“Some of my fondest memories are the hunting and fishing stories Dad and my uncles shared with us kids back then – generally around the wood stove, and other times in the field,” said Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. “Unfortunately, it was pure and simple storytelling, so all I have are the memories. Now, as a father and grandfather and having hunted and fished all my life, I am taking the time to write down some of my own stories – for the enjoyment of my children, grandchildren, friends and Customers. These are all real stories that I participated in, nothing is made up; and I write them purely for your enjoyment.”
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The Redneck Diaries
by Larry Potterfield
Part of my personality is to always tell a story, as accurately as possible. It always bothers me when I can’t remember a detail and have to say ‘about’ or ‘approximately’, rather than to provide real data. No one who knows Larry Potterfield would be surprised to see me waving around a piece of paper called the Redneck Diary and reading out loud about the deer, turkeys and coyotes I saw from a particular deer stand — and what time.
There was no such thing as a Redneck stand when my deer hunting career got started; they’re a modern-day convenience. And convenience they are; windproof and rainproof. I normally carry in a heater (when it’s cold) — and stay a few hours at a time; but with some food, water and a sleeping bag, you could practically live in one. It’s fair to say that I’m spoiled and don’t know if I’ll ever return to a conventional ladder stand.
It seems a shame not to document the details of a hunt — things like the date, weather, location and any guest(s). But, equally important is what I see and when – even details of the bucks; for instance, “medium 8 pointer, broken G2 on the right side.” That way I’ll know if he is the same one that comes out later.
I’m not an ‘all-day’ deer hunter, but like to stay in the stand till mid or late morning, take a break and return in the middle of the afternoon. It’s dark when I climb in of a morning, so there isn’t anything to see until first light; in the afternoon often I’ll bump deer on the way to the stand or they will be in the food plot when I arrive. Writing everything down is a bit of a challenge; you have to be looking all around, all the time – and looking hard. There are times when a deer is in sight for only a few seconds, and he might be the shooter I’m looking for.
The actual recording of the data is simple but not easy; sometimes things are happening faster than I can write them down. The binoculars are always in hand, so after I’ve looked things over, it’s time to grab the clipboard and write everything down. Even if I don’t fire a shot, there’s always a souvenir of the hunt – the Redneck Diary.
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Both country kids from Missouri, Larry and Brenda Potterfield turned their passion for shooting sports into a career by opening a small gun shop in 1977 that would eventually become MidwayUSA (http://www.midwayusa.com). They instilled family values like honesty, integrity and respect for others into the business, and strive to maintain this culture with each Employee added to their growing team. For over 38 years, MidwayUSA has maintained an unyielding focus on Customer Satisfaction and continues to offer JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING for Shooting, Hunting and the Outdoors.
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