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Pheasant for lunch, lucky me!

24 Feb

Rick Smith owner of Ozarks Quail Farms at the helm of the big Green Egg!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the better part of the day with Rick Smith, Owner of Ozarks Quail Farms in Republic. Much of it was hashing out old fishing stories about those big ones that got away or the covey we flushed near Miller back in the day. The end result to all these discussions was a great pheasant lunch he so kindly grilled for us. It had been quite awhile since I had any pheasant and it was awesome to say the least.

His wife, and partner Deb, had wrapped the birds in bacon and stuffed them with onions and a slice or two of mandarian oranges. Seasoned just right I have to tell you they were incredible.

Rick checks the temperture of the birds. He told me it's important to let those birds reach 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

I asked Rick if the pheasant were available to purchase already processed and I am sad to say no they aren’t. He raises them strictly for hunting preserves and he did say that the birds were for sale in a few local markets over last summer but they are gone and he probably won’t be processing again for some time.

So if you were one of the lucky ones that bought some of those you know what I am talking about when I say “They were awesome!” You can follow Rick’s blog or visit his site he’ll be glad to hear from you, drop him a note. Thanks Rick for putting on the feedbag!

Outdoorsman’s Spring Swap Meet

19 Feb

March 19 in Brighton, MO

The Grizzled Old Veteran Outdoorsman’s Spring Swap Meet is set for Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will have it where we had the fall swap meet, at the big gymnasium of the Brighton Assembly of God Church, 17 miles north of Springfield, just off Highway 13.

It is free to the public and there are 40 tables available to anyone who wants to sell outdoor-oriented treasures,like fishing lures, camping gear, art, canned goods, baked goods, and the like. You can even bring canoes or boats to set up out in the parking lot.

The church will be offering breakfast & lunch to raise money for the youth of the church.

Someone will win a free fishing trip to Canada before the day is over. Tinker Helseth, the guide and outfitter from Lake of the Woods in Northwest Ontario, will be there in person. Call to reserve a table, or write. See all the details at Larry Dablemont’s Website.

How I snuck up on a raccoon and lived to tell about it.

18 Feb

I am pretty proud of this shot. How many guys can say they snuck up on a coon and shot it’s picture? I probably wouldn’t have if the wind wasn’t blowing 40 MPH. This guy was going through a hole in the fence and had his head down in a spring between the rocks trying to get a crawdad. Once he caught wind of me he backed out and found the first big tree available, he wasn’t at all happy and I was lucky enough to be across the creek from him. He might have been a trussle.

So…you want to live in the Ozarks!

3 Feb

I was looking around the internet for an angle for a new piece and I ran across a group of people who are wanting to, as they put it, live off the grid. No electricity, indoor plumbing, telephones, those things our folks worked so hard to get. I remember how tickled Grandad was when he finally got indoor plumbing. I can hear him now “I won’t use that dadburned thing, I don’t *hit where I sleep”. There were a whole lot of people in that generation who thought the same thing. Now were catching wind of those people wanting to revert back to the simple times. That might not be a bad idea with the way the economy is headed and the current rage for organic produce. Farmers Markets are sprouting up all over the place, it seems to me as a youngster we had farmers markets on nearly every busy corner, then we called the fruit stands. There were tomato factories all over the Ozarks in every small town it seemed.

In my search I found an article “The Success and Unsuccess of It All” that really hit the mark. Penned by Victoria Drake and her adventure into our hills, complete with all the up’s and down’s of trying to make it on nothing more than a dream. Sound familiar? I was caught off guard by the fact she hadn’t really spent a hard winter in the hills, or thought about how she was going to make the land payment with no income, not to mention how she was going to feed herself. However bad it seemed she had the guts to give it a go, you have to give her credit. I think that it might be best for all us “Hillbillies” to make a few suggestions so she might get a good foothold this next go round. Suggestions and ideas from some of us old timers might make the difference. Show some Ozarks spunk and post them up here in the comments section so she can find them.

Finding Ozarks Arrowheads

31 Jan

By: Rick Smith (Ozarks Quail Farm)

As we start thinking about spring, life along James River will come alive with the river culture that has made it so famous. Since I was a small boy in the 50’s some of my finest memories are arrowhead hunting with my uncle along the river bottoms.

Group of Ozarks natives looking for arrowheads at Long Creek

Our Native Americans lived up and down the river for centuries. They left behind a lot of their lifestyle if you now where to look. As the farmers along the river plowed their spring fields we started our arrowhead hunting trips in the freshly turned dirt. Even after the many years have past there is still many artifacts that work their way to the surface. Finding hundreds of heads of different sizes, axe heads, drill bits, scrappers, etc. over the years. Another great way to find them is to search the creek beds that are dry except when we get a good rain. It takes a keen eye but they are hidden among the other creek rocks. If you want to try head hunting  please remember to ALWAYS ASK PERMISSION to enter these farmers land and do not mess anything up. If you don’t it will ruin it for us all. ‘Good Rock Huntin’!

Rick Smith


Did You Really Find an Arrowhead?

By: H. W. “Pete” Peterson (Missouri Archaeological Society)

Most likely not, although it is quite common for the average person to refer to most stone projectile points as arrowheads. Surprising as it may seem, most of the stone points commonly found along waterways or farmer’s fields probably never saw the end of an arrow. The simple reason is that the bow and arrow was a rather recent invention and came into general use by Native Americans only about 1,600 to 1,100 years ago. In contrast, consider that the first Americans may have arrived at least 13,000 years ago, and perhaps even earlier.

The true arrowhead is actually a very small point and seldom more than 11Ú2 inches long. Although sometimes referred to as “bird points,” they were used to kill not only birds but large animals as well, such as deer. The other projectile points we find are either too large to be arrowheads or were manufactured before the bow and arrow came into use. They are most likely tools such as scrapers and knives, spear points, or dart points used along with the atlatl for thousands of years before the bow and arrow. It’s possible that the first Americans may have brought the atlatl with them as they made their way into the Americas. This important innovation consisted of a spear mounted on a throwing stick. Inserted at the end of the spear was a dart tipped with a stone or bone point. With the atlatl, a hunter could throw a spear with much greater speed and distance than with the arm alone. Upon impact, the dart remained imbedded in the target as the spear bounced back and separated from the dart.

The most common arrowhead types found in and around the southwest drainage region of Missouri (and northern Arkansas) include Scallorn notched, Reed side notched, Mississippian triangles, and Crisp ovate. Please recognize that many variations of these point types will be found.

You will find that almost points all were made of flint (commonly called chert in the Ozarks) or quartzite. The chipped flint or chert is satin smooth and comes in many colors, whereas quartzite has a grainy appearance and is usually whitish or grayish white. Quartzite is a harder material and more difficult to work than flint. Although there may be quartzite arrowheads, flint seems to be the stone of choice based on the arrowheads that I have found.

A recommended reading is the handbook Indians and Archaeology of Missouri, by Carl H. and Eleanor Chapman (available from the MAS).

Webmaster’s note: The Prehistory of Missouri, by M. J. O’Brien and W. R. Wood, is another fine reference on Missouri archaeology (also available from the MAS).

Ozarks Quail Farm

18 Apr

Spring Has Sprung

It feels like spring today with temps almost 80. I have my incubators ready for eggs. I finished my smaller brooder barn last weekend and I am itchin’to begin. It’s bad enough being crippled up, but ad in the cold weather when you are mostly house bound and it really makes cabin fever set in. My egg supplier called yesterday for payment and told me he would ship on April 20. Which hopefully means I will have eggs in incubator by April 23. My dad will come out and help me put them in the trays and into the cabinet. My mom has alziemers so he is with her all the time and can’t get away much. This is good for him, too. My son is still working at least one day a week on the new flypens. He is a newlywed so I don’t ask much of him. My pigeons are now setting eggs and my rabbit had a litter yesterday. Life is going on at the farm.