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The Nebraska Sandhills – Bird Hunting is my Escape

The Nebraska Sandhills

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Charles, Charity and the dogs started opening day at the usual opening day spot, which is a half-mile wide, flat valley with a set of high dunes to the north, running east to west, and a set of shorter dunes to the south, also running east to west. Charles was assigned the higher northern dune set and Charity the southern set. This is the first year that they split up in 13 years of hunting together and will probably continue to hunt this way. Charity’s pace is about half that of Charles’s, so the ability to determine their own speeds was the first reason. The second reason is that running four dogs puts too much pressure on these skittish birds at once. So, Charity took the older females, Mae and Sue, and Charles worked four year old male, Sam, and eighteen month old female, BB.Bird hunting texas

There are various ways to pattern a dunefield when hunting grouse, but Charity selected a straight up an ambling criss-cross pattern for opening day, starting on the southern, low dunes walking west to east, then turning back, walking a bit higher going east to west, then back again in the high chop going west to east. It was in the high chop an hour after starting out that she flushed her first single sharptail just barely out of range, firing shots that didn’t connect. A few steps later, a group of four got up at seventy five yards, flying off of the highest dune in the southern set, disappearing out of view to who knows where. Despite being a bit ragged from each having a litter of pups this summer, Sue and Mae sprang into action once bird activity began. They covered the highest dune to check for stragglers with no success and the descent down the eastern slope began at a frantic pace. So frantic that both dogs and hunter marched right past the sharptail that cackled up behind Charity, so that she had to take the 200 degree shotgun swing for the double-barrel attempt. She saw it wobble and descend, sending the dogs after a retrieve. Sue happily retrieved the first grouse of the season for team Versatile Hunter and it was captured on her new head-mounted video camera. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBoTg3pINGk

Meanwhile, Charles was working the taller northern dunefield, also starting from the west and working his way east in a meandering zig-zag pattern, making sure that either he or the dogs were covering any possible grouse territory in the complex. As he ascended into the target area, a random group of doves flushed off of a high dune and he couldn’t help himself but to harvest one. Not long after he heard the reports of Charity’s missed shot and her success following shortly thereafter, he descended from a dune peak and looked down onto a small flat amongst the choppy hills. Three grouse busted at seventy-five yards, as if they sensed something, but not necessarily imminent danger as they merely popped up and over the next slope. As soon as he entered the marked zone of potential landing, one got up and he shot it at close range straight on, with BB nearby for a quick retrieve.Texas Quail hunting

After Charity and the older females watched the cattle hustle off of the pond on the eastern end of the dunefield and head for the windmill a couple of miles to the northwest, they stopped for a water break before continuing their criss-cross pattern, back to the west on some of the lower dunes, then finally crossing back eastward on the flat right next to the dunes. Charity has taken prairie chickens out of there in years past, but there was nothing to be seen this year. Once she finishing fully covering her assigned area, she and the dogs crossed the valley to meet up with Charles to get the update of his one grouse and one dove in the bag, but he had more ground to cover and an idea where birds were in the high chop. Charity followed the low dunes towards the west and stopped again at a windmill for a break, noting the lack of doves at the spot.

Charles headed northwest from the windmill into an extension of the same northern dunefield that he had been working all morning. He marched his way to the extreme northwest corner and worked his way back and not soon after he reached the endpoint and began hiking back, the dogs got birdy and three grouse flushed within fifty yards, which is in range for Charles even with a twenty gauge. He took one out of that group and while BB was on retrieve, another flushed even closer. His shot merely clipped the wing and the bird began to run. Luckily, catching running wounded birds is one of Sam’s specialties, so while BB was delivering the first bird, Sam put the lockdown on the attempted escapee to round out Charles’s limit for the day.Texas Bird hunting in the hill country

The sun was arcing higher into the azure sky and getting uncomfortably warm to continue trekking. It was time to return to the truck, which Charity couldn’t see from the windmill but knew it was to the south. She wandered a bit off track, farther east into the valley than she needed to go, but eventually caught sight of the vehicle and made it back just in time to meet up there with Charles.

At first they had it in their mind to sit for doves, but after scoping their two best spots and seeing nothing, they opted to sit out doves this trip and wait until their return to the Missouri River Valley, where they are plentiful this year.

Charles shows off his opening day limit back in town, with BB and Sam, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons

Charity is back in town with her first sharptail grouse of the year, assisted by Sue and Mae, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons

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An Overview of SEO Search Engine Optimization

An Overview of SEO Search Engine Optimization

SEO – search engine optimization plays a vital role in any online business. In fact, it serves as the key to the room of success in the digital world. A person who owns a website wishes to receive huge traffic in as much as possible. However, how is it possible for a website to receive visitors if no one knows it exists?internet marketing

Think about the millions of websites existing on the World Wide Web? Each of this website competes with one another to gain the top most spot in search engine results. But in every competition, one should always have something in his sleeves. In this case, it’s the best search engine optimization and nothing else.

Why SEO?

In any kind of business, marketing plays an important role. So why learn SEO if website owners can market their website in many ways?

Marketing is not enough. There will always be a time when a website owner should rely on exposure than personally distributing leaflets to people passing by. Every business would like to get their company names on the lists of directories and business listings. When it comes to the internet, the real exposure is when the website took the first result of search engines such as Google and Yahoo. The best thing about this is that online business owners don’t need to spend anymore. SEO search engine optimization is free. They should only master the art and spend their time optimizing their website until it beats all its competitors in search engine results page. Imagine the potential traffic a website can get if it will always be in the top results when someone looked for a related-keyword in search engines.

How Is It Possible?

As what was stated above, SEO is an art that every website owner must learn. It refers to the website’s ability to be recognized as the most reliable source for what is being searched. When someone searched the words “pet food”, the search engine will look for all existing websites if they contain the keywords being searched. The more relevant the website looks like, the higher it gets on search engine results. The art of SEO search engine optimization will do the trick.

There are a number of SEO tools that will help speedup the process & help you on your trip to the top of Google, you can checkout some of the best at our Partners Page.search engine optimization - seo to rank your website

SEO includes the perfect choice of a domain name or the amount of keywords used in every page. It also includes the strategic use of keywords to beat competitors. In other words, it doesn’t mean that website owners should only use as many keywords as possible; rather, it refers to how efficient the keywords used. It is important for website owners to use the different tools to look for an efficient keyword. These tools will show a website owner about certain keywords and how many searches were made for those keywords.

By getting access to these tools, people can easily plan what keywords to use in their upcoming content. However, always remember that a keyword with thousand of searches is the most efficient. One must always consider the size of competition on that keyword. In this way, people will never find it difficult to make the best search engine optimization for their websites.

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Truck Accidents can be Catastrophic

 

Truck Accidents can be Catastrophic

A collision with a commercial truck can result in catastrophic injuries and in many cases, death for the occupants of a passenger vehicle. Commercial trucks, such as big-rigs, 18-wheelers, semis, box trucks, garbage trucks and tractor-trailers can weigh tons and create a tremendous impact when colliding into a smaller, lighter vehicle. The occupants of a smaller vehicle may require extensive hospital stays, multiple surgeries and years of rehabilitation for serious injuries sustained in a truck accident.truck accident attorneys

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a trucking accident, compensation may be sought from the at-fault party for medical bills, physical therapy, disfigurement, lost wages, lost benefits, and pain and suffering. The
northern California truck accident attorneys at our Law Firm have been practicing personal injury law in California for several decades. Our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to obtain full and fair compensation in a complex personal injury claim.

Causes of Texas Trucking Accidents

Statistics have shown that the majority of truck crashes are the result of some form of truck driver negligence or recklessness. The most common forms of truck driver negligence, include:

  • Driver fatigue
    Driving over the speed limit
    Failing to yield the right of way
    Driving aggressively
    Driver inattention
    Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
    Overloading truck cargo
    Failing to make required maintenance stops.

Additional causes of a collision with a commercial truck include bad weather conditions, cargo spills, poor road conditions, poor trucker training, malfunctioning truck parts and trucking company negligence or carelessness.

Trucking Accident Statistics

Some interesting U.S. truck accident statistics include:

Nationwide, more than 500,000 truck collisions occur each year.
Truck accidents are responsible for approximately 4,000 fatalities and more than 90,000 injuries every year across the nation.
Almost 68 percent of fatal truck crashes took place in a rural area.
More than 66 percent of fatal truck accidents happened during the day.
Approximately 50 percent of fatal and non-fatal truck crashes were head-on collisions.
More than 16 percent of truck collision victims were between the ages of 36-45.
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Truck accident litigation can be a complex area of law for several reasons. Multiple parties, such as the trucking company, truck driver and trailer company may have different legal responsibilities in a commercial truck crash. Also, handling trucking companies’ insurance carriers can prove to be a challenging task. Insurance companies are often on the accident scene within hours of a crash looking for evidence to aid the defense counsels case. Insurance companies will employ numerous tactics to get out of paying victims full and fair financial compensation. As a former insurance company attorney, founding partner Steve Estey knows how insurance companies work and can anticipate the tactics they will employ to get out of paying a policy. Steve and the skilled legal team at our Law Firm can prevent an insurance company from denying you maximum compensation. Our Texas personal injury attorneys have years of experience negotiating with insurance companies and will fight for the settlement you deserve.

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Caring for Braces – Advice from your Orthodontist

Caring for Braces

Although patients are able to eat or drink many foods while in orthodontic treatment, there are certain eating habits that are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and braces as well as increasing the risk of dental problems. Our aim is to allow our patients to achieve the treatment goals with as few disturbances due to appliance breakage as possible, and to minimize the side effects of poor food choices and poor oral hygiene. Remember, teeth move their best in a healthy environment and in individuals with excellent overall dental heath. Patient cooperation is key to successful orthodontics.Orthodontist

What foods should I avoid?

Food and drink your dentist has suggested may cause dental discomfort should be restricted while wearing braces. Sticky foods are to be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. These foods stick to your braces and remain on your teeth for long periods of time. If foods or drinks high in sugar content are to be consumed, we advise having them with regular meals or at one given time of day. Please make sure that careful brushing and rinsing take place immediately afterwards. Snacks should be confined to foods without refined sugar and should be followed by brushing or vigorous rinsing if a toothbrush is unavailable.

Wearing braces limits the foods that you are permitted to eat. Improper foods can bend and distort wires causing treatment delays and extra visits for repairs. In general hard, brittle, crunchy and sticky foods should NOT be eaten during orthodontic treatment. Hard crunchy foods can bend a and break the braces and wires, while sticky foods may loosen them. Certain foods may be eaten if they are prepared in a special way. Whole fruits and vegetables or any raw foods such as apples, celery and carrots should be sliced and eaten carefully. Hard crusty breads should be broken and eaten in small pieces. Corn may be eaten if sliced off the cob.

Do not suck on lemons or limes (citric acid in juice can dissolve tooth enamel) and especially do not suck or chew ice cubes. Chewing ice cubes can be very destructive to your appliances and teeth. Keep fingernails, pencils and other objects out of your mouth. Do not put anything in your mouth that may tend to end, break, pry, pull or knock off the braces. Popcorn can cause harm in multiple ways. The husks from the popcorn can become lodged beneath the braces and cause irritation of the gum tissue. Unpopped kernels can shear or break off brackets as well as bend or dislodge wires. orthodontics

The following is a list of only some of the foods you should avoid as you should use your own good judgment while eating anything. No matter what you eat, please clean the teeth and gum tissue thoroughly after eating any food and especially before bedtime.

Here are some tips on the types of foods to avoid:

Hard Foods:
Popcorn
Nuts, peanut brittle
Ice
Hard candy
Hard chips
Candied apples
Corn-on-the-cob

Sticky Foods:
Gum – no way
Fruit Roll-ups
Gummy bears
Taffy and Caramels
Starburst
Bit-O-Honeys
Skittles
Milk Duds etc.

Be careful with these foods:
Carrots – grate or cut into tiny pieces
Apples – cut into wedges – don’t bite
Hard French bread – tear into small pieces

Limit foods with a high sugar content

The acids produced by high sugar content foods can attack for twenty minutes or more each time you eat. So, the best time to eat carbohydrates or other sugary foods is during a meal. The mouth produces more saliva during a meal which, in turn, helps to neutralize acid production and rinse food from the mouth. If possible, brush immediately after eating. If it is not possible to do so, rinsing with clear water will help. More information

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Expert answering your Bankruptcy Question

Expert answering your Bankruptcy Question

Question by Big Bear : Chapter 13 disposable income vs repayment plan and secured/unsecured debt? Question about info/rules on disposable (dis.) income and how it applies to Chapter 13. I completed Form 22C to see what an estimate of dis. income would be and calculated ~ $ 1300 (after taking gross monthly income and subtracting allowable deductions). First question, is this ($ 1300) the repayment plan or is a part of the repayment plan? Second question is how does this work w/ secure vs unsecured debt. Is secured debt considered (A) a part of dis. income or (B) in addition to the dis. income. For instance, if (A) it would seem that if you have 2 car notes (calculated for the value divided by 60 on Form 22C line 47) for $ 400 or $ 1000, it would not affect the monthly Ch. 13 repayment…only means that the unsecured creditors would get less…so, no benefit to having 2 low car payments since monthly repay doesn’t change. If B) implies that unsecured creditors get all $ 1300 and the monthly repayment would increase by either $ 400 or $ 1000, the amount of the 2 car payments. Which is correct? bankruptcy attorneys

Best answer:

Answer by Joe the Expert

If you are going to file bankruptcy: Push for Chapter 7.

Find a Lawyer who can guarantee you Chapter 7 treatment.

Chapter 13 has all the downside of Chapter 7 with NONE of the benefits a Fresh Start.

In Chapter 13 you will be a SLAVE to your creditors for years.

If you can’t get Chapter 7 treatment find another way out this situation!

With a Good Lawyer most people who truly are in trouble can get Chapter 7.

Oh and you can thank your Congressmen and Senators for being in Bed with the Banks and Credit Card Companies for this situation.

Credit Card Companies have NOW Become LEGALIZED LOAN SHARKS!

Everyone should write your Congressmen and Senators to STOP THIS ABUSE and END this LEGALIZED LOAN SHARK Game! You will all be affected by this at some point over your lifetime.

I have seen several people go through this game and I have experienced some of this myself. Now articles are being written on it.

Your Credit Card Interest Rates should never Increase because you were 1 day late or ever a couple of hours late (In my case/ I pay through the internet) on your payment and this happens if you do it Only ONE TIME. Yet this is what the LEGALIZED LOAN SHARKS are doing! chapter 7 bankruptcy

They are even changing the time period between the day you receive your bill to the day its due. They are shortening it by 1 day per billing cycle. They are hoping that you don’t realize the change and that you will be late on a payment so they can Raise you up to the default interest rates and Steal your Money. This is what the Legalized LOAN SHARKS are doing!

All with the blessing of the U.S. Congress!

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There’s a new, completely legal game they’re playing, and it can literally wipe you out financially if you’re not careful.

The Universal Default Clause

If you own a credit card, you know by now that if you’re late with a payment the credit card company will charge you a late fee in addition to raising your interest rate. But did you know that they can raise your interest rate if you’ve made a late payment on any of your other cards, including those issued by other companies?

Not only that, but your interest rates can skyrocket to 30 percent or more if you make a late payment on your car loan, mortgage, or even your phone bill!

“How can that be legal?” you may ask. The answer is found in the fine print of your credit card agreement, and it’s called a universal default clause. According to the Institute of Consumer Financial Education, currently almost 40 percent of credit card issuers apply this policy to their customers.

A Late Payment ‘Trigger’

Generally, a universal default clause states that a creditor reserves the right to penalize you with an increased interest rate if you’re late — that is, in default — of a payment to any other creditor. They justify this practice because, in theory, if you pay any of your creditors late, you pose a greater credit risk and are less likely to pay your debt.

Your creditors also have the right to routinely monitor your credit file. So a creditor with a universal default clause will be watching — and waiting.

Let’s say your Visa card has a universal default clause. Any late payment — whether it’s on your utility bill, home equity loan, or Macy’s credit card — acts as a “default trigger” allowing the bank that issued the Visa card to double or even triple your interest rate overnight. Your all-important credit score will be hurt as well.

According to a study by the nonprofit advocacy and education group Consumer Action, the top three default triggers that cause your interest rates to spike are a decline in credit score, paying your mortgage late, and paying your car loan late.bad credit - bankruptcy lawyer

Other Triggers to Worry About

Under the universal default clause, your interest rates can be increased for several other reasons, including exceeding your credit limit, bouncing a check, having too much debt, having too much credit, getting a new credit card, applying for a car loan, and applying for a mortgage loan.

How does this affect your financial future? Take a look at the numbers. Let’s say you’re an average American household, with $ 8,000 of credit card debt. Assuming you make no additional purchases on your card, you have a 9 percent interest rate, and you make the minimum monthly payment, it’ll take you 218 months (18 years) to pay off your debt and you’ll end up paying $ 3,334 in interest.

Now let’s assume that for whatever reason you were late one month with your car payment. This late payment triggers the universal default clause with your credit card issuer, and now your penalty rate gets increased to 24 percent (the average default rate in 2005). It’ll now take you 679 months (56 years) to pay off your credit card debt, and get this — you’ll pay $ 30,813 in interest. Link to this full story: http://finance.yahoo.com/expert/article/millionaire/26303
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This is all true people WAKE UP and FIGHT BACK!

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Helpful Advice That Will Help With Car Insurance

Helpful Advice That Will Help With Car Insurance

If you are looking for all of the basics regarding auto insurance plus some other tips that you might not have heard of, this article is for you. This can be a confusing subject with all of the different opinions and information that is available – especially when a lot of it is contradictory.

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When insuring a teenage driver, save money on your car insurance by designating only one of your family’s vehicles as the car your son or daughter will drive. This will save you from paying the increase for all of your vehicles, and the cost of your car insurance will rise only by a small amount.

When considering insurance for a young driver, be sure to calculate the expected mileage per year. Many insurance providers will provide a discount for low mileage customers. Most likely, a high school age driver will qualify, even if they drive to school and work. Be sure to check with multiple agencies to compare rates.
When dealing with car insurance a person needs to understand that who they are will affect their premiums. Insurance companies will look at things such as how old you are, if your male or female, and what kind of driving record that you have. If your a male that is 25 or younger you are going to have the higher insurance rates.

When you are dealing with car insurance you should always try to find ways to reduce your premium so that you can always get the best price. A lot of insurance companies will lower your rate if you are someone that drives less the 7500 miles in a year. If you can, try taking public transportation to work or even car pooling.
To save money on car insurance, consider raising your deductible. You’ll need to be able to pay for some repairs out of pocket, but if you’re comfortable doing so, you can see significant savings by raising your deductible from $250 to $500, and even more if you go to a $1000 deductible. best car insurance

An important consideration in securing affordable auto insurance is the condition of your credit record. It is quite common for insurers to review the credit reports of applicants in order to determine policy price and availability. Therefore, always make certain your credit report is accurate and as clean as possible before shopping for insurance.
While finding the company that offers the lowest annual premium for your car insurance is important, this is only one of the many factors that you should consider when comparing car insurance quotes. The deductibles offered by a policy, the level of coverage it provides and its benefit limits all need to be weighed, along with overall cost.

As stated at the beginning, there is quite a bit of information in regards to auto insurance. Hopefully you will find these tips beneficial. You should now find yourself ahead of the game if you are working to become an expert, or just trying to get a bit of background information.
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Gas Water Heater Systems for the Home

Gas Water Heater Systems for the Home

Hot Water is an essential aspect in many domestic activities. A testament to this is the fact that it usually accounts for the largest energy consumption in households. Therefore, it is important to have an efficient gas water heater to enjoy energy savings and have the hot water your household needs all day long.
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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy considers gas-fired water heating systems as the most efficient among all water heaters. This group discourages consumers to use electric models as the latter generally comes out as the more expensive alternative in heating water. This is true despite the fact that these models have high energy factor ratings. The group also pointed out that using electricity will not be beneficial to the environment since its cleanliness and efficiency greatly depends on the fuel used to generate it.

There are various types of water heaters available in the market today. The most common of which are the storage type water heaters. In the United States, storage water heaters that run on natural gas are the most widely used. These devices heat water and store them in a tank for storage. Unlike the tankless water heaters, these are expected to last for a very long time with very little maintenance. Also, gas-operated water heaters have been proven to be twice faster than electric water heaters in increasing water temperature.

Typically, these heaters are tanks that stand vertically on a platform or a raised floor. The two most important elements of these are the inner tank and the type of heating element. Experts say that heaters with copper tanks are the best in the market. Insulation of these tanks are also crucial as the better the insulation, the lesser standby heat is lost. Standby heat loss is defined as the heat lost while water is being contained in the tank. To remedy this, insulating jackets and blankets are recommended.

A gas water heater is an essential appliance in domestic households. Therefore, great care should be exerted when using them. Moreover, regular maintenance should be undertaken to increase their efficiency. For people who are still in the process of selecting what type of water heater they should use, extensive research should be conducted. This way, they will be sure that they will be getting the value out of every cent that they will be spending. In addition, they should also assess the scope or the extent of their domestic water heating needs so that they would be able to choose the water heater type that is most suited to them. Find more information about Water Heater Services and Installation here

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Whiplash Injury Claims – Personal Injury Attorney

Whiplash Injury Claims

Whiplash is an injury often caused by traffic accidents, wherein the head and shoulders suddenly jerk forward, causing your spine stretch. This may inflict extreme pain, and is a genuine affliction, though lots of individuals have been known to fake it in order win ridiculous lawsuits.personal injury attorney

Like any injuries, there exist methods to cure it, an ice pack will be required to cut down inflammation, and the individual will need to rest for approximately one day, so it is not really a deadly injury, but that does not by any means, mean that it should be taken lightly. No, it in fact needs to be considered seriously, because if we brush aside the smallest of injuries, the larger ones could be next. You also need to realize that this condition, while not life threatening tends to make an individual immobile for long periods of time, thereby making it unthinkable for that person to go to work. That means that they lose money, and therefore their lives are negatively affected. Of course there is worker’s compensation, however that might not pay enough to keep up your everyday life. So as you can see, it should not to be taken for granted.car accident attorney

Annually, 120,000 people are adversely affected by whiplash, and not only in car accidents, it can be a boating accident, climbing, or even a para sailing incident. What these accidents all have in common, is that they have been inflicted by a person, or or a thing. Some people will say that whiplash is nothing to be concerned over, however an injury that may cause someone to miss work for weeks at a time, and could possibly destroy the spinal column, is certainly something to be worried about!

You need to seek compensation for these injuries, and you must be diligent. You can’t allow others tell you to just allow the claim go quietly into the night, you need to peruse it, and you have to make sure you get every cent that is coming to you, that includes the money that you failed to collect by being out of work for so long. Truck accident atorneys

You may haggle this out with the insurance companies, or even inside court, trying to tell the judge that you are afflicted with whiplash, however the ideal way to go about doing it, is by hiring an attorney. A lawyer that specializes in whiplash injury claims will serve you well, since he or she has had massive experience in this area. Even though it seems trivial, the attorney will obtain the maximum amount of compensation for you in this injury claim.