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Published by Frank Biggs on 14 Oct 2016

Bwana Bubba’s Thoughts – Landlocked Public Lands

Landlocked Public Land – A Good Trade or Bad Trade?

When plans of a great hunt goes bad after doing your in depth homework on a hunting unit and finding it is too much work to make it fun and give up.  The great State of Oregon, as well as other western states in CONUS has a great amount of public land, whether it is National Forest, State Lands, and Bureau of Land Management lands.  Those that spend a great deal of their off time in the field hunting, fishing, hiking or whatever else takes them in to the field have found that there is a great deal landlocked public land that is very difficult to access.

In my younger days, with my hunting partners we challenged the access every year.  Having worked with paper maps in my early stages of my hunting life, too figure out how to get into the public lands was very time consuming.  Early on we would find the touching points and jump the line, though Wyoming was the first to make that illegal to do so.  Unless the government changes the use of satellites’, I will trust the modern day GPS or mobile device and my mapping software 100% as many paper maps and some mapping software are not accurate with all the changes going on.  How many still have 20+ year old National Forest maps and Rams maps?   Funny I just threw way in my recycle container all of my paper maps from the last 40 years…  That included the map of a certain hunt unit in Oregon that had more than 200 elk harvest from the circle of acquaintances’ over the years.

The other day after posting an old article about a land trade that was in the making back some years ago, I took some heavy hits from a rancher.  I understand where he was coming from and his comments were well said.  My feeling still did not wavier on the subject of that particular B.L.M. and private land trade, to free up B.L.M. that was encompassed with the private lands.  Reading the government/private land proposal, I personally and others that opposed it, knew that much of the public land would still only be used few and the private sector would still get the better deal.  The majority felt the only road into the new setup would be control by the private sector…  That would have been by a very big organization and not the ranchers.

This BLM which you can access, could have been lost to the public...

This BLM which you can access, could have been lost to the public…

As I am writing this article, I venture up in the hills outside of Molalla, Oregon looking for Blacktails to do a photo op.  I wanted to work around some old haunts in the upper area; low and behold I find that some of the BLM has been swapped out to a private timber company.  Weyerhaeuser property touches some of the property and the companies warning signs were in full view.  One has to love the BLM No Shooting Signs on posted on the BLM, and no residential structures in the area.  I feel it is an attempt to keep hunters from even going on the BLM, since there is private and timber company properties close by.

If the public (outdoor enthusiast) would look at computer or mobile device with mapping software such as the best being onXmaps HUNT , you’re going to be very surprise to see how much public land that is tied up and almost impossible to have access to.   The ranchers, farmers, and landowners have the access and it basically like an extension to their own land.  With money one can find a way in, such as being dropped in by a helicopter, parachute or even an ultralight…  You have to weigh the cost and still know you’re going to have to come back out the public landlocked land, without setting foot on private.

In this paragraph I am attaching number pictures of BLM land that the private land makes it basically landlocked.  There is a BLM Right-Away, yet the public can’t use it.  The land has caretakers or ranch hands that besides using it for their personnel use, act as if they own it, since the owner is not living on the property.   There are always two sides to the story of course, giving access to the public on the Right-Away and the public take advantage of it using the private land as well as the public land.  I do know that opposite side of the river in this attached map, the Right-Away is open for about 4 miles.  For the most part the public does adhere to the only using the public land.

The BLM Rd. on the east side is closed and locked. River crossing or 11 mile walk...

The BLM Rd. on the east side is closed and locked. River crossing or 11 mile walk…

BLM Rd. is accessible to the road closure, which is about 4 miles.

BLM Rd. is accessible to the road closure, which is about 4 miles.

There was a major poaching problem as far as I am concerned in 2016 prior to the opening hunt for Oregon with local Natives being able to have access year round to hunt when it necessary to do so based on treaties, even if they are trespassing.  It would not have been so bad if they had not cut the heads off and only took the backstraps only on the elk and deer they took on private land.  In this case the Right-Away is problem since they can drive and kill on both the public and private lands…   We have to remember that the land owners are not landlocked.  They can have easements with the B.L.M., in many cases they have the lease on public land.

Some of the greatest Mule Deer and Rocky Mtn. Elk hunting area...

Some of the greatest Mule Deer and Rocky Mtn. Elk hunting area…

Many years ago I had open access to a parcel of land in eastern Oregon, what a great deal it was for archery deer and elk hunting.   Most of the time in the gang, there were 4 of us.  In those days working in the sporting goods business, to buy a 4 way rifle which was an inexpensive way to give a gratuity to a rancher.   Many years later after the rancher sold-out, I went into the back country with my Garmin GPS and onXmaps HUNT software loaded on the GPS, low and behold much of the land that we travel through his fences to get to where all Federal lands (BLM/NF).    To access this land all one had to do was travel on another access point on federal lands.

If I was a private land owner; I would want all my lands in one parcel overall, as long as it has a good water source.  Saying this there are the ranchers that have the summer range and the winter range and that is important to them, and rightly so. The public should never lose access to public land in any state, and we (public) should never give up or lose the river or water rights to private, unless private land is already deeded with their water source and have the land to the navigational line in the sand so to speak.  The B.L.M., should never be allowed to take away land and the ranchers lose their water, a necessary commodity of life to a ranch.  The trades need to be even as they can, so both the public and the private benefit from the trade.

 

 

 

Bwana Bubba…

 

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Published by sportsmanoutfitters on 05 Jul 2016

Barnett Crossbows Review

Today we wanted to review and shed light on Barnett Crossbows, one of the brands of high end bows on the market. This below delivers a 410+ FPS shooting speed with superb accuracy at 70 or more yards. Very lightweight and easy to handle with short axle to axle length with enough power to drop any large game. Normally a scope is included but I normally recommend any Vortex Scopes. They are good high end scopes with middle of the run prices. The ultra-light carbon risers give the bow a good well-balanced feel and touch.

The Barnett line of bows are known for a fast release and packs a good punch.

Releases fast and hits hard exactly where you are directing it to go. For a rugged and lightweight bow I recommend one of the high-end bows from Barnett. If you can afford it, buy it!

 

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Published by sportsmanoutfitters on 05 Jul 2016

Vortex Scope Review

Being that Vortex Scopes have come into the mainstream I wanted to give a good review on the products. While fairly new to the market they are built very solid with just the right amount of resistance in the turrets with solid “clicks.” They have the absolute best eye relief and the all purpose reticle is very fast yet precise when you need it.

The scope has a very smooth finish to it…almost perfect. It also feels considerably light in comparison to the competition. They are super bright and clear all the way up to 20x. However, when you do adjust the parrallax ignore the sharpness on your target. Adjust the reticle movement and then use the eye piece to focus. It took me about 20 seconds to get this perfect at 100yds.

Overall I think Vortex is doing a superb job and they are here to stay!

 

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Published by sportsmanoutfitters on 05 Jul 2016

Primos Game Cam Review

I recently purchased the Primos The Truth 46 Game Cam. I was very impressed with the quality of the images of my new game camera after having used Covert Cameras for the last few years. Honestly, the pictures that this game camera produces is better than some digital trail cameras. The Primos Game Cameras produce a 55 Foot night time range and nice crisp 7mp photos. There are several options you can choose from such as the delay of pics, 3, 5 or 7 megapixels and photo/video options plus more.
The cam also features new anti blur technology in which I can attest to. Out of the thousands of pictures this game camera has produced I haven’t had one blurry photo. So, if you are looking for a new game camera this upcoming season I highly recommend Primos The Truth 46 Game Camera.

 

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Published by sportsmanoutfitters on 05 Jul 2016

Burris Fullfield II Riflescope Review

I recently purchased the Burris Fullfield II 6.5-20×50 Riflescope online from Sportsman Outfitters. I was pretty skeptical before buying which is why I did my homework on different riflescopes such as Meopta Optics, Nikon Sport Optics and Leupold Scopes. Well, after thorough research and questioning I decided that the Burris Fullfield II was the rifle scope for me. So, I found the best price on riflescopes online at Sportsman Outfitters. They were very friendly and made the transaction very easy. I received the riflescope about 2 days later. After mounting the scope to my new rifle I went to the shooting range to test the new Burris Scopes.

Well, I figured being I didn’t pay top dollar for a riflescope that I was getting lower cost quality. I did pay about $399 for the riflescope which is pretty middle of the range. When I first took a peek through the Burris Fullfield II Riflescope I was shocked at the brightness and clearness. I really didn’t expect what I had just saw. After sighting my scope in at about 300 yards I took a break and just throught about the deal I had just made. This Burris scope was very easy to sight in as well I must say. I must say if you are purchasing a Burris Fullfield you will get the most bang for your buck. Only a few stores online have them decently priced. But I didn’t really have to look far when I found them at Sportsman Outfitters. I had purchased a few things from them before so I felt comfortable. All in all I would definitely recommend the Burris Fullfield II 6.5-20x50mm Riflescope to anyone looking for a high end riflescope but looking to make a good deal.

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Published by sportsmanoutfitters on 05 Jul 2016

High End Coolers Reviews and Ranks

We at Sportsman Gear Reviews did a comprehensive test on the top high end premium coolers in the market that we have personally used and owned for years. We are here to show consumers the good, bad and ugly truth.
SPECS –  Lifetime warranty, made in the U.S.A.
PROS – It rated the best in our ice-retention test, and it has the best warranty in the business. So if yours ever breaks, they’ll send you a new one.
CONS – We feel that the Pelican Coolers rated low on weight and heaviness but which is why it rates higher in ice retention.
BOTTOM LINE – If you are looking for a cooler that will hold ice the longest and it is staying in your boat or at the camp for any extended period of time. This is your cooler. If you plan on moving the cooler around a lot you might want to look elsewhere because this is the most rugged and heaviest cooler out there.
SPECS –  5 Year Warranty and made in the U.S.A.
PROS – It rated second best in our ice retention tests. This cooler that is made in the US has a lot of bells and whistles. It features both rope and solid handles, good drain plugs, rubber bottom so the cooler won’t slip in the boat and a ruler to measure your catch. The price runs middle of the market which means you can get a good US made solid cooler for a decent price.
CONS – The handles are different than any of the other premium coolers so it could be difficult to learn to use. The good part is that the latches are very easy to open and doesn’t take a lot of strength like a lot of the competition.
BOTTOM LINE – If you are looking for a cooler that will hold ice for a good amount of time and is light enough to move around and is American made this is your cooler.
SPECS – Lifetime warranty and made in the U.S.A
PROS – Good ergonomic design that is very unique. It features good latches and handles. The warranty is lifetime which can’t be beat. Features ruler on the top of the cooler for measuring fish.
CONS – Ice retention for the Grizzly Coolers has always been on the lower end. It is priced on the higher end as well. However, you can find online retailers that give good discounts which make it more affordable.
BOTTOM LINE – These coolers have cool sleek and ergonomic designs with some bells and whistles. Ice retention could be the deciding factor here but with its lightweight design and lifetime warranty it could very well be worth it.
SPECS – 4 Year Warranty & Made Overseas
PROS –  The Arizona based company had a good strategy when they came to market. They put out a cooler with an excellent price point and is very lightweight and easy to maneuver. For sportsman constantly on the go this could be a huge plus.
CONS – Thin walls and ice retention rates on the low end for these coolers. All lso, the handles and latches aren’t very rugged. The good news is that Canyon will replace these under their lifetime warranty. You will need this because  these can easily break.
BOTTOM LINE – If you are in the market for your first premium cooler this could be your low cost entry level cooler. While it serves it’s purpose there are some minor shortcuts to this cooler.
SPECS – 5-year warranty and made overseas
Unlike its sister cooler, the Frostbite R, the Icey-Tek Long Box has a way to go before it’s competitive in this crowd.
PROS – Priced low in the market while having relatively solid ice retention. You could find a good deal with online retailers which will drop the price even more.
CONS – Bottom of the pack in ice retention and ruggedness of the roto mold. The plastic is on the lower end and shows cracks when dropped.
BOTTOM LINE – If you are looking for an entry level premium cooler that won’t hurt your pocket book this could be the cooler for you. If you will just use it a 6-7 times throughout the year this could be the investment for you.
SPECS – 5 Year Warranty & Made in the USA
PROS – Good ergonomic design and thick walled cooler. Nice rugged latches and hinges. Owner has a lot of experience manufacturing and designing coolers.
CONS – Taiga is very new in the market so it remains to be seen if they could gain traction in the market. Long term wear on these coolers are unknown since they are new.
BOTTOM LINE – If you are looking for a solid color with ergonomic design this could be your cooler especially if you are in to trying new items in the market. We don’t think this would be a high risk or bad buy for you.
To conclude we hope that you found our reviews helpful. We did not review Yeti for a reason. As a consumer please do not fall into this marketing trap. There are far better coolers out there especially for the price. Thank you!
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Published by sportsmanoutfitters on 17 Feb 2015

Kansas Bowhunting With Sportsman Outfitters

Check out Sportsman Outfitters bowhunting in Cherryvale, KS!

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Published by Frank Biggs on 12 Jan 2015

Carter Reservoir Wild Horses Face Starvation – Part 2

First response from William Simpson to the Modoc Record Article:

Another picture from Laura Simpson and her wild herd of horses that free range on the their property.

Another picture from Laura Simpson and her wild herd of horses that free range on the their property.

First let me say that I always enjoy a good debate, so thanks for the reply.

In your response, you have digressed significantly from the ‘facts’ published by the Modoc Record, which you sent to me, and which is what we are supposedly talking about.

You originally sent me their article as the basis for what? An argument or reason that purports a pretense to support the removal all the horses from the lands that were set aside by a Congressional Act for their existence along with the local game animals?

Now that the Modoc Record article has been myth-busted, it seems you’re abandoning it, and moving-off to even shaky unsupported grounds for a further debate? That’s no fun… I can’t debate you while you’re sinking in quicksand.

Taking what the BLM has stated and which the Modoc Record has reported, as being ‘their’ (not mine) take on the situation over in Modoc County is more than adequate to prove the points I have made beyond any reasonable doubt. So why the further debate?  What’s the point? If you don’t like horses, then just say so! What might be more relevant would be telling us why you don’t like horses.

If I didn’t know better, I would say you were practicing-up to be a politician  {;-) …. talking at length without staying on point. The article is what it is and says what is says… a re-report from the BLM… we don’t need to go beyond that with a boat-load of personal speculations and debates on any unfounded, unreported possibilities..

The points I have made are in fact fully supported by the article itself. I needn’t make any assumptions or speculations in support of the points I have made. It’s really as simple as; the article is a farce, and qualifies as good propaganda and nothing more. Don’t tell me that you drank the Kool Aid and now you’re defending it?

It’s not worthy of anyone’s time to debate a whole bunch of unfounded conjectures. I am taking the BLM report and the Modoc Record article on the report at its face…. and it’s just nonsensical.

The BLMs position is just so stupid! If the 23,000 acres of land cannot support 50 horses, how in God’s name can it support 1200+ cows, plus hundreds of big-game animals??? How?? And if that’s the case, and the land that was designated for the wild horses, has trouble supporting just the horses, then why would the BLM allow 1,278 cows plus calves to also graze the same land? Take about obtuse management practices! That’s one for the book!

As the article says, the area is called: “The 23,000 acre Carter Reservoir wild horse Herd Management Area” for a reason!  Note the keywords ‘wild horse’… it’s not called the ‘23,000 acre cattle grazing area'; nor is it called the ‘the 23,000 acre tribal food zone’. This land is public land that was set aside by a Congressional Act for the ‘wild horses’.

They (the BLM and the Modoc Record) have very clearly inferred that the 23-thousand acres of land at the Carter Reservoir cannot support 50 horses (they are ‘starving’ and ‘thirsty’)!  I have to say that if 23,000 acres works for grazing 1278 cows, calves and hundreds of big-game animals, it’s a scientific impossibility that the same land cannot support and allow 50 wild horses to winter-over; or, that somehow 50 horses are the reason why this vast area of land is over-grazed. Any such assertions, based upon the facts presented by the BLM themselves through the Modoc Record, amounts to a monumental pile of dung.

There is only TWO logical assumptions that can follow which are factually supported using the BLM/Modoc Record’s own facts:

1. The BLM is allowing the land to be severely overgrazed by permit ($) grazing (follow the money and you always find where the bad smell originates) to the point where the land cannot sustain a lousy 50 head of horses!  This IS total and complete mismanagement of the lands.

2. The BLM and the Cattlemen don’t care to have any horses on the land that was specifically set aside for them (remember the title of the land IS: “The 23,000 acre Carter Reservoir wild horse Herd Management Area”)… so this is how they deal with that; invent a situation where the horses must be removed. Again, mismanagement of the lands and the Protected horses by the BLM, and this may even amount to a fraud being perpetrated against the American trust; this is public land, not private cattle-ranchers land.

There is another very important fact that is often overlooked:

There are thousands of big-game animals that also live out there at Carter area (deer, elk, antelope) who also need grazing and water and the ability to winter-over. These animals are important to the recreational hunting businesses, which arguably provide a very significant amount of revenue to local and federal economies. If the 50 horses can’t hack it, these important big-game animals are also in trouble too! And that means hunters are being screwed-over by the over-grazing of the public land by commercial cattle! I don’t know about you, but I like hunting as does all of my family, and from that standpoint alone, the BLM is yet again, mismanaging the lands and assets!

There are no other logical conclusions that can be drawn using just the ‘facts’ that the BLM and the Modoc Record have published. None!  That is unless you want to begin your debate with ‘Once Upon A Time’.  And I really don’t have the time or desire to hear or debate any fairy tales.

The problem is crystal clear, and it’s not about 50 wild horses. 

Best Regards,

Bill
Capt. William E. Simpson II – USMM Ret.
Semper Veritas / Semper Paratus

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Published by Frank Biggs on 12 Jan 2015

Carter Reservoir Wild Horses Face Starvation – Part 1

This picture of Wild Horses was taken by Laura Simpson 2014

This picture of Wild Horses was taken by Laura Simpson 2014

 

I think that hunters are getting screwed by overgrazing of cattle by the industrial cattle ranchers… family ranchers have their own lands for the most part so they aren’t the culprits … and any hunter knows that if 50 lousy horses are being starved-out by over-grazing of cattle, then the big-game animals, the ones we pay big money to hunt, are having their numbers decimated along with the wild horses!  So we battle-on!  Cheers! Bill

 

 

TO: The Editor – Modoc County Record News
RE: Your article titled: “
Carter wild horses face starvation, thirst

I respectfully request that you publish my response to the aforementioned article as an OP-ED.

Let’s consider the so-called facts stated in your ‘report’, which is contained herein below in its entirety to keep my response in context: 

First:
The article states there are 1278 cows plus calves grazing on the Carter Reservoir horse management area that is shared with a mere 50 horses. Yet, 50 lousy horses are supposedly starving! Do the cows eat dirt and absorb water by osmosis from the atmosphere? Why would ranchers even want to graze 1278 cows on lands that cannot even support a lousy 50 head of horse? And what about all the hundreds of other animals who live on that same land;deer, elk, antelope, etc.?
Secondly:
If the grazing pressure on the ‘public’ lands by commercial cattlemen is mismanaged by the BLM to the point where the cattle eat everything, leaving nothing for a few horses, deer, elk and antelope to winter-over on, who’s fault is that? How does this impact the hundreds of game animals? And we have had some decent rains lately, so water over the past couple months shouldn’t have been an issue. Are the deer, elk and antelope also migrating by the droves onto private lands as well? And are they also being trapped and transported anywhere? If so, then where? If not, are they also starving and dehydrated as well? Could this be the ultimate result of ‘over-grazing’ of public lands?The BLM has some serious explaining to do on this one for sure! Logic says the problem clearly resides with the BLM; either they are simply misrepresenting what’s going on to the public, so protected horses, which produce no revenues or taxes can be removed and are subsequently destroyed by slaughter; or, they are mismanaging the public assets (the land and the horses are public assets); or, a combination of both of the foregoing.
Third:
The BLM knows exactly how many horses were removed due to the ‘reportedly’ austere starvation conditions (16 horses), yet they have no idea as to how many cows were removed?? (if any)… What?  Is that how you ‘manage’? You count one thing but not the other? Can you imagine the response of any small business owner if a cashier only counted the pennies and forgot to count the quarters in his till before he turned it in at the end of the shift. This is a much bigger deal!
Fourth:
If the Carter Reservoir management area is such a horrid area (lack of forage and water) why would any rancher ever want to graze any cattle and tender calves there? The report you have published is by its own stated facts highly contradictory and illogical.It’s a sad state of affairs in America when people are so propagandized by special interest groups that they will swallow almost anything at face value without applying even the slightest token of logical analysis. Isn’t that the job of a good journalist?In conclusion, the article as you have published it, is on its face a farce.

Respectfully,
Capt. William E. Simpson II – USMM Ret.
Semper Veritas / Semper Paratus

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Published by sportsmanoutfitters on 22 Feb 2014

Kansas Archery Hunt Promotion

Sportsman Outfitters is an online hunting gear store. We are offering a chance to win a promotional open range Kansas archery hunt in the middle of the rut. We went to 180 Outdoors in Kansas last year for the first time. While we were there we saw plenty of big Kansas bucks. Every person with us had a chance at a nice 135-170 class whitetail deer. So, visit SportsmanOutfitters.com/Promo to view the rules on how to win a Kansas bowhunt. View the pictures below of a couple of the bucks that were killed last year at 180 Outdoors in Kansas. Here is a chance to go with Sportsman Outfitters on an all expense paid trip to do some Kansas bowhunting. Thanks!

Also, at the end of the month we are running a promo on Vortex Scopes. Please visit our site for more info!

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