May 9, 2008
Fire has a number of uses in the wilderness. Among many other things, it can generate heat, boil water, and summon rescue. But have you ever used fire as a “tool”? Fire has the amazing ability to consume materials, as well as to modify them. Here are three uses for fire that you might not have considered. [ Read Full Post ]
“If you’d shoot it on the last day, shoot it on the first.” These words, which have been recited to me on more than one occasion—and which I have subsequently offered as advice to others—looped in my head as I stood on a gravel road in central Montana, 113 yards from a mature, 4x4 mule deer. My plane had touched down in Great Falls less than three hours earlier and I still had three full days of deer hunting ahead of me. [ Read Full Post ]
In my opinion the grunt call is the most important innovation under $15 in the history of whitetail hunting. If you've piped on a tube for years with little to show for it, you probably think I'm making a rash statement. But I firmly believe that by using this chart to improve your technique you can grunt in a couple of bucks this fall. One of them might even have a whopper rack.
In areas in early to mid-October, it can't hurt to blow half a dozen moderately loud grunts every 20 to 30 minutes. Do this whenever you're archery hunting in a draw or on a ridge where deer move between bedding and feeding areas. You should also grunt periodically from a stand near a bedding area. Your calls might cause a deer to sneak over to investigate.
GRUNT TO OUT-OF-RANGE BUCKS
"Blind calling" can work, but a grunt call really shines when a buck has been spotted. Grunt at every buck you see that is slipping by out of range. If a deer hears you, he should at least stop and look your way.
Most of the time, after stopping and looking, a buck will continue on his way. Don't just sit there: Grunt more, and louder. What have you got to lose? It's a long shot, but your insistent grunts might turn the buck back your way.
ADD TO THE REALISM
From around November 5 to the peak of the rut, make some estrous-doe bleats with a can-type call, followed by some tending grunts. Young bucks might race in, thinking a breeding show is about to begin. If you're lucky, a stud might roll in to steal the hot doe. [ Read Full Post ]
Getting lost is one of the primary reasons that people find themselves in a survival situation in the outdoors. It can happen to anyone, anywhere; but it’s much more likely to occur when someone fails to keep track of their location, or when navigation skills are lacking. Getting lost can be a preventable problem, if you take the right precautions.
To avoid getting lost on your next hunt or hike, put the following tricks into practice: [ Read Full Post ]
This footage comes from the guys over at Wired to Hunt (check them out on Facebook here). One of their team members, Josh Hillyard, shot the buck shown in the clip. Mark Kenyon, Hillyard's hunting partner, was posted up about 200 yards away and heard some crashing coming his way about 5 minutes after Hillyard shot.
Three or four coyotes had zeroed in on the buck and cornered it in a small creek. [ Read Full Post ]
Halloween may have already passed, but one south Georgia deer hunter took a ghost of a deer yesterday.
Deer hunter Sam Hogan took this albino buck while hunting in Tift County. The Casper-looking deer was a young 4-point buck that weighed 140 pounds. Wildlife Biologist Brent Howz of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Game Management told WALB.com what everybody already knows when he said that albino deer are exceptionally rare in that part of the country. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Lance Schwartz
2014 Polaris Ranger 570 EFI
MSRP: $9,499 - Ranger 570 EFI in Sage Green/Solar Red; $9,999 - Polaris Pursuit in Camo; $11,199 - Ranger 570 EPS in Gold Mist LE
When it comes to building high quality SxS utility vehicles that are both comfortable and capable, Polaris has pretty much reinvented every single category of this broad market over the last few years. Polaris answered the call of budget-minded folks this year by redesigning their midsize SxS.
Originally launched in the sportier RZR chassis last year, the liquid-cooled, Electronically Fuel Injected (EFI) Pro-Star 570 engine found in the 2014 Polaris Ranger 570 EFI packs 40 horsepower more than the 500cc model it replaces. This means the 570 is 25 percent more powerful, and it’s smoother, quieter, and more efficient. [ Read Full Post ]
Score one for the Sunshine State's marine resources. Florida's inshore net ban -- the one approved by 73 percent of voters way back in 1994 -- has survived the latest, and possibly the most egregious assault on this constitutional amendment.
As we reported on Nov. 5, Circuit Court Judge Jackie Lee Fulford dismissed the net ban's 2-inch stretched mesh limit as a "legal absurdity" and ruled in late October that the use of mesh size could not be used to define the difference between an illegal gill net and a legal seine net. [ Read Full Post ]
Australia’s Lake Kununurra has glowing barramundi and the aussies are just fine with that. In fact they planned it that way.
Captive bred barramundi fish stocked in Lake Kununurra undergo an unusual process prior to being released. [ Read Full Post ]
What would you write to your loved ones if you thought you were about to die? A Wisconsin couple spent some time thinking that over before they were rescued last Sunday night.
According to the Billings Gazette, Mark and Kristine Wathke left Yellowstone Park on their way to Miles City, Mont., on Oct. 28. The Google Maps app on their phone instructed them to take Highway 212 over Beartooth Pass, but what it failed to tell them was that the road had been closed since September. At 10,000 feet in the mountain pass, their Kia Forte became stuck in snow around 5 p.m. Out of cell phone range, and mired in near-blizzard conditions, calling for help wasn’t an option, and neither was walking. So the Wathke’s spent the next few days living off some groceries in the car, huddled in piles of their clothing. [ Read Full Post ]
The scent game has evolved from just sprinkling some doe urine around your stand to targeting a whitetail buck's olfactory system with specific aromas at select times throughout the season. Here, Deputy Editor Gerry Bethge highlights the best times to use food scents. [ Read Full Post ]
This video was posted to LiveLeak two days ago and illustrates just how creative a predator the wolf can be. According to the post: "Remote cameras planted by a British Columbia environmental group have captured a wolf capturing one of the spawning salmon in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. [ Read Full Post ]
I’m not saying that every mule deer hunter needs to buy the Boone and Crockett Club’s new book, “A Mule Deer Retrospective.”
What I’m saying is that it will enrich the lives of every deer hunter in America, whether you’ve ever walked a steep ridge above treeline, or watched prairie bucks spar in a blizzard, or ever dreamed about heading West for high, wide, and handsome muleys.
In fact, the worst thing I can say about this remarkable new book (www.boone-crockett.org; $35.95)—286 pages of vintage photos, hunting stories, and some fresh perspectives on mule deer conservation—is that I wasn’t asked to contribute to it.
Instead, there are entries from Miles Moretti, the director of the Mule Deer Foundation, from my friend Wayne van Zwoll, and from fellow writers Guy Eastman and Ryan Hatfield on topics ranging from the factors that made the 1950s and ‘60s the golden age of trophy mule deer to the remarkable women who have tagged some of our biggest bucks to the pull of mule-deer country at a cellular level. [ Read Full Post ]
Hunters are given a unique view of death. With the squeeze of a trigger, we see animals take their final breaths. Within a matter of seconds, a browsing deer or flushing pheasant is transformed from a critter bursting with energy into a carcass.
Those of us who spend a lot of time in the woods also watch death come more slowly. We'll witness a pack of coyotes wear down a yearling whitetail to exhaustion and then tear into her while she's still kicking. We'll follow the blood trail of a poorly-hit bull elk as he drags himself down a steep mountain ridge.
But do these experiences give us the courage to face our own mortality? I think they probably helped Tim Bowers. [ Read Full Post ]
One of the biggest misconceptions about outdoorsmen and women is that they don’t care about wildlife. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Hunters and anglers love wildlife. They support the land and the waters with their passion -- and their money. They are animal lovers in the truest sense of the term.
A beautiful example of this came on September 30 when three Alaskan fishermen spent nearly four hours doing all that they could to free a stranded killer whale that had beached itself on rocks. [ Read Full Post ]