look no more. The long reaching focused beam of the Nitro stretches 100 meters and makes finding trail markers or whatever else is in the dark easier. The lithium batteries are great because they last longer and are less affected by the cold than alkaline batteries. The CR123A battery operates in temperatures reaching almost -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Features include -Lightweight hands free LED light -Powerful Luxeon Rebel LED - 255 lumens -Two red and two blue LED s for better night vision -Lockout Switch -O-ring seals -Aluminum ring protects LEDs and lens -Built in cap clip -Runs on one CR123A battery http www.basspro.com Browning-Nitro-Max-Output-LED-Headlamp-Next-G1-Vista product 101505 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 63 R O U Wind-driven rain icy spray and sleet it s just another day on the water. Cabela s Guidewear Xtreme Rainwear Collection will keep you fishing through the absolute nastiest conditions that can crop up while you re on the lake. The proven waterproof protection of GORE-TEX fabric teamed with tough 200-denier super-durable high-tendency reinforced fabric will stand up to years of wear in the roughest weather. For decades GORE-TEX technology has shielded anglers around the world from rain spray sleet and snow. Still considered the standard for waterproof technology the GORE-TEX membrane completely blocks outside moisture but is breathable so interior moisture vapor quickly escapes. Features include -100% waterproof breathable GORE-TEX membrane -GORE-TEX seam tape -Articulated knees deliver comfort and mobility -zip to thigh leg openings 64 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TP O http www.cabelas.com product Cabelas-GORE-TEX174-Guidewear-Xtreme-Bibs-150-Regular 1547979.uts ST When your outdoor adventures take you into wet conditions turn to the prolevel waterproof protection of Cabela s GORE-TEX Guidewear Xtreme. The 200denier Guidewear shell is built of super-durable polyamide filament yarn and laminated with waterproof breathable GORE-TEX. GORE-TEX seam tape and a durable water-repellent treat ment lock water out. 3MTM reflective fabric enhances visibility and safety. Crotch gusset adds mobility. Zip-to-thigh leg openings. Hook-and-loop adjustments at cuffs. Heavy-duty shoulder straps and quick-release buckles. D-ring for tiller attachment. Durable scuff patches add durability. One inner zip security pocket leg pockets and multiple gear pockets G Cabela s Guidewear Men s Xtreme Bibs with GORE-TEX Regular EA O Gobbler Vest A holster for your calls. The Gobbler Vest is by no means another vest with lots of pockets and a cushion to sit on. It s a custom designed call holster. Primos designed the Gobbler Vest around all that we turkey hunters want with us in the field our calls gloves mask clippers water bottle shells and a deep back pocket to carry out that gobbler. The Gobbler Vest organizes your calls by having specific places designed to hold certain styles of calls so you will always know where they are when you need them. There is no fumbling through r andom pockets searching frantically for your calls when it s crunch time. The Gobbler Vest utilizes a combination of mesh and Tree Hide to bring you the most comfortable and functional turkey vest available. Tree Hide is molded waterproof foam that takes on the appearance of a tree s bark. Tree Hide is waterproof and durable providing excellent protection for your gear. The Tree Hide shoulder pads also reduce the felt recoil produced by heavy turkey loads. The mesh pockets on the inside of the vest allow you to see what is stored in them at a glance. Features include -Pockets designed for specific calls to keep you organized -Molded foam striker organizer that secures striker tips with 6 slots hold strikers shells and call conditioner -Quick-Grab pockets for gloves masks or clippers -Detachable cushion with clip buckle provides comfort during down time -Tree Hide shoulder pads reduce the felt recoil produced by heavy turkey loads 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. U O TP ST G EA R WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 65 http www.openseasons.com gobbler-vest-lxl-mossy-oak-obsession-660 66 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Mexican Poaching Becoming a Real Problem in South Texas Waters Back in December the Coast Guard interdicted another Mexican fishing crew poaching in South Texas. Authorities noted this has become a recurring problem. According to press reports at approximately 10 a.m. on December 29th an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi sighted a Mexican fishing boat also known as a lancha 29 miles offshore of South Padre Island and 1 mile north of the United States Mexico maritime border with fishing gear and bait fish on board. The aircrew notified Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders who diverted a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island boatcrew aboard a 33-foot law enforcement boat. After a 9-mile pursuit the boatcrew stopped the lancha with four people baitfish and longline gear aboard. All persons and confiscated gear were turned over to Customs and Border Protection. ILLEGAL FISHING AFFECTS RECREATIONAL AND COMMERICAL ANGLERS Since Oct. 1 2014 the Coast Guard Customs and Border Protection and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have detected 78 lanchas all of which were suspected of poaching in U.S. waters. The Coast Guard has interdicted eight of them. All of our state and federal boats and aircraft work in a coordinated effort to combat illegal fishing along the United States Mexico maritime border said Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Allen chief of law enforcement for Sector Corpus Christi. If you witness suspicious or illegal fishing in state waters (out to 9 miles offshore) please contact Texas Parks and Wildlife Operation Game Thief at 1-800-792-GAME (4263). For all suspicious or illegal fishing occurring in federal waters (out to 200 miles offshore) please contact the U.S. Coast Guard at 361-939-6393. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 67 ANOTHER ICE COLD SIX-PACK OF HOW TO S Every month we scour the internet to find tips tricks screw-ups and embarrassing moments that you can use in your pursuit of the bounty of the great outdoors. We call this feature A Six-Pack of How-To s. It s time to open a few cold ones. 68 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https www.youtube.com watch v TwOCDDiMj4I Keith Warren host and producer of The High Road shows you how to drop a monster whitetail deer with a revolver This is one of the coolest or maybe hottest survival techniques ever. Watch closely. Here s hot to start a fire with a chewing gum wrapper and a flashlight. https www.youtube.com watch v _LAunryCu9c WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 69 The pigs have invaded paradise. The state of Hawaii is beginning to experience the destruction from feral pigs that the mainland states have been dealing with for some time and some in the state are ready to call in the hunters. As any outdoor sportsman can attest the combination of a fast breeding cycle aggressive rooting habits and adaptability make feral pigs a land-owner s even one who considers himself a conservationist worst nightmare. Because of this the city of Kaneohe Hawaii may soon be joining forces with a local sportsmen s association to deal with its feral hog problem. PIG PROBLEMS ON THE ISLANDS The swine are wreaking their usual havoc in the 400-acre Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden a piece of land valuable not only for its value as a collection of rare and endangered plants but also as flood protection for the city. While Hoomaluhia is still a popular 70 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https www.youtube.com watch v BEG-ly9tQGk Robin Hood would have had no problem with the Sheriff of Nottingham if he knew these tricks. Here s how to shoot an arrow fast...real fast Raccoons get very little respect but it turns out they know how to stare down a bobcat. https www.youtube.com watch v Rbk_VqkgFcY WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 https www.youtube.com watch v WTtPG72gra0 If you ve read our article on Ice Fishing in this issue you may want to know how to use a hand auger to drill that fishing hole. Have you been hog hunting and have a giant pig to prepare for the table How about making the Cajun delicacy cochon de lait. Here s how to prepare it in a hot tub. By the way if you cook your cochon de lait in a hot tub you might be a redneck. A well-fed one but still a redneck https www.youtube.com watch v Ufdjhw0IP6Y 72 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 73 74 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM AUTHOR TIM MACWELCH HAS WRITTEN THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON THE SUBJECT AND HE S ADDED SOME HUMOR TO SPICE UP THE GLOOM Whether you are a prepper or just another person who loves to be out in the woods hunting and fishing there s a good chance that sometime in your life you will be confronted with a life or death situation. How you handle this will determine whether or not you survive. Tim MacWelch runs a wilderness survival school in Virginia and is an expert on these matters. He along with the editors of Outdoor Life have put together a manual that could save your life in the event of an emergency. It s called Prepare for Anything Survival Manual 338 Essential Skills. The Outpost We counted them. There are 338 skills in this book Tim it seem to me that this book comes down to two words Be prepared. Tim MacWelch It really does. And that saying has lost a little bit of traction over the years. A lot of people use it. Different organizations and different people use that phrase and sometimes with overuse those words can lose impact. But that s really what my book Prepare for Anything boils down to. It is about actually being prepared for all different types of emergency scenarios. I don t think of myself as a prepper by any stretch. Before I read this book I had a less than positive impression of the people who talked about bug-out bags and the end of times. However being prepared for an emergency makes sense. It s really about something bigger and more likely to happen than the big bomb hitting. What motivated you to write this book I have been into survival for decades. This is something that I have enjoyed since I was a teenager. When I first got into this line of thinking and this amazing assortment of skills I was just a teenager doing camping backpacking fishing and hunting. And I realized You know what I m going out by myself. I m going out to remote places. What would I do if I got hurt What would I do if I got lost What would I do if some kind of emergency occurred And that jolted me. It caused me to set things in motion to start researching learning practicing skills and trying to figure out what was important and maybe what was not so important. Through the course of study in all different kinds of survival I realized that I just was obsessed with it and I also found out that I enjoyed teaching it. So I spent quite a few years volunteering for scout troops church groups all different types of people and all different age groups. In 1997 I started a business actually teaching survival in weekend classes that just opened to the public. You didn t have to be part of any group or anything. You could just find out about the class and sign up. Over the past 18 years I have taught thousands and thousands of people how to survive in the woods and it just never gets old. I ve been writing for Outdoor Life magazine for a few years and when they approached me and said Hey listen. We really want to do a broad and well-rounded emergency survival book. Will you do this for us Of course I jumped out of my chair and cried [chuckles] Yes Yes Yes Please don t pick anybody else. I ll do it I ll do it WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 75 I spent quite a few months working on this book with the help of the editors at the magazine and the good folks at Weldon Owen Publishers. I think we put together a phenomenal book. And it s not about zombies. It s not about the end of the world. It s about the basic emergencies that people could face in their lifetime and the skills and equipment that people would need to come out of that okay. I think on the surface the book is about emergencies. But when you dig into it it s really about self-sufficiency. Was that the intent It really is. That s kind of the nuts and bolts of emergency preparedness. You have to be able to provide for yourself. Self-reliance self-sufficiency self-defense self-preservation these are all basically the same thing. It s you taking action to not be injured or die. So at the heart of it all it s about you being alert to dangers and you being prepared for dangers. Prepare For Anything Survival Manual has very serious subject matter. But you re a funny dude Tim. It comes through in the book. Most of us don t think of preppers or survivalists as people with a sense of humor. Thanks. My publisher was kind enough to let me be me. I am actually trying to keep the subject of survival kind of light. It s not a grim humor. It s not the kind of humor that you might occasionally hear from soldiers firefighters and lawmen. Because those are some pretty hard folks so they have a really bleak sense of humor sometimes. My sense of humor s a little bit different. I try to make lemonade out of these lemons you might encounter in a survival situation. I try to keep my classes light friendly and funny. And I try to have a good time with it. That s just how I live my life. I don t live in a dark gloomy bunker and just think sour thoughts all the time. If you re not having fun then something s wrong. Let s get down to a couple of nitty-gritty things. One of the things that most people know about survival or they ve heard about it maybe from friends is a bug-out bag. Let s talk about that a little bit. What could be in a typical bug-out bag Tim Well that is going to vary quite a lot. This is a point of debate among preppers disaster preparedness enthusiasts and zombie apocalypse people. Your bug-out bag is basically a assortment of gear and supplies that would sustain you for a short period of time should you have to evacuate from your home or should you get caught in some kind of an emergency. So if we turn this situation on a different angle we can look at the bug-out bag almost like a backpacking trip. You re going to be living out of a bag for a few days on a backpacking trip. So what would you need to live out of that bag Well you need shelter. This is typically your top survival priority. In a backpacking scenario you might have a very lightweight small tent and a good warm lightweight sleeping bag and maybe a pad to go underneath of it. So that takes care of your basic shelter components. Then of course clothing also counts as shelter. So most of the time people have a season-appropriate set of clothes and maybe a little bit of outerwear maybe even something for rain. So you could have a poncho in there or a full set of rain gear. Now just the stuff I mentioned is a lot of gear and it s heavy. When you add it all up that s a lot of bulk but that s how I approach it. I look at a bug-out scenario like a backpacking trip. You have to be self-contained. You shouldn t expect to find the stuff you need everywhere. You ve got to come to the party with it. 76 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM So the bug-out bag just depends on what you re expecting to have happen. We also take into account the worst possible thing you could imagine. We also want to think about the most likely stuff to happen. And then we just plan for that as best as we could. So it s kind of like the 72-hour kit which a lot of different agencies recommend. It s just a lot more in depth and you want it to be as mobile as possible. But that s hard with all the gear that I just mentioned. So you re trying to tap dance this fine line between having everything that you d need maybe just a couple of things that you d want and not having a 40-pound backpack or 40-pound suitcase or 40-pound duffle bag. You also want to have stuff for water. I like to have water that s ready to go - that s safe drinkable water in the bag. You can buy bottles of water. Those have an expiration date on them. Most of the time it s a year or two out. So the way those bottles are packaged and processed that water stays safe to drink for quite a while. Then after the time is over you can still disinfect it just to make sure it s safe. So I like to have ready-to-drink water in the bag and the equipment to get more water. That could be purification tablets which I can use to take groundwater and make that safe to drink. Or it could be some kind of filtration pump where I pump the water through and make it safe to drink that way. Then we would want to have things in there for first aid food communications and things for morale. Some people put a little tiny Bible in there or some other book of faith. Some people have pictures of loved ones or just something in there for motivation. On the most extreme side of things people have maybe a zip drive or some other digital storage device which has everything that they d need to start over again in a digital form. So it might be all your important documents that are scanned in. It might be all your family photos and family videos just all the kind of stuff that you d want to have and need to have if you never got to go back to your home again. That takes us to our next point which is defense. Not only do you want to defend your personal information but you want to defend your person. So some people have different types of weapons in their bug-out bag. It could be something as simple as a large hunting knife or it could be the normal firearms that they carry if they have an everyday carry weapon - some type of handgun or whatever. Maybe they ve got that on their person and then they ve got extra magazines and ammunition in the bug-out bag. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 77 There s a lot to a bug-out bag. And in Prepare for Anything we start to touch into all of these different aspects. There are lists in here. There are off-the-wall items you may not expect to find in a bug-out bag like vodka. Vodka and cigarettes are included in your list. Those are pretty unusual survival items. A lot of Americans smoke and nicotine is an addictive substance. People that need it really need it. So this could be a phenomenal way to barter. It could be a way to get things you need. They need a smoke. Maybe you need something that they ve got. So maybe you can work it out in a friendly way where that s a barter item. THE OUTPOST PREPARE FOR ANYTHING Cigarettes are also great tinder. They re phenomenal at fire starting. So this could be a tinder material that you could use to start a fire if you needed to make a fire to cook food boil water generate warmth whatever. There s a number of different values to a cigarette even if you re not a smoker. I m not a smoker but I ve got a pack of Marlboro Reds in one of my bug-out bags. They re very lightweight. They don t take up much room. If they get smashed they re still smokeable they re still burnable. So in a dire situation that might be a valuable commodity. And then the vodka. What can t you do with vodka [laughter] Obviously you can drink it for a morale boost - for a little liquid courage. We can also disinfect wounds and equipment with the vodka. If it s a high proof vodka it s flammable. So this can help us to start a fire. We can deodorize things with it. We can use it as antifungal medicinal treatment and the list goes on and on. We ve got ten different things about vodka listed in the book. So that s one of those wacky little don t get caught without this item segment. You talk about fire and water in the book. Those are two pretty critical elements for survival. Let s talk about fire first. What are the essential elements necessary to build a fire in an emergency situation You have to have an ignition source. That s where things usually start going right or start going wrong. For the average person maybe you re not that savvy at creating fire. Maybe you don t practice it that often. Just a simple butane lighter is the best choice. Even if you re a fire master - if you re an expert in fire building - put a lighter in that kit. Just a simple butane lighter will work if you only have one operational thumb. I don t care how busted up the rest of your body is. If you ve got one working thumb and a lighter you ve got an open flame. That is fire and fire will breed more fire. So all we need to do is find some dry tinder some dry fuel kindling sticks tinder - all that stuff - and build it into a cone shape use our lighter and get it to burn. Even if the material is damp the flame of the lighter will start to dry things out and begin to combust them. So that s my top pick. 78 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Sparks can light a lot of stuff on fire especially if these are dry and flammable things. But what sparks won t light on fire is hard solid items flat-surfaced items. For example sparks don t work that well on dead dry leaves paper - things where the sparks will bounce off. This was true thousands of years ago it s still true today. Once you get a fire you just keep it going as long as you re in that place. This way you don t have to restart it from scratch. Just keep feeding it. Build it up big enough at night to where it will still have sparks and embers for you in the morning. Just because the flame disappears doesn t mean your fire s out. You stir up the ashes blow on them and look for red sparks. And then when you see that you can just put more tinder on top of there blow on it a little bit and your flames come right back. And then you can throw some matches in there too. There s really nothing a match can do that a lighter can t do better except for offer you a little bit of kindling. So the paper matchstick or a wooden matchstick it s got a little bit of a burn time - 10 to 15 seconds. It depends on the size of the match. But a little pile of those in your material that could act as kindling. But there s only so many matches in a book or a box. There s a whole lot of fires in a lighter. You just can t top the lighter. Then maybe a third-string backup would be a spark rod. People know these as a flint rod. There s lots of different names for it. This is a little rod of metal alloys blended where you d scrape it and it makes sparks. Let s talk a little bit about safe water supply. What are the most important things someone who s out trying to survive should be looking for in terms of safe water Water is such a huge deal in survival. I would say that it is more important than fire in most scenarios. A lot of times we have fire and water going hand-inhand. You need the fire to boil the water to make it safe. There are all kinds of different pathogens in the water sources around the world - all the groundwater sources rivers lakes streams springs creeks ditches puddles. Just assume that all of these are contaminated with different biological organisms any number of which could make you very ill. If we drank some dirty water for example and then we end up with diarrhea now we re losing water through our excretory system. We might even be vomiting. We might be sweating. So we re losing fluid if we get ill like that. You re also losing a lot of calories and calories means life in a survival scenario. If you re not digesting your food then you ve got a major problem. This is easy to prevent. All we have to do is disinfect the water before we drink it. And as I mentioned in the bug-out gear you can have disinfection tablets which use chemicals to kill the waterborne pathogens. We could also use a filter device which will screen out the pathogens. A lot of these bugs are large enough to get caught in the filter that you purchase. So get a water filter from a camping store or some kind of survival store or whatever and use a filter that will screen out down to the bacteria level. It s hard to get a filter that ll screen out viruses because they re so much smaller than bacteria but you can get filters with a disinfective element. It would either be iodine or silver or some kind of antimicrobial element in the filter. So the big stuff gets screened out physically and then the small stuff like viruses they get zapped as they go through by that disinfecting element but-- so the chemicals the filters and then just good old boiling. Have a metal pot in your survival equipment. Doesn t have to be a big one. It can just be a little small camping pot that holds a pint or a pint and a half or a quart or whatever and we scoop up the cleanest water you can find and then boil it for ten minutes. Let it cool down and then you re good to go. All the live stuff in there is now dead. The heat killed it. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 79 THE OUTPOST PREPARE FOR ANYTHING In the event of some kind of modern technological disaster where we have contaminated water-- maybe it s contaminated radiologically or with chemicals or who knows Then boiling is not going to fix all those problems. The boiling will kill the biological stuff but it won t evaporate certain chemicals and it won t take out radiation. So then we ve got to look at a whole other set of processes. For radioactive water distillation is the best choice. Most of the radioactive particles are going to stick with the minerals and the other solids that are in the water. So the steam coming out of the water that s relatively pure. It s not perfect but it s relatively pure. And then when that s condensed back down into water that s about the safest option that you ll have in the event of a radiological emergency. But that ll also take out lead-heavy metals and different kinds of modern industrial pollutants. In a disaster odds are good that there will be some injury either to the person trying to survive or people around them. In the book you have a great list of medical supplies which should be stockpiled and ready. I think that it s worth the price of the book to get these lists that you have. You also have some unusual medical supplies - which I love - such as duct tape feminine hygiene products. What s up with that If we look at real life survival stories real life emergency situations injury is often an element. Not always but more often than not you re dealing with some kind of medical issues some kind of first aid need is there. So the standard list of stuff we ve got the bandages the dressings the ointments the creams and all the different normal first aid gizmos - these are all listed in the book. We ve also got some off the wall stuff. The duct tape duct tape can be a first aid item if you snip little small pieces of duct tape and then use them as little tiny butterfly sutures. These are like the small band-aids that you d place over a deep cut. If you have some kind of laceration you need to close it. So if you don t have a suture kit or you don t know how to use a suture kit. That could be just as bad. By having a suture kit improperly used it would be just as bad as not using it at all - in some cases. So if you don t know how to do all that stuff then the butterfly strips come in handy. These can be purchased just as is - these little butterfly strips. But you could also make them out of a duct tape. You d cut little tiny strips. You d fold part of the duct tape so that there s a center panel in each sticky strip that is not sticky. Because you don t want to have the sticky duct tape right at the edges of the wound. You want to have some adhesion further away from the wound. 80 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM We could place several of these over large cuts deep wounds and help to stick them together. It could be used just as an outer dressing as a outer binding - a bandaging if you will - to hold all different types of stuff together. People have used it in the field for all kinds of different emergency medical items. A couple of sticks and some duct tape and you got an effective splint. The list goes on and on. And it s flammable. So crumble up a ball of duct tape. Take your lighter out light the edge of it and it s going to burn because it s got so much plastic and so many different flammable elements in there. So that could be a backup tinder source as well. I always try to have multipurpose items in my gear or think of other options other uses for the gear that I have. It s just nice to have those options. It s better to have them than not. As for the ladies feminine hygiene products. These are in there for a number of reasons. Of course you have their intended use. You could be a hero to a lady in need by having these. They ve got their obvious function but they ve also got the ability to be used as dressings for wounds. So if you had some maxi pads feminine hygiene pads these pads make an absorbent bandage or dressing for a number of different types of wounds. Also tampons can be used as a dressing. They ve actually been used in gunshot wounds historically and in more recent times. You d actually plug a gunshot wound with it and make sure that you can retrieve it. Make sure that you can still pull it out of there. But there s that application. Then you can just lay the tampon sideways as an absorptive dressing for bigger wounds or you can even tear it open and use the cotton batting that s in there as the fire starter. So lots of uses. This book is fascinating. Let s talk a little about the way you illustrated some of these very grim concepts with comic book art. Who did the artwork on the comics to illustrate We actually had a couple of different artists working with us to create those graphic novel style segments in the book. I ve got two favorites in there. My chief editor Mariah knew that I was a Star Wars fan. So I ll play my nerd card now Yeah I fly my nerd flag boldly and proudly [chuckles]. In item number 63 in the book it s the paracord escape graphic novel section. So it s like you ve flipped open a comic book all the sudden. This fellow s sitting in his living room and he s got Star Wars stuff scattered all across. Some thugs bust in and tie him up with zip ties. They re looting his house. So my editor Mariah put all the little Star Wars goodies on the shelves and on the tables----just to kind of do a little shout out for me. To finish our story - not to give away too much - but this fellow uses his bootlaces in a very creative way to actually cut through zip ties. This is something that not a lot of people know and I actually did some training last week with some DEA folks. These are some gentlemen I ve known for a few years and they like to have all their bases covered. These folks are in the personnel recovery part of the DEA so they have to get people out of dangerous areas around the globe. They need to know all different kinds of survival strategies. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 81 One of the head guys pulls me aside and he s like How did you know our trick for busting out of zip ties And I said Well I don t know. I m not supposed to say. I kind of hemmed and hawed. So he said Wherever you learned it that s exactly how we teach our guys how to bust out of zip ties. So that was kind of nice to have somebody who needs that for their very grim serious line of work. And then he stood up and validated this. It s something that anybody can do. You can try it yourself and prove to yourself that it works. Everything in this book has been vetted tested and it s Outdoor Life magazine and Tim MacWelch approved. How can someone get a copy of the book Tim The easiest way that folks can grab a copy of the book is to jump on Amazon and type in Prepare for Anything. You can also look up my name Tim MacWelch - M-A-C-W-E-L-C-H. You can look it up under author or under title. When you look it up under title or author Amazon is going to tell you that there s another book coming. So I actually have my second book out now. It is called The Hunting and Gathering Survival Manual. So we did another manual-style book that s going to look a lot like Prepare for Anything as far as the pictures the layout the way that it s built. But this new book is all about wild food so it s what you would do if you had to feed yourself. We cover hunting trapping fishing foraging for wild edible plants primitive cooking making wild medicine in the field with natural ingredients and the list goes on and on. As much as I love Prepare for Anything - this is my baby this is my first book - I ve also got a soft spot for this new book beause it s all about wild food and that s one of my chief areas of study. This is one of the things that I spend the most time on is foraging and harvesting wild game. How do we keep up with you Tim You can follow me on Twitter. My handle is timmacwelch Whether you think we near the end of times or you just want to be prepared for the next natural disaster Prepare for Anything is a fascinating and fun read. 82 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 83 One Hand . And you can feel the groups ambition in tracks like Fire In The Hole . Due to their gritty real and not-care-whatpeople-think attitude Blackberry Smoke has a number of songs that listeners are sure to relate to. Charlie Starr (vocals guitar) Richard Turner (bass vocals) Brit Turner (drums) Paul Jackson (guitar vocals) and Brandon Still (keyboard) have been together now for 15 years and do not look to be slowing down at all after this release. Holding All The Roses comes out only a year after the release of their live 2 disc album Leave A Scar Live In North Carolina which took nearly two years of touring to complete. Their concert tour featured a full house what seemed like show after show and this kind of album is just what they need to elevate themselves above the rest of the Southern Rock genre. As to being called Southern Rock Starr says this When people call us [Southern rock] I hope they don t call us that with a smirk on their face he says. And if they do screw em I don t care. We ll fly that flag. ... We ll wear that hat -- the Southern Rock Band hat -- because we re a rock & roll band from the South it s what we do. And as for up and coming artists like themselves they are wearing that hat better than anyone else right now. With lyrics and guitar riffs that would make you think you re listening to ZZ Top or Lynrd Skynrd and a sound unique to today s Southeast Atlanta based Blackberry Smoke has done it again with their new album. Holding All The Roses debuted on February 10 2015 and features twelve tracks that contain everything from Woman In The Moon a slower song which seems to point to the groups source of inspiration to the songs that show off their edgier smokier side like Payback s A B tch and Let Me Help You (Find The Door) . The albums number two track Holding All The Roses is sure to get you dancing in your boots no matter where you are. Some of y all who grew up in the South might hear one of your grandaddy s old sayings in their track Wish In 84 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https www.youtube.com watch v fX4N8eIYbPg Time will only tell of the nationwide success of this album but one thing is for sure. For the lot of us who have listened to it we have loved it. Holding All The Roses adds a new age twist to all the old classic southern rock songs we all grew up listening to and love. Listen to the album and after two listens you ll soon have your favorite song picked out and singing it on your way to work. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 85 ROBERT EARL KEEN HAPPY PRISONER THE BLUEGRASS SESSIONS. https www.youtube.com watch v qaOYw1cOIps He plays a kind of music that few can do right and fewer really understand. Texas Country progressive country alternative country outlaw whatever. You know the sound. Willie infused Austin bound and a dash of swagger. Robert Earl Keen is royalty in this genre. Those of us who love this kind of music respect enjoy and appreciate his efforts and abilities. That s the setup. The latest effort is Happy Prisoner The Bluegrass Sessions. REK says he s always wanted to do a bluegrass album but the time wasn t right until now. And he s damned good at it. He s gathered the usual suspects for the music like longtime bass player Bill Whitbeck and the rest of his band of 30 years. But he s also added players like Nickel Creek fiddler Sara Watkins and banjo player Danny Barnes. To make it even better as he whips up some truly enjoyable bluegrass music he seems to maintain his essence that makes us love his music. Off the top of my head I don t know that anyone would think of Keen as a bluegrass singer. But he is. In fact he truly feels and sounds the part. He sounds like he s been singing bluegrass forever. He accomplishes this while still sounding uniquely like Robert Earl Keen. Keen grew up around this music and you can feel his lifelong passion for it. You can hear his roots when he opens with a song recorded by everyone from Flatt and Scruggs to Jerry Garcia Hot Corn Cold Corn. This is the first single (whatever that means) from the new album. His Phil Hall is one of the partners of The Outpost Media Group and is the Program Director of The Outpost Radio Bluegrass music makes people happy. I can t think of anything on a Saturday morning that makes me feel better than finding a good bluegrass station on the radio Robert Earl Keen No one has ever called Houston native Robert Earl Keen Bill Monroe but he has been called a Texas version of Bob Dylan. He s been kicking around the Texas music scene for decades. After 18 studio and live albums he is nationally and internationally known. I became a Robert Earl Keen fan the first time I heard him about 30 years ago. I think I still have my original red trimmed debut album No Kinda Dancer from 1984...somewhere. Few would have bet the son of a geologist and an attorney would end up in the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame. 86 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM bluegrass chops really shine through on the old Ernest Branch & the West Virginia Ramblers hit Footprints In The Snow and The Dillards favorite Old Home Place. Producer Lloyd Maines includes a great story from Peter Rowan about how Walls of Time was written by Rowan and Bill Monroe. Keen does not disappoint with his version of this bluegrass classic. You can hear Keen s signature sound mixed with great bluegrass in Twisted Laurel and White Dove. His uptempo version of 52 Vincent Black Lightning lights up your speakers. His laid back versions of East Virginia Blues Poor Ellen Smith and Long Dark Veil showcase the ease he feels in this genre of music. The duets on the album are all worthy of a listen. 99 Years For One Dark Day draws you in as Keen joins with Rowan on this classic. You can get lost in Wayfaring Stranger with Natalie Maines on harmony and while Jimmie Rodgers T for Texas is not exactly bluegrass Keen teaming with old college friend and fellow Texas Hall of Famer Lyle Lovett gives the song a bluegrass feel. It s laid back and easy to listen to. THE MUSIC ON HAPPY PRISONER IS SUPERB. Yes. I love this album. I m contemplating on making it my favorite Robert Earl Keen album. Give it a listen even if you don t like Robert Earl Keen and or you don t like bluegrass. This album is excellent for a windows rolled down or top down cruise in the mountains reading the paper in bed on Sunday morning or getting in right the state of mind at sunset on the back porch to truly appreciate what God s gifts are. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 87 How to be Stealthy in the Hereafter Get a Camo Casket Experts of popular culture have noted an increase in the number of people who want to customize their last event on earth their funeral. Choosing the proper casket is an important part of this. Several casket manufacturers offer custom-built caskets in a wide variety of styles and one of these will catch the eye of dearly departed who was a hunter. It s a hunting-themed camouflage-lined casket. Layouts can range from the subtle with only certain parts of the casket adorned with camo to the fully wrapped. According to Don Hall who has been selling caskets for 40 years and currently owns Hall Caskets in Shreveport Louisiana business is brisk. It really gets popular this time of year--during hunting season--from September to February Hall told The Shreveport Times. Hall s company sells caskets to licensed funeral homes is not the only one that produces a hunting-themed design. Other manufacturers such as Til We Meet Again the Aurora Casket Company and online marketplaces like Ultimate Memorials also offer their own variations. 88 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM MADE TO LAST FOREVER These caskets are usually constructed out of 18 to 20 gauge metal or traditional hardwood. The only difference between these caskets and more standard ones are their designs. The level of detail depends on how much the buyer is willing to invest. The Hunter Oak features solid oak hardwood construction with a laser engraved deer plaque in the head panel and laser engraved deer on the lugs so say s the copy about the product found on Aurora Casket s website. The Natural Oak camouflage interior recalls a hunter s affinity with nature and love of the outdoors. Buyers can order a wide range of different options. For example there are designs for animals other than deer such as turkey pheasant and even bass for devoted anglers. In Arkansas they like to put a big gobbler in the back said James Flurry sales manager for Hall Caskets. We can sew a deer jumping the log in the background. Baby boomers really love the camouflage look. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 89 PHOTO OF THE MONTH 90 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 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. 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