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The Thirty Point Buck
Da Turdy Point Buck

Da Turdy Point Buck

“Did you see Da Turdy Pointer!?” was a phrase I remember fondly from one of my favorite hunting songs, “Da Turdy Point Buck.” Growing up I always thought that a thirty point buck was only the figment of wild imagination, but it looks like things have changed. Wayne Schumacher of Wisconsin downed a 4-5 year old 30 point buck with his bow and arrow. Speculation has flown and the buzz is that this buck could become the state’s new record buck. Plenty of additional information can be found all over the web. The Post Crescent reported that Wayne made his shot at 15 yards and that the monster ran no more than 70 yards before falling.

Here’s a nice little youtube video someone shot of an interview with Wayne Schumaker as he explains this once in a lifetime deer. The interviewer kind of loses some credibility with me at the end when he asks Wayne, “Would this be a regular rack or is this…?” Nontypical buddy, this is obviously a nontypical. But nonetheless the video has some pretty interesting tidbits of info, not to mention amazing footage of this stud buck.

Even CNN covered the story!

Embedded video from CNN Video

This story was talked about so much that on Sep 24th it was the #9 most searched term on the internet and the 30 point buck even made it on a website entitled “Stupid Celebrities Gossip.” Unbelievable. Congrats to Wayne.

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Another Season of Wired To Hunt
September 28, 2009, 11:54 pm
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This fall, once again, I’m stuck working in a world where I can’t get into the woods after the elusive Whitetail.  For the next four months I’ll be working in Mountain View, CA, so unfortunately the majority of my scouting and legwork will be done on the internet rather than in the field. But hopefully I’ll be able to make it back to Michigan at least twice to hunt and we’ll see what we can make happen. In the mean time it’s time to rev the engines back up at Wired To Hunt and once again highlight some of the greatest stories, news and tips available on the world wide web. If any of you out there have a great story or idea that you’d like to share with the Wired To Hunt family, please feel free to email me at wiredtohunt(at)gmail.com .

And to anyone that has any hunting ideas in Northern California, I’d love to hear!



Crossbows vs. Vertical Bows

 

Should crossbows be allowed during archery season?

Should crossbows be allowed during archery season?

 

 

I recently read an article in Outdoor Life magazine, entitled The Crossbow Controversy, discussing the current controversy surrounding the spread of crossbow use in America. Seems that crossbows are increasing in popularity and are being legalized in many states during their bowhunting seasons. One side believes that crossbows are a great new tool for hunters, increase accuracy and the amount of ethical kills and they bring more hunters into the woods. On the opposite side, traditionalists claim that crossbows take away the spirit of the hunt. Being that they are too easy and technically similar to guns rather than bows.

In this article, Ed Wentzler, the legislative director for United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania explained his issue with crossbows by saying,  “Archery equipment should be defined as implements that are held by hand, drawn by hand and released by the motion of the hand in the presence of game,” he says. “If you are shooting a crossbow, you are not drawing the string in the presence of game. That alone gives crossbow shooters an unfair advantage. It is not bowhunting.”

On the side for crossbows, Ohio’s wildlife management chief supported crossbow use,  explaining, “ Crossbows allow hunters to get out in the woods more often, and allow them to be more successful hunters,” says Risley. “For wildlife managers trying to kill as many deer as possible, crossbows have become a necessary tool.”

In my opinion I would have to agree with Wentzler, I feel that bowhunting is so special because it is so darn difficult. The key attribute of a bow is that you must pull back and hold the bow string when your target moves into range. This is the greatest challenge of hunting during archery season and it is part of what preserves this traditional way of hunting. I don’t have an issue with hunters using a crossbow, but I don’t believe they should be categorized or used during archery season. Instead they could be used during the firearm season, muzzleloader season or possibly in their own short period.

What are your thoughts? Should crossbows be allowed during bow season or do they pose an unfair advantage?



Deer & Deer Hunting Webinar: Food Plot Management May 7th

Spring can be a slow time for deer hunters, but it’s never too early to start preparing for next season. One of the best things to set yourself up for success next year is to create food plots, but this is easier said than done. Luckily there are a lot of great resources out there to help out.

This being said, a really great resource has been brought to my attention. This next Thursday, May 7, DeerandDeerhunting.com will be hosting a “Webinar” about Food Plot Management. For those of you not familiar with webinars, it is essentially an online seminar that you can follow from your home computer. Deer & Deer Hunting describes it this way…

A webinar is a seminar hosted online. From the comfort of your home PC, an expert will give a presentation about a certain topic. A Powerpoint-style presentation, complete with audio and video, plays on your computer as the expert discusses the topic. You will have many opportunities to ask questions about the topic. This structure is focused enough to explore the topic deeply, but also flexible enough to deliver the information you want to know.

The webinar is at 7 PM Est and will run for approximately one hour, with a $20 fee for access to this program. One attendee will also win three bags of forage seed from Frigid Forage worth about $135. If food plots are on your to do list, I highly recommend you take advantage of this great opportunity to learn from some of the best in the field. To register visit this link and move fast because there are only 100 spots available.

May 7, 2009
• 7 p.m. Eastern / 6 p.m. Central
• Topic: Food Plot Management: How to Pick the Right Seed for Your Soil: Advanced Tips for Working Man’s Food Plots
• Expert: Matt Harper, Deer & Deer Hunting magazine author, deer nutrition and food plot authority
• Cost: $20/one hour
ONLY 100 SEATS AVAILABLE.




How To Become A Hunting Guide
April 28, 2009, 9:56 am
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I recently made a post, on a Michigan State University Career blog that I run, about how to become a hunting guide as a career. I figured this might be interesting to some of you folks too. Here is a neat video I found about the topics and if you want more information you can follow this link to see the whole post on hunting for a living.



Mountain Lion vs. Deer Trailcam Pic…Real or Make Believe?
Could this be real?

Could this be real?

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I just saw this picture was posted on Field & Stream’s Whitetail365 and I couldn’t help but share it with all of you too. This would be an unbelievably awesome trailcam shot if it’s real. What do you think?

I’ve used Photoshop a lot and it sure seems like this looks legit, but I know there are plenty of folks who can work the Photoshop magic better than I.  So what’s the verdict, amazing shot or pure fiction?



First Time Turkey Huntin!
First Time Turkey Huntin

First Time Turkey Huntin

I’m heading out this weekend to go Turkey hunting for the first time and if that’s not excitement enough, I have the added pressure of going with my girlfriends Brother-in-Law and Step-dad! This is my cry for help, I know there’s plenty of you guys out there with some great gobbler knowledge. I’m obviously confident with the basics of hunting, but I’m looking for some of that insight that you can only glean from getting experience. I’d love to hear from all of you, lets hear your best Turkey hunting advice for a beginner! Thanks in advance!

PS. If I get no advice from ya’ll and I totally flop this weekend in front of the watchful eyes of the family, I’ll make sure to tell you all about that too! haha.