Happy Hunting Ground
Jun30

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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Getting Schooled on Surf Fishing!
Jun27

Getting Schooled on Surf Fishing!

Living on the beautiful South Carolina coast for many years has given me plenty of opportunity to enjoy just about all it has to offer. Recently I was on my morning walk on the beach, and it hit me like a rogue wave that I have never been surf fishing. I’m always looking for new outdoor experiences, and that is exactly what I set out to have. I knew I had a lot to learn. (The last thing I wanted to do was hook myself or some other unsuspecting beachgoer when I attempted to cast my line!) Instead of Googling surf fishing, I knew right where to go to get some expert advice. Captain Ron Bailey of Seven Seas Seafood , a true salt fisherman and a man I like to call my friend, was really animated when I told him I wanted to go surf fishing, and he immediately agreed to set me up with a rod and reel and some straight talk on what would be most important to know. I figured out pretty quickly that my “surf-casting outfit” had nothing to do with what I was planning on wearing, but everything to do with balancing my rod, reel, line, and the weight of the lure to make sure everything was in proper proportion for the species I was seeking. As I listened intently to his words of wisdom and his expertise on what items I would need, my mind held on to one bit of advice in particular: “Make sure you bring a comfortable chair.” He laughed! I could tell immediately that a lot of patience would be required. “Because our beaches are flat, with few natural troughs, most fish are attracted to the churning white waters and just outside of the suds. Don’t try to cast your bait to China—you will throw over the fish if you cast too far,” Captain Ron explained. Captain Ron told me that two hours before or after high tide, especially when these times coincide with dawn or dusk, is the best time to surf fish. Fish tend to come in closer to feed at these times. “It doesn’t hurt to look for runoffs or drain drifts coming from land to sea. This additional water flow creates a backwash as it hits the waves and can attract fish,” he further explained. I was getting very excited and I thought I would look through our home library to see what books we had about saltwater fishing. I found a few interesting titles, to say the least. One book in particular was a 1959 Fisherman’s Handbook, and I got a huge laugh...

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Cures for the “Off Season Blues”
Jun22

Cures for the “Off Season Blues”

It’s that time of year for many hunters; we get the case of the blues with hunting season months away from opening.   Many hunters find themselves in that funk of what to do to keep their favorite sport active and alive. To keep my passion for hunting alive, I love to surf the great hunting posts on Facebook and it amazes me how many hunters share this passion.  It is easy to join hunting forums where you can keep the conversation going with hunters everywhere. For me, I love rocking my camo clothes as much as possible. Being a staff member of Prois has given me an opportunity to get the word out about this amazing line of women’s outdoor clothing and gear. After a year of wearing something camo (365 days!), I still like to  wear something such as a scarf, hair tie, etc every chance I get.  Check out these cute sandals I found at Francesca’s  Here are some other ideas that can help: Even if you don’t have acreage, set up deer cameras in your backyard and watch and learn about animals in their habitat.   It is a great family activity. Play fun nature games with the kids –  I found a wonderful outdoor game at Bass Pro called CAMP that is great for ages 4- 68! Set up some “critter” hunting.  Here in SC, hog hunting is year round as well as coyote. This will help the conservation of turkey, quail, and deer. Help a friend repair and maintain deer stands. Practice your turkey calls –  There are really great U-Tube videos to help perfect your calling skills. Pull out some game meat from your freezer and explore wonderful recipes and give thanks for the harvest.  Share with friends. Be sure to wear your “camo apron”! Learn a new skill – how about learning to use a tree climber? That might be ambitious for many of us, but there are so many new skills you can learn. Take up a hobby… I have met several amazing hunters who carry on their outdoor passion throughout the year with beautiful handcrafted wood art, paintings, & writings. Go to the range and fire that gun. Shooting clays is always a great way to keep up your wing shooting skills. Shop for great off season sales at sporting stores. Prois is having amazing summer sales on items you will wish you had when it comes to hunting season.  I love my new Prois Edition Jacket I just got on sale! Organize your hunting clothes and gear. Time to clean your guns?  Now is the time to make...

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Farm Photos From My Pa Home
Jun05

Farm Photos From My Pa Home

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