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Dominant Bucks TV - Behind the Scenes

by Brenda Potts 19. March 2011 12:08
Brenda Potts

After winning the Golden Moose Award from Outdoor Channel during the most recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas for Most Educational/Informative TV show, the crew from Mathew's Dominant Bucks with Stan Potts are more inspired than ever. Producer, Tom Miranda met with his team of Solo Cam Pros and cameramen on the night before studio shoots began this past week to let them know he expects to raise the bar yet again when the show begins airing later this summer.

The crew worked to set up a great studio back drop to film the interviews and spines that would frame the story of each episode.  During this portion of the filming each Solo Cam Pro answered several pages of questions detailing their techniques and philosophies on hunting dominant bucks.

The Solo Cam Pros are a collection of top hunters from around the country with many combined years of experience hunting mature whitetails. They each bring a unique perspective to the common goal; and share their advice and opinions on how you can become better at outsmarting big bucks with bow in hand.

When not in the studio "hot seat" it was time to head outdoors to film hundreds of in-field tips that will be used to support the theme of every episode. Topics covered use of scents and lures, scent control, optics, trail cameras, rattling, calling, rub lines, decoying and much more.

During the process of photographing the work in progress I noticed how awesome the Mathews Lost Camo looks in every set up.  Just check out the pictures. And for more information on how you can become a Solo Cam Pro on Mathews Dominant Bucks TV visit their website.

Aggressive Manipulation of Monster Bucks: Part 3 (Calls & Decoys)

by Neal McCullough 10. November 2010 14:50
Neal McCullough

It’s the middle of the week – and I am home for a day to clean my gear and regroup. We had a fantastic weekend of rut hunting in Pepin County Wisconsin this weekend. We easily saw 15 mature bucks (all different) chasing does. The “seek and chase” portion of the rut is definitely in full swing. We had unbelievable luck using a combination of calls and a decoy (converted to a doe). Tonight I am packing my gear and planning to get ahead of the cold weather/front coming in this weekend and heading to SE Minnesota to hunt 165 prime acres.

Below is what I use in the field when calling and decoying:

Buck Call:

A couple of tips regarding the use of these products:

1. #1 hands down is NO situation is the same – sometimes these things work, and sometimes they don’t. Calling, Decoying, etc. can be an absolute blast and depends highly on the deer you are hunting. The higher the Buck-Doe Ratio and the more “seek and chase” phase your area is experiencing the better. Some deer are aggressive and interested and others may be spooked – the chance you take when doing this technique.

2. Buck calls will scare does – especially this time of year. We observed several different does running scared – at all hours of the day. Big bucks, little bucks, all bucks are chasing does around this time of year – and most of the time they are trying to escape!

3. A decoy can be used as a buck (to entice a fight) or as a doe (to spark curiosity). If you are hunting a dominant buck – a doe or buck tending a doe can be a deadly combination. If you use calls frequently – considering adding a decoy to the mix; this gives a reason for the call they are hearing.

4. Decoys are basically scent stations for deer – When possible place the decoy upwind of your stand; this will force any interested deer to go downwind (directly in front of you) and hopefully give you a chance for a shot. Don’t skimp on scent elimination on and around your decoy, a quality scent killer and careful handling is crucial.

5. Buck decoys should face how you want them to approach (antler to antler) and the reverse for does. Bucks will come from tail end to scent check a doe; hopefully you will be ready @ full draw as he approaches.

The rut is rocking in my areas! I can't remember a time seeing this many mature deer! The weather may have slowed movement for you mid-week hunters – but it will start to pick up tomorrow with this cold front moving in… maybe even add a little snow to the mix.

Remember Bowhunt or Die!

See you in the woods,
Neal McCullough

Aggressive Manipulation of Monster Bucks: Part 2 (Drag Rags & Scents)

by Neal McCullough 1. November 2010 13:37
Neal McCullough

This weekend was an unbelievable weekend of deer hunting across the Midwest!  The prostaff put down 4 bucks and had countless encounters with lots of deer.  The cold weather and the start of November have the beginnings of a rocking rut!  In part 2 of the 5 part series I will discuss Drag Rags & Scents.   Below are a few of the products I use in the field during the rut:

Drag Rag: (Either commercially available or homemade)

Buck Lure:

Doe Estrus:


Scent Containers:



A couple of tips regarding the use of these products:

1.        When using scents (of any kind) keep them refrigerated if possible.  I have a downstairs fridge/freezer for game (and beer) and it also works great for keeping my scents cool and fresh.

2.      Remember to keep track of your own scent; if a big buck is following your drag rag or checking out your doe estrus scent station their senses are on high alert – make sure your aren’t leaving your own scent there as well.

3.      The use of scent containers is something I recently have done.  It not only maintains and holds scent for longer periods – it also allows you to seal on keep the scent for your next trip.  If you haven’t tried these out definitely give it a try this season.

4.      Finally, scents are one piece of the puzzle… They will not force a big buck (most of the time) to do something stupid – there is no substitute for being in the right area – at the right time – and being patient (I will post my tips for all day sits soon!). 


As bowhunters; this is our favorite time of year; I have 11 days of hunting planned; November 5 – 15!  Remember bowhunt or die!


See you in the woods,

Neal McCullough


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