Scouting Deer on Sept 30: Oh Boy

Scouting Deer on Sept 30: Oh Boy

This morning as I waited for daylight in the blind I dozed off sitting in my chair. I woke up at 7:23 and quickly looked around. Nothing. I slept through it. Wrong. I gathered up my camera and laptop and, just to be sure, looked around before I got out of the blind. Oh Oh. […]

Doing Food Plots Right

Doing Food Plots Right

In mid June the TV weather man said we had one of the main ingredients of a successful food plot in the forecast, several days of rain. I needed to plant and quick. My buddy Perry Wicker volunteered to plow the plot and we got going. It’s been dry lately and the native grass is mostly brown and dried […]

Deer Scouting on September 29

Deer Scouting on September 29

These wireless pictures are are really convenient. They are waiting for me in the morning, sometimes they are still coming in. My BuckEye Cam is an older model and the picture quality is not the best but it sure shows the deer just fine. It is a great way to locate bucks and I have […]

Food Plot After The Rain

Food Plot After The Rain

Sure enough, in the morning there were water puddles in the food plot area. We got right back to it. This time Perry Wicker strapped a heavy iron bar to the top of the plow. Helped out by the rain, the plow dug right into the ground. This plow is an old one but it’s […]

Gator Wars – Chef Gators Up

Gator Wars – Chef Gators Up

Today Chef Klaus’s gator luck was gonna change. That right 5 seconds was on its way. We drove the levees again, watching and glassing for gators. We had a few gator sighting and stalks but no success. David turned the truck toward an irrigation pond. This pond was “L” shaped so we didn’t see the […]

Found The Bucks

Found The Bucks

I set up my wireless BuckEye Cam game camera to watch trails bucks have used in the past once bow season is in. Good news, they are coming by already. Here are the wireless pictures that were taken and sent to my laptop last night and early this morning.

Gator Wars – Fred Gators Up

Gator Wars – Fred Gators Up

Fred connects on a gator and alligator hell breaks loose. And Fred and Mike get to see what a gator’s snapping jaws look like from inches away. Our nighttime airboat gator hunt was more like my previous hunts in past years. Joe, David and Marty kept their spotlights in motion in an unceasing search for alligator […]

Scouting Deer via Moultrie Camera

Scouting Deer via Moultrie Camera

While I was on the Alligator Bowhunt my new Moultrie Infra Red game camera  went on the job for the first time. It took over 1,000 pictures while I was gone. We get to see some of the bucks that are around for 2010. And a large unwelcome visitor with unwanted friends that came during […]

Gator Wars – Day 2

Gator Wars – Day 2

Not getting to sleep after 4-am made us all sleep in past daylight. However, at 9:00 we were getting in David’s truck to drive into Arcadia. The first thing on our agenda was eating breakfast at a place called the Clock (mediocre food, indifferent service). It happens sometimes. Afterward we went to Wal-Mart and stocked up […]

Gator Wars – Gators In The Dark

Gator Wars – Gators In The Dark

Bowhunting alligators in the dark is a lot different than during the daytime. Finding them in the dark is all about how good your spotlight and flashlight are. When you spot a gator its eyes shine very brightly, otherwise you’d never find them. We worked the channels first and it wasn’t long before we saw […]

Gator Wars – Day 1 After Lunch

Gator Wars – Day 1 After Lunch

Back to the world of bowhunting Florida Alligators. This is the short version so we can get to the night part of our first days hunt. David concentrated on driving the levies along the series of channels in this part of the farm. We drove over half an hour before we saw the first gator. […]

Gator Wars – More Day 1

Gator Wars – More Day 1

After our failed attempt to tag No-Tail we moved on. Fred, Chef and I didn’t know what David Mills had in store for us yet, but there were plenty of alligators encounters to move on to. David drove to a large irrigation pond and parked. We got out and he carefully Nikoned the water’s edge. He spotted […]

Gator Wars – No-Tail Pt 2

Gator Wars – No-Tail Pt 2

No-Tail lay still in the shade, quite possibly asleep. If Chef got his line back in his real fast enough he could get a second shot. David stepped in and pulled the line out of the water and up the bank. As the Muzzy gator arrow slid through the water plants and brush along the […]

Gator Wars – Stalking No-Tail

Gator Wars – Stalking No-Tail

David Mills  has hunted alligators in Florida since he was a youngster. He knows as much about them as any man alive today. And he has plenty of things in his bag of gator hunting tricks. As we drove along on one of the levies adjacent to the channels he stopped the Suburban and signaled us to […]

Gator Wars – Our Hunt Begins

Gator Wars – Our Hunt Begins

David Mills picked us up at the Fort Myers airport and we drove to Williams Wildlife Preserve near Arcadia, Florida. David Mills drove us to the hunting lodge. We took our luggage and gear into the spacious lodge (6,000 square feet) and talked way longer than we should have, considering we had to get up […]

Alligator – 2 Days Left

Alligator – 2 Days Left

Today we are busy setting up our bows with bowfishing gear, alligator grade. Here is a pic of Fred Lutger and Chef Klaus (Mike Ditschler) with their bows almoost set up. Tomorrow we fly into Fort Myers, Florida and meet David Millls. From there we will go to Williams Wildlife Preserve in Hendrey county in […]

Alligator Bowhunt – Getting Ready

Alligator Bowhunt – Getting Ready

I drove to Freddie Bear Sports in Tinley Park, Illinois so Fred Lutger and I could get our alligator bowhunting gear all together. We both received Muzzy Gator Getting Kits from Muzzy Products. Inside these boxes are the goodies we need to tangle with Florida alligators. Three of us are going on this gator hunt, […]

Southern National Archery Festival – The Shoot Off

Southern National Archery Festival – The  Shoot Off

On Sunday afternoon all the qualifying archers gathered for the big shoot off. Dennis Sissell spearheaded the proceedings. The competitors had been narrowed down to 64 shooters, including men and women and compound, recurve and longbow archers. The first event was a flight round at target painted on the ground. I didn’t hear anyone say […]

More Southern National Archery Festival

More Southern National Archery Festival

The Southern National Archery Festival featured an Archery Shooting Midway with a variety of events and targets for all ages. Here are pics of a few. Below is a look at a portion of the 3-D Range set up in a wooded area. Early in the afternoon there was an opportunity to meet the famous […]

Bear Hunt – Fred, Part 2

Bear Hunt – Fred, Part 2

Today we got out on time and were in the blind and ready to hunt at 4:00. In order to get a head start on the hordes of mosquito I started the ThermaCELL in the truck so that when we got to the blind it would be going full bore. It helped a whole lot […]

Bear Hunt – Fred Lutger, Part 1

Bear Hunt – Fred Lutger, Part 1

Normally Fred Lutger and I start out the bear season videoing our hunts. This year it was my turn to man the video camera first. Opening morning was perfect bear hunting weather; 32 degrees, overcast, a steady breeze, and a possibility of rain showers. After a Chef Klaus breakfast of stuffed french toast we ran […]

Bear Hunt – Rob and Tucker

Bear Hunt – Rob and Tucker

This year Rob McNeff set up two treestands on his hunting sites so his son Tucker can come along with him on his hunts. Rob set up a game camera and was pleased to see the following pictures. The bait had been hit every day and on this hunt Rob re-baited and started a bacon […]

Day 2 – Robbie Cramer

Day 2 – Robbie Cramer

Robbie Cramer is hunting a stand site Fred calls “Caution.” It has a Double Bull ground blind 15 yards from the bait logs. On yesterday’s hunt Robbie saw a glimpse of a bear in the woods behind the bait logs. Today the mosquitoes were so bad Robbie started his ThermaCELL in the truck before he […]

Day 1 – Bob McNeff

Day 1 – Bob McNeff

Bob Neff drove up yesterday from Kellerville, Illinois with his two grand kids Tucker and Sarah and his son Rob and daughter Joelle. After arriving in camp they sat stands and got set up to hunt. Bob and Rob had set up an extra stand on every hunting site for the grand kids. Every year […]

Hunt #1 – Chef Klaus

Hunt #1 – Chef Klaus

Chef Klaus (Mike Ditschler) and Frank Vrandack drove in Frank’s pickup to the site Frank wanted to hunt. Frank got out. Earlier in the day he had checked the bait and it was hit so he baited it and two more baits, so his site was ready to go. Frank climbed up to his treestand […]

Bear Hunt 2010 – Setting Up

Bear Hunt 2010 – Setting Up

Next up on our “To Do” list was to set up for hunting. Fred uses both treestands and ground blinds. The first area we went to the bait was torn up and Fred and Frank Vrandack from northern Wisconsin set up a treestand for Frank to hunt. The bait logs were thrown all around and […]

Bear Hunt 2010 – Day 1

Bear Hunt 2010 – Day 1

At 3:30am we hit the road for Ontario Canada and our 2010 bear bowhunt. Even at this early hour the west side Chicago bumper to bumper traffic took over two hours. After that we rolled and arrived in International Falls late afternoon. It took an hour to get through Canadian Customs. Just before dark we […]