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Mid-October Deer Hunting Tips

Monday, October 15, 2018 2:58:41 PM America/Chicago

The opening week/weekend of deer season is now over for most hunters in the USA, and the action in the woods is slowing to a crawl.

The “October Lull”, in Mid-October can be one of the most frustrating times to hunt. This slowdown in deer activity is often attributed to deer changing their patterns leading up to the rut, changing food sources, and also changing deer behavior forced by increased hunting pressure.

Even with the mid-October slowdown it can still be a great time to kill a buck. You just need to hunt smarter.

The October Lull isn’t the time to move from stand to stand, just praying to locate where the deer are. Instead, during this timeframe you should be ultra-focused on hunting either high probability locations or, if you don’t have these types of spots prepared, spend your time in low-risk areas.

With that in mind, let’s go into this a little more, with four buck killing tips to help make your “October Lull” more productive.

Hunt More Isolated Food Sources: This time of year, most bucks will still be honoring their bedding to feeding pattern. This means the daytime feeding activity will most likely occur in areas that are secluded or deep in the cover. If you can find a food source in such an area, you could have yourself a perfect opportunity for harvesting a mature Buck. Isolated mast trees such as red or white oaks, persimmons or apple trees can all be perfect spots to set-up on. Once the pre-rut hits, your local big bucks will start caring more about does and less about food, so your time to capitalize on these isolated food sources is quickly running out.

Move in on Beds: If you’re confident that you know where a mature buck is bedded, this is another great time to lay an ambush. If you wait too much longer, he’ll start roaming and you may miss your opportunity when he disappears during the rut in search of a doe. That said; if you can sneak in close to a bedding location in the afternoon and set-up in between that bed and the most attractive food source – you might just catch that buck before he heads out in the evening.

Capitalize on Cold Fronts: During mid-October, just like most other parts of the season, cold fronts can greatly dictate deer movement. Given the fact that overall daylight activity on average may be a little low during this time, it’s smart to plan your hunting around the days with the best possible chances of that activity. Those best possible days will be the ones when cold fronts move in. If you’re going to try any of the tactics listed above, cold front days will be your best bets to try them.

Play it Safe: Another way to look at “October Lull” success is to just make sure you don’t mess things up for the pre-rut and rut yet to come. As we know, hunting can be tough during the October Lull and if you don’t have the option of trying one of the tactics above, it might be best to just cut your losses and hunt low risk areas. By this, I mean hunting areas where the chances of educating a mature buck of your presence are low, but maybe there is still a chance at a doe or a random big buck encounter. If you can manage to still get a few hunts in during this time frame and not muck up your best areas, you’ll still be in a great position come late October or early November.

Final Thoughts The October Lull is not the time for unplanned scatter shot hunting. Make a smart, targeted strike – or stay the heck of your best areas and make sure to remember the importance of cold fronts as well.

Good hunting!

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Comments | Posted By Ryan Schreier

Duck Hunt

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 9:47:29 AM America/Chicago

Whether hunting with family, friends, wife or father, just being out in the field or in the wetlands with them enjoying nature is what hunting is about. Duck hunting is challenging and there are many techniques to use when hunting waterfowl. Like our previous turkey hunting tips article, we decided to extend it by creating a list of duck hunting tips and things to consider when you’re out in the field or wetlands.

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Twenty Tips To Get Ready For Turkey Season

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 10:27:24 AM America/Chicago

Wild turkeys are almost as fickle as the fall weather we experience in Minnesota. The weather and other factors often combine to limit opportunities for turkey-hunting success to just a few hours of hunting per season. Prior proper planning prevents poor performance. Smart turkey hunters are prepared to deal with any situation and leave nothing to chance. Turkey hunting is a simple deal from a gear standpoint, but there are still plenty of things to consider prior to the season. Don’t wait until the day before the season begins to get organized. Here are 20 tips to help ensure you’re prepared for opening day.

ONE. Inspect and try on clothing and footwear. It may be time to replace a faded pair of hunting pants or leaky boots. There is nothing worse than getting out in the field and learning that your gear as issues. Check out the latest gear at

TWO. Packable rain suits like the Fogg Toggs All Sport are game changers when faced with crummy weather. Check for rips and tears that need mending. This vital piece of gear is often put away wet and ends up having that smell. This is a great time to wash them. Run and gun hunters who don’t have a rain suit should seriously consider the investment.

THREE. Use a large tote such as a Scent Crusher Hard Tote to store clothing critical gear so you’re always organized and ready to go. You want to keep your clothing as scent-free as possible, Turkeys won’t smell your gear but the deer can. Since turkeys and deer often travel together its best to cover your scent as much as possible.

FOUR. Remove everything from your turkey vest and make sure the zippers and buckles are working okay, and repair as needed. Again, they don’t last forever and it may be time for a new one. I use the Primos Turkey Vest and love it.

FIVE. Wash or replace that stinky facemask and make sure you have a backup or two available. The QB Bandit Elite is a great choice if you need a new mask.

SIX. Go through calls and make sure all of them are in working order the Woodhaven Custom Calls is my go to device and works great.

SEVEN. Be sure your vest has other essentials such as biodegradable wipes, insect repellent, lens wipes and an energy bar or two.

EIGHT. It’s always good to have backup items such as camo gloves and facemasks, especially if you plan on taking others (especially children) hunting.

NINE. Pattern your shotgun(s). Try to replicate actual hunting conditions when possible by wearing full head camo, vest and boots. Shoot while leaning against a backrest like you would during an actual hunt.

TEN. Pattern guns with different loads and choke combos. Inexperienced hunters and youths who may have difficulty holding the gun steady should consider using a slightly more open choke that offers a bigger pattern inside of 30 yards. Practice in the comfort zone, not ridiculously long ranges that increase the odds of missing or wounding birds.

ELEVEN. Practice with lighter loads that don’t promote a flinch. Use the big stuff during the actual hunt. Smaller statured hunters should consider using a lighter 20 gauge that offers less weight and reduced recoil.

TWELVE. Clean and adjust your binoculars so they work perfectly for you. If they aren’t working properly or have terrible optics, consider buying some good ones. I use the Sig Sauer Zulu 5 for Turkey. THIRTEEN. Devices that protect your binoculars and keep them close to your chest are great for turkey hunting. Specialized products like the Leupold Go AField Bare invaluable for protecting quality glass during the hunt.

FOURTEEN. Trim your decoys down to what you really use and keep them in the big tote or available in your vehicle. Today’s decoys work better because they are incredibly realistic. Turkeys aren’t getting any dumber, so it’s time to get serious about your decoys. The Mojo Scoot n Shoot is my favorite decoy in the market.

FIFTEEN. Even if you don’t hunt from a ground blind often, have one ready for inclement weather or when you have a fidgety hunting partner. They’re also great when there isn’t a lot of vegetation for cover. I love my Primos and use it all the time.

SIXTEEN. If you hunt public land, make sure no rules have changed since last season.

SEVENTEEN. If you hunt private land, be sure and check-in with landowners. Ask if anybody else is hunting, where you can and cannot park, etc. I always bring a small gift to the landowners and leave the area better than I found it to ensure I can come back season after season.

EIGHTEEN. If you plan on traveling, be sure you can get permits. Some states offer leftovers; if you missed the draw or didn’t get in, there still may be hope.

NINETEEN. Consistently successful turkey hunters never leave well enough alone when it comes to hunting spots. Do your homework and scout the countryside.

TWENTY. Finally, start scouting religiously. Be there early to listen to birds before fly down and then take a ride and see where they are spending time. Do the same in the afternoon. Right before the season, roost a few gobblers to make sure you have options on opening morning.

Turkey hunting may seem like a simple affair, but most hunters should expect to get out what they put into it. With a little bit of preparation and planning, the success factor increases tremendously. Good luck on opening morning (9/29/2018 in MN).

If you ever have any questions or comments reach out at any time.

Happy Hunting.

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Fall Fishing

Monday, September 10, 2018 11:01:29 AM America/Chicago

I’m sure you’ll agree that a good pair of fishing waders are a must have if you like to fish. This is a piece of kit that can literally make or break your fishing trip; there is nothing worse than being cold/wet and having to try and fix a leak or move around in poor quality, poor fitting waders. High quality waders must have a great fit, be breathable, and most importantly they must be exceptionally constructed to keep you warm and dry year after year.

If being warm and dry is while fishing is something you like (and who doesn’t) check out the Allen Cases Platte Pro Breathable Stocking foot Wader, they are literally the single best pair of waders I have ever used. These waterproof, breathable, great fitting waders prevent water from getting in and keep your feet comfortable all day long allowing you to fish longer and get more fish.

I used my Allen Cases Platte Pro Breathable Stocking foot Wader, near the Lower Brule in South Dakota this weekend and absolutely loved them. The Lower Brule Sioux Reservation has some of the best hunting and fishing in the Midwest and it is unsurpassed in its natural beauty this time of year. If you are near South Dakota you will not be disappointed in this outstanding hunting and fishing area. While its known for its world class pheasant hunting, the fishing and camping are outstanding as well. The links above have more information on my new waders and the area that I used them in.

Like hunting and camping, you can’t spend too much time fishing ???? and the Allen Cases Platte Pro Breathable Stocking foot Wader will make you more comfortable when on (or in) the water. As with every product we sell, we always want our customers to be 100% happy and will always make things right no matter what. Follow us on Facebook for the latest in outdoor news and for monthly giveaways. Happy Fall Fishing! @ExploreProducts

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Big Agnes Slater Experience

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 12:40:17 PM America/Chicago

Why I love my Big Agnes Slater SL 3

Over the past few months I've spent number of very comfortable nights in the Big Agnes Slater SL 3 tent and have concluded that the overall value of the Slater SL is unsurpassed. Most of the people I talk with say that they've never heard of the Big Agnes Slater SL 3, but they have heard of Big Agnes' Fly Creek or Copper Spur series. If you like lightweight tents with a large amount of floor space, you need to take a closer look at the Slater series from Big Agnes; for many hikers and backpackers the Slater series is one of the best products in the market.

The Big Agnes Slater SL 3 features lightweight packability, a roomy interior and an enormous front vestibule that makes the tent an extremely livable option for 3-season backpacking or bicycle touring. The internal dimensions of the Slater SL 3 are 96" long by 74" wide at the head, tapering to 66" at the feet. Offering 47 square feet of interior space at a trail weight of under 5 pounds make the Slater SL 3 roomy enough for up to three backpackers (or two backpackers and one fat Rottweiler) and lightweight enough to serve as an extremely spacious 2-person shelter. At 6’1, 190 pounds I have come to love the extra space this tent provides. The Slater SL 3 DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles are both lightweight and ultra-durable. The single hub/pole design works in conjunction with the tent body's integrated DAC Twist Clips to make setting up the Slater SL 3 fast, easy and intuitive and the eco-friendly anodizing process is used by DAC to treat the poles without the toxic chemicals traditionally used on aluminum tent poles.

The tent body fabric of the Slater SL 3 is a nylon rip-stop with polyester mesh venting in the dual doors for ventilation. Coated with 1200mm waterproof polyurethane, the silicone-treated rip-stop nylon floor and rainfly are lightweight and durable. All of the Slater SL 3's seams are seal-taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (no PVC or VOCs) to further protect the tent from the elements.

In Minnesota where I do most of my camping the weather can be extreme and change very fast. I have used this tent in most every weather condition we get in the spring, summer, and fall and it have been extremely comfortable in all three seasons. If you are looking for a light weight, 2-3 person tent you can carry, it’s hard to beat in the Big Agnes Slater SL 3.

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It's Fall!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 1:07:43 PM America/Chicago

Fall is the time where we get to spend time in the woods enjoying camping, fishing and hunting. Pheasant, Deer, Duck, Goose, Turkey, Bear and Grouse hunting are always a pleasure this time of year. Our entire team always looks forward this season and at we all take full advantage the fall to get in the field.

Last fall I was blessed to harvest a couple doe but passed on the few smaller bucks I had seen in the area. I was waiting for the right one to walk by my stand for weeks. Unfortunately, the right buck did not come by last year. This year I am confident he will.

Although I have been spending most of my time in the tree stand when in the field, I have also been out taking advantage of some late-season fishing opportunities, and the crappies have been biting like crazy here in Minnesota! During this time of year when fishing I like to go after crappies. Even though it’s not walleye or bass fishing, fishing for crappie helps get me dialed in with my fishing techniques, gear, and electronics. Fishing crappies is a blast and a great way to learn how to use your gear and electronics more efficiently. It's also a great way to get children into the sport. My daughters love fishing for crappies this time of year almost as much as I do.

It’s nice to mix up hunting with some fishing in the fall. Enjoy the time we have as here in Minnesota, we know It won't be long until the lakes freeze over and we will transition to ice fishing. Best of luck in the field!

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