I was lucky enough to bump into long-term friend Jim Shockey at the ATA show this year. I cant believe it was 15 years ago when I first stepped onto the SHOT Show floor, and was fortunate enough to meet Jim & his wife. Jim was one of the few people who was willing to give me five minutes of his time while I pitched him on the Internet and how cool it is and that you could have you own website...blah, blah blah. Honestly, I think Jim thought I was from Mars but he was polite enough to listen to me. When I finally shut up Jim's words were something along the lines of "I'm not really sure what you're talking about, but I want one!" Since that time we have created several different versions of his website through the years and are in the process of a new redesign for 2010 which will be the best yet! For those of you who have not watched Jim on TV or have purchased his videos, he is the REAL DEAL! Jim is as hardcore of a hunter as they get, he is very intelligent, and truly a great guy.
We're getting ready to rebuild Jim a new website which will have significantly more interactivity and a lot more video action so stay tuned and we'll make sure that will let you know what is the website is launched.
Two other websites we're very proud to have recently built are Lee & Tiffany Lakosky's website for their hit show The Crush and New Archery Products all-new website. If you're ever in the need for website development services for your business - hunting or otherwise - give us a call, we'd love to help you out. You can learn more about our web development services and view our portfolio online at www.rhinogroup.com
From left to right - Marc Baird, Lee Lakosky, NAP President Andy Simo, Tiffany Lakosky, Todd Graf, and Justin Zarr
We are also excited to be working with a brand new TV show coming for this fall -The Legends of the Fall. Here is a photo of the cast of the all new show. Mike & Bonnie McFerrin, Eric Hale, Chris Ward, Mark Luster & David Bogard. We will be starting to build their website very shortly, and I'll make sure to post a link as soon as it's finished.
This past weekend I went out to one of my hunting spots to check a few trail cameras, inspect my food plots, and look for some early shed antlers. Between my good friend Jim Carlson and I we picked up 3 fresh sheds, including a matched set to a buck that I have been hunting for the past two seasons. I have never seen this buck on hoof, but I sure do have plenty of trail camera photos of him! I'm really glad to see he made it through the season and I'm already looking forward to chasing him again next fall.
My buddy Jim holding the first matched set of the season.
Here is a photo of Jim from several weeks ago when he shot this monster buck late in the season hunting over a food plot.
Just after Jim finished his photos, he went to start dragging the deer and off came the one of the antlers. Personally, I think he did it on purpose to make the inside spread larger! "Of course I'm kidding"
Here is a photo of the buck I called "Flyer" from this past October. He doesn't have a lot of tine length, but he's got some great main beams and a lot of mass.
Here is another photo of him still alive on 12/22/2009
Here I am posing with Flyer's sheds and another shed that we picked up. The smaller shed is off a buck I passed earlier in the season.
Looking back on my season I feel like I have really grown a lot over the past year or two when it comes to hunting. I don't feel the need to pull the trigger on every deer that walks by. This is the first year that I can think of where Justin actually shot more deer than I did - I'm kidding Justin. I feel like I have reached another pleateu in hunting where I would rather let them walk and really hunt for a specific deer or just wait longer until the monster steps out. Maybe I am just getting older or my buddy Alex Phillips has really got me convinced not to shoot smaller deer. Whatever's going on I am having the most fun ever - especially when it comes to planting food plots and giving back to wildlife. I highly recommend the giving back part to all hunters, as it is the least that we can do to help preserve the wildlife we all love so much. Seeing deer pile into a food plot during harsh conditions and eat their hearts out on much need nutrition is really rewarding.
The photo above is a brassica field torn apart by deer looking for food.
My corn is still holding out, but it wont be long and it will be gone.
In just about every row of corn that I walked was pile after pile of deer droppings.
Here's a turnip that is just waiting for a deer to eat it. If you have not tried planting food plots or you are looking for more food plot advice check out www.foodplots.com for some great tips and general information on food plots.