How to Dip Your Own Animal Skulls [VIDEO]

Have you ever seen deer skulls that have been dipped in camouflage? Some people like how they look, but others aren’t convinced.

 If you’re in the former group and have at some time considered having a skull done, you probably know just how expensive it can be. A good option, naturally, would be to do it yourself. UtahHunter has a good video to show you how to dip your own skulls using spray paint. Check this video out; you may soon be on your way to dipping your own animal skulls.
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Deer vs. Coyote in a Battle to Survive [VIDEO]

By now, we all know how devastating coyotes can be to the whitetail population.

Coyotes will kill just for the sake of killing, especially when it comes to young fawns.

In this video, the does at first do a good job holding back the coyotes. Eventually, the coyotes prove too strong. It might appear to be cruel, but this is how nature works. If you don’t like what you see in this clip, get out and start hunting and trapping predators.

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Hunting Fail: Hunter Shoots Decoy Instead of Deer [VIDEO]

Decoys are great when used properly. They can attract deer to within range, allowing you to get a shot that you might not otherwise have had a chance to get. But it seems that decoys can fool more than just deer.

Everything was going great. The decoy was doing what it was supposed to be doing. Than this happened. Watch and see it all for yourself.

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Mature Buck Breeds Doe Before Being Shot [Video]

Well, every hunter dreams of killing a mature buck, whether they want to admit it or not.

So, when a mature buck walks in front of you to breed a doe, do you wait for him to finish the job, or do you take the first good shot?

This hunter allowed the buck one last moment of pleasure before squeezing the trigger.  Check out the video.

Homesteading: Costs That Are Often Forgotten About [Video]

Homesteading is a way of life for many people wanting to live off the grid, free of the hustle and bustle of city life.

More and more people are taking up the homesteading dream every year, whether on an a acre or two, or on considerably larger tracts of land.

But, unfortunately, there are costs associated with homesteading that go unmentioned.

Check out this video to learn of one of the unexpected costs associated with homesteading.

Grey Fox Bites Trapper [Video]

Trappers often target grey fox, but not this time.

When Chris Gilliman caught this grey, he was hoping for something else.

Instead of dispatching the animal, he decided to release it.

Often, trappers release non-target catches without incident, but not his time.

Thinking the fox was calm, the trapper began to remove the uninjured fox.

That is when the fox decided to bite.

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Warthog with Crosssbow [Slow-Motion Video]

Bayly Sippel Safaris in South Africa offers many species of animals to hunt on dozens of concessions. One thing South Africa has plenty of are Warthogs. Having had the pleasure to recently hunt with Bayly Sippel, I know they have plenty of warthogs, along with just about all the plains and dangerous game animals hunters are after.  But, there is just something about a warthog.
Before continuing with this article to learn more about warthogs, check out this video as Gibby Gibson smokes a giant Warthog with a crossbow. If you like what you see, get in contact with Bayly Sippel Safaris to learn how affordable it is to book your own hunt.

Many people have only seen photos of warthogs, and don’t know a lot about them.
Out To Africa has some information to help you learn a little more about these critters.
Neither graceful nor beautiful, warthogs are nonetheless remarkable animals. They are found in most of Africa south of the Sahara and are widely distributed in East Africa. They are the only pigs able to live in areas without water for several months of the year. By tolerating a higher-than-normal body temperature, the warthog is perhaps able to conserve moisture inside its body that might otherwise be used for cooling. (Camels and desert gazelles have developed a similar mechanism for survival in hot, arid environments.
Physical Characteristics
Males weigh 20 to 50 pounds more than females, but both are distinguished by disproportionately large heads and the warts-thick protective-pads that appear on both sides of the head. Two large pairs of warts occur below the eyes, and between the eyes and the tusks, and a very small pair is found near the jaw (usually just in males).
The face is fairly flat and the snout elongated. Eyes set high on the head enables the warthog to keep a lookout for predators even when it lowers its head to feed on short grass. The warthog’s large tusks are unusual: The two upper ones emerge from the sides of the snout to form a semicircle; the lower tusks at the base of the uppers are worn to a sharp cutting edge.
Sparse bristles cover the warthog’s body, although longer bristles form a mane from the top of the head down the spine to the middle of the back. The skin is gray or black (or yellowish or reddish, if the warthog has been wallowing in mud). The long tail ends with a tuft of bristles. The warthog characteristically carries its tail upright when it runs, the tuft waving like a tiny flag. As the young run in single file, the tail position may serve as a signal to keep them all together. Warthogs trot with a springy gait but they are known to run surprisingly fast.
Habitat
Warthogs are found in moist and arid savannas. They avoid rainforest, deserts and high mountains.
Behavior
When water is available, warthogs drink regularly and enjoy wallowing in muddy places. As part of their grooming they also take sand baths, rub against trees and termite mounds and let tick birds pick insects off their bodies.
Warthogs live in family groups of a female and her young. Sometimes another female will join the group. Males normally live by themselves, only joining the groups to mate. Warthogs engage in ritual fights in which they charge straight on, clashing heads when they meet. Fights between males can be violent and bloody.
Warthogs sleep and rest in holes, which at times they line with grass, perhaps to make them warmer. Although they can excavate, warthogs normally do not dig holes but use those dug by other animals, preferably aardvarks.
Diet
The warthog is mainly a grazer and has adapted an interesting practice of kneeling on its calloused, hairy, padded knees to eat short grass. Using its snout and tusks, it also digs for bulbs, tubers and roots during the dry season.
Caring for the Young
Before giving birth to a new litter, the female chases away the litter she has been raising and secludes herself. These juveniles may join up with another solitary female for a short time before they go on their own.
Female warthogs only have four teats, so litter sizes usually are confined to four young. Each piglet has its “own” teat and suckles exclusively from it. Even if one piglet dies, the others do not suckle from the available teat. Although the young are suckled for about 4 months, after 2 months they get most of their nourishment from grazing.
Predators
Lions and leopards are the warthog’s chief enemies. Warthogs protect themselves from predators by fleeing or sliding backwards into a hole, thus being in a position to use their formidable tusks in an attack.
Did you know?
The warthog has poor vision (though better than most other African wild pigs), but its senses of smell and hearing are good.
When alarmed, the warthog grunts or snorts, lowers its mane, flattens its ears and bolts for underground cover.

Fishing With The Spin-N-Glo To Catch More Fish [Video]

On a recent fishing trip in Wisconsin with Wolf Pack Adventures, I had the opportunity to use the Spin-N-Glo  spinning rig from Yakima Bait.

When other rigs were not producing, the Spin-N-Glo kept getting action.  Thanks to its buoyancy and the ability to make a lot of noise under water, it will catch fish ranging from bluegill in Illinois to giant halibut in Alaska.  Not to mention, giant walleyes in Wisconsin.

Available in hundreds of color combinations and several sizes, this rig can be used as a bait floater to keep your bait off the bottom, for trolling and back-trolling, as well as drift fishing.

Check out this video as Jarod Higgenbotham from Yakima Bait explains the rig.

Green Bay – More Than Fishing

When I got an email from Mark Smith, Director of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers to join a few other outdoor journalists on a walleye fishing trip to Green Bay with Wolf Pack Adventures I jumped at the opportunity.
Packing for the trip, I tossed my normal fishing clothes into my bag, along with a couple of sets of “normal” clothes for other activities besides fishing.  But, in the back of my mind I could not see past big walleyes, and couldn’t think of anything else that I would possibly do while I was there than fish.
Our first night in town, we met up with the crew of Wolf Pack Adventures out of Sheboygan, WI., Jarod Higgenbotham from Yakima Bait, a Washington based company, Josh Lantz with St. Croix Rods and Brenda Krainik, director of marketing and communications for the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Our night began with a fabulous supper at St. Brendan’s Inn. To say the trip was off to a good start was an understatement.  Old friends reunited, and new friendships were born.
The crew from Wolf Pack Adventurers did a great job putting us on fish.
Six o’clock came early the following morning, but all were eager to see what the day would bring.  The weather forecasters were not on our side, but we were optimistic for a good day of fishing.
On day one, I would be fishing with Paul Smith, Outdoors Editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Tyler Chisholm would be at the helm of the boat for the day.  Our plan was to troll Slip-N-Glo rigs, nightcrawlers on spinner harnesses, and Mag Lips behind planer boards in about 10-feet of water.  We had a total of eight lines in the water.
Crawlers on a harness worked well on the walleye.
Because of the Spin-N-Glo’s buoyancy, you can troll at speeds as slow as .3 mph and still get the action you are looking for from the baits.  On this day, the cruise control was set at 1 mph. The Mag Lips are high action trolling plugs that dive deep and entice many species of fish to strike with its erratic, darting “skip-beat” action.
The setups did exactly as they were supposed to do, and it did not take long for the first rod to double over.  The only question was what might be on the other end of the line.
A St. Croix rod tipped with a Spin-N-Glo at the business end was a deadly combination.
We were hoping for walleye, but University Bay where we were fishing has many species of fish ready for a quick meal.  The battle was tough fought, but unfortunately the first fish of the day was a respectable sheepshead.  None-the-less, it was a fish, and the Spin-N-Glo proved it is a multi-species rig.  Throughout the next few hours, we boated a few walleyes, sheepshead, and even a couple catfish any “river rat” would be proud of.
After a morning of fishing, lunch was served at Mackinaw’s Grill and Spirits.   Josh Lantz from St. Croix Rods gave a presentation about the rods we have been using.
If you leave Green Bay hungry, it is your own fault.
Boarding the boats for the afternoon trip, it was obvious we were going to get wet, but nobody knew how dangerous it was about to get.
Shortly after departing the harbor, the winds increased speeds, calm waters turned into rough seas, thunder began to roll with lightning strikes not far behind. As we were preparing to head for safety, a lightning strike within 100 yards of the boat was enough to get us to the safety of the harbor a little quicker than we had figured.  Needless to say, our nerves were a little rattled.
After a brief break, the weather finally broke, and we were able to get back out on the water.  Either the fish were going to have lockjaw, or be on a feeding frenzy after the storm.  We were hoping for the latter.
The fishing started off slow at first, but  we were catching the occasional walleye, sheepshead, and catfish.  We were on a schedule that would have us off the water by four pm in order to make it to supper at 1951 West located in Comfort Suites.
Wouldn’t you know it, with 10 minutes left to fish, the bite came on.  In the last 10 minutes, we boated 5 fish between 18 and 22-inches.  As hard as it was to leave, we had reservations that had to be kept.  Hopefully the following morning would start as good as this day had ended.
With full bellies, a game plan was hashed out and boating assignments were made for the following morning.  I would be sharing the boat with fellow AGLOW members, Kristen Monroe, Barb Carey, Gary Nski and Director Mark Smith.  Captain Pat Kalmeron, co-owner of Wolf Pack Adventurers would be our guide for the day, as well as provide the entertainment through his never-ending comical side.
Barb Carey with another walleye for the cooler.
The day started out fast, and continued to hold that trend the rest of the morning.  Several respectable walleyes were netted, sheepshead that put up battles as if their lives depended on it, and Kristen managed to land an 18-pound blue cat, along with several channel cats.
Kristen Monroe got it done with this lunker Blue Cat.
The waters outside of green bay also hold good numbers of perch, smallmouth bass, musky and northern pike.  Each strike is truly going to be a surprise as to what might be on the other end.  One thing is for certain though, the fish are going to fight, and you are going to have fun fighting back.
Jarod gave a presentation about Yakima Bait after our meal at Hagemeister Park. Yakima Bait is based out of Washington, and is just finding its way into the hands of Midwest anglers.  Once the secret is out, the way walleyes are fished will change in the great lakes and other bodies of water.
The afternoon fishing segment proved successful as several walleyes hit the cooler.  The crew at Wolf Pack Adventures went out of their way to get us on fish.  Yakima Bait provided lures that were unlike any I had fished before.  St. Croix offers several fine trolling rods that can take punishment from the biggest of fish.  Paired together, they made a deadly combination.
The trip ended with dinner at 1919 Kitchen & Tap at Lambeau Field.  Not only is there great food served at Lambeau Field, but I heard mention of a football team or something that plays there.  We were fortunate to get a tour of the stadium to see where the Packers play.  Tours are available throughout the year for anyone wanting to see where history was made.
I heard mention of a little football team that plays here.
If you get the chance to visit Green Bay, don’t hesitate.  The fishing is some of the best you will experience, and the historic city has a lot to offer when you are not fishing.  Whether you want to shop, check out the museums, or just spend the day eating, Green Bay has it for you.

Amazing Bull Moose Archery Shot [Video]

I have seen bucks from my treestand that got my knees shaking. I can’t imagine how I would be able to stay in my tree with a mature bull moose just yards from me.

 

Check out his video as a mature bull steps in the open just yards from the hunter.

 

Somehow the hunter kept his composure, and made a perfect shot on the moose.

 

The loss of blood from the moose is amazing.

 

Bill Busbice, Jr. fined $23,000 for poaching Elk in Wyoming.

What standard do we have as hunters for our TV celebrities and those in the hunting media and industry?  What standard do we demand of our fellow hunters and ourselves?
Unfortunate incidents like this one with Outdoor Channel’s Wildgame Nation Host Bill Busbice Jr., provide an opportunity for the hunting community to speak up on what is Ok and what’ isn’t.
Bill Busbice Jr., host of Outdoor Channel’s Country Nation and A&E’s Country Bucks was recently fined $23,000 and given a suspended jail sentenced for poaching an elk.  Busbice has also has his hunting & fishing license privileges revoked for two years, including in his home state of Louisiana, after a game warden in Wyoming discovered that Busbice had accidently killed a calf elk while trying to harvest a large bull. The details of the case and alleged poaching still seem a bit murky.
News Release from Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks:
NEW YORK (June 27, 2017) – Following charges of poaching an elk in La Barge Creek, Wyoming, Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks has suspended the show Wildgame Nation and host Bill Busbice, Jr. from appearing on Outdoor Channel. The announcement was made today by Jim Liberatore, CEO and President of Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks. The suspension is effective immediately.
“Outdoor Sportsman Group is committed to legal and ethical hunting,” said Liberatore. “We have strict policies and procedures in place that require all of our talent and producers to abide by all hunting regulations. We hold our employees to the highest of standards in order to ensure that we are effectively serving the outdoor community. As a result of the recent charges in Wyoming involving Bill Busbice, Jr., we have suspended the show and Busbice indefinitely from Outdoor Channel.” [Continued]

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