Yeti vs. NRA? Or simple misunderstanding?

“Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with the NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor and refused to say why. They will only say they will no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation. That certainly isn’t sportsmanlike. In fact, YETI should be ashamed…” This was the original quote from Marion P. Hammer, past NRA President, that sent shock waves across the social media pages that ignited a massive debate across hunting and outdoorsman pages across the social networking platform. Could it be? The brand that revolutionized coolers marketed as being “built for the serious outdoor enthusiast rather than for the mass-discount retailers,” and we

Rusty Heron: The Canadian Canada Champion.

I got the chance to sit down with the current “Grand National Goose Call Making Champion” and former “Canadian World Goose Calling Champion” Rusty Heron to ask him a few questions about his hunting background and his call making career. Rusty has been a very good friend of mine and a big influence to me. He is always the first to offer to lend a hand whether it’s helping someone learn how to blow a goose call or a donation for a good cause. BTBN: Mr. Rusty what got you into hunting? RH: I’d definitely have to say my dad and my grandfather. When i was a youngster my dad owned an outdoor store called G&H outdoor world. I was always around it and always loved it. BTBN: What were you accomplishm

You Never Stop Learning

“You never stop learning”. That’s a statement that has always stuck with me in all facets of the things I do and even in working dogs it plays as well. My current pup, Staten’s Six Bird Scout “Scout” is still very much in the puppy stage of life. He is only 15 months old and has come along in his training as fast or faster than any pup I’ve worked with. My original goal for him when I got him obviously wanted a hunting retriever to enjoy on our duck hunts. But also I had intentions of running him in UKC hunt test to eventually get his HRCH title. We began our adventure last fall towards that goal with started level test and this spring we stepped up to seasoned level test. Seasoned level tes

The challenges of a college-aged call maker.

Everyone always says that college is the time in someone’s life when they get out into the world and find themselves. People make new friends and most experience what it’s like to be away from home for the first time. For me the experience has been more about the first time being away from my lathe. My name is Brandon Thomas and I am currently a junior at Mississippi State University. I have been turning duck calls for a little over two years and call-making and water-fowling are two of my biggest loves. Today I am going to give a little bit of insight about the life of a college call maker. Time, one of the biggest resources in a college students life, and for the last 6-8 months there does

The Waffle, is it ruining call collecting?

Waffles, they are everywhere in the waterfowl world. Decoys, layout blinds, bags and most often Calls. For a few bucks you can put your name in the hat for a very valuable collectors item drawing be it a J. Stephens or a Jax. Collectors every where are getting a shot at owning a call they otherwise would never have been able to afford. With the waffle becoming the new way to purchase a rare call we have seen the most popular makers of today having calls sell on the second hand market for double and sometimes triple the original prices. Gouging and buying to resell has become a common and hated trend by collectors and call makers alike. Is it simple supply and demand or disrespect to th

Picking your next Puppy

Waterfowl hunting has so many great traditions and practices no matter what part of the country you may live in and pursue ducks and geese. For many folks the calling or type of call you blow the decoys you set, weather you hunt in timber, open water, marsh or maybe you’re a dry field goose hunter. All of these are great but for me the use of a retriever and the interaction and bond built in them and their owners is by far top of the list for me. The selection of your next four legged hunting partner is the very first of an important step and process in building your mark in this tradition. So, how do we go about picking a puppy? First of all ask yourself, what are you looking for with this

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