Darren in the Woods

The Fishing & Hunting Connection

We are excited to announce that we acquired the “fishing and hunting connection” blog. A great resource about, you guessed it, fishing and hunting. The Fishing and Hunting Connection blog was a fantastic resource for anyone looking for a fishing or hunting guide and advice on how to get the most out of their time …

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Do Deer Eat Grapefruit?

Some people outside the hunting and agricultural industries are often surprised to learn that deer will eat just about anything. Deer will eat crops, grasses, vegetation, acorns, and nuts. This means that deer can digest a wide range of plant material. So if you have a grapefruit tree in your backyard, chances are that the …

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How To Find Out Where Deer Are Bedding

Have you ever wondered how to find out where deer are bedding? We are going to answer that question for you! Understanding their preferred bedding areas can set up a game plan to hunt them more effectively. How far do Deer Travel from their Bedding Area According to Whitetail Habitat Solutions, “Bucks that show up …

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Deer Attraction: How to Rehabilitate Old Apple Trees

Apple trees can provide a great deal of quality food to whitetails. Reclaiming an abandoned orchard can be a great idea. You will improve the habitat and nutrition of deer on your property. If you live in an area with a lot of deer pressure, an orchard can provide superb cover from hunting pressure. In …

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How To Get Started Bowhunting

As the sport of archery continues to grow in popularity and school-based archery programs flourish, it is only natural to observe a significant rise in bowhunter recruitment. This is especially true when new archers are coupled with experienced bowhunters in mentorship of sorts. However, not all prospective bowhunters are presented with this luxury, leaving one …

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Will Deer Blood Spook other Deer

When it comes to deer, there is a lot that remains unknown. One question that continues to baffle hunters and researchers is whether or not the blood of a deer will scare away other deer. Some people believe that the scent of blood will scare away other deer, while others think that a deer carcass …

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Big-Game Species: North America´s Most (Bow)Hunted

In North America, there are 29 big-game species recognized by Pope & Young Club. Each of these animals is prized for its meat, antlers, or fur. In some cases, all three! Pope & Young Club keep bowhunting’s official records, and it shares data with wildlife agencies so they can analyze big-game populations. To qualify for …

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Shooting Off the Shelf Vs. Using A Rest

Shooting Off The Shelf Vs. Using A Rest

It’s one of the age-old questions in archery- do you shoot ‘off the shelf’, or use an arrow rest? A quick glance at any of the many archery forums on the internet will reveal this to be a controversial topic. Is one method of shooting really superior to the other? You’ll find proponents of both …

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Best Spring Food Plot Blends For Whitetail

Many hunters place a significant amount of effort into improving the habitat in and around the area they hunt. This is done for multiple reasons, including enhancing hunting conditions in anticipation of the fall ahead. Improvements of this nature are also made to strengthen the health of the local deer herd by improving fawn recruitment …

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Prep Your Bow For The Next Hunting Season

The next bow hunting season is right around the corner. Now is the time to get your bow in top shape. This starts with inspecting every component of your bow. Check for loose screws, frayed cables, your bowstring, and cracks in the limbs. Also, spend some time with maps, check regulations for changes, and buy …

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Shed Antlers: What Information Do They Provide Hunters?

During the spring of the year, droves of passionate whitetail hunters take to the woods in search of shed antlers. This, of course, is for a good reason, as something is fascinating about locating a shed antler that has been cast to the side. For many hunters, a pile of shed antlers is every bit …

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Can Deer See Color?

Deer are known for their keen senses, which they employ to avert danger whenever possible. For the average hunter, success hinges upon the ability to beat these senses, thereby preventing detection. However, this feat is seldom accomplished without a keen understanding of a deer’s abilities, whether that be in regards to hearing, sight, or smell. …

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Where Do Deer Go During the Day?

When hunting, nothing renders success quite as consistently as thoroughly understanding the habits of the game we hunt. This is especially true when hunting extremely pattern-oriented game, such as whitetail deer. New hunters, especially, are often left with many questions regarding the habits of the deer they hunt. One such question relates to where deer …

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The Ultimate Guide To Outdoor Survival

The Ultimate Guide To Outdoor Survival

Everything You Need To Know About Hunting And Surviving In The Wild Hunting is something mankind has done since it learned to walk on two legs and use tools. While we don’t need to hunt to feed our families anymore, it can still be a great way to spend the weekend. Anyone who knows anything …

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What is the Best Archery Distance for Beginners?

Have you ever wondered how many yards should archery beginners practice? Archers should start out at a close distance when shooting. You need to be comfortable with the target before you move farther away. A qualified instructor will help you determine the proper distance to shoot. For most younger people, starting at 5 yards is a …

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What is a Female Deer Called?

There are many different names for female deer, depending on the region in which they live. The size of the species plays an important role too. Some of the more common names include doe and cow. In North America, female white-tail deer are called does. Deer Species in North America There are different deer species …

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Bowhunting: Should I Use A Release Aid And Why?

Those that are new to the sport of archery often become overwhelmed at the onslaught of information that presents itself when one is attempting to decipher which gear they should purchase. Questions such as, “Should I use a release aid, and if so, why?” are common among those that are new to shooting a bow. …

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How To Decock A Crossbow

As most hunters are aware, not every hunt ends in success, and many times, no shot is taken. This presents crossbow hunters with a unique situation, as safe hunting practices dictate that it is essential to unload any weapon before transport. This leaves a large number of new crossbow users every year to wonder how …

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Fishing Guides

ALABAMA FISHING GUIDESGreat Southern Outdoors Wildlife Plantation123 Acre Private Lake stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. Designed for Casting, Spinning, and Fly Fishing. Family Owned and Operated. Packages include Lodging, Meals, Fishing, and Boat use. Contact Rex Pritchett or Ginger Curry at Great Southern Outdoors.Phone: 334-738-5066Email: Great Southern Outdoors ALASKA FISHING GUIDESAlaskan Adventure ChartersI am a …

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Hunting Guides

Alabama Hunting GuidesGreat Southern Outdoors Wildlife Plantation6000 acres of prime hunting property located in Bullock County in the famous Black Belt Region of Alabama. Family Owned and Operated with 20+ years of quality whitetail deer management. Packages include Lodging, Meals, Hunts & Guide Service. Contact Rex Pritchett or Ginger Curry at Great Southern Outdoors.Phone: 334-738-5066Email: Great Southern …

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Taxidermists

Alabama TaxidermistsStan Gross TaixidermyStan Gross Taxidermy is a full-service wildlife taxidermy studio specializing in full mount trophies, shoulder mount trophies, birds, waterfowl, and all species of big game.Phone: 256-259-3670Email: Stan Gross Taixidermy Twisted Tines TaxidermyAt Twisted Tines, we mount all North American & Texas exotic animals, fish, fowl & soft tan hides. We ship worldwide. Please check …

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Top Destinations For Trophy Whitetail

Though deer season has just drawn to a close, many avid whitetail hunters are already looking forward to the year ahead and the vast opportunity that it presents. Daydreaming gives way to planning as hunters from around the country begin formulating a strategy for the upcoming fall. As part of this planning, several hunters ponder …

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How To Find Lost Arrows

It’s frustrating when you lose an arrow during practice. Maybe you’re new to the game and are still trying to get the hang of things. Or perhaps you’re a seasoned pro, and losing an arrow means you have to waste time looking for it and restarting your practice session. In either case, it’s helpful to …

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Increase Healthy Antler Growth In Bucks

If you want your deer to reach their full potential in terms of antler size, then you need to make sure they’re getting the proper nutrients. Deer need high levels of calcium and phosphorous to produce healthy antlers. What Nutrients Do Deer Need for Proper Antler Growth? Some supplements are designed to help increase body …

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A Guide To Choosing Your First Bow

I have only ever used compound bows for hunting. I have owned several compound bows over the years. Although compound bows feature amazing technology, certain principles always apply to hunting. An accurate compound bow needs to be quiet, reliable, and accurate. High-end compound bows are marketed with speed, vibration after the shot, grips, cams, and camouflage as …

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Bowhunting on the Ground – Still Hunting

I started bowhunting from the ground. It was the only way I knew how to hunt deer. Still hunting with a compound bow, as it turns out, is not quite that simple. Sitting against the base of a tree may work just fine when using a shotgun, but it does not work quite as well …

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What Is The Best Color For A Bowstring?

Bowstrings come in various configurations. Each bowstring material you come across offers a combination of strength, weight, and resistance to water and abrasion. However, while these characteristics depend on the quality of the material, there is one aspect of a bowstring that you can freely choose: the color. Bowstring colors are the topic of debate …

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Booking a Hunting Trip

There are many reasons why people love hunting. Hunting is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the natural surroundings. Hunting is something that all ages can enjoy. For the ones that do not own our hunting land or live in big cities where public hunting land is scarce, booking a hunting trip is …

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Recruiting New Hunters: The Best Way To Preserve Our Hunting Heritage

As spring turns to summer, many hunters find themselves in the midst of a lull of sorts. Turkey season has now concluded, yet deer season is still months away. While the avid bowhunter can certainly pass the time by shooting their bow or preparing stands for the fall ahead, some still find themselves attempting to …

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Archery Speed Shooting Techniques

Archery is an ancient skill that has been around for centuries. It requires patience, practice, and skill. One of the most exciting aspects of archery is speed shooting. Medieval archers were able to shoot arrows at an astonishing rate. The archery speed shooting techniques, as well as the archery equipment, have dramatically changed since those …

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