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Trail Camera Experiment

January 23rd, 2016

  Trail Camera Experiment There are so many advantages to using trail cameras that I believe they far outweigh not using them. Especially from a trophy hunters point of view, they’re invaluable for getting dialed in on your target buck. But with the good comes the bad, and to illustrate some of the negative effects trail

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A Father and Son’s First Deer

January 17th, 2016

A hunter’s first deer holds a special place in any hunter’s memory. It doesn’t matter how big or small, buck or doe, it’s a memory you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. For Marshall and his son Mattingly, the long journey to harvest their first deer started with Mattingly approaching his father at an

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Trail Camera Tips

January 5th, 2016

Who doesn’t love trail cameras, there relatively easy to operate, place, and check. They “scout” for you and keep your confidence up in your otherwise slow tree stand locations. Every one of the bucks that I’ve killed in the last 5 years has been captured on trail cameras before I harvest them or have an

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Here are a few general tips I’ve compiled that will increase your opportunity at a trophy deer while hunting at the Heartland Lodge. When it comes to trophy deer hunting, the smallest detail can make all the difference. Do not slam truck doors when entering or exiting the field. Depending on the farm your hunting


I’m flipping through hundreds of trail camera photos of does, yearlings, and small bucks using the small spring fed water hole in the late August heat and finally BOOM! A massive velvet toting rack fills my computer screen. After a few mesmerizing seconds of staring deeply into my screen I realize I’m staring at an


In just a few days, some friends of ours will celebrate their 7th wedding anniversary and of course, seeing their anniversary on the calendar reminded me of their wedding back in 2008. The groom is an avid hunter…and the bride was (and still is) his perfe


Breaking from traditional stands and venturing to new areas offers hunters the chance to discover un-pressured animals and territory. Often times your traditional spots go cold part way through the season leaving you frustrated and discouraged. Don’t


Tips for picking the right climber tree.

Look, picking that one tree out of a million others in which you will hopefully arrow a deer is perhaps one of the most frustrating and maddening aspects of deer hunting. Thoughts, strategy, and second guesses


Building Your Blind Bag

Wind howling, my brother and I looked at each other and traded our gear out quickly. Taking the bows out of the truck, we loaded our duck decoys, shotguns, boats and headed for the swamps. Mallards flew high, teal whistled b


“Loop around this wooded funnel in the corn field and walk through, push something to me.” My father had just given a near holy task to me as a 12 year old boy, push a deer to him. As a young boy, spending a morning freezing with my dad was darn special

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