Archives for March 2009

Introduction to Bivouac and Backcountry Bow Hunting

The backcountry bowhunter who wrote this article is extremely knowledgeable on the bivy style hunting. Here is a teaser from last years first post on his blog.

South Cox’s goal in his blog is to help us learn the ropes of backcountry hunting. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or have never spent the night out in the wilderness, I think there will be something for everyone. I invite your questions, comments and critiques. The first several entries I plan on covering gear choices in greater detail than I was able to cover on the podcast. After that Ill go into some specifics about mule deer hunting in the alpine. As I get input and feedback, the blogs will likely take off on other tangents of the readers interests.

Read the full article here.

Some fats that are good for your heart

I felt that since I was starting my new workout & diet, I should post some thoughts on foods as I was writing out my grocery list.

Some of the best choices for health of your heart are the monounsaturated, omega 3 fats and the polyunsaturated fats.  Fat “doesn’t necessarily” make you fat, studies have shown that it has an essential role in metabolism. 

The Better Fats (Monounsaturated):

  • Avocado
  • Nuts
    • Almonds
    • Cashews
    • Hazelnuts
    • Macadamia nuts
    • Peanuts
    • Pecans
    • Pistachios
  • Oil
    • Canola
    • Olive
    • Peanut
    • Sesame
  • Olives
  • Peanut butter
  • Sesame seeds

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Montana’s annual hunting regulations are available. Finally!

Montana’s annual hunting regulations are available. Finally. The long-awaited, 120-page, deer, elk and antelope regulations arrived Monday, March 30, at Fish, Wildlife and Parks offices. They should also be at license agents throughout the state. Arriving at the same time were the smaller, 40-page, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat regulations.

The deadline to apply for moose, bighorn sheep, bison and mountain goat licenses is May 1; for deer and elk permits and antelope licenses the deadline is June 1.

Central Wyoming Chapter of Safari Club International raffling a complimentary big game license for 2009


The Central Wyoming Chapter, Safari Club International will be raffling a complimentary big game license for the 2009 Wyoming big game hunting season. The license will be valid for one specific species (antelope, deer or elk) and for one specific region or hunt area to be designated by the raffle winner. Holders of complimentary licenses are exempt from the provisions of Wyoming State Law limiting the number of licenses an individual can possess in any one calendar year. Please note that complimentary elk licenses are not valid for elk hunt areas 75, 76 and 79 which are located within Grand Teton National Park. The winner will be responsible for applicable license fees. For more information and license particulars, please contact: Robert M. Anderson at 307-473-1268 or Click here for Entry Form.


Drawing will be held on April 18th, 2009.

1 Ticket: $20

6 Tickets: $100

13 Tickets: $200


This is your chance to get a coveted Wyoming Commissioners Tag and help a great friend to Hunters, the Safari Club International. Tickets for the fundraising dinner are also available.

Add Water to you Health

Here is some great information for your Health!  Don’t forget to drink more water during your off/Pre-season workouts!!!

This is a simple but very beneficial tip from Brandon at Sitka.

Read the full article here.

Wolf bill voted down by Senate


HELENA – A bill that aimed to give Montana sole authority over wolves in the state was voted down on the Senate floor Tuesday, with several senators expressing fear that passing the bill could derail the current delisting effort.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Joe Balyeat, R-Bozeman, tried to beat back those fears, saying the bill clearly states that the policy wouldn’t take effect if delisting goes forward. But the proposed law would give the state leverage if delisting doesn’t happen. If put into action, the plan would void all management agreements that Montana has with the federal government.

“We’ve heard these promises and they’ve never, never come to pass,” Balyeat said.

However, the Senate voted against the bill 27-23, with five Republicans joining Democrats in opposition to the bill. The bill had been approved in two committees before coming to the floor for a vote.

Sen. Bruce Tutvedt, R-Kalispell, who said he has worked on crafting Montana’s wolf policy to take over from the federal government since the Racicot administration, opposed the bill.

“We think anything that gets us off that goal, takes our eye off the ball, is the wrong thing to do,” he said.

Congress on Tuesday agreed to match up to half the funding states pay landowners for livestock killed by wolves and efforts to prevent losses.

It was good news for Montana farmers and ranchers, where the state program responsible for covering those payments is broke, said George Edwards, coordinator Livestock Loss and Reduction and Mitigation Program.

The provision was contained in a public lands bill with 171 provisions including the creation of wilderness in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Sitka Adds New Insulation Pieces With the Kelvin Series


As I receive information on the 2009 line of Sitka Gear, I will be sure to post the information right here!  I am really interested in their cold weather gear and some of their new accessories!  It looks to be a BIG year for Sitka, as they will have 15+ new clothing items, 2 additional packs, all of these items and the rest of their line that you know, will be available in the in the new Gore OPTIFADE camouflage pattern. They are scheduled to release their consumer catalog next month.


Sitka is rounding out its line this year with the addition of new insulation pieces.  The Kelvin Jacket, Vest and Pants incorporate lightweight and packable PrimaLoft One insulation for an extreme heat-to-weight ratio.


The Kelvin pieces are designed to be layered under one of Sitka’s soft or hard shell pieces. PrimaLoft insulation is a superior synthetic loft material that holds in maximum heat with minimal weight.  This is what you want for hunting in the coldest temperature or stand hunting.

Read the full article here.

Medieval Helpdesk


I am going to switch gears a little. This is from one geek to another and surely will provide some laughter, if not at least a grin.

I know it is tough to watch video with subtitles, but I thought that this was worth it.

Neal Ranch Land Acquistion


I received this from a fellow blogger and I believe I have seen this ranch. If it is indeed the same one, it does have some nice elk hiding in there.


Fred was pleased to find an email from the Montana FWP in his in box on Friday.

It appears that after the environmental assessment, and public comment period, the FWP will move forward with the purchase of the Neal Ranch property, pending available funds.


Read the full article here.

ElkNut’s Playbook Review

ElkNuts PlayBookOver the years I have read a lot of books, magazine articles and forums on elk hunting. I have also watched waayyy too many TV shows and DVDs, according to my wife. Elk hunting is becoming a passion of mine and I try to gain as much information that I can. This book will reside e right next to my other 2 favorite books Backcountry Bowhunting by Cameron Hanes and Bugling for Elk by Dwight Schuh. Now, if I could just get them both to sign my books for me! [Read more…]