On today's episode, K.C. Smith of The Element discusses how he decides to hunt a specific state, and how he really narrows down his research to focus on individual tracts of public land.
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I knew exactly where I’d be hunting this fall. It was all but set in stone, and the prospects were exciting. I’d start the season off in Kansas in September with a muzzleloader in hand. I love to bow hunt but the thought of kicking off the year with a little yardage advantage sounded pretty good. Then I’d focus a bit on my home state of Michigan (assuming I’d located a buck that I wanted to target). Knowing this is not any sort of a given, the...
I grabbed the striped bass by the lip and hoisted him over the gunwale. He was a good fish, a perfect fly rod fish in fact— a scratch over 34 inches in length and weighed 15-or-so pounds. He was an easy spot on the flats some 15 minutes earlier with his pronounced, vibrant, black-and-purple coloration. This fish hadn’t been inshore for very long, because if he had spent some time cruising the skinny, sandy water, his coloration would have faded...
The best time to shed hunt is any day or weekend or week that you can get off work or away from other obligations to race away to the woods. But the next best time is when conditions are perfect.
As I’ve written before, consistent shed hunting success is strongly linked to efficiency, i.e. making the most of your precious hours in the field and hard-earned miles. A rarely discussed but useful ways to do this, if you have a flexible schedule, is...