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Following a wild and woolly afternoon of weather yesterday, this morning dawned, clear a bit chilly but calm here in Ohio. I'm midway through my first-ever crossbow hunt and am happy to have some better weather.
We were back to treestand No. 1 on top of an oak ridge before first light and hoping for the best. Although I'm starting to feel a bit snakebitten, I finally saw my first 3 deer of the hunt--a doe and two skippers. [ Read Full Post ]
Pete Angle and I had no problem staying warm today, despite temperatures in the 20s, spitting snow and winds that gusted to 30 mph. The reason for that was, aside for one half-hour stalk Pete made on a herd of uncooperative pronghorns this afternoon, we didn’t get out of the truck except to answer nature’s call or open a pasture gate.
We put a lot of miles on our guide’s truck today, and saw a heckuva lot of doe and fawn muleys, but no bucks worth going after. When we did see mule deer, they were tucked away in draws and bottoms as they sought shelter from the howling winds that are so characteristic of this country around Craig, Colorado. [ Read Full Post ]
UPDATE: Okay, we're outta here. Tornado warnings have popped up on my cell phone along with a nasty line of thunderstorms about to hit at any time. Time to climb out of the tree and get back to camp before it hits. Can't hardly believe it, but deer were not on the move this morning. Tomorrow's another day.
Al Roker is barking at us this morning -- a storm of historic proportions is at our doorstep here in Ohio ... we're going deer hunting.
It's the calm before the storm ... 7 a.m. Ohio time and its warm and calm in the tree. We've moved stand locations and feel confident that these deer will be up and about ahead of this historic pressure drop which has already started as evidenced by our blown up ziplock bags. [ Read Full Post ]
Update: It's been a long, sometimes wet, sometimes windy day in the tree. The warm weather seems to have the deer bedded down. We've got a couple hours of light left and a high wind warning for tomorrow. So, prospects aren't tremendous, but we're hanging tough. My hope is holding out because several big bucks were seen from this stand last week.
I'm writing this from 20 feet up in an oak tree in Lancaster, Ohio for Record Quest. [ Read Full Post ]
When I first began developing the idea for a weather site, I asked myself: "What kind of weather information is absolutely essential for sportsmen?"
All of us look forward to those magical days when the woods come alive with bucks chasing does or turkeys gobbling from their roosts, or those amazing times when, no matter what you throw, every cast draws a strike. The only problem: No one could predict when those magical hunting and fishing days would occur…until now.
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I’ve been on the road the past couple days, racking up miles between Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming. This morning I started the pull from Sturgis, South Dakota, where I was touring the Dakota gun factory, to Jackson Hole to meet up with my outfitter for what should be one heck of an elk hunt.
Early Thursday we’ll be on horses, riding into the backcountry. Just writing those words gets my blood pumping. When it comes to time spent in the outdoors, there’s nothing I look forward to more than a wilderness hunt in the mountains. [ Read Full Post ]
Are you prepared to shoot a deer beyond 200 yards?
I know how you’ll answer that, so let me put a point on my question: Are you prepared to confidently kill a deer out past 200 yards?
There’s a difference, of course, between shooting out of desperation and shooting with confidence, and most deer hunters experience one moment or the other in the course of a season.
My friend J. Wayne Fears addresses the skills you need to develop to shoot confidently at longer ranges in a piece he wrote for this week’s Outdoor Wire. It’s worth reviewing his recommendations on loads, optics and skills. [ Read Full Post ]