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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Why I love my Tree Stand

By: Blake Anderson from Huntertreestands.com

 

I am excited about hunting season as it draws closer.  I have been target practicing and checked my back pack, sharpened knives and have everything lined up ready to go.  I always keep my hunting equipment all in one spot so that way I don’t forget anything.

 

I have a ladder tree stand that is perfect, comfortable and yes I have checked to make sure it is still secure.  Of course I have already sat in it for a couple of days to check out the deer population in the area and to my smiling face, they are still around and are healthy.

 

I have hunted from the ground in the past and even though I have always bagged a deer being on the ground can prove to be too noisy.  No matter how still you sit under a tree you are going to rustle leaves or make noises in dry crunchy snow.  Not to mention deer, as you know, have a keen sense of smell.

 

Being not too fond of heights, I tried a ladder tree stand several years ago and I haven’t hunted from the ground since. I have the advantage over my target as I am up high and I see the deer before he sees me.  You really can’t make a sound in a tree stand as much as you would hunting on the ground either. Of course using scent, but not too much, helps.  The first time I bagged my deer from a tree stand I will never go back to ground hunting again.

 

In fact, the advantage of using a deer stand can help you bag your two deer limit one right after the other as where there is one deer there is another sure to follow.  After bagging my deer I sit or stand in my stand and wait and listen. Sure enough another deer is coming right behind, a little more wary and skittish of course, however, this is when some deer get careless.

 

Having the advantage of being above your target gives you a better shot, a better angle and the ability to be quieter than if you were on the ground.  The way you have your tree stand set up you are giving yourself a clear shot when the deer walk under you or near you.

 

I have a cover with my tree stand which also aids in my blending in with the trees and keeping me out of the rain or snow.  Generally speaking, I do not hunt in the rain as the deer are hunkered down somewhere out of the weather.  However, there are those days when it starts out perfect and a squall comes up especially if you are hunting in the mountains. Tree stand blinds also help hide your scent as you are not out in the open, so to speak.

 

Happy and safe hunting this year everyone may you bag your limit on the first day.

 

Blake Anderson, an original California native went to Iowa for college and fell in love with hunting and the outdoors. With his new found passion and knowledge of tree stands Blake decided to launch his site Huntertreestands.com. When he isnt in a tree stand he’s probably online interacting with the hunting community or helping out his customers.
I have re-posted this article by Blake Anderson who has an awesome Website and knows what he’s talking about when it comes to tree stands.  Please check out the deals he has on tree stands and the other products and services on his page.
Mike

 

 

Gun Season 2013 Winding Down

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Reports are starting to trickle in on hunters success, or the lack thereof.  My brother Darryl always has a deer or two hanging by this time of the year, but so far he has come up empty handed.  He hunts an area where there are quite a few really big bucks taken, so a smallish 6 or 8 pointer gets a free pass from little brother.  His son-in-law Scott Smiley isn’t quite as fussy, as he downed a 5 point last week, and Scott’s daughter MacKaylee shot her second deer of her young career a few days ago.  She shot her first deer 2 years ago hunting out of my camp.  Mac (as we call her) is a serious deer hunter!  The day she shot her deer it was very cold, windy, and snow coming down sideways.  All that didn’t stop her from dropping her deer at 150 yards with her trusty Model 870 20 gauge.  Now that’s some serious shooting for anyone let alone an 11 year old!

My neighbors grandson shot a huge 14 pointer right here in Monroe County.  I’ve seen pictures of that deer and it looks to be a “Booner” and maybe a new Monroe county record.  I have to get a hold of this kid for some pictures and an interview!

I have not been able to get out again due to my portrayal of “Chief 10 Bears” at a couple local schools, weddings, birthdays, and Thanksgiving.  To top it off there’s a great tracking snow around my place and I’m her sitting in my rocking chair reading stories to grandkids.  Hey that’s not so bad is it?

Plan on getting back up to camp after the regular gun season is over, and bow season kicks in again.  Hope everyone is having a safe and successful hunt.

Mike

Deer Deer Everywhere, But Not A Steak To Eat!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Proof that there are deer in the area.  In fact all these pictures were taken in my food plot on my 10 acres.  I have hundreds more pictures all taken in the last several weeks, yet there is no venison in the freezer.  We are supposed to get some snow up north this weekend, but my wife and I already have plans, so the backstraps will have to wait awhile longer.  Hopefully one of these critters will show themselves in the daylight soon!???? ???? ???? ???? ????

Deer Are There – Just Not In The Daylight!

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

The mighty hunters have returned from the north woods bringing home nothing but some fond memories.  My brother Brett and his daughter Callie and myself saw a total of one (1) deer in four days of hunting. I actually hunted 6 days without seeing a deer.  If it weren’t for my all reveling trail cams I would swear there aren’t any deer left in the woods.

Not true!  It’s just that the deer are not moving till after dark.  Of the 600 pictures I have of deer in my food plot only about 10 of those appear in daylight hours.  One theory is that with the popularity of pop up blinds there aren’t enough hunters stalking the woods and moving the deer.  There may be some merit to that idea, as hunters sit back in their cozy blinds, coffee at their side, snacks and lunch in their backpacks, and a book to read during those boring hours on stand!  So who’s out jumping those deer out of their hiding spot?  Answer; not very many!  If 90% of those in the woods are hunkered down in a blind then the deer are pretty safe to “hunker” down themselves.  Just a thought, but I have never in 53 years afield gone for such a long period without seeing a deer.

Of course a few hunters shot deer as evidenced by the Lewiston buck pole.  Still it’s not like the “old days” when 20 bucks would be making the pole sag!

Thankfully there is still muzzle-loader season and late archery season yet.  I like it when there’s some fresh snow on the ground anyway.  I’m not giving up just rearranging the freezer space for that late season venison.  Sounds like a plan to me.

 

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Veterans Day 2013

Monday, November 11th, 2013

There is a bond between servicemen and women that can only be forged by actually being part of that “band of brothers” no matter what branch of service, or specific time served!

My dad Staff Sargent Norman F. Ansel served honorable in the Michigan National Guard until being called to active duty in 1942.  He served overseas in the Pacific Theater, and spent most of his time as a motor pool Sargent in Subic Bay.  My brother Randy was born while my dad was overseas, and I was born 9 months after he returned home.  It wasn’t easy for my mom, as dad was gone for the better part of two years.  It’s never easy on the loved ones left behind.

My dad was and is my hero.  I always looked up to him, and appreciated his willing service to our country.  Joe Giarmo (top picture) is another hero of mine.  Joe was like a dad to me and most everyone knew him as “Papa Joe.”  He is another World War II veteran that served with honor and integrity.  Neither of these men talked much about their time on the battlefield, and always considered their service as a duty to be honored.  That they did, and I am so proud and blessed to have had them in my life.  My dad passed on 35 years ago and Papa Joe joined him three years ago.  Life is short, but I am confident I will see them again someday.

I also had an older brother serve in the Marine Corps, and did two tours of duty in Viet Nam.  Younger brother Darryl also was an army Sgt. in Viet Nam who was awarded the bronze star and the purple heart.  I have had nieces, nephews, and cousins who served honorably.  My Uncle Mel Douglas was a true Canadian hero, as he maneuvered his tank through enemy lines during D-Day.  His oldest son Tom Douglas is a well known Canadian writer, editor, lecturer, and travel guide.  He has written several books dealing with war and it’s ravages.

On this Veterans Day I salute you all, family, friends, and all who truly understand what it is to be “A Band of Brothers and Sisters!”
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Why I Love My Tree Stand

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

This is the second guest article by Blake Anderson from Hunter Tree Stands.

Why I love my Tree Stand
By: Blake Anderson from Huntertreestands.com

I am excited about hunting season as it draws closer. I have been target practicing and checked my back pack, sharpened knives and have everything lined up ready to go. I always keep my hunting equipment all in one spot so that way I don’t forget anything.

I have a ladder tree stand that is perfect, comfortable and yes I have checked to make sure it is still secure. Of course I have already sat in it for a couple of days to check out the deer population in the area and to my smiling face, they are still around and are healthy.

I have hunted from the ground in the past and even though I have always bagged a deer being on the ground can prove to be too noisy. No matter how still you sit under a tree you are going to rustle leaves or make noises in dry crunchy snow. Not to mention deer, as you know, have a keen sense of smell.

Being not too fond of heights, I tried a ladder tree stand several years ago and I haven’t hunted from the ground since. I have the advantage over my target as I am up high and I see the deer before he sees me. You really can’t make a sound in a tree stand as much as you would hunting on the ground either. Of course using scent, but not too much, helps. The first time I bagged my deer from a tree stand I will never go back to ground hunting again.

In fact, the advantage of using a deer stand can help you bag your two deer limit one right after the other as where there is one deer there is another sure to follow. After bagging my deer I sit or stand in my stand and wait and listen. Sure enough another deer is coming right behind, a little more wary and skittish of course, however, this is when some deer get careless.

Having the advantage of being above your target gives you a better shot, a better angle and the ability to be quieter than if you were on the ground. The way you have your tree stand set up you are giving yourself a clear shot when the deer walk under you or near you.

I have a cover with my tree stand which also aids in my blending in with the trees and keeping me out of the rain or snow. Generally speaking, I do not hunt in the rain as the deer are hunkered down somewhere out of the weather. However, there are those days when it starts out perfect and a squall comes up especially if you are hunting in the mountains. Tree stand blinds also help hide your scent as you are not out in the open, so to speak.

Happy and safe hunting this year everyone may you bag your limit on the first day.

Deer Season’s Slow Start!

Monday, November 4th, 2013

I don’t think I have ever put more time an energy into trying to get a deer.  This is my second year as grandson Kyle Paffords Mentor, and I feel like a complete “bust!”  Since last year I have had Kyle in the blind on 6 different hunts.  Total number of deer seen is one (1!)  That’s right; one measly doe.  The trail camera’s are showing plenty of deer in the area, but they are not moving till after dark.

I have three blinds set up on active runs, but the deer aren’t cooperating with the plan.  That’s Kyle and me setting up the third blind (which we did not hunt) on the edge of a swamp.  That’s probably where we should of been.  I won’t have a chance to get him out again till gun season.  Maybe late December when there’s some snow on the ground.  Oh well that’s why we call it “hunting” and not “killing” deer.

My brother Brett and his daughter Callie are going up with me for the opener of gun season Nov. 15th.  I sure hope we see more deer than what we been seeing.  I’m hoping a few hunters in the woods will move them during daylight hours.  It’s a long season, and things can change in the blink of an eye.  Last year I shot a 150 class buck 20 miles from my house during the late season. Don’t expect to do that every year, but at least I know it’s possible.

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