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Serious Skills to Spear a Whitetail

This is one of the most primitive whitetail deer spear hunting experience that you will encounter.
Not many hunter will hunt whitetail with a spear because it requires stealthiness. That stealthiness comes in the form of patiences and self-discipline, the rewards far outweighs the grind.

In the video Pursuit hunter, Tim Wells, explains his purpose to experience caveman hunting situations. He demonstrates clearly why the spear is not a very popular weapon of choice to hunt with these days. The accuracy is slim and requires a lot of human-created force to take down animals of a decent size. Spear hunting is a super rewarding experience and Wells proves how exhilarating success can be.

by Kate Rainey and revised by CalSports

Source: Tim Wells Youtube

Your Deer Are Here

Where and How to Hunt for Bucks as Seasons Get Cranking in September

By Bill Adelman 

With several deer hunting seasons in full swing in California, options are many for hunters, assuming one will fit our personal needs.

Not many of us own or have access to a 20,000-acre ranch in the B Zone (most of the North Coast from the border to the Bay Area) that is crawling with deer, hogs, coyotes, cats, game birds and snakes. Option two is to join an established annual dues hunting club that offers access to hunts behind locked gates (reservations for all hunts required). You generally have good property to hunt, though you’re entirely on your own.

Our hog hunt neer Hollister - 084Number three might be a guided hunt, of which there are a few options. A fully outfitted hunt offers full-time guides, generally two to one, unless you kick in a few extra bucks to hunt one on one with Our trip to Washington to Deer hunta guide. They provide lodging, food, transportation, spot and stalk, blinds, in-field care, skinning, and in some cases even a walk-in cold box to hang your game. These are really the cat’s meow.

Some of the diverse topography you’re bound to encounter in Northern California. A good GPS will come in handy as well if hunting near private land. (BILL ADELMAN)

Some of the diverse topography you’re bound to encounter in Northern California. A good GPS will come in handy as well if hunting near private land. (BILL ADELMAN)

Other choices are semi-outfitted hunts, where the program offers private land, lodging, cooking facilities and direction to use the best methods, but you’re on your own from here on out. So first and foremost, bring a sharp knife.

A fourth possible choice might be the access-fee hunt, where you’re entirely on your own from setting up camp, scouting in your own vehicle and going at it blind unless you’ve been there before. Even though it appears we have ample opportunity to deer hunt, with the first season, archery, opening about the first weekend in July up to the final opening, about the first few days of October, opportunities are still extremely limited. You must decide and apply. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife website is much easier to decipher than it used to be and well worth checking out for particulars.
FAMILIARITY RULES
Knowing the lay of the land is necessary, and venturing out of state to hunt an access ranch is a daunting task. The same applies to California. There are many prebook questions that must be answered to your satisfaction. Four of us took this chance in 2010, venturing to Wyoming with deer and antelope tags in our luggage. We had to arrive prior to opening day, attend a seminar regarding the rules and regulations of the property, and tour the main sections of the ranch with the hunt coordinator and his son. Their prehunt requirements were well laid out and ranchers were available every day to rely on for advice.

Our hunt was five days in the field, and every tag we had was punched. We headquartered 11 miles from the ranch at a campground in Kaycee, Wyo., where there was a cooler available for our bagged carcasses. Everything we learned there was imperative information for here in California.
GOING PUBLIC
Back home brings us to the final option: hunting on public land. For most of us who started out on public land, this brings back positive memories of past successes and a few hairy situations. For me, it was introducing my then 10-year-old son to the new snows just at the edge of a pine forest while awaiting the migration – then getting our vehicle stuck. Of course this was before the days of the state’s zones.

Public hunts are available on CDFW land, state wildlife areas, ecological reserves, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management ground. Research is necessary. There’s also the SHARE program, PLM tags, and special hunts for juniors.

The terrain might dictate any physical limitations as well as expected harvest figures, which are available from the CDFW website and broken down by zone. Travel distance is another consideration.

Before the zone days my son and I used to travel to the backcountry of Plumas County for weekend hunts, leaving after school on a Friday. A six-hour drive was rewarded with outstanding country and successful hunts. It’s still good, but you must draw for it.

Later on, at a friend’s suggestion we hunted public land in Mendocino County. We settled in on an area called Poison Rock, just north of a defunct Eel River ranger station. All of the ridges to the north of the dirt access road were closed to all vehicular traffic – thus the hunting was fairly good. It’s still a huntable area but much busier, especially with road hunters. There’s a bunch of land available if you’ll walk just a little.

When hunting close to private land, as in Trinity or Lassen Counties, a boundary line defined by a GPS is critical. Remember that trespassing without permission is against the law, and there’s a gray area between trespass and wanton waste. Public land abounds the further south you venture, but the success rates rapidly diminish and the hills get steeper. Right up the central California corridor, opportunities present themselves on both sides of I-5. We used to take off about a month prior to opening day and just drive, hitting huntable ground and making our own maps.

Glassing for deer on a steep incline can be improved if you have a shooting stick to steady your binos on. (BILL ADELMAN)

Glassing for deer on a steep incline can be improved if you have a shooting stick to steady your binos on. (BILL ADELMAN)

LIVE WELL IN CAMP
We’ve located our ideal campsite, so what’s next? As you age, it becomes apparent that comfort is just as important as any other feature of the trip. Sleep on the ground just once more in a tent? You can’t be serious. This desire prompted our first four-wheel-drive truck and a mini 18-foot travel trailer that seemed like a five-star hotel at the time.

We then added a 500-watt generator, an enclosed portable shower and a screen tent. Just as a mention, after arriving at your hunting location, this is not the time to sight-in five weapons and raise Cain in the campground. Public ground allows one to camp almost anywhere they wish, so don’t be surprised when you venture out opening morning – 4 miles from your chosen hunt area – to find six camps that were set up the previous night.

Try to stay hidden rather than stop right on the top of a ridge to glass for 30 minutes. Glassing for 30 minutes is the right approach, just not skylighted. If you carry a shooting stick, it can be used to steady your binos, as well as to shoot from.

When shooting on a stick, lean it towards you with the leg away from your body. This is far more stationary than leaning forward. Slowly check out the shady spots not only across the canyon but below you as well.

If you were able to reach these areas in the dark and used a green headlamp rather than a white light, sit for a spell and look. If cover is scarce, why not try a lightweight blind like the ones a turkey hunter uses?

Deer pick up movement far more quickly than they do a stationary hunter. The wind direction is critical, and when you have the option of watching a western slope in the morning, give it plenty of time. Spotting the glint of a buck’s antlers as soon as the sun hits them is far easier than picking them up in a darkened area.

If you are on a private-land hunt, consider a pop-up blind that’s properly placed and camouflaged. Chances are it will remain unmolested in your absence.

Whether it’s an out-of-state hunt or a trip to the foothills or mountains near your home, when it all comes together it can be a memorable fall experience to take a buck home. (BILL ADELMAN) NORCAL

Whether it’s an out-of-state hunt or a trip to the foothills or mountains near your home, when it all comes together it can be a memorable fall experience to take a buck home. (BILL ADELMAN)

Since blacktail and granite bucks are not as predictable as whitetail, blind location should be in a general area where you feel confident that deer will be moving, such as at a pinch point. In our early zones and many later areas, it will be hot. If everything comes together, deer will move to water midmorning to midafternoon, as well as unbed to feed. Setting up in a forested area with the sun at your back where possible limits your shooting lanes, but that’s where the deer will be.

If approaching an open meadow, rather than just trek right through the middle, why not circle the edges inside the trees and stop to glass every 20 to 30 yards? The pattern here is obvious.

Going slow and having good optics are key, but patience is the largest key. When your camp holds three or four hunters, midmorning pushes will produce in blacktail country.

The shooters should be out of sight and the pushers with the sun at their backs should be slow and quiet. The
deer will know you’re coming well in advance of your movements and might not be running full tilt as they fly by your posted sitters.

It’s that time of year again for California hunters in search of a nice buck. Where to hunt is one of your ?rst factors to consider, so do your research and you might be rewarded with a freezer full of meat. (BILL ADELMAN)

It’s that time of year again for California hunters in search of a nice buck. Where to hunt is one of your first factors to consider, so do your research and you might be rewarded with a freezer full of meat. (BILL ADELMAN)

One last bit of advice: When you hear one of your hunters say, “deer down,” the entire hunt should terminate and full focus be placed on taking care of the animal.

Good luck this season. CS
Editor’s note: For season-opening dates, check out our Outdoor Calendar on page 33 and get more complete deer zone schedules at wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Deer.

See what a 750 Grain bullet can do

nitro700Ever wondered what it would be like to go hog hunting with an elephant gun? Well, these two guys in Florida did.

If you’ve ever wondered what a 750 grain bullet fired from a .577 Nitro would do to a feral hog, then you need to see this video.

Not only is a double rifle a stylish piece of gear for hunting dangerous game in Africa, but it is quite effective against feral hogs as well.

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For reference, a typical .30-06 Springfield hunting bullet weighs 165-180 grains. Though this is not small by any means, it is dwarfed by the 293 gr bullet fired by the 9.3x74mm and is absolutely tiny compared to the 750 gr bullets that the .577 Nitro Express shoots.

Though that extreme level of power is not really necessary when hunting hogs, a .577 Nitro is just what the doctor ordered for dealing with a charging cape buffalo. Not surprisingly, a bullet that is designed to reliably stop a charging elephant has no trouble penetrating the entire length of a feral hog.

Not only did these guys get some good practice in prior to going on an elephant hunt, but they got literally a whole truck-load of bacon out of the deal as well!

by John McAdams

Source: Clash Daily Youtube

Face to Face with a Charging Moose

Not many hunters get a chance to film a moose hunting scene like this one.

Watch what happens as this moose charges up to these hunters.

This moose kill scene is quite close

This moose came charging up like he owned the space, but the hunter was ready for him. I was impressed by how calm and collected the hunter was throughout the hunt. Not many people could keep their cool like this guy did.

It took two shots to take down this huge bull. He went down fighting and didn’t stop struggling until the second shot ended it.

That was a very close encounter!, Good shooting and way to stay calm.

Source: Kristoffer Clausen Youtube

Which Cartridge do you use for Long Range Hunting?

If you are looking to get into long range hunting, these cartridges will suit you fine.

With the latest guns, scopes, and laser rangefinders, well-practiced hunters are able to confidently take game at over 1,000 yards.

If you are looking to break into the long range hunting arena, or are trying to improve your long range accuracy, listen to what the experts at Red Rock Precision Rifles feel are the best cartridges for long range hunting.

There you have it. Shooters sensitive to recoil should choose a 28 Nosler and those looking for more power should choose a .300 Remington Ultra Mag. However, that’s just one man’s opinion.

If it’s deer or deer-sized game you’re chasing, you can’t go wrong with the 6.5 Creedmoor, though tons of long range game animals have fallen to the good old .300 Winchester Magnum, and the new Weatherby 6.5-3000 is quickly making a name for itself.

by Micah Sargent

Source: Epic Outdoors Youtube

The bottom line is that any rifle that is accurate enough and sustains enough energy at long range can be a killer in the right hands. Putting in the range time necessary to get the most out of your gun is where most hunters fall short. Know your effective range before you hit the field, then stick to it.

What do think of Spear Hunting?

Spear hunting has become quite a controversial subject lately.
This type of hunting has been done since the beginning of mankind.
Hunter is pitted against beast with the most primitive of weapons.
Watch this video and decide for yourself what your stance is on spear hunting.


CBC Edmonton shared on Facebook quite an interesting video on the subject of spear hunting.

Spear hunting sounds primitive but lately has come under fire from some who feel it is too brutal. Spear hunter Michel Blanchett has been spear hunting for 7 years. He claims this primitive way of hunting is the most ethical as it pits you against your game at close range with one throw to get your game. This type of hunting is for the elite hunter.

This allows game to have a better chance against a hunter than it would against a long distance rifle shooter or even a modern archery armed hunter.

What is your stance on spear hunting? Check the facts before you make too rash of a decision based on someone’s ill conceived belief over actual reality.

by Eric Nestor
Source: CBC Edmonton Facebook, Michael Blanchett

Gobbler Down!

AFTER GOING TURKEYLESS IN TEXAS, A TRIP TO KANSAS HELPS SNAP BRITTANY’S SKID

By Brittany Boddington

After my first turkey fail, I was anxious to get back out and try again.

This time I headed to Kansas and hunted with Dan Bell of Bell Wildlife Specialties (785-589-2321; huntingkansaswhitetails.com). I was a little nervous since my first try for turkey was so unsuccessful in Texas (California Sportsman, June 2016), but Bell assured me we’d get the job done.

I arrived at midday and we immediately went on the computer and got my hunting license and turkey tag printed out. We had to wait for the rest of our group to arrive, but by the time they got there I was in my camo, ready to head out and redeem myself.

The view from Brittany’s blind usually included turkeys, but in many cases they were just hens or small jakes. The author wasn’t sure a mature tom would show up before her hunt wrapped up. (BRITTANY BODDINGTON)

THE FIRST AFTERNOON WAS pretty exciting. Bell thought that we should try sitting in a cool little grassy area with trees and a little creek bed running through it.

Boddington was dressed for turkey success, but she was going to have to work for this bird. (BRITTANY BODDINGTON)

We hid ourselves in a spot with some taller grass and bushes and brushed ourselves in as best we could. We sat as still as possible and Bell tried doing some calling on his slate. The sun was at that magical angle where everything looks golden when Bell made a little sound to let us know there was a turkey creeping in from behind us. I was so excited I struggled to stay still.

After what seemed like forever, a jake finally popped out from the creek bed and stood about 20 yards from me next to a tree. It was dead still while looking around, and I knew instinctively that this was not a big enough bird to shoot. Still, I was excited to see it anyways and wanted to let the guys know that it was around.

They were at a different angle and couldn’t see the young male turkey yet. I moved just a bit to signal to them that the jake was out, but it must have spotted me because it took off and was gone.

The next morning we went out long before daylight and climbed into a blind that overlooked a big field. There was water down below and a tree line that wrapped around us. We set out some decoys, did some calling and waited. It wasn’t long before the first hen arrived. She made her way along the tree line, heading toward the water below, and was followed by a few more hens. We settled in, called a little and waited. A little while later the same hen emerged from the trees closest to us and made her way over to the decoy. The other hens followed and circled around for a bit before they wandered away.

Besides guiding hunts for whitetail, pheasants and turkey in the Harveyville, Kan., area, Brittany’s friend Dan Bell is also a taxidermist there. (BRITTANY BODDINGTON)

As the morning progressed two coyotes crossed the field in front of us, but unfortunately I didn’t have a rifle with me and they never came in shotgun range.

That afternoon we tried another spot, which overlooked an old cornfield that was out of use. Bell had heard that the turkeys were roosting nearby, so we hoped to catch them headed in for the night. This time we didn’t sit long before the first one arrived. It was a jake, so we watched him circle around for a while.

To our right a hen popped out; as we watched her, two big longbeards came walking in right behind her. We all got pretty excited – probably too excited and I ended up rushing my shot and shooting right over the top of them. Things weren’t going as well as I’d hoped.

I ONLY HAD TWO days to hunt and I had ruined my first chance, so I was not very happy with myself. But I didn’t give up either.

The next morning we tried the same spot again and had the same result, except the coyotes didn’t show up. In the afternoon we tried a new spot tucked in a corner of a grassy opening surrounded by trees. We did some calling and heard some rustling in the brush but never got a turkey to come out.
That should have been my last chance. I had to leave for the airport around 8:30 a.m. the next morning, but we decided to squeeze in one last hunt before I left.

Finding a tom to wander into shooting range took patience. Eventually a big enough bird was within range. (BRITTANY BODDINGTON)

Finding a tom to wander into shooting range took patience. Eventually a big enough bird was within range. (BRITTANY BODDINGTON)

We got up and out extra early and drove further than we had before. We settled into a blind on a tree line overlooking two big empty fields. As light started to break through the trees, a hen appeared. She slowly worked her way past us and across the field into the trees on the other side. We could hear more turkeys coming down from a roost nearby, and sure enough, one by one they crossed in front of us as they made their way out for the day.

The clock was ticking and no big toms had appeared. I started to consider shooting a jake just so that we would have a turkey to take home. I didn’t want to, but given my streak, desperation was becoming a factor. I second-guessed myself a few times after passing on a few birds.

Urban Huntress 6I knew we had to pull the plug on the morning hunt in about 30 minutes and was praying something would arrive before that. I looked down and when I looked up there were two big longbeards walking toward me. I got so excited I fumbled trying to get myself in position, but thankfully the toms were looking at a hen and didn’t notice. I waited for a good shot. When the turkey stopped I took it, and thank goodness the bird didn’t fly away this time! I had my very first eastern turkey and it was gorgeous!

Finally, success! Brittany was running out of time and staring at the reality of ending another hunt without filling her gobbler tag, but this nice tom cooperated for her and guide Dan Bell, allowing her to notch her first tag. (BRITTANY BODDINGTON)

Just before I shot it had started to drizzle, and when I pulled the trigger it seemed to open up the skies. By the time I got to the turkey it was pouring rain. We gathered up our gear and got out of there just in time to head to the airport.

Just when I thought all hope was lost, it ended up being a successful hunt, and definitely one that I will not forget. Now it’s time to hit the range and work on my shotgun skills for the next turkey season! CS

Editor’s note: Brittany Boddington is a Los Angeles-based journalist, hunter and adventurer. Like her at facebook.com/brittanyboddington and follow at instagram.com/brittanyboddington

Flatten a Monster Boar with a .300 Mag

Longtime hog nemesis Brian “Pigman” Quaca shows off his new toy from Savage Arms a .300 Win Mag by flattening a 270+ pound wild boar on this hunt.

Watch the video to see the action, they also had a second camera set up to capture a reverse angle shot of the whole deal.

Though the video clip doesn’t show it, Pigman was actually busy playing on his phone and didn’t notice the hog come out at first (we’ve all been there before, right?).

Fortunately for him, the camera guy was on his game and got his attention. At that point, it was just a matter of putting his round on target, which he did like a true professional using his non-dominant eye better than many hunters do with their strong eye.

Nice shootin’ Pigman! That is a heck of a hog!

by John McAdams
Source: Brian ‘Pigman’ Quaca

When is a deer Shot Unethical?

Recent advances in technology enable hunters or anybody to take shots at extreme ranges (such as TrackingPoint), no untrained shooter would even consider shooting an animal at such range.

In this video, Hunters from Extreme Outer Limits successfully made a 1,315 yard shot on a mule deer. The question is, was taking such a long range shot ethical? These hunters were using a rifle chambered in .26 Nosler using 140gr Berger VLD bullets with a ballistic coefficient of .612 (an extremely aerodynamic bullet). In the right hands, the .26 Nosler is a great cartridge for making long range shots and these guys did real well.

So back to the big question: is taking a 1,315-yard shot on an animal, regardless of the rifle/cartridge combination used and the shooting abilities of the hunter, ethical?

Watch the video and see what you think.

There’s a mixed sentiment conversation taking place out in the online world whether it is ethical or not.

Some comments were:
– the bullet duration time of flight taking too long, even for a high end long range cartridge. With the lag time other what could have happened was that the animal could have moved and be struck to only wound it.

– takes most of the “hunt” out of the experience and turns the experience into target practice on live animals.

So we’re going to let you all decide whether this is an unethical shot or not, let us know what you think.

story and comments by John McAdams but revised by Calsports
Source: ExtremeOuterLimits Youtube, moarifles.com

9mm Tracers Lights up Coyote

Hunting coyote and other predators  is definitely a huge plus in helping preserve the local deer population. Youtuber Tim Wells highlights some coyote hunting with 9mm tracer rounds.

Watch as Tim Wells lights up these coyotes with tracer rounds.

Awesome shooting and great footage of tracers!

In the video, Tim encounters some challenges on getting these wily predators  to come closer. With some patiences like a seasoned hunter, utilizing the Foxpro caller, the coyotes  arrive.

However, one of the shooter misses an easy shot of the standing coyote, but later was able to obtain a different shot to take down the coyote, see the video for the highlights.

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Video Transcript:

Well you always know it’s going to be a good hunt when you pull into the pasture and a coyote runs in front of the truck.

After that last thirty-round clip I decided to try and stop the Coyote.But he didn’t want anything to do with it. He just kept on running. So we set up. I thought I might be able to call him out into the open. Only trouble was, he wouldn’t hold still. Suddenly I found myself between the Coyote and the guns, so I hit the dirt. and lucky for me, they were very safety-minded. I looked over and noticed that Chip and Bubba were laughing about the whole ordeal. When suddenly I also noticed a coyote and he was coming our way.

“Shut up here somes one!”

I tried all sorts of calls to draw him closer, but he held his ground. Finally, chip moved into position. He’s gonna try the shot with the nine milimeter.

“You got him? Huh? Tell me when you got him. Just about a foot right over his hea, and squeeze the trigger real slow.”

It’ll be like launching a canonball at this distance.

“Got it?”

“I’m on him.”

[BANG] [Chuckling] [Again in slow-mo]

“[chuckling] That was crazy! Did you see that?”

“This was the coolest setting ever. This Coyote, Tim says, ‘Yeah I don’t think they’re gonna come quite into the call’ We called, as you’ll see in a little bit, he calls that coyote right up, jumps ontop of the day-gum call. jumps ontop of the day-gum call. I don’t know what kinda call that is, but it’s the best call ever, so [voice fades out]”

Chip’s first shot was perfectly placed. Right where the Coyote used to be.

Original story by Micah Sargent, revised by Calsports
Source: Tim Wells Youtube