Deer Hunting

Top 10 Gun Safes

by on November 30, 2010

Here are some of the top 10 rated gunsafes on the market today.

1) Stack – On® 10 – Gun Safe with Combination Lock

Stack – On 10 – Gun Safe with Combination Lock… a top – of – the – line security chamber! Remove clutter and put away your valuable goods with this rock-solid Gun Safe from Stack-On! Built with solid steel, you can rest assured your belongings will remain safe with pry-resistant protection. A ram-tough set of 3 live-action locking bolts and 3 steel dead bolts provide 6 locking points which are retracted and suspended by a swiveling handle. The 3-number combination lock has a drill-resistant, hardened steel plate is located behind the lock for greater security. Not recommended for storing CDs or other electronic storage devices. Details: Exterior has a hunter green epoxy paint finish with gold accents; Holds 10 rifles or shotguns; Heavy-duty door frame and silk screen detail on the door give these safes a more robust look and feel; concealed hinges provide greater security; Interior of the safes are fully carpeted and includes a shelf for other belongings; patented barrel rests and standoffs for storing scoped rifles allow for better space utilization; A 2-tray organizer is included for storing ammo, cleaning supplies and more. Sturdy hooks are perfect for hanging duck calls or hats.; Dimensions: 20 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 55 1/8″; Weighs 206 lbs. Holds your guns and more with high-quality security! Order Now! Please Note: This item will be shipped by commercial carrier curbside. Ships in 1 box: 20 7/8″ x 12 5/8″ x 55 1/8″, weighs 206 lbs. High-value orders require a physical street address, otherwise insurance costs will be added to the shipping total. Stack-On 10-Gun Safe with Combination Lock - More info here

2) SentrySafe G0135 Black Safe 5 Long Gun Maximum Capacity Safe

Sentry Safe 5 – Gun Safe. Plenty of room for your hunting rifles! With years of experience on their side, Sentry Safe is interested in one thing: Keeping you and your family out of harm’s way when your guns aren’t in use! Place your guns in this secure spot… features an 8-lever security key with double-bit key to keep firearms on lockdown. The solid steel door with concealed hinges will turn away anyone from curious little ones to a sticky-fingered criminal! Fits 5 long guns. More: 2 live-locking bolts for more security; Carpeted interior keeps rifle butt unmarred; Sleek black exterior; Measures 11 1/2 x 12 x 55″ outside and 9 1/2 x 11 x 53 1/2″ inside. Weighs 70 lbs. Order yours today! Please Note: This item is shipped by commercial carrier curbside. Unloading is the customer’s responsibility, including off the back of the truck. Ships in 1 box: 55″ x 12″ x 11.5″, 76 lbs. No expedited delivery. High-value orders require a physical street address, otherwise insurance costs will be added to the shipping total. Sentry Safe 5-Gun Safe - See more here

3) Stack-On 28 Gun Total Defense Convertible Gun Safe

Stack-On® Total Defense safes provide protection against burglary, fire and/or water damage while providing ultimate storage options for your firearms and valuables. UL rated Type 1 electronic or Group 2 3-number combination locks are included on Total Defense Select safes, which provide an additional level of protection. These safes are ETL fire rated to manufacturer’s specifications for 30 minutes up to 1400°F. - see more here

4) Stack-On IWC-55 Full-Length In-Wall Cabinet

Steel Stack – On Full – length In – wall Gun Cabinet holds 2 rifles or shotguns up to 52″h. BIG BUCKS OFF! Bank-vault security for your home! Keep curious “little fingers” and thieves from messing with your valuables, ammo and firearms. Simply get this heavy-duty, In-wall Security Cabinet by famous Stack-On. Unlike other models, this in-wall unit doesn’t take up valuable floor space. Has pre-drilled holes for mounting into the wall between studs… built for standard 16″ on center stud walls. Hardware is included for easy do-it-yourself installation. Holds 2 rifles or 2 shotguns up to 52″ tall; Includes a removable steel shelf; Bottom of Cabinet and the shelf have foam padding to protect your prized items; Steel door has a 3-point locking system that secures the door at the top, bottom, as well as the opening side of the door; Full-length piano hinge for industrial durability; All-steel construction; Key-coded, double bitted keys provide top security.; External size: 15 3/8 x 3 7/8 x 54 3/4″h. Inside: 14 x 3 7/8 x 53 1/4″h. Weighs 27 lbs. California DOJ approved. Order Today! Stack-On In-wall Gun Cabinet- see more here

5) Stack-On GCD-9216-5 16-Gun Convertible Doube-Door Steel Security Cabinet

Stack – On Double Door 16 Gun Steel Security Cabinet keeps your guns and ammo under separate lock and key. 2 secure storage compartments, 2 separate locks! This Double Door Security Cabinet lets you keep your ammo and firearms in one handy location but under separate lock and key. Doors are keyed differently for greater security. More: Reinforced full sized doors with superior all steel 3 point locking system… different double bitted, key coded locks on each door; Full length welded and staked steel piano hinge; Right cabinet holds 16 rifles or shotguns up to 54″ tall… foam padded sides and bottom reduce the chance of scratching; Right cabinet also has Stack-On’s patented gun barrel rests and Standoffs… Standoffs allow scoped guns to stand upright in the safe, not at an angle, to maximize the safe’s storage capacity; Left compartment has 4 large foam padded removable steel shelves that are perfect for storing ammo and handguns as well as other valuables such as cameras, jewelry, etc… or install additional gun barrel rests (included) to add space for 15 more guns for a total capacity of 31 guns; Pre-drilled mounting holes allow easy attachment to the floor or wall… flush mount bottom for easier fastening to floor; All fastening and finishing hardware included; Pre-drilled top mounting holes align with Stack-On’s Pistol / Ammo Cabinets (sold separately); Durable baked epoxy finish in hunter green; Approx. 38 x 18 x 55″, 150 lbs. Lock up your guns and your ammo the right way! Order Today! Please Note: This item is shipped by commercial carrier curbside. Unloading is the customer’s responsibility, including off the back of the truck. Stack-On 16 Gun Double Door Security Cabinet, Hunter Green

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Jump Hunting

by on November 10, 2010

When nothing is moving we jump hunt. there are several small brushy areas near us that often hold a deer or 2 as well as goldenrod covered edges of fields. The deer will lay up in these and you have to go right in and almost kick their butts to move them. We’ve had them stick tight until we were within a few feet. This can make for fast shooting, but if you have the skill to make the fast shots, is a good way to fill a tag. We usually get at least one a year this way.

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Every hunter in the world is looking for the best trophy, a “Big Buck”. Chances are, some of these enthusiastic hunters will actually have the opportunity to bring down a deer or two. Other hunters will spot these animals and make a shot but unfortunately miss, while others have no luck at all, they don’t detect any whitetail deer movement. Of course, it isn’t all about luck because meticulous preparation is required. Every whitetail deer hunter should comprehend five skills:

* Stalking – this method consists of following the natural signs and the movement trails of the whitetail deer. This requires the ability to be very quiet so that the deer won’t suspect anything and also it requires basic knowledge of their habits.

* Spot & stalk hunting – this is a variation of the stalking hunting technique but in this case the deer has been seen. The whitetail hunter uses his hunting skills in order to get close to the animal as much as he can so that he will have great chances for an efficient shot.

* Stand hunting – this technique can be used from a tree or even on the ground. Both techniques require a great deal of patience. The deer hunter sets up his tree stand or he finds a place where he can hide and wait for the animal. With some rigorously pre-season investigation, whitetail deer runs can be easily detected, greatly improving the chances for an efficient hunting season.

* Still hunting – with this method, the hunter walks silently then stops to listen and wait for the prey. This still hunting method is recommended when deer haven’t been seen but are known that they are in that area.

* Line hunting – this method is used by a group of hunters. The main idea of it is that the deer are flushed out towards a line of whitetail hunters. This cooperative technique can bring great results if done properly.

The choice of weapon for a whitetail deer hunting adventure greatly depends on the area where the hunter lives but basically these animals are hunted with a gun such as a rifle or a shotgun. In some legal circumstances, hunters have the possibility to use muzzleloaders and handguns. Some old-fashioned hunters still use their bows and crossbows for their deer hunting adventure, it can be a very exciting thing to do but at the same time it is way harder in comparison with using a rifle. The bow hunting season usually starts before the regular gun season and will start again after the gun season is over.

Don’t forget about dry clothing as well as waterproof boots because low temperatures and soggy clothes increase the chances of hypothermia. Layers work better to keep you warm rather than bulky items. This also gives you more freedom to move around. Camouflage is very important and it greatly depends on the hunting area. Luckily, camouflage clothing comes in all sizes and shapes you could think of.

All things considered, planning a whitetail deer hunting adventure isn’t as easy as you might have thought but taking things nice and slow you will be fully equipped for a rewarding hunting adventure that you will remember for a long time.

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Deer Hunting Shot Placement

by on September 3, 2010

It’s that time of year when outdoorsmen feel a certain giddy longing that they don’t feel during the hot summer months. They can feel it coming on stronger like a quickening and can smell it in the crisp clean fall air. It’s a feeling like no other. Like a deeply planted seed rooted completely into your soul. And when this feeling comes around. The big game deer hunting season has arrived!

With a childlike enthusiasm you know it’s now time to dust off your hunting gear. Sharpen you hunting knives, oil down your deer hunting rifle; test your tree climbing equipment and stock up on hunting supplies such as hunting clothes, deer scents and maybe a new grunt call. But before the opening day of the hunting season arrives and it’s time to do the necessary pre hunting rituals that all good experienced hunters always do every year, such as scouting for deer sign, looking for tracks, scrapes, rubs and scant. Finding a good climbing tree stand or ground blind placement can sometimes seam difficult and downright unnerving. You want that perfect spot were you know you will always see the game that you are pursuing. And you want to be able to take the correct actions when the big moment arrives to bag that huge deer of a lifetime. So here are some Supreme Deer Hunting Tips that can help you take that big buck that you have always dreamed of.

Before we begin I would like to tell you a story. A story about myself and why I have written this article. As a young boy I was naturally attracted to nature. My father was really not an outdoorsman. We went fishing at times but never went hunting. As I got older a friend of mine, Bob invited me along with him on a deer hunt. I loved it and I was from that day on, hooked for life! I proceeded to purchase my first deer hunting riffle, a 30.06 Remington. We hunted every single year and he would always harvest a deer. Usually a spike or a four pointer, but I had bigger plans.

I wanted to get those big eight pointers with the nice heavy racks. I proceeded to test every location in every situation I could find. I read and consumed every deer magazines known to man like a mad man. Bob would always say, “Why do read those things? You won’t be able to get big dear like in those magazines”! He couldn’t have been more wrong. He refused to take pointers from any of my books or magazines. Don’t get me wrong, my friend Bob taught me a lot of the basics and good tactics. He was a very good teacher, but at some point I began to get bigger and better bucks than the teacher.

As I read all the magazines and books and I would learn new ideas and strategies. Bob would hunt the open woods and I would hunt the thicker stuff. I started to take nicer and larger bucks each year. And Bob, Well… let’s just say, he has a whole garage full of spikes and four pointers on the walls.

Now even though I learned a lot from those hunting magazines. They never really helped me with some critical things. Stratagies that I had to and had learned in the field. Like spotting that perfect place to put a stand in any hunting location. Or the perfect way to spot a deer and take the shot without ever losing the game. Let’s face it, if you can’t find the perfect spot to hunt from, you will never see deer, see enough deer or get consistently close enough to take deer when you’re hunting. And if you don’t know the correct way to spot, respond and shoot the deer, you are not going to have that huge rack on your wall or venison in the freezer.

I’ve had to learn that the hard way. By years of trial and error. I have decided to put the best advice I have learned out of all those years, brake them down into a few critical tips and provide them here. They may not seem to be much on the surface. But they may be some of the best tips you may ever find.

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Deer Hunting Tips

by on June 17, 2010

Carry a backpack!! It always seemed before I started carrying by backpack in the woods, I always forget something. That poncho or rain suite always comes in handy even if it’s only 20% chance of rain. TOILET PAPER (nuff said). The compass has come in handy late at nite getting out of the woods. The flashlight is also important along with extra batteriers. My binocs usually are in their during gun season. I also carry scent wafers, tinks, cotton balls, a bottle of water, my saw knife thing, gloves, handwarmers, gps, walkie talkie, knife, and many other things.
I wouldn’t ever leave my backpack in the truck now like I used to. Even with carrying a climbing stand on your back, it’s worth it to tote it along by hand. When I get ready to climb, I just tie it to the rope along with my bow, and pull it up!!

Also one tip i have used and it works for rubber boot wearing people like myself. after a season of hunting and using cover scents you need to remove all the scent material left behind and yes it does leave a scent in your boots.take and use the same soap you would use to clean your clothes for hunting and use a warm water and soap and scrub them lightly and you can also do this with leather boots as well and then let them dry naturally outside and you will find the boots will last longer and won’t smell up your house or garage or wherever you keep your hunting clothes.on’t smell up your house or garage or wherever you keep your hunting clothes.

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50 Deer Hunting Tips

by on June 17, 2010

1. Always maintain hunting safety, know your target and beyond
2. practice shooting your firearm often
3. scout often, be sure you have permission and know your hunting area as best as possible
4. wear proper clothing
5. scent control, maintain good personal hygiene and keep the wind in your face
6. try to keep the sun at your back and stay focused
7. move Slowly and don’t move until you’re sure you’ve visually scanned the layout of your hunting area. (each step opens a whole new view.)
8. Control your sounds, (walking, clearing throat, coughing, slapping bugs etc.)
9. Patience, Patience, Patience
10. Always maintain good Ethics and Enjoy yourself.
11. Safety, whether its gun, bow, tree stands, ect always keep safety first.
12. Ethics, follow the law, never break your personal code of conduct. Try to better yourself everytime in the woods. Most times its just you and your conscious in the woods, don’t compromise.
13. Try to get good equipment, take care of it.
14. Find a good teacher to learn from.
15. Respect the animals that you hunt.
16. Find a great hunting partner it will add tremendous fun to your hunting adventures.
17. Don’t be afraid to try new things/ideas. Failing is natural and a valuable learning tool, don’t get mad.
18. Read, watch, learn about the habits of the game you hunt, it will return big dividends later.
19. Get into the woods as much as possible, hunt as much as you can, remember what you experienced.
20. Don’t hunt to just kill, hunt for the enjoyment, let nature give you the best time of your life, killing is only a very small part of hunting. Just remember to have fun, share your experiences, teach others as you have been taught, carry on the hunting tradition. Be humble to your creator for being given the oppertunity to enjoy mother nature and the great outdoors
21. Scout for your deer year round even during the season you can check out new areas on the days it’s to hot or to wet to be great hunting days.
22. Play the wind, have alternate stands or setups for the hot areas and let the wind determine your stand site for the hunt.
23. When in a tree try to have something that breaks up your outline either in front or behind, just don’t get silhouetted.
24. Its OK to move in a tree stand. Keep the hands and arms tucked in and rotate the head. When deer are spotted you can move when they turn away or have their head down.
25. You can move according to the speed the deer is moving. Deer vision while moving is like driving down the road in that the scenery is always changing. If they move slow your moving has to be slow, if they are running you can dance a jig.
26. Prepare to shoot as early as possible, when deer are identified get turned and the weapon in place ASAP.
27. Don’t carry to much stuff; if you didn’t use it on the last hunt do you really need it.
28. Don’t over hunt an area or stand site. Use different stands and other areas.
29. Use binoculars in the stand and watch for things that move not deer.
30. Last and most important, TAKE YOUR FIRST GOOD SHOT, waiting for them get closer is inviting trouble. If the deer is within a distance you are proficient at and presenting a shot, take it.
31. know you and practice with your equipment e.g. firearms, bows, stands, binds, optics etc…
32. have a seasoned mentor; someone to answer questions and bouce senerios off of
33. read everything you can get your hands on regarding deer and thier habbits
34. keep a journal! I wish I would have done this 20 years ago; refer back to your notes so you don’t
make the same mistake twice.
35. Know what the deer are doing in your region of the country. They don’t have the same routines
nationwide. rutting, food source etc… are different based on geography
36. scout year round

37. pay back thee land owners e.g. labor, venison, $$$

38.Always break up your silouett39. Keep the wind in your face.40.Know what the deer are doing in your region of the country. They don’t have the same routines
nationwide. rutting, food source etc… are different based on geography41. get proficient with your weapon: ground, stand ,standing knelling, sitting. Don’t take a shoot in the woods you haven’t practiced on the range.
42. Don’t let’em smell you
43. Don’t let’em see you, movement is crucial
44. Scout for food, water , bedding
45. Figure out how they are getting from one of above to another, travel routes to water being best particularly in warm climates of the south. They may sleep or eat at day or night either one, but in the heat of the day they need water. Remember when looking these deer are off the edge animals. If there’s a woodline they will travel 10 to 15 feet inside woods, if there’s a ridge they will travel 10 to 15 feet below crest as not to be silhouetted.
46. Once you figure out 5 then look for funnels. Ridges, creeks, lakes, ravines, anything that would funnel deer in confined area. Here several trails should come together.
47. Once you’ve done 6 set-up to hunt here staying off main trail, make sure you have a good shooting lane, if you need them to move left, right, etc. a piece of deadfall works wonders. Anything they will have to walk around. Remember 1 and 2 scent control and concealment. Have as much as possible in place for them to get used to, the more you bring with you at hunt the more smell and noise you pollute the area with.
48. Find best possible route for your entry and departure creating least amount of impact on area.
49. It takes time to create new habits for deer. Don’t try to use food or scents to lead them where they’re not used to going. Use you’re scents, food and calls to help lure to this area they are already familiar with. A well placed scent pad may be all you need to have them pause that extra few seconds you need in your shooting lane.
50. Always be safe, if you’re in the air this means a harness, and leave the area like you found it or better. Nothing left behind which includes the field dressings.Good luck and enjoy the show.

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