Episode 155 Details
How many of you are locked and loaded, westward bound for the long awaited elk rifle season? For example, Montana’s opens Saturday October 21st and Colorado has already started kicking off it’s first season with the second season soon to start while Nebraska will be wrapping up bull elk seasons on October 31st.
Also on today’s show, we have an expert in upland game hunting joining and we are talking about STEALTH pheasant hunting. With all that on deck – Let’s Ride and get this show on the Road!
HUNTER EDUCATION PROTECTED
FLORIDA ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS OUTDOORS
According to WFLA, News Channel 8: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced a new initiative that went into effect this week to encourage Floridians to get outside, including discounts to state parks and for obtaining hunting and fishing licenses.
The Great Outdoors Initiative was created to encourage residents to explore Florida’s state parks, recreation areas, and waterways.
The executive order directs the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer 50% off annual state park passes and Gold Sportsman’s hunting and fishing licenses.
The following are the discounted rates that are available until Jan. 13, 2024:
Florida State Parks Family Annual Pass: $60, plus tax
Florida State Parks Individual Annual Pass: $30, plus tax
FWC Annual Gold Sportsman licenses: $50.75, plus applicable fees
FWC Five-year Gold Sportsman: $247.75, plus applicable fees
FWC Lifetime Sportsman License: Age 4 or younger- $201.50, Ages 5-12- $351.50, Ages 13 and older- $501.50, plus applicable fees
“Florida is home to some of the best state parks, waterways and recreational lands in the country, and I encourage all Floridians to get outdoors, experience our extraordinary natural resources and enjoy our fundamental right to hunt and fish,” DeSantis said. “And we are now making it more affordable for families to get outside and enjoy these wonders by offering state park passes and fishing and hunting licenses at sharply discounted rates.”
We hope other states look into doing something similar for their residents. To Learn more about the FWC head to MyFWC.com.
IDAHO GRIZZLY KILLED IN SELF-DEFENSE
According to Fox News, An elk hunter in Idaho shot and killed a grizzly bear in self-defense after the animal charged directly at him in a “surprise encounter,” wildlife officials said.
The hunter was moving through heavy timber near Henrys Lake State Park the evening of September 30th, 2023, when the large adult female grizzly bear emerged from the brush a short distance away, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) said in a statement.
When the hunter, who was not publicly identified, yelled to warn his hunting partner about the bear, the grizzly rushed toward him, according to the department.
The hunter drew his sidearm and fired several times as the charging bear closed in on him, striking and killing the animal before it was able to make contact, officials said.
After killing the grizzly, the department said the hunter immediately called the Citizens Against Poaching hotline to report the incident. IDFG officers responded and conducted a thorough investigation.
It was determined by wildlife officials that the hunter acted in self-defense during a surprise encounter with the bear from a very close distance.
Officials are reminding hunters again that grizzly bears are protected under state and federal law, and that the animals may be encountered within the Greater Yellowstone and north Idaho areas.
When hunting in grizzly country, the department encouraged visitors to carry bear spray and keep it accessible, hunt with partners, look for signs of grizzly bears and retrieve meat quickly and hang it – along with other food and garbage – at least 10 feet off the ground and 200 yards from camp.
According to Fox news, This comes after earlier in the month when Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., who chairs the Congressional Western Caucus, introduced legislation that would block a federal proposal to release grizzly bears in a forest area in Washington.
The legislation would force the Department of Interior to withdraw a proposed rule introduced in September that would involve actively restoring populations of the Grizzly Bears in Washington. We are following this as 2023 is shaping up to be the year of Beware of Bears.
Pheasants’ strongest sense is sound. Quiet is key.
Pheasants see color. Dress to blend into surroundings.
Do Not be yelling “bird bird” to flush.
Do Not be yelling “Rooster” or “Hen”
Develop hand signals that all members of your group understand.
Train your dog to fully understand the shock collar being worn, so that one does not need to call for your dog.
Check your state’s regulations for upland game hunting. Some states may require fluorescent orange vests and/or hats. Every year laws can change, so it is very important to know the laws before hitting the field regardless what species one is hoping to hunt or catch.
SMASHING PUMPKIN RECORD
Did you know there is a Guinness World Record for longest distance paddled in a pumpkin? Well there is! And now a new record has smashed the previous pumpkin paddling record done so again on the mighty Missouri River. Here is Bend Field Staffer, Heather Krohe with the details.
Steve Kueny grew his 1,293 pound pumpkin, carved it out, and paddled it 38.4 miles down the Missouri River from Kansas City to Napoleon.
- Both pack for the trip, try out the gear together.
- Compliment the other often, that it’s fun to plan the adventure together.
- Leave notes in unexpected places before leaving.
- Flirty Text Messages
- Joke, tease, be playful when texting is possible.
- Offer to help with small chores or surprise by doing them, goes both ways.
- Touch affectionately. Give that BIG KISS or HUG before leaving. AND be sure to do the same upon returning, reminding the other of how much they were missed.
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WESTERN LIFESTYLE & THE OUTDOORS
Tigger & BEC are News Broadcasters that represent the Working Ranch world, Rodeo, and the Western Way of Life as well as advocate for the Outdoors and Wildlife Conservation.
Outdoorsmen themselves, this duo strives to provide the hunter, adventurer, cowboy, cowgirl, rancher and/or successful farmer, and anyone interested in agriculture with the knowledge, education, and tools needed to bring high-quality beef and the wild game harvested to your table for dinner. They understand the importance in sharing meals with family, cooking the fruits of our labor and fish from our adventures, and learning to understand the importance of making memories in the outdoors. Appreciate God’s Country.
United together, this duo offers a glimpse into and speaks about what life truly is like at the end of dirt roads and off the beaten path.
Tigger & BEC look forward to hearing from you, answering your questions and sharing in the journey of making your life a success story. Adventure Awaits Around The Bend.
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