Archives for June 2009

Idaho Controlled Hunt Drawing Results


2009 Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Fall Black Bear, Fall Turkey draw results now available.

Montana to act on wolf quotas




HELENA – Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will make final decisions on 2009 wolf quotas at a meeting July 8 at FWP headquarters in Helena.

Commissioners will also make final decisions on the 2009 deer and elk quotas outside those set biennially; the 2009 deer hunting access regulations for Marias River State Park and Wildlife Management Area; the 2009 antelope quota ranges; the 2009 upland game bird bag limits; renewal of a hunting access agreement near Lewistown; and acquisition of a fishing access site near Glendive.

The Commission will tentatively approve the authority for emergency fishing closures should they become necessary this summer.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m.

Late in the morning there will be an opportunity for the public to address other FWP issues not on the agenda.

Arizona Big Game Super Raffle July 12




PHOENIX – You still have a chance to win one of the nation’s most prestigious hunts — the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle deadline for 2009 has been extended to July 12.

Here’s your chance to win one of Arizona’s 10 top hunts, while also contributing to wildlife conservation. It’s a win-win for everyone. But Super Raffle mail orders must be received by July 12 and online orders will be accepted at the Arizona Gig Game Super Raffle Web site until 10 p.m. July 12.

The big game tags available in the raffle are for 365 days of hunting almost anywhere in the state during the 2009-2010 hunting season, and ticket prices range from $5 to $25. Raffle tickets are offered for the following species:


  • Elk
  • Desert Bighorn Sheep
  • Buffalo
  • Antelope
  • Turkey (Merriam’s or Goulds)
  • Coues Whitetail
  • Mule Deer
  • Javelina
  • Black Bear
  • Mountain Lion

You can also get tickets for the incredible “Swarovski Optics Package” (This package will include the 15×56 SLC binoculars, 10×42 El binoculars, STS-80 spotting scope, Swarovski Rangefinder and 4x12x50 rifle scope) valued at more than $5,000. The money raised from the optics package is used to defray the costs of the raffle itself. All the money raised from the hunt raffle tickets goes directly to wildlife management efforts.

Arizona offers some of the best trophy opportunities in North America for each of these species.  A quick review of both the Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young record books will confirm this.  (Click for B&C and P&Y websites). If you are after a truly huge mule deer, elk, antelope, Coues deer, desert bighorn sheep, or buffalo, then Arizona is where you need to be.  The only huntable population of Gould’s turkeys in the United States exists in southern Arizona and can be hunted with the raffled turkey tag.

Remember, hunters are the original conservationists and have financed most of the wildlife conservation efforts in the United States for the past century. This raffle is just another creative way to raise money for these remarkable conservation efforts. It’s a proud and successful heritage.

For more information visit


July is Elk Conservation Month at Bass Pro Shops


Donate $2 online or at any Bass Pro Shops retail store during the month of July to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation,
and enter to win:

1st Prize
One 2010 Montana Rifle or Archery Elk and Deer Combo Hunt for One ($4,600 value) Backcountry Montana Adventures. All-inclusive hunt: license fees, food, lodging, and guide.

2nd Prize
Two Professional Bull Riders World Finals Packages for Four ($3,000 value)

3rd Prize
One $1,000 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

4th Prize
One $500 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

To make a donation and/or to enter the drawing, visit any Bass Pro store after July 1, 2009. You may also enter the drawing by mailing a 3″ x 5″ card with your name, address, and phone number to: Bass Pro Shops, Attn: Elk Country Conservation Month-Dept. Mktg, 2500 E. Kearney, Springfield, MO 65898. No purchase or contribution necessary to enter. Purchase or contribution will not improve your chances of winning. Odds of winning will be determined by the number of entries. Open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age and older. Sweepstakes ends July 31, 2009. Drawing will be held on August 15, 2009 at Bass Pro Shops, 2500 E. Kearney, Springfield, MO 65898. For Official Rules, go to or Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited. Elk Country Conservation Month Drawing Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 5705 Grant Creek Road, Missoula, MT 59808.

Proceeds benefit RMEF’s Cowboys for Conservation Program.


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


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


IBEP at Ft. Belvoir, VA.




The IBEP/NBEF Bowhunters course is being offered at Ft. Belvoir, VA.


If you are planning on bowhunting on Fort Belvoir this year or planning a trip to Alaska, Montana or Quebec you will need to have your International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) certification. The course teaches you in becoming a responsible bowhunter, survival techniques, map and compass basics just to name a few!


 See link for more detailed information:


Call (703) 805-3688 to register.


Dates IBEP is offered at Ft. Belvoir Summer/Fall 2009 (As of 5 May 2009):


Sat, 18 July                                                                                         

Sat, 1 Aug      (Field Day Only)                   

Sat, 15 Aug                                         

Sat, 5 Sep                                           

Sun, 13 Sep      (Field Day Only)                

Sun, 11 Oct                                        

Sun, 22 Nov   


**Courses which have fewer than 7 paid students one week before the scheduled date are subject to cancellation.



Super Hunt Winners Announced





Winners in the first of two Idaho Super Hunt drawings were picked Monday, June 15.


One Super Hunt Combo ticket was drawn that entitles the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, antelope and moose. Twenty-five other winners were picked for single species with tags for eight elk, eight deer and eight antelope hunts as well as one moose hunt. Winners can participate in any open hunt this fall, following the rules for the hunts they choose, for example, archery-only or muzzleloader-hunts.


The official winners in the June 15 drawing are:

Super Hunt Combo:

  • Brett Harris, Pocatello.


  • David Posey, Meridian.
  • Jack Jones, Burley.
  • Joshua Anderson, Folsom, Calif.
  • Arie Roeloffs, Wendell.
  • Chaun Demars, Becker, Minn.
  • Ronald Santucci, Eagle.
  • Bryan Hedrick, Santa Paula, Calif.
  • Matt Bell, Snoqualmie, Wash.


  • Jonathan Roth, Middleton.
  • Sean Burch, Nampa.
  • Philip Nell, Hanover, Penn.
  • Collin Griffiths, Missoula, Mont.
  • Steven Moser, New Plymouth.
  • Levi Cloud, Napa, Calif.
  • Mark Caywood, Hailey.
  • Jeremy Wassell, Lewiston.


  • Kyle Poppleton, Twin Falls.
  • Ryan Turpin, Meridian.
  • Lonie Austin, Princeton.
  • Larry Hoff, Middleton
  • Michael King, Rexburg.
  • John Robinson, Kuna.
  • Gerald Young, West Point, Calif.
  • Cameron Oler, Twin Falls.


  • Mark Cornelius, Kinston, Tasmania (Australia).

A second drawing will be August 17. Tickets for two elk, two deer, two antelope and one moose along with another Super Hunt Combo will be drawn.


Entries for the second Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo drawing must be received at Fish and Game no later than August 10. Mail entries to IDFG License Section, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707.


Tickets are available online at:, at license vendors and Fish and Game offices, or by phone at 800-554-8685 or 800-824-3729.


Money from the sale of tickets for the Super Hunt-described as “the hunt of a lifetime”-supports the Access Yes! Program, which compensates landowners to provide hunter and angler access to or across private land.


For information about this program contact local Fish and Game officials or visit the Website at:










July is Elk Foundation Month at Bass Pro Shops


MISSOULA, Mont.—Throughout July, shoppers at Bass Pro Shops retail stores, catalogs and Web sites can learn about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and make a $2 donation for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Bass Pro Shops will forward 100 percent of proceeds to the Elk Foundation in support of its mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. In addition, Bass Pro Shops will match 50 cents for every dollar raised through this promotion.

Four prizes will be awarded, including:

1. Montana 2010 rifle elk and mule deer hunt for two.
2. PBR 2009 World Finals package with event tickets, VIP passes and lodging for four.
3. $1000 Bass Pro shopping spree (gift card).
4. $500 Bass Pro shopping spree (gift card).

A drawing will be held August 15, 2009.

During RMEF Conservation Month, dedicated Elk Foundation volunteers work with Bass Pro Shops store managers to engage and educate customers about elk and conservation.

“This is the third year that Bass Pro Shops has hosted RMEF Conservation Month in July, and it has produced tens of thousands of dollars and immeasurable public awareness of our organization. We value our partnership with Bass Pro Shops and appreciate the opportunity to utilize their retail locations to support a great cause,” said Bob Swanson, who coordinates the promotion for RMEF.

Swanson said the partnership is being promoted via in-store signage, videos, posters, banners, point-of-sale cards, local chapter events and exhibits, advertisements in Elk Foundation publications, member coupons and more.

Bass Pro Shops says 51 retail stores are involved in the promotion.

For details, visit and

Bull Elk Don't All Fall Down by Dennis Carroll




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.

Lost and Found in Lilly

While this post does not involve hunting or the like, it does family! This past Father’s Day we went back to the town where my father-in-law (Bill Tancredi, Sr.) grew up, in Lilly, PA. The reason for this was to honor him and his wishes to put his remains, where he grew up. He past away last year, unexpectedly!

We arrived in Johnstown, PA ,as Lilly, PA does not have any hotels! Joe Tancredi (one of Amy’s brothers) made reservations for the City View Bar & Grill. The best way to get to the restaurant is the Johnstown Inclined Plane, which provides a very unique way of viewing Johnstown.

From the restaurant, you can view the entire city. To make our dinner even more memorable, there was a rainbow over the city. Now, normally you only get to view half of the arch, but this one you could see the whole thing. Truly amazing!

It was great to see my wife Amy, her brothers Joe and Bill, Jr. interact on remembering where they used to hang out, runaround and some of Bill Sr’s favorite places to visit. As myself, sister-in-law Laura and Ciro watched on. Some of these places were the ball fields, basketball courts, and the apartment that they lived in, Sokols (Slavish Citizens Club), Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church and Allegheny Mountains Sunken Gardens of Mt. Assisi.

While this may not have been the happiest of gatherings for the family, it surely will be one of the more memorable!

We will always miss you Bill/Dad/Pop-Pop!

This post was done on a Gen2 iPhone