Archive for January, 2013

The Florida ASA shoot is this weekend – Other than that, Riverbottom Outdoors has a ‘fun’ shoot this weekend for folks not going to Newberry.

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Posted: 01/31/2013 in Hunting

That is a MASSIVE deer…

PSE Archery Blog

By Will Jenkins

PSE got word of a monster mule deer taken in British Columbia with a PSE so I tracked down Keaton and got the story Believe it or not this is only Keaton’s second deer with a bow! His first was a 2×2 and now his second buck is a pending record book mule deer with a green score of about 219″. Keaton killed this magnificent buck with his BowMadness MC in only his second year hunting. Now for the story!

Keaton started the day with the attempted stalk of 6 different 4 points, (east coasters remember this means a 4×4 or eight total points). After a quick lunch break he was back out and spotted a 2 point and decided to go after him and see what else might be traveling with him. After 20 minutes on the stalk the buck led him to an overgrown…

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Just after Christmas, I posted that I was going to start juicing.  I have been, somewhat, however when I see the amount of material I was adding to the compost heap, I kept thinking “but those bits are yummy too…” and really, I’ve just been eating more vegetables and fruit, and juicing now and then.  My wife, not a fresh-fruit or vegetable enthusiast, has discovered that she LOVES fresh apple and orange juice.

Then, in January, my daughter told me about an app for my phone called “My Fitness Pal.”   I am NOT a big cell phone app user – I have the WordPress app, Amazon Kindle App, FaceBook and Twitter apps, Angry Birds Star Wars, and now My Fitness Pal.

And I like it.

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Simply put, when you set the app up, you tell it what you weigh, and how much you want to lose per week, and it generates a caloric goal per day.  After that you enter the food you eat in the daily ‘diary,’ which is connected to a decent database of foods including nutritional information for some of the foods (it depends on what’s entered already) or you can enter the nutritional information yourself, from the back of the package.   There is also a bar code scanner, for pre-packaged foods.  As an example of the scanner, I usually take microwavable dinners to work on our midnight shifts, Lean Cuisine or other ‘healthy’ offerings depending on whats on sale that week.  Scanning the bar code on those meals has, so far, accurately brought up all the nutritional information: I cross checked several of the results from the back of the package.

You also enter exercise into the app, which offsets your calorie count for the day.  I have a treadmill with a 32″ flat screen TV/DVD combo in front of it, so I tend to watch NetFlix or DVDs while on the treadmill.  Yesterday I watched “Thor” again while on the treadmill, with a result of 4.6 miles over the one hour forty-eight minutes of the movie, incline 4-6, for 1,326 calories burned.

The app makes an interesting game out of what you eat and how you exercise.  Now, every time I open my mouth to put something in it, I think about that calorie count, along with if I’ll be able to hit the treadmill that day to offset the difference.

It’s working, too.  I lost 8 pounds in the first ten days.  It’s also changing how I think about foods, since the app tracks the nutritional content (if it’s provided when you enter your intake) of everything. For example, people might skip a Coke Zero because it has no calories.  Wrong. It has NUTRIENTS in it, so you should track it. Again, the bar code scanner works on every soft drink I’ve tried it on, and you’d be shocked how much SODIUM you end up taking in with diet drinks.  Sodium in moderation is necessary, but at the end of a week, if you look at your sodium intake on this app (if you’ve been honest about adding foods) it’s HUGE, way above what is needed.

Yesterday, I had me a bit of a weak moment and stopped at a local BBQ place for lunch. I had the beef plate with deep fried green beans and jalapeno poppers.  Not good, I felt like I swallowed half a bottle of deef frier fat all day.  One month ago, I WOULDN’T HAVE NOTICED.  Instead, after I got home, I hit the treadmill to make up the calorie difference.

I won’t be doing that again anytime soon.

You learn, with this app, what’s filling without being high-calorie. You also start noticing exactly how many THOUSAND calories you can give up with fast food.

I want to see 250# again – and I want to see it soon, but in a way that I can SUSTAIN.  No yo-yo dieting for me, I like to do things in such a way that I don’t have to do them over and over again, so changing what I eat, how I track it, and how I pay for it with exercise is exactly the right way to do it.

Losing this weight will help with, well, everything. Better hunting, less cost (tree stands rated for Sasquatchoids are more expensive) in my equipment choices, CLOTHES WILL FIT AGAIN without having to ask folks “that come in man size?” (I messed with Scentlok at the ATA Show when the nice lady tried to sell me on their new jacket. “That come in man size?” I asked… she said “What size are you?”  “XXXL…”  “No, sorry, XXL is the largest…”)  Of course, losing weight isn’t going to make my SHOULDERS smaller, and I don’t quite fit through normal doors because of the width of my shoulders, but hey, less weight is still better.

I’m off all week – and as has been proven many times, I get bored.  Since I love to cook, letting me anywhere near a grocery store when I’m bored is a recipe for…. I can’t really say ‘disaster,’ because I’ve just about given up on making bread at this point, but how about a recipe for surprise? (I’ve made bread many, many times, what I can’t seem to do is use the same recipe twice and get the same results. I measure the ingredients by weight, follow all of the recommendations, I have a LARGE collection of baking cookbooks… I just seem to have a talent for NOT getting the bread I want.  The brown sugar walnut bread was amazingly tasty, just very, very dense.  The artisan wheat bread was very tasty as well, you just needed an industrial laser to get through the crust. etc. etc.)

Yesterday, walking into Kroger on Thornton Road just outside Atlanta, I saw some Georgia coastal shrimp on sale.  My wife loves those shrimp, and off I went.  Snow crab legs, red potatoes, corn on the cob, all went in the cart.  I had intended to make a small (4 oz. or so) steak to go with this, because I didn’t want to add smoked sausage this time, but what I really made was a simple crab pot.

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1 pound raw jumbo shrimp

5 medium red potatoes, cleaned, skin on

2 crab leg clusters

1 ear of corn, cut into thirds

Louisiana Crawfish Shrimp & Crab Boil


Cookery doesn’t get much easier than this: in a large pot, bring about four inches (or twice the height of the potatoes) of water to a rolling boil. Add some of the seafood seasoning, potatoes, and corn.   (Since this was a small batch, I only used about 1/4 of the bag of seasoning.  I also had two tablespoons of a ‘Low Country Boil’ seasoning from Jekyll Island left over that I tossed in the mix) Boil for eight minutes, then add the shrimp, wait four more minutes, then add the crab.  Boil for 4-8 more minutes (I tend to go for longer time when there is ANY question on the freshness of the seafood) then turn the heat of an leave the cover on the pot.  This is where the seasoning comes into play – the longer you leave the food in the pot, the more of the hot seasonings the seafood will absorb.

Drain, place in a large dish, and serve with butter on the side.  Or course, for a low-country boil, add smoked sausage (kielbasa).



I made one mistake – when I grabbed the shrimp, I didn’t notice that they weren’t deveined.   I would prefer to cook this recipe with the shrimp still in the shell, it really adds to the flavor, but having to devein the shrimp I shelled these. It makes the shrimp faster to eat anyway. 🙂

Posted: 01/29/2013 in Hunting

I’ve been thinking of building my own smoke house – but I have to check with the local authorities, since I really don’t want the fire department at the house because some urbanite with the common sense of a nuthatch calling 911 as soon as they see smoke.

Survive Today, Prepare for Tomorrow


Preserving food is extremely important in survival situations. The time frame between kills of large animals can sometimes be upwards of 30 to 40 days. You may have other issues at hand to deal with and do not have the opportunity to hunt, such as very bad weather. Whatever the case maybe having food on hand for extended periods is perfect for survival. Not only can you keep all of the meat from your kill, which is very important, but also gives you time to work on your base camp or whatever task you need to.

 Smoking meat is a very popular method of cooking. The flavor that smoking can give the meat is mouth watering. The wood you choose to smoke meat enhances flavor of the meat. Common woods chosen for smoking are White Oak, Apple, Hickory, Dog Wood, Ash, and most popular Mesquite. Choosing an appropriate…

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Posted: 01/28/2013 in Hunting

Here in Georgia, with the exceptions of Golf and Fishing, there seems to be two types of adults – The first type spend a little time outside as possible unless it’s exactly 76-78′ with 30-40% humidity. The second type are almost the opposite, spending as much time outside as possible, with the exception of the ‘perfect’ weather, which doesn’t happen when to coincide with any season or pre-season known to me at this point. I think we mow the lawn twice on those days though.


We give thanks to another great year of outdoor activities, and we look forward to whatever the next year brings.  Overall, it’s been a great year for outdoor enthusiasts, whether hunters, hikers, anglers, campers, climbers, and bikers.  All have had generally good weather in which to enjoy their sport in its season.

As you begin to look towards the new year, why not take a moment to think about some things that you could do in 2012 that you didn’t in 2013 (or maybe not enough of it as it is!).  To help you along, I’ve listed a few things that might make your sporting year even more enjoyable and lasting.

  1. Increase your number of days afield next year by a multiple of two.  One year not long ago, I counted that number of days I was “able” to get in the field or on the water and it was…

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Posted: 01/26/2013 in Hunting

I have a friend who’s fairly new to archery – I winced the other day when he said “The bow was fine two weeks ago, but the other day it started hitting to the left, so I moved the arrow rest…”

Rasher Quivers

Anchor PointIf you have been shooting for any length of time you know how important it is to utilize proper form.  No matter which style of archery you choose to practice, your form is everything.  Practicing with poor form can lead to bigger, harder to fix issues later.  Yet, so many archers choose to disregard the importance of proper form.

I have heard it all.  “I shoot instinctive so I don’t work on my form.”  “I am a snap shooter, I don’t need to work on my anchor.”   Those are just a couple of examples of some of the crazy things I hear from archers who don’t think that their form is important.  I personally believe that if you are shooting instinctive or snap shooting, your form is even more important than any other style of shooting.  These two styles leave too much room for variants in your form.  Even the…

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thumb_041207042541By: Tracy Breen


Over the years, I’ve heard good and bad things about using turkey decoys in the spring turkey season. One hunter will tell you the moment a tom sees a decoy, he comes running in to meet his mate and ends up meeting his maker. Another hunter will tell you that the moment a tom sees a decoy; he turns around and runs as fast as his legs will carry him. I’ve experienced both situations over the years.

I was twelve years old the first time I picked up a shotgun and chased spring gobblers. At the time, there weren’t many hunters in the woods. Most deer hunters thought turkey hunting was dumb and the only time you saw them with a turkey in hand was at the supermarket. Since there wasn’t much hunting pressure, few birds ever saw decoys. On one occasion my dad and I set a hen decoy on top of a large stump. We were on the edge of a large open area, so incoming toms could see the decoy from a long distance away. When we started calling, a few bachelor gobblers saw the decoy on the stump and came running in like a few teenagers who were meeting their dates at Prom. I shot and missed that day, but I learned that in certain situations, a decoy is worth its’ weight in gold.

On other occasions, I called in a couple gobblers from what seemed like a mile away. As they approached my setup, I had visions of gobblers in the turkey fryer. After all, they were answering every call I made and covered a mile faster than Barry Sanders running away from a 300 pound lineman. I was sure this hunt was about to end. However, the moment the gobblers saw the decoy, they went on high alert. The next thing I heard was the worst sound you can hear in the spring woods: the putt. Three seconds after that, the gobblers were only a memory.

How can we know when to use a decoy and when to leave it in the truck? That is a tough question to answer. Below are a few decoy strategies that often work against the weariest of gobblers. I typically always bring decoys along. Whether I use them or not depends on the bird I am hunting.

Not long ago, most turkey hunters took one hen decoy into the woods with them. Most of the time, one decoy will do the trick and bringing multiple decoys into the woods can be cumbersome. So, even with a variety of decoy options, many hunters choose to hunt with one decoy. Although one decoy may be all you need to entice a tom within gun range, it’s usually better to have more.

If you’ve ever waterfowl hunted, you will notice a common theme among hunters. Most hunters believe having a realistic spread requires more than a few decoys. The same rule applies in turkey hunting. Turkeys are birds that hang in flocks. Multiple decoys on display can increase your chances of bagging a bird. The hardest decision to make is which decoys to use in your flock. In recent years, I started using two hens and a standing jake decoy. When a dominant tom spots a jake with a hen, hopefully the tom will come running and stomp on the jake, providing you with an opportunity for a shot. This only happens some of the time. Even when a tom ignores a small flock, he usually simply ignores the decoys instead of running away like they sometimes do with one decoy. I am guessing that when a tom sees multiple birds, regardless if he comes to them or not, he figures he is safe because lots of birds are in the area.

The big rage for decoying turkeys is the half strut or full strut decoys that are on the market. Last year, a friend of mine was bowhunting for spring gobblers and was using a half strut decoy. He sat the decoy over the top of the hen like he was breeding the hen. When a real gobbler saw this, he came on a dead run and pounced on the half strut decoy. The tom was so furious that he didn’t notice the three consecutive arrows that flew by his head. The bird got away, but the decoy did its’ job.


Half strut decoys can keep a gobbler occupied while you get ready for the shot.

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Posted: 01/24/2013 in Hunting

WAAAAGHHHH! Dangit I’m on a DIET! *cry*

Antonia Cooks

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We live in a region where wild boars are fairly common.  During the winter months our local hunt go after the boar in order to keep their numbers under control and to prevent them doing considerable damage to the farmers’ crops.  The French are very strict when it comes to shooting boar and they impose some hefty fines if for example the matriarch is killed.  The reason for this is that it can result in a ‘population explosion’ creating an even bigger problem in the surrounding area as the family splits and new matriarchs are created.

Up until last year I had never seen a boar in our region and then in fairly quick succession I came across three.  The first was a boar the size of an Alsatian that I ‘bumped’ into walking the dogs.  Fortunately for me I didn’t have to climb a tree as the boar turned…

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