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Beginners Guide to Self Filming Hunts

So you want to get some camera gear and start filming hunts? Going back about ten years ago, I also decided to pursue filming in the woods. I had an interest in videography before I decided to do this, so it was only a matter of time before I took a camera to the woods….

6.5 Creedmoor vs 308 Win

6.5 Creedmoor Vs 308 Win

Many shooters and hunters would agree that both the newly popular 6.5 Creedmoor and the reliable 308 are both great calibers. Both of these guns are more than capable of taking game animals at great distances, and both are very accurate. But while the 308 Win has been around for a very long time, many…

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Stuff Sack

Reviewing Western Binds Stuff Sack / Kit Sack Gear stuff sacks, doesn’t sound like a very interesting subject, right?  I love hunting, fishing and in general being outside but do you want to know what I hate?  Reaching in my pack and not being able to find what I am looking for.  Do you want to know what…

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Sitka Fanatic Hoody

Sitka Fanatic Hoody

Update – 9/2021 I wanted to drop a quick update on the Sitka Fanatic Hoody. I have been wearing this hoody now for 3 seasons of elk hunting and two full whitetail seasons. I have multiple other mid-layers for insulation but this is the one that continually makes it into my pack. I love this…

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Stone Glacier – De Havilland Pants Full Review

I added a pair of Stone Glacier – De Havilland Pants to my kit early this spring.  If you want some background on hunting pants I have used, read my technical hunting pant review and comparison here.  In that article, I gave my initial impressions of the De Havilland pants. I had not worn them on a…

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Mock Scrape

How To Make A Mock Scrape I don’t know if you all are like me, but I love finding an active scrape leading up to archery season.  There is something about them that lights a fire inside me.  The anticipation of archery season kicking off coupled with knowing there are active bucks in the area.  This anticipation only…

Do you train to hunt? When should a hunter begin to get in shape for a hunt?

Do You Train To Hunt?

When should a hunter begin to get in shape for a hunt? There has been an interesting intermingling of the fitness world and the hunting world in recent years.  It only makes sense as both markets are growing and changing at a rapid pace.  The increased popularity of backpack hunting has played a part in this convergence….

Kentucky Deer Season, Deer Season Kentucky

Kentucky Deer Season

-Deer Season Kentucky Overview- The Bluegrass State is known for many things, bourbon and horse racing come to mind, along with being a top producer of trophy whitetail bucks is one of them. As a good friend of the 1st Rut family says, this is “God’s Country”.  Deer were extinct in Kentucky around 100 years ago, and…

Missouri deer season

– Missouri Deer Season –

Deer Season Missouri Welcome to the 2020 review of Missouri’s Deer Season. Missouri is the third midwestern state we have covered in our annual deer season overview series.  Indiana was the part one in this series and Ohio was part two. If you have ever driven through Missouri, you will know that it is prime deer habitat, as…

Ohio Deer Season, Deer Season Ohio

Ohio Deer Season

Deer Season Ohio Overview Welcome to the 2021 review of Ohio’s Deer Season. Ohio is the second midwestern state we have covered in our annual deer season overview series. Indiana was the part one in this series. With their deer population well above 750,000, Ohio is quite a whitetail hunting state. In 2019, according to…

best deer hunting calibers, what is the best caliber rifle for deer hunting

Best Deer Hunting Calibers

What is the best caliber rifle for deer hunting? Nothing has caused more arguments and lively debate between hunting friends than arguing for the “best deer hunting caliber”. The reason this is in quotations is because there are so many effective deer cartridges that can be used. Some are more suited to certain styles of…

Indiana Deer Season, Deer season Indiana

Indiana Deer Season

Deer Season Indiana – Overview In this series, we are going to cover Midwestern states that you can hunt deer in this year. There are many states across this great country that boast significant deer herds and quality deer hunting opportunities. If you have only hunted your home state to date, this could be your…

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Do Deer Move In Rain

Deer Hunting In The Rain You have been there, it is opening morning, the morning deer hunters wait for all year.  You alarm wakes you and you can hear the rain.  It isn’t sprinkling it is raining.  The doubt creeps in and the questions start filling your mind.  Am I going to sit all day and be cold and…

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Black Bear Hunting Tips

Top 10 Bear Hunting Tips Whether you have hunted bear before or are a first timer, there always a few things that you can easily do in order to be more successful out in the field while bear hunting. From sitting over a bait to spot and stalk, here are our top 10 tips black…

How Long Do Deer Live In Wild

How Long Do Deer Live

How Long Do Deer Live In Wild Whitetail deer are among the most hunted species in America, due to their abundance and great tasting venison. They inhabit a vast portion of the United States and Canada.  The whitetail deer holds a mystic over the North American hunter that few species can rival.  As a hunter, we love…

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Sitka Jetstream Jacket Review

Sitka Jetstream Review

Before everyone says I have gone full Sitka fanboy with this review, let me assure you all that I still love my First Lite, KUIU, Smartwool, and Stone Glacier gear.  I have wanted to try the Sitka Jetstream Jacket for some time but have struggled with the cost.  At almost $350, it was a little painful to…

Michigan deer season, deer season Michigan overview


Deer Season Michigan Michigan often boasts some of the highest deer harvest numbers in the country, and deer hunting is so popular here that schools and businesses are often empty on opening day. Whitetail hunters love this state because its habitat is very conducive to deer population growth. The numbers participating in the Michigan deer…

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Piebald Deer & Albino Deer

What are Piebald & Albino Deer? Disclosure – When you purchase through one of links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. We do not accept free gear for review. Read our full policy here. Have you ever seen an albino deer or a piebald deer in the field?  If you have, you know…

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Baby Copperhead

A Guide to Identifying the Baby Copperhead I know, this isn’t an article on hunting monster whitetail deer or bugling bulls, but this is the right time of year for this article.  Now is the time most whitetail hunters are hitting the woods summer scouting and getting stand sites setup.  With that in my mind, we are…

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Archery Lessons – Do You Need Them?

Archery Lessons – For the Beginner If you are beginning your archery journey, or if you have been shooting for some time, the thought of archery lessons has crossed your mind.  It has crossed mine on more than one occasion.  Are archery lessons worth the investment?  How can an archery coach help you? Read on to get our…

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Elk Steak Recipes

Teriyaki Elk Steak One thing the readers should know is the 1st Rut Family loves to eat wild game meat. I could have stopped with the “love to eat” but that should be another post. We are always looking for new and creative elk and venison recipes. This elk steak recipe comes from my mother…

Prana Stretch Zion Pant For Hunting Review

Prana Stretch Zion Pants

Prana Stretch Zion Technical Hunting Pant Review In my quest for finding the best gear for me, and the way I hunt, I have put together multiple reviews of hunting gear. I am always looking for better alternatives, however I have some tried and true products that I know I can stand by. To add…

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Wild Game Recipes – Venison Recipes

ELK CHORIZO JALAPEÑOS POPPERS We are always on the hunt for new wild game recipes, but this venison recipe is one of our favorites. These poppers are amazing! Try them on the smoker for even better results on these game day favorites. I refer to elk, deer and more as venison so it is an…

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Hunt Elk This Year

If you are considering a western hunting trip to chase bugling bulls in September, now is the time to take the plunge. There are several states that offer Over the Counter (OTC) tags where you can hunt public land with no applications or point systems. If you are looking for more detailed information on picking…

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