We’re saying goodbye to 2018 and welcoming in 2019 with three things hunters, outdoorsmen, and shooters need to add to their goals in the coming year. We’ve also added a fun giveaway. You’ll have to listen to this show for details. Happy New Year from the MAC Outdoors Podcast!
The dynamic mother/daughter duo share their hunting, shooting, and outdoor adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons, and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer, and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s in the second year of her college journey. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.
State’s wildlife departments throughout the country have been keeping a watchful eye on Montana. The ballot initiative 177, if passed, would have a drastic impact on the entire nation. It’s good to see its defeat. ~Mia
BREAKING: Sportsmen Defeat Montana Trapping Ban
Montana’s Initiative 177 was soundly rejected by voters in the Gem State on the Nov. 8 ballot. The initiative would have banned trapping on all public lands, including city and county parks, municipal golf courses and more. While the final tally is still being determined, a vast majority of precincts have already reported and sportsmen are winning by a wide margin, 63 – 36.
After years of failing to qualify a trapping ban for the state’s ballot, anti-hunting organizations turned to paid signature gatherers in order to do so – qualifying the initiative at the last moment in July.
“We’re extremely pleased that the voters in Montana have seen through the shallow rhetoric from anti-trapping organizations about Initiative 177. This initiative would have had a devastating impact on Montana’s abundant wildlife populations, and posed a serious safety risk to pets and people. Worse, it would have forced Montanans to suffer severe losses before being able to deal with problem wildlife,” said Evan Heusinkveld, president and CEO of Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Today, sportsmen, ranchers and everyone concerned with scientific wildlife management protected the state, its citizens, resources and, most of all, wildlife by defeating this initiative.”
Had the initiative passed, local communities and the state would have had to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to deal with nuisance wildlife issues, such as beavers, skunks and raccoons, as well as depredation upon livestock and decimation of deer, elk and moose herds by wolves and coyotes.
The only states that have enacted a ban on trapping are Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts and Washington. Similar to the Montana initiative, these bans claim to allow trapping by the state if necessary. In reality, I-177 only allowed trapping to take place once a problem existed and after demonstrating that non-lethal means had been unsuccessful.
The Sportsmen’s Alliance led a group of the most prominent sportsmen and wildlife organizations in Montana in the effort to defeat I-177. The group, called Montanan’s for Wildlife and Public Lands Access (MWPLA), was made up of the Sportsmen’s Alliance, Montana Trappers Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Big Game Forever, Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association, the Montana Bowhunters Association, the Montana Shooting Sports Association and the Montana State Houndsmen Association, along with dozens of other wildlife, conservation and agricultural groups from across the country.
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Senate Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Members Introduce Legislation to Benefit Hunter Education, Conservation
March 17, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Leaders of the Senate Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) yesterday introduced the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act in the U.S. Senate, legislation that will improve the current funding system for wildlife conservation.
Introduced by CSC Members Co-Chairs Jim Risch (ID) and Senator Joe Manchin (WV), with original cosponsors CSC Vice-Chairs Senator Deb Fischer (NE) and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND), this proposed legislation will update the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, clarifying that one of the purposes of the legislation is to “extend financial and technical support to the states for promotion of hunting and recreational shooting.” More specifically, this legislation will allocate a portion of the Pittman-Robertson Fund towards hunter recruitment and retention through national outreach and marketing campaigns, as well as providing education and mentoring to new hunters and recreational shooters.
“By introducing this legislation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus leadership has taken an important step in advancing our nation’s hunting heritage and furthering the successful state-based conservation efforts,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane. “Although sportsmen and women’s contributions fund wildlife conservation throughout the country, it is a ‘user pays – public benefits’ program, and recruiting new hunters not only shows Americans the great outdoors, it allows wildlife and their habitat to be conserved in the future.” The excise taxes paid by hunters and recreational shooters which forms the basis of the Pittman-Robertson fund, support a variety of wildlife conservation efforts. This program, known as the American System of Conservation Funding, benefits all Americans.
“This legislation is so important because it will strengthen efforts to educate and recruit hunters and recreational shooters in our country” said Senator Risch. “Whether for the purpose of putting food on the table, for game management purposes, or for passing a tradition down to other generations, hunting and shooting sports are important for many reasons. This update to the Pittman-Robertson Fund will provide state agencies the tools they need to provide and enhance recreational opportunities for all Americans who enjoy the outdoors.”
“As an avid sportsman, I know firsthand that our hunting and fishing heritage is so important to who we are as West Virginians and as Americans,” Senator Manchin said. “The Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act will help continue this important heritage for hunters, anglers, recreational shooters and outdoor enthusiasts in West Virginia and throughout the country. It will allow for the continued operation and maintenance of our wildlife management areas while helping protect the important traditions that our nation’s outdoors offer to generations of Americans.”
On March 22, CSF and the Archery Trade Association will host a Breakfast Briefing on Capitol Hill covering this new modification.
Since 1989, CSF has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.
Game cameras are the most valuable scouting tool for monitoring deer activity in your hunting area. However, are you using them effectively? Are you really getting as much information from them as they offer? Here are some tips and tricks for properly placing, using, and maintaining your game cameras so that they give you the greatest advantage out in the field.
Read the instruction manual for your camera prior to using it. The manufacturer will recommend the use of a certain type of battery and storage card. It is important to follow these recommendations, as they will ensure proper day-to-day functioning of your camera and will extend its overall life. Always purchase high quality batteries and storage cards. Familiarize yourself with how to set the date, time, and different modes of operation.
Now that you understand how the camera works, you are ready to mount it in the field. Most cameras will come with a strap for mounting to a nearby tree. Freestanding tripods or mounting brackets are other options that enable you to make finer adjustments to the position and angle of the lens. Choose a tree that is the same size or a bit wider than your camera. Avoid mounting in a direction where the lens faces the sun for an extended period throughout the day. Direct sunlight can overwhelm the lens and can cause your pictures to appear white, with few distinguishable features of the landscape in your photo. After loading the batteries, installing the SD storage card, setting the date, time, and operation mode, walk to the center of the area that you want to capture and allow your camera to take a few photos. Then, remove the storage card (if necessary) and check that you have mounted the camera in the direction that maximizes your desired field of view.
There are many different methods to view and store your photos. If you want only to view the pictures, a hand-held digital camera works well. For viewing and storage, a notebook computer with an SD card reader is easily portable in the field. If your camera is capable of using micro SD cards and you have a smartphone or a tablet that is also capable, you can view, store, and text the photos straight from your device. If you are not able to access your scouting location frequently, there are cameras now available that have wireless data transmission capability and will email the photos to you.
A great deal of information can be gleaned from your photos that will help you to plan for a successful hunt. Each photo has a unique date and time stamp that shows how frequently and at what time of the day deer are traveling through your hunting area. This is especially helpful during early season when bigger bucks can keep regular movement schedules. If you set your camera to take a burst of photos, you can determine the direction from which the deer commonly enter and exit the area. Once bucks have established rubs or scrapes in your area, move your camera to focus on these areas. The photos will show you the frequency and number of bucks visiting the rub or scrape and will help you to decide which of these locations to hunt. Some cameras offer temperature and moon phase information that is also helpful during the mid-to-late season to determine how these conditions influence buck movement in your area.
Effectively using game cameras gives you the valuable information you need to choose the best location to hunt. Since you carry a TenPoint crossbow, you have already chosen the most reliable and accurate crossbow on the market today. By arming yourself with the right knowledge and equipment, you have maximized your chances for a successful harvest this fall.
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When a new hunter asks how to get started hunting, LG and I often recommend turkey hunting. That, of course, is after he or she passes a Hunter Safety course. In a Hunter Safety class, a new hunter will learn about safety, firearms, laws and ethics. Conservation is another thing we can learn a lot about while we are hunting wild turkeys.
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It’s day three of LG’s quest to bag a mule deer buck. She is determined to get a “good one” and has passed on three so far. Check out today’s pass. This is a mature 4×2 mule deer buck. We watched him from sun up until he wandered away.
She has much more determination, patience and will power than I ever imagined. I would have told her “Choot im”, but we have a couple of days to go. No deer down yet. Still hunting.
We are rooting for a “good one’ for the LG!
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Hunting with Mia Anstine, Hank Anstine and the Little Gal
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has released a major new report documenting the importance of hunting activities to the Colorado economy. NSSF is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.
Information on 40-plus categories of U.S. hunting-related expenditures, which grew 55 percent, is contained in the report, as well as state-by-state statistics for number of hunters, retail sales, taxes and jobs. The report notes an overall nine percent increase in hunting participation between 2006 and 2011. The money hunters spent in 2011 resulted in $87 billion being added to the nation’s economy and supported more than 680,000 jobs nationally.
“The major growth in spending by hunters is good news for businesses throughout the country, particularly small businesses in rural areas,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.
Beyond their impact on businesses and local economies, sportsmen are the leaders in protecting wildlife and habitats. When you combine license and stamp fees, excise taxes on hunting equipment and membership contributions to conservation organizations, hunters contribute more than $1.6 billion annually to conservation.
“Hunters are without peer when it comes to funding the perpetuation and conservation of wildlife and natural habitats,” said Sanetti.
I haven’t done much writing about our hound dogs. We have three of them and they are our hunting dogs. They hunt mountain lions, bob cats and the like. Bottom line, they hate cats. They are a threesome of ferocity when it comes to their jobs.
Yesterday the pup, 1yr old Wrinkles, enjoyed a game of teasing with Fat Tire and Freaky. The three had chew bones and the older dogs took theirs and hid them in their houses while the pup, would carry his over toward Fat Tire and tease him with it. He would drop it and wait for Fat Tire to come close and then growl at him. Fat Tire being the older and of the three had no time to play Wrinkles’ game and went to take care of his own bone. So Wrinkles took his bone over to torment Freaky. Freaky is up for a challenge any time and the two quickly ended up in a tussle. The pup enjoys a challenge, and of course fought back. The fight was over quickly with Wrinkles grabbing his bone and running to his house. Freaky smiled as he felt he’d won and scared the pup off. Done. Over. …Nope!
Later, walking by the dog’s houses, Hank noticed Freaky’s lower eyelid was red and swollen. We had a closer look and it was not only red and swollen but it had a small tear. We debated on weather or not it was “bad”. Was it bad enough to need a stitch. We went back to have a closer look and decided it had torn more and was most likely going to continue.
We loaded that lion hunting dog into the kennel and headed to town. When we arrived at the vet, the tear on his eyelid had gone even further.
The tear was looking pretty jagged and Freaky wasn’t even worried about it. He had howled on occasion the whole ride to town because you know he thought he was hunting. He would pick up a scent and yell at us to stop & let him out. Then to add insult to his injury, when we walked into the veterinarian’s office, there was a fluffy little house cat standing there. Freaky looked at us as though “You’ve GOT to be kidding me, you mean you’re going to GIVE me a cat?!” The Little Gal held on to him tight and the office worker put the kitty away. Freaky paid close attention because he just knew he would have a chance at that cat in a minute.
The vet gave him a shot and he slowly began to relax. He braced himself and remained alert as he could. He tried to stand at attention incase that cat came back round the corner. The medicine was stronger than his muscles and it took hold.
In just moments, Freaky was laying quietly on the table. The vet shaved, cleaned and stitched his jagged tear. We knew it would be tough to repair. It was not a clean tear, and it was in a bad location. We all decided he was going to live up to his name even more in his future days. His eye may be a little more taught than it once was. If you arrive at the ranch and think there’s a dog that’s winking at you, that’ll be him. Or maybe you’ll think he’s giving you the “stink eye”. I personally am hoping for the latter. When he runs down a lion, he’ll surely be looking as tough as he is.
For now Freaky is wearing the infamous cone of shame and is resting with his eye intact and working on healing from his wound. Get well soon Freaky!