5 Tips To Ensure Your Kid Loves Hunting

Every season there is a slaughter taking place amongst the freshman class of new youth hunters. The excitement and anticipation each new hunter experienced before the hunt is quickly diminished with bad experiences. Welcome to youth hunting 101.

“I remember my first hunt. It was actually my last. I froze all day and didn’t see a thing! I’ve never understood that sport!”

This is the memory imbedded in many youth hunters across the country. Just as quickly as they are introduced to the sport, they exit stage left never to return.image3

Do you want your first hunt with your kid to be a success?

As a seasoned hunter you are wired to prepare meticulously for your hunt. The same care should go into planning a positive experience for your little hunter.

Follow these simple steps next time you introduce a kid to the sport. Doing so will ensure a life long love for the sport and wildlife conservation.

1.  Have success:  As you introduce your youth hunter to the sport, make sure you do so on a hunt with action. Introduce them to the sport in an area were you know you will see animals and have close encounters. Have success!

2.  Get in, get out:  If required, the seasoned hunter is wired to wait until the last light of the last day for their trophy to appear. Unhook your wires. Leave your youth hunter wanting more. Long days and weeks can burn out a young hunter before they even get started. Get in, get out!

The Trolli Approach
The Trolli Approach

3.  Make traditions:  I call this the “Trolli Approach.” To this day, my girls love hunting because of the perks associated with spending time in the field with Dad. Trolli sour gummy worms is the tradition. There is only one time each year when its a free for all along the gas station treat isle. That free for all occurs during the hunt. Make traditions!

4.  Build confidence:  I love telling my little youth hunter, “man, your good at this!” Highlight their knack for the sport, tracking, listening, identifying sign, spotting, and toughness. Make a big deal out of the value they bring to the hunting camp. Build confidence! image1-2

5.  There is no bad weather, just bad clothing:  All your efforts will be for naught if you have not planned for weather. Make sure your youth hunting partner is wearing the right gear.  Comfort is key to a great first time experience. Remember, there is no bad weather, just bad clothing!

What have you done in the field to get your first time youth hunters excited about the sport? Leave me your comments at the bottom. Take a minute and follow my blog on the right had column of your page!

Wyoming’s Top 10 Monster Mule Deer of 2014

I spent nearly every summer as a kid in the backcountry of the Wind River mountain range in Wyoming. My line tightening to the welcome grip of monster trout kept me coming back each and every year. I was 5 years old the first time I made that 26 mile round trip trek. Each time one of those big ole’ trout would fly into the air, I’d yell to my Dad, “it’s a keeper!”

To say this list has some “keepers” would be an understatement! In 2014, Wyoming produced some absolute giant mule deer. These bucks are in no particular order so be sure to vote for the #1 buck at the end of this article.

A special thanks to key contributor Jeremie Lewis. Many of you may know him on Instragram as @wyohighcountry. This Top 10 was made possible by his knowledge and expertise on Wyoming Mule Deer. If you are not already following @wyohighcountry, get over to Instragram. He is a “must follow!”
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Josh Dimmick

1. Josh Dimmick: You could say I am partial to matching inlines. Evan Ault and I chased a very similar buck for 2 years in Utah. Evan was lucky enough to harvest that buck in 2014. With very similar characteristics that buck could pass as this old monarch’s little brother. Josh’s smile says it all! At 218″ he should be smiling. What an awesome buck. Well done Josh and congratulations on a magnificent buck.

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Rick – Non Typical Oufitters

2. Rick: Dubbed “Snag” this buck is one of my favorites out of any state in 2014. As if this buck’s drop tine isn’t enough, its mass and character is unmatched. This should not be a surprise to anybody that follows Robb and Brenda of Non Typical Outfitters out of Alpine, Wyoming. These guys could single-handedly put together a “Top 10 Wyoming” list featuring bucks harvested solely under their watch. If you plan on hunting mule deer in 2015, be sure to call Non Typical Outfitters at 307-654-0000. Visit them online at www.nontypicaloutfitters.org. The story on this buck is awesome! Get it here

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Diana Berger

3. Diana Berger: What an absolute giant buck! This list keeps getting better and this buck fits in well. The past year has been a great year for the women! Utah’s Top 10 Monster Elk of 2014 is evidence of that. Diana certainly knows what it means to hunt monster mule deer. Take notes boys! Congratulations Diana on a beautiful Wyoming muley!

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Sean Morgan – Sean Morgan Outdoors

4. Sean Morgan: I love this buck! At 35″ this thing is an absolute beast. The picture is amazing as well and was recently featured in our “Hunting Hashtag 10 Most Stunning #massntrash” article. As a Hoyt pro staffer and avid hunter, Sean’s passion for these animals is unmatched. This guy puts in some serious miles in pursuit of these giants and seems to always get it done! Nice work Sean on a giant Wyoming stud! For some incredible footage you have to check out “Tale of Three Seasons” on youtube. Follow Sean on Instagram @seanmorganoutdoors.

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Ben Daniels

5. Ben Daniels: At 231 4/8″ I am dying to know more about this 2014 Wyoming bruiser. If you know Ben or the back story to this buck I would love to hear the story! This buck is an absolute beast. Congratulations Ben on harvesting such an amazing animal.

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Nicolle Wilson

6. Nicolle Wilson: The ladies are at it again! This 31″ public land 8X10 monster is simply amazing. Many of us hope to pass the 30″ mark at least once in a lifetime. The other bench mark would put you in the 200″ club. Accomplishing both on one buck places you in a unique category of awesomeness! Nicolle, you are awesome! Well done and congratulations on an amazing trophy.

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Greg Wilding – Non Typical Outfitters

7. Greg Wilding: This isn’t Greg’s first rodeo. He and his family have made a habit of killing monster big game! This buck dubbed “Stickers” is no exception. Greg said it best when he said, “Christmas came for me on Sept 27th this year with the gift of “Stickers.” Soliciting a bit of help can be an important element to success on any hunt. Greg picked the best and pursued this giant with Robb and Brenda at Non Typical Outfitters. Be sure to follow Greg on Instragram @wild man_g. If interested in booking the hunt of a lifetime, give Non Typical Outfitters a call at 307-654-0000! Visit them online at www.nontypicaloutfitters.org

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Hunter Unknown – Non Typical Outfitters

8. Non Typical Outfitters: Although we can’t seem to find the hunter’s name associated with this buck, it certainly deserves its rightful spot on this list. If you know anything about this buck or its back story, please shoot me an email at jdheinerblog@gmail.com. That being said, a well deserved applause goes out to Non Typical Outfitters on an absolutely stellar year! What a monster buck! Contact Non Typical Outfitters at 307-654-0000. Visit them online at www.nontypicaloutfitters.org

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Hunter Unknown – Non Typical Outfitters

9. Non Typical Outfitters: Although we can’t seem to find the hunter’s name associated with this buck, it certainly deserves its rightful spot on this list. If you know anything about this buck or its back story, please shoot me an email at jdheinerblog@gmail.com. One last time, well done Non Typical Outfitters! The mass on this buck makes it a “must have” on this list! Contact Non Typical Outfitters at 307-654-0000 to book your 2015 hunt.  Visit them online at www.nontypicaloutfitters.org

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Phil Krall

10. Phil Krall: To round off this list we have “Captain Hook” as it’s referred to here at JDHeiner Blog. Take a look at that cheater! Phil’s reputation precedes him as one who consistently kills big muleys. Those results don’t come easy and are the result of extensive scouting. Congratulations Phil on a well deserved Wyoming giant!

So what do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Please share your thoughts in the comments section and cast your vote below for Wyoming’s #1 buck of 2014. Follow JDHeiner Blog in the right hand column of your screen and follow on Instagram @jdheinerblog

10 Reasons Kids Should NOT Hunt

I recently spent the weekend shed hunting with my daughter Kate. With a kid in the mix you could say it takes major work just to get out the door. Tasks preventing me from enjoying my weekend piled up. These tasks were largely kid related. To be frank, they were “Kate” related.

She didn’t have the right clothes which required a trip to Cal Ranch. She was also hungry. “We will take one chicken sandwich and hamburger plain.” As added frustration the horse trailer had a flat and one of the horses needed her hoofs trimmed. Upon gathering water bottles, getting fuel and purchasing trail treats, my Saturday had nearly slipped from my iron clad grasp.

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Kate and Meg

Admittedly, I asked myself “why?” After much thought, I have come up with exactly 10 reasons why kids should NOT ever hunt in all its forms.

  1. Hunting teaches kids how to provide. Really? What kid needs to learn how to provide? We are no longer cavemen or pioneers. Our kids are entitled not only to basic needs but to added comforts.
  2. Hunting teaches kids how to be uncomfortable. What kid needs to learn the value of cold hands and blistered feet? Kids should never be expected to sleep on the ground. As an advanced society we are certainly above this. All the comforts of the world should be ours. Our time is best suited teaching our kids actual lessons of value like how to get something for nothing.
  3. Hunting teaches kids how to stay fit. Good health is overrated.
  4. Hunting teaches kids how to respect God’s creations. Who’s that guy anyway? Isn’t America’s prosperity the result of our own great minds? Aren’t those awe-inspiring hills and all that is in them a result of some big bang?
  5. Hunting teaches kids how to prepare. Prepare for what?
  6. Hunting teaches kids how to work. We live in a day and age where every one of our kids are entitled to a job despite their work ethic, reliability, prior training or education. To really spend the time teaching a kid to work would have been valuable maybe 52 1/2 years ago.
  7. Hunting teaches kids how to survive. Survive what?
  8. Hunting teaches kids how to conserve resources. Resources are plentiful. Do you really think they are going to run out? If the goal is to conserve, wouldn’t killing do just the opposite? Maybe PETA is on to something. Clearly hunting and conservation do not go hand in hand.
  9. Hunting teaches kids how to solve problems. Problem solving is for the birds. The risk of encountering too many problems while hunting is real. Clearly my own attempt was chuck full of unnecessary problems. I should have known better than to leave my recliner and remote.
  10. Hunting teaches kids how to have fun. To be honest the high-pitched shriek of kids laughing can be annoying. It is certainly counter intuitive to hunting. Perched behind the glow of their iPad in the darkest corner of the house their laughter and tears are only a distant squeal.
I guess greater clarity can be found in putting your thoughts to the figurative paper. As I read back through this post I have come to the realization that the above 10 reasons are exactly why my kids WILL hunt. It is these 10 reasons that make sense of the madness found in hunting with kids!
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Kate and Miya
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Hunting Hashtag 10 Most Stunning Photos #massntrash

I was first annoyed by the concept of #hashtags. All of a sudden placing a #hashtag #beforealonglistofridiculousyetseeminglyclevercomments is an accepted way to communicate. That approach is still annoying; however, hashtags used effectively can be both fun and effective.

Commonly used hashtags are an awesome way to further explore you favorite topics within instagram. Are you into hunting #muledeer or #elk? Would you describe yourself as a #huntinfool?

I often find myself glued to various instagram #hashtags while utilizing the instagram search function. This series of blog posts will highlight the most stunning pictures within a given #hashtag. I will take into consideration photos posted within a 52wk time frame. In this my first edition I will focus on one of the best!

HASHTAG: #massntrash

One of the biggest contributors and founder of the #massntrash tag is the one the only Jeremy Joyner @massntrash. In a world where @signs make everyone a “one and only,” Jeremy sets @massntrash apart with some awesome content. I am a religious follower of @massntrash. Check him out and follow today!

That being said, lets enjoy the Hunting Hashtag 10 Most Stunning Photos #massntrash.

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1. @fne4life (Chris Brackett): If you want to see some absolutely stunning hunting photos, follow @fne4life! This guy is a hunting machine. This photo is the first of many @fne4life photos that are sure to capture your attention. Nice work Chris on an giant muley and an epic photo finish.

image2 copy 22. @tim_downs_ (Tim Downs): To say Tim loves big desert rams would be an understatement. His passion for big curls is evident in his work.  Follow Tim for some phenomenal pictures of these magnificent animals @tim_downs_.

image43. @jayscottoutdoors @huntaz (Jay Scott): Averi was able to harvest this once in a lifetime ram with Jay Scott Outdoors. I am a huge youth hunter advocate. With 4 daughters of my own, this picture obviously caught my attention. congratulations Averi on an absolute trophy ram and stunning photo!

Be sure to follow @jayscottoutdoors and @huntaz for some unbelievable hunting pictures and video. Check out www.jayscottoutdoors.blogspot.com for some great content.

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4. @proline_imagery (Ricky Bangerter): This picture is stunning! As a result, I checked out @proline_imagery and this picture is just the beginning. This guy is an unbelievable photographer. Go follow Ricky for your outdoor and extreme sports photography fix! He will not disappoint. Nice work Ricky on a stunning photo.

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 5. @evanhault (Pictured: Ryan Warner, JJ Lund): Sonora, Mexico is the land of giant mule deer and incredible backdrops. To double up on a couple of bucks then finish off with that view would be a dream. This photo captures the moment perfectly. Take a minute and follow @evanhault. Evan and his hunting buddies are as consistent as it gets. Check out “The Trophy Hunter’s 4 Skills” for a great article about Evan and his hunting success.

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6. @bucksighter: To kill a double drop tine buck is a thing of fantasy for most big game hunters. I love the simplicity of this image. I love the lighting. This buck is both massive and trashy. @bucksighter has many great shots for your viewing pleasure. Check them out! Great job on an awesome picture.

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7. @seanmorganoutdoors (Sean Morgan): This 35″ buck is a favorite of mine from the 2014 season. Sean captures the moment well with both still shots and riveting video. Check out the kill shot on this buck at www.seanmorganoutdoors.com. Great time and effort goes into Sean’s harvest photos and film. This photo is no exception. Nice work Sean! If you are not following @seanmorganoutdoors today, get over there and click follow.

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8. @skylerrichards1325 (Skyler Richards): This guy continues to impress. CCO and Skyler kill some of the biggest mule deer in the West. This buck was actually featured in Utah’s Top 10 Monster Mule Deer of 2014. I am a huge fan when photography pays due respect to a harvested giant. Skyler does this on each and every hunt. Follow @skylerrichards1325 for some spectacular hunting photos. Skyler’s track record indicates there is more to come!

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9. @chase_christopher_ (Chase Christopher): What an absolute giant. This husband and wife team, this buck, and a spectacular backdrop is a solid recipe for a photo finish. I love everything about his picture. Follow @chase_christopher_ for some great content and visit www.themountainiscalling.com for some must see films. These guys are putting together some awesome stuff!

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10. @drivenhunter (Mike Jahnke): I love big whitetail. There is still a big ole’ bruiser that haunts my dreams from a tree stand in Monroe, Michigan. You win some, you lose some. Mike @drivenhunter and www.drivenhunter.com won one here. This picture is simply fantastic. Be sure to follow @drivenhunter and watch Driven TV on the Outdoor Channel Tuesdays at 9:30 ET. Mike killed this buck with Wicked Outfitters. Check them out at www.wickedoutfitters.com.

Now the only question remaining is are you now following these 10+ instagram users? If not, you are missing the boat on amazing content. While you are at it be sure to follow me @jdheinerblog.

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The Best Way to Cook Venison – The 3 Abilities

I know it is a bold statement to announce that I have found the absolute best way to cook venison. The reality is it’s true! I have based this on “The 3 Abilities.”

1. Ability to Preserve: Does it increase the shelf life of the meat?

2. Ability to Store: Can it be stored long-term at room temperature?

3. Ability to Use: Does it have multiple uses?

Do you take into consideration the ability to preserve, store, and use your meat? Or, are you simply wrapping and freezing?

Bottled meat preserves your harvest for 5-7 years. It will store at room temperature and the opportunities to use it are endless. We use our bottled meats in stew, on sandwiches, and in burritos on a regular basis.

If you are constantly waging war on freezer burn and freezer space, here are the top two recipes utilizing the #1 method to cooking venison.

1. Kody Smith at www.GoHunt.com: Kody’s recipe caught my attention due to the addition of bottled peppers and onions. He doesn’t over complicate the process yet adds a few extra elements that are sure to please! I personally keep it simple; however, I love the idea of throwing in these ingredients. Kody nails it with this recipe and his step by step guide to bottling venison.

Click the Link: DIY Meat Care: Bottled Venison

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This recipe won’t disappoint. As an avid outdoorsman, Kody lends his experience to the vast resources found at www.gohunt.com. Check these guys out! While visiting their site, be sure to read Kody’s other articles. He has got an awesome article on hunting with goats: Opening Day Success,  Expectations Come to Fruition.

Follow Kody and the gohunt.com team on instagram @splittine @gohunt @lsartini11

2. Angela at www.foodstorageandsurvival.com: With over 752 articles on topics ranging from food storage, food preparation, survival, and prepping, Angela certainly knows her stuff! I loved this recipe for its simplicity. This is very similar to how we do it in our own home. This is a great way to get started and Angela’s blog is a must follow.

Click the Link: Home Canning Meat – Bottled Meat

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Go visit www.foodstorageandsurvivals.com for some incredible resources. Check out Angela on youtube and be sure to also follow her on Instagram @foodstorageandsurvival.

I hope these recipes proved helpful as you consider “The 3 Abilities” to preserving, storing, and utilizing your game meats now and in the future.

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Hunter, You Sound Like an Idiot

There is a great sense of community that comes from social media. We share in our pursuit and compliment each other’s success. Within our hunting network, we stick together.

This is true except for a special kind of stupid lurking within our social networks. For the purpose of this post I name you “Hunter.”

Hunter, you sound like an idiot. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. You are the self-appointed score guru. You often amaze even yourself with your uncanny ability to derive score, location, and complete back story in one picture. A friendly game of “guessing score” is fun but you my friend will publicly challenge any one person’s personal harvest stats. You are the score guru.

2. You define ethics. Your shots are always perfect. Ethical shot distance and placement is something only a rare professional like yourself could possibly define. You never miss nor have you ever taken a questionable shot. You define ethics.

3. You are the real hunter. By definition it is only hunting if it is done your way. Only you know the meaning of truly working hard for that shot. Trophies killed by anyone but yourself probably didn’t require true hunting. Those people take short cuts and get lucky. You will let them know because you are the real hunter.

4. You hate money. You are certain others’ success simply comes by way of money. There is no other explanation for their success over your own. You and your ability to hunt is hindered by the rich. You hate money.

5. You define a trophy. Despite the personal accomplishment of harvesting an animal big or small, you have final say in whether or not it is a true trophy. This often comes at the expense of others; however, it is your job to speak up. You define a trophy.

So Hunter, I echo my previous message by telling you sound like an idiot. These 5 attributes are often delivered in the form of assumptions. At times I may agree with you; yet, your delivery needs work.

Guess scores without calling people out on their perceived or real accomplishments.

Hunt within your ethical skill set recognizing everyone is different.

Grasp that we are all hunters in our own right and share a passion for the sport.

Acknowledge success can come to those with or without money.

Accept that you sound stupid when you belittle one’s trophy big or small.

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