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Description: : The inaugural issue of the special Women of the Woods and Water edition of The Outpost Magazine features Eva Shockey, Kristy Lee Cook, Georgia Pellegrini, Girls With Guns – Jen and Norissa, Brittney Glaze, Morgan Mills, Deidra Lyn Bridger, Rebecca Wolfe Spradley, Stacy Harris, Darcizzle and Sweet Tea Trio. Plus, Costa Sunglasses and Kenny Chesney help rebuild coastal reefs, Goldfish Ruin Lakes, Daisy Archery, Recipes, O’Neill Williams and more.

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COM http 5MveCGisXgg 5 6 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TABLE OF CONTENTS DEIDRA LYN BRIDGER 15 22 BRITTNEY GLAZE 26 KRISTY LEE COOK 56 CAN T GET ENOUGH OF THE OUTPOST REBUILDING REEFS 18 DAISY ARCHERY RECIPES 21 GOLDFISH 50 MORGAN MILLS 62 66 SWINE BRUCELLOSIS STACY HARRIS 68 O NEILL OUTSIDE THE BOX REBECCA SPRADLEY EILEEN CLARKE 70 GEAR 74 80 86 DARCIZZLE 90 SWEET TEA TRIO 94 98 PHOTO OF THE MONTH 100 GUIDES 106 BACK WOODS CLICK HERE 7 FEATURE STORIES GEORGIA PELLIGRINI So why is Georgia Pelligrini talking about manual literacy An even better question is why are thousands of her fans and social media followers talking about the same thing PAGE 30 EVA SHOCKEY Growing up with a father who is a legend in outdoor sports Eva Shockey had plenty of opportunities to get out in the wilderness and learn about hunting from the master her dad Jim Shockey. Now almost overnight she s become a one-woman outdoor sports machine. PAGE 36 GIRLS WITH GUNS This is a quintessential entrepreneurial story. Two best friends both with full-time jobs working for somebody else decided they had a better idea and they started working on in in their garage just as Bill Hewitt and David Packard had done down the road in Palo Alto California. However the dream of these two young women did not involve high technology but rather high fashion. PAGE 44 8 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 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 Also available at fine retailers Be ready for life s adventure in style WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 9 IN HER ELEMENT IN EVERY ELEMENT. We are the unseen force of nature. Striking from the shadows on our unsuspecting prey. Nimbly we move on from target to target only a whisper in the wind. Withstanding any climate or terrain we are a fearsome foe in all seasons. Lying in wait we are in our comfort zone patiently watching for the opportune moment. We are never seen but always noticed. Sponsored By Never Seen. Always Noticed. Available at and other fine retailers. 10 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Editor s Letter This issue of The Outpost focuses on a handful of remarkable women who are leading the charge to get more women in the woods and on the water. These women are more likely to be sitting around the campfire at the end of a successful hunt as they are to be shopping at the mall. They share several traits. They are smart and are thus not intimidated by anyone male or female who thinks a woman s place is in the home 24 7. They are resourceful and have figured out ways to use this trend toward women in outdoor sports to have rewarding careers. Plus they have a good sense of humor and as such can launch a humorous comeback to dumb questions. This keeps media folks (present company included) wanting to interview them next time It hasn t been that many years ago that hunting and fishing magazines like this one would have 2 or 3 cartoons which fell under the category of My Wife Doesn t Understand Me. You old fogies know what I m referring to. Publications like Sports Afield and Field and Stream always had a spoof or two in the form of a cartoon about the guy sitting in the deer blind or in his boat complaining about the old lady back home who was too dumb to realize why he spent the baby s college fund on a new shotgun. As with most humor there was usually some grain of truth found in these cartoons so we all smiled and moved on to the next story about tracking some giant whitetail buck or a fight-to-death with a largemouth bass. These cartoons were part and parcel of the good o boys club we outdoor sportsmen belonged to. Maybe you ve noticed. Those cartoons about the wife or girlfriend who s doing her nails in front of the TV back home while we manly men are out trying to bring home the venison are not found in most outdoor sports magazines anymore. It s NOT because they were dumb or demeaning to women though they were. It s because women are the fastest growing demographic in outdoor sports and if a cartoon like this somehow made it into a publication the sponsors of our magazines the folks who make guns rods reels gear would stop sending those advertising checks in a hurry The last thing any company wants to do is make fun of its fastest growing customer category. For every one of these women we have chosen for this special issue of The Outpost we know there are a dozen more equally accomplished out there. These ladies just happened to have come into our orbit while we were planning this issue. If we missed your favorite woman of the woods and water have no fear. This is NOT the last time we will dedicate an issue to the contributions of women to our favorite sports. If we missed you or someone you feel is making the great outdoors a better place to be email us with their name and we ll take it from there. We hope you enjoy this special issue as much as we did bringing it to you. Let us know what you think. We answer every email whether it makes sense or not. Later Art Young Editor of the Outpost Follow the Outpost on Twitter outpostart email me at art 11 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 The interviews are fantastic It s just incredible. I told my friend Cliff you ve got to check out The Outpost Magazine. It s pretty amazing. Thanks so much. I ll pass the link along. Eric Dallas TX This was an outstanding issue of your magazine. Love to see which musicians support outdoor sports. I had no idea Thomas Rhett was Rhett Akins son. Thanks for all you guys do. Keep up the good work. Lisa Springfield TN Hey guys I did read the magazine and really like the article on Ralph Peer Good stuff David Camp Tuscaloosa AL Nice issue Everything looks awesome THE OUTPOST Mark A. Willis Lawrenceville GA Gorilla Marketing LLC 770-675-7200 Jason Martin Partner Art Young Editor in Chief Contributing Writers Art Young Jason Martin Andy Dye O Neill Williams Photo Credits Jason Martin Flickr Commons O Neill Williams Mike Dunn Greg Thompson Jason Martin Deidra Bridger Eva Shockey Kristy Lee Cook Georgia Pelliegrini Jen Adams Morgan Mills Brittney Glaze Stacy Harris Darcie Arahill Rebecca Wolfe Spradley 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. 12 https watch v nZZw02b8ErI Sweet Tea HUNTIN IS GOOD WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 13 14 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https watch v MwdRgwCYOug&feature SINGER KENNY CHESNEY AND COSTA SUNGLASSES TEAM TO REBUILD COASTAL REEFS Kenny and Costa are at it again It was announced this spring that country icon Kenny Chesney will team up with Costa sunglasses for another series of limited edition sunglasses to benefit the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). This year s five styles arrive just in time for Chesney s Big Revival 2015 Summer Tour hitting the road and 23 stadiums before the end of August. The five popular sunglass styles in this year s limited edition line include Cut Caballita and KC as well as two new styles for 2015 La Mar and Loreto. REEF RESTORATION IS THE GOAL OF CCA AND KC A portion of the proceeds generated from the Kenny Chesney Costa sunglasses will directly benefit the CCA in their reef restoration and coastal rebuilding efforts. So far the program has raised more than 119 000 for the CCA. Our programs focus on rebuilding vital oyster reefs and marshes to improve water quality and provide critical habitat for finfish and other aquatic creatures said Pat Murray president of the Coastal Conservation Association. It is inspiring to see how much we have been able to expand and enhance our coastal restoration efforts especially along the Gulf Coast as a result of the partnership between Kenny Chesney and Costa. Our brand was born on the water and lives for the water said Al Perkinson vice president of marketing for Costa. We work to partner with like- minded people like Kenny who share our goal to make the oceans a cleaner more sustainable place for us all to enjoy. MADE IN THE SHADES The Cut Caballito and La Mar models feature Costa s nearly indestructible co-injected molded nylon frame construction with hypoallergenic no-slip nose pads and sturdy integral hinge technology. In keeping with the bold bright vibe from this year s tour these limited edition Kenny Chesney Costa sunglass frames are available in mellow yellow cherry berry and a tri-color fusion technology that creates a tortoise white aqua option. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 15 THE OUTPOST COSTA REBUILDS REEFS Two metal sunglass styles are also available the KC named for Chesney s initials and Loreta. Both feature optically adjustable no-slip silicone nose pads and integral hinges. Frame colors include choices such as palladium rose gold and gunmetal with crystal temples. All of Chesney s limited edition Costa sunglasses are meant for people who savor the outdoors especially being on the water. They are available in the full array of Costa s 580PTM lens technology these options selectively filter out harsh yellow and harmful high-energy ultraviolet blue light. By filtering yellow light they enhance reds blues and greens and produce better contrast and definition while reducing glare and eye fatigue. Absorbing high-energy blue light also cuts haze producing greater visual clarity and sharpness. Each of the 8-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year s Costa sunglasses come with a free gift pack that includes a custom hat cleaning cloth and sunglass case. All the kit s components feature a unique design with bold colors inspired by the painted school bus featured in Chesney s American Kids video. The limited edition Kenny Chesney Costa sunglasses start in retail at 149 and are available online at 16 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 17 DAISY DEBUTS Spring Forward YOUTH ARCHERY LINE Getting Ready For Turkey Season 18 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE COMPANY JOINS FORCES WITH THE NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FOUNDATION Ask any hunter and most will say their first gun was a Daisy air rifle. Generations of new hunters and recreational shooters take their first shot with Daisy BB guns. So it makes sense for Daisy Outdoor Products to introduce a youth archery line. Daisy archery products include a longbow and compound bow recommended for youth age 10 and older with adult supervision and crossbow recommended for youth age 16 and older with adult supervision. A HISTORY WITH NWTF Daisy has a long-standing partnership with the National Wild Turkey Foundation (NWTF) as the official air gun of the NWTF s JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge Ethics and Sportsmanship) Take Aim program. JAKES Take Aim trailers already are outfitted with a Daisy inflatable BB gun range and youth BB guns and soon will have access to Daisy youth archery equipment. Daisy s support of the NWTF includes a recent donation of fifty inflatable BB gun ranges each with a Daisy Model 74 youth semi-automatic BB repeater. Helping introduce young people to recreational shooting and archery supports NWTF s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt initiative. The NWTF s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt initiative is a charge that mobilizes science fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative NWTF has committed to raising 1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat create at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500 000 acres for hunting shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. To learn more about the NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt initiative visit WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 19 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 20 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WHAT HARM COULD A COUPLE OF GOLDFISH CAUSE As it turns out plenty. Apparently many people have grown bored watching those little goldfish eat swim eat swim etc. and they ve decided to set them free. This has become a big problem for freshwater lakes. Not only is this dumping illegal in many states and can cause damage to the local ecosystem wildlife officials say that even a handful of goldfish are enough to establish an invasive population. The exponential effect of goldfish reproducing can wreak havoc. According to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) it is seeking leads on who released goldfish into Teller Lake 5. The lake now boasts more than 4 000 of the popular aquarium fish which are jeopardizing native species such as bluegill and catfish. State officials said the lake was free of goldfish just two years ago until somebody decided to release a few into the lake. THEY RE NOT FROM AROUND HERE Goldfish are not a native species and are very harmful to the local aquatic ecosystem said Kristin Cannon district wildlife manager for Boulder. We strongly encourage the public not to dump their unwanted pet fish in our waters. In 2012 the CPW killed more than 2 000 non-native goldfish in another body of water - Thunderbird Lake - using electrofishing. Based on the age of the goldfish killed it is believed that they had only been in the lake for two years. Lakes in other states such as California s famous Lake Tahoe are also affected by overgrown goldfish populations. FROM PETS TO PESTS These pets turn into pests quickly by breeding quickly. As a distant relative of the dreaded Asian carp common goldfish can breed at phenomenal rates as long as they are given the right environmental conditions. These conditions such as correct water temperature and diet are generally not available for aquarium goldfish unless the owner is intentionally trying to breed them. Captive goldfish also have a habit of eating their own eggs and young. In the wild however invasive goldfish populations can become established almost overnight. Dumping your pets into a lake could bring diseases to native animals and plants as well as out-compete them for resources CPW spokesperson Jennifer Churchill told ABC News. Everything can be affected. Non-native species can potentially wipe out the fishery as we ve put it together. Wildlife officials are now considering either draining the lake or catching the fish through electro fishing. Captured goldfish will be sent to a local raptor rehabilitation facility where they will be kept to feed birds. Officials also advise residents not to take goldfish home to keep as pets. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 21 CATCHING UP WITH DEIDRA OUTDOORS 22 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Most people who rise in the ranks of the outdoor sports industry focus on either fishing or hunting. Deidra Lynn Bridger aka Deidra Outdoors does both and she does them well. How did this happen It s the culture I grew up in she said. I grew up in rural part of the Midwest in the Missouri River Valley and daddy was a big outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and loved to fish. So when I was growing up it was load up in the truck or load up in the boat we re off. It all went hand-in-hand and it was a lifestyle for us. We consumed what we harvested. So it all just made sense to me. Does she have a favorite to pursue That s a tough one she said. Both are multidimensional and both have their benefits and challenges physically mentally and emotionally. In her blog Deidra makes an excellent point about the pursuit of any game specifically by hunting. For her it s all about the experience. She and her husband-to-be run a fishing charter service in Florida and this colors her opinion of the type of fishing she loves. I really live vicariously through the client she said. When they catch that 6-foot shark we put that shark in their arms and they get to take that picture. That expression they have That s hard to beat. Watching tarpon fight and handling them over the side of the boat is also a thrill. They re amazing sport fish. I really like the tarpon and the sharks. For me personally I can do any kind of fishing so long as I m in a bikini and the weather s good she laughed. (It s) A nice mix of adrenaline and tranquility she says. While anticipating a covey of quail to bust or that 8 point to step out I also revel in the majesty of mother nature... cleanses the soul WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 23 The name of the guide service run by Deidra and her fianc e Bo is Tenacity and anglers can book a trip with them by going to the company website or check Facebook at Tenacity Guide Service. What does this angler hunter and charter service guide think is motivating more and more women to take up the sports she s been pursuing since she was a little girl I think it s due to a couple of things she said. Through social media women are more exposed to these outdoor activities featuring other women than they have ever been before. So they think hey I want to try that or that s looks cool I thought just guys did that. We suddenly have this proliferation of more and more women catching on to this. It s intriguing to women. If you d like to hear the interview with Deidra in its entirety CLICK HERE for the Outpost on Demand http pod_popup1572.html 24 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 25 26 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM From Modeling to Staring on Destination Whitetail SPONSORED BY Brittney Glaze is on a Roll She is part model part TV host and avid outdoor enthusiast but Brittney Glaze describes herself as the hometown girl next door. She is also one of the hosts of the very popular outdoor sports shows Destination Whitetail seen on the Sportsman Channel. Like several of the other women featured in this special issue of The Outpost Brittney fell in love with the outdoors at a very young age. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents who had a lake house and they taught me to fish when I was 2 or 3 she said. I loved picking up frogs and fishing. I had cousins and uncles who hunted and I always wanted to go along but I didn t get to go until I was 14. After I got into hunting I fell in love with it. When I was younger I only hunted in Georgia but with the show I get to travel all over the U.S. and Canada. It s just unbelievable to say this is my job This is what I love to do and I get to call it my career as well. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 27 I WOULD SIT OUT WITH PEOPLE WHEN THEY HUNTED. I BORROWED GUNS FROM THEM AND GOT THE EXPERIENCE BEFORE I ACTUALLY KILLED ANYTHING. I WAS 21 WHEN I GOT MY FIRST DEER. I WENT OUT BOUGHT MY OWN GUN AND HARVESTED ANOTHER DEER WITHIN A FEW DAYS OF GETTING IT. I VE BEEN ADDICTED EVER SINCE. Brittney started her career as a model at age 14. I started modeling for bridal companies promo companies and eventually started working with outdoor sports companies helping them with promotional events she said. I was on the cover of Maxim magazine as well as being featured in a story in the magazine. I was on the cover of Modern Hunter and I modeled for a number of gun companies and gear companies. Since I was working for these outdoor companies as a model this led to the opportunity for me to host the show. I knew people in the industry and heard about an opening for a host for the show. I wasn t sure I wanted to try out for TV job because posing for pictures is totally different from talking on camera. Finally I auditioned for the job and I got it. I kept telling them I don t know what I m doing Now I m comfortable with it and I love it. This will be my second season and I love it. Both of my careers came together as one. I m blessed to be where I am today. As are many successful women in outdoor sports Brittney is also quite an entrepreneur. She recently joined Anglesey LLC in launching her signature brand of hunting knives. I was going on a hog hunt and wanted to use a knife in the hunt she said. This Georgia based company sent me one and when I killed the hog they got pictures of the hunt. The owners of Anglesey suggested we get together and offer this high-quality knives to other hunters and we did. They are very lightweight and awesome to carry in the woods. You can find them on their website http 28 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Not just a hunter Brittney also has great fishing memories. I was working on a modeling job in Alabama and the owner of the company came up and told me that he caught huge bass using baloney as bait she said. I went whatever not really believing him. So he took me down to his lake and baited the hook with baloney and I immediately caught the biggest bass I had ever seen It weighed about 4 pounds. Whenever I fish I use baloney for bait she laughed. Brittney has a huge following on social media and this may be due to the fact that she enjoys engaging with fans. I m on Facebook Twitter ( brittneyleigh00) and Instagram and that s really me responding to every query. It might take me a few days but I will respond to any comments or pictures posted. Any time I have some downtime I enjoy communicating on social media. As for the TV show Destination Whitetail the show airs on the Sportsman Channel and will begin a new season on Wednesday nights this summer. I ll post the start dates and times on my social media she said. Shortly after this interview was taped Brittney Glaze joined the group of hunters and country singers in Dothan Alabama for Country Goes Hunting hunt and benefit performance. True to form she got a turkey her first in her young but dynamic career. If you would like to hear the complete interview with model hunter entrepreneur and girl next door Brittney Glaze CLICK HERE for the Outpost On Demand. http pod_popup1554.html WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 29 Georgia Pelligrini LIVES A LIFE OF ABANDON 30 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM A MODERN PIONEER IN A HIGH TECH WORLD Take a look around any public place an airport Starbucks any place where most people don t know the others in the room one commonality becomes immediately obvious. Just about everyone has their head down staring at some kind of electronic screen. Mobile phones tablets laptops have a way of connecting us to the rest of the world but precluding us from actually interacting with the person sitting next to us. For most of us our experiences are vicarious and technology rules. So why is Georgia Pelligrini talking about manual literacy An even better question is why are thousands of her fans and social media followers talking about the same thing To me manual literacy is stepping back and learning to use our hands again Georgia said. It s learning to live the way our grandmothers and grandfathers did. It s rolling up your sleeves getting some dirt under your fingernails. It s learning to step away from the virtual reality that we all surf and simplifying our lives. It s getting the satisfaction of using our hands she said. The path Georgia Pelligrini took to become a successful chef writer outdoor adventurer and media personality seems slightly circuitous at first glance but her progression from classically trained chef in New York City to hunting and fishing in Texas is completely logical and straight-forward at least to her. She is a self-described modern pioneer who has built a very successful enterprise on the traditional principles that this term implies. I grew up on the same land that my great grandfather grew up on in the Hudson Valley of upstate New York she noted. I fished for trout and ate it for breakfast I was fortunate to have grandmothers and great aunts who knew what it was like to live off the land and I learned a lot from them. When I became a chef it was a return to the natural order of things. I wanted to pay the full price of the meal understanding where the food was coming from. It was more satisfying for me as a chef to learn how to hunt my own food and to garden and to forage. That s how it started for me. It was a lifestyle that I wanted to live. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 31 We ve come full circle in a sense. The fast-paced life that we all live is leaving us lacking. So stepping off the grid even in small ways growing pounds or raising vegetables on the fire escape of your New York City apartment is very rewarding. I think this is the antidote to our fast-paced lives. For me my goals are to teach people that there are ways to get back to the land she said. Another part of the Georgia Pelligrini enterprise involves creating adventures and inviting clients to join in the fun. These Adventure Getaways have become wildly successful and they sell-out each time they re offered. Georgia explains. I think these Adventure Getaways are probably the most satisfying things I do. My second book was called Girl Hunter and I got so many emails from women around the world who wanted to know how they could do this sort of thing. They wanted to go on an adventure with me. As an experiment I hosted my first Adventure Getaway and it was a weekend of girls guns and butter It allowed my guests to do things that were outside their comfort zone. Whether it was learning to hunt and then clean and prepare the game or fly fish or ATV riding up 10 000 feet in the mountains of Montana or falconry for me it was about teaching people who do not have access to these types of things to step outside that comfort zone and do it. I want them to get that Amazonian look in their eyes and do those things that are in our DNA. I host them now about three times a year Georgia said. It s amazing to see the number of women from around the world joining us. They build a lifetime network of new friends and they re hooked on the outdoors. How does someone join one of these Adventure Getaways Information is available on her website http We keep the groups small and intimate and it s a really wonderful experience. In spite of (or perhaps because of) her back to basics lifestyle Georgia Pelligrini has tapped into the power of electronic and social media. For example she has more than 77 000 Facebook followers. How did this GP phenomenon happen 32 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM I think it s wonderful. I had very strong women in my life when I was growing up and the best part of my work is when I get an email from parents talking about how their daughters look up to me. It s funny how this came about. It has been very organic and an unexpected blessing she said. I was literally a little girl working in a restaurant in the South of France sleeping in a rundown house sleeping under a tablecloth that I took from the restaurant. Someone forwarded something I had written to a literary agent in New York and she asked if she could talk to me. I took the bus to the next town I found a phone booth called them and that was the beginning of my career as an author. I have three books out now and I think the reason this whole thing has worked is because it comes from a place of authenticity. It s what I ve grown up doing and it s a life I ve returned to after I tried out life in the corporate world and didn t like it. It s amazing to me that I get to meet people who want to learn these things and they become my network of lifelong friends Now there are many more tentacles (of the business) but I still love the fact that I get to live the life I love and share it with others. At the end of the day I consider myself a teacher and that s the most satisfying part for me. The homepage of Georgia Pelligrini s website features a quote from her which states that self-sufficiency is the ultimate girl power. Because of her popularity she is a role-model to girls and women of all ages. What does she think of this responsibility I think it s wonderful she said. I had very strong women in my life when I was growing up and the best part of my work is when I get an email from parents talking about how their daughters look up to me. I didn t set out with that intention. I m actually looking at a bulletin board in my office where I have put some of these emails from parents and kids. It reminds me of why I do what I do. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 33 I think young girls don t have good role models any more. When you see what s on the cover of People magazine and what are on these reality TV shows it s sad. There s this confusion about what it means to be a woman or girl and a man and a boy in this day and age. One of my favorite memories comes from an email I got from a dad who said his daughter told him she wasn t depressed any more. He asked why She said because of me she knew there was nothing a girl couldn t do I think it s very important to realize that you can be distinctly feminine and still be fearless. That means you don t always have to be masculine or manly to be able to do things that are adventurous and fearless. More women are discovering just how empowering being out in the wild really is. You see differently hear differently taste differently. Women tend to be very hard on themselves and they are learning it s OK not to be perfect. I m all about trying to get women to do things with abandon laugh at themselves and support each other in the process. If Georgia is still on your mind and you want to hear more you can find the complete interview with Georgia Pelligrini at Outpost On Demand. Just CLICK HERE http pod_popup1571.html 34 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Joshua Carney Son of the South HAVE YOU MISSED ANY ISSUES They re all waiting for you at GO AHEAD. TAKE THE SAFETY OFF AND SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 35 EVA SHOCKEY GOES FROM GOPHERS TO BIG GAME AND STILL MANAGES TO KEEP IT ALL IN PERSPECTIVE 36 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM BIG GAME WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 37 Growing up with a father who is a legend in outdoor sports Eva Shockey had plenty of opportunities to get out in the wilderness and learn about hunting from the master her dad Jim Shockey. Now almost overnight she s become a one-woman outdoor sports machine. She co-stars with Jim on one of the most popular TV outdoor sports shows Jim Shockey Uncharted seen on the Outdoor Channel. Eva is in high demand for product endorsements public appearances and modeling and yet she still makes time to get out and enjoy the woods and water. The Outpost caught up with Eva Shockey recently between flights to talk about the whirlwind that has become her life. What does she think has caused the meteoric rise I think the outdoor sports industry noticed the dramatic increase in the number of women and girls who enjoyed hunting and fishing and they were ready for a few of us to say hey here we are she said. We said we can be feminine and still enjoy hunting and this resonated with both the equipment gear companies and other women. There s quite a few of us out there now and it s pretty cool to be a part of it. JOINING THE FAMILY BUSINESS From speaking with her it s obvious Eva has a close relationship with her father. So what s it like to work with one s dad It s awesome she said. However if you would have asked me when I was younger if there was any possibility that I would be working alongside my dad I don t think I would have thought this was possible. When I went away to the university I kind of wanted to do my own thing. Then I decided I wanted to come back and work with him and this was really the only way it would work. If he has pushed me to join the show I would have probably resisted. I came back on my own and went to work for the company and I have absolutely loved it she said. We are closer than we ve ever been and I m very appreciative that hunting has allowed us to do that. 38 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM I remember an early experience with my dad. We were gopher hunting I was probably 6 or 7. My mother who s not a hunter was adamant that my dad not force me to go hunt. So he had it drilled into his head Don t force her. Don t force her I think I was shooting a .22 and my dad had his binoculars out scanning for gophers she remembers. He said OK it s out of the hole I was looking through my scope and I saw a gopher. So I pulled the trigger and I saw the gopher fall backwards. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 39 My dad was looking through his binoculars and he tried to comfort me. He said It s OK. Don t worry honey. We ll get another one soon. You missed it but it s OK there s lots more. Then I said I didn t miss it. I got it. He said no honey you missed it but that s OK. So we went out in the field and looked. The gopher he was watching was about 50-yards away but the gopher I shot was about 100-yards away and very dead. He looked at me and said holy cow That was my first memory of hunting with my dad and proving to him that I was a better shot than he thought I was she laughed. Because of her high profile intelligence skills and good looks Eva Shockey is a role model to thousands of young women and girls. She takes this responsibility seriously. 40 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM ON BEING A ROLE MODEL I love this she noted. I haven t changed much because of my current position. I wouldn t be making any different decisions or acting differently based on being in the public eye more. In that respect it s not a big thing for me. I love what I do. I love hunting and I make decisions based on what kind of person I want to be. I want to be respected. I want young girls to be like me because I try and do the right things. I want them to like me because I have a good head on my shoulders and I make good decisions. That s just who I am. The fact that this turns into a positive role-model is a very cool thing. I will keep doing the right things and hopefully they will be proud of me and follow in the same footsteps. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 41 42 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HANDLING THE FAME Appearing on a national TV show being the first woman go be on the cover of iconic outdoor sports magazine Field and Stream and constantly touring on behalf of sponsors has made Eva Shockey famous. While fame can bring many positive experiences it s not all positive. HOW DID THE F&S COVER COME ABOUT The editors typically try to find someone who s high-profile for their cover but in my case I think they wanted someone who represented a group of people young women who have discovered outdoor sports she said. The theme for the issue was What s next and they wanted to point out the fact that women are the fastest growing demographic in the hunting industry. I think I was just an image to show these girls and women these changes. It was not Eva Shockey is famous or cool. It was more here s a cool development in outdoors sports. As far as negativity you only get this on social media she laughed. When people can hide behind their computer I don t take it seriously. I know what I m doing is a positive thing and if people want to say negative things I think they are just misinformed or na ve. They don t understand what hunters stand for so it s pretty easy to let it roll off. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO GET EVEN MORE WOMEN INVOLVED IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS EVA HAS SOME THOUGHTS. Even though I grew up around hunting it took me a while to take up the sport she said. I think it took me a while to realize that you hunt what you eat. My dad always had lots of wild game in the freezer but once I left the house I realized I didn t have all of his wild game in my freezer. I started hunting because I wanted to provide wild game for my consumption. This is a huge selling point for girls and women to get involved in the outdoors. Girls and women are naturally softer and more feminine. We want to have babies but we also want to provide healthy organic freerange food for our families to keep them in good health. I think women appreciate this and it has driven more interest among women in the past few years. WHAT WILL BE HER LEGACY Eva Shockey has been enormously successful in a very short amount time. With any luck she will have a long career and many more successes. So what would she like for people to remember about her when she s no longer in the public eye A hundred years from now hopefully I will be in heaven she laughed. But I would like to look down and see girls picking up their bows and guns and heading out on a hunt in as big of number as boys. It would make me very happy to think that I had a small part in making this happen. To listen to the interview with Eva Shockey in its entirety Click Here for the Outpost On Demand http pod_popup1567.html WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 43 Fashionistas in Camo Starting in their garage these two women are building a smoking hot brand This is a quintessential entrepreneurial story. Two best friends both with full-time jobs working for somebody else decided they had a better idea and they started working on it in their garage just as Bill Hewitt and David Packard had done down the road in Palo Alto California. However the dream of these two young women did not involve high technology but rather high fashion. According to the two founders Girls with Guns Clothing (GWG) was born out of a dream and fashioned through a partnership that s one part risk taker and one part conservative. GWG is headquartered in beautiful Northern California between Redding and Chico a few hours south of the Oregon border in the small town of Red Bluff California. 44 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The timing of the two women responsible for this successful enterprise could not have been better. Jen Adams and Norissa Harmon found themselves smack dab in the middle of the biggest demographic shift in the history of the multibillion dollar outdoor sports industry. Women of all ages had started to discover the addictive power of hunting and fishing and they were not willing to wear hand-me-down camo and boy s t-shirts The GWG product line is a perfect combination of the partners passion for the sport of shooting hunting and fashion. The company s apparel and accessories let women show their love for hunting and shooting in an edgy way. Our line designed by women for women was created for all women from the avid hunter and shooter to the fashionista notes Jen Adams. There s something for everyone from pink camouflage luggage gun and shell bags to t-shirts pants and sweatshirts including the everpopular fur hoodies. From our humble beginning in the days of hand drawing pressing and embroidering hats ourselves GWG has made a splash across the United States notes Norissa Harmon. And we can be found everywhere from big names chains like Scheel s and Sportsman s Warehouse to other stores such as The Loft in our hometown. After outgrowing the garage and two other warehouses they moved into their current 5 000 Sq. Ft. warehouse - The GWG Headquarters. The company celebrates its seven year anniversary on November 29th 2015 and after many late evenings and 14-hour workdays during the first four years the two partners are both pursuing the small-town American dream full-time. The Outpost caught up with the two high-energy partners of Girls With Guns to share their story with everyone who loves the woods and waters. Since I was a tomboy I never thought that I would be involved in a fashion line but here I am said Jen Adams. I have my own style of that I love and it s different from what Norissa gravitates towards she said. This is what makes our brand so unique. With GWG you will get edgy fashion that s very hip and you ll see some redneck tomboy stuff. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 45 When asked about the reasons for the success of GWG Norissa offered some insight. In the case of our brand it was very personal she said. We love the outdoors and we wanted products that fit our styles and a lot of that was camo so we started making this more trendy. We both love shooting a lot so we started making sporting bags and gun bags. Then we started hunting so we started making a hunting line of products. Basically the whole brand was built around what we were doing she said. So we threw it out there to see if anyone liked it and fortunately many women did. Our fans have been very supportive of our products and we are very thankful for this. The two entrepreneurs are also fiercely supportive of the rights of American s to keep and bear arms. I grew up in a town of about 400 people and support of the Second Amendment was just something that was a part of our lives Jen noted. So many kids grow up these days not learning about guns and they are afraid of them she said. And so are a lot of women. One of the things I like to encourage women and youngsters to do is learn to safely handle a firearm and know that it s not going to hurt you. Recently I sent my 11-year old niece to hunt camp to learn about firearm safety Adams said. But that one experience is not enough to really teach firearm responsibility and skill. So I take her out to my house about once a week or so to teach her the proper use of guns. We have a sporting clay-thrower and she gets to practice with a shotgun 46 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM I grew up in a town of about 400 people and support of the Second Amendment was just something that was a part of our lives WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 47 We ve also done this type of training with other women and have taken our staff to the local gun range to teach proper technique and safety with firearms she said. We re just trying to make guns less intimidating to people and help them understand that the Second Amendment is our right. Norissa and I are both concealed handgun permit holders and I carry my gun every day because I feel it s my right to do so. Their customers must agree because business is booming at Girls With Guns. It s bigger than we ever imagined it would be Jen said. Since both of us came from simple backgrounds and neither of our families had a lot of money this growth of our company has really been phenomenal Adams noted. We had to work very hard to get to where we are but we couldn t be more blessed by the way our company is evolving. We re building amazing partnerships with companies such as Remington for our TV show she said. We are licensed with Mossy Oak and Montana Silversmith. Plus we have just launched a line of jewelry for the outdoors and we are building a boot and footwear line and a line of flip-flops It s so much bigger than we ever thought possible when we were out in the garage making some of these products ourselves using spreadsheets to track sales and consigning products hoping that someone would buy them. Nobody believed that products like these for women would be a big as they are Now we re in around 1 500 stores throughout the country. For the summer we ve got some great new products noted Norissa. 48 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM We ve got great new bikinis board shorts summer dresses that we ve designed and as Jen mentioned we ve got some flip-flops coming out she said. We have a new light-weight hiking boot and cowboy boots. We just have a big variety and our website is a main hub for us and a great place to keep up with all of the new products we re bringing out. You can find that a We ve also reached a lot of new younger fans with our new TV show Universal Huntress Adams said. It just launched on the Sportsman Channel and we get a lot of correspondence from young girls who are watching. While we didn t set out to be role models for these young girls they see what we re doing and want to be like us. This is very rewarding. It will be fun to watch the success of Girls With Guns in the coming years. As the number of women continue to discover the fun found in the great outdoors products like these will have an audience which is exponentially growing. The passion of the two founders and the legion of young women who love their products is proof of what can happen when entrepreneurial spirit is combined with commitment to traditional values. If you would like to listen to the complete interview with Jen Adams and Norissa Harmon from Girls With Guns just CLICK HERE for the Outpost On Demand http pod_popup1558.html WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 49 Morgan Mills is a Country Singer Who is Right on Target There are several singers who love to hunt but very few are a good enough shot to be an NRA approved shooting instructor. Country singer Morgan Mills is one of the latter and she has trained more than a few other women in this pursuit. She is also a heck of songwriter and singer and has just released a new single called Let s Ride which also features singer Colt Ford. The song is the theme song of the popular hunting show Universal Huntress. It s getting play on FM radio particularly on The Highway channel of Sirius Radio Morgan said in a recent interview. It s fun to see it climbing the charts even without a record label supporting it. It s definitely happening organically and it s nice to see all your hard work pay off in that way. 50 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM This is clearly a new day in the recorded music business. When someone can write and record a song on their own and get it to the people without a record label being in the middle there have been big changes. Someone told me I was making history she laughed. This will be the first hunting TV theme song that has charted on radio. So under any circumstances we re making a nice trivia question for the future The tie to the TV show Universal Huntress is another interesting twist to the song Let s Ride. How did this come about I met Jen and Norissa from Girls With Guns clothing about two years ago at the World Turkey Hunting Championship and we were the only all-girl team among 50 different teams in the competition she said. They were so much fun out in the field and I could tell they had a passion for what they were doing and we immediately hit it off. About a year later we were taking meetings with various reality show producers who said we were a cross between Keeping up With the Kardashians and Duck Dynasty We had a couple of production companies that were interested in us but they said they were not interested in the gun part of the story and were not into the hunting she said. So we asked them what s the show going to be about then Is it going to us walking around aimlessly in the woods laughing at each other We have come too far in our respective businesses to do this kind of show so we said no to reality TV. Then a couple months later we were approached about producing a hunting show. Unfortunately with my career in music I couldn t afford to jump on board and do it full-time. So the girls took over the show and the next week they were in Africa filming the show. Since I was a part of the show from the beginning they invited me to come on some of the hunts with them. When came time for a theme song they said hmmm who do we know who could write and sing the theme for the show It was kind of an easy choice. I was the only singer they knew she laughed. These days it s hard enough to get a female on country radio and it s been really beneficial to have various outlets TV radio DVD s of the show playing the song. The social media is also important because you have to have a lot of irons in the fire. It s been a huge help getting the song out there. https watch v 3_szzLCkq-w WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 51 We sat down and brainstormed what we wanted in this song and the ideas were all over the road she said. When we finally sat down to produce the record it was really fun to include all of these different elements country pop rap in the one song. Morgan Mills was a busy woman when the national NRA conference came to Nashville this spring. We had so much fun at this event she said. I performed on the NRA Country stage on 5th Avenue downtown and the next day I did a show at the Remington Arms booth. They work with a few artists including me and they invited us to perform on their stage. The Girls and I signed autographs in the Lady s Zone afterwards. About two months before the show I decided that with the NRA coming to Music City two of my favorite things guns and country music would be in the same place. I felt obligated to throw my own event called Ladies Range Day and I held that at Nashville Armory. It took us about two months to get the logistics for this event set up. Getting female celebrities from the outdoor industry and the country music industry who have a passion for American values and the Second Amendment was a labor of love. We wanted to get everyone together for empowerment but also to raise awareness for Project Child Safe which is a charitable organization which provides free locks for families who want to protect their homes with firearms but also want to protect their children from the accidently being harmed by the guns. JANA KRAMER LEAH TURNER NATALIE STOVALL We presented one of those big ol honkin checks to the organization and the celebrities did interviews on the red carpet. It was glitz glamor and guns Since Morgan is an approved NRA firearm instructor the question had to be asked What s the one thing someone can do to shoot better She did not hesitate. I ll give you two things she said. First focus on the front sight lining up equally the front sight and the back sight then let the target go blurry and focus on the front sight. This is hard for us to do because when we re throwing at something or shooting at something we want to look at it. But that s exactly what you don t want to do. Once you ve lined it up focus on the front sight. 52 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR LORRIE MORGAN WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 53 The second thing would be the trigger pull. A lot of people get anxious when they get behind a gun. They re trigger happy and they ll yank the trigger or pull it too fast. What I tell my students is to pretend the trigger is a jack-in-the-box. If you re slowly pulling the trigger back you want the shot to surprise you like a jack-in-thebox. Once it surprises you then you re not messing up your own shot. When you have a smooth even trigger pull this will put you right on target. When the Nashville Armory opened a few years ago several friends knew I had grown up with a gun in my hands and loved shooting and they suggested that I check with them about becoming an instructor. As it turned out they needed female instructors and I started doing this for fun. I love teaching people about shooting and firearms and I love getting better every day. Yes I m a certified instructor but that sounds so technical and professional. Basically I really have a passion for it. Young women such as Morgan Mills and the other ladies in this special edition of The Outpost are role models for even younger girls who watch everything they do. How does Morgan feel about this responsibility The other day I got an email from the father of a 6-year old girl in Denver whose name is Lucy. She heard my song on the radio and she asked her dad if he would download the song to her iPod. He did and later asked her if she was going to be watching the ACM s awards She asked is Morgan going to sing and he said no probably not she s not there yet. So the little girl says No. I m not watching them. This reminded me that I don t know Lucy in Denver and there s probably a hundred other little girls out there who are listening to my music and watching what I do. There is a responsibility that I feel as an artist and as a Christian to be a good role model for women in general. There is a sort of pressure but I like it. The next generation is really watching and listening and they are forming their opinions on what is right. Morgan Mills has just started a career that should last a long long time and for those who appreciate the power of a passionate woman it will be fascinating to see just how good she can be. Morgan said so many funny and interesting things we couldn t include them all in this article. However if you would like to hear the complete interview just CLICK HERE for the Outpost On Demand. http pod_popup1568.html 54 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 55 KRISTY LEE COOK IS READY TO RIDE 56 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM FROM BARREL RACING TO AMERICAN IDOL AND NOW TO OUTDOOR SPORTS TV Like a lot of people who become overnight successes Kristy Lee Cook worked hard for many years to become successful overnight. At a young age she took her God-given talent and honed it six nights a week on the stage of nightclubs. She managed to get a break and land on American Idol and then her sparkling stage presence and powerful voice enabled her to become one of the finalist in this mega-talent contest. Post Idol Kristy is becoming an honest-to-goodness star in country music. Along the way she re-kindled her love for the great outdoors. She stopped by the Outpost to give us a quick update on her career so far. I started performing when I was really young she said. I was 13 when I first got on stage. Mom was the one who started that performing thing for me. She thought I was good enough to get manager and that s what we did. We started doing shows around my home state of Oregon. I had a record deal when I was 17 and it just never worked out. I ended up doing the Idol show after many years of trying to make it but never really succeeding in the traditional sense of becoming a star. So I decided to give American Idol a shot and it worked out well for me. Kristy worked for the Cowboy s chain of nightclubs in Texas for two years performing every night. It was grueling but valuable. Yeah that was an experience she laughed. Performing in a club gets a little overbearing particularly over a long time. However I learned a lot and it turned out to be a great opportunity for me. That really helped me become a better performer. You can do a lot of things up on that stage and nobody ever remembers it (Laughter) Some finalists on American Idol have become huge stars and some are still working small clubs in places like Arlington Texas. What does Kristy Lee Cook think about the AI experience It was a major stepping stone for my career she said It was another great opportunity. I learned a lot from being on the show. This has all been a learning process. Every year I get a little more confident on what I m doing on stage. In addition to singing Looking for a Cowgirl Kristy s hit record she is a real-life cowgirl and barrel racer. I do that as much as I can She said. I live on a cutting horse ranch and I m barrel-racing every weekend I can. I actually have a race this weekend. I ve been working with a new horse and hopefully he will be a pro-rodeo horse soon. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 57 https watch v xPYeLIKxWIY 58 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 59 Kristy Lee Cook is also an avid outdoors enthusiast. And what type of activities does she like to pursue Everything she laughed. I actually have an outdoor sports reality show coming out in July on the Sportman s Channel. It s called The Most Wanted List and it stars me and my two best friends. It s not just a hunting and fishing show. It s more of an outdoor adventure show. It s hunting fishing sky-diving. It s like doing a whole bucket-list of activities with your friends. It s really exciting to be filming that show and doing all those adventures. From a fishing standpoint we will be doing some deep-sea fishing and other high-energy angling. Next week my friends fly into Texas where I live and we re going to be filming two hunts sky-diving jumps barrel racing and all kinds of other stuff. It s going to be a great show for the entire family. One of the girls on the show had never hunted before doing this show she said. It s pretty cool to see how she has taken to the sport. She s the huntress now What is it about outdoor sports that is attracting more and more women Kristy didn t hesitate. I think a lot of women s husbands hunt and fish and the women have realized they are passionate about these pursuits and they want to join them in the adventure. These women want to share in these experiences and memories. Some of these hunting lodges are amazing and I think to myself man women would love this environment. Once women get out there they appreciate the beauty of God s creation of the outdoors. If you want to hear the complete interview with this overnight success Kristy Lee Cook CLICK HERE for the Outpost On Demand. http pod_popup1563.html 60 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 61 THE OUTPOST RECIPES HER LIPS TASTE LIKE SANGRIA INGREDIENTS 2 ORANGES THINLY SLICED 1 LEMON THINLY SLICED 1 LIME THINLY SLICED 4 CUPS FRESH FIRM FRUITS PREPARED AND SLICED AS APPROPRIATE 1 GALLON FULL-BODIED DRY RED WINE SUCH AS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 1 1 2 TO 2 CUPS ORANGE LIQUEUR SUCH AS COINTREAU OR TRIPLE SEC 1 1 2 CUPS PRESIDENTE BRANDY 2 BUNCHES LEMON VERBENA WASHED AND STEMMED (ABOUT 2 CUPS) FRESH SOFT FRUITS PREPARED AND SLICED AS APPROPRIATE CLUB SODA CHAMPAGNE OR SPARKLING WINE PREPARATION Combine citrus slices and other firm fruits in a large nonreactive container. Add wine liqueur brandy and lemon verbena. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or up to 3 days). When ready to serve put some soft fruits into each wine glass and fill twothirds full with the Sangria. 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You can also visit his website at 64 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM INGREDIENTS 1 pound Crappie filets Zensational Seasoning from Big Green Egg 2 pieces of Naan or Flatbread about 7 inches round 2 thick slices Vidalia onion Olive oil 2 large cloves garlic crushed 2 roma tomatoes seeded and chopped 1 cup finely shredded cheese jack cheddar mozzarella or a combination Chopped fresh parsley for garnish Brush the onion slices with olive oil and season them with the Zensational Seasoning. Place them directly on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side until golden brown. When cool break the fish up into small pieces with your hands and chop the onion into medium dice. Switch the Egg to cook indirect at 400 . Brush the flatbreads with the olive oil. Sprinkle the garlic over them spreading it evenly. Then do the same with the tomato fish and onion. Top each with half of the cheese spreading it evenly. Place the flatbread pizzas directly on the cooking grate. Cook for 10 minutes and then check for doneness. The flat bread should be crispy and browned on the bottom and the toppings should be hot and bubbly. Cook for an additional 5 minutes if needed. Transfer the pizzas to a board. Let rest for 2 minutes. Slice each pizza into six pieces. METHOD Prepare the Egg to cook indirect at 350 . Season the fish with the Zensational Seasoning and place it on an oiled perforated coking grid. Place the grid in the Egg and cook until the fish is firm about 8 minutes. Remove and let cool. LIFE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 65 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 CAREFUL WHEN YOU RE BRINGING HOME THE BACON FERAL HOG HUNTERS CAUTIONED ABOUT SWINE BRUCELLOSIS The plague of wild hogs throughout the United States has encouraged hunters to pursue these beasts year-round. The land managers target these animals to keep the population in check. Because handling harvested hogs brings with it a small chance of contracting swine brucellosis officials with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recently reminded hunters to protect themselves when field dressing the animal. According to Wikipedia swine brucellosis an infectious disease of pigs is caused by the bacterium Brucella suis. Humans can contract swine brucellosis if blood fluid or tissue from an infected animal comes into contact with the eyes nose mouth or a skin cut. Swine brucellosis does not affect the edibility of the meat but it should be thoroughly cooked. BETTER SAFE The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the federal agency charged with preventing infectious disease recommends the following precautions when field dressing feral hogs Use clean sharp knives for field dressing and butchering. Wear eye protection and rubber or latex gloves when handling carcasses. Avoid direct contact of bare skin with fluid or organs from the animal. After butchering burn or bury disposable gloves and parts of the carcass that will not be eaten. Avoid feeding raw meat or other parts of the carcass to dogs. 66 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Wash hands as soon as possible with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or more. Dry hands with a clean cloth. Clean all tools and reusable gloves with a disinfectant such as diluted bleach. Thoroughly cook the meat. Be aware that freezing smoking drying and pickling do not kill the bacteria that cause brucellosis. This caution is not meant to keep anyone from killing feral hogs said Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes. We just want to remind hunters that preventive measures should be standard when handling hogs. Because swine brucellosis can have a long incubation time immediate symptoms may not be present. Although few humans die of infection the disease is often chronic and debilitating. If a hunter gets sick with flulike symptoms he she should tell their physician of any contact with a feral hog. Feral hogs are a threat to wildlife because they compete for food sources damage wildlife openings and habitat and destroy nests. Because hogs can transfer brucellosis the potential threat to human health is a very important reason hogs should not be released in the state. Transporting live feral hogs from one property to another is illegal in Alabama and most other states. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 67 GET BETTER THEN PASS IT ON By O Neill Williams I m asked often How can I become a better fisherman My answer is always the same Go . Easy answer wasn t it. Easy but not complete. OK try this one. If it is bass fishing in which you want to be more skilled join a bass club. You ll be going with someone who will be doing his best to catch the most he can using his skills developed over years. Secondly you ll be going during times and to places that will test those talents as they grow good weather or bad weather cold or hot. If you want to get better at catching Crappie Bream Trout Stripers Reds Tarpon there are many articles and books but it s not like going and going often. Sounds tough doesn t it It is but you asked so there it is. YOU GOTTA DO IT Beyond bass fishing which it mostly is the answer no matter what the quest no matter what the level it s always about going going and going. 68 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Easier Sure but you gotta do it. Can you become the new Kevin Van Dam Maybe. Maybe not. Some guys just have it differently that the rest of us. I play golf occasionally but it will not matter how many lessons I may take (never had one) Tiger and I are not going to be playing the final round together at the TPC. The long term champions understand it all better and more completely no matter what the task they live in a different world. But let me ask do you recall any Bassmaster s Classic Winners that subsequently fell from success the following year I do many in fact both young and old never to rise again. What happened They stopped fishing and started the promotional tour dinners trade show appearances consumer gatherings and soon it was over for them. Then too there s much to know about the habits of the fish. What does the fish do when his habitat changes What govern his travels or his position in the lake or stream. Current How does effect your success What s going on with the fish under the water is actually more important than what you re doing above the surface. We could go on and on and possibly should but I think you get what I have to say on this subject. PASS IT ON OK what else can we talk about Let s expand and turn the tables. Are you already a good experienced knowledgeable fisherman satisfied with his success and enjoys the adventures Good. Now what Pass it on to a youngster. Take him or her offer to be a mentor. Have you been proud of your growth Good again but if you really want satisfaction take a kid and watch the skills grow with him or her. It s ever more rewarding. O WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 69 R G EA U 70 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Girls With Guns Clothing Hunting Boot These boots were made for more than walkin ...and that s just what they ll do O Regardless of which style you choose you can rest assured that your feet will stay dry thanks to their breathable 100% waterproof outer shell and membrane bootie. If cold toes are your kryptonite the Tigress features 600g 3MTM ThinsulateTM insulation recommended for the coldest conditions without limiting your activity level. The Huntress is available in a non-insulated option as well as the customer-favorite 400g 3MTM ThinsulateTM insulated option recommended for cold conditions and or moderate activity levels. Both styles feature two removable insoles a black one for comfort and a pink one to provide additional room for thicker socks. No one likes to slip n slide around unless it s a sweltering summer day and involves a tarp and a garden hose but with GWG s Phylon rubber outsole and aggressive tread these boots are ready to traverse any conditions Mother Nature may throw at you. Should those conditions cause your boot laces to deteriorate luckily for you GWG will send you a replacement pair free of charge if you email support with your contact information and your boot style. Last but not least our favorite thing about these boots is the price With the Tigress coming in at a cool 109.99 and the Huntress at 94.99 for the non-insulated option and 99.99 for the insulated option you can put these fashionable hunting boots to work without putting a severe dent in your wallet. You can order a pair at or if you d prefer to try before you buy you can find these boots at fine GWG retailers such as Sportsman s Warehouse and Rural King. The boots come in full and half sizes from a women s size 5 to 10. We suggest sizing up one half to one full size from your typical shoe size to ensure proper fit. If you have purchased a pair of GWG boots in the past or are planning to purchase a pair in the future we d love to hear your feedback at art TP O ST Girls With Guns Clothing (GWG) has put their best foot forward with their new line of Mossy Oak branded footwear. The first two styles to launch the 6 Huntress and the 8 Tigress combine the lightweight comfort of a hiking boot with the rugged durability of a hunting boot. Both styles feature the Mossy Oak Break-Up InfinityTM camouflage pattern and are accented with GWG s signature hot pink stitching. While the Huntress will appeal to the die-hard camo fanatics the Tigress is more suited to those looking for a boot to compliment a wide range of fashions. O U O TP ST WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 New MINOX DTC 400 SLIM Wildlife Camera Sets New Standards for Concealment The new MINOX DTC 400 SLIM Wildlife Camera lives up to its name being so flat it sets new standards for increased concealment and inconspicuous monitoring. The SLIM s extremely flat body is only about one inch thick and is slightly curved so it fits every tree trunk neatly and snugly. Combined with its camouflage housing the result is the unobtrusive presence you want and need in an effective trail camera. Equally important the MINOX DTC 400 features a MINOCTAR lens ensuring a nearly distortion-free r ecording with every movement in sharp high-contrast detail. The SLIM provides outstanding image quality with brilliance and natural color rendering and videos are recorded in HD resolution for 10 to 60 seconds. Even in bad lighting or twilight a powerful IR-flash with a range of up to 49 feet provides reliable images. Fast trigger-release of less than one second battery life up to six months and very easy-to-use menu navigation make the DTC 400 a reliable recording device for prolonged outdoor use. All data is saved on an external SD memory card and can be displayed directly on the 2 true-color TFT display. Protected by a sturdy waterproof plastic body the interior electronics are completely unharmed by water dust cold or heat and can be secured with a padlock. The MINOX DTC 400 SLIM wildlife camera comes with a fastening strap SD HC card and USB cable. For over 75 years MINOX has been a leader in optical innovation and fine mechanics. Headquartered in the optics capital of Wetzlar Germany MINOX engineers designs and produces an award winning array of high-performance optical devices from binoculars and riflescopes to cameras and night vision. All are made with the most advanced components to ensure superior quality and reliability. Retail 199. MINOX s sport optics products have stood the test of time and ensure the best performance for any discerning sportsman. For more information please contact MINOX USA Inc. at 1-866-469-3080 or visit us online at usa G EA R R G EA TP O ST U 72 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The iBobber High Tech Fish Finder The iBobber app not only connects anglers to their phones and tablets it also connects them to their smartwatches enabling them to see where fish are with a simple glance at their wrist. The innovative iBobber Smartwatch App features a 1-Touch UI transmitting fish size fish depth bottom depth fish alarm and GPS tags between smartwatch and phone tablet. O Generating and transmitting this data to the smartwatch via phone tablet is the iBobber-- the cast able fishfinder which transmits its sonar data to a phone tablet using Bluetooth Smart 4.0 and the free iBobber app. The iBobber combines the features and functionality of more expensive fishfinders with the ability to cast the fishfinder from boat or shore. With the iBobber anglers are no longer limited to finding fish only under their boats or not at all from shore. The price is right for the iBobber only 99.99 And this smartwatch app for Android is free with the download of the free iBobber app for Android from Google Play. Once the iBobber phone tablet smartwatch are paired it s time to find the fish As now the iBobber Smartwatch App has been released for only Android Wear Watches LG G Watch Motorola 360 Sony SmartWatch 3 Samsung Gear Live and Asus Zen Watch. Once the Apple smartwatch is available the iBobber Apple version will be as well. The iBobber Smartwatch app was developed via the strong R&D of the iBobber parent company ReelSonar a tech company geared toward outdoor fishing and hunting enthusiasts. For more information please visit iBobber at reelsonar and Twitter ReelSonar and contact David Ross VP CMO at david 206-349-1179. If you d like to win great gear like this keep watching The Outpost Facebook page for more details. Just LIKE the page and watch for the contest. O SHE Outdoor Element The Element Series from SHE Outdoor is built from a durable yet flexible 95% polyester 5% Spandex ripstop fabric for maximum comfort in warm weather Spring or Fall hunts. They re also great as a basic layering piece in colder weather. The long sleeved shirt has a 7-button front 2 button chest pockets button cuffs a hidden button-down collar and front and back darting. The pants boast 7 pockets for maximum storage an elastic-adjustable waistband and a zippered fly with button closure. For more information go to http webapp wcs stores servlet Navigation storeId 10151&catalogId 10051&langId 1&searchTerm SHE Element WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 73 U O TP ST G EA R BEFORE HEADING TO THE GROCERY STORE HERE S A WORD FROM STACY HARRIS ABOUT WILD GAME 74 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM In addition to being intelligent pretty highly resourceful and a wife and mother Stacy Harris is a locavore. Yep. And she thinks you should be one too. To find out why keep reading. This author TV personality and expert on living a sustainable life feels this involves among other things harvesting wild game. She noted that it hasn t been that long ago when almost everyone got their food from domestically grown animals and game they harvested. These were slow foods she said. By that I mean they were not pumped with growth hormones and other unnatural substances and they were a healthy source of proteins. Instead of speeding up the process of making say big breasted chickens they were normal chickens that were living in the back yard. It took them a while to bulk up and get fat. Hunting and eating wild game has the same benefit she said. How much more organic and sustainable can you get than to hunt and fish for you own food Animals in the wild are foraging all day long on berries and all kinds of different vegetation that makes those animals healthy. That way when we consume them we are healthier as well. Some complain that preparing wild game is more difficult than meat purchased at the grocery story. Harris disagrees. It s not more difficult but it s WAY different Stacy noted. Often times at the grocery story they will put substances such as a saline solution in meat to make it more tender or these are younger chickens because they ve been pumping them full of hormones. In the case of beef it will be marbled with fat because it s been eating that corn in the feedlot. When an animal forages for food all day it s using all of its muscles she said. This means it s going to have lots more connective tissue and muscle fiber that is going to have to be broken down. So there are going to be some cuts of that meat that can be cooked rare but some of those cuts are going to take longer because you re going to have to cook it slow and low temperature. Some of these cuts are going to have to be used in ground meat. There are various ways this wild game meat is going to have to be cooked differently but the FLAVOR is beyond control It is so amazing and so great compared to what you get at the grocery store. Another factor that impacts this grocery vs. wild game discussion are cooking shows she said. They feature meat purchased at the grocery store so we re not learning how to cook wild game. This is where I think I can contribute to this learning because I ve been studying it for about 25 years. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 75 SMOTHERED VENISON OVER SWEET POTATO FRIES...YUMMY https watch list UU--RFvv1rx3jRmo2YXYiylw&v RXLMRwIam7k Stacy Harris is preparing pilot for a new television show which is focused on sustainable living. Will she be giving tips and recipes for wild game on this show Absolutely she said. Because wild game is sustainable. The show will also deal with shopping at the farmer s market and what to do with all of the goods you bring home from these markets. Often all of these incredible vegetables will show up at the farmer s market at the same time. So most of us say what do I do with ALL of these vegetables We will cover topics like preserving these fruits and vegetables for later use or how to make it a main meal or how to use it with meats. We will also have a segment on how to garden she said. We re shopping for a network to carry this show now. So everyone cross your fingers for us I believe America needs this type of show. It s not really a new idea. Our connection with food has been around forever and we ve gotten so far removed from this. But people are coming back to this. We re beginning to realize the importance of health and taste in our food and knowing where it comes from. We re starting to understand how important it is to be good stewards of the land Stacy said. Hunters by far are the best stewards of the land. Far beyond any environmentalist out there. A few years ago the dictionary people at The Oxford American chose a strange-sounding word for its word of the year. That word was locavore and for anyone who doesn t keep up with important matters such as the word of the year this term means a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food. As noted at the beginning of this piece Stacy Harris is a proud locavore. I have a little funny story about being a locavore she said. I home-school our kids and one of our sons was really interested in words. Somehow we got on the subject of the word locavore and he had mixed feelings about wanting to be one A couple of weeks later one of the Alabama newspapers featured me in a story and talked about my interest in locavores. This made it a little more acceptable for him to use the word 76 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM PEOPLE ARE COMING BACK TO EATING LOCAL. FARMER S MARKETS HAVE NEVER BEEN AS POPULAR AS THEY ARE NOW. PLUS EVEN IF YOU DON T HAVE A LOT OF LAND TO GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES YOU CAN TRADE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS ON WHO GROWS WHAT. SOMEBODY CAN GROW THE TOMATOES AND SOMEBODY ELSE GROWS THE EGGPLANT. THIS LETS THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD SHARE IN THE BOUNTY OF EVERYONE S WORK. YOU RE SEEING THAT IN NEIGHBORHOODS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. Why is this happening Because people want to know where their food is coming from she concluded. Often hunting and fishing are left out of this locavore movement but how much more local can you be than harvesting wild game I think people are afraid of this (hunting and fishing) because of the political correctness of our society not wanting to shoot an animal and I m thinking unless you re a vegetarian you re eating animals that have been killed. In fact wild animals live the best habitat they could possibly live in. They are free to roam and forage for healthy food. They re not cooped up in a pen somewhere like chickens pork and beef. They have a chance. It s not like you putting them in the slaughter house. You re hunting and harvesting those animals and you re taking dominion over the land and in most cases reducing their numbers and preventing them from starving to death in the wild. I can t think of a more sustainable way to live than to be a hunter fisherman gardener she noted. Are there any distance criteria for being a locavore I have thought about that and if you look on the internet you ll see many different definitions for locavore. I believe there is no one radius of distance. Local could mean the United States or it could mean just your woods and garden. I believe having a consciousness of eating that which is in your habitat makes you a locavore. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 77 We eat rice in our family but I don t grow rice she said. There are not many rice farms near us. There are some in Louisiana North Carolina Texas and other states and to me that s still eating local. However as far an anything I can grow such as tomatoes I don t think it s a good idea for them to come from across the sea. The nutrients are lost when they are shipped long distances. When they are picked the nutrients stop at that point. If a grocery stores puts that ripening solution on these vegetables they don t really ripen they just change color. It seems that these sustainable practices have become a lost art and the people who practice this are becoming artisans. Things that I do which have been around for hundreds of years are interesting to people who appreciate art. Sausage making quilt making and other things that people did 50 or 60 years ago have become lost arts. 78 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Stacy Harris has been a prolific producer of all things sustainable. Her books and videos include Tracking Outdoors In Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living Wildgame and Gourmet Venison. These are available on her website . This site is packed with information about growing cooking harvesting healthy and delicious food. If you would like to hear the complete interview with Stacy Harris including why an egg incubator is now in her living room CLICK HERE for the Outpost On Demand. http pod_popup1570.html https watch v NfSGAso5vpI WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 79 MEET REBECCA WOLFE SPRADLEY 80 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM SHE ENJOYS HOG HUNTING WITH HER BARE HANDS As you read through the articles of this special Women of the Woods & Water issue of the Outpost you notice a recurring theme lots of tomboys turned into pretty young women. Such is the case with Rebecca Wolf Spradley. In her website she notes that she was hunting even before she was born This is because her mother and father who are both avid hunters were out looking for wild hogs and deer when Rebecca s mother was pregnant. So as a young girl was she a tomboy Yeah pretty much she said. I was in the woods with my folks about 8 weeks after they had me and have grown up in the outdoors. My father had four brothers so I ve been around guys in the woods for my whole life. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 81 What type of hunting does this young woman enjoy the most Definitely hog hunting she said with no hesitation. We hunt hogs with our dogs at night and there is no way of knowing how big the hogs are going to be and how many there are. There is not bigger adrenaline rush than this We usually catch them alive and then turn them loose in a different area. It really depends on the property owner. Some want us to kill them and others want us to relocate them to another part of their property. We have curs and hounds to hunt them. If they get in a trap the dogs surround the hogs and we grab their hind legs flip them over and then tie their legs It s right up there with bow hunting and having a giant buck come to within 20 yards. The adrenaline is just hard to explain. People sometimes say there s not much sport in hog hunting and I say you ve obviously never been hog hunting like we have. There s plenty of sport in it Rebecca also has some insights about why more and more women are getting involved in outdoor sports. Rebecca s shooting DNA was also enhanced by her grandfather Bud Wolf who is a member of the Hall of Fame for Sporting Clays. Did she get some expert instruction on shooting from him Growing up my father taught me to shoot she said. I went dove hunting with my grandfather and to sporting clay shooting tournaments with him so he did teach me some techniques for shooting shotguns. However as far as teaching me gun safety and how to shoot a gun my father taught me all of that. My grandfather is in his late 80 s and he still goes to some competitions. They have a Bud Wolf Classic in South Florida every year and he went dove hunting with us the past season and he can outshoot anyone in the field. Rebecca who is now 28 years old got involved in the outdoor sports industry when she was 18. Someone (in the industry) saw my Facebook page and noticed that I hog hunted and deer hunted she said. One of the guys said you re really pretty would you like to model for us I said sure and it went from there. 82 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM For me the outdoor industry has made it a point to develop guns and gear specifically for women she said. For many years you heard folks saying oh girls shouldn t hunt or you re a girl and you shouldn t be out in the woods. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 83 Now I ve noticed at shooting events that some women can outshoot men. I m not sure if because we care more or concentrate more. For whatever reason the industry has opened many more doors for women to hunt and fish. There are special guns and bows that are designed for women. There are special events geared for women. There are special classes for teaching women and children about the outdoors sports. There s an actual market for women in these sports and women are taking advantage of this. In my case I was never left at home she said. I was always in the woods. I don t know if this was due to the fact that I was an only child or what. No one ever said oh you re a girl and you shouldn t be hunting. It was more like this is what we do as a family. Now that I have a daughter she s 16 months old and she goes with us where we go. She s gone bear hunting and turkey hunting. I pride myself on the fact that if something bad happened in this world she would know how to take care of herself. She wouldn t need to go to a grocery store. If you enjoyed reading about this young hog hunter and would like to hear the interview with Rebecca in its entirety just CLICK HERE for the Outpost On Demand http pod_popup1575.html 84 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 85 Darcizzle for Shizzle One of the Hottest Anglers on Instagram Like a lot of young women who have gotten involved with outdoor sports young Darcy (who would become Darcizzle) was introduced to the fun of fishing from her father when she was at the ripe old age of 3. He was fishing and lobstering in Key Largo off the coast near Miami Florida. In a very short time span Darcy has aggregated a large following of women and men who follow her fishing exploits. She is a professional angler and model and lives in Boynton Beach Florida. She writes for Coastal Angler Magazine offering tips and her monthly fishing report. I started young she said And I ve been hooked ever since Fishing created awesome memories with me and my dad and sister. I just got addicted to the experience of having a fish on the line and not know what it was. Basically the tug is the drug You know when you cast it out and you get a bite you know you did something right. How does someone go from fishing casually to becoming a professional angler I don t fish professionally yet but I am very involved in the tournament circuit she said. We have a 23 foot Proline and we take it out just about every day to chase fish. I m active in general in the fishing world. I think most people think I fish for a living because of the social media following that I ve gathered. 86 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM I started about three years ago posting my fishing photos on Instagram she notes. After a few months of my posting it started taking off. People were noticing me and before you know it I now have 40 000 followers on Instagram. I just started working on my Facebook and YouTube channels. I post new content on YouTube every week and this consists of tips and advice on fishing. I m trying to show the young women anglers that they can get out there and do the same thing as the fishing captains are doing. I think anyone can accomplish their dreams as I did. Hopefully my social media will continue to grow and benefit everybody. What does Darcizzle think about the explosion of women in outdoor sports It s awesome to notice that it s blowing up she said. It s good to get men and women equally involved in the outdoors. Not just sitting in front of a computer all day but actually get out there. It s a great change for the upcoming generation. Darcizzle has caught thousands of fish among hundreds of species. So what is her favorite fish to pursue http RChQOk2S8FI WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 87 I would have to say the Mahi Mahi is my favorite she said. I never get tired of catching those fish. Each fish you hook have a unique reaction the aerial jumps they do the flashes of color yellow and green. I ll never ever get tired of catching those fish. I recently caught a peacock bass she said. The way they respond is very similar to the action of the Mahi. They re very pretty but they actually fight really hard. When they hit your lure they do crazy jumps. It was an awesome experience. To hear the interview with Darcie in its entirety just CLICK HERE for the Outpost On Demand http pod_popup1560.html 88 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 89 THE OUTPOST SWEET TEA TRIO In Alabama They Start Em Young Singing and Shooting The Girls of Sweet Tea 90 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM If you ve ever had the pleasure of having a few teenagers around the house you know they spend a lot of time (1) checking their phone (2) rolling their eyes when you say something that you re positive is hilarious and (3) sleeping late on Saturday morning. However on the Saturday morning when we had scheduled an Outpost interview the three teenagers who make up the country band Sweet Tea had already traveled across the state of Alabama to meet for a day of rehearsal and they then had a weekend of gigs booked. Savannah Coker (17) Kate Falcon (16) and Victoria Camp (18) all grew up singing solo in the great state of Alabama. They met a couple of years ago and soon realized that three cool voices are at least three times better than one so they formed their band Sweet Tea and have not stopped chasing the dream since. These three ladies also have something else in common with the all-stars we ve put together for this special Women of the Woods & Water issue of the Outpost. They are crazy about hunting More on this later. We were all individual artists when we met and we all had the same vocal coach said Kate Falcon. He gave us an assignment to learn a song Hell on Heels by the Pistol Annies so we sat in a room and learned the song. Next day we performed it at a show. We had a wonderful response to the performance from the audience and after that we said hey maybe we should look into doing this. We knew one song but have learned a few more since then she laughed. We started singing together and writing together and we became Sweet Tea. The group has been performing in Alabama and Nashville for the past two years. They also had the opportunity to perform at the Country Goes Huntin benefit held in March and allowed them to also get a shot at some wild turkeys. As if on cue the three excited voices of Sweet Tea exclaimed (in perfect harmony of course) Yes and we all three got our first bird So how did these three young ladies get introduced to hunting My dad is a professional hunter and has his own TV show called Outdoors with Bob Coker said Savannah Coker. I was definitely raised into it whether I liked it or not (laughing). Fortunately I love it We hunted around the world and it s in my blood. Victoria and her dad had been hunting together and Kate liked to fish but once she got a taste of turkey hunting she fell in love And now we re all three avid hunters. What do these ladies who are definitely among the younger demographic think is motivating young women to take up hunting and fishing Savannah immediately had an answer to this complicated marketing question. Guys like it when a girl can hunt. So the girls realize hey guys like it when a girl goes hunting and they pick up on it WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 91 https watch v CaudpfsLkKU Of course this is a truly brilliant insight and one that only a teenager would immediately notice. The music of Sweet Tea features an angelic three-part harmony that is hard to describe except to say it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you hear it. They have several big-hook original songs ballads and straight-ahead country rockers and they all play instruments in the band. The musical groups which influenced them the most Kate said We all had individual artists which have influenced us but as a trio for sure The Dixie Chick have had great influence. We love them. Their harmonies are so good. We also like The Band Perry Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. We also like other kinds of music such as Classic Rock. We jam hard when we re in the car Savannah shared some of her influences. I love the Dixie Chicks and I grew up on Shania Twain Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town their harmonies are ridiculous. Victoria had a little different influence I grew up on more classic country like Merle Haggard Johnny Cash Hank Jr. and Sr. I bring the outlaw influence to the group. We all come together and like those artists and group with heavy harmonies especially iconic girl bands. 92 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The young girls of Sweet Tea have another generation of even younger girls coming up behind them and these young fans look up to singers. What does the band think about being a role model to those younger than them We always say our favorite part of doing our shows is meeting our fans afterwards noted Kate. The people who follow us on Facebook and come to our shows have really supported us and gotten us to the point where we are now with our music. We love our younger fans especially younger girls because we got some girl power going too It s hard to make it in this industry now because it s very male-dominated. We want to show our younger and old female fans that just because we re women doesn t mean we can t do things like hunt and pursue our dreams. How do the ladies of Sweet Tea see their music in the current genre of country music Country music has evolved noted Victoria. You don t hear much Merle Haggard anymore and we are trying to make our music fit in but also stand out as fresh and new. Our sound is also evolving. It s something new and of course sweet with some girl power behind it. How do fans keep up with Sweet Tea That leads us to our fan club which is called Sis Country Nation noted Savannah. Country is sometime referred to a Bro Country so we re trying to bring Sis Country to the table Anyone interested in the Sis Country Nation fan club or keeping up with these three dynamos should check out the Sweet Tea website . The trio is also very engaged with their fans on all social media. Many successful musical artists started performing professionally when they were very young and along with their musical talent they had a maturity and work ethic that kept them grounded. These three young ladies seem to have all of these attributes and that s a lucky thing for the rest of us because we get to listen to them for many years to come. If you need another shot of Sweet Tea you can hear this interview in its entirety by CLICKING HERE for Outpost On Demand http pod_popup1574.html WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 93 Eileen Clarke has been hunting wild game and preparing it for the table for more than 30 years. Along the way she s learned a lot about the factors that affect the taste of meat she has harvested. Recently she completed a new book called Sausage Season Step-by-step making your wild meat wildly amazing and it s an easy-to-read handbook on the proper techniques for making moist creamy-delicious wild game sausage. The book also contains 66 fresh sausage recipes the right fat ratio the right cooking method and the right cooking temperature for mouth-watering sausage. It s been noted that there are two things that one should never watch while they are being made. These are laws and sausage. And that s why I wrote the sausage book Eileen laughed. I wanted to see what I was doing. So why does sausage get such a bad rap The sausage story starts off pretty well she notes. Every culture in the world makes sausage. Since America is an immigrant country from largely European countries we re used to the sausage from those countries the Polish sausage the brats the hot dogs. Sausage started out being muscle meat with a little fat thrown in and made at home. So individuals were in total control of their sausage. It became so popular that eventually companies took over making the sausage Eileen said. The companies got bigger and bigger and it became very commercial and the bottom line counted for a lot. Now if you read the labels of commercially-made sausage there are a lot of ingredients that are filler. Plus instead of adding fat which is getting more expensive they re adding things to make it more moist. I believe pork fat is the best fat for sausage but this is becoming too expensive for commercially-made sausage. So companies will add dry milk or soy powder to get that wonderful texture of sausage. 94 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Since most people reading this magazine enjoy harvesting wild game and bringing it back to the freezer we asked her how this wild game can become wildly amazing as sausage. We all have a lot of venison in our freezers. she said. If you hunt mule deer in the rut as my husband and I do that meat can be a little gamey. Bow hunting elk in the early season can also make for gamey meat because they re out chasing elk does. It s not all great meat in your freezer but you don t want to waste it. You ve spent a lot of time harvesting it. So sausage is the perfect answer. I always made it in bulk and in patties because I when I would go to case it it would get dry. My friends would bring me sausage from other people and it s was too dry and often over-salted and smoked to within an inch of its life I was unhappy with what I was seeing out there so I started this journey. It took me two years to work up the recipes and months and months to do the research to determine how the texture gets right. If you make sausage with the meat fat and spices but don t know the right technique you re going to end up with crumbly and dry sausage. You can add more liquid but that just makes it crumbly with liquid. That s a lot of what Sausage Season is about. There are 44 pages on how to get the right texture. We asked Eileen if she had a favorite wild game to prepare for sausage. She said There one thing I wish we had in Montana (where she lives) that we don t have and that s wild pigs. They make wonderful sausage Based on this response it was suggested that she grab her gun and come South because there are plenty of wild hogs just waiting to be turned into delicious pork sausage WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 95 Eileen also shared a story about making sausage from wild goose a game bird that s notoriously difficult to prepare for the table. We have a friend who is a goose hunter coming over and I made some venison elk and goose sausage put them on a platter and didn t tell him which was which. He asked what the mystery sausage was (after stuffing himself on it) and I told him goose. He loved it. It s important to know how to take care of wild game before it gets in the sausage grinder. Eileen wrote another book about this and it s entitled Slice of Life. If hunters are bringing back lots of game they need to look at their field dressing aging and other factors. So what happens to the meat of a deer or elk after running either before or after being hit As soon as he feels fear maybe he s just seen you or he s been shot and starts running adrenaline begins pumping through his body and adrenaline is a terrible marinade for the meat When an animal is in the rut he s been running and not eating much for sometimes weeks at a time and he s not going to taste very good. About the only ways to prevent this is to be sneaky (so he doesn t know you re there) and practice shooting so that you can make a good clean kill and he doesn t run. What about field dressing Does it make any difference if the buck is gutted and then lays around for the rest of the day before being taken to the processor The biggest problem is cooling the animal down. If it s warmer than 30 degrees you re going to have a problem cooling the animal down properly. If it s warm as it sometimes is in the southern climate during deer season there will be a problem getting the animal cooled enough. When field dressing splitting the sternum and pelvis of the animal and thereby opening up the cavity will help some. You can also cut the lower legs of the animal off quarter him and then pack with ice Does an attractant like corn affect the taste of the meat Clarke notes In areas such as Texas where there are lots of corn feeders it would affect the taste of the meat. It probably makes the meat taste better. It puts on more fat on the animals and this is always good for flavor. We are not allowed to bait deer in Montana she said. But I know if I happen to take a deer on a sugar beet field it will taste wonderful because of the food it s eating. There are also lots of calories from the sugar beets so the animals get very fat. For the complete interview with hunter and sausage savant Eileen Clarke CLICK HERE http pod_popup144.html for the Outpost On Demand. LIFE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 96 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 97 PHOTO OF THE MONTH 98 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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GROUSE HUNTS & FISHING TRIPS These action-packed hunting & fishing trips are conducted in the game rich Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan at our Cast & Blast Lodge. We hunt on over a million acres of premier grouse habitat - recognized by many as the top grouse hunting destination in North America Both grouse and woodcock are plentiful in the surrounding aspen-filled forests. Fishing takes place on Lake Superior and Lake Gogebic the largest inland lake in Michigan. Lake Gogebic encompasses 13 380 acres with 38 miles of beautiful shoreline and boasts more state angler awards than any other lake in the Upper Peninsula. Species on Lake Gogebic include Northern Pike Walleye Perch and Smallmouth Bass. On Lake Superior the prized Lake Trout is the most abundant species and will be the primary species we will pursue. Coho Salmon is the next most abundant Rainbow Trout Brown Trout Chinook Salmon and Lake Herring are occasionally caught. CAST AND BLAST GROUSE HUNT AND FISHING PACKAGE 1750 per person (parties of 4 or more only 1500 per person). 5 full days of hunting and fishing - your choice. Hunters are welcome to bring their dogs with them or hire a guide. Upgrade to a fully guided trip for an additional 1000.00 per Group (includes dog handler trained pointers and fishing guide). MICHIGAN COMBO FISHING PACKAGE 1575 per person (parties of 4 or more only 1250 per person). 4 full days of semi-guided fishing on Lake Gogebic and then 1 day on a Lake Superior Charter Boat chasing Lake Trout and Salmon. Trip can be upgraded to fully guided for 200 per day INCLUDED IN ALL TRIPS Lodging in our resort which consists of 7 completely furnished cabins overlooking Lake Gogebic. All trips start with check in on Saturday afternoon and end with checkout on Friday morning. Each day starts with a continental breakfast a lunch at the lodge and a home style dinner each evening. 17 Crestliner Boats equipped with 90 HP motors. 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 105 THE BACK WOODS FISH COST A FORTUNE Two Virginia rednecks go on a fishing trip. They rent all the equipment - the reels the rods the wading suits the rowboat the car and even a cabin in the woods. I mean they spend a fortune The first day they go fishing but they don t catch anything. The same thing happens on the second day and on the third day. It goes on like this until finally on the last day of their vacation one of the men catches a fish. As they re driving home they re really depressed. 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