Saturday, February 17, 2018
A bass will begin to be romantically inclined as the water warms to the magical 60-degrees Fahrenheit. As the water warms, they go through several phases where they move up from deeper water to a more nearshore location typically off of points or creek channels. Big cold fronts can cause them to push back towards deeper water. But, at some point, the 60 degrees is held and continues to warm.
So, the real question is how does water warm up with an ever-changing atmosphere? Air temperature is in reality only one variable in the warming of a lake. But, when the warmer spring air begins to rain, the real change begins to take place.
When this change begins to take place, bass begin to get aggressive. They must pack on some weight to carry them through the trauma of the spawn. Females will be at their heaviest weight of the entire year and are far easier to catch. From fast moving baits to slow crawling, they will inhale them. Bigger is indeed better at this time of the year.
Start planning your off days now so you can have the time you need to target some of the biggest fish of your life.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Welcome to 2018! New Year, new start, a fresh beginning. It's a genesis which literally means, "In the beginning..." So what are your goals for 2018? Where are you going to go and what are you going to do when you get there?
We are in the process of beginning construction on a pond to fish and enjoy. I also killed a deer on our property for the first time this hunting season. It was so rewarding. Knowing that the work we put in is happening on my own land where I can enjoy the fruit of those labors for years to come.
We are learning new things every week. We are staring at the television less and are outside far more minutes than inside. Our children are involved and are learning to use their hands at a young age. In short, we love it. More importantly, we love the fact that we are no longer just dreaming of these things but instead are actively doing them.
The challenges are great being that I am in a wheelchair but that is simply not going to be an excuse. Where there is a will, there is a way. To borrow a quote from the great missionary and apostle Paul, "I can do all thing through Christ Jesus who strengthens me." Phil 4:13.
If I can, you can friends. Get Out There!
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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Some hunters want to show off by hitting only the heart while others try to go for the neck or head. All of these shots can go horribly wrong in a millisecond and should not be taken. Try to use the trick shots on species that are not wanted as much like hogs or coyote.
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So what is the answer? LUNGS! You can't run without them and neither can a deer. Just a few days ago, I had a smaller buck come in. He had a badly deformed left antler and needed to be culled. I made sure to wait until I could punch both lungs before firing my crossbow. The shot drove him backwards and although he tried to escape, he didn't get 30 yards before collapsing and expiring quickly.
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The other benefits of a lung shot are there is minimal meat wasted. You are punching through the rib cage saving all the best meat for consumption. Lastly, your margin for error is much larger due to the lungs being so large in Whitetails. If you can hit a six-inch target consistently, you can make a lung shot and be eating venison this winter.