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Big U.P. Buck Down!
November 8, 2019
November 8th was a hunt to remember! Now that the rut is kicking in, I decided to go for an all day sit, and it paid off in a big way. After not seeing any deer all morning, at 1:05 this mature U.P. bruiser came walking past following a doe. Double lung shot made for a fairly easy tracking job in the snow, and then the work began, dragging out the big buck that dressed out at 199 lbs. I feel very lucky to have been in the right place at the right time! We'll post the video soon, but you can CLICK HERE to see some pics on the online buck pole. Good luck to everybody gearing up for gun season!

 
Illinois Archery Video
November 4, 2019
Here is the video of the Illinois bow buck, I hope you enjoy. I've been hunting the U.P. some more, and we are starting to see some signs of the rut. I've had encounters with a handful of 1.5 and 2.5 year old bucks, but I'm holding out for something older, so hopefully patience pays this year! I'll keep you posted...
 

 
Illinois Bow Buck
October 30, 2019
Illinois was good to us again! On the late afternoon of the 27th, we had an old, mature 8 give us an opportunity, and everything came together. We are putting together the video as we speak, but for now, if you'd like a peek, CLICK HERE to check him out on the buck pole. 5.5" bases on that old buck. We are getting into that good time of year now, so good luck out there!

 
Colorado Elk Video
October 18, 2019
Here is the video from the Colorado Elk Hunt. We had a great time. I didn't wait long enough for the cameraman, so the first shot was not on video, but the 'finishing shot' was. Sure was an adventure that I'll never forget!
 

 
Seven bears
October 14, 2019
So far this season I'm getting lots of bear pics, even when I don't want to. Talking to other friends up here, it seems to be a common theme all over. I went out the other night, and had a doe and fawn come in early, and then a young buck shortly thereafter. Then all of the sudden a huge sow black bear popped out with three cubs! I didn't have time to video them, as I wanted to scare them away before they got even closer than they were. After they left, I decided to keep hunting in case any more deer were going to show up. About an hour later, ANOTHER sow with only two cubs came out from the south. I did manage to video them a bit before scaring the off and calling it a night. Here is a short and sweet video of that evening.
 

 
Season Outlook
October 7, 2019
The 2019 deer season is upon us in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As usual, I've been running many cameras on many properties over a handful of counties in the western Upper Peninsula. This helps me get an inventory of how things are looking overall as far as deer numbers, predators, etc.

So far this year, wolf numbers and bear numbers are up as compared to years past. I can't think of one camera that hasn't received wolf pics this year, and bear numbers seem much higher, and I've had a few cameras damaged/destroyed as a result.

That being said, deer numbers are also higher. Some folks had some concern about this last winter, but in the end, it appears that winter kill was minimal. Lots of does and fawns this year, and a good amount of yearling bucks. I'm seeing a normal number of 2.5 year old bucks, but overall have only identified 2 bucks across all of these areas that were at least 3.5 years old. I do expect that there are more 3.5+ year old bucks out there as compared to the last few years, but they often times don't start showing up until late October and beyond.

A bumper crop of apples and acorns this year are keeping some deer away from normal spots, but if you are in one of those spots, activity is high. Years like this also do a good job of having the deer looking healthy as we transition into winter. The lower peninsula baiting ban may lead to increased hunter numbers in the U.P., but time will tell. I was disappointed that the DNR still does not allow a hunter to harvest a doe in our area, as the numbers are plenty high to support it, and our 'buck to doe' ratio is getting to be as imbalanced as I've seen in a long time, as a result of many years now of 'buck only' harvesting.

All in all, I think this season should be a bit more exciting than the last few years, so we'll see how everything unfolds as we wrap up 2019!

 
2019 Elk Hunt
October 2, 2019
This year I decided to go on my first elk hunt, to SE Colorado. On the first morning, we chased around one of the bigger bulls they had seen in awhile, and after a few close calls, we finally got a chance at him just as we were about to give up. We should have a video posted of this hunt sooner than later. CLICK HERE to check out pics on the Online Buck Pole. I'll also be following up in a few days to give my season outlook for U.P. deer hunting this year. Colorado was an adventure of a lifetime!

 
2017-2018 Highlight Reel
January 7, 2019
Well, the 2018 Michigan deer season has to come to a close. It was a challenging season this year, but I do feel lucky to have harvested the buck I got during Muzzleloader season. Illinois was a great time, it is always fun to hunt in areas that have a good number of mature bucks. Anyhow, we put together a highlight reel of some of the fun moments we've had over the past couple seasons. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you are all getting out there and making great hunting memories of your own. Looking forward to next season!
 

 
2018 Michigan Muzzleloader Buck Video
December 13, 2018
We were lucky enough to finally get a chance at a nice buck here in December, and we captured some footage to share. We've still got a couple weeks of season left, so time will tell if there is another good buck out there, or if this will be it for this year. Either way, I hope that everybody had a safe and enjoyable season. Deer hunting is truly special, and we need to all make sure we are doing everything we can to keep this way of life that we enjoy as we move into the future. Be good stewards of the land, the deer herd, be good to other hunters, and try to encourage the younger generation to be involved in the great outdoors!
 

 
Late season Michigan buck down!
December 9, 2018
Tonight I got an opportunity at a really nice 8 pointer at 100 yards with my Muzzleloader, and it all worked out! After a tough season, it sure feels good to finally put one down here in Michigan. I really love being outdoors this time of year, and it turned out to be such a beautiful night. Check out the buck pole for pics, and we'll see if we can put some video footage together here shortly. Good luck to those of you that are still out there hunting this month!

 

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