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CamTrakker MK-10 Trail Camera Review

by Josh Fletcher 2. June 2011 11:40
Josh Fletcher
Do you want a game camera that has a no glow IR flash, or do you want high quality color night time photos? Are you a person who may want both depending on the situation or time of the year? The camera that you may want to take a more in depth look at is the CamTrakker MK-10. CamTrakker is a name that all hunters have herd of and has been around for years, so I was excited to test out the new MK-10 by CamTrakker.
The new MK-10 by CamTrakker
As soon as I received the MK-10 in the mail I knew right away that this camera is a quality product that is made in the USA. My initial impression of the craftsmanship and durability of the camera was phenomenal. It is a very sturdy and heavy duty camera sealed in a high quality and durable housing. I would not recommend it but I seriously would not be afraid to drop this camera because of its durability. The MK-10 is camouflaged in Natural Gear, giving it a natural look while attached to a tree to keep it hidden from both animals and thieves. Since we are on the topic of thieves, the MK-10 comes equipped with an all metal locking flange that can be locked securely to a tree.
The MK-10 attaches to the tree using a rope ratchet strap
A further look into the heart of the MK-10, reveals the secret of flash selection. The camera comes with a smoke colored lens that attaches to the flash, by switching the setting in the set up menu of the camera you can either use the high powered flash for colored photos at night, or if you are afraid that the flash spooks deer, then place on the smoke lens over the flash and switch the mode to IR in the camera settings and you now have a camera that produces a “no glow IR flash”. There are no LED lights that light up in this mode for potential thieves to spot at night, this is especially important if you are using the MK-10 for security on your toys or residence.
For a "No Glow IR Flash" just put attatch the smoke lens to the flash
The MK-10 stores your images to a standard SD card. The digital camera takes high quality 5.0 megapixel photos. The trigger speed is lightning fast with a night time speed of 0.186 seconds and a day time trigger speed of 0.388 seconds. The MK-10 is powered by a rechargeable lead-acid battery, and when I tested the MK-10, was in the dead of Wisconsin winter and I got a little over two months of battery life in very cold temperatures. A feature that I have never seen on a game camera before is the on/off switch is located on the outside of the camera, making it very simple to turn the camera on or off without having to unlock and open up the camera to turn the camera off.
Here is one of many photos from the field test of the MK-10
This camera is equipped with a 1.2” color LCD monitor. I didn’t realize how much I would love this feature until I tested the MK-10. The LCD monitor allows you to review your photos while in the field without having to remover SD card. The best part of having the LCD monitor is that in the menu settings you can activate the monitor to give you a “live” view of what the camera sees. Basically you can set up the camera at the perfect height and angle by looking at the monitor.
The MK-10 comes with a LCD screen for reviewing pictures in the field
I will admit that because of all the features that the MK-10 offers, this is a camera that would be difficult to take right out of the box and use it without first learning about the camera. This may turn some hunters off from using the MK-10, however the camera comes with an in depth CD –rom that not only shows you how to set the MK-10 to the features you want, but also explains them in depth. After reading and reviewing the operator’s manual, my camera was ready for the field test. It attaches to the tree using a supplied rope ratchet strap. I set the flash to approximate distance to the deer trail that I placed it on to prevent both an over powering flash that would wash out the picture or an under powered flash that wouldn’t light up the deer good enough for detail. After several weeks in the field, I took a look at the picture quality and what the MK-10 captured. I was very impressed with the quality of the photos. The MK-10 took high quality photos that worked great for my new screen saver and the trigger speed was excellent. The important thing to keep in mind is that there is a lot of settings and features, the key is learning these settings. With a little practice you can open the light setting to take brighter photos for when your camera is placed in a darker environment such as a thick cedar swamp, or you can darken your photos for a brighter environment such as a snow covered field. The flash is also adjustable and very powerful. This is a strong feature if you are placing your camera on a field edge or a food plot where the deer may be out of the range of the flash on most other cameras, and if you are setting the camera up on a trail you can turn down the flash so that it doesn’t wash out the picture. With these different settings you can obtain the best quality picture to be taken by a game camera.
Fast trigger speed means more centered photos
I broke down the pros and cons of the MK-10 to better help you decide if this is the camera for you.
Pros
· Super-fast trigger speed
· The option of both regular flash or No Glow IR flash
· High quality solid construction locking flange to secure the camera from thieves
· 1.2” LCD monitor for aiming the camera and in the field review of pictures
· An exterior on/off switch
· Adjustable high powered flash
· Adjustable light settings to adjust the picture lighting to the given environment
· Natural Gear camouflage housing to blend the camera to the surroundings
· Very well built and durable housing to protect the camera
· Easy to attach the camera to the tree with the rope ratchet strap
· High quality photos, great for reviewing points on your next trophy or screen saver
· Long battery life in cold temperatures
· Made in Watkinsville Georgia, American made
Cons
· You have to learn the camera, a lot of features that you would be missing out on if you didn’t take the time to learn the operation of the MK-10
· Because of the Lead-Acid battery it makes the MK-10 heavier than most game cameras
· You have to either carry out the battery to take it home to charge it or carry in another battery to replace the dead battery, versus just carrying in several D or AA batteries
· The MK-10 is a larger camera than some of the compact models available
This picture is a great example of a fast trigger speed
These are the pros and cons to the MK-10 by CamTrakker, however the pros to this camera for me out weigh the cons. I am very impressed with the MK-10, it is a durable high quality game camera that is proudly made in the USA, a superfast trigger speed, and the options of either a standard flash or a no glow IR flash with just a simple setting adjustment and the placement of a lens. The MK-10 is a camera that you will definitely want to check out for this fall.

Bow Review-Mathews eZ7

by Steve Flores 1. May 2011 09:06
Steve Flores

While a good deal of attention is being placed on the flagship Z7 Extreme, and rightfully so, it would be a mistake to overlook the other bows in the Mathews stable, more specifically, the new eZ7.  Without question, this is the smoothest bow I have ever had the pleasure to shoot.  Not only that, it is also deadly accurate.

 The eZ7 cam may look similar to systems of the past, but when combined with today’s technology, it becomes an essential part of an entirely new killing machine.

At the heart of the eZ7’s buttery smooth draw cycle is the cam system. This system is similar to that used on the DXT series of bows from years passed. Anyone who ever shot those bows can attest to how pleasant they were to pull back. However, don’t be fooled into thinking this is simply the “rehashing” of old technology. When you combine this cam system with the new Gridlock Riser, a slightly longer ATA than the original Z7, and the Reverse Assist Roller Guard, what you get is an amazingly quiet, super smooth bow that spits out arrows fast enough to kill anything that walks the planet. 

 Perfect balance best describes the Mathews little “e”.

And, while speed is a good thing, it doesn’t come free. Most often you must sacrifice drawing comfort and brace height. The trick when choosing a new bow is to find one that balances speed and accuracy. The Mathews eZ7 is a perfect example of discovering this balance point. With a 7” brace height and an IBO seed rating of 321, one could justifiably ask “what more could you want in a hunting bow?”

 Tight shooting situations prove no problem thanks to the effortless drawing motion of the eZ7.

Out of the box the eZ7 proved to be exactly what I expected. With very little time behind the string I opted to take it with me on a recent hunt in Kansas for wild turkey. Reaching full draw without being detected was easy because there was no need for excessive movement just to get the string back. This bow can be drawn without the common “point to the sky” movement I see from a lot of guys shooting aggressive speed bows. And, at my 70lb draw weight, which feels more like 60, it packed plenty of punch for long beards (or anything else standing downrange).

My new Gold Tip Pros held up exceptionally well to this 40-yard nock busting hit.

As I mentioned, the eZ7 is accurate. This point really hit home when I recently found myself busting nocks while sighting in a forty yard pin on a new sight I was testing. Results like that, this early into my pre-season warm up, really builds confidence.

 

 With plenty of options to choose from, you can customize your next Mathews with special colors schemes and weight options to suit your own style of shooting or hunting.

The addition of a second “Harmonic Stabilizer” adds weight to my rig which I like very much. While a good deal of bowhunters opt for a lightweight rig, I think heavier bows hold steadier at full draw and fight bow torque much better than featherweight setups but…..to each his own. 

Test drive this bow before making a final decision no matter what brand you may be considering.

Without a doubt, there are some amazing products coming out of Sparta, WI. But, take my advice and give each one a fair chance. If you do, I think you might just find a surprise or two…..I know I did. For me, the Mathews eZ7 is the ideal blend of speed, accuracy, and quiet shooting personified.

 

 

 

Mapping Your Way To Hunting Success

by Josh Fletcher 18. March 2011 12:23
Josh Fletcher

Through my years of hunting I was always looking for a secret to consistently harvesting a trophy every fall. I have learned through time that one tactic to consistently filling your tag every year is by scouting and wearing some rubber off of your shoes.  It’s not easy, and it takes time, but it works.

We’ve all scouted in one way or the other, and we’ve scouted both public and private property.  What I’m going to cover in this article, is how to take all the information that you gain throughout the year and how to compile it into an easy to understand portfolio, so that when you step back and look at the particular property that you are hunting, potential stand locations with a high percentage of success will literally jump out at you. The items that you use to scout your property can be as high tech or as simple as you choose. What I will explain is not the only way to scout, but hopefully gives you some new ideas that you can use where you hunt.  I will discuss the use of GPS, aerial maps, topographical maps, game cameras, and mapping software. Again this tactic can be as simple as using a pencil and note pad or as high tech as I will discuss in this article.

By using a GPS, you can organize the information gained from scouting

The important thing is that hopefully you can gain some ideas to use where you hunt. I like to intimately scout the property I’m hunting several times a year. The reason behind this is that you want to know what the deer are doing on your property not only in the fall during hunting season, but also during the winter and other times of the year. Your intimate scouting should start right after the gun season is over. The reason is that here in Wisconsin, after the gun season there is snow on the ground and snow shows deer sign much better. This is an important time for you to scout because you want to learn where the deer go and hide under heavy hunting pressure. Often this time of year you will find a mature buck’s safety zone. This is where he beds and feels comfortable, and since the hunting season is over don't be afraid to bump him out of his bed. Also be looking for escape routes or heavy trails leading to thick cover that the deer are using to head to safety. Finding these trails will help you decide potential stand locations during the heavily hunted seasons such as gun hunting.

The next time I like to scout is during late winter, when much of the snow is starting to thaw and melt. Not only am I looking for antler sheds, this time of year, but I’m also seeing if deer are utilizing my property through the winter. If deer sign is at a minimal, I would then need to plan on possible wildlife management on the property to attract and keep deer in the area year round. Spring time is also a great time of year to be out scouting your property. I like scouting in the spring because with the leaves off, it resembles what your hunting locations will look like late in the fall. This is also the time of year that you should get your stands trimmed out and ready for the upcoming fall. By getting your stands ready now, you won’t have to be in disturbing the property come fall. Majority of these stands that I get ready in the spring are what I call “funnel stands”. These funnel stands are in locations that have high potential for deer movement through the fall. These stands are often located at wood edges, saddles and funnels. The stands that I utilize when I’m targeting a particular buck or have a buck pattern will be adjusted during the fall when that information is discovered.

The last time during the year you should be scouting is during early fall and throughout the hunting season. These scouting trips are not as in-depth, and don't be intrusive into bedding areas, however you should be making notes about what you see during the season and routes that deer are traveling.

By now I’m sure that you have basically caught on to the fact that I scout almost all year round. The main point I can make is that scouting and knowing your piece of property as thorough as the deer themselves do is the key to success, however one has to be smart about scouting and when you scout. You have to be careful not push the deer off of your property by too much human traffic. This is why I do my most in-depth scouting late fall, just after hunting season closes.

During my scouting trips I carry a GPS (global positioning system) with me. I also carry topographical and aerial maps (I will cover these later).  While I’m walking my property I section it off in a grid. By breaking it down and looking at one particular area at a time so I don’t miss any important sign. I mark every bed, rub, scrape and follow every trail I can find in that given section of the grid. If you don’t own a GPS you can make notes and approximate locations on your maps. I also plot on my GPS trail camera and tree stand locations, as well as carry a note pad to make any special notes about what I may have discovered.

Once I have the property thoroughly scouted and plotted, I head back to the comforts at home. Once back at home I use mapping software to organize all my data that I plotted. The particular software that I use is Topo USA by Delrome. However you can use any mapping software that you are familiar with and that you are able to transfer the data from your GPS to the actual map. (You can get these programs either at sporting goods stores or via internet.) I mark all my deer beds with one color, rubs another, and scrapes another. I also plot out all the deer trails that I followed with my GPS and transfer them to my computer. I like to keep the deer sign on one map and my hunting stand locations and game camera locations on another map. Again this is the high tech version, if you don’t have a GPS or mapping software you can mark this information down on maps that you may have, or even draw your own maps.

 Computer mapping software allows an easy to see map of your property showing high deer travel route


By compiling all this data into an easy to read map, deer travel routes, bedding areas, and feeding areas will literally stand out at you. When hunting farm country, I like to use aerial photos for my mapping back ground, because it shows willow patches, marsh grass, timber, and fields much better. When mapping large tracts of public land such as the big woods of northern Wisconsin, I like to use topographical map as my back ground because it allows me to see ridge lines, benches, saddles, and other terrain features.  If you have time on your hands you can log the data by using both aerial and topographical. Depending on your type of mapping software you can link pictures to particular waypoints that you marked by your GPS. This is particularly handy for organizing all your photos taken from different game cameras on the property and the locations that they were taken from. All these features of aerial photos, topographical maps, and compatibility with your GPS is dependent on your software, so be sure that you research a program before you buy it to make sure it will do what you need for your property.

Since we are on the topic of maps, don’t just look into your own property, study possible bedding, feeding, and watering locations on adjacent properties. Most people don’t own enough property to hold deer all year long without deer crossing the property line. So knowing what is on your neighbor’s property is just as important. (Please don’t trespass to gain this information.) By finding this information may just be the last piece of the puzzle needed to complete your property picture.

Game cameras are also very helpful tools to utilize to complete your whitetail portfolio. I don’t use game cameras as much to pattern deer, as I do to perform deer counts and what caliber of bucks that are on the property. I like to also observe what times of day are they traveling through that particular area.  I label each camera as 1, 2, 3 etc., and plot their locations on my map that contains cameras and stand locations.

I also use my mapping software to plot out future food plot and tree planting locations. By doing this, allows you to better understand and explain wildlife management plans with land owners and friends that would help you with the establishment of these plans.

Now that we have are hunting property plotted out its time to compile all this information into an easy to understand portfolio of your property. I print out all the maps that I compiled along with field notes and observations that I noted during the hunting season. I also plot out wind directions on my property. To do this, I walk around my property with wind checkers and make notes of how scent currents travel down particular draws, ridges, and bottoms for a given wind direction. For example you may have a west wind, however in a particular draw the wind may swirl causing your scent to blow to the north. (Again you can be as simple or as in-depth with your maps as you would like). Once I have all these maps printed off I compile them into a binder and label the binder for that year. This gives you a permanent record of your hunting property to look at and study through the years, and also it allows you to see the progress of your wildlife management over the years.

Easy to read colored plots showing locations for this spring food plot location based on scouting observations

By organizing all the data that you have learned from scouting trips on your hunting property allows organized and permanent records of deer habits and travel routes on your property. If you are like me I often forget what I ate for breakfast and I’m the type of person that I learn best by being able to see what is going on with the property that I am hunting. By establishing a portfolio of your property, potential stand locations will stand out like a beacon. The key to consistent success is spending your hunting season in high percentage stands. You can hunt all year in a low percentage stand and not fill your tag. After all, time is precious now days with our busy lives and by mapping out your hunting properties will allow you to narrow down stand locations, putting you in stands that yield a higher percent of success, giving you more bang for your buck.

 

 

 

 

NEW Wisconsin Bowhunting Record Whitetail Buck! It's Official!

by Bow Staff 28. January 2011 06:04
Bow Staff

Taking the largest typical whitetail buck with a bow is often referred to as the ‘holy grail’ of hunting throughout the state of Wisconsin. A mere four years ago it would fall to a Dunn county bowhunter by the name of Barry Rose. That incredible buck would net 187 2/8 total inches!

Move over Mister Rose!

Taken on November 2nd, 2010 the new top buck has officially netted 187 5/8 total inches - just 3/8 an inch bigger than Barry Rose’s 2006 giant! This buck was taken by bowhunter Brian Inda of Wautoma while bowhunting his new lease near Wild Rose, Wisconsin.

Brian’s brother, Chris Inda, actually picked up the shed antlers from this buck in the spring of 2009. Those sheds ended up scoring 192 inches! It was this pick-up by Chris that would ultimately sway the two brothers along with a friend to seek a lease agreement with someone nearby. An old Christmas tree farm would eventually do the trick!

Brian’s buck has 12 scorable points, with 5 on the right side and 7 on the left. The buck also maintains an inside spread of 22 inches! And the longest tine length was the left side G2 which taped out at 14 7/8! The buck was estimated to be 7 ½ years old.

The staff of Bowhunting.Com would like to extend great big congratulations to Brian (and his friends) on this once in a lifetime whitetail trophy.  We hope you’ll have many more bucks to stand over Brian. Congrats again!

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Wisconsin Whitetail Down! Possible New Record Buck with 30 Points falls to Wayne Schumacker and His Bow.

by Bow Staff 22. September 2009 10:16
Bow Staff

Just one week into the big buck state of Wisconsin's archery season and there is once again talk of a possible new state record!

On the evening of September 20th, 2009, while most of the bowhunters across the country were still dreaming of the season that laid before them, Fon Du Loc resident, Wayne Schumacker was living his. At around dusk that eve, Wayne arrowed this huge non-typical buck, said to boast 30 scorable points!

Wayne was in a treestand over-looking partially wooded and flat terrain, when the buck stepped into view. The buck was shot, quartering away, at a mere 15 yards, only to expire around 70 or so. He had no time to get nervous, as he stated, "it was over in less than 30 seconds".

Wayne's hunting partner and brother was the first to find the animal. After a long drag and a struggling effort, the two were able to get the "once in a lifetime" buck into the tailgate of their truck. The buck was registered this past Monday, after Wayne put in 1/2 days worth of work.

The incredible buck carried an inside spread of 20 1/2", and field-dressed a whopping 225 pounds! Early estimates of the bucks age put him at about 4 1/2 to 5 years of age.

Bowhunting.Com wishes a HUGE congratulations to bowhunter, Wayne Schumacker, on this incredible whitetail trophy. The buck will have to wait the mandatory 60-day drying period before it can be officially measured, but either way, what a buck!

The staff here will update this story as we receive more information and it's final score and tally. Congrats again to hunter Wayne Schumacker.

 

Wisconsin suspends earn-a-buck hunting regulations for 2009.

by Bow Staff 26. April 2009 15:25
Bow Staff

Wisconsin suspends earn-a-buck hunting regulations

By Todd Richmond
Associated Press

West Bend, Wis. (AP) — Bowing to pressure from hunters and legislators, Wisconsin wildlife officials finally decided Wednesday to mothball its contentious earn-a-buck program and look for other ways to control the state’s deer population.

The Natural Resources Board voted to suspend the program indefinitely everywhere except chronic wasting disease areas. The board also decided to set up a committee to come up with other population management techniques.

The decisions marked a victory for hunting groups that have grumbled about earn-a-buck for years.

The program requires hunters kill an antlerless deer before taking a buck. The DNR has held up the program as the most effective means of controlling a burgeoning deer herd in the state by reducing the number of does, but hunters despise it. They say it forces them to pass up trophy bucks. Thirty-five deer management units were subject to the requirements during last fall’s hunts.

“Earn-a-buck is an absolutely socially unacceptable solution to Wisconsin’s deer problems,” said Ed Harvey, who leads the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, a citizens advisory group to the Department of Natural Resources.

Complaints about the program peaked after DNR statistics showed hunters killed about 165,000 fewer deer in 2008 than in 2007. Hunters insisted they weren’t seeing deer and the DNR’s population estimate of 1.7 million deer before the traditional nine-day November gun hunt was overblown.

The agency acknowledged the numbers were high and the harsh 2007-08 winter and cold spring led to more deer deaths and reduced fawn production.

That gave hunting groups more ammunition to rail against earn-a-buck, saying it’s no longer needed. The DNR in March proposed four fewer earn-a-buck zones, and earlier this month DNR Secretary Matt Frank proposed suspending the program for the 2009 season but keeping 50 units designated as herd control zones, which means multiple hunts throughout the fall and winter for those areas.

“Hunters were disappointed,” said DNR big game expert Keith Warnke. “We listened.”

That wasn’t good enough for state Sen. Jim Holperin, D-Conover, who serves on the Senate’s rural issues committee, and Rep. Ann Hraychuck, D-Balsam Lake, a member of the Assembly’s natural resources committee.

They held public hearings on earn-a-buck in Spooner, Rhinelander and Madison. On Tuesday they sent a letter to Frank recommending earn-a-buck end indefinitely.

Board members balked at the thought at Wednesday’s meeting, saying earn-a-buck is the best tool they have to control deer reproduction, and the population could rebound even as the DNR gets closer to its overall goal of about 735,000 deer.

“You have to take a bigger view than what you see under your stand,” said board member John Welter. “I’m afraid this recommendation reflects a move away from what the science should be telling us.”

Jim Redemann, a hunter from the town of Fremont, implored board members to give hunters a choice again. He held up a picture of his son, J.J., with a doe he killed last fall.

“My son hunted three months to shoot this little doe fawn because there’s no does on our land,” he said. Then he flipped the picture over to reveal another photo, this one of J.J. with a buck.

“Four days later, he got a buck. Why are we put in that position? The DNR makes us do that,” Redemann said. “To me, that’s just not right. I’m not in the minority on this. Let us hunters go back to making the choices.”

George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, warned the board if they didn’t make a move, it was inevitable lawmakers would take over and do away with earn-a-buck through legislation. Frank agreed, saying lawmakers were “looking over our shoulder.”

The board voted 6-1 to adopt the moratorium and the 50 herd control units, with Welter the only vote against.

Board member Jane Wiley then proposed another resolution to suspend the program indefinitely and work to find management alternatives.

She said she attended Holperin and Hraychuck’s hearing in Madison and it was clear the board was about to lose control of deer management to lawmakers if it didn’t send a message it was serious about stopping earn-a-buck.

“We’re responding to the Legislature,” she said.

The board ultimately voted 6-1 – with Welter again the only opposing vote – to approve the indefinite suspension and create a study committee to come up with alternative herd control methods that might be more popular. The committee is supposed to turn over its recommendations before the 2010 hunting seasons. Frank also promised to review the agency’s population projections and methods.

Hraychuck said she was pleased with the board’s decisions. Lawmakers have indeed been pondering deer management legislation, she said.

“It would not be good to legislate things that should be determined by science and listening to the hunters,” Hraychuck said. “We got it done. It’s a great day for hunters.”

Bowhunting.Com wants to know how Wisconsin deer hunters feel about the State's Earn-A-Buck Program and if they agree or disagree with this latest decision. Please leave your comments below.

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Wisconsin Deer Hunter's may get Final Word in Earn-A-Buck Program for 2009.

by Bow Staff 4. March 2009 10:07
Bow StaffBowhunting.com’s Wisconsin readers may just be interested in having their voices heard this April. The following story comes to us out of this state’s capital.

Madison, Wis. (AP) —
A select group of sportsmen who advise state wildlife officials will ask outdoor lovers this spring whether earn-a-buck regulations should end.

The earn-a-buck program forces hunters to shoot antlerless deer before taking a buck. It’s designed as a population-control measure, but many hunters despise it because it forces them to pass up trophy kills.

Preliminary totals indicate hunters killed 19 percent fewer deer during November’s gun hunt, leading many to conclude the deer population has shrunk. State experts are still crunching the final figures.

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress plans to ask outdoor lovers at its April hearings whether they support ending the earn-a-buck program. A yes answer would only advise state officials, not end the program.

The staff at Bowhunting.com wants to hear the Wisconsin hunter’s thoughts on the earn-a-buck program. Do you feel as though deer numbers are down enough to do away with the program this next deer season? And why?

Wisconsin Whitetails; Bob Decker and Heath Tschumper's almost World Records

by Bow Staff 30. January 2009 16:46
Bow Staff

 

During the whitetail deer season of 2008, western Wisconsin reaffirmed it's position as the place to be when hunting monster whitetail. A big buck hunters' paradise where two world class whitetail fell just days apart, separated by only county lines. It's safe to say, there is likely no better place on earth to hunt trophy whitetails than right here.

Bob Decker and the "Field & Stream Buck."

On November 1st, 2008 while hunting in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, hunter Bob Decker took this incredible whitetail buck that is now the new non-typical Wisconsin state record at 233 2/8". The buck, with 16 scorable points, had a 20 4/8" inside spread! Even more alarming, both main beams of the monster stretched the tapes at nearly 28" long! The buck, which was a bow harvest, was reportedly field dressed at 200 pounds and aged at a mere 3 1/2 years. Incredible to say the least!

                                                                                                                  

This is the same whitetail buck that was captured on video on August 16th, 2008, by Buffalo County Outfitters owner, Scott Kirkpatrick. Shortly thereafter, the video was featured online with Field and Stream magazine, where the buck received it's nickname, the "field and stream buck". There is also some speculation that the distance from where the video footage was taken in regards to it's successful harvest was less than 1 mile.

Fast forward a mere 7 days and several miles south in the same coulee country area of  Wisconsin…

Heath Tschumper's GIANT typical.

At first light on the morning of November 8th, LaCrosse resident, Heath Tschumper, took this incredible mainframe 12 pointer at nearly 40 yards. A life long deer hunter, Tschumper was hunting this buck for several years. The Lacrosse County buck carried more than 6" antler bases and scored more than 42" of total mass measurements! Unbelievably only carrying a 17 1/2" inside spread, and still managing to green score 196 2/8"!

With a total of 15 scorable points, at first glance this whitetail buck was thought to possibly beat out Bob Decker's buck shot just a mere 7 days earlier, only 2 counties away! After it's mandatory 60 day drying period, Tschumper's giant typical is expected to net somewhere in the mid-180's, since it boasts nearly identical sides and 3 smaller non-typical points.

Bowhunting.com would like to congratulate both western Wisconsin bowhunters on two monstrous world class whitetail bucks. We'd also like to thank the photographers who helped tell the story for everyone else to enjoy as well. Congratulations again.

 

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First Deer of the Season

by Josh Fletcher 11. November 2008 15:24
Josh Fletcher

It was several weeks into the opener of the Wisconsin archery season and I haven’t seen a buck yet. I’m hunting in central Wisconsin, and I’ve seen and passed up several opportunities at good does. This year handed us a warm season with temperatures in the eighties and rain almost every day I sat in the stand. I let the does walk do to the fact that I had several photos of good bucks on my game cameras during day light hours and I wanted to key into an early season buck.  However it was now several weeks into the archery season and I haven’t seen a buck yet this year.  The temperatures dropped into the fifties and with the fall crispness in the air, I knew it was go time.  With my camera man behind me filming every move this year, it was time to do some herd management. Now first let me tell you about my camera man Chad. This is his first year behind the camera, but with training from White Knuckle Productions we have him sharp as a tack. He stands 6’ 2” and is built like a brick house. Why am I telling you this? To show my intelligence because he makes a great work mule! He can carry two tree stands,  all of his camera gear and drag a deer at the same time! With Chad behind the camera and a bow in my hand we hung a set on a T- intersection of a logging road. Just off of the logging road is a cut corn field that the deer have been feeding in. It wasn’t long when a young doe came walking down the logging road offering me a twelve yard shot. After making sure that Chad had the deer on camera, I settled my Fifteen yard pin at the shoulder crease. I squeezed the trigger and the arrow drove home.  Half of the arrow was sticking out of the doe as she bolted for the thick cover. Within several leaps and bounds she was out of our sight but her hasty flight was quite loud, with in several seconds we could hear the doe crashing around approximately eighty yards away, followed up by deafening silence.  She was down!! We just harvested a doe and helped with the herd control in Wisconsin.  After giving the doe some time, just to be safe, we took up on the track. After a short track and a good blood trail we recovered my first deer of the 2008 archery season! Not only did I take a nice doe for the freezer but I also realized that even a small doe still gets my heart pumping, and more importantly, memories and stories for around the camp fire were made.

 

Chad is ready for his time out! Was he ready for the task or not - only time would tell.

It did not take long to get set up and the action started. Chad looks like he was warmend up and ready for the job.

Here I am with my first harvest of the year and I have now earned an additional Earn-A-Buck Sticker!

Chad ended up doing  a great job in capturing the entire hunting on film. "Thanks Chad" Now its time to find a nice buck.




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