Book a Cajun Cast-and-Blast Trip for Exceptional Fishing, Hunting


Book a Cajun Cast-and-Blast Trip for Exceptional Fishing, Hunting

By Craig Lamb

If you hunt and fish the idea of combining the better of two worlds in one trip seems impossible. There is one place you can do both, and that is in a special corner of south Louisiana.

Nowhere else can you enjoy a morning of amazing waterfowl hunting, and then spend the afternoon catching an inshore bonanza of saltwater species.

Teal, mallard, canvasback, pintail and red heads. Redfish, speckled trout, flounder, triple tail and more. Morning. Afternoon. Blast and cast.

All of it is possible with a trip to Venice, Louisiana, which sits in the middle of this ideal world, where species of saltwater and waterfowl are polarized to a location like none other.

The place to book this fantasy is Home Run Fishing Charters and Lodge, where world-class fishing and waterfowl hunting is served with world-class service, first class lodging, Cajun hospitality and gourmet dining.

Waterfowl hunters and avid anglers now have a first-time opportunity to experience a new trip package from Home Run Charters & Lodge. It’s the Blast and Cast package.

The all-inclusive package includes lodging, meals, hunting, fishing, and cleaning of fish and waterfowl. 

“This is our first year to offer a cast and blast, and it will be a first class operation, just like everything else we set forth to do,” said Glen Newell, an owner at Home Run Charters & Lodge.

Newell isn’t kidding. Home Run Charters & Lodge has access to over 10,000 acres of marsh from which to hunt. You will be safely transported to the blind with experienced guides. A well-heeled kennel of dogs assures the best of success in retrieving your birds. The blinds from which you will hunt are the best available. Best of all, you can leave the hip waders at home.

Private access to thousands of acres means lots of ducks to clean and package for the trip home. The all-inclusive package includes plucking, processing and even Cryovac vacuum packing for all ducks harvested by the hunter.

“We are the only operation that includes this service in our all-inclusive package,” added Newell.

What sets Home Run Charters & Lodge apart from every other cast and blast trip are three things. Those are location, location, and location.

“We are fortunate to be in the most prolific environment there could ever be for growing inshore species,” said Capt. John Pisa. “Our marshes and surrounding habitat also sets up a smorgasbord for waterfowl during the season.”

The Mississippi River’s confluence with the Gulf of Mexico is the reason. The magic happens in the marshes and inshore waters where the river infuses the saltwater environment with nutrients.

The Mississippi River Flyway also ends here. Habitat, favorable weather and food funnel waterfowl down the river and into the coastal marshes. From early teal migrations in September to late season mallards, the area supports the best waterfowl hunting around.

Fall is also the best time for inshore fishing. Hurricane season is over. Fishing pressure is low. The river is at its lowest and clearest of any time of year. Expect to see redfish tailing in the shallows, and sight casting adds to the allure.

Take a look around Venice, and you’ll be glad you booked at Home Run Charters & Lodge. The Lodges at Home Run Charters is not your average fish camp. Arrive, and you find elegance, comfort, and first-class service, dining, and lodging. 

Three separate lodges each have a living room, wide-screen TVs, free WiFi with a printer, dining room, bar and kitchen. You can cook your own meals or experience gourmet dining. Big pork chops, prime steaks, and Louisiana seafood, the freshest around, are on the menu.

Luxury living means the same experience for dining at the lodge. The all-inclusive plan includes a decadent five-course meal, breakfast, and a to-go lunch for the fishing day. Check out details about the lodge and dining here.

Bookings go fast, so contact us soon to make reservations. Call us at (504) 982-8862, or (504) 909-TUNA.

Click here for more about the Blast & Cast trips. Find out more about the inshore fishing by clicking here. Click here to visit and find out everything you need to know about booking a trip.


Original Source: Sportsmans



Duck Down: Experience Waterfowl Hunts in the “Golden Triangle”

Duck Down: Experience Waterfowl Hunts in the “Golden Triangle”


When it comes to exploring great locations for the waterfowl hunt, the State of Arkansas should be at the top of the list.


Resting in Stuttgart, Arkansas – like a jewel among the grass – is 3,000 acres located in the heart of Arkansas’s Grand Prairie. It is here the Duck Down Guide Service can be found and is literally a duck hunter’s paradise. With exclusive access to hunt more acres and offer a wider variety of hunting options than any other guide service in or around Stuttgart, Duck Down is simply waiting for you to book your guided duck, goose, dove or predator hunt for the upcoming seasons.

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It is important to note that Duck Down is not your ordinary guide service; you will not be taken to the same shot up and shot out blind day after day after day. In fact, it is the amount of acreage that has been one of the biggest keys to Duck Down’s absolute success. Another key comes from the fact that Duck Down is located only 15 minutes west of the “Duck & Rice Capitol of the World,” and only a mile or so north of the largest wildlife management area in the entire state (Bayou Meto) that is managed specifically for ducks. Hundreds of thousands of ducks inhabit Bayou Meto’s 33,000 acres, and when the season opens, thousands of hunters from Arkansas and other states all over the country flock to this world famous area to hunt. This constant hunting pressure causes the ducks to seek refuge in the nearby fields of Duck Down’s farm, which is why there is never a shortage and the waterfowl hunter finds the ultimate success.


When you book your hunt, know that you will be hunting in what is known as “the golden triangle” of Arkansas duck country. With more than 2 million migrating waterfowl calling this area their home for the winter, by utilizing Duck Down, you are set upon a remarkable piece of property that was the largest land transaction ever made in Southeast Arkansas history.


Currently taking reservations for the 2017/2018 Hunting Seasons, (1st season: November 18-26; 2nd season: December 7-23; and 3rd season: December 26-January 28), it is time to include yourself in one of the popular Duck Down Arkansas Guided Duck Hunts.

These guided morning hunts begin one hour before legal shooting time and end at 10:00am. At that time, your guide gathers the decoys and prepares for the ride out. Afternoon hunts begin at 2:30pm and end at the close of legal shooting time. The packages that include lodging come with a great stay at B’s Duck Lodge/Big Jim’s Lodge, and the prices are as follows:

            1 Day Duck Hunting & Lodging Package – $445.00 / $570.00

               *1 person for 1 guided morning duck hunt with lodging and meals;

            2 Day Duck Hunting & Lodging Package – $890.00 / $1,140.00

            *1 person for 2 guided morning duck hunts with 2 nights lodging and meals;

            3 Day Duck Hunting & Lodging Package – $1,335.00 / $1,710.00

               *1 person for 3 guided morning duck hunts with 3 nights lodging and meals;

            4 Day Duck Hunting & Lodging Package – $1,780.00 / $2,380.00

            *1 person for 4 guided morning duck hunts with 4 nights lodging and meals;

            And the 5 Day Duck Hunting & Lodging Package – $2,225.00 / $2,850.00

            *1 person for 5 guided morning duck hunts with 5 nights lodging and meals

There are even combo hunting packages with lodging and meals where the hunter can not only enjoy the duck hunts in the morning, but also be thrilled with the guided afternoon Speckle Belly Goose hunts. This is acreage that is well-known for the high numbers of Speckle Belly geese that migrate down and claim the Duck Down property as their winter home. Responding to the calls as well as the mallard does, these birds have exceptional eyesight, which makes for a more adventurous and thrilling hunt. But once the decoys are set and all hunters are hidden, these birds can’t seem to resist the sweet ‘yodels’ and ‘clucks’ that the Duck Down guides have mastered.


These combo hunts are also available in packages ranging from 1 day to 5 days, and included with the package hunts are: lodging, meals, maid service, transportation to and from blind, gas, bird retrieval, hunting location, hunting blind, decoys, batteries, bird processing, bird packaging and that experienced and excellent Duck Down hunting guide.


So brush up on that “fowl” language of yours, get the calls in check, and book your trip to that “golden triangle” of Arkansas duck country that awaits the passionate waterfowl hunter in you!




Learning the “Calls” of the Hunt


Learning the “Calls” of the Hunt


When it comes to learning the “waterfowl calls” in order to bring you the most successful hunt possible, and fill up that bag to its ‘limit,’ it is important to know what calls you need to learn, as well as what products are out there on the market that can bring you the most success.

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These calls serve a very clear purpose; they are designed to do something that very few other hunting supplies are able to do – bring your prey directly to your door, so to speak. And, yes, while it does take time to master them, whether you are a beginner or not, they can be mastered.


There are eight calls important to you. The first is the “Basic Quack.” As easy as this one may sound, there are some callers who actually never master a basic quack, and then wonder why the ducks don’t show up. There are people who use qua qua qua when it is time to end the basic quack. Unfortunately, there needs to be a clean, crisp, ‘quaCK’ instead. Stick to the basics, end your quacks correctly, and everything will fall into place.


The second call comes in the form of the “Greeting Call.” The greeting call is usually used when the hunter first sees ducks at a distance. It is a series of 5 to 7 notes, given in descending order, released at a steady rhythm: Kanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc.


The “Feed Call,” is best described as tikkitukkatikka, with the call being sent while raising and lowering the volume ever so slightly. Award-winning waterfowl callers state that the feeding call, although not used often, should be learned in order to add variety.


The “Hail” and/or “Highball Call” is an overused call in the minds of the pros. They will state not to use this call within 100 yards of the ducks. But when you do use it, blow high, hard, and loud. Hails are the loudest of the lot, and you must try to sound as natural as you can. If you decide to try the hail call, start with a long, strong: Aaaaaaink…Aaaaaink, aaaaink, aaainkaink as you taper off in sound and volume.


When ducks do not respond to your greeting call and you want an immediate response, it is the “Comeback Call” that is used. More urgent and delivered faster: Kanckanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc, it is still about 5 to 7 notes and should not be overdone.


One call that is actually overlooked a great deal but has been proven to be highly effective for the waterfowl hunter is the “Lonesome Hen Call.” When ducks are call-shy, this will be more appealing to them. The call is nothing more than widely spaced, drawn-out, Quaaaaink quacks. And it is definitely necessary to space these calls out, leaving several seconds between each one; if the quacks are too close together, it scares the ducks away.


The “Pleading Call” is used to grab the attention of ducks flying 75 to 200 yards above. A series of 5 to 6 quacks that are really dragged out, as if you are begging the ducks to land, the sound is a Kaaanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc with the first note held a little longer than the rest. It’s the caller’s way of literally pleading with the ducks to come into or return to the spread.


Last, but not least, is the “Whistle.” For the Mallard, Pintail or Wigeon hunt, masters swear by the whistle. Using whistles in conjunction with calls allows the hunter to “speak the ducks language.” Using whistles also gets younger people involved because there is no way to mess up.


So…what calls are out there on the market that can truly help make your hunt a success? There are many, but one is the Duck Commander Camo Max Duck Call. Hand tuned, it is made to emulate the hen mallard calls. One of the most popular and versatile duck calls in its line, this call is able to achieve the sound of a mallard hen with great accuracy.


If hunting in lush vegetation, the Buck Gardner Double Nasty Camo Green Duck Call is the perfect one to have along. Designed for the more rugged hunter, this call is made out of hardened acrylic material, making it durable and resistant to wear and tear.


Learning and inexperienced hunters will be aided a great deal by the Ha-Yardel-Fleets DR-85 Mallard Call D Reed. This is a great example of a learner’s duck call, with a simplistic design that is easily adjustable. Sturdy, this call is able to take a lot of hours of practice without any actual damage being done to the reeds.


There are many more to research, but by first learning the actual calls, you can better your chances at having the ultimate waterfowl hunt experience!




Most Important Hunter Safety Tip: Wear Your Harness!


Most Important Hunter Safety Tip: Wear Your Harness!


Experienced hunters do not need to be told that wearing a safety harness is an absolute must when it comes to ensuring ultimate safety. Making sure to have a quality treestand safety harness is necessary, and whether you are a pro or a rookie when it comes to the hunt, it is the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association you can turn to for a better understanding of treestand safety, information on safety standards, guidelines and tips, as well as a full product list offered from all TMA members.

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From the very beginning, TMA worked to develop performance standards, test methods, practices, terminology, and to promote knowledge related to treestands and safety related accessories. Their mission was to reduce the risk of injury to the individual who hunts from an elevated platform or treestand. When it comes to laying out their standards, offering data that all hunters should be aware of before going out on the hunt, the TMA is crystal clear about the fact that wearing a safety harness must be done to ensure treestand safety.


And when it comes to the creation of treestand safety harnesses, vests, lifelines and more, it is the company of Hunter Safety System, Inc. that works on a daily basis to make sure all treestand hunters can find quality products that will allow them to remain as safe as possible.


Born from a love for hunting and an extremely frightening accident, Hunter Safety Systems, Inc. came about when one of the owners of the company had a treestand collapse beneath him. Because the hunter wasn’t wearing the harness that was provided with his treestand, he was headed straight to the ground. It was a literal miracle that he was able to catch hold of the top of the climber, descend down the tree, and immediately call for help.


That’s when the problem within the industry was first realized. All of the available harnesses on the market at the time were basically “tangled masses of webbing” that most hunters were not inclined to deal with when trying to reach their favorite hunting spots before daylight. It was that evening that a virtual “think tank” of hunters came up with ideas in regards to creating a harness that would be simple to put on and would not hinder the hunt in any way. What came about was a harness built inside a vest which would be extremely easy to get in and out of. They then took on the issue of how to make this device adjustable to fit a variety of body sizes. Hunter Safety Systems, Inc. accomplished that task and hunters all over the country have written a slew of testimonials about how these harnesses have, quite literally, saved their lives.


When looking for the right safety harness to meet an individual’s specific needs, the hunter has a wealth of products at their fingertips to choose from when visiting the website of Hunter Safety Systems, Inc. Harnesses are broken down in all different categories, spotlighting the assets that come with each product. The list includes names, such as: Crossbow, Hanger, Hybrid Flex, Patriot, UltraLite Flex, Elite, Contour, TreeStalker II, Lil Treestalker and 4X / 5X. Each listing offers information on price, features and more.


With the education and updates, news, information and data in regards to hunter safety, the TMA ( covers it all. And when it’s time to get that perfect harness, Hunter Safety Systems, Inc. ( is the one to turn to. With these two caring and intelligent “friends” looking out for the hunter – a safe and successful hunt can be had by all.





It’s Bowhunting ONLY at Brushy Hill Ranch in Texas

It’s Bowhunting ONLY at Brushy Hill Ranch in Texas

For over twenty years, wrapped in the beauty of the South Texas landscape, Brushy Hill Ranch has “bowed” to the bowhunter and no one else.

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Twenty-plus years is a huge milestone for any business, but the clients who return again and again will state that they do this for a purpose. With almost 13,000 acres, Brushy Hill Trophy Bowhunting Ranch, offers some of the best “fair chase” hunting for whitetail deer (not to mention turkey, as well as year-round wild boar/hog hunting) in South Texas, at some of the most affordable prices anywhere. Best of all, there are NO trophy fees for any hunting done at Brushy Hill. When you add the fact that all hunts include unlimited hog hunting and lodging in one of the Brushy Hill’s cabins at no additional cost to the hunter, and you see clearly why Brushy Hill is every bowhunter’s dream.


Pete Denney is the owner/operator of the ranch, and holds immense pride knowing that he is responsible for creating one of the Lone Star State’s largest bowhunting ONLY ranches; and he should be proud. Situated in the world-renowned “South Zone” of Uvalde County (a 3-buck county), the ranch features a wide variety of hunting terrain that includes heavily wooded areas (pecan, oak, etc.,), creek and river bottoms (two miles of the Sabinal River and Ranchero Creek, to be exact), mesquite and pear cactus flats, as well as the high Guajillo hills, and everything in between.


Brushy Hill is also a fully-functioning, working ranch. With this abundance of water sources, and being covered with typical South Texas high-protein shrubs and food sources that encourage horn-growth, trophy whitetail bucks are everywhere – which is what made this area famous. The year-round bowhunters have harvested numerous 150 and 160-class Pope and Young bucks, which are as numerous as the deer feeders found all over the property.


Hunters are free to set up almost anywhere, and in any manner they want – within ranch rules, of course. There are no pre-set stands on the ranch. In addition, “Spot & Stalk” hunting is permitted during off-season. Hunting on a large day lease like Brushy Hill can be very different than hunting other types of properties. Why is that? Because the game on a day lease ranch see hunters on a regular basis, year-round, so they can be highly intelligent. Which means hunters get a real challenge and a whole lot of fun.


Even though some hunters are self-guided, semi-guided and fully-guided hunts are options at Brushy Hill. Just head to the website and give a call at least two weeks in advance so the guides have the time to scout and prepare specifically for you and your family or friends.


The varied terrain provides bowhunters with a wide variety of opportunities. When it comes to the Whitetail Deer Hunts, the very large and healthy population includes bucks up into the 170+ inch “Pope and Young” range. Remember, though, these guys are smart – the current ranch record stands at 168 1/2, which means the old bucks have outsmarted hunters for a good, long time.


For Whitetail Deer Hunts, rates are $180 per day, per hunter, with a two-day minimum. The 2-4 day hunt price includes: lodging, 1 buck, 1 doe, legal tag limit of long-horn (7″ & longer) spikes, 1 turkey, unlimited hogs, small game, varmints and any exotics that may cross your path. Long horn spikes (over 7″ each side) may be taken all season and do not count as your buck. Hunters are encouraged to harvest these spikes as part of the ranch’s management program.


For hunts five days and over the price includes: lodging, 2 bucks, 1 doe, legal tag limit of long-horn (7″ and longer) spikes, 2 turkey, unlimited hogs, small game, and varmints. There are even bowhunting lessons available.


So if you’re new to bowhunting or just enjoy the experience of a fully-guided hunt, at Brushy Hill Ranch, you get it all. But remember…those big bucks are out there. Will you nab your trophy? Good luck!


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The Best in Canadian Black Bear Hunting Guides Awaits You!


The Best in Canadian Black Bear Hunting Guides Awaits You!


Located in the very heart of North America, about a hundred miles northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, lies one of the most beautiful spots in all the world. Here, the avid hunter will find Nopiming Provincial Park along the Ontario border, and be introduced to the rugged, unforgettable, untouched beauty of this Canadian Shield landscape.

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Not only does this area offer incredible wildlife habitats but also countless opportunities for vivid photography as you create memories while seeking out the Canadian Black Bear this fall. And the name to call upon in order to have a most successful hunt, as well as make all these memories, is Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters.


With a territory spanning 2400 square miles of accessible wilderness, Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters provide you with a “bucket list” opportunity to view everything from black bear to whitetail deer to timber wolf, moose, fox, and many more. The area also gives those passionate for the rod-and-reel excellent fishing opportunities for northern pike, walleye, and smallmouth bass.


One of the most amazing packages that Big Woods Wilderness Outfitters is thrilled to offer, however, comes in the form of their fall trophy black bear hunts set in the premier hunting spot for trophy black bear in all of North America: Manitoba, Canada. Owning exclusive black bear outfitter rights for the best section of Manitoba (*approximately 700 square miles of superb black bear habitat in the healthy mixed boreal forest along the Ontario border), all color phases of black bears will be found.


All fall hunts for the black bear are over active bait sites with tree stands set up for the appropriate firearm (bow, muzzleloader, or rifle). Accessed by ATV, 4×4 truck, or boat, the guides at Big Woods have thought of everything to make sure your trophy black bear hunt becomes a rip-roaring success. So successful, in fact, that you will head back each and every year to experience more.


During the fall season only, running five days (Monday to Friday), the trophy black bear hunts also include a free timber wolf hunt. There are also combo hunts to choose from that include whitetail deer, waterfowl and upland game birds. Not only is there a menu of hunts to choose from, but your accommodations are as comfortable as you can possibly imagine. A true “home away from home,” you are provided with a two-bedroom, heated cabin with screened-in deck, double beds, carpeting, gas barbeque, color TV, satellite feed, microwave, fridge, stove or hot plate, and are equipped with bedding, coffee maker, toaster, cutlery, plates, pots and pans.


With two hunters per cabin, you can also depend on hot and cold running water with indoor plumbing and showers. Not to mention, all meals are included with your hunting package, with homemade hot breakfast and supper served in either the lodge’s licensed restaurant or your very own cabin, plus a bagged lunch provided for your days out on the hunt.


When you’re not hunting, you will literally be stunned by the surroundings. Your cabin is situated about fifty yards from the water on a ridge overlooking beautiful Bird Lake, located just 15 miles – as the crow flies – from those amazing woodland caribou calving grounds. Accessible, beautiful, remote wilderness just waiting for you to come and enjoy it all.


Fall Black Bear Hunting dates range from August 28th to September 30th, 2017. Rates for the five-day hunt run $3500 U.S. per hunter, plus taxes and license/allocation fees. Big Woods will even pre-purchase your license prior to arrival if you would like, which entitles you to that free timber wolf hunt.


This package doesn’t stop with just the A+ cabin accommodations and delicious home-cooked meals, however. You also are provided with the best of the best when it comes to professional, licensed and insured guide services; pre- and post-hunt transportation between Winnipeg (hotel or airport) and the lodge flying; transportation from the lodge to and from the hunting area(s); use of safe, comfortable hunting stands in hunting sites that are baited before and during the hunt; use of a rifle and archery range; field dressing; and even taxidermy preparation.


So…what’s left to say? Nothing to do now but head to and check it all out for yourself. After seeing the pictures, alone, you will book your trip immediately. Then all you can do is sit back and watch the clock, counting away the minutes until the lazy days of summer end so you can head to Manitoba’s Big Woods and find that trophy black bear that awaits you!





Choosing Binoculars for the Ultimate 2017 Hunt


Choosing Binoculars for the Ultimate 2017 Hunt

Any hunter will tell you the most important choices to make when going for that ultimate successful hunt comes from the little things. Yes, the guns, the location for the hunt, the clothing that’s best for the winter and/or summer hunt – all of these things are on the hunter’s ‘must-buy’ list. But there is one other thing that is just as important: the binoculars.

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As you slowly develop into an advanced hunter who is all about success, quality optics will become highly important to you. And the cheaper the binoculars are, the chances become greater that they will not survive to even ‘see’ the next season arrive.

Purchasing high quality optics is a long term investment for the avid hunter or outdoorsmen who knows they will be out in that field or in those woods tracking the perfect stag for many years to come. They need high-performance binoculars that are engineered from the best materials so they will last a good, long time.

There are three tips when it comes to making that purchase. Research is the first. Like any piece of equipment, there are a broad range of binoculars out there with all different types of features. They each are focused on one type of activity or another. Such as, some of the greatest binoculars for hunting deer will be different from ones created specifically for birding. Therefore, to get the best value for your money, the research must be done to find exactly what it is you need the most.

There are many things you will research and read up on: from prism design to lens coatings to total weight and more. But the first tip to zone in on is understanding magnification. 8×42 and 10×42 are the most popular sizes of binoculars for hunting. Power and light gathering capability is what you need to understand – what combination is best when thinking about hunting in low light conditions. Take the 8×42: the first number in magnification means ‘8 times’ closer than with an unaided eye. If you hunt mostly in woodsy areas where visibility is limited, the 8×42’s are the binoculars that are best; whereas, if hunting in open fields, the 10×42 become better.

The second tip comes in the pricing of binoculars. It is very true in life that you get what you pay for. In other words, buying binoculars under $100 will not get you the best on the market. You also do not need to ‘sell the farm’ to buy a pair either. Middle range ($300-$600) is a good range to look into.

The third tip is in regards to checking out the widest field of view, and judging whether or not you will need extras, such as, waterproof/fog proof lenses, and how lightweight you wish the binoculars to be.

To help you begin, here are some top-notch choices, made by hunters, when it comes to the best and highest quality optics on the market today:

The 8×42 Vortex Diamondback binoculars are perfect when it comes to deer hunting. Whether you are a hunter who likes the woods or setting up in the open fields, these binoculars are a great choice to help spot that whitetail. High magnification with a solid field of view, even bow hunters should think about investing in these. Now…don’t roll the eyes. Even though you bow hunters can only shoot an animal 25 yards away, binoculars can help you track the animal’s movements.

For those hunters who are interested in purchasing “compact hunting binoculars,” look no further than the Bushnell H20. Compacts are popular with hunters, but to achieve the compact design the lenses are smaller in diameter. What this means is, if needing the same magnification as the larger models, you may need to move down in magnification to 6x when it comes to the compacts. With the Bushnell H20 you are looking at roof prisms made from Bak-4 glass, with fully-coated lenses, and can be used in all kinds of weather because of the waterproof and rubberized housings.

Lastly, if money is one of those thing that is no object for you, Bushnell Fusion are the binoculars of choice for the avid hunter who loves having a rangefinder. Worth every penny, this sophisticated technology measures the exact distance to the target. The reflection return of the rangefinder’s laser back to the binoculars displays a perfect target range reading. What does that mean? A chance for even more success.

Just remember, when you’re torn about the gun, the clothing, the outdoor gear and more – make sure you also spend time purchasing the right binoculars as well. Let’s face it, no matter what other products you have in the back of that truck, none will matter if you can’t actually ‘see’ what you’re shooting at in the first place.

Happy Hunting!


Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle



Illinois Trophy Bowhunters: “Where Whitetail Dreams Come True”


Illinois Trophy Bowhunters: “Where Whitetail Dreams Come True”


When it comes to Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. (ITB), making the perfect whitetail hunt possible for any and all bow hunters is literally their mission, not just a slogan. ITB is one of those companies that has fine-tuned every aspect of the deer hunt in order to maximize the chances of bow hunting success for all their visitors.

Since ITB is 100% fair chase, a buck cannot be guaranteed, but when looking for elite service and guides who have a long experience in the bow hunting realm, the opportunities to land a trophy whitetail deer are extremely high with ITB. Managed for trophy quality deer (125” P&Y or better), ITB’s archery hunts are a full 6 days of hunting; unlike 4 or 5, which are offered by most other Illinois deer hunting outfitters. This extra day in the field can mean a great deal for the hunter if the weather has not cooperated during the week in the great state of Illinois. Coming together to increase your personal opportunity for success, ITB is a proven combination of trophy managed land, longer hunts, hunting the rut, experienced bow hunting guides, and fewer hunters to deal with.


For almost 25 years, Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. has provided unmatched bow hunting experiences. Founder Steve Phelps, back in 1991, wanted to share his passion for whitetail deer hunting with others, thus sparking the creation of ITB. The original concept was to control approximately 5000 acres in Pike County, Illinois, to judge just how good bow hunting could get if managed the correct way. Guided deer hunts would only be allowed during the rut – just three weeks out of the entire year. This made the land ITB managed more of a refuge for the remaining part of the year, which means more bucks were available when those three weeks of hunting came into play.


Detailed plans were made: ITB determined the exact spots where stands should be placed, and the approach to the stands based on various wind conditions. Shooting lanes were then also developed that would not exceed 25 yards in order to minimize wound rates and increase kill percentage. With all the professional work, research, and thought put into the plans, Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. reaped the rewards from early on and grew to become a highly respected Illinois deer outfitter, with guided deer hunts that are more popular than ever in 2017.


Each year, the best buck ITB takes, scores in the 190 – 200 inch range. The ITB hunting camp success rates can be as high as 90% for shot opportunity and 70% for kill rates! The stage is most definitely always set for the opportunity to achieve these numbers on any day during the three weeks bow hunting is practiced.


One of the most important achievements – not to mention a true compliment for ITB – is the fact that bow hunters return for 5 to 10 years in a row after their first booking. Rebooking rates have averaged around 70% for the last 10 years because hunters know that the next day they spend in the woods with ITB guides could have them scoring the best buck of their life. Thousands of satisfied deer hunters praise Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. for the work they do that goes above and beyond the call of most outfitters, which is why they book their guided tours with them – whether it be for family and friends or business events.


A guided deer hunt is a dream hunt for many and can be an awesome trip. For many, the hunt in Illinois becomes an annual journey they look forward to and a tradition that might last for several years in a row. However, if the wrong Illinois outfitter is chosen, dream hunts can end up being nightmares. The right choice is made by choosing a company with almost 25 years in the industry that is filled with experienced guides and plans to get the job done right by supplying all avid bow hunters with the unforgettable experience of coming face-to-face with those Midwest monster bucks.


In other words…when that excitement builds for the bow hunt, and the dreams grow bigger to bag that unforgettable whitetail, look no further than Illinois Trophy Bowhunters!


Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Preparation is Key for that Perfect Venison Stew



Preparation is Key for that Perfect Venison Stew


Although you can find a gazillion recipes all across the Internet on how to prepare the best of the best venison stew (i.e., there are 25+ best ideas located on Pinterest at, what most people don’t realize is that when it comes to venison, the only way to create a delicious stew that takes out the ‘gamey’ taste of the venison and makes the meat tender and delicious begins with the preparation of the meat. And that preparation actually begins in the field, itself. If things aren’t done correctly at the very beginning of it all, no stew is going to taste good.

Although you can find a gazillion recipes all across the Internet on how to prepare the best of the best venison stew (i.e., there are 25+ best ideas located on Pinterest at, what most people don’t realize is that when it comes to venison, the only way to create a delicious stew that takes out the ‘gamey’ taste of the venison and makes the meat tender and delicious begins with the preparation of the meat. And that preparation actually begins in the field, itself. If things aren’t done correctly at the very beginning of it all, no stew is going to taste good.

From the second that kill is made, a plan should already be in place as to getting the deer dressed. By doing this you will remove any possibility of tainting the meat, so when you arrive at your processor’s door there will be a walk-in cooler set at the perfect temp (34 to 37 degrees/with 88 percent humidity) to age your deer meat correctly. (*If not using a processor and are going to be more than a few hours before processing the meat, quarter the deer and get the deer on ice ASAP.)


Aging the deer is, above all, the most important step to achieving tender meat. In addition, there are two methods to aging meat: dry aging and wet aging, so make sure to research and then pick the one that best suits your individual needs. If you have not aged your venison, you can also place the unpackaged venison on a cooling rack on your own kitchen counter and point a fan directly at it for about a half hour. By doing this, your meat will brown easier and the venison will be far more tender.


It is important to note that aged venison is not gamey. It, like any other meat, simply has its own flavor. Deer forage for food, taking in everything from grass to herbs to berries to nuts, which means that it only requires a simple amount of seasoning in order to enhance that flavor. From the tenderloin to the backstrap of the deer – salt, pepper and olive oil are an easy trio that will bring about an excellent taste.


The right way of cooking venison is to make sure that it is not overcooked. If overcooking occurs, the meat will chew like rubber, so it’s important to know that venison cooks faster than beef. Therefore, when cooking rare, it only needs to reach a temp of 130 degrees. If any higher, the venison will begin to grow tough.


A cooking technique that many absolutely love is braising, in which the main ingredient is seared and then seared in liquid on low heat in a pot. Slow-cookers and Dutch ovens are the main choices when it comes to making perfect venison stew – by cooking low and slow. But always make sure to match the cut of meat to the cooking method. What that means is you will want to use the correct method in order to produce the tenderest meat possible. While some cuts will naturally be tender (loins and tenderloin, for instance), other cuts will be extremely tough and stringy. When it comes to that low-and-slow method for stews and soups, the shoulders, shanks and neck should be braised.


Using that perfect dry rub or marinade will also tenderize your meat, allowing you to cook the tough cuts to infuse flavor and create a tender, juicy result. When thinking about a dry rub to use, think about the endless combinations of dry herbs and spices that can be put together. Then massage the meat with the rub, place into a glass container, and refrigerate overnight for 24 hours to let that rub truly sink in to the meat.


One of the easiest recipes to use when creating that unforgettable venison stew is to heat oil in a Dutch oven. Brown the meat (that was perfectly prepared at the very beginning), and then add onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, oregano, salt, pepper and water. Add in your potatoes and carrots and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender (approximately 30-45 minutes). Mix flour and cold water, place into the stew, and then cook and stir until thick and bubbly.


Then all you have left to do is enjoy!


For more information, you can head to a list of websites that offer all different varieties of truly unforgettable venison stews. In fact, check out ‘Taste of Home’ at and begin drooling now!


Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

The Best in Waterfowl Hunting with Billy Blakely in Reelfoot, Tennessee


The Best in Waterfowl Hunting with Billy Blakely in Reelfoot, Tennessee



When it comes to the perfect location for the outdoor enthusiast looking for the best in waterfowl hunting, look no further than Blue Banks in Reelfoot, Tennessee. It is here that the menu of hunting, fishing, bird watching packages and more is literally a mile long. Even people who desire to watch the American Bald Eagle in all its majesty head straight to Reelfoot to do just that.

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Not only does Reelfoot provide everything from this majestic monarch to waterfowl to all kinds of fish, it also provides one of the finest guides on Reelfoot today. Billy Blakely (although his friends call him “Toothpick”) has over 35 years of experience under his belt when it comes to hunting and fishing in and around the lakes in this stunning Northwest Tennessee area. An expert fisherman and hunter, Billy works exclusively for Blue Banks Resort and has brought back return vacationers again and again because of his skills and talent. As operator of the marina facilities at Blue Banks, he has trained many guides for the resort, while also being featured in over a hundred outdoor TV shows and countless articles and magazines.


In other words, when picking Blue Banks for your much-needed vacation, you not only receive the most amazing resort on the lake that provides fine dining and lodging, clean and affordable facilities, as well as hunting/fishing and birdwatching packages, but you also get the best guide in the business.


The Reelfoot Bird Blind Packages with Billy Blakely are just one group at the ready. Able to be booked by both resort and non-resort guests, this is most definitely a memorable experience for one and all. From $50/per person to $229/per person, packages include a baited gas heated blind with a kitchen to prepare meals. And when it comes to the VIP Packages, you also receive an overnight stay, three meals, a private viewing of an active Eagle Nest, and tickets to Discovery Park.


According to Chief Guide Billy Blakely, he “hunts every single day of duck season,” in his area that is located between three waterfowl refuges and only a short distance from the Mississippi River—one of the premier duck hunting regions in the United States. Guiding 80+ days per year for waterfowl, when Billy takes a party of duck hunters out to Reelfoot Lake for a day of hunting, the party often is made up of 4-to-10 hunters at one time, plus a dog, guns, ammunition and food. Traveling before they set up to hunt, the party is shown two miles of the lake that includes spots of shallow water, deep water, stumps, brush and ice. There is also a stationary blind out on the open water to be used, depending on how the ducks are flying that day.


The popularity of waterfowl hunting has grown in numbers over the past few years and continues to widen across the country. From puddle ducks—such as, blue bills, redheads, canvasbacks—to several mallards, Billy Blakely makes sure to provide all visitors with the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to always making the hunt successful.



Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle