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#232 - Overlooked Hill Country Buck Bedding!

#232 - Overlooked Hill Country Buck Bedding!

November 29, 2022

In this episode, Warb, Ted, Greg, and I talk about overlooked buck bedding tendencies in hill country. Hunting a lot of different areas over the last few years we have experienced bedding tendencies that often don't get mentioned in most buck bedding conversations. Often times buck bedding is described by specific winds and terrain features but in our experience in a lot of situations buck beds are not limited to those specific spots. It seems that bucks utilize different areas based off of food sources, wind, and cover and those areas don't always end up being on the leeward wind side of a hill on the upper third. 

Topics Include: 

-buck bedding bedding in ravines or deep ditches

-bedding in thick cover vs open timber

-wind speed and directions for hunting specific bedding areas

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#231 -  Tips For Hunting in COLD WEATHER!

#231 - Tips For Hunting in COLD WEATHER!

November 22, 2022

On our most recent trip, Nick and I were faced with a new challenge of bowhunting in extremely cold conditions and snow. In the first half of this episode, we talk about gear and other tips that that allowed us to manage the cold. In the second half of the episode we tell the full story of our trip back to Minnesota and how we managed to get a crack at a buck! 

Topics Include: 

-the cold weather gear that we used on this hunt

-the story of a frozen release and a big buck at 20 yards

-how snow camo and a silhouette bow decoy brought a buck to point blank

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#230 - Staying Positive When Things Don’t Go As Planned

#230 - Staying Positive When Things Don’t Go As Planned

November 15, 2022

As much as we dream about executing a plan perfectly and enjoying year after year of filled tags and a full freezer, we all experience times where it feels like nothing is going right. In this episode, we talk about staying positive even when things aren't going your way and our recent experiences that made us question or strategy. 

Topics Include: 

-getting your confidence back up after making a bad shot

-the struggle of hunting areas with low visibility 

-staying confident when your strategy isn't working

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#229 - THP’s Best Rut Stories of All Time!

#229 - THP’s Best Rut Stories of All Time!

November 8, 2022

Most whitetail bow hunters look forward to the rut all year and dream of careless bucks cruising and chasing does. In this episode, I talk with the rest of the THP crew and we tell our best stories of crazy action we have had during the rut! Some of these stories have happy endings and some result in disappointment and an unfilled tag but every hunt we discuss was a great learning experience that hopefully helps you when you run into a crazy rut frenzy this fall!

Topics Include: 

-does warm weather effect the rut?

-best dates of the rut

-calling and decoying bucks

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#228 - The Camaraderie of Bowhunting from Minnesota Deer Camp

#228 - The Camaraderie of Bowhunting from Minnesota Deer Camp

November 1, 2022

In this episode, Keith and I talk to our new friends Mitch and Tate about their experiences growing up hunting in Minnesota. We tell a lot of stories, talk about their grandpa, who bow hunted for whitetails before anyone else in the area did it, bear hunting, wolves, and what is most important to us when it comes to hunting. One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling to hunt is meeting fellow hunters that are passionate about the outdoors so we have really enjoyed hanging out with Mitch and Tate! 

Topics Include: 

-do ozonics work?

-wolves and their impact on deer populations in this area

-the importance of spending time with family and friends when hunting

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#227 - When Have I Gone TOO FAR? - Scouting Strategy For Late October

#227 - When Have I Gone TOO FAR? - Scouting Strategy For Late October

October 25, 2022

If you have a mobile hunting strategy you probably have experienced the feeling of indecision when you find sign and are trying to decide if you should go further or stop and setup. In this episode, Keith and I talk about our approach when hunting a new area, the difference between scouting and still hunting, and specific examples of how getting aggressive has payed off.

Topics Include: 

-looking for does during late October to find the bucks

-how our pace changes based off of the sign we are seeing while still hunting

-hunting a new area and our thoughts on hunting Minnesota so far

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#226 - Overcoming the Fear of Failure w/Beau Martonik

#226 - Overcoming the Fear of Failure w/Beau Martonik

October 18, 2022

In this episode, I catch up with Beau Martonik. Beau hunts the big woods of Pennsylvania and also travels to hunt other states in big woods settings. Both Beau and I really enjoy the challenges that come with hunting big, contiguous stands of timber.  We discuss bedding tendencies in big timber, what conditions may change his bedding location, historical patterns of big bucks, and how we both constantly battle with overthinking our strategy instead of being aggressive due to fear of spooking a big buck.

Topics Include: 

-overlooked buck bedding tendencies in hill country

-using historical trends to pattern big woods bucks

-how overthinking your strategy can limit your success

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#225 - When Should You Get Aggressive in October???

#225 - When Should You Get Aggressive in October???

October 10, 2022

In the middle of October, for the most part, conditions are hot, deer movement is low, and big buck sightings are few and far between. In this episode, Jake, Hayden and I talk about when we like to get aggressive throughout the "October Lull." To increase our odds we try to find fresh sign and wait for specific conditions to move into bedding areas to try to intercept small moments that mature bucks are making during daylight hours. 

Topics Include: 

-how often should you hunt a spot in October

-different strategies for different properties

-what conditions are best for being aggressive 

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#224 - A Season of Elk Hunting Experience and The Story of Our Success w/Doug Ferenbaugh

#224 - A Season of Elk Hunting Experience and The Story of Our Success w/Doug Ferenbaugh

October 4, 2022

Both my Dad and I grew up and lived in Ohio for most of our lives where we learned to hunt whitetails and turkeys. We both always dreamed of one day hunting elk but we were uneducated on how to get a tag and wrote it off as something that was unrealistic for an eastern hunter. After realizing that there are many opportunities to hunt elk every season we have taken full advantage of what September has to offer. In this episode, we talk about our season and the things we have learned, what we plan to improve on next season, and at the end of the episode I tell the story of the bull that I shot with Ben and Colin this season!

Topics Include: 

-the story of the bull Zach shot with Ben and Colin this season 

-being aggressive when bulls are bugling

-how to time your elk hunting trip based off the rut

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#223 - Should You ALWAYS Call To Elk???

#223 - Should You ALWAYS Call To Elk???

September 26, 2022

In this episode, Ben, Colin, and I talk about what we have learned when calling to elk. Like other forms of hunting we have found that calling to elk is very situational. We discuss the evolution of our calling strategy and some of the strategies that we have incorporated this season where we don't call at all. Hopefully some of the things we have learned will help you in a similar situation when moving in on a bugling bull! 

Topics Include: 

-situational calling decisions 

-reading a bugle to tell if a bull is bedded or active

-reading thermals in the mountains

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