Fishing Nevada: Fishing Tackle Box Review

Welcome back to another gear review from Hunting Nevada. Today I am reviewing 3 different kinds of tackle boxes that I have been using for my other series called Fishing Nevada. The first fishing tackle box I review is the Gruv Fishing Hard Bait Box. This box is great for holding my jigs in place for when I am backpacking into fishing holes. The jigs do not move once they have been placed in between the rubber dividers, and this little system can hold quite a few. Next up we have the Flambeau Big Mouth Spinnerbait Box. This box is great for keeping all of my spinning baits organized, but it does have its drawbacks. I am unable to put this big box inside a bag, or backpack without it taking up too much room. Plus you are unable to put it on its side since all the spinners are not held in place like the other box. Overall it is great to keep on a boat, or a place that you have a lot of room, but not if you are hiking into a spot. Lastly, we have just a traditional Plano tackle box. This box has to be over 10 years old, and I am in dire need of replacing it. This tackle box is my go to system when fishing, but I don’t know what to replace it with.

So let me know your thoughts! What kind of tackle boxes are you using, and why? Drop a comment down below, and like the video. Also, please share this with your friends, and family alike. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, and Twitter. As always, stay safe and Hunt Nevada.

Flambeau Big Mouth Spinnerbait Box: https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Flambeau_00550_Big_Mouth_Spinnerbait_Box_with_Zerust/descpage-FL6150.html?from=gshop&gclid=CjwKCAjw2ZaGBhBoEiwA8pfP_urG5RvAeJLGEVFCro1leLmsKhejKYBh44H20SNQhpD4FPZn2I5XlRoC064QAvD_BwE

Gruv Fishing Hard Bait Box: https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gruv_Fishing_Hard_Bait_Box/descpage-GHBB.html?from=gshop&gclid=CjwKCAjw2ZaGBhBoEiwA8pfP_tsBG8n0vizFEp2UAMh6msTvwVa_McipMbjZgnp6VtJ4jYB7TShrSxoCR8IQAvD_BwE

My Current Rifle Setup Needs an Upgrade

My Winchester Model 70 7MM WSM

When making a gear list for my mule deer hunt last season, I did not even think twice about the gun I was going to use. My grandfather bought me a Winchester Model 70 7MM WSM, and this gun was my tried and true go to hunting weapon. I have killed almost all of my big game animals with it including a mule deer, an elk, and a whitetail deer. If there was one thing I knew, it was that this gun was “dialed in”. I even took it out to the range a few times, and the Leupold VX-III 3.5-10x40mm scope did not need any adjusting. I was shooting about 2” high at 100 yards which is exactly where I wanted it to be, so that way I was dead on at 200 yards. The only thing I bought was a cover for the scope and we were ready to go (or so I thought).

Once we finally got out there on my deer hunt my buddy asked me so how far are you able to shoot your gun out to and I said I feel comfortable at 200 yards. He almost spit his water out at me. He said, “200 yards, that’s it?!” And I explained to him that all of the animals I previously killed were out about that far. He told me, “This is Nevada. This is western hunting. If I was expecting to put a deer down I would need to be comfortable shooting at about double that distance.” I just blew a sigh and hoped for the best.

Then the moment finally came. We put a stalk on a big three point buck that we saw earlier in the day across the ridge. I tried to make my way down this hillside and come up on the deer on the other side. This deer looked to be very close since the two hillsides were very steep. However, we did not have a range finder and I had to make my best guess at the distance. I thought the distance was a lot closer than it probably was, and I laid down three shots with no luck. I was extremely disappointed since I thought I had done everything I needed to prepare for the hunt. Once we got back to the truck we talked about what just went down, and it turns out that my 10 year old gun may not just be cutting it anymore. The next day I was able to use my buddy’s gun, and harvested a smaller buck. All of this got me thinking. Should I get a new gun and scope? Some of the products they are coming out with today are insane and can help hunters make 700+ yard shots, but it does cost a pretty penny. I don’t think I am quite ready to make the investment this year, since I didn’t draw any tags, but I have heard good things about the Tikka’s and how they are the best quality for the price. 

So let me know your thoughts! Are you eyeballing a new gun? If so, what gun and caliber? Drop a comment down below, and like the blog. Also, please share this with your friends, and family alike. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, and Twitter. As always, stay safe and Hunt Nevada.

Mystery Ranch Pop Up 28 Review

Today I am reviewing my Mystery Ranch Pop Up 28 backpack that I bought for my 2020 Mule Deer Hunt in Eastern Nevada. Overall, I was exceptionally pleased with this pack. This pack was meant to be used as a daypack, and not a pack that you would take deep into the wilderness. This pack was able to carry all of my necessities easily, and converted to a meat hauler if needed. The system has a metal frame that provides good support for your back, which allows you to carry more weight. The straps are made with heavy duty denier, but are not quite large enough for me. Also, the zippers and pockets were made with high quality material, and are waterproof. This pack is very versatile in the fact that you are able to run any water bladder system you like with this pack. Lastly, you don’t need to pay full retail for these packs. Just look for sales at your local sporting goods stores, or you can buy them second hand like I did!

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What to Do With My 1946 Willy’s Jeep?

Me and my 1946 Willy’s Jeep

Around 15 years ago my grandfather bought a 1946 Willy’s Jeep as a hunting rig; lately it has been anything but. When he first got the Jeep I was so excited. The thing had no doors, roof, or a/c, but man was that thing cool. That jeep still had the original straight 4 engine, and a 3 speed transmission. This jeep did not go very fast, but it could go just about anywhere. Jeeps were made to be driven off-road, and this was no exception. I can still remember fond memories of my grandpa, and I working on that Jeep together. Outfitting it with new seats a gun rack and a spare tire holder. It seemed like we were always working on that thing. We would fix one thing, and another thing would break. We probably spent more time working on it than we actually did hunting out of it.

I was originally able to store it at my aunt’s house, but she told me that it had to go, so I moved it to my parents’ house where it has sat ever since. Now, I am at a cross roads of what I should do with it. Should I restore it to its former glory, and bring it back to life, or sell it and be done with it. I have gotten a little bit of pressure from my Dad and Grandma to sell it, but I have always had a dream of rebuilding it. However, life always has other plans, and that project has taken a far back seat. Not only do I not have the time right now, I also don’t have the funds to do it. If I sold the Jeep I could turn my current truck into my dream truck, but it would be hard to part with again for sentimental reasons. My Mom keeps saying that she doesn’t have a problem with it staying there, but I am eventually going to have to do something with it. I think after I finish Grad school I will have some more time on my hands, and that is when I will have to make a decision about what to do with it.

So let me know your thoughts! Do you have any big projects around the house that you don’t know where to start? If so, what are they? Drop a comment down below, and like the blog. Also, please share this with your friends, and family alike. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, and Twitter. As always, stay safe and Hunt Nevada.

Better Pick the Right Gun Dog Now, or You Will Pay Later

My dog Daisy after her first pheasant hunt 12/30/2016

Over the course of my short life I have been fortunate enough to utilize as many gun dogs as I have. My grandfather loved bird hunting so much that he would always have a trained gun dog at his house for as long as I have known him. It is a beautiful thing getting to see those dogs work, and their eagerness to do it time and time again. I had a friend reach out to me today about a gun dog that he is buying through a breeder, and it got me thinking. “Which gun dog is going to be right for you?”

There are all types of different breeds of dogs you can hunt with. The primary thing you want to think about when searching for a dog is the kind of hunting you want to do. Different breeds are certainly better at hunting different game than other dogs. For example, Labrador Retrievers are excellent dogs for hunting waterfowl. The dog was literally built to retrieve birds in the water. The dog has a double layer coat that is able to repel water, and they have webbed feet which makes them better swimmers. They are obedient (when trained properly), and will work until they drop. Now labs are also very versatile. They can also be used to hunt upland game as well. Normally, labs will not “point” on a bird like other dogs designed specifically for that purpose, but they will find them and flush them for you. Your job is a little harder, because you don’t really have an idea of when the birds are going to fly, so you constantly have to be ready. Now, if upland hunting is your passion then look no further than a pointer. There are various different kinds of pointers out there such as English, or German Short Hair Pointers, but they all have one thing in common which is their desire to hunt and “point” out birds. Now, that you are able to narrow down the kind of breed you are looking for, let’s talk about training.

My favorite gun dog training is one where I am able to learn as well. Like I said before, I love learning new things, and when I bought my Golden Retriever Daisy, I took her training head on. Luckily, I had a very good trainer that not only showed my dog the ropes, but also showed me what I need to do as well. My trainer Brad Higgins, was good friends with my grandpa years back, and man does this guy know a thing or two about gun dog training. This man is a wealth of knowledge, and he walks you through the process and lets you know exactly what needs to be happening in real time. I felt that the training both my dog, and I received was worth every penny because I was going to be able to apply this well into the future. I was never a big fan of dropping a puppy off at a kennel, and picking it up 3 months later fully trained, and $3,000 lighter. The dog maybe trained, but are you? That is why I like getting educated at the same time my dog does. Honestly, the best gun dogs I have ever seen have always had owners who constantly work with their dogs in the off season to make sure they are in tip top shape at the start of every hunting season. And if you are not able to commit that kind of time and effort to training, then it will show in the field. If you are curious about Higgins Gun Dog Training based out of Fernley, Nevada click the link here.

So let me know your thoughts! Do you have a gun dog? If so, what kind? Drop a comment down below, and like the blog. Also, please share this with your friends, and family alike. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, and Twitter. As always, stay safe and Hunt Nevada.

Fishing Nevada Vlog #2

In this episode of Fishing Nevada I actually go over the border to Frenchman’s Lake in Northern California and tag along with my buddy Jonas in search of catching big rainbow trout. In the intro I explain the type of gear I will be using on this trip. If you would like to see the gear I will be using click my last video here! My main mission for the day is to try to use a fly rod. Now I know it takes quite a lot of practice to be able to use it successfully, but everybody has got to start somewhere, and this is my beginning point.

On our way out there I introduce you to Jonas who is an avid and exceptional fly fisherman who explains where we are going and his reasoning behind it. Next, I showcased my new found skills, and how well I am progressing. Then we tried to move to a different spot after no luck. At the next spot there were fish in the area, but none were biting my line. Jonas was able to get a fish on, but it was smart and popped himself off. Lastly, I wrap up the video with things I learned, and things that I will need to change in the future to be successful.

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Some Things Are Just Sentimental When It Comes to Hunting

My First European Mount from Nevada Wildlife Revolutions

I recently got a call from my grandmother about some of my late grandfathers old taxidermy mounts. She called to ask me if it was OK for her to start, “getting rid of them”. I about dropped everything I had going on to make the two hour drive down to her house to get them all before she started selling, or donating them. Once I talked her back from the ledge I really started to think about what those mounts mean to me. They were my grandfather’s trophies. He loved showing anybody, and everybody who came over to his house his taxidermy collection. He would talk to anyone who would listen to him about how, and where he got each animal. He could bend your ear for hours, telling stories and sharing memories of his past. It seems almost sacrilegious to give, or throw those mounts away to people who don’t know the back story behind them, or might only consider it a piece of art (which it essentially is, but it means so much more to me).

Fortunately, I have a lot of memories with my grandfather that nobody will be able to take away from me. All of those mounts meant something to him, so they mean something to me. Over the years he has gotten quite a few mounts made for me, and I cherish those as much as I cherish the ones he got for himself. Plus, in order to sell some mounts you may need to register the taxidermy with your local fish and wildlife department before you are even able to sell them, so it is important to know your regulations before selling. I recently got back my first Nevada Mule Deer mount, and I couldn’t be more excited to display it. Nevada Wildlife Revolutions did an amazing job, and I was very pleased with the results and pricing. Even though my deer wasn’t a monster, I am still proud of that deer, and I wouldn’t change that experience for the world. I learned so much more about big game hunting, and made new friends along the way. Those are the kind of stories I will be sharing for years to come when people come to my home and ask me about that deer.

So let me know your thoughts! Do you have any mounts that have sentimental value? If so, what are they? Drop a comment down below, and like the blog. Also, please share this with your friends, and family alike. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, and Twitter. As always, stay safe and Hunt Nevada.

Where to Begin When Booking a Fishing Trip?

Me catching a Bonita in Cabo, Mexico 2019

I have been fortunate and blessed to be able to go on quite a few fishing trips over the years. Mostly because my grandfather like to spoil me and my brother, but lately I have been paying for trips myself, like my most recent one in Cabo, Mexico when I was down there in 2019. Where do you even begin to find outfitters and guided fishing trips? The internet of course, but what if you actually wanted to meet the outfitters before the fishing trip? One place I am going to recommend may be a little unconventional, but if you have been fishing and hunting for as long as I have you know what I am talking about.

The International Sportsman’s Expo! Yes, every January growing up in Northern California my grandfather, and I would go to the International Sportsman’s Expo in Sacramento, California. The expo would host hundreds if not thousands of outfitters and charters who were selling trips to destinations all around the world. We would make a day of it, and meet as many vendors as we could and talked to a lot of people about the trips they were offering. We got tons of great information such as pricing, and dates. The best part about it was if you had any questions about what they were offering, you could ask them on the spot.

Now if you are unable, or unwilling to attend an event such as this, the internet is your next bet! When I was planning a vacation in Cabo a few years ago, I knew I had to book a deep sea fishing trip when I was down there. Since I didn’t have the chance to go to an expo, I decided to book online. I used FishingBooker.com. They were an excellent source of information, and provided the best rates for top quality fishing experience. I really liked that you could read all the reviews, and compare different charters. With things finally opening back up, I would love to start planning my next trip, and see where I should go next!

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Fishing Nevada Vlog #1

Welcome! And thank you for watching the first Fishing Nevada Vlog. In this video I am walking you through a beginner’s journey to fly fishing. I start out the video explaining the type of equipment I have, and will hopefully be able to use for my upcoming fishing series. I end up seeking help from a local vendor the “Reno Fly Shop” that specializes in fly fishing in Reno, Nevada. I talk to them about my hope to fly fish the Truckee River with my current set up, but that is when the deliver me so bad news.

However, they were able to set me up with everything I will need to simply just get out there on the water. They sold me a fly box with hand selected flies that are working this month for rainbow trout. They set up my fly rod properly with the correct line, and knots. They also changed the hand orientation of the reel from left to right (something I did not even notice until the mentioned it). They even were able to tie on my leader as well! Below is a detailed list of items that I bought.

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Absolute Trout 9.0 FT 4X https://www.scientificanglers.com/product/absolute-trout-1-pack/

Absolute Trout 7.4 LB 4X https://www.scientificanglers.com/product/absolute-trout/

Air-Lock Indicator https://www.scheels.com/p/echo-air-lock-strike-indicators-3%2F4-3-pack/05316371252.html?store=74&gclid=CjwKCAjw47eFBhA9EiwAy8kzNOKkLO5jtkNQ70xM1uZ4KAF9OFhkcvo5_-eKISvPR36Hh2orfmMUqBoC66IQAvD_BwE

Truckee River Dozen Selection https://renoflyshop.com/product/truckee-river-dozen/

My Results for the Nevada Big Game Draw…

Photo Credit: NDOW.org

Well it’s the moment we have all been waiting for; did I draw any big game tags this year? The answer is… No, but that doesn’t mean my hunting season is over. Far from it. Like I said in my previous blog, I am going to bird hunt that much harder this year. Whether it be for upland birds, such as chukar and quail, or migratory birds, such as ducks and geese, I am going to find the birds. I am also going to fish more this season, and try to learn how to fly fish. I am going to have my schedule pretty packed this fall, not only with hunting, but with school and work as well. That is why it is important that I do my due diligence now, and scout spots while I have time available, because come hunting season I will have a lot going on.

Now looking back at my draw results, am I happy with the choices I selected? Yes. However, I do have some regrets about the mule deer tag. I know I received a mule deer tag last year, but like I said in another previous blog, I can apply for a mule deer tag every year, and draw every year if I was that lucky. The reason being is because there is no wait period if I do draw one. I am disappointed that I didn’t draw a mule deer tag this year, but then again when your state only has a lottery system then that’s how it goes. I could’ve put in for some less proven areas just so I could get to go, but I would have needed to get really lucky because I didn’t have any bonus points. Like they always say, “There’s always next year”.

Lastly, not getting a tag this year will allow me time to pursue other hobbies and I will be taking a trip down to my local fly fishing shop and filming the experience and hopefully have a vlog posted for everyone soon.

So let me know your thoughts! Did you draw a big game tag this year? If so, what and where? Drop a comment down below, and like the blog. Also, please share this with your friends, and family alike. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, and Twitter. As always, stay safe and Hunt Nevada.