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Idaho Antelope James Blankenbeckler

Idaho Antelope

Last year I met a guy on a social media app for hunters called Racksite. I was asking him about hunting in Idaho. After several conversation he told me about a limited draw antelope hunt. I was immediately interested as a P&Y class  antelope was on my dream list. I put if for the tag and was lucky enough to draw one of the 5 non resident tags. After doing some research on hunting regs I found out that I couldn’t use my Dead Ringer Truama broadheads because they were mechanical. After reading about several fixed blade heads I settled on the Cabela’s STK-3 100gr heads. After tuning my my bow I was all set.

Our strategy since it was so dry this summer out west was to sit water holes. Two days before season we got the camp and blind all setup and ourselves settled in. Opening morning we got to the blind right before daylight and setup for a long hot day in the blind. As soon as daylight broke we saw to nice mule deer bucks coming our way and about 50 cows. The cows cane to the water and pushed the deer away. The morning and day was slow we saw three does about 1000yrds away but besides the cows that was it. We were constantly glassine and looking for movement. The cows would come back every few hours but that was it. About 2pm we had two bulls come in and decide to bed right by the water hole. This has me concerned since my previous antelope hunts the goats would t come to water with cows there. As Mike and I were eating a snack Mike saw something on the hill. He grabbed my binos and said there’s a goat and it’s a nice buck. The goat was over a half mile away in the hill side. As he feed along he just turned and made a beeline right toward the water. He was closing fast so Mike and I scrambled to close the windows we didn’t need and get all the cameras rolling. I was still nervous with the Bulls bedded by the water that he wouldn’t come to drink. I peaked out the side window and watch as he continued to head to the water on a rope. 150, 100, and now 75 yards from the water hole. I prepared for the shot as Mike started filming. The goat never once looked at the blind as he closed in. He stared down the Bulls as he approached the water. I came to full draw and settled my pin on his heart and waited for him to fully commit to drinking. Once his head was down in the water hole I slowly squeezed the trigger on my release. Suddenly the bow went of and the goat was running away. I wasn’t sure of my shot as I couldn’t see my arrow hit him. He ran about 35yrds stopped and and then started to spin around as he fell over. What an awesome hunt and time with good friends. Mike and I went to recover him and we had no ground shrinkage we had something rare we had ground growth.  My dream had come true I shot a 78″ goat on the first day of my hunt. I can’t think Cody Drapper enough for helping me out or Racksite for hooking to hunters up and making this possible.

Equipment:
Bow: Obsession Fusion 6
Rest: Vaportrail Micro Elite
Sight: Spot Hogg Fast Eddie
Broadhead: Cabela’s STK-3
Arrow: Victory RIP Elite 350’s
Stabilizers: Dead Center Archery
Strings & Cables: Vaportrail
Optics: Vortex Razor HD 12X50 binos and Ranger 1000 rangefinder
Camo: Drake Nontypical Gear
Camping Supplies: Cabela’s Outfitter
Cooler: Grizzly
POV Camera: Tactacam
Boots: Lacrosse Quickshot 8″
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. 

Rusty Jackson Last Day Black Bear

My year started off great with a trip back to Manitoba and Bloodvein River Outfitters. I had a great hunt last year with Clay and his dad Nick, taking my first black bear. On the first day of the hunt we settled in and had several close encounters with young bears. Just before dark a nice bear made his way into range and after coming to full draw I had to just watch as my camera informed me he had no view of the bears vitals. After letting the bow back down the bear made his way off with no other shot opportunity. We hunted hard for the next several days seeing bears every day, just not the size we were after. On the last day we had a small bear at the bait and heard a twig snap. When I looked to my left I saw a bigger bear coming in. As soon as the young bear saw him he bolted. The bigger bear came in extremely cautious and even ran off only to come back in after pacing around us for a while. As he walked back in he went by a large root ball of a blown down tree and I saw my chance to draw my bow. When he came out from behind the tree I let the arrow fly and it found its mark. The bear only went 50 yards and expired very quickly. Little did we know that the reason the bear was so cautious was because he was the bear that had came in on the first day. He has a scar across his nose  and that was how we were able recognize him. Had another wonderful experience with Bloodvein and cannot wait for the chance to go back.
http://bloodveinriveroutfitters.com
Gear:
bow; matthews htr no cam
arrow; victory vap
broadhead; deadringer trauma
camo; realtree
cooler; grizzly 150
scent control; dead down wind
trail camera; covert optics; vortex diamondbacks
backpack; badlands whitetail hybrid

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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Chucks Manitoba Black Bear 2014

Well after 10 days in Canada I am finally back. I had a great hunt with Bloodvein River Outfitters Ltd . I killed my bear on Day 5 it as the last evening & after chasing a monster for 4 days I elected to move to a bait that was being hit but there were no DLC Covert Scouting Cameras so I was taking my chances. Well it paid off after sitting for several hours right before dark this bruiser came in behind us & with light fading fast he came in at 10 yds & gave me a qtr away shot. The cool part is we set one of the covert cameras on video & we got the kill shot on video as well as some GoPro footage along with the big camera. I thought the hunt was over but with my truck broke down I had no idea I was going to be in Manitoba for another 5 days. Well all in all it was great memories which is a lot of the reason why I hunt. Hunter Jones did a great job on the camera we have had a great trip. Good Luck to everyone out there hunting  Open Season TV