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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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Hunting Over Bait: How It Changed My Way of Thinking [Video]

Note: The video of the hunt follows my story.

“Throw out some corn, and deer will come.” 

That was my thought process on states that allow baiting for deer as a legal hunting method.  As a hunter that has never hunted in a state that allows baiting for deer as a legal hunting practice, it was hard for me to except the practice.  Until I tried it.

Hunting is a legal hunting method in many states, and we must support it.
Hunting over bait is a legal hunting method in many states, and we must support it.

I grew up hunting whitetails in Illinois, and other Midwestern states.  I had never had the opportunity to hunt over bait, and never thought I would take the opportunity.  It just seemed too easy to me.  Growing up on a grain farm, I knew firsthand how deer flocked to corn and soybeans.  Plus, with all the deer “food” on the market with special ingredients to attract deer, it just didn’t seem fair to hunt over a bait pile.

When a friend invited me to hunt whitetails in Kentucky at Central Kentucky Outdoors the opening week of the 2016 season, I had mixed emotions.  It was a great opportunity to harvest a velvet buck, but it would be over bait.

It should have been an easy decision, but it took me the better part of the week to say yes.  We arrived in Kentucky the day before the archery season opened, and did some scouting.  The deer were definitely there, and coming to the bait.  The temperature for the week was going to see highs in the low 90’s, and the acorns were dropping steadily.  If anything could mess up hunting deer over bait, those two factors would do it.

Another obstacle when hunting early season whitetails in September is the huge mosquito population.  It was not something I had thought about going in to the hunt, but luckily I had my Thermacell lantern packed in my truck.  The lantern is not typically thought of for hunting, but it saved the hunt in my opinion.

My Thermacell lantern it what kept me in y stand. The mosquitos would have ate me alive otherwise.
My Thermacell lantern it what kept me in my stand. The mosquitos would have ate me alive otherwise.

Our outfitter, Jeff Braasch, had plenty of trail cameras of big bucks visiting the food, but the temperatures had most activity at night.  There were a couple bucks showing up in the evening at one farm right before dark.

 Knowing this information, our first hunt would be on one part of the leased property where some doe management was required, and one particular old doe that was blind in one eye was on the hit list.  John had trail cam photos of this doe for the past 6 years, and he would like to see her removed.  Evidently, this doe would not allow other does and bucks to eat, and it was time to remove her genes from the herd.

Getting in our stands about 30 minutes before first light on opening day, I was already thinking of recipes for the doe I would shoot as soon as the feeder went off.  Shortly after first light, well before the feeder went off, 2 young does walked within 10 yards of my stand.  The shot opportunity was there, but I was holding out for the old doe.

She finally arrived about 15 minutes before the feeder turned on, and hung out in the area for a while.  Finally, when she was standing broadside at 7 yards, I let an arrow fly.  With a loud thud, the arrow sunk to the dirt as it flew over her back.

A lot of things played out in my mind as to why I missed her.  Maybe it was the steep angle at close range, maybe it was doe fever.  But, the bottom line is I missed her.

Later that afternoon, I made my way to a section of the property where a nice 9-pointer in full velvet had been seen coming to the bait just at dusk.

I hunted hard for 4 hours and the only action was coons, turkeys, and a few does.  I learned something about hunting over bait that night.  The bait does attract the wildlife, and in some cases, too much wildlife.  If a buck would have approached the bait when the turkeys and does were there, I doubt I could have gotten a shot off without being busted.

 The nest morning found me back in my doe stand, waiting for old one-eye.  She never approached the feeder that morning, but there were plenty of does in the area, that it would only be a matter of time before I had one in the skinning shed.

There was no early activity that morning.  Actually, it wasn’t until about an hour after the feeder went off that I had my first activity.  Six does came through the area, circling wide around the corn that was on the ground in front of me.  They were headed straight to the acorns.  However, one doe strayed off track, and offered me a clear broadside shot at 21-yards.  Again, my arrow sailed right over her back.

Disappointed, I returned to camp, ready to throw my bow in the nearest river. Instead, I took out the target, and made some practice shots.  Somewhere along the way, my sights got bumped, and I was shooting high, very high.  After a few shots, and some adjustments, I was once again hitting the bullseye.  That was a good reminder to me to always take a couple practice shots after traveling.  It is something I always do, but for some reason I failed to do it on this trip.

As it was getting closer to time to head to my stand for the evening, my confidence was up, and I knew that I was prepared to make a good shot.  All I needed now was for a “shooter” buck to show up.

With about 45 minutes left in shooting light, the 9-pointer that we were wanting showed up from behind.  Unfortunately, the buck and I noticed one another at the same time.  The buck did a couple blows and bounced about 30 yards off.  He knew something wasn’t right, but wasn’t for sure exactly what it was.

The buck continued to act nervous for the next 15 minutes, but he knew where he wanted to go.  There was a 4-foot cattle fence separating him from the bait that was 20-yards to my front.  Throwing caution to the wind, the buck traveled 100-yards down the fenceline before making the jump over.

Once over, the buck quickened his approach to the bait, where a doe already was.  The buck still knew something was up, but between the bait and the doe that appeared to be in no danger, he thought it was worth the chance to proceed.

At 29-yards the buck stopped broadside and began to show signs of being nervous.  I knew that if I was going to shoot that this was probably going to be my only chance.  Pulling my bow back, I took a deep breath before settling my 30-yard pin tight behind his front leg.  With the click of the release, the arrow traveled true as the Carbon Express Maxima Hunter tipped with a  Rage Hypodermic made contact.  Red blood immediately began to flow.

The Maxima hunter tipped with a Rage Hypodermic made a complete pass through on the big buck at 29-yards.
The Maxima hunter tipped with a Rage Hypodermic made a complete pass through on the big buck at 29-yards.

The buck traveled about 150-yards up a hill before staggering and finally falling.  He bounced right back up, turned my direction, and ran directly towards the tree I was sitting in.  At full speed, the buck crashed in to the cattle fence that my tree was nestled against.  With a backwards somersault, the buck came to his final resting place.

The 9-point was not in velvet, but had been the previous day according to trail cam photos.  I had no idea that bucks lost their velvet that quick.  Regardless of being in velvet or not, I was proud of this buck.  I overcome two misses, made a perfect shot on a nice buck, and walked away with a better understanding of states that allow baiting.  As hunters, who are we to judge hunting practices?  We should support hunting as long as it is done in a legal and ethical manner.  The weapon of choice, and to bait or not to bait should not be questioned.

My Kentucky buck measured 133 4/8-inches and field dressed at 206 pounds.  He was not my biggest buck I have ever killed, but one I will never forget.  Along with the lessons I learned, it was a trip I will never forget.

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Hunting Fail: Hunter Shoots Decoy Instead of Deer [VIDEO]

Decoys are great when used properly. They can attract deer to within range, allowing you to get a shot that you might not otherwise have had a chance to get. But it seems that decoys can fool more than just deer.

Everything was going great. The decoy was doing what it was supposed to be doing. Than this happened. Watch and see it all for yourself.

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Hunting Wild Hogs with Just Dogs and a Knife [VIDEO]

Hog hunting can be accompolished with a variety of techniques. Hunting over bait is probably the most popular. A close second would be using bay dogs, with either a bow or gun to finish the animal off.

Gaining popularity is the use of catch dogs, with the hunter then going in only with a knife to make the kill. This might sound a little dangerous and gruesome, and it can be both at times. I tried it recently, and I must say, it is an adrenaline rush.

Check out what happened when this hog got backed into a cave.

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Bobcat Released from Trap Unharmed [VIDEO]

Bobcats are a welcome sight in most traps, unless you have to release one.

With many states not having a bobcat season, or offering limited permits, bobcats often have to be released. The cats are plentiful throughout much of the United States, but many states do not understand their need to be controlled through trapping and hunting.

Until some states receive the season they need, bobcats are going to have to be released. Do you know how?

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25 Amazing Trail Cam Pictures

Checking trail cameras is a lot like opening presents on Christmas morning. You just never know what you will get.

Admittedly, most of the photos will be pretty boring. They’ll just be shots of some old doe doing the same old thing, day after day.

Then there are those special photos that catch your attention. Outdoor Life has put together a collection of 25 trail cam pictures that you simply must see.

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It’s trail camera season. To celebrate, check out the 25 best, strangest, and most surprising photos Outdoor Life readers captured on their cams… [continued]

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30 Shots in 30 Seconds [Video]

The guys at Bone Collector have put together a video to get you through deer season. (Although I doubt you really need a video though to get motivated.)

As hunters, we’ve patiently been waiting for deer season to arrive. Now that it’s underway, we have to keep motivated. This video will certainly do just that. Thirty arrows in thirty seconds! Check it out.

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How to Catch Mink Using the Bottom Edge Set [VIDEO]

So much discussion takes place regarding the usage of the bottom edge set to catch mink. Some trappers swear by it, and others are still learning what it is and how to set it.

Bob Noonan, Editor and owner of Trapper’s Post, is known for his ability to catch mink (a lot of mink) using this set. Follow him along as he shares some of his secrets. You’re sure to come away with a better understanding of how this set works.

The entire video is for sale in many trapping supply catalogs, or you can contact Bob. His contact information is at the end of this short video.

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Timber Wolf Released From Trap Unharmed [VIDEO]

With more and more wolves invading the lower 48, trappers are bound to catch one by accident in their coyote trappers.

With wolf tags hard to come by, most wolves will have to be released back into the wild.

It might sound like a scary situation, but most wild animals can be released without any harm being done to the animal, or to the person releasing the animal.

This video is a good example of how to release an animal without any injury to the animal, while staying safe yourself.

You might never find yourself in a situation that causes for releasing a timber wolf, but this video is a good example that trapping does not harm animals.

This wolf ran off like nothing had ever happened.

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Hunter Shoots Fighting Elk [VIDEO]

It’s rare to see two mature bull elk fighting in the wild. So can you imagine sneaking to within ten yards of two fighting bulls without them realizing you’re there? The only thing that would make it better is if you have to happened to have a bow in your hand, and an elk tag in your pocket.

That’s exactly what happened for this lucky hunter, as shown in this video from Table Mountain Outfitters. Watch as the hunter moves with the bulls, waiting for the perfect shot. The way the bull reacts to being shot is unbelievable. He didn’t even care. He was only concerned about the other bull.

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