The Pastor and the Horseshoe - Part One

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By Jody Hadachek on

Posted under: Late Season, Post Rut, Rifle Hunting, Scent Control, Whitetails

Skull-hole

There's nothing I like more than a deer hunting success story...especially when it involves friends of mine.  For this two-part blog series, I've chosen to write about the amazing season experienced by the Glasgow family.  If you want an inspiring deer hunting adventure that's filled with every twist and turn imaginable, then read on.....

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Reflections of the Past Deer Season and Goals for the Future

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Posted under: Early Season, Whitetails

First of all, I'd like to take the time to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!  I hope your hunting season was a safe and successful one, and you met whatever goals you set for yourself in the woods.  Reflecting back on my year, I had a fantastic shed season, finding a gorgeous 160-class 6x5 typical set of antlers and several other great sheds.  I killed two does and a really old buck, which was a major goal of mine.  On top of all that, I just had a ton of fun being in the woods and spending time with mother nature.  So for me, the year was very satisfying. Now that 2013 is upon us, I have more goals to meet; I want to have a stellar shed season, not so much in numbers, but I hope to find some big sheds and a few unique ones as well.  I really want to find a particular set, I'll post another blog about that later .... I really want my daughter to shoot her first deer ever, and it's been a long, long time since my wife has tagged on a buck.  So my goals this year revolve around quality family time, seeing my loved ones tag out, and also to find a few great sheds.  I guess more than anything, I want to continue to enjoy time spent with God's gifts and being a respectful steward to the outdoors. What are your goals for 2013??  Let's hear them, bloggers!!!

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Was my deer an EHD survivor?

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Posted under: Habitat, Whitetails

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I didn't notice it until I'd already drug the heavy thing a couple hundred yards.  After dragging my 200 pound buck through the weeds, I sat down for a much-needed breather.  That's when I saw them .... split hooves!!  Now, I've never personally killed a buck with split hooves such as this; why did he have them??  After posting the buck's picture online, a wildlife biologist friend of mine said most likely my deer's hooves were split from surviving EHD!

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Tough, Tough Deer Season

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Posted under: Habitat, Whitetails

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Well everybody, I hope this finds you all well and more sucessful then I have been this season. My season started back on September 15th and was off to a good start. I had daylight pictures of a buck that was still in velvet and to make it even better the pictures were in daylight!  My wife and I started hunting him right off the bat, but we didn't have any luck.  It wasn't long and all sign of him vanished from the cameras!  More than likely, the reason why he was still in velvet was because he was super skinny and looked to possibly have EHD or was recovering from it.

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Things to be Thankful For

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Posted under: Peak Rut, Whitetails

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I hope you've all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and managed to spend some quality time with your loved ones.  Turkey day has come and gone, and we've all but digested our feasts (well, we still might be digesting our leftovers).  I have many things to be thankful for:  Family, friends, an amazing wife and daughter, and ..... and ...... the big ole' mature buck that made a mistake on Thanksgiving morning!  That's right, it all came together for me, and the exclusive details of the hunt start.....right now!

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Halloween Update

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Posted under: Bowhunting, Pre Rut, ScentMaster, Whitetails

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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

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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

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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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