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Hunting Black Bears Over Bait

Hunting Black Bears Over Bait

Big Game Hunting, Hunting
If you haven't tried black bear hunting, these bulky black beasts will give you a thrill that's tough to compare to a typical whitetail hunt. There is just something about hunting a carnivore that gets your blood pumping. The great thing about a black bear is they are spread all over the United States and Canada, are a reasonable priced hunt, and normally are not an extremely physical hunt. In my experience, a great way to start hunting for black bears is by finding an outfitter that hunts for bears over bait. Although you don't have the fulfillment of back breaking hikes and spotting and stalking the animal, hunting over bait presents challenges of it's own. Normally the baiting begins before the season opens with sweets such as donuts, marshmallows, or any other sweet smell...
Antelope Hunting in the Medicine Bow Region of Wyoming

Antelope Hunting in the Medicine Bow Region of Wyoming

Big Game Hunting, Hunting
I've been hunting in this region for approximately five years. In fact I've never hunted anywhere else. I grew up as a city kid in the Pacific Northwest, and even though I had friends in high school who would disappear to hunt, I never took the opportunity to do so myself. Learning as an (middle aged) adult is quite a bit harder. The urge to hunt began when we lived in eastern Montana. The whitetail deer were all over the wheat fields (I managed to take one out with our mini-van, but I don't think that counts). There were also a large amount of ring-necked pheasants. I quite often thought that if one was to carry a shotgun in their car, that they could get you year's worth of pheasant during one 40 minute trip to town. (I wouldn't advise actually doing that!) Then we moved to Wy...
Archery Moose Hunting

Archery Moose Hunting

Big Game Hunting, Hunting
Archery Moose hunting is the Holy Grail for many hunters. As the largest of the deer family, the moose is an attractive draw for hunters. Its massive size (over one thousand pounds) and incredible horn spreads (up to seventy inches) make it the king of kills. Moose are an especially good hunt for archers. Archery moose hunting is also ideal because moose are nearly blind, and easy to sneak up upon and reach with a fatal bow shot. It is highly possible for an archer to get within ten feet of the moose they are targeting. The fall season is the best time for moose hunting. This is its mating season, and bulls will be susceptible to moose calls, making it easier prey. Bulls will also begin to move away from their homes to search for a mate, which will increase a hunter's chanc...
Archery Elk Hunting

Archery Elk Hunting

Big Game Hunting, Hunting
Elk are huge animals. Most hunters don't realize just how big they are until they see them live for the first time. To be successful at archery elk hunting you need to be a good shot. You also need to understand the animal; where they walk, where they like to feed, where they drink and their habits. Understanding your prey is the first step in the journey to becoming successful in archery elk hunting. All animals need to drink, so any fresh water source is a good place to set up camp. If you wait near their water source, they're bound to show up sooner or later. They also tend to linger around the densest treed areas of the region. Elk feed on grass and some berries, such as strawberries, snowberries and blackberries. Finding these food sources could be your first step in cre...
Spirit Of the Caribou

Spirit Of the Caribou

Big Game Hunting, Hunting
The Monarch rose at the first sign of light on the eastern horizon. The herd would not follow until the sun rose above that horizon and the chill of dawn moved them on the long journey to their wintering grounds. The Monarch had learned that the hunters from the rocks would not attack a single caribou as he had lead the herd through the river valley for four seasons. The young hunters were away chasing Hare and Ptarmigan with their bows as the veterans of the hunting party prepared arrows and throwing spears. The spears were used to dispatch the animal after the shot from the bow had downed them. This helped save the much labor-invested arrows for longer shots. The party had been waiting several days and nights. The lookout, among the rocks, had served them well for many se...
Quail Hunting: A Hunt to Remember

Quail Hunting: A Hunt to Remember

Hunting, Small Game Hunting
I remember well the days of old when there was heavy frost in November and still enough Bobwhite Quail to stumble upon a covey while walking the woods in search of deer or squirrels. I remember, many times as a youngster, nearly jumping out of my boots as a large covey exploded around me. Those were the days. I was thirteen when my cousin Tommy and his wife Wilma invited me to live with them in Lynchburg Tennessee. It was there that I developed a passion for the outdoors that lives and grows stronger everyday. Tommy was well known in the area for training bird dogs. He really enjoyed training the culls that seemed un-trainable. Needless to say I followed many dogs many miles along bean fields and creek bottoms. Some dogs did all right some not so well but the great part ...
Beginner Tips for Turkey Hunting

Beginner Tips for Turkey Hunting

Hunting, Small Game Hunting
First tip, scouting your hunting area 2 to 3 weeks before your hunting season. If you can try to make it out before the sun raises, you can see the turkeys getting out of the trees and see where they are heading and also try to make it out when the birds are getting ready to roost. Watching the turkeys for these couple of weeks gives you the perfect spot to place your blind or where you want to sit on the ground. If you do end up walking out to where you might want to sit make sure to clear away all the leaves and branches, so when you do go out you won't have all that noise. Second tip, making sure you are wearing the right clothing. Some people think sitting in a blind means they can wear whatever dark clothing they want but that is not the case. You want to make sure you ar...
Sniping Rabbits – Children And Hunting

Sniping Rabbits – Children And Hunting

Hunting, Small Game Hunting
There are not many greater joys than passing on your own knowledge to your children, especially if it is related to a mutual passion. I am blessed to have three sons who share my enthusiasm for being in the outdoors and hunting. Recently, we took a trip to our favourite rabbit-infested property and while there was certainly plenty of entertainment, I was pleased to be able to teach them some important lessons too. It was a Saturday after my boys, Matthew, Timothy and Andrew, had finished their sporting commitments for the day. We all agreed that the weather was too good to stay at home and an afternoon sniping rabbits was on the agenda. After a short text to the owner of the property to confirm that it was fine for us to come out hunting, we quickly packed the car with all of th...
Essential Survival Gear For Elk Hunting

Essential Survival Gear For Elk Hunting

Big Game Hunting, Hunting
Anyone who has ever hunted for elk knows how challenging, frustrating, physically-demanding and even painful it can be. None the less, elk hunting can be very addictive. One can easily become obsessed to the point he or she is so focused on the hunt they may not realize how far they have gone, what time it is, and not exactly sure where they are. Here we are going to discuss how these and other factors may come together to be detrimental to your survival, and the gear you should have on you at all times to ensure you survive your hunt. Imagine this scenario; You and your buddy are hunting elk in the Rocky Mountains. You get back to the truck early evening after hiking all day carrying your 30# daypack. Wow! what a relief to finally get that weight off the shoulders! You are...
Hunt with a Veteran (Broadhead)

Hunt with a Veteran (Broadhead)

Big Game Hunting, Hunting
Veteran Innovative Products (VIP) is a provider of broadheads, custom arrows and wild boar feeders that was founded by Matthew Futtere. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy and following his recent return from Afghanistan, Futtere has refocused his efforts from a high-tech consulting company and such overseas military support efforts. He has vowed to live his life to the fullest by simply doing what he enjoys the most: spending time with his family, hunting and fishing which has motivated him to begin creating ground-breaking outdoor products for hunting. With his proven history of innovation and the vision, VIP is poised to make an immediate, lasting and positive impact within the hunting world. With the immediate success and acceptance of The Veteran Broadhead and The HogLog boar feeder, VI...