Good Stuff From My Fellow Bloggers
October 18, 2012
Since my hunt on Monday, I haven’t had a lot to write about. As I said a couple of months back, if I don’t have something to say, I’m probably just gonna let it be and not try to fill space with pointless posts. But I should fill some space, right? The Internet has created an immediate world, and those who want to be active in it need to be active all the time… not every week or two.
So if I’m not writing, then the least I can do is point you to someone who is.
First of all, I’d like to direct your attention to one of the newest blogs on my roll, the DaggaBoy Blog. Any of us who has read much of the African hunting literature recognizes the term for a big, cape buffalo. It’s evocative, and because the author, Dan, does a bit of African hunting, it’s appropriate enough. I just discovered this site today, to be honest, and there are many years of archives I haven’t read… but the current front page includes some really good stuff, including a post about the processing of a big, bull giraffe. If you’ve ever wondered about what happens to these African game animals after the visiting hunter kills them, this post lays it out there. Read it yourself, but the short version is that there’s not much left but stomach contents when they drive away.
By the way, I also like his most current post, “When Hunting Trips Go Wrong.” A commenter on a hunting forum observed that, when it comes to reading about hunting trips, the world must be full of extremely competent hunters because every hunt is a success. (This guy has obviously not read the Hog Blog, because if there’s one thing I have plenty of on this blog, it’s unsusccessful hunts. ) Anyway, Dan’s write-up about a near disastrous hog hunt (he’s in Australia, by the way), is a real string of missteps… literally.
At any rate, I think I’ll be following this blog regularly.
Another link from my rolls is Hodgeman’s Thoughts on the Great Outdoors. Hodgeman is up in Alaska, the sportsman’s paradise (sorry, Louisiana, but you can’t top AK), and I’ve included him on my blog roll for years. I haven’t followed his stuff as closely as I should of late, but I do check in from time to time. It’s always rewarding, as he’s an excellent writer and his perspective isn’t completely typical of the hook-n-bullet genre.
One post from last month stands out particularly. It’s a cautionary tale, more or less, about meat care in the field. Hodgeman is primarily a meat hunter, and he approaches the utilization of game with an admirable reverence. In Alaska, it’s a crime to leave any edible meat in the field. According to some folks I’ve spoken to, this is actually well-enforced (at least in some of the more popular hunting areas). Hodgeman takes that attitude to the next level, though. Not only is it unconscionable to leave meat in the field, it’s equally egregious to let meat spoil due to poor field care and handling. In his post, Bone Sour Shame, he points out the mistakes and carelessness of some other hunters who basically waste the bulk of a moose. That’s a lot of prime meat to lose, especially when, as you’ll read in his post, the loss was completely avoidable.
There’s one other post of his, from back in early September, that I really think should be mandatory reading for any hunter. The post is titled, No, No, No… NO!, and it refers to the practice of some people using their riflescopes for glassing. This is a major safety issue that I, unfortunately, have witnessed too many times. Bottom line, you don’t point your rifle carelessly around the landscape… which is exactly what you’re doing if you’re using the scope in place of binoculars or a spotter. It’s unsafe, it’s thoughtless, and it’s rude. In some cases, it may well put your own well-being at risk, as some folks take extreme exception to looking down the business end of your hunting rifle. The riflescope is for aiming at something you intend to shoot. Period. Buy some binoculars, the best you can afford, but even cheap glass is better than using your scope.
One more for now, and this is the one that really got my envy going… my friend, Al Quackenbush, the SoCal Bowhunter, made it out to Colorado to bowhunt some elk. He wrote up the whole trip in several parts, and while the climax of the tale comes later in the series, it’s worth reading from beginning to end. So start with Part 1. Al was recently selected to be on the PSE pro-staff, and from the hard work he’s been doing, he deserves it.
I try to keep my blog roll up to date, and I only add sites that I enjoy and visit. If you’ve got a minute or two, click a link and give them a visit.