December 7-8: Big Fun, Mostly

December 7-8: Big Fun, Mostly

Sitting in the dark before daylight I saw 5 deer shaped figures in my area — close too, because I could only see close. At sunrise they left. The highlight of the morning was a button buck with a young doe. Both of them are this year’s fawns. Their hocks were coal black and the button paid close attention to her just like the big ones do. They left together.

Scrape Watch: What It Means

Scrape Watch: What It Means

Pictures from my wireless camera show what’s going on right now. First, the pictures stopped coming. Nada. Until December 4th at 4:45 in the morning when a buck came in and worked the scrape

December 6: Morning and Afternoon

December 6: Morning and Afternoon

In early light a deer came up, an 8-pt with a gimped left rear leg. He walked with a bad limp. Big bodied too. A smallish, young doe laid down in the plot and watched the gimp buck. I figured they were together. From behind me the Freak 3 buck came up and went to […]

Bryant’s 10 Point Hunt

Bryant’s 10 Point Hunt

On November 27 I saw a nice 10 point on my Scrape Watch camera. My buds John and Bryant Askew were coming down to bowhunt and when John arrived first I showed him the pics. The picture was taken was 7:38am. To get a closer look I zoomed in the buck’s rack. It has 5 […]

November Catch Up

November Catch Up

Monday Hunting a new area this afternoon that nobody knows I have a stand in. Three does came by from the south. Soon 2 more does come from the opposite direction. Holly cow, movement in the brush and glassed it, 5 does browsing along. Later the first 3 does are come back, now from the […]

Scrape Watch 3

Scrape Watch 3

I hear hunters ask a lot of questions about scrapes. Do bucks come during daylight?  If mature bucks are using a scrape do younger bucks come too? Do does visit scrapes and do they work scrapes? What times do scrapes get action? There are answers to these questions, and more. [nggallery id=15] This years Whitetail […]

Scrape Watch 2

Scrape Watch 2

Scrape visits pick up and you and see first hand what happens in a hot scrape area. My Moultrie game camera captured the pics and these are the highlights from November 1-6. And here are the Moultrie game camera pics the first week of Novenber. [nggallery id=14] This years Whitetail Hunts are Sponsored by: Wildlife […]

Scrape Watch 1

Scrape Watch 1

On the morning I left for Ohio I set up a Moultrie game camera so it could keep track of the activity, if any, on a scrape I found near where I sighted a monster buck the day before I had to leave. After I returned home a few days ago I eased into the […]

Scrape Bomber

Scrape Bomber

NOTE: I made this post and took these pictures just before I left for Ohio. Although yesterday had been a bust on the stand it was another pivotal day. From the ranch’s two track road I can see Scrape Alley and as I drove by it coming in from my morning hunt I saw a […]

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 […]