Yikes, 23 degrees and soaking wet is not my idea of fun. Smart thinking duck hunting buddies, save friend who fell into Lake Iamonia . . .
Friends Matt Schimpf, Chase Spears and Jace Grissom frequently brave the early morning winter chill to go duck hunting.
But the Chiles High School students would rather keep the excitement to bagging their feathered prey and avoid mishaps like what happened Tuesday morning.
When the trio took off from the Bull Headley Landing in northeast Leon County headed to their hunting spot, it was dark and cold. Temperatures read 23 degrees.
They were riding for about 40 minutes headed to Beetles Cove on the north side of Lake Iamonia, Matt said, and had reached within a quarter mile of their spot when trouble struck.
“We were looking for our spot with a flashlight and that’s when (Jace) slipped on some ice on the boat and fell off,” said the 17-year-old. He had the keys to my truck in his pocket.
“They got hooked on the side of the boat, as he fell in. My keys were frozen on the side of the boat.”
Jace, 16, was in full gear, wearing waders, extending from his feet to his chest. Time was of the essence.
“I jumped over the decoys and slapped the handle of the trolling motor to turn it around,” Matt said. Chase started using a push pole to head toward Jace.
“We picked him up and brought him into the boat,” Matt added.
This is quite possibly the most adorable photo of a pet anyone can post. Why is everyone freaking out? Carson Wentz defends bird hunting after social media reaction . . .
Injured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz thought he was posting an innocent enough photo, wishing happy birthday to his beautiful dog.
But since he did it on Twitter, he should have known better.
On Monday, Wentz posted then-and-now photos of his dog, writing, “Happy 5th Birthday to Mama Henley! We’ve been through a lot in 5 years. Best dog and hunting buddy I could ask for!”
As you can see, the picture of Mama Henley now has her proudly posing in front of a stack of birds, presumably ones she and Wentz caught together.
Which of course led to at least one person noting that the photo with the birds, “might cause offence” from someone in an influential position.
But Wentz wouldn’t hear it.
“Appreciate that, but offensive and controversial? Two of the main things I tweet about are Jesus and hunting. That’s what I’m passionate about and that won’t ever change!,” Wentz replied. “When you love something, you talk about it! Stay convicted about it and don’t worry what others think!”
Wentz tore his ACL last month, dealing the Eagles’ playoff hopes a huge blow. Carson and his older brother, Zach, have their own YouTube channel, “Wentz Bros Outdoors,”where they post videos of their hunting exploits.
Illegal hunting is not hunting at all. Rapid City man pleads guilty to illegally hunting lions . . .
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man accused of illegally hunting mountain lions by baiting them with dead deer has pleaded guilty.
The Rapid City Journal reports 39-year-old William Colson VI recently pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors related to prohibited hunting and unlawful possession of a big game animal. Each offense is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
It’s against state law to bait lions, as well as to collect, possess and transport dead deer without permission from state wildlife officials.
Colson also has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing lions and deer in a related case. He’s to be sentenced in both cases next month.
I am a proud supporter of Texas Exotic hunting ranches. How hunting rare, exotic animals in Texas increases their value . . .
LEAKEY – Cedar Hollow has forested hills, spring-fed ponds and no predators – everything a sambar, Pere David’s or barasingha deer could possibly want.
The giraffes can’t escape the valley because the hills are too steep. The brush is so dense that the shy bongo antelope are only seen when they visit the watering hole.
Houston businessman Dan Allford’s idyllic 1,000-acre Central Texas ranch is home to 13 exotic species from around the world. But to pay for the ton of feed a day needed to keep them healthy, and to maintain a balanced herd, he must sell 5 percent of the animals a year, the amount predators would take in the wild.
“I enjoy taking care of some of these endangered or extinct-in-the-wild animals,” he told me during a tour. “But I simply couldn’t afford it any other way. By selling these animals to collectors or hunting ranches, it pays for the other animals and keeps three people employed here full time.”
Allford’s hobby is part of the $1 billion exotic wildlife business in Texas, the target of intense opposition from animal rights activists. While few would question the right of ranchers to buy, sell or even shoot sheep, goats or cows born on their property, the Endangered Species Act tightly controls what a rancher does with a rare African gazelle or Chinese deer born on the same ranch.
Very sad situation for these two hunters. Unlike the story above, it’s quite possible these two were unable to survive an unfortunate accident. Virginia hunters missing on James River . . .
JAMESTOWN, Va. — The search for two missing Central Virginia duck hunters turned into a recovery effort Friday afternoon, according to Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries spokesperson Lee Walker. A K9 Unit and a drone were being used to in the effort to recover the men who were reported missing after their 16-foot john boat never returned to the Jamestown Yacht Marina Wednesday evening.
A Virginia State Police helicopter discovered the hunters’ capsized boat Thursday afternoon, but the hunters — identified by family and friends as Kyle Englehart and Austin Savage — have not yet been located.
“Austin and Kyle are very hands on and very experienced hunters and boaters,” Austin’s brother Nathan Savage said. “Something doesn’t add up because they’re so experienced.”
Englehart and Savage went out Wednesday night to repair a broken duck blind before the winter storm hit Virginia.
When they did not return, workers at the marina notified the Coast Guard. That was at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Their empty boat was discovered three hours later, near Hogg Island, Coast Guard spokesperson Corinne Zilnicki said.
Hunting clothes are evolving and becoming a necessary part of the hunt. Realtree EDGE Camo Pattern Combines Proven Concealment with DesignRead more:
COLUMBUS, Ga. -(Ammoland.com)- Camo pattern leader Realtree introduces its most pioneering pattern to date – Realtree EDGE. This new pattern embraces distinctive qualities designed to disrupt the human form while sticking to its roots by offering realistic natural elements that ensure unmatched concealment.
“The new Realtree EDGE pattern is unique in its design and arrangement,” said Realtree President Bill Jordan. “This pattern features an abstract background with realistic limbs and leaves in the foreground to allow for seamless concealment in a variety of hunting environments. Leaves of varying shades and colors create a random pattern, and a variety of crisscrossing branches with highlights and shadows disrupt the vertical silhouette of the human shape.”
Lately the claim of so many camo patterns developed in this digital world is that disruption of the human form is more important than blending into the hunting environment.Read more:
Realtree EDGE is the only pattern that accomplishes both with natural features that match the hunter’s surroundings arranged in a way that erases the human form.
Learn more about the new Realtree EDGE camouflage on their website. And, as always, be sure to FIND THE ANTLER logo within the pattern to make sure you’re purchasing the world’s most effective and trusted camo patterns.
It takes years to accumulate the hunting gear you love. Lots of trial and error involved and it sucks for someone to just take it. Police Investigating Theft of Hunting Gear From TV Hosts . . .
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Police in Mississippi are investigating the reported theft of hunting equipment from the hosts of a Sportsman’s Channel hunting show.
Bow Life TV host Levi Morgan says in a video posted on the show’s Facebook page that their hunting gear was stolen from a truck parked outside a Vicksburg hotel earlier this week.
Deputy Police Chief Bobby Stewart told the Clarion Ledger that Vicksburg police investigators were reviewing surveillance video from the hotel. Stewart says the hosts’ truck was parked out of a camera’s view, but another truck was seen entering and leaving the area around the time of the theft.
Morgan says the stolen gear included safety vests, boots, arrows and filming equipment. He says they had stopped in Mississippi on their way to Louisiana.