2106 has been a great season for M2D Camo Properties! We are already looking forward to 2017.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said it has killed six wolves in the Profanity Peak Pack. Members of that pack are blamed for at least 12 cattle kills in the northeastern part of the state.
Wolves from Montana, Idaho and Canada showed up in Washington in 2008. Since then, the majority have ranged on the east side of the Cascades.
WDFW Wolf Policy Lead Donny Martarello said removing the entire pack is unlikely to have a long term impact on the wolf population.
“We’ve seen about a 30 percent growth rate on average per year,” Martarello said. “So, the wolf population is expanding as expected and it’s expanding both numerically and geographically around the state.”
Martarello said wolves are generally resilient to periodic removal. This is the third time in nearly a decade state wildlife officials have lethally removed wolves in Washington.
The AR-15/M16 rifle is one of the finest military weapons ever produced. Just a half-century ago, the popular rifle was in its initial stages of development. Developer Eugene Stoner faced criticism when the rifle began jamming in Vietnam, before it was discovered to be an issue unrelated to design. Fast-forward 40 years, and technological advances have enabled various AR-15 parts to be 3-D printed and attached to complete a functional firearm. The modular nature of AR-15 accessories makes the rifle a natural fit in our technological society.
Learn more about the modern sporting rifle below:
It is a timeless debate among hunters: tree stand or ground blind? Both have advantages and disadvantages, so how does one determine which to use? It could be true that one day the numerous factors that go into deciding they type of hunt you will have could lean drastically toward rising above it all and bagging your kill from up in the air, while the very next day it would benefit you greatly to keep your feet firmly on the ground. When planning out your hunt, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Scent is easily one of the most important factors when determining a hunt, so depending on how high you are, a tree stand could be the perfect strategy or it could end up hindering your success. If you go high enough, say 30 feet, you are less likely to be detected and give you a better view of the surroundings, but this will reduce your kill zone, especially when bow hunting. Alternatively, an elevation of 15-20 feet will dramatically increase your potential of being detected by any deer coming near enough to shoot.
Ground blinds can be a benefit here, but usually take much more preparation to setup correctly. Since you will be at the same height as the animals, you must take extra care to cover or eliminate your scent. Making sure to wash everything from your blind to your clothes and shoes with scent eliminating detergents can make a huge difference. The walls will help keep in most of the scent you create, but washing beforehand with scent free soap can help as well.
Whatever you do, make sure you always track the wind direction and intensity, as well as the time of day. The morning sun will heat up the air causing it to rise which can be an advantage for the tree stand hunter, but will have the opposite effect at night when the air cools. Slow, drifting winds can create a cloud that will compound any foreign scent, especially within a valley or bowl.
This may sound simple, but sometimes it’s the simple things that get overlooked. Make sure you know your surroundings, and if possible, scout ahead weeks in advance to find the best sites. A tree stand isn’t going to be of much help if you are looking for deer in a field or prairie that only has tall brush and small trees, and a ground blind might not be the best option in thick forest or wooded areas with a lot of big bushes.
Likewise, make sure you use the right style of ground blind or tree stand for the cover around you. Anything that stands out too much against the background is going to spook any animal that sees it, whether on the ground or in the air. Use a blind that is going to mimic the outline of similar foliage in the area, or at least be broken up enough to blend in. For tree stands, whenever possible use climbing ropes and shoes instead of ladders to go as unnoticed as possible. Also, rope is easier to carry, especially if you are using more than one stand.
This is often the biggest and most subtle factor in a successful hunt versus going home empty handed. Whether hunting deer or duck, using a bow or a gun, confidence and familiarity can add that extra little bit that makes the difference between getting a kill shot or not. If you’ve never been more than 10 feet up in a tree, go with a ground blind and take those extra little steps necessary to ensure you keep hidden. If you get claustrophobic, the small space of a blind may not be your best option.
Either way, practice ahead of time. If you know you are going on an archery hunt and planning on using a tree stand, practice everything until it is second nature. Everything from climbing to shooting to just plain sitting around all day in the air, if it is unfamiliar on the hunt it can affect your shot. Same goes for the blind. Spend all day in one during various types of weather and practice shooting from the confined space. The more confidence you have the smoother you will pull the trigger.
Whatever your preferred style, do your own research. Always check your equipment before you leave and clean all of your weapons and gear to ensure proper use when in the field. Don’t be afraid to do a refresher if it’s been a while either. Anyone from the beginner to the seasoned vet can benefit from practice hunting courses. By taking the time and effort necessary to prepare properly for your hunting adventure, you can help to guarantee a safe and successful hunt.
Sparky offers some great bear hunting tips and tricks. Beware that baiting and other factors of bear hunting vary from state to state.
Sparky’s pro-tip is to buy a box of tampons and soak them in vanilla extract or hickory smoke. The sweet smell and taste with draw in the bears in. Baiting you traps can be done with lots of food items. Sparky suggests bread, dog food, grease, and most scraps you have access to.
HUNTING — Idaho is considering more restrictions on hunting sage grouse, including closures on south-state areas where the number of males at breeding grounds has declined more than 50 percent in three years.
Montana already has decided to close sage grouse hunting in some districts this year.
Sage-grouse are proposed for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act; primarily due to habitat loss from such things as wildfire and invasive plants like cheat grass, department officials say. “Sage-grouse experts have determined that carefully regulated hunting is not a primary threat to populations, and Fish and Game closely monitors sage-grouse annually to ensure hunting will not compromise the population,” the agency said in media release.
Idaho Fish and Game is seeking public input on sage-grouse hunting proposals through Aug. 5. Upland bird managers will present sage-grouse hunting season recommendations to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at their Aug. 11 meeting.
Recommendations are based on the current 3-year running average of male sage-grouse counted at leks (breeding sites) to counts from 1996–2000 when Idaho began intensified surveys statewide. Current sage-grouse lek data indicate that many populations could be hunted at the “restrictive” level.
Idaho is considering two options for the 2014 season:
Option A: no change from the 2013 season.
Restrictive: Seven-day, one-bird daily limit statewide within sage-grouse range, except in designated closed areas, Sept. 20-26.
Closed: East Idaho Uplands area in southeastern Idaho; Washington and Adams counties; Eastern Owyhee County and western Twin Falls County; and Elmore County.
Option B: same as Option A, but would add a new closure in parts of Bannock, Cassia, Oneida, and Power counties. Males at leks in this area have declined by 53% since 2011.
Hunting has a large impact of local and national economy. Check out this awesome info-graphic on hunting related revenue compared to other companies as well as tags and stamp sales over a couple years span.
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s now illegal to use drones for hunting in New Mexico.
According to the Daily Signal, the New Mexico State Game Commission voted unanimously this week to pass a prohibition against the use drones in hunting meaning drones can’t be used for locating game.
The vice chairman of the commission said using drones is not “sportsmanlike.”
Now hunters caught with drones face fines from $50 to $500.
They can also have their license revoked, and their cars and weapons confiscated.
New Mexico is the fourth state to ban drones for hunting joining Alaska, Colorado and Montana.
Close encounter with a moose in Småland, Sweden. Captured using a rifle-mounted camera.
The moose was badly injured from the gunshot and was put to death by vanother hunter just a moment after the video was recorded.
This was shot October 19th 2013, the camera however did not have the correct date-settings.