Top Five Trips to take with Your Dad

Here is a list of the top 5 hunting/fishing trips to take with your dad at some point in your lifetime:

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Elk or Mule Deer Hunting in Colorado

Hunting elk or mule deer in the Colorado Rockies is not a walk in the park. Miles and miles of hiking must be done to pursue the game you are after and it requires persistence, determination, and teamwork to make it a successful hunt. They say that going though something challenging with someone will bring you closer together and that is exactly what this hunt will provide. Being surrounded by beautiful mountains and vast amounts of opportunity will provide for a great trip, no matter what the outcome may be.

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Top 5 Things to do with Your Antlers

Top 5 things to do with your antlers

5. Decorate.  Whether they’re the yearling set of spike sheds your daughter found while spring turkey hunting last year or the trophy 10 point your grandpa killed in the 50’s, antlers are always a great conversation piece.  Hung on the wall or arraigned on a shelf, they’re sure to spark the curiosity of your guests.

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Hunt of a Lifetime

Powderhook team member Marty Hogan made his way up to Alaska for a once-in-a-lifetime hunt. Here is his story:

Last fall, my dad invited me on a trip he was planning. This was not just any trip, but an Alaskan moose, black bear and grizzly hunt. Naturally, my reaction was HELL YEAH! We flew to Anchorage and then took a floatplane to Rainy Pass Lodge, smack dab in the middle of nowhere. We had hundreds of miles of untouched wilderness all to ourselves.

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(Right after we got off off the float plane)

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Top 10 Reasons You Should Hunt and Fish

I feel lucky to have grown up in a family that values our hunting and fishing heritage. Many of my earliest memories involve hunting with my Dad, Grandpa and Cousins. But, for those who didn’t grow up the way I did, hunting and fishing can be intimidating or maybe even off-putting. While I may never convince you to feel differently about killing an animal, I can offer you these 10 reasons hunting and fishing are about so much more than that. If, after you read them, you decide you want to give it a try, hit me up. It’d be my honor to help you get started.

10) Fish you catch or animals you harvest are the most free range, organic, sustainable food you can eat.

9) No one ever remembers the day they sat on the couch all afternoon.

8) There is so much to love about nature – so many things you can’t see or hear until you let the wild world around you forget you’re there.

7) Your grandpa did it and you love your grandpa.

6) The gear – so much cool gear – and with every new season comes new gear you get to shop for.

5)  Freshly caught walleye and Shore Lunch.

4) You’ll stop getting socks and bad ties for Christmas and start getting Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops gift cards.

3) It’s one of the best excuses I’ve found to spend quality time with people you care about.

2) Hunters and anglers are financially responsible for the vast majority of conservation efforts in America.

1) Wild animals live in the most beautiful places on earth.

About the Author:

Eric Dinger is the co-founder and CEO of Powderhook.com, a website built to help people hunt and fish more often. With Powderhook you can find spots, plan trips and organize events in an environment built specifically for sportsmen and women.

Powderhook Reviews

Hunters and anglers continue to have success using Powderhook to find access to quality hunting and fishing spots.

“Powderhook’s mission is Access For All. Our staff is dedicated to helping those who hunt and fish,” said David Nelson, Powderhook’s VP of Customer Acquisition. “Our platform makes it easier to find places to go and helps work out the details. In short, this means more people get outside”.

Keith and Kathy Stewart utilized Powderhook for a fly fishing trip in Arkansas. “Powderhook arranged for a great guide for my fishing trip on the White River in Arkansas”, said Mr. Stewart. “He was very informative, professional and had the great patience necessary for dealing with a pretty novice fly fisherman. I caught 15 or more Rainbows on our day together and his fly suggestions worked well for me on following days when I put on the waders and fished near our cabin. I am sure I’ll be using Powderhook to facilitate my next outdoor adventure.”

Powderhook’s map contains millions of acres of public and private hunting and fishing properties across the US. Another user, Ilya Swanson of Rochester, Minn., used Powderhook’s public lands and waters map to find nearby public lakes to fish. Swanson was very pleased that Powderhook created such an effective and user-friendly service for outdoorsmen like himself. “I have been using Powderhook to my advantage for the past four months. My friends asked me where I learned about these lakes, and now most of my fishing buddies are also hooked on it!”

“I don’t have to be an expert in outdoor experiences to use Powderhook,” commented user Blake Lawrence, of Lincoln, Neb. “I found the perfect opportunity that fit my budget, and booked it”, referring to a one-day private land fly fishing access to Nebraska’s Snake River, a trophy trout destination. “Powderhook has the experts, and with them on my side, I feel like I can maximize the value of the platform.”

Dr. Roger Fisher used Powderhook to find a special hunting location in south-central Nebraska. “Well I certainly had a great experience. Everything that I thought might happen, did happen many times over. It has been 30 years since I shot a gun, and on my trip I was able to shoot not one but two wild turkeys. I recommend using Powderhook to anyone looking for the experience of a lifetime”.

Marriage and Startup: Five Things to Get Right

Balancing the demands of a marriage, family and startup can be tough. My wife, Stephanie, has been an integral part of any success we’ve had at Powderhook. She doesn’t have a title, tasks or projects, yet her role is essential. We’ve been in business a little over a year, and our marriage is stronger than ever. This is our second go-around as a startup couple (we sold our first business in 2012), so I thought I’d share some of our experience. Here are five things I believe we’ve gotten right:

1) Starting a business is a family decision. Stephanie was part of deciding to start a business in the first place; she had a lot to say about what type of business, how much we would invest, and how long I could go without a paycheck.

2) We set boundaries. Dinner is at 6:45. I’m there. Once the kids hit the hay I jump back on and get to work. It’s important to us that we get a few minutes to talk every day, so I don’t bring the computer to bed. Both are seemingly little things, but these boundaries help us prioritize in the midst of an otherwise chaotic time.

3) Stephanie knows our team, problem, product, customers, and partners. She’s come with me to trade shows and she’s stayed up late with me testing our product. If starting a business is a family decision, growing one is a family commitment.

4) Grace. Unending grace. Entrepreneurship can be an exhausting, stressful and a downright frustrating experience. Stephanie lets me vent; she senses when I need time to come down from a tough day, and she picks up all my slack around the house. On top of that, she is our family’s breadwinner right now. To do that with a smile takes strength and grace.

5) We make time to be alone. The love language of the spouse of almost every entrepreneur is “time.” Ask a successful businessperson you know about their marriage. Most will tell you they are more proud of their marriage than their business. There is literally nothing that happens at your business that is so important that you can’t focus a few hours a week on your spouse. Plan it, send calendar invites, ritualize it, whatever. Do it.

Eric Dinger is the co-founder and CEO of Powderhook, a startup that helps people hunt and fish more often.

Should I teach my daughter to hunt?

Powderhook’s Claire Eckstrom sheds some sunshine on the topic.

In a lot of ways, I’m like your typical girl. There’s a soft spot in my heart for designer shoes, I can’t pass up a Starbucks skinny vanilla latte, and I love the occasional mani/pedi. Unfortunately, a lot of stereotypes about women are based on shallow and materialistic qualities such as those. So how do I show the world that, as a woman, there’s much more to me than the constant quest to expand my closet inventory? I hunt.

Beyond the pure recreational enjoyment, hunting serves two additional purposes for huntressclaireeckstromwomen. First, it’s a stereotype buster. Bearing the stench of doe urine, properly loading and firing a weapon, and holding a dead animal are not typically “girly” activities, and that’s the beauty of it. Show somebody a photo of you with a handful of mallard necks, and suddenly, their judgment of those pink stilettos you’re wearing just became obsolete.
The second perk that being a hunter provides women is as an escape back to the earth. We sit in the center of western capitalism, and sometimes it’s hard to ignore the incessant materialism. Yes, those jeweled flower earrings may be beautiful (and on sale!), but I promise you this: it cannot compare to watching the petals of a real flower tousle in the wind while you hold completely still because you notice that a deer is enjoying the same beautiful sight as you.
Women, reschedule that frozen yogurt date with your BFF, because it’s time to take your talents to the duck blinds and goose pits of the world. Men, tell the most important women in your life that they deserve to know the glory of your deer stand, too. Mother Nature is calling us all to take part, regardless of whether we choose to watch “Gossip Girl” or the Golf Channel. Fresh air awaits!
Visit www.powderhook.com to access your next adventure.