Second Traditional Archery 3D Target Shoot

traditional archer At the local club in town today there was a 3D shoot, first part of a triple crown competition that I wont be winning 🙂 I was using my ChekMate Falcon recurve 50# @ 28" draw with Easton XX75 arrows. I had fun, but it was a challenging course and I lost a few arrows, and broke a few arrows. It was a steep up and down course on a local mountain with plenty of big rocks to break arrows. Seeing how it was my second 3D target shoot, I thought I would improve upon my 192/400 score that I got on my first shoot. I ended up with a 162/400, taking a step back. A lot of practice is still needed for me to be a successful traditional archer, It is much more challenging than using a compound bow with pins let me tell you.

Anyways enjoy some of the pics, and if you want to learn more about traditional archery check out this page:

Traditional Archery


 3d black bear

First Outing for Bears This Spring

I went out to tour some public land forested areas today with a hunting partner to find some black bears. In my part of BC in Canada, the weather is warm but there was still snow on the ground in the higher elevations.

We hiked, and put 345 km on the tachometer and we did not find one bear sighting. We only found one old bear scat. It still must be too early as May usually has these areas crawling with black bears. We tried areas that had grass, feed, streams, swamps, and powerline clear cuts. All areas did not produce a single sighting or promising sign. I hope the bears become more active soon.

To check out a bear hunting video and book that discuss black bear hunting and scouting check out:

The Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia


The Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia Review

Since I made this DVD and Book I will not personally review the product but I will list some facts about it and the people who buy my DVD and Book can leave their own review in the comment section of this post. The Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia can be purchased here:

There is a 109 page book containing a lot of detailed pictures and a DVD that contains an instructional version, entertainment version and bonus features including: bear hunting stories, making a European mount, and trophy photo tips.

The DVD and book focus on rifle and archery hunting, spot and stalk hunting, baiting, hound hunting, field care, taxidermy tips, recipes, and much much more.

I welcome all who watched the DVD or read the book to leave a review here.

Books and DVD’s Arrived

bear hunting DVD BookI am happy to announce that the books and DVD’s have arrived and they look awesome! I am very happy of how this product has turned out and I am sure you will be too.

The Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia book and DVD can be shipped anywhere so now you can place your order with peace of mind.

Be sure to check out: The Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia Book and DVD

Hunting allocations favour tourists over local hunters

By Judie Steeves – Kelowna Capital News

Published: April 07, 2009 10:00 PM
Updated: April 07, 2009 10:18 PM

B.C.’s resident hunters are losing out to non-residents in the way the provincial government is allocating Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) permits, and it’s going to get worse if hunters don’t stand up for their rights.

That’s the word from Al Springer, a director for both the Peachland Sportsman’s Association and the Okanagan Region of the B.C. Wildlife Federation.

He’s been involved for a number of years in discussions between hunters, guide-outfitters and the government on policy for allocation of hunting licenses.

He says the attitude of this government is that hunting should be a commercially-viable business, not just a sport that allows local hunters to fill their freezers with meat for their families while they enjoy the outdoors.

That means that trophy hunting by visitors to the province (who are only permitted to hunt here with a licensed guide/outfitter) is being favoured when allocation decisions are made.

And, that goes against the province’s allocation policy, says Springer.

“Hunting should be managed based on science and we should be following the policy,” he says. Yet, non-resident hunters took 14 of the moose harvested in this region in 2007, while residents harvested only 50, a split of 28 per cent for the non-resident trophy hunter, instead of the agreed-upon 15 per cent.

Since the LEH permits are given out by way of a draw, the odds of getting a moose tag are 20 to one, while the non-resident is just given one when he pays for it, slanting the harvest in favour of those with money and against those without.

“It’s not fair, and it runs contrary to what was agreed upon,” he says.
“We’ve asked for an increase in the number of LEHs this year. In many cases, these animals will just die on the highway and the meat wasted if we don’t have an opportunity to hunt them for meat to feed our families.”

Contrary to the provincial government’s policy of encouraging more hunting in B.C., such inequities have resulted in fewer people having the opportunity to hunt here, he says.

Because the government’s policy is that this is “use it or lose it,” Springer says it’s likely the allocation to local hunters will drop even further in future unless more LEHs are up for draw, because only a small percentage of those who get a draw actually harvest an animal.

On the other hand, non-residents using trained guides nearly always fill out their quota.
Guide/outfitters generally prefer the LEH system of managing game because it means there will be fewer hunters participating, and a better quality hunt for their clients, with less competition, he says.

First 3D Shoot With Traditional Gear

well, I took my recurve bow to the Chad Davis Memorial 3D shoot at the Abby Fish and Game Club this weekend. It was my first 3D archery shoot with traditional gear so it was a challenge, I did good on the first 20 targets, but when I started up the mountain doing the steep up and down shots I ran into trouble. I ended up bending 4 of my Easton aluminum arrows but I still finished the shoot with a lucky slightly bent arrow. Out of a possible 400 points I scored 193. 10 points are given for the center of the vital shot, 8 for the vitals, and 5 just to hit the target, with 0 points for missing the 3D animal target completely.

Even though it was challenging it was part of the process of learning to hunt with traditional archery gear. In doing the shoot, I learnt that I am still not ready to hunt with the recurve bow. Hopefully with a bit of practice, I will get there soon.

Report Sick Wildlife Sightings

I just got this message from a friend doing some good work in British Columbia:

Hello, my name is Joel Feenstra, and I am a member of Ridgedale Rod and Gun Club and a former member of the Chilliwack Rod and Gun Club.

 I am gathering information about diseases in the wild, and would like to be notified about any health issues among wild animals observed by any of you.  This Study is being done by researchers at the University of British Columbia, and after being contacted by them, I agreed to be a liason between them and any members of the club interested in helping.


We’ve all heard about Tuberculosis, CWD, trichinosis, and a myriad of other diseases that can affect our wild animal stocks. But these can be difficult to detect in the wild, and there is a need for people who spend time out in the woods who can identify and report outbreaks.


          This study is only looking at Birds and Mammals, and so any unusual occurrences in these animals are what the scientists are looking for.   The animal does not have to be dead to be reported, and reports can be made about animals you have just observed. If you do kill an animal, you can see if it has worms or liverspots.


         This is what we’re looking for:

         Any Wild birds or  mammal showing obvious signs of disease

         Any unusual herd declines or behaviour.

         We need to know the location( precise is best, but if it’s a jealously guarded spot, just the nearest logging road or other landmark)

         We are not taking any physical samples, just reports.

         Signs to look for  are…

         malnourishment, patchy hair or feathers, odd behaviour, worms, liverspotting, lesions or tumours, etc.

          If you can, call or email me to report.  You can call me directly on my Cell phone, at 604-835-8986 or email me at 


Even just a vague “ I watched a cow elk who looked otherwise healthy, but was very listless and slow compared to the rest of the herd and was always lagging behind...” is a valid report. We are only looking for signs that might suggest sickness, not concrete proof.


Your Help in this is appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact me via the info provided.


Thanks again. Joel Feenstra

Kill the long gun registry

By: Chris Selley
National Post
April 10, 2009

Here’s a very illuminating paragraph from the Toronto Star’s editorial board this week:

It’s hard to make the argument for the gun registry any better than Steven Chabot, president of the association of chiefs of police,
who wrote in a letter to Harper last month: "All guns are potentially dangerous, all gun owners need to be licensed,
all guns need to be registered, and gun owners need to be accountable for their firearms."

It’s hard to make the argument for the gun registry any better, in other words, than by imperiously claiming it’s absolutely essential without citing any supporting evidence at all. Sadly, that’s pretty much the state of play at One Yonge, on this and several other issues.

There are few op-ed phenomena sadder or more predictable than gun registry fans trotting out the opinions of police organizations to support their case. If the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police defended the use of Tasers, I bet the Star’s editorialists wouldn’t take their word for it. Well, no need to speculate—here they are in February, most emphatically not buying the CACP’s defence of the use of Tasers. The fact is, if the CACP told them it was raining outside, they’d verify it with three independent sources before reporting it. But on gun control, that rare point of intersection between the opinions of the two entities, they give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s less an honest argument than it is a classic debate tactic for dealing with people one assumes are hidebound ideologues. When perfervid pro-gun control types mention they’re onside with the police, they’re really saying, “look here, you pistol-stroking troglodytes, your best friends the cops like the gun registry. You wouldn’t want to disagree with your best friends the cops, would you?”

The CACP indulges in a little of that too, actually, in the letter the Star quoted:

It is our assessment that Bill C-301—by softening controls on machine guns, by allowing the transport of fully automatic and semi-automatic assault weapons to civilian shooting ranges, by ending the registration of long guns such as rifles and shotguns (the weapons most often used in domestic homicides and suicides), and by relaxing the current restrictions on handguns, semi-automatic assault and tactical weapons—would seriously compromise a system that is working to the betterment of personal, community and police officer safety.

“Oh crap, domestic violence,” politicians are meant to say in response. “Everyone back away slowly. Van Loan! Quick! Cut a cheque!” But hang on: how many domestic homicides and suicides are we talking about? Does the gun registry stop them from happening? Does it help police solve the crimes? The letter doesn’t say. Over to the Coalition for Gun Control, whose research the CACP often cites on this issue. The coalition does indeed support gun control (as one would expect) as a “small but important part of addressing the problem of violence against women.” They make a logical and, I think, rather compelling argument that registration goes hand-in-hand with tough, common-sense licencing rules—for example, denying or revoking licences to those convicted of domestic violence offences—in that it’s pointless rescinding a licence if you don’t know how many guns its bearer owns. Of course there will be people who acquire and wreak havoc with unregistered long guns, but for the very little money and palaver a properly run gun registry should involve—it is, after all, nothing more than a dead-simple database—this shouldn’t necessarily be cause for outrage.

Our long gun registry, however, is cause for very justifiable outrage. It will always carry with it the shame of being a dead-simple database the government managed to cock up to the tune of billions of dollars. It will always carry the stigma of having been shamelessly, unforgivably marketed and defended as an urban anti-crime measure, when it most emphatically is not, and of having quite rightly offended great swaths of rural Canada. It’s a disaster. Kill it, I say. If an honest debate concludes a replacement is necessary, we’d be better off starting over from scratch.



Myths of Gun Control Lecture

The myths of gun control

A presentation by

Dr. Gary Mauser
SFU Professor emeritus

6:00pm — in room B101

Abbotsford campus
University of the Fraser Valley
April 20th 2009

You are invited to listen to Professor Mauser dissect the myths about firearms and gun control.

Does the long-gun registry help police combat criminal violence, as the Chiefs of Police claim?

Is it true that every illegal gun was once legal?
Are long guns a significant factor in criminal violence?

Will the passage of Bill C-301 allow fully automatic weapons to be driven
through residential neighbourhoods for the first time in more than a decade, as Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff claims?

For published studies by Professor Mauser, see