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Discussion in 'Michigan Whitetail Deer Hunting' started by Dish7, Feb 2, 2019.
I stumbled across this interview from 2017. Great stuff. Maybe it's been posted before.
I really enjoy 4:50 -6:00.
The thoughts on bedding? Me too.
Some great info in there, I saved it
Usually overly-opinionated individuals that use a lot of "absolutes" in their presentations lose me with their tone, despite the content. For some reason, I don't very often feel that way with Mr. E.
He relays pretty much the same info in all of his interviews, but I still listen everytime. If you've never heard the story about the day be got punched by his hunting partner, then you need to check it out. All of his podcasts are linked at http://www.eberhartswhitetailworkshop.com/
(sorry, can't remember which one it was)
I couldn't help but notice the reference to 80% yearling bucks in the harvest. That is dated info. I wonder if he is protecting his brand, a bit?
How can a guy prep spots in April on state and fed land?.
I obviously can't comment for John, but when I "prep" a tree during spring time scouting I
1) identify a specific tree (after climbing the tree for suitability)
2) range nearby runways, scrapes, beds
3) remove debris from around the base of the tree
4) possibly use dead fall material to block a runway that is out of range or possibly influence deer to use a runway that is within shooting range
5) map my entry and exit routes
6) take detailed notes on when and why I'm hunting that tree, preferred winds, how many climbing sticks I'll need and other notable information like nearby hunting pressure.
I refer to this as "prepping" a spot...or tree.
The guy gets it done.
I don't agree with everything he says but definitely not going to argue his success.
I almost get the sense that he prefers Michigan as it is a bigger challenge than other states with so many more hunters and so many fewer mature bucks.
Kind of admire the guy.....
...and envy him too.
Yes you can not argue his success. He get its done..A lot of his tactics are situational though..His thoughts on using cams, traditional treestands and wind direction could be argued by many many proven deer hunters as laughable..
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Thanks for posting this. Very fun informative. John is the man. I need to go to one of his workshops.
Just about all tactics are "situational." You should invite him down to Hillsdale and put him to the test. You have the perfect laboratory...great piece of property that has very good bucks but by your own admission, too much pressure. Sounds like his specialty. Could be an eye opener. Or not. Either way, it would be extremely interesting.
This is not a meant to be argumentative. I seriously think this is a good idea.