Top 5 Reasons It’s Time to Rebrand

Top 5 Reasons It’s Time to Rebrand

When I first founded BullsandBeavers.com I never imagined that I would rebrand my website in less than 5 years. I was convinced that the marketplace would embrace the play-on-words name, Bulls & Beavers, and its great logo. Initially, by reaching beyond my niche and covering heated topics like predator management from both sides of the issue, Bulls & [...]

A Holiday Story: Firearms and Family Trees

A Holiday Story: Firearms and Family Trees

I think the most important gift the holiday season brings is the gift of time with our family.  It is in these most rare of moments that we get to reaffirm and grow stronger the bonds which span generations. This Thanksgiving, I was lucky to be able to spend time with my family on the [...]

What can America Learn from Hunters? Self Reliance

What can America Learn from Hunters? Self Reliance

As Election Day draws near, Americans all across our great land are faced with the challenge of selecting the right leader for the next four years. All of us, regardless of political affiliation, want to see our economy regain both strength and momentum. Given this collective focus on the economy, one has to ask how [...]

2012 Archery Elk Hunt in Central Idaho

2012 Archery Elk Hunt in Central Idaho

My 2012 archery elk season ended with wolves howling in the valley and a full moon on the horizon. It was another magical year with close encounters, opportunities and memories that will last forever.  However, this year was a lot different.  Idaho suffered the worst wildfire season to date and smoke filled skies lasted the [...]

Firestorm Buck

Firestorm Buck

This past August, I had the the opportunity to join Sun Valley Outfitters for a hunt of a lifetime in the remote back country of central Idaho. The name of the video, “Firestorm Buck”, is due to Idaho’s worst forest fire season on record. It’s hard to describe the amount of hard work and planning [...]

The “love of hunting” does not always mean the “love of killing.”

The “love of hunting” does not always mean the “love of killing.”

Over the past few years, I have found myself repeatedly debating the subject of hunting with someone I care deeply about.  Like many close relationships, this person just happens to be the exact opposite of me when discussing topics such as philosophy and rights of hunters. If you asked her to describe me, she would say [...]

Opening Day Idaho Velvet Mule Deer

Opening Day Idaho Velvet Mule Deer

Nine months ago I sat at Warm Springs Lodge in Sun Valley talking with Bryant Dunn, owner of Sun Valley Outfitters about our upcoming Steelhead fishing trip and his outlook on the 2012 hunting season. When Bryant mentioned that Sun Valley Outfitters got the first Velvet Mule deer tag for Unit 39, I immediately told [...]

The Top Four Reasons Wolf Management Makes Sense

The Top Four Reasons Wolf Management Makes Sense

“On Your Own Adventures” hosted by big game hunter and conservation historian Randy Newberg, recently produced the first documentary of a wolf  hunt in the Lower 48. Soon to be featured on the Sportsman Channel, Randy and his hunting partner Matt Clyde over an 11 day period, discuss at length the history and current impact [...]

Compensation Comes in Many Forms

Compensation Comes in Many Forms

A few years ago I had a lengthy conversation with a very progressive, high level executive about the topic of social media, brand growth and ROI.  Given that his career had spanned decades, continents and cultures, he provided me with some valuable guiding thoughts which I have summarized below. “Human nature dictates we believe more [...]

Blending Technology and Tradition

Blending Technology and Tradition

Over the last decade, many areas of the sportsman’s industry have experienced a technological revolution.  Stronger, lighter, smaller and more advanced are all descriptions that fit these new product offerings that are allowing sportsmen to travel deeper into back-country with more gear than ever before. Not only can those with an adventurous spirit travel deeper, they [...]

A Sportsman’s Father’s Day Thank You

A Sportsman’s Father’s Day Thank You

On this day, sportsmen across the world pause with deep fondness as we reflect upon special moments shared with our fathers. This is a day of honor and gratitude … an opportunity for all of us to thank our fathers for not only teaching us the fundamentals of hunting and fishing, but also for the [...]

Protecting Teddy Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch

Protecting Teddy Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch

Yesterday, I read an in-depth article by noted historian Edmund Morris, discussing an endangered U.S. historical site. Morris stated, “The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced on Wednesday that Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch beside the Little Missouri River, an exquisitely peaceful meadow revered as the cradle of conservation, is one of America’s 11 most endangered historic [...]

Campfire Stories

Campfire Stories

Welcome to our new section and column called, Campfire Stories. Please submit your Campfire story 500 words or less on any topic that is shared around a camp fire. With the weather warming up here in central Idaho, and across the country, families and friends will be gathering ’round their campfires and breaking out the [...]

Innovations in Recreational Therapy: Helping to Heal our Wounded Heroes

Innovations in Recreational Therapy: Helping to Heal our Wounded Heroes

As our soldiers return from their noble service in Afghanistan and Iraq, these heroes are facing both employment and social re-integration challenges.  The process of transitioning from a professional combat warrior to civilian employee requires both career and socialization support. As a nation we have collectively benefited from their courage.  While we all acknowledge on some macro [...]

Save Your Ears and Eyes from Severe Injuries

Save Your Ears and Eyes from Severe Injuries

Last month, I helped organize the first Smith Elite On Review here in central Idaho. Rick Elder, Executive Director of Smith Elite, along with Primary Weapons Systems out of Boise, Idaho, and I had a chance to review and test five different firearms ranging from a 22 rifle to a MK14. Safety was our top priority. [...]