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.
Find out when Hunter’s Education classes are available in your area.
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
Cell Phone with GPS App (OnX)
Knives and Saws
Sharp is Safe, Dull is Dangerous
Various styles and sizes (folding vs fixed blade)
Flashlight, First Aid Kit, Wind Checker (for big game)
Create Gear List
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.
Types of Hunting
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
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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