By John Workman
Many non hunters, or even anti hunter, don't understand the brain of a Whitetail hunter. These people have a tendency to think that we are all out to just slaughter an innocent species in its habitat. What they don't understand is that season never ends and the care for these animals never end. The respect we as hunters pay to these animals is incredible.
Most think the last day in the stand is the end of season. But in reality season never ends for us. Within days of the last hunt, we are moving cams and feeding to find out what deer made it though the season. Helping them recover from a grueling fall breading season.
By the first signs of spring or break of winter weather we are shed hunting for antlers of those bucks who survived. Suppling mineral sights, adding feed to supplements and begin to plant food plots.
Then comes spring turkey season. When we are out there we mentally record travel routes and left over sign from previous fall. So turkey season isn't just about chasing those notorious Toms everyone talks about. its a scouting mission as well.
When summer comes the much anticipated watching of antler growth and the birth of fawns. The trail cameras come out and many hours of silent planning and learning the movements of that amazing buck that has caught your eye begins.
Before you know it, it's the night before opening day. Even though we know we have to be up at 4am. Our brains will not allow us to sleep. The anticipation will almost kills us. Its a year long process for another season worth of memories that will fill our lives and keep us going.
This is what we do. This is what we love. This is why we do it.
Could you survive without deer hunting? I know we couldn't.
We start off this mini-series with a 215 inch whitetail. Ethan Featheroff was able to connect with this legend on opening day. This is not the first legend Ethan has been able to chase, but he applied what he learned earlier in his hunting career to be able to get it done now.
www.veteranip.com - Shoutout - Tim Fraley
Ingram's Outdoor Obsession
This week we talk about how our turkey season went. There was a lot more effort put into this year than we had thought coming into it. We learned more this season that we had in the last 3 or 4 combined. We both ended up being successful, and for that we are thankful and are glad it's over in a way. On to deer season.
www.veteranip.com - Shoutout - John Robert
Ingram's Outdoor Obsessions
This week on the show we are joined by Dan Bayus of Tinemen, and creator of Hang on Helper. Dan has been very successful public land hunter, hunting two different types of terrain and styles. Dan talks about hunting pressured deer, early and late season tactics, and about bucks being repetitive year after year.
www.veteranip.com Shoutout - Cliff Canter
Ingram's Outdoor Obsessions
Does Baiting Give You A Unfair Advantage While Hunting Deer?
I asked this question on my Twitter account. With many good responses I wanted to share my thoughts as well as some others.
Responses from Twitter
Post -Supplemental feed is off season w/ primary objective of keeping healthy diet plentiful. Yes, keeps mature bucks interested and close but not "easy." Once season starts, matters not, including minerals. Rare to see mature buck drawn to mineral after Sep 1.
Post-The problem is if you are allowed to feed corn, then everyone else is probably feeding corn too... Your supplement area has to be better and make deer feel safe. Most mature bucks know they aren’t suppose to be there. You may get 1-2 chances all year
Feeding, no. Baiting , yes. But feeding , to me, is done during the off season. Baiting is done during season. In states where baiting is legal, it would help some, but the animals are used to it, so it may not draw animals in lime it would here.
My opinion is if its legal in your state do it. Whitetails are incredible hard to hunt. So any advantage is a good thing. I do believe it helps getting a deer to stay around your area more. But doesn't resolve in making him easier to kill.
What Do You Think About Baiting?