19 October 2012Those of you who have followed me over the years in various publications and television shows know I no longer hunt with a bow and arrow and neither have I been bitten by the crossbow bug. Perhaps this is because to me the finest aroma or perfume in the world is freshly burned gunpowder utilized to shoot at a big game animal. I dearly love that “smell”! Be that as it may throughout much of North America the bow and archery seasons have been open for a while and continue to be so. There are times when I have considered picking up a bow, especially when I hear about a big whitetail or mule deer or bugling elk season. And that’s simply because the best time to take a really big mature animal you’ve scouted or know something about is at the first and earliest legal opportunity and that equates to archery seasons! I’ll admit I used to hunt with a bow and I shot my last whitetail with a bow back in 1984. That year I shot several big game animals with my PSE compound bow. The first whitetail I took with a bow was taken with an all fiberglass Ben Pearson, recurve. Between those two deer there were numerous bows, various arrows, and a variety of broadheads. During my tenure with a bow I quite frequently wrote articles for BOWHUNTER magazine and other archery publications. Something you probably didn’t know, even if you read a lot of my “stuff”. Bow hunting came a long way in a relatively short period of time. I’m told the bows, arrows and broadheads are the best we’ve ever had in the history of archery. Several have tried to entice me into getting back into archery, by saying, “I can have you hitting targets perfectly out to 40 yards in no time at all (which I equate to less than a week).” But frankly I dearly love hunting with guns, particularly rifles and handguns. In times past too, I also used to hunt more than a fair amount with muzzleloading rifles. But, I’ve gotten away from them as well. I do still own numerous muzzleloaders ranging from beautifully wood-stocked flintlocks, percussion rifles to modern in-lines with synthetic stocks. During the years I shot the front-stuffers I truly enjoyed them, and for a while served as the Muzzleloader Columnist for Petersen’s HUNTING when they had such a column. With my muzzleloaders, mostly .50 calibers, I shot a lot of big game animals, including some truly impressively antlered whitetails in such states as Iowa, Oklahoma and others. Again one of the reasons for using a muzzleloader so I could hunt states where centerfire rifles were not legal for hunting whitetails and special season that gave me access to areas I could only hunt with a muzzleloader. These days thanks to doing my own show, there are hunting opportunities somewhere in the world, essentially 365 days a year. And now too, some of the states that previously only allowed shotguns and muzzleloaders, now allow hunting with pistols using straight-walled cartridges such as .44 Mag, . 480 Ruger among others. Thus with my Ruger revolvers I can now hunt those states. This past week, particularly here in Texas where I live, hunting conditions have been excellent. Early cool fronts have dropped temperatures increasing deer movement and making hunting more comfortable as well. I had the opportunity to visit with a bunch of hunters in different parts of our state of Texas and in other states as well. Several of the hunters told me the areas they hunted had a substantial acorn crop. I know that’s the case on my small place about 70 miles west of Houston. Acorns are plentiful providing a lot of food for deer and other wildlife. So how do you hunt where there are lots of acorns? If baiting is allowed in your hunting area, consider using Buck Natural a truly unique product based on a highly specialized corn blend that deer come to quickly the first time you put it out. I’ve seen deer walk about corn, white oak acorns, various commercial attractants and go directly to Buck Natural. I’ve seen it happen now in several different parts of the country. Buck Natural is truly amazing! Buck Natural utilizes a corn base, but corn that is considerably higher in sugar levels, but also in energy in a form that whitetail and mule deer can utilize! It’s an all natural product! If you’d like to know more about it or order some for you to use, you can go to their website, www.bucknaturalfood.com. I will tell you Buck Natural is produced only in a limited quantity and when it’s gone, it’s gone until next year’s crop. I procured several bags to use this fall on my whitetail hunts. I know the owners of Nature Blinds and their employees have been using Buck Natural with great success this fall. Many who have had great experience with Buck Natural have been bowhunters and crossbow hunters. “Bucks came to it the first time and almost immediately after I put out Buck Natural, must have an amazing aroma that deer and particularly bucks must really love.” said one of the hunters I ran into at the Los Cazadores Hunting Headquarters this past week. I heard the same thing when I was near Houston last week. Give Buck Natural a try, but remember there’s only a very limited amount available each year, when it’s gone, it’s gone for another year. Normally in early October I’m on various hunts, but this year I’ve been spending much of September and October, at least the first part of the latter month doing personal appearances, doing “paperwork” regarding my new Trailing the Hunter’s Moon show, and the like. In September among other things, I gave presentations to Dallas Safari Club and then stayed over a couple of extra days to help with their S.A.F.E.T.Y. shooting event. It was an unbelievably good event that had 127 children and 127 adults (parents and guardians) shooting pistols, rifle, muzzleloader, shotguns, bows and crossbows, many of them for their first time. I also had an opportunity to talk ExxonMobil’s people involved in drilling throughout the world for oil and gas to visit with them about hunting and outdoor safety and how those relate to on the job safety. Safety as we stressed is a never ending endeavor, regardless of whether on the job, at home or out hunting and enjoying the outdoors. Then too, I spent a lot of time doing radio shows, which I have to admit are great fun. If you’re bowhunting and hunting from a raised position, remember to use a safety harness, regardless of whether your 2 feet off the ground or 32 feet up! Hunt hard and hunt safely!