Trump vs Trump

When you name your 2016 target buck “Trump” it is bound to cause a stir and bring on a lot of questions. When I decided to share my quest for “Trump” through this blog I didn’t intend for things to turn political. I guess that is impossible this fall with a presidential election unlike any before […]

Chasing “Trump”

I am more excited for this hunting season to get started than I have been for several years. It has become increasing difficult over the years to even find a buck that gets me excited but that is not the case this season. In July I captured a series of trail camera photos of a […]

Summer Habitat Work – Tree Plantings

By now anyone that is even halfway serious about habitat management already has their spring food plots planted. In fact those plots are likely well-established and hungry deer are already visiting them on a regular basis. With the ideal planting time for fall-planted food-plots still several weeks away, many think we are at a dead period […]

The Best Time to Kill a Buck

Several years ago I wrote an article titled “The Best Time to Kill a Buck”. The lesson I shared in that article is worth repeating here because like a lot of good information regarding hunting mature bucks, it hasn’t changed. So when do you think is the best time to kill a mature buck? Most whitetail hunters […]

My Favorite Food Plot

Earlier this week I sprayed all of my foodplots, which are located on 4 different properties in preparation for planting in the next few weeks. I get asked all the time what my favorite food plot is and I never hesitate to answer … “SOYBEANS!”. Soybeans are attractive to deer from the time they germinate […]

Hiring the Right Whitetail Consultant

In the interest of full-disclosure let me say right out of the gate that I AM A WHITETAIL CONSULTANT. People pay me to visit their hunting properties and develop a plan to make their property the very best that it can be for killing big mature whitetail bucks. Right now we are in the heart of […]

Of Thieves and Determination

For many years now my goal each hunting season has been to end the season as a better hunter than I was on opening day. This is a very simple goal and by remaining a student of the whitetail rather than thinking I know it all, I have achieved it to varying degrees each year. […]

Next Season Starts Now!

Now that hunting season is over for another year, what are you going to do right now to get ready for next season? For those who are serious about tagging mature bucks year after year there is no “off season”. Literally every week of the year we are doing something to help us increase our […]

Chasing the Whitetail Dream

Have you ever wondered what it takes to consistently kill mature whitetail bucks? Lots of hunters kill really great bucks each hunting season but the hunters that do it year after year on bucks that are truly mature (5 ½ or older) are very rare. Have you ever wondered what it is like to build […]

Taking Inventory

It is now early January and in some states hunting season is over while in others like my home state of Illinois we still have a couple of weeks left. So what are you doing right now to improve your odds of tagging a mature buck? Many hunters have already put whitetails on the back-burner […]