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6 Pieces of Deer Hunting Gear to Help You Sit All Day

This handful of items will make your rut marathons more bearable

All-day sits during the heart of the rut are almost always a good idea. They are, also, almost always hard to pull off.

Coming off a week of all-day sits in Wisconsin, I can attest to that fact. I have no trouble staying in the woods all day—when the rut is rocking and deer are moving.

Thing is, the rut didn’t seem to exist and deer sightings were exceptionally sparse. What had seemed like a great idea at 5 a.m. didn’t seem so much fun by 5 p.m.

That said, I was able to stick it out and had a good buck shown itself, the reward would have been worth the effort. I’ve long advocated that you should spend as much time as possible on stand during this key period in November and it’s advice I practice. I’ve killed some pretty good bucks because of it and, along the way, I’ve adopted a few items that help make all-day outings more comfortable. Here are a few of my favorites:

LaCrosse boots

The right boots make a long day a bit shorter.

Bass Pro Shops

1. LaCrosse Aerohead Sport Boots

I’ve been forced to abandon my plan to sit all day due to cold feet on more than one occasion. But those instances are far fewer once I started to implement this sytem.

It starts with the Aerohead Sport boot for LaCrosse. I’m a fan of tall rubber boots not just because they cut down on scent during the walk into my location but because they allow me to use any available standing water to really hide my tracks and ensure that I stay completely dry.

The key to keeping your feet warm is to keep them dry. These boots feature neoprene and AeroFoam uppers, making them incredibly light. The lower is comprised of injected polyurethane – which provides excellent insulating properties while maintaining the boot’s light weight.

Another tip: After settling into the stand before daylight, I slip the boots off and let my feet cool off and the boots to breathe. This makes a huge difference in keeping things dry and warm for the day.

Bass Pro vest

A windproof vest fits easily in a pack and provides layering options for all-day sits.

Bass Pro Shops

2. RedHead Scentinel Tech Windproof vest

November is a glorious month. It’s also a month of extremes. It’s not unusual to see daytime highs that are 20-30 degrees warmer than those seen in the morning and evening.

If you’re going to hunt all day, you need to regulate your body temperature and the best way to do that is with layers. I’ll wear just a vest like this one during my walk into the stand. This keeps me from overheating but still provides some protection from the cold. Being windproof is critical – wind robs body temperature in a hurry.

You can choose to hunt with the vest over a sweatshirt and add additional layers or keep it stowed in your pack until you need it.

carhartt hat

The Carhartt 2-in-1 make not win any fashion awards, but it will keep you on stand longer.

Bass Pro Shops

3. Carhartt Fleece 2-in-1 Headwear

We’re out to kill deer, not win fashion shows. While this setup may earn you a few smirks from your buddies, it will help make an all-day sit much more enjoyable.

The built-in facemask is excellent at keeping the wind off your face and the heavy fleece hat makes a big difference. Again, don’t wear it on the walk in. Keep it in your back for when you need it.

under armour socks

A change of socks may seem an odd thing to pack on a hunt.

Bass Pro Shops

4. UnderArmour Hunter Coldgear Lite Socks

You’ll need two pairs of these. One for the walk in. And one to change into once you’re on stand.

Trust me, it makes a big-time difference. Again, staying dry means staying warm. If you walk any distance to your stand, your feet will sweat. And you will get cold eventually no matter how much insulation your boots have.

Change out your socks and you’ll sit all day more easily.

Ozonics unit

You won’t see many deer if the wind is giving you away—no matter how long you sit.

Bass Pro Shops

5. Ozonics HR-300

At $499.99, these things aren’t exactly cheap. But they make all-day hunts far more productive.

I’m a believer in the use of ozone to eliminate human scent. One of the biggest challenges during an all-day sit is the fact that wind direction will almost always change at least three times during the day—this is especially true in hilly terrain.

When the sun first rises and the air begins to warm, you’ll see a slight shift in wind direction along with upward-flowing thermals. As the temps stabilize, the wind direction will as well. Then the process works in reverse in the evening.

The Ozonics unit helps handle some of the scent and allows you to sit the same stand all day.

Pocket Rocket camp stove

Taking a few minutes to prepare a hot meal can make an all-day sit a bit more enjoyable.

Bass Pro Shops

6. MSR Pocket Rocket Stove

Look, hunting is supposed to be fun. Sitting a stand all day during the rut can be fun—but you need to enjoy the experience for that to be the case.

Sitting in one spot for 14 hours can be a chore. So take a break. I like to climb down out of the stand at about 1:30 p.m. That’s usually after any midday movement has happened and just before the evening action kicks in. Taking a short break makes a big difference and eating something more substantial than a sandwich makes the day a little better as well.

With one of these little stoves in your pack, you have options behind PB&J. Boil some water and you can prepare any of the freeze-dried camp meals like those from Mountain House. You might be surprised at this little break can make the day more enjoyable. click Here…


Heating Up

Rule The Rut 2016: The West is Heating Up

Calling tactics starting to play as rut gains steam

Things are heating up in Montana.

My buddy Curtis got into his stand early, but the wind wasn’t perfect for his setup, so he decided to still-hunt to another stand. As soon as his feet hit the ground, he glassed around and saw a good buck coming into his setup.

With nothing to lose and hopes of the buck missing his scent stream, he knelt in the tall grass and floated a few grunts. The buck responded and came in right away, only to catch Curtis’ scent at 60 yards.

“Ok, the grunt is working.” Curtis, who is used to hunting from his feet while pursuing Montana Mulies, carefully worked his way toward another stand about 500 yards away.

He glassed an open field and spotted two mature bucks milling about 150 yards away. With the only cover being a small ditch bank and the native grass, Curtis again kneeled, leaving his Stone Glacier pack on his back and his rangefinder in its pouch, and playfully floated a few soft grunts towards the bucks. Bingo.

They decided to come investigate, two mature bucks on a string. One buck was much bigger than the other, but Curtis would take the first one to offer a shot. Kneeling, bow ready, the smaller buck offered a shot in a rather small shooting gap in the tall grass at 25 yards. The arrow was away. Heart shot. The buck died within 30 yards. Pretty dang good for any bow kill, but this was Curtis’ first deer with a bow. Lesson learned: Light, less agressive calls from cover are working in the West.He glassed an open field and spotted two mature bucks milling about 150 yards away. With the only cover being a small ditch bank and the native grass, Curtis again kneeled, leaving his Stone Glacier pack on his back and his rangefinder in its pouch, and playfully floated a few soft grunts towards the bucks. Bingo. Click Here…


Rule The Rut

Rule The Rut: Breeding Has Begun — Seriously.

It May Seem Early But It’s Happening

hunting the rut

Daylight photos indicate the rut is starting to crank.

Tony Hansen

This is a very bad time of year to drive behind me.

I should probably have one of those signs from school buses and delivery trucks that reads: “This vehicle makes frequent stops.”

But I’d need to amend it just a bit to read: “This vehicle makes frequent, sudden, unannounced stops. And when it does stop, it may continue to roll slightly because it doesn’t want to spook the deer that are the cause of said frequent, sudden, unannounced stops. So just go on by. And don’t look left or right, and don’t even think about stopping to look yourself…

It’s on.

I can’t believe it, but I saw it with my own eyes.

I had just hit the brakes and my truck was just settling back down onto four wheels when the buck I had spotted did the opposite, going from standing on four legs to two.

He was breeding a doe. Right there, right then. In the middle of a picked bean field at 10 in the morning.

On October freakin’ 25th.

About a mile later, the brakes light up again. This time I ended up ¾-saddle across the yellow line—in perfect observational position for the buck that was bedded down with a doe in a sparse fencerow.

I didn’t have to see the deed to know that it had been done.

The rut, my friends, seems to have made an early arrival.

I’m not saying it’s full blown. I’m not saying it’s going to get crazy out there this week. But it has begun.

Stay tuned. I’ll update a bit more later in the week with additional rut observations.

But, right now, I gotta hit the brakes. . . Click Here…


Kentucky Giant

Full-Velvet 200-Inch Kentucky Giant

Hunting, Deer Hunting, Whitetails, Trophy Buck, Velvet Buck, 200-inch Buck, Dave Hurteau

If you’re following the Rut Reporter posts, you know that I’m hunting the opening week of bow season with Cabela’s Outdoor Andventures at Whitetail Heaven Outfitters in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Last night, I climbed out of my stand when I saw my driver approaching the field in his truck. He was barreling through the alfalfa, crazy fast, and hardly slowed down when he reached me. Owner Tevis McCauley stuck his head out the window and yelled: “Hang tight. We’ve got a 200-incher on the ground!”

Later back at camp, 40-some hunters and family members and guides and cooks gathered in the driveway, watching the Ram 2500 pull up in the pitch dark, honking its horn the whole way. Hunter Buddy Deville, from Denham Springs, Louisiana, stepped out of the truck grinning, dropped the tailgate, and showed us all this colossal velvet buck. He jumped up into the bed, like it was a stage, and told us all about it.

Buddy hunted the same stand for four days, and never even picked up his bow last night when a 150-inch 10-pointer came in. It was a good call; this giant taped out at 202-1/4. (The buck in the background was no slouch—a 147-inch 9-pointer that Daniel Wilson of Tennessee 10-ringed at 50 yards. John Draper with the NRA also brought in a old, big-bodied buck with very cool nontypical rack.)Later back at camp, 40-some hunters and family members and guides and cooks gathered in the driveway, watching the Ram 2500 pull up in the pitch dark, honking its horn the whole way. Hunter Buddy Deville, from Denham Springs, Louisiana, stepped out of the truck grinning, dropped the tailgate, and showed us all this colossal velvet buck. He jumped up into the bed, like it was a stage, and told us all about it.

We’ll have much more about this great buck, including video, on the Rut Reporters page soon. For now, I figured you might want a look. Click Here…


Summer Pattern

The Real Meaning of “Summer Pattern”

Big Buck, 10-Pointer, Summer Pattern, Deer Hunting, Scott Bestul

Saw Ear

Much has been said and written about summer and early-season bucks being easy to pattern. The assertion isn’t total hogwash, but it can be pretty misleading. A “pattern” suggests a kind of day-after-day, same-place-same-time predictability. And while this does occur, it’s not all that common in the whitetail world.

I’m currently watching a buck that at first glance seemed to be exhibiting one of those steady summer patterns we all hear about. The nice 10-point pictured here has been hanging around one of my farms, and a couple of hunting buddies and I had repeatedly spotted him moving toward or feeding in this particular soybean field. After a week of almost nightly appearances in the beans, though, the buck disappeared.

A couple of days later, one of my buddies spotted him after dark walking the edge of a woodline about 300 yards away. Then two nights ago, I was glassing a different beanfield on the same farm and spotted the 10-point feeding with another buck. That sighting was close to a half-mile from our original group of encounters.

So here’s the thing. It would be very easy to register that first week of almost nightly sightings in a small area and say that the deer was on a steady summer “pattern,” or to call him highly “patternable.” But if it where the early-bow season, and I’d set up on that buck the 8th night and he didn’t show, I’d have probably thought I spooked him from the normal routine. When in fact he was not boogered at all; he’d just set up shop in a different part of his range where he felt equally comfortable.

Big Buck, 10-Pointer, Summer Pattern, Deer Hunting, Scott Bestul

I was talking about this with veteran Wisconsin guide Tom Indrebo ( the other day, and here was his take on the topic. “I’ve seen where a mature buck is very faithful to a small bedding area, but he just didn’t visit the same food source every evening. So one day he’d get up and head to a beanfield, the next night a nearby cornfield, and then maybe he’d hit a hay field two or three evenings in a row. Whether he’d visit those food sources because of the wind direction, because he knew there were other deer there, or whether he was just hungry for something different, I don’t know. So I guess there’s a general pattern, but that doesn’t mean he’s doing exactly the same thing every evening. This is pretty common.”

I think QDMA biologist/forester Matt Ross was explaining this same phenomenon when we were chatting awhile back. “Whitetails are not really browsers or grazers,” he said. “Instead, they’re concentrate selectors, which means they focus heavily on whatever food is in season or meeting their needs at a given time.”

This description matches my experience with deer in my neighborhood—animals that have an wide array of food to choose from, especially during summer. In areas where multiple crops are on the ground for much of the year, I think deer tend to switch frequently from one forage species to another, just because they can.

Many hunters are quick to blame themselves when a buck doesn’t do something they expect. But most of the time, you probably didn’t spook the buck. He’s just making little shifts within his range, not running on a train track. So, yes, when you see a buck doing the same thing a few days in a row, it is a sort of pattern. But it’s important to understand that it probably won’t last long, even in the early season. So you’d better act fast. click Here…


Hunting Cartridge

The .416 Rigby: A Classic African Big Game Hunting Cartridge

Keep reading to learn all about the history and recommended uses of the .416 Rigby.

When it was first designed in the early 1900s, the .416 Rigby was a quantum leap forward in the field of big game hunting ammunition. The cartridge quickly caught on as a favorite among hunters pursing large, thick skinned species of dangerous game like buffalo and elephant. Even though over 100 years have elapsed since its introduction, the .416 Rigby remains a favorite of big game hunters in Africa.

The .416 Rigby came about due to two major advances in firearm technology in the early 20th Century: the introduction of cordite (and other smokeless powders) and the Mauser 98 rifle. Prior to these developments, hunters used primarily used single shot or double barreled black powder firearms.

Since black powder firearms have a relatively low velocity limit (at least by modern standards), hunters pursuing dangerous game tended to use large bore rifles firing very heavy bullets. Indeed, for this reason, elephant hunters of the day, like the legendary Frederick Courteney Selous, used massive 4, 6, or 8 bore rifles firing bullets as large as 1″ in diameter and weighing as much as 1,750 grains (4 ounces)! These rifles produced an incredible amount of smoke and had immense recoil even though they were also extremely heavy. At the same time, those massive, slow moving lead bullets did not penetrate very well and the rifles took a long time to reload.

So, it should not come as a surprise that the .416 Rigby made a big splash when John Rigby & Company introduced the cartridge in 1911. Using cordite as a propellent, the original load pushed a 410gr bullet at about 2,300fps (4,800 foot pounds of energy), which was nearly twice the velocity of the big bore black powder cartridges of the day. These significantly higher velocities enabled the use of smaller diameter bullets. This in turn resulted in bullets with significantly higher sectional densities (.338 for a 410gr .416 bullet and .330 for a 400gr bullet), which correspondingly penetrated much more reliably than the old big bore rifles.

In addition to the incredible improvement in performance the .416 Rigby offered compared to previous cartridges, John Rigby & Company went a step further and designed the cartridge to operate in the revolutionary new bolt-action Mauser 98 rifle. A hunter equipped with a Mauser rifle could fire as many as 5 shots before emptying the magazine (compared to only one or two with earlier rifles).

So, not only was the .416 Rigby a dramatic improvement over the most common big game hunting cartridges of the day, but it also could be used in an inexpensive and reliable rifle that more than doubled the number of shots a hunter could fire before reloading. Not surprisingly, hunters quickly embraced the .416 Rigby, along with similar performing cartridges introduced around the same time like the .404 Jeffery and the .425 Westley Richards, and slightly less powerful, but still potent cartridges like the 9.3x62mm Mauser and the .375 H&H Magnum.

While the .416 Rigby is certainly more well known than the .404 Jeffery and the .425 Westley Richards, that’s not because it’s a dramatically better cartridge than the other two (they are all solid performers). Instead, the cartridge owes a great deal of its fame to Robert Ruark, whose classic book Horn of the Hunter immortalized a young professional hunter in Kenya named Harry Selby and who happened to carry a Mauser chambered in .416 Rigby on Ruark’s now famous hunt.

.416 rigby .375 h&h .458 lott

A .416 Rigby flanked by a .375 H&H and a .458 Lott

.416 Rigby Loads

Several manufacturers, such as Barnes, Federal, Hornady, Norma, Nosler, and Swift, produce factory loaded .416 Rigby ammunition. That wasn’t always the case though. For many years, the British company Kynoch was the only producer of .416 Rigby ammunition. When the company stopped producing ammunition after World War II, the cartridge nearly faded into obscurity. Fortunately, other companies eventually picked up the slack and today hunters armed with a .416 Rigby have more good quality choices for ammunition than at any other time.

For instance, Hornady loads their 400gr DGX/DGS bullets to an advertised velocity of 2,415fps, making it an absolutely deadly cartridge for buffalo. The same goes for the 400gr Nosler Safari Solid (~2,400fps), the 400gr Barnes VOR-TX (~2,400fps) and the Federal 400gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claw/Sledgehammer (~2,370fps). All of these loads produce around 5,100 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle, which is more than adequate for hunting even the largest and toughest species of dangerous game like elephant.

One of the downsides of the cartridge is that it has a relatively stout recoil. Though it is mild compared to the recoil of the really big bore cartridges that it was designed to replace, it is still certainly more than the recoil of a cartridge like a .375 H&H. The video below does a good job of showing what the recoil of the .416 Rigby can do if you’re not expecting it. Though, in his defense, the recoil didn’t really knock him over so much as cause him to slip and fall down.

Hunting With The .416 Rigby

The .416 Rigby excels when hunting really big species of dangerous game. With factory loads that produce over of 5,000 foot pounds of energy, the cartridge meets the legal requirements to every species in the African Big 5 along with just about every other species of dangerous game in the world. Especially with modern gunpowder and bullets, the cartridge is absolutely deadly on elephant, cape buffalo, hippo, and lion. With a sectional density of .330, the 400gr bullets used in the .416 Rigby also penetrate incredibly well and there are few other cartridges in common use that can compare with it in this regard.

For these same reasons, it is also a really good cartridge for hunting extremely large species of antelope and deer like eland and moose. Though there are probably better cartridges to use when hunting those animals, the .416 Rigby will certainly work well, especially if the hunter is primarily pursuing something larger and more dangerous (like buffalo) and is armed accordingly. The .416 Rigby will also do the job on smaller species of game, but the recoil and cost of ammunition make it a less than ideal choice. It is also not a very flat shooting cartridge either, which makes it challenging to shoot at longer ranges, though this is rarely a problem at the close ranges typical on buffalo and elephant hunts.

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.416 Rigby compared to a .308 Winchester

Finally, one of the other advantages of the .416 Rigby is the fact that it is a relatively low pressure load. This really comes into play during the very hot conditions sometimes encountered in Africa. Trust me when I say that you really don’t want a broken extractor or a stuck bolt due to excess chamber pressure when you’ve got an angry buffalo bearing down on you. Even though the .416 Remington Magnum performs virtually identically to the .416 Rigby on paper, the .416 Remington is a higher pressure round, which makes it much more susceptible to problems resulting from excess pressure. Obviously, this is less of a concern when hunting brown or grizzly bears in Canada or Alaska, but is really something to keep in mind when hunting in Africa.

With all that said, the .416 Rigby has a proven track record of over 100 years of excellent performance in the field on the largest and toughest species of dangerous game in the world. Especially considering the fact that good quality and reasonably priced rifles like the CZ 550 Safari Magnum and Mauser M 98 Magnum are available in .416 Rigby, it should not be surprising that the cartridge is still incredibly popular among visiting hunters as well as PHs in Africa who want a powerful and proven cartridge to use on buffalo and elephant. There may be slightly better choices for hunters who need a good “stopping” cartridge to use on angry buffalo at close range, but the .416 Rigby is still a pretty darn good all around big game hunting cartridge. Click Here…


Practical Guide

You Need To Read This Review Of “Hunting Africa: A Practical Guide” Before Your Hunt Africa

Check out my Hunting Africa: A Practical Guide review where I discuss the things I did and didn’t like about this book.

Several months ago, the publishers of the book Hunting Africa: A Practical Guide were kind enough to send me a copy of the book to see what I thought about it. While I have a fair amount of experience afield in Africa, I’m by no means an expert. Nevertheless, I’m happy to give my humble opinion of the book, so read on for my Hunting Africa: A Practical Guide review.

Written by Dirk Botes, Pieter Smit, and Gerhard Swan, Hunting Africa: A Practical Guide is intended to provide comprehensive information about hunting in Africa for Professional Hunters (hunting guides). They released the first edition of the book in 2000 and published a revised edition in 2013.

Hunting Africa A Practical Guide review 1

The authors were wildly successful in their goal of providing a great information source for Professional Hunters (PHs) in Africa, particularly those still in training or without much hunting experience. Indeed, PHs that I’ve talked to like Johan Seyffert and Kobus Kok were quite familiar with previous editions of the book from their early days in training and often referred to it as the “PH’s Bible.”

Hunting Africa: A Practical Guide is broken down into two parts: one on general information that’s essential for hunters (shot placement, caliber selection, tracking, practical ballistics, etc.) and one with information about many of the 130+ different species of game available for hunting in Africa.

The first part covers everything from how to plan a hunt and set up camp, specific equipment recommendations and checklists, how to deal with various emergencies, how to score various animal as trophies using the Safari Club International and Rowland Ward systems, how to skin and prepare trophies in the field, and how to deal with the administrative requirements involved in hunting Africa. It also has some useful photos showing the vital organs of various animals in order to aid in shot placement. Finally, the book also contains many charts with detailed information on the ballistics of many popular rifle cartridges.

Hunting Africa A Practical Guide review 2

The second part of the book provides useful information on the many different species that may be hunted in Africa. For instance, it contains a picture of the specific animal, information on it’s size, range, habitat, and the minimum scores necessary for that species to make the SCI or Rowland Ward Record Books.

Hunting Africa A Practical Guide review 3

The authors intended to create a standard reference guide for PHs and I think they were successful in this regard. However, if you’re outside of this intended audience, then the book will probably not be as useful to you. Since the vast majority of foreigners hunt Africa in the company of a guide, it is much less important for them to know how to set up camp or the details of how to score a Cape Buffalo using the SCI vs Rowland Ward method. The sections in the book on shot placement and general information on animals are both informative, but there are other resources available (like Kevin Robertson’s book The Perfect Shot) that are written specifically for visiting hunters and provide more detailed and practical information in both of these areas.

The bottom line: I enjoyed reading Hunting Africa: A Practical Guide, but it’s not the best book for a typical hunter to read before heading to Africa on safari. At the same time, I cannot recommend this book highly enough as a handy reference book for men and women interested in becoming a professional hunter. click Here…


Right Camouflage

Choosing The Right Camouflage Pattern

If you deer hunt choosing the right camouflage pattern can make a big difference in success and failure. Do you change your camouflage pattern to blend in with your environment?

Choosing The Right Camouflage Pattern

Pick a camouflage pattern that blends with the time of year you will be hunting.


Why Choosing The Right Camouflage Pattern Matters

I think it is important when deer hunting to naturally blend in with the foliage around you. There are many different brands of camouflage on the market to choose from, it’s important to pick one that is similar to the foliage you will be hunting. The last thing I want when hunting big bucks is for a buck to see me before I see it. Deer are smart, especially big bucks. I do believe that the number one thing deer see is movement, but I also believe you need to blend in. Early in the season the foliage is mostly nice and green, that’s when I like to use the US Army ca-mo pattern. I was in the Army, and I really like that pattern early in the season. I’ve had big bucks, and does for that matter walk right up to me when I have this pattern on, as long as I have foliage around me and I don’t make any movement that the deer can pick up on they won’t see me. I like to make sure I wear a head net, paint my face, and wear gloves. This pattern works well all when everything is nice and green, but when the leaves change and I’m hunting in hardwoods I like to find a pattern that is similar to the colors of the hardwoods, Realtree and MossyOak have some wonderful patterns for all times of the year. If I was to ever go to Canada deer hunting in the snow I would wear a good snow pattern to blend in. It’s always good to give yourself every little edge you can when hunting, especially for big bucks. Blending in is just one more way to help you be more successful at constantly taking trophy whitetails.

One time I was perched in a white oak early during bow season. The leaves were still green and I had foliage all around me, I had on a camouflage pattern that matched my background, and I had a nice eight pointer come right up to my tree. I had my face painted and my gloves on, he never even saw me. My camouflage did its job, I just didn’t do mine. I missed him at almost point blank range, he ducked my arrow and ran out in a clear cut and turned around and started blowing at me, but he never saw me because I blended in. That buck could not figure out what I was, I looked like a tree to him. That’s why it’s important to blend in, you will be more successful if you do. click Here…


Snow Monster

Shed Hunting Snow Monster Buck Classic

shed hunting antler

I found this antler shed hunting.

I need to get back out  shed hunting after all this snow is gone and look for more. I recently got out and did a little shed hunting and was lucky enough to find one nice shed in a cut bean field.

Shed Hunting

I have heard of several really nice sheds being found and I hope to find a few in the next couple of weeks. Last year I didn’t find a single shed and I did a lot of walking. For some reason the properties I hunt don’t seem to have very many sheds every  year. Shed hunting is a lot of fun and it is nice to find sheds of deer that are on the property where you are hunting. I really like seeing pictures of bucks people have taken and they have their previous years sheds in the picture, that is really neat.

Snow Stressful On Deer

Well we have had a ton of snow here in Kansas and we need the moisture bad so it’s a good thing but I know this time of year can be a big stress on deer. Food sources are hard to come by this time of year and the snow makes it really tough on them. I am putting out supplemental feed this time of year to help the deer make it through this really tough stretch of bad weather, they are really coming to the corn this time of year on the property I hunt. Also coyotes can be tough on them this time of year as well. I have seen several coyotes since we’ve had snow, the cold weather makes them have to get out more and find more food to survive, and the weaker deer can be the one’s they go after. I plan on getting after some coyotes as soon as this snow melts. They can really be tough on the deer and I plan on being tough on them and get rid of a few of them.

Kansas Whitetail Hunting Show

A few weeks ago we had a blast at the second annual Monster Buck Classic We Are Kansas deer hunting show. It was an unbelievable show and was a lot of fun. I had planned on taking tons of pictures but I dropped my camera and broke it, so much for getting a lot of great pictures. There were some amazing big bucks entered in the Monster Buck Contest and great vendors and the celebrity hunters were all awesome. I really enjoyed meeting Troy Laundry of Swamp People, he is such a nice man. I also enjoyed talking to Drury Outdoors Dan Thurston he is a great guy and the whole Nock On crew were there and very nice and fun to talk to. It really was an awesome show and we can’t wait until next years show.Monster Buck Classic This is a picture of Dan Thurston and I standing in front of Dan’s neat 1963 Chevrolet van at the Monster Buck Classic.

Don’t forget now is the time to start getting ready for next deer season. It is a great time to put out mineral lick sites for the deer and it will be time to plant those food plots soon. Click Here…


Recurves Compounds

Archery Equipment Recurves Compounds

archery equipment Mathews Z7

My archery equipment Mathews Z7.

Now that the season is over you might be in the market for some new archery equipment, perhaps a new bow and choosing the right bow for you can be fun but you want to make sure you make a good decision and don’t rush into buying something you are not going to be happy with later. Today we have a guest post from Jeff Stevens from if you get a chance go over and check out their website which has some great information on deer hunting.   Thanks for the great post Jeff.

Archery Equipment

Recurve Bows and Compound Bows 

Archery, a once-popular method for basic human survival and combat, is now a common sport and method of hunting. The main tool in the sport of archery is a bow that shoots arrows. In early times, bows were made out of pinewood and the arrows were made out of materials such as flint and other rocks. Today, bows are made from aluminum and fiberglass and there are two main types of bows that are used in archery: the recurve bow and the compound bow. These bows can both be used for recreational archery, hunting, and bowfishing. Most often people are not sure which bow is better to use, especially if they are new to the archery scene. There are many accessories that are needed in archery, such as arrows, rests, sights, and strings. However, before you can buy any of those items you must buy the main tool: the bow. Both the recurve bow and the compound bow have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your experience level, budget, and personal preference, this article will help you decide which bow is right for you.


Recurve Bows

Recurve bows can be traced back to ancient Asia and were originally made out of wood. Recurve bows were used throughout history by the Chinese, Mongols, Huns, Greeks, and Turks. Some companies still make wooden recurve bows today although they are more commonly made from fiberglass or carbon. Recurve bows generally come in three different variations: the basic style, the take-down style, and the composite style. The composite style is the oldest style of bow and is no longer used today. Out of the three variations, the take-down sttyle is the most popular since it allows the bow to be disassembled. Recurve bows curve away from you and are designed to shoot arrows at short distances. The curves allow the bow to be more stiffer and shoot arrows with more force. Modern recurve bows are more technologically advanced than those used in the early ages. However, recurve bows do not have as many advanced technological features as compound bows and therefore do not shoot arrows as accurate as a compound bow would. The typical length of a modern recurve bow is between 20 and 25 inches. Recurve bows are often recommended for beginners due to their traditional design the only types of bows that are allowed in the Olympics. The typical price of recurve bow is between $100 and $300, although some can cost up to nearly $1,000. The more expensive recurve bows are (obviously) meant for those who are more experienced archers.


Compound Bows

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Compound bows are similar to recurve bows except they are more modern, using a system of pulleys and wires to operate and can give let-off or give no let-off. Since compound bows are more technological they can shoot arrows further than a recurve bow can. The first compound bow came out in 1969 and continues to be the most popular type of bow used today. Unlike the recurve bow, compound bows have many more parts like the cam and limb pockets. Although the limbs of a recurve bow are designed to be stiff, the limbs of a compound bow are even stiffer making it more energy efficient. They are lighter than recurve bows since they are not made from wood but rather from lighter materials. Due to the difference in materials, compound bows are easier to transport and they are more durable, especially in bad weather. However, compound bows will need more maintenance than a recurve bow since they are more advanced. They have room for add-ons and attachment such s sights and rests. Typical compound bow maintenance includes getting it re-stringed since it requires a bow press. The typical price of a compound bow is usually more expensive than the price of a re-curve bow, ranging from between $300 and $700 although there are some that are available for a higher price. It is important to remember that since compound bows are more popular, there are many brand names available and advocates of certain brands may try to sway you into buying a specific bow. Do not rush your decision if you are looking to get a compound bow but be sure to choose one that you can best handle, afford, and take care of.


Which One is Right For You?

Deciding on whether to choose a recurve bow or a compound bow is a choice that should be taken seriously, especially since both of these bows cost a lot of money. Recurve bows are most recommended for beginners due to their traditional design, ease of use, cheapness in price, and lower-level of maintenance. They serve as good practice tools for getting into advanced archery. Beginners can use compound bows if they wish but they are much more expensive than recurve bows so it is sometimes better to go with the easier, cheaper option just in case you decide that archery is not something that you can handle or enjoy. More experienced archers may find the accuracy of compound bows more desirable than the accuracy of a recurve bow. They will also have more knowledge of bow maintenance, making it easier for themselves if anything goes wrong with the bow. It is important to analyze the differences between each bow. Do not jump to buy the most attractive, expensive fastest-shooting bow, especially if you are just looking to show it off. Instead, buy the bow that you feel most comfortable starting off with and work your way up. Click Here…

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