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July 2011 Archive for Outdoors on the Farm

RSS By: Chip Flory, Pro Farmer

Comments and insight to the show from Chip Flory, host of “Outdoors on the Farm."

Read about Justin Moore's turkey hunt!

Jul 28, 2011

 

Chip Flory

Justin had two close calls on Michigan turkey hunt

I'm just rehashing some memories of this spring's turkey hunt with Justin Moore up in Michigan. Even if we didn't load up the back of the RAM with a bunch of long-bearded strutters, we still had a great time. And we found a little time to get some promo work done for the show. I don't remember exactly what was happening or what was said to get us laughing in this picture, but it's a good example of the fun we had...

Justin Chip truck

 

Here's a quick recap of how the hunt went:

It was me and Justin in one blind with his manager Pete and cameraman Eric in the blind next to us. I got a hen to come in... right into the decoys. She was putting and clucking and yelping... she sounded like a turkey ice cream truck calling the kids to the street! We were able to keep her in the decoys for at least 20 minutes... I told Justin she was doing a lot better job of calling than I could do so we wanted to keep her close.

Finally, a tom explodes just over the ridge. I basically asked Justin if he had a favorite recipe for wild turkey because I knew that hen would pull him in. He crossed in front of us at about 65 yards and all we could see of him was his blue head plodding along behind the crest of the ridge. When we got a look at his full body, he was a really nice tom... about 75 yards away and in full strut trying to get my flock of decoys to come his way. (Oh... we had about a half-dozen deer in front of the blind while this is going on.) After about 10 minutes, he dropped off the back side of the ridge, popped up on the other side, ducked into the hardwoods and just teased us for the next 45 minutes. We had to leave without a bird that afternoon.

Tuesday morning, we set up Justin and hunt winner Mike Oelschlager in the blind with me on the ridge behind to do the calling. Shortly after the robins started singing, two or three toms gobbled behind us and to the right. I called after they hit the ground and they started moving down the hardwood draw. I figured it was a done deal... when they hit the open pasture at the end of the hardwoods, they'd see the hen decoys and make their move over to where Justin and Mike were set up. I called again to check their location... they were working along nicely. Called one more time... got an immediate response and heard and immediate gun shot. Somebody (not in our group) was sitting at the bottom of those hardwoods and shot a bird right out from under Mike and Justin! I couldn't believe it...

You'll see all this in the show this fall... along with a tour of the ranch and what ranch manager Eric Cherry is doing to improve the deer, turkey and upland bird habitat on the property. That alone is worth watching!

Aside from the fellowship and good times, you'll also have to watch this show to get a look at the fireside "concert" by Justin. It was an awesome night of music and fun!

Here's a look at the crew we had in Michigan.

 turkey hunters

Left to right: Jeremy Stover (wrote theme song for the show with Justin and is a co-writer and producer on Justin's first CD as well as "Outlaws"), Tom Flory, me, Emily Flory, Mike Oelschlager, Justin Moore, Pete Hartung (Justin's manager). (What a crew...)

Don't forget...

If you can't watch on RFD-TV every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. CT or Saturday at 10:30 a.m. CT, you can always watch the shows here on the web site.

And most importantly, keep on having fun outdoors on the farm!

What does an outdoors host do for vacation?

Jul 20, 2011

 

Chip Flory

What does the host of an outdoor show do for vacation?

He goes fishing and leaves the cameras behind!

I just recently returned from a vacation with most of the family and we had a great time. Instead of going north, this time we decided to head south. A very good friend of mine offered up his lake house and Lund fishing boat on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. After hearing his fish stories for the past couple of years, we had to take him up on it. The only thing that could have made this trip better is if Emily could have made the trip with us. Instead, she stuck around the Detroit, Michigan, area working on her summer internship. She did, however, find a little time to get away and meet one of her role models in the outdoor world. Check out this pic of Emily and "The Crush" host, Tiffany Lakosky.

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While Tom, his friend Hunter (Wichita, KS), Sue (my wife) and I were headed to Oklahoma, Tiffany and her husband Lee were in the Detroit area, so Emily went to the meet-greet and ended up making friends, getting some great pictures and even got to spend some time with Lee and Tiffany's dog. She had a great time... it kind of made up for the fishing she missed with the rest of the family down in Oklahoma.

On to the fishing report...

I don't have any pictures to prove this one, but Tom turned into the "Crappie Slayer" down at Grand Lake -- at least for one afternoon/evening. While nobody else was putting crappie in the basket for supper, Tom caught enough to feed us all. It's amazing what you can accomplish with a float, a split-shot and a gold hook, isn't it?

We did head out with a guide on the second morning we were on the lake. The reason is simple -- we didn't know the lake at all and we wanted a chance to get into some of the bigger large mouth we knew were swimming around the area. If we'd searched enough rock points and studied the electronics enough, we probably could have figured it out. But the cost of a half-day trip with a guide (Ivan Martin Guide Service -- tell him where you got his name!) that gets you right to the fish... tells you the kind of spots to look for around the lake and didn't mind too much when we pulled up to the same point early one morning is WELL worth the expense. If you've spent the money on the tackle, the boat, the gas to get to the lake, the bait -- whatever you're spending money on to get to a new fishing spot, don't blow it once you get there by getting too stubborn to hire a guide to show you where and how to fish! If we hadn't of done it, we MIGHT have found the fish later in the week. The way it worked out, we had plenty of good fishing after spending just a few hours with one of Ivan's guides.

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This was a nice chunk of a fish... I caught several like this during the week... and we never really pushed hard to catch the large mouth (or Black Bass as they're called down there!).

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Hunter Payne was with us on this trip. Here he is with one of several fish he caught on the first day out. (I know, you'd think with a fish like that in his grip he'd smile a little, wouldn't ya? I mean... look at the smile on may face in the picture above!)

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Tom was a consistent performer on the lake... he was into the black bass, the white bass and fed us a mess of crappie one night. And notice this is a different boat than when we were out with the guide. That's how it works on lakes that are new to you -- hire that guide for a few hours early in the trip and use what you learned to put fish like this in the boat for the rest of the week.

One last thing. We had three different fish meals on Grand Lake... crappie, white bass and catfish. The water was hot... really hot. Like 90 degrees or better down about 3 feet from the surface on the first couple of days there. (Then we had a rain that cooled down the surface a bit.) I've had fish out of hot water before and it sometimes just isn't the best. This was a completely different story... all three fish meals we had were awesome. (Might have something to do with the cook... but we'll give some credit to the lake, too!)

Don't forget...

If you can't watch on RFD-TV every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. CT or Saturday at 10:30 a.m. CT, you can always watch the shows here on the web site.

And most importantly, keep on having fun outdoors on the farm!

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