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Idaho Antelope James Blankenbeckler

Idaho Antelope

Last year I met a guy on a social media app for hunters called Racksite. I was asking him about hunting in Idaho. After several conversation he told me about a limited draw antelope hunt. I was immediately interested as a P&Y class  antelope was on my dream list. I put if for the tag and was lucky enough to draw one of the 5 non resident tags. After doing some research on hunting regs I found out that I couldn’t use my Dead Ringer Truama broadheads because they were mechanical. After reading about several fixed blade heads I settled on the Cabela’s STK-3 100gr heads. After tuning my my bow I was all set.

Our strategy since it was so dry this summer out west was to sit water holes. Two days before season we got the camp and blind all setup and ourselves settled in. Opening morning we got to the blind right before daylight and setup for a long hot day in the blind. As soon as daylight broke we saw to nice mule deer bucks coming our way and about 50 cows. The cows cane to the water and pushed the deer away. The morning and day was slow we saw three does about 1000yrds away but besides the cows that was it. We were constantly glassine and looking for movement. The cows would come back every few hours but that was it. About 2pm we had two bulls come in and decide to bed right by the water hole. This has me concerned since my previous antelope hunts the goats would t come to water with cows there. As Mike and I were eating a snack Mike saw something on the hill. He grabbed my binos and said there’s a goat and it’s a nice buck. The goat was over a half mile away in the hill side. As he feed along he just turned and made a beeline right toward the water. He was closing fast so Mike and I scrambled to close the windows we didn’t need and get all the cameras rolling. I was still nervous with the Bulls bedded by the water that he wouldn’t come to drink. I peaked out the side window and watch as he continued to head to the water on a rope. 150, 100, and now 75 yards from the water hole. I prepared for the shot as Mike started filming. The goat never once looked at the blind as he closed in. He stared down the Bulls as he approached the water. I came to full draw and settled my pin on his heart and waited for him to fully commit to drinking. Once his head was down in the water hole I slowly squeezed the trigger on my release. Suddenly the bow went of and the goat was running away. I wasn’t sure of my shot as I couldn’t see my arrow hit him. He ran about 35yrds stopped and and then started to spin around as he fell over. What an awesome hunt and time with good friends. Mike and I went to recover him and we had no ground shrinkage we had something rare we had ground growth.  My dream had come true I shot a 78″ goat on the first day of my hunt. I can’t think Cody Drapper enough for helping me out or Racksite for hooking to hunters up and making this possible.

Bow: Obsession Fusion 6
Rest: Vaportrail Micro Elite
Sight: Spot Hogg Fast Eddie
Broadhead: Cabela’s STK-3
Arrow: Victory RIP Elite 350’s
Stabilizers: Dead Center Archery
Strings & Cables: Vaportrail
Optics: Vortex Razor HD 12X50 binos and Ranger 1000 rangefinder
Camo: Drake Nontypical Gear
Camping Supplies: Cabela’s Outfitter
Cooler: Grizzly
POV Camera: Tactacam
Boots: Lacrosse Quickshot 8″
As always I use Dead Down Wind scent elimination products simply because they work and I trust them.


I started getting pictures of a deer we nicknamed fuzzy in July on our covert cameras. At first I had decided to let him grow another year until he kept his velvet and we knew something wasn’t right. We had several encounters with him but just couldn’t seal the deal. After gun season went out and the deer calmed down I was able to locate him again using a narrow block of timber to travel from bedding to feed. On December 8th we climbed into the stand with high hopes and not long after daylight we weren’t disappointed as he was the second deer we saw. He slowly made his way into range and after the shot he didn’t run far and went down in sight. Blessed to have another wonderful year in the woods.


Bow: Matthews the no cam
Optics: vortex diamondbacks
Bow case: skin
Backpack: badlands whitetail hybrid
Camo realtree
Trail camera: covert
Cooler: grizzly 150
Scent control: dead down wind

Rusty Jackson Last Day Black Bear

My year started off great with a trip back to Manitoba and Bloodvein River Outfitters. I had a great hunt last year with Clay and his dad Nick, taking my first black bear. On the first day of the hunt we settled in and had several close encounters with young bears. Just before dark a nice bear made his way into range and after coming to full draw I had to just watch as my camera informed me he had no view of the bears vitals. After letting the bow back down the bear made his way off with no other shot opportunity. We hunted hard for the next several days seeing bears every day, just not the size we were after. On the last day we had a small bear at the bait and heard a twig snap. When I looked to my left I saw a bigger bear coming in. As soon as the young bear saw him he bolted. The bigger bear came in extremely cautious and even ran off only to come back in after pacing around us for a while. As he walked back in he went by a large root ball of a blown down tree and I saw my chance to draw my bow. When he came out from behind the tree I let the arrow fly and it found its mark. The bear only went 50 yards and expired very quickly. Little did we know that the reason the bear was so cautious was because he was the bear that had came in on the first day. He has a scar across his nose  and that was how we were able recognize him. Had another wonderful experience with Bloodvein and cannot wait for the chance to go back.
bow; matthews htr no cam
arrow; victory vap
broadhead; deadringer trauma
camo; realtree
cooler; grizzly 150
scent control; dead down wind
trail camera; covert optics; vortex diamondbacks
backpack; badlands whitetail hybrid

Another Alberta black bear for Open Season TV camera crew


I got invited on a bear hunt in Alberta to film Hunter Jones one of Open Season Tv newest camera men to pursue his first black bear.   With this invitation I was offered the chance to be able to hunt for myself if Hunter was lucky enough to get one down.   First though was we are using CVA I’ll defiantly get a chance if I go.  Then the bad news we get there and the weather is horrible.  First two days nothing although a few bears where taking out of the guys in camp.  Which was still keeping our heads held high. Day three Hunter lays the smack down on his first black bear. Now it’s finally time to jump in front of the camera.  At this point I’m jacked Hunter just shot a good bear and now it’s my turn to pull the trigger!  With three days left thinking it was just a matter of time. Boy was I right and a matter of too much time as it came down to the last day.  We’ve been hunting climbers all week and just decided you know what last day lets just sit on the ground.  Start looking for a spot you know what let’s just set up 10 yards off the bait in that bit of cover right there.  Down to the last hour now and really loosing hope at this point. Then just like that out of nowhere this black bear is walking out of the small trees right in front of us.  Right to the bait he came!  Then right before he gets to the bait lays down where some oats spilled from the day before with his vitals right behind a tree.  Thinking really! This goes on for twenty minuets again thinking really!!!  With the CVA muzzleloader cocked and ready the bear finally gets up takes one step kinda Towards us and the bait.  I get the green light from Hunter. I have waited long enough and have 110% confidence in that CVA muzzeloader even with a slightly quartering to me shot.  Boom! That bear didn’t make it 15 yards before letting out the death moan and I just smoked my first black bear.  This trip was so much fun and just want to thank everyone that help Hunter and I tag our first black bears.

Open Season TV camera guy gets a chance at a Black Bear in Alberta


This trip was last second and very hectic to begin but boy was I glad made the trip to Alberta, Canada. Brad the other camera man for Open Season TV and I decided two days before the Alberta Black Bear season started that we wanted to make the trip up there, in both of us in full pursuit of killing our first bear. I was luckily behind the CVA  muzzeloader first! The first two days of our hunt were very rough, not seeing any movement at all, but most of this due to the 8 inches of snow we got the first day we arrived to camp and the unseasonable low temperatures! On the 3rd day after sitting for five and a half hours I hear Brad say “BEAR!” And I reply “WHERE” we both were both in disbelief cause it’s the first bear that either of us had ever even seen. This nice mature black bear began coming into the bait and my adrenaline was pumping more than ever. He came in and offered me a 15 yard shot perfect broadside shot and I was lucky enough to smoke him with the CVA. After seeing him fall about 10 yards away, the party began!! I was speak less and in disbelieve that I had finally completed one of my life long goals! Brad laid down some awesome footage of the hunt and I will never ever forget it! This was a hunt of a life time and a true memory that I will always cherish! its OPEN SEASON TV ON BLACK BEARS IN ALBERTA