Where We Go Wrong When Introducing Kids to the Outdoors

Many of us can still remember shooting our first rabbit or catching our first bluegill. I can call to mind the feeling of sneaking under a bridge to shoot a pigeon and also accidentally hooking my grandpa’s ear while bass fishing. These memories motivate us to take the kids in our lives out on the lake or into the woods. As a fishing guide and bow tech, I have enjoyed guiding families and built kids bows. But through the process I have realized we are making a couple mistakes. We over-emphasizing success and rush kids into hunting big game too early. Instead, our focus should be to build confident, determined kids that have an appreciation and maybe even a passion for the outdoors. Continue reading “Where We Go Wrong When Introducing Kids to the Outdoors”

When to Break the Law while Hunting

There is a difference between actions that are morally wrong and those that are legally wrong. Our laws were not passed down from the gods. They were created by humans and were written in a way that was easy to interpret and enforce. I have seen hunters follow rules and regulations without considering the impact and also seen laws used as scape-goats to deflect moral responsibility. The following blog describes how laws and morals while hunting do not always align.

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What to Know about OTC Elk Hunting Opportunities in the West

I have shot bulls in Colorado the last couple years with my bow. I may hunt Utah or Idaho this year and hopefully Montana within the next few years. Just for kicks I read some articles on Wyoming archery elk hunting as well. I made a chart describing what I consider to be the top factors to consider when hunting as well as draw dates and rifle seasons. Continue reading “What to Know about OTC Elk Hunting Opportunities in the West”

Resources for Understanding the Draw Process and Locating Quality OTC Units

Understanding the draw process for each state can feel overwhelming. Many hunters give up and simply decide to hunt over-the-counter (OTC). But, even then it can be challenging to determine which state to hunt and which unit to commit to. This blog provides the best resources for people wanting to learn more about the process as well as a few mistakes to avoid as a beginner. Continue reading “Resources for Understanding the Draw Process and Locating Quality OTC Units”

Are Pheasants Back? What to expect next year in Iowa

I saw more pheasants this year than I have in a very long time. I can remember healthy populations when my brother could limit on birds just by walking ditches and terraces, but that was ten years ago. In recent years it has been much more difficult. However, this year I consistently found birds, and many of the hunters I spoke with had good seasons as well. I decided to find out more about the current pheasant population and future projections. I reached out to a few local DNR officers for much of the information. All of the figures and tables were provided by the Iowa DNR. Here are the factors to look out for, and what to expect in years to come. Continue reading “Are Pheasants Back? What to expect next year in Iowa”

Motivating the Unmotivated Hunting Dog

Dogs lack motivation for a variety of reasons: genetics, age, time of year, time of day etc. If you have a hard charging dog that wants nothing more than to retrieve and worship your every move, this blog isn’t for you. If instead your dog seems to have ups and downs with certain weeks being better than others, here are a few tips to have a more responsive training partner.

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