Monday, October 17, 2011

Beautiful Wood Burning of a Black Lab named "Raven"

Just completed this wonderful wood burning of a special Black Lab named "Raven". Burning Black or dark images can be very time consuming layering down levels of extremely high heat to get the true black look. If there's not enough heat the image may look brown or in this case a chocolate lab. Dogs are a lot of fun to burn, I can always capture the true spirit of the animal even through a picture. This wood burning was burned over a fine piece of figured birds eye maple.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Whitetail Deer Report Midwest

It's was a hot September and first part of October with highs in the 70'& 80's. We have many reports of the deer concentrating the movements near a water source. The extra fat reserves that deer put on in the early fall along with a coat that is getting thicker for winter can cause deer to over heat quickly. Whitetail deer do not sweat or pant to cool down so they will concentrate near a water source to bask in the heat of the day. So keep that in mind when stalking or setting up your deer stand on a hot day.
Reports are coming in with many deer taken in or near sloughs and bogs this early fall. Look for heavy trails coming in and out of these types of areas. be sure to send us your pictures and enter our fall photo contest. We have 4 entries so far.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2012 Spring Photo Contest

Prepare you cameras for the 2012 Spring Turkey season! Shine Box Turkey Call is going to have a Flowers of Turkey Hunting photo contest. Why? Over the course of my short 16 year of turkey hunting in the spring, I've seen so many spring wild flowers that only come out in the short window of the early season. Many of these wild flowers only thrive for a few weeks and are gone never to be seen by those who don't venture into the turkeys world.
Turkey hunters have a special closeness to the earth. Many of us hunt sitting on the ground for hours of the day taking in every sight and sound that mother nature has for us. I think all turkey hunters have seen a flower or two and thought to themselves "WOW. I've never seen that flower before!" So here's your chance to snap a photo and win.
The Shine Box Pro Staff and I will choose the best entry and they will win a Set of Natural Gear Hunting Camouflage. (set will include) pants-shirt-hat-face mask-gloves.
The photos posted are pictures of flowers I saw this 2011 season from 3 different states and are an example of what you should submit. Please give us a brief description of the flower if you know what it is,the state/region your photo came from along with your name and contact info.
ALL entries MUST sign up as a follower to our blog site and submit their photo after the spring 2012 season opens in your state. Send Photos to
All photos will be posted and Winner will be chosen at the end of June 2012.

Fall hunting is HERE! Enter Your Photo and WIN!!

We love to post pictures of our followers during the hunting season regardless of the game harvested. Of course Turkeys are our favorite but Ducks, Geese, Pheasants, Deer, Moose, Elk, What ever you chase will fit right into our blog site. Send us your pictures of you fall hunt and get them posted.

I'm starting a photo contest this fall 2011. Send us your pictures of game you harvested this Fall 2011. My Pro Staff and I will choose the best picture and the winner will get a free custom burned Shine Box of their choice.

To enter your photo for the contest you must sign up as a follower to this blog site and send your photos to me at

Nappa Valley Rio

This tail mount kit was made for a special Nappa Valley Rio taken By Stephanie G. this spring 2011. The kit features a full strut Gobbler in a vineyard burned over a beautiful piece of figured birds eye maple..
Congrats Stephanie on your first Rio! To learn more about how to get a custom burned piece like Stephanie's feel free to email us or visit our web site

Fast Eddy bags first Merriams Long Beard

Pro Staff Member Fast Eddy bags first Wyoming Gobbler. After a long battle with a group of 25 birds off the roost,Eddy pulled 2 hens and a tom away in our direction with a Bing Cherry Shine Box using a series of fly down cackles and excited yelps..

The hens came right in and picked with the Flambeau ladies, but the tom in full strut stayed at 60 yards out. After 10 mins the hens started to move out and the window was closing on the full strut tom. Eddy said he was confident taking the shot with his Remington 1100 3" MAG at that range. He pulled the trigger and sent a load of 3" Heavy Shot #5 at the gobbler and rolled him over dead. The range finder read 69 yards. Nice Shot! We will get this video footage posted on you tube soon.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Beautiful Black Hills Merriams

Thanks Eski for a sweet photo of another Black Hills Merriams Gobbler. This bird was taken at 28 yards and came in to a Butternut Shine Box series of clucks.