Written by Pro-Staffer Jonathan Mosmeier
The dog days of summer are now upon most of the country and if you’re a diehard hunter like me this can be a tough time of year. With the closest hunting season still 3 months away in most states, it can definitely get a little tougher to get your fix. But, there are things that you can do in the summer that can really increase your odds of being successful in the fall. If waterfowl hunting is your passion you will find that this becomes a year-round affair.
Summertime is the time to be fixing equipment that you tore up last season and making a list of the things that you need to add to your arsenal before the opener. If you have permanent blinds, this is the time to make repairs. Also, don’t forget about all of those decoys you used and no doubt abused all season long. Break out the pressure washer and some soap and get to cleaning. And of course this is when you should be wearing out reeds practicing on your calls. I like to keep mine in my truck and practice on the way to and from work (the stares you get in traffic are priceless).
For all the bow hunters out there you already know what summer means – practice! There are 3-D shoots almost everywhere, and there is no better way to practice than getting out and slingin’ arrows. This is also a good time to get out and hang tree stands. Don’t forget to check on all the sets you left out from last year and make sure that your straps are in good shape and the squirrels haven’t made a nest out of your seat.
If you haven’t tried bow fishing, this is a great way to keep your bow arm strong in the offseason and when you find the fish it is an absolute blast. So grab your swim trunks and an old pair of shoes and hit the creeks. So while you may not be under a flocked of locked up geese or looking down at a 10 point buck there is a few ways to take the edge off summertime.
Our CollegiateCamo crew leaves Sunday for SHOT Show and we are really excited to see all of the new and exciting stuff in the world of hunting, shooting and the outdoors. This year SHOT Show is at the Sands Exhibition Center in Las Vegas from January 19 to 22.
It’s an especially fun year for CollegiateCamo since we are actually exhibiting this year in Booth #353! Yes! The first time we will represent the company to our friends in the retail business. SHOT Show is an amazing trade show that is only open to people of the trade. I’m sure we’ll see some of our friends who own stores that love our college camo decals and college camo apparel.
I’ve never seen so many miles of booths – it’s like a hunter’s dreamland for equipment, firearms, archery, outdoor apparel and accessories. I’ve heard that there are more than 18 miles of booths and all the outdoors goods and services are amazing! You have never seen so many outdoorsmen items in one place. SHOT Show attracts folks from all 50 states every year. It’s worth noting that SHOT show is sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. (Couldn’t do it without them.)
So we will drag six CollegiateCamo staff out to Vegas and we plan on having a blast! On Wednesday we will do a very exciting TV shoot for the Outdoors Channel. We’ll be featured in a segment in February that shows new and exciting items available as seen at SHOT Show. So, we’re trying to “buff it up” in time to look great for the camera!
And aside from all the excitement at SHOT Show, did we mention parties galore? Yes, we’ve been invited to the Sportsman Channel shindig and we are ready to P-A-R-T-Y! They are great friends, especially our buddy Matt Blouin!
Jeanie and Marty (CollegiateCamo founder) will be seeing Ted Nugent and Love Pump in Vegas. We’ve even got feelers out to get in to Ted Nugent’s party, but that’s a tough one to crack. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.
Last, but certainly not least, our friend Jody Niccum – 2007 World Duck Calling Champion – will be with us on this trip. He will have autographed photos at our booth of him and his huge trophy. Come see us at SHOT Show in Booth #353 and let the fun begin!
The CollegiateCamo family recently gathered to celebrate Christmas together, and in honor of our favorite activities – the great outdoors and college sports – we came up with our “Top 5 Drinks for Outdoorsmen” to share with the world! (Prepare yourself – there’s a lot of whiskey involved.)
Of course, the CollegiateCamo team wouldn’t be caught dead taking shots out of anything but shotgun shells. What are your favorite drinks for the great outdoorsman and college sports fan? Share your tips here!
This German 70-proof herbal liqueur’s name literally translates to “hunt-master,” or more flexibly “gamekeeper” or “forest supervisor.” The logo is the head of a stag with a cross between its antlers – a reference to Saint Eustance, patron saint of hunting and trapping, and Saint Hubertus, patron saint of hunters. Introduced in 1935, this famous alcoholic beverage is well-known for its licorice-like flavor.
2. Buckshot (Shot)
1/3 Tequila Blanco
1/3 Jack Daniels
1/3 Bailey’s Irish Cream
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Mix Jack Daniels and tequila in a shot glass, then slowly pour the Bailey’s on top. Sprinkle fresh ground black pepper. Shoot!
3. Shotgun (Shot)
1 oz. Jim Beam bourbon whiskey
1 oz. Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey
1 oz Wild Turkey bourbon whiskey
Pour Jack Daniels and Jim Beam into shot glass, float Wild Turkey on top. Shoot!
4. Toasted Fisherman (Mixed Drink)
1/3 Crown Royal Canadian whiskey
1/3 Amaretto Almond Liqueur
1/3 Sweet & Sour Mix
1 splash 7-Up
Mix all ingredients over ice. Stir and serve with a cherry. Cast!
5. Deer Hunter (Mixed Drink)
2 oz. chilled Jagermeister
1 oz. vodka
3-5 oz. chilled root beer
1 squeeze of lemon
Pour Jagermeister and vodka over ice. Add root beer to taste, and polish it off with a squeeze of lemon. Ready, aim, fire!