- Friends, Food Plots, Trail Cams are Key
- Keep it Simple Archery Strategy
- Share Knowledge – Think with Confidence
By Forrest Fisher
Is there anything better that sharing a day in the archery woods with great friends and coming away with two very healthy 8-point bucks? Tough to beat.
That’s how it was for Ryan Van Lew and Paul Murray on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, two team members with Hunters Creek Outdoors. Never heard of that group? They’re making Western New York famous by sharing what they learn and helping to mentor age groups that start with kids at Rushford Conservation Club. These guys are opening the eyes of local sportsmen about how to attract and grow big bucks wherever you hunt.
This group works together, then they hunt simple and smart. They usually opt to pass on young healthy deer. The key to their hunting area? Healthy food plots.
They kill their weeds each year, disc or rototill, then plant and nurture their food plots by balancing soil Ph, fertilizing and copiously planting inexpensive Ag Seed varieties. All that together with some help from Mother Nature for moisture, and they attract and grow local deer herds into healthy giant venison on the hoof like never before.
Add the use of trail cams and strategic placement of safe, elevated, metal hunting stands and in some areas, use of ground blinds, and you have the ingredients necessary for good friends that love to hunt and harvest big deer.
Check out this Hunters Creek Outdoors video that offers a detailed prelude to this passionate group of friends that love the outdoors: https://youtu.be/keGBY0qjKzE.
They have a Facebook page too. THEY WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND food plots, trail cams, bow gear, arrows, broadheads, scent control, camo and variations, target practice, friendship, fun and advanced learning through their shared knowledge.
When common folks share what they know, they become uncommonly successful. In a group, they are an unbeatable team. Feel free to tag along on their daily Facebook adventures as they report progress or adversity right through each hunting season: (https://www.facebook.com/HuntersCreekOutdoorsTeam/?pnref=story). Follow them all year to learn
more about everything you might like to know in the outdoors.
On the day of the double deer take, the always thoughtful and jovial Van Lew shared, “Saturday’s are for the boys! What a day it was to be a bow hunter. When the light switch kicks on during the rut.” How exciting it is when the exposure cycle of the moon, the temperature, time of year and friends all come together in sync with sunrise and sunset where you hunt, and then the deer show up. You can imagine.
As you follow these folks, you can feel the game-changing moments when they happen, this group has that going on. Yet every one of these folks is humble and passionate about their success. What better way to share and help others?
Just one week before, Van Lew made his annual trek to Ohio with some of these same friends. Success begets successful hunters and Van Lew used his tight-flying arrows with Spitfire broadheads to drop another whitetail giant there too.
About his Ohio buck, Van Lew recollects and shares while his buddy was snapping a photo, “To sit behind this buck is an honor, watching him come up the hillside, to grunting him back to offer me the shot and then watching him fall. For some of you who don’t hunt, the feeling is surreal. You can’t talk, you can’t breathe, and your heart is pounding. It’s a feeling that never gets old. Truly blessed to have had such a great hunt this morning and be able to share the excitement with the best hunting buddies a guy could ask for. Then to see my dad’s big grin on his face when I walked out of the woods today made it that much better.” Fun? Unforgettable? Do it again? Almighty YES.
Van Lew prefers to use Remington Scent Shield for his only exterior scent control. Stuff works. The whole team uses the same.