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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 2012 Recap

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

The year 2012 has proven to be one of the most eventful for Team Outback Outdoors. The winter season had some of the team members Attending the industry trade shows that are invaluable for us. We get a chance to meet and greet our great sponsors at the ATA (Archery Trade Show) which always show cases the new product lines for the upcoming season. Next up is usually the SHOT (Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade show). Again sponsors are met and contracts drawn up for the new season and again new products are on view for all hunting junkies to see.

Some of the team also attends hunting expositions around the West and country. Working for some sponsors or conducting hunting seminars is what keeps our flame burning bright and also keeps our hunting skills as sharp as possible. Having the opportunity to speak with seasoned hunters, novices, or even new persons to the sport is what we all enjoy doing.

Spring fever hits hard for the Outback Outdoors crew but we know that the chance to chase the gobble of the morning is here. We all enjoy matching wits with these twenty pound monarchs of the high country, or the river bottoms of the Mid West. Two straight months of early mornings and long evenings is what OO team member Jim  lives for. Several states in the  Spring welcome his call.

Another great reason for excitement in the Spring is the chance to chase bears. Whether it is on a wilderness spot and stalk hunt or a tree stand or ground blind hunt over bait the excitement is still real. Again here Jim is very passionate about this time of year and has been successful with taking several good bears of size and color.

Summer has the team working on fitness, scouting areas and planning the many hunts needed to feed the fire for the OO crew. By now everyone has an idea what tags were drawn and where they will be for the following 5 months. Again seminars are conducted and gear is fine tuned to make sure we give our all to punch tags for the fall.

Early Fall means the best time of year for OO. The scream of a big mature bull elk is hard to beat as it echoes throughout the timber. The entire team is somewhere in September looking for elk. We all travel to numerous states in pursuit of elk. All the calling practice and shooting our equipment combined with running the video cameras to the best of our abilities comes into play now. OO has done a great job most years putting down some good footage as well as some big bone from these great animals.

Once the cold brisk air of November approaches the deer either whitetail or mule deer are in trouble. Again we all all driven to chase them and travel wherever we can in order to lay down some good deer. From the state of Missouri or big sky country of Montana we will be out there looking for big rutting bucks. Again waiting in a perch or on the ground one on one Outback Outdoors will do it all.

With the coming of deep snow most would think that the hunting season is over but that is not the case. Chasing some of the apex predators of our country  are pursued. Either setting up calling in coyotes, looking to outsmart the wolves of the West or turning loose hounds on a fresh lion track, members of OO can be found in the snow with weapon in hand.

2012 has proven to be a great year especially with the announcement of our team making it to the big time. We can now be seen on the Sportsman’s Channel as well as Wild Television in Canada. Our webisodes will still be available for viewing as well.

As you can see it has been a busy season and will continue into the future if all goes well. Everyone at Outback Outdoors wants to say a heart felt thank you for following us, sponsoring us and also watching what we bring to the table every week and we could not do it without you.

Team OO harvested turkeys, bears, antelope, elk, deer, bighorn sheep from all over the West so be sure to look for some of these hunts in the upcoming season.

OO Hunt Of A Lifetime

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

The term Hunt Of A Lifetime will have two meanings in this blog. Team OO member Jim Brennan had the opportunity to guide a young man this month on his very first Western hunt and they would be chasing bull elk in Colorado. The young man’s name is Luke Savage and he is not your ordinary 16 year old. He has faced many challenges over the last few years fighting a severe illness, Leukemia. He was chosen by the great organization “Hunt Of A Lifetime” to go on a hunt in New Zealand last year but was too sick to travel. On this hunt there were going to be some obstacles to conquer as Luke lives in Minnesota at close to sea level and the elk we would be chasing were living at close to 9000 feet. I thought fatigue was going to play a major role but I soon learned the mental strength of this young man.

Upon arriving to the high country we had to go to the range and make sure that both Luke and his weapon were ready for the week ahead. He has not had a lot of experience shooting a rifle especially at distances of over 200 yards so it was going to be some work getting him close to a good bull. Luke practiced shooting off the bench, with shooting sticks on the ground as well as off of a back pack. I wanted to make sure that we had all the possible options covered and that he was familiar with these positions.

The first day out we saw a good number of elk and some really good bulls. The rut was still going strong and to see the look on his face the first time he heard an elk bugle was worth the long drive from Montana to the ranch. After several close calls and near chances throughout the day we headed back to the house without punching his tag. Luke was all smiles that night and told his father and uncle some great stories as they were in camp with us as well.

Day two Luke was up before the alarm and ready to go. We went to a different part of the ranch and I told him that it was going to be a pretty good hike to the area that I wanted to go to. Without hesitation, he said no problem and we covered several miles that morning. Again we were close to several bulls and chased bugles in the timber but never did get close enough for a shot. Several times I checked to make sure Luke was still able to hike and he never had a problem. Coming from a low elevation did not effect him after all he has been fighting for his life the past two years. I was truly inspired by his grit for such a young man.

The third morning of the hunt we once again went to a new spot and by first light we had several bulls bugling. We had to get the wind right and needed to cover some ground quickly. The elk were on the move heading to their bedding area and I thought if we could get to some oak brush and got settled in that Luke should have a shot under 200 yards. The herd was large and there were numerous bulls crossing in front of us as well as some cows. I looked back a few hundred yards and spotted a really nice five point bull. He was mature and tall with some nice ivory tips. I showed Luke where he was at and asked if he wanted to take this great animal. His smile and shaking hands told me all I needed to know. He was set up on the shooting sticks in a sitting position and was rock solid. The elk filed through the opening and the bull followed suit. Once he was clear of any brush I hit the cow call and stopped him broad side and he looked our way. A few seconds later the gun went off and I could see the hit through my bino’s.

Luke had his dream hunt complete and a good Colorado bull down. After a few minutes his dad and uncle arrived and shared in the recovery of his great trophy. A bunch of pictures were taken and the story was told over and over again by both hunter and guide. My season and year were made by this young man and I feel honored to spend a few days with him.

Please check out the web site www.huntofalifetime.org and see what this great organization does to help sick kids live their dream. I look forward to taking more young adults like Luke out in the field and I realized that any problems I may have are small in comparison to theirs.

 

 

 

Outback Outdoors Team Enhancing Our Land For Wildlife

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Everyone familiar with Team Outback Outdoors knows full well that we are all passionate about hunting, fishing and just the whole outdoor lifestyle. Sure we all love to hunt year round if possible and look forward to bringing these hunts to our viewers every month. But a big part of what we do is also take care of the wildlife and the environment they live in. How do we do this you might ask? Well this short blog will show just how much work we put into the land that we hunt and cherish.

I am fortunate enough to work on a beautiful ranch in Colorado every summer and a big part of what I do pertains to helping the wild life survive as well as flourish throughout the year. I do this by enhancing their food sources and water so in the event like this year with record drought all over the West they might have a better chance to survive a cold harsh winter.A big reason for the drop in deer and elk numbers in some parts of the country is due to the fact that over the winter and in early spring the animals come out of it in such bad shape that they don’t produce young.

In the spring and early summer I assist in mapping out exactly where we will place and grow beneficial food sources for all wild life as well as maintain existing ones that we have on the ranch.

I get to use an array of equipment from a huge Hydro-axe, to a large tractor with a brush hog attachment as well as a mower that is pulled by an atv. I also use old fashion elbow grease and a little manual labor to assist in these tasks. I prefer the motorized version as it is much quicker and more efficient.

Some areas get cleared of all brush and sage as well as the thick oak brush that grows out here. Other spots just get mowed and sprayed for invasive weeds and then planted annually. This with a little bit of timely rain helps keep our animals healthy during the spring calving or fawning season. It is also beneficial to the young as they have a good food source to grow quickly on. When the peak of the breeding season kicks in most males will stop eating all together and concentrate on other things. After the ritual is over they will need to replenish lost weight and get ready to survive the usual cold and harsh elements of the Western high country.

With a little planning and hard work you too can help out your wild life not just the deer and elk. Having a good balanced ecosystem is a win win for all involved. Even at 10,000 feet you can grow good groceries for the animals who reside there.

Going Guided Out West

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Part two of this blog I will cover hunting out West with a guide or outfitter. There are many benefits to using a reputable outfitter when traveling across the country for a hunt. I will cover what I feel are the best reasons to go guided for at least your first experience.

The outfitter will be very familiar on where the game will be on certain ranches or on public ground. They live out there and have the luxury of scouting and watching where and when the elk or deer or bears will be when you come out for a hunt. The time in the field well help you to be more successful and use your short time on the hunt wisely. You can spend days just locating game and that will waste time instead of actually hunting. Due to weather or fires or just change in feed patterns the animals will move great distances some times. If there is a winter kill or a problem with say wolves or other predators they will know ahead of time.

 

 

Most outfitters will either have very nice lodges or farm houses or some type of wall tent camp. Here you will be able to get a good nights sleep and eat very well which is important when you climb mountains day in and out on a Western hunt. You can also have access to phone, Internet and a television if you desire. A good warm shower will also replenish your spirits and keep you going full strength for the week. Being able to clean your hunting clothing is also very nice. When the weather gets nasty it is always nice to come back to a warm place. The atmosphere back at a camp with friends is also nice and helps cement memories that will last a life time.

 

 

The guide or outfitter will also have all the gear and or supplies needed for your hunt. If using horses they will have good reliable stock. All their gear will be in good working order and you can depend on them getting you in and out of your adventure safely. He will also have experienced helpers along like wranglers, cooks and other guides. All of your needs will be taken care of to help add to the hunt.

If you are hunting by vehicle or atv’s or just on foot they will supply you with it all. Some will even have a spare weapon in camp just in case something happens to yours and believe me it does on occasion. Airlines are known to lose gear, horses tend to damage a well sighted in gun and falls can ruin a well tuned bow. 

You have a 700 plus pound animal down on the ground and now what do you do. This again is also where a good outfitter will take care of you. He will break down the animal for you or have a place where you can butcher and cape it in a clean warm area. If the animal has to be packed off the hill they will do all that work for you. This is huge especially if you are back packed in and have to get out a critter before it spoils.

Animals out West are much different to hunt than some that reside on the East coast. If you have never hunted say antelope before you will need to know where to set up, when the breeding season is and hot they react to decoys.

If you are hunting mule deer and do not know their habits and or places they like to reside you will be at a great disadvantage. Hunting a high country deer in the early season in velvet will be different than say a mid November rut hunt.

Elk hunting requires you to know how to call during the archery season to get yourself in close to a bugling bull. Again not be familiar with this will hurt your chances of punching your tags. Where will they be feeding and how far are they go to a bedding area.

 

A good quality business will also help you fill out the proper paperwork to put in for tags and know the deadlines. They will know what areas and what your odds of drawing certain tags will be. Some of the states are very confusing and having this done for you the right way is important.

Another key to using an outfitter is their knowledge of size of game in a certain area. Is that deer or elk a shooter or should I hold out for a possibly bigger one. They can give you an honest idea of what to expect and will pull you off an animal if they think that you can do better.


I absolutely enjoy guiding hunters and have as much fun if not more when they make the shot. Seeing the smile on their faces and creating memories that will last a life time is what its all about for me.

Good hunting and stay down wind!!!

Marsh Madness

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The Spring season was here and my turkey tags were filled. Now I could switch gears to one of my favorite animals to hunt the Black Bear. I was heading up to the far Northern reaches of Alberta Canada to hunt with Interlake Safaris and the owner Jason Lambley. He runs operations in both Manitoba as well as Alberta for bear, moose, deer and wolf hunts. I was going to be headed into a very remote area in his Alberta camp where the only way in is on an Argo. These 8 wheel machines are incredible and when you put tracks on them they become almost unstoppable. The area is a combination of big timber and vast open marshes. These Argo’s can get you in when no other vehicle or ATV can. I have never been in one and we had a 3 hour ride just to our cabin where we would call home for the next 8 days. The permafrost was just breaking free and the ride in was more like covering 10 miles on a giant sponge but the weather was supposed to be perfect for coaxing Spring bruins out of their winter dens.

Once we got to our camp we had a very warm comfortable sleeping cabin and another cabin that shared the cooking dining area as well as another sleeping area. It was perfect for a wilderness hunt and the water would come from a close by creek for cooking and showering. Once I got into camp myself and one other hunter unpacked and got settled into our cabin.

We did have a slight problem of a pine martin that decided to use the cabin for his winter condo. He was able to eat and chew through just about all the food that was brought in over the winter. After a few hours of cleaning and doing inventory on what was left we were ready to turn in for the night.

Each day we would head out to the bait sites to refresh and put up trail cameras. This way we had the latest intel on what bears were coming in and at what time. The majority of bear action is from 6pm to about dark which this far north is close to 10:30pm. I had chosen a nice stand site for my first hunt and Jason asked if I was interested in carrying a rifle along with my bow in the event that I see one of the many wolves in the area. After all I had 2 bear tags and a wolf tag in hand. I chose not to for the first night and boy was I about to be sorry. I saw a small bear the first hour and later on another good size boar came in. I have taken numerous bears in the past and on this trip I was looking for a big boar or a color phased bear. Right before dark I heard noise behind me and to my dismay it was a black wolf!!!

Here I was with no rifle and a beautiful wolf at 60 yards behind me in the timber. I sat sulking a little while until the engine noise of the Argo coming to pick me up broke the Canadian silence and snapped me back to reality. I told Jason about my sighting and he said that the chance of seeing a wolf again the rest of the week was slim. He smiled and said, “told you so take the gun”. The next night found me in the same stand sight with a bow and a rifle this time. I saw the same small bear which became a regular at the bait sight as well as a hungry pine martin and a fisher. An hour before dark a new bear came in and was right on the line for being a shooter for me. I elected to pass and sat until dark with no wolf sightings. I thought for sure that my window had closed on my life time wish of a wolf.

 

Day 3 after the usual 90 minute argo ride through a mile long swamp  and timber found me in the same set up as the previous 2 days. Again I chose to just carry the bow and let the other hunter have the rifle as he saw a wolf over in his area. By 7 I had my usual visitor bear and the next few hours were quiet. About 9 I heard a bunch of commotion in the timber and saw 2 black objects running through the thick area behind me. I figured it was 2 bears fighting. I turned the camera on in time to see a nice chocolate bear run across an old oil pipeline and then the other black animal appeared. Well you got it, it was another wolf. A perfect jet black wolf was chasing the bear passed me at 60 yards and again I had no rifle. I could not believe it happened again. The wolf returned and decided that he would lay down in the grassy area in front of me for the next 10 minutes as if to say, Ha Ha!!
Day 4 was here and after a rough night sleeping and some ribbing from the outfitter I was perched again in the same spot. Now I was going to carry the rifle with me for the duration of the hunt, I am a slow learner I guess. A few hours into the sit my friendly small bear came and went several times. It was again a little slow until right before dark. I heard something walking in the leaves and I could see it was another bear but this one was a chocolate color phased bear. Wow another animal on my bucket list. It was too dark to get good video of it and certainly not enough pin light for a shot. He was very nervous and turned back into the timber. I sat there for the last 10 minutes and waited to get picked up. Just then on the grassy area in front of me stood my black wolf. I could not believe I was going to get a third chance. It was too far and dark for an archery shot but I was not going to let this slip away. I brought up the rifle and had enough light to try and steady the cross hairs. My breathing was that of a person who just ran a half marathon after eating at Chucky Cheese. I did manage to steady the gun and made a perfect shot dropping the majestic wolf in his tracks.  I could not believe but I had just shot my first wolf.
I just about jumped out of the stand to retrieve my trophy and I was all grins when Jason came to pick me up. We took a few pictures and I relived the hunt a hundred times that night back at the cabin.

The next night again had me back in the same tree and I wanted to get a good look at the color phased bear from the night before. I sat for a few hours and sure enough about 7:30 here he came. I could see while he walked in that he had a perfect pelt on him and was a good size boar. My mind was made up quickly and a few minutes later I had my second dream animal down in as many days. I got great footage of the hunt and he went down only 30 yards from the shot. I climbed down and recovered him and took some quick photos and was back in the stand. I still had 2 hours of hunting time left and another tag in my pocket.

Riding on cloud 9 now my trip was a dream hunt and anything else that happened the rest of the week would just be the proverbial icing on the cake. It has been a great hunt with Interlake Safaris and the food and camp have been outstanding. The same night I took this bear a wolf was missed with the bow by the other hunter in camp. He also took a nice black bear himself on the same night.

Now it was down to the last day and after smiling for what seemed like days, well I guess it has been I was sitting in my stand for the last time. I have seen 5 different bears while on this stand but knew unless a very big bear came in I would not punch my last tag. It was a little windy tonight and I had no action. This was odd even my friendly resident bear was no where around. The night was winding down and the wind finally laid down by 8:45 but still no action. I figured my last night was a bust and was satisfied with that. About 9 I heard a branch snap behind me. This for a bear hunter is always a good sound. I turned behind me to see a very large black bear heading into the bait. I powered up the camera and stood up getting ready for possibly a shot at this nice bear. Could this be happening, I said to myself. 3 great trophies in one week. The mature boar came in like he owned the place and sat down for a tasty treat in the bucket of cake icing we had out. After 10 minutes the big bear finally stood up to go to the next course in the dinner barrel and I had my shot. The arrow zipped right through the bear and he sat down and looked around. He had no idea what happened and a few seconds later he jumped across the logs walked 5 yards and tipped over. I had my third animal and a trip etched in my memory for the rest of my life. He was close to 350 pounds and a very nice thick hide. I sat back and recounted the past week before climbing down to put my hands on him. Pictures were taken and once Jason came we loaded him into the trailer for another great ride back through the swamps to a warm camp.

I can’t thank Jason Lambley enough for his great hunt that he puts on. Everything you want and need is taken care of and the best part is that he only takes a low number of hunters in all his camps to ensure good quality animals. He runs land based hunts in a nice lodge, river access hunts, float plane trips into remote hunting camps as well as argo based hunts to small comfortable cabins in the wilderness.

For your next great adventure be sure and contact him as his rates are very reasonable.

Interlake Safaris can be found at the following contact information:

Jason Lambley 204-372-8504 or www.huntsfromtheheart.com

Turkey Tag Out

Monday, April 30th, 2012

All winter long most outdoors-man and women go through the dreaded cabin fever. We think of spring not for the warm weather and pretty flowers but for gobbling turkeys. We prepare our gear and shoot all winter to be sure that we are ready when that big Tom comes into our decoy spread. I live for these 20 pound critters and look forward to hunting them with the bow every year. I have done well over the last 20 plus years and enjoy watching the country come to life each morning. 

A good set of decoys and and blind make bow hunting these birds a blast. You can get top pin close or more and have some great action. I usually like my standard 7 to 10 yard shot. This way if you are hunting wary birds and they hang up they are usually within 20 either way. They are way too small of a moving target to shoot much further than that, well at least for me.

 

This year I had tags for my home state of Montana as well as Idaho. The border is only 2 hours away and it offers some great turkey hunting. I like to try and hunt a few states and with it being so close I can give the birds a break and bounce back and forth. Even though you practice all year and would think that an opening morning 8 yards shot would be a slam dunk it is not! Well for me this year it was not. Who would think that such a little bird could get a grown man all flustered but it happens. A few days later I made good on my bird in Idaho.


The previous winter was rough for the turkeys in Montana and I was just not finding a good number of mature birds. The few that we had found this spring were already taken by my friends. I still head out every morning weather permitting to find a bird that wants to play the calling game. This weekend I found such a group of birds and was able to work them for over an hour. A little patience and subtle calling finally brought in this bird for another close up shot. I am tagged out for spring turkeys for this year.

But please don’t feel sorry for me because after turkeys are done I chase one of my favorite  animals, the bear. I am headed to Alberta Canada at the end of the week and look forward to finding a big mature boar. It is an excellent hunt and whether I am sitting in a stand over bait or spot and stalking I equally love to do them. Hopefully I will have some good stories and pictures of a big bear down in the next few weeks.