It is opening day and just as legal shooting arrives a nice buck shows up. Do you let it pass or do you tag out? The buck has an even rack, is nice sized, and broadside at 20 yards, but… So, you let the buck pass. Heck it’s only an hour into the season. I still have plenty of time. I saw way bigger bucks early in the Scouting. Its not the biggest buck that
Who doesn’t like Jerky? Deer, beef, fish, turkey, moose, beef, pork, you name it, it can be Jerked! Jerky is basically dried and salted meat. Native peoples and Pioneers smoked and dried meat so that it would not rot and last longer. Dried meat could be eaten as is or rehydrated in a stew or soup. If a huge Buffalo was harvested, large roasts were soon sliced, dried, and stored. Fresh parts such as entrails,
Hunters have their favorite spots, friends, and weapons. They become attached to these things because of past success. For some hunters, trying new places, friends, and weapons is a challenge. You will never have enough hunting places. Always look for new and fresh opportunities. Hunting areas go through cycles. Back inn the day, I was the park Ranger for a large, wooded, suburban park. When I first scouted the area, I rarely saw a deer.
Many hunters appreciate Food plots and question how to effectively manage their hunting Forest properties. It is true that with proper management, you can improve and enhance the deer habitat and herd. Managing your woodlands means several things. Food plots certainly add nutrition, but you must also consider, bedding, year around food sources, genetics, diversity, minerals, habitat, shelter, and population size of the deer herd. Deer can destroy a forest. Routine browsing, feeding, and rubbing
Deer have several layers of defense. Their senses are amazing. When the deer rely on their senses, they are hard to kill. When they are pushed, distracted by the Rut, panicked, or weather becomes a factor, their defense layers become less of a concern. Deer become most vulnerable when they cannot use their Nose! Getting busted by a deer or elk means the hunt is over. The getting up early, long drive, walking into the