Okay, I admit it, quite proudly I might add, that I am a Neanderthal, old school, primal, ancient throwback, old fashioned, hopelessly traditional nuts and bolts kind of guy. I like my rock-n-roll raw, loud, grinding, grunting, pounding, pure animal high energy bass, drums and ferocious guitar.
By Ted Nugent
I like my hunting simple predator stealth, meat ambushing down to earth utilitarian pragmatism. I like my backstraps often, rare, barely singed over hot, indigenous wood coals with minimal seasonings.
Okay, so I also admit that I rockout with the vintage yet state of the art guitars and amps, drive a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, write all my ditties on up to date techno hardware and I currently hunt with my state of the art Mathews NoCam bow, straighter than hell GoldTip carbon arrows and the latest, deadliest, most accurate Rage broadheads the world has ever known.
In my inexhaustible obsession to maximize my backstrap harvest opportunities, I employ the quietest Mossy Oak camo ScentBlocker clothing money can buy, along with various cover scents, scent eliminator products, attractants, lures and the best proven Primos calls.
Throughout the year I work like a madman to create the ultimate wildlife habitat and sanctuary for maximum biodiversity.
Corn and protein feeders dot the landscape and annual mineral zones with selenium salt-blocks fortify the wildlife and keep them healthy, happy and nearby.
I constantly refresh my mock scrapes all year long and fertilize my mast trees for maximum production.
I get to my sacred hunting grounds in super modern Gonzo hunting trucks and ATVs, where I have planted every imaginable critter attracting foodplot on earth.
I strategically plant fruit and mast trees every spring in such a fashion to take advantage of prevailing winds in conjunction with somewhat predictable bedding cover and travel corridors.
Bushnell trailcams are rotated and monitored year round to better understand basic game movement and patterns.
I practice religiously with my bows and guns literally every day of the year so that my predator muscle memory is on DEFCON1, cocked, locked and ready to rock when that precious hard earned moment of truth finally presents itself.
I hunt every day, rotating my stand choices based on wind, sun, moon, barometric fluctuations and sightings so as to not allow critters to pattern me.
I think, eat, sleep, live to kill and don’t lie to myself the nonsense blather that the kill is anti-climactic, when every honest person knows damn well it us supremely climactic. I use a bow and arrow, not a camera.
When was the last time you returned to camp all crazy giddy and excited sharing high fives and recounting every thrilling minute detail of your hunt without killing something? Is buying chicken really an option?
And rest assured that the outline I have laid out above identifying the tried and true 60+ hunting season’s lessons are not a Ted Nugent thing.
Ninety percent of deerhunters reading this are nodding their heads with a solid “DUH”! of agreement.
This my friends, is American Deerhunting 101 for the average hardcore backstrapper across America, of this I am certain.
I can guarantee that our Aboriginal ancestors dedicated at least that much effort and strategy to feed, clothe, shelter and medicate their tribes and clans. Probably more so.
If you want success, there you have it; Gungho is the only way as far as I’m concerned.
But there is more!
I just read a great story in the Michigan Buck Fax magazine, the official big game records keeping publication of Commemorative Bucks of Michigan, by a truly over-the-top dedicated bowhunter by the name of Chris Evenhouse.
This gungho Gonzo deerhunting fool arrowed a Cass County monster 196-inch non-typical beast utilizing some interesting strategies worth sharing with fellow deerhunters everywhere.
If you and I think we are gungho deerhunters, Chris proves that creative thinking has no limits, and I wish to share his clever trailcam strategies with you here.
We all know how important it is to not intrude on a big buck’s sanctuary. These wise old monarchs will tolerate no pressure and are more often than not completely nocturnal by the time they are three years old.
Chris and his buddy monitored the old buck from afar and made certain to never go anywhere near his bedding area unless it was raining, had just rained and the wind was perfect for a sneaky move.
Even with total dedication to scent control, these killers always played the wind, and by placing numerous trailcams intelligently only with the scent cleansing assist of rainfall, were able to zero in on the old boys core.
I know a few of these maniac deer killers, and we should all learn from and salute such dedication and effort.
Whether placing trailcams or how we approach our ambush location, we must do everything in our power to do so without alerting the game.
Every hunting area is different and will demand specific approaches, but after reading Chris’s success story, the need to intelligently improvise, adapt and overcome will always determine success or failure.
Ted Nugent is an award-winning musician and writer, with numerous best-seller books including “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto,” “God, Guns and Rock ‘n Roll,” and “Kill It and Grill It: A Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish” with his wife, Shemane, among other books. Be sure to check out his website for more news on his latest music, thoughts and upcoming shows in 2015, and also at World News Daily, Newsmax and Daily Caller for more insights.
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