Archive for November, 2010

Late Season Deer Hunt Update

Monday, November 29th, 2010

I have been enduring some real nasty weather on my late season deer hunt in North Dakota with VanDaele Guide Service. I have hunted the last 5 nights with plenty of deer coming into the hay yard. This is the only food source at the ranch and with temperatures in the single digits and today winds of 35 mph all the deer in the area are feeding here. I had to play the changing wind the last 2 nights and new deer are showing up every night. I had my eye on 1 old heavy 4×4 mule deer and 2 good white tails.

Today we moved some hay bales around and set another blind for the North wind. It was still blowing 35 mph and snowing when I crawled in. At 4 oclock I watched in dis belief as a huge 180 class 4×4 walked past my other blind set with his doe group. He fed within 40 yards for 15 minutes and all I could do was watch. I will have  the wind right tomorrow and will be parked in the other blind in hopes of this trophy walking by me within bow range.

This is why I love the chess match we call bowhunting.

Check in for more updates and hopefully I can show you a picture of this deer close up soon.

Deer Hunting In The Late Season

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

It is time again to try and hunt the bitter cold late season in North Dakota. The last few years I have come here in December and encountered very cold conditions. This year I am able to get here during the last week of November but mother nature has been cruel again. I arrived to minus 4 degrees and winds of 30 mph. It has shut down the deer movement for the time being.

The 10 day outlook is for the weather to warm which will kick off the deer movement again. The rut is still going here with the white tails as well as the mule deer. I plan on sitting back on a high vantage point to establish where the deer are moving to the food source which is a large hay yard used for feeding the cattle on the ranch. I will try and find some ambush areas for either a tree stand or ground blind.

The fresh snow again will help me find the most recent deer movement. I have to try and place several set ups for various wind conditions. The deer movement is usually limited to the first hour and last hours of the day.

With any luck and warm clothes I might be able to arrow a good deer from this frigid Northern state. There are some good bucks still cruising the river system so it is just a matter of time and a little luck.

Check back for an update on my archery hunt!!

Cabela’s Deer Hunting Classic in Hamburg, PA

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Cabela’s Hunting Classics (Which I have been doing seminars at, and representing Under Armour and Hardcore Hunting TV) have kept me quite busy as my hunting season has wound down. My last one was at the Cabela’s in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.

Coincidentally, a little southwest of Hamburg, is where a lot of my 2nd and 3rd generation family history is from. I not only had a great seminar but I also got to see cousins that I hadn’t seen in 15 years.

Next on the schedule for me is to fry up a couple of Turkeys for Thanksgiving and then shoulder surgery December 2nd.

God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving

Trev and Team Outback Outdoors

Deer Hunting With A Handgun

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Here at Outback Outdoors we all like to pursue all types of game with several different types of weapons. This year due to an injury fellow team member Trevon has had to hunt with a cross bow. As you can see he has had some great success.

I have been hunting for nearly 30 years and primarily use the bow. I enjoy rifle hunting as well and more so lately have dabbled in the art of using a hand gun. I had this hand gun made a number of years ago, a Thompson Contender JDJ in  .338 caliber. This hand gun is very accurate and will shoot to 300 hundred yards with the perfect rest and conditions. I practice some with it but not as much as I should. The custom loads and recoil make it a bear to shoot. Make sure you are wearing ear protection if you are within a mile of me when I touch off the trigger. I feel comfortable out to about 200 yards.

This fall I decided to take a deer with the hand gun here in Eastern Montana. The rut is in full swing and the deer are very visible. I located this buck with the help of my friend Craig who owns Trophies West, a top notch outfitter for whom I work for. After making a short stalk I spooked the nervous does and away the whole group went with this buck in tow. He did not go far and settled down as I snuck through the pines. I located him about 60 yards away and stood using my full length shooting sticks. He was anchored by a 200 grain custom load and is a trophy I am truly proud of.

I have taken a white tail as well as my lion using this fun weapon. Give hand gun hunting a try to extend your season as well as your accomplishments.

Here is another buck my good friend shot on the same morning.

Whitetail Deer Hunting – Kansas Success!!

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Hunting big Kansas whitetail bucks is one of the hunts I look forward to the most through out my hunting schedule. This year was no different, except that I got to share with some friends from my hometown of Las Cruces, NM. The same place as last year, we were hunting with Brad and Dan Rather of Grandpa Boone’s Cabin in Milford, KS. Here the bucks are big and the company is great!

My buddy Sam Salopek killed a great buck his second sit ever in a treestand. The buck came across a big ag field trailing a doe where he smacked him at 23 yards. WOW what a bruiser! He stretched the tape at 165 6/8″, pretty good for his first ever whitetail! Needless to say, this New Mexico native is hooked on whitetail hunting!

As far as I go I was able to take a great buck on camera and he came into 21 yards where I let the air out of him and he went down on camera. Cool stuff! My buck stretched the tape at 145 6/8″ but a great pre rut Kansas buck none the less!

Next will be a visit to the hospital for shoulder surgery and hopefully by turkey season I will be drawing my Hoyt bow like I used to!!!


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Cabela’s Deer Hunting Classic in the Bayou

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Last week, Trevon, left Kansas in the middle of his whitetail hunt to fly down to the Bayou and put on a seminar at the Cabela’s in Gonzales, Louisiana during their Fall Deer Hunting Classic for Under Armour and Hardcore Hunting TV. He met up with good friend Tommy Molito and his family in order to catch up on hunting stories and make some memories.

After the seminar, Trev and Tommy loaded up and headed back to his folks house for an old fashioned Cajun shrimp boil and spent the rest of the evening  looking at raw hunting footage and talking about the hunting industry. Basically, Trev realized that Cajun hospitality in the hunting community is second to none!

The next morning he was back on a plane back to Kansas to wrap up the rest if his whitetail hunt… That update to come!!