Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Second Chance at Arizona's Fall Big Game Hunts
Most California hunters have already been accepted or denied for their 2010 hunting season, but there are still a handful of options for you budget conscious SoCal hunters. Arizona isn't too far away, offers great hunting and they have a few thousand leftover tags for the fall season. Check this info out from The Outdoor Wire.
PHOENIX - The more than 5,500 hunting permits left over from the Arizona Game and Fish Department's fall drawing/lottery process will be available on a first-come, first-served basis by mailed application only beginning Monday, August 2.

For those individuals who missed the draw deadline for fall hunts or were unsuccessful in getting a permit-tag, there is a second chance at more than 4,300 deer tags, 900 fall turkey tags, and 300 juniors-only fall javelina tags through the leftover process.


Visit
www.azgfd.gov/draw for a detailed list of the leftover permits remaining and an application form. Applicants should refer to the 2010-11 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations to determine the hunt dates, legal wildlife, method of take, and for application instructions.

Leftover permit-tags remaining from the draw are issued in two stages and by two methods.


In the first stage, applications will be accepted by mail only beginning at 8 a.m. (MST) on Monday, Aug. 2. Applications received prior to this time will be returned.


After Aug. 9 at 8 a.m. (MST), hunters can obtain a leftover tag in person at any of the seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices (in addition to the mailed application option). Walk-in customers will still need to fill out an application to obtain a leftover tag. A list of Game and Fish regional office locations is available at
www.azgfd.gov/offices.

For those who qualify, there are military hunts available for Fort Huachuca. Call for additional information.


The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the AGFD's programs or activities, including employment practices, they may file a complaint with the Deputy Director, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, (602) 942-3000, or with the Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 130, Arlington, VA 22203. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation or this document in an alternative format by contacting the Deputy Director as listed above.
Contact:
Doug Burt (623) 236-7215

Friday, July 30, 2010

ThermaCELL August Appliance-A-Day Giveway
A couple of months ago I posted about a giveaway that ThermaCELL was doing and they are at it again. They have great, reliable products (product review coming soon!) and I would highly recommend their products. This time they are giving away more ThermaCELL units and a Hoyt® Turbohawk bow. How awesome is that? Here's the info I picked up over at The Outdoor Wire.
 
ThermaCELL®, manufacturer of the only portable, butane-operated, area mosquito repellent will give away one Realtree® APG™ appliance each day in the month of August*. Each daily winner will also be entered for a chance to win the grand prize of 10 ThermaCELL products and 200 hours of refills.

Participants can also refer friends to the August Appliance-a-Day Giveaway. The participant with the greatest number of friend referrals will win a Hoyt® Turbohawk bow. The winner has the option of selecting the Bone Collector Turbohawk edition signed by Michael Waddell. Second and third runner-ups will receive a $150 gift card to Hoyt's online store.

To enter the ThermaCELL August Appliance-a-Day Giveaway visit www.thermacell.com/giveaway.

Hoyt bows are engineered to be the toughest, longest-lasting bows on the planet, and they come with a warranty that reflects that. To learn more about Hoyt bows, please contact: Hoyt 543 N. Neil Armstrong Rd., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116-2887 or call (801) 363-2990 or log on to www.Hoyt.com.

ThermaCELL, a division of The Schawbel Corporation of Bedford, Massachusetts, utilizes patented technology to create cordless, portable appliances powered by replaceable butane cartridges. ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent, the award-winning area repellent for outdoor enthusiasts is up to 98% effective at repelling mosquitoes, black flies and no-see-ums. For more information on ThermaCELL's complete line of products, testimonials, or store locations visit www.thermacell.com or call 1-8-NO SKEETERS (866-753-3837).

*Winners from Canada will receive a Woodlands Camo Appliance; Realtree APG Appliance is not available in Canada. 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Coming Soon! Product Review From CSN Stores
Ever hear of CSN Stores? CSN carries everything from dining room furniture to hunting and camping supplies! I love doing gear/gadget reviews on products that will benefit the bowhunter and the good folks over at CSN have given me the opportunity to review a product or two from their over 200 Stores. I decided on hunting gear because I love testing new gear for the bowhunter. 

Check back in the next few weeks to see what useful tools I will be adding to my arsenal.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bear Hunting Seminar This Saturday
Just a friendly reminder that Team DIY will be presenting a Bear Hunting Seminar this Saturday, July 31 at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga. It starts at 3PM. We'll be there beforehand and after to answer any questions and share stories over a beer int he restaurant. Best of all - it's FREE! You read it right. We are putting it on because we know hunters here in SoCal have many questions. We may not have all of the answers, but we are willing to share what we know.

Being the DIY Gadget man, I will be giving a rundown of what you should have in your pack in the way of gear. I think many of you will be surprised at what you have and haven't thought of.

See you all on Saturday!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Planning For The Mule Deer Season Opener
Yesterday was one of those days that was just plain fun. My friend Mike Turallo came down from LA to go over some maps, photos and discuss scouting strategy for the deer season opener out here in SoCal. He just got back from scouting and both of us were excited to go over his findings.

This is one of my favorite things to do as a hunter. Listening to the stories from other hunters and, if they ask for advice, sharing the knowledge I have inside my pea-brain. Mike, who is a man of many talents (drummer, videographer, prospector, hunter to name a few), is fairly new to hunting, but has a really good idea of what he needs to do to be successful.

Here's a little back story for you. Mike and I met on one of our recent trips hog hunting up in Central Cali. We had both been to this particular location on separate occasions. We got to hang out for three days, in the rain, hunting hogs and just having a great time. I had to leave early and despite the weather our buddy Jeff killed a hog a couple hours after I left and Mike was there to help process it. That's what I like about Mike - he's the guy that is 'one with nature' and wants it that way. He wants to scout, hunt, shoot his animal and butcher it himself. That's exactly what I do and why we get along so well. That and the fact that we both like a good Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Mike and I have exchanged multiple emails in trying to get out and scout. My busy life hasn't given me the opportunity to get out as much as I would like to, so I have just offered Mike what I can in the way of scouting knowledge. He really did it on his own and did a fine job at that.

Yesterday he brought his maps, laptop and ideas to my house and we set up in my man-cave (a.k.a. my garage) where we had a cool place to talk, drink a beer and review his 4-day scouting trip. I was very impressed with his diligence, assiduity and skill. He has some really good backpacking experience and that really helped him. We looked over one photo where he described seeing three deer across a valley using separate trails. He took plenty of photos and then he surprised me. I was all ready to give my advice when I decided to keep my mouth shut and see what Mike said next. I was all ready to show him on the map and in his photo where the best ambush spot would be. He beat me to the punch! He pointed out the area he thought was right and he nailed it. Not only that, but he found a great tree to climb for a better vantage point, took some photos and while up there noticed an even better area. That, my friends, is scouting. You glass, you hike, you glass and then you make up your mind. By spending a good amount of time on this area, Mike was able to find a spot that overlooks two open areas instead of just one. Great job, Mike!

I hope to get out at some point to help glass for Mike and just have a great time being in the outdoors. It's great to see someone so ambitious and eager to do everything he can to be successful. I commend Mike on the hard work and it will pay off. In the meantime, I am going to be out scouting for bear this weekend. I hope to find a good spot for the archery opener in a few weeks. Until then, time to hit the gym and then fling some arrows.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The $50k F-15 Dual Blade Broadhead Giveaway
I also read this in The Outdoor Wire today. Another exciting giveaway so you can test out a new broadhead. I just ordered mine. I decided on the fixed-blade to see if I like the way it performs. If anyone orders the mechanical I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on it.


FLUSHING, Michigan - Carbon Express®, a leader in arrow technology and innovation, announces that starting July16th they will be giving away $50,000 worth of F-15TM Dual Blade broadheads. "We know many hunters are looking for broadhead innovation. We are so confident in our new F-15™ we're giving consumers a try for free. This is the perfect chance for them to get an incredible broadhead for just the cost of shipping and handling" stated Mike Snyder, the company's Director of Marketing. To test fly the F-15TM fixed blade or expandable, go to www.f15broadhead.com and order. There is a $4.95 shipping and handling fee, which is a great value considering a 3 pack retails for approximately $39.99. This is a limited time offer and will only be available while supplies last. Limit one broadhead per household. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the contiguous 48 states of the United States. The offer is void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, but most will be in hand in less than 72 hours.

The F-15™ is the only broadhead with dual, side-by-side cutting blades. The razor- sharp blades give you 6 cutting surfaces, generating a wound channel up to 250% larger and more destructive than traditional broadheads. The advantages are clear: creating a wound chunk versus a slice produces a massive exit wound for greater blood loss, a better blood trail and ultimately, a faster kill. About Carbon Express®


Carbon Express®, an Eastman Outdoors Inc. brand, is the leading manufacturer of high performance carbon hunting and target arrows and arrow components for hunters and target shooters. For more information or customer service visit www.carbonexpressarrows.com, or call 800.241.4833.
California Deer Association Announces Seventh "Sharing the Tradition" Junior Hunt
If you have a child or a young person you know that wants to kill his first deer then the following article is for you. I read this over at The Outdoor Wire today and got very excited! This is a great way to get our young people outdoors and involved in hunting. Best of all, it's at a great location and promotes youth hunting.

The California Deer Association (CDA) recently announced it will hold its 7th Annual "Sharing the Tradition" junior deer hunts at the famous Tejon Ranch. According to CDA Vice President, Jerry Springer, "These hunts are the most successful junior deer hunts in California."

Again this year, 25 junior hunters will be drawn at random for free one-on-one guided antlerless deer hunts on the 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch located in Southern California. This is the largest privately sponsored junior deer hunting opportunity in the state. Plus, these are no ordinary deer hunts, thanks to generous sponsors Tejon Ranch, Federal Premium Ammunition, Alpen Optics, Barnes Bullets, Hunter's Specialties and Birchwood Casey. First-class lodging on the ranch is included and each junior hunter will receive Federal Premium ammunition loaded with non-lead Barnes copper bullets from Federal Cartridge Company, a pair of high-quality binoculars from Alpen Optics, plus hunting and shooting equipment from Hunter's Specialties and Birchwood Casey.

To date, 115 junior hunters have participated in these hunts and 114 have taken home a deer to share with their family. For over 95% of these juniors, this was their first deer.

The deadline to apply for this year's drawing is October 14, 2010. Hunts will take place during the second half of December. Entry forms can be found on the CDA website at www.caldeer.orgJerry@WesternHunter.com.

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About CDA: The California Deer Association was founded in 1996, with its principal goal to improve California deer herds and other wildlife through direct financial support for habitat improvement and research projects. Since its beginning, CDA has raised more than $2,700,000 to fund over 300 projects in California. CDA currently has 23 chapters with over 5,000 members.

For more information on the California Deer Association, telephone toll free (888) 499-DEER or check our website at www.CalDeer.org. or requested by e-mailing Jerry Springer at
jerry@westernhunter.com

Monday, July 19, 2010

Bear Hunting Seminar at Bass Pro Shops
Gearing up for this years archery bear season has been fun and exciting. Research and plenty of practice at the range has me chomping at the bit. I have been talking with my friend Eric Welsh over at DIYbowhunter.com and started talking about where to hunt this year. We plan on doing some scouting in a couple areas this weekend. I hope to get some video of our trip to share with everyone.

This Boy Scout is a preparedness and gear nut. I have my tag and just about everything else to go hunting. I say almost everything because there's always something out there I want.
One of the things I can never get enough of is knowledge. Knowledge on gear, knowledge of the areas to hunt and knowledge on the animal I am hunting. That's why I am scouring blogs, emailing friends or calling guys like Eric and picking their brains. I have yet to kill a black bear with any weapon and I really want to do it with my archery gear. I will get plenty of information on July 31 at the Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Team DIY will be putting on a bear hunting seminar that is free of charge. You read that right - FREE! We want to promote DIYbowhunter.com, but also we feel there is a need to share information in our hunting community. Eric is leading the seminar and will be covering topics like scouting, optics, gear and more. We will have some great giveaway items, too! See you guys and girls out there.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Product Review: Bohning Tower Fletching Jig
Gadgets, gadgets and more gadgets! I love gadgets and things that make my life easier. I am constantly striving to find good products for me and my fellow bowhunters that will make life easier  in the long run. Time is valuable and I want to have more time to hunt and less time working on my gear. For years I have been fletching and re-fletching my own arrows with a single-arrow fletching jig. It has been time consuming, mediocre and sloppy. So, when I got to test out the Bohning Tower Fletching Jig I was excited, but skeptical.

Let me begin by saying that this piece of equipment is capable of completely fletching an arrow - 3 vanes at a time. It fits aluminum or carbons and it is slick. Here are the Tower specs from the Bohning website:

The Standard Tower accepts "press fit" nock style shafts. It will fletch vanes up to 4 inches in length on a 2° right "offset". Designed for 17/64" (Axis) up to 23/64" shafts.

The Helix Tower accepts "press fit" nock style shafts. Fletches vanes up to 2 inches in length on a 3° right "helical". Designed for 17/64" (Axis) up to 23/64" shafts.


The Pin Nock Tower accepts all standard pin systems. Fletches vanes "straight" up to 4 inches in length. Designed for small diameter shafts, such as A/C/E, Nano & X10.


*Standard & Helix Towers offer 4 center post options: Standard Carbon(.240 id) - A-Nock(.201 id) - F-Nock(.164 id) - Xbow Bolts Comes with 2 pressure rings allowing you to apply the perfect amount of pressure on different diameter shafts! Ring marked "S" for standard carbon & small diameter shafts. Ring marked "L" for aluminum & larger diameter carbon arrow shafts!

Some assembly was required when I took the Tower out of the packaging. That was the most challenging part of the review. You have to assemble the Tower by attaching the arms to the base. Getting them to pop in to the holes was tough. You definitely have to give it some muscle to get them attached, but once they are in you are golden. My thumbs were on fire after I got them in. You can choose either the 4" arms or the 2" arms. I chose the 2" for my arrows as I am shooting Blazer vanes.

There are holes in the base where you can bolt down the base to keep it attached permanently to your work bench, but I chose to leave it freestanding. With three legs to stand on this was not a problem. It's made of a very durable, hard plastic, it is very sturdy and did I mention light? The portability of the Tower is a very nice feature.

There is an important lever on the bottom of the Tower. In the image to the left it is on the back, left side. Be sure this is cocked properly before you begin. The directions explain how to set it correctly.

Along with the Tower, Bohning sent me their Fletch-Tite Platinum glue and Blazer vanes. I have become a true believer in the 2" Blazers. Not only are they easy to install, but they help my arrows fly truer than any of my 4" vanes did. I also find them to withstand abrasion, shock and inadvertent contact (hitting a rest or target) better. The 4" vanes tend to warp faster, but the Blazers are tough!

The Tower comes with two arrow-shaft adapters that hold your arrow in place. One is for aluminum arrows and the other is for carbons. You just slide the correct adapter onto the Tower for the arrow you are fletching. It's really that simple. I put the carbon adapter on and was ready to start fletching my arrows. I am not going to go into steps you need to follow in order to prep your arrow and vanes. That might be a tech tip later on, but right now I want to focus on the Tower Fletching Jig.

After the prep work, you have to take the nock out of your arrow and then slide the arrow onto the adapter tip. It should fit well, but not super-snug. Don't force your arrow onto the adapter. It should slide on easily. Be sure to use the correct adapter so you get perfect fletching-glue-arrow contact. Once you get your arrow on, you place your three vanes in the slits in the arms. They should go in very smoothly. You'll have to keep be aware of where the vane sits in the gap. You want the vanes to be aligned and it's really easy to allow a vanes to slide up. I was sure the slide each vane so it rested on the bottom of the gap. 

Apply glue to each vane, lift each arm up to where it's almost touching the arrow and flip the lever on the bottom of the Tower. This allows the vanes to seat against the shaft firmly. Next, you place the correct pressure ring over the top of the arrow and arms to hold them in place. Wait three to five minutes and you are done. I recommend 5 minutes to be sure the glue has dried. I was able to fletch an entire dozen arrows in about an hour and a half. You can do it faster, but I was very methodical to be sure each arrow was fletched properly. It was nice to have an entire arrow done at one time. 

In conclusion, the Bohning Tower Fletching Jig is one of the best single-arrow fletching jigs I have used. It is simple, lightweight, well-built and portable. I was definitely impressed with the design and functionality. I definitely recommend this product to my fellow bowhunters. This product might seem pricey at $65.99, but when you think of how many arrows you can do in as little time as it takes, well, it almost pays for itself.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Moving up in the world 
The other day my dad and I were discussing what gear we wanted for the upcoming deer season. Notice I said 'wanted' and not 'needed'. We both have everything we need, we have for decades. Really, we have. My dad said to me, "I remember when I would go out with my camo on, my bow, arrows and a sandwich." I laughed and thought about it for a while and he was so right. Back when he introduced me to hunting all I needed was my bow, a few arrows, my camo cover-alls and a knife. Back then I was living in NY, hunting on the farm where he worked and could have the entire farm to hunt. It was in a word - AWESOME! Those were the days of having a pond on the property, a huge apple orchard, and corn and bean fields galore. I had everything I needed and if I had to track a deer I went back to the house and got my dad.

Today brings new challenges and new toys. I say toys because I really have everything that I want, but Cabela's just sent me my hardcover fall catalog. I actually started to laugh when I opened the box because my brother and I used to poke fun at my dad when he got his. I'll never forget when he got his first one and we just poked fun. My day has come! I sat down and cracked it open like an ancient manuscript careful not to damage it in any way. Then I snapped out of it and thumbed through each section. That's when it dawned on me. Where have we gone in this day and age where we just pack in more and more technology for the hunt. Don't get me wrong - I love technology and new gadgets. Even my buddy Jeff calls me the Gadget Guy on our hunts. I like toys and things to test out, but we almost make it more work than it has to be. I am one of the few that feel any animal is a trophy, but I do pack in more gear than I need to or should, but I love it!

The archery opener for me is just a couple weeks away (here in CA) and I have everything I need. I will be going through my gear bag in the next week and trying to thin it out a bit. I do know I need some para cord and a few smaller items, but that's it. Wait, I think I hear something... yes, I did and it's the Cabela's catalog pleading with me to take another look. Time to go put my reading glasses on.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Arizona Big Game Super Raffle
The Arizona Game & Fish emails I get are always full of useful information. Today I received an email informing me that the AZ Big Game Super Raffle was going to close and that I hadn't bought my ticket. Ok, so it didn't say I hadn't bought my ticket (I hadn't yet), but it did say that online ticket purchases end on Sunday, July 11th and the drawing is July 15th. If any of you have wanted to hunt Arizona or are looking for that special animal, look no further and get moving! Get on over to their website and buy your tickets. It's a helluva deal! Now I just have to hope to get drawn. The only one I am disappointed with is the mountain lion tag. If I draw it and kill one (or anyone from California does) I won't be able to bring any part of it back to California. That sucks. Our state has some serious issues and that is one of them, but this isn't about me or California is it? Good luck to all who enter and if you get drawn let me know!

Do you dream of harvesting one of Arizona’s renowned big game animals? If so, you probably envision a desert bighorn sheep in full curl, or a giant bull elk from Unit 9, or better yet, one of the world-famous Kaibab mule deer bucks with antlers that resemble an elk!
 
Your dream could become a reality if you enter the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle. The deadline is Sunday, July 11 by 10 p.m. (Pacific Time). Tickets at this point are only available through online purchases at www.arizonabiggamesuperraffle.com.

What makes the raffle so super? The tags are special Game and Fish Commission-issued permit-tags, and the season dates for each hunt will be 365 days starting Aug. 15. Most of the hunts have very few limitations on what unit you can hunt, giving each lucky winner the best odds for a hunt of a lifetime.

Hunting tags up for raffle are pronghorn antelope, black bear, buffalo, Coues whitetail, desert bighorn sheep, elk, javelina, mule deer, turkey (Gould’s or Merriam’s), and mountain lion. In addition, there is an incredible Swarovski optics package valued at $9,500, which will cover the administration of the raffle.

Raffle tickets cost between $5 and $25, depending on the species, and a ticket for all 11 raffles is only $150. The all-eleven entry qualifies you for a bonus entry for a New Mexico elk hunt package, valued at $6,500.

One of the best things about this raffle is that it helps Arizona’s wildlife. Every dollar raised for each species goes back to the Arizona Game and Fish Department and will go directly toward the management of that particular species.

Funding from the raffle allows for a multitude of wildlife conservation projects. One primary focus is habitat improvement projects, such as providing reliable water sources for wildlife, grassland restoration, and antelope-friendly fence improvements, to name a few. Other projects assist wildlife management through helicopter surveys, translocation of wildlife, and the monitoring of wildlife movements to map connectivity issues. Some of the most notable projects are land acquisitions to conserve critical habitat for the future of wildlife. Many of the projects are matched with other funding sources, labor, or supplied materials, leveraging every dollar spent even further. 

The public drawing is July 15. For more details, visit www.arizonabiggamesuperraffle.com.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Product Review: MapCard Online Mapping
When I first moved to California I had a very difficult time finding areas to hunt. I was also intimidated by the maps that you can buy at the local sporting goods stores. They cover a very large range and it's difficult to find specific locations to scout, let alone hunt. I am not sure how I found out about MapCard, but it has proven to be one of the best tools for my trip planning in the past year. It is limited to only the United States, so if you are traveling abroad you'll have to find different maps. Even if you have a GPS you should have a printed map with you, too. You can take notes on it and the paper map doesn't have batteries that could fail.

When I was a kid and my dad would take us camping in the Adirondacks, he would always bring a topo map of the area where we would be. We reviewed the map before we left and went over specific areas when we arrived. I continue to do the same thing and with MapCard it is much simpler!

[The MapCard Standard subscription gets you] unlimited topo maps, aerial photos, hybrid maps and more. [You can] view, print, customize, save and email as many US topo maps and aerial photographs as you want for one full year.

Most topo maps available in stores cover a huge expanse of land, come on folded regular or waterproof paper and are the size of a small country. They can cost $10 and higher for just one map. Most of the time they run $16.95 for one area (like a forest map). The basic MapCard Standard service is $19.95 and the MapCard Pro is only $29.95 for an entire year. I opted for the pro version because it offers me more options. I think it's great that it covers a year and is not on a per-map basis.
MapCard Pro includes all the Standard features, plus township/section overlays, GPS integration tools, and high-resolution, professional data output options.
Here is where the fun begins! You can search by a place and it'll pull up the map. You can search by public land survey system, address or even by GPS coordinates. (You can even click on a location if you don't have any more information). How cool is that? Not only do I think it's 'cool,' but it's extremely beneficial, user friendly and economical. I mentioned Racquet Lake earlier, so I will use that as an example. I type it into the search field and select NY for the state. My result is returned immediately as a link with the GPS coordinates. Click on the link and up pops the map with a variety of tools.

The tools are the important feature that will help you out. I recommend using the tools on your own, saving a map or two and printing them out to see the full potential. I will cover a few of the key features and show you examples. They are very easy to use to set up your custom map.
Base Map: Choose between Topo, Color aerial, Hybrid or Black & White aerial

Map Layers: shaded relief, street maps or PLSS grid

Zoom Level: You can view 1:6,000 all the way up to 1:1,000,000, or you can view Regionally

Map Actions: You can create a new map, save a map, open a saved map, print or email a map, find a map, or lookup GPS/Waypoints.

Map Tools: Pan map, select annotation, waypoint marker, pencil, route, polygon, and text note

Here is the initial map that appears strictly using the topo feature and no customization at 1:12,500:

In five minutes I added a few customized features like some text edits, waypoints and used the hybrid feature. My resulting map looks like this:

You'll have to keep in mind that these are low-resolution for viewing on my blog. Once you have set all of your waypoints, text edits and scaled it to the size you want you can save it out as a TIFF file, a PDF file (my preferred way) or you can order a large map (the large map isn't free where the first two are). When you save out the PDF file you can set the paper to 8.5" x 11" or do what I do and print it tabloid size - 11" x 17". You get the full map, scale, all of your edits and all included in your initial investment.

Here is an example of what one of the maps will look like:

I highly recommend this service for those on a budget and who like to customize their own maps. This will give you the specifics of a certain area and be more useful than an entire forest map. The customer service over at MapCard is great, too. I had a question regarding one of the features and they responded within a few hours and answered my question.

Good luck in planning your future hunts and if you need a map be sure to look at MapCard as an option for your printable maps.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pro-Hunting Bill Advances in Sacramento, CA
I was excited to see this in my email today. Having a couple days to get more people involved would be great. I am definitely in it to help get a few more archers in the woods.
Important Pro-Hunting Bill Advances in Sacramento!
Please Contact the Members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee!
 
On Tuesday, June 29, the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee passed Senate Bill 1179.  The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration.

Introduced by State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (R-36), SB1179 would require that the Department of Fish and Game to establish two free hunting days per year where unlicensed hunters can hunt so long as they are accompanied by someone who is licensed.  This legislation promises to help recruit the next generation of hunters by allowing novices to try their hand at hunting without being required to purchase a license.

Please contact the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and respectfully urge them to support SB1179.  Contact information for the committee can be found below.

Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes - Chair (D-39)
(916) 319-2039
Assemblymember.Fuentes@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblymember
Connie Conway - Vice Chair (R-34)
(916) 319-2034
Assemblymember.Conway@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-13)
(916) 319-2013
Assemblymember.Ammiano@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Steven Bradford (D-51)
(916) 319-2051
Assemblymember.Bradford@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Charles M. Calderon (D-58)
(916) 319-2058
Assemblymember.Calderon@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Joe Coto (D-23)
(916) 319-2023
Assemblymember.coto@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Mike Davis (D-48)
(916) 319-2048
Assemblymember.Davis@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Kevin de Leon (D-45)
(916) 319-2045
Assemblymember.deLeon@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblymember Isadore Hall III (D-52)
(916) 319-2052
Assemblymember.Hall@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Diane L. Harkey (R-73)
(916) 319-2073
Assemblymember.Harkey@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Jeff Miller (R-71)
(916) 319-2071
Assemblymember.Miller@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Jim Nielsen (R-2)
(916) 319-2002
Assemblymember.Nielsen@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Chris Norby (R-72)
(916) 319-2072
Assemblymember.Norby@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Nancy Skinner (D-14)
(916) 319-2014
Assemblymember.Skinner@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Jose Solorio (D-69)
(916) 319-2069
Assemblymember.Solorio@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Tom Torlakson (D-11)
(916) 319-2011
Assemblymember.Torlakson@assembly.ca.gov


Assemblymember
Alberto Torrico (D-20)
(916) 319-2020
Assemblymember.torrico@assembly.ca.gov