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Chukar and Quail Prospects Look Better

Sacramento --A California DFG brood survey indicates hunters can expect to see more chukar and quail this year. The surveys say we had an increase in production of young birds over last year. The chukar and general quail hunting seasons open on Oct. 18 and continue through Jan. 25. Here's the rundown, species by species. Chukar Partridge California's chukar partridge populations rebounded in response to improved habitat quality as a result of near normal rainfall patterns during last winter and spring in most chukar range. Rainfall in chukar habitat ranged from 75 to 90 percent of the annual average, which promoted recruitment of young birds and an increase in population size. Fresno County and in eastern Kern County, the overall chukar population and production increased due to near average precipitation. Although populations were low at the beginning of the nesting period, survival of young birds was very high in some locations, with an observed ratio of 8.3 young per adult, marking 2008 as a strong recovery year. The total number of chukars counted at sampling sites this year, 641, was a very significant increase over the 170 counted at the same sites in 2007. Although counts were not made in chukar habitat in Lassen and Modoc counties, results of surveys conducted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife indicate improved survival of young chukars in northern Nevada. This bodes well for chukar numbers in northeastern California counties that border northwestern Nevada California Quail North state and northern coastal areas received moderately below average rainfall. Generally, average production and carryover from the previous year produced stable populations of California quail in northern California. Central and south coastal areas and eastern Kern County also received slightly below average annual rainfall, resulting in a reasonable recruitment of quail. Mountain Quail Weather conditions provided sufficient moisture to maintain fair habitat conditions in most mountain quail habitat in central and northern California Gambel's Quail The Mojave Desert received about 90 percent of average annual precipitation last year, resulting in improved habitat conditions for Gambel's quail and a substantial increase in the survival of young birds over last year. Field observations showed increased numbers in the eastern portions of Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino

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RMEF grant helps Idaho wolf management

Wolf howling, photo courtesy of RMEF
07/02/15 -- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) accepted a $50,000 grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to help firm up the state’s ability to maintain management of its wolf population... Full Story

CDFW SHARE program offers elk hunts

07/02/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program is offering elk hunting opportunities on six new properties. The SHARE program is... Full Story

Oregon Sleeper State for Pronghorns

A very good Pronghorn in the South Wagontire hunt unit in Oregon
By Frank Biggs
06/30/15 -- With time in the field, knowledge comes! No one comes out knowing everything about hunting but over the years I have absorbed a great deal of knowledge about hunting Pronghorn that roam the high plains and arid lands... Full Story

Nonlead ammo on CDF lands, July 1

06/27/15 -- Starting July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition will be required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) lands and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state. CDFW reminds hunters... Full Story

RMEF Team Elk thrills with new episodes

06/24/15 -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will roll out a series of new episodes featuring heart-pumping elk hunts in seven different states on its award-winning television show RMEF Team Elk presented by Cabela’s... Full Story

Swab-its needs .50cal bore-tip testers

12 ga. Swab-its Bore Tip, Super Brush LLC
By Frank Galusha
06/22/15 -- Swab-its®, a maker of reusable gun cleaning products hopes to have.50cal Swab-its® Bore-tips® samples ready for testing in a few weeks. The firm needs to line up a lot of testers for this – probably 300 or even 400... Full Story

MT artist wins CA Duck Stamp Contest

A painting by Chuck Black of Bozeman, Montana, was chosen as the winner of the 2015 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. Photo courtesy of CA DFW
06/20/15 -- A painting by Chuck Black of Bozeman, Montana, was chosen as the winner of the 2015 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. The painting, which depicts an American green-winged teal, becomes the official design for... Full Story

Raptor Razor - Field dressing made easy

Raptor Razor Anodized Big Game Skinner and MAKO knife, photo courtesy of Raptorazor.com
By Gary Heffley
06/19/15 -- I will qualify this article by saying that I am not a hunter, I have not field dressed game but I do know knives and I can recognize a great quality product when I see one. I was reintroduced to the Razor Raptor... Full Story

RMEF funds help wildlife habitat & mgnt.

06/17/15 -- Grant funding provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will improve 22,065 acres of wildlife habitat across 18 Montana counties. The 2015 grants total $386,080 and directly impact Beaverhead, Broadwater... Full Story

How much venison do hunters harvest?

Venison Bourguignon (Venison Stew), photo by Daniel Bledsoe, Food.com
06/17/15 -- The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) intends to find out. A study launching in 2015 will measure the actual amounts of venison and other wild protein harvested annually in North America. Researchers will assess the nutritional... Full Story

RMEF: 2015 Elk Camp registration opens

06/12/15 -- Full registration is now open and available online for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 31st Elk Camp national convention set to take place Dec. 3-6, 2015, at The Mirage in Las Vegas. “Elk Camp always generates a buzz of... Full Story

Oregon controlled hunt draw results online

White-tailed deer taken in the Walla Walla Unit, Photo by Roblyn Brown
06/11/15 -- Oregon hunters can now check to see if they drew a big game tag for the fall by visiting the My Hunter Information website or calling 1-866-947-6339. Hunters will need to provide their Hunter/Angler ID#, which is printed... Full Story

CWA offers Fun Shoots June 13 & Aug. 23

06/07/15 -- CWA has a couple of Family Fun Shoots coming up. These events include activities for all members of the family, whether you're a novice shooter looking for instruction or an experienced shooter looking for some challenging.. Full Story

Vortex Optics: Quality, Value & Confidence

vortex straight and angled spotting scopes
By Gary Heffley
06/06/15 -- Hunters are clamoring to the license counters putting in for zone draws to the some of the highly sought after areas where trophy deer roam freely. The sight of some of these massive trophy antler spreads can cause... Full Story

CWA demands water for Kamath NWR

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
06/05/15 -California Waterfowl has sent a letter to Commissioner Estevan Lopez of the Bureau of Reclamation and Director Dan Ashe of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The letter describes five options for providing water... Full Story

Attn: Would-be California hunters!

06/03/15 -- Get ready for the fall hunting season by attending a hunter education class. If you live near Palermo you might want to take a one-day class to be taught by Bill Connelly and retired CHP officers Dan Azevedo and Howard... Full Story

Vortex Optics: Quality, Value & Confidence

vortex straight and angled spotting scopes
By Gary Heffley
06/03/15 -- Hunters are clamoring to the license counters putting in for zone draws to the some of the highly sought after areas where trophy deer roam freely. The sight of some of these massive trophy antler spreads can cause... Full Story

New RMEF elk tour crisscrosses America

05/20/15 -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s traveling conservation exhibit, the Great Elk Tour, has a newly redesigned look for all to see as it rolls across America from coast to coast. “The Great Elk Tour is longer, wider, taller... Full Story

Non-lead ammunition requirement coming

05/17/15 -- Starting July 1 non-lead ammunition will be required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) lands and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state. CDFW reminds hunters... Full Story

Kittles to host CA Duck Calling Contest

05/01/15 -- Kittle's Outdoor & Sport Co. in Colusa is proudly hosting the California State Championship Duck Calling Contest for the fifth year in a row on August 29th and 30th. Over the years this event has grown from a one... Full Story

B&C Cookbook kabobs the competition

04/21/15 -- Grilling season is here. The Boone and Crockett Club is sharing a kabob recipe from a cookbook that skewered the competition recently in a national book awards. The Club's first-ever cookbook, "Wild Gourmet... Full Story

CWA to celebrate 70th anniversary

04/13/15 -- This year marks CWA's 70th anniversary! Members are being invited to celebrate this event at CWA’s 2015 State Convention in downtown Sacramento on August 21-22. There is something for everyone, including... Full Story

Pups & Partridges on the Calapooia Prairie

Liesl, 11 month old pudelpointer, photo by Gary Lewis
By Gary Lewis
02/18/15 -- They say a great pointing dog only comes along once or twice in a hunter's lifetime. Some dogs don't have the heart or the desire. Others don't seem to have the nose or the brain. We brought home our pudelpointer in... Full Story

RMEF to CBD: Stick to the facts

02/05/15 -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is calling on the environmentalist group Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) to stick to the facts when making presumptions about wildlife populations. CBD recently claimed that Idaho’s wolf... Full Story

DSC convention goers raise $1M in 1 minute

01/19/15 -- Responding to a heartfelt appeal for youth outdoor education, DSC convention goers on Saturday night raised $1 million in about 60 seconds. The fast flurry of fundraising was a highlight of the 2015 DSC convention and expo... Full Story

It’s Not over Till the Lady Sings

mountain lion on rocky edge, photo courtesy of UDWR and Carrie Wilson, CA DFW
By Gary Lewis
01/19/15 -- If you want to avoid being attacked by a mountain lion, conventional wisdom says, you should travel in groups. If you encounter a mountain lion by yourself or with children, stop and make yourself look as big as possible... Full Story

Federal Duck Stamp to cost $25

  The winner of the 2014 Federal Duck Stamp Contest was Jennifer Miller of Olean, NY, with her acrylic painting of ruddy ducks.  Photo courtesy of USFWS
12/12/14 -- Hunters will be paying another $10 a year to hunt waterfowl starting next year. The cost of the Federal Duck Stamp will go from $15 to $25. The increase is the first cost jump since 1991. Many hunters and organizations... Full Story

Modoc Big Buck honors shared

Sheriff Mike Poindexter of Alturas bagged this beautiful X2 4X4 - 30 inch Buck. Photo courtesy of Sheriff Poindexter
By Lorissa Soriano
12/09/14 -- John Dederick the Mayor of Alturas and yours truly of Alturas, tied for first place to win the Grand Prize for the “Biggest Overall Buck” in the 2014 Modoc Big Buck Contest.
This popular event was sponsored by the Modoc Outdoor... Full Story

C Zone Blacktail

By Dusty Clement
10/03/14 -- This hunt started last year when I discovered an out-of-the-way public piece of property which is very difficult to access taking a boat and a fair amount of hiking through the Sacramento River jungle to reach... Full Story

Vintage Waterfowler

old black and white photo of a skiff loaded with ducks and a man with his shotgun, courtesy of Don Webster
By Don E. Webster
09/16/14 --Having been pursuing waterfowl for over 60 years, I was exposed to its history as a mere child by my grandfather, Wilbur S. Pechin. He hunted ducks and geese along the Platte River in Nebraska in the late 19th... Full Story

The buck we didn’t get and two we did

Tyler Low with his 3x4 buck shot at 100 yards with a Weatherby Vanguard .300 Winchester Magnum. Photo by Kyler Olson
By Tyler Low
08/10/14 -- “Can you see him? He is just below the sky line to the left of the big live oak.” The respectable three-point stood only 500 yards away, but my hunting partner, Kyler Olson, couldn’t quite get an eye on him... Full Story

Where Are All the Pheasants?

Sacramento Valley Pheasant, Steven T. Callan, Where Have All the Pheasants Gone
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
The other day a neighbor stopped by my house after two days of hunting pheasants in the Orland area. He said that he and his golden retriever, Milo, had probably walked ten miles and only flushed three birds. Knowingthat I had grown up... Full Story

Ham on the Hoof

Article and photos by Gary Lewis
12/17/13 -- We were climbing a steep gravel ranch road in Charlie’s Toyota when we saw it, as big as a full-grown bear and on a dead run. Charlie hit the brakes and switched off the engine. There was no time to load the rifle. The shaggy, gray... Full Story

Back to the Start

heritage, history of hunting, hunting as a family, Jason Haley, Mt. Shasta, Mount Shasta
Article and photos by Jason Haley
10/18/13 -- I got tipped-off about a bachelor group of bucks from an archer I trust. That never hurts. And after spending opening day in the area, glimpsing two good bucks and seeing how the terrain lays out, I knew exactly... Full Story

Never say never

Never say never, rifle buk, Francisco Garcia, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Francisco Garcia
Most of you have heard the saying, patience is a virtue, and I would say persistence is a virtue. If you want to fill your deer tag each season you have to put your time in. If you don’t give in and hunt hard you should be... Full Story

Me and my shadow

Twin melanistic fawns with doe, Me and my shadow, Jean Bilodeaux, MyOutdoorBuddy.com Article and photos by Jean Bilodeaux
10/06/12 -- It’s always amazing to see the huge bucks reappear in the fields in Surprise Valley right after deer season. Many times locals breathe a sigh of relief as the big bucks that disappeared a month earlier now reappear... Full Story

Hunting trip gone bad

Deer holding tight in cover during times of heavy hunting pressure as I was about to find out. Francisco Garcia hunting story. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Francisco Garcia
If you asked me what I’d rather be doing, most of the time I would emphatically say, deer hunting. For me nothing gets the juices flowing and the imagination spinning like the arrival of bow or rifle season for deer. When... Full Story

 

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