The Best of Deer Hunting

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Mike: Each deer season in Nebraska is our big event for our family. I’m 36 now and as I get older it becomes less about the buck and more about getting together with family and telling stories and reminiscing about hunts from long ago.

I appreciate your TV shows and insights and couldn’t agree more with
you that the hunt itself wouldn’t be anywhere near as exciting or fulfilling if we didn’t have someone to share it with.

My oldest daughter, Kayla, is 8 and we will be getting her a bow for her 9th birthday to get her ready to start hunting the following year. I’m excited that she is willing and wanting to join me in the woods.

My son, Luke, is 6. For the last 4 year he has been spending the week of deer season with me on the farm. Here’s one for you. Two years ago I took my largest buck ever on a morning that I wasn’t feeling well and had planned to sleep in. Luke woke me up before daylight, wanting to go out hunting. If it wasn’t for him dragging me out of bed I never would have gotten that buck. It was priceless that I got to share that moment with my son, and it’s still something he talks about.

Thanks again for what you do for the hunting world.—Tony Woodruff, CPT, MP

Do you take the time and make the effort to hunt with family and/or good friends? Or you are too consumed with killing a big buck each fall that most of the time you go it alone? I used to be like that when I was younger, consumed with secrecy and obsessed with killing my buck every year. But as the years have flown, I’ve changed for the better.

Tony’s great post should make you think. As I have blogged and said on TV many times, a deer hunt is more fun and meaningful if you share it with people you love and respect. The older you get, the more you understand that. Life flies by and is too short. Don’t miss out.

Canada Lynx: One Cool Cat

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I was reviewing the first edit of my latest Saskatchewan adventure when this cool cat strode across the screen. Man, it brought back memories. How still and cold it was that morning last November (20 below)…the incredible quiet of the spruce woods (no breeze, no birds, just pounding silence)… How the little animal glided across the fresh snow on tiny paws that never seemed to touch the ground. I remember whispering to cameraman Jake, “Bobcat.” I forgot where I was for a minute. It turned out to be a lynx, the first I had ever seen in the wild.

The cat was a dusky gray, mottled with brown, good camouflage for the deep spruce habitat where it lives. The black-tipped tail and especially the black tufts on the ears were wickedly cool, and beautiful. It moved effortlessly, crouching and gliding, cat-marble eye flickering. It hunted its way to within 20 yards of our blind and turned, and I made a hand-squeak. The cat turned and padded back to us and looked one more time, then vanished into the brush. The first and probably only lynx I will ever see left my life as quickly as it had entered it.

I looked at Jake and he was smiling, having just laid down some daylight footage of the secretive and night-loving predator. I looked into the camera and said something really profound like, “You never know what you’re going to see out in the woods…” Then, “things like this go to the soul of what we do.” And then we went back to hunting for a buck.

Back at camp that night I asked Brandon and Oneill, local Canadian boys who work and hunt and live outside year-round, how many lynx they see. They see one from time to time, but they said a sighting is not all that common, especially in daytime. I got the impression that seeing a lynx walking around at noon was sort of like us seeing a bobcat on the hunt at midday here in the States. But spotting a lynx is rarer. The guys seemed really impressed that Jake got 3 minutes of lynx footage.

You’ll see that lynx footage on the Saskatchewan episode of my show Big Deer TV on Sportsman Channel later this summer.

 

 

VIDEO: Texas Drop Tine Buck

A few weeks ago, our friend Wren sat in a new stand location on the ranch he hunts in South Texas and filmed this beautiful drop tine buck, which he aged at 3.5 / 4.5, in a sendero. “I filmed another really nice main frame 10 with a drop one weekend, too,” he said. “Can’t help but think about you each time I see one of these unique racks.”

There seems to be a strong drop-tine genetic on that ranch, and Wren has invited me down to hunt there next year. I am going to take him up on it. My desire for a drop-tine buck still burns deep.

Northwestern New York Giant Buck

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Got this on our Big Deer Facebook page: “Jeff Ames shot this monster in Monroe County on 11/26/2013 near the Town of Chili. He has seen this deer for 2 years and missed him last year. Redemption!!”

This is a great buck and a huge accomplishment. I hunted northwestern New York (the Adirondacks, near Speculator) for the first time last season–it was some of the toughest deer hunting I’ve ever experienced (low numbers of deer per square mile, steep terrain…). But, the cool thing was hanging out in camp and hunting hard with a group of guys from across the upstate (picture below), seeing and living their passion and dedication for our sport, things you’ll see in a new episode of BIG DEER TV next year.

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