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20. Welcome to Beautiful Belize Barbara Giacalone covers her latest trip to this tropical paradise
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Toothy Lizards! By Ty Weaver; Limcroma Safaris
ator seas on is finally here! My best buddy Captain Mike drove in f r o m Florida and we laid out a p l a n for an awesome gator hunt w i t h ar cher y gear. Da d and my l i l s i ster Lynzy decided to get i n o n the action as well. After p a c k ing Captain Mike s truc k c o m pletely full of gator and fi sh i n g gear w e were hea de d t o o ne of my favorite Te xa s d e s t i nations, the east Texas m a r s h. We decided that not only s h o u ld we spend time hunting g a t o rs but we should also cram i n s o me fishing and wild hog h u n t ing. We called the outing “ s u r f and soggy turf.” I l o v e hunting this area of Texas b e c a us e it is only forty-five m i n u tes f r om the house plus U n c l e Stan’s camp is beautiful! Li t e rally f or f our da ys we do n o t s leep but jus t a smidgin of e a c h day. I t is gator hunting by d a y and fishing and smacking h o g s by night. Le t me s ay this a bout regul a t i o ns; as I stated in past a r t i c les, hog hunting at night i s l e gal in Texas. They destroy e v e r ything and breed more than r a b b i ts. They are considered a n u i s a nce animal and just about a n y hunting means imaginable i s l e g al, even from a helicopter!
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We sho o t t o n s b u t a l l me at is eat en , ei t h er b y u s or the n e e d y. We d o n a t e thousan d s o f p o u n d s of mea t t o P o r t A r t h u r Mission s s o i t ’s a “wi n win” a l l t h e way aro u n d ! Gator r e g u l a t i o n s a r e very complex and should b e s t u d i e d v e r y closely b e f o r e y o u g i v e it a t r y ! P a p e r w o r k docume n t i n g e v e r y t h i n g , CITES t a g s , h o o k s i z e , firearm s , w h e n , w h e r e , how, e t c. et c. R es earch , research a n d d o m o r e re se arch b efo re y o u t ry it. Bett e r y e t , g o w i t h a licensed o u t f i t t e r f o r t h e first tim e ! T h e m e a t i s de liciou s ! I’m sur e m a n y o f y o u ha ve s een t h e g at o r h u n t i n g shows o n T V s o y o u h a v e a n i d e a of how y o u s e t a l i n e f o r g a t o r before y o u s h o o t t h e m . I n m a n y states y o u m u s t s ecu re t h em on a lin e b e f o r e t h e y a r e s h o t be ca use a g at o r wi l l s i n k i n t h e murky w a t e r m a k i n g r e t r i e v a l difficul t an d d an g ero u s . T h ey are a co l d b l o o d ed an i m al an d when y o u t h i n k t h e y a r e d e a d they are n o t . A s t h e o l d s a y i n g goes “T h e m o s t d a n g e r o u s g a t o r is a dead o n e!” T h i s i s wh y all ga to rs m o u t h s are wo u n d
with tape after they are taken, ALWAYS ! No w i f y o u t h i n k g et t i n g a g a t o r on a line is as easy as baiting a hook and line and tossing it in the marsh or swamp, think again. One aspect of hunting gators is just like hunting other critters, recognizing sign, trails, an d t erri t o ri es o f t h e t o o t h y lizards. The real challenge is l o cat i n g an d h arv e s t i n g t h e big ones! They are smarter and more skittish than most people real i ze. S o m e g at or h u n t e r s
m a r i nate their bait or let it get stink y l i k e c a t f i sh bait. I take the more simple ap p r o a c h a n d simply use chicken. I figure everybo d y a n d a l l m eat eaters love chicken, some vege t a r i a n s e v e n eat chicken! We spent much of the first day scouti n g . We o n l y had five tags so we were only allo w e d t o s e t fi ve lines . We wa nted to ma ke the five l i n es a s p ro ductive as possible for big gators . Aft er a g re eing on the loc ations we starte d s et t i n g lines. C a p t ain Mike and Dad even let my lil s i s t e r p i c k a spot. I wanted to use her for ba i t , j u s t k i d d ing! Y’ all kn ow from p a s t articles that sis and m e p ick a lot beca use we l o v e each other! W h e n we set our first l i n e I knew it wa s in a h o n e y hole. Gator sign was ever ywhere . We b a i t e d a line with chicken a n d raised it ou t of the w a t e r mor e than a foot. Th e theor y her e is; the farther above th e wat er y o u r bait, the bigger the gator! We repea t e d t h i s p ro c es s at all the loca tions. We ha d a ll o f t h e l i n e s set before dark because it’s the law a n d y o u c a n ’t check them at night either. Did I m e n t i o n t h a t you need to study the law very ca r e f u l l y b e fo r e gator hun ting on your own? S o wh at d o w e d o until sun-up? Fish and hunt hogs! T h a t ’s w h a t ! I love both but my favorite betw e e n t h e t w o i s hunting m ini bulldoze rs! We caught some bait and tried fishing j u s t a s t h e s un was setting. The sunset in the sw a m p i s
absolutely beautiful! Oh yes, they were biting! C a t f i s h , c r o a k e r, a n d r e d f i s h ! M y l i l s i s t e r l o v e s to fish and she caught several “eaters” and a few simply stole her hook, line, and sinker! In no time we h ad fres h fi s h s i zzl i n g i n h o t g rea s e , s p i c e d to perfection! So good, no need for vegetables wi t h t h i s m eal ! I fo rg o t t o m en t i o n t h a t t h e f i s h were n o t t h e o n l y t h i n g s b i t i n g . T h e b u g s i n t h e m ars h are “n as t y b ad ” an d h u n g ry ! My l i l s i s hates bugs so it was quite entertaining to watch! Hope the gators are as hungry as the bugs are! Now that the heaping plate of fresh fried fish is g o n e, wh at t o d o n ex t ? Ho g h u n t i n g ! We j u m p e d o n t h e q u a d s a n d h e a d e d o u t d e e p i n t h e m ars h . It is a m a z i n g h o w d ark i t i s o u t t h e r e y et t h e s k y i s v i b r a n t wi t h s t ars t h a t f o r m a l l kinds of shapes. They are s o t h i ck t h a t y o u can m ak e t h e m o u t t o b e al l s o rt s o f p i c t u r e s with just a little imagination. We weren ’t i n to t h e h u n t long when Dad cast a light on a huge boar hog. It was v ery cl o s e an d i n s t i n ct i v el y fro m h u n t i n g h u n d red s o f h o g s I h ad m y 2 2 M ag p i st o l d r a w n an d wi t h a wel l p l aced b u l l et b eh i n d th e e a r t h e mini bulldozer dropped! Hogzilla is down! It t o o k a l l o f u s t o l o a d t h i s m o n s t e r. We c e l e b r a t e d u n d e r t h e s t a r s . C o o l s t u ff ! O n the way back to camp Dad and I talked ourselves i n t o s h o u l d e r m o u n t i n g t h i s m o n s t e r. I t t a k e s one super sharp knife to cape out a bulldozer! It just so happens I have such a knife! It was custom made for me by Kerry Bowman
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The killer that won’t die By Norman Blankenship; Team Industrial Services Almost everyone believes that the mining, production, sale and use of asbestos in America has been banned. Almost everyone is wrong. Doctors linked asbestos to deadly disease 100 years ago. Since then, tens of thousands of U.S. shipyard workers, construction workers, miners and others have died slowly and painfully from asbestos related diseases. A quarter-century ago, three U.S. government worker-safety agencies and the World Health Organization declared asbestos a killer. Twelve countries have outlawed the lethal, cancer causing fiber and more nations are wading through diplomatic quagmires to do the same. But it still remains legal to mine, import and sell asbestos in the US.
“It took the EPA about 10 years and about 10 million dollars to put a ban together,” The science and medicine backing it was solid and clearly supported that at least 94 percent of all asbestos products should be banned. In July 1989, the EPA issued regulations that banned the manufacture, importation, processing and selling of almost all products containing asbestos. The ban was to be implemented in three stages over nine years. This, the agency said, would permit industries using asbestos to find safe alternatives. Almost instantly, U.S. asbestos manufacturers, supported by the governments of Canada and Quebec province, sued the EPA. On 18 October 1991, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned the ban. What is Asbestos? Asbestos is the name applied to six naturally occurring minerals that are
mined from the earth. The different types of asbestos are: Amosite Chrysotile Tremolite Actinolite Anthophyllite Crocidolite How to Avoid Asbestos Exposure In order to avoid being exposed to asbestos, you must be aware of the locations it is likely to be found. If you do not know weather or not something is asbestos, assume that it is until it is verified otherwise. Remember you can not tell by simply looking at it. Asbestos may be found in many different products and in many different places. Examples of products that may contain asbestos are: Sprayed on fire proofing and insulation in buildings Insulation for pipes and boilers Wall and ceiling insulation Ceiling tiles Floor tiles Putties, Caulks, and cements Roofing shingles Siding shingles on old residential buildings Wall and ceiling texture in older buildings Joint compound in older buildings and homes Brake linings and clutch pads When is Asbestos Dangerous? The most common way for asbestos fibers to enter the body is through breathing. In fact, asbestos containing material is not generally considered to be harmful unless it is releasing dust or fibers into the air where they can be inhaled or ingested. Many of the fibers will become trapped in the mucus membranes of the nose and June 2013
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Asbestos is most hazardous when it is friable. The term” friable” means that the asbestos is easily crumbled by hand, releasing fibers into the air. Sprayed on asbestos insulation is highly friable. Asbestos floor tile is not. Asbestos-containing ceiling tiles, floor tiles, undamaged laboratory cabinet tops, shingles, fire doors, siding shingles, etc. will not release asbestos fibers unless they are disturbed or damaged in some way. If an asbestos ceiling tile is drilled or broken, for example, it may release fibers into the air. If it is left alone and not disturbed, it will not. Damage and deterioration will increase the friability of asbestos containing materials. Water damage, continual vibration, aging, and physical impact such as drilling, grinding, buffing, cutting, sawing or striking can break the materials down making fiber releases more likely. Health Effects Because it is so hard to destroy asbestos fibers, the body cannot break them down or remove them once they are lodged in lung or body tissues. They remain in place where they can cause disease. There are three primary diseases associated with asbestos exposure. Asbestosis Lung Cancer Mesothelioma The latency period for these diseases ranges from fifteen to forty five years. Determining Factors Three things seem to determine your likelihood of developing one of these asbestos related diseases: 1) The amount and duration of exposure 2) Whether or not you smoke 3) Your age. ¨
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We all have our weak spot. Maybe it’s a beer after work or football on Sundays. Either way we all have our weak spots when it comes to our off time. During the average work day a person’s mind is jumps back and forth between work and their favorite weak spot. An Ad placed in A Shot of Texas Magazine allows you to market to that certain weak spot. The billboard that we are all familiar with reads, “Does outdoor advertising work? Just did!” does work because there is no cover to open. It is easy to see and therefore delivers the message. Trade journals have covers which are seldom opened. A Shot of Texas Magazine “Where Outdoors meets Industry” is opened and read. It is more capable of delivering your message. Readability trumps bloated distribution lists. It not how many are printed, it’s how many are viewed. Market to the weak spot and see the results for yourself. After all you only read this little article because there was a Tarpon photo in the article. Rob Kahn is co -editor and owner of A Shot of Texas Magazine. He spent 20 years of his career as an outside salesman with a fortune 500 printing company; at 28 he was the youngest Regency member in the company’s 100 year history.
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HBR and A Shot of Texas Magazine hold their first annual Clay Shoot
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First Place Team: Triple C Project Services - Kirk Gray 39 Harrison Gray 48 Carl Manchaca 48 Mike Bryan 58 James Bryan 57
Thurmon. Jacob Johanson 43 Andy Russell 54 Kyle Carter 47 Scott Pope 36 Matt Stevenson 48
Frank Koster who shot with Evergreen - Winner of a custom knife by Thomas Rucker / Knives by Thomas
Third place in the Clay Shoot . Team Repcon. Bob Parker 49, Les Davis 48, Gary Byrd 39, Jack Mcelroy 46 and Tommy Bullard 43
Jeff Burnett with Camo girl takes away a maglight
Jon Johnson with Sprint Pipe Line Services (left) and crew provided steaks and great pork chops
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David & Margaret with Tulsa Inspection . Excellent Ribs and fixins
HBRs Melissa Saulter with HBR kept things moving
David Barnes from Blaser arms was a welcome addition to the clay shoot. David brought along a host of beautiful rifles for everyone to enjoy
Jeannie Harris with American Shooting Centers ia always making sure things go smoothly
Collin Jackson with Swamp Shack Catering took away a $200.00 gift card
Now this is the dangerous end. Kirk Gray with Triple C looks a bit nervous
Camo Girl Kendall Rae Kahn was armed during the whole event with a .223 BRO-12 from Black Rain Ordnance.
Wayne Oswald sat down with Tef and I back in January to plan our first annual clay shoot. The event was a complete success. Our goal of 100 shooters was bested by one. Our clay shoot sponsors and our outdoor industry booths made for a great event. Tef and I would like to thank Wayne Oswald and Melissa Saulter at HBR for allowing us to partner with them. We also offer a special thanks to the board of directors at HBR for making our first major event a success. A Shot of Texas is about supporting industry with free ads for industry organizations and free publications of stories and events that affect our industry. Clay Shoot Full Page2.indd 1
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Guns, Lasers and Industrial Protection By Mike Breitsameter; FW Gartner Thermal Spraying Industry in Texas is used to hearing about guns and protection, what only a privileged few know about is HVOF (High Velocity Oxygen Fuel) guns, and the protection they provide to a broad range of industrial components. HVOF is a thermal spraying technology that generates a supersonic flame (over Mach 2 in some cases) that is used to apply hardfacing and metallic coatings to protect critical components such as valves, pump components, and mud pump rotors to name a few. The most common of these guns is fueled by kerosene and oxygen, generating a flame at 5000F that resembles the exhaust of a rocket engine, and generates the equivalent of around 270HP, with around 130 dB of noise to go with it!
The supersonic flame, is then used to both heat and accelerate specifically manufactured powder, which is then sprayed onto the component, and by virtue of the amount of energy generated by the flame, the coating produced is extremely dense and well bonded to the part. These coatings have been around for many years used across almost every industry, on components that in some cases complete rely on the coating for the survival in service. Some of you (the over 50’s) will remember when the piston rings in your car engine were a consumable, needing to be replaced every few years, whereas today that is a non-
issue, the reason, a thermal spray coating of Molybdenum or similar. At the high specification end, aircraft engines are the single biggest user of thermal spray coatings, from controlling the clearances between the blades and engine casing, to protecting components from the high temperature exhaust gas stream,
Mike Breitsameter Michael grew up in Australia, and after a brief career as a mechanic in the Australian Air Force dealing with explosives and weapons, moved into the coatings and cladding business way back in the 1980’s. Leaving Australia in 1990 for a brief stint working in the Middle East, was followed by nearly 10 years living and working in Europe, with offices in the UK and Germany. Then in the late 90’s came a move to the US, which was followed by several stops in California, Toronto, Canada, Orlando, Florida, and Providence, Rhode Island, with a final stop (after a brief stint back in Australia) in 2010 in Houston with FW Gartner Thermal Spraying. In his 25 years in the coatings and cladding business, Michael has worked across a range of geographies, technologies and industries that provide a unique insight when clients bring their weird and wonderful wear problems to the door.
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A “Hole” New Way to Entertain Clients! If you want to make your deer lease or ranch more interesting consider “hole” new way of cooking. I tried this at A Shot of Texas Ranch in Georgetown and was surprised at how easy fun and entertaining it was. Being a good cook is not required because its fool proof and delicious every time. There is nothing new about this method that is hundreds of years old but doing it in this time and age is just plain fun. It was an amazing experience and this is how you can do it at your farm, ranch or deer lease. Here is what you need: 1. A Hole in the ground 2.5 to 3 feet deep and maybe 36 inches across. Rocks at the bottom if you’re in soft soil with 12 inches of burning hot mesquite coals (Oak is the best substitute but just doesn’t compete with mesquite). 2. A piece of roof tin or any piece of steel to cover the hole. Pitmaster Rob knows his BBQ 3. Shovel, dirt, foil, pit from a hole in the ground... a burlap sack and because it is a hole in the ground! some wire. I did a whole cows head and it was delicious but so that I don’t lose you here let’s use a large brisket. Start by using your favorite rub or just salt and pepper. Season and then wrap it with lots of heavy duty foil. Place the wrapped meat in a soaking wet burlap sack (old pillow case works but burlap is best) and use the wire to bind it all while leaving the wire with some sort of loop that you will later use to lift the meat from the hole. Place the meat directly on about 12 inches deep of burning hot coals. Immediately cover the hole with the tin or metal cover and cover with about 6 inches of dirt. Use the dirt be smother any smoke coming from the hole. No smoke means that you did it.
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f r o m New Underwood, SD. email@example.com Th e k nif e is beau tifully ma de f r o m buffalo horn, burly wood, a n d Damas cus s te el. S o nice t h a t it just didn’t seem right to s k i n such an ugly beast with i t . D ad looked at me and said, “ U se it! ” “I t’s a c ombina tion o f b e auty and the bea st!” I c a n ’t even des cr ibe how sha rp t h e knife is and how easily it c u t s through bulldozer skin. T h a n ks Mr. Bowman! This k n i f e will be handed down t o m any genera tions. You c a n only imagine how many m e m or ies it w ill crea te and h o w m any adventures it will b e p ar t of ! A f t e r we cleaned up from the b u l l dozer adventure it was t i m e for a quick nap before the s u n was up and it was legal to c h e c k the gator lines. N o w is a good time for a t i p . I always us e Dea d Down Wi n d pr oducts to prevent a n d terminate all kinds of a n i m al spooking odors like h u m an, s m oke, gas a nd other s y n t hetic odors. Their laundry d e t e rg ent, per s onal hygiene p r o d ucts and field application p r o d ucts contain Enzyme S c e n t Pr evention Tec hnology w h i c h breaks down and fights o ff odor causi ng bacteria! Yo u r not going to snea k up on a b i g old hog if your carrying s m e l ly bacteria or a synthetic c o n t aminant on you or your g e a r! A gator or f ish is not going t o t a ke your bait if its c overed w i t h these smells either! Dead D o w n Wind Pr od ucts Work! T h e sunrise ma y have been p re t t ier than the sunse t from l a st n ight. Both were picture p e rfect. But hey! S uns up! We j u m p ed in the dually pick-up t ru c k and headed to the first l i n e . We w er e all sta ring at the 14
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set in h o p e s t o be the f i r s t t o notice t h e l i n e pole down an d scream, “ W E GOT ONE!” That is e x a c t l y what w e d i d ! The po l e w a s down which is a gre a t s i g n that a g a t o r is on t h e l i n e . T h e o n l y w a y to tell f o r s u r e w a s t o s l o w l y pull on t h e l i n e a n d “ f e e l ” f o r the ga t o r. T h e o b j ect i s t o p u l l slowly s o t h e g a t o r e a s e s u p to the s u r f a c e s o a w e l l p l a c e d arrow can h i t i t ’s m ark . Captain M i k e p u l l e d o n t h e line slowl y b u t t h e g at o r was firmly an ch o red t o t h e b o t t o m or we h a d u s a m o n s t e r. I t t o o k force to g e t t h e g a t o r t o m o v e and wh e n h e m o v e d h e w e n t ballisti c . Wa t e r, g r a s s , a n d swamp g o o w e n t e v e r y w h e r e . I thought fo r s u re h e was g o i n g to bre ak t h e l i n e. Captain M i k e p l a y e d h i m w e l l until I co u l d s n eak a Vi ct o ry arrow t i p p ed wi t h a 1 2 5 g rai n Magnus B u z z C u t i n t o t h e k i l l zone ri g h t b eh i n d t h e h ead . The ac c u r a c y o f m y A l p i n e F 1 F ireb al l i s am azi n g . Ou r first To o t h y L i z a r d i s d o w n . We pull e d h i m f r o m t h e m a r s h and Ly n z y t a p e d h i s j a w s . We we re s t o k ed ! We q u i ck l y rebaited t h e s e t a n d w e w e r e o ff chec kin g o u r rem ai n i n g l i n es . The ne x t t h ree l i n es were n o t touched a n d o u r e x c i t e m e n t subside d u n t i l o u r a t t e n t i o n was dra w n t o a b i g s w i r l a b o u t 200 ya rd s away. T h e s wi rl was a ga tor o n o u r l as t l i n e! We qui et l y s n u ck i n fro m behind t h e m a r s h r e e d s i n a n effort to n o t s p o o k t h e g a t o r. I t worked . We m ad e i t t o t h e s et and as w e w e r e e x a m i n i n g t h e
d i rect i o n o f t h e l i n e, t h e g a t o r s u rfaced . I s l o wl y d r e w t h e Alpine, touched the trigger on m y E q u al i zer rel eas e a n d s e n t a Vi ct o ry an d B u zzC u t t h r o u g h m y s e c o n d g a t o r. T h e g a t o r rolled and never splashed. I t w a s a p e r f e c t s h o t ! Ly n z y d i d t h e t ap e u p j o b a g a i n a n d said “I’m shooting a gator t o m o rro w!” We al l l o o k e d a t h e r w i t h a s m i l e a n d s a i d “ We l l okay then.” We r e - b a i t e d t h e s e t a n d h e a d e d back to camp to skin these gators for life size mounts. Mom will just love this! She has always wanted a gator in the living room! On t h e way we d e c i d e d t o rai s e t h e b ai t o n o u r f i r s t l i n e because we pass that set on the w a y t o c a m p . We w e r e a b o u t 75 yards from the set when I t u r n e d t o Ly n z y a n d s a i d “ Yo u ’ r e n o t s h o o t i n g a g a t o r t o m o rro w. Yo u ’re s h oo t i n g o n e t o d a y ! ” We h a d a n o t h e r g a t o r o n l i n e o n e! T h i s g a t o r w a s mad! He was out of the water an d u p i n t h e reed s an d n o t v e r y h ap p y t o s ee u s . T h e r e w a s n o way fo r a cl ear s h ot w i t h t h e b o w s o w e l e t Ly n z y s h o o t i t with the 22 Hornet. She made a perfect shot! It was not the biggest gator in the marsh but i t was a t ro p h y t o m y l i l s i s and downright tasty! We love the marsh! Remember, every k id is waiting to be invited outdoors. Ask them! ¨
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The Tourist Tree Sun burns the bark; the tree bark turns red and peels; now it resembles the skin of a sunburned tourist. The resin in the bark is known to be used for a treatment for gout and fever, while the leaves are brewed into a medicinal tea possessing an anti-inflammatory component. Amazing Jungle Living!
The city of Placencia is located on a 16 mile peninsula, and boasts to be the home to the narrowest main street in the world, according to Guinness World Records.
Mayan Civilization Belize earlier settlers are to be known as the Mayan’s, evolving three millennia (3000) years ago. This mecca has vast ancient ruins that continue to baffle archeologists as to their pristine and precise building capabilities.
Yucatan Peninsula February 14 – 18, 2013 Traveling south from Belize City to Placencia via Tropic Air, all passengers had a “bird’s eye view” of the rich and lush coastline, encompassing magnificent views of jungles and lavish elevations that many called “Un – Belizeable.”
Turtle Inn Resort Only twenty five thatched roof huts have views of the water’s edge, presented by its famous owner, Francis Ford Coppola. Mr. Coppola brings back to nature a relaxing resort atmosphere with no TV’s or air conditioning, only trade winds to cool the tranquility of the mind. No blenders are permitted for the mix of drinks, all island beverages are to be hand shaken to give the opulence of serenity. The only in room phone was a locally caught conch shell presented on a wood stand known throughout the resort as their “Shell-Phone”. The shell was refitted to hear the voice of reception echoing voices from reception to answer the guest’s requests, quite ingenious! Rumfish y Vino Restaurant A very popular restaurant in downtown Placencia is owned by New York expats. As their story goes they traveled from New York for their destination wedding and never looked back. Their restaurant offers a cultural melting pot of Belizean, Asian, European delicacies. We ordered the spiced plantain chips and the perfect conch ceviche, followed by freshly caught fish of the day. What a delightful combination of flavors dining alongside the soft trade winds. 20
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They were also noted for the only fully developed written language, art, architecture, mathematical and astronomical systems. They were once estimated to have 400,000 inhabiting these vast regions that one time encompassed Belize, Guatemala, W. Honduras and part of El Salvador. But during the tenth century the Mayan society suffered an austere breakdown, and the mystery of their massive disappearance, to this day, remains unresolved. Rio Frio Cave Belize is riddled with many caves throughout their country, but the Rio Frio cave has been found to contain
human remains. The BIG MOUTH entrance alone, rises over 60 feet, as the Mayans performed ritual sacrifices in these places because they believed they were portals to the underworld through which the Sun God, in the form of a Jaguar, would travel at dusk. Cayo Region The crown jewel of this region is known as CARACOL a sprawling ruin that once was one of the most powerful cities in the Mayan world. At its peak there were maybe 150,000 people living here roughly half the population of Belize as the whole city was clad in plaster. It was mysteriously abandoned 1,200 years ago and rediscovered by a logger in 1937. Children Around the World Globally travelers find children selling their souvenirs, but at one of the Mayan ruins they approached me to buy their trinkets. But instead of buying their treasures I kindly offered them some money and said, “Please I will pay you to eat the chocolate chip cookies we
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ate spring is the time for new fawns and other wildlife to make an appearance. Nothing gives one a warm smile like seeing twin fawns playing around their mothers and enjoying the season! But a silent danger to deer and antelope populations enjoys seeing the new fawns out and about too…predators!
“cone”. Be aware of your scent cone, and when the coyote responds to the calling, put him down at the first available chance before it gets to it. I personally like calling into the wind, or cross-wind. If using a remotely operated call, I put it out with the wind in mind, a distance of 30-45 yards from the place I wish to call from.
With recent drought conditions, especially in parts of Texas, coyotes pose more of a threat to strictly managed deer herds. Why not extend your time afield and hunting days by going after some coyotes when they are after vulnerable fawns? It will have ample rewards on your deer herd, and make you smile by outsmarting a truly deadly shadow at their own game.
Hunting coyotes keeps a hunter’s shooting skills sharp in the off season
When going after the crafty coyote, to be successful, you need to do three things. First and foremost is to watch the wind. Scent elimination products may work on other animals to an extent, but don’t waste your time or money trying to fool a coyotes’ nose. Isn’t going to happen. What you can do, is be aware of where your wind direction is when making a coyote stand. The scent emanates from your body and gets wider, the further it gets from you, much like a 26
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Next, you need to blend in! Have a seat overlooking the area you want to call, and get comfy in your favorite turkey chair with some shooting sticks and rifle or shotgun on the “ready”. But, have some good camouflage on too! A coyote can see an eye blink at 50 yards, so wear a face mask and gloves much as you would when calling spring gobblers. I like a lightweight, zip-up ghillie suit, or other “leafy” camo for calling coyotes. Any camo that blends in to the background will work though. Have your rifle or shotgun ready, so when you see a coyote approaching the stand, no sudden movement is needed to get on target.
Finally, you need to play the coyote a tune! Many e-callers today offer excellent choices for calling predators. I personally use a FoxPro digital electronic caller. The sounds are actual digitally recorded sounds from real animals, so I have a vast library to choose what will bring them to me at a particular time of year. If coyotes are eating fawns, then play them a sound of a fawn. In the spring when fawns are about, the sound is natural, and coyotes that kill fawns KNOW what that sound is, and will come running. Other sounds that work well are bird sounds, or cottontail. It doesn’t have to be extremely loud. Softer is better sometimes. And unless it is windy, the coyotes within a mile of where you are calling will hear you, even when the volume is not maxed out. If you prefer a mouth call, there are many to choose from today that are
easy to blow, and easy on the wallet too. Again, play softly. Be ready! When you get everything set, and start calling, be ready for action right away. Many, many times I have started calling and had a coyote stand up or dart in from the onset of the sound. When the weather gets warmer, you may want to shift your hunt time to darkness. While I really prefer to call in the daytime to see the coyotes better, night hunting is effective too. When weather gets hotter during the daylight hours, coyotes often move more at night. Daytime movement and hunting by coyotes is best early in the morning and later in evening. Moon phase is not that important to calling coyotes. They have to eat throughout the month, right? But, be aware that brightly moonlit nights let the coyotes see YOU as well. So, the same rules of camouflage apply on a moonlit night as in the daytime.
Which gun do I take? If all you have is your deer rifle, then it will work fine. Shotguns with coyote specific loads and a tight choke, or buckshot work well too. I prefer my AR-15 in .223 for a quick follow-up shot, but any center fire rifle you are comfortable with will suffice. Hunting coyotes keeps a hunter’s shooting skills sharp in the off season as well. When you get the urge to do some hunting in the off season, or just get out to the ranch or deer lease for a weekend away, take your calling gear and try your hand at hunting coyotes. You will definitely be doing the deer herd a favor, as well as getting yourself hooked on the fastest growing hunting sport in the U.S. now. Be safe, and enjoy the outdoors! ¨
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Hunters Set to Lobby for Future of Outdoor Recreation in Nation’s Capital
ashington, D.C. – On May 9th the voice of hunters was heard throughout the halls of the Capitol building, as 150 members of Safari Club International (SCI) went to Capitol Hill to lobby for legislation to improve hunting throughout the U.S. The members of SCI had breakfast with members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, face-toface meetings with Senate and House members, and discussions with critical legislative staff. “The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus is the largest bi-partisan and bi-cameral caucus in Washington, D.C. and Safari Club International is one of its biggest supporters,” said SCI President John Whipple. “Members of Congress care about hunting and they care about the outdoors. SCI will make sure they understand the future of our outdoor heritage depends on the passage of comprehensive legislation protecting the right to hunt on millions of acres of public lands.” More than 200 meetings took place on May 9, 2013, as part of Safari Club International’s overall advocacy efforts to protect the future of hunting. The grassroots involvement from SCI members enhanced the presence and benefit of SCI’s D.C. office. While headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., SCI’s advocacy efforts are led by a team of attorneys, policy experts and dedicated hunters in Washington. “For more than 75 years, hunters have been trailblazing a path for the future of our outdoor heritage and for wildlife conservation; it is a hunters responsibility to carry the
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