Saturday, May 9, 2009

Support the OBS and Your Fellow Bloggers

© 2009 Albert A Rasch
“I wanted it to be more than simply a blog and a list of supporters. I wanted it to be the outdoor blogging organization!”
Kristine on OBS

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This is a reprint of the post I wrote for Outdoor Bloggers Summit some time ago. I think it bears repeating as many new members have come into the fold since this ran.

Kristine’s post, It’s Tough, But Oh So Worth It, challenged all of us OBS members to find ways of helping not only OBS, but our fellow outdoor bloggers in general. Kristine is taking OBS to the next level, and is asking us to give her our support in which ever way we can.

I mentioned it a few months ago right here on these electronic pages, ( Where Do You Go If Your Compass Won't Stop Spinning? ) how difficult things seem to have gotten. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised when others say the same. I mean, really, I don’t have a monopoly on life’s burdens! But if you look at the comments, you will see that more than a couple of people feel the same way.

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I really had lost my enthusiasm to write. There were more pressing matters to attend to. I didn’t even go out much, but then again, with fuel at four bucks a gallon back then, I don’t think anyone else did either.

Holly and Kristine tried to gently encourage me a couple of times to get in gear. Yet, it wasn’t until Sten, The Suburban Bushwacker , gave me a swift, and I might add proper, English kick in the posterior, that I started looking around again at what I did have.

Sten said,
“Just a few words of encouragement from me, keep the chronicles going, even if you spend so little time outside that your posts are limited to describing things you've seen growing through the cracks in the pavement (English for sidewalk) it'll be worth reading.

If anyone can, you can Albert. SBW”

(H and K, my wife says I don’t listen to nothing she says either…)

Funny as that may be, I guess I found out that folks actually missed my storytelling! (Who says American Culture is dying!) Well, that changed the equation. It is exactly at times like these, that a well thought out comment can make a substantial difference in the Blog author’s attitude. I have thanked Sten, and I'll do it again. Sten, Thank You Very Much!

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As I search out new blogs, I’ve seen the postings that indicate the author’s disappointment that more people don’t comment; they feel as if their efforts aren’t even noticed. I used to feel that way occasionally, but I wrote primarily for my own benefit and amusement. But looking at Google Analytics, told me a different story. Plenty of folks stopped by, they just didn’t leave a note. Not everyone knows about Google Analytics, so it is not a bad idea to mention it now and again when you’re cruising the blogosphere. If you aren't using it you are missing out on an incredible tool.

One of the things that I do regularly, is to take a moment each time I get on the net to look at a new blog. Using the Outdoor Bloggers Summit blogroll, I pick a blog to peruse. I try to get a good look at the writing, even going as far as checking the archives. If I like what I see, I make sure I leave a note. Nothing long or tedious mind you, just a note telling them I like what I saw! I don’t necessarily add them to my blog roll, but I do put them in my browser’s favorites or Google reader so I can check them out regularly.

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If I have time, I like to check their blogroll too. It doesn’t hurt to leave a note at those sites you go to, telling them where or how you found them. This does a couple of things, it lets them know that someone thought enough of their blog to put it on their blogroll, and it gives them an opportunity to check out your blog. I have on occasion gone as far as writing a short email to the author just to make sure the message gets to them.

I think it really helps if you put a link right in your comments. That way it makes it easy for visitors and comment makers to visit your blog too.

Occasionally I have found a blog that was good in one way, but plain stunk some other way. You can usually tell if the person just doesn’t know any better, or if they really are that way. My pet peeve is spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Granted we all make mistakes, but poor writing is just that. A close second would be what I would call “BlogTexting.” For Pete’s sake, write out the dang words! Back to the point I was going to make, don’t be afraid to offer some constructive criticism. Be polite, tell them what you like, and tell them how it could be better. I’ve asked first if I could mention a couple of things that might be helpful, and so far no one has told me to jump into a lake!

Lastly, offer something; whether it's good comments, blog-rolling, clicking on supporters, or a banner on your own site. Give a little and you'll receive a lot. Share what you know. Believe you me, we are but a microcosm of what is out there on the internet.

OK let’s review:

•Use Google Analytics.
•Visit a Blog you don’t know.
•Leave a comment if you appreciate the Blog.
•Leave your link!
•Use email as you think appropriate.
•Share what you know.

I want to remind everyone as to Why I Joined the OBS. I wrote this a while ago and if you take a look at it, it may remind you of a couple of advantages to being an OBS member.

Let us sum it up with Kristine's thoughts:

I've always had a vision for the OBS. I wanted to build it into something that really made a difference. I wanted to create an organization that supported outdoor bloggers, that encouraged outdoor blogging and that impacted the outdoor community in positive ways. I wanted it to be more than simply a blog and a list of supporters. I wanted it to be the outdoor blogging organization.” Kristine, OBS and Empress Over All She Surveys

Albert A Rasch
The Hunt Continues...

Friday, May 8, 2009

Book of the Hunt: On Wild Boars

© 2009 Albert A Rasch
Manuscript by Gaston Phoebus Book of the Hunt

Fellow Boar Hunters,

Gaston Phoebus offered this advice in the 1500s concerning wild boar hunting in his epic manuscript, Book of the Hunt:

"Hold your spear about the middle, not too far forward lest he strike you with his tusks, and as soon as the point has entered the body, take the haft of your spear under the armpit, and press and push as hard as you can and never let go of the haft; and if the beast be stronger than you then you must turn from side to side as best as you can without letting go the haft, until God comes to your aid or other assistance reaches you."

Sage advice!

Albert A Rasch
The Hunt Continues...

Making a Serrated Knife: A Chronicles' Project

© 2009 Albert A Rasch
Making a Serrated Knife

I've been baking bread regularly since I learned how from Miss Jamie at Borderland Adventures: Her Perspective.

I've figured out a few things. For instance, using "Bread Flour," instead of all purpose, makes for an airier loaf instead of Flour Masonry Units that can withstand seismic activity, and Class V hurricanes. You can mix in spices like paprika, rosemary, or garlic, between the two risings. The kids will ignore all entreaties for help until you open the oven door, at which time they magically appear ready to devour the fresh bread. I normally can fend them off with an ASP baton, but the Mrs says it's cheaper to let them eat the bread than the emergency room visits.

Fresh bread, ready for the butter!

The only problem I have had is that with all the edged devises in this house, there isn't a single serrated blade. Slicing fresh, warm from the oven bread isn't easy without serrations. Even a razor sharp blade will have trouble slicing through cleanly and without crushing your hard work.

I wasn't about to put up with that anymore. I went through the drawer and pulled out one of the long knives that really aren't used that often. It's a good German kitchen knife though the steel is a little soft for my tastes.

I took it down to the shop and carefully market out the lines for the serrations. I made them about an eighth of an inch apart.

Mark out the lines, I used 1/8th inch.

C-clamp the blade to a block of wood to elevate it from the work surface. Taking a good sharp triangular file, nick the blade at every mark so that the fine rattail file will have a place to start. Otherwise it will skid around leading to grossly inaccurate spacing of the teeth.

A few strokes with the rattail file on each was sufficient to create the serrations. You can use a chainsaw sharpening file. It has finer teeth and a smoother cut.

Use a sharpening stone to rub down the back of the blade, and lightly go down each gullet you formed. Do this several times until you remove the thin pieces of metal at each gullet. Alternatively, use a Dremel tool with a stone or Cratex point to grind and polish the gullets.

With some care you can get a pretty even set of teeth. With warm bread waiting, I was in a hurry, so I got them close enough to slice bread, and left it at that.

As you can see the serrated edge makes short work of the bread .

There we go, another job taken care of with the tools at hand.

Albert A Rasch
The Hunt Continues...

Blogs of Note: Be a Survivor

© 2009 Albert A Rasch
Be Prepared - Be a Survivor

You will notice a new Banner over there to the right.

That's Flea's "Be Prepared- Be a Survivor," a preparedness and survivalist methodologies blog. Don't let the word "survivalist" scare you. Think of it as emergency preparedness and surviving the unforeseen.

Flea covers a good bit of ground on his blog.

He has several book reviews:
That's a small sample of his reviews.

He relays a lot of frugal living techniques.
Plenty to read right there, and lots more at his site.

Flea has plenty of gear and equipment reviews, How-To's, firearm commentaries, and dozens of other very interesting and occasionally scary things.

The thing to take away from Be Prepared- Be a Survivor, is that you should be prepared, so that you can and will be a survivor. Flea has good advice, plenty of information, a substantial number of links, and he's a regular guy like you and I, just trying to make sure he's ready for any eventuality.

Albert A Rasch
The Hunt Continues...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Range Reviews: Tac-Pack Individual Battle Pack

© 2009 Albert A Rasch

Individual Battle Pack by Tactical Medical Packs

When I evaluated Tactical Medical Packs' Tac-Packs and Tac-Pack QC, I was really surprised how far we had come with trauma kits. I was trained to use a compress and a cravat, that was the extent of the technology. Tactical Medical Packs' Tac-Pack Individual Battle Pack (IBP) takes it to the next level in portable trauma kits. These are beyond what you might need for everyday briefcase carry, but you might want one for the office, home, or vehicle. First responders need to have these at all times, in addition to the Tac-Pack and Tac-Pack QC.

The IBP was designed to fit in the cargo pocket of the BDU or ACU. It is approximately 6 1/2 inches long, 5 inches wide, and 2 inches thick.

It comes in two flavors:

Option One:
  • Latex-Free Gloves
  • Compression Bandage
  • TK-4 One Handed Tourniquet
  • Chest Seal
  • Combat Medic Pre-Cut Rolled Duct Tape
  • 50gr. Quick-Clot.
  • Compressed Gauze 4.1 yds
  • Medical 5.25" Scissors
Option one is for anyone who is reasonably intelligent and can use common sense to resolve an emergency. Failing that, there are thorough, simple to understand instructions written on the back. Remember, protect yourself with the personal protection equipment, apply direct pressure, if that doesn't work use the Quick Clot, and if that fails proceed to use the tourniquet.

Option Two:

Battle Pack Option II
  • Latex-Free Gloves
  • Compression Bandage
  • TK-4 One Handed Tourniquet
  • Chest Seal
  • Combat Medic Pre-Cut Rolled Duct Tape
  • 50gr. Quick-Clot.
  • Compressed Gauze 4.1 yds
  • Medical 5.25" Scissors
  • Nasopharyngeal Airway w/Lubricant
  • 10 Gauge Angio-Catheter
Option Two is for trained emergency personnel only. The nasopharyngeal airway is not for the amateur medic, nor is the 10 gauge angio catheter.

It is worth repeating that Dr Maurizio A. Miglietta has put together a guide to help you understand what you need to do to save a life:

One last thing. It is better to have an item and never use it, than to need it and not have it. Every first responder should have immediate access to these lifesaving tools. With the state of affairs that we have found ourselves in, you can never be too prepared. Take a course in first aid, or find the assets on the internet to give you more than passing knowledge in lifesaving.

Previous reviews on Tactical Medical Pack's Tac-Pack and Tac-Pack QC and The Range Reviews: Tac-Pack First Aid Packs

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Individual Battle Pack I
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Individual Battle Pack II
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Feeding a Baby Mockingbird, Making Formula

Hand Feeding a Baby Bird, Making Formula for a Baby Bird!
© 2009-2011 Albert A Rasch and
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
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Handfeeding a Baby Mockingbird and
Making Baby Bird Formula
Where is my supper!!!

About a week ago, Mom and Blake showed up after a long neighborhood bike ride with a little half fledged mockingbird.

I'm lost and confused! Where's my Mommy?

Both Blake and Mom know better than to immediately disturb, rescue, or otherwise interfere with any seemingly lost or abandoned animal. They had waited forty-five minutes observing the fledgling before deciding to intervene. So the long and the short of it is that I am now charged with the well being and care of this little fellow.

Make a Nest for the Baby Bird, and Keep it Warm!
I lined a small box with paper towels, added some tissue paper for fluff, and filled up a Crown Royal bag with rice for a heater. You can use a sock if that's convenient. Microwave the sock for a couple of minutes, and wrap it up in a dishtowel. Put that on one side of the box and the bird on the other. The warmth will seep from the rice, and keep the chick comfortable for a few hours at a time. Just use your judgment as to how much ventilation the box needs.

I'm not full yet!

Making Baby Bird Formula:
Mocking birds are probably one of the easiest birds to hand feed and raise. They are quick to learn and figure out within a day or two, that you are there to actually feed them, and not just pry their beaks open and stuff food down their crops.

The handfeeding formula for mocking birds is easy. One hard-boiled egg, the same amount of dried cat food, and half of the egg shell ground up. A stone mortar and pestle is great, but two spoons are good enough. Crunch the shell up to about sand grain size or smaller.

Soak the cat food into mush and mix it thoroughly with the egg. It should be crumbly not too mushy. Now, for variety you can add a little apple sauce, grated carrots, finely chopped cooked chicken, cooked ground beef, mashed grasshopper, wax worms, mealworms and anything else you think of to each serving. I would skip any dairy products even though some folks use it.

About time! Do you know what time it is?

Keep it refrigerated, and take out a little at a time. You need to warm it. You will kill the bird if you feed it cold! I use the microwave for about five seconds, and I stir it up with the tip of my finger very thoroughly. I make sure there are no hot spots that might burn the little fellow.

You may have to pry his little beak apart the first few times. Be gentle, be patient, and get help if you need it! After a few feedings, he'll get the idea and eagerly await your finger feeding. Invent a little three note whistle or sound that you use for feeding time. It lets him know you are going to feed him, and in the future he will respond to it, and if you are lucky, he will imitate it and respond to you, sometimes even calling to you!

Hold still, will ya!

Notice that my thumb and forefinger are sideways, and I place the food on his lower beak. When he closes his beak he gets the food.

Hurry up, will you!!!

We are fortunate that we have a screened in porch were he can stay.

Getting a little sun.

Feed him every two hours or so. He'll let you know if you let it slip and he's hungry. Make sure he has a bowl of clean fresh water at all times.

A baking dish with some garden soil is a lot of fun for them, they scratch and poke around in it.

It takes a few weeks to bring him to maturity. I've always waited until their tails were good and long before I released them. At least this way I was certain that they could maneuver well, and avoid a small hawk or cat . They will usually stick around until late summer, usually coming down for a treat at the sound of your whistle.

Yeah right... We'll see about that... Don't you mean barring any "unforeseen" incidents?

Please email me with any questions you may have! I am in Afghanistan, and I can't get to Blogger too often!

Update: He has grown all up, and now spends most of is leisure time chasing bugs in the lawn areas. We are pretty sure it's him, because every time I whistle that three note tune, he stops and turns his head first one way then the other as if listening to the tune.

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
Member: Kandahar Tent Club
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...

The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Range Reviews: Squishy Bowls by Guyot Designs

© 2009 Albert A Rasch
Squishy Bowls by Guyot Designs

Squishy Bowls and The Utensils by Guyot Designs

The first thing I thought when I opened the packaging of the Squishy Bowls, was how in the world am I supposed to pick these up when full? They're soft and flexible. But we will get back to that later.

Squishy Bowls are food grade silicon based containers that are flexible, compact, and convenient. They'll fit just about anywhere, making them a natural addition to your go bag. Also very convenient for those car or camping trips, where space is at a premium.

I have used these bowls frequently here at home, and I am pleased to report that they are very easy to clean. The bowls clean up with the smallest amount of soap, basically running my hand over the soap dispenser nozzle. A quick inside out rinse with cold water and they come out clean.

Ramen noodles and boiling water.

I was a little concerned about how they would handle hot liquids. I know that food grade silicon can be baked, but as I figured very hot meals and liquids would make the containers too hot to hold. I was right, they get hotter than the devil's own furnace. No problem, I always carry my do-rag, and there is another one in my go-bag. I wrapped it around the bowl and I held it without a fuss.

Wrap a bandanna around the bowl or cup.

They hold their shape well when full of liquid, and conveniently, you can squeeze the cup to funnel every last bit of whatever you are having!

The spork works well!

I also picked up a set of their Utensils™. They're rather longish to allow you to effectively eat out of those tall narrow cook pots, and they are really good at scraping the last bits out of freeze dried food bags. Great for MREs. The spork works well as a fork, and it is adequate as a spoon. It's tough to get alot of thin soup in it, but stew like material scoops up easy. The spatula/knife combo works pretty good too. I wouldn't try to use it to skin and quarter a rabbit, but it will cut cooked meats well. By the way, you can resharpen it with a Sterling Sharpener. The spatula will flip eggs and small pancakes. If you like pretty eggs it will take a bit a of practice to get it right. It is a bit narrow out of necessity. The spatula and spork snap together, and they also have a carabiner loop that allows you to clip it and secure them.

It slices cooked meat with ease.

Overall, I think that the designs are excellent. Easily packed and easily cleaned, they are a great addition to your kit; great for anyone that camps, travels, and for those that like to be prepared. Anyone that has loved ones in the military overseas, these might be one of those things that they will appreciate every day of their deployment. Get them the slate colored ones, unless the team at Guyot Designs comes out with a desert or coyote tan one. If enough folks ask I bet Guyot Designs will make a batch of The Utensils and their Squishy Bowls in tactical colors for our men and women serving overseas!

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Squishy Bowls
MSRP: $11.95

The Utensils™
MSRP: $7.95

Available at:
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Homemade Pirogue: It's on the Water!

© 2009-2011 Albert A Rasch and
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
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Building a Homemade Pirogue
It's on the Water!

When I set out to build a pirogue from scratch, I had never built any type of water craft. With only a vague idea of what was involved, and no plans, this homemade pirogue has been an interesting and worthwhile project.

Blake and I off load it from the top of the car.

Umm, Dad... is that a leak?

Blake gives it a quick, shore bound once over.

Mom double checks Blake's inspection.

Dad checks if he's far enough that he can't be stopped.

Cutting across Lake Uihlein !

I'm close to the other side!
Smooth sailing!

I've had a ball putting this little pirogue project together. And we really had a lot of fun paddling it around the lake. So much so, that we want to build another one so that we have two. That way we can head out to the inter-coastals and paddle around together. We could also do a little fishing, island hopping chasing the jacks, and prowl around the oyster bars looking for redfish.

When I get to the second pirogue we will add all the lessons learned and any new modifications that occur to me while using this one.

If you have the wherewithal to get at least the plywood, I highly recommend that you give this pirogue project a try. It's not difficult, and even if you make a variety of mistakes, you will still have a very serviceable watercraft. The lessons you learn on the first one will make the second that much better.

Image Credit: Jamie Anderson
The next project...

Follow the rest of the Pirogue building series!

Building a Pirogue Part I: Getting Started
Building a Pirogue Part II: Butt the Plywood
Building a Pirogue Part III: Measuring Up
Building a Pirogue Part IV: Cutting and Building the Ribs
Building a Pirogue Part V: Attaching the Ribs
Building a Pirogue Part VI: Attaching the Internal Chines
Building a Pirogue Part VII: Attaching the Bottom and Finishing Up

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
Member: Shindand Tent Club
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...

The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles

Monday, May 4, 2009

Project "X": Building Blakes Pirogue Pt VII

© 2009-2011 Albert A Rasch and
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
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Building a Homemade Pirogue
Part VII: Attaching the Bottom and Finishing Up

Making a pirogue without plans isn't very difficult at all, so there's no need for free plans. Not knowing exactly what you are doing though, makes it more interesting. I have been plugging away diligently when time allows to finish this project up. I've learned a whole lot, figured out things that I should have done differently, and decided on some things that should be done to make it easier and better for the next go around.

We were muscling the chines into place last time (Part VI), so now it is time to get the bottom on.

After leveling the chines, we tacked the bottom in place with a few well placed brads. I happen to have a router which we put to good use cutting around the hull with a laminate trimming bit. A Jig saw and a scrap of plywood would do just as well, protecting the hull from any scratches or cuts.

Trimming the excess off.

Now that the bottom is pretty close to shape, pre-drill and countersink your screw holes.

Screw it down every three inches or so.

Time for the glue-up. I have a half dozen tubes of construction epoxy that I figured would do the job. The only problem is that construction epoxy has about a ten minute set up time, which barely gives you time to mix it properly. Work with what you got.

I had to glue down about twelve inches, drive screws for six and go back and glue another foot. I tried to stay about six inches ahead of the screwed down part.

Lessons Learned: Don't use construction grade epoxy. Use anything but, construction grade epoxy. It sets up too quickly, it is as hard as a rock, and it is ugly colored. Use a standard 1 or 2 hour set up epoxy. I've ended up having to use a rasp to knock down the excess epoxy after chipping the blade on my plane and a chisel.

With the bottom secured, the block plane makes short work of trimming the overhang flush. Just leave the transom overhang alone for now.

Touch it up with some sandpaper on a block if you feel the need to do so.

Since the boat has a flat transom, I needed to make a cover. Find a left over piece of plywood and trace out the shape. Cut it oversize, and glue and screw or nail it in place. Make sure that it fits tight and square to the overhang that we left from the bottom.

Transom piece beveled and butted up tight to the bottom.

Break out the block plane and shave the transom down to size. Don't forget to trim what was left of the bottom also.

I added a skeg for a couple of reasons. A skeg will help the pirogue track straighter, and when it is being dragged out of the water, it will protect the bottom somewhat. I made it from a piece of left over 1X4.

You can use a table saw to cut it or do as I did, and rip it with a handsaw.

Touch it up with the block plane...

My Stanley block plane on the left and the Stanley jointer.

and finish it with a jointers plane is you really want to. The only reason I did it was so I could show the jointer off. I refurbished it from a rusty piece of junk I got at a flea market.

Draw a line from the tip of the bow to the middle of the transom.

Chalkline on the centerline.

Tack the skeg on and predrill and countersink the screw holes from the inside. Remove the skeg, coated it with plenty of glue, position it properly and draw it up tight and into place with the screws.

Skeg in position on centerline of boat.

Lesson Learned: I may add two more shorter and not as tall skegs adjacent to the middle one. This will keep the corners from dragging as bad when you are single handed and lifting it by yourself. Next time I'll go with two an inch from the sides of the transom.

All that is left to do now is to add on the gunwales, plug up all the holes, fill the screwholes, sand them flush and paint the pirogue. Any screws that aren't completely countersunk, have to be removed re-countersunk, and replaced. That of course, would be in a perfect world.

But, being that I am about out of patience, I plugged the holes with wood putty, and gave it a quick coat of exterior grade paint on the outside. I'll cover and sand the screw holes as time permits, and making and installing the gunwales can wait until I can scrounge up more materials!

Off to Lake Uihlein !

I have lots of photos of the initial field test, that I will post for everyone tomorrow. The darn thing worked better than I expected! I'll have the full report for y'all tomorrow.

Making a homemade pirogue is well within the capabilities of anyone with a modest set of tools. I would recommend it as a great family project, or an older kid's project. The materials don't need to be top of the line, and a good bit of it can be scrounged up.

Follow the rest of the Pirogue building series!

Building a Pirogue Part I: Getting Started
Building a Pirogue Part II: Butt the Plywood
Building a Pirogue Part III: Measuring Up
Building a Pirogue Part IV: Cutting and Building the Ribs
Building a Pirogue Part V: Attaching the Ribs
Building a Pirogue Part VI: Attaching the Internal Chines
Building a Pirogue Part VII: Attaching the Bottom and Finishing Up

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
Member: Shindand Tent Club
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...

The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dennis Carroll on: Outfitters, Hunters, and Guides


Selecting an Outfitter Part II
Outfitters, Hunters and Guides

Dennis Carroll follows up Selecting an Outfitter Part I, with Part II, Outfitters Hunters, and Guides.

After you have chosen what kind of elk or big game hunt you want, that is whether you wanted outfitted and guided or you're going solo,and you have narrowed down your selection of possible outfitters and guides, you have to take into account the personal dimension of the guide-hunter relationship.

Dennis wades through this area and helps us navigate what could make or break a hunting experience. With over 40 years of experience Dennis can really give it to you straight and with good authority.

Again, it is a great follow up and well worth the time to read and digest!

Part II: Outfitters Hunters, and Guides.

Dennis has also created a Montana Elk Hunting FAQ, to which he is adding each installment of this series. The FAQ is probably the best place to start and a great point to regularly check back on as it grows.

Image Credit: Dennis Carroll
Montana Elk Hunting with Dennis Carroll, Outfitter and Elk Guide

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