The 2006 hunting and fishing season was a blessed success. It began with some outstanding winter steelhead fishing, followed by bear and turkey hunting. Several fishing trips were made to Alaska, where multiple species of salmon were caught, as well as trout up to 30″ in length.
The fall kicked-off with an archery pronghorn hunt in Montana, followed by spot-and-stalk speedgoat hunting in South Dakota, which, incidentally, is some of the best hunting of it’s kind that I’ve ever experienced. From there the TV camera’s moved to western Oregon, where we called in and arrowed a dandy Roosevelt bull.
Next came the highlight of my season, and likely my career, when my six year old son, Braxton, traveled to the Texas Panhandle. Here, Braxton shot his first big game animal, a pronghorn, at 100 yards, then arrowed his first first turkey, from a ground blind, and all on film for television. Texas holds great opportunities for youth hunters.
As for whitetails, the West has those, too. This season we took a highly prized Columbia whitetail, as well as a pair of good bucks in Idaho. A double drop-tine, 6×6 muley fell in Wyoming, while we stealthed to within 17 yards to arrow a 29″ wide muley back in South Dakota. The hunting season culminated with fall turkeys, a B&C Sitka blacktail that was rattled in on Kodiak Island, and a trip to Brazil, where peacock bass were the target species.
This year, my wife, Tiffany, completed our next cookbook, Cooking Big Game. I also wrote 300 Tips To More Salmon & Steelhead. Both books should be available early in 2007. Tiffany is currently working on five other cookbooks. In addition, Hunting The West magazine is also doing well. To learn more about this title, log on to www.huntingthewestmag.com.
There’s no better time to hunt and fish the West than now. The opportunities are many, so get out there and live the dream!