Off-season storage for In-season success

It’s late May and your post season scouting, location preparation work, maps and notebook should be finished for the time being and will get re-addressed during pre-season, or earlier if you pick up some new ground to hunt. Bowhunting for whitetails is far and away my favorite thing to do, however I don’t allow it Read More

Patterning Other Hunters

Let’s face it, the vast majority of TV hunting personalities and many in the media not only hunt micro-managed properties, they also never deal with hunter competition and should feel very fortunate to hunt such pristine areas. When hunting pressured areas that is not the case and many other hunter concerns need to be considered Read More

Mapping Out The Details

After your post season scouting and location preparation is finished, it’s time to play artist. As precisely as possible, finalize your location details on aerial photos and topo maps. Prior to computers and Internet and before I could afford either, I’d make hand drawn maps. The more enlarged the photos or maps, the more space Read More

The Art of Entry & Exit Routes

The final leg of the location preparation process When specifically targeting mature bucks in pressured areas, phenomenal hunting locations can be ruined if you don’t use non-invasive routes to get to and leave them. I would rather walk an extra mile and have the chance at a mature buck than walk a short distance and Read More

Preparing Your Tree For The Fall

Preparing Your Tree Proper lane clearing is tough and by now your likely drenched in sweat, filthy dirty, tired, and want to go home and come back another day to finish. Don’t cave because when the final tack is placed and you’re back at your vehicle, you’ll be extremely glad you finished and that coffee or Read More

Location Preparation

Clearing the Way The hardest physical work of the entire year is in properly preparing locations and the fun really starts once you’ve chosen your ambush trees. If you have a health issue or are out of shape, get doctor approval before beginning this process. For public land and knock on doors for free permission Read More

Choosing The Right Tree

You’ve thoroughly scouted the property and have a series of locations marked on your map to be prepared. You now have all spring to properly prepare these locations. When you return to do so, always prepare locations in order of importance, with the best spots being first. There are a lot of “the most important Read More

Preparing to Prepare

This week we are going to dive into what I use and why I use it to prepare my hunting areas for next fall. Putting in the hard work now so there is less intrusion on my hunting areas closer to the season continues to pay off year after year. This invaluable approach all starts Read More

Post Season Scouting – Preparing for Next Fall

Now that a few of the advantages of post season scouting have been mentioned, it’s time to get to work on next season’s success. Again, as snow accumulates in northern states deer gravitate to and bed near the easiest access food sources making sign left in the snow meaningless for searching for fall hunting locations. Read More

Start Preparing Now For Next Fall

From the time I began in 1963 through the mid 1970’s bowhunting was a major stepchild when it came to hunting whitetails. Depending on the state, gun license sales were 15 to 20 times greater than bow license sales. The advent of the compound bow changed that and currently gun license sales in most states Read More