Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Why I Love Diving

There are many things that I love about diving. I love diving from the time i wake up to the time I cook up some food. When my family goes diving we wake up super early to get out to our spot. We squeeze into our wetsuits and make our way down to the beach. From there we put our masks and get our spears ready. We go around along the bottom shooting fish and looking for nice abalone to pick. We will spend an entire day out just swimming around. The most satisfying part is when you finally find a nice big abalone and dive down and get it.

Now, after you have had all the fun getting you abalone and fish you head home. I love getting home and cleaning up the fish and abalone. We then prepare everything by slicing the abalone into strips and pounding it a lot so it gets nice and tender, then we take some crackers and smash then all up, and finally we stir up some eggs. For the fish we filet them and cook them with butter on the BBQ. Then we start inviting people over for dinner. When the guests get there we finally start cooking and the foods gone as soon as it is done.

After everyone leaves we finally start cleaning up. My job when we clean up is to wash all of the diving gear like: the wetsuits, spearguns, masks, and snorkels. The act of diving bringing everyone together is why I love it so much and will always want to do it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The 12 Essential Steps for Goose Hunting

Have you ever wanted to go goose hunting but don't know what you're doing?  Well in 12 Tips for Hunting Geese by Gary Koehler they tell you everything you need to know. They came up with these 12 tips by asking dozens of the nation's best goose hunters.

They start off with tip number one which says don't be afraid to spread your decoys spread out. Geese love to over right before they land and they have a wingspan up to about 6 feet. One successful hunter said ,”Ten years ago, I started spreading my decoys two large steps apart, approximately six feet. That immediately produced dramatically better results. Today I put my decoys five large steps apart and the results are even better.” Tip number 2 is a little more straightforward and it is have more than one goose call at hand.Geese like to be called in different ways depending on the time of year. Tip number 3 is practice your shooting. Geese can be very hard to hit on a very windy day therefore being more prepared for the shot will give you a better chance of harvesting the bird.

Coming in with tip number 4 it is stay still and keep your head down. Geese are very observant birds and even the slightest of movements can spook them. Also if one goose sees you and flares all the other geese will most likely follow. Tip number 5 is motion. If the geese see some type of motion they will at least take a look in that direction. Tip number 6 is keep to simple calling. It's not always better to be constantly calling, the birds like just simple notes here and there but nothing over the top.

Now tip number 7 is that when the temperature drops geese like to lie down. When there is super low temperatures like 20 below the geese will lie down shortly after landing on the ground. Tip number 8 is for hunting in the fog. When hunting in the fog it is better to use a flag. The motion of the flag in the fog will pull the birds down better then calling. Tip number 9 is having both land and water decoys. This is like hunting the best of both worlds. When you have both decoy set up the birds will work much easier and they will most likely come in.

Tip number 10 is something that every goose hunter should be doing and it is working the birds to the feeding area. If your decoy set up doesn't push the birds to feeding areas you will have a hard time pulling the birds in. Tip number 11 is practice shooting in natural hunting situations. This will ensure that you get more birds on the ground. Lastly tip number 12 which is stand out from the crowd. If you have other goose hunters around you do something different from them. This will get them more interested in your set up.

So theses are what I think are the 12 essential steps that every goose hunter needs to know.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Diving with Jace Hunt

When did you start diving?
When I was 11 years old

What do you need to dive?
A wet suit, a weight belt, fins, an abalone iron and gauge, and a spear gun

Who taught you how to dive?
Robert Dinsmore taught me almost everything i know about diving

What do you dive for?
I dive for abalone and rock fish

How deep do you dive?
depends on situation but normally between 15 and 30 feet

How often do you dive?
Two 3 day weekends a year and 1 regular weekend

Where do you go to dive?

Fort Bragg and other places in Mendocino county

Thursday, October 20, 2016

High School classes connect to hunting

My topic hunting and diving directly relates to many classes I take in high school. The class that most closely connects the two was my Ag resource class, within the class we learned about many different things. There were two very useful things that I learned. The first useful thing that I learn was tracking different types of animals and learning how to tell the difference between species. Now knowing the different types of tracks is very important for many different reasons, the first reason being if you injure an animal such as a deer you need to know how to find it after. Another, great reason for knowing the difference between animals is to know what animals have been traveling through a certain area.

The second very useful tip i learned was banding or putting trackers in animals. They do this for many different reason such as knowing where a bird came from or knowing where a mountain lion is at any given moment. They band many different birds to know where the birds migrate too. If you harvest any animal with a band you can call the number provided and find out the place it came from and the age of the animal taken. They also band animals like snakes, armadillos, and geese. They also put trackers in many animals, they do this for many different reasons. They put trackers in animals like mountain lions, wolves, grizzly bear, and sharks. The first reason being they want to know where the animal has been or gone. The second reason is if they’re endangered they want to know where the animal is and know it is still alive. Finally they put trackers in to know if there was an animal attack on any person they can find the animal and put it down or relocate it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hunting Experience Holden Palmer

There was once a time where a man named Holden Palmer who got drawn for an antelope hunt. Now Mr. Palmer had never shot a big game animal before so he was very nervous. Mr. Palmer took this hunt very serious and took a couple days off school. The Antelope hunt was for in X5-B which means he went out to Susanville, Ca.

After getting to susanville Mr. Palmer went out to make sure his gun was sighted in. He had only brought two boxes of bullets which is 40 bullets. Now, after getting his gun all sighted in, he got to bed for the his big hunt in the morning.

Morning came around and Mr. Palmer took to the fields to find some antelope. He started off the day seeing a couple of antelope for a very far distance. He tried to put the stalk on a couple of antelope but had no luck getting close. The next morning rolled around and Mr. Palmer was out sneaking on some antelope once again, this time he had gotten into position to take a shot. The antelope was around 125 yards away and Mr. Palmer took the shot, the antelope had jumped up and ran away Mr. Palmer shot another four times but had not connected with the antelope. Now Mr. Palmer was very discouraged and tried to put it passed him and sneak onto another group of antelope. He luckily got the chance to get close enough to a big group of antelope. He shot once again and had missed and from then on it was just flock shooting, he had shot another 13 bullets and had not connected with an antelope. Now Mr. Palmer was very unhappy and had just went back to camp to sleep it off.

Mr. Palmer had woke up the next morning knowing today would be his day, he had put the sneak back onto the big group of antelope he had missed the day before. He got into position once again and took the shot, unfortunately Mr. Palmer had missed another 8 times at the antelope. Mr. Palmer was absolutely furious with himself and decided just to go back to camp. On his way back he had ran into a single antelope and just shot at it, finally he had hit one. Knowing that he had finally hit one he was no longer angry, it took him 3 hours to find his antelope and couldn’t have been happier. He finally got the antelope back to camp knowing this hunt was a success and a learning tool, He now goes to the shooting range very often to make sure he doesn't make the same mistakes.

Friday, October 7, 2016

First experience deer hunting

For me hunting started very young. I grew a deep passion for deer hunting the first time I went with my grandpa and brother. It was a rainy day and we decided to go out for the day. We went out to Ruth Ca, and drove around. We were driving for a very long time before my grandpa spotted a buck, my brother took off up the hill after it and I heard a loud boom. My grandpa and I walked up the hill right after and saw the deer dead, it was my brothers first buck. After this experience I've always had a deep passion for the sport.

Funny joke

What is the best 
way to hunt bear? 

With your clothes off

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Quest for Monster Red Abalone

On The Hunt for Monster Red Abalone they go deep into detail telling us about the thrills of diving for monsters. He starts off with, “Twenty feet down, murky, dark, swarming with kelp, surge pulling me back and forth, fighting to stay in place. Feeling my oxygen slipping away with my arms buried deep in a crevice as I try to reach a huge abalone. I look up and there is even larger ab just inches away. Still time. Re-position, slip the iron in, and try to yank him off. He clamps down, hard. Fighting as my lungs start to burn, running out of time. Finally, he breaks loose, swim to the surface, my biggest one yet! Stoked!!” This to me just makes me strive to go out and dive for some monster abalone. The thrill of diving down with limited amount of time to search for some of the biggest abalone ever gotten.

As of today there has only been one abalone ever gotten over 12”. There has been thousands of abalone that were just short of 12”. This 12” abalone was taken in Southern Oregon by John Pepper. Now the heaviest abalone was taken by Randy Jones. It was 11 ¼” long and 9 ½” wide and weighed in at 14 pounds 3.5 ounces. This monster abalone was taken in the Southern Mendocino coast November 20th, 2007. Mr. Jones got the abalone at a depth of 25 feet.

Now as fun as diving seems it is very dangerous, at least 54 people have lost their lives free diving for the red abalone. From 1960 there has only been 13 shark attacks which is a very little attack rate.

On average there are about 256,000 red abalone taken by sports divers. There is approximately only 100 abalone that are over 10”.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sources to Trust

Fish and Wildlife is a very credible source for many reasons, one reason being they are a government ran website, and they set all of the laws and regulations. They set rules such as, "Beginning with the 2015-2016 season EVERY purchaser of a deer tag(s) must report their harvest, even if they were unsuccessful, or if they did not hunt." 

Sonoma Coast Divers is also a very good source to follow they not only tell you everything you need to know about about diving they will also teach you how to dive. For example, "The gauge and iron are essential to the abalone diver. California Regulation state that every diver must at minimum have a 7" gauge on their person." Now for someone who has never dove before they would need to go through and read all of the regulations.

Now Top 59 Hunting is a little different from the other sites because it has many different credible sources in the source so you can almost always find what you're looking for within the website. For example if you wanted to look at a something for hunting gear you would go to on of the clothing stores like Bone Collector.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hunting and Diving

I chose to be writing about hunting and diving because I love to do it. I grew up in Humboldt with countless things to hunt. My dad, brother, and I all hunt together. I started hunting at a very young age. Starting young I grew the passion to continue to do it and enjoy just being outdoors. I first started hunting when I was about five years old shooting birds and squirrels in our back yard, ever since then I just want to always be outdoors doing something. Ever since I was shooting little animals in my back yard I have wanted to go bigger and bigger. When I turned nine years old I got my first shot gun. After getting the shot gun my dad took me duck hunting, while there I shot my first duck which was a mallard. From then on I started slowly progressing to bigger animals and when I went to Canada and was my dad guiding people to hunt elk I wanted to start shooting deer. From then on I've stuck to duck hunting and deer hunting until a couple of years ago when I started diving for abalone. That is a whole different experience from hunting, while diving it makes you feel very small compared to everything else and that is where I got my passion

My blog will consist of mostly hunting for mid sized game such as deer and some waterfowl. Here in Humboldt there is mostly only black tail deer. For waterfowl there is thousands of different types of birds such as mallards, teal, sprig, etc. The diving portion will be about abalone and some spear fishing in the pacific ocean.

From my blog I would like to show people the great wonders of the outdoors and the many opportunities it has for you.