This past week it warmed up enough in Iowa to shoot my bow outside. I fell for the same early spring trick March in Iowa always pulls and started daydreaming about turkey hunting. Though it looks like we are back into snow boots and cabin fever, turkey season is only a bit over a month away. If you are considering shooting a turkey with your bow this season here are three things to consider to be prepared for the season.
Turkey season is only a couple months away. One of the most important aspects of turkey hunting is your decoy set-up. If you set up in the right place with the right decoy combo positioned correctly you should only have to make a few clucks to fill your tag.
This past season I switched the sight on my bow from a five pin sight to a single pin HHA Optimizer lite. I also switched from a string driven QAD rest to a limb-driven Hamskea rest. I figured I would give it a go this season, and decide whether to switch back in January. I believe single pin sights can work well in Iowa for whitetail. And I am going to continue to use the Hamskea rest as well. Here are a few considerations, and the set-up, I have for the single pin sight and a limb driven drop away rest. Continue reading “Single Pin Sights and Limb-Driven Drop Away Rests”
Happy New Year! With a new year it seems everyone tries to get back to the gym, make more money, and quit drinking so much. How about this year we focus on what is really important? Here are a few tips for improving as a hunter during the next year. Continue reading “Looking Ahead at How to Improve as a Hunter in 2018”
As 2017 comes to an end I thought I would write about the lessons from the past year. And some of my best memories as well. Here are five things I learned in 2017. Continue reading “Five Lessons from 2017”
Iowa Slam began about a year and a half ago, and we have published about seventy blogs and twenty five videos in that time. Recently I have had some friends talk about making websites or blogs for their fishing or dirt biking hobbies. I thought I would share a few general things about the first year of running a hunting website to keep in mind when planning a page. I’ll write a second blog that is more specific about which applications to use to create a website that looks good. Continue reading “Thoughts on Planning a Hunting Website (Part one)”
At this point in the season your wife has probably left you, and you only get to see your kids on the weekends. But, there is good news, you can still tag that buck you have been after since early October. Here is how to tag that 130” buck that you have been telling your friends is 200 in the final weeks of the season. Continue reading “Keys to Shooting a Buck in the Late Season”
I hear sticks cracking and the grunting sound of a buck that always reminds me of a pig waiting to be fed. I have been “resting my eyes,” as my grandma calls it. It is still only 3:30 in the afternoon, and I didn’t expect to see any deer for at least another hour. I reach over and turn on my camera, which sits atop a bipod several feet to my right. I think the sounds are coming from behind me, across a fence and an impenetrable downed tree. Instead, I see a doe streaking across the top of the ridge, her focus entirely on finding a hiding spot somewhere in the sparse timber. Thirty yards behind her follows a buck focused entirely on not letting that happen. The doe disappears into the cover a hundred yards away and I soon lose sight of the buck as well. Continue reading “Stuart’s 2017 Buck”
At this point in the season you have likely hunted your best stands a time or two. Either you blew a shot, or the buck you had patterned never turned up. As a hunter at times you must reevaluate your approach and determine whether you should adjust your expectations. This blog explains five things to consider in the final two weeks. Continue reading “Considerations for the Final Two Weeks”