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”.