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14 Apr


By Michael DiNapoli   BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION: Many of Dan’s podcasts have focused on discussions of different tree stand and climbing combinations in a search for the ultimate run and gun setup. I feel that many of the listeners of the Nine Finger Chronicles podcast and readers of the Nine Finger Blog are serious hunters […]

Hunting Pressured Bucks

21 Nov


by Dan Johnson It’s November and a cold front is coming through. The wind is absolutely perfect for you to hunt a stand that you have been daydreaming about all year. The barometric pressure is rising and the moon guide is showing favorable hunting conditions. You have done your scouting and have studied maps to […]

A New Perspective On Broadhead Performance

28 Jul


by John Porter Introduction The purpose of this report is to re-analyze the broadhead performance from the 2015 Outdoor Life Magazine broadhead test article titled “The Best Broadheads: 29 Fixed-Blade and Mechanical Broadheads, Tested”. The testing procedures appeared controlled, and the array of broadheads was plentiful. Outdoor Life Magazine tested 29 broadheads and were able […]

Velvet Rut – Card Pull #1

19 Jul


Before I was married and had kids I was able to check my cameras as often as I wanted. These days, I feel that I’m lucky if I can find 5 minutes to sit down and take a crap. With that said, this weekend I was finally able to break away from the family and […]

Three Days In April

27 Jun


It has become tradition in my family to take part in the second portion of the Iowa turkey hunting season every year. For three days, my wife and I chase these “kings of spring” around the Iowa landscape. Going on for 6 years now,  we have been on both sides of Mother Nature’s good graces, […]


9 Jun


  Finally! I usually try to have my 100% mineral stations and trail cameras up and running by the first of May. But recently my life feels like it’s in overdrive with family and work responsibilities taking front and center. However, this past weekend I was able to sneak away  for a half a day […]

New Podcast Series | Product Reviews

12 May


  I have idea… but I need your help. When I started this podcast thing I had hunting gear in mind. When we did the bow review series a while back, many of you contacted me either wanting more information about hunting equipment or wanted to voice your opinion on a specific product that you […]

Finding Sign

16 Mar


  This weekend while shed hunting an area that typically doesn’t see much action (as far as mature bucks) during archery season, I ran across several huge rubs concentrated in a 75’x75′  area near the corner of a field. Over the years my trail cameras have taught me that during the summer and first part […]

To Really Experience Nature

8 Mar

A view for Mt. Evans in Colorado.

Here is a quick article relating nature to sex, soooo… enjoy! I’m not sure if it’s A.D.D., but I have always had a problem focusing on one thing for a set period of time. I used to be able to sit and watch an entire episode of any hunting television show or read an outdoor magazine […]

A Short Walk

1 Mar


  For those of you who are shed hunters, this past weekend was absolutely gorgeous and a perfect time to knock the dust off my legs that had accumulated over the month of January. This weekend also marked my daughters 3rd birthday… man time fly’s. Saturday was spent with the family eating cake and ice […]

2016 Goals

16 Feb


I have been doing a lot of reflecting about the past lately, especially past hunting seasons. What did I do right, what did I do wrong, and what could I have done differently to reach the goals I set for myself before the season starts. This gave me an idea… what are your hunting and […]

Something So Simple…

11 Feb


For those people who really know me, and have known me for a good amount of time, know that I am as laid back as it gets. They also know that I don’t get mad very often and am able to brush off just about anything. Maybe it’s my lack of sleep, or the fact […]

Knock Knock Hunt

4 Feb


I don’t want to sound greedy, but you can never have enough hunting property. I found that out the hard way this year. Between logging and hunting pressure, I used every piece of property I had access to this season, and I still felt like my hunts were being interrupted or I was wasting my […]

Don’t Ever Forget

28 Jan

Hunting is my passion, it is my life.

Here is a really quick article I wrote the other night while I was up with the flu.     How many of you remember your very first trip in to the timber? Do you remember the sights, sounds, and smells? Do you remember the excitement, the anticipation? Were you by yourself, with your father […]

Planning for 2016

20 Jan


Here we go again! The season is over and it’s time do some reflecting on the past season, but more importantly, start preparing for 2016. Most nights, after the kids are in bed, I pull out the iPad and spend some time on Google Earth, basically daydreaming about hunting out west. And when I say […]

Trail Camera Thief

11 Jan


Recently I had one of my trail cameras stolen from one of the properties I hunt. It was about 70-100 yards from the landowners house. Here’s the note I am writing to the individual who stole that camera… The below clip is how I felt when I realized my trail camera had been stolen.   […]

ATA Intriguing Products

8 Jan


After walking for what seemed like 100’s of miles up and down the isles of this years ATA show and looking at 100’s of products, my feet hurt and I’m happy to be home. For those of you who have never had a chance the ATA show, let me break it down for you. First, […]

Reader Challenge | Bow Reviews

29 Dec


Let’s try something different…     With a majority of the bow manufactures on the market getting ready to release or already having released their 2016 bow lineup, I was thinking about where I could go to get a good honest review of those bows. In the past I have read reviews in major magazines that basically […]

Hunting Resolutions

29 Dec


  Although the 2015 hunting season isn’t officially over until January 10th, I have been doing a lot of thinking about next season. I have been thinking about what goals I want to accomplish and what steps I need to take to accomplish those goals. I have also been thinking about my next western trip […]

Late Season Plan

22 Dec

I found the late season food source and I know where the bedding is. Now it's time to get a stand right in the middle.

Now that shotgun season is finally over here in Iowa, the deer will hopefully begin to settle down and get back to some sort of routine bedding to food pattern. In past seasons it has been difficult finding one or both of these two areas as the deer have have literately had the daylights scared […]

Reader Success | Cameron Frowick

15 Dec


By Cameron Frowick     The year 2010 marked the first year of my Trail Camera Addiction. I purchased my first camera for our family farm here in East Texas which sits on the Angelina River in the heart of the piney woods region of the state. Acorns, food plots, and feeders was the name of the game while […]

Haters Gonna Hate

10 Dec


  In the world we live in it seems like everyone voices their opinion behind a keyboard, either on some form social media, through emails, or in online forums. There are times when those opinions are valid and based on facts, and there are other times when those opinions come from a crazy asshole who […]

Gun Season *sigh*

2 Dec


Just to let everyone know this is not a “gun hunter vs. bow hunter” article. Just a couple reasons and examples of why I am drawn to the bow. This isn’t my best article, just some random thoughts typed out. Enjoy!     Let’s get one thing straight, I don’t care if you hunt with […]

Reader Success | Jeff Giencke

25 Nov


  As a hunter, we want the best…..a big fat stinky mature buck. That’s not asking too much, right? After all I turn on the tv and all the guys shoot 180” and up. Over time we create a pattern, hunt here, bring this, leave that, yata, yata, yata. Our farm is not managed, its free range and […]

Giveaway | Qalo Rings

24 Nov


And the winner is… Garret Bergeleen! (Garret, you have 48 hurs to respond to the email I sent you or I will have to pick another winner.) Thanks to everyone for participating and remember to to stay tuned for more upcoming podcasts, articles, and giveaways!       Once again the good people at Qalo […]

Whitetail “5 Why”

19 Nov


If you have any type of manufacturing background you may be familiar with the term “5 Why”. For those of you who are not, I’ll fill you in. It’s a process that is used to help identify the root-cause of a particular problem or defect in any workflow. This process is done several times because […]

Hunting The Core

16 Nov


Here is an article I wrote for an outdoor magazine earlier this fall. I’ll be completely honest with you, I have a pretty serious problem when it comes to whitetails. This article is being written in July and will more than likely go to print in the October issue and I am already losing sleep trying to […]

Reader Success Story | Travis Glassman

2 Nov


It was a hot August day in 2014.  My wife and I were making our rounds to our tucked away trail camera hot spots when she nudged me with that excited grin on her face.  You know what I mean!  That grin you can’t hold back when you see that magnificent whitetail on your trail […]

Those Guys…

29 Oct

That Guy2

We all have that one friend or know of a guy who consistently lays down big bucks every year. He’ll send you a text or you will see a picture on Facebook in July or August of a giant buck in velvet he captured on one of his trail cameras. Then another picture in late […]

An End To October

26 Oct


  So far this hunting season has not gone the way I envisioned it as far as time in the tree or time on the property is concerned. I’m behind on my trail cameras, behind on treestand placement, and most importantly behind on patterning a mature buck. Usually, by this time every year I have […]

Reader Success Story | Thomas Arnott

20 Oct


  October 9, 2015 I was hunting a new property in Ohio I had just got permission to shed hunt that spring. I was hunting on 40 acres of timber surrounded by cut corn. I was in a tree stand 20 yards off of the field, on a ditch line that runs threw the property. […]

Attention Deficit Disorder

16 Oct


To be honest I should have taken today off work. I’m so jacked about this cold front coming through that my mind is mashed potatoes. I will do my best to focus at work and at least try to look like I’m doing something productive. For those of you who sit in front of a […]

Cold Front + High Pressure = Get In The Stand

15 Oct

It's the cold front we have all been waiting for! Get in the damn tree!

  If you live in the mid-west, east of the Mississippi River, and north of Mason Dixon Line, it would be in your best interest to be in a treestand this weekend. There is a massive cold front coming through the northern part of the country that will more than likely have deer on their feet. […]

Doe Patrol

14 Oct

The spoils of the hunt!

The original plan this past Friday was to get out of work a little early so I had enough time to stop by the house to switch vehicles before I made the hour drive south to my main hunting property, and still have to set up a stand.  A small cold front was in the […]

Opening Weekend

6 Oct


The moment all of us have been waiting has finally arrived. It’s bow season! Like most of you, this week my life productivity was very low. Checking my phone, what felt like every 10 minutes, for up-to-date weather forecasts in order to know the right wind direction. I wonder how much time I spend on […]

Opening Day Reminder

1 Oct

After the morning hunt on Saturday and before my leaking tires we checked a couple trail cameras.

Today is opening day in Iowa. I don’t know about you, but I’m freakin’ excited. The crops are coming out, the leaves are beginning to change, and the moment us bow hunters have long awaited is finally here. But let’s, if only for one moment, turn the excitement level down and focus on some very important […]

Sharing Property With Other Hunters

24 Sep

One of my Coverts waiting on a fence post.

Unless you are blessed with owning or leasing your own property or have sole permission to hunt a private farm, you are more than likely sharing hunting rights with other hunters. Especially if you only hunt public ground.     Over the years I have come in contact with several different personalities while hunting, most […]

8 Days Until Bow Season

22 Sep

Here is one of my trail camera setups overlooking a drive between a corn and bean field.

Now that I’m back from my Idaho trip there are only 8 days until Iowa opens their archery season. To say that I’m excited is an understatement. In the next 8 days there are still a couple of tasks I need to complete before I climb in the stand for the first time. Here they […]

Son Of A B*%#&!

11 Sep

Mark Kenyon is an absolute stud of a deer.  Unfortunately, I have a feeling he will be displaced this season because of the logging.

  I know I’v mentioned this 1000 times, but I live over an hour away from my main hunting property. With that said, every trip down there needs to be as efficient as possible. Wednesday after work I packed up my daughter and decided to check my trail cameras one last time before I headed […]

Don’t Blow It Too Early

1 Sep

How pumped is too pumped for deer season?

  If you’re a serious whitetail addict like myself then right about now the “fever” is setting in pretty strong. This “fever” can’t be cured by more cowbell, can’t be suppressed by drugs or alcohol, and won’t go away if you ignore it. There’s only one cure, and that’s time spent in a ground blind […]

Definition of a “Good Hunter”

27 Aug


Please excuse me while I rant: I was scrolling through my social media feeds last week and noticed a comment about a particular hunting personality being a “good hunter”. I’ve always asked myself what makes a good hunter, so I made sure to tune in to their TV show this week to see how good […]

Velvet Rut | Welcome Back Old Friends

21 Aug

Sprouting two additional points on each side there are literally tines everywhere.

As you have probably read in previous blogs, I love checking my trail cameras throughout the summer.  Don’t get me wrong, I love big bucks, but when a deer you have been following for several years shows up for the 3rd year in a row, it just adds to the excitement. You are able to […]

9 Finger Giveaway | Qalo Rings

21 Aug


And the winners are: Jen “The Mad Scrapper” K Trent Orr Congratulations to the winners, they have 48 hours to reply to my email or another winner will be picked. Thanks to everyone who participated and stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon!   For those of you who wear a wedding ring, or any […]

Cast A Net Using Trail Cameras

14 Aug


And on the 8th day God created trail cameras…   I’ll be honest, I relay on my trail cameras way more than I probably should. In the summer they sit over mineral stations and agriculture fields and allow me to take inventory of the bucks in the area. Then, about the same time the velvet […]

Don’t Over-think

6 Aug

Does the moon phase really matter if you can only hunt specific days?

I feel that high pressure and moon positioning does have an effect on deer movement. But should you consider it if you can only hunt a certain number of days throughout the season?     Barometric pressure, moon phase, wind direction, scent profile, temperature, precipitation, tree stand location, tree stand access, terrain, blah blah blah blah […]

Velvet Rut – Welcome Back Old Friends

28 Jul


If you’re not running trail cameras during the summer months, you’re missing out. Other than actually hunting, and up there with finding sheds, flipping through trail camera pictures for the first time is one of my favorite parts about the year-long obsession with these animals. As I mentioned in the previous “Velvet Rut” blog, I […]

Threat Level Based On Scent Potency

21 Jul


I had this crazy idea pop in my head before I went to bed last night. I hope it makes sense and doesn’t make me sound like a jackass who is trying to sound smarter than they really are. Over the past 10 years I have seen deer do some amazing things with their nose. […]

Velvet Rut – 2015 2nd Card Pull

20 Jul


My grandma always used to tell me that Sunday was the day of the Lord, but when you’re a father of two kids under the age of three, your wife runs a small business out of the house, and you are in the middle of 177 different household projects, I need to take advantage of […]

Nose Jammer Giveaway

16 Jul


And the winners are: David Barbery Kirk Warrington Eric Hull Bryan Boose Austin Janssen Tyler Brosius Congratulations to the winners are keep an eye out for more blogs, videos, and giveaways! Thanks for playing! Dan (DFW)   To piggyback off of this weeks new blog about accessing your stands I called up Bob from Nose […]

Scent Profiles & Treestand Access

15 Jul

Here is how I will approach this stand on an east or southeast wind direction. Note the bad access route that would ruin any movement from the bedding area.

Right now a majority of you probably have your trail cameras out capturing the velvet rut and taking inventory of the bucks you will be hunting the fall. Some of you have may have already been out in the timber scouting the properties you can hunt looking for the best stand locations. Some of you may be […]

Hunting Outside The Box

6 Jul

Notice the deer are using the terrain features and the crop transitions as their travel routes.

When it comes to locating and killing mature bucks most of the talk revolves around finding where they are bedding in the timber. As we all know, deer are not confined to the woods, especially during late summer and early fall when a majority of the crops are still standing. Many hunters, myself included, tend […]

Vortex & Tenzing | 9 Finger Giveaway

18 Jun


And the Winner is… Jeff Lipple  Jeff, please contact me within 24 hours to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone for participating and thanks for following the Nine Finger Chronicles blog. If you didn’t win… better luck next time! There will be more giveaways to come. Thanks, Dan   If you haven’t already noticed I […]

Velvet Rut – 2015 1st Card Pull

15 Jun


  Sunday morning after a month of soaking in the timber, I fought the hoards of mosquitoes and headed out to change the SD cards and perform a little trail camera maintenance. From a trail camera standpoint, last year was one of the best picture years I have ever had. I had several mature deer […]

Western Preparation | Update

12 Jun

Purchased this target earlier this week. Hope it helps!

My current sleep schedule is averaging somewhere around 4 hours a night. I am trying to fit being a father and husband, working out, home owner responsibilities, shooting my bow, remodeling, blog upkeep, writing articles for magazines, and work into the 20 hours that I’m awake. Now that I’ve written it out… holy shit! My […]

Product Giveaway

10 Jun


And the winners are… Jason Kidd Karl Spaay Please email me you mailing address or contact me on Facebook. Thanks everyone for participating . Stay tuned for another awesome product giveaway later this week! It’s that time again for another Nine Finger Chronicles product giveaway. Because I can’t shoot mechanical broad heads on my Idaho […]


1 Jun

Nothing beats calm water and a colorful sunrise.

  On the banks of the Mississippi in the shade of a 100 year old cottonwood tree sits a simple trailer. There’s nothing particularly special about the aesthetics of this structure. Other than a great view of the river below, the most luxurious attribute is that it has satellite television. Although it’s a little cramped […]

Mineral Station Success

19 May


  As most of you know my son was born on the 26th of last month, so I’m blaming him for not getting my trail cameras and mineral stations out until this past weekend. Usually they would have been soaking for about a month and I would already have a good idea of what deer […]

Run-N-Gun Essentials

12 May

The pack and tree stand I use for every run-n-gun setup.

I have had several individuals contact me through email and social media over the past year asking me about the gear I use for a run-n-gun setup and how I use it. The following is a result of the those requests.     Like I have mentioned several times before, I try to have as […]

Tree Stand Micromanagement: Part 2

8 May


Until last year I had almost ignored this part of the farm. I thought is was too close to the house and there wasn’t a enough sign for me to pay any attention to it. That was until I hung a trail camera in this pinch point in early September (near old stand location). I […]

Huntin’ Truck

6 May

This GMC Sonoma has been a huge part of my life the past 10 years.

  I love my truck. Like a loyal woman she has never failed me. If she had a name it would probably be something like Rhonda or Barb. And although time has taken its toll on her, she remains a crucial part of my yearly whitetail endeavor. Since I purchased her in 2005 I have […]

My Bucket List

22 Apr

Unlike my Nebraska trip, I will be fighting thinner air and steeper inclines.

My son, who will be my second child, will be born any day now. And for some reason I have been doing a lot of thinking about my future and the future of my family. One of the things that I have been thinking about are all of the hunts or adventures I would like […]

Archer & Hunter – Levi Morgan

16 Apr

Traveling to a variety of locations, Levi will be hunting 9 different big game animals this year alone.

Last week I had the pleasure of having a short conversation with one of the best compound archers on the planet. In the 45 minutes that we spoke I realized the passion he had for his family, the sport of archery, and hunting.      Believe it or not, the first arrow Levi Morgan ever […]

Whitetail Memories

14 Apr


  Saturday morning while I was giving my garage a thorough spring cleaning I ran across something that made me stop and do a little reminiscing. I opened up a 55 gallon trashcan where I keep all of my smaller and chewed up sheds. Laying right on top of the pile was the rack of […]

Whitetail Mistakes | Video

7 Apr


  If you ask any long-time bowhunter if that have ever made a mistake while in the stand and they say “No”… their lying. Bowhunting is a sport of trial and error. Making a mistake and then  learning from it. Honing your skills with every encounter in hopes of getting within range of one the […]

Edward Scissorhands | Video

3 Apr

This is a still shot taken from the footage of aback I passed about four years ago. I regret not taking a shot on this buck.

This video clip is a little long, but I left it as is because I wanted to show everyone the way these animals behave. How they can materialize out of nowhere and stand perfectly still for several minutes. Enjoy…     At the beginning of every season I do my best to put together a hit-list of bucks that […]

The “No Show Jones” Encounter

1 Apr


The past 2014 bow season we were blessed with the opportunity to chase a beautiful mature whitetail we gave the name “No Show Jones”.  He was showing up regularly on three different trail cameras that were placed in specific locations in hopes of patterning his movement.  We played cat and mouse with this buck for […]

Predator Jacket Winner

1 Apr


First off I want top thank everyone for participating in the Predator Camo Adrenaline Jacket giveaway. Thank you all for your support and stay tuned for more from The Nine Finger Chronicles! And the winner is… Will Rusch Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Moving On

31 Mar


By guest writer Brent Gargasz Spring of 2013, this was the first time I laid eyes on the deer that would encompass my mind and become a focus of every whitetail related task I would complete for the next 2 years.   I’m not one to brand a deer with a witty name, I’m not against […]

Whitetail Dilemma

30 Mar

This is a trail camera photo of a buck I called Shipwreck. I shot in 2010, but he survived.

  Life is full of tough decisions. For example, deciding when to quit a job and find greener pastures, when to marry the woman you have fallen in love with, or when to pack up and move to a new state. Decisions like these come with their fair share of stress and can often throw […]

Becoming A Better Predator

25 Mar


The first time I met our guest writer we were the worst of enemies staring across the line of scrimmage at each other in what was one of the all-time greatest athletic rivalries in the history of history. Now Matt Doughty is keeping the people of Des Moines, IA in tip-top shape. During a conversation we had […]

FREE Predator Camo

23 Mar


As we continue to celebrate The Nine Finger Chronicles being a year old as well as a couple social media milestones. Predator Camo has decided to join us in the festivities and giveaway a FREE Adrenaline Jacket (By the way, this Jacket is bad ass.) Here’s how to win… 1.) Comment #PredatorCamo in the comments section below. […]

The Big Buck Equation

19 Mar

Here is Edward Scissorhands as a 5 1/2 year old.

When it comes to killing a “big buck” nothing is guaranteed. Even perfect scenarios hold variables that are impossible to keep constant. Unlike a math equation, the big buck equation is made up entirely of variables. Every category influencing other categories thus increasing or decreasing the odds of harvesting your “big buck”.  Don’t get discouraged […]

And The Winners Are…

13 Mar

And the winners for the giveaway are… Bryan Carnaggio – Wired To Hunt Hat Bryce Henschel – Wired To Hunt Hat Wes Hallman – Stic-N-Pic Mini Screw In Tony Barnes – Stic-N-Pic Mini Screw In Ryan Buntrock – Duel Game Calls Stretchback Grunt Reuben Dourte – Scott Release Brian Schneck – Ozonics To the winners, please Facebook message me […]

Miles For A Small Pile

11 Mar


The basic definition of shed hunting is walking back and forth looking for antlers that have fallen from bucks that are living in the area. But for me, it’s much more than that. It’s a time to get out and celebrate Mother Nature’s divorce from Old Man Winter. A time to breath fresh air and […]

New Growth & Thank You

5 Mar


One year ago this month I made one of the hardest decisions of my life. That decision changed the path my life was on. I decided to leave something that I had put a lot of time and energy in to. Something that I had become comfortable with. You might even say complacent. I left […]

Shed Hunting… Maybe

3 Mar

Hopefully all the antlers are on top of the snow.

  First off, I only tolerate cold and crappy weather when there is some sort of hunting season in progress. As soon as the season is over I become like everyone else and love to bitch about how much I hate the snow, ice, and the poor driving skills of others. Now that it’s March […]

Western Preparation | Progress

25 Feb

Mule Deer Hunting

With the first two months of the year almost in the books the preparation for my western mule deer hunt is going somewhat as expected. I have been doing tons of research on where to hunt, hitting the gym as often as possible while changing my diet, and have starting accumulating the gear I will […]

Tree Stand Micromanagement

19 Feb

Micromanaging your tree stand placement each season will help you get closer to the buck you are trying to kill.

Before you read this blog I recommend reading an article I wrote previously called The Pinch Point. It will help you get a better idea of the area and allow you to get a vision of where this stand is located. If you have read any of my other articles or listened to the Wired To Hunt Podcast […]

Things That Piss Me Off

17 Feb


While you read this please think of things that piss you off then comment below! Whether it’s because of something I did or the actions of someone else, it seems that several times a year I get pissed off due to things not going as planned. Honestly, the only time I get mad is on […]

Hunting Survey Results

10 Feb

Broad heads

Last week I asked you to take part in a short survey about what bow brand, camo brand, tree stand brand, and broadhead style you use. Below are the results from 90 individuals who took the survey. What does it all mean? I’m really not sure, but for some reason I find these statics interesting […]


4 Feb

Dolla dolla bills y'all!

Cash Rules Everything Around Me The above phrase became somewhat popular in the 90’s by a rap group that called themselves The Wu-Tang Clan. So what the hell does a Wu-Tang Clan song have to do with hunting you ask? Nothing! But I’ll answer that question with another question. How much money did you spend […]

Flipping The Switch

26 Jan


I can’t remember the exact day and time the switch was flipped, but I do know the year. It was 2006 and I had just moved back to Iowa after living in Alabama and Georgia over the past year and a half. I had always been an outdoors kind of guy, camping, hunting, fishing… but […]

Hunting Health

22 Jan

Unlike my Nebraska trip, I will be fighting thinner air and steeper inclines.

“Iowa Man Dies of Exhaustion During Western Hunt” would be the headline if my Idaho hunting trip started tomorrow. Daniel Keith Johnson, 34, of Swisher, IA was found dead 100 yards from his vehicle in Idaho last Sunday. A spokesperson for the National Forestry Service said that there doesn’t seem to be any foul play […]

Now What?

13 Jan

Shed Hunting

For the second year in a row I am forced to eat Tag Soup. It’s not the first time I’ve eaten it, and it won’t be the last. Some years it tastes bland, while other years it taste like shit. This year was wasn’t the worst season I’ve ever had, nor was it the best. […]

A Season of Trail Camera Pictures

7 Jan


Whether it’s summer and I’m trying to put together a hit list for the upcoming season or during the hunting season and I’m trying to locate a buck, one of my favorite things to do is to check my trail cameras. I guess it’s the anticipation that I love. There’s nothing better than flipping through […]

Setting Goals For 2015

3 Jan

Here's Ryan Eyberg in all of his glory. Another awesome story of a buck that we have been chasing for the past couple seasons.

2014 was one hell of a year, in and out of the tree stand. As far a hunting is concerned and as most of you already know, my main focus this past bow hunting season was to film my good friend Ryan on my hunting properties in Iowa. Because of this I didn’t get too […]

The Last Hurrah

1 Jan

Here is one of my trail camera setups overlooking a drive between a corn and bean field.

This year it seemed like the rut went by so fast that it didn’t even happen. Now that the hunting season is almost over I am going to give it one last Hail Mary attempt before I hang up my bow. And, as we all know, the late season can be can be very challenging. […]

2014 Rut Recap: The Bottom

23 Dec

Ryan drawing back his bow checking this shooting lanes.

Although I am blessed to have some pretty good hunting ground, there are both positives and negatives to hunting a larger farm. I know this is a good problem to have, but as we all know the view from a tree stand is a lot different from the view out of a trail camera. The […]

2014 Rut Recap: Two-Track

26 Nov

Two days after Ryan missed   No Show he showed back up on trail camera on a well known scrape on an old two track

  As you can imagine both Ryan and myself were pretty bummed about missing No Show Jones on the morning of the 7th. But, like all hunters we had to move on and keep grinding it out. We bounced around to a couple more locations in hopes of giving the marsh area a couple days […]

2014 Rut Recap: The Marsh

20 Nov


Sorry it has been a while since the last post, as you can imagine I have been kinda busy. I am going to break down Ryan and I’s vacation in to three different blogs by the three different location we spent the most amount of time in.  Not really sure where to start… so I guess I’ll just start […]

The Calm Before The Storm

30 Oct

This is a new buck to the property and he looks to be mature. Who knows?

Typically I have seen good deer movement the last week of October. The bucks are starting to get on their feet a little earlier and head back to their bed a little later, stopping along the way to freshen up their scrapes or scent check any does that they run in to along the way. […]

Public Service Announcement

30 Oct


  I hope everyone is having a fun and wothwhile hunting season so far. As this week draws to a close many of us will be using vacation days from work and spending a good amount of time in the timber. I myself will spending a mixture of time filming and hunting over the next […]

A Weekend With Ryan

24 Oct

Ryan Hero

When Ryan told me he was excited to have drawn his Iowa tag I knew that was an understatement. Coming off a fresh vasectomy and a weekend at the in-laws I knew Ryan was ready for some T.S.T. (tree stand time). Checking in Friday periodically during his trip he let me how fast he was […]

Getting Closer

16 Oct

Mark Kenyon October

Going in to this second weekend of the season my goal was to redeem myself from the debacle that was my opening weekend and try to arrow a doe. I fixed my bow, re-sighted it in and was comfortable once again with my shot. I was about 20 miles away from the farm I was […]

Think Before You Call

10 Oct

Here is one of my trail camera setups overlooking a drive between a corn and bean field.

Like I have mentioned a thousand times before most of my hunting education has come through failing then learning from those mistakes. So when it comes to calling at deer I have received one hell of an education over the years.  In a perfect world we would never have to call at the bucks we […]

Opening Weekend Bomb

9 Oct


  I’ll start this blog entry off as I was pulling in to the farm drive this past Friday. To say I was excited for my first hunt of the year would be an understatement. I came right from work so I quickly changed in to my scent-free hunting clothes, through on my pack and […]

Luck vs. Skill

1 Oct

Johnny Utah

I guess this is me complaining… We have all heard stories of the 13 year old kid who goes out on their first bow hunt and kills a giant. Or the story of the first time hunter who knows absolutely nothing about deer and their first time on public land shoots a booner. Honestly, these […]

The Final Countdown

22 Sep

Here's Ryan Eyberg in all of his glory. Another awesome story of a buck that we have been chasing for the past couple seasons.

Some of you live is states where the bow season has already started while others like myself  are still drooling at the mouth waiting to get in the timber and get this party started. This weekend I had a couple small tasks I needed to complete before the season starts in nine days. Sunday morning […]

In The Hills

18 Sep

Beautiful views as far as the eye could see.

After eight hours of work on Saturday I was out the door and headed back home to switch vehicles, say goodbye to the family, and hit the road west to Nebraska. For the most part I had everything loaded in my truck and was 99% ready to go chase deer and antelope in the sand […]

The Hit List – Part 3

3 Sep


As we all know patterns change, feeding habits change, and deer move to new locations throughout the year. With that said, I am not expecting everyone of these deer to stick around during the entire season. Historically I have see a huge shift when the crops start to come out. All it takes is one […]

The Hit List – Part 2

29 Aug

2 Chainz - 2014

All I can say this year is that Ryan and myself are truly blessed when it comes to the quality of deer we will be hunting this fall. The age structure of this years crop is very impressive. If we play our cards right, we should get a crack at a buck at least 4 […]

The Hit List – Part 1

27 Aug

Finding pictures of big bucks when you check your trail cameras is one of the best feelings ever. But, still not as good as sex.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… I’m not going to try and do any fancy writing because the pictures are going to do all the talking. This past weekend I went in to the timber and the fields of Iowa and checked my cameras for the 3rd time this summer. For the most […]

Sweat Equity

25 Aug

Trail cameras, tree stands, and shooting lanes.

  A couple weekends back my whiskey drinking friend Ryan and myself headed out into the timber to do a little pre-season work to prepare for the upcoming bowhunting season. Checking trail cameras, hanging tree stands, and cutting shooting lanes took up a majority of our time. And, we were able to fit in eating […]

Something New – Public Land

20 Aug

I have only hunted on public land a couple times. This is going to be interesting.

Last week I went on a little scouting mission on some public hunting land near my home. The previous couple months I had been driving around the area doing some glassing from my Honda Civic and noticed a good amount of deer visiting a bean field that boarders the state land. Every time I would drive by […]

Wasted Time

12 Aug

The time is now!

I’ve been told by several people over the years that you shouldn’t dwell on the past and live your life with no regrets. That’s hard when you come to the realization that a large part of your past was wasted. I spent a majority of my college years and early twenties bellied-up to a bar, […]

Four Day Weekend

6 Aug

Spectacular views, good company, and nature at its finest.

Although this blog mainly revolves around my hunting adventures, I fell that the word “adventure” means so much more. For me, it means going somewhere I have never been, doing something I have never done, and living out a new experience… and that’s exactly what I did this past weekend. Wednesday my wife and I left […]

From The Vault

29 Jul

Big bucks.

I was digging through some old writings I did a while back for Wired To Hunt and pulled this short writing out. Enjoy!     I am supposed to be working right now but the only thing I keep thinking about is what tree stand I should sit in come October 1st. By now I have […]

The Velvet Rut – 2nd Card Pull

23 Jul

Will this buck be a 9 or a 10? My guess is a 10.

If you are a 365 day a year whitetail nut like myself I don’t need to tell you about  how excited we all get when it comes time to check trail cameras. This  year the excitement is doubled as good friend Ryan Eyberg has drawn an Iowa tag and I will be filming him, and […]

Gear – Part 3: Accessorize

16 Jul

The better to see you with.

I have an entire tote of “hunting stuff” in my garage of gear that I don’t even use anymore… unopened earth scented wafers, giant bow hooks, throwback camo, old calls, and contraptions that I don’t even know what they are used for. As time goes on and I continue to grow as a hunter the […]

Gear – Part 2: The Hunt

9 Jul

Ripcord Arrow Rest

First off I want to apologize for being a day late on this blog. My daughter is going through another round of teething and for those of you who are parents I think you can relate. For those of you who can’t relate, just remember to use a condom. Now then… The last Gear Blog […]

Gear – Part 1: The Shot

1 Jul

I love this bow! Be sure to try Elite before you buy your next bow.

I was shooting my bow the other night brainstorming about what my next blog post should be about. I looked down at my bow, arrows, and the rest of the gear I use that currently sits in the corner of my garage and realized that I am not really a gear head when it comes […]

A New Adventure – Bowhunting Mule Deer

23 Jun

I'm off to Nebraska in September to spot and stalk mule deer. Wish me luck, i'll need it!

Awhile back I had the opportunity to speak with Bernie Barringer on the Wired To Hunt podcast about DIY hunting trips. After the podcast lunched, I was able to do a little more  reading on the the subject and started brainstorming and daydreaming about what options I had. One day at work I checked in to see […]

The Velvet Rut – 1st Card Pull

17 Jun

Whitetail deer

This past weekend I fought off the bug invasion and headed out to the timber to check my trail cameras for the first card pull of the year. Needless to say I was extremely excited, as I am every year, to see what was captured.     When I started flipping through the pictures of […]

Big Loo – Wowzers!

13 Jun

Whitetail Hunting

We are currently experiencing a system malfunction at work, so I thought  I would dig through some old trail camera pictures I keep on a thumb drive and write up a quick blog about one particular deer that has caught my attention the past couple years.     If you’re like me you probably spend […]

Weekend Plans

11 Jun

Ava in her favorite hat.

  Due to a weekend full of rain, my family and I had to cancel our weekend plans to head up to the in-laws fishing cabin in northeast Iowa on the Mississippi river. All three of us were really excited. So, when we found out that the weather was not going to cooperate and we […]

The Pinch Point

3 Jun

This is the trail that runs along of the south bank of the river.

By my definition, a pinch point is a manmade or natural obstacle that funnels or concentrates deer into a tighter area. Two weekends ago while setting up my trail cameras I did a little scouting in an area that had two such obstacles, one natural and one manmade.     The natural barrier is a […]

Phase 2: Trail Cameras

22 May

It's time to start thinking about getting your trail cameras out.

    This weekend I implement Phase 2: Setting up my trail cameras over top of my mineral stations and on some heavy trails. After using trail cameras religiously over the past 5 years, I can’t imagine my life without them. I live an hour away from my main hunting farms so trail cameras do […]

Ryan, Please Kill Yourself

16 May

Ryan Eyberg: The Human

  The story of Ryan Eyberg starts over 30 years ago. Unfortunately, I did not get the opportunity to meet him until 2009; way past his professional roller skating days. Then, as if it was fate, in the fall of 2010 we shared our first hunting experience together. He was the camera man, I was […]

3 Products for Bigger Bucks

13 May

Put down your shed antlers, here comes the black rack.

When it comes to hunting mature whitetails the gear you use plays a very important role. Whether you are trying to lure them in or keep them from spooking, what products you have in the stand or blind with you will directly impact your success. I have been hunting for over 20 years and have […]

Making a list, checking it twice.

9 May

The List

  A couple nights ago I sat down and was making a list of all the tasks I need to accomplish before the upcoming deer season.  After about 10 minutes of compiling my “to-do” list I began to get agitated. The whole point of making the list was for it to be friendly reminder, not […]

Phase 1: Mineral Stations

7 May


The whitetail antler growing season is already upon us, which means that the hunting season is only five months out. Now five months may seem like a long time but these days it’s just a flash in the pan. This past weekend I refreshed a majority of my mineral stations, created some new ones, and […]

Turkey Murder in Iowa – Part 2

27 Apr

Some day it will be Ava’s turn. But first things first… potty training

  Now that Sara was tagged out I was going to run a solo mission Easter morning. There’s no better way to celebrate the life of Christ but by enjoying nature. It was warmer than the two previous mornings. I can’t remember the last turkey season with no rain. It seems in the past that […]

Turkey Murder in Iowa – Part 1

23 Apr

  The walk to the blind Friday morning was easier than other years, the moon was extra bright so I didn’t even need to use my headlight. On the walk in I bumped two birds from the roost, but, for some reason I didn’t care. I made it to the blind I had set up […]

Turkey Prep

17 Apr


  Getting excited to spend time in the woods with my wife chasing some Iowa gobblers. I’m only packing the bare necessities. Click, click… boom!

Brownie Points

14 Apr

Don’t let your selfishness ruin your hunting time.

  On my wedding day I asked my father for some marital advice, his response. “Nod and smile.” Until recently I didn’t understand what he meant. It was something that I had to learn on my own. Before we started dating I sat down the woman who is now my wife and we had a […]

A Family of Archers

30 Mar

John Mulligan and his family all share the love of archery.

  by John Mulligan How does someone balance family life, work, and hobbies? As a person with three full time careers and a love of hunting family time can often fall by the wayside. I picked up my first bow about five years ago to challenge myself as a hunter. As a police officer, I […]

Till Death Do Us Part

29 Mar

Doubling up on some Iowa turkeys.

  Three years ago this April was the first time I took my wife turkey hunting. Now that I look back at it I can laugh, but as her first turkey season was unfolding I was sure it was going to end in divorce. Weather plays an important role when trying to locate and kill […]

The Unwritten Rules of Shed Hunting

22 Mar

Shed hunting is awesome!

Here are a couple simple rules that I live by in regards to sheds and shed hunting, at least if you’re shed hunting with me:   1. The first side found gets the second side. – If you are walking with a group of people and and person #1 finds an antler and a little […]

A Weekend of Scoopin’

20 Mar

Miles for piles! A small pile, but a good pile.

  A typical shed hunting season can start as early as December and last until early April depending on how long the deer hold their antlers. Before I was married and when I lived closer to my hunting properties I was abel to walk every inch of a property a couple times a season. I […]