January 31, 2014
I’m not gonna whine more right now about how much I miss hunting Tejon Ranch. And I’m not gonna spend a lot of time bemoaning some of the changes that appear to be going on there in regards to the hunting program… mostly because I don’t know enough on a first hand basis. It doesn’t sound promising, at least not for the level of general access they once offered. But those of you still in CA should keep an eye on it, and seriously, if you get a chance to hunt that place, you should. A self-guided hog hunt there can be done for a lot less money than some folks think, and it’s about the best opportunity to kill a hog that most people will ever get without hiring a guide.
Anyway, before I moved away I heard a lot about some of the CA hard-core hunters working to put out a new magazine called Relentless 365. They’d focus on CA hunting and hunters, and knowing some of the guys involved in the project, I knew they would have some quality product from and about serious CA hunters. And I was right. It’s worth checking out for anyone, but if you live and hunt in CA, I’d say this is a magazine you should be reading.
In addition to the magazine and website, they started doing some video work as well. This isn’t that coarse, amateur video like I was doing for a while, but some really solid, well-produced and edited material. I’d put this stuff up against anything the Outdoor Channel or Sportsman’s Channel have to offer. Here’s their second “webisode”, released last spring. It covers several hunts on the Tejon Ranch, and some really nice hogs. I like the hunting action anyway, but I like it even more when I recognize most of the spots these guys are hunting. It’s long, almost 22 minutes, but worth the time (and no commercials). So please, enjoy!
August 13, 2013
At some point in the last few years, I’ve talked about field-dressing game using the “gutless method.” It’s a great technique when you’re way back in the backcountry, especially when you have to pack out a large animal solo. Best of all, you can do it all with a good knife. No saw. No axe. No pulleys or winches.
In this video, Randy Newberg (On Your Own Adventures and Fresh Tracks) shows how he does it, step-by-step with great video work.
July 29, 2013
OK, so not that long in real world terms, but a week on the Interwebz… ain’t it funny, how time slips away!
Not an awful lot going on here anyway. It’s too hot here in TX to get out and do much… or to even think about hunting. Hell, by the time I climb up the hill to retrieve my arrows from the target out back, I need a shower. I spent last week in Spokane, and even way up there the heat was oppressive (although at least it was a dry heat).
It’s been a good time for watching TV, and I had a chance to catch up a little on hunting shows over the weekend. There are a couple of things that stood out to me from the brief sample:
- The imaginations of outdoor gear manufacturers are still running wide open, and it’s a guarantee that the 2013-2014 season will bring a glut of new stuff for hunters to purchase and haul into the field. This includes things like the Firefly, wind direction detector. Even Kat picked up on this one and questioned, “what’s wrong, hunters don’t know how to wet their finger to see which way the wind blows?” Another product is an elasticized netting to put over the top of your ground blind, advertised as “the only way to add natural foliage to your blind!”
- I’m sick of hearing about how you need a rifle (or in this case, a muzzleloader) that can reach into the next zip code to kill a deer. Folks, look… if other people regularly, and successfully bowhunt for the same species in the same area (e.g. Colorado elk or Kansas whitetails), then the argument that “sometimes all you get is a long shot” is pretty much moot. This is amplified on the TV networks, because you’ll have back-to-back episodes in which one hunter kills a bruiser whitetail at 18 yards with a bow, while the next hunter is plugging away at over 250 yards with a “muzzleloader”. I’ve got no problem with using a rifle to shoot animals outside of archery range, but let’s be honest about it… it’s certainly not “the only shot you’re going to get,” especially on these carefully managed hunting properties on which many of these shows are filmed.
- I was happy to see at least a couple of programs with a focus on conservation, including one from the Boone and Crockett organization. I’ll always have a tough time assigning credibility to any organization that publishes a trophy record book, I’ve got to say the message was reasonably good. The hunter/personality, Shane Mahoney, kept talking about how he “hunts the experience, not the animals”, and in the epsiode appeared to go out of his way to shoot a young, small buck, despite the fact that a “trophy” animal was available. I couldn’t help thinking how stilted the whole thing came off, but still… it’s TV. You can only expect so much.
There was more, both good and bad, but I didn’t set out to write a review when I put the TV on, so I didn’t really take notes or pay close attention.
So anyway, I’ll try get things flowing again this week. I’m heading back to Spokane at the end of the week… maybe I’ll take a run at the Post Falls, Idaho Cabela’s while I’m up there. That’s always good for some inspiration.
July 18, 2013
I shared this back on my old site when it was fresh, but since I’m digging through the archives and sort of getting a CA deer hunting jones, I figure it’s worth pulling it out and blowing off the dust. The coolest thing about this hunt was, as the video says, it was a last minute trip… not to mention it was really my only opportunity to get out during the B-zone season. Oh… and it was public land.
Something a lot of folks don’t realize about CA is the quality of public hunting available in the Golden State. Sure, gun laws are beyond ridiculous, and the hunting regulations are being more and more dictated by animal rights groups who have attached themselves like leeches to the political animal, but if you can turn your back on that and just get out into the backcountry, you can still have a really sensational experience. True, if you want to find the best hunting you have to put in some effort, but that’s what western hunting is all about… working for it.
And while the payoff is far from guaranteed, sometimes it all comes together. Like this…
July 17, 2013
Well, after last week, I thought I had momentum going here again. Guess I was wrong. There’s just not a lot going on for me on the outdoors and hunting front right now.
But that’s not true for my friends back in CA, as the A-zone archery season is now underway… and yeah, I miss it! So I thought I’d pull a video out of the archives. It’s not the same as being there… but if I close my eyes and think real hard, I can almost smell that yellow grass and hear the corn flake crackle of the dried leaves underfoot. Ahhh… deer hunting in July!
June 14, 2013
Cliche? Yeah. But it’s early…
Anyway, headed out today for CA, and later up to Spokane for the next week. I doubt I’ll have any updates unless there’s some news on the hog hunting or lead ammo front. I think CA is drawing closer to that statewide ban, by the way… hunters take notice, and if it’s worth it to you, take action. Is there still time? Never surrender.
In the meantime, here’s another video blast from the past…
June 5, 2013
Just got this press release yesterday.
I know a few of you out there enjoy hunting as a couple, or as a family. The Brunsons’ show is pretty good, by outdoors/hunting television standards. It’s got a nice, amateur feel with good production values and a generally good set of hunting and outdoors ethics.
There’s nothing in this for me, but if one of you readers should happen to make the cut, please let us all know here at the Hog Blog. We can say, “we knew you when…”
Who Will Be Television’s Next Superstar Outdoor Hunting Couple? Could It Be You?
Addicted to the Outdoors TV Show Open Casting Call
Gina and Jon Brunson want to make you and your honey TV stars. Jon and Gina Brunson, hosts of the award winning Addicted to the Outdoors (ATTO) television show, are expanding their Addicted brand. They’re searching for a select few Addicted to the Outdoors Couples.
Addicted Couples is focused on shining a spotlight on family participation in the outdoors and on couples who make the outdoors more than a hobby – who make it a lifestyle.
Entering is easy. Just shoot a short video of four minutes or less with your mobile device or video camera. Introduce yourselves and show your on-camera personality and passion for hunting. Shoot indoors or out. The key is to let Jon and Gina get to know you. Post the unedited video to YouTube.com and share a link to the video with Jon and Gina no later than June 30, 2013.
The ATTO crew will review all submissions. Ten couples will be selected to interview with Jon and Gina via Skype.
One of Your Hunts Filmed for TV
That’s right, it’s lights, camera, action – and you’ll be the stars! Several couples’ hunts will be filmed with the intent of becoming a full-length episode of Addicted to the Outdoors for the 2014 television season. If you have what it takes to be an Addicted Couple, ATTO will send its award-winning professional production film crew to you. The crew will film one of the hunts you already have planned for the 2013 summer/fall hunting season.
From this launch deck, Jon and Gina believe they can build a national ATTO movement and potentially develop our next television series, Addicted to the Outdoors Couples.
Who Will Be Television’s Next Superstar Outdoor Hunting Couple? It Could It Be You?
May 15, 2013
While we’re on a run here, this is one of my favorite vids (and one of my prouder moments). The video tells the tale…
May 14, 2013
Wow! I’d almost forgotten about this one.
My friend, musician and hunting guide T. Michael Riddle wrote, performed, and recorded this theme music for the Hog Blog. I stuck a bunch of video highlights together to make a sort of showcase. It was fun, if a little narcissistic.
Oh well… I’ll re-share it anyway.
May 13, 2013
The original Hog Blog ran for almost five years before some changes happened. I ended up with this new site, and unfortunately had to leave an awful lot of stuff behind. Some of it wasn’t too bad, a lot of it was (I think) pretty informative… even educational. So despite some earlier personal misgivings, I’m going to occasionally take a look back at that older stuff. Part of it is simple reminiscence. And part of it is because it’s sort of a shame to just let all that work sit there. Maybe some of you folks who weren’t around then will find it interesting. Or not…
Anyway, it’s here if you’re that curious (or bored).
Something else I found myself doing this past weekend is scanning through some of my old videos. I’m no great shakes as a videographer, but some of these were a lot of fun to make. So I thought I’d re-share some of the vids that I thought were my better work. To my old friends, who’ve been here all along and have seen these before, I apologize for redundancy.
So, here’s a clip I did about one of my favorite hunts when I was guiding at Native Hunt. Hopefully, you’ll see why.