The Best in Waterfowl Hunting with Billy Blakely in Reelfoot, Tennessee

 

The Best in Waterfowl Hunting with Billy Blakely in Reelfoot, Tennessee

 

 

When it comes to the perfect location for the outdoor enthusiast looking for the best in waterfowl hunting, look no further than Blue Banks in Reelfoot, Tennessee. It is here that the menu of hunting, fishing, bird watching packages and more is literally a mile long. Even people who desire to watch the American Bald Eagle in all its majesty head straight to Reelfoot to do just that.

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Not only does Reelfoot provide everything from this majestic monarch to waterfowl to all kinds of fish, it also provides one of the finest guides on Reelfoot today. Billy Blakely (although his friends call him “Toothpick”) has over 35 years of experience under his belt when it comes to hunting and fishing in and around the lakes in this stunning Northwest Tennessee area. An expert fisherman and hunter, Billy works exclusively for Blue Banks Resort and has brought back return vacationers again and again because of his skills and talent. As operator of the marina facilities at Blue Banks, he has trained many guides for the resort, while also being featured in over a hundred outdoor TV shows and countless articles and magazines.

 

In other words, when picking Blue Banks for your much-needed vacation, you not only receive the most amazing resort on the lake that provides fine dining and lodging, clean and affordable facilities, as well as hunting/fishing and birdwatching packages, but you also get the best guide in the business.

 

The Reelfoot Bird Blind Packages with Billy Blakely are just one group at the ready. Able to be booked by both resort and non-resort guests, this is most definitely a memorable experience for one and all. From $50/per person to $229/per person, packages include a baited gas heated blind with a kitchen to prepare meals. And when it comes to the VIP Packages, you also receive an overnight stay, three meals, a private viewing of an active Eagle Nest, and tickets to Discovery Park.

 

According to Chief Guide Billy Blakely, he “hunts every single day of duck season,” in his area that is located between three waterfowl refuges and only a short distance from the Mississippi River—one of the premier duck hunting regions in the United States. Guiding 80+ days per year for waterfowl, when Billy takes a party of duck hunters out to Reelfoot Lake for a day of hunting, the party often is made up of 4-to-10 hunters at one time, plus a dog, guns, ammunition and food. Traveling before they set up to hunt, the party is shown two miles of the lake that includes spots of shallow water, deep water, stumps, brush and ice. There is also a stationary blind out on the open water to be used, depending on how the ducks are flying that day.

 

The popularity of waterfowl hunting has grown in numbers over the past few years and continues to widen across the country. From puddle ducks—such as, blue bills, redheads, canvasbacks—to several mallards, Billy Blakely makes sure to provide all visitors with the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to always making the hunt successful.

 

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

 

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Propane vs. Gas: The Camper’s Debate

 

Propane vs. Gas: The Camper’s Debate

 

Although they say every “opinion” is worth about two cents nowadays (and if you’re career happens to be in politics it’s worth even less) there are some definite facts that come along with choosing what is easier and better, between propane and gas, to use in the Great Outdoors.

 

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Let us begin with the issue of ease. It is absolutely true that propane is one of the easiest fuel sources to use. After all, you screw in the container, turn on the valve, and simply light the gas that’s exiting the burners; how much more ease can you ask for? Seeing as that propane is already under pressure, you do not have to pump it or do anything special. When you’re talking about white gas (Coleman fuel), you have to pump the container up, heat up a bit of the fuel, and then ignite it. So it obviously takes more time in the set up and start up categories than when speaking about a propane stove.

 

Propane stoves for the camper also provide the benefit of ease when it comes to transportation. There is no need to worry about filling it up, spilling fuel by mistake, or priming the stove, which makes it more fun and less of a chore for the individual when it comes to enjoying their camping experience.

 

Although this is starting to sound like propane runs away with the race, it is important to note that even with all the benefits, propane does have some definite problems that you will encounter with gas stoves. Propane is not able to be used in very low temperatures. Say you’re looking at a forty degree hunting/camping/fishing weekend. Or maybe you are an ice fishing lover and will sit in 0 degree weather or less; if that is the case, propane is definitely off your list and white gas is the one and only choice.

 

If we’re talking about backpacking instead of driving that RV or camper up to your site, propane also is not the one you want to go with. Although it’s easy to transport, that benefit falls apart when talking about throwing it into your backpack for the long trek. Propane containers are heavy and they are not disposable. Seeing as that garbage cans can usually not be discovered on top of the mountain, you will also be forced to carry those containers back down with you. When it comes to gas containers, they are lighter and smaller, which makes the backpacker far happier.

 

In addition, when it comes to refilling the propane canister – the small ones, that is – you will be unable to. You will be forced, instead, to trash them in a landfill, whereas white gas stove containers can simply be refilled.

 

When you get down to the brass tacks of cooking, another issue also crops up when speaking about cooking with propane. Simply put, when propane burns, heat, light, carbon dioxide, and water are produced. When the water vapor comes in contact with your food it alters the taste ever so slightly. This is why many choose to use charcoal to cook instead of propane, because the briquettes offer a great flavor to the food.

 

Keep in mind that there are three types of stoves to choose from: Canister stoves, which are easy-to-use, low-maintenance stoves that typically screw onto the threaded tops of self-sealing fuel canisters that contain two pre-pressurized gases (isobutane and propane). Liquid fuel stoves, which are extremely versatile stoves that connect to refillable fuel bottles, not only white gas. And, last but not least, Alternative-fuel stoves that is a category that continues to grow bigger with each passing year. More and more backpacking and camping stoves are being made that run on fuel pellets or actual wood.

 

Make sure that the size, ease of transportation, and the ability to run the stove in certain temperature are all issues you take into account before choosing what is right for you. Whereas propane might be perfect for that family camping trip, your backpacking excursion most certainly will call for the smaller, easier to carry gas options.

 

But no matter what, keep those Great Outdoors safe and have one heck of a trip!

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

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The Right Guide to Hunt the “Pacific Ghost”

 

The Right Guide to Hunt the “Pacific Ghost”

 

It is the dream and want of many hunters to successfully take hold of a Blacktail deer that roams the range extending between central California all the way to Alaska. These secretive deer that are referred to almost reverently as the “Pacific Ghost,” can spend their entire lives moving virtually unseen through the thick overgrowth and almost jungle-type collection of brush, timber and thorns that make up the Pacific Coast rain forests. When it comes to taking down a trophy-class Blacktail, you not only require skill, patience and hard work, but it is imperative that you book your hunt with a guide that knows everything there is to know about the Blacktail, as well as its natural surroundings. Only then can that “ghost” turn into a reality.

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The thrill of the Blacktail hunt is alive and well, but within the rugged, less-congested state of Washington hunting the “Pacific Ghost” is not only thrilling – it is a true passion. For those who are looking to book that perfect hunt, it is Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service that will have your adrenaline pumping – thrilled for the hunt before you even get off the plane.

 

Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service has a background that cannot be beat. A true family enterprise, owner Ed Shelby has been shooting with his father since he was five years of age, bringing down his first buck at 12. Father, Boyd Shelby, has a lifetime of experience and (along with his son) has several animals in the Pope & Young Record Book.

 

For those who truly live for Blacktail hunting, it is highly important to note that for over 25 years Shelby’s hunts have been 97% successful. Although offering hunts that range from black bear to elk, Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service specializes in trophy Blacktail located in the western Washington area. They are also known to provide in-depth data and techniques in tracking, rattling and stalking that you, your company, family, or friends can take with you from the hunt and use over and over again for a lifetime of successful hunting.

 

Experienced teachers, Ed Shelby and his crew own the skills, the wisdom and the love for hunting and the Great Outdoors that is absolutely necessary when wishing to achieve a completely prosperous hunt. Shelby’s takes their mission seriously: They will try and help you bag that trophy animal of your dreams no matter what! And as far as techniques are concerned, you can book a bow or rifle hunt with Shelby’s and get an exciting and rewarding experience in return.

 

There are many Hunting Packages available. When it comes to the Blacktail Deer Hunt – Early Archery Packages and Late Archery Packages; as well as General Deer Season – Modern Firearm: 3 Day Hunts run $2,000.00/5 Day Hunts run $2,500.00, with additional days at $500.00 each. (It’s important to note that special doe hunts/late archery only, one day is guaranteed at $500.00/no kill, no pay.)

 

Some of the hunting requirements include (but are not limited to): no smoking on the hunt; bow hunters may be required to demonstrate target accuracy; and a 50% non-refundable booking fee deposit is required at the time you book your reservation. Local scouting trips are available before you hunt ($200.00 per day), and a trophy fee of $500.00 for all Blacktail deer, 4 point or bigger, including eye guards.

 

And if you happen to be from out-of-state, Shelby’s will guide you through the process of purchasing your license once you arrive. This is to ensure you will have the correct type of license which you can find further information on at: https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov

 

Not to mention, the minute you start researching that perfect Blacktail Hunt at Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service site, you will also be able to read through all the local lodging links in order to make sure you get the best and most memorable hunt you can imagine. So get to it…your “Pacific Ghost” is waiting!

 

For more information, head to: http://www.blacktailguide.com/index.php

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

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10 Gauge Outfitters: The Best Pheasant Hunting in Kansas

 

10 Gauge Outfitters: The Best Pheasant Hunting in Kansas

 

The state slogan of Kansas used to be “Simply Wonderful.” It was recently changed to “As Big as You Think.” In the end, both statements are absolute fact. And for the hunter, it is extremely easy to say that Kansas offers many wide, open spaces to choose from and provides you and your friends with a ‘simply wonderful’ experience.

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When looking for that perfect guide to provide you with the best pheasant hunting in the state, 10 Gauge Outfitters is a name you should know! Putting together your Kansas hunting adventure becomes far easier when choosing 10 Gauge, because you ensure that your hunt will provide you with memories to last a lifetime.

 

Enveloped in the beautiful western plains of Kinsley, Kansas, where the view is endless for miles on end, 10 Gauge Outfitters puts to use the wheat, alfalfa, milo, and corn that Kansas is so good at producing in order to offer up (and fatten up) the finest wild game.

 

What makes for a great pheasant hunt guide is experience. 10 Gauge Outfitters has ventured outside their own region in order to examine expeditions across the U.S. By seeing first-hand the positives that other guides, outfitters and lodges have to offer across the country, they have combined all this knowledge to create the best experience you can possibly find in the great state of Kansas.

 

Along with experience comes the need for habitat, and 10 Gauge Outfitters is certainly not lacking in that area. Providing their sporting game with the appropriate amount of minerals, nutrients and feed throughout the year, their habitat keeps all game healthy and plentiful. Not to mention, the habitat gives plenty of cover to pheasants and quail for them to hide and roost from other predators. In other words, 10 Gauge continuously works hard so that the hunting expedition you book will be a successful one. So successful, in fact, that you will walk away not only wanting to return as fast as possible, but also wanting to tell your family, friends and colleagues all about the fantastic time you had.

 

For ‘The Best Wild Pheasant Hunting in Kansas’ 10 Gauge serves small pheasant hunting groups as well as corporate pheasant hunting trips, offering lodging for up to 20 people. You can enjoy the open farmland and open plains, spend mornings shooting all the pheasant or quail you want, and then kick back in the evening.

 

Rates for the 10 Gauge pheasant hunts range from: 2 people @ $530; 3 people @ $490; and 4+ @ $450 (per hunter/day). Included in your package are: lodging, food, guides, dogs and/or dog kenneling if you bring your own with you to the hunt, airport pick-up and drop-off for groups of 4 or more, 100 yd. shooting range and sporting clays, satellite TV, internet services and field transportation.

 

When it comes to lodging, 10 Gauge Outfitters supplies a stunning early nineteen hundred 3-bedroom/2-bath farmhouse that sleeps 8 comfortably and was completely remodeled in 2012. Located amidst some truly stunning countryside, hunters will not only have a great trip, but they will also have a place to enjoy quiet, peaceful evenings while sitting on the porch and celebrating their ‘catch’ with a drink. And when it comes to food, fresh, delicious cuisine is available for you and your group, with a variety of meals to choose from.

 

Another thing to keep in mind is the time of year that you decide to schedule your trip with 10 Gauge, because if the season permits, you can combine other expeditions with the pheasant hunt.

 

These include:

 

Prairie Dog Hunting: With access to thousands of acres of prairie dog towns located less than 30 minutes from 10 Gauge’s lodging facilities, year-round prairie dog hunting is available.

 

Whitetail Hunting: When it comes to those majestic creatures, Kansas whitetail hunts with 10 Gauge Outfitters are a must to get those huge Kansas bucks. These are guided trophy whitetail hunts on over 16,000 acres of intensely managed prime Kansas habitat.

 

Coyote Hunting: Coyote country in southwest Kansas is property that plays home to a variety of game that includes not only coyotes, but also bobcats, fox and badgers.

 

In addition, look into the Rio Grande Turkey Hunting experience (spring and fall hunts available) with 10 Gauge, as well as shotgun hunts, archery hunts, and so much more.

 

It is time to bag that pheasant – and perhaps a few others along the way – and literally experience “Something Wonderful” in a place that most definitely is “As Big as You Think!”

 

For more information, head to: www.10gaugeoutfitters.com

 

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