Why I Like Night Fishing!

In this very hectic season, I like nothing better than an evening of fishing.  However, I might be in the minority;  night fishing isn’t for everyone.

Peace and Quiet

When the sun sinks below the horizon, there’s something wonderful about the

Fishing in the Evening is a Great Way to Wind-Down from the Busy-ness of the Daytime Hours!

quiet that takes hold. I find night fishing more restful and serene than fishing during daylight hours.

Although there can be more dangers with reduced light, there seem to be many pluses — it’s a chance to tune into the night noises — frogs and crickets singing and the stars winking down from the night sky.

Fish Aren’t So Picky

Without elbow-to-elbow fishing that often occurs during the daylight hours,  fish don’t have so many choices for a meal. Biologists say that fish seem to increase their feeding behaviors  just after the sun goes down and around dawn.

Whether out on a boat or on shore, I like to go out when the moon is full.  The water might be as slick as glass after sundown, and the moonlight is enough light to keep an eye on any rippling in the water.

Dining on Bugs and Lures

By using top water lures, I’m able to throw my line out where the top feeding fish are dining on the mosquitoes and bugs that are skimming along the water.

The Down-Side of Night Fishing in Texas

In the southern parts of Texas, we seem to have 10 months of summer, 20 to 30 days of fall, a couple of days of spring and whatever is left over we call “winter.”

At present, it is still fall; our winter is in January.  All those mosquitoes that have left colder climes are chewing on us — still.   I’m convinced we buy and use more bug spray than any other state in the nation.

Next time you grumble that ‘some folks’ can still fish at night in short sleeves, remember that mosquitoes usually come along for the ride!

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Sunday Special: Harley-Davidson Graphics

This is my Sunday Series — when I show some of my rear window graphics.  This weekend, in honor of our story about the Harley-Davidson that killed a Grizzly, I’m going  to highlight our Harley-Davidson rear window graphics!

 

How 'Chrome Eagle' Looks on a Truck

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Skulls are a Popular Theme – This one is Called – Triple Skull!

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Unique and Stylish – ‘Glory Eagle’ Rear Window Graphic

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A Traffic Stopper – ‘Hot Spin’ Rear Window Decal

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A Great Combination: Harley & Patriotism – ‘Shining Sea’ Window Decal

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One of My Favorites: ‘Freedom Banner’ Rear Window Graphic

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A Traditional Style Graphic: Vintage Winged Bar and Shield

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Selected mid-week, these graphics are scheduled to be posted @ about midnight Sunday – until midnight Monday am.

Come back tomorrow: For our regularly scheduled program!

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Let Us Pause for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is the Time to Remember That our Cup is Half-Full!

My husband, Richard, is a marathon runner.  He received this recently from the Fort Worth Running Company and sent it with me (as an email).

I couldn’t improve on the ideas expressed here … and hope it is meaningful to you too!

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Today is a great time to pause and reflect on our history of this wonderful day we call Thanksgiving.

So let’s take a journey back in time and recollect why Thanksgiving came into being in the first place. Why do we have Thanksgiving?

The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England, on September 6, 1620. Their destination? The New World. Although filled with uncertainty and peril, it offered both civil and religious liberty.

Pilgrims Arrive in New World

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For over two months, the 102 passengers braved the harsh elements of a vast storm-tossed sea. Finally, with firm purpose and a reliance on Divine Providence, the cry of “Land!” was heard.

Arriving in Massachusetts in late November, the Pilgrims sought a suitable landing-place. On December 11, just before disembarking at Plymouth Rock, they signed the “Mayflower Compact” – America’s first document of civil government and the first to introduce self-government

After a prayer service, the Pilgrims began building hasty shelters.

Pilgrim's Shelter

Just image yourself, arriving in a new land with no provisions; many sick and starving among you, and yet thankful to God to be here, having escaped the religious persecution of the church in England which wouldn’t allow them to worship in the manner that they pleased.

During the first winter, half the pilgrims died because of the harsh elements and lack of food.

Because of their gratefulness, God provided a good harvest that summer and they came into fall with provisions for the winter.

Being grateful to God, the Pilgrims then declared a three-day feast, starting on December 13, 1621, to thank God and to celebrate with their Indian friends. It was America’s first Thanksgiving Festival.

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Pilgrim Edward Winslow described the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving in these words:
“Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling (bird hunting) so that we might, after special manner, rejoice together after we gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as… served the company almost a week… Many of the Indians [came] amongst us and… their greatest King, Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted; and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought…

And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet BY THE GOODNESS OF GOD WE ARE… FAR FROM WANT.”

But it was actually President Abraham Lincoln who permanently established the fourth Thursday in November as a national holiday.

It should be noted that President Lincoln was so shaken by the Battle at Gettysburg when he saw the graves there and having suffered the loss of his own son, that he committed his life to Christ, therefore forever placing his life in the hands of almighty God.

It is important for us as Americans to remember the same faith that brought our founders and forefathers forward throughout the generations that caused them to pause once a year in a day of prayerful thanks to God almighty.

It is the same faith that causes us to pause on Thanksgiving to remember the God who provides our nation with it’s bountiful harvests each year and will continue to bless us as we remember Him.

So we pause today and we prayerfully ask that God will Bless You and Your Family at Thanksgiving as we pause to give thanks to Him who provides for all of us all year long…..

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Thank you for coming here today … and every day!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Watch for Those 2 Legged Varmints; They Can be Brutal at this Time of Year!

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Another Amazing Story: Deer Flies In & Out of Car!

Truth Can Be Stranger Than Fiction

In today’s story, a deer flies through the front windshield of a car, strikes the three occupants and continues on its way out through the back windshield!

 

Lucky to be Alive!

Read the Whole Story!

 

Yesterday’s Truth Can Be Stranger Than Fiction

If you missed the grizzly story yesterday … here it is!

Harley Hog and Rider Hit Grizzly; Rider Survives, Harley & Grizzly Don’t!

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Hot off the Presses: Grizzly Killed by a Harley!

 

These are such amazing photos, I had to share….

Huge Grizzly Killed by Motorcycle **

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I would’ve liked to see the expression on the biker’s face just before impact!! 

Can you believe a motorcycle killed this HUGE GRIZZLY?

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This grizzly was hit by a Harley on Lolo Pass. This is the pass between Lolo, MT and Kooskia, ID.

Lolo Pass, elevation 5,233 feet (1,595 m), is a mountain pass in the northern Rocky Mountains on the border between the U.S. states of Montana and Idaho approximately 25 miles (40 km) west-southwest of Missoula, Montana.

It is famous as the location where the Lewis and Clark Expedition crossed the summit of the Bitteroot Range via the Lolo Trail on their outward and return journeys in 1805–06.

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Look at the claws on that sucker!

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The biker spent three days in the hospital!

The hog’s a wreck (Harley Motorcycle)!

Lesson Learned: Don’t go Bear Hunting with a Harley, they only last one hunt!!

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Second Lesson Learned: Thank Goodness the Rider was on a Harley Hog — Otherwise, He Probably Wouldn’t have Survived!

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Thanks to Richard, MDH*

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*MDH = My Deer Husband

** I’ve already consulted snopes.com — but it’s not there!

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Published in: on November 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm  Comments (2)  
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A Few Tips for Deer Hunting from a Tree Stand

Tree Stand Safety

A tree stand in a wonderful invention but wind, weather and time can wreak havoc on the structure.

  • Before hunting, check the stand for safety.
  • Check the fastening system that keeps the stand attached to the tree.
  • Are the tree spikes secure?  Can they hold your weight?
  • Make sure your string or rope (used to raise & lower your unloaded weapon or bow) is secure and ready-at-hand.
  • Do you have a harness system that secures you to the tree?

    Tree Stands Can Really Make a Difference! Make Sure They are Placed at Least 10 - 12 feet up - and out of a Deer's Line of Sight!

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Check the color of your tree stand.  I knew a hunter who never got within shooting range of a deer until he realized the bottom of his stand was shiny.  When he painted the tree stand matte, he solved the problem!

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Deer Stands in Dry Areas

In dry areas, deer will drink water each day.  Before setting up your tree stand near a water source, make sure the tracks are fresh.

  • Deer usually get water in the afternoon, before going out to feed and in the morning, before heading to their bedding areas.
  • Have you checked the topographical map for the area for the number & size of local watering holes?
  • Your best chance of getting a deer while watering is if the watering pools/ holes are far apart.
  • If there is too much water in a small area, the deer can pick-and-choose the spot and your chance of being at the right place is smaller!
  • Deer know they are vulnerable at watering holes & they stay alert. Skittish deer will bolt at the first sign of movement or noise.  They don’t hang around to find out who/what made the noise!

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Tree Stand Deer Hunting on Public Lands

  • Stay in your tree stand as long as possible if other hunters are around.
  • Some hunters hunt in the early morning and leave by 8 am, to get to work.
  • Between 10 am and 2 pm:  hunters are moving to and from lunch.
  • All this hunter movement keeps the deer moving too.
  • In this situation, your best tree stand spot where wooded areas meet and form a natural funnel.  Deer prefer to avoid open areas and use these natural screens.

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More on this topic soon!

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Sunday Special: Firefighter Rear Window Graphics

 

This is my Sunday Series — when I show some of my rear window graphics.  This weekend, we highlight our firefighter rear window graphics!

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"This Says it All: First in, Last Out! -- Shown by Permission of ClearVue Graphics

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Catch the Dramatic Flames of 'Fire Rescue' -- Shown by Permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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These Full-Color Images Capture the Drama of Fighting Fires; Shown by Permission of ClearVue Graphics

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Children Love to Come to the Fire House to See these Amazing Trucks — Shown by Permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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One of the Most Dangerous Jobs on Earth! — Shown by Permission of ClearVue Graphics

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If you are looking for a Traffic-Stopping Image of Firefighters at Work – Look no Further!

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Each Graphic comes with Instructions and a 3 Year Warranty!

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Using Camo and a Blind When the Deer Aren’t

Article first published as Using Camo and a Blind When the Deer Aren’t on Technorati.

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Used properly, camouflage can significantly improve your chances of getting close enough to a deer to shoot.  However, camouflage doesn’t cure all problems — all the time.

Face Paint, Face Veils & Head Coverings Disguise the Human Form!

How Camo Helps

Whether you use face paint, head veils/coverings or other camouflage materials, they usually do a great job of breaking up your outline.

They also help you blend in with your surroundings, thus forcing deer to use his other senses to find you.

Ground blinds in camo patterns extend your ability to hide while offering you visibility of your surroundings.  Here are a few hints about camo and ground blinds:

  • Bowhunters should locate their blinds about 15 – 20 yards away from trails made by game.
  • Use curved edges when covering your hiding spot, rather than squared edges.  It looks more natural.
  • Set your ground blind at a higher elevation than you expect to see game.  This takes you out of his direct line-of-sight and usually gives you a wider view.
  • Cover yourself completely; your skin, watch and weapons must be matte.  If a deer sees the sun reflecting off  the face of your watch — you are toast!

Other Considerations While Hunting

Safety is your first consideration — for yourself and other hunters.  Here are a few tips so you don’t become accidental prey or hurt others!

  • A bright orange vest/jacket/hat should be worn on your way to your hunting spot.
  • Don’t wear or carry anything that is the color of the game you are seeking.
  • Hang a tag of bright tape on the animal when you are field dressing or carrying game to your vehicle.
  • When you hear another hunter approaching, call out in a normal voice to alert others.  Do not shout, use a whistle or use an animal caller.
  • Be extremely careful of using an animal caller when other hunters are in your hunting area.
  • Be sure that you will have a clear shot and that you can see on the other side of the animal — before you shoot.

Remember: Safety takes a few extra seconds, but regret lasts for a very long time!

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Published in: on November 19, 2010 at 11:15 am  Comments Off on Using Camo and a Blind When the Deer Aren’t  
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Emergency Situations While Hiking or Hunting

No matter how well you plan, emergencies arise.  Are you ready?

Snake Bites 

If you remember the rhyme, " ... red & yellow kill a fellow, ...." you know this is not a venomous snake!

If a snake bites someone in your party, the day’s agenda will change!  The most important job you have is helping the injured party.

First, let’s dispel a few myths.  Rattlesnakes don’t always rattle before striking.  They may not rattle if they have just shed their skin.

You don’t have to worry about bites because you have chanced upon a mom snake with her babies.  Generally, snakes are live births and the babies strike out on their own rather quickly.

Solutions to Your Snake Problem

  • Is the snake venomous?  If you don’t know, don’t assume!
  • Keep the victim (and the rest of the group) calm.
  • Discourage folks from sharing gruesome snake stories!
  • Wash the wound with soap and water.
  • Keep the victim quiet and discourage them from walking around.
  • Keep the bitten area (usually a hand or foot) below heart level.
  • Take the victim to the nearest medical facility.
  • Don’t waste time trying to kill the snake; many secondary bites happen this way!

Animal Bites

This is a rare occurence in the field — but it does happen. How do you handle this?

  • If the skin is broken, wash the wound with soap and water.
  • Apply pressure to the bleeding, if any.
  • Determine if the attack was provoked.
  • If the animal attacked without provocation, you must consider rabies!
  • Notify the authorities as quickly as possible (county sheriff, etc.).
  • Seek medical attention for the victim.

Insect Stings and Spider Bites 

Black Widow = Shiny with Hour-Glass Shape on Lower Abdomen; Brown Recluse = Violin-Shaped Mark on Top of Head

Bees and wasps are common pests in the outdoors.  Solutions include:

  • Wash the sting with soap and water.
  • Put a cold pack on the injury for 15 -20 minutes.
  • Give aspirin (acetaminophen to children) and apply cortisone cream.

Some folks have an allergic reaction to stings/bites:

  • Their wound swells quickly – beyond normal bounds (toe sting swells the whole leg, etc.),
  • they can have shortness of breath,
  • have a sudden drop in blood pressure,
  • become anxious and restless,
  • have a rapid pulse

THIS IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY! Get medical help immediately!

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Black Widow Spider, Brown Recluse or Scorpion

  • Clean the wound with soap and water,
  • Apply a cold pack,
  • Seek medical attention ASAP!

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