Members of most hunting leases/hunting clubs will be having their annual meetings at some time within the next few months. One decision clubs will make that can tremendously impact the number of bucks you harvest off your lease is when the members consider the possibility of not hunting their green fields until the rut arrives. Here’s why: during the rut, the bucks are searching for estrous does to breed.… Read more
Many western states will begin their elk seasons in the next 6 weeks. Although elk are big animals and present big targets, they can vanish in an instant. You need to learn to talk elk to be successful. I’ve been hunting elk with my dad since I was 3-years old. By the time I was 5, I could use my natural voice to call in elk and to bugle to elk.… Read more
I know that the fastest-growing segment in the hunting industry is women discovering the sport of hunting. I’ve been hunting, especially elk, since I was very young, because I grew up in Montana where my entire extended family hunted. My love of hunting has continued until today.
My primary hunting partner is Donnelle Johnson, although I once hunted primarily with my husband Keith, my dad and my brother.… Read more
Survival, 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
Older-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