Deer hunters who live outside of those traditional big buck states or provinces must think creatively when it comes to locating a 150-inch plus trophy. An old homestead may look abandoned but may actually be visited by behemoth bucks in search of cover and forage. Even in today’s world of quality deer management, with the many great food plot mixes and minerals and other factors that help produce big bucks, it is still difficult to harvest a buck 150-inches or better. The world of whitetail deer hunting is full of myths and mysteries, but I once heard that only 1…
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We’re told in countless articles and blogs to deer hunt near doe groups as the rut approaches. But the real key to success is to find the right doe group. You can tell when does are in estrous. They become more edgy, often looking back over their shoulders. And their tails may stick straight out or be crooked to the side. Different clusters of does, even in a small hunting area, can cycle at slightly different times. If they didn’t, the main estrous period would last about 1½ days, instead of 7 to 10 days. By finding a doe group…
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The crowds of deer hunters are gone and the woods are again silent—and that terrain suddenly appears barren to most hunters. You’ve got an unfilled deer tag in your pocket, and you’d like to fill it. The clock is ticking and your hours of opportunity are shrinking. What will you do? Taking a big buck during the home stretch of deer hunting season is sure to make you, and your taxidermist, very happy. Be positive—and think. There are still deer out there—somewhere. You need to determine where they are, what they are doing, and then make a plan that will…
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From the time humans started hunting for food, they have been improving technology to increase their chance of success.  We each develop our own creed as to what works for us. A Garmin handheld GPS device and HuntingGPSMap chips by OnXMaps can give hunters a huge advantage in finding out-of-the-way public hunting lands, especially when there’s private land nearby that hunters must navigate around. As a general rule, if it increases the likelihood I will make a better shot, resulting in a quicker kill, I am going to look into it.  That is not to be confused with the notion…
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Stop Shouting At Your Hunting Dog!

Sunday, November 16 2014 7:00 pm - for Hunting Dogs
Dog Training Tips Minus the Drama   Hunters who try to control their dog’s every move by shouting commands end up confusing the dog and setting it up for failure. Instead, allow a young dog to work out its own mistakes, and it will build confidence from the experience. It was the first time I sat in a duck blind with the guy. A stranger to me, he wanted to impress the rest of us with his tales of expensive guns and impressive shots. My guard went up when he began barking senseless commands at his high-dollar yellow Labrador as…
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Talk to enough bowhunters and you’ll eventually hear one sheepishly admit that, at one time or another, he or she has hunted from a treestand while not wearing a full-body safety harness. When that happens, you need to do that person a favor and set them straight.  Tell them there’s never a good enough reason for going up a tree without one. Of course, you’re probably not telling them anything they don’t already know, but it’s worth repeating. Bow hunting should be a safe and enjoyable pursuit. Wear a safety harness and keep it that way. A full-body safety harness…
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If you want to go western big game hunting but must stick to a budget, the following tips will help you stay comfortable and hopefully fill your freezer. Don’t skimp on optics. These days, you can stay within budget and still get good glass. From a budget perspective, it’s important to have a long-term focus on your gear needs.  It can take years to get outfitted in quality equipment, and finding the best gear is part of the fun. Take the time to read reviews, talk with fellow hunters and determine what works best for you.  I would rather buy…
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For deer hunters, the wind can be a source of frustration, especially when it suddenly changes directions. But, the wind can blow some benefits your way as well. A blustery wind can be a hassle. But it also concentrates deer in pockets out of the wind, meaning you have a lot less ground to cover to find mature bucks. All in all, though, the negatives of wind seem to outweigh the positives. It swirls and can betray our location. And when it’s ferocious and blustery, it makes deer skittish.  When you throw cold weather and a late season time frame…
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When it comes right down to it, the most important piece of bowhunting gear we have is the broadhead at the end of our hunting arrows. A good broadhead will fly true, be unaffected by wind, and cause devastating wound channels that ensure quick and humane kills. The last characteristic is the most important, because without the capability to inflict a lethal wound, the rest doesn’t matter one little bit. Broadheads that are no longer razor sharp are great for shooting practice to make sure you’re 100 percent on target. I won’t preach about broadhead design or whether two, three…
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Use the following tips from deer hunting expert, Steve Stoltz, to help you rule the rut. Hunters who try Stoltz’s tactics to rule the rut can up their chances of bringing bucks within bow range. 1. Bait them in — with scent “The phases of the rut will change as October transitions into November,” Stoltz began. “But one thing that will remain consistent throughout the rut is scrapes. “The frequency a mature buck visits any given scrape, daylight hours, varies,” Stoltz said.  “Depending on the timing and phase of the rut, a big buck will periodically revert back to checking…
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