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New Book Details NW’s Top Blacktail Bucks

I’ve seen some nice pics of blacktails come into HQ this fall.

There’s Jacob Middling’s 4×4 (5-pointer with eyeguards) from the Elbe, Wash., area., and Scott Shafner‘s bootleather-brown-antlered 3×3 from the southern end of the Kitsap Peninsula.

While Jo Wiebe‘s Whidbey Island blacktail may be shy on rackage (2×2, 4×6 counting trash),  it’s up there in age — 8 to 10 years old — and weight: 163 pounds at the butcher. Ron Stever‘s whopper from just east of Snoqualmie Pass was 165 pounds on the hook while Rob Clarey‘s Vail Tree Farm buck came in at 186 pounds hanging.

Oh, yeah, there’s a lot of venison now in Northwest freezers.

And what about after dinner? Well, why not sit down to read, Blacktail Legends of the Pacific Northwest, from Northwest Big Game Inc.?

They’re the folks who put out record books for all Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana big game.

Their brand new 202-page book not only lists the top 100 biggest typical and nontypical blacktails for the Beaver, Evergreen and Golden states plus British Columbia — but also the 100 largest taken by riflemen and archers as well as the top entrants from muzzleloaders.

There are also 50 articles highlighting many of the book bucks — take note, whopper stalkers, there are tips in those stories — plus dozens upon dozens of great photographs of big bucks.

The pics are what I enjoyed the most on a quick look-through of the colorful book, especially the six shots of the freaky buck Steven Gregory took in Linn County, Ore., in 1992 — five points on the left side, 66 on the right!

In case you’re curious, according to the book, the largest typical blacktail buck was shot by Place Mcdermitt in Cowlitz County, Wash., in 1935. Interestingly, it was only scored (184 2/8) in 2007. The rack had been in Mcdermitt’s Castle Rock bar for 70 years before a patron hauled it off to a sportsman’s show for scoring.

The largest nontypical blacktail came from the south side of the Columbia — a 213 7/8 buck shot by Gordon Johnson in Clackamas County, Ore., in 1997.

The book is available for $29.95.

Other titles from Northwest Big Game Inc include Record Book for Oregon (4th Edition; $24.95); Record Book for Washington (2nd edition; $19.95); Record Book for Idaho; 1st edition; $17.95).

Northwest Big Game will also be making the rounds during the upcoming sportsman’s show season. Blacktail Legends of the Northwest will be featured at the Puyallup, Eugene, Portland, Roseburg, Medford and Yreka shows.

Northwest Sportsman will be a sponsor of the Eugene, Roseburg and Medford shows.

Win A Brand-new Rainier Tent For Your Hunting Camp!

UPDATE, JAN. 7, 2010: A winner has been declared, and it’s Lori Robelia of Orondo, Wash.!

While many fine entries came in — some in spectacular scenery, some that made us laugh — the folks at Rainier Tents judged her shot to be the best.

Thanks EVERYONE who sent us photos, we really do appreciate it!

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In case you missed that ad on page 127 of our November issue, we want your snap shots of the best and worst “Hunting Hotels” of the West. They will be entered in a contest to win a brand-new Rainier Tent!

Rainier Tents are made right here in the Northwest, have been for 113 years. Miners took ’em to Alaska during the gold rush, and these days, deer and elk hunters use them to set up veritable hotels in the wilds of Washington, Oregon and the Northern Rockies.

Now, you don’t have to actually own a Rainier Tent to enter this contest. All you have to do is send us your picture of, say, your hunting partner’s setup, one in your campground, or maybe one you’ve seen while driving over, say, Colockum Pass, the Cascades, Northeast Oregon — wherever. And if you have a Rainier Tent, sheesh, might as well send us a pic too — you might get upgraded if you win!

You can mail prints to Northwest Sportsman, Attn: Rainier Tent Contest, PO Box 24365, Seattle, WA 98124-0365, or just email them to andy@nwsportsmanmag.com.

The contest is open through Dec. 31, 2009. A winner, chosen by Rainier Tents staff, will be announced Jan. 15, 2010, here. One tent will be awarded.

Check back in this space often for the latest entries. Here are a few ideas to get things started:

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KEITH CAMMEL WAS THE CONTEST'S FIRST ENTRANT. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE COULD USE A NEW TENT INSTEAD OF AN OLD TARP OVER THEIR COOKING AREA! (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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THAT'S A NICE PAIR ... OF TENTS AT MARK WELLS' OKANOGAN COUNTY DEER CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"SLEEPING IN THE BACK OF MY TRUCK GOT COLD. I COULD SURE USE A TENT," WRITES RICHARD HIXSON, SEEN HERE AT HIS 2008 MOOSE CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"SLEEPING IN THE BACK OF MY TRUCK GOT OLD. I COULD USE A GOOD TENT," WRITES RICHARD HIXSON, SEEN HERE DURING HIS 2008 MOOSE HUNT. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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CERTAINLY THE HIGHEST HUNTING CAMP WE'VE SEEN SO FAR, AND TONY MORALES' IS ALSO THE MOST SPARTAN. "ONE TARP, TWO BED ROLLS. THAT'S ALL I GOT! I GET WET SOMETIMES," HE WRITES. AHH, BUT THE VIEWS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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TONY MORALES' CAMP (PHOTO ABOVE THIS) CERTAINLY IS WAY BACK AND IN, AND SO IS JOE FAULKNER'S MOUNTAIN GOAT BASE CAMP -- 17 MILES BACK INTO THE ALASKAN BUSH. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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DAVID SCHUURMAN AND FRIENDS FONDLY RECALL THE MEMORIES FROM THIS 1996 CAMP IN MONTANA'S MISSOURI RIVER BREAKS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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BRIAN NYGREN'S 2002 HUNTING CAMP LOOKS COZY ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AS DOES HIS 2003 SETUP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AS DOES HIS 2003 CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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TENT? WHO NEEDS ONE, MICHAEL BLAKE'S PA (PICTURED HERE), MIGHT ARGUE, BUT HIS SON "SHORE COULD USE A TENT," SO BLAKE SUBMITTED THIS SHOT. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

WELL, NOT EXACTLY A HUNTING CAMP, BUT ALL THOSE TENTS AT THE WASHINGTON MOUNTAIN MEN'S OLD GATHERING AT BLEWETT PASS SURE LOOK GOOD. MICHAEL BLAKE OF CHEHALIS SENT THE IMAGE. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

THEY HUNT HARD AT KEVIN MEDVED AND FRIENDS' "VIAGRA CAMP" IN COLORADO'S UNIT 33, BUT SOMETIMES ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... THE WIND BLOWS HARDER. MEDVED SAYS A "ONCE IN A DECADE" STORM TOPPLED AN OLD ASPEN ONTO CAMP VIAGRA, TURNING IT INTO A LIMP PILE OF CANVAS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

BUT MOTHER NATURE'S NO MATCH FOR CAMP VIAGRA -- IT ROSE AGAIN, ERR, SORT OF. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

SHEESH, MEDVED AND THE BOYS EVEN HAVE A CAMP VIAGRA PENANT! (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

LORI ROBELIA'S CAMP WAS A GREAT HOME AWAY FROM HOME DURING HER 11-DAY ANY-BULL COLOCKUM ELK HUNT. "OUR 12x16 RAINIER WALL TENT DID THE JOB AGAIN IN SUNSHINE TO 3-PLUS INCHES OF SNOW THAT CAME AND WENT! THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A COMFORTABLE, WARM CAMP TO KEEP YOU CHASING THE BIG ONES! AND YES, MY TAG WAS FILLED WITH JUST MY SECOND BULL ELK," SHE WRITES. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

AHHH, YES, NOTHING LIKE CUTTING UP A LITTLE WOOD FOR THE EVENING FIRE UP AT ELK CAMP HIGH IN THE CRISP FALL MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... TAKING A MOMENT TO ENJOY THE BREATHTAKING SCENERY OF THE ROCKIES ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... BEING TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS AT A SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AND, TO UNWIND AT THE END OF THE DAY, DOING A BACK FLIP INTO THE CAMPFIRE. GARETT HOCH SENT THIS AND THE ABOVE TWO PICS ALONG. "OUR GROUP IS IN THE NORTHWEST COLORADO FLAT TOPS FROM OCTOBER THROUGH NOVEMBER (FIRST SEASON ELK-THIRD SEASON ELK. WE HAVE HAD SOME SUCCESSFUL HUNTS, AND SOME NOT SO MUCH, BUT WE ALWAYS HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH EACH OTHERS' COMPANY." (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

WHAT BETTER USE FOR YOUR GAME POLE -- ESPECIALLY IF IT ISN'T BEING USED -- THAN TO HANG A PIñATA FROM?!?! "WHEN YOUR DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY IS THE DAY AFTER OPENING DAY OF (EARLY ARCHERY) ELK SEASON, YOU JUST HAVE TO PARTY AT CAMP," WRITES MICHAEL BLAKE. "CAMP" WAS IN WASHINGTON'S MANASTASH UNIT, NORTHWEST OF YAKIMA. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

BIRTHDAY GIRL RUBY RELAXES AFTERWARDS WITH MOMMA IN THE HAMMOCK ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

AFTER THE PARTY, RUBY RELAXES IN THE HAMMOCK ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AND TRIES ON DAD'S ELK HUNTING CAMO DO-RAG. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

IT'S WHAT'S INSIDE -- NOT JUST OUTSIDE -- THAT COUNTS AT BOB CUMMINGS' ELK CAMP. THE PHOENIX, ORE., RESIDENT SAYS HE'S HAD THIS TENT GOING ON 21 SEASONS, "AND IT STILL HAS THE MAGIC. SIGNING THE WALL INSIDE IS ALMOST AS FUN AS THE HUNTING." (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

OUR MOST PROLIFIC CONTEST ENTRANT, MICHAEL BLAKE SENT US THIS SHOT OF EVENING OVER AN IDAHO DEER/ELK CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

IF IT SNOWS THIS MUCH, YOU BETTER HAVE A NICE 'N SNUG TENT! RANDY MARTIN SENT US A MESS OF PICS FROM HIS FAMILY'S "YEAR-ROUND CANVAS HOTEL LOCATED DEEP IN CENTRAL OREGON." (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

MARTIN, A SPRINGFIELD, ORE., RESIDENT SAYS THEY USE THE TENT AS THEIR BASE TO HUNT, FISH AND RIDE ATV'S THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"MANY, MANY SUCCESSFUL ELK, DEER, COUGAR AND COYOTE HUNTS," WRITES MARTIN. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"ALMOST HOME AWAY FROM HOME," HE ADDS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

YEP, A VERY SWEET MOUNTAIN MOTEL! (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

HAVE WE MENTIONED HOW LONG-LASTING CANVAS TENTS CAN BE? "THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN 1999," WRITES DAN ROBELIA OF CHELAN. "AN OLD CLASSIC, THIS BLUE RAINIER TENT WAS PURCHASED IN THE '80S USED. STILL BEING USED FOR DEER CAMP TODAY!" (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

LARRY SCOGGIN'S ELK CAMP JUST BELOW 5,000 FEET IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS SURE LOOKS SNUG! "THIS BIG TENT IS 16 YEARS OLD AND WE GOT IT IN 1993," HE WRITES. AS FOR WHY 1937'S WRITTEN ON THE FRONT, SCOGGIN SAYS THAT'S THE YEAR HIS FATHER AND UNCLES STARTED HUNTING THE AREA. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

WHOSE NYLON IGLOO IS ABOUT TO COLLAPSE AND DUMP SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW ON THE HUNTERS INSIDE? "A LITTLE SNOW DURING LATE SEASON IN THE NACHES SHOWS HOW HANDY A GOOD TENT WOULD BE," WRITES MICHAEL BLAKE. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

M2-SP Flatfish Now Officially The Mag Lip

(YAKIMA BAIT PRESS RELEASE)

Mag Lip is a deep-diving plug that features a strike-producing wide wiggle in slower currents and erratic “skip-beat” action in faster currents – up to 4.5 MPH!

This lure has a maximum diving depth of 20 feet when trolled/backtrolled on a flat line.  Like all diving plugs, diving depth will vary depending on current speed, line diameter and the amount of let out.  In factory tests, this lure dives 20 feet using 30 to 40 pound super braid with 120 feet let-out.  Employing larger diameter line or shorter let-out distance produces shallower dive.  Add weight 4-to-6 feet ahead of plug when fishing slower currents or when wanting to go deeper.

(YAKIMA BAIT)

(YAKIMA BAIT)

Although not always necessary, this plug is designed to perform with a fillet of Sardine or other bait strapped to its belly!  Mag Lip bait-wrap grooves help hold wrapping thread and fillet in place.  Your fillet should measure 1-3/4 inches long and 5/8 inches wide.  Center your fillet around the belly eyelet (skin side down) and hold in place by wrapping with light test mono or elastic thread – finish with 3 to 4 half hitches.

Factory rigged with treble hooks (Size #1 trebles) but works with singles too! Mag Lip swims correctly when rigged with double 1/0 or 1/0-2/0 (2/0 on tail) siwash style single hooks.

Recommend rigging belly single hook (point down) off double split-ring; and trailing single (point up) off double split-ring.

Straight running from factory when using the included round-eyed connector snap!  Can be fine tuned by bending (a slight amount) the pull-point eyelet the opposite way the plug is running.

Product Features:

Extra Deep Diving –  dives up to 20 Feet!

Works with or without Bait Wrapper- (wrap groves hold thread)

Strike Producing – Erratic “skip-beat” action in fast currents – up to 4.5 MPH

Heavy Duty Rigging

20,000 Maggots, 1,629 Fish And A Big Storm

“I’ve got 20,000 maggots ready to go.”

So said Jeff Kolodzinski on a recent summer morning as he attempted to break a Guinness World Record.

No, he was not trying to eat all or a substantial portion of those 20,000 maggots.

Or get others to eat them.

Well, actually, that depends on what your definition of “others” comprises.

The so-called “Marathon Man” who is also a v.p. of marketing for Frabill, was going to use the variously colored baits to try and catch at least 1,629 fish in a 24-hour period, breaking his own record.

The attempt, which was also done to raise awareness of Armed Forces Family Fishing Celebration, has been posted on YouTube.

With his custom 12-foot “cane pole on steroids,” Kolodzinski sits on the dock at Lake Minnetonka next to a squirming tray of multi-colored maggots and goes to town.

I had to chuckle (and, yes, replay several times) the third minute which shows underwater footage of bluegills investigating the bait and then suddenly being yanked heavenward.

At noon, four and a half hours into his attempt, Kolodzinksi lands Bluegill No. 550; by 2:23, he’s up to 780; somewhere around midafternoon, a reporter appears to be taking notes next to him; and at 8:30 p.m, 13 hours in and with 1,245 fish on the clicker, he appears to be well on his way to not just breaking the record, but smashing it.

Except that approaching is a “wall cloud”– a big, fast-moving thunderboomer. And as Kolodzinski notes, he’s got ahold of 12 feet of carbon and is surrounded by nothing but water and low ground.

LIGHTNING IN THE DISTANCE AT LAKE MINNETONKA AS "MARATHON MAN" ATTEMPTS TO CATCH 1,629 FISH TO SET A WORLD RECORD. (YOUTUBE)

LIGHTNING IN THE DISTANCE AT LAKE MINNETONKA AS "MARATHON MAN" ATTEMPTS TO CATCH 1,629 FISH TO SET A WORLD RECORD. (YOUTUBE)

“The problem, is they’re just starting to turn on,” he says.

How does it end? See for yourself.

Steelhead U. Seminar Set For Dec. 5

(STEELHEAD UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE)

Don’t miss Steelhead University’s Annual 1-Day Seminar, Dec. 5.

For the 6th consecutive year, Steelhead University will host a one-day seminar that will feature six of the Northwest’s top fishermen. Presentations will be given on an array of different techniques all designed to help you, the angler, catch more steelhead and salmon.

Northwest Fishing Legend Buzz Ramsey will head the program with his drift fishing presentation.  This years lineup also includes, Mike Perusse (side drifting), Bob Kratzer (trophy steelhead fishing), Todd Girtz (proven techniques, run timing and hotspots), Josh Hughes (steelhead rigging A to Z), and Steelhead University Host Terry Wiest (float fishing).

The presentation is designed for beginners and experts alike to improve your salmon/steelhead catch numbers.

There will be tackle giveaways and industry representatives will be on hand to answer your questions in person.

Sportco and Outdoor Emporium will be co-hosting the full day seminar being held in the IBEW Local 46 Auditorium 19802 62nd Ave S, Kent, WA  98032.  This state of the art auditorium features dual screens, built in sound system, it’s climate controlled and has comfortable seating with tables for everyone.

The cost per person for the all day seminar is $88.00.  Register on-line with Paypal at www.steelheaduniversity.com or contact Terry Wiest at (206) 387-9293.

Bass Pros Lane, Wolak Assume Roles With easy2HookUSA

(EASY2HOOKUSA PRESS RELEASE)

Easy2HookUSA manufacturer and marketer of the revolutionary new line of “knotless” fishing hooks announced today that Bobby Lane, Bassmaster Elite Series Pro and 2010 Bassmaster Classic qualifier, along with Dave Wolak, who recently won a qualifying berth in the 2010’s Bassmaster Elite Series have taken on consultant roles with the company.

Both Lane from Lakeland, Fla. and Wolak from Wake Forest, NC, who have been impact participants in the professional ranks all year have agreed to field test new hook prototype product for the company. They will provide feed-back to insure the company is providing the very best professional grade product to anglers at all skill and experience levels.

“We are thrilled to have Bobby and Dave on board,” said Ron Baskett, CEO of easy2HookUSA, “after the tremendous reception we received at the ICAST show in July, we wanted to strengthen our product development team to meet the exciting market opportunities that lie ahead for the easy2HookUSA brand.

In addition to bringing Bass Pros Lane and Wolak on board, the company recently announced that Anders Thomassen, a 23-year Mustad veteran and one of the premier senior- level executives in fishing hook industry worldwide has also joined the firm in consulting capacity.

Thomassen, a resident of Norway, will work with both the North American Division and the European parent company. He will be involved with in all aspects of the company’s operations from manufacturing to quality control to international sales and marketing.

Easy2HookUSA’s revolutionary new fishing hooks do not require anglers to utilize a “knot” when attaching their lines to a hook, but rather,  employ a “loop” “wrap” and “pull” tight process that totally eliminates the time-consuming need for tying a knot ever again!!

“Our new hooks eliminate the necessity of tying knots and do so without sacrificing the integrity of the line itself,” Baskett said, “this is a revolutionary approach to an age-old-angler frustration. With easy2Hook you can attach your line in seconds thereby increasing your chances for a successful fishing trip simply because your line is in the water a greater proportion of the time”!!!

Baskett said he believes the easy, convenient and hassle-free“knotless” feature of easy2Hooks will change the future purchasing habits of many anglers around the country and will also attract new participants to the sport who in the past found traditional hooks frustrating to use. He added because the company’s hooks do require anglers to tie a knot people with medically induced dexterity limitations may be able to take up the sport for the first time or resume their activities.
In addition to easy2Hooks, the company also manufactures and markets Bait Strap, single and double soft bait and spray attractant holders. Bait Straps allow anglers to clip their bait containers to their belts, fishing jackets, seat posts or wherever their preference. Both single and double models are available allowing for the use of multiple containers.

Easy2HookUSA’s “knotless” fishing hooks and other products are available at the company’s website: www.easy2HookUSA.com