Being in sunny South Florida, even we have seen some cold spells this year. For those of you who are trying to figure out how to survive way away from the beach, here’s a video for you on how to build a shelter.
After 11 years of driving our green Jeep Wrangler, we are going to sell her. I put together a quick little video to remember her by, including her few flaws. Continue reading
Each Year I Go Into the Woods
A Poem, Quatrain, Ballad or something of the sort by: Jason Reynolds
Each year I go into the woods;
I tell others it is to hunt those deer!
The truth: it is to put my feet where grandfather stood
Find my soul and wrestle my fear.
Sitting on the ground, trying not to be found,
Melting into the solemn autumn, white flag on a big buck’s bottom,
Singular concentration trying not to blink wrong, the birds sing their song;
About the time the crickets cease, the sun’s arising and so is the peace.
The sassy doe with her inquisitive bow and teasing stomp,
Mere feet from me I find pleasure in her attitude;
Earthen air fills my lungs and my heart awakes to nature’s pomp,
The leaves float down to me here where lives all solitude.
My only quarrel is with the squirrels,
The only plight with the breeze that carries my abbreviated sneeze;
Eyes begin to droop until I see that majestic deer stoop,
And it is on again: me against him it is time to win!
Sneaky as can be the allusive antler carrier is a bruiser,
A mystical mammal showing only his face;
I work hard to beat him at his game but I am the loser,
Like my stress he’s disappeared and I am put back in my place.
Hunting is less and less about the actual killing,
More and more it is being with like-minded burley men who seek balance,
As we escape the chaos of life to rediscover it is well worth living.
Nature has no substitute: refreshment is found in the woods alongside man’s silence.
State attorneys general from 33 states, including Texas, have filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that says state and local handgun bans violate the Second Amendment. The brief, submitted by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot on behalf of the other states, asks the court to hear a legal challenge against the handgun ban in the city of Chicago, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The attorneys general filed the brief in support of plaintiffs seeking to reverse a decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, which upheld that ban. The Supreme Court struck down a similar ban in Washington, D.C., in 2008, but did not make clear in their ruling whether or not the Second Amendment protection only applies to the federal government. The brief asks the court to affirm Second Amendment protections extend nationwide, according to the paper.
“If the Second Amendment applies exclusively to the federal government, many Americans may find their constitutional right to arms severely compromised or entirely abrogated by local regulations,” the brief said. “Without this court?s review, millions of Americans may be deprived of their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms as a result of actions by local governments, such as the ordinances challenged in this case,” the brief stated.
The above was sent to me by the Texas Trophy Hunters association, so I am passing it along.
When mom and dad were over here in West Palm Beach a few weeks back, we went out to the South Florida Shooting Sports gun club where I am a member for some shooting. We took the whole family because Lily just loves to go out and watch me shoot. An incredible storm came up out of nowhere, so the shooting didn’t last long. We even were hailed on.
My buddy Jeff, the owner/operator of the club, had arranged a swamp buggy tour of the nearby 3,000 acre wild game ranch. Being right after a storm, the animals were out tending to whatever they saw fit to do. My two girls had an awesome time checking out the wild goats, blackbuck, red deer, fallow deer, sika deer, and water buffalo. We even saw a bobcat and a pheasant couple. It was really unreal.
I wasn’t familiar with swamp buggies before I moved to Florida, and just assumed everyone went around in airboats. Texas obviously has large vehicles that are very capable for off-roading, but this thing is more equivalent to a mini monster truck or a logging skidder. This isn’t the best photo, but it should give you a glimpse of the beast. My dad is about 6’0″ to give you some perspective.
So I am writing about something a little bit different tonight. As you know I am primarily a gun owner because I am a hunter. But with my move to Florida I have become more serious about personal protection. I want to be prepared if God forbid the day ever comes when I need to defend the life of my family or myself. In addition to this, I have an entrepreneurial interest in the shooting sports industry because it is a niche I understand and can relate to. Owning only two shotguns and a pistol doesn’t make me a “gun nut”, but I do generally like everything about guns except their misuse. As with all things, balance is needed.
With that as a backdrop, I had a unique opportunity to go to the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference (SHOT Show) show in February as a point-of-sale system consultant for a new Gun Club operator. I had a complete blast checking out all the hunting and shooting gear, and the new products were of high interest. Another unbelievable thing was the $125,000+ shotguns in the Perazzi booth. Those shotguns are really artwork with limitless durability.
While at the show, we were able to be one of the privileged few to get to shoot the new KRISS Super V System. This sub-machine gun is a completely new design and is amazing. I marvel at how the minds behind it have reinvented something already perfected and how simple it is to shoot.
Because fully automatic weapons typically cost $2500-$7500, most people never get the opportunity to shoot a quality sub-machine gun. Sure there are the gangsters and crazies out there who get a hold of cheaply made Uzi and Mac-10 guns, but those don’t really count because they are considered machine pistols and aren’t super accurate. This sub-machine gun is a serious weapon intended for military and SWAT use. I was able to put my first three shots inside of an inch circle at 10 yards shooting offhand. I am not that good of a shot. Of course, the red dot Aimpoint (the brand) sight sure helped with this.
So I am showing a 7 minute YouTube video below that will give you an idea of what I got to shoot. But let me just say that this was the easiest shooting gun I have ever had in my hands. Though it shoots .45 caliber bullets, it kicks like a .22 and stays right on target even on full auto. The KRISS shoots roughly 10 rounds of .45 per second. So, you can imagine how exhilarating it was to shoot the full magazine of 13 shells all at once. While this is not a gun I would ever have a need to own outside of a business opportunity of some sort, it was a neat once in a lifetime opportunity to shoot a weapon way ahead of everything else in it’s class.
First of all, I am not a gun nut. Yes, I love hunting more than any of my other recreational activities. Still, I only have three guns, all with the function of hunting. I have been shopping for a pistol, but more because I love shooting than because I feel threatened in my home. Even so, I have a loaded shot-gun just waiting for anyone daring enough to bust down my door. That said, Texas’ new gun law rocks, as does this Washington Post Article:
Sympathy for violent offenders and criminals in general runs low in Texas, underscored by its busy death row. The state leads the United States in executions with 388 since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 by the U.S. Supreme Court.
A conservative political outlook and widespread fondness for hunting also means Texans are a well-armed people capable of defending themselves with deadly force.
God Bless Texas! With the new law, I suppose it is time to considering shelling out the cash for the HK USP45 Tactical pistol and keeping it safely available in my home. Here is a little video for ya!
If you know me, you know it is time for the beard. The beard is the annual signal to friends and family that it is now hunting season. This is that time of year when men, women, and children all over the US prepare to hunt the warm-blooded beauty of God’s creation, the white-tailed deer. For real hunters, which I would arbitrarily define as someone who thinks about hunting at-least weekly, hunting isn’t only a hobby, a pastime, or a sport, but a lifestyle choice.
Let’s face it, hunting isn’t popular. The vast majority of the American population look down their noses at this timeless tradition. Some of my own family (not blood related) are content to pay others to kill their meat for them. The defense is often that the animal is raised specifically for their consumption. As though this reasoning can wipe the blood from under the finger-nails of their hired mercenaries. Oh no, this reasoning will not stand. At the turn of the century there were not a hundredth of the number of white-tail deer that there are today. You see, hunting has made the white-tail deer population grow. Through improving habitat, self-selecting mature animals to kill, supporting state and federal agencies with their license fees, and through spending their money on the sport, hunters have enabled white-tail deer to flourish both directly and indirectly. In a very real sense, deer are raised specifically for the hunter’s pleasure and consumption.
I could make this post four or five times longer than this with all the reasons why hunting is good for our environment and our nation, but I will hold off. I won’t bring up things like the fact our best snipers learned to shoot and kill when hunting as youth. I won’t bring up the fact that overpopulation of deer can ruin our environment in the absence of a serious predator, or that deer herds contract massive epidemics when over-population occurs. I will leave out the fact that prior to 250 years ago, if you weren’t hunting or hiring those who did, you didn’t eat much meat in this country. I won’t focus now on the reality that a cleanly placed shot by a hunter on large game is a way of honoring these animals and that the alternative method of gathering meat for the family is much more cruel and unclean.
I am going to leave that out, and instead show you a picture of the crossbow I got a really sweet deal on a few weeks ago. This crossbow will help me honor the following commandment by God about his economy and have a lot of fun in the process:
Genesis 1 (NASB)
V.27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. 31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.