Another December bow buck! Last night I took a real nice buck in northern Houghton County at the same spot I took a buck a week prior. I had a lot of deer filtering into a cedar swamp where I had been throwing a bit of corn out in front of me each time I went out to hunt. On 12/22, a real nice buck finally showed up just before dark, and things worked out to fill my last tag for Michigan this year. The blood trailing job ended up being a lot more work than expected the next morning, but the end result was a great way to cap off a tough season. Check out the video below!
U.P. December Bow Buck
December 21, 2016
So on 12/15, we were on the tail end of a blizzard that brought us a lot of snow and cold temps. I have a stand in a cedar swamp in Northern Houghton County that I hung three years ago, but had never hunted yet. This season I haven't had any mature bucks on camera, which makes sense as 3 and 4 year old bucks would have been born during the two severe winters we had, so that age class is currently almost nonexistent in our local herd. The first decent buck I've seen on camera all December showed up on my trail camera in this cedar swamp. He is certainly not my biggest U.P. buck, but I was really itching to get back in the woods and get after a deer before season was over. Things finally worked out that evening, and it was a very memorable hunt to take a deer in extremely cold conditions (Windchill was -5). On a side note, if we have a normal winter this year, things should be looking up for our deer herd next year. Fawn production and survival was very good this year, and I have far more bucks on camera right now than I've had in years past. Next year should be a decent year to hunt up here. I've still got a week or two left of hunting, so we'll see whether or not this will be the last buck of the year!
U.P. Buck Down!
December 16, 2016
I got an 8 point with the bow last night! Story and video to follow within a couple days...
December 6, 2016
Here is a short video compilation from my hunt up in Saskatchewan. It was a long drive! I didn't see any shooters, but it was neat to see some new country. Keep checking back as I'm planning on doing plenty of hunting here in the U.P. throughout December.
Illinois 9 pointer video
November 23, 2016
Here is the video. I passed up a lot of bucks and finally got a chance at a truly mature buck down there. Some of his tines were nearly a foot long, and he had nice heavy bases. Keep checking back as I'll be taking my first ever trip to Saskatchewan here soon, and hope to have some great footage from that adventure.
November 21, 2016
This weekend I was down in Pike County IL for the 3 day shotgun season. On the second evening, I spotted a tall tined 9 pointer following a doe about 130 yards away, and the rest is history! CLICK HERE to see the pic posted on the 'buck pole', and I'll plan on having a video together soon that I'll post here as well. I've still got a lot more hunting to come this year, so hopefully they'll be plenty more action to share.
Illinois Archery Video
November 13, 2016
Here you go, here is a quick compilation of the many nice deer that I saw this past week in Pike County! Next up is MI firearm, and then IL shotgun!
November 11, 2016
Just a quick update. U.P. has been quite slow, I did make it down to Illinois for a handful of days and just returned. I saw many great bucks, but ultimately never got a shot opportunity. I did get some really nice footage however, and will be posting here shortly. Look for that soon!
October 23, 2016
The hunting has been up and down. Some days I'm seeing good deer numbers, some days I'm not seeing anything. I'm still after the 10 pointer that I had on video earlier this season. I had a trail pic of him on my food plot last Friday morning, so I had a good feeling that he would be bedded nearby and I'd see him on the plot that evening. As I was walking into my stand at about 2:45 pm, he was already on the plot! We both startled each other just before he crashed off into the deep woods. Needless to say, that was disappointing. I'm hoping to still connect with him, and also hoping that more shooters start to show up as we approach November. Things should start improving!
Saw a shooter!
October 9, 2016
I had some excitement! I've had a couple more hunts since the last entry. One evening I saw about 12 deer out in some hayfields where I was hunting, and a few small bucks. Last night, the wind was right for me to hunt one of my nicer food plots tucked into the deep woods. I haven't had any shooters on camera since July, but I learned last night that trail cameras don't show you everything! A 10 pointer that I had just a couple of pictures of during the summer showed up with plenty of daylight left! Unfortunately he just ate for about 10 minutes, and then disappeared back into the woods, never coming any closer than 60 yards. Hopefully I'll have another encounter with him. Enjoy the video!