deer hunter

mental games

Posted by GRANT MEYER

the story As soon as the bolt left my crossbow I had a pit in my stomach, the wind had started to shift and it was now or never; I had just decided now. It was only one season earlier when I had wounded an eight point buck with a compound bow, never recovering the […]

Breaking Down the Pre-Rut, Rut and Post Rut

Posted by Toren Shirk

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

Posted by Toren Shirk

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

Posted by Toren Shirk

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 […]

Learning How to Scout Effectively

Posted by Toren Shirk

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 […]

taking advantage of second chances

Taking Advantage of a Second Chance

Posted by Grant

You can’t kill them from the couch The evening of October 22 is a hunt I will remember for a long time. One of my friends, Grant Youmans, and myself talked throughout the day about hunting, but couldn’t decide whether to hunt or not, due to it being 86 degrees and real windy. Knowing it […]

venison

Beyond the Meat

Posted by GRANT MEYER

Tainted Would you eat meat that has been grazed over by a scavenger such as a coyote or fox? I was faced with this question when I decided to take a doe that was quartering towards me this past winter and my experience can possibly help answer this question. After all, I ate that deer […]