Hunting

Spring is a wonderful time of year, everything is turning green and mating season starts for turkey.  Gobblers become aggressive and are on the look out for hens, and family groups are becoming less close knit.  all this gives a hunter  the perfect chance to bag a big spring turkey.

Gobbles, crow calls, and a good raspy hen call are all sure to get a spring gobbler out in the open.  However the same thing applies during the spring as the winter, DON’T OVER CALL.  Avoid a distress call and lean more towards the challenges and the here I am yelps to get that big boy strutting right out in the open.

Unlike the fall turkey season (at least here in Oklahoma) rimfire rifles are not allowed for a spring hunt.  Shotguns with a nice tight pattern are a go too for this season.  Turkey are tough birds so don’t be surprised if it takes you a few shots to put one down and be prepared to do a little searching to find that bird you just harvested.

Always remember when out in the field during turkey season to avoid wearing white, red, and blue, these colors can make you a potential target. Keep that emergency kit ready, keep an eye out for snakes, and always remember your insect protection!

Arguably the most expensive and profitable hunting activity is trapping fur bearers.  It’s a game of patience though and there are a lot of technicalities. Always make sure your traps are legal and the animals that require tagging (like bobcat and otter) are tagged properly, wardens and properly registered check points can help you with this.

Regulations

Always, and we mean always check the regulations for description on legal traps, trap marking and tagging, and animal tagging.  You can find Oklahoma regulations here http://www.eregulations.com/oklahoma/hunting/furbearer-regulations/ . Remember to always stay up to date and ask a warden for clarification on any point you don’t understand. Never take another persons interpretation as correct.

Checking/tagging

Many people choose to freeze their bobcat and otter and that’s a great way to preserve them until sale, but if you choose to do so before having them tagged here are some tips!  First of all before freezing cut a 1/2 inch slot from gum line to the eye and insert a spacer that can be removed easily. Second you will want to partially thaw your animal before taking them to a tagging station, this will help them get you in and out quickly and very little fuss.

Sale

Many of the fur buyers prefer that you do not skin the animal first, freezing will keep the hide from decomposing while you wait for a chance to sell them.  Always check regulations on interstate sales before attempting to sell hides outside of the state, this will save you a ton on legal fees!

So happy trapping and remember even though the regulations can be a pain, staying legal will save you a lot of trouble!

December is an all around bird hunting month.  Pheasant, quail, dove, and duck are all available throughout the month and each one is an amazing experience.   Many Bird hunters look forward to this month all year long.

Dove

Dove season is on it’s second round and with the weather the numbers should be up.  It’s a great time to get young kids into the sport.

Duck

Though not open in every area of the state, it is still going on and the numbers have been good this year!  Make sure to check the regulations to see if your district is open for the December duck hunt.

Pheasant

Pheasant is just opening up and it’s a perfect sport for those who hate to sit still and hunt.  Get your bird dogs out and hit those grasslands to harvest some gorgeous birds.

Quail

Quail has been going for almost a month, but it’s still a wonderful sport for those of you who hate to sit still while you are out in the pasture.  Not as brightly colored as a pheasant but still a wonderful tasting bird.

Turkey

The longest lasting bird season of them all it runs from October 1 to Jan 15 and it’s a thrill to call one of these delicious birds in for harvest.

Stands

    Hunters use stands to conceal their movements, scent, and outline from deer.  Making Stands an important tool in any hunters arsenal.  There are many key features to look at when picking the type of stand you will use.  In this article I will break down the features and help you make your choice!

 

Permanent Stands

Permanent Stands are just that. Stands set permanently on private lands overlooking a specific hunting area.

 

Advantages

Permanent stands provide comfort, protection from the weather, ease of use, and safety.

Disadvantages

Permanent stands cannot be moved, change height, or adjust for wind direction. Hunters most often only use them on private land.

Temporary Stands

   Temporary stands are another type, these attach to trees and can easily be taken down and moved.   Highly adaptable in nature these stands makes them a great asset to have when hunting public land or land that is worked when deer season is not going.

Advantages

Temporary stands also allow you to move on your property to follow new deer sign and the wind. Temporary stands are portable.  Temporary stands allow you to adjust your height.

Disadvantages

Temporary stands provide little protection from the weather.  Constant maintenance is required and it has less stability than a permanent stand. You are also unable to make the stand extremely comfortable.

It’s 4 a.m. and your alarm blares in the stillness, unlike the normal day to day routine you wake up full of energy and raring to go.  It’s opening day of deer rifle season, you have waited 350 days for your chance to hit the woods again.  Your stand has been set up for a month, your feeders are working triple time, and there is a huge buck that has made several dawn appearances on your trail cams.  Your truck is loaded down with all your gear, you packed last night and triple checked your list.  Five minutes of dressing and you are off, cruising down the road to that spot you have spent all year perfecting, shooting lanes, food plots, feeders, stands for every single direction the wind could blow from have been tweaked and tuned, all it is missing is you and your rifle.  The perfectly cleared path to your stand  doesn’t give you any trouble and you slip in under the cover of darkness without even snapping a twig.

Finally you are set in your stand and the sky brightens almost imperceptibly as shooting time creeps closer and closer.  You can already see a few small bucks out chasing, but they aren’t the ones you are looking for.  Finally that little green screen on your watch tells you that if you decide to squeeze the trigger it will be legal. Deep down the excitement is churning through your insides but on the outside, you sit completely motionless except for your ever scanning eyes.

Just as the sun breaks the horizon, you see some movement from the corner of your eye and you hear that deep grunt of a mature buck ring through the dawn quiet.  The anticipation as you listen to him move closer, and you slowly turn yourself to look down the shooting lane. There he is, that monster buck that’s been the star on your cams for the past few weeks, slowly strutting right out into the open, presenting you with a beautiful broadside shot.  You watch this majestic beast in awe for a few moments before you settle down to take the shot, you can feel the slight shake in your hands, and you take a deep breath and let it out to steady yourself as you take aim.  A slow steady squeeze and the shot rings through the air.  Your target kicks once before starting to bound away.  Just as he clears the brush on the other side of the clearing you hear a loud crash, your prey has fallen.  Shaking you start out of your stand, and make your way over to the spot where he vanished from your sight, there is good blood with lots of bubbles in it leading right up to the brush line.  You push through and see that thick bodied brute laying limply on the ground, he ran a whole forty yards before he fell.  Today was a good day, and tomorrow, well tomorrow could be even better.

 

This is what every hunter dreams his opening day is like, trophy buck, perfect weather, and a perfect shot.  Sadly without the prep time you aren’t going to get this kind of day.  This is and example, even if it is an imaginary scenario, of what it takes to cultivate an area.  The hunter spent the entire year, scouting, trimming, planning, and enacting a routine to draw deer in, keep them on his land, and make sure that he could hunt his spot in any given situation.  His gear was packed with care and ready and his stands were maintained and in place long enough that the changes in surrounding didn’t spook the deer.  His rifle sighted in and his ammo was good so when he did squeeze off that round he hit that perfect shot.  For all of you who think deer hunting is just something that hunters do for a couple weeks out of the year you are wrong, hunting is a passion and successful hunters usually take different steps all year long to make sure when they hit the stand that they will have the highest chances of harvesting a trophy or meat for the fridge.  They visit their local outdoor sporting good stores and purchase supplies, get information about wildlife, and monitor the weather.  True there is some luck involved but the more preparation you do the less luck you need.  So make sure you are up to date, gear in top shape, and have everything you need by coming out to see us!  (We can’t guarantee a big buck we can help you increase your chances on taking one if he shows up!)