The Answer to This Year’s Bow Search

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Posted under: Bowhunting

The 2013 Elite Answer

In my last blog entry, I discussed a few important steps you need to take when looking into a new bow purchase. While I’ve shot a lot of bow brands over the years – in about every weight & axle-to-axle configuration you can think of – I chose to make a bow from Elite Archery my companion for the upcoming hunting season. I’m pretty geeked about it, and I’ll tell you why….

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The Quest for a New Bow

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Posted under: Bowhunting

I didn’t expect to do this.  I really didn’t . Two years ago, I shot and ordered a short axle to axle, single-cam bow. When I bought it, I told myself (and everyone else) that I wanted to keep the bow for “a long time”.  When I said this to my buds, they gave me the utmost in grief and said it was only a matter of time before I bought a new bow. I like to try out bows, and love the challenge and technical aspects of setting them up.  So last fall, I pulled a different brand bow off the shelf and decided to try a couple shots with it. I’d never shot a bow from this manufacturer before, and I figured, “What the heck…why not??”  After shooting the bow, I immediately fell in love with it. I knew that it would be the brand bow I would shoot in 2013, and possibly beyond.  We’ll talk more about this brand a little later …. but for now, let’s talk about what goes into buying a hunting bow and how you can make wise decisions when doing so.

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Worst Rut…. Ever?

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Posted under: Bowhunting, Peak Rut

Scrape

First of all, let me preface this post by saying a sincere THANK YOU to all of our Veterans that have fought for us to be able to keep our freedom.  Without you, and those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, I wouldn't be able to live the life I have now.  I will never forget what all of the Veterans have done for my life....

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Halloween Update

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Posted under: Bowhunting, Pre Rut, ScentMaster, Whitetails

Gameface

In my last blog, I posted about late October scrape hunting.  Since then, I've been out twice.  As luck would have it, I found multiple scrapes, freshly worked, on a field edge about 100 yards from my tree stand.  The wind was right, everything seemed good to go.  Both nights, however, were quite uneventful, other than perhaps a dozen does that came out to feed.  I wish I had more to report for the hunt, but the bucks simply weren't moving in this location during daylight hours.  On a positive note, the does circled downwind of me and I went undetected (thank you, ScentMaster!!)....

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Late October Scrape Hunting

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Posted under: Bowhunting, Pre Rut, ScentMaster, Whitetails

165-inch-buck

Without a doubt, the rut is the ultimate for big buck encounters.  But if you're hunting a specific buck, it's hard to tell where he may be; for all we know, he could be several miles down a drainage or in a pasture chasing estrous does.  In November, I may very well kill a big buck that's been hunted by another deer hunter in a completely different location.  So it stands to reason that, while the rut is great for seeing nomadic giants, it quite possibly could be the toughest time to kill a specific mature buck.  The does are his pattern right now.  So.....how can we take advantage of the rut's influence on specific mature deer we're targeting on our properties?  Late October scrape hunting is that meal ticket for us.  That's what this blog entry is all about.

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Weather Fronts

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Posted under: Bowhunting, Early Season, Whitetails

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By now I'm sure all of you deer hunters are chomping at the bit to get into a treestand. Trust me, I've only made it out once, and boy am I ready!  During this time of year, I really tend to stay out of my best spots and just hunt field edges, but on special occassion, I will sneak in and hunt some of my stands close to where I believe my shooter bucks are living.  We just happen to be having one of those special occassions in the next couple days.  We are going to see a major drop in temperatures.  Wednesday was a high in the mid 80's and yesterday a high of 60 and now today a high in the mid 40s.  Nothing gets the deer on there feet in Oct better then a drastic drop in temperatures.

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Getting Your Gear Ready For Deer Season

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Posted under: Bowhunting, Early Season, ScentMaster, Whitetails

Scentmaster-loaded

Now is the time of year when most of us are getting things around for season.  Some of you probably make checklists while others just grab things and go!  I try and keep everything organized throughout the year but still seem to be missing stuff I need when season rolls back around!  I try and keep a checklist of my stuff to help me keep organized and to make sure everything makes it into my pack.

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Velvet is shedding, Now what?

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Posted under: Bowhunting, Early Season, Food Plots

The time has come.  Finally.  Velvet is beginning to strip off, and thoughts of my beloved whitetails are running through my mind like never before.  Somewhere....somewhere out there, is the buck I'm going to shoot this year - what will he look like?  I guess we'll find out in the upcoming months!  What can we expect now?  What will the deer be doing when season opens?  Let's investigate and find out!

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Understanding Nature’s Survival Machines

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Posted under: Bowhunting, Food Plots, Late Season, ScentMaster, Whitetails

Six-half-old-buck

"Mature bucks are nature's ultimate survival machines."  I've used that saying for years, and, other than perhaps a wily old coyote, I think it pretty much holds true and they stand atop the list of nature's wariest animals.  We obsess over them, hunt them, and every once in awhile, we're lucky enough to kill one and drag him to our truck.  But the vast majority of mature bucks are survivalists, and they don't make many mistakes.  But why exactly is that?  I'm going to offer my own insight and, hopefully, answer that question.

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