Show Notes

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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