Archive for July, 2011

Nikon and Trevon Stoltzfus – Outback Outdoors Partner Up

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Outback Outdoors’ team members spend a tremendous amount of time in the field and Nikon Optics have been a part of that since our inception. It is vital to have good optical products to prevent eye fatigue and head aches from glassing for trophy animals for long periods of time (especially looking over the expanse of country that we at Outback Outdoors do every season.) Nikon Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Rifle Scopes, and Rangefinders are truly a vital piece of our hunting arsenal.

We are pleased to announce that Trevon Stoltzfus has been officially selected as the newest member of the Nikon Hunting Prostaff. This partnership just deepens the relationship between Outback Outdoors and Nikon and shows the commitment we at Team OO have towards using and promoting only quality hunting gear!


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Scouting Update for California Bears

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Just shy of six weeks from the opening day of the California bear season and the bruins are reading the script to the story perfectly. However, until first light on opening morning I will not know which animal will play the leading role. We have a number of contenders but the unpredictability of animals is a factor left in Gods hands.

Chris Callinan and I have been documenting all aspects associated with scouting and preparation for this hunt. Many hours of video footage, still photos, and trail cam pictures are the appetizer to what should turn out to be another great Outback Outdoors webisode. We’re excited to share this adventure from start to finish.

July 1st found us high in the mountains trying to avoid the high 90° temperatures that lurked back home. It wasn’t only the air temperatures that were hot; our trail cameras were on fire. Staying out of the area for a few weeks, this was our first trip back to check on them and the new locations were turning out to be extremely productive.

Tucked into a small basin, the mountain spring boils out of the hillside and weaves its way slowly through an aspen grove only to disappear into the sage flats below. With no opportunity to glass the area our scouting is comprised of reading the many signs on the ground, gauging the marks on trees, and viewing nearly 1700 trail cam pictures from this one camera alone. This honey hole is turning out to be our most productive set to date. This headwater serves a dual purpose for the bears in the area. Pooling up under a natural grassy bank, the small gravel tub is both a water hole and a wading pool to soak their thick coats.  The water is constantly moving through the pool so there is always clean drinking water or a freshly drawn bath.  This location will make for a difficult hunt but with the number of bears in the area, it offers great opportunity. 

Here are just a couple of the trail cam picts we enjoyed.











Moving on to one of the other cameras later in the evening we were stopped in our tracks as one of the bears from my original post, “Scouting California Bears”, lumbered out of the willows. Bandage is a very distinct bear with a white blaze chest and a bandage like stripe across his nose. With camera rolling Chris and I contemplated strategies on how we‘d stalk him as he feed through an open park just a couple hundred open yards away.  I’m hoping this situation replays again in six weeks as it would have made for an exciting hunt. 

Gear Giveaway – Outback Outdoors 2nd Quarter Nikon Bino Giveaway – Entries Close Soon

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Gear Giveaway – Team Outback Outdoors 2nd quarter Nikon Bino gear giveaway is coming to a close, so I wanted to remind you to get your entries in ASAP! To enter and win a set of Nikon 10X42 Monarch Binoculars follow these directions and we will be drawing the winner and posting the video in the next couple of weeks. Good luck and keep up the intensity of your off season preparation.. the season is just around the corner!!

Just send an email to with your:

  • name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • a brief paragraph on what you like about Outback Outdoors.

Winners will be drawn quarterly from our pool of emails. It’s that simple! Watch bowhunting videos and win free gear!


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Off-Season Preparation – Tucson Triathlon 2011

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Off-season preparation at Outback Outdoors is important and although cliche, with the OO team there really is NO off-season. Along with my recovery from shoulder surgery this year, I personally make it a priority to ramp up my cardio fitness in the summer months. This not only helps me get in better shape physically for the upcoming bowhunting season, but also helps to sharpen my mental focus as I also start to shoot my bow a lot more with daily practice sessions and local 3D shoots.

One thing I enjoy doing to help keep me HIGHLY motivated (although just the thought of being ready to make the shot on a trophy of lifetime is all the long term motivation a bowhunter really needs) is compete in triathlons. I find that the mixture of swimming (really great for my recovering shoulder), biking, and running helps a ton with my overall fitness and keeps my training fresh and avoid the rut and boredom of the “repetitive training blues.” I pick 2 or 3 local Triathlons to help with my short term goals and to gauge my fitness level. This elevates my daily motivation to achieve my longer term goal of peaking physically when September (archery elk season) rolls around.

I just returned from Tucson AZ and my first triathlon since my shoulder surgery and actually did quite well. My family from New Mexico came over and along with my younger sister Lani Hofacket and her husband Jerod Hofacket and my older sister Lori Gobble and her daughter (my niece) Jessica Gobble we competed in the Tri-Sports Firecracker Triathlon. There’s nothing like completing a triathlon on July 3rd in Tucson for testing ones physical and mental stamina in extreme heat!

I was pleased with my performance and despite my shoulder and the stifling heat finished only a minute slower than last year, as I felt my conditioning and strength were behind last year’s schedule. Gauging from this event I can now focus more on where my weaknesses lie (mostly physical conditioning) and gear up for my next one July 30th in Denver, CO.

I will also continue to shoot daily to fine tune my accuracy and increase my bow poundage as my shoulder allows me and before I know it archery season will be here. I encourage everyone to push their limits and train in that “uncomfortable” zone where you can expand your physical and mental conditioning. I promise it will be well worth it when you find yourself this coming season in the field with the wind in your face and your bow in your hands.

Trev – Team Outback Outdoors