Hunting

Why Archery Hunting Turkeys is Damn Near Impossible

Looking for a challenge this spring? Try archery turkey hunting, which is so difficult thanks to their eyes, ears, legs and wings.  In my home state of South Dakota, archery antelope hunting is the greatest challenge a sportsman can take on. They’re fast, they have great eye sight, and they live on terrain that plays to their strengths. For proof, look to hunter harvest rates, which hovers around ...Read More

Turkey Preparation

While some hunters are currently on family vacations, spring break, at Disney or somewhere hopefully warm, we can’t forget that spring turkey season is upon us.  Turkey in most states are still bunched up, unless you’re in the south where the season has started or is about to open.   Now is the time to get ready. I’ll save my thoughts on scouting for another day, and concentrate here on equipment....Read More

4 Common Bear Myths Busted!

  Few animals in North America have inspired as much lore and misunderstanding as the bear. Both Black Bears and Brown Bears/Grizzlies are subject of innumerable stories and legends, and inspire a torrent of advice on everything from how to hunt them to how to defend yourself from a marauding attack. Fortunately, as in many stories, the reality of hunting bears is significantly less dubious t...Read More

3 Tips for Tracking Wounded Bears

With spring bear season just over the horizon, there are many hunters chomping at the bit to get back out in the woods after a long winter. Bears are different than other animals like deer and elk in many ways, especially after the shot. Although general good tracking and blood-trailing principles are still just as valid, there are some key differences. Taking to the field, you want to give yourse...Read More

Midwest Whitetail Shed Hunting

As winter loosens its grip and the snow recedes, signs of a new season begin to appear.   New anticipation that is lined with excitement revives our souls as deer enthusiasts.   Shed hunting is the light at the end of winters tunnel. During the off-season winter months, the bucks we perused, never seen, and even the bucks we didn’t know existed, begin leaving behind a little piece of themsel...Read More

Bears in the Grass

Spring; Glorious SPRING!  It’s a time many Alaskans (or anyone from a northern climate) patiently waits for.  Spring in Alaska means many things to me, as well as other men and women here who, like me, live by hook and bullet. It’s a time to fill the freezer with some of the best Alaska has to offer: Shrimp, halibut, king salmon and black bear meat. Mid-February is when we are first teased as one ...Read More

Hannah’s First Turkey

Turkey season is almost here and instantly I’m taken back to memories of my first spring turkey hunt. It is something I remember like yesterday, even though it’s been about 20 years since that spring. Now the shoe is on the proverbial “other foot”, and I get to help others on their first turkey hunts. Spring 2016 – Enter Hannah, 12 years old and going on her first hunt with her dad. Actually...Read More

Montana Merriam’s

  A sure sign of spring is the beehive buzzing a little more vigorously in my backyard apiary. The accelerated activity indicates a change in hive temperature. To be more precise, the hive is raising its temperature as the calendar moves to March, from around 85 to 95 degrees. This added heat is necessary for the queen to start laying eggs. 21 days after she lays, the next generation of honey...Read More