March 19, 2021
I pause to take in the scene before me, the last rays of the setting sun reflect off the snow as winter’s cold wind stings my face. I take a deep breath and keep moving, the snow crunching under my boots. I’m following a well-worn deer trail in the hard January snow and notice a group of small pines with a track diverging towards it. I follow it to the trees and there next to a large bed is the first shed of the season; a fresh drop with blood still on the pedicle. I snap some photos and place the nice 5-point side in my pack, mark the spot on my GPS and do a quick search for the other side. The match does not turn up. I have a couple miles to go to get back to the car, so I work my way swiftly out of the darkening woods.
TOP FIVE TIPS FOR PREDATOR HUNTING
February 12, 2021
When it comes to predator hunting, coyotes, bobcat and fox make up the bulk of predator species we pursue. All three species can be found in virtually every corner of the continental US and while there are regional variances in how we hunt them, there are a few universal calls and tactics that every predator hunter should know. Here are five tips for predator hunting that cannot be overlooked.
PREDATOR HUNTING: WHY, WHEN AND HOW
January 28, 2021
Following the close of most big game, upland and waterfowl seasons hunters are left with few choices of game which we can pursue. Sure, we can go on a ranch hunt, travel overseas, or just wait it out until turkey season begins but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you hunt big game, upland, waterfowl or small game, the simple fact that you are a hunter means that you have a vested interest in maintaining predator populations in your area.
BLACK BEAR CONSERVATION
October 23, 2020
Conservation is enormously important to us here at Thompson/Center.
If you’re as absorbed in the hunting lifestyle as many of us are, you’ve probably heard of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 – commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act.
HOW TO CHEAT A DEER'S NOSE
October 8, 2020
If you’ve deer hunted long enough, you’ve probably been busted by a buck’s incredible sense of smell. The ability to control scent and go undetected in the whitetail woods is incredibly important for success.
CHOOSING YOUR STAND LOCATION
September 24, 2020
Deer season is in full swing across the country, and you may be scrambling to find a new stand site. Pinch points, bedding areas, elevation and feeding areas are all things that you should consider, and a good topographical map can help highlight these key features.
In this video, Hal Shaffer and Greg Zipadelli from Drop Zone TV provide some tips on stand placement and finding key areas on a topo map before you ever put boots on the ground.
RECIPE FOR SMOKED WILD TURKEY BREAST
June 4, 2020
Turkey season has come and gone – now it’s time to enjoy your hard-earned success. There is no shortage of recipes available, and if you’re like us, you want to savor the meat you worked so hard for. One of our go-to methods for cooking wild turkey is using a Traeger grill.
CALLING TURKEYS OFF THE ROOST
May 18, 2020
You’re walking into the field, and you stop - you hear a distant gobbler sound off as the sun begins to rise. You quietly sneak towards him and settle into your tree. As the woods start to get light, you reach for your call – but what should you be doing with it?
TURKEY GEAR - TOP 5
April 21, 2020
Let’s face it, we all like getting new gear. Those of us who hunt turkeys aren’t any different. A new season means a fresh perspective on what you’ll be bringing out in the woods to chase down those gobblers. We’ve done some of the heavy lifting for you and laid out what we think are the top five items you’ll need to have going into turkey season.