Real Hunts. Unreal Stories Archive

Tom Turkey, Vermont

Stump Turkeys

By Tim Biebel / April 17, 2019

“Hey look, Bud. There are a couple of hens walking through that field,” I said to Sam as I was dodging RV sized crates while driving along the infamous Route 5 in Vermont.  It’s springtime in Vermont, and turkeys are on the brain.

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Forester, Vermont

5 Hours with a Forester

By Tim Biebel / April 2, 2019

“I have $100, do I have $110?” the auctioneer hollered from the podium at a recent benefit auction I attended. I raised my number once again. It’s not every day you have a chance to bid on five hours with a forester.“I see $110, how about $120?”The guy behind me proved to be a worthy opponent. I wondered if he knew he was bidding against a guy that doesn’t own any land to speak of. My wife hid her head. Everyone at my table wondered what I was doing. “Are you guys thinking of buying some land?” a friend asked.

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Local Hunter

Local Hunter Announces Plan to Run for Governor

By Tim Biebel / April 1, 2019

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2019Media Contact: tim@the4pointer.comWindsor County, VT – Local Hunter, Tim Biebel, made a major life decision over the weekend – He’s running for Governor.“I haven’t told my wife yet…or my kids…or anyone,” Biebel said. “I figured a press release was the best way to inform everyone at the same time. I’m sure my wife will understand my reasoning. I’m not sure about my kids – one of them is barely old enough to talk. I doubt he even knows what a governor is. Right now he only cares about toy trains.”

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Dropped, Project Alaska

Dropped: Project Vermont

By Tim Biebel / January 28, 2019

January is a particularly awful month, followed closely by February and then March. To make it worse this year, my wife has convinced me to join her in this crazy food diet called the Whole30. As near as I can tell, it’s a cleansing diet plan designed by people who enjoy banging their head against the wall and somehow have a unique ability to convince others to do the same all while telling them it’s beneficial in the end. The rules are simple – if you walk into a store looking for something to eat because you’re hungry, you might as well turn around and leave if they don’t sell meat (without additives), almonds, avocados, or bottles of water.Last week, I found myself staring out the window wondering if I’d ever see the sun again when I got the idea to pop my copy of Dropped: Project Alaska in the DVD player to pass the time and help me forget about the rumble in my stomach.

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Tree Stand, Ladder Stand

Dave’s Stand.

By Tim Biebel / December 27, 2018

His stand sat empty all year, perhaps as a fitting reminder of his passing, but mostly because there were no deer travelling by it. Sometimes I can be a dumb hunter – going back to the same place over and over because it used to be good – but this year I figured out fairly…

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Local Hunter

Local Hunter Proposes 3 Point Horn Restriction for Pronghorn Antelope in Vermont

By Tim Biebel / December 23, 2018

For Immediate Release: December 23, 2018 Media Contact: tim@the4pointer.com Windsor County, VT – In what some folks in the hunting community may consider a bold move, local hunter, Tim Biebel, is proposing that his home state of Vermont institute a 3-point horn restriction (HPR) for all pronghorn antelope in Vermont. “It’s time for a change,”…

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Vermont Spike Horn Deer

87 Obvious Ways to Improve Vermont’s Deer Herd.

By Tim Biebel / December 17, 2018

Vermont deer hunters are an easy bunch to please. Anyone who has lived and hunted in Vermont for a period of time has probably picked up on that, especially at the end of any particular deer season. Yet despite the many great memories made during the season, hunters are constantly trying to improve the sport…

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New Hampshire Deer

An Open Letter to New Hampshire Fish and Game

By Tim Biebel / December 14, 2018

To Whom it May Concern, Something has been eating at me all season, and I have to get it off my chest. Here’s the deal – I live in Vermont but hunt both sides of the river as much as possible. I like your long seasons and how you allow hunters to choose what to…

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Christmas, Hunter, Hunting, Deer Hunting

11 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Hunter in Your Life

By Tim Biebel / November 22, 2018

Have you ever struggled to know what to buy that special someone in your life who loves to hunt? Well, look no further! I’ve compiled a list of 11 items that any hunter would love to find under the tree Christmas morning. The first 5 items on the list I have experience with and trust.…

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Deer, Deer Hunting, Vermont

2018 Hunting Season Update 7 – The Joy of Watching Deer!

By Tim Biebel / November 20, 2018

I rarely have the opportunity to sit and observe deer. Since I hunt mostly wooded areas, the majority of the deer I see are passing quickly by me. They are either en route to some unknown destination, or someone scared them (me). It’s not very often I just get to enjoy their company for a…

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Hunting Season, Deer Season, Rifle Hunt, New Hampshire

2018 Hunting Season Update 6 – New Hampshire Rifle Doe

By Tim Biebel / November 19, 2018

“You have three more chances to bring a deer home. If you don’t shoot anything by then, you’re done.” She said. Challenge accepted. My wife, bless her heart, has grown weary of me spending time in the woods while watching our venison stores in the freezer continue to deplete. She’s had trouble comprehending that I…

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Muzzleloader hunting; Deer hunting; Deer

2018 Hunting Season Update 5 – Right Place, Wrong Time.

By Tim Biebel / November 13, 2018

The deer have got me discombobulated, there is no doubt. My time lugging the ol’ smokepole around the New Hampshire woods has yielded zero pounds of venison for the fridge, though I did have a chip shot opportunity at a lone doe. I decided to pass on her since it was the first day and…

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Archery Hunting, food plot

2018 Hunting Season Update #4 – The Dreaded October Lull

By Tim Biebel / October 25, 2018

I recently saw an article disputing the idea of the October lull. I don’t know the specifics of what it said because I only read article titles these days, but presumably, the writer gave some bogus information supporting the claim in the title that the idea of an October lull is a myth. That’s the…

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Mock scrape

2018 Hunting Season Update #3 – I’ve Hit a MAJOR Snag.

By Tim Biebel / October 18, 2018

My Mother-in-law came for a visit last week. She mostly likes to help with my kids and hang with her daughter. She claims to like me too, but the way I see it, I am the low man on the totem pole when stacked up against my wife and kids, so I took that opportunity…

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Coyote, New Hampshire

2018 Hunting Season Update #2 – Something Scary is Following Me.

By Tim Biebel / October 12, 2018

I’m not afraid of the dark when I’m sitting in the light. I suspect most people feel the same way. But I’d be lying if I said I’ve never been afraid in the dark before. There was that time a screech owl tried to murder me…. that’s happened almost twenty times now. Then there was…

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2018 Hunting Season Update #1 – I Have Determined Where the Deer Are Not 1

2018 Hunting Season Update #1 – I Have Determined Where the Deer Are Not

By Tim Biebel / October 8, 2018

My deer season has gotten off to a slow start, there is no denying that. New Hampshire archery season opened on September 15th, but I was not able to hunt for the first time until the 25th and it was in an absolute downpour. It was a halfhearted attempt because of the weather, and I…

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New Hampshire Buck, Hunting

Bucks I Have Known

By Tim Biebel / October 3, 2018

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing many bucks over the years. Their pictures take up space on my phone and cover the walls in my office. I’ve even had the pleasure of meeting a few them. Every detail of our relationship is easily recalled in my mind at a moment’s notice. I know I’m not…

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Scouting for Deer, Deer Season, Trail Cameras, Vermont, New Hampshire

Scoutin’ in the Dark

By Tim Biebel / September 17, 2018

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…

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Local Hunter is a Terrible Shot 2

Local Hunter is a Terrible Shot

By Tim Biebel / September 10, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2017 Media Contact: tim@the4pointer.com 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…

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Squirrel Hunting & The Difference Between Seeing and Noticing 3

Squirrel Hunting & The Difference Between Seeing and Noticing

By Tim Biebel / September 6, 2018

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…

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The Biggest Threat Facing Hunting Today 4

The Biggest Threat Facing Hunting Today

By Tim Biebel / June 28, 2018

Just what is the biggest threat that hunting faces today? Is it shrinking participation numbers or accessible land to hunt? Maybe it’s anti-hunters? It must be Social Media, right? Is it Chronic Wasting Disease? I know, it’s climate change! Maybe it’s a combination of many different things, or maybe it all funnels back to one…

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Vermont Turkey

Late Season Vermont Turkey

By Tim Biebel / May 31, 2018

“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…

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New Hampshire Archery Buck

10 Reasons You Should Allow Your Hunting Partners the Privilege of Field Dressing and Dragging Out Your Deer

By Tim Biebel / May 24, 2018

Good, solid hunting mentors like I had growing up are in serious demand these days. Without them, kids are content to sit inside, warm and dry with their faces glued to electronic devices. I never had that opportunity because electronic devices didn’t exist yet. I was forced to play outside. The out of doors, as…

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Vermont Turkey

My First Turkey!

By Tim Biebel / May 11, 2018

I still consider myself to be a newbie when it comes to turkey hunting, but I do think I’m starting to grasp the general strategy. Find the birds, figure out how to get close to them, and then shoot one. Two years ago, I tried spring turkey hunting for the first time and on my…

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Campfire

Don’t Trust a Storyteller

By Tim Biebel / April 24, 2018

Hunting stories have been told since the dawn of time. Some are told for the purpose of handing down family tradition. In a dimly lit cave, Thak used cave paintings of hunting expeditions to explain the family lineage to his son, Grog. Today, most stories are told purely for entertainment, though plenty are still told…

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Tim Signed Trail Camera Selfie

Hunting Topics You Suggested I Write About

By Tim Biebel / April 13, 2018

Stonewalled by my intellectual inabilities, I reached out to followers of The 4 Pointer on Facebook for ideas to write about. As a disincentive to participate, I offered a signed copy of a trail camera selfie of yours truly as a prize for the idea that kick started my brain. The first few comments had…

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Local Hunter

Local Hunter Disagrees with Wife Over Need for Taxidermy

By Tim Biebel / April 2, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2018Media Contact: tim@the4pointer.com Windsor County, VT – Recently, local hunter Tim Biebel was reported to have engaged in a spirited discussion over taxidermy bills with his lovely wife. Biebel, having refrained from spending any amount of money on taxidermy since united in holy matrimony almost thirteen years ago, finally decided…

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Fall Morning, New Hampshire

Be Still

By Tim Biebel / February 7, 2018

I have yet to find a good explanation for why the month of January exists. Everyone is on edge. Deer season is over, cold weather has set in, and our esteemed state legislators that seem hell-bent on taking away more rights and increasing restrictions are back on the job. It sure would be nice if…

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Vermont Muzzleloader Buck

2017 Vermont Muzzleloader – A Four Pointer!

By Tim Biebel / December 13, 2017

I had just settled into my new role as a big buck killer, and then a young four pointer walked in front of my crosshairs and ruined it. My notoriety was short-lived, but alas, all good things must come to an end. Similar to The Biggest Little Buck Ever Killed that I wrote about a…

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Hoyt Archery

An Open Letter to Hoyt Archery

By Tim Biebel / December 1, 2017

Dear Hoyt Archery, It’s time we get to know each other on a deeper level. Until now our relationship has been a one-way street, but I’m sure you and I can both agree that relationships can’t survive that way. I doubt you even know I exist, which is surprising given our long history together and…

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Tim New Hampshire Archery Spike 2017

New Hampshire Hunting Season Update #5 – The Biggest Little Buck Ever Killed

By Tim Biebel / November 27, 2017

If Sam and I were ever going to shoot a deer together at his age, I knew we would need a pretty dumb deer to walk by. Maybe one like a yearling buck experiencing a surge of testosterone that clouded his ability to sense danger from the dynamic father and son duo perched above him.…

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Vermont Rifle season buck

2017 Vermont Rifle Season – Big Buck!

By Tim Biebel / November 15, 2017

As much as I’d dreamed of joining the coveted 200 pound buck club, I’m not sure I can say with confidence that I thought I’d ever be fortunate enough to become a member. I have intentionally hunted areas in Vermont and New Hampshire that have the potential to produce that caliber of a buck but…

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New Hampshire Buck

New Hampshire Hunting Season Update #4 – Tag Filled!

By Tim Biebel / November 1, 2017

Not much sleep was had the night before the 2017 New Hampshire Muzzleloader season opened. Excitement over what the morning hunt would bring, coupled with Oliver’s continued desire to hold fast to a different sleep schedule than normal humans, made it difficult to roll out of bed. To top it off, I still couldn’t shake…

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