Did you know that if you shoot a buck in a few weeks, he might not leave a heavy blood trail? Scientists say that in early fall deer have high levels of Vitamin K, which causes blood to clot quickly. Also, whitetails produce lots of B-endorphin that helps to heal wounds. So two things: Pick your shots carefully (you never want a one-lung hit and especially in the early season). And I recommend a big-cutting broadhead like the Rage; even if you hit a buck a little off, he’ll bleed and you’ll likely find him. Bottom line: If you put any broadhead/arrow in the right spot, through both lungs, a buck won’t go much farther than 60-70 yards, even if [...]
I am posting this press release pretty much in its entirety because 1) it is so ridiculous; and 2) it is so downright scary. What is going on in Colorado and our country? Discharging a BB gun in the city limits of Grand Junction, Colorado is illegal. In order to try to rid his area of an invasive species, the Eurasian Dove, which Colorado allows to be hunted with no bag limit, James Shults requested a Discharge Permit to use a 30-year old Daisy BB gun to run the pest from his residence and from neighbors’ areas with their permission. After inspection of Shults' neighborhood by two police sergeants the Chief (whom Shults likes personally) refused the permit because the [...]
I got an email from a guy who just landed permission to hunt a 25-acre block of woods. He had 2 questions. Is that spot big enough to kill a good buck, and if so how should he hunt it? With bow season right around the corner, some of you might be in a similar situation. First, heck yeah, 25-50 of woods is big enough. Monsters are shot in small habitats like that every year in Illinois, Wisconsin and other states. But you’ve got to find out what kind of terrain, vegetation, etc. you’re dealing with. Right now is a good time to check the property. Spend a day and walk every inch of it; carry a note pad and [...]
I had an old Alabama redneck (term used fondly) tell me one time, “Boy, our deer walk around with their heads back, looking up in the trees, cause so many of their brothers and sisters and cousins have had an arrow run through ‘em!” If you have bowhunted pressured, spooky Southern deer you know what my old redneck friend is talking about. Biologists say a deer’s eyes are oriented to pick up predator movement at or just below the horizon. They say a deer is much less adept at picking up movement above the horizon, so you can get away with more movement in a tree stand than on the ground. Sometimes! But when an 8-pointer or old doe is [...]
Guns & Ammo has built a list of the best (and worst) places to be a gun shooter/hunter. They based their criteria on state firearms laws, concealed carry, etc. As you might expect New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California ranked dead last. Best gun states were Arizona, Alaska, Utah, Kentucky and Vermont (a mild surprise to me). My native Virginia ranked a disappointing 24, though I do not feel my rights as a gun owner have been squeezed in recent years, even though our state is becoming more liberal. Click here to read the list and see where your state ranks.