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B zone buck hunting

Article and photo by Casey Allen
9/21/11 -- The opening weekend of deer season in Northwestern California’s B zone was more productive than previous years. Many camps in our hunting area had bucks hanging and one camp had two. Mike Taylor got a shot at a big, wide racked buck but missed and I had one in my sights but could not get a clean sure shot.

Brad Vallerga glasses the Yolla Bolly Wilderness for blacktail bucks. Photo by Casey Allen, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
Brad Vallerga glasses the Yolla Bolly Wilderness for blacktail bucks.

The weather was warm but not oppressively hot. It seemed, by personal observation that the local deer population had increased over the last few years. There were more bucks running around my neighborhood and more deer seen along our rural roads. We were hunting the Six Rivers National Forest in Trinity County and it was obvious that more water, green grasses, and browse was available than in recent memory.

There were also fewer hunters. The absence of four wheeler ATVs was noticeable. The fact that laws restrict which roads the ATVs can travel on and require the use of a helmet either displaced ATV hunters or they left their vehicles at home.

My partner, Brad Vallerga and I hiked into the Yolla Bolly Wilderness before sunrise on a moonlit morning the first day of the season. We met four other hunters at the trailhead with the same thoughts. After a short conference we learned that we both wanted to hunt the same canyon but Brad and I wanted to hunt the lower canyon while the party of four wanted to go up.

From the top of a ridge I watched Brad and the four hunters disappear into the canyon heading in different directions. Two of the guys no sooner dropped out of sight when a buck trotted out between them heading my way. The tall three point buck snuck through their line without being seen, except by me. I was in the perfect position and was sure I would be shooting this buck. He continued trotting and followed the contour of the slope below me. I followed him through my scope and each time he stopped there was some brush in the way of my shot. I had the safety off and even pulled the slack out of my trigger but I just could not get a clean shot. The buck went from 200 yards to over 400 yards away without presenting me an opportunity before disappearing into a ravine. I gave chase but never saw him again.

Shots rang out up the canyon and I figured the party of four had scored. Brad and I worked our way down the canyon but saw no other deer. It was a long hot walk back to the truck. I was happily satisfied by seeing the buck and secretly I was happy to not be packing him out in the heat.

Mike Taylor and Dan Hopper were in their own canyon near camp. Mike came upon a buck and doe and the buck was wearing a heavy set of wide antlers. Mike, who is 65 years old, had to run 50 yards to get a clear shot. He peered through his rifle scope off hand and tried to hold the crosshairs steady. But the excitement and the 50 yard dash were too much and his only shot sailed high.

We have a comfortable camp with great food and close company. We have many weeks left to hunt and can’t wait to get back out there. I’ll let you know what happens.

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Bandon man cited for elk over limit

Shoulder-Mount 7x7 elk seized as evidence by Oregon law enforcement officers
10/21/14 -- A year-long investigation by a Coos Bay Fish & Wildlife Division trooper, in conjunction with the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team (SCINT), led to a Bandon-area resident being cited for wildlife crimes... Full Story

Remembering the Jordan Buck

Boone and Crockett Club, James Jordan and his whitetail tale became a legend
10/20/14 -- Ninety-nine deer seasons have passed since James Jordan pulled the trigger on a gargantuan whitetail that would become one of the best-known trophies of all time - and still stands as the biggest... Full Story

My Elk Hunt

Taylor Wulfing  with his first bull kill. Taylor is 11.
By Taylor Wulfing
10/17/14 -- After 3 years of putting in for a New Mexico elk tag, I’d gotten a once in a lifetime tag. The trip from Nevada to New Mexico seemed to last forever. When we got there we set up camp. When that was taken... Full Story

Waterfowl hunt regs on Liberty Island

10/14/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding hunters that new land regulations have gone into effect at Liberty Island Ecological Reserve. On Aug. 11, 2014, regulation... Full Story

Deer Season So Far

Photo by John Higley, Man with binoculars looking out over the treed hills
By John Higley
10/08/14 -- According to the cell phone photos I’ve seen lately of smiling hunters with their bucks from the B and C zones, the deer season currently underway isn’t a complete bust. At the same time, it isn’t as good as 20... Full Story

Need a 2014-15 Federal Duck Stamp?

10/07/14 -- Duck season for the Balance of the State Zone is right around the corner and if you haven't purchased a 2014-15 Federal Duck Stamp yet, you're not alone! Post offices are likely out of their small supply... Full Story

RMEF opposes disposal of federal lands

10/07/14 -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is concerned about the continuing rhetoric and political posturing surrounding the wholesale disposal, sale or transfer of federal land holdings, and stands in opposition... 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

Outdoor Women plan pheasant hunt

10/02/14 -- Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, BOW CA is collaborating with Hastings Island Hunting Preserve (HIHP) for a November 7-9, 2014 pheasant hunt. This is a new venue and promises to be an amazing hunt... Full Story

Healthy rain for S. Oregon rifle hunters

Sportsman's Warehouse, Medford, bucks and bulls, Jason Haley, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photo by Jason Haley
10/02/14 -- Most of the leaves are still green, but not for long. After one of the longest, driest summers on record, which included a toasty 101-degree afternoon on September 18th, Southern Oregon received much needed... Full Story

New way to clean firearms

By Pam Den Hartog
09/29/14 -- Super Brush LLC is changing the way people have cleaned their firearms for the past 200 years. For 60 plus years, the company has been developing and manufacturing products in the USA for the high tech... Full Story

Laguna WA reg. changes in effect

09/29/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds hunters at the Laguna Wildlife Area near Sebastopol in Sonoma County that waterfowl hunting regulation revisions for this area are now... Full Story

Follow these four rules for hunting safely

09/26/14 -- Oregon’s most popular hunting season, rifle deer, begins statewide Saturday, Oct. 4. The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife is reminding hunters to follow the four primary rules of hunter safety to protect themselves... Full Story

Numerous SHARE hunts available this fall

09/19/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program is offering wild pig, waterfowl, dove and pheasant hunting opportunities...  Full Story

Don’t forget waterfowl hunt regs!

By Frank Galusha
09/19/19 -- As usual, our waterfowl hunting regulations are complex and the dates are hard to remember. Be safe and carry a regulation booklet with you at all times. Or print out the regulations directly from the CA... Full Story

Many ducks expected; need farmers help

 09/19/14 -- California Waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited have released a joint statement encouraging rice farmers to think of wintering waterfowl during this historic drought. The breeding duck survey this past spring... Full Story

Fall general hunting seasons open soon

09/17/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) would like to remind hunters that California’s fall general big game hunting seasons are right around the corner. The upcoming California... 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

Poacher takes elk head, leaves carcass

09/15/14 -- Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division asks for the public's help for information to identify the person(s) responsible for killing a large bull elk about five miles southeast of Eagle Point in Jackson... Full Story

Chukar forecast

09/12/14 -- Forget all of the fluff, let’s just cut to the good news…This year’s Nevada Chukar Hunting Forecast, an annual report put out by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) that takes habitat conditions... Full Story

Water shortage hurts pheasant outlook

09/10/14 -- [Updated 09/11/14] -- Pheasant season is less than two months away and this morning Pheasants Forever confirmed what most California hunters have suspected. The severe drought plaguing our state is crippling our pheasant... Full Story

Record pronghorn certified by B&C

Boone and Crocket photo of world record for Pronghorn
09/07/14 -- The largest pronghorn ever recorded has been certified by Boone and Crockett Club as a new World's Record. The huge buck, hunted in Socorro County, N.M., in 2013, scores 96-4/8 B&C points... Full Story

Feral pig hunting to start on the SRNWR

08/19/14 -- Beginning September 1, 2014, the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge (SRNWR) will allow feral pig hunting in authorized areas. This decision will improve consistency of the refuge hunt plan... 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

Oregon program takes disabled youths afield

Ashley Jensen in wheel chair in front of blind used when she hunts.
By Jason Haley
07/06/14 -- It began decades ago with a prayer and a broken-winged raven, struggling to move across the beach in the Cook Inlet of Alaska. As former pastor, Ken Coreson watched this scene play out: seagulls... Full Story

John M. Browning

By Don E. Webster
02/05/14 -- One has to wonder how differently the history of not only America, but the entire world would have been if John Moses Browning (January 23, 1855 – November 26, 1926) had not been born... 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

The Mudhen King

Mid-Eighties. I’m writing screenplays. They invite me down to Hollywood, and things look promising, but they want the horse in my story to be green. By that, I mean they actually want a green horse. Green in color. Don’t laugh... Full Story

 

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