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WV Deer 2013 040Rabies is a terrible disease to all mammals that contract it.

Although rarely found in whitetail deer, the young doe in the following video was obviously sick and nearly attacked a woman. Fortunately, her quick thinking saved the day, and two customers of a nearby fast-food restaurant raced over and helped control the animal.

This is an amazing story that every outdoors person should see.

Capturing hunting video is great fun and usually requires specialized, expensive gear, as well as a second person to operate the camera. Not anymore!

GoPro has introduced a Sportsman Mount that allows you to video your hunt. It’s specially designed to reduce the impact of recoil on the image. You can even mount two cameras at once, so you can capture video of your game and of yourself taking the shot. OutdoorHub’s Daniel Xu brings you the details. Don’t miss the video that will open your imagination to a world of video possibilities.

60050006Over the past decade GoPro cameras have quickly grown to dominate outdoor filmmaking. Characterized by their lightweight frames and rugged durability, GoPro’s products are the first choice of many action sport enthusiasts. These wearable cameras have also proven to be invaluable to the outdoor film industry, providing both filmmakers and individual sportsmen the ability to record point-of-view video while in the field. Now for the first time GoPro has announced a new mount dedicated especially to the stewards of the great outdoors: sportsmen.

Similar mounting equipment has been designed for the GoPro before by third-party companies. A gun-mounted GoPro is not only useful for filmmakers trying to capture a unique angle, but also for everyday hunters and shooters.

The $69.99 GoPro Sportsman mount can be attached to most shotguns, rifles, revolvers, and even airsoft or pellet guns. Whether on the range or in the woods, shooters will be able to record video straight from their firearms.  more

14-05-23 1918-4Motion-activated and time-lapse trail cameras have revolutionized deer hunting, but if you only use these cool devices a few months of the year, you’re missing an exciting hobby and could lose out on a wealth of great outdoor information.

Many hunters use cameras near a food source to evaluate the quality and number of deer in an area. That’s great, but don’t overlook interesting outdoor happenings at other times of the year. If you find a stump where a bear has been rubbing, a dead animal in the woods, turkey dusting bowls, and the like, set up a camera. Today’s motion activated cameras frequently offer infrared photography, which won’t scare wildlife or humans with a visible flash. For the best results, keep these three things in mind.

1. Spray your camera with scent-elimination spray and use rubber gloves when handling and installing the device. Your scent may spook game, and the salt from hand perspiration is a magnet to bears. Otherwise, you may get one great image of bruin tonsils, but that’s all.

2. Test the camera once in place. Even better, practice at home on a bird feeder or bird bath to make sure you know where the camera shoots and how it operates. You may want stills or video and you must know how to adjust for each. Such projects are great for keeping youngsters entertained in summer months.

3. Finally, invest in quality batteries. I love the dollar stores as much as the next guy, but you want batteries that will last  a long time. The gas from one trip will easily pay for the difference photo 1in battery cost.

Need more convincing? Enjoy these recent trail camera shots taken with Stealth Cam cameras and see what kind of visual goodies might be awaiting you.

 

Head nets can be a camouflage savior or a nightmare. I’ll never forget watching a big New Mexico bull elk slowly approach a buddy who drew his bow without detection and missed what should have been an easy shot. “My glasses completely fogged up,” he said in disgust, a result of high body heat from the stalk being trapped inside his head net.

BunkerHead introduces a new no-touch head net that attaches to the bill of your cap and makes for a variety of custom, face-covering options. Here are the details.

With all the incredible advancements that have been made in hunters’ clothing, from water-wicking outerwear to scent-blocking underwear, the face mask somehow fell through the cracks. bunkerhead3[1]BunkerHead’s No-Touch Hunting Face Mask is here to offer an innovative and new hunting option.

The BunkerHead Face Mask attaches to the brim of a cap instead of the hunter’s head. With its infinitely shapeable support structure, the light-weight mask can be custom-formed to fit any hunting situation. By attaching to the cap, hunters no longer have to worry about glasses fogging up, fabric sticking to their skin, or the “one size fits some” problem.

With a conventional face mask, a hunter does not have a choice in whether he covers up his ears and neck along with his face. The BunkerHead Face Mask System lets the hunter choose to either cover only his face (using only the Face Mask attachment), or he can choose to cover his whole head (by adding the Hoodie attachment).

As a bonus, the Bunker Clips, which conveniently attach to each side of the cap brim, can serve to create a 3-D leaf effect from the hunter inserting small branches and leaves beneath the elastic tether that spans the cap. Or similarly, the hunter can choose to secure his sunglasses.

To apply the Face Mask, simply attach the two Bunker Clips to each side of the cap brim. To cover only your face, simply slide the Face Mask attachment into the outer holes of the Bunker Clips. For full head coverage, just add the Hoodie attachment.

BunkerHead LLC is a small, family-owned business. Their products are proudly manufactured in the USA from the highest quality materials and are offered in a variety of Mossy Oak patterns and fabrics.

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The whitetail deer season opens on August 15 in South Carolina and runs through the end of January in many states, offering nearly a half-year of adventure.

Few of us can hunt that many days, yet most can squeeze out a week or two for an adventurous out-of state hunting trip. But with so much time available, which weeks are the best?

Planning ahead for that special trip allows you to tune up your best bow or rifle, make the necessary travel arrangements, and apply well in advance for vacation time. Bernie Barringer give his pick for the four best weeks of the year in this informative post from OutdoorHub.

Heartland ducks 159When planning an out-of-state trip to hunt whitetails, one of the first questions to be answered is when to schedule the trip. There are four weeks that I believe offer the best chances of success. Let’s examine each of the periods and provide you with some information that will help you better plan the timing of your hunt.

The first week of the season offers the opportunity to catch deer totally off-guard. Their daily patterns are somewhat predictable in late summer and early fall. Bucks are often still keeping to bachelor groups and are quite visible during daylight hours. They are focused on feed and water during the night and finding cool bedding cover for the daytime.

Another important factor is the length of the daylight hours. Their stomachs are growling and sending them to the fields well before dark. The opening week gives an advantage to the hunter.  Pleasant weather is another advantage to early season hunting. There are no worries about getting cold on stand or toting a heavy coat that you will pull on once you get into the stand and settle in.

Turnips are a great source of protein and are just about the easiest of plants to grow in the woods. Perfect for small, back-country plots, a turnip patch is easy to plant and requires little or no after-generation care. Best of all, the turnips and their tops become attractive to deer in late season, when most other green vegetation has vanished; it pulls in deer like a magnet.

Brad Herndon tells his story about a special turnip patch in this post on the Whitetail Institute blog.

TURNIP_Page_1_Image_0001[1]When I grew up in Indiana, both the wild turkey and coyote were nonexistent in the state. Deer were also as scarce as hen’s teeth at the time, and therefore we country folk grew up hunting squirrels, rabbits and quail. Back then, our hunting time in November was consumed with chasing cottontails instead of deer. Each day we would walk several miles trying to get our limit of five rabbits each, and it was tremendously enjoyable listening to the beagles chasing the bunnies.

On hot days, we would get both thirsty and hungry, and if we were out near the Shieldstown covered bridge on White River, we stopped in at Cy Perkin’s cabin. Cy didn’t live there in the fall or winter, but he always had a nice patch of turnips behind the quaint cabin. We would pull up a few turnips, cut the outer skin off with our pocket knives, and had an instantly refreshing treat at no charge. We were then good for a few more miles. Along about this same time I had a good friend, Lester Lambring, who lived out in the German farming community and I would visit his house from time to time. His mom was a great cook, and she made sure we were always well fed. Many years later when I was in my 40s, I went to the doctor for a checkup one day. In the waiting room was Lester Lambring’s mom, who by then was well up in her 70s. “Hi Brad,” she said. “I still feel bad about the last time you ate at our house.” “Why?” I replied, “You always had great food.” “Not that time,” she sighed. “All I had fixed that evening was turnip soup, and I’m sure you didn’t care much for it.” “Oh, it must have been fine,” I stated. “I can’t remember ever having a bad meal at your house. Your food was always outstanding, so I’m sure you had it doctored up to the point it was delicious. I bet you had a piece or two of your tasty country ham mixed in with the turnips.” She then felt better about my last meal at her house and we had a great talk. At the time, I thought my conversation with her would probably be my final tale about turnips since they had fallen out of favor with most local people by then. Boy was I wrong.