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Member Profile – July 2008
Sunday, June 29th, 2008

July’s Member Profile is on a Hunting Couple from New Jersey.

Julio and Mary Santiago are a husband and wife team that know how to spend quality time together…..In the woods, hunting! Here’s what this hunting duo had to say to Heritage Hunters.

HH: How did you get started hunting together? 

J&M: We started hunting together when I met Julio in his barber shop and commented on his various trophies on display  He asked if I had an interest in hunting and if I would like to someday go turkey hunting. Long story short, I was hooked on the sport after that first successful hunt (Julio called in my first gobbler). One thing led to another and we ultimately fell in love and got married on yes, you guessed it, a turkey hunt in Florida. Our wedding rings were in a box call, all the guests wore camo (bride and groom included), the cake was camo and our limo was a swamp buggy. All this took place at the Okee Hunt Club. By the end of our three day hunt, I had a husband, a turkey, and a hog. In some states this can be considered the same thing!!! LOL The hog was harvested with a boar knife that was a Valentines gift from my husband (thus my handle being ‘knifelady’ on the Heritage Hunters forum) and the same knife was used to cut the wedding cake! (cleaned of course)

HH: What is your favorite type of hunting and why?

J&M: Our favorite type of hunting primarily is turkey hunting. It is fun to hear the turkeys respond to your call, the rush of them gobbling is not comparable to any other aspect of hunting.

HH: What do you feel is the most rewarding aspect of being able to enjoy
time in the outdoors as a couple?

J&M: Our time in the woods together is cherished. Having your spouse as your mentor is priceless. As the ‘wife’ I now understand what my husbands passion is and how addictive it can be.

HH: You operate a couple different outdoor related websites. Can you tell us a little about them and what they have to offer?

J&M: Since I met Julio, his life long dream was to own a piece of land, a small cabin in the mountains and guide hunters to pass on what he knows of the outdoors. Lo and behold one day I get the paper and listed in the back page in small print was his dream home. We called the number, drove to Troy PA, looked at the land (60 acres) it’s small cabin and pond and within minutes, and tears of joy in our eyes knew then and there that we found our new home, and chance to live out our dreams! We bought the place, named it (tall tale acres) and started out with what is now our hunting lodge and vacation home till we retire (two years God willing). Our cabin is now up and running for the last two years. We offer hunts for deer, bear and turkeys. We limit our hunts to ONLY four hunters at any given time, include food lodging and care of any game harvested by our hunters. We love doing what we do and guiding hunters on our land. We get to meet great folks from all over and help to make memories for ALL!

Check out www.talltaleacres.com for more information

As for our second venture is ” Outdoors Addiction” productions. This came about with a buddie of my husbands who he hunts deer with. They decided to film their hunts as well as others of regular folks like most of us who ONLY have limited days afield and produce their own DVD series for ALL to enjoy. Thus ” Whitetail’s Addiction” their first dvd, isÂout now! We hope to bring the average hunters, and kids along on hunts taking game that in our eyes are trophy’s! Not always the biggest deer or turkeys in the woods, but taken by fair chase and free range with any legal means we can harvest them with. Most of our films will be entertaining as well as informative. Again just another way that we enjoy the outdoors. 

Visit www.outdoorsaddiction.com for more information

HH: If you had the opportunity to hunt anything, anywhere, what and where would it be?

J&M: One of our dream hunts would be to hunt turkeys in New Zealand where you can take up to 12 turkeys a season! Truly turkey heaven for us!

HH: How are you passing on your hunting heritage?

J&M: One thing that we both take great pride in , is in teaching our youth who want to hunt. Julio took a good friend to New York with his 4 year old son, little Steven was handed a turkey call, and taught how to use, an hour latter, he called in a great bird. We also have a friend in a wheelchair, who we hunt with. To watch him go hunting after his accident and not want to give up, words just can’t express the feelings we have to see this and help be a part of his hunting experience. As for our lodge and ground, we are seriously considering donating it back to the state to use as a youth center to teach kids about the outdoors after our passing.

HH: If you both could offer up one piece of advice for young hunters (or those just getting into hunting) what would it be?

J&M: Look, listen and learn!
Look for a mentor, listen to Old timers and the story’s they tell, and take what you can and learn to apply to your life and your experiences in the outdoors, thus the circle of life…….

Well put guys! Hopefully those stories will abound right here on this site for years to come…. Thus preserving those hunting traditions.

It is the impetus for our slogan: One Heritage….Many Stories!

America’s Frugal Sportsman – July 2008 Part 1
Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Best or Good

by Hollister DeLong

Hey y’ all. A number of folks have posed the question to me: What is the best cheap gun? I have been around long enough not to step into that one. Once a writer invokes the word “best” he is proclaiming superior knowledge on that subject. The readers, many times, will disagree with the expert in whole or in part. I will, instead, address what are some good cheap weapons.

The first thing the prospective buyer should do is answer some basic questions: What is your budget?  Who is the gun for? Are they experienced in the handling of firearms? What amount of felt recoil will they be able to tolerate? What type of game will be hunted with it? What type of sights will be necessary? There are other questions, but these are the main ones that need to be addressed. If you find a great deal on a 338 Winchester Magnum and your 14 year-old needs a deer rifle, the deal is not necessarily good because the caliber is over kill and most 14 year-olds cannot  withstand the recoil of this round. A deal is not always purely about money. Many hunters get caught by this, which explains why a lot of firearms are for sale in the classifieds. There is any number of mismatch pieces available. Those are guns with too much scope or insufficient scope mounted on them, rifles with magazines missing (a magazine can run over $50 real quickly), a weapon with a slight crack in the stock (unless you are competent to properly repair the crack avoid this weapon unless the price is incredibly low), the bore is dark but just needs cleaning (I would only buy it after I saw it clean) or other qualifying statements you see in an add. Again, everything is relative.

So what do I feel are some good cheap rifles? Well, now we need to know a budget. In the $200 to $450 range, you will find many acceptable pieces. In that range I would look for a Savage or a Ruger first. The Savage has an undeniable reputation of being ugly but shooting exceptionally well. It’s sort of like finding an unattractive person to date, but they cook, clean wild game and own a 4X4. Rugers are better looking but do not command the price of a used Winchester or Remington. Is that deserved? Not to me, personally, but to many it is. Next would be a top brand weapon that was mistreated, i.e., scratches, exterior rust, adjustment caps missing off the scope. These obvious indicators drive down perceived value. On the other hand, if you are handy and can clean the weapon up or resurface the stock, then you can get a real deal

It comes with a scope man, what a piece of bait that statement is. There are a lot of very poor quality scopes on the market that do not add any value to the weapon. Dealers call them throw-aways. Their best purpose is to hold a window up. If the gun has a low end scope (if you are unsure, ask someone), bargain as if there were no scope on the gun. If it is a decent scope, ask the seller if they will warranty the scope. I always do that. If they are unwilling to warranty the scope then it is not worth what they thought it was. I hear someone saying “I’m not going to ask anyone that. They’ll think I am an idiot. Guess what, you walk away with a gun you paid too much for and you know what the seller thinks? Idiot So as long as I am going to be an idiot, I might as well be an idiot with extra money in my pocket.

Buying in person is always best. That way you can check the mechanical workings of the weapon making sure that the bolt functions properly, the safety engages, the clip is there and functions properly and the scope is clear and undamaged. If you purchase online, as I often do, or are purchasing through an out-of-state ad, you must have window of opportunity to examine the gun, usually three days. If the buyer is unwilling to extend the privilege of inspecting the weapon subject to returning it, stay away from that purchase. Without a written examination clause in the purchase, you would have no legal grounds to recoup your money, should the weapon, indeed, be faulty beyond reasonable repair.

Those are just some brief ideas. Next time I will be talking about some good weapons that can be purchased in the $150 or less range. I love being cheap mean frugal.

Remember, when you go outdoors this summer, take a youngster with you and pass it forward.  God Bless

Member Profile – June 2008
Saturday, June 7th, 2008

June’s Member Profile is on: Craig Turner of Appleton Wisconsin

Having grown up in Georgia and being taught to deer and dove hunt by his Dad and Granddad, Craig now lives in Wisconsin where he loves to hunt waterfowl. Here’s what Craig had to say when we interviewed him:

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HH: How did you get started Hunting?

CT:  My Step dad would take me with him at the age of five with him when he
would go deer hunting and depending on the stand i would either sit with him or below the tree and even if we didn’t see anything i found myself amused with the outdoors…but it was always definately cool to see my dad blast one…i remember thinking i can’t wait to be just like my dad and shoot one of those deer and finally around 10 or 11 i was sitting in stands by myself with my dad in one close by…i can’t remeber really the first time i shot a deer..but i remember at eight i got my first shotgun and my Dad would take me dove shoots and i loved shooting them, still do and i believe that had something to do with my love for waterfowl hunting now..

HH: What is your favorite type of hunting and why?

CT:  My favorite type of hunting is definately waterfowl whether it be duck or goose…I like it because first you have to trick the birds to even coming in close enough to shoot and second if they do come in then you got to shoot something that is pretty small and can get out of your sights pretty fast. Lastly, i like it because you don’t have to be that quiet you can do it with buddies and carry a conversation unlike deer hunting…

HH: What is the biggest piece of advice you can give to our members about hunting Waterfowl?

CT:  The biggest piece of advice is if your goose hunting or just starting out on goose calls or even duck calls go to a park and listen to them and see what they are doing when they make those noises, that way you know better what note to hit on the goose or duck call when your trying to get them in your set-up….SO WATCH HOW THE BIRDS REACT TO YOUR CALLING AND CHANGE IT ACCORDINGLY!

HH: If you had the opportunity to hunt anything, anywhere, what and where would it be?

CT: Grizzly’s in Alaska only because i think it would be a rush because i would want to do it on a stalk basis you know get like thirty yards from it and its growling saying i am going to kill you and then you lay it over…

HH: What are your plans for the upcoming season?

CT: Well I am in a new area now so i have to scout, scout and do some more
scouting on what fields are good as far as food for the birds and which ones they’re landing in and then ask permission to hunt. So i got early goose starting sept 1st and then i will do a little pheasent and dove hunting between that and rifle hunt opening weekend in November and back to waterfowl hunting with a trip in late December or early January going to illinois for a goose hunt…a whole week…..my buddies parents own a club……it’s great when you know people…

HH: How do you plan on sharing your hunting heritage with others this year?

CT: Well the team I am with, Team Crunch em’ plan on videoing this year and putting it out next spring after the season and use it for a learning tool for us…but also to share my hunting experiences with others on the forum here at THEHERITAGEHUNTERS.COM

We wish you the best of luck this year crunching them waterfowl Craig and be sure to let us know how your team is doing on our forum!

LINKS OF INTEREST
Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Here are some sites belonging to some of our members as well as sites that have supported Heritage Hunters in our quest to preserve the Hunting Traditions of hunters from all walks of life!

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www.camospace.com

www.huntersonly.com

www.robstaxidermy.org

America’s Frugal Sportsman Series – June 2008
Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Ashes to Ashes

By Hollister DeLong

Hey y’all. This column is not the one I intended submitting this month. My Mom called from Deland, FL on March 26th with some very sad news. My Mom does not remember her mother, as she died in child birth when Mom was 1 ½. Her dad died when she was seven. Mom’s oldest sister, Aldene, was 24 with two young children of her own. Aunt Denie, as she was known, took my Mom and raised her along with her children. For as long as I can remember, Mom called  Aunt Denie “Mom.” Aunt Denie died from a bout with pneumonia on March 24. She was 98 ½.

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 My Mom, My wife Erin and Aunt Denie on her 97th Birthday

What does all this have to do with America’s Frugal Sportsman? Well, pretty much, actually. Aunt Denie’s first husband, my Uncle Leo, died about 45 years ago in a saw mill accident. He was one of the two nicest men I have ever met. Leo Grout lived with Aunt Denie and the children on his family farm, high on hill outside of Newfane, Vt. It had been there since the mid 1800’s. The Grouts are some of the first residents of Southern Vermont. The Grout farm overlooked a small pond called…Grout Pond. Uncle Leo’s dad, Pop Grout, had trained his family to be thrifty. Nothing was wasted. They ate plenty of venison, bear and raccoon. Seasons were optional, survival was not. So for the first 11 years after her father’s death, Mom lived at the Grout farm and learned her frugality lessons from experts.

Personality wise, Uncle Leo and my Dad were complete opposites. Uncle Leo never raised his voice, swore and very rarely drank. Dad was not a drinker but he sure was a Saturday night scrapper, with language and demeanor to match. Dad met Mom at the Townsend, VT barn dance, held every Saturday night for years. He and Uncle Leo became fast friends. They shared their frugal nature. Dad was raised if you can’t grow it, can’t hunt it or can’t make it, you don’t need it as bad as you thought. That is where I got it from. If I wanted to take the old Remington Model 33 .22 out and needed ammo, I went out and picked up enough returnable bottles (they were 2 cents each) to buy a box of long rifle hollow points. You did not ask Dad for a few of his hard-earned pennies for frivolities. Dad and Uncle Leo were poor farmers, but full of pride in what they chose to do. They taught the necessity of not being wasteful, being responsible for your actions and being ready to give a stranger a hand. Perhaps these arts have been lost or diminished over the years. I sure would hop back to 1967 if I could.

I hope all of you have had the opportunity to spend time with some of the real old-fashioned New England/Upstate New York farm folks. We think we have it so tough today, at least the kids do. But, I would love to go to an old Grout family reunion, with all the folks, the good food (especially Aunt Denies baked beans with a touch of vinegar on them). I wish I had written down those stories and innuendos, all now lessened by the inaccuracy of memory. Aunt Denie will be greatly missed by all that knew her. She was always smiling, always pleasant and always positive…even back on the Grout farm with out many modern conveniences. She was my favorite aunt and I owe much of my outlook and nature to the way she and Uncle Leo raised my Mom. Now, Aunt Denie passed with last name of Turner (her second husband), but she said on a number of occasions she will always be a Grout.

Thanks for bearing with me. Now the stripers will be about half way up the Hudson, when this is published. The New York DRC has plenty of free info on fishing the Hudson, public launches, marinas, etc. Remember, from New York City to the Green Island Dam (between Green Island and Troy) there is no state fishing license required.

Hopefully, you have checked your fishing tackle to see what you need.  EBay is full of fishing stuff, as are many of the online classified. I have a feeling that the big box sporting goods stores will be having some big sales to coincide with the Mid-May start of the extra rebate checks coming from the IRS. I was in Dick’s today (which is actually in early April) and they are packed with more fishing gear than I have ever seen in Dick’s. Time to keep watch for the sale papers.

When you head outdoors this spring, take a youngster with you and remember…enjoy the outdoors, just do it cheaply. God Bless

 

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