Wyoming Grizzly Bear Hunting Regulations

Here is what you need to know!

Wyoming Grizzly Bear RegulationsWyoming Grizzly Bear Hunting Draft Regulations where released.  We have been following this for some time and are pleased with the work put in to get these regulations out this year. If all goes as planned the first Grizzly Bear Hunt in Wyoming in over 40 years will take place this fall.  We have studied the regulations and broke out the key points below. [Read more…]

4 Steps For A Successful Spring Food Plot

Mossy-Oak-GameKeepersWEST POINT, MS – The spring and summer months are critical when it comes to deer herd health. By providing a consistent, high-protein food source, whitetails will have their best chance for reaching their full genetic potential. Below are 4 key steps to help you grow a successful spring food plot this year.

Know Your Dirt

If you haven’t recently taken a soil test to know where your pH level is or if you are in need of soil nutrients, get it done. Knowing the characteristics of the soil not only helps determine the most productive species to plant but gives land managers the information needed to properly amend the soil ensuring a successful, nutritious food plot. Soil tests through the BioLogic lab are fast, simple, and inexpensive. Choose the crop you are planning to plant, and you will receive fertilizer recommendations specific to that crop and your soil. [Read more…]

West Virginia: DNR Announces Meeting Dates, Locations

West-Virginia-Division-of-Natural-ResourcesSOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will hold 12 public meetings across the state to review and receive comments on proposed hunting, trapping and fishing regulations March 12-13 from 6-8 p.m.

Hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties will have an opportunity to comment on proposed 2018 hunting regulations for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, black bear and boar, proposed 2019-2020 general hunting and trapping regulations and proposed 2019 fishing regulations. [Read more…]

Montana: FWP Unveils New MyFWP Online Portal

Montana-Fish-Wildlife-and-Parks-LogoThe new MyFWP portal contains enhanced security measures to ensure user information is better protected. Additionally, the new portal has increased functionality to make it more of a destination for license holders and other FWP customers. The new portal has replaced the pre-existing.

Similar to the old MyFWP portal, the new portal will allow customers to see the licenses they hold, their drawing results, bonus points, game damage roster standings, tooth and age data, combination license alternate list registration (non-residents only) and filter what topics of news release they receive by email. [Read more…]

Grizzly Hunt Rule in Montana

Western-Bear-Foundation-LogoJust an update quickly on the recent ruling by the Montana Commissioners to not enact a hunting season for grizzly bears this year.

We actively supported the idea of having a hunting season for grizzly bears in Montana this year. Due to the recent delisting and movement of control into state hands there was an opportunity for Montana to have such a season. We sent letters to commission and worked with other stakeholders to try and influence a decision but as many of you heard that was a futile effort as the commission voted unanimously against a season. Where were a little frustrated at the process as the Director of Montana FWP came out before the ruling stating there will be no hunting of grizzly bears in Montana in 2018. This all came out by her prior to the vote by the commission who is the only authority to in the state to decide on such a hunt. It was handled poorly to say the least. [Read more…]

Mobile Campsite

Testing Hilleberg Soulo

Testing Hilleberg Soulo, Exped Mat, Valandre Mirage

A few years back I was on a hunting trip and it took us several days to get into the elk. But, it was late in the day and we didn’t want to spoil our chances for the next day. So, we made the decision to back out and hit again in the morning. After marking our location on the GPS, we realized that we were almost 6 miles from camp. We discussed whether to head back to camp and make the hike back with only a few hours rest. Or do we just rough it on the ground and get an early start on the elk, we chose the latter.  [Read more…]

East vs West Lands

Loudoun-VAHunting Public Land in the West to Private Property in the East

I have read a lot of articles surrounding the preparation, tricks and work needed to be performed to hunt public land in the western part of the US. But, I have not read any articles on how to locate and gain access to hunting land in the East which is usually private. Is one scenario easier than the other? [Read more…]

Best Lightweight Gear for Backcountry Hunting

Best Lightweight Gear for Backcountry HuntingHow do you define what is the Best?

How do you begin the search for the “best” camping, hiking or hunting gear? This question and the results are a bit subjective and personal. As everyone has a different way of “researching”. Some may just use referrals, read their favorite magazines, blog or forums to get their information and let’s not forget the “gearheads” as they try everything themselves! And the results may not suit everyone as what my fit or exceed my needs and wants, may not fit or exceed yours. [Read more…]

Packing Contents

Mystery Ranch NICE Crew Cab, Hilleberg Soulo

Mystery Ranch NICE Crew Cab, Hilleberg Soulo

 

As some of you head out for your elk hunt this year or begin packing for your upcoming backcountry hunts, hopefully you use a checklist of some sort. I have a spreadsheet with all of my gear on it with multiple columns. The columns dictate the type of hunt, then all I need to do check the items as I pack them and as a bonus, it spits out the total weight of what my pack should weigh. [Read more…]

Wood Could Lower Your Blood Pressure

campfireDid you know wood could lower your blood pressure?

Well, maybe not directly but sitting around a crackling campfire may indeed lower your blood pressure!

Our enjoyment of gazing at fire is in our DNA, as the act of gathering around a fire dates back to prehistoric times. As humans we, socialized around camp fires, a place where we fell safe and warm.

When we sit around a fire, we are in a multi-sensory state utilizing auditory, heat, olfactory, visual, and smoke/food taste.

The studies showed that people who stared at and or listened to a fire for at least 15 minutes, had both their diastolic and systolic level drop 1.9 and 1.3 points respectfully.

Dr. Lynn believes it the comforting vibe and fire’s light spectrum, that puts one in a trancelike state.