October 31st and the best days are just around the corner. The magical 5-day stretch of pre-rut chasing, rut tending, and lockdown are coming fast and I can’t wait for next week! My plan is to sit and watch a few areas from a distance. If I get a chance to shoot a doe I might…but it will depend on how many I see and whether I can shoot one without scaring a buck. I love exploring and that’s what I’m planning to do next week. It’s time to learn more about a few good areas that I haven’t quite figured out yet.
Rich is preparing for a week off work and a week in the woods! His property has been sparse for deer so far but the chase is going to happen when he is there and that should allow him a shot or two at deer with his bow.
The Keon house is preparing for firearm season as we plan our trip to the U.P. for the firearm opener once again. Kaden will be in a new spot this year and Gavin will be sitting with me. Dad’s feeder is gone. I found the motor…and the legs…but a bear took the barrel and I can’t find it. We will put a few apples on the ground and hopefully everyone will see some deer this year and if we are lucky someone will even shoot a buck.
I’m lucky. That’s the only way I can describe my season so far. I’ve seen two 3 1/2 year old bucks, too many 2 1/2 year old bucks to count, and a handful of 1 1/2 year old bucks…and I’m tagged out in Michigan. I shot a Continue reading →
In this video, Quinn takes you through an entire archery season. Trying again for a 2 1/2 or older buck, he passes up 26 shots throughout the season. A couple 8-point opportunities come Continue reading →
Just a heads up this morning that we posted a new article called Combat Bowhunting to the site. I just got an email yesterday from a guy who is having his (private land) gear stolen and/or destroyed by nearby state land hunters. Many of you can probably relate…unfortunately. We hope you are having a good season!
Week 1 is done…and neither of us arrowed a deer. I had a nice opportunity at a 2 1/2 year old buck but he was a big 4-point and I decided to let him walk (see below). I’ve seen a few others over the past month that I would rather shoot so I’m taking my chances and hoping for another opportunity.
Rich saw very few deer on his property…that is not typical. He usually sees more deer than me so that’s not a good start to the season. There is another guy who hunts the property that Rich is on and he shot a 7-point last week. Hopefully this week will pick up for Rich.
I scouted on my mountain bike on Sunday…my typical state land spot in Midland County. No water, no acorns, no deer sign. I ran into a couple other guys who were biking it too and they were also disappointed with the deer sign and lack of sightings while hunting.
We are in the process of updating our site. Our new layout will provide you with more content and will be easier to navigate. Making changes is always time consuming and we shouldn’t be down for very long…of course it is archery season and we need some woods time too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and good luck!
Sometimes you head to the woods with a plan…sometimes you find yourself becoming part of a different plan. Quinn heads out to a small piece of private land to try to connect with a buck. When an injured doe comes into range he makes the decision to arrow her. This video is a good example of identifying your shot placement and diligent tracking. This well-placed shot yields a poor blood trail and all of the sign is wrong. Continue reading →
Having one day to fit it all in is often the way things play out. Quinn and Gavin head to Mackinac County to do some work. Once the work is done they head out into the big woods in search of red squirrels. Continue reading →
This video highlights Northern Michigan’s predator problem. 0% Fawn survival rate observed on this hunt. Quinn heads to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for the firearm deer opener – the Keon’s first 3-generation hunt. Quinn’s son Kaden connects with a nice buck but has a marginal hit due to a scope shift (4″ @ 100 yd). They decide to back out that night and look in the daylight the following morning. When they found the deer there was absolutely nothing left…you have to see it to believe it! Continue reading →
Quinn has a chance to take his son Kaden hunting on some great farmland for Michigan’s early antlerless season. Kaden connects with his first firearm deer using a Marlin 336CS 30-30 Win. Continue reading →
Best food plot ever? Yup! Quinn tackles another food plot project and sees that his work is really paying off. Step by step explanation and 4, 8, 12, 16 week checkups along with the post-season recap will show you what worked and what didn’t with this project. Continue reading →
A day on “The Pine” with lots of carp is just what the doctor ordered to cure Quinn’s bowfishing blues. Even though they encounter challenges…Rich’s equipment problems, a lost prop nut, several missed opportunities, a broken battery lead on Quinn’s helmet camera…nothing can stop the Real Hunting Team from having fun when it’s such a beautiful day on a river in Michigan. Lots of shots, lots of carp, lots of adventure! Continue reading →
Quinn’s youngest son Gavin turns 10 and wants to go squirrel hunting. This short video shows how just one hour in the woods can build a life-long memory. Gavin uses a single-shot .410 and brings home his first game animal ever. Continue reading →
The Real Hunting Team is at it again, hunting harder than ever! After a slow start to the season, Quinn starts using his mountain bike to get way back in and finds some great deer activity (52:16). Rich puts in his time and arrows 2 deer. Another full season of ups and downs hunting the Michigan woods. Continue reading →