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Description: The Outpost Magazine special Country Goes Outdoors edition includes Kix Brooks, Hank Williams Jr, Parmalee, William Michael Morgan, Brantley Gilbert, Bruce Mitchell, World Turkey Hunting Championship, Favorite Fishing Spots, Harassing Hunters, Gun Control, 52 Adventures and more

GEAR MUSIC RECIPES KIX BROOKS COUNTRY GOES OUTDOORS PARMALEE SWAMP MAN BRUCE MITCHELL WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN HANK WILLIAMS JR BEST FISHING SPOTS JACK UNRUH ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & Made with 100% Real Cheese AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT STYLE 1.00 COUPON CLICK HERE 2 VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM http 5MveCGisXgg 3 ER MM SU ZY EN FR 4 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TABLE OF CONTENTS 28 WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN 13 FAVORITE FISHING HOLE RECIPES 16 42 PARMALEE MONSTER TROUT IN MAINE FISH RULES 20 48 JACK UNRUH PROTECTING YEARLING WHITETAIL GEAR 36 54 BRUCE MITCHELL KIDS GEAR 62 67 70 72 CONCEALED WEAPONS 77 FISH CALLS 74 GUN SUPPRESSORS 78 HARRASSING HUNTERS ILLEGAL 52 SHADES OF ADVENTURE 80 O NEILL OUTSIDE PHOTO OF THE MONTH 82 BACKWOODS LIFE WITH BRANTLEY GILBERT 82 WORLD TURKEY HUNTING CHAMPIONSHIP 86 97 5 FEATURE STORIES COUNTRY GOES HUNTIN Two Valdosta Georgia natives Rhett Akins and Sam Klement know how to put on a show and plan a turkey hunt. Akins is an award-winning country singer songwriter and Klement is a Realtree hunting professional. PAGE 23 BROOKS KIX IT UP A NOTCH After 20 years of being onehalf of the country music duo of Brooks & Dunn Kix Brooks decided that being a successful song-writer performer and actor was not enough. Instead of slowing down this Louisiana native hit another higher gear PAGE 36 THIS COUNTRY BOY CAN SURVIVE Randall Hank Williams first stepped on to the stage to sing in 1964 he was eight years old and the son of arguably to most famous country singer in history Hank Williams. PAGE 32 6 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Art on behalf of our Board Staff and Participants I Thank you very much. We will certainly share this link and information. Great job and again Thank you for the attention in sharing our cause. Bob Colorado Youth Outddorrs I just got my mojo duck decoy that I won and wanted to let you know it is awesome and can t wait to try it out. 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The Outpost Media Group LLC 770-675-7200 9 EDITORS LETTER While editing the interviews in this issue our annual Country Goes Outdoors it became obvious to me that being a kid in a small town or rural area is a pretty darn good indicator of becoming an adult outdoor enthusiast. Every one of the artists we interviewed for this issue came from this background. Country artists may live in Nashville Los Angeles or some other metropolitan zip code now but most didn t start out that way. Our cover boy Kix Brooks grew up on a farm outside of Shreveport Louisiana that has been in his family since Jefferson was President. Hank Williams Jr. hunted and fished in Louisiana and Alabama with his grandfather when he was a kid. Bruce Mitchell gator hunter and one of the stars of the reality show Swamp People grew up and still lives in Hammond Louisiana. While he started coming to Nashville in his teens William Michael Morgan grew up in Vicksburg Mississippi and had plenty of opportunities to hunt and fish. Plus the boys from the hot group Parmalee win the smallest town award. They all grew up in Parmele North Carolina population 276 Growing up in a small town is dramatically underrated especially by the kids who happen to be living there at the time. Some of us who were born and reared in a small community (mine was Brady Texas) were hell-bent-for-leather to get the heck outta there as soon as possible We thought it was too damn slow boring and about as exciting as watching the paint peel on the Dixie Cup Drive-In. Plus we were positive that the girls in big cities were glamorous sophisticated and much more promiscuous than the girls in our little burg. Of course we were wrong. All it takes is having to fight a two-hour traffic jam on an Atlanta or Los Angeles freeway to clarify one s perspective on the upsides vs. the downsides of small town living. Knowing everyone and everyone knowing you especially those folks who know and WILL CALL your mama when they see you screwing up encourages life-long friendships. It forces a young man or woman to be more resourceful and it fosters a love of the great outdoors because getting out there is just about all there is to do We hope you enjoy this special issue of the Outpost. If you think about it shoot me an email and let us know where you re from. Later Art Young Editor The Outpost email me at art 10 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM FOLLOW US ON TWITTER OUTPOSTART FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM THEOUTPOSTLIFE WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 11 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 12 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM In case you missed it June 4 through 12 2016 was National Fishing and Boating Week and in honor of this the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and its Take Me FishingTM and Vamos A PescarTM campaigns has released the 2016 Top Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat. Florida s Everglades National Park snagged the No. 1 position as the best place to fish and boat in the U.S. for the second consecutive year. Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar is in its third consecutive year with the goal of finding great family-friendly fishing areas and getting more families out on the water. More than 300 sites representing all 50 states were pre-selected from across the U.S. and entrants were able to vote daily for their favorite places. Criteria for the Top 100 included having a public body of water within driving distances of a major city good fishing opportunities and family-friendly amenities. With the newly introduced Spanish-language version of the survey instant-win prizes and mobile access to the voting process it s easy to see why this year s sweepstakes saw the highest number of votes. Nearly 35 000 different anglers and boaters cast nearly 650 000 votes to support their favorite fishing and boating locations. IS YOUR FAVORITE FISHING HOLE ON THIS LIST WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 13 According to the organization the Top 10 Places to Drop a Line in 2016 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Everglades National Park Florida Bahia Honda State Park Atlantic Ocean Florida Blue Springs State Park St. Johns River Florida Kissimmee State Park Lake Kissimmee Florida Clear Lake State Park Clear Lake California Brannon Island State Park Sacramento River California Dockweiler State Beach Santa Monica Bay California Hanging Rock State Park Hanging Rock Park Lake North Carolina Guntersville State Park Guntersville Lake Albama. Lake James State Park Lake James Albama. Other Interesting Facts Places in North Carolina and Alabama moved into the coveted Top 10 displacing Texas and Pennsylvania. In 2016 29 states are represented in the Top 100 four more states than in 2015. Florida and California are the only states to have placed in the Top 10 three years in a row The best way to enjoy fishing and boating is to find a special place to fish with family and friends so we re thrilled that so many people shared their favorite place to engage in this national pastime said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. With so many states represented in the Top 100 we re encouraging everyone to get out on the water and enjoy these family-friendly locations. It s a great way to enjoy conserve and restore our nation s aquatic natural resources. For the complete list of the Top 100 Places to Fish and Boat in the United States just click here https getmedia cbb280a3-6c5a-4ad4-9c06-d761cdca1b29 Top-100-list-for-website 14 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 15 MONSTER TROUT CAUGHT IN MAINE The quarry ponds near Vinalhaven Maine are about to become known as prime trout fishing territory as the word of Tim Kelley s fish tale starts making the rounds. Kelly who lives in Arkansas was visiting family members during the first week of June caught the largest rainbow trout ever caught in the state of Maine. According to a story aired on Portland television station WGME Kelly was not expecting this adventure to take on such epic proportions. I was here for the weekend I bought a cheap 25 Shakespeare ultralight trout rod from Walmart and a package of 5 Blue Fox rooster tail [lures] Kelley said. And I went out fishing. By the end of that June day the report notes that he d caught the fish of a lifetime and landed himself in the Maine record books with the largest rainbow trout ever caught in the state a monster that weighed 13 pounds 7 ounces and measured 32 1 2 inches long. The fish is more than five pounds larger than the previous record-holder an 8.42-pounder caught in the Kennebec River near Starks. Kelly was fishing from a rock perk on land when the fish hit and almost yanked his arm off I THOUGHT IT WAS A BASS 16 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The TV report continued. I had my drag set pretty low so I thought it was a big bass. There are bass in the pond Kelley said. But it made a couple of good runs where I said This is going to be a good one. It wasn t until it surfaced and then went on another run that my buddy that I was fishing with got a little excited. Eventually Kelley reeled the fish close to shore. At that point his pal Mike Seeley took action. He got in the water Kelley said. The fish was pretty tired and he tried to ease it into his arms. When that happened the line broke. Seeley asked Kelley to jump in the water with him in hopes that they could still land the fish which was lying exhausted in the shallows. When I got in I tried to reach for the fish and it took a couple of kicks and got loose Kelley said. But it was so tired that it took two good flaps of its tail out into the water went about five feet out and started rolling on its side a little bit. That s when I finished jumping all the way in he said. The fish went belly-up and I scooped him up in my arms and kind of bear-hugged him out. The bear-hug retrieval method worked and after looking at the fish any plans of eating it were put on the back burner. As might be expected a taxidermist was called. THERE S NO REASON A RAINBOW SHOULD BE THERE The WGME report tracked down Wes Ashe a fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Resources and he said the fish is undoubtedly a state record but said there s really no reason why a rainbow trout should be in a quarry pond on Vinalhaven. We do stock a few quarry ponds on the island but we only stock brook trout. The state has never stocked rainbows there. So it s likely a private stocking Ashe said. Some of those quarry ponds are deep and have water quality (i.e. cold water and oxygen) that is suitable for trout growth and survival. If fishing pressure is light it s possible for stocked rainbows to do very well. I would never have anticipated a rainbow to grow to 13-plus pounds in that environment but given the right water quality diet competition (or lack thereof) rainbows are hearty and can grow surprisingly large. Ashe said quarry ponds remain mysterious to him. They re mostly man-made he said and often have no inlet or outlet. And not much lives in them. I would imagine the number of fish species were originally very very limited like zero Ashe wrote. I think the only fish species that could have actually reached the vast majority of these ponds on their own were American eels. Eels are crazy critters capable of slithering across very long stretches of waterless terrain. But there is another way any number of fish might have arrived in the quarry ponds of Vinalhaven. Humans love to relocate fishes. It s not natural but it s in [their] nature to do so Ashe wrote. So many of these quarries now have more complex fish assemblages. In the quarry pond Tim [Kelley] visited we have confirmed just eel golden shiner and stocked brook trout. The state hasn t sampled this particular quarry since 1989 so the fish assemblage could be markedly different now. We may head out there this summer to sample. Moving fish to new waters often called bucket-stocking is not legal in Maine and biologists say the activity often causes problems in watersheds where it takes place. Don t try and tell Tim Kelley that there is any problem with his rainbow. In a few months that monster will likely be on the wall in his man-cave. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 17 THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WHAT S ONLINE THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THE OUTPOST RADIO THE OUTPOST ON-DEMAND PODCAST 19 HUNTERS URGE PROTECTION OF YEARLING WHITETAIL BUCKS In May the New York State Whitetail Management Coalition delivered over 6 000 letters to the Governor and state lawmakers in support of a statewide program to protect yearling bucks and better manage the state s deer population. Delivery of the letters came in the wake of the Department of Environmental Conservation s (DEC) decision to halt the expansion of its successful yearling buck management program. The New York coalition which represents nearly 10 000 hunters statewide feels the DEC s decision to halt the expansion of broader antler restrictions to better protect yearling bucks hurts New York s overall deer population the quality of deer hunting in New York and the state s hunting economy. The group is calling on DEC to stay the course expand yearling buck protection and honor results from a Cornell University commissioned by the DEC that supports the expansion of antler restrictions to protect yearling bucks. DEC s decision to halt the expansion of a proven progressive deer management policy is both troubling and perplexing said David Hartman President of the NYS Whitetail Management Coalition. We have been working with DEC and the last four administrations to slowly phase in progressive proven deer management policies 20 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM and laws that are good for the deer and hunters. DEC is ignoring their own findings and we hope that presenting the Governor with over 6 000 letters in support of yearling buck protection that maybe he will take a closer look at what DEC is doing and support the continuation of a progressive policy that he actually signed into law. In a press release the organization noted that New York has successfully protected yearling bucks by implementing three-point antler restrictions in some areas of the state including parts of Delaware Greene Sullivan Schoharie and Ulster counties. It noted that it is now time to institute a proper statewide yearling buck protection program. The DEC presented a yearling buck management plan that calls for expanded antler restrictions statewide to protect yearling bucks. The DEC ignored survey results from Cornell University and their original plan that supported broader antler restrictions statewide and instead is choosing to maintain the status quo. TWO STANDARDS IN THE STATE Currently New York State has two different standards for managing yearling bucks. The first being the old standard from 1912 that says you can shoot a buck with at least one three inch spike which is a yearling. The second standard is the progressive approach being used successfully in certain wildlife management areas of the state which requires a buck to have at least three or more one inch antler points on one side before it can be harvested which protects over eighty percent of yearling bucks from harvest. The Whitetail Management Coalition is advocating for a statewide approach that closely mirrors the second standard. From a healthier herd to meatier deer to better overall deer hunting the advantages of three-point antler restrictions to protect yearling bucks are numerous said John Rybinski President of the Central New York Quality Deer Management Association. Improved deer hunting in New York will have a positive impact on the economy by bringing in new tourism dollars. The state has spent over ten years studying this issue and the data is clear it is time for New York to adopt a proper statewide yearling buck protection program. DEC is reversing course on the administration s progressive approach and reverting back to a century-old and outdated method of deer management by keeping the threeinch antler spike regulation in place in most areas of the state. DEC s decision not only prevents New York from having a healthier more natural deer herd it is contrary to what a majority of New York hunters want. In addition it will only ensure that New York continues to rate as one of the worst states in the nation for deer hunting. The coalition notes that a major reason New York consistently rates as one of the worse states in the nation for deer hunting is that most of the bucks harvested more than 50% are immature yearling deer the equivalent of a twelve-year old boy. Neighboring states such as Vermont and Pennsylvania have broader antler restrictions statewide and rank higher than New York for deer hunting. The decision is perplexing because in an earlier Structured Decision Making report drafted by the DEC the agency actually agreed with the need for and recommended statewide antler restrictions continued Hartman. Instead the DEC has ignored its findings and issued a report that supports the status quo and rejected the need for changes even though antler restrictions for yearling buck protection have the support of prominent wildlife biologists the majority of NY hunters and has proven to be successful in New York and over twenty other states including Vermont and Pennsylvania. The three-inch antler spike law has been in place since the early 1900 s. This antiquated approach has allowed for the killing of far too many yearling bucks and produced an unhealthy deer population. New York s deer population is akin to having a society made up of a range of females from one to sixty-years old and a few males over the age of twelve. Broader antler restrictions are a sound scientific and progressive approach to yearling buck protection and deer management. It respects the natural balance of the deer population protects the hunter s rights and improves the overall quality of deer hunting concluded Hartman. It is our hope that the DEC will strongly reconsider its decision and do the right thing for New York s hunters deer herd and taxpayers. For more information on the New York State Whitetail Management Coalition visit their website at WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 21 22 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM COUNTRY GOES HUNTIN FOR THE 15TH TIME Two Valdosta Georgia natives Rhett Akins and Sam Klement know how to put on a show and plan a turkey hunt. Akins is an award-winning country singer songwriter and Klement is a Realtree hunting professional. They have been friends since childhood and for the 15th time have put on an annual shindig called Country Goes Hunting in the Wiregrass Area of southeast Alabama Northwest Florida and Southwest Georgia. This non-profit event pairs of some of the top Country artists songwriters with today s most popular outdoor television stars. In addition to chasing turkeys for three days each year this group prides themselves on raising dollars and awareness for some worthy charities. This year s beneficiary was the Exchange Center for Childhood Abuse & Prevention. Pam Miles the director of the organization said It is an honor to be chosen.. We are super excited about the revenue we will be generating from this year s event The CGH team donated three exclusive Chord Buddy Perry guitars that were dipped in the Realtree Extra colors and all the CGH celebrities signed and played these guitars on camera during a private camp house landowner s concert. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 23 THE OUTPOST COUNTRY GOES HUNTIN Over the years many well-known artists have joined in on the fun. Some of the prestigious CGH alumni on the Country side include Blake Shelton Gary Levoxx Dallas Davidson Double Barrel Daryle Singletary Bobby Pinson Craig Morgan Lowcash Andy Griggs Lorrie Morgan Neil Thrasher Billy Currington Colt Ford Josh Thompson Tyler Farr William Micheal Montgomery and more. One the Hunting side the list is equally as impressive Nate Hosie Michael Waddell Matt Morrett Eddie Salter Tim Knight Mike Wolfe former MLB All Star Ryan Klesko Ted Nugent Lee & Tiffany Lakowski Phillip Culpeper Nick Mundt Ricky Joe Bishop Travis T-Bone Turner and David Blanton. DOUBLE BARREL DARYLE SINGLETARY 24 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https watch v 7eEfNjMTh-4 This year we started to gather up on our CGH host property which we call the HOOCH (located in Early County on the banks of the Chattahoochee River) said Rhett Akins. We had terrible rain and high winds which meant tougher than normal conditions for chasing turkeys. The group managed to take a total of ten Eastern Turkeys on camera with a couple of misses (Editor s Note we won t mention who missed this year but as he sings the song I Ain t Never had too Much fun ) In addition to an always special Acoustic Jam session concert the CGH Team jumped on Double Barrel Daryle Singletary s appropriately wrapped with Turkeys & Realtree tour bus and traveled across the Chattahoochee river to Alabama for a friendly contest of night time sporting clays CGH Tournament at the prestigious Raven Wood Sporting clays course. The CGH team drew Turkey feathers to divide into two teams lead by Daryle & Rhett competing for some great prizes from their sponsors like Costa Del mar Sunglasses Muck Boots & Therma-Cell & Realtree Camo Graphics.. Team Singletary ended up winning the shoot- out in a nail biting tie breaker. I am humbled and amazed to think of all the artists and hunting pro s who have attended this special event over the years noted Klement. When you look at the fact that we have never sent out a single piece of paper invitation it s incredible. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 25 Like a good country song this event has grown the way all good things do...Organically stated eleven-time CGH alumni Andy Griggs. I look forward to this event each year. It s one of the Only times I get to see my buddies and Heck.. I don t need an excuse to chase turkeys in the spring When asked what the CGH team had in store for the 16th anniversary the group said they are considering taking this unique event to other cities and states. There is a designation in turkey hunting called The Grand Slam which means taking all the US subspecies of the Wild turkey i.e. Mariam Eastern Osceola and Rio Grande subspecies. 26 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM We have had offers from municipalities over the last 15 years to come to states like Texas Illinois & Florida to host our unique event noted Akins. Our CGH Board and Alumni are looking into the logistics & offers and I wouldn t be surprised if in the near future you may just have a CGH hunt concert in a venue near your backyard One thing is for sure. You can set your watch when the dogwoods start to bloom and the turkeys start gobbling. this unique group of country artists and hunting pro s will begin sending out texts asking each other what the plans are for the next CGH The CGH Team would also like to take the time to thank the countless volunteers landowners guides and sponsors like SEI Perry Guitars Realtree Muck Boots Waffle House Anheauser Bush Bob Woodalls AC & Therma-Cell GON & AON for all their years of support. If you would like to learn how you can bid on the CGH15 Realtree Autogtographed guitars that will be auctioned off. Visit or for more information. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 27 William Michael Morgan A Young Man Living His Dream One of the hottest young talents in country music is William Michael Morgan and if you ve turned on a radio there s a strong possibility that you ve heard his hit record I Met a Girl. Just 23 Morgan was born and reared in Vicksburg Mississippi and his roots are solidly planted in small-town America. As for his singing style some are comparing his rich baritone voice to another pretty fair country singer George Strait. To listen to I Met a Girl while reading this article just click on player below. As a part of The Outpost s special edition Country Goes Outdoors we wanted to talk to Morgan about his experiences in the great outdoors. But first what about that great song Just click the player on top of the the next page 28 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https watch v TUkL3nXVZXk The Outpost Did you ever in your wildest imagination think I Met a Girl would become the hit that it has become William Michael Morgan No I never did. Although I loved the song when the publishing company first sent it to me and knew the potential that the song had but since I ve dreamed about this my whole life and now it s happened it s really hard to believe honestly. Did you find the song or did the song find you One of my producers Jimmy Richey brought the song to us from Universal Sam Hunt s publishing company. When I first heard it I fell in love with it immediately. I saw that girl crossing the street with her baby blues biting her lip. I saw the whole picture of that. That s a great example of a great songwriter. Sam paints that picture and you can really see it. It was not hard to produce a music video on this one. Plus Warner Brothers is supporting the record and we really appreciate this. A lot of experts have noted that for a young man your singing style is distinctly old school. Did you listen to artists like George Strait when you were growing up in Mississippi Oh man. King George himself Of course I did. I know every George Strait song If I can t play the chords I can at least play it on the jukebox and sing along. I grew up listening to George Jones Merle Haggard Keith Whitley all rest in peace and as a young kid after school I would lock myself in my room and jam that music. It put me in the mind frame that I m in today. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 29 King George is a great example of a real artist. He put out great song after great song after great song and I look up to George a lot. How did you get into the music business I actually started coming to Nashville when I was 14 or 15 years old. I would spend the weekend with a couple of songwriter buddies of mine crashing on a couch here and there. I went in and built those relationships with some songwriters and they were so gracious to take me around and introduce me to a lot of people in the industry. I ended up meeting my management team Mike Taliaferro and Joe Carter and they took me over to Warner Brothers and here we are. We re at home over there. I owe a lot to my parents who let a little snotnosed kid sing some cheatin songs and heartbreak n drinkin songs. They had to be strong for that Let s talk about hunting and fishing. Anyone who comes from Vicksburg Mississippi probably knows his way around the woods. When did you discover the great outdoors I was always on the go as a youngster trying to pursue this career but of course I got the opportunity to hunt and fish around my hometown. In fact I just got back from a fishing tournament fishing with the Lucky Strike lures folks on Beaver Lake in Arkansas. I ended up in the top ten right next to Jimmy Houston. Who taught you how to fish and hunt My mom and dad took me out one day. I caught a fish and fishing caught me. It has been in my blood ever since. I was actually on Kentucky Lake which is about an hour from my house in Nashville on Memorial Day. I did a little fishing swimming and soaking up some sun. It s good for the soul to get out on the water. 30 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM What is it about a country artist that has them attracted to the outdoors It s just being a good ol country boy or girl. It s in our blood. You ve got a little country girl yourself. Her name is Presley. When is she going to be joining dad on the water I sure do She s just two months old now so she s got a little ways to go. However trust me I m chomping at the bit to get her out there coming to some shows and every little thing we can do with her. I love her so much. She got me wrapped around her little finger. So now with I sing the song I Met a Girl I m dedicating it to my daughter. You were involved in Country Goes Hunting. How was that I was indeed. Bobby Pinson and Rhett Akins invited me to come down there and I ended up meeting a new friend of mine Daryl Singletary. It s a really fun trip. We got to meet some cool people and did some networking with some people in the outdoor sports industry. I m so appreciative of these types of opportunities. I get to meet these great people and eat this great food and experience a lot of different people. William Michael Morgan is a young man who is living his dream today. While things might not always be as perfect as they are now his parents and advisers have helped him build a strong foundation and he has all the appearance of an artist who will be around for a long long time. __________________________ ____________ If you would like to hear the complete interview with William Michael Morgan click here pod_popup1608.html for the Outpost OnDemand podcast. RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS The Outpost Radio is the first radio station dedicated to hunting fishing and the great outdoors. You can hear us on your smartphone desktop or tablet...just about anywhere. The Outpost Radio is a mix of great music and information that celebrates the outdoors Give us a listen. Click on The Outpost logo below to listen now WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 31 This Country Boy Can Survive A brief conversation with Hank Williams Jr 32 Randall Hank Williams first stepped on to the stage to sing in 1964 he was eight years old and the son of arguably to most famous country singer in history Hank Williams. This might be the toughest act to follow in the history of music but he did it and he did it his way. Now 52 years later Hank Jr. has weathered the storm caused by his outspoken political views and has recorded a new set of songs It s About Time - which is introducing this tougher-than-leather artist to entirely new audience. The new record s a hit but Bocephus is completely nonchalant about the whole damn thang. When you look up the word laconic in the dictionary there is a picture of Hank Williams Jr. smiling back at you. Instead of talking download numbers record charts and concert gate receipts he would rather talk about his latest bear hunting trip to Montana. Fortunately for us that s what we wanted to talk about too. OUTPOST When did you first start hunting and fishing and who introduced these activities to you HANK WILLIAMS JR I started at a very young age. I remember granddaddy taking me out squirrel hunting and fishing in the pond. I think that is why today it is still a big part of what I do and who I am. Since you have kids of your own did you introduce hunting and fishing to them What types of outdoor activities do they enjoy doing Of course I took all of my children out hunting and fishing. From elk to bear to crappie and walleye we have hunted and fished about almost everything there is. I still love it while as Holly and Hilary got older they kinda weren t interested in it as much but now Katie Williams and Sam Williams are still into it BIG time I just got back from bear hunting in Montana last week with them. The words to your song Country Boys Can Survive have pretty much become an anthem to the outdoor community... You can t starve us out and you can t make us run. Cause we re them old boys raised on shotguns. Do you think most people could survive in the wilderness if it came to that How about you Could you Are you shitting me Of course I could. What type of hunting and fishing do you enjoy doing Let me tell you something I only do about 25 shows a year. Not because I have to but because I want to. I am not like these 20-something year olds working the road 200 days a year I did that years ago. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 33 34 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https watch v Hk_lZsop3O8&list PLEfNAYmI_Y1OqFokNqnBAoF3lrfi_g17r&index 1 Now I choose to do shows when I want to and for who I want to and that is all predicated around the hunting and fishing schedule. So you name it and I am out hunting it. Your latest record It s About Time has taken off like a rocket. After all these years in the music business does the success of this group of tunes surprise you Yes and No. - You know I am with a great record company and work with a guy named Scott Borchetta. He really has his finger on the pulse of what is going on out there. My daughter always tells me Well dad everyone is stealing all the new music out there anyways. People don t buy records anymore. So when I was approached about making a new album and for Big Machine Nash Icon Records I wasn t too sure if I wanted to do it or not. Then my manager Ken said why not That made all the sense in the world. So having a good team around me and having a great record company equals having a successful album launch and selling records. And we have done both What is it about this album that YOU like the best It could be favorite songs or favorite part of the recording process. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 35 Well making this record was pretty easy for me. I wrote some of the songs and the producer brought me the others. Making albums is like riding a bicycle once you have done it a few times you kinda know what to do. What s next for Hank Jr More touring Another record Producing other artists Hunting Fishing Playing some shows and doing whatever I want really. Finally it seems like many country artists enjoy hunting and fishing. Why do you think country pickers like to fish and hunt It s the country thing to do BROOKS KIX IT UP A NOTCH After 20 years of being one-half of the country music duo of Brooks & Dunn Kix Brooks decided that being a successful song-writer performer and actor was not enough. Instead of slowing down this Louisiana native hit another higher gear. For the past ten years he has hosted the nationally syndicated weekly country radio show American Country Countdown and now has a daily radio show airing in 150 markets. He s built an extremely successful vinery just outside Nashville. He s joined his son in the production of movies while continuing his acting career. He s back on stage in Las Vegas with his friends Ronnie Dunn and Reba McIntire. Through it all Kix Brooks continues to be an enthusiastic hunter angler and steward to the great outdoors and in spite of a schedule that would kill a younger man finds time to get outside regularly. His long-time friend and former producer Tim Howard of the Outpost Radio caught up with Kix and talked about all of the things he s doing in his free time. 36 Outpost What s this we hear about a Brooks & Dunn and Reba McIntire show in Las Vegas KIX BROOKS Yes it s really different. Instead of us jumping on a bus every night and going to the next show we re going to have people coming to see us. It s a real honor and it s a fun tradeoff. I think everyone is enjoying being in Vegas. It s a great theater we ve got a great band and we ve been having fun. I don t even know how long we re going to be out there anymore. We do shows on Tuesdays Fridays and Saturdays. We ll be there at the end of July and again in December during the rodeo finals. Ronnie and I ended our touring (of 14 years) in the Elvis room at the Hilton and we ve always loved playing in Vegas especially during the rodeo finals. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 37 It s so cowboy and we really take that town over I had never performed there in July and it s hot but the fans are just rockin in the summer time in Vegas. Everybody s on vacation and in a great mood. We will probably have some dates out there in 2017 so we could be rocking that place for some time. I assume that s helping your golf game out a little I retired some time ago but I think my golf game is about as good as it s gonna get It doesn t really matter how often I play or practice. However the golf out there is great and I m taking full advantage of it. When we first met about ten years ago you were just starting a little enterprise on a hill outside Nashville and you started a vineyard. Here it is ten years later. What s going on with the vineyard It has just gone crazy We re just having so much fun. We ve gone from having a little tasting bar on the hill and in the first couple of years we sold about 2 000 cases which we were very excited about. This year we ll probably sell close to 23 000 cases and most of that goes out the front door. On the weekend there will be 1 500 to 2 000 people out there and we ve tricked out a big Tennessee barn where we have bluegrass bands playing. We also have picnic tables and great food and wine tasting. Up on the hill we have more of a Napa experience. We have a big tasting lodge up there tasting rooms tours and jazz bands playing up there. You can just wander back and forth between the two areas and get a great wine experience. If someone wants to join us they can Google Kix Brooks and Wine to get directions. Or they can search for Arrington which is the name of the little town we re in. It s close to Franklin Tennessee about 35 or 40 minutes south of Nashville. I noticed where you and your son are getting into the movie industry. Is that right We re not getting into it. We re big-time in to it We made a couple of different movies together. We ve actually just finished filming a new movie entitled You re Gonna Miss Me starring John Schneider. It comes out in August but we re done filming and finishing up with the songs and the score. 38 I play a part in the movie. I play crazy uncle Wilmer John plays a country music star who dies and has two sons who are kind of wild bucks. They hate him and hate each other and when it comes to the reading of the will they find that in order to get their inheritance they have to make a cross-country motorcycle to visit a bunch of their crazy relatives that they ve never met. A lot of other things happen in between this basic plot. We ve got three or four other projects in the works. My son Eric studied film and English at Vanderbilt and he s twenty-eight years old now he s a writing little sucker and we ve had a lot of fun doing this together. About ten years ago you became the host of American Country Countdown and since that time it has grown into a monster. You got awards show associated with this show and you ve branched out into other roles in radio. Thanks for teaching me about radio Tim. You were my first producer and I learned a lot. We have managed to keep this show on the air. I was really bad back then and after ten years I m starting to get a little confidence and enjoy the experience a little more. We just had the Second American Country Countdown Awards and had a great cast of artists on the show. I m also doing another over-night show called Kickin it With Kix. It s on seven days a week in about 150 markets. So we re rocking along. I can t believe ten years later their still letting me talk on the radio. Another area where you have shown great passion is a love for the great outdoors. You ve done great habitat improvements on your property in Tennessee for deer turkey and other game but you also own some family land in Louisiana. You ve made great wild game habitat improvements on this land as well. What can someone who might have a large piece of land do to improve it for hunting and fishing WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 39 Our family has owned that property since 1807 and when my father passed away he left his piece to me and my brother who also loves to hunt. We ve had a great time with this land. I m not really a farmer even though we lease out a few hundred acres for farming. I was really concerned that my kids one of whom is in LA and one in New York keep this property in our family for generations to come. They both enjoy the outdoors but they don t know anything about farming. So I thought it might be better to just work on wildlife conservation with this land and make it easier to pass down from one generation to another. Farming is a real business and it takes experience to make it work. God bless the families that have continued to dedicate their lives to the family farm. I love wildlife in general and I do like to hunt. However I get just as much satisfaction by going out with my binoculars and just seeing what s moving and what s going on. In Louisiana that s plenty What can someone do Well it depends on what part of the country they live in. One of the joys of the Internet is that you can always find someone in your area who has a similar situation to yours and you can talk to them about whatever project you might have in mind. For me I really wanted to build a duck habitat and Ducks Unlimited was very helpful. There are quite a few government programs to help someone who might want to turn farmland into wildlife habitat. They will help with funds to help you develop those things. But more importantly they put you with experts in your area to help you out. For example I have damned up little creeks that were once used for cotton farming and since we have wells out there I have the luxury of filling my ponds out of the ground and it s pretty easy to regulate water levels. Duck Unlimited helped me understand the right food for ducks and with some of the programs come information for deer plots which are all a part of that conservation program. In between these ponds we have plots. Depending on your area the conservation groups can help you with different kinds of clover for deer food. I have done all of these things and it s really fun to get on a four-wheeler and just cruise around. There is everything you can imagine moving The only animals we really hate are the beaver because they can screw up everything you ve done in a hurry You ve had the pleasure of seeing some great improvements on this land. Yes. It s like the winery. Over ten years lots of things can come about. We planted some cypress trees when we first started back when these were just pasture lands. Now you drive back there and there are woods It s been twenty years since my dad and I worked on this property and a lot can happen in that amount of time. Because of this work instead of having some ponds out in a cow pasture the cypress trees are happening and you have woods surrounding the ponds. This allows habitat for wood ducks mallards and all other migratory birds flying into the green timber. We now have our own habitat for ducks and deer and the bears have even started moving in. With your schedule you probably don t have much time to hunt and fish. Have you had any cool trips or have plans for some Absolutely I got a couple of spring turkeys this year. I have never turkey hunted in Louisiana but In Tennessee we have so many turkeys there was a time when you could take six turkeys a day. The population is down a little so you can t take that many. 40 Wildlife populations come in waves. Take (whitetail) deer for example. There are so many of them they become pests. A lot of people don t understand the benefits of licensed hunting to maintain a manageable population of wildlife. They don t realize that if it weren t for hunters and wildlife enthusiasts you wouldn t have any wildlife. People want to enjoy wildlife but sometimes they don t understand what it takes to (1) be a responsible hunter and (2) how important the regulations and licensing is to the goal of wildlife preservation. Hunters pay for all of these (conservation) programs. This allows those of us who are responsible hunters to have the amount of wildlife we need and ensure that we are not overrun by too many of a given species for example having deer starving to death or running around in residential area being hit by cars. Reading complaints online about hunters killing wildlife make the responsible hunters mad because they know how difficult it is to maintain a healthy population and habitat. Groups like Ducks Unlimited rely on hunters to finance the conservation program they support. You got a couple of turkeys. How was deer season It was good this year. I have a lot of deer on my property and have taken some big bucks over the year. However this is not as important to me as it once was. I still love to cook venison so I make sure I have a deer in the freezer every year. Basically I will track my property in the fall to get an idea of what kind of deer I have where they are and how they travel. If I m taking one for the freezer I m looking for that ugly one with the crooked spike to harvest. My big pretty bucks I let walk. I m just a meat-eater as far as venison goes but I love being out in the woods and deer hunt. I m a bow hunter only and again if you re a bow hunter you have to be responsible. You don t want to wound a deer. When I stick one I m in a good spot at fairly close range and I feel confident that s he is going down. There s even more conversation with Kix Brooks. For the complete interview click here for the Outpost OnDemand podcast pod_popup1607.html 41 PA R M A L E E COUNTRY SUPER GROUP 42 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM SMALL TOWN BOYS MAKING IT BIG IN TWANG TOWN WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 43 The mega-stars of country music might all end up in Nashville but they usually start out in small town America. Such is the case with the smokin hot group Parmalee. Hailing from Parmele North Carolina (population 276) this platinum-selling group is one of only three groups since 2001 to earn three Top 10 singles from the debut country album. Their smash Carolina was a multi-week 1 hit on country radio and is the longest-climbing single by a duo or group in the 24-year history of the Billboard Magazine Country Airplay Chart To state the obvious these boys know how to sell some records and downloads. They also know how to have some fun when they are on the road which is pretty much constantly. One way they break up the monotony is by bringing along their fishing gear and wetting a line every once in a while. The lead singer of the group Matt Thomas recently called in to the Outpost and shared some tips on music and fishing. 44 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM You ve got a family band here don t you Matt Matt Thomas Yeah pretty much. Our group is made up of my brother Scott who plays guitar and drums our cousin Barry Knox who plays bass our best friend from back home Josh McSwain who plays guitar and myself. We ve stuck together since the beginning. We have the same guys on stage every night and we ve very thankful to keep plugging along. Tell us about the name of the band. Scott Barry and I grew up in Martin county North Carolina and Parmele is a little town there. One of my father s friends had a house in town with a tin-roof barn which we called Studio B and this is where we rehearsed in the beginning. We paid 50 a month rent. When we were looking for names for the band we decided to name it after the town because there wasn t much happening in Parmele but us We had to change the spelling of the town a little so that someone might have a better chance of pronouncing it correctly. People are starting to discover the town now and that s pretty cool. Let s talk a little about your amazing debut album. Did you ever think that Carolina was going to be such a huge record We wrote Carolina in 2007 and so we had worked on the song a long time before we got to Nashville. When we recorded it we knew we had found our sound but we had no idea it would lead to all of this. You always dream of this type of thing but you just don t know what s going to happen. We had so many ups and downs. It s amazing and we re so thankful for it. The band has more than 288 000 followers on Facebook. Has that explosion in social media changed the music business as much as it seems Completely. It has completely changed from when we first started. It s great but it s a whole other job to do every day. It s just as important as merchandising and the imaging. Social media is a big part of being an artist these days. That s how people keep in touch with you now. There are people on our team who keep track of the media but we (the band) are in charge of getting the photographs and posting news from the road. We just have to stay on top of it. The record label does things like the contests and that sort of thing. Parmalee had a big single drop on May 2nd entitled Roots. Tell us about that song. Roots is about all of the things that make you who you are and you can never outrun your roots. No matter how many times you move or where you are at a given time your roots are going to be an important part of you. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 45 Take us. We moved some a small town in North Carolina to Nashville which is a city for us. It s a country city but it s still a big change for us. People in the music business say that an artist or group has an entire lifetime to cut that first album and about a week and a half to finish the second. You had so many singles on the first album that it s taken a while to get the second one. Yes. While it s great to see the song make their way up but it frustrating to wait a year for all of them to get up the charts. We always say slow and steady over no and steady. The good thing about this is that it has given us time to write a lot of new material. We ve been working on new stuff constantly and are about to wrap up a new album. We ve been playing these new tunes at the shows and Roots is a little sneak peek at what the rest of the album will hold. What s the story on Roots One of my good friends is the co-writer on this song and it was passed on to another good friend. We are constantly being pitched on songs. In Nashville there are hundreds of people writing songs every day and when you find one that speaks to you and touches you like Roots did it s rare. When I first heard the song every line in the song spoke to me. I knew from the moment I heard it that I needed to sing on it. It hit me pretty hard and I felt like if it did that to me it might hit everyone else that way. Growing up in a small town usually means a boy or girl is at home in the great outdoors. Do you guys hunt and fish Absolutely. Not as much as we would like to we are always looking for the chance. Scott is more of a hunter and Barry and I like fishing. We re outside whenever we can get there. I think I ve had one job working in a bar that was actually an inside job. I ve worked outdoors my whole life We have fishing gear on the bus and we ll fish anywhere we can. Google Earth is great indicator for locating potential fishing holes. A lot of time when you playing in the smaller towns we just ask someone on the crew where a good place to fish might be. Everybody s eager to help. Unfortunately we were just in Iowa and we went to a little park in Twin Falls and I had bought this really nice bait-casting telescoping rod and reel and when I was looking for it today I can t find it. I don t know what happened to it but I can t find it. It s gone. We have all the rods and reels in a drawer on the bus. 46 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Roots https watch v MXWmzvhTJ5s When we re on the road my free time is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and that s not really a prime fishing time. But they say any time you get out there is prime time. Yeah. That s right. We were at the Daytona 500 concert a few weeks ago and about 30 minutes before we had to leave I found out that there is a huge lake in the middle of the infield of the track where guys were catching five-pound bass. For this special issue of the Outpost we ve been talking to a few country artists and every one of you guys hunt and fish. What is it about the country music family that encourages these outdoor activities Is it that most artists grew up in a rural area Absolutely. That s what we all have in common. We all come from small towns or rural areas. All of the songwriters and up-and-coming artists that I run into here all grew up in small towns. Hunting and fishing is how we grew up. That s how a lot of people get to be buddies. If you would like to listen to the complete interview with Matt Thomas lead singer of the group Parmalee click here for the Outpost OnDemand podcast pod_popup1610.html WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 47 JACK UNRUH 1936 2016 Jack Unruh an internationally recognized illustrator of wildlife flora and fauna a passionate outdoor sportsman a loving father and husband and friend of The Outpost recently lost his battle to esophageal cancer which had been diagnosed less than three months ago. He was 80 years young. As a memorial to this incredible artist and man we are re-publishing a piece we produced for an early issue of The Outpost Magazine. As was his style Jack was gracious in allowing us into his studio near White Rock Lake in Dallas for a morning interview and photo session for this cover story. The world has lost a fine man. He will be missed by everyone he touched. 48 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 49 EVEN IF YOU DON T KNOW JACK ABOUT ART... A conversation with outdoorsman and illustrator Jack Unruh In a time when most illustrators have more computer equipment than drawing pens and illustration boards Jack Unruh is decidedly older-school. Sure he has a computer and the internet but they re not used for creating his art. That s done with his uncanny visual acuity and highly skilled fingers gripping a drawing pen. He s also an avid and savvy outdoorsman who has hunted and fished around the world making him an interesting subject for The Outpost. Every line and every brushstroke of all of his thousands of meticulously created illustrations are done by hand at his drawing table (yup he has one of those too) sitting by the window in his Dallas studio. Unruh who is 78 years old but looks about 20 years younger has been illustrating magazine articles annual reports advertising layouts - just about any medium that requires a unique look for more than 50 years. He has completed illustration projects for Entertainment Weekly Rolling Stone Atlantic Monthly Time Sports Illustrated Reader s Digest National Geographic Sports Afield Field & Stream GQ Road & Track and Texas Monthly just to mention a few. He has also completed annual reports and advertising campaigns for Citicorp Exxon Mobil Budweiser American Airlines Remington Firearms Georgia Pacific Transamerica Halliburton Sony United Technologies and hundreds more. 50 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Along the way Unruh has gained a reputation as an outstanding wildlife illustrator. His illustrations are featured in one of the best hunting and fishing books ever printed The Sportsman s Guide to Texas. To say that Jack s style is somewhat unique is like saying west Texas mourning doves fly pretty fast on opening day. If you ve seen an outdoor sports magazine travel magazine or consumer magazine that has some Unruh illustrations you ll recognize them immediately. His style is like no other artist. He graciously allowed The Outpost to visit his comfortable studio near White Rock Lake in East Dallas and to let us chat with him about hunting fishing and art. As one might expect Jack Unruh s work place is packed with an eclectic collection of books photos of hunting and fishing trips pencils pens paint brushes illustrations-in-process a box of shells for a 357 Magnum fly fishing reels lures and an ancient shotgun hanging above his well-worn drawing table. Just the usual tools of the illustration trade. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 51 JACK UNRUH A conversation with outdoorsman and illustrator TO Where s your favorite place to hunt or fish Unruh (laughing) Wherever most people aren t TO And where would that be Unruh I really like to fish in Wyoming and in fact I went in on horseback to fish the Wind River recently. I enjoy hunting upland birds anywhere there are wide open spaces especially Rotan Texas. I hunt in Kansas for quail and pheasant and I like to go to North and South Dakota for pheasant hunting. I used to deer hunt more than I do now but it s hard to go wrong packing into the mountains of Colorado or Wyoming for bigger game. TO Since you have been so successful in the advertising business some people might not know how prolific you have been as a wildlife illustrator... Unruh Well I m not really a wildlife illustrator. I love to cook but I m not a chef. TO OK. Fair enough. You have however created some stunning wildlife illustrations. So when did you start illustrating birds fish deer and the rest of the critters that adorn the outdoor books and magazines that you ve worked for Unruh Over the years I ve been pretty successful illustrating annual reports for large companies and sometimes these companies oil companies especially wanted illustrations of their pump jacks oil drilling rigs pipe and so forth. These are not exactly the most interesting things in the world to draw. If you ve seen one pump-jack you ve pretty much seen em all. So in order to make these illustrations more interesting I started adding wildlife such as a covey of quail here a whitetail deer or a javelin there to the illustrations. Some of the people who saw these drawings of wildlife started asking for more of them and pretty soon the word got out to magazines such as Sports Afield Field & Stream and even National Geographic that I could draw these birds animals and fish and I started getting commissions to illustrate outdoor sports articles. TO So what s your favorite animal or bird to illustrate Unruh Actually my favorite wildlife to draw is fish. They re so interesting. I love the colors and detail of fish. For me to really nail an illustration I need to be close (literally) to the subject and I can do this easier with fish than say a whitetail buck. Big animals are tougher to draw. I also enjoy drawing waterfowl for some of the same reasons. 52 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TO How old were you when you first started fishing and hunting Unruh My dad was an Air Force pilot so we lived in a bunch of places including Utah. I started hunting (if you could call it that) there when I was about 11. My mom would take me out past Hall Air Force base with my gun and I would shoot until I ran out of shells. My first fishing trips were on Strawberry Creek trying to catch trout. TO What has been some of your most interesting assignments Unruh Once I was commissioned to illustrate every brewery in Mexico. That was a fun one. National Geographic sent me to the Pyrenees in France crawling through caves as research for an article on Paleolithic man. I got to go on a 7-day float on the Kanektok River in Alaska and illustrate the trip for Sports Afield. That was a blast. Great fishing TO Who are your favorite wildlife artists Unruh Man There are so many good ones. I really like Bob Kuhn Thomas Aquinas Daly and Francis Lee Jacques. TO You illustrated one of my favorite books by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda called Art of Birds. What was that experience like Unruh It was great. I got the assignment from the University of Texas Press and the book was published in 1985. Neruda was such a visual poet it made the book fun to illustrate. I also got some fishing in while I was in Chile since the translator for the book had a place down there. This last comment is vintage Unruh. He often manages to work in some fishing and hunting in his illustration work and this keeps it fun. This delight is evident in his art. Jack Unruh whose website is easy to remember is clearly doing exactly what he was put on this earth to do and he is obviously having the time of his life. He s gracious smart witty and doesn t take himself too seriously. He s the kind of guy you would enjoy talking to while walking over miles of South Dakota corn stubble hunting pheasant. He s also a brilliant artist with an uncanny eye for detail. For those of us who love the outdoors Jack has given us a view of nature that we seldom see. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 53 One of the Stars of Swamp People Has a Lot of Things Cooking 54 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HERE S SOME LOUISIANA CONVERSATION WITH BRUCE MITCHELL Reality TV stars find themselves in a situation that would have the late media theorist Marshall McLuhan scratching his head. Are they real people who happen to be funny or interesting and on TV or are they stars and therefore decidedly NOT real people Yes. It s a conundrum wrapped in an enigma. While we contemplate this dilemma Bruce Mitchell of Hammond Louisiana is happy to quietly cash those checks from The History Channel because he s an honest-to-goodness reality TV star. He s a member of the TV ensemble known by millions as Swamp People Swamp People is an American reality series that was first broadcast on the History Channel on August 22 2010. The show follows the day-to-day activities of some colorful Louisiana natives living in the swamps of the Atchafalaya River Basin who hunt American alligators for a living. So far so good What makes this group so fascinating to watch Why would anyone in their right mind hunt alligators for a living How do you and I get such a cool job Recently the Outpost talked with Bruce Mitchell about what it s like to be a Swamp person. There s some good news for the cast and fans of Swamp People. The History Channel was set to cancel the series but has decided to add at least one more season. BRUCE MITCHELL What happened was that all the fans kept calling to the History Channel. So they just kind of changed their minds. They ve got a good thing going and they re going to keep it going. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 55 56 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM What do you think accounts for the popularity of Swamp People Well it s not really scripted. It s real people. The viewers like to see what we do. We go out on the swamp and the follow-boats film what we do. The people just like it. They like our cooking the way we catch gators and just everything we do. How did you get involved in Swamp People in the first place I turned them down about three times (laughing) We were just so busy that I didn t know if I had time to do the show. I just didn t want to fool with it really. They kept calling back and calling back and then they told me it was on the History Channel and that s about the only channel I ever watch. So I just hooked up with it. Where did the original idea for Swamp People come from It started out to be a two-hour documentary. Once they got the first week s tapes in it all changed. From there on it just went crazy. Have you ever been exposed to real danger on the show It happens every day. You got that gator on the end of the line and he just wants to eat you. He wants to take you out but you have to take him out first. I don t really find it scary. I guess it depends on what you re raised with. If you re raised with gators it s not that bad. I ve seen people walk through a herd of cows and most people would be terrified to do this. I ve seen people scared to death of chickens or lizards or frogs. It s just what you re used to. You take me into the swamp and I take off walking and I m good. You bring me into the city and then I m scared because I m out of my element. How long is alligator season in Louisiana It s about 30 days. You released a cookbook a couple of years ago. What do you have going on these days We re making another cookbook. It s all about outdoor cooking with Dutch ovens and using charcoal for heat. It takes a good while to do a recipe book. I m used to just putting stuff in a pot and going with it. That looks about right...this looks about right. You can t use the word about when you re writing a cookbook. It has to be exact. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 57 58 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 59 60 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM It s taking us a little while to do it because we have to measure everything and if I add a little something we have to measure that just to get it right. Do you have a favorite recipe I can t say I have a favorite recipe. We like to eat (laughing) That includes just about anything. We do a lot of cooking down here. The culture of Louisiana is on display for better or worse in your show. Do you think it accurately represents to the culture of the state Definitely. The thing is the culture changes a little every 10 or 15 miles. It s all a little different depending on which part of the state you re in. The food will be a little different because it s cooked a little bit differently. It s funny how it is. You probably know the fish species of sac au lait Well that fish species has about 10 different names around here...white perch spec sac au lait crappie. I had a friend from Mississippi who wanted to come down here to go crappie fishing. I said I don t even know if we have any crappie. Then he said sac au lait and I said oh yeah. I know what that is What kind of email or mail do you get as a cast member of Swamp People We get all kinds of crazy things. Everybody wants to come alligator hunting with us. I probably get 10 to 15 requests each day. We have a website and we re on Facebook. I think I ve got 251 000 fans on Facebook. No one does my Facebook page but me and my daughter and that s the way I m going to keep it. The people seem to like it. I get on Facebook every week when the show s on and I talk to all the fans. They like the fact that I get on there and talk with them. Do you do a lot of outdoor sports shows or other events I do a lot of meet-and-greets for people like Cabela s Bass Pro Gander Mountain and any kind of hunting expos. We do the SHOT show every year. We take pictures and sign autographs and have a lot of fun. We do a lot of charity work and help where we can. Bruce Mitchell is the real deal and he s part of the reason Swamp People has been such a successful show. If you would like to hear the entire interview with Bruce click here for the Outpost OnDemand podcast pod_popup1609.html WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 61 THE OUTPOST RECIPES LOW COUNTRY BOIL The middle of the summer is a perfect time to eat outside so long as the sun has started to go down and there s nothing better than a Low Country Boil for summertime chow. Preparation of this delicious meal has the appearance of throwing a bunch of good things into one pot corn on the cob shrimp sausage red potatoes and seasonings turning on a steady heat draining off anything that s not edible and digging in. However there is a little more to putting together a Low Country Boil. First of all a little geography lesson is in order. The Low Country is generally considered to be South Carolina and Northeastern Georgia and this dish originated from this area. Reference books on the history of various cuisines note that the origins of the Low Country Boil go back to a popular dish of the Gullah Geechee people of the Sea Islands which run along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. African slaves brought along the cooking influences from their homeland and this was mixed with the Spanish and French cooking influences. At one time or another the Low Country Boil has also been known as Frogmore Stew Beaufort Stew (named after Beaufort South Carolina) and Beaufort boil. This very old recipe was revived and made famous by South Carolinian Richard Gay in the 1960 s. There are many variations on the ingredients and preparation for Low Country Boil but here s one quick and easy way to make it. Low Country Boil Prep Time About 30 minutes Cook Time About 40 minutes Serves 6 hungry adults Ingredients Crab boil 2 teaspoons per quart of water 12 red new potatoes 6 (4-inch) smoked sausage link sausage 6 ears corn 3 pounds fresh shrimp unpeeled Directions Fill a large pot with enough water to cover all of the ingredients. Add the crab boil and bring to a boil. Adjust the crab boil to suit your taste. When the water boils add the potatoes and sausage. Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. Add corn and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for no more than 3 minutes. - Drain and serve with warm bread. 62 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM HOLY MACKEREL THESE TASTE GOOD Now that you have caught some Kingfish here are some ways to show off that catch. If you have some other ways to prepare this highly flavorful fish send them our way GRILLED KING FISH Fishing guides are great at coming up with delicious and simple to prepare recipes for seafood. Here s one of them for King Mackerel. Ingredients 2 pounds whole kingfish gutted and washed 2 cups Italian-style salad dressing Time to Prepare 10 minutes Time to Cook 20 minutes Time to Marinate About 3 days Directions 1. Cover fish with water refrigerate and let stand for 2 days. Change water every six hours. 2. Two to twelve hours before fish is to be cooked drain water and cover fish with salad dressing. 3. Heat a grill to medium heat. Remove fish from marinade and place skin side down on grill. Cook until meat is tender and flaky about 20 minutes. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 63 1 egg white seasoned bread crumbs (fine) non-stick cooking spray 1 tablespoon Bertolli olive oil Rainbow Trout fillets fresh lemon juice or REALEMON juice BROILED RAINBOW TROUT Preheat broiler. Dip Trout fillets in egg white and then coat with seasoned bread crumbs. Spray pan with cooking spray and add olive oil. Once oil is hot turn heat down to moderate temperature and add fillets and saute on each side until crumbs are brown (approx. 5-6 minutes). Resist the urge to turn over the fillets prematurely or the coating will come off Transfer fillets to a broiler pan and broil for 5-8 minutes or until slightly brown and the fish flakes easily. Transfer to a dinner plate add a squeeze of lemon and enjoy with Uncle Ben s Broccoli Rice Au Gratin and PictSweet frozen broccoli spears or fresh steamed broccoli. EASY BLACKENED WALLEYE Ingredients 4 walleye fillets cup butter melted 1 tbsp garlic powder 1 tsp cayenne pepper tsp salt tsp fresh ground pepper 2 tbsp Dizzy Gourmet Viva Caliente SeasoningTM Fresh lemon halved Method In a plastic bag add the melted butter garlic powder cayenne pepper salt pepper and Viva Caliente Seasoning. Add the fish and marinate while preparing the grill. Set the EGG for direct cooking at 400 F 204 C with a Cast Iron Cooking Grid flat side up. Place the walleye on the grid and grill for 4 minutes per side. Squeeze lemon juice on the fillets and serve. 64 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM ING COMBO AYS A WINN ALW PARTIES & Made with 100% Real Cheese AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT STYLE 1.00 COUPON CLICK HERE VEC TOR B U T TON S. COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 65 THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WHAT S ONLINE THE OUTPOST MAGAZINE THE OUTPOST RADIO THE OUTPOST ON-DEMAND PODCAST 66 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM A FREE APP TO KEEP TRACK OF FISHING REGS Recreational fishermen throughout the United States can now keep track of saltwater fishing regulations by simply checking their smartphone. The free app called Fish Rules provides images of various species for identification and lets fishermen know in real time if a fish is in season at their location how many they can keep minimum size bag and vessel limit and more. The app was developed by Albrey Arrington a recreational fisherman in Jupiter Florida to help himself and his friends understand recreational saltwater fisheries regulations when they were out on the water fishing in the Southeast. The app uses a smartphone s GPS and calendar to show what state or federal regulations apply to a fishing location on a specific day making compliance with fishing regulations easy. Fish Rules Makes it Easy to Comply People often don t know the regulations and are unaware of changes made year to year or about areas closed for spawning during specific time periods. It can be hard to keep up and understand the regulations especially if you fish at different locations said Scott Steinback an economist in the Social Sciences Branch at NOAA s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole Mass. 67 Fish Rules makes it easy to comply because recreational fishermen have the most information at their fingertips in a format that is easy to use and understand. According to press materials about the new app Steinback is an avid saltwater recreational fisherman who was looking for an app about recreational fishing regulations and came across Fish Rules almost two years ago. His initial interest was work-related he wanted to improve the predictive ability of a model that he helped develop of Gulf of Maine cod and haddock. The model wasn t capturing recreational fishing mortality quite right a factor Steinback thought could be due to inadvertent non-compliance with the regulations. After finding Fish Rules online Steinback contacted Arrington who has a Ph.D. in ecology and population biology and is currently executive director of the Loxahatchee River Environmental Control District in Florida. The app which Arrington co-developed in 2011 with Rick Blalock an app architect and fishing buddy initially covered state and federal waters from Texas to North Carolina. Fishing regulations for the Bahamas are also included in the app. Arrington was interested in expanding use of Fish Rules and was open to the idea of getting the National Marine Fisheries Service involved to help spread the word among recreational fishermen. Since Steinback was interested in getting better data for his model and in using the app himself when he went fishing it was a win-win situation. THE APP IS UNIQUE There was nothing out there like Fish Rules so folks at NOAA Fisheries were interested in making the app more useful by expanding its range and in encouraging more anglers to comply with ever-changing regulations Steinback said. And I wanted to use it when I went fishing no matter when or where that was along the coast. Even if you are at sea with no signal you can manually select your location to see the relevant regulations. Working with Arrington Steinback applied for NOAA Fisheries funding to expand the Fish Rules app to include saltwater fishing regulations for the Northeast region from North Carolina to Maine. He Arrington and Blalock spent months getting state and federal recreational fishing regulations into the app making sure the information is current and making sure it complied with NOAA Fisheries policy. Fish Rules has a lot of potential said Steinback who continues to work with Arrington to update the app as information and regulations change. With download and usage of this free app compliance with recreational regulations will be improved. Fishermen can learn about various species through the fish identification feature and they can post images of fish they caught to other platforms like Facebook. Anglers can also interact with the regulations in the app. If they re not sure what fork length means they can tap on that specific regulation to get more details. If they see Closed Season they can tap the screen to see when the season will open Steinback said. Perhaps one day anglers will even volunteer information that will help us fill in gaps in information about the species they are catching. The Fish Rules app is available for both iPhone and Android in the App Store and the Google Play Store. 68 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 69 R THIS KNIFE MIGHT SAVE YOUR LIFE O U Bear & Son Cutlery announces the Remington R11517 Rescue Knife. This feature-driven knife delivers safety and rescue benefits in one life-saving tool. The new R11517 Rescue Knife features a 440 stainless steel blade that measures 3 inches long and weighs in at 4.6 ounces. The skeletonized textured handle provides a sure grip for extreme use. The glass breaker feature on the handle of the Rescue Knife allows windows to be shattered in one strike. A seatbelt cutter hook blade is incorporated to make it possible to slice a seat belt in half without cutting the crash victim. It can also be used for treestand safety or other harness-related activities. The assisted open Rescue Knife gives confidence when protecting and saving lives and can also be carried for everyday lifestyles. R11517 Rescue Knife Features 440 Stainless Steel Blades Pocket Clip Thumb Stud Aluminum Skeletonized Handle Assisted Opening Glass Breaker For More information visit Seatbelt Cutter Blade Length 3 Open Length 7-3 8 Closed Length 4-1 2 Weight 4.6 oz. 70 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TP O ST G EA O U O TP ST G EA R WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 71 THE NEXBELT IN THE MOST POPULAR COLOR OF ALL CAMO Nexbelt The Belt with No Holes created significant buzz at the 2016 SHOT Show with the launch of the industry s first micro-adjustable cut to fit belt designed specifically to handle the weight of your open- or concealed-carry firearm. Now Nexbelt has another winner this time producing the same game-changing belt in your favorite color... CAMO The belt that created a non-stop buzz among firearm enthusiasts is now taking hunting by the horns by introducing the Nexbelt in Realtree Xtra camouflage Whether you re really trying to break up your outline... or just making the perfect pro-hunting fashion statement Nexbelt might be for you. Plus while the Realtree Camouflage looks cool and actually serves a strategic hunting purpose it retains the industry leading custom comfort quality and lasting reliability that boot-on-the-ground tactical operators personal defense experts and hunters alike can depend on to keep pants off the ground. Nexbelt knows hunting as well as it knows how to keep your pants from sagging The cut-to-fit patented micro-adjustability and interchangeable buckle design standard with every Nexbelt means that whether you dress in layers for bone-chilling late-season extremes or strip it down for summer adventure a single belt is all you ll ever need Nexbelt Precise FitTM and The Belt With No Holes are registered trademarks. For more information about NexbeltTM visit R O U 72 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM TP O Grilling delicious meals shouldn t cost an arm and a leg. At just 100 the Po Man Charcoal Grill offers the lowest price you ll find for a world-class large-capacity grill that can hold this much meat and is this easy to use. Not only is it super affordable but it s cheap to operate as well. Just light it with rubbing alcohol and use 35 to 55 Kingsford Charcoal briquettes per use. The Po Man produces the taste of a smoker with the ease of a crock pot. The vertically designed system accommodates hanging wings ribs and chickens and has multiple levels for cooking large cuts like turkeys and butts. The patented design and flavor-lock plate reduce charring seal in flavor and eliminate hassle. As the meat slowly cooks the drippings which contain the sauces rubs and spices you used to flavor the meat drop down and hit the flavor-lock plate at the bottom. The seasoned smoke then tumbles over the meat to provide added flavor. Best of all the Po Man works on autopilot leaving you plenty of time for hunting fishing golfing or just kickin back with family and friends. Just put the lid on and let it do the work. The Po Man represents both great food and a relaxed outdoors lifestyle. What more could you want Cooking for a load of folks No problem. The Po Man can hold more meat than you can shake a skewer at. A standard grill with an 18-inch top can only fit one or two slabs of ribs. But the Po Man is so roomy and well-designed it can hold 10 half slabs of ribs and a 10-pound Boston butt -- all at the same time. You can also hang eight half chickens while roasting veggies below. You can even cook an assortment of ribs chicken and pork loins at the same time. This large-capacity grill is ideal for feeding a wad of folks in your backyard at hunt camp at the lake or anywhere else hungry hordes may gather. The Po Man Charcoal Grill & Cooker is all about keeping it real and nothing s more authentic and down to earth than cooking outdoors out of a can. It fits right in with your flip flops and longnecks or your hunting boots and shotguns. Want to be the talk of the town at your next neighborhood BBQ Just let your neighbors see smoke pouring out of your Po Man. They ll all stop by to see what you re up to. For more information visit the company website at ST G INTRODUCING THE PO MAN CHARCOAL GRILL & COOKER EA Summer is grillin time and what could be cooler than trashcan cookin Prepare gourmet meals at a country boy price with the new Po Man Charcoal Grill & Cooker. Don t let the trashcan look fool you. This cleverly designed charcoal grill and cooker makes mouth-watering fall-apart pork beef poultry fish and vegetables that will leave even the most discriminating grill connoisseur lickin his or her lips. O HAT S OFF FOR THE SUMMERWEIGHT BOONIE FROM PROPPER If you plan on being outside in the summer heat you need a good hat to keep the ray at bay. Propper adds to its extensive line of summerweight apparel with the release of a wide-brimmed summer-weight boonie. A new standard in warm-weather head protection with an ultra-light ripstop fabric rated to UPF 50 and 360 mesh sides the Propper Summerweight Wide Brim Boonie provides all-day sun protection. Colors include olive khaki LAPD navy and black. Summerweight performance starts with Propper s durable ultra-lightweight fabric that wicks moisture away from the body keeping you cool dry and comfortable. UPF 50 offers all-day sun protection. This lineup includes Tactical Pants Shorts Long Sleeve Shirts and Short Sleeve Shirts. This classic style hat is built using the same fabric as their lightweight Tactical Pant for a perfect match. The boonie hat was introduced to the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. In 1967 the U.S. Army began issuing boonie hats as the Hat Jungle with Insect Net and it has been popular ever since. Making tactical gear with a purpose has been a way of life for Propper since their U.S. Navy contract in 1967. Today Propper designs and manufactures tactical clothing and gear that keeps military law enforcement and public safety professionals protected whether they re in the service on the job or off for the weekend. For more information visit WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 73 U O TP ST G EA R 74 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM FEDERAL COURT IN SAN FRANCISCO RULES ON CONCEALED WEAPONS IT S NOT GOOD NEWS FOR GUN OWNERS. On June 9 2016 the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that an individual does not have a Second Amendment right to carry concealed weapons in public. The case Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego - revolved around California s concealed carry laws. California state law requires applicants to show good cause such as a fear of personal safety in order to carry a concealed firearm. The plaintiff Edward Peruta challenged the good cause stipulation on the grounds that carrying a firearm for self-defense was protected under the 2nd Amendment. However the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco did not agree and they ruled 7-4 to uphold the law requiring good cause . In an almost shocking majority opinion the court said that The right of a member of the general public to carry a concealed firearm in public is not and never has been protected by the Second Amendment. Therefore because the Second Amendment does not protect in any degree the right to carry concealed firearms in public any prohibition or restriction a state may choose to impose on concealed carry . Gun rights advocates feel this decision contradicts previous Supreme Court rulings and it will most likely be challenged and settled by a new Supreme Court ruling. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 75 The National Rifle Association was quick to respond. Once again the 9th Circuit showed how out-of-touch it is with mainstream Americans said Chris W. Cox executive director of the group. This decision will leave good people defenseless as it completely ignores the fact that law-abiding Californians who reside in counties with hostile sheriffs will now have no means to carry a firearm outside the home for personal protection. This flawed ruling underscores the importance of the 2016 election. It is imperative that we elect a President who will appoint Supreme Court Justices who respect the Second Amendment and law-abiding citizens right to self-defense 76 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 TY you might days want to try The Outpost Radio. If you want to know the weather wherever you re sitting in a duck blind HERNDON on it s here. If you re 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 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 77 HARASSING HUNTERS IS NOW ILLEGAL IN WISCONSIN Hunters are you tired of those mean ol tree-huggers harassing you Apparently the hunters in Wisconsin are and the state s governor Scott Walker signed SB 338 which increases protections for hunters against harassment. Before the new bill was signed it was already illegal to interfere with lawful hunting fishing or trapping. The new law expands those protections to people engaging in scouting target shooting dog training and animal baiting. It also further defines what types of activities constitute harassment. 78 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW According to media reports about this legislation this bill makes changes to the laws prohibiting certain activities that interfere with hunting fishing and trapping. Current law prohibits a person from engaging in certain intentional conduct that interferes with lawful hunting fishing or trapping. The conduct prohibited under current law includes harassing a wild animal impeding or obstructing a person who is engaged in lawful hunting fishing or trapping or impeding a person who is engaged in an activity associated with lawful hunting fishing or trapping. Current law generally defines an activity associated with lawful hunting fishing or trapping as travel camping or other acts that are preparatory to lawful hunting fishing or trapping. This bill expands this definition so that it also includes scouting target shooting dog training and animal baiting or feeding. The bill also expands the prohibitions in current law so that a person may not interfere or attempt to interfere with an activity associated with lawful hunting fishing or trapping by engaging in prohibited conduct. The bill also expands the types of conduct prohibited to include disturbing a lawfully placed hunting stand disturbing lawfully placed bait or other feed using a drone under certain circumstances and engaging in a series of acts that are intended to impede or obstruct a person engaged in lawful hunting fishing or trapping or an activity associated with lawful hunting fishing or trapping. The types of serial conduct prohibited include maintaining a visual or physical proximity to the person approaching or confronting the person or photographing the person. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 79 SUPERLATIVES MADE EASY By O Neill Williams You like superlative descriptions I do. Who doesn t like highest fastest biggest or easiest I fished with the best Catfishing guide on the best Catfish lake caught the biggest Catfish of my life caught them faster than I ever thought and finally caught the most pounds ever in one day. Good Grief tell me about this you say. I will. Read on Where Santee Cooper Lakes South Carolina. When Most any month of the year including winter s coldest. With whom Captain Darryl Smith working out of the Canal Lakes Fish Camp in Cross South Carolina. OK. Let the superlatives continue Captain Darryl has twenty-three line class world records usually catches 300 to 500 pounds of catfish with his clients daily out if his 30-foot pontoon boat and has never with me anyway has any difficulty fulfilling his promises of a day to remember. I have fished with Captain Darryl on five different occasions taping O Neill Outside television shows. 80 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM Each time whether late Winter early Spring Summer nights clear Fall days we ve swamped the pontoon with 30 to 60 pound Blue Cats. He targets the bigguns . We fished deep structure shallow lagoons and coves bumped the old creek channel ledges and drifted the flats. During our most recent jaunt in December of 15 we caught numerous 6 to 10 pounders and topped off the short afternoon trip with double 35s. By the way from the dock fishing and back to the dock took only 4 hours. My cameraman Jeff Alligood and I drove from Atlanta fished with Captain Darryl and managed to return home before 10PM. In our case this was necessary but you will want to stick around with Darryl and fish a day or two at least. Take a look at the photos accompanying this column. These were not always with me of course but chronicles Darryl s delivery with clients over the recent years. Back to the superlatives. Darry s biggest 100 and lb. Blue most I guessing here but I d say over 1 000 lbs. in a day easiest never takes more than a few hours if that is what you want and all from an accessible fishery in South Carolina with cabins lodges a restaurant ramp and a short run to the fishing grounds at Canal Lakes. Makes me what to go there again and soon. Santee Cooper Lakes actually Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie connected by a canal total more than 180 000 acres. Let s think about that for a moment. Georgia s Lake Lanier at 37 000 Seminole at 34 000 Clarks Hill at 70 000 and finally Hartwell at 55 000 is about the same as total surface acres as Santee Cooper alone. Hard to prove of course but the entire lake is paved on the bottom with healthy sizeable hungry catfish. With Captain Darryl you don t have to be an expert experienced angler just watch the rod tips and when one and often it s more than one at a time tips toward the water just start reeling. You will immediately feel the power of the big old whiskered rascals. It s a blast. Incidentally a sixty-three pounder was caught by a ten-year old. I m sure he ll never forget it. Look Captain Darryl up at www.captaindarryls. com take a look at the photo gallery and make a plan. Oh wouldn t wait though as we have already taped another show that will air in 2016 so Darryl will be booked solid for a couple of years. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 81 BACKWOODS LIFE HUNTS WITH COUNTRY SUPER STAR BRANTLEY GILBERT 82 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM https MQrkAlHwR6M WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 83 SMILE BEFORE YOU GOBBLE WE SAW YOU AT THE WTC 84 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM ABOVE AARON LEWIS PERFORMS AT THE WTHC THIS YEAR BELOW 2016 WTHC CHAMPIONS TEAM UNBROKEN WITH FLEXTONE VP OF MARKETING PETE ANGLE WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 85 86 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM photo Travis Wade 52 SHADES OF ADVENTURE By Jason Martin WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 87 What defines an adventure Well that is a good question as I have slated to do 52 adventures in 52 weeks. For you math wizards out there that is supposed to be one per week. That task seems to be daunting if we define adventure as something that is exercise related which is what the original idea started with so that I could shed some lbs while having some fun at the same time. Albeit I am trying to work in a hike or two every week the challenge of finding a new one every week seems to be a bit tougher. They also are getting further away as I have hit a good number of the trails close to me. As Clint Eastwood said in Heartbreak Ridge we must improvise adapt overcome. With that said I define an adventure for the purposes of this article as something out of the ordinary. If it is something that you or I might not normally do while at the same time something fun and exciting then we will now accept those outings as adventures LET THE HORSES RUN The reason for the qualifier is this month I had the privilege of going to a Steeplechase Horse Race outside of Atlanta. Without question this was an adventure of sorts but there wasn t much physical activity involved. In fact it may have been the exact opposite. If you have never been to a horse race or specifically a Steeplechase Horse Race it is where all the ladies dress up in their fancy spring outfits break out the biggest hats that they can find while the men drag out their searsucker slacks and bowties. The race is pretty much an excuse to tailgate while every once in a while the horses actually do run around the track. When someone says tailgate most people have thoughts of beer pong corn hole there are typically some grilling happening in the area and team colors are involved. Tailgating at Steeplechase is a bit different. Table cloths flower center pieces and champagne flow throughout one after another tailgate that looks more like a baby shower outside than a tailgate. 88 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE EVENT Once you have gotten settled in and had a few Mimosa...or as Uncle Si calls them Simosas...what is on tap for the day The day kicks off with a hat parade for all the ladies to show off who has the biggest head....I mean hat. There are pony rides camel rides rock climbing and bounce houses for the kids. The sky divers litter the air above for a fantastic show of maneuvers. One of my favorite events of the day was the Jack Russell Terrier Races. If you are going to be a little dog you might as well have a little attitude and Jack Russells most certainly do. Although the race ends in less than 10 seconds it was a blast to watch the little guys get all amped up to chase that little furry thing that they drag down the center of the race way. Ironically my family has now adopted a Jack Russell this week that my son found on the side of the road. He fits nicely with the two Great Danes we have already. But I digress. Before the ponies start to run there is also a parade of the hounds along with the parade of the Budweiser Clydesdales. I have always marveled at how majestic these horses are. The Atlanta Steeplechase has been running since 1966. Over the years it has moved several time however since 1993 the race has been Kingston Downs. Proceeds from the event go to help Bert s Big Adventure which provides magical all-expenses-paid five-day journey to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. Finally there are actually horse races at this event as well which is sort of the purpose. Small wagers are always the norm and on this particular weekend I came home winning 3 of the 5 races amongst my tailgating companions. I am not sure if this would be something that I take part of more than a few times but it is worth checking out at least once in your life to do something just a bit out of the norm. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 89 BACK TO HIKING PANTHER CREEK FALLS There is absolutely so much beauty in the North Georgia Mountains that I have yet to discover. Panther Creek Falls is one of those little gems that will be revisited over and over again. The trail winds around 6 miles along a series of waterfalls cascading from Panther Creek. This is a moderately difficult hike not because of the distance but the path can be steep at times as well as scattered with roots and rocks along the way. Panther Creek Falls are a perfect place to camp as well. The level and sandy flat surrounding provides for perfect camp sites along the creek side that are nestled enough to give each camper some level of privacy. You can hike in just a short bit to find your camping spot or travel several miles in for more isolated locations. All sites are first come first serve so if you want to get the best spot better get there early. As the hike elevates the sound of the rushing creek is never too far off and provides some great ambient noise as you make your trek to the falls. There is a fairly significant descend to get to the largest fall. This also means you have to climb back up to exit the falls. But once you arrive the falls are magnificent. The shallow pool that collects at the bottom makes for a great spot to cool off. The sandy bottom and flat area around the falls is a fantastic picnic area. The photos included here just don t do the trail nor the falls justice. If you want to experience this one you need to put on your backpack and get out in the woods. 90 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 91 A BIRD BY ANY OTHER NAME Father s Day is upon us and one of my favorite past times with my dad growing up was to hit the fields with a dog and go blast some quails. Just before the season ended this year I was able to visit Burnt Pine Plantation along with our buddy Trey Weatherington from our TV Partner Backwoods Life. We arrived the evening before at the very nice lodge and as it was so late in the evening basically just hit the rack for a long and exciting day ahead. The morning started with a full breakfast in the dining hall. We met our guide Jay for a morning of turkey hunting. It had been our intent to have Treb (Trey s son) and his friend to get them a turkey for the morning hunt and to capture it on video for the TV show. However the turkeys had other ideas. Once we got settled we immediately heard a gobbler and he was headed our way. About that time a hen stopped by to visit with us and check out our decoy. The gobbles got louder and closer and we just knew he had to be right by us. But if you have ever been turkey hunting you know that you can t depend on them to do what you want them to do. About the time the hen took off so did that gobbler and just as fast as he was approaching he was gone. Silence We tried a few more spots around the property and even one off property. But no more gobbling was to be had on this day. We headed back to the lodge and had a fantastic lunch. Burnt Pine sure knows how to feed you. Maybe a bit too good as I was ready for a nap after that big meal. But as my dad used to say You can sleep when you are dead I hope he is resting well now. 92 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM The afternoon was slated for chasing a much smaller bird....quail. We had a blast stomping around the property with our guide. Even a little drizzle rain didn t dampen our good time as we ended up knocking down over 50 quails along with 6 pheasants in a shortened afternoon hunt. We have been working with Burnt Pine Plantation for several years. They are a first class organization and are always amazing host guides. For 43 years Burnt Pine has been producing lasting Quail & Deer Hunting memories. It s what bird hunting and deer hunting used to be like in Georgia and throughout the Southeast. They have 4 500 acres of intensely managed quail deer and turkey. They are located just about an hour east of Atlanta and can sleep 26 guest. There is no roughing it at Burnt Pine Plantation that is for sure. WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM 93 SOME ADVENTURES MAKE THEMSELVES Over the Memorial weekend my wife and I took off for our anniversary to Kiawa Island. This was our first visit to the resort. We had planned hiking and kayaking but the weather wasn t inclined to cooperate with us. In fact we had a tropical storm right over the top of us. Most of the weekend was spent sitting on the screened in porch of our condo watching it rain and trying to see the giant alligator that lived in the pond behind us. We had gotten to see him or perhaps I should say her with two little babies once but never got to see him again. On our last full day there at about midday the storms subsided albeit still cloudy the rains did subside. With limited options we decided to take a walk. We had no idea where we were going or how far of a walk we might get but we just wanted out of the condo for a bit. If you are not familiar with Kiawah Island it is just outside of Charleston SC and is a world renowned golf community with several PGA events having taken place there. It is a 13 square mile island with about 10 miles of beach access. Plus there is 30 miles of walking trails that wind around the golf courses. Along those trails are a meandering island river lagoons and marshlands that are perfect for the local alligators. We were looking forward to exploring the island via kayak and hiking. As we began our journey almost as soon as we exited the condo we were created by three island deer two females and a young spike still in velvet. As we continued along the paved path basically winding in between the vast number of condos we spotted a beach access and since the weather was holding out we hit the beach for a walk. The storm had washed ashore a bit of debris but was pleasant none the less. We walked at a good pace till we arrived at the main resort hotel about two miles into our walk and decided to check it out and stop for a restroom break. Up the boardwalk was the resort pool and outside tiki bar. Several hours and five cocktails each later our break was over we were both a bit tipsy and the storm clouds started threatening again so it was time to head. As we started our walk down the beach originally we had marked where we turned to get back to our condo by the red umbrella in a line of all yellow umbrellas. The problem was on the way back said umbrella was gone along with all of the other umbrellas and almost everyone else who had gotten out with the rain break. At times we were the only two on the beach. 94 WWW.THEOUTPOSTLIFE.COM We continued to walk to about the spot that we thought we should turn. Keep in mind that there were multiple exits off the beach between condos that all looked almost exactly the same. It would seem logical that if you missed one boardwalk that the next would take you out just a little further. But it didn t work that way because each boardwalk may have been jutted out from a different road and another set of condos. Finally we got the bright idea to check the FitBit. We knew that we had walked about two miles down the beach to the resort hotel because we had checked it when we took our break. We had overshot our turn by over a mile already. At that point instead of just turning around and walking back to approximately where we started we got the bright idea to exit the beach at the next boardwalk and we would find our back on the roads with GPS on our right Nope We were an additional two miles away from our condo by road. Eventually we made it back just as the rain shower hit. The day turned out fine and we ended up walking over seven miles albeit the last five were not as pleasant as the first two. Let s just say that my wife and I will never compete on The Amazing Race together. There are more adventures to come. Some may be more exciting than others but we will keeping searching out new places and things to do and see. 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