Last year's drought was tough on deer herds across much of the country. It was no different in Central Illinois at the Fogle Farm. Numerous mature bucks that Ross and Derek had on their hit list either went missing or were found dead. They believed the outbreak of EHD to be the main cause. Luckily, a new mature buck frequented the property during the deer hunting season and Ross was able to connect in late November.
While there is nothing we can do as land managers to prevent EHD, property improvements will do nothing but enhance a deer's desire to call your farm home. With many of the mature bucks now gone or missing from the farm, Ross and Derek's best bet is to pull deer that call neighboring properties home. The Fogle Farm is getting a makeover this year in the form of large stands of warm season grasses. If there was anything this farm was missing, it was the security cover that Switchgrass can provide. Combining these warm season grass plantings with fire breaks consisting of Pennington's Durana Clover and Chicory will provide excellent control when it comes time for controlled burning of the grasses, and also extra high protein forages. The versatility of The Firminator allowed for planting a variety of different seed sizes and species in a perfectly prepared seed bed. While these property improvements won't necessarily be quickly establishing habitats, it will definitely improve the property for deer hunting in the years to come.
This story is a great example of deer hunting success on a small property. The James' own and manage just 58 acres in Indiana. With an excellent balance of summer and winter forages, they are providing great year round food sources that are attracting and feeding not only deer that call their farm home, but also the neighbors deer.
Last year we showcased the story of Tom James, his daughters, and their family farm. A buck named Whitesox calls their farm home and Tom's daughter, Morgan, has staked her claim on him. This year, she continued her pursuit of him, but one of Whitesox's old friends showed back up.
This is our 2013 Montana DIY archery elk hunt where we backpack into the Pioneer Mountains chasing elk during the rut. Watch along as we give out the details our trip and take you along for the ride. This is our first time elk hunting but we sure learned a lot and will be back at it every year now.
Come along to Namibia with the hunters of Russell Outdoor Guides for some fantastic bowhunting action. This is part two of a multi-part series to come. Consider subscribing to our Youtube channel and thanks for watching.
All the critters in the deer woods are in constant communication. Getting to know the sounds and their meanings is a plus in hunting whitetails. However, the same critters can rat you out if you are not careful.
Incredible head cam archery coyote hunt in snow, 100% Film It Yourself. Shawn's coyote hunt in first person. More coyote and other hunting adventures at http://solvidsystems.com/videos/hunting/. Add any camera or camcorder with a tripod thread and you have a head camera with film quality dependent on the camera being used.
Shawn spots, stalks, films and kills an archery mule deer, 100% film it yourself style. Watch many more FIY hunts at http://SolvidFIY.com. A very respectable mule deer dies after Shawn stalks within 25 yards of the buck on a mule deer bow hunt.
Hunter, Videographer, Editor: Shawn Jackson
Music Produced by Phat Records
All the hard work of planting a food plot can quickly be lost if deer get to the forage too quickly. This is especially true in summer plantings of forage soybeans. In order to prevent this from happening, we like to use a product called Milorganite which is available at virtually any home improvement store. Simply spread a heavy covering across your food plots right after planting. The offensive odor and any fencing barrier you use should keep deer away for a few weeks to allow germination and the food plot to begin growing before receiving grazing pressure from whitetails.
I took a father/son trip to BC with my son for graduation in June 2013 to bear hunt with Babine Guide Outfitters. My son took his 1st (ever) and 2nd bears with his rifle and I took 1 with my Mathews Chill. This is the bow footage.