Mystery Ranch Backpacks Names 2017 Ambassador Team

Mystery Ranch Jason MatzingerLaunches new microsite to celebrate the select outdoor visionaries who reflect the brand’s values and fuel the company’s product development

Bozeman, MT. – MYSTERY RANCH, makers of superlative backpacks, just announced their 2017 Ambassador Team. Comprised of cutting edge climbers as well as hardcore backpacking hunters, what really sets these individuals apart is how they blend their respective outdoor prowess with higher purpose. Be it fighting tooth and nail for the protection of public lands or simply offering the highest quality, locally sourced foods, the MYSTERY RANCH Ambassadors are so much more than their V-grades or Boone and Crockett scores. These understated, over-achieving athletes are both low-key legends as well as inspirational advocates. [Read more…]

Wyoming Game and Fish to Raise Fees

Wyoming Game & Fish DeptDear Fellow Sportsmen:

The Wyoming Game and Fish as of several months had about $ 56 million in their “reserve” account.  Please read below.

THIS IS IMPORTANT AND WE HOPE THAT YOU CAN READ THIS EMAIL.  THERE IS A BILL IN THE WYOMING LEGISLATURE (HB 288) THAT WILL RAISE LICENSE FEES IN 2018.  THERE WERE NO PUBLIC MEETINGS HELD IN WYOMING CONCERNING THIS BILL; AND PAR FOR THE COURSE, THE WYOMING GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT DID NOT CONTACT HARDLY ANY NONRESIDENT SPORTSMEN TO GET THEIR OPINION.  THIS IS OFFENSIVE, AS THE NONRESIDENT SPORTSMEN PAY 65% OF THE WGFD’S BILLS.  YOU PICK UP THE MAJOIRTY OF TAB IN THIS STATE.  IN RECENT HISTORY, ALMOST ALL RESIDENT SPORTSMEN’S GROUPS HAVE “MARCHED” WITH THE WGFD AND SUPPORT SUCH IDEAS OR BILLS—THIS USUALLY INCLUDES THE WYOMING WILDLIFE FEDERATION, RMEF, DU, PF, MULE DEER FANANTICS, AND THE WYOMING OUTFITTERS AND GUIDES ASSOCIATION (WYOGA).  Of course, anybody or any group is entitled to express any opinion, but it is disheartening that the nonresident sportsmen is kept in the dark about these proceedings.  Many of the residents care about fairness and the constitutionality of such a bill—it is basically “charge” the nonresidents heavily and let us hunt for 99 cents. [Read more…]

Tree Stand Safety Tips for Hunters

Lone Wolf Alpha Tech Fall Arrest SystemMONTPELIER, Vt. – Tree stands get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble. Here are some tips from Vermont Fish & Wildlife to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experience:

•Choose a live, straight tree.

•Buy smart. Only use stands certified by the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA). [Read more…]

HUNT DIY Featuring Zach Bowhay

HUNTDIY with Zach BowhayWestern Hunter is excited to share Zach Bowhay’s new comprehensive hunting resource, HUNT DIY, in a special section on the Western Hunter blog.

HUNT DIY is your source for do-it-yourself, Western big game hunting, strategies and tactics.

Follow Zach and team as they explain the preparation, gear, and tactics they use to execute hunts across the west.

They’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest videos, reviews and tips from Zach, straight to your inbox.

So, watch this video:

And follow along with the blog to get your prepared for your do-it-yourself adventure!

Grizzly Bear Recovery Leadership Heads to North Idaho for Annual Summer Meeting

IGBCGrizzly Bear Recovery ZonesMISSOULA – The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), the multi-agency committee responsible for coordinating the recovery of grizzly bears in the continental United States and adjacent Canadian Provinces will be taking their annual summer meeting to the North Idaho. The IGBC will be meeting at the Kootenai River Lodge in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, starting on June 22 and ending June 23. [Read more…]

Find Out What Bears Really Do In The Woods

Grizzly Bear Losinski IDFGIdaho Falls – When it comes to bears and humans a strange bond exists. As infants we give our children stuffed bears, yet as adults many people fear being in the same woods where bears might be. The Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) will be hosting a free workshop to help demystify bears and help humans to understand what they can do to keep themselves and bears from getting into trouble. [Read more…]

Breathe easy this cold and flu season!

cold - fluWell, it’s that time of year again of running noses, sore throats, coughing all of which are not conducive to hunting, hiking and or exercising.

And your chances of receiving one of these “lovely bugs” greatly increases if you have children in and around your household! [Read more…]

Huge Alaska Peninsula Brown Bear – WTA HUNTS

Huge Alaska Peninsula Brown Bear – WTA HUNTS WTA Co-Owner, Outdoor TV host, and Writer Tim Herald is looking for 1-2 hunters to accompany him on the Alaska Peninsula this Spring for a May Brown Bear hunt in an area that regularly produces giant bears. [Read more…]

“Randy Newberg Unfiltered” Podcast: How Do Hunters Protect Their Heritage; Plus Who is Responsible for Youth Hunters

Randy Newberg Unfiltered PodcastExpect the Unexpected from Newberg as He Takes a Deeper Dive on Hot Topics Facing Hunters Today

BOZEMAN, MT– On the latest episode of (http://RandyNewberg.com) Randy Newberg Unfiltered radio show, host Randy Newberg, along with producers Dan Doty and Janis Putelis, answer listener questions from the HuntTalk forum where nothing is off limits. Plus, this week’s guests are David Brinker and Jeff Sposito of Sitka Gear. [Read more…]

Natural Deer Urine Attractants Illegal in Virginia

Virginia Dept of Game & Inland FisheriesEffective July 1, 2015, it will be illegal to possess or use deer scents/lures that contain natural deer urine or other bodily fluids while taking, attempting to take, attracting, or scouting wildlife in Virginia.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) poses a significant risk to the long-term health and stability of the Virginia white-deer populations. Since it was first found east of the Mississippi in Wisconsin in 2002, CWD has been found in a total of eight eastern states, including Virginia.  To date, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has spent over one million dollars on CWD monitoring and management efforts.  Importation bans on whole carcass and certain carcass parts (i.e., brain and spinal cord) from high-risk CWD areas (including areas or states infected with CWD or any North American enclosure intended to confine deer) are already in place in Virginia, along with a ban on interstate movement of captive deer and elk.   Reducing the use of natural deer urine attractants by prohibiting the possession or use while afield for the purposes of taking or attempting to take, attracting, or scouting will further minimize the risk of introducing CWD into a new area of Virginia. [Read more…]