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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.   […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]