Field Ops - Sportsman's Box

Colton Bailey - Field Op

October 14, 2017

Most Memorable Hunt - My most memorable hunt would be one of my first ever whitetail hunts with my father. It was the shotgun opener in Illinois, and we called a 10 pointer off of a doe and into range. I hit the buck but we never recovered the deer. Although we didn't find the deer, it got me hooked on the sport I love today and I will vividly remember the morning the rest of my life. It encompassed everything that I love about deer hunting. Cool crisp November mornings, rutting bucks, and sharing the outdoors with family.  

 Favorite Game to Eat - While I love venison backstrap, my favorite wild game meal is probably dove breast with a cream cheese stuffed bell pepper all wrapped in bacon. And then grilled to perfection.

 Favorite Game to Chase - Whitetail and whatever else is in season!

 

 

Ryan Borst - Field Op

October 13, 2017

Most Memorable Hunt - I would definitely have to go with my 4th season as a turkey hunter. It was the end of the of opening week and for three days prior it had poured rain, was windy and cold to boot. I had been braving the elements in hopes of tagging an early season gobbler. That morning my alarm goes off at 4:30am, as I shut it off, I tell myself “take the day off…sleep in.” Just as the tired voice in my head almost has me convinced I decide to check the weather to make the decision for me. The forecast is calling for clear skies, sun, and 67 degrees. Suddenly the gobbler addicted voice in my head says “oh, we’re going!! It's rained for three days and now it's going to be beautiful?!? Those turkeys are going to be moving!!” I get up, grab my gear and I'm sitting in my blind at 5:30am, fifteen minutes later the treetops come alive with gobbles! I knew where they were roosted and I was about 70 yards away. At 6:30am the turkeys start flying down, and I let out three loud yelps on my box call, 4 birds hammer back immediately!! Game on, boys!! They gobble constantly for about 15mins and they start to head in the opposite direction, and right as frustration sets in with the thought they aren't heading my way, it hits me!!! “I made absolutely no noise walking in here because it's so wet…. they gobble again; further away; but I know where they're going. I put my mouth call in, grab my gun, and decide the odds are in favor to put a stalk on them! I slink through the woods about 40 yards sit under a big hickory tree and let out a short series of soft yelps…GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE!!! I'm closer, but they've moved to an open field about 60 yards away with a ravine between us. Quickly I devise a plan, to move east, sneak along the bush line, heading south to a spot where the ravine is narrower and shallower, and I should be able to get a good position, almost in gun range without getting busted. I sneak to the edge of the woods, hunker behind a maple and decide to check in with my bearded friends. I yelp softly, twice and my distant birds hammer back right on cue! Just as I'm about to start moving… GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE! A 5th tom! Coming from the east right toward me in the corn stubble, the adrenaline starts to rise as he struts and gobbles his way toward me. Ten minutes passes and I let out a small, short series of cluck-purrs, waiting for a response, when, I hear footsteps in the leaves behind me. ”No… what?!? is there one coming behind me now?!?!?” I tuck my chin to chest and slowly turn my head, and there, not 25 yards away is the biggest, fluffiest coyote I've ever seen, and it has no idea I'm here. Aaaahh!! My biggest fear now is this dog is going to go through me and get my tom! The coyote sniffs around, takes a drink from a puddle, and slowly meanders in the opposite direction until he disappears into the woods, phew!! I look back and there's no sight of my tom…my heart sinks. I set my mouth call in, ready to yelp when I catch the “bob” of a head in the brush line ahead, it's him! He slowly makes his way back into the field, now heading back to where he came from, when suddenly he turns and starts walking north. He’s going to walk right in front of me at about 40yds. Silently, I'm willing him, keeping walking, that’s right, and finally, here he is, “10 more steps…” I whisper, and I count them down. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6…come on buddy…5, 4, 3, 2….at 7:30am my spring long beard tag was filled, and I have a turkey hunt that will stick with me forever!!!

 

Favorite game to eat - This is like asking which one of my kids I love most! I love them all!! If I had to make 1 choice, I'd have to say Canvasback ducks! Taken later in the season they’re a beautiful big duck with a lot of versatility! However, if you slow roast, just like a Sunday chicken, and then bake them just long enough to crisp the skin, add some roasted potatoes, I'm not sure I've ever found a better comfort food!!

 

Favorite game to chase - I love bow hunting white tails! The turkey woods in the spring will always get my heart pumping and laying in a field blind while Canada geese honk, cluck and drop into a spread, or whistling wings of an incoming flock of ducks will never get old! I’m a fisherman at heart! Every chance I get I’m dropping a line, just waiting for that tug on the other end, the click of the drag fighting against the fish, then holding that fish in your hands, to the slow release and watching it disappear back to the depths whence it came! Largemouth bass and Northern Pike are my typical targets, Musky, Smallmouth bass, Perch and Crappie are always on the list when the conditions are right!

Courtney Smith - Field Op

October 13, 2017

Most Memorable Hunt - My husband and I honeymooned in Maui, Hawaii and during our stay there we set up two different hunts.  I accompanied him on his hunt for an ibex goat and he accompanied me during my axis deer hunt.  My axis deer hunt involved two days of vigorous spot and stalk hunting.  That was without a doubt the most exciting and memorable hunt I have ever experienced. 

Favorite Game to Eat and how to prepare it - Venison Taco Salad! Ground venison (my husband and I process ourselves) 90% venison 10% beef fat. Brown the ground venison, add tacos seasoning and lay over a bed of crushed hint of lime chips and fresh baby spinach.  Garnish with your favorite taco toppings: salsa, cheese, avocado, cream cheese, ect...

Favorite Game to Chase - Turkeys or axis deer. 

Adam Oberheu - Field Op

October 12, 2017

Most Memorable Hunt - My most memorable hunt was my bull elk hunt in 2012.  This hunt was in a limited draw area with lots of elk and some very good bulls.  My brother also had a bull tag for this hunt, so as a family we spent countless days on the mountain scouting, camping, and hunting.  I was able to get a really good bull elk with my wife right by my side.  This was also our first time using our horses in the mountains on a hunt.  I truly love watching my horses perform and am always amazed by their strength and beauty.  Those days on the mountain with my family will never be forgotten and can never be replaced

 

 


Favorite Game To Eat - Elk fajitas served with marinated elk steak strips, diced bell peppers, onions, black beans, rice, lots of guacamole, and plenty of cayenne pepper.  The spicier the better!

 

 


Favorite Game To Chase - Nothing excites me more than chasing elk in the rugged mountains of the West.  It doesn’t matter if it is archery, muzzleloader, or rifle, as long as I am chasing bugles and pursuing elk far from roads in some of the most breath-taking scenery ever created.

 

 

Hunt hard, hunt often and be out in it.

 

 

Adam O.

 

 

Bob Weaver - Field Op

October 12, 2017

Most Memorable Hunt - My favorite hunt took place on the last day of my first rifle season. There was fifteen minutes left to my season and after a long walk of shame, I gave into the fact that I was not going to be successful this season. I decided to sit at the base of a tree and let the season end. About two minutes passed and a couple bucks started fighting off to the left of me but I couldn't see them. Just then a curious four point buck walked down to the right of me within twenty yards. The next five minutes felt like an hour. As I sat there shaking and unable to move, we stared each other down. "One more step", I said to myself. And it happened. He stepped forward, I shot, he ran and stopped, I shot again. The blood trail was over a mile long and I spent two days looking for that deer. Sadly, I never found him but I knew that night as I ordered my first muzzleloader so that I could extend my season that, I will forever be a hunter and will always love the chase.


Favorite Game To Eat - I enjoy cooking, sharing and eating Venison.  "If it's game, I'm game!"

Favorite Game To Chase - So far, The Whitetail Deer has been my favorite game to pursue. I love studying the biology, habits and hunting strategies. However, this season I hope to head out west in pursuit of Antelope and Mule deer. Two species that I have felt compelled to hunt. Who knows, an Elk tag might be in my future as well... (fingers tightly crossed)

Get Out There,

Bob W.

Most Memorable Hunt -

Brit: This is a hard question because every single hunt I've been on holds a very special place in my heart. BUT if I had to pick, I'd say my 12 year old sons first elk hunt is one I will never forget. We were in an OTC unit and simply had hopes of filling the freezer. We weren't hunting one specific animal that we had scouted and kept an eye on, we were just "winging it".  To keep the story short and sweet we got our boy on a bull (we could tell he was a bull but couldn't tell how big he was) He took two amazing shots and once we were able to get to the animal we discovered he had harvested a big'ol 360 class bull! We got his hunt on film and had such an unforgettable day as a family working together to achieve such an amazing goal. 


Josh: To pick a hunt that's the most memorable is hard question to answer! I don’t have one. I think that is the point, and the best part of hunting to me. Every single time I head out it's a new adventure, with new memories, some stronger than others but none I would ever forget! I am always pushing to beat or accomplish a new challenge I've made for myself. Whether it's harvesting a certain animal, getting into country I've never been in before or doing anything with my family in God’s country they all turn out to be my most memorable.

 Favorite Game To Eat -

Brit: Elk by far is my favorite! I grew up with a mom that would NOT eat wild game, she hated the taste (I think it was all in her head). So when I got married I was
very hesitant to try it. Once I gave in I was hooked.  I also like deer, but nothing has topped elk in my books. I like to experiment with recipes and try new things with our elk and
deer meat.

Josh: I love most game meat if prepared and cooked right but my two favorites are Elk & Deer. As of right now, I will hopefully be able to keep challenging those two for which will be my favorite meat! 

 Favorite Game To Chase -  

Brit: Mule Deer

Josh: Mule Deer has my heart, but I love chasing everything! I'm not picky if it involves my bow or gun I am ready to go give the hunt 100% 

Brandon Owen - Field Op

October 12, 2017

Most Memorable Hunt - March 12, 2012, fishing an FLW college fishing tournament at Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri. At 11:00 my partner and I had no keepers in the livewell. We regrouped and ended up catching the only 5 fish limit of the tournament, taking home the $10,000 first place prize, and qualifying for the regional championship. 

Favorite Game To Eat - Any meat is great, as long as it is wrapped in Bacon! 

Favorite Game To Chase - Every type of game presents a unique set of challenges, but the mental game of chasing Largemouth Bass would have to be my favorite!

Get Out There,

Brandon O.

Mo Mosley - Field Op

October 12, 2017

Most Memorable Hunt - My most memorable hunt would have to be my trip to Saskatchewan chasing Whitetail Deer. My family has been going to this one outfitter in Northern Saskatchewan for years now and I had always been in school or working. A couple of years ago, I finally got my chance to go see if I could wait it out and get a nice buck. We finally get there and get set up at the camp, which was very nice in a use the generator for lights kind of way (I loved it). On the first morning, I am so worried that I’m going to forget my shells or warm clothing that I forget my lunch in the camp. This didn’t hit me until lunch when I couldn’t wait to devour my sandwich. I saw a lot of wildlife so it wasn’t so bad. On the second day, I ride in the bed of a rhino for 45 kilometers to get to my stand. Let me tell you, that is ONE COLD RIDE. I sit in the stand until 3:30 watching a beautiful 8 point, and then the ruler of the roost walks down the road right beside me. This was the first time I’ve ever known that this was a shooter as soon as I saw him. He ended up weighing 285 pounds and had 14 points including a split kicker and a drop tine!


Favorite Game To Eat - Lightly fried, deer cube steak in brown onion gravy with caramelized onions and mashed potatoes 


Favorite Game To Chase - I would love to say that it is Whitetail Deer but the Biologist in me really loves trying to keep the population of Feral Pigs down. I love watching deer all day, but ground checking an invasive species is my cup of tea.  

Good Luck, Good Hunting, and always donate your extra game

Brian “Mo” Mosley

Jim Ostlund - Field Op

October 12, 2017

Most Memorable Hunt - It's hard for me to choose one of my hunts, but this past Spring I had the chance to help my son harvest his first wild turkey on the opening day of the Kansas Youth Season.  He made a perfect shot with the crossbow, and couldn't have been more excited.  It was a great father/son moment!  
Favorite Game To Eat - Garlic Quail. Take butterflied, boneless quail breasts, sprinkle minced garlic inside and season inside and out with salt & pepper.  Sauté in olive oil until browned on both sides.  Enjoy!

Favorite Game To Chase -That's tough because I love it all! But in Kansas there is nothing like chasing mature whitetail bucks during the rut.  

Happy Hunting!

Jim O.

John Harman - Field Op

October 12, 2017

Most Memorable Hunt - I had the opportunity to hunt for a long period of consecutive days several years ago. There was an old wily buck on the property I hunt, and there hadn’t been a trailcam pic of him in daylight in over two years, and he didn’t ever seem to fall into any pattern. After weeks of scouting, hours of time in the field, passing up shots at countless other very nice bucks, I was finally able to harvest that old, heavy-horned, whitetail. Not once did I bust him or spook him out of the area. That’s a good feeling; to get the “ghost” that you were chasing. I learned more about deer and deer patterns over those two months than I have learned in over 25 years. It doesn’t get any more memorable than that.

Favorite Game To Eat - Native brook trout - skin on, with just some salt and pepper. Cooked over a campfire with your friends, when you’re really, really hungry.

Favorite Game To Chase- Uhhh, what’s in season? It’s really difficult to pick just one. But, if I must, I choose whitetail with a bow and arrow. A big ole, wily buck that knows just how to stay out of sight and out of range can be the most frustrating thing you could ever imagine. It can also be the most rewarding. That’s why we do it. Oh, and they taste great too!

Get Out There!

John H.

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