Top 11 Deer Hunting Tips
Oct30

Top 11 Deer Hunting Tips

Leave all your jewelry at home. Nothing shiny and nothing noisy. Minimize your make up especially mascara. Mascara makes your eyelashes too long to properly use the scope. I use unscented tinted moisturizer with sunscreen and eye liner just in case you end up in a photo. Deer have extremely good sense of smell. Eliminate as many odors from clothes and gear. There are tons of scent killers you can use including detergents and sprays for clothes and shoes. Check your stand for invaders such as wasps before you get comfortable. You will need a very thick cushion to sit on. I bought a RealTree  3 inch cushion from BassPro. This is very important because deer stands are made for men. Your torso is not as long as a man’s and you will not be at a good level to shoot. This particular cushion is very firm and will not lose its shape when you sit on it- it gets you at the perfect level to be able to shoot accurately. If you want maximum visibility, consider wearing a camo beanie instead of a ball cap. Wear gloves without fingers no matter how cold it is so you have the best feel on the trigger. Take a water bottle or drink that is not in one of those crackly containers that make a lot of noise. Take snacks that are easy to open and don’t make a lot of noise. I accidentally dropped my power bar which had gotten quite hard from the cold and the noise reverberated all over from the loud thump! Never go in or out of your tree stand with a loaded gun!  Make sure your gun has a sling so you can climb the stand easily or make sure that there is a rope tied to the blind for you to raise equipment. Know where everything is in your backpack.  Once you are settled in the stand and you have turned your flashlight off, it is pitch black.  You want to avoid turning on your flashlight during the important first hour before dawn. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Secret Language of the Woods
Oct28

Secret Language of the Woods

One of the many reasons we retreat to the woods as often as we can to hunt is to be still surrounded by nature.  I am admitting today, on my last couple of hunts,  I brought my iPhone AND my iPad.    I like to keep in touch with my hubby so texting is important to me.    However, the iPad has been a big distraction.  I am sure I forgot some of the most basic fundamentals about hunting.  Though I was fortunate to harvest a buck on each of my last two hunts,  I may have missed out on some of  mysteries the woods has to offer and the secret language of the wildlife! Naturally,  I have had to stay off the phone and iPad until daylight so I don’t light up the blind. In the darkness, your other senses are peaked and without a doubt, it is best part about being in your stand as you listen to the woods awaken.  The owls are still screeching but as daylight starts to break, the crows start their shenanigans and slowly, the song birds start to sing.  The crows in particular intrigue me.  They love to shock call (a term used to describe the vocal reaction that happens when another bird calls out).  The other birds especially the turkeys repeat a call involuntarily.    When I watch the crows and observe them, I can’t figure out what they are really up to, but I am convinced they are causing some trouble.  They look to be busy bodies stirring up problems.    From their “birds eye” view, they know what is going on all around them and they are either alerting about predators  to their flock or they are giving up other species to the predators.  I can’t be sure about any of those thoughts, but they always seem to be in the thick of things in the woods.  Some say that they hate the turkeys and much of their carrying on is to annoy the turkeys.   They have such high energy and there are always 1 or 2 crows on the look out flying from tree top to tree top. When I put the iPad down, my imagination goes wild as I quiet my mind from the rapid pace of the internet.  The swirling of  the woodsy aroma from my Thermacell reminds me of my flower child days when burning incense was like breathing air. It takes me to my happy place as the light stream of  cedar smoke fills my stand.   My mind starts to wonder as I imagine what is going on behind those trees...

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Daddy & Daughter, a Hunting Team!
Oct19

Daddy & Daughter, a Hunting Team!

There is nothing more rewarding than handing down the tradition of hunting to our children.  My 6 year old grand daughter, Gibbes is quite the young huntress.  She is a seasoned dove hunter with 3 years of experience hunting with her Daddy.  Retrieving is her speciality.  On this particular hunt, she retrieved 7 birds. She has the eyes of an eagle and carefully marks the spot where the bird lands and walks right to it.  This week she boasted that she no longer needs the ear protection as she is not afraid of the noise.  Of course, we remind her that the ear protection is also to make sure that her young ears are not affected by the loud sound.    The memories of these hunts will be fondly remembered throughout her years These hunts provide a great base for understanding what nature provides.  It helps us teach our children how important conservation is and how hunters are the primary caregivers for the wildlife.  Without our contribution,  wildlife would be unbalanced and ultimately, more species would become extinct.  It seems like yesterday when her daddy was going on dove hunts with his daddy.  They still look forward to hunting together whenever they can.  For that matter, her Mommy and I look forward to hunting ducks with them every year!   I guess you can say that we are truly a hunting family!Trippett 3, Lindsay, Trippett Jr., Maggie &  our sweet retriever for the day, Penny! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Celebrating 365 Days of Wearing Something Camo!!
Oct15

Celebrating 365 Days of Wearing Something Camo!!

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