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Outdoorsmen Adventures expands coverage area

Reprinted from the Sioux City Journal

HARTINGTON, Neb. | Gary Howey’s award-winning “Outdoorsmen Adventures” television series has expanded its coverage area.
The series now airs in over 50 different markets in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Carolina.

In northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska, “Outdoorsmen Adventures” airs at 6:30 a.m. Saturdays on KCAU-TV, ABC-Sioux City. In South Dakota, it airs on KTTM/KTTW-TV,  Fox-Sioux Falls/Huron, S.D. at 7 a.m. Sundays and on MIDCO Sports Network, Sioux Falls at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Sundays.

Team Outdoorsmen Adventures was developed by Howey, of Hartington, and team member Larry Myhre, of Sioux City. They sought the most highly respected outdoorsmen and women in the Midwest. The team includes outdoor communicators, television/radio personalities, writers, hunting/fishing guides, tournament anglers, seminar speakers, outdoor personalities and dedicated hunters and anglers. Team members film fishing and hunting action in the Midwest and then bring it into over 2.5 million households. [Read more…]

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There’s more to Hugh Glass than ‘The Revenant’ By Larry Myhre

As I left the theater after viewing the award-winning movie “The Revenant,” I thought, “Hugh Glass must be spinning in his grave.”

The movie was never meant to be an accurate historical profile of the Hugh Glass story, obviously. And it certainly isn’t. The attack by the Arikara at the beginning of the film, the bear fight and the fact that John Fitzgerald and the young Jim Bridger left him for dead are accepted facts.

The rest of the movie, for the most part, is pure Hollywood imagination.

For a student of the Hugh Glass story, which I have been since reading Frederick Manfred’s novel “Lord Grizzly” back in the 1960s, sitting through a totally historically incorrect movie such as this is taxing. It was also difficult for an outdoorsman to sit through scenes of survival that would not be survivable in real life, even for a man the stature of Hugh Glass.

To begin with, the bear attack took place in the summertime of 1823, not winter. It happened near the forks of the Grand River in north central South Dakota. This is about as far removed from mountains and forests, such as depicted in the film, as you can get. The crawl was to the Cheyenne River about 100 miles south, not to the west to find his deserters. Somehow, he floated down the Cheyenne and into the Missouri River to Fort Kiowa, which was near the current community of Chamberlain, S.D. From the bear attack to Fort Kiowa was a 200-mile journey that took him six weeks to complete.

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu wanted his movie to be authentic. He wanted the guns, knives and other equipment used by the actors in the film to be historically accurate. He even went so far as to hire an Arikara North Dakota native to get the language right. So why didn’t he stick to the historic story line? It needs no exaggeration. Why didn’t he film on the prairie, where it all took place? Remember the scenes from “Dances with Wolves”? Awe-inspiring sunsets, a sense of remoteness that can be experienced only on the grasslands. Instead we have a steady diet of the dreary predictability of forest and rocks. [Read more…]

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Deer Feeding & Mineral Supplements By Gary Howey

There are several things that are critical when it come to a healthy deer herd and bucks with larger racks. These things include, the age of the buck, genetics, mineral intake and nutrition.

The most important thing needed for the deer in your hunting area to develop larger racks, is genetics. If you do not have good genetics, you may be out of luck, unless some new deer with better genetics move into your area you may be stuck with basket and abnormally racked deer.

There really are only a couple of these things you can do to help a buck develop larger racks and they are:

a. Let the smaller bucks pass: You and your neighbors will need to pass on smaller deer, allowing them to live another year or two

b. You can reduce the poor quality deer, to cull those deer, which are not adding to the quality of the herd.

c. Increase the deer’s mineral intake: In some areas, deer will find all the minerals they need in the ground, while in others, some minerals are not available in the deer’s home range. [Read more…]

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GameKeeper Life Hacks Make Life Easier with our Spring/Summer “To Do” List

By this time of the year, most everyone’s hunting season is over or starting to wind down and not many guys are thinking about growing plots or feeding their deer. With some cold and nasty weather still possible for the next few weeks, it’s a great time to sit down and start planning for the upcoming growing season. There may be some things you thought of while sitting in your deer stand this fall that you would like to accomplish on the property you manage…

Check Your Soil
One of the first things I like to do in February and March if the weather allows is to pull soil samples on my plots and get them sent in to see if I need to add any lime and see what fertilizer will be needed for my warm season annuals that will be planted in late April/early May. If you had soil samples taken this fall you will already have an idea of where your plots are in needing lime or nutrients. Have an up to date sample of the areas you plant to plant this spring and if the ph is low, have lime spread in the late winter/early spring. This will give the ag lime time to start working on the soil for your spring/summer plots and also those fields that are left fallow through the summer and are typically only planted in the fall. Depending on the size of the screen that the lime is run through at the quarry, the granular consistency of ag lime can take several months to break down and begin to neutralize the acidity in your soil. [Read more…]