Monday, February 10, 2014 - 5:36pm
Author: Bill Miller

The line from the poem “Night Before Christmas” that always strikes me is: “The moon on the crest of the new fallen snow gave the luster of midday to objects below.” While for most folks it’s just setting the scene for the arrival of Santa Claus, when I heard that line, even as a youngster, it always set my thoughts wandering. “Hmmmm. Fresh snow? A clear, full-moon night? I’ll bet the coyotes are on the move.”

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

The alarm clock on the nightstand jingles, and I reach over to turn it off. Setting it would have been unnecessary because I’ve been awake for an hour already. That’s just the way it is when I know the morning’s agenda is, “1. Hunting, 2. Hunting, 3. Hunting, 4. Lunch.”

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 10:53pm
Author: Bill Miller

Despite cutting edge technological developments in fabrics, insulations, and what I call “grippiness” of gloves, there are times and activities that nearly always demand bare hands.

Think I’m wrong? Well, just check with the vast majority of NFL quarterbacks except, perhaps, a scant few like Kurt Warner or Peyton Manning (sometimes).

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 10:51am
Author: Bill Miller

For the moments of truth in hunting, we must practice. Practice often. Practice thoughtfully. Practice real.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s bow hunting or rifle hunting for big game or wingshooting for waterfowl or upland birds. The more we practice, the better we’ll perform.

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 11:08pm
Author: Bill Miller

The career of an outdoor writer is blessed with opportunities to try out the latest and greatest hunting gear each fall. There’s always something new in guns, ammo, optics, clothing, etc. that needs to be tested and written about. Yet, there are many hunts on which I wish I could use old, tried and true gear. Those antiques left to me by my father offer a personal connection to him. It was Dad who really made me the hunter I am today.

Monday, January 6, 2014 - 4:43pm
Author: Bill Miller

For many of us, it’s a reality of hunting. We hunt public land, or we don’t hunt.

Out West, public land can mean wilderness areas where you hike miles back in to set up a tiny, primitive camp from which to base your hunt for elk or big mulies. On a hunt like that, you’re on public ground, but chances are you won’t encounter another human.

Monday, December 30, 2013 - 4:30pm
Author: Bill Miller

Late season deer hunters count on the cold for success. Post rut bucks are internally driven to go on the feed to regain fat and energy stores before the worst of the winter sets in. Those that don’t might not make it.

Combine that instinctive drive with really, really cold weather, and bucks become more patternable than they are at any other time of the year. When it’s really cold bucks are apt to feed through the daylight hours. And once they find a feed source, they’ll stay on it until every morsel, stem, stalk or kernel is consumed.

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 1:36pm
Author: Philip Brenckle

So unfortunately bow season in Pennsylvania and Ohio brought me no luck. Despite lots of antlered deer sightings and countless hours on the stand nothing but 1st and 2nd year racks came close. So as I loaded my truck full of Huntworth gear and my trusty 7mm I had a bit of a smile on my face for my annual trip to Deer Camp. Three hours later I was officially in the Allegheny Mountains for the first week of West Virginia’s gun season. As I checked the forecast it was a good thing I brought my cold weather gear. Opening day was forecasted to be a high of 21 with snow showers!

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 1:26pm
Author: Bill Miller

“Going to hunting camp” in this day and age doesn’t necessarily mean you go into the woods and stay there until your hunting vacation is over. In many “camp” situations time is divided between town and the woods. I just returned from one of those trips.

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 8:57pm
Author: Bill Miller

Hunters know, even expect, cold mornings. Whether you pursue whitetail in the prairie provinces, New England, the Midwest or even the Old South or Texas, cold weather is part of the game.

Likely “cold” isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of deer hunting in Alabama or Texas, but that shows you just haven’t hunted there … much anyway.