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Bill Bartee and Wes Lawson talk local events, facts and life in the great outdoors!

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Bill Bartee and Wes Lawson talk local events, facts and life in the great outdoors!

    Father’s Day with Ray Matthews

    Father’s Day with Ray Matthews

    Segment 3, June 3rd, 2023

    Ray Matthews joins the program to talk about Father's Day.  He's written several articles & journals about being a sportsman.  He's covered from wing shooting, trout fishing, & helping introducing the outdoors to his children.

    This interview takes place while Ray is in south Florida, visiting his son Ryan. He'll take the opportunity to do some fly fishing for peacock bass.  He's already fished all over the Carolinas & U.S. with a fly rod.

    This conversation ends up being about Matthews committing to get his sons outside:  dove hunting, fishing, & camping

    He'd take them on trips individually so he could have time to bond with them.  This made their time together more special.

    Outfitting for the trips started at Jesse Brown's.  A visit with the bear & checking out the magazines.  Many of Matthews articles have ended up in some of those magazines like Sporting Classics. He has an article in the March/April 2023 issue.

    The gift of time is the main thing that the outdoors offers.  Time & memories given in the past are coming back full fold to Ray.  His statement, "the teacher becomes the student" is fitting because his sons are helping introduce him to new outdoor sports for him to enjoy in his "old age."

    Another article unpublished "Father's Day on the Caney Fork" by Matthews recollected the end of a great father/son trip, "..but mostly we talked about how blessed we were to be alive and able to experience a day like this together.  I told him how proud I was of him and his brother on this Father’s Day.  I didn’t ask, but I was hoping he was proud of his Father too.  I reminded him that life has a finish line.  And finally, to fear not death, but rather never living your life."

    Happy Father's Day!  Remember to get outside with your children or dad or granddad, even if for just a bit.

    Host Bill Bartee wore his sun protective shirts  rashguards & a pair of Keen Sandals while carrying his gear in a Filson Medium Duffle during the interview with Ray Matthews.





    • 19 min
    Delayed Harvest Waters & Summer Weather Predictions

    Delayed Harvest Waters & Summer Weather Predictions

    Segment 1, May 27, 2023

    The Carolina Outdoors, powered by the Charlotte outdoor store, Jesse Brown's, begins with a busy time in late spring. We are getting towards the end of delayed harvest season.  This program began in the early 1990's to help promote trout fishing in NC.

    The program stocked streams for catch & release fishing from October 1st to the 1st Saturday in June.  The reason the harvest starts in June is because the water in these streams warms too much for trout survival.  Therefore anglers are allowed to keep the fish in June, July, August, & September.

    Speaking of warmth, there is meterologist news on the Carolina Outdoors.

    Here’s what experts are predicting for this summer’s weather across the US, as Matthew Cappucci writes for The Washington Post:''

    "The predictions come from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, but they’re echoed by AccuWeather. Weather.com, meanwhile, is hewing toward a cooler than average start to the summer for the southern U.S., taking a more aggressive stance on the role that a burgeoning El Niño pattern will play.

    Overall, a few highlights stood out between the three outlooks:

    Chilly water temperatures off the Pacific Coast and soggy soils in California may delay the arrival of brutal heat for the West Coast

    The Pacific Northwest is looking hotter and drier than normal

    The Plains and perhaps Midwest will see the eventual emergence of above-average temperatures

    The jury is out for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, where the varying forecast enterprises have differing opinions

    Cooler weather is likely over the southern United States for June due to the position of key weather systems influenced by a budding El Niño

    Host Bill Bartee & Producer TJ Boggs think that the weather thus far in spring 2023 matches the weather.com prediction:  "Weather.com believes that the southern U.S. will see a cooler start to summer. The National Weather Service agrees that the start of summer will be cool & the second half of summer will feature heat that will compensate."

    The fly shop in Charlotte, Jesse Brown's, has a fantastic selection of sun protection clothing to keep you cool and sun-protected.

    • 9 min
    Coyotes & Hiking in the Heat

    Coyotes & Hiking in the Heat

    Segment 2, May 27, 2023

    Remember the spider lilies.  Landsford Canal State Park is the place to see the bloom. It's only an hour south of Charlotte & full of flowers, good trails, & wildlife.

    Speaking of wildlife: Mary Ramsey of the Charlotte Observer reports on the recent NC WIldlife Resource Commission statement.

    "'Coyotes are common throughout North Carolina, including in cities and suburbs,'" and while they’re not very prone to attacking people or pets, incidents can happen. But there are steps you can take to stay safe. Here’s what to know about coyote behavior and how to keep yourself and your pets safe:


    Instances of coyotes attacking humans “are very rare,” the wildlife commission advises.

    However, “pup season brings an added factor to interacting with coyotes” because a coyote with vulnerable pups nearby is more likely to stand its ground.

    “This time of year, if you pass through a brushy or wooded area and notice a coyote watching you or following you at a distance, it could have a den nearby,” biologist Falyn Owens said in the group’s statement.

    “Calmly leave the area and notify others if you are near a public trail.”

    HOW TO PROTECT PETS FROM COYOTES Coyotes naturally prey on rodents and can sometimes mistake small pets, including cats and small-breed dogs, as food, the wildlife commission cautions. The group recommends keeping a close eye on pets when outside to reduce the risk of an incident. Other steps you can take to protect your pet include: Keeping pets behind a dog-proof fence that is at least 6 feet tall and prevents digging underneath Keeping pets on leashes or harnesses when outside fenced-in areas Picking up your pet if you see a coyote or suspect one is nearby when outside with your pet Feeding your pets inside and keeping food waste in secure containers Keeping bird seed off the ground, because it “can attract rodents and wildlife that prey on them”

    HOW TO HAZE A COYOTE When coyotes “have adapted to urban and suburban environments,” the Humane Society of the United States explains, they are more likely to hang out around populated areas, posing risks to them and people and pets. The group recommends “hazing” — “a method that makes use of deterrents to move an animal out of an area or discourage an undesirable behavior or activity” — as a technique for humanely getting rid of coyotes who’ve become accustomed to people. Hazing methods include:

    “Yelling and waving your arms while approaching the coyote” Using noisemakers, such as whistles, air horns, bells, “shaker” cans full of marbles or pennies, pots, lid or pie pans banged together Spraying the coyote with water from a garden hose or a vinegar water mixture Throwing sticks or other items such as tennis balls towards the coyote, but not directly at it.

    Also in the news:  A person died hiking a popular trail in the Grand Canyon National Park. Helena Wegner reports on a 36-year old hiking the Bright Angel Trail on May 14th, 2023, was found unresponsive.  They had hiked 8-miles down to the Colorado River & were attempting to hike out in the same day.

    Rangers also warned visitors of hiking in hot weather in the coming weeks. Parts of the trail can reach temperatures as high as 120 degrees, including in the shade, officials said. The inner canyon shouldn’t be hiked in the summer between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. because that’s when hikers report the most heat-related illnesses, park officials said.

    When temperatures are extremely high, some people’s bodies can have trouble regulating temperature. In some cases, people can experience heat exhaustion and have muscle cramps, nausea, weakness and cold or clammy skin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    If heat exhaustion persists for too long, however,

    • 10 min
    Wildlife in Warmer Weather with Song Dog Wildlife

    Wildlife in Warmer Weather with Song Dog Wildlife

    Segment 3, May 27, 2023

    It has been in the news lately.  Bats in high schools, alligator attacks in Florida, bears in the Asheville-area, & snake sightings occurring more frequently.

    As the weather warms, we all head for the outdoors.  Whether it is a hiking, fishing, golfing trip, or working in the yard we interact more with wildlife.

    Andrew Cole, owner/operator of Song Dog Wildlife Management comes on to the Carolina Outdoor podcast to educate us on what's happening & what we should do.

    We'll learn that warm weather doesn't just get us outside.  It starts moving snakes around more.  He'll talks about identifying them, how to handle them, and a few extraction stories along the way.  After snakes comes the subject of bats, squirrels, & then the namesake of the company, the song dogs, the coyote.

    The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said in a statement that more coyotes are being seen right now because they are out seeking food.  Primarily in order to feed their young litter of pups.  Although they don't interact with humans much, Cole warns us that coyotes with pups can be unpredictable.

    The wildlife commission states, “pup season brings an added factor to interacting with coyotes”.  This time of year, if you pass through a brushy or wooded area and notice a coyote watching you or following you at a distance, it could have a den nearby,” biologist Falyn Owens said in the group’s statement.

    “Calmly leave the area and notify others if you are near a public trail."

    Cole has been in business over ten years as the owner of Song Dog Wildlife.  His company deals with nuisance wildlife, prevention, re-entry, & education and consultation.

    During the interview, Bill Bartee, host of the Carolina Outdoors, mentioned that there have been several Pepper or Bear Spray phone calls for coyote personal protection.

    It never fails that when the weather warms, so do the wildlife sightings.

    Bartee interviewed Cole holding a Pepper Spray cannister provided Charlotte fly shop, Jesse Brown's, while wearing the ever-popular, Patagonia Stand Up Shorts from Jesse Brown's.



    • 20 min
    The Start of the Southpark Fire

    The Start of the Southpark Fire

    Segment 1, May 20th,2023

    Bill Bartee, host of the Carolina Outdoors, describes his phone call on Thursday morning (May 18th, 2023).  After arriving to work at Jesse Brown's, the outdoor store located in the Southpark area of Charlotte.

    The caller said, "There's a lot of smoke coming from your area.  What's going on?"

    Bartee describes his circling the building to find the smoke which quickly accelerated into a large, five-alarm fire.

    Jesse Brown's & the Carolina Outdoors team all wish the best for those affected by this fire tragedy in Southpark.

    Flowers, Graduation gift ideas, & the number of people that are biking around the world & a reminder of jet ski & personal watercraft safety as the weather warms.

    • 9 min
    Graduation Gift Ideas from Christopher Lawing

    Graduation Gift Ideas from Christopher Lawing

    Segment 2, May 20th, 2023

    Graduation is always an exciting time each year. The graduates are ready for whatever exciting future is ahead for them.  That next step. That next job. That next school.

    Recently, JB personalities, Angie Marshall & Christopher S. Lawing, did a presentation of graduation gift ideas on both Facebook & Instagram.

    These items included a both symbolic & functional gift:  The Fishpond Cabin Toiletry Kit from Jesse Brown's celebrates the travels to come but also acts as the perfect travel container.

    One gift for a graduate that helps represent the outdoor life while still recognizing their rugged, American-style is the Filson Dryden Briefcase.

    For someone that needs a good graduation gift in a large number, these flashlights will help guide the way from graduation into the future.

    Lawing also describes the YETI Rambler 20 oz. at Jesse Brown's.  A perfect engraveable gift for the graduate who may need coffee in the future.

    Bill Bartee, the host of the Carolina Outdoors, reminds Lawing that his graduation included a project that ended up being another great, graduation gift.  His book, Charlotte Signs of the Times.

    Travel underwear was worn during the taping of this segment.

    • 12 min

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