Friday, December 9, 2011

The one that did not get away.

A quick look at the buck I shot in Iowa after I missed a more mature buck about 45 minutes earlier.  All in all it was a good hunt and my first ever harvest with a shotgun.  Keep checking in on the blog as I will put this hunt and all our other hunts online so you can enjoy them as much as we like producing them.   

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The one that got away.

Just a quick video of the buck I missed in Iowa.  Looking at the video he has a goofy left side on his rack but still would have loved to put my tag on that old brute.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wild Oh Coyote

Last morning in Iowa was another frigid cold sit.  We seen some deer but nothing we were tempted at.  Before we left I took a walk around a newer piece of property trying to learn how it lays and scouting it for next years season.  I jumped a few deer and snuck up on this coyote who was walking thru the thicket at a slow pace trying to be as sneaky as I was.  I knelt down to get the gun up to my shoulder and found him in my scope. I found him and then settled the cross hairs in the middle of his body, he then walked directly on a straight path down my gun barrel.  I shot him at about 50 yards and the old Remington 870 super slug dropped him dead in his tracks.  We had a lot of fun and enjoy every chance we can hunting in different places in our great country.  We appreciate all what our families and friends put up with while we are gone and know we can't pursue our passion without you. So thanks to each and everyone that has helped out in our pursuit. 

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Iowa buck down

Deer down in Iowa.  I shot a nice 8 point buck about 45 minutes after I missed the giant 8 point in the beans except this time a whole lot closer.  I was disappointed that we did not connect on the giant buck and i was also feeling less confident about shooting a shotgun at these whitetail because I usually don't use anything but my bow.  This buck followed 2 young does across the narrow strip of beans coming from the southwest and heading directly in front of our view in the Double Bull.  I was still frustrated with the last opportunity I had and with this nice 8 point walking closer and closer I just could not resist the temptation of redeeming myself.  To be able to harvest your first ever shotgun kill and to do it on film is just simply awesome.  Even know it was not the giant one we were after it was a nice respectable buck that I'm proud to take.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Oh so close

It was a nice day to be in the deer woods after a long wet day on Saturday.  We saw over 30 deer in the morning and almost shot a 130 class 8 point but it got behind the tree where I had to shoot past Todd but did not feel like it was the safest thing to do.  In the evening we sat on a bean field that still had a small amount of beans left on it, which the deer knew about and were feeding on.  A giant 8 point around 150 inches followed 3 does to the opposite end of the bean field that we were sitting on.  He fed at 160 yards and I was able to get a steady shot off but missed high and right.  I fired 2 more shots as he was running behind the blind but those were more like frustration shots that were not even close.  I was close yet so far away. It was all caught on film but not the ending we were hoping for. 

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Double Bull crazy

The rain stopped just long enough to grab the Double Bull Blind out from the car and move it to a location where we seen a giant late last night.  We are set up on a small bean field that did not grow all that good but good enough for the deer to visit and eat.  The farmer either could not get to this part of the field or it was a waste of time to pick.  Either way hopefully it will help us out and get us a crack at an Iowa giant.  The rain picked up again only a few minutes after we were set up.  It has turned into a steady rain and we can only hope the blind does not leak.  We have seen just 1 deer and it was on the walk back to get the blind from the car.   We have been in the field ever since it broke light this morning so it is not a lack of effort but a case of bad weather which is keeping the deer movement to a minimum.  We have heard quit a few shots around the neighboring sections but it seems they are pushing the deer out from small wood lots with a group of hunters which is normal for Iowa hunter to do because their gun season is so short.  Prime Hunting is about an hour away so stay tuned for more.

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Opening day in Iowa

Were sitting in a box blind that was built on the property were hunting and it is elevated about 15 feet off the ground.  The only reason were in this tower is because it has been raining all night long and it is supposed to continue all throughout the day.  It's keeping us dry and all our equipment, especially the cameras.  It is not the perfect weather to be hunting in but the temperature seems to be dropping and it could turn to snow.  Were just gonna sit back and see what the morning brings us.  We will keep you updated as the hunt continues thru the day and the week.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Temps are dropping

It's close to 4:00am and we are about 15 minutes away from our destination.  Temperatures are dropping fast and were anxious to glass a couple food sources on and around the property were hunting.  We do have a little dusting of snow on the ground as were finishing are last leg of the drive.  We will try and catch a nap in the blazer and wait patiently until it breaks light and hopefully catch a few deer on their feet with our Nikon's.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Chase is on in December

Todd and I are on the road again and heading west to Iowa.  We left around 8:30pm and the gps has us arriving at 3:30 if all goes well.  Were excited to give one last effort at a giant whitetail and in the land of the giants.   Were driving Jims blazer and were cramped to the max.  No room to put anything else in the vehicle so it looks like were going to do some window shopping past Bass Pro and Cabelas.  Keep checking back for more Iowa updates.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Excited for Iowa

We are about 5 days away from heading to Iowa for our last trip of the year.  Iowa's shotgun season opens on December 3rd for our second season of action.  We will be leaving on Thursday December 1st around 9:00pm after work and make a 9 hour drive so we can get to our ground and scout and hang some stands on Friday.  We will try and glass some open fields and food plots at day break to see if we can capture any deer on film for a little preview of what is to come.  Jim is up to bat on this years 2011 Iowa hunt and he is excited to get a gun in his hands to see if he can put the hammer down on a Iowa giant.  With a little more luck and another piece of property to hunt, we are more educated on the lay of the land and how deer movement is in our area.  On a side not the farmer called Todd about a week ago and said he seen 2 big bucks, one behind his house and the other around the same spot Todd killed his in last season.

For last seasons 2010 action of Todd's Iowa kill scroll down below and check out the hunt for yourself.

Todd's 2010 Iowa Shotgun Hunt

Prime Hunting brings you Todd's 2010 Iowa Shotgun hunt.
A successful trip for our first time to Iowa.  It wasn't the biggest buck we saw while we were in Iowa but we were 2 happy hunters to get are first crack at a buck and on film for our first ever shotgun hunt out of state.  We have bagged are share of big bucks with a bow in Illinois, Ohio and are home state of Michigan, but it was just as fun to explore a new state with a bang bow in our hands.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

2nd camera angle of Todd's hunt

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Not only were we blessed to capture two good hunts on film on our trip to Illinois but we actually got Todd's whole hunt caught on film from a second camera angle. We use two cameras, the first is our main camera which captures the hunt as it takes place with the animal being the main focus with our Sony AX2000. Our second camera we use is either the Cannon Vixia or a Gopro HD Hero which is used to capture what the hunter is doing and the shot. This particular footage is from the Gopro and it has a wide angle lens and it not only captured the hunter drawing his bow, but it has the deer coming in from the left and also has the impact shot at 43 yards. I thought this was pretty cool and I thought I would share it with the Prime Hunting family.

Todd's shot on his buck

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Friday, November 11, 2011

A little slow

The last couple days have been a little slow with deer movement. We still have been seeing bucks, just not the ones were after. It might have something to do with the rain and high winds or even the full moon at night. We do have a bright side with one farm and the big bucks on the trail cameras. We will be sitting there the next day and a half because we have the correct winds and its a tight pinch point. Were down to the wire and looking to connect before we get back to the real world. Thanks again to our wives for doing all the work at home while were out chasing one last buck. Let's hope and pray for one last shot.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Full moon

The weather has finally broke and we have crystal clear skies. The moon is full and were expecting 30 degree weather and a northwest wind. Perfect for Todd to hunt the corner pinch where I killed my buck a couple days ago. Were hoping for a shooter buck to come within bow range. As for tonight we had a shooter about 50 yards behind us just out of range. My prediction is tomorrow morning it will happen.
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Rainy day blues

The last 2 mornings Todd and I slept in a bit longer than are normal 4:30am because of heavy rain, thunder and strong winds.  On Tuesday we scouted a new spot and set a couple more cameras out to try and learn a little more about on how the deer travel .  During the evening hunt Todd dropped me off to hang a couple tree stands and went back to park the truck so it was not in any deer's view.  I just got the lone wolf stand set and was pulling up the other one and out jumped a 130 class 8 point.  Todd was walking from the truck and was probably only 100 yards out when i waved at him to stop and get down.  The buck walked directly in front of our wildgame trail camera and posed like he possing for the camera.  Can't wait to see what he looks like up close.  I did take out my phone and took a little video of him because the cameras were on the ground.  We still have been hunting hard in the rain but also getting a wet behind at the same time.  Luckily were staying at a great family farm just up the road that let us wash and dry our hunting clothes.  Were chasing a buck we named the Super 8 and got our closest glimpse of him this morning at about 80 yards out working down a deep ravine.  Todd has 2 tags left, a buck tag and a doe tag so stay tuned to see what the next couple of days will bring.  The front should be passing and a high pressure system should get everything up on their feet and moving.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Video update

Live look at buck shot on November 7th.
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Monday, November 7, 2011

Illinois 10 point

Here is a picture of the buck I shot this morning. He fell within 30 yards of the shot down at the bottom of the deepest ravine. We had great footage of the hunt and look forward to sharing with all of you. Todd is up to bat and it is officially Prime Hunting here in Southern Illinois.
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Deer down

November 7th and the conditions were just right. I told Todd at 9 o'clock the movement will start. Boy was I right. A nice 8 point came in to a sequence of grunts, bleats and a little rattling. Had to pass even know I was itching to pull the trigger. I turned to Todd and said I just cound not do it. Not 5 minutes went bye and the bigger buck I saw first, was also cruising and looking for does came in and offered me about a 24 yard shot. I center punched him and he was down within 30 yards. We think he is a 10 point. We will get pics up as soon as we can.
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Saturday, November 5, 2011


We are back in the famous green field and using are secret weapon Mrs. November. Last year in the same field Todd had a run in with a 9 point that was close to 140 inches that got away but came all the way in and put his nose to her hind end and bolted off and he never stopped to get a shot. Were going to try it again this year in just a little different set up. Hope to show you some good pics of the bucks we have seen here in the past. Stay tuned the rut is just starting to show good activity.
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Friday, November 4, 2011

The Chase Continues

Here we go again. The rut is near and we are on the fast track down to the land of the giants. Illinois bound. We left around 6:00 am to get in a tree for this evenings hunt. We will be hunting hard for the next 10 days and were praying we hit it just right and get an opportunity to harvest a good buck on film. We again want to give a great big thank you to our wives for giving us the chance to pursue our passion of filming and hunting these magical creatures. Also want to say thank you to our family and friends for stepping up and helping with the kids as we are away on this whitetail chase. Keep a close eye on the blog as the action heats up and the stories unfold.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Sweet November

The calendar has officially flipped to our favorite time of the year, sweet November. We have not been out in the woods since our last trip to Illinois. We are scheduled to go back down for a 10 day trip starting Friday the 4th. With everything set down there and the weather in our favor we are hoping for a successful trip. This picture is of a small buck in my backyard at 10:00am on Nov 1st. Hope this is a good indication of how good the November rut will be. Good luck to all. It is Prime Hunting season for those mature whitetails. Happy Sweet November.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ground blind

We have officially gone crazy for whitetail deer. We are sitting in our double bull blind where we have encountered some big bucks along with several does. The weather again is warm but were sitting on a green field tucked away under some over hanging trees. We hope to get Todd his first shot at a whitetail in the primos double bull dark horse. Will be sitting anxiously waiting to see if it works.
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Seven years

I just want to tell my wife I love you and thank you for letting me go chase those whitetails in Illinois on our 7th anniversary. Your the best wife and my best friend.
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Warm temps

Todd was up to bat today for his first chance in Illinois this season. Started out with temps in the low 40's but we saw no deer movement to begin our hunt. Were in the tree and blogging away because the temps jumped to 75 degrees. Might slow movement to a haul but were here and hunting hard.
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Doe down

First morning was absolutely gorgeous with weather in the upper 30's. We saw more deer this morning then we saw the entire season last year. We had a monster buck that would of scored over 150 inches just down about 75 yards pushing between 12 and 15 does infront of our stand. Thought we were going to get a crack at him but he was a little wiser then most. Shot the doe around 11 am and she was a fully mature doe that will make good steaks for the freezer. Heading to a different farm and hoping to continue our good luck.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The other half of the video of his itchy trigger finger. He is using his new bang bow.
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Can't wait to shoot something

Todd just can't wait to pull the trigger. He has a prime hunting spot a few hours away but just needs to shoot something asap. Shoot straight my friend
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Quick stop

We never can get bye this store with out passing it. It's like there is a magnet attached to the car pulling us towards the door every time we are on I-80.
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Driving to Illinois

We our on our way to the land of the giants. Illinois bound. The rain and wind is not making it fun for travel but were excited to climb in a tree and see what we can lay down on camera. Thanks to our wives for letting us go and enjoy a little time it the woods.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

First of the season

Todd shot a nice Michigan buck on Friday night. What great timing as we plan for our first Illinois trip this weekend.
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