Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 10:54pm
Most Eastern hunters share a common dream or if you’re lucky a common ritual…the desire to head West to chase big game! As you walk around your local Sportsman’s Show you’re bombarded with flyers, sales pitches and promises. Planning your hunt can be an overwhelming experience. During the process you’ll make several key decisions that could have a major impact on your chances of success. I’ve done both do it yourself and guided hunts over the years.
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 6:34pm
Less than an hour ago, at this writing, I was hiding among the lakeshore cattails on a small lake in central Minnesota. I was waiting on diver ducks that decided not to make an appearance. The only reason we were able to get out and hunt on that lake is that over the last few days the temps went above freezing and a strong, steady wind kicked up. That broke up the existing ice and kept the lake from refreezing even though last night dropped back into the low 20s.
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 6:54pm
When you consider all of the ways a balaclava can be worn in the field, there’s no denying it’s the king … and yes, queen … of versatility! We’ve covered that before in this very blog. (http://huntworthgear.com/content/blog/view-is-best-from-beneath-a-brim)
Yet the great hunting minds at Huntworth got to thinking, “How can we borrow on the 4-H motto to ‘Make the Best Better’ and improve on a design that’s already so great?”
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 6:37pm
In addition to being a lifelong hunter (longer than I care to remember, some days), I’m also a wing shooting coach. I’ve instructed formally for high school trap shooting teams and at industry events, but more frequently “just as a friend” helping non-shooters dip a toe into shotgunning.
A question often posed to shooting coaches is: “So who are better shooters? Men or women?”
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 1:12pm
As our SUV pulled into the driveway of Johnny Pond Lodge in Southwest, Colorado I couldn't help but feel anticipation. After spending the evening with owner Joel Johnson, it confirmed this 7 day hunt was going be exciting. Joel said he'd been seeing some really good bucks hitting his fields and though the elk wasn't a sure bet he'd also pattern some good bulls. With both an elk and mule deer tag in my pocket sleep wasn't easy. A review of the weather forecast however did bring some concerns....full moon, clear, and highs in the mid 60s. No cold or storm systems forecasted for us or the nearby mountains to help with movement or migration. In my next blog I'll provide a detailed description on key factors that influence animal activity in the West and some tips to plan for the best possible Western experience. But first...back to the hunting action.
Monday, November 11, 2013 - 12:24pm
The greatest detriments to my personal hunting success are my “happy feet.” Seems like I’m forever wanting to move. It’s not that I’m cold – with today’s great hunting clothing, that’s no excuse, even in the most brutal conditions. With planning I can always dress correctly to defeat the cold.
No, my problem is an insatiable desire to know what’s going on over the next ridge. The illogic goes like this:
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 12:22pm
It’s an incontrovertible fact. Women get cold faster in the deer stand than men do. I don’t know the biology behind it, but it has borne out this way in every co-ed hunting camp from which I’ve ever hunted. Guys will sweat up faster with exertion like hiking, climbing, and setting stands. Gals start to freeze almost the minute they sit down if the temp’s below freezing and the wind’s blowing.
Monday, October 28, 2013 - 12:25pm
I just returned from a trip to Manitoba, and I believe I’ve seen waterfowl hunters’ paradise. Sadly, I didn’t get to hunt it … I only saw it on this trip … but this year, next year or some day I will get back there!
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 9:47pm
Watch a knowledgeable, experienced hunter pick up a rifle in a sporting goods store. The first thing he or she will do is point the gun in a safe direction and open the action to verify it’s unloaded. The next will be to close the action; flip off the safety; place a finger on the trigger; and slowly, carefully dry fire the rifle. His or her face will display a look of intense focus, and sometimes the hunter’s eyes will even be closed in concentration.
Monday, October 14, 2013 - 1:36pm
It’s a mantra carried down from the earliest days of hunting as we know it. If you’re going to be comfortable in varying weather conditions and across all levels of exertion, chant after me … “Layer, ooohm, layer, ooohm, layer, oohm …”