Counting Down the Days!
Jul29

Counting Down the Days!

Oh deer! I have been racking my brain trying to get my game plan together. Yes, the countdown has begun . . . while most people are enjoying summer boating, fishing, golfing, beach time, and other wonderful outdoor activities, some of us are counting down the days until deer season starts. If we are not thinking about it, we are probably sleeping and dreaming about it. I know I am. It is all about preparation, and this season, we are focused on hunting mature bucks. All hunters know that four- and five-year-old bucks don’t live that long making themselves easy targets. Our main focus will be keeping our human footprint as light as possible so as not to put pressure on the deer. How do I smell? Do tell!   Camouflaging our human scent is extremely important, and this year, we are adding dogfennel to our scent control plan to mask unnatural odors from our boots. It grows everywhere in the Southeast and it has a strong odor that will be perfect to hide our scent. We are not sure exactly what method we will use to get our boots covered with the scent, but I have visions of stomping our feet in the stuff as if we were squashing grapes for wine. The answer is blowing in the wind . . .  Next, we will focus on wind direction, which goes hand in hand with our scent control plan. Since a buck will use his nose to detect danger approaching, knowing the wind direction is one of the most important details to take into account. We have several stands to choose from and will select which stand to hunt based on the wind direction, always wanting to be downwind to best control our scent. Having options with the right stand for the direction of the wind can make the difference between seeing a buck and not. Otherwise your answer will be just blowing in the wind. A ScoutLook weather app is great to pinpoint your stand so you can check for wind direction. Stand by me  Besides the typical preparations such as pruning and clearing shooting lanes of fallen trees and debris, my stand will need to be cleared of any potential for wasps. Wasps are my phobia. I am OK with spiders and snakes, but not wasps. Letting out a scream because of a wasp will not help with hunting a trophy buck! I also need to check the swivel seat on my stand for squeaks and groans, as well as giving the stand a thorough checkup to make sure it is structurally in solid shape, as...

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There is No Glass Ceiling in the Woods
Jul20

There is No Glass Ceiling in the Woods

It is not hard to recognize that women hunters are on the rise and on the rise at a rapid pace.  Depending on where you are located,  finding  a woman hunter can be like finding a unicorn; they simply don’t exist and in other areas, it is so common, it is like “ so what”?  Woman are showing just what they are made of.  They are skilled, experienced, and passionate about hunting.  There are no barriers when it comes to women in the woods.   They are on equal footing with men and many times have advantages over their male counterparts.  Maybe it is patience.  Maybe it is determination.  Maybe it is just down right honed skills.  Truly, hunting transcends most barriers, even age and socioeconomic factors.  It is never too early to be exposed to hunting and rarely too old to actually hunt if the desire is there. I am a proud member of the Hunt Staff for Prois Hunting Apparel and Gear for women founded by Colorado native, Kirstie Pike,  In her neck of the woods, woman hunters are part of the landscape.  It is truly a way of life.  Since I became a member, I have networked with women hunters across the country and I can tell you they are the real deal, not just girls looking for a photo opt.  They are passionate, skilled, and experienced women doing the work of hunting.  They scout, they track,  they go into the backlands to hunt sometimes for a week at a time.  They field dress their kill and pack it on horseback for the long ride home.  I am so impressed with the knowledge and the contributions these woman make to conservation, education, and  the charitable contributions they make in their communities. They come from all walks of life… stock brokers, draftsman, hair stylists, stay at home moms, caregivers, chiropractors, paralegals, web consultants, waitresses, home schoolers,  nurse practitioners, Clerk of Court Officers, attorneys, ranchers, farmers, orchard owners, professional  shooting/archery instructors and professional hunt guides, and so many more hard working, amazing women! The most apparent common link with all these woman, besides their love to hunt, is their desire to protect our resources and their commitment to conservation so that their children and the generations to follow will have the same opportunity to love the outdoors and preserve the heritage of hunting. Here in the low country of SC, woman hunters have been here right along, but maybe not as noticeable as in other parts of the country.  With social media, more and more women are showing their passion for the outdoors.  There are a lot of...

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A Photographic Quest For The Perfect Shot!
Jul09

A Photographic Quest For The Perfect Shot!

Meet Jenny Hanna, a local artist and an up- and- coming photographer whose passion for getting a perfect shot is turning heads! You might say that Jenny has always been drawn to the outdoors and at an early age developed a great appreciation for the beauty that nature offers. Walking in the woods was part of everyday life growing up in the country in the small town of Johnsonville, SC and it instilled a deep desire to capture beautiful moments in unexpected places. Living on the South Carolina coast has been home for Jenny for the past 3 years,  so  instead of walking in the woods  she is stalking the local waters for that amazing photographic moment.  Her favorite subjects are  birds of the southeast Atlantic coast! Being a successful bird photographer is no easy task.  These amazing birds scare easily so being stealth and patient is key along with a great zoom lens!  Jenny never thought she would end up dressing in camo since she does not hunt, but when she is on the hunt for a great photo, that is exactly what she does.   Her fortitude and tirelessness come easy to her – anyone who can crochet, knit, or sew like Jenny must have the stick-to-itiveness and determination to capture a photo destined for canvas. There are so many wonderful places to photograph birds in the area, and Jenny canvasses the Inlet and the Garden City causeway for signs of birdlife.  Her most exciting shot was a Wood Stork in flight.  These “threatened” wading birds are always exciting to see and it is wonderful that they have been downgraded from endangered to threatened. A perfect day for Jenny includes a kayak trip through the channels of the inlet armed with her camera, and  always on alert for a bird in the marsh. ” I bring along my Rain Sleeves when I kayak just to make sure the splashing when I paddle doesn’t get my camera wet” she explains.  Great idea since she has an investment is her camera equipment.  She currently is using a Cannon XS 60 and she just ordered a Cannon EOS 80D which she is super excited about! When Jenny is not photographing birds, she is creating all kinds of art and crafts which she sells through her website,  midnightandmagnolias.com and her ETSY store page.  She is a skilled at  pyrography (wood burning) which she showcases on baking boards and wall art and creates other art such as paintings, crocheted purses, jewelry,  and so much more! So, if you see a lady dressed in camo stalking a coastal bird, it will probably be Jenny Hanna!...

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