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It is not widely publicized, but deer do kill a number of people every year by physically attacking them. The over populations often also result in damage to the surrounding environment. This has negative impacts. In many places, there is no forest understory growing in to replace the older trees. Deer can completely eliminate a forest over time. But it is not only the plants they eat that are threatened, but also a large number of song birds and smaller animals that depend on that vegetation for food and cover. Fortunately, many residents and communities have realized that deer removal is necessary and are starting to allow hunting. In these populated areas, hunting with firearms usually is not allowed, so bowhunting plays a crucial role in restoring the natural balance that development has disturbed. Mike has done deer removal in several residential areas in the past, and this year, Dana is also helping out in an area that has way too many deer. These deer will in turn provide great eating for us, as well as the landowners! Join her on the hunt in the video below! DEER HUNTING; PREPARING FOR SUCCESS As deer season approaches, it's time to get set to get out in the field and put all that scouting you've been doing to good use. Anticipation is high, the sign looks good, the oaks are dropping. You'll want you dot your "I's" and cross your "T's" to make sure you give yourself every edge you can at getting close to the game you seek. Over the years, we've found some methods for controlling scent that have helped us do just that. While you can never really fool a deers nose, there are things you can do to help keep him from getting that scent that will spook him in the first place. As we got ready this year, we rolled cameras and filmed the process we use for preparing our gear. Give some of these tips a try. They have served us well, and hope that they will do the same for you when you head into the deer woods! RUTCATION 2017 Every fall, we anxiously await the whitetail rut. It's this time of year that the deer breed. While it varies across the country, here it happens in early November. It's a great time to use a few of those vacation days from work. In fact, it's when we schedule our vacation, or our "Rutcation". While there is no guarantee on taking home some game, the odds increase that you'll catch an old buck on his feet during shooting light looking for a willing partner. It also gives you a better chance of putting some meat in the freezer, as all deer become more active at this time of year. Below you can join us as Michael does just that. We also recap our adventures on our time off that not only included deer hunting, but some time in the duck marsh as well. We are eagerly awaiting our time off this year and plan to be out there with the cameras rolling to bring you the action. Until then, be sure to join us below as we share last years fun! FISHING OUR NEW LAKEThere is probably no doubt in your minds by now that our whole CREW loves to go fishing. Mike and Dana are no exception. But they do realize that actually catching fish makes it much more enjoyable. With this in mind, last summer they set out to offer some tips that might help everyone else enjoy it as much as they do. Filming the series Fishing Unfamiliar Water, they offered tips and tactics that have served them well over the years to find fish and put them on the stringer! But the final step in this process is to return to the lake the following summer and see if they have an established pattern to keep those fish fillets coming. In the video below, they prove their methods worthy on a hot summers day by catching a limit of the largest yellow perch either had seen before. Not to be stopped there, they continue to fill the stringer with some white perch and a crappie to round out the morning. Be sure to join them for the non-stop action in the video below, and try these tricks yourselves. They work! FRUGAL FISHING REVISITED In the not too distant past, we started filming a series that included all sorts of fishing, on fresh and saltwater, for many different species. We included tips that could possibly help catch fish, as well as ideas to save a little money so you could get out and use these tips a bit more often. Our series was called The Frugal Fishing Series. We filmed 36 videos while that was in production. Alas, our attention turned elsewhere, and we wound up doing some not so Frugal Fishing trips to exotic destinations for some really great adventures. But we have had several request for more Frugal Fishing videos. Below you will find we went ahead and added a video to this series. We get started fishing from the bank and land a really nice largemouth bass, and end up on a lake in an inexpensive rental catching some HUGE yellow perch for the freezer. If you like what you see, there is much, much more at the link provided! DEER HUNTING; TWO BUCKS DOWN Fishing can be really good in the fall. We have done our share of fall fishing trips for sure. But with deer seasons open and the weather cooling down, it's hard to keep your mind off the treestand! Below, join Mike and Dana on a mid October hunt. They take their archery gear out during our states black powder season to try and take advantage of the extra buck tag that offers them. It's not long before they find themselves with not one, but two bucks to drag back to the truck! Join them on this memorable hunt! GET OUT THERE AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS! We will be out there this fall with our cameras in tow, making memories and documenting our outdoor adventures to share with your here. While we produce fresh content to add to our site, we hope you find some time to enjoy the outdoors yourselves. Below you'll find a collection of some of our older video content you can access by clicking the thumbnails. Here's wishing everyone a safe and productive fall in the great outdoors !
While we do spend a good deal of time in the deer woods, fall can be a great time to get out and do some fishing. As we wrapped up our Frugal Fishing series, Dana and Mike took a journey to one of their favorite lakes and enjoyed some fantastic scenery as the leaves changed. But the colorful trees were not the primary reason for the trip. An inexpensive rental boat and some live bait helped them top the freezer off with tasty fillets for the freezer! Be sure to click below and join them as they fill the cooler!
While big bucks are often the target of hunters during the whitetail rut, they are not the only game in town. There is nothing wrong with taking advantage of the extra activity breeding season brings to take a young buck or doe for the freezer either! In this video, we manage to do just that! We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the bounty of the field and stream this year. If you do have some luck, check out our series on Butchering Game to help you get started with home preparation of your deer!
Deer are not the only game in the woods! Squirrels have always been a reliable target. They fairly easy to hunt, and can provide quick action as opposed to long hours waiting on stand for that deer to show up. Many times, they are the first game hunters pursue as they take to the woods. They can also be very good as table fare. In this video, Mike and Michael head out and bag some bushy-tails, and return home to provide a great traditional recipe. Be sure to give this one a try, it's a favorite here!
Above it was mentioned that many deer hunts can result in long waits on stand. In this video, Mike experience that and more. He takes to his stand before dawn, and promptly finds himself pinned in place by a good buck and a doe bedded 50 some odd yards away, just out of range. Forced to sit very still most of the day, he is frustrated when the doe walks right by him but the buck does not follow. As daylight wanes, he does manage to take a doe after a brutal all day sit. Join him on this memorable hunt that provided some great footage but didn't turn out quite as planned!
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