Published by CrookedHorn on 19 Jun 2012
Published by CrookedHorn on 19 Jun 2012
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Published by Casey Stutzman on 11 Jun 2012
“Sport specific training” is a big buzz word for any activity. Bow Hunters scour the internet and youtube for “hunting specific” exercises that will increase their ability to harvest deer come fall. As a fitness professional and international presenter I deal with lots of questions from clients and other trainers regarding how to develop sport specific programs but is “sport specific” really the way to go? Does sport specific training even exist in the fitness world?
A good mechanic looks at the entire truck to make sure everything is working together properly for maximum performance and increased life. He addresses problem areas as they relate to the whole. If he does not look at the whole there can be problems, what it I want better off road traction and he decides to put on the best off road tires money can buy but never check to see if they will work well with the vehicle.They might be good tires but if they are wrong for my truck it will kill my gas mileage (performance) and possibly put extra wear and tear on other parts decreasing the life of the vehicle.
The body is no different.When we look at training and exercise from a sports specific platform we often miss the forest through the trees and perform exercises that are wrong for us or do not help with our weak points.Here are a couple reasons why to look past those sport specific training articles and videos for bow hunters.
· The goal of any training program should be to create a solid foundation of stability and strength so you can move effectively and without limitations or pain. All humans move the same, I’m not saying all training programs should be the same but there always needs to be a focus on building the foundations of human movement so it is ready for any sport or activity.
· If you want to be sport specific play your sport! If I want to be a better golfer I need to play golf! You can’t exercise your way to increased sports skills. I see ads all the time for “Bow Trainers” vertical sticks with resistance tubing so you can practice drawing your bow. Here’s an idea, why not just draw your bow!Using an exercise routine that develop all the systems necessary to draw and hold well paired with lots of target shooting will put you way ahead of the curve.
· Look at the demands of your exercise compared to what happens in real life. You will read over and over that the bench press is a great sport specific exercise for football linemen because they have to be strong pushing people away. True; but in a game are they on their backs, supported by a bench, moving an evenly balanced weight a slow steady pace? If an exercise was truly sport specific it would exactly match the movements and environment of competition
As a performance and fitness professional when I work with clients and athletes of all sports and activates my goal is to clean up & increase their movement efficiency.Developing sport specific skills is their coach’s job. For more information on movement based training check out these articles;
Why Athletes Make Better Hunters – http://primal360.blogspot.com/2012/04/why-athletes-make-better-hunters.html
What Should Bow Hunters Look for in Gyms and Fitness Offerings – http://primal360.blogspot.com/2012/04/what-should-bow-hunter-look-for-in-gyms.html
Also check out www.TRXtraining.comfor great products and info on movement based training
Published by Casey Stutzman on 11 Jun 2012
With the modern day ritual of “hunting camp” hunting does not always get associated with health and wellness. Perhaps it is because at camp there are usually more calories consumed in liquid form then sold, many items in the cupboard would survive a nuclear apocalypse and a pound of butter is the standard unit of measurement for most recipes. Hunting camp aside there is an amazing benefit modern hunting offers the hunter and his/her family when it comes to their wellbeing. I am referring to seeing your meat in the field before you see it on your plate.
I grew up in a suburb of Detroit and spent my whole life in metropolitan areas until I was almost 23 years old. If you were to ask me, “were does your beef come from” I would answer you “Meijer” and then look at you like you had a third eye growing out of your head. What I was really saying was I have no idea, where my meat comes from, what’s in it, what it as eaten, how it was raised and how long it has been since it met its demise. These are important things to know! We eat what our food eats, what is put into its body we put into ours. That can be a laundry list of things I would never consciously consume but do every day because I don’t know it’s there.
When I went out to my wife’s (future wife at the time) parent’s beef farm for the first time they sent me home with a Wal-Mart bag overflowing with fresh beef from a cow they had just sent to the butcher. I was thrilled to get it home and slap it on the grill but when I opened it all I felt was disappointment. The bright red hue that I had grown accustomed to seeing from my supermarket ground beef was not there so I assumed it was bad and called MB over to inform her that her folks were pedaling rancid meat. She then looked at me like I had a third eye and said, “that is the color it is supposed to be, haven’t you ever seen real beef before?” I guess I haven’t, but I instantly began to wonder what made the other meat so red and was it something that I wanted to ingest?
It was then I began realizing how much goes into our “fresh” food that really shouldn’t be there. Luckily there are others who demand untainted sources of protein so markets like Whole Foods and other local grocery stores and butcher shops have made it easy for consumers to obtain organic and or grass fed animals that are not mass produced. Like anything else if you want quality you are going to have to pay for it and these healthier options come with a steep price tag in comparison to their steroid pumping brethren.
That brings us full circle back to where the conversation began, hunting in all its forms provides us with an opportunity that is so rare in our modern world; to see it, shoot it, dress it, butcher it, prepare it and plate it. One of the greatest meals of my life was eating back straps that had been walking in the field not 12 hours ago with my brother in law (who is an amazing trained chef; hence the positioning on the great meals list)
The secret to nutritional success is to take responsibility for it. To not depend on others for your nutrition is the ONLY way for us to be at our best when it comes to fueling our bodies. I have found no better way to take charge of the food my family eats than to get out in the woods and fill our freezer with the life giving sustenance of the land that has allowed mankind to not only survive but thrive throughout its history.
Published by Laporte Archery on 09 Jun 2012
Laporte Archery would like to introduce you to a new archery sport; the Bow-Trap!
We are organizing an introductory tour in the states of Virginia,West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North & South Carolina from June to August with a possible extension to September.
You can request from us a free initiation day for your Archery club or shop by email or by phone.
You will find bellow some YouTube video links.
|The Archery Trap is unique and extraordinary! This is the first automatic trap in the world capable of offering aerial and moving targets.The machine is called the Phoenix and is designed for fun and competition.The Game is called Bow Trap and can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.The Rules can be as creative or as formal as the occasion demands.
The initial market response has been remarkable and is proving that this is the most exciting new development in Archery for decades, as it offers a whole new dimension to the sport.
Archery and clay shooting make compelling partners, with Archery able to offer the following:
Ø A totally environmentally friendly activity – the targets are non-toxic and re-usable and the arrows are easily collected after.
There is no noise, no pollution and no permission required.
Ø The machine can be set-up in 5 minutes, enjoyed for hours and then packed away without leaving any trace of having been on-site
Ø Bow Trap is suitable for all ages and abilities and will attract a whole new client base
Ø Can be enjoyed indoors,outdoors or at night under floodlights
Ø Offers the ideal activity to accompany Summer Barbecue’s
Ø As you already have the infrastructure and suitable land, your investment is restricted to the machine and archery accessories only.
Ø With the Laporte Safety Arrow (available for indoor and outdoor use), the sport becomes completely safe for everyone to enjoy.
The machines are simple in design, user friendly and safe to operate. They are portable with a 12V battery that can launch 5000 targets with a single charge.
It offers a range of trajectories to suit all archers from beginners to professionals.
The Targets are available in 13in and 10in diameter and are re-usable with each target capable of withstanding over 500 strikes with the Flu Flu arrows and indefinitely with the Safety Arrow.
Targets are waterproof and washable. They are orange in colour, making them suitable for all backgrounds and television.
The target density is designed to stop Flu Flu arrows and allow for easy extraction. Bows that can be used include Long, Recurve and Compound bow with draw weights of up to 50 lb.
The machine comes with a 2 Year Guarantee.
The Phoenix is available as a complete “Ready to Start” Package – including targets, bows, arrows and arm protectors. This offers the added commercial benefit of hiring out the equipment.
The return on investment for the Phoenix is very attractive and expected to be inside 6 months.
Wherever the Archery Trap is being used you can hear the laughter, see the enjoyment, feel the pleasure and sense the spirit of competition between the participants.
What better environment can you create for your customers?
Please go to the following links to see the videos of the machine.
-Indoor Archery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K82gRPYM6C0
-Laporte Trap Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5na-ICHj1vg
–The Phoenix Trap Presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p14bsKRK_3c
Laporte Archery Representative for the USA
Office USA : 1 (276) 644 0094
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Website : www.laporte-archery.com
Published by mlgunkel on 05 Jun 2012
I am a math teacher in a small high school in Alaska and we began exploring a concept this year for an idea I had a while back. The general thought is – if you make a laser site and have it mounted above the arrow can you align it to approximate the trajectory of the arrow? If you can, how far would it approximate that trajectory? We took that idea a step further and said, if we add a second laser to start approximating the trajectory where the first one leaves off we can really extend the range of the site. In fact multiple lasers could be used to approximate the trajectory as far out as desired. Multiple lasers would project multiple dots on the target but the lowest dot would always be the one to use.
We did in fact develop the theory behind this and built a working prototype. It works. The students won best of show at the local school wide district science fair.
It only took two lasers to approximate the trajectory on a Bowtech Allegiance out to 50 yards with a maximum 2″ of error. The following video is of us testing the site shortly after we set it up. The first clip show 5 shots at random distances out to 50 yards and the second clip shows popping balloons at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 yards on a bright sunny day.
If you are interested in the theory behind the development we established the following procedure:
This procedure includes a fair bit of math – that was of particular interest to me as a teacher using this as a learning project – but this can be automated with the computer and the initial setup of this site is actually quite simple, fast and effective.
Since the flight of an arrow follows a decaying parabola, its trajectory can be approximated with a quadratic equation in the form of y=ax2+bx+c where y=drop and x=distance from the target.
- Record arrow drop from three distances covering the effective range of the bow by shooting groups of arrows from each distance and recording average arrow drop from aim point.
- Create three different equations using the known x and y values, with x=distance from target and y=arrow drop from aim point.
- Solve for the unknowns: a, b and c. Do this by using a graphing calculator and setting the numbers up into a matrix and transforming the matrix to reduced row echelon form.
- Once coefficients a, b and c are solved for they can be plugged into the quadratic equation ax2+bx+c. This will create the quadratic equation that predicts the arrow trajectory.
- Use Excel and the quadratic equation to graph the predicted arrow trajectory.
- Once graphed, use lines of best fit over different ranges to follow the trajectory of the arrow with an acceptable margin of error. Ultimately, these will be the lasers.
- By using multiple lasers, or lines of best fit, we should be able to approximate arrow trajectory out to the effective range of the bow. Multiple lasers will project multiple dots on the target, but the bottom laser dot will always be the approximating arrow trajectory.
- Construct a laser mounting apparatus that can be mounted onto a bow and which allows lasers be adjusted in elevation as well as fine tuned left, right, up or down. This laser mount must be rigid enough to maintain its position on the bow while sustaining the shock of repeated shots.
- Take the first line of best fit and find the equation of the line in slope-intercept form. B, or the y-intercept, will be the distance between the laser and the arrow. Mount the laser at this distance above the arrow.
- The line of best fit will cross paths with the arrow trajectory at two places on the parabola. Solve for the x values, or distances, where this occurs by setting the equation for the line of best fit and the quadratic arrow trajectory equation equal to each other and solve for x.
- Site the first laser in at the previously solved for x values by shooting a group of arrows at the two distances and adjusting the laser accordingly. After this step your bow should be striking your aiming point at the two distances.
- The next laser can be aligned without shooting the bow at all. The two lasers will cross at a specific distance. This distance can be solved for by setting the equations of the lines of best fit equal to each other and solving for x. Simply adjust the top laser so it is on top of the previous laser. Ultimately, at these two distances you will see only one dot.
- Repeat the previous step to align any additional lasers.
Now you can test-shoot the bow from essentially any distance that your bow is effective to and see if the lasers allow you to shoot within the predicted margin of error at these distances.
The following is the actual implementation of the procedure on the test bow (Bowtech Allegiance) with the real numbers and generated formulas.
Step 1: Record Arrow Drop.
|Distance from Target||Arrow Drop (Inches)|
|Group 1||15 Feet or 5 Yards||0.4375 Inches|
|Group 2||60 Feet or 10 Yards||-5.3125 Inches|
|Group 3||150 Feet or 15 Yards||-46.8125 Inches|
Step 2: Create Equations.
Step 3: Using spreadsheet program utilizing rref solve for a, b and c.
Step 4: The quadratic equation predicting arrow trajectory is:
Step 5: Use Excel to make a graph of projected arrow trajectory using the previously found quadratic formula.
Step 6: By graphing trajectory over shorter distance ranges and using line of best fit on Excel, we were able to come up with a combination of two lines of best fit that approximates the projected arrow trajectory from zero out to 50 yards with an error of + or – 2 inches.
First Line of Best Fit:
Second Line of Best Fit:
Step 7: We were able to use 2 lasers and have a margin of error of 2 inches and were able to approximate an arrow strike point out to 50 yards. The top laser mount location is 25 inches above the arrow. With a top laser mount of 33 inches we, we were able to approximate arrow strike point out to 60 yards.
Step 8: We chose 1 inch extruded aluminum display rail since it was readily available, rigid, lightweight and laser fixtures could be mounted anywhere along its length. This was mounted to the bow utilizing the bow’s standard site mounting holes.
We modified a generic green laser pointer to use as our laser sites. To allow for windage and elevation adjustment of lasers we mounted one end of the laser on a horizontal threaded bolt and the other end of the laser on a vertical threaded bolt in an aluminum square tube.
For our power source we made a battery pack using standard plumbing supplies and screwing it into the stabilizer-mounting hole on the bow. The bow was used as the ground and we routed one positive wire through a momentary push-button switch on the bow handle up to each laser.
The lasers were mounted onto the bolts by soldering a nut onto a ½ inch copper pex crimp fitting and crimping it onto the laser.
Step 9: The equation for the first laser line is y=-0.0137x+4.028. The laser should be mounted at four inches above the arrow. Mount second laser at 25 inches above the arrow, the equation for this laser is y=-0.0384x+25.132.
y-intercept=4.028=distance laser is mounted above the arrow.
y-intercept=25.132=distance laser is mounted above the arrow.
Step 10: Find where the first laser crosses at both places on the parabola. See below.
Step 11: We adjusted the laser fairly close at 8.7 yards and then adjusted it to be right on at the next distance: 21.2 yards. A quick check showed that the laser was right on at 8.7 yards as well.
Step 12: We solved for the distance that the laser crossed. See Below.
We then aligned the lasers as to make one solid dot at 23.7 yards.
Step 13: There were no additional lasers.
Step 14: We tested the site by shooting arrows at random distances out to 50 yards, and all the arrows were within the predicted margin of error (+ or – 2 inches in elevation). See video. Further testing was done to demonstrate both the accuracy of the site out to 50 yards and the visibility of the green laser on a bright sunny day by shooting balloons at 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards. See video.
I would certainly like our students to receive feedback on your thoughts about this concept. We did file a provisional patent on the idea. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by admin on 21 May 2012
PREPARE YOUR HUNT NOW by Ted Nugent
Once we got the foodplots in, we took down more than forty treestands and goundblinds all across our sacred hunting grounds. Springtime isn’t just about house cleaning, turkey and bear hunting and planting crops, and in my case, greasing up the rock-n-roll machinery for a new year’s full throttle rockout, it is also about maintenance and getting a jumpstart on September even before summer rolls around.
We have found over the last fifty plus years of hardcore hunting, that quality control is always way easier, effective, and much safer than damage control. Even if we didn’t guide hundreds of hunters each season and just managed all our hunting for ourselves, there are some very simple, pragmatic basics that will vastly increase the ease and quality of our upcoming hunts with just a little bit of forethought and adequate elbow grease.
We like to take down all our treestands each spring so we can examine the chains and straps and ratchets to be sure everything is in tip top safe, quiet working order. We have all seen how chains grow into trees and straps deteriorate over time, making for some very dangerous, life threatening conditions that there is simply no excuse for.
Plus, I have to tell you; even the slightest change of location for that old stand will greatly benefit our ambush effectiveness come fall. I have found that by moving even a few short yards, critters are far less likely to nail us, and I crave every minute advantage I can squeeze out of my stand location.
A little lube goes a long way on hinges and nuts and bolts. Also by disconnecting a stand from the tree, the chance of squeaks and game alerting little noises can be eliminated. Do it.
We wipe down our Double Bull Blinds to eliminate any corrosive mildew or mold, then make sure they are bone dry before storing them in a dry, protected area.
Sometimes a little heavy duty needle and thread work will suture up some rips and tears, fortifying our pop-up blinds for a more cozy hide-away.
Where legal, now is the time to put out those mineral licks and supplemental nutritional attractants that will keep the critters coming all summer long.
Primos Swamp Donkey blocks, Red Spot mineral bags and apple and corn flavored salt blocks have worked wonders for our MI and TX properties. My buddies around the country have shared the same glowing reports as well.
Raking small clearings and finding such natural clearings in the woods or along edges are great places to broadcast WildGame Innovations Throw and Grow seed, or a homemade concoction of rye, wheat, oats, clovers and alfalfa blends to enhance game areas during the off season. It is always amazing to watch my little pockets of emerald green deer heaven spots take shape as time goes by.
As much as I crave my hunting time, I must admit that I get nearly the same kick out of doing all these different activities in my hunting areas in between seasons. I always find sheds, the occasional mushroom, leaks, wild asparagus, wild berries and wild scallions while doing this fun outdoor work, making for a great day afield everytime. And the kids and grandkids love every minute of it too.
Don’t wait till the end of summer to scramble, do it as far in advance as possible so it can all be accomplished with no rushing around.
And remember too, that groundblinds and treestands should be set back up a good month or so before opening day so that the critters get acclimated to these foreign objects way in advance. It is also beneficial to do so well in advance so we don’t intrude on our hunting areas any more than necessary too close to opening day.
And don’t forget those scent stations. I discovered long ago that mock scrapes have a very positive effect when kept going all year long. And I have also found that it doesn’t matter what kind of deer scent I use. Doe, buck, estrus, doe in heat, dominant buck, fresh, old, natural or synthetic, by keeping a scent station stinky all year, it seems like every deer in the area just has to stop by for a sniff, a rub and a pee. The consistent familiar scent seems to calm them down and give them confidence that all is well.
The exploding phenomena of trail cameras has been an eye opener to all hunters, and if you got em, use em. I’m not a nut about them, but I do set them up here and there occasionally to see what is going on and it is always fascinating to view the critters that frequent my favorite hunting spots when I’m not there.
Stretch that spirit we all so crave as long as possible. Scouting and familiarizing ourselves with our sacred hunting grounds has always been a big part of the hunting lifestyle for everyone I know, so get out of it all we can to maximize the joys we derive from our wild time. The only thing better than wild time is more wild time.
Published by Casey Stutzman on 17 May 2012
Here are some great additions you can make to your workout routine to keep your most deadly weapon in tune and ensure it is ready to perform during the moment of truth.
Choose athletic exercises
Simple or single joint exercises do not teach the body how to move better. Hunters are athletes and need to train as such, choose exercises that have multiple joints moving simultaneously and require focus and concentration to perform.For example a bicep curl is very will not help a hunter move better, an exercise like a squat & row on a TRX suspension trainer or with a resistance band will have much more value.
· Resistance band squat row
o Loop a resistance band around a stationary object and grab both handles. Begin standing facing the anchor point with your elbows driven back and your wrists touching the lower portion or your ribs. Simultaneously squat and reach your arms towards the anchor point until they are straight then stand and return to the row position. 8-12 reps
Simple balance training will challenge your nervous system and strengthen your brains ability to communicate with your muscles which will have a direct positive effect on your reaction time and reflexes. Another added bonus is you gain better body awareness and control makes your shot routine more consistent and effective.
Balance training exercises;
· Simple – single leg balance with eyes closed
o Stand on one leg in an athletic stance and close your eyes. Stand on a BOSU balance trainer or other unstable surface to increase the level of challenge. Hold on each leg for 20-30 seconds, this is a great exercise to do between strength or conditioning sets as active recovery.
· Advanced – Lateral bounds with stick holds
o Start on your right leg and explosively bound to your left landing on your left leg covering as much distance as possible. After landing on the left hold for 2-3 seconds trying to maintain your balance before going back to the right. Do 8-12 reps
we often think of shoulder strength and core stability as two different things, fact is that they are very interconnected; a stable core equals a stronger shoulders
Core stability Exercises;
· Simple – 10 second Planks
o A plank is holding a push up position. Perform short intense 10 second reps with 3-5 sec rest between. Make sure your toes are pulled towards your shins, your quads (front of legs) are tight, glutes (butt muscles) are tight, abs are braced (like you are about to take a punch) and shoulders are tucked back and down (towards your back pockets)
· Advanced – Bird Dogs
o Begin in the plank position on your elbows. Keeping the body as stable as possible lift your right arm and left leg a few inches off the ground and hold 1-2 seconds. Return back to the start and repeat on the other side.For a greater challenge begin with a plank on the hands. Do 8-12 reps
Cardio target shooting
Next time you are out at the range take a jump rope or hit up some jumping jacks for 45-60 seconds right before shooting a couple groupings. This will elevate your heart rate and force you to get it and your breathing under control before you shoot. This will help mimic that excited state most hunters get when they see a deer and will improve your accuracy in those situations. It will also help strengthen your shot process by making you really concentrate on your breathing in your pre shot routine. Bow hunters are often also pressed for time; this is a great way to stay up on your fitness while still getting in time to prepare with your bow for the season. I also like to hold plank positions before shooting or before I start my jump roping. This will tire out my shoulders and core, at first it might have a negative effect on your accuracy but after a while you will find that you are more sold and stable in full draw and are able to hold the position much longer without shaking.
Published by Casey Stutzman on 17 May 2012
If you are a serious bow hunter than you are serious about your fitness (if not see artice on “why athletes make better bowhunters”). Whether you are just getting into fitness to improve your hunting skills or you are looking get the most out of your current workout program, here are a couple simple suggestions to steer you in the right direction. There are TONS of fitness offerings, finding the ones that can be the most beneficial for hunters can sometimes be tricky, use these suggestions below to find what is right for you.
· All the skills we talked about don’t happen by sitting on machines, find workouts that take place standing and allow participants to “move in space”. Bow hunters should be looking for more functional fitness offerings, which should not be hard since that is the new buzz in the fitness industry. Look for places that offer things like TRX, Rip trainer, work with resistance tubes, BOSU balance trainers, medicine balls and performance/athletic training. I am a huge fan of Kettlebells but make sure you find a place that offers a progressive program for various levels. Kettlebells are wonderful but are a skill in themselves and take time to master. I am not a huge fan for Crossfit but feel it can be beneficial for bow hunters if you are able to hook up with a good Crossfit trainer. Be very careful picking a Crossfit gym, to find the right one for you do your homework and talk to people in your area. Many of the popular Crossfit exercises and workouts require mastery of some basic skills before attempting; when you turn 16 you don’t hit the track at Daytona right after getting your license, find a location that has a progressive system for getting new members involved. Look for a Crossfit gym that does not have beginners doing any Olympic lifting and encourages short strength workouts and rest days not just met cons day after day.
· If you are already active take your training to the next level by getting off the machines and incorporating exercises on items like the BOSU balance trainer and TRX suspension trainer into your workout, you can find great TRX trainers and gyms at www.trxdirectory.com Try doing your cardio by running or bike riding outside for some new variety. Participating in more performance based workouts will help you increase your athletic machine and vastly improve your bow hunting. These workout are also fun and very engaging making time at the gym very enjoyable. A simple way to do this on your own is adding reaction components into your exercises. To find a great local performance trainer look for professionals that hold a Combine360 certification you can find them at www.combine360.com
· Look into myofascial release techniques to help improve posture and recover from long and numerous sits in the stand. Lots of personal training studios and specialty fitness business are now offering classes and sessions on the foam roller, some even offer body work by trained professionals. This is also something you can do on your own where ever you choose to workout but it will take some research. One of my favorite companies that deliver great MFR products and education for athletes is Trigger Point Therapy www.tptherapy.com
Published by admin on 01 May 2012
by Ted Nugent
Not a day goes by where an American outdoorsman doesn’t confide in me that due to the increasingly complex, illogical hunting and fishing regulations across the nation, that it would not surprise them that they have unintentionally violated a game law at some point in time. Other outdoorsmen routinely express their frustration about regulations that serve no purpose and cannot possibly be explained in terms of wildlife management.
America is increasingly drowning in just such strange, goofy regulations and requirements. As logic crusader John Stossel recently exposed, our federal government releases roughly 80,000 pages of new regulations each year–confusing, ambiguous, weird illogical regulations that serve no meaningful purpose other than to feebly attempt to justify bureaucracies already off the rails. It’s way past bizarre.
The “you don’t need to read it, you just need to sign it” health care bill argued before the Supreme Court was almost 2,000 pages long of extraordinarily complex rules and regulations. Sarcastically, Supreme Court Justice Scalia stated that reading the bill was a violation of the 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause.
Regrettably, state hunting regulations have also been ravaged by the over-regulation beast. In Alaska, the hunting regulation book is 128 pages long. The Alaska trapping regulation is 48 pages.
Alaska is not alone. Numerous other states have seen incredible expansion of their hunting regulations over the past few decades. In Texas, the summary of hunting and fishing regulations is 85 pages. The hunting regulations in California are roughly 140 pages long.
Even with an increasing mountain of often confusing and complex hunting and fishing regulations to abide by, sportsmen have a legal and ethical obligation to know and abide by these regulations, no matter how goofy they may be. I have said this for decades and will continue to do so as we fight to make them sensible.
I have hunted in Alaska for almost 40 years. It is a spectacular, beautiful place that offers incredible big and small game hunting cherished by sporters from around the globe.
In 2009, I returned again with my sons to Alaska to hunt black bear. What I was unaware of is that the specific region where I hunted had a new and unprecedented requirement that a bear hunting tag was considered to be “filled” even with a non-lethal hit on the animal. For sixty years, every “tag” regulation in every state and Canadian province has declared that you tag the animal upon taking possession of the animal.
The first arrow I shot on that hunt was obviously a non-lethal shot where the arrow literally glanced off the animal’s rib, as seen clearly on stop action video. The bear leapt, stopped, looked around, and slowly ambled off, confused but unhurt by the disruption. After diligent effort by my son and me, we were convinced that this bear was alive and well. We then continued our hunt and ultimately killed a beautiful black bear.
I filmed the entire hunt including the first non-lethal arrow and put it on my television program Spirit of the Wild on Outdoor Channel for tens of millions of viewers to witness. Airing the hunt on television proves beyond all doubt that I had no willful intention to violate any hunting regulation.
Was I negligent in not knowing the Alaska bear hunting rule for the specific region I hunted that year? Absolutely. For my negligence, I have been charged with a violation and I pled guilty. To the best of my knowledge, I am the only person ever charged with violating this new, unheard of law. Lifetime AK hunters, guides, outfitters, even the resident judge at my hearing were unaware of such an unprecedented regulation.
While I disagree with Alaska’s requirement that a tag is considered to be “filled” even on a non-lethal hit, that was the requirement at the time of my hunt. Had I known of that requirement, I would not have hunted that region because I fundamentally disagree with it, and I certainly would not have hunted another bear.
I have promoted the grand, honorable hunting lifestyle all of my life and will continue to do so. Hunting, fishing and trapping are the epitome of true conservation.
What I also pledge to American outdoorsmen is to work to repeal onerous, unscientific, counterproductive rules and regulations that make no sense such as the seven states where hunting is banned on Sunday, making 50% of the season illegal for the average hunting families in those states. Idiotic laws such as these are a hindrance to real conservation and the critical need for recruiting new hunters. Such arbitrary laws serve no scientific purpose that benefits the management of wildlife value whatsoever.
The outdoor lifestyle cannot be preserved for future generations of sportsmen by constructing such a labyrinth of confusing, unscientific and oftentimes counterproductive regulations and rules. Reversing this trend is my focus.
While I have never intentionally violated a hunting regulation, ignorance of the law is no excuse, and I am truly sorry, and have paid dearly. There is even less of an excuse for ignorant laws.