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November
November 2, 2018
October is already over? I hunted very little in Michigan in October, as I just haven't found a buck that I want to pursue just yet. I just returned from a quick bowhunting trip in Illinois. It was exciting and frustrating all at the same time. I was patient, and passed multiple bucks that I would have gladly shot in previous years. I was holding out for one of the truly big ones that we had a camera.

One evening we had our chance at what would have been my biggest buck ever, but we were hunting out of an elevated box blind. The buck stopped at an awkward angle for my window. It looked like I could lean over far enough for a clear shot, but when I released, my arrow barely grazed the edge of the window, and my arrow deflected off to the left out of sight, so the big one got away that night.

We did capture a lot of great footage, and I plan on posting a video of that here soon. The season is far from over, and I have a good feeling we'll have a buck in our hands here within the next few weeks. Congrats to those of you who have already been successful this year, I've been enjoying your buck pole submissions. I'm hoping my patience this season pays off. Stay tuned!

 
October Update
October 22, 2018
We've had plenty of cold weather this October, which typically makes for better hunting. I took one trip to lower Michigan, and passed up some nice bucks, as I was waiting for a particular deer that didn't show up. Here in the U.P., I've been seeing deer, but still no bucks that I want to take at this time. I've still got some good Illinois hunting ahead of me yet this year, and I'm still optimistic that I'll find a buck here in the U.P. to go after. I hope that your season has been going good! We've been getting some submissions for the Online Buck Pole lately, so be sure to check that out.

 
Early Season Update
October 10, 2018
So far this season has been full of rain, rain, and more rain. It has made for some pretty tough hunting conditions. I do have a game plan here for the next several days, so hopefully I can come up with a more exciting update soon. Good luck to those of you who have been toughing out this weather!

 
2018 Season Outlook
October 1, 2018
After a long summer of work, that wonderful time of year is upon us again! As usual, I've been running many trail cameras in a few different counties trying to figure out how our herd looks this year. The good news is that deer numbers seem pretty good this year. I think we have basically recovered from the devastating winters we experienced about 5 years ago.

Judging from area buck poles and word of mouth, Michigan deer hunters seemed to have a lot of success in 2017, many deer were killed. A vast majority of the bucks killed in the U.P. seemed to be yearling or 2.5 year old bucks. It has been interesting to learn as I've met so many hunters in the midwest over the last few years how unique our situation in Michigan is. Right or wrong, Michigan has a culture of 'if it's brown it's down", and/or a large proportion of hunters shooting immature deer. Some of that is part of our long hunting history in Michigan, and part of that is simply because a lot of hunters just need to put meat in the freezer, and don't have a lot of time to spare when hunting.

It is interesting to note that the minute you cross the borders outside of our state, the age structure and buck-to-doe ratios improve dramatically. Also, CWD is a big topic in our state now that will be discussed and researched for years to come. There are many challenges facing our deer herd, but I expect to see the same amount of enthusiasm and tradition from Michigan hunters regardless.

As far as the deer outlook, plenty of deer, plenty of fawns and yearling bucks, and the occasional 2.5 year old bucks seem to be out there so far. As far as older bucks (3.5 year old and plus), I haven't captured a single picture of an older buck yet this year. So, if you are strictly a meat hunter, the outlook looks pretty darn good. If you are a trophy/meat hunter (looking for bigger, older bucks), I expect that many of you will have to hunt a little harder and be patient this year. On a side note, I'm still getting about the same amount of wolf pictures, but bear numbers seem to be exceptionally high, and I'm not the only one noticing that. Bear pictures used to be occasional, but now they are frequent, and seem to be happening at every single spot.

With all of that said, I'm looking forward to enjoying time outdoors again this year, and hope to be able to capture some interesting video footage for you to enjoy. Good luck to all of you this season!

 
2018 U.P. Turkey
May 2, 2018
We had a fairly long winter in the U.P., and ended up with over 300 inches of snowfall. The snow made the turkey hunting challenging, but made for some pretty unique scenery. We were lucky enough to get a nice Tom here in Houghton County. Enjoy the video!
 

 
Late season update
December 19, 2017
December has brought plenty of snow and cold as usual! I've been working extra hard trying to get on another good buck, but just haven't really found a mature buck yet. I've got several young bucks on camera, but just nothing big yet. I won't give up though. In the meantime, check out this neat compilation video that showcases some hunting and fishing highlights from 2017!
 

 
2017 Illinois Shotgun Buck
November 24, 2017
Here is the video from our recent shotgun hunt down in Illinois. That will be a buck to remember for sure. There is still a lot of hunting left in Michigan yet this year, and I'm looking forward to it. We may be losing some of our snow for a bit, so we'll see if the weather slows things down. Either way, I'll be out trying to get it done as much as I can until the season is over!
 

 
Illinois Teaser
November 22, 2017
Just a quick glimpse from the upcoming Illinois Shotgun video! I've still got one Michigan tag left, and I'm looking forward to trying to take another buck up here before the year is over. I hope things are going great for everybody!
 

 
Illinois Shotgun Buck
November 20, 2017
Shotgun season in Illinois turned out great this weekend! I took one of the biggest bucks my life on 11/19/17. There is a pic of him posted on the buck pole right now, and we are working on the video as we speak. This season has felt like a whirlwind! I'm hearing some good reports on the Michigan deer season over the last week, so hopefully everybody has had an enjoyable time outdoors!

 
THE PERFECT STORM
November 15, 2017
Here is the video from my best bow buck to date, this Pope & Young class 11 pointer taken on 11/19/17. I've had trail pics of this 5.5 year old buck for a few years now, and I sure was fortunate to finally get a chance at him in daylight. I hope you are all having a great season, and hope you enjoy the video!
 

 

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