My friend Britney Starr of Starr and Bodill African Safaris is working with the United Special Sportsman Alliance and the Lake Superior Safari Club International to put together a 10 day safari for a wounded warrior and his brother. You can read all about it on Britney's blog. Very proud of Britney and I think this is an awesome moment for her. She was also recently named an editor for Women's Outdoor News Gear Court. Congrats Britney!
One of the most interesting events in the world of archery that I've heard about lately is a Bowathlon. This competition is part foot race, part obstacle course and part 3D archery. The events are timed and are designed to simulate the elevated heart rate a hunter faces in real-life conditions and forcing you to take challenging shots. There are two of these events that I'm aware of, one being the Bowcast at the Bird 3D Shoot and the Train to Hunt Bogus Challenge.
The concept is very interesting to me! I'd love to be able to compete in one of these events but I don't think I will be able to this year, unless another one is scheduled somewhere farther East. Mark at Sole Adventure did a great write-up about the concept and got some great feedback from his readers. Check out his story here. Also Dustin Jones, the Idaho Bone Collector, will be attending the Bogus Challenge, so he can give us some first-hand information about the event from a participant viewpoint.
Today kicks of the 2012 Cabela's Bassmaster Federation Nation Western Divisional tournament on my old home lake, the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Green River, WY. My old club Cowboy BASS will be hosting the event. If I still lived in Wyoming, I'd hope to be fishing the tourney. I made it to the FLW The Bass Federation equivalent of this tournament on Lake Havasu, AZ in 2007, and qualified for the 2009 Federation Nation tourney but wasn't able to fish it due to logistics after moving to Georgia. I've friends from several states competing but I'll be pulling for Wyoming's team!
Lee Thomas (left) and Steve Siddoway hosting registration at the
Expedition Island Pavilion in Green River, WY.
I've fished with them both...great guys!
My local archery pro shop, Social Circle Ace Archery will be having a Grand Opening event Saturday, June 22, and will be featuring an appearance by Travis "T-Bone" Turner of the Bone Collector and Team Realtree. Steve Pittman, former owner of 12 Point Archery in Covington, runs the shop and they carry Hoyt, Bowtech, PSE and Mathews bow, in addition to most of the top accessories on the market. I'll be at the event, so if you're in the area, swing by and say "hello." Steve is expecting a great turnout.
Steve Pittman in the Social Circle Ace Pro Shop
If you're looking for some recipes and good information about cooking wild game, check out Food For Hunters. Rick and Jen's blog features some tasty game recipes and also talks about some of their own outdoor adventures. Give them a read.
One last shoutout to Al Quackenbush, the SoCal Bowhunter, for some helpful feedback and tips on my blog. In addition to being a great blogger, Al is a graphic designer. I appreciate your honesty and insight my friend.
I've got 5 or 6 3D Shoots over the next few months to get dialed in for bow season at Christian Bowhunters of Georgia and Hilsman's Archery. Also, I'm only 3 months away from my New Mexico mule deer hunt. Looking forward to fall!