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”
I slam into the thick web of branches. I’m soaked past my knees with muddy water and have begun to sweat in the evening air. Frustration builds as I am still two miles from camp, and those miles include dense deadfall and a marsh of alders that feels impenetrable. Continue reading “A Swampy Success Story in Colorado”
Right now the 2018 harvest season looks like it is going to end sometime in 2020. This creates an obstacle for both hunting and scouting deer. Typically there are not a lot of deer to see until the crops get harvested, but this year there may be no other option but to hunt standing corn and beans. Here is a game plan for the 2018 week of the October lull and plenty of standing crops.
We will begin our 2018 season next week by hunting antelope in Wyoming. The temperatures were in the nineties this time last year. Running across the desert to get into position can leave you soaked in sweat and taking a fifty yard shot (if your lucky) can feel strange as your grip feels slippery and sweat rolls into your eyes. Here are a few tips for staying cool while hunting antelope. Continue reading “Hunting in the Heat”
Stuart recently bought a new bow and a new rest to go with it. The majority of hunter switch to a drop away rest as they progress through the sport. The accuracy of a well tuned drop away is superior to other rests, however this means the rest must have proper timing. Furthermore, many hunters are moving from string-driven rests to limb driven drop away rests. I do believe that the limb driven rest is better than a string driven option. When I switched over I noticed more consistency while practicing, however I also have caught the string while hunting a number of times. Depending on your style of hunting you have to find a balance in between having a rest that is reliable and a rest that is high performance.
Elk are America’s number one big game animal. For many it’s a dream to hunt them. However, for most it stays just that, a dream. The process of organizing a trip and deciding where to go intimidates many hunters to the point that they either give up or spend thousands of dollars hiring a guide service. At Iowa Slam we choose not to hire guides and instead pursue hunts that allow us to save money year in and year out. The process of harvesting an elk starts long before September. The first step is often the toughest and for elk hunting the first step is choosing a state. Continue reading “Choosing a State to Hunt Elk”
As summer approaches many people are heading West for vacation. If you are going to camp or hike in the west this summer consider bringing your bow with you. There are plenty of opportunities to learn something new and it may keep you sane during the long days with your family.
Stuart and I grew up hunting in Iowa. If we could get within bb gun range, we hunted it. We started with sparrows, then pigeons, rabbits, raccoons, and finally deer. As we progress as hunters we have started to add Western hunts to our plans. Last year Stuart and I each shot an antelope and plan to hunt elk as well this year. We believe that as an Iowa hunter you can still shoot an antelope, elk, and mule deer each year. Here is how we will approach the season.
A couple of years ago I went out to stalk deer with an experienced hunter. It was early summer in New Zealand, and we were in the southern region of the South Island hunting the Waikaia Reserve. The sun was setting at around 9pm. The reserve is beech forest bordered by grass. The fresh spring growth was drawing deer out at dawn and dusk. For the remainder of the day the deer would bed down in the beech. Our plan was to camp in the beech and stalk the edge of the grass in the evening. Continue reading “Lessons from New Zealand: Stalking Deer and Elk”