November 2013

cliff glassing

Allen Treadwell

Using the Lay of the Land to Your Advantage


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With aerial photography we can see certain travel corridors that deer will likely use on a regular bases. We can locate bottle necks and pinch points without ever stepping foot on a property. This allows us to concentrate out scouting efforts on those areas without tromping all over the land spooking deer, and leaving a […]

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Sighting-in rifle

Allen Treadwell

The Basics of Sighting-In Your Rifle


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The process starts with a set up you can trust. First of all your scope needs to be mounted correctly. One thing to keep in mind when mounting a scope is apply the proper amount of torque to the base and ring screw. Base screws are recommended to have between 30-40 inch-lbs, I will also […]

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QDMA

Aging Whitetail Bucks in the Field


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The junction of the neck with the chest and shoulders. On yearling bucks, the neck is so narrow that there is literally a “bottleneck” where it meets the body. As a buck gets older, the lower edge of the neck gets closer to the brisket. At 3 1/2, a buck’s neck almost but not quite […]

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Controlling human scent

Allen Treadwell

Controlling Human Scent


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Chasing big mature bucks is usually about paying your dues and spending time on the hunt, and several stands can allow you to hunt different wind directions. As hard as it can be, if the wind is wrong, stay out. Sometimes the hardest trigger to pull is to leave an area if the wind switches, […]

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white oak acorns

Grant Woods

White Oak Acorns


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This acid makes acorns, especially red oak acorns, taste very bitter! Knowing that deer love acorns, especially white oak acorns during the early season, makes it seem easy to find a good stand location. That is the case if you hunt in an area where most of the land is row crop agriculture and acorns […]

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ATV planting food plot

Grant Woods

Value in Fertilizer


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  If I’m buying inorganic fertilizer, I want the best value. That requires understanding fertilizer. The government requires fertilizer companies to label the bag with the nutrients contained. That’s why fertilizer is often called 10-10-10 or 13-13-13. The numbers represent the amount of nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K) per 100 pounds of product. […]

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trail camera position

Melissa Bachman

Trail Cameras as Scouting Tools


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I also like checking the cameras for pure entertainment because you get to watch bucks in their natural setting doing what they do, and when they do it. A new feature that I have really come to love is the video mode on the Cuddeback Attack. The camera still takes an image, but is then […]

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sighting in slug gun

Melissa Bachman

Winchester’s Ballistic App


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Then, if you like, print the ballistic information and tape it to your gun for a quick reference. It can also be very effective to check ballistics in a variety of weather conditions, and with whatever ammo/gun combination you may decide to use. You can download the app right to your phone so it’s always […]

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glassing for deer

Grant Woods

Scouting While Bucks are in Velvet


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That’s why production fields and food plots planted with soybeans are the place to watch or place trail cameras this time of year. Soybean fields can simplify scouting. I don’t wish to alert deer, especially mature bucks just before season. This is relatively easy when there are soybean fields in the area I plan to […]

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Red Oak acorns

Grant Woods

Red Oak Acorns


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By this time the red oak acorns are becoming less bitter and a preferred food source. Remember that deer are very selective feeders, and they will seek the best food in their range they don’t associate with fear. So, if there is a failure or shortage of white oak acorns one year, deer may begin […]

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