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

September 14, 2010
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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.   


    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.  


    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.            


    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. 


    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. 

All About Hunting with Muzzleloading Guns, Sept. 10

September 8, 2010
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Many muzzleloading hunters still bring deer home every year with their traditional-styled Hawken rifles.

Terry Eby shooting one of CVA's drop-barreled rifles.

  With more states having special seasons and hunts where only muzzleloaders are permitted, this week’s show is a must-hear because it will feature an overview of all types of muzzleloading guns and their hunting uses. A special guest will be Terry Eby who will talk about CVA’s low-costs in-line muzzleloaders.  BPI, CVA’s parent company, has donated a Wolf .50-caliber muzzleloading rifle complete with an accessory kit, a $225 value, that will be offered in an exclusive drawing for show listeners.  


    From matchlocks, flintlocks to modern in-line rifles, Hovey will discuss the types and merits of available replica muzzleloading guns for all types of hunting. This will include not only deer, but small game, waterfowl and dangerous game. Not only will rifles be discussed but also muzzleloading pistols, smoothbore muskets and shotguns.


    Terry Eby will present information on inexpensive muzzleloaders offered by CVA and particularly discuss inexpensive drop-barreled muzzleloaders that are very popular with today’s black-powder hunters. When used properly these guns can take any North American game and with proper care will last for generations.               


    Skinning and gutting deer can be an income producing business in many parts of the country during deer season.  Although the work is temporary, if a person has a nice set-up with some built-in mechanical aids, this operation can be completed in less than 10 minutes yielding a nice clean carcass ready to go into the game cooler or freezer chests.

  Business Module 5.

  Determining your market area. Is your market local, regional,  national, international or mixed?  Considering how to increase the geographic reach of your products or services will result in increases in the number of customers and resultant profitability.


    Utilizing necks, shanks and ribs for will be considered. Not only can the meat from these parts that are often thrown away be salvaged, they can produce excellent meals using recipes from the Southern U.S. States and South Africa.

Excalibur’s Bill Troubridge to Talk Crossbows, Sept. 3

August 30, 2010
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Bill Troubridge from the cover of the author's book, "Crossbow Hunting."


     Bill Troubridge and his wife Kath have formed a remarkable husband-wife team who designs, builds and sells hunting and target crossbows all over the world. Disappointed with the poor quality of existing crossbows, Bill built is own and later expanded production for first, the small community of crossbow target archers and later for hunters. The modernization of crossbows from wooden-stocked models to those featuring advanced composit materials is continuing, with Excalibur crossbows remaining benchmark recurve crossbows. The Troubridges have hunted all over the world with their crossbows, “made for hunters by hunters.” 


    Bill Troubrige will relate some of his hunting adventures with which have included hunts in North America for game as varied as musk ox in the Canadian Arctic to javelina and deer in Texas. His adventures have also taken him to Australia and on several trips to Africa where he has killed both Cape buffalo and Elephant with his crossbows.     


    This section will describe the different types of modern crossbows and selecting the best crossbow for North American deer hunters. Crossbows are available that youngsters, women, the disabled and aged can shoot.  Using crossbows can extend a person’s archery hunting for 2o or 30 years beyond the time when they can no longer pull a powerful hunting-weight bow because cocking aids allow even a powerful crossbow to be cocked with as little as 8-pounds of force. 


    Making some of your own hunting equipment will be featured including a homemade arrow target that will stop any crossbow arrow that is better than any currently on the market and cost nearly nothing. Also featured will be crossbows by David Watson of Austin, Texas who makes replicas of crossbows that were used in the 14 and 1500s and information on how to get in touch with like-minded enthusiast. 

  Business Module 4. 

  What do you really want to accomplish with your business? The answer to this question can, and should, vary with each individual. The author will explain how it is sometimes advantageous for a business to lose money initially to offset a spouse’s tax liability and make money after a person is retired to bring in needed income with a reduced tax liability. 


    Field dressing a deer and similar-sized big game animals will be featured on this segment. This process allows the animal’s weight to be reduced by about 30 percent and also removes the bothersome lower legs that get tangled up in brush when the animal is drug out of the woods.     

Clint Boone, First Guest on The Backyard Sportsman on August 27

August 20, 2010

Clint Boone and the author with a "backyard bear"

  Clint Boone a young family many who was brought up in the Siver Valley country of  Idaho, took me on a “backyard bear hunt” in the mountains behind his family’s landholdings. This area is famous for its silver mines. As a big, athletic guy he could make significant amounts of money working underground in the nearby mines. He worked as a miner and experienced three rock bursts (the rock in the tunnels and walls literally explodes under pressure) while working underground.  The worst of these trapped him over 3,000 beneath the ground for several days.  After this, he gave up mining and now makes non-hunting-fishing-season money doing odd jobs and building custom homes.

  A friend, Kimberly  McLaughlin, wrote the following.

Clint Boone

To say that Clinton “Clint” Boone had an underprivileged life would be a matter of conjecture.  Those who live in cities would be likely to reject a life without running water, electricity or indoor plumbing.  This was the life handed to Clint until he was approximately 12 years old.  Along with these disadvantages, also came privileges.  He learned to live off the land, because his family maintained a 4-acre garden of which provided them with food and the extra was  sold or traded for whatever the family needed to survive.  The greatest privilege was that Clint  learned to hunt and fish which became a way of life.  His first big-game hunt was with his father when Clint was about 12-years old. He still remembers the tall trees, crisp mount air and STEEP climb. The biggest excitement came when he used his Grandfather’s .30-30 to kill a 4 X 4 bull elk.  This was a life-changing event for Clint.  To somehow incorporate hunting and fishing into his life in a way that would make him a living became his dream.  Clint has sometimes worked 4 or 5 jobs to help support his wife and son, during the time that he is hunting and fishing. One of the many jobs was as a miner, but he gave that up after he was trapped 3,700 feet underground after a rock burst in a silver mine.   It gave him more resolve than ever to realize his true passion for being a fish and game guide.  Odd jobs and construction work are still getting him from one year to the next.   He has dreams of hunting elswhere in the US and in other countries.  His greatest dream is to become a guide.  Idaho, like many states, requires that guids undergo formal training and licensing.


August 20 Hunting and Cooking Squirrels for Family Meals

August 16, 2010


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Five squirrels can make a nice pot of squirrel stew, while the tails can provide fishing lures.



    Squirrels provided food for American pioneers when they settled the Continent, and can still yield good hunting opportunities and excellent eating. This show presents five species of North American tree squirrels and tells about their habitats, food sources and how to successfully hunt them alone, with a partner or using a dog. Squirrels are ideal for training beginning hunters as many of the methods used to hunt and clean squirrels can also be applied to deer and larger game.    


    Diverse hunting methods and tools will be discussed including stalking with .22 rifles, shotguns, the use of combination guns, handguns, shotguns of various gauges and muzzleloaders of all types. Crossbows and air rifles also have their place in helping to manage populations of urban squirrels that can infest people’s houses. 

  One of the best bonding opportunities that can take place between parent and child or grandparent and grandchild is when the two generations go squirrel hunting together and the child provides keener hearing and sight and the older partner provides experience and hunting savvy.   


   Squirrel tails in states where they may be legally sold provide a very minor money-making opportunity by allowing the tails from animals taken for food to be salvaged and converted into fishing lures.  Equiping and staging hunt camps for non-resident hunters offers more potential profit.  The segment on Home business discusses converting your passion into a money-making business.    

  Business Module 2. 

  What work do you enjoy doing so much that you are likely doing it now, and would even do it if no one paid you?   In any business there are many trials and times when things seem to be going against you. Anyone starting a business has to have a sufficiently strong passion  for whatever he is doing to push through these troubling times and make a go of it.  If this passion does not exist, the business will likely fail.


  While young squirrels may be fried, adult squirrels and fox squirrels must be slow-cooked in water or a moist environment for best results. Described in the show is a slow cooking method for squirrels in onion gravy and a squirrel stew. Squirrel stews have historical aspects including a Brunswick Stew originating in Brunswick County, Virginia. However the city of Brunswick, Georgia, disputes this, and asserts that real Brunswick stew started off with a smoked hog’s head to which was added other wild game meats, including sometimes squirrel.

The Backyard Sportsman Banner and Show Page

August 6, 2010

The banner for "The Backyard Sportsman," my new VoiceAmerica Sports radio show.

  Elements in the banner are a golden-colored cloud from a photograph that I took near San Saba, Texas, some Swiss camouflage that I use for mountain hunting and four hats that  represent the hunting, hunting tools, wild game cooking and home-based business segments that will be part of each show.  As will be true through the entire show, everything presented will be things that I have experienced. 

  The show music is a bluegrass tune “Down Younder” that I remember square dancing to in High School. I thought that this music from my youth was particularly appropriate for a show that features a lifestyle that has many historic elements, while also using modern communication tools to help make a living. 

  The VoiceAmerica Sports Radio show page can be found at: “The Backyard Sportsman” with Wm. Hovey Smith. This will provide a quick link to information on the upcoming show, toggles to listen to the current and past shows, general information and some biographical information.

August 13 Show Features North America’s Toothy, but Tasty, Gar Fish

July 6, 2010
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Paul Presley with a nice long-nosed gar from Georgia. This single fish can provide a fine meal for a family.


  Commonly regarded as “trash fish” and “to bony to eat” North America’s  gars are some of the most versatile, common and best tasting of all fresh-water fish. In fact the “backstraps” of gar yield two strips of very mild tasting white meat without a single bone. I have commonly taken small gar, 2-3 feet, diced the backstraps, stir fried them with Chinese vegetables and served them as “fresh water scallops.” The flesh from gars are so mild tasting that most people will not detect the difference.   

   In the 1840s alligator gar weighing more than 600 pounds were being sold in St. Louis.  It likely takes 200 years for an alligator gar to reach that size, but each year some 300 pounders are taken. The largest of the gars are now only found along the Southern Gulf Coastal states and the eastern parts of Central and South America. The next largest, the long-nosed gar,  are common throughout the Southeastern states while the short-nosed and spotted gars range further north into the St. Lawrence River.   


  Hunting tools will discuss the equipment that is needed for bowfishing. This can be very simple and low-costs or as elaborate as the pocketbook will allow. Beginning bowfishers usually start bowfishing from shore, then progress to using a boat and perhaps ultimately graduate to a large shallow-draft boat with a generator and lights for night fishing. I am not a tournament  bowfisherman, but shoot fish for the table. I use relatively simple shallow draft boats, do most of my bowfishing at daylight, a recurve bow and may often paddle or pole to my bowfishing site. If you have a bow, a simple bowfishing outfit can be put together for less than $50.   


  In Louisiana the gar meat is highly prized and used in a variety of dishes. Some common uses are to make gar balls, burgers, smoked gar, grilled gar as well as gar scallops. Because of the tendons that become increasingly large in huge gar, the meat from these is very often steaked and grilled. Gar is one of the very few fish that may be successfully grilled without falling apart when it is turned. Gar burgers, when the ground meat is mixed with egg,, seasoned with salt, pepper and dill, battered and deep fried, makes one of the best fish sandwiches that exist.   


 The segment on Home business considers how  custom building bowfishing boats, maybe  in your backyard, can result in an income producing activity.   In what has been termed “The Great Recession” there are many people who have been in the workforce all of their lives as well as recent high school and college graduates that cannot find employment. Starting a “backyard business” builds business skills, puts something useful on a resume; and with pluck, skill and some luck can turn into a self-sustaining profit-making business.  

  Although making crafts is one business model, this series will ultimately consider many more opportunities in the trades, consulting, creative activities and providing world-wide services using modern Internet technology.  A book is in progress that will help a person choose the optimum home-based business that is suitable for them.    Twenty-one Modules will be presented summarizing the book’s chapters. 

  I have  two bowfishing videos posted on YouTube. Practical Bowfishing:Cleaning and Cooking Gar and Carp    will take you through the cleaning process and a simple cooking method. Bowfishing Across North America, shows a 30-day bowfishing trip from Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, to Grays Harbor, Washington state.  A single click on the titles will bring up the videos. My recipes for gar, and other bowfished species, are found in my book Practical Bowfishing.  This book is out of print, but may be ordered directly from my website  and paid for using PayPal or by mail for $20 to Wm. Hovey Smith 1325 Jordan Mill Pond Rd., Sandersville, GA 31082. 

Starting Your Own Backyard Business: Module 1 

Why start your own business? 

      Control own destiny, financial security, income, psychological comfort, financial security, productive use of time, social interactions, learning experience, maintaining mental acuity, hone skills, satisfy life goals and leave a legacy are all reasons that various people give for starting their Home-Based Businesses. 

      Whatever your reasons might be for undertaking a financially risky and time- consuming business, think about them, decide which one/ones are most important and write them down. Information in the next 21 Modules will aid you in chosing and starting a successful Home Business that will satisfy these objectives.