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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Abnormal Outdoors

Ben G. Outdoors is Proud to present our new blog Abnormal Outdoors. Don't worry Ben G. Outdoors is not going away. We are just adding a new blog to our arsenal. Abnormal Outdoors is going to be devoted to providing the outdoor world with the Strange, weird, and odd things that happen in the outdoors. We just put up our first post today.

 If you or someone you know has had anything strange happen to them in the outdoors, or if you find something weird on the web please feel free to shoot us an email at benjogustafson@gmail.com and we will gladly post it.

So if you haven't already checked it out click on the link and check out Abnormal Outdoors.

Thanks

Ben G.
Monday, December 27, 2010

Huge Duck Blind

I came across these photos a few months ago and thought I should share them with everyone.  Enjoy
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays to Everyone

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy your time off and be safe.


Amber, Ben, Daffy, Nolan, & Wyatt

Thanks for another GREAT year!

Ben G.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tips for staying safe out on the ice

image credit themadcanudist

Never take ice for granted, at any time it can break. There are under water currents, springs, and other factors that can weaken ice. It’s good practice to always ice fish with someone, but I know it is not always possible. No mater how cold it is snow can act as an insulator to the ice a cause ice to form a lot slower than you think it would. Especially this year with all the snow on the ice and the below zero temps I would caution you not to drive a vehicle on the ice just yet. Here are a few more tips to keep you safe on the ice.
Friday, December 10, 2010

My Outdoor Christmas letter to Santa

image credit MGSwarbs

This is my wish list to Santa for the Outdoor Blogger Network Outdoor Writing Prompt ~ All I want for Christmas…


Dear Santa,


I’ve been a super good boy this year and I was hoping you could do me a huge favor and give me everything I ask for It’s not like I’ve ever asked for much in the past. Being you’re an outdoor guy this year my list might be a bit bigger.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Brown Antlered Ghost

Here is a poem I wrote a few seasons back. I did a bit of revising and thought I would share it with everyone. Hope you enjoy it.

image credit theapoc

Monday, December 6, 2010

Adding Cameras to Your Hunting Toolbox


image credit jurvetson
 Guest post By Maureen Page


Game cameras, aka "hunting cameras," "trail cameras" or "scouting cameras" have come a long way in recent years. Hunting cameras are used to help pinpoint where the game is. Prior to hunting season, the cameras are set up in various locations. Then, after weeks or months, the cameras are retrieved to see which locations were attracting the most wildlife. Think of them as surveillance cameras for the woods. But unlike surveillance cameras for a home or business, hunting cameras have some special requirements. First and foremost they must be entirely self-contained, battery operated, and weather and game proof. Game cameras can cost from $50 up to $600 depending on the features that you desire.
 
Friday, December 3, 2010

My most Frustrating deer hunting season yet (part 6 final)

image credit Dawn Endico

Sunday was the final day of the season. How many shots had I fired so far ZERO I think that has only happened to me NEVER.

Monday, November 22, 2010

My most Frustrating deer hunting season yet (part 5)

Image credit Eponabri
That next Tuesday my cousin Aaron shot a doe. I wasn’t able to hunt until the following weekend, but the fate of my second and final weekend would be partially determined on the Wednesday afternoon before the weekend arrived.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My most Frustrating deer hunting season yet (part 4)


image credit Sharpy70
After cutting up the deer we all headed back out to the parking lot, so we could get back out to the woods for the afternoon/evening hunt. At this point I had the idea to move my stand.  I thought what better place than where I heard all of the deer cross the small stream.
Thursday, November 18, 2010

My most Frustrating deer hunting season yet (part 3)

image credit Harpagornis ~away~


Day two started out great I was very eager to sit in the tree I found the afternoon before. I was out in the woods just early enough to place a couple of scent wicks , tie a scent drag to my boot, and get settled in my stand about 30 minutes before legal shooting hours. Man was I ever excited.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My most Frustrating deer hunting season yet (part 2)

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After filling my belly with a couple of ham sandwiches and some other snacks I headed out to find a new spot. I had a rough idea of where I was going to go. I walked around for about a half an hour trying to find the perfect tree. Then I saw it, it was great just out in a swamp not far for the edge of the woods. The only problem was it was extremely difficult to get to. I tried approaching it form the east and couldn’t find a good way to get there, so I walked to the west side of the tree and still couldn’t find a good way to get to it. Well this would be an amazing spot, but there is no way I would ever be able to find this tree in the early the next morning with just my head lamp. Let alone be quite doing so. The search continued for the next best tree.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My most Frustrating deer hunting season yet (part 1)


photo credit to Wonderlane

As every year goes this year of deer shot gun opener started out with a ton of optimism, excitement, and my typical one new piece of gear(Muck boots). The night before the season started I still wasn’t 100% sure where I was going to sit. I had it narrowed down to three spots which in my opinion were all very good.
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Stealth Apache

Have you been looking for a new UTV? If so or even if you aren’t in the market at this moment I suggest taking a good long look at What Stealth has to offer (Apache). They run electric motors and are at the top of the game.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Featured Blogger: Kari Murray of I Don’t Wear Pink Camo to the Woods

Hey everyone here is an interview with one of my favorite bloggers Kari Murray. Kari writes the blog I don't Wear Pink Camo to the Woods. Kari's posts are always fun to read and can be very comical.One of the first posts I read on her blog was titled Diamonds and Coon Peckers. I was hooked after that one. Here is the interview enjoy.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Featured Blogger: Rick Kratzke of Whitetail Woods

Here on Ben G. Outdoors we have done quite a few interviews, but none with fellow bloggers. I though it would be nice to start it out with one of my favorite bloggers. Rick was also one of the bloggers that I looked up to the most when I started Ben G. Outdoors, he offered advise, and always kept my confidence high by commenting on almost everyone of my posts. Oh and just to let you know Rick is still one of my favorite bloggers. Without further or due here is the interview with Rick of the Whitetail Woods.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Legends of the Hunt

  
I was recently contacted by The Bernard & Associates Team and asked if I could help post a few articles from their up coming issue of Sporting Classics. Me being the helpful guy I am and loving stories about the outdoors I gladly accepted the offer. For a good story keep on reading.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Leverne Elfreda Gustafson In loving memory

Some of you may already know especially if you follow me on twitter that my Grandma passed away last week. It was a very sad day to loose such a wonderful person. Below is the obituary and following with some of my own thoughts.


Leverne Elfreda Gustafson was born May 16, 1927 to Frank and Esther (Pearson) Anderson in Mille Lacs County. She grew up near Estes Brook and attended country school. She married Verlin Gustafson on June 14, 1946 at the Estes Brook Evangelical Free Church. After their marriage, they lived in Rockford, IL for about four years, before returning to the home farm near Oak Park. Leverne worked at Fingerhut for 15 years and then as a nurses aide for 20 years at the Foley Nursing Home and Milaca Elim Home. In 1981, they left the farm and moved to Milaca. In 2000, Leverne and Verlin moved to the Hi-Rise Apartments in Milaca. She was a member of the Estes Brook Evangelical Free Church where she taught Sunday School, led Bible Study, served as a deaconess and was the chairperson of the WMS. She enjoyed weaving rugs, embroidery and crocheting. Leverne passed away on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at Fairview Northland Regional Hospital in Princeton.
Friday, August 6, 2010

Public Hunting Land: Hunting for upland birds the good and the bad.


In my last post I gave you the good and the bad of deer hunting on public land. Although some of the same things can occur for deer hunting as upland bird hunting there are a few differences.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Public Hunting Land: Hunting for Deer the Good and the Bad

If you have been following my blog you know by now that I hunt public land quite often. The following are a few examples the good and bad parts of hunting public land for deer.
Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Season in Minnesota

Here in Minnesota we have plenty of hunting and fishing for most everyone to enjoy. As a local radio host who moved here from Texas said something to the likes of here in Minnesota I have been able to fulfill almost every hunting and fishing adventure I wanted to go on for my entire life.

When a new season opens up it is fairly rare and can be big news. Although other states have this bird open to hunt here in Minnesota we are going to get a chance to hunt Sandhill Cranes in the far north west part of the state.
Friday, July 16, 2010

New and Improved MyBuckStory.com

Hey Everyone
This is something I just had to write about  I guess couldn’t stay away as long as I thought I could.

MyBuckStory.com as you know from the past I have mentioned this site before. I have to talk about them again because MBS has some exciting new things going on.

For those of you who don’t know much about MBS it is a social networking site that allows you to share your hunting, fishing, and outdoor stories with over 2000 other hunting and fishing enthusiasts. You can make some great connections with other out door folks as well. A coupel more things they provide, outdoor news and  hutning/fishing events.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Time Away

I just wanted to let everyone know why you haven't see any posts from me for quite a while now. First I want to reassure you all that I still love writing about the outdoors and enjoy reading about the outdoors as well. I do really miss everyone in the outdoor blogging world.

I am one of those people who has to have too much going on. With that said. There are a couple reasons I've been away. Raising two young boys and preparing them for a life in the outdoors takes a ton (almost all)of my time. My wife and I bought a vending machine route, and I am super busy getting to know the industry and figuring out how to service my route with maximum efficiency.

I don't want anyone to think I am going away 100%. I am reading your posts when I get a chance even though I don't always comment. I do plan on posting now and again to keep my passion a live. Some time in the next year or so I plan on posting more often.

That's all for now. I will be around.

Ben G.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Bad Apple

Photo credit to cogdogblog

Every now and again you come across a few bad apples no matter what industry you are in, group you are a part of, or organizations you support.


I recently heard the Minnesota hunters who filed a suit against Scent Lok (for false advertising) won and will receive all of their money back for the ScentLok products they purchased. At first glance I thought to myself what a joke why would you want to waste your time going to court to get your money back for something that you know in the back of your mind can’t work 100%.
Friday, April 23, 2010

The Turkey Season that Won’t Be

Winners

Oh no I totally thought I posted this a couple of weeks ago when I was supposed to. Any way the winners of the Spring Sling Give away are Larry Pratt & Jim Wright.  Don't worry they have both been notified and should have received there slings by now.
Friday, April 2, 2010

Final Logo

Ok first of all I just want to thank everyone for their input last time about the logos.  This will be my last business type post for while. I need to get back to posting about hunting & fishing.

Now I'm in the final selection stage of my logo and can't just pick one I like them all to much. Could you help me out again and let me know which one you like the best. 

Just keep in mind some day I want to put these on hats, shirts, and business cards.
Monday, March 29, 2010

Ben G. Outdoors Spring Sling Giveaway Part 1

  

Ben G. Outdoors is Proud to announce our Spring Sling giveaway. This contest is sponsored by Marauder Outdoors. Here is a little info about Marauder Outdoors.



BowieKnifes.com Giveaway Update

The winner is Karen Thomason CONGRATS Karen!!  Make sure you check out Karen's Blog as well http://gordonsettercrossing.blogspot.com/

Be sure to check out http://www.bowieknives.com/ for all of your Kife needs in the future.

Ben G.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Meet Scott LaCoe Owner of Ghillie Suit Source



I met Scott through a link exchange. After reviewing his site I became very interested in Ghillie Suits and wanted to learn more about them. I thought what better way to learn more about Ghillie Suits then from the Man behind Ghillie Suit Source.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Logo Options (We need your help to decide)

In my last post about my goals for 2010 goal # 4 stated that I wanted to have a new logo by May 1st well here are a few options. I hope to have something sent back to the designer for the final design by the end of this week or early next week.


Please let me know which one is your favorite and If you have any suggestions on changes to any of the logos please let me know (colors, fonts, anything goes).
Friday, March 12, 2010

Revised 2010 Goals for Ben G. Outdoors

Can you help Ben G. Outdoors achieve our 2010 Goals?

Image courtesy of pfala
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bowie-Knives.com Gift Certificate Give Away

Ben G. Outdoors is Proud to announce our Bowie-Kinves.com Gift Certificate Give Away. Sponsored by you guessed it Bowie-Knives.com You can find just about any knife imaginable at Bowie-Knives.com

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

HUNT FISH FEED

I was asked by Michelle of the Sportsman Channel if I would like to volunteer at the Hunt.Fish.Feed.SM sponsored by Sportsman Channel, Safari Club International Foundation, Comcast, and FISHAPALOOZA event in St. Paul MN. I accepted and enjoyed every minute of it. Here is how the day went for me. Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Interview with Rick Davis of Dream Pursuit


I had the honor to speak with Rick Davis of Dream Pursuit. During the interview I realized how much work goes into starting an Organization like Dream Pursuit. I commend Rick for his dedication to his cause. I love what he is doing. Follow along with the interview and find out more about Dream Pursuit. I think you will like it just as much as me.
Friday, February 19, 2010

Ten Turkey Hunting tips


With turkey hunting just around the corner I thought it would be a good idea to share Ten turkey hunting tips I’ve found to help you stay hidden while turkey hunting. Some of them may seem a little bit odd, but I will give an explanation for all of them.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Review of the Speedy Sharp

Have you ever came a cross a tool you never knew existed then after you used it you couldn’t figure out how you lived life with out it. This is what happened to me when my Dad gave me Speedy Sharp for Christmas a couple of years ago.

When I got the Speedy Sharp I number one had never heard of it. Two didn’t know what it was and three when I figured out what it was I didn’t have a clue how to use it. Now if I don’t have this great tool I feel lost when out in the field or on the water.

The Speedy Sharp is just what the name says it is a speedy sharping for your knife or any other tool you own like scissors, Hatchets, Broad Heads, Fish hooks, Axes, and even a lawnmower blade. One of the best attributes of the speedy sharp is that it is small enough to fit in your pocket or even a small tackle box.
Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Huge Black Bear was killed when it was hit by a combine

Here is another one of those e-mails with a giant animal this time its bear. I’m not sure if the picture is real. If it is real the bear is actually as big as it appears in the photo or was trick photography used to make the bear appear bigger than it is. Here is the picture you decide for your self and let me know what you think.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Wildlife Callers



I had a very pleasant conversation with Marc Reindell of Wildlife Callers a few weeks ago and I really like what they have to offer their readers and customers. Here are a few things I discovered in the conversation and  by checking out their web site.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Why I have been gone

I just wanted to send everyone a quick note and let you know I am still alive and have been very busy with our new Baby Boy Nolan Benjamin. He was born on Jan. 21st and he was 8 lb 5 oz and 19in.

I took two weeks off from real life to enjoy my new family member as well as help take care of Wyatt, and help my wife out in here recovery (c-section). Amber (my wife) and Nolan are both doing fine. Enjoy the pics below.

Nolan shotly after he was born.

Big brother Wyatt with his new baby brother Nolan
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Interview with John Delaney of Fish Creek Spinners



Ben G. Outdoors hasn't really been keeping up our end of the bargain when it comes to fishing related topics so I am very excited to introduce you to John Delaney of Fish Creek Spinners. From what I have seen these spinners are top notch, the cream of the crop if you will. In my opinion Fish Creek Spinners are just as good if not better than all the big name spinners on the market. I have yet to try out the spinners John sent to me and probably won't get too until the ice is out. Watch for an update and/or review this spring or summer.

1. John can you let my readers know what inspired you to start Fish Creek Spinners?


There have been lots of small steps and fateful events along the way, but the one I remember most (bordering on inspiration) occurred on a camping/fishing trip to Miracle Mile on the North Platte River; a certain place, a certain time and a specific fish.

To find spinner components, I used to search the hardware stores looking for interesting angle worthy items. On one trip, I came across an aisle storing spools of various plastic tubing sold by the foot and I bought a few feet of several types. The braid reinforced PVC tubing really interested me; I thought it looked like fish skin.

I cut the braided variety to a 1 inch length and hand-crafted a ‘monster’ of a spinner from it; #5 French blade, a couple plastic beads to bookend the PVC tubing, and a #6 treble hook. The woven crisscross pattern on the PVC was reflective and sure looked like fish scales. The spinner was not a pretty sight, a little big, a little buoyant, but still worthy of my attention and a test in the water.

The spinner got its first swim below the Cortes Dam on Miracle Mile on the North Platte River north of Sinclair, Wyoming.

It was a cloudless sunny day, without wind, an unusual day in Wyoming. On my second cast a big brown trout surfaced on the far bank to examine and grab it. He hit my spinner hard and ran upstream in strong current. What a memory, I scrambled over rocks to keep him away from other obstacles and eventually brought him to shore to land and release him. I admired the beautiful fish maybe a 5 pounder with my ‘monster’ spinner in his lip, then removed the spinner and sent him back to his home, leaving us both to reflect on our choices.

The inspiration in this memory was that it shattered my perceptions of what a spinner had to be. That spinner wasn’t precise; it wasn’t a certain weight, size, or color, just an unattractive piece of PVC, book-ended with a couple beads. Yet it attracted and caught this amazing big beautiful fish. It didn’t have to be a Panther Martin, Mepps, or Blue Fox or some other big brand found in stores in order to catch fish.

I guess the impact and inspiration was that once you recognize what things don’t have to be, it’s easier to imagine what they might be. That profound observation at the side of the North Platte broke down a wall and made some space for Fish Creek Spinners - alternative spinners catch fish.

2. I know you and your son run FCS, does anyone else help out?

Every spinner in the water helps our brand recognition as anglers choose to give us a try. So that said, our biggest outside help comes from the anglers and fishing forums around the country that recognize FCS and help promote our brand.

We’re a family owned business. My sons, Ben and Will and my fiancĂ©e Marie all help out, even the grandkids. Marie jokes we’re a non-profit. I do the component and packaging purchasing, Ben and I do the designs, assembly and packaging. Marie keeps us organized, asks the tough questions that keep us grounded and manages some of the paperwork. Will supports the web, photo editing and graphics. Other family members perform quality control on fishing trips. We’re having fun and it’s exciting to have a dream.


3. Why are FCS spinners a great alternative to the existing big name brand spinners?

Hmmm, I don’t have a quick answer to this one. Technology changes, fishing changes, fish change, and spinners change.

Imagine you’re standing on a bridge over a river. Which direction would you choose to fish? Upstream or Downstream, Left or right? It all depends on individual choice and there’s no right answer.

Fishing is filled with choices and anglers will continue to seek out alternatives. We’re selling more spinners each year and expanding our presence cast by cast, around the world. The anglers choosing our brand try them and buy more. Their decisions and our continued improvements could make us a ‘great’ alternative someday. Today we’re happy to be an alternative and I already feel successful. Our future successes will be measured by lots of small steps. Things that go fast cost more.

We can’t be found as easily as the big brands, except on the web. That’s something different that I find interesting; a game changer.

4. Can you tell us a little about the materials and the process used to make FCS spinners?

We use a lot of faceted glass. It’s more reflective then plastic with an abundance of color choices. It’s also made from silicon (sand) and ‘green’. We added metal discs to protect the glass, but found the discs brought a lot of added fringe benefit. The discs created noise and vibration and even caused the glass to rotate with the blade and reflect more light. Kind of a game changer and they give the spinner a different underwater profile and although I don’t have a hydrophone, I 'suspect' a different higher frequency noise profile then other thumping spinners due to the discs lighter weight and it's ability to wobble back and forth against the blade during rotation.

After time in the water, you'll notice score lines on the underside of the blade where the discs are rubbing and causing friction. The scores are wider then the disc. To me, this validates they wobble and 'ring' the dinner bell attracting strikes.

Components are high quality and bought from US companies (from East to West, Worths, Lakeland, and Hagens).

The spinners are assembled locally in Boulder County in Colorado. Although I have been approached, there are no plans to offshore manufacturing. Ideally we grow to create more jobs.


Here are some pictures of the spinners click on them for larger views

5. Does FCS offer any products other than spinners if so what are they?

After being prompted by Marie, I tried selling some fishing theme earrings but they didn’t sell and we removed them from the store.

6. John when I was reviewing you site I came across a unique aspect of the packaging you use for your spinners. Can you give us a little more insight on it?

When we started wholesaling for retail sales I had to come up with a better way to package the spinners and I wanted something unique and reusable. I checked the typical clamshell packaging, but it added cost and was throw away. I decided to use clear plastic containers with convenient pop off caps. I call it ‘pocket tackle’.

The cool FCS display and  packaging

The container protected the hook, but didn’t display well so I built custom wooden displays with a wood-burned mountain theme logo. Each display hold 36 spinners, in hindsight, I wish I would have numbered them.

To expand into larger corporate settings, I needed something for wall mounting so I designed a custom rack card to hold the container for wall mounting.

Lots of small positive improvements. After sale, the containers find homes organizing tackle boxes and other creative use. I put a couple spinners in a few tubes and I’m ready for the high country hike to my secret beaver ponds - ‘Pocket Tackle’.

Web shoppers ordering 20-30 spinners a year, are saying they want something simpler and have enough containers… This year we’ll provide an option for reduced prices if ordered without the tubes, wrapping the spinners in a corrugated strip for shipping and offsetting the price difference with a few extra spinners.

7. What type of fish have you had the most success catching with your own spinners?

I like fishing in Mountain Rivers, streams and ponds. It’s definitely Trout for me; Browns Rainbows, Brookies, Lakers, and Cutthroats.

Fish Creek Spinners catch different fish around the globe; Trout and salmon, Musky and Pike, Rock Bass, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Perch, Crappie, Fallfish, and Bluegills. Even some salt water feedback on Redfish.

8. What is your most popular spinner?

For a model it’s the glass Armadillo’s; Red and Orange or Black.

9. Does your FCS offer any type of promotions?

We provide promotion codes for discounts on web purchases to fishing forums we sponsor. There’s also a Fish Photo promotion on the website that was pretty popular last year and its being continued. If you buy a bunch of spinners online, then make the effort to take some digital pictures documenting your success, you can send me an email with a picture of the fish (mug shots appreciated). I’ll post them on the site and send you a free spinner for your testimonial. Check us out, get them wet and send us a fish story for free spinners!



10. Now that you have all of us interested in your spinners where can we purchase them?

Our retail presence is growing around the country and the website lists each location by state. We have toe holds in about 14 states, but I expect that to explode this year. The web store is the most convenient spot for the time being. http://www.fishcreekspinners.com/ You can buy by credit card online or mail a check or money order. You will not be disappointed and I’ll track your location on our Get on the Map page recording our expansion and your location as an FCS customer. Check it out.



11. Last but not least, what can we expect from FCS in the future?

We’re small, friendly and adaptive. We’ll continue to try new things and take lots of small incremental steps to bring you fresh and interesting fishing spinners as alternatives to the major brands.

I would like to have customers in all fifty states this year and be wholesaling in about thirty. I expect you’ll see FCS listed as catching fish in more state and forum fishing reports. I hope to see FCS winning some fishing tournaments or getting a few professional fishermen using our brand.

One other thing you can expect from FCS is a digital diary of sorts. On this years road trips I will be taking pictures of the business and shop owners who decide to purchase Fish Creek Spinners. From what I have seen in the past this is going to be a fun adventure to follow. Keep watching our web site for a link to the photos. http://www.fishcreekspinners.com/


 Noise on the Line!

John


John sent me this video that shows FCS spinners in action

If you didn't get it from the interview John is a very nice guy and I really enjoyed talking with him. I think it's great that a family owned company like FCS has the potential to make a huge impact on the fishing world. I can see FCS spinners in every fishing related retail store in the country. Make sure you check out the Web site http://www.fishcreekspinners.com/. Don't forget FCS slogan Noise on the line!


~Ben G.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

QDMA teams up with EHP for 2010



Indianapolis, IN- EHP Electronic Hearing Protection founder Denny Snyder has announced that the Quality Deer Management Association logo will adorn the ‘Big Woods’ adult series of EHP electronic muffs for 2010. EHP will be introducing the new line of electronic hearing protection during the Bass Pro Shops Media Day on January 18th, 2010 held in conjunction with the annual NSSF SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

“I have seen the growth of the QDMA with their successful mission of promoting quality deer management to the hunting community. The EHP goal is to promote hearing protection for the twenty million hunters and all those folks that participate in the shooting sports. “ Snyder adds, “ By helping promote the QDMA, not only do we help promote hearing protection awareness to their 50,000 members, we show our support for the QDMA message of conservation to all those participants of the shooting sports looking for good electronic hearing protection made right here in the USA. “ EHP will include a membership application at half price for the QDMA with every EHP Big Woods adult model of electronic muffs for 2010.

QDMA is pleased to enter into a licensing agreement with EHP for 2010. The conservation mission of QDMA is to ensure the white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage for our future and EHP is working to conserve the hearing of all sportsmen and to protect the ability to fully enjoy the natural world.” Randy Bowden, Director of Marketing & Corporate Relations.

Every time you shoot a gun, permanent hearing loss occurs without using proper hearing protection.

Experience the future of electronic hearing protection with EHP- the Perfect Fit for Hearing Protection.


For more information about the new line of EHP electronic hearing protection, visit them on the web at http://www.ehphearing.com/. Contact- Denny Snyder (317)502-7942 or paoutback@sbcglobal.net

Founded in 1988, QDMA is a national nonprofit wildlife conservation organization with more than 50,000 members in all 50 states and Canada, and several foreign countries. Membership in QDMA is open to anyone interested in better deer and better deer hunting, and committed to ethical hunting, sound deer management and the preservation of the deer-hunting heritage. To learn more about QDMA and why it is the future of deer hunting, call (800) 209-3337 or visit http://www.qdma.com/. Contact: Randy Bowden (800) 209-3337 or rbowden@qdma.com

EHP- Electronic Hearing Protection info


EHP- Electronic Hearing Protection


New EHP Ranger Jr. muffs are a perfect fit for Younger shooters hearing protection

Indianapolis, IN- Hearing protection and outdoor marketing specialist Denny Snyder recently announced the formation of a new hearing protection company for the hunting and shooting industry- EHP - Electronic Hearing Protection. The first product from EHP will be the Ranger Jr. quad muffs with adjustable frequency tuning(AFT). The Ranger Jr. quad muffs are designed specifically for younger shooters and shooters requiring a smaller style muff to provide proper fit and maximum hearing protection for the user.

The Ranger Jr. muffs have two-channel digital circuitry using state-of-the-art technology providing unsurpassed sound quality and speech clarity that only digital technology can produce.

Ranger Jr. muffs increase the user's hearing up to nine times with 50 dB of power, one of the highest ratings in the industry. By using Sound Activated Compression( SAC) circuitry, this style of shooting muff helps protect hearing from harmful effects of muzzle blasts by reducing the amplification of loud sounds to a safe level. Ranger Jr. muffs have a noise reduction rating of 24 dB- among the highest in the industry.

Two volume controls and adjustable frequency tuning controls allow the user to focus on specific sound frequencies to fit their individual needs. Because of this, many users are calling the Ranger Jr. muffs “binoculars for your ears."

EHP Ranger Jr. muffs fit perfectly for Younger shooters hearing protection

Each ear cup offers two-channel digital circuitry computer chips utilizing DSP( digital signal processing).

All EHP muffs are made with a space-age polymer plastic for strength, durability and feather-light design. All units are padded and have an adjustable headband, providing the user extreme comfort for all-day use. EHP will offer not only the Ranger Jr. muffs but also the adult Ranger HD model and a full line of junior and senior(adult) series of shooting muffs.

Marketing manager and founder Denny Snyder states – “Building relationships in all industries is the key to success with any company and I’m proud to introduce the EHP line of hearing protection products to both the hunting and shooting industries.” Snyder adds “I’m looking forward to sharing the EHP line of premium hearing protection in 2010 on USA Outback Outdoor TV and many of the other top outdoor television programs to promote hearing protection awareness- especially to the younger shooters, hunters, and the military and law enforcement.”


The entire EHP line of products will eventually be made available through most major sporting goods stores and retailers.

For more information on EHP-Electronic Hearing Protection and USA Outback Outdoor Television, contact Denny Snyder at (317)502-7942 or visit on the web at http://www.ehphearing.com/. and http://www.usaoutbacktv.com/ .
Saturday, January 2, 2010

2009 Year in review and a look into 2010


2009 was a busy year for not only Ben G. Outdoors, buy my family as well. Here is a short list of what Ben G. Outdoors accomplished in 2009.

1. Ben G. Outdoors was started with first post on Feb. 15th 2009

2. Found The Outdoor Bloggers Summit

3. Made many great contacts in the outdoor blogging world

4. Discovered that I love writing almost as much as being outside

5. Created a twitter account

6. Created a Camospace account

7. First interview March 12th 2009

8. First product review March 26th 2009

9. Held first contest October 19th 2009

10. Continued to make great contacts not only in the outdoor blogging world, but in the outdoor industry.

11. Awarded 13th best hunting blog post of 2009 by Hunting Business marketing. (This was a great way to end the year for Ben G. Outdoors.

2010 so far is looking pretty good and here are a few things you can look forward to for us here at Ben G. Outdoors.

1. Finally a logo

2. New site design (time permitting)

3. More interviews

4. More reviews

5. E-mail subscription

6. I am going to post some pics of our new baby when he is born (maybe in camo)

7. I’m sure there will be more, so keep your eyes peeled.





Finally I just wanted to thank all of the readers for being so kind and reading Ben G. Outdoors. You all mean a ton to everything I have accomplished this year. I don’t want to forget to mention all of the other bloggers I have come in contact with over the last year you guys and gals are all wonderful too and have helped me out so much. All of the outdoor companies and web sites I have worked with over the last year a big THANK YOU goes out to all of you as well. Last but not least I want to thank my Wife for putting up with me in 2009 because it was tough for the both of us to juggle so much. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone here is to a GREAT 2010.
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