He’s a hunter, a father, and a down right normal guy who found out what a blog was on March 16, 2007. Welcome to the foundation of higher learning brought to you by David Blanton. (Sarcasm is accepted.)
Sitting in a power wheelchair, Austin Belcher is able to enjoy the outdoors again.
Seven years ago, while on his way to work, Austin was injured in a car accident. His injuries have caused him to loose his mobility and he has required the use of a wheelchair.
He loves to hunt and fish and getting in the outdoors has been very difficult. His access has been limited because of his chair. It has made a tough situation even more difficult.
Earlier this year Rick Belcher, Austin's father, was introduced to Action Trackchair. It is a revolutionary approach to power wheelchairs. The companies mission is to help the disabled to be enabled. Their power wheelchair design allows Austin to go just about anywhere he want to go. Fishing and hunting are now accessible to him and he is looking forward to being in the turkey woods this spring.
I love what this company is doing. They are making access to the outdoors possible for so many disabled outdoorsmen. It really is a great company and ministry.
Bear's brand new bow, the Anarchy, launches today . . . And it has already proven to be everything I had hoped for in a hunting bow!
Several weeks ago, while on tour of the Bear manufacturing facility in Gainesville, FL, I had the opportunity to shoot the prototype.
I knew instantly it was the smoothest, quietest, most forgiving bow I'd ever shot . . . The problem was, would I have one in time for my Colorado elk
Well, I had the Anarchy in hand when I shot my biggest bull with a bow and arrow just a few days ago!
What makes the Anarchy incredible? The 35" axle to axle length makes it "crazy" accurate and forgiving and the newly designed riser is extemely lightweight. Plus, it just looks awesome! Check out the video and be sure ask for the Anarchy at your Bear dealer.
Dropped: The Alaska Project is three weeks in and the Keefer brothers have been hunting Alaska for caribou and moose. They took a Caribou on September 4 with a rifle at 200 yards after a two mile stalk. Leaving camp 10:30 am they stalked the bull up the mountain and was able to take the caribou around 4:30. It was a long day, getting back to camp around 11:30pm, but the hunt productive and important for the trip.
Moose season opened on September 6 and they started the hunt. The weather has been pretty bad with a lot of rain and snow, which means clouds. The cloud cover has been so bad that they have not been able to keep their equipment powered. For serveral days, they had to stay in the tent, out of the weather. It's been grueling.
As they've traveled down the river, they have seen a few moose. They actually set camp and tried to stalk big bull. He kept pushing into the bush and by the time they were able to get on him, he was a couple miles from the rivers edge. The closest they could get was about half a mile. The idea of having to pack out close to a ton of meat several miles to camp motivated them to pull off the stalk.
On Saturday, September 17, they finished off the last of the caribou. They planned to do some fishing on Sunday to get some food for camp. As they were preparing, Casey decided to call for Moose to see if he could get any response. The rut has started and they had seen a lot of sign of bull movement. When he called, a bull responded.
Chris went near the river and set up next to a tree and began working the call. From across the river, he could hear a bull making his way to towards him. After just a few minutes, the bull makes its way out of the tree line and walks down the rivers edge directly across from Chris.
Chris can see that he is a shooter bull, mid-sixty class. The bull turns to move up the river and Chris shot the monster with his rifle. It was a decision to shoot with a rifle and have meat, or try to stalk. The decision was to have meat.
The moose activity was in full rut by this time and there were bulls calling all around. While he was still sitting at the river, a smaller bull had came to the call. He crossed the river and walked right through their camp up into the tree line and into the bush.
Chris, Casey and the crew tracked the monster bull. They found him to have 19 scoreable points on each side and they estimated him to be about a 64 inch bull. They were able to get him caped out and the front quarters removed before dark. They covered him with willows and left him til morning.
The backstraps were over five feet long and weighed between 60-70 pounds. This bull weighed nearly a ton. It was a bruiser!
They have plenty of meat to last for several more days as they continue to hunt Alaska's Brooks mountain range.
You can keep up with the Keefers progress on the Realtree Outdoors facebook page.
When you click on the link below you will see the coolest baseball footage you’ve ever seen. The baseball academy featured is the brainchild of Brian Shackleford, an Oklahoma native and former big league player with the Cincinnati Reds. Brian lives and breathes baseball . . . and hunting. He calls his program Wyld Game Baseball.
“We started our new tournament schedule two weeks ago and you cannot believe the response. It’s absolutely incredible.” Shackleford stated. “Even the Mom’s are going out and buying themselves Realtree AP shirts so they can match their son’s uniform.”
But there’s an even bigger reward for Brian.
“I have even had several of my players want to know more about hunting and how they can get introduced. So I am even preparing some spots to take some of them hunting this fall.”
Check out Brian Shacklford’s baseball program at wyldgameball.com
Thank you Brian for being a fantastic ambassador for hunting!! . . . . And Baseball!
It’s no secret that areas that maintain a very high deer density such as the Milk River in Montana are occasionally hit with EHD or “blue tongue” disease. But this year an incredibly “perfect storm” has left the region with very, very few deer. And it’s very sad.
First, the toughest winter in many, many years killed about 40-50% of the deer herd. THEN, “blue tongue” hit late summer and has killed roughly another 60-70% of the deer herd. The net result means no hunting for 2-3 years so the deer herd can build back up.
Recently, Michael Waddell went over to the Milk River after an elk hunt nearby to see firsthand just how bad the situation was. The “wild” can be extremely harsh. Here is his report:
DAY 1---Stephen and I arrived to the Milk River on Friday the 9th.. We rolled in and immediately head to the look out above the Carrollfield. As we looked over the top it was around 5:30 pm, it was warm out but typically this time of year and at this time of day there would be at least 20 to 30 deer in the field.. We saw not one! After a quick Gander we drove down to the field and parked up above the Novachek stand in the field and went into the wind to the thick stuff in the river bottom. We could smell dead deer instantly, we zig zagged throughout the river bottom and doing so jump only 2 to 3 deer that we know of. We found several dead deer but didn't look hard.
We then hurried back to the Tahoe and head toward the Rock to look at the west property. Getting to the rock we started looking. We saw a total of around 20 or so deer as far as we could see just before dark. Patches of 3 or 4 scattered across the acres of Alfalfa.
DAY 2— We went to the rock at daylight, and by far this is the most deer we saw.. A total of 30 to 40 from the west property to over across the river on Bowmans. We spotted what we figured 3 to 4 shooters, the biggest being a 140 class ten point. It was hard to tell age on these deer, but I would call them shooters. 3 and 1/2 to 4 and 1/2.
MID Day, we went to the Buffalo drop field and walked from where Nick had killed his deer several years ago with a bow. We went to the rivers brush and started slowing walking down the river toward Carroll field. During what we figured was a 3 mile walk, we jumped only 4 deer and found 22 dead, and could smell more. Very disturbing adventure.
That afternoon we went and sat in stands over on west property where I had killed my last deer with a bow. That evening from the stand we had 3 does come by us just out of range. Way down by Winke's stand we could see a couple more deer and they look like does as well. We did see one small buck back toward the slough.very slow evening. At dark we slipped out of the stand with not one deer in the field and eased over toward the slough field and found 2 deer feeding there… In the slough just meandering around we saw what looked to be 2 nice bucks… it was 2 of the shooters we had seen that morning. This concluded our evening hunt.
DAY 3— Again went to the rock, there were not near as many deer out this morning. Only 7 to 10 deer moving around. Not a single deer could be found over across the river on north property! We saw one 10 point that was a shooter going into the slough early that morning.
That afternoon we decided to split up and cover a s much ground as we could, I went back to the rock and Stephen went to Carroll field. Stephen saw a total of 7 deer in the field and I saw 14 deer from the rock however 4 of the deer I saw were shooters. All of these deer we had seen before.
Overall, It was very sad! Based on what we saw I figured at least 90 percent of the deer were missing? Keep in mind that the winter prior had been really bad with record breaking snow. Lots of deer and antelope didn't make it through this. To make things even worse the weather forecast was still predicting hot weather with no forecast of a frost which is what we need to stop EHD. The deer we saw still have the chance of dying based on this!
Very overwhelming trip, never seen anything like it!
I do feel like if no more of the deer die, a hunter or maybe two could have luck down on the west property, because the deer numbers are so low it would make it easier to pattern what shooters can be seen. Basically not a lot of deer to trick.
Hope this shed a little light on how to handle the rest of the year..
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