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Deer Season Highlights Week 1: Nice Bucks and Big Banter

Deer season highlights. We love and await them. And despite the never-ending stresses that come as an adult — whether it be professionally or personally — it all seems to wash away when we climb a tree. When life kicks my butt, I find solace and clarity in the delectable nimbus of the outdoors. Its ambience is nothing short of a Godsend. It’s safe to say, deer season saves those of us who rely on its fervor.

Rainbows and sappy feelings aside, deer season is here, dadgumit. The entire Midwest Whitetail team is stoked about it. And I made some pretty special memories on opening week.

Mike Reed cracks a joke. (Midwest Whitetail photo)

Mike Reed cracks a joke. (Midwest Whitetail photo)

Meet and Greet

I’m brand new to the Midwest Whitetail crew. If I were a cap, I’d still have that shiny holographic sticker on my bill. But everyone has been extremely hospitable and welcoming to my filming partner, John Kirby, and me. It’s been a very smooth process.

Part of being new is getting to know everyone. That’s why meeting longtime cast member Mike Reed was such a pleasure, as he too has been hunting the Kentucky opener. (And not far from where I call home.) Needless to say, he’s a hoot. And so are 41 North interns Grant, Max and Jake. It’s been fun getting to know them.

A young buck at 4 feet! (Josh Honeycutt photo)

A young buck at 4 feet! (Josh Honeycutt photo)

Whitetail Buck At 4 Feet

My original plan was to pursue Tanker the beginning of the season. But between his patterns changing at the last second, wind direction conflicts, and common hunting-by-permission challenges, I only hunted him opening afternoon. Other than getting to know a lively — and incredibly cool — Max Mongrello, it was a pretty uneventful sit.

The next day, I was on my own. Both my filming partner, John Kirby, and my personal intern were both out of commission. So, I self-filmed. And because I love self-torture, I decided to do it from the ground with three camera angles. I’ve done a lot of self-filming throughout the years, though, and even self-filmed a hunt last fall that ended up on Realtree’s Monster Bucks.

All said, the coolest thing ever happened, though. I got the closest to a wild whitetail that I’ve ever been: 4 feet. Had I not been trying to stay still and run a camera, I’d have reached out and touched the deer.

Toots' summertime bachelor buddy. (Josh Honeycutt photo)

Toots’ summertime bachelor buddy. (Josh Honeycutt photo)

High Anticipations

A couple hours later, the buck that ran with Toots all summer stepped into the open. I just knew Toots was behind him … but he never showed. It was still a cool encounter, nonetheless. I might try to slip back in there this weekend and hunt him again. We’ll have to wait and see.

Straddling the fence. (Josh Honeycutt photo)

Straddling the fence. (Josh Honeycutt photo)

A Cool Scene

I worked a full day on Monday. (Yes, we have real jobs.) But I did have time to slip out for an evening sit. It was a productive one. I watched this 2-year-old buck for half an hour as he messed around in the creek. It was very enjoyable just watching (and filming) him do his thing.

Young buck posing. (Josh Honeycutt photo)

Young buck posing. (Josh Honeycutt photo)

A Cool Scene, Continued

The deer just wouldn’t leave, though. He hung around for quite some time. Here, he’s watching intently as another buck walks out of the corn and into the creek bottom. At first, I thought one of our target bucks was working into view.

A nice 3-year-old buck. (Josh Honeycutt photo)

A nice 3-year-old buck. (Josh Honeycutt photo)

A Beautiful Up-and-Comer

That wasn’t the case, though. It was a nice 3-year-old buck that wasn’t quite what we’re looking for. It was an adrenaline-rich moment, though, as he stared a hole through the tree I sat in. He eventually worked away from me, drinking water and eating acorns to his content.

John Kirby's big velvet Kentucky buck. (Josh Honeycutt photo)

John Kirby’s big velvet Kentucky buck. (Josh Honeycutt photo)

A Dandy Buck

Then, on Tuesday, things got real. My filming partner, John Kirby, killed a dandy velvet buck. And I believe you’ll be seeing it in an upcoming episode. It’s truly a great story of a buck Kirby called “Freeway.” You won’t want to miss the action.

But that’s it for now. I can’t wait for the deer season highlights in week two. Fall is almost here. And life is much better for it.

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Strategies in duck hunting are ever changing. Ducks are switching up their routines, patterns, and feeding tendencies. Blame it on the weather, farming practices, or pressure, there’s not denying a difference in ducks behavior as the years progress. In order to be successful hunting ducks, we have to “adapt” with them.

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Strategies in duck hunting are ever changing. Ducks are switching up their routines, patterns, and feeding tendencies. Blame it on the weather, farming practices, or pressure, there’s not denying a difference in ducks behavior as the years progress. In order to be successful hunting ducks, we have to “adapt” with them.

Sandhill Crane Hunting

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Why Passing This 180-Inch Deer Was the Right Thing to Do

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

NEXT: IS IT OK TO SHOOT A DOE WITH FAWNS?

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Ruger Announces New Custom Shop 10/22 Rifle with Skeletonized Green Mountain Laminate Stock

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a new 10/22® Competition Rifle to the Ruger® Custom Shop line of firearms. This new variation boasts a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel. The 16-1/8″ stainless steel bull barrel features black Cerakote® accents and is fluted to reduce […]

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