Hunting Ethics at the Shooting Channel

One of the most important things taught during hunter education classes – Hunting Ethics. Read my post at The Shooting Channel

Always be sure to say
Always be sure to say “Thank you.” to a landowner when they let you hunt.

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Four Corners SCI – Annual Banquet & Fundraiser

SCI first for huntersFour Corners SCI – Annual Banquet & Fundraiser

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Cocktails at 4:30pm
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Dinner at 6:00pm
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Live Auction at 7:00pm
Registrations received online will be entered in a drawing for a free Gun or Rifle

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Lady Hunters: THE HUNT IS ON for the 2012 PRÓIS AWARD WINNER!

Ladies, take a minute. This is your chance to share what you do in the outdoor world and win!!!PROIS AWARD

THE HUNT IS OFFICIALLY ON FOR THE 2012 PRÓIS AWARD WINNER!

Send Your Story Into Próis Hunting & Field Apparel for a Chance to Win a Hunt of a Lifetime

Are you the type of huntress who thrives on flirting with the wild and untamed?  Do you trek through the most remote and rugged terrain in pursuit of your trophy?  If you’re nodding in agreement and have a passion for conservation and empowering women hunters, then Próis Hunting & Field Apparel wants to hear your story!

The annual 2012 Próis Awards contest is officially live – so ladies, it’s time to put your story-telling hats on

and get writing!  And the ‘trophy’ is big for the selected winner — a five day hunt of a lifetime in Namibia. In addition, Susan Ebert of Sporting Classics Magazine will be joining the winner on the hunt to document their thrilling adventure in a feature story.  That’s not all!  The 2012 Próis Award winner will be fully outfitted for her extreme hunt with the latest hunting gear from top equipment manufacturers sponsoring the contest.

“We’re excited to officially kick off the 2012 Próis Awards.  Each year there are more and more amazing women applicants who are passionate about hunting, conservation and their community,” says Kirstie Pike, CEO of Próis Hunting & Field Apparel.  “We look forward to getting to know these inspiring women hunters through reading their stories and can’t wait to highlight their successes for all to see.  The competition is going to be stiff!”

Contestants have until October 15, 2012 to enter via the Próis Awards website: www.proishunting.com/proisaward.  Essays and photos are then reviewed by a panel of industry expert judges, and the top 12 chosen will then be posted onto the Próis Awards website on November 1, 2012.  Here the hunting community has until December 16, 2012 to cast their vote on which candidate they believe should be crowned the 2012 Próis Award Winner.  Finalist votes will then be calculated with judges scoring and on December 17th, the Próis Award winner will be announced.  She will then be flown to Las Vegas, NV to accept her award in front of the industry at the 2013 SHOT Show in January.

2012 Próis Awards sponsors include: Próis Hunting and Field Apparel, Bowtech, Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Weatherby, Sporting Classics, Badlands Packs, Hunter Hills Journal, BOG-Pod, Ripcord Arrow Rest, Acli-Mate Mountain Sports Drink, SkullHooker, the Women’s Outdoor News, Sporting Classics, Her Camo Shop and Shoot Like A Girl.

The Próis Awards panel of industry expert judges includes: Diana Rupp, Editor in Chief of Sports Afield Magazine; Guy Eastman, Publisher of Eastman’s Hunting Journals; Ron Spomer, Writer, Wildlife Photographer & TV Host; Craig Boddington, Outdoor Writer; Jim Zumbo, 40-year veteran Outdoor Writer; Julie Golob, Captain of the Smith & Wesson Shooting Team and twin Olympic biathletes Tracy and Lanny Barnes.

Grand prize of a 5-day hunt in Namibia excludes the price of airfare.  For complete contest rules and regulations, visit proishunting.com/proisaward. For more information about Próis’ innovative line of serious, high performance hunting apparel for women, contact the company at28001-B US Highway 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 · (970) 641-3355 · www.proishunting.com.  To check out the latest updates on Próis field and pro staff and company news, visit the Próis blog at www.proishunting.com/community Find Próis on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prois-Hunting-Field-Apparel-for-Women/110925409020195  Follow Próis on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Próishunting

 


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Elk and Big Horn Sheep Studies in Colorado

Colorado Big Horn Sheep

Colorado Big Horn SheepThose of you who have followed me over the years know that I have a genuine love for hunting as well as a respect for animals. I enjoy chasing a big bull elk or even a cow any chance I get. I also have a bucket list a mile long. Does it mean I’m chasing trophys? Maybe, but I like to think of it as a desire to get closer to and understand every animal I can. They are all amazing and respected by this huntress. I was intrigued when I received report of a new study.

The study is being conducted right here in the San Juan Mountains of Pagosa Springs. The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife recently began their study on two important animals in the states wildlife population that are also on my bucket list. The division is studying the movement or migration as well as the populations of local elk and Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep herds.


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According to the division of wildlife’s report, the study will be conducted as follows:

“These studies will help us to learn important information about the elk and bighorn populations in this area of Colorado,” said Stephanie Steinhoff, terrestrial biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the San Luis Valley.

Elk study

In the elk study, 25 animals — eight bulls and 17 cows — were captured and fitted with VHF radio collars which allow biologists to track the animals’ movements from the air. The animals were captured in mid-February.

To estimate elk populations, Parks and Wildlife staffers conduct what are called “classification flights.” Biologists fly over areas where elk herds gather during winter and conduct population surveys. Then, using specialized survey techniques, harvest results, historical information, survival rates and computer analysis, biologists estimate herd composition and size.

For the study, biologists will fly over the area to locate elk via the signal from the collars. They’ll then provide the location to another crew that will fly over the area in a helicopter in a specific pattern and try to spot and count elk. That crew’s count will then be compared with the counts that are made during the regular classification flights.

“We know that on our survey flights we see only a fraction of the elk that are on the ground,” Steinhoff explained. “This study will help us learn more about what factors prevent us from seeing animals or help us to spot animals in certain types of terrain. That will help us improve our classification flights and modeling techniques,” Steinhoff said.

Another objective of the study is to attempt to determine the migration patterns of elk in the area and their movement patterns during the hunting seasons. Some animals from this area move south into New Mexico during the winter, but the extent of the migration is not known.

Battery life on the radio collars is from three to five years; research will continue as long as the batteries last.

Bighorn study

There are three distinct bighorn herds in the south San Juan mountains. The population of two of the herds is holding steady, while the third herd seems to be in decline.

In mid-February biologists captured seven bighorns — five ewes and two rams. Each was fitted with GPS transmitter collars that allow biologists to track their movements continuously. Nasal and oral swabs and blood samples were also taken for disease testing.

Researchers want to learn how far these bighorn sheep move from year to year, if they interact with the other bighorn herds and if they venture into areas grazed by domestic sheep. Bighorns are susceptible to diseases carried by domestic sheep.

The collars will last about three years. Steinhoff hopes that more collars will be put out in the future.

“We don’t have much information about these bighorn herds, so the data we gather will be very valuable,” Steinhoff said.

To learn more about elk and Rocky Mountain bighorns, go to:  http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/Pages/WildlifeProfiles.aspx.”

What does that mean to us?

•It means we will be provided with valid data to support or discount recent elimination of certain elk hunts.
•We do not guide big horn sheep hunts, but it will surely have an effect as to which units we choose to apply for in our personal quests to acquire this magnificent creature.
•We will have a better understanding of theories we as guides and hunters have developed over the years.

For more information regarding the study or to view hunting regulations, please visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

 


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Hunting – Photo Basics for Your Trophy | Mia’s Motivations

Hunting season is in full swing for most and over for some. Now we are all sharing stories of our harvests. This includes pictures. Many on our mobile devices, social networks and, if we’re lucky, in magazines and other publications. As I look at some of the pictures, I am reminded to take note of how to get great photos of our harvests. It is important to show our respect for the magnificent animals as well as obtain beautiful memories of our time in the field to share with others. We need to make sure they are the best possible images. Here are just a few of the tips I have been given over the years, and I am happy to share them with you.

It is always best to photograph your trophy in the area where you find it. Make the photo look as natural as possible. It does not do the animal justice to take a photo of it in the back of your pick up, on your 4-wheeler or worse yet, hanging from your hoist. Photographs look much better if you have trees or shrubs in the background.

Prepare the animal so it looks as natural as possible. Be sure to clean the animal of any blood. Pet the animal’s fur in the proper direction. Put the tongue in its mouth and clear the lips and nostrils of any blood. Remember to check periodically and make sure no additional blood has appeared. Some photographers carry thin line to hold the mouth closed if necessary.

In order to have your animal look full bodied and healthy, push it forward on its body. Fold its legs under its chest. This will give the body a healthy appearance. Sit beside or behind the animal. Never sit on the animal. Depending on the size of your harvest, you may need to use your pack, large rocks or shooting sticks to brace its weight and prop it up. Hold on to the animal’s antlers only to attain a natural head position. Do not use its antlers to rest your bow or gun. Bows and guns can be held in your free hand or laid at an angle across the animal’s body.

Take your photos up close with a flash to optimize light. This will eliminate some of the shadows caused by a hat on a bright sunny day. Pay attention to hats and sunglasses. Remove sunglasses and tilt ball caps up so your eyes can be seen in the photo.  If the animal has antlers, turn the animal’s head at an angle to see the depth and confirmation of the antlers. Pay attention to shadows caused by antlers that can appear across your face.  On another note, if you have sponsors, make sure their logo is still visible in the photograph.

Always take numerous pictures. The more photos you take at different angles, the better chance you have of getting one that doesn’t have a flaw such as a shadow across your chin or other accidental detractor. You will also need a separate photograph for each article you write. Cover your bases and take lots. Remember the basics and let us see those fantastic photographs.

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Special Event with Members of theWOMA

This past weekend, Wolf Creek Outfitters  had the privilege of hosting three amazing women.  We enjoyed the company of Deb Ferns, Camp Director of Babes with Bullets, Mary Ann Dabney, Camp Cook for Babes with Bullets, and Chris Quam,  Director of Sales at HIVIZ Shooting Systems  as they came to Colorado to harvest bison.
The ladies desired bison because the meat is the best money can buy.  The animals they would be after were raised free range.  They have no antibiotics and no hormones in their systems.  Bison is one of the leanest and healthiest meat you can get.  Bison meat has a high nutritional value and is high in omega 3 fats which among other things help prevent cancer and lower cholesterol.  The ladies were excited to fill their freezers with healthy meat.
The bison harvest is not like a traditional hunt.  You can purchase a bison and have someone else harvest it, or you can enjoy the success of harvesting your own.  The ladies chose the latter and were up for the task.  They prepared by sighting in their rifles.  This was a first for Chris Quam.  She had handled handguns and shot guns prior to this event, but it was her first time to use a high-powered rifle.  She took the task serious, as every shooter should.  She sighted her rifle in and had a shot grouping with in one inch at 200 yards.  Deb had enjoyed a bison harvest in the past and knew what to expect.  She showed up with a walking cast on her foot and was prepared for the challenge of maneuvering around to get to the animals.  The boot did not slow her down.  Mary Ann is a long time hunter and just recently shot a mountain lion who was on the move during one of her hunts.  She was prepared and confident in her marksmanship to take down the bull bison as he would be the tricky one.
It took some time and it took some moving around to get into position.  The ladies followed instruction and moved from one location to another.  Finally they reached a location that would be safe and produce good shooting set ups.  The bison presented clean shots and the ladies hit their marks.   
Guide Dale with Chris, Deb and Mary Ann