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Through the Lens

What’s Stirring in the Deer Woods

Tue, November 25, 2014

As I fully expected, gun season had my social media news feeds filled with lots of deer photos and discussions. Lots of successes, lots of failures, and most of all lots of discussion about the state of the herd in Illinois.

I don’t gun hunt, but we all know I have a hard time staying out of the woods on any given day, and when the deer are stirring like they have been the last week or so it’s next to impossible.

So, have a look at what I’ve been seeing for the last week - Just so you know, these are all public land deer. None are from outfitter or hunt club managed properties. Just what’s roaming around the neighborhood and agreeing to pose for a few moments.

Draw your own conclusions about the state of things here in SW Illinois - or better yet, just enjoy the images. I know I sure enjoyed taking them!

While usually I need my 400mm prime lens, the deer have been such a romantic frenzy that on more than one occasion that turned out to be too long of a focal length to use. I just couldn’t get the whole deer in the image frame, consequently, I had to fumble around a bit in my hiding spots and swap over to zoom in order to get all over the deer in the frame. The ones below were some that just got close enough they wouldn’t fit!

Finally I wised up and swapped out the lenses so we can have better look at the WHOLE deer.

This little guy - goodness he was so spindly to be carting around that headgear!

What about the does you ask? Well frankly, to me they are all looking just a little worn around the edges, and crabby. They have that look that screams they are sick of speed dating and all the riff raff hounding them. Kind of like a single gal after a long evening with bar full of losers. Nothing to seriously consider in the mate department and tired of defending her honor.

and this one - well - she just pretty much sums it all up doesn’t she?


Hevi-Shot Recall

Sat, November 22, 2014

As we are entering some of the best days for waterfowling, a disturbing photo crossed my social media feeds last week. A fellow waterfowler had encountered a very strange experience with his Hevi-Shot shell while in the blind. Thankfully he was an experienced shooter, and immediately put the gun down after the first odd sounding shot, and discovery of something strange. Soon Hevi-Shot was receiving a report of the malfunctioning shell. Of course Hevi - Shot responded immediately, and launched an investigation, which resulted in the issuing of the following statement.

I strongly encourage everyone who uses Hevi-Shot to read it through, and absolutely check the numbers on your shell boxes.

We discovered last night that one of my hunting partners unfortunately has an entire case of the affected shells. There exists the possibility that a terrible tragedy could have occurred.  I for one applaud Hevi-Shot’s swift and thorough response to the problem.

November 20,2014

At temperatures below freezing, our 12-gauge, 3-inch HEVI-Metal® and HEVI-Steel® shotshell wads may crack on ignition. This may cause a “squib load”, with an off sound and reduced power.

While this squib load will not damage your gun in any way, it can result in a wad stuck in your barrel, because the force of some of these shells may not be strong enough to push the wad all the way out of the muzzle.

The danger comes if you fire again without clearing a stuck wad from your barrel. This can cause barrel damage or injury. If you hear an off sound with no power, please stop shooting! First, unload your gun – and then check your barrel for obstructions before you fire again!

Please do not shoot these shotshells. Instead, please contact us for replacement shells. We have fixed this problem in current production.

After we were contacted about squib loads, we began an intensive investigation that led to an understanding of the problem by the evening of 19 November. We want to get this notice out to our customers immediately. Please share it with your hunting friends.

The wads we bought between July and mid-November used a low-density polyethylene plastic. We switched yesterday to a linear low density polyethylene, which performs safely in all weather, including very cold weather. To understand the difference, please go to:

Only 12-gauge, 3-inch HEVI-Steel or HEVI-Metal® shotshells with these lot numbers may have the problem:

201576 – 201584 301571 – 301609 401335 – 401345 500001 - 500016
201600 – 201637 301643 – 301659 401381 - 401422
201640 – 201659 301672 – 301689 401437 - 401463
201665 – 201671 301698 – 301701 401466 - 401486
201677 – 201680 301713 – 301722 401489 - 401504
201683 – 201699 301725 – 301726 401507 - 401519
201702 – 201722 301730 - 301734
201732 – 201736

The lot number is stamped on the inside top flap of your box of shotshells.

Our highest priories are your safety and your satisfaction with our products. We will do everything we can to get you the product you deserve if you contact us for replacement shells. For your safety, when you contact us we will arrange to have UPS pick up your unused shells (please put them in a shippable cardboard box such as our master carton) at no charge to you, and we will ship your replacement shells to you at no charge. Contact Kelly Sorensen, VP of Sales and Marketing by phone: 541.367.3522, or by email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ralph Nauman


It’s That Time

Mon, November 10, 2014

Whooee, I really should be grabbing a snack and a nap right now. It’s that time of year, when the decision to chase ducks or bucks is just too darn hard to make most days, so I split the difference by hitting the ground before sun up for the birds and chasing the bucks in the afternoon until dark. Makes for some long days before all is said and done.

The ducks - well what can I say except they really are just starting to arrive. It’s been more scouting than shooting most mornings. I’m hoping the cold friont that’s rapidly heading this way will bring them in by hundreds this evening and tomorrow.

I was relieved to see this just before sun up today though - better morning flight than I’ve seen so far.

And this made my heart smile when the sun got up and I could finally see what I’d been hearing.

Even if there haven’t been that many birds just yet, there sure have been some pretty mornings out there.

The bucks on the other hand have been pretty thick and pretty cooperative.

So now that I’ve used up my lunch time and my nap time to post, I reckon I’ll just full my zombie killer thermos with zombie killer coffee and traipse off to the woods to see how hard the bucks are chasing around today. Well, unless I get sidetracked by a batch of incoming birds….....ducks or bucks…ducks or bucks…either way it’s a grand time of year to be out there. GO OUTSIDE!



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