Recent Journal Entries

After enjoying a wonderful Christmas with my family, I crossed the Rio Grande for a second time on the 27th of December. This time, however, was a little different as I would not only be filming some of the largest antlered whitetails in all of Mexico, but hunting a particularly good buck I had spotted on my first excursion but failed to get a good estimate of its age. Arriving late ...

Over the last 11 years I have been privileged to spend two weeks in Old Mexico pursuing and filming some outstanding whitetails. And I do it with some very special friends who love big whitetails every bit as much as I do. My annual trip began on December 11 when we crossed the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass into Piedras Negras at mid afternoon, and by dark we were enjoying mouth-watering nacho ...

Since September, I have logged 48.6 hours in a helicopter conducting game surveys throughout South Texas, seeing a total of 5,197 deer composed of 2,154 bucks, 1,765 doe, and 1,278 fawns, equating to a fawn survival of 72% and a sex ratio favoring males with 1.2 bucks per doe. One of the collateral benefits of conducting aerial inventories is the opportunity to view some ...

Christmas is almost here.  Chances are you may have a bowhunter on your list who you are still shopping for.  Below are a few great items  any bowhunter would be pleased to see underneath the Christmas tree.  Heck.... buy one of the items for yourself!  THE UNO ARCHERY APP   If you are into archery, you need to check out the UNO ...

Each December, Mathews Archery holds a Retailer Business Show in the Wisconsin Dells. At each show, Mathews and their licensees show off the latest and greatest bow gear. This year, Mathews and other companies unveiled a wide variety of new products that bowhunters everywhere will be putting on their must have list. MATHEWS NO CAM HTR You can’t talk about the Mathews Retailer Show without talkin ...

For most of us who own trucks, we own one for many reasons. I have a truck because it makes hauling my hunting dogs around much easier when I can keep them in the back of the truck. I have a truck because it is the perfect vehicle to take on a hunting trip. I can cram a lot of gear in the back of a truck. Many outdoorsmen have a truck partially because of the cool factor that comes ...

On August first, my second day of floating the Yellowstone, began around 9:30 a.m. when my guide Ashby Bell launched his drift boat above the town of Livingston in Paradise Valley. We were now fishing through some of the most beautiful country in the world. Flanked by the snow-covered peaks of the Absaroka Mountain range on the east and the Gallatin Range to the west, it’s like fis ...

With my fly line on the water’s surface, I focused on the chubby chernobyl attached on the tippet as it floated effortlessly in the current downstream along the bank just ahead of the McKenzie drift boat within which I stood. Suddenly a hungry rainbow exploded at the surface and the fly disappeared; with one swift flick of my wrist, I was playing a 17-inch rainbow trout as it fought ...

 Over the last four days of our safari, we simply relished the opportunity to view the diverse array of wildlife inhabiting the region while looking for a tsessebe, which were extremely rare on this concession. On the seventh morning, we spotted one black rhino but had little luck in capturing it on film as the iconic species vanished into the jess as swiftly as an impal ...

While traversing the jungle roads in search of fresh buffalo spoor on the cold, cloudy morning of our fifth day on safari, William and I spotted a hyena not far off into the jess. Traveling some 80 yards before we got Brent to stop could have been a problem, but the curious predator exposed himself long enough for me to take my second hyena. Collecting a hyena to me is a relished e ...

The sound of two tons of nothing but brute force exerted by two bulls vying for a command over the other could be distinctly heard not 40 yards from us. But the dense Mopani forest relinquished no view of the gladiators. It was the third day of our safari, and we failed to find buffalo spoor in the morning fresh enough to warrant pursuing. The evening, however, was different, as we ...

Buffalo in the Lowveld of Zimbabwe Day 1 After entertaining 20 hours on three airlines, I was more than ready to plant my feet onto the tarmac of the J.M. Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on July 9. Two years ago, the terminal was simply a corrugated metal-roofed structure, but it had a facelift and now exuded a more modern design. Actually, I preferred its forme ...

  One of the biggest perks of my job as a writer is testing new gear, including trucks. This year I got to test drive the Chevy Silverado for about a week. I must say the 2014 Silverado is one of the smoothest riding trucks I have ever driven. It rode like a dream and the new Silverado looks awesome! For 2014, the Silverado was completely redesigned and the front ...

Father’s Day weekend turned out to be quite a special time for me as I not only spent it with my family, but many of my closest friends while being recognized for my work as the wildlife consultant for the McCall 501 Ranch.  On Saturday, the fourteenth of June, I was honored and humbled by the unveiling of a bronze image of myself at the elaborate trap and skeet range located on the McCall 50 ...

As I walked down a partially vegetated sendero (ranch road), I paused every 50 or so yards to listen for the ‘bobwhite’ call of the male bobwhite quail.  It was late May, and we had just received an abundance of rain, which triggers calling by the beautiful chestnut-brown, white-bibbed game bird.  I was attempting to call in a few of the more aggressive birds by imitating the call of the ...

Easter weekend for the Zaiglin family began on Thursday afternoon, April 17 when we traveled over 100 miles south to our favorite ranch on the Nueces Strip.  It’s a highly anticipated weekend with nonstop action pursuing long beards, hunting for shed antlers, and some gar fishing.  This year was particularly special because six-year-old McKenzie decided to hunt with Grandpap fo ...

Our third morning was spent with graduate students of the Borderlands Research Institute on a ranch near Marfa that was involved in the West Texas Antelope Restoration Program.  Recognized as the fastest land mammal on the North American continent, antelope in West Texas reached a population peak of an estimated 18,000 animals in the 1980s.  But with extensive drought, coupled with exces ...

On early Monday morning, the seventh of April, I along with wildlife instructor Steven Evans and five of our wildlife students at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, embarked on an extensive field trip 300 miles west to the mountainous Trans Pecos region of far West Texas. Four and one-half hours later, we arrived in Alpine, county seat of Brewster County, the largest county in the state an ...

The second morning we drove to the top of Pena de Francia the second highest mountain peak in the park to tour an ancient monastery and one of the highest shrines of the Blessed Mary in the world. Three quarters of the way up the winding mountain road we spotted some goats and I proceeded to stalk them in order to film the magnificent animals. Showing little fear of humans I got quite close to a h ...

Sheep hunting has always been one of my favorite challenges, and after taking three of the four species of North American sheep, I crossed the Atlantic to Spain in early March to hunt the gredos ibex.       Following an eight-hour flight out of Atlanta on Friday, March 7, my wife Jan and I arrived in Madrid, Spain where we enjoyed several days of touring the city before ou ...
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