Midwest Whitetail – Sportsman Channel Shows Streaming
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This year’s deer seasons are creeping ever closer and though I haven’t mentioned the wiley whitetail in some time, you know they are always on my radar. Midwest Whitetail’s current season of TV shows is now running on Sportsman Channel and you can check each of them out at the following link on the MW webpage.

Not sure if I’ll get in as much filming this year, but still planning to contribute where I can. Enjoy!

Vimeo – HD Entertainment
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As someone who is more or less sick of watching redneck or well-to-do hunters whack 160″ bucks on somebody else’s property, I’ve watched essentially zero outdoor television in the past 24 months…until I found Vimeo. For those of you not familiar with the website, it is a (for lack of a better description) high-end Youtube. HD quality videos uploaded by everyday people with excellent video editing skills. Some companies and professional videographers are now using the platform to share their work too, but the bottom line is that the material you find is way more entertaining, genuine, and alternative than most of what you find on cable’s outdoor television networks. It takes some digging to find the hunting, hiking, and outdoor videos, but they are worth the search.

Form a “Watch Later” list, buy a Roku (one of the best money-saving inventions of the past 5 years), cancel your cable or satellite subscription, link your Roku to your online Vimeo account, and enjoy some extremely polished hunt-umentaries.

Book Review – “Wilderness and the American Mind” – Roderick Nash
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One of the best books I’ve read in quite some time – I’d say it is currently sitting on my Top 5 All-time list. Definitely not a light read, but an excellent read nonetheless. Walking through the history of wilderness into the present day challenges facing this fixture of our American heritage, Nash takes a vast topic and thoroughly addresses each phase of mankind’s outlook and perspective on wilderness. Moving from fears of vast and wild places rooted in Old Testament Scriptures and Greek mythology to admiration of modern wilderness, it is a fascinating read. One of the most striking things about the book is the consistent evolution of societies with respect to wilderness. At first, wilderness is a threat to civilization and development and the “good life”, but only until it is almost gone; at that point, men realize that a landscape without wilderness isn’t much of a worthy landscape at all, and the last remaining patches of wilderness are fought for and cherished like never before. A remarkable turnaround that characterizes the American experience with wilderness.

Smattered throughout are shortened biographies of people like John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Thoreau, and others – all men who championed the cause of wilderness in their day and laid the foundations for national policy that protect wilderness to this day. Their public fights against politics, money, and big industry set the precedent for the preservation of these lands even today.

Today’s wilderness is NOT the wilderness our nation had 100 or 200 years ago – not even 50 years ago. Since the 60s and 70s, wilderness faces a new threat – being loved to death. Wilderness faces a new set of challenges today, and other nations worldwide are consciously setting aside wilderness areas as we speak. Wilderness is a non-renewable resource. Once it is gone, it is gone. Personally speaking, this book gave me a new and heightened appreciation for the wilderness areas I have been fortunate to have hiked and hunted. An absolutely fantastic read that I can’t recommend highly enough!

OBX Vacation
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Just got back from a very relaxing week at the beach with family to celebrate my Grandma’s 90th birthday. One of the best beach weeks I can remember.

I had so much fun with my 2 favorite girls. Raelyn was full tilt all week long – playing in the sand, splashing in the water, picking up seashells, chasing ghost crabs…

The other great thing about the beach was the food we ate. Somehow every night’s meal got better than the last and culminated with a lowcountry boil. 3 pounds of shrimp, 2 pounds of kielbasa, 10 ears of corn, 2 dozen blue crabs, and 5 pounds of red potatoes. One of my favorite meals on earth. I got such a good deal on the crabs that we had another 2 and a half dozen to pick the next evening too.

I didn’t get much time to fish due to overall busyness and the water conditions. I did, however, take a picture of every single fish we caught the entire week.

Yep, I got one-hit. Fishing was pitiful, probably the worst I’ve ever had at the coast. That being said, it was still one of the funnest and most relaxing trips we’ve ever had. Just a great time spending time with family!

Earth First! – Speechless
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Occasionally, I’m momentarily surprised by the way someone acts or the words somebody says. Rarely am I shocked…

This qualifies.

Most of you who know me, realize I strike a pretty good balance between my pursuit of hunting and fishing adventures and an appreciation of wilderness, all things wild, and environmentally-sensitive issues. Heck, I posted twice and both times positively about global warming/climate change a couple months. This obviously implicates me as a voting career straight-liberal vote! So, for the first time in almost 1,400 blog posts, I’m going to call someone ridiculous and out of touch with reality, oh, and did I mention, criminal. Perhaps this may bring their wrath down upon me..

Who cares?! Me not.

For those naive to the fact that people like this actually exist, they do. I’m not going to waste my breath anymore, I’ll just let them convince you that they are lunatics with their own words.

Being interpreted: Guide to being a domestic terrorist.

Being interpreted: Let’s better learn how to be criminals while better learning how NOT to get caught.


Being interpreted: And now you should go to jail.

Being interpreted: 3 cheers for our captured domestic criminals/terrorists (they would substitute word ‘activists’).

Unreal.

Infolinks 2013