Photo by Barry and Cathy Beck
When the nights turn cool and the leaves change colors, trout start to feed more aggressively, often abandoning their notorious wariness. The major insect hatches of the year are about over, and the long winter is coming. Add charged-up spawning behavior to the equation, and you’ll understand why trout fishermen come to think of mid-fall as the best time of all to fish and the ideal time to break out the streamers.
Our buddies over and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers have posted their next installment of Backcountry College. In the video, Clay Hayes explains how to rig up a block and tackle.
Here's what he has to say about the rig:
"The whole thing weighs just a few ounces and goes along well in a day pack with some game bags. I’ve used this for hanging food in bear country, which I talk about in the video, as well as hanging quarters and leveraging big animals into a more manageable position. It sure comes in handy when you’re alone in the woods."
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.
“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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Photo by Lance Schwartz 2014 Polaris Ranger 570 EFI MSRP: $9,499 - Ranger 570 EFI in Sage... [Read More]
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.
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