By Mike Tomano
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Cooled off a bit the last few days. A cool breeze in August is all it takes to capture the senses of an outdoors enthusiast. Fall is on its way. Harvest is coming.
I have been fishing a bunch and sharing campfires with family and friends. Put a few miles on the kayak, too. Visited Frank Williams at Antler Ridge Archery last week. He set up my compound bow that I’ll be using this year. Frank is not only a world-class taxidermist, but an incredible bow-tech as well. Any “quick-stop” into his rustic archery shop and taxidermy studio in St. Anne becomes a whole afternoon of great conversation, arrow-flingin’, laughter and story-sharing. Frank is the real deal. A great guy with a wonderful family that knows his stuff when it comes to woods & water adventures. I’m proud to be his friend.
On the fishing side of things, I’ve been trying to fill the freezer with catfish and gills while also workin’ on my top-water lure techniques for bass. It’s been a blast. Then there’s the annual tackle-box clean-out ritual. Ugh!
With hunting season comin’ along, I’ve been shooting my Oneida compound and assorted recurve bows and arrows, shooting my shotguns and gettin’ my trusty ol’ Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 magnum honed-in for late doe season. Been scoutin’ my Illinois hunt properties a bit, as well as scheduling some pheasant hunts, downstate whitetail hunts and an out-of-state hog hunt for December.
I am blessed to live in a rural area allows my family to go on hikes every weekend. Every outing is special beyond words. Family time is always precious and our time in The Great Outdoors is sacred.
As we prepare launch two wonderful web-series in 2021, I’ve been capturing a ton of nature and wildlife footage, as well as prepping interviews, events and shooting schedules. We are excited.
The sad news is that our anticipated 10th Anniversary Troutdog Outdoor Family Adventure Camp has been postponed due to the pandemic. We weighed out the options and met with board members and sponsors and have decided to hold off at least until Spring of 2021.
Our nation is currently plagued with Covid-19 and anti-American political forces aiding and abetting the destruction of major cities; I implore you to take a break, escape the news cycle, and get back to nature. Get your family involved in the shooting sports (for self-defense acumen as well as recreational purposes), take a hike, canoe trip or set up a campsite for a while in The Great Outdoors.
Nature heals. Nature calms. Nature brings balance. We could all use it. Get out there and get ya some.
Mother Nature is calling you. Answer.
I'll see you in the woods and on the water.