I pack and use simple but effective gear every day that I hunt the whitetail rut: Carry a grunt call and use it every day. Hunters grunt in and shoot many giant bucks each November. Most any tube will do the job. I lay trails and set wicks with Mega-Tarsal Plus buck scent, and Special Golden Estrus doe near my stands. Make sure to use synthetic deer lure if your state requires it. You can bring in a buck with a rattle bag or box, but nothing beats real antlers. Antlers off a 130- to 140-class buck are good. They have enough mass and tines to mimic the deep thudding and grinding of two mature bucks. Most realistic.
This is a true story, I swear. One morning in Virginia, I shot a 10-pointer with my muzzleloader and got on the trail. I could smell his rankness in the air and in the blood as I tracked, and when I found him I covered my nose with my sleeve and thought, Whoa, you stink. The deer’s hocks were dripping and black as motor oil. I rolled the buck over, held my breath and started gutting. Leaves popped. I peeked up and saw another 10-pointer bearing down on me, head and rack held low, hair bristling on his neck. I crouched lower behind the dead deer. A rut-crazed buck is unpredictable, and I figured staying put rather than trying to [...]
You always carry your cell with you every minute you are hunting, right? Do it, it could save your life. Let’s say you’re hunting in new mountains or woods and get turned around or full-blown lost…. Suppose you’re climbing a rock ridge, slip and fall, and break your ankle…. You get chest pains… Or heaven forbid you fall out of a tree stand or off the ladder and are seriously injured and about to lose to consciousness. In an emergency, there are 2 ways your cell can get you help in a hurry. SOS Message Swipe the SOS slider on your iPhone and it will automatically call the closest local emergency number and share your location with emergency services. After [...]
Over the next few months, we’ll be outside hiking, fishing, scouting deer, setting trail cameras and otherwise having loads of fun in the outdoors. We sure don’t want a nasty tick ruining the party, and possibly infecting us or loved ones with Lyme or another disease, so read on. According to Dr. Thomas Mather, Tick Expert at the University of Rhode Island, the biggest mistake you can make is not wearing tick-repellent clothing. “Ticks are out there, and they're likely to get on you if you go into their habitat. (Wearing) permethrin-treated clothing, especially socks and shoes sprayed with permethrin, is the easiest way you can help repel ticks and potentially keep them from biting you. It's essential to take all preventive measures. [...]
Thanks to Ryan Reed-Baum of Trulog Siding for this guest post: Hunting cabins are typically located in areas that get an ample amount of bad weather. You don't want a new cabin to begin to deteriorate after two seasons, which can happen if you're not careful. Many cabins are in regions that deal with a lot of snow and winter weather. This means a lot of snow-weight on your roof, a risk of freezing pipes and potential damage to windows and other portions of the property. In the summer, the heat mixing with humidity can lead to rot and mold inside and outside your cabin, which can make staying there not only uncomfortable but also a biohazard. Sealing a cabin [...]