On a crisp November morning I rolled out of bed, early enough to beat the sunrise but not the serenity of cool, Nebraska darkness, and layered on warm clothes. My dad and I then piled into his ‘92 blue Chevy truck and head to the Gas N’ Shop, the only spot open in our small town before dawn. After loading up with the necessary day’s supply of chocolate mini donuts and Diet Mountain Dew to go along with the bag of goodies packed by my mom the night before, we headed north out of town on the dark, lonely highway. This wasn’t just another early morning, this was the beginning of deer season.
Mentored hunts are extremely important to the future of hunting. A mentored hunt simply means someone with experience is teaching someone who doesn’t have as much experience. If you’re passionate about showing new people the ropes, you could create a group for your area that helps to match people. For example, you could create a group called “Lincoln Area Hunting Mentors.” Powderhook will help send new people to your group and from there you can handle all the communication and coordination.
I’ve been an active member of the outdoor industry for about a year and a half. While I’ve hunted and fished my whole life, it wasn’t until I started Powderhook that I began to learn how the industry really worked. In my short time in the industry I’ve come to understand and deeply care about things like the North American Model of Conservation, R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation), license sales, and access. As I’ve traveled the country learning, meeting new people and discussing the future of the industry we love, I have been involved in dozens of conversations about the need to get people to actually go hunting and fishing. Most of those conversations have centered on the imperative for our industry to activate new people, especially young people.
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Outdoor Life Magazine, the 116 year-old outdoor standard, announced today it awarded Powderhook its 2014 Open Country Corporate Award. The award, given to one company each year, recognizes leading contributions in the fight to create and preserve access, and the sporting way of life. Powderhook, an online resource for helping people find hunting and fishing groups, events, spots, and trips, is recognized by the magazine for bringing a revolutionary approach to a long-standing problem. According to US Fish and Wildlife, 49% of hunters would go more often if they had better access. Continue reading POWDERHOOK NAMED 2014 OUTDOOR LIFE ‘OPEN COUNTRY AWARD’ WINNER
How many of these are you thankful for this holiday season?
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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.
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.”
Long known for their habitat work, Ducks Unlimited members have taken to directly aiding our feathered friends. They’re stopping traffic, they’re diving through manholes, they’re risking life and limb… watch the video, you’ll see! Continue reading Ducks Unlimited members take to the streets
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- Where storing non-food items in a cooler and your frozen deer steaks outside is the norm.
- Deer camp, the one time a year it takes you longer to get dressed than a pack of 5 year olds and their mothers.
- 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.
- 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.”
- At some point smell freezes right? Right??
- Long hours in a blind make you become philosophical. To shoot or not to shoot, that is the question.
- 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.
- The shivering isn’t from buck fever.
- Cleaning a deer is a welcome sign, if only because it temporarily warms your hands.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The author’s view while hunting public land found on Powderhook.com in western Nebraska.