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A’Fixing to Deer Hunt by Attending Local Trade Shows, August 15

August 11, 2011
If you want to see really, really big deer some are often exhibited at local and regional trade shows – just the thing to get you “pumped-up” for next season.


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 Very often one of  the early steps that  many deer hunters take is to attend an outdoor show during the hot, hot, hot Summer months before deer season. This part of the “a’fixing to deer hunt” consist of visiting with vendors, seeing what new products are offered, replacing lost or broken gear, picking up some things for the family and rubbing shoulders with the larger hunting community.

  Many times TV celebrities appear at these events and experts give seminars  to help participants improve their hunting skills. The annual Buckarama, organized by the Georgia Wildlife Federation, is a typical event. Two of  their trade shows are held each year. The first is in Atlanta, which I describe  below,  and the second will be held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia, on August 19-21, 2011.  

The Author with a nice South African Zebra taken with a .45-caliber Disc Extreme Knight bolt-action rifle.

 As I am a person who hunts and writes about black-powder guns, I was gratified to talk to Jones Beene, the Sales and Marketing Director of a revitalized Knight Rifles, and Sales Manager Sam Brocato. Knight rifles has returned its Bighorn striker-fired muzzleloader to the marketplace, the Littlehorn (a similar youth model), the TK-2000 shotgun and several of the bolt-action designs based on the Disc Extreme.  Two falling-barrel rifles will be returned to the line next year, Brocato said. In the meantime, repair services and accessory parts may be obtained from both the company’s original location in Centerville, Iowa, and their new factory in Athens, Tennessee. To look at this year’s guns go to  

Millennium's double stand allows a hunter and guide to comfortably occupy the same stand.

 I very often use a climbing stand and ching-ching up trees  for my deer. With almost all of them, I am  bent like a taco shell at the start because my foot-piece has to be at an angle at the larger-diameter base of the tree to ultimately straighten up to something like horizontal by the time I get up the tapered tree to the desired height. Millennium’s M-1 Climber solves this problem by allowing the climber to be adjusted to horizontal once up the tree by using knobs on the sides of the stand.  Using these, I could start off climbing horizontally and end up that way too. At all times I would still be  firmly attached to the tree and not have to disconnect and re-attach support cables.  The company also has both single  ladder stands as well as a two-person model shown here with Hal Lunn.  For a look at all of their products go to

  Hughes Products has been producing plastic-sided shooting boxes for more than a decade.

Hughes shooting box is a solid-walled stand that allows good weather protection for hunters.

When asked how durable they were, I was informed that they stood up very well under weather and U.V. rays even with years of exposure. Available in single and double models, these consists of molded plastic walls and roofs which are assembled and supported on a steel frame. They have 6-ft. 1-in. clearance to the roof, come with either full or half doors and may be easily assembled in the field, according to the company representatives. To see the products and available options go to

  Larry Pridgen of  Pridgen Custom Knives produces some excellent straight, folding and utility knives mostly from Damascus steel that he enhances with extra-fancy Damascus bolsters, exotic handle materials and hand-carved pins. A true artist, he dislikes turning out tens of copies of the same knife, but is often taken with unusual, but very practical, knives. One I liked has a straight-bladed section about 8-inches long  with a 3-inch blade that folds inside the mammoth-tooth handle and opens in the opposite direction. This knife sells for about $2,000, as I recall.  I have pictured a few of his knives to showcase the variety of his offerings and his not-inconsiderable skills as a bladesmith and designer.

Blake Pritchard holding Resaca's dog food.

Resaca Sun Feeds was there with a high-protein dog food for working dogs. This company also grows and sells canola, soybeans, high oleic acid sunflower and non-GMO oil seeds to farmers for planting.  Their dog foods are compounded by a company in Missouri who includes not only protein and fat content from animal products but also provides trace elements to produce a healthy, easy to digest,  dog food.  Often local feed makers have more flexibility than national brands and can produce directed products for their particular markets at less costs.

Shannon Porter with AR Fun Gun.

  Fun Guns make FUN GUNS in that these are shooting toys that are produced by hand in the U.S. Among their offerings this year are a 12-shot repeating rubber-band gun with a variety of wooden stocks that evoke everything from muzzleloaders to the AR 15 – including having a scope sight.  Also in their line is a marshmallow gun and a bow and arrow made of PVC pipe string and wood.  These are short-range instruments meant to be shot against pie-plate targets. Shown in the photo is Shannon Porter with a satisfied look on her face after using her AR to absolutely nail her target. These also have some practical uses such as dispatching wasps that get into houses.  Fun Guns mostly sells from Face Book.   To contact company owner Dave Greise about these products, his E-mail address is  Not only can he make the rifles and pistols that he has in stock, he can also mimic any existing firearm and brand them as promotional products. Dad can have his gun and at the same time purchase a look-alike toy for his son.

Trapping is a time-honored and useful outdoor activity to help control species such as beaver, nutria and coyotes that cause significant damage to the environment. State associations help promote this interesting outdoor activity.
 I am always glad to see the Georgia Trappers Association appear at state events and was particularly pleased to talk to Chris Lockridge and Teresa Keys about their trapping  efforts to help control the state’s population of  coyotes. These are recent arrivals in Georgia and are feeding heavily on the state’s young deer fauns this time of year. Predator hunting and predator trapping are comparatively new to most Georgians, and more people need to become involved in these activities to help keep a balance among the state’s native and introduced species.

Chef Bob Lowe demonstrating the line of Waterless Cookware from Kitchen Craft.

  Many times during the years that I ran mineral exploration camps in Alaska I would not only run the camps, but also do all of the cooking. One set of cookware that I found to be particularly helpful was the Waterless cookware line made by Kitchen Craft. This now uses a 7-ply construction for their products that enable the pots to cook with less heat and a patented pot and lid design to retain water. This set allowed more efficient use of water in a clean-water-deprived environment, less expensive propane to be used and cooked faster. The line has now been expanded to include baking pans, frypans and electric cooker.   Chef Bob Lowe also appears on TV as a cooking show host and has an on-line store at


In the outdoor business category that I usually cover in my shows, this one featured Bill Jordan’s Realtree company which he grew from a single box of camo T-shirts that he was brave enough to take to the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas. He with some of his good friends, including David Blanton, launched not only the camo company, but also a video production company that has produced annual deer and turkey hunting videos for nearly 20 years. Now their sons Tyler and Harmon are participating in the videos and may well ultimately join this closely held family business.

  Many others have launched their own outdoor-based businesses. It takes a lot to get this done successfully. I have free resources available including 21 YouTube videos at the wmhoveysmith channel as well as blog posts at  . These can help you get started on selecting what business opportunity is right for you and how to best go about developing it.

  I will be giving a free teleseminar on August 18 at 5 AM Eastern time. To sign up and receive the advance materials and call-in numbers, send me your E-mail address to In these uncertain times, investing in yourself  and learning how to make your own living is the best  thing you can do if you are 16 or 96.  I am willing to help. If you sign up now, you can send me one question that I will answer during the teleseminar,  if there is sufficient time. The questions will be considered in the order in which they are received.  There will also be a chance to ask a question at the end of the seminar. Sign up now, look at my videos, visit my website and get ready to take control of your future.   


One Comment leave one →
  1. OutdoorPro permalink
    December 31, 2011 6:32 am

    In talking with hunters all over the US, I have found that even some great hunters still hold on to common myths of deer hunting. In this article I would like to expose what I consider to be the top ten myths of deer hunting.

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