Flying B Hunting & Fishing Blog

Keep up-to-date with the happenings at Flying B Ranch with access to professional hunting & fishing advice plus dog training tips, signature Flying B recipes, and exclusive insider hunting guide product recommendations.

Review of our Hunt with JohnX Safaris

Owner and previous manager, Kevin Burlingame's personal review of his hunt experience with JohnX Safaris

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Sign Up for Flying B Ezine and Newsletters

New! November 2014 - Stay current on all the happenings at the Flying B Ranch by subscribing to Flying B Ezine. Our newslett0er features articles about hunting guides and much more.

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Beecroft 2014 Photos

New! Guest photos. View this triple slam trip's hunting pictures. Beecroft's 2014 spring bear, turkey and salmon photos.

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NEW! Fishing Gallery Photos

Two photos have been added to our gallery. Follow the link to view them!

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Awesome Way To Give Back

It honestly makes me feel good to read and hear about people helping wounded warriors, taking time from busy lives to give back and show the outdoors.

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Fishing Photos - Flying B Ranch Gallery

Explore Idaho’s rivers with our fishing photos and start planning your fishing trip of a lifetime with one of the Flying B Ranch’s expert guides.

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Bird Hunting Photos - Flying B Ranch Gallery

Discover the finest wingshooting destination in North America through these bird hunting photos, and start planning your wingshooting trip of a lifetime to the Flying B Ranch.

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Fly Fishing Video from Recent Osprey Creek Trip

Backcountry Fly Fishing Experience at Osprey Creek

We fish a wet wade stream with fly fishing methods of dry fly and nymphing. This trip, fishing was hot right from the start with fly patterns such as the stimulator and parachute adams being hit.

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Bird Season Is Next Month: Take Advantage Of Orvis' Midsummer Sale

Save up to 70% at Orvis' Midsummer Sale. Shop Men's and Women's. Valid 7/23 through 8/10!

Signature Flying B Ranch Elk Recipes

Bring the taste of the Flying B Kitchen home with these savory elk recipes. Our signature recipes combine wild game cuisine with gourmet flair; easy enough for you to recreate in your own kitchen.

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Back Country Bear Hunting Experience

Joe and I spoke last February about a particular drainage we had glassed on a previous bear hunt. The drainage was intimidating and had probably not seen a lot of people for quite some time...

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Pro Tips: Proper Set Up, More Broken Targets

Written by: James Ross, Orvis Chief Shooting Instructor

Many shooters I’ve worked with recently have had problems with consistency. Many of these problems can be easily corrected by paying attention to your set up or pre-shot routine. Here are some tips to remember for proper set up and improved shooting.

Feet First. If your stance is not correct, then you are going to have problems with the rest of the game. Make sure you address the break point of the target, not where it is coming from. New shooters have a tendency to favor setting up their stance toward where the target is coming from, instead of where they want to break the target. This can lead to problems in keeping the gun speed consistent with the target. If your body is binding up at the point where it should be moving smoothly, the gun slows down and you are behind the target.

Hold Point. Don’t look for the target too soon. Holding the barrels too close to where the target appears for the first time can cause a shooter to panic because the target is moving its fastest right off the machine. This puts the shooter into catch-up mode, trying to get the barrels back on the target. Try pulling the barrels away from the machine to where the eye has a chance to see the target as a clear image. This will make the game seem much slower to the eye and cause the hands to move more smoothly and not jerk the gun forward.

Target Line. Watch the line of the target closely as you view your preview targets. Again, many shooters will hold the barrels too high when calling for the target. The barrels act as a visual distraction to the eyes, and you will not see the target clearly or or pick it up late. Holding the barrels high also causes the gun to move like a seesaw: when the shooter recognizes the target to be under the barrels, they lower the barrels to see it and then have to raise them to get back on line. Too much gun movement makes for inconsistent scores. I would rather the barrels start just beneath the target line so the shooter sees the target and moves right to it.

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How to Stay Safe in Bear Country
Written by: Phil Monahan

This time of year, many anglers and wilderness lovers are planning trips into the backcountry, oftentimes in places where there are wild bears. In the vast majority of situations, humans and bears coexist peacefully in the wild, and tens of thousands of encounters occur without incident every year. But when bears do become aggressive, you’ve got to react quickly to protect yourself. The best way to do this is to carry a can of bear-deterrent, which sprays concentrated capsaicinoids—the stuff that makes hot peppers hot—to cause irritation in the bear’s eyes, nose, and throat.

Not sure if bear spray really works? In July 2010, famed zookeeper Jack Hanna effectively used pepper spray to drive off a young male grizzly that threatened Hanna and several others huddled on a narrow ledge in Glacier National Park. That same weekend, pepper spray was used by two other hiking parties, a Student Conservation Corps worker, and a park ranger. In all cases, which involved both grizzlies and black bears, the spray proved to be 100% effective, and no one was injured.

"I’ve always used pepper spray,” Hanna told a reporter at the time. “You don’t need it for years, but when you need it you really need it.”

Spray vs. Guns

When most people think of protection from bears, they think gun…big gun. In fact, I carried a Winchester Model 1300 throughout my career as a guide in Alaska. But relying on a gun poses several problems, not the least of which is that it is quite difficult to fire accurately at an animal that is charging you—especially if the encounter happens quickly and unexpectedly, as it usually does. Unless the user is extremely proficient with a firearm, he risks wounding the bear, which might make it more aggressive. Plus, guns are heavy and unwieldy, which makes them unsuitable for many hiking trips.

But there’s an even more compelling reason to use bear spray: it works better. According to a 2008 study co-authored by Dr. Stephen Herrero—whose Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance (1985) is the definitive book on the subject—bear spray is considerably more effective than a gun when it comes to deterring bear attacks. The researchers studied the use of bear spray in Alaska over a 20-year period and found that the spray stopped “undesirable” behavior an impressive 94% of the time with grizzlies and 100% with black bears.

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Written by: Phil Monahan"

Osprey Creek Fly-Fishing: Trips to Consider

Central Idaho is one of the last strongholds of the West-slope Cutthroat trout. Pursue these native cutthroat trout up the Clearwater tributaries from our deluxe backcountry camps, where the water is cool enough to keep the trout feeding vigorously but warm enough for you to comfortably wet wade the freestone creeks.

Hike or enjoy a leisurely ride on horseback to our comfortable wilderness camp situated a short distance from the trailhead. Osprey Creek is a scenic and productive shallow-water fishery averaging two feet in depth although there are pools as deep as eight feet. Daytime temperatures usually exceed 80°.

Walled tents, delicious meals prepared by our backcountry chef, skilled and knowledgeable fishing guides, beverages, and fishing licenses are all provided. Fishing rods and tackle are also provided for guests new to fly-fishing.

If you are new to the sport or would like a refresher, consider choosing our one day fly-fishing school package. Our qualified fly-fishing guides will teach you the skills you need to fish with confidence and success.

This camp is available July 5 - Aug 15 with dates open this summer.

Follow this link for available dates and to purchase this trip online...