Friday, January 19, 2018

Birthday Celebration, Anteris Alliance Try & Buy, and SHOT Show 2018

Today I celebrate my birth and my life. In my 43 years, I would never have guessed that I would be more grateful to be alive as I am right now. After the October 1st massacre, I have learned a few things about myself, my family, and the world. I try not to take things for granted like I did (we all fall short), and I get up each day with a vigor to learn and soak up as much as I can. I get to enjoy waking up next to my wife every day, conversing with her, and loving her. I am privileged to be allowed to wake my daughter up for school, talk with her each morning and drive her to school. I am a very blessed man, so yeah, Happy Birthday to me!

I have been asked if my life and death experience in Las Vegas would change my view on firearms. Not on firearms themselves, no. I am still a firm 2A supporter and I love my weapons. They are fun to shoot and to hunt with. Hunting is my major passion and utilizing firearms is one piece to that puzzle. I think we have to do a better job of managing the purchase process, but I haven't the first clue on how to do it. I am always open to discussion on the topic, but understand that we may or may not agree, but we can still be friends.

This time last year, I was planning to attend my very first Anteris Alliance Try & Buy followed by SHOT Show. I had no idea what to expect at the Try & Buy and I had no expectations. For it's inaugural year, they did a great job! Now that 2018 is here and the Try & Buy is only two days away, I am seriously pumped. It is slated to be even bigger than last year. There will be more vendors, attendees, celebrities and more things to try out. Plus a little after party to cap off the day.

For my birthday, my wife wanted to know what I wanted. I told her 'to be able to go to SHOT Show and see all the new gear', talk to my friends in the industry, and get to shoot the different firearms. My blog has suffered a bit since 10/1/17 and I am really looking forward to some new content to share with you all. My main focus will be on hunting while I am there. Firearms to hunt with, ammunition, reloading, and components. I am eager to hear what the attending media thinks of some of the gear I have seen in press releases.

For those who are attending SHOT Show, here is my rough schedule on where I will be at certain times in case you want to meet up and chat. I'd love to meet you guys and grab a picture!

Monday – Industry Day at the Range – Boulder City Rifle and Pistol Club

I'll be walking around here all day trying out new bolt-action rifles, crossbows and I have only one interview.

Tuesday – SHOT Show Floor

I have many places I want to visit in the morning. Many of them reloading companies.

Wednesday – SHOT Show Floor

I'll be heading back home on Wednesday afternoon, so if you want to meet up, don't hesitate to message me on FB, email me or call!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Anteris Alliance Try & Buy 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Goals & Objectives for the SoCal Bowhunter

It has been a few years since I last posted some goals for myself or the status of the blog. That being said, where did 2017 go? Let's recap, shall we? The first 3/4 of the year flew by and the last 1/4 dragged a bit. I went to the first Anteris Alliance Try & Buy, attended SHOT Show for the first time and was added to the Bass Pro Shops Redhead Pro Staff. I also didn't post articles nearly enough and that weighed heavily on me this year. I focused more on my family more than hunting. My wife and I were at Route 91 in Vegas and had to run for our lives. I gained a great deal of weight and lost any desire to workout for many reasons. I lost my grandmother right before Christmas. Am I feeling sorry for myself? Nah, just stating facts and kicking 2017 to the curb.

Here are my 2018 Goals & Objectives for the SoCal Bowhunter:

  1. Write more than last year, and video more hunts and gear reviews. While people like to read, they enjoy videos more and more. I may add another publication or two to my writing list.
  2. Set up my reloading bench and get started reloading my own ammo at home.
  3. Offer some more hunting seminars at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and hopefully get some of the attendees out in the woods!
  4. Go to some fundraisers and game dinners. It's been nearly a decade since my last one.
  5. Practice much more with my bow. 2017 wasn't as fruitful as I would have hoped and I know my practice regimen was lacking.
  6. Get more sleep and workout like I would hunt. No excuses.
  7. Make more jerky! Is there such thing as too much jerky? I think not!
  8. Set up a 3D target day with my friends. I know a few guys who are eager to make this happen.
  9. Introduce a few more people to bowhunting and get them out hunting!
  10. Bow hunt for elk - either in Colorado or Idaho. Training started today as I am very much out of shape and really need to focus if I plan to hunt above 10,000 feet.
  11. Plan a hunt in Utah or Arizona! I'm not getting any younger.
  12. Bow hunt in New York with my family for whitetail deer.
  13. Put more trail cameras out and do more scouting!
There are a few changes coming from me that involve the blog, writing, and how I see things in 2018. I'll be sharing more as time progresses. Have you set any goals for 2018? If so, please share! I'd love to hear some of yours and wish you all a great 2018.