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In Honor Of Staff Sgt. John Reiners

I called my friend Jeff Wever of Dry Hands Minnow Buckets the other day to say hello and make plans for attending the Outdoorama show in Novi the last weekend of February. I could tell he was feeling down and asked what was bothering him. He sadly, but proudly, told me his nephew, 24 year old Army Ranger John Reiners, was serving his third tour in Afghanistan. His tour was almost over and his father was planning an ATV trip with his son when he came home this summer.
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle rode into his squad of five Army Rangers and Marines while on patrol and detonated a bomb, killing John and two of his mates and seriously wounding the other two. I welled up inside as my buddy filled me in with some of the details. I was saddened, but also felt another emotion as well – pride. I know the wife and young son he left are devastated, but also feeling pride. I never met John Reiners. I never even heard his name before my pal told me his melancholy tale. But I feel big pride in a big way.


We all must always be proud. Proud of our men and women fighting on the other side of the world to protect and preserve our country. Preserving our way of life. Preserving our respect for life. Protecting our families. If we weren’t fighting the enemy, who strives to wipe us off the face of the earth, in the Iraq/Afghanistan theater, blood would be spilling on our soil. Innocent American citizens would be wounded and dying in our towns and cities. Dying in our families neighborhoods.


We owe the soldiers and sailors who make huge sacrifices themselves, often making the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life. Sacrificing so we can live, laugh and love. So we can fish and hunt. So we can hit the trails by snowmobile or ATV. So we can hit the water in our boats. So I can go to the Outdoorama and not worry that some crazy jihadist is going to set off a bomb and ruin a lot of folks lives.


So be proud and shake the hand of every military person you meet. Pay for their meal. Buy them a beverage. Pay it forward. And pray for peace.


The show season is winding down. Make sure you check one out, grab your kids or a pal and head to a show. You’ll learn a lot, have some fun and be better off for it.


See you on the water, in the woods or at the show!




AnglerQuest & Team LureSecure offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. John Reiners. Please take a few moments to honor him by learning more about him ….

Army Staff Sgt. John Reiners Killed in Action
Lake Hamilton Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
Lake Hamilton Soldier John Reiners Dies in Afghanistan
Lake Hamilton Soldier Dies in Blast
Funeral Monday for Lake Hamilton Soldier Killed in Afganistan
Funeral Set for Lake Hamilton Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
John Reiners Funeral
Polk Soldier Slain in Afghanistan Is Laid to Rest


Up North with Gary Talarico – September 2009

Wow. It’s fall up here in the north woods. I saw red leaves falling. It gave me the shivers for a second. I had a flashback to snow shovel in hand, shivering. Up here in the Upper Peninsula it was the summer of no summer. It was generally cool or wet or both. I do look forward to the fall activities though. Grouse and squirrel hunting. Fantastic fall fishing. Bow deer season. Turkey hunting. Lots of excuses not to rake.

grousegunswoodsI have to get on the ‘ol soapbox for a few minutes. If you don’t want to hear about loss of your liberty, turn away. Better yet, give this magazine (or the address to this blog post) to another sportsman. Here’s the deal.

It seems that President Obama’s homey in Chicago, Representative Bobby Rush, has introduced a bill in Congress to take more of your gun rights away. It is called the Blair Holt Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, better known as HR45. It would require all gun owners to apply for a 5 year license to own a firearm. It would require current gun owners to apply for a license to keep your gun. No license, no gun ownership. You would be under the whim and authority of the Attorney General. That Attorney General, by the way, is the same Eric Holder who wants to prosecute the interrogators that got information from terrorists that kept us safe for the last 8 years. Is that the guy you want deciding whether you get to own a gun?


There would be a tax on every firearm you own and purchase in the future. Every 5 years there will be a re-application fee (tax). Remember, the anti-gun zealots will keep trying to get guns out of the hands of us law-abiding gun owners. Criminals will always have guns, they do not go to gun shops or shows, fill out the ATF forms and submit to the system. They buy their guns illegally. No gun has ever killed a person, people kill people. If you take away the guns and rights of law-abiding citizens, only the criminals will have guns.

It’s time we band together and act like patriots, not sheep. Do not let the socialist wish list of the liberal progressives get passed into law by a congress that has a slobbering love affair with Obama’s vision of a socialist nation. Call, write or email your Congressmen and Senators with your opposition to HR45 and the other pending legislation that will be bad for our country.

And don’t forget…



Gary Talarico is an Editor at Fish and Game Finder Magazine. His monthly column, “Up North”, can be enjoyed by picking up a copy of this great magazine at any store that offers fishing, hunting or outdoor products, or by downloading it from their website.