A Tale of Two Farms
By Ian Eckerstorfer Suburban Standout Outdoors
In the summer of 2011, my excitement was at an all-time high. I finally had pictures and trail camera video of a metro unit Boone and Crocket. “Jolly Green Giant”, as he was named roams “Greenfield” farm. From the road the Greenfield doesn’t look like much, but to a bow hunter it was a dream. A thick fence line runs between a marshy pine bedding area and a hardwood ridge, with alfalfa and soybeans on either side. My stand hung at the intersection of two line fences that formed a great funnel.
By Clint Birtzer
Going into the 2011 deer season I knew things were going to be different. With a full schedule of classes slated to start in August and my first consistent part-time job, I was going to have to earn my stripes as a true weekend warrior. It also meant I needed to ramp up preparations to give myself as much of an edge as possible.
By Ian Eckerstorfer
With the rut a distance memory and the orange army on leave until next season, the deer woods are pretty worked over by the time late archery opens. However, the last few years in December and January I’ve taken numerous deer with my bow. When the conditions are right late archery can be even better than the rut. Strategies for hunting late season whitetails can be simple at times but execution of a sound game plan is key. Food sources, effective scouting, along with timing and set up are all crucial elements of successful late season bow hunting.