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The Thrill Of The Hunt: Bow Hunting Antelope

Bow hunting for antelope is one of the most challenging tasks a hunter will every face. The temperatures during most antelope bow seasons can be in the 90’s or higher. Factor in difficult rolling sagebrush or prairie terrain, rattlesnakes, and incredible eyesight and harvesting an antelope with a bow is very difficult. A positive of hunting antelope is that you are always seeing them. Nothing like elk hunting where a hunter can go a couple of weeks without seeing an elk. Antelope are generally in site and help the hunter keep his/her motivation up for the hunt. Unfortunately a lot of hunters don’t take antelope seriously. I have seen way too many antelope hunters, mainly during rifle season, drive around in their pickup until they ...

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Boning Your Animal In The Field

I hear this complaint almost everyday during hunting season. We had a great time hunting, but it was so much work dragging our animal to the pickup. My question is always why did you drag your animal to the pickup? Overview Hunters have it ingrained in their minds that they have to gut their harvested animal and then drag it whole to their transportation. It is very difficult lifting a whole animal minus it’s guts into the back of the pickup. Then hunters generally want to hang their animal. The idea is that it will be easier to skin the animal, which it is, and perhaps age the meat. Aging the meat can be argued either way. However, most hunters do not have a way ...

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How To Increase Your Rifle Hunting Success

Many of the techniques we have discussed for bow hunting in previous articles will also benefit rifle hunters. Although it easier to harvest an animal with a rifle than it is a bow, often times rifle hunters face stiff competition for hunting areas. There are more rifle hunters in the field than bow hunters. For some reason game animals tend to become more cautious after the first shot of the rifle season is fired. Get Comfortable With Your Rifle Before the season starts make sure you sight in your rifle in with the exact ammunition you plan to use during the season. I will tape the ballistic information on the side of my rifle butt for various distances out to 500 yards. This is information ...

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Bow Hunting Large Whitetail Bucks

This article is all about bow hunting large whitetail bucks. A large buck can be a very challenging to harvest. As a buck gets older, he increasingly grows smarter and often times more nocturnal. If it wasn’t for the rut, harvesting a large whitetail buck may be nearly impossible. I have stalked elk and even mule deer, but have never had any luck sneaking up on a whitetail buck. That is not to say it can’t be done, just saying I have never done it. Generally speaking whitetails hide in dense cover, which means the spot and stalk technique is not useful with whitetails unless your a ninja. That leaves us with planting our butts and letting a big buck come to us. We can ...

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Bow Hunting Large Mule Deer Bucks

This article is all about bow hunting mule deer, but many of the concepts discussed will work well for rifle hunting mule deer as well. Overview Male mule deer fall into two categories. Super dumb or super smart. When a mule deer buck is younger, say below three years of age, they can be incredibly easy to hunt. If they make it past their early, stupid years, it’s almost like they flip a switch and become super smart. This article is about the super smart ones. Ambushing In previous articles we have discussed ambushing elk and antelope. I am sure there are places that an ambush is possible, however generally speaking ambushing large mule deer is not feasible. Calling We have also discussed calling as ...

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The Thrill Of The Hunt: Bow Hunting Elk

There are very few things you can do with your pants on that are as thrilling as calling in 700 pound screaming, bull elk within 20 yards. The experience will leave you shaking at the knees. There are basically three ways of bow hunting an elk; stalking, calling, and ambushing. Stalking Elk can be stalked. It is difficult, but it can be done. A bow hunter can locate an elk by calling it or observing it from afar and then start stalking or slow stalking in heavy timber without an elk spotted. Lets examine slow stalking first. This technique is generally used when you are in an elk area, but don’t have an elk located. This is a great technique for afternoon hunting. The usual ...

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The Thrill Of The Hunt: Extra Bow Hunting Gear

So far in the Thrill of The Hunt we have discussed bow hunting equipment and what to wear. In this article we will discuss the extras that should always be with you on the hunt. Many of the items I will discuss are important for bow hunting or rifle hunting. Baby Powder Always carry a small squeeze bottle of baby powder to determine the wind direction. A hunter can fool an animals eyes and ears, but you will never fool its’ nose. I plan to write an entire article on this topic soon, but until then always make sure you know the wind direction. I carry a small bottle of baby powder in my front pocket on all hunts except bird hunts. I check the ...

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The Thrill Of The Hunt: What To Wear?

Last week in The Thrill of the Hunt we discussed the basics of bowhunting equipment.  This week we will discuss what to wear while bowhunting.   Bowhunting in the fall can provide some serious gear outfitting issues.  It can rain, snow, and be 90 degrees all in a manner of days.  Generally speaking it can be cold in the morning, hot in the afternoon, and cold again as soon as the sun goes down. If your like me you leave the pickup before daylight and return to the pickup in the dark.  That means you must carry warm, cold, and rain gear all day long. The most important thing about bowhunting clothing is that it must be quiet. Nothing will ruin a hunt faster than ...

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Archery Season: Tips To Help You Succeed This Season

The Thrill Of The Hunt is a weekly blog about all things hunting.   Each week our hunting expert Ralphy will discuss a different hunting related topic. Ralphy lives in Montana and has hunted everything in the state for over 35 years. So tighten up your boots, make sure you have plenty of water, and expect to improve your success in the field. Hello fellow hunters. My name is Ralphy and I will be your guide for this hunting blog. With the multitude of season dates for different species throughout the USA I will try my best to discuss topics that are relevant to your state’s seasons. I would like to disclose right up front that I am not compensated by any of the hunting retailers. ...

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The Art Of Slow Stalking

Up to this point we have been discussing hunting in general terms. Now it is time to dig deeper and fine-tune our skills. The old saying goes 10% of hunters kill 90% of the game. One of the skills that this elite group of hunters must be proficient at is stalking. No matter what type of hunting you are doing at some point you will have to stalk your game. Stalking game correctly and effectively is an art form that takes years of practice. Overview I don’t know how many times I have heard hunters say, “Wow, what a long day! We must have walked 10 miles.” My response is always the same. Why? Why in the hell would you walk 10 miles? If your ...

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