I had to think for a long time how to begin the blog about my first bird hunt. I finally decided after few days of reflection to go with the feeling I had on a last day just before we headed back down from the highest ridge. I looked around, took a deep breath(I had to, at that point we’ve climbed close to 3000 vertical feet) and quietly let go of one word “WOW”. No other word could have described my feelings better. Was it the area of Hell’s Canyon, the great people of Heaven’s Gate Outfitters, friends from CZ-USA or the wonderful bird dogs who made the hunt possible in that terrain? I believe all of the above played a major role in my first, yet phenomenal bird hunt in Riggins, Idaho.
I received an email with the invitation from CZ-USA several weeks ago asking me to try the new 12 gauge Upland Ultralight over/under and writing a story about my experiences with the gun during this unique upland bird hunt. I checked my schedule to make sure it’s open and committed to coming immediately. I’ve gone on couple of hunts with the folks from CZ-USA and I always make sure I’m available when asked. It’s too much fun and most importantly safe and ethical hunting. read more »
My intentions were not to start the blog with another honorable mention, but circumstances had it otherwise. I started to head west towards Idaho over the Teton pass with my bull elk and mule deer buck tag in hand. The road near the top of the pass was blocked by Wyoming Highway Patrol. Most people’s curiosity, mine included , gets them out of their vehicles in these situations. We did not wait for long and rescue helicopter landed couple hundreds yards from us at the scenic overlook’sparking lot. Few rescue personnel got out, few got in and Teton County Sheriff’s department along with the Highway Patrol were keeping the area secure and safe for all the emergency responders and also for people just traveling through. The calm confidence, composure of everybody involved during the rescue was comforting and gave me a sense of pride. We not only have the best military in the world, but we also have the best law enforcement and first responders. If things go bad for someone, there is little comfort you will be helped and taken care of by the best. Upon my return from the hunting trip I learned they were rescuing someone at the top of the mountain above the pass. read more »
Visiting Northern California in early fall turned out to be an extension to our limited Wyoming summer. People in Sacramento area are still enjoying warm temperatures and us, Wyoming residents, more than enjoyed the daily supply of fresh fruit and vegetables at local farm stands. Our daughter competed at a horse show just few miles southeast of California’s Capital. The main competition did not go on until the later part of the week, so I took this opportunity and visited couple of Sporting Clays Ranges within reasonable driving distance of Sacramento. I’ve never visited the area before so I really enjoyed learning more about it. There is many things I noticed, but will mention only some. There is a significant difference between the landscape, people’s attitude and overall atmosphere in what I called the “Heartland of California” compared to Southern California. Once I realized that and talked to people on the phone at the respected clubs/hunting preserves I really looked forward to breaking some and hopefully lot of clays.
My preparation started before we left home. I looked up Sacramento Sporting Clays on the internet. Names, phone numbers and addresses of many clubs popped up on my screen. Two days of time and driving distances initially limited my research. Upon learning people have reviewed many of their experiences my focus narrowed even more. My clubs of choice ended up being Raahauge’s Pheasant Hunting & Sporting Clays and Bird’s Landing Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays. read more »
It’s mid August and the rifles are getting sighted in. There is a growing excitement about upcoming hunting season for the beginner hunter I am. It is time to learn more about the process of ethical hunting. I consider myself more of a management hunter at this moment. I believe in gaining experience first before I try for the big trophy, but if the right buck comes across my crosshairs,it will be go time.
I made plans to go to Florida at the end of August to check on our farm in north-central Florida. Couple weeks before I went I approached a friend who is an avid shooter about possible wild hog hunt. He is a very good long distance shooter. I know for a fact he had killed a coyote in just over 600 yards. Not a hog hunter.He has friends who are much more familiar with wild hogs in the area.
Florida has the second largest wild pig population in the U.S. after Texas. There is approximately 500 thousand pigs in the state. You can find them from the Everglades in the south all the way to northern panhandle. read more »
As many of you know I call the great state of Wyoming home. We spent many off seasons here during my playing career. Many years ago our family friend recommended us a trip to Jackson Hole. My wife and I made plans to set out west and visit as many places as we could in about six weeks. Neither one of us has ever driven across the U.S.A. – it sure was exciting time for a young couple. We planned to visit Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Colorado. Well after spending the first couple weeks of the trip in Jackson Hole and other parts of Wyoming, the rest of the West did not quite offer the same feeling. We completely changed our plans and spent the remaining time in the Equality state. I do sound extremely subjective but I agree that other parts of the American West are just as beautiful and impressive. It’s just for a guy who came from Eastern Europe and spent close to twenty years performing on the hockey’s biggest stage, Wyoming is a wonderful change of pace. read more »
I have participated in my first NRA Convention during the weekend of April 14th as a guest of CZ-USA. The Convention took place in St. Louis, MO – the city I’m very familiar with and fond of. I have spent a lot of time in the area during my playing career and will spend more time nowadays on our travels with horses. This might not make much sense to many, but exit 49 on interstate 70 is a halfway point between our home in Wyoming and our farm in Florida. People of Missouri are one of the nicest if not the nicest in the country. Anytime I need equipment for the outdoors or farm supplies I can comfortably wait until the Missouri section of I-70. It is lined with everything that a gentlemen farmer and an avid outdoorsman could need. The only thing I have to pay attention to ahead of time is the weather. I drove through some of the most severe storms in that part of the country. I believe that severe weather is the reason for the kindness of the state’s people, the adversity they have faced over generations. read more »
This will be my first attempt to review some of the CZ guns I have had an opportunity to shoot and handle over the past year or so. Please take into consideration that I am neither a journalist or a firearms expert. I would like my reviews to be more from a perspective of a recreational shooter rather than professional. If you want professional analysis of current stage of the NHL please go to my other website HolikonHockey.com. read more »
On 3/17 I was attending CZ & Dan Wesson Shooting Day at Hartford Gun Club in CT. We have created this event to get as many people familiar with CZ firearms as possible. Some might wonder why such a random location. Well here is little history on start of my career.
I played professionally in Czechoslovakia and also participated in the international hockey tournaments with country’s national team. That is where scouts for many NHL teams “discovered” my playing ability. After couple of years playing for the Czechoslovak National Team I was drafted by the Hartford Whalers. The franchise does not exist anymore, it was relocated to Carolina,but that is where I got my start in North America. read more »
Welcome to my new blog. I will be writing about my experiences with CZ firearms, attending conventions, participating in charitable fundraisers on behalf of CZ- USA, my personal favorite, and just enjoying the outdoors.
I would like to dedicate few lines to write about my background as an outdoorsman. I was very fortunate growing up in Czech Republic, formerly Czechoslovakia for those of you who want to be historically accurate, that my grandfather was my best friend and an avid hunter/outdoorsman himself.
In 1970’s and 80′ the natural environment was deteriorating very fast due to communist’s lack of regard to nature and natural resources. For that reason there was not enough hunting but lot more preservation work to be done. We would regularly hike through the countryside to observe the wildlife and try to improve the conditions in their environment like removing loose wire, cleaning up local stream or river and fixing feeders, which was absolutely necessary to save local deer population. Most people can not understand the environmental conditions of that era, but it was very rewarding effort to see the rabbits, foxes, pheasants, wild boar, deer and many other species to have it better in our little corner of eastern Europe. That was the preservation part of our efforts. read more »
Bobby will be representing CZ-USA and signing autographs at the following events during Spring 2012:
- Hartford Gun Club, CT – March 17th – free event to members and their guests. CZ and Dan Wesson handguns will be on display and demo samples will be available.
- NRA Show, St. Louis, MO – major industry event that expects 60,000 attendees. Bobby will be available at CZ-USA’s booth on Saturday, April 14th and Sunday April 15th between 10am – noon.
- Colorado Youth Outdoors Fundraiser, Loveland, CO – May 5th – Sporting Clays fundraiser raising funds for high school program in NE Colorado that brings kids and their parents together while enjoying outdoor activities such as fishing, shooting, camping