About Mike

The day that I took my first deer was the day that I knew that hunting wasn't a hobby, it was a way of life. From that moment onward I've made it a purpose to devote every ounce of time learning more about hunting game across the country.

 

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Mike Reeber

My outdoor adventures started back in the hardwood ridges of the northeast back in the early 90's. For the most part I hunted deer and turkey, with the occasional squirrel hunt sprinkled in along the way. It didn't take me long to realize that hunting wasn't just a weekend activity, it was in my blood and something that I couldn't live without. As the seasons rolled by, I began to expand what I hunted and eventually relocated to Texas where doing something hunting related is part of my daily routine. This site is home to my adventures, links to my favorite wild game recipes and thoughts on today's pressing topics within the hunting community.

August 20, 2017

It was probably about 2 years ago when I sat down and wrote a piece on how in-store scent displays are not only just getting out of hand, but they’re also seriously influencing what you end up buying before the season. In the moment it’s really difficult to turn your head away from that big buck and his cardboard cutout standing in the middle of the aisle. I mean, you literally have to walk by him as he stares you down in the middle of your local outdoor store. Though, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t ever a victim of the brilliant marketing campaigns that swarm the hunting aisles at the end of each summer right as you start getting pumped up for deer season. Yet, when you look past the creative pop-ups and cutouts, how many of us are actually taking the time to read up about the product, the company or where and how it’s made...

July 22, 2017

Bowhunting Central and South Texas is a different world than most might be used to. With mesquite trees, lots of cedar and heavy brush ruling the landscape, hanging a climbing or ladder stand here is going to be next to impossible. Pop-up tents, ground blinds and elevated box blinds are some of the most popular options for whitetail hunters, however few are designed with the needs of a bowhunter in mind. If you're hunting a property that normally has rifle hunters on it, then there's a good chance that the existing blinds have tight windows and low ceilings-- making shots with a bow all that more challenging and slightly impossible.

For several seasons now I've looked for a stand that had a simplistic design, which would ultimately allow for a full range of movement when drawing a bow and shooting from different positions. It wasn'...

October 2, 2016

Say goodbye to leaves and branches, non-traditional camo patterns are definitely here to stay and here's why.

I've always been pretty traditional when it comes to my camouflage patterns. I was an early fan of Treebark, Advantage and Mossy Oak because they always kept me hidden well despite what season it was. They were also available for purchase in just about every sporting goods store across America. Regardless of whether I was out hunting spring gobblers or sitting 20 feet up in a treestand during bow season, the patterns looked good and helped to get the job done.

It wasn't until a few months ago that I made the switch to non-traditional camouflage patterns and feel confident that I'm going to stick with them moving forward. When I decided to make the switch to something non-traditional I must admit that I was a bit hesitan...

September 11, 2016

​As I sit here thinking about the next few months and the hunts that'll take place, I'm stuck thinking about the past and how much I've learned with each passing whitetail season. Learning to be a successful deer hunter takes time. In fact, every season is a new year to learn more.  To learn more about yourself and to learn more about the area that you're hunting.

The first few years that I thought I had a good grasp on everything deer hunting were some of the most unsuccessful seasons of my life. Just when I thought that I knew hunting, whitetails and even my  favorite local spot, I didn't have the slightest clue. Like so many passionate hunters, I too learned the hard way. All that all we can do to be better each season is to continue to learn every single thing we can about the deer you plan to hunt....

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