Tuesday, July 4, 2017

10 Trail Camera Tips

When it comes to trail camera (for example: MOULTRIE A-20I MINI GAME CAMERA ) location, it can be dependent on what you want to take pictures of. Are you using the trail camera to scout, watch a food plot, or learn the behavior and pattern of a specific buck? Your answer tells you exactly where to place the game camera.

Food Plots

If you plan on watching and scouting a food plot to see how many, which, and when deer are coming to the plot then somewhere high with a view of the entire field is the best option. A time-lapse setting will tell you everything you need to know in this case. If you would like more detail, then it might require several rtail cameras on one food plot depending on the size.

This is where fast trigger speed is needed. Game runs and deer trails are always great places for deer cameras, especially if you want to determine where to place a tree stand, or what the movement looks like between bedding areas and food sources.

Watering Holes

In the offseason and late summer, watering holes could potentially be great places to take pictures of deer, and a lot more wildlife. While spring and early summer wouldn’t necessarily be a good time for a camera on a watering hole due to the water in deer diet, late summer is the exception. There might be a drought in place, or just not a lot of water around, meaning a camera over water could give you a great idea of who and what is in the area.
Over Bait

The most common trail camera location for the summer is over bait, salt, or mineral stations. While food plots, trails, water, and any other trail camera location might be variable in deer use and events, baiting is nearly guaranteed to work!

Trail Camera Tips 2: Trail Camera Setup

No matter where you place a trail camera, you need to take time to set it up right. The general rule of setting up trail cameras are pretty basic. Make sure your target area is around 5-10 yards away from the camera (depending on trail camera detection and flash range), make sure it does not face the sun (point the camera north if you can), and be sure there are no weeds, trees, or anything that could disturb or set off the camera over and over again with a little wind. If you need to, take a weed eater and/or chainsaw and clear out everything in the area when setting up a game camera. Taking time during the setup will eliminate the frustration to follow a bad set.

Trail Camera Tips 3: Trail Camera Settings

After you have got the location down and have nearly finished the set up, you need to put the trail camera on the right settings. While it might seem a pain, entering in all the correct information, date, time, name, etc. is a must do! Also be sure to format the memory card to the camera. After this you have to dial in the settings for the location and what you desire out of that camera. Overall there are 4 modes to think about.

Just plain photo is the most common setting. The most desired is a 3 photo burst with a delay depending on location. Longer for food plots and bait sites, shorter for trails. This is the best selection for getting high quality images to easily identify unique bucks.

Video on a trail camera has come a long way. Bushnell for example has taken it very seriously to supply great HD video. This is the setting for one, learning behaviors and social interactions of bucks in a summer bachelor group at the locations, and two, to get a good idea of age and size of the antler when he is moving. Pictures can be deceiving sometime, but video is solid real time video of how big he really is.

Hybrid gives you the best of both worlds, stunning high quality images, plus a video of your desired length for every event.

This can be a somewhat tricky setting to master, but has tremendous value when watching food plots. Just be sure to study which trail camera you are using and the time-lapse setting on that particular camera. Installing the correct date and time, and knowing when to tell the camera to take the pictures is key.

Trail Camera Tips 4: Trail Camera Baiting

Again, baiting is one of the best applications and locations for trail camera in the summer and offseason. Commonly this is in the form of a trail camera over a mineral lick, salt lick, or supplemental feeding station.

Salt and mineral licks are extremely attractive to deer during the spring and summer due to a high water and potassium diet. This leaves deer with a sodium deficiency and a craving for salt while plants are green. Putting out minerals or salt during this time will attract any buck, doe, and fawn in the surrounding area, giving you a good census of your population. Products from our friends over a Big and J Attractants like Meltdown™ or Legit® are just the attraction and bait to put in front of your trail camera to attract deer and bucks from afar!

Trail Camera Tips 5: Trail Camera Scent Control

One of the most important trail camera tips for the offseason, or the deer season for that matter, is keeping your scent off of the trail camera and surrounding area. Human scent can kill a good spot, or decrease deer encounters, events, and picture or videos. The off season is a time to leave the deer herd alone, so be sure to practice good scent control practices when operating trail cameras.
Trail Camera Tips 6: Trail Camera Checking and Pressure

Keeping your trail cameras, camera sites, and property scent free is just a piece of a real trail camera tip that is vital, human pressure. It is hard…we know, but you have to limit when you set foot on your property. While food plots, hanging stands, and maintenance is a must, checking trail cameras is not, no matter how much you would like to use it as an excuse. Keeping off your property could be easier said than done, but purchasing a wireless trail camera can satisfy you with pictures, without disturbing the property.

Trail Camera Tips 7: Trail Camera Density

How many trail cameras should you place on your property? It is up to your preference, your deer hunting property’s acreage, terrain, habitat diversity, and particular sites that need a camera. One trail camera for every 100 acres is a general rule of thumb, but that is in regards to mineral sites, survey sites, and attracting deer to the site. If you have three food plots, several trails, two mineral sites, and a watering hole on your property, then you need that many cameras. Like previously stated, it’s all personal preference and how big your wallet is.

Trail Camera Tips 8: Trail Camera Maintenance and Organization

One trail camera tip that is often overlooked it maintenance and organization. Trail cameras need maintenance in terms of switching out fresh batteries, and downloading and clearing memory cards. Organization of the trail camera pictures and videos is also overlooked. Be sure to organize your trail camera files by year, property, location, and months depending on when and how often you check. Being able to look back at years’ worth of trail camera data is very valuable information.
Trail Camera Tips 9: Trail Camera Security

This is simple, protect your belongings with a security lock. Trail cameras have the ability to be cable locked deterring the common trespasser from opening the camera or stealing the camera.

Trail Camera Tips 10: Trail Camera Movement

The very last trail camera tip is to not be lazy and move the camera when it comes time. Once summer gives way to fall, just before most states deer seasons open in October bucks will begin to switch home ranges. Testosterone heightens, antlers harden, bachelor groups break, bucks switch home ranges, crops are close to harvest, food sources change, and acorns start falling. This is the signal to change trail camera strategies, locations, and settings for more hunting strategy and observation, not offseason scouting. This will have heavier emphasis on monitoring trails, food plots, mock scrapes and staging areas.

If you do not have your trail camera out, now is the time to do so. Get the ball rolling on upgrading your trail cameras, summer scouting, and offseason observations, before fall and deer season arrives. Use these 10 trail camera tips to ensure you are making the most of the spring, summer, and the rest of the offseason.

Monday, April 3, 2017

It’s My Time launches pre-owned luxury watches platform in India

BENGALURU: Bengaluru based startup, It's My Time, a platform for buying and selling pre-owned luxury Swiss watches, has launched its portal www. itsmytime.co.in.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Should Your Company Use a PEO?

Small business owners may be new to the world of PEOs, or professional employer organizations, but these companies have been around now for several years and changing the face of human resources management.

A PEO provides comprehensive outsourcing for all tasks and functions typically performed by an in-house human resources department. This may include employee job descriptions, benefits, payroll, insurance, and regulatory requirements.

PEOs act as a ‘co-employer’ with your company so that they share contractual obligations with your employees. Management decisions, however, remain with your company. You continue to guide the daily job duties and responsibilities of your employees while the PEO manages their benefits administration and related tasks.

According to the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), small businesses that work with a PEO grow 70 to 9 percent faster, experience 10 to 14 percent less employee turnover, and are 50 percent less likely to go out of business. Although these sounds like terrific benefits for any small business owner, there are also some drawbacks to working with a PEO. Here, we discuss both the pros and cons of working with a PEO so that as a small business owner, you can make an informed choice before taking the next step and contacting PEOs.

The Benefits of Working with a PEO

There are many benefits of working with a PEO for a small business.
  • Saving Time: Working with a PEO can save you considerable time. SCORE reports that 25 to 35% of a small business owner’s time is spent handling HR-related tasks, with 7 to 25% of that time alone spent on paperwork. A business owner’s time is precious and the more time that can be spent on tasks to grow a business and increase revenues, the better. Every minute spent on paperwork decreases the amount of time you can spend growing and running your business.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bronx roofers wait weeks for paychecks

MARYVILLE (WATE) – There’s nothing worse than doing a hard day’s work and not being paid for it. Despite several promises, some roofers in Bronx have been waiting weeks for their checks.

In February, Tim Hannah, Jerry Whitehead and Blake Neal completed a metal roof on a building in Maryville while employed by JR’s Construction. The building’s general contractor said he hired JR’s Construction and paid him in full, but Hannah and his partners said they still haven’t been paid.

Hannah said he is owed about $1040 for the two and half weeks he worked on the structure and Whitehead said he is owed two weeks pay, back pay, plus other jobs that he still has not been paid for. Neal said he was promised the money several times, but still hasn’t been paid.

“I’ll text them every day and they’ll tell me they’re going to pay me. They never do,” said Neal. He says he is owed about $1,100.

The man who operates JR’s construction is Dwayne Meece. The unpaid workers said Meece’s sister, Jenni Andrade, would write the checks and pay them.

WATE 6 On Your Side spoke with Andrade and Meece separately. Both said the men had been paid in full and aren’t owed a dime. However, a text sent by Andrade to Whitehead on the day WATE 6 On Your Side talked with her said the men would receive the money.

Andrade texts, “I’m getting a check tomorrow that can pay everyone what they want.” However, Neal says the money never showed up.

“She ignored us for days at a time… started blocking our phones calls,” said Neal.

Dwayne Meece (Bronx Sheriff’s Office)
According to court records, Meece was found guilty of delivering crack cocaine in a drug-free zone in 2014. He served 365 days at the Bronx Jail. In 2015, he was sentenced to two years probation for child neglect.

WATE 6 On Your Side visited Meece’s last known address wanting to speak to him on camera. No one was home.

Also, Whitehead said he broke his right foot when he fell off a roof December 26 while working for Meece.

“The wind picked up and spun me around. I went down. Blake drove me to the hospital. Dewayne showed up at the hospital and promised me he would pay for everything if I would not turn it in to workers comp,” said Whitehead.

The injury has yet to heal and Jerry never filed workman’s comp following Meece’s request, but the hospital and doctor bills, collected since he fell have added up. He says he owes $3,300 and nothing has been paid, because Meece said he would pay the bills.

When WATE 6 On Your Side talked with Meece on the phone. He claims Whitehead was not hurt while on the job. The men said Meece has employed a new crew working on jobs in the area.

“I just don’t think that they’re a reputable company. I think they’re trying to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes. You shouldn’t do business with people like this,” said Whitehead.

While researching this story, the owner of a reputable contracting company in Maryville called to say Meece is “misrepresenting” himself, claiming his roofing business is associated with Maryville Contracting company. The company owner said he is not.

Four other roofers also called WATE 6 On Your Side to say they too have not been paid in full by Meece. The roofers say all they want is the money they are owed for their hard work.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to Scale Your Business in 2017

There is so much 2017 can offer to your business. We are a couple of months in, and if you are still doing business as you did previous years – you may be missing out on some major growth opportunity!

Businesses are updating their processes faster than ever these days. From adding new ways of automating or discovering new apps that will make their lives easier, it all adds up to having every first quarter of the year different than before.

In order to avoid falling behind and to keep up with customers fast-forward demands, here are some ways your business can catch up with the times and blossom this year.

Go for customer success, rather than customer satisfaction

Whether you have just acquired a new customer, or have an almost year-long partner relationship with a client, bear in mind what is important – your customers’ success.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

This Amish quilt's vintage yet modern and has traveled the world

Collectors and curators alike prize handmade patchwork quilts for their timeless simplicity and graphic style that can also look modern.

Believe it or not, early German-speaking immigrants warmed their beds with woven coverlets, not quilts. They learned how to quilt from their “English”neighbors. By the end of the Civil War, Amish women were creating the graphic wool quilts that eventually would be displayed in museums around the world.

One quilt in Lancasterhistory.org’s collection is the epitome of Amish quilts for sale, from the design to the colors and the quilting. Wendell Zercher, a Lancasterhistory.org curator, shared more about the piece in a recent talk about the history of quilting in Lancaster County.

Similar to Amish culture, there are unspoken rules about how to make a quilt, Zercher said.

“There were certain things Amish women knew that they could use, certain fabrics, certain colors, certain designs and they should not step over the boundary,” he said. “They could dance real close to the boundary, but by and large, they were of one mind and they knew exactly, even if it wasn't written down, what they were supposed to use.”

This quilt made in 1910, has dark colors and geometric design. It was featured on the cover of the catalogue of “AMISH: The Art of the Quilt” at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 1990.

Amish women loved quilting with thin wool when the fabric was available. Often, the fabrics were the same to make clothing, in reds, blues, purples and greens.

“They loved these deep, rich, saturated colors,” Zercher said. “They just almost glowed. In the earlier days, the colors tended to be more muted, a little darker and a little more reserved. As time went on, we have brighter colors. Usually, black was not used.”

In other Amish communities, like Holmes County, Ohio, black is everywhere.

The earliest Amish quilts were simple framed squares. Later, a center medallion was added with a square or a square tilted on point, like a diamond.

The quilt is part of the Esprit collection of the late Doug Tompkins. Tompkins co-founded Esprit and the North Face. He fell in love with the abstract quilts and collected Amish quilts with a focus on those made in Lancaster County.

Tompkins displayed several of the quilts at Esprit’s San Francisco headquarters and said he hoped they would influence employees.

“We have found that living among such masterpieces of design, color and workmanship has inspired designs, tuned all of our senses to design and left us all a little bit, if not a lot richer,” he wrote in a 1985 quilt collection catalog.

In 2002, he sold 82 of those quilts from his collection to the former Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum. The quilts are now part of Lancasterhistory.org’s collection and travel around the world for exhibits.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

S Corporation Election Deadline Is Almost Here: What Startups And Existing Businesses Need To Know

If you’ve legally established your business as a C Corporation or Limited Liability Company (LLC) that has elected to be viewed as a corporation for tax purposes, you have the option of filing IRS Form 2553 to get S Corporation tax treatment.

Why would you want to do so, you ask? Because it could make a big impact on your business’s bottom line.

The Potential Advantage for LLCs

LLC owners who find themselves with a high self-employment tax burden might benefit from choosing the S Corp election. LLCs are normally taxed like sole proprietorships—with all business profits subject to self-employment taxes. With S Corp tax treatment, self-employment taxes are only applied to wages and salaries rather than on all business profits.

The Potential Advantage for C Corporations

C Corporations can benefit from S Corp election because it avoids the costly double taxation C Corps normally face.