A new world record for Alaska-Yukon moose has been recorded by the Boone and Crockett Club, one of the official record-keeping organizations for big game in North America. On September 25, Heinz Naef of Dawson City, Canada bagged a moose that has been scored at 263-1/8 net at the meeting of the Stewart and Yukon rivers that can be only described as enormous. Even after a lifetime of hunting moose, Naef said that the animal gave him a shock that day. "He was a big boy and I...
Youth hunters will have an opportunity to hunt squirrels on Natchez State Park during February 2014. Natchez State Park, located off Highway 61 in Adams County, also provides limited deer and turkey hunts through permit drawings each year. This is the second year that the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has allowed youth squirrel hunting on the park. The dense hardwood forests at Natchez State Park provide excellent habitat and hunting for squirrels. Youth squirrel hunting will only be allowed by special draw permit. Youth hunters age 15 and younger may...
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks wants to remind hunters that the third and final segment of Mississippi’s dove season is quickly approaching. The North Zone final dove season is December 20 – January 12. The South Zone final dove season is December 14 – January 12. These late seasons provide dove hunting opportunity that is much different than the traditional September opener. More doves are migrating south into the state; these birds tend to travel in much larger flocks this time of year. These large flocks of birds can make for a much different...
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is now accepting applications for the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt on Trim Cane Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The special youth hunt will be held on February 1, 2014. The WMA is an 891-acre property located in Oktibbeha County, approximately four miles north of Starkville off of Highway 389. The area has been developed primarily for waterfowl hunting and offers an excellent opportunity for youth waterfowl hunters. Trim Cane is easily accessible and is a prime area to introduce youth to waterfowl hunting. To apply, youth...
Wisconsin resident veterans who have recently returned from active duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom are eligible to receive a one-time free small game, archery, gun deer or annual fishing license, under recently enacted legislation. 2013 Wisconsin Act 20 authorizes veterans to receive a voucher code that may be redeemed at Department of Natural Resources service centers within 365 days of discharge for either a small game, archery deer, gun deer or annual fishing license. “We are very happy to be able to team up with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans...
People sometimes ask me "Phil, why are you such a deadly shot on upland birds?" Well, okay, they don't really ask me that, not even after they have seen me in the field, but if anyone ever did ask, I have the answer, and I learned it in driver's ed.
"Aim high in steering," they taught us, meaning, look down the road, not at the asphalt in front of your bumper. Whether you hunt with pointers, flushers or no dog at all, being ready for the flush so you can react to it is a very important skill. If your eyes are down on the ground a flushing bird looks like a blur getting up and out of your vision. You're behind it and rushing before you ever move the gun. It drives me nuts when I take people hunting and they trudge along staring at their toes.
If your eyes are up so you're "getting the big picture" (as, again, they taught us in driver's ed) you hear the bird flush, then it flies up into your vision. It's not a blur then. You see it clearly and react to it with a certain amount of composure.
Also, when you drive, you're in a state of constant but low-key vigilance. You might be listening to the radio or talking to a passenger (notice I didn't say "texting") but you're also always paying attention to the road and you're ready to react to potential hazards. The same is true with upland hunting. With every step I take I can imagine a bird getting up and I am looking where I expect to see it. That thought doesn't occupy 100% of my attention. I can talk or work the dog or enjoy the scenery, but one small part of my mind is always thinking a bird is about to flush and as a result, I'm still a little surprised when it happens but I'm ready, too.
Story and pics here. I won't go into the lack of class involved in grinning while taking a selfie of yourself and the (quite attractive) Danish Prime Minister during a funeral. But look at the First Lady's iron stare. Then apparently she switched seats with her husband so as to separate him from the Prime Minister.
Licenses for the January antlerless deer season go on sale Dec. 15, in counties where the antlerless quota has not been filled. To avoid over-harvesting deer where they hunt, hunters are encouraged to work with landowners to determine if deer are at desirable levels, and base decisions on how they use the remaining antlerless tags on local herd conditions. Hunters will need a 2014 hunting license and the habitat fee to participate in the Jan. 11 to 19 antlerless deer season. All 2013 licenses expire on Jan. 10, 2014. Nonresidents are eligible for the January antlerless season....
I must've watched Matthew Quigley exact hell from afar on Aussie bad guys 50 times as a kid. Sure, some of his exploits with that big Sharps rifle in .45-110 were exaggerated, but how could you see that movie and not want a gun like Quigley's for your own?
As a teenager, I lusted after some—any—type of Old West buffalo rifle, be it a Sharps, High Wall, or Remington Rolling block. Of course, any decent replica was way out of my price range. But a couple weeks ago, I got to finally live out that dream during a deer hunt in South Texas. The hunt, sponsored by Uberti, Hornady, Burris, and Realtree, was especially intended to highlight Uberti's line of Old West replica firearms.
When you hunt in South Texas, you expect to shoot a deer. Now to be clear, this was not a high-fence hunt. But Greg Baggett and his squadron of guides at Double B Outfitters have an impressive handle on the area's deer herd. There are a ton of nice bucks around, too. Everyone in our crew (10 hunters total) got a shot at a decent deer over the course of a three-day hunt.
We figured our odds would be good going in. Gun and ammo companies don't generally send writers to public land in Pennsylvania for field-testing. So the only real dilemma was: What kind of kick-ass Old West replica should I hunt with?
1874 Sharps Calvary Carbine
1871 Rolling Block Carbine
Our options included a pair of 1874 Sharps—the "Calvary Carbine" (carried by Blue Duck in Lonesome Dove), and the 34-inch-barrel "Down Under" model, which of course was made famous by Quigley. In addition, we had 1885 Browning High Wall replicas, both with straight stocks and pistol grips. And rumor had it a few Remington Rolling Block carbines were floating around as well, although I never got to shoot one. All the single-shot rifles were chambered in .45-70. There were also several 1873 Winchester replicas in .44 Magnum.
1885 High Wall
After a day on the range shooting up free ammo, the choice for me, and pretty much everyone else in camp, was the 1885 High Wall. Why? Because they'd specially drilled and tapped several of them for scope mounts and topped them with 3x9 Burris scopes.
Somewhat shameful, I know, to put glass on such a great old gun. I texted Old Man Hurteau a photo (he's finally accepted the fact that texting, like smokeless powder, isn't a fad), and he had a conniption fit about it.
But the fact is, I can't see open sights all that well. And when the rubber meets the road and you want to kill a deer, a scope helps. Every single buck killed in camp, including the one I shot, was killed with this combination, although Everett Deger, Hornady's marketing manager, did kill a doe with an open-sighted Sharps carbine.
My buck was standing broadside at 100 yards when I shot him, but we had those guns dialed in out to 200. While it would've been decidedly cool to rattle up a buck and kill it at 30 steps with the 1873 Carbine, I knew most of the shots would be 100-plus yards. For that, I believe I picked the right gun.
The question is, if you were in the same situation, what would you have hunted with? Vote below.
Iowans may begin purchasing 2014 resident hunting, fishing and other licenses on Dec. 15. The menu of license options includes the popular Outdoor Combo annual resident hunting/fishing/habitat combo license for $47; the Angler’s Special three-year fishing license for $53; and the Hunter’s Special three-year hunting license with habitat included for $86. Also available is the Bonus Line option allowing resident and nonresident anglers to fish with one additional line in addition to the two lines allowed with the regular fishing license for $12. Iowa hunting and fishing license fees...