Drought 2012

Posted by Kevin Eason August 28, 2012

Unless you live in a box or climate controlled underground fortress you have more than likely heard all the talk about the 2012 drought. It is being labeled as one of the worst droughts that the US as seen in the last 100 years. It is extremely broad covering 57% of the contiguous 48 states and affecting 1700 counties.

 

I know that the farmers that we lease land from are on the edge every week praying that we get enough rain to allow the crops to grow and not be lost. I joke about rain dances but am sure that there are plenty of people dancing right now. With 48 % of  corn crops rated poor to very poor and 38%

f soybean crops rated poor to very poor it will be difficult times for our farmers and there families.

 

So what does this mean for all the crazy whitetail freaks like us?  I know that we have been extraordinarily lucky getting just enough rain when we need it to allow our fall food plots to sprout, will that luck continue? Will there be enough rain to allow the food plots to grow into thick deer attracting magnets? I sure hope so, what I do know is that with the lack of rain fall and also the possibility of the crops being harvested earlier than usual, that deer will have to look harder and longer for a nutritious food source come fall. They will also lose bedding and cover if the crops are taken earlier forcing them into the woods with fewer places to hide. This is actually exciting news if you are lucky enough to have food and cover plots that survive into the late fall and winter months. If your property has  better food and cover than you neighbors, Bam you know were all the big bucks will be.

 

I am no deer biologist, but I have read various

articles stating that deer antler growth is stunted by the lack of rain, but so far my trail camera photos have not led me to that conclusion, but really how do you gage what a deer’s antlers may have looked like with more rain fall? There is also a lot of concern for disease and infection within the deer herd with them having to drink out of the same stagnate water holes instead of multiple flowing streams and ponds.

 

Has all this talk about the drought made you change your hunting strategies for the up coming sea

son? I know that it has been bouncing around in my head at night when I try to sleep. Here, is some food for thought, find natural watering holes on your property, look for dropped or cut tree tops for cover, if you have not planted a food plot already there is still time, get out there and plant them  now, scout for acorns, dig an extraordinarily deep pond (lol). If you plan now this could be your best season ever.

 

Don’t Forget – Get out there and let me see your best rain dance.

 

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Cougars Verified In Michigan

Posted by Kevin Eason August 27, 2012

Are there cougars found in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? Well according to the Michigan DNR that answers is yes. In the last two months alone, the Michigan DNR has verified three photos of cougars in Baraga County and southern and northern Marquette County. As of July 27, 2012 the DNR has confirmed eight sets of tracks, one trail camera video and eight photos from nine different Upper Peninsula Counties including Delta, Marquette, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, Chippewa, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga counties. According to a press release by the DNR this is the 17th time the DNR has verified the existence of cougars in the UP since 2008. The last know cougar found in Michigan prior to 2008 was killed in Newberry in 1906.

 

So why has there been such a dramatic increase in cougar sightings over the last 5 years? Your opinion is as good as mine but according to Adam Bump a specially trained DNR Biologist to investigate cougar sightings “The growing body of evidence continues to indicate the presence of an unknown number of adult cougars in the Upper Peninsula,”. “In the five years since we confirmed our first cougar report we have yet to receive any evidence of breeding activity, as all images and other physical evidence have been from adult cats.” Bump also states “The increase in verified cougar sightings in recent years could be attributed to several factors, although the two most significant are probably the presence of more transient individual cougars moving east from established Western populations, and the growing number of trail cameras being used in the woods, making it easier to capture clear images of elusive cougars,” Bump said. “We appreciate how cooperative the public has been in sending their reports and photos to the DNR for review. This cooperation allows us to effectively monitor cougars in the state.”

 

The fact is that cougar sightings have been on the rise for the last couple of years. But according to a Michigan DNR press release they are extremely difficult to verify due to lack of physical evidence. Sightings reported to the special DNR cougar team will be investigated. They may come out and visit the site for verification. After they have collected all the evidence, then they decided if the presence of the cougar sighted can be verified.

 

Please remember that in Michigan cougars are currently classified as endangered species and it is illegal to kill or injure unless in the case of self defense. If you would like to learn more about cougars in Michigan, feel free to visit www.michigan.gov/cougars

 

If you would like to report evidence or sightings of a cougar you can submit it on the web site www.michigan.gov/cougars. Or for an emergency call the poaching hotline at 800-292-7800.

 

We would like to hear your thoughts on cougars in Michigan. If you would like to keep this conversation going please comment on this post below.

 

 

Photo caption: This trail camera photo of a cougar was taken at 2 a.m. on July 18 in northern Marquette County. The photo represents the 17th time the DNR has been able to verify the presence of cougars in the Upper Peninsula since 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This photo of a cougar was taken by Baraga County resident Fred Nault near Skanee on Saturday, May 5. The photo represents the 15th time the DNR has been able to verify the presence of a cougar in the Upper Peninsula since 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference List : DNR verifies trail camera photo of cougar in northern ... (n.d.). Retrieved from http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/MIDNR-4b8104

Tree Walker Tree Stands Review

Posted by Kevin Eason August 22, 2012

Climbing trees stands have come a long way in the past 8 years. There are many choices on the market today to choose between from stands that are very light weight and portable to stands that are bulkier and more comfortable than your favorite reclining chair.

 

When it became time, to start shopping around for a new climber I looked at all the retail stores and also searched online for the newest hottest stands out. I became very confused with all the stands to choose from on the market today. I knew that I wanted a climber that was light weight, safe and extremely comfortable but did not know were to find just that. As luck would have it while out on an annual visit to the Woods “N” Water Show in Imlay City, Michigan my brother and I came across a vender selling climbing tree stands. Very impressed by the sales pitch we both purchased a Tree Walker Tree Stand that day.

 

The Tree Walker Climbing tree stand is lightweight weighing in at only 18lbs and is also extremely comfortable to hunt in. This stand is both easy to use and extremely safe to hunt in. It has a large platform size of 20” X 35” Comfortable mesh seat measuring 22” X 34” and a weight limit of 350 lbs for all you big guys. You can climb trees from 6’ up to 26” in diameter. With all those great features how does it get better here is how get this it’s 100% made and manufactured in the USA, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. “Wow” that should be the end of this gear review, but wait it gets even better.

 

It is very quit to carry and easy to set up, the two piece stand snaps together with its interlocking system so no need for bungees or straps to hold it together. It is easy as pie to attaché to the tree, even in the dark. It has a memory cable that wraps around the tree with a bright yellow end to make it the fastest climber to set up that I have ever seen. It has a patented Possi Grip engagement system that guarantees no slip (these are 1’ spikes that go into the tree so it is probably not the best choose for public land hunting). I have never once in the 5 years I have owned the stand ever had it slip from its spot on the tree.

 

You can hunt out of the Tree Walker Tree Stand by facing it toward or away from the tree. This feature is nice to have on a tree stand it gives you the ability to change your hunting style to fit your needs and adapts to all different types of trees you may come across in the woods. It has a foot rest and a shooting rest. It comes with a set of backpack straps that make it very sweet to carry to your tree. It has a very balanced weight when back packing and climbing. I have carried this stand over two miles to my tree with little effort or strain.

 

As stated earlier, I have owned this stand for 5 years plus and use it on a daily basis through out the Michigan & Ohio hunting seasons. I have yet to have anything break or fail. This stand gives me the versatility to change tree stand locations in search for that monster buck of a lifetime. It is comfortable enough to hunt in all day during the rut when the big boys are on there feet. It is light enough, easy to carrier, super simple to set up, safe and quite so you won’t mind hauling it out into the woods on a daily basis. So the bottom line is “go get you one son” and you will not be disappointed. I have not seen them at any outdoor/hunting shows in a couple of years so the only place I know to purchase this bad boy is on there website at www.treewalker.com  starting price is  $ 329.00 with lots of option cool accessories to buy with it.

 


Want To See It In Action
Click Here To Watch Watch This Hunt as I Shoot This Great Deer out of My Tree Walker Tree stand.

Primos Truth 46 Trail Camera Review

Posted by Kevin Eason August 21, 2012

I have been using the Primos Truth 46 Trail Camera for a little over a year now. This Camera in my opinion is one of the best trail cameras you can buy for the money. I purchased my trail cameras last year for $89.00 each which I found to be a great value. The Cameras are a little larger than most trail cameras on the market today measuring 7” x 9” x 3”deep. This does not seem to bother me, yes it makes them difficult to carry, but I can carry 4 to 5 cameras in a medium backpack with batteries, SD cards, rubber gloves, and water.

 

The camera comes packaged with a heavy duty hook strap to secure it to the tree. If security is a concern, there are two ways to protect you camera and SD card. You can install a small pad lock to protect your sd card, and there is a molded security cable hole through case for theft prevention. We typically use a Master Lock Python Cable Lock thru the molded security hole along with the supplied strap to attache to the tree. The camera operates on 4 D batteries which seem to last a long time. On average, we get about three months or 3000 pictures on a single set of batteries. I have had some trouble with the unit operating properly when the batteries level drops below 30%, but over all I am impressed with the battery life of the camera. Supports up to 8 gigabyte SD card but I typically use a 2 gigabyte SD Card which holds about 1600 pictures. I typically check my trail cameras once a month so 2 gigabytes is more than enough memory.

 

The Primos Truth 46 Trail Camera has a 1.4 second trigger speed with a recovery time of around 5 seconds. Its detection range is around 40 to 50 feet depending on temperature and lighting. It stamps photos or video with date, time, temperature, and moon phase information. Has an image resolution of 3 megapixels, which provides a good picture quality. There is some noise when the camera takes day time pictures due to the filter but I have never noticed a problem with the noise spooking animals.

 

My favorite part about this camera is its ease of use. It is by far one of the easiest trail camera’s I have ever used. It has a very easy to read back lit led digital display. With the push of a button you can format your SD card, change sensitivity level, set # of pictures

taken at a time and change the time and date. Once you are strapped to the tree and ready to go you just hit the run/wake button and a timer with 30 seconds starts counting down and you are ready to go. When you come back to pull your SD card on your trail camera all you have to do is push the run/wake button, and the digital display shows you the number of pictures taken.

 

  

 

The Primos Truth 46 Trail Camera has everything I need out of a trail camera. It is not the fastest, quietest, or it does not take the best pictures I have ever seen, but it does capture the deer so I can create my hit lists and management plans for the season. I have used a couple different trail cameras that were faster and took better pictures but also cost me a lot more money. If you are considering purchasing a good quality trail camera, that gets the job done but does not break the bank I highly recommend the Primos Truth 46 trail camera. After all, you can never have enough trail cameras.

 

Pro Staff Jeff Kempf Picture Slideshow

Posted by Kevin Eason July 12, 2012

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Posted by Kevin Eason July 10, 2012

Fishing- 2012 Summer Bass Fishing Fun

Posted by Kevin Eason July 3, 2012

Deer Hunting Video- Chuck 2011 Chasing The Big 8 Pointer

Posted by Kevin Eason June 11, 2012

Did all the hard work finally pay off for Chuck? These guys have got to be some of the hardest working off season hunters you’ll ever meet.


They put so much effort trying to optimize their property and quality of the deer herd. The hard work is about to pay off as this beautiful wide spread 8 point started showing himself on one of the many trail camera’s set up around the farm.


After a few week hiatus he showed himself again at the opposite end of the property. When the conditions were right these boys knew where they had to be to move in make something happen.


The Big 8 read the script but was Chuck up for the challenge?


Check in to see how this whole story unfolds.

Deer Hunting Video- 2011 Pre- Season Scouting Trip

Posted by Kevin Eason June 11, 2012

Deer Hunting Video- Suzie 2011 Big Illinois 10 Pointer

Posted by Kevin Eason June 11, 2012