Do You Drive Deer?

November 15, 2012

By Bob Robb

Growing up, driving deer was a common technique no matter where I hunted. This was just as true in the West, where mule deer and blacktail hunters tried to push bucks out of deep, brush-choked canyons as it was whitetail hunting. Drives often consisted of a lot of people, dozens even, and it was as much a social event as it was hardcore hunting. Today, the popularity of the deer drive is fading, for several reasons. It’s all about stealth now, sneaking into position and waiting for a deer to make the first move, the first mistake. Even when we hunt with our friends, more often than not we go our separate ways once we get to the woods, perhaps staying connected via the text message during the day.

Bloodtrailing After Dark

November 05, 2012

By Bob Robb

Bowhunt whitetails long enough and you’ll find yourself in a situation where you have to try and follow a blood trail after dark. After all, many good bucks do not make an appearance until it is almost too dark to see your sight pins. When you shoot them and they run off, you have to go find them. And while bloodtrailing is more art than science and each situation is unique unto itself, here are some rules that will help you quickly recover your deer.

Estrous Scents

October 25, 2012

By Bob Robb

Trick or Treat? That’s the big question you face as a whitetail hunter every time you enter the woods. Do I slip in quietly, like a stealth bomber, striving to get in and out of the woods without being detected? Or do I become more aggressive and try to bring bucks to me, knowing that in doing so I risk spooking Mr. Big and blowing my opportunity for the entire season?

Field Judging Whitetails

October 22, 2012

By Bob Robb

Before you pull the trigger or release an arrow, do you know how to field judge a whitetail deer’s antlers? Those who hunt simply to fill the freezer, this is not really an issue. But for those who are hoping to shoot a buck with antlers that meet or exceed a certain numeric score, more often than not, overestimate the size of the antlers, leading to that common malady known as “ground shrinkage.”

Simple Directions

October 10, 2012

By Bob Robb

I admit it. I’m an old guy, and I do not really like technology all that much. When it comes to hunting laser rangefinders and, upon occasion, a trail camera, are about as high tech as I get. I’ve never been a big fan of using a GPS when hunting, preferring the old school way—the topographic map and compass.

All About Ungulates

October 03, 2012

By Bob Robb

The most popular big game animals hunted in North America—deer and elk—belong to a group of animals classified as “ungulates.” Ungulate comes from the Latin word for "hoof", and since all ungulates have hooves, it’s quite appropriate. For a long time this extremely large group was considered by scientists as one order, but today "ungulates" refers to two distinct orders, Artiodactyla and Perissodactyla. They are separated by the number of toes each member of the group has. Animals in the order Artiodactyla, which includes elk, deer, bison, pronghorn, and the peccaries) have an even number of toes. On the other hand, animals in the order Perissodactyls, which includes horses and elephants, have an odd number of toes.

Wade Like a Real Man

September 28, 2012

By Matt Coffey

I needed a pair of waders. It was that simple. The water was so cold it made me feel like I had been digging in the ice-cold beer cooler at a weekend barbecue for more than five minutes with my feet (gross, I know, but follow me here), only I didn’t come away with a frothy beverage—just cold feet. I thought I could simply wet wade the glacially temperate stream in east Tennessee, but like most men, my ego carries a lot more weight than my actual “manhood.”

How to Hit More Ducks

September 25, 2012

By Bob Robb

Waterfowl season is just around the corner. Here are 10 tips guaranteed to make you a more skilled, efficient shot on ducks and geese.

When an Open Reed Call “Sticks”

September 17, 2012

By Bob Robb

Open-reed mouth calls are some of the most easy-to-use and true sounding calls a hunter can use. I use them often, for everything from calling coyotes to cow calling elk, and love their simplicity and authentic sounds.

Decoy Dogs

September 10, 2012

By Bob Robb

Cory Lundberg is young, tough and knows how to kill predators. He outfits in several western states including Utah, Wyoming and Oregon, among others, offering predator hunts, varmint shooting and combinations of the two, and his success is about as good as it gets.