It’s later than you think! Now that we’re on the downhill side of January, it’s time to start getting ready for turkey hunting. For those lucky enough to have hunts planned in the Deep South, opening day is just a couple months away. If you’re looking at a new rig for turkey hunting or modifying Ol’ Bessy to take full advantage of the best new shotshells, now’s the time to get after it! Research, acquisition, testing with time to make changes—come to think of it, we may already be running late, especially if you’re going to add sights to your turkey hunting shotgun.
The thrill in turkey hunting is bringing a wary old tom in close—the closer the better as far as I’m concerned. The ultimate victory would be to pull him into your lap where you wouldn’t have to shoot him at all and you could just reach out and grab him!...
I was able to attend my first ATA Show this year 2015 in Indianapolis 1/8, 9 and 10 at the Convention Center. I was there with the help of HIPS Archery Targets. Darrin Brown the owner and CEO of HIPS invited me. Let me start by thanking them for allowing me the opportunity to be there. It was quite the education and experience.
The first thought in my mind as I met Darrin and entered the show was the amount of outdoor stuff on display. Pert of my responsibility at the show was to help HIPS if they got busy and to break folks for lunch or so they could walk the show. My second was to assist Upwind Scent Eliminator when I had time. All I can share on the being at the show to work is that being on your feet and talking with people is very tiring work. I was beat Saturday when the show closed. I did get to meet some TV personalities namely Alex Rutledge and Doug Deharpart of Bloodline TV. Two of the...
How many of you will be doing winter scouting this year?
Winter is one of my favorite times to scout for this year's buck, whether it's done on public land or private property. My main goal is to go out and find their hardcore bedding areas; this is where most of the bucks will spend most their time thru out the year. By doing this now, I put the odds in my favor of having another successful year.
There are a few things I look for when scouting for bedding areas; cover, down trees, rubs and scats. I find that most hardcore bedding areas look like a disaster, trees lying on top of trees, twisted and mangled with plenty of cover close by the outside of the bedding areas like thickets and weeds. Outside of the bedding areas I look for last year's rubs, lots of rubs, they'll be on bushes, saplings and trees that were made back in September due to shedding of the velvet. When bucks began to shed their...
For more than a century, bobcats have been rare in Illinois, but a recent population boom may mean that hunters and trappers will finally be able to harvest them again.
Earlier in December 2014, the Illinois Senate passed a measure that would allow hunters and trappers to take bobcats for the first time in more than 40 years. The state House already approved the measure back in March, and now the bill will head to desk of Governor Pat Quinn, who will be leaving office this month.
“With its passage in the senate, we are one step closer to having the ability to address the rising bobcat population in Illinois,” State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) told...
One of the best parts about hunting is swapping experiences about the strange, exhilarating, or sometimes downright hilarious encounters you have had with deer. As much as we love them, deer can still be an odd and unpredictable species. With 2014 winding down, we decided to look back on this year’s list of weird deer—and there has been quite a lot. From unicorn deer to vampire deer to even cannabis-loving deer, it just goes to show that this amazing animal still has ways of surprising us.
So sit back and break out some venison sticks as we recount the strangest deer encounters this year—not all were harvested by hunters, but every one is unique in its own way....
Have you ever seen an albino raccoon? This strange-looking creature was recently trapped in northeastern Indiana’s District 2. According to officials with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, it appears to be a true albino.
How rare are albino raccoons? Some experts place them at one in 750,000, while others say that albinism in raccoons is either a little more common or even more rare. At any rate, the odds of seeing an albino raccoon are much lower than being struck by lightning. For the raccoon, however, living with albinism could be a challenge.
“Albinism is a recessive trait that is definitely very rare, and it makes animals much more susceptible to predation,” Bronson Strickland, a professor of wildlife at Mississippi State University, told...