I"m guessing that most of you do not know that Iowa has a program where it allows celebrities to bypass the general application for a non-resident deer permit. This program gives celebrities a chance to obtain one of 75 permits set aside just for them. They still pay the same going rate as any other non-resident hunter, currently I believe it's $551, but they don't have to wait and wait for their chances at a permit so they can go deer hunting in Iowa.
Maybe it's just the time of year or the weather. You know, opening day seems far away and it's too darn hot to do much without playing with heat exhaustion. So you think about hunting, plan hunts, talk hunting, read about hunting and watch hunting shows. Whatever the reason, every year about this time I start getting the "itch to hunt". It never goes away, it just lessons a little during late Spring and Summer, but knowing opening day is around the corner, makes it worse after I've had a few months off to recoup.
Okay, I'll admit it. I've been loosely following this story every since the controversy broke over whether or not the Boone & Crockett Club was going to name the Johnny King Buck the New World Record. Honestly, I could care less because I lost faith in the B&C Club many years ago. I think they've became just another good ole boys club and haven't represented the spirit under which the Club was founded for a long time now.
Well, even before the bill to allow hunters to use crossbows for Oklahoma archery deer hunting, I had an idea they would pass it this time around and started researching the best Crossbow I could buy for the money. I had owned a PSE Starfire crossbow (at least I believe that's what it was) back in the early 90's when I lived in Arkansas, but I only had it two years before it was stolen. About the same time I moved back to Oklahoma and never did buy another one. I eventually decided on the Excalibur Axiom Crossbow, here's how I got to that decision.
Let's say that on opening morning of deer season, you were magically picked up and were told you were going to be deer hunting in a place you'd never been to before and it wasn't in your home State. And what's more, you could only pick one place to hunt deer. Oh yeah, and if you didn't kill a deer that day, you had to walk back home! How's that for pressure from a theoretical situation! Where would you start? Here's my favorite 1o best treestand locations and I'd pick one of them if this happened to me.
I first found this book when I was browsing deer hunting books at AbeBooks. It was only $1 so I figured what the heck, I'd see what it was about. So I ordered "Whitetail Access: How To Hunt Top Whitetail States Cheaply & Effectively" and waited for it to arrive. The title had grabbed my attention simply because I've been wanting to plan a few out of state hunts. And since I like the DIY type hunting, I thought this would be an excellent book.
Sportsmans Warehouse is having a huge Clearance Sale, just before hunting season! Most of what I saw on sale was camping gear, but heck, a sale is a sale and who doesn't need more camping gear? LOL Hurry though, this special sale ends SOON!.
I'm not sure how many Deer Hunters put out a food plot. Whether it's a 1000 square foot opening way back in the woods or a 40 acre field planted with Corn, Soybeans and Clover, I'd say a good portion of Deer Hunters have at one time or another tried their luck with trying to get a food plot to grow somewhere. The mere fact that there are so many varieties of seeds for food plots and companies putting our these seeds is a testament that a lot of people are giving it a try. Hopefully these food plot tips will help your plot become a deer magnet.
Well, looks like us bowhunters who are not handicapped or elderly will finally be able to use Crossbows in Oklahoma's archery season. Or technically, any season where archery tackle is legal, which is the entire deer season practically! All I can say is, it's about time! Oklahoma crossbow hunting is now a reality!
This subject came to mind when I received an email from a reader asking what mistakes he should avoid when starting out deer hunting. Geez, talk about a loaded question (no pun intended)! After a little thought, I've come up with the 7 most common mistakes I believe new deer hunters make. While it's obvious that most of these mistakes are often belong to a beginning deer hunter, I've seen veteran deer hunters also make some of these mistakes (myself included). If you see one that should be on the list, drop me a line. So, here are my top 7 mistakes I see deer hunters make. In no certain order.keep looking »