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Description: This month is The Outpost Magazine 3rd Anniversary issue. This edition is packed with tons of Deer Hunting stories, Asleep at The Wheel's Ray Benson, Kevin Gillespie's Pure Pork, Fishing Tips, Black Mambas, Pheasant Numbers Up, Recipes, Music, O'Neill Williams, Legal and more.

3rd ANNIVERSARY ISSUE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL RAY BENSON FLIP REEL BLACK MAMBAS DEER HUNTING RYAN LOVELACE FISHING TIPS PHEASANT NUMBERS GEAR MUSIC KEVIN GILLESPIE PURE PORK RECIPES WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 1 ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & Made with 100% Real Cheese AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT STYLE 1.00 COUPON CLICK HERE 2 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM http 5MveCGisXgg 3 WIN AN OHIO DREAM HUNT WIN A TRIP OF A LIFETIME WITH REBECCA SPRADLEY FOR ONLY 29.95 PLUS S H OUTPOST MEMBERS ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED TO WIN AN OHIO DREAM HUNT TO PURSUE THE BIGGEST BADDEST WHITETAIL DEER ON EARTH. THIS PACKAGE IS WORTH MORE THAN 3 500 PLUS YOU COULD WIN FREE HUNTING AND FISHING TRIPS GIVEN AWAY EVERY WEEK. CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW 4 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TABLE OF CONTENTS FLIP REEL 23 SOMETIMES THE BEST SHOT IS NO SHOT 40 38 BLACK MAMBAS 62 CAN T GET ENOUGH OF THE OUTPOST 13 42 34 FLORIDA FERAL HOGS RATTLING ANTLERS CONSERVATION THE EVERGLADES A DEER S NOSE KNOWS BEST DEER RIFLE PHEASANT NUNMBERS INCREASE RECIPES SPIDER INVASION RECRUITING ANGLERS WALMART PULLS GUNS TREE STAND SAFETY DEER HUNTING CHECKLIST FISHING TIPS GEAR O NEILL OUTSIDE THE BOX ON POINT LEGAL CORNER PHOTO OF THE MONTH 48 52 54 56 58 61 DEER TRAFFICKING 64 73 68 84 89 97 92 99 THE OUTPOST MUSIC 80 CLICK HERE 5 FEATURE STORIES CHEF KEVIN GILLESPIE S NEW BOOK ON PREPARING PORK IS With a title like Pure AWESOME Pork Awesomeness it s no surprise that the focus of the latest book by Atlanta based chef Kevin Gillespie is on the other white meat. However the subject-matter of this cook book is much more fascinating than how to grill a pork chop of fry some bacon. This book is something special. PAGE 19 THE BUCK STOPS HERE Deer hunting whether its whitetail mule deer or the more exotic variety such as Axis or Coues deer has been a part of man s existence for thousands of years. For anyone who has never hunted deer it is next to impossible to explain the addiction that hunters have toward this pursuit. For those who love this sport no words are adequate. PAGE 28 RAY BENSON On the day and the time we were scheduled to talk with Ray Benson the first and only leader of the Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel and author of a new autobiography entitled Comin Right at Ya How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country Benson was on time to the minute. Having interviewed musicians and performers for more than 30 years it has been my experience that most are not on time for interviews rehearsals gigs dinner...anything. PAGE 74 6 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM LL FA NZY FRE WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 7 FIELD NOTES FROM OUTPOST READERS What you guys have put together is perfect for the avid and casual outdoorsman alike. I find this you magazine and website so much more interesting than Field & Stream. Really like The Outpost Radio as well. Jason What a great magazine - great dove articles fly fishing and Jason Mathias artist. What more could an outdoor lover want Carlos Barbon Facebook OK...I ve had a the Fishing page in particular. Love it I m going to book mark the fishing page...well done.. ) Bonita Brown The Global Angler A while back you called me as I won a fishing trip to the UP of Michigan. I am excited because I have family up there that I can visit as well. Thanks so much. Glad I joined The Outpost Club. Ray Redlin Thanks for always including something for women. You guys rock THE OUTPOST Pam Chicago The Outpost Media Group LLC 770-675-7200 Jason Martin Partner Art Young Editor in Chief Phil Hall The Outpost Radio Bob Romanko Sales Contributing Writers Art Young Jason Martin O Neill Williams Randy Hall Brittney Glaze Scott Leysath Photo Credits Jason Martin Flickr Commons O Neill Williams Mike Dunn Art Young Justin Lamb Greg Thompson Eva Shockey Frank Lannom UT Press Jason Mathias Cameron Chamber Ryan Lovelace Burnt Pine Rebecca Spradley Pure Pork Awesomeness PhillipRoach Tim Nolin Black Mambas Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World by Angie Mosier Kevin Kneightly Andrew Thomas Lee Don Henley THE OUTPOST is produced and copyrighted 2015 by The Outpost Media Group Reproduction in whole or part without permission is expressly forbidden. 8 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Editor s Letter Our inaugural issue was actually called Woods and Water. We changed the name to The Outpost in month two after we realized that there we about 15 other magazine called Woods and Water. Guess Field and Stream was already taken. It s hard to believe but the Outpost Magazine has been arriving in your email for 3 years. For those of us who write and produce this monthly missive it only seems like 30 Actually the time has flown by especially as we have learned the fundamental truth of Murphy s Law ANYTHING THAT CAN GO WRONG WILL GO WRONG This has been an amazing journey for the team that puts this publication together every month. Through the interviews in these pages we have met some of the most interesting people in the world not just in the outdoor sports world but the entire world. Believe it or not that was the plan when Jason Martin and I hatched this hair-brained scheme about 3 years ago. We wanted to present well-researched well-written and honest information about hunting fishing camping and the gear that these sports require. However we also wanted to share innovative ways to prepare this wild game for the table what wine or spirits might go well with it and what kind of music might make it even better. We have tackled conservation topics that most other media don t care about. We ve brought you reviews and interviews with people who are producing interesting books and movies some related to outdoor sports and some just great work we want our readers to be aware of. We introduced some of you to sustainable living practices (thank you Stacy Harris) and how pursing wild game is an important part of this lifestyle. We have stories on fishing tailwaters Charlie Daniels singing Bob Dylan reading trout streams the legal ramifications of killing a rattlesnake in Arkansas where to find the best barb-que why people climb mountains why a good pair of sunglasses can help you catch more fish how to fend off a grizzly WOODS & WATER GREAT QUAIL RECIPE INAUGURAL ISSUE FLY FISHING FOR BASS HIGH TECH GADGETS YOU GOTTA HAVE SPRING TURKEY HUNTING The first issue was only 20 pages and we gave away the ads to existing clients. bear how to efficiently clean a dove how to make great sausage who are the most popular women in the woods and on the water and too many more topics to list. If you see any rhyme or reason behind our editorial decisions you are delusional. Our only criteria for choosing topics are what we think you will find (hopefully) interesting or (preferably) fascinating. 9 ISSUE II ISSUE III ISSUE IV ISSUE V ISSUE VI 2012 DOVE HUNTING SPECIAL EDITION 2012 DUCK HUNTING SPECIAL EDITION GETTING YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW DUCK HUNTING CHECKLIST WADE FISHING THE SURF THE NEW LAKE EFFECT ON FISHING WOMEN WITH WEAPONS WILLIE NELSON HEROES ALL HAIL KING MACKEREL YOU DON T KNOW JACK A Conversation with Jack Unruh FIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SUCCESS THIS SEASON DUCK HUNTING IN ANY WEATHER HUNTING AXIS DEER CATCHING CRAPPIE CATFISH RECIPES BETTER BANK FISHING HOW TO KEEP A HUNT ING DO G IN SHAP E IN TH E OFFSEA SON BUCK KNIVES KEEPING THEIR EDGE BEST DOVE DOVE HUNTING CHECKLIST DECOY IN HISTORY DUCK DECOYS DUCK CALLS DUCK DOGS IN THE SUMMER TIME BOWFISHING BEST CALIBER FOR WHITETAIL TRADITIONAL VS CROSSBOW BONNIE RAITT SLIPSTREAM OH MY ACHING BACK PLUS RECIPES KIM COSTNER FROG GIGGING KIM COSTNER GIRLS LOVE HUNTING TOO PLUS DOVE RECIPES KIM COSTNER & 5 BOOKS EVERY HUNTER SHOULD READ ISSUE VII ISSUE VII ISSUE XI THE 2012 DEER HUNTING SPECIAL EDITION MAKE THAT 300 YARD SHOT UTPOST 2012 DEER HUNTING SPECIAL EDITION MAKE THAT 300 YARD SHOT WHY IN-HAND SCORING OF BUCKS IS ON ITS WAY OUT SEEING IS BELIEVING SUNGLASSES REVIEW DEER HUNTING CHECKLIST HOW TO CAMO YOUR GUN VIDEO THE BUCK STOPS HERE SCENT CONTROL DEER HUNTING CHECKLIST HOW TO CAMO YOUR GUN VIDEO THE BUCK STOPS HERE SCENT CONTROL READING STREAMS HOW TO TRICK TOMS TALKING TURKEY RECIPES FIELD DRESSING A DEER VIDEO RATTLING ANTLERS PLUS FACEBOOK FLASHBACK & BLACKBERRY SMOKE WHY IN-HAND SCORING OF BUCKS IS ON ITS WAY OUT FIELD DRESSING A DEER VIDEO RATTLING ANTLERS TAXIDERMY PLUS VENISON RECIPES SQUIRREL HUNTING & MUMFORD & SONS PLUS VENISON RECIPES SQUIRREL HUNTING & MUMFORD & SONS SURF FISHING SALT WATER FLY FISHING THE FLORIDA KEYS GET YOUR GUN IN SHAPE BOWFISHING NEW DUCK NUMBERS WIN GEAR SPECIAL DOVE HUNTING ISSUE CHECKLIST DECOYS TIPS FACTS ABOUT WHITETAIL DEER SMILING SHARKS BEST GUNS & AMMO FOR DUCKS WIN GEAR SPECIAL DEER HUNTING ISSUE MAKING A LONG SHOT LETTING YOUNG BUCKS GROW FIRST BLOOD STEVE NICHOLS INTERVIEW STALKING MUSKY COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND LORRIE MORGAN with son Jesse Keith Whitley DUCK DECOYS DUCK CALLS DUCK HUNT IN ANY WEATHER CATCHING WALLEYE ARCHERY SURVEY ARCHERY ACCURACY RUN-2-GUN DEAD ZONE FISHING WIN GEAR TROUT ADVENTURE TRAIL PHEASANT HUNTING SCENT CONTROL ALABAMA PHOTO CONTEST RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS SOFT PLASTIC LURES ANTLER RATTLING BEST GUNS RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS DEBUTANTE HUNTERS RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS BOW HUNTING WIN GEAR PLUS RECIPES THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE ST PLUS RECIPES THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE PLUS RECIPES THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE PLUS RECIPES THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE INTERVIEW WITH KEITH WARREN SPECIAL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE QUAIL HUNTING & SOUTH DAKOTA PHEASANTS BUTTON BUCKS ICE FISHING YEARLING BUCKS FISHING THE DEAD ZONE YOUTH ARCHERY BIKE BIG BEND SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI HUNTING SPRING TURKEY SEASON FOUR WHEELING READING STREAMS BANK FISHING TIPS ALABAMA DUCK STAMP WINNER ARTIFICIAL HONEY HOLES DOG SAVES TRAPPER YELLOWSTONE TROUT GETTING KIDS INTO OUTDOOR SPORTS GUN SILENCERS MIND OF THE MAKER BASS FISHING THE SPAWN JOHNNY CASH OUT AMONG THE STARS MAKING VENISON SAUSAGE BAITING RULES WIN GEAR ARTIFICIAL REEFS WETLAND LOSS RED LOBSTER WANTS YOUR RED SNAPPER GETTING INTO SHAPE EXTREME HUNTRESS LLIGATORS ALLIGATORS & CROCS WIN GEAR ADEQUATE CATCH RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS SURVIVAL BUG OUT BAG WIN GEAR RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS FO WIN GEAR RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS GEORG GEORGIA GUN REFORM OHIO GUN SUPPRESSOR LAW RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS PLUS RECIPES THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE AR PLUS RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE WIN GEAR PLUS RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE 2nd AnnIvERSARy ISSUE 2ND ANNIVERSARY PLUS RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE SPRING FOOD PLOTS HUNTING SHED ANTLERS 50 BEST TAILWATERS FAVORITE BBQ JOINTS WYOMING WHITETAILS WHY BOATS SINK MUSKIES GETTING TOO BIG HOW TO RATTLESNAKE SAFETY SURVIVAL VIDEO SUMMER DRINKS SURF FISHING KAYAK FISHING DEER HUNTING REPLENISHES FOREST GETTING DOGS IN SHAPE HEROS ON THE WATER CHARLIE DANIELS - OFF THE GRID TAKING YOUR SMARTPHONE HUNTING ASIAN CARP NEVADA ELK WASHINGTON MUDSLIDES & FISHING CHARTERING A FISHING BOAT SALTWATER FLY FISHING HOW TO BASS PRO SHOPS SUMMER CAMP YELLOWSTONE LAKE TROUT FISH ASSIST FISHING ELECTRONICS WEATHER FORECAST FOR BOATING EL NINO BRINGS NEW FISH SURVIVAL VIDEO NEW TROUT RECORD RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS WIN A WHITETAIL HUNT RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE 1 10 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM DUCK CALLS & DECOYS SPECIAL DUCK HUNTING ISSUE MUZZLELOADER BLOWS UP WATER IN THE US FUTURE FISHERMEN SURVEY OF SMALL GAME HOW TO SURVIVAL VIDEO WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM RECIPES GEAR THE OUTPOST MUSIC & MORE RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS 1 SAGE GROUSE SMITH & SONS PHEASANT FOOD PLOTS 3rd ANNIVERSARY ISSUE BETTER VENISON THE SPORTING CHEF RAY BENSON BLACK MAMBAS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL FLIP REEL RYAN LOVELACE FISHING TIPS FEMALE HUNTERS BULLIED BEST BOATING IN THE U.S. BRINGING BACK THE WHOOPING CRANE WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 1 PHEASANT NUMBERS GEAR MUSIC KEVIN GILLESPIE PURE PORK RECIPES WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 1 Over the past couple of years we have been joined by our good friend and radio guru Phil Hall. He has single-handedly created an amazing online radio station The Outpost Radio - and a website which has quadrupled in traffic every year. Of course this was made easier by the fact that we had about 10 visitors to the site the first month We now have thousands of people coming to see what s happening in the Outpost Life. In the past few months we have launched a venture with our friends at an online store with more than 64 000 items in the form an Outpost Club. Members in this club win weekly hunting and fishing trips earn a 30 voucher for their first purchase on get 10% discounts on all purchases get a spiffy Outpost cap and a year s subscription to The Outpost. If you haven t signed up yet what are you waiting for We built this club for Outpost fans and it s got all the whistles and bells you would expect. Just go to plop down 29.95 and you re good to go. Take a look at some of the iconic covers we have offered over the past 3 years and if you missed any of these issues just go to and read back issues. While you re there listen to the latest innovation our team has developed The Outpost OnDemand. We have begun recording the most interesting interviews for the magazine and made them available as a podcast. So if you re driving and would like to know what Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel or Chef Kevin Gillespie author of a new cookbook on the Awesomeness of Pork have been up to all you have to do is download the Outpost On Demand. Here s to 3 great years We love bringing you the Outpost every month and we sincerely appreciate you for reading it. Let us know how we re doing. I answer every email which is why I am always late getting the copy to the production team My email is art Follow us on Twitter outpostart Follow us on Facebook Later Art Young Editor The Outpost Magazine WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 11 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 12 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Also available at fine retailers Be ready for life s adventure in style FLORIDIANS CALL THE LAW ON FERAL HOGS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO USE SHERIFF S DEPUTIES TO HELP CONTROL HOGS You know you have a problem with feral pigs when the High Sheriff is called in on the case. According to the Tampa Bay Times Hillsborough County Florida officials have included 40 000 in their 2016 budget proposal to help control the county s hog population. The plan is for the sheriff s office--aided by the Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department--to hunt the pigs at night. If you don t get the whole sounder out they may come back said Ken Bradshaw Lands Management coordinator. Florida has been home to feral pigs since the explorers from Spain landed in the state in the 16th century. Over a period of four centuries explorers and settlers helped propagate hogs in Florida and even occasionally traded the animals to Native Americans who viewed the creatures as strange but valuable livestock. Many domestic hogs eventually escaped and formed a significant wild population. As in other parts of North America the pigs are destructive to native habitats wildlife and cause millions of dollars in damages to farms ranches fresh water sources and in some cases golf courses and back yards. Wild hogs are now found in every county in Florida and in at least 39 states and Canadian provinces including most of the Southeast officials in the state noted. Florida second only to Texas is estimated to have 500 000 wild hogs in a relatively stable population with 1 to 2 million in the southeastern U.S. Wild pigs are highly adaptable and are prolific breeders. They also tear up vulnerable wetlands and habitat for other species can contaminate waterways and outcompete native species. For Hillsborough County enough is enough. Officials say that a pilot program is underway to equip and train the sheriff s office in hunting pigs and it will be finalized once the budget is passed. Critics pointed out that the county could also let residents hunt on county-owned land as well but that is not something that officials are currently considering. The county said that the pigs will be hunted humanely and meat harvested from the hunt will go to local food banks. It is estimated that so far the pigs have damaged about 17 000 acres of county land and are becoming a problem for roads and fire lanes. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 13 14 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM CHEF KEVIN GILLESPIE S NEW BOOK ON PREPARING PORK IS AWESOME With a title like Pure Pork Awesomeness it s no surprise that the focus of the latest book by Atlanta based chef Kevin Gillespie is on the other white meat. However the subject-matter of this cook book is much more fascinating than how to grill a pork chop of fry some bacon. This book is something special. It s an homage to my favorite ingredient Gillespie noted in a recent phone conversation. This begs the question. Why did this internationally known chef and owner of two immensely popular restaurants choose pork as the exclusive subject of his latest book I felt like pork was something that was being kind of under- represented on the market right now he said. There are plenty of chefs who love it but I think for the mainline consumer in the grocery store they still look at pork as this thing that you buy it when it s on sale but otherwise people aren t that excited about it. I felt like that was such a travesty considering how much the world looks at pork as being their favorite thing they could possibly cook with. The Outpost You organized this book in an interesting way. It s like the pig by cuts. I think that s ingenious. Keven Gillespie When I was kind of coming up with some ideas for this book and I was walking around the grocery store one of the things I ve noticed was all of the kind of crazy names that they give to some many different parts of the animal. I thought to myself I bet a lot people are kind of scared of using it because they don t even know what these things mean. They look at shoulder butt Boston butt picnic ham and they go like What s the difference They don t even realize that they re all from the same cut of the animal. So I felt like organizing it by cut was going to give people a little bit more clarity on a good place to start. You include some really good guides to the breeds of pig and the different cooking methods. How does the breed change the preparation of pork WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 15 16 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Well it s a huge huge difference. When you are looking at pork for example what we use to do and what we do now are different and that s kind of why we put that in there. For many many years the varieties of pigs that we used and the way that the pigs were raised produced an animal that was much fattier and much more flavorful. And then as time went on and with the influence of the poultry industry frankly on the market we began to make pigs much leaner. Unfortunately starting with one versus the other will affect the end result tremendously. It s the difference between playing Pee Wee football and playing professional football. I think it s one of those things where the game is largely the same but there s so much added nuance to a higher level. I wanted to kind of breakdown some of those terms that people aren t sure what they mean. When you hear people talk about heritage animals or heirloom this or old world so-and-so or all natural. Like what do those actually mean That seemed to me maybe the first part in writing a book about a single subject was to try to give somebody a little bit of education so that when they went to the store they knew what to look for in the first place. Are there parts of the pig that are more difficult to prepare than others Absolutely. And what s interesting is that the part of the pig that s the most challenging is also the most commonly used. The pork loin and tenderloin which are hands down the highest-selling portion of the pig especially as far as the grocery store is concerned are also the most difficult to prepare. And so I think people have been actually setting themselves up for failure for a long time when they go to the store and the buy that package of pork tenderloin. And they look very manageable because they re small when in turn it actually is very difficult to cook a pork tenderloin the right way because of how lean and delicate the meat is. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 17 I used to hear from my grandmother or somebody in charge that there was a potential health challenge with pork Trichinosis. Right. Trichinosis is the major problem that most people are concerned about and for many many years that was why you always heard people say You have to cook them well done. There was certainly a time and place for that but the reality of it is that trichinosis is a largely wiped out concern. Trichinosis has not disappeared but for all intents and purposes it s not something that we need to be concerned with. The last reported incident of someone actually getting sick and dying from trichinosis we re pushing 100 years on that. So it s been a long time. And it has a lot more to do with the way the animals are raised. Pigs in a feed lot in a confinement scenario under very unsanitary conditions are much more prone to trichinosis. The reality is if you re buying your pork at the farmer s market from people that are raising these heritage animals as I advocate that you try to do that becomes a concern that is almost just nonexistent for you. Interesting. Another myth busted. Absolutely. Let s talk about the completely unconfined pig - the feral hog. They are pretty much the scourge of the outdoors. They destroy hundreds of millions of dollars of wild game habitat and water sources. And I ve always thought that if someone (and I think you re the guy Kevin ) could find a delicious way to prepare feral hogs for the table that would go a long way towards bringing this population under control. I bet it would. I m actually an avid outdoorsman and sportsman my family are all avid hunters and I was brought up to believe that most of the food on the table should be something that you went out and you got yourself. And my family has to deal with these feral pigs all the time. I don t even want to tell you how may pigs we took off of my grandfather s land last year. It just seems like there s an infinite quantity of them. I ve cooked them every which way and have tried to come up with a lot of ways that work and it is a challenge. The major issue being that the boars themselves is just simply too much testosterone and it kind of spoiled the flavor of the meat. I ve had a lot more success with the sows but you always have to remember that this is a gamier meat. And so approaching it the exact same way that you would a domesticated pig is actually not the way to deal with it. I actually think that if you employ techniques that are more similar to what people think of with venison or maybe even lamb you end up with a much better result. 18 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Interesting. So if someone s out there harvesting these feral hogs the biggest tip is to do what There are a couple of things. One is drawing a lot of the iodine and blood out of the meat. That means properly allowing these to hang and letting that excess blood drain out of the animals. That can be done by a butcher or by a cooler near you. Take them to the same place you do deer like the locker and let them hang. If you can t do that if that s not an access point to you then deboning the meat and actually allowing that meat to brine or to sit in water will help draw a lot of that blood out of it and changing that water. It s similar to kind of what we do when we re working with liver and things like that. We re trying to draw sort of those impurities out by brining it as it were sort of in a very light salt water solution. That helps a lot. Then use techniques and flavors that are meant to compliment wild game as opposed to domesticated pork. That means things are a little bit bolder. I ve had really great results with rosemary and chilies and garlic and juniper berries and red wine and all of those things and those are maybe a little bit more what we think of. When we re talking about the flavors you would use if you were cooking venison or lamb or mutton. And that s the way that people need to approach wild feral pigs. It is really wild game and it has its own set of principles. And that s why in this book we don t really add any wild feral pigs into it because in truth that goes in a different book entirely. Yeah and I think there s a market for that book as well if you ever want to write it. I do too. Actually that was something that I ve been trying to convince my publishers for a while now. I think that an approachable wild game book would be a really fun book to write. So maybe they ll let me do it. You are known for incorporating fresh organic sustainable ingredients for all your dishes at your two Atlanta restaurants. One is The Gun Show and the other Revival. By the way congratulations on the opening of Revival. Have you incorporated the sustainable ingredients into the Pure Pork Awesomeness book Absolutely. You know one of the first parts of that book is really talking about how people are going about finding their pork. Not all pigs are created equal as it were and that sourcing a better quality pork will in turn produce a better quality end result. We ve given a lot of recipes that advocate seasonality - that use pork alongside other ingredients - to showcase their seasonality and emphasize the fact that the meat itself changes throughout the season. That s one thing that I think people forget when they are talking about sustainability and seasonality in cooking is that even meat is different during different times of the year. The animals exercise more or less during different times of the year so applications of the actual meat becomes different. You are clearly a fan favorite among the TV chefs. Of the people that have appeared on Top Chef you are immensely popular. You ve been a James Beard foundation rising star chef. Why do you think people like you so much dude My goal is that they like me because they realize that I m a very real person. As much of time I may spend on television I m really never playing a character. I m just me. I think because I m approachable because I ve never been in a situation when I didn t have a minute to stop and talk to someone on the street who was a fan of mine who wanted to come up and talk. I don t take that for granted. I feel like I ve been very blessed in my career and in my personal life and that its all these people who buy my books who listen to me speak who come to my restaurants that have really made my career what it is. And I try to give back to those people by being enthusiastic and more than anything by being myself. And I hope that that s reason that they ve for whatever reason found some connectivity with me. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 19 I want to put you on the spot here (so what else is new right ). What is your favorite pork dish from Pure Pork Awesomeness You know what you re not putting me on the spot by asking me that because so many people do. The problem is that I ve yet to form a clear answer because I really love so many of them in there that it s difficult. I ll give you a couple as opposed to giving you a single one. One of my favorites is the Banoffee Trifle. That is a funny dish that came about in a strange way where I was trying to make another classic dessert Banoffee pie and I could never get the pie to come out right. And I ended up with this other very different thing that turned out to be amazing. It s a Banoffee trifle with a layering of vanilla custard with fried bananas chocolate ganache butterscotch and candied bacon. And it is absolutely wonderful Oh my God I know. It s indulgent but it is absolutely phenomenal. You think Yeah. A little indulgent. (chuckling) Not for heart healthy selection in the book. To contrast that though one of my other favorite is the Korean barbecue pork Bulgogi. They re lettuce wraps. Very light very fresh. I m showing people how to do a little bit of a Korean inspired dish and Korean food is very popular right now. Demystifying some of those ingredients but also taking a prok cut -the pork shoulder- that s something that s rather un-utilized and showing you how to cook it really quickly. My favorite thing about that recipe is that it can be done in less than 20 minutes from start to finish. No shortcuts. It truly takes less than 20 minutes to prepare the whole dish and you can feed a family of four for under 10. That s a great one. Pure Pork Awesomeness Totally Cookable Recipes From Around the World written by Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie is available at your local bookstore or by clicking here http Pure-Pork-Awesomeness-TotallyCookable dp 1449447074 to order from Amazon. If you want even more information about Kevin and his new book you can listen to the complete interview at The Outpost On Demand. http pod_popup1588.html 20 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WIN A DINNER AT THE GUN SHOW JOIN THE OUTPOST CLUB FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A DINNER FOR TWO (2) AT KEVIN GILLESPIE S RESTAURANT IN ATLANTA. PLUS HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS FOR ONE NIGHT AND MEET KEVIN. RUNNER UP WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A COPY OF KEVIN S NEW COOKBOOK PURE PORK AWESOOMENESS CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 21 22 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM ARE YOU READY TO GET BACK TO BASICS TRY HAND FISHING WITH FLIP REEL With all of the advances in fishing equipment it s a little counterintuitive that some anglers would rather have a more handto-hand contact with their prey. The Flip Reel by Squiddies is a modern take on an ancient art of hand-line fishing. The handline gets you up close and personal with the fish and it might be a good addition to that tackle box. The inventor of this ingenious new fishing apparatus is award-winning product designer Robert Tiller. He visited the Outpost via phone recently from his home in Sidney Australia. Outpost Robert how did you come up with the Flip Reel Robert Tiller I get asked that question a lot and it s hard to answer because it s a mixture of remembering when I was a kid fishing and dreaming about fishing when I m at work. I think over the years I ve just started to point my design skills and our design team s skills to doing things we love doing [chuckles]. So we decided to have a go at making fishing really accessible really compact and easy for kids. We just want it to be really simple. And the hand line fishing reel hasn t been touched from a design perspective for decades so we just figured that s the place to start and that s kind of where we started. How does the Flip Reel Work When it s open The Flip Reel is really a modern redesign of a hand line fishing reel. But when you re finished because of the clever way we ve used flexible materials it can fold back on itself and cover up the hook the line the sinker and it halves in size. It suddenly becomes really compact all the mess is gone and you can just throw it back in your backpack stick it in your glovebox of your car. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 23 It s more about being spontaneous. Rather than having to bring all of your equipment - and believe me I ve got plenty of other equipment. It s really just an add-on. The Flip Reel is a really useful add-on. You can just decide to go. So you pick it up flip it open and you re ready to go. In seconds you re fishing. How do you cast it You open the bell which is the leading edge of the flip reel. You take off a little bit of line. You wet the bell. When you wet the bell we ve actually got some secret sauce in the plastic which makes it really slippery so it casts well and the line runs off the bell well. You then swing the line with a sinker or weight and throw it out quite hard. You point the bell in the direction of where you are casting so that the line will simple run off. Then when you re ready to fish if it s really windy you can - while the line s out and you re fishing - you can fold the bell down to stop line blowing off the reel. I sometimes fish off the beach believe it or not and bury it so that it s just anchored in the sand. Put a stick obviously in the sand so I can find it again. There s lots of really cool ways of using it actually. Say you get a bite what s the process of bringing that line back in This goes a little bit back to your first question. When I was a kid growing up I learned how to fish using hand lines before I moved on to rods and bigger and bigger kits. The great thing about hand line fishing is you can actually feel every movement on the line. So when a fish is just coming to inspect the bait or get ready to take the bite you can sometimes even feel that. So it s a really good way to learn how to fish but it s surprisingly efficient. So with your ability to feel the bite so well as soon as it bites you just react the same way you would any other-- with any other kit fishing rod or otherwise. The secret is really just a little bit of practice and sensitivity to feeling the fish biting and when it bites you pull and set the hook. To wind it in though you just wind it in like you were winding in a rope or a string or... It s really nothing more complicated than that. That s why it s so cool. 24 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM It kind of reminds me of the anglers who are good at crappie fishing. Woman are often better at it than men because you put your finger on the line and when they re nibbling around and you could feel it. It s very similar to how you re describing it. People that catch a lot of crappie are really good at the tactile part of it they feel a lot of nibbling going on. There s fish that we catch here in Australia which probably like bream for example which are very common in the estuaries and around the rivers and jetties and things. They will often just grab the bait and run which is good fun. You don t have to do much work at all. And there s other fish here which is a really beautiful eating fish called a Whiting-- King George Whiting. I remember catching those and when we catch those they approach the bait and you have to be actually really careful to catch them but when you do they re lots of fun too they re quite big fish. With the hand line it s actually really convenient really compact but it s also it lets you experience that kind of fishing. We re not saying the Flip Reel should replace your rod and reel by any stretch of the imagination. What we re really saying is Here s a great compact product that will complement your whole kit. It s a really good way to get started. But it s fun to fish while you ve got the rod out. I often have a hand line going just jiggling and playing and seeing what I can get. Is there any kind of fishing whether it be fresh water or salt water or any kind of species that responds better to this or is it all pretty much like any other rod and reel Yeah it s pretty much like any other rod. Unfortunately for me it comes down to the skill of the fisherman. So big small you could catch anything that really you re capable of tuning into and catching. As we all know we ve missed a few over the years. What is the approximate retail price for this They are retailing right now for 19.99. They come with 165 feet of line 12 pound line already wound-of to the wheel. And we ve also bundled in a hook line and sinker like a trace. In other words when you buy the product you re good to go. All you have to do is get a bit of bait and you ve got everything you need to have a go. So if you re on holiday or you re just camping or you re on your kayak or something like that it s super-easy. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 25 They re rolling out through West Marine which is very exciting thanks to the really good work that our partners are doing in the U.S. for us. Which you can also find them at and you can buy them online directly but as we get going and more and more into spreading the word about the Flip Reel we re picking up lots of little retail shops and West Marine and a few other shops are buzzing around so it s all getting quite exciting. My background is product design. So as much as we re mad inventors we re also extremely competent product developers and designers. So there s no compromises here for quality. The whole point was to get this super-highquality great product into the market at a brilliant price-point so everyone could just have some fun. For more information on the Flip Reel visit the company s website at https products c 379&g 1629 If you would like to listen to the complete interview with Flip Reel inventor Robert Tiller Click here for the Outpost On Demand http pod_popup1589.html 26 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM FISHING TRIP GIVE AWAYS EVERY FRIDAY FOR ONLY 29.95 PLUS S H OUTPOST MEMBERS ARE ENTERED TO WIN THIS ACTIONPACKED FISHING ADVENTURE. A 6 NIGHT 5 DAY TRIP ON LAKE GOGEBIC AND LAKE SUPERIOR. SPECIES INCLUDE NORTHERN PIKE WALLEYE PERCH CRAPPIE SMALLMOUTH BASS AND MORE. DAILY LIMITS ARE PLENTIFUL. CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 27 WHETHER BY BOW OR RIFLE...HERE S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ENSURE THE BUCK STOPS HERE 28 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Deer hunting whether its whitetail mule deer or the more exotic variety such as Axis or Coues deer has been a part of man s existence for thousands of years. For anyone who has never hunted deer it is next to impossible to explain the addiction that hunters have toward this pursuit. For those who love this sport no words are adequate. This special deer hunting series of articles will show how you can have more fun and success on your hunt. We ll go through some tips from experts and hopefully give you something to think about while you re waiting for that huge 12-point buck to ease into range. A DEER S A DEER...RIGHT In spite of the fact that most non-hunters categorize deer in one big group there are two species of this animal that are native to North America whitetail and mule deer. There is another subspecies the Pacific coastal or blacktail deer which is a regional subspecies of mule deer. In Alaska hunters will find a relative of the mule deer called Sitka deer. Plus there is a small population of whitetail subspecies in the Southwest U.S. and Mexico called Coues deer. In the 1920 s an exotic breed Axis deer was introduced into North America by someone who had more money than good sense. When they failed to keep the gates locked and the fences high most of these deer simply jumped the fence they began to breed both with whitetail and other Axis deer. Now there is a large population of these exotic deer and there are special regulations for harvesting them. More on this later. The ancestors of modern deer first appeared in Mongolia during the Miocene and Pliocene geological epochs some 10 to 20 million years ago. From there they spread to populate most of Asia and Europe eventually crossing the Alaskan land bridge to North America. Once here deer continued evolving until--a mere million years or so ago during the Pleistocene epoch--they attained the form we re familiar with today. It has been estimated that before the arrival of Europeans North America supported some 40 million whitetail and 10 million mule deer. However after the turn of the 20th century modern guns the demand for deer hides and a complete lack of hunting regulations led to a decimation of whitetail and mule deer. The North American deer population had plummeted to a scant half million and that figure represented the total of all species. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 29 However U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt marshaled the help of many influential conservationists hunters and landowner to stop this annihilation of the deer population in the form of hunting regulations and wildlife planning. As a result of these efforts The Wildlife Management Institute estimates that throughout the 50 states there are between 30 to 45 million whitetail deer and 8 to 10 million mule deer. Some feel that the population of whitetail deer has come back a little too strong. Even with the expansion of cities and a concurrent loss of natural habitat deer can be found foraging in backyards golf courses and the gardens of city-dwellers. This has led many biologists hunters and people concerned with food supplies to ask the question Why can t hunters sell venison commercially In an article in the Wall Street Journal writer Jim Sterba posed this question and offered some up some facts on harvesting deer to feed U.S. families. The Journal article noted that 85% of the venison sold in American restaurants comes from deer farms in New Zealand. The wild game offered on some upscale eateries is farm-raised not harvested by hunters. These laws were passed as a part Roosevelt s attempt to replenish the deer populations. The estimated 6 million whitetail deer that will be taken by hunters this year aren t nearly enough to bring the whitetail population in line. As a result of this ban on the commercial sale of venison serious ecological damage is occurring. 30 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Thomas Rawinski a U.S. Forest Services scientist in New Hampshire said Sadly I spend much of my time in ecological disaster zones forests devastated by too many deer. I truly believe that this has become the single greatest conservation challenge of our time. Allowing hunters or special marksmen who are licensed to cull the whitetail deer populations and sell this venison to grocery stores and restaurants or give it to homeless shelters and food banks would help every link of the food chain. However this is a very controversial issue and many hunters and animal rights advocates are opposed to changing the way whitetail deer are harvested. WHITETAIL DEER ARE JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE Every one of the lower 48 states in the U.S. has some number of whitetail deer and states such as California Nevada and Utah have the smallest population of these animals. Because they seems to handle living near civilization better than other wildlife (although feral hogs are starting to give whitetail deer a run for their money in terms of adapting to and destroying human habitat) whitetail deer are probably the best known of the large mammals. The average weight of whitetail deer is about 150 pounds and they stand about 40 inches high at the shoulders. There are of course huge variations on this size of these deer. A long-time record of 425 pounds is held by a whitetail buck. The coloration of these beautiful animals varies depending on the time of the year. In the summer whitetails have a reddish brown color and in the winter their coast turns grey-brown or even a bluish tint. The most obvious physical characteristic of a whitetail deer relates to its name. Its tail is brown on top with a dark stripe down its center and the underside is a brilliant white. Deer hunters know that when its tail is held tightly against the rump little of this white coloration is visible and the animal remains well camouflaged. However the white flag of the tail appears when the deer is getting ready to boogie. The antlers of whitetail deer have all of their points sprouting from the animal s two beams. STUBBORN AS A MULE DEER The range of mule deer extends from southeastern Alaska down into Mexico and from the Pacific coast eastward to a north south line angling from Hudson Bay in Canada down through the middle of Texas. While not nearly as plentiful as whitetail deer the mule deer makes it up in volume as in the size of the animal. A typical mule deer buck will weight from 150 to 300 pounds and will have a height at the shoulders of 4045 inches. The does average about 100 to 175 pounds. However it is not usual for a mature mule deer buck to weigh 400 pounds As for their appearance the coloration of mule deer is gray-brown to blue-gray in winter molting to a tawny color in the summer months. The facial markings are similar to those of the whitetail but the muzzle is more elongated. The mule deer s tail is white with a black tip but smaller and more rounded than that of the whitetail. The muley get his name from its ears. They can grow to be nearly a foot long similar to an actual mule. Needless to say a pair of foot-long ears is a distractive feature not to mention they enhance this animal s already excellent hearing The mule deer s antlers grow differently from whitetails. A mule deer buck s antlers have two main beams and they fork into two smaller beams each of those forks into two more and so on. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 31 Mule deer differ from whitetail deer in another way how they spend their summers and winters. Wildlife biologists note that mule deer migrate from their summer mountain-meadow habitat down to more pleasant timbered valleys and plains for the winter. Whereas whitetails tend to gather together for the winter on a portion of the same range they occupy in summer. Most hunters group the Pacific blacktail deer in the same class a mule deer and they are similar just smaller. Technically blacktail deer are only found in a strip of forest from southern Alaska down the Pacific to Northern California. The typical blacktail buck weighs about 150 pounds and stands about 36 inches high at the shoulders. There s another weird difference between mule deer and whitetails and it has to do with the way they run. While the whitetail runs by pushing off alternately with its front and rear legs in long graceful bounds blacktails and all other mule deer typically launch themselves with all four legs at once bouncing from point A to point B and gaining more altitude all the way. COUES OR COWS Couse deer are the nervous and smaller cousin of the whitetail deer. While hunters usually call this species coos or cooeez the deer was named after naturalist Elliott Coues. His family pronounced their last name as cows. Since most hunters don t want to refer to their quarry as cows they call this deer something less domestic sounding. Coues deer are usually found in the U.S. Southwestern dessert and throughout the Southwest and Central areas of Mexico. They survive on vegetation that s available in the desert including cactus. Since there are very few of these deer they are hard to hunt. SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE EXOTIC AXIS DEER Anyone who sees an Axis deer for the first is likely impressed with its size coloration and antler rack. This exotic deer is native to Sri Lanka and roamed the Himalayas for centuries before coming to the United States. In the 1930 s several hundred of these deer were transported to the Hill Country of Texas and several other U.S. locations as a novelty addition to some large landowners herd. Unfortunately for these deer importers someone forget to plan for security and quicker than it took to say Oopps many of these beautiful deer jumped the fences hit the road and because of their delicious meat became highly sought after prey for deer hunters. 32 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Since the great escape the Axis deer population has expanded to an estimated 50 000 animals in Texas alone and it is a part of what some people call the free-ranging Texotics. In addition to the Axis deer this group includes Sika deer Fallow deer Blackbuck antelope and Aoudad sheep. Axis deer are best identified by their burnt orange coat with white spots (similar to a whitetail fawn) and a black streak running the length of their spine. Bucks have large antlers forking at the base and again inside each main beam. Adult male antlers can reach lengths of just over 40 but 28-36 is most common. Live weights range from 150 to 250 pounds in mature males and 90 to 150 pounds in adult females. Axis deer can be found in herds of 100 or more other deer whitetails included and it has been noted by wildlife biologist that Axis deer can out-compete whitetail deer for native grasses and can even change their normal diet if the need arises. As a result these exotics are crowding out the native whitetail population. Because there were once considered livestock free-roaming Axis deer are not regulated by the state wildlife authorities. They technically belong to the land-owner on whose land they are walking and with permission from the owner hunters can take an Axis deer at any time of the year and there is no bag limit. LET S GO HUNT Whatever deer you re chasing there are things you can do to improve your odds of having a freezer full of venison. We ve talked to hunting guides professional hunters and manufacturers of equipment and have put these thoughts in this issue. However with a subject as complicated and with as much lore has deer hunting we ve only scratched the surface. The best way to find out what works is to get out there and hunt WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 33 A DEER S NOSE KNOWS Have you ever been around a dog or cat that s been recently sprayed by a skunk The smell is so bad your eyes water. That s the way you and your freshly washed hunting clothes smell to your typical whitetail deer. They can smell you from hundreds of yards away Deer have an almost freaky ability to hear smell and see things that appear miniscule to the average hunter. Overcoming their keen sense of sight and hearing can be attempted with camouflage clothing hats and face paint and complete stillness and quiet. However defeating their advantage in the olfactory area is a much bigger challenge. Almost universally deer hunting guides say that improper scent control is the biggest impediment to success in hunting. If you want to have success in hiding from the mature monster bucks this year it s not enough to be wellhidden. You also need to be scent-proof. Here are some tips on blending-in to the wilderness. 34 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HOW TO BE SHARP-DRESSED AND SCENT-FREE One of the worst things a hunter can do is wash his or her clothing in regular detergent. Sure Tide or Gain or whatever soap company that advertises their fresh clean smell on daytime TV get clothes clean but they also leave a fragrance in the materials that screams to every deer within a mile There s an idiot with a high-powered gun up there Let s high-tail it outta here Any fragrance that is not found in nature will stand out like Limburger cheese and will work against the deer hunter. However you have to wash your hunting clothes with something. Fortunately there are several brands of detergent that will do the job without the smell. Scent Killer Scent-a-Way Primos and Dead Down Wind are a few of the many manufacturers of hunting-specific scent-free detergent. Some veteran hunters also use a combination of baking soda and borax to make their own detergent. It s also recommended to dry these hunting clothes outside on the line not in a dryer where they can pick up the scents of the rest of the family s clothing. If outside drying is not possible some of these detergent companies make drying sheets that help to eliminate the smell of your daughter s perfume that is lurking in the dryer. Some hunting guides suggest wearing clothing that is infused with activated carbon. This type of clothing absorbs human scents to reduce detection. Scent-Lok and Scent Blocker are two popular manufacturers of these clothes and hats. An activated carbon cap will also reduce scent from sweating and that funky morning coffee breath. Each of the companies that make scent-elimination products also manufacture odor-eliminating sprays for use in the field. These sprays kill bacteria or otherwise limit the amount of human scent detectable to animals. It s a good idea for the hunter to spray himself liberally from head to toe after getting dressed to restrict any remaining scent on clothing. Finally it s not enough to get clothes clean and scent-free. Efforts need to be made to keep them scent-free when they are in storage. The best strategy for this it to buys some extra-large inexpensive Zip-Loc bags and then seal each item inside. Most smart hunters put all of these bags of clothes in another sealed plastic box such as those made by Rubbermaid. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 35 ELIMINATING THAT BODY ODOR The cleanest most scent-free hunting clothes will not camouflage the scent of the human body and unless your body just naturally smells like a deer raccoon or feral hog this is a problem. This is especially true if said body has been cleaned and shaved using regular soap and shaving cream. Hunters should always shower and shave using scentfree soap and body wash to get clean without picking up unwanted perfumes. Some of the same companies that make scent-free clothing sell scent-free soap shampoo conditioner deodorant toothpaste and even chewing gum. It s advisable to shower with scent-free products before every hunt and die-hards even use these products exclusively during hunting season to prevent any lingering fragrance. Most hunters are aware of the pitfalls of body scents and try to eliminate them with the above precautions. However many forget that the two biggest culprits in the odor elimination war are the right hand and the left hand. That s right. Your hands are used for just about everything before and during the hunt and the odds of picking up human scents with those two mitts of yours are high. They also sweat which is a big red flag to Bambi s dad. The best strategy for stopping or at least lessening the odor from your hands is to wear gloves that are sprayed with scent-eliminator products. Some hunters even spray their hands before getting dressed in order to eliminate human scents on the clothing. EVERY STEP YOU TAKE While there is no evidence that former lead singer for Police Sting is a deer hunter his song lyric every step you take every move you make I ll be watching (or smelling) you could have been written by a whitetail deer. Deer constantly smell the ground and if a hunter has walked over the area with contaminated boots the deer will know it and skedaddle. There are two ways to avoid leaving a human scent on the ground around the deer stand. Either buy some carbon activated scent-blocker boots from one of the companies that have been mentioned earlier or wear rubber boots that have been scrubbed down. 36 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM There are many boot companies that offer a wide variety of rubber boots in different camo patterns and levels of insulation. They are inexpensive waterproof and don t allow human scent out. They will have a rubber smell when they are first purchased so they should be left outside to air out before using on a hunt. Even these rubber boots should be sprayed before every hunt. USE SOME COMMON SENSE SCENTS It s the little things that can make the difference between getting a trophy buck and having a day when no deer come within shooting distance. Eliminating human scents can go a long way towards a good day in the field. However for all of the high-tech clothing sprays and gizmos the best tools for scent elimination are based on common sense. For example it makes absolutely no sense for a hunter to have immaculately cleaned his body clothing headgear and boots to eliminate all human scent (see above) and then wear these clothes and boots while eating breakfast drinking coffee smoking cigarettes or filling up the gas tank. All of these activities reek of unnatural scents and will be picked up on the clothing material and hands of he hunter and the deer will avoid them at all costs. The best strategy is to keep the hunting clothes in the Zip-loc bag and the boots off until you get to the field. Try not to spill any coffee or gasoline on your hands (fill up the night before) and stay away from cigarette smoke at all costs. The most important common sense strategy for scent elimination is pay attention to the wind s direction. No matter how clean and scent-free your body clothes and boots are deer have that amazing ability to smell something that does not belong in the wilderness. Complete scent elimination is impossible so setting up downwind from where you think a buck might emerge is very important. However if the buck happens to appear from an area that has you upwind all of these efforts towards scent elimination might help keep you in the game until you can make that shot WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 37 WATCH YOUR STEP UP THERE 38 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TIPS ON TREESTAND SAFETY THAT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE Hunters everywhere are about to take a stand and some of them might be heading for a fall. With bow deer season here and rifle season just around the corner many of us are getting our sights set and our field of vision expanded. We re doing this by clearing the limbs hooking up the trail cameras and setting up the treestands on the deer lease. Unfortunately taking a (tree) stand can be harmful to your health Experts say that the number one reason for hunting fatalities is not the accidental discharge of a rifle. It s the result of a fall from a treestand. An average of 25 hunters every year die from a fall from one of these stands and these falls happen during and in many cases BEFORE the season starts when preparations are taking place. This shouldn t happen and it won t if proper care is taken around treestands. SOME TIPS FOR TREE STAND SAFETY The Fish and Wildlife folks in just about every state have released some tips to save your neck from being broken on a fall from a treestand. Choose a live straight tree. Buy smart. Only use stands certified by the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA). Inspect them each time you use them. Know the rules. On state lands it is illegal to place nails or other hardware into trees or to build permanent structures. On private lands you must have landowner permission to erect a tree stand cut or remove trees or other plants or to cut limbs. All stands including ground blinds must be marked with the owner s name and address. Always wear a full-body safety harness even for climbing. Most falls occur when the hunter is going up and down the tree and getting in and out of the stand. Don t go too high. The higher you go the vital zone on a deer decreases while the likelihood of a serious injury increases. Never carry firearms or bows up and down trees. Always use a haul line to raise and lower all gear. Make sure your firearm is unloaded. Familiarize yourself with your gear before you go. The morning of opening day is a poor time to put your safety belt on for the first time. Be careful with long-term placement. Exposure can damage straps ropes and attachment cords. Also the stand s stability can be compromised over time as the tree grows. Hunt smart. Hunt safe. Wear Orange. DON T FORGET THE HARNESS Deer hunters can sometimes act like bucks during the rut. They get excited about the hunt or even preparing for the hunt and do something dumb. For example most hunters never think about using a harness which could save their lives if they happen to fall from the stand. Hunter Safety System (HSS) makes safety harnesses and no doubt would like to sell you one. They also some good reasons for you to buy this product. For an ever-increasing number of hunters deer season is a year-round activity filled with brush clearing tree cutting plot planting camera placing and tree stand hanging in the relentless pursuit of the elusive whitetail deer said Michael Wydner HSS director of sales. As the preseason has become an increasingly busy time in the woods the frequency of falls from trees has also increased. But since these falls involve saws and tree stand equipment instead of firearms or archery equipment they aren t usually reported as hunting accidents. That s something that absolutely concerns us as we want everybody to come home safe from their hunting experience. YOU HAVE TO STAND FOR SOMETHING Singer songwriter Aaron Tippin wrote the words that should apply for hunters getting ready for the deer season. You have to stand for something Or you ll fall for anything. When you getting your treestand ready or climbing up there on opening day stand for safety. Otherwise you might fall for anything and ruin everybody s day... especially yours. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 39 SOMETIMES THE BEST SHOT IS NO SHOT Nothing jacks up the pulse rate of a deer hunter like the sight of whitetail deer approaching in the distance. This is magnified by 10X when the hunter has been sitting in the blind or stand for hours without seeing anything but leaves falling By the way it s moving it s obvious that this amazing animal has not detected anything unusual and it is coming directly into range for a clean shot. When it gets to within 30 yards it s clear that it s a young 8-point buck. So what do you do Take the shot or let this young buck live to grow even bigger by this time next year More and more deer hunters are passing on the young bucks and in the process they are enhancing future hunts. WHERE THE WIND COMES SWEEPIN DOWN THE PLAIN One of the great places to hunt whitetail deer is the state of Oklahoma. A couple of years ago The Department of Wildlife Conservation in the Sooner state launched a public awareness campaign to influence deer hunters to think about their choice before harvesting the first thing with antlers that walks by. The state s slogan is Hunters in the know...let young bucks grow It is intended to emphasize that deer herd management means more than simply harvesting more antlerless deer. 40 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The decision to harvest a deer affects the entire area s wildlife management and this affects future hunts and hunters. In support of this conservation campaign the OK Department of Wildlife has launched a Facebook page where deer hunters are invited to share their stories about passing up the first buck they saw when hunting. The Quality Deer Management Association recognized Oklahoma in a report showing that bucks aged 3.5 years and older comprised 51 percent of the state s total buck harvest. The state s Wildlife Department deer harvest numbers show that the percentage of yearlings in the total buck harvest has continually declined over the years from 70 percent in the late 1980s to 25 percent in 2014. WHAT DOES A MATURE BUCK LOOK LIKE The challenge for hunters especially inexperienced hunters is to know when a buck is still young. With all of the excitement of finally getting a shot at a buck any buck new hunters will often take a deer that still has some growing to do. Before heading to the field get online and compare the images of mature vs. young bucks. The next time you get a buck that looks like he s still got some growing to do pull down the gun and get out the camera. This will give him a chance to grow into an even bigger animal and it will give you a good shot of young buck that you can look for next year. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 41 SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL The late fall and early winter is mating season for deer known as the rut. This powerful urge to procreate presents opportunities for the savvy hunter. During this time bucks will do darn near anything to attract some female companionship. Just watch a young guy at a party or bar sometime and you will see variations of this rutting ritual. Bucks show off their masculinity in various ways. They sharpen their antlers by rubbing them on trees or shrubs. They fight with other bucks. They wallow in the mud or dust and they herd the does together. All of these activities make noise and get the attention of both does and other bucks. 42 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Just like young men in a bar bucks can t stand to be left out of something that might hold the promise of a few willing does. As a result most will use their superior senses of hearing sight and smell to find out where the party is This is where hunters can use antler rattling techniques to get some close-in shots. A FEW VITAL POINTS ON ANTLERS Deer antlers play a critical role in the animal s defense and self-esteem especially during the rut. Antler growth is timed to coincide with the annual mating season. For whitetail and mule deer the cycle begins in midwinter when the previous season s antlers are shed. This explains why there are so many cast-aside deer antlers lying around during spring turkey season. New antlers begin develop in the spring and summer and they are composed of living cells nourished and protected by a covering called velvet. By the time mating season arrives the velvet begins to die dry and peel away from the hardening antlers which the buck encourages by rubbing his rack against flexible saplings then honing the tips to sharpness on softbarked trees. By the time the rut begins these antlers are hard and ready for action. RATTLING BONES Rattling shed antlers is most productive during the rutting season. In fact even though some hunters believe this rattling can bring in deer at any time during the hunting season most wildlife biologists feel that rattling antlers at any time but during the rut is a waste of time and ultimately can drive deer away. This suggests that even deer can get annoyed when someone pretends to be an expert but is in fact misinformed As with most things associated with fishing and hunting many deer hunters have their own special technique for rattling. Some rattle slow wait then rattle fast. Some rattle for no more than 2 minutes wait and then rattle for 2 more minutes. Some won t rattle antlers after 10 a.m. This is reminiscent of the football fan who wears the same clothes and eats the same number of hot dogs in the same way each game because somewhere along the line he has developed a superstition about game day activities. As the commercial says It s only weird if it doesn t work. While every hunter will likely do their own thing when it comes to rattling during the rut a deer hunting guides generally suggest the following three techniques to improve drawing in curious bucks. BUCK-TO-DOE RATIO In areas where the buck-to-doe ratio is about even there will be more competition among the bucks and rattling will likely yield more attention. In areas where there are many more does than bucks any kind of rattling won t make much difference because the bucks can get a date with 2 or 3 does every night. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 43 START SLOWLY Start by rattling slowly and quietly. The reason for this is to keep from spooking any deer that happen to be nearby when you start to work your magic. Most hunting guides suggest rattling for about 90 seconds then waiting for five minutes before rattling again. As this process continues the hunter can increase the volume of the rattling and continue the process for longer. It s a good idea to wait for about 30-minutes after the first round of deer music in order to let a monster buck who happens to be shy make his way to your stand. CHECK THE WIND Before starting rattling check the wind direction. The reason for this is interesting. A buck will naturally approach a fight among other amorous suitors from downwind in order to hide his own scent and benefit from the element of surprise. The best place for a hunter to set up is at the edge of the field with the wind at his back. As always it is critical that the hunter does everything possible to minimize his scent. SCRAPE THE GROUND After the initial rattling the hunter should scrape the ground or nearby trees with the antlers to give the impression of deer moving on. The hunter should stay in one place for at least a half-hour before moving on to another location. Rattling during the rut can be a great way to draw in bucks who are minding their own business in another part of the field. Even with animals and especially with deer curiosity is a powerful incentive. However don t overdo it. A mature buck knows when there s a party going on or if someone is just blowing smoke. 44 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM MISS AN THEY RE WAITING FOR YOU AT ISSUE THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 10 THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 10 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 45 WIN AN OHIO DREAM HUNT WIN A TRIP OF A LIFETIME 46 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM FOR ONLY 29.95 PLUS S H OUTPOST MEMBERS ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED TO WIN AN OHIO DREAM HUNT TO PURSUE THE BIGGEST BADDEST WHITETAIL DEER ON EARTH. THIS PACKAGE IS WORTH MORE THAN 3 500 PLUS YOU COULD WIN FREE HUNTING AND FISHING TRIPS GIVEN AWAY EVERY WEEK. CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 47 CHOOSING THE BEST CALIBER RIFLE FOR DEER The quickest way to start an argument among a group of hunters is to say something about the best caliber rifle for whitetail deer. Just like noses and other body parts everybody has an opinion about the best gun for deer hunting. Usually these passionate arguments include facts and figures about trajectories ballistics and other scientific considerations. However most of these opinions come down to personal preferences and experiences. In other words it s usually a Ford Chevy deal. If your daddy had a Ford you probably favor a Ford. Since firearm deer season is here you probably have your gun picked out scope sighted in and ammo purchased. However if you are still undecided as to the best caliber gun for deer hunting we made a few queries of some professional hunting guides and looked at a bunch of websites and here are a few suggestions. ONE SHOT KILL The most important criteria for any deer hunting gun are a one-shot kill with little or no meat wasted and its effectiveness from a reasonable range. Of course meeting these criteria has a LOT to do with the skill of the hunter. However the right caliber gun will certainly help in this process. 48 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM First hear are two calibers that are not-sogood for getting a clean shot. The experts say that the Winchester .243 and the 6 mm Remington while they are used by many hunters because they have little recoil and excellent trajectory ballistics are not the best all-round guns for your hunt. Most experts say these guns are great for kids who might be on their first hunt but not so great for adults. The hunting experts suggest that the best compromise to these guns is the .25 - 06 Remington with a 120-grain bullet. This will deliver about 300 pounds per foot more energy than the .243 load with little recoil. This gun has comparable trajectory ballistics to the lighter guns. Probably the most popular gun for deer hunting is the .30 - 06. It has 10 or so bullet types and weights and is one of the most adaptable guns for just about any situation. The guides say that this caliber is not a flat-shooting as the .25 - 06 but it is still very effective at 300 yards. Another favorite of the deer hunting guides is the .270 with the most popular bullet weight being 130 grains. This bullet delivers 100 pounds per foot more energy at 300 yards than the 150 grain bullet out of the .30 06 it has a flatter trajectory and doesn t have much of a kick. There are many more calibers that hunting guides and online references suggest but the one that seems to always be included in any list is the 7 mm magnum. This caliber is especially good for the trophy hunting in the South Texas brush land. It s also a BIG gun so unless you re in good shape and don t mind a few recoil bruises on your shoulder this might be too big for day-in-day-out hunting. PRESERVATION OF THE VENISON The gun debate among hunters usually centers on the contention that the smaller calibers waste less meat. This argument contends the .30 06 .308 .270 and the 7 mm magnum destroy too much meat when they enter the deer. However hunting experts and guides disagree. Since most deer hunters go for the lung shot these heavier calibers have a higher foot-pounds of energy and they tend to anchor the deer thereby preventing a cripple being lost in the brush. Smaller calibers don t have enough power to drop a deer at any distance and when this happens lots of meat is wasted as in the entire deer. Plus many hunters who prefer the small caliber will aim for the neck because they have learned the knock-down limitations of their gun. Unless the neck is broken by this shot the crippled deer will likely escape and the meat of the entire deer is wasted. In addition to being frustrating to the hunter this is inhumane to the wounded deer. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 49 The lack of a knock-down shot can also result in the meat of the deer being gamey tasting. This results when a deer is spooked or is wounded and runs for a great distance. When this happens the deer builds up a great deal of blood and adrenalin in his system. Plus oxygen is burned out of the muscles which increases the amount waste residue such as lactic acid. For better tasting deer meat it s better to have a bigger caliber with immediate knock-down power. SHOOT STRAIGHT Success with bringing back a deer for the freezer depends less on the caliber of gun and more on the range and marksmanship of the hunter. We ve seen old-timers drop a whitetail doe with a well-placed bullet from a single-shot .22. It can be done but it requires a laser-like aim and a short distance. Your hunting style the terrain and hunting conditions you will be operating in will help determine the caliber of rifle that will help you get a clean shot. Hunting from the side of a mountain in Colorado where the only deer will be 200 to 300 yards away is a much different challenge than from a treestand in a wooded area. Talk to guides gun salesmen and other hunters to help you decide which is best for you. 50 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 51 THE DEER HUNTING CHECKLIST 52 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM It s amazing how many times you find yourself in the great outdoors and realize some small tool or piece of equipment was left back in the garage and the entire hunting experience is diminished. As the most quotable of the Founding Fathers Ben Franklin noted For the want of a nail the shoe was lost For the want of a shoe the horse was lost For the want of a horse the rider was lost For the want of a rider the battle was lost For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost As a public service below we have listed the stuff that you should bring along on your deer hunt. Here are the essentials that you need to pack. Trust me on this you want to bring everything on this list...including the 10-penny nails. Your hunting license If hunting from a tree...a treestand safety harness system Ties for the hunting license tags Rifle with a (recently zeroed) scope Compass Lease maps of the hunting property Gun case Box of bullets of the correct caliber Hat (style optional...cowboy floppy camo Easter bonnet) Dark or camo ski mask Orange vest or cap Shooter s gloves Turtleneck sweater Thermal underwear Down vest or jacket Three-quarter length raincoat with hood Two (2) pairs of well-broken-in hunting boots Two (2) pairs of wool socks Jeans or twill pants Dark-colored chamois shirt Insect repellent (with DEET as one of the ingredients) Plastic canteen Lock-blade drop-point knife with sheath Knife sharpener Small flashlight with belt loop Nylon parachute cord Gambrel Pulley with nylon line Small meat saw Knife for gutting and skinning Game bags Wide belt (to keep you pants up with all of that eqipment hanging on) Rattling horns (if early in the season during the rut) Rock sling Large ice chest (stocked with drinks) Block ice Garbage bags Zip bags Fanny pack Croc s or moccasins for camp Sleeping bag Lubricating gun oil Rifle cleaning kit Toilet paper Alarm clock Stand tool kit hammer ten-penny nails. 2 x 4 s bow saw pruning saw hatchet First aid kit Smartphone with GPS mobile app If you can get all of this in the truck you re good to go WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 53 THE OUTPOST CONSERVATION KEEPING THE EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK WILD AND ACCESSIBLE The National Park Service recently released the final General Management Plan (GMP) for Everglades National Park which includes several changes that will affect recreational boating and fishing access and habitat conservation in the park. The recreational fishing and boating community expressed its collective appreciation to Everglades National Park officials for meaningfully addressing concerns that were raised during the GMP development process. Covering much of the southern tip of mainland Florida and nearly all of Florida Bay Everglades National Park is home to some of the best recreational fishing opportunities that Florida has to offer said Trip Aukeman director of Advocacy for Coastal Conservation Association Florida in a recent press release. Given that this GMP will guide management actions for the next 20 to 30 years it s critically important that we get it right. Overall we believe the GMP strikes an appropriate balance of management measures to safeguard resources while allowing for reasonable boating and fishing access. THIS HAS BEEN AN EXHAUSTIVE PROCESS Everglades National Park officials have been working on the GMP update for several years. After serious concerns were raised over the draft GMP and the potential for reduced public access to the park s waters park officials worked closely with members of the recreational fishing and boating community to identify ways to better facilitate access while minimizing boating impacts to important habitat namely seagrass. As a result of those discussions many significant changes were made from the draft to the final version of the GMP. The recreational fishing community recognizes pole and troll zones are an important management tool to conserve shallow water habitat but these zones must be established at a reasonable size and with access corridors to 54 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM allow anglers to still reach the area said Mike Leonard Ocean Resource Policy director for the American Sportfishing Association. In working with the recreational fishing community Everglades National Park officials modified tens of thousands of acres of the park s waters to better facilitate boating access and included 29 new access corridors in the final GMP. The level of responsiveness of Everglades National Park officials to our community s input is reflective of how good public policy should be developed. THE PLAN CALLS FOR BOATER EDUCATION One significant change that boaters in Everglades National Park will experience in the future is a mandatory boater education and boating permit system. Operators of motorboats and non-motorized boats including paddled craft would complete a mandatory education program to obtain a permit to operate vessels in the park. We are pleased to see a cooperatively developed plan that protects our natural resources as well boater access in a balanced manner said Nicole Vasilaros vice president of Federal and Legal Affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association. While we believe that boater education is best administered on the state level we appreciate the collaborative work the Park has done to include stakeholders in this process and we agree that education is the best way to ensure a safe and fun day on the water. Utilizing state of the art technology including updated maps and navigational charts we hope boaters will have an improved experience operating within park waters while ensuring visitors maintain robust access. The Everglades National Park is one of the most diverse habitats on planet Earth. Just one example There are over 350 documented species of birds in this area of Florida. If you would like to read the final plan just click here http ever learn news everglades-nationalpark-finalizes-general-management-plan.htm WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 55 SOUTH DAKOTA PHEASANT NUMBERS INCREASE 42 PERCENT There s some good news for pheasant hunters. The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (SDGFP) has released their annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a 42 percent increase in the statewide pheasants-per-mile index compared to 2014. Elated by this report and the 150 percent increase overall since pheasant abundance reached a recent low merely two years ago conservation group Pheasants Forever continues to stress the importance of habitat and conservation program availability in South Dakota for long-term sustainability of pheasant populations. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING Dave Nomsen Pheasants Forever s director in South Dakota and who leads the organization s regional office in Brookings views the recent increases as motivation to continue charting a roadmap for further habitat programs in the state. In a recent press release he elaborated. 56 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Pheasants Forever is thrilled to see rebounding pheasant numbers which will make for a great hunting season in The Pheasant Capital Nomsen noted. Still we must keep in mind the obstacles in subsequent years related to pheasant habitat loss. In the next five years alone South Dakota is set to expire nearly 390 000 acres of CRP. Pheasants Forever is advising state leadership to consider more strategic conservation programs to help safeguard South Dakota s pheasant hunting traditions over the long-term. South Dakota has begun taking steps to replace the 1.8 million acres of grasslands and prairies lost since 2006 including the formation of a Pheasant Habitat Work Group requesting more acres of CP-38 (State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement) and forming local advocacy groups the Aberdeen Pheasant Coalition for example to fund habitat improvements and increase landowner participation in conservation programs. Nomsen says additional near-term steps can contribute to the pheasant rebound including increased funding for the South Dakota Conservation Fund and funding to re-open enrollment for the James River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) with funding nearly 20 000 more acres of pheasant habitat could be enrolled. Habitat continues to be at the forefront of the conversation and is a crucial factor in pheasant numbers stated Kelly Hepler SDGFP Secretary. Bird numbers are higher in parts of the state where quality habitat conditions still exist primarily on grasslands including those enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program as well as fields of cereal crops such as winter wheat. We continue to work in cooperation with the Governor s Habitat Work Group landowners partner organizations and agencies to provide an improved future for wildlife habitat in our state. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 57 FALL IS A COOL TIME CATCH BIG LUNKERS OUTPOST FISHING TIPS FROM A PRO By Ryan Lovelace It s time to get back on the water I know it s been hot enough to keep most anglers in-doors and with October here a lot of us are heading for the woods in pursuit of deer. All that being noted this is my favorite time of year to get in some bass fishing. If you find the time to get on the water I ll bet it may become yours as well. FISH KNOW WHEN IT S FALL We have already had a couple of small cold fronts come through this year and though the temps are still warm some days hot fall is upon us. The fish know it s here as well. Truthfully fish relate more to length of day than temperatures. 58 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM For me I love the fishing in the fall in the cooler weather. Big bass are be getting ready to feed heavily before winter arrives. FOR BIG BASS FIND BIG BAIT FISH Big bass means using big baits and what you should be looking for is big gizzard shad. Find the gizzard shad that are 6 to 8 inches in length and you will find the bass. I look for long flat points clay or sand points the Gizzard shad will be feeding shallow very shallow 3 feet of water or less. I also look for any dark spots on the ground often this is algae growing in a small depression. In addition you can look for any type of shallow cover. I often find big bass this time of year in water so shallow it seems I could see them. So what to throw Well that s the one the best parts of fall fishing - it s top water time guys Get your Zara Spooks or big walking baits big Pop R s in Bone white or shad colors and make repetitive cast over the structure and hang on. You will find big small mouths and large mouths holding on same structure and when you find structure holding the fish once you catch one or two leave and come back to the same spot. Fish do not randomly stop on structure they will relate to a handful of stumps out a 100. So once you find the sweet spots don t forget where they are at. GOOD LUCK AND GOOD FISHING THIS FALL Ryan Lovelace is a professional bass fisherman and high school biology teacher from Dennison Texas. To ask him a question about fishing email him at info WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 59 60 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THE LARGEST WHITETAIL DEER TRAFFICKING CASE IN U.S. HISTORY IS SOLVED It seems that not a month goes by where there is another story about whitetail trafficking or chronic wasting disease. This month is no exception. Two men who illegally transported deer across state lines were the center of the most expensive wildlife crime in US history. After court documents were unsealed Federal officials announced that a Georgia man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to pay 1.6 million in fines for the illegal trafficking of live whitetail deer. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) it is the largest fine ever issued for a wildlife crime in US history. THIS ACTION ENDANGERS NATIVE DEER POPULATIONS According to a press release officials said that 61-year-old Benjamin Chason of Climax Georgia and another man Ohio resident Donald W. Wainwright illegally transported live deer from Florida and Georgia to Ohio. Their actions not only violated the law but also greatly endangered the native deer population in several states. The deer herds involved with these shipments were not certified to be free from chronic wasting disease tuberculosis and brucellosis the USFWS said. Federal law requires interstate shipments of deer to be certified to be disease-free because the deer in the present case were not certified as disease-free deer herds (both captive and wild) in Florida were potentially exposed to these diseases. Tuberculosis and brucellosis can also be transmitted from deer to cows and humans. HOW THE SCHEME WORKED Chason and Wainwright carried out the scheme by taking federal identification tags from certified deer that had died and placing them on their own animals. Occasionally they would also transport deer in closed cargo trailers. They then passed off the animals as certified and provided them to hunting reserves deer farms as breeders and even shipped off high-priced semen from large bucks. Wainright personally owned hunting facilities in Ohio despite not holding a legal license to operate one and would charge individuals upwards of 50 000 for a hunt. The customers would then unknowingly transport their harvests back to their home states including Florida Michigan Alabama and Virginia. The two men were finally caught when conservation officers from the Ohio Division of Wildlife noticed deer noises coming from a cargo trailer driven by employees of Wainright. From there it was simple enough for authorities to track down Chason and Wainright. Both men pleaded guilty to multiple violations of the Lacey Act in 2014. THIS WAS A VERY EXPENSIVE CRIME In addition to the 1.6 million fine Chason was sentenced to three years of probation and four months of home confinement. He also agreed to make a public statement in North American Whitetail Magazine and perform 150 hours of community service. Wainright was sentenced to 21 months in prison a 125 000 fine and 200 hours of community service. Federal wildlife officials stated that they were pleased with the conclusion of the case but many observers especially hunters said the two men got off with little more than a slap on the wrist. The Boone and Crockett Club observed that incidents like these hurt the wildlife that sportsmen and women do so much to protect and give the wider hunting community a black eye. This type of criminal activity just fans the flames of antihunting. If hunters don t pay attention to these issues and police themselves the non-hunting and anti-hunting public will do it for us through strict regulation and all-out bans noted statement on the B&C Facebook page. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 61 BLACK MAMBAS WIN UN AWARD FOR THEIR ANTI-POACHING WORK THIS ARTICLE IS SPONSORED BY Do you want to stop poaching in Africa Let this group of women take care of it A mostly-female South African ranger group named the Black Mambas was recently awarded the Champions of the Earth award by the United Nations for their work in combating poaching. According to a UN press release Their many successes are a result of their impressive courage and determination to make a difference in their community. The Black Mambas are an inspiration not only locally but across the world to all those working to eliminate the scourge of the illegal wildlife trade UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said PROTECTING AFRICAN WILDLIFE OVER 5-MILLION ACRES The Black Mambas were initially formed in 2013 to protect Balule Private Game Reserve a section of the massive 2-million-hectare (5-million-acre) Greater Kruger National Park. Balule is home to a variety of wildlife such as leopards lions elephants cheetahs hippos and rhinos. 62 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM In just two years the Black Mambas have reduced snaring--the most common method used by poachers--by 76 percent shut down 10 poaching camps and three bush meat kitchens arrested numerous poachers and removed over 1 000 traps. Kruger National Park is a vast space and patrolling every mile of it is all but impossible. Rangers can walk over 20 kilometers each day and traverse many more on a vehicle to inspect fences or look for telltale clues of poaching activity. Members of the Black Mambas will spend up to three weeks in the park on duty. It is dangerous work and many poachers do not shy away from resisting arrest. However members of the Black Mambas point out that they were named after one of Africa s most dangerous snakes for a good reason. THESE WOMEN ARE FEARLESS I am not afraid I know what I am doing and I know why I am doing it. If you see the poachers you tell them not to try tell them we are here and it is they who are in danger. ranger Leitah Mkhabela told the UN. The Black Mambas are assisted by a canine unit aerial support and a special armed attachment to patrol Balule s boundaries. In their time off the rangers engage with local communities and plan campaigns to discourage poaching. Yes our main objective is the protection of wildlife but we also strive to create a strong bond and educate the communities that live on the boundaries of Balule and the Greater Kruger Park to the benefits of saving their natural heritage the unit stated on their website http It is our belief that the war on poaching will not be won with guns and bullets but through the local communities and education. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 63 THE OUTPOST RECIPES VENISON CHILI by Brittney Glaze INGREDIENTS Ground (deer) meat 1lb-2lb depends on if you want a little or a lot of meet. 1 can crushed or diced tomatoes 1 can black beans drained 1 can kidney beans drained 2 cans chili beans 1 can Rotel (hot or mild your choice) 1 cup dark beer (optional) 1 small onion chopped 1 green pepper chopped 1-2 cups water Jalape os Seasonings Onion flakes minced garlic maple sugar chili powder instant coffee oregano cumin paprika red pepper flakes cilantro cayenne pepper cinnamon. You can add as little or as much as you want of each until you like the taste. 64 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM CRISPY ENISON STIR FRY by Scott Leysath - The Sporting Chef 4 SERVINGS 1 1 2 cups venison trimmed of silverskin and cut into 1 2 to 1-inch cubes 1 4 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon salt 1 4 cup peanut safflower or canola oil 1 2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil 1 cup carrots thinly sliced 2 celery stalks roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves minced 1 teaspoon fresh gingerroot minced 1 1 2 cups bell pepper any color seeded and roughly chopped 1 1 2 cups broccoli florets 3 green onions roughly chopped 1 2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon apricot or peach preserves 1 2 teaspoon hoisin sauce (optional) dash Sriracha (or any hot sauce) 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 1. Combine flour cornstarch and salt in a medium bowl. Add cubed venison and toss to coat evenly. Shake off excess flour mixture. 2. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add venison a few pieces at a time and stir-fry until evenly browned and crispy. Remove browned meat from wok place on paper towels and cover with foil to keep warm. 3. Return wok to medium-high heat add sesame oil carrots celery garlic ginger and belle pepper. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add broccoli green onions soy sauce vinegar preserves and hoisin sauce. Cook for 3 minutes. 4. Return venison to the wok and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add Sriracha as desired and stir in sesame seeds. Serve over warm rice or Asian noodles. 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These Girls With Guns Lounge Pants have the natural breathability of cotton and stretch to move with you ensuring complete mobility. Get yours at O U 68 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TP O ST G LOUNGE PANTS O I SAW THE LIGHT AND SO DID THE FISH If you want shine a little light on some late fall night fishing BOB-LIGHT might be just what you re looking for. Field reports say the fish are attracted to this new product and the BOB-LIGHT will illuminate your bait on a hook down to 20 feet in depth. The BOB-LIGHT is made from a durable high impact acrylic material to last for years under normal use. It run on one set of batteries (included in the clam-shell package) that will last for 48 hours. The Easy on off switch allows the BOB-LIGHT to be turned off when not in use for multiple fishing trips and the watertight seals allow it to be fully submersible. This gives great visibility for the fish and the angler. This light has an easy line attachment and can be used as a fixed or slip float. It is also shock resistant and has the brightest LED on the market. Plus the LED never needs to be replaced and it illuminates up to 40-Square feet under water. To insert or change the batteries simply unscrew the top. Carefully slide the battery compartment out of the Bob-Light and insert batteries. Gently reinsert the battery compartment with the LED pointing downward into the Bob-Light and screw the top back on. The BOB-LIGHT is guaranteed to attract fish. It has been developed and tested by anglers a nd they have said it provided the best visibility of all illuminated bobbers on the market. The suggested retail price for the BOB-LIGHT is 12.99 and you can get more information at http WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 69 U O TP ST G EA R R ST U TP O G EA HUNTER SAFETY SYSTEM INTRODUCES THE NEW LIFELINETM 42 In response to customer demand Hunter Safety System now offers a LIFELINE that accommodated stands up to 44 feet high. The new LIFELINE 42 is ideal for hunters that are filming their hunt and need to have a cameraman in a higher stand and for those hunters that like to hunt from higher locations. O More and more hunters are discovering that using the LIFELINE not only keeps them safer it truly makes treestand hunting more convenient and actually gets in position to hunt more quickly. The new LIFELINE 42 features the company s latest technology of the woven-in reflective strip that makes locating a treestand in the dark as simple and quick as pressing a flashlight switch. It also features the Recon Carabiner in a new sound-dampening Cow Bell Cover for absolute stealth while climbing and hunting. In the past hunters that chose to be in stands above 30 feet would have to climb 12 feet or more before hooking up to their LIFELINE. This is extremely dangerous because statistics prove that 86-percent of all treestand accidents occur while climbing in and out of the treestand. With the new LIFELINE 42 this is no longer an issue. The LIFELINE 42 completely protects the treestand hunter from the risk of life threatening injury when getting into and out of the stand and is hands down the simplest safest way to stay attached to the tree from the ground to the stand during the hunt and back again. The LIFELINE accommodates stands up to 44 feet high and the Recon Carabiner is rated at 3 500 pounds. The LIFELINE 42 will be available only online at The suggested retail price will be 49.99 for a single attachment point and 59.99 for the tandem. 70 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM O U O TP ST G EA R POLAR BEAR COOLERS INTRODUCE A NEW EXTREME CHILL The cooler wars just got a lot colder. Polar Bear Coolers makers of high-quality performance soft coolers for over a decade present the all new Polar Bear EC Line. EC stands for Extreme Chill. The patent pending close cell foam design allows the Polar Bear EC to keep things colder longer than ever before. 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Made from all waterproof materials meaning water will not damage the product in any way. - YKK 10 water resistant weatherized rubber coated splashguard zipper. - Skid resistant rubber bottom saddle. - Top quality shoulder strap and hardware. - Two aluminum side-release buckles that double as bottle openers. - Four carabiner bow tie daisy chains (two on each side). - Eight stainless steel tie downs (four on each side top to bottom). Will attach to anything Suggested retail price for 48-pack size 99.95 For more information click on http WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 LL FA ZY EN FR 72 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM IT S NOT A WORLD WIDE WEB...YET. The north Texas town of Rowlett has become an arachnophobe s worst nightmare. A single massive communal spider web now stretches for about a quarter of a mile across a town park in the city. To visitors and the media it is a fascinating display of natural engineering. Experts and amateurs are speculating on what type of spider is responsible for this huge web. Experts on spiders arachnologists - say the web is actually a naturally occurring phenomenon caused by the gathering of members of one specific family of spiders the long-jawed Tetragnathidae. THE INSECTS CAUGHT IN THE WEB ARE NOT AMUSED The web stretches from tree to tree and is filled with captured insects. Visitors can occasionally see one of the web s architects scuttle across their creations perhaps looking for more food. According to experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service say the spiders pose no threat to passing humans. These types of spiders are unusual in that they are not aggressive to other spiders of the same species on the same web said urban entomologist Mike Merchant in a They also are not known to bite or be harmful to humans. This is not the first time this has happened in the area. In 2007 Lake Tawakoni State Park about only 30 miles away from Rowlett was also taken over by an army of spiders. Those spiders were determined to be long-jawed orbweavers and although the spiders at Rowlett have not yet been conclusively identified experts say it is likely a similar species. WHY HERE AND WHY NOW Experts on spiders believe the overabundance of the food in the area may have caused this giant web. Large communal webs net more prey than individual webs so the phenomenon is a result of opportunistic spiders banding together to eat as much as they can. Experts are unsure exactly how long the web will last but they advise city officials against spraying insecticides to get rid of it. Instead they say it can be viewed as a work of art. Insecticides or other treatments are really unnecessary as this spider is essentially harmless and although the communal nest may look spooky they too are basically benign and are a sight more to be appreciated than feared Merchant said. https watch v OZecrdaapzc WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 73 Ray enson B & DAV I D M E N CON I JEW How a H I PPI E I S H YA N K E E RAY B E NSON I S SOM ET H I NG-- C R EAT I V E FU N E NT E RTA I N I NG-- YOU LL LOV E T H I S B OOK trageous u H I STOR Y OF O OR T H E OF T E N DOLLY PA RTON 74 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Here s How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country Ray Benson s new book is Comin Right at Ya On the day and the time we were scheduled to talk with Ray Benson the first and only leader of the Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel and author of a new autobiography entitled Comin Right at Ya How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country Benson was on time to the minute. Having interviewed musicians and performers for more than 30 years it has been my experience that most are not on time for interviews rehearsals gigs dinner...anything. Benson was as easy-going and funny as he always has been. He seems happy to be taking the time out of his day to talk about his music and new book. This was in spite of the fact that the band s bus had broken down in Montana leaving the band members to scramble for airplane flights to the next gig and leaving Benson the task of lining of trucks to get the equipment moved on down the road. Then I remembered why Ray Benson has been so successful for so many years. He is a consummate professional. In many ways he is a throwback to the old days when entertainers no matter how talented or famous respected their audiences and worked hard to give them a REAL show. He s a big guy which has probably come in handy at times when some club owner has been a little short on the agreed price for the night s work but his size is not intimidating or menacing because he s so damn funny. The best adjective to describe Ray Benson s new memoir is rollicking. This book is a road show with unexpected twists and turns hysterical stories and a cast of characters that even Jack Kerouac couldn t make up. It s also the life story of a guy who has maintained his musical integrity in spite of a constantly shifting industry. How does someone begin the process of making sense of almost 50 years of non-stop-bop I started writing it 20 years ago because I said Am I going to remember everything No but I ll try Ray Benson said. So I got a computer a laptop and I just started typing and remembering in a very disorganized fashion. Not long ago an editor from University of Texas Press said Hey you want to write an autobiography I said I d started one. So they put me together with David Menconi the writer and I said Here are the 70 000 words [laughter] that I have written. Needless to say this was is a very long book War and Peace I think Then David went out with me on the road for like a month and we talked and he asked me questions about all this that I had written. He said I m going to take a lot of this and use it and then what I don t I ll write in your voice because it s all over this thing. And basically the two of us really did collaborate. The Outpost You noted in the book that Asleep at the Wheel started in 1970 in Paw Paw West Virginia playing for the hillbillies there and the hipsters in DC. Was there some kind of master plan back then Did you think I m going to be playing western swing 45 years later No. Our concept was roots Americana music and it so happened that the western swing was one of those things - along with Cajun music bluegrass music honky-tonk music rockabilly music et cetera. If you listen to early Asleep at the Wheel albums there s western swing them on for sure but there s also every other thing. We do Cajun music with accordions. We did New Orleans kind of rocking kind of country. Whatever. I don t even know what to call it but did I ever expect it No. I thought we d have a good run for ten years make a couple of records if we were lucky and then I d open a music store and teach guitar. Ray Benson WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 75 Those plans had got derailed right Ray I know man. Somehow I got involved in these buses and got on the roads. (laughing) You noted in the book that everything you do on stage is a tribute in a way to Bob Wills. Did you ever meet him If so what was he like That s the most interesting story really. We did meet him. We were on United Artist Records and they were so impressed with this whole Bob Wills thing that he got Tommy Allsup - my producer at that time who was also Buddy Holly s ex guitar player and had produced Bob Wills in the 60s - and they said Let s do Bob Wills. He s very sick but let s get one more record out of him and to have Merle Haggard and all the ex-Texas Playboys. So we went up to Dallas to meet him. We walked in the studio. He was already in a wheelchair. He had had a stroke and a heart attack and they said This is the band that just did Take Me Back to Tulsa on that first album. Mr. Will just kind of nodded and they said We re going to take him back to his room. He s going to rest. You can talk to him tomorrow. He went back to his room. That night and he had a stroke and went into a coma and never woke up. He died two years later. So we met him but never talked to him. It was just like 40 years later it was the passing of the torch so we were in retrospect so it kind of eerie. In your stage show and subsequent projects you have amassed a lot of research on Bob Wills and his band the Texas Playboys. Where did you get all of this information A lot of it was the old guys telling stories. The great thing was that the Texas Playboys were all around - Leon McAuliff Eldon Shamblin Sleepy Johnson Johnny Gimble et cetera - and we became good friends with all of them. They were so happy because a young bunch of kids had rediscovered their music which had really gone underground or gone away. And so we got to hear the stories. It was pretty crazy because the oral histories that were passed down to us is totally invaluable. That s why I have this feeling like I have the responsibility. 76 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Music s funny. We ve got 100 years of recorded music now and before the recorded music everything was an oral tradition. Everything was handed down orally from generation to generation. You had to go to the old guy or whoever it was. So I feel very privileged and very lucky to been able to sit at the feet of these guys and (a) learn how to play the music and (b) hear the real history. What really went down and there s some pretty outrageous stories. Just like Wills you ve had a ton of musicians come through this band... Over 100. Wow. With that many musicians it would be hard to remember all of them but who are some of the people who have started with Asleep at the Wheel Let s see. From the guy who started the band with me Lucky Oceans moved to Perth Australia and he s now a world music disc jockey on the Australia Broadcast company. He also plays steel guitar with David Stewart of the Eurythmics. Leroy Preston s had a couple of hit records for Rosanne Cash. That was the three originals - me Lucky and Leroy. Tony Garnier s been Bob Dylan s bass player for 28 years and I started him out. Larry Franklin the great fiddle player has played on probably 100 country records in the last 20 years as a session musician in Nashville. The legendary Junior Brown was in Asleep at the Wheel way back when playing steel guitar. You got a current addition to the band with lineage from Bob Wills don t you That s right. The newest number of the band - she s been over a year now - is Emily Gimble and that s Johnny Gimble s granddaughter. Plus Katie Shore on the fiddle who was another little 27-year-old western swinger from Fort Worth whose brother is in the Mumford & Sons and Bruce Hornsby s band. Ross her brother great fiddler and Katie s just a great singer. I hired her as a singer who happened to play fiddle and I went Oh my God. I got two in one. When I started the band - 1969 is when I started recruiting everybody and got it all together in 1970 - I couldn t find a fiddle player our age who could play not even western sing just country music other than bluegrass. Now there s a host of wonderful guys. In fact we just added a new fiddler Dennis Ludiker who s 27-years-old and he s the Texas champion fiddle player three years in a row at Hallettsville which is the famous Texas fiddling competition so we really got some great young folks in the band now and that s why I got another 50 years with Asleep at the Wheel [laughter]. I just have to stay alive. There s always work Your most recent record has some great songs and some interesting guests. This record is called Still the King. I don t know how you picked all those people from the Avett Brothers to Willie Nelson. You ve got Pokey LaFarge on there as one of my favorites. How does this Bob Wills music that was originally recorded in the 20s-- how does that still sound fresh when you sing it and Willie sings it and Pokey LaFarge sings it What is it about those tunes that work so well WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 77 You have so many things in the book that offer insights about how to be successful being a professional musician. What do you attribute your longevity to Is there one thing or is there a bunch of things The one thing that my mom always has said You just never give up. And it was very frustrating for her and my brother when I would argue with them [laughter]. I m an eternal optimist. I know everything s going to be great even in the darkest times which have been many. And I just always feel that if you get through today tomorrow s going to be better. I also felt a responsibility at one point to the music. We had some really dark days. After disco and everything it was really bad but every week once a week somebody would come up to me and go Do you know how important you guys are and you re playing this music and nobody else is doing so well and don t stop. I went Wow man. This really passionate people saying this thing. This is something that is very special. That s what I m realizing really. I said This is very special. I need to make sure that this thing which has been a conglomeration of many talented people and my abilities that I was able to convince people to come join this circus. Anyway so it s really cool. I m 64. I ll be 65 next birthday and it s a great thing to think that I did that. I really did that. Because it is so difficult to keep a band on the road for 45 years. In addition to being the man in charge of the Wheel - you have many other enterprises. I don t know them all. I know you have a studio. I know you got an artist management company. You re in publishing. Besides being the head guy at Asleep at the Wheel and getting in front of a crowd every night what do you enjoy the most about those other ventures Getting music made. Seeing it through. Figuring out the nuts and bolts of what s got to get done in order for me to hear music that I like by either myself or by the people that we work with. The music s the reward and to be able to look back and say Yeah we made this piece of art or whatever you want to call it that s what keeps us going. Pokey sounds like he was born in 1920. He s got this voice. I talked to him the other day. He s just a great guy and knowledgeable. He s like us. We re amateur musicologists. We happen to also play. But it was funny. We were playing in his hometown and he said My mom s going to come see your show. And I was signing autographs and I hear this voice off to the right and [chuckles] it was this had the same quality that old Pokey did. This lady said Hi. And I immediately said You re Pokey s mom [laughter] I could tell from the sound of your voice. It was so funny. But anyway the way that we did all this was my son co-produced the record. And Sam s grown up - he s 31-years-old - but he s grown up obviously with the music and he would suggest guys and I kept up with all these guys too. As for the old guys - I sought them out. For the younger guys I heard their records and they were awesome. I said I got to go get these guys. Because that s what we were doing in their own particular way. They were going back to roots music and trying to bring it up to date and relevant for their generation. So that s what this whole project was all about. 78 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https watch v -ErO7RCpOAI I m not big on the business part of it. In other words I don t get a lot of satisfaction out of the art of the deal or that. I understand that it s a necessary evil in trying to get the music made but other than that I really like seeing that and I like enabling people who have great talent. I like helping them find that talent and then expose it to the world. That s what it s about. That s my favorite thing. That s why I love the fact we ve had so many people in the band because when they come out of Asleep at the Wheel they can play [laughter]. And it s like a little farm team. I hate to say that because I d rather be in the major leagues [laughter] but in a lot of respects we re a farm team. I think most people would say you re in the majors. Good luck with this amazing book Ray and happy trails my friend. Art thank you very much. I appreciate it and this is the first interview I ve done for the book so it s been fun. Comin Right at Ya How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country or the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel is available at your local book store and of course Amazon. It s published by the folks at University of Texas Press. If you would like to hear the complete interview with Ray Benson plus some great music from Still the King click here for The Outpost On Demand podcast. http pod_popup1587.html WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 79 80 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM DON HENLEY COMES HOME TO CASS COUNTY If memories were all I sang I d rather drive a truck. Rick Nelson Garden Party Don Henley must get tired of standing in front of a crowd and hearing random calls for Lying Eyes or Desperados or Witchy Woman. Even though these songs made him and the other members of the Eagles rich beyond their wildest dreams playing the same old songs with the same old arrangements becomes tedious after decades. While there is little chance that he will start driving a truck instead of singing these songs he has gotten out of the golden oldies business and released a new album with songs that are completely different from his glory days as a one of the lead singers and composers for the Eagles. What s even sweeter...the recently released CD debuted at the top of the best seller list. The title of Henley s new album is Cass County and this place is no fictional Faulknerian Yoknapatawpha county but rather it is where Henley grew up in the small town of Linden found just off I-30 in Northeast Texas. Stating the obvious he s come a long way from Cass County. However the music in this album is a testament to the beauty of coming full circle. THE SONGS Let s start with the song selection. They are not what someone who only knows the classic rock Don Henley would pick out for him to cut. That is of course exactly what he wanted to explore. Did anybody out there see a Louvin Brothers song coming WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 81 https watch v H-IOLc5emC4 Nope. Didn t think so. But there it is and harmony between Henley and Dolly Parton on When I Stop Dreaming is nothing short of stunning on this classic tune. Another interesting choice of material includes a cover of Tift Merritt s Bramble Rose. With a little help from Mick Jagger and fellow-Linden Texan Miranda Lambert Henley nails this song. Most of the songs on Cass County were written by Henley who can safely count on those BMI or ASCAP royalty checks continuing to show up in his Dallas mailbox for the next hundred years. He has an enormous catalog of songs he has written and Cass County is going add to that creative juggernaut. One of the best of the bunch is That Old Flame an up-tempo duet with Martina McBride. This is another great pairing of voices which brings us to another reason you re going to want to buy this album or at least most of the tracks. THE GUESTS Cass County was recorded in Nashville and it is obvious that the word got around that Don Henley was in town with a handful of new tunes. The people on who sing duets or background vocals on the record reads like participants of one of those dozen CMA awards shows that air every month. Vince Gill Dolly Parton Tisha Yearwood Martina McBride Merle Haggard Jamey Johnson and Allison Krauss are just a few of the folks who joined in the fun. The pickers (including Mr. Gill who kills it on No Thank You. ) are some of the best players in a city full of great players and the arrangements are different from the California Dreamin Eagles stuff and the solo Henley s End of the Innocence. At 68-years old Don Henley s voice and writing chops have never been better than they are on Cass County. This is his first solo album in 15 years and there is every indication that this will be one of the biggest country records of the year. For the folks in Cass County Texas it must be nice to have the favorite son back home. 82 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. A typical radio station would never play the diversity of songs you ll hear on WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 83 IS OUTDOOR TELEVISION IN YOUR FUTURE By O Neill Williams OK you re the bass club champion and take huge 150 class Whitetails almost every year. Great You re a natural for a television show. Right You simply can t lose. You re destined for greatness Outdoor Channel Sportsman s and Pursuit Channel are itching for you to be part of their lineup. There might a couple of things you should consider before you give up your current employment corporate or otherwise and dive into the world of outdoor television. WHERE S THE MONEY Number one the networks don t pay you. You pay them. Really Yeah. On average to have your sterling presentation on one of the primary outdoor networks nationally it s going cost you from 250 000 to 400 000 per year to have your show aired three times weekly according to how many 30 commercial announcements you intend to air. Generally the minimum will be four minutes or eight 30 spots you will have to fill. Bet you didn t know that. 84 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Anyway you re just getting started. Are you beginning to waver in your resolve After all you are the bass club champion and a veteran deer hunter. There s more but don t give up.........yet. Hold on. How about production of the shows Let s see You will have to field- produce twenty-six original programs and air them two times each for the year for a total of fifty-two weeks. How much will that cost If your show is to be professionally taped by a veteran cameraman or even a crew to help it will probably take 80 to 100 days of production in the field including travel time. Fishing shows are easy and generally take one day sometimes two if it s a saltwater destination. Hunting shows are harder but you will have over time about 1 500 per day in expenses. Oh your cameraman gets paid when traveling in the truck or plane to the lake or woods too. So don t drive very far. We re getting closer by the minute. Still reading Hope so. Ok now we re at 350 000 at least for air time and about 150 000 for general expenses. That s 500 000 for starters. Do you have to make money for yourself or are you wealthy enough to do all this for free Think about it. Some guys can. O Neill cannot. I almost forgot to have your show edited captioned and sent to the networks for airings it s probably going to cost about 3 000 per show. Each network has their own standards so that s a spider web that can get expensive. Let s set that subject aside for the moment and re-figure 26 shows at 3 000 each is 78 000. Getting tired already Confused There s more. WHO S GOING TO SELL THE SHOW Hold on a second who s gonna sell the advertising to your sponsors your brother-in-law neighbor bass club partner you Let s talk. Unless you can do it yourself you will hire an experienced media professional with legitimate credentials your up front cost will be a retainer of 50 000 at least even if he ll return your calls. He only gets about 20 calls a day from guys with visions of grandeur. Good grief. This is getting serious. We re up to 628 000 and you haven t made a dime for yourself. Don t give up. Your sales guy might be able to get upwards of 100 000 per yearly sponsor. That doesn t sound bad at all 800 000. Great You re 158 000 to the good. But what if you don t sell out I hate to be discouraging but I can assure you that virtually everyone you re considering as a ready made standing in the wings can t miss sponsor has had a hundred calls every week from other guys just like you destined for outdoor television greatness and not remotely interested or have any advertising budget saved just for you. So Go ahead and dive in. You may have tremendous success and be the next Lee and Tiffany Michael Waddell or Jim Shockey. Then again you might go broke and end up back at your old job which was OK with a 100 000 loan to pay off but so what you re a natural so give it a try. WHAT GIVES Wait a minute. It can t be that difficult. There are three networks that air outdoor programming 24-hours a day. What gives O Neill don t be so discouraging you say. Explanations as to how others made it happen (1) It took three years to sell the advertising so went in the hole for a while and made money later. (2) No one made any money. (3) The show was produced by a company in the outdoor product s business and didn t need to make money via the show itself. It was an advertising venture for their brand. (4) The producer (you) didn t pay the networks and they took a loss. That happens a lot. Then you get sued. I know about that because my company sells programming time to producers and if you don t pay me I have to pay the network but I take you to court. I win because I made you sign personally and take your home car retirement whatever. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 85 (5) Or the shows that air successfully are hosted by deserving veterans of the industry like Bill Dance or Roland Martin and have half a century of equity in the business with hundreds of sponsors waiting the wings. You don t. How did little O Neill do this I worked two jobs sometimes three for fifteen years and was a thirty year corporate sales professional speaking in complete sentences using good grammar and didn t rely on income from my television show to support my family. For many years I was on national television and paid myself 25 per week. Knowing all this are you ready Go for it OK wake up it was just a nightmare. Relax and go back to sleep. You ve planned a nice relaxing fishing trip with your son or daughter tomorrow and need some sleep. O Neill Williams 86 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 87 88 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM photo Travis Wade HOW TO RECRUIT NEW ANGLERS WHILE KEEPING EXISTING FISHERMEN AND WOMEN ON THE WATER A new report says it s more difficult than you might think. Similar to the sport of golf anglers drop in and out of the sport of fishing every year and it is becoming more difficult to get new people to pick up a rod. There is however some opportunities to turn this state of affairs around. These and other findings are explained in a new report U.S. Angler Population Who Comes and Who Goes produced for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). This is the first in a series of studies to shed new light on anglers fishing habits and loyalty to the sport. I think the most important thing we ve uncovered is that our challenge may not be as much about getting people to take up fishing as it is about keeping people fishing from year-to-year said Mike Nussman ASA s president and CEO noting that 46 percent of anglers in recent years--roughly 15 million people--do not fish the following year. That shows how critical it is to reach out and really engage fishing license buyers every single year. Fortunately our community has the capacity to do that through efforts such as the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation added Nussman. It also confirms we need to keep working on making fishing a better experience by improving access quality and convenience. TRACKING LICENSE SALES IS INADEQUATE Up until now the most common way to measure fishing participation has been simply tracking state fishing license sales. But relying on those numbers alone can be misleading. Overall fishing participation is relatively stable from year to year annually hovering around 33 million people over the age of 16 easily giving the impression that anglers are consistently taking part in the sport. Looking below the surface however the pool of individual anglers actually fluctuates greatly--about the same number of people joins and leaves the angling population each year. That s an important aspect of participation dynamics for the Recreational Boating& Fishing Foundation and state fisheries agencies to take into account. These organizations are taking the lead for the broader sportfishing community on a strategy called R3 including targeted marketing toward retaining recruiting and reactivating anglers categories that refer to participation from year to year. Growing the fishing participation rate is important because it greatly affects state natural resource agencies efforts to conserve the environment and provide quality on-thewater experiences in their communities. Revenue raised from fishing license purchases along with excise taxes on fishing gear and motor boat fuels paid by anglers boaters and product manufacturers contributes about 2 billion a year to fisheries and habitat conservation as well as public facilities like piers and boat ramps. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REPORT Die-hard anglers are a small group Out of the pool of roughly 33 million people who fish each year only 4 percent of the licensed anglers purchase a fishing license every year (10 out of 10 years). The largest proportion of anglers--49 percent--purchases a license only one out of 10 years. Almost as many--47 percent--purchase a license in more than one year but lapse in between purchases. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 89 Participation fluctuates greatly year-to-year Close to half of all licensed anglers (46 percent) do not renew their licenses in any given year. The typical angler buys a license about three out of every 10 years throughout their fishing lifetime. For resident license holders 41 percent do not renew while 63 percent of non-residents do not renew. R3 numbers Retained anglers those who purchased a license in a given year and the previous one are about 52 percent of the angling population. Recruited anglers those who bought a license in a given year but not in at least five of the preceding years are about 28 percent. The number of reactivated anglers is about 18 percent with 2 percent of records unidentifiable. These are anglers who bought a license in a given year and at least one of the previous five years but not the immediate preceding year. Female anglers lapse more In recent years the growing number of female anglers has received a great deal of attention but the churn rate for women is still about 13 percent higher than the rate for men. Younger anglers lapse more Annual drop-out rates are lowest about 39 percent among the 55-64 age group and are highest about 55 percent among anglers 18-24 years of age. The most disturbing trend given the rural vs. urban demographics is that Urban residents lapse more. The dropout rate among residents of urban communities who make up about 10 percent of the angling population is about 13 percent higher than those anglers living in rural communities and about 7 percent higher than those living in suburban communities. Click here to read an executive summary and the complete report http facts-figures angler-participation u.s.-angler-population-their-lifestyles-and-license-buying-habits 90 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 91 Editor s Note Like it or not we have become a very litigious society. This continues even when we re out in the wilderness relaxing. We re proud to begin a new feature which we hope will make you think and save you some grief and money. These columns while not intended to replace the advice of a lawyer are written by an avid outdoorsman who just happens to be a very smart lawyer - Randy Hall. SEVEN TIPS ON SURVIVING ANOTHER HUNTING SEASON OR WHY YOU SHOULD FILL OUT YOUR WARRANTY CARDS By Randy Hall - Attorney at Law Even in October it s still too hot to fish where I live. It s instant sweat the moment you step outside in Arkansas. Last Saturday provided a ray of hope. I drank my mandatory two cups of Joe while I read the morning paper on the back porch. The air was a bit cooler than usual. My black lab Jett was particularly frisky leaving her tracks over the dew covered yard. While still full of humidity the cool early morning air faintly signaled that Fall is around the corner. A full page of the sports section was dedicated to the SEC football conference and my beloved Razorbacks. Inside that section was a multiple page insert from the local sporting goods store full of the latest and greatest equipment. Typical it was full of don t miss this deals on camo firearms deer stands and other hunting equipment. In no time I concluded that it s time to assess the condition and content of my hunting stuff. Don t let the busyness of your life keep you from checking your equipment. When you do follow a few simple rules for a safe and happy hunting season. FIRST INSPECT YOUR EQUIPMENT BEFORE THE EVE OF OPENING DAY. Defective equipment can cause injury and even death. That s probably not your fault. However worn out equipment causes injuries and even death. That IS your fault. In my inspection I found that my safety harness is showing some dry rot and fraying. This is probably because the last time it secured me to a tree it was raining cats and dogs. I put it up wet for the Spring and Summer and forgot it until now. The thought of Spring fishing seems to have effect on me. I threw the harness away and put a new one on my shopping list. Thankfully I discovered the safety defect before a midnight trip to Wal-Mart (it s the only place open) became necessary in a last minute replacement quest. Don t rationalize that it will be OK just this once. Be smart. Discard old or defective equipment. It s not worth the risk. I have an extensive client list I can refer you to if you don t believe me. 92 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM CONTACT RANDY HALL VIA EMAIL AT RHALLLAW GMAIL.COM IF YOU HAVE LEGAL QUESTIONS RELATING TO OUTDOOR SPORTS AND WOULD LIKE FOR RANDY TO ANSWER THEM IN FUTURE COLUMNS EMAIL HIM AT THIS ADDRESS. Second even if your equipment is in good shape check for product recalls. Let s face it these days we really don t know where most things are manufactured. Many products or perhaps their components are manufactured overseas where the standards are deficient or even missing. This premise holds true even for many of the so called brand name American companies. Check for your product. If your equipment has been recalled DO NOT TAKE THE CHANCE. Some examples of recent recalls are Date of Recall August 13 2015 July 28 2015 January 22 2015 October 23 2012 Product American Sportswork Off Road Utility Vehicles Arctic Cat Off Road Ameristep Hyde Cliffhanger StandsSummitt Tree Stands Crush SeriesDefect Throttle Failure Vehicles-Fuel leaks and fire hazards Metal and Weld Failure Hanging Strap Dislodges. A simple website check can help you avoid catastrophe in the woods. Third register your new products. New hunting stuff is exhilarating. I have seen many folks show up with new deer stands at camp. They excitedly rummage the box and burn the instructions and the warranty registration card in a camp fire. They just didn t have time and did not want the barrage of emails and junk paper mail that would follow. Fill out the warranty and registration card. Registering your new products provides some reasonable assurance that you will receive direct notice of any product recalls. I have represented many catastrophically injured sportsmen over the years with injuries that range from quadriplegia paraplegia amputations brain injuries to even death. Without exception either they or a loved one always say If only I... . You fill in the blanks. Fourth read the instructions even if all else doesn t fail . I know how to put up a deer stand. I know how to load a gun. I know I know I know. Now reread the third rule above. Redundant as it is I am repeating this sentence again. I have represented many catastrophically injured sportsmen over the years with injuries that range from quadriplegia paraplegia amputations brain injuries to even death. Without exception either they or a loved one always say If only I... . You fill in the blanks. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 93 Fifth assume your weapons are loaded even they are not loaded. The only loaded weapon in my house is the 9mm that hangs from a nail behind night stand and the 357 magnum that stays conveniently tucked away in a hidden cabinet over my refrigerator. They remain loaded for protection only. Even so I still treat every gun I know is not loaded like it is until I personally empty the chamber. In 53 years I have experienced this oversight better yet stupidity twice. The first time I pulled my 30.06 out of the case and shot a hole through the wall into the kitchen. Thankfully the only casualty was a divorce that followed a few years later. (Years later she still claimed I tried to accidentally murder her). The second time was I had left my muzzle loader fully loaded over the year. I am a purist and still hunt with a true muzzle loader. The ones that are a real pain to clean and maintain over the Summer. No in-lines for me. That year I thought I would fire the weapon and clean it later so I cased it. Good intentions with a regrettable result. I forgot over the Summer. Opening morning I loaded my smoke pole (yes over the prior year s load) and headed for a stand that I had scouted for months. I knew he would be there. And he was. I drew down on the trophy and squeezed the trigger. The only discharge was the cap. I saw that animal one more time that morning in the back of my buddy s truck. It was a 15 point with a 32 spread. I continue to see that deer every year. He hangs over my buddy s fireplace. And every year I suffer the same embarrassment as he still tells the story to anyone who will listen never failing to relate my stupidity in a good natured ribbing that I deserve. Even the most experienced sportsman can make mistakes. Don t let yours be with a loaded firearm. Sixth read and review the new rules. It seems as though every year there is an opening day eve debate about a rule change for the new season. And no one ever has a current rule book. Every year our game and fish seems to publish new rules that impact the season in some way. Plus an annual refresher course never hurt a soul. In my state you can get the books for free at any sporting goods store. Seventh know your hunting partners. At our camp somebody always brings somebody that I do not know. Whether it be a teenager or an adult. Around my parts most folks know their weapons and the rules. You can usually tell by the way they talk or by the wrinkles on their faces. Be that as it is watch closely for the new guy. There is nothing wrong with a good natured cross examination about the new guy s experience with weapons and the woods. Have a great opening day. Email me anytime with your cases and inquiries at randy Happy Hunting and Fishing. 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This is significant as the Bentonville Arkansas based company is the largest retailer in the world The chain will now be selling out its remaining inventory--in some cases at a discounted price--and once the stock is gone customers will no longer be able to purchase these types of rifles from the chain. Walmart spokespeople have clarified that the company will also be dropping some types of shotguns and other high capacity rifles as well. According to several reports in outdoor sports media the move was the result of a business decision rather than a political one. Early this spring we made the decision to no longer carrying those items and instead focus on other hunting and sportsman firearms such as shotguns and rifles based on customer demand noted Kory Lundberg senior director for corporate communication for Walmart. Our merchandising decisions are driven by largely customer demand. In our everyday course of doing business we are continually reviewing and adjusting our product assortment to meet our customers needs. APPARENTLY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS ARE SLOW MOVERS AR-15s and other modern sporting rifles are sold in less than a third of Walmart stores and have allegedly been lagging behind in sales during recent months. Walmart claims to have an easier time moving boltaction rifles shotguns lever-action rifles and other firearms. In order to expand our offerings of traditional guns we had to make more space and discontinue guns that were not selling. This is really about providing our customers with what they want to purchase a company representative told The Firearm Blog. AR-15s have been reported on sale for as low as 250 and Lundberg did confirm that some stores are still offering steep discounts. The spokesman also stated that accessories and ammunition for the discontinued firearms will still be sold. 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