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U.P. Buck Recovery Video!
November 16, 2022
Ok! Here is the video and story of my buck taken on 11/7/22. This buck showed up at one of my spots last November and appeared to be a decent 2.5 year old buck. I saw him on the last day of gun season and elected to pass him, and did again throughout late season. We found both of his sheds in early January.

I never saw him again until one trail cam image on September 1st. I couldn't believe how much height he had put on in one season, but it was definitely him. I never saw him again until on my cellular camera on October 1st. I was surprised and frustrated that I was in the wrong spot when he magically appeared in daylight on opening day of bow season. After that, the cat and mouse game was on.

His appearances were very sporadic and never regular. I was hoping he would start showing up more frequently as the rut approached, which is when he had shown up during the previous season. After late October, I only had a couple of pics of him, both in the middle of the night. I did have one pic of him at a new food plot I created this summer that I hoped might be a good place to kill him this year.

We had great hunting conditions on 11/7, and I decided to try the new food plot that I hadn't hunted since opening day. I saw pretty good deer movement that night, but really wasn't expecting to see him in daylight, as I had put in 13 hunts for him this year and never laid eyes on him yet. Just a bit after sunset, a doe looked down in the far corner of my plot and I saw a buck approaching. I looked through the binoculars, he lifted his head and I couldn't believe I was finally seeing this buck in person. He slowly worked his way straight at me. My camera tripod was set up to shoot/film to my left, but he started veering to my right. He stopped and started working on a Hodag licking stick that I had set up at 30 yards. I had no way of filming him unless I switched around my tripod and opened an additional window, but I just couldn't take that change with him facing me at 30 yards. As he prepared to leave, he was no longer facing me but still quartering to me. I knew that was the only shot opportunity I was going to get, and I was comfort taking it at that point.

I knew I better wait until morning to be safe, but I did see some blood at the shot site that gave me confidence that I hit one lung, liver and guts on the way out. In the morning that plan was to just track a bit and peek over the ridge where he disappeared the previous night. Fortunately, he was right there in the morning! 192 lbs dressed and one of my nicest Michigan bucks ever. It's amazing to me how big a 3.5 year old buck can get here in the U.P. An old timer once told me, 'if you want to shoot big bucks, don't shoot small bucks'. That line seemed so simple it was almost silly, but the older I get, the more truth I see in that. Good luck and happy hunting!
 

 
Big U.P. Buck Down!
November 9, 2022
Had a hunt to remember on 11/7/22! I'll post more story details and some video footage next week, but CLICK HERE to check out pics in the meantime of a beautiful U.P. buck that I hunted hard for this year. I hope that you are enjoying your outdoor time as well and I'll check back in with some video soon. Have a great day!

 
November
November 2, 2022
The season so far started off cool, but then has been unseasonably warm in the second half. Illinois was the worst hunt we've had down there with temps in the mid 80's, so deer movement was slow to non-existent. Hunting has still been fairly fun in the U.P., just trying to find a shooter in daylight. Once these temps drop next week, deer movement should really start to ramp up. Hope you are getting out and enjoying the season!

 
2022 Season Preview / U.P. Deer Blinds
September 23, 2022
Fall is upon us again! Last winter started off mild, but then got a little long and severe through March and April. A lot of deer looked a little rough when Spring came, but it doesn't appear that we lost a large amount of deer from the winter.

Reports and observations in Keweenaw County still seem that the deer numbers are a bit down up there.

Numbers seem pretty good through Houghton and Baraga Counties. Iron and Ontonagon seem okay, but high predator numbers continue to be an issue there.

So far this year we are seeing average to below average fawn production, a good amount of yearling bucks, and an above average number of 2 year old bucks. There are likely 3+ year old bucks around, but they often do show their faces until we get deeper in the Fall.

Many of you know that we hunt out of Banks Blinds a lot, especially in Illinois. We've had a hard time getting them up here in the U.P. as there were no dealers up here. Now that has changed. This year we started 'U.P. Deer Blinds', and we are now a registered dealer for Banks Outdoords. These blinds are incredible, and very well suited to U.P. Hunting conditions. Sales have already been good this year, and we have many more blinds ordered and on their way. We make it a point to give everybody a very good deal on Banks Blinds. CLICK HERE to see the website, and check out the video below to learn more about Banks Blinds.

Looking forward to another season of adventures and I hope you all get out and enjoy the great outdoors!
 

 
2021 Deer Season Wrap Up
January 5, 2022
Deer season is over! It sounds like it was a pretty decent season for most of the Upper Peninsula. Deer numbers seem good in a lot of areas, and a lot of buck were killed on local buck poles. Lots of young bucks and a few big ones here and there. It does seem to me that a good amount of bucks still made it through season so hopefully some older ones will slip through the cracks for next year. Winter is off to a relatively mild start which always bodes well for our deer herd. Hope you all enjoyed your time outdoors and we'll check in again soon!

 
December
December 10, 2021
Illinois gun was tough this year. Temps were in the mid to high 60's 3 of the 4 days, so deer movement was very suppressed. We passed some bucks that normally I would not, because I was after a specific buck that gave us the slip again this year. Next year he will be 7.5 years old!

It looks the Michigan gun season was productive in most of the U.P. Lots of bucks being entered on local buck poles. It looks like people are shooting more 2.5 year old bucks now, and less yearlings. I'm getting my Iron County late season spot in gear, and hoping to find a decent buck wandering back into his winter habitat. Will keep you posted!

Hope you had a great season, and good luck if you are still out there hunting!

 
Genesis Video
November 17, 2021
Here is the video of my recent U.P. harvest! Feels good to get a buck harvested in the Upper Peninsula again! Good luck to everybody hunting, there is still a lot of season left!
 

 
Twas the night before Gun Season!
November 14, 2021
Finally found one of my target bucks on 11/14/21! He is a 5.5 year old U.P. buck that I have multiple years worth of sheds from. He never was a tall buck, but always wide. I knew him as a 16" wide 2 year old in 2018, and then he got a little wider and became an 8 point in 2019. I had him on cam at the start of 2020, but he then disappeared for the rest of the season. I had assumed he was dead. Then, about a week ago, he showed back up and I was so surprised to see him again. He still was wide, not tall, but now a fully mature huge bodied U.P. buck. Pics are on the buck pole and video to be posted soon. I'm very thankful, and good luck to all of you out there hunting this season! I appreciate you visiting this page.

 
142 4/8" Illinois Crossbow Buck Video!
November 5, 2021
Video is up! This year I had physical therapy on my left shoulder for months, thinking it was a rotator cuff. It wasn't getting better so we got an MRI and it turned out to be my AC Joint. The doctor informed me that if I got surgery I wouldn't be able to climb a tree this fall, so I ended up postponing that until mid January. I could draw my bow but not without pretty significant pain, so I ordered a Mission Sub 1 Crossbow, and I'm glad I did! I had a cortisone shot right before season, and I must say it is helping the pain a lot, though the surgeon said it is just a temporary fix until the surgery.

Anyhow, we had a rough couple of days of weather in Illinois, but as soon as it cleared up, the timber was busy with bucks on the move. This buck is possibly the largest bodied buck we've shot down there, and when we found him he was even nicer and more massive than I realized. I guessed him at 40 yards, it turned out to be 43, so it worked out perfect as the buck ducked right into the bolt. I'm looking forward to bowhunting with a compound bow again, but that crossbow is definitely a weapon that I can see many uses for. I'm all for anything that helps you enjoy hunting, and especially that helps you make a clean kill on a deer.

Lots of season left, I hope everybody is enjoying it!
 

 
The Landon Stein Nine!
November 2, 2021
November 1st was a fun day for Landon and I! We've been after a buck for him since season started, but the buck was always coming around just after dark or when we weren't there. We tried several ways to find him in daylight to no avail. Yesterday we finally received the first snowstorm of the year, and I told Landon after school this is the night. We got set as quickly as we could, and saw a handful of deer within 10 minutes of getting in the blind, so I knew we got in quietly enough. At 5:20 pm, the buck came strolling out, and once he was quartering away, Landon made a great shot with his crossbow at 30 yards.

We didn't get much footage, as I barely got his window open to shoot, and didn't want to risk opening another just for the video camera. We gave the buck and hour, and the blood trail ended up being easy in the snow. I stayed behind and let him trail the buck about 50 yards and there he was! This kid is definitely a hunter for life, and I'm glad he got to experience what it is like to hunt one specific deer until you get him, very satisfying. Landon was a very excited 11 year old! Check out the pic on the 'buck pole' and good luck to everyone!

 

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