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Turkey Attractant and Lost Symbol

Business topics are often dull and treated in a mind-numbing manner with power points, bar graphs and columns of statistical data and analysis. This is so often the case that it is refreshing for a viewers to see two unrelated objects in juxtaposition as a humorous device to attract their attention while something more serious is being described.

In the following video I describe some new pieces of gear that I am using for this year’s turkey hunting. Rather that doing this straight-up,  I introduce the outrageous notion that my search for effective turkey-hunting methods might also include something gleamed from Dan Brown’s best-selling book The Lost Symbol, and also use his new book to introduce my own forthcoming title, Create Your Own Job Security: Plan to Start Your Own Business at Midlife.

We turkey hunters get desperate in our efforts to attract the cagiest of America’s wild creatures…

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April 21, 2018 at 12:39 pm

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Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol as a Turkey Hunting Aid

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Turkey Attractant and Lost Symbol

We turkey hunters get desperate in our efforts to attract the cagiest of America’s wild creatures to within gun range. Many times when we go out into the woods we do not even see or hear a turkey, even though they are all around us. Our southern Toms are getting particularly shut-beaked because of an increasing coyote population who like to eat turkeys as well as we do and my turkeys only rarely respond to calls.

In Dan Brown’s books he evokes problem solving methods and the unraveling of symbols to solve desperate situations. In desperation we turkey hunters have been known to purchase a truckload of gear over the decades in our attempts to even the odds between us and the bird. I often carry, for example, a pair of turkey decoys, five or more calls of different types, a cushion, seat, stand and a muzzleloading shotgun and pistol along with all the things it takes to make them work. Since this is often a 5-6 hour event, I am further encumbered with a modest amount of food and water. All this is to say nothing of the camo clothing and accessories that we wear to keep from being seen by the birds 6-power vision.

Based on all of this it is not so outrageous to think that some of the problem-solving techniques expressed in Brown’s book might be of use. In The Lost Symbol, Brown introduces the reader to secret squares in which the numbers added together up, down, across or diagonally reach the same sum, something that was already well known in Medieval times. If our turkeys have  lost any symbols I have failed to find them, even though the book was a good read while I was waiting for them to show up.

I am continuing to experiment with the application of Wild Turkey as an attractant by taking a tablespoon of it in a mixed drink prior to turkey hunting. I have killed turkeys after such treatments, but many more times I have not. Its application as an attractant, like everything else in regards to turkey hunting only works sometime and more often does not achieve the desired result.

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April 20, 2018 at 11:37 pm

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New Blog Started for Business Topics

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I have started a new blog,, to promote my new book and other business topics that I will publish under the Profit® imprint of Whitehall Press – Budget Publications. The new book will be available in August, and the manuscript is available via E-mail to media outlets.

I already have a booklet that is available free to Amazon Prime Customers,  Ideas for New Businesses: Finding Ideas for Starting Your Million or Billion-Dollar Business. The new book expands on this topics and contains considerably more information in its 200 pages. I also have 20 videos on YouTube that go through the entire business-generation process from conceiving of a business concept to the final disposition of your business and its assets.   

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April 4, 2018 at 2:36 pm

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Turkey Hunting Radio with Hovey Smith

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I have revisited some of my turkey hunting radio shows from 2011 that are on The three hour-long shows that I had were A’fixing To Go Turkey Hunting on March 29, Going Turkey Hunting on April 4 and Turkey Hunting Stories on April 11.  You can listen at: and scrolling back through the shows until you find these dates. The shows are also available on other outlets, and a Google search on the title will bring them up.

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March 4, 2018 at 1:53 am

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Hovey to be on Bonnie Graham’s “Read My Lips” Podcast Radio Show, Feb. 26

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009 Tonight at 7:00 PM I will be on Bonnie Graham’s nationally broadcast PodCast Radio Program “Read My Lips Radio.” Bonnie and I will be discussing “How to Combat The Epidemic of Loneliness” by starting a late life business. The business that I chose was “Hovey’s Knives of China” where I took inspiration from Chinese designs from 3,000 years ago and am now making custom kitchen knives from carbon and stainless steels for today’s cooks and Chefs. Another aspect of my business is my Billy Joe Rubideoux line where I rebuild existing knives to make functional cutlery less expensively than building a custom knife from the ground up. An interesting sideline of this business is where I will take a piece of salvaged high carbon steel salvaged from an old Home Place and a piece of broken furniture wood and produce a kitchen knife that can be passed on for generations. The old family home may be long gone, but I will make a knife from things that your ancestors actually used than can be passed on for future generations. These three aspects of a single business illustrate how someone can start a new business with local and international reach with minimal outlay to provide a happy, interesting and financially rewarding late-life career. I have a booklet, Ideas For New Business, that can be used to inspire and help select a new business opportunity that can fit your abilities, physical capabilities, financial resources and interests that can give purpose to life and combat loneliness. This may not be making a physical product. Your new business may be a service product where your previous life experiences can provide aid and comfort to others. You can listen to the broadcast for free on your screen device at: at 7:00 PM on Monday or at other times by going to the show’s backlog catalog.

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February 26, 2018 at 5:04 pm

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Toy Promotes Drug Use to Pre-School Children

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A toy jeep sold at the candy counter of a mass-market outlet in Georgia has a pill bottle that is filled with objects that look like pills in an apparent attempt to encourage children to think of potentially dangerous pills as candy.

While shopping at his Sandersville, Georgia, Wal-Mart, Outdoor Writer Wm. Hovey Smith noticed among the candies at the check-out station an appealing camouflaged model of a WW II Jeep with a transparent plastic bottle on the back filled with what appeared to be pills. Contained in the sealed screw-topped bottle were 51 white, yellow and green pill-shaped objects which were described as candy on the product label.

Smith immediately purchased one of the toys and took it to the customer-service desk and asked to speak to the store manager. He explained to the manager than these looked so much like real medications that they could be construed to be nothing else. The result would logically be that the toy would encourage preschool age kids to think that all pills were candies. Smith thought that there was a real danger of active 3-year-olds raiding their families medicine cabinets looking for more.

The local store manager agreed. He said that he would contact Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, and ask for permission to removed the product from his store’s shelves. In addition he said that this could also result in this product being withdrawn.

The nation already has what the Centers for Disease Control and President Trump has described as a opioid epidemic.” This product’s candy pills can encourage children to think of medications as candy and contribute to even more overdoses in children. This is especially dangerous as a child may come down with symptoms and not be able to tell anyone what medications he took.

While visiting his local dentist, chiropractor and veterinarian, he showed the toy to professionals in these offices and found universal agreement that this product should not be sold. His local vet called it , “A really bad idea.”

An attached label revealed that the toy was the “Tough Traxx Off-Road Vehicle with Candy” distributed by Frankford Candy LLC. of Philadelphia, PA. The contents of the pills were listed as being Dextrose, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup, Gum Arabic, Citric Acid, artificial flavors, artifical colors and Titanium Dioxide. The company’s website is listed as The product is also labeled “Product of China,” but does not definitively state the origin of the candy pills.

After a half-hour of trying he managed to contact the Customer Service Department in Bentonville, and lodged a formal complaint (no. 171030011163). The person at the help desk said that this information, “would be forwarded to her superiors.”

In the meantime Smith also contacted the Environmental Health Specialist at the Washington County Health Department who informed him that this was not in her jurisdiction, but provided a number for the State Department of Agriculture who had jurisdiction over matters of retail trade. No one was available at the Gainsville office to take the call as of the close of business on Monday.

I encourage all who read this to contact their local stores and request that this product be pulled. If you would like a copy of this photograph or for more information in regards to a story for your local media contact me via E-mail at


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October 31, 2017 at 5:32 am

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During a Disaster Could You Kill, Clean and Cook an Animal to Feed Your Family?

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This deer taken from an urban environment could provide food for your family and friends for several days in the event of a natural disaster. Would you know how to process and cook it?

It seems that we have a new horrific natural disaster hitting somewhere in North America every week. It might be a record-strength hurricane like Irma that left millions of people in Florida without power for weeks which was followed by Maria which has just ravaged Puerto Rico with projected power outages for months. In the meantime, people are still digging out from an earthquake in Mexico City while forest fires are ravaging much of the Western U.S.

For those of us fortunate enough not to be hit by any of these present disasters, it appears nearly certain that sometimes during our lives we and our families will someday be at peril. With electric power out and food distribution systems torn up, being able to make meals from live animals will become an increasingly vital skill. This is something that many of our grandparents did every day, but these skills and arts are now largely lost to most in modern society.

The percentage of the population in the U.S. that actively hunts is usually said to be about 7 percent. The percentage of those who actually process their own meat is likely now down to about 2 percent. So even among hunters, this is a rapidly vanishing skill. Only in that segment of the population who are recent immigrants, particularly those from Central America, is this percentage of people who know how to do live-animal-processing appreciably higher.

If you do not have electricity and refrigeration, the only practical way to transport animal products is while they are still alive. Humans are not the only creatures impacted by natural disasters and thousands of heads of livestock also perish or are injured. Some of these may be salvaged for food. When people are threatened with not only hunger but starvation, using local resources becomes increasingly important.

E-mail new cover backyard deerOne reason that I wrote my book, Backyard Deer Hunting: From deer to dinner for pennies per pound, was to provide a primer for those who had seldom or never hunted on how to kill, process and cook a variety of wild game animals. Included in the book are recipes than anyone can cook. The soft-cover book is supplemented by an E-book version along with a video versions. Among my over 650 videos are those that show the details of processing deer, wild hogs and alligators.

The value of owning a printed book is that it does not depend on the presence of electric power or access to the Web to be useful. My book, and others like it, should be on the shelves of community libraries and in community shelters all over the country. The softcover is available from, other E-commerce book outlets and on order from your local bookstore.

E-sources for information on game processing are presently being restrained.  I was recently informed that my videos that featured game processing would no longer receive money from Google placed ads because, “They are not suitable for all advertisers.”  I strongly disagree as I am showing the advertiser’s audience how to keep themselves alive in stressful times by being able to process their own food. Blood and guts are shown, but the great majority of the population still feed on living creatures, even if they are packaged in Styrofoam and plastic wrap. Mine just come packaged in hide and fur.

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Prototype Rib Chopper (bottom) with blank for commercial version (Top).

More recently I have introduced the Billy Joe Rubideoux line of cooking tools, where I make cutlery instruments from found steels. These have included Chef’s knives made from found steels and a heavy cleaver forged from a lawnmower blade and handled with water pipe. These were made on a homemade forge. I also have YouTube videos on this topic. The governing rule for the Billy Joe line is,  “Take what you have and make what you need.” The easy way to find my videos is to Google “Hovey hunts video” or any other combination of terms that reflects your current search interests.

A couple of cautions if you are attempting to cook in a disaster situation. Do not use racks from refrigerators for grilling. They are often coated with toxic cadmium. This metal is fine at room temperature, but is vaporized with heat and may result in a difficult to diagnose heavy metal poisoning. Also do not cook using painted or preserved wood. The paint may contain lead and the preserved wood arsenic and/or other toxic materials. Similarly, avoid burning tires or asphalt shingles unless you need to make a smoke signal. Remember the potential for Carbon Monoxide deaths resulting from burning any fuel in confined spaces. The gas has no odor, it cannot be seen and is deadly.

Disasters, both natural and man-made are now parts of many people’s everyday lives. If one should visit you and your family at some stage be ready and learn how to secure and process your own food should the need arise.


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September 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

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