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Exclusive Interview: Beka Garris…Back in June 2016, we featured several photos of a river rat
Back in June 2016, we featured several photos of a river rat named Beka Garris, who isn’t afraid to get muddy and bloody on her quest to shoot roughfish of various species in her home state of Ohio. Here, in this exclusive interview with Beka, I ask her about everything from gar and whitetails, to social media and becoming a new bride.
DM: Your Facebook page has been going crazy for the past 6 months – now up to almost 99k Likes. Congrats! Do you sometimes find it hard to believe?
Beka: Yes, it definitely is crazy! I started my page on a whim a few years ago, and it has blown up like crazy. It’s definitely hard to believe there are that many people that want to follow my adventures on social media. I try to keep it as real as possible; I want people to relate to me and realize I’m just a small-town girl living life and hunting as much as possible.
DM: You don’t have a long bio on your FB page. In fact, it’s one sentence: “I am an avid outdoors woman, obsessed with bowhunting, bowfishing, and all things archery.” And you list affiliations with the NRA and NWTF (National Wild Turkey Federation). You obviously enjoy social media, but you’re careful to protect your personal life online. Is it difficult at times to walk this fine line?
Beka: Yes, it can be very difficult. But over the past 2 years I have received a lot of hate mail, and just creepy comments and messages in general. It’s just easier (and safer) to keep my personal... Read More
Tuesday’s Take Your Best…Scenario: Whitetail buck walking under a bowhunter’s
Scenario: Whitetail buck walking under a bowhunter’s treestand
Bow: Mathews NO CAM HTR
Range: 15 yards
Conditions: Sunny, 55 degrees, calm wind
October whitetails can vanish mysteriously like your lunch in the office breakroom refrigerator. Shazam! Thanks to a nearby food plot, this Nebraska buck appeared out of nowhere below your stand, and if you keep your cool, he would be your best bowhunting buck to date. Is it now or later? Put your Nikon rangefinder aside and consider the shot angles. Check out the possible aiming points A, B or C shown below, then take your best shot.
A. Follow the back half way toward the head and plant your broadhead right into the buck’s central nervous system. You might break his back, the arrow could pierce right through into the vitals, or your broadhead may simply lodge in the vertebrae. It’s risky all around, but an option with more good than bad.
B. Talk about a tight window. Your next option is to slide your Carbon Express shaft past the left hip and into the back of the paunch. Hopefully your bow has enough energy to drive your G5 broadhead into the heart and lung region. I doubt if it will make it.
C. There’s always the Texas-heart-shot option. Instead of a middle-of-the-rear aiming point, you’ll want to shift your aim a smidgeon left to take into account the buck’s slight quartering position. Good luck with this one because the odds for success are not great, but you might hit the... Read More
Heartland Bowhunter Trent Siegle…Heartland Bowhunter Trent Siegle believes in letting bucks g
Heartland Bowhunter Trent Siegle believes in letting bucks grow to full maturity, and here is an excellent example.
Trent set out on this hunt with his eyes on one buck, and one buck only . . . a mature Kansas whitetail he nicknamed “Mufasa.”
Trent was hunting a scrape line after a good cold front moved in, which got Mufasa up and moving, and allowed Trent to take this 224-inch Kansas giant. Heartland Bowhunters really know how to get the job done!
To see more awesome deer like this one, check out season 3 of “Behind the Draw” from Heartland Bowhunter on CarbonTV now! A new episode will be released every Wednesday this fall, now through November 2, 2016, exclusively on CarbonTV for free!
Taylor Drury Starts the…Who believes in the “October Lull?” Taylor Drury
Who believes in the “October Lull?” Taylor Drury sure doesn’t, and if there is such a thing, she just started it off with a bang.
Taylor Drury of Drury Outdoors, and a Cabela’s Female Ambassador, put down a huge 5.5-year-old Iowa buck. The 184-inch buck she nicknamed “Superstar,” is the biggest buck she has shot with her bow.
You can see the look of excitement and happiness on Taylor’s face after shooting this once-in-a-lifetime buck, and that’s really what it’s all about . . . a great trophy for her, and a memory that will live on forever. Good shooting, Taylor!
Michigan Pheasants Getting Big…The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Pheasants Fore
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Pheasants Forever, and Embridge are all partnering to help advance Michigan’s pheasant restoration.
This is great news to upland hunters in Michigan. According to the Michigan DNR news release, improvement projects are scheduled to take place over the next 3 years in various areas in Michigan, focused on Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative priority landscapes and oak savanna restoration.
Since the “golden days” of Michigan pheasant hunting in the 1950s, changes in agricultural practices and land use have contributed to pheasant habitat loss, declining food sources and lower production of chicks.
Over the first 5 years of the Michigan Pheasant Recovery Initiative, the DNR has enhanced or restored roughly 7,400 acres of grasslands on state game, wildlife and recreation areas and established 3,160 acres of food plots.
Read all the details in Pheasants Forever’s news release below:
Decapitations And Dirty Politics…FOXThe potency of Empire‘s elixir is evidentÂ&nb
The potency of Empire‘s elixir is evidentÂ in the concentrated dose offered by theÂ openingÂ of the show’s second-season premiere. At a “Free Lucious” concert held by the Lyon family, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) descends from the heavens, lowered onto the stage in a cage while wearing a full-body gorilla costume as King Kong-like music blares over the crowd. (I’m not making this up.) She proceeds to rip off the mask toÂ launch intoÂ a tirade condemning the imprisonment of Lucious, as well as the imprisonment of other black males. It’s a madcap moment, but it’s indicative of Danny Strong and Lee Daniels’ ability to make the ridiculous rhythmic.
The season two opener takes place several months after the events of the season one finale, which sawÂ Lucious (Terrence Howard) apprehended for the murder of Bunkie (Antoine McKay). We learned then that the key witness in the case was Vernon (Malik Yoba), but with Vernon now dead, it’s only a matter of time before the head Lyon gets set free. In any case, Lucious is floundering in prison, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is dealing with the stress of running the Empire company, and Cookie, Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), Anika (Grace Gealey), and Andre (Trai Byers) are placing their chess pieces into position for the hostile takeover they began plotting last season. The major piece in that game is Mimi Whiteman, played by new addition Marisa Tomei. Whiteman controls the purse strings on a... Read More
The ‘Black-ish’ Premiere Joined…ABCOn the season premiere of ABC’s Emmy-nominated blac
On the season premiere of ABC’s Emmy-nominated black-ish, which returned last night for a second season, the Johnson’s youngest son Jack (Miles Brown) is expelled from school for saying the n-word while innocently rapping Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.” There’s a zero-tolerance policy, and even though Jack doesn’t say it in a hateful way, or even call someone else the n-word, he still gets in trouble.
His dad Dre (Anthony Anderson) asks his black co-workers why they say “THE word,” to quote the episode’s title. One responds it’s a “great rhyming word,” and the other only thinks it’s fine to use because he’s a spineless suck-up; if his boss Dre finds nothing wrong with a black person using it, then he doesn’t, either. And vice versa. Dre grows more and more confused, especially after talking to the school’s strict black principal. Can anyone say it?
IfÂ black-ishÂ doesn’t come to any clear answers, it’s hardly alone in grappling with the question.Â Let’s explore how eight other TV shows mined similar “THE word” territory.
Archie Bunker freely used the derogatory term “coons,” but he didn’t say the n-word until season eight’s “Two’s a Crowd,” a superb exploration of where racism comes from. For Archie, it was passed on from his abusive father, who freely called black people the n-word, so he does, too. At least until he gets beaten up by a black student at school. “Did you ever possibly stop to think that... Read More
Deep Netflix: ‘China Strike…Astoria FilmsThe 2000 filmÂ China Strike Force, f
The 2000 filmÂ China Strike Force, from Hong Kong director Stanley Tong (Super Cop,Â Rumble in the Bronx),Â won my heart forever before I even watched a frame. It was a two-step process.
Step one: While spelunking in the deep, deep Netflix action movies archive one night, I spotted its box cover, which features a) the title; b) a picture of Mark Dacascos, best known as one of the stars of the live-action Double Dragon movie and the host of Iron Chef America; and c) a picture of Coolio. Color me intrigued. Color me very intrigued.
Step two: I rushed to Google — like, immediately — to find out more about the movie, where I was greeted with this description (emphasis mine):
Shanghai police Detectives Alex Cheung (Lee-Hom Wang) and Darren Tong (Aaron Kwok) stumble onto the massive cocaine smuggling operation of crime boss Tony Lau (Mark Dacascos) and attempt to take down Coolio (Coolio), the American dealer in his employ who is responsible for bringing the drugs into China. In the midst of the criminal activity, Alex gets engaged to the daughter of his superior, Sheriff Lin (Paul Chun), which adds personal tensions to an already heated case.
Did you catch the little slice of magic in there? China Strike Force is a movie that stars Coolio as a drug smuggler named Coolio. I have been thinking about this basically non-stop since I read it, and I have come to the conclusion that the only way it could be better is if... Read More
Five Movies We Are…UniversalThis weekend, the 53rd New York Film Festival kicks
This weekend, the 53rd New York Film Festival kicks off with the premiere of The Walk, the Robert Zemeckis-directed story of Philippe Petitâs (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) famous 1974 high-wire walk between the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. The festival — which spans from September 25 through October 11 â will feature many premieres, as well as notable films that premiered at other festivals, that will all factor into this yearâs Oscar race. So, with that, here are five huge films weâre looking forward to at this yearâs New York Film Festival.
As previously mentioned, The Walk is the festivalâs opening night film, concluding with New York Film Festivalâs opening night party, which is always a tough ticket. The Walk is only Robert Zemeckisâ second live action film since way back to his 2000 hit, Cast Away. And once again, along with Flight, Zemeckis tries to scare the living piss out of anyone who has a fear of heights — this time by telling the story of Philippe Petitâs very illegal 1974 high-wire act between the two World Trade Center towers. As a fan of Man on Wire, it will be interesting to see how Zemeckis makes this remarkable event into a full-length narrative film.
Steven Spielbergâs first film since 2012âs Lincoln will make its debut at the New York Film Festival. What was forever known as Steven Spielbergâs Untitled Cold... Read More
There’s No Reason We…I’m sure Michael Fassbender will be fine as Steve Jobs
I’m sure Michael Fassbender will be fine as Steve Jobs. He’s got the piercing eyes, and the gravitas, and a talented director in Danny Boyle guiding the performance, and really everything else you could ever want to take on the role of the visionary, mercurial Apple founder. And he looks great in a black turtleneck and glasses. He’ll be fine. He’ll be fine.
But I wouldn’t be doing my job as a pop-culture critic if I didn’t bring something to your attention here. There’s really no reason we couldn’t have let Jason Statham play Steve Jobs.
Like, that was an option. Before any of the roles were cast, when the whole movie was nothing but words on the page, someone could have sent the script to Jason Statham and offered him the role. Everything else could have stayed exactly the same. Watch this trailer and imagine all of the Sorkin-scribed words being said by Jason Statham — in his regular voice, making no attempt to do an American accent — instead of Michael Fassbender, and then try to tell me you wouldn’t watch that movie.
“Oi sat in GAR-age an’ infented the future.” Oscars here we come.
But maybe you’re still skeptical. Maybe you’ve seen the trailers and now have your heart fully set on Fassbender in the Sorkin/Boyle version of the movie. Maybe you read my idea and said “Interesting, but I’ll pass.” That’s fine, too. You’re wrong, but it’s fine. It was just an exercise in hypotheticals anyway, as the movie’s been shot and... Read More
Want To Tackle Problems…If you’re eager to improve your work performance,
If you’re eager to improve your work performance, you probably consider yourself an ambitious and forward-thinking contributor to the world of business. But let’s face the fact: ambition and hard work alone are not enough to help us overcome numerous hurdles on our career paths. What sends some people to the pinnacle of success is their strong problem-solving ability.
Totally clueless about how to improve your problem-solving skills at work? Maybe you learn and practice the thinking approach adopted by many successful entrepreneurs including Elon Musk, founder of PayPal and owner of Telsa Motors, SpaceX and Solar City.
What is the thinking approach? It’s called First Principles Thinking.
There are two types of thinking when it comes to brainstorming and tackling problems; one is comparison thinking and the other is first principles thinking.
Comparison thinking is when you come up with a solution using a mixture of pre-existing ideas. We tend to do this because our minds can become quite limited and often tries to find the easy way out by building on or tweaking an idea that is already out there. The problem with this is we begin the brainstorming or problem-solving from a space of assumption rather than questioning – we build on what has already been established rather than finding and questioning from a new basic level.
First principles thinking is about starting from a clean slate and free... Read More
7 Signs Quiet People…Their reactions to social interactions… They spend mu
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4 Easy Steps to…In most design schemes, the kids’ room is designed for
In most design schemes, the kids’ room is designed for the kids, and the rest of the house is typically designed for the adults. Theoretically, your children’s belongings should belong in their room. When they take off their shoes, drop their book bags on the floor, and pick up their toys at the end of the day, all these things should make their way back to the kids’ bedroom — but it doesn’t always happen that way. Somehow, your clean, conventional kitchen and your sophisticated living areas have become infiltrated with your children’s things, and even the most attractive interior design scheme is just not the same when punctuated with building blocks, action figures, and headless Barbie dolls.
But when you have children, how can this problem be avoided? Your tots will always want to play where you are, and you may even bring children’s items into the adult realm simply for the sake of convenience- there’s certainly no reason to trudge upstairs every time you have to have to change a diaper, for example. When incorporating kid-friendly design in your home, these four easy steps will help you maintain your grown-up elegance in any room while making the presence of children and their things seem like they belong there.
Any place where you spend a lot of time is almost certainly going to gain lots of traffic from your kids as well. Instead of expecting them to just stay... Read More
10 Quick And Healthy…In today’s society we are all overworked, pressed for
In today’s society we are all overworked, pressed for time, and stressed. We all want to be more healthy and most people make a concerted effort by eating better, moving more, and getting to bed earlier. But if you’re like me– it’s an uphill battle.
How often do you find yourself working through lunch? And when you do get a chance to eat, you have to scurry to the nearest quick-market or take-out spot, grab something barely edible, only to scarf it down in front of your computer screen. I know the dilemma– you have got to eat to keep your brain functioning, however quick and healthy options during lunch madness are pretty scarce.
The answer to this dilemma is pretty simple: pack a lunch. It really is the best option for busy people who skip lunch, are crunched for time, and who have “working lunches” frequently.
The benefits of bringing your own lunch from home are numerous. Here are just a few:
By now, I know you are convinced that you should bring your own lunch. Now comes the issue of what to pack. The time saver in you– once you do make it to the grocery store– will try and talk you into buying a bunch of prepackaged processed mess. Don’t... Read More
The 36 Best Things to Eat in New…Forget about things you should eat before you die, try these 36 best thing to…
Forget about things you should eat before you die, try these 36 best thing to eat in new orleans.
What is it: Fried dough fritters, generously topped with white powdered sugar is an absolute must eat if you visit New Orleans. Accompany this with a steaming cup of cafÃ© au lait.
Where to eat: CafÃ© Du Monde, 800 Decatur Street.
What is it: Vegetarians love it, but there is no reason for you to not try this even if you are into meat more than veggies.
Where to eat: Domenica, 123 Baronne Street
What is it: Fluffy waffles, melted brie and tart blueberries create a near sinful combination which will revolutionize your idea of taste with every bite.
Where to eat: Biscuits and Buns on Banks, 4337 Banks Street.
What is it: This Mexican dish has a delicious topping of spicy butter, salsa Rosado and cotija cheese. This is your best answer to what to eat in New Orleans.
Where to eat: MaÃ¯s Arepas, 1200 Carondelet Street.
What is it: A century old recipe, the French Shrimp Po Boy is made of perfectly fluffy French bread brimming with lip-smacking shrimps.
Where to eat: Domileseâs Po Boys and Bar, 5240 Annunciation Street.
What is it: I had never... Read More
14 of the Best Bucket List Adventures from…Your resolution for 2016: spend more time outside. We asked Outside readers for Instagram shots…
Your resolution for 2016: spend more time outside. We asked Outside readers for Instagram shots of their most memorable trips and activities in 2015—tagged #OutsideBucketList—and we weren’t disappointed. From scuba diving between continental plates and river surfing in Germany to climbing one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, the outdoor community spent the year going on epic adventures and documenting the evidence. Here are 14 of our favorites, and we highly recommend adding them to your 2016 Bucket List.
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@lizzyvanpatten unwinds with some yoga during a climbing trip at Valle De Los Condores, an area in the mountains between Chile and Argentina that boasts around 200 climbing routes.
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Mushing through fresh powder offers sweeping views of the Northern Lights and close contact with sled dogs, an integral part of Alaska’s history.
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XFX Radeon R7 260X Video Card down to…We wouldn’t say the Radeon R7 260x graphics card is the end all be all…
We wouldn’t say the Radeon R7 260x graphics card is the end all be all for gaming – far from it – but it’s way better than an integrated GPU, and today’s dirt cheap. We found an XFX Radeon R7 260X card for $75 via Best Buy’s eBay storefront. You’d pay at least $40 more anywhere else.
For the price of a base model iPad Air 2 Retina, you can snag an iPad Air 2 Retina 64GB today from a reputable eBay seller. Open Box but effectively New condition – not a bad way to save.
And for Battlestar Galactica nerds, the complete Battlestar Galactica series on Blu-ray only sets you back $89 today only from Amazon.
Microsoft Surface Book: The MacBook Killer in WaitingEveryone expected Microsoft to say something about the Surface 4 in its early October event…but…
Everyone expected Microsoft to say something about the Surface 4 in its early October event…but few were expecting an entirely new machine as well. That, however, is what we got with the Surface Book laptop, a new model that Microsoft is aiming squarely at MacBooks and similar lightweight, often professional computers.
The Surface Book isn’t exactly a laptop – the top can be folded around and detached completely to work on its own as a tablet. But this hybrid functionality aside, when the keyboard and screen are together it really does look like a laptop.
The screen is a 135-inch display, RAM is provided up to 16GB GDDR5, and there’s a sixth-gen Intel processor inside too. Microsoft claimed that the Book could be about twice as fast as a MacBook at its conference.
In addition to the extra-flexible screen, the Book is also made to be used with the Surface Stylus, if the many press photos are any indication. Microsoft seems to be appealing to a wide range of users here, from business professionals to designers, artists,... Read More=>
Roku 4 Offers 4K, New Menus, Private Listening,…Hot on the heels of announcements about the new Apple TV, the shiny TiVo Bolt,…
Hot on the heels of announcements about the new Apple TV, the shiny TiVo Bolt, Fire TV, and the updated Chromecast, Roku has thrown its hat into the ring with the Roku 4. Like the other new entrants, the Roku 4 works hard to bring some new features to the table, but offers a very familiar core package.
Let’s talk about those new features. First off the bat, there’s a whole lot of support for 4K and 4K video content, including 4K labels so you can quickly tell what content is in ultra HD, and what Roku is claiming to be more 4K channels at launch than its competitors.
The interface, through which you can brows 300,000 movies and TV episodes on more than 3,000 channels, has also received an update. Controls for apps like Netflix and other types of browsing have been streamlined as well. There’s also an increased focus on voice search, so you don’t have to mess around with the remote to search for a particular show.
Speaking of that remote, it comes with a few unique features of its own. First, there’s a little headphone... Read More=>
Living Level-3: Iraq — Chapter 2The World Food Programme and artist Joshua Dysart have teamed up to create a graphic…
The World Food Programme and artist Joshua Dysart have teamed up to create a graphic novel highlighting the work of the organization's humanitarian aid workers and those they strive to help.
The comic, titled "Living Level 3," for the most severe classification of humanitarian crisis, tells the story of a fictional humanitarian aid worker, Leila, on an aid mission after the self-described Islamic State brutally seized territory there in 2014.
Read the second chapter of the novel below. We'll release another chapter in the story each day.
Neil Strauss on the Truth, Monogamy and RelationshipsIn The Truth, author Neil Strauss asks: Is it natural to be faithful to one…
In The Truth, author Neil Strauss asks: Is it natural to be faithful to one person for life?
The book details his journey away from his monogamous relationship, and into a world of cheating, orgies, and sex addiction clinics. Neil begins, "As such, it requires sharing a lot of things I'm not proud of -- and a few things I feel like I should regret a whole lot more than I actually do. Because, unfortunately, I am not the hero in this tale. I am the villain."
What he discovers along the way is the agony, and the joyful freedom of living a life in which he is 100% truthful with everyone he meets: the girlfriends in his open relationship, his mother, and himself.
When you started writing The Truth, did you know it would be about marriage and monogamy?
Yeah, I don't write with an agenda or a place that I'm going to. I might have an idea, but I'm always willing to discard that idea. It was the same when I was doing journalism and interviews... Read More
Why Everyone Has Time To WriteMany of the students I meet at writers' conferences complain that they don't have enough…
Many of the students I meet at writers' conferences complain that they don't have enough time to write. These men and women have full-time jobs, marriages, children, hobbies, parties to attend and favorite television shows to follow. How in an already full life are they expected find one or two hours a day to write a book?
It's a good question, and the simple, honest, but ultimately unhelpful answer is this: every writer who has ever written a book has had a full life within which that book was written. If you need "more time," get up an hour earlier every day. That's what a lot of writers do. Or they go to bed an hour later. But usually they get up earlier. There. Problem solved.
Except this really solves nothing, just as telling a smoker to simply stop smoking solves nothing. The question most writers are really asking isn't, "How do I find time to write?" but, "Is writing a waste of time?" Going to college probably didn't feel like a waste of time because it would, in theory, lead to a career. And going to work probably doesn't feel like a waste of time because it provides an income and a social network and a bit of an identity. Even crashing in front of the TV... Read More