Archive for November, 2009

Russian World Record Moose-Kamchtka Pennisula

Posted in Big Game, guides and outfitters, International, Moose, Outdoor Adventures, Trophies with tags on November 29, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

This is one exceptional moose.  Just look at the Paddles on this bad boy.  Estimated to be a new world record.  To see more photos follow the link http://www.jerrysbaitandtackle.com/Trophies/Moose/WorldRecord.htm

 To read more about this moose harvested by hunter Jay Link, see http://www.blackbearheaven.com/world-record-moose/world-record-moose.htm

I particularly liked this quote, “This was one of the toughest hunts I have been on through my travels around the world. I refer to the hunt as a ‘tough man’s contest,’ rather then a hunt. It was a great experience. My brother Troy will be returning next year. As to the score of the moose, it should end up somewhere between 550 and 600 points SCI. It has huge mass and extremely wide paddles, with 20 points on one side and 18 points on the other.”

The Killing of a Man Eating Croc

Posted in Africa, Big Game, International, Other cool stuff, Predators, Reptiles and Misc. with tags on November 28, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Humans have been pretty successful at removing man eating predators from the food chain.  There are famous examples including the man eating lions of the Tsavo. These two oversized but maneless male killed between 35 and 135 railroad workers in 1898 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsavo_maneaters.  Usually after the removal of a few suspect animals and a bit of conditioning, the situation improves.  This is not true of all species.  Tigers, far and away the most agressive man eaters of all cats, by one estimate, are said to have killed 300,000 between 1800 and 1900 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_attack

One notorious man-eating tigress known as Champawat (pictured above) killed some 200 men and women before being driven out of Nepal. She moved to another location, this time in India, and continued to kill bringing her total up to 436 before she was tracked down and killed in 1911.  The Champawat tigress was, as man eaters usually are, extremely cunning, and she was only found by Jim Corbett because he managed to follow the trail of blood the tigress left behind after killing her last victim, a 16-year-old girl.  http://www.lairweb.org.nz/tiger/maneating5.html

One species that continues to consume humans as a part of its diet is the crocodile.  This man eater was recently harvested.   The photos of the evidence is pretty graphic.  Simply CLICK ON PHOTOS BELOW to see the stomach contents:  WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES!!!

Turkey Day 2008

Posted in Friends and Family, Turkey with tags on November 26, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Last year on Thansgiving these wild turkeys walked through our backyard.  First and last time that we have seen wild turkey in our yard.  My 12 year-old Zach spotted them first.  Fortunately, we were able to get some great photos.  Wishing all followers of the Great White Hunter a great Thanksgiving .

World Record Turkey-Great White Hunter Style

Posted in Turkey with tags on November 24, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought you would all enjoy these photos of a world record Turkey. With a beard of 22 inches long, this is certainly an unusual bird.  See the close-ups and read the full story at http://www.lsonews.com/2007041079/Potential-World-Record-Turkey-Taken-in-Texas.html

World Record Largemouth

Posted in Fish, Freshwater with tags on November 24, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

I’m not a bass guy, but I recently came across two stories of world record largemouth bass.  The first was caught in Japan of all places.  See story at http://www.bigfishtackle.com/fishing_articles/Freshwater_Fishing_Articles/Bass_Small_Largemouth_/New_World_Record_Largemouth_Black_Bass__722.html

The next story occurred in 2006 and boasts a much larger fish that was actually caught and released.  This one in California.  The second story is truly a feel good story that is worth the read.  By the way, what happened to the good ol’ southern largemouth fisheries?

http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/news/story?page=f_fea_bass_world-record_Weakley_25.1

I found this quote quite interesting about this 25 pound monster, “It’s simply because there are people who are out there who didn’t think a bass can grow to more than 22.25 pounds,” said James Hall, editor of Bassmaster magazine. “It’s because of how elusive the record has been for so many years.”

Wooly Muskox

Posted in Big Game, guides and outfitters, International, Muskox, World's Best with tags on November 23, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Last night a big winter storm blew in bringing snow, ice and…well everything winter.  It got me thinking to one of the truly unique artic outdoor adventures, hunting muskox.  These hairy beasts remind me of northern hunters from a bygone era.  Many of these hunts are conducted in subzero temperatures on the Island of Greenland.  There are also more temperate fall hunts, that involve much more walking as snow machines cannot be utilized.  Combine with some lake trout fishing and you have an awesome surf and turf combo.

Visit Artic Hunting Group’s website for more details on one of these hunts http://arctic-hunting-group.com/

Coyote hit by car goes for a long ride

Posted in Other cool stuff, Predators-other with tags on November 20, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Thanks for the forward Ruland- 

Here is the text of the email-Meet the wiliest of all coyotes: Hit by a car at 75mph, embedded in the fender, road for 600 miles – and SURVIVED!

When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75mph they assumed they had killed the animal and drove on.  They didn’t realize this was the toughest creature ever to survive a hit-and-run.  Eight hours, two fuel stops, and 600 miles later they found the wild animal embedded in their front fender – and very much alive.

Daniel and Tevyn East were driving at night along Interstate 80 near the Nevada-Utah border when they noticed a pack of coyotes near the roadside on October 12.  When one of the animals ran in front of the car, the impact sounded fatal so the siblings thought there no point in stopping.  ‘Right off the bat, we knew it was bad,’ Daniel explained. ‘We thought the story was over.’  After the incident around 1am, they continued their 600 mile drive to North San Juan – even stopping for fuel at least twice.  But it was only when they finally reached their destination at 9am did they take time to examine what damage they may have sustained.  At first it looked as though it was going to be quite gruesome.  ‘[Daniel] saw fur and the body inside the grill,’ Tevyn East said. ‘I was trying to keep some distance. Our assumption was it was part of the coyote – it didn’t register it was the whole animal.’  Daniel East got a broom to try and pry the remains out of the bumper and got the shock of his life.  ‘It flinched,’ Tevyn East said. ‘It was a huge surprise – he got a little freaked out.’ 

 
‘We knew it was bad’: Tevyn East, who was in the car when it hit the coyote, bends down to take a look at the fur poking through the fender

Fur Pete’s sake: What Mr. East spotted as he bent down to inspect the damage to his car – the body of the coyote poking out through the radiator


Miracle escape: As the animal struggled, wildlife protection officials put a loop around its neck to prevent it from further injuring itself The front of the car is completely taken apart as the coyote begins to wriggle free

And voila! Tricky the toughest coyote ever rests in a cage after its ordeal – which it survived with just some scrapes to its paw

Africa-Gemsbok

Posted in Africa, Big Game, Friends and Family, International, Plainsgame with tags on November 14, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

A few of you have been asking for more of my African animals.  Here is a photo of the Gemsbok I harvested.  While we were not in an area that is considered a trophy area for Gemsbok, I was more than thrilled with the harvest of this beautiful animal.

After close calls on several animals earlier in the day, we went home for lunch empty handed.  In fact, I had hesitated on killing the herd bull, a real beauty.  When I finally was ready to pull the trigger, he took off.  I was kicking myself all during lunch.

After lunch we crossed three gemsbok on the road.  We hoped out of the Landrover just as they disappeared into the brush.  This wasn’t the first time we had lost a herd in the tangle of thorn trees.  A tracking job and some educated guessing from our PH and we were soon on these animals again.  When we found them they were moving away and already over 250 yards away.  Some of the most incredible video footage from our hunt is the three gemsbok  on the run, with their tails swooshing back and forth in the afternoon sun.  Simply unforgetable.

 We ran back to the range rover and moved over two miles in the hopes of intercepting the three animals.  We spotted the gemsbok again, this time at over 1,000 yards.  But they were moving our way.  The stalk was on.  We soon closed the distance and set-up the perfect ambush.  The first gemsbok walked past at 15 yards-not a shooter-so far we were unnoticed.   The second gemsbok came into view and stopped.  The guide told me this was not our animal either.  The animal looked good to me.  I tried to remember the old adage, “Trust your PH.”  Then, just as the gemsbok started to move, my PH changed his mind and said, “SHOOT.”  At 15 yards, even I can hit a broadside gemsbok.  The gemsbok blew out on a death run, we were in hot pursuit.  My PH, Pieter later admitted that he initially thought I had hit the animal a bit far back.  Fortunately, it was a perfect heart/lung shot.  We found the animal down about 12 yards away.  What a huge relief.  I had harvested my first African animal.

With exceptionally heavy horns, beautiful black, grey and white markings and finally that amazing tail, the gemsbok and the kudu were at the top of my Africa list.   Jennifer’s filming was superb.  I will always be able to relive and remember my first Africa hunt for gemsbok.

Two Bulls Lock Horns…For Good

Posted in Big Game, Elk, North America, Other cool stuff with tags on November 14, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Thanks Wade for the forward of this story which appears to come out of the AP-the full article is included below:

RENO, Nev. (AP) — It’s not all checking hunting and fishing licenses. Sometimes the issues are bigger. Like when a Nevada game warden was handed the chore of figuring out how to separate two bull elk who locked horns while sparring and couldn’t untangle themselves.

Two Bulls Tangled

The saga began Nov. 21 when a rancher in Reese River Valley spotted the two elk. By the following day, the animals were gone and the rancher assumed they had separated.

A week later, according to Nevada Division of Wildlife biologist Tom Donham, the rancher was out looking for some of his cows and saw the elk again. This time, he called the wildlife department and Donham, game warden Brian Eller and Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Bryson Code headed out to see what they could do. When they reached Indian Valley , south of Austin , it was Nov. 29, one week after the elk were first seen.
two bulls tangled-closeup

‘When we arrived where the rancher had last seen them, we found them pretty quickly. They were both lying on the ground and one of them was in a very uncomfortable-looking position with his head directly above the others head and his nose pointing straight up to the sky,’ Donham said. Eller said he wondered if they had survived their ordeal.

‘Once we found out they were alive, I was hoping they couldn’t move and would stay where they were. That didn’t happen. When they ran off, I was hoping they could not go very far. That didn’t happen either,’ he said.
Two Bulls Tangled-above
The elk may have been sparring at the outset, but Donham and Eller say they used teamwork to run for nearly a mile to evade the newcomers. ‘It looked like they had been doing it all their lives; serious cooperation if I’ve ever seen it,’ Donham said.

After two unsuccessful attempts, Donham was able to get a tranquilizer dart into one of the elk. With one down, the other could not run, but was also partially tranquilized in order to separate the two
Eller and Code helped hold the elk down while Donham used a hand saw to remove part of an antler from one of them.
Trying to help out

‘As soon as they were apart, the bull that hadn’t gotten a full dose jumped to his feet and Bryson, Brian and I quickly gave him all the room he wanted. He went off about 30 yards and lay down for about 10 minutes before finally walking up the hill and over the ridge, none the worse for wear,’ Donham said. The other elk was treated with antibiotics and eventually walked off as well, after the tranquilizer had worn off.

‘If these two bulls had not been discovered, and we had never gotten the call, they more than likely would have both died. Watching the bulls walk away, and knowing that we likely saved them from a slow death was definitely one of those moments that makes this job rewarding.’

My Dream Hunts-Brandon Sulser

Posted in Big Game, Friends and Family, Outdoor Products and Services with tags on November 12, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

We need your help.  I am trying to win a hunt for one of my buddies Brandon Sulser.  Brandon is a great guy, who hasn’t been able to hunt for several years due to an accident that put him in a wheel chair.  Due to the injury, he is not able to shoot a gun (his ears are still ringing from the last time he tried.)   So we need a very specific kind of crossbow hunt.  We have been working on this for some time and think we can help Brandon win the hunt.

Brandon with Coyote

HERE IS THE STORY: The hunt is being provided by a small but growing company called My Dream Hunts.  We are hoping to win this week’s contest for the person that provides the most new customer referrals.  The membership is free, they won’t bombard you with emails, or sell your email to third parties.  You might even win one of the daily hunt giveaways from My Dream Hunts.  With only 600 members and a daily drawing, your odds are better than most public land lottery tags. In addition, most of the My Dream Hunt giveaways are guided hunts.  Signing up only takes about 30 seconds and doesn’t require a credit card or social security number.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP-FOR HUNTERS and NONHUNTERS: There are three ways you can sign up for which we get referral credit: (1) Go to the Right Side Bar of my blog and click on the My Dream Hunts Image-it will take you to the sign up page; OR (2) Follow this link http://www.mydreamhunts.com/Registration/Referral/ryan@brainfling.com
; OR (3)  Go to the My Dream Hunts membership page and add ryan@brainfling.com-as the referring email (if for some reason you see a referral box-please add this email.  It means that the referral tracking information is not working and the email must be added for us to get credit).

 To learn more about My Dream Hunts follow this link http://www.mydreamhunts.com/ or click on photo below!MyDreamHunts

Here are a few of the daily hunt My Dream Hunts giveaways from the last couple of weeks: (1) 8 day grizzly bear hunt; (2) 7 day Colorado Archery Elk Hunt-4 hunters; (3) Kansas Turkey Hunt; (4) 5 day Arizona Mule Deer Hunt; and (5) Alaska Black Bear Hunt.  A few have offered to post this on their facebook and email their friends who are hunters-to all of you a HUGE thank you!

Please let me know if any of you win one of these great hunts!