2021 Hunting #2 – Lucky Doe

Doe, Deer,

baffled. “There are no deer! This proves it!” In Vermont the arguments are the same but worse. I’ve got news for all of you – this is not complicated to figure out. The archery kill is down because I haven’t been hunting in a week and a half. Duh. And before that I was being super picky about what I was going to shoot. I didn’t see hardly any deer, but that has nothing to do with it.  

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2021 Hunting #1 – Locating Buck Bedding

Deer, 4 Pointer

I used to consider myself an outdoor writer, or at least an aspiring one, or at least a pretending one.  Then things kinda got difficult. Cancer stole my mom, my wife and I welcomed the arrival of our third child, and COVID has made things much more challenging at work. All that to say is…

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Muzzleloader Buck!

New Hampshire, Muzzleloader

It is so nice when a plan finally comes together. After what feels like 200 failed attempts in a row, my hunt this past Saturday played out just how I envisioned it every other time I headed to the stand. The older I get and the more kids I add to my proverbial quiver, the…

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The Humble Reality of Trail Camera Selfies

Deer, Trail Camera

If you think the purpose of a trail camera is to capture beautiful pictures of wildlife all relaxed and chilling in their natural habitats, you’re wrong. The purpose of trail cameras is to remind you how dumb you can look at times. Or most of the time. Or all of the time. More than once…

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Summer Hunting Doldrums

Trail Camera, Vermont

It happens every year about this time. The hunting doldrums have set in – a true period or state of inactivity, stagnation, or depression, at least in terms of my hunting activity. Turkey season was a complete bust. I made it out three times, talked to a couple of birds and then couldn’t find the gumption to get out of bed to hunt them.

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