A new way to film your next hunt the BASH Tripod

by Dave Langston on October 6, 2011

Hunting season has just arrived and many of us are or have
been heading to the hills looking to whack that big buck of a lifetime. With
all the gadgets on the market this one caught my eye and after a year of using
it I have come to one conclusion that it works great in the field.

First this handy package comes in a Real tree or Mossy Oak pattern. The Tripod comes equipped with a number of features that will give the hunter the edge he needs to harvest his buck and capture the moment on film. Lets look at what the Tripod offers:

The Bash tripod has a rifle and bow holder that we can all appreciate. Whether you are in a
blind or hunting in the open field the tripod will hold your weapons off the
ground instead of leaning them against a tree or brush or even in the dirt. A
major plus when knowing where your weapon is at all times. It also offers
protection from mud, dirt or snow and keeps your scope from bumping the ground.

The next feature I like is the binocular holder. The mount offers another hand to hold your glass steady looking at your game without setting down your rifle or other equipment. To me that is
invaluable. Along with the binocular holder comes a spotting scope / camera
mount. This is a feature that I have truly come to love. How many times have
you looked for that perfect rest for a mini tripod to keep your scope steady?
More than you care to think about. On the tripod the scope always sits at eye
level. Also it is a universal camcorder or camera mount. Now you can film your
hunt without the need of a second person or cameraman. Something we all want to do.

The arms of both the binocular mount and camera mount swing out of the way in order for you to use the rifle rest that is on top of the tripod. With all these features a hunter can look through his binoculars, turn on the camera and rest his rifle for the perfect hunt scenario. The added bonus is a steady rest to give you a quick and clean kill on camera. And for bow hunters you can pop off the rifle rest and turn it into an arrow holder! What more can a hunter ask for!

Just when you think it can’t get any better the makers of BASH Tripod offer a light mount to
help you dress your game in the dark. If you’re like me I hunt the evening
hours and it never seems to fail that I drop an old mossy back right at the
last hours of light. With the light mount you can set the tripod up so you can
have the perfect lighting source to help you clean your animal and also keep
your fingers intact with blades wheeling around.

In my testing over the year I have found that the tripod offers the sportsmen something he
has never had access to, another hand in the field that takes place of a
cameraman and also access to a steady binocular holder with a rifle rest all in
one. With the entire setup weighing in at only 2.5 pounds this is one product
you won’t mind strapping to your pack!

Check them out at www.BashTripod.com  for additional information.

QUALITY: This is an aluminum machine-shopped product made in
the USA. The entire product is backed by a lifetime warranty. What more can I

RELIABILITY: After a year of wear and tear deer hunting to
turkey hunting the body of the tripod has stayed intact minus a few scratches.
The strap could be more durable as I have broken it once.  The aluminum housing does create unwanted noise but  extra padding should quiet it. A well made American product.

PRICE/VALUE: Can you put a price on a cameraman? How about a third
or fourth hand? If you could it would cost well more than the $119.00 you spend
on the basic tripod. Some of the features cost extra and a fully loaded tripod
costs close to $250 for a lifetime of hunting and filming. But on the other
hand I am sure the cameraman would cost at least that much…for 1 hunt!

REFERABILITY: I have no doubt this is my favorite piece of equipment on my hunts. If I use it then you
should be to. I have and would refer this to all my colleagues in the hunting


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Mule Deer Hunting Forecast SE Idaho

by Dave Langston on September 22, 2011

2011 Looks good for big Mule Deer


Dave Langston

    It’s here; finally after 10 long months hunting season has arrived. With the beginning of September brings archery season and this year has hunters looking to arrow a deer or elk. I am going to give you some advice, tips and areas to concentrate on this hunting season. I am leaving out the draw hunt units and concentrating on open units for general deer season this edition.


Idaho Fish and Game has reported a very dismal forecast for deer season as far as young deer go. With a 75 to 90 percent kill off this past spring for fawn survival in many areas, don’t expect young two points to make up this years harvest.


But, on the other hand the past few winters have been mild and hunters should expect to see more three and four points in the field. In fact, I have been scouting hard this year and have seen more bucks in the 20 inch and up class in the past two decades.  In a nutshell, hunters could be looking at more of a trophy year than in the past twenty years. I am really expecting to see more 150 class bucks and up brought into the check stations this year, some real mature bruisers!


A top bet for a general hunt in southeast Idaho this year could lie in Arbon Valley south of American Falls in unit 73A and portions of 56. Over the past three years I have seen some dandy 30-inch bucks with heavy horns taken from this are. Here expect a lot of posted ground surrounding BLM land. So knowing a landowner could be your ticket to hunting bliss. Expect some deep-forested land surrounded by fields and CRP land.


Another good bet is near Toponce and Cow Camp west of Chesterfield reservoir encompassing units 71 and 74. Here you will be hunting close to Shoshone Bannock reservation border but large bucks call this area home. This is big land and a lot of dense forested areas with plenty of aspen side hills and evergreen slopes. This is a place of elk, cougars and large bucks. The action here will be fast so shots will be in the 200 yard and under range. Creeks are plentiful but with the amount of precipitation this year water will not be a factor.


A sleeper unit this year could be 77 northeast of Preston and east of Oneida reservoir. The Cache national forest is a top bet for elk but the biggest bucks in Idaho have been taken from this area in the past. These dark forested mountains with very little open flat areas let deer grow big and most reach maturity. Most of the shooting will be done in aspen filled draws or in the deep evergreen gullies and ravines. Chances are good that you will bust a huge mature buck or even one of the monster mossy back non-typical deer that Idaho is famous for if the hunting Gods smile upon you. A good spotting scope is needed to find bedded bucks in this area and expect to put some miles on as most of this area is up and down.


The year looks bleak for a large harvest and no harvest record will be set for sure. But, hunters looking for that once in a lifetime buck could be in for a real treat if they get out and do their homework before the season starts!




The 2011 ICAST

by Dave Langston on July 24, 2011

The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades. The ICAST, in Las Vegas, Nevada. And what a show it was. I walked around the whole three days and every day I saw something new. There were hundreds of  booths and manufacturers that were showcasing their new products, and products that have been a staple for years, only to add new tweaks and twists to them.  Admittedly, this was my first opportunity to attend such a great event. I can safely say, it will not be my last trip here. As a charter boat captain and angler, it was great to be able to see what everyone has been working on for the past year. There were a few items that really caught my attention. Most of them were things that have never been seen on the market. As long as we have been trying to refine the industry, it was evident, this is still possible. Just when we think we could not see anything new or innovative, there was many surprises here. Of course we tend to get a little complacent with the “big boys” in the trade. But, the “big boys” brought their new toys and completely rocked the fishing world with them. Most impressive to me was how simple these new designs were.  I have to mention Plano Tackle systems. With the “Best in Show” award, the newly designed Hydro-Flow tackle box was a huge hit. We have all seen it. Water retention in our stow-away tackle box carry cases. They have designed a system to let the water weep away and giving way to a dryer and more manageable tackle box. No more dumping out water after your trip and waiting for it to dry before packing it up for the next trip. Just a great example of a new twist on a very dependable staple. One of the products I was totally fascinated with was a brand new one. The “Cush-It” from LunaSea. As long as we have been fighting fish with a rod and reel, we have been getting bruised and battered from the end of a rod. Sharp and hard, notched, all the things we deal with to catch big or small fish. Ending a day of fishing is not supposed to be something we walk away from with battle scars. Bruised hips, battered bodies and considerations about whether or not we want to go back, is counter productive for an activity that is supposed to be enjoyed. The Cush-It has completely eliminated the pain associated with fighting big fish on stand-up gear. With the three different sizes, the stand up is only one of the types of fishing that benefits from this amazing product. Simple, efficient and cost effectiveness can be summed up very easily with this one. From A to Z, this year’s ICAST was a huge success and not to mention the best of the best attending it this year. I was able to get interviews with the likes of  Bill Dance, Jim Zumbo, Al Lindner and more. From new lures to the best in the clothing manufacturers, like TopWater Clothing. Brad Aultman has some of the best designs to top of the line quality. I was proud to be able to get in the mix with an early showcase of new and great things to come out very soon. I would advise everyone to pay close attention to the new additions to the line up this year and look at what the shelves will hold this coming year.

This is Captain Craig Mann for the Western States Sportsman. I want to wish tight lines and huge success to all of you in the outdoor world. Please make it a safe one and take a kid. We have a responsibility to take care of our earth and our children. We are only here for a short while and all we truly own is our legacy. Make that a good one.

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Top Southeast Idaho Fishing Waters

by Dave Langston on July 19, 2011

Dave Langston

Summer is officially here and anglers are heading to the rivers and lakes in search of gear ripping rainbows and top water bass action. But, with high waters anglers are finding it difficult to navigate most familiar fishing haunts and fish are scattered. The wise angler is going to have to dig deep in his bag of tricks in order to bring fish to the net this year. A fish locator is a must at this point due to the amount of water in most reservoirs. Here is a rundown on some of the key areas anglers may want to consider during the summer months that lie ahead.

Twin Lakes is a warm water fishery located 16 miles north of Preston. Water levels are slowly dropping and late August could be your best bet as fish will congregate near structure. At this point the reservoir is still full giving bass, crappie, bluegill and perch a large amount of habitat and scattering fish.

Bluegill are in spawning mode and can be located in back bays and coves in shallow water. Large mouth are also spawning as a late spring and summer has pushed the spawning season off by a few weeks.

Bring the kids as this is a “Family Friendly” reservoir and length limits do not apply. Harvest limits do apply on bass and trout.

The Portneuf River Near Lava Hot Springs is a good bet for rainbows, browns and cutthroats but expect water levels to be high and water clarity murky at best until late July into August. Best bet is near Whiskey Mikes Tavern and the Pebble Creek access road. At this point live bait like worms, hoppers or crickets are top choices. Spinners will be effective as water levels drop and clarity returns to normal.

The Blackfoot Reservoir near Soda Springs is pumping out large rainbows and cutthroats up to and over the five pound mark. Local anglers are scoring trolling Rapalas or other crank baits in perch or shad colors. Fish finders will help you pinpoint schooling fish as they cruise the reservoir early and late.

If your looking for lunker trout Hawkins Reservoir near Downey is a good bet. Idaho Fish and Game stocked large brooders up to ten pounds and anglers are tying into a few of these monsters. Bank anglers are scoring using worms and marshmallows. Trollers are doing well using a wedding ring setup with a worm on the trailer hook. Early morning and late evening hours are your best bet. This reservoir completely shuts down during the day.

American Falls Reservoir which is the current state record holder giving up a 20 pound rainbow in 2010, is giving up some tackle wrecking rainbows this season. Fish over the ten pound mark are common and 15 pound plus fish are not unheard of. With good precipitation over the past 3 years, anglers may be enjoying some of the best fishing this reservoir has seen in nearly two decades.

Although bank anglers do well during early spring boaters take over in June, July and August. Trolling gold 8 – 10 inch deep running rapalas is the key to fill a cooler. Again, a fish finder is a must due to the abundance of water in the reservoir. This gives anglers the edge avoiding dead water and fishing more productive areas where fish are holding. Reports by anglers have fish on the take in the very early morning hours and again around 9 pm as the sun dips behind the horizon.


Keeping Our Perspective

May 13, 2011

Those of us that work or play in the outdoors can accurately say that there are many things we need to remember. A simple walk through the woods can lead to many situations. Some of which we don’t want to think about, but none the less, we need to consider when we venture in. Most […]

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Passing It On

May 1, 2011

Mid September, in a place where I had been many times before. I was comfortable there, in the tree. I was in a loc-on. Season had been open only for about a week. I had put many hours in this property in the past six years. planting, scouting, hanging stands, cutting lanes and pruning. I […]

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You Never Know

April 27, 2011

“It’s the start of a new season. The air is still cool, wind is calm and water is slick. I have a family looking to have a good day. For all I know, they are on their first trip of their lives. It is quite possible they have saved for years to take this fishing trip […]

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New Show! Winter Scouting: Whitetails

April 19, 2011

Join Western States Sportsman ProStaff Ken Baney as he shows you how to up the odds in your favor for next years hunt. Ken shows you the food, habitat and habits of the wintering whitetail deer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLfqtRx_Gg0 See us at WesternStatesSportsman.com

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Sportsman’s Profile: Robert Millage First Wolf Killed in U.S.

April 18, 2011

Sportsman’s Profile By Dave Langston     This week we are talking to Robert Millage of Kamiah, Idaho. Robert is a hunter and angler and also has the distinction of taking the first wolf in Idaho during the 2009 season. He also owns and operates a hunting website and sales real estate. Dave: Robert, what […]

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Idaho Outdoor Getaways

April 18, 2011

Outdoor Getaways By Dave Langston     The “Cabin fever blues” are just about gone as spring fast approaches. With that in mind, many of us are looking forward to getting away from it all. A trip to the mountains, rivers or lakes is in order. But where should I go? With so many to choose […]

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