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Eliminating body odor is a major priority for deer hunters. Hundreds of products out there are designed to deodorize your camo and remove smelly traces from your gear. Scent-free science has helped hunters for years, and now it turns out we’re not the only ones benefiting from the technology. Researchers revealed yesterday at an American Chemical Society meeting that research for scent-eliminating technology could be used to help develop a life-saving device for diabetes patients. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo By: Quinn Badder
In late summer of 2012, bowhunters in southern Michigan began finding large numbers of dead or dying whitetail deer. Prior to death, affected animals showed similar symptoms: swelling of the head and neck, lesions in the mouth, lethargy, and a loss of their natural fear of humans.
All signs pointed to an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD. The disease doesn’t affect humans, either by contact or by consuming meat of an affected deer, but the 2012 Michigan event was responsible for the deaths of nearly 15,000 deer across 30 counties. Ionia County lost 2,000 deer to the disease, or about half the number of deer harvested annually by hunters in the county. [ Read Full Post ]
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 ]