Field & Stream / MDOWA Blog Blast

I was invited to the Mason Dixon Outdoor Writers Association (MDOWA) “Blog Blast” that was held in Clear Spring Maryland and sponsored by Field & Stream.

We spent the whole day Friday learning and testing out new products from Field & Stream that were newly released or are soon to be to the outdoor industry. They showed us new tackle gear and some extremely awesome, durable, and affordable priced kayaks. We were able to test out all of the new F&S kayaks in the Big Pool on the C&O canal with the local news station DVM filming us.

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Later in the day we fished a private locally owned pond with the Load Up N Limit Out crew. I was the only person who didn’t catch a fish probably due to all the talking I did / distracted by the local pond residents (ducks), but I watched some monsters get reeled in and lots of smiles on faces.

We ended the evening listening to the most selfless and passionate person I’ve ever met, Rick Wilson who is the founder of Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry.  Rick told us how he started this mission along with the hard work it took, always trusting god and the power of prayer. I had chills the whole time he spoke to us, you could genuinely tell that he is extremely passionate about what he has done and continues to do.

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Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry [FHFH] is a program that helps feed the poor. Farmers and hunters donate their wildgame or livestock to local butcher shops that work with local food banks or ministries. The program started in 1997 and has provided over 16.9 million meals in America. 30 different states take part in this program because of the impact it has made, not only is it feeding the hungry but saving lives. I highly encourage any hunter out there who hasn’t heard of this or even people who don’t hunt to take some time to check out the website – Farmers & Hunters Feeding The Hungry. If you are feeling generous or looking to give back to the community there is ways to donate without harvesting an animal listed online. Any donation would be greatly appreciated from not only FHFH but the outdoor community as well, 1 deer feeds 200 people.​

   This morning we woke up early so that the adventures could continue, we spent the whole day at Polecat Hollow hunt club.  Hamilton Nissan brought two of the new Titans for us to put to the test on some really rough terrain but they had no idea what was happening or at least to that extreme. It was hard not to laugh but the Nissan salesman that rode with us knew the roads just as well as we did. He was a nervous wreck and kept swearing we weren’t suppose to be going up “that mountain”. I just kept telling him it was gonna be okay especially since I’m driving (LOL)…. we soon took a u turn that was more risky than driving at a 90 degree angle. To each his own.

Say goodbye to your $140 calls!!!! We met the CEO Vince and Vice President Travis of Kid Magic Game Calls, a father son duo that defines the saying “teach em young”. They have a variety of different slate calls, predator calls and duck calls that sounds great for an extremely reasonable price. Travis and his son Vince have worked and are continuing to work hard to make sure others can hunt with a call that is fun, easy, reliable, and reasonable.

Some of the coaches and students at Clear Spring Middle who are part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) came out today to demonstrate how the program is ran in a school system and how well students do with the sport. One of the middle school students mentioned that its taught her lots of life lessons in and outside of school. Many Clear Spring students have won multiple state tournaments. NASP is growing on many schools still but has really taught kids what they are capable of. Parents, teachers and coaches who have children involved with it truly believe all schools should offer the program.

Last but not least, we ended our day with a little side by side action on the mountains and my first rock climbing experience. Thanks to Twigg Cycles for letting us test out some new 2017 UTVs, the Polaris RZR S 570 was sooooo much fun!!!

As for MDOWA and Field & Streams I can’t thank you enough for the past two days and the opportunities that you guys made possible. It was an absolute blast!!!!!

If you’d like to read more about the trip, below are websites of other outdoor bloggers that attended:

Natural Pursuit Outdoors

Load Up N Limit Out

Kat Hass Outdoors

Its A Wanderful Life