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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hunting Business Marketing's Top 50 Hunting Blog Posts 2009

Dayne over at Hunting Business Marketing has put together a list of the 50 Best Hunting Blog Posts for 2009.  I suggest you go over and check it out there are a lot of good posts to read.

 The top honor goes to with a post titled Huge Monster 192”: A Two Year Adventure. Actually took the top three spots (#2 being Fixed Blade vs. Mechanical Broadheads – The Great Debate and #3 being Bowhunting Success in Illinois – The Creek Buck).

Whitetail 365  obtains posts in 4th (Whitetail Are Tougher Than You Think) and 5th (Portable No-Trespassing Signs?).

The FS Huntress has the 6th (Hunters Who Happen to Be Women) and 7th (Q&A, Angela Wilson, Taxidermistspots).

Field Notes takes 8th (Environmentalists on Hunters).

Outdoors International grabs 9th (Building Trail, Fishing & Wolves).

 Rounding out the top ten Base Camp Legends nabs 10th  (Idaho Archery Bull).

If you jump down 14th you can see Ben G. Outdoors with Trout Fishing Part 5 (final) a pretty good showing considering how good the competition is.

Hope you enjoy reading all of the great posts.

Ben G.
Monday, December 14, 2009

Not so Productive Deer hunting Season (Part 4)

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Another early morning and I wanted to be in my tree stand before even a trace of first light crosses the horizon. Because my stand was so close to the parking lot I decided to wait until everyone else walked by and then go to my stand.

This morning was a touch cooler then the previous morning so I decided to put my boots and suit on in the parking lot and walk the 200 yards to my tree. The short walk was kind of refreshing and woke me up a little. I was all settled into my stand for about a half an hour before I saw first light.

Sitting in my stand I was getting excited for the hunting morning. I had wanted to sit in this area for the last three years, but could never locate a tree large enough to place my tree stand in. Soon after getting comfortable the excitement started to ware off. As I waited for the legal shooting time this all too familiar drowsy sensation started to set in. Fighting off sleep I heard a couple of late arrivers in the parking lot. One I knew was Pat, but the other I wasn’t sure who it was.

I looked at my phone and it was finally shooting time. I forced my self to wake up and be alert which wasn’t too hard considering every sound I heard made me turn my head and look for a deer. I soon found out the other person I heard in the parking lot this morning was sitting in a tree not too far from me. This was fine because we wouldn’t be able to shoot at the same deer any way.

About 30 minutes had passed and I hadn’t seen any deer. I did hear two coyotes barking at each other. About 15 to 20 minutes after that I decided to give my doe bleat a try. What a big mistake that was.(This is where my hunt gets frustrating) Shortly after hearing me bleat the guy sitting close to me starts using his bleat which would normally be fine, but he is blowing on it super loud. On top of that it seem as though he is blowing on it every three to five minutes for around 30 seconds. To put it in my brother’s words “he is pretty good at playing the trumpet”.

I knew now any deer with in a mile radius was aware of hunters in the woods, and would stay put. Me being stubborn I stayed in my tree for roughly another hour before I had enough (I can’t get too mad because I am hunting on public land). I took my stand down and went back to the truck. I entered the parking lot just in time to see an unfamiliar van leave the lot (must have been my trumpet playing buddy). I put all of my stuff in the truck bed, and went for a walk because I had about two and a half hours until lunch time.

I hiked around for a short while and eventually discovered a great little place to sit and take a brief nap. After sitting for some time I realized even though I was so tired I wouldn’t be able to sleep. I heard a few gun shots but nothing in the direction of my hunting party. It wasn’t too long before my stomach started growling and I decided it was time to go and get some lunch.

I was the last back to the parking lot for lunch today. No one had seen any deer this morning. Hearing this was a little depressing, but very typical for the second day of the deer season. The deer were pressured very hard and bedding down in the thickest of the thick stuff.

After lunch today I decided to set my stand up in the swamp I was walking in earlier that morning. I set everything up and plopped down in my stand for what would be a very uneventful evening hunt. I tried a little rattling, and calling, but nothing was going to move the deer after all of pressure the day before. I soon realized my only chance at seeing a deer would be in the last 20 minutes of shooting light as they were going to the fields to eat.

As the light faded that evening I was getting anxious just knowing I might see a deer at any moment. I wasn’t even lucky enough to see a deer that evening. In fact I only remember hearing one shot that evening, and it was quite a long distance away. I took my sand and steps down packed up my gear and headed back to the truck to go home.

Check out my next installment of a Not so Productive Deer Season to see if I had any luck on my next hunt.

~ Ben G.

Links to the other parts to the series
Not so productive Deer hunting Season (Part 1)
Not so productive Deer hunting Season (Part 2)
Not so Productive Deer hunting Season (Part 3) 
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Interview with Rod White of Land and Game

 Ben of asked me if I could help him out by doing an interview with Rod White focusing on his company Land and Game, and of course I agreed. This was a fun interview and I do have to say I have never interviewed an Olympic Gold Medalist until now.

Rod, Can you tell us a little bit about your self?

I have a Gold and Bronze Olympic medals for Archery but my background is quite a bit different then most Olympic archers because I started out Bow hunting. I went out with my brother when I was 12 and missed a bunch of deer. My dad said I should take archery class, so I did. When I got to the class all the other kids had Olympic style recurve bows instead of compound bows like the one I was hunting with. At the end of the seasonal class there was a national competition and I came in next to last. The next year I set a goal of finishing in the top ten. The next year I came back to the competition and came in something like eighth. I figured if I could finish in eighth place I set my goal for the next year to place in the top three. The next year I took first. Soon I was traveling from Italy to Indonesia on Jr. World teams and made the men’s adult world team by the age of fifteen. By making small goals and accomplishing them, I eventually climbed the ladder toward the Olympic team and went on to win the Gold at nineteen. Having started as a bow hunter, which is pretty unique to archery target shooters, I picked up major hunting sponsors such as Realtree and Mathews. Through some of those sponsorships, I was introduced to mature deer in the Midwest. I grew up hunting in Pennsylvania and if you saw a 130 inch  buck it was the biggest thing you would ever see. So you can imagine the passion that was ignited in me on my first day on stand in Illinois when a 140 inch plus deer walked a treeless fence line all the way to my stand across a cut corn field. I was hooked on Midwestern bucks and traveled back to PA to pack my bags…I’ve lived here ever since.

Explain to my Readers what is.

It’s a land management and real estate company that helps clients find the right properties to fit their needs. Not every property can grow and hold mature bucks so the service we provide for committed clients is of tremendous value. Once we find the piece that matches their hunting preferences and style, we alter the habitat to grow mature whitetail bucks if it doesn’t already have what is essentially needed to accomplish our clients’ goals.

What Sets Land and Game apart from other land sales originations?

The biggest thing is the fact that we are a full service company with the ability to alter the land to produce the best deer possible for that property. We don’t just list the properties, we manage and balance the wild life, crops and over all investment for our clients. That’s something that no one here in the Midwest is doing although a lot of other companies are trying to replicate what we do. But it’s not that easy. Every property is unique like a fingerprint and the experience necessary to take it to its highest performance level possible isn’t something that can be mimicked or falsely represented. I personally design each property layout in a custom fashion based on literally thousands of days in the field in mature whitetail habitat from Alberta to Kansas. The essential ingredients needed to grow, hold, and harvest mature whitetails, remains constant in nearly every state. The types of plants that grow in different areas may change, but the types of landscape structures that produce consistent results remain constant. The complete understanding of all of that is something that can’t be taught in a classroom or by franchising a company name. We will always likely be a small group of professionals, that’s the only way to produce consistent results for our clients have it be in Iowa or Alabama.

What drives you and your team to be such a successful organization?

We are all accomplished in some aspect of hunting and or farm and business management. For instance Jimmer Kostroski killed the world record at the time typical velvet whitetail in Rochester Minnesota. Now that’s an area you don’t hear much about when it comes to mature whitetails! He is now partnered with us by bringing his own crew to our clients’ fields to implement habitat plans. Dereck Lewis learned the whole process through an apprenticeship with me logging countless hours of tree time and field work. I’ve made a huge investment in Dereck and he has proven himself in the field now with his own accomplishments. Now the clients he has been working with are producing results themselves as well. Another thing we do is work with our clients to learn about the whole process of managing the land. Our goals are generally not to just purely manage properties ourselves, it’s to get landowners off to the right start and down the right path to success. From there, most clients take on more and more of the management responsibility each year rather than completely doing the work for them. Although some clients choose that route, most know that part of the joy of landownership is producing their own results and a little dirt under their fingernails is an important part of the feeling of success.

Geographically what area of the country are your clients in?

Actually they are from all over the country we do have a lot from Louisiana for some reason, but a resoundingly large amount are residents within the borders of the states their property is located in. Be it Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alabama, or Canada.

Can you inform my Readers about AHS?

It is the Advanced Habit System and it is a system to grow, hold whitetail deer on properties, and at the same time helping deer to reach their maximum potential. It’s really a very in-depth structure system of management and habitat manipulation that is put in place on properties in a multitude of environments and locales. It’s very complicated to those who are not familiar with habitat alteration, but most of our clients know that it produces consistent results. And, that’s what’s the system is all about…Results!

I have heard a little about the Ron Skoronski farm & know that you had a set time frame to sell it.
1. Can you tell me what makes the Ron Skoronski farm such a good property?

It is an anomaly in its self, being 3400 contiguous acres, which is unusual in southern Iowa. Not only does it produce trophy whitetails it is a great farm from an agricultural perspective too.

2. Would you be will in to let us in on some of the details of the sale?

The seller did not want to list the property with a realtor at all. They gave us a three month time limit and even with the economy in a good state that would have been a huge task. I had a client lined up to go preview the property and for the fist time ever the client didn’t show. How embarrassing! But the owner decided to stick with us given the unfortunate cards we were dealt. We put an accelerated marketing program in place. One of the elements involved inviting eight different realtors to preview the property. With such a large commission involved, we utilized the incentive to bring in other realtors networks. Combining that approach with the incredible video presentations and a multitude of other unique processes we utilize, we had four offers in 8 weeks and the client accepted the last one.

In your opinion what was the biggest factor in making the sale a success?

I don’t think I can say there was on big factor but a few that made this sale such a success. The seller was willing to sign an exclusive contract with a generous commission. By focusing on the property’s attributes and not the commissions. Utilizing our video talents and advanced property packaging. And most importantly, the accelerated marketing program as a whole.

What is the Legacy Land Partnership?

 It is a group of individuals who purchase average to below average land and watch it mature in to prime hunting land and an overall incredible investment opportunity. We utilize the land to maximize the potential of their investment and produce excellent returns both financially and in the form of antlers. A lot of these landowners only have limited time to hunt their properties and this program allows other hunters in the Legacy Land Partnership to use and enjoy the land for their specific hunting needs. Provided they are willing to be a part of the network, this helps to grow the entire group’s holdings and elevate the full utilization of the property.

What does it take for a property to reach Legacy Status?
First the Advanced Habitat System has to be put in place and then the land has to reach its maximum potential for what ever game the property owner would like to target. Have it be whitetail deer, pheasant, upland game etc. Finally when it becomes the ultimate property for the targeted species then it would reach Legacy status.
I want to thank Rod White for the time he took to do the interview. It was great to talk with him. We chatted for a little while after the interview and I think Rod is a stand up guy who just really enjoys the outdoors , bow hunting, teaching people (about land management, & bow hunting)  and running his business. I would also like to thank Ben at for making this whole intervew possible. All of the extra work he put in to make it work really was nice.
Monday, December 7, 2009

Interview with Jason Pickerill Associate Product manager at Bear Archery

I thought it would be a good idea to broaden my horizons and start scraping the surface of all there is to know about bow hunting. I got in contact with Jason Pickerill Associate Product manager at Bear Archery and interviewed him. This is what he had to say.

1. Can you explain a little about your position at Bear Archery?

I work in Product Management; Product management basically is the conduit that connects: sales, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, marketing and management. You could say that we have our hands on a product or project from idea conception all the way to the finished product. We are also responsible for our company’s profits/losses, inventory and aide in the overall business plan for the company. It may sound like we have a lot on our plate, but we are just one part of a large group of people that keeps us going.

2. What do you like most about working at Bear Archery?

I don’t think I could pinpoint just one thing. First there are about 14 of us at our Evansville, IN office and we are all a lot alike and have a common passion and that is archery, so you get really close to these guys they become just like family. Second everyone here is very ambitious and wants to be the best they can be and we all want our products to reflect that. Third, it is very cool to work for Bear Archery, just because of the heritage or tradition that a company like Bear has. Everyone here likes the fact that we carry on and continue to make quality archery products; just the way Fred would have wanted it.

4. Have you personally had any success with the products?

Yes I am a die-hard bow hunter along with everyone else in the office. I didn’t have a lot of formal instruction when I first began shooting a bow, I was sort of self-taught for a long time, but I have learned a lot about shooting from my colleges since I started working at Bear Archery. Taking my hunting experience and combining it with improved overall shooting ability and using quality products has definitely made me more successful in the field.

5. What bow is your Favorite?

It is hard to beat all of them, but I am looking forward to shooting the new Attack, but I also really like the Assault, Both are real shooters.

6. For someone like me who has never bow hunted, but really wants to get into it what makes Bear Bows better then the competition.

Bear Archery has been making bows since 1933; our founder Fred Bear to some is the God-Father of Archery. So shooting a Bear makes you apart of that legacy, it makes you apart of something special. Much of what made Bear successful over the last 7 or 8 decades is still alive today. We got a great team of people that eat, breath and sleep archery and are completely dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality equipment at a great price.

7. What other types of products does Bear Archery offer?

We have a full line of traditional bows including long bows and recurves, traditional equipment and the largest selection of Youth Archery bows and equipment.

We also offer a whole line of accessories under the brand Trophy Ridge. Trophy Ridge has a Vertical In-line pin series (Micro Alpha V5, Alpha V5, Crazy 8 and Fire Wire V5). We also have an entire series of Horizontal Pin sights (The Judge, The Hit-Man series, The Punisher Sights).

Doesn’t matter if you want a full capture arrow rest or a drop away we have you covered with both arrow rests (A whole line of the world famous Whisker Biscuit), Quivers (Arrow Cage 1 & Arrow Cage 2, 6 Shooters and the 4-Banger), Stabilizers (The Shockstop Series), Arrows (Crush, Blast, Hailfire, and Wrath), and Broadheads (A whole line of Rocket Arrowheads). One of the nice things with Bear and Trophy Ridge you can get every thing you need to bow hunt except the stand, camo, and deer.

8. Where does Bear Archery Draw its inspiration or generate ideas when designing new products (is it a dedicated team, outside help, or a combination of the two)?

A lot of it comes from our team of design engineers, who have a great combination of education, experience and passion for the sport. There is a lot of creative energy in the office and we brainstorm together, test products, look at our personal experiences with equipment, analyze the market place and make all decisions as a team, meaning everyone may be involved on a particular project.

9. You said before that Bear also sells Traditional Recurve and long bows which one of these types of bows would you say sells the best?

It is all based on your personal preference and shooting ability, but a lot of traditional guys favorite bow is the Super Kodiak, this design has been around since 1967 and there is a reason for that.

10. The traditional bows are almost as expensive as the compound bows why is that?

They are all hand made and very labor intensive. The guys that make them are very skilled craftsmen. In fact some of the same guys that were taught by Fred are still there. In fact Neil Byce our Operations Manger moved with his family from Grayling Michigan to Gainesville, FL when Fred moved Bear Archery down there in 1978,both Neil and his father were taught by Fred Bear himself.

I hope you enjoyed all of the info from Jason. Here are my thoughts on my interview with Jason. Fist of all he was a pleasure to work with and I really enjoyed doing the interview with him. It is also nice to know the employees of Bear Archery all use their own product and actively bow hunt. I hope all of you enjoy this interview and I look forward to having a good relationship with Bear Archery, and Trophy Ridge. I'm thinking we will be hearing more from these guys.

~Ben G.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Not so Productive Deer hunting Season (Part 3)

Image Credit Bruce Tuten

With astonishment I stared at the big buck through my scope waiting for him to fall to the ground. No such luck the deer didn’t fall in fact he stopped and stood at the edge of the woods. With urgency I dug in my pocket rummaging for another shell. Nothing in my right pocket at this point I had to bring the gun down to search my left pocket .The big deer just remained motionless as if mocking me. He finally decided to stroll off as if nothing had ever occurred.

I was fuming at the fact I had only one shell in my pocket, but at the same time thrilled I had the chance to see such a beautiful buck out in the woods. This was certainly at least the second biggest deer I had ever seen (alive) in my many years of hunting.

When I arrived back at the parking lot everyone asked if I shot the deer. I said I shot at it. The next question was why only one shot. I had to explain that all of my shells were sitting on the back of Ryan’s truck except for the one I for some reason had in my pocket.

Aaron said let’s go check for blood and see if by chance the deer is still close. We grabbed our shot guns and went into the woods. We walked a ways, and it was if the buck never even existed. Then went back to check for blood. I was pretty sure I didn’t injure the big guy, so the search was very short. Aaron and I made our way back to the parking lot.

When back at the parking lot I confirmed that it was Brandon who had shot at a deer near me earlier that morning. He said it was a nice little four point buck. Ryan saw three does that morning and let them pass because he was waiting for a buck.

What a strange opening morning no dead deer, but everyone saw a deer, even Pat on the way in that morning.” Well we have all afternoon and the next day” some one said. We then proceeded to eat lunch and BS for a while.

After lunch everyone, but Brandon, Aaron and I went to their stands. The three of us went for a walk to see if we could push any deer out of the clumps of brush out in the middle of the fields. We stomped in and out of about six of these little spots with no luck what so ever. (A lot of deer sign) At that point I headed back to my stand to go sit for a while.

When I arrived at my stand I just couldn’t sit in it. I knew the spot I had my stand in was geared more toward a morning location. I felt it was better to move my stand, let this spot cool off, and then try and hunt it the next Saturday Moring.

I quickly took my stand down and quietly walked out of the area. I wasn’t in much of a hurry to get to the new spot I scoped out and I didn’t want to sweat too much. I actually dropped my stand off at the tree I had picked out. Then headed the 200 yards back to the parking lot to get rid of some of my extra stuff, and grab some more water. It was an awfully hot day and it seemed like I was always thirsty.

After I was hydrated I put my stand up and was sitting in it by about 3:00pm. I sat until the end of legal shooting time and didn’t even hear or see a single thing. It was a little disappointing, but that’s just the way deer hunting goes some times.

I don’t believe anyone else saw any deer that afternoon. Which is all right ”it’s only the end of the first day how could it turn out to be a not so productive deer hunting season we have lots of time left” I thought to my self as I jumped in Ryan’s truck before leaving that night.

You will have to wait for Part 4 to see if we shot any deer on the second day of the season.

Ben G.

The other parts to the series
Not so productive Deer hunting Season (Part 2)
Not so productive Deer hunting Season (Part 1)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Not so productive Deer hunting Season (Part 2)

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So as I got down from my tree stand I was pretty confident I had shot the deer. When I was walking over to ware the buck was standing I noticed he was further away then I orignaly thought he was. So I decided to walk back to my stand and step off the distance to see how far of a shot it was to the closest blood. I stepped off around 110 yards and didn’t find any blood.

This seemed very odd so I started to look all over for blood. None here or there I was starting to get very frustrated. I thought for sure I hit him. I looked every where with in 30 yards of where the buck was standing not a drop of blood. “You have to be kidding me” I thought to myself as I was combing the ground.

I proceeded to follow the trail the buck had run on. Gawking at the ground leaning closer and closer the farther I walked into the woods. There was no blood on the trail the first time I walked the trail, or the second or the third. After about an hour and a half of looking for blood I finely decided it was time to give up. Needless to say I was incredibly bummed that I didn’t get this deer.

I decided to walk around for a short while and then head back up to my stand. I got into my stand and sat the rest of the morning. Around 8:30 or so I heard a shot rather close to my stand it I was guessing it was someone form my party. Then shortly after the shot I heard two guys walking through the woods and another shot rang out. By there conversation I could tell they didn’t get the deer.

The two hunters continued on and ended up about 30 yards from my stand. I always get a bit annoyed when people walk by my stand (I was hunting public land so what could I do). About thirty minutes after the two guys walked by I heard some crunching leaves behind me. I gazed in the woods behind me and couldn’t see a thing. Then just as I was turning my head to look awayI caught a glimpse of a good size doe. I only saw her for about a second (not even enough time to think about pulling my gun up).

Shortly after that I heard her rumble into the brush where the buck had come from earlier this morning. I heard her walking around for a good twenty minutes, but the brush was so thick I couldn’t get even the slightest peek at her.

I sat in my stand until around ten or ten thirty and headed for the parking lot to go and get some lunch. I met up with Pat on the way back. He hadn’t seen any a deer other than a nice buck crossed the road in front of him on his way to the parking lot earlier in the morning.

Pat and I were the first back to the parking lot. We chatted for a short while, then Rob, Aaron, and Brian all showed up. Bruce followed shortly after. There is one question we are sure to ask each other as we come out of the woods. Did you see any deer? Well so far every one had seen a deer or two, but no one had shot one. Strangely this was starting out to be an unproductive deer hunting season.

The only two guys left out in the woods were Ryan and Brandon. Someone said here they come and I looked up to see them walking down the trail toward the parking lot around 11:00. A moment later BOOM a shot rang out. I looked down the trail to see what they were shooting. I didn’t see any deer so I started talking again. I happened to glance back at the trail once again to see if Ryan or Brandon were coming or if we needed to go help them get a deer. I happened to look at the perfect moment to see a deer run across the trail. I quickly grabbed my shot gun and ran into the woods, off to the west of the parking lot where the deer ran.

I was startled to see a giant buck just walking through the forest. I reached in my pocket, grabbed a shell, and loaded it in my gun. I quickly brought the gun up to my shoulder. All of this happened so fluently I was didn't even have time to get excited to see this buck in my scope. I took my time and aimed at the giant buck. Slowly squeezed the trigger and with a loud bark my 870 chucked a slug in the direction of this giant.

Did I hit the monster buck or will this be a long drawn out season of misses? Find out in part 3 of A Not so productive deer season.

~Ben G.

Link to other parts of the series
Not so Productive Deer hunting Season (Part 3)
Not so productive Deer hunting Season (Part 1)
Other huting adventures
Trout fishing Part 1
Turkey Hunting Addiction (Part 1)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Not so productive Deer hunting Season (Part 1)

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This year’s deer hunting season had lots of potential as they all do, but a few factors made the season not so productive. Sit back read and I’ll explain.

My brother picked me up around 4:30 opening morning Rob was with him already and the three of us went to the gas station to get some caffeine. After a short stop at the gas station we headed out to the refuge. The car ride opening morning always seems to take for ever even though it’s only takes 30 minutes.

When we finally arrived we hopped out of the truck and started getting our gear ready to head out into the woods. Brian was already in the parking lot, Aaron, Bruce and Brandon showed up shortly after us. A little chatting, finishing up your coffee, and taking a pee before it was too late was all the time we had before leaving the parking lot.

With our stands on our backs, guns on our shoulder, and all the hope, excitement, and optimism any group of guys could have we headed out into the woods. For what would be a very exciting, but not productive day.

I got to my tree and was instantly filled with relief that no one was sitting in it or around it. Then I proceeded to set up my stand and put out a couple of doe scent wicks. Finally I was able to get up in my sand and sit and it was more than early enough.

Sitting in my stand the first thing I noticed was that the wind seemed to be going in the absolute perfect direction out of the south west. Then I realized how hot it actually was out as I was dripping in sweat. “This is not a good thing” I thought to myself “The deer won’t even have to move it’s too warm”.

I sat for a good 45 minutes before I checked the clock on my phone to see what time it was. I had about four minutes till legal shooting time. No more than the time it took me to put the phone back in my pocket I heard a rustling in the brush right where expected I would hear a deer on opening morning of the deer hunting season. A few seconds went by and I heard the rustling again. Then I heard no sounds at all for about three minutes. Thinking to myself “it must have been a just a squirrel or a turkey”. I was just about to sit back down when I heard the same sound yet again.

Now I was on high alert expecting to see a deer. I checked the time again just to make sure I wouldn’t be shooting too early. Right on time, but I still hadn’t seen the deer yet. Then I saw him much further out then I expected to see him. His head was down and on the trail of a doe (I guess the rut was on). He wasn’t heading my direction and not going to stop. I reached for my buck grunt and realized it was still in my pack and didn’t have time to try and get it out.

With no other options other than let him pass by or stop him and shoot. I chose the latter, I made a quick sharp sound just as he was about to go into the woods. He stopped and looked right at me. I knew he was going to be down as soon as I saw him in my site. Blam, I took a shot he didn’t even move. I was completely baffled. Instantly I ejected the used shell and fired again. After the sceond shot he stumbled a bit and ran off.

I sat back down and was really pumped I had gotten a deer no more then two minutes into the new deer season. I sat for about 30 to 35 minutes, so I could settle down before I got out of the tree. As I was sitting there I thought “how many points did that deer have”. I guess I was just so focused on shooting him I didn’t even pay attention to the size of his antlers I just saw antlers.

I got out of my tree and went looking for the blood trail………………………….. Find out in the next part of Not so productive deer huting season if I hit the deer or not.

Ben G.

Other hunting & fishing stories
Not so productive Deer hunting Season (Part 2)
Not so Productive Deer hunting Season (Part 3)
Turkey Hunting Addiction (Part 1)
Trout fishing Part 1
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More and More Female Anglers are learning to Fly Fish

I am pleased to announce a guest post By Sherri Russell, of She’s So Fly, Fly Fishing for Women

If you want to learn about fly fishing Sherri's blog is a great resource about everything fly fishing. Even though it is geared toward women, guys you can still get a lot of good info. I hope you guys & gals enjoy Sherri's Post ~Ben G.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to fly fish?

Fly fishing is considered a sport or a hobby by some, and an art form by others. Fly Fishing dates back thousands of years.

You can call it what you want, fly fishing is a pleasurable pastime built on the camaraderie of the anglers themselves, the oceans, lakes and rivers they fish, and the beautiful fish they pursue in magnificent surroundings.

Some anglers are weekend warriors, happy to run into a fish or two on a quiet river or stream. Other fly fisherwomen are die-hard trout bums, who dedicate most of their days to tying flies and dissecting the bug hatches and underwater traits of their favorite river or stream.

For those who consider themselves avid fly fishers, the sport of fly fishing is a refreshing escape from the daily rigors of everyday life. This is a meditative and even spiritual passion that non-anglers have a hard time understanding.

But for those who get it, there’s nothing better than the push and pull of a fly line, and the sight of a fish rising to take that perfectly placed fly.

How to Fly Fish - Species

Most fly fisherwomen focus on the pursuit of trout, although anglers fly fish for everything from small pan fish, largemouth bass to big-game saltwater species like marlin, tarpon and even sharks.

There are thousands of species of saltwater and freshwater fish, and your limitations are only limited by your choice of species. You may fish small area ponds, lakes to small and large rivers and streams.

American fly fisherwomen spend most of their time pursuing trout, particularly rainbow trout. Other types of trout include the golden trout, steelhead, brown trout, brook trout and lake trout.

How to Fly Fish - Places

There is no wrong time or place to use a fly rod, as long as anglers are abiding by current national and state rules and regulations.

You can fish everywhere from the open ocean to backcountry creeks or lakes. In fact, many fly fisherwomen practice their craft at home, honing their casting skills on the front lawn or at the local park.

Fly fishing has caught on all over the world, whether it’s fly fishing on a road trip through the western United States, quaint Northern Michigan streams such as the Pere Marquette, Pine or Muskegon Rivers, or saltwater fishing in the Florida Keys.

Fly fishing is extremely popular in the Western U.S., thanks in part to the warm weather, river conservation and accessibility and a strong outdoors heritage.

How to Fly Fish - Gear

Fly fishing gear is always evolving, although the fly rod, reel and line have always been a staple in fly fishing.

Many fly fishing companies, especially clothing manufactures are gearing their lines to the fastest growing category, women fly fishers.

Fly anglers also are notorious for the dozens of different knots they use, many of which correlate with the type of fly line, leader and tippet they rely on.

Fly fishing also can be an expensive hobby, with typical fly rods and reels typically costing more than $100 apiece. Fly anglers, however, can find a bargain if they know where to look.

How to Fly Fish - Terrestrials

Fly fishing methods can change from season to season, fishery to fisher, and even hour to hour depending on the hatch and when different insects are present on and in the water.

Trout prefer food items that are just becoming available during the season. Trout feeding throughout May, for example, will have already gorged themselves on Chironomid hatches. The trout then go into a 'non-feeding' cycle to digest their food. When the trout are ready to resume feeding, they probably don't want to see or eat another Chironomid. After a full diet of Chironomid, the trout will "prefer" another, any other, food source.

When Caddis, Damsels, or another food source FIRST becomes available in June, it will be the food of choice even though there may be many Chironomids still available and hatching. Naturally, if these other food sources are not available the trout will try a smaller new food or even revert back to the Chironomid.That makes nymph fishing – below the surface with bottom-dwelling insects and emergent patterns like the Caddis fly – a popular approach. But when temperatures rise, some insects make their way to the surface – a good time for dry patterns.

How to Fly Fish - Techniques

The type of cast used when fishing varies according to the conditions. The most common cast is the forward cast, where the angler whisks the fly into the air, back over the shoulder until the line is nearly straight, then forward, using primarily the forearm. The objective of this motion is to "load" (bend) the rod tip with stored energy, then transmit that energy to the line, resulting in the fly line (and the attached fly) being cast for an appreciable distance. Casting without landing the fly on the water is known as 'false casting', and may be used to pay out line, to dry a soaked fly, or to reposition a cast. Other casts are the roll cast, the single- or double-haul, the tuck cast, and the side- or curve-cast.

Working on tying flies and prepping your rod, reel and lines during your downtime and in the off season will also help make your next fishing trip a successful one.

You do not need to learn the art of fly tying as your local fly shop will carry various patterns popular for your favorite fishery.

If you are interested in learning the increasingly popular sport of fly fishing, contact your local fly shop, guide or outfitter and inquire about local fly fishing schools or camps.

You may visit my Fly Fishing Blog for Women or my Fly Fishing for Women website for more fly fishing for women articles.

Monday, November 9, 2009

My New Gorilla Silverback Magnum HX Tree stand (A review of)

Last year I had my  Gorilla tree stand stolen when I left it out in the woods, so I was in the market to get a new stand this fall. I had received some gift cards for my birthday this past summer and decided they would be great to use to get a new tree stand.

I looked at a few different brands not wanting to limit myself to just Gorilla. I ended up coming to the same conclusion I had the year before I like Gorilla Treestands the best.

Now I had to decide which one of the Gorilla Treestands I wanted. It was between the King Kong Lounger HX and the Gorilla Silverback Magnum HX. I almost walked out of the store with the Lounger HX, but the idea of a 13lb tree stand was the deciding factor that pushed me to the Silverback.

I’ve had this stand sitting in the basement for the last two months begging to be used. I finally got the chance to use it this last weekend for rifle opener. I was initially very impressed with how light it felt on my back even when I added all of my extra gear.

When I put it up in the tree opening morning I loved the fact that it was so easy to place in the tree. Other then the little fumbling around I did because it was dark out and I was still a little groggy from not getting enough sleep the night before. I would guess it only took about five to six minutes to set the tree stand up.

That morning I only really sat in the tree stand for about an hour. I shot at a deer about two minutes after legal shooting time. Needless to say I didn’t really get to test out the comfort of the Silverback Magnum HX, but so far I was impressed with everything I had seen.

That afternoon I decide to move my stand to a different spot. I had some trouble getting the stand off of the tree. I soon realized it wasn’t the stand it was me  I wasn't using the buckle correctly. When I figured out how to use the buckle the stand came right off the tree. There was nothing wrong with the stand at all just the user.

When I moved the stand over to a new tree it was just like the walk earlier that morning easy. I t was great to have such a light stand. After I got my clumsy climbing sticks set up and a few pegs I was ready to carry the stand up the tree. I had just put the strap over my shoulder and clink my new tree stand had fallen to the ground. The shoulder strap had come on done. I was a little annoyed with this but I was able to fix it quickly.

This time I think it only took me three to four minutes to get the stand up in the tree. As I was setting up the stand I thought to myself “I think I have this thing figured out”.

After sitting in the new tree for about two and a half hours I decided that the new stand was also very comfortable. The seat cushion was not too hard and not too soft but just right. One other thing I discovered was the Velcro straps on the removable seat cushion made noise every time I shifted in my stand. It wasn’t a lot of noise, but it was enough noise to make me pay attention to it every time I moved or stood up.

The next morning went just as smooth as the first no problems at all. After lunch I decided to move my stand again. It was very easy to take my stand down again and I just love how light the Silverback Magnum HX tree stand is. (Do you see a trend)?

I arrived at the new tree after a 20 minute walk. No sore shoulders (like in the past) because it felt like I had nothing on my back. I set my tree up with my climbing sticks and some screw in pegs. Again as I was grabbing my stand to put it in the tree the strap came undone. I have to admit this did frustrate me a bit, but I fixed the strap and set my tree stand up again. It just keeps getting easier and easier to set this stand up in a tree. I bet it only took me two to three minutes this time.

I got up in the tree and sat down and just about feel asleep when I heard a noise. I stood up and the Velcro stuck to my hunting suit making an extremely loud sound. If there was a deer it would have been gone in an instant. I can say I don’t like the Velcro on the seat I wish they would have used buttons, or magnets. With a little adjustment and making sure to unstick my hunting suit from the Velcro before standing I was able to sit and stand without much noise.

Over all I really like my new Silverback Magnum HX Tree stand. It does have a couple of annoying little down falls, but they can easily be over looked, because of the quality of the craftsmanship, the comfort, ease of use, and of course the weight. The problem with the straps can be easily fixed with a little clip, and I have to figure out a way to fix the Velcro on the seat cushion.

If you have any ideas on how to fix my Velcro problem please let me know.

I give The Gorilla Silverback Magnum HX 8.9 out of 10. It would have been a 9.5 if it wasn’t for the Velcro incident.

~ Ben G.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

How to get to your deer stand with out getting noticed (in the dark)

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I have had some bad mornings on the way out to my deer stand before and made way too much noise. Over the years I have compiled some tips to help you out. If you apply just one or two of these tips to your early morning walk you can reduce your risk of getting notice (in the dark).

1. Use a head lamp instead of a flash light. This way you always have light where ever you look and you also have your hands free to move branches out of your way. Don’t forget about climbing you don’t have to put the flash light in your mouth to have light.

2. If you have the option of using a red light it on your head lamp or flash light use it. Using red light makes it harder for the deer to see the light. (Remember they are color blind.)

3. Ware cloth clothing most any other type of clothing will make noise when you walk.

4. Make sure you have gotten rid of any branches or brush that may be in the way of your ladder or path to your ladder. (Or tree if you have a climber).

5. Before climbing into your deer stand make sure your ladder/pegs are all secure if not the may cause unwanted noise when climbing your tree. Not to mention you may fall.

6. Put your safety harness on before you go out into the woods to avoid getting noticed by putting it on at your deer stand.

7. Avoid clothes with Velcro they can be bad news out in the woods. Instead use clothes with buttons or magnets.

8. The best thing to do is know the area you are walking to get to your deer stand.

9. If you don’t know the area well, make sure to go over the walk in your head. If you visualize it, it will help you avoid braches or holes that can make noise when you run into them (this goes for #8 also). I’ve actually fell in a hole one morning and I made a ton of noise when I gasped. If I would have just mapped the rout out in my head prior I wouldn’t have tried to take a short cut.

10. Just remember sometimes going the long way will help you from being noticed.

You know you are doing a good job when you almost step on a sleeping deer in the dark. One morning about five years ago when I was walking out to my deer stand a deer jumped up off the ground no more than five feet in front of me. Needless to say I almost had to go change my pants.

Feel free to lend me some advice for my Hunt this Saturday

~ Ben G.
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Monday, November 2, 2009

And The Winners Are……………

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As you know we had a little giveaway here on Ben G. Outdoors. I did a random drawing out of a hat to see who would win each of the prizes. So the winners are….

The five Rack Attack DVD’s






The 3rd Prize winner for the Magnet Gun Caddy is……


The 2nd Prize winner of the Warrior Outdoors Hoddie is……


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If you are one of the winners please Contact me at with your Name and address, so I can send out your prize. Oh Rick I need your boot size.

I was hoping once you receive your prize you would be willing to send me a picture of yourself with the prize you won so I can post it on the blog and show everyone how happy you are that you read Ben G. Outdoors.

Thanks for playing and I appreciate all of the feed back it will help me provide all of you with better content in the future.

~ Ben G.
Friday, October 30, 2009

11 Tips To help you lure a deer in to shooting range (Part 3 of 3 Tips on how to get a deer this season)

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Now that you have found the perfect place for your deer stand. These are few things you should do to ensure you get a deer this season.

1. A few nights before you go out hunting it’s not a bad idea to hang your hunting clothes outside for a night or two to air out. (weather permitting of course)

2. The night before or even the morning you go deer hunting it is good to spray all of your clothes even down to you under garments with a scent mask or scent eliminator product. I typically will spray my under clothes the night before so they have time to dry out.

3. Make sure to wake up early and are out to/in your stand well before the sun rises. I usually like to be in stand at least an hour if not a bit more before legal shooting time.

4. If you have to drive to your hunting spot in the morning it makes sense to again spray your hat, boots and coat before you go out in the field. Don’t for get to spray again after lunch.

5. Walk very quietly out to your stand especially if your stand is close to a bedding area.

6. A good thing to do is to hang scent wicks with doe in estrus on them around your stand. For gun hunting any where from 30 to 50 yards form your stand. For bow hunting I would stay more in the 30 yard range. I typically use at least two wicks.

7. Ok do you remember those scraps you found on the ground? This is a great opportunity to spray some dominate buck urine on the existing scrapes. Doing this will piss off the buck that made the scrapes in the fist place and he will want to go investigate to see who is in his territory.

8. After you spray the dominate buck urine on the existing scrapes it is a good idea to make one or two of your own scraps close to the existing ones. The best way to do it is to use a pair of rattling antlers and scuff up the ground, but if you don’t have any your boot will work just fine. Don’t forget to spray these with the dominate buck urine as well.

9. A little trick I like to use is to hang a scent wick up in the tree with me to help mask any scent that I might have missed with my spray.

10. After you get in your stand load your gun ASAP take every thing out of your pockets you can and hang them form the tree or your deer stand so you can grab them easily. Doing this will allow you to be more stealth when getting your range finder, binoculars, deer grunt, or what ever else you may need to use during your hunt.

11. Now you sit and await the sun rise and legal shooting hours. You can blow on your deer call every once and a while to see if you can attract any deer. Make sure you don’t over do it because you don’t want to scare the deer off. How to use a Deer call

If you do all of these things you will signigantly increase your chance of shooting a deer this season or any season in the future.

I would love to hear more tips form you leave me a comment and let me know what has worked for you in the past.

~ Ben G.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

10 tips for Picking the Best Place for your stand and setting it up for success.(Part 2 of 3 Tips on how to get a deer this season with a busy seclude)

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Now that you have done some scouting, determined deer are in the area, and frequently using the trails you check out. It’s time to find a good place to put your deer stand. Here are 10 tips on selecting the best spot from what you have discovered in your scout.

1. Find a tree off of the edge of the feeding area not too far from the trail you followed in while scouting. This way when the deer come out to feed in the morning you will be able to see them as they enter the field. Some times you will even have luck in the evening when the deer are coming back to feed again.

2. Look for good funnel areas along the trail and set up a stand near them. Many times there are openings in the woods deer use as trails but they funnel into one small trail. That is where you want to be.

3. Remember the scrapes; Bucks will check back at these spots from time to time to make sure another buck isn’t in his territory. It might be a good idea to set up here and see if you can get that buck in the morning when he is checking out his turf.

4. When you were scouting you may have found a bedding area. If so a good spot to put your stand would be near where you think the deer will be exiting in the morning, but you better be very quite when entering your stand the morning you plan on hunting.

Once you have picked one of these spots or even a few of them here are some other tips to keep in mind when placing your deer stand.

5. Place your stand at the very least 12 feet off of the ground. Remember the higher you go the less chance you have of a deer seeing you. I suggest you only go as high as you feel comfortable. There is noting worse then not feeling comfortable in your tree stand.

6. Also when placing your stand keep in mind where the sun is going to be. You don’t want it in your eyes when you expect to see a deer. One other thing I try to do is put the stand were the sun will warm me up sooner in the morning which will allow me to stay in my stand longer during the day.

7. Make sure you place the tree stand appropriate for being left or right handed. If you are right handed you want to place the stand so you expect the deer to come in from the left. Just the opposite for a left handed shooter. This just makes for an easier shot with less movement in your stand. One thing I have found out though deer are very unpredictable after the gun season starts, and some times you will have to make shots in some awkward positions.

8. Clear a minimal amount of brush and branches so you have some shooting lanes. I have always thought that if you clear too many branches and brush you will loose some cover and make yourself more visible to the deer.

9. Make sure to find a good place to enter and exit your stand. Usually I will clear more brush here than I will for my shooting lanes because being quiet is the key.

10. Lure the deer into your shooting area

Learn how in Part 3 of How to get a deer this season.

If you know of any other tricks please feel free to comment on them.

~ Ben G.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Ten Steps for a successful Whitetail scouting trip. (Part 1 of 3 Tips on how to get a deer this season with a busy Schedule)

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Some of us have very busy schedules and don't have a ton of time to get ready for deer hunting like we would like to or use to so this little guide should help you out in those time crunch situations.

1. First make sure you are out in the woods at least five days before you plan to hunt. At five days you are very close to pushing your luck, but for the most part you should be ok.

2. Start out by identifying a food source then and work your way back into the woods. A corn field, bean field, clover, or even hay fields are all ideal places for deer to feed.

3. Find the major trails to and from the food source and follow them into the woods. Deer will travel a long way to get food. We have shot deer out in the middle of a 30,000 acre WMA and the deer have corn in their digestive system, so be prepared to have to walk a long distance.

4. There will be many trails that intersect the trail you start out on. My suggestion is to find the one that looks like it has first been used most recently and second looks like it has the most traffic.

5. Keep your eye’s open and look for the tell tail signs of deer.

6. Droppings will tell you how often deer frequent the trail by the amount of droppings. They will also tell you if the deer have used the trail recently. Fresh droppings are usually shiny and will squish if you poke them with a stick. Old droppings will look dry and crumble when you poke them.

7. Rubs are sign of a buck being in the area. Typically you will find them on trees that are about two and a half inches in diameter to about four inches in diameter. They will be anywhere from two feet to about three and a half feet off of the ground. You will know that the rubs are fresh if there is still moisture seeping out of the tree or the rub looks greenish in color.

8. Scrapes are another good sign of Bucks being in the area. Most often you find these by a tree that juts out further than any of the other trees in to a field or open area in the woods. This tree will typically also have lower hanging branches on it, but not always. A scrape basically looks like a deer cleared a bunch of grass out of a small area from a foot in diameter and can be up to four feet in diameter.

9. Eventually you will have walked far enough to find out where the deer are bedding. These areas can be quite different form one to another. Here are a few good places to look, really tall grass, thick brush, dry swamp, pine trees with nice sized open areas underneath of them. Basically you have to think like a deer what would keep you out of the wind, keep you some what dry in the rain, and allow you a good place to stay away from predators.

10. Pick the best place for your deer stand.

To find out more on picking the best place for your deer stand check back for part two of Tips on how to get a deer this season.
Let me know any steps you might have added to the list or even expand on some of the steps I posted.

~ Ben G.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Ben G. Outdoors is proud to announce our Fall 2009 Reader Appreciation Giveaway.

The Fall 2009 Reader Appreciation Giveaway is brought to you in Part by Hank’s Clothing, Warrior Outdoors, & Magnet Gun Caddy. All we ask you to do is leave a comment on this post telling us something you would like to see here at Ben G. Outdoors. Your comment could be anything from specific interviews, cretin site improvements, types of posts, more guest bloggers, specific guest bloggers or any thing you can think of that would make your reading experience better here at Ben G. Outdoors. Once you leave an improvement comment you will be entered for a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes below.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Trout Fishing Part 5 (final)

Our last morning started out like the day before. A quick breakfast, hop in the truck and go fishing. The only difference this morning was that we had to pack the rest of our stuff in the truck.

We hooked the four wheelers up and headed back to the secret spot. Only this time there was road construction on our way. We didn’t have to wait too long which was good because I think we were all a bit antsy to get back out and fish.

We finely got to the spot where we unload the four wheelers. We got them all off the trailer and took off down the trail. This time we were going to stop at the unnamed lake we saw the day before and check out the campsite. The ride was about 15 minutes to the lake with out a name.

Four wheelers at campsite on unnamed lake

When we arrived at the lake Gary grabbed his fishing pole and started to fish to see if it would be worth all of us fishing from the shore of this lake. George and my self grabbed our cameras and started to take a few pictures of this beautiful little lake and its surroundings. After walking around for about 10 minutes and Gary not getting a single bite we decided it was time to head back to the secret spot.

In the bottom left corner you can see Gary Fishing

The pics above are all pictures of the lake isn't it amazing

When we arrived at the secret spot today we immediately tried casing in the spots we caught trout the day before no luck. This was completely opposite from the day before. Oh well we decide to keep moving up stream to the other spots we caught fish. I think I caught one or two little trout but nothing to brag about.

Gary decided to try his luck down stream while George and I wanted to see what was further up stream. Oh my, what a brave choice George and I made. The woods were incredibly thick and walking was almost impossible. We would find a little spot here and there where we could cast and see if we could catch any fish.

Along the way I head a snap from behind me I didn’t really think much of it, but shortly after I heard the snap George said,” OH NO!” I looked back at George to see him holding his fishing rod which now was in two separate pieces. “I did it again”, he said. I responded with, “You did what again”. “Broke another rod” George exclaimed. I came to find out on just about every fishing trip Gary and George take together George either seems to break a rod or loose one.

We continued up the river for a little while longer. I tried fishing here and there and didn’t really have any luck. Finally George and I decide we should head back to the four wheelers and see what Gary was up too. The way back was just as tough a walk as the way up stream. It probably took us a good twenty five to thirty minutes to get back to the four wheelers.

Upon arriving I decide to cast a couple of times and see if I could catch anything. I didn’t have any luck. Gary was no where to be found, so George and I grabbed our cameras and started walking around. I was a gorges day and we got some good pictures of nature.

About twenty minutes or so went by, and Gary came back to the meeting spot. Everyone was kind of pooped out, but we wanted to do some exploring for next year before we went home. The four wheeler trail we road out on crossed the stream we were fishing so we decided to follow it.
The trail was narrow and had lost of twits and turns. Needless to say it was a slow ride, but still lots of fun. Along the way we came across some fresh Moose, and wolf tracks. It almost looked as though the wolf was following the Moose, but for some reason I doubt it.

Moose track and Georges hand for size reference

Wolf track I don't have a size reference but it was about the size of the palm of my hand
We arrived at our final destination when we came up on a big river (it was big compared to the streams and creeks we had been fishing). We think it was the South Brule? It looks like we found a spot for next year. We might even be able to catch some small mouth bass and pike here.

What we believed to be the South Brule River

It was getting close to lunch time which was time to eat and hit the road. We decide it was a good time to head back to the truck and go home. By this point I wanted to really ride the four wheeler. I took the lead and made the 45 minute ride into a 30 minute ride what a blast.

George crossing the river on the way back

It was a fun trip and I was sad that it had to end.

Things I learned on the tripAlways keep your fishing pole together b/c you may loose half of it

Never forget your ear plugs when staying in a cabin with two other guys (I brought mine and slept like a baby)

George likes to break fishing poles

Gary is a good fisher man who doesn’t like to eat fish (he did have one or two)

Some sort of sandals or water shoes would be nice for walking in the rivers. (If you have any suggestions please let me know)

Trout fishing can be a lot of work but well worth it in the end

Ben G.

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