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No Tom Foolery....Preparing for a Gobbler

As I stumble across turkey tracks during my predator hunt, I am reminded that it is time to put in my spring turkey application for my preferred zone here in Michigan. While I come down emotionally from an unsuccessful deer season, I realize with anticipation that springtime is not far away.

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My Twilight Buck

It was a cloudy, chilly day in December of 2017. I wanted to get out to my spot pretty early. I just had a feeling it would be a good hunt. Being 15 weeks pregnant, I needed to pace myself on getting out there as well. Got to see some early movement of several does and a little spike. After that I didn't see anything for about an hour, and by then it was getting dark. I was just about to pack up when I noticed a deer to my left. My heart began to race when I realized it was a buck with a decent wide rack and a big enough body.

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Cheers

The words TAG SOUP would be what most would painfully grumble as devastation. Granted, the end goal to my Michigan deer season was to notch and secure my tag on a mature whitetail. It didn’t happen. But amidst all of the feelings that flowed through me on January 1st at the end of a long season, there was accomplishment.

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Adventure, Doubt, & Determination

I’ve been here before, had success with Ram, Antelope, Watusi and Hogs. My one and ONLY white tail deer was on Dec 4, 2015, button buck. Now, I’m back, where I’ve had good luck, down here in Southern Ohio, 4 hours from home. Its 29 degrees outside, 52 degrees in my cabin. There’s a cozy campfire going outside and I’m hardly able to sleep. The morning would bring the best possible adventure of all, or would it? 

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Hunting While Pregnant

 I had goals and high expectations as the 2017 season grew near. There was a certain buck on my hit list and I wanted to help restock our freezer as well. Opening weekend came and I knew something felt different. The following week I find out we're expecting a baby. I knew then not only my season but our lives were about to change. 

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Story of a First Time Bowhunter - by Megan Ellenburg

My one and only hunting experience ever prior to this hunt was in South Africa in 2011. I know it sounds kind of crazy, but my parents lived in Africa. I was very fortunate to be able to harvest an impala and a blesbok with a rifle. After the trip, I really did think about wanting to hunt again, but I never did.

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FIRST TIME HOG HUNT FOR “UNCLE MARY”

Let’s get to the hunt! I’ve known Mary for 4 years. She is a an avid shooter, a Chief Range Safety Officer at our local ladies shooting club and an all-around good cookie! When she approached me about her dream to hunt, it was a no brainer to get-her-outdoors and DO IT! To date she hasn’t had a harvest of any kind. It’s such a awful feeling to think it might not ever happen and for some it never does. Not for a lack of trying, the opportunities just never seemed to present themselves and some people aren’t the asking type. Uncle Mary’s been following our stories on ReelCamo Girl ® and her “want” was there, but the “how to get it” needed working on.

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“Ain’t too Proud to Beg”

As I quiet back down, my right bum cheek starts to go numb. My nose is running to who knows where, and I have a flock of not turkeys around me, but mosquitoes! Only my eyes are showing a small amount of flesh and of course a mosquito finds it. As I realize I’m getting nailed right on my eyebrow, my left bum cheek goes numb, I have an oak worm inching across my knee, and a spider crawling across the rim of my hat. I slowly flick off my buddies just as a gnat flies right into my eyeball. Direct hit! I rub most of him out except for what feels like his left wing. Serves him right! Where’s my turkey? Damn birds!!

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Bowhunting Whitetail in Ohio

We set out at 5am and it was COLD. Well, cold for me. I am used to Southern California weather, so anything 30° or below is bone chilling. I got a little nervous because I remembered Bruce, from my local bow shop, Bow N Arrow Shop  telling me that when I increased the poundage on my compound bow that I need to be prepared for bad (cold) weather conditions. Did I listen? Of course not.

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