How NOT To Hunt

Game Warden Field Notes
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

Up on the Rooftop Mule Deer Paws

‘Twas the season for deer hunting Dec. 10 in Crosby County, just not for mule deer; whitetails were still fair game, but mule deer season ended a week earlier. So, when a game warden received a text message with an image of an SUV being driven through Crosby County with a deer trussed to its roof like a Christmas tree, it was the “branches” that caught his attention. One physical trait muleys possess that differentiates them from their cervid cousin, the whitetail, is a distinctive branched antler. After a quick run of the vehicle’s license plate, the warden contacted the registered owner on his cell phone, and asked if he was driving down the highway with a dead deer strapped to his roof. The man acknowledged, and claimed it was a whitetail he had harvested in Floyd County. When pressed, however, the man could not offer details on exactly where in Floyd County he hunted. The warden told him to text a photo so he could verify the deer was a whitetail, and at that point the man confessed. He had shot the mule deer earlier that morning. The warden later met with the man, gained a verbal and written statement, and seized both the deer and rifle used in the crime. Criminal charges for the out-of-season mule deer and for having illegally tagged it as a white-tailed deer are pending in Floyd County, and civil restitution for the mule deer are pending.

In Self Defense

Some hunters believe commercial scent attractants to be effective at luring in white-tailed deer, particularly during the rut. A Smith County man argued recently that these products work too good, and caused him to have to shoot two undersized bucks in self-defense. After a logging crew reported finding two buck heads on top of a shed hidden in the woods, a Smith County game warden began asking around. Upon hearing the law was investigating, a subject called the warden and confessed, but claimed there were extenuating circumstances. The subject stated he was hunting in a ground blind and decided to spray a commercial scent attractant out the window. Moments later, a 5-point buck with a 9 inch inside spread appeared. He claimed the buck took several steps toward him, and then charged at his ground blind. The subject said he shot the buck at 30 feet away in self-defense. After dragging the buck to his blind, the man claimed he left the area to get his truck, and later returned to collect the deer and his hunting gear. While exiting his blind with his gear, the subject said a 6-point buck with a 6 inch spread came charging at him and he was forced to shoot in self-defense again, this time from 36 feet away. The subject stated he put the deer heads on the shed with the intention of turning himself in, but never got around to it. Multiple charges are pending.

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Recurve Bow v.s. Shotguns For Hunting: What Should You Bring?

When it comes to hunting, I’m pretty sure you have wondered which one is the best for you: A gun or a bow? I’ve heard people argue about using a recurve bow and shotgun before, and I know it’s been in my mind as well, especially since I want to keep the things I bring down to the minimum. So if you are like me and wonder about what types of weapon to bring to a hunting expedition, then read on as I show you the pros and cons of bringing either a recurve bow or shotgun.

Recurve Bow v.s. Shotgun: Which Is Better?

It would all depend on you and the factors while in the hunt.


For those on a budget, the recurve bow is best, as it has fewer recurring costs compared to the shotgun, and that’s regarding ammunition.

What Are You Hunting?

Research on the area you will be hunting in. They may have different rules on what types of weapons to use (you may be allowed to use a bow but not a gun, or vice versa).

Also, consider what game you want to hunt. Shotguns are perfect for close ranges and animals on the move, while the recurve bow is best for stationary animals, as you need to shoot a single projectile in the right place.

Shooting Skills

Besides killing your prey, there is more to hunting than shooting. You will need the accuracy and precision to have a good kill.

Based on research and reports, most hunters find it easier to learn with a shotgun compared to a recurve bow. This is because a bow would require more intense positioning, as they are shot from a standing position and without much bracing to steady your weapon. And comparing it to pulling the trigger or sliding the bolt, using a recurve bow is more physically demanding!

Noise Levels

If you are focusing more on stealth and silence, then you may want to bring the recurve bow. But if you want power and a surefire way to kill your objective, then the shotgun is optimal.

In Conclusion

I know how difficult it can get when choosing the best weapons to bring to a hunt. And if you’re still thinking about whether to bring a recurve bow or shotgun to a hunt, the answer will be all up to you, depending on the factors and type of hunt you’ll be doing. As long as you are confident with what you use and are well-acquainted with the safety procedures and shooting priorly, then you will have a successful hunt.

I hope that this article on the comparison between a recurve bow and shotgun helped you out. So don’t wait any longer and start planning your next hunting expedition today.

If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences on what to pack for your hunting trip, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.

How to Get Kids Into Hunting

To see the stats, the future looks bleak. More hunters are retiring than are joining our ranks. The next generation of outdoorsmen and women had better be passionate, because there won’t be as many of them to carry the torch.

Still, in many hunting camps, it’s easy to find hope in the eyes of a kid who can’t sleep but for the excitement of opening day. Those early experiences in the woods are critical to the future of hunting. Here’s how you can help make the most of them.

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10 Hunting Gear Essentials for Your Next Outdoor Expedition

You don’t need to buy everything in the Cabela’s catalog to be seen as a seasoned hunter. Of course, the gear you designate for this outing is important, but there’s also other critical elements like permits, tents and your weapon of choice.

Still, when you’re planning a hunting trip, the last thing you want to waste your time on is deciding what gear to pack. You want to be laser-focused on your destination — not on what to bring. We got your back. For your next hunting trip, we want to save you some valuable time and energy by providing you with this essential list of hunting gear.

1. Weapons

The weapon you decide to bring will obviously depend on the type of game you plan to hunt as well as any personal preferences. Just don’t forget to pack one — and the requisite ammunition and cleaning kit — or your trip may become short and quickly disappointing.

2. License

As a hunter, there are few things worse than being caught in the woods without a license, especially at the end of the day. With that in mind, make sure you obtain and pack the correct documents leading up to your hunt to avoid any future heartache and/or confusion. You may want to visit websites like, which provides a state-by-state listing of places to hunt and the required licenses you’ll need for your outing.

3. Tires

You’re probably wondering why tires appear on this list, but having the right set for your vehicle is as important to your hunt as your weapon of choice. Be sure your tires can safely drive on back roads and can handle the extra weight of any big game you plan to take home. An all-terrain tire, like the Falken Wildpeak, can handle heavy loads in any weather as well as on back roads and for off-roading purposes.

4. Light

Even if you plan to leave before sunset, you’ll want to bring a flashlight or headlamp as well as some matches or a lighter to navigate those tricky, hard-to-see areas when the sun is faint. Of course, any time you’re in nature, there is a possibility of getting lost — and light becomes essential to keep safe and calm. Not sure which light source to choose? named the Solaray Pro ZX-2 its editor’s choice as the top hunting flashlight. Now, just don’t forget the batteries.

5. Sustenance

You’re bound to build up a big appetite while searching for your potential next meal. Because you can’t simply rely on eating any of the game you kill, make sure to bring along easy-to-carry foods that pack a nutritious punch, including energy bars, bananas and beef jerky, as well as plenty of water to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

6. First-Aid/Survival Kit

You don’t need to pack the entire contents of your home medicine cabinet, but make sure to bring the essentials to stave off any headaches, drowsiness and/or pain before returning to civilization. Items like bandages, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, water purifiers, matches, a whistle, blister kit and emergency blanket are all good options.

7. Binoculars

When you’re choosing the right pair of binoculars for your hunting expedition, your top considerations should include proper magnification and its ability to provide quality views, as well as its overall size and weight. recommends the Vortex Optics Viper HD 10×42 as its top pick for hunting binoculars due to its image quality, rugged body and waterproofing feature.

8. Rain Gear

Even the most sunny days can quickly become dreary and/or wet. And, like many of your fellow outdoorsmen, you’d hate to have your day ruined because you didn’t consider packing a rain jacket. Knowing all this, invest in a lightweight jacket that won’t weigh down your pack and is breathable to prevent overheating. The Rocky Silent Hunter rain jacket is a lightweight jacket featuring excellent rain protection in a camouflage pattern with a mesh lining for moisture wicking.

9. Knives

Your standard hunting knife has a single purpose: Processing meat after a kill. Of course, it should also have a secondary purpose that makes it vital for survival and all-around utility purposes. With that in mind, pack your knife, and as an insurance policy, a backup knife and sharpening stone to ensure you’re fully prepared for your hunt.

10. Miscellaneous Items

Other items to consider bringing should include bug repellent, extra socks, garbage bags, nylon rope and bandanas.

Deer Hunting Strategies

Deer Hunting Tips: Welcome to the only deer hunting guide you will ever need. Loaded with all the basic deer hunting tips and strategies you need, this guide will help you get started and become a successful deer hunter.

Hunting is a sport where you pursue, stalk and watch the animals, waiting for the perfect moment. That is the challenge and fun of deer hunting. Your skills are tested each and every time you go out there. Even when you don’t bring an animal home you still get the opportunity to refine your skills, making you a better hunter each time.

In fact, most of the appeal of hunting comes from being outdoors, bonding with other hunters, enjoying the natural surroundings, living among the elements and cooking up some exciting stories to take back home. Hunting is a wholesome experience and not just about harvesting.

In this guide, you will learn about deer, hunting techniques, different forms of hunting equipment, correct shot placement, handling of deer post shot and much more. We will load you full of knowledge so that any deer you face will make excellent table fare.

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