Archive for July, 2010

Update on Trev’s Shoulder and His Hunting Season Outlook

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Hey all, quick update on my shoulder injury as I just had an MRI done and saw the Doctor yesterday. Looks like the rotator cuff is torn and I will definitely need surgery! But the news isn’t all bad.

The Doc said he won’t do the surgery until the nerve damage in my arm and hand subsides. This might buy me enough time to still be able to hunt this year using a crossbow. Here is a video blog with all the particulars, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Trev

Outback Outdoors’ Team member possibly disabled for the season!!

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

As a lot of you may have heard, I severely dislocated my shoulder. I have been getting a ton of well wishes and support, along with questions. I thought I would post this blog/video blog to thank you for the support and explain what is going on along with x rays of what happened. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences and please continue to pray for a speedy recovery, antelope and elk season are just around the corner.

Thanks again

Trev

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Outback Outdoors Goes Camping

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I just returned from my second year working with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s kids camp put on at Jack Creek Preserve in Ennis Montana. This year surpassed last year with 58 kids attending. Once again I was given the task of teaching archery and hunting to these future torch carriers. The area where we put on the camp is over 5000 acres of pristine Montana heaven.

The weather was perfect, sunny and temperatures in the 80’s with night time low’s in the 40’s. Keeping track of all these kids could not be done with out the volunteers who help cook, teach and mentor all these youngsters. I look forward to this camp every year.

The kids go through a number of work stations which last 90 minutes each. From trail building to conservation to fly tying and photography. An over night hiking/camping trip and archery as well as hunting 101. Most of these kids have never shot a bow before coming to the camp and this year over half of the kids brought their own bows. It is a great way to help grow the sport and teach conservation and responsibility.

This kids camp is four days long but flies by for all the volunteers. Everyone participates in a big bon fire on the last evening and on the last day we put on a big 3 D archery challenge. We break the kids up based on their experience level and some great prizes are awarded for all the top winners.

I want to thank all of the sponsors who donate some great prizes and gifts for all the kids who attended. Montana Decoy, Mossy Oak, Bugling Bull Game Calls, Hunter Safety Systems, Schrade Knives and others.

Kids camp is over and now time to focus on the fall hunts coming up for Outback Outdoors.

Bowcast at the Bird – 2010

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Bowcast at the Bird – 2010 was a blast! I met Rocket Ryan (who was actually working a Professional Bull Riding event on Saturday night) in Salt Lake City, UT on Friday afternoon and we headed up to the Snowbird Ski resort to meet with Anthony Dixon and Shawn (Launch) Monsen with Full Moon Productions (FMP) for some dinner and get a feel for how the weekend was going to go. When we up to the ski resort, as usual, there was lots of old friends already there and one in particular, Corey Benge from Montana, (a very experienced and accomplished bowhunter in his own right) and we started kidding each other and ended up placing a $100 bet on who could shoot better on BATB’s (Bowcast at the Bird) SMOKER course. That night we also got to meet a lot of new bowhunters that I am pleased we can now call friends!

The next morning we jumped on the chair lift and up to shoot one of their four 3D courses in the beautiful high country of Utah. The courses were laid out in the picture postcard beauty of the Snowbird summer slopes with a beginners, intermediate, elite and the infamous SMOKER course.

The first day was a lot of fun and Rocket Ryan (who had been in TX working some rodeos and had not been able to bring his bow) ran camera to capture the shooting before he headed back down the mountain to work the West Jordon,UT PBR. Saturday we had a chance to shoot three of the 4 courses (all but the smoker course) and then I got to go to dinner with Mark Renner, Branden VanDyken, Joe Arpin, Cory Taylor and the rest of the be the decoy.com guys and Eric Nothe and the Pimpmybow.com crew. After dinner we hung out,visited, laughed, and caught up with everyone’s upcoming hunting schedule and swapped some great stories looking forward to the next day’s shooting (It was also fun to catch up with Chris Denham of Wilderness Athlete and his son Mark)

The last day brought us some rainy conditions and Rocket and I headed up to meet Corey Benge and the be the decoy.com crew and shoot the SMOKER coarse (where all the winning $$’s in the bet were going to be donated to Brodie Swisher and his Montana Youth Bowhunter Camps). The Smoker course was phenomenal! We had 10 targets of various yardages and extreme uphill and downhill shots (one was a mule deer at 80+ yards and you shot it for 67 yards). The kicker was you only got 2 arrows (1 primary and a mulligan) if you missed and broke it then you had to use your mulligan arrow for the rest of the round and if you missed and broke that you were DONE!) The scoring was a little different too, instead of the usual 12-10-18-5-0 score the small 12 ring was worth only 10 points and the 10 was worth 8. If you missed the vitals instead of getting the normal 5 points you got zero!

Unfortunately I missed and shattered my first arrow on target 3 and Corey was a rock. We had a great time and Corey had ice running through his vanes and at the end Outback Outdoors donated a $100 to Brodie’s camps as Corey put the whooping to me. (Branden VanDyken out shot both of us and he wasn’t in the bet!)

The event was a blast and Rocket and I even got a chance to have Shawn Monsen and Anthony Dixon help us draw for the 2nd Quarter Bowhunting Gear Giveaway for a set of new Nikon Monarch Binoculars (check back soon as we are going to be posting the video of the Nikon Bino winner soon). Already looking forward to next year and I feel we at Team OO are ready for this years archery big game season!

Thanks to Shawn, Anthony, Aneal Roney, Mathew Burrows… etc and all the Bowcast and FMP crew that put this event on …. YOU HAVE TO GO NEXT YEAR!!!

Getting Caught Up

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Hey all sorry it has been so quiet around here at OO. I have been SUPER busy!!

Just got back from a GREAT time with the family in California (Disneyland) and got to see it through the eyes of my 4 1/2 year old. It was awesome!

My wife Sandy and I hung out with all my family and then we went back to Phoenix to see Sandy’s dad and we met my little sis and her husband in Tucson AZ for a triathlon where Sandy and I posted personal bests! It was a ton of fun, too!

I have one more triathlon on Aug 7th in Denver then it will be hunting season and I should be in really good shape to chase critters in the Rocky Mountains with my bow.

Couple things…. I am heading to the Bowcast at the Bird (http://www.bowcastatthebird.com) with our FMP (Shawn “Launch” Monsen and Anthony Dixon) buddies this weekend and Rocket Ryan is flying into Salt Lake for a PBR Saturday night (Talk about killing two birds with one stone) to join me and capture it all on video.

Also we will be drawing (and videoing the drawing) the winner of our 2nd quarter Bowhunting Gear Giveaway (a set of Nikon Binos) and will get the results up as soon as I get back! Thanks so much for checking in with us in the off season and I promise I will get the last part of the turkey webisode up ASAP!

Trev

Deer Season Scouting

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Scouting a new piece of deer property can be very fun, exciting and if done right will make you more successful in harvesting deer in the future. Once you arrive at the new ground take a minute to over look the entire area by getting to higher ground and try to  have a complete aerial photo with you or topo maps of the area. Take time to see where the food sources are, the bedding cover might be and take note of any travel areas that the deer will use.

Have a plan in mind and if possible try and do your scouting in late winter or early spring. This way the deer sign from the season past is still fresh and you will not be driving your deer from your property. I always like to locate the food in the area and than the bedding. I look for small pinch points or travel corridors and go there first. I like to find where the deer trails neck down and possible ambush spots are found and a likely air assault can be placed.

I rather hunt the travel areas and if possible stay away from the bedding cover. Out West usually the deer in the river bottoms travel short distances from food to cover so you have to be  ultra stealthy. The edges of alfalfa fields or other crops are good scouting points but I rarely sit on them when trying to shoot a mature buck. I like to be inside the field edges 100 yards or so where possible so I can catch those big deer staging just before dark. You will see less deer but more of the right deer you are trying to take. This strategy also works well when it is time to get out of your stand. When you sit on field edges and finish your hunt now you have to get down and walk across the same field the deer are in. Not a good idea! I rather slip out back through the timber and go undetected.

Morning hunts are also very tough out West in the river bottom properties. Usually you end up spooking the deer from the food sources when trying to get into your stand site. Most of my time is spent glassing from a high vantage point and evaluate where the deer are entering the cover. They will generally come back out in the same area in the evening. Use the mid day time to scout or hang stand set ups where you will have the least impact on the deer you are hunting. I have sometimes hung stand set ups in the dark while the deer are out in the fields.Just a few pointers to try if you are hunting river bottom property. Try using a small boat or canoe to enter and exit your hunting area and you will leave very little disturbance for the deer to pick up on. Wear hip boots to walk in the water and use while on stand. Your scent will be minimized. Make sure you have someone pick you up on the field edges by vehicle. Deer are used to farm tractors or vehicles driving in the fields and are better than you walking out across the areas you are hunting.