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Clark range Hunting Lodge Has Personality!

 

AmericanPressTravelNews-Sept. 19th, “Bob and Barb On The Road Again”–What would make a modern family leave California, and pioneer backwards towards the east coast of the U.S.?   When the Echternacht family; Jim and Sandy and their son Ian headed to Tennessee, from their home in Santa Barbara, CA. in a circuitous adventure, they had made the decision to purchase Ken Moody’s hunting lodge, and the many hundreds of acres it afforded for client-hunters since the 1950’s.The family wanted to change their life’s paradigm. No more super highways to sit in traffic, no more anti-hunting,  and negative target shooting people to have to deal with, no more incredibly high prices for everything to continue dragging them down.

Son, Ian loves the shooting sports life, handling the dogs, putting hunters on to a wild boar, or the various other game animals on their hunting lodge properties.  I had a chance to shoot with Ian at their range, try out some fine weaponry, and master-blast a few sporting weapons-it was great fun and in an environment where booms and rifle cracks were perfectly acceptable.

The family are happy campers since purchasing the lodge in September, 2016.  “We knew we wanted to leave CA. so we made an RV out of a 1986 shuttle bus. The bus had a fine diesel engine, and no fancy electronics. We traveled all over looking for a place to land outside of CA. We wanted a rural, quiet place to spend our lives that had water, trees and hunting opportunities. So we coined the term: “Go east young man.”  We finally found it here in Clark range.  Just down the road from great service,  and shopping in Crossville, great neighbors, plenty of room, and very happy hunters are our lot now”, said mom Sandy.

When they got into to TN. they stayed at Fall Creek Falls State Park. “We loved the park, the people and the feeling of being in a state that was more laid back than any other we visited, and upon our return to CA. we looked on a land and business sale site, found this lodge here in Clark Range, and studied the idea of buying and settling in the woods and waters of TN. We took quite awhile to decide, and after selling our home in Santa Barbara, and a few trips to, and from Clark Range, here we are”, said Dad, Jim.

Hunters can stay and hunt at the lodge for boar, Fallow Deer, Black Buck and anything non-indigenous to TN.   Whitetail deer, black bear, and other specially licensed animals require a state license. People who wish to have a mount, and the meat hunt here. Several of the long term clients have stated that actually hunting is secondary to being in the wild with family and friends just to hang together-being happy to just be together with those they enjoy  in a relaxed, non-working environment in nature.

The property has diverse terrain with waterfalls cliffs and caves for the adventurer, as well as accessible locations with blinds for the more laid back hunter. First hunts for youngsters with their parents are welcomed. A few groups have come year after year for decades.

There is no plan for clear-cutting; just cleanup as the previous owner wasn’t around for controlling usage of his lands perimeters. Today, Ian is on it all! A great sportsman in his own right, he appreciates, and has the drive to renovate and upgrade the lodge to its original condition, yet upgrade in the style and manner of what a true hunting lodge really feels and looks like. Mom, Sandy, treated us to a great chicken dinner, and we slowly began to lose the trappings and feelings of the life in hustle-mode. Yes, while visiting, we relaxed and understood why folks from all over would come and de-stress at the Clark Range Hunting Lodge. A guide with 16-years experience takes you & your party on guided dog hunts. There are tree stands, and ground blinds also available for hunters of any age, and physical condition is what you’re in for. Parties of 10 or more have exclusive use of the Lodge and Preserve, and smaller parties too are always welcome! We’re going back for some more of that “personality.”

Located at 1640 Campground Road, Clarkrange, TN.  www.clarkrangehuntinglodge.com

 Phone- 931-863-3203

Note* There are several hunting  and sporting lodges in Tennessee, and we plan on visiting a few of these that are in, or are close to Crossville for Fall features.

 

If You Want the “Outdoor Edge.”

American Press Travel News-New Products June 27th–Crossville, TN.- So we all want an edge when we head outdoors. Especially when fishing, hunting and hiking in “Mothers” back yard. These two items from the the Outdoor Edge Knives and Tools really caught my eye as potentially useful in and emergency and also for laying out our filets for lunch or dinner.  The Filet Flex Pak holds 3-different double tempered bladed filet knives for any size fish to filet, The two stage carbide/ceramic knife sharpener maintains a razor edge for you. I tried it on a knife that needed sharpening and WOW! The blades came sharp so have not used it on these three beauties yet. The hard-side case is perfect for these knives and sharpener. The blades are 6-inch through 9.5 inches. Love this set and can’t wait to be a cutup again once I pop a walleye at the lake or snook at the coast.

 

The ParaCLAW CQD Watch is a zinc alloy, Seiko quartz movement is water resistant to 100-feet. The glass face is mineral glass. The watch is Titanium PVD coated. It has a Lume in dexed display and a Paracord band. You can call this a tactical carry, close quarters defense watch set. When the band is removed, you have a razor sharp hawkbill 1.5 inch claw that can be deployed almost instantly. Hope I never use it for defense, but as a watch its always there just in case. I’ve already used it to open boxes and slice out a few magazine articles from my published magazine pieces for the scrap book. Check them out for these and other cool items for the outdoors person at: www.outdooredge.com  800-447-3343

NOTE: That paracord watchband can be a lifesaver too! Unraveled it is a very tough cord for any emergency use!

 

 

Outdoor Edge Has a Great New Product For the “Real Outdoors Adventurer

American Press Travel News-Oct. 25th, 2017-East Coast of FL. Outdoor Edge has some very fine, usable quality knives & tools for outdoor adventuring. On my return home from my farm in TN. I found a very cool item delivered to my home-office.  The Para-Claw bracelet knife is a terrific and innovative product. Well thought out, I can see how always having a bracelet sharp knife at near instant reach can be and already proved its worth in potentially life threatening situations. My mantra to my family has always been having the right tool can get the job done “right” the first time around. I often explained why a sharp blade saves, and a dull knife can seriously injure. Well, having a para-cord and a very sharp claw blade as a wrist-buddy can do just that; save you!

A former bounty hunter had one of these on his wrist. When his target for a bounty tried to get his gun and fought with him, he cut the mans hand and when the man stepped back to see the damage to his hand, the bounty man cuffed and subdued him quickly and without further incident. A friend of mine name Mat Strumor went fishing by himself offshore in the Florida Keys. He trolled 4-baits and big fish took all of them, flashed across each others tracks and cause the rods lines to garot him around his throat. He didn’t have a knife at the stern and nearly passed out. He had his hand between the lines and as the fish rushed towards the boat there was just enough slack to allow him to reach his filet knife on the center-console. He cut all lines and vowed never to big-game fish alone again. Boy what he’d have given for having a Para-Claw on his wrist.! To get your Para-Claw and an entire group of QUALITY KNIVES & TOOLS FOR YOUR OUTDOOR ADVENTURER’S GO: www.OutdoorEdge.com

Pictures of the Week!

Left to right_ Spider Woman, Spirit Hawk Bob and Awano, our new friends at the Pow Wow.
Helen GA. and ladies following the hatchery truck!

Ah, the “Vette” more guys and gals have crooned over this car than any other car!
Flying motor-cross!