Monday, June 30, 2014 - 12:56pm
Author: Bill Miller

While most of us complain about the “off season” from hunting, this is the time to get a lot of work done.

No, no, no … I’m not necessarily talking about yard work (although I’m reminded often that needs doing, too). I mean planning, preparation, and practice for the hunting season ahead. There are trail cameras to be positioned and checked. There are tree stands requiring repair and replacing. There are dogs to be conditioned and trained.

There is also shooting practice. When the moment of truth arrives this fall, the more you’ve practiced, the better you’ll perform.

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 1:34pm
Author: Bill Miller

Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a hunt or two planned in a distant, overseas venue, then you’re in the same boat as the rest of us. With the exception of maybe a late spring bear hunt or some occasional bow fishing in a local creek, we’re facing the dreaded “O” word – Off Season!

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 1:57pm
Author: Bill Miller

One of the greatest factors in success in any kind of hunting is confidence. To take a big buck, bull, or boar you must have confidence in yourself, your abilities, and your skills. If you’re constantly second-guessing your recon and your decisions, you’ll never sit in one stand or hunt one area long enough to be successful. Second-guessing leads to wandering all over the place, and wandering leads to an empty meat pole.

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 1:52pm
Author: Bill Miller

In a hunting career now spanning more than 40 years, I’ve learned a lot of lessons. Many of them have come “the hard way,” and many of them I’ve had to be repeated more than once. But, now, I feel like I’ve put together a pretty good list of “must always haves” – things that it seems are nearly impossible to enjoy a hunt without.

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 12:55pm
Author: Bill Miller

What do you think is the second most hunted big game animal in North America? It’s pretty obvious the white-tailed deer is Number One, but Number Two may not spring to mind as easily.

It’s the black bear. In the United States black bear are hunted from coast to coast, and in Canada they are hunted in every province and territory. Many locales offer both fall and spring hunting seasons.

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 4:49pm
Author: Bill Miller

Hunting a new country, state, county … or even just a new patch of woods down the road … is exciting. There’s a sense of exploration about those adventures. It’s a big part of what hunting is all about. On every hunt, we’re experiencing moments that have never occurred before and will never occur again. They are truly new, unique … and all ours.

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 3:41pm
Author: Bill Miller

For any hunter, whether his passion is pursuing deer, ducks, turkey, elk or any other game, the time period between the happiest day of the year and the saddest day of the year is all too short. The happiest day, of course, is opening day, and the saddest is closing day. Thankfully, most of us stretch our season to experience multiple opening days each year. We hunt a variety of game, and we pursue it by a number of means – firearms, archery, muzzle loaders – and for a growing number – handguns and crossbows.

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 3:38pm
Author: Bill Miller

Quebec’s Anticosti Island is the only place in the world I know where you can hunt whitetail on the seashore. In late season, deer migrate from forests in the center of island to the seashore where they feed on kelp washed up by Atlantic storms. It’s amazing hunting.

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 3:34pm
Author: Bill Miller

It’s recently occurred to me, hunting is truly a unisex pursuit. In nearly any other “sport” one can think of men and women have their own divisions, leagues and – in some cases – rules of the game. In hunting, we are out there side-by-side facing the same challenges and conditions, hunting the same game. We’re after the same animals in the same environment, and a buck, tom, or duck isn’t giving anyone any “breaks” because of gender.

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:48pm
Author: Bill Miller

Hunters who have traveled a good bit in their adventures can always instantly call to mind a specific mental picture of a specific hunt when they hear a simple place name. For example, when someone says “Vancouver Island” to me, I immediately think of Jim Shockey’s spring bear camp … and it’s raining … non-stop.

Say, “Cordova, Alaska” and I picture Wayne Woods bear and goat base camp at Gravina Rocks … and it’s raining … non-stop.

Mention Prince of Wales Island … I think you get the picture … and it’s raining, non-stop!