SHOT Show – Day 3

Had a great dinner with Sky Horse Publishing last night. Jay Cassels and Katherine Menone hope to guide me through the steps of creating an NWTF cookbook. I’m going to keep begging y’all for wild game (all types) recipes and favorite hunt camp dishes from breakfast to dessert. I want you people to make my mouth water. If I don’t gain at least 5 pounds during this project, you haven’t done your job.

6:00 a.m. — The sweet sound of CJ’s alarm set me in motion (his phone, not his snoring). I went to bed full as a tick last night but woke up hungry. Guess I have food on the brain.

8:00 a.m. — Good thing the first item on my list was heading to the Mississippi Tourism’s annual Downhome Breakfast. Nothing says “good morning” like a plate of bacon and biscuits and gravy. It went great with the sweet tea I grabbed on the way.

10:00 a.m. — L.L. Bean had a product showcase, and I got to see all the beautiful items they’ve developed to celebrate its 100th anniversary — knives, duck decoys, a canoe. They also have a wingshooter’s field kit. It’s a sturdy pair of shears and a knife, complete with leather sheaths. Get this and you’ll be guttin’ in style.

Noon — Had an entirely too rushed lunch with the crew from the “Benelli On Assignment” turkey hunt I went on last spring. About half of the gals, show host Joe Coogan and Jason Nash from Federal grabbed sushi. I sucked down half a bowl of miso soup before I had to dash to the next thing. So good to have some of the crew back together. We missed the ones who couldn’t make it. Our girl Julie Golob, rocking awesome competitive shooter, was off signing copies of her new book called Shoot!

1:00 p.m. — Here’s a little show secret for ya. Sometimes you make decoy (not the quack, quack kind) appointments with friends in the industry, just to have a chance to sit down and chill. Not naming any names or saying I would EVER do that…

2:30 p.m. — My No. 1 SHOT Show pet peeve: A company (or media rep) that calls me before the show, sets up an appointment, then doesn’t have “time” to meet with me when I arrive. Such a time suck. I don’t believe for a minute they do it to be malicious. It’s just rude.

3:30 p.m. — Got the scoop on the Magellan eXplorist series of handheld GPS units. I really liked the 510 model, because it has a camera, microphone and speaker to geotag, record voice notes and videos to relive your outdoor adventures. Then you can upload them and share online. I can totally see this serving as a scouting tool as well. If you agree, count on plopping down about $300.

4:00 p.m. — Chatted with Aaron at Source Media Group. They have something like 12 clients in the outdoor/hunting industry. We just touched base to see how we can continue to work together in the future. This is the stuff gear guides are made of.

5:00 p.m. — Melanie Swearingen (NWTF web chica), Katie McKalip of Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and I got together for a little girl chat. I hadn’t seen Katie in nearly eight years. And I’m about helping women in the industry make quality connections with each other, so I asked Melanie to join us. On our way to find a place to sit, we ran into my husband and some of his clients and co-workers and decided to join up for appetizers. Networking can be so fun.

Stick a fork in me, people. I’m done. Heading home tomorrow morning. Ready to see the kid and get back on track with the magazine and convention.

I’m gonna give y’all a break from me for a few days. Let’s catch back up next week sometime. Thanks for hanging.