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New Video
October 19, 2017
I feel like I'm getting closer and closer to getting my target buck, I actually saw him just before dark the other night, but not in range. In the meantime, here is a quick compilation of some of the neat sights I've witnessed so far in the Western U.P.!
 

 
Halfway through October!
October 16, 2017
I was really hoping to close the deal on one of my shooters on Saturday night, but he still doesn't like to move in daylight. I did see a couple of nice 8 pointers that night however. I do have enough footage now that I'll likely put together a quick video update this week. In the meantime, check out some cool drone footage I shot over the Ontonagon River in late September if you haven't seen it yet. Talk soon!
 

 
Early October Continues
October 12, 2017
Since the last post, I've had another shooter show up on camera, and another borderline shooter as well. My #1 buck finally made a daylight appearance on trail camera, so I had high hopes tonight. It was a cool and blustery night. I saw a handful of does and fawns, but no bucks showed up tonight. I expect the hunting to start getting better by next weekend. I'll keep you posted!

 
Early October Update
October 5, 2017
We finally got a northwest wind and some cooler temps today, so I hunted a spot I've been waiting to sit at. It was a good night, I saw 8 deer, and 3 were bucks. One of the bucks was real nice and wide, but likely only 2.5 years old. I got a lot of good footage and really enjoyed the evening. I'm still holding out for a bigger buck if I get lucky enough to get a chance at one. I'll likely post some footage one way or another within the next week. I hope that your season is off to a good start!

 
2017 Season Preview
October 2, 2017
Welcome back! Deer season is underway once again. The Upper Peninsula deer herd is looking much better this year. Fawn survival from last winter seems good, and there were plenty of new fawns this spring. Bear numbers are high. Should be a lot of 1.5 and 2.5 year old bucks this year. 4.5 year old bucks and older will still likely be a rarity due to the severe winters some years back.

So far this year I've had two shooters on camera so far, so we'll see if I can get lucky enough to get a chance at one of them. I've got quite a few other pretty nice bucks scattered around my hunting spots, but I'm trying to get pickier as I get older about what deer to take. I also plan to return to Illinois a couple times later this year as well.

Keep checking in, and I hope to have a video to post sooner than later. I've been out a couple times already, but have only been seeing limited movement in the warm early season weather. Good luck to all of you this season!

 
Hardcore Pursuit Episode
February 7, 2017
I've gotten several e-mails from some of you asking about watching the TV episodes that some of the hunts have appeared on. The show (Hardcore Pursuit) just started uploading some of the previous episodes online, so I can share one here now. I'll share the others as they come available. The show appears locally in the U.P., and also on Sportsman Channel on Fridays at 9:30 pm. Once I know our schedule this summer of the new episodes, I'll let you know. I hope you are having a great winter!
 

 
Big buck down!
December 23, 2016
Another December bow buck! Last night I took a real nice buck in northern Houghton County at the same spot I took a buck a week prior. I had a lot of deer filtering into a cedar swamp where I had been throwing a bit of corn out in front of me each time I went out to hunt. On 12/22, a real nice buck finally showed up just before dark, and things worked out to fill my last tag for Michigan this year. The blood trailing job ended up being a lot more work than expected the next morning, but the end result was a great way to cap off a tough season. Check out the video below!
 

 
U.P. December Bow Buck
December 21, 2016
So on 12/15, we were on the tail end of a blizzard that brought us a lot of snow and cold temps. I have a stand in a cedar swamp in Northern Houghton County that I hung three years ago, but had never hunted yet. This season I haven't had any mature bucks on camera, which makes sense as 3 and 4 year old bucks would have been born during the two severe winters we had, so that age class is currently almost nonexistent in our local herd. The first decent buck I've seen on camera all December showed up on my trail camera in this cedar swamp. He is certainly not my biggest U.P. buck, but I was really itching to get back in the woods and get after a deer before season was over. Things finally worked out that evening, and it was a very memorable hunt to take a deer in extremely cold conditions (Windchill was -5). On a side note, if we have a normal winter this year, things should be looking up for our deer herd next year. Fawn production and survival was very good this year, and I have far more bucks on camera right now than I've had in years past. Next year should be a decent year to hunt up here. I've still got a week or two left of hunting, so we'll see whether or not this will be the last buck of the year!
 

 
U.P. Buck Down!
December 16, 2016
I got an 8 point with the bow last night! Story and video to follow within a couple days...

 
Saskatchewan Hunt
December 6, 2016
Here is a short video compilation from my hunt up in Saskatchewan. It was a long drive! I didn't see any shooters, but it was neat to see some new country. Keep checking back as I'm planning on doing plenty of hunting here in the U.P. throughout December.
 

 

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