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Choosing Binoculars for the Ultimate 2017 Hunt

 

Choosing Binoculars for the Ultimate 2017 Hunt

Any hunter will tell you the most important choices to make when going for that ultimate successful hunt comes from the little things. Yes, the guns, the location for the hunt, the clothing that’s best for the winter and/or summer hunt – all of these things are on the hunter’s ‘must-buy’ list. But there is one other thing that is just as important: the binoculars.

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As you slowly develop into an advanced hunter who is all about success, quality optics will become highly important to you. And the cheaper the binoculars are, the chances become greater that they will not survive to even ‘see’ the next season arrive.

Purchasing high quality optics is a long term investment for the avid hunter or outdoorsmen who knows they will be out in that field or in those woods tracking the perfect stag for many years to come. They need high-performance binoculars that are engineered from the best materials so they will last a good, long time.

There are three tips when it comes to making that purchase. Research is the first. Like any piece of equipment, there are a broad range of binoculars out there with all different types of features. They each are focused on one type of activity or another. Such as, some of the greatest binoculars for hunting deer will be different from ones created specifically for birding. Therefore, to get the best value for your money, the research must be done to find exactly what it is you need the most.

There are many things you will research and read up on: from prism design to lens coatings to total weight and more. But the first tip to zone in on is understanding magnification. 8×42 and 10×42 are the most popular sizes of binoculars for hunting. Power and light gathering capability is what you need to understand – what combination is best when thinking about hunting in low light conditions. Take the 8×42: the first number in magnification means ‘8 times’ closer than with an unaided eye. If you hunt mostly in woodsy areas where visibility is limited, the 8×42’s are the binoculars that are best; whereas, if hunting in open fields, the 10×42 become better.

The second tip comes in the pricing of binoculars. It is very true in life that you get what you pay for. In other words, buying binoculars under $100 will not get you the best on the market. You also do not need to ‘sell the farm’ to buy a pair either. Middle range ($300-$600) is a good range to look into.

The third tip is in regards to checking out the widest field of view, and judging whether or not you will need extras, such as, waterproof/fog proof lenses, and how lightweight you wish the binoculars to be.

To help you begin, here are some top-notch choices, made by hunters, when it comes to the best and highest quality optics on the market today:

The 8×42 Vortex Diamondback binoculars are perfect when it comes to deer hunting. Whether you are a hunter who likes the woods or setting up in the open fields, these binoculars are a great choice to help spot that whitetail. High magnification with a solid field of view, even bow hunters should think about investing in these. Now…don’t roll the eyes. Even though you bow hunters can only shoot an animal 25 yards away, binoculars can help you track the animal’s movements.

For those hunters who are interested in purchasing “compact hunting binoculars,” look no further than the Bushnell H20. Compacts are popular with hunters, but to achieve the compact design the lenses are smaller in diameter. What this means is, if needing the same magnification as the larger models, you may need to move down in magnification to 6x when it comes to the compacts. With the Bushnell H20 you are looking at roof prisms made from Bak-4 glass, with fully-coated lenses, and can be used in all kinds of weather because of the waterproof and rubberized housings.

Lastly, if money is one of those thing that is no object for you, Bushnell Fusion are the binoculars of choice for the avid hunter who loves having a rangefinder. Worth every penny, this sophisticated technology measures the exact distance to the target. The reflection return of the rangefinder’s laser back to the binoculars displays a perfect target range reading. What does that mean? A chance for even more success.

Just remember, when you’re torn about the gun, the clothing, the outdoor gear and more – make sure you also spend time purchasing the right binoculars as well. Let’s face it, no matter what other products you have in the back of that truck, none will matter if you can’t actually ‘see’ what you’re shooting at in the first place.

Happy Hunting!

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

 

 

Illinois Trophy Bowhunters: “Where Whitetail Dreams Come True”

 

Illinois Trophy Bowhunters: “Where Whitetail Dreams Come True”

 

When it comes to Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. (ITB), making the perfect whitetail hunt possible for any and all bow hunters is literally their mission, not just a slogan. ITB is one of those companies that has fine-tuned every aspect of the deer hunt in order to maximize the chances of bow hunting success for all their visitors.

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Since ITB is 100% fair chase, a buck cannot be guaranteed, but when looking for elite service and guides who have a long experience in the bow hunting realm, the opportunities to land a trophy whitetail deer are extremely high with ITB. Managed for trophy quality deer (125” P&Y or better), ITB’s archery hunts are a full 6 days of hunting; unlike 4 or 5, which are offered by most other Illinois deer hunting outfitters. This extra day in the field can mean a great deal for the hunter if the weather has not cooperated during the week in the great state of Illinois. Coming together to increase your personal opportunity for success, ITB is a proven combination of trophy managed land, longer hunts, hunting the rut, experienced bow hunting guides, and fewer hunters to deal with.

 

For almost 25 years, Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. has provided unmatched bow hunting experiences. Founder Steve Phelps, back in 1991, wanted to share his passion for whitetail deer hunting with others, thus sparking the creation of ITB. The original concept was to control approximately 5000 acres in Pike County, Illinois, to judge just how good bow hunting could get if managed the correct way. Guided deer hunts would only be allowed during the rut – just three weeks out of the entire year. This made the land ITB managed more of a refuge for the remaining part of the year, which means more bucks were available when those three weeks of hunting came into play.

 

Detailed plans were made: ITB determined the exact spots where stands should be placed, and the approach to the stands based on various wind conditions. Shooting lanes were then also developed that would not exceed 25 yards in order to minimize wound rates and increase kill percentage. With all the professional work, research, and thought put into the plans, Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. reaped the rewards from early on and grew to become a highly respected Illinois deer outfitter, with guided deer hunts that are more popular than ever in 2017.

 

Each year, the best buck ITB takes, scores in the 190 – 200 inch range. The ITB hunting camp success rates can be as high as 90% for shot opportunity and 70% for kill rates! The stage is most definitely always set for the opportunity to achieve these numbers on any day during the three weeks bow hunting is practiced.

 

One of the most important achievements – not to mention a true compliment for ITB – is the fact that bow hunters return for 5 to 10 years in a row after their first booking. Rebooking rates have averaged around 70% for the last 10 years because hunters know that the next day they spend in the woods with ITB guides could have them scoring the best buck of their life. Thousands of satisfied deer hunters praise Illinois Trophy Bowhunters, Inc. for the work they do that goes above and beyond the call of most outfitters, which is why they book their guided tours with them – whether it be for family and friends or business events.

 

A guided deer hunt is a dream hunt for many and can be an awesome trip. For many, the hunt in Illinois becomes an annual journey they look forward to and a tradition that might last for several years in a row. However, if the wrong Illinois outfitter is chosen, dream hunts can end up being nightmares. The right choice is made by choosing a company with almost 25 years in the industry that is filled with experienced guides and plans to get the job done right by supplying all avid bow hunters with the unforgettable experience of coming face-to-face with those Midwest monster bucks.

 

In other words…when that excitement builds for the bow hunt, and the dreams grow bigger to bag that unforgettable whitetail, look no further than Illinois Trophy Bowhunters!

 

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Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Preparation is Key for that Perfect Venison Stew

 

 

Preparation is Key for that Perfect Venison Stew

 

Although you can find a gazillion recipes all across the Internet on how to prepare the best of the best venison stew (i.e., there are 25+ best ideas located on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/explore/venison-stew/), what most people don’t realize is that when it comes to venison, the only way to create a delicious stew that takes out the ‘gamey’ taste of the venison and makes the meat tender and delicious begins with the preparation of the meat. And that preparation actually begins in the field, itself. If things aren’t done correctly at the very beginning of it all, no stew is going to taste good.

Although you can find a gazillion recipes all across the Internet on how to prepare the best of the best venison stew (i.e., there are 25+ best ideas located on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/explore/venison-stew/), what most people don’t realize is that when it comes to venison, the only way to create a delicious stew that takes out the ‘gamey’ taste of the venison and makes the meat tender and delicious begins with the preparation of the meat. And that preparation actually begins in the field, itself. If things aren’t done correctly at the very beginning of it all, no stew is going to taste good.

From the second that kill is made, a plan should already be in place as to getting the deer dressed. By doing this you will remove any possibility of tainting the meat, so when you arrive at your processor’s door there will be a walk-in cooler set at the perfect temp (34 to 37 degrees/with 88 percent humidity) to age your deer meat correctly. (*If not using a processor and are going to be more than a few hours before processing the meat, quarter the deer and get the deer on ice ASAP.)

 

Aging the deer is, above all, the most important step to achieving tender meat. In addition, there are two methods to aging meat: dry aging and wet aging, so make sure to research and then pick the one that best suits your individual needs. If you have not aged your venison, you can also place the unpackaged venison on a cooling rack on your own kitchen counter and point a fan directly at it for about a half hour. By doing this, your meat will brown easier and the venison will be far more tender.

 

It is important to note that aged venison is not gamey. It, like any other meat, simply has its own flavor. Deer forage for food, taking in everything from grass to herbs to berries to nuts, which means that it only requires a simple amount of seasoning in order to enhance that flavor. From the tenderloin to the backstrap of the deer – salt, pepper and olive oil are an easy trio that will bring about an excellent taste.

 

The right way of cooking venison is to make sure that it is not overcooked. If overcooking occurs, the meat will chew like rubber, so it’s important to know that venison cooks faster than beef. Therefore, when cooking rare, it only needs to reach a temp of 130 degrees. If any higher, the venison will begin to grow tough.

 

A cooking technique that many absolutely love is braising, in which the main ingredient is seared and then seared in liquid on low heat in a pot. Slow-cookers and Dutch ovens are the main choices when it comes to making perfect venison stew – by cooking low and slow. But always make sure to match the cut of meat to the cooking method. What that means is you will want to use the correct method in order to produce the tenderest meat possible. While some cuts will naturally be tender (loins and tenderloin, for instance), other cuts will be extremely tough and stringy. When it comes to that low-and-slow method for stews and soups, the shoulders, shanks and neck should be braised.

 

Using that perfect dry rub or marinade will also tenderize your meat, allowing you to cook the tough cuts to infuse flavor and create a tender, juicy result. When thinking about a dry rub to use, think about the endless combinations of dry herbs and spices that can be put together. Then massage the meat with the rub, place into a glass container, and refrigerate overnight for 24 hours to let that rub truly sink in to the meat.

 

One of the easiest recipes to use when creating that unforgettable venison stew is to heat oil in a Dutch oven. Brown the meat (that was perfectly prepared at the very beginning), and then add onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, oregano, salt, pepper and water. Add in your potatoes and carrots and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender (approximately 30-45 minutes). Mix flour and cold water, place into the stew, and then cook and stir until thick and bubbly.

 

Then all you have left to do is enjoy!

 

For more information, you can head to a list of websites that offer all different varieties of truly unforgettable venison stews. In fact, check out ‘Taste of Home’ at www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/venison-stew) and begin drooling now!

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

The Best in Waterfowl Hunting with Billy Blakely in Reelfoot, Tennessee

 

The Best in Waterfowl Hunting with Billy Blakely in Reelfoot, Tennessee

 

 

When it comes to the perfect location for the outdoor enthusiast looking for the best in waterfowl hunting, look no further than Blue Banks in Reelfoot, Tennessee. It is here that the menu of hunting, fishing, bird watching packages and more is literally a mile long. Even people who desire to watch the American Bald Eagle in all its majesty head straight to Reelfoot to do just that.

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Not only does Reelfoot provide everything from this majestic monarch to waterfowl to all kinds of fish, it also provides one of the finest guides on Reelfoot today. Billy Blakely (although his friends call him “Toothpick”) has over 35 years of experience under his belt when it comes to hunting and fishing in and around the lakes in this stunning Northwest Tennessee area. An expert fisherman and hunter, Billy works exclusively for Blue Banks Resort and has brought back return vacationers again and again because of his skills and talent. As operator of the marina facilities at Blue Banks, he has trained many guides for the resort, while also being featured in over a hundred outdoor TV shows and countless articles and magazines.

 

In other words, when picking Blue Banks for your much-needed vacation, you not only receive the most amazing resort on the lake that provides fine dining and lodging, clean and affordable facilities, as well as hunting/fishing and birdwatching packages, but you also get the best guide in the business.

 

The Reelfoot Bird Blind Packages with Billy Blakely are just one group at the ready. Able to be booked by both resort and non-resort guests, this is most definitely a memorable experience for one and all. From $50/per person to $229/per person, packages include a baited gas heated blind with a kitchen to prepare meals. And when it comes to the VIP Packages, you also receive an overnight stay, three meals, a private viewing of an active Eagle Nest, and tickets to Discovery Park.

 

According to Chief Guide Billy Blakely, he “hunts every single day of duck season,” in his area that is located between three waterfowl refuges and only a short distance from the Mississippi River—one of the premier duck hunting regions in the United States. Guiding 80+ days per year for waterfowl, when Billy takes a party of duck hunters out to Reelfoot Lake for a day of hunting, the party often is made up of 4-to-10 hunters at one time, plus a dog, guns, ammunition and food. Traveling before they set up to hunt, the party is shown two miles of the lake that includes spots of shallow water, deep water, stumps, brush and ice. There is also a stationary blind out on the open water to be used, depending on how the ducks are flying that day.

 

The popularity of waterfowl hunting has grown in numbers over the past few years and continues to widen across the country. From puddle ducks—such as, blue bills, redheads, canvasbacks—to several mallards, Billy Blakely makes sure to provide all visitors with the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to always making the hunt successful.

 

 

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

 

The Right Guide to Hunt the “Pacific Ghost”

 

The Right Guide to Hunt the “Pacific Ghost”

 

It is the dream and want of many hunters to successfully take hold of a Blacktail deer that roams the range extending between central California all the way to Alaska. These secretive deer that are referred to almost reverently as the “Pacific Ghost,” can spend their entire lives moving virtually unseen through the thick overgrowth and almost jungle-type collection of brush, timber and thorns that make up the Pacific Coast rain forests. When it comes to taking down a trophy-class Blacktail, you not only require skill, patience and hard work, but it is imperative that you book your hunt with a guide that knows everything there is to know about the Blacktail, as well as its natural surroundings. Only then can that “ghost” turn into a reality.

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The thrill of the Blacktail hunt is alive and well, but within the rugged, less-congested state of Washington hunting the “Pacific Ghost” is not only thrilling – it is a true passion. For those who are looking to book that perfect hunt, it is Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service that will have your adrenaline pumping – thrilled for the hunt before you even get off the plane.

 

Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service has a background that cannot be beat. A true family enterprise, owner Ed Shelby has been shooting with his father since he was five years of age, bringing down his first buck at 12. Father, Boyd Shelby, has a lifetime of experience and (along with his son) has several animals in the Pope & Young Record Book.

 

For those who truly live for Blacktail hunting, it is highly important to note that for over 25 years Shelby’s hunts have been 97% successful. Although offering hunts that range from black bear to elk, Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service specializes in trophy Blacktail located in the western Washington area. They are also known to provide in-depth data and techniques in tracking, rattling and stalking that you, your company, family, or friends can take with you from the hunt and use over and over again for a lifetime of successful hunting.

 

Experienced teachers, Ed Shelby and his crew own the skills, the wisdom and the love for hunting and the Great Outdoors that is absolutely necessary when wishing to achieve a completely prosperous hunt. Shelby’s takes their mission seriously: They will try and help you bag that trophy animal of your dreams no matter what! And as far as techniques are concerned, you can book a bow or rifle hunt with Shelby’s and get an exciting and rewarding experience in return.

 

There are many Hunting Packages available. When it comes to the Blacktail Deer Hunt – Early Archery Packages and Late Archery Packages; as well as General Deer Season – Modern Firearm: 3 Day Hunts run $2,000.00/5 Day Hunts run $2,500.00, with additional days at $500.00 each. (It’s important to note that special doe hunts/late archery only, one day is guaranteed at $500.00/no kill, no pay.)

 

Some of the hunting requirements include (but are not limited to): no smoking on the hunt; bow hunters may be required to demonstrate target accuracy; and a 50% non-refundable booking fee deposit is required at the time you book your reservation. Local scouting trips are available before you hunt ($200.00 per day), and a trophy fee of $500.00 for all Blacktail deer, 4 point or bigger, including eye guards.

 

And if you happen to be from out-of-state, Shelby’s will guide you through the process of purchasing your license once you arrive. This is to ensure you will have the correct type of license which you can find further information on at: https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov

 

Not to mention, the minute you start researching that perfect Blacktail Hunt at Shelby’s Trophy Guide Service site, you will also be able to read through all the local lodging links in order to make sure you get the best and most memorable hunt you can imagine. So get to it…your “Pacific Ghost” is waiting!

 

For more information, head to: http://www.blacktailguide.com/index.php

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Consider Small Plots for Future Dove Hunting

 

Consider Small Plots for Future Dove Hunting

By Darren Shepard

BFMG Staff

Just about every dove hunter has put up their cash and took a chance on a paid dove shoot.  Many times, the hunt is great and others, well not so much. If you don’t have a farm or buddies, who enjoy a “shoot,” finding a spot for an early fall dove shoot can be tough. Another option to consider might be your own deer hunting property or lease and an existing food plot depending on your geographic location.

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One of my best dove shoots was on a tract of land that was barley 2 acres. There was a small pond, a gravel pit, and enough sunflowers to bring in birds. In fact, with just 3 of us on this “spot” a limit was taken in very short order by everyone. It certainly is not a hunt in Argentina or South Texas, but it was a lot of fun!

Creating a dove field at your deer club may be a by- product of your existing food plots for the coming season. If the crop is not right for dove, developing a small area is not difficult and may pay big dividends. Plus, creating a small dove shoot brings a few club members, buddies or family together for a good day plus an opportunity to harvest a few birds.

Get busy and check it out today but first consider a few questions.  Do you have a plot that is not performing well? Perhaps a field that needs to be burned if legal?  What about a water source?  Have you seen many doves on your “club” over the past few seasons?  What equipment, seed and supplies will I need? Is it worth it?  At my hunting club, just about all the equipment is on hand, so creating a small dove shoot is easy to do.  But you need to get started, now!

May is the perfect month for planting. With certain practices for plants such as “Sunflowers’, they need to get into the ground now since it will take about 100 days for sunflowers to reach their full potential. This year our field is planted with Peredovick sunflowers. These grow about 3 feet or so in height and produce small sunflower seeds which are perfect for dove, quail and other species. A 50 LB bag is inexpensive and will cover an acre easily. Row planting is best but, with this seed, if the soil is prepared correctly, can be broadcast across the plot. The next step would be to cover the seed with a solid “drag” behind the tractor or 4 -wheeler and keep hoping for summer rains!  Planting other crops such as brown top millet, corn or sowing fall wheat work well too.  Make sure your food source is ready and check the best times for planting in order to gain the best yield. It is very important to do your research and check both state and federal regulations regarding legal “planting and farming “practices for dove.

Another key advantage of a small field or plot is the fact it is inexpensive to adjust the soil ph, and the use of lime and fertilizer is a key. Check the soil ph and adjust accordingly with goal to reach a 6.5-7.5 level if possible. Purchasing lime or fertilizer is not expensive when you are planting a couple of acres or less. Plus, this will help your dove field now but, enhances the future crop growth you may be planting in this same field for winter or spring deer plots later in the year. A great side benefit as well!

A small plot could be worth the time for a late afternoon shoot or taking the kids after school during a short season.  The small dove plot provides a good chance to increase your odds for a little “filet mignon of the sky” for the grill and is just another way of getting the most out of your time afield.

It is worth a shot, isn’t it?

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

 

Gage Outdoor Expeditions Provides a “Wingshooter’s” Paradise

 

Gage Outdoor Expeditions Provides a “Wingshooter’s” Paradise

 

When it comes to gorgeous scenery, colorful culture, and a list of wild species that are among the most amazing in the world, Argentina leads the way for South America in all of these categories. But there are other facets the country of Argentina scores high in, which include delicious cuisine and hunting/fishing trips that create the most incredible sights, sounds and memories for anyone wanting to partake.

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One of the most popular trips comes in the form of dove hunting. Not only is the trip luxurious because of the incredible surroundings but, because of the region’s climate that consistently produces a multitude of corn, wheat and other grains, Argentina boasts abundant bird populations. In other words, a successful dove hunt is bound to be had.

 

If looking for a fantastic guide that provides exceptional hunting year round, Gage Outdoor Expeditions is definitely one of the names that stands out. With an estimated 20 million birds, booking your dove hunt with experts like Gage is a great idea. This one-of-a-kind location is located just 2.5 hours north of Buenos Aires. With the Argentina Dove Hunting trip originating in the USA, you and your party will receive a non-stop flight to Buenos Aires and upon arrival you will clear customs easily and be met by a Gage agent. From this point on, you’ll be accompanied by an English-speaking host and taken to the beautiful lodge for an exciting afternoon of dove hunting. Just think…with no flight connections needed, you will save both money and time allowing for more fun to be had.

 

A variety of dove hunting packages are provided: 3 Days for $1,495; 2 Days for $1,000; and a 1 Day Package for $650 (per hunter). And all the packages include a full menu of extras for each person in your party. Not only is your Argentina dove hunting experience fully-guided, but you receive a bilingual host from the time you arrive in Buenos Aires until you depart for home. All ground transportation, as required by the itinerary is provided, as well as assistance with the paperwork to clear the guns at customs; ground transportation in and out of the hunting area; accommodations in a luxury estancia; all meals while in the hunting area (including soft drinks, beer and wine); and one guide for each hunter.

 

But if you want to “go big,” Gage is now offering its 2017 All Inclusive Luxury Dove Hunting Package that allows you to enjoy the shoot without having to pay an exorbitant shell bill at the end of the hunt. At only $3,295 per hunter, you receive all the benefits of the above packages including 3000 rounds of ammunition as well as gun rentals and hunting licenses.

 

(Not included: shells beyond 3,000 in package = $12 per box, airfare, and extra transfer charge for groups less than 4.)

 

When it comes to accommodations, the Bolacua Resort is a true luxury Argentina estancia. After the exciting day of dove shooting winds down, you can swim or simply relax with a cocktail while you and your hunting party are catered to. The lodge can host both small and large groups, and first-class hospitality is always provided. In addition, if you are looking for more intimate lodging while on your trip, the Palacio Santa Candida ($300 Surcharge) specializes in groups of 4-8 hunters. The same luxury and hospitality can be found as you choose from the 7 rooms with private baths, as well as 2, two-bedroom apartments with private baths. This historic estancia includes breakfast and dinner served in the Great Hall and provides an authentic Argentinian experience.

 

When it comes to the hunting schedule, after an early morning breakfast, you and your party will be driven approximately 20 to 30 minutes to the area where Gage guides have blinds set and cases of shells at the ready. Around a half-hour after day breaks, the Argentina doves begin swarming overhead and continue to fly until the sun sets. A midday break is also taken in the field to enjoy some of that delicious cuisine.

 

All year long there are more birds in Argentina than any one hunter can possibly ask for. In other words, it is time to plan your trip today.

 

For more information, head to: http://www.gageoutdoor.com/argentina-dove-hunting/

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

 

10 Gauge Outfitters: The Best Pheasant Hunting in Kansas

 

10 Gauge Outfitters: The Best Pheasant Hunting in Kansas

 

The state slogan of Kansas used to be “Simply Wonderful.” It was recently changed to “As Big as You Think.” In the end, both statements are absolute fact. And for the hunter, it is extremely easy to say that Kansas offers many wide, open spaces to choose from and provides you and your friends with a ‘simply wonderful’ experience.

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When looking for that perfect guide to provide you with the best pheasant hunting in the state, 10 Gauge Outfitters is a name you should know! Putting together your Kansas hunting adventure becomes far easier when choosing 10 Gauge, because you ensure that your hunt will provide you with memories to last a lifetime.

 

Enveloped in the beautiful western plains of Kinsley, Kansas, where the view is endless for miles on end, 10 Gauge Outfitters puts to use the wheat, alfalfa, milo, and corn that Kansas is so good at producing in order to offer up (and fatten up) the finest wild game.

 

What makes for a great pheasant hunt guide is experience. 10 Gauge Outfitters has ventured outside their own region in order to examine expeditions across the U.S. By seeing first-hand the positives that other guides, outfitters and lodges have to offer across the country, they have combined all this knowledge to create the best experience you can possibly find in the great state of Kansas.

 

Along with experience comes the need for habitat, and 10 Gauge Outfitters is certainly not lacking in that area. Providing their sporting game with the appropriate amount of minerals, nutrients and feed throughout the year, their habitat keeps all game healthy and plentiful. Not to mention, the habitat gives plenty of cover to pheasants and quail for them to hide and roost from other predators. In other words, 10 Gauge continuously works hard so that the hunting expedition you book will be a successful one. So successful, in fact, that you will walk away not only wanting to return as fast as possible, but also wanting to tell your family, friends and colleagues all about the fantastic time you had.

 

For ‘The Best Wild Pheasant Hunting in Kansas’ 10 Gauge serves small pheasant hunting groups as well as corporate pheasant hunting trips, offering lodging for up to 20 people. You can enjoy the open farmland and open plains, spend mornings shooting all the pheasant or quail you want, and then kick back in the evening.

 

Rates for the 10 Gauge pheasant hunts range from: 2 people @ $530; 3 people @ $490; and 4+ @ $450 (per hunter/day). Included in your package are: lodging, food, guides, dogs and/or dog kenneling if you bring your own with you to the hunt, airport pick-up and drop-off for groups of 4 or more, 100 yd. shooting range and sporting clays, satellite TV, internet services and field transportation.

 

When it comes to lodging, 10 Gauge Outfitters supplies a stunning early nineteen hundred 3-bedroom/2-bath farmhouse that sleeps 8 comfortably and was completely remodeled in 2012. Located amidst some truly stunning countryside, hunters will not only have a great trip, but they will also have a place to enjoy quiet, peaceful evenings while sitting on the porch and celebrating their ‘catch’ with a drink. And when it comes to food, fresh, delicious cuisine is available for you and your group, with a variety of meals to choose from.

 

Another thing to keep in mind is the time of year that you decide to schedule your trip with 10 Gauge, because if the season permits, you can combine other expeditions with the pheasant hunt.

 

These include:

 

Prairie Dog Hunting: With access to thousands of acres of prairie dog towns located less than 30 minutes from 10 Gauge’s lodging facilities, year-round prairie dog hunting is available.

 

Whitetail Hunting: When it comes to those majestic creatures, Kansas whitetail hunts with 10 Gauge Outfitters are a must to get those huge Kansas bucks. These are guided trophy whitetail hunts on over 16,000 acres of intensely managed prime Kansas habitat.

 

Coyote Hunting: Coyote country in southwest Kansas is property that plays home to a variety of game that includes not only coyotes, but also bobcats, fox and badgers.

 

In addition, look into the Rio Grande Turkey Hunting experience (spring and fall hunts available) with 10 Gauge, as well as shotgun hunts, archery hunts, and so much more.

 

It is time to bag that pheasant – and perhaps a few others along the way – and literally experience “Something Wonderful” in a place that most definitely is “As Big as You Think!”

 

For more information, head to: www.10gaugeoutfitters.com

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

What to Tip the “Tipper”

 

What to Tip the “Tipper”

He or she is your guide into those woods, out on that river, etc. They are the ones who have gone to school and been educated in this particular sport/pleasure you are delving into for your vacation time, and they are the ones with companies that make it easier than ever to plan a guided hunt or trip for you, family and friends. They are also the ones with just the right “tip” that could allow you to have the most successful hunt you’ve ever had.successful hunting, proper, appreciation, long-standing relationship, service, quality, the right 'tip'

Over the internet, a lover of the hunt (or fishing, boating, etc.) can log on and go through a list of outfitter websites that contain everything about their company and their team. They will offer up information that all prospective sportsmen and sportswomen need to know: from accommodations provided to equipment to pictures of the areas being utilized for the sport, animals harvested in the past, as well as various packages and prices.

But, oddly enough (unlike the rest of American business and industry in the 21st-century), you will most likely never find anything about what specific dollar amount or percentage of the hunt cost to give the guide as a tip. And because each package is so completely different, coming up with an average tip can be extremely tough. This is a gray area for many sports people, especially those who have never been on a guided hunt/tour before.

It is understood that a tip is not a requirement. However, it is important to realize that if you “land” a quality service and a guide who truly loves what they do and knows the ins-and-outs of everything they happen to be doing, than offering your guide a tip is the best way to offer thanks to them for their service.

It is important to remember as well that if the guide is not the outfitter, they are usually told what to do by someone higher up in charge. They may not have any say when it comes to choosing the location or what your accommodations will be during your stay. That is the outfitter’s responsibility, and your guide should never be “hung out to dry” if that outfitter has made errors in your trip. The guide’s tip is always based on the job that they did for you and your friends/family. If for the duration of your event they work as your partner – such as, on a hunt, if they help fill your tags, make sure you have a safe hunt, and offer those stellar, helpful ‘tips,’ than they should be rewarded with a “thank you.”

If the outfitter is both the owner and your guide, then it becomes a different story entirely. They are the ones responsible for every detail during your trip – from being the guide to making sure your hunt is set up well and your accommodations and other details promised have been delivered. This becomes another gray area for some because why tip the owner when you have already paid them for everything in full? Most hunters and sportsmen will agree that if the guide does everything in an A+ manner, it doesn’t matter if they own the company or not, they should still get the “thank you.”

When thinking about the prices, start with something easy. At a restaurant the approximate tip for your waiter/waitress is 15% (if the job is done well, of course). When it comes to the guide of your trip, most hunters begin in the neighborhood of 8-12% of the cost of the hunt when it comes to tipping the guide. (Example: For most waterfowl hunts that comes out to approximately $25 per day; for a 5-day big game hunt you are closer to the $250-$350 range. And if we are talking about a guide that has literally shown you and your guests a truly incredible week, then giving a little extra is definitely a good show.

Above all, remember the fact that the guide is not responsible for you shooting correctly, being able to “land that big one” right, and definitely are not responsible for anything that Mother Nature decides to throw in your path. Certain things will always be out of a human’s control, but hard work most definitely matters and should be appreciated. Just think, you may have such a successful expedition that you will want that particular guide the next time around, so saying “thank you” is a great way to start a long-standing relationship.

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Are You Considering joining a New “Hunting Club or Lease” this year?

 

Are You Considering joining a New “Hunting Club or Lease” this year?

By Darren Shepard

Joining a “hunting club” is not as easy as it sounds. There are so many considerations one must examine before committing the multiple resources, time and money required to have a successful experience.

It has been over five years since I was a member of a hunting club and my last experience was less than a pleasant one.  I have been fortunate to hunt a tract of private land for many years and will continue to do so moving forward. However, with my changing family needs and time constraints, an opportunity to join a new hunting club presented itself with a neighbor’s invitation. I decided after long consideration, to commit to the club and dedicate a 3-year window for the project.

 My goal is to point out a few things I had to consider that may be of benefit to you as well.

  • Set Your Goals and Expectation: Speaking with club members, reviewing the club’s records, understanding the established deer management plan and club rules is a step you must take before committing. You may want to take a 160 Inch whitetail, but if the clubs largest buck harvested in the last five years has been a 120-inch buck, you may be setting yourself up for failure.  Also, what are all of the hunting options at the “club”? Is it just for whitetail deer? Can you hunt spring turkeys, small game or does a dove field exists? You must determine what type of club you want to join and how you may want to use the resources in compliance with the “club rules.”

 

 In addition, if you have a family, can they hunt?   How long is the lease the “club” has with the property owner?  Plus, how do you want to hunt, use the facilities or is there a camp?  What is your overall goal of enjoying the experience and what resources do you have to contribute to the “club”?  These are several key questions and writing a list of your questions is a solid step towards a successful hunting club experience.

 

  • Location, Location, Location: A friend once told me, I’d rather have the right 50 acres to hunt in Northern Illinois than 500 acres in the wrong area of South Georgia. I agree! However, at this point in my life, I don’t have the time to drive to Illinois during deer season often. With my specific goals, as well as those for my family, this particular lease is 50 minutes from my home.  A family that hunts together stays together in my mind, so location for time together is paramount in my decision.

 

I may not take a 160-inch whitetail, but with the location, our family can spend a lot of time there on a year-round basis, keep hunting together and share many experiences.

 

  • Members and Relationships: I was fortunate to have been invited by a neighbor to join this club, and this greatly assists with learning more about the property quickly, enhances introductions to other members and the “management” team for the club.

 

 An important key is understanding the rules and objectives of the club.   If you agree with their objectives, can contribute to the overall plan, and honor the rules, then joining the club may be a great idea.  Over time, you will be able to contribute other thoughts and ideas as a part of being a “team player” within the club. If in the beginning, you have any doubts about their “plan” or members, it is better for you to just politely decline and find another option. Starting off without a clear understanding and agreement will just lead to a disaster for everyone involved.

 

Also, the number of members is key. A club that has 25 members on a leased tract of land that contains 150 acres is going to be a major headache. Frankly, I have used the 100 acres per hunter as a general guide. No real science, but combined with deer population estimates from the state for the area, historical data and club records, this enables me to be comfortable in most cases with this “number.” In this case, our club has 900 acres with eight members with mutually agreed common rules and goals.

 

  • Resources: Set your budget and stick to it. Beyond the annual “dues,” insurance and other items, you will need to create a list of additional things you may need for hear one as well as items to purchase over several seasons.   For example, ladder stands, an ATV if you have limited access to areas, or a camper.  Beyond just “joining” there will be “work” weekends for camp clean up, putting up stands, feeders, and food pl Keep all of these issues in mind when dedicating your time and money. If you become a club member, then be a member that contributes and helps work with the “team.” Time with members working on established common goals will build great relationships and is a big part of the club experience.

 

Just a few points to consider if you are looking at a “hunting club” this coming fall,  but hopefully, these points will provide a little “food for thought.”

 We have joined the club this year with a dedicated limited budget and plan.  The goal is to share additional features about this project moving forward including repairing an old camper and many other projects related to becoming a new hunting club member.   More to come soon, but if you have not found your “club” yet, get busy!  Turkey season is almost here and deer season is closer than you think!

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com