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Landon's First Buck!
November 24, 2020
Here is the video of Landon's buck! The day before the rifle opener, we had a nice 2.5 year old buck show up on camera locked up with a doe. We got set up opening morning, and as soon as we had shooting light the buck was right there with the doe. We had to wait a bit for a broadside shot, and when the opportunity came, Landon made it happen! Proud Dad here and an excited kid on a day we'll never forget!
 

 
Michigan Rifle Season
November 16, 2020
Well the big day in Michigan has already arrived! The weather on opening day made things slow in general, but I ended up having the most exciting hunt of my life! My 10 year old son Landon took his first deer with me opening morning, and I was so proud of him. Check out a pic on the 'online buck pole', and I'll post a video soon. He said it was the best day of his life, and I'd have to say the same. Regardless of what the rest of the season brings, we are some happy hunters! Still lots of season left out there, so wishing you all enjoyable hunts!

 
Big Illinois 8 Pointer!
November 4, 2020
We had a great hunt this year. Almost got it done on a couple of great shooters the first few days, but never got a shot opportunity. Passed on some nice deer, and then on the fourth night we got a chance at a real big 5 year old 8 pointer that we've been aware of the last two seasons. My longest bow shot on a deer prior to this was actually still under 30 yards, and this buck was at about 40. I ended up shooting high and hitting him in the spine, which was not ideal, but we finished him off quickly and I'm thankful to have gotten him. Bowhunting is hard, and these things happen from time to time. Either way, I hope you enjoy the video, and now I'm trying hard to track down a U.P. shooter!
 

 
Big Illinois 8 Point
October 30, 2020
Just got back from a bowhunt down in Illinois, and we had a great time! CLICK HERE to see a pic on the Buck Pole. I'll post more details and a video here soon. Now it is back to trying to find a good buck in the U.P.!

 
Mid October Update
October 21, 2020
Not too much excitement for me here in U.P. yet this season. We've had precipitation all but 3 days so far in October. As of late, I do have a few buddies that have had some decent bucks start to show up on camera, so they must be starting to move a bit better now, and that should continue. Hopefully I'll find one worth chasing sooner or later. If you've been out there this season, I hope you are having some good hunts!

 
Bobcat almost takes out Turkeys!
October 3, 2020
Check out the neat clip below of a bobcat trying to catch his dinner right on the live webcam!
 

 
2020 Deer Season Preview
October 2, 2020
With everything going on in the world, many hunters are looking forward to some 'social distancing' time more than ever! This should be an above average year for deer hunting in Michigan, including the U.P.

Our winter started off heavy, as usual. However, after February, it turned out to be a fairly mild winter (by our standards), and the temperatures were fairly warm for a U.P. winter. Heading into Spring, our deer looked healthy coming out of the frozen months.

The consensus around our area through summer is that deer numbers are fairly high, fawn production is good, and antler growth looks above average this year. Based on the amount of bucks that seemed to have made it through deer season last year, I have fairly good expectations that there should be some mature bucks running around. That being said, I'm not really seeing any real good bucks on camera yet, but early season can be slow going here.

Anyhow, I hope everybody has a safe, enjoyable season, and I think there will be some good bucks hitting the ground in the U.P. this Fall. I hope to capture some excitement on video this year, so keep checking in for future videos. I already have had a few submission for the 'buck pole' that I'll post soon. Good luck!

 
U.P. Muzzleloader Buck Video
December 16, 2019
Here is the video of the recent Muzzleloader buck! It was a cold, memorable hunt to say the least. Overall, 2019 was definitely a season I'll never forget. I know I must be hooked on the outdoors, as even though I'm tagged out, I still went out this weekend with no weapon, just to watch deer and enjoy being out in the north woods. I hope that everybody out there had a safe and enjoyable season, and we'll see what 2020 brings us!
 

 
Tagged out in the U.P.!
December 10, 2019
This year I set up a new late season spot in Iron County that I've been itching to try. On 12/8/19, a real nice 8 pointer appeared on camera in the middle of the night for the first time. I waited a couple days for the big cold snap to hit us, hoping that the storm would get him moving in daylight. It worked out tonight when he came out with plenty of light left, and the muzzleloader connected. CLICK HERE to see some pics on the buck pole, and I'll post a video in a few days here.

It's been quite a few years since I've filled both tags, so I sure feel lucky at how this year went. I'm still planning on taking some friends out hunting and doing some filming, so at least I'll be able to spend a little more time outdoors. I hope that things are going well for all of you, and the video will be coming shortly!

 
Illinois Shotgun Buck Video
December 5, 2019
Shotgun buck video is posted. We were able to look back at past trail cam pics, and we actually think that buck may be pushing 6.5 years old. We had pics of him in 2017 where he looked to be a 4 year old back then. Illinois certainly treated us well once again this year.

As for Michigan, it sounds like the gun harvest was down a bit, and now we've had a real cold, snowy start to December. I'm gearing up for late season now. I haven't seen any shooters on cam yet, but most years a new buck will show up somewhere, so I'm still hoping to find one to pursue yet by season's end.

I hope that everybody has had a great deer season. Enjoy every minute outdoors that you can!
 

 

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