Bloglikes - Hunting en-US Thu, 15 Apr 2021 18:08:07 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter SIG SAUER Announces New TREAD Predator Rifle the M400 Predator.Since SIG SAUER launched their TREAD series in 2018, TFB has brought you news coverage and reviews on this AR lineup. From their original 16″ 5.56 M400 model, to the 11.5″ pistol variant, to the 7.62 upsize in the 716i model, to the enhanced Coil version, the TREAD lineup has typically been well received. In […]

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Two suspended after 'lockdown breach' by east Midlands hunt Masters of Foxhounds Association launches inquiry as police examine activities of Quorn Hunt members

One of Britain’s most prestigious hunts has suspended two managers over an apparent breach of national lockdown regulations after taking to fields as part of a 70th birthday “surprise”.

Police are also examining the circumstances in which figures from the Quorn Hunt in Leicestershire engaged in an event organised for the birthday of Joss Hanbury, its senior hunt master.

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Montana's Governor Killed a Yellowstone Wolf

The governor of Montana killed a gray wolf in violation of state hunting laws, according to documents obtained by the Mountain West News Bureau. Dude just got into office in January, and now he’s got a warning from state wildlife officials. Incredible start to a new term!


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Montana governor given warning after trapping and killing a Yellowstone wolf Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., speaks during the 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington.

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  • Montana's governor was given a warning after he killed a Yellowstone wolf outside the park last month.
  • Greg Gianforte had not completed a state-mandated certification course before trapping the wolf.
  • A spokesperson for the governor said he immediately rectified the mistake and signed up for the course.
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Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte was let off with a warning for defying a state regulation before trapping and killing a Yellowstone wolf near the national park in February.

Gianforte trapped an adult black wolf approximately ten miles north of Yellowstone's boundary on the private ranch of Robert Smith, director of the conservative Sinclair Broadcasting Group, who donated more than $10,000 to Gianforte's 2017 congressional campaign, according to Boise State Public Radio.

Though wolves inside Yellowstone are protected from hunters, Montana law does allow for the trapping and hunting of wolves in other parts of the state, including those that wander out of the park's boundaries.

But Gianforte harvested the wolf, known as "1155," without having completed a state-mandated wolf trapping certification course, Boise State Public Radio reported.

"After learning he had not completed the wolf-trapping certification, Governor Gianforte immediately rectified the mistake and enrolled in the wolf-trapping certification course. The governor had all other proper licenses," Gianforte's spokesperson told The Hill.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks gave the governor a written warning and said Gianforte will be allowed to keep the wolf skull and hide after he enrolled in the three-hour online course scheduled for March 24, the outlet reported.

"Typically, we approach this sort of incident as an educational opportunity, particularly when the person in question is forthright in what happened and honest about the circumstances," Greg Lemon, a spokesperson for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks told Boise Public Radio. "That was the case here with Gov. Gianforte."

As governor, Gianforte is responsible for overseeing Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

GettyImages 524470494 A Yellowstone wolf watches biologists after being tranquilized and fitted with a radio collar during wolf collaring operations in Yellowstone National Park. | Location: Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, United States.

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Wolf "1155" was born in Yellowstone as part of the Wapiti Lake pack and had wandered north to find a mate, a park spokesperson told Boise Public Radio. Wildlife biologists were tracking the "dispersed male" through a radio collar, which allows scientists to note the movements and deaths of wolves that leave the park.

As of January 2020, there were at least 94 wolves in Yellowstone, according to National Park Services data. A park spokesman told Boise Public Radio this was the first Yellowstone-collared wolf to be killed by a hunter this year.

"People from all over the world come to Yellowstone specifically to see these wolves," Jonathan Proctor, director of the Rockies and Plains program for the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife told the outlet. "The fact that they can be killed so easily, right on the edge of the park in the state of Montana, for only a few dollars for a permit to trap a wolf - it makes no sense, either ecologically or economically."

In recent months, Montana and other states in the West have seen fierce debate over the role trapping can play in managing increasing wolf populations nearly a decade after wolves lost Endangered Species Act protections in the Northern Rockies, Boise Public Radio reported.

This isn't the first time Gianforte has found himself in trouble with the law. In 2017, the Republican governor pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault after body-slamming a reporter for The Guardian.

Insider reached out to Gianforte's office and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks for comment.

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EU court bans French hunters from gluing birds to trees

Chasse à la glu is an old French hunting method in which the hunters coat branches in sticky lime to trap live birds. Above, a 16th engraving titled
Chasse de la grive à la glu ("glue thrush hunting"). Even if the "unwanted" birds are cleaned and released, the lime unsurprisingly causes lasting damage to their feathers. — Read the rest

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Suppressor Hunting Bill Introduced to Vermont House Suppressor Hunting Bill Introduced to Vermont HouseA new bill has recently been introduced by Representative George Till of Vermont that would potentially allow hunters to hunt using suppressors. While suppressors are already legal in the state, it is currently not legal to go hunting with a suppressor equipped rifle in the state. The new bill titled Hearing Protection Act, House Bill […]

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New Mexico Unit 6C Adjacent to the Valles Caldera National Preserve and home to a large population of elk, New Mexico Unit 6C allows hunters a realistic opportunity at 280-320 inch bulls, with larger bulls being killed regularly.

Primary methods of hunting in New Mexico Unit 6C will be spot and stalk as well as hiking and glassing from vantage points.  Depending on the time of your hunt, elk could be bugling during their yearly rut. This can be a physically demanding hunt as the terrain is steep in most areas.

We have New Mexico Elk Vouchers Available

Bypass the New Mexico draw and enjoy chasing bulls during the rut with this fully outfitted hunt including a unit wide elk voucher.

New Mexico Unit 6C Size and Land Ownership*
  • Overall unit size: 1214.7
  • US Forest Service: 548.1
  • BLM: 81.3
  • State: 34.2
  • USFS Wilderness: 8.1
  • Other Gov’t Owned: 333.9
  • Private Land: 17.9%

*all values in approx. square miles


New Mexico’s Unit 6C starts at the junction of NM 96 and forest road (FR) 103 east of Gallina and running south along FR 103 to it’s junction with FR 117, then south along FR 117 to it’s junction with FR 527 (Pipeline road), then east along FR 527 to it’s junction with the west boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, then north, east, south and west along the boundary of the preserve to it’s junction with NM 4 and FR 280, then south along FR 280 to it’s junction with forest service trail (FT) 1-40, then south along FT 140 to Peralta Creek, then south and east along Peralta Creek to it’s junction with FR 266, then south and east along FR 266 to it’s junction with NM 16, then south and east along NM 16 to it’s junction with interstate I-25, then north along I-25 to it’s junction with US 84 at Santa Fe, then north along US 84 to it’s junction with NM 96 west of Abiquiu, then west along NM 96 to it’s junction with FR 103.

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Meopta Introduces New Long Range MeoPro Optika LR Rangefinding Binoculars Meopta Optika LR rangefinding binocularsMeopta has just announced their new long-range rangefinding binoculars, the MeoPro Optika LR.  The MeoPro Optika LR binoculars will be available in 8×50, and 10×42 magnifications.  According to the press release, these binoculars are able to range targets up to 2,600 and 2,950 yards.  According to the specifications page for the 10×42 version, it has a […]

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Leupold Introduces Three BX HD Binoculars, Including One With Mil Reticle Leupold Optics have just introduced three new binoculars to their BX line of HD binoculars, with different optical zoom options within each offering. One of the more unique models, the BX-T (T for Tactical) offers a Mil reticle to aid in ranging, be it for hunting, law enforcement or military applications, or perhaps even competitions […]

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17 Tips for Maintaining Your Hunting Gear

It pays to be always ready and this is true even for hunting. Even when you’re not successful in your hunting adventure, adequate preparation is always a confidence booster. One of the things you can do to prepare is to keep your hunting gear in good condition always.

Here are some tips to help you clean, dry, and store your hunting gear.

Guns and Ammo

Hunting guns, like any equipment, needs routine care. Check out the following tips to care for your guns and ammo:

  1. Keep riflescopes dust-free and clean to avoid scratching sensitive optical coatings.
  2. Take the time to clean your guns as it will only take a little rust to destroy the rifling in the barrel.
  3. Guns and ammo should be kept in a dry environment. Thus, avoid keeping them in your basement if you have humidity problems. Alternatively, you can find gun socks to use when storing gun, as mentioned in this article from Best Hunting Advice.
  4. For safety, avoid storing your ammo with your guns, especially if you have children.
Hunting Clothes

After a hunting trip, your clothes also need some cleaning. Follow the given steps below:

  1. In washing hunting clothes, ensure that you read the care labels and utilize the recommended detergents. Most clothes need mild detergent that’s created for technical clothing.
  2. Waterproof or water-resistant apparel must be washed in detergent that’s designed for such fabrics.
  3. Wash other hunting gear according to its label. Merino or down fabrics may have specific care requirements.
  4. After washing or cleaning, hang your hunting gear to dry instead of using a dryer. This is believed to help extend the performance and life of your clothing.
  5. If keeping your clothes scent-free is important for your hunting method, it’s suggested to remove bacteria and scent with an ozone deodorizer machine.
Rain Gear or Water-Resistant Equipment

After washing or cleaning your water-resistant hunting items, it’s best to treat them properly. After using these items regularly, their water-resistance may wear off. Here are some steps to help you extend their use for more hunting trips.

  1. At the end of the hunting season, it’s best to re-treat these items.
  2. One option is to use a wash-in treatment while washing your items in the washer.
  3. You can also choose spray-on treatments.
  4. After re-treating them, store them in an airtight container and keep them somewhere dry and away from direct sunlight. This step will prevent your gear from absorbing other smells around the house.
Cleaning and Re-Waterproofing Your Hunting Boots

Your boots also deserve some of your attention after using them for hunting. Check out the steps to keep them in perfect condition until the next hunting season below:

  1. Clean dirt, mud, and debris from the boots.
  2. Find a suitable cleaner and wash your boots depending on the material it’s made of.
  3. After cleaning, it’s best to apply treatment that’s made to improve its waterproofing property.
  4. If you have full grain leather boots, apply conditioning treatment or boot wax before storing in a dry closet. Such treatment will prevent the leather from cracking over time while in storage.
Final Thoughts

Generally, it’s best to clean immediately everything you used for hunting. This includes sleeping pads, backpacks, and other things. Avoid taking too long in cleaning out hunting equipment as this may cause rust and corrosion, especially for metal parts. Also, don’t forget to wipe dirt from your tent stakes and other small items. This will ensure that your equipment will serve you for many hunting seasons.

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Interested in Hunting? 5 Helpful Ideas on Where to Start

If you haven’t done hunting before, there’s nothing to worry about because it isn’t as complicated as you think. Although hunting rules can be a little intimidating for any novice because they’re comprehensive and overwhelming at first, there are various ways to get started.

Below are some of the tips on where to start in hunting:

Determine the Type of Hunting You Prefer

There are several kinds of hunting you can do. Think of the type of game you’re looking for before you start hunting. For instance, if you want to hunt birds, you can here. You can also prefer big game, predators, or small game.

A variety of weapons are needed for a different game. So, it’s important that you’re knowledgeable about the different hunting equipment available in the market.

Get Educated

Each state has an educational program for aspiring hunters. Typically, it’s legally necessary to undergo this program before you can hunt. It’s a good way to jump into hunting, though the lessons revolve more around the hunter and gun safety. While it’s important, it won’t teach you much about hunting itself, but it’s still worth it.

Don’t Forget to Practice

As a beginner in hunting, you should give yourself time to practice and learn your chosen game’s strengths and behaviors. Luckily, the internet can easily provide you with all the information you need about all types of games. With the available information online, you’ll learn what they eat, what their habitats are like, their self-defense mechanisms, and preferred breeding grounds.

When it comes to using your hunting equipment or weapon, practice makes perfect. Before you proceed to your first official hunting trip, practice often until you get consistent and comfortable. Also, take note that each hunt is different, so the more you spend time hunting, the more you’ll learn to improve your hunting experience.

Get Your Gear and Don’t Forget to Test It

It’s easy to get carried away when buying hunting equipment or gear. There are many options out there and gadgets available that you may go broke easily for hunting tags. This is where talking to experienced hunters may come in handy.

The right hunting equipment and gear depend on your preferred terrain, the type of game you want to hunt, and your style of hunting. If possible, try various hunting items for you to determine which are useful and which ones are not essential. Testing your gear is also vital, especially if you’re using it for the first time.

Give Yourself Time

If you fail during your first hunt, don’t be upset. There’s no shame in messing up and all hunters have made many mistakes before they master the art of hunting. After all, there are many variables in a hunt.

Since you’re dealing with wild animals in their natural habitat, it’s best to think of many scenarios through and ensure to have a plan for any circumstances. Unfortunately, there are instances that Mother Nature throws you a curveball. So, make sure to mark such curveballs down as your experience and learn from them, particularly if you aim to be a top big game hunter.


Hunting season is a beautiful time of the year, whether you’re chasing your first game in the spring or you’re out in the woods chasing whitetails during the fall season. Either way, always remember to have fun and enjoy the moment. Moreover, improve your hunting skills by learning more techniques and practicing with your favorite hunting buddy.

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"A Small Antelope Horn" looks at animal tracking and theoretical physics

Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli took a break from studying black holes to track animals with the Hazda. Rubberband depicted his musings about the experience in this lovely collage animation.

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Elk Hunting: Prepping Time is Now Elk season varies from place to place. The earliest elk hunting seasons kick off in late August. That may seem like a lot of time, but you have a lot to do! The time is now for big game hunters to check their gear , secure their tags, plot their hunt, and practice their aim! Here are all the things you should be doing now to make that shot.

Apply Now to Win Big

Before anything else, grab your tags! You can’t bag without a tag, and tags are limited. The best elk Hunts come from State lotteries. Lots of western states have already started their lottery applications. 

If you live in the following states, you have no time to waste!
  •  Utah 
  • Oregon
  • Nevada
  • Arizona
  • Colorado

Get your submissions in quick if you want a chance at the best tags. Not one of the lucky few chosen in the lottery? No problem!

You can still get an over the counter permit in these states…

  • Utah
  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Montana
  • Colorado
  • Wyoming
Mapping Your Hunt

Now that you know where you are hunting, it’s time to secure your kill count by using technology to your advantage. 

Google Earth is a critical tool in your arsenal as you scout out the best locations. An elk needs access to water, food, and cover. An elk prefers wooded areas for a sense of security.

Go over the Google Earth views and see if you can pin down the best possible locations to stake out.

Ensure your chosen site is somewhere you and your gear can stay out of sight of your quarry! 

By studying your hunting grounds beforehand, you can make sure you have the right scope for the job. Now is the time to check your arsenal. Are you going to use whatever you have lying around, or are you going to use the best equipment for the job?

 If you want to bag an elk this year, don’t settle. If you find yourself lacking supplies, don’t fret. Just check out my blackout scope recommendations and get yourself geared up.

A Scope is No Joke

A hunter is only as good as his gear.

There are few things more heartbreaking than firing off that climatic shot and missing. All that prep and build up only to go home with your hands empty. Make sure your rifle is up to the task.

I have taken elk anywhere from 40 yards up to 350 yards. Having the right scope for the job is priority Number One when it comes to choosing your gear.

An elk likes to hang out in wooded areas, so having an optic optimized for long-range, closed landscape hunting is necessary. Are you having a hard time deciding? Check out these rangefinder scopes .

Get Packing

Now’s the time to be purchasing the pack and boots you will need; otherwise, you will be kicking yourself later. 

Do you know what’s worse than missing your shot? When you don’t get to take one!

I have seen so many elk hunts end in failure because the hunter is too exhausted to make it to where they need to be in the first place. So, grab that pack, grab your boots and get practicing!

Ensure you are close enough to your truck to pack light and tough enough to carry what you need.

Plan a few hikes ahead of time to break in those boots while carrying that much weight up steep terrain. Get your gear and your body in gear before the best bulls are bagged.

Endurance is vital here, and elk hunting is not for the weak.

Pick your Partner

Are you a solo hunter or a team player?

There are a lot of advantages to hunting together. Two people can carry more gear, a bigger cooler, and make it farther afield than a lone wolf. 

Lifetime lone hunters know that you will be glad you have a partner when it comes time to butcher and haul.

Is your partner a seasoned hunter like you? No problem! Just send them this article.

 But what about daddy’s little hunter?

If your ‘pride and joy’ is ready to follow you into the field, make sure they have the gear they need to be successful. If you aren’t sure how much to spend on a junior hunter, check out my guide to kitting out your kids .

Run Drills

Many Hunters make the mistake of only practicing with their guns and scopes.

To properly prepare, you should practice while wearing all of your gear. If you plan to be wearing a heavy pack, it will make a difference to your center of balance and mobility. The last thing you want is to miss that crucial shot because you tripped over your own feet.

The most important thing you can do is dry fire drilling. 

Try dropping into position, sighting your scope, shooting off a dry round, and reloading as quickly as possible. You should practice your skills at different ranges to fully prepare for the hunt.

When you dry fire drill, you get a chance to make sure your rifle holds zero. If you are having trouble, check out my guide to zeroing your rifle.  

No Time to Waste!

With all that in mind, August doesn’t seem that far away after all!

Time to apply for the lotteries, find the best scope and hit the trails as you prepare for one of the most exhilarating big game hunts America has to offer. 

Quiz time, hunter. Have you checked all these boxes?
  • Tags purchased
  • Hunting site chosen
  • Optics purchased
  • Gear ready
  • Training complete

Check those boxes, and the elk don’t stand a chance. Happy hunting!

Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field , and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller and other publications.

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Does My Kid Need a Rifle Scope for Their 22LR? Is it just a fad or phase? What is needed to mount a scope? Is it worth it to upgrade your 22 rifle with a scope?

I’ll help you explore these questions and fill you in on what you need to know.

Is Wanting a Scope Just Another Phase?

The short answer is “no.”

This isn’t the newest pair of sneakers or a toy they’ll grow out of in a couple hours.

Once the basics of shooting with open sights is realized, it’s only natural that anyone, kids included, would want to push the limits of their shooting platform.

A Ruger 10/22, or any 22 rifle for that matter, is more capable than the shooter with rifle sights. This gap starts to close with magnified optics. Instead of popping cans at 30-40 yards, they’ll start reaching out towards the 100 yard line.

Learning to use a scope is an education all its own, teaching some new math skills, hold over, ranging, and wind correction, especially on this wonderful caliber.

In short, a scope provides a lifetime of new skills that translate to a more thoughtful and skilled marksman when the time is right, and there are plenty of good scopes to pick from.

If they have taken the time to learn the basics with irons, and they are interested in increasing their accuracy, or just looking to up the number of critters they bag for supper, then a scope can be a wonderful addition to their rifle and skillset.

It doesn’t even take up any extra room in the gun safe.

What do I need to mount a scope on a 22?

Most scopes these days are set up for typical Picatinny or Weaver rail mounting systems.

With a 10/22, the top of the bore is typically already tapped to mount a rail to. All that is needed is to remove two or four of the useless screws on top and get a rail kit that fits the rifle.

Marlins and other types of rifles may come with dovetails cut into the top of the bore. These look like two parallel grooves cut directly into the barrel. Dovetail rings can be mounted directly to this base without the addition of a dedicated mount.

After that, simply add a scope and rings and you should be all set.

What Kind of Scope Should I Get?

The 22LR round isn’t really designed for great accuracy past 100 yards, so you need to factor that in.

The reason for this is that the bullets have a light weight and low sectional density, and their speed out of the muzzle is only a touch above the sound barrier. Typically, they will drop below the speed of sound somewhere in the 100 yard range.

When that happens, the bullet drops through its own sonic boom, and in doing so it changes course.

This has nothing to do with the skill of the shooter, it’s just physics.

With this knowledge, it should be obvious that dropping a $1000 40x scope on a 22 is pretty pointless, unless of course your kid is going to be shooting in the Olympics.

At 100 yards, a 3-4x scope is all that’s really needed to get the most accuracy possible out of a 22 when shot from a rest or prone. You could push this to 8-9x, but that will be a choice for you and your child to make.

You also don’t need something super rugged and designed to handle the kick of a 10GA shotgun. Even an airsoft scope will handle the recoil of a 22LR bolt action just fine.

That’s good news for you. You can save money and get them something that might even look a little gimmicky (cool in kid talk) for a reasonable price.

If it were me, I would find them a good 3x or 4x fixed magnification scope, or a red dot with no magnification. Either can be had for a decent price, and both will help them drop shots on target with a bit more precision.

That said, there are a ton of great scopes out there. Pick the one that fits your budget and the needs of the little one to maximize their shooting. If you want some more advice on choosing one, there are good guides out there to help with the specifics.

Is It Worth It?

Considering all of the above, I’d say that this is a no-brainer.

If your child is ready to take the next step in their shooting, then it’s time to upgrade from open sights to some kind of optic.

It really doesn’t cost that much, and a quality optic can later be moved to another gun if they really like it, perhaps to a .223 rifle for their first “big game” hunt.

The question then, isn’t, “Should I get a scope for my kid’s 22?” The real question is why you haven’t yet.

Wait for a birthday, Easter, Christmas, or another big life event if you must, but find out what kind of optic would suit them, and just go ahead and get it.

That’s how I feel at least. I take a lot of pride in raising my little marksman and giving him the tools necessary to excel.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller and other publications.

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Game warden fires a perfect shot to rescue two deer

A bow hunter in Jackson County, Kansas last week noticed two whitetail deer whose antlers were locked together. The hunter called in state game wardens including one who, fortunately, was a very good marksman.

"At the time, the wardens didn't know how long the bucks had been struggling to free themselves, but quickly observed that the deer had enough energy and wariness remaining, to make approaching them difficult and potentially dangerous," reported the Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism law enforcement agency on their Facebook page. — Read the rest

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A hunter who walked away after shooting a teen watching the sunset is charged with homicide A hunter loading his gun.

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  • A 52-year-old hunter was charged with homicide on Wednesday, two months after he shot and killed a teenager who was watching the sunset with his girlfriend at a state park in Pennsylvania, prosecutors said.
  • Prosecutors identified Kenneth Troy Heller as the hunter who shot the teen.
  • Heller has agreed to be held without bail and is set to enter into a plea agreement at his arraignment in April, the district attorney said.
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A hunter in Pennsylvania who prosecutors said walked away after shooting a teenager in a state park in October has been charged with homicide.

The teenager, Jason Kutt, 18, was sitting in his car with his girlfriend at Nockamixon State Park when he was shot - they were waiting to watch the sunset, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Kutt's girlfriend heard the shot and saw Kutt fall. She told investigators that when she looked down the road, she saw a hunter in orange gear looking in their direction, but the hunter fled.

Eight weeks later, prosecutors identified Kenneth Troy Heller, 52, as the shooter. Weintraub said he was charged with criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person, possession of an instrument of crime, possession of a brass knuckle dagger, and two hunting-law violations, including failing to render aid to an injured person.

Heller surrendered to the police and agreed to be held without bail, Weintraub said. He added that Heller had reached a preliminary plea deal with prosecutors, in consultation with Kutt's family, that would be formalized during his arraignment in April.

Weintraub said the plea deal would allow Kutt's family to move on from their son's death and "celebrate his life," as cases like these can drag on for years in the criminal-justice system.

"By making an agreement today, we get to avoid all of that," Weintraub said.

"Jason's family gets to know exactly what happened to him," he added. "They will not like it, but they can have some finality in the knowledge of what happened to Jason."

Weintraub said it wasn't the "perfect ending" to the case - that would be if Kutt, a 2020 graduate of a local high school, were alive again.

"I do not believe that it was Mr. Heller's intent to shoot to kill Jason Kutt," Weintraub said. "He never knew the man. They had no animus. This wasn't a 'Hey, I'm going to try it out and see what's it's like to be a killer' moment for Mr. Heller. He has expressed remorse."

Weintraub said that, while he didn't want to prejudge the case, he was comfortable that the charges were appropriate for Heller's conduct.

"He is a hunter. He hit what he aimed at. And he made an awful, awful mistake," Weintraub said.

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  • A 52-year-old hunter was charged with homicide months after shooting and killing a teenager at a state park in Pennsylvania. 
  • Prosecutors identified Kenneth Troy Heller as the hunter who shot the teen while he waited for the sunset with his girlfriend. 
  • Troy has agreed to be held without bail until his April arraignment, where he will enter into a plea agreement. 
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A hunter in Pennsylvania has been charged with homicide after prosecutors said he walked away after shooting a teenager in a state park. 

The teenager, 18-year-old Jason Kutt was sitting in his car with his girlfriend at Nockamixon State Park when he was shot in October. They were waiting to watch the sunset, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said at a press conference.

His girlfriend heard the shot and saw Kutt fall. When she looked down the road she saw a hunter in orange gear looking in their direction, but he fled the scene.

Eight weeks later, prosecutors identified Kenneth Troy Heller, 52, as the shooter. He was charged with criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person, possession of an instrument of crime, possession of a brass knuckle dagger, and two hunting law violations - including failing to render aid to an injured person.

Heller surrendered to police and agreed to be held without bail. He has reached a preliminary plea deal with prosecutors, and following the consultation of Kutt's family, which will be formalized during his arraignment in April, Weintraub said.

Weintraub said the plea deal allows Kutt's family to move on from how their son died and "celebrate his life," as cases like these can drag on for years in the criminal justice system. 

"By making an agreement today, we get to avoid all that," Weintraub said. "

Jason's family gets to know exactly what happened to him," he said. "They will not like it but they will get some finality of what happened to Jason."

Weintraub noted that this isn't the "perfect ending" to the case, because that would mean that Jason - a 2020 graduate of a local high school - would be alive again. 

"I do not believe that it was Mr. Heller's intent to shoot to kill Jason Kutt," Weintraub said. "He never knew the man, they had no animus, this wasn't a 'Hey, I'm going to try it out and see what's it's like to be a killer' moment for Mr. Heller. He has expressed remorse."

Weintraub said he didn't want to prejudge the case in October, but now that he knows the circumstances he's comfortable that the charges filed are appropriate for Heller's conduct.

"He is a hunter, he hit what he aimed, and he made an awful, awful mistake," he said.

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Covid rules out Boxing Day hunts and parades amid uncertain future Cancellations across large swaths of UK add to controversy over hunting governing body’s webinars

Traditional Boxing Day hunts across large parts of the UK have been cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, with those going ahead elsewhere not parading through town centres prior to their yuletide meet this year for the first time in recent history.

The centuries-old activity faces an uncertain future after a number of landowners suspended hunting with hounds on their property amid controversy over private video seminars held this summer by hunting’s executive body, which were infiltrated by activist group the Hunt Saboteurs who claimed they discussed how to create a “smokescreen” for illegal hunting.

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Archery hunting deer from the ground can be extremely challenging, but rewarding as well. I have found a few things to think about over the years that really help when hunting from the ground.

You can ask what is the best way to hunt for the area you are hunting? Public land hunting will be different than if you are hunting private land. The different types of hunting from the ground are spot and stalk, still hunting, building and hunting from a natural blind, popping up and hunting from a commercial blind. Increase your odds at success by controlling movement, using camouflage, use scent control and wind to your favor, keep noise to a minimum, hunt food and water sources.

buck taken in Kansas with a bow Table of Contents Before Archery Hunting Deer From the Ground

So you’re going hunting with your bow and you are planning to hunt from the ground and deciding your best options. Before you go you might want to consider a few things that may help you be successful.

Where You are Hunting Determines Best Type of Hunting To Do

Where you are hunting can help you determine your best option. If you are hunting private land you may have more options than if you are hunting public land. How you want to hunt can be decided by weighing all the options where you are hunting. If you hunt out west you may want to do a spot and stalk hunt. Or you may want to set up a blind in the edge of a food plot if you are hunting private land. It all just depends on your options available. 

  archery hunting public land Types of Hunting From the Ground Spot and Stalk

Spot and stalk hunting is where you get to a vantage point where you can observe deer from a distance and when you see one you want to pursue to try and get a shot at you stalk it. Having good optics and using the wind to your favor will increase your odds.

Still Hunting

Different than spot and stalk, still hunting is probably the most difficult way to archery hunt deer from the ground. You ease through the woods or brush or cornfield etc.. and look for deer and try to get close enough to get a shot. It takes extreme patience and skill.

Build Your Own Natural Blind You can construct a blind to help conceal you by using down tree limbs or brush or set up beside a stump or rock etc… If you don’t have a commercial blind you can make your own. Commercial Blind Popping up a commercial blind is one of the most common ways of archery hunting deer from the ground these days. There are many different sizes with different camouflage patterns to choose from to help you blend in with the surroundings. They are a great way to get close to deer. A blind will keep you dry on wet rainy days letting you spend more time in the woods. Also some people might not be able to climb up in a tree stand and a blind is a great option for them. It is best to put the blind up and brush it in early so the deer will get used to it. Although you can have success the with a blind the first day you pop it up.   Factors to Increase Odds at Success Movement

Use cover when moving from one spot to another stalking or still hunting. Staying behind trees bushes or terrain to conceal your silhouette. Don’t make any sudden movements as deer easily pick up on movement. It is best to move slowly. Also make sure you have plenty of room to draw your bow back without hitting something when doing so.

Concealment Camouflage

Match your camouflage to the surroundings you will be hunting in. So you will blend right in to the environment. If you are hunting from a ground blind wear black clothing or dark camouflage.

Face paint if you are hunting from a blind wear black face paint.

Head net wear one to conceal your face.

Brush the blind in with limbs leaves etc…

Scent Control/ Wind Favor Scent is critical when hunting from the ground. A deer can smell really good and if they smell you the game is over and they will be gone.

Cover Scent: use a cover scent to mask your own scent.

Attractant: Use an attractant scent to lure deer into range.

Pay attention to wind direction and hunt using the wind to your advantage. You want the wind to be blowing from where you think the deer will be to you. The wind in your face.

Noise Factors

Rake the leaves back before setting your blind up in an area so when you move around it isn’t as noisy. When still hunting or stalking move slowly and avoid stepping on sticks to be as quiet as possible.

Food/Water Sources

Setting up a blind where there are food or water is one of the best ways to get a deer. Set it up where there are white or red oak acorns dropping, or where wild persimmon, mushrooms, honeysuckle, various kinds of legumes are growing can be great places to hunt. Set up on water sources like a pond or creek crossing.

Food Plots Putting a blind in the edge of agricultural crops or food plots can be a great way to get a deer. Baiting If you don’t have the resources to do food plots baiting can be very effective. If baiting is legal where you hunt it can be a great tactic to set up a blind within your effective shooting range. 

Archery Hunting from the ground can be challenging but very fun and exciting. Getting close enough to deer to be able to take them with a bow can be one of the most exciting experiences you will ever encounter. The adrenaline rush of having a world class buck within bow range is like nothing I have ever felt. It takes practice and the more experience you get at it the better you will be. Each hunt is a learning experience that teaches us valuable lessons in the field.

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It’s the bottom of the ninth with two outs and your team needs a big hit. We don’t want to strike out so we need to be able to adjust our late season swing to make contact. What are some late season deer hunting tips to help us get a deer? We have tried a few and wanted to share some of them with you here to hopefully help you get that last minute buck you have been after all season.

To be successful we can locate and hunt downwind of late season food sources. Or we can sneak into the bucks bedroom undetected and hunt. Also it is good to find un -pressured spots and hunt them. Locate and hunt south facing slopes with cover near food sources and hunt them. Also we can monitor trail cameras and hunt where we see buck activity during daylight hours.

Table of Contents buck taken late season Some of our Late Season Deer Hunting Tips Find and Hunt Late Season Food Sources
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Food sources are key this time of year for more than just the obvious reason. Of course deer need the nutrients to survive the harsh winter. Especially bucks who have just spent a lot of energy during the rut and lost a lot of weight.

But also if you have does at your food source some of them may not have been bred or got for lack of a better term knocked up in the initial breeding period. If one of them comes into heat late in the season there will be bucks close by when that happens. If you don’t have food sources late in the year on your property hopefully you have heavy cover that leads to a food source on your neighbors property.

If it is legal to bait where you hunt baiting this time of the year can be a huge game changer. Put out some corn and hunt it. The deer need carbs late in the season to stay warm.

Some Late Season Food Sources
  • Food Plots: green fields- oats, rye, peas, turnips, brassicas
  • Agriculture Crops: corn, soybeans, alfalfa, wheat
  • Browse: low growing green vegetation, forbs, bark, briars, acorns or nuts
  • Bait: whole or cracked corn, grains,
buck feeding on corn Go to Your Bucks Bedroom

Heading into your hit list bucks bedroom can be risky. But it is late in the year and you have to decide if you want to take that risk. If you can get in there in the morning before he does without being detected it can be rewarding. But if he catches you he will probably have a new bedding area after that and could possibly never come back.

Find Unpressured Spots

If you know where everyone has been hunting on your property go where they haven’t been hunting. It could be a spot that no one has thought of. Think outside the box and dare to be different. It could be a funnel near the road or a spot near the camp, or you may have to get way back in the woods you just never know.

Find South Facing Slopes

If you have heavy cover near or on a south facing hill, that can be a great spot. Especially if it is near a food source. Deer love the spots where the sun shines the most on cold days. Also there will be more food on the south facing slopes. If you can set up close by with the wind in your favor that can be a late season hotspot.

late season deer hunting tips Monitor Trail Cameras
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Trail cameras are such a helpful tool to us deer hunters year round and this time of year is no different. Keep track of your trail camera photos and if you see a buck you like moving during daylight hours hunt them if the wind is right. You have to have a favorable wind or you are just wasting your time and giving your buck a free education.

Don't forget Water

Don’t forget deer have to have water year round. Locate and hunt downwind of trails leading to or from watering holes on you hunting property. Even if there is a late season warm spell the water hole can be a great spot to pop up a blind and wait.

In Conclusion

Just because it’s late in the season it doesn’t mean it’s over. You have options and if you don’t give up it can pay off big time. 

Find the bedding areas near the food and hunt with the wind in your favor. Eventually you will get an opportunity if you persist. I have a friend that killed his biggest buck ever on the last day of the season right before last shooting light. That just shows you it’s never too late.

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What is Best Caliber for Deer Hunting The post What is Best Caliber for Deer Hunting appeared first on

What is the best caliber for deer hunting? Well it’s a question that has been asked around camp fires at deer camp for years. Almost all deer hunters have debated the question and all have their own opinions.  And you know what those are like.

I think we all know there isn’t a way to confirm this question with a 100% correct answer. There are just so many factors to be considered. Maximum effective range, recoil, available factory ammo, etc.. We all have our own favorite deer hunting calibers. 

Lets take a look at some of the great ones.

best caliber for deer hunting From left to right: .300 Winchester Magnum, .30-06, 7mm WSM, .243, 30-30 Table of Contents Best Caliber for Deer Hunting

Here are a few of the calibers to deer hunt with.


I got a 30-30 when I was a young boy. My mother worked at a gun store and I would go to work with her and see the deer heads on the wall. I told her I wanted to go deer hunting and for Christmas that year I got my beautiful Lever action Marlin 30-30. I got my first deer with it and killed a lot of deer with it over the years.

There is no telling how many deer have been taken with a 30-30 but I bet it ranks in the top 5 easily. It is the most popular of the lever action rifles. 

It’s great for hunting in thick brush and has a maximum effective range of about 150-200 yards. It is not a good choice for really long ranges though. It is easier to maneuver  in the woods because it has a shorter barrel than most deer rifles.

It has a light recoil which is why a lot of young hunters use a 30-30.

marlin-lever-action-30-30 Me and Dad on a deer hunt in Madison county in Georgia, around 1980. I have my trusty Marlin lever action 30-30. .30-06

If I were a betting man, I would say the 30-06 has probably killed more whitetail deer than any other caliber.  That is pure speculation on my part though. The 30-06 is a great caliber in my opinion for deer hunting. 

The 30-06 cartridge is a 7.62x63mm size cartridge. It has an effective range of 800-1000 yards. It was designed by the military in 1906. Recoil is tolerable. It does a great job on deer and other large game.

.30-06 Springfield My .30-06 Springfield .308 Winchester best-deer-hunting-caliber My Winchester Model 100 .308 did a number on this Gwinnett county Georgia buck.

.308 Winchester is a great caliber for deer hunting. It is a 7.62x51mm cartridge. It is the most popular sniping round. The Army says the maximum effective range is 800 yards and the Marines say 1000 yards. 800 is probably a little more correct, but I’m a US Army Calvary guy any way. 

Recoil is tolerable and the 308 is predictable in the wind. It is one of the most popular hunting cartridges in the world.

.243 Winchester

The 243 cartridge was first introduced in 1955. It is a 6x52mm cartridge. It is perfect for most beginner deer hunters. It is a great cartridge for young hunters because it has low recoil and the noise level is tolerable. 

It is a good accurate cartridge but I would prefer more knock down power to ensure quicker recovery of game at long distances. Excellent for young hunters and all hunters as well.

.270 Winchester

The .270 Winchester cartridge came out in 1925. It is a 6.86×7.04mm cartridge.  It is flat shooting and has low recoil and is accurate. It is a great choice for big whitetail bucks. 

I have a Browning A-bolt .270 Winchester that I love. It is flat shooting, accurate and an all around great rifle.

flint-river-buck This is a Flint River WMA buck I killed with my Browning A-bolt .270 Winchester. 7mm WSM 7mm WSM This is a coyote I took with my Winchester 7mm WSM before going to church.

The 7mm WSM hasn’t gained the popularity that some of the others have since it came out in 2001, but don’t let that fool you. It is faster than the 7mm Remington Magnum with all bullet weights. The price is high on these cartridges which haven’t helped it’s popularity. 

7mm-08 Remington

The 7mm-08 came out in 1980. It is a great choice for deer hunting. It has a recoil and report just a little more than a 243 and is a great choice for youngsters and veterans. It is a flat shooter and a good caliber.


The .280 Remington came out in 1957. Also known as the 7mm-06 Remington and 7mm Express Remington.

 The .280 cartridge is a great all around cartridge for hunting deer. It is basically the same as a  .270 with the option to reload heavier bullets than the .270.

.300 Winchester Magnum

The .300 Winchester Magnum cartridge was introduced in 1963. 

I think I still have a scar from when I shot a buck in a Walton County Georgia swamp and the scope on my 300 Win mag popped me in the eye. I felt like Mike Tyson had lit me up there for a minute.

Anyway, the .300 Winchester Magnum is a great cartridge for long range shots on big game and provides plenty of knockdown power. I will say it is not for the meek.I have never shot one with a muzzle break so that may help reduce the recoil a bit. It has a bit of a kick to it. It tends to be a longer barrel and a heavier gun.

6.5 Creedmoor

6.5 Creedmoor came out in 2007. Designed specifically for long range target shooting but has become popular in big game hunting. It has less recoil than the .300 Win Mag. Check out this great 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge profile

.300 Remington Ultra Magnum

Introduced in 1999, the .300 Remington Ultra Magnum is a brute to say the least.

It delivers a heavy punch at long distances and shoots flat and accurate. Great for all North American big game.

6.5 Grendel

The 6.5 Grendel came out in 2003. It is 6.5x39mm. It is for medium to long range 200-800 yards with accuracy. It is  was designed  for the AR-15 platform. It has a light recoil and will do the job on most North American big game.

I was an expert marksman in the Calvary. I may have to try this 6.5 Grendal. .25-06 Remington

Standardized by Remington in 1969. It’s a .30-06 cartridge necked down to a .257 caliber.

It is a very versatile cartridge for big game hunting in North America. It has great accuracy at long distances. It is a favorite of many big game hunters.

So What is the Best Deer Hunting Caliber?

We all have our favorite deer hunting calibers, and it will always be a highly debated topic. There are many great ones to choose from.

I think the most important thing is to hunt with a caliber and rifle that you feel comfortable with and know what shots you are capable of making with that rifle. A well placed shot is key. Being confident in your shot means a lot. 

If I’m out west hunting mule deer, I want a caliber that has tremendous knock down power. But I also want a caliber that can reach out and accurately hit my target.

When you choose a caliber do your research and pick a caliber that has a maximum effective  range for where you will be hunting. Practice with it to gain confidence.

You owe it to the animal you are hunting to make a good shot. Check out our blog post Best Deer Hunting Rifles Reviews.

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Podcast #668: Outdoor Competence With an Expert Backcountry Hunter

You may know Steven Rinella as an expert hunter and the host of the MeatEater television show and podcast. He’s also an author, and his latest book is The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival. Today on the show, we’ll talk about the subjects behind both of these projects, beginning with how Steve found his way into hunting and conservation advocacy, how he explains and makes the case for hunting to those unfamiliar with it, and the benefits that hunting has brought into his life. We then discuss how the barrier for beginners to get into hunting is perceived as being higher than it really is, and the more accessible way Steve recommends getting started.

From there we turn to the kind of know-how you should possess for undertaking any kind of outdoor pursuit, whether that’s hunting or camping or hiking. Steve shares why he recommends creating an outdoors kit that you can grab for any expedition, and what to pack in it. He then offers suggestions on outdoor clothing and sleeping pads, as well as the pros and cons of carrying one’s water in a Camelbak-style bladder versus a Nalgene bottle, and why he favors the latter. We also get into Steve’s recommendation for a better alternative to GPS and the importance of regular practice for first aid, and all wilderness skills. We end our conversation with Steve’s approach to getting his kids into the outdoors.

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  • The incredible bond that hunting has forged in Steven’s family 
  • Explaining the value of hunting to non-hunters 
  • The personal value of hunting 
  • Is it true that hunting has a high barrier of entry?
  • Why you should ignore the way the hunting community defines success 
  • The played out “fantasy” aspect of survival content 
  • What to have in your outdoor “go” bag 
  • The lowdown on outdoor clothing 
  • What sort of first aid training/knowledge should people have getting into the outdoors?
  • What can you do to get kids to love the outdoors?
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buck in his bedding area

Deer bed on average nearly 3/4 of the day. When you learn how to find a bucks bedding area you can figure out where to place a stand that gives you a better chance at getting a shot at him during daylight hours.

Tips on How to Find a Bucks Bedding Area Table of Contents What to Look For
  • Thick Nasty Cover
  • Elevated Points on a Hill or Knobs or Saddle

1.Thick cover is a great place to find bucks beds. They love the thick nasty cover because the can hear danger approaching and it protects them from the wind and it is usually no human activity in these areas.

2.Bucks also love elevated lookouts with the wind and cover like a rock or downed tree to their back where they can see danger approaching in front of them and smell danger approaching from behind.

Best Places to look for Thick Cover and Lookouts for Bucks Beds
  • Overgrown Clearcuts

Overgrown clearcuts are sanctuaries for big bucks. They get so thick bucks love it because they feel safe. Look for trails entering and exiting the thick clearcut. Remember Uncle Remus? Please don’t throw me in the briar patch! 

  • Thick Swamp

Bucks love swamps because most humans won’t even think about going into the swamp. I had a buddy who killed several big deer by putting on waders and a float tube to get to dry ground in the middle of a swamp in south Georgia. Most people aren’t willing to go that far. That’s pretty hard core.

  • Thick Cover Near Food or Water

If you find thick cover near food or water sources you have a honey hole. Look for trails coming out of the thick cover. The direction of the tracks and rubs can tell you if he is using that trail to enter of exit the bedding area or both.

  • Cedar Thicket

Bucks love bedding in cedar thickets. Look for trails exiting or entering the thicket.

Best Ways to Look for Bucks Beds
  • Google Earth

Before ever stepping foot on your deer hunting property you can get on Google Earth and do some internet scouting to look for potential spots where bucks might be bedding. By knowing these potential areas you can greatly reduce the walking you have to do when you do go scout your areas. This will reduce the chance of bumping your buck into the next county by walking all over your property. I like to write down several potential spots before I head out then go to those locations using the wind to my advantage as not to alert the buck I’m even there. Also it saves me a ton of walking by already knowing where to look.

  • Topo Maps

Topo maps can help you locate potential bucks bedding areas. Look for elevated saddles or knobs on ridges where bucks can see approaching danger from below and smell danger from behind. Pay attention to wind direction when approaching these areas.

  • Scouting on Foot

Get out and scout on foot. It is best to scout early and then get out of the area and keep the pressure low on the bucks. You don’t want to be bumping your buck right before or during the season.

How to Identify a Bucks Bed
  • One Single Bed in the Area

Bucks like to bed alone. There will be one matted down bedding area. Very often the bed will have some type of cover behind it like a big rock or a fallen tree or big stump. Also deer droppings in or near the bed will be bigger than most does or yearlings droppings.

  • Rub or several rubs nearby
buck rub in bedding area

There will often be a rub or several rubs near a bucks bedding area.

  • Strong Smell of Deer

I have been walking and suddenly caught a scent of strong musky deer odor only to find a bucks bed nearby.

buck in bedding area This is a buck I took getting out of his bed. In Conclusion

There is no better way to find a bucks bedding area than getting out and looking on foot. By knowing what to look for and using the tips we’ve listed, you can know how to find a bucks bedding area quicker. Hopefully you won’t bump him off of your deer hunting property. Onto your lucky neighbors land. I would rather locate his bedding areas early and get out and leave him alone until all the conditions are perfect for that area. Also I would rather the neighbor bump his buck my way.

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What is the best time of the day to deer hunt? That’s the million dollar question everyone wants to know. We will break it down here for you. There are many different factors to consider that could mean the difference in seeing more deer when and where you hunt.

Just ask the morning coffee drinkers what time they prefer to hunt. They will have a different choice than the non-coffee drinkers who like to sleep in on occasion.

That being said there is one common fact that almost all hunters will agree on and that is early morning and late afternoon is when the deer move the best. That doesn’t mean that other times of the day are not good, it’s just a known fact.

Table of Contents Best Time of the Day to Deer Hunt Factors
Hunting Pressure

Hunting un-spooked deer is much easier than hunting heavily pressured deer. If there is heavy hunting pressure the big bucks will become nocturnal for the most part. A tactic that works very well is to be in the woods when the other hunters in the area leave the woods.  Which is normally mid-morning to mid day.  They could possibly bump a buck your way.

hunter going to hunt deer stand Available Food Sources

What type of food sources are available to the deer you are hunting is key. During late season the deer will need food to survive the harsh winter. During the rut not so much. Although food sources are key throughout the season. By knowing where the deer bed and where the food sources are you can pin point ideal stand locations according to the wind direction and the time of day the deer will be moving through those areas.

Moon Phases

The moon phase plays a role in deer movement. Especially when the moon is full, the deer movement will be greater during mid-day. Because the deer stay up all night feeding and then bed at daylight. Then mid-day, they get hungry or thirsty and get up for a snack or a drink to hold them over until getting up to feed in the afternoon. Also a week or so before a full moon, afternoon deer movement will be greatest.

Weather Deer move well on very cold windy days. dads windy day buck This is my father's biggest buck. He harvested it on a very windy day.

Weather is a critical factor in deciding what time of day to hunt.

Deer tend to move best on cold days with high winds.

Rainy days see less movement than normal usually. If the rain stops you need to get in the woods and hunt.

Hot days deer will normally move more at sun up and sunset.

An increase or decrease in Barometric pressure will usually get the deer on their feet moving to their preferred feeding locations. A change in the weather really gets them moving. Even hunting on stormy days or during poor conditions can pay off as deer movement increases.

My favorite time to hunt is the morning after a cold front moves in when there is wet rainy stormy weather the night before. Especially in early November. It’s called sweet November for a reason. The rut and the cold weather can be the most wonderful time of the year.

Seasons: Early, Mid, Rut, Late

Early Season: The early season will be hotter and deer movement will likely be early morning and afternoon. As the rut approaches and the weather turns cooler deer movement will increase during daylight hours. 

Deer are easier to figure out during early season because they stick closer to food sources fattening up for winter. Also there is less pressure during this time because there are fewer bow hunters in the woods than when the gun hunters come out in full force. Once the gunshots start going off the deer quickly adapt to the hunting pressure. Then they will stay in thicker cover and travel more at night.

Mid-season: or the October lull can be the toughest. But that is only because you need to be able to change your hunting tactics as the deer patterns change also. Deer are very smart and the increased hunting pressure during this time of year causes them to change their patterns to survive.

Rut: The whitetail rut is every hunters dream. Bucks tend to do things they normally wouldn’t do and let their guard down during this time of year. During the rut, it is best to hunt as many hours of the day as possible. Your chances of seeing a big brute are tremendously better during this time of the year. You are more likely to see bucks moving all hours of the day during the rut.

Late Season: The toughest time of the year, unless you have a late season food source that has low hunting pressure, then you are in business.  If you have corn the deer need it or high carbs this time of year to survive the harsh winter conditions. Bucks have lost a lot of weight rutting hard and need food now.

early season buck in velvet daylight buck This buck is feeding before dark on a warm Kansas afternoon. Late season hunting can be the toughest but very rewarding.

We only had night time trail camera pictures of this huge buck until early November and then he started showing up all hours of the day. You can read the full story here about this huge Kansas whitetail


Although there are many factors to consider when getting after those big boys to help you figure out the best time of the day to deer hunt. Food sources, weather, hunting pressure, and the moon phase as well as other variables can help you determine the best times to be in the woods deer hunting. And help increase your odds of getting a close encounter with the buck of your dreams.

Factors to Consider       Weather rain=less movement hunt early morning, mid-day- late afternoon. If rain stops hunt. hot = less movement all day, hunt early morning, mid day water source, late afternoon cold= better movement all day. Hunt all day. Time of Year Early Season- Hunt early morning, afternoon. Rut best to hunt all day
Secondary rut- early morning good. Late Season- early morning, mid day, afternoon Pressure low hunting pressure- best to hunt all day some hunting pressure- early morning, mid-day, afternoon best. High hunting pressure- hunt early morning, mid-day, late evening best. Sometimes those hours when other hunters leave the woods is good. Moon Phase no moon- all day waxing moon-
all day, early morning, late evening full moon- mid day is better to hunt than normal also early morning good. Food Source Available crops- hunt early morning, afternoon good mast acorns, browse -all day when acorns are dropping. little food late season- early morning late afternoon, mid-day best-time-of-the-day-to-deer-hunt]]>
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Idaho Mountain Lion Hunting Mountain Lion/Cougar hunts are 6 days and conducted in the desert country of southern Idaho. I lease over 100,000 acres of private winter range, prime cougar hunting grounds. You have two very experienced guides with their own hounds that have been hunting these ranches and the land around it for years. We use side by sides and quads mostly, but will also walk and horseback into roadless canyons…. whatever it takes to get you a cougar!

Treed Mountain Lion

Hunt Lodging

I offer some hunts with meals and lodging included and some without… either way you will be in a hotel/motel or rental cabin and mostly eat at local restaurants. Cougars like to live and sleep in rocks and hunt the flats for deer and elk, so sometimes we catch them easily in the flats but sometimes it can get rough when we have to venture into the Rocks.

Fit Hunters and Disabled Hunters

Whether there is snow or not, we have a 75% success rate which is great for western cat hunting.  If your fit, not so fit or even disabled we have great odds but still ask our hunters must be patient and understand we try our best for everyone! We have killed many cats very close to the truck as well.

mountain lion

Our Dog

We have well trained dogs that hunt cougar and bear all year long. They are the true definition of extreme athletes. We have the knowledge and experience in the country we hunt and between the two you will have a great time and learn a lot on this unique hunt!

Check out the more Pictures and Hunts with Whiskey Mountain Outfitters


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EU to ban use of lead shot by wetland bird hunters Regulation will help prevent deaths of 1m waterbirds by lead poisoning every year

Lead shot is to be banned from all wetlands in the European Union, in a decision that is expected to pave the way for phasing out all toxic ammunition.

The European parliament voted against objections lodged by far-right parties, allowing the European commission to introduce the new regulations by the end of the year.

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Landscape of fear: why we need the wolf The wolf is considered a threat to our way of farming, but our fear may be misplaced. Perhaps predators are needed to bring nature back into balance

There’s a monument near Brora, 60 miles short of John o’Groats, that claims to mark the spot where the last wolf in Sutherland was killed. I pass it often in the car. The wolf, it says, was killed by the hunter Polson in or about the year 1700.

I know this story. Polson, so it goes, was standing watch outside the wolf’s lair while his sons laid waste to the pups inside. When the she-wolf returned from the hunt, racing to the aid of her young, she bounded past the hunter and, as she did, he grabbed her by the tail. From inside the den – now plunged into darkness as Polson and the wolf struggled at its entrance – came, in Gaelic, a shout of alarm: “Father! What’s blocking the light?” To which Polson replied: “If the tail comes away at the root, you’ll soon find out!”

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deer hunting backpack

Whenever you get a chance to go on a quick hunt it’s best to have a list of things to pack for a quick deer hunting trip. There is nothing worse than getting to the woods and realizing you forgot something that you really need to have a good hunt. The following is our list of things not to forget. We will even include a list you can print out to help you get ready quicker.

Pack for a Quick Deer Hunting Trip

It’s almost critical to have a good hunting backpack to keep all your gear in while in the field. It’s just a must if you are a deer hunter. So we’ll put that first and foremost. Get a backpack if you plan on deer hunting. This list is just what I like to pack you may add or delete items at your discretion. 

Pack for a Quick Deer Hunting Trip

  • Backpack– one of our most critical items. We keep most of our necessities in our backpack almost at all times. A camouflage backpack is recommended.
  • Flashlight– A good flashlight is highly recommend. Always keep your batteries fresh and keep a extra pair of batteries. I keep a red lens to put on my flashlight when going to and from my stand and when I’m in the stand. Some hunters prefer a headlamp. 
  • Knife– I don’t go anywhere without a good knife. I keep one on my belt at all times when I am in the woods and I keep a pocket knife in my pocket at all times. You need one to gut your deer and one to perform small task at any given moment.
  • Weapon of choice– bow, gun, or crossbow
  • Arrows, bullets, bolts(crossbow arrows), etc…
  • Release– If you are bow hunting keep your release fastened to your bow while in the case and always keep a backup release in your backpack.
  • Hydration– good old fashioned water is best. Always pack enough water for the trip. I keep a water bottle in my pack.
  • Food– snacks, sandwiches, etc.. If you get hungry you won’t hunt long. Pack some food.
  •  Calls– grunt call, bleat call, etc..
  • first aid kit– you never know when you may need a bandaid or some ibuprofen etc… A good first aid kit could save your life.
  • cell phone– it is always good to have a way to communicate when out in the field. It could save your life.
  • Safety Harness– always wear a safety harness when hunting elevated off of the ground. The Hunter safety system tree stand lifeline saved my life possibly. You can read about that at the link.
  • Orange Vest– or required orange
  • Hat– ball cap, beanie etc.. Whichever kind you prefer. Choose according to the weather.
  • Boots– A great pair of hunting boots is a must. Having a pair for each kind of weather is best.muck boots
  • Camouflage clothing– Jackets, shirts, pants etc… Dress in layers in accordance with the weather.
  • Insulated underwear– a must in cold weather.
  • Hunting Gloves– have a pair for each type of weather and keep an extra pair in your backpack in case you drop one or they get wet.
  • Rope– It’s always good to have a couple of ropes. One for pulling up your weapon and one for other task. Always check your ropes for cuts or frays or dry rotting.
  • Scent control products– I use a spray scent eliminator and a cover spray to mask my scent and an attractant scent to lure in deer.
  •  Toilet Paper– Essential Item! I keep a ziploc with toilet paper folded in my back back it packs better than a roll that takes up a lot of space.
  • Pee bottle– Some people pee off the stand but I keep a big gatorade bottle in my backpack to pee in. It’s a matter of preference.
  • Lighter or fire starter– You never know if you might get lost in the woods and may have to spend the night. And having a way to start a fire is a huge plus.
  • Limb Saw– You never know when you might need to trim a limb. 
  • Map and Compass– It is always good to have a map and a compass when out in the map for hunting
  • Binoculars– a good set of optics is a huge plus.
  • Head-net or Camouflage paint for face concealment.
  • Coveralls or bibs for cold weather.
  • Insect repellant or Thermacell for bugs in warm weather.
  • Snake bite kit– for warmer weather
  • Wet weather gear– poncho or rain suit
  • Cooler– for food and drinks
  • Cooler– to pack meat if you skin and quarter your own meat

Okay I could go on and on. I probably left something off of this list so just add or delete any items you need to.

Here is the list you can print out and mark off items as you pack them. We hope you find this helpful.


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The following is a video we made to hopefully help you pack for your next hunting trip.

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Are you looking to find a whitetail deer hunting lease? If so it can be overwhelming at times as you know. Hopefully, this will help lead you to the perfect hunting lease for you.

Whitetail Deer Hunting Lease

There are a few things you need to figure out before you start looking for leases. 

Things to think about before you start searching for a new lease. How many hunters will be involved in the lease? 

You need to have an idea of how many hunters you are wanting to include on your lease. Obviously you don’t want to many hunters on a particular piece of property. The more acres per hunter average the better. Although the cost goes up the more acreage each hunter has to hunt. Some people don’t want other hunters hunting their lease others do.

What will your budget be?

You need to figure out how much money you and or the other hunters are willing to spend. Having an idea of what land is leasing for on average will help you know what price range to look for to get good or fair deals.

How many acres?

Once you figure out how many hunters you are wanting to include on your lease you can decide how many acres you have an available  budget for.


Do you want to hunt near home? Or are you willing to travel to go hunting? Decide which areas you would be interested in finding a lease.

Management Rules?

What type of whitetail deer management rules are you wanting the lease to go by? Also decide how those rules will be enforced. Knowing these things ahead of time can make a huge difference in a quality lease.

Ways to Find the Perfect Lease

Word of mouth is the tried and true method. People are willing to give you the first shot at their property if they know and like you and they know you are interested. The best way for them to know you are looking is to get the word out around town to friends and neighbors.

Another way to find a great lease is searching the internet.

The following is a list of places to find a whitetail deer hunting lease online.

Base Camp Leasing–  For hunters and property owners. Has different levels of memberships available.

Hunting Lease Network– For landowners and hunters. Handles everything from the lease write up, hunting insurance, and renewals. They even offer franchise opportunities to start your own business.

HLRBO– Free service for hunters.

As well as many others that you can find by doing different google searches.

Something to think about as well is hunting lease insurance. It is definitely best to do your research on this and find a good reputable insurance company. Here is some Hunting Lease Insurance we recommend.


find a whitetail deer hunting leaseBy knowing how many hunters, their budget, the area they want to find a lease, and the management rules they want it to be ran by you will be able to pinpoint the perfect whitetail deer hunting lease for you and your members if any. Word of mouth is the best method but many are able to find great hunting leases online. Finding a great lease can be a bit overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. By doing a little homework and having a little patience you can find that perfect property for you.

The following is a video we made to help find a deer hunting lease.



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