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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Steelhead Fishing and the Art of Spot and Stalk.

Steelhead Fishing and the Art of Spot and Stalk.

Last month I had the opportunity to Spot and Stalk Steelhead fish with two of Bulls & Beavers pro staffers Bryant Dunn of Sun Valley Outfitters and Cory Glauner of Gothunts on the Salmon River outside of Stanley, Idaho. Bryant was gracious enough to let us come up for the night and fish the following [...]

Saving Two of North America’s Best Fisheries

Saving Two of North America’s Best Fisheries

 Central Idaho’s Salmon and Snake Rivers boast some of the best fisheries in North America. Together they offer unrivalled opportunities to fish for steelhead, salmon, trout, and even catfish and bass in some of our nation’s wildest and most stunning terrain. These precious waters are in danger, however. In 2007 a forest fire (the Poe [...]

My Own Private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho

Many of my readers and social media friends are curious about my mountain living. So I created this short video to share an inside look at my own private Idaho. Bulls & Beavers is located in the central mountains of Idaho on the Big Lost river. This rugged country is 25 miles from the nearest [...]

River Otters: Wolves of the Water

River Otters: Wolves of the Water

  The playful North American river otter is a skilled hunter  that likes to hunt solo or in tandem at night or day and like the wolf, feeds on available food sources like fish, turtles, amphibians and crayfish. At Bulls & Beavers, I am always amazed when I witness the survival of the fittest and [...]

Hemingway, Hunting & the Lure of Sun Valley, Idaho

Hemingway, Hunting & the Lure of Sun Valley, Idaho

As I sit in my favorite Starbucks coffee shop in Sun Valley, Idaho, I am writing from the old bank vault surrounded by life size images of Ernest Hemingway. The traditions of hunting and the legacy of Hemingway have inspired writers and outdoor adventurists from around the world to visit Sun Valley, Idaho. These visitors [...]

Proposed Idaho Law Would Allow ‘Road Kill’ on the Grill

Proposed Idaho Law Would Allow ‘Road Kill’ on the Grill

Have you ever wondered what happens to big game if they are killed in a auto collision? Currently in Idaho it is illegal to take any meat for your own personal consumption. A new law in Idaho would allow only game animals to be salvaged such as moose, deer, and elk. Full Story:  

Beware: Rocky Mountain Winter without Snow Means Frozen Pipes

Beware: Rocky Mountain Winter without Snow Means Frozen Pipes

The other day I arrived at my cabin with my best friend and his two boys to spend the night and start our annual winter Olympic games consisting of darts, football toss, BB gun shoot and sling ball toss. We arrived to discover that the toilet and shower were backed up due the colder than [...]

Fly Fishing Starter Kit

Fly Fishing Starter Kit

At Bulls and Beavers we believe, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a life time”. To help you with your fly fishing needs, we are proud to introduce our new online product, Secrets of the Locals Fly Fishing Starter Kit. Fly fishing is one America’s oldest [...]

Fisherman’s Aid

Fisherman’s Aid

Every angler–whether a novice or expert–wants an edge, especially on the river. And that’s exactly what we promise with this special offer from Bulls & Beavers and Lost River Outfitters. Five of our favorite flies, floatant, line to practice your knot tying, and two laminated cards–one showing you how to tie the five most common [...]

Hunters vs Hikers

Hunters vs Hikers

As a proud owner of two Polaris quads as well as an avid outdoorsman, I find that my love for the great outdoors and belief in preservation of wildlife and habitat conflicts with my lifestyle as a hunter and someone who needs an off road vehicle in order to explore the mountains.  However, the environment [...]