Black Bear Encyclopedia Helps Hunters

I just got an email from a few hunters that were successful black bear hunting and they claimed that the Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia Book and DVD was a major contributing factor to their success:


Hey Justin,
I wanted to personally say thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences on black bear hunting.  I bought your book, The Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia, and your DVD just a couple of weeks ago prior to my black bear hunt.  I found they were excellent sources of solid information and your teaching style was wonderful.  As a whitetail deer hunter, I did not know anything about hunting black bear.  With what I learned from your book and your DVD, I was able to successfully take my 1st black bear.  I found that your book was a quick and interesting read and to the point; exactly what I needed to learn more about my upcoming my hunt.  And the DVD helped visualize it and really helped with skinning among other things.  I want to share with you an incredible hunt I had this last Saturday on an early Spring Bear hunt.


Dr. David Richey
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“Hi Justin,

Not sure if you get this. Wanted to let you know I harvested a mature boar of 350 pounds on my second bear hunt in  Nipigon in Northern Ontario.

I baited myself and used a guides area and tree stand last year but did not have a bear come out when I was in the stand. The problem last year was not enough scent control on my part.

I Baited  my own site this year since June and harvested the bear opening day August 15, 2015 from 14 yards away in my ground blind.

Made into delicious Italian sausage and hamburger.

Your book and DVD were instrumental in my success this year. I am a novice  big game  hunter and your book was very informative and helpful.

Take care,


Skull Cleaning by Beetles

Since the recent harvest of my potential Boone and Crockett Grizzly Bear I have been debating how to clean my skull. I am hesitant to boil the skull in case I would shrink it and I dont really want to be picking off rotting flesh over the next few weeks so I am considering getting a colony of beetles to clean this skull as well as others in the future. I found this website that sells beetles and tells you how to raise them and care for them. Check it out:

Yellow Tail Supports Anti Hunting

Next time you hunters think of buying yellow tail wine, think of this article. I usually buy Yellow Tail but not anymore.

Yellow Tail Wine Gives Money to HSUS
Sportsmen Urged to Voice Protest
From US Sportsmen’s Alliance

The Australian maker of Yellow Tail Wine has pledged $100,000 to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest anti-hunting organization. This partnership offers further proof of HSUS’ work to spin its animal rights message in a way as to seem mainstream.

As HSUS states on its website:

“… the HSUS has paired with [yellow tail] for the "tails for tails" program. Through the end of March, you’ll see special [yellow tail] displays bearing The HSUS name and logo in stores across the country.

Through "tails for tails," [yellow tail] is donating $100,000 to support us and our programs to help animals, including our Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest.”

Alerted to this relationship, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) immediately contacted the American distributor of the wine, W.J. Deutsch and Sons Ltd., and urged them to ask Yellow Tail to sever its relationship with HSUS.

A copy of the letter the USSA sent to management can be found by clicking here. Thus far, the USSA has not heard from W.J. Deutsch regarding our request.

“This wine maker has fallen into the same trap as other companies who donate money to HSUS,” said Bud Pidgeon, president of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. “They believe they are helping animals in shelters when in fact they are funding an agenda from an animal rights group that is largely divergent from the vast majority of Americans.” Link

Yesterday morning I became aware of Yellow Tail Wines plan to donate $100,000 to HSUS. As an amateur wine enthusiast, I was very familiar with the Yellow Tail name. They are an Australian wine company that sells many different varieties of wine at a very reasonable price. The good value you get with this wine has made it quite popular in the United States and readily available almost anywhere. Unfortunately they were somehow convinced that donating money to the HSUS would be a great way to help needy dogs and cats. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m sure their heart was in the right place, but their money is headed to the wrong one.

According to the HSUS tax returns, chances are that if Yellow Tail does give them the full $100,000, only $500 would end up going to a hands-on pet shelter. Historically, only one-half of one percent of their $200,000,000 budget does.

In order to let Yellow Tail know how I felt about this, I looked up their Facebook fan page and left a comment. In addition to that, I put it out on Twitter and our Advocates for Ag Facebook fan page, and asked everyone else to do the same. And boy did they ever! In the last 24 hours, several hundred comments have been left by people from all over the country voicing their frustrations. This same scene is being played out on their Twitter page. So far, one single response has been offered by Yellow Tail, only stating that they will be announcing something soon. That’s PR speak for “Uh oh, what do we do now?”

By not doing the necessary research and having an entire industry, one of which they are part of, calling them out, Yellow Tail is now in a near no-win situation. The high paid lawyers from HSUS will no doubt put the pressure on them to fulfill their previous commitment, but if they do, it will be at the expense of thousands of upset customers. It’s not impossible for them save face though. My guess is that not many of the executives over at HSUS (where more than 40 of them make greater than $100,000) drink much Yellow Tail. I’m sure it’s beneath their standards. However, Yellow Tail has become wine that hard working Americans, many of whom are involved in agriculture, do enjoy. If they care about their customers, they will stop this from happening.

If you haven’t left your comments on Yellow Tail’s Facebook page, please do so. You can also contact them through Twitter at @YellowTail_USA . Thanks for everyone’s help. Yesterday was a great example of what can happen when Team Agriculture suits up together to make it’s voice be heard! ~Troy