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Eastern Colorado Archery Deer

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

It was two weeks before Christmas and I found myself on a plane flying to Colorado.  Early in 2011, Trevon and Adam contacted me and extended an invitation to join them on their annual Colorado plains archery deer hunt. I was honored that they would invite me on a hunt that has been their tradition for many years. This was a no brainer as I had watched heir 2009 footage many times and was very impressed with the bucks they were chasing.

Born and raised in  Nevada my passion is spotting and stalking in the sagebrush country the Great Basin provides. This Eastern Colorado plains hunt would be a little different than what I’m used to and I definitely was up for the challenge.

My first look at the country was on opening day. With the first rays of the golden sun hitting the landscape the thermometer bottomed out at 15 degrees. All I could see around me was wide open cut wheat stubble, cut corn, and CRP fields. With such little cover we could spot deer for many miles but getting to them would be the true challenge. This late season archery hunt was taking place after three gun seasons, making the animals very much on edge. Anytime they would see a vehicle moving they became very skittish and if the vehicle stopped they were high tailing it out of the country with ears pinned in the back position.

The first morning out on the plains, a day before Adam could get away to join us, Trevon and I spent most of the chilly morning in his truck moving from one vantage point (more like a slight rise in the road) to another where we would fix ourselves to our window mounted Nikon spotting scopes picking out every detail that was out of place.  We would have to spot deer from a long way away and make a plan to get in close on foot.

Mid day found us pinned to the side of the road watching a large main frame 4 point muley moving through the cut wheat with another buck and a whitetail doe.  The only reason we saw this bruiser buck was his mid day stretch got him to stand and reposition  When the deer bed in this cut wheat little is left in the way of landmarks to follow except for the tips of their tines peaking out from the tan stalks.  We only had the antler tips as a landmark above the rolling wheat stubble.

While we watched this four pointer, another group of deer rose from their beds at the report of a phesant hunters shotgun.  This herd was about 400 yards away from the big four and bedded under the sprinkler lines in the middle of the pivot.  We marked their position so as not to blow them out of the country when we went after the big four.

Trevon and I parked the truck downwind about a half mile from the deer and out of sight, and the stalk was on. With a rise in the landscape we were able to reach the edge of the pivot without being seen, but from then on it was on hands and knees belly crawling the rest of the way.

The wheat in this particular field is topped off at about 18″ and is extremely loud and crunchy. Although we didn’t have any wind that was steady but the occasional gust of wind would cover the sound of our approach and prevent being detected by the radar ears of the deer.

With bow in hand I was followed by Trevon running camera and getting everything on film.  It was extremely slow going but we were steadily closing the distance.  Keeping our eyes on the buck’s antler tips we weaved our way closer, occasionally having to sit still and wait in one spot for the breeze to pick up before moving again.  One of these silent waiting periods was interrupted by another pheasant hunters’ shotgun report a couple miles away.  Again this alerted the closer herd of deer and they stood to investigate. The biggest buck in the group stood for just a few seconds, giving us a quick look before repositioning to bed back down. Soon he was followed by the others as a calm came over the herd.

The wind started shifting and the herd was now down wind of the big four point buck we were originally stalking.  We knew there was a decent buck in this closer group and if we kept going straight for the big four we would surely blow them out of the country and eliminate any opportunity to hunt them in the coming days.  Sometimes, as a bow hunter, you have to except the gift you are given.

Being 150 yards from the herd and 300 yards from the big four, my strategy changed.  I turned to Trevon and told him we were going to go after the big group bedded under the sprinkler pivot.  They were in prime position and if we could get through the wheat and close the distance we would have an opportunity to fill a tag and have the first kill on film for the Outback Outdoors show.  His nod in agreement changed the game.

Trev stayed on my heels as we closed the distance.  The buck I wanted bedded near the 5th tire on the pivot sprinkler line, all I had to do was get to the 4th tire and I would have a 60 yard shot.  Those last 100 yards was utterly nerve racking. Wheat stubble cracked under my hands and knees with every shift of my body.  Seventy yards away and I was on my own as Trev stayed back with the camera to capture the events as they unfolded.  There was 30 yards left to cover while avoiding the eyes and ears of the deer on the perimeter of the herd.  I could see bodies and ears through the thin openings in the wheat stubble which forced me to slow my pace further.  Finally making it to my goal and the 4th tire up line from the buck, my nerves calmed as now the waiting game began and I was in prime position.

Our timing on the stalk was perfect, almost scary perfect.  Within three minutes of setting up, the smaller bucks and some doe started to stand and mill around.  Surely he would rise at any time and join them for an evening feed.  I could hear my heart pounding in my ears. As though it was a choreographed dance, I came to full draw as he stood and he gave me the two steps forward that I needed for a clear shot behind the shoulder.  The small window of opportunity was all that was needed as a clean release sent the arrow 60 yards to its mark.

First day, first stalk, first shot and we had a buck down.  There was no need to track the crimson sprayed wheat as we watched the buck fall less than 30 yards from his bed.  With my 2011 Colorado deer tag filled I the next 4 days found me returning the favor and running camera for Trevon and Adam.

What a great experience, having the opportunity to stalk mule deer in the flat wide open country of Eastern Colorado.  I will take the many lessons learned and strategies acquired and apply them to all my future hunts in the hope to become a better bow hunter.  I believe, both in hunting and in life, no matter how successful or accomplished you are, you can always learn and better your future performance.

Dave Beronio – team Outback Outdoors

Whitetail Deer Hunting – Team OO Member Adam Wells Practices Herd Management

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

2011 continues to be a great year for me. After my Mountain Lion hunt in western Colorado, I headed out to Swanson Lake Ranch in southwest Nebraska with my good friend and camera man for Outback Outdoors Kyle Sanderson to hunt the late white-tail doe season.  Kyle had only a couple days that he could get away from work so I did my best to put Kyle in the best stands.

The first day I managed to harvest a nice fat white tail doe and was hoping that Kyle would have similar luck. As it turned out, Kyle was close to getting one that evening but everyone knows how hunting goes, sometimes it just doesn’t quite work out.

The next afternoon, would be Kyle’s evening to harvest.  This was Kyle’s first bow kill, I can’t tell you how happy and excited I was for Kyle’s success.  This is what is truly special about what I am able to do in my job as a guide and outfitter and through Outback Outdoors is to give people a positive introduction to the outdoors and  pass on the years of knowledge to those newer to the sport than myself.

Congrats Kyle.


On The Road

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Well the end of my 2010 hunting season went alot better than the beginning! I guided a few hunts for Trophies West Outfitting Co. in Montana and did 3 appearances for Under Armour at Cabelas across the country which took up most of my time in the latter part of the hunting season. After guiding my last client to a toad of a Whitetail on the Bighorn River I skinned, caped and boned out his trophy, loaded it up for him and I was packed up and on the road to Kansas to meet JT at Marl Elpers, of Outdoor Connections, farm. I left Montana at 10 AM and drove 16 hours arriving at the farm at 2:30 AM. JT had me up and rollin an hour and a half later and I spent the next five days in a treestand alternating hunting and videoing JT as well as witnessing some awesome rutting action and alot of bucks! I had a blast and am now hooked on bowhunting whitetails in Kansas after taking my first Pope and Young ten point on the last evening!

Saturday morning found me headed home and right into some of the worst weather we have seen in a long time. An early winter hit Montana and along with a blizzard, above average snow accumulation and below zero temps, the roads were absolutely treacherous! With cars off the road everywhere I decided to stop back at the Trophies West Lodge and help out with the last few clients and spend Thanksgiving with my guide buddies. Craig Hueter, owner of TWO, called and told me to go ahead and hunt for myself the last couple days if I wanted to. After trying to access some of our ranches in the terrible weather I finally decided to take a very old and very ugly buck that was still rutting this late. We take management very seriously at Trophies West and by killing a few management bucks like this every year as well as letting the young up and comers live we have taken trophy mule deer for years! If you are interested in hunting with Trophies West holler at me. I was happy to kill a cool old buck and do my part.

What a nice way to end my season. Its time now for the NFR in Las Vegas and then the holidays. January brings us the Hunting Industry Shows and my PBR season kicks off with a bang! From all of us at Team OO, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mule Deer Hunt webisode – Feedback

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Mule Deer Hunting is one of our passions at Outback Outdoors, and our Eastern Colorado mule deer bowhunt webisode has quickly risen to the top of popularity in our growing archive of exciting hunting entertainment. Here is a response I got from a viewer in Indiana.

Brian, Columbia City, IN

“Well, I will admit this was one of my favorites.  There may be several reasons.  First, certainly making me wait on each subsequent episode built the anticipation.  I kept looking for the next episode to show up.  Second, I felt that the discussions of the pre-hunt setup and stalk were very insightful.  I would much rather see this type of information than watch the view out of a truck buzzing down the highway or running through an airport etc.  As I have said in the past, the travel parts of the videos should be very small or nonexistent in my opinion, which was true of these videos.  Both Trevon an Adam did a great job of describing the setup and strategy for each stalk that was filmed.  Third, I have never hunted mule deer, and have never tried to bowhunt in this type of open setting.  It looks extremely challenging, but you guys certainly showed that if you take your time you can get good quality shots even in such open territory.  In this day of instant gratification it certainly shows how patience is rewarded.  This hunt was certainly fair chase at the extreme.  It was also well filmed, and I thought the double views during the stalks were a good touch.  Finally, you once again showed that you don’t always get the biggest animal, but you did get a good animal. Good job guys!”   Brian

On The Road

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Saturday April 3rd was the opening day of Turkey Season in the part of Texas where I happened to be staying between PBR events. My good friends down there are die hard Turkey hunters and invited me to go along in the morning. As I sat there with a Shotgun in my lap and the decoys out in front of me an hour before light, listening to the intermittent gobbling of roosted birds, I was reminded of the Turkey hunting I did with my Dad when I was young in Upstate New York. Where I was raised Turkey and Deer hunting were the only “big” game we had and we took it pretty serious. But what really came back to me on that crisp Texas morning was how much fun Turkey hunting with a shotgun was. Since moving to Montana 11 or so years ago I had only been hunting birds with my bow, and almost always out of a blind. I realized I missed the old school run and gun style of Turkey hunting and really enjoyed the shotgun!

I recently read an article by an outdoor writer and personality whom I have alot of respect for. However I was bothered by one of the points in his article and it has really caused me some distress since. The author basically stated that a hunter who started out his hunt with archery equipment and then switched to a gun part of the way through the hunt to harvest an animal was “giving up” or “cheating”. I have a real problem with this. This particular author is a pure bowhunter, and a great one. He personally chooses to hunt only with a bow and for HIM picking up a gun would compromise HIS principles. Thats great! I admire him for this, but my problem is that he is pushing his choice of weapon on other hunters and judging them for their choices. Consider this-maybe the hunter that switches to a gun from a bow during a hunt wanted to try to challenge himself by using archery equipment but at the end of the day he is a guy with only two weeks of vacation and he really spread himself thin to pay for this hunt. I’m sure he will get just as much satisfaction out of taking home his trophy with a gun. We are under constant attack in the hunting world by uninformed zealots who would love to make what we love illegal. We need to stick together as HUNTERS to make our sport and heritage show a strong unified front. I dont think now is the time for role models in the hunting industry to form little sub-groups based on weapon preference. I love to hunt with a bow but I am not a bowhunter, I also love to hunt with a rifle or shotgun but I am not a gun hunter….I am a HUNTER. I love to hunt. I love the traditions and camaraderie passed down to me by my father and I love the sights, smells and sounds of the woods and the mountains. These things have absolutely nothing to do with what weapon I may be carrying. So to this author I say, please don’t draw lines in the outdoors my friend, we are all in this together enjoying what God made possible for us. We may all share a campfire together one day and I don’t want to be embarrassed to show a picture of a buck I killed with my rifle or a Turkey I killed with my shotgun. Again these are just my thoughts and I mean no disrespect. This author has done alot for the hunting world and I would even consider him a friend, but our strength is in numbers and we are all in this together. Whichever your weapon or weapons of choice who among isnt a HUNTER?

On The Road

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Well I know Trev has kept you all updated a bit, with my lack of internet while in Mexico. I flew back home last night and wanted to share with you a couple pics and my thoughts from the trip. It is possible that this was the most fun Ive ever had on a hunting trip. I cant thank Keith Rand, of Last Frontier Outfitters and the Sales and Marketing Director for Pigman, The Series, enough. His generosity was what made this trip so special. Kyle Weiter, host of Lone Wolf’s Adrenaline Junkies on the Sportsman Channel, and I met up with Keith and the Pigman himself in Old Mexico and as soon as we arrived the fun was on! We saw so much game, Kyle and I each scoring on a number of Javelinas by both stand hunting and spot and stalk.

I was having some bow tuning issues that ended up costing me a great Pope and Young Whitetail but Kyle more than made up for it with his shooting prowess! That boy can shoot!! We helped Keith out with a little herd management by taking three does as well. When a man says we have too many does can you help me out? Kyle and I will answer YES SIR! All in all we had a blast, ate good, made some new friends and laid down some entertaining footage.

Look for it on a future OO webisode as well as Kyle’s and Pigman’s show. Hopefully Kyle and I will return to Mexico next winter for some more fun. The plan is for Pigman and I to hunt Illinois Whitetails with Kyle this fall and for them to hunt Montana Antelope with me. Cross promotion with other good shows and creative like minded people has always been important to me and I think I found a great fit.

On The Road

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Well I am shooting the Hoyt and packing up my Badlands Terraglide and heading south next week. I will be joining Kyle Weiter, my good friend and host of Lone Wolf’s Adrenaline Junkies on the Sportsman Channel in Old Mexico to hunt Whitetails and Javalinas.

We will be joining Brian “Pigman” Quaca and Keith Rand from Pigman, The Series, a hit new show on the Sportsman Channel produced by our friends at Rack Focus Outdoor Multimedia. Kyle and I have been trying to do a hunt together and this opportunity came up. Brian and Keith not only have a great show but outfit on some game rich properties in Texas and Mexico and were very gracious to invite Kyle and I down for a week. Keep on the lookout for this hunt on our webisode, Kyle’s show and Pigman’s show soon! This is what I preach about. People in the industry working together to cross promote and have some fun!

Deer hunting videos – New Whitetail Webisode Preview is LIVE

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Deer Hunting Videos are what we at Outback Outdoors love to watch and produce, during the rut Team OO went to Kansas and crawled up some trees to capture some great archery Whitetail hunting action. You will even notice a couple of surprises and bonus hunts thrown into the mix, like teaming up with our good buddy JT Harden of Hardcore Hunting TV (airs on the Pursuit Channel)  and here is a preview of our upcoming Whitetail webisode that will be going live soon!