Friday, August 31, 2007

Missing Again

Just wanted to let you all know that I have not abandoned this blog. We have been extremely busy at work for the last few days. Each day I came home with only one thing on my mind…SLEEP!!

Starting from tomorrow we have Labor Day weekend here in British Columbia. No working for three days, my old worn bones will be pleased about that. It gets even better! Salmon season has opened which coincides with the salmon run. This year is a bumper year for pink salmon, an estimated 20 million are heading our way and into the Frazer River. It gets still better, one of the best stretches of river to fish for pinks, also called humps around here, is less that a ten minute drive from our house.

Considering all this it is almost needless to say that I spent the better part of this evening preparing my fishing gear. The two selected rods have been checked over for worn parts, the reels are cleaned in and out and loaded with brand new 14 lb line. The lures have been equipped with new and razor sharp hooks and put in my travel box.

I am ready to go salmon fishing from early in the morning to late in the evening for the next three days. You guest it. There will be no post on this blog for the next three days. On Monday night or Tuesday you can expect a full report plus photos from my salmon fishing trips.

After the fishing mayhem is over I finally will take my new Weatherby rifle to the range and put it through its paces and come back here to tell you all about it.

Next weekend or the weekend after that my friends and I will drive to out hunting area to do some repairs on our hunting camp and get also some fine tune scouting done for the upcoming rut season.

What else is there? Well it looks like this is shaping up to be one of my busier hunting seasons. I start of with the early season duck hunt followed by some upland bird hunting. By the time that is over I get ready for the mule deer rut season – that huge buck I saw last year is still there! From the mule deer hunt I will make it just in time for a late Canada goose hunt and then it’s off again to hunt winter coyotes. In between I have a few seminar and hunting clinic dates coming up. The beauty of it is that it is all within easy driving distance from our home. That’s the benefit of living in the middle of hunting, fishing and outdoor orientated area.

Of course you can read all about my trips and adventures right here on this blog starting with the salmon report.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Gunslinger Extender Allows Hunting from Higher Elevations

(Traverse City, Michigan) August 20, 2007. Gun Safety Innovations, LLC is proud to introduce the Gunslinger Extender. Developed based on feedback from our field testers and at our customers’ request, this product allows GSI’s standard Gunslinger to be used with stands that are up to 30 feet above the ground. The Gunslinger Extender is designed to add an additional 14 feet to the standard Gunslinger Safe-Retrieve™ Tether. When used with the Extender, the Safe – Retrieve™ Tether allows hunters to raise or lower their rifle safely to and from stands up to 30 feet high.

Once the hunting rifle is safely in the stand, the Gunslinger Extender and the Safe Retrieve Tether are detached and hunting proceeds normally. The Extender simply increases the height of the stand from which a gun can be raised and lowered.

Regardless of the height of the stand, and whether or not the Extender is used, the Gunslinger will still ensure that a hunting rifle which is dropped from a tree stand will fall barrel down, eliminating the risk of injury due to accidental discharge.

The Gunslinger can be purchased now by visiting www.git-a The Gunslinger Extender will be available on the same web site in early September. Gun Safety Innovations, LLC, based in beautiful Northern Michigan, designs and manufacturers safety products for hunters. Our products are designed and field-tested by hunters to ensure that every hunt is a safe hunt.

Read the original Gunslinger review here.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Great American Outdoor Trails Radio Show

Once again, like every single week of the year, Jim Ferguson host of the Great American Outdoors Trails Show has put together a remarkable program.

Here’s what’s happening on the show this week.

Tom Ackerman, host of Escape to the Wild will be our special guest. Episodes in the first season of Escape to the Wild that's sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership will head into the field for elk in Colorado, big game hunting in South Africa, and trout fishing in Idaho.
It will ply Mexican waters for billfish and head to Quebec for Caribou.
Not only will they visit beautiful locales for storied game, they’ll make dreams come true in the process. Tom co-hosts Versus Network's salute to the workingman with an all day marathon of the first seasons programs on
Labor Day.
Classic Connections

Torque on the Trail, features the 2008 Nissan Titan LE. Full-size pickup trucks are about as all-American as baseball and apple pie. And traditionally, consumers interested in purchasing a full-size pickup were limited to the offerings from the domestic Big Three automakers. But in the past few years additional choices have become available. One of these is the Nissan Titan.
Nissan USA

Gander Mountains' Outdoor Expedition takes us to Camden Maine. Sparkling Penobscot Bay, a standout among Maine's 3500 miles of pristine and craggy coast is dotted with some 3,000 islands and has been a maritime center since the 17th century. Take a trip on one of these late 19th and 20th century ships on a five or six day cruise. The scenery is to live for and the food isn't bad either.
Gander Mountains' Outdoor Expedition

Wranglers Pro-Gear's Outfitter Highlights will be back at Silver Spur Outfitters in Montrose Colorado and find out how Gettin Close co-hosts Lee and Tiffany Lakosky did the first weekend of the bow season in Colorado.
Wrangler Rugged Wear

Judy Rhoades, founder of the Divas, Texas Sport Shooting Association will tells us about the organization and how they're helping women get wild about being in the wild!

Plus so much more, all packed into one long, exiting and thrilling video radio show. Your Adventure begins right now!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bank of America Supports Ducks Unlimited

If habitat conservation is important to you, now is the time to act. For a limited time, Bank of America will double your donation to wetland conservation. From August 24 to September 15, Bank of America is matching every online donation to Ducks Unlimited, the world's largest wetlands and waterfowl conservation group.

"Opportunities to double your money and double your impact on habitat conservation don't come along often," said Don Young, Ducks Unlimited
executive vice president. "We're grateful to Bank of America for giving conservationists this opportunity to make a difference. Bank of America is one of DU's longest-standing and most dedicated partners. They realize the value of habitat conservation, and are generous enough to help others contribute to the cause.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Blog Buzz # 6

About Lady Hunters and Fishers

This edition of the Blog Buzz is dedicated to the many women that enter the outdoor bloggers fold. I am an avid supporter of different hunting groups such as women hunters among others. For too long the women were left out of our great hunting heritage. I still can fondly remember that my mother often would join my father on hunting trips. I also can remember that my mother was a bit of a novelty in the male dominated hunting camps. Luckily this has changed drastically over the last ten years or so.

Women not only have joined the hunting camps but also the fishing camps and they blog about it too. It is said, and I believe it, that woman are more sensible and thus often better hunters than the men are. It seems, gathering from reading their blog, that women also see the experience of hunting and fishing with somewhat different eyes than we do. Perhaps their experience could be best described as more wholesome. As we all know, nothing escapes a woman’s eye and that seems to hold true in hunting and fishing too. Women don’t seem to overlook that little flower blossoming on the wayside or the how the light reflects off the water - all the little things that make nature so intricately beautiful.

I am proud to see so many female outdoor bloggers and the fact that five of them are on my blogroll. Speaking of blogrolls: I have added a special group to the bloggroll called “Lady Hunters & Fishers” and here they are, enjoy:

Timber Life

The Wild Woods Woman

Hunt Smart Think Safety

Marian's Hunting Stories

Fishing Fiesta

Artemis Graphics & Design

The last link is not a blog. It is the website of my wife. She is not a hunter in the normal sense. Her weapon of choice is the camera with which she captures the beauty of nature and animals in stunning landscapes and wildlife pictures. As I have learned, photographers approach their quarry very much the same way as hunters do. In order to get the right shot a lot of scouting has to be done. So it is not that different from hunting – other than the choice of ‘weapon’!

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Hunters Applaud President Bush for his Support

Here is a bit of good news for American hunters. President Bush released an order in support of hunting and hunters. This action of the American president follows on the heels of a similar proposal brought about by the BC Wildlife Agency of which I reported extensively here and here.

President understands sportsmen are essential to wildlife conservation.

An Executive Order issued by the President of the United States will spell more hunting opportunities and enhanced conservation efforts, according to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, the nation’s premier sportsmen’s rights advocacy organization.

Today, President George W. Bush released the order, entitled “Facilitation of Hunting and Wildlife Conservation.” It directs all relevant federal agencies to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunities, wildlife management and habitat.

“The Executive Order is a great milestone for sportsmen and wildlife conservation,” said Bud Pidgeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. “It clearly demonstrates that the President understands the unbreakable bond between successful wildlife conservation and hunting - that sportsmen are the key to abundant wildlife and habitat.”

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance proposed that the White House issue an Executive Order on hunting early in President Bush’s first term, and again in 2007. The order, number 13,443, directs federal agencies that manage public land, outdoor recreation and wildlife management to:

Address declining trends and implement actions that expand and enhance hunting opportunities,
Consider the economic and recreational value of hunting
Manage wildlife and habitat in a manner that expands and enhances hunting opportunities.
Work collaboratively with states to manage wildlife in a manner that respects private property rights and state authority over wildlife.
Establish goals with the states to foster healthy game populations.

“The order gives federal agencies a clear-cut directive that they work to increase hunting opportunities with state wildlife agencies,” said Pidgeon. “It will result in more resources directed at preserving the future of hunting and greater access to public land. The President is to be commended.”

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Write About the Good Week:

Kristine from the Hunt Smart and Think Safety Blog and chairperson of the Outdoor Bloggers Summit has challenged the founding members of the OBS to write about a hunting related conservation organization. I am way behind with this contribution. For health (injury) and technical (computer death) reasons I just had no way to take this challenge up until today. The good thing about this delay is that it gave me almost a week to think about hunters and wildlife/ habitat conservation.


British Columbia Wildlife Federation
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To the average non-hunting person hunting and wildlife conservation may not seem to fit together. I would not be surprised given that the mainstream media generally portrays hunters as trigger-happy Bambi killers. Since I know that this blog is also read by non-hunters I would first like to shine some light on the contributions hunters make to both wildlife and habitat conservation.

When looking at the facts, hunters really have nothing to be ashamed of - quite the opposite in fact. In British Columbia hunters annually generate about $100 million – yes, you read that right: One Hundred Million Buck-aroos. Through license sales and hunting related goods and services, immense sums of money are garnered by the provincial government’s “Fish And Wildlife Recreation and Allocation Branch” (The fancy name for our wildlife agency.)

Similar sums are generated in the other Canadian provinces and U.S. states as well. This is the money which is used by the wildlife agencies for the upkeep of provincial and state parks, wildlife research and habitat conservation.

But that is not all. These government agencies can count on the reliable support of hunter organized wildlife conservation organizations, most of which contribute many additional millions of dollars annually. There are literally hundreds of such organizations in Canada and the USA. Some of these organizations operate at the national level but many are also international, such as the Safari Club International and Ducks Unlimited.
Nationally orientated organizations such as the Wild Turkey Federation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, among many others to numerous to list here, mostly concentrate on one species of animal.
And finally, at the local and state/provincial level, wildlife organizations are mostly concerned with wildlife and habitat in their particularly defined areas. The membership of such organizations is made up of hunters who not only spend dollars, but also time and personal effort to improve animal populations and diverse habitats.

As a showcase of hunter dedicated wildlife conservation let me showcase three scenarios as example for many. The North American wild turkey has rebounded from near extinction to numbers never known before. Thanks to millions of dollars from hunters and their personal dedication and hard work we can admire turkeys even in places where they have not been seen in more than hundred years.

The elk had a similar fate as the turkey: about hundred years ago this majestic animal was near extinction. Today, thanks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, working closely with federal and local wildlife agencies, the elk bugle can be heard all over North America again- even in states such as Tennessee where elk haven’t been seen in more than two generations.

Waterfowl numbers have dramatically increased in the last two decades; alone in the last two years the duck population has increased a staggering 42%. This would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of Ducks Unlimited and their waterfowl hunting members.

So the next time you camp or hike in a state park or provincial park and admire the variety of wildlife, remember that hunters – a minority group – have paid the lion’s share for it and that it is hunters who take out their personal time to actively participate in enhancement programs, wildlife counting, wildlife enhancement programs, tree planting among many other time consuming activities to help wildlife and habitat. And yet, the benefits of these efforts can be enjoyed by all- even the non-hunters and the animal rights activists.

Governments have known all along that if hunting would cease to exist tomorrow then so would wildlife and habitat conservation. There simply would not be enough money available for it without huge tax increases, which is why governments rely on hunter’s dollars to finance conservation. You see, hunters are not all just a bunch of gun toting rednecks heading out to the woods every year to kill a deer for the sheer thrill of it. Hunting is not a sport, like football or tennis; it is a lifestyle that can be acquired or one is born into it. Hunters spend all year in the woods, fields and on the water observing wildlife. Often it is hunters that alert the wildlife agencies of changes in wildlife populations, habitat degradation and other issues that negatively affect wildlife and habitats. In other words, hunters are the eyes and ears of the wildlife agencies.

The majority of hunters are members of not only one, but also several other wildlife conservation organizations. Choosing one of these organizations to highlight here put me in a bit of a bind since all are equally reputable albeit in different fields. The coin finally fell for the British Columbia Wildlife Federation or for short: BCWF. I am a proud member of this organization, and a few others, for many years.

The origins of the BCWF can be traced back as early as 1890, long before wildlife conservation and environment protection became the new rage. The simple mission statement of the BCWF is:

1.) To ensure the sound, long-term management of British Columbia's fish, wildlife, park and outdoor recreational resources in the best interests of all British Columbians, and to coordinate all the voluntary agencies, societies, clubs and individuals interested in that objective, and

2.) To develop and support a comprehensive educational program to make all British Columbians aware of the value of British Columbia's fish, wildlife, park and outdoor recreational resources, and to arouse in the public conscience a recognition of, and a respect for, the place of fish, wildlife and outdoor recreation in the wise integrated use of the nation's natural resources.

To this end the BCWF works closely together with government and the Wildlife Agency of British Columbia, its membership is largely made up (over 90%) of hunters. Today the BCWF is a major voice in British Columbia in all things wildlife and habitat concerned. Its membership is regularly engaged in various habitat and wildlife conservation programs. Such programs can be a Saturday afternoon riverbank cleanups to more labor involved tasks such as educational instructor plus anything in between.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Finding the time to blog and making new friends.

A few days ago Matt sent me an email requesting my input on an article he was working on. The article Finding Time to Blog About the Outdoors is all about how to make, or find, the time in a hectic time schedule consisting of work, family and now with the hunting season just around the corner, time spent in the woods to scout and prepare stand locations.

It’s a very well written article with lots of information and ideas of how different bloggers, that where interviewed for this article, deal with that pressing issue of making the time to write a blog entry every day. Writing takes time, most bloggers are in agreement that it takes about an hour out of each day to write. Plus another hour or so is spent visiting other outdoor blogs.

Sitting on a desk in front of the computer is for many hunters, including me, a bit of a contradiction. As hunters we love to spend as much time outdoors as humanly possible looking for game or just enjoying our great nature. Yet, in order to inform others about hunting and our great heritage we’re “forced” to sit inside and write about hunting or hunting related issues.

Today I came across a brand new blog. Thanks Kristine for pointing that blog out to me. It says in Bryan’s profile that he is a freelance outdoor writer and speaker. This makes him somewhat related to me, at least the speaking part. I am an aspiring outdoor writer that feels much more comfortable talking about hunting than writing. Bryan is currently studying for his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. A few days ago he started his blog DeerPHD. So far he has written three articles, but judging from these articles Bryan will no doupt leave a very positive mark in the outdoor blogging world.

Talking about new blogs destined to make an impression. The Wild WoodsWoman is another noteworthy new blog on the blogger horizion that shines a bright and refreshing light. I am particularly pleased that more and more woman find the way into blogging, giving us their point of view. This was the blog that I have been meaning to write in depth about just the day before my computer decided to give up for good on me.

Next week I will finally make the time to take up Kristine’s challenge to write an article about a hunter and wildlife conservation grassroots organization or group. I have chosen my topic, now it is just a matter of managing the time to write the article.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Rifle Shopping

Tomorrow I will go to the gun store to pick my new hunting rife up.

As soon I take the new kid on the block to the range and put it trough its paces I will write a detailed report about my findings right here on Outdoors with Othmar Vohringer.

Meanwhile I leave you with a short description and some specs.

Wheaterby Vanguard® Synthetic

This is perhaps the best rifle value on the market today. The Vanguard® Synthetic will outperform rifles costing hundreds more and is guaranteed accurate.

All metalwork is matte black
  • 24" barreled action bed to a raised comb, Monte Carlo, injection-molded composite stock
  • One-piece forged, fluted bolt body with three gas ports
  • One-piece, forged and machined receiver for the utmost in strength and structural integrity.
  • Adjustable trigger can be precisely adjusted for let-off weight and sear engagement to match individual shooter preferences (within factory pre-set minimums). Sear engagement adjustments are for use by Weatherby factory and Authorized Service Center personnel only
  • Guaranteed to shoot a 1 ½'' 3-shot group from a cold barrel at 100 yards when used with premium (non-Weatherby calibers) or Weatherby factory ammunition.
  • Comes with factory-shot target.

Caliber: .270 Winchester
Weight: 7 3/4 lbs.
Overall Length: 44" or 44 1/2" depending on caliber.
Magazine Capacity: 5 + 1 in chamber for standard calibers.
Barrel Length/Contour: 24: #2.
Length of Pull: 13 1/2".
Drop at Comb: 1/2".
Drop at Heel: 7/8".

Accuracy Guarantee
What I found really unique about the Vanguard is the accuracy guarantee. Weatherby guarantees the Vanguard will shoot a three-shot group within an inch and a half at 100 yards and sends a test target with every rifle to prove it. Many manufacturers offer an "entry level" big game rifle, but few stand behind any of these rifles with an accuracy guarantee. Weatherby's guarantee is as notable as it is refreshing.


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Monday, August 06, 2007

I am back again

In case you all have been missing my regular postings on this blog over the last week and where wondering what the heck happened. I have not fallen off the face of earth and I have not been lost in the wilderness of British Columbia. It was more serious than that. At least it was for me.

On Wednesday of last week my computer decided that after eight years of loyal service he had has enough and fell into a coma. It happened right in the middle of writing a rather important email too. No matter what I did the computer refused to come out of its coma. It’s not dead yet, there is still some life in it but not enough to let me open the dam thing up.

Due to my hectic work schedule I had no time to drive to the next town to buy a new computer until Saturday afternoon last week. Losing my computer caused me considerable emotional pain. I couldn’t care less about the computer but all the stuff that is on it. Regular readers may remember my article “Why I got involved with the Outdoor Bloggers Summit.”. There is a line in that article where I talk about how great humans are at procrastinating. Well I am one of them too. For weeks I have been saying, “I’ll back up my work to the external hard rive tomorrow.” I am sure you have an idea what I am going to tell you next.

You guessed it right. It is likely that I have lost a lot of material, pictures, and websites in progress, articles and a lot of other stuff permanently. I say likely, because there is a slim chance that my wife – she is a computer wizard blessed with the termination of a lioness protecting her offspring – can find a way to get on the computers hard drive and extract the files. Don’t ask me how she does it. To me computers are what for the average North American Chinese is. I have great fait in my wife, knowing that she single handedly has extracted files from a dead hard drive before, it took her several days and nights but she did it somehow.

The upside of this miserable experience is. After my wife was done lecturing me on the importance of backing data up on a regular schedule (in her case sometimes twice per day). Plus, just to be on the safe side burn it also onto disks, she took pity on my grief and found that she had to spoil me a bit.

So it came that after we purchased the new computer my wife drove to the local gun store announcing. “I am going to buy you the new rifle you planned on getting for some time now.” She caught me completely of guard and all I could mumble was “Say what Honey.” Before I knew what happened we stood in my toy store looking at different rifles. Finally, after an hour of talking to the gunsmith I made my mind up on a Weatherby Vanguard .270. It was a hard decision between the Weatherby and my personal vaforite the Savage Model 111FXP3. The reason I have never owned a Weatherby is because I don’t like the Monte Carlo stock and because I always have been impressed by the accuracy and very competitive price of Savage rifles. Reason why I chose Wheaterby over Savage this time was that both offered a rifle package that included a scope. Savage, oh what disappointment, has put a cheap Simmons scope on their package rifles, while Weatherby managed to throw a Bushnell Elite Pro into the deal.

I am looking forward to the coming Saturday when I take delivery of my new rifle that has been customized with a Timney Trigger and a Limbsaver Recoil pad . As soon I get the time to put that new rifle through its paces at the range you’ll be the first to read all about my findings here on this blog.

Hearing other hunters complain about their wife and the grief they get every time the hunter buys another tool or gadget or when they spend weekends away from the family, I feel truly blessed. Not only does my wife accept the fact that I am a hunter but she fully supports me, and my dedication to the hunting legacy and wildlife conservation. For that I am very grateful.

Over the next few days I’ll have a lot to catch up to. There are several posts I had prepared prior to the computer going into a comma. Now I have to rewrite these articles again, but I don’t mind because I these articles contain valued information about many aspects of our outdoor heritage and will help others to get more exposure on the Internet.

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