Show Notes

Episode 008 - A New Hunter's Journey

Special Guests Jim Stang and Zack Martin

   Zack’s first hunt didn’t produce any deer

   Started seeing deer on subsequent trips with Jim

   No shot opportunity during first year hunting

Changes from year one to year two

   Better gear to stay warm

   Scope on gun

   Scouting and trail camera

   Setting up earlier

   Using calls

Starting Archery

   Compound vs Crossbow

   Much longer season than firearms in Ohio including the rut

   Advantage of going to a good archery shop

   Very good entry level bows available at reasonable cost


   Henry - firearms manufacturer 

   Ghost Blind - mirrored ground blind used at an angle to show ground cover as


   Walker’s Game Ear - hearing enhancement for hunters

   Handwarmers - small pouch containing chemicals which give off heat when reacting with

         oxygen in the air

   Grunt Tube - deer call imitating male deer

   Bleat Can - deer call imitating female deer

   Rut - mating season for big game animals

   Full Draw - having a bow pulled back and ready to fire

   Shed Hunting - searching for antlers that drop off an animal in winter/spring

   Trail Cameras - motion activated cameras designed to be left outdoors

   Velvet - antler covering containing blood vessels for growth that sheds early Sept.

Homework: Start a hunting journal

Episode 007 - Finding the Time to Hunt

Special Guests Greg Callaghan and Bob Steele

     Greg was unsuccessful until upgrading bow

     Bob started gun hunting on public ground and club his grandfather belonged to

Finding Time to Hunt

     Can be challenging


     Involve family in when possible 

     Balancing time between kid’s activities (sports) and time in the woods

     Make plans in advance whenever possible.

     Longer hunting trips on hold until kids are older

Time allocation

     Weekend plus 3 days during the rut

     Plan around weather patterns if possible

     Hunt hard because hunting time is limited

     Fall back on gun seasons

Taking Kids Hunting

     Quality gear

     Take some other entertainment

     When they want to be done, the hunt is done

     Practice to make an ethical shot

     Set-up for success, not failure


     Shed Hunting - searching for antlers that drop off an animal in winter/spring

     Millennium Stand - two person treestand made by Millennium Treestands

     Box Blind - enclosed blind to conceal movement, can be elevated

     Plinking - target shooting, usually will small caliber firearms like a .22

     Rut - mating season for big game animals

     Ethical Range - maximum distance a hunter can shoot to make an ethical shot

     Shooting Lane - a trimmed path from a stand to be able to shoot though

     Hinge Cutting - cutting down a tree but keeping it alive to provide habitat for animals

     Food Plots - crop plantings specifically for wildlife use

     Trail Cameras - motion activated cameras designed to be left outdoors

     Lumenok - brand of lighted arrow nock to aid in seeing arrow flight and recovery

Homework: Start or continue doing prep work for hunting season i.e. scouting, stands, maps, 

shooting practice, etc.

Episode 006 - The Sights and Sounds

Special Guest Noah Harrison

   Began hunting deer during youth seasons

   Invitation to start waterfowl hunting

   Enjoys calling and decoying

Game Animal Vision


       Very important for waterfowl and turkeys

      Hunter Orange needed for most big game firearms seasons (check regulations)


      Silhouette - two dimensional

      Full body - three dimensional, life like

      Shell - top half of full body decoy

      Realism becoming more important

Game Animal Hearing

   Calling - mimicking animal sounds

      Mating, Fighting, Locator, Confidence

   Calls - Closed Reed, Diaphragms, Friction, Specialized


   Calling not used

   Decoys used situationally, dressing up as decoy


   Camo very important, breaking up edge 

   Small decoy spreads early but larger spreads late

   Looking at real geese to know how to set up decoys

   Two goose sounds - cluck and honk

   Read the flocks

White-tailed Deer

   Camo important but not critical for archery seasons

   Antlerless decoys facing away from hunter, buck decoy facing hunter

   Three deer calls - grunt, bleat, and rattling

Mourning Doves

  Calling not used

  Motion decoys very effective


   Not decoyed often

   Calling used during the rut

Wild Turkey

   Head to toe camouflage *do not wear red, white, or blue*

   Minimize hunter movement

   Be cautious using decoys on public land

   Reaping - effective but must know ALL people using the property

   Friction calls can be weather dependent

   Two turkey sounds - cluck and yelp

   Reading the bird, don’t over call

   Locator calls used to shock gobble but not move the turkey


   Decoys not used

   Calling possible but not necessary

   Camo not critical as squirrels hide more than run

Mule Deer

   Calling and decoy similar to whitetails but they respond less

   Camo more important when trying to get close


   Camo same as geese, break up outline

   Using duck and goose decoys together

   Floating decoys weighted to bottom

   Motion decoys for ducks but not geese

   Diving decoys for diving ducks, puddle decoys for puddle ducks

   Two duck sounds - quack and feeding

   Whistle for Wood Ducks and Teal


   Camo not critical but used in archery

   Decoys not used often, white butt equals white butt

   Two elk sounds - cow call and bugle


   Slough - low lying area that holds some water

   Running Traffic - hunting flying birds between their roost and feeding area

   Cupped - flying birds cup their wings downward when they commit to landing

   Flare - flying birds change their flight path direction to avoid decoy spreads

Homework - choice between looking up antler scores for your area or practicing a call

Episode 005 - Scoring Antlers and Animal Senses

Scoring big game animals

   What is scoring - measuring antlers or horns to get a representative number relative to other animals of the same species.

   Why measure and score - started as a way to measure habitat. 

   Boone and Crockett Club -

   Pope and Young Club -

   Horns - grown the entire life of the animal

   Antlers - grown every year and then shed

   Pronghorn - horn with sheath

   Scoring Horns - sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn

      Four circumferences (mass) per horn

      length of horns 

      length of prong (pronghorn)

   Scoring Antlers

      A - number of points on each antler (1 inch long)

      B - tip to tip

      C - greatest spread

      *A,B,C are identification only (not included in score)

      D - inside spread (spread not greater than longest main beam)

      E - abnormal points (typical vs non-typical)

      F - main beams

      G - typical tines

      H - four circumferences (mass) per antler except moose

Animal’s sense of smell

   Primary defense of Moose, Pigs, Bears, Elk, Deer

   Birds don’t use sense of smell

   Clean clothes, gear, self

   Playing the wind - staying downwind of animals

   Using thermals - air movement changes based on heating/cooling of air

   Cold air sinks, warm air rises

Homework Assignment - Figure out which conservation organizations are in your area.

Episode 004 - Savoring the Mistakes

Special Guest Aaron Leimeister

   Began hunting as a child

   Learned from and with father

   TV vs real life hunting

   7 years hunting deer before reaching goal


   Know where you’re at (read a map correctly).

   Pay attention to the weather.

   Prepare to lessen “buck fever”.

   Have a basic understanding of how to take care of game after being successful.

   Pick the right time to have your pants down.

   Set a goal and stick to the goal.

   Hunting success can only be had on purpose, not by accident.

   Expect the unexpected.

The Saga of Buck 52 

   Learn from the animals you hunt

   Helpfulness of online mentor (Mike P)

   The differences in hunting one specific animal

   Naming animals for convenience

   Animal behavior changes in the presence of danger

   Decoys have four legs, not six

   Foiled by a doe


   Trolling - method of fishing where lines are set out and the boat moves around the body of water.

   Bowl - (in topography terms) low lying area surrounded by higher ridges or flat land.

   Buck Fever - an adrenaline spike caused by seeing a certain animal (different for everyone) that prevents

                        a hunter from shooting correctly.

   Mallards - (Anas platyrhynchos) a common species of dabbling duck.

   Trail Cameras - motion activated outdoor cameras used to see where game has been.

   Rattle - call made to simulate two bucks fighting.

   Grunt - call made to simulate buck vocalizations.

   Doe Heat - (estrous) when a doe is ready to be bread.

   Deer Score - numerical value attached to antler size.

Homework Assignment

   Find out when Hunter’s Education classes are available in your area.

Episode 003 - Don't Fear the Gear


   Hunter Orange for big game firearms hunting, moving targets (upland birds, rabbits)

   Hunting Regulations spell out hunter orange requirements

   Camouflage is very important for Turkeys, Waterfowl

   “Layers Make the System Work”

      Base Layer - moisture wicking

      Mid Layer - insulation

      Outer Layer - durability, waterproof but still breathable


      Cotton - cheap, lightweight, breaths

      Wool - cheap, retains thermal properties when wet

      Merino Wool - waterproof

      Synthetics - durable


      Overlooked but important


   Comfort vs Support vs Warmth vs Traction

   Thinsulate - the higher gram number, the warmer the boot

   Fit is very important for warmth and blister prevention

   Rubber boots for standing water


   100% waterproof for water deeper than boots


   Can keep moisture from getting into boots (wet vegetation or snow)

   Snake gaiters are thicker to protect against snake bites

Packs and Vests

   Vests commonly used for Turkey (camouflage) and Wingshooting (orange)

   Meat Packs (load hauling) - metal frame to carry larger weight of butchered game

   Gear Packs (Day Packs) - used to just carry and/or organize gear


   Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Rangefinders

   You get what you pay for


   Map and Compass

   GPS System

   Cell Phone with GPS App (OnX)

Knives and Saws

   Sharp is Safe, Dull is Dangerous

   Various styles and sizes (folding vs fixed blade)

   Combination Kits 

   Game shears

   Bone/Wood saw



   Flashlight, First Aid Kit, Wind Checker (for big game)


   Create Gear List

Episode 002 - Adult Onset Hunters

Special Guest Jim Stang (and Kenton’s dog whining in the background)

   Started with an invitation from neighbor

   Having a place to go was biggest hurdle

   Hunted less when not having success

   Field dressing intimidating but not difficult

   Tons of archery practice

   Started taking a novice hunter out this year

      Wear warm clothes

      Pick up your feet

      “The focus is on the field, not on the phone”


   Shotgun - firearm that fires many small pellets instead of a single projectile

   Slug barrel - shotgun barrel used to fire a single projectile instead of many pellets

   Muzzleloader - firearm loaded from the muzzle end of the barrel, not the breach end

   Food Plot - vegetation intentionally planted specifically for wildlife food 

   Field Dressing (Gutting) - removing internal organs from animal to allow meat to cool

   Crossbow - archery bow mounted horizontally on a gun stock

   Rut - Mating season for mammals that only mate during a certain time of year

   Ladder Stand - Tree stand mounted at the top of a ladder

   Tracking - (Blood Trailing) following the blood trail after the shot

   Game Cameras - motion activated cameras used to get pictures of animals

   Jake - young male turkey

   Tom - old male turkey

   Turkey Beard - thin, hair-like feathers on the breast of male (sometimes female) turkeys

   Gobbles - male turkey mating call


   Find and read the online hunting regulations for your hunting area.

Episode 001 - Types of Hunting

Types of Hunting

1. Ambush

   Waiting for game at a specific “spot”

   Most common type of hunting

   Requires patience and scouting

   Used on most game animals except Sheep, Goats, Upland Birds

2. Spot & Stalk

   Finding animals and moving to get within range

   Mainly used in open landscapes

   Requires optics and detailed focus

   Used on Sheep, Goats, Bears, Elk, Moose, Deer, Turkeys, and Squirrels

         *Also used on Pronghorn

3. Still Hunting

   Moving slowly through an area trying to find game

   Used in thicker habitat

   Difficult to do well, requires woodsmanship

   Used on Moose, Elk, Deer, Pigs, Rabbits, Squirrels, Most Upland Birds

4. Driving

   Coordinated effort to move animals towards hunters

   Used in well defined habitats

   Fun and requires teamwork

   Effective on Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, Rabbits, Upland Birds

   Commonly done with dogs


   Bedding - sleeping area of mammals

   Roosting - elevated sleeping area of birds

   Decoys - device that looks like an animal used to draw animals to it

   Calling - mimicking animal sounds to draw animals to it’s sound 

   Scouting - finding information to predict animal location (maps, tracks, sightings, ect)

   Camouflage - blending into surroundings (clothing, vegetation, elevation, ect) 

   Tree Stands - elevated platform mounted in a tree to hunt from

   Elk Bugle - matting call made by male elk in the fall

   Turkey Gobble - matting call made by male turkeys in the spring

   Optics (Glass) - optical enhancing devices (binoculars, spotting scopes, ect)

   Woodsmanship - knowledge of what’s happening in the woods


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