Saturday, July 31, 2010

Flyfish the Roaring Fork

Make sure to watch in HD!

Friday, July 30, 2010

New Arizona E-Z Fletch "Mini"

The new Arizona E-Z Fletch "Mini"

The new E-Z Fletch "Mini" is designed for fletching shorter vanes like these Blazers

The top arrow was fletched with the Standard E-Z Fletch and the bottom arrow was fletched with the"Mini". Notice how much more helical the bottom arrow has to help quickly stabilze your arrows in flight.

I picked up the new Arizona E-Z Fletch "Mini" yesterday at Archery Headquarters. This little tool is the ticket for fletching your own arrows. The new "Mini" puts a little more helical on your fletching which gives your arrows more spin and helps the arrow stabilize in flight. The Arizona E-Z Fletch is simple to use and reatails for $46.95. If you already have an Arizona E-Z Fletch you can purchase the "Mini" arms for around $16.95 and convert your standard E-Z Fletch to the "Mini". I highly recomend this tools. Here is what the Arizona E-Z Fletch web site has to say about the new "Mini"

New E-Z Fletch "Mini" lets you fletch short BLAZER style vanes up to 2 ¼” with maximum helical for more accurate arrow flight, specifically designed for shooting tighter, more consistent groups when shooting with broadheads. The Mini is perfect for carbon arrows, 5/16” (.3125) diameter or smaller.

New E-Z Fletch ‘Mini” lets you fletch vanes up to 2 ¼” with maximum helical for more accurate arrow flight.
Precision fletching every time with ARIZONA E-Z FLETCH:
Also Available for Carbon, Wood, Aluminum, Feathers, Vanes, Helical, Straight, 3 or 4.
Check out the Arizona E-Z Fletch & Randy Philips in action!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

2009-10 AZ Super Raffle Elk Tag

This picture has been floating around and apparently the Mullins Bros. have done it again!  Check out Mullins Outiftters website for more details to come soon I am sure!  Another great bull by Jim and Matt Mullins, congrats to the hunter.  Text I got is 415" gross.  Awesome bull and can't wait to hear the full story.  AZ super raffle raises a lot of money for our animals!

UPDATE- Jim is going to post some more pics at make sure to check it out!  Congrats again to all involved!

Eagle's Nest Wilderness

Janis and I went to do a little hiking and glassing this morning and were greeted by a beautiful sunrise in the Eagle's Nest Wilderness.  Our climb of two hours and about 2500 vertical feet brought us to a great vantage where we saw some deer and a mountain goat.  The summit of our hike was at about 12,150 feet.  We enjoyed some Wilderness Athlete along the way to keep us charging!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Building a Trail Camera

I have been building game cameras for a couple of years now. I think I have over 20 cams under my belt. I helped my brother Kirk build a couple of cameras recently and thought I would share what it takes to build your own game camera. Usually it takes me three days to complete a camera from start to finish. The first step is to purchase a camera that will fit your needs. I usually use the Sony P32 or P41 cameras. I have also used the Sony W55 but it is a little more complicated to hack (take apart the camera and wire it to a board that runs the camera). Here is a link showing how I wire the camera (Sony P32 Hack). Here are a couple of great links that tell about the different cameras and how to hack them. The first is Hags House and other is PA Trail Cams. Both these sites have some great info on them. The board I use for most of my cameras is made by BF Outdoors and is called the Bigfoot Board. Once you have your camera you will need to decide which case you are going to use. I like the Plano and Pelican cases for my cameras because they are tough and waterproof. Once I have my case I drill a 3/8" hole through it and insert a metal tube that my cable lock will go through. I epoxy or glue the tube in place. This tube also serves as a shelf for my camera to sit on inside the case. Once my tube is in place I set the camera on the shelf and close the lid. I then take a marker and mark the center of the lens and the flash on the outside of the case. I also mark the holes for the board at this time. Once I have everything marked I take the case to the work bench and cut and drill out all my holes. When my holes are drilled and cut out I glue in the glass for the flash and lens and put the screws in for the board and let everything dry overnight. Once everything is glued and dryed I like to make sure my case is water proof. I stuff toilet paper into the case and submerge the case in the sink for a couple of minutes. If the toilet paper is dry inside you are ready to move on to the next step. Once my case is water proof I put a thin coat of Liquid Nails on the outside of the case. After I have coated the case I then go back and texture the case with Liquid Nails to make it look like bark. I usually let the case dry for a full day before I paint. Once the case is dry I will spray paint the case to the color of the trees I plan to hang the camera on. Please feel free to email me with any questions if you are thinking about building your own camera @

Advantages to making your own Game Camera

1. High quality pictures (3.2-12 Mega Pixells)
2. Quick trigger speed 1-2 seconds
3. Sensitivity adjustments for less false pictures
4. Long Battery Life
5. If something breaks you can repair or replace that part
6. Secure with cable lock holding case closed and to the tree
7. Lots of settings on the board
8. Reveiw pics on the camera screen

Plano Case

Drill 3/8" Hole for pipe thru

Ready to Goop pipe thru

Cable lock will go into pipe hole

Mark center of lens and flash

Ready to test for leaks

Dunk test

No leaks

First coat whole case

Cable holds camera to the tree and makes camera secure

Here are a few field pics from these cameras

Monday, July 26, 2010

Bowhunter Happening Video

ABA Bowhunter Happening 2010

I just got home from the Arizona Bowhunters Association Bowhunter Happening. The event took place at Sunrise Ski Resort in the White Mountains. Randy Philips from the ABA and owner of Archery Headquarters had asked me to do a seminar on Finding Big Bulls at the shoot. My dad and my two boys Parker and Paul left Friday morning to head to the White Mountains. We got pounded by rain on our drive up to the event. We arrived late Friday afternoon and my friends Rusty and Melony Ulmer invited us to join their camp. Rusty hosted a 100 yard broadhead shoot on Saturday at camp. The guys that shot in the shoot are amazing!!!!!! It was very fun to watch and I picked up some good pointers from some of the guys. I did my seminar on Saturday and got to watch some of the other seminars as well. The rain let up enough both Saturday and Sunday to get some shooting in. Parker and Paul shot the Paul Line Big Bear kids course. Paul Line has been doing the kids course for 30 years!!! This was his last year and he will definitely be missed. Thank you Paul for all the things you have done for our sport over the last 30 years. I was able to go shoot one of the courses with Chris and Mark Denham. Chris and Mark both drew archery bull tags this year. The bulls are going to be in trouble from what I saw on the course. It was great catching up with old friends and meeting lots of new people at the shoot. My boys had so much fun. It was nice to see lots of kids at the event. We saw lots of elk and some antelope while driving to and from the shoot. One of the high points of the trip was when we were pulling onto the highway to head home a wolf was standing 40 yards off the road waiting to cross. We were able to pull over and watch the wolf for a couple of minutes before he disappeared into the trees. There was a sign on the road to our camp that said the area we were in is a wolf recovery area. We had such a good time at the ABA Bowhunter Happening that we are definitely going to be headed back next year.

Nicole Rimsza

Brian Rimsza

100 yard targets

Chris & Mark Denham

Paul Line Big Bear Shoot
Thank you Paul for the 30 years of helping kids get into archery. We will miss you next year.

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