Author Archive for Trev

Partnership

Friday, February 8th, 2013

All of Outback Outdoors could not be possible without relationships amongst the Team. We are aided by relationships with great sponsors such as Spot Hogg, Hoyt, Hamskea Archery, Gold Tip, Rage Broadheads, GoLight, S4Gear and other makers of quality equipment. Our relationships are not unlike the friendships and relationships you find in your hunting camp. Most all of us at Outback Outdoors met through some type of hunting event. Trevon and Dave met through a coordinated mule deer hunt several years ago. Trevon met Grady through the Full Draw Film Tour, and I met Dave while we were both out watching mule deer on the winter range. Chris and I got together on a hunt when I drew a good deer tag in Nevada, and after knowing each other in the field for only hours he was helping me drag a buck out of hip-deep snow. You get the picture.  We are hunters who reached out in one way or another to help or talk to another hunter. It is this premise that many of our hunts came together. We are bonded by the passion of hunting, similar ideology, and the prospect of adventure.
Here at Outback Outdoors we know that if any one of us at Team Outback Outdoors draws a tag, the Team will be there to make it happen. We all have busy lives which balance against hunting, and I am sure our definition of ‘balance’ may at times be different than that of our wives. I drew a Desert Sheep tag last year and before I could even completely comprehend the good fortune, the team was rallying and planning. It takes a Team in the field to film hunts, especially if the hunt is DIY and in the high country. Dave and Trevon hunting high country mule deer in Nevada is yet another example. (To see that hunt go to – https://vimeo.com/55467749)
If you have a team member, family member, or friend who can throw-in on your adventure without having a tag in his or her pocket, you have something very special going on with that person. Not everyone has the time and flexibility to give such assistance, but if they can I urge you to accept the offer and look to repay them when they draw a tag. The experience is all the more enjoyable and memorable. I’ve done quite a few solo hunts and I really enjoy that experience, however when the Team is along it is just priceless camaraderie and supplemental brain and brawn. Whether it is spending a freezing night on the mountain in a bivy or trying to get the right camera shot, it is the quest and the experience creating the partnerships.
The relationship created in the field also blends into our day to day lives and we can count on each other as family. I remember a particular November day I was sitting in a tree stand in Kansas when my cell phone kept buzzing. It was my wife, and at that moment there were deer coming in on a string. I was concerned because she knew I would be in a tree stand and would only call if something bad were to happen. I cautiously sent her a text message while watching the deer, she said she couldn’t communicate via text message and she need some help. Remember, I am in Kansas and she is Nevada and there would not be much I could do about most situations. I let the deer come in and with group of does was a nice 7 pt. buck I had passed once already. So, I called her whispering. I learned it was snowing at home and she had some tire chain issues and was helpless on the side of the road. Of course I was not there but felt like situation could be described as “wrapped around the axle.” In an instant my brain ran through the Team members, and sure enough on my first placed call I learned one of them could help out. They got her on the road while probably putting their family plans a little off-schedule. Kansas turned out pretty well with a respectable whitetail taking a carbon shaft and a trip to Nevada. The Team concept earned some real credibility at my house that November!
The hunts filmed by Outback Outdoors and broadcast on the Sportsmans Channel are hunts we would plan, make, and film without episodes aired on TV. Hunting and hunt filming is what we live, eat, and breath. Many of our other videos can be seen on the web at outbackoutdoors.net. We wouldn’t be where we are without great friends becoming a Team. Team Outback Outdoors is looking to raise the bar and we are ready for 2013.

Wade McCammond – Team Outback Outdoors

Practice Makes Perfect

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

As the 2012 hunting season started to develop and tags started to arrive in the mail, I knew the upcoming season was going to be one for the books. As most of us can attest to, pressure from work and family obligations seem to add to the amount of time you realize you don’t have for that one thing in life that makes you wake up in the morning. Pre hunting season always seems to drag until the day of arrival. Then its 100 miles an hour for several months only to leave you at the end with your tongue hanging out and a smile on your face with the urge to do it all over again. Given that most western states require you to apply for tags for multiple years, acquiring bonus or preference points it’s pretty difficult to definitively determine which year is the year you’ll draw that once in a lifetime tag. With so many variables and uncontrollable factors involved in the world of hunting, I’ve found that to be successful year after year you need to control or at least have an influence on as much as you possibly can. Dave Beronio wrote about the importance of keeping your gear finely tuned for that split second opportunity that you’ve worked hard to put yourself into position, and I totally agree. You also need to have the utmost confidence in yourself and your gear that it will not fail in the moment of truth. But first you have to get there and back.
With only a limited amount of time available before the hunting season was in full swing, I was able to carve out two days to go on a bonsai back pack hunt in the high country of California for mule deer. I knew that with the limited amount of time that I was going to have to pull out all the stops to make this hunt a success. Throughout the preseason, I try to keep myself in as good of shape as I would my equipment, working out and hiking daily with a heavy pack in terrain simulating the strains of back pack style hunting.  This hunt was going to be the first of the year challenging my efforts. 
After hiking into a remote location several miles from the truck at an elevation over 10,000 feet, I had camp set up and was in prime deer country. The first day was a bust, only locating one legal buck and several does. The following morning, with only one day remaining before work obligations pulled me off the mountain, I decided I needed to go further into the back country to locate that high country muley. On the last day, I located two bucks that had stood to stretch and feed during the late afternoon sun. I waited until the bucks put themselves back to bed then came with a game plan that I felt would put me within bow range. As it most often does, when I was settled and in position a mere 40 yards from the bedded buck the wind swirled causing the bucks to jump from their beds and bolt 20 yards, but as luck would have it they both stopped broadside at 60 yards giving me that split second I needed to make it happen. After months of practice, muscle memory kicked in and the arrow was on its way.

A short time later, I laid my hands on those velvet antlers with a total and complete sense of accomplishment. When it was all said and done, I arrived back at the trailhead 16 miles later just after midnight and exhausted. This hunt is an example of being prepared at all times with your gear and with your physical and mental conditioning. Without these components working together this hunt would not have ended the same.

To see this exciting hunt go to https://vimeo.com/56378777

Team Outback Outdoors – Chris Callinan

Where Are You Headed This Season ?

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

It is early in 2013 and here in the West the hunting application season is underway. I, like many of you, begin the research as I contemplate my options and possibilities for the year. This time of year there is a lot of information available for a hunter to consider. The game departments are finalizing studies, making regulation changes, and establishing quotas. It is an interesting time of year to say the least. Thanks to digital world there is a wide variety of available information and opinions on where to hunt and how to hunt. We hunters continue to be affected by many changes in our environment and our hunting environment has become larger. We use to consider the environment to be physical environment, the land, animals, weather, etc. We as hunters now must contend with other tangential environments, including the politics, social interpretation of hunting and weapons, and the digital super highway.

This article is not meant to be referendum on anyone or anything. It is just that at this time of year and with the current issues facing hunting… these factors must cause all hunters to examine where they are at, and where they are going. We are hunters, we are aggressive in our hunting, and many times we are head strong in our beliefs based on our knowledge and experiences. I know my concerns and issues and you know yours, and while we might disagree a bit, your concerns and ideas are just as valid as mine. We as hunters need to take our well thought out opinions and information to our politicians and game managers and make sure they hear our strong reasonable voice.

We hunters are responsible for our own future, and we must find common ground to work through the natural, political, regulatory, social, and electronic environments. No, we do not have to all agree on the issues, but should begin by establishing what we do agree upon. As an example, we can agree that we the people are responsible for the proper management of wildlife populations, that we are passionate about hunting and the future of hunting. We should agree to honor another person’s legal method of take. If a discussion starts out with these basics I believe we can establish common ground and respect. 

These same set basic conversation pieces should be used in attending state and county commissions and advisory board and in asserting our knowledge and opinions. We should think of this approach while at hunting expos, posting on social media outlets, and in our written communication. The longer conversations may chart a course to a point of disagreement, however at that point we will have established a basic respect as people with similar interests. The disagreement then becomes small in comparison to the common ground. It is easy to an opinion as to what we find objectionable or what one thinks should be done to correct a particular problem or issue, but it lacks the proper foundation and understanding that we all have the same basic interests in hunting and conservation.

This article is not a call for you to be soft on issues which are important to you, but it is a call to point out that as hunters there are thousands of anti-hunters who would find joy in our divide. The next time you begin a hunting discussion on the internet or at a hunting trade show, shake the fellow hunter’s hand and ask; Where are you headed this season?

We at Outback Outdoors hope we are all headed in the right direction, and we support your passion for hunting and your legal method of take. Apply for tags, stay in shape, hone your skills, mentor a young hunter, and we hope you are planning a memorable hunt for 2013.

Team Outback Outdoors, Wade McCammond

A Split Second

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

With only a split second to make a decision, my arrow was in flight.  Windage perfect, Elevation perfect, yardage known, and the resulting heart shot at 75 yards allowed me to punch my 2012 Nevada deer tag. With equipment that is so dialed in and tolerances so tight, it is up to us as hunters to push ourselves in practice so that when that split second comes to make or break the shot, we are finely tuned and ready. For some of you,  this is probably something you already do, but for me it is fairly new.  I used to practice shooting inside 60 yards 4 to 5 times a week.  Figured that this type of practice was sufficient, well it isn’t.  With the equipment that we are using, we can now push it to the next level.  An elite level.

Over the past two years, Trevon Stoltzfus has showed me the importance of practicing at ranges out to 120 yards. At these distances our form needs to be absolutely perfect and we need to be tuned into our equipment as though it is an extension of ourselves.  Not that we would be shooting animals at this distance but the importance of form, concentration, and aiming small is crucial to make the shot. The long distance training has really allowed me to tighten my groups at shorter distances and my comfort level and confidence to extend my range on an animal has increased.  As my love for spot and stalk mule deer in the high country has proved, angles, distances, and split second decisions are all major factors.  This hunting does not allow for an untuned /unfit hunter.

This year I have decided to change one piece of equipment that I thought Id never do.  I am making this move because it will dramatically help me in my training.  I have always been a fixed pin kind of guy.  I felt that an adjustable sight was just asking for problems.  While my practice was getting out to 80 yards, I needed a little more.  Stacking pins is now not an option as the efficiency is lacking. My bow this year will be polished up with a Tommy Hogg sight from Spot Hogg.   I am choosing to still have the 7 pin housing, as that is what I have grown accustomed to but I will have the ability to adjust the sight to extended ranges for practice sessions.  With equipment that is so finely tuned, The factor that will cause the most problems is human error.  Through this longer range training I hope to  tighten my tolerances and become a more efficient shooter.

Team Outback Outdoors – Dave Beronio

Outback Outdoors – Bowhunting Thunderchickens at Swanson Lake Ranch, NE

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Swanson Lake Ranch in Stratton, NE has been the back drop of Outback Outdoors’ team turkey hunt more than once, and this year , once again, SLR did not disappoint us. Team OO’s Adam Wells and cameraman Kyle Sanderson met up with Trevon Stoltzfus and new OO editor/producer Grady Rawls on Thursday night to try and arrow a few toms on film. This year, like last year, Trev and Adam were the featured speakers at the McCook Bowhunter’s Association banquet so the team was using this trip to combine some hunting and a speaking engagement.

With the banquet scheduled for Saturday night, the teams split up Friday morning and settled into their blinds about 1 mile away from each other. At first light Trev and Grady, who were hunting some farm ground on the edge of a popular roosting area, had a bunch of turkeys fly into the field. After about an hour of watching the birds strut and loaf, along with some sweet alluring turkey calls, Trev arrowed a nice tom, captured for posterity and in vivid DSLR HD by Grady.

Adam and Kyle had no opportunities, and so that afternoon we switched things up. Trev was tagged out so he grabbed the camera and headed out with Kyle to try and video him take a turkey and Grady joined up with Adam. The payoff came on Saturday as Adam arrowed a nice mature tom on film literally in the nick of time, as the team had to head to McCook for their speaking engagement.

The banquet was awesome! Grady rolled camera and Adam and Trev entertained the crowd discussing the tactics of “Shadowing an Elk Herd” in order to successfully harvest trophy bulls. The response was great, along with the food (it was a wild game feast) and it was past midnight before the boys got back to the lodge to catch a few winks before the morning hunt.

In the meantime some terrible storms had moved into the area and tornado like winds were anticipated. Once again team OO split up into 2 teams (Trev/Kyle & Adam/Grady) and headed to the blinds before first light. Rockie Jacobsen, with Bugling Bull Game Calls, had called earlier in the week and asked Team OO if on this hunt, and they had a chance, they could knock a mature tom down with a shotgun on video as he needed the footage for a new commercial. Adam grabbed the bang stick and was happy to oblige.

Trev and Kyle had only hens come into range, but Adam and Grady had a mature tom bail out of the roost and strut right in front of the blind. With lightning flashing in the sky Adam waited for the tom to clear the hens and made a great shot, crumpling the big bird where he stood.

This trip was a great time and a great way to cap off our NE Turkey season. Now it’s time to get back to work preparing for the fall and continuing to finish the 4th season of production for the OO TV show

Team Outback Outdoors

The “Bestest” Turkey Hunt Ever

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Turkey season is always something we look forward to at Outback Outdoors, especially since it comes right at that time of the year when cabin fever seems to be reaching its frenzied peak. I am usually tired of shooting indoors at fake critters and ready to get outside and try and whack a live one.

This year, like in years past, I was excited to spend some time in the field calling into bow range what we like to call “feathered elk,” but this season it was going to be different because for the first time my wife Sandy and 6 year old daughter Avery were going to be joining me in the turkey blind at Swanson Lake Ranch (near Stratton, NE) for the opening day of the 2012 Nebraska turkey season.

Honestly I wasn’t sure how this hunt was going to play out, as I made the decision to NOT bring a cameraman along, but instead make this hunt a family affair. Wanting to still capture the adventure on film, I nominated my wife to be our official camera gal and gave her a quick overview on how to run the camera. Before we left I forced myself to make this hunt about the family and the outdoor experience and have the footage be secondary.

We loaded up and headed out late Friday and arrived at the SLR cabin ready for bed. The next morning I was up with the sunrise and after a quick scouting peek at a couple of spots to make sure the birds were still there, I made a hearty breakfast and we all got ready for a day of work in order to be ready for the bowhunt the next morning. Throughout the day Avery and I worked side by side gathering the decoys, delivering chairs for the blinds, and setting up another pop up blind in a great afternoon spot for the next afternoon. I went over and over the list of things that I wanted to have with us to “enhance the experience;” items like

  • Fully Charged DVD player with headphones
  • 4-5 DVD’s (Little House on the Prairie, Veggie Tales, and Annie to name a few)
  • Heater body suit I had borrowed from my good friend Shawn Greathouse… I did NOT want Avery getting cold and uncomfortable on this first bowhunting adventure with Daddy!
  • snack
  • Hansens Soda
  • Rambler – Avery’s favorite stuffed dog

After getting everything organized, including the special items for Avery, we headed to bed with the alarm set for O Dark Thirty.

It was quite an adventure sneaking into the bale blind with the family in the dark. This blind was set up on some farm ground about 150 yards from a row of big cottonwoods that was a primary roosting area. We were settled in and set up in plenty of time to hear the first turkeys start to wake up. It was awesome to watch Avery’s face as the birds started getting vocal. With 4 or 5 gobblers going nuts right in front of us, I had a good feeling about the morning. I had set up a jake and 4 hen decoys right by the blind and assumed we would be in a great position once the birds pitched out.

Right on time the birds flew down into the field. Soon we had two jakes heading our way and they came within 40 yards of the blind. Not being picky I got ready to whack the first jake as Sandy ran the camera. Honestly the shot was not a very difficult one and maybe I was overconfident and already imagining what a great hunter I would be in my daughter’s eyes when I shot this first bird. Regardless of the excuse, I missed. I shot back and just ruffled the feathers and the 2 jakes were gone. “You missed,” my wife said matter-of-factly. I couldn’t believe it. “Oh well” I responded trying to sound like I didn’t care, “That is why they call it hunting and not killing.” Knowing me all too well, she just smiled and we went back to watching the bigger flock that was still down the field edge to our right.

The larger flock headed out of the field never coming closer than a couple hundred yards and try as I might with my calling, I could not get them to head our way. Wondering if that was the end to our morning hunt, I called a few more times over the next half hour and soon I was answered by a gobble back in the trees. A lone tom stepped out into the field about 250 yards away and went into full strut. We were back in business!

45 minutes passed as I coaxed the lone gobbler in closer finally coming into 40 yards. Again Sandy started running the camera and Avery watched wide eyed as I came to full draw after ranging the Tom at 37 yards. The shot felt good and the bird was hit hard. With the arrow still in him he limped to the edge of the field and out of sight.

Normally I would wait a little while before going after a bird that I did not see go down, but with the family getting a little anxious we got out, and I picked up the trail. Avery and Sandy waited at the blind and I found the bird huddled up under a brush pile with the arrow still lodged in his side. He looked to be quite expired. “What a great opportunity!” I thought to myself to go get Sandy and Avery and film the whole recovery and teach her about properly recovering a shot animal. I headed back to the blind and we once again picked up the birds trail. Sandy hung back and ran camera as Avery and I lead the way and I explained every step including the importance of having an arrow nocked and ready in case I needed to shoot the bird again. We walked up to the turkey tucked under the brush and I asked Avery if she saw anything. After a few seconds of searching she spotted my bright orange fletching and pointed him out. “Do you want grab him?” I asked trying to see how hands-on she wanted to be. “No” she responded firmly and so I set my bow down and went to grab a leg on the Tom and drag him out of the brush pile.

An explosion of wings and broken branches startled me and I stepped back just as the turkey cleared the pile heading the other way. “What a moron!” I said under my breath as I beat myself up over not having checked before to make sure the bird was dead. With camera rolling on this whole debacle, I grabbed my bow and headed after the re-energized wounded tom.

I could not believe what had just happened, here I was trying to teach my daughter safety, good ethics, and the how-to’s of a turkey bowhunt and I had made every mistake in the book! I looked and looked for the bird but soon ran out of blood and lost the trail. I had lost my turkey and even more embarrassing and humiliating had done it in front of my family all captured on camera and in HD for posterity!

Dejected we loaded up our stuff and headed back to the cabin, at least we had a great spot for our afternoon hunt and hopefully a chance for me, my family’s supposed “great white” hunter, to redeem myself. That afternoon we got in the blind at 3:00pm and set up Avery’s DVD player to watch a show. It wasn’t long and 2 nice big jakes came cruising towards us. The birds started to circle our 3 hen decoys and then turned and headed off into the brush behind us. I gave a few soft yelps and a sensuous purr and the birds came right back out heading towards the decoys giving me a great 25 yard shot. This time I was determined to stop the turkey dead in its tracks and end this hunt on a high note.

Sandy got the birds in the camera and I took one last range on the larger one. I drew and settled my 20 yard pin a little high and let the arrow go. The bird immediately hit the ground and started flapping. I dove out of the blind and ran towards the downed bird. There was no way he was getting away this time! By the time I got to him he was dead and I had bagged my Nebraska turkey with my family.

I can’t express how awesome the whole hunt was having my family, especially my daughter, there in the blind with me for the whole thing. For the first time they got to experience the entire hunt in person, rather than watching it re-lived on TV. Avery jumped right in as we set the bird up for some pictures and filmed the recovery interview retelling our adventure for the camera. This was definitely the BESTEST TURKEY HUNT EVER!

Colorado Bowhunter’s Association (CBA) Banquet

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

The CBA banquet is an event every year that brings together most of the bowhunters in Colorado to admire the awesome trophies that were taken in the prior year, get a jump on researching areas of interest for the upcoming year, and of course spin some “Yarns” of past hunts.

This year I was invited to attend as a guest speaker and when I heard Adam was going to be free for the weekend I quickly roped him into helping me tag team my two seminars. Bowhunting legend M.R. James, founder of Bowhunter Magazine, was the featured speaker and the attendance was incredible. I love giving seminars but it was particularly fun in this environment as I feel as if it Outback Outdoors’ home bowhunting organization.

I started off the day with a seminar called “Shadowing an Elk Herd.” Bringing Adam into the mix we showcased some tips and tricks we use to successfully harvest bull elk, particularly herd bulls, with this technique. Using video is a great way to reinforce a point as you teach good information. Honestly who doesn’t like watching bugling bull elk? We also had a few awesome clips of Rockie Jacobsen (Bugling Bull Game Calls) as he, in detail, explained how he calls and moves to consistently kill bulls.

In the afternoon we switched gears to my “Being Prepared for the Backcountry” seminar. In this seminar I tapped into my experience as an athlete and brought in Andrew Munsell and Shawn Greathouse of Hamskea Archery to discuss equipment prep (particularly bow preparation and third axis). We also discussed being physically and mentally prepared for bowhunting and practical techniques to be ready.

Overall we had a great time, exposed a lot of people to Outback Outdoors, talked about the new TV show, and discussed the Full Draw Film Tour coming to Denver in June, I am already looking forward to next year!

Trev – Outback Outdoors

Bugling Bull Game Calls, Official Call of Team Outback Outdoors

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The Outback Outdoors’ crew has been using the Bugling Bulls Game Calls for quite a few years and we are excited to announce that in 2012 BBGC has become a full partner for Team OO. This comes at a great time as we look towards the start of our 2012 season television airing 2nd and 3rd quarter on NoCo  Channel 5.

We are also pleased to announce that not only will we be using the awesome BBGC products, but we are also going to implement the use of some of their exciting footage….. What a great way to make sure we are bringing the best western bowhunting/hunting action to our audiences!!

Team Outback Outdoors welcomes Rockie Jacobsen and the crew at BBGC’s and look for them in some of our upcoming shows!!

Trev – Team Outback Outdoors

 

Outback Outdoors – BIG NEWS in 2012

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Outback Outdoors – Big News

2012 is proving to be a pivotal year for us at Outback Outdoors and if you’ve visited the OO website lately you will have noticed some changes. We started off with installing a new video player that is not only faster but gives you the option, depending on your internet speed, of watching Outback Outdoors in HD. We have also been working on the OO team store where you can get some great OO apparel and caps and should launch that in the next few weeks… but that is NOT the big news.

Starting April 1st Outback Outdoors can be seen on the local CBS affiliate for northern Colorado (NoCo Channel 5) at 10 pm Sunday Evenings with a second airing during the week (time still to be nailed down). We are excited to bring the action of the OO team to our own backyard and continue to expand the community of outdoorsmen that we started over 3 years ago.

Starting next week NoCo Channel 5 will also be airing our 30 second Promo spot to promote the show and as always we want you all to have the first preview. You can watch the promo on either Youtube or Vimeo and I will also embed it in this newsletter, but unfortunately some email programs will not show the embedded video so click on the above internet video host of your choice, let it load and enjoy!

We have also completed the new Outback Outdoors’ 2012 Intro and want to let you all have a sneak peak. You can watch this too on Youtube or Vimeo.

 

Featured Announcement: Outback Outdoors Introduces New Producer/Editor

Grady Rawls is no stranger to the outdoors. Since a young boy, his love for the mountains of his home state of Washington only slightly out weigh his passion to capture the adventure of the wild outback through the medium of cinematic video.

With a degree from Oregon State in New Media Communications – Film Option he has built up quite a resume in the outdoors. He has worked in conjunction with the Oregon Wolf Education Program and the legendary Marc Bales (of Pahsimeroi Pictures) on Wallowa County Wolves and OR-7.

Grady’s experience and creativity of using action packed hunting footage combined with gorgeous DSLR video, exquisite graphics, and extraordinary editing makes him the perfect fit to help Outback Outdoors take it to the next level!

If you liked Outback Outdoors before… You are going to love Outback Outdoors even more in 2012! We are thrilled to have him as the newest member of the Outback Outdoors’ team.

More Exciting News: Outback Outdoors Partners with the Full Draw Film Tour for the Denver Colorado Show, June 29th, 2012

In 2011 Outback Outdoors had their first taste of the Full Draw Film Tour as one of the featured producers. This year we will once again be one of the producers but Team OO will also be working even harder to host and promote this charitable event in our neck of the woods.

This is FDFT’s second year of bringing this tour to the west and this year they are expanding to even more western cities. Outback Outdoors is partnering up to bring this bowhunting adventure on “the Big Screen” to the Oriental Theater in Denver, Colorado. If you live in Colorado save the date of Friday June 29th at 6pm on your calendar and come with us as we take this bowhunting cinema experience to the next level. Our primary goal is to unite bowhunters, fuel the outdoorsman and create excitement for all those passionate about Archery.

The FDFT Objective… “FDFT is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to archery and the pursuit of compassion for those in need. Join us as we support this hunting related charity through the archery community by using the talents of independent bowhunting filmmakers and your support. By involving independent filmmakers, FDFT can capture the true essence of bowhunting in the west and provide a show that relates to the sportsman. There is no other hunting event like this!”

FDFT and Outback Outdoors want to partner up with you to elevate archery, the outdoors, and MOST importantly support Hunt Of A Lifetime. The FDFT tour will provide compassion and encouragement for challenged children with unfortunate health circumstances. It is their desire that all kids have a chance to pursue a hunting experience and adventure—Hunt Of A Lifetime makes that possible.

Sponsor Spotlight: Outback Outdoors Announces 3 year Partnership with S4 Gear

 

As most hunters know, the gear you use can mean the difference between success and eating “Tag Soup.” At Outback Outdoors we use only the best gear in the backcountry and that is why we are thrilled to announce a 3 year partnership between OO and S4 Gear.

With innovative products like the Lockdown and EVO it is a common sense partnership between Outback Outdoors and S4 Gear who make quality gear for the hardcore hunter that truly lives up to their motto; “Meeting the demands of nature and those who tame it.”

As always we encourage your input, email us at info@outbackoutdoors.net, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to an exciting 2012 and be ready for more adrenaline pumping action from the OO team soon at Outback Outdoors.

OO Shows Coming Soon – Spot and Stalk BC Bear Hunt with Jim Brennan, Eastern CO Muleys with Dave Beronio, KS, MO, and NE Whitetail with Adam Wells and Trevon Stoltzfus, and more…

Trevon Stoltzfus – Outback Outdoors

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