Author Archive | Kevin Reese

Memories of a turkey hunter

Memoirs of a Turkey Hunter

Memoirs of a Turkey Hunter Every year I try to make a point to go turkey hunting. Since taking my first bird 6 years ago or so, I have been addicted! Four years ago I called my own birds in, two toms, and took the largest of them. Ever since, I’ve been calling on my […]

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Bowfishing A Tough Way to Fish

Bowfishing – A Tough Way to Fish!

Standing on the bow of the boat ready to take a shot whenever the opportunity presented itself. Bowfishing a tough way to fish. I don’t get too write to many pursuit articles so I thought I’d take the liberty here in my column to pour one out on y’all! Enjoy. The alarm clock split the […]

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Bradley Custom Calls Bring the Heat to Turkey Calling Box Call

Bradley Custom Calls Bring the Heat to Turkey Calling!

The differences between mass produced and custom built calls are sound-quality-value. Bradley Custom Calls Bring the Heat to Turkey Calling. Few things are better than spending a few spring days tucked into the turkey woods with a bow, crossbow or shotgun. The resonating tumbling gobble of wise toms in every direction mean that whether you […]

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Bowhunting From Stone Age to New Age

Bowhunting From Stone Age to New Age

Like our ancestors, I found myself knee deep in more than just the woods, but in satisfying my primal need to play the role of a provider moreover, of a hunter – bowhunting from stone age to new age Photo courtesy of David Antolin Gil Bowhunting’s Primal Connection The stars seemed brighter when I finally […]

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HHA Optimizer Horizon

HHA Optimizer Horizon

Accuracy simplified. . . in the HHA Optimizer Horizon There’s a new face in the landscape of long-range shooting simplicity. The HHA Optimizer Horizon was developed with simplistic, reliable target acquisition, an essential element of marksmanship for anyone, especially those of us with compromised vision! Like its cousin, the HHA Optimizer for crossbows, the Optimizer […]

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Pattern, What Pattern

Pattern, What Pattern? Wild Hog Hunting

Pattern, What Pattern? What better topic to write about in the outdoors than those beasts that captured my passion the first time I sought them out? Hogs are a peculiar animal. They do what they want, when they want, and how they want to do it. A hunter scarcely sees another animal as difficult to […]

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Several years ago, I was turkey hunting with a great friend of mine and ended up pulling no less than five ticks off of me in one afternoon fortunately, none had bitten me at that point. Later that evening I found number six my buddy pulled him off while uttering words that are now seared into my memory banks, "Don't worry, he wasn't eating, he was just latched on." So, I didn't worry...bad idea Deer Tick Photo courtesy of Field and Stream.com Two week later, at the close of the average two-week incubation period, I began falling asleep on the couch. I was so fatigued that I would doze off mid-conversation with my wife. Of course, I'm a guy so I've done that a time or two however, according to my wife this time it seemed just odd enough to catch her attention. Consecutive afternoons found me walking through the house, leaving a trail of clothing behind me as I headed to bed - for those who know me, early to bed is not part of my genetic makeup. After a few days of this my wife came into the bedroom to ask me if I was okay. I had not climbed into the bed yet so she readily noticed I was literally covered in a terrible rash. As wives generally are, she was much more concerned about it than I was thank God for her She forced me to see a doctor and made me promise I would bring up the tick bite. After much looking, prodding, reading, and waiting, the doctor concluded that I had undoubtedly contracted the infamous Lyme disease, a disease that, left untreated, can kill a poor fella Oops Have I told you how lucky I am to be married to the greatest, most observant woman in the world? (I hope she's reading this). Long story short - because we caught it quickly, a short two-week round of antibiotics completely cured me. Well, years later (just a few days ago - Father's Day to be exact) I headed out to the special spot I like to call my Honey Hole for an afternoon of bowhunting in triple-digit heat. My buddy and I hoped to bag a double so although my hunting ended with the harvest of a great looking sow, we stayed in the tree for several more hours. At the close of the evening we climbed down and followed an excessive blood trail into one of the ugliest briar and vine-infested thickets you could imagine. It was a great shot, a heart shot She hadn't gone more than 50 yards, but it was the toughest 50-yard drag I've ever experienced between the heat and dragging the sow through that nasty ol' thicket, I just knew I was borderline asphyxiation or cardiac arrest, one or the other I finally reached the edge of the open field then left her to get the truck. It was dark and we were tired. We took a couple rushed pictures there in the field then loaded her into the bed of the truck. We arrived at my home and quickly strung her up on a hoist and took a short and much needed break. During the break my friend noticed a tick crawling up the front of his shirt. Alarmed, we checked OURSELVES for ticks. I was the lucky ones no ticks found, thank God. My bout with Lyme disease left me just a tad sensitive when it comes to ticks. The next afternoon, during a meeting, I was pulling at the whiskers on my rugged goatee when I felt a bump. Oh for crying out loud It was a tick! I checked high, low and everywhere in between the one place I hadn't checked was my face! I mean, who gets a tick on their face? Me! This time I rationalized the situation. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2008 there were 105 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Texas it's rare. Understanding that, it's conceivable that if I've contracted the disease again, I should also by a lottery ticket. Of course, the purpose of my story, albeit amusing to most of you, is that you cannot take ticks lightly They are here and if you spend time outside you've got to check for them Here's a tip for safe tick removal: Pull the tick body away from your skin as much as possible so that it only attached at the head and so that you can get your "fingers" around it. Douse a cotton ball (or pad) in rubbing alcohol and wrap the cotton ball around the tick, smothering it. Hold the cotton ball there for approximately 10 minutes. This asphyxiates the tick. Remove the lifeless tick by slowly and steadily pulling with tweezers. When it is detached, ensure the head is still attached to the tick's body. Note: It still takes a little bit of pressure/pulling to remove the tick using this method, take it slowly. Hunt hard, hunt often and stay safe.

Just a Little Tick Talk

Turkey Hunters and Campers should have a little tick talk Several years ago, I was turkey hunting with a great friend of mine and ended up pulling no less than five ticks off of me in one afternoon fortunately, none had bitten me at that point. Later that evening I found number six my buddy […]

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Tactical Rifle Shooting: Zero in on Sighting-In and Snapping-In

Tactical Rifle Shooting: Zero in on Sighting-In and Snapping-In

So what is Zero in on Sighting-In and Snapping-In? Through eight years of Marine Corps service, I had the opportunity to spend a lot. . . A LOT of quality time with an M-16 A2 service rifle in fact, when I was honorably discharged and traded my sergeant stripes in for the title of civilian […]

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Xecutioner Broadhead with Tim Wells Slocker Small Game Collar!

Stick and String Turkeys: Shotgun Range Means Bow Range

Where fall and winter seasons end more challenges begin… All that remains of the fall and winter hunting seasons are memories, dirty boots and a bow stored for the long haul; a sad manifestation of overlooked opportunities to come… unless you broaden your perspective. Whether you’re on the water or higher ground, year-round hunting opportunities […]

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Chris Stack, Owner of BruzerGear with a great Nevada Mountain Goat

BruzerGear Backpacks

No Bumps or Bruises from This Pack System! Photo: Chris Stack, Owner of BruzerGear with a great Nevada Mountain Goat! Bruzergear – Dominating Backpack Innovation As an outdoor writer, photographer and columnist I am afforded opportunities to play with a decent amount of hunting and outdoor equipment. Within the scope of product reviews, although still […]

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About Cold Weather Bowhunting

About Cold Weather Bowhunting

Cold weather bowhunting offers great opportunities to see and harvest some of our nation’s finest trophies in some of the most pristine environments on the planet however, doing so comes at a price. Do you have what it takes to stand up against brutal subzero conditions? Hunting deer in some of Montana’s most brutal, bone-chilling […]

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