How to avoid a rut, in the RUT!

Crunch, crunch, crunch were the sounds of oak leaves beneath the old bucks feet as he quickly approached my line of sight after what had seemed like an eternity of listening to him walking around in the darkness before daylight. Brrrrppp, brrrrppp he let out two long, deep grunts as he paused to check a nearby scrape only a mere 25 yards away. I can still remember the steam coming off of his glands and the musky smell of rutted buck that lingered in the frosty morning air. Drawing my bow back I couldn't help but think of all the trials and tribulations that had lead me to this point. The ups and downs of November had consumed me, but after 15 long days I was finally, about to seal the deal on a mature buck.

The rut is the time that we live for as a bowhunter. Mature bucks are on their feet and the anticipation of what may walk by has never been higher! My goal here in this blog are not to explain the rut, as I'm sure that most of you have already read, watched and experienced the rut and it's concepts. But in this blog I want to help keep YOU out of your own rut in November and by RUT I'm referring to the act of doing something over repeatedly even if it's not the right move.

I hear the stories and see this scenario year in and year out from hunters all over the Midwest, "I chased this buck around all November and hunted the same 2 stands, but he never showed.” Now immediately you may be thinking, "well Clint what's wrong with that philosophy that you just mentioned?" Well, the problem is the people telling this story got into their own "RUT" and it probably cost them a filled buck tag. Hunting the same stand or stands day in and day out if you're not seeing bucks, is a great way to NOT fill your buck tag and here's why.

During the rut their are several stages that the does and bucks will go thru and a good bowhunter will evolve and adapt to these changes. This means that a stand which was super hot in the pre rut stages during late October, necessarily isn't going to be worth a damn November 6th. The smart hunter will realize this, but some will keep hunting this same stand or spot. Naturally we as humans don't like change. "We saw deer here 2 weeks ago, so why wouldn't it be good now?" Well, I'll tell you why! Constant human pressure, educating the local doe population and different stages of the rut will all lead to this stand or spot not producing anymore. At this point it's time to move and get back into deer!

In my opinion the rut is a magical time to hunt, BUT it's also one of the hardest times to try to kill a specific buck because you have no clue where he's at or where he'll head. Patterns for bucks are non existent now, so the best bet is to try to keep tabs on the does. Staying up to date with what the does are doing and where they are bedding will keep you out of your own rut and back into the bucks. Find the does and you'll find the bucks. Period!

New areas, different stands etc will keep you fresh mentally and your hunting ground fresh as well. Burning out a spot only educates deer and burns you out as well, remember the rut is a marathon, not a sprint. It produces highs and lows, as well as fast paced action and super long, slow days. With this being said, it's very important to mentally stay in the game, so changing scenery is mentally a great thing to do for our minds and to keep us from going insane.

So how do I avoid falling into a "Rut" during the Rut? Simple- I try to stay ahead of the deer by using trail cameras to do my homework and by going off of MRI- most recent information! What I mean by this is when I start seeing a spot burning out, OR deer starting to do something else I make a move and stay with them. Maybe it's a cornfield nearby that's just been picked and drawing all the does in, or maybe I see bucks chasing like crazy, which tells me a good funnel or saddle would be a great all day sit. Either way, I'm moving! I want to stay with the deer herds and especially the does because where the ladies are is where Mr. Big is going to be as well. This is basically YOU making educated guesses on what the deer will be doing or are doing instead of being a step behind them.

The rut moves rather fast and although a 10-14 day window sounds like a lot, it realistically isn't. For a bowhunter this means that being a day or two behind can cost you seeing the buck you're after. It's very important to have the courage to move when necessary and not be stubborn and just "stick with it" in the same location. Many times this philosophy will end up leaving you steps behind what deer are doing currently and that takes a bowhunter out of the game.

Go hunt that ridgeline or saddle that you've been watching deer use the last two days. Hunt that creek crossing that's 300 yards away from you where you've witnessed bucks crossing on recent hunts. Pack that climber in and go after the buck that your trail camera had pictures of two days ago in a new location. Climb into the stand you've never hunted on the new piece of property you just got last spring. Etc. Etc. My point here is don't be afraid to try something new and change up your tactics if they're not producing what you're looking for. It's that simple. Would you keep driving a car whose engine blows up every week? No! So why are you hunting a farm or area that's been dead for three days in a row? MOVE! Do it now, you'll be happy you did.

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I wrote this blog because in years past I fell into this "rut" trap and it cost me tags. Flat out there is no other excuse or way to put it besides myself being stubborn and dumb to not move spots and change tactics. Learn from my mistakes and avoid this costly behavior!! As a November bowhunter you must learn to adapt quickly and strike when the iron is hot. If the iron isn't hot in your woods after a day or two it's time to move on and find the hot farms or area. It could be days until this recent area heats up again because does will cycle later on for the second time if they weren't bred the first go around, but this could be weeks from now. Stay in the game and stay with the does and i guarantee that youll stay out of a "rut" and punch more tags during our favorite time of the year -the whitetail RUT! As always we appreciate the support and feedback from both the podcasts AND the blog. Tag us with your trophy pics and make sure to update us on how YOUR season is going. Don't forget- chase your dreams, not your liquor and GO SHOOT YOUR BOW

 

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Hunters YOU Should Be Following

   With a few cooler evenings and shorter days upon us, that fall feeling is finally in the air my fellow bowhunting freakshows! I hope you're all as jacked up as I am to get this season underway. Currently I'm making the final adjustments to all of my gear before I head out west for a two week long adventure chasing speed goats in Montana and then mule deer in Colorado. I literally cannot wait. For this month's blog I wanted to change it up a bit and do something different, so the gang and I came up with the idea to do a blog on some badass hunters that YOU all should be following on social media. We each picked out a few people and I'm sure you will all enjoy learning about these guys and gals. Trust me, they all deserve your "follow". As always enjoy the blog and podcasts, we've got some awesome stuff coming your way in the near future that won't surely disappoint. Also remember, always chase your dreams, not your liquor....and GO SHOOT YOUR BOW

 

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Brian Barney

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"Adventure Bowhunter" lookup this term and I'll bet my bow that you'll find a picture of Brian under the definition. From Hawaii to Mexico and everywhere in between this bowhunting-only fanatic can be found chasing animals relentlessly. As a main writer for Eastman's Bowhunting Journal and the host of Eastman's Elevated podcast, Brian has quite a busy schedule, but always finds a way to get it done. Brian  runs his own construction business, Barney Construction and is also a father and husband. His high energy personality and never give up attitude are a testament to his many bowhunting and writing accomplishments. Brian is a plethora of knowledge when it comes to hunting western big game with his bow on public ground and his writing and podcasts showcase many of his tried and true techniques and tips. What has always really drawn me to Brian are his creative writing(which I've been reading for years), hardworking-work ethic and his contagious personality. The guy is always having fun and loving life, which shows in his social media accounts. For those of you who live for bowhunting AND adventure, Brian is a guy you all need to be following along with his podcast. You'll be happy you did!

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Skyler and Nicole Richards

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For those of you who love giant mule deer and a passion for public ground hunting, look no further than this dynamic duo. Born and raised in Utah, these two have cut their teeth chasing all sorts of big game around the public grounds of the west. From taxidermy work to guiding hunts these two are about as busy as it gets, but still find a way to get tags punched year in and year out. I've always been drawn to both of these two because of their passion for the outdoors and their ability to combine hardwork and dedication into everything that they do. Whether it's Nicole guiding a mule deer hunter, or Skyler finishing up a masterpiece mount for someone, they both always put 110% effort into whatever they're doing and this has lead to a lot of success for this pair. Some fantastic companies like Sitka Gear and Stealth Cam have noticed this burning passion that these two posses, which has lead to ambassador positions for numerous companies. This dedication and commitment shows in their impressive trophy room and hunting accomplishments from over the years. Recently Skyler and Nicole started a very popular YouTube channel called "SkyNic hunting" where they creatively video and showcase their hunting adventures from finding sheds to a recent Stag hunt and everything in between. If you're looking to follow hardcore hunters who get it done consistently, year after year, then YOU need to be following Skyler and Nicole Richards.

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Craig Temple

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If you're a whitetail junky like myself, or just love to see some absolutely beautiful photography look no further than my man Craig Temple. This hardworking father and husband has an absolutely unreal list of giant whitetails that he's taken from his home area in and around Alberta, Canada. With numerous trophies and some extraordinary photos, Craig has made some fantastic relationships with companies like Hoyt, Sitka, G5, Easton and Spypoint trail cameras. As a supervisor for the oilfield near his home in Edmonton, Alberta Craig certainly stays busy, but always finds time to spend outdoors. The guy just flat-out gets it done no matter what tag he has in his pocket and the animals always seem to be amazing trophies like his buck from last year, which has kickers, stickers and matching droptines on both sides! Craig also finds time in his busy life to write blogs and articles for Eastman's Bowhunting Journal as well as being a guest on podcasts. His knowledge and experience are very easy to pick up on after reading just one article or blog from him. The man knows his stuff and has a great way of expressing it in words and some amazing photography, which has always fascinated myself along with many others. Craig can be found on Instagram and Facebook and i highly recommend you give this guy a follow!

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Steve Alderman

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I recently got hooked up with Steve while on a work trip out to Idaho. If you have an interest in hunting mule deer or already love hunting mule deer, then Steve is someone you MUST be following online. An expert on DIY public land mules, writer, film maker and producer. Steve has a large collection of 200” + public land mule deer and in the short time I got to spend with him I learned a lot about hunting the west.

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Clark Cummings

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If you don't already know Clark from Respect The Game Tv on sportsman channel or from the Working Class Bowhunter Podcast episodes then you need to be following along. Clark is an expert Whitetail hunter and continues to get it done season after season. He is one of the most humble people you will meet and he will give you the shirt off his back. Its easy to see his passion and love for the outdoors, his family and friends. His son Matt Cummings is following along right in his footsteps also, putting down a 196” giant whitetail last season. The entire hunt can be seen on Respect The Game Tv.

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The Lindsey Way

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Jeff and David Lindsey are very well known in the outdoor industry but I had to include them in this portion of the blog. These boys are so humble, friendly and knowledgeable. Not to mention they are very enjoyable to watch on tv. They have done several podcast episodes with us and not mention podcasting in their booth at the Iowa Deer Classic last year. From following these guys online you definitely benefit from their knowledge, big buck photos, lots of giveaways online, snack tips from Jeff, and a lot of laughs.

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TJ UNGER

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I follow him because he always has a positive message and great photos. Tj is an absolute superstar and one hell of a guy. He is always putting a positive message with each of his posts. Everything he does is purely awesome. I'm sure that his name will be heard more and more as time goes on.

You can follow TJ below:

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BAKER LEAVITT

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 Let's face it Baker is the man. He never fails to crack me up. He's had some awesome hunts in Africa and always seems to knock down turkeys every year. Plus he goes on rants every now and again and those are just pure gold.

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Ross Bigger

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You've heard him many times on the podcast. He's got a great beard and is just plain man pretty. He's always on big deer and puts out some great content. He's a big deer killin, hard workin, good friend. He is one of the first guys I look for when I open my Instagram.

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ERIC HAMANN'S PICKS

 

Philip Vanderpool

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Phillip hosts the show “The Virtue” on carbonTV.  We had the opportunity  to meet Phillip and the guys at the Iowa classic last year and you could tell right away these guys were very passionate and proud of what they do.  If you guys have not had the opportunity to meet or see the show, immediately go watch “Dads Sweet 16” on carbonTV. I guarantee anyone that watches this episode will get exactly what I’m talking about.  Phillip is all about sharing his story about harvesting giant sad daddy’s and the values of American tradition. One thing I really liked about the podcast with Phillip was that he cares about other people being in front of the camera just as much as he is. He says that he loves being behind the camera and giving his cameramen the chance to be in front of the camera.  Another thing I like about this show is that they show emotion, they show the misses, they show the bad times. It is as real as it gets when it comes to Phillip and this group of guys.  So go check out all the episodes on CarbonTV under the Virtue. Big shout out to Clint Schwach and Brandon Dority.

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Bill Winke

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As everyone knows I am a Iowa native so this was an easy choice. Midwest Whitetail is one of my favorite shows and always has been.  You can tell by watching the show Bill is very passionate and serious about hunting and not only does he share his knowledge on the show, but he also does an awesome job in his blogs. If you are from the Midwest and are wondering about anything whitetails this guy knows it and he has probably done a blog on it. Everything from food plots, strategies, scouting, small properties, big properties, creeks/ditches, archery gear, and basically anything and everything you will ever  need to know about whitetails. On their website you can find 39 pages of videos and articles about hunting whitetails and if you cant find what you are looking for there is even a “Ask Winkie” tab where you can submit a question directly to him. Bill is a plethora of knowledge that anyone and everyone can learn something from. I highly recommend you start following Bill and his content.

 

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Thanks everyone for checking out the blog! these are some of the hunters we've enjoyed following. of course there's a lot more we like to follow and that will lead us into a pt. 2 of this blog eventually. let us know who you enjoy following, and good luck to you this season! until then check out the working class bowhunter podcast on itunes, facebook, instagram and more!

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MONTANA BOUND

MONTANA BOUND

Seat 24A was the numbers I read while I was given my last boarding pass which would take me from Denver to Bozeman. The anticipation couldn't have been higher, as it always is when I board that final plane before I reach my destination. As many of you already know I've become obsessed with traveling the world with a bow in my hand and this trip was definitely one that I couldn't wait to get started. As the plane took off I couldn't help, but stare out of the window and think, "man I wonder what kind of adventure and experience Montana has in store for me." I was soon about to find out that I surely wouldn't be disappointed.

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Spring Time Is The Busy Time!

Spring Time Is The Busy Time!

Well now that I've been able to sit down and take a small breather from all of the shed hunting and turkey traveling that I've been doing around the country, let's get caught up ladies and gentlemen. Spring time for me, each year, brings a ton of things to put on a guys plate that is a bowhunter. Shed hunting, pulling stands, turkey hunting, food plots and the list goes on and on. In this blog I'm going to give you a little insight on my spring so far this year. The highs and the lows will be documented.

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Top 5 States For DIY Turkeys

Top 5 States For DIY Turkeys

"Chalk, chalk, chalk, chalk" I softly made the soft, sweet sounds of a hopefully good looking hen. Grabbing my hat to mimic this gorgeous female flying down I had high hopes this bearded ninja would give up his location soon. Sure enough, halfway through performing my fly down like a conductor orchestrating his symphony, the ridge above me erupted! Not only was my bearded friend here again this morning, but he had a few buddies with him.

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What is The Camo Collar?

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Welcome my friends and fellow bowhunters to THE Camo Collar blog presented by THE Working Class Bowhunter!

As some of you know my name is Clint Casper and I'm an arrow slinging, deer chasing, turkey tracking, mule deer glassing, elk bugling, shed antler addicted, freelance outdoor writing, good old boy from a small town in Carrollton, Ohio. Growing up, my dreams were to have huge adventures with my bow in hand, which led me to having an absolutely obsessive (ask my fiance) addiction to bowhunting. As long as I can remember I've been reading hunting magazines and books stating "Someday I'll be in these magazines." I recall saying this to myself thousands of times while reading the adventures of other bowhunters, which is what lit my fire for becoming a freelance outdoor writer. This dream of mine, I have been chasing down now for almost ten years and have had just as many ups as I have had downs, but I wouldn't trade where they have led me for the world.

I was lucky enough to meet the Working Class Bowhunter gang at the Archery Trade Association show a few years back and we all seemed to hit it off right away. We soon were talking about past adventures, upcoming hunts, future ex girlfriends like Eva Shockey and Miranda Lambert (who still just won't let it go), favorite bow companies, arrows, Dancing with the Stars (Eric is a huge fan) and of course one of my personal favorites - BEER. I felt at home with this bunch of hooligans and quickly wanted to get on a podcast with them as soon as I could. A few podcast episodes later with these three and it was no surprise that I needed to join forces with them. So I pitched this idea of starting a blog to them and luckily for me they loved the idea and so The Camo Collar was born!!! I literally cannot thank Stephen, Eric and Curt enough for allowing me to not only be on their podcasts, but to be a part of this awesome and, may I say, quite handsome (mainly Stephen) group of guys. I honestly can't thank them enough because to me, writing a blog for them is all a part of living out my dream of being a freelance outdoor writer. I'm blessed to have this opportunity and to hunt down my dreams with a bow in hand and then write about these adventures for the world to see.

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These blogs are going to be informative, entertaining, straight forward and above all FUN. We're going to shoot for at least one blog a week which will cover lots of different topics that I want all of YOU to comment on. The point for us and this blog is to bring hunters together on various topics, to entertain, to inform and above all to just have a place where YOU all can laugh and get enjoyment from during your day.

We all want to thank each and every one of you for listening to the podcasts and those of you who will be reading these blogs each week. In closing, I'm going to ask these questions and hopefully I get some awesome feedback.

  • What are your hunting dreams and what drives YOU to chase them? 
  • I want to know what motivates you to wake up on a cold morning at 4am to head to a treestand?
  • Why you would throw a pack on your back and walk up a mountain in the pitch black just to maybe see, or hear a bull elk bugle in the cold, frosty morning air? 

I can't wait to read some of these responses and as always I'm going to leave you with this-always chase your dreams and GO SHOOT YOUR BOW

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