The wild turkey is a symbol of success for conservation groups throughout the United States and Canada. Nearly 65 years ago, the wild turkey was teetering on the edge of extinction. However, with help from dedicated groups such as the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), national and state conservation groups, plus help from dedicated hunters, the return of the wild turkey is one of the biggest environmental success stories of our time.
Just like this year’s relenting winter weather, the end of this series “Winter Weather Hunting Safety Tips” is also coming to an end. In Part 1 we looked at the dangers caused from colder temperatures and the physical demands winter weather can put on your body. In Part 2 we examined the essential gear to take with you when hunting during the winter months. Now, in Part 3, we will take a look at some of the unexpected dangers you could encounter if hunting in extreme winter weather.
I’m sure your immediate response is, “of course it does!” Picking the “wrong” gun might just turn someone off from shooting. I took a risk letting a brand new shooter fire a DPMS Classic 16 Carbine as her first .223 Remington, semi-automatic rifle. Fortunately, in this particular case the gun did not matter.
Hunting during the cold winter months can be exciting as well as productive. As we learned in Part 1 of this series on “Winter Weather Hunting Safety Tips,” one of big dangers is hypothermia. In Part 2, we take a closer look at some of essential survival gear you will want to take along to keep you safe in dangerous weather conditions.
Across much of the United States, hunting seasons for a variety of game species start in the fall and continue through the winter months. Hunting wild game during any season has its challenges: hunting during the often brutal and unforgiving weather of winter has its own set of unique challenges. Conditions can change in a matter of minutes during the winter months turning a casual hunting excursion into a survival situation.
Have you ever secretly wished you had the guts to ride shotgun with a band of unscrupulous characters or were wild enough to put on a corset and fish-net stockings as you anxiously await the return of your favorite cowboy after a long cattle drive? Chances are, if you ever strapped on a hip holster, then you probably have tried your hand at some fancy maneuvers with a pistol. Many of us are infatuated with the Old West, which might help explain why one of the fastest growing disciplines in the world of shooting is Single Action or Cowboy Action shooting.
Whether you are a novice or beginner, when it comes to traditional outdoor sports such as shooting, knowing what equipment to buy and what to look for specifically can be confusing. For many newcomers, it can be downright intimidating at first—especially when it comes to shopping for firearms, but that does not have to be the case.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in women. One out of every eight women who lives to be at least 85 years of age will develop breast cancer. Over two million women in the United States have been treated for, or are currently living with, breast cancer. However, there is some good news; in spite of all these discouraging statistics, breast cancer—if caught early—can be treated and many women today call themselves breast cancer survivors because of early detection. The other good news is there are organizations and activities with some traditional outdoor activities, such as fly-fishing, designed specifically for breast cancer patients.
At a gun show or gun shop, have you ever overheard, “I want a purple gun?” Or maybe it was pink, or Tiffany Blue. Either way, it wasn’t about the gun, it was about what the gun looked like. I understand the appeal of something other than black and clunky. After all, we ladies do like pretty things. However, buying a gun based on looks alone is like buying a car just because it’s painted “chameleon.”
Private landowners—especially farmers—have quickly realized that leasing their land can net additional income, which is certainly a boost for farmers, but not so great for the hunter. One glance at land prices and you can see it has become a land-grabbing nightmare as the price tag for hunting leases and land purchases continue to climb to record prices around the country. Adding to the sting, professionally guided hunts are quickly being priced out of reach of the average hunter.
The words preorbtial, vomeronasal and olfactory might sound like something from a science fiction movie, but they are not. They can also be challenging to say or even spell, but the greater challenge for any hunter is what these tongue twisting words actually mean.
Once you have identified a few potential places to hunt, and narrowed your options, it is time to investigate your state’s trophy record-keeping system. Alternatively, you can contact the assigned biologist for each hunting location. A little legwork may help in the long run by signaling if the areas you hope to target produce the most, or even trophy, animals. This allows you to select lands that fit your hunting plans and hunting style, and cuts down on wasted opportunities. Additionally, visiting with public land managers or land unit biologists may give you access to information regarding hot spots or some local, insider hunting tips.
Seems like just yesterday when the days were long and hot, and the fish were biting. It is hard to believe the holidays are here and the aisles are already decked with stockings, shiny ornaments, twinkling lights, and rolls of colorful wrapping paper. Within the following list, you are bound to hit the mark and pinpoint the ideal gift for the sportswomen in your life.
The other types of scents—often used by hunters—are the lure or attractant scents. These are not to be confused with other types of “attractant” products such as foods or supplements such as salt or mineral licks. The attractants I am referring to are aroma attractants used to draw bucks to your location such as the sex-attractant type of scents used during the rut.
Bring up the subject of scents, as in cover scents or lure/attractant scents among veteran hunters and you will probably find an equal number of those who choose to use and those who never mess with them.
You hunt bears in either the spring or the fall, depending on where you go. Bears and the meat they produce, fall into two categories: spring bear or fall bear. From my experience, there is a difference.
Archery season is in full swing around the county. In my opinion, it is one of the most exciting ways to hunt whitetail. If you have not tried archery, I highly recommend it. There are many different bow manufactures and so many great models to choose from for every level of shooter.
Spot and stalk is one of the most exciting forms of hunting and a great opportunity for new, inexperienced hunters to gain valuable skills in the field. Learning tips such as how to judge an animal, gaining knowledge of their habitat and learning their patterns, all while building your core hunting skills, is a great way to learn.