May 4, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT
By Bill Miller
I found some great websites this month. The sites themselves are really cool, and what they offer is even better. Check these out:
I’ve known about Delta Waterfowl and their mission for a long time, but hadn’t been to their website in years. Wow! It’s visually stunning. If you love to see ducks in their finest spring bib and tucker, there is a great photo gallery and dozens of videos in the archive. The home page contains frequently updated news articles of interest to those who love ducks and duck hunting. But the site’s beauty is more than skin deep. There is page after page supporting the Delta Mission and providing everything from sign-up for their free enewsletter to recipes for the birds you bag. This is one of the most well-conceived and executed sites I’ve experienced. I will be back.
I ran into an old friend, Kolt Ringer, earlier this week. Kolt’s a local avid outdoorsman and fishing guide. He told me about an exciting new project he’s working on. Kolt is with the Foley-Belsaw company, and he’s started a new division called Foley-Belsaw Outdoors (FBO for short). The main company has been around for 85 years and built their success on what used to be called “correspondence courses.” That was learning a trade like saw sharpening, locksmithing or gunsmithing through the mail. Of course, their courses are all on-line today.
Based on his own passion and experience in the outdoors, Kolt’s come up with a curriculum that covers running the business aspects of being a fishing guide. The package includes an awesome amount of information, software and even support services to keep a guide on the water catching fish where he needs to be rather than in the office. Kolt promises that the hunting guides course will be ready soon, too.
It’s not really a website, it’s a You Tube video, but it will teach you how and when to blow the Haint gobbler call from Down N Dirty Outdoors. We’re past half way through turkey seasons now, and if you’ve run into your share of hung up toms, you’ll want to give the Haint a shot. Hen calling to bring toms in is begging. Gobbling to bring them in is demanding that they come. It’s against a gobbler’s nature to come to a hen. She’s supposed to come to him. But it’s programmed into every fiber of the boss tom’s being to show dominance (aka kick butt) over a tom audacious enough to challenge his position on his turf. Try it. You won’t believe it.
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