Poll: Has the price of gas affected your fall hunting plans?
Yes -- I plan to spend a lot more money on hunting. At over a hundred bucks a tank it adds up pretty quick. My bear stand was up on the haul road (Dalton Highway) this year. On the weekend I got my bear, I got off work on Friday, headed up the road, and hunted until after 2 AM. Then I got a couple hours sleep in the back of the truck before heading back due to a work commitment. Then it was back up the road by afternoon. Got the bear around 10 PM, but didn't get back on the road until after 2 AM. Finally got to bed around 5:30 AM.
Needless to say, I wasn't crazy about spending over a hundred bucks on gas and a lot of time on the road just because a DV wanted to come talk to us for an hour on Saturday. But the alternative was to stay home and give up on bear season.
Two tanks of gas in a 24 hour period was painful, but that's the price of doing business. If anything, it puts more emphasis on taking one truck instead of two, and spending nights in the field vs coming home each day.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...