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Tips On Setting The Right Hunting Goals

Thursday, June 4, 2015 1:35:39 PM America/New_York


A guide for to set up hunting goals


We all set goals in life to keep us focused and motivated. Just as setting business goals may benefit business persons; setting hunting goals may benefit hunters. Below are few tips that will maximize the effectiveness of your hunting goals.


Keep All Goals Specific

A specific hunting goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general one because it is easier to stay focused if you are specific about what you want to achieve. Thus, ensure that the hunting goals that you set are as specific as they can possibly be. If you want to kill a buck the next time you are out in the woods, have the specifics. Does your buck have to be of a particular weight or length? Or do you want to kill a buck that is at least 3 years old? Whatever the goal, be specific. Being specific is the only way to know whether or not you have met your goal. Moreover, your goals ought to be measurable. Measuring your goals will help you stay on track and reach your target dates.


Keep Goals Realistic

You need to set consistently realistic goals if you are to stay motivated and achieve hunter success. To be realistic, your hunting goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. Your hunting goal can be both high and realistic; you’re the only one who can decide how high it should be. However, make sure that every goal represents substantial progress. Higher hunting goals are often easier to reach than lower ones because lower goals exert low motivational force. If you’re hunting for deer of a particular size for instance, be sure that the size is reasonable and realistic for the part of the woods you want to hunt in.


Draft Your Game Plan

Sitting down and drafting your goals on paper so you can actually see them makes your goals more achievable. In fact, think of your goals as your destination and your written game plan as your road map to that destination. Without the road map, you'll end up lost. Creating a game plan for your hunting accomplishments involves taking each goal for the year, and then figuring out precisely what it will take to realize that goal.



Adhering to aforementioned tips could be the difference between a successful hunting season and a frustrating one. 

Posted in Hunting By Gavi Chavez

Where Can You Hunt the Best Whitetail Deer in Tennessee?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6:32:06 PM America/New_York


If you love nothing more than to enjoy the crisp, cool air and the potential of hunting a monster Whitetail, Tennessee is the place you want to go. Long revered for its abundant deer populations and its picturesque scenery, a trip here can turn into an annual event before you know it. 

Most Populated County's Knowing where your best chances of "bagging the big one" are before you start is critical to your overall success. The following list isolates the most popular whitetail deer hunting grounds. They are listed in no particular order and found within various Regions of the state.

• Lincoln County
• Giles County
• Franklin County
• Fayette County
• Montgomery County
• Henry County
• Maury County
• Carroll County
• Madison County 

Whether you are an avid hunter with your best buddies, make an annual hunting and camping family trip or are a member of a local hunting club, chances are you will score whether you are seeking does or antlered bucks.

The Top 10 Managed Public Areas for Deer

• Land Between the Lakes WMA in Region 1
• North/South Cherokee WMA in Region 3 & 4
• Yanahli WMA in Region 2
• AEDC WMA in Region 2
• Catoosa in Region 3
• Natchez Trace in Region 1
• Tennessee NWF in Region 1
• North Cumberland WMA in Region 4
• Percy Priest WMA in Region 2
• Oak Ridge WMA in Region 3 & 4

Best Locations for Public Hunting

The above mentioned public hunting areas, whether they are a WMA or other kind of public hunting land offer excellent opportunities for everyone. This is an ideal option for hunters who do not have any private land to hunt on and those who have no means of becoming part of a lease opportunity or hunting club.

Depending on where you go, some WMAs offer hundreds of acres to roam around while other locations provide more condensed opportunities. Decide what kind of trip you are aiming for prior to setting out and pick your location accordingly. Preparation

How many times have you only thought you were going out for a day and found yourself miles away from base tracking your wounded prey? Depending on your shot, you may be following a blood trail for a while. Ensure you have enough supplies to keep yourself hydrated and fed. Smart things to bring on your next hunt along with your regular gear include:

• Beef Jerky, nuts, chocolate
• Water, Juice, Coffee if going over night
• Sunscreen
• Bug Spray
• Binoculars
• Compass
• First Aid Kit
• Cell phone, GPS, Walkie Talkies
• Camera
• Waterproof Matches, Lighter

Just think of how tasty your own deer jerky will be! Stay motivated and enjoy the scenery while you are hunting; it beats sitting at a desk all day long. Listen to the sound of the wind in the trees and immerse yourself in your ancient habitat.

Posted in Hunting By Frank Perez

Best Baits for Bass Fishing

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 6:38:27 PM America/New_York

Sand eels? Crabs? Lugworm? When it comes to using bait for bass fishing, the options are seemingly endless. But which bait provides you with more bang for your buck? Here are five of the best baits for bass fishing that you need to know about...

1. Lugworm

Lugworm is another popular choice when fishing for bass, and this bait is often used over the soft ground that you will find around a sandy beach. You can opt for several smaller lugworms, or one large lugworm, and can even tip this bait with a the scent of a crab for more effective results. Remember - the best times to catch bass when using lugworm are in the late evening or early morning, so plan ahead.


2. Ragworm

Ragworm has been a firm favorite among bass fishers for years now, and is effective when catching bass from both beach marks and rock. Using the flowing trace method or a long flowing pulley ring, rag worm is cost-effective and easy to use. Flavored hook sizes range from 1/o to 3/o, and lead weights with grip leads that range from 2 to 5 ounces are often used. You'll need to vary your casting distances as bass can reside close to the shore, but using rag worm as bait can help you achieve this.

3. Peeler crab

The best rigs for this bait are the pulley rig and running ledger, and you'll be able to use several smaller crabs or a large peeler crab. Attach the crab to a hook with elasticated cotton in order to secure it to the hook when casting. The peeler crab is often used by anglers in the spring and summer months when bass fishing.

4. Plugs and spinners

Another method to catch bass is to use a soft plug or spinner. Those with experience of catching bass recommend that you use the bait in the early morning or late at night, although this can be a laborious process so patience is key. Trial and error may be involved here, and you'll need to try using the plugs and spinners in different locations to source the best bass.

5. Sand eels

Sand eels can be used to catch bass with a live bait. Many anglers have experienced better bites when using this method, and will use the bait when searching for bass around rocks and kelp. One last thing to remember: you will want to use a light lead on your anchor so that the sand eel doesn't swim under a boulder.

Posted in Fishing By Frank Perez

Explore the Cumberland Trail

Thursday, April 30, 2015 2:28:21 PM America/New_York

The Cumberland Trail is a scenic, back country hiking trail which winds through 11 of Tennessee's counties. Upon completion the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park, will offer approximately 282 miles of hikable tracks and will extend from the Cumberland Gap which is located on the border between Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia and the Tennessee River gorge which is located on the border between Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

Hiking trails:
Currently the popular state park offers over 185 miles of track to explore. Many of which give hikers the opportunity to view picturesque sites such as waterfalls, look outs and gorges. There are even a few swimming holes dotted along some of the trails, where you can take a refreshing mid hike dip. 

Park information:
Currently one of the longest trails begins at the Cumberland Gap Historical Park and winds up at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. As the trail follows a series of steep gorges and ridges it's highly recommend that you wear comfortable hiking shoes or gym shoes, which provide plenty of grip. Especially as parts of the trail, take you right down steep narrow tracks which wind down to the bottom of some of the park's spectacular gorges.

One of the benefits of hiking the trail is that it was designed by hikers, to have a minimal impact on the park's environment. As an example, the trail has been designed as a single file back country trail. So whilst you won't be able to walk side by side with your hiking partners, you'll be able to rest assured that your presence isn't harming or endangering local flora and fauna. Better yet, as the trail takes you directly to a variety of scenic sites such as waterfalls, there's absolutely no need to deviate from the trail.

The Great Eastern Trail: The Cumberland Trail is also part of the Great Eastern Trail, a much larger trail which starts in New York and ends in Alabama, crossing nine states. Whilst the Great Eastern Trail, is currently a work in progress, once completed, it stands to offer a staggering 1800 miles of hikeable track. The Great Eastern Trail will provide an attractive backcountry alternative to the Appalachian Trail which has become more and more crowded over the years.

So if you're looking for a real adventure and are keen to explore Tennessee's rugged back country, it's well worth visiting the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park and exploring the Cumberland Trail.

Posted in Everything Tennessee By rajbir singh

Must Visit Places in Tennessee

Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:24:48 PM America/New_York

There is plenty to do and see when you visit the beautiful state of Tennessee. All of its beautiful attractions are spread all over the state – from the Great Smoky Mountains, right through Chattanooga and Nashville to Memphis. Popularly known as the heart and home of country music, Tennessee boasts of some great attractions – it could be a historical site, a musical theater, a beautiful park et cetera. Tennessee embodies all this things – it is a very diverse state. Here are the must visit places in Tennessee.





The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This is one of the most sought after and visited destinations in the country. The name says it all – you get this surreal feeling when you are up here in these beautiful mountains. It is quiet and calm, save for the wild sounds of nature. Pack a bag and enjoy the stunning views of the surroundings during your picnic. 

Ruby Falls, Chattanooga
This is yet another attraction that will definitely fascinate an adventurer. The Ruby Falls is the deepest waterfall in the US that is publicly accessible. It is located a whooping 1100 meters below the surface of the earth – and it is such a magnificent wonder. It is remarkably beautiful and this explains why it attracts millions of visitors annually. 


Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville
The land of country music sure knows how to honor its heroes and heroines. This is where you get the history of how it all began – you will learn everything you need to know about your favorite country music stars. The museum is a great place for lovers of country music; there is so much you can get here that you won’t find anywhere else. The collection of artifacts will definitely mesmerize you. 

Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga
This is a real wonder – in terms of both beauty and its sheer scale. The aquarium is said to hold over 12000 animals – it is no wonder this aquarium holds the record for the largest fresh water aquarium. It is massive and the animals make such a splendid display. It makes a great place for families as kids will enjoy meeting new water creatures. 

The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis
The Civil Rights Movement and the life of Martin Luther King Jr. are all documented here. The museum is actually located at the exact spot where King Jr. was fatally shot. This visit to this particular museum is likely to be an incredibly moving experience especially if you are passionate about this movement and all they fought for. It is a deeply profound American story.

There is so much to do and see in Tennessee. The above mentioned is just but the tip of the iceberg. The Volunteer State is one destination that will keep you coming back, vacation after vacation. There is so much heritage and music and a rich history that makes Tennessee a must visit state.

Posted in Everything Tennessee By rajbir singh

4 Great Fishing Spots in Tennessee

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 4:54:51 PM America/New_York


Hot cornbread, whiskey, and country music... ah, it must be Tennessee! But did you know the Volunteer State is one of the best places to go fishing in the United States? In fact, there's an abundance of water throughout the state, with everything from rivers, ponds, creeks, and lakes. Here are some of the best places to go fishing in Tennessee





1. Center Hill Lake
Here you will find a deep and clear highland reservoir, with a plethora of fish to suit almost any enthusiast. Some of the most popular fish in this region included smallmouth bass, walleye, spotted bass, catfish, and bream - all of which swim the waters of this huge lake. The area attracts anglers from across the country, with multiple launch ramps for easy access by boat. When the weather's nice, these stunning shorelines provide the perfect place to catch fish. 

2. Dale Hollow Lake
Situated on the state's northern border - close to Kentucky - Dale Hollow Lake is home to plenty of smallmouth bass. In fact, the area holds the record for the most smallmouths caught at one time (11 pounds back in 1955 in case you were wondering!). The area is easy to reach, and you will find underwater structures at the bottom of the lake which attract trout and Muskie. Then there's brown bass - one of the fish desired by anglers who visit the lake.

3. Duck River
The Duck River is popular with families and couples who while away an afternoon on a canoe or flat bottom boat. However, there are a number of bass and pinfish here, as well as rainbow trout. Anglers use small plastic grubs, line spinners, and top water baits to attract fish. The Duck River - the longest river that is located entirely in the state of Tennessee - is home to 151 different species of fish and 50 species of freshwater mussels.

4. Cumberland River
One of the best places to fish anywhere in the United States, the Cumberland River is full of sauger, crappie, bass, and catfish. In fact, there could be in excess of 30 pounds of catfish in this famous river. Anglers are enticed by launch ramps, scattered access, and the numerous small towns which align the river, which provide refreshments and the chance to purchase any last-minute fishing equipment. The Cumberland River is extremely diverse; not only are there numerous remote spots, but you'll even be able to catch a glimpse of Nashville's iconic skyline if you choose a fishing spot nearer the city.

Posted in Fishing By Crockett Creek

Basics for Bass Fishing in Tennessee

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 2:05:06 PM America/New_York

Bass fishing is among one of the topmost popular and exciting fishing sports in the world, and the one of the best places in the US for it is Tennessee.

Now, in this sport landing a giant bass is the aim of the game of any dedicated person who goes after these prized swimmers. After the exhilarating battle, it is up to the catcher whether they take a picture with their catch and throw it back in or fillet out a piece of this delicate white meat and drop it in the skillet to be later served with some cold slaw and hush puppies. When it comes to catching these monsters it is both a science and an art, both of which hold many secrets.





One of the biggest secrets to bass fishing can easily and justly be referred to as, 'predictable behavior'. The life cycles, habits, patterns, natural rhythm which constitutes nature and life in general, also applies to fish. This simply means that the bass live win its own natural reality. If can optimize on understanding their way of life, then you chances of successful bites and hooks will increase exponentially.


Being familiar with the place the bass love to hang out at specific times in the day, or during a specific weather or season, is instrumental to your success. Some of their favorite places are:

- Bottoms- trees- stumps- logs, trees, weeds and plants- structures and contours- shallow passages and deep creeks- bluff, shorelines and banks.

All of these make up repetitive clues and hints as to predictable and habitual behavior. You simply need to know when each will chip in.

Most 'experts' or seasoned games men, come upon this knowledge through studying their catch the old fashioned way, extensive reading and then a trial and error phase of proving their theories. The point is, once you begin to know your catch a little better, you can instinctively say where they will be and when. This will take you a millions steps closer to becoming a pro at catching bass. Knowing and subsequently going where your fish go becomes less of a mystery and more of a game of hunter and hunted.

This is the biggest secret to bass fishing in Tennessee- know your prey.

- Lures Any good fisherman knows that the lures he use will impact the catch he makes and how much. Using the wrong lure can turn your strategy inside out. When fishing for bass, the crank baits are far more effective, particularly for smallmouth bass. Tennessee Sportsman Magazine formally recommends crank baits because they mimic the shade of the bass itself. You can switch the colors up to attract the kind of bass you want to catch, and there are many- largemouth, striped, sea, red-eye and small mouth bass, just to name a few.

-Gear According to the Game & Fishing Magazine, the perfect gear for bass fishing would be a medium to light action rod, between 6-7 foot in length. This is applicable to both spinning and casting gear. You simply need to make sure the drag on the heel is properly set and avoid any rod that is a bit too stiff, because a rod without some amount of flex at its tip can easily be ripped free when your catch starts to fight back.

A braided line is also pretty effective, again, as long as you set the drag properly. This will help to increase your casting distance and in so doing allows crank baits for deep diving to go even deeper.

When it comes to Tennessee, home of bass fishing, you will never run out of places to go hunting. Every single major lake is packed with quality bass including:
- Center Hill Lake- Cherokee Lake- Boone Lake- Dale Hollow Lake- Douglas Lake- Hull Lake- J Percy Priest Lake- Tellico Lake- Chickamauga Lake- Norris Lake- Tim’s Ford Lake- Watauga Lake

For the absolute beginner to get some practice, bass can also be found in the smaller pond, lakes and rivers throughout the entire state.

Posted in Fishing By Crockett Creek

The Adventurer's Guide to Visiting Tennessee

Friday, April 3, 2015 11:45:33 AM America/New_York

Put on your boots and saddle up the horses because we're going on an adventure. You won't need your smartphones, twitter or Facebook. Just point the compass south, crank up the Johnny Cash, and hit the road until you get to that place the Mississippi, in all her infinite wisdom, decided to carve out of the Great Smoky Mountains. That's right ladies and gentlemen, Tennessee.

Tennessee is the adventurer's answer to Disneyland. Although, in Tennessee they don't mess around with any Mickey Mouse junk (no offense Mickey). We're talking about colossal mountain ranges, frantic river rapids, claustrophobic caves and high-octane NASCAR. So pack a can of beans and some good old fashioned Tennessee beef jerky because you're going to need some punch as we ride through the Adventurer's guide to visiting Tennessee.

Get Wet on the Whitewater There comes a time in every adventurer's life where they have no choice but to brave the rapids of the Ocoee River. With 10 miles of whitewater washing machine madness, Tennessee will have you lassoed around the ankles. It doesn't matter whether you have to fly down a zip line over red cedars or dodge raccoons on a mountain bike to get to your raft, Tennessee has you covered.

Get Tight in Worley's Cave It’s just not an Adventure without crawling into a few nether regions, and there is no better place to do just that than at Worley's cave. Many travelers have entered the cave only to never be seen again, for hours. Worley's cave is a wild cave, unspoiled by human hands. It has over 8 miles of walkways and some rooms are over 200 feet long, so it's best to stock up on Tennessee beef jerky and some of Tennessee's finest liquid (water, of course), and maybe even pack a tent to spend a night in the underworld.

Get up on the Highline There is no better place on this green earth to channel your inner Dale Earnhardt Jr or Danica Patrick than Tennessee's very own NASCAR Speed park. Sadly, you won't get to drive an 800hp Chevy, but you will get to drive a tiny version of one on a fully banked quarter mile. This is your chance to grasp Daytona glory and reign down your very own day of thunder.

Get Off the Highway Brave the wild on your way up to the Chimney Tops or hike your way along the Appalachian Trail. The Great Smoky Mountains are where adventure is born, lives, and dies. Try summiting the great Mount Le Conte standing just less than 7000ft above the blue sea. Take the Alum Cave Trail as you climb your way up; just try not to fall off the bluffs. Alternatively, if the Ocoee didn't get you wet enough, wind your way through The Laurel Falls Trail and let an 80ft waterfall wash you away.Tennessee isn't for the timid or the weak. Tennessee is for the courageous and the intrepid. It's where nature meets challenge, where the traveler meets fate, and where the adventurer gets lost. There are no paths there, just journeys. If you seek adventure or if you're just searching for inspiration, then bite off a chunk of that Tennessee beef jerky and ride on down.

Posted in Everything Tennessee By Crockett Creek

Nascar Racing : The Daytona 500

Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:53:50 PM America/New_York

The Daytona 500 is NASCAR's biggest race, and is the one race that every NASCAR driver hopes to win one day. Interestingly, it has been the most elusive race for some of the biggest names in NASCAR.

Dale Earnhardt, a Hall of Fame driver, who was one of the most popular drivers, and is considered to be one of the greatest drivers in the history of NASCAR racing, always had to deal with questions from reporters about when he would win the Daytona 500, because at that time, he had won every major race in NASCAR, except the Daytona 500.

What made things more frustrating for him at that point was the fact that he had won every other race at Daytona, which included 10 straight qualifying races, but always came up short in the biggest one of them all. Despite his failures at the Daytona 500, Earnhardt always felt like each year will be the year he eventually won it. In 1998, the seven time Winston Cup Series champion eventually won the Daytona 500, for the first time in 20 tries.

Almost 20 years since Dale Earnhardt finally won the Daytona 500, another popular driver finds himself in a very similar situation. Tony Stewart, a three time Sprint Cup Series champion, who will one day be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, is still looking for his first win at the Daytona 500. Stewart, whose first NASCAR race was at the 1999 Daytona 500, has come close to winning a few times, finishing 2nd in 2004, 5th in 2006, and 3rd in 2008. But since 2010, his best finish is 13th.

The Daytona 500 has also been one of the most frustrating races for some of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history. Drivers like Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, Bobby Labonte and Terry Labonte never won the Daytona 500, in their combined 106 appearances. While some of the biggest names in NASCAR have been unable to win the Daytona 500, lesser known drivers have been able to win it in fewer tries. In 2011, Trevor Bayne became the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500, at 20 years old, and hasn't won any other race in his 58 starts. Derrike Cope won the 1990 Daytona 500, giving him his first career win, but he only has one other win in his 409 career starts. Sterling Marlin won the 1994 and 1995 Daytona 500, but finished his career with 10 wins in 748 starts.

Now in his 16th year as a NASCAR driver, Stewart has been fielding questions about when or if he will ever win the Daytona 500, which has to be just as frustrating for him to deal with, as it was for Earnhardt to deal with. Even though he is 43 years old, Stewart still has plenty of time to win the Daytona 500, as long as he has a good car. Dale Earnhardt didn't win the race until he was 46, and even though Mark Martin never won it, he still finished 3rd in 2013, at the age of 54.

If Stewart never wins the Daytona 500, it will not diminish his accomplishments, and his status as one of the greatest NASCAR drivers, but until he finally wins one, he will always have to deal with reporters asking him when he will finally win it, because it is one of the most compelling stories in NASCAR.

Posted in Nascar Racing By Crockett Creek

The Perfect Deer Jerky

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 4:09:08 PM America/New_York

The Perfect Deer Jerky

There is a science to achieving perfect deer jerky on every try. And like every science, understanding how and why it works is crucial to guarantee consistent results.

There are two main kinds of jerky: one is made from sliced meat, also known as solid muscle; for the other ground beef is used. The beef traditionally used for solid or sliced jerky comes from the back, or hind, leg. This is called the "round", and is made up of several muscle groups. Jerky is mainly made from three specific groups: eye of round, bottom round and top round.

Ground or pressed jerky can be made with almost any cut, as long as it's very, very lean. The process involved in making this type of jerky is very similar to making casing-less sausage.

To make sliced deer jerky you have to begin by slicing venison round with the grain as thinly as possible, preferably around 1/4" thick. One neat trick is to freeze the meat for about an hour before slicing it to help it hold together and cut more evenly. Strip two to three pounds of beef.

Now you have to make your marinade. It's best to use canning salt to protect your jerky from developing a slight metallic taste, and it is very important to use about 1/3 of a teaspoon of quick cure for each pound of beef. Since your meat will be drying at low temperatures, this inhibits the growth of undesired molds. A good rule of thumb to make a foolproof marinade every time is: for every tablespoon of canning salt add one teaspoon of anything else dry, such as black pepper, powdered onion, garlic, sugar... You could even add one teaspoon of liquid smoke. 1/4 cup each of Worcestershire and soy sauce should be enough liquid to dip and cover the meat strips for at least 12 hours, but preferably for a day. Make sure you stir every once in a while so the meat absorbs the flavors evenly.

To dry in the oven: Set the oven in its lowest setting and spread the meat strips directly on the oven racks or a rack laid over a cookie sheet. Make sure the strips don't touch or overlap anywhere. Make a big ball of aluminum foil and use it to keep the oven door ajar. It should take four to six hours for the jerky to be done, but as oven times can vary greatly it should be checked upon every hour or so.

To make pressed, or ground, jerky you could begin by using the same amount of seasonings you would if you were making sliced jerky, and adjust to taste from there. If you don't have the luxury of owning a jerky gun to make perfectly even jerky strips, don't worry. You can roll the meat between sheets of wax paper until its 1/4" thick. Then you can cut it into even strips with a pizza cutter. After this it can be dried very much in the same way sliced venison round can. And once you discover how easy it is to make mouth-watering, perfect deer jerky you won't see deer meat lasting long in your house again.

Posted in Foods By Crockett Creek
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