HELLO 2018!!!
Jan03

HELLO 2018!!!

Ringing in the New Year was different than what I had planned.  In keeping with past years, we had planned on hunting the last day of the year and the first day of the new year.  Our New Year’s Eve hunt was bitter cold but that did not keep us from enjoying our sit in the woods watching nature.  From my stand, I was entertained by a beautiful Red Tail Hawk,  three huge gobblers, and a “herd” of does.  A spike and a 4 pointer also stopped by as I sat taking it all in. My hubby and I both had a great hunting season and between the two of us, we harvested enough venison for the year so we made the decision to pass on taking another deer this season.  With that in mind, we opted out of our New Year’s Day traditional hunt. Instead of waking up at 3 am, we slept in until 8 which is rare for us.  We used the day to celebrate the beginning of a new year with an amazing Eggs Benedict brunch and Champagne.   I prepared a venison roast for the crockpot which would be our dinner later in the day.  I loved sitting  by our fireplace,  spending most of the day in my PJ’s!! But with lots of football to enjoy, the couch was the place to be as I snuggled in with a book in hand and my best friend at my side.  This most restful day was what we both needed, and for that I was so grateful. Subscriber Winners of the Antler Oyster Knife! This antler oyster knife was handcrafted and offered by artist, Jenny Hanna of Midnight and Magnolias https://www.etsy.com/shop/MidnightandMagnolias I  want to take this time to thank each and everyone of my subscribers and followers for an amazing year.  Your support means so very much to me since I find a lot of pleasure writing about my passion for hunting.  Here are the winners of my most recent giveaways: Adda Mae Dillon, Summerville, SC, David Kramer, Greenville, SC and Pat Robertson, Columbia, SC.  All were recipients of an Antler Oyster Knife!  Congratulations!!  I have a lot of South Carolina subscribers but I have also had many other winners from other states in the past! Thank you all and wishing you a Happy 2018!!!     Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Me and My Beretta!
Jan01

Me and My Beretta!

If this sounds a bit familiar, you may recall that I wrote a blog post called “Me and My Benelli” a couple of years ago. There I go again . . . falling in love with another Italian shotgun. Embracing my Italian roots (I am of 100% Italian ancestry), I have long been drawn to these wonderful shotguns. My 12-gauge Ultra Light Benelli has been a wonderful gun and is serving me well with its versatility. I love it for hunting turkeys, ducks, doves, and clay shooting with its semiautomatic action. The fact that it weighs less than 6 pounds is a great advantage in every situation. However, there are many occasions where having a gun with a break-open action is preferred. I have attended events where you are required to have a gun with a break-open action for safety reasons on and off the field. If the action is open, there is no possibility of a shell being fired unintentionally. After much research, I started focusing on the Silver Pigeon V over-and-under 20-gauge shotgun. You might think I was gaga over the gorgeous walnut oil-finished stock and its hand-inlaid gold game scenes on the sides of the action. Or, maybe it was the oval on the stock where I can put my initials or family crest that turned my head. Yes, those Italian gunmakers know how to make you swoon! OK, the sheer beauty of Beretta may have had a thing or two to do with it, but I honestly think that I was drawn to this shotgun, as I believe it will be a gun that will satisfy my quest for quality and durability. This gun will surely be one that I pass down to the next generation of hunters in my family. I am thrilled that my daughter Caroline loves to shoot clays, and I also have three granddaughters who, although very small, share my love for anything relating to hunting, especially wearing camouflage clothes. Being a member of Back Woods Quail Club, I have had the pleasure of taking some clay shooting lessons from Ken Podraza of 2XL Shooting Sports. I was excited to learn that Ken now offers shotgun fittings and stock modifications, so I was quick to give him a call to help me get my gun fitted. Ken is certainly a perfectionist, and I learned so much from him about my new gun. “As a shooting instructor and shotgun fitter, I see many people interested in finding that perfect shotgun. A shotgun should feel balanced, swing smoothly to the target, and have the shooter’s eye aligned down the rib of the barrel...

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