Scoutin’ in the Dark

Scoutin’ In The Dark

There was a time in my life when I swore I’d never have to dust off my golf clubs each time I used them, miss a Sunday afternoon nap, or scout for deer in the dark. And then the other day I realized I’d done all three in the past week!

Scouting for deer in the dark, you ask? Yup. I’ve done it. Not very effectively, mind you, but I’ve done it. Last Thursday I rolled out of bed nice and early to check my trail cameras before work. Unfortunately, work starts at 7, so that meant I had to check them in the dark. Ironically, that’s exactly how I set them up – in the dark under the light up my headlamp. Knee deep into a deer season this approach can work reasonably well after you’ve had a month or two to orient yourself to the local deer patterns. But it doesn’t work nearly as well fresh off a summer of NOT being in the woods at all.

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Local Hunter is a Terrible Shot

Local Hunter Is A Terrible Shot

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2017
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Windsor County, VT – Last Friday, local hunter, Tim Biebel, went 0 for 6 while squirrel hunting with his son, Sam. Biebel blames his equipment for the poor performance. Just before the hunt he had chosen to swap his trusty single shot .410 shotgun for a Gamo “Hunter Sport” pellet gun.

Some have suggested the shooter is the one to blame, but Biebel disagrees.

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Squirrel Hunting & The Difference Between Seeing and Noticing

Squirrel Hunting & The Difference Between Seeing And Noticing

Another summer has come and gone and with it the satisfaction of checking off some summer goals and the disappointment of not checking off some others. My summer was as busy as I can ever recall. Work has sucked up a lot of my time, eleven-month-old Oliver has put a serious dent in my blog writing time, and house projects I’ve been putting off for years and years took up what was left. We did manage to slip in a family vacation, so I don’t have any complaints there. As far as my time in the woods goes, I haven’t set foot in it since I shot my second turkey at the end of May. It’s depressing to think about.

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Late Season Vermont Turkey

Late Season Vermont Turkey

“It can be a challenge to get out of bed so early, but I never regret it once I’m out here,” I whispered to Brett as we hiked up a Vermont ridgeline with daylight just starting to crack over the distant hills to the east. There is just something about the beauty of a warm spring morning in Vermont that’s difficult to adequately describe to someone who has never experienced it firsthand. Deer hunting in the fall allows one a front row seat to the beauty of the woods transitioning from life to death. Turkey season brings the opposite experience.

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