How the Government Shutdown May Impact Hunters

Great post about the shutdown and how it can affect hunters and other sportsman. Great post Jason!

R2R River to Ridgeline

Yosemite National Park turned 123 years old today.  But there was no celebration because it, along with many other public lands, closed as a result of the government representatives’ inability to agree on a budget.  So for now, Yosemite Falls has been turned off and El Capitan has a big sheet over it.  Uncle Sam couldn’t afford a birthday cake for you this year, Yosemite.

All media outlets over the past week have been bombarded with news of how the House and Senate cannot agree on the fiscal budget.  Whether you agree with one side or the other, there are real concerns over how the shutdown of our government will impact us as hunters.

1.       Public land use

Over the past week both the BLM and Forest Service published contingency plans for the potential shutdown.  Basically and governmental service that is not “essential to running the government” is going…

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I agree. The Wooly Bugger is the fly I found the easiest to tie when I was younger. I am not great at tieing other flies, but I can do a Wooly Bugger almost in my sleep. Ants are easy, but I do not need to many of those. Now my favorite fly as of right now, the Muddler Minnow, I need a bit of practice on primarily the head of the fly. I just can’t seem to get the hair shaped right so I have a few that look so so, and the rest are store bought. Practice makes perfect though, so eventually…

Whew…..Great question.  Like anything else the question can be answered by asking, “How much do you want to spend?”  As we pondered this post and our subsequent advice we decided to approach the question and answer it the same we did at some point, sensibly.  We don’t need to be cheap but we do not want to spend anymore than necessary.

Most aspiring tiers without reading this post will flail around the internet in search of answers. But here is post number one, our start, in what promises to be a series.

So, what fly are we going to tie, let’s tie one that will catch fish.  Well as luck would have it one of the best, most versatile, fish catching, flies of all time is also one of the easiest flies of all time to tie.  We hear these questions quite a bit; (1) I want to start tying…

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Be sure of your target and beyond. A rule most people need to remember when hunting. I can attest to the fact that there are trigger itchy hunters out and about as I almost got shot myself a couple years ago when a stray bullet someone launched over a heard of elk hit a fence right in front of me and richochet right by my head.

Mia Anstine


I tend to be a jokester. I like to make light of a lot of things. However, the people who are close to me know very well there are things I do NOT joke about. One important one is shooting safety. I take the responsibility of being a gun owner very seriously.

A client was chatting with me about “what I do” and was intrigued that I write articles about hunting, shooting and outdoor adventures. He then joked that a mutual friend had told him that I call him (the friend) “drunk uncle” such & such in my hunting stories.

I froze in my tracks.

First of all, I don’t call him that and second of all DRINKING & FIREARMS DO NOT MIX.

I explained this safety rule to the client and he immediately went into a tirade about how he can’t…

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I imagine my string and cables is due to be replaced. It does not have much hunting time on it but I do shoot quite a bit in the off season. Maybe I should just get a brand new bow!

PSE Archery Blog

By  Will Jenkins

No matter the price of your bow it’s still an investment and it only makes sense to take care of the investment. The better care you take of your bow the longer it will stand up to the abuse of hunting.

Your strings and cables will break down faster than anything on your bow. Keeping them lubricated with string wax is important to their longevity. Some people put wax on every single time they shoot. Maybe I shoot too often but that just causes build up for me. I put wax on my strings ever 2nd or 3rd time I shoot. Make sure you use a decent brand of wax that is soft and after you apply it rub up and down the string with your fingers to warm the wax and incorporate it into the string.

There is also a lot of information out…

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Montana – From a Deer Hunter’s POV

I could not agree more with this post about my home state.

As hunters, we all have responsibilities when it comes to taking an animal. So many things go through our minds before we pull the trigger and harvest an animal. The last elk I shot was hard fought after. I wont go into detail about the reasons though. As I approached her it was just about me and the animal. I paid no attention to what was going on around me (I ended up in the middle of a herd of elk with hunters around, not a good combo) and got on my knees, touched the animal and said a prayer. Thanked god and the animal for what I was being provided with.

Pushing the Wild Limits

Intimate Prayer



When you  think about the small details of a hunt, you begin to realize just how intimate the entire process is.  From silently becoming part of the wild, setting deadly sites on an animals vitals, dressing and processing the game, to its final nurturing consumption;  different moments we find our selves completely captivated in awe, and in great respect.  Make no mistake, you have just taken the life of an animal and it is a time of great celebration and excitement however; it is serious business. No hunter should ever take this lightly or for granted.  Perhaps one of the most intimate moments in the wild happens after the smoke clears.   For me, the most intimate times happen while approaching the still body of my quarry.  With the power of a waterfall, all emotion gushes from my body, powered through my lungs in a primal victory…

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Reblog from 323 Archery

All things that are very important.

Grey Bear Outdoors

By E. Jones at

5 Things That Will Make Opening Day Much Sweeter

I’m the type of hunter that daydreams about being in the woods all year long. I start preparing for archery season in May, and try to practice with my bow year round. Even though I can’t seem to get bowhunting off my mind, I still end up running around getting all the things I should have gotten done in the summer two weeks before the season starts. This year I decided to get more organized. I set out five goals to work on regularly throughout the summer.

1)Practice, Tune, Practice
The first on my list is what I consider to be the most important factor of bowhunting- practice and tuning. These two go hand in hand and cannot be left until the end of the summer. The ability to make an accurate and clean shot is…

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