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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!

 
Harvest Video of our Two Illinois Bucks
November 26, 2018
Here is the video from our successful trip to Illinois this year. We always have a great time down there, and this year was no exception. Mature bucks in the U.P. this year seem few and far between for me. I've already been setting up new spots in new areas trying to find that needle in the haystack, so we'll see if we can find one before season is over! Best wishes to all you out there that are still hunting as well!
 

 
2 bucks in 2 days!
November 19, 2018
First, here is the video of the close call we had in late October, but didn't quite get it done. However, we got real lucky in Illinois in November! We took a nice bow buck on 11/15, and then the next day on the gun opener, we took a real big 9. Quite a whirlwind of action to say the least. We got great footage of both hunts, and are working on putting it all together as we speak. Back in Michigan, it looks like many bucks were killed during the first few days of rifle season so far, so congrats to all of the hunters who have filled their tags. I posted a pic of the two IL bucks on the buck pole, and look forward to posting some of yours as you send them. Back to the grind here in the cold Upper Peninsula!
 

 
Buck down!
November 15, 2018
So far it sounds like there has been a lot of successful hunters today, likely due in fact that we got a lot of good snow to get the deer moving. I was lucky enough to take a real nice buck today! We'll post some pics and video as soon as possible. Be sure to send in your deer pics for the buck pole! I hope that everybody takes the time to enjoy such an awesome time of year!

 
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.

 

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