Category Archives: DEER

James Blankenbeckler over the boarder Buck

One of the top hunts on my bucket list was to hunt Whitetails either in Texas or Mexico. There is just something about the thought and the mystery of hunting down there. Those dark racks and grey bodies are so beautiful and majestic to me. I was very blessed to be invited by Enrique Lopez and his family to come hunt with them at Las Cuevas Ranch in Old Mexico.  It was mid December and I was a bit nervous with all the media about crossing the border and getting safely to the ranch. They picked me up at the airport and everything went smooth and amazingly simple. Once at the ranch it was time to shoot my bow and make sure we were on for the hunt the next morning. I brought a brand new bow and this was its maiden hunt so I wanted to double and triple check everything.  We got settled in the blind early the next morning and all setup so hopefully we wouldn’t spook anything . As day light broke we saw a small buck and some does feeding in the distance. They have a strict age structure and we were looking for bucks that were only 7yrs old or older. I had Enrique’s younger brother Pablo in the blind with me to help judge age incase we got lucky and a buck came in we would know if it was a shooter or not. I defiantly didn’t want to shoot a deer that was two young and upset them or mess their program up.  We had a beautiful four year old come in that I would have loved to shot but you could tell he was young with awesome genetics so I had to pass him. I can’t wait to see how he looks in three years. Suddenly the deer feeding became alert and started staring to the right of the blind where I couldn’t see. A few minutes later a big bodied buck stepped out with his ears pinned back as he pushed the younger bucks away and walked them out. There was no doubt this was a dominate buck in this area and one they had several trail cam pics of.  Pablo told me this was definitely a buck on the hit list. After several minutes he feed into bow range but was quartered toward us or facing us for over ten min with no ethical shot. My heart was pounding and my nerves were on end as I prayed he would offer a shot. Finally he started to feed to the right broadside and opened his vitals up. It was a dead quit morning and I knew shooting a bow in the blind would increase the odds the buck could jump my string due to the noise. I slowly drew my bow and buried the pin low behind the shoulder incase he jumped my string. I was so focused on the pin and making the right shot as I was squeezing the trigger the bow simply went off and I watched the nock burry behind the front should perfect with a whack, crack and that distinct pop (we all have heard as archers). I knew he wouldn’t go far and as he ran off he stopped suddenly at about 60yrds and fell over. The celebration was on for Hunter (my cameraman), Pablo and myself. It was like a dream you never expect to come true.  A hunt you dream about for years to end on the first morning with a great buck but that was exactly what happened and I couldn’t believe it did. I stayed for three more days and filmed and took pictures and enjoyed the amazing hospitality of the Lopez family and the beauty of their ranch. This truly was a hunt of a lifetime for me and by far the best I’ve ever been treated on a hunt. Now I just need to figure out how to do it again. I can’t think Enrique, his dad Armando and his brothers Pablo and Armando jr for such and amazing hunt, their phenomenal hospitality and the friendships they have given me.

Equipment:
Bow: Mathews NOCAM HTR
Rest: Vaportrail Micro Elite
Sight: Spot Hogg Hogg It
Broadhead: Dead Ringer Trauma
Arrow: Victory VAP
Stabilizers: Dead Center Archery
Strings & Cables: Vaportrail
Optics: Vortex Razor HD 12X50 binos and Ranger 1000 rangefinder
Camo: RealTree AP
As always I use Dead Down Wind scent elimination products simply because they work and I trust them.

RUSTY JACKSON FUZZY

I started getting pictures of a deer we nicknamed fuzzy in July on our covert cameras. At first I had decided to let him grow another year until he kept his velvet and we knew something wasn’t right. We had several encounters with him but just couldn’t seal the deal. After gun season went out and the deer calmed down I was able to locate him again using a narrow block of timber to travel from bedding to feed. On December 8th we climbed into the stand with high hopes and not long after daylight we weren’t disappointed as he was the second deer we saw. He slowly made his way into range and after the shot he didn’t run far and went down in sight. Blessed to have another wonderful year in the woods.

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Bow: Matthews the no cam
Optics: vortex diamondbacks
Bow case: skin
Backpack: badlands whitetail hybrid
Camo realtree
Trail camera: covert
Cooler: grizzly 150
Scent control: dead down wind

James Blankenbeckler Indiana Whitetail 2014

I had a miserable 2013 deer season here in Indiana. I only saw one buck I would shoot and I had to work allot of overtime at my job in October and November. Needless to say I had a hefty helping of tag soup at seasons end. I was determined not to have the same outcome this year. I devised a game plan I thought would change things. I was gonna feed the deer  starting in January when our season ended. My hope was that with the brutal cold it would help the deer make it through to the spring and keep them on my property into the fall. I was also going to start running trail cameras earlier and watch the deers changing patterns throughout the year. My plan worked. Our farms had more deer on it then ever and I had several bucks patterned thanks to Huntforce.com. The season started off great I had a very close encounter with a buck we call “Spike Lee” one branch kept me from getting a shot off at 33yrds. The action continued to be great all year as I passed several nice bucks that will be studs in a year or two.  The night of November 11th I got off work early but didn’t have a cameraman so Chuck said he would film me. We made it to a food plot we knew the deer where using. The weather was awful with high winds and mist in the air. We put out my DSD Buck Decoy and settled in for the evening. Chuck and I hunted and filmed each other for several years when we first started Open Season TV so it was great to be in the tree again together like old times. We have a calling sequence we call the “Triple F” and it has worked very well for us throughout the years. The wind started to let up and Chuck said lets do some calling. I was rattling while Chuck grunted and bleated. A few minuets later a buck I knew well called the “Brow 8” was headed right for us looking for the sweet sounds he heard. As he came through the tall grass he started to head away. Chuck grunted and I bleated at him to regain his attention. He stood behind a tree staring in our direction for a couple minuets before he couldn’t take it any longer and broke headed right at us. Once he entered the food plot he spotted the decoy and started to circle it to the down wind side. As he was arching around he was getting out of my shooting lane so I had to stop him. I bleated at him and he stopped dead looking right at the decoy. I settled my 45yrd pin low on his chest and squeezed off the release. The arrow hit perfect and the buck jumped and ran off in the weeds. We watched him as he disappeared behind a tree. Little did we know he fell right there. As Chuck and I relived what just happened it brought back allot of great memories from the first buck we killed on film together back in 2008 to our first mule deer in Colorado. It’s always a blessing to kill a great buck and to do it on film makes it even better but to do it with your best friend right there to share the moment is something that can’t be described and a true memory for life.

Equipment:
Bow: Mathews Chill X
Rest: Vaportrail Micro Elite
Sight: Spot Hogg Hogg It
Broadhead: Dead Ringer Trauma
Arrow: Victory VAP
Stabilizers: Dead Center Archery
Strings & Cables: Vaportrail
Optics: Vortex Razor HD 12X50 and Ranger 1000
Camo: RealTree AP
As always I use Dead Down Wind scent elimination products simply because they work and I trust them. 

Big Kentucky 8 Point by Adam Bush

Story by Adam Bush  OSTV Pro Staff

The 2014 deer season started out slow for me. I really didn’t have a targetbuck at the beginning of the season, wasn’t getting any picture of a shooter. We decided concentrate on the new lease, and on rusty’s deer.  Mid October i finally started getting some pictures of the deer we called the big 8. The only thing was all the pictures were at night. Muzzleloader came and went with no luck.We decided to stay out of the area until the rut. Check the Covert camera right before gun season, still no daytime pictures, but he was there right before daylight. So November 9th we decided to try it, this was the second day of rifle season. It was a cold morning we saw some deer chasing right before good daylight just couldn’t tell what it was. Finally got good daylight and rusty sees the big 8 coming our way. He comes to woods but just wont come in. He goes up and down the fence row for about 5 minutes, then he comes in the woods but he walks away without giving me a good shot. Then as luck has it two does walk under us and gets his attention and he turns and comes on in. He comes to about 75 yards and the CVA let him have it. I cant thank Rusty enough for his time and hard work. We waited for
the right wind, this was the third time to hunt this woods. We relied on our trail cameras and it paid off. More scouting less hunting..

Weapon: CVA Apex 270 Barrel
Sight: Vortex Viper 4-12×40
Optics: Vortex  10×50 Binos
Clothing: Rutwear Endurance Series Realtree
Boots: Lacrosse Arrow
Field Spray: Dead Down Wind 3D
Trail Camera: Covert MP8 Blacks
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