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The most exciting hunt, you're not going on

I blame my friend Steve.   I cautiously agreed to go with him and learn how to hunt them so that I could have some first-hand experience when I write.   I would have never guessed that in agreeing to go with him, I would now look at August in a whole new way; it’s bear season! There are roughly 10,000 of us who buy our bear permits every year.   Compared to the 180,000+ deer hunters and we basically have the woods to ourselves to hunt bear. Guess what non-bear hunters?   You are missing out on one of the most exciting hunts you could possibly go on! And that should change.   Why would you want to hunt bears? Easiest reason is management and keeping the population in check with the biological and social carrying capacities across our state.   None of us want to see bears or any animal, reach the point where disease and over-population cause major issues. Hunting helps to put a dent in a growing bear population and with no other predators, it’s either us or disease to keep t

Do targets really matter?

I visualize my shot every time I am in the woods.   Each spot offers different opportunities and different entry points where deer/bear/turkey typically travel. I picture the animals walking in from each side and how I can move (or not) to get the most effective shot off without blowing my cover. As someone who needs to be hunting from a blind and am usually in a tree, this helps to alleviate some of the adrenaline gitters that can creep in when an animal actually appears. Prior to each hunting season, we spend time sighting in our guns and bows and have shot at many different targets throughout the years.   Rifles are probably the easiest; we aim at either circles drawn on a piece of paper or an old plastic jug.   They are larger targets but if we are able to group our shots and come close to whatever bullseye that we are aiming at, then we know that the rifles are good to go. A few years ago, Dad and I sat at the kitchen table and used a stuffed Rudolph the Red –Nose Reindeer th

Are you my father?

I am not sure if the target in the backyard has made the deer around here more relaxed or not, but for this fawn, it wasn't sure what to make of this thing that looks like a deer but doesn't move.  If this target can fool these deer, I am wondering if we could use it as a decoy during hunting season... that is something that I will need to research! Either way, the doe and the fawn both look incredibly healthy!  Always a good sign for the deer herd.

Look at those beards!

I am hunting these guys this fall!  I couldnt hunt this past spring since I had a baby but seeing these guys on the trail cameras and the size of those beards... I may be bringing my rifle and shotgun with me into the stands this fall.