Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The worst duck hunt ever *

Over waterfowl season Ben and I had a very good spot we had been scouting for a couple of weeks, and it looked very promising for a good shoot. One friday night Ben and I decided it was time to hunt this spot. We knew a cold front storm was heading up north, and the birds would be heading south for the migration. The weather for Saturday was what every waterfowl hunter dreams of, and that was rainy and windy. We knew the wind would be coming in through the west, so we had a good mindset on our decoy spread for that next morning. Since the hunting conditions were perfect for that morning, Ben and I decided we would launch our boat friday night and hold down our spot for the following morning. Around 8pm friday night we hooked the boat up, packed our gear, and loaded my dog Brant who would be retrieving our birds. The next step was heading for the boat ramp. When we arrived at the boat ramp we realized we both forgot to grab a flashlight. There was only one option at that point, and that option was to use our flashlights off of our phones. Running the channels in nasty weather, with only a couple phone lights was quite the adventure.


After spending an hour on google maps trying to find our spot, we finally arrived when the tide was going out. The boat was stuck on top of the mud, leaving it dry until the tide came back up in the morning. With the winds blowing 30 mph, with 50mph gusts, it was very brutal weather to settle down in and get some sleep. Throughout the night you could hear the geese and mallards getting up and flying to a different spot to get comfortable in the bad weather conditions. After being awake most of the night I finally got some sleep, only leading to me waking up with my waders half under water due to the tide coming up. When the light finally shined through the dark clouds, Ben and I were ready to put a week of scouting into a good solid day of hunting. The geese and sprig were coming in flocks of 20 straight cupped up into the decoys. We knocked down about 5 or 6 birds in the decoys giving my dog some real life training. The next flock of aleutians were about 20 yards high due to tough wind conditions, and they were heading straight for us. The flock of birds got about 30 yards out and Ben and I let loose on them leading too birds falling everywhere. With the very rough wind conditions it was a little risky for my dog to attempt to retrieve. Brant and I ran over to the boat that was anchored in the mud and headed out towards the dead birds.

After picking up the birds we headed back towards the bank to anchor the boat and keep hunting. Only not knowing that my day was going to turn into an awful experience. After anchoring the boat, I started making my way back to the decoys until I heard Ben yell “HP grab the boat”. Within 1 minute the hunt went from a thrilling time to a awful experience. I looked back into a patch of fog to see my boat out in the middle of Humboldt Bay. Ben and I both looked at each other with a sudden death looked. We both knew that there was only one option and that was to swim.  So we both stripped down to our underwear and took on the nasty Humboldt bay waves. Finally after swimming fifty yards Ben finally hopped into the boat while I slowly pulled us back to shore. When we reached shore we both looked at each other and said “ let's get out of here”. We picked up the decoys in our underwear and headed back to the boat ramp. This hunt was definitely a learning experience, and a hunt that I will never forget.        

Friday, May 12, 2017

Culture*

Hunting is a very satisfying sport. Hunting has been around for over 2 million years before no guns, bows, or any type of firearm were invented. Ancient humans used complex hunting techniques to ambush deer, antelope, and many other wildgame. Most of the time the women would stay back at their huts, and take care of the kids while the men were out hunting to keep food stocked up for winter. Women hardly ever hunted for wildgame. As the years have passed, and the population has grown, it seems like more women are out in the mountains and fields hunting. Every year you see more women getting involved into hunting, and the outdoors. In fact in 2008, studies show that only 8% of women hunted for wildgame. In 2017, studies show that 11% of women are getting involved in hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. As you can see, the percent keeps going up every year do to more women getting involved with hunting.


Tiffany Is one of the world's greatest female hunters to this day. She grew up in Twin City, now living on a farm in Iowa with her husband Lee. “She spends her passion for hunting” Getting more and more into her hunting career, Lee and Tiffany created their own hunting show called “Crush”. It is one of the most top watched programs on the hunting channels. Tiffany has definitely made a name behind herself by showing her skills, and passion into hunting. Tiffany did not hunt until she met her husband Lee, but loved to fish on her family's lake at home. Tiffany gave up her job as a flight attended 2 years ago when she fell in love with her dreams.


Too many people get caught up on the fact that “girls can't hunt”, or “girls don't hunt”. Typically people look at hunting as a male sport, instead of a male and female sport. I strongly disagree with this. As you can see in the paragraph above talking about Tiffany, you can see that chasing your hunting dreams is possible even being a female.   

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

5 ways to kill big bucks *

Five ways to kill big bucks
       
       1. Nasty Weather
Always check the weather before you go out hunting. The nasty weather will get the big bucks out of their beds and moving around to feed. During a hot sunny day, the big smart bucks will hold up under a log, stump, or brush to stay out of the heat. Also hunting in nasty weather can help you if you are stalking or trying to be really quiet. That reason is the ground is very moist and the leaves aren't loud when you step on them.


          2. Put in for other zones
                        Hunting in different states can change your perspective on hunting in California. There are so many different opportunities on killing big massive bucks outside of California. For example I was hunting in Nevada a couple years ago, and I was seeing 20-30 different bucks a day. Around here the majority of people will only see 2-3 different bucks a season. The success rate in different states can potentially be very high.


                       3. Hunting with dogs.
                         Hunting with dogs can be a huge advantage to killing a buck of a lifetime. Not only killing the buck, but helping you find the buck. Dogs can tell when a deer, or any animal is close by. Dogs will help push the buck out in front of you, and line you up for the perfect kill shot. The big smart bucks will let you walk right by them, if you are hunting solo. The dogs my family huts with are bred for tracking down deer, and treeing squirrels.


                      4. Scouting
                         Early season scouting is hands down the biggest tip for killing nice mature bucks. There are a few advantages of scouting before rifle season starts. First, you can pattern the buck from their sleeping area to where they are heading to feed. Big mature bucks like this have the same feeding routine everyday. When it comes to the season, you have done your research and you know exactly where the big buck is going to be. Second, is that the bucks will stay out in the open ground, and stay away from thick brush in the scouting season. That reason is because their horns are in velvet, and it hurts the bucks horns in the thick nasty brush.                                        
                     5. Tactics
                         Not only putting the work in, and hunting the extra mile, but having the right tactics in the mountain is very important. Having good scopes, cameras, guns, and gear will help you push the extra mile to kill the buck of a lifetime. Also having good rain gear, will help you push harder, and not give up in the nasty storm weather.



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Monday, April 3, 2017

DIY TURKEY HUNTING SHOTGUN

DIY SHOTGUN


The ultimate DIY turkey hunting gun. This gun is a 870 Remington express shotgun. Their are many positives about this gun. This gun can hold its recoil better than any shotgun out their.  Most shotgun triggers are anywhere from 4-6 pounds. On this 870 Remington shotgun the trigger is 3 pounds. “The sight on this gun is a trijicon MRO”. This gun comes with a red sight. Most veterans hunt with a red sight. That reason is because shooters pull their heads off the sight before even pulling the trigger to see if they got the animal they were hunting. This sight blends into your eye and helps concentrate on your final kill shot. The finish on this gun is mossy oak camo. This camo helps cover up dents, scratches, and helps keep the gun waterproof. Not only having the perfect perfect shotgun is essential, but having the right choke to hunt turkeys is the key. I prefer a full choke to keep my pattern tight and having a high amount of knock down power.


I have been hunting turkeys since the age of 12. Turkeys are one of my favorite animals to hunt. My first experience every killing a turkey was on nunya ridge. Its across from notella valley. Best turkey hunting spot around. We had a tom turkey come in from the bottom of the valley, and closed the range on him to 15 yards. I shot this big tom with my Remington  870 shotgun. The choke I used was a full choke. The full choke gave me a tight solid pattern, for a clean head shot.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Zink goose call

Goose hunting has been a part of my life since i was just a little kid. Through many year of goose hunting my dream was to compete in goose calling competitions. There are many different techniques in mastering goose calling. The different sounds, clacks, pitches, and tones make the difference on finishing a goose into the decoys are just have the goose looking. Over the years I have studied and tried different brands of goose calls. I have used basin calls, Bushnell, flex tone, quack boy, and flambe stone calls. But my person experience there is nothing like a high pitch ZINK call. I have been using zink calls for the last 5 years. I have not yet found a flaw about the zink call that i haven't liked. These calls are very durable and very good under cold stormy weather. With most of the goose calls i have used they are poor under cold weather, and plug up with spit when you are trying to finish a goose into the spread. With the zink pro these calls never plug up and are always durable when finishing that big cackler goose.

With many years practicing I have caught on to the different techniques. When you are calling geese you aren't just blowing the call. The main key is the TIME, time between clacks, pitches, and time between the tone. If a goose is committed into the decoys there is one major technique in that meet and the is the LOW pitch black. The clack indicates for that goose that their are other geese on the ground and he i letting the geese know that he is coming in to end his flight. To catch a goose's attention is the HIGH pitch clack. This indicates the geese on the ground are  to get the other goose to land with them so he is safe. And finally is the comeback call. The comeback call is the most important sound off all of the sounds. The comeback is a mix of all of the different sounds, clucks, chirps, and tones. This call can turn a goose around in no time.   If you apply these techniques out in the fields your chance of smashing down on geese are high. But there are no better call out their  than the Zink pro call. Zink CallsSnow Storm™ Acrylic Goose Call