When it comes to hunting the rut, sportsmen far and wide hang their hats on a lot of old information. But recent whitetail research allows us to reevaluate some of these misconceptions, and the new knowledge will help us hunt smarter.
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Texas hunter Cody Beaver, 26, arrowed this massive nontypical last month in Rains County, according to the Athens Review. The buck’s gross score reportedly measured 187 7/8 inches. Beaver confirmed the rack sported 20 points on his Facebook page.
Beaver first discovered the buck when scouting for a place to hang his treestand in August. He left a small pile of corn and a game camera in the woods, picking a location with creek beds, ditches, and dense cover. This limited potential shots to just 30 yards. When he first discovered the 20-pointer on camera, he set up a stand and checked the photos periodically. Pictures revealed the buck would show up every four to five days, and almost always in the early morning. [ Read Full Post ]
Sometimes how you disperse scent is more important than which scent you use. The key is to match your dispersal method to the weather conditions. Check out the video and use these tips to lure in a big, rutting buck. [ Read Full Post ]
In the last couple of months I’ve had a couple of people ask if I knew of any good Labrador retriever litters being born in the Pacific Northwest. Determining if a litter is “good” or not, regardless of breed, depends upon the individual and how that dog will be used.
Identifying what you want/need is the most important thing; you can’t even get started until you have an idea of the role that dog will fill in your life — what might be the ideal dog for a hunting guide might not be the perfect fit for someone looking for a therapy dog. You also have to prioritize the traits that are important to you; does the size of the dog take precedence over performance, or are the working attributes more important? Are you willing to sacrifice everything for a specific coat color/type, or are you willing to take any color and size of dog so long as it doesn’t shed excessively? [ Read Full Post ]
With deer season underway around most of country, it's important to remember that hunting isn't just about killing a big buck … It's also about messing with your buddies.
If you've seen this clip before, forgive us. Then again, it's probably worth watching one more time. [ Read Full Post ]
I own an ATV. It has proven to be one of the most useful tools I've purchased in recent years.
It wasn't so long ago, back when I used to spend a week every November hunting deer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (a time when there were deer to hunt in Michigan's Upper Peninsula), that I would have scoffed at the notion of owning an ATV for hunting purposes.
See, I had no exposure to the machines outside of the guys I'd see hauling loads of apples, carrots, and sugar beets to deer shacks scattered throughout the Ottawa National Forest.
For those of you who are careful readers, you'll notice that I mentioned seeing these guys using their ATVs on National Forest lands to haul bait to their hunting sites.
And you must be asking: "Is that legal?" [ Read Full Post ]
Photo: Lee Thomas KJOS [ Read Full Post ]
Last week we were covered up with reports of lone fawns walking about looking lost and forlorn. This is one of the surest signs of the breeding period of the rut. If you see a lone fawn or maybe a pair of fawns, chances are momma is off with a big buck somewhere breeding. Bucks can get very aggressive with estrus does which generally results in fawns being separated from momma.
A buck will often stay with an estrus doe for 2-3 days. During that period, her fawns are often seen wandering around solo. They will feed alone or with other fawns in fields and food plots and sometimes will be seen running around bleating to find adult does. Once the breeding is complete, the family unit will reunite and all will be back to normal (See more fawn facts here).
Some rut watchers key in on does without fawns as a sure sign of the biological rut, but that can be misleading. Not all does bear fawns, and of those that do, many never survive the summer and early fall. A lone doe can mean almost anything. [ Read Full Post ]