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The Sig Sauer BDX System – Ballistic Data Xchange

Hunters Dan and John Pickar put the Sig Sauer BDX system to the test on the prairie dog town. The pair finds the Ballistic Data Exchange system to be easy and fun to use! The BDX system uses Bluetooth technology to communicate between Sig Sauer’s BDX rangefinders and rifle scopes. Set up is quick. Plug a rifle’s ballistics into the app and you are off and shooting with deadly accuracy in no time.

 

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That Bull Is How Old? Judge A Bull’s Age By His Body Size And Shape!

Guy Eastman shares his tips for how to age elk on the hoof. Antler size isn’t always a good indicator of age. Instead rely on body conformation. Guy breaks down what to look for the next time you’re glassing up a bull. For more videos on elk and elk hunting visit this playlist on our YouTube channel.

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Which State has the Worst Big Game Reporting?

I have various issues with several states and how they do their reporting, but Montana takes the cake. Two of the last three years, the State has not even counted deer or elk hunters, so there are no unit or controlled hunt success rates posted on their web site for 2016 or 2018. We also hear from hunters all the time that they don’t trust what Montana does report.

Montana uses an antiquated voluntary phone survey. Some hunts like deer hunt 103-50 had zero response to the survey last year. People tell us they lie when asked where they shot their deer. In other cases, online data is wrong. Want to know the success for controlled hunt 270-50? In 2017 the regs listed 45 mule deer controlled permit buck tags and everything else was does or a whitetail general license. But the harvest report lists 1148 mule deer hunters. Oh, but wait. In Montana a hunter with a whitetail general license can shoot a mule deer if he chooses. So, every whitetail hunter is a mule deer hunter. It’s a mess, not to mention the general hunt is at the same time as the controlled hunt that takes several points.

Why no hunter numbers or success rates for 2016 and 2018? I’m told the State’s biologists get together every year and say what data they need to manage wildlife and apparently that doesn’t include hunter numbers or success rates, so to save money they skip information you and I do need. 

This is my primary beef with wildlife departments and nowhere is the problem more egregious than in Montana. Even though they are posted, reports are for biologists, not hunters, even though we need them to apply intelligently and we, for the most part, pay the bills. This needs to change.

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SIG Sauer BDX System Giveaway

Sign up here for your chance to win a brand new SIG Optics BDX System! We have 5 combo kits of the  KILO 2200 BDX paired with the Sierra 3BDX 4.5-14X50 mm rifle scope, valued at $1,319.99! We also are giving away 5  combo kits of the  KILO 1800 BDX paired with the Sierra 3BDXT4.5-14X44 mm rifle scope, valued at$1,079.99. This range finding system is packed with lightning fast electro optics technology with great edge to edge clarity and low light glassing ability. The BDX technology is also Bluetooth compatible meaning that with a touch of a button on your range finder illuminations on your scope will pop up, indicating your exact holdover for the shot you are planning to take. Don’t miss out on your chance to win a fantastic optics package! Sign up for this giveaway by filling out the form below. Good luck!

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Lowa Baldo GTX

In my ever present search for supportive, yet lightweight footwear I seem to keep stumbling on to amazing boots/shoes that take comfort and support to the next level. In recent years I have definitely gravitated toward ultralight footwear. To say I have adopted the old adage of “a pound on your feet is like 10 in your pack” would be an understatement.

However, I have also found there is such a thing as too light for what my feet demand to remain pain free. Ounce counting along with support considerations are vital for longevity in the field. This statement seems obvious, but sometimes we get so focused on certain criteria that we forget to look at the whole picture. The good thing is there is a slew of options in the midweight boot category that bridge the gap between ultralight shoes and supportive mountain boots.

In the spring of 2019 I was able to test a range of new boots from various manufacturers, including the Lowa Baldo GTX. The German boot company Lowa has been making quality mountain boots and shoes since 1923. They, like many of their competitors are well known for their rugged mountain boots and have really ramped up the technologies in the ever-evolving lightweight and midweight boot categories.

One of Lowa’s premier features on their boots is their X-Lacing system. This is comprised of a square stud in the middle of the upper tongue that keeps the tongue centered and the laces under consistent tension. This system, along with the roller eyelets help make up a 2-zone lacing setup for all day comfort when hiking or glassing. I’m normally a big proponent of doing a lacing adjustment a few miles into the day in order to keep your boots properly fitted (similar to tightening down a load on a trailer after a few miles down the road from the load adjusting in transit), but with this system I felt no need to adjust on the fly.  I was comfortable all day. The 2-zone lacing setup does what the name implies: it gives you essentially a lower and an upper zone for custom tension on those laces in the different parts of the foot. Too often a boot company will build a boot that forces the user to have the same tension throughout, but this isn’t the case with the Baldos



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Keep Your Hands Out Of The Cookie Jar!

I have two toddlers and as such I find myself often telling them to keep their hands out of the cookie jar! At their age the jar is just way too much temptation. However, discipline has taught them that they have to say please, thank you and when they don’t follow the rules they will not get a cookie. Here is to hoping that the $15,000.00 fine and loss of hunting privileges for five years is enough to deter others from jumping the gun on shed hunting in closed areas the same way that discipline has worked for my children. 

A Wyoming man named Joshua Anders Rae received his punishment for jumping the gun and entering land closed to shed hunting where he then stashed 104 lbs of antlers for collection later. Rae plead guilty to the charges laid against him. For 104 lbs of antlers he has lost his hunting opportunities for five years and will have to figure out how to pay $15,000.00 to the state of Wyoming!

The question in just about every big game related case is, was the penalty enough? At first glance this punishment sounds pretty significant but is it enough to deter other people from putting their hands in the cookie jar?

The answer is complicated. With the value of antlers on the rise and the popularity of shed hunting at an all time high due to social media it may actually not deter would be law breakers. I have had friends tell me how much money they have gotten for their sheds and it never ceases to amaze me. 

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Pure Mule Deer – Hunting Montana Mule Deer With Guy Eastman

Hunt Montana mule deer with a young Guy Eastman in this classic release from Eastmans’ vault. Guy’s father Mike Eastman narrates the hunt. Hunting mule deer out west takes patience and persistence.

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Trigger Warning-Grizzly Safe Space?

A recent Powell Tribune article attempts to examine the reason that grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are ranging further afield from their “core area” or DMA (demographic monitoring area). Last year a sow and cubs was discovered just east of Powell, Wyoming in a farmer’s field, that’s a long way (100+ miles as the crow flies) from Old Faithful but why? Are these bears seeking asylum from an overpopulated GYE or, and this is where the article examines a little different topic, are these refugee grizzlies out of food and expanding their range to fill bellies? 

 

The answer to this question may lie in the counting method employed by the Wyoming Game and Fish. The Chao 2 method is a notoriously conservative scientific method for establishing game populations and due to its conservative nature, the method garners scrutiny from folks who claim there are a lot more than 700 grizzlies in the GYE, especially within the DMA. Therefore, this conservative population estimate of 700 bruins seems to be knocked askew when compared with the rising number of both grizzly bear fatalities and grizzly bear/human/livestock/automobile incidents. 

 

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Eastmans’ Classic: Mule Deer Run Hunt With Guy Eastman

Hunt the rut with Guy and Mike Eastman in this classic hunting video from the Eastmans’ vault. The crew rattles in some small whitetail bucks, but then turn their attention to mature mule deer buck. Hunting deer in the rut is as about as exciting as it gets!

 

 

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Another Montana Elk Poacher!

Yet another elk poaching case has come to light in Montana, this one taking place in Ravalli and Missoula counties. Both cases date back to 2017 and deal with Brady Joe Stamps killing elk illegally on private lands he did not have permission to be on, the second bull being shot after he had already filled his tag during the 2017 archery season and being left to rot because he knew it was on private land.

 

Now the real story behind this case isn’t the fact that Stamps poached two bull elk, trespassed, wasted a valuable public resource or that he has been found guilty of wildlife infractions in the State of Alaska where he lost his hunting rights for a year. The story isn’t that this joker is a repeat offender or that the State of Montana has chosen to charge him with one felony for illegal possession of a game animal and several misdemeanor counts for his additional nefarious activities. Nope, the real story is the work of FWP warden Justin Singleterry to build a case against Stamps.

 

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The New Yeti Loadout Gobox!

Hunter Ike Eastman shares his experience with the YETI Loadout Gobox, the latest release from the durability king. Dust proof, water proof and shock resistant this cargo box was made for riding on ATVS and in truck beds to the trailhead. Ike packs his with hunting accessories including ammunition, optics and other essentials that a hunter shouldn’t go afield without.

Ike shares his technique for packing a YETI cooler: https://youtu.be/kmTfJjU2xKo

Watch Dan Pickar put the YETI Rambler one gallon to the test: https://youtu.be/S0OqWPAc0ag

Check out our new hunting series Beyond the Grid: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

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Eastmans’ Classic: Oak Brush Elk Hunt With Mike Eastman

Join elk hunting legend Mike Eastman on a hunt for a trophy bull in the oak brush country of Colorado. In this classic Eastmans’ hunt, Mike shares his tips for hunting elk in this type of habitat and glasses up a variety of bulls, including an old, injured battler.

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Caribou Recovery – Major Wolf Cull

Ever since I was a university student studying to get my bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries biology, I’ve been amazed at the lack of common sense and on the ground knowledge of some biologists and the general public when it comes to the topic of predator and land management. I recall doing my first research paper on mule deer management, where we reviewed a peer-reviewed paper for a report. I chose one that dealt with overwinter fawn survival and the “ground breaking” conclusion the researcher found from two years of study was that coyotes and other predators had a drastic effect on overwinter fawn survival.

I was shocked that this was shocking to the researcher. Two years of research and resources all to find out that predators have a negative effect on fawn survival. Unbelievable. I brought this up to my professor and was lambasted for criticising a researcher. I quickly learned where I stood and that in order to go far in the wildlife management world you had to keep your mouth shut and do as you’re told and often-times ignore facts. Well, that’s not me and 20 years later I read articles like this from the CBC and see that the trend continues.

British Columbia (or B.C.) has been utilizing cull efforts to help control wolf populations and their decimation of northern caribou herds. Again, the fact that predators left unchecked have  devastating effect on ungulates and other wildlife isn’t earth shattering news, but the rebuttal from the wolf-lover-community continues to blow my mind with the lack of attention to on-the-ground knowledge and results of this effective effort from the province. From the article we read, “Critics have argued that habitat loss and human encroachment are to blame for the decline of the caribou, and say there is little evidence to back up the theory that wolves are the problem.”

Are you kidding me?! Have these “critics” even been to the North Country? Loss of habitat?! Really?! One of the struggles wildlife managers have always had in managing caribou herds is the vast expanses of habitat that make it difficult for humans to tag along with caribou herds to effectively monitor their populations on a long-term basis. It isn’t cost-effective and is sometimes impossible for us to go where they live in certain times of the year. No…loss of habitat isn’t the problem.

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Vortex Fury HD 5000 Range Finding Binocular Giveaway

Sign up here for your chance to win a brand new pair of Vortex Fury HD 5000 range finding binoculars! These range finding binoculars are equipped with state of the art range finding technology and fit comfortably in your hand for long days of glassing in the high country. The XR Fully Multi-Coated lens paired with the Dielectric Coating make for bright and clear glassing in the field and perform well in low light conditions. Sign up for this giveaway by filling out the form below. Good luck!

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POACHING-Enough is Enough…or is it?

A Montana Poaching Case for the Ages.

The dust has finally settled on a Montana millennial who has been convicted and now charged with a very disturbing poaching binge that has resulted in a lifetime ban from hunting and fishing. But does it even matter?

A logical person might argue-probably not, due to the fact that the offender was already under a hunting and fishing suspension at the time.

Last Friday, 23-year old Branden Schuhen was ordered to pay $33,050 in fines and restitution, complete 500 hours of community service and 10 years of probation along with a lifetime ban from hunting and fishing in the state of Montana for poaching three bull elk, a buck deer, two antelope and two turkeys in one season, all while already under a temporary suspension of his hunting and fishing privileges for trespassing while hunting in Montana.

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DIY Archery Elk Hunt!

Bowhunter Jordan Breshears heads to the public land of Idaho to chase bugling bulls with his bow. Bowhunting public land means outsmarting more than just the elk. Breshears has to get creative to avoid other hunters on the landscape.

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Feral swine amass at Montana’s northern border

 

A report from along the Canada/U.S. border in North Central Montana has made us aware of a large invasion force waiting for the perfect time to strike and make their way south. For the last two years the federal government has been patrolling the border via helicopter and airplane searching for these terrorists that are bound and determined to invade the Rocky Mountain front.

 

Russian hybrid boars have been expanding their range in Saskatchewan and other provinces for the last 25 years. They were first brought to Saskatchewan and raised for high fenced hunting but they escaped and bred with domestic pigs to create hairy hybrids that flourish in the harsh northern regions of the world.

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Missoula Elk Herds In Trouble?

Missoula, Montana area biologist Liz Bradley is noticing that elk herds around the suburban areas of the city have been in decline for the past three years with a total of 216 animals being lost from one of her counted herds just this Spring. This decline begs questions… is it due to too much pressure from predators, both four-legged and two or is the lack of elk simply a result of the animals seeking “greener pastures” due to these open lands being suburban in nature and therefore exposed to elevated levels of human encroachment throughout the year?

Another disturbing trend Bradley is recording is that along with the decline in numbers she is also noticing the remaining elk are having fewer calves, thus impacting recruitment numbers for the herd. This fact also begs impact questions as healthy, unpressured elk herds presumably do not suffer this issue.

FWP is not committing to resolute answers just yet but Bradley’s stance on handling the decline is apparent in this statement penned by Missoula Current reporter Laura Lundquist… “FWP is still committed to maintaining Missoula’s suburban herd, Bradley said, and the only thing she can do is control the human contribution to decline.” Lundquist, L. (2019, May 31). Missoula-area elk herds show dramatic population decline. Missoula Current. https://missoulacurrent.com/outdoors/2019/05/missoula-elk/

What say you? Do you think that the decline in these herds is due to solid harvest numbers for this hunt the past couple of seasons? Is it predator impact? Or could the paucity of elk in this area simply be that the animals have moved to more lightly recreated habitat? Time to chime in and let us know where you stand and while you’re at it, maybe give MTFWP in Missoula a holler as well.

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Eastmans’ Hunting TV On The Go! MOTV Discount!

MyOutdoorTV is offering a promotional price for an annual subscription for a limited time only. The streaming service is offering $20 off the regular price of $99.99 using promo code SUMMER19 at www.myoutdoortv.com. With the discount, subscribers will only pay $79.99 for 12 months of service.

 

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The Vortex Razor HD 4000 Review!

Hunter Scott Reekers tests out the new Razor HD 4000 rangefinder by Vortex. It features operation modes designed for practical hunting use including object scanning, line of sight and extended laser range function to reach objects out to 4000 yards. Reekers finds the Razor HD 4000 comfortable to handle with easy to understand menus to access the different functions all in a durable package that Vortex is known for.

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