Author Archives: Austin Brandhof

Muzzleloader is around the corner!

Well it’s getting that time of the year again where everyone busts out the muzzleloader.  I’ve fairly successful during the late season so I’m excited to get out there again.  After a somewhat successful shotgun season we had several good shooter bucks get away from us.  I’m super excited for one farm because there are lots...

Shotgun Season

Well shotgun season here in Iowa was successful, but not what I hoped it would be.  After hunting with a group for a couple days we only managed to shoot a few does and two bucks.  After having many encounters with big bucks, we could not seal the deal.  In a way I’m kind...

Log Pile Hunt

Tonight I FINALLY  had a northwest wind to go hunt a special spot.  I went back to a log pile that I have muzzleloader hunted out of.  The main reason I hunt in the log pile is because I’m usually lazy, and don’t want to carry a blind in a half mile for a...

Buck Movement

From hunting the past couple weeks the buck movement has changed quite a bit.  Currently from what I can tell the big bucks and small ones are still very visible, but the big boys are tied up thinking about does and don’t want to come into a call.  Talking to people the last week...

Rut Hunting!

Well the rut is finally kicking into gear! From my experience hunting last week the buck movement was great. Seen a lot of good bucks and mature bucks walking around. Seems like every day I went out the movement got better. The 120-130 inch bucks are moving real great, but haven’t seen a ton...

Buck Encounters

After getting back from Colorado I was anxious to get back into the treestand.  The first sit after getting back I went out with high hopes of seeing some rut activity.  I was going to a spot where I had a couple pictures of a real nice clean 10 pt that would go about...

Western Success

I got a call from my good buddy, Tyler Dahms, today.  Shout out to him because he killed his first mule deer buck in Wyoming!  A very impressive 4×4 that anyone would have taken.  Hearing a success story from him gets me even more anxious to get out to Colorado and shoot big ol elk!  Today will be...

Last Minute Elk Hunt

Well the harvest season came to an end last friday for the Brandhof Empire (farm).  My dad had been talking for awhile about if we get done harvesting early we will try to go elk hunting with the rifle in Colorado.  On friday, my dad said simply, “We’re done with harvest, lets go elk...

Birthday Hunt

Well my annual hunt on my birthday was a success, but did not kill a buck.  I had decided since it would be a southeast wind, I would go to an old honey hole that my family has hunted for years.  The treestands sit only in a little half acre chunk of timber, but...

Harvest Season

Being a farmer, I’m starting to make my transition from the combine seat to the treestand.  Due to being busy with harvest I haven’t got to hunt much yet, but I have made it out a couple times so far.  During harvest I do feel like I’m on a constant scouting mission looking for...