When it comes to hunting pressured whitetails, finding overlooked locations where people don’t go is imperative. One thing we’re always looking for is water. Streams, lakes, rivers, ponds, or marshes can all be good features, especially water that’s too deep to cross with typical rubber knee boots.
While there’s nothing better than getting out into the wilderness on a hunt, a medical emergency can ruin it all in the blink of an eye. Whether it’s a fall from a treestand or an attack by a grizzly, you need to have a few basic skills mastered to increase your chances of making it out alive.
You know in the movie Jaws when the guy says “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”? Well, we needed a smaller boat – or three-super small boats – or maybe just a boat that doesn’t have a keel and rigid floor – or possibly one big boat that drafts very little water and is rock-resistant. Yes, rock-resistant, and a shallow runner; that would have been key. When you break it down, pretty much any boat other than the one we chose.
The outdoor video production space has come a long, long ways in the past decade. I can recall, back in the day, when “Realtree Monster Bucks” VHS tapes were my only source of hunting content. I’m talking well before there were ever big player networks like Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, and Pursuit Channel. The space has changed dramatically in the past couple decades and it continues to change as the streaming platforms gain traction at a rapid pace.
Whitetails shift their movement patterns with the seasons, mostly attributed to three main factors: (1) food sources; (2) reproduction cycles; (3) symptoms of weather conditions. Trail cameras eliminate the guesswork, but you must be diligent in recognizing these factors in order to keep up with the deer herd in your area.
Trail camera pictures are surface deep. They show what’s in front of them and paint a picture in our minds consuming our imagination with hope. Hope morphs into belief, steering our decision-making process when it comes time for the hunt. We move in on the intel, then we sit – and wait.
Trail cameras reveal inventory intel with date and time stamps offering perspective of the “when” and “where,” but what about the “why?”
It usually doesn’t take more than a few seconds after pulling the trigger on a successful hunt for someone to state the obvious: “Now the work begins!” While there can be months of hard work leading up to a hunt, it’s often the time directly after the shot that turns out to be the most difficult.
The Gray Ghost. It wasn’t by happenstance the Coues deer acquired this nickname. They are true masters of their environment and notorious for melting into their habitat, leaving hunters scratching their heads.
With 11 waterfowl fanatics on the team, each averaging 15-20 years’ experience chasing birds, Heartland Waterfowl has made a name for themselves hunting North America as far North as Saskatchewan and as far south as Texas.