Hunting

This category is for Missouri Hunting.

  1. Hunting the Unknown - Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

    The September heat wave was killing the early season. I had been out a couple times, but it was pretty much a miserable experience. The meteorologist predicted a break in the weather. I am in the Marine Corps and had taken leave this week, as I had a feeling this would be the best chance for a deer in September. Wednesday, I was tied down to an appointment and of course, that was the morning the weather was to turn. I could not hunt the morning, but I knew I could get into a stand prior to...
  2. Hunting the Elusive Missouri Giant

    I was fortunate enough to hunt NE Missouri from November 7th - 13th. The 7th - 11th being archery and Missouri Firearm Opener on the 12th. This was an excellent hunt although I did not see the rutting action that I had hoped for when I originally planned the dates for this trip. I had encounters with 17 bucks during my time there, 8 of which were in my estimation 130" or better. Most the encounters involved these bucks moving through the timber at a laid-back pace, and totally unresponsive...
  3. ADD MINI-SLAMS TO YOUR BUCKET LIST

    In North America there are 29 species of big game animals that sportsmen can pursue. Those fortunate to harvest all of them can rightfully claim they have taken the "Grand Slam" of big game, obviously, quite an achievement. How realistic is it to attempt such a feat? Not very, especially if your hunting budget is like mine and you haven't hit the Powerball lottery. To give you an idea of how expensive the task can be, a guy I know has completed the Grand Slam, with a bow, and he spent over...
  4. Record Opossum Harvested in Missouri

    As you're out and about hunting whitetail in Missouri, there are a plethora of animals also present in the woods that you may encounter. Though your focus may be on deer, that doesn't mean the possibility doesn't exist that you could stumble across something else that you'd like to harvest. One example of this is the opossum, an animal that is abundant in Missouri, for which the hunting season runs from November the 15th, 2015 to January 31st, 2016. Opossums are marsupial mammals that are...
  5. Body Aging Whitetail Deer

    Last week we discussed how to age a deer by its jawbone and the many reasons for doing so. Although this is useful information to have, it can only be performed on a deer you have already harvested and are thus able to peer inside the mouth of that animal. Since there may come a time during which you would like to have some idea as to the age of a deer before a harvest occurs, it is useful to know how to body age a deer as well. Many times hunters use the term 'let them go and let them...
  6. Aging Your Missouri Whitetail Harvest by Teeth

    Have you ever harvested a whitetail and wondered to yourself just how old that animal is? There are many reasons why it is useful to be able to age a whitetail. For the purpose of keeping information about population health as well as to make body condition comparisons that are accurate across the board, knowing a deer's age is quite helpful. The question is how do you actually make an age determination? There are actually two ways to do this, those being by physical examination or that of...
  7. Methods of Cooling Meat in the Field

    After putting forth the effort and expense necessary to harvest a whitetail, the last thing you want to do is lose the meat to something avoidable. Unfortunately there are some obstacles when it comes to keeping meat safe in the field if you are a few days from being able to bring it home or to a processor. In order to retain edible meat at the end of a hunting trip, it is important to know proper meat handling techniques as well as how to keep your future dinners safe from being the dinner...
  8. Things to Remember When Hunting Whitetails

    Everybody wants to have a great whitetail season. As Missouri hunters head into the woods, they want to achieve the goal of returning safely with a deer in tow. While that sounds simple enough, in order to make this and every hunting season the best for all involved, there are a few things to remember. Take time to brush up on the law before you set forth. Sure, there may be little to no change in Missouri hunting law from one year to the next, but how will you know if you don't bother to...
  9. 15 Point Missouri Buck Killed with Atlatl

    The modern hunter has come a long way from those of days past. As technology has advanced, we've been able to take advantage of high powered scopes, precision rifles, and perfectly tuned bows. Although this is great for us, it wasn't always this way. Hunters in history have used other options to feed themselves and their families. One of those methods was the atlatl. Atlatls came to be long before the bow and arrow and have historical ties to much of the world. They are basically a spear...
  10. Tips and Tricks for Keeping Warm

    Thus far this fall, the weather in Missouri hasn't been too bad. Though the temperatures are dipping, the worst is by far yet to come, but what are you going to do when it gets here? As you spend time hunting and camping in the wilderness, staying warm is essential to not only extending your time in the woods but also your health and wellbeing right on up to and including ensuring your survival. In order to make the most of your hunting season and maintain good health throughout, you're...
  11. Options for Easier Deer Skinning

    There's an old saying to the effect that there's more than one way to skin a cat. Well, as luck would have it, there is also more than one way to skin a deer. Depending on your level of commitment and the tools you have access to, skinning a deer can be an arduous process or one that goes by rather quickly. When it comes to skinning deer, like with all things in life, it is good to have options, and here are a few you may wish to add to your deer skinning arsenal. One way to skin a deer...
  12. The Worst Hunting Buddies Ever: Uninvited Missouri Spiders

    There are many types of wildlife you may encounter in your quest for deer in Missouri. It could be that you come across a squirrel or a raccoon or something else entirely, up to and including the creepiest and crawliest of things. A good example of a creature that embodies all things creepy and crawly is the spider and Missouri has plenty of them. Spiders big and small call the Show Me State their home with a total of arachnid residents including more than 300 different varieties. Chances...
  13. Tips for Successfully Following a Blood Trail

    Although we tend to discuss well-placed shots from a long gun or bow as the key to successful hunting, there is actually another skill we need to develop at the same time. In many cases, a good shot can be achieved but instant death is not the result. Even well-placed shots can lead to deer than bolt a ways before they succumb, and in order to find that deer you're going to need to develop a set of skills to successfully follow the blood trail to your kill. The first thing to do once you...
  14. Selecting and Preparing a Hunting Pack

    Hunting whitetail in Missouri is an activity that requires a fair amount of gear. Depending on your set up, you may be carrying that gear with you each time you set out into the field or instead you may store it at a hunting camp in the middle of the wilderness. Though we all have our preferred methods, one thing we should remember is that as human beings, there are times when we quite simply are prone to forgetting something. There are a lot of reasons we may forget an item we desperately...
  15. Stalking Skills to Master

    It is no secret amongst hunters that a whitetail that knows you're coming is a whitetail on the move away from you. Whether is it sight, sound, or smell that gives you away, a whitetail deer is simply not going to sit around in the Missouri woods waiting to become prey. Instead these animals move their feet opposite of you, the perceived threat, in search of safe haven. Though it can be very frustrating when deer evade to the point where you cannot get a decent shot, you should take these...
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