WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #7: GABRIELLA HOFFMAN, ANTIQUITIES ACT, AND WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS

In this podcast we talk to Gabriella Hoffman about her experience growing up in the outdoors and her experience as a woman in the outdoor industry.

Today on the show we talk with media strategist, columnist and blogger Gabriella Hoffman. Gabriella is a native to the pacific coast, but now resides in the Washington D.C. Metro area where she works with start ups, nonprofits, small businesses and individuals to bolster their branding efforts across politics, the outdoor industry, and small business/veteran causes.

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • Gabriella’s outdoor heritage: fishing from the Pacific to the Atlantic
  • Women in the outdoors
  • Hunting as conservation
  • Recruiting young women into the outdoors
  • Antiquities Act of 1906
  • Pittman-Robertson Act
  • Turkey hunting in Virginia
  • Recreational Shooting
  • 2018 deer season goals

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #6: SOUTHERN HABITAT MANAGEMENT AND INVASIVES WITH LAND & LEGACY’S ADAM KEITH

Today on the podcast we sit down with Adam Keith who is a land consultant and host of the Land and Legacy Podcast.

Today on the show we talk with Land & Legacy’s Adam Keith. Adam is a land consultant  for Land & Legacy. He also serves as President of the Ozark Highlands Branch of QDMA. During our conversation we discuss several different habitat options for the southern hunter. Adam is passionate about being a good steward of the land, and this podcast proves just that. We hope you enjoy!

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • Southern habitat management
  • Hunting timber farms
  • Options When Leasing Property
  • Invasive species in the south
  • First time turkey hunter experience
  • Food plot diversity
  • 2018 deer season goals

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #5: SCOUTLOOK WEATHER AND THE HUNGER WITH JOSH DAHLKE

Today on the show we talk to Josh Dahlke about ScoutLook Weather and The Hunger.

Today on the show we talk with Josh Dahlke who is the Vice President of Operations and Content at Scoutlook Weather as well as the host for The Hunger series. During our conversation we dive into several features that the Scoutlook Weather app has to offer and the benefits for hunters. Josh also takes us on a journey through his series The Hunger that he hosts.

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • All things ScoutLook Weather
  • ScoutLook Weather Update
  • Logging via ScoutLook Weather
  • The Hunger
  • Conquering the World Slam
  • Wild turkey recipes
  • A turkey hunting trip to Mexico
  • And so much more.

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #4: JAMES EDMUNDS OF NON TYPICAL OUTDOORS TALKS MANAGING MATURE BUCKS

In this podcast we talk to James Edmunds of Non Typical Outdoors about how he is consistently killing big bucks.

Today on the show we talk with Virginia Delegate and founder of Non Typical Outdoors, James Edmunds.  James and his family are consistently harvesting big deer on their farm in which they have implemented an intensive management plan. In our discussion we dive into lots of great information about deer sanctuaries, creating mineral sites, growing free-range, mature bucks and productive food plot blends.

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • Growing mature bucks
  • Intensive management plan
  • Food plot blends
  • Creating mineral stations
  • Virginia hunter numbers
  • Hound hunting
  • Hunter recruitment

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #3: OUT-OF-STATE HUNTING TIPS AND THE GEORGIA BAITING BILL WITH BOWHUNTING ENTHUSIAST AARON WHITING

In this episode we dive into several topics including out-of-state hunts and the Georgia baiting bill.

On this podcast we talk to bowhunting enthusiast and QDMA Branch President Aaron Whiting. Aaron resides in Georgia and volunteers as president of his local QDMA Branch. In our discussion we dive into lots of great information about successful out-of-state hunts, summer preparation, trail camera tactics and the proposed Georgia baiting bill.

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • Aaron’s successful 2017 deer season for two big bucks
  • The proposed Georgia baiting bill
  • Summer food plot work
  • Mineral Stations
  • Trail camera tactics
  • His work with the Quality Deer Management Association
  • Knocking on doors
  • And much more

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #2: HUNTING PUBLIC LAND AND TOURNAMENT ARCHERY WITH BRIAN GROSSMAN OF QDMA

On this podcast we talk to the Quality Deer Management Association’s Communications Manager, Brian Grossman. Brian is a native to Kentucky and now lives in west Georgia. In our discussion we dive into lots of great information for archery, public land hunting as well as the benefits of joining QDMA.

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • Brian’s work with QDMA
  • The QDMA Whitetail Deer Report
  • What a quota hunt is
  • Special Opportunity Hunt with Brian’s daughter
  • Tournament archery shoots and clubs
  • His website Georgia Afield
  • Successful public land Georgia hunts this year
  • Hunting public land turkeys

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #1: BOW HUNTING TURKEYS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST WITH JORDAN BARNES

On this podcast we talk to avid deer and turkey hunter Jordan Barnes. Jordan is a native to south Georgia. In our discussion we dive into lots of great information for turkey hunting as well as Jordan’s methodology for hunting turkeys across the continental U.S.

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • Jordan’s love for turkey hunting
  • Calling progressions for tough birds
  • Hunting public land turkeys
  • How he hunts without a blind on Close Proximity TV
  • How he hunts turkeys with a bow
  • The different states he will be traveling to hunt birds this spring
  • Successful Georgia hunts this year

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Velvet Is Off, Summer Is Over, Now What?

Now that velvet is off of most whitetails it’s time to start getting serious about hunting mature bucks. Here’s how.

By Nathan Unger

Twitter: @Bulldawgoutdoor
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Early season is upon us whitetail enthusiasts, and for the most part bucks have rubbed their velvet clean off revealing hardened antlers that they will carry all fall and winter. However, when bucks shed their velvet it’s almost as if they become a whole different animal to hunt. With that in mind, there is good news and bad news.

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Bad News: Bucks seemingly become harder to pattern.

Bucks, for the most part, are no longer on their bed-to-food-only pattern. While some may keep this pattern exclusively many are preparing for the seeking and chasing phase of the rut. They’re looking for does and doe bedding.

Good News: Bucks break off from their summer bachelor groups.

This, in theory, creates a higher chance for you, the hunter, to get a shot at one. While bucks are not rutting yet their testosterone levels are steadily increasing. If you’re like me, hunting a smaller land parcel, the bucks may have been venturing through every couple of days or even every other week. Now that they are broken off the likelihood of you seeing one could be more frequent as they hopefully travel more often.

Bad News: You probably shouldn’t check trail cameras every week.

The more you go check your camera the higher probability of leaving something behind for that mature buck to smell. Eventually, that buck will pattern you and stay clear whenever he gets the slightest glimpse or whiff of you in the woods.

Good News: You increase your odds by not checking trail cameras

By not checking your camera as frequently you are enhancing your odds of running into a mature buck. Even better, if you have the means to purchase a cellular camera you won’t have to defile the area at all.

Bad News: Mature bucks prove why they are mature.

Mature bucks will start to travel less frequently during the day. Why? There are several reasons. Here are a few:

  • They start to feel pressure from hunters
  • Food sources are changing.
  • Habitat and bedding are altering.

Good News: It’s time to start hunting that mature buck

This is why we as hunters do what we love. This is why we hunt. The chase. The camaraderie. The venison. The chess match. This is what brings us back each and every year.

So good luck and good hunting!

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Analyzing Terrain Features on Small Properties

Using terrain features is key on small properties. Knowing how mature bucks are moving will increase your odds of harvesting a mature buck.

By Nathan Unger

Twitter: @Bulldawgoutdoor
Instagram: @Bulldawgoutdoors

Small properties might be some of the most overlooked gems in the deer hunting world. While it’s difficult to keep and sustain mature bucks on the property for any amount of time it can be favorable to pattern them as their passing through.

That being said an ideal parcel will have bedding areas nearby that keep the deer close. Locating these and setting up accordingly could pay big dividends.

Keeping in that in mind, a hunter needs to identify the terrain features that sprinkle the landscape. Okay, so how do we do that?

1.) Scout from an observation stand

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You might have to get creative with this one depending on the layout of your property. Take ample time to observe how the deer utilize the contours of the land to get from point A to point B. One of the small parcels I hunt took me nearly three years to figure out how the deer moved throughout it. Now, that might have been one year too long. I didn’t rigorously hunt this property the first year I had permission to hunt.

This leads me to my next point.

2.) Only hunt optimal conditions

I cannot stress this enough. If you hunt too much or when the wind isn’t in your favor it could mess up your whole season. Deer notice when someone is in their bedroom or trekking through their territory. The last thing you want is to force your only one or two mature bucks to go nocturnal or to shift their core areas.

3.) Enable good entrance and exit routes

Entering and exiting your stand is of the utmost importance. I’m still learning this. If you bump deer going into your stand good luck trying to make amends the rest of the season. Even worse if a mature buck sees AND smells your presence you might as well do one of two things. Hunt only the rut or find a different hunting property. Access is that important and might be the difference in a successful or unsuccessful season.

4.) Identify prime treestand sites

Because you’re hunting a small parcel your stand sites are limited. You have to consider the aforementioned access routes and wind tendencies. Placing a stand in the correct spot will change the game on small acreage. Try to get as a high as possible in your set, yet still staying safe. You might have to go up a hill or climb 5 to 10 more feet vertically. This will give you a better chance of getting above any air current that might be swirling where you are hunting.

Here’s the kicker. A majority of the time in order to be successful on small parcels all of these previously mentioned points must be put into action.

Good luck and good hunting!

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Five Do’s And Don’ts Before Deer Season

These five do’s and don’ts before deer season will put you on the track to success this fall.

Summer can be very busy, but summertime can also be very productive if you set your mind to it. The months of June, July and August are the three months every hunter should be thinking about October, November and December and for some even September. Here are five do’s and don’ts of summer that will help you identify what needs to be accomplished before the season opener.

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Do: Check all your gear

This always comes back to bite me every year, because there’s that one item I didn’t think about replacing or buying a new one before the season opened, and I find myself scrambling for the funds to purchase it after I’ve already purchased deer stands, arrows, broadheads, food plot blend, etc. Whether it’s bug spray, new socks or a scent eliminator be sure to check every item before the season begins. Then, check one more time and you won’t regret it.

Do: Spend time with the family

I can’t stress this enough. Don’t spend all summer at your hunting property. Pick a day or two to get things done and don’t go back until September unless you have to. You are going to be gone all of October and November, and the best thing you can do for your family over the summer is give them the time they deserve, especially if you’re taking a week or two for your rut vacation.

Don’t: Give too much credence to summer scouting

Bucks with velvet act a lot different after they rub their velvet clean off. They shift their core areas, they break out of their bachelor groups and some will hardly move anymore during the daylight hours. The average hunter cannot form too much of a game plan in July or August of where to hunt the hit-list buck because when the velvet comes off that buck’s testosterone level increases, and he essentially becomes a new man. If you’re using trail cameras take note of the pictures your getting but don’t get too excited just yet.

Do: Clean out the freezer

Unless you have four or five deep freezers it’s time to start cooking burgers, grilling steaks and marinating back strap. After you harvest your first deer you’re going to need room in the freezer. This will also be a good excuse not to go out to eat, in turn, saving you money for more important items like arrows and new camouflage before the season.

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Using a water hole can be a deadly setup, especially during the early season when it’s hot and there has been little rain.

Don’t: Get behind on preparation

This is huge. When archery season begins you don’t want to find yourself playing catch up. Shoot your bow, set up your tree stands, check your release, set up your blind and the list goes on and on. I’ve found out over the years that the more prepared I am the more success I have in the deer woods. Waterholes, like the one shown above can be deadly. Make sure to freshen up the water as often as possible so the deer won’t be harmed by bacteria growing in the heat.

The more scouting I do beforehand the better my odds when I’m making a move on that big, mature buck. If I get my food plot planted, fertilized and watered with enough time the better chance I have of drawing deer within shooting range.

Like what you see here? You can read more awesome hunting articles by Nathan Unger at the Bulldawg Outdoors blog. Follow him on Twitter @Bulldawgoutdoor, Instagram @Bulldawgoutdoors and subscribe on YouTube @Bulldawgoutdoors.

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