Welcome to the podcast, first off I want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to everyone traveling for the holiday. Also, I wanna do a giveaway I have a bunch of new hoodies and hats in, so I mind as well give them away, right? I haven’t done an iTunes giveaway in a while so this one goes out to “GoWestMan” Thank you so much for the kind words and all the encouragement and if you are new to the show and haven’t rated the show yet I would love to have you just leave a quick rating. I’ll do another giveaway next week too. For those who have interest in the white-black trucker hats are back in stock better grab one here. I tell you what I’ll even knock them down for Black Friday/ Cyber Monday to $16 for the hats, and $20 for the new hoodies, while they last!
Today I am joined by my good buddy Tony Trietch who is no stranger to the podcast but that because he is not only an amazing storyteller but he definitely lives life to the fullest to have great stories to tell. Tony was on a while back and shared his amazing moose hunt in Idaho which was such a great story with lots of lessons learned. If you have not yet I recommend tuning into that episode as well (EP 178). Today though I wanted to have Tony on the talk about tactics for hunting the plains states for big mule deer and whitetail. Tony has spent a fair amount of time chasing big bucks in this rolling virtually flat ground and has had some tremendous success in the last few years. This year he was fortunate enough to draw an either species tag which meant he could finally chase a big mule deer. Outside of an awesome hunt and a great story we also dive into decoy tactics for both mule deer as well as whitetail and why you should be really careful when decoying ultra aggress whitetails! Hope you guys enjoy the episode and if you haven’t yet I would love it if you left us a quick rating on iTunes or where ever you listen. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Heads Up Decoys Mule Deer Doe Decoy
Heads Up Bow Mount Heads Up Decoy Bow Mount
- Interview starts (9:15)
- States selling out of general season tags (13:15)
- Tony’s Kansas mule deer hunt (16:30)
- Deciding when to tree stand hunt or hunt on the ground (21:45)
- Why flatland bucks are hard to hunt (24:45)
- Overall strategy for hunting plains bucks (27:45)
- Hunting on an either species tag (34:30)
- Being good to the landowners (59:00)
- Hunting with decoys (62:45)
- Decoys for whitetails vs decoys for mule deer (1:09:30)
- The best scents no scent (1:14:15)
- Quartering to winds (1:19:30)
- Tony’s review on the new Swarovski STX system (1:20:45)
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This episode is brought to you by GoWild the ultimate app for hunting, fishing and the outdoors. We Actually just had Brad and John from goWild on the show and had a blast getting to know those guys and getting a behind the scenes look at why they built the app and some of the really cool features within the app. The GoWild app has a ton of cool features but one of the coolest features is the proprietary new scoring system that allows you to enter in your trophies and be scored on much more than just the inches of antler. Their scoring algorithm takes into consideration things like the weapon used, distance of the shot, public or private land. This gives you the ability to compete with your buddies even if he shot his buck with a bow and you shot yours with a rifle. The app also allows you to log time for things like hours scouted, or checking trail cameras. The team over at GoWild understands that it is more than just how many inches of horn a buck has, it is about the whole experience. Go check out the episode we and then go download the app. Its free and the best part is they do a ton of gear giveaways all the time!