Challenges, sparring and fights are a normal part of the rut and can occur at all times during the day. Whether you are hunting the rut with a rifle or a bow you have rules to follow. . . and break to up your odds of success.
As a tinnitus sufferer, compliments of the U.S. Marine Corps, and avid hunter, hearing has been a significant hindrance to my success in the field. While many count on hearing, sight and smell on the hunt, I have lost much of the second most critical sense we carry into the woods.
So, what’s a frustrated hunter to do? I had heard great things about the quality and customer service at WildEar so I picked up the phone and ordered the Master Series Hearing Enhancement System (HES). What a Godsend!
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Gimmick or Game Changer?
Imagine yourself in a trespasser, thief or poacher's shoes. Your photo has just been taken. You break or steal the camera or steal the SD card to eliminate incriminating evidence. Imagine your surprise the following day when 8-megapixel images of your face are plastered all over the community. Now imagine law enforcement officers cuffing you as they advise you of your rights. How on earth did they catch you? With SpyPoint's Tiny-W2!
The resounding differences between mass produced and custom built calls are sound, quality and value
Few things are better than spending a few spring days tucked into the turkey woods with a bow, crossbow or shotgun. The resonating tumbling gobble of wise toms in every direction mean that whether you harvest a turkey or not, you're in for a good time!
"This is cancer." The doctor's words are seared into my wife's memory. As painful as the doctor's diagnosis was, it must have been doubly worse for my wife as she waited for me to awake after the procedure so she could get the horrible little secret off of her chest.
Friend and owner of Hardcore Huntin' Music, Steve Conover says it best in a song from his Hardcore Huntin' Hits CD entitled Real Tree Hugger. "Rise, kill and eat. That's good enough for me. It's a tree huggin' way of life."
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When considering hunter ethics, the most important element beyond the scope of wildlife conservation and habitat preservation is shot placement. Good bowhunters understand this critical ingredient and practice year round to ensure their prey receive nothing short of best efforts from confident, ethical integrity-minded sportsmen.
Cold weather bowhunting offers great opportunities to see and harvest some of our nation's finest trophies in some of the most pristine environments on the planet; however, doing so comes at a price. Do you have what it takes to stand up against brutal subzero conditions? Hunting deer in some of Montana's most brutal, bone-chilling environments, where survival is dependent on preparation and on the fly decision making has taught me some valuable lessons. Here are the top seven:
We snuck around the outcropping of mesquites then froze in our tracks. I looked back at my huntin' buddy and put my finger to my lips. Shhhh. Slowly pushing through the briars brought us to a clearing where our prey its destiny. My buddy stayed behind me, holding onto my shirt to keep his balance. I steadied my bow and came to full draw. I could feel my buddy's excitement building as he wringed the back of my shirt. Thwack! The jackrabbit ran frantically through the briars but escape was futile; he piled up a short 15 yards away. I turned and fell to my knees as my buddy rushed in for a high-five, "Congrats, dad!" The hug that followed was a reminder of one of few bigger-than-life reasons we fight so fiercely to protect our outdoor heritage.
I knew I was going to be hunting there and had the time to go. He even invited me to help check stands, etc. but I declined; I was simply too busy. The result of my inability to "make time" was the excruciating hunt I describe for you below.
Cooler temperatures are finally upon us, marking the beginning of what is sure to be a memorable hunting season for scores of hunters, myself included. And, if you are an avid bowhunter, chances are you plan to spend time with your bow in hand even during rifle season. Hopefully, your time afield prior to this season has afforded you ample opportunities to scout your hunting properties and layout your hunting spots after considering a few key concerns; the greatest of these are scent control and wind direction.
A Lesson in Bowhunting Ethics and Wildlife ConservationBy Kevin Reese
I just returned from my central Texas honey hole where I encountered a good population of deer amidst one of the Lone Star State's best examples of our great outdoors. A cold front last week had whitetails of all ages out frolicking in the crisp morning air; it was quite a sight to behold. I watched longer than I should as I stayed at the ready, longing for them to make their way down the trail a mere 20 yards to my front; unfortunately, they never did find that trail; I'm not sure why, the wind was perfect as I sat patiently on their downwind side. I had to remind myself of my wife's favorite saying, "It's called hunting, not killing."
Using archery equipment to bag the buck of a lifetime, or any mature buck for that matter, is no small feat. Great time and energy is focused on ensuring a broad array of variables come together at just the right moment. But, when it does happen I can scarcely think of anything that compares to the flood of emotions and sense of achievement a bowhunter experiences. I've often sworn if that unspeakable excitement, adrenaline and feeling of accomplishment fails to wash over me upon the release of my arrow, I'll stop hunting. Two weeks into this archery season and several close calls (and great memories) behind me, I recognize more than ever that my passion for bowhunting is destined to outlast me.
Since seeing SpyPoint's booth at S.H.O.T. Show this past January, I've been itching to give this particular camera a thorough beating. I've done everything I can to wear this camera out and it keeps on ticking.
Yes, I've said it, and I'm sure some, perhaps many will stop reading my articles based on irreconcilable differences. It's not debatable, it's a fact; if you're not practicing you're not a good hunter. My boss had a saying, "If you don't like it, fix it!" The readers agreeing with me come from two groups - those that do practice year-round, and those who feel somewhat convicted because they know I'm right!
I quieted my calling as they neared. I let out an occasional yelp and cluck to comfort them. I had an arrow nocked and ready. With every step, my heart beat louder. Butterflies flooded my guts as I felt blood surge through the veins in my neck, my pulse quickened. I talked myself off "the ledge" as turkeys filed into a draw at 60 yards, as I lost sight of them I knew they were still on their way.
The misnomer that hog vitals are the same as a deer's has resulted in many a troubled hunter. Even most hog 3-D targets display vitals located too far back. With this problem gnawing at me like a tick, I wanted to take a moment to talk about shot placement.
Alpha Omega Video is offering a videography workshop on June 3 - 5, to anyone interested in capturing outdoor memories, especially that hunt of a lifetime! All training and filming is scheduled to take place at the Stretch-A-String Bowhunting Ranch, near Jacksonville; in my opinion, the 3,000-acre jewel of east Texas.
Photo: Chris Stack, Owner of BruzerGear with a great Nevada Mountain Goat!
. . .what I expected to find was just another low grade hunting pack, the type one might find on the clearance shelf of some dimly lit retail store. What I found inside was anything but that! This pack was much heavier than anything I have used in the past. Let me clarify, I do not mean heavier in terms of more than I would like to carry; to the contrary, I mean heavier in regards to the weight of premium quality materials I was excited to carry!
Photo: Professional Outdoor Writer, Lisa Metheny, takes a great New Mexico mule deer with her 2010 Bowtech Heartbreaker!I love seeing my wife and sons open presents in as much as it adds to the magic of Christmas and promotes the heart of giving, at least it does to me. It's in that spirit that I hope to oblige you with some gift ideas I know your family of hunters will love!
by Kevin Reese, Just-Hunt.com
The primary reason hogs are so prolific is their breeding abilities. Sows mature to reproduce after only six short months, although they don't typically breed until reaching 10 months or more. A gestation period lasts 115 days, allowing for sows to birth up to two litters per year...
Several years ago, I was turkey hunting with a great friend of mine and ended up pulling no less than five ticks off of me in one afternoon; fortunately, none had bitten me at that point. Later that evening I found number six; my buddy pulled him off while uttering words that are now seared into my memory banks, "Don't worry, he wasn't eating, he was just latched on."
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Hogs are a peculiar animal. They do what they want, when they want, and how they want to do it. A hunter scarcely sees another animal as difficult to pattern as a wild (feral) hog; trying to pattern them generally results in a great loss of hair, dignity, and respect among hunting buddies who already understand that patterning is nearly futile.
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