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Early Summer Whitetails...What Should(‘nt) I be doing?
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Early Summer Whitetails…What Should(‘nt) I be doing? For many of you die hard whitetail hunters there is an itch that you feel right now. An itch that, you so very much, would like to scratch. Turkey season is over, you have already drowned several dozen nightcrawlers, the green fields are growing, and th... Read the full story
Before the Spring Thaw…
Before the Spring Thaw… As we enter the last week of February most people grow anxious for the warmth of spring. Although I share in this enthusiasm I know that there is work to be done before the flowers start to bloom. This is the optimum time of the year to make habitat imp... Read the full story
Here Comes the Fall...
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Here Comes the Fall... This time of the year is an exciting time for whitetail hunters. September marks the start of many states deer hunting season and for others it is the final month countdown to go time. With all of this anticipation there is usually a flurry of activity... Read the full story
The Quiet Gobbler
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The Quiet Gobbler Well as sad as it is for me to say this; my turkey season has now come to a close. The 2014 Turkey Season was a successful one and added many new stories that I will treasure for years to come. From successful youth hunts, some first time gobblers, and s... Read the full story
Deer Herd Health in the Midwest
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Deer Herd Health in the Midwest I guess one could say that I stay in tune with the whitetail deer hunting world all year long. I visit hunting forums, social media, websites, read magazines, and subscribe to various blogs and e-articles. I don’t have outdoor television programming at... Read the full story
Winter Whitetails…Where to find them
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Winter Whitetails…Where to find them Winter Whitetails…Where to find them With the holiday season rapidly approaching most hunters are probably thinking more about egg nog and Santa Claus than they are about whitetail hunting. There is a select few hunters that love this time of year for d... Read the full story
Controlling the the deer woods
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Controlling the the deer woods Controlling the the deer woods In the sport of deer hunting there are many things that are out of our control. Many of these uncontrollable elements of the hunt receive our blame for the lack of our success. Examples of this may inclu... Read the full story
Welcome Back October! Early October Archery Hunting.
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Bow season is finally underway!!! All the months of preparation (food plots, trail cameras, stand hanging, etc.) are in the past and we now get enjoy the fruits of our labor by climbing a tree and dreaming of giant whitetails. This is truly a magical ti... Read the full story
The Season for Planting Fall Food Plots has Arrived...
The Season for Planting Fall Food Plots has Arrived.. Fall Planting Season has Arrived… Just a little over a month ago there were still fields that were being planted with corn and soybeans here in Southern Iowa. With such a late arrival of summer this year and lingering spring rains, local farmers and foo... Read the full story
Legacy of the Call...
Legacy of the Call... This past weekend I spent some time putting away my turkey gear now that the season is over. I cleaned my guns that were used, washed all of my clothes, and emptied all of the contents of my turkey vest. As I stared at all of my calls laid out on my ben... Read the full story
Want More Turkeys?
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Want More Turkeys? Years ago when I started guiding in West Central Illinois I decided that the status quo of the properties that I hunted was not good enough for my hunts. I wanted to not only keep more turkeys on the grounds that I guided, but I also wanted more places t... Read the full story
The Way of the Turkey Gun...
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The Way of the Turkey Gun... I once had a professional upland guide and very accomplished clay shooter debate with me the topic of pointing his turkey gun instead of aiming it because it was a shotgun. He claimed that the only proper way to shoot a shotgun was to "point it". I will... Read the full story
Why We Hunt
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Why We Hunt Why We Hunt After my last blog was posted on the internet I saw some interesting commentary from the public. The comments varied from positive to negative and were mostly generated strictly from a picture and not from actual written word. This certainl... Read the full story
2012 Deer Season...What did you learn?
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2012 Deer Season…What did you learn? When an individual engages in an activity for many years and achieves a certain level of experience it becomes easier to fall into complacency. Once good becomes good enough and the thirst for knowledge has been quenched growth in that activity all but ce... Read the full story
Late November...Something to be Thankful for...
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Late November…Something to be Thankful for… Well here we are… mid-November. Like many of you I have been chasing the whitetails pretty hard over the last few weeks trying to capitalize on the splendor of the rut. I have had several unbelievable days along with some extremely slow days. The one t... Read the full story
The Highs and Lows of Deer Season...
The Highs and Lows of Deer Season... Every deer camp has the conversation as to what drives deer movement. Moon phases, rut timing, weather patterns, etc., are all popular subjects. Ten deer hunters in a given deer camp will offer up ten different reasons for why deer do what they do. Give... Read the full story
Archery Practice…Time to Double Down
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As a young man who was fascinated by archery I could always find the time to shoot my bow. It did not matter the time of year or the weather outside I just loved shooting. This eventually led me to shooting competitively in the summer months as a teenag... Read the full story
Food Plot Maintenance
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Food Plot Maintenance As the drought of 2012 continues across much of the country so does the demise of many of our wildlife food plots. No matter what type of food you have planted this year the excessive heat and lack of precipitation is going to have a negative impact. So... Read the full story
Trail Camera Season - Learn Tips for Better Success
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Trail Camera Season - Learn Tips for Better Success With turkey season over and deer hunting season still months away I begin to dust off my trail cameras. After clearing up my SD cards and loading up on fresh batteries I start to get anxious to put my cameras in the woods. However, I prefer to approach... Read the full story
The Turkey Woods
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The Turkey Woods This past weekend I made my last trip into the turkey woods for the season. My cousin came up to Iowa to hunt with me and we had a great time together as usual. To top it off, he got to take a real nice gobbler back home to Illinois. The hunt did not st... Read the full story
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