Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sculling Experience

Nothing is better than a calm sunny day on the bay sculling. Knowing that it's sunny and calm on the water is a great feeling. These white collars and mallards tuck their head under their wings and sleep on the calm water. Sculling in on these birds and getting 25 yards on a thousand sleeping birds is a thrill. But pulling up and watching these birds fall is even more of a thrill. My favorite bird to scull is the Black Brant. When sculling these birds they are a challenge to scull. There are many techniques to scull on these birds. First it starts out with the sun to your back, tide in your favor, and find small groups of bids so they are not as many eyes. With these tips, this can help you kill Black Brant out of a scull boat. The most challenging thing about sculling Brant is when they know you are close to them so they swim on you and trust me, they are a chore to catch.

I learned how to scull when I was about fourteen with my Dad out on South Bay. Sculling was a chore to me back then. Over the years I have made many mistakes while sculling birds. But over the years I have learned from those mistakes, and worked my way out of those mistakes to be a better sculler. A lot of people hear about other scullers killing birds, so it drove them to get a scull boat. But what they don't see is how much work it is to scull, not only sculling but rowing around the bay back and forth to get the birds. At the end of the day a handful of people end up selling their boats because of the hard work that is put into it.    


Friday, December 2, 2016

Scott Sederberg
Trout fishing is a very diverse and amazing activity that you can enjoy here on the north coast. There are many ways to catch a trout including fly fishing, bait fishing, or using artificial lures. They all are very effective although some work better during different types of the year. No matter which way you use though you will need to purchase your fishing gear.Fly fishing is when you use a super light hook that is wrapped with yarn or feathers to make it look like a bug or a small fish, this is called “the fly”. “The fly” is extremely light and sits on top of the water where the fish can eat it like a bug. The tackle used for this is extremely light and you use weighted line to make your cast since the fly is so light, once you hook a fish the fight is most of the challenge. The rod is very light and flimsy so it's very hard to control it and land the fish once hooked. The fishing is very visual and depends on clear water so you can present your fly close to fish.

Bait fishing is another way to catch fish but is very different from fly fishing. When bait fishing you use a spinning rod and reel which is a lot heavier tackle than in fly fishing. You use a heavy hook and weight on light transparent line, with scented bait. You cast your bait out and wait for the fish to find it and bite the hook. This type of fishing takes lot of patience because you sit and wait instead of making casts. This way is easier to land the fish though because the tackle you use is so much heavier so you can control the fish very well. This also depends on what the fish are eating which can be hard to target.

Fishing with an artificial lure is another way to catch trout. This way uses a heavy rod with light transparent line and a weight with a lure on the end. Most the time the lure will mimic an injured fish swimming or something flashy. The lures can be soft and gummy, metal, or a hard plastic. Using this technique you need to spot the fish and place your lure in front of the fish so that it can see it and bite it. This form of fishing also requires you to reel the lure in before every cast because the pole and reel need the lure close to make a cast.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Duck hunting out of a scull boat *

As a die hard waterfowl hunter, every duck hunters dream is to kill limits of ducks. Scull boats: Waterfowl Stealth Hunting by Chad Dolbeare tells about scull boats, a very low profile boat that sits low on the water, and looks like a floating log coming your way. By putting these boats to work, it takes a very high skill tolerance and patience's. By controlling these boats, the oar motion to get the boat to go strait is a figure eight motion. It can be very hard, and frustrating to learn right off the bat. Scull boats were originated over 100 years ago in Northeastern United States. There are a many styles of boats out there. There are the Nellis, Delashment, Burdick, and knock off of other brands. Most of these boats were originally made out of wood and during more modern times they were made using fiberglass.

The modern scull boat has a neoprene or leather boot, that is installed into the transom where the oar goes through. You usually won't find these boats around your usual boat yard or sporting good stores. Most of these boats are stored away and secretly used when the season comes around. Most of the scullers, don't post pictures or show off their boat, because it is a hidden sport. Scull boats come in a two man boat, or a single man boat if you are a solo hunter. With my family owning four scull boats, we do most of the fiberglass, and repairing on our boats. We also make our own sculling oars. If you are a hunter, who shoots specific birds sculling is a very good way to outsmart those rare birds. The three things you need in your favor when sculling, is very light wind, sun at your back, and sculling with the tide. If you follow these three steps you have a better chance of getting on birds.

Scull Boats weigh around 100-115 pounds, It really depends on if the boat is fiberglass or wood on how heavy the weight of the scull boat is. When hunting on a lake, bay or open water, it can be a good idea to put leaves, eel grass, or even sticks and branches on the deck of the scull boat. For that purpose, it blends you in with the background you are sculling in. This can increase your odds of getting on birds. Also, when sculling solo you want to put a weight at the nose off the boat to keep the nose down on the water. If not the nose will point slightly up and can make a wake to scare, or aggravate the birds.

Sculling ducks


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hunting and Fishing

My blog is on hunting and fishing. The topic I chose for my hunting and fishing blog was AG which relates to the outdoors, and Natural Resources, also it relates to trust. First I am going to talk about Natural Resources and how it relates to my blog topic. First being in this Ag class teaches me about so many different skills and other tactics which I can take out in the field. When I am out in the woods walking around I relate back to the different types of soil we were taught in class, and also taking different samples of soil.

Next I am going to talk about being in the outdoors, and how Ag can also help me out in the wilderness. Being in a Ag class it teaches me how to be safe, and the class relates to the type of environment I am in. When I am walking out in the woods I come across a lot of different types of trees. In Ag we learn about the types of different trees, and what it takes to grow these huge trees.

Trust is a big safety not only in Ag but also being in the outdoors. In Ag the teachers are very good on teaching safety and trusting one another. If applying safety while hunting I can tell you you're hunt will be successful even if you have no luck. Even hunting by yourself can be very dangerous, If its raining out and slippery be sure you have the right equipment.      

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

J4 Blacktail rut hunt *

In 2014, I was lucky enough to pull the J4 tag for late season rut hunt. Going into this hunt I had a pretty good opportunity of killing a big buck in the rut. My dad's good buddy Roger supplied us with his Yurt to camp in. This draw was in the end of November. This hunt took place around Trinity Lake.

Midday Friday my dad, brother, grandpa, Roger, and I took off for Big Bar where Roger's Yurt was located. The drive up to Big Bar was about a hour and a half. When we arrived, we unpacked and settled down to start off the morning bright and early. The alarm woke us up at 3:30am to make our way down the highway into Weaverville. Weaverville was about a forty-five minute drive from Big Bar. In town, we stopped at Safeway to pick up some donuts and coffee. Taking off from town we headed into some prime areas we thought would hold big bucks around the Trinity Lake. We finally arrived to the area we had a feeling where bucks were hanging out. We headed up the road that was less traveled. After driving around for a few hours we saw a couple decent bucks, but nothing worth pulling the trigger on. We hunted on, through the day until we decided to go back into town and get some food. We enjoyed a nice burger, at the burger joint.

After a full stomach we were back out on the hill looking for a nice buck to take down. We decided to take a different route and try a different area we scouted out earlier in the year that was holding bucks. My dad had a few spots he knew about from the past. The spot he knew about was down by the dam on the Trinity. We drove down to the dam and started taking some side roads, but had no luck. On our was back, we took a short skid road which led into some nice looking areas, that was a old clear cut about a year old and we scouted it before my hunt. We were driving for about a hundred yards, and the road came to a fork in the dirt road, while the rain dumped on the window, we were clueless which way to go. With all coming to a agreement we decided to go left. We headed up the slippery road about a hundred yards, and my brother glanced over to see a buck of a lifetime standing there feeding with some does. He yelled "buck," so I opened the door as fast as I could, and threw my gun up to find a big heavy 5x4 buck standing there. I put the cross hair on his neck and touched it off. This buck folded to the ground, with a nice clean neck shot.

After my adrenaline rushing, my dad, brother, and I ran up the hill to check out this buck. When heading up to him, off in the distance I couldn't see and horns on this deer, but when I got up to him I couldn't believe my eyes. His horns were dark and and heavy. I was lucky enough to take this 5x4 black-tail buck. Everything settled down, and we took a some pictures. After all the phone calls and pictures we gutted this buck and took him back to the Yurt to hang him and skin him. After we messed with this nice buck, we packed up and headed back into town to cut him up and ready him for meals. This J4 rut hunt was definitely a buck hunt to remember forever. I was lucky enough to spend the time and excitement with my family.Displaying FullSizeRender.jpg



Friday, October 7, 2016

Deer hunting in the heat

A hot day out in the woods can be extremely hard for seeing bucks and taking it to the next level and killing one. The sun makes it extremely hard because its hot out and most of the older smarter bucks stay bedded down behind a patch of timber or behind a log. The best way to kill buck in the heat is to get a group of guys together and rota til the brush to jump these bucks out of their beds and hope for a crack at them. If that works, the next step is keeping the buck in a cold atmosphere because the meat inside will get sour and can taste bad.  

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Biggest elk ever killed with a bow

My blog is on hunting and fishing. I chose to do my SSR on the biggest elk ever killed in the world with a bow. The article, Billings Gaze was published by Brett French Tee a resident of Montana has scored a bull of a lifetime with his bow. The bull killed with his bow measured at 429-6/8 net and 448 4/8 gross. With this all time record with a bow this bull was turned in to a Pope and Young . The previous Pope and Young record was killed in Arizona in 2005. But the resident of Montana, has the new record with his incredible elk. The work after killing this bull is insane. Taking a wild animal like this takes so much time and effort to scout, hunt, pack out and then process the meat. The antlers must undergo a sixty day drying period before they can official score this record bull. The main priority after killing a bull or any animal is to get the meet cut out and hung up or boned out. If keeping the meat in the heat or on the animal to long, the meat will have a sour taste which can be a big problem. The drying period is about 3-5 days in a cold box or in a cool environment. This bull was the biggest elk taken in forty eight years. This bull was harvested on 9/10/16. The terrain where this bull was killed was in hilly grassy slopes. Many hunters know that killing any animal with a bow is a challenge especially out of state because there are many many miles for these wild animals to roam around.  This Montana resident hunter deserved this incredible bull elk, as he is a very good down to earth hunter, and willing to put the extra mile in to put the bull elk on the ground.

Friday, September 23, 2016

These are sources I trust.

Wildlife  This website, is a very good source to find information on. This website gives you seasons, dates, shooting times, laws, private areas and also public areas. This source is incredible cause it also keeps you updated if something changes in the regulation book.  "Passport Challenge"

United States Fish & Wildlife Service  This website give you general hunting information, fishing, duck stamp information, and also migratory bird information. For example if you were a bird watcher, you could go to this website click on migratory bird information and you can follow and kind of bird you were interested in following.  "The sweetest hunts are stolen. To steal a hunt, either go far into the wilderness where no one has ever been, or else find some undiscovered place under everybody’s nose."


 Eastman's Hunting Journal For me as a hunter, this is a very big time website in the hunting industry. Eastman's hunting is strictly about true hunting and back country backpacking into the wilderness. If you are looking for good gear ad tips, Eastman's hunting is a very good website to go on and collect information. “10% of the hunters kill 90% of the animals.” So if 10% of the hunters kill 90% of the game, what are the other 90% doing wrong?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hunting and Fishing.

I chose Hunting and Fishing because growing up around Humboldt County I have really caught on to the outdoors. I mostly hunt deer, ducks, and many kinds of other small game. Also most of the time I usually do not have much patience for fishing. But the last few years I have fallen in love with it more because of the excitement of ripping lips. Hunting includes very good patience, and to be able to stand nasty weather.

Every year, my dad, Roger, and I go out of state to hunt Mule deer bucks. We usually go to Nevada and stay for a week out in the wilderness mountains. Every year it consist of taking off on a Friday night and driving all night until we arrive on Saturday. Killing a mule deer is only once or twice in a lifetime experience.

For me I have fell more in love with the sport of fishing than I did when I was younger. Growing up and living by the eel river, me and my dad spent most of our time down there on the weekends when the fish were running. When I was eight I caught my first steelhead fish. Relaxing on the river and ripping lips is a very relaxing feeling.