Gun to Crossbow: Tips on Making the Switch

Posted on by Tracy Breen in Deer Hunting

More gun hunters are turning into crossbow hunters. Hunting with a crossbow is much different from hunting with a rifle. They both have a trigger and use a scope, but that is where the similarities end. A crossbow doesn’t shoot bullets; it shoots arrows. A crossbow can’t kill a deer at 200 yards; a rifle can. Although technology advancements have resulted in crossbows that are faster than before, at the end of the day a crossbow is still a crossbow.

For those of you making the switch from a gun to a crossbow, there are a few things you should consider before heading to the woods this fall with a crossbow.

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4 Box Blind Hunting Tips to Practice

Posted on by Mark Kenyon in Deer Hunting, Hunting Strategy

I have a reoccurring nightmare where a giant buck steps into my food plot at 20 yards, stands broadside and patiently waits for me to send an arrow at him. At this point I draw back, settle in, and promptly send my arrow through the edge of my Redneck Blind window sill, after which I instantly wake up in a cold sweat.

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Fruit & Nut Trees for Your Food Plots

Posted on by Tracy Breen in Food Plots, Hunting Strategy

We all know the most popular food plots in America include clover, corn, soybeans and brassicas. While that might be the norm there's a growing trend among hunters of including fruit and nut trees to their arsenal. Here's some tips for using fruit and nut trees to attract deer to your hunting property.

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Food Plot Soil Testing 101

Posted on by Tracy Breen in Food Plots

Putting in successful food plots is similar to baking cookies. If you want the cookies to turn out, a simple recipe must be followed. Cutting a corner by omitting a key ingredient often causes the quality of the cookie to suffer. A food plot is similar. For a food plot to turn out, a series of steps must be taken to ensure success. One way to increase the chances of having food plot success is by doing a soil test before you plant a food plot. A soil test is like having a recipe in your hand for success because once you receive the soil test results, you will know exactly which ingredients will be needed to ensure a lush green food plot.

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Posted on by Tracy Breen in Deer Hunting, Hunting Strategy, Shed Hunting

For many whitetail hunters, there isn’t an off season. When we’re not perched 20 feet in a tree waiting for Mr. Big to walk by, we are hanging stands, planting food plots or knocking on doors looking for the next great lease. Many deer hunters zero in on areas where big bucks live and look for shed antlers just to pass the days until deer season opens again. For some hunters, finding sheds during the offseason is a hobby; for others, it’s an obsession. Finding sheds is like going on an Easter egg hunt for whitetail addicts. They look behind every tree, under every log, and turn over leaves and brush in hopes of finding that hidden jewel that tells them a monster buck lives in those woods.

Roger Sigler from Antler Dog Kennels in Missouri has found his fair share of shed antlers over the years. Sigler doesn’t rely on his eyesight alone to find shed antlers; he relies on the nose of his K-9 companion. “I have spent several decades training dogs and other animals. I have trained dogs for police departments, for prisons, and have worked with people in California who train dogs for show business. Several years ago, I placed dogs in the care of prisoners. Many of the dogs were abused or abandoned dogs that needed care. The dogs had someone to look after them and the prisoners had someone to care for. The dogs lived with the prisoners 24 hours a day. It was a great program and I saw many prisoners’ attitudes change because of the dogs,” Sigler explained.

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Deer Blind Recommendations for a Bowhunter

Posted on by Tracy Breen in Deer Hunting, Hunting Strategy, Scent Control

In the last decade, many bowhunters are realizing there are many benefits to hunting deer from a deer blind.

Bill Winke from Midwest Whitetail TV knows all about hunting whitetails from a deer blind. Winke spends over 70 days a year chasing big bucks and although he enjoys hunting out of a treestand, he believes every hunter should have a deer hunting blind or two on their property.

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Posted on by Tracy Breen in Deer Hunting, Hunting Strategy

If you are a bowhunter and you have kids that you want to teach to hunt, you are always trying to figure out a way to take them hunting without them getting bored. The answer is a Redneck tower blind. There are two things that make a kid want to leave the stand early. The first reason is they get bored and want to go home because they can’t sit still for hours. The second reason most kids want to go home is because they get cold. The Redneck Tower blind solves both problems.

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Posted on by Tracy Breen in Deer Hunting, Hunting Strategy

Research shows that more than any other factor, lack of places to hunt is what is driving hunters and outdoorsmen away from outdoor sports like bowhunting. Many believe finding a good place to hunt on public land is nearly impossible. Many people don’t have the money to buy a large chunk of private property so since they can’t find a good place to hunt, they walk away from the sport. There is a third option which is leasing. Some people love leasing land; others hate the idea of paying to hunt land. One thing is certain: regardless if you love it or hate it, leasing is here to stay and is probably one of the most affordable ways to hunt and experience good hunting without hunting with an outfitter or buying your own land.

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Posted on by Tracy Breen in Press

There is one thing all Americans love: Labrador Retrievers. In fact, the lab is the most popular dog breed in America. Dogs in general seem to calm people. From a Grandma that lives alone to a blind person that needs help getting around, a dog can be a life saver ... literally. Scott Dewey from Iowa has spent much of his adult life training labs and knows how smart labs can be and what kind of impact they can have on a person’s life. Recently he took his love for dog training in a new direction. “My friend Charles Dwyer and I saw the need for trained dogs that could help veterans with post traumatic stress syndrome, children with autism and adults and children with diabetes,” Dewey said. “We started Retrieving Freedom to provide service dogs for people with these issues.”

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