Archive for April, 2013

Just a quick heads-up – due to thunderstorms, DS Archery has cancelled their shoot for today, April 28th.

You can visit their FaceBook page HERE.

From Georgia Outdoor News Magazine’s FaceBook Page:

GA_Bowhunting_RecordIt’s official! A 10-pointer killed Dec. 14 by David Campbell is the new Georgia state record bow-buck. The Lee County giant netted 173 5/8.”

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Wild Turkey Cutlets

Posted: 04/27/2013 in Hunting

Hopefully, in the next week I’ll be able to bag my first wild turkey (long story there, if I could hunt them during deer season I could fill a Kroger’s with turkey – during TURKEY season, I could fill a Kroger’s with DEER…) and I’ve been speculating on how I’ll handle the meat – this gives me that answer – part them out into the major pieces, clean, wrap, bag and ice until home.

Chef in the Wild

The total mass of a turkey is always surprising to me. I shoot other big birds like geese and sage hen often but a turkey is just a totally different ball game, and as such needs to be treated that way.

Turkeys consist of 5 cuts of meat in total; the breast, the tenderloin, the wings, the thighs and the drumsticks. Each of these bird parts beg for a separate cooking method. It is not wise to just roast a wild turkey like a butterball. The breast will probably be dry, the drumsticks will be good for dog chew toys and the

thigh meat will require a steak knife.

This month I will concentrate on the breast meat of a turkey, by far the biggest bang for the buck.

Turkey breast meat is not as soft and juicy as store bought, but it has a ton more flavor. Think elk…

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Hunting the Easy Turkey

Posted: 04/27/2013 in Hunting

I’m in the sad position of either re-rigging my 3D setup for one week of turkey hunting, or simply using my shotgun. The property I hunt has some blinds set up, but the blinds are all the small, dome-shaped ones that I’d have to almost sit on the ground just to hold my bow up. I checked last year, I’m lacking 3″ just to have the bow up, drawn, and the arrow pointing out of the window.

Hunt Forever

Seconds after my box call cut through the Montana wind, I heard the faint yet distinct answer of a Merriam’s tom across the valley. As I closed the distance, I wondered if the setup would mature. He was a long way out and, to top it off, I felt certain he was in the company of hens.

Thirty minutes after I set up, he strolled onto the valley floor. At that point I knew he’d seen the decoys and was committed. As if on cue, the big tom strutted into the decoy set and presented me with a perfect 17-yard shot.

Some avid hunters have labeled the Merriam’s turkey as the easy bird to hunt.  Having spent years chasing Eastern turkeys from my boyhood home in Virginia, I’d have to disagree. The same elements that produce tried and true success on other turkey subspecies have to be applied to the…

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DS Archery – April 28th     WEST OF ATLANTA

The 14 RING will be NOT be reconized @DS Archery next year . We are only following ASA rules as they are eliminating the 14 RING for next year

WE will reconize ALL the ASA classes

Sign in Times for Registration
9am – 3pm for Winter Months
8am-2pm for Daylight saving time

$20.00 for STATE Qualifiers includes plaques (plaques are 1 in 5)

$10.00 Fun Shoot
$20.00 Money Shoot
50 % Payback
Throphy classes are all $15
Women Hunter
Bow Novice

$5.00 -6 shots
$1.00 – 1 shot
Concession will be available

Danny 770-815-8667
Sherri 770-367-5682

Directions :
From Carrollton –
Take Hwy 27 N to Hwy 113 N .Go approx 10 mile to Temple. Go thru Downtown Temple and Cross the Railroad tracks and turn Left . Go 6 miles and DS Archery will be on your left

Take Buchanan Hwy (aka: 120 ) toward Buchanan approx 10 miles .Go stright thru the 4 way stop at Roses store . Go 4 miles and turn left on HWY 113 and go 1 mile and DS ARCHERY will be on your right .

If I dont have your directions from where you will be comnig from just give us call and we can help you with the directions
We are located in Broxton, GA.

For more info call David Medders 912-381-1640.


Amicalola – April 27th NORTH GEORGIA

Amicalola Bowhunters is located on Casandra Lane, Dawsonville Ga. 30534


Ogeechee Bowmen – April 28th SAVANNAH AREA


Satilla River Archery Club April 28th   SOUTH GEORGIA

The Satilla River Archery Club will be having a 3D shoot Sunday April 28th for everybody not going to the Texas ASA shoot. Sign-in will be from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. All classes pay back 50%.


Black Mountain Archery April 27th – April 28th NORTH GEORGIA

Saturday April 27 (night shoot) –> COON SHOOT – signups begin 1 hr before dark, shotgun start at dark

Sunday April 28 (9a-3p)


Ace Hardware / Buckeye Plantation – April 27th  EAST OF ATLANTA

Must register inside Social Circle Ace Hardware archery department between 9:00-2:30. Must start shooting by 3:00

Arpil 27th (state qualifier ?)

Buckeyes Plantation hunting preserve
1250 Jersey Social Circle rd.
Jersey, Ga 30018
located 4.5 miles from Social Circle Ace Hardware at 181 South Cherokee rd. Social Circle Ga.3025

consession stand
picnic tables
fishing/ bird hunting
memberships available
open dailey for practice $10.00 per round

20 brand new Mckienzie 3-d targets

open pro 50 yard max
open 40 yard max
known 45
unlimited 45 yard max
senior 40 yard max
hunter 40 yard max
womens open 40 yard max
womens hunter 30 yard max
bow novice 30 yard max
youth boys 30 yard max
youth girls 30 yard max
traditional 25 yard max
sr. eagle 25 yard max
eagle 20 yard max
jr eagle 15 yard max

Entry fee:
$20.00 for open pro classes
$15.00 for all other adult classes
$10.00 for youth and eagle classes

Steve Pittman or Kennith Morris at Ace Hardware archery department
tom bruce (770)294-9688

(NOTE – I am leaving the map off of this one – both the addresses listed above point to locations that appear to be INSIDE the town)


Davey Mountain – April 27th & 28th  NORTH CAROLINA

“Just across the GA/NC line in Warne NC. It is behind Hogsed’s Sportwear.”

(NOTE: Map is to Warne, NC – the location of Hogsed’s Sportswear shows in the middle of a town north east of Warne a good bit on Google Maps)


Rock Branch Archery April 27th & 28th   EAST OF ATLANTA

Good luck to all the Texas bound shooters. For those who are not going come out and shot with us. Sign in 8am to 3pm 27 & 28. 2969 Green Acres Rd Elberton, GA 30635 or call 706-318-0610 thanks


Full Draw Archery NORTH GEORGIA

“Got a brand new layout set up for next weekend for anybody not going to the lone star state! 13 completely new lanes! Worked like a mule today getting it set up! Come shoot with us next weekend! For directions or more info call David Hasty 706-463-2950”

(NOTE: I found the address for this map at 3D – it has the same phone number as above, so I THINK it’s accurate – when in doubt, CALL the phone number.)

A Glorious day for archery !!

Posted: 04/23/2013 in Hunting

That looks like a wonderful place to shoot.

Useful Herbs: Stinging Nettle

(You can also find this at the Expat Prepper)

I’ve always been fascinated by herbs, the different smells, flavors, medicinal and other uses never fails to astound me.   Think about it for a minute – how HUNGRY did the first person to EAT a stinging nettle have to be?  How did early humans discover the various uses for these herbs?  (I always imagine the downtrodden, much picked on Thag being poked with a stick and told ‘you eat that or we beat you, then, if you die, we no eat it.  Now eat!’)

There isn’t any deep or special relationship between my life and stinging nettles, my most memorable encounter with the plant was around 1980 at Camp Asbury in northern Ohio, and that encounter was me running as fast as my adolescent legs could carry me during a game of hide-and-seek, which in this case ran me right through about a fifty yard wide patch of nettles while wearing 80’s gym shorts, a tee shirt, socks and tennis shoes.   If you’ve ever had a bad encounter with the plant, at this point, you’re either wincing or your eyes are crossing thinking about the result.


The only reason I decided to use stinging nettles for the first herb to discuss on this blog is simple: I flipped through ‘The Random House Book of Herbs,’ by Roger Phillips & Nicky Foy looking for rosemary and thyme, two herbs I’ve grown in my back yard for years, and saw the entry for stinging nettles.  One wince of memory later and I decided to explore what can be done with this obnoxious plant. That being said, here we go…

Urtica Dioica


“Nettle, or stinging nettle, is a perennial plant growing in temperate and tropical wasteland areas around the world. The plant has been naturalized in Brazil and other parts of South America. It grows 2 to 4 meters high and produces pointed leaves and white to yellowish flowers. Nettle has a well-known reputation for giving a savage sting when the skin touches the hairs and bristles on the leaves and stems. The genus name Urtica comes from the Latin verb urere, meaning ‘to burn,’ because of these stinging hairs. The species name dioica means ‘two houses’ because the plant usually contains either male or female flowers. (Taylor, 2012)

According to multiple sources, stinging nettle has been used for centuries to treat various types of pain, urinary issues including infections and an enlarged prostate, sinus pain, and insect bites.  “Scientists think nettle does this by reducing levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body, and by interfering with the way the body transmits pain signals.” (University of Maryland Medical Center, 2011)  Based on that, you would think that nettles are a miracle, wouldn’t you?  According to WebMD: “People use the root and above ground parts as medicine. Stinging nettle is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them.” (WebMD, 2013)  Call me a skeptic, but anytime a corporation finds something that grows for free that people can use and bypass paying for a product, they tend to eradicate it or demonize it.   If stinging nettles didn’t provide some use, I don’t think the remedies would have stuck around for hundreds of years, being passed down from generation to generation.  NOW, I can probably spend an hour thinking of sixty different examples of ‘well, they kept doing this stupid sh#t, didn’t they?’ but we’re talking about PAIN RELIEF here, and I know in my experience, people have a pretty damn good idea when pain relief is working or not.

Moving on to the what, why and how of the piece, let’s start with medicinal uses, and then move on to culinary uses.  ***PLEASE NOTE*** Consult your doctor before using herbs for medicinal uses, this is for informational, survival and survival prep purposes, if NOT in those situations, ALWAYS consult a doctor before trying any of these remedies. ****

Stinging Nettle Medicinal Uses

  • Congestion
  • Coughs
  • Tuberculosis
  • Bronchitis
  • Laryngitis
  • Consumption
  • Anemia
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Gout
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Loss of muscle power
  • Paralysis*
  • Hay Fever
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Asthma
  • Hives
  • Sciatica
  • Neuralgia
  • Kidney stones
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Fever

(Various sources list MANY uses, far beyond this list; however, if a treatment is mentioned by multiple sources, it is in bold type.  Sources include: (Taylor, 2012) (University of Maryland Medical Center, 2011) (Vance) (WebMD, 2013))

Preparation of Stinging Nettle for use

Traditional Preparation: Both the root and the leaves are traditionally prepared as infusions. Dosages depend on what one is taking it for. In herbal medicine systems, as a healthy prevention to prostate difficulties or to maintain prostate health, one-half cup of a root infusion 2-3 times weekly is recommended (2-3 ml of a root tincture or 2-3 g of powdered root in capsules or tablets can be substituted if desired). The natural remedy for BPH is one-half cup of a root infusion 2-3 times daily for 30-90 days. (2-3 ml of a root tincture or 2-3 g in capsules or tablets 2-3 times daily can be substituted if desired.) For allergies, inflammation, and hypertension: one cup of a leaf infusion is taken twice daily in traditional medicine systems. This also can be substituted by taking 3-4 g of leaf tablets/capsules twice daily. (Taylor, 2012)

Preparation of Stinging Nettle Tea

Find the Right Plant: Ideally, you want a plant that is small enough you can comfortably reach the parts you will need for the tea. I find that younger nettles tend to produce a better quality tea.

Cut off The Leaves: The leaves are where the principal goodness of this plant is stored. Cut off as many leaves as you feel would make a decent cup of tea.

Boil Your Water and Serve:  Boil your water, add the leaves. You may wish to do this in a separate container, as it’s always difficult to gauge the correct amount of water and leaves you will need for a single cup.

Allow it to Infuse. This is incredibly important! Unless you allow the tea to infuse for at least 10 minutes, the sting will still be there – ouch! (Low, 2011)

After searching around for quite a bit, tea seems to be the most common use other than drying and powdering the leaves to use in capsules (or simply take like a headache powder.)  Dosage is all over the place.  I did find a recipe for a hair tonic that was basically the tops of stinging nettles combined with white vinegar, however I doubt a shining head of hair is high on ‘must prepare for disaster’ lists other than with the film and stage group of people.  Searching any of the links at the end of this article will give information on how to prepare stinging nettles, though be prepared to dig, even the recipes I found for curing ailments seem to skip the steps between finding this plant and using “X” milligrams.

Culinary uses of Stinging Nettle

               Other than the tea recipe above, which could be placed in the culinary section, references list using stinging nettles everywhere you would use baby spinach.  “…they are rich in vitamin C, calcium, potassium, flavonoids, histamine, and serotonin—all the great chemicals one needs to reenergize after a cold winter and to combat spring allergies.” (Diehl, 2013)  The author continues to detail how to harvest nettles without getting stung, including washing and blanching the leaves at a slight simmer for ten minutes, and includes a link to nettle soup.

On one of my favorite culinary websites, Hunter – Angler – Gardener- Cook, Hank Shaw has a growing list of recipes, including one for using stinging nettles to make pasta, and another to make nettle pesto.  Just because you are in a survival situation doesn’t mean half-cooked rabbit on a stick. (Every time I see ‘something dead 3’ above a campfire in a movie, I wince, those shots are made and directed by folks who have NEVER tried to do that.  On the flip side, the hobbits in Lord of the Rings put their CAST IRON pan right on a small bed of coals to cook bacon.  They were doing it right.)

“We made quick work of the two grocery bags’ worth of nettles. Like all greenery, it shrinks massively in the blanching process. After its bath in the ice water, I set the now stingless nettles in a colander to drain. I pressed it to release more water (which I could have drunk as nettle tea), and then put it into a kitchen towel.

Here’s an important part to prepping any green potherb, not just nettles. Take the towel and roll the greens in it like a candy wrapper: One end twists one way, the other end twists the opposite way. Squeeeeze! More blue-green liquid runs out. Now you’re done. You now have prepped stinging nettles, ready to be frozen in a vacuum-seal bag or Ziploc, or cooked in any number of ways.


This is your standard prep when dealing with nettles. Is it worth it? You bet. Unlike acorns, there is no shortage of information about the benefits of Urtica dioica, the common stinging nettle. Even within the smallish world of the food bloggers I can think of more than a dozen experiments and posts, my favorites of which I will list below.” (Shaw, 2010)

As you can see, Hank Shaw thinks a lot of stinging nettles, and honestly, though I’ve never eaten one at this point, if he thinks they are worth the time and trouble, so do I.   Spend some time at his website, and you’ll come to trust his judgment too, it turns ‘we shot a deer, how do we cook it?’ into a wide range of great tasting options, rather than ‘kill it and grill it or smoke it.’

I hope you enjoyed this short foray into one of the many useful herbs.  I’ll keep digging around for other found-in-the-wild gifts to somebody surviving and write more soon.


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Low, K. (2011, 1 21). ilmdamaily. Retrieved 4 16, 2013, from

Shaw, H. (2010, 1 28). Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. Retrieved 4 16, 2013, from

Taylor, L. (2012, 12 18). Raintree. Retrieved 4 16, 2013, from

University of Maryland Medical Center. (2011). Complementary Medicine. Retrieved 4 16, 2013, from

Vance, K. (n.d.). Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Legacy. Retrieved 4 16, 2013, from

WebMD. (2013). Find a Vitamin or Supplement. Retrieved 4 16, 2013, from WebMD:

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Found via Alabama Whitetail Records’ FaceBook page:

Blake Lloyd 151 7/8. Killed with bow. Calhoun county Alabama

Blake Lloyd 151 7/8. Killed with bow. Calhoun county Alabama