Showing posts from December, 2012

Wyoming's First and Only Wolf Season?

This wolf was killed by Scott Richards near Rock Springs, WY. That's Pilot Butte in the background. This wolf was taken well outside the areas wolves have been previously documented in and goes to show the endless expansion of these animals. Several lawsuits have been filed against the state of Wyoming citing its wolf management plan as being too aggressive and not having a long term solution to maintaining a healthy population of wolves. These suits arose after several wolves wearing radio collars put on inside Yellowstone and Teton national parks were legally killed by hunters in Montana and Wyoming. Click on image to view larger. Given the success rates hunters have bad in killing wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, I wonder if hunting them is really going to affect the population enough to be concerned. I also wonder how we hunted them to the brink of extinction in the past, considering the weapons and other tools were much more primitive then. During the 2012 hunt

Range the Traveling Decoy

Range is a traveling decoy that’s passed among a handful of water fowlers who take him hunting in different states across the country. At the end of the season he will have visited Michigan, Missouri, Georgia and Texas and he will be sold on eBay with the profit going to charity. When I was approached about participating in Range’s journey this year, I jumped at the chance. Shortly after he got to Georgia, I took Range on a couple deer hunts just to get him acclimated to Peach State. We didn’t have any success on these trips, but Range started feeling at home in the Deep South. Welcome to Atlanta, Range. Last Saturday I was finally able to take Range out for some waterfowl hunting. I got in touch with Chris Scalley and he sounded interested in taking me and Range out for some duck hunting. Chris took us to some private property with swampy flooded timber. Turns out it’s a very small world. Chris is also a fishing guide and I used to see his River Through Atlanta truck a

Gear Review - Bushnell HuntTrack GPS

I recently had an opportunity to review the HuntTrack GPS from Bushnell. This small GPS unit is based on the simple operation of Bushnell’s popular BackTrack units but it adds some hunter-friendly features like a game activity chart, sunrise/sunset times and barometric pressure. Here's what Bushnell has to say about it: Features • Logs up to 48 hours of trip data • Mark and return to up to 25 locations • View/record time in military or civilian, temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius, and altitude • Distances in yards/miles or meters/kilometers • Latitude and longitude coordinates • Weather-resistant construction • 1 year limited warranty I've found the HuntTrack very easy to use in the field an that's very important to me. If you've ever been afield with a piece of gear and forgotten how to use it with your owner's manual back at the truck or the house, you'll appreciate that too. It's built very rugged as well and on my first trip

Deer Season Update

My deer season at home in Georgia has been pretty slow. I've hunted some but the unfortunate part of working retail is that as the deer rut kicks in this time of year, so do holiday sales. I had this past week off but had to cancel it due to events at work. That's really put a dent in my time in the woods. I've also been hunting a lot of unfamiliar, public land, and both of those can make for a challenging season. I moved to the north side of Atlanta right as season started and haven had a chance to secure any private hunting property on this side of town. That is first on the list before next season though! I've seen deer sign in the areas I've spent the most time in, but I believe the deer are mostly nocturnal on these public tracts. But I'm not complaining! Any chance to be in the outdoors, sitting in a treestand and interacting with nature is a blessing and I'm thankful to be able to do it. My buddy Mark at Sole Adventure makes some great points a