Field Notes - Hunting Tactics

Understanding Your Bullet

by Knight & Hale Game Calls | Posted in Hunting Tactics

If you want to start an in-depth discussion with a hunter or with a gun enthusiast, just bring up the topic of bullets. The truth of the matter is that there’s an array of awesome bullets that are effective for hunting, no matter what your gun or quarry of choice.  As well, there are very few “bad” bullets.  In fact, you’ll find that there are many options that can meet your needs and that can provide the performance characteristics you desire.  

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Waterfowl Hunting 101

by K&H | Posted in Hunting Tactics

All it takes is watching an action-packed hunt on television or hearing a veteran hunter talk about a frosty morning spent in the blind to trigger a genuine interest in duck hunting. The unique sounds of whistling wings, raspy quacks and duck chatter echoing through a thick blanket of fog can really get into a person’s blood. If you’re thinking about giving duck hunting a whirl this season, then you’ll need a crash course in the basics that will help you get off on the right foot.

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Turkey Game Camera Strategies

by K&H | Posted in Hunting Tactics

Don’t put away your game camera once deer season is over. Use it to track turkeys, and you’ll punch more tags than a champion caller. A game camera can uncover a daily pattern of turkey activity including roosting sites, feeding areas, travel routes, and strut-zones. Easily differentiate high-traffic areas from stagnant zones to make your hunting productive, even during late season when gobblers are call-shy and hard to find. From effective calls, to traps and tricks, your strategies are endless when scouting turkeys with a Moultrie game camera and our helpful tips. For the full story, visit MoultrieFeeders.com

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Post Taxidermy Tips

by K&H | Posted in Hunting Tactics

Want to preserve your trophy buck? Follow our tips and protect your prizewinner long after it leaves the taxidermist. To remove dust and cobwebs, reverse your vacuum’s suction, and blow air along the animal’s hair pattern—not against it. Use liquid wood cleaner to polish antlers, and clean hair with a soft rag dampened with Windex. Place your trophy in a location away from direct sunlight and heat to prevent dry out and discoloration. For more advice on caring for your buck, read the full story at SummitStands.com.

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Costly Mistakes = Bad Tasting Venison

by K&H | Posted in Hunting Tactics

Great tasting venison is a delicious pay-off after waiting hours for the perfect whitetail. Mistakes made during and after the hunt can ruin meat, but our tips will ensure you get quality cuts. Tip #1: After field-dressing the deer, allow meat to cool quickly to keep internal bleeding, bacteria, and gases from spoiling its taste. Tip #2: Properly wrap venison in freezer paper or a vacuum-sealed container to prevent freezer burn—always date and label your packages. To check out more of our advice, read the full story at SummitStands.com

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Post Recovery Checklist

by K&H | Posted in Hunting Tactics

Once the blood-trailing and tracking are over, be sure to run through this post-recovery checklist before making your next move.

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Winter Food Plot Maintenance

by K&H | Posted in Hunting Tactics

Attracting deer to your property year-round is the first step to a successful hunting season. Many hunters neglect food plots during the winter months, which allows deer to seek food and shelter in other places. Counteract this behavior by maintaining a food plot that produces a variety of winter plants. Densely covered thickets where deer seek warmth are the perfect place for new plots. Test the soil’s pH and fertility to determine if fertilizer and lime pellets are needed for greater yield. Till soil, plant seeds, then watch as deer make your land their home. For more winter food plot tips, read the full story at MoultrieFeeders.com.

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7 Secrets For Yearlong Success

by K&H | Posted in Hunting Tactics

Avid hunters know that opportunities for tagging impressive whitetail don’t come often. Bring deer to your property year-round to increase your chances of getting the big bucks during regular season. Deer seek water and food sources, so adding a watering hole and a variety of plants to your property is a good strategy for keeping them out of your neighbor’s yard. Create wooded sanctuaries where deer hide during weeks of intense hunting pressure—bucks will feel safe, and you’ll have an advantage over them. For more deer hunting tips, read the full story at SummitStands.com.         

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Colorado Bull Elk Hunt of a Lifetime

by K&H | Posted in Hunting Tactics

It took John Skrabo, our Vice President of Marketing, eight years to draw an archery elk tag in a limited unit in Colorado. "I knew it would be the hunt of a lifetime," said Skrabo, who has bowhunted elk in every western state except Arizona. Skrabo headed out in September to the Aspen forests of western Colorado to hunt with longtime friend, Jim Birchfield of South Carolina. John hunted with Jim's brother, Lynn, who is a savvy woodsman himself. The pair made a great combination with Skrabo's bugling and cow calling and Birchfield's knowledge of the country.

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Early Season Deer Secrets From The Experts

by K&H | Posted in Hunting Tactics

Hunting during early season presents many challenges, but using the right strategies can make this time of year fruitful for avid hunters. Picking the perfect tree stand location depends on knowing the paths deer take for food and water—making the Moultrie game camera an essential tool.  During the tepid early season, bucks seek refuge in well-covered areas, but often, they desire the cooler temperatures of hill tops. Easily funnel deer from these sanctuaries to your stand location by scouting the trails bucks follow, and you’ll soon enjoy great tasting venison before other hunters even get started.  For more early season deer secrets, read the full story at MoultrieFeeders.com.  

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