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Bowhunting.Net by Robert Hoague - 3d ago

In the deer woods where I live Fawns begin being born in April and May and continue more sparingly as late as August. What we are looking at now are Fawns born in the April and May time period. At first the Doe’s hide their fawns to protect them from coyotes, wild hogs and other predators; as well as to let the newborns learn the area where they live in and to gain valuable experience that will help them during their lives.

Currently, I am seeing fawn activity on the increase because the Does have them accompany them now. It’s kind of a stage 2 in the Fawn world. Today I lucked up and got video of some some of that ‘fawn’s out in the world with their mothers” activity.

July 12 - Does with Fawns - YouTube

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In 1993 the highest scoring B&C buck was taken by Milo Hanson in Saskatchewan. This huge 12-point buck scored 213 5/8 in 1993, and still sits at the top the Boone and Crockett Club’s record books as the largest typical whitetail in the world.

If you’ve ever wondered what 27 inch tines would look like, you’re gonna find out In this video when you see the close ups of the world record Hanson buck when Bill Joedon of Realtree Outdoors interviews Milo Hanson.

World Record Whitetail | 213 5/8-inches - YouTube
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Weather has been weird this year. Two tornados blew down 4 oak trees within 200 raids from my house. The river 3/4 a mile downhill has flooded big time. And ground level green growth of all kinds is providing the does and Fawns with lush new growth. I set up close to where I’ve seen browsing activity and crossed my fingers. Today I have a video for us that fills the bill for a good close up is how deer eat as well as what they eat. This is Whitetail Deer Video from Robert Hoague. Enjoy…

What Do Deer Eat Now - YouTube

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Whitetail Deer Video by Robert Hoague.

Every year I take 10,000 plus pictures of whitetail deer with digital cameras. And since iPhones were introduced I’ve taken plenty of deer pictures with them, too. However, those pictures fell under the bar of my DSLR Cameras. Until now! So, as the deer woods changes for the whitetail I’ve got myself geared up to share what goes on in the deer woods where I live … as daily as possible. Also, I’m doing something New. Video from my iPhone to you. Beginning with this video from this morning just after daybreak.

July 7 - in The Whitetail Deer Woods - YouTube
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By: Vincent Esposito

I want to start out by saying out of all the Fletching jigs and set ups that I have built arrows with, this is by far the easiest and simplest to use. The GT Arrow Fletcher is packed with unique and simple features. The archery designers at Goat Tuff Products introduced a new concept they call  True Contact Design’ (TCD). TCD ensures the shaft and vane mate together completely, consistently and accurately every time for a maximum bond regardless of the helical desired or the shaft size. 

When you purchase the GT Arrow Fletcher comes packaged with the following items:

1 base with 2 V-Block

1 Three fletch indexer

1 Four fletch indexer

2 Lock Down Clips (Holds shaft in gluing position)

4 Vane Nests (½ degree, 1 degree, 2 degree, and 3 degree)

½ degree Vane Nest for vanes up to 4” long. Also recommended for most crossbow arrows.

1 degree Vane Nest for vanes up to 4“long.

2 degree Vane Nest for vanes up to 3.25” long.

3 degree Vane Nest for vanes up to 2.25” long.

This makes it easy to customize your arrow exactly how you want it. 

As I said before, setting up and using the GT Arrow Fletcher is easy. You select the vane nest you want and the distance you want from the nock to vane. This is done by placing the vane nest in the desired spot on the base. Then you slide your vane into the nest, ensuring that it is up against the back of the jig. Goat Tuff has a full line of shaft cleaning products I highly recommend for cleaning your shaft and vane. Next, after cleaning your shaft and vane, you nock your arrow in the desired index and apply a small amount of Goat Tuff’s Premium High Performance Glue to the vane edge.

Finally, set your arrow in the index receiver with your arrows across both V blocks and press down for approximately 10 to 20 seconds so you can be sure of a complete, solid hold.

Ease tension on the arrow and move on to the next vane. It’s quick, easy, and consistently simple to repeat over and over again.

That’s exactly why I love this fletcher; it’s so easy to repeat the process time after time no matter the combination of arrow, degree of helical, or number of fletchings. 

Not only is the GT Arrow Fletcher easy to use, it’s durable and easily cleaned. After fletching is complete you can clean the vane nests with acetone to completely rid them of any glue. Just be careful not to get a lot of glue on those nests while your fletching, they sometimes adhere the vane to the base. 

Overall, I loved using the GT Arrow Fletcher. The True Contact Design really allows for consistent and reliable arrow shaft to vane mating and if you properly clean the shafts with GT Cleaner and use their High Performance Glue you can be sure the vanes will adhere properly to the shaft.  The ease of set up is also the simplest of any tool I have ever used, making changing fletching configurations a breeze. I highly recommend the GT Arrow Fletcher, even to someone who has never fletched an arrow before.  It’s easy to set up and use, the results are outstanding and it’s fun.

For more please go to: www.goattuffproducts.com

bout Vince Esposito: From a young age, hunting has always been a tradition and a great pastime for him and his family.  Vinnie learned the value of fair chase from his father, a passionate and successful hunter as well.  Always an avid hunter, but when he began bowhunting in 2010, he became even more passionate about time spent afield.  Today, Vince is a complete archery addict and always open to sharing his passion with his family and friends.  Archery has become a year round endeavor for Vince.  Shooting nearly everyday, he constantly tries improve his skill set. He also regularly attends local archery shoots and loves the Total Archery Challenge. Vince is also a contributor at Pennsylvania Bowhunting,

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It worked! So let’s take a look at what deer are eating right now. Check this out.

This morning at daylight I waited at one of my favorite places to see if I could catch some deer eating on video.and not just any video, I’m using my iPhone and some special attachments to video some deer.

What Are Whitetail Deer Eating On July 5? - YouTube

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By Lucy Wyndham

Designing A Customized Shed For Your Hunting Equipment

In the last 5 years, about 101.6 million Americans engaged in wildlife-related activities like hunting, as reported by the U.S. Interior Department. Animals like moose, wild hogs, antelopes and elks are hunted for food and leisure. Hunting related-activities use specific tools that are expensive to purchase and maintain. It is therefore necessary to have good storage areas for all your hunting equipment. Good storage areas will save you money and time when the hunting season approaches. Constructing a shed will minimize damages from rust, rodents and mold that destroy your tools. The structure will also make it easy when you are re-tying, painting, cleaning and repairing you equipment. Customizing a shed for your hunting guns, shooting bows, knives and other tools can ensure that you have an easy time in the hunting season.

A Customized Shed In The Back Yard

A 3D customized garden storage shed can be built through computer software to visualize your specifications. The customization envisions the location, dimensions, color, size and geometry of the shed. You can customize the storage shelves to ensure that all the equipment is safe. One can systematically organize storage-units for game cameras, hunting gear and any other equipment. The storage-shed must be spacious to allow free movement and prevent congestion related injuries. Alternatively, you can order a 3D solid works visualization based on the desired structural requirements.

The Structural Layout

The roof must be fully slanted to prevent water from seeping from the top. It’s advisable to leave some wall ventilations about 6 inches below the roof to allow circulation of air. The floor-area must have a raised gradient of about 10 inches to prevent flooding and dampness that could damage the hunting equipment. Essential structural features like the ramps, door, storage areas, and roof and widow sizes are considered in the design. These features can be made of wood to lower the construction costs. Any materials used for this project must be durable and strong. Hardwood for walls and concrete blocks for the walls are the best solutions for this project.  

Safety And Security Measures

The arrows, guns, bows, sharp knives and other equipment stored in the shed can be unsafe, especially to children. To prevent injuries, door areas of the shed should have locks to prevent children from accessing the structure. For maximum security, a fence can be surrounded around the shed to prevent intruders and children from tampering with the equipment. In case you have your kid in the shed, ensure that all the tools are stored on high hooks or shelves. All the windows must lock from the inside to minimize the chances of theft.

Storing hunting gear and equipment in a customized shed can prevent theft, extra expenses and injuries. The shed’s design can be customized by individual owners, or ordered online. All designs will be determined by the equipment and financial capabilities of the owner. It is important to use durable materials to maximize safety and reduce injuries to children. These few steps can increase enjoyment in hunting seasons, as long as the structure is carefully maintained by repainting, and repairing leaking roofs and broken timber.

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If you are hunting deer it’s vital to hunt where deer movement is during the daylight. A deer’s daylight movement is much smaller than their 24 hour movements. Jeff Sturgis of Whitetail Habitat Solutions reports, “In my experience it is common for a mature buck to move less than 400 yards during the daylight for the majority of the deer hunting season.”

Jeff explains how you can create daylight movement where there is secure food, safe travel and hidden remote bedding areas for both does and bucks. This video shows you how to stack those odds in your favor.

Fencing Deer On Small Parcels Without A Fence - YouTube

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Sponsored by: The Archery Hall of Fame
By: M.R. James

            IT WAS ANOTHER ONE for the books, literally and figuratively. Of course, I’m talking about the Pope and Young Club’s 31st Biennial Convention in Omaha this past April. The most recent gathering was my 20th since my first convention as an Associate Member in 1971 and my 19th consecutive since the Milwaukee event in 1983, where I was honored to be Guest Speaker. I’m now a Senior Member (in more ways than one) and have gained enough experience over the decades to be a pretty fair country judge at comparing these every-other-year much-anticipated P&Y assemblies of members, guests, and trophy animals.

            So as unofficial but veteran judge, I’m giving the Omaha convention a big thumbs-up for quality and content. Here’s why:

Author with old friends at this year’s Pope and Young Convention That’s Dick Mauch, one of Fred Bear’s old hunting buddies. M.R. first met Dick at the 1972 P&Y gathering in Denver. Diane Miller, Archery Hall of Fame Executive Director, is listening in.

            *The big game displays were simply awesome. That judgment call is based on both quality and quantity. Five new World Records were announced, including Alaska Brown Bear, Non-typical Coues Deer, Typical Mule Deer, Non-Typical Mule Deer, and Bighorn Sheep. Chris Cammack’s Alaskan brownie scored 29-4/16 inches, edging out Jack Brittingham’s giant WR bruin by a mere one-sixteenth of an inch. Wes Ely’s non-typical Coues buck scored 139-2/8, nudging past Terry Edwards’ former World Record by one-eighth of an inch. Frank Cheeney’s typical muley officially scored 209-6/8 inches, topping the 205-inch George Harms WR buck. Dennis Bennett’s non-typical mule deer scored 291-5/8, dethroning Ken Plank’s 274-7/8-inch WR buck. And last but far from least was Clay Miller’s giant South Dakota bighorn ram that taped 209-1/8 inches and topped Todd Kirk’s 199-5/8 WR former ram by nearly 10 inches.

Chris Cammack’s World Record Alaska brown bear looked bigger than it did on the cover of my favorite hunting magazine.

            *Records Chair Ed Fanchin announced a total of 5,361 trophy-class animals were entered and accepted during the 31st Biennial Recording Period. Incidentally that boosts the Pope and Young Club’s total number of entries to 113,963.

            *Friday Night Banquet speaker Donald Trump, Jr., an avid bowhunter, entertained the large and enthusiastic crowd. Don Jr.’s recollections of his love for archery, and personal anecdotes describing what it’s like to be a President’s son, earned him a standing ovation at the conclusion of his talk.

Donald Trump, Jr. was guest speaker for the Friday evening banquet and spoke to a standing ovation and packed hall about his bowhunting adventures and life as President Trump’s son.

            *Post-convention feedback ranged from “best ever” and “great” to other favorable comments. Saturday’s popular fund-raising live auction “exceeded all expectations” said Jason Rounsaville, P&Y Executive Director, noting the auction’s grand total was several times above the norm.

            *Perhaps the biggest news of the Omaha convention was the announcement that the Club will begin hosting conventions on a yearly basis. President Jim Willems said the annual gatherings will be three-day events starting March 26-27-28, 2020 in Chantilly, VA, at the Westfield Marriott Washington Dulles Hotel.

Chuck Young is the grandson of P&Y Club namesake, Art Young. Chuck and M.R. first met in 1972.

SPEAKING PERSONALLY NOW, I want to say how humbled and honored I was by the two unexpected awards presented to me in Omaha. First, at the Friday Luncheon featuring Diane Miller, Archery Hall of Fame Executive Director, I received the AHOF Dave Staples Golden Arrow award for lifetime contributions to the sport of archery. Second, later that same evening at the P&Y Recognition Banquet, Club Membership Chair Kathy Strecker honored me with the Pope and Young Club’s first-ever Glenn St. Charles Outstanding Member Award.

Author honored with the AHOF Dave Staples Golden Arrow Award and the Pope and Young Club’s first-ever Glenn St. Charles Outstanding Member Award.

            “The Pope and Young Club and Archery Hall of Fame are two quality organizations I have supported for decades and was privileged to serve as both a longtime Board Member and President. Their recognition of my service is especially gratifying and I offer my heartfelt thanks for these distinguished honors.”

For more please go to: Thoughts and Tips with M.R. James
 

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By Chance Wayne from TheYoungArcher.com

I started as a 6th-grade kid who wanted to do something with his life and be the best he could be at it.

First, I tried wrestling, got injured, and quit. I tried basketball and couldn’t quite get the hang of things, so I decided to venture onto other things. Finally, I found archery. As I walked into the multi-purpose room of Anderson County Middle School and picked up my first bow, I had no idea just how much it would impact my life.

I was told I wouldn’t be good at archery and that I was a quitter who couldn’t stay in something longer than a few weeks, but I had support from family. At the time, it went in one ear and out the other because I loved archery and didn’t care what others had to think.

Around my sophomore year of high school, I started to use their words as motivation to push me further in my archery career. After seeing what that type of motivation could do to me, it gave me drive, ambition, and confidence that would bring me where I am today. The day I became a national champion in the IBO portion of NASP® I realized just how supportive the organization was towards me.

I come from a family who doesn’t exactly have the most money and NASP® made it possible for me to achieve my dreams. After I became a national champion, I wasn’t done. I then competed on Team USA in Drakensburg, South Africa in the All-Stars Championship, which once again couldn’t have been possible without NASP®. College was a dream but never seemed attainable until I put in the work and received scholarship money which I needed to pursue my dreams and future career. Africa changed my life for the better.

Becoming closer with Kevin Dixon, Lou Compton and Roy Grimes showed me just how much support they had for me. Soon after making the relationships with them, I had the wonderful opportunity of serving as the intern for Kentucky NASP® under Lisa Frye, traveling and watching just how NASP® changed everyone’s lives for the better, and it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Soon after my first year of interning, I found that I wanted to do more for the organization than just be an intern. I wanted to work for them, and I wanted to change kids lives just like Roy, Lou, Kevin, Tommy and Lisa did for me. I want to make an impact on one’s life such as NASP® has done for me and without these people, countless more, and all of those who never believed in me, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I love this organization and appreciate those who truly believed in me and I will do whatever it takes to give back to those who have made this possible. If you feel like you’re not good enough or feel as if you won’t be any good, think again. NASP® and all of those involved in it will change your life, one arrow at a time. Use the negative support to fuel your success and never give up. Soon your dreams will become true just as mine have.

 ~ Chance Wayne

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