Blog

A chronological list of all blog posts is below.  Use the menus on the right side of the page to narrow your search by month or topic.  If you can’t find the blog you are looking for email us at commongroundbowhunter@gmail.com and we will send you the link.  If you have a suggestion for a blog topic please feel free to leave it in the comments section at the bottom of the page or shoot us an email.

3 OnX Maps Features You Shouldn’t Overlook3/10/2019

If you already use OnX maps, these are three features you should be taking advantage of when scouting for Whitetails.

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Antler Restrictions: Fact and Fiction- Part 2 –3/10/2019

Part Two of the Antler Restrictions series: Evaluating the pro-APR arguments we often hear.

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Antler Restrictions: Fact and Fiction- Part 1-2/26/2019

Part One of the Antler Restrictions series: Discussing the claims that opponents to APR often make.

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Lessons From Tragedy-2/26/2019

Remembering Todd Pringnitz and discussing lessons we all can learn from his life and untimely passing.

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Layering for Whitetails-2/14/2019

How technical layering systems can be a Whitetail hunter’s best friend.

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How to Lead a Running Deer-12/13/2018

Putting some math to the ‘art’ of shooting a running deer.

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How to Hunt Hill Country Draws-12/11/2018

Hunting hill country is a challenge.  Draws funnel deer and help create shot opportunities for hunters; here is how to best utilize these terrain features.

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Is Back Tension Possible with an Index Finger Release?-9/25/2018

The Carter Like Mike is a pioneer in the index trigger release market.  Other company’s are starting to offer hunters and target archers a viable trigger release option.  But, can you shoot with back tension technique with a trigger release?

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Quit Caffeine and Thank Me Later -8/12/2016

Caffeine might not be your friend if you are a whitetail hunter.  Here’s why.

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Testing Garment Noise of Technical Hunting Apparel-9/13/2018

A quick test tells a different story on garment noise.

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A Game Changing Quiver-9/13/2018

The Apex Game Changer is exactly what its name implies.  Possibly the best bow mounted hunting quiver on the market and a, well, game changer.

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Is Hunter Density as Bad as We Think?-9/5/2018

Hunter’s lament crowded public lands in the NE, especially in PA and NY.  Other hunters claim Michigan doesn’t get the credit it actually deserves as the mecca of high hunter density.  Who is right and is it as bad as we think, anywhere?

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Product Review: Tru Glo HyperStrike9/4/2018

The TruGlo HyperStrike and its diminshing pin sizing gives hunters a better option for longer range shots.

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3 Minute DIY (Public Land Legal) Bow Hanger-9/4/2018

Much of the public land available in the NE doesn’t allow for hunters to use screw-in bow/gear hooks.  Problem solved.

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Is the Quest Thrive the Best Bow of 2018? -8/29/2018

Looking for a bow that checks all the boxes and far out-performs its price tag?  The Quest Thrive is that bow.

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Product Review: Braken Wear Roam Fleece Jacket12/04/2017

Hunters in the US may not be familiar with the Australian company BrakenWear, but their technical layering pieces can perform with the likes of Sitka, Kuiu and First Lite.  Here is a detailed review of their Roam Fleece Hoodie.

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Opening Day Prep9/30/2016

Prepping for opening includes looking ahead at weather forecasts to determine what stand locations are viable options.

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Tour De Common Ground-9/26/2016

Two wheeled access has a lot of benefits that make it the perfect option in many situations.

hunting bike

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Fall Food Plots for Dry Summers -9/17/2016

Fighting drought conditions can be frustrating for summer food plotting, but Fall plots with this easy option can be your ace.

corn drought

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Hunting the Harvest in Farmland-9/17/2016

One of the biggest challenges of farm country hunting is the ever changing food sources based on the farming activity surrounding your area.  Here is how you can hunt the harvest.

white agco tractor

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Fool Me Once  -9/16/2016

Deer rarely make the same mistake twice.  That’s part of the reason why first-sits are often the most valuable sets you will have in a season.

muddy pro climbing sticks

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Micro Plot Update-9/13/2016

Our micro plot project is coming along nicely.  Here is a little update.

Micro Food Plot

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Burn It Down- Three Times to “Overhunt” a Stand-9/12/2016

Sometimes it can pay off to “over hunt” a stand until the area goes cold.  Here is a break down of the times when that may just be your best option.

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The Orchard Hill 9/2/2016

Bucks bed in the areas that provide them security cover and escape opportunities.  When the spot works for both, it can hold a mature deer, even if it seems like the most unlikely of places.

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The Pasture Stand8/28/2016

A breakdown of a highly productive wood lot, how the deer use it and how it needs to be accessed and hunted.

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When Anti Hunters Win- The Under Armour Controversy8/25/2016

Was UA right or wrong in its decision to sever ties with hunters amidst pressure from non-hunters after a legal bear harvest?

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Entertainment or Enlightenment- Every Hunter’s Choice8/17/2016

Hunting media can be informative, educational, or sometimes both.  Its our choices as hunters if we want to be solely entertained as we dream about the big bucks on TV or if we want to learn how to kill them ourselves.

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The Water Hole Project- 8/12/2016

Our next habitat project will be the development of a few natural seeps on the property in order to help direct preferred travel routes past huntable stand sites.

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The Velvet Rut- 8/12/2016

Summer glassing of highly visible bucks is addicting, check out this short video to see some of the bucks we are seeing this year!

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15 Yards Might as Well Be a Country Mile- 8/10/2016

Stand positioning is key when bowhunting whitetails, even small changes can make huge differences.

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Hunting An Evolved Deer Herd- 8/3/2016

Think the buck you are hunting might be a different kind of animal?  There might be a good reason for it.

buck season

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That Hunt Club Next Door 7/26/2016

It isn’t the end of the world when the neighboring property changes hands.  Here’s the silver lining.

Posted Sign

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When You Need to Hunt the Neighbor’s Deer– 7/18/2016

When the deer are bedding on the neighbor’s parcel, it might just be time to hunt a little closer to the line.

Several features come together at this stand location (blue X) to funnel deer onto the huntable property. (White lines indicated terrain change.)

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Pushing the Limits- 7/18/2016

In high pressure situations you may need to get close to where the deer bed.

Whitetail Buck

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Early Is Better– 7/14/2016

Once the calendar turns to July, its time to get your trees prepped and stands hung, here’s why.

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Year Over Year: The Pressure of Past Production– 7/06/2016

How to manage the pressure to producing bigger and better results in the woods each year.

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Do Food Plot Blends Work?– 7/06/2016

Here’s what you should plant to provide diversification in your plots this Fall.

Food Plot Seeds

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Hang ’em High (or Low)– 7/01/2016

How high, or low, do you have to hang your stand to kill a mature buck?

treestand

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Why We Are Going On Doe Patrol This Fall– 6/15/2016

Read about our approach to doe management this Fall.

Whitetail Doe

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Plot Screens– 5/26/2016

Discover the benefits of planting a food plot screen around food sources and access routes.

food plot

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Confessions of an Unsuccessful Shed Hunter– 3/10/2016

Having trouble finding shed antlers this post season?  You’re not alone.  Turn your focus to the more important aspects of Post Season.

deer antler

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Sharing Your Hunting Properties– 3/1/2016

Dealing with different agendas on the properties we hunt.

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You Can’t Eat The Horns– 2/22/2016

Pushing back against the growing debate between “meat” and “trophy” hunters.

Buck Harvest

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Planning A Micro Food Plot– 2/21/2016

Establishing huntable plots between bedding cover and destination food sources.

redclover

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Boots on the Ground– 2/16/2016

Put your aerial maps to work and get into some back country this post season.  Taking the time now to confirm your hunches pays huge dividends.

Buck Rub

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Hunting Parallel Trails– 2/16/2016

A brief description of a few differing theories on Parallel trails- how bucks use them and why.

Parallel Trail

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We’re Back2/12/2016

After a long hiatus, it’s time to get some more content on the page!  Read along to see what’s coming up at commongroundbowhunter.com!

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Why Kuiu.– 10/4/2015

Evaluating gear choices and the decision process that led to Kuiu.

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Is All Scent Created Equal?– 10/4/2015

Evaluating whether whitetails are more tolerant of human scent in certain areas.

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2015 Hunting Journal: Opening Day(s)– 10/3/2015

Field updates on the season opener(s).

One of our target bucks. He is a regular on the property.

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Diving In– 9/30/2015

Is there ever a time to make aggressive plays during early season?

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Can Elite Gear Help You Kill Big Bucks?– 9/27/2015

Is all of the expensive gear necessary or are there alternatives?

gear

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Maximize Your Trail Cameras– 9/21/2015

Get more out of your trail cameras than just a big buck beauty contest.

trail camera mount

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A Look Back: Accessing Historical Weather Data– 9/20/2015

Putting together the pieces of past hunts with historical weather data.

moon guide

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Stay Organized For More Stand Time– 9/20/2015

How keeping your hunting gear organized leads to more stand time.

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Antler Potential and the Top 10%– 9/11/2015

Forget about comparisons and target the top 10% of bucks in your area.

The same buck as a three year old. He has blossomed into a 120 class eight point; a 25-30" jump in one year!

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Making Sense of Swamp Ground– 9/9/2015

How to successfully speed scout in marsh country.

This aerial shows a piece of marshland which looks promising due to many terrain features that should provide secure bedding and its close proximity to agricultural food sources.

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Corn Funnels– 9/8/2015

Pinpointing early season deer movement through standing corn fields.

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Water Access– 8/29/2015

How to utilize the benefits of water and drainages to covertly access your stand locations.

Creek Access

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Clean Air: Bullet Proof Set-ups– 8/25/2015

How to identify locations where your scent is carried over an area unused by deer.

Clean Air Hill Country

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Hunting Terrain Features: The Oxbow– 8/23/2015

How looking for terrain features deer utilize with regularity can lead to success.

Oxbow

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Getting Busted:  When and Why Stands Don’t Work– 8/22/2015

Considerations in stand selection to avoid educating mature Whitetails.

Trail Camera Buck

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Scouting New Areas With Aerials and Topos– 8/20/2015

Remote e-Scouting tactics for selecting stand locations on new parcels.

Buck Bedding

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Hunting Subtle Edges– 8/18/2015

Find travel corridors along edge lines to connect on a buck.

Transition Stand

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Playing the Pressure: Dealing With High Hunter Density– 8/18/2015

Hunting in high hunter density states like NY, PA and MI.

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Feeling Low– 8/16/2015

Understanding how deer use terrain when relating to food sources can lead to successful stand placement.

Field Edge

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Mid Morning Move: Capitalize on Thermals– 8/15/2015

Consider shifting thermals and making mid morning stand adjustments to stay in the game.

Hanging Treestands

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Respect The Game– 8/5/2015

Taking tasteful harvest photos after a kill is part of our responsibility as hunters.

Buck Harvest

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Panicking About Target Panic– 8/1/2015

A first hand account of target panic and the steps used to overcome it.

Bear Agenda 7

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Silence Your Gear For Under $5– 8/1/2015

Stealth Economics 101

Bravada Tree Stand

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Don’t Get Blanked– 7/28/2015

4 Trail Camera Tips for Better Photos.

Trail Camera

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Navigating the Whitetail Web– 7/28/2015

Using handheld GPS units to unlock whitetail travel secrets.

Garmin GPS Map64s

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Making the Most of Mock Scrapes– 7/21/2015

Implementing mock scrapes on the property you hunt.

8 point buck

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Selecting Equipment to Film Your Hunts– 7/21/2015

Information about choosing the right camera set up to film you hunts.

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Hunting Bedding Fringes– 7/19/2015

Stand placement by doe bedding for cruising pre-rut bucks.

Bedding Aerial

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Hanging Treestands With Your Old Man– 7/10/2015

Turn your scouting into family tradition.

Treestand

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Daylight Walkers– 7/9/2015

Take advantage of early season daylight movement.

Michigan Buck

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A Field Edge Exception– 7/9/2015

Field Edges aren’t usually productive in highly pressured areas, but can there be exceptions?

southwest stand aerial

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Hunting a Terrain Rut Funnel– 7/9/2015

Use terrain features to close the distance on a cruising buck this Fall.

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Welcome to Common Ground Bowhunter– 7/9/2015

Thanks for stopping by our new blog!

Welcome to Common Ground Bowhunter

Thanks for taking time to stop by Common Ground Bowhunter.

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