Toren Shirk

Breaking Down the Pre-Rut, Rut and Post Rut

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Now onto everyone’s favorite topic Reproduction. The pre-rut, rut and post rut can be a magical time to be in the woods and can be the most frustrating. This time of year is typically when deer movement is at an all time high especially for bucks. I’m going to break down these times and try […]

Cover & Water

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Cover This topic is somewhat of an oxymoron. We are talking about deer movement but one of the topics is cover, where deer will bed down for most of the day and movement is somewhat limited. Well this is actually how you will want to think of it. Security Cover, cover that allows deer to […]

Deer Movement

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Deer are diurnal, meaning that most of their movement occurs around sunset and sunup.  Deer Movement is based around 4 things that all deer need. Food Cover Water Reproduction Let’s dive into Food. Deer are ruminants, a four stomach even toed animals, just like cows. That means they rechew the food they originally ate after […]

Great American Outdoor Show

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If you haven’t heard we will not be having a booth at the show this year. Instead we are trying to get a bunch of staffers and anyone else that would like to join to get together for dinner on Saturday February 8th at 7:30 at the Midtown Tavern.   If anyone has any questions […]

Learning How to Scout Effectively

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Learning How to Scout Effectively E-SCOUTING Let’s say we want to scout this piece of land. First things we want to do is mark the special terrain features. -Saddles -Benches -Extremely Steep Terrain -Drainages or Ditches Here we have this piece of timber marked.  Green represents Saddles -Saddles are low spots in ridges that connect […]

Be More Successful Deer Hunting with these 5 Steps

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A 5 Part Series on How to Be More Successful Deer Hunting with these 5 Steps How successful were you hunting whitetails this deer season? Do you find yourself thinking you hate hunting public land? Are you thinking to yourself on the drive to that piece of public or walking in that “this is just […]

Arrow Speed vs. Weight. Which Matters?

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By: Stephen Hafvenstein The Background Speed, everything these days has to be fast, fast bows need to shoot fast lightweight arrows, or so we are told. But, does this really matter? Is it better to shoot a blazing fast arrow that will reach the target faster, or a heavier arrow that will reach the target […]

Steps to Creating an Awesome Food Plot

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Today, we’re breaking down everything you need to create an awesome food plot from site selection to maintenance. SITE SELECTION Select a site that is somewhat drained of water meaning you don’t want to be attempting to plant a food plot in an area that has standing water relatively year round. Consideration of sunlight is […]