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Late Season Hunting

After the shotgun seasons close in mid-December here in Iowa, the late archery and muzzleloader seasons open and continue through January 10th. Some years the conditions aren’t too bad, and others they are downright brutal. This year started very mild and we only recently received some snow cover and colder temperatures which tend to get […]

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The Carcass Cam 1.0

This is the first in a series of trail cameras posts we call The Carcass Cam, it will feature pictures from some of our best trail cam contributors, including Pat Howard of USA Trail Cams and our own Dan Gorman.  

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Late Season Card Pull

Getting Back into the Groove This season has been really tough on me mentally. I didn’t hunt as much as I normally do, and although I saw several shooter bucks on their feet in early November, they either weren’t in range or were on the wrong side of the fence, and none of them responded […]

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Scrape Cam Action

This is the best time of year to catch great pictures of bucks visiting the scrape cam, leading up to the peak breeding season. I move most of my cameras to active scrapes during the first couple weeks of October and run them there until the end of the season. The majority of the pictures […]

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Hellish Relish: How I Make It

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Fall has arrived, hunting seasons are opening, and crisp mornings get your heart pumping thinking of the upcoming rut. Since I don’t generally have any trips planned, I need to keep myself occupied so I don’t go completely crazy waiting for the archery opener. One […]

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My New PSE Decree HD

I broke down this year and bought a new bow. I was starting to feel the effect of the aggressive draw cycle on my Evo and I figured it was time to try something different. The PSE DecreeHD was a midyear release and it is a hit with everyone I know that has shot it, […]

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Dan’s Second Card Pull

I pulled camera cards for the second time of the summer and I was pleased with the results of my second card pull. There were some great pictures of my number one target buck “Kenny” as well as another good ten point buck that is hanging out with him. There were also a few really […]

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Big Buck Profile-Kenny

We decided we would call this buck Kenny. If you are a fan of the tv show South Park you’ll probably get the reference immediately. If not, you’ll probably wonder what’s wrong with those guys from Victory Outdoors. Basically, in every episode of the show, Kenny dies a random death then his friends say “they […]

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DIY Archery Mailbox

Have you ever driven down a country road and seen a unique mailbox? One that is made to look like an animal, or a tractor, or maybe a piece of machinery that represents the owners business or interests? Throughout the years I’ve spent driving around places I’ve seen some pretty cool mailboxes. This year, after […]

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Dan’s 1st Card Pull

I hit the woods Sunday for my first card pull of the summer, and I was happy to find all my cameras in proper working order where I left them. They had all taken a respectable number of pictures, and I was anxious to sort through them looking for nice pictures and clues as to […]

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Coming Full Circle

When I was a boy, my family would go on fishing day trips to a little private backwater pond we owned. It would be a family event, and we’d pile in the back of the old truck and make our way across a terribly primitive rock dam and through a pasture back to the old […]

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Turkey Hunting for Dummies

I am probably the world’s worst turkey hunter.  Growing up, I didn’t have any family members or even friends who hunted turkeys, and I was in high school before I even saw a turkey in the wild. Because of this, my knowledge about turkey hunting is limited at best, and I have always considered myself […]

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Trail Camera Update

Now that the den cam and the beaver cam have been set for a couple weeks, I thought I’d give an update on the action. The den cam had ups and downs. The downs are it was definitely a raccoon hangout, and I got about 5,000 pictures of them headed to and from the den, […]

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Carcass Cam Best Of

By Dan Gorman I haven’t officially pulled the cameras, mainly because I haven’t decided where exactly I want to put them yet, but I’m pretty sure the carcass cam is winding down for the year. I got some pretty decent pictures throughout the winter but overall it was a disappointing year. After last year I […]

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