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Did you know that it’s your responsibility to be aware of where you are while you’re hunting? Do it yourself (DIY) hunts are becoming more and more widespread. This means that hunters are responsible for learning and knowing the areas they’re hunting. Some states have fines in the thousands of dollars for hunters who are caught trespassing. Then, there are states that threaten as much as 1 year of jail time if you’re hunting on land for which you don’t have permission. Thankfully, orienteering and the use of GPS hunting maps can help you know where you can go.
We suggest that you do some research of the area before you head out for your hunt. Here are 4 ways to know where you can go while hunting.
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Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer shares how to protect your hunting rifle while traveling abroad.
If traveling with a rifle brings on a headache — especially as you think of wading through a sea of TSArequirements, airline regulations, foreign VISAs and import rules — fear not.
I am actively planning my next hunting adventure abroad. This July, I will join The WON’s managing editor,Britney Starr, and 4 other amazing women on a 10-day safari with Starr & Bodill African Safaris.
So, I’ve been doing research on how to keep my rifle and other gear from getting damaged or lost without replacement. I’ve also been learning how best to pack it.
Traveling with a firearm can be a hassle, but with the right preparation and right gear, it can be made much easier.
Mia Anstine shares 6 ways to make sure your little guy or gal has fun turkey hunting at her blog via Beretta USA.
Turkey hunting is a perfect opportunity to get a novice involved in hunting. There is so much they can learn. Plus, hunting is a form of wildlife research and ultimately wildlife management. As a hunter, a child will learn about wildlife identification, animal habitats, animal migrations and so much more. It creates a connection and responsibility between them and their surroundings. Many hunters become stewards to the earth.
Educated hunters ensure the future of the sport. This is why I write a lot about getting the next generation of hunters ready to take over this incredible sport. We introduce our children to shooting and hunting to preserve traditions from long ago. Years ago people hunted out of sheer necessity. It was a matter of survival, and an avenue for putting a meal on the table. In this day and age hunting has evolved into so much more.
Never ones to take a rest…. Prois Field Staffer Mia Anstine and Junior Ambassador LG have some great tips for hunting abroad!
Mia & the Little Gal: Mia Anstine shares tips on how to prepare for a hunting trip overseas.
LG and I dream of hunting abroad. In our downtime we chat about where we would like to go. Can you imagine how long the list is? We’ve all had those, “If I won the lottery” chats, right? The “where” question really isn’t the hard part because we’d be happy to see the entire world. That is, if money, safety and time weren’t issues. Now we just have to figure out how to get there.
LG and I chatted with a few of our friends who are experienced world travelers and accomplished hunters. Their answers about hunting abroad enlightened us…
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By Shannon Rasmussen
Saturday morning we woke to a fresh blanket of snow and temps in the teens. We gathered all of our warm hunting gear and headed to the mountain. You see, Saturday was a very special day for our family. Our middle son Mason had just turned 12 last week, which is the legal age in Idaho to hunt big game. Mason had drawn a late rifle cow tag, and Saturday was the first day that he could hunt. It was a slow drive as the roads were ice packed, but eventually we made it to the hunt unit. We drove and glassed, glassed and drove. We weren’t seeing many tracks, and after a lot of glassing still weren’t seeing many elk. After a few hours we were about to head home for the day when we cut a set of fresh cow tracks crossing the road. We drove up the road a bit so that we could glass back towards where the tracks were headed. Sure enough there were four cows feeding across the snowy hillside. We decided that we would make a stock on them by coming up and over the hill above them. We drove around the other side of the hill, parked, and started the steep, slick hike to the top of the hill. The snow was crunchy and slippery, and there was a lot of thick brush that we had to make our way through. Eventually we topped out, and very cautiously and as quietly as we could be under the circumstances, started glassing the area where the elk had been. There was no sign of them, so we decided to climb up and side hill to see if we could cut there tracks in the snow and get on them again. As we started to hike all of a sudden my husband Shane whispered “Right there!!”. To our right a cow had jumped up out of the brush and was trotting away. Shane got Mason set up for a shot, and as the cow was about to disappear over the hill and out of sight, Shane blew a cow call. She stopped about 200 yards away. We whispered to Mason to be calm, make sure he was good and steady, and to squeeze the trigger when ready. Boom! We could see the impact of the bullet hit the cow. She swayed and started to slowly tumble forward. Mason shot again and she fell to the ground, sliding down the hill, coming to rest next to a bush. High fives and tears all around! Mason was so excited and Shane and I were so proud! This young man had harvested his first big game animal, and performed like a pro! I cannot think of a better way to have spent a Saturday in December with my family.
Prois Field Staffer Mia Anstine’s daughter Little Gal is so awesome we created a new staff category just for her! We are proud to announce or new Junior Staff category and the addition of Little Gal to our elite staff team. Mia and LG are inseparable so we decided we couldn’t have one on staff without the other. It also was a no brainer since LG was already always decked out in her favorite hunting gear, Prois!
LG spends most of her free time in the outdoors learning life skills and safety through nature and wildlife. LG is a hunter, shooter, fisherman and all around outdoor enthusiast. She is the star character of the Women’s Outdoor News column, “Mia & the Little Gal” where she picked up the handle LG.
LG is passionate about spin fishing, bow-fishing, saltwater fishing and recently has taken up fly fishing. She has been fishing since the age of two and hunting since she was seven. She is a proud member of the junior YHEC (Youth Hunters Education Challenge) team. She competes in hunter education, wildlife identification, orienteering and shooting sports. LG competes with her shotgun, bow, muzzleloader and rifle. In 2012 she won first place in her division for indoor archery. In 2013 at YHEC regionals she took third place with her muzzleloader and third place in .22.
LG is always thrilled to meet inspiring women in the outdoor and shooting industry. She strives to be a good role model and looks to encourage other girls in the outdoors..
By Megan DeHaan
I feel like few times in life you come across such an opportunity like the one I just had. I met a couple gals through a pro-staff we all used to be on a while back and after chatting it up for months and months we decided it would be fun to try and get together and go hunting. After months of planning and figuring out a way to get our schedules in line we finally set a date. We were going to take off into the Idaho wilderness on a “do it yourself, all girls, public land” bear hunt. I tell you what, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t sleep. All I was thinking about was getting to finally come face to face with these gals and having the opportunity to hunt together during our first meeting! When do you EVER get to do something like that? Well I sure as heck don’t have that many opportunities. Well I got to Idaho on a Tuesday evening and we picked up the other gal on Wednesday night and drove into camp. We were already having way too much fun. We talked about each others camo, shared hunting stories, talked about who should shoot first, laughed at ourselves, at each other. We finally got settled in a tried to sleep but I was wide awake the entire night. 5 am rolls around and we get up and head out on hike to the ridge line to start glassing. I tell you what, my new Generation-X system was phenomenal. It was incredibly windy and cold once we reached the top and it cut the wind and kept me warm. I never had to worry about the weather being to difficult because I new my camo was going to hold up. When the wind was howling I could pull up my hood and I loved how it zipped up around my face. I’m hooked.
We saw a medium sized black bear about 1270 yards across a pretty big canyon and after hiking around to the other side I realized that Northern Idaho was nothing like I expected. I’ve never seen more dense country in my life. You don’t realize it until your in it that its almost impossible to get around when what you thought was just “brush” turns out to be a thick dense jungle that constantly looks like a perfect house for a grizzly bear. Not that it was in the back of our mind the whole time, especially when your walking along a see huge piles of grizzly poop!! Turns out I was the only one with bear spray and ever since the designated leader for breaking trail. I’m still not sure if that was just a reflection of my value to the group! But I made sure the person behind me was ready and willing to shoot if necessary. Anyhow, we never did see that black bear again but on the way back down the mountain we saw a nice chocolate bear that never did give our first shooter a good vital shot. But I’d say it was still a successful day. Day two we got skunked. We did however shoot two grouse on day three while hiking around and one more the last day hunting. I knew these gals were going to leave a mark in my heart. We never did find another bear. However we saw plenty of wolf tracks, moose, elk ,deer, and bobcat tracks and we grew a friendship that will last a lifetime. My drive home was depressing and were already planning our next trip. And to top it off, they all want some Prois! Thanks again for making such a great line of camouflage gear, I will never leave the house without it!
Don’t worry, Megan bagged her 2013 Montana bear a week earlier and one heck of a buck this year too! -Prois
Tad has been hunting her whole life, being outdoors and hunting is not what she does, but who she is! Tad is an avid Houndsman, and her passion is hunting with the hounds. Tad and her husband Clint live in Southern Utah on the Paunsagaunt Plateau. They own and operate Sun C Outfitters. Tad is the reigning 2013 Extreme Huntress, has filled 2-once in a lifetime tags, plus-several Mountain Lion, Muley and Elk tags. She and Rebecca Francis (guide) will be in Alaska in October, hunting for a trophy Brown Bear.
Tad inspects semi’s (DOT COP) for a living, when she’s not in the hills hunting or under a truck, you can find her riding her Harley in Beautiful Southern Utah.