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  • November 29, 2011

    On Why I Love Hunting the Big Woods

    By David Hurteau

    I’ll tell you why I love hunting New York’s Adirondacks: The place, although decidedly not full of deer, is full of secrets--stuff that happens, in anonymous black swamps or on wide-open beech ridges--that nobody knows a thing about.

    I, however, know where a basket-rack 8-pointer beds. On the rim of a mountaintop flat, where tropical storm Irene silently leveled a column of black oaks, he came jogging out of the shadows, out of the north-slope hemlocks on a line and onto the bright flat of leafless oaks; he banked right, J-hooked, peed and curled up under a blowdown’s crown.

  • November 28, 2011

    Score Some Bucks, Win a Bushnell Scope, Round Three

    By Dave Hurteau

    Here is yet another fine whitetail taken on my recent hunt at Wyoming’s Trophy Ridge Outfitters—and the next buck in our scoring contest. Remember, you are playing for a new Bushnell Elite 3-9x40 DOA 600 scope.

    To recap, yet again: I will post a total of four bucks photos, one per week, for one month. (Click here if you missed the first one and here for the second one.)

    You will guess the gross B&C score of each and keep track of your guesses. Fractionals will count. When I post the final buck, I’ll ask you for your grand total. Whoever is closest wins the scope. If there is a tie, we will have a tiebreaker buck.

  • November 23, 2011

    Hurteau Tests Deer Hunting Scopes for Under $100

    By Dave Hurteau

    Having fledged under the wing of the great David E. Petzal, I know I should be a glass snob. But my Northeastern, lower-middle-class upbringing won’t allow it. Here in one of the many heavily wooded, economically depressed parts of the country, the way many of us buy scopes is we walk into a big box store, pick a decent-looking scope at a can’t-beat price, and put it on the ol’ deer rifle.


  • November 22, 2011

    Best Days of the Rut 2011: November 23

    By Scott Bestul

    The tail end of the primary rut has some often formidable hurdles: The majority of does have been bred. Young, and even subdominant, bucks are simply worn out and not chasing anymore. Overall, rut-related deer movement generally declines after the peak of the breeding season.

    But I love hunting this period because the biggest bucks in the herd—those mature, experienced breeders—aren’t content to let the show end so easily. There are a handful of does left to chase down and breed, and they’re the only ones with the right stuff to get it done. Your chances of seeing a buck today aren’t as high as they were a week ago…but the buck you do see will probably be a fine one. If you’re a quality-over-quantity type, this is your day.

  • November 21, 2011

    Bushnell Scope Buck-Scoring Contest, Round 2

    By Dave Hurteau

    Okay people, here is another fine-looking whitetail taken on my recent hunt at Wyoming’s Trophy Ridge Outfitters—and the next buck in our scoring contest. Once again, you are playing for a new Bushnell Elite 3-9x40 DOA 600 scope.

  • November 18, 2011

    Four Steps to Good Bow-Shooting Form

    By Dave Hurteau

    As I say in this video, we archers are forever trumpeting the importance of “good form,”—too often without bothering to explain just what that means. So here’s a simple breakdown. This is basic stuff, but it goes a long way toward shooting well.


    (Sorry about the “that-is-a-dead-jackalope” line; that was the video editor’s idea. Damned editors.)

  • November 18, 2011

    Best Days of the Rut 2011: November 19

    By Scott Bestul

  • November 15, 2011

    Score Some Bucks, Win a Bushnell Elite Scope

    By Dave Hurteau

    I just got back from hunting whitetails at Trophy Ridge Outfitters in northeastern Wyoming (more on that soon) with representatives from Browning, Winchester, the NSSF and Bushnell.

    For the hunt, the last gave me the use of a Bushnell Elite riflescope with the company’s DOA reticle, which allows even the simplest of riflemen to figure bullet drop at a glance, and which performed very nicely indeed. (All of the bucks I’ll post for this contest were taken on this trip and, I believe, taken with some version of this scope.)

  • November 14, 2011

    Bow Tip: How To Find Lost Arrows

    By Dave Hurteau

    Just for you buckhunter, here are five tips for recovering those arrows that—no way!—missed the whole dang target on the practice range.

    1) Keep the lawn mowed short. (Yeah, right.)

    2) If possible, set up so the terrain behind the target is uphill, even if only slightly.

    3) When you shoot a flier, stop shooting. While the shot is still fresh in your mind, stare at the target and do your best to remember and mentally mark exactly where you missed. (e.g. “Left edge of the target, 2 inches high.”)

    4) Drop your bow at your feet. Walk past the target, beyond the farthest point where the arrow could have landed, turn around and line up the bow, your marked miss and yourself—all in a straight line. Drop your hat.

  • November 11, 2011

    Guest Shoot Me Down: Expensive Bows Are Worth Every Penny

    By Dave Hurteau

    In our last “Shoot Me Down,” I argued that “Speed Kills” because a fast bow allows you to use a heavier arrow and larger broadhead without giving up too much in trajectory. In response, lovetohunt gave us a thesis on kinetic energy, momentum and most interestingly, bow-and-arrow efficiency. Now, as our SMD winner, he is here to rant and rave as my special guest.

    Take it away, lovetohunt:

    Expensive bows are worth every penny.

    All too often I see people hunting with bows that look like they were made in a toyshop 15 years ago. These folks can’t seem to justify spending the money on today’s better models, but I don’t think they realize that these expensive bows kill deer better than those ancient bows do.

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