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Memorial Day

   May 28th, 2011

First off, I hope everybody has a good Memorial Day. Memorial Day started just after the Civil War as a day to honor those who have died during war. So please don’t forget to remember all the soldiers who died to make the freedom that we enjoy possible. Here are a few cartoons to get the point across:

Last week I spent the whole week in Canada bear hunting. I went to a place called Buck Paradise. Bear hunting is pretty fun in that you can wake up in the morning, fish or do whatever you want until about 3 or 4 o’clock, then go hunt in the evening. So it’s just a lot different than deer hunting because when I go up to Canada deer hunting, I sit from about 5 am to 10 pm in a stand. So you can say bear hunting is just a little bit more relaxing.

Thursday evening came around and I saw a nice cinnamon bear come up to the bait and I knew he was my guy. So I drew my bow, fired my arrow and, within 30 yards of where I shot my bear, he lie dead on the ground. So got the bear on the boat, went back to the lodge and caped him out (skinned him). The next day we woke up, went fishing, did some video stuff for Trophy Hunters TV. Now that was the easy part, the hard part is going to be getting home.

I had left my family Sunday morning about 4 am, flew to Edmonton, Canada and then drove 6 hours to Buck Paradise. So now it’s 6 days later and it’s Saturday morning and I wake up at 5 am, get ready and take my 6 hour drive to the airport. Get there plenty early, check in with Delta, take my bags to security, watch them go through and head to the gate. About 2 hours before I’m supposed to depart, I hear over the intercom that my flight is cancelled because Minneapolis has power trouble and they’ve shut the airport down. So now it takes me about an hour to go down to customs, pick my two bags up (one of which is a locked bow case and it comes through a special oversized baggage door). So I head back up to Delta to rebook. Of course, I’m the last in line because I had to get my bow. Takes me another hour to get through the line and rebook. I’m now going to take Air Canada to Edmonton, then take American from Edmonton to Dallas/Ft. Worth the next day. Then DFW to St. Louis. Which gets me in St. Louis around 3 pm, where my father will be waiting to pick me up on Sunday. So I head straight down to Air Canada, rebook, take my bags back through customs and I go through security. As I’m going through security, I hear them calling my name to get to the gate, I guess they laid a bunch of TSA employees off in Canada a week before time and they were running slow. So I get to the gate and they tell me that I’ve got to go back down to customs, pick up my bags, recheck for an hour later flight and come back. So I run down, grab my bags, recheck and try to make it through security this time to catch my flight. I actually get to the gate five minutes early. Get to Alberta, everything goes great, get to my hotel (which the airline paid for), and treat myself to a nice meal. Get back to my room, didn’t have anything to do so I just took a bath and shaved (I hadn’t shaved in 9 or 10 days – maybe the most hair my face has ever had). Go to bed early, wake up again at 5 am, get to my gate and eventually head to DFW. I tell you I’m very excited to get home, I’ve got a 17 month old daughter that is now talking pretty good and just about potty trained, as Audra has been working hard with her. Plus, there’s Hanna and Joey who also miss their dad and I guess it’s been long enough that maybe even my wife would say the same thing. No problems going to Dallas, I get to my new gate in DFW headed to STL, meet some folks there that are flying in to St. Louis to go to some type of a concrete convention. They end up boarding the plane first and sit in first class as I walked back to my seat. So now I’m in my seat and everybody has boarded the plane. I now have a lady who works for American come up to me and tell me that I need to get off the plane. At first I don’t understand what’s even going on. I begin to think that the people in first class sent her back to joke with me. So I don’t get up, nor do I plan on getting up. She finally tells me that TSA needs to get into my bag and that it’s locked. I get up, grab my carry on and walk to the front of the plane and I’m not happy. Get out to the desk and there is a man waiting for me to take me to the TSA. I tell him the problems I have had and also inform him that he’s got to put up with my bad mood. Over the last 24 hours, I had been praying to God to stop the testing. Get to TSA and all they do is tell me they took care of it, so I didnt’ have to get off the plane at all. Actually the TSA guy said that if I bought TSA locks I wouldn’t have had this problem. My reply to that is it kind of defeats the purpose if you buy TSA locks. I finally get to STL, my dad waited for me and I eventually got to see my family that evening. By far this is the worst trip I’ve ever had; but that’s life and I got through it.

Despite all the problem I had getting home, the hunt was great, it really was. Here is a photo of the bear that I shot:

Bear hunt 2011

This week, as I mentioned a few days ago, I went to see The Biggest Loser Finale. They tried to maintain a party atmosphere during the show and gave away prizes during the commercial breaks. I went out there with Cage Fitness to help support Don and Dan. So it really was a lot of fun.

I received this email this week and thought it was interesting, so I thought I should share it with you:

How they vote in the United Nations:
Below are the actual voting records of various Arabic/Islamic States which are recorded in both the US State Department and United Nations records:

Kuwait votes against the United States 67% of the time

Qatar votes against the United States 67% of the time

Morocco votes against the United States 70% of the time

United Arab Emirates votes against the U. S. 70% of the time.

Jordan votes against the United States 71% of the time.

Tunisia votes against the United States 71% of the time.

Saudi Arabia votes against the United States 73% of the time.

Yemen votes against the United States 74% of the time.

Algeria votes against the United States 74% of the time.

Oman votes against the United States 74% of the time.

Sudan votes against the United States 75% of the time.

Pakistan votes against the United States 75% of the time.

Libya votes against the United States 76% of the time.

Egypt votes against the United States 79% of the time.

Lebanon votes against the United States 80% of the time.

India votes against the United States 81% of the time.

Syria votes against the United States 84% of the time.

Mauritania votes against the United States 87% of the time.

U S Foreign Aid to those that hate us:

Egypt, for example, after voting 79% of the time against the United States,
still receives $2 billion annually in US Foreign Aid.

Jordan votes 71% against the United States
And receives $192,814,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.

Pakistan votes 75% against the United States
Receives $6,721,000,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.

India votes 81% against the United States
Receives $143,699,000 annually.

Perhaps it is time to get out of the UN and give the tax savings back to the American workers
who are having to skimp and sacrifice to pay the taxes.

Pass this along to every taxpaying citizen you know.
(If you don’t know any taxpayers just delete it!)


I also ran across this quote and thought it was appropriate on my website. I’ve never said this before, but here it goes, if you don’t like this quote, then I don’t need you here:

“An Islamic Terrorist is like a Chinook salmon. Life is good ‘til the Seals show up!”

Here are the air times for this week’s episode of Trophy Hunters TV that I’m hosting, on the Outdoor Channel:

Air Dates & Times for 2011
Beginning March 28, 2011
Tuesdays, 6:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM CST
Thursdays, 2:00 am EST / 1:00 am CST
Saturdays, 8:00 pm EST / 7:00 pm CST

The show description for this week:

Show #9 “The Mossy Oak Boys”
(Airs the week of May 23, 2011)
2 Exciting Whitetail Kills – A story about the boys from Mossy Oak and their Texas deer hunting adventures with Texas Trophy Hunters Association.

Here is the Bible verse for this week:

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life God has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)


23 Responses to “Memorial Day”

seanday5 Says:

Sorry to hear about you tavel nightmare, but glad you made it home safe and can’t wait to see you mop the floor with Diego! Awesome quote too!

Lora Says:

Matt, thank you for being a true man of God and a great role model for the younger generations. There needs to be more Godly men that stand up for what is right.

I enjoyed reading your blog and shared the voting record with everyone I know. Its interesting information and good to know.

Nice bear, and good luck with the upcoming hunts. If I weren’t so busy with my three kids I’d be out there hunting this year as well.

God Bless.

chris coleman Says:

good to hear from u matt. sorry about ur trouble with the flights. cant wait to see the fight with diego. have u thought about getting one more run at the title if u beat diego?


yaser Says:

super champion ,do big damn slams to diego and with damn superman punch
and hope u win by (t)ko :)

kaalberg8 Says:

You are the man Matt Hughes, you are the man.

Tyburn Says:

To answer your question. The United States of America founded the United Nations, with Support from England, to replace “Old Europe” after World War Two, to ensure that One Country can never act Unilaterally, like Germany under Adolf Hitler. That is why the Headquarters of the United Nations are in America, and with America on the Security Council…it doesnt matter who votes against her…she has a Veto, that is only available to Her, England, France, Russia, and China. As the Votes are thus Mute against the Security Council it doesnt matter who votes against the US…so long as it isnt England, Russia, China…or France.

and….as was revealed by the G8 Summit this week, the Biggest Giver of International Aid per GDP is The United Kingdom, whose Financial, and Economic State since 2008 has been worse then The United States of America. So before we Recycle Congress…can we PLEASE recycle Westminster?

Sorry about your journey home. Have a nice Memorial Day Weekend…and I laughed at your joke but please dont tell anyone LOL

Austin Says:

I need to google this and keep tabs on it, this is an absolutely great statistic to have.

I don’t understand why we dole out so much foreign aid when so many of our citizens are suffering. Even if we refuse to give it to our citizens, we could at least give it to the men and women serving our country instead. The military does not get paid well, and many vets struggle afterwards…which should not happen imo.

Also, I differentiate between a terrorist and a person that follows Islam. I think it is very important to make that distinction. Matt only mentions Islamic terrorists, so I have no reason to believe he has anything against Islam as a whole. I would think we all have that viewpoint.

yaser Says:

austin ur great person

bob Says:

I wouldn’t even put the word “muslim” or “islamic” even close to the word terrorist cause it gives so much ammo towards the un-informed that can’t make the difference between the two. Austin I would have written that sentance as “difference between a terrorist and a person.” Thats it

Abel Says:

I loved the memorial day cartoons and the quote made me laugh :) sounds like you were very very busy since ur last blog I love the show I try to watch it everytime its on :) Good Luck against Diego and have a great day.

jonathan Says:

great trip except for tsa. they always mess up trips

dustind Says:

Awesome blog Matt. I enjoyed reading it. To bad about your trip home from Canada… at least you bagged a nice bear.
Thanks for the blog!

John King Says:

Matt, thanks for sharing the story sorry it sucked so bad on the flights but nice bear. That sounded like an awesome place to hunt. Glad you are back safe with family. Can’t wait to hear about up coming fight and more hunts. God Bless

r-dawg Says:

hey matt, why are you supporting canada? they are a socialist country with free healthcare for all. keep and spend your money here in the usa.

a clarification-india is not an islamic or arab country. the majority of indian are hindus while muslims and christians are in the minority. it’s also a secular democracy like the us. india and pakistan are considered part of asia not the middle east.

the us gives money to arab countries so they have access to oil. cut the oil addiction and we don’t have to buy it from saudi arabia where it’s illegal for women to drive or from citgo which is owned by communist hugo chavez.

americans should be critical of politicians from both parties for allowing our tax money to go into the hands of monarchs and dictators instead of ONLY placing blame at arab countries. it takes two countries to exchange money and the us is at fault also for being stupid and freely giving this money away.

col. john c halloway Says:

why on earth would anyone want to kill a bear? they’re such wonderful creatures, i can’t imagine anyone wanting to cause them harm. oh well, to each, their own.

anyway, i can’t wait until your fight with diego…should be a classic. that guy’s a warrior and never stops coming forward. it’s going to be a great moment when you get your arm raised. beating a guy like that is no small task. i hope you enjoy every second of it.

i fully agree with cutting the spending on foreign aid. we give far too much money away to people that don’t give a damn if we live or die. there are plenty of good people right here at home that need help getting back on their feet. we have our own starving children and homeless people and even hard working people without healthcare and basic necessities in our own back yards that we should be giving aid to. hopefully we’ll get this sorted out soon enough.

one more thing though…i’m a retired army colonel that served in operation desert storm and i enjoy the patriotic nature of people just as much as the next guy, but all this “thank a soldier for your freedom” thing is a bit misleading. most soldiers, myself included, have done little to actually protect anyone in america’s freedom. sure i fought in a war, but your freedom was never at stake. the government has done far more to take away your freedoms than any foreign country that we’ve gone to war with since WWII has. it just frustrates me that every year some random person thanks me on memorial day, like my serving had any outcome on their ability to grill a hamburger.

George Doherty Says:

Matt Hughes for President!

jn Says:

Just wondering about the bear hunt…what was the point? Did you eat it? Did you wear it? Did you kill it just for the thrill of killing?

yaser Says:

matt wat u think about another match with bj penn cuz every time i see the countdown
i realy feel u can win this guy again ur CHAMPION THE LEGEND u can do this i swear

Mark Says:

Why hunt bears? Bear meat is fantastic, that’s why. And it’s not about deliberately wanting to kill or cause harm; I along with most hunters I know always feel some amount of remorse for each life they take in the field. But (if you eat meat at all) there’s much more appreciation for what’s involved when you eat meat that you harvest yourself than there is by simply going to the grocery store and picking up a neatly packaged steak, in my opinion. But it’s all subjective, as are many things in life:

“One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.” Romans 14:5-6

Nice bear Matt. And don’t forget to beat Diego…

Maria Baca Says:

I have a very important question. It is for a special young man. Is there a place that I can mail you that you will read it? It really isn’t for everyone’s viewing. I really need a Godly man’s help in a young man’s life. Will you read something, please?

NateR Says:

If you email the website directly, then I can forward it on to Matt’s personal email address. I screen everything first, however, to prevent Matt’s inbox from getting overloaded with messages. So, if you don’t mind me reading it, then you can send it to the webmaster email address on the contact page.

Anil Says:

I am certain, MAtt did not eat the bear. To echo jn, why kill the bear? I felt sad to see it dead – and I am sure its cubs and mate felt the same.

ian Says:

USA! USA! USA! All the wayyy!!!

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