Thank goodness my husband set his alarm, because I sure forgot. Hubby works in the hunting industry too, so we get to be roomies. Good thing, ‘cause that’s about the only time I see him at this show.
He was out the door when I was still putting on eyeliner while simultaneously checking my e-mail. Risky business…
7:00 a.m. — Got word from back at NWTF headquarters that the spring hunting forecast was ready for me to edit, so I packed up my stuff and headed to the show floor to read.
8:00 a.m. — Like I said yesterday, if you stay in one place long enough, folks will find you. This morning, between edits and pausing to chat with people dropping by the booth, I had a wonderful visit with former NWTF national board members Gene Goodwin and Tom Behrens. We reminisced about past co-workers, and I gleaned a lot of insight about where the NWTF is heading from these Golden Spurs who’ve stuck around to help keep us on track. (Look at me! I just made a turkey pun!)
Then Turkey Country’s Shooting Savvy columnist J. Wayne Fears dropped in to make sure his content was still on target. (Pun!) I just love that guy. I know he’s a gun guru, but I think of him more like an industry uncle. He’s one of my mentors.
11:00 a.m. — Awesome surprise! Brenda Potterfield of MidwayUSA stopped by the booth to say hi. Have to say I was quite honored. We’re Facebook friends, and I think she might read my blog from time to time. She’s so nice (and Mr. Larry seems the same way). And you know they have more than a generous bone. Heck, I think their entire skeletal system is built from generosity. Prime example: JAKES Take Aim. Not possible without them. (Learn more about it at www.nwtf.org/jakes.) So when you see them at the NWTF National Convention in a couple weeks, tell them thanks for helping secure the future of our hunting heritage.
11:30 a.m. — Pirated WiFi from the media room again and saw “my other daddy” (pronounced dead-ee), outdoor freelance writer John Phillips. I started in the hunting industry as his intern more than 12 years ago. He brought me to my first SHOT Show way back when and told me to wear high heels. I’ll never forgive him for that little nugget of wisdom. But I’ll also never forget all he taught me.
Noon — Had the best pizza at the Hunter’s Specialties new product luncheon. Enjoyed finally meeting Outdoor Life Editor Andrew McKean in person and just hoped his mad magazine skills would hop over on me. Nice guy. But I was there to see what’s new in the H.S. Strut line-up. Grand National champion caller and H.S. pro-staffer Matt Morrett ran through a few of their new get-that-gobbler-to-your-gun calls.
I’m the kind of gal who likes small, cute things — purses, kittens, turkey calls. Hunter’s Specialties is introducing a slew of “small but deadly” calls this year. Go to www.hunterspec.com and look for the Derringer Slate and Derringer Glass friction calls and the Li’l Strut box call.
3:30 p.m. — Got the low-down on Muck Boots. Of course, I’d heard of the brand but never owned a pair. Learned about the women’s waterfowl boot (brown, waterproof, cozy) and the new ATV riding boot. It’s the first rubber-neoprene boot for gettin’ your mud on a 4×4. Go ahead and Google it. An outdoors enthusiast can never have too many boots.
5:30 p.m. — End of show. On my way to meet with Sky Horse Publishing about the cookbook I’ve mentioned a time or two. Seems like it’s gonna happen, people, so get your wild game recipes to me ASAP.
Vegas love to you all. I’m signing out.