Archive for November, 2011

UPDATE – Outback Outdoors Bow Giveaway Winner – REALLY Scores!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Here is an update from our 1st Quarter Bow Giveaway for 2011 winner Andrew Basabe. He scored this fall with his new Hoyt bow he won on Outback Outdoors 1st Quarter Giveaway… Congrats again Andrew… Here is the story!
When I received my residency in Montana, all I could think about was how exciting the upcoming archery season was going to be. Little did I know, the season was going to consist of an endless stream of unfortunate events. I honestly do not know how I kept my composure and continued to strive toward success. The combination of inconsistent wind currents, wolves, bears, high temperatures, an abundant number of other hunters, and limited time to hunt created a perfect recipe for failure.

I eventually ended up relocating to a different area in attempt to find some unpressured elk. After my son’s football game I was able to put in a good afternoon hunt. Once I arrived to my new “honey hole” Tthe temperature was starting drop and the conditions were shaping up in a hurry. The elk were close so I decided to hang tight and wait for a bugle in order to play the wind and make a move. Within minutes, a deep screaming bugle echoed a few hundred yards away with two other bugles following. I rushed to the edge of a clearing and quickly set up. I then moved about thirty yards toward the action. I blew a few soft cow calls from my temptress in the opposite direction and waited patiently. The bulls were going crazy, the wind was in my favor, and this was my chance! It was no more than thirty seconds before a bull came crashing off the hillside. He quickly let out a scream and scanned the clearing, looking for cows. The bull saw my decoy, started to lick his lips, and quickly closed the distance. I could tell he was a respectable bull and there was no doubt in my mind that I would take him if an opportunity was provided. He was coming in on a string; I drew back and waited for the bull to walk by broadside. “Meeeeww,” the bull hit the brakes and looked in the dark timber behind me. I settled my 30-yard pin in his armpit and watched my arrow punch its way through his vitals. My Hoyt Rampage Xt that I received for OO performed flawlessly. The bull crashed through the timber and quickly stopped. I made several more cow calls, attempting to ease his emotions. The bull slowly walked through the timber and disappeared.

 

Another long thirty minutes passed before I found myself on the huge and always reassuring blood trail. After 100 yards of tracking, the blood trail was tapering out. It was now down to pin drops and I was starting to second guess my shot. I found a fresh broken limb lying on the ground and beyond that some small, thick pines. I analyzed the small pine needles and found some dried blood that had been brushed off the bull. I looked up and there he was, piled up in the middle of the thick pines. I rushed over to lay my hands upon my trophy. A respectable 6×6 with a small sticker between his fourth and fifth points. I found myself lying on the ground overwhelmed with emotions of joy. I finally got my break! After all of the discouraging events, I never would have thought I was going to make that telephone call seeking help to pack out my elk. I could not have been happier with my first public land harvest in Montana. This had been a long time coming . . .

We had a very late spring this year and a late summer followed! I assume this is the reason for the late rut. In reference to Adam Wells, he is spot on with his “herd shadowing” tactics. Every bedded bull that I pursued situated himself in an area that was cool, heavily timbered, and had swirling winds. Adam’s advice was very helpful. I was fortunate Adam was able to harvest his bull before I did, therefore he was able to provide the useful information. Thank you once again Trevon and the rest of the OO team for the bow as well as the useful tips and tactics on the site.

Keep the wind in your face

Andrew Basabe

Alaska Disaster Part Two- Sheep Hunting

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

On part two of my blog I will talk briefly about gear, what to expect on a sheep hunt and the do’s and don’ts of what I have experienced in the far North. 

Sheep hunting can be one of the most exciting hunts you can ever imagine. The remote locations where these animals live, the scenery and just the trip getting into their country. Most sheep hunts start out months if not years before the actual hunt takes place. Booking a guided hunt usually requires being on a waiting list as the outfitters only get a limited number of tags each year. Even a do it yourself type hunt requires a lot of planning and most of all a strict training regiment to get you in shape both physically as well as mentally.

You can expect to walk anywhere from 3-15 miles each day and this country is far from gentle. Many mountain peaks and valleys will have to be crossed in a days hunt. I would give yourself a solid year or so to train so that you are prepared for this type of hunt. Cardio is very important but it must be mixed with a good weight program. On average your pack will weigh close to 30 pounds or more so having strong legs is a must. Try and train with the gear that you will be using during your hunt. It does you very little good to jog all summer in shorts and running shoes and then head on your hunt. Make sure that you wear your boots, clothing and carry your pack and even your weapon with you when training. This sounds funny but if your back and shoulders are not prepared for the 10 day long adventure you will have a miserable hunt.

 You can expect many plane changes when heading into the North country and these planes always get smaller as you go. They have very strict weight limits and you must be able to condense all your gear into just 2 bags and a weapon and have enough to last you up to 2 weeks. Make sure that you buy the best gear you can afford in clothing, optics and foot wear. A solid back pack is also required because you might come out “hopefully” with more in your pack then you went in with. The small planes used to get around do not allow hard gun cases so make sure that you have a quality soft case for your final flights. Also do your research on excess baggage and weight coming back out. These prices can be very high and you want to be prepared.

 

Make sure that you pack a good quality point and shoot camera with you on these trips. You will see some spectacular scenery and some critters that you might not see anywhere else. It is fun to come back home and share your experiences with friends and family. Be very thorough with your outfitter and ask him how his operation runs and what to expect from start to finish. You do not want any surprises once you are in camp. What kind of hunt to expect, what is and is not covered with the original hunt price. Tips required for guides, packers and cooks. Who is responsible for getting your cape ready for the taxidermist. 

The reason I call this trip the “disaster” is because I endured everything from a not so forthcoming outfitter, 2 plane crashes while in camp, and very upset hunters. On only my third day of guiding but after walking almost 40 miles and one trek lasted 30 hours I tore my lateral meniscus and that ended my sheep season. The rewards are great but just be prepared for some unexpected and usually always occurring changes to your Northern adventure.