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11 Tips To help you lure a deer in to shooting range (Part 3 of 3 Tips on how to get a deer this season)
1. A few nights before you go out hunting it’s not a bad idea to hang your hunting clothes outside for a night or two to air out. (weather permitting of course)
2. The night before or even the morning you go deer hunting it is good to spray all of your clothes even down to you under garments with a scent mask or scent eliminator product. I typically will spray my under clothes the night before so they have time to dry out.
3. Make sure to wake up early and are out to/in your stand well before the sun rises. I usually like to be in stand at least an hour if not a bit more before legal shooting time.
4. If you have to drive to your hunting spot in the morning it makes sense to again spray your hat, boots and coat before you go out in the field. Don’t for get to spray again after lunch.
5. Walk very quietly out to your stand especially if your stand is close to a bedding area.
6. A good thing to do is to hang scent wicks with doe in estrus on them around your stand. For gun hunting any where from 30 to 50 yards form your stand. For bow hunting I would stay more in the 30 yard range. I typically use at least two wicks.
7. Ok do you remember those scraps you found on the ground? This is a great opportunity to spray some dominate buck urine on the existing scrapes. Doing this will piss off the buck that made the scrapes in the fist place and he will want to go investigate to see who is in his territory.
8. After you spray the dominate buck urine on the existing scrapes it is a good idea to make one or two of your own scraps close to the existing ones. The best way to do it is to use a pair of rattling antlers and scuff up the ground, but if you don’t have any your boot will work just fine. Don’t forget to spray these with the dominate buck urine as well.
9. A little trick I like to use is to hang a scent wick up in the tree with me to help mask any scent that I might have missed with my spray.
10. After you get in your stand load your gun ASAP take every thing out of your pockets you can and hang them form the tree or your deer stand so you can grab them easily. Doing this will allow you to be more stealth when getting your range finder, binoculars, deer grunt, or what ever else you may need to use during your hunt.
11. Now you sit and await the sun rise and legal shooting hours. You can blow on your deer call every once and a while to see if you can attract any deer. Make sure you don’t over do it because you don’t want to scare the deer off. How to use a Deer call
If you do all of these things you will signigantly increase your chance of shooting a deer this season or any season in the future.
I would love to hear more tips form you leave me a comment and let me know what has worked for you in the past.
~ Ben G.
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10 tips for Picking the Best Place for your stand and setting it up for success.(Part 2 of 3 Tips on how to get a deer this season with a busy seclude)
Ten Steps for a successful Whitetail scouting trip. (Part 1 of 3 Tips on how to get a deer this season with a busy Schedule)
Some of us have very busy schedules and don't have a ton of time to get ready for deer hunting like we would like to or use to so this little guide should help you out in those time crunch situations.
2. Start out by identifying a food source then and work your way back into the woods. A corn field, bean field, clover, or even hay fields are all ideal places for deer to feed.
3. Find the major trails to and from the food source and follow them into the woods. Deer will travel a long way to get food. We have shot deer out in the middle of a 30,000 acre WMA and the deer have corn in their digestive system, so be prepared to have to walk a long distance.
4. There will be many trails that intersect the trail you start out on. My suggestion is to find the one that looks like it has first been used most recently and second looks like it has the most traffic.
5. Keep your eye’s open and look for the tell tail signs of deer.
6. Droppings will tell you how often deer frequent the trail by the amount of droppings. They will also tell you if the deer have used the trail recently. Fresh droppings are usually shiny and will squish if you poke them with a stick. Old droppings will look dry and crumble when you poke them.
7. Rubs are sign of a buck being in the area. Typically you will find them on trees that are about two and a half inches in diameter to about four inches in diameter. They will be anywhere from two feet to about three and a half feet off of the ground. You will know that the rubs are fresh if there is still moisture seeping out of the tree or the rub looks greenish in color.
8. Scrapes are another good sign of Bucks being in the area. Most often you find these by a tree that juts out further than any of the other trees in to a field or open area in the woods. This tree will typically also have lower hanging branches on it, but not always. A scrape basically looks like a deer cleared a bunch of grass out of a small area from a foot in diameter and can be up to four feet in diameter.
9. Eventually you will have walked far enough to find out where the deer are bedding. These areas can be quite different form one to another. Here are a few good places to look, really tall grass, thick brush, dry swamp, pine trees with nice sized open areas underneath of them. Basically you have to think like a deer what would keep you out of the wind, keep you some what dry in the rain, and allow you a good place to stay away from predators.
10. Pick the best place for your deer stand.
To find out more on picking the best place for your deer stand check back for part two of Tips on how to get a deer this season.
Let me know any steps you might have added to the list or even expand on some of the steps I posted.
~ Ben G.
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We hooked the four wheelers up and headed back to the secret spot. Only this time there was road construction on our way. We didn’t have to wait too long which was good because I think we were all a bit antsy to get back out and fish.
We finely got to the spot where we unload the four wheelers. We got them all off the trailer and took off down the trail. This time we were going to stop at the unnamed lake we saw the day before and check out the campsite. The ride was about 15 minutes to the lake with out a name.
When we arrived at the lake Gary grabbed his fishing pole and started to fish to see if it would be worth all of us fishing from the shore of this lake. George and my self grabbed our cameras and started to take a few pictures of this beautiful little lake and its surroundings. After walking around for about 10 minutes and Gary not getting a single bite we decided it was time to head back to the secret spot.
When we arrived at the secret spot today we immediately tried casing in the spots we caught trout the day before no luck. This was completely opposite from the day before. Oh well we decide to keep moving up stream to the other spots we caught fish. I think I caught one or two little trout but nothing to brag about.
Gary decided to try his luck down stream while George and I wanted to see what was further up stream. Oh my, what a brave choice George and I made. The woods were incredibly thick and walking was almost impossible. We would find a little spot here and there where we could cast and see if we could catch any fish.
Along the way I head a snap from behind me I didn’t really think much of it, but shortly after I heard the snap George said,” OH NO!” I looked back at George to see him holding his fishing rod which now was in two separate pieces. “I did it again”, he said. I responded with, “You did what again”. “Broke another rod” George exclaimed. I came to find out on just about every fishing trip Gary and George take together George either seems to break a rod or loose one.
We continued up the river for a little while longer. I tried fishing here and there and didn’t really have any luck. Finally George and I decide we should head back to the four wheelers and see what Gary was up too. The way back was just as tough a walk as the way up stream. It probably took us a good twenty five to thirty minutes to get back to the four wheelers.
Upon arriving I decide to cast a couple of times and see if I could catch anything. I didn’t have any luck. Gary was no where to be found, so George and I grabbed our cameras and started walking around. I was a gorges day and we got some good pictures of nature.
About twenty minutes or so went by, and Gary came back to the meeting spot. Everyone was kind of pooped out, but we wanted to do some exploring for next year before we went home. The four wheeler trail we road out on crossed the stream we were fishing so we decided to follow it.
The trail was narrow and had lost of twits and turns. Needless to say it was a slow ride, but still lots of fun. Along the way we came across some fresh Moose, and wolf tracks. It almost looked as though the wolf was following the Moose, but for some reason I doubt it.
It was getting close to lunch time which was time to eat and hit the road. We decide it was a good time to head back to the truck and go home. By this point I wanted to really ride the four wheeler. I took the lead and made the 45 minute ride into a 30 minute ride what a blast.
Things I learned on the tripAlways keep your fishing pole together b/c you may loose half of it
Never forget your ear plugs when staying in a cabin with two other guys (I brought mine and slept like a baby)
George likes to break fishing poles
Gary is a good fisher man who doesn’t like to eat fish (he did have one or two)
Some sort of sandals or water shoes would be nice for walking in the rivers. (If you have any suggestions please let me know)
Trout fishing can be a lot of work but well worth it in the end
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If there is one thing that gets hunters talking, it’s a photo of a trophy buck.
My favorite thing about the Web is all of the technology that allows individuals to share and connect. For hunters, there are many great sites that allow users to post photos, comment in forums, read blog posts, read news articles, and even watch wonderful hunting videos like those at My Outdoor TV.
I was at the barbershop today getting my monthly trim and the barber, Shorty, had his trail camera photos right on the front counter for all of his friends and customers to see. They made for some great conversation. The entire time I was there we chatted about the bucks he sees near his cabin. He told me about how the bucks like to sit on the benches or saddles on the bluff ridges. We talked about the different bucks he has seen including one that seems to be eluding his cameras this season.
I realized that hunting and outdoor photography is something powerful enough to connect hunters. The Web has allowed hunters to share photos and stories of the outdoors with other hunters who share the same passion all over the world.
While there are lots of Websites that offer photo galleries for your hunting and outdoor photos, there are some sites that make things easy and more enjoyable.
Let’s look at a few places where you can find quality hunting photos on the Web and a few reasons why some online hunting and outdoor photo galleries have more success…
Where to Find Quality Hunting Photos
There are generally two ways I find out about hunting photos on the Web:
1 Referral – this usually is via a mass email chain, from a friend who got a big buck on his camera, or from someone else who is sharing a friend of a friend of a friend’s photo
2 Search – I like to search each season for news on big bucks taken around the US
The hunting sites that make it easy to share photos in their galleries are usually the ones who see the most growth and traffic (more on this later). Hunters who are passionate about trophies and remarkable photos tend to want to share the photos with all of their friends if they can because when we share something remarkable with our friends we feel good. It gives us a sense of purpose or accomplishment when we can share a discovery with our peers. Referring is big on the Web and I’m sure you have experienced sharing of outdoor photos. Look for how photos are being shared and look for any site that is making it easiest for people to share photos. The sites that make it easiest will usually be the most successful. This means they’ll also have the most remarkable photos.
Search is the other way I generally find hunting photos. I’m a fan of Google, and Google’s Image Search is very good for finding the most relevant photos. However, it doesn’t always return the best images so I like to use Google’s generic search to find a few sites offering hunting photos. Google does a good job of showing the most relevant sites.
Here are a few of the best places I’ve been able to find hunting photos:
Field & Stream Photos
I subscribe to Field & Streams email newsletter and they do a great job of incorporating their user photos into their email newsletter. The photo galleries have great photos. The functionality is a little cumbersome and I think it could be even more of a success with a few basic functionality changes. For example, users can only comment on entire galleries rather than individual photos.
Bowhunting.com’s photo gallery is easy to use. Users are also able to comment on individual photos. It’s a clean and simple way to look at great bow hunting-related photos.
Flickr might not be the first place most hunters go to look at remarkable photos of the outdoors and hunting, but there are some spectacular photos available for viewing. There is a Deer Group. There are also photos for outdoor bloggers to use in blog posts (with attribution).
Image credit: ibm4381
Facebook is also a place you may not have thought of for great outdoor and hunting photos. Facebook is actually the largest photo sharing site on the Web with billions of photos. There are lots of groups dedicated to things like Hunting Photos.
Here are some other top sites for hunting photos:
HuntingNet Photo Gallery
Elements for Quality Photo Display
A few of the things I look for when it comes to finding the best hunting and outdoor photo galleries on the Web include elements like:
4 View Counter
5 Sharing Features (Email, Post on Blog, Share on Facebook, Retweet This Photos, Stumble This, etc.)
6 Thumbnail previews of categories with individual, up-close viewing (I like Flickr’s setup best)
These are a few important things to look for in a quality hunting photo gallery. The sites that have some or most of these features are the ones that tend to have the most traffic and subsequently the best photos on t he Web.
Word of Mouth
Earlier I mentioned the importance of sharing. When it comes to something remarkable like a photo of a hunter with a trophy buck, viewers want to have the ability to share their discovery with their friends and family.
One technology on the Web realized the importance of making sharing quality visual content easy for users and as a result became one of the largest sharing sites on the Web.
You Tube Story
You Tube became one of the largest Video sharing sites on the Web not because it was the sexiest or because it had the best features.
You Tube became a success because it was easy for users to upload videos as well as being easy for users to share.
Next to each video on You Tube were Embed Code, URL, and Email to a Friend information. Since the beginning, it was easy for viewers of videos on You Tube to share photos on their own sites and via email (and other content sharing sites like Digg, Facebook, and Twitter, which came later).
I think a hunting photo gallery could truly become the largest hunting photo sharing site on the Web by putting a form next to each photo in the gallery with the heading “Email This Photo to Your Friends”. All users would have to do is type in email addresses into the form and hit “Send”. Without leaving the page the user could easily send remarkable photos to friends and family while never leaving the gallery (allowing them to view and share even more photos).
The Web is about connecting with other individuals who share similar passions.
For hunters and outdoor lovers, photos are a great way to share experiences and memories. There are many great photo galleries on the Web that make it easy to share and discover photos.
Look for the best ones and start sharing and discovering. There are lots of remarkable things to see on the Web including hunting and outdoor photography.
What are your favorite outdoor photo sharing sites?
Share them in the comments and give the rest of a us a chance to see some trophies. J
The three of us stopped at Buck’s in Grand Marais. Gary stared talking to one of the guys that worked there and asked him a good spot to go catch trout. At first he suggested this one spot I can’t even remember where it was, but he made the mistake of mentioning his secret spot. Well after all three of us talking him into it he finally spilled the beans. It just happened that this spot was also great to ride the 4 wheelers to. After a few small purchases we were on the road to one of the best brook trout spots.
It was maybe about a half hour drive up to the point where we unloaded the wheelers, and packed all of our fishing gear on them. Maps in hand we took off down the forest road. It was a beautiful ride with perfect weather.
Along the way we saw a short trail leading to a small lake. We went down the trail and found a nice little campground and a great little lake. We didn’t stay for long because we had other things in mind, like finding the secret trout spot.
We came to a fork in the road and with the maps not being the greatest and having to remember our directions we went straight and it happened to be the wrong way. It was actually a nice little two mile ride.
Once we got back on track we kept driving and driving a lot longer than I had anticipated. We came to another fork in the road. After stopping the four wheelers and having a short discussion we all decided to go to the right. It was a great decision and it brought us to the unnamed secret spot.
I grabbed my gear and started to fish. Cast one trout, cast two trout, cast three trout, you get the picture. I’m not sure how many casts I made and caught fish, but I know it was more than any other place we had fished so far.
The fishing was the same as most other spots we leapfrogged each other up stream. This spot was quite a bit harder to get to the shore and get good casts with out getting snagged in a tree or falling in the water. As any fisher person will attest if you want to fish it you will find a way.
We saw a bunch of moose tracks along the edges of the stream, and at one point I swear I heard a cow moose blaring off in the distance. We saw a beaver busily working on his dam. What a beautiful place this was. I was having so much fun I didn’t even care that my line kept tangling in trees, and I was loosing lures.
Gary ended up catching the only two keepers that afternoon. One of them was a very nice 14 inch fish. George and I didn’t care because we caught so many fish that day it felt like we were in trout heaven.
A short 45 minute ride back to the truck and we were done with another fine day of fishing. We went back to the cabin to relax and eat some fish.
One quick note on the drive back to the cabin George said that this was one of the best fishing trips he had ever been on and we weren’t even done with it yet.
Fish tally 8 Keepers Gary 6 Ben 2 George 0
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I was fortunate enough to meet Adam (another one of the founders) a few days ago and he and I had a great conversation. Adam and I thought it would be a good idea to forge a relationship for the benefit of both of our sites. So here I am writing a post about this great site (Believe me if I didn’t like the site and the folks I’ve been in contact with I wouldn’t work with them).
OK, so on to the whole concept behind MyBuckStoy.com. It is a social networking site that combines a place where you can share your hunting and fishing adventures (stories) with the world, Photo sharing, Outdoor News, Outdoor Events and online gaming. It’s kind of like a one stop online source for all your hunting and fishing needs. I don’t want to forget to mention all of the links they have to valuable resource. Like links on the bottom of the page to your local DNR web site and other recommended sites.
The story sharing part of MyBuckStory.com is great for someone who doesn’t want to commit all the time and energy into creating their own blog. The text editor is very easy to use. Posing your story on the site allows you to get feed back from other hunters & fishing men/women about your hunting & fishing outings. Heck some members may even offer up some tips on how you could have done something better out in the field.
The news and Press Release section is updated daily and keeps you up to date with everything going on in the hunting and fishing world. In the gaming section they offer four games for you to play Bust Up, Disco Balls, Mooble, and Big Bomb Blackjack. All four games are great for killing time.
MyBuckStory.com it a great site and I suggest you check it out they already have 450+ members and are growing each and every day. Don’t miss out on this A+ site it is poised to be one of the best on the web for the outdoor community.
On last thing I would like to mention currently they are running a contest at MyBuckStory.com where you could win up to 500 bucks (lol) just for becoming a member and submitting your story. Click here for the details or click here One Down & More to Follow to check out my story then, become a member and vote for it and all the others.
Our second day started off with a quick breakfast, and a little chatting. After we ate we loaded up the truck. We asked the owner of the Thomsonite Beach Inn. & Suites, (the cabin the three of us stayed in) if she knew of any good spots to go trout fishing. Lee pointed us to a spot she had seen others fish quite often.
Our first stop that morning was the ranger station in Grand Maris. We wanted to get some good maps for four wheeler trails and of trout streams. The folks at the ranger station were very helpful and they had more maps than I think I have ever seen in one place.
We decided to leave the four wheelers this morning because we were going to do a quick stop and only fish for a couple of hours. We did stop where Lee had said she saw people fishing. We all felt like it may have been over fished, especially because of how easy it was to find and get too.
We opted to keep driving and look for a different spot.
I had one of our many maps and navigated the way. We found a couple of small creeks and tried to fish at one of them with not much luck at all. Then after driving for a short while after the last creek, Gary decides to drive down a 4x4 trail. What a great decision Gary made driving down that little path.
The small 4x4 path
The up stream side to the first pool we saw
It was a ton of work to keep walking along the shore of the Cascade River, thick trees, tall grass, and big holes you couldn’t see. After a while we gave in, and just started walking in the river in our shoes. That is when we started to catch a lot of trout. We would walk cast a few times then walk further up stream and cast in another promising spot.
Shortly after we started fishing this way I caught my first keeper. I was so pumped and ready to catch more. I kept working my way up stream until I finely got to a spot where the cascade and a different creek merged together. Every cast I would catch a fish for about six casts I had one big one on but I lost it just as I pulled it out of the water. Instantly after that the spot was dead.
I headed back to get George or Gary, so we try and catch more fish in that spot. George was close to me and I told him to follow me to this sweet spot. He did and we both started casting in the hole I found. I thought it looked nice on the other side, so I waded through almost waste deep water so we could both fish the same spot from different sides.
Shortly after I got to the other side George had a big fish on his line. He got it just out of the water when it flew back in. This could have been the biggest fish on our trip. The bite seemed to die down a bit after that, but we both kept fishing. Here and there we would catch a fish nothing huge. Then I caught a nice size keeper. Number two for the trip and the river.
After walking up stream a bit more the hunger bug finally got the best of us, and we headed back to the truck. Gary had caught one more keeper while George and I were up stream. We ate lunch and headed back to the cabin to get the four wheelers.
Fish tally so far 6 keepers, we have enough for a meal tonight.
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