Scent Prevention

If you would like to learn some bow setup techniques, stay tuned as I will post some good videos that I have found. As it is a little better to see and follow it visually, rather than read text.

This video is on “Scent Prevention – The System.” Check out the short video below. Join Anthony and Aneal from BowCast as they talk about scent prevention and the system you should apply before and during hunting activities in the field.

Here is a great follow-up article to this posted by Josh Fletcher on Bowhunting.com

Bulls Won't Bugle

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Here are some great elk hunting tips that will assist you in September!

Bugling is an amazing tool to use when elk hunting, but when the bulls go silent a good hunter should have additional methods ready to use!

It seems that it’s every one of my hunter’s dreams to hunt a bugling bull elk, but the truth is bulls typically bugle for three or four weeks of the entire hunting season. For success, you need several methods ready if you want a shot outside of the bugling period!

Read the full article here.

Wyoming Added 50,000 Acres To Walk In Hunting Areas

 

Wyoming hunters will have more than 50,000 new acres of walk-in access to private lands this year and four new Hunter Management Areas that offer hunting for big game including elk, deer and antelope as well as a variety of upland bird species, waterfowl and small game and predators.

The complete list of 2009 Hunter Management and Walk-In Areas is now available on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Web site. The list includes hundreds of thousands of acres of public access available throughout much of Wyoming.

In all, Wyoming’s Hunter Management and Walk-In Area programs provide access to more than two million acres of public and private lands.

Of note this year are the addition of four new hunter management areas and more than 50,000 new acres of access added to the 700,000 acres already provided through the Walk-in Area program.

The new Hunter Management Areas (HMA) are found in Johnson, Carbon, Albany and Hot Springs counties and are provided courtesy of agreements with PacifiCorp, M&M, McFarlane and the Little V-H ranches. The new acreage provided through the Walk-In Area program includes terrain in several counties, mostly in eastern Wyoming.

“These companies and landowners should be commended for their key role in the good stewardship of these lands,” Gov. Dave Freudenthal said. “As we all know, particularly in the eastern half of our state, access is a prized commodity. We understand that these folks don’t take granting access lightly, and we sure appreciate their willingness to participate in this program which provides such an important benefit to the hunting public.”

Public land access coordinator Matt Buhler said the Game and Fish thanks PacifiCorp and other landowners for their contributions to habitat, sound wildlife management and hunter access.

“The hunter access program is only successful thanks to the efforts of companies like PacifiCorp that own large acreage of land and the many private ranchers and farmers who also participate in the program.” Buhler said. “We have been greatly encouraged by the reception we have received from private companies and landowners to provide places for people to hunt. The amount of access has been increasing every year and it is those who own the land that deserve the credit.”

Buhler said Hunter Management Areas differ from Walk-In Areas in that a permit must be obtained to hunt. “To use one of the 44 Hunter Management Areas, a physical permission slip can be obtained on-line or at Game and Fish offices,” Buhler said.

Details on obtaining HMA permits and accessing some of the 850,000 acres available through that program can be obtained by calling (307) 777-4600 or on the Game and Fish Web site. A listing of ranch rules and the license types that are valid in each of the Hunter Management and Walk-in Areas is also available on the Web site. Hunters should be aware that rules governing use of HMAs can vary with the different areas.

“In some of the areas, permits are unlimited,” Buhler said. “In others, they are limited and a drawing is held to issue the Hunter Management Area permits.” Hunters can begin applying for most HMA permits on July 14.

Walk-In Areas provide hunting opportunity for big game including elk, deer and antelope as well as a variety of upland bird species, waterfowl and small game and predators. The Walk-in Atlas lists the species that can be hunted within each area and the dates when individual walk-in areas can be accessed. Printed copies of the Walk-in Area Atlas will be available in August.

The Walk-in Program is funded to a large extent by the Game and Fish Department’s AccessYes Program through contributions of anglers and hunters usually at the time of license purchase and application.

Get more information here.

The Way to Paint-Up FMP Style!

 

If you would like to learn some bow setup techniques, stay tuned as I will post some good videos that I have found. As it is a little better to see and follow it visually, rather than read text.

 

You heard Anthony talk about this on BowCast many times. Shawn “Launch” Monsen,  got around to videotaping the actual application of CamoFX.

 

As you’ll see, this is wax based, easy on, and VERY easy off.  No more getting your fingers oily and greasy, no more paint running when you start to sweat…..and you can get this stuff on in a heartbeat on the final minutes of your stalk.

 

Right now the applicator is available in Realtree APG, and retails for $6.99.

 

For more info, visit http://www.camofxnation.com/

 

This video is on “The New School Way to Paint Up.” Check out the short video below.  

 

Bull Elk Don't All Fall Down by Dennis Carroll

 

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I agree with Kristine and think that everyone who writes about the outdoors does at least a little to defend it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s directly or indirectly. This is a great post, I just read a bit too late to enter the challenge!

 

The challenge that Dennis is referring is called the “Outdoor Bloggers Summit Challenge: How Bloggers Preserve and Defend the Outdoors.”

 

The snippet was intriguing and I was looking forward to the ending. You made the comment that Dollarsign is more the rule than the exception. I believe that this is sad, but true for all styles of hunting.

 

There are a good bit of hunters out there, who go buy the latest widget and head out hunting! They have not put the widget through rigors, let alone just plain test it!  I was told by a friend of mine who is a guide in MT, that if you want to be the talk in camp, show up with new cowboy boots, cowboy hat and a new rifle!

 

I prefer to test my gear before using it in real situations. To me it doesn’t matter if it is my bow, gun, cooking stove, GPS, sleeping bag or tent. Wouldn’t it just make plain sense to be comfortable (as much as possible) during that moment of truth? I usually start testing new gear at least a year before I will need it or take in the field.

 

Read the full article here.

Kentucky Proposes Modifications to Elk Hunting Units

 

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The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.

 

The Commission recommended splitting Elk Hunt Unit 6 into four sub-units designated by letter. Elk Hunt Unit 6 is home to the 16,704-acre Graham Wildlife Management Area (WMA), the 30,038-acre Begley WMA and the 54,838-acre Corrigan WMA. Subdividing Elk Hunt Unit 6, which is located in all or parts of Clay, Leslie, Harlan, Bell, Knox, Whitley and McCreary counties, will help more evenly distribute hunting pressure during the quota elk hunts. The subdivision would take effect this year.

 

While this may not look good on the surface, this could provide additional management on elk herd to keep them in balance and create bigger bulls.

 

Read the full article here.

How to Tie on a String Loop

 

If you would like to learn some bow setup techniques, stay tuned as I will post some good videos that I have found. As it is a little better to see and follow it visually, rather than read text.

 

The first installment is on how to tie on your own string loop. Check out the short video below. Matt Hogue illustrates how to tie on a string loop.

 

Watch the video below

Check Your Big Game Points In S.D.

PIERRE, S.D. – The 2009 elk & big game applications are begining to opening and the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks want to remind hunters to double check your preference points during the on line process.

 

“GFP issues one preference point card for all seasons by mail in February, but we encourage applicants to verify their preference points for each season on their online profile at http://www.sdgfp.info/licenses.htm,” said Wildlife Division Licensing Supervisor Shon Eide.

 

“Incorrect preference totals in a particular season are rare, but if someone is concerned that the number of points is inaccurate, I encourage them to call our licensing office at 605-773-3393. We will verify accuracy and if there is a problem we will work to correct it.”

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Idaho Super Hunt Tickets on Sale Now – ROUND 2!

 

It’s time to enter the drawing for the hunt of a lifetime.

 

Entries in the first Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo drawing must be received at the Fish and Game headquarters by May 31 with the drawing set for June 15.

 

So what’s a Super Hunt?

It is a fund-raising drawing for 40 big game tags. The tags are handed out to winners in two drawings. Tickets are drawn for elk, deer, pronghorn and moose tags. Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose. That includes general hunts and controlled hunts.

 

The first drawing in June will be for eight elk, eight deer, and eight antelope hunts as well as one moose hunt; one “Super Hunt Combo” ticket also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, antelope, and moose.

 

A second drawing will be in mid-August when another “Super Hunt Combo” and tickets for two elk, two deer, and two antelope hunts along with one moose hunt will be drawn. The entry period for the second drawing is June 2 through August 11.

 

Hunters can take an animal or animals on their Super Hunt or Super Hunt Combo tags in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold.

 

All other rules of individual hunts apply.

 

The special drawings began in 2004 as a way to raise money for the Access Yes! program, which helps assure hunter and angler access to and across private lands by compensating willing landowners.

The first ticket costs $6; additional tickets for the same species cost $4 each when purchased at the same time. Super Hunt Combo tickets cost $20 for one; additional tickets are $16 when purchased at the same time.

 

Tickets are available at license vendors, all Fish and Game offices, or they can be ordered on the Internet at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/superhunt/, and on the phone at 800-824-3729 or 800-554-8685. You will receive a receipt that will reflect the number and type of superhunt tickets that you have purchased. You no longer have to fill out individual tickets and send them back in to us.

 

 

UPDATED:  This is your chance to apply for a second chance at the hunt of a lifetime.

 

Entries in the second Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo drawing must be received at the Idaho Fish and Game headquarters by August 11 with the drawing set for mid-August.

 

A “Super Hunt Combo” ticket and tickets for two elk, two deer, and two pronghorn hunts along with one moose hunt will be drawn. The entry period for the second drawing is June 2 through August 11.

So what’s a Super Hunt?

It is a fund-raising drawing for 40 big game tags. The tags are handed out to winners in two drawings. Tickets are drawn for elk, deer, pronghorn and moose tags. Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose. That includes general hunts and controlled hunts.

 

Hunters can take an animal or animals on their Super Hunt or Super Hunt Combo tag in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold. All other rules of individual hunts apply.

 

The special drawings began in 2004 as a way to raise money for the Access Yes! program, which helps assure hunter and angler access to and across private lands by compensating willing landowners.

 

The first ticket costs $6; additional tickets for the same species cost $4 each when purchased at the same time. Super Hunt Combo tickets cost $20 for one; additional tickets are $16 when purchased at the same time. Tickets are available at license vendors, all Fish and Game offices, or they can be ordered on the Internet at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/superhunt/, and on the phone at 800-824-3729 or 800-554-8685.

 

Fill out the ticket orders and mail them to: Fish and Game License Section, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707.

 

 

 

A Good Reason Not To Run – Pack Bear Spray

Counter Assault Bear Deterrent

Research in Alaska indicates that bear spray reduces the number of bears killed in self-defense and reduces human injuries caused by bears.

“Bear spray has been used successfully to prevent injury to humans and bears,” said Tom Smith, an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah who studied bear spray while he was a wildlife ecologist at the USGS Alaska Biological Science Center in Anchorage.

In addition, Smith believes, after analyzing thousands of bear attacks and people’s responses that bear spray also benefits people by giving them a reason not to run away.

Of 42 cases where people ran when confronted by a bear, only two bears left without further interaction. In the other cases, bears chased the fleeing people and in some instances attacked and mauled them. [Read more…]