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Deer Hunters Wanted.  

May 20, 2017

When James Blakenbeckler first picked up a .177 pellet gun as a kid, he probably didn't realize that it was the beginning of a career in the Marine Corps and eventually the hunting industry.  But then again, maybe he did.  Qualifying on the Marine Corps firing range was a piece of cake as James spent many an day shooting his gun growing up.  James is a planner. So much so that he would calculate exactly how many days he could be absent in high school to pursuit more time in the treestand. Today, James is part owner of Open Season TV and we were lucky enough to have him as a guest on Episode 200 of the Big Buck Registry Deer Hunting Podcast.   We cover everything from buck body language, to Game Cam placement, to calling deer like most turkey hunters call in turkeys. We also learn how James plays the wind, uses thermals to his advantage (something he learned in the Marine Corps), how deer act natural around platforms placed at least 6 feet off the ground and how to begin your deer season (right after the last one ends). Notebook required.


Advanced Treestands, Covert Scouting Cameras, HB Seed Company, The Eurohanger, Morse's Sporting Goods


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  • High Winds, Small Town USA Indiana
  • Socializing at the Local Archery Shop
  • A Camaraderie, Friendship, Year Round
  • The Marine Corps, Boot Camp, Bonds
  • Rural Area, Keeping It a Secret
  • Deer Hunting at Age 4, An Attendance Policy
  • My First Weapon, Shooting for Fun
  • A Best Friend Named Paddock
  • Shooting a Bow Lefty and Righty
  • Hunting and Filling a Void
  • Open Season TV, The Beginning
  • We Have a Blast, $3000 Camera Swim
  • Deer Season Starts the Day Deer Season Ends
  • Getting the Deer Healthy with Mineral
  • Grid the Properties, March Deer Stand Locating 
  • What's Changed? I Find Where the Deer Live
  • Triangulation of Trail Cameras
  • Playing the Thermals, Day Walkers, and the Wind
  • Seeing the Thermals with Dust
  • High Pressure, Rising Thermals, Falling Thermals
  • Elevated Ground Blinds, 8x8 Platforms, Playground Log Kits
  • Above 6 Feet Deer Calm Down, Longer Windows for Bowhunters
  • Leaning on the Game Camera, 12 Properties, 3000 Acres
  • Calling for Deer, The 3 Fs of Deer Calling,  The Call Sequence
  • Decoying and Scent, The Drunk Buck Walk 
  • A Bow Hunter at Heart, Scent Control Fanatic
  • Ozone, Never Wear Clothes More than Twice
  • Dressed at the Truck, Despite the Temps
  • 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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