Category Archives: deer hunting

Mature Buck Breeds Doe Before Being Shot [Video]

Well, every hunter dreams of killing a mature buck, whether they want to admit it or not.

So, when a mature buck walks in front of you to breed a doe, do you wait for him to finish the job, or do you take the first good shot?

This hunter allowed the buck one last moment of pleasure before squeezing the trigger.  Check out the video.

Hunter Misses His Mark, Shoots Buck in Antler [VIDEO]

As hunters, we’ve all made a bad shot on an animal. If you hunt long enough, it’s bound to happen. Every hunter misses eventually.

When it does happen, all we can hope for is to recover the animal, or that the wound was not life-threatening. We hate to do it, and for most of us, it’s a rare occurrence.

Mistakes are made for a number of reasons. The animal might have moved, the arrow or bullet may have hit an object in flight, buck fever… the list is endless.

I couldn’t even guess as to why this hunter missed, but I can tell you it was not a fatal injury. You can tell that the targeted buck was not happy, as he stares down the hunter. I wonder what was going through the hunter and the deer’s mind after this shot.

Hanging A Deer. Is There A Right or Wrong Way?

Hunters all have their favirite wsy of doing things. Once they get accustomed to doing something a certain way, they’re not an easy group to change.
Even when it comes to hanging a deer.

This is true whether you’re talking about their hunting tactics or the ways in which they process their deer.

To hang a deer by its head or back feet? It’s a question that has had hunters arguing for ages.

Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Now, Outdoor Life addresses the pros and cons.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, but what about a deer? A small minority of deer hunters get all their skinning and butchering work done at ground level, but the rest of us usually opt for a solid meat pole where we can hang our deer, tell lies, and sip a beverage while meat is made. But before the venison flag is raised, first you need to decide how to hang the deer. Is it better to hang the deer with its head up or hindquarters up? [continued]

Muzzy Offers Complete Arrow and Bolt Packages

For more than 30 years Muzzy has been known for their superior line of broadheads.  Now Muzzy is offering complete arrow and bolt packages ready for the field.

Rage Broadheads did something similar recently with great results.

Muzzy Outdoors, the makers of the world’s number-one selling fixed-blade broadhead, has partnered with Gold Tip to offer ready-to-shoot Muzzy “Bad to the Bone” Arrow package. This new package allows archers to spend more time in the field hunting and less time setting up their bows.

The new “Bad to the Bone” Arrow package combines Gold Tip’s popular pre-fletched and nocked .340 carbon arrows with the bone-crushing Muzzy 3-blade 225 100 grain-broadhead. The arrows are pre-cut to 29.5 inches to fit most archer’s bow setups and have a straightness of  ± .006 inch and weight tolerance of ± 2.0 grain. The hardened-steel Trocar tip on the Muzzy 225, cuts on contact and shatters bone, providing maximum penetration. The aluminum ferrule is precision machined and the blades are precisely oriented for maximum arrow flight stability and to minimize planing.

Designed for draw weights up to 70 lbs., the Muzzy “Bad to the Bone” Arrow package comes with three fletched and nocked arrows, three Muzzy 225 broadheads and three 100-grain field points. The package is available at retailers nationwide and conveniently online atwww.muzzy.comfor a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Founded in 1984, Muzzy is the number-one name in fixed-blade broadheads, and it is a pioneer in the art of bowfishing. A division of FeraDyne Outdoors, Muzzy is headquartered in Superior, Wis. For more information on the full line of Muzzy’s fixed-blade broadheads and state-of-the-art bowfishing equipment, contact Muzzy Outdoors, LLC, 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880; call 866-387-9307; or visitwww.muzzy.com.

Don’t worry, Muzzy also has crossbow hunters covered too.

Muzzy Outdoors, the makers of the world’s number-one selling fixed-blade broadhead, has taken the guesswork out of setting up a crossbow for both practice and hunting by combining a super durable bolt, with a universal nock system and a bone-crushing broadhead.

The Muzzy “Bad to the Bone” Bolt package features the Muzzy 225 Crossbow 3-Blade, 100-grain broadhead that is designed with an aircraft-grade aluminum ferrule, stainless steel blades and the legendary bone-busting Trocar tip. The ferrule is designed to perfectly match the diameter of the bolt for increased accuracy and penetration. Each bolt comes pre-fletched and is compatible with either Omni or Half-Moon nocks.

The new Muzzy “Bad to Bone” bolt package comes with three Victory bolts—in either 20- or 22-inch lengths—three Muzzy 225X 100-grain broadheads, three field points, three Omni nocks and three Half-Moon nocks. This ready-to-shoot bolt package is available at retailers nationwide and conveniently online at www.muzzy.com for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

TruGlo Introduces Their Line of New Titanium Broadheads

TruGlo is known for their bowhunting accessories like sights, rest and more. Now they are in the broadhead market.

Pure Instinct Hunting has more information on these state of the art broadheads.

TRUGLO, Inc. introduces the all new TitaniumX family of performance broadheads for 2017.  These mechanical and fixed-blade broadheads are available in for both compound bows and crossbows in several blade configurations.

Precision broadheads for hunters, by hunters. TITANIUM X™ broadheads are spin tested and sharpness tested to ensure ultimate performance and quick kills.  A CNC-machined titanium ferrule provides the unwavering strength and consistency needed to fly like a field point and punch through bone.  The TRU•CUT™ titanium tip slices hide and flesh immediately upon impact and the tough stainless steel blades cut a devastating wound channel for maximum blood loss and easier tracking. [Continued]

How to Find Hunting Land for Next Season

From the East Coast to the West Coast, and all points in between, hunters are finding “No trespassing” signs going up on the best whitetail hunting grounds. Just because woods have been “posted” does not mean we cannot hunt them. “No trespassing” signs simply mean that we must ask permission before we hunt.  It might even be easier than you think to find hunting land.

It’s not uncommon that the behavior from past hunters has given the landowner a negative opinion of hunter and hunting.

Because of his lack of hunting knowledge, he has a neutral opinion about hunters and their passion. Whatever the case, it is your job to give the landowner a positive opinion about yourself.

Asking well in advance of deer season and being polite will go far in securing unpressured hunting grounds. When you approach a landowner, first impressions are important. Put on clean clothes, shake the landowner’s hand, and do not use profanity.

Respect — that’s first and foremost when you are interacting with landowners.

Below are seven more tips that will help you obtain permission to hunt on posted land. As a landowner, I’ve had all type knock on my door asking for permission to hunt my ground. Some were granted permission, others not. Follow these tips and you’ll likely get what you’re looking for.

1) REPORT YOUR EXPERIENCE: Let the landowner know your hunting history. Landowners feel more comfortable allowing a safe and responsible hunter on his property than one who is not. If you have taken a hunter education course, let it be known. Don’t hesitate to say that you are a safe, responsible, and ethical hunter. If it’s true, it’s not bragging.

2) LOOK IN THE RIGHT PLACES: Look for areas where deer populations are causing problems. CWD, Lyme disease, suburban areas with high rates of deer-vehicle accidents, and farmers that are experiencing crop damage as a result of whitetails — these are all good places to look. Many people with problem deer in their area, more often than not, will be more than happy to have a few deer killed off their property each fall. UPS drivers, FedEx drivers, U.S. mail carriers, and school bus drivers are all good people to question about deer hunting possibilities. They travel rural roads and talk with landowners on a daily basis.

3) GIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION: Give the landowner a business card or an index card with your contact information. Include your vehicle description and the tag number of your vehicle. This will allow the landowner to feel safe should any problems arise.

4) LET YOUR INTENTIONS BE KNOWN: You’ll be more likely to obtain permission if the landowner realizes your harvest will provide your family with many healthy meals. If you plan to donate your kill to a program such as Farmer and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH.org), or any one of the local charities that are in your area, say so. Charity goes far in the hearts and minds of others. If possible, take a child with you when you seek permission. It is hard to turn down a child.

5) DO NOT STOP AT NO: This does not mean that you harass a landowner till you get the answer you want. If you are told no, thank the landowner for his or her time and move on to the next landowner. Eventually you will receive permission.

6) BE COURTEUOUS: Do not leave trash behind at your hunting or parking site. An empty bottle of cover-up spray does not look attractive on the ground. Close all gates that you open. Nobody wants to spend their afternoon trying to round up livestock because someone left a gate open. As far as I’m concerned, this next one is a big one. Do not take other hunters with you to hunt who do not have permission. When you secure permission to hunt, you are getting permission for yourself, not all of your buddies. Nothing will get you removed faster than bringing a whole platoon of hunters with you who did not obtain permission.

7) FOLLOW UP: when the season is over, share a couple of packages of venison with the landowner. Homemade cookies are liked by almost everyone. Send a thank-you note or a Christmas card. All of these little things will let the landowner know that you appreciate the opportunity to hunt. Hopefully, all of these gestures will go far in securing permission to hunt prime ground for many years to come.

One final thought about secure hunting ground: Do not take it for granted that you will be allowed to hunt the next season. As long as you abide by the landowners wishes, hunting should not be a problem the following year, unless there have been some changes (such as a change of ownership or a family member who wants to hunt). No matter how much of a sure thing you think you have, always ask permission from one year to the next.

What Do You Know About Whitetails? Test Your Whitetail I.Q.

Test you Whitetail I.Q. with this clever test from Whitetails Unlimited. Even if you achieve high marks, you might just come away from it learning a thing or two.

 Hunters will never know everything there is to know about whitetail deer. How much do you know?

True / False

1. Deer are strong swimmers, in part because they have a layer of hair that is hollow, providing buoyancy in the water.

2. Deer have existed for 20 million years, and have had the same basic form for the last one million years,

  1. and have had the same basic form for the last one million years.
  2. Deer can run in excess of 35 miles per hour.
  3. Deer can leap over fences eight feet tall.
  4. Deer can cover 30 feet in a horizontal leap.
  5. Just like humans, deer have a set of “baby teeth” that fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth.
  6. You can tell how old a male deer is by how many points there are on his antlers.
  7. Deer use their antlers during the winter to dig for food under the snow.
  8. When antlers grow, they are covered with “velvet,” a soft, fuzzy tissue. This velvet is the only regenerating skin found in mammals.
  9. Like cows, deer have four stomachs.
  10. Deer can eat poison ivy without ill effect.
  11. Deer are found in every state in the U.S.
  12. The reason fawns are born with a pattern of white spots is so the mother can recognize her offspring.
  13. Deer have extraordinary senses, including sight, hearing and smell.
  14. Newborn deer have no scent, and the mother will place the fawn by itself in a secluded spot for protection against predators.

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Two Deer Taken With One Shot [Video]

Hitting two deer with one shot is not always a good thing.

Always know what is behind your intended target.  This young hunter made a shot that resulted in two deer being shot.

If there is ever a chance of an arrow passing through an animal, and hitting another animal, do not take the shot.

That is exactly what happened with the pair of hunters.

The young hunter took a shot, hit one deer, and then another.

Fortunately, both deer were recovered, and the father did the right thing by turning the deer in to a conversation officer.

Most hunters reading this already know not to take questionable shots, but this is a good reminder.  Sometimes when the adrenaline is flowing, you need to take a second to look beyond the target before you shoot.

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15 Deer Hunting Myths You Might Believe

There’s a lot of misinformation that makes the rounds when it comes to deer hunting. It’s hard to admit, but a lot of deer hunters have fallen for some of these myths.

Realtree has compiled a list of 15 deer-hunting myths. Have you been duped by any of these?

Myth: bucks rub trees just to get the velvet off.

Biologists are still studying rubs and rubbing behavior to further understand it. But the old saying that bucks rubs trees only to remove velvet is false. Experts now realize that these are communicative signposts used by bucks and does… [continued]

How to Dip Your Own Animal Skulls [VIDEO]

Have you ever seen deer skulls that have been dipped in camouflage? Some people like how they look, but others aren’t convinced.

 If you’re in the former group and have at some time considered having a skull done, you probably know just how expensive it can be. A good option, naturally, would be to do it yourself. UtahHunter has a good video to show you how to dip your own skulls using spray paint. Check this video out; you may soon be on your way to dipping your own animal skulls.
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