Tag: hunting

Arguably the most expensive and profitable hunting activity is trapping fur bearers.  It’s a game of patience though and there are a lot of technicalities. Always make sure your traps are legal and the animals that require tagging (like bobcat and otter) are tagged properly, wardens and properly registered check points can help you with this.

Regulations

Always, and we mean always check the regulations for description on legal traps, trap marking and tagging, and animal tagging.  You can find Oklahoma regulations here http://www.eregulations.com/oklahoma/hunting/furbearer-regulations/ . Remember to always stay up to date and ask a warden for clarification on any point you don’t understand. Never take another persons interpretation as correct.

Checking/tagging

Many people choose to freeze their bobcat and otter and that’s a great way to preserve them until sale, but if you choose to do so before having them tagged here are some tips!  First of all before freezing cut a 1/2 inch slot from gum line to the eye and insert a spacer that can be removed easily. Second you will want to partially thaw your animal before taking them to a tagging station, this will help them get you in and out quickly and very little fuss.

Sale

Many of the fur buyers prefer that you do not skin the animal first, freezing will keep the hide from decomposing while you wait for a chance to sell them.  Always check regulations on interstate sales before attempting to sell hides outside of the state, this will save you a ton on legal fees!

So happy trapping and remember even though the regulations can be a pain, staying legal will save you a lot of trouble!

December is an all around bird hunting month.  Pheasant, quail, dove, and duck are all available throughout the month and each one is an amazing experience.   Many Bird hunters look forward to this month all year long.

Dove

Dove season is on it’s second round and with the weather the numbers should be up.  It’s a great time to get young kids into the sport.

Duck

Though not open in every area of the state, it is still going on and the numbers have been good this year!  Make sure to check the regulations to see if your district is open for the December duck hunt.

Pheasant

Pheasant is just opening up and it’s a perfect sport for those who hate to sit still and hunt.  Get your bird dogs out and hit those grasslands to harvest some gorgeous birds.

Quail

Quail has been going for almost a month, but it’s still a wonderful sport for those of you who hate to sit still while you are out in the pasture.  Not as brightly colored as a pheasant but still a wonderful tasting bird.

Turkey

The longest lasting bird season of them all it runs from October 1 to Jan 15 and it’s a thrill to call one of these delicious birds in for harvest.

Stands

    Hunters use stands to conceal their movements, scent, and outline from deer.  Making Stands an important tool in any hunters arsenal.  There are many key features to look at when picking the type of stand you will use.  In this article I will break down the features and help you make your choice!

 

Permanent Stands

Permanent Stands are just that. Stands set permanently on private lands overlooking a specific hunting area.

 

Advantages

Permanent stands provide comfort, protection from the weather, ease of use, and safety.

Disadvantages

Permanent stands cannot be moved, change height, or adjust for wind direction. Hunters most often only use them on private land.

Temporary Stands

   Temporary stands are another type, these attach to trees and can easily be taken down and moved.   Highly adaptable in nature these stands makes them a great asset to have when hunting public land or land that is worked when deer season is not going.

Advantages

Temporary stands also allow you to move on your property to follow new deer sign and the wind. Temporary stands are portable.  Temporary stands allow you to adjust your height.

Disadvantages

Temporary stands provide little protection from the weather.  Constant maintenance is required and it has less stability than a permanent stand. You are also unable to make the stand extremely comfortable.