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Day 1 At The SHOT Show – Blogger Interrupted

January 17, 2012

I didn’t hit the floor for the opening of the 2012 SHOT Show until after 10:00 this morning.  This nagging thing they call a “day job” really kind of got all mixed up in the whole thing, and I spent the better part of the day doing anything but checking out new gear.  Apologies to those who may have had higher hopes, but so it goes… I have responsibilities (sorry for the foul language).

OK, enough of that…

I did get a chance to hit the floor a bit, and had a handful of specific things I wanted to see.  Among these were the components of that Savage pig rifle I was just shooting yesterday.  My first stop, then, was the Leupold booth.  I didn’t spend much time on anything else, but made my way directly over to the scopes to find the Leupold “Hog”.

The Hog is a VX-R (illuminated reticle), 1.25-4×20 scope.  With almost four inches of eye relief, this is a great scope for fast shooting in the thick stuff, but the Leupold glass at 4x provides all you need for longer shots as well.  Like I wrote yesterday, I was easily whacking the silhouette targets at 200 yards with this thing.

Once I’d found the scope, my next stop (in a round-about way) was the Savage booth to check out the rifle in a little more detail than I’d managed yesterday.  The “Hog Hunter ” is one of Savage’s Specialty Rifles, and is built on the Model 111 platform (short-action, bolt gun).  It comes in a synthetic stock, with a 20″, threaded barrel.  The threading is primarily for the installation of an after-market brake, but would also accomodate a suppressor in places where this is legal.  (For a gun that may be used for eradication, a suppressor makes good sense to me… but that discussion opens a can of worms I’m not interested in pursuing here.) The rifle also incorporates the Accu-Trigger, Savage’s awesome, adjustable trigger system.

The Hog Hunter will initially be available in .223, .308, and .338.  Honestly, I’m just not sure why the .223 and .308 are so widely regarded as hog hunting calibers (Winchester’s RazorBack XT ammunition is also initially available in these two calibers), but I’m assuming that this is based on the AR craze, and the wide availability of ammo for those calibers.  Or maybe it’s because in states other than CA, a lot of hog hunting is done at closer range with tree stands and feeders or bait.  I’d love to see this rifle in the extremely popular .300WSM… or my favorite, the .325WSM.  Still, I can see where the .338 would be a pretty awesome hog caliber too.

But what else?

A regular reader and friend-o-mine, John, asked about the Thompson-Center Dimension (by the way, the Icon appears to be alive and well, John).  The Dimension is a pretty neat idea.  It’s essentially a platform for multiple calibers on a single action.  This isn’t new, of course.  Several European companies have been doing this for years, but the big difference here is the price point.  Where you’ll pay between $10K and $15K for some of the European stuff, MSRP for the Dimension will be in the neighborhood of $650 (actual price at the store will generally be lower).  New barrels will list around $200.

What Thompson-Center (and Smith and Wesson) have done with the Dimension, though, is to make a conscious effort to make this rifle as user-friendly as possible. I don’t want to get too gun-nut technical here, but in general most modern calibers fall into “families”.  For example, the .308 family includes cartridges like the .243, 7mm-08, and 22-250, while the 30-06 family includes the .270.  The actions for the Dimension are designed for the entire family, so all you need to do is switch barrels to turn your .308 into a 22-250.  The families are designated by letters (A, B, C, etc.), and the complementary components are all engraved with the letter.  It’s hard to accidentally mix up the system.

The company goes a step further, and provides specific tools for working on the rifle.  The tools are intended to use for removing the barrel and action, but the cool thing is that the wrench/driver tool is set to torque the screws for the proper tension.  The engineers know that many amateurs tend to over-tighten and strip screws and bolts, so this multi-tool will help avoid that problem.  I’m not a gunsmith or a technical expert, but this seems pretty danged nifty to me.  If you just follow the basic directions, you can’t mess up the assembly of a Dimension.  It is smart and innovative.

I’ve got a few more things to write about, but I’ll save some of these for tomorrow.  I hope to have a little more time on the floor tomorrow.

Media Day Recap

January 16, 2012

I went to the SHOT Show Media Day at the Range, and what did I see?

A whole crowd of people in line before me.

No, I’m not going to do this whole thing in doggerel… tempting as it may be.  But it’s a start!  And this year’s Media Day at the Range had to have set new records for attendance.  According to the messages from the NSSF, there were 1200 media members (and some guests) at the shoot, and from what I saw during check-in, and at the most popular booths, there weren’t many no-shows!

Despite the crowds, the range setup seemed to function better this year, and it was easier to get in and talk to specific manufacturers and reps about the guns and ammo we were shooting.  I also noticed a dearth of the big-bore sniper rifles this year, which meant that there were significantly fewer of us walking around for hours after the shoot with perpetual flinches (if you’ve ever been around when one of those things goes off, you’d know what I’m talking about).

But what else did I see?  As I expected, there were a lot of tactical and tactical-styled guns.  This just isn’t my forte, and while I did stop to watch some of the shooting and inspect a few of the guns up close, I didn’t spend much time with them.  There is definitely something magical about full-auto firepower that makes a guy stop and stare.

How far does this AR craze stretch?  I stopped by the Crosman booth to check in with the rep there and see what was new.  I love my Marauder, and I’ve been really intrigued by the Rogue since I shot the prototype last year.  Something about a .357 air rifle that just does it for me.  I hope to get a chance to field test one later this year, once I’m settled in Texas.

While I was there, I was introduced to Scott Pilkington Jr.  Mr. Pilkington has come up with an AR upper in .177.  It’s a PCP (Pre-Charged Pneumatic), and the version I shot was complete with a match barrel.  Another of the Crosman reps is a competition shooter, and I watched him whack a 1 1/2″ spinner at 50 yards… OFF HAND.  I couldn’t shoot that well, but I was able to put a few shots on target and was amazed at the accuracy.  But even moreso, I was amazed at the very idea of making an air rifle upper for the AR platform.

As usual at the show, I ran into several of my friends from the hunting and shooting world.  This is a great place to network, and to catch up.

My friend, Eric Mayer from Varminter.com was there, and we spent some time walking around.  While I love to shoot big stuff with big guns, Eric is funny.  He likes shooting little stuff with little guns, like the Browning X bolt, in .204 Ruger.  By the way, Varminter has a really great web forum with a ton of discussions.  While predator and varmint hunting are the primary focus, there’s also a real good forum on hog hunting, as well as a pile of other excellent info for hunters and shooters.  Check it out!

Eric took a few photos of me shooting some of the other stuff, but I don’t have those yet, so that piece of the story will have to wait.  A couple of other great finds didn’t make the photo log either, but that’s usually because there were too many people waiting around to shoot, or because I didn’t have a safe place to take the picture.  I’ll get a lot more photos on the show floor later this week.

One of the rifles that caught my eye was a new offering from Ruger, the 77/357.  This is a Model 77 rifle, chambered in .357 Magnum.  That’s right, a bolt-action rifle shooting a pistol cartridge.  It’s not their first, of course.  They chambered the M77 in .44 Mag a couple of years ago (and I swear I remember them chambering the Mini-14 in .44mag also… was that a dream?).  I asked the Ruger rep what this was all about, and how much demand they were seeing for something like this.  He said the most current driver is the recent legislation in Indiana.  Previously, big game hunters were restricted to slug guns, muzzleloaders, and handguns for hunting.  That changed in 2007, when the state legalized rifles that shoot handgun cartridges.

The other market for this gun is for youngsters or other hunters who are a little shy of heavy recoil.  At moderate range, the .357 Mag certainly produces enough energy to kill deer with well-placed shots, and with the low recoil, it is easy to shoot this thing well.  I sent several rounds downrange, and it is actually a pretty handy-feeling rifle.  Recoil is very light, and with the iron sights, accuracy wasn’t too bad (considering the shooter).  I’m still not a huge fan of rifles chambered for pistol cartridges, but I can see where this would be a fun gun to own.

What about lead-free ammo?  I think I spotted a trend a little while back, and it was definitely in evidence today… at least from Winchester and Federal.  I’ve written before about the Winchester RazorBack XT ammo, and a little about the Power-Core 95/5.  Both of these offerings incorporate bullets made by Winchester, as opposed to the ETips which are made by Nosler.  But today I saw that Federal, after years of loading Barnes bullets in their lead-free ammunition is now beginning to offer some of their own, proprietary bullets and shotgun slugs.  I’ve got to get more information about this ammunition, and if I can, I’ll get a direct answer about the root of this trend (if it is a trend at all).  But what it may mean to you hunters, is lower retail prices for lead-free ammunition.

I also had the opportunity to talk to a new bullet-maker in the field.  The company, Cutting Edge Bullets, makes a line of brass bullets.  Brass isn’t necessarily new in this field, and the monolithic solids are well known for use on dangerous game in Africa.  However, their new design offers controlled expansion with “petals” that, instead of staying on the bullet as it passes through, explode outward from the wound channel like shrapnel.  I know, sounds “iffy”, but the rep I spoke to assured me that meat damage isn’t what you might expect, and that these bullets kill game stone dead… quickly.

While the current bullets do not quite meet the CA standard for lead-free (they still contain something like 8% lead), but the company intends to release a CA-legal bullet later in the spring.  If all goes well, I’ll also get the opportunity to try some of these bullets myself.  As always, when I do, you’ll get the honest review.

And now the best for last!

I was taking pictures of Eric shooting a Savage in .17 Hornet (pretty cool in itself, by the way), when one of the Savage reps noticed my Hog Blog t-shirt.  “You’re looking at the wrong gun,” he told me.

I wasn’t sure what he was talking about, or even if he was talking to me, so I turned to see.  He was holding a nice-looking, synthetic stocked rifle with a sweet little Leupold scope on it.  “You shoot pigs, don’t you,” he asked?  “This is a pig rifle.”

I started to explain that I was taking pictures of Eric, and that Eric doesn’t really have the same interest in pig rifles that I do… but then I kind of forgot about Eric.  I didn’t look too closely at the rifle at first, but just plopped down at the bench and started looking for ammo.  The rep passed me a box with an evil grin, and I loaded it up, took a rest, and put my eye to the scope.  There, right beside the crosshairs, were the words, “Pig-Plex”.  They had me! 

I fired a few shots, both from the bench and off-hand.  This rifle and scope combo is made for offhand shooting, and it balanced very nicely.  This particular gun was chambered in .308, so recoil was really minimal, and accuracy at 200 yards was pretty good (at least as far as hitting silhouette targets).  I didn’t try one with just iron sights (yes, this comes from the factory with iron sights), but I bet it would be a treat to shoot on hogs busting out of the chemise.

I’ll get more detail on this thing later, but for now, suffice it to say that this rifle made my day!

There was a lot of other cool stuff that I haven’t mentioned… not because it doesn’t deserve mention, but because there’s just so much as to be overwhelming.   I’ll gather more information on the Show floor this week.  And, as always, if you want me to check on anything specific, just let me know!

 

 

 

SHOT Show Media Day At The Range – Kicking It All Off!

January 16, 2012

This is just a quickie for the morning… more to come this evening, when the powder is all burned and the bullets have all flown.

Waking up in lovely Las Vegas, I’m reminded of a couple of things.  First, they don’t make these rooms to encourage laying around.  The bed is OK, but the amenities are fairly scarce.  The TV isn’t one of these luxurious big screens (I’ve seen better in an Interstate truck stop).  The shower this morning was, at best, lukewarm.  There’s not even a coffee maker, and don’t ask about the price of a pot of room-service coffee.  So much for being spoiled!

But ya’ll aren’t here to read about my hotel room (at the Imperial Palace, by the way).  In about two hours I’ll be heading for the Boulder City Gun Club to try out the hottest new guns the industry can throw at me.  If the past several years, and the stream of press releases this year, are any indication, there’ll be an even greater surfeit of AR-style rifles, semi-automatic pistols, and big-bore sniper rifles (e.g. the Barrett .5o cal).  Hopefully, they’ll have those monstrosities set up on their own range, and separate the military styled stuff from the sporting guns.  Last year was sort of chaotic.

So I’ll be back this evening with reports from the range, and will let you know what I thought about what I saw.  I’ll spend the next few days getting more detail about anything I’m interested in.  If you folks want to know about anything (new rifles, ammo, handguns, or gear), be sure to leave me a note.

On The Road Again… Back To Vegas For The 2012 SHOT Show!

January 14, 2012

It seems like I only just got here.

This morning, I’m packing the truck and getting ready to head it back north and west, leaving the Lone Star State behind for a couple of weeks.  By Monday morning, I intend to be sitting behind the scope of some new rifle at the SHOT Show media range-day event in Boulder City, NV.  Or maybe I’ll be swinging a new double-barrel on a clay pigeon (I hope Ithaca has their new SxS ready).

After that, it’s a week of glam, glamour, bright lights, and shiny new toys at the SHOT Show… mingled with a week of meetings, emails, and training design for the day job.  Should be fun, right?

Anyway, the contractors are all lined up, and a lot of the work that I can’t do myself is contracted out.  The ranch is starting to take a little bit of shape, at least in my mind.

In truth, of course, very little actual work got done this week.  Ah, well… so it goes.  I’ll be back next month to pick up where I left off.

 

Entering The World Of Game Cameras

January 13, 2012

I’ve never had much time for game cameras.  In CA, the vast majority of my hunting was on public land, or on the Golden Ram club where the fields are full of strangers.  Anyone silly enough to leave a camera in the field for more than a day or so is likely to come back to find an empty space where the camera once was.

Nevertheless, I was always intrigued by the idea.  How cool is it to find a spot that looks great, based on the sign, and then to verify your hypothesis with photos?  Of course you can take the technology to extremes, such as tracking and patterning a specific animal until you can set a clock and come kill him.  That’s not really what I’m interested in, but since I’ve got this new place and my own property where I am comfortable leaving the cameras in the field, I decided to give it a go.  I figured it would be a good way to see what kinds of animals I’ve got moving around the property.

So I broke down and picked up a couple of the Moultrie D55-IR cameras.  These are (I think) mid-range cameras with a reasonably good reputation.  To be honest, I didn’t do a lot of research before I made the purchase.  I’m hoping I won’t regret my impulsive purchase, and so far I don’t.

I remember conversations with some game cam afficianados several years ago, when the devices were first getting popular.  The settings were tricky, the cameras were finicky, and it really took a serious hobbyist to get good at game cam photos.  A fair number of people gave it a go and abandoned the cameras because they were just too tricky to use.  I’m not always the most patient person when it comes to technology for leisure use.  I want easy, and I want quick, so I had some trepidation about setting up these cameras.

Let me tell you now… that trepidation was completely unfounded.

First, the instructions for setting up and using the Moultrie Game Spy are about as simple as you can get.  I want to shake the hand of the tech writer who put these together, because the directions are as close to foolproof as you could ever ask for.  It probably took me five minutes to get both cameras ready to hang, and the only reason it took that long was that I played with all the custom settings.  If you wanted, you could take them out of the box, insert the batteries, turn them on, and hang them… no settings are required.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.

The user interface (control buttons, display, etc.) is just as simple as the instructions.  It all makes sense, and there are only a couple of actual control points.  You don’t have hidden buttons, slides, or other controls.  There’s a mode button and a button to adjust settings.  Then there’s the power button.  That’s it!

So far, so good, right?  Set up and deployment were simple matters.  Now all I need to do is wait for some critters to come out and get their portraits done.  Last night I had no visitors, but with the wind screaming down the canyon all night long, I expect most deer and other animals were dug in somewhere out of the weather.  Tonight is calm and cold, and I expect it will get some animals moving.

I’ll provide updates on these cameras as soon as I have some pictures to share.  My initial impression of the Moultrie Game Spy is pretty positive.

Real-time Update: 

Just checked the cameras this morning.  Things are starting to come to life.  I have two cams set out, HogBlog1 and HogBlog2.  HogBlog1 is set along the edge of the woods at the base of the ridge, and within sight of the house.  HogBlog2 is set in a thicket where there’s a small opening near the fenceline.  There are several good trails there, with some really big tracks.  So far, HogBlog1 is the only one getting any action, but I’ve only had them out since Wednesday.

The night time shots are a little less than perfect so far, although it looks like the deer was running.  Based on the timestamp, that’s right when I got home from dinner, so that probably explains why the deer took off.  They do seem to be a little skittish.  I think deer season is still open down here.  The other thing is that the flash might have scared her, but I didn’t think the IR flash was supposed to be visible to the deer.

I’m not sure, so if anyone reading is an expert at game cameras, is there something I can do or a better camera that would have caught this picture?  Seems like it would need a really fast shutter speed.  Any other ideas?

Beyond that, the daytime pictures look really good, though!  A doe and a youngster came to the feed yesterday around noon, and I actually got a couple of pretty good shots.

I’m going to leave the cameras running while I’m travelling, and can’t wait to see what’s on there when I get back!  I haven’t seen any hog sign so far, but I’ve been told there are plenty of them here.  I expect that when I get some water troughs going, I’ll start to see a lot more game activity.  Right now, the nearest water to me is the neighbor’s pond about a half mile down the road.

 

 

Predator and Hog Hunting Challenge In Georgia

January 12, 2012

Personally, I’m not crazy about “competitive” hunting.  But the truth is, it isn’t up to me.  Some folks dig it, and anything that gets hunters out to kill feral hogs can’t be a bad thing.  So here goes, for those of you in Georgia or those able to travel for an event like this…

2nd ANNUAL GREAT SOUTH PREDATOR & WILD HOG CHALLENGE

January 27-29, 2012 Bass Pro Shops & Sportsman’s Warehouse in Macon, Georgia

MACON, GEORGIA – January 11, 2012:  Scurry Outdoors South, LLC is promoting the SECOND ANNUAL GREAT SOUTH PREDATOR & WILD HOG CHALLENGE beginning January 27-29, 2012.  Scurry Outdoors South will be teaming up again with Bass Pro Shops who will host the event at their Sportsman’s Warehouse facility in Macon, Georgia.  The Georgia Outdoor News will be joining the team this year to help raise awareness of their Sportsman’s Pantry charity.

Participating teams will have from 12:01 am on Friday, January 27th to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 29th to hunt and register their harvest at the Bass Pro Shop in Macon, Georgia.  All harvested animals will be registered in the competition, then weighed and evaluated by the Scurry Outdoors South event staff.  All prizes will be awarded the afternoon of Sunday, January 29th, 2012 at the Bass Pro Shops facility in Macon Georgia.

Scurry Outdoors South started The Great South Predator and Wild Hog Challenge in order to draw area hunters together to share their enthusiasm for predator and wild hog hunting.  This was the first hunting event of its kind to be offered in the Southeast.  Last year, over four hundred people came out to see fifty teams compete for various cash purses and prizes.

WHAT DO THEY HUNT?  The Challenge offers two divisions for its participants.  The first is the Wild Hog Challenge Division.  Four person teams will hunt wild hogs using the Dog Bay/Catch method of harvesting the hogs.  The second is the Predator Challenge Division.  Two person teams will hunt for any combination of Coyote, Bobcat and Fox.  Scurry Outdoors South insists all participants must abide by all local, state and federal game laws to make this event enjoyable, fair and most of all safe.

WHAT DO THEY GET?  Cash purses and prizes will be awarded to the top teams in both divisions.  The first place team in the Wild Hog Division will receive $1,000 and various prizes including a Scurry Outdoors South Commemorative Belt Buckle will be awarded to each team member.  Second and third place team members will receive prizes.   The first place team in the Predator Division will receive $1,000 and various prizes including a Scurry Outdoors South Commemorative Belt Buckle will be awarded to each team member.  The second place team will receive $500 and prizes and the third place team will receive $250 and prizes.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE – THE SPORTSMAN”S PANTRY – This year, Georgia Outdoor News will be joining Scurry Outdoors South to help raise money for the GONetworks Sportsman’s Pantry by serving BBQ chicken dinner.  GONetworks started Sportsman’s Pantry in 2008 with two goals.  The first goal is to provide approved food distribution agencies with fresh game for families in need.  The second goal is to permit the sportsman to employ sound management practices without wasting game or fish or penalizing the sportsman.

ABOUT SCURRY OUTDOORS SOUTH Scurry Outdoors South was founded by brothers Ken and Jeff Scurry with the purpose of developing trade shows and special hunting events specifically for outdoor enthusiasts.  Their lifetime love of hunting and the outdoors, combined with 40 years of convention and trade show industry experience, has resulted in forming several events and expos for both predator and wild hog hunting.  Scurry Outdoors South is producing The Modern Sporting Arms Expo and the World Predator and Wild Hog Extravaganza, scheduled for September 7-9, 2012 in Waco, Texas. Visit www.scurryoutdoorssouth.com for complete information.

CONTACTS: Ken Scurry (404) 732-5658 ken@scurryoutdoorssouth.com

Jeff Scurry (404) 732-5399 jeff@scurryoutdooursouth.com

 

Life In The Hill Country – The New Place

January 11, 2012

I promise not to over-indulge in photos and updates about the Texas place (Kat and I have been calling it “Hillside Manor”), but since that’s a HUGE part of my life right now, I thought I’d share a few pictures so far.

The property is 23.26 acres, pretty small by Texas standards, but it’s not a bad start.  The general layout is semi-rectangular, oriented mostly north to south.  My eastern property line is the top of a high ridge, and the western edge follows the county road.  The house is at the north end of the property, and about halfway back from the road.

The house itself is a doublewide mobile home.  I had some reservations about moving into a mobile home (southern snobbery), but this place is actually pretty nice.  Besides, given the going rate for a custom-built home in the Hill Country, I’m pretty much limited to a mobile home or a modular if I want to have any money left to buy more property.  I still plan to pick up another 100 acres or so for hunting. 

About 100 yards south of the house is the barn.  Right now it’s just a big, empty, metal building with a dirt floor.  I plan to pour a concrete slab in there, and building a shop/office where I can reload and work on guns, and Kat can do her leather work.  There will still be plenty of room for my tractor and Petunia, as well as the assorted stuff that I tend to collect (I’m something of a pack rat).

Beyond the barn, I’ve got about 10 acres of “pasture”.  I’ve got my work cut out for me to get this ready for the horses.  It looks like it was cleared at some point, but the juniper (cedar) is coming back.  I’ll be doing some cutting there, as well as up the hill.  There’s a place nearby that buys the juniper, so all I’ll need to do is cut it and haul it off.  I hope that, by clearing some more of the juniper, the oaks and other trees can hold on through this drought.

But what about the hunting?  Where are all the critter pictures?

I figure that’s a big question on some of your minds.  To be honest, I haven’t actually seen anything bigger than a cottontail on the place so far, but there’s plenty of sign.  Up on the hill are some heavily used trails, including some really huge deer tracks.  I’ll be putting out a couple of game cameras today, so we’ll soon see what’s using these trails.

So the hunting question remains to be answered.  The area is definitely crawling with whitetail, axis, and hogs.  It’s really thick behind the house, all the way to the top of the ridge, and I’m sure it’s primo cover for the wildlife.  I just need to get them down, off the hill and into my crosshairs.

Stay tuned!

 

Getting Ready For The SHOT Show

January 10, 2012

Well, amidst all this setting up house in Texas and getting some work done on my day job, I’m also looking forward to next week’s SHOT Show!  This will be my 8th or 9th show (I think), and while some of the experience has become old hat, I still get kind of excited about the experience every year.

There are a couple of things that I particularly enjoy about the show.

First is the Media Day at the Range event, which is always held the day before the actual show begins.  During the range day I get the opportunity to spend range time with the new offerings from key firearms manufacturers, as well as using some of the new ammo.  Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get a real accuracy test during the range day, because there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 1200 attendees at this shoot and everyone wants to play with the guns.  As a result, you don’t have the opportunity to go downrange and check targets.  Also, due to the number of hands on each gun, it’s impossible to know how close to zero the sights may be.  But at least I get to feel how the gun handles… and just as important to me, I get to make it go, “BANG!”  (Sometimes I’m still a 5 year-old at heart.)

Another aspect of the show is the opportunity to talk to key ammo and equipment manufacturers.  It’s not news that I go out of my way to keep up on the latest trends in lead-free, hunting ammo (there are also a bunch of lead-free target and range rounds out there, but I don’t cover that right now.  If anyone wants to know about them, just ask.).   I’ve formed relationships, of a sort, with several manufacturers’ reps, and this is a great opportunity to catch up in person.

The SHOT Show is also an opportunity to rub elbows (so to speak) with a lot of the movers and shakers in the outdoors media industry.   All of the key outdoor writers are usually in attendance, and I’ve been privileged to meet folks like Jim Zumbo, Wayne Van Zwoll, Phil Bourjailly, Bob Robb, and more.  I was even introduced to Grits Gresham the year before he passed away.  I know it’s kind of silly, but some of these folks were heroes to me as a child and aspiring writer.  It’s just awesome to find myself sitting a the same table in the Press Room with people like this.

The hunting TV folks are all at the Show as well.  I’m not big on the whole celebrity-chasing thing, but I do enjoy meeting and talking to some of the show hosts and producers.  They’re mostly “real” people, and while they’re busy as hell during the show, if you happen to stumble into someone, they’ll always share some of their day with you.

Anyway, this is all by way of setting the stage for next week’s posts and updates.  If you readers have questions about new gear, ammo, or guns, shoot them my way.  I can’t promise to cover all the bases, but I can try to get answers for you.

 

 

Welcome To The New Hog Blog!

January 6, 2012

So this is still totally under construction, but since I’ve already publicized the move, I ought to lay out some sort of red carpet… or at least a decent swath of linoleum.

With all the work that’s ahead of me, I’m having a hard time letting go of the work that came before… namely, almost five years of posts.  There were a bunch of photographs, videos, and a lot of words poured out on those pages over that half-decade of vanity publication.  Seriously, I feel like at least a couple of those old posts were keepers and I hate to lose them, but hey, maybe it’s time to take a step back.

The Navajo make these really cool works of art from colored sand.  Some of them are quite intricate.  And when they’ve finished, they offer up a prayer and dump the sand into the wind.  It’s all about the impermanence of things and the willingness to discard wordly possessions (or somesuch).  It’s a pretty smart way to approach things.

But there you go…  I’m still working on moving the old stuff over, but it may not happen and I need to get used to it.

Beyond that, my plan is to keep on keeping on.  For those kind souls who’ve hung on to follow the Hog Blog so far, I want to give you more of whatever it was that kept you coming back in the first place.  (How’m I doing so far?)  And for new readers, I hope I can make it fresh enough and informative enough to bring you back for more.

And that’s enough of that.  I’m still working on the move, so I hope ya’ll can bear with me until things are running back to “normal”.

New Hog Blog Coming Soon

January 4, 2012

Bear with me while I get the new hog-blog set up. Thanks

 

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