Writers Hunt: Sunday Afternoon Arrival


2011 Ryan Outdoors Writers Camp is Sponsored by: ATSKO, Grim Reaper Broadheads, ThermaCELL, HECS – Human Energy Concealment and outfitted by Trophies West Outfitters.

Collin Cottrell

On Sunday afternoon everyone arrived in hunting camp. I could feel the excitement and energy right away. Once everyone was settled in their rooms and unpacked, we got into the trucks to put out a few blinds and scout the area till dark.

I was in a truck with Jay and Brock from Grim Reaper Broadheads and Terry, the guide. Mike and Glen from Atsko along with outdoor writers Joe Byers and Bob Humphries were in the other truck.

We drove around the ranch slowly, looking for speed goats. We also visited each water hole to put up a blind for each hunter.

Jay looks for pronghorn antelope in the distance
Small group of goats that were close to the ranch 2-track

It was fun to spend some time with everyone and catch up on life. This, to me, is the best part of hunting camp other than actually hunting: the camaraderie.

Working as a team to put up ground blinds

We set up 6 ground blinds. Everyone would have a blind except Jay Liechty. Jay has a different plan for bowhunting speed goats this week, you will hear about it later on!

Looking for more antelope. This is part of the crew.

The sun was going down in the west and we had to get back to the camp to get some food in our belly’s and some sleep. Tomorrow was set to be a long day in the blind for everyone, as we all decided we would sit from dawn till dusk.

A full moon tonight

Back in camp we had a few quick pizzas and the products we would be using on the hunt were handed out. Jay gave all of us packs of his deadly Grim Reaper Broadheads. I chose to use the 2 inch cutting Whitetail Special on this hunt.

We also got products from Atsko. Mike Jordan wanted to make sure we had superior sight and scent control on this hunt. This would make our chances of success much greater.

While scouting we noticed that the mosquitoes were out and that we would need protection for the long sit in the blind. Luckily, we have ThermaCELL to save us.

Last but not least, I would be wearing my HECS hunting suit. I used the HECS suit on a hog hunt earlier in the year and it seemed to help me. To learn more about ‘Getting Your HECS On’ visit their website.

Here is a few more pictures from tonight:

The hunt starts tomorrow and we are all excited. Time for some shut-eye.

More to come…

2011 Ryan Outdoors Writers Camp is Sponsored by: ATSKO, Grim Reaper Broadheads, ThermaCELL, HECS – Human Energy Concealment and outfitted by Trophies West Outfitters.


ATSKO Grim reaper Broadheads
Thermacell HECS

One Response to "Writers Hunt: Sunday Afternoon Arrival"

  1. clesson cottrell   2011/08/17 at 6:56 am

    Thanks for update Collin . that sounds like a great adventure. Good Luck!! … c..