Happy Trails

When do deer go into rut? Recent studies show breeding dates remain consistent from year to year — no matter the moon phase.

Debunking the moon myth

Scientists put the debate to rest
December 22, 2014 at 9:00am
Plan your time in the woods wisely, and then reap the rewards.

Tracking the rut phases

Be in the woods when bucks are moving
November 21, 2014 at 3:30pm
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 22, 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 22, 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 21, 2014 at 9:00am
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 20, 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 7:34pm
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 23, 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 21, 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 19, 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 21, 2013 at 9:00am