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Jan 21, 2017

The elements often dictate the best style of hunting for a particular region of the country.  In Maine, tracking is considered by many buck hunters to be one of the most effective methods. When the snow flys, trackers like Hal Blood look for those buck killin' days.  What's interesting is that the tracker rarely concerns themselves with the wind and scent control, rather, they rely on the track of a toe dragger to point them in the right direction.  It's a game of covering lots of ground, getting on a good track, and reading the signs left behind by that very buck you are pursuing, waiting for a glimpse.  Hal Blood is one of the best and in this episode he tells us what he looks for, when to slow down, and when to speed up while on the trail of a monster Maine whitetail. 

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HERE'S WHAT WE DISCUSS:

  • Good, and You? A Mainer Greeting. 
  • A Hunt Beginning in Southern Maine
  • A Year after the Marine Corp, 1980
  • There Weren't as Many Deer Back Then in Southern Maine
  • Larry Benoit's First Book
  • Why Northern Maine? Jackman
  • The Terrain and Mountains of Maine
  • 50% Conifer 50% Hardwoods
  • If There's Snow, Looking for the Square Toed Track
  • A Big Arc Circle
  • Most Buck Kills are Within 20 Miles of Home
  • You Must Keep Tabs, Logging Cycles and 5 Year Marks
  • Covering as Much Ground as Possible
  • Not Looking for Deer, Looking for a Track
  • The Old Toe Draggers and the Either Ors
  • Bucks Lead You to Other Bucks
  • On a Track by 8AM, How Old is a Track
  • Water as an Escape, and Feeding Before Bedding
  • The Creep Around, Wandering and Feeding Indicator
  • Slow, Step, Look Repeat
  • Cutting a Circle Back to Your Track
  • The Cuts Draw the Does - Remembering It for the Rut
  • Scent and Wind, Does it Matter?
  • What Do You Do if There is No Snow? Still Hunt and Scout
  • Hal's Equipment Check and Gear
  • The Original Camo - Checkered Wool
  • The Law of Averages
  • Good Tracking Snow vs Bad Tracking Snow
  • Deer Killin' Days
  • Hal's Most Memorable Deer Hunt
  • 10 Rapid Fire Questions

 

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This Show was Written, Edited, and Produced by Jason “Jay” Scott Ammann

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