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Solar Eclipse Monday August 21st

The 2017 solar eclipse is fast approaching, and hordes of sky gazers are scrambling to find a spot where they can see the shadow of the moon completely obscure the sun for a few moments on August 21, 2017. For those interested in finding out the time this is all going to happen, try going to and type in your city and state to get the time this event will happen in your area!

Those who hope to capture the moment using their professional digital cameras have been warned to protect their camera lenses with proper solar filters.

But what about smartphones?

Here are some general guidelines for taking successful smartphone photos of the solar eclipse.

Tips for taking a successful photograph with a smartphone

Use a tripod or rest your smartphone on a stable surface to avoid shaking.

Make manual adjustments. Focus on the eclipse by tapping the image on the screen and darkening or lightening the exposure. Do not rely on your smartphone’s auto-focus.

On iOS cameras, a sun icon will appear after you tap an object. This is the exposure slider. On Android cameras, the exposure setting can be found after tapping the gear icon.

NASA says zooming in with your smartphone will not alter the resolution of your shot. For a higher resolution shot, you will need telephoto lenses to clip directly over the existing smartphone lens.

Safety issues:

NASA suggests using a pair of ISO-Certified sun-viewing glasses to cover the camera lens of your smartphone.

Smartphones were not meant for sun and moon photography because the camera lenses are very small.

Using optical filters to photograph the eclipse when you are not on the path of totality is risky.

Without a filter, the sun will appear like a blob of light with pixelated edges in your photograph.

According to NASA, the best way to protect your camera while pointing it at the sun is to cover the lens with a solar filter. If you photograph the solar disk without a filter, you will see nothing but sensor blooming.

Blooming happens when a large amount of light gets focused to a single point on your camera’s image sensor. For example, when you take a photo of a supermoon with your smartphone, it will come out as a bright glowing orb floating against a black sky.

So set some time aside and check it out and keep safety in mind when viewing it.

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Wildlife Embraces Havoc

Wildlife Outdoor Productions has teamed up with Havoc Motor Company, an Indiana based performance vehicle modifier that produces custom trucks. Wildlife will be producing videos of Havoc trucks in action including the Havoc Realtree Sportsman edition due to be unveiled at the end of October 2017.

Havoc insiders state that Realtree model will be available in the Ford F150 and the F250 & F350 Super Duty models and will be available at select Ford dealers across the US in 2018. The vehicle is targeted at the outdoor sporting industry. Realtree, now a licensing firm, is one of the largest producers of camo patterns and licenses it's designs for nearly every product imaginable.

The trucks will boast a 6" suspension lift, custom 20x10 aluminum wheels with camo accents, 37" tire, custom bumpers, a headache rack with a bed winch-for pulling in large trophies like Elk, custom roof rack and lighting system along with a full custom leather interior and hints of camo accents. This truck is sure to be a big hit in the outdoor industry and we are proud to be a part of it.

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Iowa Whitetail Draw Open Through May 31st

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Wyoming Antelope Draw Open Now

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Come for Merriam's...The Hunt Club Nebraska

Excitement is growing -- spring archery season opens March 25, while shotgun starts April 15. Are you ready? If you're planning a hunt in Nebraska, you have every reason to be excited, and this video lists just a few of those reasons, including $8 youth permits and long seasons. Share this video with a friend! Full Season Bird membership available from $799 and Junior for only $199!

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A Look into The Iowa Fence Law Code

If you are an Iowa landowner then you may already be familiar with Iowa fence law.
The law is rather out-dated and there are plenty of folks who disagree with some or all of it (especially those that don’t own livestock, it seems.)
The law states that existing border fences be maintained by both landowners and that the expense shared by both adjacent landowners.
Additionally, if there is no border fencing, and if one owner decides to have one, then that person can demand, by written request, the adjacent landowner to build a legal fence.
“Respective owners of adjoining tracts of land shall upon written request of either owner be compelled to erect and maintain partition fences, or contribute thereto, and keep the same in good repair throughout the year.” (a)
Who Pays for the Fence?
In determining how to apportion fence responsibilities under the statute, many landowners have traditionally applied the right-hand rule: two adjoining property owners, facing each other at the center of the fence along their shared property boundary, each agree to build the right half from the center of the property to the end of the property line. While this is an acceptable practice, it is not based in statutory or case law. Thus, it is not a required method of allocation. ( Iowa Fence Requirements:A Legal Review By Kristine A. Tidgreni July 27,2016)
Let’s go back to the question of my client.
Does he need to make that poor, below-code, fence-line better if he buys the land? Even though neither side owns or runs livestock?
He may need to make that border fence-line better – it all depends upon what the adjacent landowner desires.
For one thing, if the adjacent landowner requests a fence then it needs to be a legal fence. (If neither neighbor cares about having a fence then there is no statutory requirement to have one).
A legal fence means it must meet the minimum criteria the established by the Iowa code.
Iowa fence law code.
What if the adjacent landowner desires, an even better fence than the Iowa fence law code has established as the minimum allowance for a legal fence? The Iowa fence law provides that all partition fences may be made tight by the party desiring it, and when that party’s portion is so completed, the adjoining landowner must follow suit. ( Iowa Code § 359A.19.) A tight fence must be “securely fastened to good substantial posts, set firmly in the ground, not more than 20 feet apart.” (Iowa Code § 359A.20 )

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Wyoming: Key Application Date Information

Important dates for your applications:

Feb. 28-Moose, sheep, wild bison, and mountain goat applications due for residents and non-residents
Feb. 28-Elk draw results available for non-residents
Feb. 28-Spring turkey draw results available for residents and non-residents
March 1-Renewal black bear bait site opens
March 1- Leftover spring turkey licenses on sale
April 1- New black bear bait site registration opens
May 31-Elk applications due for residents
May 31-Antelope and deer applications due for residents and non-residents
Apply for licenses and check your draw results on the Game and Fish website.
Questions? Call us at (307) 777-4600.

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Calling All Turkey Hunters!

It's no secret that Nebraska offers the best Turkey hunting opportunities in the entire country. It’s not just that Nebraska’s got an awful lot of Turkeys, including the highly sought after Merriam’s, Nebraska offers one of the most liberal bag limits available, with up to 3 permits per hunter. Nebraska also offers plentiful and affordable $8.00 youth permits and long seasons.

Due to the over population of birds on our ranch, we are seeking Turkey hunters to help thin down the population.

Now for a limited time, the Nebraska Hunt Club is offering Turkey hunters access to our exclusive 8,500 acre ranch to hunt these marvelous birds.

The membership will allow access the entire 2017 Spring Turkey Season for one low price of $799.00 per hunter and will allow each hunter the maximum bag limit allowed by law. Youth hunters will have one low price of $199.00 and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who also has a Spring Turkey Hunt Club membership. For purposes of identifying eligibility of a youth Turkey hunter membership, the youth hunter would need to be under the age of 18 prior to Sept 1st 2017. Maximum youths per adult hunter is 2. This allows adult members to spend quality outdoor time with kids and enjoy the outdoors.

Spring Turkey Season Hunting Dates:
Spring youth archery: March 25, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Spring archery: March 25, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Spring youth shotgun: April 8, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Spring shotgun: April 15, 2017 – May 31, 2017

The property consists of over 8,000 acres, is approximately 25 minutes west of Valentine and is located in the Cherry County Sand Hills area of Nebraska. The property is nestled between the Niobrara & Snake Rivers and is home to hundreds of Turkey's.

Members are welcome to stay on the property as there is electric and running water for camping or motor homes. We have special rates for lodging in Valentine, where there is plenty of eating houses as well.
Quad and Vehicle Rentals are also available on request. Members will be given directions to the property, an access membership card, and a map with boundaries of the entire property and tips of where most of the birds are living. Go to, click on the Travel Link, Click & Enter the Hunt Club Site and go to Nebraska for more membership details.

Anyone interested is urged to e-mail the Nebraska Hunt Club at There will be a limited amount of members allowed access to this exclusive offer.

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Nebraska Sets Record Big Game Harvest in 2016

Big game hunters had a record year in Nebraska in 2016 with all-time high harvest marks set for mule deer bucks, cow elk and total elk.

Deer – A total of 58,126 deer were harvested in 2016, including 11,184 mule deer. Mule deer buck harvest increased 4 percent to 9,257, breaking the previous record set in 2009. Record mule deer buck harvest occurred in the Frenchman, Plains, Platte and Upper Platte units. Whitetail harvest totaled 46,942 deer, including 27,241 bucks.

Elk – Total elk harvest of 200 also set a record in 2016, primarily due to cow elk harvest of 112. Bull elk harvest was 88, down from 105 in 2015, but included the largest bull ever taken in Nebraska.

Pronghorn – Total pronghorn harvest was 926, including 781 adult bucks. Buck harvest over the past seven years is the highest on record.

This just goes to show that the big game population is on the rebound from the huge EHD epidemic that wiped out about two thirds of the deer population almost 5 years ago. Last year the Nebraska Hunt Club property showed a thriving deer population, with a bunch of Whitetail bucks in the 140" to 150" class and Mule Deer Bucks in the 150" plus class, which equals some great hunting opportunities for 2017 and 2018!

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A recent 2017 study says there's a new optimal time to buy airline tickets...

A recent 2017 study by Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation says there's a new optimal time to buy airline tickets. Travelers often swap theories on the right and wrong times to book a flight.

We've heard it all: The lowest fares are on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. ET. No, Wednesday at 1 a.m. is the best time to buy! You need to book at least two months before you fly. No, you should look for a deal and fly at the last minute! Websites like Kayak suggest when you should buy, or if you should wait, it's like we're all trading stocks
but in the end there's no guarantee. And according to George Hobica of AirfareWatchdog, "There is no secret time. You need to look four times a day minimum every day of the week, as far in advance as you can."

But the latest study by Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation says that 2017 "could be a banner year for travelers taking to the skies," with a new ideal time to book. Based on billions (yes, billions) of passenger flights from January 1, 2016, through October 24, 2016, the study concluded that the best day to buy airline tickets is Sunday, especially if you're booking more than 21 days in advance. Weekends are generally a good time to buy, but not Fridays, since there's an uptick then in business travel bookings. Do this and you "can save more than 30 percent to Europe and 17 percent on travel domestically," says the study.
So, if you are planning a flight...remember 21 days in advance and Sunday. It may save you some extra cash!

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