November 2013

cliff glassing

Allen Treadwell

Using the Lay of the Land to Your Advantage


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For years hunters have been using aerial photography as a tool for scouting, and for years it was hard to get and costly. You had to get ahold of the USGS and request an aerial photograph of the area you were hunting months in advance to have them by season. Today we are lucky, with […]

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Sighting-in rifle

Allen Treadwell

The Basics of Sighting-In Your Rifle


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When it comes to being prepared, some would say I have a bit of an OCD problem, mainly my wife. But to understand the OCD tendencies, you have to understand how I think. All the time spent scouting, hanging stands, and checking trail cameras. All the money spend buying camo, guns, ammo, optics, gas, the […]

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Aging Whitetail Bucks in the Field


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Grunting, chasing, rubs, scrapes and big bucks on the move – all things that raise the excitement level for any deer hunter! And, all these things become more common when you increase the numbers of adult bucks (2 1/2 years or older) in the local deer population. To do this, hunters need to be able […]

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Controlling human scent

Allen Treadwell

Controlling Human Scent


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As deer hunters we all know that there is nothing that can end a hunt any quicker than a deer getting a whiff of the human scent. Not only will that whiff end the hunt you are on, but odds are it could ruin the area you are hunting in for quite some time. One […]

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white oak acorns

Grant Woods

White Oak Acorns


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Do oak trees cover half or more of the land where you hunt? If so, you’ve probably noticed that the number of deer seen in fields, crossing the road, etc., has decreased significantly during the past week or so. That’s because deer love acorns – especially white oak acorns. Matter of fact, deer were consuming […]

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ATV planting food plot

Grant Woods

Value in Fertilizer


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Many hunters are preparing to plant fall food plots. My favorite food plots for hunting purposes are Hidey Hole plots, which I’ve described in past blogs. It’s important to remember that food plot forages are only as nutritious as the nutrients available in the soil. In addition, deer are known to seek out AND prefer […]

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trail camera position

Melissa Bachman

Trail Cameras as Scouting Tools


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Scouting can be one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal as a whitetail hunter – especially during early season. Many bucks will continue with their summer feeding patterns, however, unless you’re available to watch the fields and spend hours scouting, it can still be difficult to figure out the exact trails they’re using. […]

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sighting in slug gun

Melissa Bachman

Preparation for Slug Gun Hunts


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I grew up in Central Minnesota, where slug hunting was my family’s primary method of choice for deer season. It’s something I’ve become extremely comfortable with and really enjoy. In my opinion, one of the most difficult aspects of slug hunting is having an exact understanding bullet drop at every possible distance you may shoot. […]

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glassing for deer

Grant Woods

Scouting While Bucks are in Velvet


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I really enjoy watching and filming bucks this time of year. While antlers are in the last days of being in velvet they don’t appear to grow much. That’s because the antlers are switching from being composed of primarily protein to calcium and other minerals. Interestingly, this is why soybean fields are ideal locations to […]

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Red Oak acorns

Grant Woods

Red Oak Acorns


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Deer prefer white oak acorns because they aren’t as bitter as those from red oaks as they have lower tannic acid content. However, this doesn’t mean you should ignore red oaks when scouting. White oak acorns will usually either sprout or rot within a month or two after falling. That’s perfect timing as rain causes […]

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