• Happy Trails

    Photos like this one are proof that the extra effort in preparing mineral licks, licking branches and mock scrapes is time well spent.

    Early-season camera sites

    Setting up mock scrapes and mineral licks
    October 20, 2014 at 9:00am
    Lodging a stick behind a camera when it is strapped to a tree helps angle the camera properly.

    Planning and optimizing your camera setup

    September 18, 2014 at 9:00am
    The time to test cameras is not when the season begins.

    Plan ahead like a pro

    Use off season to ensure cameras are ready
    August 19, 2014 at 12:00pm
    Effectively monitoring and maintaining trail-cam sites means having the right equipment when checking them.

    Start preparing now

    Put together a trail cam kit
    July 21, 2014 at 9:00am
    Paying attention to how much or your packing rod stick out past the barrel of your smokepole is one way to ensure you don’t double load.

    Lessons learned the hard way

    Pay attention to avoid bone-headed mistakes
    June 19, 2014 at 9:00am
    The author missed the opening day of turkey season this year because of an injury that proved the need to stay fit as the aging process really kicks in.

    Am I falling apart?

    The painful truth about what can happen as a sportsman ages
    May 19, 2014 at 9:00am
    The author’s son and grandson have spent time together in the field ensuring the youngster learned how to hunt and handle a gun safely.

    Our kids are the future of hunting

    April 17, 2014 at 9:00am
    Only through experience was the author able to determine this buck, which wasn’t on any trail-cam photos, was a shooter.

    Preparation meets opportunity

    Experience makes decisions easier
    March 17, 2014 at 9:00am
    The impact of the moon phase is a hotly debated subject in many hunting camps.

    Does the moon really matter?

    Latest science says, ‘No.’
    February 18, 2014 at 9:00am
    The author uses game cameras to track antler development for specific deer to build a list of bucks that show potential to become whoppers if protected.

    More than just photos

    January 20, 2014 at 9:00am
    Creating productive green patches requires planning and time.

    Thoughts on food plot preparation

    December 20, 2013 at 9:00am
    Setting out trail cameras is all part of the hunt for the author, extending his season beyond the bounds of when he can actually carry a weapon.

    To use trail cameras, or not

    It’s personal preference
    November 18, 2013 at 9:00am
    Determine your goals for trail cameras, and then adjust photo resolution to make best use of memory cards.

    We’ve come a long way

    Trail cams are cheaper, better tools
    October 17, 2013 at 9:00am
    Regulations must be followed to reduce the chances of a fire getting out of control.

    Prescribed fire as a management tool

    September 19, 2013 at 9:00am
    Proper planning of tree plots can provide lasting benefits for deer and other wildlife.

    Planting tree plots

    August 20, 2013 at 9:00am
    Mineral licks are easier to set up and less expensive than using corn  — and deer of all ages use them.

    Get your strategies in order

    July 18, 2013 at 3:00pm