Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 California Big Game Hunting Digest


My copy of the 2018 California Big Game Hunting Digest arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Now is the time to start reviewing the changes, zone data, and make plans on where and how you will hunt for big game this year. There are bound to be many questions, so I encourage you to contact the biologists and ask those questions. If there is something I can help with, please ask. Sometimes navigating the regulations can be frustrating. Even I get that way sometimes and I have come to the realization that asking questions and making plans early helps. 

Here are some changes that really jump out (direct from the CA DFW website) in regards to deer hunting:
Deer Tag Classification Changes
For the 2018 deer hunting season, the following deer tags have changed classifications. Please refer to the 2018 Deer Hunts for more information.
From Restricted to Premium deer tags:
A22 – tag quota filled on 6/15/17
From Unrestricted deer tags to Premium deer tags:
A18 – tag quota filled on 6/14/17
A19 – tag quota filled on 6/20/17
From Premium deer tag to Restricted deer tag:
D6 – tag quota filled on 7/5/17
From Unrestricted deer tags to Restricted deer tags:
B – tag quota filled on 7/17/17
D14 – tag quota filled on 7/13/17
A32 – tag quota filled on 7/17/17

I knew D14 would change this year due to it selling out even before I had the chance to get mine last year. With that said, I am going to review this release in detail and I have a feeling I will be making some changes to the areas I hunt this year. How about you? What are your plans? I'd love to get your feedback and hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The SoCal Bowhunter Review on #PROJECTELK

Last night, after dinner and with a cup of coffee, I went outside with my laptop and watched #PROJECTELK. I had been meaning to watch it for a while and then it slipped out of memory. As I was checking my email, I received a message from the RMEF saying that #PROJECTELK was now available FREE with your Amazon Prime subscription through Amazon Video. I jumped at the opportunity and watched it in full. I decided I would write up a short review for all of you...


Go watch it! That's my review. I'm not going to tell you all about it or give you a review. Seriously, you need to do that for yourselves. Take an hour and sit down and watch it. Soak it all up and let me know what you take away from it. You will not be disappointed.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Press Release from Vortex: All-new Viper® HD Binoculars



 
NEW Viper HD Binoculars
If seeing is believing, you're about to believe. The all-new Viper® HD Binoculars are an optic masterpiece, giving hunters, shooters and outdoor enthusiasts a premium option without the premium price tag.

The new short-hinge design makes for a great grip on your binos, while the size and weight make this one of the lightest full-size binos on the market -
A noteworthy attribute when gear consideration can be measured in grams.

Now included with every Viper HD, the GlassPak™ chest harness keeps your binos at the ready, while providing comfortable, protected, strain-free,
all-day carry.

The only two things that haven't changed with these all-new Viper HD Binoculars are the price, and the fact that they are 100% covered by Vortex's legendary, lifetime, unconditional, no-fault, transferable, VIP Warranty.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Finding Your Point Blank Range from HHA Sports

As a bowhunter, what is your point blank range? Not sure what I mean? Watch this very educational, and easy to follow, video from Scott Bakken at HHA Sports. I can't wait to try this!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Product Review: Rugged Meats


Let me preface this review by saying that I am a Quackenbush, which means this...I like to eat. When I am home and doing projects and such, I don't snack so much, but in a treestand or while hunting the SoCal forests, I like a quality snack. Chocolate melts, trail mix is good, but I get over that fairly quickly. I've been eating the Rugged Meats brand of snacks and sticks for a couple years and I have to say they have a permanent parking spot in my pack now. Rugged Meats offers some awesome tasty snacks that will leave you satisfied.

First off, the snacks are from made from feral swine right here in the U.S.A. No MSG, no nitrites, and they are gluten free. Packed full of protein, they fill you up and taste great. They aren't too salty, but have incredible flavor.

I have tried all of the flavors. I have my favorites, but I encourage you guys to try them all. We all have different flavors we prefer.




Original - My favorite flavor. This was hands down my favorite. (Before I wrote this review I ordered another big bag of sticks and bites.) Just enough spice and plenty of flavor to go around.

Sunrise - These are great for those who don't like spicy. This is my least favorite flavor. It's not bad, just a little too bland for me, but I know many who really enjoy this flavor. In fact, it really is great for a morning stick.

Grass-fed Beef Jalapeño - This tastes great and has a bit of heat. I like a bit more heat if it says jalapeño, but I understand why Rugged Meats did it. I don't think anyone wants to be hiking up a hill, eat a super spicy meat stick and continue hiking.

Snack Stick Bites (Original or Sriracha) - I urge caution with these as they will go fast! They are addicting and so darn tasty. I like the original over the sriracha, but the sriracha is a tasty nugget! 

If you want a quality snack for the backcountry, Rugged Meats snacks are it. They pack well  and don't need refrigeration. I also eat these as part of my lunch and when I am craving a snack. Instead of grabbing chips, or a candy bar, I grab one of these and it's great! Unfortunately, they go very fast! These come highly recommended from me. Delicious, good for you, and they are from feral pigs. Yum!

If you want to try some for yourself, I have a discount code for you! Type in quackmaster when you view your rucksack (cart)! It is good for 15% off of the entire purchase with the exception of subscribe and save items and anything that is on sale. 

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