Saturday, September 11, 2010

Nathan Shoell's 2010 Hunting Video

I want to thank you two buddies for making this years hunt a success. Mike for videoing my hunt and Mark for pushing the deer to me so I could have a nice 20 yard shot. I hope you enjoyed the video.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My First Kill with a Bow

The Bow Hunt seasoned opened on August 21, and of course I headed up into the Backcountry of the Unita National Forest. I hunt at around the 10000 + feet range (up close to the tree line). We started hiking at about 5am and our hike usually takes us about 2 hours (5 miles in). Half way up the trail we passed a group of bow hunters (where we hunt we have only seen one other bow hunter in 8 years), so we were a little disappointed. We decided to hike a little faster to get some distance between us and them (Ultimately, to make sure we had the first shot). It turns out the other group of bow hunters were not threat (we did not know this at the time), but they played a huge role in our success. Just before we reached our destination, we spotted a group of bucks about 11 bucks in total all ranging in size from really nice 4x4 to a spike. Seeing this group of bucks got us really excited, and the best part of it was they were in the exact spot we were hoping to see bucks in.

Typically, we would sit and watch the bucks and let them bed down and then try to get a shot. With the bow hunters behind us we decided to jump into action immediately and set up our ambush. Our ambush spot is about a mile away from where we first spotted the deer. It is a spot that funnels the deer to a 20 yard shot (exact same spot my buddy Mike shot his deer a few years earlier). Once I was setup my buddy Mark pushed the deer right to me, and my buddy Mike videoed the shot. Four of the bucks did exactly what we hoped they would do. I was able to shot the biggest buck of the four at 20 yards. My buck is a typical 3x3 18" wide 17" tall. I shot him around 8:30 in the morning. What a great hunt and this is my first buck with a bow. What a great first buck.

This years deer hunt was a blast and short lived. It was kind of weird putting away my hunting gear this early in the season. I am already looking forward to next year's deer hunt.

This buck was just sitting about 50 yards off the trail looking at all the hikers walk by. The best part about it was none of the hikers even knew he was there. He is a 4x4 and we ran into him on our way down the mountain.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Backcountry Scouting Trip

After my Bowhunting Procrastination post, I decided to get out an do some hiking. I went up into the Backcountry of Utah Uinta National Forest with a buddy of mine. We decided to go to my usual hunting spot to see if there is anything up there worth going after. In years past there was always some nice bucks (The spot is were my buddy Mike took his nice buck). We went up there last year and did not see the nice bucks we were use to seeing and felt it was a waste of time. We decided to head up before the bow hunt to determine if it was an area we would like to hunt. We ended up seeing a total of 9 bucks, and a couple of them were decent four points. I know where I am going for the opening of the bow hunt.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Bowhunting Procrastination

I am one of the biggest procrastinators. In a month I will be bowhunting in the backcountry and I finally took out my bow last week to practice. I should have been shooting all year (at least that is what my shot told me. I was struggling.) To make things worse I haven't even started to scout the areas I plan to hunt. People wonder why I haven't been able to get a deer in the last seven years of bowhunting.

Recently I started to get myself in shape for the upcoming hunt. What I started doing was push-ups and basketball (yes this is all). At the rate I am going I will not be ready to hunt for another couple of years unless something changes. The great thing about recognizing you have areas to improve is that you are aware of the problem and can fix it. I am going to start now to get ready for the bowhunt. I am going to start shooting regularly to improve my consistency, and I am going to start hiking to make sure my legs are ready for the long hikes bowhunting in the backcountry creates. Hiking will also allow me to see new areas and determine if I want to waste precious bowhunting time in the particular areas.

My advice is don't be like me and dedicate your time and energy in getting yourself prepared for the hunt by shooting your bow regularly and scouting usual and new areas. If you do, you will have a better chance of taking the big boy.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

New Bow

Last year I noticed my string was partially cut, and instead of replacing my string I decided to buy a new bow. After some research, I decided to by the new Hoyt Turbohawk (black). My new setup is the Trophy Taker Pronghorn and Bone Collector Quiver (Black). I am loving my new bow, it shoots really smooth, light weight, and accurate. Highly recommend this bow.

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Broken Bow String

Last year while Bowhunting in Backcountry , I spotted a couple of nice four points. I started my stock and got when in 60 yards and realized this is as close as I was going to get (practiced many times at 60 yards and was confident with the shot), so I decided to take the shot. As I was knocking my arrow, I noticed my string was partially cut. Going against my better judgment, I decided to take the shot. My shot was low and to the left, which I can contribute to being rushed for fear of my string breaking. Needless to say, this was the last time I shot my bow.

My buddy Mike wasn't as lucky as I ways. Last year he went out in the backcountry bowhunting and while he was taking some practice shots his string broke. Lucky for him it broke during the release of the arrow, which limited the damage to his bow to only a broken string.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Scouting the Backcountry

My buddy Mike and I went this last weekend to scout some new area in the backcountry of Utah. For many years we have talked about hiking a certain mountain in central region of Utah, and Last weekend we finally did it. This Mountain range was steep, rugged and strenuous to hike, which was the reason it took us so many years to hike it. For the most part there was no trail to use. The night before it rained and so everything was wet. Not long into our hike we were drenched and the water from our legs ran right into our boots. By the time we reached the top our boots where full of water. Despite all the blisters and sore muscles that came the following day, seeing this buck made it all worth it. This buck has cheaters on both sides plus eye guards which makes him a 6X6 with a width of about 26 inches. This buck gets me even more excited for the bowhunt (almost two weeks away) to start. Besides from seeing this big buck we saw a few does and came across some bear track. It's not too late for you to go and spot the buck you are going to go after.