Monday, August 24, 2009

"Wild Willie"

It was another busy three day weekend at the 2009 Buckarama show in Perry, GA for Final Skinz. Friday nights are usually a slow to moderate crowd. The early birds like to get there, find the goods, the sales, and register for any contests early and get out before the crowd hits on Saturday and Sunday.

During my Saturday morning business ventures in one of the other buildings, I decided to walk around to see what booths might be drawing for a free whitetail hunt or who might have some new t-shirts and camo for the ladies. As I began to squeeze my way through the crowd, my cell phone rang. Unaware of my surroundings, I quickly dispersed out of the mass of hunters and hid myself amongst some clothes racks in a booth.

After the phone call, I placed my cell phone back in my pocket while being greated by the sweet lady in the booth. She asked if I needed any help and I told her I was fine. Without showing my embarrassment, I looked up at the banner hanging to see what booth I had rudely envaded. I stopped. I looked around. "No way!" I was standing in the Duck Commander / Buck Commander booth!! And nobody else was in it but me!! HA! I had no idea they were there this year! So of course I immediately began thumbing through t-shirts, hats, duck calls, DVD's, CD's, tank tops, and even the signs!

I decided it would be best to keep some money in the checking account for bills, so I only purchased a t-shirt for my hubby and their newest DVD "Duckmen 13: Fear The Beard" (killer DVD by the way!! Better go buy it!). By this time, the lady's significant other was there and was helping out as well. They were both so very friendly and inquired about my tank top displaying Final Skinz. All three of us began talking and getting to know one another as if we should have been friends sooner.

Next thing I know, they tell me that "Willie" was gonna be arriving at 11:30a.m. My eyes widened and my mouth dropped. I said "What?? Are you serious?!?" They said he was on his way in from the interstate and should be in around 11:30a.m. So I told them I would be back for a picture!

So sure enough I headed back to the DUCK/BUCK Commander booth at 11:30a.m. for my picture with Willie Robertson! When I first got there, I patiently stood there and watched him sign a few autographs on some hats for other fans! I honestly don't think half the crowd KNEW who he was b/c they were all walking by just looking. I was astounded that I was there at that moment! Anyhow - I was introduced to him and he was just as nice as I'd ever imagine. He had no problem with me taking a picture with him. (I think we actually took three pics!) It was great! He then started asking me about the new Buck Commander bow and if I had seen it yet. By the time he started showing me the bow, a few more fans were walking up. The bow looked AWESOME, but as with any "star," he had more fans to meet and shake hands with. So of course I told him it was GREAT to meet him and I took off. I consider myself lucky to meet him. Hopefully I can meet the rest of the Duckmen one day! What a dream it would be to hunt with em! But like Willie says, you gotta be quick enough to keep up or else they'll shoot down the birds before you've even got your safety off!

Thanks Willie for taking the time out to speak to me and for this awesome pic!! Next time = it's camo face paint in the pic!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

World's Smallest Deer

During his field study in the Myanmar’s Hukawng Valley in 1997, an American zoologist, Alan Rabinowitz, discovered a new species of Cervid. Rabinowitz was examining what he thought was a young deer carcass of another species; however, after further review and DNA analysis, it was actually the carcass of an adult female. This new species is called a “Leaf Muntjac.” It is also referred to as a Leaf Deer, or Putao muntjac, and is a small species of muntjac.

Leaf muntjacs are found in dense forest habitats and eat mostly fruits. An adult leaf muntjac stands at just 20 inches high at the shoulder and weighs less than 25 pounds. Both the male and female have distinct canine tusks. The only thing that can separate the look of a male from a female are the un-branched antlers that are about 1 inch in height. The young muntjacs remain hidden after birth until they can move around with their mother. An unusual feature about this species is their offspring do not bear any spots. Local hunters called it the “leaf deer” because the body could be completely wrapped by a single large leaf. This species is the world’s smallest known deer. The leaf muntjac population has reduced considerably due to hunting.

Leaf deer are not to be confused with the Muntjac, also known as Barking Deer, which appeared 15-35 million years ago. They get the nickname "barking deer" because they make a deep, bark like sound as a warning if they sensed a predator nearby. Species of the Muntjac can be found from India and Sri Lanka to southern China, Taiwan, Japan, and Indonesian islands. Muntjac inhabits tropical regions.
They have no seasonal rut; therefore, mating can take place at any time of the year. Males have short antlers, which can re-grow, and they tend to fight for territory with their tusks. Tusks are unknown in British wild deer and can be discriminatory when trying to differentiate a Muntjac from an immature native deer. They have huge eyes, which allow them to see in the dark. There are eleven known sub-species of the Muntjac family.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Huntin My Way Out of a Flood

I’m on the hunt and it’s not for whitetails. Bow season doesn’t open up here until September 12. I am on the prowl for camouflage pants with an inseam longer than 34 inches. I need at least a 36 inch inseam to reach my feet and to cover the tops of my boots. I have searched high and low for pants long enough for the upcoming hunting season. While it’s still warm enough outside, I can get by with the “almost long enough” pant because I just tuck them inside my snake boots. But whitetails are not the only animal I’m after. So I may not always be wearing snake boots and pants that are just not quite long enough are not a good look. No matter where you are.

Our local stores do not have much of a selection here on female hunting apparel. I guess the demand here isn’t that high, which I would have a hard time believing. I’m in the south and I have recently met a group of ladies who love to hunt and be in the outdoors. One of our local stores is a big, well known, chain and they only have ONE rack of hunting apparel for women! That ONE rack consists of pants, t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, jackets, overalls, and coveralls. Yes, I said ONE rack! The t-shirts seem to fit well; however, if I get the same size in the long sleeve shirt, the sleeves aren't long enough. They barely make it to my wrists. Why is that? And for the coveralls to be long enough, I have to put on an XL, which gives a decent length, but both my husband and I could fit in them. If one piece of clothing is long enough, it’s probably too big somewhere else. If it fits me everywhere else, then it’s probably way too short in length! Go figure!

Another option I have resorted to is buying the XL shirts in the little boy sizes. They fit my upper body and give a three-quarter length sleeve. OH! And it’s cheaper!! The length is good for in-between seasons when the temperatures are changing from one extreme to the next during the day. But if I need to wear men’s camouflage pants, it’s usually not a problem finding an inseam long enough…..or a crotch long enough. Men’s pants are higher wasted and baggier than what I am used to wearing.

The women’s pants I have bought I have had to take home, take the hem out completely to the fringe, and sew one straight hem line across the bottom to keep the fringe from coming unraveled any shorter. Needless to say, I hate to spend a lot of money on pants that I have to bring home and re-stitch myself. My wardrobe is a complete mix of patterns since I am not able to find pants long enough in one pattern that has a matching shirt.

Let me just say that I am not complaining of my height whatsoever. I wouldn’t trade it for nothing! I am just complaining that there are not camouflage pants that come in a “Tall” for women. If any readers out there know where I can hunt me down some long camouflage pants, I know you won’t hesitate to email me! I’m desperate for some long camouflage pants! (I have this same problem in jeans! LOL) It's dry here in GA and no signs of a flood!