Archive for November, 2012

Hunting Public Land

By Mike Bleech

text-box-336x336-300x300You may think hunting on public lands means too much competition from other hunters. Yes, hunting pressure does tend to be heavier on public lands than on private lands. However, not every public place gets a lot of hunting pressure, nor do other hunters create the same kind of competition as you often get on private lands. Many of them actually give you weak competition.

You can avoid being weak competition yourself, though, by not making the mistakes many casual deer hunters make. You should always learn from your own mistakes, but nothing says that you cannot learn from the mistakes of other hunters, too. Here are a few mistakes to avoid.

Mistake #1 – Hunting close to roads.

One particular area I frequently hunt has a reputation for holding very few deer. I hear about it often. When I suggest that hunters get farther away from roads the reply is always the same – they tell me they do get deep into the woods.

I know better. During a normal deer season I see absolutely no tracks in the snow farther than 1/8-mile from the nearest road, other than those of my own hunting companions. Of course, I dare not tell that to anyone who claims to get deep in the woods. Egos get too deeply involved.

Small details can make the difference between seeing a deer before it sees the hunter, or not. By walking in the small depression, this hunter lowers his profile by a couple feet.(Photo by Mike Bleech)

Small details can make the difference between seeing a deer before it sees the hunter, or not. By walking in the small depression, this hunter lowers his profile by a couple feet.
(Photo by Mike Bleech)

Most of the moving that deer do during hunting season results from the movements of hunters. If no one is far enough into the woods to jump deer, usually they bed all day, or most of it anyway.

Mistake #2 – Moving too fast.

Of course, by getting deeper into the woods you run the risk of pushing deer to other hunters. This is why you should avoid moving too fast. Moving fast tends to get deer running. Just one hunter moving recklessly can make hunting close to roads almost futile. It is absolutely essential that you see deer before they vacate the area.

Moving slowly, cautiously, tends to just nudge deer along (if you are not shooting at them.) They may make a few bounds, but in many cases they will not move far or fast. It is not unusual for a skilled still hunter to be able to cut ahead of deer by taking advantage of their slow movements when the course of the movement is accurately anticipated. That comes from experience and scouting.

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Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in Local

Hunter robbed at gunpoint


A bow hunter told Coweta County authorities he was robbed at gunpoint Sunday while out looking for a deer he shot earlier.

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A bow hunter told Coweta County authorities he was robbed at gunpoint Sunday while out looking for a deer he shot earlier.

Twenty-nine-year-old Eric Sumner was hunting on property off Poplar Road east of Newnan when he headed back to his truck, said Major Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Once at his truck, Sumner told investigators he was approached by a man who accused him of trying to shoot him.

The suspect then pointed a semi-automatic pistol at Sumner and took his bow, wallet, cell phone and a rifle he had inside his truck, the major said.

The suspect was described as a white male, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and wearing baggy blue jeans, a dark shirt and a half-face mask.”

From Fox News

Luxury has crept into the most unlikely of industries, including that of hunting. In the past, hunting was all about checked shirts, sleeping on the ground and roasting your kill on homemade bonfires. Nowadays, the thirst for bloodshed is as strong as ever, with everyone from rock stars to royalty enjoying a spot of hunting. However, this new breed of hunter demands a little more from their hunting experience, including five-star accommodation, world-class hospitality and Michelin-worthy food.

Here are the top 10 most luxurious hunting lodges on the planet for you to take a well-aimed shot at.

No.10 Rancho Caracol

Brownsville, Texas

Hidden in the undulating foothills overlooking Mexico’s famous Lake Las Alazanas, Rancho Caracol allows guests to live out their very own Mexican fantasies in a luxury beach resort-style hacienda. Set adjacent to the largest white-wing nesting colony in the worlence.

No.9 Dymond Lake Lodge

Manitoba, Canada

Offered by adventure firm Webbers Lodges is Dymond Lake Lodge, hailed as Canada’s most exclusive luxurious hunting lodge. Positioned in the heart of the Central Flyway in Manitoba, the route taken by millions of birds when journeying south, Dymond Lake Lodge is the perfect place for those who like their game covered in feathers. Those who prefer fur won’t be left out either, with thousands of moose, Arctic caribou and other big-game species roaming about the locale for your choosing. The lodge itself is simply spectacular, with stone fireplaces, screened decks, a hot tub, a sauna, a games room, and four luxury rooms to kick back in. Offset by a lake that’s teeming with trout and grayling, this is the ultimate huntsman’s paradise.

No.8 Rainbow Bay Resort

Pedro Bay, Alaska

Both luxurious and rustic, the Rainbow Bay Resort in Alaska has got the balance just right. Located to the south of Anchorage near Lake Iliamna, guests are able to enjoy hunting bear and moose, as well as a spectrum of colored fish that flit about just beneath the water’s surface. Each bedroom is furnished with two queen-size beds and en-suite baths, with exposed log-walls and cedar-covered interiors. The communal rooms are just as cozy, and guests can sink into plush leather couches, prop up the wooden bar in the Great Room or enjoy a family-style meal around the long table in the dining room. After a long day’s hunt, you’re also able to relax on the deck out front and take in the shimmering lake by moonlight. Those who say they come to Alaska solely for the hunting obviously haven’t stayed here before.

Gourmet game: Wild Alaskan salmon on herb mash with chili garlic butter

No.7 The Aloes Camp

South Africa

As part of one of the most exotic continents on the planet, it’s hardly surprising that South Africa is home to some of the most luxurious hunting lodges. Enter The Aloes Camp, offered by IKAMVA Safaris. Animals available for hunt here include black-backed jackal, bushpig, fallow deer, and wildebeest, with the guidance of a professional hunter ensuring that all local rules and regulations are followed. The accommodation is just as varied with a number of haute suites to choose from. Housed in a renovated 1870 farmhouse, the lodge also features a pool, a bar and a restaurant with a meat preparation facility. Enjoy a sundowner beside the crackling fire before you hit the sack for another day’s hunting.

Gourmet game: Fillet of wildebeest marinated in South African spices and served with fresh vegetables

No.6 The Resort at Paws Up

Greenough, Montana

If you like the camping concept, the Resort at Paws Up in Montana is the perfect place to lay your head after a day of hunting elk. While you could stay in the resort’s Big Timber Homes, we recommend checking out Tent City to experience sleeping under the stars in style. A community made entirely from canvas, the resort’s tents are more like luxury hotel rooms than the dwellings you used to make between armchairs as a kid, with fine-thread count linens, artworks on the walls and full electricity. The tents even come with their own en-suite bathrooms, with heated floors and power-showers. When you’ve freshened up after a long day’s prowling head to the Dining Pavilion at Tent City, where you can enjoy sumptuous food with breathtaking views out over Lookout Rock.

Gourmet game: Fresh Rocky Mountain trout sauteed with herbs

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Posted: 11/30/2012 in Hunting

That sounds quite good – I am always collecting new recipes, might have to try this one instead of the Venison Daub Provincial I usually do.

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Its deer season in Oklahoma. Which means a few things, but mostly it means that I need to clean out the freezer. Because I’m going to get another freezer-full soon. Venison needs to be cooked for a long time. And, as lean meats often do, venison benefits from a long, slow cook. We usually do a heavier stew, but coming off of the recent holiday, we decided to go lighter. A Spanish-style stew hit the spot.

Spanish-style Venison Stew

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 large onions, chopped

2 tomatoes, peeled and seeded

1 tsp paprika

1 bay leaf

1 bottle lager

1 cup chicken stock

2 sprigs thyme

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 1/2 lbs venison, cut into large chunks





Oyster mushrooms, roasted or sauteed.

1. Heat oil in a saute pan. Saute onion until deeply brown and caramelized. This will take a good thirty to forty minutes. Add the tomato…

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From The Big Buck Club’s FaceBook feed.

Ok, I live just outside Atlanta near Six Flags over Georgia. I have access to a FANTASTIC hunting property down in Taylor county, GA, but it’s a two and a half hour drive, not exactly something that’s great for quick hunt.  I have access to 40+ acres in Powder Springs, GA, but it’s mostly a farm, and there is only a tiny amount that can be hunted, which is surrounded by people of questionable hunting ethics.

I have been hunting Wildlife Management Areas in GA on and off this year, but honestly, almost every single one has different seasons, most of which make no sense when you first look at them. (For example, Nov. 17th-18th, then Nov 21st-22nd. Hope you have days off on those dates.)  Not only that, but EVERY time I’ve hunted a WMA this year, I’ve had issues with hunters walking right by my stand, smoking, yelling to each other, etc.  I like a bit of elbow room when I hunt, as do most of the folks I know.

So I started looking into leases and hunt clubs, and I’ve come to the conclusion that seriously saving money and finding a couple of hundred acres to BUY might be the way to go, since I’m not paying $1,500 to join a lease that has more rules than any major league sport you care to name. I have found a few hunting CLUBS that I may consider further, I’ve requested information from two of them, but even then, its another expense, and based on number of days of hunting vs. working on those properties, the net result ends up being pay $X per day to hunt plus spend time and money working on the property in the off season.

Don’t get me wrong, I grew up belonging to hunting and outdoor clubs that required all members to work on the club, I LIKE working on properties like that, but working, and paying a decent chunk of change and being restricted in several ways, etc. when I could save money for a year or two then buy 200 acres or so might be the better way to go.

I would LOVE to help some farmers out who are having crop damage issues from hogs, but so far, I haven’t found one.  Every farm I hear about that has hog problems, when I call or inquire, either doesn’t have the problem any more, or won’t allow hunting.  So, if you know of anyone who wants hogs gone, contact me on my FaceBook page, I can get several hunters to come help out.  Archery or firearm, depending on the property owner’s preference.


January 11, 12, and 13th we will host the First Annual Archery and Whitetail Deer Expo featuring Team Bow Masters of Arkansas 3-D Pop Up Shoot-em-Up Challenge.
  • Team Bow Masters puts on shoots all over the country and this is their first shoot in the state of Indiana. This is a challenging and fun 3-D Pop Up Shoot open to the public and to all ages. There will be approximately $2500.00 in cash and prizes to be awarded after the shoot and many other door prizes to be given away through out the three day event.
  • We will also have a beginner range with state certified and well trained instructors to teach people of all ages who want to learn how to shoot a bow and learn about the rules and regulations of an archery range.
  • Peggy and Allen Royer will be putting on seminars throughout the event. The Whitetail fix TV show airing this summer will be here giving seminars throughout the three day event as well as a biologist who will talk about the effect that this years drought has had on the deer heard in Putnam County and the Mid West. If you have questions about food plots and property and deer management, we will have someone giving talks about this as well.
  • We have quality hand made crafts, art, jewelry, furniture, clothing and sporting goods, Trucks and ATVs from various vendors. There will be something for everyone to see at the expo.
Bring your bows and participate in the shoot or watch from the bleachers. We will be scheduling other indoor shoots for 2013 including a 3-D Pop-Up Shoot-Em-Up Challenge State Championship. In March of 2013 we will also be celebrating our grand opening of our Mid West (outdoor) 3-D Archery Range located behind the C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana just off of I-70 and 231 which will be open to the public. Be sure to “like” the Mid West 3 D Archery Facebook page, and check out our website at

Posted: 11/29/2012 in Hunting

Posted: 11/28/2012 in Hunting

I remember hunting at 12 with my Bear takedown recurve. (My first deer was at 10 with a Remington 1100 20 g.) I still haven’t harvested a deer with traditional archery gear.

My father has a litany of news for me when I talk to him these days.  Favorite topics include folks who are better at hunting than I am, live in a better hunting area than I do, hunt harder than I do (one of his favorites is a 12 year old Amish girl, he hunts with her family), and finally folks who have passed away that he knows, but I don’t.

The other day my father was rambling on about some kids looking for shed antlers, and then the topic seemed to change to a theft of somebody’s whitetail deer mounts, but the mounts were replicas, not the actual deer.  I was confused, but OK, I got the gist of that conversation.

Today in the mail I got a letter and a WANTED poster from my father – the wanted poster is below, I’ll put some bits from the letter below that.


The letter STARTS with: “PS It’s snowing right now hunting Phil’s on Monday 30-06.


Niko & Lisa Pooches Cats & Balance of zoo    24 nov 2012 8:30am

Here is the flyer of the 2 mounted heads of deer that were stolen from my friend Dan Kuhns’ office at his deer farm (Woodside Whitetails) near Middlefield, Oh.  2 young guys stopped and asked about shed antlers and a few days later these heads were missing.  

These Kuhns have raised deer for close to 30 years.

This is the family I like to hunt with. 

They have 226 acres in Tuscawaras county, Oh.

They wait for big ones, I’ve been witness to this.

Dan raised these bucks and the heads that were stolen had replica antlers. 


The only thing I changed was correcting a few minor spelling errors.

I realize that I’m 4 states away, and that I have a VERY low view count on most posts, but these are ONE of a kind REPLICA antlers, of massive non-typical bucks.  Hopefully somebody somewhere spots these for sale on eBay or whatnot and gets the reward.