St. Mary’s County Public Land Hunting Petition...

We were recently sent an email regarding this petition.   We don’t hunt in St. Mary’s county, but we wanted to pass this petition along so that those of you who do can have a chance to read about it and make an informed decision if you want to support it. We personally are always for helping expand public hunting lands. Here is the link: https://www.change.org/p/maryland-park-service-please-restore-land-based-public-hunting-access-to-newtowne-neck-state-park-for-deer-small-game-turkeys-and-waterfowl-field-hunting?utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false&share_id=TieAPnGfir For those of you who hunt in St. Mary’s county we encourage you to read about...
New Maryland DNR App

New Maryland DNR App

There’s an app for that??? If you hunt in the public hunting areas in Maryland, then yes, there is an app for that.  Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been busy designing a new app that will run on both Android and Apple formats.  I know many times I have pulled up a map of the reservoir hunting areas at home, and then scouted that same land before hunting.  Now you can have those same maps with you on your phone.  Access to much of DNR’s website will now be at your fingertips. Here is a breakdown of the app’s features at a glance: Location-based maps and directions to State-owned lands and attractions Maryland State Park activities and amenities Fishing and hunting season information Hunting harvest mobile submission option Trophy Case, hunting photo sharing through Facebook, Twitter or by email A location-based sunrise/sunset and tide update Maryland fish and shellfish identifier Hunting, fishing and boating regulation guides Breaking DNR news and alerts   To download: Apple users (i.e. iPhone or iPad) visit the App Store. Android users can use this link. For more information, visit dnr2.maryland.gov/Pages/dnrapp.aspx....

Summer Update & Fishing

Summer time is here many people are getting out of school either this week or early next week and vacations will commence.  We are all looking forward this summer and vacations like many are as some great stress relievers! Summer time is always a busy time of year for many of us and has it has it’s up’s and downs in a sportsmen’s mind.  Fishing can either be really exciting or really slow, there is no hunting to be done, and getting ready for the upcoming season normally means sweating your butt off and bug bites.  I am just now in the process of starting to think about the upcoming hunting season which is now just a little less than 3 months away.  It’s time to think about a summer food plot and putting out mineral blocks as well.  We will also likely be getting trail cameras up and running here in the next couple weeks.  It’s all an exciting time of year, it’s also time to pull the bow and get shooting in preparing for the season. Both Amber and I are looking forward to this season, we hope this season will be a better one for me and she is looking to take her first deer this year as it didn’t work out last season.  So with high hopes and some new equipment we are really looking forward to this year. Until then, we also are like everyone else and have been trying our luck at fishing between bass fishing, trout fishing and just seeing what’s biting in the local streams in general.  From sun fish, fall fish, bass, perch, brown trout, and rainbow trout it keeps us entertained our rods bent and occasional gives us dinner. We both have been super busy which I am sure many of our readers have noticed by the lack of posts recently, we apologize, and are working to get back to at least one post per week.   We promise they will be about hunting more and more as the summer goes on. 🙂 Until then, how is everyone else spending their summer in the outdoors?  Have you been out fishing? Have you already started thinking about bow season which is now just 3 months away?  We want to hear from you!  Also would love to see some pictures of some fish or deer if anyone has some trail cameras out already! We know bucks are starting to grow antlers...
Off-Season Hunting Clothing Storage

Off-Season Hunting Clothing Storage

This is the time of year I make sure all my gear is packed away, batteries are removed from all my flashlights and headlamps, clothes and gear is washed in scent killing soap, knives are sharpened, you know all the stuff you don’t want to do, but is best to do now so when you don’t unpack your stuff until 2 weeks before the season you are not under the gun to speak to get everything done. I normally sort out my gear and leave certain things packed into a single storage tote that will be used this upcoming spring either for fishing or mostly for Turkey hunting. The first thing I do is get knives sharpened and put them in with all my other standard gear to be stored.  I take all my batteries out and then make sure I take all my snacks and other things that will go bad out I had tucked away in my backpack.  I then pack all of gear into one tote. Next I have series of  3 totes that make up all my hunting clothing, 1 for winter camo and accessories, 1 for early season camo and accessories, and finally one that is for base layers and other clothing I wear under my camo throughout hunting season that I wish to keep scent free. Then, I take these four totes and seal them up for the off-season.  However, before I do I add in something to keep them smelling like the woods. This year I had some cedar wood that I cut down out of my yard so both myself and one of my good friends put it in with our hunting clothes as pictured below.   This will keep them smelling like the outdoors all off-season and then come hunting season I will give them another wash and spray them with some scent killer and away I go and my clothes will keep the outdoors smell. This is a great way to store any of your hunting gear, the only tote I do not put something in that smells is my actual clothing and base layers as I do not want any sap or splinters to get into, plus I don’t need them to have a cover scent, just to be human scent free. I also normally pack my hunting boots in on top of some of my camo so they do not gain smells over the off-season as well. This is just something I have been doing for years to help maintain my hunting stuff and I do it each and ever year after the season is over.  All part of being a bow hunter and attempting to put the odds in your favor. How do you pack your hunting stuff away after hunting season? Do you have some better suggestions for our readers during this off-season? We would love to...

Work & Football vs Hunting

This time of year is always difficult for me, work is always busy (even more this year) and of course football has started.  So, my Sunday scouting trips are limited around the football schedule and getting out in the woods is limited by work.  Work has been very up and down this year so some days I have very little to do, others there is not enough time in the day.  This past week I was able to get out in the woods mid week several days, but ended up paying for it later  and ended up working this weekend.   I missed out on the Saturday morning hunt, but I know lots of people were out.  Saturday evening was rained out which is when I could have gone and after last year and sitting out in a thunderstorm and getting soaked the idea of going hunting when you know it’s going to rain just was not for me. So today when the weather is picture perfect, it is  Sunday, the one day a week that we cannot hunt.  I was planning a scouting trip today, but was invited to the Baltimore Ravens game and that quickly won over going scouting.  As I sit here and watch Sunday night football, I am also looking at maps and trying to decide where I want to hunt this week, as I hope to get out at least twice.  Early season can be so much fun, but yet so challenging as well.  Many times deer could be 30 – 40 yards away and you will never even see or hear them.  The thick foliage makes it very hard to see once your up in a treestand, depending on where you are of course.  As the weeks continue to roll by we will start to see more rubs and in another 3 – 4 weeks we should even start seeing scrapes.   That means that special time of year that we all look forward too and cannot wait for is quickly approaching and everyone should be putting there time in now so they can spend time in the woods then.  We also will very soon start to see the leaves falling from the trees which always makes hunting more exciting and really makes it feel like fall. Ah, fall, my favorite season of the year! For those of you who did make it out Friday and/or Saturday how did you do?  Did you see anything good or were you lucky and harvest a deer?  Or were your trips similar to a lot of what I have been hearing about and you didn’t see much of anything?...
Fall Food Plot

Fall Food Plot

Several years ago I made an attempt at a summer/fall food plot.  I knew what needed done, but did not have the right weather, equipment or time to get it done.  That being said I ended up a mess and only about 1/16 of the plot came up, but the deer did like it. (it was gone in less than a week). Fast forward two years and here we are.  I decided back around the the 4th of July that I wanted to plant a fall food plot again this year.  This time we have the right kind of weather, and I was able to carve out the time to do it correctly(at least up to this point).  I am planting 3 small areas and I have planted something different in each area just to see what the deer do, and do not like.  It total the area  I am planting is almost 1/2 of an acre. Not a huge area, but certainly big enough to give the deer in the area a viable food source for the next 3 – 4 months.  I have broken the area up into two larger areas and one small area.   I went through a serious of steps in these 3 areas to help ensure these food plots would be successful. I first got two bottles of the Roundup concentrate each made up about 5 gallons once mixed with water.  I sprayed the smaller area first, and after it had died off I sprayed the next area and so on. Since everything starts to die within about 24 hours I could go back and hit missed spots normally the next day.  So after about a week everything was dead and I raked the area to get the dead weeds and grass that was loose out of there.  then waited about another week for everything to be fully dead. Step 2 was I tilled the entire area,  never realized how much tilling 1/2 of acre was, well until it took me 6 straight hours of tilling to get what I wanted, which was mostly just the weeds broken up and a good  3 – 4 inches of soil tilled (Pictured Below).  I had success!  Man that sure was a lot of work,  I need bigger equipment next time! My next step was to wait for the forecast to call for rain so I could plant. On July 31st 2013 I planted with the forecast of rain that night and/or the next day.   We had some great rain the following day which helped out a lot and I was glad I got it planted that night and I did not wait. In the three areas I planted  3 different types of seed.  In the smallest area I planted some old seed I had from 2 years ago (which I didn’t  know if it would come up).  That seed is the Evolved Harvest Throw and Grow which I purchased then at Bassrpo.  This was a no till seed, but I wanted to give it a fighting chance which is why I tilled the area anyway.   This was the problem 2 years ago, I didn’t get enough of the weeds and grass out of the plot and it choked out the food plot and took it over. In the 2nd  biggest area I planted PlotSpike® Quick Stand No-Till Forage Food Plot Seed which I purchased at my local Tractor Supply, Finally, in the 3rd and biggest...