For those that know Steven Drake, there’s one word that comes to mind to describe his approach to shed hunting: fanatical. Often spending multiple days on one hillside waiting for bulls to drop, Drake’s commitment to timing and persistence are rare. It leaves many scratching their head asking, “Why go through all the trouble?” Watch for Drake’s explanation.
Every year, multiple grizzly bears are mistaken for black bears by hunters and killed. The end results are damage to grizzly bear populations and severe fines and court fees for the hunter. In order to fulfill my responsibility as an ethical hunter, I always go through a list of physical features to positively identify what kind of bear I’m looking at before shooting.
Ask a handful of hunters about eating bear meat and you will likely get a number of wildly different responses, anything from “it’s inedible” and “it isn’t safe to eat,” to “it’s the best meat out there.” As a chef and a hunter that loves to eat bear meat, I am passionate about dispelling the myths that surround the consumption of this animal.
Turkey Calling Tips from Call Maker David Halloran
David is the owner and craftsman behind all the beautifully-built products at David Halloran Turkey Calls where each call is thoughtfully carved by hand. Halloran grew up in New York state without a hunting mentor. Instead, at the age of 12, he and his dad learned to hunt turkeys together. “Through a lot of trial and error, my dad and I became proficient callers and turkey hunters,” Halloran says. Today, turkey hunting is his life. During the spring, when he isn’t in his shop building calls, he’s traveling all over North America doing what he loves most: outwitting and calling in long beards.
In our pursuit to design and build the world’s most technical hunting apparel, we’ve surrounded ourselves with some of the world’s most skilled hunters – hunters like turkey fanatic Clay Hudnall. As the season approaches, use the following list of tips and tactics to get close this spring.
Mastering the anatomy of your prey is a critical component in becoming an ethical and successful bowhunter. Turkeys are notoriously difficult to take with archery gear due to the size of their vitals and drastic changes in their silhouette at strut. We talked with the team at Mathews Archery to help you better understand turkey anatomy and equip you for a clean shot.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Dr. Doug Osborne’s project to help save timber duck hunting kicked off in a green timber duck blind. In January of 2015, Osborne was hunting with a couple of pals in the famous big timber of Arkansas when one of the hunters mentioned that he rarely shot a banded duck anymore. He looked at Osborne, an associate professor of wildlife management at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and asked: “What’s up with that? Why can’t we band them here?”
The Canvasback duck has long been revered as great table fare. From the bygone days of market hunting the Chesapeake Bay, to modern hunting targeting these diving ducks, hunters from coast to coast agree on the deliciousness of this species.
Highballs rang in the timber as Charley kicked the water, keeping his face down as the ducks worked overhead. It was a small bunch of birds, weary from a long migration and keen to get out of the wind and hunker into the cover that the marsh provided. Banking into the wind and setting their wings, the ducks dropped elevation quickly as they made their final approach.
Each month we have a new challenge within the #DIVERGE8 Photo Contest. The challenge for the month of December is the wild. So show us photos of the wild animals, the wild places and the wild conditions hunting takes you and you’ll be eligible to win.
Insights and Tactics From Three-Time Duck Calling Champion, John Stephens
In our pursuit to design and build the world’s most technical hunting apparel we’ve surrounded ourselves with some of the world’s most skilled hunters – hunters like three-time world duck calling champion and owner of RNT Calls, John Stephens. The following is a list of fanatical tips and tactics that John uses to improve his hunts.