It was an awesome day today hinge cutting trees and creating mineral sites. Lots of deer sign. Things are changing for the good on our property with all the management we have been doing!!!
I hope you have been enjoying our videos over the past year. We have definitely enjoyed creating them and experiencing the great outdoors.
We will start our 3rd season at the beginning of 2016.
We had a successful PA rifle season and a good NY rifle season. I have not yet harvested a buck, but it is not for lack of opportunities on young deer. I made a goal at the beginning of the year to harvest a 3 1/2 year old deer or older but with no shots offered on camera, I have passed those opportunities.
So I greatly look forward to the late archery seasons and will be out and about once again with bow and camera in hand!
One of the things that we all struggle with in the deer woods, is staying undetected when it comes to scent concealment and elimination. In Season 2 Episode 6 I cover some of the basics of staying scent free. We all know what it is like to have a mature deer catch our wind and hightail it out of the aria if we have hunted for a period of time, but there are ways to improve your odds when trying to conceal your self.
I like to start off by using a scent eliminating antibacterial soap in a shower before I hunt. This way I can remove human scent on my body. Some soaps offer a cover scent, but it is very important that you eliminate human scent for the best possible concealment.
After the shower I spray down with a scent eliminating spray and spray all my under garments with this. That way I can be sure that I am as odor free as possible before even putting on my outer garments.
All my outer layers I wash with a antibacterial/cover scent laundry soap to limit and conceal human odor. It is very important to keep these odor free, I do not dress inside the house or before I get in the truck, and strive to keep them as far away from strong smells as feasible.
If I have a long hike into the woods, I will dress light, Normally only my under armor and a pair of pants. I am very careful not to break a sweat; If I start to get hot I take another layer off. I keep all my outer wear in a backpack and get dressed once in the treestand or on the ground depending on the time of day. I take cover scent in my pack and spray down all my exposed clothing and body parts AFTER I cool down. If you are still hot when you spray down, you may sweat and your cover scent will not be effective.
Scent can make or break your setup. It is paramount that you do as much as you can to eliminate and cover any unnatural odor. I will even spray down new tree sets to conceal metal or plastic smells. With odor conquered, the opportunity is greater that you may be able to harvest a more mature whitetail/animal. Here is a link to the products I endorse, There are many good products out there but I highly recommend those in the following link
One week ago I placed my old trail camera on a Fat-Rax mineral sight that has been being used very regularly by some deer. After 3 days passed I pulled it and found that I had a total of 55 pic's on it. I was very exited to see the diversity in the creatures that were captured in this 3 day survey. God has blessed us so much where we live! We will be starting back up in 3 weeks for season 2 so stay tuned for more updates.
My last Spring Turkey hunt of the year I was blessed with one of the most memorable turkey hunts that I have ever had. It was easily one of the most unpredictable of all my hunts. But providentially, the hunt ended with success, and what a surprise it was to see the characteristics of this mature gobbler.
The most noticeable thing was his crippled foot. My guess is that through the unusually cold winter, this year here in PA, he gradually lost the control of his toes due to frostbite, and, as you see from the picture, started to step over his toes and therefore developing a painful looking calloused pad instead of walking on the ball of his foot.
Another interesting thing about this bird was the crusty particles that clung to the pinfeathers on his neck. I have never seen anything like it.
Over all I was so very blessed to take a mature gobbler after significant hunting pressure, and I have nothing other to thank but God and Mountain Hollow Game Calls.
This hunt will be on Master Harvesters Episode 7 "A Stellar Week" along with my self filmed public land hunt this Thurs 6/4/15!
Last week I was able to go to our hunting camp in the southern part of PA and hunt public property for mountain gobblers. The first morning there I was blessed with a successful encounter that will be covered in episode 7 ,two weeks from now. Three birds down so far this year so God has greatly blessed the hosts of Master Harvesters.
Master harvesters Episode 6 will be a fun one if you like Spring Turkey hunting. God has blessed us with some success and multiple close encounters!
Co-host Zane Grimm was blessed to bag a Turkey today 5/6/15. Watch Master Harvesters Episode 6 for the story.
Some before and after pictures of our dormant season Fire! Fire is such a blessing when managed correctly. Do any of you use fire for property management?
It is so exciting to say that spring turkey is this weekend because we are seeing allot of turkeys moving about and at places that we have secured hunting permission. I really enjoy hunting these creatures because they are so smart!!
The Porcupine is one of God's many awesome creations that we are blessed to see. Can you see it in this picture?
We had a very successful day today trout fishing! We have been so blessed by God. I will be uploading videos shortly so stay tuned!!!
Time to get the mineral out for fawning and antler growth!!! Praise the Lord spring is finally here in the NE.
Finally Spring is here which means that turkey season is right around the corner. Now is the time to pattern the shotgun and to re-familiarize ourselves with the calls before opening day. Now is the time to unpack the Mossy Oak and to introduce a new hunter to Spring gobbler season. The time has come. Are you ready?
Praise the God who created the Wild Turkey!
By Evan Grimm
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All I can say is it must have been a hard winter for the deer in the NE section of the US. While scouting and looking for antler sheds my friend and I came across this set of coyote tracks. These tracks are the size of the palm of my hand! Studies show that 50-80% of the deer herd is consumed by coyotes even before the deer reach their first year of age. With the size of these tracks, I have no doubt that this dog could take a mature deer.
The Eastern Coyote is thriving in the NE because of its ability to reproduce and its size. While the average number in a litter is 6-12, there are recorded litters of up to 19 pups. Eastern coyotes are also much larger than the standard coyote with males exceeding 50 pounds in some situations.
My dad had the opportunity to harvest a coyote that was running a doe last rifle season. This encounter was in the mountains, and the dog was close to, if not over, 50lbs; it would have succeeded in running down this doe having tagged her already if it had not been for Dad.
So if you get the opportunity to harvest a coyote in a state where it is legal, do so to protect the deer herd. I hope that you enjoyed this article; please like and share on Facebook, follow on Google+, and subscribe on Youtube.
By Evan Grimm
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We are looking forward to starting our show off with our Meet the Hosts clip that I will be posting shortly. So please enjoy the website and give us some feed back. Feel free to ask any questions and we will do our best to answer them. We are greatly anticipating the first day of trout season coming up very soon and will be sharing our fishing videos from that day shortly thereafter.