Monthly Archives: July 2012

Maryland Bow Season Is Quickly Approaching

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Well here it is, the stand that Rudy and I were so lucky to score a harvest out of this past season of Deertour. There is no way you would have recognized it from the DVD, nor could I this spring before I trimmed it out just a few minutes ago. The season is coming quickly and as far as Im concerned you can never be too early to your spots set up. The sooner the better, the deer are smart and the more down time you give them the better. I have spent the whole weekend working on stands and preparing for the season. Success doesnt come easy, it takes hard work, dedication, planning and preperation to harvest a nice deer. Not to mention I want to be set up real nice as Deertour Season 3 will be visiting Maryland once again. Get out there and do what you gotta do to make sure you are ready when the time comes. Bring on the fall.

Maryland Bear Hunting Starts Here

Hey gang hope all is well, just wanted to check and pass on some hunting information for this fall. I recently got connected with Ashton Farmanara on Twitter, @MDBlackBear, and he has passed this information on to me so I could pass it on to all of you. Below Ashton has all the information you need to know if you would like to pursue black bear in Maryland this year. Ashton was able to reach out to Huntography through social media, just goes to show how powerful and important Huntography has become. Please take time to check out the info below, and give Ashton a follow on Twitter, he’s a good guy with a lot of valuable information.

Here is all pertinent information:

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications to participate in this year’s lottery for black bear hunting permits through August 31. Permit applications issued will be valid for this year’s black bear hunting season, which will take place October 22 through October 27.

APPLY NOW! Go to: http://blackbear.dnr.state.md.us/

Registrations will also be accepted by phone between August 20 and August 24 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1-888-579-6768.

Read what last year’s hunters had to say: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BearHunt_Testimonials.asp

See photos from prior hunts: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BearHunt_Photos.asp (Later this year, it could be you in one of those photos).

If you have never hunted black bear before, DNR has created a content area for everything Maryland Black Bear (including videos, photos, how-to information), visit our online resource: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BlackBearGuide.asp

This year’s hunt will follow the same successful model we’ve used for the previous bear hunting seasons.

The application process will follow the Preference Point System for bear hunting permit applications that DNR implemented in 2007. Hunters who apply this year will receive one entry in the random drawing as well as one additional entry for each past consecutive year they have applied. Therefore, those hunters who applied unsuccessfully in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 will receive six entries in the drawing when they apply this year. The following rules also apply:
• Applicants must apply each year to retain preference points. If an applicant skips a year, all preference points will be forfeited.
• Once an applicant is selected to receive a bear hunting permit in the random drawing, all preference points will be forfeited.
• If an applicant is selected in the random drawing, but forfeits the permit, all preference points will be forfeited.
• Applicants will have the opportunity to purchase a preference point. This will allow those hunters who cannot hunt in 2012 the opportunity to retain their preference points for use in future drawings.
The opportunity to hunt black bears in Maryland remains limited to Garrett and Allegany counties.

Online applications for the Maryland Black Bear Lottery are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. (almost midnight) on Friday, August 31.

To apply, a $15 non-refundable application fee must be submitted via credit card, check, or money order. All payments must be received by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Checks and money orders should be made payable to MDDNR Black Bear and mailed to MDDNR Black Bear, P.O. Box 360, Frostburg, MD 21532.

Only one application per person will be accepted. Duplicate applications will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all fees.

Maryland Bowfishing at it’s Finest

Something I have always wanted to try, I finally got the chance to this weekend cause of a great invite from Steve Poddo, @TheDuder8 from The Iron Kin Hunting Club, @IronKinHC out of Frederick, Maryland. I have been seeing tweet after tweet from these guys at @IronKinHC as they continued to slay the fish into summer. Unfortunately my schedule just has not allowed me time to get out there and join them until this past weekend. Steve and I talked, came up with a plan, a meeting place, and we were off. Having not bowfished before, I was stoked but didn’t know what to expect, especially since I didn’t even how a bowfishing rig. No problem with me, I just grabbed my Bowtech and a couple of my not so great arrows, and I was off. I met Steve at 6:30 in Frederick, and after a brief introduction, and a few stories we were off. Since it had rained all morning, we had a long walk in the mud and slop until we arrived at the river, and then it was on. Now the river wasn’t at it’s finest cause of the rain, but you could certainly spot the carp with not much of a problem. Steve took a few minutes to explain how we were going to do things, gave me a few pointers, and the stalk was on. We slowly walked up the rivers edge steadily staring into the water looking for those dark shadows, or puffs of mud from the river’s bottom identifying the carp we were after. Steve was more than generous offering me the first fish, but since I didn’t have a bowfishing rig I was waiting for the perfect shot. It was all Steve, and my man hit his mark as he pulled the first carp out of the water.

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Yeah that’s my man Steve with his first carp of the day but certainly not his last. We continued down the river, stalking this fish, and as I waited for my first opportunity the anticipation was ever so growing. Not having a bowfishing rig, I was waiting for the most perfect shot I could get as I figured I would loose my arrow, so I wanted to make it count. Finally, I got my first shot, MISS, man it was definitely not what I expected. Aiming was definitely harder than I imagined, as the glare on the water made things difficult. My hat off to Steve, as he had taught himself to shoot his bow instinctively and man was this guy deadly. As you could have guessed, Steve smoked his second fish, after another miss of mine, LOL.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah I know I’m two down, but I do make a little come back. We continue our quest down the river, and we both have a couple more misses, but more good times. We finally get to a point, and Steve spots this giant carp very close to shore, so I got out the camera, and the stalk began. As Steve crept up on the fish, I was slowly following behind trying to keep the camera steady. He got where he felt comfortable, steadied himself, and slowly drew his bow back, “TWACK”, as the water went everywhere, we realized that Steve had just shot over the fish, disappointing but that wasn’t the worst thing that had happened. On this particular shot, Steve’s arrow had made it’s way down to the river bed, and had gotten stuck to never be found. Luckily for Steve, he had another arrow in the truck, and luckily for me we found the dumbest carp in the river. On the way back, while crossing the river, Steve motioned at me, as we both noticed this good size carp swimming right at us. I quickly nocked an arrow, came to full draw, and found my mark. At nearly five yards my arrow pierced the carp, and it was lights out as quick as it happened. My first fish with a bow was incredible.

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Oh yeah, I was finally on the board, and more pumped than ever. I had no idea bowfishing would be such a rush, oh yeah, I was PUMPED! After our celebration, Steve proceeded to head back to the truck to get another arrow, and I’ll admit, while he was gone, I spotted another fish, but missed again, too fun. When Steve got back, we hurried back down the river to where he lost his arrow, and continued upstream as Steve kept telling me it’s better up here, it’s better. I had no doubt and followed him with great anticipation to see what we had in store for us. Well we got where we were going, and I’ll let the following footage explain it all:

Bowfishing

I think the video says it all. I didn’t know what to expect but I had an absolute blast on the river that day, so if you’ve been thinking about it, don’t delay, get out there and try it. I’l sure you’ll love it as much as I did. You can bet I’ll be getting a bowfishing rig as soon as I can, as I can’t wait to get back out on the water with my bow. It wasn’t a deer, but it sure was a hell of a good time during the hunting off season. I want to thank Steve Poddo, @TheDuder8, and The Iron Kin Hunt Club, @IronKinHC. Remember us boys here in Maryland, we BRING IT.

A Magnificent Southern Maryland Buck

I’m about to share with you why I think Huntography is such a great movement and idea. Huntography has evolved as a way to show case all of us, yes you the mainstream everyday outdoorsmen, and our traditions, and passions for the outdoors. Everyday when I get the chance I talk to people I meet about the outdoors and especially hunting. In my line of work I get to meet tons of new people all the time, and in this segment I’d like to introduce a new friend, and great hunter, Hank Norris.

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I met Hank on the work side of things, and we got to talking, and found out that we both just love hunting. So enough said, as you already know we hit it off right away. I could tell Hank was a very passionate hunter, and thoroughly cares for the sport so I told him about Huntography.  Just as we all do, Hank loved the idea of what Huntography is about so of course I asked him to share one of his stories, one one heck of a story it is,  and one magnificent is the result of all his hard work. Now Hank and I don’t see eye to eye on some things, bow shops, bows, rests, etc, he does love hunting and Huntography so he’s alright in my book. Please take a look below at this story Hank has shared for us.

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I was hunting the rut at the Eastern Shore of MD in Caroline County on Nov. 5th, 2011 with my Mathews DXT. I was only in my set for 45 minutes when the woods came alive. I looked to my left at the sound of a grunt when 2 does came running past me with a mature buck in chase. This buck would not stop until I yelled “HEY” as loud as I could. The buck stopped and looked back. I put my pin on the base of his neck and pulled the trigger on my Scott release. 57 yards later my RAGE broadhead hit its mark. The buck ran 60 yards and dropped. When my knees stopped shaking I got down from my climber. When I walked up to this buck I almost passed out. This buck I call “DAGGER” has a left side eye guard that measured over 12 inches. He green scored 164 and his final score was 155.

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Wow, what a great looking buck, great work Hank, I know you deserved that one. Let’s take a better look at this monster.

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Truly a great buck, and a once in a lifetime trophy. Thought this was a good story to share with the season coming quick, and just a reminder with the proper scouting maybe you could put yourself into a hotspot like Hank did. Congratulations again Hank, on such a magnificent trophy.  To end this post let’s take a look at the final product Hank is proudly displaying on his wall.

Dagger mount A Magnificent Southern Maryland Buck

 

Bow-Fishing, Feeding the Passion when Deer Season is Out.

Just recently I published a story about two great fellas, Tuck (@Prez_Tuck), and his brother Steve (@TheDuder8) , and they are the founders of The Iron Kin Hunt Club. These guys have built the club around three things, Faith, Trust, and Honor. Really what else do you need if you are surrounded by family and friends that live by the same motto, and have a love for the outdoors. In talking with these guys I learned that not only are these guys huge bowhunters of deer, but these guys don’t stop when deer season is over, they have taken it to the next level and have found other critters to go after. Tuck and Steve have certainly made the most of their free time from deer hunting to learn the art of bowfishing. I thought I try and take advantage of all the seasons but it seems as though I’ve been missing boat, and these guys have been hitting the mark, or carp I should say. I don’t wanna give too much away so please take a moment and read this great story written by Steve below:

As a hunter I try to take advantage of every season that I have to legally harvest animals.  I’m always looking for something new, and my first experience was this past year when bow season ended and I was introduced to rabbit hunting.  Rabbit hunting was a blast, and working behind my buddy Stanger’s (@bowfanatic81) beagle was amazing.  As rabbit season passed, I also had an opportunity to hunt some geese for the first time.  We learned a lot on that trip…but that is a story for another time.    Before I knew it April was upon us, and I had nothing to hunt until turkey season.  I still remember asking myself, “What in the world am I going to do until September?”

 

Little did I know the answer was staring me in the face at our local bow shop; Jefferson Archery (@jtownarchery).  I was in there one day and talking to some of the guys that just got back from a bow-fishing trip.  They were very enthusiastic about the experience and knew I would be interested.  So I purchased a very old Parsons compound bow for $20 and the AMS Bow-fishing kit (@AMSBowFishing) for $150 and I was in business.  They helped me get set up, and I was ready for another experience out in the woods at the local creek.

 

Well the weekend came and @bowfanatic81 and I headed to a local creek to test out our new bow-fishing rigs.  The creek was loaded with carp ranging from 5 to 40 pounds.  It was “on like Donkey Kong, JACK!”  The first couple of shots we took missed way high, but  once we figured out that we needed to aim about 6 inches low, the carnage began.   There is nothing quite like hearing your buddy yell “GOT EM!!”, from 50 yards down the shoreline.  We celebrated together, high-fived, took some pictures and then went back to the carp stalking.  That Saturday we ended up shooting 30 carp.  For those curious, I only shoot carp.  (Please respect the fish and check your state regs on what you are able to shoot with a bow).

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I know a lot of people bow-fish from a boat and seem to think that is the way to go.  If I had a boat set up with lights and generators I would think the same.  However, I am very content stalking the carp on the shorelines.  It’s a very unique experience to creep up on a feeding carp about 5 yards off the shore.  They are extremely skittish and roll out quickly if you don’t tread lightly in your stalk.  I now find myself spending many days out in the creek during the summer staying cool in the water with my bow in hand.

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From this experience I found that bow-fishing does not have to be limited to fish.

Stanger (@bowfanatic81) has a pond that was also loaded with frogs.  At night I would walk around the pond with my head lamp shooting frogs.  I tried stalking them in the day time but they would jump in the pond before I could get close enough to shoot.  I started using my bow-fishing rig instead of my deer bow because the arrow is much sturdier and can be shot in the ground with out causing damage.  The first time I tried my deer bow, I shot some frogs using my 50 yard pin at close range but broke $40 worth of Axis’ arrows (no bueno). Regardless, we now have a freezer full of frog legs to eat.  And they are some “good eats” for sure!!

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It is amazing to know that as bow hunters we can hunt critters all year long.  The state of Maryland only requires you to have a fishing license to bow-fish.  I recommend checking your state regulation book for the specific guidelines in your area.  For anyone out there like me, bow-fishing is an awesome way to enjoy the great outdoors and still feed your passion to hunt when deer season is out.  Give it a try if you have the opportunity, it’s a blast.

Happy 4th of July from Maryland Huntography

As Im about to start my day I think how lucky I am to be free and have all the freedoms I have. God bless our armed forces for giving us the freedom to celebrate our Independence today. We as hunters should be grateful as we have the freedom to carry weapons into our battlefield come fall and spring. Never forget how lucky we are to live in such a great nation that allows us these rights. I sincerely hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday today. It may only be one day but as always make the most of your FREE time.

Maryland Huntography would like to Introduce The Iron Kin Hunt Club

Hi guys, it always pleases me to find fellow hunters here in Maryland, especially when I find them on Twitter. As most of  you know, Huntography is about social media, and people more than anything, after all I wouldn’t have this opportunity to be the Maryland Editor if it weren’t for Twitter. Twitter has brought me more new connections, great relationships, and I’m sure some new life long friends to be. I also met Rudy, Mr. Huntography, who came and filmed me do my thing, and we have become great friends as well. The power of social media in the outdoors is unbelievably strong, and I meet new people each and everyday that love and do what I do. That brings me to the point of this story, and I want introduce Tuck Poddo, the president of The Iron Kin Hunt Club. I met Tuck and his brother Steve on Twitter, and by coincidence they are fellow Marylanders like me, and don’t even live that far away. I’m waiting for the day until we meet, and get to share some outdoor adventures together. That will be another blog post I have no doubt. I have been talking with Tuck and Steve on Twitter now for a few months and these boys are the real deal, good hearted guys that love the outdoors. After I found out the guys started The Iron Kin Hunt Club, I was anxious to hear their story, and then share it with all of you. Please take a look below, and be sure to follow these guys on Twitter.

My Journey – The Iron Kin Manifesto

By Tuck Poddo (@Prez_Tuck)

I’m a team guy, and I’ve always been a team guy. I played baseball in high school and college; I was a utility player, the guy who filled any role needed by my team. In my career I’m still a team guy, there is nothing I enjoy more about my job than being part of the team. I also understand that not everyone has the same perspective, some would rather work alone, and that’s OK…but I’m a team guy.

I’m also a fairly novice hunter compared to most of you reading this article, and I’m not ashamed of that at all. I’m a converted die-hard fisherman that only started hunting 3 years ago after I finally succumbed to the constant nudging of my little brother @theduder8. He and I have fished together all of our lives, and I cherish the fellowship and memories we have shared in our time fishing the Upper Potomac here in Maryland. I really wasn’t all that interested in hunting because I couldn’t understand how I’d ever experience the same type of fellowship as I did while fishing. I mean how could we? We just meet in the AM, separate for the entire day, only to meet back up at the end. How boring is that?

Man was I wrong. I absolutely love hunting, and I get to enjoy more fellowship through hunting than I ever imagined. I cherish our time as we prepare for a hunt, drive to a farm, or even giggle and snort all day in a blind or while texting each other back and forth throughout the day. Not to mention the “healthy” competition between brothers, we have a little bit of that too. Just ask @theDuder8 who shot 7 deer last year and who shot 6. (I bet his answer is: “I shot the biggest buck”) I could also go on and on about how this fellowship extends to social media, like when @SkinnyDman and I hunted turkeys “together” this spring over twitter. But you’re already reading the @huntography blog…so I imagine you already understand this premise.

Teaming Up

Knowing what you know about me now, you can see how excited I was last December when I was invited to join the Pro-Staff of startup hunting team here in Maryland. I was really looking forward to enjoying both this new found hunting fellowship and my natural inclination for being on a team. All in all, being on Pro-Staff was a great experience for me; I got to meet a lot of experienced hunters, I myself became a better hunter and started some pretty amazing relationships with people I would not have met otherwise. However, not long after joining the team I realized that things weren’t going in a direction I was comfortable with, so I decided to part ways.

Unfortunately, leaving the team didn’t go as smoothly as I would have liked but I learned a lot through the process of leaving. As I carefully examined what my next move was going to be I asked myself, “Do I want really want to be part of a formal hunting team?” or “Do I just want to hunt like I always have, with some close and trusted friends?” As I asked myself those questions I realized the answer was in the question itself. I want both and they don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

The Awakening

Without even realizing it, I was looking at the entire situation the wrong way. I was thinking that if I wanted to start a hunting team, I had to push aside everything that I loved about hunting and focus on my energy on getting sponsors and growing a brand. In my tiny little brain, I had become exactly that which frustrates me about many of the modern hunters out there today. The worst part is that I didn’t even realize the change had occurred while I was in the middle of it. Somehow in a short few months I had convinced myself that I was still a “regular hunter”. In retrospect, the painful fact is somewhere along the way I lost my focus and in just a few months I had started changing…and I didn’t even know it. It was only once I removed myself from the situation and looked from the outside was I able to make the conscious change.

The Next Chapter

This article is part of my journey, a cleansing if you will. I know the readers of the @huntography blog will understand my struggle, some may even find themselves in the same situation. The best part of the entire struggle has been that I have not been walking alone, I’ve been walking with a small group of trusted brethren. They are kin to me, and my kin and I have decided to start a new chapter in our fellowship, we’re starting the Iron Kin Hunt Club (@IronKinHC).  I wanted to share this story along with this first announcement of our team because I can’t think of any better place to share the story than with the folks I feel would both understand and would keep us accountable going forward, the @huntography community.

Iron Kin

Our goal with this new team is that we will be different than what we’ve experienced elsewhere. We want to make sure our focus is always maintained on the important things, the people. Iron Kin is about the fellowship of hunting, it is about a trusted brotherhood, it is about relationships. We want to fellowship with people, teams, and companies…not compete or make money. If the money comes, then we will do it right. If it doesn’t…well we’re still going to hunt and film, and we’re going to do it together. Faith-Trust-Honor, that is the ˚motto of the Iron Kin Hunt Club (@IronKinHC). We are Kin, blood brothers who enjoy the fellowship of hunting, and we will keep each other focused on the fellowship of hunting as Iron Sharpens Iron. But most of all, we are like you…we are #huntographers.

-Tuck (@Prez_Tuck)

President, Iron Kin Hunt Club

http://facebook.com/ironkinHC