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RECON

9 Jun

Capture

  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 […]

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 […]

2016 Goals

16 Feb

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Hunting Resolutions

29 Dec

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  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 […]

Haters Gonna Hate

10 Dec

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  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

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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

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  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 […]

Whitetail “5 Why”

19 Nov

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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 […]

An End To October

26 Oct

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  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

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  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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cast A Net Using Trail Cameras

14 Aug

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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 […]

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 […]

Velvet Rut – 2015 1st Card Pull

15 Jun

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  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 […]

Unplug

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

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  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Miles For A Small Pile

11 Mar

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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 […]

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 […]

Things That Piss Me Off

17 Feb

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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 […]

Flipping The Switch

26 Jan

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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. […]

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

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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

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  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

Blood

  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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]