Kristen Schmitt

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Locavore Blog: Five Bowhunting and Tree Stand Safety Tips

I’ll be hunting from two, possibly three, tree stand locations on our property this October. Based on Bryce Towsley’s advice on scent control, I know I need to switch locations throughout the season so the scent has a chance to neutralize. In fact, he mentioned that the first day you hunt in a tree...

Practice, practice, practice!

Locavore Blog: Bowhunting and Archery Practice

Between harvesting potatoes, freezing and drying vegetables and herbs from the garden, and getting my daughter ready for the upcoming back-to-school routine coming our way in just a few weeks, I’ve been making sure that archery practice doesn’t get pushed aside. With the countdown on to bow season this fall — I can take...

Hunting expert Bryce Towsley shares his knowledge on scent control.

Locavore Blog: Basic Scent Control for Beginners

Scent control is an important part of hunting that beginners need to learn and experienced hunters are always improving upon. While I thought I understood some of the basics based on the years of washing my husband’s hunting clothes in ScentKiller detergent, there are so many other aspects that are important if you hope...

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Locavore Blog: Archery and Bowhunting Tips for Women

Before I started writing this blog, I was researching bowhunting and archery on my own. My interest in hunting was sparked when I was researching my piece on women hunters and local food for National Geographic and had the opportunity to talk with so many women hunters, both bow and rifle. It became an...

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Locavore Blog: Field Dressing, A Story

Once upon a time before we decided to move to Vermont and I decided that I wanted to hunt my own deer, my husband and I used to drive about five hours north of where we lived in southeastern Michigan so he could hunt on his family’s rural property. This property was purchased by...

Earrings made from deer hide and gem stones.

Locavore Blog: Using the Whole Deer

I mentioned last week that I’m interested in possibly processing my deer myself — along with the help of a few friends that have done it before. I’m not entirely sure why I feel this way, but it is definitely something that I’m considering. Much of my rationale behind wanting to hunt is because it...

Lunch break! Archery practice on a sunny afternoon.

Locavore Blog: Summer Days Tick Tock Toward Deer Season

Summer in Vermont means that nature is no longer on the cusp, but instead, in full force. Wind rustles the full green leaves of maple and beech trees; rose petals finally uncurl after the harsh winter; apples are appearing on our trees. It means that the goose family finally has goslings that are rapidly...

Tree stand loaded and waiting. We had to clear some small bushes and trees before getting it up.

Locavore Blog: Setting up my first tree stand

Tree stands are heavy. And they come with a lot of different parts. Two things that longtime hunters already know, but for someone just starting out, these two factors may influence where you choose to build yours before actually attaching it to the tree. Or, if you’re like us, you may want to have...