Since today is Dec. 31 & the last day of 2014, I thought I would compile what I felt were the top 5 outdoor articles from various publications in 2014. They range from nation-wide distributed magazines to blogs.
These stories all have one thing in common, though. They are a great representation of the outdoors and what it stands for.
Check out the articles below. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Have a Happy New Year!
1. Field & Stream: Welcome to Deer Camp- Rick Bass wrote an exceptional piece on what deer camp is all about. I did something similar in November. It really resonated with me because there’s just something about deer camp traditions. They really never do go away. It’s always a group of friends & family that get together and have one heck of a time.
2. WiredToHunt: The 7 Greatest Dangers of Trail Cameras- Mark Kenyon of WiredToHunt.com has really written some great articles this year. I resonated with this article because trail cameras are some of the most useful tools a modern day hunter can use. On the flip side, they can be deadly in the sense of hunting religiously by what the camera(s) are showing or not showing.
3. Realtree.com: 4-Step Deer Butchering: The Path to Amazing Venison- Will Brantley did a great job writing about the path to making great venison. He really showed from start to finish the entire process (and let me tell you it sure is a process). I consider myself a connoisseur of venison, and this article definitely helped me out this year.
4. Realtree.com: 10 Mistakes Adults Make When Hunting with Kids- Stephanie Mallory hit the nail on the head with this article about hunting with kids. While I have no kids of my own yet, I can certainly relate to this article. When it comes to kids and the outdoors, the bottom line is to have fun. If it’s not fun, they won’t do it. That’s something I will make sure I do when I have my own kids.
5. WiredToHunt.com: 4 Tips On What To Do When The Rut Is NOT Rocking- Again, Mark Kenyon has a great article that I was able to get some use out of. The rut for me this year really wasn’t rocking, and I needed something to keep me going. Mark’s tips helped me out because it showed that I wasn’t the only person who was experiencing this. While I know deer harvest numbers across the country were down, it was still hard for me. This article made it a little more bearable each day.
That’s it! These are 5 of some of the best written articles I’ve come across this year. I’m sure 2015 will be filled with a lot more that help hunters just like me each and every day.
Did I miss an article that resonated with you? Share it in the comments!
To say Ohio’s turkey season was difficult would be an understatement. I hunted more this spring than I’ve been able to the past 6 years, and it was definitely the hardest.
I was waking up almost every morning before work and heading into the turkey woods. I would have turkeys gobbling on the roost every morning in the same spot. The problem was they were across the property line. I know what you’re thinking “Why don’t you just go ask the landowner for permission?” Well, I did. He doesn’t allow hunting, so I guess I was stuck.
The last week of season I finally gave up on that piece of property simply because I had hunted it the majority of the season, and it certainly wasn’t panning out in my favor.
My dad and I ended up heading to a piece we had a lot of success last year the Saturday before season closed. In fact, we doubled on two gobblers! Well, history didn’t repeat itself. We got 100% skunked. Not even a courtesy gobble.
We had to pack up and head over to my grandma’s to help her clean her garage for a yard sale we were having for the following weekend. Now she’s always having turkeys gobbling in her woods near her log home, so I thought it might be a good idea to take my gear just in case one gets lonely while we were packing.
We’d been there probably an hour when I was putting some shovels on the trailer when I heard a gobble! It was deep in the woods behind her house, but a gobble nonetheless. I quickly told my dad that I was headed to try and fill a tag, so he would be on his own.
I hit my slate call and the gobbler cut me off. I crept about 200 yards into the woods and sat down. A couple soft yelps with my mouth call and I could tell he was closing the distance. After about 5 minutes or so, I saw a red head bobbing through the green timber about 75 yards away. The turkey got to within what I thought to be about 55 yards and hung up. I of course didn’t bring a decoy because I honestly didn’t plan on this panning out.
The gobbler just wouldn’t commit any closer. With the season ending the next day, I decided to give it a shot. I clicked my safety off, took aim with my Mossberg 535 and BOOM! Down goes the gobbler! I was amazed I was able to kill him at that distance.
As I walked toward the dead gobbler, it ended up being about a 56 yard shot. The longest I’ve ever killed a turkey at by about 20 yards.
While it was only a jake, I was certainly glad I didn’t have to throw that $24 tag into the trash. And he sure ate good by the way!
My grandfather, who passed away last year, always told us stories of all the turkeys he heard behind his house, but we never heard them when we came over.
I’ll be honest, I think my grandpa was guiding my shot that day. I’m glad I was able to kill a turkey for him because I know without a doubt he was watching right there with me.
This weekend, Collegiate Camo will be at the Monster Buck Classic in Topeka, Kansas! This is the first-ever Kansas statewide buck contest and hunting expo. The Monster Buck Classic has appearances from all the great hunting personalities such as Lee and Tiffany Lakosky and Dan Thurston from Drury Outdoors.
The Monster Buck Classic show is open January 25-27. The show is open 3-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are only $12! If you’re in the area, this is a must-see show for anyone who lives and breathes the outdoors.
Collegiate Camo is at Booth #367 right inside the main doors. Stop by our booth for a chance for some free prizes! We’re going to set up a computer for visitors to “Like” our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.
In the meantime, check out some of our decals that we’ll have for sale at the show. Tweet your photos at the Monster Buck Classic @CollegiateCamo, and we might just have a prize awaiting you!
Come visit us in Des Moines, IA for the Iowa Deer Classic at our booth!
The highlight of our booth will be Miss June from our “Women of the Outdoors” calendar. She will be autographing copies of the calendar. Don’t miss out on this!
CollegiateCamo will have discounts on our items, especially our signature outdoor college themed decals. Iowa State Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes will hold the spotlight at this show, however we’ll be selling all school logos at a discounted price.
This show offers many opportunities for entertainment and education for the entire family. There will be many exhibitors, seminars, contests and celebrities for your enjoyment.
Friday 3 PM to 9 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 4 PM
Youth (10 to 15) $5
Kids under 10 free
Big Buck Contest Ticket $20
Family Pack $30 (includes Two Adult tickets, Two Youth tickets, Two Soft Drinks)
Friday Night is Ladies Night! All ladies are admitted FREE!
Big Buck Contest: Fri 3pm thru Sun 11am
Shed Antler Contest: Fri 3pm thru Sun 11am
Classic 300 Archery Tournament: Fri 3pm thru Sun 11:30am
3D Pop Up walk up entries. Shoot Out on Sunday afternoon.
For more information go to http://iowashows.com/Shows/index.cfm?Link_ID=22
Come visit us in Topeka, KS for the Monster Buck Classic at Booth 139.
The highlight of our booth will be Miss January from our “Women of the Outdoors” calendar. She will be autographing copies of the calendar (we expect her to have her Duck Calls with her too & boy does she know how to use them!)
CollegiateCamo will have discounts on our items, especially our signature outdoor college themed decals. Kansas State, University of Kansas and Fort Hays State will have the premier spot at this show, however we’ll be selling all school logos at a discounted price.
This show offers many opportunities for entertainment and education for the entire family. There will be many exhibitors, seminars, contests and celebrities for your enjoyment!
Admission Pricing Show Hours
14 and over: $10.00 Friday: 1 PM – 9 PM
Youth (8 – 13): $6.00 Saturday: 9 AM – 8 PM
Children 7 and under: Free Sunday: 9 AM – 5 PM
*Paid admission is good for the entire weekend so attendees can come and go as they please!
There is a $1.00 per person for parking cost to be collected at the ticket window.
For additional info about the Monster Buck Classic visit http://www.monsterbuckclassic.com/.
Additionally, we will be in Omaha, NE (Century Link Center) for the Nebraska Big Buck Classic at Booth 700. This show offers many opportunities for entertainment and education for the outdoor enthusiast. This show will include exhibitors, seminars, contests and much more for your enjoyment! A great idea for families too!
Nebraska fans will enjoy discounts on all items “Big Red”!
General Admission Show Hours
Single day tickets: Friday: 4pm to 9pm
Adults: $10 Saturday: 9am to 8pm
Kids 7-12: $5 Sunday: 10am to 4pm
Kids Under 7: FREE
Friday Night is Youth Night !!! Free General Admission for All Children Under 12!!!
For additional info about the Big Buck Classic visit http://www.nebraskabigbuckclassic.com/index.html.