October 13, 2019,
Hunt #6, P.M.
Great hunt. Saw
half-a-dozen bucks including a 4x4 that
I've never seen on the hoof and I have
four seasons of pictures. Deer has to be
six or seven years old. He usually
vacates but the cameras show that he's
all over one part of the property on a
regular basis. He posed at 15 yards at
quitting time. He gets a pass for now.
Lots of other bigger bucks to see on the
hoof first. Hopefully anyway.
Had another 4x4 with a
tall and wide rack, very short tines. He
was hacking up something under the tree.
The other deer deer looked at him like
he had some sort of plague. He moseyed
on out to the corn to feed. Big body.
Appeared to be an old deer too.
Weather was perfect.
50 degrees but a little windy until
sunset. Wind direction was little
questionable. Had a doe snort at me.
Nag! I'm trying to hunt more off winds
this year. I usually see more deer when
I hunt that way. Problem with off winds
is a downwind snorting doe.
The stand location is
one of my favorites but I need a north
to northeast wind for best results. A
northwest wind works unless deer come up
the draw and they did. Wind was supposed
to rotate from WNW to NW by 6 pm. It did
which helped. The old, spindly 4x4 knew
I was there but seemed to let me off the
October 12, 2019,
Hunt #5, P.M.
Left early to check
cameras and hopefully put up a new
stand. Couldn't make a decision on stand
placement. No stand set. Installed a
firmware update on my Spypoint
LinkDark cell camera. I always worry
that something will go wrong and I will
end up with a camera that needs to be
sent in. This install went OK. Other
problem with cell cameras is if you
don't install firmware update sometimes
they might stop communicating with my
iPhone app. That really pisses me off.
Has to be a better way.
Hunt was OK. Had four
bald deer pass by the tree after sunset.
It's a new spot so I'm learning travel
patterns and movement timing. Wind was
brutal until sunset then fell off
significantly. Finally. Two days of high
The stand I was in
included a new foam seat, cut and
installed by me. I had used some
construction adhesive to adhere the new
piece of foam to the wood base a few
weeks ago. For some reason the adhesive
had not completely cured. Yes, you are
correct. I stood up and sat back down
and for some reason the foam slid off
the wood base and I sat in sticky
construction adhesive. What a mess. I
had an extra web strap in my backpack to
strap it down. Not sure I can salvage
Have been hoping for
two bucks to show back up on camera. One
posed for my Browning
Recon Force Advantage last week. Man
did he grow up! Nice!
Two more weeks for
final inventory. Hopefully the grass
stops growing by then. The newness of
mowing the lawn wore off back in June.
Need to spend more time in the deer
woods and hang more cameras.
October 11, 2019,
Hunt #4, P.M.
Wow! Windy. Cold. I wimped
out after two hours. Saw a few does and
fawns and one small buck at some
distance. Got down about sunset time.
Not near enough clothes and I doubled up
on the base layers. Too much wind. Had
some trimming and camera work to do
anyway before I left. Cut down some new
growth that was definitely in a shooting
lane, updated my Spypoint Link Micro
with the latest firmware and tied a hemp
rope to a licking branch over an active
scrape to see if the bucks like it.
Had checked a camera
right when I arrived. Still have some
nice bucks in the area. Mainly going by
this location in the morning. Feeding
pattern. I noticed one of them already
has a busted brow tine. Dang it!
Still have a couple of
stands to hang but honestly not sure
where I want to put them.
October 6, 2019,
Hunt #3, P.M.
Coyote 1, GP 0. Well
so I thought. Checked my arrow closer
when I got home. I had blood on all my
vanes but I know I never got into the
vitals. Distance was 22 yards. My pin
was set at 20. I must have got under the
skin. Windage was good. I saw the arrow
fly right in line with the vitals.
Coyotes/GP = Tie on round one. No kill
but I drew blood.
I finished setting up
a new stand set today. It hunts a part
of the farm I have left alone for three
years. Hard to hunt. Deep draw. Deer
have lots of vision if I try and ingress
during an evening hunt once the leaves
have fallen. Saw a doe and fawn
immediately after getting settled. Later
on had a doe come running from the
north. I assumed a small buck or coyotes
were harassing her. It ended up being a
group of three coyotes. Everything was
working to my favor. One single mouth
squeak encouraged the group my way. One
in particular was meandering my way. At
20 yards I came to full draw. That
movement unsettled the crew. I got the
closer one to stop but my 20 yard shot
turned into a 22 yard shot and I had to
get the 'yote to stop. He did, but I
never settled the pin. The arrow flew
low...at least so I thought. I must have
nicked him or a little more than nicked
him. He never yipped and I never heard
the familiar sound of an arrow getting
into the vitals. Close. Blood getting
close. Arrow flew good. found the arrow
via the bright red lighted nock under
the brome grass. Never would have found
Beautiful night. I
like this stand. Should be a good
morning sit or even an all-day sit with
a northerly wind of some sort as long as
it's not a gale. It's a double trunked
shagbark hickory. I am very well hidden
in this setup. The first doe and fawn
looked right at me numerous times but
never saw me.
Saw quite a few deer
in the field on the way out. Good hunt.
October 5, 2019,
Hunt #2, P.M.
I did not wear enough
clothes. BRRR! It was warm but the west
wind had a little bite in it. Saw one
small buck come into the scrape I was
watching. Windy but quiet night for me.
October 4, 2019,
Hunt #1, P.M.
And so it begins. The
pursuit many of us love so well. Wind
ESE. Good hunt. New stand location.
Fifty yards from my location last year
but hopefully closer to the regular
sweet spot. It was.
Saw six or seven deer.
Three bucks. Stand location is a
bottleneck from cover to feed. One year
old buck and a doe in the beans early.
Feeding hard. A few more bald deer
showed up in the beans. A two year old
and three year old buck showed up about
fifteen minutes before dark. The younger
buck strolled past right where I
expected and wanted. A short thirty
yards. Nice. The three year old stopped
to tear up a licking branch and scrape.
Lots of noise from busting of branches.
When he was done at the scrape, he ran
around like a frisky fawn. Had never
seen an older buck do that before. Posed
at twenty yards then moseyed to the
Pulled one card on the
way out. Checked it at home. One new
buck. Normal five on his right and a
moose paddle on his left. Not a shooter
but funky. He definitely earned the name
of Moose. Have lots of those bucks this
year for some reason.
September 28, 2019
Spent the last week in
Rocky Mountain National Park. Family
vacation. Off the local
grid for a week. It's my annual reminder how
old and out of shape I am. Hard for this
old body to find oxygen at 8,000 feet.
First time in a long time to visit
during the elk rut. Timing was good. Elk
were really wound up in the afternoons
after the sun set and the temperatures
fell. Watched one beast of a bull do his
rutting thing. Huge! Fun time. The Phone
Skope got a good workout.
Checked cameras for
the first time in a couple of weeks.
Scrapes are active if you have them.
Finally getting some decent buck
pictures. Finished the stand portion on
two sets this morning. I usually put up
my ladder sticks first and make a return
trip. Just easier that way for a
one-man-band and an old one at that. My
lineman's belt got a workout this
morning. Trying new spots this year.
It's all part of the learning process. I
try and get in a shot zone but also in a
place to do some recon. Definitely short
on east wind stand locations but have
some picked out.
Who are the snowflakes
you ask (and many of you have asked)? Nobody
specific (well, that might be a fib).
Just snowflakes in general. You know the
type, they want you to work and then
share in your wealth.
Have my cameras
captured some nice buck photos many have
asked? Why yes, yes they have (private
stock). No Day-One bucks but a couple
are definitely making their case for a
first day arrow launch. Really need to
see them on the hoof. Hope they survive
an EHD outbreak if we have one. Hunters
down south are having a rough go this
year. It sucks. I watched for large
groups of vultures this morning but
didn't see any.
Video contest time at Trailcampro.
Get your entries submitted. Outstanding
entries so far. Did you see the one of
the mountain lion pouncing on the deer.
Crazy camera trap catch! Mother Nature
can be cruel.
Three days to opening
day. You only get so many opening days.
Looks like the weather might prohibit an
opening day hunt. I'm honestly not sure
what to expect this year. My year has
been unusual to say the least. Still
have some stands that need to be put up
but plan to do those the next month or
so and keep one in reserve for a
potential hotspot. If not, I'll just
find a spot on the ground, and hunt. My
biggest bucks have all been killed from
the ground. No ground blinds. Stands are
rarely in the right location and they
are often overhunted. Yes, I'm guilty of
the overhunting. A willingness to hunt
from the ground always keeps me in the
game and the opportunity to close the
distance. Just need to find the right
hidey-hole. Many hunters just do not
want to hunt from the ground. I get it.
It seems more official elevated. One
thing I can't bring myself to do is hunt
out of a box. Maybe some day but not
right now. Boxes look obtrusive on the
landscape. Just my opinion. Don't take
it personal. When I see TV stars hunting
out of a box I fast-forward to the next
hunt or change the channel. Boring. Even
the ground blind hunting seems boring to
me. To each his own I guess. I sure
would like a ground blind when it's
cold. I don't think Ishi hunted out of a
box or fabric blind.
Be safe everyone. The
time we have waited for is near. For
those that have been hunting out west. I
hope your hunt was successful. Just
don't call me to pack out an elk. I'm
fascinated by the public ground elk
hunters. That is work and one heck of an
accomplishment. Those suckers are big!
Make sure and let your
spouse or buddy know where you are at.
Have fun. Be safe. GP
September 8, 2019
EHD, velvet, acorns
and snowflakes. What do they all have in
common? Nothing. Just stuff that's on my
mind I guess. Unfortunately EHD is
making the rounds again. Hope your
target bucks survive the the little
midge fly. Velvet is mostly gone by now
but still a few bucks that have not
shed. Acorns are definitely a preferred
food source right now. Move your cameras
if you have them to move. Snowflakes? You
know who you are. Please stay in your
lane. If you try and get in my lane
beware of the rumble strip. No patience
for arrogance or nonsense any more. You
might be imparted with 56 years of
wisdom if not careful.
Good story from
yesterday. Setup some ladder sticks a
week ago. Went back yesterday to hang
the stand. Set the stand and went to sit
on it and the seat had problems. Took it
down, walked back to the truck and got
another stand. Simple fix, just
surprised I didn't notice it when I put
it in my truck. Live and learn I guess.
Still working with the
Silverback back tension release. It's
fun and frustrating at the same time.
The release really shows an archer how
irregular their form is. I have yet to
get consistent breaks. Some rounds are
better than others but some not so good.
Have the Glendel Full Rut setup at 30+
yards. When the release breaks perfectly
the arrow hits right in the vitals. When
my form is bad and the break is other
than when I thought it should be? Not so
Can you believe we are
two games into the college football
season already? Deer season will be here
soon and gone before we want it to be.
Be ready. Enjoy the therapy. And please
can we have an extended period of nice
fall weather to hunt in? I will take 25
degrees for lows and 50 degrees for
highs. Somewhere in that ball park.
Maybe 55 for a high. Wind is OK just not
relentless pounding wind. Good for all
the wind turbines but not good for me.
Got my Spypoint Link
Dark V cell cam back this week.
Squirrels had chewed a hole in my PIR
and my antenna. 10 friggin' weeks to
repair and lots of persistence and
favors to get it back in 10 weeks. Crazy
slow! FedEx also required a signature.
Frustrating. Tried the camera shortly
after I received it. It worked for 5
minutes then stopped communicating with
my app. Damn it! I watched the camera go
through an update process shortly after
it was connected to the network. Then
nothing. It took photos just fine but
would not communicate with my app. That
crap pisses me off. All the cell cams
have the same problems. And don't tell
me they don't because they do. If our
cell phones functioned that way we would
all be pissed. It's deployed and working
now but good grief! That was absolutely ridiculous.
Every single one of my cell cameras have
had the same thing happen regarding
connectivity and I own cameras from
23 days until go time
in this state. There are some nice ones
out there and one or two dang nice ones
if ya know what I mean. Keep after it,
time is getting close.
Have fun. Be safe. GP
August 25, 2019
What's up everybody.
Some of you might be out west chasing
antelope or mulies. Wish I was. Still
working out with the Silverback back
tension release. Getting better. Have
not used a trigger release in 4 weeks
and have shot practically every day.
Picked my sight tape last weekend. First
time using the back tension release at
50 yards. Had significant form break
down. Understandable as I put up a tree
stand shortly before.
didn't show me much last weekend but
picked up quite a bit this week. Not
great but better. Was aware of a pretty
decent buck about a mile and a half away
from my farm. His summer pasture. Looks
like he or his twin showed up two days
ago on the farm. Weather was rainy and
stormy this week. I suppose that could
have moved him. Shooter! Deployed my Browning
Recon Force Advantage cameras last
week. By far my favorite camera the last
couple of years. Takes good photos and
great videos. Did you see the winning
pictures from Trailcampro's
photo contest? Outstanding!
Tightened straps, put
up safety line and installed bow hooks
on three ladder stands. They are ready.
Lots of trimming to do due to all the
rain this this year. Trees put on a lot
of growth. Deployed climbing sticks on
another tree. New location. Moved 40
yards from last year's position. Need to
hang the stand and safety line yet.
Still have plenty of new sets planned.
Just need time to deploy.
It appears that antler
growth will be better than expected.
Many anticipated the rough winter of
2018/2019 to limit antler growth. In
some cases yes but in many cases antler
growth improved on many deer. That's
good. For all you
food plot connoisseurs, hurry up the
calendar is turning. I'm not much of a
food plot hunter. I prefer transition
areas and scrapes
Deer are returning
from summer pastures and beginning to
change from their summer colors to their
fall colors. Just make sure you enjoy
opening day. You have a limited number
Have fun. Be safe. GP
August 3, 2019
Deployed a couple of
cameras this morning and stumbled across
what appears to be some animal on animal
carnage. No dead critter body but a
large area in the grass was matted down
with definite blood remnants. It was
still wet. No dried out spots. No large
pools of blood but enough to know it was
probably a predator and prey type of
affair. One day late with my camera
deployments. Darn it. I had not been to
this area for a good three months.
have been kind of slow. Cell cameras
have been a real pain in the neck
recently with firmware updates, Verizon
updates, squirrels chewing on pieces and
parts, no signal, tree canopy
interfering with signals, app updates,
out of the country repair shops, etc.
Make sure you really, really want a cell
camera as it seems like there is always
some challenge with the darn things.
What really chaps my hide is when a
field visit is required for a firmware
upgrade. Isn't that what a cell signal
is for? Lots of e-mails between me and
technical support the last month or so.
My new Phone Skope
adapter has been getting a workout. I
like it. Had a bunch of bucks on some
corn field terraces Friday night. Lots
of practice and footage. Nothing big.
Mostly two and three year olds.
Starting to feel
comfortable with Silverback tension
release. It's been a month of relentless
use and practice. It requires focus. No
doubt it will help a person with their
form. The more I watch hunting shows and
all of the trigger punching it's a
wonder any of us can hit a critter at
all. Just a flick of the index finger or
thumb and the arrow is sent. That's not
how it is supposed to work people.
Definitely funny though.
Time to get focused
and get ready for October 1.
Have fun. Be safe. GP
July 28, 2019
After months of
looking, I found the setup sweet spot on
my RX3 Ultra. Last night was the first
night I felt in full control with my
Silverback back tension release. It was
Cameras are slow for
me right now. I don't have any cameras
close to bean fields. I haven't used
anything like a mineral lick for years
either. I want all of my movement to be
natural except that movement that
results from my intrusions and farming
I sent my Spypoint
Link Dark to Des Moines for repair
3.5 weeks ago. Haven't heard a peep out
of them other than responses to my
e-mails...."what's the status of my
repair"... Supposedly Des Moines
sends it to Canada after they receive
it. It goes to the repair center.
Frustrating. Just want my camera back.
Dam squirrels. Little bastards chewed a
hole through my PIR sensor/cover and
chewed up my antenna cover.
Hopefully you all
entered your photo in the Trailcampro
Photo Contest. Last day to enter is
today. Send them in.
Pulled one of my
ladder stands down yesterday and hauled
it to the other side of the farm. Will
need help putting it up but got it
moved. That's half the battle. It always
gets a little loosy-goosy when you pull
the ratchet strap off up top. Not very
wise, I know, but I wanted it down. One
of the straps that go around the tree
and and tie to the steps was broke from
endless flopping in the wind. Mother
Nature's a relentless old nag. Can't
seem to leave anything outside in the
deer woods. She will do something to it.
My Covert Blackhawk
Verizon LTE camera stopped sending me
photos the first of the week. Changing
batteries did not fix it. Covert told me
Verizon made some changes to their
network. It required a firmware update
and I had to make a field visit. That
happens a fair amount with cell cameras.
Dam frustrating especially when it
requires a field visit. You would think
camera manufacturers would be able to
figure out a way to get the update
download to all cameras without a field visit, else where is the
real advantage of the cell camera?
Right? For those that have to travel
hours or across state lines I would be
pissed! Anyway, got it updated and it is
Gave my new Phone
Skope adapter and phone case a workout
last weekend. It worked well. It lined
up the camera of my iPhone perfectly
over the eyepiece of the spotting scope.
No more free handing. Had a couple of
bucks pose nicely in the sunlight. I
don't have HD glass on my old spotting
scope but I was more than happy with the
quality of my video. It will work.
A little over two
months and counting. Still looking for
my first no-doubter shooter on camera.
Hope you all are ready. I don't feel
sorry for you if not. You have as much
time as I do to get ready.
Have fun. Be safe. GP
July 14, 2019
Dismantled my new RX-3
Ultra this week. First time dismantling
a bow. Had a noise in the limb pockets
somewhere. Used some knowledge I gleaned
from YouTube, AT and Hoyt to tackle the
effort. My bow was laying in many parts
on my workbench when I began to wonder
what I had just done. I greased up some
of the hidden spots, added some bow wax
here and there, put it back together and
now it is quiet and smooth. My wife is
hoping I don't kill somebody if the bow
blows up on me. Me too. Hoyt has made
the dismantling of these bows pretty
straight forward and they can only go
together one way. I've been checking the
bow every day before I shoot it. It
seems to be staying within specification
but more importantly it is quiet.
yesterday. Damn coons. They are really
starting to piss me off. Wish I knew of
an easy way to electrify my cameras. I
moved a camera last week and assumed it
might be a raccoon target so I spent
some extra time to tighten it down. They
still flipped it over. Frustrating but
also funny. They sure are pesky rascals.
I don't have too many
cameras deployed yet. I plan to do that
in August. Sent a cell camera back for
repair a week and a half ago. My tech
support e-mail follow ups lead me to
believe they haven't come close to
starting any repair work yet. It's frustrating.
Patience is the name of the game I
Still working on
consistency with my Silverback back
tension release. Emotions have hit both
peaks and valleys. A couple of nights
ago everything was good. Yesterday not
so good. Still learning.
Have fun. Be safe. GP
July 6, 2019
Big news of the week
for me? I received my Nockon Silverback
back tension release. Going to try and
undo 40 years of backyard habits. First
two days were rough including a bloody
nose and some major flinching. Third day
was better. Release seemed really
inconsistent first two days. Added some
Limbsaver lube last night. Seemed to
help it a whole bunch. The release came
with four springs. I replaced the 43#
spring with the 30# spring 'cuz I shoot
low poundage...my RX-3 Ultra is set at
58 lbs with 80% letoff. My lower holding
weight (11.6 lbs) should work OK with
the 30# spring. Only problem is now I
can't tell the difference between the
43# and the 50# spring if I decide to
change back. Had the 43# spring launch
in the air when I swapped it out with
the 30# spring. Total lucky bastard to
find it laying on the floor. It
definitely requires some finesse to
replace springs. At times the release
fires almost too easily and others it
feels like I might pull the bow apart
and it will not fire. Just goes to show
how inconsistent a person's form is.
Using a safety requires focus every
shot....or a person will get smacked in
the bridge of the nose....by themselves.
Received some wraps
and vanes this week for the hunting
arrows. Arrows have been cut. Just need
wrapped and fletched. It's going to be a
flo green year for me. The arrows are
Easton HEXX 330 spine with 75 grains of brass
in the front. I plan to use 125 grain
Exodus broadheads....again. They seem to
be a very durable broadhead. That setup
seems to work for me.
Antler growth is
looking gooooood! No monsters in front
of my cameras but some that are looking
better. Still curious to see how the
extreme winter will impact the final
growth. Beans are up far enough now that
deer should be feeding on them every
night. Need to start my summer regimen
of looking for a buck of a
lifetime...seems I've been doing that
for a lot of years but haven't found one
It's less than three
months until we are legal to sling an
arrow. For the western hunters it's less
than two months. Dang! Still have work
to do, cameras to deploy and strategies
to figure out. I've been looking for
trees in new spots but have not settled
yet. Will depend on what the cameras
Have fun. Be safe. GP
June 30, 2019
Good grief it is hot!
Been buried deep in the man cave when
off work. Much cooler there than
outside. Did check cameras yesterday. It
was sweltering by 10 a.m. Gross. Better pictures
than the prior week. No monsters yet.
Moved some cameras around. A few just
have not been capturing any antlered
deer. After checking photos at home it
appears I have a couple of others to
move. Preferred food sources continue to
Core is not holding any custom
settings. It started acting funky a
couple of weeks ago. Not sure what the
deal is. I usually move the switch to
SETUP, change the settings, turn it to
OFF and then switch it to ON. It loses
all my changes and I've been very
deliberate about hitting the OK button
to accept the change. Tried resetting to
default and took the batteries out
yesterday for half the day. No go.
Apex has some interference in the
audio with the night videos. Not sure
what would cause the issue other than
the night flash but it is definitely
causing unwanted audio sounds.
The camera that
surprises me in both quality of photo
and dependability is the Moultrie
M4000i. Nice photos. I don't like
the menu but as long as it keeps taking
pictures I'm good.
Read an article that
says a small piece of dryer sheet in a
trail camera door will keep the ants
out. I am trying it, lets hope it works.
Received my new flo
green and black bowstring for the RX-3
Ultra this week. I had nicked my prior
new one with my lighter flame and cut a
strand. If that doesn't piss an archer
off nothing will.
My bows are easier to
tune now that I understand some
unwritten rules manufacturers design and
build by. Lots of info on centershot but
it's more than a measurement it's bullet
holes, consistent groups, arrow specific
tuning, archer specific tuning. Easier
now, but I still have plenty to learn.
Bullet holes are pretty easy to earn if
I put in the work early.
I've been checking my
old arrows with my new $30 arrow
spinner. Good grief, do I have some
lopsided spinners. To try and fix an
arrow, I usually change the field point
or straighten the end with my arrow
finisher. Those two things take most of
the lopsided spinning out but still may
not end up perfect. The amount of glue
on the vanes has impact too. I can tell
when the arrow stops spinning and
settles. One or two of the vanes seem
heavier. Will keep a closer eye on my
fletching of the new Easton HEXX 330s.
My guess is the Platinum glue on the end
of the vanes is causing the out of
balance spinning on the vane end. Seems
It's only three months
until legal shooting hours. Woohoo!
Seems like lots of things to do yet.
Twenty yard pin is basically set and
that is it. Lots of stands to move or
hang. Hoping for a big one to move in
from a distant summer pasture. Never
sure it will happen but can always hope.
Have fun. Be sage. GP
June 23, 2019
Long week. Many
Lots of anticipation
for the card pull and it was a total
letdown. Batteries dead on the new
Bushnell Core Cam. Those batteries
didn't last long. Squirrels chewed up my
antenna on the Link
Dark and chewed a hole in the PIR
cover. That's a new one. Half a tree
fell less than 20 foot in front of one
of my Browning cameras. Whew! AND I
forgot to pull the card on a camera. No
decent horn pictures or videos either.
Dang it! And one last thing, I am
getting some audio interference on the
night videos fr9om the new Browning
Apex. I don't remember hearing the
interference a few weeks ago. I think
the issue is new.
Put new 60X strings
and cables on my RX-3. Flo green and
black. Things seemed to go smoothly. I
was burning the very last knot on my
peep sight and I nicked the string with
the flame. Damn it! Cut a strand.
Where's my backup string?
After months of
jacking around with the RX-3 I have
realized that my bow's draw length just
reads long. I want 30-inch max. The draw
board reads 30.25 inches. That's too
long. I did try twisting the string to
get my draw length. Ten twists shorter
(lots of twists) I achieved my 30-inch
draw length but the peep was out of
control. Unwound that option. I moved
the mods and draw strop pegs to the 29.5
inch slots. Draw board read 29.75. Best
I can get. Don't have jumpy cams either.
I hate jumpy cams. I've read many
articles that say shortening up the draw
length a smidge should tighten up the
groups....unless your draw length is
already too short. We will see. So how
do I do I get a 30-inch draw length? Not
sure I can without sacrificing something
else. I know there are options for the
30-inch just do not like the trade-offs.
Ordered some new
Easton Hexx 330 (6 mm) arrows from
Lancaster. Cut those to length yesterday
and installed a 75 grain brass insert.
Will decide soon on fletching color and
layout. Most likely 4-fletch AAE Max
Stealth. Love those vanes. My Archer's
Advantage software says the spine is
OPTIMUM for my setup. I am right around
500 grains with the final setup. The
lighted nock seems to always put me over
the 500 grain limit. I like the extra
FOC when I twist a 125 grain head onto
the arrow. Seems to work for me. I also
order an arrow spinner to check for
arrow wobble. Inexpensive tester. Had
one of the new arrows show a slight
wobble. Marked it. Will see if I can
find the issue later.
Sent my QAD MXT back
to QAD a couple of weeks ago. Lifetime
warranty on QAD rests. They couldn't fix
it. QAD returned a refurbished
replacement. Let's hope the refurbished
replacement doesn't need refurbished
Not sure I will return
to check the forgotten camera. It's in a
totally new spot. Never had a camera
Here's to hoping next
week goes better than last week.
Have fun. Be safe. GP
June 16, 2019
yesterday. Seems like the antler growth
is picking up as one would expect. The Moultrie
M4000i sure seems like a cheaply
made camera (maybe it is?) but the
picture and video quality are decent.
Surprising to me. The Browning
BTC5HDPX and BTC5HDAPX work like all
the past Browning BTC5 cameras....Solid.
Force 20 is a decent camera for
under $100. Comes with a card reader and
SD card. I don't think it has a
microphone for the video files.
Documentation doesn't say anything that
I can find. Not sure I like videos
without audio. The
Spypoint Link Micro keeps sending me
pictures. Awesome for a $150 cell
camera. The Bushnell
Core DS is a really nice camera.
Above average quality in my opinion.
Moved cameras around
to test them in different lighting and
background setups. Weather has turned
warmer, the heat of the sun and the
brome grass result in a lot of empty
photos and videos. Sensitive PIR
Worked with the bow
again all week. The RX-3 Ultra was
purchased with 85% let-off modules. The
dump-over wasn't very comfortable so I
ordered some 80% and 75% modules. The
75% is a draw stop kit of some sort.
After the 5-minute install the 80% mods
feels better. Never did like that
sudden, big drop to the holding weight
with the 85% mods. Hope it helps the
grouping. Only problem I had with the
new modules was jumpy cams at first but
think I resolved that.
Still haven't got the
draw length to work correctly. I think
this bow is a quarter-inch long on the
length. I can reduce the length by
quarter-inch by twisting cables but
something else always gets out of spec.
Anyway, long story short. Been working
with strings and cables all week.
Learning a lot about the bow's reaction
to twists/untwists. Ordered a new
string/cable set from 60X. Hopefully
will help. I like green. Can get about
any color I want from 60X. Fuse doesn't
make the green/black.
Lots of vultures in
the air yesterday. With the hay harvest
and the fawn birth the last few weeks
I'm sure many-a-fawn have succumbed to
the hay cutting and baling. It's that
time of year. That's a deer's life in
the midwest this time of year. A fawn
has a lot of obstacles right
now....coyotes, bobcats, hay harvest,
Do you know it's only
three-and-a-half months to opening day?
Lots of antler growing to happen and
lots of camera deployments to do in that
Have fun. Be safe. GP
June 9, 2019
Poison ivy is growing,
mosquitoes are relentless and anything
over 80 degrees seems hot to me. After
yesterday's trip will probably get a
case of West Nile. Darn little harpoon
carriers were relentless.
Redeployed a cell
camera that was infested by ants. Little
bastards. Double bagged the camera last
week and gave them the 24 hour freezer
treatment. Camera still works. Have been
using a lot of the Combat gel for ants
to treat my cameras but for some reason
the little suckers still invaded this
camera. Stepped up my game this week and
ground up some mothballs. We had a
debate during supper last night as to
whether the naphtha or naphthalene or
whatever is in those things will kill
me. Probably. But I'm not dealing with
the ants again if I can help it.
May have also got a
touch of poison ivy. Leaves of three
were everywhere by the one camera.
Calamined up this morning. Hopefully
will arrest the spread if it is ivy.
Fawns are dropping.
Little critters right now. The coyotes
know it too. Lots of coyote pictures
where I am getting fawn pictures. I also
captured a bobcat picture in a spot I
haven't before. Predator competition.
Will be interesting to see if fawn
recruitment is decent this year. Long
winter, hungry predators. Maybe. Maybe
The bucks are coming
along. No pictures of anything that
appears jaw-dropping. Have a Picture of
one buck that's been around a few years.
Full shoulder, definitely mature, but
hasn't seemed to taken any big antler
growth steps the last two years. He
usually vacates in September/October.
Will be interesting to see if he hangs
around. Feed is decent.
Deer finally appear to
have shed the winter hair. They seemed
to carry it a long time this year.
Understandable. Cool weather up until
last week. will the rainy weather give
us a little break please. It's OK to
rain just prefer if it wasn't every day.
Dr. Grant Woods
mentioned on Growing Deer TV that
ragweed has 20% protein in it. Wow! Who
needs alfalfa or soybeans? That's why I
see big bucks hanging out in fields or
draws full of ragweed. He was discussing
the growth of the plants after a
The cameras seem to be
working well for the most part. Will be
somewhat of a slow period the next month
or so. Deer spread out. Feed everywhere.
Big bucks seem to like open ground this
time of year. Don't really need any
thermal cover except of shade.
Spending time almost
nightly tuning on my bows. Learning.
Educating myself. It's interesting to
see what affects certain changes have.
Lots of string and cable twisting, lots
rest adjustments and lots of D-loop
Sent my QAD MXT rest
back to the factory. Something wasn't
right with that rest. Will be
interesting to see what they tell me.
Spent some real money for that rest.
Have fun. Be safe. GP
May 26, 2019
Well. Same thing
different day. Rain and more rain.
Finding a time-window to mow the lawn is
challenging. Washed the floor of my
garage after the winter from hell. Floor
was gross. Got out to check the new
cameras after two weeks. Road back to
the farm was kind of dry. I made it back
All the cameras
seem to sense well and take decent
pictures. One setup gave me a lot of
false readings (i.e. empty pictures).
The location for that camera will most
likely need changed. Sun on swaying
grass in the heat of the day leads to
lots of false triggers.
The photo quality from
Spypoint Link Micro (Verizon model)
is good. Better than expected.
Thumbnails are OK. Do not like the micro
SD card. Easy to lose. Phone app is the
only way to change settings. No onboard
menu screen or menu buttons.
Fit-n-finish seems good.
Core DS seems rock solid with very
good night photos so far. The Spypoint
Force 20 is a darn nice camera with
a price point under $100. The Moultrie
I'm trying seems to take decent photos.
The case is below average. Door is
flimsy. Limited menu options. Cheesy
looking display too.
Still doing lots of
tuning with my bows. YouTube University
has been my friend the last few months.
Trying to find the "perfect"
tune. My bow tune is always close. It
shoots a bullet hole within a few shots
of new strings/cables or changes to my
setup but I am striving for perfection.
What is center shot? What is the power
path of the bow? Why 13/16ths from the
face of the riser? It seems to be common
knowledge but published proof is
limited. Hoyt is very cryptic about many
of their recommended settings.
"Talk to a dealer!" Still
haven't figured a trusted way to measure
from the face of the riser to the center
of the arrow. The rubber shelf pad is in
the way. I've purchased some smaller
rulers and and other measuring tools but
nothing works as perfectly as this
engineer wants it to work.
Currently trying to
figure out why my sight pin doesn't line
up with my arrow on the RX3. My sight
pin has always lined up with my arrows
on other bows. My assumption has been
that my center shot was off. The grip on
this model is below center. That major
change is the only thing I can think of
that might be causing me issues. Could
be hand torque.
Working on my grip,
left shoulder and release arm. Getting
closer to a consistent shot. Focusing on
fewer arrows during practice and more on
form and release.
Purchased an annual
subscription to Archer's Advantage. Love
it so far. It's a tool for pros and
archery geeks. You input your bow and
arrow setup and the software tells you
how close to an optimum spine your
arrows are. It is pretty darn accurate
in my limited use. I've compared my
actual measured weights and other
comparable parameters and are definitely
in the ball park. Learned my FMJs with
125 grain points/broadheads are
definitely on the weak side. My long
wingspan and long arrows are the
problem. My overall arrow weight get's
pretty high plus I don't like to shoot a
lot of pounds. If I want to add a lot of
point weight for high FOC, I need to go
a 300 or 260 spine arrow. My overall
arrow weight gets pretty lofty then.
Need to decide how important a high FOC
is to my setup. Have also been trying
lots of different fletching setups
including a short length, short height
6-vane setup. Arrows fly great but there
isn't much room on a 5 mm shaft to set
all the vane bases. Think I've decided
that option is a no go.
Lot's of velvet on
camera so far. Only one buck seems to be
growing rapidly. Might be an early
bloomer or might be something special.
Who knows? Have three months to figure
Have fun. Be safe. GP
May 12, 2019
Last day of turkey
season. Yes I did buy a tag but only got
out a couple of times. Lots of work and
family stuff going on that limits any
significant effort at chasing a bird.
Exchanged calls and gobbles with a tom
yesterday afternoon but he never closed
the distance. It was great to listen to
The two new Browning
cameras are sensing machines. Lots of
Link Micro yesterday in a remote
location. For a $150 cellular camera the
fit-n-finish and photo quality doesn't
seem too bad. Could be a game changer in
the trail camera world. Only thing I
don't like about it is the micro SD
card. Those little cards are difficult
to deal with in the woods with cold
I bought a
subscription to the on-line version of
Archer's Advantage last week. Been
plugging and chugging lots of arrow/bow
setup scenarios into the software. Think
I learned my arrows are not optimally
spined for my hunting rigs. The 340
FMJ's seem to tend towards a marginally
weak spine. My 30-inch draw length
usually throws me to the next heavier
spine (340 versus 300) and those arrows
weigh quite a bit more. I've never
purchased a set of 300 or 260 spine
arrows but have been thinking about it.
I like my 200 grains of weight setting
on the business end of the arrow.
Also purchased a
Alaskan Guide Creations binocular pack
last week. Wanted my go-to stuff a
little more accessible in the stand. Man
are there lots of choices for this type
Do you believe it is
only four-and-a-half months until Iowa
bow season? Seems like we just turned
the corner from 2018 to 2019 and that
was four-and-a-half months ago. Velvet
Have fun. Be safe. GP
April 28, 2019
Not much time to chase
turkeys so far. Busy with work. Have a
decent number of bucks going by the cameras.
Many of the bucks appear mature. I
assume they will disperse once the
soybeans start growing.
Put new strings and
cables on the backup bow. The tuning
process seemed to go better this time
compared to last. Hard to get outside
and shoot at any distance. It's been
windy every darn day.
Been trying to decide
on a binocular pack. Have it narrowed
down to two or three. Each one has a
different item I like better than on the
others. Prices about the same on all of
Sent one of the
cellular cameras in for repair. The LCD
Three months and we
will know if we have any shooters or
even better yet a buck of a lifetime.
Have fun. Be safe. GP
April 14, 2019
No I'm not dead. Just
dealing with the winter from hell. As
you get older it takes more to recover
from nasty winters. All my tree stands
are down except for the ladders. They
will stay. Found a few sheds. Nothing
big. Checked two new cameras
for the first time. Both Browning
cameras. Been tuning my new RX-3 Ultra.
Fighting some nasty tendonitis. This
darn bow uses different muscles than I'm
used to. Been a long two months to deal