September 18, 2019

I get a handful of calls every week asking about deer leases. I got to thinking about how I have managed to find good hunting leases for the last few decades. Each lease I have found has come down to one common denominator; a relationship.

Every lease I have been on in the last two-dozen years have been a result of a relationship I have built with someone, maybe two or three removed from the lease “owner” but the door was open as a result of knowing someone how knew someone.

In the last few weeks, I have been advising folks...

March 21, 2018

For the purpose of this blog, I want to think in terms of targeting mature whitetail bucks. If your goal is to hunt younger age class deer the information here may be of use but may not be the best hunting strategy to reach your goals.

Deer hunters have used timed broadcast feeders to dispense corn and other wildlife feed for decades. Broadcasting corn can be an effective way to attract wildlife to a specific area, often improving the hunters odds of seeing and harvesting a deer. Broadcast feeders do have disadvantages howe...

March 4, 2018

They say that hard work leads to success and that success can be found where preparation and opportunity meet.

I have come to learn that success is like a three-legged stool - one leg representing hard work, the next is preparation and the third being opportunity. It is only when all three legs come together that we can achieve true success. Success found any other way is realized only by luck and is not earned.

We have been lead to believe that hard work is the key to achieving our goals and aspirations. While hard work is...

March 4, 2018

I sat in a tree, some 25 feet above the ground, trying to remember what time the corn-feeder was set to trigger. I was watching a nice 9-point meander his way towards the corn-feeder and me. I knew feeding time was getting close and was concerned the buck might bolt when the feeder started slinging corn.

When legal in your state, corn-feeders are a formidable way to help hunters predict deer movement. I have used corn feeders for more years than I care to admit, and over those years, I have developed a love-hate relationshi...

March 13, 2017

According to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) black bear sightings are becoming more and more common in eastern Oklahoma. The increased sightings indicates the bruins are expanding their territory. They are moving west and sightings anywhere east of I-35 may become more and more common. Oklahoma’s black bear range has primarily been in the four southeast Oklahoma counties of Latimer, Le Flore, Pushmataha and McCurtain. There is increasing evidence that their range is expanding to other counties in so...

December 25, 2016

I sit in one of my Covert Hunting ground-blinds and watched four doe slowly feed my way. The four were feeding on Buck Ration as I prepared to make a shot on the largest of the group. I was self-filming the hunt, which adds a new element of difficultly to any hunt, but all was going my way. The deer were on camera, calm and completely unaware of my plans. The wind was light and in my favor as I wanted for the mature doe in the group to get in the right spot, giving a clear broadside shot. With her head down and feeding, I...

December 23, 2016

In September 2005, I was hunting mule deer in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico. I sit on a rock ridge just above tree line watching three shooter bucks slowly feeding their way towards what I hoped would be their bedding area. My plan was to watch the bucks’ bed down for the day, circle their resting place, stalk from above and get within bow range.

As I watched the deer I began to think about how, if I were not there, the scene that was unfolding before me would still be playing out. The deer would fil...

June 15, 2016

As a deer hunter I learn more and more each year about the habits of whitetail deer. One of the observations I have made in recent years is that deer use a complex mix of vocalizations to communicate with each other. The vocalizations consist of bleats, grunts and wheezes to establish dominance and to communicate their readiness to breed.

The deer grunt call has proven effective in tricking bucks shooting range during the rut and pre-rut. Effective hunters are learning to mimic this unique sounds to increase their odds of s...

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