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Steve Sheetz

Steve Sheetz

"It's just plain awesome!" Those were the words that my dad used to describe the SITKA Whitetail kit that I bought him two years ago for Christmas. He was able to spend more hours in the stand than ever before...

Steve Sheetz

Steve Sheetz

Day four brings you a variety of holidays goodies that will make even the most hard to shop for person on your list smile. Today I am featuring products from CanCooker, Spot Hogg, Lumenock, and Robinson Outdoors. Number 15 on...

Steve Sheetz

Steve Sheetz

Day 3 of my holiday shopping spree for bow hunters is loaded with gift ideas for any hunter you are buying for this season. Item number 11 on my list of holiday gift giving is for the cross bow...

Steve Sheetz

Steve Sheetz

Welcome to day number two of the top 25 Things to Buy Your Favorite Bow Hunter.    Number six on my buying guide is one of my favorite things I received last year, and it is sure to be a...

Steve Sheetz

Steve Sheetz

 As Christmas time approaches, I get a lot of questions from bow hunting widows asking what they should get their special someone for the holidays.  After giving it some thought, I came up with a list of stuff that will...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

Our last group of the year was a group with Mossberg Shot Guns. They had bought a turkey/hog hunt to try our their new shot guns. This group consisted of Linda Powell, Mossberg's head of media relations and three outdoor...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

I guess I'm just having some really bad luck cat hunting right now. Yesterday while training MMA my trainer accidentally tried to push his finger out the back of my head via my left eye. Being hard headed I didn't...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

Another 60 degree morning in south Texas during the month of April. That is something one doesn't see very often. Started hunting this morning just as day was breaking. The sunrise was beautiful coming up behind a huge thunderstorm in...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

This morning when I walked outside at 5:00AM I couldn't believe what I was feeling. It's not very often that one feels a 57 degree morning in south Texas this time of year. Usually this time of year it's at...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

When the phone rings and the caller on the other end of the line is excitedly relaying an unusual wildlife observation, I do my best to join the adrenaline rush brought on by a possible rare or uncommon sighting....

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

I try very hard to take my cat hounds out every day that I am not guiding some other kind of hunt. This morning was one of those days. Up at 5:00AM , I get up a little early just...

Heather Warnecke

Heather Warnecke

For many hunters like myself, the land acquisition phase of your whitetail program is quickly approaching. This year, I find myself in a real conundrum. I have lost access to two separate properties that were hunted in 2010. Both are...

Smoke Armstrong

Smoke Armstrong

It was Saturday 23 April 2011 a couple of buddies of mine and one of my buddies daughter planned to turkey hunt together at our deer hunting club. The weather had a different plan for us as I woke up...

Chris Pulchny

Chris Pulchny

Lets’ start with the fact that I’m a 24 year old senior college student, Spring break to someone in my shoes usually would have meant sand and beaches with plenty of cold drinks. Not to this guy, not because I...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

Morgan Menke- Morgan is a young lady with a love of deer hunting. She was so excited to be in camp and I was excited to hunt with her and her father. The first evening after sighting in her gun...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

Wynn- I didn't actually guide Wynn's hunt but I did help on all of his bucks. He bought a trophy hunt and a management. He also wanted to do all of this with a bow. If we have the guides...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

Mike- Mike is a gentleman from Dallas, Tx and one of the most pleasurable clients I’ve ever guided. He is just a great guy and he loves to hunt whitetail deer. As usual, we started out the evening looking around....

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

Dax - Dax came with his Mother Nan from the great state of Florida. Our hunt began shortly after he sighted his rifle in. We looked around that first after noon and saw a lot of deer....

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

John - John came down from New York with five other guys including his brother and father. I had a buck picked out for this hunt well before their arrival. John and I hunted this buck for the first two...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

Sid - Sid is a repeat client that I have guided for several years. He's a great guy and loves hunting just about every species there is. He looks forward to his week at Mellon Creek every year and he...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

Steve - Steve with Huntonly.com came to hunt with is in October. After arriving at the lodge we talked a bit and headed to the range to make sure his rifle was sighted in. That's always important, as the airline...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

With the sun setting on the 2010/2011 hunting season, my thoughts of the bucks I chased all fall are as bright as ever. I am still running my trail cameras to monitor which bucks have made it and have a...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

I found myself right were I belong 3 hours before sunset on Thursday and Friday evening, 20ft up in an Oak tree overlooking a well traveled deer trail!...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

I was asked by some clients/friends to go along with them on a pheasant hunt in Nebraska a few years ago. Not really having anything going on, I accepted. This trip turned out to be the biggest disaster I have...

Chris Pulchny

Chris Pulchny

Well if you read my review of the GlenDel target, you know it's time to be practicing! There are about hundred, thousand things you should be practicing right now to get ready for the upcoming fall. Whether that is shooting...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

My brother, who is a cat hunter as well called me yesterday to tell me about a cat that had been getting away from him. He said that he had run the cat 17 times and each time the cat...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

My alarm went off at 4:45AM this morning, time to get up and go cat hunting. Even though this time of year is hot in Texas, the hounds have to be run. With a huge cup of coffee in my...

Dan Braman

Dan Braman

2008 would prove to be a year that will be burned in my memory for a long time. Like most years at Mellon Creek Outfitters we enjoyed 100% opportunity in all areas of hunting with kill success in 98% range....

B. Wikman

B. Wikman

Gathering ordinary items has never been a serious fad of mine. Collecting rare coins, ancient stamps and varieties of old books doesn't compare to the sting that motivates me to find the priceless antler of a big buck!...

Chris Pulchny

Chris Pulchny

I have already written about taking my first deer, and since turkey season isn't far I’m going to let you all know the story behind my first turkey harvest. I had been turkey hunting for about four years and had...

Chris Pulchny

Chris Pulchny

I hope everyone remembers that magic moment they harvested their first deer, Very clearly down to the very last detail. I’ll cover mine with you right here, you can laugh at some of it, and smile a little along the...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

I know that's not exactly how the traditional saying goes, as I’m substituting a kitten in place of lion to describe the month of March. At least, that's how I'd like to see March unfold, with a beginning, middle and...

Smoke Armstrong

Smoke Armstrong

When planning and preparation meet opportunity, is it luck or destiny when it comes to hunting whitetail deer. It's my opinion that it's a little bit of both. In my 35 years of hunting whitetail deer I’ve evolved from little...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Story By: Michael Stefanik It was the evening of October 23rd and I was preparing my hunting gear to hunt one of my stands in the morning. This was the first time I would be hunting this stand this year....

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

5am came earlier than normal it seemed and the thought of getting up and heading out into the 20 degree weather is enough to make any hunter at least consider rolling over and staying tucked under the covers. After 15...

B. Wikman

B. Wikman

My broad heads seek early season whitetail like a man The forest's canopy is choked with heavy green foliage wrapping around limbs, while the floor's scattered with gold nuggets of prized acorns. There's no better time to hunt Buffalo County,...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Fall hunting seasons vary in length, and most hunters will say that none are long enough. The problem, however, is more about season overlap than it is about season length. So many things are going on at once that it's...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Last week I discussed a situation where a friend and I were denied permission to hunt on land that wasn't posted. From ducks to deer, if you’re a freelance hunter there's a good chance you have, or will, encounter a...

Aaron Daye

Aaron Daye

My spring 2009 turkey season was about to start and with a few final checks before the opener, I was ready. For the past few weeks I had been scouting my properties for the up-coming season. I was able to...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Turkey Season came to an end without a bang, but we still had a blast chasing those birds this spring. The season is just over a month long here in Maryland, but seemed to end too quickly this year....

B. Wikman

B. Wikman

Kansas has consistently proved to be one of my favorite turkey hunting hot spots from across the country. Beefy Rio and Eastern birds throw down some of the most incredible strut, gobble, and fight action I’ve ever seen. For the...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Well... Bad luck prevailed again this morning... Hunting before heading to work is great, but being a little rushed to get to work creates tough decisions that don't seem to be going our way…...

B. Wikman

B. Wikman

Speckled flickers of sunlight accented the needle-like tips of the white pines as the morning wakes the forest. I rest, hidden in camouflage. My body's limbs match the forest floor, eroded bark, and thick vegetation. I evolve into the...

B. Wikman

B. Wikman

Tireless hordes of excessive feather chasin’, bone crushin’ outdoor hunting fanatics packed the Alliant Energy Center last weekend for the Madison Deer and Turkey Expo. Madison is home to one of the largest deer, turkey, and outdoor tradeshows in the...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

With the onset of April, our summer calendars being to fill with weddings, reunions, centennials and other celebrations and vacations. Before that calendar gets too full, you might want to look at a few opportunities that could help enhance future...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Spring turkey season is days and not weeks away. The turning of the calendar means you'll need a new 2009 fishing license, and snow geese continue to roll through the state....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

As school years descend ever so gradually toward spring and summer vacation, a new crop of seniors begin a transition toward the next step in life....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

This winter began in much of the state even before the opening shots of last fall's deer rifle season, and some are joking we'll still be ice fishing on Memorial Day. While some long-range forecasts predicted a fairly hostile beginning...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Regardless of what the calendar says, North Dakota's current winter began during the days leading up to the opener of last fall's deer season. Now it's the backside of January and it's colder and snowier. Young and old alike seem...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Written by: Old Pole It's day one. We woke up from our little nap after the four of us were driving nearly two complete revolutions of the hour hand on the clock. Camp is at nearly 7000 feet. We are...

E. Jones

E. Jones

Hey everyone, It's been a while since I last made a journal entry on HuntOnly, but I've been doing my best to spend a good amount of time in the woods this year. I've been bow hunting pretty hard since...

H. DeLong

H. DeLong

“Can you see the one on the far left?” I whispered. “Yeah,” Tyler answered. “I think I can get through the branches. I’m on her front shoulder. Here goes.” It is said that the Lord works in mysterious ways. I...

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...

E. Jones

E. Jones

I can hardly believe the season is over in less than a week. It seems like just yesterday I was preparing to hunt in my favorite early season spots and complaining about hunting in 60 degree weather. Well the...

E. Jones

E. Jones

Now that gun season has kicked in I’m starting to switch to some other types of hunting. I only gun hunt a few days a year, so I try to find some other ways to pass the time until bow...

M. Norfleet

M. Norfleet

Over the last few years of duck hunting my philosophy has drastically changed. When I first got serious about duck hunting I was all about hunting in big open water. Several hunting buddies and I would meet at the local...

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...

E. Jones

E. Jones

Friday marked the end of the bear hunting season in Virginia. This was my first hunting season that I focused more on killing my first bear, than chasing big whitetails. After a good buddy killed a 382 pound bear on...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

This was going to be an evening in the whitetail woods to remember. My computerized scouting almost seemed to pay off already as I slipped down into the new found funnel that was littered with rubs, and a few scrapes....

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...

T. Briggs

T. Briggs

On the evening of November 5, I went out to a stand location I have been hunting actively all year. It is located near a food source. Well there is a whitetail buck that I estimate to be about a...

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....

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

As the sun comes up on yet another October 30th, I can't help but remember my hunting trip on this day, 2 years ago, when I was able to arrow my biggest buck to date. The Pre-Rut is in full...

T. Fanning

T. Fanning

It seems that for the last few years I am always finding myself looking for some more sun block during the duck hunting season. I can't keep enough of that SPF-100 around. Last fall I sat on top of my...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

The long awaited time of year is fast approaching, and as much as hunters are trying to guess which days spent hunting will be best, the bucks are starting to make their rounds, guessing which doe will be the first...

E. Jones

E. Jones

I’ve been hunting hard the last 3 weeks, spending at least 4 days a week in a tree watching and observing the whtietail activity on our farm. This year we are faced with a very atypical situation, unseasonably cool weather,...

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...

T. Fanning

T. Fanning

What is going to become more apparent to you as you read more of what I write this hunting season will be the enormous black cloud that hovers just above my head. I’m not talking good ducky day black cloud....

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...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

The hunting day started off like any other, with a lot of excitement and optimism of the day ahead. This morning was a special Duck Hunting trip to Maryland's Eastern shore that began about 3 O’clock in the morning. It...

T. Briggs

T. Briggs

Well I had been waiting for this past weekend for a long time. I heard earlier in the week that the temperatures where suppose to get down into the lower 40's which should make for some great hunting, but when...

T. Briggs

T. Briggs

It's the third week of hunting season here in Georgia and I haven't seen much activity thus far. I have only seen 11 deer and been out nearly 20 times. It's frustrating for me this time of year. The deer...

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...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Worry and happiness comes over me as I stumbled onto hunting permission for 300 acres just down the road. Happiness because now I have a totally new piece of property to spend time hunting on, which will allow me to...

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...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

October 1st of the 2006 Hunting season found temps in the high 70's in MD, not the type of weather we think of when the whitetail rut comes to mind. However the whitetail bucks in the area are already gearing...

J. Ansley

J. Ansley

Many hunters have debated over the use of fawn bleats as a way of calling deer. Some argue that it spooks the deer and ruins future hunts, while others make the point that it works remarkably well. Fawn bleats are...

T. Fanning

T. Fanning

This past month has proved harder to hunt than I could have ever expected. Let alone to keep a journal about it. Every week I would run home, try to work on my blind, hunt, then fix whatever I broke...

E. Jones

E. Jones

Well everybody, we are almost at the two week point here in Maryland, and what a great two weeks we’ve had. The weather has been perfect for early season hunting, the strong arctic cold front made it feel like mid-October...

C. Jeans

C. Jeans

I had gotten permission to hunt some property in NE Texas just a few days ago, 684 acres to be exact. 60 percent is in pasture, mixture between hay fields and corn. The other 40 percent is wooded. The owner...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Anticipation is at an all-time high on opening morning. As I gather my gear and load it into the truck, thoughts of the big bucks caught by the trail cameras all summer long run through my mind. The adrenaline already...

E. Jones

E. Jones

After watching, waiting, and scouting all summer long, the season is finally upon us. Tomorrow is opening day, do you know where you going to be watching the sun come up? I know where I’ll be. There is a...

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...

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

It's 100 degrees outside with flashes on the TV warn the general public about the humidity. One would think all these factors would be enough to detour any rational person from heading out on a hiking adventure with 50...