Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring! Jungle Birds of the Yucatan.

Something is special about this time of year. The sounds of song birds happily awaiting a mate, the deer that’s dashing around the field or that so familiar smell of the freshness we call spring. With this great time of year comes a piercing sound while in the woods in the early part of the day. It’s a sound that when heard brings you to a place we call turkey season and what an exciting season this is!

On April 28, I will be venturing beyond the so familiar spring sounds and smells to the Mexican jungle and its sights, smells, and new sounds of a far off place. I will be pursuing a turkey unlike anything else. A turkey called the Ocellated Turkey. The Ocellated Turkey is a Picasso like bird with strong peacock characteristics.

When I found out about this trip I got excited.  Not only do I like jungles and the adventure of faraway places but I love turkey hunting. Also, this is going to be a trip to spend time with a few great sportsmen / television personalities and our film crew. Over the last year, Jason and Josh Whitaker of The Whitaker Brothers Hunting Company, Mark Peterson of MVP Outdoor Adventures, and I have been filming extensively for two TV shows set to air in 2015. It has been a busy season and now we are gathering in one place and that place is the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

The Yucatan is a great adventure destination with a rich history both in nature and also ancient culture.  It was largely known for its cattle and logging. Today it focuses on tourism and the ancient living culture that still exists attracts people from afar. This is truly going to be an experience of a lifetime!

Read more: Lonely Planet

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hosted Water Buffalo Hunt February 2015

Okay, so here's the deal.

I’ve been thinking about a follow up blog on my Papua New Guinea (PNG) water buffalo hunt and I am having a hard time holding back, so here it goes. I'm offering an opportunity to travel with me back to PNG, to hunt one of the most dangerous animals that walks the planet. 

When I say dangerous I mean it's like this. I received an international call shortly after posting my last PNG blog with the trophy pictures. The call was from a well traveled gentleman from Africa who hunts and has hunted all species of buffalo. (Think: Indiana Jones.) We had great conversation, knowing that we were two of the few and when I say few, I mean very few that have traveled to such a remote place as the PNG bush, with little-to-no outfitters available. Implying that no more dangerous hunts exists, his message was clear, "if I were to bring people down there I'd make sure they carry their own premium insurance." At that point it struck me, again. This was a dangerous hunt. These buffalo do not like to be targets of native spears and bullets of foreigners! The fact that it took 6 bullets to finally put down my February 2014 trophy was one thing, but not before it charges prior to the final two shots. So enough said, time to go purchase your travel insurance because this upcoming hosted hunt is an opportunity of a lifetime.

A little more about PNG and I will be blunt about it. During the daytime we experienced temperatures in the 90's with extremely high humidity and low 80's at night. The place was crawling with snakes, spiders, ants and many other creepy, scuttling things. The benefits - see and travel where only local villagers have or maybe haven't. A place that you could easily stumble upon life-forms that had never been seen. This place has adventure around every corner. Now that being said, our base camp hotel in Wewak, just a bumpy two hour drive away, is resort quality with a fine restaurant, air conditioning, pool, and lots of international intrigue. An oasis. Memories and friends were made at the lounge here too! Our remote camp excursion in 2015 will incorporate some OMM enhancements.

The 2015 trip will be after the SCI Convention. Our small group of adventure seekers will leave from Los Angeles on a Monday. Let’s go on an adventure! You can do this! Call today to reserve your spot. Call: 207-444-7529.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 - New Thermal Imaging Technology from EOTech for Consumers

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Today I want to share with you my positive experience with an EOTech thermal imaging product. It aids visibility in day or night time conditions. The device works on sensing levels of heat, for tracking and locating, and it works at great distances.

Thermal imaging technology used by the military and law enforcement caught my attention in 2008 as a convenient tool for tracking wounded and dangerous black bears after dark and for scouting moose. I got to use a device issued to a SWAT team member hunting moose with me in Maine. However, at the time, even if an unclassified consumer product was available, the $10,000 price tag made me pause.

Today anyone can own an even more advanced version than the pricey SWAT issued scope. Retail prices are in the $3,000 to $4,000 range. Technology is always advancing and today military suppliers are looking for a retail market for this advanced technology. (Be careful when traveling with a thermal scope, not all foreign countries allow non-military use of these devices.)