The DIY Hunting Trailer

The DIY Hunting Trailer

By Bernie Barringer I rolled into my driveway late at night, exhausted from long hours of driving. Fourteen days earlier when I had left home on Halloween, my pickup truck was neatly organized, with stands, sticks and equipment stacked in place. Accessories had been...

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Aggressive strike rut hunting

Aggressive strike rut hunting

This aggressive strategy might just put you within range of a big mature whitetail By Bernie Barringer If you have hunted during the rut for very long, you have probably been in one of those situations where you are right in the middle of the rutting action. Bucks...

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Hunting the Final Approach

Hunting the Final Approach

Don't wait until the early season bucks hit the field in the evening, the best place to kill one is before they step into the open By Bernie Barringer The buck in my spotting scope was not a giant by any means. His thick, stubby 10-point frame would maybe go 130 tops....

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Bring bears to your baits quickly and keep them there

Bring bears to your baits quickly and keep them there

Getting bears to hit your baits is just the first step; keeping them there is another step. Heed this advice to increase your odds of success. By Bernie Barringer I’m convinced the most important factor in shooting a bear over bait for us DIY bear hunters is getting...

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7 Critical Tips for DIY Public Land Hunters

7 Critical Tips for DIY Public Land Hunters

By Bernie Barringer My first bowhunting road trip was a complete bust. In my defense, it took place more than 20 years ago, so I didn’t have the advantage of Google Earth, a scouting camera or looking at the weather on my smartphone. I basically went in blind, and my...

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Find the Killing Tree

Find the Killing Tree

By Bernie Barringer I’d found this spot the previous year but I didn’t hunt it correctly. The location was a narrow stretch of trees connecting two larger woodlots along the banks of a large river. The area surrounding it was a couple hundred acres of tall native...

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10 Steps to Success: Bowhunting Public Land Whitetails

10 Steps to Success: Bowhunting Public Land Whitetails

by Bernie Barringer A road trip to a new area on a DIY public land hunt can be very intimidating. Consider these ten points that will up your odds of success. The clashing of antlers in the creek bottom set my heart to pounding. I quickly put my binoculars up to my...

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Dream Hunt: Cariboo Mountain Black Bears

Dream Hunt: Cariboo Mountain Black Bears

This was truly an amazing hunt in an amazing place. Spot & Stalk black bear hunting with a bow is a tall challenge. I shot the 43rd bear I saw in 6 days of hunting. By Bernie Barringer What makes a dream trip for a die-hard bear hunter? I suppose a dream trip is...

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5 Benefits of Mineral Licks

5 Benefits of Mineral Licks

Supplemental minerals have many benefits to the deer in your area, including some that most hunters are not aware of. By Bernie Barringer These days, it seems that everyone wants bucks with big antlers on their property. The sellers of mineral supplements have fed...

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Annual Trail Camera Timeline

Annual Trail Camera Timeline

Don’t put your scouting cameras away after the season! Here’s a calendar showing where your cameras should be placed throughout the year to help you learn more about the deer and increase your odds of bagging a big one next season. By Bernie Barringer Once thought of...

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