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Published by Whitetail Deer on 26 Dec 2010

Broadhead Advice

Hi, ive heard too much about broadheads and i know the people here at archerytalk are farely experienced. So im shooting a hoyt maxxis 31 50 lb with a 24 in draw length (yeah i know short arms, only 13). Will somebody suggest me some good broadheads to use? I dont think i want to shoot mechanicals. Thats just one more thing to worry about in my opinion.

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Published by seanb912 on 24 Dec 2010

hypershock 2? or 2 3/4?

I’m Buying a new 2010 pse omen 70# bow. I have decided on the hypershocks because of their cutting diameter, good design and seemingly durable design. I cannot decide between getting the hypershocks 2″ or 2 3/4″. The 2″ design seems more durable by picture on the website . (Left Click the text to look at both designs on the website) With that said I would like the larger cutting diameter. I also think the omen will produce enough kinetic energy to create a good percentage of large exit holes with either broadhead length(I will be hunting black bear). Thoughts? experiences? Thank you happy holidays

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Published by bhowardoutdoors on 22 Dec 2010

Why Hunt?

I’ve been given the honor and opportunity to write a blog about something I dearly love and enjoy.  Who could pass up a chance to write a blog on hunting and fishing?  So with the pertinent task of coming up with something so special that it would send the public into a frenzy to read this blog, I began wondering; do I open with a short autobiography?  Well, that would certainly send everyone into frenzy, but not the type the I would like!

How about a few stories of hunting successes this season?   That will surely follow, and at the end of the blog will be a contact address for you to send information and pictures of your trophies. But for the first blog, I’ve decided to explain why we hunt, what we hunt, and why it is important.

Fred Bear, a man known as the father of bowhunting, once said “Don’t base the fun or experience of hunting on whether you get an animal or not.  The kill is way, way down the line.  You can enjoy the woods.  You can enjoy the companionship of the birds, and the fish, and the animals, the color of the leaves…”  It really holds true.  Some of my best experiences have been without the climactic shot to bring down the game.  Every fisherman remembers the ‘one that got away’, but may not be able to tell you anything about the three fish she caught two weeks ago.  The beauty of God’s canvas with you being an integral but non-invasive part of it, that’s really the goal.

As outdoorsmen, our targets are usually the majestic whitetail deer with a crown of bone, or we may hope to bring in the strutting tom eager to meet a new mate.  The trout may be fooled into attacking a cork with feathers believing it to be an unlucky insect.  All have garnered our passions; our unrelenting efforts in pursuit of the biggest and most beautiful of Darwinian challenges.  We have entered nature’s domain, and blended in and became part of nature.  We accepted the challenge and try to conquer nature in its own territory.

 We come up with reasons for hunting and fishing, such as nature tends to overproduce, or disease and famine will destroy more wildlife than hunters if we do not help balance the carrying capacity of the land. But really, what I have found goes back to what Fred Bear stated. I do not have the first dove I killed mounted on the wall. But I do have a fond memory of hunting with my grandfather and my father. I was using an old Ithaca 20 gauge side-by-side that my grandfather and father used as a child. I also have a wonderful memory, and fortunately, a wonderful picture of my son and I walking off a field in Eastern North Carolina with two tundra swan on our shoulders.  My son used the old Ithaca 20 gauge side-by-side that I used as a child.  Hunting is a bridge of generations.  It’s a constant with many variables.   It’s something we must protect, but we must not abuse.  This is why we do what we do and why we enjoy it so.

I look forward to sharing your hunting and fishing experiences, as well as thought provoking and entertaining insights through this blog each week.

 Bill Howard is a Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education Instructor , a Wildlife Representative and BCRS Program Chairman for the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, and an avid outdoorsman.  Please forward any pictures or stories you would like shared to billhowardoutdoors@gmail.com.

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Published by bowhunter1353 on 21 Dec 2010

Petition the “Over The River Project”

The “Over The River Project,” is detrimental to the wildlife and hunters in this area of Colorado. Specifically, the rocky mountain bighorn sheep will be displaced by this project. If you are interested in downloading a petition form against this project, please download it off the internet and have as many people sign it as are willing.

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Published by trutested on 17 Dec 2010

Dangerous Encounter

As a hunter there are certain hunts that just stay with you and actually drive you to get off your butt and hike the miles required to find the game your after. These memories stick with you and you remember what is the most important about the sport of hunting. Those little unexpected discoveries each and every day that you have to look for and be in touch with the energy of the outdoors to see but most of all, Feel! My Javelina season in the mountains near Ashfork, Arizona was the perfect theater for this moment to play out.

Joining me on this hunt was my boss Greg, Sam, and the mortgage guy Dave. We had obtained leftover tags after missing the original draw because of busy work schedules and downright forgetfulness. Luckily I found that all the tags were not drawn and even though the area is just not known for great populations of Javelina I had spotted a herd the year prior and had a good notion where to find some pigs. After finding out we had the tags I traveled up a couple weeks prior and scouted the area. I found some tracks in the area and felt like I was in the right place so I told the guys and in a couple weeks the hunt was on!
We entered the area after staying the night in Flagstaff at Greg’s cabin the weather decided to not lend a hand and a snow storm was on it’s way. We had to go home early that day after spending only a few hours in the field. No big deal good friends and not at work, no problem! The journey back to the cabin was an adventure to say the least! The snow really fell and gridlock was upon us on the I-40. The next day things were about the same and because the area I’d scouted was quite a ways from Flag we decided to try a spot Dave had heard about near Ashfork. I did not know the area at all but it looked promising lots of cover, cliffy mountains, caves the whole bit. We parked the vehicles and I headed out while Greg and Sam decided to sit water. I gave Sam my .223 because I wanted to attempt and harvest my pig with my bow. With the fellas at the water Dave went out on his quad to search for tracks and I set out on foot. After about 300 yards I topped out on a ridge and instantly spotted sign. Deer, Elk and javelina had been working in the thick junipers and I was feeling excited. I found a game trail and followed it for about 100 yard when I discovered a fresh lion track. Bah Bump, Bah Bump my heart thumped in my chest. This track was only about an hour old! I followed the tracks for a while but my senses came back to me. I have a bow! Not the best weapon to have when going against 150 pound of killing machine. So I go from kitty mode back to pig mode but nevertheless stoked to see sign of all the critters. I journeyed for probably another mile or so and came to a cliff face. I scaled down to the base and searched for sign found a skull of a javelina and decided to get above and check the base of the entire cliff from there. As I walked into a u-shaped part of the cliff I noticed a lion scrape at the base of the juniper. Holy cow! He is close by! I round the corner about 100 yards away and see motion in the thick brush believing it’s probably a pig I nock an arrow and go on a few steps forward. Again the movement and then it looks up and I see white on its chest and this is no pig! The lion who’s track I’d seen and scrape I’d just passed sat below me not 20 yards away. I froze! What the heck do I do now! He has me located and I have a damn stick in my hand! I kneel down slowly and try and gain control of my adrenalin my heart is pounding like a drum and I have to make a choice. We stare at each other for about 5 minutes the rock under my knee is creating some serious pain and I have no clean shot! Finally I have to move I draw back my bow and whoosh the Lion jumps 10 feet to the top of the cliff at the opposite edge and as quiet as a mouse runs away! What a moment! Did that just happen. I have hunted for 25 years and observed barely a tail of a lion and now I had just had one 20 yards away.! What a day my life as a hunter is complete! Bury me now cuz it gets no better!

As I returned to the place where my friends were, taking about 20 foot strides I recall the elation and great excitement. I couldn’t help but yell and thank God for that moment. My senses were wired and alive, I felt like I could do anything. As I pretty much screamed the story to my buddies they were in absolute amazement. To this very day that memory sticks with me like it was yesterday. So everyday when I awake and say you know I think I’ll sleep in or stay inside where it’s warm I’m reminded of what I could miss out on.

Thanks for reading God Bless

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Published by trutested on 14 Dec 2010

Low Cost gift ideas for Bow Hunters, Hunters and Fisherman

Financially many of us are a bit more strapped for cash than we have been perhaps in previous years. I have put together a few products from three of the leading suppliers of outdoor products for those of us who hunt, fish and Bow hunt. I found items that I was particularly interested in and thought that many of my brothers and sisters in the field would like to have that are well priced and/or on sale. All of these products mentioned have great reviews from me and my team as well as other consumers. I will be compiling reviews and making posts weekly for different items from different store to try and help those starting out or just looking for the best bargain. That being said lets get down to business.

Bass Pro Shops this year seems to have the best bargains this year with their line of quality products. A good example of this is their Deer trail day pack. It sells for 20 bucks and can be equipped with a hydration bladder which comes in very convenient while out scouting, hunting or hiking. It will carry plenty for a small trip and is comfortable. This pack comes highly suggested with great reviews. Next on the list is the Outdoor edge Game processing kit. For 70 bucks you get an array of great knives that really hold their edge. I have used mine on many a critter and have yet to have to sharpen it. Everything in this kit is all you will need to have after a successful hunt. All the stores promote this at the same remarkable price. For excellent quality Camo shirts Redhead Micro lite shirts are a great deal at 30 bucks they are made of great material and hold up well under all circumstances. The True fit line is on sale for 20 bucks as well and is comparable to the micro lite. For pants we highly recommend Red Head Fleece camo pants they are quiet, comfortable and at 30 bucks a great deal.
For the Bow hunter the Plano hard case is a must have! At 40 dollars you can’t believe the protection it delivers under the worst treatments. For Carbon arrows, Bass Pro Shops gives you the Red Head brand Carbon Fury arrows. At 45 Bucks for a dozen they cannot be beat. They come extremely recommended and are durable and stand up to other more expensive brands although they are just a bit heavier than some of the more expensive brands. If you are looking to get a loved one a new Bow then you should undoubtedly check out the Diamond Razor Bow package at 330 Dollars it is a great fast bow and is ready to hunt with as it comes with all the accessories. Some people do not like the rest that is provided with this package but a rest can be picked up rather inexpensive if necessary. Another great package is the Bear Archery Charge. It is available for 400 bucks and comes very highly suggested. Bear archery is a strong company and has been around for years. Founded by one of the finest archers to ever live! For targets we recommend the Morrel Yellow Jacket target. It’ll last a very long time and new covers are available if you wear the first one out. But it takes thousands of shots before that happens.

For the Fisherman in your life Bass Pro Shops is providing great rod and reel combos. For example the Team Daiwa Strike force Combo is only 65 dollars at any length rod you may need. This isn’t true with other companies most only provide the option of 6’6” and 7’ and although most popular sometimes not the best suited for some people and applications. We all know how the Bass fisherman needs at least 4 different sized rods! Also for those that need to have a spinning combo. The Wally Marshall Spinner combo is just 30 bucks and is a bargain for sure. All types of fish are caught on spinning reels every day and as the weather is cold many fisherman are going to be employing light line and fishing deep. Another great idea that we love is the Berkely portable spooler. This awesome gadget makes life so much easier when despooling and spooling lines. But for those of you who like to struggle through the process I understand. You probably don’t ask for directions either. If your looking for raingear at a great price. Look no further than the Squaltex Bone Dry rain paints matched with the Red head camo rain jacket. Together they are 110 bucks but are quality rain gear and are worth the extra money. Hypothermia is way more costly!

At Cabelas I found it a bit harder to find great deals but there are a few that are out there . Their website is just a tad more difficult to navigate for great deals. But I did manage to find a few I felt were spectacular. The Primos Ground max blind is at its lowest price here at Cabelas. This Blind is very spacious and can be used for archery and rifle hunts. It is portable and relatively light weight. Save 50 bucks on it right now only at Cabelas! I also found an awesome Predator call here. The Power dog is on sale for only 100 dollars usual retail price is 150. This digital call contains great sounds already programmed into it and can be used to call in all sorts of critters. Its remote control has a great range of 100 yds to help keep the wiley coyotes, foxes and bobcats confused. Start it up and wait for the action! For Archers/bow hunters Cabelas has their Carbon Hunter Arrows on sale for 30 dollars for a half dozen arrows, naturally they sell them by the dozen for 60 dollars. Compared to the popular Carbon Express Maxima hunter for 150 dollars a dozen this is a great deal! Look into them and compare. I think you will find they are comparable for the price. For ready to hunt combinations on Bows the PSE bow madness is going for 565 bucks and everyone knows that PSE is one of the major and more well known manufacturers. This Bow is fast at well over 300 fps and comes highly reviewed. We have shot these bows and feel that anyone will definitely be happy he or she bought it. Cabelas did win out when it came to targets for archery their comparable bag target is only 40 dollars as compared to 45 for the Morrell yellow jacket. We like both targets but if you really need to pinch some pennies this is the best deal. Also they have a 3-d target from Mckenzie targets for 80 dollars. These targets were the very first life like 3-d targets and have been around for years. They have replaceable inserts and are great out at camp and home for practice! As far as clothing shirts and pants were all pretty much the same comparable price depending on what you like.
For the fisherman at Cabelas I found the Daiwa Exceller rod and real combo. Daiwa provides some great rod and reels and at 60 dollars you cannot beat em. Lengths of rods are 6’6 and 7’0 like I said earlier though. Also I like their Frogg Togg rain gear 60 bucks for the set blows all others out of the water. So keep your fisherman dry and pleased so when he comes back from his trip he will have a great fishing tale not a darn it was cold and wet out there story. We all understand how fisherman like their stories.

At Gander Mountain I determined their Techunter Day back to be awesome! At 100 dollars though I found it hard to place in this article as we are trying to stay on a budget. But I did finally determined to include it because of its superior quality. So if you can spend the extra cash to get a pack that not only looks great but is just a little tougher than the cheaper brands this is the pack for you! It also is water bladder compatible and is made with hi-tech fabrics I don’t even want to try and understand. The camo long sleeve shirts at Gander for the penny pincher is about 2 dollars less expensive than Cabelas or Bass Pro Shop at 18 bucks.
For Archery/bow hunters I found that arrows were not comparable they have the name brands of Carbon Express at 55 dollars and Gold tip at 70 bucks. This is only for 6 arrows and even though they are great arrows I believe that saving these for the hunt is best as to making use of them in every day practice is not really recommended. There are many that will advise you different because they want to get scientific but folks I’m a poor boy so I’ll take the slower arrows to practice with, then a week before hunting season hook my bow up to the more expensive arrows and adjust accordingly! For Bow packages that are ready to hunt they have the Parker Wildfire XP at 300 dollars and Parker Wildfire extreme at 500 dollars these are superb bows and come with everything you need to just take out and start shooting after a few adjustments.
For fisherman at Gander Mountain I located the Bait cast BSP for 50 dollars it has great reviews and comes n 6’6 and 7’0. Also the Creek side basic raingear is going for 100 bucks.
Well I hope I helped give you some ideas about what your outdoorsman might be wanting at a decent price. I think that holiday shopping is comparable to going to the dentist to get a tooth pulled without the drugs so I wish you all the best. Remember if you really need a bailout plan just get them a gift card and you know that they will get what they want. A bit less personable but for some they sure come in handy. From all of us here Happy holidays and God Bless you all!

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Published by admin on 10 Dec 2010

TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD by Ted Nugent

TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD
by Ted Nugent

It was January 6, 2006, when 26 year old United States Marine Corp Warrior, Corporal Josh Hoffman, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, instinctively improvised, adapted and overcame. With his fellow Marines, he surrounded and captured the terrorists in Fallujah, held them at gunpoint and prepared for the next step in securing the Iraqi village from the hands of evil.
Out of the eerie silence in that God forsaken desert hellhole, a single 7.62x39mm round erupted from a nearby shack, the 139 grain full metal jacketed round slamming straight into the young warrior’s neck, dropping this brave man in his tracks.
Thanks to the Herculean efforts of his fellow Marines, Josh would survive his injury, receive a purple heart, and then head into the toughest journey and challenge of his life. Completely paralyzed, this dedicated sniper and avid outdoorsmen was told he would never run, jump, dance, laugh, smile, talk, shake hands, wave hello, hunt, fish, hike, or fire his beloved rifle ever again. It was all he could do to relearn how to inhale and exhale with the help of a ventilator to struggle through every day from here on out. It was a heartbreaking and graphic example of the tragic price heroes pay for freedom in this insidious war on terror.
How the hell I fit into all this superior human condition I will never know, but clearly God has blessed me with this holy connection that brings me into the lives of these very special human beings. Truly, I am not worthy.
As it turned out, Josh was a big fan of Uncle Ted rock-n-roll and our unapologetic celebration of American freedom and the hunting lifestyle on our Spirit of the Wild TV show. Dear Lord, how lucky can a man get? We were contacted by the Hoffman family when they heard about the incredible Liberator unit created by my hunting BloodBrother Pete Odlund of West Bridge Tooling up in Lowell, Michigan.
This amazing invention consists of a wheelchair friendly platform framed by a rail system that holds a rifle, pistol, shotgun or crossbow, and can be activated and controlled by a joystick or even a small “sip and puff” tube.
Pete and his wonderful family have dedicated themselves to helping charitable causes and handicapped individuals get back into the wild again for many years. His annual Hunt For A Cure Cystic Fibrosis fund raiser is always a record setter, and they are a perfect example of an American hunting family that just gives and gives and gives some more.
When Josh arrived at our little log cabin in the Michigan wilderness, everybody put magnum heart and soul into making him and his family feel welcomed and loved. Because of his terrible injuries, Josh hadn’t been able to speak or express himself in years, but we all saw a smile in his eyes when we explained how he could fire a sniper rifle once again with the help of The Liberator.
We set up some plastic gallon water jugs against the tall bank of our lane, and settled Josh into the unit, instructing him how to sip and puff the .270 into firing position.
As we all know, aim small miss small is tough enough when you can gently manipulate arms, body, head and fingers, but for a guy who literally cannot move, Josh taught everyone in attendance a whole new level of patience and perseverance. It was truly a beautiful thing.
We all wanted to grab the gun frame to zero it in on the distant jug, but knew that Josh wanted to do it himself. He hadn’t done anything on his own in three years, much less pulled the trigger on a sniper rifle.
But we’re talking US Marine Corp here, and Josh kept sipping and puffing till eventually those crosshairs on the small screen were solid, dead center on a jug, and with a final double puff, KABOOOM!
1 plastic Taliban head blown to smithereens, SIR!
I’m here to tell you, there wasn’t a dry eye in the forest that memorable moment as Josh lit up like a kid on Christmas morning, the biggest toothy grin spread across his handsome face and some pretty impressive noises to go along with it. His girlfriend Heather was so moved, she broke down, and I personally had to look away for a moment to compose myself.
Improvise, adapt and overcome. Semper Fidelis. Where there is a will there is a way.
We went on to blast more jugs that day with beautiful Angela Kline showing her amazing marksmanship skills, even though she has severe Cerebral Palsy. We also took a family of great young men on a hunt at the Knowlton’s Laguna Vista Ranch near Pearsal, Texas, with The Liberator where these four brothers, all with various stages of Muscular Dystrophy were able to Liberate a few backstrappers for the campfire.
If you know a special needs person who would feel the soul cleansing powers of the shooting sports, I can assure you The Liberator can make it all come true.
Please visit the two websites, Libertyworx.com and wbtooling.com to make it happen. It’s fun to be around when special people are touched by the hand of God. And by the hand of Pete Odlund, too.

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Published by trutested on 02 Dec 2010

Hunter Ethics-Mandatory

Today’s world is allowing a whole new code of ethics and morals. For Sportsman this is affecting our sport in a very serious manner. I have seen many an atrocity and have had to confront many sportsman on their unethical behavior and feel I need to discuss this subject with the rest of you hoping it will be passed on to all and get them to think the next time they go hunting, fishing or camping. I grew up on a ranch in Central Arizona and have been engaged with the outdoors and wildlife since I was old enough to lift my head. At age 5 I became involved in fishing and hunting by taking trips with my Grandpa and my Father. As we hunted, fished and worked cattle on different ranches in the 80’s Sportsman seemed to have more respect for one another and made sure that if another stepped over the line as far as respect for land and or the game they pursued, it was reported or handled right then with a firm word and yes sometimes a physical confrontation. Now I don’t approve of the latter as I feel that dealing with the issue if it has to come to that should be done by the authorities (i.e. Game wardens or Sheriffs depends on where you live.). But the thing is many a so called sportsman observes this behavior and does absolutely nothing, just say Oh gosh, that is so wrong, and that is as far as it goes. That is unethical on your part now. It is all of our obligation as TRUE Sportsman to report game infractions and vandalism. I would even correct my best friends and they me if we even thought of doing something unethical.
The unethical conduct that is the most common and easiest to see is the destruction of land by today’s ATV’s, OHV’s and off road vehicle travel. Roads are made for a reason. But all that it takes is for one inert person in a vehicle to drive off the main road then the next guy arrives behind him and thinks hey he went there so I guess I can too! All of the sudden you have another road and land destruction. From there it just escalates because there is always some idiot to go off even that road. Next thing you know you have a network of roads, trails that were never meant to be there. Then what you get is an annoyed land owner or lessee and he decides to put locks on all the gates and close off the property to Sportsman like most of us who practice proper ethics. Another issue that has been affecting our sport is target shooting and vandalism. This has been occurring for years and really is discouraging to see the after effects. When target shooting, merely pick up all your trash and put it in the garbage where it belongs (on State trust land here in Arizona it isunlawful to shoot targets so pay attention to the land use rules before entering). So simple but again there is always one bad apple out there not cleaning up their camp site or temporary gun range. Observing the mess and not cleaning it up on your own is also unethical. Nature gives us so much so give back! Don’t think you’re cleaning up after an flake. Consider it saving our sport. Now I know there are organized cleanups from different groups but cleanups once in a while help alot but don’t solve the problem. Besides it will make you happy you cleaned up the mess and give you more of a sense of ownership to your favorite spot.
Vandalism is also a great concern. Do not shoot signs, water storage tanks and equipment. I don’t know how much money the ranch my father is working for has spent on replacing,but tens of thousands if not more. This equipment helps the wildlife to thrive during a drought and signs help keep the folks who are new to our sport understand rules of use a little better. Destroying signs, fences, gates and other property sets the tone for behavior and gives sportsman a bad name. Usually they are the first thing you see upon coming into a property. Property owners and leasers’ can be quite helpful to sportsman if they and their property are given the regard they deserve. So practice treating other folks property better than you would your own. You might just be shocked on how helpful someone who is out there every day can be when pursuing game.

Less noticeable actions but extremely sad comes from those that simply do not respect the game they pursue. I have seen whole bull elk left on the side of a road with just the cape taken home. It strains my soul as a sportsman to see this. An animal whose life is taken away by such a selfish and ungrateful human being is disgraceful. This can threaten our sport severely by giving fuel to animal rights activists and basically proving that this type of behavior is present by so called sportsman. Have we become so selfish? Is the scoring element of an animal all that is valuable to us? I don’t feel it is wide spread but even one instance is enough. Another dishonorable behavior I have observed is shots taken with other unlawful or unintended animals in the foreground or background. Just be patient and wait for a good shot. Bullets and arrows more than likely will go all the way through so be mindful of what is happening all around the animal you intend on taking. Not making a serious effort to recover wounded game is also becoming a problem. Folks I have hunted for days for an animal I have hit because of a badly placed shot. If you make the choice to take a shot that was more difficult than your capabilities or something transpired to cause a trajectory change that is still your responsibility to give 150% to find and recover that animal. Don’t even think about going after another animal that season. As far as I am concerned you have harvested and counts to your total (for those of you lucky enough to be able to have multiple harvests).

Having respect for other sportsman is a wide spread problem. I do not know how many times I have been sitting a blind and observed someone not even bother to look around an see that someone has set up a blind and might be there already. Now I know that sometimes we are in a tree and you are not looking there just like the game we pursue. But man during hunting season you got to be aware of your surroundings! If you do accidently walk in on somebody at least give a gesture of remorse. Also I despise the stories of how some ones game camera was stolen. This is dreadful and very costly. Someone spent a big chunk of a paycheck for that gear so just leave it alone. Who knows you might even get to share the knowledge that is gained from its use.
In conclusion I believe that sportsman just need to stop considering about only themselves and obtaining that trophy of their dreams at the expense of lowering their values and ethics. We all need to work together. I know I have only covered but a fraction of info on Sportsman ethics. If you are new to hunting you should take a hunter education course. Join a good group in your area and learn as much as you can and please continue to treat our sport, the game we pursue and each other with respect. Thank you for reading my articles please pass it on so that maybe we can renew some ones memory as to why we need to behave ethically in life and in the field.

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