Buffalo Hunting Clover Creek Ranch

01 May

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When we showed up at Clover Creek Ranch located just outside of Madras, Oregon, we were not sure what to expect.  My wife and I are not what you would consider “die hard” big game hunters but we have killed a few deer and elk in our day and even an American Bison, but nothing exceptionally exciting or anything to brag about.  

 I always look at my buddies that hunt like they are a little crazy when they talk about packing out 1000 pound animals for miles on their back.  I did that once… 

 As I recall, I was told back then that I hadn’t truly lived until I shot an elk and then packed it out of the deepest, darkest, canyon you can imagine.  While crawling out on all fours with 200lbs strapped on my back, I decided that if that was life, I truly didn’t want to live anymore…So when Greg Henes with The Hunting Broker told me that these guys did it all and I just had to squeeze the trigger…Well that sounded pretty good to me.

 Our adventure began at Clover Creek Ranch when Jim Brown was putting the finishing touches on replacing the radiator to his jeep.  When asked what the problem was, he held up the old radiator with a smile and showed me a large hole.  At first I thought maybe it was from a branch or something but he admitted that it was from one of the buffalo that didn’t take kindly to his presence the day before.  I was instantly intrigued.

 The ranch is quite large by my standards.  I believe they said it was 5000 acres and it does have a high fence around it.  When I went through the gates heading into the hunting area, I was instantly reminded of Jurassic Park.  There were all sorts of smaller animals running around and again I thought back to Jurassic Park thinking, “These are the “nice” animals.”

 It took us a while to find one of the herds of buffalo and when we did, I was surprised at how elusive these animals were.  Being warned ahead of time that they are aggressive and will charge (thinking of the hole in the radiator again), it was a little unnerving to be playing cat and mouse with these large, thick skinned animals.

 When we found one that I thought would look good on the wall, we worked to get into position.  I had brought my trusty 1950-ish Remington model 721 chambered in a 300H&H.  I carried custom loaded ammunition using a 200gr. Barnes, TSX solid copper bullet that I had used to bring down other large game with no problem.  My wife was bringing up the rear filming what she could while we were trying to position for a shot.

 When we closed up to about 70 yards, we had a nice buffalo looking at us and I was instructed to shoot her between the eyes.  The herd had spotted us and were getting agitated and you could tell by their body language that they did not like us there and were debating on what to do about it.  

 Taking a standing shot, I squeezed off a round when I had my crosshairs on the mark and down she went.  Thinking that this was the same outcome in the past when I shot something with my 300, I was not surprised….  However, when she stood up a few seconds later and walked away, that was a surprise!

We worked our way over to where the herd had been standing and shadowed them looking for the one I had shot.  We could not tell which one had been hit. None of the animals were acting wounded and we could not find any drops of blood. 

 Keeping the trees between us and them, we continued our search until they disappeared for the rest of the day.  Despite looking for them on horseback and by jeep, they had completely disappeared into the juniper trees on this large ranch.  Further discussion had led our guide, Jim, to believe that perhaps I had missed all together.  I knew better…..

 My wife had never shot a 4 legged animal before so we ended up turning our sights to a pig hunt since the buffalo had gone missing.  We ended the first day with her taking a nice 150lb hog using her .270 Ruger with 150 grain soft tip bullets.  It was her first kill and she was excited but all I could think of was that buffalo.  It has ruined a one shot killing streak that my 300H&H had going for me and now it was PERSONAL…

 The following day we re-entered the gates and Jim’s wife Adrina was helping us look for the herd once again.  This time she was on an ATV and I was beginning to wonder if we would be able to find these massive animals that had eluded us the previous day.  To my delight, her voice came across the radio that she had the herd in her sights on a  ridge across from her position.  Jim knew right where they were and we headed way up to the upper stretches of the property.

 We walked out on a bluff overlooking a bench and we saw the herd once more.  Despite us wearing camo and being as stealthy as possible, the wind was not in our favor and they spotted us pretty quickly.  While we were glassing through the herd, Jim pointed out the one I had shot yesterday.  When I asked how he knew, he said to look between her eyes.  Low and behold, there was a white patch of fur missing and it looked like the bullet had just skipped off her forehead.  No doubt, I had hit EXACTLY where I was told to aim.

 As we began walking down off the bluff toward the herd, we found ourselves in another cat and mouse game but this time, the trees were 6’ tall at best and none of them would be worth climbing in an emergency.  Jim was very cautious and did not like the situation at all.  We found ourselves within 40 yards of the herd but with the number of small trees, you would come around one tree and see one looking at you with a pretty evil stare which is rather unnerving.

 The entire time in this area, our guide was completely on edge and kept pointing out the dangerous situation we were in.  When I looked back to see where my film crew was, she was already half way back up the ridge out of harm’s way and heading to the jeep fast.  At least she was filming from a distance! 

 After about 10 minutes of this, Jim decided to retreat back up the ridge and follow them into safer surroundings.  Once they had crossed into an adjacent opening, we were finally close enough to potentially get a shot.  I informed Jim that I would like to take a body shot this time and he gave the go ahead.

 The first shot was a bit low, but the second shot I really focused my aim and put one in the boiler room.  She fell down but was still alive and making a lot of noise as she was really in a bad mood now.  The herd had surrounded her and took up defensive positions so our guide took the jeep and ran them off best he could.  I remember wondering if he was going to need another new radiator?

 The wounded buffalo was still alive and the herd would only go about 30 yards from her. Through the body actions of the lead cow, it looked like they were going to charge so Jim instructed me to shoot our buffalo in the head which I did at the range of about 6’…It took 3 more shots to the head to put her down once and for all.  All in all, I had shot her 6 times with my 300H&H.

 Upon further inspection of the animal, we found that the bullet from the first day had entered between the skin and the skull, travelled upward about 10” and exited out the back of her crown with no penetration other than to go under the skin.exotic hunting,hunting water buffalo,hunting guides,hunting outfitters

 Everyone, these are very tough animals!  I am not a professional hunter but I have shot an American Bison before and it was a heck of a lot easier to kill than this animal.  After being through this exciting hunt, I better understand what the draw is for thick skinned dangerous game like the Water Buffalo I shot and the Cape Buffalo people travel to Africa for.  It is a real adrenalin rush knowing that the animal just might try and fight back and if it does, you could be in a world of hurt or dead.

 I should mention that Jim’s typical backup gun is an AK-47 style shotgun chambered for 12 gauge slugs and a large capacity magazine.  You don’t carry that kind of knock down power elk hunting that is for sure.

 The thing about Clover Creek Ranch for me was this.  They are less than 3 hours from Portland and our hunt was done in a 48 hour time span.  I didn’t have to travel half way around the globe and spend thousands of dollars.  Once the game was down, they handled all of the skinning and quartering.  They have a walk in freezer to hang your meat as well.  The buffalo weighted about 600lbs on the hook quartered when we dropped it off for processing and we can’t wait to start cooking up the steaks.

 Special thanks to Greg and The Hunting Broker for recommending Clover Creek Ranch as well as Jim and Adrina Brown at Clover Creek for all of their efforts!


Royal and LaDonna Stearns


21 Mar

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11 Mar

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Mar 09 2012

HSUS: The “Hysterical Society for Uninformed Simpletons”?

Over at Western Outdoor News, Bill Karr writes about an ongoing HSUS-manufactured “scandal” in California. The head of the state’s Fish and Game Commission went and recently hunted a mountain lion in Idaho. The catch? Mountain lion hunting has been off limits in California for the past few decades. It’s legal in Idaho, but HSUS’s fur is flying anyway.

Karr writes that HSUS is simply trying to take advantage of California’s “uninformed simpletons,” which presumably is a not-so-nice way of referring to California’s substantial urban population that has little or no experience in the outdoorsman/hunting culture. (After all, some odd ideas come out of San Francisco and Los Angeles.)

Whether or not you think hunting a cougar is moral, he does have a point (though a bit crudely stated). We’d argue that point is much better illustrated when it comes to HSUS and farmers.

HSUS has started ballot campaigns across the country to regulate how farmers can raise animals. But an Ohio farmer raised a good issue the other day: No one on the HSUS board has a degree in animal husbandry.

That’s true of HSUS’s leaders, as far as we can tell. CEO Wayne Pacelle is a Connecticut man who went from Yale straight into a New York City-based anti-hunting group. Paul Shapiro, director of HSUS’s farming campaign, is from the DC metropolitan area and a longtime vegan agitator. HSUS’s “food policy director” is a former PETA activist from a small New Hampshire town near the Atlantic coast.

The key link running across HSUS’s leadership isn’t that they’re farmers, it’s that they’re animal rights ideologues. They come from a belief system that holds all animal agriculture to be immoral, so that’s the ultimate goal and it shapes their thinking. Farm animal welfare is a sideshow to farm animal rights (like the “right” not to be eaten).

Unfortunately, they’ve found success in preying upon the large number of folks in urban and suburban communities who are long removed from the farm, especially modern practices. HSUS focuses on one aspect of animal welfare—how much space animals are given. This is important, but farming is much more complicated. The simple language, however, is meant to appeal to folks with no farming background. (Cartoon-ish ads like the one from Chipotle aren’t helping.)

Over at CCF recently, we wrote about the brouhaha over a new HSUS “undercover” video allegedly showing conditions at two Oklahoma hog farms. HSUS presented its skewed, spliced propaganda to the media, but it was refreshing to see an actual hog farmer offer her take. Diana Pritchard, a small-scale hog farmer, wrote about the many sins of omission in HSUS’s video:

I’m also about to share with you another inconvenient truth, because unlike the HSUS I don’t intend to blow rainbows and bunnies up your ass: Animals die. Some never live to begin with. Still born piglets– see the shocking image of a bucket full of dead piglets at 0:27 — are not uncommon. Even if you get rid of gestation crates animals will still die. Even on our farm where sunshine, pasture, room to move around, belly rubs and behind-the-ear scratches are the norm, some piglets are born dead; some get stuck in their amniotic sacks and die immediately after birth; still some others are simply not thrivers and die within the first week of life. It sucks, but it’s nature. There is nothing more gut wrenching than disposing of tiny bodies or more exhausting than tending night and day to an ill animal, but it’s part of raising them for any reason — including for meat. Where you have livestock, you have dead stock….

They don’t disclose when they tell you the dimensions of gestation crates that pigs are generally afforded more space per pig in crates than in pens (fourteen square feet versus nine). And when they quote the pew research council on the stress the crates cause the sows — which I’m not disputing, not at all — they don’t include that pen rearing can be just as stressful if not more so. They don’t tell you that the scrapes and scratches on the pig shown at 1:32 are probably from fighting with other pigs.

Of course, for us to deem it “sins of omission” means HSUS knew all this. Given the dearth of actual farmers at HSUS, perhaps its “experts” didn’t have the slightest clue.

It’s no surprise that HSUS’s major ballot campaigns have had a certain tilt: Prop 2 in California in 2008, followed up by threats last year of egg initiatives in the Pacific Northwest. Ohio, a state with heavily urban and suburban areas, was a target until a deal was reached between HSUS, the governor, and the state Farm Bureau. Colorado, another “purple” state, also faced a threat a few years back.

It’s a demographic calculation, and once HSUS passes a few initiatives, it can go for the whole hog—federal legislation. Just ask the United Egg Producers, whose president says “we can’t win ballot initiatives because of consumer emotion” and is now seeking federal regulation of hen housing.

We wouldn’t range to call urbanites who don’t understand modern farming “uninformed simpletons.” Sure, there will be a few smarmy know-it-alls like the occasional New York Times columnist, but the vast majority is just misinformed by HSUS, PETA, and other radicals who want to “get rid of” animal agriculture.

It wasn’t long ago that the folks at HSUS were off in far more radical endeavors. (See here, here, and here for some examples.)  They’ve been able to coalesce on a massive propaganda campaign and change the dialogue, but the pendulum is primed to swing the other way.

HSUS can’t continue to play consumers for dummies forever. After years of distortion, HSUS and its ilk may have pushed farmers to a “Network” moment.


My Best Camping Season Ever

08 Nov

Hunting is a fickle passion.  Just when you think you have mastered it's secrets, a season like the one I just experienced rises up and kicks you in the teeth.  Unlike my hunting partner, pictured above with his Colorado elk, I was not so fortunate.  I should have known trouble was brewing when we failed to draw elk tags, AGAIN, in our home state of Oregon.  Undaunted, we planned our Eastern Oregon mule deer hunt and hooked up with a top notch Wyoming outfitter for another late season muley hunt.  Well, needless to say, two hunts later my freezer is still empty and there is a nice 4-point Oregon muley who lived to see another year.  Although I was unsuccessful, this season reminded me of several important lessons including:


1.  Be Humble:

Even the best of hunters is going to go through dry shunting guides,hunting outfitters,bear hunting,moose hunting,whitetail huntingpells.  Remember this after you have harvested that 350" bull elk, because as surely as you forget it, the hunting fates will take it upon themselves to remind you.  When you are on the peaks of your hunting success, remember that there is typically a valley just on the other side.


2.  Be Gracious:

Everyone has hunting partners that they hunt with year after year.  As evidenced above, my hunting partner Greg had a much more successful season than myself.  Remember to be excited for someone else's success, as well as your own.  If you can't relish in your partners success, you might soon find that your hunting party has been reduced to a party of one!


3.  Be Optimistic:mule deer hunts,hunting mule deer,hunting guides,hunting outfitters

I missed an opportunity at a nice 140"-150" class muley in Eastern Oregon because I got cocky and forgot how quickly hunting situations can change.  Watching this buck approach from 200 yards out to within 50 yards of my spot, then just as quickly catching my scent and disappearing in the opposite direction was, at the time, heart breaking.  But then I remembered that I will back in this same spot next year, and so will that buck. And maybe, on our next encounter, the hunting gods will smile in my direction.


4.  Be Thankful:

The thing that most non-hunters don't get, is that hunting is not only about harvesting that trophy elk or mule deer, but rather it is about the fellowship of your hunting companions, the opportunity to commune with nature, and the ability for a person to reflect on the important things in life.  So whether it has been a banner year for you in all your hunting endeavors, or like me all you will be eating this year is "tag" soup, remember that time in the field is a gift.  Savor it.


Until next time, Happy Hunting.





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New Zealand – Land of Opportunity

19 Aug

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Hunting in New Zealand is like no other hunting in the world.  A variety of species and terrain offer even the most experienced hunters a challenging adventure.  Located in the Southern Hemisphere, most of the hunting occurs in the months of February through July.  A short 16 hour flight from Los Angeles, California lands you at Christchurch, New Zealand on the North Island and just hours away from what will be the hunt of a lifetime.  Since there are numerous huntable animals, knowing what your primary game target is while make your trip more successful.  Here are a few of your options:

1.  Red Stag :

New ZealRed stag hunts,hunting red stag,hunting guides,hunting outfittersand's best known game animal, Red Deer or Stag grow an impressive and varied array of antler mass.  With G1 through G3 resembling North American Elk, these majestic trophies begin to palmatte and crown as they reach G5 and G6.  From that point, it is anybody's guess what they will look like.  Growing antler mass in excess of 500",  these definitely will be on your New Zealand itinerary.  Hunt March and April when the rut or "roar" is going on to get the most from your Red Stag experience.


2.  Tahr:

Number one on my petahr hunting,hunting new zealand,hunting guides,hunting outfittersrsonal list of New Zealand game animals, this ruggedly built mountain goat will be an impressive addition to your trophy room.  As winter approaches in the Southern hemisphere, these goats begin to add their winter coats.  Sporting an impressive "mane", the male Tahr is truly a sight to behold.  Usually lighter than the remainder of there coat, the male "fluffs" his mane during the rut to show dominance and attract females.  Located in the mountains of the South Island, this is a challenging quarry for any hunter.


3.  Fallow Deer:fallow deer hunts,hunt new zealand,hunting guides,hunting outfitters

Small in body mass, these European deer more than make up for it in antler size. Looking like a combination of Moose and Elk antlers, the palmation and sheer size of these antlers will make you stop short to admire them.  Their hides range in color from reddish brown, resembling an Axis deer, to white as pictured here.  Whatever your personal choice is, you will certainly find it in New Zealand.


4.  Chamois:chamois hunting,hunt chamois,hunting guides,hunting outfitters

Certainly not the largest game animal available in New Zealand, the Chamois may be the most elusive.  These agile and quick goats are easily one of the most challenging hunts you will face during your trip to New Zealand.  Located on the South Island, this might be the ultimate test of a bow hunter' ability.  Surely, one to add to your list of "must have" New Zealand game animals.


These are just a few of your options when hunting New Zealand.  Arapawa Rams, Wapiti, Wallaby, Oppossum, and Feral Goats, not to mention world class Brown Trout fishing.  Whatever you are looking for in your next hunting adventure, New Zealand has you covered.

Remember, time in the field is a gift…..Savor it!

Until next time, Happy Hunting.



Proposed U.N. Arms Treaty

19 Jul

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Please be aware of things that are happening that affect hunters and the Second amendment!

Statement of the National Rifle Association of America

 Mr. Chairman, thank you for this brief opportunity to address the committee. I am Wayne LaPierre and for 20 years now, I have served as Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association of America.

This present effort for an Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT, is now in its fifth year. We have closely monitored this process with increasing concern. We've reviewed the statements of the countries participating in these meetings. We've listened to other NGOs and read their numerous proposals and reports, as well as carefully examined the papers you have produced. We've watched, and read … listened and monitored. Now, we must speak out.

 The Right to Keep and Bear Arms in defense of self, family and country is ultimately self-evident and is part of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution. Reduced to its core, it is about fundamental individual freedom, human worth, and self-destiny.

 We reject the notion that American gun owners must accept any lesser amount of freedom in order to be accepted among the international community. Our Founding Fathers long ago rejected that notion and forged our great nation on the principle of freedom for the individual citizen – not for the government.

 Mr. Chairman, those working on this treaty have asked us to trust them … but they've proven to be unworthy of that trust.

 We are told "Trust us; an ATT will not ban possession of any civilian firearms." Yet, the proposals and statements presented to date have argued exactly the opposite, and – perhaps most importantly – proposals to ban civilian firearms ownership have not been rejected.

 We are told "Trust us; an ATT will not interfere with state domestic regulation of firearms." Yet, there are constant calls for exactly such measures.

 We are told "Trust us; an ATT will only affect the illegal trade in firearms." But then we're told that in order to control the illegal trade, all states must control the legal firearms trade.

 We are told, "Trust us; an ATT will not require registration of civilian firearms." Yet, there are numerous calls for record-keeping, and firearms tracking from production to eventual destruction. That's nothing more than gun registration by a different name.

 We are told, "Trust us; an ATT will not create a new international bureaucracy." Well, that's exactly what is now being proposed — with a tongue-in-cheek assurance that it will just be a SMALL bureaucracy.

 We are told, "Trust us; an ATT will not interfere with the lawful international commerce in civilian firearms." But a manufacturer of civilian shotguns would have to comply with the same regulatory process as a manufacturer of military attack helicopters.

 We are told, "Trust us; an ATT will not interfere with a hunter or sport shooter travelling internationally with firearms." However, he would have to get a so-called "transit permit" merely to change airports for a connecting flight.

 Mr. Chairman, our list of objections extends far beyond the proposals I just mentioned.

Unfortunately, my limited time today prevents me from providing greater detail on each of our objections. I can assure you, however, that each is based on American law, as well as the fundamental rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

 It is regrettable that proposals affecting civilian firearms ownership are woven throughout the proposed ATT. That being the case, however, there is only one solution to this problem: the complete removal of civilian firearms from the scope of any ATT. I will repeat that point as it is critical and not subject to negotiation – civilian firearms must not be part of any ATT. On this there can be no compromise, as American gun owners will never surrender their Second Amendment freedom.

 It is also regrettable to find such intense focus on record-keeping, oversight, inspections, supervision, tracking, tracing, surveillance, marking, documentation, verification, paper trails and data banks, new global agencies and data centers. Nowhere do we find a thought about respecting anyone's right of self-defense, privacy, property, due process, or observing personal freedoms of any kind.

 Mr. Chairman, I'd be remiss if I didn't also discuss the politics of an ATT. For the United States to be a party to an ATT, it must be ratified by a two-thirds vote of the U.S. Senate. Some do not realize that under the U.S. Constitution, the ultimate treaty power is not the President's power to negotiate and sign treaties; it is the Senate's power to approve them.

 To that end, it's important for the Preparatory Committee to understand that the proposed ATT is already strongly opposed in the Senate – the very body that must approve it by a two-thirds majority. There is a letter addressed to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton that is currently being circulated for the signatures of Senators who oppose the ATT. Once complete, this letter will demonstrate that the proposed ATT will not pass the U.S. Senate.

 So there is extremely strong resistance to the ATT in the United States, even before the treaty is tabled. We are not aware of any precedent for this – rejecting a proposed treaty before it's even submitted for consideration – but it speaks to the level of opposition. The proposed ATT has become more than just controversial, as the Internet is awash with articles and messages calling for its rejection. And those messages are all based on the same objection – infringement on the constitutional freedom of American gun owners.

 The cornerstone of our freedom is the Second Amendment. Neither the United Nations, nor any other foreign influence, has the authority to meddle with the freedoms guaranteed by our Bill of Rights, endowed by our Creator, and due to all humankind.




Every Citizen Should Read

06 Jul

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Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were…  A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back.  Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere  near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall. 

When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must have stung quite a bit. 

The complaint: 
'Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base: 

Whom do we thank for the morning air show?  Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing  west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet.  Imagine our good fortune!  Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyn’s early bird special? 

Any response would be appreciated. 

The response: 

Regarding ’A wake-up call from Luke's jets' On June 15, at precisely 9:12  a.m, a  perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-1 6s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques.  Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day. 

At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.  Based on the letter writer's recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured.. 

A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom.  We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects. 

The letter writer asks, ’Whom do we thank for the morning air show'?  The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it  was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their  lives. 

Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you….Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.  One died for your soul, the other for your freedom. 

Lt.  Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr. 


Hunting Season Is Almost Here – Will You Be Ready??

05 Jul

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For most of us, hunting season is right around the corner.  And if, like me and many other hunters, you haven't done anything to prepare yourself physically, now is the time to get motivated and get in shape.  Here are some tips to make sure you don't end up like the hunter above:

1.  Just Get Started:

Like so many other thelk hunts,bear hunts,moose hunting,hunting outfitters,hunting guidesings, most hunters put off getting physically ready until it is too late.  Start today!  You don't have to run a marathon, but put on your boots, shoulder your pack, and take a hike.  Today you may only go a short distance, but by hunting season you will be ready to hit the trail.

2.  Get Outside:

elk hunting,bear hunting,moose hunting,hunting guides,hunting outfittersMost of us belong to a gym or some form of athletic facility.  We hit the treadmill, the stair climbers, and the bikes and figure that this will get us ready for the upcoming season.  I have made this mistake too many times.  While this type of activity is great for cardio fitness, it many times is a non-weight bearing exercise.  Nothing will substitute for finding a hill close to home, and spending time climbing it.  Emulate your actual hunting area, and you will have greater results.


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Most hunters focus on cardio training for those long hikes in to the back country.  But anyone who has ever bent over an elk to skin or gut it will testify to the toll it rapidly takes on a hunter's back.  Solve that by mixing in some weight lifting in your schedule to strengthen those back muscles.  Bent over rowing is a great way to prepare for the tasks that will most certainly await all hunters this season.


4.  Find a Partner:

elk hunts,hunting outfitters,hunting guides,bear hunting,mule deer hunting,Very few hunters hunt alone.  Get your partners involved and track your progress.  Most hunters are competitive by nature, and that sense of competition will make your preseason routine easier and more meaningful.  You don't want to be the guy that gets left in camp because they can't keep up.



There are many other means and methods to prepare yourself physically for the upcoming season.  Go to our new forum page and add your own for the benefit of all the members. 

Remember, time in the field is a gift……savor it!

Until next time, Happy Hunting!




Out All Night – Can You Survive?

15 Jun

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All of us have been in this position…..out in the woods, disoriented, and getting that sinking feeling in the pit of our stomach that we may have to stay out overnight.  The question is, will you be the one who walks out and greets the searchers in the morning, or will you be the one they find in the spring when the snow thaws?  The answer to this question usually comes down to how prepared you are.  Here are some tips to make sure you are one of the survivors.

1.  Stay Calm:

We have all heard this advise more times than we care to remember, but it is one of the most difficult things to do.  Panic tends to sit in almost immediately, causing us to make decisions that are counterproductive to surviving.  Force yourself to sit down, gather your wits, and make a plan to better your situation.  This may be the most crucial decision you make.

2.  Be prepared to Stay Out:

Most hunters prepare for the eventuality of getting lost and having to spend a cold, lonely night alone.  But are we prepared to stay out on that casual day hike we are taking with the family?  Chances are the answer is no.  What could possibly go wrong hiking on a maintained trail in a heavily traveled area?  As we all know the answer is plenty.  Injuries, washed out trails, and vague trail markers can all lead to situations where having the right equipment can make all the difference.

3.  Equipment:

Every hunter, hiker, climber, or other outdoorsman should always carry the essentials.  A solar blanket, lightweight poncho, waterproof matches or magnesium flint, dry tinder, a whistle, and a compass should always be in your gear bag.  This items are lightweight and can easily fit in a fannypack or daypack.  Being able to stay warm and dry will not only keep you physically safe, but will buoy your spirits for the trek out in the morning.

4.  Emergency Locator Beacon:

Technology has made great strides during the last twenty years.  For a small cost, usually less than $100, you can purchase a personal ELB to carry in your pack.  If lost, you can activate it and your chances of being found increase exponentially.  Don't let your ego or pride get in the way of being safe.  Sometimes tucking our pride away can make a potentially dangerous situation less daunting. 


There are many other tips and tricks to keep you safe in the woods.  Please feel free to add your favorite idea to the list above.

Remember…time in the field is a gift.  Savor it!

Until next time, Happy Hunting.


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