The Importance of Recruiting New Hunters
By Hunter Cole, Rokslide member
At one time or another, all of us were non-hunters. Although some step into the hunting community with little to no guidance from others, the vast majority of us had mentors that introduced us to the hunting lifestyle and taught us the basics of successfully taking game.
For many, a parent, close relative, or neighbor filled the role of mentor, teaching basic fieldcraft skills, hunting techniques, ethics, and many other important aspects of being a successful and safe hunter. No matter who they were, these mentors play a crucial role in new hunter recruitment. There are many benefits of new hunter recruitment, both to the new hunter themselves, as well as larger groups of individuals that are involved with outdoor activities.
The Pressure is On: Preserving your Backcountry Bounty
by Becca Moffat, Rokslide Prostaff
For those of us fortunate enough to bring home an abundance of game meat and fish, full freezers are a good problem to have. Yet several summers ago when we were unexpectedly lucky dip-netting salmon, I found myself with nearly one hundred freshly caught fish and little room in our three freezers.
I was faced with a choice: go out and buy a fourth freezer we really didn't have space for, or learn to use the pressure canner I had been avoiding since I purchased it. The pressure canning option won out. We ended up with six cases of delicious canned salmon, safely preserved without fridge or freezer and ready to eat at a moments notice.
Girlfriend's Guide to Big Game Hunting
Ok ladies, I know many of you are curious about this whole hunting thing and want to know what’s so great about it. Maybe your husband or boyfriend is a hunter and you see how passionate he is about hunting, but you just don’t understand why he thinks it’s so wonderful. Perhaps you love the outdoors and want a hobby that will challenge you. The biggest hang-up keeping you from indulging in the sport is that you are intimidated by the entire concept and you have no idea where to start.
I know because I was once there. I was very curious about hunting and wondered if it would be something I would like. I wondered how I would react to shooting an animal. What if I wounded it? What kind of gun would I shoot? What “gear” did I need? Luckily for me my husband, Robert, was great about getting me started. I want to help you get started, too! Following is a step-by-step guide.
Telling Your Story, Part I: Camera Selection
By Aron Snyder
It was everything I could do to stay upright on the scree slope. We had spotted a bear ten minutes earlier at the bottom of the hellish hole, and he looked to be a shooter. After some quick planning, we gathered our gear and began an unforgettable stalk…the kind that will be talked about around the camp fire for years!
The ground itself was almost as if the good Lord designed it for His own pleasure while watching from above. It was a mixture of scree, 12-inch tall berry bushes, and when you were lucky, a small flat spot to stand and rest your legs. To add to the excitement, we had a small rain storm blow through about 30 minutes earlier, so the 12 inch tall bushes acted more like a slip-and-slide than anything resembling a foot-hold. So after several falls, a few veggie belays, and a couple full-on ass slides, I thought it was time to break out the camera.