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Ike Eastman reviews Sitka Gear’s Kelvin Lite Jacket and 3/4 Down Pants in this hunting gear review video. These insulating layers are designed to trap heat when you need and release it when you’re on the move. Combining synthetic and down PrimaLoft materials maximizes heat retention and allows you to move comfortably on a hunt.
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This review features Leupold’s VX-6HD 18x44mm hunting rifle scope. This rifle scope is lightweight, durable and packed with features! Convenient MOA turrets for windage and elevation give you the flexibility to make adjustments in the field. The Twilight Max HD Light Management System provides edge to edge clarity and brightness this scope will help maximize every moment of legal shooting light. Combined with the FireDot illuminated reticle, this scope can tackle any challenge!
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We’ve all seen the statistics. Hunter numbers are down, way down. There are fewer than 12 million hunters in the United States as we speak. To put it another way, that’s less than 5% of the roughly 325 million people living in the U.S. Five percent, for crying out loud, the percentage of Americans who don’t own a car hovers around 9%, there are more Americans who have foregone automobiles than who hunt! That is a problem on several counts, but the funding of conservation is the most pressing as things with no value are quickly done away with in our modern world and hunters value wildlife and wild places more than any other segment of our population.
The North American Model of Conservation rests squarely upon the shoulders of outdoorsmen, most specifically hunters; tax dollars and license sales are the primary sources of funding for wildlife management and habitat work. So, the wildlife are the ones who truly suffer when fewer hunters take the field each year. With the number of American hunters dwindling how long will it be before there is no longer a science-based conservation model in place? When that happens I fear for the future of our wildlife.
So, what can be done? I’ve drilled you with facts that most of you already know and scenarios that most of you have already contemplated but I will now challenge you to pick up the gauntlet thrown down before us all and do your part to infuse new blood into the ranks of the American hunting community, and by American, I mean North American, as this is a fight without a DMZ…
Who first took you hunting? For an awful lot of us it was a family member; father, mother, uncle, aunt, grandparent. The point is that it was someone whom you likely respected and had a close personal relationship with. My dad began letting my brother and I tag along at very tender ages to make sure we fell in love with hunting. I’ve already had my three-year-old and two-year-old daughters on pronghorn hunts and in duck blinds. They, like their father before them, are learning early to appreciate the hunt, the special place wild animals have in our lives and the meat, antlers, horns, hides and feathers that nourish us physically as well as mentally.
Eastmans’ Brandon Mason shows how to turn a YETI cooler into a portable air conditioner unit! This DIY AC can be built with any cooler or ice chest and cost little to nothing! This easy to build AC cooler will surely keep you comfortable in your tent during those especially hot early hunting seasons.
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Every year we hear of the poaching nonsense that happens all over the country, and…really… all over the world. Recently this thread popped up on our Forum: https://forum.eastmans.com/threads/nice-bucks-poached-in-utah-how-can-we-stop-poachers.22129/
I’m preaching to the choir, here, but hopefully someone is reading this and maybe will think twice before shooting something they don’t have a legal license for.
North American wildlife resides in a public trust, belonging to the people of North America. No single person owns them, we all own them collectively, similar to our public lands. With this in mind, none of us has the right to poach animals whenever we see fit, no matter the species or size of the antlers/horns on the animal.
The fact of the matter is poaching is stealing, lying, and cheating. If you illegally shoot wildlife, you are stealing from your children and fellow man. If you illegally shoot wildlife, you are lying to those around you and yourself about how you harvested it. If you illegally shoot wildlife, you are cheating others just like you out of the opportunity to harvest that critter during legal hunting seasons and not allowing that animal to die with grace as a true sportsman would.
Come on, brothers in the field, we are better than this. This activity only puts a black eye on all of our reputations to the voting public. Hunting is a heritage going back as far as our earliest records of mankind. In the United States, hunting is a privilege that can be taken away.
Hunter Brandon Mason reviews the brand new RazorBone replaceable blade knife from Outdoor Edge. This lightweight knife combines performance with a 5-inch replaceable filet blade in an easy to use and convenient folding knife style. It comes with three blade styles; 3.5 inch drop-point blade, 5 inch filet blade and an all-new gutting blade. This knife can tackle any job in the field when you’re hunting and at home for meat processing.
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This hunting gear review details the Bora Vest by Kryptek. High country hunter Scott Reekers tests this lightweight core layer on a high country deer scouting trip. Just like all the layers in Kryptek’s Altitude line-up this vest features a DWR finish and Schoeller’s C-Change membrane. The C-change membrane responds to your body’s needs, whether you need to cool down or warm-up.
Learn how to judge antelope in the field while out hunting for a trophy buck. Pronghorn antelope can be one of the toughest big game animals to score on the hoof. Mike Eastman shares his tips to maximize your next trophy antelope hunt and help avoid ground shrinkage.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a mule deer master, a man who in his lifetime has forgotten more about hunting big mulies than I’ll ever know. Mike Eastman has spent decades studying and hunting big mule deer bucks from the high alpine basins where September dreams are realized to the bitterly severe winter range of southwest Wyoming. What I took away from our conversation has changed the way I look at hunting mid-fall mulies and made me itch for the chance to get out and put some of his thoughts, theories and strategies to the test this fall. So, follow along as I walk you through my conversation with a mule deer buck’s worst nightmare.
Q: What is the #1 thing you look for when searching for bucks in the “mid-fall?”
A: Wow, that’s a broad question… we are going to have to narrow it down to where we are hunting – mountains or sagebrush/arid country. But the one thing that bucks in both areas have in common is the need for cover.
For most die-hard western antelope hunters, an antelope buck is considered of trophy quality when the score hits near or around the 80’ mark. This buck will represent a mature animal in the top 10% or better for the species in both genetic makeup and nutritional health.
The total score of a pronghorn buck consists of four evenly spaced circumference measurements, representing roughly 50% of the total score of the buck, along with a total length of horn measurement (about 40% of the total score) and a length of prong measurement which is only about 10% of the total score when all is said and done on average. From this we can easily make the assumption; that just like all horned animals, antelope are no different when we conclude when it comes to score, mass is king. Needless to say at this point, the first rule of judging antelope on the hoof is: if you find a buck that lacks mass, move on and keep looking. A relatively thin-horned buck would need to be insanely long to even begin to score well, probably in the 18-20” class for starters. These kinds of bucks do in fact exist, but are extreme rarities and mostly in Arizona and New Mexico.
I nearly always focus my initial search for a buck that is very heavy, particularly on the base, followed by top-end mass. The top-end mass is usually the toughest buck to find as we go north. This portion of the horn is typically grown in the months of December and January, which are very, very tough months for antelope bucks in the northern regions of Montana and Wyoming. Shortcomings in the prongs and length can be compensated for by excessively heavy mass, particularly up top, while the contrary is generally not true.
While long prongs look good on the wall, they are of the least concern when looking for a high scoring buck. After mass, the second criteria I check off is the overall length of the horn and finally the prong. There are bucks in the records book with 13” horns, but they are rare, and the mass for this type of buck to qualify has to be beyond exceptional, almost unearthly.
Horn length can be a very tough measurement to judge. The really heavy bucks will tend to look shorter in length simply due to their mass. I once passed up on a buck initially because I honestly thought he was less than 14” in length. After my dad talked me into shooting the buck back at camp, we ended up putting him on the ground that night, only to find out his length was over 16 ½” and he grossed nearly 89” B&C! How could I have been so wrong? The buck was so heavy that he looked incredibly short. One of the biggest mistakes of my hunting career… almost.
This review details the new rangefinding binos, the Geovid 3200.com by Leica. These binoculars with a built in rangefinder are not only packed with technology, but have a unique design making them super comfortable in hand. Scott Reekers tests the clarity and accuracy of these optics at long distances in the high country while scouting for an upcoming hunting season. Combined with the new app from Leica, you can customize these to your rifle setup to really dial in your accuracy.
It’s upon us, by the time this issue comes out elk season will be going hot and heavy. Big bulls will be getting fired up, and start making noise. These days and trips to come for us elk hunters are going to be heaven on earth. Hopefully they will be filled with encounters, and the opportunity to try to arrow one of the big bulls we all dream about. I know you die hards have been practicing religiously, and can close the deal If given the chance. The key to that phrase is getting a chance, and to earn one you have to be good at locating elk. The more bulls you can locate during your hunt the better you odds of killing one.
Do your homework
Spend as much time as you can studying the country you will be hunting. I swear I should be getting royalties from how much I mention Google earth. It’s just such great program for us hunters to utilize. It’s truly second to being there. Along with this you should be looking at maps of roads, and topo maps. Make yourself plan for where you will access country and where you will hunt. Give yourself multiple options of places you want to check out. Learn and memorize the country you want to hunt, and it will give you a leg up when you get there.
When I am looking for new elk country I like to find big drainages or ridge lines that separate two different drainages. I like to look for big country that connects to other pieces of big country. I like to look for possible feeding meadows both on south sides and north sides of the mountain. I look for water, as that is a huge reason why elk live where they do. Elk need water daily, and it plays a big part in the rutting activities.
I will also look for the flow of the country I am hunting. What I mean by this is how the elk will move through country. How the elk access water and feeding, and how they move to different drainages. Look for saddles or dominate ridge lines, and try to paint a picture of what the elk are doing. Plan to move along your flow of country if you are not seeing elk, chances are they are within a couple drainages.