Ever feel like you're not alone in the woods? With increasing numbers of trail cameras set up across the world, sometimes they capture the unexplainable or just down right creepy photos that might make you feel a little uneasy about being in the woods. Here are a few of our favorites.
"That was mine dude"
"You guys see her, right ?"
"Chupacabras gotta eat too"
"It's not what it looks like....well maybe it is."
"You gonna share some of that?"
That's all folks! Stay safe out there this Halloween!
April was born in Woodward, Oklahoma and moved to Louisiana when she was just a toddler. She started hunting at an early age with her father. She admits, at first, she did not care for it, she just went because she knew her dad loved the thought of her loving it as much as he did and she loved spending time with him. It took a little while but she grew to love the tradition as much as he does. Her daughter, Makayla also loves to hunt.
April started working for Terry Denmon in 2008 at his engineering firm and transferred over to MOJO in 2009. She is responsible for taking care of all graphic needs, in-house and customer facing; she is also responsible for the development of product packaging, trade show booths and much more.
“I’ve been with MOJO for several years now and it’s an honor to work for a company that is so dedicated to their customers. MOJO is always trying to better itself and its products so that their customers have a better and easier hunt.” – April Aaron
DALLAS SAFARI CLUB (DSC)– Last week, Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service David Ashe, announced new regulations for the importation of lion trophies into the United States under the Endangered Species Act. The new regulations allow for the importation of wild or wild-managed lion trophies from South Africa – home to many wild lion populations. The regulations do not allow for import permits for trophies taken from captive lion populations in South Africa.
In December 2015, the USFWS listed the African lion under the Endangered Species Act, effectively banning the importation of lion trophies into the U.S. Last week's decision to allow lion trophy importation from South Africa is a reversal from the hardline decision that was certain to undermine conservation efforts for lions by defunding the model of conservation.
"In the past, the USFWS has gone against is own proven conservation polices and succumbed to pressures from anti-hunting groups," said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter. "Hunting is an integral cog in the machine of conservation. While small, DSC feels this decision is a step in the right direction. We hope this is not just rhetorical and that the USFWS follows through and actually issues import permits."
The USFWS will allow lion trophy importation if, "exporting nations like South Africa must provide clear evidence showing a demonstrable conservation benefit to the long-term survival of the species in the wild." Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are being considered by the USFWS for issuance of import permits once management plans have been approved and implemented.
Hunting has proven time and time again to benefit species as a whole. Africa's conservation efforts are partially funded through revenues generated from hunters. Sustainable use is a proven conservation model that also benefits local economies and societies. Although demonized by anti-hunting groups, hunting that adheres to proven management decisions provides subsidies for conservation and gives local communities an incentive to protect animals instead of eradicating them.
In last week's announcement, Ashe notes that, "Under certain conditions, scientifically sound conservation programs that include sport hunting of wild lions can significantly contribute to the long-term survival of lions. U.S. hunters - the vast majority of whom strongly support ethical, sustainable game management - make up a disproportionately large share of foreign hunters who book trophy hunts in Africa. Their participation in well-managed hunting programs can help advance the conservation benefits provided by such programs."
Ashe also points out the fact that well-managed hunting does not pose a risk to sustaining lion populations, "…it's important to understand that lions are not in trouble because of responsible sport hunting," Ashe said.
The adage of, "if it pays, it stays," could not be more indicative of the situation in Africa. Without money and incentives to protect these animals, wildlife and their habitats will continue to decline and disappear.
About DSC A member of IUCN, DSC is a mission-focused conservation organization, funded by hunters from around the world. With an administrative staff of less than 15 and a volunteer army of 500, DSC hosts the Greatest Hunters Convention on the Planet™ that raises funds for grants in conservation, outdoor education and hunter advocacy. In the past five years, more than $5 million has been channeled to qualified projects, organizations and programs in support of that mission. Get involved with DSC at www.biggame.org.
Brad was born and raised in Monroe, LA and grew up playing sports and spending most days hunting and fishing. Being an avid duck hunter, he was extremely excited about joining the MOJO team in 2008. The knowledge he has gained from using MOJO products and sharing tips and tactics with the loyal customers daily has definitely made him the successful hunter he is today.
“We have a small town approach here at MOJO and want to hear from our customers so we can give the best advice, service and feedback possible. Our goal is to provide innovative products to help any hunter in the field and that’s why I love working here. ‘It ain’t magic if it ain’t MOJO’ really holds true.” - Brad Smith
Tamara was raised in Bend, Oregon and moved to Louisiana when she was 14, and made the south her home. She grew up hunting (just about everything) and fishing, and killed her first deer when she was 11 with a bow....yes, a Hoyt bow ;) Her parents owned a horse ranch in Oregon and she barrel raced a beautiful Appaloosa. She and her husband enjoy camping and ATV riding in the mountains. She has 3 grandsons (ages 7, 6 and 2) and FINALLY a granddaughter is on her way, due in January 2017.
She was previously Terry Denmon’s Accounting Manager at his engineering firm. She moved to Baton Rouge for a little while, and then came back to Monroe in 2011 to work for him at MOJO Outdoors and oversee all the accounting and finances.
“We are a team here. I enjoy what I do and the people I work with. I also take great pride in working for a strong, reputable company that excels in exceptional customer service. MOJO continues researching and designing new product lines and making improvements to the products we currently have by finding new ways to make hunting more fun, interesting, and easier for the hunter.” – Tamara Hoyt
Craig grew up in Lake Providence, LA hunting, fishing, playing football, basketball and baseball. He came to Mojo in 2013 while in college at ULM. He started out sending parts orders in the warehouse and eventually moved up front to his current position as EDI Specialist. On a daily basis, he monitors the EDI accounts, and allocates inventory to meet all vendor needs. He recently started handling Dealer and Distributor accounts as well.
For the most part, Craig hunts dove, deer, squirrel, and rabbit. He also bass fishes when he’s not in the woods. In his free time, he likes to play golf and his guitar, and spend time with his family.
“I enjoy working at Mojo for many reasons, but the main reason I enjoy working here is the people I work with. We work in a very relaxed setting with very outgoing and fun employees. I feel like Mojo is a vital part of the outdoor industry. Mojo's innovative approach to the outdoor industry makes the MOJO name and product line stand out among the others.” – Craig LeBeau
Worst nightmare for a shark diver.
Talk about real life JAWS. Team of divers off the coast of Mexico had the fright of their lives. A great white shark breached the side of the cage with one diver inside. Fortunately, both the shark and trapped diver escaped unharmed. Although the diver got away without a scratch, he might think twice before getting back into the water.