Archive for the ‘Off Topic’ Category

Outdoorsmen are Susceptible to Heart Attacks

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

I think we all know that hunters and fishermen (those not sitting on a boat fishing) are more susceptible to heart attacks. In fact, some research indicates that the rate of people who die in “hunting related endeavors” is seriously raised by heart attacks. In hunting seasons, more people will die from a heart attack than will die of gun related accidents. Ironically, I often hear the media report such incidents as if they were gun related. How often have you heard a reporter speak of a heart attack as a “hunting accident”? I know I have!

But, since we as outdoorsmen (there are higher incidents of heart attack among men than among women, at least in conjunction with the outdoor sports) are so susceptible to heart attacks, I thought I would share with you a website that I found that has to do with understanding heart attacks. You can jump over to the St. Jude’s Medical Center page dedicated to Sudden Cardiac Arrest if you want to learn more.

It is amazing to me how much progress has been made with heart health, and preventing heart attacks. I have a friend who has had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator put in his chest for some time now, and it has had a great impact on his ability to live a more normal life. In fact, he most likely would not be alive today if the device had not been implanted years ago. Unfortunately, he had a problem recently with the device, and had to undergo surgery to replace the wire leads, but he seems to have come through it pretty well, and is recovering.

I think this is an area that many outdoorsmen could make improvements. We need to identify whether we are at risk for heart attack, and try to take preventions to avoid it. I know that I could lose some weight before next hunting season to help avoid this threat (and I am trying to do it!). Other elements that may impact a person’s likelihood of heart attack include previous heart problems, smoking and strenuous labor that you may not be used to. I found a really good article over at HuntingNet.com written by Tracy Breen that addresses some of these issues. There is a really good chart, showing the increased heart rates of certain activities related to hunting in some hunters that were being monitored. I know that makes me think!

If you get a chance, check out the two videos on the St. Jude’s page, InsideCardiacArrest.com. There is some very good information available there, which will help you to evaluate yourself, and the chance you may have of succumbing to a heart attack. As is stated on the page, don’t limit yourself to the information found there…be sure and check with your own doctors!

Thanks to InsideCardiacArrest.com for helping to support this blog!

Dreamin’ Big…African Safaris!

Friday, April 11th, 2008

T. Jeffrey Safari CompanySince I was old enough to hunt, I think I’ve dreamed of being able to go to Africa and Hunt. Then, when I went off to college, my first roommate was from Africa, and told stories about living there. That only fueled my fire to want and go and hunt there. Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to do so…maybe someday!

I came across a pretty cool website today of company that runs African Safaris. T. Jeffrey Safari Company offers a lot of different safari options, including a Namibia safari hunting trip. Be sure to visit the website, so that you can see all of the great animals available for hunts in South Africa!

This website is very well put together, and has all the information that you need to inform you on African Safaris.  What really surprised me is the relatively low cost of the Safari.  In fact, you can take an African Safari, and have the opportunity to take several animals, for the same price that a guided elk hunt usually costs in this country.  I found it ironic that there are some North American hunts offered on the same site, and an antelope hunt is comparable to an African Safari!

The pictures of harvested animals on this site are great.  I would like to see the pictures be a little bit bigger, but that is probably just because I love looking at that kind of picture.  It’s great being able to see people who have been successful on such a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Viewers should beware, there are several harvest pictures with a lot of blood showing.  There are even some pretty graphic pictures of head shot game, which does not bother me at all, but I thought I better warn you about it.

I think you all will enjoy taking a look at this website.  It has a lot of great pictures of African game species, and a lot of happy hunters.  Who knows, if you ever have the chance to go on an African Safari, you might wan to check out T. Jeffrey Safari Company!

Thanks to the T. Jeffrey Safari Company for supporting this post!

My Kind of Online Store…

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Cavender's Western WearI have always liked western wear stores, even though I have not really have a lot of western wear. While I was living in Alabama, I really got the itch for buying western wear. I got to where I wanted a pair of boots, and ended up talking myself out of it over and over. But, surfing the web today, I came across a website that reminded me how much I like this style of clothing. Cavender’s has a really good selection of cowboy hats boots, shirts and pants. In fact, looking around the website, I found several products that caught my eye…so if anyone wants to get me a birthday present next year, here are a few suggestions…

Justin's Work BootsFirst, I really like one pair of boots that I found in the sale area. This pair of Justin’ Work Boots is now available for $124.99. They look comfortable, and have a no-slip soles, and they actually come in size EE, which I need (and they are hard to find).

They have a huge selection of cowboy hats, which are really cool too.  I’m not sure I would ever really wear one enough to buy one, but they are still really cool!  I knew some of the boots could get expensive, but I never really expected the hats to go so high.  I guess this area is like a lot of other things:  you get what you pay for.  Cavender’s has, of course, boots and hats for every price range, so they are worth a look if you enjoy this kind of clothing.

Texas Dry Goods ShirtI really like western wear shirts.  I have a couple of these, even though they are not really “in style” where I live.  But, that’s not the point.  I like ’em!  I noticed that Cavender’s has a great selection of western wear shirts, and there are tons of styles.  Even though I am not from Texas, I really like this shirt (to the left).  Again, my birthday is in January…hint, hint, hint…

If you get a chance, jump on over to Cavender’s Western Wear, and look around.  If you like this style, I’m sure you can find all kinds of stuff to suit your fancy.  I’m going to go look at some of their sale items, and see what is available…

Thanks to Cavender’s for their sponsorship of this post…

Off Topic…

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

With my last post, I started a new category entitled “Off Topic”, and I want to give you all a little more information about that topic. I have been trying to find a way to earn a little extra dough from this blog–with the intent of it paying for itself in the long run. At the same time, I want to keep it relevant to the blog’s topic, which of course is hunting, fishing and the outdoors in general.

I debated for a long time about whether to accept “paid posts” or not. On one hand, I didn’t want to do it because it is difficult to fit most of the opportunities into the context of this blog. I also did not want my readers to think that I wrote a particular thing only because I was paid to do so. On the other hand, it looks like I can cover my hosting and domain fees by only writing the occasional “paid post”.

So, I decided that I would, in a very limited capacity, write some of these posts to help with these expenses. As soon as my other blog, The Next Best Thing, is built up sufficiently, I will probably write all paid posts over there. That blog is more geared for marketing and advertising…this one is supposed to be my “pleasure blog”! Unbeknownst to me(probably because I didn’t read everything clearly enough), I have to write 10 posts for the company I am working with now before I can register another blog. It also has to be at least 3 months old, so my other blog will have to wait a little while.

I have decided to designate paid posts as “Off Topic”, so that you all will easily be able to identify those posts. If you don’t want to read them, it will give you the easy indicator to skip it. However, I am making a few rules for myself as it pertains to these posts, and you have my word on these:

  1. I will only write about things that I think my readers are interested in. If I don’t think you can benefit from it, it won’t show up here.
  2. I will be honest with my evaluations of what I write about. I will tell you what I think about a website, or product, whether good bad or indifferent. That doesn’t mean I am an expert, and I certainly value any input you have on these posts. Thanks Steven for the info you added to the last post. I am sure upon further evaluation, and more experience, other products and possibilities can be unearthed. Research everything for yourself before joining something!
  3. I will not write many of these types of posts. My plan now is to try to limit it to at most a couple per month. I have too much to write about otherwise!
  4. I will not let this interfere with my readership. Simply put, if you all don’t like it, its gone. It is not a staple of this blog, and never will be. If it appears that some folks stop reading because of this addition, I will knock it off and bury it beneath the big oak tree down by the river!

Please tell me what you think of this way of monetizing a blog. And remember, I will clearly identify each of these “paid posts” with the category of “Off Topic” so that you can easily identify it. So, from now on, if you see “Off Topic”, then you know what type of post it is!

Get Published!

Friday, February 29th, 2008

As most of you know, I have been tinkering with writing for some time. I have about 70 articles published on Associated Content, and I continue to write for that site. Hopefully I will have a couple more articles published there in the next few days to tell you about. Recently, however, I have wondered about further possibilities. A couple of posts back, I mentioned the need for literature (such as comic books) designed by hunters for kids or young adults. Well, another Idea I have had is to try to write either a series of short stories, or a book centered around hunting, fishing and other outdoor endeavors.

The problem with a major writing project like this is getting published. Realistically, it is nearly impossible to get a manuscript into a major publishing company. Establishing a market for the book before hand would be necessary, and difficult to do. We, being virtually unknown to either the market or the publisher, would have a very difficult time getting anything past the planning stage.

This is where self publishing companies come into play. I came across one today, AuthorHouse, that makes getting your book published easy to do. From scanning their website, it looks like the company will work closely with you through the entire publishing process. You start by signing a contract, and then upload your manuscript. You maintain constant contact with representatives of the company through the whole process, including design, layout and final publication.

There are 3 levels of publishing to choose from: paperback, hardback, or full color paperback. Prices start at $698 to get the book published. that may seem like a lot of money, but it is really not much, compared to going through traditional publishing services. Once the book is published they will help market the book by putting it in their store, as well as selling through Amazon and Barnes and Nobel bookstores.

This publishing is done on demand, which means that one book at a time can be published. Each book is published, and then distributed at the time of the order. You as the author can order the books at the discounted (wholesale) price, so that you can distribute as many as you want to yourself.

This service may certainly be the answer if I ever get to where I can sit down and organize my thoughts into a coherent book. When I get to that point, I’ll dig a little deeper. Maybe some of you folks are a little farther along than I am. So, check out this Book Publisher!

EDIT:  Special Thanks to AuthorHouse for sponsoring this post…