Things That Go BUMP in the Blind!
Mar30

Things That Go BUMP in the Blind!

Those of us who hunt turkeys can’t wait to get out in the woods to take on the challenge of calling in that gobbler and making a perfect shot. Unlike deer hunting, where we have the option to sit high above the ground in our tree stands, we are resigned to hunting from a ground blind or under a tree. I love sitting up high and being able to look down and know what is going on all around me. But turkey hunting does not offer that opportunity, as elevated blinds aren’t allowed. When turkey hunting, I prefer a ground blind to sitting up against a tree. Like last year, I am hunting solo but very grateful that I will be dropped off at my blind instead of having to walk a long way to get there in the early darkness. Entering my blind, I settle in and set up as quickly as possible so that I can turn off my headlamp to avoid alerting the turkeys roosting high up in their trees. I check that my gun is loaded, and the safety on. A blind is just that—a blind. You can’t see in, and in the dark you can’t see out! I rest my handgun on my lap, just in case. In case of what, you ask? Memories of last year swirl in my head. I was dropped off deep in the South Carolina swamp near Gum Branch Creek. My blind was set up approximately 2 miles away from where my husband would be hunting. The guide said he would be back around 11 to pick me up. As I was getting ready to turn off my light, I checked my cell phone to make sure I had reception so that I would be able to text my husband, and at that moment I realized my battery did not charge overnight as I had expected. Okay, I have no cell phone, no backup battery pack, and no one’s coming for me for five hours! Immediately, my mind is on high alert. What if a snake bites me? What if I have an accident? Could there really be a Swamp Man? What the heck was that noise? It sounds close! My handgun is off my lap and held in a firm grip in my hand prepared for anything that might happen. I take a deep breath and calm myself down. Yoga breathing. Yes, everything will be fine. It was probably a squirrel. Minutes seem like hours as the owls screech overhead, and the blackness inside my blind has never seemed blacker. There’s no moon to lighten the skies. I swear...

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Giveaway Time!!!
Mar20

Giveaway Time!!!

  To be a successful Blogger, you need  Subscribers and Followers!  What is the difference?  If you sign up on my blog, you are a Subscriber and will automatically receive a notice when I post a blog.  If you are a Follower, you support my posts by clicking on them when they appear in social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  Many of you do both and I am so thankful for  all this support! I hope that I keep you entertained and find my blogs interesting and positive.  I love celebrating hunting, fishing, all outdoors activities and encourage anyone interested to contact me with an idea or a guest blog. To show my appreciation for all the support I have received, in September 2016 on my one year anniversary of publishing Camo365, I started “Random Acts of Giving”.  Some of my giveaways have been advertised, and some not.  Subscribers  and Followers who have interacted with me through comments on my blog are entered into the drawings.  The good news is it costs nothing to be a Subscriber or Follower.  Yay!  My goal is to provide relevant content and great photos.  Here are some of the giveaways I have sent to my supporters: One of the most popular giveaways was these handmade antler oyster knives.  I may bring them back for another giveaway! Handmade Camo Headband I want to thank all of my Subscribers  and Followers for their support!  Click, Click, Click! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Hot Gobble Soup on a Cold Wintry Night!
Mar16

Hot Gobble Soup on a Cold Wintry Night!

In just a few more days. we will be out hunting turkeys, so  I checked the freezer and saw that we had two large packs of turkey breast meat from last March.  The weather is cold tonight with temps expected to go to the mid 20’s which is very cold for a night in March in South Carolina.  What could be better than wild turkey soup with wild rice?   Nothing except organic vegetables, spices, and wild rice was used to celebrate this beautiful bounty!  What an amazing dinner we had!   I tried a different approach to making the soup and was happy with the results.   Check out this recipe: Ingredients: Turkey breast meat cut in into chunks 4  carrots 4 stalks of celery 1 large onion 6 cloves of  garlic- crushed in large hunks 1  can of diced tomatoes 1 carton of chicken broth low sodium organic 4 cups of water Fresh sprigs of parsley Spices:  salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, tarragon, rosemary, onion powder, garlic salt- to taste! I tried something different – I tossed the turkey chunks with olive oil and seasoned them with rosemary, salt and pepper,  I roasted them in the oven for about 15 minutes so that they were partially cooked.   I sautéed the onions, carrots, garlic, and celery in olive oil until translucent.  I added all the ingredients except the wild rice into the crockpot and cooked for 4 hours on high.  I added the wild rice the last hour.   The soup had a fresh, aromatic, and hearty appeal.  My hubby said it was the best wild turkey soup he has ever had and I have to agree!  We are so inspired to have a very successful turkey hunting season this Spring.  Thank you Mr. Tom!           Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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A Day in The Life of Angie – Make That Call Sing by Angie Kokes
Mar11

A Day in The Life of Angie – Make That Call Sing by Angie Kokes

Growing up in a hunting family I always had access to help and the equipment I needed, but tirelessly found my mind yearning to do everything myself.  I didn’t want to be the girl who had to have her hook baited or birds cleaned by anyone but me.  And my stubbornness to do so has shaped me into the hunter and angler I am today.  I like to call it the self taught by trying all the wrong ways first and then figuring out all the right ways later…chalking that up to my stubborn streak.  However this worked well for me over the years accept in the goose blind. Goose hunting was something that was always done with my dad, brother and their friends and eventually my husband. Since there is a lot of work that goes into goose hunting, blind building, setting decoys, etc., when you’re allowed in the blind the last thing you want to do is screw the hunt up for everyone else, and so I never blew a call.  Well not exactly never, but the few times I did attempt it I was met with unfavorable looks from the other hunters,  and comments like, “you sound like a dying rabbit, you need to go home and practice.”  So I would just sit back and let the masters work the birds and when they brought them down I was the hunter who would shoot and not be heard…at least not heard blowing a call. Fast forward dozens of seasons to my having my own blind.  I still had experienced callers out to hunt several times but on one blustery day with a blizzard starting to howl my husband, brother in law and I gave it a go on our own, all of us basically non-existent in the skills of calling geese department.  By mid morning we had no birds and the guys decided they better stop playing and get home to feed the cattle.  I opted out of actually being responsible and decided I wanted to stay and hunt, I just knew in my heart this was going to be a good day for birds.   They shrugged their shoulders and left mumbling some sarcastic form of good luck with that. I’d been secretly wanting to goose hunt on my own for some time, and now was as good a time as any to let that call screech!  I let the boys get well out of range of any sound I was about to make before I started my  “it’s about time Angie learned to blow a call session.”  Rummaging through the calls I picked out a couple...

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Quail and G.R.I.T.S. – A Recipe for Fun!
Mar06

Quail and G.R.I.T.S. – A Recipe for Fun!

What could be more fun than girls with guns and the camaraderie and antics that come about during a quail-hunting weekend at  George Hi Plantation, Garland, NC. When Penny Schmiedeberg, Guest Services Manager, read one of my articles I had written about “female friendly hunting destinations”, she knew I needed to see it first hand. She contacted me to let me know about a very special upcoming event. Being a hunting blogger focusing on girls who hunt, I decided to attend the G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Really Into Shooting) woman’s weekend event, which included shooting lessons with Elizabeth Lanier of Lanier Shooting Sports who happens to be a NSCA Level III Instructor. There were plans for two quail hunts – one by horse pulled wagon and one walking. Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) one of the most respected conservation groups in the United States, would treat us to a special presentation and trunk show featuring D. Wright Clothing. I was super excited with anticipation and could not wait to make the trip. Knowing that George Hi Plantation is an Orvis Endorsed Wing shooting Lodge made me feel even more fired up if that is possible! When I drove down the long winding road into George Hi Plantation, my eyes were drawn to the gorgeous landscape of lakes and fields plus some strategically placed antique horse drawn wagons (without the horse, of course). Immediately, I knew I was in a very special place. The DuBose family has owned the property since 1942 and, in order to preserve the history, they maintained the name George Hi after the George Highsmith family who owned the property for nearly 100 years throughout the Civil War, time period. They lovingly restored the circa 1855 plantation house which is now available for guests.  The Lake Lodge where we stayed was warm and inviting with huge leather sofas you could just sink into, two roaring fireplaces and a wide porch beckoning you to come sit awhile. The accommodations were wonderful with each spacious room featuring a private bath. I was off to my lesson with Elizabeth and she immediately read me like a book and broke down what I needed to do to become a better wing shooter. Truly, up until now I had been “winging” it. After an hour spent with Elizabeth, I was on track to hunt birds! I fully understand why she is at the top of her league! Back at the lodge, I loved the fact that we could ease through the day from shooting lessons to having a glass of wine on the porch and our hunting clothes and boots were always the perfect...

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