First Dove Hunt with Her Daddy!
Sep27

First Dove Hunt with Her Daddy!

How special being outdoors with your Daddy dove hunting!!  It is never too early to experience this tradition and all that nature has to offer.  Go Daddy!  She had a wonderful experience and asked her Daddy if she could go on all the hunts!  That’s my Grandgirl!!  Before you know it, she will be hunting as well.   Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Take your Best Shot!
Sep25

Take your Best Shot!

There are many reasons why you should encourage your girl to start hunting.   Here are a few: 1.  If you get your wife or girlfriend excited about hunting you will increase your number of hunts. 2.  You will be able to buy more gear as she will have an understanding of why you need these items. 3.  You will get closer – there is nothing better than sitting in a stand together for 4 – 5 hours with no where to go. 4.  You can plan hunting trips together. 5.  You will find yourself in the sporting goods department a lot more often. 6.  Your girl will be the ” cool girl “ among your friends. 7.  We need all the help we can get to promote and protect our 2nd amendment rights     Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Me and My Benelli
Sep23

Me and My Benelli

Ok,  you could say that I am in love with my new ultra light Benelli 12 gauge shotgun.   I have been in the market for a another shotgun for some time. I love to hunt doves, turkey, and ducks so I felt like my 20 gauge over under was coming up short on versatility. Now, I can’t complain… I have had some pretty good success with my 20 gauge- a trophy turkey, couple of ducks and plenty of doves over the years. But, a girl has to have as much confidence as possible and a 12 gauge Benelli does just that. It is impressive in every way. First,  I love being able to load and shoot 3 shells instead of two.  David Floyd, one of the owners at The Gun Store, took good care of me when selecting the gun that was right for me.  We carefully went through all the different aspects of the gun and how I wanted to use it.  A 12 gauge has more recoil and are typically heavier than a 20 gauge.  Since I got the ultra light, the weight of the gun was not an issue.  As for the recoil, I have not had any problem with it.   A 12 gauge should have an advantage of range but more or less has the same shooting power as the 20 gauge.  Since I love to hunt turkey and ducks as well as doves, I think the 12 gauge will be the perfect gun for me.  So,  I embrace my Italian roots and I am thrilled with my Beneili!! Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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A Family that Hunts Together! – By Lauren Walters
Sep23

A Family that Hunts Together! – By Lauren Walters

There is no computer, no cell phone, no television, or video games. There’s only me and the 2 people that mean the most to me, my father and my son. I can’t think of a sport where you have more quality time than the sport of hunting provides. I believe that hunting is a natural desire that God put in all of us. It is survivalism in its purest form. On this day, it was a clear sky, a slight breeze, and there was plenty of sunshine. We drove the 6 wheeler with a cooler full of icy drinks in the back. Colson, my son, had to sit on my lap against his wishes. He’s getting too old (he’s 9) and way too cool for that….in public at least. We backed into the corn field…literally, we backed over corn stalks to snuggly be hidden from the doves sight. In front of us was a field of dead, black, shriveled sun flowers. In my wonderfully twisted mind, I considered taking family photos there. We got situated with twirling stools, snacks, guns, shotgun shells, sunglasses, hats, and ear plugs. Colson was in front ready to shoot some doves, and me and Daddy were behind him seated comfortably on the “Gator” which is the 6 wheeler. The sun was intense and the sweating began, but Daddy took a deep breath and propped his foot up. I knew he was in his element. He is more relaxed while hunting than any other time. What I love about dove hunting is you don’t have to be quiet. You need to be still, but not quiet. Conversations that you can have while hunting are endless. You have each others undivided attention. It is completely silent and you can talk about anything. I believe all first dates should be spent hunting! The doves started flying and the shots began. When you see a dove coming into the field you yell “mark”. This is telling everyone in the field with to “mark” the dove and the person sitting closest to it shoots. This is not to be confused with the name “Mark”. There is no one in our dove field named Mark, but if there was, everyone would want to sit with him. Dove hunting is the only hunting that holds my attention for hours. I absolutely love all the action. There is never a dull moment. The excitement and pride is immeasurable when Colson shoots a dove and he puts his gun down to run and get it. I think he more so floats to it. This excitement wont die down for days. He is absolutely...

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The Harvest- Grilled Dove Breast
Sep15

The Harvest- Grilled Dove Breast

Since the bird is very small, you only keep the breast. Simply rinse well and pat very dry. Add either a prepared Italian dressing or make your own marinade with olive oil and spices of your choice.  You can’t go wrong so let your imagination lead you.  Let the birds marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Longer is better.  Remove from the refrigerator and allow the doves come to room temperature.  Fire up your grill and let them grill to a nice brown. Another option is to add a piece of bacon wrapped around the bird and secured by a wet toothpick.  The bacon adds a lot of flavor and moisture.  You will love it!  Simple and easy. Pair it up Italian sausage,  acorn squash, sliced tomato  and an arugula salad. Wow!!! Also,  they make a grey appetizer with a side of garlic cheese grits!   Ingredients: Dove breasts  3 per person Italian dressing Optional: Bacon slices   Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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