Thursday, November 20, 2008

Missouri Deer Season- Update


We aren't bass fishing today , we are still deer hunting! I just thought I would bring you up-to-date as of Wednesday the 19th. Saturday the 15th was opening day and mother nature showed no mercy on the deer hunters. There was a big turn out of hunters and as usual opening day not only was cold, but it snowed, sleeted and rained. The wind came from way before daylight in 50 mile an hour gusts and blew all day and most of Saturday night.

I thought I was too cool and a friend of mine and I got in my tent blind and had a heater in it too. It was still colder than a well diggers %#$ but we managed. Even the squirrels and turkeys didn't even come out where we were. We did see a small flock of turkeys about 2pm and they were laying down and not moving hardly at all.

Sunday was better , the temps were in the upper 40s which was 10 degrees warmer than the Saturday high of 38. Still pretty windy but seen several squirrels and another small flock of turkeys and 2 coveys of quail. That is a lot better than Saturday. Sunday evening about 4:45 pm a couple of big does came by and we busted one of them and the other doe , just disappeared. We never heard her run, it was as if she just vanished. The doe we scored was one of the biggest doe I have ever seen. Monday was my friends daughters birthday so we took a day off. He and his daughter went, saw 3 does, and a 3 point buck , but she is 12 and didn't want dad to shoot them. She said they were too pretty , so dad and daughter just watched them. She had a blast and was glad dad let them go!

Tuesday , I went by myself , Jerry had to go back to work and I messed up. Old whitey came up , as I was grunting and rattling. Of course he circled me and came up down wind. My blind is supposed to keep the scent in . I guess it did good , as the buck was about 15 steps from my blind on my blind side and snorted , he also waved the white flag at me as he quickly avoided my shot, which centered a big black oak just about as perfect as you could shoot. Oh well better luck next time!

Wednesday came and went just turkeys, squirrels, quail again, and a couple of wild hogs. I could have shot them both, but like the little girl , I just watched them feed on by. I didn't think I could manage a 300+ lb hog by myself, nor did I really feel like messing with it anyways.
My cousin killed 2 last year and my dad said they were good eating.

I probably will hunt everyday till the season closes , I still have 3 tags to fill and my friend has 2 tags to fill so we might get another chance at old whitey again, even though I would rather have doe to steak up as they are more tender . Old whitey might make some good summer sausage, cajun style. YUMMY! But that's another day and another story. I plan on bringing the Missouri deer season Up-to-date for you all when the season ends on the 25th , unless We get a big buck , If we do , we will try to get some pics , if we remember of course.

So until next time, keep your hooks wet , and your deer blinds heated!
;-) Stay dry and warm, hope to see ya out there and good luck to you all on your next "Great Outdoor" adventure!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fishing Humor Revisited- A Walk on the Lite Side!

Special thanks goes out to Bill, Fred, and Steve, for the following fishing humor. If you have any fishing or hunting jokes, or wild game or camp cooking recipes submit them to me at

Ten common fishing terms explained?

Catch and Release - A conservation motion that happens most often right before the local Fish and Game officer pulls over a boat that has caught over it's limit.

Hook - (1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish. (2) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend his live savings on a new rod and reel. (3) The punch administered by said fisherman's wife after he spends their life savings (see also, Right Hook, Left Hook).

Line - Something you give your co-workers when they ask on Monday how your fishing went the past weekend.

Lure - An object that is semi-enticing to fish, but will drive an angler into such a frenzy that he will charge his credit card to the limit before exiting the tackle shop.

Reel - A weighted object that causes a rod to sink quickly when dropped overboard.

Rod - An attractively painted length of fiberglass that keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.

School - A grouping in which fish are taught to avoid your $29.99 lures and hold out for spam instead.

Tackle - What your last catch did to you as you reeled him in, but just before he wrestled free and jumped back overboard.

Tackle Box - A box shaped alarmingly like your comprehensive first aid kit. Only a tackle box contains many sharp objects, so that when you reach in the wrong box blindly to get a Band Aid, you soon find that you need more than one.

Test - (1) The amount of strength a fishing line affords an angler when fighting fish in a specific weight range. (2) A measure of your creativity in blaming "that darn line" for once again losing the fish.

Catching many fish?

A fisherman returned to shore with a giant marlin that was bigger and heavier than he. On the way to the cleaning shed, he ran into a second fisherman who had a stringer with a dozen baby minnows. The second fisherman looked at the marlin, turned to the first fisherman and said, " Only caught one, eh?
Catching the fish!

Jim had an awful day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching a single one. On his way home, he stopped at the supermarket and ordered four catfish. He told the fish salesman, "Pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?"

"Why do you want me to throw them at you?"

"Because I want to tell my wife that I caught them."

"Okay, but I suggest that you take the orange roughy."

"But why?"

"Because your wife came in earlier today and said that if you came by, I should tell you to take orange roughy. She prefers that for supper tonight."
Want to be healed?

Three guys were fishing in a lake one day, when an angel appeared in the boat.

When the three astonished men had settled down enough to speak, the first guy asked the angel humbly, "I've suffered from back pain ever since I took shrapnel in the Vietnam War ... Could you help me?"

"Of course," the angel said, and when he touched the man's back, the man felt relief for the first time in years.

The second guy who wore very thick glasses and had a hard time reading and driving. He asked if the angel could do anything about his poor eyesight. The angel smiled, removed the man's glasses and tossed them into the lake. When they hit the water, the man's eyes cleared and he could see everything distinctly.

When the angel turned to the third guy, the guy put his hands out defensively -- "Don't touch me!" he cried, "I'm on a disability pension."

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Fall In Missouri Makes Busy Times For The Outdoorsmen!

I have had several emails from my readers to my absense and lack of blog posts here on Kenny's Great Outdoors. There are a lot of factors contributing to this , and I will try to explain. I have been under the weather , so to speak with a pretty bad chest and head cold, accompanied by a reoccurring shoulder problem.

Colder weather has settled in here in Missouri and those aches and pains from past injuries tend to flair up. Our deer season is starting Saturday the 15th and I have been setting up my portable stands, and blinds for the big opening day event. I have a few friends coming down to hunt with me , so the preparation, is time consuming.

I have been doing quite a bit of gigging and fishing , and preparing for deer season, not to mention bow hunting when I can. WOW! Too much going on in the fall. And I guess I need to mention cutting more firewood in anticipation of a cold winter ahead, (my personal prediction) just a hunch I guess you could say.

The fishing at Truman has been slowed down some as several cold fronts have passed thru in the last two weeks and the old bucket mouths have developed a case of lock jaw. I have been twice since my last fishing post and managed to catch our limits but they ranged from 2-3 lbs , still not bad considering the weather changes. My luck always seems to include a cold front coming in the night before and shutting the BIG bite down. It makes fishing a lot of work but with decent results most of the time.

I have been noticing lots of bucks chasing does around on the lake shores and around home , while bowhunting and scouting out the terrain for the gun hunt. I believe there is going to be a good kill here in Missouri. With an estimated 1.4 + million deer in the state the predicted harvest is somewhere around 345+ thousand, thats about a 76% success rate for the hunters . That means about 3 out of 4 hunters will be successful. I somehow don't agree with the later statistic but thats what the Missouri Conservation predicts.

Some how it seems harder for me to kill a deer every year, But I do see several , I am just picky and careful of my shots, as I my shots to be a sure kill if possible, and safe. I don't risk a shot if another hunters safety is in question.

We are supposed to have temps in the low 30s Friday nite with mid to upper 40s Opening day which is Saturday the 15th. I dont think its gonna be bad , but it is supposed to be pretty windy. If thats the case , I will start off in my enclosed blind with a tent heater, HA! There is more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak. So to sum it all up , I have been so busy getting in all my fishing, gigging , bow hunting and preseason gun season preparation and trying to beat this upper chest and head cold! Thanks for all your concern and Keep checking in from time to time for more updates on the deer hunt, and the fishing.

If the weather warms up a little and stablizes , I will head to the lake again, there is still lots of good bass fishing before it gets real cold. Then I will move over to the Lake of the Ozarks and start my winter fishing approach. Will talk more on this approach later on in another post on winter fishing tactics soon to come.

So until next time , Keep your hooks wet, Your hunting blinds dry and warm, and try all to avoid those winter colds and flu. See ya out there. Good luck on your next hunting or fishing adventure. Remember to enjoy the "Great Outdoors!"

Roast Venison

4 lb Venison roast(elk,moose,deer, beef)
2 TB Flour
6 Cloves garlic (minced)
1 tbs pickling spices
3 tbs Brown sugar
1 tbs molasses
2 tspn Gouldens spicy brown mustard
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 lg Red Onion (sliced)
1 Can Stewed Tomatoes (14 oz can)


1/2 cup Vinegar
3 Cloves garlic (minced)
1 tbs Salt
1/2 cup Merlot wine
Cold water to cover meat

Let the meat stand at room temperature for 8
hours then marinade the venison over night in
the refrigerator. This opens the pores of the
meat when at room temp and when cooling will
draw in the marinade. Season with salt, roll
in flour and brown in hot skillet. Place in
crock-pot cooker and add remaining ingredients.
Cover and cook on low 10 to 12 hours. As I always
stated before I also add carrots and potatoes , makes
a fabulous crock pot meal.

Marinade: Mix ingredients together in a bowl
just large enough to cover venison with water.
No need to stir this marinade. Use for "red"
meats or game birds.