For hunters, it’s time to play offense

The anti-hunting movement has overwhelmed the consciousness of the hunting industry. Hunters, hunting land, firearms, and the sporting way of life are under attack politically and socially. Millions of hunt-able acres are shut down in Oregon to protect the spotted owl. Lead ammunition is banned in California. Increasingly legislators, not biologists, are making wildlife management decisions. Professional huntress Melissa Bachman receives threatening messages to this day, over a year removed from the day she posted her now-famous lion photo. A deceptive foe, the Humane Society of the United States, seems to gain momentum even in the face of science, ethics and reason. The negativity and pressure has taken its toll, leaving industry leaders frustrated and searching for answers. A way of life once mandatory to sustain life is now fighting for its own life.

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According to John Frampton, industry veteran and leader of the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports, “we’ve got to do something drastic or hunting as we know it won’t exist for future generations.”

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10 things only a Midwest hunter would understand about hunting in November

  1. Where storing non-food items in a cooler and your frozen deer steaks outside is the norm.
  2. Deer camp, the one time a year it takes you longer to get dressed than a pack of 5 year olds and their mothers.
  3. The biggest threat to your hunting trip is a fogged scope, only because you can’t get buck fever when you can’t see the deer.
  4. Negative 20 windchill and the change in attitude it brings.  The house is on fire?…”At least I’ll be warm when I go.”  Whitetails are chasing does?…”I’ll be home late honey.”
  5. At some point smell freezes right? Right??
  6. Long hours in a blind make you become philosophical. To shoot or not to shoot, that is the question.
  7. A foot of snow is a welcome sign because it makes it easier to trail blood, unless that foot of snow is on top of your trail.
  8. The shivering isn’t from buck fever.
  9. Cleaning a deer is a welcome sign, if only because it temporarily warms your hands.
  10. Hanging deer makes your trees look like redneck Christmas trees.

We’ve personally experienced one of these, I’ve experienced them all within the last week.  If you have anymore to add to the list, we’d love to hear from you.  Send me an email at chris@powderhook.com.

The author’s view while hunting public land found on Powderhook.com in western Nebraska.

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Creating a “Card” on Powderhook

Over here at Powderhook, we have been working endlessly on a product that our users will understand and utilize. We have finally released our biggest update all year, including a new feature called “Cards”. Using cards you can establish groups, plan trips and create events. Here is a detailed tutorial about our Cards and why you need them:

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