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deer beds in snow

4PT16.17 – If it Wasn’t for Bad Luck…

By Tim Biebel / December 9, 2016

Time is running out on the 2016 Vermont Muzzleloader season. My doe tag is still unfilled, something that has me walking around looking like an angry emoticon all day and feeling like an Angry Bird that wants to topple my son’s Lego creations. A doe tag should not be this hard to fill. It’s not…

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4PT16.16 – Vermont Muzzleloader Season Fun

By Tim Biebel / December 5, 2016

Well, well, well. I finally saw some deer on Saturday. Eight of them to be exact – little ones, big ones, and even a buck – but I didn’t fire a single shot. Why? Because that’s the way my season is going, that’s why! The morning started out well enough. Dad and I had a…

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Hunting Vermont Rifle

4PT16.15 – Thoughts My Wife Has Had Since Rifle Season Ended

By Tim Biebel / November 28, 2016

Vermont rifle season ended yesterday and I wasn’t the only one that had thoughts running through my mind. My wife did too. I was able to glean a few of the thoughts she had shortly after the season ended to share with you.  Her thoughts are italicized, semi-audible mumblings under her breath are in bold, and clearly…

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Vermont Rifle Season Buck

4PT16.14 – Dad’s Vermont Buck

By Tim Biebel / November 23, 2016

Have you ever shot a deer and wondered where it came from or what it was doing before it showed up at your stand? I know I have. Maybe it’s the never ending drive to understand these creatures and what makes them tick. The way I see it, the more I can learn about the…

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Logging road

4PT16.14 – Keep Believing

By Tim Biebel / November 17, 2016

It’s been a tough week. My wife left me and took my son with her (just for a few days), and every other hunter in Vermont has killed a deer while I impatiently wait for my turn. I’ve seen some real beauties posted on Facebook since the Saturday opener. I’ve even seen some pictures of…

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sunset in Vermont deer Season

4PT16.13 – Vermont Opening Day of Rifle Season

By Tim Biebel / November 14, 2016

The only luck I had on Saturday was bad luck. Oh well. It happens. The morning started off well enough, but then I put on my underwear. Unbeknownst to me, I put it on inside out, which set the tone for the rest of the day. If I had caught this mistake earlier, perhaps the…

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Vermont Buck, Deer Season

A Letter to Vermont Deer Hunters

By Tim Biebel / November 10, 2016

Deer Vermont Hunters, It is the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? This Saturday marks the day that you and I have been anticipating since the sunset at the end of last season. Opening day of rifle season is upon us! For the majority of you, rifle season is the “big dance.” Before dawn…

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New Hampshire Buck

4PT16.12 – It’s a Matter of Time

By Tim Biebel / November 7, 2016

Someday, I am going to devote an entire article on the most important ingredient required for a successful hunt. The ingredient? Time. I can’t remember a year when I have hunted over such an active scrape line, complete with fresh rubs and extending over 650 yards. It felt like I was finding fresh sign each…

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Buck Scrape

4PT16.11 – Oh So Close!

By Tim Biebel / October 31, 2016

Maybe it’s the changing weather or the feeling of hunting with a firearm in place of my bow, perhaps it’s both, but I feel more excited to hit the woods this time of year than any other. Daybreak on Saturday morning found me huddled up against the base of a mature pine tree trying to…

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New Hampshire Archery Doe

4PT16.10 – First Deer of the Year and Other Exciting Stuff

By Tim Biebel / October 27, 2016

It’s true, I finally shot a deer. It wasn’t the biggest deer, but hey, it was a great time in the woods. The kill was extremely quick and clean. What more could I ask for? I was perched in an oak tree over some very fresh sign from deer feeding on acorns. The leaves were…

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4PT16.9 – Swing and a Miss!

By Tim Biebel / October 24, 2016

“For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ball game!” How many strikes do you get when deer hunting before you are out? Is it three just like in baseball? I hope so because that means I’m still in the game. The story goes like this. I had only been in position for…

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Young Deer, Fawn

4PT16.8 – Thoughts on Shooting Young Deer

By Tim Biebel / October 18, 2016

Other than a rather intense encounter with a bear a mere twelve feet away from Sam and I on Friday night, the weekend was pretty slow in the woods. It was Sam’s first time out “deer hunting” with me and he mentioned afterward that he’d rather not bear hunt again until next year when he’s…

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Whitetail Deer

4PT16.7 – A Feathered Foe and Whitetail Doe

By Tim Biebel / October 13, 2016

I finally figured out what it is about turkeys that drives me nuts. It’s the way they look at you out of the side of their head – beaks pointing one way, eyeballs another. Woodchucks do the same thing. They appear to be looking one way, but you know they are actually looking at you.…

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Shoot for Age or Shoot for Points?

By Tim Biebel / October 12, 2016

Deer Abby: I have been reading articles on The 4 Pointer Blog for as long as it has been written but haven’t read one that would help me deal with a problem I had last year.  Since the deer season will once again get underway out here in Wyoming I thought it appropriate to seek…

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4PT16.6 – Insane Hunting

By Tim Biebel / October 10, 2016

My preseason plan is in danger of completely falling apart. I was supposed to have a New Hampshire archery deer in the freezer already and well on my way to a Vermont archery deer. I haven’t seen much of anything in New Hampshire but did come close one night (Stupid Wind), and blew a chance…

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4PT16.5 – Patterning Mr. Small

By Tim Biebel / October 6, 2016

Trail Cameras can be a blessing and a curse. They provide twenty-four hour surveillance in the woods, which is a real benefit to a guy like me who always feels too busy to find the time to scout. On the other hand, they can drive you nuts because you discover that all those deer tracks…

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Local Hunter Depressed his Season Not Like the Ones on TV

By Tim Biebel / October 5, 2016

WINDSOR, VT – According to sources close to the situation, local hunter Tim Biebel has become increasingly depressed by the fact that his hunting season is not playing out like the ones he sees on hunting shows. “It’s like they hunt for five minutes and shoot a big buck every time,” Biebel said with a…

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4PT16.4 – Broken Arrow

By Tim Biebel / October 3, 2016

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Everything was playing out perfectly. At least it was until I got involved. Vermont Archery season opened this past Saturday and with it a renewed excitement over the thought of hunting in some new scenery. New Hampshire has been fun, but I haven’t had any luck over…

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4PT16.3 – Stupid Wind

By Tim Biebel / September 29, 2016

Well, what do you know? I finally saw some deer, but thanks to the wind (and perhaps a bad scent control strategy), I am still empty-handed and frustrated. I decided to switch up my strategy. As you are aware, I’ve been hunting over nuts since the start of the season. My thinking was that I…

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squirrel hunt

Tim and Sam’s Squirrel Hunt!

By Tim Biebel / September 28, 2016

Saturday was a great day. Sam and I had been looking forward to our squirrel hunt for a long time and we were finally able to go. His new camo sweatshirt had arrived in the mail only days before adding to the anticipation of our great hunt. Always the realist (pessimist), I was convinced we…

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Deer Scat, Vermont, New Hampshire, Deer Poop

4PT16.2 – Fresh Venison

By Tim Biebel / September 27, 2016

  I have confirmed that the deer use their trails when I am not there. After my fourth and fifth hunts of the year, I feel no more clued in to their whereabouts than I did before the season started. Perhaps some preseason scouting would have helped prevent this problem, but it’s too late for that…

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Troublesome Constituent

The Troublesome Constituent

By Tim Biebel / September 26, 2016

  It’s hard to believe that I am rapidly approaching the conclusion of my first six months on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board. It is amazing how time flies. While I’ve never felt this blog was the place to discuss Board matters, there is one particular constituent of mine that has been very vocal…

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Ladder Stand, Hunting New Hampshire

4PT16.1 – Back in the Deer Stand

By Tim Biebel / September 20, 2016

Once again we have reached the start of a new hunting season, and once again I am unprepared. Go figure. It sneaks up on me every year! Thursday evening, opening day or archery in New Hampshire, I was able to head to the woods unexpectedly thanks to my wife’s willingness to rearrange her schedule. I…

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Prairie Dogs, Wyoming

The Story of a Prairie Dog Guide Named Montana Boone

By Tim Biebel / September 12, 2016

His name was Mishka Woodson, but he preferred to be called Montana Boone. I later learned that his clients referred to him by all sorts of creative names, most of which I will not repeat, but many of them are similar to the names used to refer to Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board Members, I…

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Cows, Food Plots, Trail Camera

Molly the Moocher and Other Cow Stories

By Tim Biebel / August 30, 2016

Molly the cow broke out of her pen and found the food plot 1/4 mile away and in the woods. Based on the trail camera photos from the scene of the crime, she enjoyed herself quite a bit before her absence from the pen was noticed. This is bad news for my friend, Christian, who…

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Big Buck, Deer, Rut

Hunting in November – How does Vermont Rank?

By Tim Biebel / August 22, 2016

As the popular Sesame Street song goes, “One of these things is not like the other…” When it comes to deer hunting in early November, Vermont is certainly the thing in the song that is not like the others. I have often pondered why Vermont doesn’t have an open deer season for the general public…

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Rifle Season November

2016 Deer Season Expectations

By Tim Biebel / August 15, 2016

It’s July and I haven’t stopped thinking about deer season since it ended last year. It’s been seven months since I kissed the woods goodbye with an unfilled deer tag in my pocket. It hurt, oh it hurt so bad to say goodbye, especially with unfinished business. I haven’t found a decent recipe for tag…

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Positives of Having a spouse that hunts

5 Positives of Marrying a Spouse that Hunts

By Tim Biebel / July 22, 2016

This Saturday, July 23rd, will be my eleventh wedding anniversary to my beloved wife. In lieu of this celebration of love, I decided to ask my lovely wife a few question about how she has matured as a result of being married to a hunter. What has she learned, I wondered? She is clearly a…

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Vermont Black Bear

The Story of the Big Little Bear

By Tim Biebel / July 18, 2016

I’ve killed a bear. Just one. And it wasn’t very big. Actually, even inserting the word big into the previous sentence doesn’t seem right because it causes one to think that there was some bigness to the bear. There wasn’t. Unless, of course, you are telling your one and only bear story to your almost…

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Woodchuck, whistelpig

Another Whistlepig for the Grill

By Tim Biebel / July 12, 2016

The dark blob on the hillside caught my eye and I grabbed a pair of binoculars off the shelf to confirm what I already knew to be true. Standing there in my parent’s living room, I focused the bino’s on the dark spot but was disappointed to discover it to be a clump of grass.…

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Mule Deer Fight

Crazy Mule Deer Fight!

By Tim Biebel / July 10, 2016

If you’ve never seen a mule deer fight to the death, here’s your chance. This footage of a fight between two mule deer bucks captured by Muley Bull Outfitters LLC will leave you feeling something…perhaps you’ll feel sorry for the loser or happy for the winner. It probably depends on which buck you identify with.…

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Vermont deer, trail camera

Is This a Buck or a Doe?

By Tim Biebel / June 29, 2016

Take a look at this picture of a healthy looking buck that was taken a few days ago in the northwest part of Vermont. Everything in this picture would indicate this deer to be a buck and well on it’s way to being a legal one at that. I can already see the target forming…

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New Hampshire Loon

How Long Can a Loon Hold its Breath?

By Tim Biebel / June 28, 2016

Just how long can a loon hold its breath under water? Longer than I thought, that’s for sure! The legend of the underwater loon goes like this. I was sitting on the dock enjoying the view at the end of a long day of fishing, catching salamanders, and swimming when a loon popped up out…

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