It’s Almost Time

It’s almost time, and I couldn’t be more excited.  Pennsylvania’s archery season is less than a month away. And, we have the most deer, the most bucks, and the biggest bucks of any year I can remember.  Most years, if I’m lucky, I have one three year old eight point to target.  This year I have at least three legal bucks on the property, and two that could qualify as the biggest buck I’ve taken on this property.  We’ve really upped our buck-to-doe ratio, and even have a great bullpen for next year.  If it sound like I’m excited, you’re right. The only downside is that I’m still recovering from shoulder surgery a couple of months ago, and I’m just

A Hard Day

Yesterday was a tough day for me.  I’ve been hunting hard all through the archery season, and have passed on lots of does and a few small bucks.  Having seen more deer on the property, and a higher buck /doe ratio than I have ever seen on this farm, I was excited for the start of rifle season.  And then . . . disaster.  Shortly after first light I heard a deer coming in from behind me.  Watching and waiting I saw a medium sized eight point come in from about 80 yards.  He was probably a 3 1/2 year old with a mid-sized rack, but a pretty big body for his age.  This is a deer I might have passed

Making a Mountain Man Possibles Bag – Part 1

I recently picked up a muzzle loader to extend the deer season.  I originally thought it would be a purely practical purchase, but soon found myself getting into the whole mountain man thing.  Being a leather worker, I though what better way to get into the whole process than to make my own possibles bag. While looking for design inspiration, I stumbled across the fact that you can buy tanned, salvaged coyote faces on e-Bay!  Really???  Well despite the oddness of that statement, it gave me an opportunity to include a a coyote face in my design without taking the time/effort to harvest, skin, and tan a coyote pelt. Part one takes us through some initial design, cutting out the body of

DIY Camera Arm

Today we build a camera arm for self-filming hunts from a tree stand.  Anyone can build this with a few common tools and an inexpensive MAPP gas setup from the hardware store.  This set-up will cost you 20% of commercial alternatives, and will give you the same or better quality.  Plans will be available on the blog, and the link will be added here when it is available.  Thanks, and good hunting!

2016 Spring Gobbler Season

Well, our 2016 Spring Gobbler Season is in the books. It didn’t go as planned, but we had a great time, including a fantastic morning hunt with my daughter Amanda. We may not have taken the kind of trophy we did in 2014, we it was a success in more ways than one.