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While most hunters spend their spring weekends waiting for turkey season, Aaron Milliken spends hour after hour studying Google Earth. He dedicates so much time to the virtual mapping program partly because it's his job, but also because he knows it's the first critical step in finding and patterning mature bucks. Milliken is a Land Specialist with Whitetail Properties (a real-estate company that deals some of the best deer hunting land in the country) and it's his job to assess properties and predict how trophy bucks will utilize them.
Earlier this month I spent a weekend scouting and shed hunting with Milliken on his home turf in west-central Illinois. Later this year we'll hunt the rut in this classic Midwestern whitetail country, but first we need to find the right place to hunt. Here's what we did to get started, first with aerial scouting through Google Earth and then by putting boots on the ground.
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They may be playing baseball and hunting turkeys down in Florida, but winter refuses to let go most everywhere else. So what's a hunter to do? Anyone near Columbus, Ohio this weekend is hereby cordially invited to personally join me at the State Fairgrounds for the 2014 Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo.
The doors open at 2 this afternoon (Friday) and the show runs through Sunday. If you think that giant home-grown deer antlers are cool, you've got to check out the bucks on display here. Looking to get your stud buck scored? Bring it in to have it officially measured. And while you're at it, enter that buck in the Outdoor Life Deer of the Year.
Come check out the awesome racks in Columbus and track me down on the show floor because I want to hear your deer story!!! [ Read Full Post ]
Combine gymnastics, parkour, archery, and a little break dancing and you get this awesome video. Stuntman Stephen Izzi posted this series of clips to his YouTube page on March 8 and they've been making their way around the web ever since.
We're not sure if these guys are actually hitting anything, but that's not the point. Props to the cameraman, as it seems like he had the most dangerous job in the room.
As I write this, western New York is cleaning up from yet another winter storm. My whitetails may be in trouble. I’m not sure they can take another hit this late in the season.
We began to sound winter deer alerts more than a month ago as the winter weather continued to intensify and spring seemed but a distant fantasy. Sadly, not much has changed since then. Most mature does entered winter with a 90-day supply of fat reserves, but those reserves are running dangerously low. It may be the middle of March, but the thermometer is still saying winter. Most Northern areas are well into what the Winter Severity Index (WSI) refers to as “severe” to “very severe” winter conditions. [ Read Full Post ]
The clove hitch excels in all kinds of outdoor applications. It's great anytime you need to quickly tie a rope to something – a tree, tent pole, fence post, truck hitch, hunting buddy.
I use it to anchor my pack rope to the sawbucks on a packsaddle. It enables me to sling elk quarters on my pack horse and never worry about them slipping off. Best of all, it’s easy to tie. Once you learn the technique, you can tie it in the dark, and without even thinking about it. [ Read Full Post ]
Three deer and two dogs broke into a middle school in Lothian, Md. early Monday morning, leading officials to cancel classes and causing up to $5,000 in damages.
This surveillance footage from Southern Middle School shows a deer crashing through a glass entrance door into the school lobby around 4 a.m. Two deer race inside and a third deer follows, scrambling across the floor. One of the three charges the glass doors and bounces off before turning and fleeing deeper into the building. It’s either an escape attempt or a last-ditch effort to scare away the dog on the other side of the glass.
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Editor's Note: This is one of a series of live blogs from the QDMA North American Whitetail Summit.
Will Primos sold the famous hunting products company bearing his name back in 2006. That hasn’t slowed him down. In fact, stepping away from the day-to-day operations of running Primos has allowed Will to focus on what matters most to him: advocating for hunting. [ Read Full Post ]