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Local fund raiser fought cancer

Last year I ran an auction for a local man in his 20′s who was battling stage 3 cancer. It lasted several weeks and the proceeds were donated towards his medical bills and treatment. Even with insurance, the bills can be astronomical! I’m proud to say we made a difference because this young man just […]

A special thanks to our Vets!

Some of the younger generation aren’t aware of the many sacrifices our armed forces have given. Even more forgotten are their families! Spouses, children, fathers and mothers all take up the slack when a member of their family is off to war. It takes a toll on everyone. Many other individuals are even less familiar […]

For the record

Turmoil, turmoil, turmoil. That’s what seems to be happening lately. Accusations and rumors have gone amidst the hunting community with no room for sobriety. It’s definitely a black-eye for everyone. Hunting raffles for the terminally ill and donations for aid in the construction a motorized wheelchair go seemingly unnoticed. Suggest a picture has been altered […]

The new IWTA website is now active

Concerned Illinois hunters and non-hunters are seeing the decline of our whitetail at an alarming rate. The new Illinois Whitetail alliance was formed to address the issues we face today regarding the future of hunting. Feel free to contribute your participation by going to:  http://www.ilwhitetailalliance.com/ today!

Local fund raiser fought cancer

Last year I ran an auction for a local man in his 20′s who was battling stage 3 cancer. It lasted several weeks and the proceeds were donated towards his medical bills and treatment. Even with insurance, the bills can be astronomical!

I’m proud to say we made a difference because this young man just announced he has been cancer free for one year now! Even though the participation was a bit on the frail side, some people gave what they could. Two individuals went above and beyond the ordinary call of duty and spoke with their hearts. One was Gino DeFuedis from MA. and the other was Jim Lenc from IL. Their donations alone met the minimums needed to get the treatment started. A special thanks from me for their willingness to help a fellow stranger!

A special thanks to our Vets!

Some of the younger generation aren’t aware of the many sacrifices our armed forces have given. Even more forgotten are their families! Spouses, children, fathers and mothers all take up the slack when a member of their family is off to war. It takes a toll on everyone.

Many other individuals are even less familiar with the circumstances we were faced with in WWII, a pivotal global war. With 2/3rds of our Navy demolished by the Japanese, it was a miracle we’re still speaking English! It was once rumored that the Japanese Admiral that commanded the attack on Pearl Harbor was quoted as saying the only reason he didn’t continue to the mainland U.S. was because we “Had a gun behind every blade of grass”. That’s your second amendment in action folks!

Whether it was WWI, II, Viet Nam or the war in Iraq, one thing for sure is we owe it all to our brave soldiers who put themselves first for our well being. Be sure to thank a Vet the first chance you get and if you would like to return the favor, please make a donation to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. It’s the least we can do for them!

Enjoy your Memorial Day, it was hard fought.

For the record

Turmoil, turmoil, turmoil. That’s what seems to be happening lately. Accusations and rumors have gone amidst the hunting community with no room for sobriety. It’s definitely a black-eye for everyone. Hunting raffles for the terminally ill and donations for aid in the construction a motorized wheelchair go seemingly unnoticed. Suggest a picture has been altered and voila, you now have donations…to criticism that is. Is this the new face of hunting?

Lately it was brought to my attention that a buck I shot almost 5 years ago looked strange. It did indeed. It had an injury/infection to its nose, head and around the inside of the antler base. The buck wasn’t so much underweight but he did look like he was suffering from something. I shot him because his rack was so large and I wasn’t sure if he’d be around much longer. Four years ago, the funny looking pictures generated questions so I answered them. I knew they looked funny but didn’t want to remove them because they were what they were. Fast forward 4.5 years later and another picture shows up looking like my antlers on the internet and the crowd goes wild. Accusations of buying antlers from a Kansas dealer began flying along with other nonsense. I tried to answer the questions to no avail. Then came the nasty emails, the off-the-wall comments and strangers driving down my driveway (I have a long one). Then family safety concerns stemmed from all of the attention and no one seemed to care but me. I then just retreated. The odd thing is this was all started a while back because of a 40+ year old was trying to contact my young daughter, as he apparently has with others he had linked up with on the social media sites. But the statement most people want to hear isn’t about a predator wandering through our family pages online but rather what’s the story on the buck. Here it is in a nutshell: I never purchased antlers from a Kansas dealer and installed them on my buck. There were a few other innocent people involved with this story when I shot the buck but because I didn’t want them to have to go through the same garbage I was going through, I protected them.

An issue I would like to address (more on an informative level) is the comments regarding “You can’t kill a whitetail from the ground, so it must be fake”. I’ll respond by saying don’t take my word for it then, do the math. The tree stand is only about 100 years old but in Illinois for example, it wasn’t used much until mid-century because whitetail hunting wasn’t legal until then. The whitetail populations were being reintroduced from other states because they were nearly wiped out. Wiped out from the previous 4000 (or so) years from hunting them from the ground! It’s an easy answer.

Without responding to ugliness with ugliness, (I have never in the past) I want to leave this with the thought of focusing on the real issues we have to deal with like the diminishing deer herd or the lack of the availability to hunt, or even how to get our tag and license revenues to work for us and not squandered on unrelated pet projects. These are real issues we can put our energy into for the good of all. With that being said, I have no ill feelings and I don’t hold grudges. I am thankful for everything I have, especially a great family and the wonderful friends whom have shown their support for me. This subject is officially dead with me. I have very little time in my life for anything added to my plate due to work and family matters. Add the fact that our area was devastated by an F-4 tornado, my life is totally consumed with projects.

Time for me to move on.

 

The new IWTA website is now active

Concerned Illinois hunters and non-hunters are seeing the decline of our whitetail at an alarming rate. The new Illinois Whitetail alliance was formed to address the issues we face today regarding the future of hunting. Feel free to contribute your participation by going to:  http://www.ilwhitetailalliance.com/ today!

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New Illinois Whitetail alliance

Are you getting sick of the diminishing deer herd here in Illinois? Finally, there’s a new group of guys willing to take on the very people who are responsible for the decline.

Feel free to read the new proposal and I’ll update you on any new developments as they come in.

Alliance Full Presentation

Turkey suggestions from Montana decoy

Here’s some tips from Montana decoy. I’ve used their deer decoys last year and have tested them in this year’s harsh winter. I’m happy to say they stood up very well all winter. No color fading or failure of any kind.

They now have a new download setup guide that’s free if anyone is interested in it. You can go here to view it: Turkey Setup.

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Goat Tuff Equalizer review

I love introducing not only great products but great ideas! Sometimes ideas are so simple, yet work so well, I ask myself: “Why didn’t I think of that!”

Here’s a product that has been on the shelves for a few years but needs to be re-introduced, in my opinion. It’s the Equalizer release manufactured by Goat Tuff Products of Tucson, AZ. and made in the USA! It’s not just another release, and I’ll tell you why.

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First and foremost, if you shoot a short draw length, this release will increase the distance of your draw length by repositioning the point of where your arrow is nocked, and by moving the trigger forward. Because of this, you can now add distance to your bow’s draw length by up to 3″. Not to be confused, your bow’s performance increases the longer your draw length is, so by moving the catch of the release aft and the trigger forward, you are now able to adjust your bow to a longer draw length. So if you shoot a 28″ draw length, you can adjust your bow to a 29″, 30″ or even a 31″ draw length thus increasing your bow’s speed.

Why do I think this is a great idea? Here are some reasons:

If you choose to drop your bow poundage due to age or physical limitations, you now can opt for the Equalizer to offset any loss in speed due to reduced poundage. If you want to speed up your bow without having to purchase another bow, this is a viable solution. If you want to bring your 20-30 yard pins closer, again, this will increase your speed and help you obtain your objective. I could go on, but I think you get the idea!

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The release trigger is smooth, precise and comfortable to wear. If you decide to purchase one, make sure you set some time aside to readjust your pins and to practice with your new speed demon. Pricing on the release runs about $169.00 on the internet. It’s a cheap solution to a new bow!

I’ve been testing Goat Tuff products for years now and I am very satisfied with their products. In fact, their arrow vanes are my vanes of choice. I’ve stuck many a buck (and hundreds of targets) with their vanes and glue, with absolutely no issues whatsoever. They’ll back their products and to top it off, they’re one of the very few companies left manufacturing hunting products here in the USA. I like that! To read more on the Goat Tuff Equalizer, visit them at Goat Tuff Products.

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Help with applying for Illinois conceal carry permit

http://chicagogunsmith.com/blog/how-do-i-apply-for-my-illinois-carry-concealed-license/190/

Electronic fingerprinting fo Conceal Carry

Here’s an update for my central Illinois readers from Kevin Moody who teaches the CC classes here:

All,

       I am going to have a clinic to assist with electronic ID’s and online CCW applications at Providence Church 401 S Carol Ave. in Morton. Clinics will be held a couple nights a week through the month of January from 5:00 pm to 9:30ish pm.  There is no charge for this, although I will be accepting donations for range maintenance and Providence Church for hosting.
         I know a lot of you still need your fingerprints done (You do not have to get fingerprinted, but not getting them allows the State an additional 30 days to issue permits).  Joe Hulsey from Promised Land Firearms will be there doing Live Scan prints for $60.  They can issue your TCN on the spot so you can apply that night.
        If you need fingerprints or assistance with your online application or both, please respond with one of the tentative dates listed below and what you need done.  I am going to give everybody a time slot so we don’t get overwhelmed.  We will be able to accommodate appx. 20 people a night depending on what they need. I want to avoid people having to make two trips and make sure everybody gets helped.
Dates are Wed. 1-8 and Fri. 1-10.
       We can add dates depending on demand. I would like to see how many of you are needing help or prints before I book the facility and have Joe come down from Toulon.
       If you live closer to the Toulon/Kewanee area than Morton, or the dates don’t work, you can contact Promised Land Firearms directly at (309)973-6006 for fingerprints.
Best Regards,
Kevin Moody

(309)642-0582

NRA Certified Instructor
Illinois CCFL Instructor
NRA Chief Range Safety Officer

Elmwood area CC class soon!

For the Elmwood area folks who’ve been emailing me for something close by, here’s a class that’s happening soon!

Illinois CCW ClassDave Shipley is hosting Illinois Concealed Weapon class Dec. 14 & 15, 2013Jan. 11 & 12, 2014
This is the two day 16 hour training class you need to get your Illinois CCW card.
Upon completion you will receive 2 certificates; 1 Illinois CCFL Training certificate and an NRA Basic Pistol certificate.

Kevin Moody will be your instructor – Kevin is a NRA Range Safety Officer • Former Marine, qualified expert rifle and expert pistol. • Field Artillery cannon crewman • Competes at Camp Perry National Matches (M1 Garand, antique arms, Springfield) • Competes in PPC (Police Pistol Combat) civilian division • Competes/Member IDPA and IPSC • NRA Basic Pistol • NRA Basic Rifle • NRA Basic Shotgun • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home • Illinois Carry Conceal License Instructor

Call Dave Shipley to reserve your spot 309-369-5343 or Email (Ships@elmnet.net)
Fee is $225 per person