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Recovering after a miss - posted 1 day ago

I missed a giant 6x6 bull in Oregon back in the mid-90's with my bow. Still bothers me to this day.

Idaho considers big changes to nonresident hunting - posted 1 day ago

This question isn't related specifically to Idaho. But, is there any good data that looks at actual hunting pressure in an area by residents versus non-residents? We've all heard the stories of the local guy who shows up at the trail head on opening day and there are 50 pickups already there and 49 of them have out of state plates. And maybe that is reality in some places. It would be interesting to see data on actual days in the field for residents and non-residents. Having the number of tags sold to each group is a start. But, actual hunting pressure comes from being in the field. Not just buying a tag.

My guess is that on average a resident will spend more days in the field hunting than an average non-resident. I would expect that effect to be more exaggerated, the longer a particular season runs. And I would also expect that a resident might be more likely to pick up a tag and never go out in the field. I know I did this when I was an Oregon resident. I would buy a tag "just in case" because they were so cheap. I doubt this data exists. But, I think it could prove instructive in managing excess hunting pressure in certain areas.

Idaho considers big changes to nonresident hunting - posted 5 days ago

They should tweak the system for what’s best for the wildlife and all hunters involved. As an outsider, I hope they don’t lockout us non-residents. Some states continue making it increasingly difficult on non-residents. (Looking at you New Mexico). Idaho has been very friendly to non-residents. Maybe too friendly. I can see why it needs to evolve.

Don’t geek out too hard on gear - posted 1 week ago

Josh K. - What knife is that in the top picture?

Don’t geek out too hard on gear - posted 1 week ago

I love geeking out on gear. Some places I’m willing to spend money and others I just can’t. For example, I got an EXO pack last year and now can’t imagine hunting without it. But, I have a $200 Redfield spotting scope and a very modest set of Leupold binos. You certainly don’t need the latest and greatest everything. Just figure out what’s important to you. To me, I will spend money on boots (Lowa), hunting jacket (Kuiu Yukon), and backpack (EXO). And I save money on spotting scope and binos. But, if you choose to run Swarovski optics, while wearing a Goodwill special jacket, and an old Jansport pack, then good for you.

I started hunting with a Tasco scope on top of my grandfathers 30-30, wearing old school Wranglers, and borrowed work boots. I loved hunting just as much then as I do now. So yeah, it’s not just about the gear. But, the gear is still fun in its own right.