Nikon Monarch African Scope

Nikon Monarch African Scope – $175.00
*Maximum Magnification: 4X
*Model: Nikon Monarch
*Lens Diameter: 20
*Reticle: German #4

Nikon P-Tactical 4-12×40 BDC 600 Scope – $174.00
*Reticle: BDC
*Color: Black
*MPN: 16524
*Lens Diameter: 40mm
*Maximum Magnification: 12X
*Model: BDC
*UPC: 0018208165247

Nikon Buckmasters 3-9x50mm Rifle Scope w/ Duplex Reticle – $169.99
*Maximum Magnification: 9X
*Reticle: Duplex
*Model: Nikon Buckmaster
*Lens Diameter: 50mm

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Kodiak Deer Attractant Scent Pads And Many Others

Kodiak Deer Attractant Scent Pads – $6.49
*Model: Doe in Heat
*Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
*Type: Lure/Attractant
*UPC: 760626725557

Black Widow Deer Lures A0250 Scent Wicks Game Lures 4pk – $6.96
**Type: Lure/Attractant
*MPN: A0250
*UPC: 899508000250

Tink’s Scent Dispersal Scent Bombs Deer/Buck Hunting W5841 – $6.99
*Model: W5841
*Custom Bundle: No
*Type: Scent Wicks

Tink’s Scent Dispersal Scent Bombs Deer/Buck Hunting W5841 – $4.49

Tinks Deer Scent Bomb Scent Dispensers Lure And Cover with Wicks Scent Bombs – $8.25

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30 Gallon Heavy Duty Hunting Deer Quick Set 225 Game Feeder with Digital Timer

30 Gallon Heavy Duty Hunting Deer Quick Set 225 Game Feeder with Digital Timer – $90.99
Manufacturer Part Number: WGIFD0025
Features: Durable Design, Quick Assembly
Type: Feeder Timer

30 Gallon Heavy Duty Hunting Deer Quick Set 225 Game Feeder with Digital Timer – $89.35

Tree hoist EZ – WINCH MOUNT for EZ- Feeder Hanger hand crank hog deer hunting US – $64.99
*Model: EZ- Hunter Feeder Hanger WINCH MOUNT
*Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
*Country of Manufacture: United States
*Type: Hanging Feeder WINCH MOUNT

Feeder Deer Outdoors Feed Bank 300lb. Hunter Game Food Container Hunting Gravity – $317.99
*Model: WX2-584399
*Construction: UV-stabilized polyethylene
*MPN: WX2-584399
*Feed Ports: 4
*Feed Capacity: 300 lbs.

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Nikon Monarch UCC 6.5-20 x 44mm AO Rifle Scope

Check out these deals on Nikon scopes from Ebay.

Nikon Monarch M5 Rifle Scope – $396.00
*Reticle: BDC
*Color: Black
*Maximum Magnification: 16
*Model: Nikon Monarch
*Lens Diameter: 42mm

Nikon 3-9x40mm Omega Rifle Scope ~Silver~ BDC – $299.99
*Maximum Magnification: 9X
*Reticle: BDC
*Model: omega
*Color: Silver
*Lens Diameter: 40mm
*MPN: Does Not Apply
*UPC: Does Not apply

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Rhino Blinds Hunting Deer Ground Blind Realtree Edge Camo Oversized Hub Style

Type: Hub Blind
MPN: HB-8223
UPC: 716398941770

Blinds R150 3 Person Hunting Ground Blind. Free Shipping – $107.00
Model: R150

Barronett Blinds Radar Portable Pop-Up Hunting Ground Hub Blind, Backwoods Camo – $94.39
Bundle Listing: No
Model: RA200BW
Type: Hub Blind

Rhino Blinds R100-RTE Durable 2 Person Outside Hunting Ground Blind, Realtree – $94.99

Rhino Blinds R150 Durable 3 Person Outside Game Hunting Ground Blind, Mossy Oak – $80.00

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Best Deals On C’mere Deer 3 Day Harvest Hunting Scents

ConQuest Scents EverCalm Deer Herd Scent Stick Calming Scent. New In Pac – $16.99
*Model: 1214
*Custom Bundle: No
*Type: Masking Scent
*UPC: 0094922533142

Tink’s Dial-A-Dripper Power Scrape Combo, Deer Scent, Doe-In-Rut Buck Lure
*UPC: 049818214261
*Type: Lure/Attractant
*MPN: 4393
*Model: Dial-A-Dripper
*Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

Wildlife Research 40406 Gold Estrus Synthetic 1 oz Deer Scent – $12.08

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Rhino Blinds Hunting Deer Ground Blind Realtree Edge Camo Oversized Hub Style

Rhino Blinds Hunting Blind Oversized 75″ x 75″ Realtree Edge Camo Hub Style
*Model: TMS-R200-RTE
*Modified Item: No
*Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 75.00 x 75.00 x 66.00 Inches
*MPN: R200-RTE
*Assembled Product Weight: 16 lbs

Barronett Blinds Radar Portable Pop-Up Hunting Ground Hub Blind, Backwoods Camo
*Bundle Listing: No
*Model: RA200BW
*Type: Hub Blind
*Country/Region of Manufacture: Unknown
*UPC: 012642003684

Rhino Blinds R150-MOC Durable 3 Person Outside Hunting Ground Blind, Mossy Oak – $117.39

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Hunting in Seasonally Blocked River Sloughs

For years I have wanted to go hunting in a slough off a local river. The problem: The area is blocked by lily pads from spring until after the first couple of frost. Typically by the start of December the lily pads have died back enough for a small boat to get through.

My boat is a flat bottom aluminum boat with a 30 horsepower Evinrude and trolling motor. It does very well in stump filled river sloughs. Typically, people with fiberglass boats avoid river sloughs which are filled with stumps barely below the water.

The area is so far off the beaten path chances are very few, if anyone hunts the area. From what I have seen over the years, people who hunt on public hunting lands next to a river, the hunters stay near the main river channel. Some may venture into a slough, but not very far. Having fished the Angelina River for over a decade, I have never seen anyone deep in a slough deer hunting. Being on the main river channel means the hunters can stay in the stand until dark, then navigate the main river back to the boat launch, or to a designated camp site.

Designated camp sites brings up another topic – No camping is allowed in the area where I want to go hunting.

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Deer Hunting Load Out

My buddy on YouTube, John Rambo (hopefully not his real name), posted a video about his deer hunting load out. The video not only covers his load out, but also various items he may need to work on his firearms.

Something I like about the video is how John uses a Craftsman tool bag as a range bag. Why didn’t I think about that?

The video makes it sound like John will be spending several days at the deer lease.
Items In His Hunting Load Out

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The Price Of a Hunting Lease Has Gotten Outrageous

I knew this day would arrive, and here it is. The hunting lease my family and I have been a part of for the past 15 years has gotten so expensive I can no longer afford to be a member.

1970s – To be on a hunting lease in the 1970s you had to know someone who was a member of the lease. Then that member had to put in a good word for you. A lot of leases had a waiting list of people who wanted to be a member.

2000s – Hunting leases are begging for members.

In the past 30 years we have seen a shift of people who live in rural areas, timber companies have gobbled up land, parents are not introducing their children to hunting, and most importantly, timber companies are being bought up by invest firms.

The great depression of the 1930s saw a shift of people living in rural areas to living in urban areas. The reason for this shift was simple, and that was to find a job.

As the people who were left in rural areas started to die, their property was left to the children who had moved to rural areas. The children who had moved away had no use for the land, so they did not pay the property taxes. Various counties across the nation seized the land for overdue taxes. As the land was auctioned off guess who bought it, the timber companies.

In essence, we allowed timber companies to buy up unwanted land, then charge us for access.

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Trip to the hunting lease September 14 2012

Here in southeast Texas we have about 2 weeks until bow season starts, and about 7 weeks until rifle season starts.

Over the past few weeks my wife and I have been going to the lease to spread beans and oats, and to check on the feeders. My family and I have 4 feeders and 5 stands setup. One of the stands is a portable ground blind. The other four stands are on legs and overlook at feeder.

Out of 4 feeders, 3 of them had been knocked over. We suspect wild hogs knocked the feeders over; I hope vandals did not knock the feeders over during the summer.

Today (September 14 2012) my dad and I made a trip to the lease. The purpose of this trip was to check the feeder motors, put fresh batteries in the feeders and put 3 bags of corn in each feeder.

Deer feeer on logging roadFirst feeder – is what the family calls the “hog pen stand”. The stand is called “hog pen stand” is because there used to be a hog trap close to the stand. This is one of the feeders that was knocked over during the off season. My wife and I stood the feeder up a couple of weeks ago.

Dad backed his truck up to the feeder, the lid was removed and the inside inspected. As usual there was a good bit of rotten corn inside the feeder. It was leaned over, turned upside down and the spoiled corn was was dumped out on the ground.

Hogs will find the spoiled corn.

The feeder was stood up; the motor was locked up, so we installed a new motor. When the feeder fell over during the summer, the motor housing fell in such a way that it caught water, filled up, and the motor was sitting in water for several months. As a result of the water and the rust, the motor was ruined.

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Spreading oats and beans at the hunting lease

Hunting season is only 2 months away, and that is for rifle season. In some areas of the nation, bow season starts the first weekend of October. The recent droughts have drove up the price of deer corn. What used to cost $4 – $5 for a 50 pound bag, now cost around $10 – $11 for a 50 pound bag.

A lot of people object to the use of wildlife feeders, or even hunting over a food plot. If you object to those kinds of hunting tactics, that is fine. I have no objection to your objection. Just realize that your objection gives you no special privileges or rights.

My family and I hunt on what is called a pine plantation. The timber companies cut down oak trees, strip the land, and replant only fast growing hybrid pine trees. During the stripping process, natural food sources are displaced or even destroyed. Its sad how our forest are turning into nothing more then pine tree gardens. A few years ago the local timber company cut down oaks trees that were at least 75 years old, bulldozed the oak trees into a pile and burned them.

Deer are foragers, kinda like goats. Deer walk around eating weeds, twigs, just about anything they can find. But there are certain food sources that deer like, such as acorns. When the timber companies cut, bulldoze and burn oak trees, what are the hunters supposed to hunt over? We can scout for deer trails, but there is no promise the deer are taking those trails during daylight hours.

In order to replace those lost food sources, hunters will sometimes set up feeders, or plant a food plot.

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Deer Season Daypack Loadout

Deer season is here, instead of grabbing a pack, throwing some random gear in and heading out to the woods, lets take a look at some items that should be considered. The way I look at it, your pack needs to contain everything you need to track a wounded deer, find your way back back to the truck after dark or spend an unexpected night in the woods.

Basic Daypack

This could be anything from a school book bag, to a good quality pack like a Maxpedition Sitka or Maxpedition Noatak. You need something that is not going to tear apart when your tracking a deer as the last bit of the sunlight fades away. For my current load out I am using the Maxpedition Noatak.


When possible, I like to have a TOPO map of the area. A GPS is nice, but electronics can fail, batteries can go dead,,,, a physical map is difficult to beat.

But, in order for everything to come together, you have to know how to use a map, GPS and compass. Having a TOPO map in one hand and a compass in the other hand does not do any good if you do not know how to use them.

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Misconceptions in deer hunting

One of the comments posted to my video about setting up a deer blind kinda struck me. The comment went something like setting up a deer blind was along the lines of deer camping and that I might as well be shooting deer on a deer farm.

I am going to guess that the person posting the comments has never had the opportunity to watch deer in its natural state?

It seems to me that people think deer hunting is easy, that you can sneak up on a deer, and you will have meat on the table. That is about as far from the truth as you can get.

If deer can stay away from natural predators, how does a city slicker think they can walk into the woods and find a deer?

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Ground blind for deer hunting

Ground blind for deer huntingA few weeks ago I bought a bone collector dog house blind from the local china-mart. This past saturday 2 of my sons and I went out to the lease, did some scouting and setup the blind. Rifle season here in Texas starts in 2 weeks. I am getting a late start on the season, but oh well, you do what you have to do.

We followed a creek until we found an oak tree that had a bunch of acorns on the ground and some rubs.

From the oak tree we moved to the north maybe 35 yards and setup the blind on the edge of some underbrush. There is a thicket with a lot of underbrush that opens up to the creek bottom and a pine tree clearing. The blind is setup on the edge.

Related forum section – Hunting Forum

The spot for the blind was picked for 3 reasons:

Water – Texas has been under a terrible drought, probably the worst drought in 50 years. Due to the drought a lot of creeks have dried up, that is why I paid special attention to water.

Food – Due to the drought, a lot of oak trees are stressed and seem to be dropping immature acorns. I was looking for an oak tree close to the creek that was dropping mature acorns. The acorns should attract squirrels, hogs and deer.

Deer sign – with several rubs in the area, I know there is a buck moving around. I did not find any scraps, so rubs will have to do.

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Hunting season check list

Deer hunting DS Arms SA58 FN/FALRifle season here in Southeast Texas starts in about 2 1/2 months. As opening day inches ever closer, its time to start thinking about getting ready for the big day.

Check out the deer camp and make sure no vandals have tore anything up during the off season. Sometimes people will go to the camp and mess with stuff. One year a couple of sets of antlers were stolen, another year a shed was broke into and a chainsaw was stolen.

Scout the area where you want to hunt. With the drought this year, any place there is a waterhole will probably be a good location. There is a creek on the lease that almost always has water in it. I am thinking about setting up a ground blind on a hill that overlooks part of that creek. With the drought in its current state, I suspect anything that lives in the woods will be gathering around creeks that have water.

Oak trees – I am wondering how the drought is going to affect this years acorn crop. The oak tree in my front yard is loaded with small acorns, but they are dropping before they are mature. Its like the oak tree is stressed under the current drought.

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Thinking about the 2011 – 2012 hunting season

east texas whitetail deerWe are on the final 3 month countdown to the start of hunting season here in Texas. Bow season starts in October, and rifle season starts the first weekend in November. How is the season going to turn out? I have no idea.

My new rifle, a DS Arms SA58 FN/FAL needs a scope. Even though the shots are only about 75 – 100 yards, in the late evening light the sights seem to just fade away. I thought about getting some tritium sights, but for the price of the tritium sights I could get a scope. If the price between the new sights and a scope is “about” the same, why not get a scope. Before I could mount a scope on my FN/FAL, first I had to install a new scope mount, which worked out well.

Hunting season is my favorite time of year, the weather turns off cool, we get a break from the Texas heat, bugs go away, leaves on the trees turn colors and fall to the ground.

There is just something about winter time that can not be described, the quiet and peacefulness of the woods and the wind blowing through the trees. Summer is nice, but I think winter has a certain beauty about it that summer can not touch.

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Only 3 months until hunting season

Only 3 more months until rifle season starts – August, September and October. Rifle season in my part of Texas starts at sunrise on the first Saturday of November.

Hunting season is my favorite time of year. Not because I get to go out to the woods and shoot something, but because I get to be in nature without burning up with this Texas heat. The weather turns off cool, the deer start moving, the bugs slack up on their blood sucking. Being outside in December is much more enjoyable then being outside in July or August.

Another thing that I enjoy about hunting season is being outside with my kids. When we are walking to the deer stand, or even sitting in the stand, the wind will start blowing, the birds are flying around looking for something to eat. The sun starts to set, the sky turns beautiful colors, the leaves on the trees are a golden color and as the setting sun streaks through the clouds, its a beauty beyond description.

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Good Deer Rifle for Teenage Girl

My daughter is about ready for her first deer rifle, but I’am not quite sure which direction I should go. All of my other kids have a Marlin 336 in 30-30. For here in East Texas most of our shots are no more then 100 yards, and she will not want anything with recoil. With these east Texas deer, we are talking maybe 125 – 150 pounds.

I would like to stay away from calibers like the 270, 280 and the 30-06, they have too much recoil. On the flip side the coin, I don’t care for shooting deer with the 6mm or 243 either. The smallest diameter caliber I would go with would maybe the 257 Roberts.

Ruger Mini-30 in 7.62X39

The Ruger mini-30 is a semi-auto, 30 caliber bullet and effective out to our average range of 100 yards.

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Those Late Season Whitetail Bucks

Season drawing to an end? Have not taken a deer yet? If you play your cards right, there is no reason not to get a deer towards the end of deer season.

Here in Texas regular rifle season has passed and we are now in muzzleloader and youth season. Youth season is for anyone age 16 and under to be able to hunt deer. Adults have to use a muzzleloader, anyone 16 and under can use any legal means – bow, rifle, shotgun or muzzleloader.

Up until this year, muzzleloader season and youth season lasted for 1 week. In 2011 Texas Parks and Wildlife extended the season to 2 weeks. Next year be sure to check the hunting regulations, because they seem to change every year.

One thing that is really nice about late season hunting, the bucks tend to flock together. The rut is over and the does have been bred. While humans might have a bar-b-que to socialize, bucks look to find food. During the rut the bucks have expended a lot of energy and lot a lot of weight. Now its time to eat and put some weight back on before the heart of winter arrives.

While the does were in estrus, the bucks were chasing them hot and heavy. This means that the doe did not have a lot of time to eat, because they were too busy either trying to get bred, or trying not to get bred.

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