Archive for the ‘Hunting’ Category

Camouflage Techniques

Camouflage is the art of blending yourself or an object into the surrounding environment. Animals and armies around the world have been using these techniques for centuries, but now photographers, paint ballers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts are using camouflage techniques as well.

camouflage clothing for hunting outdoors

Commercially available crypsis patterns such as this are effective at camouflaging a person who is not moving in the woods. Ideal for hunting.

Camouflage is the main defense of many sea and land animals. Skin and fur colours allow animals to hide from, and seek their prey with ease by either blending into their surroundings, or by distracting other animals as to their location and speed.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Building a Duck Blind

A duck blind is best built in the late summer along the shore line of where you intend to hunt. Choose a location where you know the ducks will land and pick an area to build your blind where the shot from your gun will not hit anyone or anything.

how to build a duck blind

A simple horizontal frame and masking materials are all that is required to build a good duck blind.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Arrow Points and Tips

choosing arrow points for archeryArrow points are the sharp tip that attaches to the front of an arrow. Without a good point on the arrow it will not stick in to targets very well, if at all. Arrow points are an important part of the arrow selection process and should not be over looked when choosing your new archery gear.

Arrow points come in two main types, field points for target shooting and broad head points for hunting. Field point tips are round and sharp like a pencil tip. They tend to resemble the tip of a bullet, so much so that some field points are known as “bullet tips”.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Introduction to Duck Hunting

Every year as fall approaches, Mallards, Canvasbacks, Teal, and many other types of ducks and geese start making their annual winter migration. During the migration huge flocks form and will spend the nights resting in quiet bays on lakes from Northern Canada all the way to the Southern United States.

duck hunting basics

Set your decoys out the night before your hunt. Be very quiet when sneaking into your duck blind half an hour before sunrise.

Some flocks can be enormous while others are smaller with 50 or so, either way duck hunting is a great way to spend an early morning for novices who want to learn the art of shotgun hunting before moving into the woods for upland game birds. It is also a fun way for experienced hunters to spend some action packed time in the outdoors during one of the most beautiful seasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Treestands for Deer Hunting

deer hunting treestands

Treestand blinds can be set up in areas with little cover or no trees

Deer hunting is all about being sneaky, and when it comes to being sneaky there is no better way than to use a treestand. Treestands are the best way to get on top of your hunting situation. Treestands give hunters a better view of animals as they approach and take advantage of a deer’s one big weakness-deer don’t look up. Treestands come in many different shapes and sizes and undoubtedly there is a model out there for you.

Treestands work on the principle that deer approach a feeding area by looking at the big picture. They survey the entire area for signs of predators; sniff the air for the scent of predators, then listen for the sounds of predators. If everything is clear then they will walk in and start feeding. However, since deer have very few natural enemies to attack them from above, they generally don’t look up much beyond ground level. This is where the treestand comes in. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

How to Use Trail Cameras

night vision trail camera image

This sample image from Bushnell shows what animals can visit your camera at night. The date and time are printed on the bottom of the actual photo to identify when it was taken.

Scouting for animals before the hunt is one of the surest ways to ensure your big hunt will be successful. For centuries we have searched our hunting areas for signs and tracks that deer, moose, or other animals have been in the area. This age old technique is necessary so the hunter knows exactly where to set up a tree stand or build the blind. The only problem is that being in the woods where you intend to hunt will leave scent and signs of your own for the animals to see-signs that may scare away the very animals you are looking for.

The best way to avoid scaring away the animals is to not be there in the first place. A trail camera is the best way to scout an area and not actually have to be there. Trail cameras have come a long way in the past few years and very few outdoor gadgets have benefited from advancements in technology like they have. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Basics of Deer Hunting

All the basics of deer hunting for the beginner

Deer hunting is a favorite fall pastime

It is hard to beat sitting in a tree stand or ground blind on a crisp fall morning, waiting for the snap of a stick or a rustle in the fallen leaves that signifies the big one is here. Hundreds of thousands of people across North America look forward to deer hunting in the fall every year. Whether you are a newbie or experienced hunter here are some tips on how to make sure you go home with more than stories of the one that got away. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Deer Scents

Deer hunting has long been a source of food and recreation for mankind. Many modern techniques have evolved to make the hunt easier. There are several different products on the market to make your deer hunt more successful. These include grunt calls, doe bleats, decoys, and possibly the most effective product – scents.

using deer scents to hunt buck

Bucks are very sensitive to scent. The are able to pick up the scent of another deer from a great distance.

Deer are highly sensitive to scent. Without the ability to take their prospective mate out to a movie or nice restaurant they have to rely on three different kinds of signals to see if they are compatible with each other. Vocal calling to attract a mate to the area, leaving scent in a scrape to let them know they are there, and when necessary some out and out fighting to see who will win the does affections. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson