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---------- By: Warren Offenburg

           The staff of the GPHA likes to share with you when we find a product that we feel increases a hunter’s chance to harvest predators. All of the products that we represent are ones that we personally use, and that we believe in. While there have been many innovations in the predator world, I feel that one of the greatest assets in my arsenal is the electric golf cart.

            Not only does it provide a quiet way to approach a set, it also helps to control the scent pattern left when scouting and hunting. By spraying the tires with a proven scent control product like Lethal, and possibly hanging rags with urine on them, it greatly reduces the scent left by walking the area. It also keeps perspiration down by eliminating the need to walk long distance, which is critical from winter when we are bundled up to protect from the cold, or when temperatures rise and any activities make us break out in that wet stuff we call sweat !! And best of all, it gives us away to haul our harvest out of the area without having to manually drag them out. We have actually driven inside of 50 yards of monster bucks and hogs in the fields both in daylight and especially at dark, and have killed several coyotes that crossed our path in the fields at night, totally unaware of our presence.

            There are many choices and options available in the golf cart world, but there are a few features that are critical. I have a standard 36v cart with the basic 2hp motor, which works fine on hard, level ground with two hunters. The ideal setup, though, is a high-torque motor like the 8hp Beast motor, which helps to climb hills and handles loose soils and mud, whereas the 2hp will stall out. Another critical item, in my opinion, is the rear seat that lets down to a flat bed. The extra seat allows additional hunters, and the flat bed is a great shooting platform that gives the shooter a higher perspective, increasing the field of view. We have had as many as six passengers on our Beast Buggy, and hunted all night in plowed fields with absolutely no problems getting in and out. The next necessity is red headlights, to keep from spooking game while driving at night. And last, but certainly not least, is a good analog volt meter. The digital ones are nice, but I prefer the analog type to accurately let me know the state of charge on my buggy. The last thing you want to do is have your batteries go dead in the middle of a field or forest!

The most important thing is to find a dealer that actually builds carts from scratch over one that just buys carts and re-sells, or puts kits together. I am fortunate to have a resource in a classmate named Mike Williams, who is the owner of Mike’s Golf Carts in Perry, Ga. When it comes to having not only a dependable build, but the ability to make changes to the cart without compromising the structural integrity, being able to work with a true fabricator is a must. Inquire with the dealer about their experience, and ask to see some of their custom work. We are currently working with Mike to come up with a Predator Hunting Specific package that incorporates conveniences that cater to our sport.

            The best thing about a cart is that the family can enjoy it when we are not hunting. From joy riding the neighborhood to chores in the yard to retrieving the mail … these are all things to use to help convince the Mrs. to let you invest, which we all know is the most critical hurdle to overcome!  Believe me … I have spent a lot of money on this sport that we love, and I can honestly say that the electric cart has been the best investment yet. It extended our hunting season throughout the entire summer of 2012, when normally walking into sets would have left us drenched with sweat and defeated the purpose. My partner and I were able to help several farmers with their hog problems, and also continue to kill coyotes in July and August.

           Thanks for the opportunity to share this tip with you, and thank you for reading our newsletter. Please stay tuned, as we have some more exciting news in our next letter, and we look forward to your feedback and contributions.

Until next time, please be safe in the field, and take a kid hunting every chance you get!

Posted by Chris Inman Sunday, March 22, 2015 1:33:00 PM Categories: Tech Tips

‘Yote Hunting with a Bow? Really??? 

---------- By: Ben Yelverton

I’d like to begin by stating I do not profess to be a great hunter, let alone any kind of  “Bow Hunter”. I more enjoy the woods, the experience and the outdoors.  So let’s begin.  I met the guys from GPHA a few years back at the Scurry Outdoors – Predator Show.  We talked about predator hunting and shared other stories.  Ironically, since meeting the guys, I haven’t seen a coyote on our hunting club in over two (2) years.  The last sighting was during the 2009 Turkey Hunting season when my Dad and I saw two in a large field.  Since getting my bow a just a few years ago, I  have gotten close but nothing yet - still desiring my first bow kill of any kind. I started the bow hunting season of 2012 with minimal luck.  I left work and met my father in the woods and at approximately 6pm he texted me that a coyote was coming through the field headed my way.  I looked deep into the hardwoods when I began to see the “white flags” pop up and scatter.  Six (6) deer frantically fleeing the area, another text:  “yote #2 on its way to you”.  Glassing the woods again, I fail to see any coyote.  At dark, we return to the trucks with our standard phrase, “any bad day in the bush is better than a great day at work”.

We return the next day for an evening hunt.  Selecting another bow stand, I get somewhat lucky and have a spike walk in on me.  Again, looking for the first bow kill ever, I draw and he proceeds to cleverly shield himself behind two large pine trees.  I attempt to hold the draw for over ten minutes… the bow hunters know where this is headed.  Remember, I don’t profess to be an experienced bow hunter.  I touch the release while shaking all over and Ting, Ding, Bing the arrow flies all over the place after hitting a limb and off runs my spike.  I immediately get frustrated and consider quitting bow hunting forever, I text Dad and tell the story.  He convinces me to calm down and wait it out.  I sit, frustrated and mad at myself, but with an hour of light left, I get up, clip on the release and wait.  Some twenty minutes later, I see a “dog” nose buried in the ground coming at a trot.  I glass him at about 60 yards coming down the fire break path, and see it’s a coyote.  My desire for my man cave trophies includes a coyote and wouldn’t you know it here it comes.  Continuing to trot to about 20 yards it breaks broadside to me.  I use the classic deer stop technique – “mrrrrrp”.  The ‘yote locks down for a split second in a dead stop.  The release trips and I see my arrow sticking in the dirt with the knock illuminated.  The coyote begins to walk off and I start yelling at myself…”you missed ‘em, you idiot – you are terrible – bow hunting for me is over – I quit!!!”   The ‘yote goes about 20 feet and falls over.  “What!!!  Oh my god!!!  Did I get him?”  I get down and grab my arrow, and it’s covered in blood.  A clear pass-through and I have my first bow kill and it’s a COYOTE!!!  Immediately my criticism of my shooting and hunting ability turns to praise and for a brief moment I believe I am the greatest Bow Hunter in the World.   I text my Dad and we celebrate at the truck with photos, high fives.  I know you’ve all been there.

My father and I both know that morning hunts at our place have been less than productive - down-right frustrating.  Dad suggests we just sleep in, get stuff done around the house and watch the NASCAR race.  So the debate in my head begins – “you know you’re not going to see anything.”  Then a little voice whispers back, “You can’t kill ‘em from the house!!!”  So I tell Dad I’m going to come out for a few hours and then get the house stuff done.  So I wake the next morning and head out – still riding high from last night’s kill.  I check my wind and select a different stand and settle in.  It’s about 8am and with nothing yet, I know I am headed into the typical morning – nothing, not even a squirrel.  I am sitting several feet in the woods just off of one of our food plots. 

     Suddenly out of the corner of my eye I see something trotting on the edge.  Another Coyote – What!!!  Continuing along the edge, I am able to get up and draw.  I didn’t get it stopped but tripped the release and at 35.5yds…thwack!!!  It begins to spin, flip, jump, etc.  I see the part of the arrow break so I proceed to call it a female dog, “you b***h, you broke my arrow”.  The ‘yote continues to move and I get off another shot, grazing its hind end and cutting a bunch of muscle.  It falls and is wounded hard.  I remain in the stand for some-time texting Dad the results, as he sits having coffee in his kitchen.

     Then all of a sudden I hear – cluck, cluck, cluck.  Five female hens begin to come down the path.  It seems that I had just done what the adopted GPHA t-shirt says,  “Save a Turkey, Kill a Coyote”!!  Eventually time passes and I get down to inspect, and yes…it seems the name I called the ‘yote for breaking my arrow and lighted knock was indeed accurate - a female coyote lay at my feet.  You’ve got to be kidding me – two coyotes in two days.  Will I be rewarded in Turkey season with a Big Tom for protecting turkeys from the ‘Yotes?…Only time will tell?  Thanks for letting me share, and I have still not come down from the high of my first and second bow kills.

Craig H. Hoffman              GPHA Member

Equipment List from the Hunt for those interested:

Bow:                             Bowtech   -   Assassin
Arrow:                          Carbon Express Mayhem – 350
Broadhead:                 Ram Cat 100gr

ScentLock Savannah EXT top to bottom, Irish Setter Rubber Boots, Scott’s Archery Release, Steiner Bino’s, Dead Down Wind – Scent Eliminator products.



 

Posted by Chris Inman Sunday, March 22, 2015 1:26:00 PM Categories: Members Corner Predator Hunting Tech Tips

Urban Airgun Follow-Up 

---------- By: Rick Ward

In our first news letter, I wrote about some great hunting opportunities for those who live in the cities and urban areas. After writing the article I could not get air gun hunting out of my head. I began to research the opportunities in greater depth, and found that air guns had been around since the 1700s. In fact, it is well documented that Lewis and Clark had a big bore 50 cal. pre-charged pneumatic (pcp) air rifle that held 21 shots and was capable of 50 to 100 yard kill shots! I could hardly contain my excitement as I researched these amazing guns. I went to www.pyramydair.com and began to look at the guns and the reviews that where listed. This company has done a fantastic job at making available the information that you would need to know about any gun that you would want to buy.  Things like noise levels, pellet speed and muzzle energy just to name a few.

I then found a show on the pursuit channel called the American Air gunner, and they where squirrel hunting and had featured an RWS model 34P in .22 cal. After checking the prices and finding them within my budget, I thought “what the heck”, so I ordered one and I was in business. I was like a kid waiting on Christmas Day. When the gun arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find how well built the gun was. It came with a scope and it took me less than thirty minutes to install and sight it in. At 40 yards it was stacking up pellets that you could cover up with a dime. I then went around the neighborhood and got permission to hunt small areas like gardens, orchards and pecan groves . I went and got camoed up and set out varmint hunting. I was able to harvest some crows and squirrels, and a rabbit from a fall garden. Once this happened, I was hooked! I have had a whole new world opened up to me. The RWS performs well for an entry level adult air gun and it is good for small game, but I wanted something with some punch. I have some friends that are pro staff at Crossman, so after reading and reading and reading some more, I centered on their Marauder line, and just had to get my hands on a Benjamin Marauder .25 caliber. I called a friend and got my hands on a loaner to use for the hunting season, and let me just say that it is a beast!

 I have to tell you that it cost a little bit to get started with a PCP but if you are an urban hunter and that is the only place you had to hunt it we be the same as investing what most predator hunters invest in the sport. The Marauder is under $ 500.00, but you have to have a way to fill the onboard air tank that holds 3000 psi. There are several options to choose from to fill your gun, I started out using a special high pressure hand pump to fill the gun . I bought a scuba tank and quickly found that it is the best way to go, and that rig is another $ 200 to $ 500 depending on what you buy. Used tanks can be found cheap on the internet. (NOTE: these tanks are good for five years at a time before they have to be hydro tested and recertified .) The good part is that it only cost about 6 bucks to get the tank filled at your local scuba shop or paint ball shop, and you can get twelve to fifteen fills from your scuba tank on a single fill.

Don’t let that scare you away, because this gun can kill hogs and coyotes and anything smaller. The gun shoots 900 FPS and has 50 FPE. It has an effective range out to a hundred twenty five yards, depending on what you are hunting. I would recommend head shots on hogs, coyotes, fox, and coons. The Marauder is American made, and it is a bolt action repeater that holds (8) .25 cal. pellets in a rotary magazine. The gun also has a shrouded barrel (fully suppressed… that’s right… it is very quiet) . I also found it to be extremely accurate, as I stacked up 8 shots at thirty yards! You can adjust the two stage power shots out of one tank fill. Or you can tune it for 1500 to 2000 psi (this is considered low trigger to your liking and the gun can also be adjusted and tuned by the user to what ever pressure you would like to shoot. For example if you want to fill it to 3000 psi and shoot high pressure and have it hammer something, you can get 16 full power shots out of one tank fill. Or you can tune it for 1500 to 2000 psi (this is considered low pressure), and get 30 -40 target shooting shots per fill. All of this can be done without taking the gun apart.

 I have taken some small game with this gun but I have dedicated this season to hunt the urban areas for what I have set up to be a “grand slam” consisting of a hog, coyote, fox and a raccoon. The hard part is… I have hunting obligations using firearms as well, but I like a challenge, so I will be writing about it throughout the hunting season. I would like to say that air gunning takes some getting use to, and some dedication, but if you want a challenge and new places to hunt get an air gun and try the URBAN AREAS.

Until next time good luck and shoot safe

Posted by Chris Inman Sunday, March 22, 2015 1:18:00 PM Categories: Tech Talk

4th Annual Coyote Classic Summary 

The Georgia Predator Hunting Association, a non-profit group devoted to education about and the promotion of the sport of coyote hunting, was proud to present the 4th Annual GPHA Coyote Classic sponsored by LETHAL Scent Control, on February 15-17, 2013. The event was headquartered at the Clean Control factory at 1040 Booth Rd. in Warner Robins, Ga, which is the parent company of LETHAL scent control. This event was a continuation of the first ever statewide coyote competition started by the GPHA in 2010.

     In keeping with the GPHA’s commitment to provide the absolute best coyote calling competition in the state, some new and exciting changes were implemented in 2013 that proved to be another step forward. Last year’s addition of a team rep to travel with each team was continued this year, and had been adopted as a permanent part of the GPHA event. This provides a way to maintain the integrity of the contest, as well as the teams participating. In addition, it is a way to introduce new people to the sport, and allow them to learn from experienced hunters, or possibly even bring a new experience level to their team. This year, in response to feedback that some hunters felt like they were at a disadvantage to teams who utilize night vision aids, a separate category was offered that restricted hunting to the use of lights only in an attempt to invite more participants to the sport and offer a level playing field. The generous support of the title sponsor, LETHAL, allowed us to offer this new category with the same guaranteed payout of $1000.    

     The weather proved to be much more kind than last year, when heavy rains dominated and shortened the hunt for better than 12 hours. This year, skies were mostly clear, and temperatures were crisp and cool … ideal for coyote activity. Teams met at LETHAL’s factory at 6:00pm, and following a brief welcome of all participants and guests, were immediately paired with their reps by Ben Yelverton, Director of Member Relations. This was another change, made in the hopes of giving the teams and reps time to get acquainted and plan their strategies over dinner.  Rick Ward, Director of Marketing for the GPHA, asked for a blessing over the food and the hunt, and a meal prepared by Wendy Offenberg, Ashley Offenberg and Amanda Yelverton was served. All the while, our photographer Jolene Rydell was busy recording the event in pictures, which can be seen on our Facebook page,and soon on our web site. At the conclusion of the meal, the rules were reviewed with all participants by Warren Offenberg and Joe Rydell, the President and Vice President respectively of the GPHA, and the floor opened up to questions and clarifications. Once all were addressed, the meeting was adjourned at 7:44pm, and official start time of the hunt announced at 9:44 pm to establish a consistent start time even for those who had to travel to their home hunting grounds across the state.    

     The deadline to check in was 2:00pm, and teams began to check in around 1:20. As Joe Rydell, Ben Yelverton and Gary Turley weighed in each team’s harvest, Rick and Warren were making final preparations to present the best prize table to date to the winners, thanks to the tremendous support of our sponsors. LETHAL, MMI Tactical/DEPSOC360, Ambush Firearms, All Predator Calls, Coyote Craze, Crossover Camo, Foxpro, Hog Predators, Hornady, K2 Coolers, Mark Zepp, McKenzie Scent Duffel, Mojo Outdoors, Mossy Oak Productions, Predator Extreme, Rhino Blind and the Well Armed Woman. Once everyone had weighed in, and the results were tallied, the prize presentation began with raffles for the ladies, children and the Rep drawing. Then it was time to announce the results. The Winners were:

RESTRICTED CLASS

3rd – Team Doggy Style (Brett Mitchell, Brandon Mitchell, and Rep Shane Groves)

2nd - Team Predator Poison (Jeff Hughes, Brian McKinnon, and Rep Howard Shannon)

1st - Team Armadillo (Scott Godman, Bobby McDaniel, and Rep Matt Barecky)

All winners received cash and trophies. The 3rd place team also received a call and DVD package. The 2nd place team received Wicked Lights from All Predator Calls. The 2nd Place team rep and all members of the 1st Place team received a ¼ zip jacket from MMI Tactical/DEPSOC360. The inaugural winner of this category is a testament to the Rep process, as they are a new team that came out of the Rep pool in 2012.

Unlimited Class

4th - Team Have Gun Will Travel (Jeff Hudgins, Greg Carden and Rep Shane Groves)

3rd - Team McQueen (Ryan McQueen, Shane Saxton, and Rep Justin Henderson)

2nd – Team Hog Predators (John Harvey, Lee Wilson and Rep Rick Ward)

1st -  Team LBC (Mike Hattaway, Paul Smaha, and Rep Scott Radebaugh)

The 4th Place team received a cash award. The 3rd thru 1st place teams received cash and trophies, as well as prizes. The 3rd place team received a call and DVD package. The 2nd place team received ¼ zip jackets from MMI Tactical/DEPSOC360. And the 1st place team received Shell Jacket Systems from MMI Tactical/DEPSOC360. The 1st place team also had the highest turn-in of any team in GPHA Coyote Classic history.

     The final event of the day was the drawing for the GPHA Fundraiser Raffle. First prize was an Ambush Firearms rifle in choice of caliber and finish, and second prize was a hunt with Hog Predators.com .  The first drawing was for the Ambush rifle, and the winner was Gary Keown of Dawsonville, Ga.  The winner of the drawing for the hunt was Greg Carden of LaGrange, Ga.  The floor was opened to new business, and once all items were presented and discussed, the meeting was adjourned, thus marking the close of the 4th Annual GPHA Coyote Classic. The Georgia Predator Hunting Association would like to thank all of our participants, supporters and sponsors, especially LETHAL for being the Title Sponsor, and for the generous use of the facility. Without all of these, we could not bring you the best coyote contest in the state, and the entire Southeast.

 Please stay tuned to our Facebook page, and our website for new and exciting events with the GPHA.

Posted by Chris Inman Sunday, March 22, 2015 1:15:00 PM Categories: Predator Hunting
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