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Tie ‘er Down Good!

Tie ‘er Down Good!

“You can see the ratchet in place.  That stand is tighter than a frog’s ass!” Tree stand hunting is, in my opinion, the best way to hunt deer if you’re sitting in one spot… or “stand hunting,” as they call it. Hunting from 15 – 18 feet up in a tree gives the hunter many advantages that the ground hunter doesn’t have. First, heat rises, so your body scent will likely rise too, keeping it away from the deer’s nose. And, [Read More]

Deer Decoys

deer decoys

“This decoy will hold the attention of a buck while you draw your bow.” I’ve been deer hunting from treestands for more than 30 years, but it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I started using decoys. And, I can tell you that there are some major advantages in using one. The obvious thing is that a live deer might be attracted to a decoy, making it more likely that you’ll get a decent shot. But, what I really [Read More]

Wait After the Shot

Wait After The Shot

You watched the deer run off and you know the area in which it ran. So, you wait the standard twenty minutes to a half hour, you get down from the tree stand and you go to look for your deer. But, you can’t find it. You’re up in your tree stand and you’ve just made a shot with your bow on a deer at twenty yards. In your mind you’re confident it was a good, clean shot and you [Read More]

What’s Beyond Your Target?

What’s Beyond Your Target?

It scares the living shit out of me when I think that a high powered rifle like say, a 30-06 or a .270 can travel an easy three miles and still kill someone. I see people hunting deer with rifles on flat farm land all the time, but I wonder if the shooter realizes just how far the bullet can go, even if it hits a deer? It is so important to know not only exactly what you’re shooting at [Read More]

Blow the Stop Whistle

Blow the Stop Whistle

If you’re hunting a big game animal and you want to it stop, all you have to do is make some type of foreign sound. I’ve stopped a lot of deer by whistling at them, even after I startled them and they were running. I even yelled at a deer once and it stopped to see what the hell that weird sound was. That was a huge mistake… for the deer. I was in Newfoundland a few years back on [Read More]

Know Your Range

Know Your Range

Archery hunters must know the difference between 10 and 20 yards and 20 and 30. These days we’re lucky to have laser range finders to remove the guess work from it. I’ll bet there are a lot less wounded deer these days thanks to these devices. I’m so used to mine that I almost couldn’t hunt without it. I’m spoiled, really. Sometimes, you may not have time to “range” the deer before you shoot. If you’re in either a tree [Read More]

Get the Hide Off

Get the Hide Off

Some hunting seasons can be pretty warm, or at least you run into a warm week or two during hunting season. If you’ve shot a moose, deer, or elk and it’s warm at the time, process the animal as soon as you can. Meaning, get the damn thing out of the woods and into either your garage, or the butcher shop where they have walk in coolers. If you just can’t get the animal home (because you’re waiting for a [Read More]

The Bait Debate

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“Corn and apples on the ground, 25 yards out.” Sitting about 17 feet up in a tree sure gives me, the hunter, a great view.  It also makes it a little less likely for the deer to see me, smell me or hear me.  And, when they come in to eat the apples and corn I put there for them, they are distracted by all the free food! Since the deer is distracted, it gives me a good opportunity to [Read More]

Remove the Silver Skin

Remove the Silver Skin

Probably the tastiest and most tender meat from a deer (or moose) are the loins.  A lot of people, especially hunters, call them “back straps” while some people, especially butchers, call them “saddles.”  There are two – one down each side of the spine and they’re easy to remove yourself when your deer is hanging.  Pictured are the back straps from a small white tailed deer that I shot last fall. Since these back straps are such a treat (and there are only two [Read More]

Hunting in the Thick Stuff

Hunting in the thick stuff

If you’re walking through very thick bush, one that is so thick that you wouldn’t be able to see far enough to shoot anyway, unload your rifle. There’s too much chance of falling, so unload your rifle and reload it only when you are out of the jungle and back to a place where you might actually intentionally fire your gun at something. The same rule applies to any time in hunting when you have a loaded rifle, but you [Read More]