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Entries for January 2014



Brutal Cold Greets 2014 Life Hunters
With the coldest temperatures in decades forecast for the three-day hunt, participants in the 2014 Buckmasters Life Classic Hunt never wavered. They had all faced much tougher situations than the 9-degree temperatures.

Missouri deer harvest follows regional trend
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Hunters checked 50,507 deer during Missouri’s archery season, bringing the state’s overall deer harvest to 250,787. That number is down from the 10-year average of 293,056.

Hunters post another record deer harvest in Kentucky
From Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- A year after establishing an overall deer harvest record, Kentucky hunters closed the 2013-14 deer season Jan. 20 with a total harvest of 144,404 animals. That represents a gain of more t...

Rage in the Cage!
-- My bowhunting adventure started on typical Friday night, hanging out with my buddies and playing some pool.  Since each of us had put in lots of time in the woods without much to show for it this season, we devised a game plan for the foll...

Keep a Success Kit!
Hunters spend countless hours, thousands of dollars and endless effort packing gear for scouting, climbing, shooting and hunting.

Like Father, Like Son
Kenny Deloatch knew there was a huge buck living on one section of the farm he had been hunting in northeastern North Carolina for six or seven years. He tried his best to let his son, Jordan, get first crack at it during the 2003 hunting season,...

Rut Calendar Maps
Bob, I live in Boonville, MO and would to know when the rut in my area will occur, or what environmental conditions must exist to trigger the rut?

Tactical Black Viking
Yamaha has introduced the latest version of the new Viking EPS Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle, the Special Edition (SE) Tactical Black Viking.

AL hunters can now access deer fetal study online
From Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources -- Alabama hunters now have access to the most recent results of a white-tailed deer fetal study conducted during the spring and summer by the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Divisi...

Long Live Maxximus
-- For 423 days, my husband Lance and I observed a whitetail buck we'd nicknamed Maxximus. Before our eyes, it transformed from a velvet-antlered buck with potential into a true Kansas giant. This beast of a buck had over 230 inches of massive bon...

Off Season Hunting Tips
Just because the season ends doesn’t mean you have to give up hunting. Well, with a weapon anyway. For many reasons, I like to try to spend as much time as possible in my hunting stand during the off season.

Five Steps to Early season Success
Most deer hunters regard the early season as that time of year to shoot does or scout for the buck they want to chase during the pre-rut and rut. Some don’t even bother to hunt because of the heat or insects. There is nothing you can do about the ...

You Can't Stockpile Deer
Bob, I recently shot a large buck that had an unusual puffy swelling between its antlers. The skin was very loose in this area of about two inches. Was this from fighting, or possibly a virus?

Big Ten in the Buckeye State
-- After watching a big 10-pointer for two seasons, I finally got my shot at it on the evening of October 25, 2013. I discovered this buck on my trail camera last year on my family’s 200-acre farm in Licking County, Ohio. After capturing several ph...

When Hunters Share Land
When hunters share a piece of property, I've found one of the main conflicts to be messing up each other's hunts when going to and from their stands.

Rebel Yell in Abe's Back Yard
On Nov. 12, 2009, the anticipation was increasing as I made my last sales call of the day. Five o'clock was nearing fast, and all I could think about was loading the truck for my second trip of the year to the Land of Lincoln! My longtime best fr...

The Rarest Deer Ever?
Bob, have you ever seen a deer like this?  This buck had silver hair and lemon-yellow eyes.

Iconic Harry Potter Owls
In the magical realm of Harry Potter, book and movie fans often call his pet snowy owl Hedwig one of their favorites. Long before this beautiful owl cast a spell on the literary front, snowy owls have bewitched those who have seen them in person. ...

Be aware, stay alert when you visit the woods
Being attentive is beneficial in all aspects of life, and in the outdoors, this is especially true. Students who pay attention will generally make better grades than students who write notes or daydream through class. Cooks who focus on what the...

A Buck is Coming In!
-- My husband Rick and I recently acquired a new property to hunt in Berrien County, Michigan, so we started preparations by doing our homework. Rick spent countless hours walking the terrain and becoming familiar with the area. He set up trail c...
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