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Idaho mule deer fawns experience “below-average survival rates” -
posted 1 week ago
Why doesn't everyone just hunt their home state then. It would save me a ton of money every year that I donate to their economy and wildlife programs.
APPLICATION STRATEGY 2019: New Mexico Exotics -
posted 2 months ago
I drew a Stallion Range WSMR permit in 2007. What a Zoo, they bring everyone together and issue range/hunt instructions then turn everyone loose at the same time. Once everyone disperses on the 50 sq. mi range it's not so bad but it starts out wild. I had so much fun and came home with the best wildgame meat I've ever had. Harvested a 37" Oryx that graces my wall at home. Tough to draw and a tougher hunt than I expected but one of my past dream hunts.
Point Creep: What is it? Can you overcome it? and much more -
posted 2 months ago
After years of building points throughout the west I am finally cashing in my chips. I drew my Nevada elk 2 years ago so I am in the penalty box for the next few years. I drew the best Antelope tag in CA last year and my AZ Archery Elk Rut hunt. I will likely finally draw my Utah Rifle Elk tag this year. I am close on lots of other species in several states. If you don't apply you will not draw. It is expensive, no question about that but worth it in the end. While I was building points I drew Oryx, Elk (2X) and antelope tags in NM with no points system. I regularly hunt in CO in OTC or low points units for elk and deer. All DIY public land. I will turn 70 this year and wake up at night from a reoccurring nightmare that I died leaving points behind. It's not a great system out there but we have better hunting opportunities now than ever before. Don't be sad - Hunt.
California Antelope Zone 4 -
posted 11 months ago
I just found out that I drew this hunt with 4 points. Better to be lucky then good I guess. I figured I would just end up with a PP.
How to pick the right hunting backpack -
posted 1 year ago
I'm a two pack guy myself because I need to be more mobile than a large pack will let me be for day hunts. My Day pack is a Badlands Super DayPack that I have had since it came out years ago. I have always brought the first load out with it and can spend a night if I have to (Sans comfort of any kind). If I'm going multiple Days I take a Cabelas Alaskan Guide Frame Pack with about 5000 cu in bag. Or use that pack to go in for second loads on my day hunts. I would however Like to upgrade that pack with one of the new systems but $500-$700 for the new stuff keeps me in my current set up and pretty happy.
Kristen A. Schmitt
Jillian C. Sanford