Friday, December 23, 2016

*Dangers of Hunting

Scott Sederberg

Hunting is a very physical demanding activity and can be dangerous, but how dangerous is it? According to Interstate Sportsman, hunting is relatively safe considering all of the elements it incorporates. I agree with this source because although I have hunted a lot I have never had a serious accident. While hunting you have a weapon which can vary from a rifle to a bow which is very deadly. You are typically away from any civilization and are all alone and walking through dense brush and perilous terrain. Most accidents hunting have a firearm involved which is a scary thing to hear but not all end in death. Over years of production guns have evolved to safe machines that only in the right conditions will fire, but even then when you're walking through thick brush, a stick can grab it and the gun will fire. The best way to avoid an accident like this is to always have your barrel pointed in a safe direction, so even if it does go off it won't injure anybody.

Hunting has all of the ingredients to be dangerous and not even worth doing, but people still go out every year.  About 12 to 15% of all fatal encounters with a gun are when hunting is involved, that might not sound like a lot but that is about 90 people a year. In order to hunt legally, you have to have a hunting license and to get that you need to complete a hunters safety course. “Ironically, hunting accidents are one of the few categories of fatal accidents that have been in decline over the past two decades.”  This is encouraging to see as a hunter because it shows that new technology and knowledge is making this sport safer. Hunter safety courses are spread out over a period of time and tend to be before hunting seasons. This change in hunting accidents allow the youth to get out and enjoy the outdoors without worrying about getting hurt.

Hunting is a great activity, and I encourage anyone to do it, there's something about being out in the woods where little or no people go and viewing an animal its natural habitat, there is nothing else like. The ability to go out and see something nobody else has ever seen before is a awesome experience and part of the reason people do it. Today you can get gear that is safe and reliable for a good deal, but even with the safest gear anything can happen.  While hunting you have to make safe decisions and think ahead because it only takes a split second for something horrible to happen. I enjoy hunting so much and wouldn't know what to do without.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Holden palmer
Per 5

With the area we live in, we are very lucky to be able to hunt Black brant. Brant are not a waterfowl bird you see everyday. With living on the cost, we are lucky enough to hunt these birds in our area. These brant sleep out in the ocean at night, and feed out in the bay during the day.

Manny hunter's decoy these birds, and a handful scull on these white collors. Day upon day, these brant get destroyed by the hunters on the beach when they come into the beach to get sand and eelgrass for their diets. With ten to Fifteen guys in a brant blind, flocks of brant come in and have a very low chance of getting away.

I strongly agree that these brant should be hunted, but limited to a certain point. With limiting the days hunting on the shore, the brant population would be stronger and the hunting would be better on the days you can hunt. Limiting the hunting days to Saturday, Sunday, Wednesdays and federal holidays would be the ideal way to hunt these birds.

In the past this brant hunting sport had been very violent. Back in the day when my dad hunted brant people would fist fight just go get a spot on the beach. All of this commotion would lead into killing just a pair of brant. They brant hunted brant out of stilt blinds that were built on the beach, and now days they hunt brant out of a wiki. The reason they don't have stilt blind anymore because people burned them down.

On the positive side of killing these brant a number of the population of the birds are banded. The band tells you when they were born, when they were banded, and also where they were banned at. Also it depends on the band color, but some of the bands are worth money. You can look all this information up on Black Brant Bands.

By controlling the limiting the days you can hunt on the beach, can help the brant population and increase the hunting. I also believe that the hunt days should turned into a draw.  



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Turkey Hunting

Turkey hunting has been around for thousands of years and the ways to harvest a turkey have evolved within that time. Turkeys are a very smart upland game birds and are prized highly in the hunting society. Turkeys have very good eyesight making it difficult to stalk them so most people hunted them with a decoy and waited for the bird to come to them this way takes lots of patience and doesn't have as big of a thrill. Hunting over a decoy is very successful though but most people don't like to sit and have the bird come to them which could take hours.

A new way to hunt turkeys is with half of a turkey decoy, using this you crawl behind it and the turkey is so focused on the decoy it doesn't worry about you. Doing this gets you close to the birds and is very exciting. This style of hunting lets you find the birds by walking on them and tracking them which is very fun. Turkeys are very smart so bagging one of these animals is very special especially when you work so hard for them. During turkey season there is a time when they are mating so the males are very aggressive and charge the decoys. They mate during the spring and this is the best time to get your trophy bird.

Turkeys are very big and provide lots of meat. A big turkey can weigh upwards of thirty pounds, the males also known as Toms have a beard on them, the bigger the beard the better the bird. The Females and Toms both have spurs on their legs, the bigger the spurs the better the bird is. In order to get a turkey with a long beard and big spurs it takes lots of work, these birds are mature and smart by the time their beards and spurs are long. This new way of hunting them goes against everything people knew about turkey hunting, you can get within a couple feet of the bird which used to be unheard of. This style of hunting is very successful and i'm excited to use it this year.