Are The Timber Wolves Affecting the Deer Population – Upper Midwest States

Timber Wolf Is Killing More Than Just The Whitetail Deer

This is an update to the article I did on the Timber wolf a year ago, as I want to keep you up-to-date on how the landowners and hunters are faring with these Wolves. If you remember the DNR claimed that reintroducing the Timber Wolf would not affect the deer herd, but the evidences says otherwise, see what is happening not only to the Whitetail Hunting, but also to Hunting Dogs and Pets.

What The Landowners, Bear Hunters & Deer Hunters Are Saying

I was up near Superior Wisconsin last week (Sept 17) and talked to a number of Landowners and Hunters and here is what they had to say. Note, my discussion on this subject was limited to the landowners and hunters.

Those that I talked to are not happy with the DNR and the reintroduction of these wolves. One question that kept coming up was how the DNR can do whatever they want, while we the landowners have to apply for special permits just to try and get permission to do something. For example, if you have lake or river frontage on your property it’s almost impossible to get permission to do anything to help protect or improve your shoreline. So why not let Nature also take its course with the Wolves?

Wolves Are Killing Hunting Dogs

Hunters that use dogs for hunting game such as; Bear, Rabbit, Coyote, and Raccoon are running into conflicts with the Wolf and a pack of wolves win every time. Yes, hunting dogs are being killed by wolves during these hunts, so the DNR is telling everyone to exercise caution when in or near wolf occupied areas. So why are these hunters not happy, well first of all these situations are very dangerous for the hunter and a good hunting dog is not cheap..

Now wolves killing dogs is not limited to just hunting dogs, there are cases of wolf attacks on pet dogs as well, and these cases are increasing each year. Here is just one of many!

Where Are The Deer?

Studies are clearly showing a dramatic decrease in deer populations in the last ten years and many hunters are now seeing Buck Only Seasons. Why, because the DNR now see how the wolf has put a Big Hurt to the deer population and they are now trying to increase the deer population by protecting the Doe. The next step the DNR will take is to move to a lottery for deer hunting, which will make things worse.

Deer vs Wolf

So the question is do we want a large deer population or a larger wolf population? The DNR thinks we want a larger Wolf population, but they stand alone in this decision.

Can The Wolf & Deer Survive Together?

Nature tells us yes that the deer and wolf have lived side by side for hundreds of years, but both those populations were kept in sync with the hunters and trappers, that is until the wolf became an endangered species. However this has now changed with the reintroduction of the Timber Wolf.

Years ago the Wolf was being trapped for it’s fur and Deer hunted for meat, but with little to no value in furs, trapping is not so popular any more and with the protection of the wolf by the DNR the Whitetail Deer are in trouble. You see there are a number of predators after the Deer, but the only Wolf predator we are aware of, is Man.

What Should We Do About The Wolf

First of all you need to know what areas are occupied by the wolf as these animals are very territorial and become very aggressive when you are in their area or mistakenly come close to a den. The DNR list these areas on a map and do continuous updates as they learn about them. So if you are a hunter, camper, or hiker, avoid these areas if possible or be prepared for any encounter.

The next thing to do is search for groups that are meeting with the DNR to try and remedy the dangerous situations that have occurred since the reintroduction of the Timber Wolf. Those situations such as; hunting dogs being attacked, pets being killed near homes, and pets being attack when on public walking trials.

Do not take these animals lightly when in their area. The Timber or Gray Wolf is the largest member of the dog or Canid family. Adult wolves will get up to 6.5 feet long and weigh in at 175 pounds.

What To Do When You Encounter Bees – Attacking Bees

How To Minimize Bee Stings Once You Have Disturbed Their Hive

The most common bees that Outdoorsmen encounter during their Hunting, Camping, or Hiking adventures are the Yellow Jackets. So you need to know what to do when you have accidentally disturbed a hive? Now the question is NOT are you going to get stung, but rather what to do to minimize the number of stings? Here I will give you a few tips on what to do based on which type of bee you have accidentally threatened.

Bumble Bees – Honey Bees – Wasp

These types of Bees are more aggressive toward their intruder, when the intruder stays in the immediate area. So run and seek shelter quickly if you want to minimize the number of times you’re going to get stung.

While running try to protect the majors areas such as your face, if in the woods run through thick brush to help confuse the bees, and keep running until they stop their pursuit or you find shelter. Avoid getting into the water or thinking you can dive underwater to escape them. This is a false safety haven the many have come to believe will work. This does not work and creates a serious situation for you, as you must come up for air and the only thing exposed is your face.

Honey Bees

The Honey Bee can only sting once and then it will die, however the stinger along with the remaining venom is left in the skin of its victims. To avoid squeezing more venom out of the stinger and into your body remove it by using your fingernail or the blade of your survival knife and scrape sideways across the stinger.

Yellow Jackets – Ouch!

Yellow Jackets are different then most other bees and running make things much worse and the reason I’m writing this article. I have accidentally disturbed these bees many times and this past weekend was another exciting one. You will see the bees and my plastic bag next to the log in my video and I will explain how I avoided hundreds of stings. Oh ya, these things hurt like heck and I prefer the Bees mentioned above over these things. If I had to decide which ones I want stinging me I would start with the Honey Bee!

How to minimize Yellow Jacket Bee Stings

I learned at age 8 not to run from these guys as I got stung 102 times, so here is what I do. Once I realize what I have done I start stepping backwards, keeping them off my face, and killing as many as I could during their attack. Yes, you will get stung as I took eight to twelve hits in this case, but I avoided hundreds of stings, which is what would have happened if I just started running. The last time I was in this situation was just last year in my Apple Orchard, and I only got stung 5 times then, so I strongly believe this is the best way to avoid Yellow Jacket stings, other than not to piss them off in the first place.

Avoiding Hundreds Of Stinging Yellow Jackets

Here is my story. I was in the woods clearing my last shooting lane for Archery when the log I just pushed started pouring out Yellow Jackets. Now due to experience I know exactly what not to do (Do Not Run!). Running makes these bees more aggressive and they will follow the air stream or vacuum you create when running and be on you quickly. Instead I dropped the plastic bag I had in my hand and continued backing up, away from the swarming bees. I then killed any Yellow Jacket that landed on me or stung me since they can sting multiple times. I also focused on protecting my face and mashing bees against my body or between my hands. I continued this, while walking backwards, until no more bees attacked.

Now, I very fortunate as I’m not allergic to bee stings or or insect bites, but let me tell you it still hurts like hell. I have always said I would prefer Honey Bees, Wasp, or Bumble Bees, over those Yellow Jackets. But it seems the only Bees I ever encounter anymore in the Woods or Orchard are those dang Yellow Jackets. Last year I was pulling some fence out from around my Apple trees and again opened up a hive. Yep, I got it that time too, but only a few stings, and I was in shorts, a muscle shirt and sandals without socks. Now the Black Lab took off 90 miles an hour, but I walked away slowing, getting stung maybe 5 times, but on the ears. Which brings up another good point.

What Part Of Your Body Do Yellow Jackets Attack First

Yellow Jackets like to go high with their attack and will head for the ears of its prey first, then the neck, face, & head. So focus on keep these areas protected during any attack.

Tips For Minimizing Bee Stings

1- know your bees and how to react to each type.
2- If you disturb a yellow jacket nest slowly walk away protecting your face, ears, head and neck. Do not swat at them as they will quickly sting your hands. Swift movements will only attract more yellow jackets.
3- Use thick brush or vegetation when trying to escape from bees. This will help confuse them and minimize the number of bees pursuing you.
4- Seek shelter as quick as you can
5- All but the Honey Bee can sting multiple times, so kill as many bees as possible during your escape.
6- Do not use water as a safe haven (security) as this creates a serious and dangerous situation for you.
7- Allergic reactions to bees stings may cause shock and life threatening conditions. Those with known allergies should carry sting treatment kits and be prepared to seek prompt medical attention if stung.

Yellow Jacket Video – 20 Minutes Later

Here are the Yellow Jackets I disturbed, using my phone I took this small video. You can see even after 20 minutes these bees are still pissed off! Also note the sound, not the bees themselves, but the humming sound. It sounds like a magnetic field or some type of energy field phasing in and out.

When Should You Replace The Bowstrings & Cables On Your Bow – Archery

Crossbows

Outdoorsmen, with today’s technology most if not all Crossbows use String Cables instead Steel Cables and these strings will stretch and wear faster. So when you look to replace your crossbow string you need to consider replacing your two cable-strings as well.

Now, when to replace your Strings is somewhat dependent on your usage; how many times a year you shoot your bow and do you keep your crossbow cocked instead of shooting it after each hunt. The rule of thumb is to replace your strings every 3 years, but if you are a serious shooter and shoot at ranges of 40 yards or more than you will need to replace all three strings more often. Here are the signs to look for when trying to decide to purchase new Strings.

1. Any fraying on the strings
2. Loss in speed (FPS)
3. Arrow drop over distance (accuracy)

Why Arrow Drop Or Loss In Speed

Have you noticed a loss in Feet Per Second (speed) or does your arrow now drop more, at 40 or 50 yards, than it did when you first purchased a Crossbow? This is because your strings (3) have stretched, increasing the draw length and not allowing your Bow Limbs to be pulled back as far. Your Crossbow now is not as efficient as it once was, but by replacing your string and cables you can get this back. Note, at shorter distances, 10 – 20 yards, you may not notice the loss in accuracy.

The Average Hunter

If you are the average Archery Hunter, which shoots their deer within 25 yards then you may be able to go 5 years before replacing your strings. But make sure you wax your strings and keep an eye out for any fraying.

Does Waxing Your Crossbow String Help

Waxing your Strings does help minimize fraying and will extend its life, however the string will still stretch. When waxing your string avoid waxing the area where you arrow nocks.

To Wax your strings properly, add your wax onto the entire string, except for serving areas and the center of your String used for arrow nock placement. This area if waxed can gum up your trigger and affect locking and firing of your mechanical mechanism.

Compound Bows

For Compound Bows you will have steel cables instead of string. If String Cables then follow the same replacement strategy as for the Crossbows. Now since you have steel cables instead of string-cables they will not stretch or wear as fast, so replacement is based more on the conditions of these cables. If you see any damage replace them.

The Compound-Bow String replacement also depends on how much you shoot. My recommendation is; for the serious hunter replace the string every two years, for the average hunter every 3-4 years, and for the casual hunter every 5 years.

Does Waxing Your String Extend It’s Life

Waxing your String will extend the life of the string and help prevent string fraying. However the string will still stretch over time. Also as with the Crossbow do not wax the area that is double wrapped (Called the Serving) and design for your nock, this area is not needed, is more robust, and the wax can gum up your mechanical release or collect debris.

Waxing – How To Extend The Life Of Your Bow String

To Wax properly apply your wax up and down the string(s), then use your fingers or a clean cloth to work the wax in. By working the string up, down, and around the heat created by friction will allow the wax to soak in, extending the strings life.

Tips – Why You Should Replace Bow Strings

A. Safety – Stretched, worn, or frayed strings can break
B. Safety – damaged cables can break
C. Draw Length gets to long
D. Noticeable Loss in speed, distance, and/or accuracy

What Preparations Are Needed For The 2017 Archery Deer Season

Are You Ready For This Year’s Deer Season

I know we are still in August and it’s warm out, but now is the time we need to be ready or at least preparing for the 2017 Archery Season. Here in Minnesota the Archery Deer Season is only 4 weeks away, so we need to shake-off some of our summer relaxation & fishing and get Whitetail serious.

2016 Hunting Season Preparations

Here we will cover a few of the essentials, but don’t stop there as there are many other things you will need to take into consideration.

1. Make sure your bow is tuned, check limbs, string(s) and cables. Note, string stretch will affect speed, distance, and accuracy (arrow drop).

2. Make your final cuts/clearing to your shooting lanes, then avoid this area until the season starts.

3. Have your approach and exit well planned for each stand. A few extra minutes to avoid leaving scent in the area could be the difference between bagging that big buck.

4. Collect your leaves for a great Natural Scent, it’s free and easily available. Just combine them with your hunting clothes (pants, shirt, hat, gloves, socks, etc) in a sealed container. *Note; do not put your hunting clothes on in the house, garage, or vehicle. Dress outside where you will minimize other scents from being picked up.

5. If not already you need to start practicing, making the final touch to your bow and sites.

6. Get your trail cameras out and start scouting.

7. Get your license the next time you are in the store, maybe even an extra doe tag.

8. Verify your Calls & Rattles are working and ready to go.

9. Double check your stands, making sure they are safe, quiet, and sturdy.

10. Get you blind(s) set up and leave them up.

Preparation Articles For The Upcoming Deer Season!

A. Bow Safety
B. Deer Stand Placement
C. How to make your Deer Stand Safer
D. Natural Scent
E. Clearing Shooting Lanes
F. Making your own Deer Trails
G. Best Blinds for ground hunting

Best Self Climbing Hunting Stands – Deer Stands of 2017

Best Climbing Deer Stands – 2017 Hunting Stands

Every deer hunter has a preference when choosing the type and style of deer stand that works best for them, but we all want a stand that is light to carry, comfortable for a packed in hunt, easy and quick to put up, has high quality, is safe, and cost effective.

So with these characteristics what are the best climbing deer stands and who makes them? Well after a lot of research and trying many different stands there are only two companies that stack up, Summit and Lone Wolf. Yes you can find several other stands that are cheaper, but not with the quality and comfort these stands provide. There is also a new cumber on the block that adds an interesting design aspect that we will mention below, but due to poor quality and service they may be out of business, we will just have to see.

Summit Goliath SD

Summit continues to develop great climbing deer stands for a good price. The Goliath SD design has no parts that require removal and is attached to the tree with a rubber coated steel cable. The cable is easy to swing around the tree and feed into the square aluminum tubing, which has a spring load lever for positive locking.

The stand takes less than a minute to set up and is easy to climb with. The teeth on the Summit are very aggressive, locking your stand in tightly. However, this also requires extra force when breaking this deer-stand free from the tree. The Goliath SD offers extra room and has a weight limit of 350 lbs, making this a great stand for the bigger hunter or the hunter that likes to stand more then sit. This self climbing deer-stand also comes equipped with a large comfortable seat.

Summit Goliath SD Specifications

– 5 Year Limited Warranty.
– Mossy Oak® Breakup Infinity Camo.
– Aluminum 5-Channel Platform Frame with Dead Metal, Sound Deadening (SD).
– Wide Aluminum Seat/Climber Frame.
– Foam Seat with Backrest.
– Rubber Coated Steel Climbing Cables.
– Stand Weight: 21 pounds.
– Tree Size: 8 to 20 inches in diameter.
– Seat Height: Adjustable.
– Seat Base Dimensions: 18 by 12 inches (WxL).
– Backrest Dimensions: 12 by 20 inches (WxL).
– Overall Dimensions: 20 by 36 inches (WxL).
– Platform Area: 20 by 28.75 inches (WxL).
– Seat Frame Size: 21.75 by 26.5 inches (WxL).

Price $319.99
Weight rating: 350 pounds.

Pros & Cons Of The Goliath Sound Deadening (SD) Deer Stand

Pros- The Summit Goliath SD offers a big platform, which is great for both the larger hunter or the hunter that feels more comfortable standing majority of the time. This climbing stand is relatively light, easy and quick to place onto the tree, has a positive locking cable spring, and is comfortable when sitting for long periods. The Goliath SD use Sound Deadening technology (foam) to help keep the stand quite even during cold weather.

Cons- This Deer Climbing Stand is too heavy for long packed in hunts, has a large seat that is always in the way when climbing, hard to assembly for carrying, bulky to carry, catches brush easily when carrying, and requires you to start your climb at an angle to compensate for the loss of tree diameter when climbing.

Conclusion

The Summit Goliath SD is the best stand for the hunter that is looking to keep it in the woods for the hunting season or for carrying short distances. It is superior to portable stands that require steps and is much easier and quicker to use. This stand is a perfect compliment to ladder-stands when you have private land to hunt. The advantage over the ladder-stand is how easy it is to move, fine-tuning your position to the deer’s habitat. This is a great stand for both the Gun and Archery Hunter.

Lone Wolf Alpha Sit and Climb

Lone Wolf has the most technologically advanced stands on the market and yes you will pay for this quality and comfort. The Lone Wolf Alpha Sit and Climb Deer Stand is quite, easy to pack up, and light for carrying on long packed in hunting trips.

This deer stand is made from solid cast aluminum and has no welds or hollow tubes, reducing noise year round. The attachment method is a belt-and-cam fastening system, which makes it quick and easy to set up. The stand collapses/packs down to 4 inches for carrying on your back and is comfortable when carrying for long distances.

Lone Wolf Alpha Sit and Climb Specifications

– Limited lifetime warranty on all castings, 1yr. warranty on parts and components.
– 3-D camo platform design.
– Comfortable 2-panel, contoured foam seat pad.
– Belt-and-cam fastening system (belts made of polyurethane reinforced with steel cables).
– Pivoting Sit & Climb bar.
– Stand Weight: 20 pounds.
– 2 pockets to hold concealing brush.
– 2 hooks to hang accessories.
– Built-in (Cast) bracket to hold your compound bow.
– 30″ x 19.5″ one-piece cast aluminum platform.
– Top dimension – 17.25″ wide.
– Fits trees 6″ – 19″ in diameter.

Price $419.99
Weight rating: 350 pounds.

Pros- The Lone Wolf Alpha Sit and Climb offers a large platform, which is great for both the larger hunter and the hunter that feels more comfortable standing a majority of time, such as Archery Hunters. This climbing stand is easy and quick to place onto the tree, has a positive locking mechanisms, and is suited for longer packed in hunts. When carrying, it hugs your back well and does not catch the brush like many other stands. The Lone Wolf climbing stand is exceptionally quiet all season long. The pivoting sit and climb bar provides ease for climbing and can be set up for either the Gun or Bow Hunter. The 2-panel contoured foam seat offers seating comfort for long periods.

Cons- This deer stand is not cheap and still a little heavy for long pack-in hunting trips. It also requires you to start your climb at an angle, to compensate for the loss of tree diameter when climbing. If you miss calculate the tree diameter at your final height you will end up with a forward angle on your platform, which can be tough to hunt in for long periods.

Conclusion

The Lone Wolf Alpha Sit and Climb is very expensive but worth the price when it comes to quality and comfort. It is the best overall climbing deer stand and extremely comfortable for carrying long distances. It is superior to portable stands and much easier and quicker to use. The bottom/standing platform is large, safe, quite, and as solid as they come. This climbing stand is well worth the price and is suited for both the Gun and Bow Hunter.

Up And Coming Deer Stand Technology – Equalizer

Buckshot Manufacturing developed a climbing deer stand that can be adjust to maintain a level platform at any height. The best of these stand was the Equalizer, note I said was since the company is no longer producing stands.

Equalizer Specifications

– Made in the USA.
– 5 Yr. Guarantee on all Welds and Frame.
– Powder Coated Mossy Green.
– Hand-Crafted, with each customer’s name laser etched onto their frame.
– Completely Modular Frame design.
– Geared Leveling Arms.
– 22’ Wide x 27” Long.
– Active cable adjustment 10.25”.
– Tree Size 8” to 20” diameter.

Price No longer available!
Weight rating: 300 pounds.

Pros- These deer stand eliminated the need of having to incline the tree-stand at extreme angles to start your climb. Then as the tree tapers (diameter gets smaller) you can continue to adjust it to a level position, allowing you to reach higher heights and still have a level platform to hunt from. The tree-stand has up to 10.25 inches of adjustment, allowing for up to 6 inches of lost tree diameter. The advantage of having a stand that will level are; safety, eliminates uneven pressure on your legs and body, and eliminates from standing or sitting at a forward angle.

Cons- The problem here was the Quality of the Deer-Stand and the Manufacture (Product & Service). These deer-stands had detachable parts that were easily lost, knobs that would break off, and a leveling mechanism that required you to remove your feet to make leveling adjustments. Then there was their service, which was less than desirable.

Conclusion

This stand design is a good idea and thinking outside the box. However, it was comprised of parts (pins and knobs) that detached and were easy to lose. The platform used smaller aluminum tubing and the steel cables were covered with plastic, giving this deer-stand design a lower rating for quality. Then there is the safety aspect of taking your weight off the lower platform to adjust for leveling, which increases the odds of the bottom platform falling. Another concern was climbing down your tree in the dark, needing to remove your feet to make leveling adjustments. This makes things very interesting or scary, to the point where you skip the adjustment and end up with the same angle as any other climbing deer-stand. But let’s see if they make a comeback and what design improvements they incorporate.