Today’s episode is all about whitetail self-reflection, and whether there is still scouting or treestand work that needs to be done as we creep ever closer to opening day.
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The hanging method is often out of the question for backcountry hunters due to either a lack of suitable trees or an animal that is too heavy to budge let alone hoist into the air. This method uses many of the same techniques as the hanging method, but the animal is obviously positioned very differently and there’s a much greater risk of getting the meat dirty.
For on the ground skinning, you’re going to do the animal in two stages: right...
I walked along a remote Cape Cod beach at last light. The full moon had just popped above the horizon and the soft, east wind promised great fishing. A young woman stood at the water’s edge. Her black ponytail stuck out from the back of her faded Red Sox hat, and she watched her two young kids splash in the water. Her husband dozed on a beach blanket near the bonfire.
She smiled as I passed. “It’s a nice night for fishing,” she said.
When I think back through my discussions with uber-succesful DIY deer hunters – especially those hunting in heavily pressured or public areas – the most commonly referenced key to success is an obsession with scouting. The guys/gals that consistently kill big mature bucks in tough areas are almost always the ones that prioritize scouting over everything else. Many of these hunters even claim to scout more often than they hunt. That said, it’s...