Season 08 Episode 29

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Justin’s Zarr heads out on a run & gun public land hunt and turns his whole season around. We get an update from Kent Petty in Missouri followed by a recap from Paul Morrison in Ohio.

As always the best real-world bowhunting video action is right here on Bowhunt or Die.

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  1. Rich Jone says:

    It’s AWESOME to see Kent’s nephew harvest the doe! Please continue to show his success! Hardly ever any people of color being video taped hunting.

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  2. Joseph Santonastaso says:

    Come you 100 yards off a corn field really It winter where do you think the deer are going to be. Food does = bucks.
    Leave the the public land to the poor guys like me. You guys get to go places we will never afford to fell blessed for that and leave those public bucks to us. We work hard all week just to make it one day of the weekend to be able to harvest a buck like that just once in our life time. Enjoy the show. Congrats on the buck Merry Christmas and guys

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    • Hey Joey – not sure what sort of opportunities you think we get afforded but I can assure they aren’t as great as you may think. I share a 100 acre lease with 3 other people and certainly don’t get to go places without paying for them like everyone else. Most of the hunts I would like to go on are far out of my price range. Like you I work hard all week at a 9-10 hour a day job and am afforded the opportunity to hunt weekends and whatever vacation time I can save up. Sometimes from the outside looking in things look a lot different than they really are. In any case, thanks for watching and Merry Christmas to you as well!

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      • Jim Staub says:

        Congrats JZ !,
        No doubt you’ve paid your dues. Enjoy your success, and happy holidays.

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    • Paul Blackburn says:

      Come on! Public land is for us all. It’s all so big enough for all American hunters. Stop crying about your fellow hunter hunting on land that he helps pay for.

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      • Paul Blackburn says:

        Public land is a blessing to all of us. Lease land may be an end to it all. If the game and fish keeps forcing us bow hunters to buy a permit to hunt on what is called public land, in disregards to us hear in Arkansas buying a hunting license / what was and is known to me as a sportsman permit/ license. We may have only the kindness of private land owners to have a place to hunt.

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        • Paul Blackburn says:

          What hunters need to be concerned about is not having full access , at least better access to public land. Justin climbed 3/4 a mile up hill with his gear. Thank the bow hunting gods that he is in great shape and can do that. Do you know – concerned bow hunters that all public lands have some roads that go way back into the woods, but we can’t drive on them. Also, that we are locked out of our public hunting lands. In short, we are posted out, and we are berm out of the land we gave the game and fish money to buy for our total hunting pleasure. There is no pleasure in carrying your hunting equipment miles along a road that takes hours to get to where there might be a deer, and in most cases is not. While at the same time you could drive these same roads with hunting equipment in your truck. You could have more time to scout, and to hang your hunting equipment and hunt. None-the-less, the game and fish wants to keep us out for some unknown reason to us hunters. I suggest that we all get concerned about that and ask the commission to unberm and unlock these gates to us through out the hunting season.

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    • Hunter Friesen says:

      Joseph,
      The public land is for everyone to hunt. Whether wealthy or poor these lands are put aside for all hunters to use. The hunting community is not and should not be hunter vs hunter. Everyone has equal opportunity on public land and the work you put in determines your success. As hunters we should applaud everyone elses success and understand that sometimes guys work harder than we do and ultimately thats why they kill deer and others dont whether it be on public or private land. For a great group of guys like these guys on Bow Hunt or Die to be successful they have to get kills on film. When they do it on public land it gives fellow hunters like me the confidence to know if i put in the work and the time i too could possibly be successful on public land. Criticism towards other hunters for hunting the public land that we all have equal access too is just ridiculous.

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  3. Brandon Turner says:

    Congrats Justin! I saw your buck at the Taxidermist today on my way to pick up my rack for the year. I liked the mass around the bases and the split brows def cool to see in person.

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  4. Rob Flory says:

    Dudes, Just don’t even bother showing those trophy shots unless you are going to give the states they came from.
    Great show and nice PUBLIC LAND hunt, Justin

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    • Justin Zarr Justin Zarr says:

      Thanks Rob! Unfortunately the people who submit them don’t always send their state with the image. We try to include it when we can.

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  5. Paul Solano says:

    I love watching your web cast. I live in San Antonio Texas. We have a variety of deer, hog, axis deer. Bow hunting is plentiful down here. I been tracking one monster buck on my land. So I am hoping no one got it during the general season. I have try grunt and wheeze methods, scents, changing areas to shoot. But he just won’t come closer. He needs to go cause he chasing away other huge bucks that come in to his territory. But other than that, I enjoyed this season even I did not harvest anything. You all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  6. This is the third time in as many months that the error promp surfaced. It says Error Loading: Unknown Network Error. BUMMER! Merry Christmas guys.

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  7. Scott McDonald says:

    Where at in northern IL??

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    • The woods. 🙂

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      • Scott McDonald says:

        Haha i just ask since they said northern il and public land. Im in lasalle county. Just wanted to see if it was anywhere i was familiar with.

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  8. Justin just curious. 3/4 of a mile uphill behind a standing cornfield. question 1. Did your carry all the gear hang and hunt in one trip. And question 2. Couldn’t you access the property from the farm rd. that went to the cornfield?

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    • I made two trips in – one to scout and hang, then another to hunt that night. I could have done it all in a single trip but I wasn’t sure what I was going to find when I got there and I didn’t want to be lugging all of my equipment around if I decided not to hunt there and went looking for a new spot. And no, the corn field was private property so there was no access from that direction.

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  9. Someone get Kent a Poptart or a piece of toast, dude’s stomach growled through the entire interview. LOL

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  10. Justin !!! Love the show and enjoy all of your hunts… keep up the great job. Awesome hunt!

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  11. Chris Dunn says:

    Awesome hunt Justin! Man my heart was pounding when I watched it just like I was there. I self-film all of my hunts and I know how hard it can be and I know how much work it takes. Well deserved and congratulations!!

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  12. Andy Yost says:

    Congrats Justin!

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  13. You chose to go where others “feared to trod”. Your prescouting and scouting paid off on PUBLIC LAND (#8). Good for you. Keep up the good work, in the office and in the field.

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  14. Hi Justin,
    Great buck. Just curious, did you have a specific game plan or do anything special on this hunt with your entrance and exit routes? I always worry about bumping deer by coming upon bedding areas when I’m walking that far back into land I am not that familiar with. With the number of deer you saw on those hunts, you seem to have done a good job of getting into the stand without much disturbance.

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  15. Reese Rohdenburg says:

    Congrats on a great deer! I appreciate the effort put in and nerves of steel in those last 20 seconds….. Not as easy as some may think to pull that all together! Keep up the good work guys.

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  16. Lawrence says:

    Exactly what I was thinking Justin. The reason you see Justin Todd and the other guys on the show having success is because of the time they put in in the stand and leading up to the season. Nothing is promised and Justin could just as easily be eating a tag. 100 acres is not a lot of ground even if your not shareing it with others. Public land is for everyone. I love the show and Dan is so much fun to watch. Happy New Year!!!!!!

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  17. I rewatched Justin’s hunt and have a couple more questions. Justin how did you get that deer out of the woods? I see your using a lone wolf loc on and sticks. I thought I counted you climbing down 12 steps. Did you use 4 lone wolf sticks and how high up were you? Another question…You use fourth arrow carbon camera arm. With just 2 sections or 3. I use fourth arrow as well. 3 sections for me but had to add a second ratchet strap to stabilize my base setup. and finally…..Where can I get some bow hunt or die plastic tagholders with the zip ties like the one you attached to the fantastic “PUBLIC LAND” buck you shot?

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    • Hey John – thanks for the questions. To answer you, I had two friends hunting nearby that day who assisted with the drag out. Next year I’ll be investing in a game cart as I do intend on doing some more public land hunting and it may come in handy from time to time. And yes, I typically use 4 Lone Wolf sticks on most of my setups. I would guess that at somewhere between 16 and 20 feet. I’ve never been super concerned about how high I hunt. I’m using the Fourth Arrow stiff arm, which is the aluminum version. Most of the time I run the standard arm with 2 sections. I only use the 3rd section/extension on really big trees or spots where I know I’ll need to wrap the arm around me for a shot. When running and gunning I try to go as light as possible so no extension on this hunt. And we’re working on getting some of those tag holders to sell on the website for next year. They were a special batch we had made for our team members this summer and everyone seems to really like them. Thanks again!

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  18. John says “Justin” I have a suggestion. How about you and Todd doing an update on the cam gear you both use AND AND AND showing how you would pack WITH having to carry a stand and camera gear and all equipment for a one time in and out hunt. The reason I ask is because I’m almost double your age and there’s no way I could hike in 3/4 of a mile uphill carrying all that gear in 1 shot. Iv’e been filming 4 or 5 yrs. now and struggle with carrying all my gear in and out every trip. Unfortunately in my area anything you leave behind is stolen very quickly calling for carrying gear in and out every trip. Presently I’m using a lone wolf climber with a Kifaru backpack frame attached to the wolf. Then I attach the camera pack to that. Still heavy though about 55lbs. I bought the fourth arrow camera arm carbon model with the extension and have been leaving the bases in some of my favorite trees but that doesn’t lighten the load that much. I also have the lone wolf alpha with four sticks but have not tried to attach my cam gear to it. Anyway filming and hunting in one trip in and out is a workout.

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