My 726 yard shot on a bull elk. watch the vapor trail.
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My 726 yard shot on a bull elk. watch the vapor trail.
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The Crown Buck: Pt 1, Contact
My current hunting buddy is my step daughter’s son Champ. He is a natural born outdoorsman and at 11 years old he’s spent more time in the woods; and likely knows more about woodsmanship and understands more about locating and hunting our local wild game, Whitetail deer and wild hogs, than most 30-40 year olds do. I’m not lying, Champ knows his way around in the woods.
The Friday after this Thanksgiving Champ wanted to zero in on a big wild boar showing up regularly on his SpyPoint mobile game camera. While he was doing that, I hunted in a weather worn, years old tin shed 250 yards west of Champ’s ground blind. As time passed my area got nuts with deer activity, all does, but that’s ok because the rut is coming on right now and this steady flow of does in and out of my area might get the attention of a nice mature buck.
Three of the members of our deer lease were also down to hunt, Richey, John and Collin Cottrell. I kept up with everyone by texting them and they were seeing deer also. An hour before dark 5 does were scattered around my area. Something caught their attention and all of the does looked in the direction of an area I couldn’t see — south of my dirt-floor tin shed.
Suddenly … from the right, a buck walked into my view, only a few feet away from my shooting cut-out. He was a big, mature buck, 5 1/2 or more in age. He was a buck that holds down the nickname of the “Crown Buck” because of his unusual straight and evenly spaced up tines, the high shape of his rack and the circular shape of the main beams.
I quietly stepped backward.
Woops! He looked into the cut-out, right at me.
Ranger Boats Pro Clark Wendlandt Takes 2020 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year
Ranger pro adds another title to previous three AOY wins
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (November 12, 2020) – Ranger Boats pro angler Clark Wendlandt took the 2020 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year title with a total of 680 points. Before joining the Bassmaster Elite Series last year, Wendlandt fished the FLW Tour where he amassed four wins and three Angler of the Year titles.
“Although I have three FLW titles, to win this one is really special,” said Wendlandt. “B.A.S.S. just has the prestige; It’s got the Classic. I always thought that if there was one award to win in fishing, it would be the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year.”
Wendlandt started the season hot with three top-10 finishes in the first five events. He followed up with a strong 17th-place finish on Santee Cooper, before stumbling at Chickamauga, where the angler only managed to boat one fish – a 3 pound, 14 ounce, bass. This fish would later prove to be a critical catch in his chase for the AOY title.
As with most fishing tournament circuits, COVID-19 put the chances of completing the 2020 season in peril. To combat the setbacks, the Elite Series pushed events dates back further into the year and compressed the schedule. This caused anglers to scramble and scrap their spring and summer patterns and techniques in order to get on finicky fall bass.
“We finished a full season, which was a big deal to me,” said Wendlandt. “There are so many different conditions that you fish under. One time you are throwing a spinning rod in really clear water at 30 feet. The next time you’re flipping in three feet of dirty water.”
Wendlandt went into the Chickamauga event with the lead in the Angler of the Year race, but his poor showing opened the door for David Mullins and Austin Felix. He trailed Mullins by 16 and Felix by 11 points heading into the season-ending event on Lake Fork in Texas. Mullins and Fenix finished in 47th and 68th, respectively, while Wendlandt took 28th, which was enough to overtake the two anglers. Wendlandt won with a total of 680 points, just three points ahead Mullins. In the end, the difference between winning and losing the AOY came via the single, serendipitous fish Wendlandt caught on Chickamauga.
“Chickamauga really bit me,” said Wendlandt. “It was really hard, but if I hadn’t caught that fish, I would have gotten zero points and not won the Angler of the Year.”
Angler of the Year titles recognize the most consistent stick on tour. Wendlandt proved steady and readily leaned on his Ranger boat to reliably get through the tough season.
“I’ve been with Ranger since 2000 and I take pride in that,” said Wendlandt. “For me, it’s the reliability and fishability of a Ranger that makes such a difference. I know my boat can handle any situation. It’s one thing I don’t have to worry about.”
About Ranger Boats
Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation’s premier manufacturer of legendary fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, with acclaimed models and series in the bass, multi-species, fish ‘n play, saltwater, waterfowl utility and pontoon boat segments. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water. For more information, go to RangerBoats.com.
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Thanksgiving morning buck
| submitted by /u/Ekleo
Packed 8 miles in to set up camp and hunt. Keeping the traditions of the Kentucky long riflemen alive every season.
| submitted by /u/caffreyhat34
The MINWR Archery Hunt Exit Survey Part I: Getting There is 99% of the Battle
Five long years I’d waited to be drawn for a Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) archery hunt. Familiar with the refuge by way of duck hunting, I knew deer and hogs thrived on this spit of land between the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River. Hunting them would be a different story. Anyway, on my sixth application, I pulled the Halloween weekend hunt in the Pine Flatwoods zone. Drats! As a working father of twin nine-year-olds, Halloween weekend was a… Read More »
Learn More About Florida’s Wild Turkey Management
At the time of this writing, a 20-24 lb. Publix turkey is $ 0.49 per pound. I spend wayyyyy more than that each Spring chasing the Thunder Chicken. Heck, $ 12 doesn’t even cover a box of shells anymore! But, I love it – money well-spent! Of all the critters I chase throughout the year, none get me as pumped as the wild turkey. While populations elsewhere in the South have dipped in recent seasons, I’d submit, without any real research, that… Read More »
Where Were You Yesterday Buck?
Trail cameras are the very devil. Once upon a time, you could spend a weekend in the public land woods believing the forest was void of game and that’s why you weren’t seeing anything. That’s changed. Now I’m awakened by my 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. updates to see what’s been ambling by as the cellular trail camera relays info. Workday reminders of the wild world passing you by are the worst, though. Alas – One Monday at the office.… Read More »
Jordan Lee Wins 2020 General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops
Alabama Superstar Catches 2-Pounder in Final Minutes to Overtake Casey Ashley in Dramatic Finale, Earns Johnny Morris Award and Top Payout of $ 100,000
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (Nov. 16, 2020) – The 29-year-old Alabama superstar did it again. Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Jordan Lee of Cullman, Alabama, caught 37 bass totaling 69 pounds, 4 ounces, to narrowly edge out South Carolina’s Casey Ashley and win the 2020 General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and the top prize of $ 100,000.
It was a nail-biting finale that came down to the wire in the final day Championship Round that aired Saturday on Discovery. Lee caught his last fish – a 2-pound, 2-ounce largemouth – with just 14 minutes to spare in the final period, overtaking Ashley, who had put together a frantic 17 bass third-period rally to move to the top of the leaderboard. Lee’s last fish came on a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent The General worm.
“Oh man, what a feeling,” said Lee, who was the 2020 Bass Pro Tour Angler of the Year, winner of the inaugural Heavy Hitters tournament in February, and now the 2020 General Tire World Champion. “Casey was just killing it right there at the end. It seemed like every time I caught one, he would catch two. It was gut-wrenching. I was listening to him bumping up the SCORETRACKER® and he just kept coming and I couldn’t do anything about it. I just had to keep my head down and focus on every single bite. That last fish turned out to be the difference maker. We fished all day long and I won by less than a pound. Unreal.”
Lee started out his day on Spider Lake targeting largemouth with a vibrating jig and a swimjig, before mixing in a frog and eventually the Berkley The General worm (black and black-and-blue) as the day progressed. He keyed on the shallow reeds and lily pads on the 1,392-acre lake.
“It was mostly a fun day of flipping and frogging, and that is what I love to do,” Lee said. “I mixed up a couple of different baits to start with, but the swim jig really got me started. It clued me in that the fish were around the reeds and the pads, and then I started catching some good ones.”
Lee led after Period 1 of competition and had a near 20-pound lead into Period 2 before his bite slowed in Period 3. Meanwhile, Ashley’s pattern caught fire. Ashley took the lead with 40 minutes remaining in the event, and the two anglers battled back and forth before Lee’s last-minute heroics clinched the victory.
“We were so close, I pretty much knew that whoever caught the last scorable bass was going to win,” said Lee. “As the clock ticked down, I kept expecting my boat official to tell me that Casey had caught one at the very end to take it, but luckily for me that didn’t happen.
“To win this event is just the best feeling in the world,” Lee went on to say. “MLF puts us out in the middle of nowhere – down dirt roads, places we’ve never fished before. I love that part of this game. It’s a level playing field, and to come away with a win against this bunch of guys – they’re the best in the world. This has been a special, special week. Nothing comes easy in this sport and I don’t take it for granted. I’ve had a great year. I’m fishing with confidence and I hope I can keep the good vibes going next season.”
The final six anglers at the 2020 General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops in Grand Rapids, Minnesota finished:
1st: Jordan Lee of Cullman, Ala., 37 bass, 69-4
2nd: Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., 35 bass, 68-5
3rd: Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., 28 bass, 48-2
4th: Takahiro Omori of Tokyo, Japan, 29 bass, 46-10
5th: Jacob Powroznik of Prince George, Va., 20 bass, 43-6
6th: Cody Meyer of Star, Idaho, 10 bass, 21-10
Complete results and photos from the event can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Meyer caught the Berkley Big Bass of the day – a 5-pound, 2-ounce largemouth at the end of Period One that came on an unnamed finesse worm.
Overall, there were 159 bass weighing 297 pounds, 5 ounces caught by the final six pros during the Championship Round of competition on Spider Lake.
The 2020 General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops was hosted by Visit Grand Rapids and premiered on the Discovery Channel as six, two-hour original episodes debuting on Oct. 10, 2020, and running through Nov. 14, 2020. The event, shot over six days in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, showcased 16 MLF pro anglers culminating the 2020 Cup season and competing for the top prize of $ 100,000.
For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
About Major League Fishing
Founded in 2011, Major League Fishing (MLF) brings the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing into America’s living rooms on Outdoor Channel, Discovery, CBS, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network, Sportsman Channel, and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). According to Nielsen ratings, Major League Fishing remains the number one series on Outdoor Channel for five years and MLF premiered as the number one outdoor show in their time slot on Discovery in 2019.
In 2019 MLF acquired FLW, which expands their portfolio to include the world’s largest grassroots-fishing organization, including the strongest five-biggest-fish format professional bass fishing tour, the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, as well as the Toyota Series, Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine, Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI, and High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing.
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Airgun Hunting Legion Interviews Chad Simon From Lethal Air Airguns
From Passion To Career, How Chad Has Made His Mark Serving Air Rifle Hunters
11.12.20, Springfield, MO. Airgun Hunting Legion is proud to introduce the next episode of the Airgun Hunting Legion VideoCast. Host Jason Reid sits down with Chad Simon, Owner of Lethal Air to tell his stories and learn secrets in this socially-distant video podcast format.
“Making an impact in the community with this new platform has been made possible by telling the stories of leaders in the airgunning community and the industry as a whole,” says Reid. “We want to take an authentic approach to building relationships for the Airgun Hunting Legion platform. Chad brings us incredible knowledge and stories you won’t want to miss.”
Simon talks about the realities of hunting big game, how we got started in the industry and what he does to organize trips to air gun hunters across the country.
Watch the full episode here:
Visit www.airgunhuntinglegion.com to learn more about hunting with air guns, state-by-state regulations, and become a member for exclusive discounts on gear and hunts. Follow the leaderboards for different species and upload your successful hunts to be recognized. Follow Airgun Hunting Legion on Facebook and Instagram for your daily dose of extra airgun hunting content and news. For more information and partnership inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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