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7 Blind Hunting Tips You Need To Know

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What do you do if your hunt doesn't allow for you to use elevation as an advantage?

Your next best bet will be hunting from a ground blind.Ground blinds are easier to access which makes them quieter and quicker to get into than an elevated position. They also better protect the hunter from the elements and can be easily heated, buying extra time during those winter hunts. On top of that,  blind hunting keeps you on level with your quarry, eliminating the risk associated when taking a sharp angled shot. Even with these advantages many hunters are hesitant about using a blind as a go to hunting tool.

However, the truth is that ground blind hunting can be extremely effective, when done right. Take these ground blind tips into consideration when your setting up and you’ll be on track to bringing home that trophy.

50 Yard Rule – If your game won’t have a visual line on your blind until within 50 yards away then you should camouflage the blind into the natural surroundings to ensure they aren’t suddenly spooked by an unnatural object.

100 Yard Rule – If your game won’t have a visual line on your blind until 100 yards or more don’t worry so much a natural camouflage but ensure sure they are familiar with the blind. Try to have it set up a least two days before you hunt it. Setting up early also helps eliminate that new blind smell.

Unnatural Roof – The hard edge of a roof line is unnatural and easily detected. To combat this try covering it with branches or other brush.

Close the Windows – You want it as dark as possible inside to ensure the nothing can’t detect your movement.

Wear Black – Camo is fine when your trying to break up your dark silhouette amongst tree limbs, leafs and brush. None of that exists in a blind. Your new camo is black as your trying to blend into the darkness.

Go Nets – Using a blind with shoot-through netting on the windows will make dark blind openings and you less noticeable. Not recommended when using mechanical broadheads as the netting can cause premature blade deployment.

Decoy Days – Another way to try to go unnoticed in a blind is to try to draw the game animals attention to something else. By using a decoy nearby you will be able to take the focus of your blind and on to the decoy. Keep in mind that a dominate decoy could also scare of smaller game.

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Best Food Plot for My Spot

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Having perfect soil conditions for a food plot isn’t always the case.

In fact most of us have to simply make do with whatever conditions we have at our disposal. Whether it’s too much or too little sun or shade, acidic soil, cold temps, heat waves, or droughts. These are just some of the obstacles the average hunter has to overcome in order to establish a thriving food plot.

Luckily there a variety of plants and there’s usually one or two that will be perfect for your conditions. So here is a list that will help you pick out which is right for your spot.

Dry Soil
  • Best Plants – Chicory, Alfalfa, Red/Crimson Clover, Birdsfoot, Trefoil, Small Burnett
  • Plot Tip – Try planting on the northeast benches or slopes that don’t get scorched from afternoon sun.
Wet Soil
  • Best Plants – Annual Berseem, Crimson Clover, Perennial Ladino, White Dutch Clover, Brassicas, Rye
  • Plot Tip – Utilize sunny south-west facing slopes and till repeatedly to break down moist soil clumps.
Acidic Soil
  • Best Plants – Small Burnet, Chicory, Rye, Oats, Crimson, Clover, Bird’s-foot, Trefoil
  • Plot Tip – Try to use valley floors, creek bottoms, and low lying fields that will tend to have a lower pH value.
Heavy Shade
  • Best Plants – Brassicas, Small Burnet, Rye, New Zealand White Clover, Ladino, Berseem, Arrowleaf, and Crimson Clover
  • Plot Tip – Plant during clear weather to maximize what little sun you have
Cold Weather
  • Best Plants – Cereal Grains (Wheat, Oat, Rye), Brassicas
  • Plot Tip – After your plats grow 3-4 inches tall apply some additonal fertilizer (34-0-0, nitrogen) to give them a boost.

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Top 5 Trail Camera Tips

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A Trail Camera is an invaluable scouting tool for all hunters that give you edge which is why it is important to ensure yours can perform to the best of its ability.

  1. Power Up. Lithium batteries perform better but are considerably more expensive than their alkaline cousins. Also, be aware that some off brand batteries and particularly rechargeable batteries will not last as long as a better quality alkaline (Duracell is an excellent choice). Depending on your ability to access the camera you will want to consider this before investing in one or the other. You may also consider hooking your camera to a larger 12v battery or utilizing solar power to keep the charge. Just be sure your camera is compatible.
  2. Organize those pics. Even if you only have one trail camera you could be looking at thousands of pictures in a year. By setting up folders with dates and then naming the files with the deer recognize, you will be able to better use all that collected intelligence. This will come in handy if you want to keep better tabs on deer population in your area. Their is some new software from DeerLab that can help out as well.
  3. Approach like a hunter. Don’t spook the deer while setting up or checking your camera. There are two schools of thought. You can sneak in and try to make as little noise as possible in order to not spook the deer. Or you can drive in an ATV or other tractor equipment that the animals in your area may already be familiar with. The sounds of this equipment will alert the deer you are their but not frighten them in way that they may feel pressured. If your lucky enough to have a cellular enabled trail camera you only have to go in once to set it up so your one step ahead of the game.
  4. Bring them in. Setting up on a rub line or established trail yields good trail cam result but if you want to maximize the images on your camera setup a bait pile, mineral lick or plant a food plot to attract deer right in front of your camera. Alternatively you can also trying setting up a man made watering hole if your hunting in a dry environment.
  5. Camera placement. Try to aim the lens of the camera so it’s pointing north or south. By doing this you can avoid the annoying glare will distort images or accidentally trigger your camera.  You can also try placing your camera higher in a tree and then aiming it down. This will keep your gear out of sight of other hunters which is important if your land is public or near public land. It will also give you an optimal viewing angle, especially if you want to capture every tine on that trophy rack.

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7 Tips For Treestand Placement?

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Here are some useful tips that will help you place your stand for success.

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Crossbow Practice

Crossbow Practice

Crossbow hunting occurs in a variety of different conditions which having varying elements such as wind, rain, snow, temperature, lighting, height and of course distance. All of the elements affect an arrows flight pattern so it’s important to practice in the actual conditions you will be hunting in.

With practice you will build confidence in your shot that will help you determine when to take that shot and will obviously in improve shot placement.

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Winter Whitetail Shift

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If your fall hunt was not a success or your holding out for that big buck in late season, keep the wintering grounds in mind.

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