It is hard to believe that we have pretty much all of the the early season archery hunts come and gone. Montana’s will come to a close this week and for the first time in 7 or so years, I have not made it out to the mountains for elk. I am not all that disappointed it though.
It has come to my attention that a certain wildlife foundation has asked one of my good friends to step away from the organization.
Ten things I have learned and yet again re-learned this season after 4 days of spot and stalk antelope hunting with a bow this season.
Every year I always seem to put off applying for my “BIG 3” tags in Montana until the last minute. They are due tomorrow and I managed to squeak them out today in the nick of time after being shut out of the website for maintenance around 11:45pm last night. I have not drawn the elk tag I had hoped to get the last couple years but the chance to draw a sheep, moose, or goat tag keeps one excited for another month or so. Which makes me wonder…
WHAT WILL I DO IT I DRAW!? I have dreams of taking a month off work to find the right animal. Not something that I will be able to do at all but at least I put in for places close to home. I am not after record book animals. I really do not care for that notoriety. I am interested in the challenge and a full freezer. That does not mean i wont shop around though because sometimes you just know what melon you want to pick out of the bunch, right?
This spring has been exceptionally busy for me. I dream of looking for bear and turkey, but i’m either in the office or fixing up my house. Flooring, windows, roof, fence, and clean-up of my yard have all been on the list this spring as well as working all the overtime that I can. Hopefully the juice will be worth the squeeze this fall.
I have not really been attacked yet since I started this blog. However, I do read comments regularly and find the things people say to each other pretty ridiculous.
“In a civilized and cultivated country wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen. the excellent people who protest against all hunting, and consider sportsmen as enemies of wild life, are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds the most important factor in keeping the larger and more valuable wild creatures from total extermination. “
President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905
I need to get something off my chest…. I am tired of anti-hunters calling me names, posting their comments on social media, tired of the hate mail we receive and quite frankly how fricken ignorant some of you are…. First and foremost… I am not just a Hunter and Steward of the game I pursue. I am also a Certified Deer Manager, Certified in Wildlife and Forestry Conservation and have my degree in Rangeland Management & Ecology ,So I am…
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Many of us have been involved in some sort of organization regarding what our hobbies consist of in the outdoors. From hunting, fishing, hiking, shooting, and just about anything else. You can pretty much find a group that works more for elk, deer, wild sheep, bears, bow hunting, shooting sports, hiking trails, wilderness, vegetation rivers, trout… You name it, there is a good chance you can probably find it. I do not really plan to name these. But a quick Google search can pretty much yield any info you wish to find be it a local, state, national, or world wild reach.
It’s about 9:30. I am watching Surfs Up on Disney Channel after exhausting my DVR’d episodes of Wardens, Team Elk, and The Walking Dead. This week has been tough. Continue reading