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Doe, Deer,

2021 Hunting #2 – Lucky Doe

By Tim Biebel / October 16, 2021

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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Deer, 4 Pointer

2021 Hunting #1 – Locating Buck Bedding

By Tim Biebel / October 1, 2021

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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New Hampshire, Muzzleloader

Muzzleloader Buck!

By Tim Biebel / November 10, 2020

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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New Hampshire, Hunting

Hunting for Smiles

By Tim Biebel / September 14, 2020

It was late March of this year when my dad and I found ourselves standing on a hardwood knoll in the New England woods replaying the chain of events that led up to him taking his largest buck in a lifetime of hunting. I remember taking his call barely after the retort from his rifle…

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Black Bear Meat, Black Bear

2019 Hunting Journal Part 4: Bear Meat for Thanksgiving

By Tim Biebel / December 14, 2019

As I sit here by the glow of the Christmas tree with a bowl of heavily buttered popcorn, there are a couple of things that come to mind as I reflect on this past hunting season. First, ihs verydiggult to typ wif buttray fngres, and second, I feel like I left a lot of opportunities…

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Vermont Archery, Deer Hunting

2019 Hunting Journal Part 3 – Borrowed Wisdom

By Tim Biebel / October 15, 2019

It was Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, the famed headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the fictional Harry Potter series, that so wisely stated to a young Harry Potter, “The time is coming when one must choose between what is right and what is easy.” In the movie, Dumbledore was referring to…

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Buck, Vermont

2019 Hunting Journal Part 2 – Rain on My Parade

By Tim Biebel / October 2, 2019

I was feeling pretty good about myself after my Monday had gone better than expected, so I decided to stop in a local sporting goods store to bring my happiness level back down a few notches before I had to pick up my son from school. Let’s just say that the attitude of the folks…

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Buck, Whitetail deer, hunting

2019 Hunting Journal Part 1: Season Fever

By Tim Biebel / September 21, 2019

The New Hampshire archery season opened on September 15th, and I have yet to step foot in the woods. Instead, I’ve been staring longingly out the window while at work or my mind has drifted off to places unknown while my wife tries to tell me something. The agony of not being able to hunt…

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Deer, Trail Camera

The Humble Reality of Trail Camera Selfies

By Tim Biebel / September 12, 2019

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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Buck, Deer, Vermont

Hunting Season Has Arrived

By Tim Biebel / September 4, 2019

Yep, it’s here. Hunting season. I watched it coming all summer long and just like that, it’s here. Am I prepared? No, I am not, but that’s not all that uncommon this time of year. I have a lot of excuses for that, most of them no one cares about. I have managed to spread…

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Hunting Vermont Rifle

Local Hunter Reads Headline, Waits to React Before Learning More.

By Tim Biebel / August 26, 2019

For Immediate Release: August 26, 2019Media Contact: Windsor County, VT – In what some would call a shocking move, local hunter, Tim Biebel, recently read a news headline but before reacting he decided to read the article as well. “I’ve really grown accustomed to just reading headlines and then skipping straight to the comment…

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Trail Camera, Vermont

Summer Hunting Doldrums

By Tim Biebel / June 28, 2019

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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Tom Turkey, Vermont

2019 Vermont Turkey Season: Irritating Birds

By Tim Biebel / May 7, 2019

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m an inexperienced turkey hunter, and you’d agree if you spent any time hunting with me. The 2019 Vermont turkey season got off to a soggy start, so I spent my time working instead. I sat out the Wednesday opener and likewise on Thursday. Turkey hunting is fun, but I’m not to the point where I enjoy it so much that the thought of sitting in a downpour gets me out of bed at 3:30 in the morning. Perhaps someday I will reach that level of turkey hunting addiction. That day has not yet arrived.

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Expanding the Woodchuck Niche 1

Expanding the Woodchuck Niche

By Tim Biebel / May 2, 2019

Hey there, My name is Amanda and I have been looking for a website like I really like your content and hope we can work together on generating new and exciting content. I’m writing to see if you accept guest posts on

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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: 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 2

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 3

Local Hunter is a Terrible Shot

By Tim Biebel / September 10, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2017 Media Contact: 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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