Archive for October, 2010

Team OO represents UA and Hardcore Hunting TV at the Rogers, MN Cabelas

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Team Outback Outdoors’ members Trevon Stoltzfus and Ryan Litwin joined Hardcore Hunting TV hosts JT Harden and Jason Irish to represent Under Armour at the Cabela’s store Minnesota. Trev and Ryan went to the Rogers, MN store and JT and Jason went to the Owatonna, MN.

Both seminars went great and we had a chance to meet some current Midwest hunting friends and make some new ones.

Next up for Trev is the Gonzales, LA Cabelas Oct 30th and Hamburg, PA Nov 13th…

You can catch Ryan and JT Harden at the Ft Worth, TX Cabelas Oct 30th and Ryan at the Dundee, MI Cabelas Nov 6th. If any of you are in the area of these Cabelas, please come out and and hang with us!!

Heading to Kansas Wednesday for whitetails…wish me luck!

Trev

Archery Elk For Team OO member

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Archery elk hunting is the most exciting hunt I do every year. To call in and interact with animals that tip the scales at over 700 pounds at ranges of 10 yards is very hard to beat. This year I was able to hunt with my bow after my hunters finished their hunts. I hunted hard for 3 weeks and had many close calls with them and now it was my turn.

I spotted this bull in the early light as he pushed his cows and bugled for over 2 hours heading down into a big canyon. The weather was cold, windy and spitting rain and the elk were active most of the morning. The wind was very sparatic so we had to stage in a timber patch and wait for it to stabilize in order to make a play. I was able to snap this photo of the bull as he lay guarding his cows at over a half a mile away by using my spotting scope. I knew he was a good bull and I wanted to make a play on him.

After 4 hours of watching him and memorizing the land scape it was finally time to make a move. It was 4 pm and the elk were back up feeding and he bugled off and on for an hour as we approached. I had to cross an open river bottom that had no cover. As the bull pushed his cows around and was distracted I made a mad dash to the side the bull was on.

After a 200 yard sprint I made my way up toward the bull on his level. This is very important in this rolling country. Get even with a bull before you call. He is more apt to come toward you if he does not have to climb up or down to find you. I decided since he had 6 cows and no other bulls around I would only bugle to challenge him for his cows. I first set up about 150 yards away and started bugling. He would answer right away but would not budge. This is very common when a bull has cows. I than closed the gap to 75 yards and just above the bull. Again I bugled but this time made a more aggressive challenge bugle. The bull answered back but was more agitated by me. I could hear it in his response. I again bugled one more time but immediately ran 50 yards closer.

I looked down in the draw and could see him now running towards his challenger. Within 30 seconds the bull covered the distance and was coming up the hill. I drew my bow and as soon as the bull stopped on the meadow’s edge the arrow was on the way at 25 yards. I hit him perfect and he ran 75 yards and stopped in the meadow before he toppled over.He was by far my biggest elk with a score of 355. It is beyond words when you out smart a herd bull and call him into your set up and make a great shot. The work began once he hit the ground but the back pain is well worth it. If you EVER get a chance to come out West for elk do it. You will be hooked forever.

Archery Elk Guiding Season

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

The archery elk season is coming to a close here in Montana and I had a very successful guiding season with Dog Creek Outfitters. This year due to some new drawing results only 2 clients were able to draw elk tags. The above average moisture we had this spring and summer made food sources readily available in every area where the elk called home. I scouted our ground for a few days prior to the clients showing up and found some really big bulls this year.

The first week for the hunters was during the full moon phase which alters the elk movement drastically. The mornings were slow due to the elk seeking cover in the timber at first light. When you hunt during this time you have to stay out in the field all day. We would experience great mid day action with the elk getting up to feed and the bugling was intense between 11 and 3 o clock.

The mid day has some good steady wind currents and you can make a play on the elk as they stay in one general area. A good tactic is to get close to the herd and make suttle cow calls and mimic a small bull. This will give the herd bull the idea that some of his cows are feeding away and that a small bull has come in and is trying to take one of them.

We hunted hard all week with many close calls but my hunter never released an arrow but left with some great experiences and visions of huge bull elk forever etched in his mind.

The second week proved to be more intense with the new moon and cooler temperatures. The elk rut was in full swing and each day we had several close encounters with world class herd bulls. The elk in the area that I guide in respond better to bugles than cow calls which is very different than most areas. I believe this because of the high number of large mature bulls and the 2 to 1 ratio with the cows. These elk like to approach the other bulls and try to take their cows away. On more than one set up we had several bulls come in at the same time almost trying to out run each other.

The afternoon hunt found us following a small herd with a very vocal bull. He has a few satelite bulls following him and was busy keeping track of their location as he pushed his herd toward a meadow to feed. We set up on the edge of the meadow and I went to the far side of it and began calling very aggresively. I knew the herd bull would get aggravated with my calling and hopefully pull him to the edge of the meadow where my hunter would get a shot. After  nearly 30 minutes of calling and moving around as I bugled the herd bull made his final mistake. The plan worked perfectly as he came to the meadow to look across at his make believe opponent and my hunter was able to make a perfect shot. This big bull expired within 75 yards and more memories were made at Dog Creek Outfitters.

This bull was the result of hard hunting and the never quit attitude I try and hunt with. He was very happy and I look forward to hunting with him again next year. Any elk with archery equipment is a trophy but to harvest a 7×6 in the 340’s is a once in a life time event.

We also offer the best big horn sheep hunting in the world as proof of this broomed off monster that scored in the 190’s.