Monday, August 30, 2010

The count down is on.

I'm doomed! I'm sure of it. After some intensive reading of John Eberhart's book, Precision Bowhunting, there is no possible way I'm going to bag a giant P & Y buck this year. Ok maybe I'm being over dramatic but I certainly wish I had bought this book last year instead of this year. I have enjoyed the book so far. It gives a great month by month process to plan and prepare for the conquest of the biggest bad boy you can find.

    It's not a total loss. For starters I have a tree saddle which is what the Eberhart's hunt in exclusively. I should be able to more effectively and less intrusively adapt as I go through the season. I've pulled the camera out of the bush and won't go back again until hunting season. I'm not thrilled with the preparation I've made but I've decided that doing it now is the wrong end of the year. Some of last year's mid season scouting will be very useful this year and it's in a section of bush with little understory and very tall canopies.

So why did I pull the camera? Ok I'll admit it wasn't completely because of the book. I think I've found what I want on this particular farm and I have 3 more farms and only one camera. If it hadn't been a bazillion degrees out today I probably would have set it up again for a week or so in a "plan B" site for opening day if the wind isn't in my favour. I got some fabulous pictures at this site, however, so I'm feeling pretty pumped. One month to go until opening day and hopefully these guys will make an appearance.


  1. I've been wanting to read that book for a little while now. It seems like there is some good information in it. Nice pics too, how do you like the wildgame cameras?

  2. The book is great Matt. I probably shuold have read it before I decided to learn to hunt but better late than never. It's deffinately making me think a little differently about the spots I found to hunt on my various properties. If you read my earlier blogs you'll also understand another reason I like the book. They told me what to do about my underwear lol.

    The wild game cam is cheap and therefore I can't be too hard on it. The functional range at night seems to be under 20 yards which sucks. The sensor seems to have a wider angle than the lens causing some randomness in the pictures and I wish it had a 5 second reset time rather than only 30 seconds and above. It does a better job than me sketching them in pencil though :).

  3. Thanks Ward, I was wondering how they would perform considering the price. The quality of the images look pretty good.

  4. I look at 1000+ game cam pics and videos every week and still always find everyones most enjoyable. Great shots Ward!

    Don't fret so either. We all know you could do what it says in that book to a tee and still go empty handed.

    Have a little faith, hunt hard and get lucky! It will happen for ya!

  5. Thanks Kari. I know. I have the advantage that there is no possible way the deer are as pressured here as they are in Michigan. I also don't mind taking does. They taste better anyway. I'm allowed 3 deer of any type in this management unit and I can get a total of 6 in all the units combined so somwhere in all that I hope I'll find something decent with sticks attached to its head. If not that's ok too. They all eat the same :). Wish I could get 1000 pics of critters a week on that camera. I get all excited when I get 15 or so.

    Matt. I think we get hung up a little on picture quality of daytime shots on these things. I wuold be much happier if they didn't focus so much on the megapixels of daytime shots and put their energy into making better and more affordable night time images. Since I'm never going to print these to paper what do I care how many megapixels they are??