Posts Tagged ‘ Mentored Hunting ’

Pre-hunt Prep – FIELD REPORT/ARCHERY DEER: From Sam

(…we wanted to see what our archers do “behind-the-scenes” to help prepare themselves for the hunt – successful deer hunting goes well beyond just going to the woods, especially for the bow hunter…so we asked Sam what he does to get himself ready – here is his reply…hershy)

I spend a lot of time preparing for a hunt. Most of the things I do for pre-hunt preparations focus around scent control. I wash my clothes in scent shield’s scentless laundry detergent. When they go in the dryer, I also put in an earth-scented dryer sheet. After everything is clean, I put all of my clothes in a scent controlled bin with scent killer and activated carbon. When we get to our hunting spot, I spray them down with earth scented scent-killer. But even more important than masking your scent, is playing by the wind. Playing the wind means simply being up wind of where the shot should happen. We set our tree stands up so that we have an opportunity to hunt up wind from the deer trails & crossings.

During the Rut, we use doe urine as an attractant for the bucks. We spray the scent on cotton balls that are placed on the trails. Hopefully the bucks smell it and come in looking for a doe in heat and give us the opportunity to get a good shot. Keep in mind, like anything else, they don’t ALWAYS work. But sometimes, they work like magic.

Another tactic that will also increase your chance of success is being as quiet as possible going to the stand and moving as little as possible so that you don’t spook the deer if they sneak up on you. I have had countless deer see me before I see them. Most people think that deer can’t see all that well, but they can see movement very well. Just simply moving your head can spook a deer from farther than 30 yards!

Also, I spend countless hours in the back yard or at local ranges practicing with different scenarios so that I am ready for any shot opportunity. No matter how much preparation you go through for a hunt, you aren’t ready to take a shot if you haven’t practiced and tuned your bow. Make sure your broad heads are sharp and screwed in to your arrows well. We add silencers to our bows to make them less noticeable to the deer’s ears.

Sam

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October 1st – FIELD REPORT/ARCHERY DEER: From Sam

Tonight is October 1st and it wasn’t bad for deer hunting. We got in the stand at about 5:00 p.m. The first deer that I saw was a doe and a fawn about 95 yards to the south of me just across the creek. Right at 6:05, Kevin calls on the radio and says that there is a big buck on the other side of the creek moving east, away from me. I look up and the buck wasn’t there but there was a doe just on my side of the creek about 75 yards away and slowly moving west but after 15 minutes of grazing by the creek, she angled my way and I was ready with the camera on her and my bow ready. She moved very slowly until she was 20 yards away and then she started to run right to the base of my tree. At the moment that I was about to shoot, I noticed little bumps on HIS head, I had mistaken the large button-buck for a doe – I let him go.

At 6:20, just after I let the button-buck go, I look across the creek where the first doe was and saw a white tail flicker. I pulled my 10×42 binoculars up to look and I am staring at a monster 5×5 that would score around 130 inches. I was hoping that he would decide that the grass is greener on THIS side of the creek and come close enough for a good shot on video… He decided to do just the opposite and went back in to the woods not to be seen again for the night. I wasn’t too disappointed because there was still quite a bit of daylight left.

The other side of the creek must have been the hot spot because at 6:50 I look over there again and see 3 does and 2 little 4x4s. They walked east and out of sight, too. Daylight was fading. We were starting to wrap the night up and another fawn shows up out of no-where at 30 yards and starts to come my way, but daylight was fading fast now (he was too small for me to shoot anyway).

That night didn’t end too bad, we saw a shooter buck and several does, I had one only 5 yards and had a shot opportunity, but chose not to take it. Hopefully tomorrow night will be better.

Sam

Small Game Workshop Offers Something For All

Small Game Hunting Workshop - something for everyone

After the classroom portion, students honed their skills on the silhouette range - not a bad shooter!

This young man couldn't wait to get to the shooting! Another hunter is made!

 Hershy, Mike and I have been busy.  This workshop was the first small game hunting program we had done and I really liked the turnout.  Many of the participants were novice hunters just getting into squirrel and rabbit hunting.  Nothing really beats a morning in the squirrel woods with an accurate 22 rimfire.  Students learned about small game safety,  biology, hunting and calling strategies and much more.  They even learned about my hawk simulation trick that really seems to bring out squirrels!  They also learned about Streeter’s squeeze method for cleaning rabbits…it works!

I was really thrilled with the level of enthusiasm in this group.  small game hunting is how most of us cut our teeth on hunting and shooting and these good  folks were about to live some of the greatest memories I ever had.  Walking through the woods with that new (it was new to me) 22 rifle or 20 gauge shotgun looking for rabbits and squirrels.  Now a few new kids get to live the same glory!  Gotta love it!

Get Em’ Out There

Rawly

NEW Feature – Insight to Archery Deer Hunting

…Sept 15 is the opener of the Archery Deer Season in the great state of Nebraska – which also happens to mark the start of the 15th year for the Mentored Youth Archery Program (MYAP) which connects young Bow Hunter Education graduates with certified Mentors & Bowhunter Education Instructors for an entire archery deer season…this program has become the envy of other state wildlife agencies and organizations as we are seeing past participants of this program not only continue hunting but also pursue other outdoor-related & natural resource professions and some have even become certified Bowhunter Education Instructors themselves…

…to give you a better glimpse into this program – and the fun of deer hunting in Nebraska – we have several young archers that will be blogging from time to time about their experiences in the field…now for these hunters MYAP got started several weeks ago with preparations for the hunt including scouting, target shooting, hanging stands and more target practice…we hope you enjoy their insight into this challenging and yet rewarding pursuit of the white-tailed deer…these hunters give us all reasons to get pumped up for this year’s hunting season, and a look at our future conservationists…enjoy…

hershy