Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas - Unplugged

Facebook. Twitter. Blogging. Those are three things I haven't been doing for the past twelve days or so. I reached a "social media" saturation point and took a self-imposed break from the online world. When I get burned out or annoyed by those things, I have to step away and take a breather. It's remarkable how much I got done! Not to mention, life continues to function just fine without a daily barrage of Twitter and Facebook updates. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy both and the friends I have there, but there are times when I have to cut the electronic umbilical cord. 

I've spent more time with my daughter, especially since she's on Christmas break. I've also done some hunting, made preparations for the holidays, and started reading a honest-to-goodness physical book. Reading is something I really enjoy, but don't make as much time for as I should. 

My main purpose for this post is to wish those of you who will be on the road or in the air safe travels. I hope everyone has an enjoyable time spent with family and friends! I've still got some wrapping to do myself. Yes, I'm one of those last minute folks. 

Here are a few recent photos I'll share. Other than that, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! God bless you and your families!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hunters Wanted. Do You Have What It Takes?

The outdoors is looking for a few good men and women. Specifically, the outdoors is looking for a few good men and women to fill the position of Hunter. This is a high-level, demanding position that requires a certain kind of person with specific qualities. In order to assist you in determining if you have what it takes to fill this position, we have summarized some of the primary qualities a hunter needs to have. Before applying, please read over the following list and it should help you determine if you have the right stuff. 

Necessary Characteristics of A Hunter 

1. Impeccable Fashion Sense 
The hunter must be able to dress in the appropriate camo for the situation at hand. Mixing camo is a definite no-no. Wearing Realtree AP with Mossy Oak Infinity is not the proper attire for the hunter. If you go to work wearing one black sock and one blue sock, you may not have the necessary fashion sense. 

2. Animal Identification 
The hunter must be able to instantly identify target animals. This is not as easy as it sounds. For example, can you tell the difference between a deer and a squirrel? They both have fur and they both live in the woods. Not so easy, huh? 

3. Promoting the Job 
While not a requirement, owning a truck is a big plus for the hunter. All of those decals look much better plastered all over the back window of a truck than they do on a car. Not only that, but you can put many more decals on a truck. Once the back window is full, you still have the tailgate and rear bumper. 

4. Impeccable Hygiene 
Your hygiene routine in preparation for a big date may leave something to be desired, but when preparing for a hunt, you must pay strict attention to personal hygiene. Are you prepared to shower with scent-free shampoo, wash with scent-free soap, brush with scent-free toothpaste, use scent-free deodorant, chew scent-free gum, use scent-free lip gloss, wash clothes in scent-free detergent, store clothes in scent-free bags, dress at the site, spray your clothes with scent killing spray, spray your equipment with scent killing spray, and then do it again when you get to the stand? 

5. Tolerate Long Hours 
The hunter must be able to endure long, grueling hours in the stand - perhaps as many as 2-3 hours at a time. While this may seem near impossible, it is generally acceptable to take breaks for certain things - to pee, eat, take a drink, stretch, smoke, check email, update Facebook status, tweet, check sports scores, make a call, pee again, etc. 

6. Ninja-like Skills 
It is imperative that the hunter have the ability to sleep in the stand without dropping anything that might spook game. Snoring is permitted if it sounds like a grunt call. The hunter must be able to continue listening to his or her surroundings while asleep and be able to wake with the reflexes of a cat

7. Marksmanship 
The hunter must have the ability to put as many rounds down range as it takes to drop the target animal. Preferably, all rounds should be in the same general vicinity.

8. Judging Distance 
While there are rangefinders for this purpose, being able to accurately judge distance by eye is a good skill to master. This will allow you to determine if you can get the job done with just 2 or 3 shots or if it's going to take every round you have (refer to marksmanship above). Plus, there's the added benefit of being able to accurately tell your buddies how far they're going to have to drag your animal. 

9. Excellent Physical Condition 
It is absolutely, positively mandatory that the hunter be in excellent physical condition. You have to be able to ride your ATV from the cabin door to the stand without running short of breath or having a heart attack. 

10. Survival Skills 
Wilderness survival skills are a must for the hunter. If you run out of Doritos, Slim Jims, jerky, and Mt. Dew, you must be able to fend for yourself until you can get back to camp on your ATV. 

11. Fearlessness 
If you're afraid of the woods, the dark, being alone, getting lost, strange noises, bunny rabbits, insects, wind pigs, bulls, beavers, being eaten by bears, Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, werewolves, vampires, the HillBilly Beast, chupacabras, Goatman, gargoyles, brown-eyed monster things missing a tan leg, or having chickadees land on your head, this probably isn't for you. You must have nerves of steel.

12. Creative Thinking 
The hunter must be able to think on his or her feet. If the hunt didn't go exactly as you planned, it is important when telling the story later that you can "fill in the gaps" and make it sound the way you wished it had turned out. 

13. Continuing Education 
The position of Hunter is an ongoing educational process. During the off-season, you must be able to devote hours, days, weeks, and even months to watching television shows and hunting videos. It is a necessary hardship in order to keep your skills sharp. 

These are the basic, yet required characteristics of a Hunter applicant. If you think you posses these characteristics, you may just have what it takes to join the ranks. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Blog of the Week: The Hunter's Wife

This week's blog of the week is already familiar to some of you - The Hunter's Wife. It is owned by Jody, who really is a hunter's wife. Jody is a self-proclaimed city girl who uses her blog to highlight the humor in being married to an outdoors kinda guy and everything that goes along with that. She has a knack for finding the funny, too! 

While outdoor humor is the focus of her blog, Jody also includes other interests, some funny and some serious. She has done some high profile interviews as well as being interviewed herself and has done several reviews. Being the social butterfly that she is, Jody can be found on both Twitter (@thehunterswife) and on Facebook

The Hunter's Wife is not only one of the funniest blogs around, but also one of the most professional looking blogs on the Web. If you haven't visited Jody's blog before, you really should. She updates it regularly and it's a very enjoyable read! To use Jody's own words, "I feed squirrels and hug little baby deer. In my borrowed camouflage." 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Close Encounter. Or Deer Gone Wild.

This is a short 24 second clip from a video my brother shot while he was hunting. Adam was sitting between rows of a cornfield and had attached his video camera to a cornstalk next to him. You are essentially seeing everything from his point of view. Watch closely what happens 14 seconds into the video.

You can hear the buck coming just moments before he blasts into view and you can hear my brother as he realizes what's happening. Adam said it really startled him! If you've ever hunted in a standing cornfield, you know about the limited visibility. A tad bit closer and Adam would have been buck roadkill!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Do You See Two of Me?

Some of you may have noticed that I'm following your blog twice. I am, but not really. To make a long story as short as possible, I recently changed my email address. The only problem was that Blogger/Google didn't like me using a second Gmail address with my Blogger account. When it was all said and done, I finally got my new email address associated with my Blogger account, but it treated it like a totally new profile and I lost my "following" list with the original profile and email. Even though my original email address/profile has been deleted, that profile still shows up on some of your friends lists. Why it wasn't removed when the original profile was deleted is beyond me. I had to go back and follow your blogs with my "new" profile (so stupid). So that's why you may be seeing two of me following you. I don't have a twin and I'm not a creep, perv, or stalker...just so we're clear!

And while I'm on the topic of Blogger, I have a minor rant. Has anyone else been having problems lately when viewing or commenting on other blogs or even when working on your own? I've had tons of "time outs" and problems getting blogs to load recently. I don't know how many times I've typed a comment on a blog and when I tried to post it, the page would time out and stop loading. It's very frustrating and it only happens with Blogger related sites. It's like their servers are slow, overloaded, or both.

Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there. I feel better now.

Stupid Google.

Okay, now I feel better.