It’s ok to be a beginner at any age!

At one point everyone was a beginner, even the best of the best. There was a time when it was the very first time a professional did something.

No one was born knowing how to tie their shoes. Things that were once difficult become second nature with repetition and knowledge.

NEVER be afraid to try. NEVER to be afraid to fail, failing is how we learn to succeed.

The ONLY mistake a beginner can make is to not seek knowledge from as many places as they can. Learn as much as you can, compare conflicting opinions, just learn!

Take archery for example, there is a ton of information that goes into becoming an archer, it is overwhelming! Don't be intimidated by those who can shoot bullseyes, they too had to practice and learn. The only thing preventing you from becoming the best you can be is time, practice, and knowledge. Listen to others but don't let them think for you.

Go on any online forum and there will be plenty of arguments for and against techniques, brands, and everything else.

Ignore those that try to intimidate or belittle because you don't know something, once upon a time they didn't know either. Don't be afraid to learn and don't be afraid to be corrected if someone is being genuinely helpful.

 

 

TRY. FAIL. LEARN. REPEAT.

 

Upcoming 5th Annual Women’s Bear Hunt

With summer weather finally here my thoughts turn to the upcoming bear season. Every year it gets better. Returning to familiar woods that are still full of mystery, seeing old friends and making new ones, and of course the hunt. Sitting alone waiting for a silent predator to appear as if from no where and wondering if a moose will stop by.


You never know what you'll see in the woods!

During the 2015 season 5 ladies took bear and others passed on small bears waiting for the monsters that haunted us from trail cameras, some even at the barrel minutes before the hunter walked in. Week one Cindy and Jennifer both got their very first bears on the same day! Amy and I both got our second bears but on different days. Jennifer is a taxidermist and taught me how to completely skin a bear. Check out her amazing work here.

We also discovered that bear absolutely love Boarmasters' Sweet Surrjender Paste! Amy's bear couldn't get enough of it. When she got her bear back to her taxidermist, she learned that her bear had another bear's tooth lodged in her jaw. Bears are unbelievably tough animals!

Week one bears. Bears love Boarmasters!

 

Week two was full of great moments, Tena and Louwanna braved the Maine woods for the first time and by the end of the week they conquered their fears and hunted solo. Katy passed on a small bear and a coyote that was prowling for mice. Week two is also when one of my favorite bear hunting events happened, Lauren got her first bear! Why is it one of my favorite events? Because Lauren is someone who deserved a bear, she is the very definition of a survivor.

Lauren served in the Army 5 years prior to being wounded on her second tour to Afghanistan. SPC Leihgaber was pinned inside her vehicle during a rollover resulting in injuries to her right leg, hip, back and shoulder. Medically discharged in 2013, Lauren lives near her final duty station of Fort Hood Texas. In February 2015 she was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of breast cancer. 2014 was her first year hunting and harvested her first buck. Lauren was able to take her first bear at PRGS with a crossbow and the whole thing was captured on camera!

As of February 2016 Lauren is officially in remission after mastectomy and is in reconstruction phase. We are so thankful she's kicking butt and PRGS is going to bring her back to Maine to hunt with us again this year!

Lauren and her first bear!

For our 5th annual hunt the 2016 bear season should be our best season yet with 3 weeks of women hunting. Most of the ladies from 2015 will be returning, there will be some new and some that we will miss and hope to see in future seasons.

For info on the hunt visit Pleasant River Guide Service

2015 was a great year!

 

 

I hope up I can join us this season or next!

 

 

 

Balancing being an animal lover and hunter.

I love animals. I love eating meat. Both statements are equally true. I grew up watching the discovery channel and pouring over the school's national geographic magazines just amazed at the photos and absorbing animal behavior like a late night as seen on tv shammy.

It wasn't until I started hunting that I fully appreciated just how fascinating God's creatures can be. Wild and free, unlike any zoo ever even suggested. No matter what I'm doing outdoors if I run across animal sign I'll stop and investigate. I am after all an expert on finding where animals used to be, however, where they currently are is beyond my skill level. I can guess but since they are wild they do what they want. Just an FYI if you hunt with me I will constantly point out animal prints and especially animal poop. I'm weird, deal with it.

Now instead of documentaries, I pour over trail camera pictures. Constantly trying to track down and peek into the world of animals that is there when I am not. Especially when I get to Maine, I never get tired of looking through thousands and thousands of pictures of bears.

PRGS pics are my favorite! Never know who will visit! Photos courtesy of PRGS

 

So how can I love animals and hunt them? The answer is simple – I hunt because I eat meat AND I love animals. The package at the grocery store was once a living breathing animal and by purchasing that package you are supporting how that animal was born, raised, and killed. By hunting wild animals you are supporting natural life, outside of fences and cages. I'm not saying beef and chicken can't be well taken care of, they can but it comes at a cost. Support your local farm, it may be more money but it's worth it!

Today's society has the access to the most information in the history of the world, yet chooses to remain ignorant. Keyboard warriors will condemn and threaten hunters while popping McNuggets, oblivious of the conditions those nuggets came to be. Cheap food is cheap for a reason.

I don't enjoy killing. It makes me a little sad every time BUT I am more happy that my meal enjoyed the best life nature could provide and that I enjoy.

While I would rather be able to capture an animal (by camera of course, the wild ones have a strict “no touchy” policy) you can't eat pictures, especially digital ones. Luckily, I can do both. By taking only what you need now and saving the others for later, earth's renewable grocery store can be made immortal through pictures and video.

Even the non edibles are fun to capture.

 

I once dreamed of being one of those nature documentary people but I would have entered college just in time to learn all about film. Yes, film. Luckily, life took me another direction and with today's digital ease I can capture critters as much as I desire without having to pay for paper clutter. Plus I would have never had the patience for the time it takes to film those nature specials anyway. Filming hunts is a possibility but only for fun. Being a celebrity is for those with thick skin who don't suffer from resting bitch face. The pressure to turn a passion into a profit while still being able to enjoy it is also beyond my skill level but I greatly admire those that educate and entertain us while inspiring us to preserve our freedom to feed ourselves for generations to come.

If you eat meat you are responsible for the life of the bites you take. If you take from nature be sure to give back, pick up litter, help turtles cross the road, balance the predators, improve habitats, practice your shots for a quick kill, etc. There is so much more to hunting than death. You become a steward of nature, forever thinking of ways to improve the lives of those who give life to you.

I'd love to take you out for dinner this fall, my deer.

 

 

 

5th Annual Women’s Maine Bear Hunt

This year there will be three weeks of women's bear hunting! What started as one week has grown as more women come to Maine to join us at Pleasant River Guide Service in Milo, Maine. There will be returning women and some new faces at camp. For the majority of the returning women, their first time at PRGS was their first bear hunt and they return year after year. The three weeks are almost booked full so I hope you can join us this year!

 

For more information visit www.pleasantriverguides.com/ladies_bear_hunt.htm

 

Writing for Wide Open Spaces

Very happy to report that I'm now writing for Wide Open Spaces! I really enjoy it! Very happy to be sharing knowledge across the internet.

Be sure to check them out and my profile has a list of my articles. I'll still be writing in my blog and keeping you up to date on Facebook and Twitter so don't forget to follow me.

About Wide Open Spaces:

About Us

Wide Open Spaces is the premier online destination for all things hunting, fishing, shooting and outdoors, providing content, commerce and community to an audience of sportsmen and women who share a passion for the great outdoors.

Founded in 2011, Wide Open Spaces is the first hunting and fishing site that is optimized for social and mobile experiences, complete with the Internet’s first and only shopping comparison site for all your hunting, fishing, shooting and outdoor needs.

Based in Austin, Texas, Wide Open Spaces is devoted to providing the most up-to-date, need-to-know information for hunters, fishermen and outdoors enthusiasts in an entertaining way. Based around a loyal community following, Wide Open Spaces encourages community engagement through a user contributions, both written and visual, to make the content shareable, reliable and relatable.

Wide Open Spaces has created a robust mobile platform, establishing itself as the first content source that’s accessible from the blind, the boat, or wherever the great outdoors may take you.

Wide Open Spaces was created not just to improve the online sportsman experience, but to revolutionize it.

 

Interview with Jeremy Myers of TKO

Being in the hunting industry gives you a unique perspective into a world that most don’t know exist or have wild misconceptions about what it means to have an outdoor show or be sponsored by a company. The reality behind sponsorships and pro(montional) staff is nothing is free.

The men and women’s that represent outdoors products work extremely hard for those companies, often harder than they would have to work to earn the money to buy the products at retail value. These men and women bring a tremendous value to the companies they represent.

One of the nicest and hardest working individuals I’ve met in the industry is Jeremy Myers, founder of TKO – Team Knockout www.tkohunting.com an online hunting show. Jeremy’s hard work and tireless determination is a perfect example of what it takes to make it in the industry.

He has even offered advice on how to be successful the industry in his blog.

 

The following is a short interview I had with Jeremy.

Q: What is TKO and how did it start?

Tko is an online hunting show I started in 2010. I started it after returning home from a turkey hunting trip in Kansas and they guys I went with had an online show. When I got back I ended up starting with an online show from Minnesota and after about a yr or two I decided to do my own show. When I told people I was going to do a show I was laughed at and told I would never get anywhere or be anything. I used that negativity to motivate me to not only do it but be successful at it. I also wanted to make a show that wasn’t over the top and was a show people could relate to. Not everybody has the opportunity to harvest a monster buck.

Q:What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were starting TKO?

I wish I knew then how truly hard the hunting industry is to be successful in. I wish then I really understood how it all worked.

Q:What surprised you most about the hunting industry?

What surprised me the most about the hunting industry was even tho it’s a huge industry in the grand scheme of things it’s really not that big and everyone knows everyone for the most part and even competitor companies talk to each other and are friends. I was also surprised at how many people in the last few yrs have been trying to make it into the industry.

Q:Is there anything you wish the average hunter understood about hunting shows?

I’d say I wish the average hunter realized how hard it is to make a show from start to finish. You literally now have double the stress because not only do you have to make a good shot you also have to get it on film as well. If you have a camera man now you have double the scent and double the equipment and everything else. If your self filming it’s very difficult to film the animal get it in frame then get ready and shoot it then quickly get back on it as it’s going away. If your doing a show your shows based on decent footage so you have to make sure you get your zoom right and the footage isn’t all shaky.

Q:Where do you see TKO heading in the next couple years?

Honestly I see tko remaining online in upcoming yrs. it’s a great platform to be online and a lot of shows are transitioning to online shows. You can literally watch a hunting show any time anywhere on today’s mobile devices.

Q:Bucket list hunt?

Ah my bucket list hunt would hands down be an archery elk hunt out west.

 

About Jeremy Myers:

My name is Jeremy Myers. I am 28years old and am a Registered Respiratory Therapist at rehab hospital in West Virginia. I have been hunting for as long as I can remember. I received my first turkey call around the age of 8 from Penn’s Woods and after that there has been a fire burning in me for the sport. I put together Team KnockOut in 2010 when I began submitting my hunting footage to Northwoods Outdoors. After that I began to see a whole different side of the hunting industry “Filming”. I have been filming for about 3 years now.

I enjoy every minute in the field, regardless if I harvest an animal or not. In my opinion there is nothing that compares to a giant spring gobbler screaming his lungs out and responding to your call or even a mature buck rubbing his horns and making a scrape only a few yards from your tree stand. To me this is what hunting is all about. I have harvested many turkey and deer over the years and each one I am equally as proud of even if they are not all monsters.

 

Current Sponsors through my show

• The Original Muck Boot Company

• Hunter Safety System

• Badlands

• Frigid Forage

• Black Eagle Arrows

• IQ Bow Sights

• GlenDel Targets

• Covert Scouting Cameras

• Bad Medicine Archery

• Stokerized Stabilizers

• VaporTrail Archery

• Autumn Warrior Outdoors

Snypex Optics

Nockturnal Lighted Nocks

 

 

CURRENT PRO STAFF POSITIONS

Team KnockOut Doors

Badlands – Operative Staff (Elite Staff)

Bowtech Archery

Bad Medicine Archery

IQ Bow Sight

Field Logic

GlenDel Targets

Eye Black

Snypex optics ambassador

 

You can find Jeremy and TKO on Facebook

Jeremy Myers – Hunter

Team Knockout

And Twitter

@mjeremy590

@TKOhunting