A short 6 months ago, we had a vision…a vision to set the bar that we religiously set for ourselves substantially higher. To do this, it was decided that we would need a new name, a new feel, and a new look. We wanted our new brand to be edgy, and to be synonymous with quality, determination, and the hard work that we put into being the best outdoor film team we can be.
For those of you that have been following us from the beginning, let it be known that this is the same group of guys that brought our passion and enthusiasm to the creation of JAGG Outdoors. We would also like to express our deepest and most sincere gratitude for all of the support we have been given over the last 2 calendar years.
But now, we would like to unveil our most exciting project yet! A full length, 12 episode season documenting the journey of 4 friends trying to turn a ripple into a tsunami in the world of outdoor film. We aim to do so by pushing ourselves, earning our success, and making the most of every moment. We truly believe that each day is a precious collection of moments, and when you break those moments down and analyze them, you have a decision to make. You could either choose to sit idly by and let them pass…or you could make the choice to not waste it! So without further ado, we are proud to present Last Breath TV…those moments are waiting…“Don’t Waste It”.
Trail cameras are one of the latest and greatest things that can help you get a leg up on the deer you’re chasing this year. Though they have been out for a while, the technology and quality of game cameras have risen drastically. If you’re like us, you get just about as excited as a kid on Christmas every time you check cards. Game cameras can be a great asset, however, there are some things to take into consideration when putting them to use. A wrong move while hanging a camera, or checking them, can end up tipping off one of your shooter bucks and potentially do you more harm then good.
A commonly over looked factor is scent control. You go to great lengths to control your odors while hunting, why not do the same when hanging/checking cameras. Here are some things to consider: Touch the camera as little as possible; every fingerprint leaves a scent identifier for wild game to pick up on. One mistake most hunters have made (ourselves included) is to lean against the camera to hold it up while strapping it on. Think of all the odors you just mashed into your game camera! A good way around this is to run the strap through with the camera resting on the ground, once you have ran it through, work your camera up the tree or post to your desired height. Lastly, a quick spray of scent elimination product will go a long way. Give your hands and boots a spray before entering the woods. And after you hang/check your cameras spray the camera, strap, and tree to kill any unwanted residual odor. (Be sure to not spray the lens directly, as most scent elimination products haze while drying)
The time you check cameras is also important. We prefer to hang, check, and move cameras during mid-day; typically when wildlife movement is in its lull. By doing so your chances of bumping game are reduced. We also try to drive our trucks or ATVs as close to the camera as possible and leave it running while doing our labor. Due to the agricultural boom, most wild animals are conditioned to recognize motorized equipment as a non-threat, and by leaving your equipment running you better your chances of preforming game camera work undetected.
In Illinois, state regulations restrict us from being able to use minerals, baits, or attractants in front of our game cameras, so to maximize their potential; we move them into specific areas through out the year. We consider our pre-season to be June to August. This is when we collect inventory to create our hit list, and get a good idea of our herd’s health (doe:fawn ratio, buck:doe ratie, ect.) During this time of the year your deer are becoming very patternable to food and water sources. We put our cameras to work on clover or bean fields edges, the transition zones between them, and water sources; such as ponds or river crossings.
As the season opener approaches we move our cameras with one crucial aspect in mind: stand location. We do this for two very specific reasons. The first being, we want to know what stands are having good movement. The stands with the most movement are the ones we want to be sitting in. The other reason is ease of access to our cameras. Minimizing your footprint is key to flying under the game’s radar and the importance of slipping in and out of your hunting areas undetected is greatly higher during season. Now, you still need to utilize natural hot spots such as scrapes, rub lines, and heavy trails to your advantage, however do so keeping your stand proximity in mind. In a nutshell, by keeping your cameras close to your stand/blind locations during the heart of the season you can easily check your cameras quickly before or after the hunt and do it in a way that keeps your pressure to a minimum.
Late season can be a tough time. Keep in mind that battery life is drastically reduced due to the cold temperatures sapping your batteries longevity and wild life is on high alert due to the barrage of hunters seeking them out this season. However, since the weather is so bitterly cold the deer are keyed in the remaining food sources. Just like in pre season, put cameras around these food sources. Paths will be well worn due to concentrated traffic. Use the current weather conditions, such as fresh snow fall, to help identify these and choose good camera locations. One thing to remember is the close proximity of bedding areas to these food sources. With the timber being bare, and cover sparse your chances of spooking your quarry are increased.
The last aspect we want to cover is choosing a brand that you can trust. Moultrie Game Cameras have been leading the way in game camera industry for years. Their advanced technology, top to bottom quality, and unquestionable reliability keeps their cameras regarded as the best available. However, where they really separate themselves from all other competitors is their employees and customer service. Not only does Moultrie stand behind their product, but do so in a polite and prompt manner. Steadfast companies with grounded morals and principles are harder to come by in today society. Having the ability to dial into Moultrie and receive an American receptionist that is happy to help and willing to resolve any issue you have is a luxury hard to put a price tag on. Simply put Moultrie Game Cameras will exceed your expectations. For more information on their line of Cameras and gear visit: http://www.moultriefeeders.com
Written by: Jesse Hines & Garrett Boelkes
Bowfishing is one of the faster growing movements within the outdoor industry. One bowfishing trip and you will be addicted. Guaranteed. Bowfishing culminates the best of many outdoor activities like bowhunting, fishing, shooting boating and action packed adventures. Whether you’re getting prepared to take your first bowfishing trip or you’re a seasoned veteran here are some tips to make your adventure much more enjoyable and successful.
The right bow
Let’s face it, most guys start out, and some still shoot, those old bows from many seasons ago. Pawn shop bows and your old retired bows are how most bowfishermen get their start. But when it comes to bowfishing bows, smooth and silky drawing bows rule the water. The best bows allow you to shoot on the fly at darting fish. Rarely will you have the time to draw, anchor, and settle in on a target. Good bowfishing bows allow you to snap shoot at fish, whether at half-draw or when the string is at your cheek. A heavy poundage bow is not necessary when it comes to bowfishing. A 30-pound bow is more than enough to do work on most species of fish. However some shooters prefer draw weights of 40+ pounds when it comes to punching larger fish and penetrating deeper water. Today’s top bows for bowfishing include the Mission Menace, Mission Craze, Cajun Sucker Punch, and PSE Tidal Wave.
What type of reel is best for bowfishing?
That is all personal preference. They each have their pros and cons to certain things. Most people start out with the bottle style reel simply because its fool proof. The negative side of the bottle reel is that you’ve got to set the bow down and hand over hand retrieve your prize. A spinner style reel is a much more complex style reel but is popular because you can work the fish with the reel. The negative side is that the spinner reel does require you to push a button or release a switch to fire a shot. Again, both of these reels have advantages along with their disadvantages. Check out AMS Bowfishing for the best in bottle-style reels. Their Retriever Reel has set the standard for fool-proof retrieving in the bowfishing world.
Arrows and points
While the particular bow brand used may get all the attention, the fact is, it is likely one of the least important when it comes to what matters most in gear selection. Make the effort to buy the best arrows and points you can afford. Hit or miss, the arrows you use will take a ton of abuse when it comes to bowfishing. Encounters with big-scaled, chunky fish will put your arrows to the test. The thrashin’ your arrow will encounter when it connects with a fish will no doubt confirm whether or not you got the right gear when it comes to arrows and points.
Fiberglass shafts continue to be the standard for bowfishing, while carbon arrows continue to gain in popularity. Keeping your points sharp are key to your success. The truth is, a dull point will still penetrate your lunker but depending on how deep the water is it will put your point to the test. The deeper the water, the slower your arrow, in turn a sharp point will penetrate much deeper into the fish rather than a dull point. Bowfishing points typically come in 2-barb and 3-barb models. 2-barb points fly great and are typically quicker to retrieve from the mud, weeds, and roots following a missed shot. 3-barb heads offer unbeatable holding power on big fish.
These are just a few things to take into consideration on your next trip to the water. Bowfishing is a great time and is a change of pace from the grind of deer and turkey season. If you can stand the bugs, you’re in for a real treat. It is a low risk-high reward experience that you can share with your friends and family all summer long..
Written by: Jesse Hines
The Date: October 30th - The Time: 6:04pm - The Story: -
Thursday October 30th was panning out to be another blur of the work week grind for Jesse. Wake up at 4:45am, shower, have breakfast, get dressed, and be to work by 6. It was agonizing for Jesse to be in his shirt, tie, and slacks knowing that the conditions were just right: cold, calm, weather system moving in, and pre-rut in full swing. As the work day progressed, Jesse had come to terms with the fact that he was not going to be able to get some tree time in today, and he would have to patiently wait until the weekend arrived. Until his good friend and co-worker "Spike" asked if he was going to hunt while they left work.
"It was a complete spur of the moment thing." said Jesse "I knew the conditions were right, and all it took was a little spark of optimism from Spike to light a fire under me to get going."
Getting off at 4pm, Jesse rushed home to gather his gear, shower, and meet his co-worker at the farm. Jesse got to his stand about 4:35pm. As he was climbing in, he already had deer working in his area. "I wasn't even in my stand yet and I look over and see a 2 year old buck heading straight for me." "I had to put my Timber Ninja skills to the test getting clipped in and ready while the small buck was less than 40 yards away!" said Jesse. After he worked through, Jesse hit the horns. Right away he had three bucks come in, two younger deer and real nice up and comer three year old. With live decoys around him, Jesse did a grunt sequence followed with a snort wheeze. Two more bucks came in! Jesse now had 5 bucks within 75 yards of his stand! He was having a great hunt "It was amazing to have that many bucks come in at once, I was one edge the entire time!"
The sun was beginning to set, and most of the younger bucks had moved through the draw Jesse was hunting. "I was already pumped about the night I had" said Jesse "With about 15 minutes of light left, I was thinking it's getting close to start packing up, and then I saw him." Jesse caught a glimpse of tine on the other side of the draw and right away he knew he was a good buck. Seeing the buck was taking his time, Jesse snort wheezed at him. The massive typical 10 looked his way, and that was it. Jesse snort wheezed at him again, and this time, he got his attention. Jesse said "I knew he heard me, because he started working the other way." "Once he got so far I lost him in the brush for a minute or two, and then he popped up on the trail I walked in on!" He came in on string to Jesse, and was almost too close. The 175 inch 10 point walked right underneath Jesse's stand, and at 6:04pm Jesse shot the bruiser at just 7 steps! "I knew I made a good shot, and when I heard him crash, I lost it" said Jesse
At dark, Jesse got down and headed straight for the truck. He walked right by the buck but didn't want look at him until he met up with Spike. "Once we found him, the party began" said Jesse Shortly after retrieving the big buck, Jesse called the guys to break the news. Within an hour everyone had met up to hear to the story and see the giant Jesse had arrowed. So next time you're running late; remember those last minute, spur of the moment ideas just might turn out to be a memory of a life time!
After 2,674 miles on the tires, 202 gallons of gas, 32 hours of driving, one cinnamon bear at 18 yards, an antelope at 55, and a week filled with memories later; Jesse and Garrett are back in Illinois.
Jesse harvested his beautiful color phase bear on September 3rd around 9:30am. He was nestled into a natural ground blind of pine saplings looking over one of the few secluded ponds on the mountain he was hunting. Shortly after 9am, Jesse and his camera man began hearing twigs break and leaves rustling up the mountain from them. One half hour later, the 384lb cinnamon bear pushed through a thicket and headed straight for the pond.
As soon as they could see the bear, Jesse began making sure it was a mature boar: no cubs, pumpkin head, stocky shoulders, small ears, short nose, ect. As each identifier was checked off the list, he could feel his heartbeat rise and the adrenaline elevate his senses.
Once the bear reached the pond, it jumped in and swam within 12 yards of Jesse and his camera man! After getting drink and cooling off, the bear began heading out the same way he came in. Jesse knew this was his shot. Once the bear reached the bank, he quartered away from the blind, and as Jesse squeezed his release, he could not have walked up and put the arrow in a better spot. The bear ran less than 50 yards and preceded to freak out like a kid on Christmas morning!
Garrett's hunt came down to the last day. He used every trick in the book to fill his tag. He hunted out of a tree stand, and a ground blind over water the first three days. After several close encounters with bucks just out of range, he turned to spot and stalk on his last day in Colorado.
With Jesse wielding the decoy and Garrett his bow, these two used every advantage they could. They used drainage ditches, and rolling hills to move quickly and unseen, and made sure the sun was at their backs so the antelope would have it in their eyes. They belly crawled through cactus filled flats inches at a time to attempt the close the distance.
After 7 stalks, they spotted two lone bucks bedded down in heavy cactus brush. It was the perfect set up. Both bucks were looking down hill, and best of all, there were only two pair of eyes to evade.
They began the stalk from about 400 yards away. With the hill blocking the antelopes view, they cut that distance in half quickly. Now within 200 yards of the bucks, they used a life size 3D molded decoy to close the next 145 yards. Jumping from cactus to cactus, they moved 10-15 yards a time creeping towards to bucks.
The bucks didn't realize they were there until Garrett and Jesse were roughly 90 yards away. Both bucks stood up from their beds and the stare down began. After waiting 10 minutes to see if the bucks would move closer to investigate, Garret decided to push forward. They moved up another 15 yards and the bucks did not move. Sitting at 75 yards away, Garrett and Jesse discussed their next move behind the decoy. There was a large cactus bush 10 yards up; the plan was to reach the cactus and take the shot. Crouched behind the decoy, they never looked up until they reached their mark. From their Jesse ranged the bigger buck at 55 yards. From his knees Garrett drew his bow behind the decoy, pushed around the cactus and shot. The buck went less than 10 yards and piled up.
All in all the Colorado trip for the Jesse and Garrett was amazing. A special thank you goes out to C Bar Z Outfitters for their guidance and hospitality, to Bolder Productions for amazing film work, and to Colorado's Division of Natural resources for maintaining healthy populations and implementing stout management practices. For more information on the hunt, outfitter, or production company, see links listed below.
Garrett and Jesse are Colorado bound! They will be hunting with C Bar Z Outfitters in South East Colorado. Garrett is chasing Pronghorn in the sage flats, while Jesse will be hunting Black Bear in the foothills and river bottoms of the Rocky Mountains. Both Jesse and Garrett will be using archery equipment to attempt to fill their tags on this trip. And with that choice, both have their work cut out for them.
Garrett's biggest challenge on this trip come from the Antelopes' eyesight. Antelope have a 320 degree field of view along with 10x magnification, giving them some of the best eyes in the natural world! Garrett will be taking extreme measures to keep concealed and hidden while he hunts the speed goats of Colorado.
Jesse's reasoning to pick Colorado as his state of choice for Black Bear not only makes it one of the hardest states to hunt Black Bear, but one of the most rewarding as well. Colorado Parks and Wildlife Service do not permit the use of bait while hunting Black Bear. So instead of Jesse hunting over a barrel of sugar coated beavers he will hunting in pinch point and river crossings to get a jump on rug steak!
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