Successful Summer Scouting

Successful Summer Scouting

Photo: Karisti Gardner I’ve had the opportunity to talk to several people recently on my podcast about how to be more successful when it comes to summer scouting.  Like most things in life, to be successful, you must put in the preparation and work.  Hunting is no different.  If you want to find that once in a lifetime animal, or if you want to have a hunt that you felt you were completely ready for, summer scouting is where you…

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5 Trail Cam Mistakes

5 Trail Cam Mistakes

There are so many positives and negatives that come along with Trail Cameras. Some people don’t agree with their use, some do. Today we want to talk about other parts of trail cams that can make, or in this case….break your trail cam setups. We are going to talk about 5 of the common mistakes that are made when setting up your trail cams. There are most likely many more mistakes but these are the 5 we want to go…

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The Benefits of Cooking with Cast Iron

The Benefits of Cooking with Cast Iron

My wife and I recently switched to all cast-iron cookware in our home.  There are several reasons for the change, but I have truly enjoyed the switch.  Cast-iron has so many benefits, which I’ll list below, but as I’ve started using our new skillets, I’ve gained a new love for cooking.  Cooking is something that I’ve always enjoyed, but now it seems like the food turns out better and tastes better.  Let me explain some of the benefits of cooking…

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Animal Attractants

Animal Attractants

Who doesn’t love a great trail camera picture of a nice bull coming into the spot you plan to hunt?  I know I love it.  The question is, how do you get those animals to come in and pose for that perfect picture?  There are a few ways to do this.  Place your camera on a trail where the animals tend to stop and feed for a minute.  The next thing to do is place your camera over a watering…

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Urban Hunting – Would You Do It?

Urban Hunting – Would You Do It?

In the city of Colorado Springs, CO, you get the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife.  I have an office on the northwest end of the city, and we see wild animals almost daily.  From fox, to coyotes, to bear, and a plethora of mule deer.  It seems like everywhere you go in the city, there are animals around every corner. Being a hunter, I love seeing all of the animals.  I frequently pull out my phone and take…

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Drones and Hunting

Drones and Hunting

There’s a lot of debate now days on whether technology is helping or hindering the hunting industry.  Bows are shooting faster than every, optics allow us to see further than ever before, and trail cameras allow us to be in the woods even when we’re not in the woods.  There is one area of technology that is at the top of the hot topic list, and that is the use of drones for hunting.  By drones, I mean a quadcopter…

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Redy Nutrients

Redy Nutrients

I’ve recently begun my marathon training for the St. George, Utah Marathon in October of this year.  My training usually starts in June, but since I’ve been a little bit of a slacker lately, I’m starting my training a little early. Marathon training requires a lot of planning, preparation, and time.  I develop a training program that consists of running a certain amount of miles each day, strength training, stretching, and nutrition.  In future posts, I may share some of…

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The Highs and Lows of Turkey Hunting

The Highs and Lows of Turkey Hunting

I recently had the opportunity to hunt turkeys in South Dakota.  The Black Hills is a gorgeous area, and having the opportunity to hunt there was a true blessing.  However, much like most turkey hunts, this hunt had some serious highs and lows to it. I’ll start from the beginning.  I have some really good buddies that I’ve gotten close with lately.  One of them is Justin Coleman, who lives in Colorado.  The other is Travis Moore from Tennessee.  I…

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Hunting Podcasts

Hunting Podcasts

What are some of your favorite podcasts?  Leave a message below. I spend a lot of time on the road, and I have become a huge fan of podcasts.  Specifically, hunting podcasts.  They are jam packed with great hunting knowledge, stories, tips, tactics, and they really help me get through the days that aren’t spent in the mountains.  They are also great things to have while in the mountains.  A lot of times, I’ll pop a podcast in at night…

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Best Trail Camera?

Best Trail Camera?

Checking trail cameras is one of my favorite things to do in the outdoors.  Mainly because my boys absolutely love hiking the mountains to go see what pictures are on the cameras.  Trail cameras provide pictures that you could not capture anywhere else, and they are one of my favorite scouting tools.  Since moving to Colorado, I’ve relied heavily on trail cameras to guide me on where to hunt.  But which trail cam is the best?  Today I’m going to…

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Building Mountain Muscle

Building Mountain Muscle

As I described in my last post, “Why Wild Game Meat is the Best Meat”, eating healthy is extremely difficult, but it is also very important.  Along those same lines, living a healthy lifestyle, with plenty of exercise, is also just as important.  I’m blessed to have many family and friends that live extremely healthy lifestyles, and it helps them get into the mountains and do what we love. I recently had the opportunity to interview one of the strongest…

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Why Wild Game Meat is the Best Meat

Why Wild Game Meat is the Best Meat

Being a Registered Nurse, I’ve had the opportunity to educate hundreds of people on good eating habits.  Eating healthy is one of the toughest challenges we have to overcome living in the United States. Unhealthy, processed foods are so easily accessible to us every day. In today’s post, I want to talk about why wild game meat is the best meat for us to consume, and why I recommend it.   Let me start by saying that I don’t eat…

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44″ Utah Mule Deer

44″ Utah Mule Deer

Who doesn’t love a great deer story from their grandpa? My grandpa (Melvin Truman) was blessed to harvest several large deer in his lifetime, but none are bigger than his 44 inch wide mule deer that ended up winning the Golden Nugget’s Big Buck Contest back in the day. I recently had the opportunity to listen to a recording of my grandpa telling the story of this deer, as well as many other deer stories. I thought I knew most…

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The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge

To be a “man’s man”, you have to know how to sharpen a knife.  There is something manly about sitting down to a sharpening stone and putting a nice sharp edge on a blade. When I was a young boy, I remember my dad showing me how to sharpen a knife blade. I thought I was the coolest dude around. I would use my knife to whittle a little bit, and then I’d be right back on that stone to…

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5 Things to do in the Offseason

5 Things to do in the Offseason

As I mentioned in a previous post, we are currently in the “offseason”, as it relates to hunting.  It is a busy time of year though, and spring hunts are already starting to ramp up.  Before we know it, it will be July, and the major western hunting seasons will be just around the corner. If you’re like me, and hunting is always on your mind, then I have 5 things you must do this offseason before the hunts arrive:…

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