We are always excited about attending the NWTF Annual Convention and Sports Show to visit with turkey hunting friends, see what is trending and new in the world of turkey hunting and to plan my editorial calendar with product reviews for the spring. This year there was a multitude of companies releasing new products and Life in Camo Media is fortunate enough to be taking many of these to the field with us as we hunt the “El Jefe” in our home state of Alabama, travel to Tennessee to hunt some big gobblers with Eric Lowery with Fatal Obsession TV, travel to Kansas to hunt with Misty Morning Outfitters, to Nebraska to hunt with The Roost and to Georgia to hunt with great friends. Our first hunt is this Saturday morning as we take to the woods in search of that haunting bird, the El Jefe on the grounds of Woodham Farms; just shy of 45 minutes from home. If you would like to read about the items we found at NWTF and in our research of product releases, you can click here for the full article on 1800GunsandAmmo.com.

I want to wish good luck to all of our turkey hunting friends this season…“May you dance with a fist full of feathers.” ~Nancy Jo and Richard

NWTF 2016: The Hottest Turkey Hunting Gear

 

 


We found a plethora of new products on the ATA 2016 showroom floor and are excited about taking many of these to the field with us and publishing product reviews in the coming months. Which products will you be putting on your “WISH LIST” for this fall? There are so many great products to choose from. Click on the links below to see what we found of interest…there were many that we have yet to mention.

New Products at ATA, Part 1

New Products at ATA, Part 2

ata-3-2.jpg


Published article at 1800Gear.com on the bows found of interest on our visit to the ATA show room floor during ATA2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Click HERE to read the article. Let us know your favorite and if you will be taking one of these new bows to the woods with you this season.

Thank you for your follow to our blog. Please make sure to subscribe to keep updated on future articles, product review, hunting tales and helpful tips and information.

 

 


The Archery Trade Association Show is always an exciting show to attend for the media. We get a first-hand look at some of the years new releases in the archery/bowhunting world. This year was no different. I found everything from new crossbow cases, technology, electronics, hunting clothes, scent destroyers…you name it, it was there on the show floor.

I had so many favorites that I found and have many of those promised for future product reviews that I cannot wait to share with you. Some of these products will not release until late spring…and the anticipation is killing me. I will be sharing any published works right here on my blog in the coming months.

A sneak peek of a few of the items I will be sharing:

C280-Front-500x500The Lakewood Products Drop-In Crossbow Case is going to replace the humongous and somewhat cumbersome crossbow case that I currently own. The Drop-In Crossbow Case is a convenient, top-loading, stand-up design case that conveniently fits when packing. The soft-sided hard case offers maximum protection to your crossbow with designated areas for a loaded quiver and 18 additional bolts. The case measures 11.5″D x 37″L x 26.25″H and incorporates built-in wheels for easy transportation. This case is airline approved with zipper tabs that allow for a lock for secure travel. Made in USA with a Lifetime Guarantee. The case has an MSRP starting at $299.

ironMan14I hunted with a crossbow this season because of a shoulder issue and found it somewhat troublesome in un-cocking the bow each evening after the day’s hunt. Having to travel with our practice target in the back of the truck, unloading it to un-cock my crossbow, loading it back up for the next day. My problem is solved with the BIGShot Targets Iron Man 14. The Iron Man 14 measures 14″ X 14″ X 8″ and weighs 14 pounds. The triple compressed military fiber and ever-last nylon target face is rated at 450 fps for crossbows.  The Iron Man 14 is perfect for travel when a practice shot is critical in making sure your crossbow is still on and to discharge your bolt at the end of the hunt. The BIGShot Targets Iron Man 14 has an MSRP of $34.99.

Muck Boots ArcticThe new Muck Boot Company Ladies Arctic Hunter boot in Realtree Xtra definitely was of interest to me because of the issue that most women complain about not having enough calf room once they tuck their pant leg in during wet terrain or rainy conditions. The mid-calf design makes it possible to comfortably tuck in pant legs while hunting. As with all Muck Boot Company boots, the product is made quality materials and designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind. The Arctic Hunter has an extended rubber exterior for durability in the field and 5mm of neoprene lined with warm fleece. The boot incorporates a dual density EVA midsole and slip-resistant rugged outsole for a comfortable and secure fit. The boot has a 10″ height with a back pull-on tab. For the ladies that don’t like pink on their camo, the Muck Boot Company Arctic Hunter only has a slight splash of pink on it.

Cirrus Hunt Vape TechnologiesThe trend of using electronics in the field is ever growing and it was evident by many of the new products I found on the showroom floor. One that got a lot of attention and was unique in its own nature is the Cirrus Hunt Vape Technologies Wind Indicator. The patent pending design detects the slightest wind or thermal currents with an easy to operate, one push, to expel a puff true vapor into the air. The small, lightweight unit requires a minimal amount of movement to operate and replacement cartridges are available. The unit is USB rechargeable and one cartridge holds thousands of puffs. This product will not be available on the market until later this quarter and an MRSP was unavailable at the time of this writing. Watch the video below to see how the Cirrus Wind Indicator works and to find out more information about this product.

Another vape product that was getting a lot of attention is the WyndScent Electronic Vapor Hunting Scent . Check out the informative video below for all the information and features of this product. This is a product I am looking forward to taking to the field with me next fall.

https://vimeo.com/147635937

There were so many fantastic and useful products that I found and many that I will be writing about in the coming months as some of them release or as I am able to field test the products personally. Stay tuned to my blog for publication announcements and information about these great products and a plethora of other great products released at #ATA2016.

All photos and video are the property of the rightful owner and used within this writing as reference only in efforts of product exposure for these owners/companies.  Per the guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission, the products reviewed in this published material is an endorsement and the writer may have been compensated by “in-kind” or monetary payment to review the product. 

 


This past weekend was our final hunt of the 2015 Spring Turkey Hunting Season. This season was plagued with horrible weather, important appointments on the calendar, trips out of state, and a loaded plow with my day job and freelance work so no matter how the mornings unfolded, we were going to enjoy our time in the woods.

Our Saturday hunt started off with torrential rains so we decided we would sleep in and hunt mid-morning between the two bands of storms that were predicted by the Weather Channel. We arrived at Woodham Farms at 10:00 a.m. and took up our favorite spot. The humidity was high after the rain and the sun was beating down on us for the first hour. You could hear a breeze in the treetops but you sure could not feel it on the ground where we were sitting. Besides watching “Bully”, the farm’s Black Angus bull, plundering in the weeds and the newest bull calf kicking up his heels at the wind, the morning was pretty uneventful. We had not heard a tom our entire hunt–not even in the distance. Harvesting the “El Jefe” was not going to happen this season but a bird like that leaves a fire in your desire and gives us something to look forward to for next season–that old rattle box gobble will haunt my dreams until then.  This morning I was reminiscing about our April 4, 2015 hunt at Woodham Farms…

Every moment of idle thought, my mind brings me back to the sights and sounds of the piney woods of Alabama. The sound of the “El Jefe” rattling off his revelry just before the break of dawn. The sounds of that old bearded boss hen arguing with any hen or call she hears, cutting it off and far surpassing the number of yelps she took in. Some mornings there is a chill in the air but some mornings like this morning, there is a mugginess that makes your camo stick uncomfortably to you.  We were here, in this exact spot last weekend. We sat an extended time using the logic that these birds were frequenting the fields late morning from what our game cameras had provided. That was an unsuccessful hunt. Once the birds hit the ground they were off onto the neighboring pine plantation and we didn’t hear another word from them.

B&C Custom Turkey Calls proved to be the El Jefe's favorite call.

B&C Custom Turkey Calls proved to be the El Jefe’s favorite call.

This morning we waited under the pine located in the middle of the cow pasture of Woodham Farms. The cows moved in to investigate. The cows were somewhat stealth compared to their size and as I glanced over to see if “Bully” was in close proximity, I noticed that the heifer with her new calf was the closest to us. Ironically, my mind quickly formulated an escape plan just in case she were to charge us…a subconscious effort that I am sure hog hunting ingrained in me. As we stood for what seemed like half an hour listening for “El Jefe” to sound off, the only sounds we were hearing were that of a rooster which we coined as a Georgia gobbler (from an earlier story) and the sounds of the new bull calf taking in its morning meal.  Finally, a couple owls sounded off and a hen made a soft yelp and “El Jefe” let out a gobble. They were no more than 150 yards from us, roosted on the property line. We grabbed our gear and took out for the edge of the cow pasture. We decided to set up in the same spot that we sat in last weekend. Mister put the decoys out about 18-20 yards, an Avian ¼ strut Jake and breeding hen and a Dakota Decoy breeding hen that he put on a stake.

As we settled in and I slide on my face mask and pulled on my gloves, I noticed the cardinals had started their morning serenading and several other birds were sounding off. Mister made a soft yelp on the B&C Custom Turkey Calls copper call that we brought to the field with us to review. No sooner had he struck the third yelp and the boss hen cranked up with her angry yelp and “El Jefe” sounded off with a rattling gobble and I caught the faint half gobble of a jake at the end of “El Jefe’s” gobble. There was a 7-10 minute intense conversation between the hens roosted in the trees, El Jefe and, every now and then, the sounds from the B&C copper call.

Waiting…..

I had already raised my gun and rested it on my shooting stick and was waiting until I heard the sounds of wings. I heard a bird tree hop so I slide the safety off and I instantly could hear my heart rev up in my ESP hearing protection…KaThump, KaThump, KaThump.

It was at this point that I thought this could very well be the morning we take down the El Jefe. “Would the sun come out for good photos?” “I wonder what size spurs he has.” “I hope he doesn’t hang up just below that terrace.” “Will the bearded hen come in angry, looking for the hen cutting her off.” All of this ran through my mind.

The first flop of wings finally gave us a clue that the birds were pitching down. About four, then a pause, and one more set of flopping wings and then a big rattling gobble sounded off. They were either just inside the pines in front of us at the property line. All we could hope for now was that the hen come seeking the hen she believed was encroaching her area. I could feel my heartbeat in my neck and my eyes were watering from straining as I was searching the edge of the pines for any movement. El Jefe gobbled two more times then everything fell silent in the woods in front of us.

After fifteen minutes, I got a gut sinking feeling that the birds were moving into the pine plantation on the adjacent property, an area we did not have access to so there was no way to get up and get in front of these birds.  Finally, a faint gobble proved what I was already thinking. So I put my shotgun back on safety and pulled it down into my lap. I looked over at Mister who shrugged his shoulders. We sat there another ten minutes before we decided we would sneak around the edge of the property line to the back fence and see if we could get an idea of where the birds were going once they hit the ground and how we could get between them and the planted pines to cut them off. We used the Trimble Hunt Pro program to get a visual on the terrain. We laid out a plan for a morning hunt and made plans to come back in the afternoon to see where the birds would roost.

Mister crow calling to see if we could get a return gobble.

Later in the afternoon we returned. We walked into the area close to where we found the birds roosted that morning. We could not find a decent spot to set up and the only spot was smack dab in the middle of an area with this spring’s new crop of poison ivy. I figured if I didn’t bother it, it would not bother us. We sat until after roosting time and did not hear or see a single turkey. It kind of took the air out of us for a morning hunt. The birds were roosted deep into an area we did not have access to. I decided with a loaded plow of work that I needed to get done, maybe I would just stay home and get an early start on my To-Do-List.  Of course, with that said, don’t think that the “El Jefe” was not the last thing on my mind when I laid my head on my pillow and drifted off to sleep.

The El Jefe will continue to haunt my dreams until I can haul him out of the woods stuffed securely in my turkey vest. Next season, my old friend, next season!


P1-Wild-Hare-Deluxe-Tournament-BagTurkey season will soon be over and most of us will be hog hunting, fishing and/or heading to the shooting range for several round of 5-Stand, Skeet or Sporting Clays.

Is your range bag ready? Check out my suggestions for the “PERFECT” range bag. Click on the link below to read the article…

Essentials That Make-up a Great Range Bag for Sporting Clays

Photo: Wild Hare Deluxe Tournament Bag is roomy enough for a lot of gear and offers a lifetime warranty. Available in two colors.


Heavy dew laden grass on a chilly morning.

Heavy dew laden grass on a chilly morning in the south. Photo Credit: Life in Camo

This Sunday was our last hunt of the 2015 Alabama Spring Turkey Season and the weather was looking promising for a great morning hunt. There was heavy dew on the ground and a slight chill in the air. We drove Hank the HuntVe to the center of the property to wait for the first gobbles. It seemed like we stood there for a long time–eventually my mind wandered and I started looking for and following hog tracks on the dirt road. I had wandered about 60 yards from the cart when I heard Mister “Pssst” at me and motioned for me to come back as he was getting on the Hank. I thought to myself that he must have heard something. When I got back to Hank, Mister said, “I don’t think this bird is on our property but he may be close enough that I can call him in to our set up on our property.” So we were off for the north side of the property.

When we arrived to the area on the north side, we never could get a tom to gobble, nor could we tell if the birds had pitched down into the pasture quite a ways from us on the adjacent property that we did not have access to. As we were standing there, a bird gobbled toward the middle of the property and it did not seem to be too far away. Mister looked at me wide-eyed and said, “That is on us and pretty close.” We drove back to the middle of the property in a hurry.

Standing there in the middle of the property not too far from where we originally started, we patiently waited for the bird to gobble so that we could go towards it and set up or get in front of him and wait on him. Mister made a few hen yelps; nothing came in return. We looked at each other and Mister shrugged his shoulders. No sooner did he do that than a bird gobbled, behind me, and on the north side of the property. Knowing that this was the bird we had just came from and he was not on our property there was no sense in getting excited about this gobble. Our hunt was over; our season was done here in Alabama.

As we drove Hank back toward the truck which was parked on the north end of the property I got a little cold so Mister asked me if I wanted to be dropped off at the truck while he drove the road system inspecting the green fields on that end of the property. As I was sitting in the truck I posted to Facebook:

“We only heard two toms gobble this morning way off in the distance. I feel a nap coming on before I have to get working on some writing that is due this evening. Feeling blessed to have spent the morning in the woods!”

I hit the post button as Mister rode up to my window on Hank. He said, “Come on! I want to show you something.”

I had just snapped this photo to show the size of this hog track when a gobble rang out behind me. My LUCKY DOLLAR. Photo Credit: Life in Camo

I had just snapped this photo to show the size of this hog track when a gobble rang out behind me. My LUCKY DOLLAR. Photo Credit: Life in Camo

We drove up the road a little ways and stopped. Mister showed me a really big hog track along with an average sized track and piglet tracks. As I was taking a photo of the track with a one-dollar bill to show the size of the track, a bird gobbled loudly about 80 yards behind me. Mister, who was walking away from me, stopped in his tracks and spun on his heel. I looked at him and immediately pointed behind me and he looked at Hank as if trying to quickly access our situation. When he looked at me, I mouthed, “My ESPs are in my vest…at the truck!” Pointing toward the truck. The shotgun was on Hank…but he knows I will not, under any circumstances, fire a gun without my ESP hearing protection in my ears. As his shoulders slumped, he said, “Go! Go! Hurry up!”

I was on my way back in a flash and Mister was standing on the edge of the road waving for me to stop Hank, leave it and come on! I knew that the birds were close so I took off on foot, shotgun in one hand and turkey vest in the other….I didn’t even have time to put my vest on. We set up in a hurry. Mister was about 20 feet behind me. He called, a tom gobbled. He called again, this time TWO toms gobbled. The birds were about 60 yards in front of us in thick hardwoods and pine trees. About five minutes passed and the birds still were in that same spot and did not commit to coming in any closer. About fifteen minutes into the sit, the birds gobbled further away from us and Mister used a gobble tube; which immediately brought the birds closer. The calling and gobbling went on for a while.

Mister decided to get up and move further back behind me to make the birds think the hens were moving away. This kept the birds gobbling but still from where they were. Finally, the birds moved away from us and toward the pasture on the other side of the hardwoods and pines. We walked toward the area that the birds went and we heard them gobble in the pasture across the fence…on property we didn’t have access to and too far to call back.

For the second time, we called the hunt and were on our walk back to Hank the HuntVe to leave for home. As we were walking, Mister mentioned how fun the morning was with all the excitement and I agreed that it was a neat last hunt of the season in Alabama and that I was looking forward to hunting Kansas next month. We were over half way back, when the toms gobbled in unison pretty close to the spot we had just left. So we ran back up the hill and down the road. Mister quickly put out a Avian X LCD Decoy breeding hen and sat at the base of a pine tree about ten feet behind me.

Between Mister’s hen yelps and a gobble he made now and then and the return of the two tom’s gobbles, but with them never committing, it seemed like I was not going to have the opportunity to take a shot at a bird after all….talk about highs and lows in one hunt. These birds were stuck in the same spot and didn’t seem to be interested in closing the gap.

I was straining so hard to see a bird. Those birds were literally gobbling right in front of me and I could not see them. I strained to see ANYTHING move…NOTHING. The gobbling kept coming and I still could not see anything. They had to be RIGHT THERE in front of me. Why am I not seeing them? Gosh, it was so close I could feel the gobbling in my chest. My breathing was somewhat labored and my heartbeat was about to explode in my ears; I simply could not see ANYTHING.

All of the sudden, I saw RED! Then white! Then movement! There they were!! Both gobblers were at fifty yards in front of me; one-half strutting and the other just walking along in front of the dominant bird. They were so close to each other! I could not make this shot without taking both birds out which is illegal in Alabama. In my mind I kept thinking, separate, separate, separate. When one bird stepped forward a step the other was right there with him. They mimicked each other for about 10 yards, footstep for footstep, too close to make a shot on the larger of the two. Then the younger one put its head down and the older tom gained about three steps over the younger. Here is my chance—but wouldn’t you know it, a tree in front of me was in the way so I put my gun barrel on the other side of the tree trunk and decided I would take the shot when the tom cleared it.

That seemed like a good plan except for the younger tom was now right back beside the older one. Just two to three steps and I can take this shot…I just kept thinking to myself. For a minute, the thought even crossed my mind that “This is not going to happen this morning!” The younger tom stopped behind a bunch of brush and put his head down so I had it in my mind that I would let the older take two steps and I would take the shot. So, on step two, I placed my finger lightly on the trigger and mid-squeeze I saw red…I flinched and was able to stop in time to keep from shooting both birds. ARRGHHHH!! Are these birds ever going to separate enough for me to take the shot? They were passing the decoy and will soon be on their merry way and I won’t have a shot. Then the opportunity presented itself! The younger bird stopped and turned back to catch a bug. The mature tom stopped to admire the decoy and I squeezed the trigger.

The tom flopped on its side and he never moved again. The younger bird jumped in the air and then stood there looking at the other bird. It was not until I turned and looked at Mister and said, “I didn’t think they were ever going to separate!!” that the younger bird finally started to move away and then he took flight when we stood up.

My end of the season tom: 20 pounds, 10 inch beard and 1 1/4

My end of the season tom: 20 pounds, 10-inch beard and 1 1/4″ spurs left and right. It was Mister’s calling that put him in my lap. Photo Credit: Life in Camo

Always grateful for a harvest and for Richard Holt aka Mister. Life in Camo…the GOOD LIFE! Photo Credit: Life in Camo

Always grateful for a harvest and for Richard Holt aka Mister. Life in Camo…the GOOD LIFE!
Photo Credit: Life in Camo

What a way to end the season….a very unexpected harvest on a hunt that we had already called off TWICE. Not only were the “Turkey Gods” good to us, Mister worked his magic with calling and did a fantastic job as always. I am definitely grateful for his mentoring and companionship in the woods, we make a good team. I appreciate Richard Holt aka Mister sharing his sport with me nearly ten years ago, for mentoring me and sharing many, many hours in the field.

This Barbour County, Alabama tom weighed around 20 pounds, had a 10-inch beard and a 1 ¼” left and right spur.

Next up, Kansas Rio Grande Hunting in northwest Kansas. Stay tuned at the end of May to see how that trip unfolds. Hunt hard, harvest ethically and may you dance with a fist full of feathers!!


preston_1

Recently, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with two of the many industry greats of turkey hunting; Preston Pittman and Eddie Salter. They were both kind enough to share a few of their tried and true tips and tricks in the turkey woods and what they felt was among the most important skills to have when hunting turkey.

In April, I hope to bring you some more great turkey hunting articles along with some great tips and tactics for late season turkey hunting from Alex Rutledge and Brenda Valentine.

Check out this article and please leave a comment at the website to let them know how much you appreciate them sharing their tried and true tips, tactics and sound advice…

Click here to take you to the full article: Turkey Hunting Tips and Tactics from the Pros


The Turkey Gypsy aka Nancy Jo Adams, with her first double bearded tom harvested in Pike County, Alabama.

The Turkey Gypsy aka Nancy Jo Adams, with her first double bearded tom harvested in Pike County, Alabama.

In NINE sleeps I will be stepping out into the turkey woods for opening day of the 2015 Alabama Spring Turkey Season; it is always with much anxiety that I count down the days, never knowing what the season will bring. I will spend Sunday in our gear room preparing my turkey vest for the new season. I have already broken-in my Danner Pronghorn snake boots from being stored all year by wearing them this past weekend doing some scouting. I have a thump of gear I will be taking with me to the woods this season for product reviews. Starting this weekend with the T.O.M. Targets and then I will be carrying several brands of calls into the woods with me; YAK Game Calls, B&C Custom Turkey Calls, Flatline Custom Turkey Calls to name a few. I will be taking some great decoys in the field with me from Avian-X and Dakota Decoy and even the new rage, the Turkey Fan.

I have already started dreaming of the “El Jefe”…I can’t wait to dance with him. I have studied up on decoy use and published an article; Using Turkey Decoys for Success. I have even visited with two of my favorite turkey hunters, Eddie Salter and Preston Pittman and brushed up on my tips and tactics–the article should run next week and I will post it here as well.

Let the TURKEY GYPSY CHRONICLES begin…….


With turkey season fast approaching, I have NOTHING but turkey hunting on my mind. I am going this Saturday afternoon to scout new property, Woodham Farm. I will not share the location of this farm because it is private property but I will tell you that it is in my home state of Alabama, in Henry County. I have been told that there are several really nice trophy toms wandering those cow pastures and one that I have coined “EL JEFE” (pronounced L-Hef-A) which translates from Spanish to English as THE BOSS . We are setting out game cameras this weekend and I hope to share the photos of El Jefe with you real soon. I feel fortunate and I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity to hunt this private farm. I have always believed that all things happen and occur for a reason and this opportunity is one of those situations that truly bring this thought to full circle. As I did last year in my pursuit of the GRAND POOPAH, I will be sharing more of this years hunting the EL JEFE right here on my blog, so stay tuned for another great turkey season; the highs, the lows, the tactics, the tips and the gear–it will all be shared right here at Shenanigans From the Field. Don’t forget to subscribe on my home page and you will get notified of every new post.

Mikes Feb  Page 001

Third Bird and I made it on the cover of Mike’s Outdoors Turkey Season Sale flyer. Photo Credit: Life in Camo

 

 

I published two turkey hunting related articles this week in preparation of the season: Using Turkey Decoys for Success and With Turkey Season Fast Approaching, What’s in Your Vest?. And, also published this week was the photo of “Third Bird” from last season on the cover of Mike’s Outdoors Spring turkey season sale flyer. I hope you enjoy! Good luck to you this season….I hope you dance.


I started this year off with some changes and several new things shaking and grooving in my life. I truly feel I am blessed beyond what I deserve and I am grateful for every opportunity. Some things are still in the works and others have progressed and came to fruition. I wanted to share the first article that I have posted with 1-800-GEAR.COM (www.1800gear.com). The new website is still under construction and content will be added daily; check back often…or better yet, sign up for the newsletter and notifications for new posts. Here is the link to my first article with this new website: The Battle of the 10×42 Binoculars: Hawke, Leupold and Nikon.

Remember to follow on Facebook at Nancy Jo Adams and Life in Camo for notification of future published works in all of media venues I am currently writing for.

FullSizeRender[2]

Hawke Endurance PC, Leupold Mojave BX3 and Nikon Prostaff 7 were put through the test…see which one took the honors. Photo Credit: Life in Camo


As Christmas quickly approaches and the New Year is rapidly following on the calendar pages, I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I also want to thank those that follow my blog, Shenanigans from the Field, as well as my social media friends for your friendship and following. I have truly enjoyed having you in my social media community and feel humbly blessed. I have been fortunate to meet many of you in person over the years and I hope I get the opportunity to meet many more of you in the future.

IMG_6341As Mister and I prepare for our Christmas hunting trip to duck hunt with Death Row Properties’, Ole South Outfitters in Forrest City, Arkansas, I can hardly contain my excitement. I have been trying for nearly five years to get Mister in a duck blind–and I will admit, I am being selfish about getting him in the duck blind to replace the lull of deer hunting during the duck hunting months. I can only hope that he gets “Hooked on Quack” so we can both enjoy many more duck hunting trips. The duck hunting gear pile keeps getting larger in the den floor as we watch the weather to see what type gear we will need…first cooler temps, now the forecast shows in excess of 30% chance of rain–but ducks like water, right?

As with any new beginnings, the new year brings about many goals I would like to pursue and several writing opportunities and offers have recently came my way and I plan to research to see what avenues I want to pursue. I will share any writings or articles here on my blog as well as my social media as I hope to spend more time posting to this blog as I once did. My goals are to focus on my health and well-being, improve my writing skills, educate myself more on photography/videography and to work diligently in becoming a more organized person through the means of all my devices…yes, my only vices are my electronic devices–I am an APPLEHOLIC!!

391_licAs founder of Ladies in Camo, I will continue to edit and post the product reviews for Ladies in Camo. I am very proud of the job Diane Hassinger, the director, and the other staff are doing. The product reviews are quality reviews with substance that are truly getting some notice in the industry and hunting communities; evident by the number of hits that the LIC website has been getting and the number of requests and emails we have been receiving from vendors. Ladies in Camo is working on a new website for 2015 which will showcase these writings and provide an easier, more user friendly website.

LIC is also working on their 2015 hunts and currently have several on the calendar. The Ladies in Camo staff will be attending ATA, SHOT Show and other major expos like NWTF Annual Convention and Expo, The Great Outdoor Show and many more; check the LIC calendar at the website for the shows LIC will be attending. Thank you to the director, Diane Hassinger and all of the staff for an amazing year. Good luck to LIC staff, Nikita Dalke in the Extreme Huntress Competition–don’t forget to cast your votes. Should you need to contact Ladies in Camo, you can email Diane at DianeH@LadiesinCamo.com.

As you sit down with your family and friends for Christmas dinner or to gather around the tree, say a prayer for those less fortunate and lonely.

As you sit down with your family and friends for Christmas dinner or to gather around the tree, say a prayer for those less fortunate and lonely.

Mister and I already have several expos and hunts on our calendar for 2015 and I am excited about attending the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Annual Conference in Springfield, Missouri in March. I hope to share many great stories, some useful tips, great articles and writings and some fun trips with you in 2015 through this blog and my writing avenues.

As we wake up tomorrow, Christmas morning, please remember the reason for the season, your loved ones–even if only in memories, and our Military forces-at home and away; say a prayer for those who need it and count your blessings. May your days be blessed, your hearts content, your journey be pleasant and may your drag be short. ~Nancy Jo


IMG_6341.JPG

As I prepare for the “Great LIC Duck Hunt Adventure” with Ole South Outfitters, I first of all want to thank the outfitter for their generosity and the opportunity to share this hunt with some pretty special ladies. Second, I want to congratulate those ladies that won spots on this hunt.

This will no doubt be a great time and I always feel humbled by the good Lord’s graciousness of placing so many great folks in my path. Every trip is a blessing, every friend is a gift and having the opportunity to share in fellowship in His creation, the great outdoors, is something that I will never take for granted. This morning I am grateful for many things and to name a few…
-my health, wellness and attitude,
-my husband-mentor-friend-soulmate for introducing me to the outdoors and being my biggest supporter and my rock,
-the means to be able to do and experience these things,
-my new employer, Borden Morris Garner Consulting Engineers, for honoring time off for this prearranged trip and for being an amazing company with an interest in their employees, vendors and clients,
-the outfitters like Ole South Outfitters for their efforts in making it possible to give opportunities to women and advocate for women hunters,
-all my friends, fans and supporters of myself, Ladies in Camo and Life in Camo and especially those friends who are always encouraging and mentoring me when I need it most; you know who you are.

As this group departs from Pennsylvania, Iowa, North Carolina and Alabama over the next 24 hours for Forrest City, Arkansas, I want to wish each of you safe travels. May we all return with some great memories and full coolers. And, for those husbands/boyfriends attending, may you remain SANE.

This group will no doubt keep social media interesting over the next few days with photos, stories and all types of Shenanigans from the Field so stay tuned to my personal social media and Ladies in Camo’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and/or my blog at www.njadams1.wordpress.com. We will hashtag — #LICDuckHunt. Let’s “CUT ‘EM” ladies……


A photo journal of photos from the first few days at Maroi Conservancy in the Limpopo Province. A trip of a lifetime and I had the time of my life. CLICK HERE.

IMG_2385


SSA PlaneTWENTY-THREE hours…that is the real travel time that it took for us to arrive on the soil of South Africa. I have to be honest and say that it did not quite feel that long…maybe because I was extremely excited about getting there or maybe because I had more than enough to keep me busy on the plane. I watched several movies, typed a product review, drafted some writing, played some games and read magazines on my iPad.
SSA.jpgThe meals were a pleasant surprise. Not too bad at all. I was expecting bland hospital food but found the dishes to have flavor and the desserts were very good. The only complaint I would have, if that were possible, would be that the seats were not designed for sleeping. I actually only slept a total of 2 hours, at best, during the entire trip.

 

Dinner…Chicken, Rice w/Orzo, veggies, rice & corn salad, and spice cake.

Supper…Chicken, Rice w/Orzo, veggies, rice, corn and carrot salad, crackers, cheese, french baguette roll and cake.

Breakfast: Pork sausage, eggs, potatoes, yogurt and fruit salad.

Breakfast: Pork sausage, eggs, potatoes, mushrooms, yogurt, breakfast roll and fruit salad.

Breakfast: Crepes w/blueberry sauce, fruit salad and yogurt.

Breakfast: Crepes w/blueberry sauce, fruit salad, breakfast roll and yogurt.

Dinner…Beef tips, potatoes, green beans, carrots, salad and cake.

Supper…Beef tips, potatoes, green beans, carrots, rice salad, crackers, cheese and cake.

 

Supper: Asian chicken meat balls, rice, steamed veggies, salad and cake.

Supper: Asian chicken meat balls, rice, steamed veggies, salad, wheat roll and cake.

IMG_1259Once we landed, I had the opportunity to talk to the pilots…yes, that was PILOTS! There were a total of 3 pilots on this flight. Regulations required that flights over 8 hours have two pilots, flights over 12 hours must have three pilots and flights over 16 hours must have four pilots. They are only required to fly three international flights a month. But if all that was not interesting enough, they also shared with me that regulations require that no two pilots eat the same identical meals during the time in the air at any given time. This is to safeguard that if by some chance any particular item or meal was tainted with salmonella or another bacteria that you would not have a plane without a pilot. I found that very interesting and comforting.

Diane was in the very last row right behind us.

Diane was in the very last row right behind us.

We sat in the last two rows on the plane and because of this we were the last three to load the shuttle bus to immigration. As we walked in the door, I think you could hear all of us sigh at the line of people who were three lines deep. We started to approach the end of the line as a very nice gentleman came hurrying up to us and asked which flight we had just departed. When we told him the Washing DC South African Airlines flight he waved toward a special counter and said, “Come, come, no need for you to wait so long in that line. I will rush you through.” We felt like VIP as we walked past the long lines to the baggage claim within mere minutes of walking in the door.  We tipped the gentleman graciously and was on our way to claim our luggage.

Landing in Johannesburg, South Africa and pondering on what the week will hold.

Landing in Johannesburg, South Africa and pondering on what the week will hold.

 

 

Diane’s crossbow was temporarily missing and luckily the hang-up with finding the correct address for the outfitter on a very sluggish public WiFi gave us just enough stall time for the case to have been found at Security. We were headed to the pickup area and just as we rounded the corner we saw our guide, Mara Nel waiving a Ladies in Camo placard. We loaded the car and were on our last final leg of the trip arrival…a five-hour drive to Maroi Conservancy just outside of Musina in the Limpopo Province,

IMG_3138

 

 

 

 

We settled in to a tent house in the Luxurious Tent Camp of Maroi Conservancy at nearly midnight. A very cool living quarters that was half tent and half concrete. The bathroom and shower area was very large with a double window that was only covered with a canvas blind. Taking a shower in the morning as you watched kudu and impala room off in the distance was an amazing experience. The tent had two twin beds, two dressing benches, two drawer/storage and hanging area and was decorated with South African decor, hides and even Cape Buffalo hoof night table lights. We had very large, fluffy towels, thick face clothes and two thick terry cloth robes that came in handy.

Our PH for the week, Mara Nel, was at the airport with sign in hand. We were now a 5.5 hour car ride from Maroi Conservancy.

Our PH for the week, Mara Nel, was at the airport with sign in hand. We were now a 5.5 hour car ride from Maroi Conservancy.

 

The tent gave you the experience of South Africa and to make the experience that first night even more “in the moment”, faintly in the distance we could hear a group singing at a local gathering place. The music was African music and it was such a serene sound…it was at that moment that we realized this adventure was happening. We were spending our first night on the other side of the world.

Follow Life in Camo – Shenanigans From the Field on WordPress.com

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 6,723 other followers

Categories

Click below for previous month’s entries:

Thank you for visiting my blog.

To find out more about me, click on the "About Me" tab in the menu bar below the blog heading above.

Proud Voting Member of:

Proud Member of:

Follow on Instagram

#Lunchtime #CleanEating Chicken salad mixed with sweet relish, 2 tablespoons on plain yogurt (substitute for mayo), salt, pepper, slivered almonds, and 3 Milton's Craft Multi-Grain Crackers. #NomNomNomNom It's hard enough trying to keep turkey hunting off my mind while at work and these two boxes of @winchesterammunition  sitting on my desk is making the task harder to do! Looking forward to hunting Osceolas this weekend. #LifeinCamo #LifeinCamoMedia Had a friend hunting with us this morning! Always an adventure! #lifeincamomedia In my #HappyPlace!! #lifeincamomedia #lifeincamo #beretta  #nomadoutdoor  #mavenoutdoors #muckboots #espusa #winchesterlongbeardxr #jebschokes
%d bloggers like this: