Gone are the days of spending hours in the woods scouting for the upcoming hunting season. What used to require a lot of time and effort has been made simple by the use of trail cameras. These cameras have revolutionized scouting. Just set up and walk away. Find out what wild game is living in your hunting grounds without the worry of spooking them with human scent or visual presence. Place multiple cameras in different areas and it is like being several places at once. Use of these tools is most effective during the early archery deer season or in an area with little or no hunting pressure. A trail camera allows you to see deer and other game on their natural movements. If you are placing them in an area with a lot of pressure or activity then all bets are off. You may get a picture of a good buck one day only to have him pushed out of the area by hunting pressure.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
I do not really know what to say other than.... does it get any better that this? Two beautiful days on two different rivers. Thank you to Jim from the Dudewater Blog and Orvis Cleveland and also Alex, who guides out of Ohio for coming over to fish. Great weather, great fishing, and spending time with other FISHAHOLICS. Like the title of this post says...Living The Dream
Monday, May 6, 2013
After calling in a bird for my dad on opening day, I finally connected on my third time out this season. I set up about 150 yards from this bird in the tree. After some heavy cutting on a mouth call to a bird that was so hot in the tree that it gobbled at 5:15 am this morning, I watched as he appeared on the trail in front of me at about 100 yards out. Once he was visible I just shut up and let the decoy do the work. He was spiting, drumming, and strutting all the way to the decoy for what seemed like half an hour but was really about 5 minutes. I had to talk to myself to get my hands and legs to quit shaking during his long approach. Once he was in range I played the (lets see how close he will get) game until he stretched his neck out real nice and I couldn't help but end it there. 16 paces later I was standing over him. A great morning and a great hunt! Taking my brother out on Thursday for a bird that I heard gobbling on my way out of the woods this morning. Hopefully I will be posting pics of his bird on Thursday night.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
What started as a cold slow morning took a major turn after lunch. In the heat of this cold day the hendricksons came off heavy for about an hour in the afternoon. We took advantage of every minute. My clients Mike and Dave caught some great fish on dry flies. Looking forward to this week. Should be some good fishing.
Took my dad out on opening morning where I had been hearing a few birds. After an uneventful set up on a bird that never gobbled or even acted like it was spring, we connected on this bird 15 minutes later. This Jake came in on a rope with a buddy and they both were in full strut at 10 yards before Dad took the shot. Congratulations to dad on only his second ever spring bird.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
|They do not get any more colorful than this.|
|Had my tripod attached to a tree branch over the water. It's tough taking pics when you are by yourself.|
|Pretty brown with a nice copper john stuck to his nose! Right were we like it.|
|Nice male with a good hook.|
A good day of scouting on the Clarion River. Caught a good number of fish on various beaded nymphs today. The water is still cold but the fish seemed to be pretty active. I have some guide trips coming up soon and can not wait to put some clients on these beautiful fish.
Finally it looks like we are going to have a normal spring. Last year at this time it was 80 degrees, water was getting low, and we were already through the hendrickson hatch and starting into caddis. Hopefully this makes for a longer season on the Clarion this year.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
|Flag up means fish on the line..(hopefully). It turned out to be a great picture with the backdrop of the iced over reservoir and the Allegheny Forest.|
|A new PA state record Walleye. 6oz!|
|A nice Northern Pike. As you can tell by my eyes being closed, the wind and rain was blowing in my face.|
|Managed a quick pic when the sun came out for 5 minutes. Turned out great. Should send this picture to the CLAM shelter company. Maybe I could get an endorsement.|
Saturday, February 16, 2013
|Drew, who works with me at Whitetail Country, caught this 26'' walleye while we were out this week. This big female was released so that she may spawn this spring.|
|The take home catch. Enough for a couple of dinners.|
|The end to a great day on the ice.|
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Today the temperature is in the 20s and falling with lake effect snow. Glad we were able to enjoy it yesterday. Back to tip-ups and fishing the hardwater next week I guess. It looks like it is going to be winter again for a while.