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MA Hunter Education Courses & How to Enroll – 2014
Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Contact the Hunter Education Office at 978-772-0693 or www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/hed/hed_home.htm

The MassWildlife Hunter Education Program offers courses each year across the state from January through October and tries to offer different formats to meet the public’s needs. Course announcements are online and update on a regular basis.

Many people fail to consider enrolling in a course until the weather turns cool in late September. Unfortunately by that time, most courses have either begun or are full and the opportunity to hunt during the fall may disappear. Basic Hunter Education Courses are scheduled across the state by volunteer instructors through much of the calendar year, including the summer, but most are offered in the spring and early fall.

You may know that Basic Hunter Education Course schedules are posted and regularly updated on the DFW website at www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/education-events/hed/hunter-education-course-schedules. What you may not know is that there is a way to be notified about upcoming courses before they are posted on the website.

If you want to be notified about a course, go to the Hunter Education website and fill out the form at this link: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/education-events/hed/course-notification-request-form.html. Click on and fill out the form with your contact information for notification in advance about a Basic Hunter Education Course scheduled in your area and the dates. You will be instructed to contact the Hunter Education Program to enroll in that class. You should act quickly if you want to beat the enrolling rush that occurs once the course is posted on the website.

If you don’t have email, a computer, or access to the internet, you can also call the Hunter Education Program office in Ayer at 978-772-0693 and ask to be notified of the next Basic course scheduled near you.

What if you enrolled in a course and then something prevents you from taking the course? In consideration of others who want to take a course, please notify the Hunter Education office that you are unable to participate. There is always a waiting list and it’s important to let others know that space is available.

March/April Issue of Bear Hunters Online Magazine Available
Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The live link to free access to the magazine is:

http://bearhuntersonline.com/magazine/

Massachusetts Bowhunters Association is mentioned on page 103!

Guide to Quebec’s Trophy Bruins….see ad on pages 8-9.

Guide to Newfoundland/Labrador’s Trophy Bruins…see ad on page 14.

WIN A FREE BEAR HUNT WITH STEVE HIPSON…SEE DETAILS ON PAGE 66.

“After the Shot” by Bill Vaznis on page18. Tips on blood trailing bruins after dark.

“Three Books and a Ton of Bears” …by Jeff Grab on page 20. An adventure story about 3 P&Y bruins.

“Pick a Color” by Mike Bleech on page 32. Where to go for color phase bears.

“Black Bear Eye to Eye” by Bill Vaznis on page 38. Wounded bear chases author.

“A Bear for the Maine Record Books” by Mike Bleech on page 38. Bleech rifles a book bruin in Maine.

“Bait Dominators” by John Trout, Jr. on page 70. How to hunt dominant bears over bait.

“Tracking Systems” by Max Prasac on page 10. Keeping track of your bear dogs.

“Brenda’s Bear” by S.L. Merriam on page 88. The last of a three part series on dogging bears.

“Double Up on Bomber Bruins” by Jeff Hammer on page 116. An Alberta dream hunt come true.

“The Legend of Three Toes” by Bill Vaznis on page 126. Big bears never come easy.

“Good Reads” on pages 22-26. Reviews of four books worth reading.

“Success in the Field” on pages 120-124. Photos of bears and hogs taken by our readers.

NEW BEAR HUNTING PRODUCTS….SEE Index on page 156.

“Tracking Systems” by Max Prasac on page 10. Radio Telemetry and GPS tracking systems for dogs.

“Handloading for Bears: Handguns and Houndsmen” by Ed Hall on page 52. Why handguns are preferred for dogging bruins.

“Taxidermy Tips” by Steve Hipson on page 62. Read this before your next bear hunt.

“Hunting Vehicles” by William Clunie on page 78. Using ATV trailers to haul your bear back to camp.

NEW SECTION: HOG HUNTERS ONLINE See pages 130- 156.

“Long Range Boar Buster: S&W’s .460 XVR: by Max Prasac on page 134. “Why this handgun should be in your arsenal.

HOG PRODUCTS AND HOG NEWS…see pages 140 to 151.

HOGS IN THE KITCHENl “SKEWERED PIG” by Matt Cosenzo on page 152….Mmm good recipe for wild pork!

MBA BANQUET AUCTION & RAFFLE ITEMS LIST – going to print… any additional will be added at the banquet!
Friday, February 28th, 2014

7 DAY GUIDED EARLY SEASON or LATE SEASON WHITETAIL HUNT with Backwoods Whitetails Outfitters, Illinois – Value $1700
Seven (7) day guided whitetail hunt October 5-11, 2014 or December 28, 2014 – Jan 3, 2015. All hunts are conducted on privately leased farms in Fulton County of West Central Illinois. 100% wild and fair chase hunt. No fines, no fees and no minimums! You have freedom to move on your own to succeed with the full assistance of a guide. Average annual overall success rates from 55 – 68%. Hunters can start from our preset stands but will need to bring a self-climber, a portable lock on stand with climbing stick, a ladder stand or ground blind to make any move necessary to succeed. Lodging and meals included for just the winner (additional hunters Food & Lodging $200). Transportation to stands is on your own. Winner must bring at least one full paying guest at $1700.
Winner has the option of upgrading to a PEAK RUT bow hunt or a 1st Season Firearm hunt by simply paying the difference in hunt costs.
PEAK RUT Archer Hunts available are:
6 DAYS AT $2300 PER HUNTER. October 25th – 30th. Hunt begins on a new moon and ends on first quarter moon. Moon rise begins first day at 9 AM and last day rises at 1:30 AM or November 1st – 6th Hunt begins on first quarter moon and ends on a full moon. Moon Rise begins first day at 3 PM and the last day rises at 5 PM or November 8th – 13th Hunt begins on a full Moon and ends on a last quarter moon. Moon Rise begins first day at 630 PM and the last day rises at 11 PM
5 DAYS AT $2100 PER HUNTER. November 15th -19th Hunt begins on a last quarter moon and ends on a new moon. Moon rise begins first day at 12 am and the last day rises at 345 am.
2014 Firearm & Muzzleloader Hunts
3 Day 1st Firearm Season/November 21st – 23rd @ $2300.00 per hunter
4 Day 2nd Firearm Season/December 4th – 7th @ $2100.00 per hunter
3 Day Muzzleloader Season/December 12th – 14th @ $1900 per hunter
A $500 Deposit per hunter reserves your hunt dates and farm/farms. Please contact us if you need to arrange to pay your deposit at a later date.
Crossbows are now being made available in Illinois. PLEASE…call or email for full details and restrictions. All upgrade dates & options are subject to availability. Additional info: Archery Tag-$411, Firearm Tag-$300, NR Annual Hunting License- Archery $57.75, Five Day NR hunting license-Firearm $35.75, IL State Habitat Stamp $5.50, Trophy & Meat Care-$200/animal.

AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI with Zulu Nyala Safaris, South Africa – Value $5950
6 day (6 nights) photographic game viewing safari for two people, at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge. Ever dreamed of Africa? Experience the magic of Africa with this 6 day photo safari. Trip includes accommodation in your choice of either: the Game Lodge located on a hilltop overlooking the Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve; a Hemingway style tented safari camp; or a combination of both. Also included are all meals, two game viewing drives per day in open land rovers with an experienced game ranger. Flights, Airport Transfer, drinks and gratuities are not included.

3 DAY FLY FISHING TRIP for 2 at Pirá Lodge in the Iberá Marshlands, Argentina – Value $6360
The Golden Dorado – or “River Tiger” as it is affectionately called in Argentina due to its impressive fighting spirit and jumping characteristics, has rocketed to the top of many fly fishing enthusiasts’ hot fish list. This 3 day (4 nights) fly fishing trip includes luxury accommodations in a remote and breathtaking fishing lodge overlooking the vast Iberá Marshland. The trip also includes chef prepared meals, drinks, and the services of a professional fishing guide. Flights, airport transfers, fishing license and gratuities are not included.

3 DAY BONEFISH FLY FISHING TRIP for 2 at Bair’s Lodge, South Andros Island, Bahamas – Value $7000
What could be more exciting and exotic than going after Bonefish in the salt flats of the Bahamas! This 3 day (4 nights) fly fishing trip includes luxury Island Style accommodations in a private fishing lodge on South Andros Island. Also included are gourmet meals, drinks, and the services of a professional fishing guide and fishing licenses. Flights, airport transfers, and gratuities are not included.

7 DAY CENTRAL SOUTH AFRICAN PLAINS GAME HUNT for 2 HUNTERS with White Lion Safaris – Value $7980
For anyone who’s ever dreamed about hunting in Africa, here is the perfect opportunity to do so while supporting a worthy cause at the same time! This 7 day (6 night) hunt includes accommodation in a luxury hunting lodge, all meals & drinks, professional guide service, hunting licenses, PLUS a trophy fee credit of $1300 ($650/hunter). Flights, additional trophy fees, taxidermy, shipping to US & gratuities are not included.

3 DAY DECOYED PIGEON HUNT for 2 HUNTERS at Montaraz Lodge, Córdoba, Argentina – Value $4980
Simply put, Montaraz Lodge is the most exclusive pigeon shooting lodge in Córdoba…and Córdoba is considered one of the best pigeon shooting regions in South America. This 3 day (3 night) hunt includes accommodation in a luxury historical lodge dating back to 1669, chef prepared gourmet meals, drinks, professional guide service & bird boys. Flights, airport transfers, shells, licenses and gratuities are not included.

4 DAY HIGH VOLUME DOVE HUNT for 2 HUNTERS at Pica Zuro Lodge, Córdoba, Argentina – Value $4980
You’ve heard of these unbelievable dove hunts – where bringing down anything from a few hundred in a couple of thousand doves in a single day is the norm. This 4 day (3 nights) hunt includes accommodation in a luxurious traditional style lodge, chef prepared gourmet meals, drinks, professional guide service & bird boys. Flights, airport transfers, shells, licenses and gratuities are not included.

AFRICAN SAFARI with Mount Carmel Safaris – Value $9500
Seven (7) day hunt for three hunters. Day fee included and $500 per hunter toward trophy fees. Excess animals hunted off normal price list. Non-hunters day fee discounted to $120 per day. Pick-up and drop-off at Kimberley Airport at 50/50% split of the normal cost. Good for 2014/2015.
Website: www.mountcarmelsafaris.co.za

AFRICAN PHOTO SAFARI for 2 with Zulu Nyala Safaris, South Africa – Value $6000
This is a 6 day /6 night photographic safari for two people at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge. Experience the splendor and adventure of Africa on this exciting photo safari. Winner can choose accommodations at either the Game Lodge, which sits atop a hill overlooking the Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve, a Hemingway style tented safari camp, or a combination of both. This trip includes all meals and two game viewing drives per day in open land rovers with an experienced game ranger. Flights, Airport Transfer, drinks and gratuities are not included.

SPRING or FALL BEAR HUNT with Nashwaak River Outfitters, New Brunswick, Canada – Value $1250
Five (5) day Spring Bear hunt for bow, crossbow, rifle or muzzleloader May or June 2014 or Fall Bear hunt in September for bow or crossbow only. Camp has kitchen, hot showers, washroom, sleeping quarters upstairs. You will need to prepare your own meals. License is not included. Includes transportation to and from stand, bear recovery and hide preparation for trip home. Winner must bring a full paying guest at $1250. Deposit of $250 required. Must call outfitter by April 7. NEW! 10% discount for additional hunters

HANDMADE KNIFE by Larry Little
Larry Little will be donating one of his extraordinary handmade knives.

CLIMBING TREE STAND will be raffled off courtesy of a generous donation from Hamilton-Wenham Rod & Gun Club, Inc. – Value $250

WHITETAIL HUNT with Illinois Whitetail Services LLC, Illinois – Value $2500
Buy one discounted hunt, get one free. An MBA member (verification required) can purchase one hunt for the MBA discounted price of $2000, and get a second hunt for free. Regular non MBA member is $2500. Please contact outfitter for available dates and to make reservation as soon as possible after successful bid. Includes lodging, meals, tree stands, and transportation to stands. License is not included.

SPRING BEAR HUNT with Taxis River Outfitters, New Brunswick, Canada – Value $2000
Six (6) night, Five (5) day Black Bear hunt between April 21-June 26 for bow, rifle, muzzle loader, compound bow or shotgun. Includes meals, lodging, tax, guide, transportation, stands, and baits. Does not include license which costs $185 US. Winner must bring one full paying guest at $2000.

BOW HOLDER donated by Larry Hill
Newly designed and hand-made by Larry Hill.

SPRING/FALL 2014 BEAR or WHITETAIL HUNT at Adair’s Wilderness Lodge, New Brunswick– Value $2700
Six (6) night, five (5) day bear hunt Sunday through Saturday. Package includes all accommodations, meals, guide service and transportation to and from all hunting sites. Winner must bring one full paying client. License is not included.

WHITETAIL ARCHERY HUNT with H&S Hunting, Illinois – Value $2250
Five (5) day Whitetail Archery Hunt in South Central Illinois (Norris City). Contact outfitter for available dates. Winner must bring a full paying guest at $2250. Hunt includes food, lodging, treestands, and guides. Hunt does not include airport pickup, license or gratuities for cook.

$50 OFF MOUNT OF YOUR CHOICE at North American Game Taxidermy – Value $50
Dave Oliveira is donating several certificates for $50 OFF mount of your choice at North American Game Taxidermy.

NANTUCKET RABBIT HUNT with “Beagle Joe” Cormick
World famous dog handler “Beagle Joe” Cormick is donating a 2-3 day rabbit hunt for 2 on Nantucket Island January-February 2015. Food and Lodging are not included. However, Joe has a house with rooms available to rent for $20/person/night. The past seasons, Joe and his dogs along with several hunters have had great success and a wonderful time.

RAM HUNT with Adam Hill Hunting Adventures LLC, PA – Value $800
Call for more information. License, lodging and food are not included in this hunt.

$250 CASH PRIZE – will be raffled off courtesy of a generous donation from the League of Essex County Sportsmen’s Clubs

FREE LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP – will be raffled off courtesy of the Massachusetts Bowhunters Association

$250 OFF a HOG HUNT with Cold Brook Hunts – Value $250
Cold Brook Hunts is offering a deep discount to the winner of this item: $450 for a $750 Hog Hunt. Winner must bring a full paying customer at $750.