Archery, Bowhunting, Camping, Deer Hunting, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Snowshoeing, Turkey Hunting

Kittery Trading Post

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I hit one of my favorite outdoor retail stores earlier this week – Kittery Trading Post in Kittery, ME.  This fine Southern Maine retailer has been serving the needs of New England’s outdoor sports enthusiasts for over 75 years and they’re still going strong today.

Kittery Trading Post, otherwise known as KTP, has something for everyone.  When I say they’ve got it all, they’ve got it all.  Hunting gear, guns, ammo, reloading supplies, archery gear and accessories, camping gear, casual clothing, shoes & boots, skis and winter weather apparel, fishing gear, and the list goes on.  KTP has a department to serve anything you’re looking to do outdoors and these guys definitely have it all.

I can spend hours poking around KTP, and on this particular day I did just that.  I enjoyed checking out the latest bows from the many manufacturers that KTP carries.  Always appreciated by this lefty archer is that there are several different left-handed bows always in stock at KTP.  I perused the gun inventory, both new and used, and fantasized about the autoloading shotgun that I will someday acquire.  I spent a good amount of time in the fishing section checking out all the newest fly fishing gear and I also looked at their vast array of knives, turkey calls, tree stands and ammunition.

Any visit to KTP is a success as it stimulates the senses with many thoughts of outdoor adventure.  On this particular day I’m proud to say that I kept my expense in check and I only purchased four items:  A Quaker Boy box turkey call, a pack of Thingamamobber strike indicators, a Simms wader bag and a Silva Huntsman compass.

If you are ever driving through Southern Maine, a visit to KTP is a definite must-stop destination.  Enjoy!

Hiking, Scouting, Snowshoeing

A day at the spa

This past Friday I was presented with an opportunity to grab a day off from work.  What should I do with this gift of time?  I decided to do what a lot of people do to recharge their batteries … I’ll make a visit to the spa.  The difference, however, is that I set out to visit a spa of a different nature than most.  In fact, my spa is nature.

Eager to take advantage of the historic snowfall that we’ve experienced and to try out a new pair of snowshoes I recently purchased, I set out on my mission.  The plan was to enjoy some fresh air while hiking and scouting for deer activity.  I’ve been concerned about the deer throughout the entirety of this brutal winter and I was eager to see some sign that they are alive and well.

I planned two hikes for the day; the first one got underway at 9:45 am.  The weather was crystal clear skies, 15* temperature with a reported windchill of 7*.  Perfect weather to throw on a pair of snowshoes and get after it; there certainly was no worry about getting overheated!

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I hiked a loop through mostly hardwood forest and encountered some deer sign, but not a lot.  Total distance of this hike was 2.1 miles and it took me 1 hour and 11 minutes.  For the majority of this hike I was off trail and I found blazing my own trail quite easy with the new snowshoes.  It was a beautiful hike.

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The second hike began at 11:30 am with a temp of 19* and no wind whatsoever.  This hike was far more productive in terms of deer sign.  This was a 1.6 mile hike in a new location; total time spent hiking was 1 hour and 4 minutes.  This hike was at a much slower pace because I encountered a lot more deer activity.  At one point I decided to follow the deer sign and it took me on an adventure through some incredibly thick underbrush.  I’m glad I stuck it out and inched my way through it; as a reward for my efforts I discovered a deer bedding area that I was previously unaware of.

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I had a great day.  I encountered promising deer sign, I found a new deer bedding area and I saw plenty of other wildlife activity including that from coyote and raccoon.   It was a perfect say at the spa, one that left a big wide grin on my face!

Hike pic of me