Columbus Hunt: Cornered

Columbus Hunt: Cornered

Outnumbered 3 to 1, and surrounded, the doe stopped. From the edge of the picked corn field I fished out my camera and started taking pictures. The largest buck, a mature 11-point was the boss of the field. The two other bucks weren’t gonna let the bigger buck get closer to them but they weren’t […]

Columbus Hunt: Day 2

Columbus Hunt: Day 2

Jay went out extra early and returned to hunt the same stand he hunted the day before. As he entered the property he turned off his headlights so it wouldn’t scare the deer in the bean field near his stand. He parked, grabbed his bow and backpack and walked to a bend in the road […]

Columbus Hunt: Day 1

Columbus Hunt: Day 1

We arrived in Hebron, Ohio and checked into the Best Western. In the morning we met Sean Bogan of Big Horn Outdoors TV show and he and Jay went to a stand and I went to another  one. My treestand was at the edge of a large stand of trees adjacent to a 10 acre […]

West Virginia: Going For The WV Slam

West Virginia: Going For The WV Slam

After skinning his bear  Jay went with Bruce Ryan to check out areas where a deer and wild turkey might be possible. Jay waited in a ground blind the rest of the afternoon and saw some deer but had no luck. The next morning he slept in but was in the blind by 10:00. Shortly […]

West Virginia: Jay’s Black Bear

West Virginia: Jay’s Black Bear

Early morning, Jay Liechty and Jay from Middle Mountain Sporting Goods drove to look for Team Reaper Jay’s black bear that he shot the previous afternoon. When the two tracked the bear after dark yesterday they found it looking at them, 20 yards away, in the thick brush. So, wisely, they backed out. They picked […]

On To West Virginia

On To West Virginia

After the Heartland Wildlife writers camp and bowhunt was over Jay Liechty and myself drove to the Ryan Outdoors headquarters. I had business stuff to do first. Jay intended to bowhunt. Bruce Ryan had booked us reservations at the Middle Mountain Outdoors. This is a big sporting goods store with a convenience store, a restaurant […]

Heartland Hunt: Hanging Tough

Heartland Hunt: Hanging Tough

Hunting’s window of opportunity can open any time during a hunt. Sometimes it’s the last 10 minutes, or it might be the first. More offen it’s some time in between. My own Ohio hunt at the Heartland Wildlife’s property started without big buck sightings for the first three outings. Then the rocket launched. A Booner […]

Heartland Hunt: Bob Humphrey’s Buck

Heartland Hunt: Bob Humphrey’s Buck

Bob Humphrey had seen a 10 point the first afternoon but couldn’t get a shot. The next morning he hunted 50 yards in the woods on the down wind side of a food plot. He saw a good 8-point and several does. A spike chased the does. Shortly after, Bob kept hearing a grunt in […]

Heartland Hunt: I See A Monster

Heartland Hunt: I See A Monster

The 2nd morning Jeff Neal drove me in with the quiet ride, the new all electric Polaris. So we snuck in without and sound. I really liked that. I waited in a Blind Turtle blind for an hour before I could see the ground. This food plot is “L” shaped and narrow. It is full […]

Heartland Hunt: Joe Byers Buck

Heartland Hunt: Joe Byers Buck

Outdoor writer Joe Byers saw 10 deer on his first morning hunt. Later he called his wife on the cell phone and was leaving a message, the last words of which were whispered, “There’s a buck!” Fifteen yards in front of Joe stood a high, wide Ohio buck. It was quartering toward Joe, eating in […]

Ohio: Heartland Writers Camp

Ohio: Heartland Writers Camp

I followed Bruce Ryan’s directions to Heartland Writers Camp. Just about the time I was convinced I had gone too far on 861 I saw the sign Pageville 1-mile and cruised on in. Bruce met me and said to get my hunting clothes on and go deerhunting. Bob Humphrey saw a big 10-point but didn’t […]

Deer Hunt 2010: Oct 29 Update

Deer Hunt 2010: Oct 29 Update

This morning I’m 260 miles away from Clendenning Lake and the beginning of this year’s Ohio bowhunt in the rut. Some time around 2:00 I should meet up with Wade Nolan and we’re gonna do it one more ‘gin. Scrape Bomber » Although yesterday had been a bust on the stand it was another pivotal […]

Surprise Bomber

Surprise Bomber

Yesterday was a zip on both hunts. This morning was electrifying. A spike and forky were trying to chase two groups of does around without much luck. I was paying too much attention to them and almost missed what I was looking for. A huge buck with a heavy, high, wide rack was 50 yards […]

October 25: Rut Sign

October 25: Rut Sign

Waiting for daylight at the Point I decided to post on my Facebook page. Big mistake. When I  turned my iPhone on its light lit me, and surrounding treelimbs, up bright. Directly in front of me deer, that I couldn’t have seen and had not heard, raced out of the area. I never saw them but […]

Robbie Gets A Wild Hog

Robbie Gets A Wild Hog

Robbie Cramer had only been in his tripod a short while when he heard wild hog traveling noises in the woods behind him. It took a while for the hogs to make it to him and when they did about 20 medium sized hogs walked into the small open spot in front of Robbie. Some […]

October 23: A Double

October 23: A Double

It was extremely foggy driving out to the point. When daylight came the bluing sky filled with pink clouds. A truly beautiful day in my treestand. Early on I heard a gobbler waking up and announcing the new day. Soon two gobblers sounded off in harmony from the woods to the south. They were on […]

October 23: Robbie Bags A Doe

October 23: Robbie Bags A Doe

After daylight a group of does came into the area where Robbie Cramer has a tripod stand. The does acted very nervous. They passed by Robbie and went to some acorn trees where deer always go and milled around around eating acorns. An hour later 3 does came into the trees where Robbie has his […]

Oct 21: A Pivotal Deer Day

Oct 21: A Pivotal Deer Day

This morning was a game changer. A big deal. What happened only lasted a few seconds but the meaning of it is a big thing. And it truly opens the door to the next big thing. Daylight was creeping in and my eyelids felt like lead as 3 does browsed around in my main food […]

Deerhunt Oct 19: Morning

Deerhunt Oct 19: Morning

I took my last antibiotic pill before daylight this morning and decided to hunt the nearby food plot. Daylight came and I was the only mammal around until almost 8:00. A doe group of 3 came out of the gulch and entered the food plot. It hasn’t rained since late September and the food plot […]

Gator Wars: John Boat Boogie

Gator Wars: John Boat Boogie

Quickly I zoomed in on the big gator in the slide and took its picture. He ready to make the slide into the water. David drove away and stopped when we were out of sight. The sun was low and David told us we were going to wait until dark and go back for that […]

Gator Wars: The Sliding Gator

Gator Wars: The Sliding Gator

We dove to Arcadia and ate a huge breakfast. This was our last day alligator hunting and we might have to be out all night. Today in the gator canals was all mine, both Fred and Chef had their gators. If the levees could have spoken they would have said, “Do we have a hunt […]

Bear Hunt: The Last Dance

Bear Hunt: The Last Dance

No warning, not a single sound or even a glimpse of a bear. One stepped out of the pines in front of us! It was him … for the third time. He stopped, half of his back end was still in the trees. For a few seconds the bear stood still looking straight ahead (instead […]

Bear Hunt: He’s Back Again

Bear Hunt: He’s Back Again

Exactly 15 seconds later we saw black movement in the pines near where the bear had disappeared, he was coming back again. He swaggered closer, glancing at us as he came, and stopped 10 yards in front of the Dark Horse blind. Looking at the blind. He turned his head but still kept his eyes […]

Bear Hunt: He’s Back

Bear Hunt: He’s Back

Without a word, Fred turned on the video camera. I couldn’t see anything but I knew Fred had. So I hooked up my Fletch Hook. Seconds later a black object moved in the woods about 50 yards away. A minute later I saw the bear’s ears 15 yards further than the 16 yard tree. The […]