March 29, 2008
On this past Thursday’s Open Air radio show, I shared with you an article written by Hugh Hewitt about the foreseeable troubles and real agendas behind the push by environmental groups to get the polar bear listed as “threatened” or “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. You can get some information and listen to the radio broadcast here.
March 27, 2008
Try “Peaslee Mountain Hunt Park” in Maine
By Blaine Cardilli
As a 48 year old hunter with more experiences than I can begin to remember, it’s strange that I never gave “hunt parks” or “game ranches” a second look until now. Like most, I’ve always enjoyed the challenges of free range hunting and must have gotten caught up in the “We hunt 100% wild, 100% fair chase” mode that is so prevalent in todays hunting circles. Now don’t get me wrong; I still prefer hunting the wide open forests and fields of this beautiful country, hands down, and as a member of the prostaff with “Northwoods Adventures TV” I have some great and varied opportunities nationwide, but at least now I can understand the allure of a true hunt park after having finally experienced one. Enter ‘Peaslee Mountain‘ and owner Forest Peaslee, of Jefferson, Maine. Read more
March 21, 2008
By: Scott Ellis
2005,2006,2007 Florida State Turkey Calling Champion
2004, 2007 Florida State Gobbling Champion
Quaker Boy Game Calls Pro Staff
One of the most asked questions about hunting the wild turkey is “when do I call and how often?” I feel that there is an art to calling turkeys. It’s all based on feeling him out and knowing what he wants to hear. How do you know this? Well I think it will come to you the more you work gobblers in different scenarios. Right off the roost, mid morning with hens, with out hens, public land bird, private land bird. In my opinion, whether calling a hot to trot two year old or a four year old hard hunted public bird, it’s a matter of getting his attention and keeping his interest just enough to get him to investigate. If you over call him, he will stand his ground and wait for this hot hen to meet him for their rendezvous. If you under call him, he will move off to the next hot item. Read more
March 20, 2008
By Blaine Cardilli
~Ever wonder why some set ups work and some don’t?~
As a die hard turkey hunter and seminar speaker for both “Hunters Specialties” and “Northwoods Adventures TV“, I get asked a multitude of questions each season on how to set up on turkeys. Do you use a decoy? Do you roost birds every time? Do you ever “run-and-gun”? How important is specific camouflage design? Well, for me, the most important aspect of the hunt is a good set up so let’s start there.
Here in the Northeast, our turkeys tend to start gobbling in mid-March and strutting activity becomes widespread about the same time. It’s then that I’ll put my scouting tactics into overdrive, even though the season doesn’t open until the very end of April. Why? Because good preparation will always tip the odds in my favor. Read more
March 19, 2008
As many of you know, I spent a good part of the early afternoon yesterday immersed in the audio recordings of oral arguments in the District of Columbia vs. Heller. Yesterday as I was listening, I sort of live-blogged some thoughts and comments as the hearing proceeded. You can review those comments here.
March 13, 2008
I have two granddaughters with birthdays on March 18 and nothing would make me any happier than for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule once and for all that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms. March 18, 2008 is the date I have circled on the calendar as the day the Supreme Court will hear arguments in District of Columbia vs. Heller – the Washington, D.C. gun ban case. Read more
March 12, 2008
“If winter conditions persist we will need to brace ourselves for a large decrease in Any Deer permits as well as a reduced harvest in 2008 in order to compensate for an expected increase in winter mortality,”
Those are the words spoken by Lee Kantar, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife deer biologist when referring to the current winter that has gripped the state of Maine and buried it under record breaking snow falls in some areas and near records in others. Read more
March 11, 2008
I received the below comment that was sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pertaining to the removal of the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act and the intent to list the population of gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains as a “distinct segment”.
With permission to republish, here are comments made by Gary Marbut of the Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd. Read more
March 10, 2008
The National Academy of Sciences released its report, “Ballistic Imaging“, in which a committee was formed for the purpose of studying the feasibility of ballistic imaging. The results of that study indicate the idea of using such imaging for the purpose of tracking weapons isn’t a very good one.
March 7, 2008
Think for a moment about the title of this article. I have heard that simple statement repeated unendingly it seems and there is never a shortage of places to read about it either. Many who espouse to the feel-good title of an ethical hunter do so because they deem themselves to be one who believes in fair chase. The two main ingredients to look at in the title are “fair chase” and “ethical”. What is fair chase? Or in more brevity, what is fair? What does that four-letter word mean? And what about “ethical” or ethics, sometimes replaced with the word morals?
“It’s easy to define fair chase!”, I have heard repeatedly. “It’s hunting while affording the game every reasonable opportunity to escape.” And who is defining reasonable? Boone and Crockett has taken it upon themselves to define fair chase. Read more