Late Season Success: Bagging Big Game
Featured Guests: Christian Berg, Matt Bullins, Tim MacWelch
The end of big game season is in sight for 2016. As you watch the hour glass run out, you can either sit idle and lament missed hunting opportunities or you can formulate a strategic game plan to fill your open tag. Well, here at The Revolution with Jim and Trav presented by Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network, we choose the latter in order to make our last few hunting days count. So, tune in for a firsthand analysis from the pros on finding food sources to target, identifying post-rut activity, scouting out bedding and shelter areas, finding fresh signs and using the weather to your advantage. Joining us for an exclusive two-part interview will be the Editor of Petersen's BOWHUNTING magazine Christian Berg, plus Matt Bullins of Whitetail Fix and The Revolution's resident survival expert Tim MacWelch.
Are you trying to bag a late season buck? Christian Berg, Editor of Petersen’s BOWHUNTING magazine, joins Jim and Trav to discuss the keys for late season success. At this point in the year, food is important. “Late season hunting can be tough without a good food source,” says Christian. However, not just any food source will do, Christian says you must go above and beyond in your efforts to find an unpressured food source. He discusses the effect that rifle season has had on the deer in his area and why he was out recently with trail cameras and food, instead of his bow. Christian says that scouting is important and it’s essential to determine what deer have survived or are still in the area after intense hunting pressure. After all, it doesn’t make sense to hunt an area if all the deer have been harvested or have scattered to more protected terrain. Christian encourages late season hunters to scout and find a buck they are willing to shoot and then map out a game plan to find out where that buck is eating and bedding. He also says to watch the weather as it can be a trigger for movement. Regardless of whether it’s a cold front or a warm front, temperature changes play a role in deer movement and you should be out hunting on those days. Christian then switches gears and talks about the upcoming trade show season and the 2017 New Gear Guide that will be in the March issue of Petersen’s BOWHUNTING, available in early February. Get a sneak peek at new products hitting the market for 2017 and find out how they choose what new products are worthy of a special feature.
Scouting is a crucial element to hunting success, and especially right now. Late season opportunities are available to those who are willing to put in the time and effort to seek out the monsters that have survived up to this point. Matt Bullins of Whitetail Fix on Sportsman Channel joins The Revolution and tells Jim and Trav about his Reconyx scouting setup. Matt says he is using a Reconyx MicroFire camera that is WIFI enabled and there are a few advantages it offers. The camera doesn’t have any onboard buttons, switches or displays so it is completely controlled by a Smartphone or Tablet with a free app. So, you can check the status of your camera, change any programming options and download images and videos wirelessly, you just need be within 100 feet so it can connect wirelessly with your device. All too often, hunters disrupt prime hunting areas by trying to get in and out of an area to check trail cameras, but Matt says this camera provides a fix for that. “The deer bed so close to these food sources that I can get within so many feet of that camera, pull it up on my phone, and check those pictures without ever bumping a deer off that food plot.” Find out more about Matt’s scouting setup, Whitetail Fix on Sportsman Channel, as well as a recent Texas hunt that produced a hard earned chocolate rack deer for him.
The Revolution’s resident survival expert, Tim MacWelch, is here pitting modern culture against survival culture in a battle of calories. Tim says that modern culture is obsessed with limiting calorie intake and trying to destroy what calories you do consume right away. However, from a survival culture stand point, calories are really important. “Calories are the fuel that runs your engine. If we don’t have enough calories we are going to be at a deficit for dealing with cold weather,” says Tim. For those who spend time in the elements and are exposed to the cold weather, they need to eat more. Tim puts it all in perspective pointing to trappers and hunters long ago who consumed 10,000 calories a day to fuel their physical endeavors. In addition to fueling your body to meet physical exertion requirements, Tim says your body also burns calories to help keep you warm and rewarm your tissue every time you breathe in cold or frozen air. So, what should you eat to fuel your body for a chilly outdoor adventure? Tim says take snacks that will give you quick energy, in addition to eating a big breakfast that will give you carbs, fat and protein. Another direct contradiction of modern culture, Tim says bacon isn’t your enemy. “Hell yea bacon is better than oatmeal!”For more on Tim or to find out about his survival classes visit www.AdvancedSurvivalTraining.com. Tim is also Outdoor Life's Survival Blogger and you can check that out at www.OutdoorLife.com/survival and he now teaches online survival classes at www.OutdoorLifeU.com.