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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.keep looking »