Guest Post: Diane Hassinger shares her success of her hunt and “of life”.

22 02 2014

 

 

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This was my first time meeting Diane Hassinger from Pennsylvania, but I can promise you that I will not forget her any time soon. Diane’s life story is such an inspiration. Diane’s personal struggle and success gave new meaning to a quote I once read by Helen Keller: “The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

 

I am so thankful that our paths have crossed and I had the opportunity to share camp with her. Here is Diane’s story from her hunt at Rack Nine Outdoors with the Ladies in Camo.

 

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I happened to see a post on Shenanigans from the Field about a Ladies in Camo Ladies Only Hunt at Rack Nine Outdoors in Clio, Alabama. What caught my eye was that it was a buck, doe, coyote, hog and bobcat hunt. This was just too much to ask for. I had found this post only 2 ½ weeks before the hunt, so a lot had to fall into place for this to happen. I am a firm believer in fate and it would work out if it were meant to be. Well things fell into place perfectly and on December 7th I flew into Montgomery Airport to catch a ride with Richard and Nancy to the camp.

 

Pulling into the camp I immediately felt at ease and knew this had been a good choice. The lodge felt like home, and the few huntresses and guides that were there felt like family from the start. While everyone pigged out on pizza, we made our plans for morning. There would be 3 of us hunting, while the rest were to come in staggered over the next 2 days. Four a.m. came early the next morning, with temperatures below freezing, and having not brought all of my cold weather gear, freezing is what I did too! Terry put me in a tree stand overlooking a food plot. It wasn’t long before the show began and I forgot all about being cold. I had a nice 8 point bucks with 2 girlfriends come thru, just pausing long enough for me to know I could not get a shot off at him. What a tease!

 

Shortly after that another 8 point entered my view, and took his good old-time about entering the food plot. He was joined by 2 spike buck that entertained me for almost an hour with their sparring and play. Meanwhile my 8 point was raking the trees nearby and making a scrape right in front of me. After 15 minutes of wonderful memories, I decided that if I would shoot this guy on the last day, the first day was a good day too. Almost right on cue the buck turned broadside then quartered away just slightly.

 

Two young bucks spar on the greenfield, keeping Diane entertained while she waited for the opportunity to take a shot at an 8 point. Photo Credit: Diane Hassinger

 

As I pulled the trigger, I was thankful I was able to be here at this time. You see 2 ½ years ago I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, and underwent a bilateral mastectomy. They also removed some lymph nodes to check for the spread of cancer. Following my surgery, no one could answer whether I would ever be able to fish, bow hunt, or shoot shotguns and rifles again. No one had ever asked these questions of my doctors, I was the first! Well I am delighted to prove to everyone, that not only is it possible, but you can still be successful as well!

 

My buck tucked his tail and hunched up telling me I had hit him good. I sent a text to Terry and continued watching the two spikes play. They never even flinched when I shot, and I videotaped them for the next 15 minutes. Unreal! In Pennsylvania I would have chased off every deer for a half mile with that one shot. When Terry and Doug arrived, we started looking for a blood trail, and panic started to set in. I knew I had hit him good, but there was no blood to speak of. We finally found 1 drop 10-15 feet from where he was shot and then 1 drop at a time, at 5-10 feet intervals, for about 70 yards. I was just about heartbroken when Doug said “there he is”. He had only gone 75 yards and piled up under a pine tree. He was nice high 8 point, and I was thrilled.

 

Diane Hassinger from Pennsylvania and her nice buck harvest. Photo Credit: Terry Garrett, Rack Nine Outdoors

 

The next evening I was placed in a ground blind, in a tract of woods near a food plot. Both Terry and Doug had said to feel free to spot and stalk hogs, so that was my goal. Coyotes were howling nearby as I slowly hiked about ¼ mile down a logging trail from the blind. Before long it sounded like a football team racing thru the woods. Slowly and quietly I inched into a position to see the hogs. It did not take long to find a big sow, and with a lot of luck she walked into the one sight window that I had that was big enough to shoot thru, about the size of a coffee can. Holding my breath I took the 75 yard shot, and was rewarded with watching her drop not 3 feet from where I shot her.

 

Diane Hassinger with her nice 130 pound sow harvested at Rack Nine Outdoors. Photo Credit: Terry Garrett, Rack Nine Outdoors

 

I continued to look for my next shooter, but this group turned tail and ran. After texting Terry that I had a hog down, and that I was going to continue looking for her friends, I marked her location and started tracking the herd. It did not take long to locate them across the logging road. I had to go into the cramped quarters of the paper mills pine forest. At one point I had 3 groups pretty much surrounding me, easily 100 wild pigs, all squealing and rooting and paying no attention to me at all. As much as I tried to, I could not down another pig, but what a rush to have that many wild pigs around you!

 

I am already planning my next trip to Rack Nine with my husband this time. I hope he gets to experience situations like I had here. And I will be excited to be here to share it with him. I am proud to not only say I am a cancer survivor, but I am enjoying life! Everyone should get out and do what they love every opportunity they can. “Love the Life you Live, Live the Life you Love” (Bob Marley)

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This was my first time meeting Diane Hassinger from Pennsylvania, but I can promise you that I will not forget her any time soon. Diane’s life story is such an inspiration. Diane’s personal struggle and success gave new meaning to a quote I once read by Helen Keller: “The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

I am so thankful that our paths have crossed and I had the opportunity to share camp with her. Here is Diane’s story from her hunt at Rack Nine Outdoors with the Ladies in Camo.

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I happened to see a post on Shenanigans from the Field about a Ladies in Camo Ladies Only Hunt at Rack Nine Outdoors in Clio, Alabama. What caught my…

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Surgery is Over!

22 02 2014
I wanted to let everyone know my surgery is done, and went even better than expected!! The sentinel node mapping showed the cancer was truly localized, and no additional lymph nodes needed to be removed My pain meds are kicking in, so off to la la land for me! Thanks everyone!




Breast Cancer-Round 2

19 02 2014

breast cancer collageBreast Cancer affects about 1 in 8 women at some point in their lives. Anyone who follows my life, knows that 4 1/2 years ago I underwent a bilateral mastectomy due to breast cancer. Since that time I have been open about my battle, and recently my battle was the focus of an episode of Yeti’s Ultimate Hunt TV Show, which ironically airs again tomorrow night at 10:30 on the Sportsman’s Channel. Because of my openness, I have received so many positive and heartwarming messages, many of which are from women (and men) who are going through treatment currently.
In late December I discovered another lump, which turned out to be breast cancer once again. I found this due to self examination, and the Doctor’s have stated that my mammogram didn’t even detect it, it was that small. Today I will be undergoing a “partial mastectomy” aka lumpectomy and Lymposcintigraph (sentinel lymph node mapping). Due to this being a localized recurrence, I will undergo 6 to 6 1/2 weeks of radiation. I am sure this will slow me down somewhat. But I am not looking to be down for long! PLEASE do not ignore your body, do self examinations often, talk to your Doctors, follow up ASAP, schedule your annual mammograms when indicated by your Doctor. Pay attention, and do not be afraid to talk to others. Breast Cancer caught early needs only to be a speed bump in your life.
After this small speed bump, I have full intentions of being out bear hunting this spring, of course with my Tenpoint Crossbow, and Victory Archery Pink Arrow Project bolts. I will continue to support Breast Cancer Awareness programs, and use products that donate to the search for a cure.
We are all in this together! I hope everyone realizes that cancer can be just a hiccup in your life. Keep your spirits up, maintain a positive outlook, lean on people when you need support, cry on someone’s shoulder when the stress gets to be too much. But PLEASE never ever give up. Life is to precious to waste a minute of it. As always “Love the life you live, Live the Life you Love”! (Bob Marley)

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Neverlost Ipad Pouch

19 02 2014

neverlost_logoNeverlost has an entire line of hunting and outdoor gear that is predominately orange and black, to make you most visible to other hunters, and others in your party.  The bright orange also makes it easier to locate your Items when you set them down or drop them in the outdoors.

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You can access all your information while your iPad is in the NeverLost pouch.
Photo: Diane

I was presented an iPad waterproof pouch at the 2013 SHOT Show.  The style of this product is completely different than of the styles currently available on the market. This pouch sports an internal earphone attachment that allows you to listen to your music while maintaining a silent space around you. With the earphone attachment being internal, the pouch maintains its waterproof ability while you have easy access to all of the information on it.

This pouch is extremely sensitive for the touch screen, and weighs very little, it is made of 420D Nylon and is very durable. I used this product recently while in Alabama. With predictions of tornadoes moving into the area, we were dealing with terrible weather.

Normally I would not take my iPad into a tree stand with me but I wanted to see how effective the pouch would be in extreme situations. I do a lot of work on my iPad, so I was concerned! If I were to lose my iPad or even the data contained in it, it would be a terrible set back. I deliberately left the pouch exposed to the elements, while I tried to dodge the rain myself. It performed exactly as described-waterproof. Whew! Now if only my rain gear had been waterproof, I was wishing I had a Neverlost pouch big enough for me to fit in!

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The NeverLost iPad Pouch kept my iPad safe from the elements.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

Next, I summoned up my courage to place my iPad, protected only by the pouch, into the creek. I am very pleased to tell you, I am typing this review on that same iPad! I wouldn’t recommend taking your electronics for a swim or using them for diving toys, but you could get soaked in the rain with no ill effects. This pouch will not protect your gear from falls, so you still need to handle your electronics with care. This is a new item for 2013, and can be purchased at http://www.opticsplanet.com/neverlost-ipad-tablet-waterproof-pouch.html?

The MSRP is an affordable $69.99, making it easy to keep your expensive tablets safe from the elements.  See the entire line of NeverLost products at http://www.neverlostgear.com/

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Redring Shotgun Sight

19 02 2014

redring logoDuring the Shot Show Media Day at the Range I had the chance to shoot clay pigeons with the Redring Shotgun Sight. It was set up on a 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, and looked more like a rifle scope than any shotgun sight I had ever used. I was instructed to keep both eyes open, which is tough for me to do since I have been shooting right eye dominant for 40 years.

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The Redring Shotgun Sight mounted on a shotgun simulator at the Shot Show. Note the red ring visible in the sight.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

As the first clay left the thrower, I immediately noticed how easy it was to acquire your target in the sight. I fired and the first clay was dusted. I expressed my thought that the target actually seemed to be clearer then with the naked eye. It was explained to me that the Redring Optical Shotgun Sight, developed in Sweden, has a light measurement system that adapts to the background. So I was right, it was clearer and more defined with the sight.

I called “Pull”; again the clay was blasted into small pieces. I repeated the process with the same results. Just to test the sight and the gun, I called “Pull” once more and shot with my left eye closed, I wasn’t surprised when I missed, but I wanted to make sure.

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Keep both eyes open!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

Many aspects of this sight did impress me; I was shooting an unknown gun, I hadn’t sighted in the scope myself, I had never used an optical scope on a shotgun and I NEVER keep both eyes open and yet here I was shooting like a pro!

I have used the sight since then on my own shotguns and the installation was easy. The sight will fit on any shotgun with a vent rib with various spacers included; so moving from one shotgun to another can be accomplished in just a couple of minutes.

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Very stylish with great function!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

Using the Redring has improved my shooting average by about 15%. After forgetting about keeping both eyes open a few times, and of course-missing, it is now an automatic reflex when shooting to keep both eyes open. There are also a couple of factors that help with improving shooting accuracy which are the Target Distance Indicator and the Spot Metering which reads the back-light and automatically adjust the intensity of the ring.  Both help with the ranging and acquiring of your targets. You won’t realize that all of this is happening, you will just know you are are shooting better.

 

When you handle the sight, you can tell it is good quality. They have used Anodized Aluminum for the main body, yet the unit weighs under 6 ounces. The auto shut off also insures I don’t have dead batteries the next time I pick up my shotgun. They offer a 5 year warranty on manufacturing defects.

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The Redring sight excels at shooting clay pigeons!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

This Redring Shotgun Sight works in all shotgunning applications; wing shooting, turkey/deer hunting, and skeet/clays. Turkey season will soon be upon us, and I will be taking the Redring into the field! Try one out today, and you will see for yourself why Field and Stream named the Redring Optical Shotgun Sight the “Best Sight of 2013.” http://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/hunting/2013/07/16-redring-optical-shotgun-sight.

Learn more about this sight at http://www.redringsight.com/product.aspx. The MSRP of the Redring Shotgun Sight is $749.00. You can find a listing of retailers at http://www.redringusa.com/stores.  

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/01/13/redring-shotgun-sight-diane-hassinger/





Pass on the Heritage with Hunter Hills Journals

19 02 2014

Hunter HillsIn my spare time I enjoy doing ancestry research. I love when I can find one of my ancestor’s handwritten journals. Some of these journals could be a hundred years old or older, and they contain a wealth of information that you cannot find anywhere else. With that in mind, Hunter Hills has a complete line of Sportsman’s Journals. All of these are handmade, formatted and leather bound and maintain a quaint look of the past. These give you a unique place to keep your hunting legacy alive for your grandchildren/great grandchildren and so on.

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Hunter Hills Journals come in many sizes and formats.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

Whether you are a hunter, fisherman, or just like to keep a journal of your day, there is a Hunter Hills Journal made just for you. They have created formatted pages to help you keep track of your hunts and harvests, hunt specifics, personal information, notes, addresses, maps and pictures. They are customized for; Big Game, Fishing, Whitetail, Fly Fishing, Waterfowl, African Hunts, Upland Birds and Saltwater as well as a general Journal. They also can be personalized with your name laser cut into the leather and the title page can have your name or logo imprinted.

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Details of my hunts were easy to record.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

I won my first Journal, and since that time I have purchased several as gifts and for myself. Recently I hunted South Africa for 2 weeks, and my African Journal went with me. The African field journal is a compact 4” X 7” with 110 formatted pages with a MSRP of $30; while the African Camp Journal is 5 ½” X 7” with 200 formatted pages and has an MSRP of $40. The African Lodge Journal measures 5 ½” x 7” with 220 total pages; 120 formatted pages and 100 photo sleeves and has an MSRP of $50 and $65 with photo tabs. I used the Lodge Journal so that I can keep pictures of my hunts right with the stories, and protected with the photo sleeves.

I updated it each day, because of that, my family can enjoy my experiences for many, many years to come. I keep a separate journal for the hunting I do local to North America and another for my Saltwater Fishing. Even with these trips being recent, my grandchildren love to flip through the pages and read the stories that go with each picture. It is not hard to imagine what type of reaction my great grandchildren will experience reading about my adventures. These are destined to become family treasures!

These books will become family treasures. Photo: Diane Hassinger

These books will become family treasures.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

During the summer of 2015 my family will be traveling to South Africa with some of our children and grandchildren. I plan to gift each with their own African Journal to start the legacy of their adventures. This is such a great way of “Passing on your heritage”. You can purchase these at  http://shop.hunterhillsjournal.com/. Hand made in the USA.

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/01/22/pass-on-the-heritage-with-hunter-hills-journals-diane-hassinger/





Mineral Mizer Bags for your Wildlife

19 02 2014

mineral mizer logoMineral Mizer Bag makes a unique delivery system for keeping essential minerals available at all time for deer, bear, hogs and many other animals. These bags come pre-filled with 6 pounds of the granulated mineral blends, blended specifically for different parts of the country or animals targeted. The bags are extremely simple to use.

The moisture activated mineral filtration bag can be hung using the attached lanyard from any tree near the area you want to target. Wet down the bag with water to activate and let it hang; the humidity in the air and rainfall keeps the minerals flowing. One bag can last up to a year depending on your climate.  Refills for the bags are available at a very economical price. These are very different from mineral blocks you place on the ground in that they last a long time, plus when the deer are trying to lick directly from the bag you can get great photos via a trail camera.

Wild Buck Persimmon Mineral Blend

Wild Buck Persimmon Mineral Blend

Mineral Mizer Bags come in Wild Buck Persimmon Mineral Blend, Acorn Mineral Blend, Apple Mineral Blend, and Bad Boarz Mineral Blend. These are scientifically formulated to provide key nutrients to bucks during antler development. The minerals also help lactating does and their fawns. I used the Persimmon in Georgia for bear, hogs and deer. You would have thought I rang a dinner bell, within hours they wild game was utilizing the bag. In Pennsylvania, I have been using the Acorn Blend for deer, although I think they would like the Persimmon and Apple also, even though we do not have persimmons here.

In Georgia, I had bear and hogs almost from the first moment I hung the bags. The area that collected the dripping minerals stayed plowed up by their rooting. The big boars seemed to really like these areas; utilizing the area often. The only thing that could make this product better is if they could make nocturnal animals feed during the day. I let a lot of does and young deer walk, since I wasn’t targeting them, but the big boys came in after legal shooting light–sometimes by only minutes.

You can see the Mineral Mizer bag hanging in the tree on the right. Photo: Diane Hassinger

You can see the Mineral Mizer bag hanging in the tree on the right.
Photo: Diane Hassinger

The Pennsylvania deer reacted similarly. I had hundreds of pictures from the first night I hung the bags. Rabbits were also drawn in by the minerals, and I  realized we have many more rabbits then I had previously thought. These minerals will work for most of the wildlife. I had numerous whitetails crowding in to get their taste of the blends. Sometimes a lot of pushing and shoving took place. The area I hung these bags in is an area I try to keep as a safe haven for does and young deer; I don’t hunt this area.

Soon it will be time to get some new Mineral Mizer Bags hung and I am eying up many new locations! These bags can be purchased at https://mineralmizer.com/products-list with the MSRP of the prefilled Mineral Mizer Bags of $20.99 and the refill package of 6 pounds of blends for a MSRP of $12.99. When you weigh the cost against the life of the product, this is a very economical way to use minerals to draw in the animals.

Download the Mineral Mizer brochure at https://mineralmizer.com/my_downloads/3612_mm_brochure_updated_web.pdf

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This post originally published on Ladies in Camo at http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2014/01/15/mineral-mizer-bags-for-your-wildlife-diane-hassinger-2/