March 19, 2013
Outdoorsmen and women, lend us your eyes–and your stories!
Husqvarna’s Challenge the Impossible Story Contest wants to hear your tales of triumph and overcoming adversity in the great outdoors. All you have to do is submit a story that is 150 words or less along with a picture.
Two lucky storytellers will win the hunting or fishing trip of a lifetime. The full rules and submission form can be found here, and a selection of the text is pasted below.
Husqvarna is about Challenging the Impossible. Trailblazing through paths less travelled; inspired by the pursuit of the challenges we face ahead. This philosophy has led to a long list of pioneering innovations for efficient, professional outdoor power equipment. Resulting in products that give you the self-confidence and capability to tackle every challenge out there, to make the impossible possible.
How did you challenge the impossible? Tell us your story. We want to hear from you on how you made the impossible possible by challenging it. Did you conquer an unruly lawn? Help neighbors or a community during a storm clean up? Climb Everest? Saved a green space? Entries do not have to be tied to the usage of a Husqvarna product (although we do love hearing stories where our product helped someone or was used).
In 150 words or less and a photo submission, please tell us how you challenged the impossible.
Two (2) winners will be selected. Each recipient will have their choice of the following trips fulfilled through Outdoor Hub:
Fall 2013 Deer Hunting OR Salmon Fishing Trip (Northern Michigan)
Spring 2014 Steelhead Fishing or Turkey Hunting Trip (Northern Michigan)
Fall 2013 Fishing Trip to world-class outdoors destination Pocahontas County, WV
Spring 2014 Fishing trip to world-class outdoors destination Pocahontas County, WV
What are you waiting for? Head to Husqvarna’s site and submit your story now!
Read and join the discussion on Got a Story to Tell? Enter Husqvarna’s “Challenge the Impossible” Story Contest! at OutdoorHub.com.
January 17, 2013
Question 1: Is it legal to hunt coyote with full metal jacket bullets, or am I required to use soft nose bullets?
Answer: The prohibition against using non-expanding type bullets only applies if hunting deer, bear, elk and wolf. There is no longer a restriction on full metal jacket ammunition for deer, bear, elk or wolf to allow solid copper or other non-toxic bullets to be used. They just need to be designed to expand upon impact with the game they are used for. Non-expanding bullets can be used for coyote.
Question 2: Is it legal in the state of Wisconsin to discharge a firearm on public land? I am talking about for purposes other than hunting — such as sighting in a firearm. Let’s say you are in the woods with a safe backdrop or berm that is not a shooting range. Does the season, time of day, collection of cases, or any other sort of detail come into play or matter in this case?
Answer: Public lands may mean city, town, and village, county, state or federal. Each of these units of government usually will have their own set of laws, rules or ordinances that regulate the discharge of firearms on lands they own and control. The DNR only has authority to control the discharge of firearms on lands the DNR owns, leases, manages and controls. Other state agencies would regulate firearms on lands they own, lease, manage and control.
DNR rules under s. NR 45.09(5), Wis. Adm. Code does not allow possession of loaded uncased firearms on DNR lands in 18 counties for the purpose of simply sighting in the firearm, unless it is being done at an established target range.This is not the case for all other DNR lands where it is otherwise legal to possess and discharge firearms for the purposes of hunting. It would not be illegal to sight in a firearm on DNR lands that are open to hunting in counties not included in the list of 18, but it would not be legal to damage any state property on such lands (such as signs, posts, trees) and not legal to leave litter behind on such properties (such as materials used as targets).
The small game and deer hunting regulations pamphlets state the following under the state lands section:
No Person May:
- Possess any loaded or uncased firearm or air gun while within the exterior boundary of state-owned lands posted with department signs in Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, La Crosse, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Sauk, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago counties or on State Recreation Areas or state forest lands in the Kettle Moraine or Point Beach State Forests except as follows:
- While engaged in hunting in accordance with the open seasons listed on pages 10-17.
- While shooting at an established target range (this is the only target shooting permitted on these state lands).
- While training or trialing dogs under department license within designated areas.
Question 3: If someone were pulling another person on a snowmobile sleigh while riding on a snowmobile trail, would the person riding in the sleigh have to get out and walk across at each intersection?
Answer: We don’t really have any regulations on sleighs. We advise people that the sleigh would need a tail light to comply with legal lighting requirements. Other than that, there are no other restrictions on their use.
Question 4: I have a customer wondering if they could sell wings and feathers from pheasants raised on a game farm but harvested through traditional hunting methods. I noticed it is legal to sell game farm-raised pheasant wings and feathers, but not pheasants that were legally harvested in the wild. Is it legal to sell wings and feathers from pheasants that were harvested by hunting but raised on a game farm?
Answer: Feathers or any part of the carcass of a pheasant raised in captivity can be sold if it was never released to the wild — and the sale is accompanied by a receipt from the person who raised/sold the bird or its parts. This serves as proof the bird was a farm-raised game bird. Once a captive-raised pheasant is released, those birds are then considered wild birds which can only be harvested during the open season with appropriate license and cannot be bought or sold. This includes all the thousands raised by DNR at Poynette and released around the state, and any that are raised by private individuals or game farms and stocked/released to the wild. State statutes say the burden of proof that an animal was a farm-raised game bird rests with the person making the claim. This is why a person must be sure to obtain a receipt from the person who sold the captive game-farm birds.
Read and join the discussion on Wisconsin Outdoors FAQs: Coyote Hunting and Other Questions at OutdoorHub.com.
July 13, 2012
Search and rescue operators for turned-around hikers could be a thing of the past with Garmin’s new technology. The Garmin Fenix is a hands-free GPS navigator that plans trips, creates routes, records waypoints and keep a digital bread crumb trail when a hiker or hunter is lost.
The wristwatch has ANT and Bluetooth capabilities which connect it to a variety of external sensors to share data easily. It will display your altitude, temperature, distance covered, pace and cardinal directions on an LCD display with an LED backlight. It can also be paired with Garmin’s heart rate monitor or bicycle cadence sensor for additional tracking features.
The product was designed with the outdoorsman and woman in mind. It’s meant to keep hikers, mountaineers, mountain bikers, backcountry skiers, hunters and other outdoorsy folks on track.
Gizmag author C.C. Weiss writes that “this is more than just a watch with a GPS chip, Garmin sees the fēnix as a hands-free navigation solution. Unlike its existing GPS sports watches, the Fenix… offers a more robust feature set that will navigate you into and out of the wild.”
Fenix lets users download routes from the computer to navigate in the field while an arrow points users in the right direction. A worldwide base map displays nearby cities and a Basecamp desktop application allows for tri planning and sharing. A smartphone application will also be available to share routes and other information with compatible devices.
The Fenix will be available on the market this fall with a $400 price tag, $100 less than its competitor, Suunto’s Ambit.
The video below is a quick preview of some of the features of the watch.
Outdoor Hub, The Outdoor Information Engine - Garmin Fenix Watch Displays GPS Coordinates and Is Your Bread Crumb Trail
May 7, 2012
The Parks and Wildlife Commission will establish license numbers for most big game species for the 2012 hunting season and consider a petition to allow rock climbing at the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery during its monthly meeting in Grand Junction on May 10.
During the meeting commissioners will also be asked to set or modify property regulations at several state wildlife areas and formalize an annual tradition of granting military veterans free admission to state parks on Veterans Day. The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Marriott, located at 765 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction.
Colorado remains a destination for big-game hunters from across the world and May is the month when the commission sets limited license numbers for deer, elk, black bear, moose and pronghorn for the upcoming hunting seasons. CPW biologists estimate the state’s post-hunt elk population at slightly more than 265,000, which is the largest herd anywhere in North America. With an estimated 418,000 deer and 71,000 pronghorn to boot, Colorado offers hunters a wide array of options for season, species and method of take.
For 2012, wildlife managers recommend a quota of 139,000 limited elk licenses, which represents a drop of about 2 percent from 2011. With elk herds in parts of the state nearing objective, biologists are adjusting license numbers to maintain population levels. Wildlife managers are proposing a quota of 80,000 deer licenses and 24,000 pronghorn licenses, which also represent slight declines. Meanwhile licenses for the state’s growing moose population are recommended to rise by 12 percent, while bear licenses will jump by 25 percent, as managers look to stabilize growing bruin populations in many hunt units.
Commissioners will also receive an informational presentation on a proposal to open a limited hunting season on sandhill cranes in northwestern Colorado and consider changes to property-specific activity regulations at several state wildlife areas.
Also on the agenda is consideration of a citizen petition to allow rock climbing at the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery. In January, commissioners first discussed a request by the Rifle Climbers Coalition and the Boulder-based Access Fund to open the lower portion of Box Canyon on the Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery to recreational rock climbing. Commissioners deferred action on the petition to allow time for staff evaluation.
Commissioners are scheduled to vote on a proposal to implement provisions of a law passed in 2011 granting free admittance for military veterans to state parks on one day each year. The change formalizes an annual tradition of the former Parks Board, which voted each year to provide veterans free entry to state parks each November 11 to commemorate Veterans Day.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is a 14-member board, appointed by the governor, which sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks wildlife programs. To view the complete agenda for the May Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting, please see the commission web page: http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Archives/2012/Pages/May10-11_2012.aspx.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meets monthly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation in its processes. For the remainder of 2012, the commission will travel to Craig, Sterling, Gunnison, Glenwood Springs, Durango, Yuma and Colorado Springs.
Members of the public who are unable to attend Parks and Wildlife Commission meetings or workshops can listen to the proceedings through an Internet link. The commission provides this opportunity to keep constituents better informed about the development of regulations and how it is working with Parks and Wildlife staff to guide the management of parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation programs.
To access the live audio feed during the meeting, click on the “listen to live audio” link at the bottom of the commission webpage at:http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Pages/Commission.aspx.
Outdoor Hub, The Outdoor Information Engine - Colorado PWC to Consider License Numbers, Climbing Petition
March 2, 2012
Temperatures in the Midwest and in many other parts of the United States have been unusually high and snowfall exceptionally low for the 2011/2012 winter season. Some industries are adjusting well to the unseasonably warm temperatures, while others have taken a hit, but are not suffering.
Given that so many parts of the outdoor industry are adjusting well, what is it exactly that’s being affected?
More Food and Less Predators for Michigan Upper Peninsula Deer
According to a Feb. 21, 2012 report by Jon Gaskell for the Capital News Service, the mild winter could provide more food for deer and give deer an advantage over their predators. The population could also grow, whereas in normal winters many fawns die off within their first year in extreme cold temperatures. Old and unhealthy deer that normally fall victim to severe temperatures might make it in greater numbers as well. All this could lead to an exceptional hunting season in the fall.
Hunting and Fishing Stayed the Same in Ohio, Even Though Patterns Changed
Vicki Ervin, the communications manager for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, said this year was the first time Lake Erie didn’t freeze over for fishermen. So there were no shanties on the lake with ice-fishers in them, anglers still took to the water on their boats.
As far as hunting goes, Ervin recalled one week in January where temperatures were in the 40s and 50s. She said the kill numbers went up that week as more hunters ventured out. “It doesn’t change those things,” Ervin said, referring to hunting, “it changes the patterns of those users; they adapt to it.”
Outdoor Product Sales Take a Big and a Small Hit
The final figures on outdoor product sales presented a complex result. Because of the “unusually late and tame onset of winter”, January sales rose by a slow one percent growth, according to a report by by the Outdoor Industry Association and The SportsOneSource Group. Certain outdoor products performed better than others, such as a strong sale of footwear and apparel.
Other outdoor products were not so fortunate to have grown. TMJ4 in Brookfield, Wisconsin reported that many motorsports shops are sitting on unsold snowmobile inventory. Bob VanZeist, owner of Don & Roy’s Motorsports, said, “People aren’t riding as much so service is down, parts, consumption’s down so it’s kind of hurt across the board and it’s really created more cabin fever than we’re accustomed to.”
On a side note, snowmobile registrations are down 40 percent from last year in the state of New York.
Snowmobile Fatalities Down in Wisconsin
Todd Schaller, the conservation warden for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said his department has noticed less snowmobilers and ice-fishers this year. “Three weeks ago our non-residence trail pass [for snowmobiles] was down over 30 percent,” Schaller said. On a positive note, less snowmobiles means less accidents. “We have had less snowmobile fatalities, which is reflective a little bit on the volume of use,” said Schaller.
Mountain Sports Will Survive Through the Mild Winter
Surprisingly, mountain resorts seem to be affected less than expected. Both Shanty Creek Resorts and Boyne Mountain Highlands Resort (and similarly Boyne Mountain) in Michigan reported that despite a very small Christmas-time/holiday season, which is their most important, the resorts have retained enough customers in January and February to keep the business afloat. “It will not be a record year, but it will not be our worst year,” said Steve Kershner, the director of snow sports at Shany Creek Resorts.
Boyne Mountain Highlands’ natural snowfall totaled 52 inches through February, which is 30 inches less than this time last year. Compare those numbers to the 2008-09 season when total snowfall reached a higher-than-average 157 inches. Erin Ernst, the director of communications for Boyne, said the biggest problem the ski resort has experienced is actually not the snowfall, but the warm temperatures. The resorts and ski hills at Boyne have had to put additional resources into snowmaking this season to keep surface conditions at their best.
Campers Venturing Out Early
Outside of the Midwest, campers in West Virginia are already making reservations for campsites. State Parks Chief Ken Caplinger said, “This time of year, with the temperature as mild as I can remember, more campers than usual are checking the state parks website for campsite reservation forms.”
Overall, there are ups and downs in response to the warmer weather all across the board in the outdoor industry. Some hunters and the hunted are reaping the benefits while they last, while others are keeping their fingers crossed that winter 2012/2013 won’t be so warm.
Outdoor Hub, The Outdoor Information Engine - A Mix of Good and Bad: Warm Winter Climate Effects on the Midwest