Archive for March, 2008

Barak Obama…

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Barak ObamaI don’t really want to turn this blog into a political board, but at the same time, I see some things coming in this election that will have a great impact on us as outdoorsmen. I am surprised to see how much support Barak Obama has been raising. However, as an outdoorsman, his policies on gun control, and the 2nd Amendment scare me! I did some research into it a few days ago, and ended up writing an article on it.

If you have time, read this article on Barack Obama’s Gun Control Positions. We were up in arms 8 years ago because of the liberal gun control policies of Al Gore, and then 4 years ago because of the policies of John Kerry. From what I can tell, Obama will be just as liberal, and just as militant against our right to have guns. He has already tried to take away all semi-automatic firearms…there goes your Benelli from the gun cabinet!

There are a lot of other policies that I disagree with Barack Obama on, but I will save them for another place and time. This issue, however, is both close to my heart, and relevant to this readership. I encourage you all to check out what he believes on this issue before choosing to cast a vote for him!

Tuesday’s Tracking: Lowcountry Hunting

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Tuesday's TrackingsI must admit, writing these posts seems to get harder and harder.  Not because of a dearth of good blogs, but rather because of the great number of worthy blogs to write about.  I think I have my Tuesday blog set for some time!

Today, I want to throw my spotlight on Jeff over at Lowcountry Hunting.   Jeff lives, works and hunts in South Carolina, which is a world apart from what we have here in West Virginia.  One of the reasons I enjoy reading Jeff’s blog is because the hunting is so much different than what I get to experience up here.  I know, from living in Alabama for five years that they just do things differently in the south, and I grew to appreciate and enjoy the differences.  I still try to get at least a couple hunts per year in down in ‘bama.

Jeff also has one the opportunity to manage a couple of hunting properties.  Based on some of the pictures he puts up on his blog, it looks like he is doing a good job.  Jeff also posts about many of the issues that affect hunting, especially in South Carolina.  Today, he has a blog posted about legislation that would remove  the DNR Board, instead replacing it with a secretary appointed by the governor.  You can go over to his page and read about the repercussions of such a move.  Needless to say, it wouldn’t be in the best interest of the sportsmen!

I have to admit, however, that Jeff’s four post series on hog trapping has been my favorite.  He has been trying to get rid of some of the hogs on his hunting properties by trapping out some of the sows.  He has gotten a few, but had to pull his traps because of the upcoming turkey season.  What I have enjoyed the most about these posts is how he has included his son in the endeavor.  Reading about his son, and how much he likes going out with his dad, reminds me so much of my own son.  If you haven’t read it yet, make sure to go over and read about Bo skinning his first hog.   That boy is off to a great start!

Thanks, Jeff, for the great posts.  Keep that boy pointed in the right direction!

Hunt of a Lifetime

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

There has been much written in the blogosphere recently about the image of hunters and other outdoorsmen. Many writers have been trying to address ways that we can help develop a better image. There are tons of great things going on out there, that we all should be proud of. I am starting yet another category, with this post, to look at the great things that are done by hunters that help the world around us see our true character. Most of the time, in the media, only the stories that portray hunters in a bad light are publicized. Not only do we need to do more for ourselves, but we need to hold up the hands of those that are doing such a great job of promoting our sport, and doing good things for the community, for the needy, and for the underprivileged.

My inaugural post in this category is featuring Hunt of a Lifetime.  This is an organization that provides hunting trips for children who are terminally ill.  I first read about this organization several years ago, and really liked the idea.  Make-A-Wish Foundation used to grant these type of wishes to terminally ill children, but they caved in to the pressures of anti-hunting organizations.  Can you even imagine a group protesting the granting of the wish of a dying child?  Can you imagine why an organization like Make-A-Wish would cave into such demands?  Fortunately, a lady from Pennsylvania decided to do something about it.  Tina Pattison, whose son had Hodgkin’s Disease, was turned down by Make-A-Wish, when her son wanted to do a moose hunt in Canada.  Instead of giving up on her son’s wish, she jumped into action, and started calling outfitters.  Eventually, she was able to work out the whole trip for her son, who was able to kill a large moose.  You can read more of the story by clicking here.

But, the story didn’t stop there.  Tina continued organizing hunts for other terminally ill children.  Now, the nonprofit organization provides hunting and fishing trips for those 18 years old or younger that have a terminal disease.  There are a lot of different hunting and fishing organizations that donate to this cause, including Cabela’s, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  Outfitters from all over the country have donated their services, as have some helicopter companies and taxidermists.  Every aspect of a hunt is donated by some hunting or fishing related business, and even licenses are covered through the Hunt of a Lifetime foundation.   They have also received a lot of press from outdoors related publications.  Some of the first money donated came from readers of an article written in a school paper in Georgia.

This looks like a great organization.  Everything I have read about this charity has been good.  As with anything, make sure that you check out any organization before you contribute, so that you have confidence in those that you help financially.  It is certainly worth your time to check out this organization.  Surf their site, and get a feel for what they are trying to do.  It certainly appears that they are Makin’ a Difference.  They have stepped up, and have filled a need that is very important.  I am glad that someone has had the ability to get this type of organization rolling, and they can give these kids something that they really want.  Even though this is a controversial issue as Make-A-Wish discovered, Hunt of Lifetime is sticking to their guns, and providing these trips for kids who need them!

Thinking about helping?  Click Here.

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!