28 11 2012

 

Good day to everyone,

I have been an avid upland bird hunter for almost fifteen years now, and a gun owner ever since I was discharged from the US Army back in 1987. Residing in Colorado, I’ve always been curious to why I don’t see more African Americans enjoying these great outdoors as I have been all these years, hunting just about every game bird from Turkey to Dove.    Surfing the internet one day, I was overjoyed to find the AAHA website solely devoted to getting more African Americans in the field hunting as I do.  I truly enjoy watching the videos and reading the articles and I make sure to hit the site at least once a day to find out what the latest and greatest is.

 

Here is Colorado, I have found that if you are friendly to people, they will be friendly back. I don’t fear being the only person of color as I am secure in who I am and how I am to be treated. I not only hunt in Colorado, but I have also ventured into Nebraska and Kansas, they are also great places to hunt. In most cases I hunt alone with my GSP, Baxter. If there is a place I would like to hunt, I simply knock on the door of the land owner and introduce myself, if need be, I have also found that if I offer a hand to help them with some work around the farm, they intern allow me to hunt as payment.  Don’t get me wrong, I have heard a few “NOs” in my time, but the “YES” you can hunt is the response have herd the most.  Again, it is great to know that the AAHA is out there and I will do whatever I can to introduce more African Americans to the site here in the great state of Colorado.

 

Happy Hunting,

Patrick Jones

Highlands Ranch, Colorado





2 11 2012

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Slow Down: Lesson Learned

By Donnell Adair

       I know that I am not the only one who has trouble with being patient when out hunting in the field. At times I get anxious and want to cover more ground as if I’m going to got kick a deer out of the bush try to shoot him on the run.  Don’t get me wrong, drives are a great technique, but in the thick forests of the Pacific Northwest hunting Columbia Blacktail deer with just two hunters, you are at a disadvantage. 

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       Deer will be able to hear you before you get to them.  If they don’t hear you, they will smell you.  If they don’t smell you they will see you (hunting at a faster pace). If they don’t see you, you won’t see them (again, while hunting at a faster pace). So often we get caught up in looking over the next hill, getting to that next clearing, or simply turning your hunt into a hike sometimes making harvesting an animal second.

       Two key elements in hunting that can easily fall to the wayside in the fast paced world we live in today are stealth and patients. We will never be stealthier then whatever animal we are hunting, but most of us can think back to our last outing and if we are honest with ourselves we could have snapped less twigs under our feet and rustled less bushes. Patience is very important because that is the one thing we have the capacity to prevail over animals in. I am guilty of giving this one away too easily.

       I was reminded to slow down while revisiting some reading on still-hunting. I made sure that I was thinking to slow down going into the field. I did this and came across a herd of elk. Of course they were out of season at the time but when you are getting close to animals, you are doing something right. So remember to take it easy out there, crank it down a notch and slow down.

 

“We’ll see you in the field.”