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October 4, 2009, 1:28 am
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Wired To Hunt has moved to WiredToHunt.com

Wired To Hunt has moved to WiredToHunt.com

ATTENTION: Wired To Hunt Has Moved!

I’m very excited to announce that we are moving Wired To Hunt to a new URL. We can now be reached at www.wiredtohunt.com.With are new URL and hosting service we’ll have a simpler web address, more flexibility in the features  we can offer and hopefully we’ll be able to share with you the readers better content in a more appealing way. Our mission to provide great deer hunting information for the next generation will stay the same but we will continue to evolve and innovate as fast as the technological world around us. So head on over to Wired To Hunt‘s new home page and let us know what you think!

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Jumping The String

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The arrow is released,  the follow through is solid and your mark is true. What could possibly go wrong at this point? Well a lot of things, but in many cases your arrow sails over the back of your buck as he crouches and then springs away. Most of you have probably experienced or heard of a scenario similar to the the one I have just described. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as “jumping the string.”  For those of you unfamiliar with this idea, here is a quick video of a buck jumping the string.

So what is actually happening here? The deer is not consciously dodging the arrow, rather it is instinctively reacting to a stimuli. The moment the deer hears an unknown surprising sound it’s “fight or flight” reaction kicks in gear and it immediately drops and loads up to bounce away. Unfortunately this often also helps them by ducking underneath many unfortunate hunters arrows.

So how drastic of an effect can this have on your chances of sticking a buck this year? Well lets consider how much a deer can move once you release your arrow. According to secondary data I’ve found, a deer can drop about 1 in in .1 seconds. So that being given and assuming you are are using a newer bow shooting about 300 fps, your arrow would take about .2 seconds to reach a deer at 20 yards. That would give the deer enough time to hypothetically drop 2 feet, but given the time it would take for the deer to initially hear the bow, you can estimate that a deer could still drop as much as a foot. This math seems to back up what many people have seen in real life or on shows. All of this being said, what is there that we hunters can do to reduce the chances of a deer ducking our arrow?

It seems that solutions to this problem are varied and much debated in hunting circles. There seems to be three general options or steps you can take.

  • Shoot a faster bow
  • Shoot a quieter bow
  • Compensate and aim low
  • Do not shoot at alerted or “jumpy” deer

1. First lets talk about shooting a faster bow. I can see the benefits of shooting a faster bow for increasing accuracy or range, but when it comes to trying to out run sound, its not going to happen. The fastest bows today travel at around 340 fps, thats fast but sound travels at nearly 1100 fps, so lets assume no matter how fast your bow is, the sound will reach the deer much faster than your arrow.

2. On the other hand the act of silencing your bow can have better results. Dampening the noise of your bow can help decrease the chances of a deer jumping the string and it can be achieved in a plethora of ways. Silencing your bow is a whole story for another time, but in short you can buy a variety of silencers and dampeners that can be attached to your bow or strings that can reduce the noise produced. The quieter you can get your bow, the better.

3. The idea of compensating for this “jump” is possibly the most debated aspect of dealing with this. Should you aim low or shouldn’t you?

In my opinion it makes sense to try to compensate for this to a certain extent. I would not want to aim outside of the kill zone, but it definitely makes sense to me that you should aim at the lower third of the vitals. If the deer doesn’t coil I hit the bottom of the lungs and heart. If the deer does coil, I hit the top of the lungs and still have a dead deer down. This compensation won’t always be enough, but it seems to be a safe way to balance the probability of either situation occuring.

4. Last you must consider whether the deer is spooked or not. Ideally you want to be shooting at a deer that is completely oblivious to your existence, but thats not always how it goes down. These “oblivious” deer still can jump your string, but it seems that it doesn’t happen as often. A deer that has tensed up and is on the alert is much more likely to quickly react to a strange noise and book it out of there. If you can try to take your shots at unspooked deer, if you aren’t so lucky it is definitely a good idea to assume the deer will coil and aim a little bit low.

Hopefully being aware of the phenomenon of “jumping the string” and being able to prepare for it will help increase your chances of bagging a buck this fall. For more info check out these resources

North American Hunter clipBowsite.com Article, DIY Hunting article

Have any other thoughts or ideas on the topic? Let us know! I know there are a lot of opinions out there, so lets hear em!

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!

Whitetail Rattling Tips From the Expert

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As I mentioned in the previous post, I know that many hunters have questions about calling in deer with grunts, bleats and rattling. Even those with experience can always learn more about these techniques, so here is another terrific resource to help you bring in more deer to your stand.

I came across this great rattling video created by Scott Bestul, the accomplished writer and expert Whitetail hunter who runs the “Whitetail365” blog on the Field & Stream website. It offers simple and understandable advice and examples of how to effectively rattle in deer. Give this video a watch and I can almost promise you that it will help you hone your rattling sequences this fall and hopefully you’ll have a big rack on the wall this winter to show for it.

Make sure to check out more of Scot Bestul’s great insight at Whitetail365.

Escanaba in da Moonlight

I unfortunately won’t be able to go out deer hunting this weekend, but I will be way up north in Michigan’s Upper Pennisula. I’m heading up to Drummond Island to do some partridge hunting and perch fishing. Should be a great time. When it comes to “Da UP” I can’t help but think about the old movie, “Escanaba in Da Moonlight”. It’s a pretty funny movie, and how can you go wrong with a movie set at deer camp! Here’s a great clip from this Yooper classic, it gets pretty funny at about 2:25 minutes in. Enjoy and good huntin.

New High Tech Camo – GORE OPTIFADE

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Well it looks like the new digital pixelated camo has finally made its way to deer hunters. W.L. Gore & Associates, who also manufactures Gore-Tex, has recently introduced a new type of camouflage pattern that has been developed using new digital accuracy to provide the perfect break-up of  human shape, while also matching the color schemes to how deer see the world. This camo pattern was designed using the same technology used in the new military camouflages, but has been fine tuned for hunters. Up close it doesn’t look terribly impressive, but when you take a look at pictures of people wearing this camo in the wild, they do seem to become quite invisible.

In the press release, the idea and science behind OPTIFADE was summed up in this way:

Stalking predators, like tigers, have a macro-pattern of stripes that break up their body symmetry as they move through their environment. Ambush predators, like spotted leopards, utilize micro-patterns that enable them to blend with their environment while poised to attack,” says Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Tim O’Neill, PhD, one of W.L. Gore’s advisors on the project. “Human hunters both stalk and ambush, so we’ve used scientific research and technology to combine the best practices of the animal kingdom. GORE(R) OPTIFADE(TM) Concealment Products is a whole new category of concealment. Interestingly, in the wild, mimicry patterns like those on more traditional hunting camouflage are most often employed by prey — not by predators.”

It looks like this new camo pattern will show up first on the Sitka Product line of hunting and outdoors gear. The science behind it sounds good, but only time will tell if this new technology will actually make noticeable differences in the way we conceal ourselves from deer in the wild.

While researching this topic, I found some great videos on Youtube that were produced by GORE to explain the science behind the development of OPTIFADE. Dubbed “The Science of Nothing,” this second episode of the three part series explains how the micro and macro patterns of the camouflage work to both break up the shape of humans, while also blending into the background. Although a little long, I found this video very interesting, check it out.

This next video, the last episode in “The Science of Nothing”, was especially interesting to me. In this clip, the science of how deer see their world is detailed, and I found this to be especially helpful. I think this video will prove helpful to anyone hoping to learn a little bit more about how this master of the woods sees it’s world.

Although these videos are obviously promotional videos developed by the manufacturer, but I was still very impressed with the depth of information provided and the science behind it. It has definitely peaked my interest, and I hope to give this gear a try in the near future. If any of you have a chance to wear GORE OPTIFADE in the wild, let me know how it works!

You can take a look at the original press release here.

Doe Bleats: A Must Have in Your Arsenal

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At about 9:30, with the rays of the morning  sun peeking through the tree limbs, I saw the tell tale flash of white out of the corner of my eye. About 75 yards away from me, on the edge of my woodlot and a corn field, I saw a tall racked 6 point buck cruising with a stiff legged gait and his nose to the ground. I immediately grabbed my doe in estrus bleat can and gave it a couple turns. The 2 1/2 year old buck immediately stopped, swiveled and looked straight at me. After a moments consideration he began walking again and came directly in towards my stand. That buck took a B-line to within about 20 yards of my stand, but unfortunatly because he was behind thick cover, I was unable to get a shot. None the less, this is a perfect example of the impressive evidence of how doe in estrus bleats can bring love sick bucks into shooting range. Over the years this has been my most consistent call, and it seems to work well regardless of what phase of the rut you are in.

Here is a quick video from Field & Stream, demonstrating the proper way to use these estrus bleat can calls. I highly recommend watching this, and trying it out in the field next time you have the chance. I definitely will have my can handy when I hit the woods this Friday. Good luck hunting!

This video was produced and hosted by Peter Fiduccia, the Deer Doctor. You can learn more by visiting his website www.deerdoctor.com

For some more great insight into using doe in estrus bleats, check out this article from Deer & Deer Hunting contributor, Dan Schmidt. Click Here.

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