Episode 012 - Questions and Answers

Special Guest Sara Garwood

   Tried Deer Hunting

   Too early and too cold

   Excited seeing deer

Kenton’s mistakes getting Sara started

   Morning vs Evening

   Improper shooting instruction

   Poor fitting clothing (cold)

What is an upland bird?

   Upland habitat birds: pheasants, quail, chuckar, grouse, ect

If a deer sees me in my treestand, is my spot blown or will the deer forget 

and still come back to that spot?

   Better chance of ruining a stand being smelled than seen.

   Older deer remember more than younger deer.

   Never good to be busted but not necessarily the end of the stand.

Would the stand be ruined for the season or longer?

   At least the season but if the deer is smart enough, maybe for good.

What do you personally do to mask your own scent when hunting?

   Nothing if hunting a species that doesn’t use sense of smell.

   Nothing if I can’t hunt without sweating.

   For deer

      Wash all clothing in scent free detergent.

      Store all clothing and gear in air tight bags.

      Shower in scent free soap

      Where separate clothes in vehicle

      Change at hunting location

How long does it take to field dress a deer?

   Quality before speed

   Takes just a few minutes once you know the steps

   Don’t be timid

How soon after field dressing do you need to start the butchering process?

   The sooner the better

   Easier to skin and butcher if you don’t wait

   Warm air temps reduce time available

   Small game has more time until gutting is needed but less time to butcher

How many babies does a doe typically have in a year?

   Whitetails 1 or 2, rarely 3

   Mule Deer 1 sometimes 2

   Antelope 1 sometimes 2

   Elk (cow) 1or 2

Do whitetail does have a baby every year?

   No, some don’t get bred

   Some lose fawns early

   Yes, capable of offspring every year

At what age is it best to shoot a deer? (Age of deer)

   No wrong age is you’re not worried about growing older deer

   If growing old deer (4+ years old) you can’t shoot young deer

At what age is it best to shoot a deer? (Age of hunter)

   Able to operate weapon

   Understanding and respect for quarry and hunting

Homework: Submit any more questions you have

Episode 011 - A New Hunter's Success

Special Guests Zack Martin and Jim Stang

   Zack decided on crossbow vs compound

   Sighting in a Scope - follow the arrow/bullet

Zack’s First Buck

   Kenton encountered him several times in 2017

   No evidence of him in 2018

   2019 Summer pictures

   Broke brow tines between velvet shed and October 8th

   Buck moved to where more does are present between October 14th and 19th

   Video of scraping October 27th and 28th

   November 3rd - buck is following doe in morning

   Zack sees the buck chasing a doe and gets a shot

Jim’s Biggest Buck

   No previous evidence at all

   Equipment problems spoiled a chance at a large buck

   Rattled in another buck

   Less than ideal first shot but great follow-up shot

   No boots, no hat, no problem

Learning to field dress and butcher

   Slow and clean at first, speed comes later

   Remember the process

Homework Assignment: Watch video of Zack’s buck on youtube channel

Episode 010 - The Rut

The Rut - the breeding season for seasonal breeding mammals

Breeding at one time of year ensures offspring are born at the best time of year for survival

The Rut takes place regardless of any and all other factors but daytime activity can still be influenced

      by weather, hunting pressure, ect.

Game animals that experience the rut AND are hunted based on rutting activity include:




 Mule Deer

 Whitetail Deer

Rut Vocabulary

Estrous - seasonal breeding mammal females are receptive to breeding (in-heat)

Pre Rut - rutting behavior leading up to the rut

Rubs - males rubbing their antlers on trees; used as a territory signpost and to build up

muscles for future fights

Scrapes - males scrape the ground with hooves; used as a territory marker and a

general communication device

Wallows - larger scrape like area where males roll their entire body to deposit scent

Seeking - males looking for estrous females

Chasing - males following a female close to estrous

Fighting - males battling for breeding opportunities

Harem - group of females gathered together for breeding purposes by a male

Lock Down - males occupied with females and less movement is occuring

Secondary Rut - later rut occuring when female fawns grow enough to enter estrous

Whitetail Deer

November in the north, January in the south

Rubs, Scrapes

Seeking, Chasing, Fighting

No Harem so Lockdown is possible

Hunting Pre Rut - waiting at scrapes, rubs

Hunting Rut - getting close to does

Mule Deer

Late November to Mid December

Rubs, Scrapes

Seeking, Chasing, Fighting

No Harem (may look like it) so Lockdown is possible

Hunting Pre Rut - find bucks moving

Hunting Rut - find does


Mid September


Seeking, Chasing, Fighting

Harem when populations are low, territories when populations are high


Mid September to Mid October

Rubs, Wallows

Muted seeking and chasing

Incredible fights when bulls are equally sized

Hunting - find bull and bring in with cow call


Early September to Early October

Rubs, Wallows

Harem gathering

Herd Bull vs Satellite Bulls

Hunting Pre Rut - find bulls

Hunting Rut - opportunities on periphery of harem

Homework: give the podcast a rating

Episode 009 - Talking About Taxidermy

Special Guest Chip Wendt

   Owner/Operator of Frink’s Run Taxidermy

   Presides over the Ohio Taxidermists Association

   Began hunting on his own at age 12

What is Taxidermy?

   Preserving Animals

   Taxi-moving   dermy-skin

   Skinning, Tanning, Mounting

   Used by hunters, zoos, metroparks, educational facilities


   Representation of an animal, memory, experience

Types of mounts

   Shoulder mount - shoulder forward

   Lifesize mount - full body

   Half mount - midsection forward

   European mount - cleaned skull

   Skull caps - top of skull and antlers


   Pre-sculpted mannequin of animal’s musculature


      Placement location

      Animal appearance

      Memory of the hunt


      Base of mount that looks like rocks, grass, leaves, twigs, logs, ect.

      Accentuate but not overpower

Field Care

   Important to quality of mount

      Shot placement

      Weapon of use


   Don’t drag animals with atv

   Stop cutting hide at rib cage for a shoulder mount

   Time and Temperature

      Cooled promptly

      Take to butcher shop and pick-up quickly

      Freezing is fine but don’t roll up the hide as the hair will insulate the skin

   Keep hide (and meat) dry when possible

Mount Maintenance


      Keep away from hot windows

      Keep out of natural light (ultra-violet)

      Don’t put mounts near wood burning stoves

      Smoking will damage mounts

   Dusting (can use air compressor)

   Windex on the glass eyes

   Wipe with pledge

   Shampoo for really dirty mounts

   Take to taxidermist


   Part 1: Find out what taxidermists are in your area.

   Part 2: Send in any and all questions.

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 - https://www.boone-crockett.org/

   Pope and Young Club - https://www.pope-young.org/

   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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