Thursday, June 27News From The Great Outdoors

Big Game Hunting

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...
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...
Pistol Hunting Pigs With Barnes Bullets

Pistol Hunting Pigs With Barnes Bullets

Big Game Hunting, Hunting
My weapon of choice is the Ruger Blackhawk 44 Magnum single action revolver using Barnes 44 Mag 225 grain HP factory ammo. Ryan Travis and the other great folks at Barnes hotfooted some 44Mag ammo to me for this hunt. I graciously appreciate their support and generosity. IF you have a choice in your ammo, get Barnes. The Ruger is topped with a picatiny rail and a Burris FastFire III red dot sight. The sight takes some getting used to so I was happy to shoot several boxes working out my issues. The 44 Mag can be intimidating but by far, the minimum I would use for pigs. It does not take much to get used to and pinging steel at 100 yards is not difficult from a bench or shooting sticks. After a few weeks of practice shooting from seated, standing, kneeling positions and tree branch...