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Description: The Outpost Magazine - Country Goes Huntin' Special Edition Rhett Akins, Daryle Singletary, Luke Bryan, Travis Tritt, Dexter Roberts, Jesse Keith Whitley, David Fanning, Barry Mazor on Ralph Peer, Recipes, Killer Apps, Snow Geese, Asian Carp, O'Neill Williams and much much more...

LUKE BRYAN - HUNTIN IS GOOD - TRAVIS TRITT COUNTRY GOES HUNTIN COSTA KICKS PLASTIC SONG WRITER RHETT AKINS BEST TIMES TO FISH DAVID FANNING WOLVES IN OREGON BALD EAGLES AMERICAN IDOL DEXTER ROBERTS DARYLE SINGLETARY WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM RECIPES GEAR HOW TO & MORE RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS 1 ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & Made with 100% Real Cheese AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT STYLE 1.00 COUPON CLICK HERE 2 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM http 5MveCGisXgg 3 4 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TABLE OF CONTENTS CAN T GET ENOUGH LUKE BRYAN 16 25 RHETT AKINS 36 26 DARYLE SINGLETARY OREGON WOLF DAVID FANNING 42 OF THE OUTPOST 13 EAGLES SOARING RECORD TROUT JESSE KEITH WHITLEY RECIPES 46 DEXTER ROBERTS BARRY MAZOR ON RALPH PEER O NEILL OUTSIDE THE BOX HOW TO DON T FEED DEER 48 50 54 60 64 ASIAN CARP 66 68 GEAR 72 BEST TIME TO FISH SNOW GEES 76 92 82 94 LEGAL SIDE OF HUNTING KILLER APPS 90 104 BACK WOODS CLICK HERE 5 FEATURE STORIES KICK PLASTIC You may never have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch but if Costa sunglasses has anything to do with it you re about to. This floating debris about the size of the state of Texas is made up of disgarded plastic which has been melted into tiny bits by the sun. Because it is too small to be filtered or collected fish eat it and die. PAGE 20 COUNTRY GOES HUNTIN More than 250 country music artists and outdoor sports personalities kicked off spring turkey season this year at the annual Country Goes Hunting event. This hunt covering 175 000 acres in the Wiregrass area roughly where Florida Alabama and Georgia come together raises funds for local and regional charites. This year the recipients were the Exchange Group for Child Abuse Prevention and the Wiregrass Children s Home. PAGE 28 ANTIQUE FIREARMS Back in December 2014 a U.S. Colt Model 1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun was sold by Heritage Auctions in Dallas for 395 000. During that same auction an 1877 Bulldog U.S. Colt Single-Action Army Revolver sparked a bidding war between six people and it sold for 62 500. One of the people responsible for finding and putting these guns up for bids is Cliff Chapel who works for Heritage and is an antique gun expert. PAGE 80 6 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM W W W . T H E O U T P O S T L I F E . C O M 25 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 7 Proud to be an American Show your patriotic pride in our 2nd Amendment and Flag Tanks Save Big on GWG Apparel Get 15% off your order when you enter code OUTPOST15 Offer online only at 8 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Also available at fine retailers Be ready for life s adventure in style Editor s Letter However there was LOTS of land with lots of wild game and if you wanted to hunt or fish you just asked the land owner and he d most likely say yes. The country music singers we talked to for this special Country Goes Hunting issue pretty much had that same experience. They grew up with a single-shot .22 and then a shotgun in their hands and they learned how much fun it is to get out in the wilderness. My second theory about the popularity of hunting among country singers involves the opportunity to get out with hardcore fans. These performers are constantly traveling and when they finally get a day off there is always some fan or business acquaintance who has a place where they can get off the damn tour bus and go hunt. What is it about professional baseball players and country music singers that makes them love hunting and fishing so much As a kid I followed about a dozen Major League Baseball players and when they were interviewed during the off season every single one talked about looking forward to getting out in the woods and on the water. The fact that professional baseball players have amazing eye-to-hand coordination explains some of this love ballplayers have for hunting. Great eye-sight steady hands and superior coordination of both accounts for a baseball player s skills in hitting a mallard in flight or a whitetail deer at 100-yards. Plus ballplayers are competing during the spring and summer months and they have most of the fall and all of the winter off. This is a perfect schedule for hunting. But what about those country music singers Why are so many of them avid hunters The cover story of this issue of The Outpost features some of the biggest names in country music business and all of them will tell you straight up they would rather be hunting I have a couple of theories as to why country music singers love spending time in the great outdoors. First many of these guys and gals grew up in small towns in states like Alabama Georgia Texas and Tennessee. As someone who also grew up in one of those small communities I can assure you there is nothing much to do there but fish and hunt. We had one drivein theater for date nights and that was the extent of our entertainment options. Oh yeah it closed when I was in high school. How many invitations to go hunting do you think someone like Luke Bryan or Rhett Akins get. The answer is more than they would ever have time to accept. We hope you enjoy this issue of The Outpost. It s packed with stories about Country Going Hunting. We will also share with you why Colt firearms are so valuable to collectors. You ll meet the man driving an initiative for Costa sunglasses to Kick Plastic and find out who Ralph Peer was and why all of these country music artists should be eternally grateful to him. Hey keep in touch won t you We answer every email whether they make any sense or not. Later Art Young Editor The Outpost email me at art 9 FIELD NOTES FROM OUTPOST READERS Absolutely love O Neill Williams. Been listening to his radio show for years now. Glad to see that he has partnered with The Outpost Radio. You guys just keep getting better and better. Keep it up Greg Gainseville GA Love getting the digital magazine in my email every month. I read it cover to cover. I just wish that you guys would come out with the printed edition. Started listening to The Outpost Radio this month too and haven t stopped. Love it Ken Houston TX I signed up for one of your sweepstakes a long time ago. Even though I didn t win I have really enjoyed the magazine. I really like geting the Quick Shots Newsletter now too. Keep doing what you are doing. Great job William Gainseville FL I love the diversity of your magazine. I love all the music articles although I admit have never heard of some of them before but always like what you share. Stephen Little Rock AR I just found your On-Demand feature on your website. Awesome. Wish there were more on there. THE OUTPOST Sean Rochester NY Gorilla Marketing LLC 770-675-7200 Jason Martin Partner Art Young Editor in Chief Contributing Writers Art Young Jason Martin Andy Dye Sam Klement O Neill Williams Photo Credits Jason Martin Flickr Commons O Neill Williams Mike Dunn Greg Thompson Phillip Roach Luke Bryan - Jesse Schmidt Travis Tritt - Christy Watkins Clayton Johnston Sam Klement Tim Knight O Neill Williams Jason Martin Deidra Bridger Special Thanks - Lisa Boullt Hannah Edwards Sam Klement Greg Thompson & Mike Dunn THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2014 by The Outpost Media Group Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. 10 https watch v nZZw02b8ErI Sweet Tea HUNTIN IS GOOD WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 11 HAS BEGUN Introducing the best hunting arrow ever Maxima RED TM. The enemy of superior consistent accuracy is Dynamic Spine the flexing of an arrow in flight. Broadheads can make this flexing even worse. The new hi-tech carbon Maxima REDTM is engineered with stiffer ends to contain and control Dynamic Spine to the center of the arrow or the Red ZoneTM . The result is a breakthrough in broadhead accuracy and simply the best hunting arrow ever created. Shoot BetterTM 12 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM In spite of habitat destruction pesticides and a lack of prey the numbers of bald eagles are growing at a remarkable rate. Back in June 2007 the US Fish and Wildlife Service officially removed the bald eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species signifying the recovery of a national symbol. Now eight years later biologists are saying that the bird has moved well away from the brink of extinction. There are now roughly 69 000 eagles across the United States up from the mere 500 nesting pairs that existed in 1963. It s hard to step away from the fact that they are our nation s symbol and knowing that they ve now come back from the brink Patti Barber a biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission told CBS News I think a lot of people have a lot of pride that we managed to do that. THE EAGLES ARE SOARING Bald eagles are slow breeders and take about three months to nurture their young. An experienced eagle pair may raise up to two or three chicks every year an investment that requires enormous amounts of time and energy from the parents. Despite this in states like Nebraska 2014 was a record year for eagle nesting. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 13 THE OUTPOST EAGLES In less than a quarter century this species has gone from a nonexistent breeding species to one that is relatively numerous in the state stated Nebraska Game and Parks in a press advisory adding that the state is now home to 111 active nests. Biologists in North Carolina also recorded high nesting activity with at least 192 nesting pairs moving into areas of the state previously devoid of eagles. In fact experts said that just about every lake in the state has had eagles move in over the past few years. That s a habitat those birds didn t have before David Allen head of the state wildlife diversity program told the News & Observer. We have the potential to have more eagles in the state now than we had 100 years ago. 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 LUKE BRYAN Getting Ready For Turkey Season 16 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM AT HOME IN FRONT OF 70 000 PEOPLE OR IN THE DEER BLIND BY HIMSELF Luke Bryan has become the poster boy for country music singers who love to hunt. He also had a pretty good night recently at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony. Bryan was voted Entertainer of the Year in front of more than 70 000 people deep in the heart of Texas on April 19th. Thank you to my wife my kids ... my fans country radio said Bryan as he accepted the award in front of a record-breaking audience at Arlington s AT&T Stadium. The Georgia native who also served as the ceremony s co-host beat out a slew of country heavyweights including Garth Brooks and Miranda Lambert to claim the fan-voted award for the second time in three years. Anyone who follows this superstar also knows about his passion for outdoor sports. He has been featured on hundreds if not thousands of YouTube videos hunting every kind of wild game imaginable. He is also a regular visitor in the duck blind of The Duck Dynasty clan. According to CMT magazine Bryan s favorite type of game is whitetail deer. November and December are core deer-hunting months he said in a recent interview. And when we do Texas hunts we donate a lot of the deer to Hunters for the Hungry. But as soon as I get my farm going in Nashville I ll probably get some processing stuff so I can process my own. Bryan and his wife Caroline are building a plantation home somewhere south of Nashville with a guest house and a barn. That sounds like a perfect place to some of those many country music awards and of course the deer processing equipment. To extend his brand even further into the outdoors Bryan is sponsored by outdoor mega store Cabela s as well as having his own line of clothing available at the store called 32 Bridge Clothing. As quoted from Cabelas website Luke tells about his line There is a place in my hometown where woods and water intersect. Where whitetails slip through tall pines and shoal bass hide behind flint rocks. Where bobwhite quail whistle in the wind and doves turn a gun barrel red. I think of the stories and the laughs with my friends. I remember my dad teaching me how to be a man and now I find myself passing down these ideals to my boys. The outdoors are universal no matter where you live. Whether you re ice fishing in northern Michigan or wading in a Rocky Mountain stream the feeling is complete. I want everyone to experience the outdoors through my eyes my heart and my mind. When I begin to tell my story of the outdoors it always begins with 32 Bridge. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 17 18 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM MARIETTA GA NATIVE AND AVID OUTDOORSMAN TRAVIS TRITT SHOWS OFF HIS TROPHY WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 19 SAYS IT S TIME TO KICK PLASTIC You may never have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch but if Costa sunglasses has anything to do with it you re about to. This floating debris about the size of the state of Texas is made up of disgarded plastic which has been melted into tiny bits by the sun. Because it is too small to be filtered or collected fish eat it and die. Disposable items like plastic water bottles are huge contributors to the problem. Humans produce more than 200 billion plastic water bottles per year with at least 10 percent ending up in the ocean. In a recent interview with the Outpost the vice-president of marketing for Costa Al Perkinson talked about this giant garbage patch and what his company is doing about it. It s sort of a plastic soup he said. It s the place where the currents focus and bring all of the trash that gets thrown into the ocean. It accumulates there because of the currents. If you drove over you wouldn t necessarily see it. It wouldn t be like there d be bottles and bags floating. It gets broken down into tiny little pieces. But it s there and it changes in shape and size and people aren t exactly sure how deep it goes. Bascially it s a massive garbage patch. What happens is that the fish and the birds ingest this plastic. It kills about a million sea birds a year. And about two thirds of our fish have been tested positive for plastic. When we eat the fish we ingest the plastic that is in their bloodstream and in their bodies. It has an impact not just on the wildlife but on us as well. WHY IS COSTA INVOLVED We make our living on the resource - the ocean Perkinson noted. Most of our customers are fishermen and women or they are boaters or someone who enjoys the water. So it makes good business sense for us to protect the thing that really drives our business which is the ocean. If there aren t healthy oceans then we don t have a healthy business he said. 20 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM We re also responsible citizens and we think helping protect the environment and protect our planet is just something that we re obligated to do morally. It s something that we ve done really since the inception of the company and this is just sort of the latest effort in our whole ocean conservation program. HOW IS COSTA KICKING PLASTIC The company s first approach is to raise awareness of the problem. We had always kind of heard about this for the last several years but we really didn t realize the magnitude of the problem until very recently he said. We created a little video that just tells everybody how big of a problem this is. https watch v Dsu7ojOJ2r4 We re asking our customers and other concerned sportsmen and women to take a few steps to help mitigate the problem he said. We want them to use less disposable plastic bags at the grocery store and plastic water bottles. Get a metal water bottle - that s reusable. When you do use it recycle as much as you possibly can or just don t use it at all. We re primarily focusing on the fishing market. But give them those primary steps to take to help make a difference. And so that s a big part of what we re doing. COSTA IS ALSO LOOKING AT THEIR OWN PROCEDURES AND HOW THEY CAN REDUCE THE DEBRIS WHICH FINDS ITS WAY TO THE OCEAN. We re a manufacturer of a plastic product and while this is not a disposable product and our products stay out there for a long period of time we want to make sure that they re doing the least impact possible he noted. We have already converted our product line to 30 percent biodegradable plastic. This means if it were to fall into the ocean it would disappear within about 18 months. We re also working to make the entire product line biodegradable within the next couple of years. We re also looking at our manufacturing process he said. You just don t realize how much plastic parts come in plastic bags and shipping containers which are wrapped in plastic. Plus you have the little plastic pellets inside of the boxes that you shipped in. We re trying to do what we can to eliminate all of that as well. And then just asking other people to help. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 21 HOW CAN FISHING AND BOATING ENTHUSIASTS GET INVOLVED They can go onto our website and look under Inside Costa at our Kick Plastic page and get educated about the problem he said. We have links to all sorts of articles and films about this topic and if they ll just watch some of that I think they ll immediately see what a big problem it is. After that we hope they ll use less plastic and recycle what they do use. That ll make a huge difference. For more information contact 1-800-447-3700 or visit the company s web site at Join the conversation on Facebook at costasunglasses or on Twitter CostaSunglasses If you d like to hear this interview in its entirety click here for The Outpost On Demand. http pod_popup1561.html 22 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THIS BROWNIE GOES UP ON THE WALL IMAGE FROM CLAVIN JOHNSTON S FACEBOOK PAGE 24 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM They grow some BIG brown trout in Arkansas. Just ask Calvin Johnston. He caught a 38-pound seven-ounce brown trout from the White River near Cotter Arkansas. According to the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission while not a record for the state it is the largest brown trout ever caught from that river and the third largest ever taken in the state. This is just further evidence that anglers still have the opportunity to catch trophy fish on Arkansas s worldclass trout waters said Christy Graham the state trout management program coordinator. Not only was this fish huge it was the first brownie Calvin had ever caught. (Note to Calvin Try not be be disappointed when you catch the next one). According to the Baxter Bulletin newspaper Johnston ended up pulling in the 35.7-inch fish from a bank after a 20 minute fight. For most of the duration Johnston said his brother just thought he was putting up an act. I thought holy cow This is a monster I need some help. So I started calling for my brother he said. Later I found out he heard me but he said I m not going down there it s cold he ain t got no fish. What a brother right He blew me off--typical brother. I knew immediately when I saw the fish it was a monster the Johnston told KETV. The trout came just short of the current state record for brown trout which is still held by a 40.4-pound fish caught in 1992 from the Little Red River. That fish belongs to angler Howard Collins. Johnston says he already sent the fish to a taxidermist and is planning to have it mounted. https watch v gGw2mHQpBQk W W W . T H E O U T P O S T L I F E . C O M WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 25 OREGON WOLF POPULATION IS GROWING THIS COULD MEAN AN END TO PROTECTIONS FOR THE SPECIES IN OREGON. Just seven years after wolves reappeared in Oregon the state s wolf population has hit a major threshold. According to Oregon s Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) the latest census has found that there are at least seven breeding pairs of wolves in the state which each produce at minimum two pups that survive to the end of the year. In accordance with the state s wolf management plan officials are now moving into the second phase of the recovery process which could include removing the species from the state s endangered species list. This is an important step for Oregon. Wolves have now met one of the initial milestones envisioned by the public and the Commission said Russ Morgan ODFW wolf coordinator in a press release. In the past seven years Oregon has gone from no known wolves to resident and reproducing wolves and now to meeting our conservation objective for the eastern part of the state. THE DELISTING PROCESS The process of delisting the gray wolf begins with a full status review by wildlife officials of which the end result will be presented to the US Fish and Wildlife Service as early as this April. If that occurs a decision may be made as soon as June. The ODFW and conservation groups have hailed the new step as a major victory for wolf recovery but not everyone is happy about the species potential delisting. Animal rights groups such as Oregon Wild argue that the wolf packs are still too vulnerable to expose to hunting or being shot as nuisance animals by ranchers. Before the latest census livestock owners and residents of rural areas required a permit to use beanbag guns or other non-lethal injurious harrassment methods to deter wolves and only after the predators have been observed actively injuring livestock. With the wolf management threshold met ranchers now have more options to defend their property from predators. According to Todd Nashwho is the chairman of the Oregon s Cattlemen Association wolf committee delisting will provide ranchers with even greater security. For us as cattlemen we didn t want wolves here to begin with but if we are going to have wolves we need to have good controls over problem wolves and this is a step in that direction. The Wolf Plan is working and the wolf population in Oregon expanding as the original crafters of the Plan thought it would said Brett Brownscombe ODFW interim deputy director. We should embrace this wildlife success as wolves return to the Oregon landscape and ensure management approaches are also in place to address the challenges that come with wolves. 26 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 27 28 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM IF IT S SPRING IT S TIME FOR COUNTRY GOES HUNTING More than 250 country music artists and outdoor sports personalities kicked off spring turkey season this year at the annual Country Goes Huntin event. This hunt covering 175 000 acres in the Wiregrass area roughly where Florida Alabama and Georgia come together raises funds for local and regional charites. This year the recipients were the Exchange Group for Child Abuse Prevention and the Wiregrass Children s Home. The brainchild of childhood buddies Sam Klement and singer songwriter Rhett Akins Country Goes Huntin was designed to bring together two southern passions - country music and hunting - to make a difference in people s lives. The premise is simple. Top hunting pros and country singers from around the country are invited to come together in Dothan Alabama to raise money for people less fortunate. Everyone comes at their own expense and no one is paid for their time or efforts. The pro-staffers take the singers on a multi-day turkey hunt and at the end of the last day the country stars perform a benefit concert in which the general public is invited to attend. All the money from the ticket sales online auctions and proceeds from other items sold are then put into a huge pot which is divided among charities. This annual event has a lot of help from Sam Klement s friends in the Outdoor Sports arena. This year. all four major networks had some of their top shows on hand to join in. Sam said. The Outdoor Channel Sportsman s Channel Pursuit & Hunt Channel folks like The TurkeyMan Eddie Salter Nick Mundt from the Bone Collector crew Nate Hosie from Headhunter TV and the Backwoods Life TV crew were on hand. As for the singers who came to try and grab a gobbler it was a who s who of the industry. Craig Campbell Daryle Singletary Dexter Roberts Cole Taylor Bobby Pinson Adam Sanders Ashton Shepard Sweet Tea John Stone and many others all joined in the fun. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 29 Klement had some great help from his vast rolodex of sponsors. He noted This event would not be possible without the support and donations from outstanding companies like Waffle House Guthrie s Chicken AnheuserBusch Muck Boots Costa Del Mar Realtree Winchester Camping World Premier Cabins Spectrashot and Bad Boy Buggies. Many of the top executives of these companies got to join in on the hunt and activities he said. Muck Boots filmed a commercial which should be airing later this year and Spectra Shot set up a very popular skeet course on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Apparently many of these singers and outdoor sports personalities and executives had been working on their marksmanship before coming down to Country Goes Huntin . The final tally of birds harvested stood at 70. With this many hunters and that many birds taken the stock prices of the ammunition companies must have taken a little jump up Event founders Sam Klement and Rhett Akins https watch v mQolo9LKqAw Budweiser exec Tim Keller (right) 30 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Bi-Polar Broadheads - Tim Knight CGH Team Member Lisa Boullt with guys at camp Guide Justin Young & his adorable little boy IN HONOR OF THIS GREAT EVENT THE OUTPOST THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO MEET SOME OF THE COUNTRY ARTISTS WHO LOVE LIFE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS. Adam Sanders Co-Writer (Josh Martin) of 1 hit with Cole Swindell You Ain t Worth the Whiskey Alanna Conaway from Country Weekly with turkey love WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 31 A NIGHT AT Song writer host and emcee - Bobby Pinson 32 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Singer Songwriter - Cole Taylor Singer Songwriter - Adam Sanders Singer Songwriter - John Stone Blue Foley (L) - William Michael Morgan (C) - Randall Clay (R) WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 33 COUNTRY G https watch v NtZkCYlIdZI SWEET TEA TRIO ES HUNTIN O Brittney Glaze Destination Whitetail Joshua Carney Son of the South Country music star Morgan Mills The Otupost publisher Jason Martin (L to R) Misty Loggins Ashley Mcbride and Terri Jo Box 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 36 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM YOU KNOW HIM AS A SINGER SONGWRITER SUPERSTAR BUT HE D RATHER BE TURKEY HUNTING Combining two talents singing and songwriting has made Rhett Akins one of the most successful talents in country music. He also is a passionate hunter and one of the early performers to join in the fun at Country Goes Huntin . I didn t really have a choice he laughed. I was born in South Georgia on a farm with my parents grandparents cousins we all lived like the Waltons I grew up riding four-wheelers and shooting guns and it was just a part of my DNA I guess. I ve been doing it for as long as I could hold a.22 or 410. What s Rhett s favorite kind of hunt The answer has changed over the years. It s always been deer hunting from the beginning he said with no hesitation. However over the past ten years turkey hunting has pretty much taken over for me. We didn t really have many turkeys in South Georgia when I was growing up he said. And now they re everywhere. Over the past ten years I ve just been fascinated by turkeys. I love to call em love to watch them strut. I just love everything about them. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 37 What type of call does this country superstar use to call in the gobblers I use everything and anything I can to call them in he laughed. I m not the best mouth-caller in the world but I ve got the cadence down and can get a pretty good raspy call. I can t do it like the guys on TV but for some reason they come in close enough for me to get a shot. I also use a slate call and a box call he said. It really depends on the wind and the terrain. If I need a louder call to cover the distance I will use a box call. If I got one coming my way I ll usually use a slate call for some softer purrs. It s really just based on the situation. 38 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https watch v XBv9W34yUqQ Does he bring home the turkeys using a gun or a bow I mostly use shotguns Akins said. However I have gotten a couple of turkeys bow-hunting and this was really incredible. I had one bow hunt when the turkey was so fixated on my decoy that he never even noticed me I wasn t in a blind. I was just sitting against a tree when he turned his back to me I just drew back the bow and got him. Rhett combined his two passions music and hunting in an album with professional hunter Michael Waddell. Michael would like to be a singer and I would like to be a professional hunter he said. Every time we got together to hunt the guitars would come out. Well we started writing songs about hunting and in 2010 we put out collection of songs called Bone Collector. It s ten hunting songs. Some are funny and some are serious. We covered duck hunting deer hunting turkey hunting hog hunting. One of my favorite cuts on the record is Granddaddy s Gun which was inspired by the shotgun I got from my grandfather right after he died. The next generation of Akins has burst on the music scene and with a slew of number one songs and arenafilling performances he s one of the top talents in the business. My son is Thomas Rhett Rhett noted. I wrote his first two number one songs It Goes Like This and Give me Some of That. Later he and I wrote Parking Lot Party together with Lee Brice. We ve been very blessed to be in the same business with him and have some success. It s pretty rare in any profession to get to work with your own kid but when you sit down and write a song together and six months later everyone in the world knows the words that s just nuts to me He s doing great. He s had three number one songs in a row. I have tons of video of him as a young boy playing guitar and singing Akins said. But the best video I have is one of him on a turkey hunt where he shot two turkeys with one shot. The first time he pulled the trigger on a turkey he shot two of them WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 39 RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS w w w. T h e O u t p o s t L i f e . c o m https watch v UPNDK46QiRM The father-son duo knows how to put together a hit song and it looks like they know a thing or two about life in the great outdoors. If you d like to hear this interview in its entirety click here for The Outpost On Demand. http pod_popup1555.html 40 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 41 Daryle Singletary was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at the very first Country Goes Hunting events 14 years ago. The Outpost caught up with 44-year old Daryle Singletary at his home in Nashville and the talk naturally turned to music and hunting. I got a new album coming out he said. This record is something different. We did this one ourselves. I ve been on a record label for the last 18 years and I just thought to myself I ve been working for the big boys long enough. So I went out and found some friends to help and we got it done and we own it all. We re proud of it. It s a good collection of songs and I ve got a couple of surprises on there. We re looking at a late-May release date. Where did this singer get his nickname Double-Barrel Daryle I got into turkey hunting about 14 years ago he said. As a kid I bird hunted dove and quail but I didn t do any turkey hunting. However Sam Klement who puts on Country Goes Huntin invited us down to the event in 2001 and it was a duck hunt quail hunt get-soaking wet have-a-big time The second year was when we started the turkey hunt and the guys I was touring with at the time Rhett Akins and some others went down and had a big time even though I didn t get a turkey during the event. daryle singletary AN OUTPOST CHAT WITH DOUBLE-BARREL DARYLE Sam and I went hunting a few days later and I had a big beautiful turkey come in our decoy he said. I shot one barrel and missed him. Then shot the other barrel and missed him again Well the turkey hung around and Sam said shoot him again. I said hey I m out of shells because it was a double-barrel gun. So the turkey eased on out of the area and Sam and I talked about the experience and had a good laugh. The next day Rhett comes down and he Sam and I go out to try and kill a turkey. We set up and see a bunch of turkeys out about 250 yards and we set up the decoy and as the sun rose they started coming our way. They got in range and Sam said shoot em. I m still using this double-barrel and I shoot one time and miss the bird. I shoot another time and miss the bird...again Rhett tried the shot and his gun misfires. So nobody got a turkey 42 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM After the birds moved on (out of boredom I guess) we got to talking about my missing with both shots the day before and then missing with both barrels the next day. Out of the blue Rhett starts laughing and says Old double barrel Daryle. Needless to say that stuck and even 15 years later I still hear that when I show up Some people prefer to shorten it to Old DBD. When I get off the road I usually send to people I met a thank you card he said. And on the card is my name at the top and a double-barrel shotgun at the bottom with D and B on the opening. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 43 44 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https watch v 7XahUE__NNU Turkey hunting can be frustrating he said. I can get doubles all day quail hunting but I can t kill this big ol turkey that s 25 steps away. After 15 or so years I have come to realize that it doesn t matter how good a shot you are or how long you ve been hunting you can miss a turkey very easily. I got over it got to be a better turkey hunter and I ve had a big time ever since. Over the years I ve killed all of the sub-species of turkeys found in various parts of North America he noted. There s one subspecies in South America which I haven t harvested but I don t really care to go down there and try to get him. How is DBD involved in Country Goes Huntin It s an awesome deal he said. We got it together to get our buddies together and turkey hunt and just hang out. Then we thought shoot while we re hanging out we might as well raise some money for a worthwhile cause. So we ve supported a wide range of groups including some local groups that just needed some help. Over the years we ve said well is this last one But each year we do another one and another one he laughed. Over the years its been a weekend deal and a weekday deal and we ve finally figured out that since the majority of the attendees are country artists and most of us work on the weekends we need to hold it during the week. We open the turkey season and go for three or four days. We go to a little ol honky tonk in Dothan called Cowboys and we hold a big event which is pretty much a concert featuring those performers who are in town for the hunt. We use this event to raise money for the charity we ve chosen for the year. This event is a big time every year and we love it he said. Folks can check out the website to see what kind of fun we had this year To hear this interview with Daryle Singletary click here for The Outpost On Demand. http pod_popup1559.html WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 45 A YOUNG MAN COMES BACK TO HIS SWEET HOME ALABAMA TO HUNT TURKEY 46 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Many of the finalists of the American Idol show have gone on to become mega-stars and that s just what Dexter Roberts hopes happens to him. The young singer earned millions of new fans because of the show and now he has to get out on the road and show them it was not a fluke. For all the traveling and everything that entails he s just a small-town country boy who also enjoys getting out and turkey hunting. He also had a blast at his first Country Goes Hunting event. It was fun man even if I didn t seal the deal and bring back a turkey he said. I got in late Sunday night and didn t get to put the turkey s to roost and then didn t hit one but it was a lot of fun. Dexter grew up in Fayette Alabama a perfect place to learn about hunting and fishing. I did he said. I killed my first turkey when I was 10 and my cousin and I were not really turkey hunting. We were just walking out in a field. There was a turkey there and we shot it. I said to myself that was pretty fun...I need to start doing this. I got a new gun (A5) and used it for the Country Goes Hunting. Unfortunately they don t make a lot of chokes for this gun so I shot the full-bore and I missed my first shots he said. I shot and shot and my buddy said D do you have any pellets in those shells Dexter has a new record that dropped a few weeks after his trip to Country Goes Hunting called Dream About Me. Yeah we real excited about this new records but it s been crazy for the past two years he said. Two years ago I was just this guy from a little town in Alabama and now I m cutting a record God has blessed me every day. We had some good people working on this record. Don Goodman who has written several hits with Blake Shelton co-wrote some of the songs with me. I want to write songs that everyone can relate to. I want people to hear a song and say he lived that. I want to write songs that can turn a bad day into a good day. I ve got a song on the record called Heaven is a Small Town which I hope everyone will enjoy. Dexter is clearly a product of growing up in a small town. He s modest about his accomplishments. He s naturally hilarious and never forgets his manners around old magazine interviewers by saying Yes sir a lot. So just how big is Fayette Alabama Man we ve got a couple of stop lights and a WalMart but it s big enough for a kid to learn about the fun you can have without a lot of hustle and bustle. To hear the complete interview with Dexter Roberts click here for The Outpost on Demand. http podcasts pod1564.mp3 https watch v 5GGPYNVkKOw WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 47 JESSE KEITH WHITLEY SHARING HIS FAVORITE TURKEY CALL His grandfather (George Morgan) and father (Keith Whitley) were legends in country music and his mother Lorrie Morgan is one of the most popular artists in the genre. So when he got old enough Jesse Keith Whitley joined the family business. However like a lot of young country singers when he s off the road Jesse spends as much time as possible in the woods and on the water. What s he been up to since the last time he spoke with The Outpost We re in the process of cutting a new album he said. We re writing the whole thing and we ve included a couple of song written by my dad. One is titled I Went Crazy for a While and it s a country song...I mean country song The other one is Burnt the Sawmill Down and I m excited to be able to have these songs in the album. 48 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM We ve also got a lot of dates lined up over the next few months spending time in Georgia Alabama Florida and throughout the South. We re looking forward to this year. It looks like a promising one. As is the case with many kids a couple of adults took the time to teach Jesse about hunting and fishing and that interest is still powerful. I didn t really into hunting and fishing until my early teen years he said. My uncle Marty took me squirrel hunting for the first time and I was pretty much hooked after that. Later my mom was married to Sammy Kershaw and he got me into deer hunting varmint hunting turkey hunting and all of that. We became hunting buddies and I got serious about the sport. There s lots of good-natured debate about the best type of turkey calls. So what type of call does Jesse Keith Whitley use to get those gobblers in range Oh hell man (Laughing) I m going to have to go with the slate call myself. Because it s easy. However my good buddy Andy Griggs with whom I ve done a lot of turkey hunting over the last couple of years would probably do a little arguing about that. He s a handful but he s a turkey hunting fool and he can call em in with a diaphragm call slate call or box call. It doesn t matter to him. He s good at all of them. I ve tried those diaphragm calls Jesse said. But when I use them it sounds like I m doing some kind of coyote call or something Jesse also enjoys getting to hunt at the Country Goes Hunting event. This Country Goes Hunting event is a great way for us to give back a little he noted. It let s us show our appreciation for the people who have supported us over the years and allowed us to do what we do. We re going to get down there the night before the show get up early and go hunting and then stay for the show at Cowboys he said. We re going to play some of my new stuff at the show and I m looking forward to sharing that. I tell you what though it makes me nervous playing new songs and material in front of some like Rhett (Akins). He s got a lot of success under his belt and he s someone who is very inspirational to those of us just getting started writing. They don t get much better than Rhett. To hear the entire interview with Jesse Keith Whitley just click here for The Outpost on Demand http podcasts pod1562.mp3 https watch v T7pluDp_6ls WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 49 DAVID FANNING A musical triple-threat and he d still rather be hunting 50 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https watch v N05eZUt8axE Singer songwriter and music producer extraordinaire David Fanning can do it all in the music business. However when he finally gets off the tour bus he s ready for the great outdoors. He originally made his mark in the music business as a producer. He produced successful projects for Thompson Square ( Are You Going to Kiss me or Not ) and Parmalee ( Carolina ). In addition to producing he began writing songs and found even greater success. My career has been kind of backwards he laughed. Most people start off being an artist and then move on to writing and producing. I did it the other way. Now I m trying the artist thing. I moved to Nashville to be an artist and it s crazy how that producer job landed in my lap. However it s made me a better singer and songwriter and I m thankful for the way it happened. David Fanning has also had great success with a pop music idol Justin Timberlake. How did this come about Justin is from Memphis originally and he s always wanted to record a country song or album David notes. He was in Nashville for a concert and he called up and asked us to work up one of his songs with a more country flair. So I had a few hours and that s what I did. We got in the studio re-worked Drink You Away recorded it that night and played it for Justin the next morning. It turned out pretty good. Fanning has a new single - Doing Country Right which was released about a month ago. What s the story behind this song It s one of those songs like or don t like it which gets stuck in your head he said. Folks can listen to this on YouTube or at When did David Fanning discover his love of all things Outdoor I grew up in Ardmore Tennessee which is right on the Alabama Tennessee line he said. It s in the middle of nowhere so there are very options for entertaining yourself. Hunting is just what you do. It started out with some dove hunting then moved into other types of hunting. When I got a little bit older I started deer hunting. For me anyway there s just something very satisfying about being outdoors. I recently acquired some land in Kentucky and we started hunting up there this past season. It s a whole different world up there in terms of deer hunting the deer are smarter up there The state of Kentucky also released some elk up there so we have some elk on our property. The deer out there are a different breed from those in Tennessee. This farm has a mountain range and the deer come up over the mountains and this is the only way in and out. So if you come over the mountain at night and wait until morning you have a shot at them. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 51 The area doesn t require a lot of preparation such as food plots or deer feeders for attracting deer he said. Unlike in Tennessee these deer just come out and they re huge. What about bow hunting David is expanding his arsenal this year. I ve never done it before but this year I m going to try and learn to use a cross-bow he said. All my buddies and the guys I write with are all huge cross-bow hunters and that s one of my goals for this year. I know it s a whole different beast with a bow so we ll see what happens. We should do some kind of contest with the readers of the The Outpost this year and let someone come on a hunt with me this year in Kentucky. (EDITOR S NOTE WE RE READY DAVID. LET S DO IT ) There s a couple ponds on the property too he said. So the winner can also go fishing with us. They are stocked with massive catfish which means we can have a big fish-fry too. What is it about people who love country music and hunting and fishing They seems to go together. It s true he said. People who have a passion for hunting and a passion for music are fun to be around. In my case I m on a bus every day and it s so cool to be able to take a few days and get out in the outdoors. It s just something you can t explain. It rejuvenates you To hear this interview with David Fanning just click here for The Outpost On Demand. http pod_popup1557.html YOUNG DAVID FANNING 52 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM It s about Time. It s about Certainty. 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WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 53 54 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM BARRY MAZOR EXPLAINS HOW RALPH PEER FOREVER CHANGED MUSIC This issue of the Outpost features many country music writers and performers and even though they may not be aware of it each owes a certain debt to a man named Ralph Peer. He was the man turning the knobs in a tiny studio in Bristol Tennessee when the legendary Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers exploded The Big Bang sessions which forever changed the country and some feel popular music. Ralph Peer changed culture. He was a true visionary who realized the potential power of common music and through his genius changed the lives of just about every artist he touched. He also changed the way music is performed bought and sold If you read the Wall Street Journal with any regularity you ve probably seen the byline of our guest today. Barry Mazor writes about roots and Americana music for the Journal. He also contributes editorial content to No Depression Magazine The Oxford American The Washington Post Village Voice National Scene. He also wrote one of my favorite biographies on Jimmie Rogers. He is most certainly the expert on Ralph Peer because he has written a definitive biography Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music. The Outpost Ralph Peer must be the most fascinating person most people have never heard of. He was an A&R man record producer artist manager music publisher among other things and for those who don t make their living for music what exactly does and A&R man do Barry Mazor An A&R man that stands for artist and repertoire and this is the person who finds the artist you want to record for a record company and matches them with the songs that they think are going to work for the audience. Now even publishers have them today in placing songs. If people have heard of Peer at all in general population it s probably because of the Bristol sessions where he in fact discovered the Carter family and Jimmie Rogers. That was two weeks in a 50 year career which is the story told in this book. If you want to talk about it in terms of his full time job right out of high school which meant 1910 he started working in the music industry and he did it till the day he died in January 1950. So his career spands the era of cylinder recordings through stereo and color TV. Peer had a kind of a secret sauce didn t he What were the criteria he would use for making those like a hit record and building an audience for his performers This is a guy who did the first recordings of blues with African Americans. He cut the first country Hillbilly records recorded the first jazz recorded in the south and brought Latin music into popularity. What do they all have in common I think step by step he came to certain ideas which was that this music which was special. It was the music of special audiences in some special place. Regional music. The music business hadn t figured what it was that made it special. It was brand new. It s novel. That s the rule that kind of runs through this. The idea was back in the twenties was Let s do something nobody s done. We ll record black artists for black people. We ll record hillbilly artists for hillbillies and it had not been done at all before that. And that worked. It turned out there was this huge appetite for it and the record sold. The thought was after some years of working this model those sorts of performers and these sorts of regional music - this roots music - could reach a much wider audience if they handled it the right way. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 55 A lot of what that handling meant was bring the star system to roots music. Peer realized that if he found a large personality who sold these songs the song we could establish enough that other people would want to do them too. If the song was really good and seemed to match the artist in terms of what it was about that would buttress the artist. This means a rascally guy like Jimmie Rogers the Singing Brakeman - is going to be doing these songs about gambling and drinking and the jailhouse and hoboing. And it means the Carter Family we re going to do domestic songs about Sunday morning and life at home. It worked. https watch v ZbmQQ4RfzVE Jimmie Rogers and the Carter Family were a part of The Big Bang of country music the place where the genre started. What happened in Bristol Tennessee One misconception is that it was the first time country music was recorded. That s not true. In fact Peer had been doing it himself for four or five years at that point. And that s where these ideas developed that you could do more. However with the backing of this big record company (RCA Victor) and this idea that he needed to find the right personalities money was spent so there was high-quality recordings. This idea of going out on location and recording people outside of some New York studio but in the areas they lived was something he fostered and was first to do regularly for a record company. I don t mean some folklorist such as John and Alan Lomax working out of the trunk of their car to document folk songs. I m talking about professional equipment brought closer to home where we could get the people we might not find and who couldn t travel. So you ve got this fresh supply of potentially talented artists. Bristol is a town split right down the main street half in Tennessee half in Virginia in the mountains. It s not far from North Carolina either. Peer and his team announced they re coming and in the course of two weeks a variety of important artists came there. The Carter family came in and recorded for the first time ever. 56 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The Singing Brakeman comes in with a band that he was not very comfortable playing with and that s when Peer gets one look at him and one listen to him and said Well this is two different groups. He pulls Jimmie Rodgers out as a potential star separate artist. Within a few weeks he was recording him for RCA. Then he records T for Texas the so-called Blue Yodel and it sells close to a million copies. This becomes one of the biggest records of his era and Peer s got the kind of star he was looking for which is the Elvis of that day. This opportunity arose and it exploded partly because people really wanted to hear somebody like that. They identified with this guy. The fact that he was on one hand a bad boy. On the other hand he was threatened with tuberculosis. They didn t exactly spell it out but eventually he s singing about it. People got the picture. It wasn t something in polite society you sort of advertised in those days but he was dying from the beginning. The Bristol sessions just to be clear were in 1927. It s a really interesting summer because it s the summer that talking pictures start and really began to publicize celebriteis such as Babe Ruth Lindbergh. You could really be famous. The whole country music field takes off from there and he works it in among others for the rest of his life. Peer recorded a good many people in country music but he recorded many types of music. This is the same man sometime in the same recording sessions who recorded Blind Willie McTell and Statesboro Blues the original. He recorded Louis Armstrong and the top five s jazz band and seminal jazz records. We can go on like that because it wasn t just country music. It was all these deals. I loved the piece in the book about the man who wrote Georgia on My Mind and how that relates to Peer. What a great song. Hoagy Carmichael who became one of the great American songwriters wrote Georgia on my Mind and Stardust He got introduced to Peer by a mutual acquaintance in Chicago and Peer recorded Hoagy Carmichael with a bunch of unknown kids. It was like Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman behind him. TO Wow Yeah. They were teenagers [chuckles]. They were just doing a gig. But Peer records Hoagy and he actually takes a job with Peer. An important in-between point is that as the record business got so bad at the height of the depression Peer started to focus strictly on publishing of songs. Even when the records were not selling sheet music was there if you re in the right field where people read music. Plus you can place songs in movies the broadcaster s radio is growing and they still need songs. There are ways to make money with music even when the record business is bad. When Jimmie Rodgers died in 1933 the record business was so bad and Peer had to make some decisions. He focused on publishing for the rest of his life. He moved his publishing office to the Brill Building in New York City which by the way was the future home of sort of pop music in America down there in Times Square. The first person ever to move an office into the Brill Building for a music company was Ralph Peer at the end of the twenties And thirty years later Carole King Barry Mann and Cythia Weil all show up for work in the same building. It was during this time when he changed the way performers and particularly writers of songs got paid. He started paying songwriters in advance of their royalties. It was directly related to his idea that if you had the strong personality the songs could move. What recording artists generally didn t know and the record companies were usually not to anxious to tell them is that all those songs on records have publishing attached to them also. Now if you re doing what a real publisher does it s back to that idea that I mentioned before which is that you don t try to promote it just for the person on this label. You try to get other people to do them. A guy like Jimmie Rodgers wound up with a fleet of Cadillacs and a mansion in Texas not just because his record sold so well. But there d be 15 to 20 people at a time recording all of these songs that he came out with. Some of them were Gene Autry and Jimmy Davis and they were pretty big stars who were doing Jimmy Rodgers songs. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 57 https watch v 5k0bKSJOywc Peer started to push those songs that were on the record to see that he got his share as the publisher. He eventually got wealthy from that. Although when the record business was bad nobody would bring in that much money. But he also paid the writers of the songs and it s not for nothing that so often the people most associated with Peer whether it s A P Carter and the Carter family or Jimmie Rogers Fats Waller or Hoagy Carmichael all the way through to Buddy Holly at the end in the 1950 s are performing songwriters. It makes very literal they can sell the song and they bring the right material that s for them with them. All those people made a lot of money from the publishing attached to those records. After 1935 it s not Ralph Peer making the records other people are. But he s placing those songs and these acts with record companies and everybody starts to do well again. Peer certainly did well himself. He wound up a wealthy man and it wasn t from the early roots music artists that he s probably still best known for working with. After the war he introduced the whole globe to the music of Latin America which included the whole Latin dance craze of World War II. Most everybody knows songs like Besame Mucho or Tico Tico. He started getting the world rights to these Latin songs which like a blues song or gospel or hillbilly song in America had nowhere to go. They were stuck in their own countries and in South America there was no structure. He set it up so he could bring those to the world and in fact a lot of the money that he made was made by placing those songs and all those big colorful MGM musicals and things that we ve all seen from the 40 s and 50 s. There was huge money in that. And that s where he finally got to be a very wealthy man. What happened to all of those publishing companies that Peer started Are they still making money Every one of them-- they consolidated into one. It was a family business. It became the world s largest independent publisher in 28 countries. It s never been bought up by some huge conglomerate. It is run to this day by his son Ralph Peer II. When Peer died in 1960 it was run by his wife for many years and then the son. 58 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM In fact his son allowed me to tell this story of his father s life which has never been told. There are reminisces of Peer fleeting from biographies or memoirs of the many different people he worked with but often nothing to check against. Peer s son made available to me. His letters his wife s diaries the actual royalty statements of the artist that became possible for the first time all these years after this man died to really tell the story straight. It was for me a really great opportunity. The fact that the family is still there in the same business and the company is still there also helped preserve all this information and let me tell the story. I ve read that something else was planned around the Peer story - a record series or an album Yeah we re working on that. I m told there should be a box set from Sony records because most of the records that Peer produced as an A&R man were either on Okeh records which eventually became part of Columbia or RCA Victor all of which are part of Sony Legacy Music today oddly enough. It s hard for some of us at a certain age to get our head wrapped around it. But it s like Ford merging with Chevy or something it s all one company now. It s possible to do this but we re trying to do that right. There are intentions to bring that out before too long yes. If you re interested in history-- of the United States or that of the music business at the turn of the century you will enjoy Ralph Peer and Making of Popular Roots Music. Barry Mazor wrote the book and you can purchase it at your local bookstore or If you d like to hear this interview in its entirety click here for The Outpost On Demand. http pod_popup1535.html WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 59 THE OUTPOST RECIPES WHOLE GRILLED LOUISIANA REDFISH INGREDIENTS 1 (12-15 lb) Louisiana Redfish 2 tsp minced garlic 2 tsp lemon juice 1 sticks butter 2 tbsp Dizzy Gourmet Simply Zensational SeasoningTM 1 tsp hot sauce METHOD Set the EGG for direct cooking at 300 F 149 C with a Cast Iron Grid flat side down. Fillet redfish along backbone leaving skin and scales on outside of fish. Blend together garlic lemon juice butter hot sauce and Simply Zensational Seasoning in a sauce pan. Simmer 10 minutes. Place fish on the cooking grid scale side down. 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You can also visit his website at 62 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM cup olive oil 2 3 cup flour 1 medium sweet onion 1 large bell pepper 6 garlic cloves cup carrots 3 stalks celery 1 tsp black pepper 6 cups chicken broth 2 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes 1 tsp salt 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp hot pepper sauce 1 tsp chopped fresh basil 1 teaspoon thyme 1 tsp cumin 4 bay leaves 1 (16 ounce) can corn 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno 10 ounces frozen okra 2 cups wild turkey breast cut into 1 inch cubes 1 cup kielbasa 2 cups shrimp Cooked rice INGREDIENTS METHOD Set the EGG for direct cooking at 300 F 149 C. Add oil to a Stir-Fry and Paella Pan slowly mixing in the flour to make a roux. Keep cooking and stirring until it is a dark golden brown. Be patient because it can take a while. Raise the EGG temperature to 350 F 177 C. Add the roux to a Dutch oven place the Dutch oven on the cooking grid. Stir in the onion bell pepper garlic carrots celery and black pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes or just until the vegetables start to turn tender. LIFE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 63 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PULL BACK EFFORTS TO STOP ASIAN CARP Some experts feel the advance of Asian carp on Lake Michigan is slowing and the Army Corps of Engineers has scaled back their funding request to contain them. As one might imagine not everyone is happy with this move. Last year the US Army Corps of Engineers submitted a report which detailed options to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes including a massive proposal that would cost as much as 18 billion to complete. However in February the Corps asked for just 500 000 in its budget on Asian carp out of a 4.7 billion request to Congress. Conservation groups who have been following the spread of the invasive species and its attempts to enter Lake Michigan are now saying that sum is much too low. Quoted in the Detroit Free Press Tim Eldger executive director of the Great Lakes Commission said I will say there is a big hole in the government s budget for Asian carp It s totally inadequate. THESE FISH ARE INVASIVE PESTS Asian carp are a highly invasive species that was first imported to the United States for aquacultural purposes. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the fish escaped into 64 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM the Mississippi River and colonized the waterway and many of its tributaries. For years conservationists have been worried that two species of Asian carp silver and bighead would find their way into the Great Lakes the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. However the species seems to have been halted by an electronic barrier in the Chicago Area Waterway System. Appearing before the US House Appropriations Subcommittee last week the commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers said that the fish s advance has stopped. According to the nearest Asian carp spawning area to the Great Lakes is 62 miles away and established populations are an even further 143 miles away. It appears that the area s much lauded and highly expensive electric barriers are proving to be effective. In addition to its 500 000 budget for carp prevention the Corps did ask for an additional 28 million to finish a third electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Conservationists argue that the barriers should not be the only solution to the Asian carp problem and the US Fish and Wildlife Service seems to agree. The agency is proposing to increase its own 5.5 million budgets on carp monitoring efforts in the region. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 65 THE NUMBER ONE BEST BASS FISHING LAKE IN THE WORLD Wow what a title The best in the world You be the judge. This involves 115 acres of cypress filled black water in Laurelhill NC owned and operated by Jim Morgan and managed by him and his family for the last 150 years. I could give you all the particulars about its origin back to the civil war and all that but you can read as much as you like on the Internet. That s not the point. I was there one Fall day to shoot an O Neill Outside television show so though I d spend a few minutes in the boat with Jim to kinda get our discussion started what I d like to cover in the show just get our communication on the way so the show would move smoothly. It was 2 p.m. and I didn t think we d really get into any fish until 4 or so and thought we d have at least 2 hours to get acquainted. The cameraman came along just to get some beauty shots of the lake and surrounded landscape until we anticipated the bass would start biting. By 4 that afternoon we d already caught and released 20 largemouth bass between 2 and 6 pounds. Yes you read right.... about 60 to 80 pounds. None below 2 pounds and no giants over 6. The show was completed and it has aired several times. 66 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM On the second visit the air temperature was 24 degrees and the water temperature was 42. Cold I thought what the heck let s give it a try. I had recruited Davy Hite sponsored as I am by Buckeye Lures designers and manufactures of the Mop Jig. That s the lure we were using and is a great big bass bait. You gotta take into consideration that Davy has won the Bassmaster Classic has been Bass Angler of the Year and is a consummate pro. He s not your average afternoon fishing buddy In three hours that afternoon under those conditions we caught 7 largemouths that totaled over 35 pounds. OK Davy caught most of them but never-the-less the lake produced them. I ve been there now 6 times. Largest bass 8 pounds. Most bass in one day 50 between 4 and 6 pounds. I took Travis to Kingfisher too (that s him in the photo). That bass was 19 inches long 18 and around and weighed in at 8 pound and 9 ounces. Travis caught him on a Mop Jig of course. Like to catch Blue Gill The lake record is 4 pounds and 5 ounces but that s a story for another day. Oh you don t even have to bring your boat. They have 20 foot Stratos bass boats with electric motors the lodge can accommodate your party and a gourmet dinner is provided. Am I kidding it s the bass fishing trip of a lifetime at the best bass fishing lake in the world. Read about it and go. I ll see you there this Summer. O WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 67 R G EA TP O ST U 68 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM With This Cleaning Kit 1.2.3 and Your Done It s about time to put that shotgun back in the case until September. That means you need to clean that nasty firemarm. Hoppes has a new cleaning kit makes maintaining firearms in the field quick and easy. O The new 1.2.3. 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This is a time when time-crunched anglers ask the eternal question When is the best time to go fishing The obvious albeit smarty-pants response is whenever you can get a way However there are some other considerations like the weather. LOW PRESSURE AGGRESSIVE FEEDING Fishing guides will take out an angler on the water any day he wants to venture out. However smart fishing guides the kind who tend to get much greater tips at the end of the trip check weather forecasts and monitor conditions such as barometric pressure wind direction sunlight and participation chances. Before scheduling that trip a smart angler should do the same. According to barometric pressure is a measurement of the weight of an entire column of air pressing down on the Earth. Approaching storm fronts ease this weight resulting in low atmospheric pressure. Veteran anglers know the barometric pressure is a reliable indicator of just how aggressive the fish will be feeding. Fish do indeed bite best before a storm. Meteorologists note that high barometric pressure stems from a large mass of air that is slowly descending toward the Earth. On the other hand the rising air of a low pressure area cools and releases the humidity trapped in the air causing either rain or snow. Low pressure systems lead predator fish to feed because increased winds dark cloudy skies and precipitation decrease light penetration into the water column providing a better environment for predator fish to ambush prey. A gorgeous sunny early spring day with high barometric pressure which follows a low pressure system might be pleasant to be on the water but the fishing might be slow. Fish hold tight to cover grow lethargic and often hunker on the bottom awaiting better conditions especially in clear water lakes. KNOW WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS Wind direction can also affect angling action. In the Northern Hemisphere with high pressure encourages the air to flow in a clockwise direction bringing winds from the north and eventually the east. This offers some veracity to the old saying Wind from the east fish bite least There is one truism which smart guides rely on. The best time to fish is on the third or fourth day of stable weather with a stable barometer. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 73 SPRING WEATHER CHANGES THE CALCULUS As the temperature gets warmer the descending air of a high pressure system can lead to good fishing in spring. This warming reduces the number of clouds resulting in lots of sunlight. Guides note that some of the best fishing in the spring happen on sunny warm days. The shallow water warms quicker and this attracts more fish. Several apps for smart phones predict the barometric pressure over a two or three day period and the National Weather Service offers excellent long range weather forecasts on its website at Bottom line If you have a choice when you are going to be on the water chose the day before a low pressure system hits or three or four days afterward. 74 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 75 ANOTHER ICE COLD SIX-PACK OF HOW TO S Most people who any spend time outdoors have a strong urge call it a hankerin to learn how to do weird things. We re just curious that s all and if it involves a gun knife bow or fishing rod all the better Whether it s building a fire running a trot line or staying dry in a rainstorm the two most important words when confronted by the natural world are Be prepared. Let s open a nice cold six-pack of How To s. 76 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https watch v xXkyEbrqNGw Need some quick shots. Here s how to get off 8 shots in 3.5 seconds How many times have you gotten a hook in your finger Here s how to remove a fishing hook without crying like a little girl. https watch v NfSGAso5vpI WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 77 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 78 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https watch v zleVA9yxdm8 Need to sharpen your knife Here s how to sharpen it on your windshield. The ticks are out in the spring. Here s how to make you own tick spray. https watch t 66&v AjDOCvF-TMI WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 79 https watch v WTtPG72gra0 It s getting dark. It s raining and you have no idea where you are. Here s how to build a natural shelter in a rain storm. How to make a simple fire that is like a candle. We start with one piece of split fire wood and build the fire on top of the log that is standing on end. https watch v NeXf6xJJ2fw 80 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 81 Editor s Note Like it or not we have become a very litigious society. This continues even when we re out in the wilderness relaxing. This month we re proud to begin a new feature which we hope will make you think and save you some grief and money. These columns while not intended to replace the advice of a lawyer are written by an avid outdoorsman who just happens to be a very smart lawyer - Rance Hall. THE LEGAL SIDE OF HUNTING By Rance Hall - Attorney at Law ARE YOU NEGLIGENTLY ENTRUSTING Answer each of the following questions. As you consider your answers remind yourself if you have ever done the same or similar things without the tragic endings. Be honest. And imagine while reading that it s you. REAL LIFE SITUATION NUMBER 1 You take your thirteen year old son hunting and his best friend comes along. Your son has his hunter safety course certificate. He has hunted before. You have taught him well and he knows the rules. You don t know if his friend has passed the hunter safety course test and you don t inquire. You accompany the two boys to your favorite two man stand and allow them to sit the stand alone. The thought of the two bagging a deer together under your watch is exhilarating. You go to another stand only a few hundred yards away. Barely nestled into your stand you hear the morning s first shot. It has to be the boys. You anxiously go back to where you left the boys. You find that the friend had gotten anxious and prematurely pulled the trigger at movement in the woods. Another hunter is shot. Are you at fault REAL LIFE SITUATION NUMBER 2 You take your new brother-in-law to camp. He has no experience hunting or in the outdoors. He is a city boy. Its all about leaving the girls at home and to their shopping. It will fun to show him the ropes. Inquisitive he is as excited to fit in as you are to see him exposed to your world. He has never ridden an ATV or shot a firearm. You don t typically wear head protection while operating an ATV as you simply don t go that fast. The helmet sits on the shelf covered in dust. Bored your brother in law asks to ride the ATV. You provide him a shortened version of starting breaking and shifting instructions and turn him loose. At first he is cautious. You watch him ride slowly for a time but as he gains experience he begins to ride faster and take additional chances. You calmly witness him get more and more secure with the ATV. He is having fun. Then he jumps a log is thrown from the ATV and hits his head. He is life flighted out from camp. Are you at fault 82 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM CONTACT RANCE HALL VIA EMAIL AT RHALLLAW GMAIL.COM IF YOU HAVE LEGAL QUESTIONS RELATING TO OUTDOOR SPORTS AND WOULD LIKE FOR RANCE TO ANSWER THEM IN FUTURE COLUMNS EMAIL HIM AT THIS ADDRESS. REAL LIFE SITUATION NUMBER 3 You bagged a 12 point buck this morning off your favorite stand. You saw two other trophies the same morning but could not get a shot. As afternoon approaches you are tired. Satisfied you decide to stay at camp retell the story to others and relish the kill. You let the other hunters go it alone. An anxious friend asks to sit your hanging deer stand. You know its properly installed. Its safe and secure. You did it yourself. You graciously say yes. The friend leaves for the afternoon hunt without a safety harness. You think about it but don t ask if he wants it he never mentions it. He falls from the stand and breaks his back. Are you at fault HAVE YOU ACTED WITH REASONABLE CARE If you answered no to any of the questions. Think again. There is a body of law referred to as negligent entrustment which applies to each real life situation. In short the law implies upon each of a duty to act with reasonable care under the circumstances. That duty can place affirmative requirements upon each of us to act to protect others. Even from themselves. And it can spell financial and life safety disasters for the unwary if it is violated. In situation 1 you are an experienced outdoors man and possess superior knowledge over the two minors. As an adult you are responsible for their safety. As an adult you assume responsibility for your son s friends safety. A duty to protect him from himself. You have a duty to inspect the boy s weapon have him demonstrate its safety features and acknowledge that he only shoots at identified game. You have a duty to inquire as to whether the boy had completed the hunter safety course. In situation 1 you have negligently entrusted the minor boys with firearms and are more than likely responsible for the injury to the hunter that was shot. In situation 2 you are again an experienced outdoors man and likewise possess superior knowledge over your brother in law. You know in advance about his inexperience. You are reminded again of his inexperience when you have to explain how to start the ATV. You watch your brother in law become progressively reckless with the machine discounting the entire matter to the stories that will be told when you both return home. You have a duty to intervene and warn your brother in law when you witnessed his reckless operation of the ATV. You have a duty to offer your brother in law head protection gear. You have a duty to warn him of the dangers associated with reckless operation. In situation 2 you have negligently entrusted your inexperienced brother in law with the ATV. You may be liable for the injuries caused to your brother in law despite his own choices to operate the ATV recklessly. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 83 In situation 3 the issue becomes a closer call. In this example both hunters are experienced. The borrowing hunter knew or should have known that he needed a safety harness for his own safety. However we all know that a safety harness is part of the stand. The instructions and owner s manual will no doubt make the same claim just as the owner s manual for ATV warns that failure to use a helmet during operation can result in serious bodily injury or death. The injured hunter may claim that he has never hunted a hanging stand and has never examined an owner s manual. Thus you having purchased the stand and had the opportunity to examine the instructions and owner s manual again possesses superior knowledge of the risks associated with using the stand without a safety harness. The fact of the matter is that we all have violated these common sense precepts at some time or another. Every year some body gets shot during deer season having been mistaken for a deer by an inexperienced or anxious hunter. And we all relish the days we can take our sons grandsons and their friends to deer camp under our wing. And who of has not allowed another to hunt our favorite stand By no means should we stop being friends and teachers in the outdoors. But we should use the best safest practices to protect not only ourselves but others. The best and most safe practice is to 1) read and understand the owner s manual and safety instructions to your equipment. We are all guilty of the same indictment posed. 2) When loaning your equipment insist that safety products be used as a condition of your graciousness. 3) Insist that those who borrow your equipment are well versed and well warned of its dangers. 4) Verbally take no responsibility whatsoever for their injuries while using your equipment and 5) when dealing with minors go over the safety rules. Then in all cases go over them again. Contact Rance Hall via email at rhalllaw If you have legal questions relating to outdoor sports and would like for Rance to answer them in future columns email him at this address. 84 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 85 THE OUTPOST ANTIQUE FIREARMS Why are Antique Colt Firearms so Valuable Back in December 2014 a U.S. Colt Model 1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun was sold by Heritage Auctions in Dallas for 395 000. During that same auction an 1877 Bulldog U.S. Colt Single-Action Army Revolver sparked a bidding war between six people and it sold for 62 500. One of the people responsible for finding and putting these guns up for bids is Cliff Chapel who works for Heritage and is an antique gun expert. This auction came on the heels of an announcement that the Alamo in San Antonio will be hosting the Texas Frontier Exhibit which will feature a Colt Model 1855 revolving carbine which is on loan from the NRL Museum. What is it about Colt firearms that makes these guns so valuable Well Colt in many ways mirrors the American success story as a nation and a people summed up Cliff Chapel. Sam Colt really got started manufacturing firearms in 1836 and he hit a home-run with his five-shooter his first revolver. The Paterson was a five-shot .31 caliber revolver that some of the early Texas Rangers achieved fabulous success in the field. The legend took off quickly from there and went right through most of the first firearms that me you and the rest of the audience probably got their hands on. The Outpost Is there something about the craftsmanship of the Colt firearms or is it limited quantities What is it about the Colt brand that makes it so popular 86 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Cliff Chapel Sam Colt was a smart business man and knew how to market his product really well very early. When we talk about Colt firearms it is important to understand its history because they became successful and well-known and well-promoted early on and stayed that way. He had success after success with several different models of single-action revolvers. First the percussion revolvers and then the cartridge guns like the one you mentioned that we sold for 62 500 last month. The one we sold was pristine. Very little wear for a gun that was made in the early 1880s. It s unheard of to see something that well-preserved. Now bear in mind it was an excellent design and a popular tool throughout the Frontier West. When you combine good design and the beauty of the artform of something like this gun you end up with a rarity that commands a premium in the open market. The Bulldog Gatling gun is another perfect example. That s an even more rare piece because there were only a few thousand of those ever made. Most of them got pulled across trails and prairies and broke up a bit. A lot of that bronze and brass went to scrap in the world wars. By the time you get to the late 20th Century it s rare to ever see one much less one that is 100% still together and can even operate. The combination again of rarity beauty and condition generates a pretty exciting marketplace. Where did that Gatling gun come from It came from an individual collector. Actually its owner had passed away last year. It had been in Southeastern Arizona since the 1970s. The gentleman passed away and his son who was familiar with me and with Heritage gave us a call and said We d like you to bring this to market. We d literally drove a truck from Dallas to that part of Arizona and brought it back to the building and did the photography and the promotional material for it. I had seen enough images of it and had reports from the field to know what we were getting into. Once we got it into the building and had a first-hand look at it we confirmed that we had a rare prize here. The fact that it was still on wooden carriage and wheels was pretty special. What made this one unique besides it being in such an incredible condition and very few produced is that it was the smaller one of those than you typically see. Most Gatling guns have 30-inch rifle barrels and ten of them. This one has 18-inch barrels and are set in a cluster of fives. So the overall gun is significantly smaller. As I wrote in the description that this can fit in the average family room [laughter] because that s where it had been when we got it The new owner is probably putting it in his family room because gun guys like this sort of stuff and are happy and proud to show it off. That is a nice segue to my next question. What process should someone who perhaps receives an inheritance or gets a vintage gun of some kind go through to determine insurance value or possible sale Pretty much what this gentleman did. Make a list of the make model serial number and caliber. Give us a call and send us some pictures. With that basic rudimentary information we re generally 90% accurate with our understanding of what might be in the collection and what it s likely to fetch at auction or more to the point what auction estimate we would put on it. This Gatling gun had a kind of a wide range of 100 000 - 300 000 because we all felt like it could do that. Of course everyone was delightfully surprised that it set the record for a Gatling gun sale. It all started with the inheritor if you will contacting us. Because that s our stock-in-trade. We get calls every week from people who said Mom or Dad passed away. This had been in the house. What should we do with it And whether it s the gentleman who owned the Gatling gun or the children of John Wayne Heritage seems to be the goto-place. Because we are still well-known and have successfully sold a wide-range of material in the last 30 years. What is your role is at Heritage Auctions Cliff Formally my title is Consignment Director. What that means is that people who have things that we agree should be sold at auction - allow me to steer them through the auction process. What they send to us is consigned for sale at auction and I help them bring the material to the right place at the right time. I let them know what to expect in the process. It s really not much more that letting me know what it is they have understanding what we think the right auction strategy would be and then letting us take it to market. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 87 THE OUTPOST ANTIQUE FIREARMS How do you prepare for this kind of profession Cliff Did you start off in the firearms business How did you get to where you are now It s a lot like the articles in your magazine. Every other one is about my first pocket knife or my first .22 or the first time I smelled gunpowder. For me it happened in the 1950s. At that time a lot of us were growing up with firearms and appreciated them and it s been a lifelong field of interest. I have been actively involved in the auction industry for a little over ten years with a couple of different auction houses handling antique and collectible firearms. Prior to that I was reenacting historic gun fights with a degree in cultural anthropology understood the importance of physical culture and what we like to refer to as the stuff. I had an interest in when was this made how many of them were out there what s it worth what s accurate and what s not So just coming from a firearms background and an interest in history is how I got here. Are you going to get a chance to go to that exhibit at the Alamo I think it runs through April 15th. I think so. I ve been to the Alamo about three timesand I feel honored and moved by my visit every single time. Plus I ve seen some of their displays. That revolving Colt carbine is an interesting piece. It was of course made about two years after the battle of the Alamo and there were no repeaters quite yet at that time. But it s an early Colt piece that should be shown in an interesting location like the Alamo. The funny thing about that gun and anybody who s fired black powder revolvers knows this one of the inherent risks of firing a muzzle loading black-powder gun with a cylinder full of black powder is that if you re not really careful you can have what it s known as chain-fire happening. Fire one cylinder and sparks from that chamber can on occasion ignite all the others. If you imagine holding up this carbine and having your left hand on the forearm of this gun when a chain-fire occurs you probably don t need to see that more than once to realize you might be better off with some other firearm [chuckles]. This is why these guns are so rare. They were made for a little while and then other firearms were made to replace them. They re an interesting unique design but the shooter needs to be aware of careful loading procedures for them. 88 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Are the prices of vintage or antique firearms up or down these days Prices are up for guns that are in excellent condition. Whether they re old or new. The Colt revolvers that were produced as recently as 2002 and 1999 they have doubled in value. The Cobras the Anacondas the Pythons these are the big double-action revolvers that were some of the last revolvers produced by Colt have seen 80% increases in just the time that they ve been produced. Our June auction is going to have dozens of these. We took in a collection recently from the Mid-West recently. The guns owner died and the family contacted us. And we will have a large number of these guns still brand new in the box. Rare opportunity to invest in an investment grade gun for 1000 instead of 10 000. The demand remains high for these guns even to this day. We ll catch up with you again at sometime around or right after your June sale and see how it went Cliff. I will be happy to report the results. If we can gauge it by previous successes we should have good news to report at that time. You can follow that sale at any time. We have photos of those pieces on the website now. If you have a collection or an individual firearm that you want to check interest of the gun collecting market contact Cliff Chapel at Heritage Auctions 800.872.6467 or visit the company website at If you d like to hear this interview in its entirety click here for The Outpost On Demand. http pod_popup1544.html WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 89 THOUSANDS OF SNOW Why are thousands of migrating snow geese being found dead across the state of Idaho State wildlife officials are scratc The carcasses were first discovered at Camas National Wildlife Refuge near Dubois in February but they were soon fou died. The migration is one that the geese undertake every spring. Biologists with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) suspect that the cause of mortality is avian cholera. IDF lab results have yet to confirm avian cholera as the cause of the recent deaths biologists say that visible symptoms on th According to web searches avian cholera is caused by infection with the bacteria Pasteurella multocida which can kill a tially dangerous infectious disease to wild birds in North America and can easily kill thousands of birds in a single outb While there is very little concern for infection among humans wildlife officials are now attempting to collect as many di cially concerned that a group of 20 bald eagles near Mud Lake may have been exposed to the bacteria possibly while sc Experts have yet to determine where the snow geese may have contracted the bacteria from. At least 2 000 birds have be 90 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM GEESE DIE OVER IDAHO ching their collective head because these birds apprear to have dropped straight out of the air. und near the towns of Terreton and Roberts where birds on the return leg of their journey to Alaska have collapsed and FG employees and volunteers visited the sites with the highest mortality to collect the birds for incineration. Although he carcasses seem to indicate the disease. as soon as 6-12 hours after infection. The US Geological Survey notes that avian cholera is the most lethal and potenbreak. iseased birds as they can to prevent spread of the bacteria to other animals especially wild birds. Biologists are especavenging dead birds. een reported dead so far. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 91 DON T FEED THE DEER The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department noted in March that a group of 12 deer had been found dead in South Hampton likely as a result of well-intentioned but tragically fatal supplemental feeding by local residents. This should serve as a lesson for other well-meaning outdoor sportsmen. Fish and Game biologists found the 12 deer in a wooded suburban area and field necropsises indicated that the animals had died from complications with human-provided food. Based on what was found in their stomachs biologists say that the deer had been fed a variety of hay corn grain-based pellets and other foods. Further study at a veterinary diagnostic lab found that the deaths were likely caused by enterotoxemia which occurs when deer are suddenly introduced to a new food source that their stomachs cannot digest properly. This unfortunate incident highlights one of the many reasons New Hampshire Fish and Game urges the public not to feed deer the department stated in a press release. Because deer are ruminants they process food differently than other animals. They depend on microorganisms in their rumen (stomach) to aid in digestion. As a deer s diet naturally and gradually changes with the seasons so do the microorganisms which are required to help digest those foods. This gradual change in microorganisms can take several weeks. 92 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM A rapid transition from a high fiber diet of natural woody browse to human-provided foods high in carbohydrates can cause a rapid change in stomach chemistry disrupting the microorganisms present. This can reduce the deer s ability to properly digest food and or release toxins which are absorbed into the deer s system and in severe cases can cause death. In short the introduction of new food builds up bacteria growth causing the release of toxins that poison the deer. Eight of the dead animals found in South Hampton were discovered with what officials described as bloody diarrhea a common symptom of this condition. Despite their good intentions introducing new foods like hay apples corn. or human food can end very badly for deer who are already trying to adjust to winter conditions. During this time deer are relying heavily on woody browse such as buds and twigs. Feeding deer close to suburban areas could also lead to an increase in traffic accidents and bring predators close to home. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 93 KILLER APPS THE OUTPOST APPS THAT MAKE OUTDOOR ADVENTURES EASY TEXAS AND LOUISIANA HAVE EM ANDY DYE Planning a hunting or fishing trip is usually something that someone seasoned in the outdoor sports can do with ease. However sometimes figuring out the details can get muddy. Selecting a location that is a bit of change of scenery or deciding to hunt game that is less traditional can be a bit of a guessing game if you aren t familiar with the area. Luckily many state wildlife associations have put together mobile apps to aggregate all the information you need in one place. In this post we will pay particular attention to the Texas Parks and Wildlife as well as the Louisiana Pocket Ranger apps. LONE STAR SEARCHING The Texas app that can be found at http regulations outdoor-annual app or just search for Texas Parks and Wildlife in the app store. First of all it provides a list of all of the bag limits regulations and other helpful information to make sure you are on Green Jeans good side. There is a search for seasons by county species waterfowl regulations fur-bearing non-game and statewide regulations. You can really click through a lot of information on when and where you can hunt what. There are sections teaching the concepts of cold storage and camp processing and proper things to do after killing a deer. So it is one of those apps you can tell the young hunters on their first trips to play around in on the long trip to the camp to reinforce the sportsman practices you have been talking about for years. The fishing section covers an equally extensive library of rules tips basics. But there is also a weekly fishing report for fresh and saltwater that you can use to see how everyone else has been doing. There are tips from depressurizing fish to red drum tagging. 94 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM BY Other features include help in finding retailers to buy a license and linking to where you can do so online. It is ad-supported so there are some ads to look at if that is your thing. But if you like to just browse ever hunting and fishing site sorted by county with details on where they are with details about when each is opened you will find yourself spending quite a bit of time with this app. THE SPORTSMAN S PARADISE Another outdoors app is the Pocket Ranger app for Louisiana. It focuses more on the parks and recreation with lists of attractions sorted by your location zip code or activity. There is an events tab to see what things are planned for a specific date and when you do find a location you can find all of the important information about it. Whether it is the address contact information or you just want to see a gallery of photos for each. There are maps for within the parks which come in handy when the only one available is that small one outside the station after you arrived in the dark to go camping. You can find where your cabin is in the park and a detailed weather report for each location. If you are into geo-challenges they have listof them in all parks rated for difficulty. These geochallenges actually come with prizes for the winners (some is the beauty you discover but there are monetary prizes as well). The final feature that may come in handy is the ability to download for offline and no cell service the gps coordinates for these challenges. Two apps from two great outdoor sports states. Check em out and shoot us an email about your experience. Andy Dye is a technology and marketing consultant who lives in Lafayette Louisiana. You can send him questions for future features at info WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 95 PHOTO OF THE MONTH 96 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. If you can do without the little girl pop stars and auto-tuned crap that passes for country and rock and roll these days you might want to try The Outpost Radio. If you want to know the weather wherever you re sitting in a duck blind it s here. If you re on the way to hunt pheasant or fish for walleye and you d like to know if anybody s seeing any this might be your new favorite radio station. The stories in The Outpost Magazine are about the simple joys of living an authentic life. This includes outdoor sports such as fishing hunting camping hiking and biking. It involves good food and strong drink and it also includes music from every genre that sportsmen and sportswomen enjoy. Unfortunately most of the music you hear on traditional (terrestrial) radio is so sanitized analyzed and peroxized that the tunes and words are cotton candy for the brain. Plus most of the outdoor sports radio programs come on the stations between 3 and 4 am. That s a little too early for most of us. It s is for this reason that we joined some friends who are experts in the radio business and launched The Outpost Radio. We re calling it Radio for the great outdoors and that s more than just a catchy phrase. 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The closest airport is Duluth MN (2 hours from the camp). Corporate groups and family reunions welcome we can accommodate up to 30 people. Additional Activities o 4 public golf courses are located within a 30-45 minute drive from the resort o The Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino is located in Watersmeet MI approxiately 40 miles from the resort HTTP CASTANDBLASTLODGES.COM PHONE (724)290-9338 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 103 THE BACK WOODS One morning a husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake his wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance anchors and reads her book. Along comes a game warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says Good morning Ma am. What are you doing You re in a Restricted Fishing Area he informs her. I m sorry officer but I m not fishing. I m reading. Yes but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I ll have to take you in and write you up. If you do that I ll have to charge you with sexual assault says the woman. But I haven t even touched you says the game warden. That s true but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. Have a nice day ma am the game warden replied and he left. Do you have a funny hunting or fishing picture Do you have a joke that everyone should hear Email 104 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM them to art HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES OF THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THEY ARE ALL RIGHT HERE COME ON IN WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 105 106 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM