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Ron Spomer Outdoors Newsletter - September 2016 - Issue # 1
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Well, another month in the life of a starving freelance “outdoor communicator” has slipped away and I’m still not done working. Of course, I’m not really starving, but if you’ve seen any pictures of me lately, you’ll know I’m not exactly ballooning. 

This job — romantic as it might seem to those who don’t have to do it — is like washing dishes at a busy restaurant. About the time you dry that last butter knife, here comes another load of plates, bowls and spoons… 

But of course I can’t complain because then my clients might take pity on me and stop giving me assignments. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. 

Turning down work may be the hardest part of this job. What independent worker with no steady employment, no regular paycheck, no health insurance, no sick leave, no paid vacations and no pension would turn down an offer to make a few hundred bucks? Shoot, all you have to do is stay up late a few more nights and git ‘er done. 

This is especially true for someone who grew up in an extended family of workaholics. Mom and Dad pretty much worked daylight to dark and then put in another four or five hours until bedtime. Speaking of Mom, we lost her a month ago following her six year battle with Parkinson’s. I tried to convey a bit of what she meant to me in one of my August blogs, but barely scratched the surface. Like many born in the Elvis era, I’m now officially the “older generation” in which hard-earned wisdom is supposed to offset hard lost physical abilities. Well, it takes the edge off, at least. 

Despite the cyclical, repetitive nature of outdoor writing (it’s all been done before,) I continue scratching up enough fresh material to remain alert. The ancient, physical laws of the universe continue to surprise and interest riflemen and hunters, so I focused much of my August work on ballistics, bullets and how they work. Response has been large and gratifying. I expect new hunters to be confused by all the arcane names and numbers that describe cartridges, calibers and bullets, but I’m often surprised at how many veterans still labor under common misconceptions — until I pause to consider I once held the same opinions. The difference is I have extraordinary opportunities to test just about any gun, cartridge and bullet in the world — and not just on targets, but live game. I try to explain what I’ve learned so readers can learn with me without having to endure the drudgery all that shooting and hunting. 

While the digital information universe continues to evolve and demand constant feeding, the print market remains alive and seems to be recovering from exaggerated predictions of its demise. Outdoors men and women are recognizing the simple satisfaction of sitting back and indulging full attention to stories well told and information carefully explained on paper. I have added a section to the newsletter to show current print contributions for those who are hunting for them.

As usual we have been busy with video projects. We have a new Perdesoli Howdah .45/.410 Pistol Review now available on youtube and several more gun reviews close to completion.  

Lastly we have finalized terms with a streaming video channel that will bring our content to the Roku home video device. We hope to have an announcement and full details in our October Newsletter.  

Back to the grind,

President 
Ron Spomer Outdoors

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Last Month's Blog Posts in Review:
 

  • MOM IS WAITING FOR HER HUNTERS
    July 31: Tribute to Mom
     
  • WE ARE IN OUR MOTHERS’ HANDS
    Aug. 3:  Thank You to friends for their condolences
     
  • SWIFT CARTRIDGE HIGH GRADE AMMUNITION
    Aug. 7: Swift Cartridge Company’s new High Grade ammo. 
     
  • WHY BULLETS ARE NOT DANGEROUS
    Aug. 10: You know how the media is always reporting about “live bullets” found at crime scenes? This blog explains Why Bullets Are Not Dangerous. Duh. 
     
  • NORMA USA 22 RIMFIRE AMMUNITION ACCURACY
    Aug. 14: Looking for 22 rimfire ammo? Here’s a new supply that’s wonderfully accurate. Norma USA 22 Rimfire Ammunition.
     
  • HOW BULLETS WORK: CUP-CORE BULLETS EXPLAINED
    Aug. 17: Ever wonder how the standard cup-and-core big game bullet is constructed and how it reacts upon striking game. Full explanation here in How Bullets Work: Cup-Core Bullets Explained. 
     
  • CONTROLLED EXPANSION BULLETS EXPLAINED
    Aug. 21: A companion to the Cup-Core bullet blog, this one explains Controlled Expansion Bullets. 
     
  • BEST RIFLE TARGETS HAVE ONE-INCH GRIDS
    Aug. 24: Not all rifle targets are created for the same job. I explain a few things about targets that can improve your shooting experiences and success in Best Rifle Targets Have One-Inch Grids.  
     
  • RATTLING FORKS BRINGS BUCKS RUNNING
    Aug. 28: Anytime I wrap my tag around a free-range whitetail scoring over 170-inches, I’m interested in the tactics and tools that did it. In this case it Rattling Forks synthetic rattling antlers which proved so effective that I bought the company. Not really, but I was tickled when Rattling Forks created a more compact, loud, custom Rattling Forks “Stalker” model with my signature on it. I try to remain unbiased in my role of reviewing hunting tools, but this one was too effective to resist. They’re featured in our on-line store with an introductory 30% off discount. 
     
  • MOVING ELEPHANTS ISN’T CONSERVATION
    Aug. 31: I could write endlessly about wildlife, conservation and the stupid things humans do to screw this up. I resisted the urges except for this one: Moving Elephants Isn’t Conservation. It touches on what MUST be done to perpetuate (not preserve: preserve is what you do with jams, cucumbers, paintings and documents.) Life must expire and be reborn in an endless cycle, and this requires HABITAT. Nature’s habitats, not humans’. 

 

Current and Upcoming Print Contributions:

  • American Hunter, August:  Cover photo of Dall's ram, Doves With Dogs and a review of Leupold VX-3i scope.
     
  • Sporting Classics Special Lifestyle Issue:  Mystique, History and Re-birth of the 275 Rigby Mauser. 
     
  • Sporting Classics, Sept/Oct:  Rifles column review of delightfully accurate Hill Country Long Range Hunter in 300 Win. Mag. 
     
  • Sports Afield. Sept/Oct:  Traveling Hunter column on Iceland, of all places! Feature story on the second highest scoring non-typical del Carmen whitetail in history. I was lucky enough to bag it last December in Texas. 
     
  • Buckmaster’s Gun Hunter: Swift Bullet  Company Becomes Swift Cartridge Company.
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