The winter of 2016/2017 has been a winter for the ages so far. This is great news for our reservoirs and water sources, but it is bad news for the deer herds throughout much of the west.
The months of January – May are such important and vital months for the deer herds. These few short months can determine the health of any deer herd for years to come. These are the months that the animals are most vulnerable to stress, poachers, disease and malnutrition. These are also the months where we need to do our part in not increasing these risks to the deer herds.
Obviously this is the time of the year where many of us hit the winter range in search of antlers that have fallen from those incredible animals that eluded us during the previous hunting season. Shed hunting has become a very popular activity and it has also (sadly) become a very lucrative business. It seems that any activity that involves money brings out the scum of the community and it can also tempt the most honorable outdoors-man to bend the rules or come to the point where they don’t think the law applies to them. In winters like we are having this year that can be devastating.
Utah and other states, have passed laws this year to delay the dates that one can go out shed collecting. They have done this to help cut down on stress causing activity in the wintering areas where deer and elk are trying to survive. Additional human activity in these areas is simply a bad idea especially this year. Utah alone has caught over 18 individuals, so far this year, out shed hunting even though they knew of the new law in place. This is pathetic and because of the selfish desires of a few individuals the health and survive-ability of our deer herds are in jeopardy. This kind of stuff drives me crazy! Utah’s penalty for this is a fine of up to $1000.00. I find this pathetic as well. The states need to do a better job in implementing much stricter penalties in cases that hurt or put our wildlife at risk. Nothing makes me more angry than poachers! These slime balls need to be punished to the point that they simply cannot hunt anymore, can’t own firearms and they spend most of their remaining life doing service for our wildlife and wild lands. Sorry, I’ll get off my soap box now.
The point is; follow the laws that are in place and do everything you can to protect our sacred wildlife especially during these few months that they are most vulnerable.
I would like to publicly apologize to two incredibly talented photographers for using their images without getting their permission to do so. I pulled these images directly from Google Images and have learned this is not legal. Although I did not do this on purpose or in an effort to make a profit from their hard work, it is my responsibility to know the laws and make the effort to get the appropriate permission before posting any type of image at any time. These talented artists work very hard at what they do to be able to get these incredible images that we all appreciate and admire. We need to be very mindful of the laws that are put in place to protect these artists’ hard work.
If any of you would like to visit the websites of these photographers to see their work and possibly invest in their art you can do this by visiting:
Daryl L Hunter
Vince Martinez www.vincentmartinezphotography.com
Hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving Holiday. I have some fantastic hunting stories that will be posted in the coming days, so stay tuned.
Just the thought of shooting at something over 1000 yards…heck, over 500 yards, and actually having a chance of hitting it, is something I never took the time to consider. Except when I am watching my sniper hero’s on the military channel on my, bigger then life, 52″ LED HDTV. But, now days you are hearing and reading more and more about such opportunities becoming, not only a possibility, but a very popular reality.
With the increase of custom rifle manufacturers throughout the US, you will need to take the time to find a manufacturer that meets your needs. Because the word ‘custom’ is being abused more and more each day. So, before you type in your credit card number on the internet for your dream rifle, you will want to do some homework and find that perfect manufacturer that defines the word ‘custom’ in a way that deserves your stamp of approval.
My personal favorite manufacturer is Aztek Arms, based in Utah. These guys deliver ‘custom’ on every level, and guess what? They know what they are doing! So, when you are ready to invest in a custom rifle, that can plant a perfectly placed kiss on an attractive varmint at 1000 yards. Be sure to do your homework. This is an investment and should be treated as such.
Good luck out there my fellow snipers!
I promised myself that I wouldn’t continue my tradition of long posts. It would be very easy for me to stand on a nice, secure, soap box and share my thoughts on the latest headlines when it comes to gun laws. But, I will break the long winded post tradition and instead provide you all with a link to a very interesting article.
In short, if and when these gun laws begin to be passed by narrow minded, and ignorant politicians, the effects being felt by the Colorado hunting industry will be just the beginning. The economic effects that go along with rash decisions based on ones uneducated moment of panic when a tragedy hits, will be incredibly damaging.
We are living in a day where ignorance is manipulating the very same freedoms this country was built on. America is a cultural melting pot, or a pluralistic salad bowl, and that is part of why America is as great of a country as it is. The other reason? Because of its Constitutional freedoms that were fought for and died for.
“To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.”
– George Mason
There are a couple of reasons I have decided to start a blog focused on hunting here in the Western states. First, I love hunting and I love hunting the big game animals found here in the Western states. Now, when I say Western states I am primarily talking about New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana (listed randomly). I want this blog to be the source of entertainment, education, and some bragging rights. This brings up my second reason of starting this blog. I have a hard time finding information on hunting spots and/or information that is honest, and not motivated by anything other than because I love to hunt. I will provide specific information on areas, game, states, etc. No guessing or random info that I heard from Bill’s uncles roommates cousins barber. No broad sweeps of info based on 1950’s stories. You want to know about hunting Mule Deer in Utah on Boulder Mountain, then that is the info you will get. So, enjoy the blog, be active on the blog, and let me know what you want to see and read and I’ll make it happen…most of the time.