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  • First Deer Sign

    December 30, 2015 Comments (0) Deer Hunting, Understanding Sign

    During the earlier years of my hunting career I was elated to find any type of sign indicating a buck in the area. Whether it was a large rub on a main walking trail, or a massive scrape on the edge of an Ag field, I was going to set up right on top of …

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  • 12 Gauge Vs 20 Gauge Shotguns

    December 29, 2015 Comments (0) Gear Basics, Shotguns

    There are plenty of versatile shotguns on the market for varying price ranges for the beginner. But one question that always comes up is whether a 20 gauge can get the job done. To put it straight a 20 gauge can get the job done from birds to Whitetails- no different than the popular 12 …

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  • Hunting Gear Basics

    September 30, 2015 Comments (0) Gear Basics

    Getting started hunting is anything but cheap. Expensive gear is sometimes necessary, but will never make or break you as a hunter. I’m a young man myself and I never had the latest and greatest growing up. Everything I started with was hand-me-downs and what not, and even today I go afield with pretty much …

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  • Blood Identification

    September 20, 2015 Comments (0) After the Shot

    In order to be an ethically responsible hunter, after connecting on a shot, we must transition into detectives to gather all of the evidence available to make a successful harvest. Identifying the various characteristics of blood can help determine how long to wait after the shot and allows for a relatively accurate

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  • Bow Selection and Set Up

    September 3, 2015 Comments (0) Archery

      This summer, as I prepared for a back-country trip for Elk in Colorado, I spent a significant amount of time thinking about the bow selection I would use and how I would set it up for this particular application.  Like most people, I cannot afford to buy a separate bow for every type of …

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  • The Wind in Deer Hunting

    September 2, 2015 Comments (0) Deer Hunting, Scent Control

    Animals use the wind to detect different scents in the air. Many animals, especially deer, trust their sense of smell over all other senses. With smell being their number one defense in avoiding danger, understanding wind patterns in your area to avoid being scented can make or break a hunt. A few wind terms you

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  • When to Take the Shot – Deer Hunting

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    August 30, 2015 Comments (0) Archery, Deer Hunting

    When to take the shot, when the moment of truth comes, you will find there are many factors to consider in making a clean ethical shot. Is the angle of the shot too steep (if the deer is really close)? Are there any obstructions in the way, which may deflect an arrow or bullet? Is the …

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  • Finding and Identifying Sign in Big Woods

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    August 30, 2015 Comments (0) Deer Hunting, Understanding Sign

    The Northeast corner of the United States can be a very tough area to hunt deer. With so much contiguous forest it can be tough for a hunter to begin finding and identifying sign and searching out deer with many tracts of land ranging from thousands to hundreds of thousands of acres broken up only …

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  • Finding and Identifying Sign (Midwest)

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    August 4, 2015 Comments (0) Deer Hunting, Understanding Sign

    Finding and Identifying Sign is something I do year round. Many times I tell people I hunt all year, but I can start killing on September 15th.  What I mean by that is when archery season opens in Missouri my scouting is complete.  On opening day I’m ready to sit in that one particular location that …

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  • Choosing a Bird Gun

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    June 24, 2015 Comments (0) Featured, Upland Hunting

    The basics of Choosing a Bird Gun Choosing a bird gun can be an intimating task when we first set eyes on the vast culture of fine upland hunting shotguns. This article is not about the “classic” doubles per say but rather what to look for in a shotgun. These are the top three things to …

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