By far, the most common emergencies in the wilderness are musculoskeletal (fractures, sprains, and strains). It is important to be able to distinguish a true emergency from an injury where you have some time to get yourself or your hunting partner out.
I meet a lot of whitetail hunters at our sight-in days shooting lightweight, magnum caliber rifles – 7mm Mag, .300 Win Mags, I even had a hunter come in once with a .338 Lapua. I don’t mean to bruise anyone’s ego, but for a lot of whitetail hunters, that may be too much gun.
It’s opening morning. Your heart jumps as you spot a deer, but you’re cool, calm and collected. You carefully move your rifle into position. You place your crosshairs on the vital area and track the deer as he walks. Your safety comes off. He stops. You’re stable. You’re set. This deer is as good as yours. BANG!
“That’s either a black cow or a bear,” my friend said to me, as he looked through his optics. Bears have a certain walk that is unmistakable and once this animal moved, there was no denying we were indeed looking at a bear out for an evening stroll and a bite to eat. There was about an hour of light left and I needed to cut the distance quite a bit if my hopes of arrowing this bear were going to come true.
This past fall, we went to experience the greater Yellowstone country on an archery elk hunt to tell a story about this important landscape, and explore what it still means to find adventure in this place that has been so pivotal to modern day hunting. You can see our film below.
Late season is one of my favorite times of the season to run trail cameras. Pictures reveal which bucks survived, who fell off the map, and if any new bucks moved in. Best of all, getting pictures is a relatively simple feat. After all, browse becomes relatively scarce in the dead of winter and the deer don’t wander far from the food once they’ve found it - they need to conserve energy.
When it comes to hunting pressured whitetails, finding overlooked locations where people don’t go is imperative. One thing we’re always looking for is water. Streams, lakes, rivers, ponds, or marshes can all be good features, especially water that’s too deep to cross with typical rubber knee boots.
While there’s nothing better than getting out into the wilderness on a hunt, a medical emergency can ruin it all in the blink of an eye. Whether it’s a fall from a treestand or an attack by a grizzly, you need to have a few basic skills mastered to increase your chances of making it out alive.
You know in the movie Jaws when the guy says “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”? Well, we needed a smaller boat – or three-super small boats – or maybe just a boat that doesn’t have a keel and rigid floor – or possibly one big boat that drafts very little water and is rock-resistant. Yes, rock-resistant, and a shallow runner; that would have been key. When you break it down, pretty much any boat other than the one we chose.
The outdoor video production space has come a long, long ways in the past decade. I can recall, back in the day, when “Realtree Monster Bucks” VHS tapes were my only source of hunting content. I’m talking well before there were ever big player networks like Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, and Pursuit Channel. The space has changed dramatically in the past couple decades and it continues to change as the streaming platforms gain traction at a rapid pace.