Home — July 10, 2015 at 10:17 am

Learning How To Harvest Big Bucks

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TV shows, books, magazines, forums, etc etc. The list of educational tools in the hunting world is a long one. Who has time to decipher which source is the best? On top of that, do you even have the time to educate yourself with any of these sources? Yes, yes you definitely do, but which source of tips, strategies, and knowledge is the best? Let’s go over some of those options.

Most of us watch TV, and there are a few hunting shows we can watch with great information on how to harvest big bucks. In reality though, these shows are entertainment and don’t do a whole lot besides provide just that for hunters like you and me. Also, with it being summer now, most of us are enjoying the outdoors and aren’t parking our rear ends on the couch for hours at a time to watch hunting shows.

Forums such as ArcheryTalk.com and Rokslide.com have loads of information but I stay away from asking too many questions on hunting forums as the cyber world can be a very negative place. Simple questions turn into heated debates and I don’t recommend wasting much time on hunting forums. Now not all hunting forums are bad, but I recommend mainly using forums to review products and buy used products.

If you have time to surf the internet or sit on Facebook, you definitely have time to read up on some blogs/websites, and there are a ton out there with loads of great information. This is one of my favorite ways to educate myself on how to be a better hunter. A few of my favorites are WiredToHunt.com, WhitetailHabitatSolutions.com, AntlerGeeks.com, and RusticMan.com. During my lunch break I will read an article or two on any one of these websites, I may or may not read them during bathroom breaks too, just don’t tell my boss!

Books are another great way to educate yourself. I’ve read a few that covered the topics of food plots, hunting methods, preparing for my first elk trip, and so on. I highly recommend getting your hands on a habitat improvement book. When I did, it opened up my eyes to how everything comes together in the great whitetail woods. I remember periodically only being able to read a page or two at a time before I’d have to stop, reflect, and relate what I had just read to the land I hunt. Powerful stuff for sure.

But let’s face it, it’s summertime and you’re busy. All these options will help you. But if you want maximum information in a short period of time, you’ve got to start listening to podcasts. Podcasts provide the most efficient way to improve your hunting knowledge without sacrificing time. I listen to at least one podcast a day, four or five days of the week. While I am driving to and from work, while I’m mowing the lawn, or even doing odds and ends around the house. These are all great times to just simply listen to podcasts, especially while driving. You’re essentially killing two birds with one stone.

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A podcast is basically the audio part of an interview or talk show. Listening to podcasts has replaced listening to music for me. Do you have a long drive by yourself? Boom! Time for a podcast. Maybe a trip with the family and everyone struggles to stay awake? Perfect! Throw a podcast on, you might even help them all fall asleep a little faster! All you have to do is sit there, listen, and learn. Some of the podcasts I have listened to have absolutely blown me away.

So what podcasts do I listen too? Mainly the WiredToHunt.com podcast. Mark Kenyon along with his co-host Dan Johnson are a couple of normal, real life guys that just love to talk about whitetails. They have interviewed a lot of great guests such as Jim Shockey, Jeff Danker, Bill Winke, and Mark Drury just to name a few.

I am a big believer in stacking the odds in your favor to better your chances of harvesting a big buck during bow season. Educating yourself is one of the biggest factors when it comes to stacking the odds. Over the next few weeks I will be dissecting the WiredToHunt podcasts and sharing with you some of the best tips, strategies, and bits of advice from purely a listener’s perspective. I hope you’ll join me while I look to stack the odds in my (and your) favor through the education of podcasts.

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