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Hunting Tactics and Strategies
5 Strategies for Late-Season Deer Hunting
8 Deer Hunting Tactics for Rifle Season
Putting Your Shotgun Crosshairs on a Coyote
Deer Hunting Tips for Archers
Duck Strategy Tips for Fall
Top 5 Waterfowl Hunting Mistakes
Pheasant Hunting Tips
How To Hunt Deer From A Tree Stand
Professional Tips When Hunting For Elk
How To Successfully Hunt The Javelina
Basic Facts of Grizzly Bears
What Impacts Hunters and Hunting
TRAIL CAM’S: Letter to AZGFD from Don McDowell
Is it Safe to Hunt with Old Ammo?
By Mike Hanback January 8, 2021 – RealTree.com
The ammunition shortage of 2020 and early 2021 has had a massive impact on shooting and hunting. As early as last June, shelves were becoming bare of popular cartridges like the .223 and 9mm.
By October, when most gun hunters started prepping for deer season, it was difficult if not impossible to find a box of .270, .308, or any other hunting caliber in many parts of the country.
Two main factors led to the shortage: shutdowns and interruptions in supply chains for components and manufacturing, and a surge of new shooters and hunters into our ranks. Eight million new gun owners (that’s the estimate) and counting who purchase on average two boxes of cartridges create an instant demand of 16 million units of ammo! That’s on top of what we longtime shooters and hunters need.
The shortage caused many hunters, including me and quite possibly you, to dig around in our stuff and find old cartridges to use last season. So, can you shoot a deer with 5- to 20-year-old cartridges?
Midwinter Ice Fishing Tips from Northland Fishing Tackle
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The midwinter dog days are here with ultra-cold weather, which can mean tougher bites. To help anglers through this period, Northland’s Nick Lindner hooks up with Will Pappenfus, a noted panfish expert and Team Northland pro, and they dissect ways to get on bull bluegills and slab crappies despite midwinter’s challenges. The video to the right walks through some extremely valuable information on determining location, the right presentation, and gear recommendations to get the job done.
In terms of location, Will recommends anglers seek out basins as panfish have largely vacated shallower vegetation in search of emerging larvae out deeper. Depending on whether you’re targeting bluegills or crappies, you’ll need to search out different areas of the basin, all information covered in the video!
Regarding presentations, Will is a big fan of Northland’s Tungsten Punch Fly with a couple spikes or waxworms for reaction bites. He’ll also drop and work a small Northland Rippin’ Shad. The Tungsten Punch Fly is a wickedly effective bait. Invertebrates and suspended zooplankton are the preferred prey of any panfish species, and this jig stands out while fitting in – a lifelike chewy larva hackle impresses caddis and mayfly imposters, while an undulating soft hackle at the head of the jig mimics a breathing and swimming insect.
The Rippin’ Shad is a great reaction bite bait for outsized crappies. Its internally weighted rattle chamber emits sonic vibrations that attract crappies from afar, and its tight wiggling action provides just the right recipe to rip your way to bigger crappies chasing baitfish.
Nick and Will also discuss the nuances of how to work these baits in the video to the right, a huge part of the equation. And lastly, they cover the importance of the right rod setup and line choice, other important factors in the total system.
Species in the News
What Impacts Conservation
Politics & Constroversy
Trail Cameras VS Fair Chase
Water Crisis Already Real at Powell and Mead
What is the General Government Appropriations Act of 2019
Public Lands – Where the Pavement Ends
The Funding of NGOs
6 Signs of Geo Engineering
What Are Conservation Easements
What is Sustainable Development?
How NGOs Cripple America Using The EAJA
What is the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation?
Maintaining Safeguards in Nation’s Largest National Forest
Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Update, Fourth Quarter 2020
CURRENT POPULATION STATUS
The end of year census for 2019 was a minimum of 163 Mexican wolves in the wild (76 in AZ and 87 in NM). This was a 24% increase in the population from a minimum of 131 wolves counted at the end of 2018. The end of year census for 2020 is currently underway. Results of the 2020 census are anticipated to be available in March 2021. Annual surveys are conducted in the winter as this is when the population experiences the least amount of natural fluctuation (i.e. in the spring the population increases dramatically with the birth of new pups and declines throughout the summer and fall as pup mortality generally occurs in this period). Thus, the IFT summarizes the total number of wolves in the winter at a fairly static or consistent time of year. Counting the population at the end of each year allows for comparable year-to-year trends at a time of year when the Mexican wolf population is most stable.
Ten Mexican wolf mortalities were documented in the current quarter, which brings the total number of documented mortalities in 2020 to 29. Of the 29 mortalities, 8 were pups, a segment of the population that normally experiences high mortality during the year. Six of the moralities were juveniles and 15 were adults. The impact of these mortalities is uncertain but based on the 2017 Population Viability Assessment (PVA) completed for recovery planning purposes, continued population growth is expected.
Oklahoma Has a Bill to Create an Official Bigfoot Hunting Season
HIGHLIGHTS: A member of the Oklahoma state House of Representatives just introduced a bill to create an official Bigfoot hunting season. If it passes, the state wildlife commission will need to set dates for the season and issue licenses.
A member of the Oklahoma state House of Representatives named Justin Humphrey just introduced a bill to create an official Bigfoot hunting season. And it’s not a joke. He wants the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission to, quote, “set annual season dates and create any necessary specific hunting licenses and fees.”
The wildlife commission isn’t hot on the idea, though. A spokesperson said, quote, “Here at the department, we use science to make management decisions, and we do not recognize Bigfoot as a wildlife species.” If the bill passes, it would take effect on November 1st.
Humphrey comes from a region in southeast Oklahoma that’s known for its Bigfoot sightings, and even holds an annual Bigfoot festival. And hey, what BETTER way to celebrate Bigfoot than to kill him?
The Debate on 2nd Amendment Rights
TRACKING 2A LEGISLATION
H.R.127 – Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act
– Introduced 01/04/21 – UPDATES – Introduced in House
SB 5078 WASHINGTON – High Capacity Magazines
– Introduced 01/06/21 – UPDATES – In Committee
S. 3254 – Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020
– Introduced 01/30/20 – UPDATES – Introduced in Senate
HR 5717 – Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020
– Introduced 01/30/20 – UPDATES – Introduced in House