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Recent entries


Non-Typical Hunter

Prepping for bow season

Mon, August 05, 2013

Yep, it’s been pretty quiet lately. Summer brings fishing for most, and many people aren’t thinking about deer season too much, unless you’re one of us die-hard deer dreamers!

Well, I’ve been testing new products all year and reviewing some pretty cool stuff. There’s been a lot of new and innovative ideas surfacing that I found to be very interesting. I’ve had my hands on crossbows, trail cameras, arrows, broadheads, food plot seed, targets, etc. I picked what I thought was the best of the best and sent all the other stuff off to be auctioned off. If you want to see my fall Hit List, here it is: Hit List

Throughout the summer, I’ve been rotating my trail cameras to track where my potential next buck will come from. I think I may be on a couple of nice ones this year. If they will only stay in these areas come October, I may have a chance! Here’s a nice trail camera picture of a buck taken in July:

If you plant food plots, now’s a great time to plant a fall/winter plot! Opening day bow season will be here in 7 weeks which is just enough time to get some nice tasty greens all ready for your favorite deer! I tested several brands of food plot seeds this year and realized there really is a difference! I also tested a tiller/disk set that you pull behind your ATV with great results too.

If you have some last minute trimming, lane cutting, etc. now’s the time to get in and get out before you disturb your deer herd. I’m almost finished with everything I need to do but I do have a few more things to get to before it’s too late. I officially finished my seminar speaking for the year, so now all I’m going to concentrate on is my bow season! Speaking of seminars, I was making and appearance with Troy Landry of Swamp People last week in Wisconsin and we were able to hang out a little bit after hours. I think he’s going to hunt hogs in my Ghillie suit soon. Who knows? It may work!


New Hit List out

Fri, April 26, 2013

Busy time of year for me! Just finished my Spring Hit List and still have a ton of new products to test. I pretty much just finished all of last year’s taxidermy heads, so now it’s time to concentrate on deer for this fall!

In my new Hit List, I tested the new Covert Black 60 trail camera in addition to some food plot equipment and so forth. The Hit List doesn’t show the detailed information for each product but those are being posted individually daily. Here’s a link to the Hit List if you’re interested: Hit List.

In the Hit List, I choose the Barnett BCX crossbow and the individual review is here: BCX.

I’ll post more products as time allows! I still am gathering more images from the trail cameras.

Here’s a head I just finished for a friend who killed it about 4 months ago. It’s a real nice 160” class buck that was never seen by him before but rather just popped up during the rut!

No luck turkey hunting for me. In fact, I didn’t even go. I had only one day to hunt and later found out the farm had no access due to flood waters. My luck! hopefully that won’t happen during deer season. Anybody having any luck with the turkeys this year?



Thu, February 14, 2013

First I would like to thank those who came and visited me at the Illinois Deer Classic 2 weeks ago. It was nice being able to put a face together with a screen name! I enjoyed giving the seminars and chatting after the events.

The Heart of Illinois Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited will be having their banquet on Saturday Feb. 23rd at the Four Points by Sheraton in Peoria. Social hour begins at 5:00 pm. and dinner is served at 6:30 pm. It’s a great cause and a lot of fun. Please contact Bill David for tickets @ 309-389-3021. Hope to see you there!

I’m auctioning off 1 whitetail deer mount service and the proceeds will be going to the Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association (Peoria chapter). The current bid is $500.00. There’s no expiration date on this certificate and I’ll even re-mount an older head for you. We’ll discuss details if interested. This organization does amazing things to improve the quality of life for people with Down syndrome. My nephew Alex, who has DS, hopefully will be joining me on a whitetail hunt soon. I think it’s important that we share our experiences with them as much as possible. Stay tuned for more outdoor goodies that I’ll be auctioning off if interested!

More new products are coming to me by the truck loads, so I’ll be testing a bunch of new stuff this year and hopefully it will be “Good stuff”. One of the things I’ll be doing is planting new food plots in different properties and using multiple brands. I’ve never planted food plots before, so I thought this would be a great project coming from an everyday guy with no experience in this topic. So far I’m using seed and equipment from Bio-Logic and Horny Buck Seed Co. . I’ll be testing different varieties, blends and techniques all recommended by the manufacturer. I may have some more companies on board soon too!

Don Higgins released a book a few months ago called Real Wold Whitetail Icons. I wrote 3 chapters in it along with 12 other well known whitetail addicts. I’ve read about half of the book so far and I think it’s probably one of the best books ever put together regarding strategies for hunting whitetails, excluding my material. Many of these guys are patriarchs of the whitetail world and the material is from decades of trial and error. Don did an excellent job of compiling it! He sells them on his website Higgins Outdoors.

Finally, here’s a picture (or 2) of the last buck I got a few months ago in December during the second rut. The second rut is not recognized by many, including some of my friends who are experienced whitetail nuts. Even though I respect their opinions, I think otherwise. This buck was with a doe and in the 4 days I hunted him, he was holding tight with her for the last 16 hours or so. He grossed about 166” as a typical and was a good buck to end the year with.