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Lamoine River Outdoors LLC

Wed, August 05, 2015

Are you looking for a different way to display your trophy?  The solution is not only 100% American made, it is produced locally in Tennessee, IL.
 
Scott Schauble started Lamoine River Outdoors LLC early in 2015 because he just was not pleased with the options available for displaying his European mounts.  I think he has hit a home run with his design.  Lamoine River Outdoors manufactures a patent pending European mount display that is radically different than anything I have seen.  They make three models.  One is a wall mount, one is a pedestal display and one is a floor model pedestal display (42” pedestal). I am a fan of the “clean” look provided with no plaque under the skull and the natural head position the hanger provides.  An added benefit of the unique design is that you are not stuck displaying your trophy straight on, as most other European mounts are, but you can turn it to whatever position you prefer.

I recently received my wall mount version and it took about 5-10 minutes for total assembly.  Since it utilizes the holes that are naturally occurring in the deer skull, the only time I needed a drill was securing the hanger to the wall.  Other than that, I just needed a wrench to fasten the bracket to the skull using the lag bolts provided.

Here are a few pics of the assembly process and the final product.

This first pic shows what comes in the package.

Here you can see the bracket as I am beginning to bolt it to the skull.

Now the bracket is snugly fastened to the skull with the lag bolts.

This is the hanger after I screwed it into the wall.

The final product!

Overall, I am very pleased with the product.  In fact, I am purchasing two more wall mounts to go with this one.
You can find all of Lamoine River Outdoor’s products on their website located at:
http://www.lamoineriveroutdoors.com
You can also check out their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/lamoineriveroutdoors?fref=ts

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Scholastic 3-D Archery

Thu, July 30, 2015

Have you ever heard of Scholastic 3d Archery (S3DA)?  If your answer is no, I hope to change that.
 
Let’s start with the basics.  The mission of the Scholastic 3D Archery program is to foster, educate and guide youth in the area of 3-D archery.  S3DA includes anybody that wishes to participate, beginning in 3rd grade and continuing through high school.  This is an extra-curricular program that can be a club, team or individual sport.  Students can participate in local events, a state championship, and even a national championship.  There are several different divisions, depending on the student’s grade and equipment. 

While S3DA is already 2.5 years old, it is currently expanding into Illinois.  I have recently been named as the State Coordinator for S3DA in Illinois.  To become involved in S3DA, all you have to do is find a willing coach or team leader.  If you need assistance, I can guide you through this.  A club can be formed within a school, out of an archery club or even out of a local shop.  As clubs form, I will help locate and designate ranges for local competitions.  Next year, we will not only be hosting an S3DA state championship, but the national championship will also be held in Illinois.  My goal as director is to have lots of clubs formed throughout the state and to provide competitions for S3DA members that are easily accessed no matter where in Illinois they reside. 

Why S3DA?  Due to archery showing up in recent popular movies, as well as some excellent press coverage from the past Olympic Games, archery is going through a growing phase.  People want more archery opportunities than currently exist, and 3d archery seems to be the most popular choice.  It is important that new archers receive the necessary instruction, and this is a large part of S3DA.  Fully certified clubs will have somebody that has attended a necessary training course to help assist the club members.  I don’t think it comes to anybody as a surprise that students who receive proper training are more likely to enjoy and continue shooting archery beyond high school.  Many of our students will finish their tenure in S3DA and will want to continue to shoot and compete in college.  Through S3DA, almost $200,000 worth of scholarships were handed out this past May.  As many new colleges come on board, this number is expected to rise dramatically. 

Another exciting part of S3DA was the announcement that the Pope and Young Club had partnered with S3DA.  The below statement is part of that press release:
“Discussions regarding a possible joint venture between S3DA and the Pope & Young Club have been in the works for a few months and came to a head at the recent Pope & Young convention in April,” says Dirk Dieterich, member of The Pope & Young Club’s Board of Directors. “Since their founding two and a half years ago, S3DA has done a phenomenal job of introducing young folks to archery and peaking their interest in bowhunting by utilizing 3D target archery and a family approach to the sport.  What was needed was a way to introduce these young folks to bowhunting and educate them about how important it is to become an ethical hunter and utilize the fair chase philosophy.  Our combined goal is to prove a “clear path” from introductory archery to a lifetime as bowhunters or bowhunting supporters.  Combining the talents and experiences of both organizations was the obvious way to accomplish this.”

Now you have heard of S3DA.  Hopefully, you will help support S3DA when the opportunity presents itself.  If anybody would like assistance in starting a club, or just simply has a few more questions they would like to ask me, feel free to email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and I’ll be glad to assist you.

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The Results Are In

Mon, March 30, 2015

Last fall, I shot a buck with my shotgun, and I believed him to be pretty old.  I had several trail cam pictures of him, and his body indicated he was very mature.  After I harvested him, I noticed he had the blackest hocks I had seen from any buck I had shot.  I had heard that this was indicative of age, so I became very curious about how many years my buck had wandered the woods.  After careful examination, it occurred to me that I might know exactly how old he was.  In late November, 4 years earlier, I had passed a buck that I thought was 2.5 years old.  I also captured a trail cam photo of him a few days later.  In that photo, the 2.5 year old buck looked strikingly similar to the buck I had just shot, and it was from the exact same area.  The location is heavily wooded, and butts up to hundreds more acres of Shawnee National Forest land that is also solid timber.  Because of this, it was not uncommon to only see a buck a few times and never again.  Also, sheds in this area are extremely difficult to locate, so it would not be surprising that I had never found any of his antlers. 

I had read that cementum-annuli was by far the most accurate way to age a deer over 3.5 years old.  The way I understand it, a new cementum layer is produced in the teeth of the deer each year, similar to rings on a tree.  So, I extracted the front teeth from my buck, and I sent them to Wildlife Analytical Labs (deerage.com) in Burnet, TX.  For a fee of $25, they would go through a process of examining the teeth and send me the results.  I also submitted the teeth of another 2014 buck that my friend Jeff Morgan had shot with his recurve bow.  We had estimated Jeff’s buck to be 5.5 years old.

When the results came in, we were correct on both mine and Jeff’s buck.  My buck was 6.5 years old and Jeff’s was 5.5. 


This is a side by side pic of my buck, and the 2.5 year old buck from 4 years earlier


The tarsal glands from my buck


Jeff’s 5.5 year old trophy


Our letter from Wildlife Analytical Labs confirming the age of our deer

So, for $25 per sample, we had our deer aged.  Overall, it was a very neat process.  I am glad we found out our guesses were correct, but even if they had been wrong, it is always great to know.  I would definitely recommend this to anybody that is inclined to do it.  I will use this lab in the future.

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