May 9, 2008
The recent North American Whitetail Deer Summit hosted by QDMA is well over, but it’s impact is still being felt. The summit identified the principal threats facing deer and deer hunters and spawned a national initiative to do something about them. The summit identified all kinds of issues threatening whitetails, but the 800-pound gorilla in the room somehow got lost in the shuffle.
The summit was held a month ago in Branson Missouri and attracted more than 200 of the best minds in the deer business. Representatives from across the whitetail stakeholder spectrum showed up to take a hard look at issues facing deer in North America.
The group met for two and a half days and produced an extensive list of issues and ranked them from most threatening to least. In all, some 20 items were identified. At the top of the list: 1) hunter recruitment and retention; 2) education to support hunters; 3) hunting and access; 4) influences; 5) the captive deer industry; 6) deer diseases; 7) public concern for population levels low or high. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo: Mitch Kezar/Windigo Images
Accelerating a bullet from dead still to a couple thousand feet per second (or more) in the blink of an eye equals recoil. It’s Newton’s “equal and opposite reaction” to the bullet’s launch. Rifle weight and shape play into felt recoil, but they don’t change recoil’s kinetic energy, which is a function of the rifle’s mass and rearward velocity. And although bullet speed figures into energy calculation, its contribution to rifle “slap” does not. A bullet that exits fast dumps its energy fast. An 8-pound rifle hurling a 405-grain .45/70 bullet at 1,800 fps delivers about the same recoil as a .338 Magnum rifle of the same weight firing a 225-grain spitzer at 2,800 fps. But the .338 may feel friskier. [ Read Full Post ]
Editor's Note: This tip comes from our new "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual."
Whether you need to hunt for food or fend off post-apocalyptic barbarian hordes, a bow is a good, versatile weapon and tool. Building a simple wooden longbow takes a fair amount of know-how, but with these directions and a length of PVC pipe, you can improvise a bow with a draw of up to 60 pounds.
- 3/4-inch- (2-cm-) wide, 5-foot- (1.5-m-) long PVC pipe (schedule 40 white pipe is stiffer but prone to cracking from UV exposure or cold; schedule 80 gray pipe is softer but may weaken over time if the bow stays strung constantly). [ Read Full Post ]
This winter’s merciless conditions have brought reports of wildlife struggling to survive all across the country. The Minnesota DNR reluctantly rolled out an emergency feeding plan for its whitetails and a cold-stun kill in North Carolina devastated trout fishing prospects. And even though we’ve officially made it to spring, scientists say the effects from this winter will persist for months to come in the Great Lakes region.
The Great Lakes have experienced near-record ice cover this year, with 48 percent of the five lakes still covered in ice as of April 10. That figure is down from the high on March 6 when 92 percent of the five lake’s 90,000-plus square miles were choked with ice, according to The Atlantic Cities. In comparison, ice coverage of the Great Lakes maxed out at about 38 percent in 2013 and just 13 percent in 2012. (This NASA photo shows 80 percent ice coverage on Feb. 19.) [ Read Full Post ]
It’s been a long, hard and miserable winter up here in the Northeast. With the countdown to turkey season picking up pace, many of us are still wondering what sort of season we’ll be faced with. Have we lost birds this winter? Has the lingering cold weather delayed gobbling and breeding activity? When—if ever—will the hardcore gobbling cut loose?
As we await those answers, we’d like to thank Maine resident Lou Dagneau for sending along this intriguing turkey photo that’s worth a double take. Here’s the note that came along with it: [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by fly-fish.com
What happens when a state game commission blatantly works against the rights of sportsmen and women who help fund it?
Let's look to New Mexico where another question is being asked:
May a private landowner exclude others from fishing in a public stream that flows across the landowner's property?
And now, the answer:
No. A private landowner cannot prevent persons from fishing a public stream that flows across the landowner's property, provided the public stream is accessible without trespass privately owned adjacent lands.
It is an answer so clear and free from ambiguity that it's hard to believe it was written by attorney. [ Read Full Post ]
That didn't take long.
Just one step into this and I've already screwed up. I wish I could say this will be the last mistake, but it won't be.
This entry is the first installment of a weekly journey that begins with 17 acres of lackluster vacant land and ends with 17 acres of whitetail-killing nirvana.
It's a journey that should prove to be fairly interesting for several reasons, not the least of which is this: I've no idea what I'm doing. [ Read Full Post ]
Mountain lion hunters across Montana criticized increased harvest quotas presented at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks meeting Thursday in Helena. The agency relied on its own recent population study to propose raised quotas for the next two seasons, but hunters say wildlife officials overestimated the number of big cats and set quotas too high for the Bitterroot Watershed. [ Read Full Post ]
A black bear mauled a Florida woman outside her home near Orlando Saturday evening. During the subsequent investigation in Seminole County, Fla., officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have shot one bear and euthanized five others, the agency announced in various press releases. [ Read Full Post ]
In today’s market, side by side manufacturers offer three options when it comes to power steering: standard, optional, or none at all. For owners with vehicles in the last category, there are a few solutions available from aftermarket companies.
Adding power steering to a machine that is not initially designed for it can be a little tricky. There are some small yet important things you need to consider before dropping big dollars on these products. Some involve the machine and the rest involve the type of steering assist you will actually get once the product is installed. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Doug Stamm
Today's space-age sonar and GPS units can seemingly make us better fishermen overnight. However, as with cell phone technology, many of us harness only a fraction of the potential. Then there's Bruce Samson, aka Doc Sonar. Capable of interpreting sonar imaging in plain terms that any angler can understand, Samson has made a living teaching anglers how to better understand their electronics.
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A good flyfishing pack is a model of efficiency. At a minimum, it should be able to manage a day's worth of fishing gear without undue bulk and be comfortable to wear. It needs to organize flies, fly boxes, hemostats, tippets, floatant, nippers, and other accessories so that they are easy to get to, yet do not become tangled in your line as you cast, mend, and strip.
The storage compartments in a well-designed pack can be accessed with one hand, and the zippers can be manipulated with numb fingers. On top of all that, it should protect its contents from the elements. After all, just because the weather turns foul, it doesn't necessarily mean the fish are going to stop biting. [ Read Full Post ]
Sara Palin once said the only difference between a soccer mom and a bulldog is lipstick. Okay, I’m not going political here, but interestingly enough, the former Alaska governor’s meaning actually bears a timeless truism that’ll help you catch more springtime bass.
Palin referred to a simple principle we should all respect: Don’t mess with the young’ns.
In the bass world, the males are kind of the soccer moms, at least during the postspawn stage where bucks guarding fry get props for equally fierce dispositions.
For crappie, bluegill, catfish or anything else with a taste for tiny bass, this means back off.
For anglers, it means a great opportunity. [ Read Full Post ]
The first range-finders to come to market were cumbersome, complicated, and priced way too high for what you got. Today's models still represent a substantial investment, but you get a lot more for your money. We tested six of the most feature-packed units to see which are most fieldworthy.
Photo by Nick Ferrari
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In February we wrote about Minnesota’s emergency feeding plan to help the state’s northern whitetails survive harsh winter conditions. Wildlife officials began the first emergency feeding in 18 years amid both support and controversy on March 6. Now officials say this weekend likely marked the last distribution of the season. A long-range forecast predicting warmer temperatures and melting snow in the northern woods should rule out any further need for feeding. [ Read Full Post ]