Category Archives : hunting


Let the State Put a Trophy Buck Deer in Your Sights

Big Whitetail BuckSurvival, ahead of food, water or sex is the most-important need in older-age-class bucks. The mature buck thinks every morning during deer season just before day light, “Where can I go and not get shot?” If you can answer this question for the buck, you’ll know where and how to hunt him. In many states, Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) manage their properties to produce the most bucks they can for the hunters who hunt there.… Read more

Big Buck Walking through the Woods

Deer hunting with CVA Apex

Set-Up Now to Walk Bucks to Your Deer Stand

Big Whitetail Deer CVAOlder-age-class bucks are lazy and are also very patternable. Knowing these two facts about older bucks means you can walk a mature whitetail to within easy range of your blackpowder rifle. Another fact about mature whitetails is they usually like to bed within 150-200 yards from where they’re feeding. By using trail cameras and identifying what bucks like to eat at different times of blackpowder season, you can cause a buck to walk to within 30-50 yards of your stand.… Read more


“Save Money and Grow More and Bigger Deer” with John E. Phillips and Austin Delano

Big Trophy Monster DeerBy now at the first of June, on your hunting lands, you should have turned the ground, gotten a soil test, put your lime and fertilizer down and planted your green fields. Now you think you can sit back and wait for blackpowder season to arrive to harvest the bucks that come to that green field. But can you increase the amount of delicious, nutritious food in that field?… Read more

Tractor making deer hunting food plot

Aerial Map

Finding Older-Age-Class Deer Now to Hunt in the Fall

Big Mature Bucks in VelvetThree tactics drastically will increase your odds for taking an older-age-class buck in the coming season. You can:
* plant supplemental green fields, put out mineral licks close to those green fields, place a feeder close to the green fields and fertilize naturally-occurring grasses, shrubs and fruit and nut trees;
* find small properties and/or remote properties that most hunters never consider hunting them; and
* do all of the above.… Read more


The Perfect Turkey Hunt

Gobbler on a Limb“Aren’t you going to go pick up your bird?” my friend Scott Dillon asked some years ago when we turkey hunted together. I just had squeezed the trigger of my old CVA Trapper at 20 steps. I smiled and answered, “No, not yet. Let’s just sit here, and be still and quiet for a few minutes. I want to reflect on the hunt.”

I realized that I just had had one of the most unusual turkey hunts ever.… Read more

John resting against a tree with his gobbler