Hunting is, by and large, an individual endeavor governed by rules (game laws) that the vast majority of sportsmen adhere to. But like all things in life, within the rules there exists a gray area where actions may be legal, but it is questionable whether or not they are ethical.
The changes in trail cameras over the past decade are the stuff of Star Wars. Today’s units are smaller, lighter, have longer battery life, can take incredible high-resolution video and digital photos, and can easily swap data to computers or smart phones.
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.
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.
In the process of testing the Barnett Ghost 400, I’ve had a couple of opportunities to hunt urban deer with a depredation permit. It’s been difficult to find time to go hunting, with family obligations and the extreme heat that has been plaguing the country this year. The few times I have been able to climb in a stand, I have come up with a big zero.