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Eighth-grader’s monster bull elk officially declared a state record

Hannah Helmer played hooky Wednesday.

She and her dad, Joel, drove to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Lincoln. It was time to get her monster elk scored.

After more than an hour of measuring by Randy Stutheit, the Nebraska big game trophy records coordinator, it’s official.

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The bull elk, which the 14-year-old killed Sept. 24 on a Sioux County Ranch in western Nebraska, is the state record. It will rank in the top 20 nationally for a nontypical rack.

“The official score was 430 and 6/8ths of an inch,’’ Hannah said. “It’s amazing. I just can’t believe that happened to me.’’

That was even higher than the 428-1/8 net green score done by her dad, an official Boone and Crockett scorer. The rack had to dry out 60 days before it’s officially scored for the state record.

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8 Things Non-Hunters Are Missing Out On

If you’re at all familiar with our work here at Powderhook, you know we love hunting. But, we loved hunting long before there was a Powderhook, and will love it for decades to come. Most people have something they’re passionate about, but being passionate about hunting offers benefits far beyond what can be simply described. That’s why we believe one needs to hunt in order to understand hunting and hunters. For non-hunters, this simply means they can’t feel what we’ve felt, and it bums me out for them. Here’s what I think they’re missing.


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Watching the sun come up over the Bighorn Mountains while glassing for elk. Photo Credit: Martin Hogan

1: Witnessing the Forest Coming to Life

I really cannot explain it any better than movie star Chris Pratt did in this interview. “You walk out in the woods and the sun hasn’t come up yet, and you sit in a spot and your preparation has told you that this is the right spot. And the sun comes up and you are camouflaged, nothing knows you’re there, nothing can smell you, the wind is in your face. You’re a voyeur to the world waking up and the wilderness waking up around you in a way that no one gets to see it, when they drive their car down the road, because they’ve disturbed it. You’ve snuck in. If a tree fell in the woods and didn’t make a sound you’d be there to witness it, because nobody is there, you are not even there. And then the sun comes up and the last stars in the sky go away and the whole world comes to life.” Continue reading 8 Things Non-Hunters Are Missing Out On

10 Things You Can Do to Ensure the Future of Hunting

We live in an extremely fluid world where public perceptions and opinions on issues can change by the hour.

Just because hunting has been around for 90 percent of human history doesn’t mean that it will be around for the next 50 years. We cannot take our rights for granted. Preaching to the choir will not save hunting; we must influence others outside our circle to further our message.

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If we want to preserve the proud traditions of hunting for future generations, we must expose and mentor those generations to the most basic of human behaviors. Here are a few places to start.

1. Become a Hunting Mentor
Though I spent lots of time at the shooting range as a kid, I grew up without exposure to hunting because there was no one to take me out and teach me the ropes. Not every child has a parent who hunts or has the time to be a good mentor.

Whether you mentor your own children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or just a family friend or neighbor, you can do your part in passing along your knowledge and enthusiasm to another generation of hunters. Taking someone hunting just once could be life-changing for that individual—and you’ll never know whether they’re interested if you don’t ask.

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My own kids are too young to take hunting at this time, but I still bring them along when I’m scouting for sign or checking trail cameras. They enjoy the time spent with Dad and are gaining an understanding of the connection between the outdoors and the food on their plates.

Can’t find a kid in your area to mentor? You can become a digital mentor through an app called “Powderhook.” The app allows new hunters to ask questions and gain insight through anonymous interactions with more-experienced mentors. In just a few minutes per week, you can help guide the next generation. Continue reading 10 Things You Can Do to Ensure the Future of Hunting

Mark Zuckerberg On His Love For Hunting & Fishing

We have all heard the controversy surrounding Facebook and their censoring of conservative news and photos involving guns & harvested animals, but would you be surprised to hear that Mark Zuckerberg himself is into hunting and fishing? Take a look at the video below of Mark Zuckerberg taking live questions from viewers while smoking some meat on the patio.

Leader of Minnesota Youth Program Recognized as Powderhook Local Legend

Powderhook is pleased to recognize Mark Tipler, Executive Director of Minnesota-based Tips Outdoors, as its second Local Legend.

Mark has been an outdoor educator for more than 20 years providing fishing, hunting and archery education to kids and families, through the program that bears his name. Through the years thousands of kids, families, and individual have enjoyed hands-on educational experiences in Minnesota’s Twin Cities region, many of whom now call themselves outdoorsmen. Continue reading Leader of Minnesota Youth Program Recognized as Powderhook Local Legend

TAKE THE OUTDOOR PLEDGE

Available via the free Powderhook app, the Outdoor Pledge provides a simple guide to aid in decision making for men, women, and children who consider themselves sportsmen.

Lincoln, NE – Powderhook, the outdoor help desk, today announced the availability of the Outdoor Pledge. Built into the Powderhook app, the pledge consists of four promises.

The Outdoor Pledge puts into simple terms the wisdom of generations of sportsmen, mindful of the reality that for many people time spent outdoors with their teachers is scarce. Through this initiative, Powderhook seeks to unite the individuals and groups that care about the true meaning of what hunting and fishing is all about: being a steward of the land, promoting goodwill through strong ethics, honoring the beauty and fragility of nature, and teaching the next generation to do the same. Continue reading TAKE THE OUTDOOR PLEDGE

Powderhook App Goes Live Nationwide

LINCOLN – Powderhook announced Tuesday the nationwide launch of its mobile application, providing sportsmen and sportswomen hyper-local answers to their outdoor questions. Via the Powderhook app, users now have free access to local information about outdoor events and activities, hunting and fishing opportunities, and free maps of public lands, lakes, and rivers across the country.

According to Powderhook founder Eric Dinger, the app fills an important gap and represents a totally revamped approach for the tech startup. Continue reading Powderhook App Goes Live Nationwide

Our Best Update Yet!

We have gotten a lot of great feedback from you guys over the past couple weeks and we are proud to say that we’ve pushed out a version that we are really excited about! As always, reach out to us if you have any ideas or thoughts on the Powderhook app so we can keep improving it for you. Check out what we’ve pushed:

 

Create an Outdoor ID
Introducing OutdoorID. That’s our term for a handle. Think of it like a Twitter handle. You now have the option to post and comment in the app with or without your OutdoorID. This is the minimum viable version of a big idea. Make sure you claim your ID before someone gets all the good names. Get yours in the Account Settings area of the “Me” section.
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Updated Map Layers
Dora the Explorer’s map would be proud. We made some major improvements to our map, including a few new layers and a simple way to toggle things on and off. You can change the background layer between 3 options: outdoors, satellite and topographic. On top of those layers you can choose to turn on: public land, lake contours, event pins and one of three different animal activity layers (deer, turkey or waterfowl). Look for lots more fun stuff here down the road.
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View Outdoor Events in Your Area
Outdoor related events are now visible in the Chatter feed, plus we’ve also added a layer in the map so you can see all the events in one place. Just click the “Layers” button in the bottom right of the map and toggle on the “Events” layer. We pull these events (there are thousands) from all over the internet so we are sure you can find events in your area.

Information Pop-Up Box for Public Ground & Lakes
Click on a public land boundary. Now you’ll get a little pop-up with the name of the public land, what town it is located near, the county, the number of acres it encompasses and directions to that location. We’ve included an “Info” button which will do a google search for that public area allowing you to do more research on your own. Down the road we’ll add a review feature for actual reviews of public ground.

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Nested Commenting
Lastly, you can now reply to comments. Comment on comments. Comment on replies. You get it. This feature allows people to have more directed conversations on certain posts and allows people to collapse comments that they are not interested in.
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Transferring Control of Federal Lands Would Devastate Hunting and Fishing

“We have to do this,” Blaine Cooper told me in a rush. “The BLM lit a fire to burn this ranch down because they want the uranium that’s under it! The left blew up buildings, killed people, enslaved people to make this wildlife refuge!”

Cooper was sitting behind the wheel of a white pickup, heater blasting, and talking to me through the open window. It was the middle of last January, maybe 12 degrees above, here at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, with day just breaking over a universe of frost-whitened sagebrush and 6 inches of old snow.

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