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Ads, Sponsors and Book Sales Need to Keep Shows Going

October 15, 2010

  Like any business venture, radio shows cost money to produce and this must be forthcoming from sponsorship, ads, sales of books, guifts and grants. My previous show on VoiceAmerica Sports, ”The Backyard Sportsman,” is a solid, high-information-content show; but failed in 10 weeks to produce sufficient sponsorships or product sales to continue broadcasting.

  I think that this is disappointing because I  believe that I was, and am through iTune on-demand re-broadcast, reaching a younger market that needs solid information on hunting and outdoor topics. This market will continue to expand and after only a month, I was reaching over 10,000 listeners.  If after hearing  a few shows you think likewise, consider sponsoring a revitalization of this show or purchase some of my books and other products.

  My new show “Hovey’s Outdoor Adventures,” faces exactly the same challenges and will have the same fate if sponsorships, ads or book sales are not forthcoming. The message is simple, “If you want my show, then buy my stuff and/or help me find sponsors for it.” Although the new show will be adventure and storytelling based which would appeal to a larger audience, it has exactly the same requirements to be a money-producing business.

  For those who were following my Outdoor Business Modules on The “Backyard Sportsman,”  these will be continued through the new show until all 21 are covered. For a review,  go to http://www.thebackyardsportsman.wordpress.com to see a list of the Modules that were covered in past shows. If there is interest, I will publish a whitepaper with an outline of the Modules. Watch for that on my website, www.hoveysmith.com.   

   A YouTube video was recorded to make these points. To view it, click on the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pn-YrmGHfw&layer_token=4baa7fbe81943e3a.

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The Backyard Sportsman Takes Big, Big Game with Handguns, Oct. 22

October 15, 2010
To listen to this or any other show go to the following  VoiceAmerica Sports show page and select the month and episode you want to hear “The Backyard Sportsman” with Wm. Hovey Smith

Bill Booth with a very large American buffalo taken with a Smith & Wesson revolver.

 Hunters in North America have increasing opportunities to hunt very large species of big game such as the buffalo (or bison) with a variety of hunting tools, including some very powerful handguns. Hunting and dealing with very large game animals such as buffalo, moose and elk will be the focus of today’s show.

HUNTING   

  Our guest on this program is Bill Booth, a retired police Lt. who is now  the Account Manager for the Smith & Wesson at  Blue Heron, a marketing firm specializing in the outdoor industry. Booth is an avid handgun hunter, and he and Hovey will discuss hunting a variety of game with cartridge and muzzleloading handguns.

HUNTING TOOLS

    Handguns, handgun training and the suitability of handguns for use for taking  big and small game will be the focus of this discussion. Points that will be made are that training is necessary to overcome the physical challenges of shooting any handgun, much less one that is capable of killing the largest of game animals. Both Booth and Hovey are experienced handgun hunters and provide comments on using both cartridge and muzzleloading handguns.  

HOME BUSINESS   

    The home business section will consider building and selling simple outdoor cooking equipment that provides a “green” solution while minimizing the amount of cooking gear needed to feed a hunting camp. Backyard Business Module 11 discusses the additional training that a business owner might need to acquire to successfully operate a modern business and where that might be obtained.

  HOME COOKING   

    This week’s cooking section will feature cooking on sheet-iron, a flat cooking surface that allows everything to be cooked that can be made on a Waffle House grill.  A variety of recipes and techniques will be explored.

The Backyard Sportsman Takes on Black Bears, Oct. 15

October 9, 2010
To listen to this or any other show go to the following  VoiceAmerica Sports show page and select the month and episode you want to hear “The Backyard Sportsman” with Wm. Hovey Smith
 
  In listening to this live show I find that I made some errors. One of which I corrected, but others I did not. Fall bears are fat and best for the table. Spring bears have the best hides, but have very lean meat after hibernation. They have consumed all of their fat and sometimes even parts of their muscles to sustain them through the winter.
 
 

  The author extracting a medium-sized Idaho black bear taken by stalking and shooting during a muzzleloading hunt.   This Fall bear had been feeding on fruit orchards and was one of the best eating bears that he has taken.

  Black bear numbers are increasing throughout North America. Because they breed more slowly than deer,  they have not rebounded as fast as deer to repopulate their historic ranges in the eastern U.S.  Nonetheless,  bear are coming into increasing contact with humans in areas that are undergoing development – even near cities. These included a bear visiting  my Central Georgia home town 4-years ago. This was the first bear seen in Sandersville since the early 1800s.

HUNTING   

  Our guest on this program is Colleen Olfenbuttel, who is the North Carolina Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist. She received her bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Ohio University in 1997 and her master’s degree in wildlife management from Virginia Tech in 2005. At Virginia Tech, she studied black bear reproduction, cub growth, and black bear movements. She has worked in the wildlife field since 1995 and has had the opportunity to work on brown bears, black bears, wolves, island foxes, raptors, furbearers and white-tailed deer. Since 2007, she has worked for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission as their statewide black bear and furbearer biologist. She participates in the scientific management of bear populations by hunting and other means.

HUNTING TOOLS

    Because bear hunting and the preparation of bear hides is a specialized part of the hunt for most people, they will pay taxidermist who specialize in making bear mounts and rugs rather than using their usual taxidermist who may only see a few bear in his shop in a lifetime.   

HOME BUSINESS   

    Business Module 10 will discuss the physical equipment and structures needed for your new  business.

  HOME COOKING   

    A variety of recipes for black bear meat will be considered, including how to render bear fat to use in pastries and on other products.

The Backyard Sportsman on Wild Hog Hunting & Cooking, Oct. 8

October 8, 2010
To listen to this or any other show go to the following  VoiceAmerica Sports show page and select the month and episode you want to hear “The Backyard Sportsman” with Wm. Hovey Smith
 

Wild hogs like this 200 pounder taken less than a mile from the author's back door are increasingly available to American sportsmen.

 

   Wild hogs have been a part of  America’s landscape since colonial days when they were introduced by the early Spanish explorers. Because they have large litters and breed twice a year, they can quickly grow from a population of a few pair to hundreds within five years. Aggressive control by hunting and trapping is needed to keep these efficient feeders from rooting up nearly everything on the forest floor as well as causing agricultural damage.  These feral pigs may be hunting with a variety of bows, guns and edged tools. Our guest, Sharon Henson, takes on these animals with spears.

HUNTING 

    The introduction, biology and distribution of wild hogs in the U. S. will be discussed along with the methods that are used to control them. Because they are prolific breeders, many states allow wild hogs to be taken any time of year. These hogs may often be hunted at night, over bait, with dogs and other ways that are usually not permitted when hunting deer and other game.

  Sharon Henson, who is originally from Maine where she is now visiting her family, has lived in the Southeast for decades and hunted hogs and other animals with spears in both Texas and Alabama. This spunky lady has killed more than 20 hogs with her spears.  

HUNTING TOOLS

    Custom building muzzleloading rifles for yourself and others will consider both the economics of this enjoyable and practical craft, how to get started and where to find markets for what you produce.  These guns can range from kits assembled from pre-fitted components to completely building a gun from scratch. Most builders purchase their barrels, locks and stocks from suppliers and then assemble and decorate the guns in a variety of distinctive American styles.

HOME BUSINESS   

    Business Module 9 will discuss the various aspects of having a partner join you in your new business venture and the ramifications of this relationship.    

  HOME COOKING   

    The special methods needed to safely handle and cook wild hogs will be presented, along with comments on which hogs to select for best eating.

Backyard Sportsman Takes On Urban Deer, Oct. 1

September 22, 2010
To listen to this or any other show go to the following  VoiceAmerica Sports show page and select the month and episode you want to hear “The Backyard Sportsman” with Wm. Hovey Smith

Urban deer, alive and dead, all too often wind up in resident's yards.

 

   Increasing populations of urban deer brings danger to the residents, damage to property and increases the danger of  insect-spread illness  like Lyme disease. Hovey Smith, The Backyard Sportsman, will discuss urban deer control with Georgia’s Assistant Chief of Game Management, John Bowers. This discussion will cover the size of the problem and explain why hunting is very nearly the only practical solution.  

HUNTING 

    The urban deer discussion will focus first on the scope of the problem, its impact on residents and the results of animal-vehicle collisions and property damage. During the second segment of the show the discussion will progress to tools and techniques for safely hunting urban deer and other problem species. The discussion will conclude with suggestions on how to convert these problem animals into food resources for needy families.     

HUNTING TOOLS

    Money saving ways to more easily retrieve your deer will be considered as building two types of homemade deer carriers and several potential variations are discussed. 

HOME BUSINESS   

    Business Module 8 will ask if you have the “fire in your belly” to persist during the early stages of business development when almost all of your available money is being spent on your business,  little income is forthcoming and people are telling you to cut abandon your dream and cut your losses.   

  HOME COOKING   

    Hovey will go through the steps of making low-fat stews and soups with readily available ingredients to provide tasty and healthy one-pot family meals. 

Backyard Sportsman Takes Up Hunter Ethics and Fitness, Sept. 24

September 22, 2010
To listen to this or any other show go to the following  VoiceAmerica Sports show page and select the month and episode you want to hear “The Backyard Sportsman” with Wm. Hovey Smith.

 

Going hunting brings ethical responsibilities to the hunter, his family, the landowner and society.

Dennis Cecil with a very nice buck.   Like porn, everyone knows an ethical problem when they see it, but defining proper conduct is more difficult. This show examines a hunter’s ethical responsibilities to himself, his family, the game, landowner and to society. Guest Dennis Cecil, the editor of Hunting and Fitness magazine,  and Hovey discuss how people of all age groups can get ready for their hunts.  A drawing for two rifles,  including a Wolf .50-caliber muzzleloading rifle complete with an accessory kit, a $225 value;  and a Harrington & Richardson Handi-Rifle in the winner’s selection of calibers, valued at about $300,  has been extended to Oct. 1.  Listen to the Sept. 17 show for details on how to enter and get the codes for the drawings.  

HUNTING 

    Observing ethical conduct, game laws, and paying attention to what guides and landowners have to say are first steps towards staying out of trouble with your fellow hunters, game officials and the public. A dozen problem areas are examined on the show including the “first blood rule,”  which, although not law,  has evolved over the centuries to help solve game ownership problems.  

HUNTING TOOLS

    Being physically able to do whatever the hunt requires is discussed with Dennis Cecil, the editor for Hunting and Fitness magazine. He and Hovey consider regular exercise programs as a means of preventing hunting injuries by developing muscle tone and stamina through exercise programs that start months before the season and continue all-year long.

HOME BUSINESS  

    A quick review of the previous six home Business Modules is presented followed by Business Module 7,  which is about judging the competition for your proposed business, where this competition is located, what their price structures are and deciding if your business plan can realistically succeed.

  HOME COOKING  

    Making a world-class spaghetti sauce from the lean ground deer meat will be presented along with how to moist-cook deer so that low-fat deer paddies can be turned into delicious ground steaks by grilling and steaming.

Low-Cost Cartridge Guns for Deer and Other Game, Sept. 17

September 14, 2010
To listen to this or any other show go to the following  VoiceAmerica Sports show page and select the month and episode you want to hear by clicking  the following:  “The Backyard Sportsman” with Wm. Hovey Smith.

  

American-made single-shot rifles like this Harrington and Richardson .45-70 rifle provide effective hunting guns at minimal costs.

  Obtaining a hunting gun from a relative, or buying a new rifle, can be a barrier to hunting for many people. This show will discuss low costs-options including purchasing a new relatively low-costs American-made single shot rifle that can kill any North American game.  Information obtained from Patrick Boehnen about Harrington & Richardson’s low-cost single-shot guns will be presented by Chris Ellis. and a new Handi-Rifle in the winner’s choice of calibers will be given away in an exclusive drawing  for Backyard Sportsman listeners that is open until October 1, 2010.   

HUNTING 

    Being given or purchasing a hunting gun that belongs to someone in the family may be a new hunter’s lowest-cost entry into hunting and gun ownership.  Cautions that need to be exercised in accepting and using an unfamilure firearm will be discussed as well as  buying a new, and relatively inexpensive,  American-made single-shot rifle.  

HUNTING TOOLS

    Although Patrick Boehnen was unable to participate in the live broadcast, information about Harrington & Richardson’s extensive line of single-shot guns will be given by Remington’s Public Relations Consultant, Chris Ellis.  The H&R family of guns has been produced in its basic form for more than 50 years and has been proven in the field by millions of hunters as a shotgun, rifle and even as a muzzleloader.  Many users of single-shot rifles find that they take more game per shot fired, because they know they must be precise about shot placement.            

HOME BUSINESS   

    Continuing the theme of deer processing, this show will discuss grinding, cutting and wrapping meat and how wrapping for home consumption differs from commercial operations. 

  Business Module 6. 

  This will include a  recap of the previous 5 modules, and present the considerations that need to go into prototyping your business model to determine start-up needs, potential costs and possible profits. 

HOME COOKING   

    Detailed instructions will be given for making fresh sausage, seasoning options and cooking instructions for use as breakfast paddies, boudan, sausage loafs and as a seasoning in vegetables, beans, soups and salads.