Real Hunts. Unreal Stories Archive

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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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: 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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New Hampshire Hunting Season Update #3 – Redefining Success

By Tim Biebel / October 27, 2017

I have more trail camera pictures of bucks this year than I ever have before. Perhaps it’s an above average year, or perhaps I stumbled onto an area where the bucks have always been. Either way, I know where I’ll be on opening day of muzzleloader season in New Hampshire this Saturday. I stumbled onto…

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New Hampshire Buck

New Hampshire Hunting Season Update #2 – Nothing Yet!

By Tim Biebel / October 13, 2017

A lot has transpired since my last update, some of it even related to hunting. Each summer I enter each fall dreaming of hunting day in and day out until shooting Mr. Big. At this point in the season, I’d settle for being able to sleep long enough to dream. The arrival of Oliver Jacob…

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new Hampshire Buck

New Hampshire Hunting Season Update #1 – Blown Opportunity!

By Tim Biebel / September 19, 2017

It should come as no surprise that I blew my first opportunity at a deer this year, but after nine months of waiting for the opportunity, I don’t have any regrets. New Hampshire archery season opened last Friday the 15th, and with it enough anticipation to distract a fellow from his duties at work. I…

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German Shepard

Saying Goodbye

By Tim Biebel / August 30, 2017

If there was one way to describe Rayna the best, it would be that her presence was always felt. If I was clearing snow from the driveway, she was there catching it as it shot from the snow blower. If I was mowing the lawn, she would drop a rock right in my path and…

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Broad Winged Hawk

Trail Cameras, an Injured Hawk, and Baby Prep

By Tim Biebel / August 14, 2017

My increase in concern over how much time I’ll have to hunt this fall is inversely related to the decrease in time until Baby Biebel arrives. My concern hit an all-time high this past weekend when I made my first scouting trip of the season. It’s hard to adequately describe the feelings of anticipation that…

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Grilled Woodchuck recipe

The Most Amazing Gluten Free Grilled Woodchuck Recipe Ever

By Tim Biebel / August 2, 2017

When extended family comes to visit, I’m not one to spare the good stuff. “Hey, wanna grill a woodchuck?” I asked my brother-in-law as we were chipping golf balls around the yard one evening. Brock is not one to back down from a challenge and he claims to know how to grill, so I fished…

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Vermont Bull Moose, Eastern Moose

Should I Hunt Moose or Stay Home with New Child?

By Tim Biebel / July 5, 2017

“So, I noticed a charge on the credit card to Vermont Fish and Wildlife for your Moose application. When is the season again?” my wife questioned me the other day. “Oh, you know….early October,” I replied. I tried to leave, but before I could she hit me with a dose of her reality. “You do…

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If I Had My Own TV Show…

By Tim Biebel / June 19, 2017

I’ve often thought that, despite the hard work, hosting a hunting show would be fun. Obviously, the show would be immensely popular and leave a lasting, positive impact on viewers. It would combine the sexiness of a Mariah Carey music video to attract the shallow minded viewers, but also bring the intensity found in a…

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Vermont Turkey

Who Has Time to Hunt Turkey’s?

By Tim Biebel / May 26, 2017

Where have I been? I haven’t been in woods chasing after turkeys, I’ll tell you that. Most of the past month has been spent focusing on my day job (or at least doing my best to portray that), working on my house, and getting yelled at during a public meeting as a bonus. It never fails…

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Turkey Decoy, Turkey Hunting

Vermont Turkey Season 2017 – Hunt 1

By Tim Biebel / May 4, 2017

I hold a certain affection for hunting turkeys much the same as I do for woodchucks. They drive me nuts, and I finally figured out why.  It’s the way they look at you. A deer, for instance, will stare right at you if they sense danger, which is a logical approach. A turkey or a…

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Hunting Vermont Rifle

Local Hunter Concerned the Arrival of Next Child Will Interfere with Deer Season

By Tim Biebel / April 10, 2017

For immediate Release: April 7, 2017Media Contact: Windsor County, VT – Avid Vermont deer hunter, Tim Biebel, has become increasingly concerned as of late that the estimated arrival of his next child will interfere with the upcoming deer season. News of the pregnancy was met with a mixture of joy and caution, especially given…

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Shotgun Permit Application

By Tim Biebel / March 31, 2017

It’s embarrassing to admit that I don’t own a shotgun. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’ve never had the desire to own one, but for some reason I’ve never purchased one. Times are changing, however, and the time has come to drop some hard-earned dough on a new scattergun. But which one? My…

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2016 VT Deer Harvest Report

2016 Vermont White-Tailed Deer Harvest Report – 6 Observations

By Tim Biebel / March 21, 2017

I’ll admit, reading the harvest report is much more fun when I’ve contributed to the harvest statistics. Phrases like, “The overall harvest was 27% more than 2015…” are much easier to stomach if I was part of the increase. It felt like everyone had a better year than me. Cue the violin music. That’s okay,…

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To Kill a Jackrabbit

By Tim Biebel / March 8, 2017

To make amends with their favorite customer, my least favorite cable provider gave me an additional forty channels for free after months of poor service complaints. Included in the additional package were the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel. So much for my New Year resolution to watch less TV. Having only been marginally exposed to…

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Vermont Collared Bear Study

A Visit With Tony the Bear

By Tim Biebel / March 7, 2017

There are many experiences I’ve had in the woods that I’ll remember for a long time. Visiting Tony, the bear, at his den site is no exception. I wonder if Tony will look back at our visit as fondly as I do. My only regret is not giving him a bear hug when I had…

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Hunting Vermont Rifle

Local Hunter Accused of Being “Non-Consumptive User”

By Tim Biebel / February 27, 2017

For immediate Release: February 27, 2017Media Contact: Windsor County, VT – Recently, local license holder and hunter Tim Biebel has been accused of being a “Non-Consumptive User.” The term Non-Consumptive User has gained recognition over the last few years among those who hunt as the politically correct term for an anti-hunter. However, some claim…

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Vermont Buck

Mr. Valentine

By Tim Biebel / February 14, 2017

Recently, my free time has been consumed with dreaming about baitfish, passing thoughts about the coming spring turkey hunt, and February. Thoughts of February are enough to freeze the fun out of anything warm that could be taking place. There is something about this month that I have grown to dislike with a passion. It…

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Ice fishing

Who Would Fish For Ice?

By Tim Biebel / January 24, 2017

There is a hole in the ceiling just outside the door of the room where I sit typing at this moment. It’s a small hole, one that provides access to the plumbing leak in the bathroom above. It also represents despair and madness – I hate spending time repairing stuff instead of doing something more…

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Local Hunter

Local Hunter Claims to Have Had Successful Season

By Tim Biebel / January 11, 2017

For immediate Release: January 11, 2017Media Contact: WINDSOR COUNTY, VT – Vermont hunter, Tim Biebel, had successful spring and fall hunting seasons in 2016 according to Tim Biebel. “Tree sightings and encounters were through the roof this year,” he commented when pressed for information on what made his season so successful in light of…

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Hunting Season Summary Vermont

2016 Hunting Season Summary – Part 2

By Tim Biebel / January 9, 2017

As I mentioned in the previous post (Hunting Season Summary – Part 1), the abundant food situation was similar in Vermont as it was in New Hampshire. However, I did have some camera’s out in Vermont during the preseason that helped identify a few decent bucks that were in the area. These deer were afraid…

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A Tree Named John

By Tim Biebel / December 22, 2016

I used to think that Tom Hank’s friend, Wilson, in the movie Castaway was rather strange. Who names a volleyball? That all changed this year when I met a tree named John while hunting. Our situations were similar, Tom’s and mine. He was on a remote island surround by nothing, and I was in my…

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2016 Hunting Season Summary – Part 1

By Tim Biebel / December 20, 2016

Ending the season with unfilled tags is not a failure, but not learning from your mistakes is. As I reflect on the past season, I am still trying to determine what mistakes, if any, I made. I am not talking about lazy mistakes, such as not paying attention at a critical time. I made plenty…

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Wounded Doe, Blood Trail

4PT16.18 – The Wounded Doe

By Tim Biebel / December 14, 2016

Let me spare you the agony and sum up my last weekend of hunting like this – I went hunting, saw nothing, and came home. Now let me tell you about the story of the wounded doe. After a morning of hunting on Saturday, I dropped my dad off at his house, and as I…

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