- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Our friend Ann Lewis, who sometimes has to deal with grumpy newspaper writers during part of her workday at the Alabama-headquartered Buckmasters deer hunting organization, last week suggested a number of worthwhile Christmas gifts for outdoors people that are available directly from Buckmasters.
"We have some tempting merchandise for all age groups," she said. "Orders will be taken year round, but to guarantee shipment in time for Christmas, order no later than December 18."
Here's a partial list of merchandise available at www.buckmasters.com or by contacting the Buckmasters Customer Service at 800/240-3337.
The first item is one I've played with, and it's terrific. Give the Buckmasters Play TV Huntin' by Radica a try. This game is frequently sold out in stores. Plug it in and take the hunting trip of a lifetime with the Buckmasters. Connect the rifle controller to a TV or VCR and you are ready to hunt trophy deer, elk and bear with an electronic rifle. Great fun for the entire family. And for those who are just getting started or need help with electronic games, this one includes optional coaching from Buckmasters founder Jackie Bushman. $49.95.
Of course, Lewis wants people to purchase a one-year membership in Buckmasters, which actually is a good deal. A 12-month membership comes with six information-packed issues of Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine, $1,000 worth of gun and bow insurance, a Buckmasters member cap, discounts on Signature Series merchandise, a Buckmasters window decal, hunting liability insurance program and Tink's #69 Doe-In-Rut Buck Lure. $26.
Does a hand warmer sound good? Whitewater Outdoors has one that works really well. It comes embroidered with the Buckmasters logo; has a soft, warm, hand compartment and three zippered compartments for storage or disposable heat packs, two more zippered compartments and elastic shotgun shell holders. $11.95. (was $14.95).
Are you into books? Autographed copies of "Jackie Bushman's Top 50 Whitetail Tactics" are available only from Buckmasters. Bushman began hunting when he was 8 years old and has spent a lot of time in the woods as the host of Buckmasters TV series on TNN. He knows a thing or two about deer and their habits and how to hunt them. You'll learn how to approach hunting bottlenecks and funnels, do some serious tracking, read a deer's mood, rattle antlers and avoid a common shooting problem the flinch. He'll provide keys to accurate shooting, safety, hunting during full moon periods and how to control buck fever. Quantities are limited. $19.95.
"The Art of Cooking Venison" by Albert Wutsch emphasizes cooking methods and techniques revealing the chef's secrets. The recipes in this book use the term venison but can be interchangeable with any of the game animals classified under the deer family, including moose, elk and all variations of deer. Wutsch is a certified executive chef and culinary educator. $10.
What about a knife, particularly the 2002 Limited Edition Buckmasters knife? Buckmasters partnered with Camillus Cutlery to offer this limited edition knife with custom gut hook blade, bird's eye maple scales and inlaid pewter Buckmasters shield. This is the first of yearly limited editions that will be available only from Buckmasters. The blade measures 3 inches, with drop point and gut hook, made of 420HC stainless steel. The full closed length size is 43/4 inches. Comes with a leather pouch. $59.95.
Hotel chain quits animal rightists The national Accor Economy Lodging hotel/motel chain has responded to a flood of calls and letters from U.S. sportsmen and is discontinuing its partnership with the nation's largest animal rights group, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). So says the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, a hunting advocacy organization that has led the fight to get Accor Economy Lodging to stop helping HSUS.
Accor, whose properties include Motel 6, Red Roof Inns and Studio 6, are affordable motels utilized by many sportsmen while on hunting and fishing trips. Alliance Vice President Rick Story said, "Hunters, trappers and anglers from across the country made a point to contact Accor to help its administrators better understand where a promotion of the Humane Society of the United States could lead. It will not lead to the salvation of millions of homeless dogs and cats, but it could easily lead to the downfall of outdoor traditions enjoyed by millions of sportsmen."
Hunters and anglers might want to thank Accor Economy Lodging for its decision. Contact George Le Mener, President and CEO, Accor Economy Lodging, P. O. Box 809092, Dallas, Texas 75380-9092, or send him an e-mail c/o Kelley Johnson at [email protected]
Look for Gene Mueller's Outdoors column every Sunday and Wednesday, and his Fishing Report every Thursday, only in The Washington Times. E-mail: [email protected]

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