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shooting 01When it comes to learning, games and interactive media are wonderful!  Computers and the internet have made learning many new things fun rather than grueling.  Hunting education and safety are now easier than ever as well as fun!

When hunting, we tend to get excited when we have an animal in our sights.  But just because they’re in your sights doesn’t mean you should pull the trigger.  When IS the correct time to pull the trigger?  What is a good angle and what is a bad angle?  If you pull the trigger, is the animal going to fall down dead because it was a good shot, or is it going to run away hurt?

The interactive game, Shoot or Don’t Shoot, is a good way to learn if you should shoot or not shoot a deer depending on the angle it is at or what is between you and the deer.  Brought to you buy the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, this is a wonderful interactive learning exercise that is very educational and useable.

Shoot or Don’t Shoot

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Treestand Safety Course at HunterCourse.com

Every hunter should be thoroughly trained in hunting safety.  But hunting from a treestand has its own set of safety procedures that go with it and if you are hunting from a stand, you’re definitely going to want to know them and have them down cold.

HunterCourse.com has a wonderful, free, online treestand safety course.  If you ever hunt from a treestand, take the time and do this course.  They could not have made it any more convenient and easy.  It’s free.  It’s online.  And you can do it at your convenience.

FREE Treestand Safety Course

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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1st Prize: Win your choice of a 2013 fully-guided Winterhawk Outfitters archery or rifle, 1-on-1, Trophy Elk Hunt.  One lucky winner will receive this hunt of a lifetime plus round trip airfare to the Vail/Eagle airport in Colorado and ground transportation to/from Winterhawk Outfitters Indian Cliffs Base Camp. Also included:

  • Colorado elk license
  • Winner’s choice of a Hoyt Bow or Browning X-Bolt Rifle
  • $1000 Shoulder Elk Mount by Gene Ray Taxidermy
  • $750 Gift Certificate for Sitka Gear
  • $250 Gift Certificate for Danner Boots
  • $250 Gift Certificate at the Winterhawk Online Store
  • Elk101.com Prize Package of elk calls, hunting knife and gear
  • A case of wine from Adobe Road winery

2nd Prize: Win a private land Texas whitetail and hog hunt for 1 hunter, and a $500 gift certificate to the Keystone Country Store.

3rd Prize: Win a 5-day summer horseback and fishing vacation for a family of four at Winterhawk Outfitters. This package also comes with a free Orvis fly rod.

In order to be eligible, entries must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday March 1, 2013. A winner will be drawn on or around Sunday March 10, 2013!

ENTER HERE!

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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This is from NevadaFoodies.com:

Antelope black bean and white corn tacos

Hi there I’m a female hunter who loves the Nevada outdoors, cooking and photography. We recently pulled a Bull Elk Tag last year for Nevada and after that we had freezers packed full of elk meat. I decided as a tribute to the elk that I would design a website full of elk recipes showcasing just how flavorful wild game meat can be.

NevadaFoodies.com is the beginning of a collaborative effort to document creative and flavorful Wild Game Recipes such as Elk, Venison, Antelope, Chukar, Dove, Sage Hen, Duck, Goose and more. The website also features photography of the game recipes as well as photography from Nevada’s great outdoors. If you have recipes or would like to share your comments – please let me know what you think.

I truly value other cooks opinions…. Here’s a few Elk Recipes that I have recently cooked up and showcased on the website:

  • Green Chili Elk Enchiladas
  • Elk Sliders with Pancetta Bacon and Smoked Mozzarella
  • Crustless Elk Sausage and Mushroom Parmesan Quiche
  • Elk Filet with Creamy Alfredo and Mushrooms
  • Elk Italian Sausage Pizza with Ricotta Cheese, sautéed Mushrooms and Onion
  • Baked Elk-n-Sage Ravioli

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NevadaFoodies.com truly is a wonderful website with amazing and extraordinary recipes!  Check it out and you  won’t be sorry!

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Hunter’s Chili

Hunter’s Chili

By: AngelaEllis
Ingredients:

3 lbs. ground venison or other game
3 chopped onions
3 chopped bell peppers
2 T. dried parsley
2 T. bacon drippings
1 can tomatoes, drained
2 cans kidney beans
1 can black bean
2 T. chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup chopped celery
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour Cream
Black Olives
Crackers

Instructions:

Brown meat over medium heat; set aside. Sauté onions, bell peppers and celery in bacon drippings. Add meat and remaining ingredients except cheese, sour cream, black olives and crackers. Simmer 2 hours, stirring often. Add some water or tomato juice if chili starts getting dry. Top with cheddar cheese, sour cream and black olives.

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The Savage 11 Lady Hunter Rifle

When I go deer hunting, I use a Remington Model 700 .243.  I love that gun.  But for elk hunting, a .243 wasn’t going to work.  I needed something bigger.

I asked several hunters and gun enthusiasts for their advice on what gun I should get for elk hunting. Here’s the deal – My .243 is the first gun that I actually hit things with.  Why?  Because I’m not afraid of it.  It doesn’t intimidate me, and more importantly, it doesn’t kick me.  I like that.  Those are two of the most important things for me when it comes to a rifle because a gun that kicks me and makes me flinch vs. a gun that doesn’t is the difference in an accurate shot or an inaccurate shot.  So intimidation and kick were huge factors for me.

Even though I was told about several different guns, a consistent one that was recommended was a .308.  “And it’s a great all-around rifle,” is what I heard over and over again.  I looked at .308s and finally came across the Savage 11 Lady Hunter .308.  I am only 5’4″ and my husband immediately noticed that this gun actually fit me.  I could balance it better than the other guns I was holding.

The Lady Hunter .308 weighs just 6lbs.  It’s overall length is 39.5 inches with the barrel being 20″.  This gun is not just a standard stock made shorter for women.  The engineers at Savage consulted several serious women hunters and put a lot of thought into the design of this rifle.  From stock design, grip girth and placement, to length and weight… the Lady Hunter is actually designed to fit the unique characteristics of a woman’s body.

I added a recoil pad to the end of my rifle to help with the kick.  I will admit that it did take a little practice and getting used to before I was shooting it without flinching.  But it was absolutely doable and didn’t take very long at all.  Within a week I was shooting it pretty accurately without flinch and was consistently hitting a paper plate at 300 yards.

As for elk hunting, I got the chance to use my new Lady Hunter on a 5 by 6 bull.  I shot him in the shoulder and double-lunged him.  He stood there for about 3 seconds and then fell over.  So I would say that my Lady Hunter .308 worked out great for me!  It’s a great gun and a really nice choice if you’re looking for something that’s accurate, fits your body, that’s not too intimidating and doesn’t kick you too much.

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

 

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Article by Keith McCafferty. Uploaded on August 12, 2009

Mark Seacat likens hunting on public lands to a game of chess—not one you play with the wapiti so much as with other hunters.

“Elk pattern off pressure,” the Montana hunter and former elk guide explains. “You have to know where the elk will go Sunday after being pressured on Saturday. By Tuesday they’ll start to settle down. I want to make a move to be in position to hunt them then.”

Seacat shot his first elk when he was 12. Several years ago, he set a goal to take a mature bull off each of the half dozen mountain ranges visible from his hometown in western Montana. His game plan began by unfolding a map. “I would draw a circle around the public land in the mountain range. Then I’d start by checking out the middle of that circle in the middle of the week.”

This “mountaineering approach to elk hunting,” as Seacat terms it, often has the 30-year-old hunter crossing the spine of a range to work down to elk that have taken refuge on the more inaccessible side. In bow season, he’ll locate herds by running the ridgelines, glassing the basins, and listening for bulls bugling. Once he finds a herd, he’ll follow it, often for days while living out of his backpack. Because public-land bulls become call-shy compared with elk on lightly hunted private lands, he patterns the bull’s movements and ambushes or stalks it to get close enough for a shot.

When it’s time to trade broadheads for bullets, Seacat seeks out the toughest country he can find.

“Some pretty crazy bulls hang out in some pretty crazy places. They have to or they don’t get old,” he says.

For Seacat, the strategy of hunting areas where elk escape pressure has paid off with bulls from all but one of the ranges visible from town. Last season’s 6-point, which he arrowed after spotting 30 or more public-land bulls, is in the 370-class. He is already studying maps, hiking trails, and talking to taxidermists and hunting friends as he sets his sights on the public ranges just over the horizon.

My own approach is a variation of the same game, just one that is played on a smaller chessboard and with considerably older legs. I’ll map out the public trailheads on one front of a range, then link the access points with straight lines. The midpoints along these lines, between any two accesses, may not be too far back into the range, but the country will be tough to reach. What I am looking for are forested ridges that finger sharply down onto private ranches in the valleys. Hunting pressure from the ranches often creates a daily migration pattern, with the elk feeding on the ranchlands at night, then climbing back into thick timber on the public lands to bed during the day.

The downside of our hunting strategies? The first word out of our mouths after the elk goes down is uh-oh. Meat trips can require miles of up-and-down hiking under heavily loaded packs. The big 5-point my nephew shot last year took three of us two trips each to pack out, with round trips beginning at dawn and ending in moonlight.

“Fortunately and unfortunately, that’s the case,” Seacat agrees. “Most hunters limit themselves. They want an easy fix. But wild public lands give hunters who are willing to put their foot to the trail and work hard a great opportunity.”

Best public lands: National forests, wilderness areas.

Best opportunities: Limited-draw archery or rifle hunts that require years of applying to accumulate bonus points before a tag arrives in the mail. These hunts take place in areas that receive relatively light hunting pressure and have a deeper pool of mature bulls.

Look for: Security cover. Ranges that contain hard-to-reach, unroaded tracts of black timber will reward you with a better chance at larger bulls than heavily logged, easily accessible terrain, where opening-day harvest is high and elk don’t have much chance to grow up. Hunting is also likely to stay good longer into the season where there’s security cover.

Watch out for: Elk sanctuaries. On some ranges, elk have become so fine-tuned to hunting pressure that they migrate miles to (relatively) safe havens on private lands before the rifle season starts. Contact game managers to see if this is a concern and invest in a computer mapping program, so that you can preprogram your GPS with waypoints marking property boundaries.

10 Best Public Lands For Elk

[1 Oregon] Siuslaw National Forest: Roosevelt elk are overlooked by most hunters, but there are plenty of over-the-counter tags available for two seasons in western Oregon. The Siuslaw and Alsea units in the Siuslaw National Forest present good chances for hunters who are willing to do a little legwork and put up with a lot of rain. www.fs.fed.us

[2 Montana] Beaverhead-Deerlodge ­National Forest: Fifty percent of the elk harvest comes from Region 3 in the southwest part of the state. The forest outside Dillon, which encompasses several mountain ranges, affords elk security cover while also providing numerous hunter-­access points. www.fs.fed.us

[3 Colorado] White River National Forest: It’s heavily hunted, but there’s good access and a healthy elk population. Some bigger bulls live in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area of this tract, but it’s all thin air and you can get snow up to your knickers very quickly here. www.fs.fed.us

[4 New Mexico] Cibola National Forest, Santa Fe National Forest: Low-percentage, limited-draw hunts are the rule in New Mexico, but big bulls are the prize. Tags for the Zuni Mountains and Mount Taylor areas in Cibola and in the Jemez area in Santa Fe are a bit easier to draw than the coveted tags in the Gila National Forest to the south. www.fs.fed.us

[5 Idaho] St. Joe National Forest: Historically, this forest in the southern Panhandle region is among the best places in any state to score with a bow, with the adjoining Clear­water National Forest just as good. You’ll need either a GPS or a lot of iron in your brain to keep from getting lost in these deep woods, but you won’t have to worry about trespassing. www.​fs.fed.us

[6 Wyoming] Bridger-Teton National Forest: Near Jackson, the forest allows access to some of the prettiest alpine basin country in the world. And there are elk here, too, lots of them. Good lungs and bear spray are prerequisites. www.fs.fed.us

[7  Wyoming] Shoshone National Forest: Also in the Cowboy State, the Beartooth Mountains offer classic wilderness elk hunting. There are good populations of bulls in big country all along the North Fork of the Shoshone River and Sunlight Basin. www.fs.fed.us

[8 Arizona] Coconino National Forest: All motor traffic is prohibited in the forest’s Pine Grove and Rattlesnake Quiet Areas in 6A, dissuading some hunters from going after what are among the biggest bulls on the planet. www.fs.fed.us

[9 Washington] Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness: After lean years due to unlimited tags, forest fires, and mountain lion predation, bull elk ratios are finally on the upswing in the famous Blue Mountains hunting grounds of southeast Washington. Over-the-counter tags restrict hunters to spikes, but if you draw a coveted any-bull tag, you’ll have a chance for a trophy in the roadless areas in this section of the Umatilla National Forest. www.fs.fed.us

[10 Utah] Ashley National Forest: The new world-record elk was taken last season on public land in Utah. The state vies with Arizona for the best public-land elk hunting, and residents sometimes find a plentiful supply of undrawn tags, including spike-bull permits. The two Uinta Mountains units in this forest are good choices among any bull areas, but no Utah tag is less than superb. www.fs.fed.us

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