Monday, September 30, 2013

Montauk 2013

This is a replica of Great White shark Frank Mundus caught in the 1980's. It weighed over 3,000 pounds. Mundus was supposedly the inspiration for Captain Quint in "Jaws"

         I just got back from Montauk, New York. Fishing was a bit slow but we still had a great time. Montauk is full of surprises and cool little tidbits like the picture above.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Montana September 2013 (week two)

I just got back from Montana a couple of days ago and have been going thru my photos and thought I would share some of them.  There were ten D&H anglers for the second week this year.  The experience levels of our group were new-to-the-sport to seasoned angler.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Luke's Montana Trip

                 I got home late last night from an amazing trip to Montana. We stayed at Donna and Jake Mcdonalds' Upper Canyon Outfitters. To say I was impressed with their operation is a huge understatement. I had four guests with me. Michael, Ted, and Barb had all either fished at this ranch or spent time in the west. For Larry, this was his first time ever even being out west. It was a lot of fun to see his excitement throughout the trip. With views like the one above, who wouldn't be excited? Look below for more trip pics.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

D&H celebrates 19 years in business with the annual Anniversary Sale

19th Anniversary Sale
Thursday     September 12, 2013     10am-8pm

As a way of saying thank you to all of our customers that
have supported the shop over the last 19 years, we would
like to invite you to our Anniversary Celebration.

20% off of everything in the shop! 

The shop has had a great summer and we are looking forward to a fun fall season. We are stocked and unpacking new items every week. Some of the items you'll find when you visit the Hyde Park Shop are:

·  Barbour wax cotton jackets from England 

·  Beretta jackets, shirts and sweaters    

·  Filson hunting gear from Seattle 

·  Patagonia fleece and rain gear 

·  Vineyard Vines dress shirts, ties, boxers and sandals 

·  Fly rods from T&T, Winston, Sage, Scott, Hardy and St. Croix 

·  Fly reels from Abel, Hardy, Lamson, Ross and Sage  

·  Sunglasses from Ray-Ban and Action Optics 

·  Wellies from England, France and USA 

·  Swiss Army knives

19th Anniversary Sale 

·  One day only 

·  Does not apply to items that are already on Special 

·  In stock items only 

·  Does not apply to Special Orders 

·  Nothing will be held, shipped, etc. 

·  Please help us keep this a fun day and not ask us to bend/break the rules of our One Day event  

Friday, September 6, 2013

Jalapeno Dove Poppers

I often get asked what becomes of all this dove hunting. Here's one answer. And they are pretty darn good!

Jalapeno Dove Poppers
-Jalapeno Peppers
-Dove Breast meat
-Cream Cheese

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

report from the field: Labor Day dove shoot

We were invited to a farm just south of Shelbyville, KY for a Labor Day shoot.  We arrived and gathered under some big shade trees and received our marching orders from the master of the shoot.  Everyone was spread out along the fence row and the out buildings on top of a small ridge.  Alan and I were sent away from everyone else to a field that was freshly tilled that bordered a soy bean field.  We started out under a beautiful line of big old trees and watched the flight patterns to try and get a sense of the best positions.  Alan went to the end of the field where there was a tree the birds seemed to be targeting.  I liked the looks of a small rise in the middle of the field where birds were dropping into.
We both took our positions and probably got a shot or two off and then it started to drizzle.  The clouds to the west were big and charcoal in color.  We started to head back to the pickup that was parked along the tree line and then it starting coming down harder.  By the time we climbed in the truck it really started pouring.
We sat in the truck and shot the breeze and solved all the worlds problems.  We could not tell if everyone headed to an out building or did they call it a day.  After some time the rain stopped and we got our gear together and then we could hear the guns in the distance.
We did not have a ton of birds, so we were picking our shots and having success.  It is nice to have a big dirt field to find your birds.  Of course that nice dirt field was now mud and my Danner boots felt like 25lbs each after crossing the field many times to retrieve birds.  Near the end of the shoot we moved over to a small sunflower patch and had a couple more shots, but my last bird dropped into the soy beans.  Tough, tough going trying to find a bird in beans without a dog.  I finally found the bird and said that was it for me today, if I am not shooting over a dirt field, forget it.  Time for a beer.
Our host was the best and had vittels ready for us as we came out of the field.  Frog legs, snapping turtle, dove, teal, mallard, venison, wild turkey: all being prepared on a grill and in the deep fryer on the driveway.  I enjoyed it all.

- Mark

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A few more pictures from Opening day Dove shoot

      We had a great opening day and as always, Billy Gerwin of Shags Run Hunt club and the rest of the crew did a great job preparing for the hunt. The fields looked great. Here are a few more pictures from the day. The shooting and good food distracted me a bit, hence the lack of hunt photos. We still have spots open on the 7th and 14th.

report from the field: opening day dove shoot

D&H had a good opening day shoot.  The storm that hit the farm the night before was pretty bad with high winds, big rain and lightning strikes.  Birds moved off the farm, but luckily not all decided to head south.  The weather was hot and big clouds moved in, but we never got hit with another storm and the birds flew early and to the very end.  A shooter could get the limit.
Everyone in our party was a safe shooter and I did not see or hear about any low shooting.  The biggest mistake I saw over and over was not letting the birds come in.  Moving and shooting too early was a big problem.  The other item I noticed was that some shooters did not bring enough shells.
The food and music and conversation after the shoot added to a good day in the field.