I grew up in a small town in Central Utah that is surrounded by mountains and live 5 minutes away from anything I want to do in the outdoors. I went on my first deer hunt when I was just a baby and have been going to deer camp every year since. There is something about the outdoors that makes you feel at home here. The sounds, the smells, and the connection you make out there makes it worth the work.
Women in the outdoors is a rare sight, but we’re becoming more and more known, and that is what is amazing about the hunting community. We’re all here for the same purpose—an amazing purpose that allows us to feed our families for the year—but we also get an amazing experience. If you’ve experienced it then you know exactly what I mean. It can’t be explained, the feelings, the sights, the sounds, the emotions all can’t be explained but once you’ve experienced it you’ll know how truly amazing and proud you feel after it is all said and done.
And that is why I continue to hunt and fish for my food. The work is always worth it and the experience makes for timeless memories that can be passed on for generations to come. I hope you enjoy my blog posts, and please feel free to leave a comment on them!
I absolutely love this recipe for the pure fact that I harvested the animal. It is always fun to cook up something you harvested. All the way from field to plate, I believe it makes it much more delicious! Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!
2 cups butter milk or enough to fully submerge the backstraps
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon onion powder
Fully thaw the backstraps
Place the backstraps in a bowl and cover in butter milk. Make sure they are fully submerged. Add a dash of salt and pepper and mix all together. Let sit for 1 hour.
After one hour. Pull the backstraps out of the butter milk and rinse. In another bowl mix together Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic salt, and pepper. Mix together well. Add back straps to mixture and marinate for one hour.
Pull the backstraps right from mixture and place on the barbecue on medium heat. Cook until you reach you desired wellness by turning them every 5 minutes and enjoy!
I was recently given the chance to try out the Etymotic Gun Sport PRO Electronic Earplugs and I must say that I am impressed. First off the packaging is phenomenal. It comes with cleaning tools, filter tool, a bunch of different attachments to fit your ear, and best of all batteries. A ten pack of batteries is included and they are super easy to install. The hard case that the earplugs come in is great too. I can throw it in my pack and not have to worry if they get lost or damaged.
I first tested them out when I was vacuuming my house. Kinda silly but I wanted to see how comfortable they were and if I could use them out on the gun range. In about a minute I forgot that they were even in. What else was great is that vacuuming was actually fun, say what!? The annoying noise was drastically reduced and my ears didn’t have that constant ringing like they normally do. What I really liked is that as soon as I turned off the vacuum, the noise volume gradually climbed back up. I kept it at the normal setting but on the back of the earplug there is a little lever that if you flip it magnifies the sound more. I found that the original setting was plenty good for holding conversations and such.
After forgetting I had them in, I took them out and decided I would make a quick run up to the gun range. I put ten rounds, out of my .380 auto, into the target and was utterly amazed. I am used to my ears being squished by the big, bulky over the ear protectors, but these make my stance feel more comfortable and I wasn’t so worried about my ear protection falling off. Also my eye protection didn’t interfere with them at all, which is a BONUS!
Overall my experience with the Etymotic Gun Sport PRO Earplugs has been great. I have used them almost every weekend and each time I pull them out I am pleasantly surprised with how much I truly like them. If you are in the market for some new shooting ear protection, check them out. You won’t be disappointed.
Shed hunting has recently become more popular here in Utah. It is an easy way to get out and enjoy the outdoors but also find a little “white and brown gold”. Usually we start shed hunting late January and continue through the spring. Except for this year. This year there was a ban placed on the entire state until April 1st.
Now I fully agree with the ban, but there was some serious backlash from sportsmen that just wanted to get on the mountain and be the first to pick up some antlers. The deer and elk herds looked super rough this year due to the tremendous amount of snow we received in a very short period of time. Creating the ban helped the herds recover and it also kept some of the pressure off.
The antler gathering course, a course that reiterates keeping the pressure off of the animals and how high winter death rates are, must be completed before venturing out to gather some bone. Once you complete the course you can print off your antler gathering permit to carry with you while out shed hunting. If you do not have a permit it is illegal to gather horns.
So fast forward to the opener. It was like World War 3 had hit the mountains. We decided to wait until the afternoon because of the immense amount of people on the mountains (even though we were going to hike our private property).
We ended up doing really well opening day. Having only hiked around 6 miles, we came back home with 3 antlers, all brownies! One around 80 inches and a small 2 point set that was found only ten feet apart from each other! The sad thing is we had seen week-old boot tracks following the game trails in some of the public land areas on opening day, most likely people out shed hunting early. Our game wardens seemed to be on top of the issue though. Citations were written for anyone gathering antlers before the ban was lifted Fines exceeded $1000. It is sad that sportsmen and women can’t follow a simple rule… No antler gathering!
We ended up going the next day for a quick hike and found the match to the monster horn we’d found the previous day. This buck never made an appearance on our game cameras and we had never seen him on our scouting trips but ding dang this buck is a BEAST! Both sides are around 80 inches and both sides are heavy! Total lucky find but we will take it!
All in all I think that the antler ban was a success. Antlers were found in the winter range areas and matches were found closer together. We only covered 10 miles in two days and matched up two sets. Normally we cover 20 miles to find one horn let alone a match.
I am hoping that the DWR will consider doing the ban again next year. It was nice enjoying the animals in the winter ranges longer and we also got to do more scouting for next hunting season. And most of all we had fun!