Season Prep

For some of you guys, the season for hunting big game has already started. Here in Washington State loads of hunters are already in the field in search of black bear. Deer season is just around the corner on most states, as well as elk, pronghorn etc. Now is the time for preparation.

Scouting should have been going on all along. You should already have a solid idea of where you will be hunting. Now is the time to check your field gear, everything from clothes to firearms and make sure the rest of your season will go smoothly.

While early season scouting and prepping your hunt areas with time in the field, learning the lay of the land, getting directionally stable in case of inclimate weather, and knowing the paths and patterns of the game you are hunting cannot be underestimated, making sure your gear is ready to go is every bit as crucial.

Clearly, your main hunting tool is your rifle. It must be properly functional, cleaned, prepped and zeroed. If you are using optics, make sure your scope is still hunting at point of aim that the distance your zeroed the scope. You are also wise to take a few shots closer in that you think be normal for you, as well as a hundred yards or so beyond as well, just for confirmation. If you shoot iron sights, and yes there are a lot of people that still do, make sure that you are still as proficient as you once were.

I know that none of us like to admit that our skills are dimninishing. when we advance beying 45 or 50 years of age, our eyesight can degrade rapidlly. While I have learned from Bob Jones, AR15 iron sight guru, that many things can be done to help correct front sight, or target fade, we must face the fact that it mae be time to graduate (in some cases screaming and kicking) into some sort of magifying optics.

Next; clothing and survival gear. Even in well known territoty when mother nature gets evil, it can be easy to lose track of your location. Getting lost for most people is nothing more than a longer than normal inconvenience, it can also mean several days in the field without access to qualioty food and shelter, or worse. It is for this reason that we must always go prepared for three days in the field. Hunt with friends and partners and share the load. If you are more than 100 yards off of a main trail or logging road, each of you needs a three-day pack. One with food, another with inpromptu temporary shelter and another with water. A GPS is certainly not a must, but a huge benefit. Warmth gear, dry gear, first aid kit are staples. Also make sure you have not only a good hunting knife for skinning and boning, but also the group will also need a qualoity survival knive or cutting tool.

First rules, never hunt alone and always tell someone exactly where you will be hunting.

Be safe, and have fun. Remember, we ant your photos for the site!

 

 

 

The Passing of Ron Hood

ImageI write this note with incredible sadness in my heart.

I learned last night that long-time personal friend of mine, Contributing Pro-Staffer our sister-site OA2, associate in the shooting, hunting and outdoor world has passed. Ron Hood, the REAL survival man (http://www.survival.com), former US Army Special Forces, knife designer, husband and father, mentor to me in this industry and all around good guy passed in his sleep Wednesday night due to complications from prostate cancer.

I was the firearms editor, consultant and contributing author for Ron's Survival Quarterly Magazine, and have known Ron personally and professionally for more than 15 years. He leaves a wife Karen and son Jessie behind. He will be sorely missed by me as a friend, and by so many others whose lives Ron has touched.

Ron was an adiv AR15 enthusiast, and carried one often as a survival weapon using it to cleanly harvest much wild game.
I first met Ron first at a Soldier of Fortune Show back in 1995. Colonel Brown, soldier extraordinaire in his own right and founder and publisher of SOF Magazine (and also a good friend), introduced us. Ron was looking for a replacement barrel for his Glock 21. I was happy to comp him the barrel, saved me from having to pack it home, and the friendship was born.

Olympic Arms Predator Hunt Giveaway!

Press Release:

Olympic Arms Pro-Staff Predator Hunt Giveaway!


Win a Two Day All Expenses Paid* Predator Hunt with a Coyote Calling Champion!

Olympic Arms is leading the industry in supporting the fast growing sport of predator hunting. In an effort to continue to promote this growth Olympic Arms is announcing a Pro-Staff Predator Hunt Giveaway.

Olympic Arms is giving away to one lucky winner an all-expenses paid* predator hunt in Montana where you will hunt side-by-side with Olympic Arms President Brian Schuetz and Oly Pro-Staffer Dustin Butler. You'll be using a brand new Olympic Arms AR-15 model UMAR in .22-250 caliber!

Fly into Billings, Montana on Thursday September 29, 2011. You'll hunt Friday and Saturday with Olympic Pro-Staff Hunter Dustin Butler - a coyote calling champion, author, and owner of Predator Down, and Brian Schuetz, President of Olympic Arms, Inc. When all the excitement is over, you'll fly out of Billings Sunday October 2nd having experienced the predator hunt of a lifetime.

Domestic airfare, food, lodging and transportation will be provided*.

Winner will be announced on September 1, 2011 and will be posted to the Olympic Arms Facebook page, Predator Down Facebook page, and the Olympic Arms Owners Association forums. Good luck. We hope to see you in Montana!

 

How To Enter:

This is the EASY part. No purchase is necessary. All you must do to qualify to win this predator hunt package is as follows:

  1. You must "Like" the Olympic Arms, Inc. Facebook Page
  2. You must "Like" the  Predator Down Facebook Page
  3. You must post on the  Olympic Arms Owners Association Site in the Official Predator Hunt Giveaway Thread . You must be a registered user of the OA2 forums to post. Registration is of course, free of charge.

Do those three things, and you are entered to win!

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM, Friday September 1, 2011 to qualify. The winner will be drawn at random from the list of eligible entries Friday September 2nd, 2011 and notified via email.

Good luck to all who enter! Look forward to seeing you there!

Predators and Politics

Another title for this might be, "Budgets and Buggers". It seems that politics have theit hands in every little piece ofwolf Americana and the freedom, or lack thereof, of the American people. Take the wolf - please!

Wolves have becomes such an established population in parts of the western US, that as has well been documented, they have become more than an annoyance, but a danger to livestock, property and hunters alike. Hunters and landowners, the TRUE conservationists, have been hunting pro-wolf and PETA like groups for years on this issue. It had to come to a head via the budget talks.

AR15Hunter has taken a lot of calls and emails on AR's and predator and wolf hunting. They are, in my humble opinion, the best choice for this matter.

Below is an excerpt from an article that appeared in Jim Shepherd's  Outdoor Wire:

"A rider to the finally adopted federal budget by Idaho Representative Mike Simpson has negated Saturday's rejection of a settlement between environmental groups and the administration which would have removed wolves from the endangered species list and allowed Idaho and Montana to resume state management of wolf populations. Saturday, U.S. District Donald Malloy...

 

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The Value of the American Hunter

From email:

In WWII, Japan 's highest ranking naval officer was Isoruku Yamamoto.  Although he was Japanese, and his loyalties were unquestionably with The Empire, he studied for many years in America , graduating from Harvard University . There is an oft-repeated (and sometimes disputed) quote attributed to him regarding the possibility of any nation taking a war to American soil:

"You cannot invade the mainland United States . There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."

Here is why he was correct:

America's Hunters. The World's Largest Army.

The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without someone getting killed. That's great, considering there were over 600,000 hunters that got permits this year.

Allow me to restate that number.

Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world - more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined - deployed to the woods of a single American state to keep the deer population under control.

But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan 's 700,000 hunters have now returned home.  Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia , and it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

 And that is just FOUR states (and Texas alone has more than those four combined).

The total population of registered hunters in America today ranges from 23 million to 43.7 million individuals. (Based on annual data provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.)

As long as the American Hunter retains his right to Bear Arms, America will forever be safe from foreign invasion of troops.

Hunting - it's not just a way to fill the freezer. It's a matter of national security!

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