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Dove hunting is like any other outdoor sport. You can do lots of prep work and do everything possible to give yourself an advantage. Or you can just show up and hope for good luck.

Most hunters and fishermen know how that second option turns out. Part of doing everything you can to have a successful dove season is putting some MOJO into your dove hunt — as in add some MOJO Elite Series Spinning Wing Dove Decoys to your spread. The doves will have to come check it out and when they do, you can take them out! And make sure to come by and get plenty of shells and all the other gear you’ll need for a good opening weekend of dove season. Good luck and be safe!

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From the Hunting Camp

with Richard Albritton

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Spring continues to be as wet as it’s been in a long time for Northeast Louisiana. That spells bad news for farmers and for the rest of us that pursue adventures in the outdoors. There is one silver lining to all of this water, bowfishing!
The backwaters created by the overflowing rivers in the Mississippi delta are prime…Carp and Buffalo are moving into the flood plain in big numbers. This also gives us bowhunters a summer “fix” or “bonus season.”  Bowfishing is a relatively inexpensive sport to take part in.  If you have an old bow, be it youth or adult, or perhaps a recurve, bowfishing kits and accessories are an easy add-on.
There are several companies that have complete kits if that’s what you’d prefer. PSE has a couple of bowfishing kits available, the Mudd Dawg and The Discovery. Muzzy manufactures a package called The Vice and they have introduced a brand-new bow coming this spring called the “LV-X”. Muzzy and Oneida have collaborated to make this bow fishing unit. Last but not least, Cajun Bowfishing has Shore Runner. This is a very nice package for the avid bow fisherman.
These companies have something for everyone. So, get out there and take a kid with you! Enjoy this opportunity to extend your season and don’t forget to send us your pictures the next time you head out with your bowfishing crew to make memories.

From the Hunting Camp 

with Michael Little

GEARED FOR PUBLIC LAND

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Who’s tired of lugging around that heavy steel stand for a half mile or more?  If you are one of the many public land deer hunters in the area, now is the time to rethink that stand set up.  With today’s climbing stands weighing less than 20 pounds, lock-ons less than 10 pounds, and climbing sticks around 10 pounds or less you have lots of options.  So now, let’s get a little more in-depth on some of these offerings.
Climbing stands have always been a popular stand choice for public land hunting.  I had my first experience with a climbing stand back in the late 80’s with an old Amacker steel climbing stand.  You could climb any tree in the woods with that stand once you got its 30 plus pounds to the tree.  Thankfully companies like Summit and XOP are making climbers from aluminum and both have offerings weighing in at less than 20 pounds.  Couple these light weight stands with XOPs tree stand transport system and that walk in is getting easier.
 Lock-on stands have mostly been used in the past as a fixed position stand, but now manufactures are also using aluminum for lock-ons and climbing sticks. Now they are just as mobile as climbing stands.  Millennium Tree Stands has the M7 Micro Lite Hang On weighing in at a light 8.5 pounds and with their receiver bracket it’s super simple to hang.  Pair this stand with a set of Hawk Helium Sticks and you can easily be up a tree and only carry around 17 pounds of total weight.  We are also excited about a new Louisiana based company that we will be carrying this year called Stacked Outdoors.  They are making climbing sticks using a composite material that is not only light but is also quiet if you bump them into each other or into your stand.
If you are in need of a new back pack or fanny pack to organize all of your gear, check out all the offerings from companies like In Sights, Tenzing, and Alps.  To get that trophy buck or doe out of the woods, we have several different deer carts and sleds.  You may also want to look into a canoe or a kayak to access some of those hard to reach areas.
In closing, now is a great time to get out in the back yard and test out some of this new equipment before our Louisiana summer heat sets in.  Just always remember to be safe and use a safety harness with a linesman belt when hanging that lock-on, and always be tethered in while in that climbing stand.  You know, since you are up in that tree practicing you might as well set that archery target out, pull that bow up into the tree with you and take some realistic practice shots.
Good luck to everyone chasing that dream buck this season and when you catch up with him come by the store and share the hunt and pictures with us.  Also, remember to bring those antlers with you and get entered into our Big Buck Contest.

Behind the Scenes

From K-Bo’s Kitchen

Venison Nachos & K-Bo-Rita’s for Cinco de Mayo

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If you don’t use Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to cook Mexican food and have a few margaritas you need to have your party bone x-rayed, because it’s probably broken. If you love to deer hunt like we do, chances are you have a freezer full of ground venison. Invite some friends over and follow this recipe for a great Cinco Fiesta.

Ingredients:
  • 1 lbs. of ground venison
  • 1 cup of pico de gallo
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of sliced black olives
  • 1 can of sliced jalapenos
  • 1 package of corn tortillas
  • 1 cup of queso
  • 1 bag of shredded cheese (taco Blend is my favorite)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ of chopped onion
  • ½ gallon peanut oil
 
Start by putting peanut oil in a frying pan and heat to 350 degrees. Cut your tortillas in chip size triangles. Fry the chips for 3 minutes. Brown ground venison in a skillet with garlic and onion. Once it’s brown add taco seasoning, 2/3 cup of water, and the can of refried beans. Stir until well mixed. Now we’re ready to build some nachos! Spread out your chips on a cookie sheet and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon meat/bean mixture on chips and top with pico de gallo, black beans, olives, jalapenos, and shredded cheese. Put in the oven for 10 minutes. While nachos are baking get a sauce pot and heat the queso. Take your nachos out and top them with the warm queso and enjoy with a K-Bo-Rita!
Ingredients:
– 2 parts tequila
– 1 part triple sec
– 1 part lime juice
– 1 part orange juice
*Don’t forget to salt the rim!
 
Happy Cinco de Mayo
 
K-Bo

Behind the Scenes

From K-Bo’s Kitchen

“K-bo’s Wild Turkey Cordon Bleu”

 

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Anytime a turkey is harvested everybody asks how long was his beard? How big were his spurs? How much did it weigh? Do I ask these questions? Naw! The only two things I’m concerned with are, how are we going to cook him and when are we eating?

Wild turkey is my absolute favorite wild game. Since I’m possibly the worst turkey hunter on the planet, I usually have to rely on someone else to get me some meat. This year though the old saying “a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then” came true and that blind squirrel was me! Now I’d love to tell you how I scouted this bird and called him up, but the truth is he came walking by about forty yards out and I let him have a dose of Hevi-Shot Magnum Blend.

Before I had him loaded up in the truck I was already thinking, how am I going to cook this bird. I got him home, got the breast and tenders out and while some discard the rest of the bird, I take out the leg quarters and save them for gumbo. Later on that evening, still undecided on how to prepare it, I got a cold beer and drank up the idea for Wild Turkey Cordon Bleu…man was it good. Here’s the recipe. I hope y’all enjoy!

Ingredients:

-1 wild turkey breast

– 4 slices of bacon

-Italian dressing

-2 large slices of deli ham

-8 slices of swiss cheese

-4 tablespoons of Tony Chachere’s

-4 tablespoons of Lawry’s Garlic Salt

– 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese

-1/2 cup of dijon mustard

-6 pack of your favorite beer (to be consumed by chef of course)

 

Marinate the turkey breast in Italian dressing for 24 hours. Take it out of the marinade and pound it with a tenderizing mallet. Mix your Lawry’s Garlic Salt, Tony’s Chachere’s, and parmesan. Then coat both sides of the breast. Lay it flat and and put 4 slices of swiss across it, then ham, then your other four slices of swiss. Roll it up and wrap your bacon around it. Next, use toothpicks or tie with cooking twine to hold it together and coat the outside with Dijon mustard.

 

Now that the hard part is done, set your Camp Chef pellet grill to 350 degrees and cook 15 minutes per side or until internal temp reaches 165 degrees. Take it off the grill and rest the meat for twenty minutes. Finally, slice it how you would a pinwheel and serve with your favorite sides. Feel free to take this recipe and make it your own. Maybe you want to add jalapenos in the middle or use a different kind of cheese. The possibilities are endless.

 

See you at the table…

 

K-bo

 

 

 

From the Lake

with Chuckie Darnell

Hollow Body Frogs VS Soft Plastic Frogs

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Two anglers can look at the same piece of cover, faced with the same conditions, and decide on two different baits to attack it. One scenario where this might play out is fishing in and around grass. Let’s take a look at the where, when and why one might choose fish a hollow body frog over a soft plastic frog or vice versa.

 

There are numerous hollow bodied frogs on the market.  Some of the ones I consider my “go-tos” are SPRO Bronzeye, Booyah Pad Crasher, and the Strike King KVD Sexy Frog. I will use these particular baits when I believe the bass want the retrieve varied or paused. You can walk this frog through laydowns and over grass and at key times, such as a missed strike or isolated piece of cover, stop the bait to entice another strike.

 

Soft plastic frogs are my choice for fishing scattered vegetation and for covering a lot of water quickly. The profile is more compact and streamlined making it a tempting treat for bass. My favorites include Zoom, Horny Toad, Stanley Ribbitt, and the new Yum Tip Toad. This frog is retrieved with a constant retrieve with a sweet sound produced by the cupped or curled soft plastic feet. Be sure to try them both on your next trip!

From the Range

with Caleb Wallace

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After the last day of deer season the majority of hunters clean their rifle and put it in the safe until next season. While there’s plenty of outdoor activity to keep you busy during spring, (fishing, chasing turkeys, hog hunting, etc.) It’s also a great time to sharpen up on your marks man skills. I hear people all the time talking about killing a deer at 300+ yards. While this can be achieved, it’s not an easy task. What I like to do in the spring is put myself in a hunting scenario. What do I mean by “Hunting Scenario”? If you mainly hunt from a box blind, put a blind chair with a rest the same height as your window on your range. If you spot and stalk, think about the different positions you usually shoot from and simulate them. If you have a range buddy, have him put up your targets and you put up his. Why do this you ask? Because you are trying to simulate a hunting situation and you never know where that big buck is going to show his face. There are a few different types of targets I use for this. Because a deer has about a 9” kill zone, a round steel target of the same size is a great choice. Also, Birchwood Casey makes a deer paper target that shows the vitals and is great for practicing.
Now that your targets are set and you’ve assumed your shooting position, it’s time to burn some gun powder. Do you think previous bucks that were harvested walked up to the feeder and patiently waited until the hunter decided to make the shot? Heck NO! Once the deer steps out, you have about 10 seconds to range him and get in position to make a clean kill. Because this is the typical situation with mature trophy bucks, I like to set a 10 second timer. Once time starts, range your target, make the needed adjustments depending on range, and squeeze that trigger. I’ve found it very effective to practice these range drills about twice a month (I wish I had time for more) during the off season. Have some fun with it too. Maybe you and a few hunting buddies bet a steak dinner on who shoots the best. Get that rifle out of the safe, and go send some lead down range!

From the Hunting Camp

with Richard Albritton 

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Hunting season is over, the Crappie have moved into the shallow water in preparation for the spawn. Now it’s once again time to start thinking about the upcoming deer season. Bucks have started their antler growth, the does are carrying their fawns, and both could use a little boost in supplemental feed and minerals to better their health and increase antler growth.
This spring has been one wettest in recent memory.  Because of this, browse is readily available and at a maximum.  They have plenty to eat…we’re just giving them a little extra.
Implementing mineral and supplemental feeding programs by creating mineral licks, or feed stations, will boost antler growth and help those does make it through a time that is extremely taxing.
There are several mineral make-ups: solid block, granular, and liquid. “Trophy Rocks” is a great choice as a mineral supplement. I recommend and sell loads of these each year.  It’s not a manufactured lick like most, it’s a mined rock so it’s as natural as it gets. Whitetail Institute makes a granulated mineral, 30-06 Thrive, which is a great mixture with loads of nutritional value. And finally, Big and J. produces both a liquid and granular mix. The aroma of these products is far reaching with loads of nutritional value.
Look, you’re in the woods turkey hunting anyway so go ahead, get your supplemental mineral and feeding programs started!  Set your favorite trail camera out, and start getting the first pictures of the year and take inventory of your herd well before you climb in your stand this fall.
Happy hunting and come see us at Simmons!

 

Simmons’ Turkey Report with Jeff Simmons:

There always seems to be some challenge with hunting turkeys. This season, not only do hunters have to find birds and lure them in, but many hunters are being forced to change tactics and locations due to all this rain. It’s been a mixed bag.

 

The rain has messed up bottomland hunting and left many prime hunting areas under a load of water. Turkeys will often answer calls, but they don’t like to fly over water when they don’t have to. Take that in consideration if flood waters have separated you and your gobblers.

 

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On the other hand, that has concentrated the birds in the hill country, which also makes them a little easier to locate for hunters in that habitat. But when all these changes take over, it does make the birds even more wary than before.

 

We’ve heard reports that the gobblers are acting a little strange in some places. They answer calls, but are slow to come to them. In other areas, the gobblers are still with the hens, making it difficult to get them separated. But that’s what makes this so much fun — when it isn’t frustrating. It is a challenge.

 

In either case, be safe out there.

Simmons’ Turkey Report with Jeff Simmons:

We’ve had a good start to the turkey season. I got to hunt over in Mississippi and had good luck.

The kids and I spent a few days over in Texas. Hunter got his limit of four and Lindsey and I both got two. We should have limited out but we had a couple of slip ups.

Gobblers are gobbling good in most places. Some are still with hens which makes it tough.

At home, it’s been a mixed bag. Even with all the rain, a lot of turkeys are being killed and they seem active. There are a few hard luck stories but that is why they call it hunting!

Overall it’s a good start. We will keep you posted on what we are hearing.

Be safe out there.

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