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Friday - July 26, 2013

My mom nearly died two weeks ago with meningitis from a tick born bacteria (Ehrlichiosis), my niece tested positive for Lyme disease last week, my wife suffers from chronic symptoms from Lyme disease diagnosed several years ago.

Tuesday - June 5, 2012

The old saying is that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Well – there is more than one way to dress a turkey. Some folks just pull the breasts off and leave the rest of the bird for the coyotes, but that seems wasteful to me. When we roast a whole turkey whether it is a Butterball or wild bird, the breasts make the main course of at least one meal and most of the remaining meat gets used for turkey sandwiches the next day while the bones are stewed into stock for future use as turkey soup.

Tuesday - April 10, 2012

Utah used to consist of 5 hunting units - for deer management purposes the state was divided it into 30 smaller units. Smaller units would make it easier to manage the deer populations in each of those 30 units. While working out the logistics and the number of permits for the 2012 deer hunt, the Division of Wildlife Board reviewed the success ratio per unit from the last couple years, as well as the buck to doe ratio per unit. After totaling all the numbers up, statewide there may be 500 fewer permits available this year.

Thursday - March 8, 2012

When hunting, the game animal should not be tortured. That is what was going on in the cases that Marvin Ellis was involved with. Ellis worked for a guide company out of Mack, Colorado and guided hunts in Utah and Colorado.

Ellis as well as other employees of the guide in at least two instances, used a leg snare trap on a mountain lion. Then kept the animal snared until the paying customer, an actual hunter could show up and "hunt" the animal. In one case an animal was shot by a guide, when trying to keep it in the area for a paying customer. These instances happened between December of 2007 through February 2010.

Tuesday - January 3, 2012

A 3,800 acre ranch, with a massive 11,000-square-foot lodge that includes 13 bedrooms and a 50 head bull elk herd, finds itself affected by the economy. The bank now owns Tabby Mountain Ranch after the original owners facing bankruptcy lost it.

The loss of this lodge shows the affects from the economy's downturn, and that hunters are not willing to pay thousands for the trophy bull elk hunts any more.

Monday - December 26, 2011

On Christmas Eve one Salt Lake City family was hoping for Santa and his reindeer, but instead got a buck that had crashed into their home. The Kellers believe that the deer tripped on a window well and fell into their home through a window. While waiting for wildlife officers, they captured several photos and videos. It will be a Christmas they won't soon forget.

Wednesday - November 30, 2011

A Brigham City, Utah man was spending an enjoyable day duck hunting with his friend, and his faithful companion his dog. He got out of the boat to move some decoys. Luckily he was wearing waders. He left his 12-gauge shotgun in the bow of the boat and his dog stepped on the firearm, firing a shot, hitting the man right in the rear. He suffered minor injuries, 27 pellets of bird shot from about 10 feet away. It is unsure whether the safety was on or not.

Tuesday - November 22, 2011

For a little bit of a change of pace, let’s talk about moose hunting as a nonresident.  Because I’m trying to focus on DIY hunts, I’m going to ignore Canada’s opportunities and resident-only hunts in the US.  By limiting our scope to states that offer nonresident moose hunting we have just a handful of places to consider:  Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.

Friday - November 18, 2011

A competitive bid process allowed the first hunters onto Antelope Island State Park. This is the first ever hunt since Utah has owned Antelope Island. The hunt was conducted in the state park from November 15-17th for the first round, the second round will be for resident draw-out hunters from November 19th-24th.

The first part of the hunt has yielded one trophy mule deer, and a big mature ram. The measurements on the mule deer's antlers was a 39 inch spread.

Monday - November 14, 2011

So, for the final installment on mule deer record book research, we’re going to take a look at Nevada, Arizona, Montana and Utah.   The order of recent submissions also seems to mirror the all time rankings of these four states, with Utah on top of Arizona, which is ahead of Montana, and Nevada bringing up the rear.  I know I’ll be leaving out California, Oregon and Washington, but mule deer aren’t even the most numerous deer species in those states.

Utah is one of those states that usually comes to mind when thinking about mule deer hunting, but if you’ve read many of my past articles, you’ll know that I’m not a huge fan of the state of Utah's deer hunting outside of the 2 main trophy areas: the Paunsaugunt and the Henry Mountains.