Bloggers on Hunting

There’s Trouble Bruin

It’s springtime, and that means bears are out and about. And here at Offbeat Outdoors, that means there’s trouble bruin! Bruin Goes Bowling Colorado ranch hand Harold Cerda had just finished doing his business in a remote high country outhouse when a running black bear knocked him to the ground and chased him back to his car, where he sadly…

Conservation organizations, hunters should work hand-in-hand

Hunters sometimes look down their noses at some conservation organizations, particularly those that don’t seem to be perfectly aligned with their interests. National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association – to name just a few – are organizations that more or less make their missions plain in their titles. It’s not always as evident with groups such as…

Having the "Conservation Conversation"

My 12-year-old daughter Jordyn has always been my animal lover. Unlike most of her friends who only a few years ago reveled in all things Hannah Montana, Jordyn’s hero was Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late “Croc Hunter” Steve Irwin, who was of course known for saving wildlife. Honestly, in a home where the walls are donned with skulls, antlers,…

The waiting game

If there's one thing that sends a chill down the spine of a turkey hunter it’s the sound of a gobbler at first light. With turkey season fast approaching I decided to visit several of my favorite spring turkey hunting areas to see – or rather hear – what was going on. Just like deer hunting, I don’t want the…

Coming off the NRA Convention

The NRA convention was held April 13-15 in St. Louis and I attended it with my brother, Dave. Both of us were like kids in the candy store. So much to see, touch and covet and not enough time to do the show justice. It was also an enlightening experience because one can tell the direction of the industry while…

Girl Hunter

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, women’s participation in hunting has increased by 36.6 percent over the last decade. That percentage represents 660,000 new female hunters busting cattails, climbing into tree stands and hiding in camouflaged pit blinds. One of those women is Georgia Pellegrini, author of the new book Girl Hunter. Theories abound as to why women are…

Way ahead of the game

I took a ride last week to get some fresh eggs from the farmer whose land I hunt and found him in the milkhouse finishing up milking chores. “How do you like the weather?" he asked “Couldn’t be better,” I replied. “We’re at least a month ahead of ourselves so far this spring and I’ve got a lot more done…

Get out and find those Morels

An ongoing discussion, after a number of very warm days in March, has been whether or not morel mushrooms will be plentiful, slim picking, or completely absent. The questions have not been completely answered for Wisconsin except these mushrooms began appearing in late March.  I found some March 29, which were two to three days old.  By April 1, a…

P.A.S.T. trying to breathe life back into traditional archery

The P.A.S.T. is still alive at Pyramid State Park for 33 members of an elite club from Southern Illinois. The Pyramid Archery Society (Traditional) or P.A.S.T is a group of individuals from Washington, Perry, Jefferson, Jackson, and Williamson counties whose goal is to keep traditional archery alive. In 1994, founding members of P.A.S.T. began gathering at Pyramid State Park archery…

Early spring

We’ve become accustomed to expecting many major plant and animal events to be prompted by photoperiod. Plants flower and animals mate based on increasing or decreasing day length, it seems.  But what about March 2012? March was so atypical that events were weeks ahead of a normal schedule and sequence of events.  Will this early spring have any impact on…

New Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation holds first quarterly meeting.

The council's first task will be screening candidates for two vacant commissioner seats on the Pennsylvania Game Commission board. On March 26 the council was expected to interview nine applicants who have applied for the vacant seats in the southeast and northcentral regions. It’s going to be a long process, but one that the council should be able to finish…