You know, I never took this questions very serious until recently. Over the past few years, I've seen this question start some real knock down and drag out debates (okay, arguments!) in online deer hunting forums. But I've been seeing more and more of them lately whenever someone asks if they should be shooting small bucks or not. And I mean some of these folks probably would be going toe to toe if they were in front of each other (or sucking up to one another...lol). But in my opinion, it's a ridiculous argument to say the least. Here why I think like this.
Last Fall I found deer crossings on a fence line between two properties where we hunt. It was about 75 yards from an old road where we have an original Doghouse blind set up - permanently. In fact, it seemed like last year I found several areas where we needed to put treestands. Since I'm getting older, and preferring comfort over portability these days, I started researching different treestands to see which one might be lightweight but comfortable. I eventually found the one that seemed like it was just what I was looking for. It was the Big Game Treestands Titan Ladder Stand.
Chances are that if you're like me, you can't afford thousands of acres of hunting leases in each State. So, if you want to deer hunt in a state that you don't live in, you're either going to have to fork over a lot of money for a guide or you're going to have to find some public land hunting. This is especially true if you want to hunt a popular deer hunting state like Illinois. Illinois has quite a bit of public land hunting, but as with any State that is as heavily populated as Illinois is, you're going to have to work hard to avoid the crowds. One Illinois public hunting land you might want to check out is Cedar Glen State Natural Area.
If you live in Oklahoma, then you know it's been bone chilling cold lately. I pulled out every piece of cold weather hunting gear that I owned, including some of my Arctic Shield Clothing. Unfortunately, I found that my Arctic Shield bibs had a broken leg zipper. This is the zipper that runs from the bottom of the leg all the way up to the hip area.
Wow, imagine my excitement when I learned that Oklahoma would have its first Bear Season! I found out when I picked up the new wildlife regulation booklet at Wal-Mart about two weeks ago. I noticed that Oklahoma's Bear Season would coincide with the Black Powder season and that got me into a planning mode. I was making plans to head down to the mountains and do a little Deer hunting with the hopes of getting one of the first Black Bears in Oklahoma.
I know most of you have probably already forgotten about Deer hunting and are turning your thoughts to fishing or Spring Turkey hunting. Hey, that's okay. But if you want a crack at next years Big Buck, get out and do some post season scouting.
Okay, this is the first such list I've ever written. I got the idea from my good readers. Several of your Better Halfs emailed me and asked what should they get their deer hunters for Christmas. Some held me to a price range, some didn't. So I sit down and made a list of all the cool stuff a Deer Hunter could want for Christmas. Sadly, I had to narrow it down to just 10. Somehow a post title "2001 Gift Ideas For the Deer Hunter On Your Christmas List" seemed a bit long! Now all you have to do is email this list to your Spouse or Better Half or just print it out where they can find it.
I guess this should have been written ealier in the year seeing how many States deer hunting season's are already under way.
But better late than never!
I receive quite a bit of email about Deer hunting on public land. Having just came back from a Controlled Hunt on Public Land myself, here are some tips for you that are heading out to hunt Public Land Deer.
I have to admit, I'm a two or three issue voter. I have several issues that I'm always concerned about. If a candidate promises me he'll work the way I want on these issues and has a history of doing so, then I'll vote for them.
With the deer hunting season fast approaching in many areas of the country, many deer hunters are looking for buck sign in their favorite patch of woods. Rubs happen to be one sure sign that a buck has been in the area. Doe deer don't make rubs.« go back — keep looking »