Question of the Day: What Does Santa Look Like in the Summer?

Everyone Knows What Santa Looks Like Dressed for Christmas!












Please put your clothes back on!

Happy Holidays!

A New Thought: Good news is just life’s way of keeping you off-balance!

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Published in: on December 23, 2010 at 11:48 am  Comments Off on Question of the Day: What Does Santa Look Like in the Summer?  
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Some Great Photos!

Some people get the best camera shots.


















Some of these great photos may have had a bit of help!


And Another Thing:

Wisdom from Groucho Marx: Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies!


This Sunday’s Graphics will be:  Horses


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Published in: on December 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm  Comments Off on Some Great Photos!  

Recipes: Venison Canapes

T’is the Season 

Quick Nibbles are Popular Party Fare!


If you have a freezer full of deer meat and holiday guests coming, you can “wow” your friends and relations with venison tidbits!

Here are 2 easy recipes — that will show that you can shoot and cook!  Your crock pot or slow cooker will finish the work and keep things toasty!


Sweet-and-Sour Venison Meatballs

5 lbs. ground venison

1 lb. ground chuck

1 large onion, minced fine

1 cup Italian style bread crumbs * (see Note after this recipe)

2 eggs, beaten

oil for frying (I use olive oil)

1 quart (32 ozs.) catsup

12 ozs. grape jelly

Mix together venison, ground chuck, finely minced onion and beaten eggs. Mix in enough bread crumbs to keep meat together, forming meatballs.

Cook in oil until done.

In a separate container, mix catsup and jelly.  Heat until the jelly melts. Put meatballs in crock pot and cover with sauce.

Cook 2 – 3 hours on high temperature.

Meatballs are popular fare on a buffet table because they are bite-size.

Note: Instead of purchasing Italian bread crumbs, make your own.  Pulse slices of bread (in a food processor) to = 1 cup crumbs.  Mix 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings to the crumbs.  Use as directed in recipe.


Polynesian Venison Bites

2 lbs. ground venison (or moose, or elk)

1/2 cup quick uncooked oats

1 can water chestnuts, drained and chopped

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained (reserve juice)

1 cup beef bouillon

1/2 cup vinegar

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

1/3 cup green pepper, chopped

Mix the first 8 ingredients and form into small meatballs. Brown in oil and drain well.

Mix brown sugar and cornstarch.  Add juice from pineapple, bouillon, vinegar and soy sauce.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until clear and thick.  Boil for 1 minute.  Stir in pineapple and green pepper.

Add sauce to meatballs and simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Serve hot.

Alternate ending (using a slow cooker): After frying, add meatballs to slow cooker.  Pour boiling liquid over meatballs and let the meatballs simmer in the crock pot 1 hour.  Serve hot.


Thought for the Day:  A penny saved is a government oversight!


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Sunday Special: Western Rear Window Graphics

This is my Sunday Series — when I show some of my rear window graphics.  This week, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the variety in this category:  Western Rear Window Graphics.

This is from the Cowboy Up Collection!


This is from the Cowgirl Up Collection!


Cowboy with a Gun Western Rear Window Graphic (a National Geographic Photo)


'Rodeo Cowboy' is a National Geographic Photo!


'Skull on a Wood Wall' is another National Geographic Photo!


These 5 Rear Window Graphics are from Vantage Point Graphics!


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A Few Tips for Duck Season

Wood Ducks on the Wing! *


One Way to Pluck Ducks & Geese

Plan to pluck your ducks and geese dry.  According to MDH (my deer husband), they are easiest to pluck soon after shooting.

If you situate your ducks/geese over a bag or deep pot, you can pull the feathers down and into the container.  Pull down with the lay of the feathers.

Another Option

If this sounds like too much work, I have an alternative.  Delta Waterfowl president, Rob Olson has some great videos on cleaning ducks.

Rob Olson’s 3 Pail Cleaning System

Breasting a Duck

Leaving a Wing Attached

Don’t Forget the Drumsticks & Thighs – Great info on how to BBQ a Goose!

Plucking Ducks

Dressing Ducks

Each of these are 2 to 5 minutes and well worth your time!

Tending to Your Decoys

Before storing your duck/goose decoys, spend a little time checking them over for next year.

This tip is from Chuck Barry, President of Texas Hunting Products (in Houston, TX).  To repair shot holes, use a short length of polypropylene rope.  Touch the lit end of a match to the end of the rope.  Dab the liquid polypropylene on the holes.

This operation can seal the holes.  However, if you check the repair before the area cools, you can use all those cuss words you’ve saved up (for just such an occasion)!

* Reflections of Autumn – Wood Ducks Rear Window Graphic used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics!


Our Sunday’s Special this Weekend: Western Rear Window Graphic Photos!  Then come back for a new article on Monday!


REMEMBER:  Deja Moo is the feeling you’ve heard this bull before!


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Published in: on December 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm  Comments Off on A Few Tips for Duck Season  
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What to Expect in 2011!


There were probably many, many times this year when my blog and I may have…..

  • Disturbed You,
  • Troubled You,
  • Pestered You,
  • Irritated You,
  • Bugged You,
  • or got on your Nerves!!


So today, I just wanted to tell you….


Suck it up Cupcake!!


‘Cause There


Planned for 2011!!


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Published in: on December 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm  Comments Off on What to Expect in 2011!  

When Lightning Strikes a Person!

You know to abandon a fishing trip when lightning starts flashing.  However, how do you prepare for lightning when there is only light rain?

In a word:  You don’t!

When Lightning Strikes

Thunderstorms Can Gather Quickly on Water!

Sometimes, there is no warning … no way to prepare … but a bolt from nowhere can take your life!

Scientists say that a single lightning bolt is between 100,000 and 1 billion volts of electricity!  Obviously, this can kill a man.

A Cautionary Tale

The following is an interesting story about a guy who did all the right things and still suffered a freak accident.

Dale Nash of Many, Louisiana, was competing in the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash at Sam Rayburn Reservoir with friends about 18 months ago.

Since rain and thunderstorms were forecast, he was ready to either don his rain suit or abandon fishing, depending on the weather.

About 11:30 am, a light rain started.   The anglers heard thunder rumbling miles away.   After checking the conditions, Mr. Nash put on his 100 mile/hour rated rain suit — and continued to fish in one of the 3 boats.

The last thing he remembers is casting his line.  When he awoke, he was lying in a different boat — almost nude — and aching all over!

What Happened

There was a deafening clap of thunder and the friends watched Nash fly out of his boat.  His clothing was flying like confetti.

By the time the closest angler got to him, Nash was lying in the water, about 10 feet from his boat.

Doctors state that Nash’s heart had probably stopped before he hit the water.  However, hitting the cool water shocked his heart into beating again!

While the friends were struggling to get Nash into a boat and race him to a hospital, other anglers called 911 to alert authorities.

The Damage

Dale Nash spent 4 and 1/2 days in a Burn Center with 1st and 2nd degree burns — to his arms, legs and back.

The impact of the bolt of lightning also knocked the fishing rod from another friend’s hands (in a nearby boat).

However, Nash’s boat and fishing equipment took a direct hit.  Lightning melted both of Nash’s fish-finders, fried the entire wiring system in the 1 year-old boat and seared holes through the fiberglass.

The lightning strike caused the trolling motor’s control unit to explode, ruined the 300 horsepower outboard motor, popped the glass facings off some of the gauges — and more.


Dale Nash counts himself one lucky man; he survived!


‘Lightning’ used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics.


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A Hunter’s Dilema: To Bone or Not to Bone?

These Deer are Alert and Watching!

The Boning Process

After bringing your game down, you must decide whether or not to bone.  Boning simply means removing all the meat from the bones — usually in the field.

Some folks swear by it while others swear at it!  Here are some of the pros and cons of boning.

The Downside of Boning

Why would it be a bad idea to bone out your game?

  • It dries out the meat,
  • The meat can get that ‘gamey taste’ or even spoil,
  • Dirt and other contaminants can affect the meat.
  • If you are boning, you aren’t hunting.
  • State regulations may require you to remove the animal in a particular way, so it can still be identified.*

As you cut the meat away from the bones, it exposes that meat to the air, which dries out the flesh.  When you are ready to prepare your game for processing, you may have to throw away overly dried, shriveled meat.

When you are out in the field, sanitation conditions are dicey.  The chances of the meat spoiling — or adding that gamey taste — increase the longer the meat is exposed to the elements.

Another issue is the fact that if you are busy boning, you are not hunting!  Some hunters see this as a terrible waste of their limited hunting hours.

Finally, nothing else matters if your  state requires you to remove game from the field in a certain way, so it can still be identified!

The Advantages of Boning

There are a couple of reasons you might want to bone out your animal in the field:

  • You are only moving meat, thus reducing the weight of your pack back to camp.
  • If  you had to bring ice to keep the meat safe, you won’t need nearly as much to cover the meat, instead of the carcass.


The rule of thumb among seasoned hunters is:  Only bone out an animal as a last resort when the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Of course, if your state specifies how an animal is to be transported from the field, all other considerations are immaterial!


* The state of Texas requires that deer be removed from the field in quarters, so the animal can still be identified.


‘Early Snowfall’ Rear Window Graphic used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics.


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Published in: on December 8, 2010 at 10:29 am  Comments Off on A Hunter’s Dilema: To Bone or Not to Bone?  
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Fun Photo!

To Brighten Your Tuesday!


This comes from

Jacques Swart

@atmarulahunt Mokopane South Africa
This was available from one of  his Twitters!
He obviously does some serious hunting and guiding too!


Things have been hectic!  Hope to get back to writing later today!

A few wise words:

The secret to success is knowing who to blame for your failures!

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Published in: on December 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm  Comments (1)  
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Ready for Deer Hunting Season

Article first published as Ready for Deer Hunting Season on Technorati.

The Rut Distracts Deer from Their Usually Cautious Behaviors!


You have done it all: You have watched the deer trails in preseason; studied the topographical maps so you can see the lay of the land in your sleep, and gotten the fix on the prevailing winds of your hunting area. You are ready for deer season!

Deer Are Ready

While you have scoured the catalogs for the latest gear in hunting deer, your foe has been getting ready too. As summer changes to fall, the blood testosterone in the bucks rise, which signals the antlers to harden and the velvet to curl up and fall off.

Without a mirror to view his ‘rack,’ bucks start whacking their antlers against small saplings or cedar bushes. They need to learn what they can and can’t do with their head-gear! This exercise also develops their neck and shoulder muscles.

Before the rut starts, the male deer start sparring with other bucks in the group, honing their skills and determining their hierarchy in the herd. The prize: The dominant buck will mate with the most does.

Surprisingly, dominance is not determined by antler-goring but by deer flailing each other with their front legs, while standing on their back two legs!

If you are lucky enough to witness one of these fights, you will be struck by the awesome and savage majesty of nature!

Fortunately for hunters, as time moves closer to breeding, the bucks lose interest in fighting with each other and start searching for receptive does.

Deer Season and ‘the Rut’

State game wardens generally set deer hunting season during the deer breeding season. This is good timing for hunters because deer, which are usually extremely cautious, wily and nimble, let their guard down for a few weeks.

However, once a hunter zeroes in on a whitetail, the buck literally snaps to attention! The hunter usually only gets one shot because the buck does the impossible: He jumps, he swerves, he soars – and he’s gone!

The Annual Conflict

The reason most hunters return each year is because they love pitting their deer knowledge against the instincts of a beautiful foe.

Deer hunters come out second-best so often because they are fighting for their dinner, while the buck knows he is fighting for his life!


“Dream Team One-on-One” – used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics!


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Published in: on December 2, 2010 at 1:24 am  Comments (6)  
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