Wired To Hunt


An Encore for Da Turdy Point Buck
September 29, 2009, 12:55 am
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To celebrate the harvesting of Wisconsin’s  30 point “Lucky” Buck I couldn’t help but once again post my favorite hunting song of all time. “Da Turdy Point Buck.” This brings back great memories of opening day of gun season at deer camp every time I hear it…



Another Season of Wired To Hunt
September 28, 2009, 11:54 pm
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This fall, once again, I’m stuck working in a world where I can’t get into the woods after the elusive Whitetail.  For the next four months I’ll be working in Mountain View, CA, so unfortunately the majority of my scouting and legwork will be done on the internet rather than in the field. But hopefully I’ll be able to make it back to Michigan at least twice to hunt and we’ll see what we can make happen. In the mean time it’s time to rev the engines back up at Wired To Hunt and once again highlight some of the greatest stories, news and tips available on the world wide web. If any of you out there have a great story or idea that you’d like to share with the Wired To Hunt family, please feel free to email me at wiredtohunt(at)gmail.com .

And to anyone that has any hunting ideas in Northern California, I’d love to hear!



How To Become A Hunting Guide
April 28, 2009, 9:56 am
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I recently made a post, on a Michigan State University Career blog that I run, about how to become a hunting guide as a career. I figured this might be interesting to some of you folks too. Here is a neat video I found about the topics and if you want more information you can follow this link to see the whole post on hunting for a living.



Pineapple Jerky…and Sasquatch?
April 1, 2009, 8:18 am
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I recently was checking out some new snacks I might want to bring along with me on a hunt and came across some pretty interesting things over at Jerky.com. I’m excited to get out and do some Turkey hunting pretty soon, so the search for the best in the field meal has begun for me. Usually my go to food is jerky, you gotta love a good hunk of meat out in the blind. But I came upon a new kind of jerky that I was pretty surprised by. There is actually Pineapple Jerky now! As strange as that sounds, after trying it I must admit that it is really good. It reminded me of the fruit roll ups I use to indulge in as a kid. So for a sweet treat in the woods, this would be a great idea. It looks to be essentially dehydrated pineapple with a honey glaze. Great stuff! Here’s a link to the site I found it on.

But even more interestingly I came upon probably the most unique jerky there is! It looks like some hunter has finally bagged the big one and dropped Sasquatch! Check out Sasquatch Jerky here! If anyone trys it let me know!



Could You Survive In The Wild?

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This past semester I’ve been taking a Wilderness Survival course at Michigan State University and it might be the best class I have taken yet. We’ve covered a lot of of interesting ideas in regards to the psychology of surviving and I’ve thought almost daily that this is such a relevant topic for hunters. Every year  hunters get lost in the wild and have to deal with these survival ordeals in one way or another. So are we, the big bad hunters, really as prepared as we may think?

Over the next couple weeks I plan on highlighting some interesting stories and tips that might help you survive if your grand hunting expedition takes a turn for the worse. As a hunter, it’s easy to believe that we can handle the wild and anything that mother nature might throw at us, but it’s usually not as easy as it sounds. The story of Ken Killip, a hunter and fireman from Denver, really illustrates this point. Ken and a buddy decided to take a weekend and hike across the continental divide in Rocky Mountain National Park. The two coworkers headed out on to the trail at dawn and headed towards a mountain lake to try for some fish. As their hike progressed Ken began to fall further and further behind his partner and he eventually lost sight of him. At the top of a rocky hill top Ken was suddenly caught up in a nasty lightning storm and became separated by several hours from his buddy.  After the storm,  Ken took off in the direction he thought the lake was but unfortunatly he was very wrong. Over the next several days Ken continued to plunge deeper and deeper into the wilderness making many more mistakes along the way. Despite his wilderness training and hunting experience Ken took wrong turns at many junctures, panicked, misused resources and did a lot of things that would make Man vs Wild’s Bear Grylls shake his head in disappointment. But how does this happen?

Check out this detailed account of how Ken’s trip out to the Rockies went terribly wrong on National Geographics website and think about what really happened on this fishing trip gone wrong. 

Laurence Gonzales describes a moment in Ken’s journey in this way –

It was a crucial moment. Killip was now teetering on the invisible dividing line between two worlds: He was in a state of only minor geographical confusion, for he could still turn back. But by the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other, he could very quickly cross over into the state of being genuinely lost. …

What do you think Ken did wrong? Maybe the more difficult question to answer is whether or not you would have made the same choices he did. What would you have done?

Next time I’ll discuss a few of the mistakes Ken made and how we hunters can learn from them, ensuring that the next time you hit the woods, you’ll come back out in one piece.




Why Do I Hunt?
February 26, 2009, 6:35 pm
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A great image from Gerber's homepage

A great image from Gerber's homepage

 

 

I get asked very frequently why it is that I like to hunt. In the past I’ve had a very long winded answer which covered everything from my love for the outdoors, to the sound of a deer’s steps on frost covered leaves to the taste of freshly cooked venison. But recently I’ve found a way to describe that almost religious experience I feel every time I step into the woods with a gun or bow in hand. 

When I head into the outdoors to go hiking or canoeing I get to be in the outdoors and see nature, but when I go hunting I actually become a part of nature. I, for a small time, enter into the circle of life and work to establish my position in the food chain. I am no longer an intruder into the world of wild creatures, I instead become something much more primal and real. It is in these moments that I feel the most alive and it’s why I will forever cherish the hunt. Why do you?



Backyard Buck
February 2, 2009, 11:25 pm
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Young buck in my backyard

Young buck in my backyard

As the deer hunting season closed this past December, our home was visited by this young buck for about four straight days. I’m excited to see him next year with a little more size to him!

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