There are literally thousands of new and innovative products for
the hunter, angler and shooting enthusiast being introduced to the
market every year, but not all are destined to be sales and
marketing success stories.
Shoot and Season Birds-Simultaneously?
Here at Offbeat Outdoors, we’re always on the lookout for new and
innovative hunting, fishing and outdoor-related products.
Still, we’re not sure what to think about a new item recently
brought to our attention.
The folks at Season Shot (“Ammo with flavor)” have introduced
new shotgun ammo that will not only bring down your quarry in
flight, but will also season it with your choice of spices at the
We don’t make this stuff up.
The company catchphrase is “Shoots, Kills, Seasons.”
The Season Shot Web site notes that the pellets contained in its
shotgun shells are comprised of “tightly packed seasoning bound by
a fully biodegradable food product.”
The makers claim the seasoning is injected into the bird on
impact, seasoning the meat from the inside out. When the bird is
cooked, the seasoning pellets melt into the meat spreading the
flavor to the entire bird.
“Forget worrying about shot breaking your teeth and start
wondering about which flavor shot to use!” reads the company’s
Flavors include Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Garlic, Teriyaki and Honey
If you’ve ever busted a tooth on shot remaining inside your duck
or quail breast, Season Shot might sound like a pretty cool
But, I don’t know. The way I shoot, I’m convinced I’d send far
more pepper and garlic harmlessly into the atmosphere than onto my
Dirty Little Secrets
Have you ever seen those enormous SUVs passing you during your
morning commute and wondered how many of them are actually ever
used for a real-life off-road hunting, fishing or camping
experience? Well, thanks to a new product, Tahoe and Escalade
owners don’t even have to leave the driveway to make their vehicles
look like they’ve just returned from a Florida swamp buggy
Well, urban-bound SUVers can rejoice! With Spray-On Mud, their
mammoth Suburban and Expedition can have that “authentic, off-road
look” in a matter of seconds.
For about $14.50 US, buyers receive 0.75 liters (.85 quarts) of
genuine muddy water, bottled in the rural countryside located near
the England-Wales border. The objective, according to its Web site,
is “to give your neighbors the impression you’ve just come back
from a day’s shooting or fishing–anything but driving around town
all day or visiting the retail park.”
Unfortunately, law enforcement authorities in Britain are not
enthused about Spray-On Mud. It seems some motorists are using the
product to obscure their license plates so the numbers cannot be
read by the automatic number plate recognition equipment that’s
used to identify speeders.
Aside from that small glitch, we can see where there’d be a
potentially limitless market for such a product in the US. In fact,
some outdoor entrepreneur could offer a wide selection of regional
mud vintages, for the SUV driver who not only wants to look like
he’s the rugged outdoors type, but widely-traveled as well. For
example, he could have Spray On Greasy Gumbo, from Montana’s
Missouri Breaks, Spray On Red Clay from the Carolina hills, Spray
On Swamp Muck from the bayou backcountry, Spray On Mississippi Mud,
from the shores of the big muddy–the list goes on and on!
Does your retriever have a special taste for cowpies or a soft spot
for carrion? If so, you may want to check out the new
charcoal-lined canine underwear designed to reduce the odor caused
by canine flatulence.
It may be just the thing for those long rides back from the
duckblind inside an enclosed SUV.
Iowa-based Flat-D Innovations has produced similar products to
be worn by two-legged stinkers for several years. Company owner
Frank Morosky said he could only laugh when people first asked if
he could make it work for dogs.
Two versions are now marketed on Flat-D’s Internet site: One,
the sexy “Doggone Thong” model, carries a $20 pricetag. The other,
a denim diaper with a detachable charcoal pad inside, goes for
A further note to hunters: Your days of “blaming the dog” may be