Monthly Archives: May 2013

Happy Memorial Day

As sportsmen we should really give thanks for our freedoms and the right to bare arms. Please enjoy your day and remember all the sacrifices that have been made to get us where we are. Lets stand together today as hunters, fisherman, and people who enjoy the outdoors and show our appreciation for this great country today.


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Still Talking Turkey

With the season quickly coming to an end, good friend Rob Ballentine connected on his first turkey of the year. Rob set up on the edge of a field this morning and not long after light he watched the birds fly down into the field. After watching and working the birds for nearly an hour, they finally made their way toward his decoys where his was able to get a shot, and that was all she wrote.

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What a great bird Rob, congrats. Check out the spurs on that sucker below. What a champ.

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Smallies By The Dozens

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As dawn broke this past Saturday morning I found myself on the Potomac river with Mike Poddo president of Iron Kin Hunt Club. I was honored to be invited to share the river with him and especially some of his hotspots. My whole life I have loved smallmouth bass fishing and now I had the chance to do it on a larger scale so you can imagine how pumped I was.

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While traveling up the river I was sending out some last minute goodbyes considering how that guy navigated up the river, haha, just kidding Mike. Seriously though this guy was crazy, he had a special jet prop motor and drove us up the river and over the rocks we came. After a 10 minute ride and getting a little chilly we arrived at the first spot and things heated up real quick. I was still setting up my rods and Mike started reeling fish in one after another. I think he felt a little bad cause he offered up one of his best lures to me, and then I was catching fish too.

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We continued to fish the hole and the smallies kept biting, it was like we started a feeding frenzy, I couldn’t believe we kept catching fish, I mean the spot wasn’t that big. Catching smallmouths only made it better cause every fish felt twice as big as it was and they all fault incredibly hard, which is a great time on light tackle. Mike ended up dominating that hole and ended up catching a hog of a smallmouth and it was well deserved.

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I’m guessing about two hours went by and the fishing finally slowed down so we packed up and headed farther up river. We arrived at the next spot just below a bridge that was just breathtaking to say the least but lets see If it was as great a producer as the first. I actually hooked a fish on my first couple casts while Mike was busy trimming bushes, man I’m not sure what he was doing in the bushes all day, haha. Mike finally freed his lure and got right back on the board and it wasn’t long before I found the snag tree myself. We caught a couple but nothing spectacular at that spot so we drifted downstream to another lil honey hole Mike knew about. Another gorgeous spot on the river and this one definitely held some fatties. We fished there for about an hour or so and pulled some more nice fish out of the river, Mike more so than me this time. He was slaying the fish with his tube bait.

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And one the other hand I surely wasn’t breaking any records.

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Our time was just about up for the day so we slowly made out way back with at least 30-40 fish under our belts. Not that we didn’t kill it the first time, we went ahead and hit the first spot again, like we could resist. Action was still hot, only this time it was the rock bass that were smashing our lures. It was one after another, and believe me these little guys put up one heck of a fight. I can’t complain considering I caught the largest rock bass I’ve ever caught at 9.5″, a mere .5″ away from citation size in Maryland.

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Mike also caught his fair share of rock bass and some more smallies but nothing like the big boys of the morning. I could of stayed all day and fished till dark but we both had stuff to do, and our families waiting on us. Not a bad day is day, on the river for 7 hours and I’m sure we caught over 50 fish, not to shabby if you ask me. All in all one of the best days I’ve had fishing in a long time and I’ve got my bud Mike Poddo to thank for it. Please check him out on Facebook and Twitter, and give Iron Kin Hunt Club a like on Facebook. Thanks for checking us out.

Dorchester Delight

My field editor Tim Babikow shared this with me, made me jealous, so I thought I’d spread it around.

Sika burger covered in hams and Swiss! Dorchester delight!!

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Don’t Forget Your Minerals This Spring

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Fish On!!!

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Early Morning On The Potomac

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Food Plots Installed

Finally after weeks of liming, tilling, fertilizing and spraying roundup I got two of my plots in today. I finally feel I’ll get the results I’ve always hoped for as I made sure my pH was good, fertilizer is good, and I planted today with a chance of rain in the forecast the next five days. I dream of having food plots that grow 3-4′ high like you see on tv, but realistically I don’t think it’s possible on the small plots I do cause of the number of deer I have hitting them. None the less I’m still very excited to see what grows considering the prep work I’ve put into these plots. I also want to thank my loving wife as she helped me today after work as I’ve been suffering a back injury as of late. She should right, it’s not like she won’t take advantage and try and shoot one of my big bucks. Take a look at the plots I’ve got, both on the woods with a deer trail running between them.

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This is the first plot, I planted clover in this one and my wifey helped me spray it with Antler Kings Plot Max. Check lil Holly Freyer out with her sprayer.

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Here is the next plot, a little smaller and I planted Hunters Specialties Booming Beans.

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All I can say is I hope all the hard work pays off, and these things grow like crazy. Say a little pray for me and send some rain my way. I’ll keep ya’ll posted on the growth of the plot and the bucks I’m hoping will visit. Good luck with yours if you are planting.


Spring Minerals Are Key For Big Bucks

During lunch I went to check on one of my mineral sites that I refreshed this winter. To no surprise the deer have been killing it, and I feel like I’m a little behind getting it refreshed for them. Minerals are crucial this time of year for all deer and especially for those bucks growing giant antlers we like to chase so much. Stop slacking and go put some minerals out. My favorite is one called Luck Buck, it has a strong apple smell and the deer love it.

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My Iowa Giant Finally Returns Home

I arrived home today to a large box on the front porch and I knew right away what it was. My giant Iowa buck had finally made it home after five years. Back in 2008 I got the chance to go on what I thought was my dream hunt at the time but boy was I surprised by the outcome. So let me give you the skinny of the story as it happened. I found a guide I thought I could trust so I went ahead and applied for my tag, which I didn’t get by the way. I guess in a desperate measure to save his business the outfitter told me to just buy a doe tag, and I could party hunt on their tags to go after a buck. Wow could that be true I thought, I was actually still going to get to go. Now believe me I was young, dumb, and well you know, but I did do my research and called Iowa DNR and asked if party hunting was such a thing. They verified that party hunted existed and was legal but that was it, they didn’t go into specifics, which if they did the story may have turned out differently. Anyway as far as I was concerned I was going to Iowa to get my big buck, hopefully. After a 17 hour trip I was finally there and I met up with the outfitter and he took me to the property, showed me around, and introduced me to my guide. I asked about the party hunting right away and the guide pulled a bunch of tags from his pocket and said ” we’re good to go” so I feel even more confident about the whole thing. This was a semi-guided hunt so I drove myself back and forth and could pretty much do what I needed to get it done. The guide was staying on the land and told us to just call him if we shot a deer and he would tag it. I can’t remember ever being so pumped for an opening day of deer hunting ever so I quickly checked in my hotel and hit the sack. I was bright and early the next morning and was greeted by a nice 17 degree Iowa morning but it didn’t matter. I got on stand and waited for the action to begin. Not long after light the shots began and I was seeing deer running everywhere. When I say deer I mean bucks too, lots of bucks, and I passed on several bucks that I would of shot at home. About mid morning I had a giant cross the field on me and man I tell you this was the biggest buck I’ve ever seen, had to be around 200″ no lie, but he was a good 250 yards in 30 mph winds with a shotgun so I had to watch him run off. The rest of the day went like the morning, lots of deer but no shooters in range. I remember counting 26 bucks that day, how crazy is that. The next day was pretty much the same as the first but a cold front was moving in and it was getting colder. I woke up that 3rd morning to a whopping zero degrees, yep there was a big 0 on my rear view mirror, never seen that before. I hunted as hard as I could but it was brutally cold that morning and about 11am I had to return to the truck as I was freezing. While walking back I had a herd of deer coming across the field so I slipped into a brush pile and got my binoculars, and too my delight it was a herd of about 6 bucks and one big shooter. I got ready, heart pounding, adrenaline flowing as I waited for to get closer. The see finally got to about 100 yards, so I steadied the crosshairs on the beast and fired. He jumped a little but kinda just trotted with the group like he wasn’t hit but as I watched he stopped, stood there for a minute and just dropped. Holy cow I just smoked the biggest buck of my life. Did I mention it wasn’t cold anymore as I sprinted out to see my buck.

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I called the guide and he came right out and tagged the buck, called in got a confirmation number and as far as I was concerned I was golden. I had never felt better as we loaded the buck into the truck, and I headed for a celebration breakfast. Now I was about to leave cause I still had a doe tag to fill but I did plan on sleeping in the next morning. While getting dressed the next day I had a knock at my hotel door and I was very surprised to see Iowa DNR, considering everything that had gone down seemed legal to me as far as I knew anyway. They proceeded to fill me on on the details, and more details, and finally how party hunting really worked out there, and yes I was fooled. In Iowa for party hunting to be legal the guy with the tag has to be part of the hunt, either sitting with you or driving deer to you. You see my guide had a big family and a lot of tags and had been working the grey area for a long time and DNR finally caught up to him. Since the beginning of that season they had him and all the hunters he brought under surveillance and were just building their case and I was now one of the blocks. I gave them all I knew and I wrote a statement about how the guide got me out there, but they still took my buck. I guess the important part of the story is I didn’t get into any trouble.

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This is my buck on the back of the DNR truck before they took him from me. I could of cried but I kept it together. So I guess the moral of the story is too really do your research and know each states laws 100% before you hunt there. It took me five years of letters and pleading to get my buck back but I did, and now I’m over come with memories, good and bad, but it was all worth it. Each journey in life is a lesson so be sure to learn from them. Here are some pics of the beast today.

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I hope you enjoyed my story and learned a lesson at the same time. Like I’ve always been told if its too good to be true it probably is.