Philadelphia, PA – This past week TrackingPoint attended the International Chiefs of Police Conference for the first time. This year’s expo was held at the Philadelphia Convention Center and ran from Sunday-Tuesday. Delgates from local, state, country, tribal and federal agencies from across the country and around the world were present at the conference and expo, making it one of the premier events in the law enforcement field. More than 750 companies showcased their products on the expo floor. The companies varied from tactical clothing companies to high end law enforcement specific vehicles and technology.
TrackingPoint had it’s XS2 platform on display for the convention and focused on highlighting the added value of TrackingPoint’s systems for law enforcement. The TrackingPoint booth attracted law enforcement specific media outlets and regional press including NBC Philadelphia to the booth. NBC Philadelphia covered the system as one of the important technological advances at the show here.
The conference side of the convention provided education and training sessions on important issues such as technology updates in the field, improved tactics and best practice for police forces.
Hunting in California
Whether you are hunting deer, bear, antelope, elk, or bighorn sheep, the Golden State offers ample opportunities for sportsmen. Let alone all the other animal species to be found in the state, there are six different sub-species of mule deer alone that can be hunted depending on the region of the state you find yourself. At least one of these mule deer species lives on over 56 percent of California’s land. Interestingly, California is one of very few states where there is no resident whitetail population at all. Despite this fact, some of the most exciting hunting in the country can be found in the 31st state.
Cleveland National Forest
The dry, arid climate of southern California is where mule deer tend to live. Located in the counties of San Diego, Riverside, and Orange Counties, the Cleveland National Forest encompasses 460,000 acres of public access land with much of it available for hunting.
Unlike the whitetail deer in other parts of the country, mule deer tend to be much more elusive. Recent estimates put the mule deer population around 550,000 animals in California. For the size of the state, this is a small population and deer density is much lower than in other areas of the country. Despite this fact, trophy class mule deer are taken from this area every year.
Located in Northern California, the Trinity Alps are a part of the Pacific Coast Ranges with a maximum elevation of 9,000 feet. The area is approximately 517,000 acres which makes it the second largest wilderness area in the state. The area sees much less hunting traffic than many of the more popular California destinations but the terrain is well-suited to a variety of animals including deer and bear.
This region of the state has a growing population of black-tail deer. The black-tail is a smaller sub-species of the mule deer and thrives in the mountainous areas of the Trinity Alps. Unlike mule deer which have seen a decline in herd density due to recent severe dry seasons, the black-tail population continues to improve according to state biologists.
A hunting trip to California wouldn’t be complete without stalking some elk. There are three types of elk that reside in the state: Rocky Mountain Elk, Roosevelt Elk, and Tule Elk. Tule elk can only be found in central California but both other species can be found in the northern regions. Modoc County is located in the far northeast portion of the state bordering Oregon.
Much of the land here is owned by the federal government and is open to hunting when the season permits. The Roosevelt Elk is the largest elk species and Oregon is known for having the best Roosevelt harvests in the country. Being so close to the border, Modoc County hunters can experience similar success. Mule deer and Rocky Mountain Elk can also be found in this northern region.
California offers a variety of terrain and multiple species of game animals. Few places have such an abundant and diverse animal population with millions of acres of public access land available. Although many do not think about California when they think about hunting, perhaps it’s time they did.
On Wednesday of this week, FOX News reported live from our Austin offices, and broadcasted updates on TrackingPoint across the country. The story ran on The Real News With Gretchen Carlson, and was picked up locally in over a dozen markets as well. Our CEO, Jason Schauble, did a followup live on FOX Business the next day with Melissa Francis.
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Hunting in Colorado
Colorado offers hunters scenic expanses of both public and private land and some of the best elk hunting in the lower 48 states. In addition to a booming elk population, the state also offers excellent mule deer, black bear, and mountain goat hunting. Although endless hunting opportunities exist throughout the state, the northwestern section of Colorado offers some of the largest elk populations around coupled with easily accessible land.
Grand Junction, CO
Considered to be a hub for sportsman in the area, Grand Junction offers easy access to premium big game hunting lands and numerous well-stocked sporting goods stores. As much as 70 percent of this land is public access with an assortment of species available. Much of this land is comprised of wide open spaces perfect for testing out long range equipment.
Besides elk, the area has open seasons for mule deer, pronghorn, moose, and mountain lions. Few places in the country have so many exotic species available within a small radius and the healthy populations usually mean longer seasons helping to ensure the freezer is full every time you venture out.
As the self-proclaimed “Elk Hunting Capital of the World,” Craig, CO is home to two of the largest migratory elk herds in North America. Located in Moffat County, this town consistently makes it into Outdoor Life’s Annual Best Hunting Locations. The elk population in Colorado is estimated at over 280,000 animals and at least half of them reside around the Craig area.
Elk hunters in this area can experience average success rates over 25 percent and typically about 32 percent of harvested animals are bulls. Considering the high elevations and difficult terrain in the area, the chances of taking an elk here are better than most other areas. Like many other areas in Colorado, deer populations are also healthy and the large mule deer populations around Craig are higher than normal in recent years thanks to the exceptional wildlife management programs inherent to the state.
The western part of Colorado often takes center stage when hunting our 38th state. As a result, the trophy deer harvested every year in eastern Colorado are often overlooked. Unlike the massive mountain ranges in the west, the east is a plains region and is one of the best habitats for trophy deer in the Midwest.
Hotspots include the areas of southeast Colorado that border the Arkansas River. What makes this area so unique is the high buck to doe ratio that is so difficult to find anywhere in the United States. The large number of bucks in the area makes them more responsive to calls and rattles; both tactics that have limited effectiveness in many places.
The varied, sometimes rugged terrain of Colorado provides a unique experience statewide for sportsman. No matter which part of the state you find yourself, there is sure to be a trophy opportunity right around the corner.
New York Hunting Hot Spots
New York State is probably best known for New York City and its status as a cultural and financial center. However, many people forget about the rest of this large state and its many unique landscapes. The Adirondack park covers over 6.1 million acres making it larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Great Smoky Mountains Nation Parks combined. The western part of the state offers varied terrain and many trophy bucks have been dragged from these areas as well. When you look past the hustle and bustle, there are some serious hunting opportunities to be found in our 11th state.
Comprised of rolling hills and farmland, Steuben County stands out as the state leader in total deer kills year after year. In 2012, over 11,000 deer were harvested in this county alone making it a prime spot for whitetail hunting. The area boasts a buck density of over 4 animals per square mile.
There are a few areas in New York with higher density, but these zones are nearly impossible to access by non-residents due to a lack of public access land. Steuben County offers residents and non-residents alike over 28,000 acres of public hunting areas alone. These areas are spread over 4 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and 22 different state forest parcels providing sportsman with a variety of options.
Adirondack bear hunting
Although New York has a healthy black bear population throughout most of the state, the Adirondack region offers the best harvest numbers and overall animal population. In 2012, the Department of Conservation reported that most areas in the Adirondacks had a bear density of over 10 animals per 100 miles. These figures are halved at best in most other regions of the state.
Harvest reports for 2012 indicate that more than 600 adult bears were taken in this region alone with a male to female ratio of almost 50 percent. Other areas of the state have seen an increase in bear population as well but the availability of public hunting land and the healthy population in the Adirondack park make for prime bear hunting.
Exotic Game preserves
New York State lacks any natural exotic game hunting like you may find in other states. However, there are plenty of hunting preserves that offer both guided and unguided exotic hunting packages targeting a variety of animals.
One such preserve, the Battenkill Hunting Preserve, is located in the southern Adirondack region. The location offers over 1000 acres of privately managed terrain stocked with many species of deer, elk, red stag, bison, antelope, and exotic birds. This preserve, as well as others like it, provide hunters with an opportunity to hunt non-indigenous species close to home.
The varied terrain and excellent animal management of New York State make it an excellent choice for hunting large game in a challenging and beautiful environment no matter where you live.