This week on the podcast we’re back with our Rut Fresh Radio mini-series in which we hear from hunters all across the country about current deer activity, conditions, and the tactics that are working right now. States/guests featured: Cody Hesseltine…
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Below you will see a photo of an antler intern Nigel Waring found while creating a fire break. Unfortunately, this antler (shown right) has a large portion of the skull attached to the base. The antler was likely not “shed”, but broken off while sparring, rubbing or during another activity recently. This was most likely … Read more
After a recent scoring by the Pope & Young Club in Harrisburg, PA, Jeff Melillo now has the new Pope & Young World Record Black Bear…. Read more…
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Some things are rituals. It was never discussed on Saturday but over the course of the last four months it was customary or tradition that we’d bird hunt on every Sunday.
Last Sunday morning while sitting in front of the wood stove drinking coffee and looking out the living room window toward the mountains, Bob said, “Let’s go for a hike after I get done grading papers. Just because the season is over doesn’t mean we can’t go for a hike. Besides, we all need some exercise.” I agreed wholeheartedly.
I grabbed my upland bird pack from the garage and transferred things from it to my day hiking backpack. It was always a practice during hunting season that I’d have a mental check list of things to add to my pack so not to forget something important. It was routine to fill my hydration pack with water, look to make sure my gloves were still in there, to add some dog treats and snacks. Of course this time I didn’t need to worry about packing enough shotgun shells or to remember to put my shotgun in the back of the pickup. One ritual we didn’t break this time was to bring GPS collars for the dogs. Bob accidentally forgot the collars once so as we would drive away from our house, I would always ask him if we have the dog collars. We don’t really need GPS collars if we’re not hunting but Angus is deaf and senile sometimes and it’s comforting knowing we could track him if he wanders off, which he did a couple of times this season.
We drove through town and past a couple of churches with parking lots packed full of big pickups and cars. We’d always joke on our way down to the canyon on a late Sunday morning that we were going to the 24-Hour Church of HELLS Canyon.
It was a beautiful February afternoon. We started up a steep ridge, and the ascent felt easy. We continued our climb for another hour through the sage and bitterbrush, and the dogs went on point down below me near Bob. The sound of a covey busting filled the air. Out of habit, I was expecting to hear the sound of Bob shooting, but it was strangely quiet and I wondered if the dogs were confused why we didn’t shoot. Did they know we weren’t carrying a gun and it’s the off season? Traversing up the ridge we found a few more coveys of Huns but no chukar. We’d hunted here once before earlier in the season but the dogs had found only chukar and no Huns. Weird.
We hadn’t spent a lot of time in the canyon this season, but spiritually I feel like the hills are sacred. The hills are my church. We eventually turned around and headed back down, and I stopped to admire the view of the distant snow-covered mountains and to watch Peat and Angus running through the golden bunchgrass and I knew at that exact moment that this spot I was standing on was where I want to scatter some of Angus’s ashes.
Wiley X has launched the new Captivate Polarized Lenses designed for sunny conditions and changing light conditions this year. Wiley X builds every lens and 100% of its eyewear to meet the Z87.1 safety and clarity standards for protection. While at SHOT show, we visited the Wiley X booth where we talked about prescription eyewear. …
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Check out this video for an inside look at the people and products we found while walking through the 2020 NWTF Show in Nashville, Tennessee…. Read more…Bowhunting.com
Missouri game managers and their supporters have taken a beating recently over a USFWS decision to prohibit hog hunting in the Mark Twain National Forest. The Mark Twain National Forest has 1.4 million acres of land open to public hunting. After blowback from sportsmen, the policy was amended to allow persons possessing a valid State deer or turkey hunting permit who are hunting deer or turkey to harvest hogs, a concession that will be soon followed in suit by the Missouri… Read More …
Silent Knight is the revolutionary new Arrow Vane from Flex-Fletch Products
As a life-long bow and arrow shooter, and a dedicated whitetail deer and wild turkey bowhunter, I’m always interested in new gear, and particularly in completely new products that will help me shoot better, more accurately, and be more consistent. At the ATA Archery Trade Show in January, my friend Vince Grundman from Flex-Fletch Products showed me a new twist on the popular arrow vane …