Giants Among Turkeys!
Feb16

Giants Among Turkeys!

When I joined the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association by the urging of writers, Dr. Bobby Dale and Jim Casada,  I had no idea I would be in such incredible company.  If being a career Emergency Medicine physician isn’t enough, Dr. Dale of Tupelo, MS shares his passion for turkey hunting by writing books about adventures he and his colorful and famous cohorts have enjoyed over the years.   I am so tickled to add Turkey Roost Tales, Bearded Rednecks, and his very special children’s book, Rainbow to my library.  Dr. Dale’s hunting tales confirm that being a  turkey hunter puts you in a club that is distinguished from all others.  It’s that immediate smile you get when you say “turkey hunting” and you know right then the person you are speaking with is in the club.      Rainbow will touch your heart.  It has a special message not only for your special youngster but for you as well.  Nature belongs to everyone and the “main character” will make you feel like a child again. Check out dg book sale to find out more about these wonderful books and Dr. Dale will be happy to inscribe them for you. Dr. Bobby Dale, SEOPA’s first vice president, read my article that appeared in Sporting Classics Daily and asked Jim Casada to contact me to encourage me to be a part of this outdoor communications organization.  Jim has been my sponsor and my mentor and I could not feel more privileged to be associated with these amazing writers.  Quite frankly, it is a bit intimidating to have these talented writers read my articles and blog posts!  I humbly admit, I write for fun and my writing skills are not on their level or even close! Jim Casada is a retired history professor from Winthrop University and a widely published outdoor writer with over 40 books and over 5000 magazine articles published.  Currently the Editor at Large for Sporting Classics,  he has earned more than 150 excellence-in-craft honors for his writings.  I first learned of Jim Casada several years ago,  when my husband and I received a book gift,  America’s Greatest Game Bird by Archibald Rutledge- edited by Jim Casada.  Written in the first half of the 20th century, Rutledge’s stories about turkey hunting are timeless and capture the spirit of why the turkey is truly the greatest game bird.   Jim Casada masterfully assembled what is called the Rutledge Quintet a collection of books with Rutledge’s tales of his love for  hunting and the outdoors.    To get more information on these books, visit Jim Casada Outdoors where there is a virtual library of some of the best outdoor...

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Happy Hunting Ground
Feb07

Happy Hunting Ground

As seen in Grand Strand Magazine  – February/ March Issue – Written by Ashley Daniels   Camouflage certainly makes a fashion statement. Especially when you’re a woman wearing it in some way, every day, for 365 days. That’s exactly the statement—and much more—that Maggie Boineau is making with her camo365 mission. It’s something she took on (and inserted into her wardrobe) September 5, 2015, the opening day of dove season here in South Carolina. “Camo really is a good conversation starter,” says Boineau. “People don’t think of Maggie Boineau, Realtor of luxury property, as someone who does this. And I still do that. By the way, I’m not just about hunting. But when they know I can also handle guns … I don’t come out and talk about it too much, but the camo has raised awareness.” The awareness Boineau has raised and the passion she’s introduced for hunting, as well as conservation and the second amendment, to a female audience has been much better than she first expected. By blogging her life story out in the wild, Boineau has tightened the connection between fellow hunters who also break the mold. “I am not an expert at anything,” she says from her home base in Murrells Inlet. “I want to make sure all women, no matter the level of experience, have an open door to explore what’s out there, from carrying a handgun to target shooting to hunting in the field.” Boineau grew up around guns and hunting as the middle child of a family of seven on a 250-acre dairy farm in northeastern Pennsylvania. While her three brothers and father were the ones who’d venture deep into the woods during deer season, Boineau was still known as the Annie Oakley of the family as early as eight years old. “Hunting was really about harvesting meat for the family and filling the freezer; it wasn’t done for recreation,” she says. “But I always had a fascination with guns and archery as a child because guns were an everyday thing on the farm. I had a bow and a BB gun and I would shoot snakes with a .22. I had a really good eye … such a tomboy.” Boineau shares memories she has of her dad returning from a hunt with his big coat. “He would come back in the house and start pulling things out—like a magic coat: cockbirds, pheasants, grouse, rabbits and squirrels,” she says. “And I would help clean the game down in the basement with my mom, so I learned to appreciate the sacrifice the animal makes in this life cycle.” Flash-forward to her migration...

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