Wired To Hunt

Montana Whitetail
September 19, 2008, 2:16 am
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Another great whitetail hunt to tide us over until the season starts. Although I know in some states you have already started, it’s fair to say I’m pretty jealous. Good luck in the woods this weekend!


Choosing the Right Sight for your Bow
September 17, 2008, 12:37 am
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I recently bought a new sight for my bow and I found this video to be really helpful in making my decision. After watching this video, what stuck out to me was the importance of factors such as fiber optic length and brightness, strength of design and ease of tuning. I took all of these attributes into consideration when choosing my own sight, and I’m happy to say that I think I made the right decision. Hopefully this video from the guys at BowCast can help you too.

You can check out more videos and podcasts from Bowcast by following this link… http://www.bowcast.com/index.php

Virginia Court Rules In Favor Of Urban Bowhunting

The recent comments from Bob Barker in relation to the supposed danger of hunting near residential areas really set me off the other day. But now a Virginia court has ruled in favor of hunter’s rights to be in these areas.  This ruling really sets an important precedent regarding the legitimacy and safety of allowing urban bow hunts. I’m particularly excited about this because I myself bow hunt hunt inside a semi-urban area and I’m glad that there is now a court ruling in favor of my right to do just that.  You can read the full story on this court ruling at The Rub Line.

As Fred Bear said, “If you are not working to protect hunting, then you are working to destroy it.”  With strong support from the hunting community, we can continue to protect our rights to hunt and ensure that we’ll be able to pass this great tradition on to the next generation.

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Whitetail Deer Hunting Tutorial For The Short Attention Span

I just stumbled across this clip of a Illinois bowhunt from Realtree Outdoors with Michael Waddell. As I watched, I noticed Michael utilize a wide range of different tactics, while also demonstrating several very important but simple steps you must take to bag a whitetail with a bow. I was really amazed by how much they fit into the two minute clip, so I thought it would be worth reviewing this video and keying in on the important things that you can learn from Michael and the Realtree Team. Take a look…

First thing you notice is that they set up a standing buck decoy. This can be a great tactic to use to draw a territorial rutting buck into shooting distance. One thing to consider when setting up a decoy is the distance you place it from your stand, and the direction you point it. You should always set up your decoy at about 15 yards from your stand to draw a buck into a manageable shooting distance, even if it is circling or standing off aways from the decoy. If you are using a buck decoy, face it in the direction you want the deer to come in from, as bucks will approach each other face to face. But if you are using a doe decoy, angle the decoys rear end in the direction you hope the buck will coming from. A bucks first point of business when checking out a doe is to give her a good sniff from behind and this will result in a good clean broadside or quartering away shot as the buck checks out your decoy.

 Next Michael uses a typical buck grunt, then a snort wheeze, followed by a short rattling sequence. All of these calling techniques can be useful to draw in a buck. Although they can be used succesfully independently, using them in a sequence makes this scenario seem even more realistic to a curious buck, as he hears all the tell tale sounds of another buck invading his territory.

As the buck comes into shooting range, notice that when Michael draws back on his bow he doesn’t need to arch his bow up or make any unneccesary movements. Many times hunters put too much emphasis on having a heavy draw weight on their bows, and this can result in making awakward and attention grabbing movements when pulling back, as well as hurting your chances of an accurate shot. It is much better to set your draw at a point where you can comfortably and smoothly pull back your bow and hold it. The key to a killing shot with a bow is much more about placement than power.

Last you’ll notice that when the buck starts to move away, Michael uses a short self-made mouth bleat to stop the buck in his tracks. This is a great tactic to stop a deer and provides you with a better shot opportunity, without scaring the deer. I actually used this same trick  to stop the buck I shot last fall at 20 yards from my stand.

Although there is obviously a tremendous amount more to understand when hunting the elusive whitetail deer, this short clip does a great job of highlighting a number of important key concepts and tricks to make you a more succesful deer hunter. Any other key learnings or tips that you pulled from this clip? Let us know.


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