Archive for September, 2010

Archery Elk Hunting – SUCCESS in Colorado

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

I just returned from a memorable trip in the elk woods with good friend and Team Outback Outdoors founding member Adam Wells (who had already taken a great 6 point bull with his bow).  Along with camera operators Jeff McNair and Sarah Murphey we arrived at Big Mountain Ranch late Sunday night with high hopes for the morning.

Monday morning’s sunrise blossomed with the ringing of lovesick bulls bugling in a draw below us, and soon the crew was bailing off into the thick of things trying to get in front of this herd of vocal elk and working to get the wind right for the first set up. The morning brought us much excitement and even an encounter with a young 2 1/2 year old 5X5 bull that I enjoyed watching, but let walk by unharmed. It was an exciting sequence but I figured in 3 more years that would be a good bull.

With the amount of activity we had the first morning my spirits were high and I felt it was just a matter of time. The problem I have is that I love hunting so much, (and I have never been known as a trophy hunter, I just like to kill critters) that I have a hard time letting the younger bucks and bulls walk. I was determined (along with Adam’s encouragement) to wait for a more mature bull. That afternoon brought the ringing of bugles in the canyons but no shot opportunities.

Tuesday morning found us fighting squirrely wind, uncooperative elk and thick nasty oak brush. While we did have some encounters, to quote Adam, “It was the toughest morning he had in seen in the elk woods this season!” With such a poor morning we couldn’t help but sing the famous pop song that the lyrics say, “I got a feeling, that tonight’s gonna be a good night, tonight’s going to be a good night” as we headed out to a new area for the evening.

At 4:30pm we found ourselves on the opposite ridge, of where we planned to hunt, and immediately glassed up some bulls (5-6 of them) that were already out in the meadow and screaming their heads off! This, in my book, is a good sign and soon we were set up on the ridge above the elk trying to second-guess what the wind was going to do.

As we bailed off the ridge and worked down to where we would be in position above some wallows in order to set up on the moving herd, the wind (as it does all too often in the mountains) never could make its mind up. Waiting for the thermals too change, and never doing so, we decided to press the issue and moved in for the first set up of the evening.  As it does many times, the set up ALMOST worked until the wind swirled and the herd busted off in the opposite direction and into a draw below the park where we had set up on these elk.

Feeling as a child who had carelessly burst their new red balloon, we started to mope toward the trail that led us up and out of the basin as the evening was growing longer. After moving a couple hundred yards we were blown away to realize that the same herd with the VERY vocal 5 – 6 bulls and 25 or more cows was moving back up onto the bench that we were still on but this time the wind was perfect!

In a matter of minutes we found ourselves surrounded by bugles and cow calls and a juxtaposition of rutting bulls sparing and trying to win the favor of 3 hot cows. Jeff and I moved up inch by inch toward the largest bull in the herd as Adam continued to sweet talk and attract the attention of the rut crazed bulls with his Bugling Bulls elk call, grunt tube, and by occasionally showing them his Montana Decoy cow decoy.

After 8 confusing minutes I was able to maneuver to withing 59 yards (perfect distance for my truly accurate crossbow) of the 6X6 herd bull lazily hanging down by the wallow. He bugled and then turned broadside and I let the bolt fly! The broadhead found its mark perfectly and the mature bull ran 25 yards and started spinning in a circle like a drunken sailor. The blood grew rapidly on his side and the teeter-totter movements soon brought the bull down in short order.

To say I was excited would truly be an understatement! Soon Adam, I, and the whole crew were circled around this downed mature Colorado Monarch reliving the excitement. This hunt is one that will go down in my memory as a reminder of the saying, “it ain’t over, til it’s over!”


Team Outback Outdoors

Update on the Season and Upcoming Seminars – Cabela’s Fall Deer Classic

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Hunting season is in full swing and team Outback Outdoors already has a few quality critters on the ground. With Jim Brennan off to a smoking start for his season taking a quality speed goat in Wyoming, the exciting muley buck I took in southwest Wyoming, and Adam Wells getting it done on a great Colorado elk on video last week… team OO is just getting cranked up. I leave Sunday to join Adam in the high country of Colorado where I too will try and put a good trophy bull on the ground (Stay tuned for more updates!).

Even though we are busy with our favorite past time of the year we are still planning some other public events and appearances in the near future. Rocket and I will be doing seminars at the upcoming well attended Cabela’s Fall Deer Hunting Classic at Cabela’s stores around the country.Our new signature cards just arrived for the Cabela’s Deer Hunting Classic where I will be doing a seminar on “Why 10% of hunters kill 90% of the game” and specifically how you can become a 10 percenter! We will be representing Hardcore Hunting TV and Under Armour at these events and stoked to be involved with such quality companies!!

Trevon Stoltzfus and Rocket Ryan Litwin  – October 23 at the Rogers, Minnesota store

Trevon Stoltzfus – October 30 at the Gonzales, Louisiana store.

Ryan Litwin – October 30 at the Fort Worth, Texas store.

Ryan Litwin – November 6 at the Dundee, Michigan store.

Ryan Litwin – November 13 at the Hamburg, Pennsylvania store.

We hope to see a bunch of you there!

Good luck this season, Trevon Stoltzfus
team Outback Outdoors

Wyoming Mule Deer Hunt a SUCCESS!!

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

As August turns to September the mornings start to cool. This is that awesome transitional time of the year that signifies the start of archery season. This year we were headed to Southwest Wyoming for a mule deer hunt with R and K. Outfitting Company. We arrived in Evanston Wyoming on August 31 anticipating seeing big bucks still in velvet.

Our hunting party consisted of myself, Sarah Murphey (a good friend and new camera person we were using), our good friend and new Outback Outdoors Team member, Dave Beronio, and Ryan Litwin and his dad Gary. We rolled into town met up at the Wal-Mart and soon we were headed out to look at the country it would be hunting and glass up some bucks.

This hunt was very special in a few regards because last year we hunted R and K Outfitting Company’s property in Utah and were unable to put a buck on the ground. Opening morning finally came and we’re out glassing bucks before the sun had fully risen. The first morning we saw lots of bucks but nothing of the quality we were looking for.

That afternoon we were able to find a few quality trophy mule deer bucks and I was fortunate enough to make a stalk our group of bucks moving below a small coolie. Sarah and I came round the corner and to our surprise a nice young buck was standing broadside just within range of my cross bow. Sarah quickly got on the buck and I was able to meet a clean shot and even with my damaged shoulder take a nice Wyoming muley buck.

This hunt meant a lot to me, because actually I didn’t think it would happen. Because of the severity of the injury to my shoulder and the nerve damage in my hand I thought my season was done before it even started. This goes to show that with a strong competitive drive even under adverse conditions a Hunter can still get out and enjoy the outdoors and be successful.

Be sure to watch in the near future for this exciting hunt on

Next up, elk in the high country of Colorado.
Trevon Stoltzfus
Team O

Idaho Elk Hunt

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

It is September and out here in the West for the Outback Outdoors team that means it is finally elk season. I just returned from the opening week of hunting for elk in Idaho. It was a great trip but the hunting was rather slow. This time of the season the bulls can be rather quiet and still in their bachelor groups and the cows and calves are still together as well. You have to cover a lot of ground and do various calling set ups until you locate a willing bull.

At this time of the season the bulls will be just breaking up their groups and start to establish their pecking order. Small bugle sounds and chuckles work best this time of year. They want to know where each bull is at and who might be in the area. Again it can be a very frustrating time of year because elk are hard to find when they are not vocal. You just have to keep at it and set up and call. Wait at least 30 minutes before re locating. The bulls will come in quietly and you have to be ready.

As the rut continues the calling will pick up as the bulls start to gather cows and move them to their mating grounds. You have to change your tactics and calling styles if you want to be cutting your tag on a good bull this fall.