Maryland Natural Resources Career camp apps now available

Continuing a tradition of approximately 45 years, the Maryland DNR along with the MD Maryland’s Forest Conservancy District Board is once again offering a great opportunity  to get more young people involved in the outdoors while encouraging them to think about the future.  As a parent of a recently graduated high-schooler, I know first hand that teenagers can feel overwhelmed and not at all confident about where their life will lead after school.

If your teen has an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife or parks management, talk to them about attending a Natural Resources Careers Camp. The camp will run July 23 to 29 at Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County, MD.

The camp will also features “College Night,” where representatives from West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, the University of Maryland (GO TERPS!), Frostburg University, Allegany College of Maryland and Garrett College speak to campers about their programs.

The weeklong camp is only available for students entering grades 9 through 12 next year. Applications are available through the Maryland Forest Conservancy District Boards.  The application process appears to be very similar to applying for scholarships or colleges so that in itself is a great learning experience.

Space is limited to 42 applicants so register soon!

Product Review-Pretty Hunter Round Rebel Necklace

Editor’s Note:  This article originally published February 28, 2017 on the Ladies In Camo website

 

While attending the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA, I noticed the Pretty Hunter booth. When I say noticed, I just stopped walking because the necklaces and bracelets immediately caught my eye.  I don’t wear much jewelry but I was intrigued at what they had to offer.  Tricia at Pretty Hunter took the time to explain about all of their products.  She was knowledgeable, helpful and patient as I am sure she could tell I could not decide between the necklaces, bracelets or rings!  Finally, I decided on a Round Rebel necklace. Each necklace has a brass base that is coated and, more importantly, nickel free.  The crystals are genuine Swarovski Crystals with each piece of jewelry featuring genuine spent rounds.  Attention to detail shows as each piece that makes up the jewelry is hand set.

Gun Metal with Diamond Swarovski Crystals. Photo credit: Jo Ann Herbert

I have worn this necklace to several places and every time have received multiple compliments. The necklace is fashionable and contemporary.  I also found this necklace to be versatile as I’ve worn with both jeans and business attire.  There’s enough sparkle for a night out on the town as well. Each necklace feels smooth in my hand and on my neck because of the coating.

This particular necklace that I have, has a Gunmetal base with Black Diamond Swarovski Crystals and is approximately 18″.  However there are many longer necklaces as well as earrings that Pretty Hunter has to offer that pair up nicely.

The Round Rebel necklaces have an MSRP of $35. To purchase visit: http://prettyhunter.com-necklaces.

If you want to view all their various necklaces, belt buckles, rings, earrings, etc, go to prettyhunter.com to shop by category or by catalog.  Proudly MADE IN THE USA!

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Four options to choose from! Photo credit: Pretty Hunter

 

Endorsement disclosure: Per the guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission, the products reviewed in these product reviews is an endorsement and the writer may have been compensated by “in-kind” payment to review the product.

Pretty Hunter name and logo is the sole property of its rightful owner and used within this writing solely for the promotion of products herein as requested by the product’s manufacturer.

 

 

 

Scentlok Activator-Ozone Laundry Appliance

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Editors Note: This product review was originally posted on the Ladies In Camo website February 2, 2017

There are alot of products on the market that can block scent or cover it up.  But the Scentlok Activator Ozone Laundry Appliance is designed to stop odors before you leave the house. A few months ago, we installed this appliance and found that it did indeed stop ALL scents; from workout clothes to business casual clothes that may have some lingering perfume or deodorant. I wanted to dedicate some time to this product before doing a review. I am glad I did as I can tell you from day one, the scent in my washing machine, dryer and the clothes has been non existent.

Usually I wash my clothes with detergent and due to the detergent there is a lingering smell of perfumes in the laundry room. I happen to like a nice clean smell in my clothes but that very same smell is completely unwelcome when it comes to my hunting clothes. Right before breaking out the camo, I’m wiping appliances down and running baking soda in my empty washing machine. Now I don’t need to do that because my clothes and my laundry room is scent free all year.  If I really do want scent in my clothes I just use a scented fabric softener sheet in the dryer.

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Hose attachment area. Notice the additional port that allows you to use the Activator for household cleaning. Photo Credit: Jo Ann Herbert

The installation process is really simple.  The ScentLok Activator is hung on the wall.  One hose goes from your cold water faucet to the port labeled “Cold Water In”.  Another hose is connected to the port labeled “To Washing Machine” and attaches to the washing machine.  As you can see from this picture, ScentLok Activator does require a 120V electrical outlet. The electric being used must be pennies as I have not seen a difference in electrical bills.

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Top loading or Front loading machine options. Photo Credit: JoAnn Herbert

Here’s how the process works:  Cold water enters in through the cold water port.  Ozone gases and electrical charges are injected into the water. The treated water then leaves the ScentLok Activator and enters your washing machine.  The Scentlok Activator can be used on either front or top loading machines.

Another benefit of the ScentLok Activator is the fact that I am using ZERO laundry detergent -haven’t bought the stuff in months!  The water treated by the Activator not only takes the odors away but also removes dirt. So far I have removed stains from mud, coffee, spaghetti sauce and mustard.

I did not pretreat; just threw the clothes in the machine and let the ScentLok Activator do the job for me.  All of this in cold water only.

We have a very active household that includes two dogs. Over the past year one of my dogs became very sick. I wont go into the details but let’s just say the dog’s bedding smelled bad. I was going to throw everything out. Instead,  I thought well here’s a great test. If the ScentLok Activator can eliminate the smell from my dogs bedding I will be convinced.  One wash – no smell.

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You can see the water as it moves through the Activator. Photo Credit: JoAnn Herbert

There is also a Desiccant Dryer on the right side of the ScentLok Activator. This removes moisture from the air and helps the performance of the Activator.  When the crystal turns pink it is time for the cartridge to be replaced.  It’s been a little over 8 months and I still have not had to replace the cartridge.

The ScentLok Activator Ozone Laundry Appliance has an MSRP of $319 and can be purchased at: https://www.scentlok.com.

ScentLok name and logo is the sole property of its rightful owner and used within this writing solely for the promotion of products herein as requested by the product’s manufacturer.

Endorsement disclosure: Per the guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission, the products reviewed in these product reviews is an endorsement and the writer may have been compensated by “in-kind” payment to review the product.

Scentlok Enforcer-Personal Ozone Generator

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Editors Note: This product review was originally posted on the Ladies In Camo website January 30, 2017

I wasn’t sure what to think when first looking at the Scentlok Enforcer Personal Ozone Generator.  There have been various types of ozone generators showing up in the marketplace and I was wondering if this was a fad or not. After having used it and encountering for myself what this ozone generator can do, I think this is one product that will be making it’s mark on the hunting industry.   There have been alot of inventions that have changed they way I hunt; from trail timers turned into trail cameras, scent free clothing, etc. Now with the advent of ScentLok’s Enforcer we are looking at a product that can remove odors and bacteria as well as re-activating the carbon in your hunting clothes.

The fan is really quiet. And the entire device is small enough to fit in a duffle or tote bag but strong enough to work in your closet.  Driving to your hunting set up and decide to eat breakfast on the way? Don’t worry about smelling like hash browns, just start the generator up inside the cab of your car or truck while driving to the field.  Have a kid in college?  This is perfect for use in those smelly dorm rooms. And yes-no matter how clean your kids is, those dorms have their own kind of smell.

Scentlok Personal Ozone Generator being charged. Photo credit: JoAnn Herbert

The Scentlok Enforcer Personal Ozone Generator is rechargeable providing either a 1 or 3 hour charge depending upon exactly how smelly of a situation you are dealing with.  Going on a hunting trip and not able to wash any of your clothes at the lodge?  This is a great, unobtrusive, portable item to pack to take that worry out of the equation.

As a added bonus, it can also be used as a power bank to charge smart phones or tablets.

Every time I have used Scentlok Enforcer Personal Ozone Generator it has removed a significant amount of odor.  In the early season I typically wash my clothes after every use.  It’s Maryland so the calendar might read September, but the humidity is through the roof at times.  This year I was able to use my early season clothes several times before washing.  And really, I still could not pick up any bad odors despite the fact that I was hunting in some really high temperatures.  Just getting to the stand and I’m sweating.  The Scentlok Enforcer Personal Ozone Generator saved me time in the laundry room this year.

I  keep my hunting clothes together in one closet. Gloves, hats, etc are usually kept in a bin. When the season first starts, everything is clean and packed up. But as the season progresses, the lighter clothes are put away, the heavies are bought out.  All the while the clothes have been in the field, in the back of the truck, in my car picking up odors. I usually wind up rewashing everything which requires more time, energy and wear and tear on clothes.  This year, I hung my clothes up in the closet, turned the generator on and shut the doors. The next day I just went back in and repacked everything into my duffle bag.  Then I recharged the generator. If I’m hunting after work, I turn on the generator in the trunk of my car.  It’s very easy.

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Scentlok Personal Ozone Generator being charged. Photo credit: JoAnn Herbert

The great thing about this product is that it has other uses besides hunting. My kid’s duffle bags that were used  for baseball, wresting and soccer equipment turned into a environment of foul smelling odors. I only wish I had the Scentlok Enforcer Personal Ozone Generator when they were younger.

The Scentlok Enforcer Personal Ozone Generator has an MSRP of $129.99 and can be purchased at: https://www.scentlok.com.

 

 

 

 

Endorsement disclosure: Per the guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission, the products reviewed in these product reviews is an endorsement and the writer may have been compensated by “in-kind” payment to review the product.

ScentLok name and logo is the sole property of its rightful owner and used within this writing solely for the promotion of products herein as requested by the product’s manufacturer.

Earlier in the season

Photo credit: JoAnn Herbert

Photo credit: JoAnn Herbert

Does anyone get a little unsettled walking from OR waiting for a pickup from the stand?  After one evening hunt,  this was my view through the trees as I walked out.  It’s amazing how quickly that moon seems to come out-like sometimes time speeds up or slows down in the stand.   I really couldn’t capture how beautiful it was but I had to stop and take several pictures.  It took all of my willpower not to try to run or look behind me as I walked out!  Every branch snapping or sound seemed louder than normal.   But it certainly was a pretty walk out. And while my hunt didn’t fill my tag, it’s memories like this that make a successful hunt.

 

 

 

Some practical advice for the men who wished their wives hunt….

For many years I didn’t hunt. Between kids, work, and my family needing to eat and have clean clothes, there just wasn’t time to hunt.  And at the end of the day, I was tired!  It didn’t help my disposition when I would hear things like the woods are so relaxing, etc. Yeah, buddy I’m sure the woods are relaxing – I wouldn’t know!

So now that I am fully ensconced in the hunting world and will NOT ever stop, I have the advantage of some hind sight. You know that whole-if I only knew THEN what I know NOW.  Hopefully, this can help some of my brothers in the hunting world who would like to have a hunting partner in their wife/significant other.  Some of these suggestions may seem obvious and might appear that I am suggesting you “baby” your baby.  Well guess what?  Every once in a while, we woman do liked to be pampered.  So here goes:

1 – Start in warmer weather. Spring turkey hunting is a great time of year.  Or shed hunting in March. Don’t expect your wife/girlfriend to get excited about hunting in the dead of winter.

2 – Take it slow.  Make arrangements for the kids to get picked up from school.  Both of you can take off work early, get some lunch, go sit in the woods.  No rush.  Just sit and watch. And let’s face it; that is really what most hunting consists of, a lot of sitting and waiting. If you can arrange a quiet afternoon it will earn you some brownie points.

3 – Don’t expect to be sitting 20 feet up in a stand.  I was deathly afraid of sitting in a stand for many years. And quite frankly it wasn’t worth my time to worry about getting over that fear.  But when hunting really took off for me I knew I had to.  But I first started sitting in a blind – in a chair – with a cushion.

4 – Make sure everyone is comfortable.  Make sure your wife/girlfriend is warm enough. Remember sitting in a blind or stand for multiple hours outside is not like taking a walk through the woods on a nice day.  And most people who aren’t used to hunting just don’t realize how cold you can get while sitting.  So even if it seems like overkill, make sure she has extra layers and gloves.  A seat cushion is much appreciated as well!

5 – Take snacks and a drink. Make a picnic out of it.  Seriously a little romance in a blind goes a long way, men.

Of course, hunting is not all about cushions, staying warm and enjoying the day. Some hunts are tough – they need to be tough to get at the big game.  Some hunts demand a lot of walking and sweating despite the fact that it’s 32 degrees and the sleet is hitting you in the face. But you had to go out OF COURSE because the wind was right. I get it-I’ve been there. It took me a while and now I fight with my husband over stands.  But she just isn’t there yet and that’s a good thing-there’s time to work on that.  I think that with time you’ll discover different views and approaches to your hunting just by including your partner.

CarboMask-Ultimate Hunter’s Shampoo

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Scent control, or lack of, can be a main concern for many hunters & huntresses. Months of preparation involving hanging stands, clearing shooting lanes or just raking a path to your stand can all be for nothing if the deer pick up on a smell that is not normally found in their woods and your busted sitting in the stand. So with that in mind, I am always on the lookout for products that will give me an edge in the scent control department.

CarboMask graciously sent me a bottle of their Ultimate Hunter’s Shampoo; a scent free, odor absorbing product. I have been impressed by their face paint and was looking forward to trying out the shampoo. Ultimate Hunter’s Shampoo contains activated charcoal, an item widely used in household products designed to eliminate odors. The first time I used the Ultimate Hunter’s Shampoo was after a full day at the office. Earlier that morning, I shampooed using my regular scented shampoo followed by scented conditioner. After drying my hair, I then used a scented hairspray. Sometimes it takes a bit more shampoo to work those products out of my hair. However, the Ultimate Hunter’s Shampoo lathered quickly and only a small amount was needed for my head of shoulder length hair. Some scent free shampoos have tangled my hair and left the strands feeling hard or damaged. I was pleasantly surprised after shampooing with the Ultimate Hunter’s shampoo to be able to quickly run a brush through my hair without producing tangles or knots. My hair dried well and felt smooth. And most importantly-no smell! The hairspray and scents from my other shampoo were totally gone, wiped out by the activated charcoal.

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CarboSoap-Ultimate Hunter’s Shampoo  Photo Credit: Carbomask

MRSP for the Ultimate Hunter’s Shampoo is $7.75 for an 8 oz. bottle. This product as well as CarboMask’s many other scent control products can be purchased at http://www.carbomask.com.

Proudly made in the USA! CarboMask also offers a 100% money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

 

 

 

Endorsement disclosure: Per the guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission, the products reviewed in these product reviews is an endorsement and the writer may have been compensated by “in-kind” payment to review the product.

CarboMask name and logo is the sole property of its rightful owner and used within this writing solely for the promotion of products herein as requested by the product’s manufacturer.

MD House Bill 1000-hearing date changed

The “Terrorist Watchlist” bill sounds good at first glance.  I know of no single person that wants a possible terrorist to have a gun.  The bill will remove the right to due process of those on the “terror watchlist.”  What’s the problem? The problem is that the watchlist is a secretive list.  As I write this I cannot believe a secretive government list exists!  If this is true, who knows how those names wound up on the list.  These people may or may not have been found guilty of a crime.  Or they might have just ticked off a neighbor who happens to work for the government and can conveniently place a name on the list.  Or a name could wind up on the list by clerical error.  Apparently there is no way to confirm the names as this is a secret list. If I’m wrong about this list, please, someone enlighten me.  When an American citizen is denied their right to a firearm, a judicial proceeding should have occurred.  MD House Bill 1000 seeks to just basically skip over that-just trust us-and by the way hand over your guns because we say your name is on a list. Oh and no-you can’t see the list-again trust us. What?!

Please read the article, become informed and contact your delegate.

Read the article here: NRA-notice of MD hearing date change

So what do I do with a deer I’ve shot?

This was a question recently asked to me by a person who never hunted.  Her question was sincere but was quickly followed up by, “Do you just leave them in the field?”  That question was immediately followed by a look on her face similar to a person that just smelled bad milk.

I was a a bit surprised by the two questions and more than a little peeved. After all, to insinuate that I would shoot a deer and then just leave it lay there was insulting. What – I hunt therefore I’m a jerk? As I tried to prepare my answer (all the while I’m fairly certain I was sucking the air from the room with my attempts to calm down), I looked at this person and realized -she really doesn’t know, well anything, about where FOOD comes from.  I told her that no, to leave the animal there would go against everything I believed in. I take the deer to the butcher and they process the deer for me.

“The butcher? “she asks.  Dear Lord – give me patience.   Yes, you know, the butcher. I then asked her, “Have you ever seen the meat aisle at the grocery store? Where the pork chops and steaks are lined up and neatly packaged? Well a butcher did that. So I take my deer to a butcher and he processes the deer and I pick up the packages a few days later.”

After a few minutes of silence, she asks, “So there are people that do this? Butcher the meat?”  “Yes I say, where do you think it all comes from? If you eat ground meat from the store you are eating a cow that was processed by a butcher. If you eat pork chops, you are eating a pig that was processed by a butcher.”

This conversation ended at that point but it stayed with me.  I really wanted to yell at this person to wake up, grow up, expand your world. Is this what people think? Meat grows in white plastic trays.  When they grow big enough they are encased in Saran Wrap and slapped with a price tag? Perhaps that’s a bit melodramatic. But perhaps we’ve done a disservice to future generations-we’ve made it too easy. You want a burger? Just run down to the local fast food store. If people actually had to practice shooting a bow, zeroing in a gun, hunt, track, field dress, process their own food, actually work for it, they might understand and respect why hunting is not about killing.  It’s about life.

I am headed to the Great American Outdoor Show!

I can’t think of a better way to start my week then to ditch the office, get in the truck and head off to talk hunting, guns and archery.  Hopefully by the end of the day I will have lots to report back on along with a sore back and an aching feet.  On the other hand, every time I’ve went to this show I have met some really nice people.  If you are there, look me up- stop and say hi!  I’ll be the one in the black Ladies In Camo shirt pulling a cColor-JoAnn-w-2015 deeramo wheeled backpack with one squeaky wheel!