Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Contest: SOG Hunter Revolver Knife
Back in march I reviewed an awesome knife from SOG called the Hunter Revolver. You can read the review here. We are giving one away over at on the Contest page. Stop on over, sign up and then guess the score of the incredible elk sheds found by a DIY member. You won't believe how massive they are. You really have to see them to believe it.

You have to be 18 or older to win.

Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Product Review: Scott Archery Releases
One of the items I love having in my gear bag is my Scott Archery release. I have used a release for many years now and I remember back to the day when my dad bought me my very first one. It was a Tru-Fire release that I used for many years before recently sharing it with a new archer. He needed one and it still worked well even after a decade of use.

Recently, I was able to use three different Scott Archery releases for a few weeks. While I was surprised with my findings, all of them are top notch. I expected nothing less from Scott Archery.

The three releases I reviewed were the:
  • Rhino
  • Silverhorn
  • Little Bitty Goose
I'll begin with the Rhino. The Rhino I tested is all black with a Velcro strap. When you put it on the Velcro makes a lot of noise, so it's one of those releases that once it's on, leave it on. Don't be changing it around in the field or you'll spook everything in earshot. The Rhino I was using has a long, metal rod that extends to the trigger mechanism. I found this very useful in setting my grip and consistent pulls each time. After each shot I was able to swing the hook back into place with ease, lock it and be ready for my next shot. I like the hook because I don't have to be looking down to figure out where the string-loop is on my bow string. By the time you are done flinging a hundred arrows you know exactly where your loop is. The rod swivels left-to-right on a metal bar. It's helps in moving it out of the way, but not fully. It is an excellent, sturdy release that felt very comfortable on my wrist until the heat of the day crept in. Then it felt super hot and sweaty! That's not the releases fault. I blame that on global warming (ha!) and Twinkies.

Let me get back to that metal rod for a second. I did find one drawback in using the release and that is for treestand hunting. If you put the release on before you get to your stand (which I highly recommend) and you go to climb your ladder, if it is aluminum you'll make a heck of a racket as the metal rod makes contact with the rungs. Sure, you can take the release off, but refer back to the Velcro. You can also try to move it out of the way, but that doesn't work too well. It seems to get in the way of a lot of things, but it's great once you are in the stand and waiting for that bruiser to walk by. In order to fine-adjust the release to your draw and finger position, you have to use a hex/allen wrench to unscrew the screw (located on the metal rod) and move the rod into the correct position. Once it is where you want it you just lock it back down. You are limited to four choices of where to adjust it to. It's limited because of the specific increments, but works.

The Silverhorn is similar to the Rhino in that is has a single hook to connect to your bow string. This one was also all black. One of the differences with the model I tested was that where the metal rod was on the Rhino, a nylon strap replaced it on the Silverhorn (+1 for Scott). The wrist strap is softer fabric and a buckle instead of Velcro. Nice! The buckle is very odd. It has a curve to it that I am sure has a purpose, but it was tough to thread the strap into it from time to time. The hook on this one was a little smaller, but not really noticeable. After shooting quite a few arrows I found that getting the hook to swivel back in was not easy. It was actually rather frustrating. I had to spend more time trying to get it back in there than I wanted to. I kept playing out a scenario in my head where I had shot an animal and now needed a second arrow. If I had to use the Silverhorn I might not get it off in time. The nylon strap is connected to the wrist strap with a metal bracket/connector bar that sits back enough where you never notice it. Fine-tuning this release was simple and effective. You loosen two hex/allen screws on the metal bracket and slide the nylon strap in or out according to where you need it (same goes for the Little Bitty Goose). You can get super precise with your adjustment and I think that is an excellent feature.

I got turned on to the Little Bitty Goose by member ‘wingbone.’ It is similar to the Silverhorn in that it has a buckled wrist strap and soft fabric. The buckle on the LBG functioned the same way as the Silverhorn. Don't get me wrong, it is better than Velcro, but sometimes tough for fat fingers on this archer. The one I tested was in full camo and that I truly liked (nothing to do with the function though). This particular release also had the nylon strap running from the wrist to the hook. Huge selling point for me because I can tuck it into my wrist strap when I am climbing a stand or just to get it out of the way on a hike. It’s a light release, too. The LBG has a closed hook at the end instead of an open hook. At first, I had a hard time getting used to it. I had become accustomed to using an open hook, but it didn’t take long for me to remedy that. Using the LBG was a dream. I could close the hook around my d-loop and know it was always connected to my string. I shot over a 100 arrows with it and it was awesome. It felt great to shoot and functioned superbly!

I have to say that I was very impressed with all three releases. They each have a unique design. My first choice and taking top honors was the Little Bitty Goose. I will certainly use the Silverhorn as a back up, but not my first choice. The Rhino is great if you need something to grip while you draw your string back, but I prefer the nylon strap instead of the metal rod. I highly recommend the Scott Archery releases.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Recap: Hog Hunting Seminar
This past Saturday I had the pleasure if attending a hog hunting seminar at the Rancho Cucamonga Bass Pro Shops. Also representing was fellow member Darrell Slay (Slayryd). The seminar was given by professional guide Ron Gayer and author Durwood Hollis. Both men have hunted hogs for a long time and know what they are talking about. Just do a search on either one and you'll see what I mean. The room was filled with hunters eager looking for knowledge on how to hunt these muscles with teeth. Being one of them, I couldn't wait to take notes and hear the best ways to hunt them. They also had around 30 raffle prizes they gave away, too. Like the the title says, this will be a recap and I won't go into extreme detail. If you want that I suggest paying the $30 early registration fee and sitting through the seminar. I think they will be giving one in the fall. I will say that one of the reasons I really liked this seminar is that neither hunter boasted about their kills or gave us a lengthy background about themselves. They talked to us like good friends and not professional hunters with an agenda.

Durwood gave a history of hogs in the United States and went on to give us some great pointers. Two key ones were:
  • Water is key to finding hogs
  • Follow the hogs food source
When Ron began, he discussed many things such as gear to take with you and methods for hauling out your hog. The one thing that sticks in my mind was him pointing out that hogs LOVE to roll around in poison oak. Did you know that? I sure didn't and I have hunted them twice now. I sure am glad I took this seminar before actually killing one. This brought on quite a discussion from a few guys and you could tell who the newbies to hunting were. Oh and the remedy for getting the poison oak off of your hands and arms - paint thinner. You have to get that oil off of you as quickly as possible. Don't be a tough guy and think you are immune to nature's wrath and don't bring it in the field with you. Use some common sense.

We learned about field dressing, caping, and cooling down your animal, too. Being a whitetail hunter, I have taken animals on hot days and you certainly have to get the hide off and get them in the shade with a tarp around them quick. I can't tell you how many times we have had to quarter them up and get them in a cooler right away.

For the gun hunters, Durwood and Ron talked about ammunition and being sure to use anything but lead. I have read about this for years and you can read more about the condor range and leaded ammo over at The Hog Blog or NorCalCazadora. It's simple, use common sense and don't use lead ammo.

Durwood had some great public land hunting insight. Let's face it, the guys been doing it longer than I have been alive - I think he knows what he's talking about. I ate up every bit of info he was willing to share. Ron shared a great deal about Tejon Ranch (where he used to guide) and how to do your homework on private land hunting. Some of the other topics covered were aging hogs, field care, trophies, guides and taxidermy. All in all if was a lot of information, but all worthwhile. 

I appreciate the fact that both gentlemen were very open to hearing what we had to say and were open to sharing their knowledge with us. It really goes a long way to the newer guys, like myself, when neither one tooted their own horn. Before the seminar ended, Darrell and I had already planned out some scouting. It was a great seminar and I am looking forward to reading what they gave us, using my notes and putting that knowledge to good use. A hearty thank you to Durwood and Ron for a great seminar.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Raffle To Benefit Young Lady Who Needs A Liver
My Blackberry is constantly buzzing and alerting me of my new email messages. Typically I read who it's from and save it to read later. Yesterday morning it buzzed and as I perused the messages I saw one that caught my eye. A fellow blogger, The Desert Rat, posted about a raffle going on to help a young lady find a liver she desperately needs. The opportunity below is one that I cannot pass up. Mainly because a young hunter needs our help. We need to promote hunting and help other hunters. Sadie was diagnosed with Auto-Immune Hepatitis in February 2008 and he is now in need of a new liver.

I wanted some more info so I gave Derek a call. Derek is a friend of the Anderson family and he started this on his own to help them out. Talk about a great guy! The fact is, he says it's not about him and he says that Sadie's dad is a super guy and they are astounded by the response to this. Derek only started this a week ago! For you skeptics out there - every penny goes to the family! Every cent. Derek is putting up the Nebraska hunt all on his own. Eddy Corona from Outdoor Experience 4 All wanted in and he's helping out with the other hunts.

As a DIY bow hunter, I hunt on a budget. I have a family to feed and I need to put a roof over our heads. I would love the opportunity to get out and do an outfitted hunt for deer or bear, but money is always tight and I really enjoy the planning aspect of the hunt, but when I saw this I couldn't help thinking, 'Where can I get a 4 or 5-day hunt for ANYTHING for $35?' My answer came quickly and I decided I would buy some tickets. It's totally up to you should you decide to do this, but it's to help a young girl, it promotes hunting, and you can win one-of-three stellar hunts! I don't see where you can go wrong. 

You can view/download the flier at Outdoor Experience 4 All on the left hand side. Check out their website and read about how they help hunters who may not have a lot of time left for a long hunt. There's a better explanation on their website.

The mission of the Outdoor Experience 4 All (OE4A) is to change lives one adventure at a time. Everyone who participates in an OE4A adventure, including volunteers, sponsors, parents, and siblings leaves camp with a new outlook on life!

They are raffling off the following hunts to raise money for Sadie:
  1. AZ Archery Deer Hunt – Fully outfitted, 4-day, OTC tag must be purchased, value $2800 Ticket $35
  2. AZ Bear Hunt – Fully outfitted, 4-day, OTC tag must be purchased, value $2800 Ticket $35
  3. Nebraska Deer Hunt – During the rut, 5-day archery, fully outfitted, tags incl., value $3500 Ticket $50
OROne of each for $100!

The drawing is going to be held on July 15, 2010.

For more information contact -
Derek Taylor
480- 223-2775

For credit card donations: Go to click on the "donation" link. Make a note that its for Sadie Anderson. The great thing is all donations to this site are going to Sadie at this time, and it is all tax deductible! If they would like to purchase tickets mail a copy of their donation receipt to Derek Taylor, along with their name, phone number and which tickets they would like.

Send checks to:
Derek Taylor
3856 E . Meadowview Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85296

Make checks payable to: Sadie Anderson

Be sure to include your name, phone number and it can't hurt to include your address! Good luck and keep Sadie in your prayers!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Court Says Claims Fail Smell Test 
My daily email from The Daily Wire hit my inbox this morning and as I scoured it I was kinda shocked to see the below article. A few of us over at had a recent discussion regarding scent control and clothing and we all said that while clothing may aid in keeping your scent minimized, it would never completely get rid of it. Looks like a judge thought the same thing and that the advertising was misleading. I feel bad for the Scent Lok team on this one, but I am curious as to how they got their results. What was their research method?

A Federal District Judge has ruled that ALS, the manufacturer of Scent Lok clothing has failed a smell test as it were with claims that the company had 'odor-eliminating technology' or 'odor eliminating clothing'.

The same ruling says that Cabela's and Gander Mountain - both of which sell Scent Lok and their own private-label clothing are also guilty of deceptive advertising.

Scent Lok's advertising-at least in part- fails a Federal District Judge's smell test for odor elimination.
The Court's ruling says the "Defendants have published countless advertisements" almost all of which "utilize the slogans 'odor-eliminating technology' or 'odor-eliminating clothing.'" The Court further found that the experts agreed that the Scent Lok clothing "cannot eliminate odor, even when new."

The Court held that all advertisements that used the words "odor-eliminating technology," "odor-eliminating clothing," "eliminates all types of odor," "odor elimination," "remove all odor," "complete scent elimination," "scent-free," "works on 100% of your scent 100% of the time," "all human scent," "odor is eradicated," and graphics demonstrating that human odor cannot escape the carbon-embedded fabric are all false statements as a matter of law.

In addition, the Court found claims that the Scent Lok clothing could be "reactivated" to "like new" or "pristine" condition to be false as a matter of law.

An injunction barring ALS/Scent Lok, Cabela's and Gander Mountain from "further deceptive practices" will be issued.

With that ruling, claims against the companies could move to trial.

The case began in 2007 when Minnesota hunters Mike Buetow, Gary Steven Richardson, Jr, Joe Rohrbach, Jeff Brosi and Dennis Deeb, filed suit against ALS, Cabela's, Cabela's Wholesale and Gander Mountain, claiming their odor controlling clothing failed to perform as advertised.

Their complaint alleged that the clothing did not "eliminate" odor, and could not be "reactivated or regenerated in a household (clothes) dryer after the clothing has become saturated with odors".

During the course of the lawsuit, scientists from both sides worked to prove-or disprove-the claims.

As you can imagine, the results disagreed in all but one key area: both plaintiff's and defendant's attorneys and scientists agreed that carbon-embedded clothing cannot eliminate 100% of a hunter's odor.

In this case "eliminate" was the key decision point- the court ruled that the word "eliminate" meant "a complete removal" the same way a claim to remove roaches from a home would mean "all roaches" not just some.

Some of the ads, however, went on to use phrases such as "complete scent elimination" "scent free" "works on 100% of your scent (100% of the time)" and "odor is eradicated".

In the court's eyes, those claims were false and misleading - beyond any test of reasonableness.

Other ads, however, used enough language to qualify the claims they made. The Court tossed a claim for a declaratory judgement from the hunters on those advertisements.

So, you might ask, do the findings in the case prove that clothing really can't mask human scent?

Short answer, no. What it case has done is reiterate and reinforce the application of common sense to advertising messages - and consumer purchases.

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Urban Coyotes Becoming More Of A Problem
Here's my two cents on the coyote problem... I think that these cities that have an issue with coyotes AND firearms should allow the bow hunters to go out and set up near a travel route to bring them down. I have seen a few coyotes right in Los Alamitos where I live during broad daylight. Were they in the grassy areas? Nope. They were walking right down the sidewalk. They aren't afraid of jack nor shit. I think a meat missile shot at 300 fps would help do the trick.

Here's a map of SoCal coyote sightings that was updated recently.

If you read some of the comments and listen to some of the people they'll tell you that coyotes are a natural predator and were here before us humans. Chicken or egg? You decide. I am a bow hunter. I am a natural predator, too.  I can be silent and help keep your dogs, cats and small children safe. Just open up a few areas near the water channels to allow us to help manage to pack. One of the reports talked of a woman feeding a coyote with ham. Dolt. Sure, bait them for us and we'll help trim the population.

Are you guys seeing an increase and what do you think should be done? Any comments are welcome. I want to hear exactly what you guys are thinking.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Lions Will Roar - Be Prepared!
I was checking out The Outdoor Pressroom today and read this story about a female jogger and her recent encounter with a mountain lion near Lake Arrowhead. I was just up near that area a few weeks ago. After reading the story it made me seriously reflect on how prepared I really am when I go on my hunting trips.

Woman Survives Mountain Lion Scare
By Glenn Barr

With some quick thinking, determination and the help of strangers, one with a highly appropriate name, a Running Springs woman survived an encounter with a mountain lion on a lonely Lake Arrowhead trail on May 4.

As the animal crouched to attack, Laura Cuaz used several protective strategies before finally climbing a pine tree and screaming for help.

After dropping her daughter off at the Lake Arrowhead Christian School, Cuaz, 47, had gone jogging on a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) road near the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District's (LACSD) sewage treatment plant on Alberta Lane around 9:50 a.m. She waved at a plant employee as she passed.

It was the first time she had jogged on the path. Clad in a short skirt and a top, she carried only a water bottle and her cell phone.

On her return trip, about 20 minutes later, she said, "I heard a loud, running sound and leaves crackling. I knew what it was and turned in an offensive stance, shouting as loudly as I could."

You can read the rest of the story over at the Lake Arrowhead Mountain-News.

How prepared are you for a mountain lion attack? Have you planned well enough ahead?  I know when I go out scouting or hunting I bring along some necessary gear. I bring it whether I am by myself or with my hunting buddies. I always have an air horn, bear spray, a knife (or two) and my cell phone. One item that I will be purchasing before the fall hunting season is a SPOT. The SPOT is a GPS locator (mentioned in the article) that will relay your position to search and rescue personnel and could very well save your life. I know that now that I have a family depending on me that my safety isn't something I can take for granted anymore. I haven't done that in years, but I used to. Now I try to be as prepared as I can. I get harassed by some of my hunting buddies, but I don't care. I've been told I am too much of a worry wort, I have too many tech gadgets, and that I'll never encounter a mountain lion. Well, I am not worried, just preparing myself for what could happen. I love technology! I am a geek and if I can take something I will use, I probably will. As far as never encountering a mountain lion... well... I hope I never do, but with my average luck it'll happen and I plan on walking away from it.

Friday, May 14, 2010

ThermaCELL Giveaway
Hi SCB blog readers! Here is a shameless plug for me to win free gear.

ThermaCELL is having the May Lantern A Day Giveaway. I entered and thought some of you might be interested too. You can win some great prizes. Also listed below are the top contenders for the referral prizes – $300 Bass Pro Shops gift cards.  The winners will be the top four people who get the most referred friends to enter the contest. 

Help me out and enter my registration code FXSLPC when asked who referred you. Go to to enter! So far I am #4 on the list!

Good luck!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

CA DFG Q&A - What's Your Opinion?
Each week I get emailed the recent California DFG Q&A's from their website. Today I got this one and it really tweaked me the wrong way. Read through it and see my opinion at the end.

Question: Near the end of this past duck season, DFG wardens visited two of my friends' homes requesting to see the contents of their freezers. They said when they cooperated and showed the contents of their freezers, they were cited for violating the Fish and Game Code for exceeding the waterfowl in-possession limit regulation. Like thousands of other hunters statewide, they each had dozens of legally harvested waterfowl from the three-month waterfowl season stored in their freezers for future consumption.

What is the law regarding the number of waterfowl one can legally keep in their possession in their freezer during and after the waterfowl season? It would seem that any interpretation that limits persons to no more than double the daily bag limit in ones possession at any time will result in wanton waste of game that is discarded in the field and from hundreds of freezers statewide directly in violation of another Fish and Game Code provision which prohibits wanton waste of game.

How can DFG rectify these two provisions when they cite people for their freezer contents like this? Because it is such a widespread practice among thousands of hunters in California to save and consume their game after the season, nearly every hunter faces the potential of this citation.

Answer: Though this may be a common practice, it does not make it legal. According to Northern California Enforcement Chief Mike Carion, some states limit the possession limit to the field; however, in California the possession limit per person is two daily bag limits.

The law does not allow a hunter to possess more than one possession limit (two daily bag limits) at their house or at any time. A possession limit can be donated to others who live in the household too even if they are not hunters. There is no minimum age for a person to retain a possession limit of waterfowl. For example, a person who has a spouse and two children all living in one house may possess one possession limit for each of the four people (eight daily bag limits). A single person living alone is limited to one possession limit and in order to legally continue to hunt, he or she must gift the birds to someone else or consume them.

Waterfowl bag and possession limits are federally regulated. States may only adopt the same or stricter regulations than those authorized by federal law. In California the possession of two daily bag limits regardless of whether a hunter has hunted for two straight weeks during a trip, or has hunted daily and taken the birds home applies in the field as well as the home. The possession limit is the maximum allowed to be possessed by one individual. Keep in mind, the intent to give birds away does not justify possessing more than the daily bag limit.
After reading this I wonder how many other species violations people fall victim to. Really California? I am not a duck hunter, but if a hunter goes out on a given day and gets his limit you are going to make him eat or give away both birds before he can ever go duck hunting again? That is ridiculous! So what DFG is saying is that a guy trying to feed his family over the Winter will have to eat both ducks before any more hunting. Right? Maybe I am just way too wound up on this today. I wonder what Holly thinks over at NorCal Cazadora. Maybe Hank over at Honest Food could give some insight as to how many ducks he prepares in a season.

On the other hand, I see where the DFG is legitimately trying to reduce spoilage and keep the animals from being wasted. You certainly don't want a hunter shooting a bunch of birds, letting them get freezer burned and tossed at the end of a season. Still, they can't just leave it so open-ended.

To me it sounds like there needs to be an addition to the law before tickets can be handed out. Something like there is a two-a-day bag limit AND an 8 duck-in-your-freezer maximum. Anything over that and you could get fined. This is just an example, but I am sure you can see my point. When I used to live in NY we had to abide by the one year rule. You were supposed to eat all of your venison from the previous year BEFORE the start of the next deer season. That worked well there, so why not try that here in CA?

How do you duck hunters feel about this and what are your suggestions to remedy this incredible gray area?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hunt.Fish.Feed. - A Successful Initiative
The team of volunteers, along with The Sportsman Channel and CableCares volunteers combined their efforts last night in the way of the Hunt.Fish.Feed. initiative at the LA Union Mission on Skid Row. Team DIY sponsored the event by providing over 250 lbs of bear, elk, wild pig, sheep, and deer along with tilapia, yellowtail and salmon. DIY had 13 volunteers there serving food, handing out water and cleaning trays. The Sportsman Channel provided many coordinators and volunteers to help us organize it al and CableCares brought a large number of volunteers that pitched in. The Mission had some great staff helping us all out, too. It was truly a combined effort.

The press was there covering the event and while Kate Linthicum over at the LA Times wrote a great article, I also wanted to share my take on the whole thing. 

First and foremost, this wouldn't have happened without the help of fellow blogger Phillip Loughlin over at The Hog Blog. He wrote a blog back in early April regarding Hunt.Fish.Feed. and that he was thinking of attending the San Diego leg of the tour. His post got me thinking about going to help in San Diego, but I knew that a Wednesday evening would be a tough sell. I sent him a message inquiring about the program. He pointed me in the right direction and I was able to get in touch with Kim over at The Sportsman Channel. I asked if there was going to be anything around LA and that our team at could probably help out. Turns out LA wasn't publicly advertised as a tour stop, but that they definitely needed a sponsor to get the meat. I presented the idea to Eric Welsh, owner and Pro Staff Member, and after careful thought he decided this was a opportunity we needed to be a part of. The challenge was this gave us only one month to contact hunters, collect the meat, and deliver it to the Mission. Time for the work to begin!

We sent emails, made phone calls and set up drop off points for sportsmen to bring their wild game meat. The phone calls and emails brought a lot of interest and found Eric making all of the arrangements to pick up the meat. He drove all over Southern California and Arizona to collect it all. It was a major task for one person to take on, but he took it in stride. There were more hunters willing to donate, but Eric did all he could to collect the over 250 lbs of meat in the short amount of time. He got it done and I'd say he did a great job!

Last night we all worked together for the common good. We served more than 800 meals to those less fortunate and we met some wonderful people. Gretchen Heffler, the Director of Development for Southern California of the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA) was their helping, as well as Los Angeles County Fish and Game Commissioner Timothy Jones. We hunters need these guys on our side and it was great seeing them there helping out.

Hunt.Fish.Feed. was a success on many levels. We were able to feed people who needed it. was able to connect with many organizations and let people know we want to help out where we can all while promoting the sport of hunting. I want to thank Kim and her team over at The Sportsman Channel for everything they did. Team DIY, thank you all for your help and your willingness to come so far to help so many. Thank you to the many CableCares volunteers, the Mission staff, and every organization that helped make last night possible. Most of all, thank you to those who donated your game meat. I know it is something you work very hard for and people were able to eat because of your generosity. 

I commend those who give of themselves each and every day. To those who help promote the sport of hunting, use your voice and keep it up because people are listening.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Backcountry Hunt Question For You All
I have a question for you guys and I am hoping to get as much feedback as I can.

Let's say you and a buddy each draw a coveted elk tag in a unit where you have to backpack in. You have taken a couple weeks off to go hunting. The first day your buddy kills an elk, but you don't kill yours for a few days.
  1. What do you do with the meat while you are waiting to kill your animal?
  2. Do you hang it for a week or so until you kill one?
  3. Do you hike it back to a truck where you have tons of ice and solid coolers?
I am very curious because I just read a story in Eastman's Bowhunting Journal where a guy and his buddy did just this. They were fortunate enough to get their elk within 4 days of each other, but what if it had taken him longer? I know what we do with whitetails in NY, but what about being alone in the wilderness?

I am planning on elk hunting with a friend in 2011 and these are some of the things I am thinking about. What suggestions do you guys have?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Arizona’s 2010 Fall Hunting and Trapping Regulations
The more I hunt Southern California, the more I realize I want to hunt other states like Colorado and Arizona. Why? Well, not only is it difficult to hunt in SoCal , but other states have an incredible variety of game to hunt, more public land and aren't tight-asses about hunting like California. I used to think it was always going to be way too expensive to hunt the Southwest, but right now Arizona is looking pretty sweet to me. One of my good friends from high school lives in Tucson and just got his new Mathews bow in. He is gearing up for hunting season and I would love a chance to hunt with him. My friends on the DIY Pro Staff are either from AZ or they hunt there, too, so my list of excuses as to why I cannot go are dwindling. With that being said, the Arizona 2010 Fall Hunting and Trapping regulations are now online!

You need to keep in mind that the deadline to submit your hunt draw applications for the 2010 hunts for deer, bighorn sheep, pheasant and fall turkey, javelina, and buffalo hunt permit-tags is Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 7 p.m. (MST). So you need to get them in as soon as you can!

There are many places you can do a DIY hunt in Arizona. If you have any questions regarding how or where, head on over to and ask a question on the forums. You'll have to join the site (it's completely FREE and you can win stuff, too!), but you'll get some valuable information, too. 

Are you planning a DIY hunt in Arizona? If so, what are you hunting and what is your weapon of choice? I am curious as to how many bowhunters will be out there looking to take down a trophy. Now it's time for me to go ask some questions so i can fill out my tags! Cheers everyone and good luck!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Carbon Arrow University - Hunter's Friend Style
One of the most common things I hear bow hunters ask is how do I get set up to shoot a great arrow? I had the same question. The team over at Hunter's Friend has some great information to help you choose in their Carbon Arrow University. They break it down into easy to read chapters to guide you along. Here's an excerpt from Chapter 1:
"If you're one of the many bowhunters who select arrows each season by just grabbing a handful from the miscellaneous arrow bucket at the local super-mart, you may be surprised to learn that you've been cheating yourself.  Shooting the proper arrows will greatly improve your accuracy and success in the field - and for less money than you might think.  If you want reliable and accurate performance from your compound bow, your arrow must be specifically matched to YOUR bow setup.  There is no such thing as a "one size fits all" arrow.  An improperly sized and/or poorly constructed arrow will not only fly erratically, profoundly degrading your accuracy, but it may present a safety hazard for you and your expensive compound bow.  If you are serious about bowhunting, you owe it to yourself (and the game you pursue) to shoot the right ammunition."
Before you go buying new arrows I recommend the Hunter's Friend website and consulting your local pro-shop. Don't make a hasty decision that you'll regret later. I used to buy all of my arrows at a local department store and hoped they'd work well. I had mediocre results and wanted more out of my gear. I now customize my own arrows. I buy the naked shafts, cut them down to my size, glue the inserts in and fletch them with whatever colors I want. It might be more of an investment of time and money, but I want the confidence of having quality gear and making a clean kill.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Hunting With New Friends
Many of you know that I am a frequent contributor over at I have met some wonderful people from the forums and look forward to meeting more. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Mike McNamara. He's a local hunter, archer, a just a good all-around guy. We immediately hit it off and decided that at some point in the near future we'd do some target shooting or hunt together.

For the past three weeks, Mike and I had been playing phone tag, text tag and shooting emails back and forth. Seeing as it is the off-season for many animals we decided to go do some jackrabbit hunting and do some scouting near Hesperia and the San Bernardino National Forest. We had both done some research and if anyone hunts Southern California they will tell you one thing - it is HARD finding good public areas to hunt! I love a challenge, but this can make your brain shrivel in despair if you aren't careful. We had looked at the maps, asked around and we came to the conclusion that we'd go check out an area that Mike had been to and see if we could fling a few arrows at some jacks. 

We met up Sunday morning in Tustin and all I am glad Mike had his 4-wheel drive vehicle. My car wouldn't have been able to handle the terrain we traversed.  We hit a few areas near the SBNF and found it all posted or no access. The terrain was very steep and not ideal for jack hunting. So we drove and chatted and shared many of our personal hunting adventures. One of my favorite things about hunting is just getting to know someone and hearing what they have to say. Mike and I had plenty to share with one another along the way. Mike has a passion for hunting like I do and by the time we got to the area we had mapped out we were both ready to shoot something. Unfortunately for us, that area is now all posted with No Trespassing signs. Now, I don't know if it's private land and they just recently posted it or if it's public land and some of the guys put up some small signs just trying to keep everyone else out. Either way, Mike and I were not about to breach the perimeter of the property.

As we sat in the truck and contemplated our next move we realized that doing more research, printing out the maps and talking to the biologists in the area is essential before a hunt in Southern California. Most hunters won't give up their spots, for good reason, but the biologists may offer some advice. From what I have heard, the biologists who hunt are pretty tight-lipped and those who do not may share a tidbit or two, but are quiet as well. Have any of you experienced that? It's sad to hear that.

The drive back to Orange County was filled with future plans for some target practice and some hunting. To me it was a successful day. Two more hunters have shared their knowledge with one another. We realized what we need to do for any future hunt to be more successful in SoCal and we have a plan. While each of us having families and taking care of them is our #1 priority, we will still get out and hunt when we can.

While the hunt didn't produce any meat, Mike and I became friends. It's proof-positive that if you are willing to help out a hunting brother and spend some time getting to know one another that you can build a bond that will hopefully last a long time. Hopefully, our next hunt will be full of adventure and produce some meat for the freezer. Until then it's target practice and dreams.