Antlerless Deer Season…What is right for you?
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by Gary Harpole
1M ago
The topic of antlerless deer harvest is never without some controversy.  Some people are adamantly opposed to the idea of any does being harvested and some would like as many killed as possible.  Most deer hunters would fall somewhere in the middle of these two opinions.  The question is what is right for you?? Several states in the Midwest have expanded their bag limits for antlerless deer dramatically over the last several years in an effort to reduce the overall statewide deer population.  This brought an immediate response from many naysayers, who claimed that the state ..read more
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Welcome Back October! Early October Archery Hunting.
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by Gary Harpole
4M ago
Bow season is finally underway!!!  All the months of preparation (food plots, trail cameras, stand hanging, etc.) are in the past and we now get enjoy the fruits of our labor by climbing a tree and dreaming of giant whitetails.  This is truly a magical time of the year.  The leaves are changing, the temperatures are falling, and the deer we love to hunt are beginning to prepare for the rut. Although we should be preparing for the rut as well, let us not forget the potential of a successful October. I have written several articles in the past regarding October hunting and effecti ..read more
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Where Have All the Woodsmen Gone?
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by Gary Harpole
5M ago
I happen to belong to a collective group of people known as Generation X.  Maybe you have heard of us?  We were the last generation of kids to graduate high school without the help of the internet, we never spent a day in detention due to texting, and we had cassette tape players in our pickup trucks.  I remember when gasoline was less than a dollar per gallon and you got up early on Saturday morning to watch cartoons.  Ok, we weren’t exactly rubbing sticks together to make fire; but by today’s standards they were fairly simple times.  The same holds true for the hunti ..read more
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Early Summer Whitetails…What Shouldn’t I be doing?
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by Gary Harpole
7M ago
For many of you die hard whitetail hunters there is an itch that you feel right now.  An itch that, you so very much, would like to scratch.  Turkey season is over, you have already drowned several dozen nightcrawlers, the green fields are growing, and the bucks are also!  You are itching to get out onto your farms and get to work on the upcoming hunting season.  There are some do-s and don’ts that you should follow before scratching too hard this time of year. DO: Glass your hunting areas from a distance.  Mid-June through early July is a great time to catch a glimpse ..read more
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The Quiet Gobbler
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by Gary Harpole
10M ago
As the 2022 turkey season approaches, I reflect on season’s of the past. The last turkey season was a successful one and added many new stories that I will treasure for years to come. From successful youth hunts, some first time gobblers, and some great hunts with some of my usual spring companions…the last few seasons have been very good to me. As with any season, I have taken away some good lessons from the teacher and re-enforced some lessons from years past.  A consistent theme for me this past year was dealing with the ole sneaky quiet Tom.  Most turkey hunters have dealt with t ..read more
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Legacy of the Turkey Call…
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by Gary Harpole
10M ago
This past weekend I spent some time putting away my turkey gear now that the season is over.  I cleaned my guns that were used, washed all of my clothes, and emptied all of the contents of my turkey vest.  As I stared at all of my calls laid out on my bench, I realized how little my call selection has changed over the years.  Most of these calls have been in my vest every spring for over decade.  Sure some calls have come and gone during that span but most have remained the same.  While they are all a little different and may provide a different sound or purpose, they ..read more
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Before the Spring Thaw…Habitat Improvement Tips
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by Gary Harpole
1y ago
As we look ahead to the next season, most people grow anxious for the warmth of spring.  Although I share in this enthusiasm, I know that there is work to be done before the flowers start to bloom.  This is the optimum time of the year to make habitat improvements on your land or hunting property.  If you feel like you are stuck inside because of the cold, hopefully I can generate a few ideas that will get you outdoors before the spring thaw. Timber Habitat Improvement Projects One of the best habitat improvement projects that you can undertake to enhance your farm for wildlife ..read more
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Want More Turkeys? Turkey Habitat Improvement Tips
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by Gary Harpole
1y ago
Years ago, when I started guiding for Eastern turkeys in West Central Illinois, I decided that the status quo of the properties that I hunted was not good enough for my turkey hunts. I wanted to not only keep more turkeys on the properties that I guided, but I also wanted more places to set up on these birds with clients.  I learned that not all hunters were able to “run n gun” like I often wanted to do.  Due to physical limitations or experience level, I discovered that just winging it every morning reduced my ability to provide a quality hunt. Having a predetermined strategy for my ..read more
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The Season is Over…What did You Learn?
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by Gary Harpole
1y ago
A wise deer hunter is a deer hunter that continues to seek wisdom.  The best opportunities to find that wisdom occurs each deer season; and the whitetail deer themselves, are the best teachers. The curriculum only costs you your time, and if you paid attention you should be better prepared to go to school during the next fall semester. So what did I learn this fall?  The first lesson that I learned is one that I seem to get reminded of every few years but still have a tendency to fail the test. I had trail camera pictures of tremendous buck that I quickly put at the top of list to pu ..read more
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Best Laid Plans…..
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by Gary Harpole
1y ago
Follow me through this hypothetical scenario and see if any of this sounds familiar to you.  During an early spring shed hunting trip you stumble upon an antler of a great buck right smack dab in the middle of your prime Illinois hunting spot.  You show all of your buddies the awesome buck that you will be chasing for the next year.  For the sake of the story we will call the buck “Hightower”.  As summer sets in and the bucks become more visible you start setting out trail cameras in an attempt to capture a picture of your target buck. After leaving your camera out for what ..read more
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