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.