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Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

I've had the pleasure of wearing the Sitka 90% Jacket and Pants system for nearly three season now and have yet to find anything negative about the clothing. It is expensive, but has yet to show much sign of use...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

I just returned from filming an 8 day drop camp Elk hunt in the mountains of Colorado. During this trip I had the pleasure of using the Badlands Whitetail Hybrid backpack every day. The pack was used not only for...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

In some parts of the world Carp are a coveted part of the culture, while in others, they are despised. Many species of Carp are a huge part of aquaculture, medicine, and food in most parts of Asia. Carp are...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

After months of preparation, all of our plots are in and should be looking great by opening day here in Illinois. We were fortunate enough to get a few days of dry weather that allowed us to plant 9 acres...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

I live in a state full of agriculture fields. There are millions of acres of crops for wildlife to munch on all through the year, but especially in the fall. This is great for the overall health of the herd,...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

The season has ended here in Illinois, but it's not to early to begin planning for next year. Now is the time to scour your hunting areas adjust for next year. One of the best ways to being preparing is...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

For the second year in a row, nearly all of the crops are standing as we entered the beginning of the Illinois archery season. The typical field edge setup along a cut cornfield is not nearly as successful as years...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

Arrowing a big buck or knocking a thundering gobbler off his feet with 4 shot is one of the biggest thrills a hunter can have, but for some, they are missing out on an even bigger thrill while in...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

In search of a dual grand slam, my buddy and myself headed to Kansas to bow hunt Rio Grand turkeys. We loaded up the truck and made the 8 hour drive to the northern part of the state. In...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

Whitetail season is now officially over in Illinois. The stands are packed away and the layers of late season gear are back in their scent free totes, and its time to transition to the next season. Throw away the scent...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

Late season hunting can provide some of the most productive time spent in the woods the entire season. Hunters can enjoy tremendous success by locating the remaining food sources and keeping a close tab on the weather. The rut is...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

The Lone Wolf Sit-n-Climb is the quietest, easiest to use climber that I have ever taken to the woods. Not only is it easy to use, but also deadly quiet and easy to transport. I’ve used climbers for a number...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

Many whitetail hunters do the majority of their scouting during the off-season or just before start of the deer season. The knowledge gained during these times is essential in putting the pieces of the puzzle together in order to harvest...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

It's been quite a while since I have seen something take over the bowhunting world like the Rage Broadheads have done in the past year. These heads are “All the RAGE” as they are saying. After reading countless positive experiences...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

The Moultrie I-40 digital scouting camera is one of the most advanced scouting cameras on the market today. It takes color 4.0 megapixel color photos by day and infrared photos during low light and night time hours. I have...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

Living hundreds of miles from your hunting property can really make it tough to put in the time needed to prepare for the upcoming season. Combine the time needed to do so and the soaring gas prices and it's nearly...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

This week I’m going to take a look at some of the features of many of today's trail cameras. All cameras have their positives and negatives and I plan on discussing many of these topics along the way. Film/Digital Cameras...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

The Firenock G series claims to be the most advanced lighted nock available for use in archery. After spending just a short time playing around with them, you’ll quickly learn why. When using the Firenock, there is no fumbling around...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

There was a time when hunter would visit the hardware store, pick up a bag of nails and some wood and head to their favorite spot to erect a stand. Treestands, when used correctly, are one of the whitetails hunter's...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

It's getting to be that time of year again. The season ended just a few months ago, but for diehard whitetail hunters such as me, the offseason is a short one. It's time to get the trail cameras back in...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

By now, in most parts of the country, the rut is starting to wind down. Although there may be a few does that come into estrous yet, the majority has already been bred and bucks have trying to recover for...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

This past Friday was the opening day of the shotgun season in Illinois. I’m not real big on gun hunting, but I do like to go out and shoot some does. I would much rather take a buck with my...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

As I entered my treestand on Saturday morning, there was a cold light mist falling. I was hunting the downwind edge of a known whitetail bedding area. A cold front had moved through the night before and temperatures were nearly...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

This is supposed to be the time of year when the whitetail woods are full of booners chasing does and deer all over the woods and hunting is at it's peak. Such was not the case this weekend where I...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

Friday afternoon was definitely a hunting trip to remember. Conditions were horrible for being outside, but great for deer hunting. There was a gusty northwest wind and it was raining as I entered my ladder stand....

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

Saturday morning I made my first hunting trip to the main property I have access to. The corn was still standing, but I was made the decision I was hunting it anyways. I chose a stand that was 100 yards...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

Saturday was a cool blustery afternoon. I was hunting the farm where I videoed the two big bucks the week before. This time I was set up in the area we saw them come out. I was in a nice...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

Friday afternoon I left the house early to move some cameras around and freshen my mock scrapes. I had several different stands to hunt according to the wind direction that day. Depending on if the farmer had the corn out...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

My weekend started Friday afternoon about 4. I was late getting to the farm, but luckily I didn't have far to walk to where I was going to be hunting. I had never hunted this property before. Its a 3...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

I sprung out of bed faster than I ever have this morning. No more than my alarm sounded, I was in the shower getting prepared for the season's first hunting trip. I had all my equipment in my truck the...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

Whitetail deer communicate through many different senses: vocally, visually, and through scents. Combining these can be a deadly combination. A scrape is a visual sign post. Unlike rubs, which are seldom revisited once first created, some scrapes are reworked...

Blake Hagemeier

Blake Hagemeier

The anticipation of the approaching archery season is better than the night before Christmas. I’ve been scouting since April, my stands are hung (hopefully in the right places) and my food plots are planted. My cameras have been getting pictures...