November 18, 2018

A few years ago, Twitter put together a list of the most tweeted about food on Thanksgiving. It was stacked with the classics, like ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pie.
 

If social media existed when the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians celebrated the first Turkey Day, the plates appearing on our news feeds would look radically different.
 

“Most of today’s classic Thanksgiving dishes weren’t served in 162...

October 18, 2018

Spencer Neuharth of Rut Fresh provides a whitetail rut update for South Dakota.


Location: eastern South Dakota
Rut stage: pre pre-rut

Current buck movement: 7/10

Projected buck movement: 8/10
 

The story of this fall so far has been rain. Normally we don't associate precipitation with affecting deer movement, but this season has been an exception. Some parts of the state have had record breaking totals, and deer hunt...

October 8, 2018

With leaves rustling down the trail, a bit of anxiety crept in. It was late October, and any movement this time of year could be a buck worthy of an arrow. Just as I readied my bow, a sharp noise cut through the sound of encroaching footsteps. It was a racket I’d only ever heard come from my own mouth: a snort-wheeze.
 

Shortly thereafter, a young buck came running down the trail with a bigger buck in tow. The buck...

October 5, 2018

Western South Dakota isn't exactly a destination for antelope hunters. Sportsmen often pass through the area with Wyoming or Montana aspirations, driving past herds of goats that get ignored because of what side of the state line they reside. That's alright - I won't try to change their mind.


I showed up two days before the hunt. A buddy and I had archery tags that closed with the opening of firearms season. Thurs...

September 18, 2018

Deer hunters draw on a lot of wisdom that's been passed down from generations of fellow whitetail killers. Much of it becomes so widely accepted that it's almost considered fact, like that deer move better during cold fronts or that rutting bucks taste worse. Another one of those whitetail "facts" that everyone believes is that deer won't eat yellow soybeans.

This is something I've often wondered to be true. Whil...

September 10, 2018

My junior year of college my roommate and I lived a stone’s throw from McDonald’s. That’s when I learned there’s a direct correlation between how much McDonald’s you eat based on how close you live. We became very familiar with the golden arches, along with a handful of other conveniently located drive-thrus.

Now I’m much more domesticated as a househusband that handles all the cooking. Those fast food cravings f...

August 29, 2018

Most hunters use mock scrapes as a tactic for finding bucks in October and November. It’s for good reason, since their signpost making goes up as their testosterone rises. However, I changed my mind a few years ago when I started a mock scrape in early September and suddenly had an influx of new bucks on camera. Although the scrape had shown up ahead of schedule, the deer were curious enough to alter their pattern...

August 24, 2018

Testing
I got the Sitka Tool Box earlier this summer. I planned to use it mostly for whitetail and turkey hunts but found that it can serve a lot of purposes.
 

The first big test that it got was on a 10-mile hike in Rocky Mountain National Park over the 4th of July. The hike was labeled as “strenuous” and took us about six hours to complete. I had the Sikta Tool Box on the entire time as it carried our food, water...

August 20, 2018

I’d wager to say that bowhunters burn up a majority of their vacation time in the first half of November. It’s for good reason, as most whitetail enthusiasts agree there’s no better time to be in the woods.
 

I reached out to 10 big buck experts to take a nuanced look at that part of the season. They shared with me their favorite day of the rut and why it sticks out to them. November 7th was the most popular choice...

August 14, 2018

A couple years ago, I saw a blog post that encouraged bass anglers to keep a bottle of Coke with them at all times. And no, it wasn’t for the caffeine high.
 

Instead, fishermen were supposed to use this magical elixir as a healing agent for bleeding fish. The thought was that when a fish is gill hooked or gut hooked, you can pour Coke on the wound to stop the bleeding. The soda provided a combination of carbonatio...

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