3 Important Things To Look at When Hanging a Treestand

3 Important Things To Look at When Hanging a Treestand

By Alex Comstock 

Between right now and October 1st (date most all states will be open for bowhunting) I'd be willing to bet a lot of treestands are going to be hung. Whether you are hanging rut stands, or are frantically trying to get a set ready before opener rolls in, stands all across the country will be going in trees. When hanging stands, we don't just randomly pick a tree right? Usually there are reasons we put a stand in a certain place. On occasion, and I've certainly been guilty of this, we don't always look at the details when hanging stands. Today, I wanted to hit on three things that I find important when you are out hanging treestands. 

The Pros and Cons of a Mobile Hunting Setup

The Pros and Cons of a Mobile Hunting Setup

By Alex Comstock 

In the last couple of seasons I have started hunting more and more with a "run n gun" stand setup. This style of hunting requires you to hike in with a stand on your back, set up on the fly, and then tear down at the end of the hunt. There are a lot of advantages to this type of hunting style, and I've come to really like it. Often, the first time in to a spot can be the best chance at a mature buck. Just like anything, there are downsides as well, and today I wanted to review both the pros and the cons of a mobile hunting setup to help you decide if you should adopt this kind of hunting. 


Four Ways You Can Mess Up Your Deer Season Right Now

Four Ways You Can Mess Up Your Deer Season Right Now

By Alex Comstock 

It's hard to believe August is already here. For me, I'll be in a treestand in about three weeks, which is absolutely absurd to me how fast opening day is nearing. With deer season seemingly approaching faster and faster everyday no matter where you're located in the country, the last thing we as hunters want to do is mess up our season before it gets here. These four things in this blog post could set you on the wrong path for your 2018 season, and you'll want to surely avoid them. 

5 Negatives When You Run Too Many Trail Cameras

5 Negatives When You Run Too Many Trail Cameras

By Alex Comstock 

If you've followed along here on WhitetailDNA, I think by now you probably know that I love trail cameras. You could even go as far as calling it an addiction. Trail cameras have their place when it comes to deer hunting, no doubt. They are a tool that when used in the right way, can help your hunting efforts immensely. Over the course of the last few years, I had at some points been running close to thirty trail cameras. What I've found though is that in this case, more doesn't always equal better. I've learned a few things about trying to run too many trail cameras, and now this year, once I've got all my cameras up, I'll be running in the 10-15 range. Below I'll detail a few of the negatives that come with running too many trail cameras, and why if these are an issue for you, maybe it's time to downsize the fleet. 

Locating a Big Woods Buck in The Summer - What Does it Really Mean?

Locating a Big Woods Buck in The Summer - What Does it Really Mean?

By Alex Comstock 

I'm currently trying to locate a big woods buck this summer to hunt in the fall, and after only checking a single trail camera once, it hasn't happened yet. There's still a lot of time for it to happen, but today I wanted to briefly talk about what it really can mean to you when you locate a mature buck when hunting in a big woods setting. 

Why I Find Public Land So Important

Why I Find Public Land So Important

By Alex Comstock 

Public land holds a special place in my heart. I learned to deer hunt on public land, and it affords so many people a bountiful amount of opportunity when it comes to hunting. Yet, some people don't find public land important, and some public land is in jeopardy of being transferred out of federal hands which could ultimately lead to the loss of public land. If you only private land, I think you should still appreciate public land and value it, and here's why. 

Planning An Out of State Whitetail Hunt with Michael Mancl

Planning An Out of State Whitetail Hunt with Michael Mancl

By Alex Comstock 

Planning an out of state whitetail hunt can take a lot of work and planning to the point where it can even be intimidating if you've never done it before. I do a fair amount of out of state hunting myself and even though it can be strenuous, and difficult to pull off successfully, it can be extremely fun to hunt a new area, or a place that you end up going year after year. To get a little more insight and a different perspective from mine on out of state hunting, I reached out to Michael Mancl of The Breaking Point. Michael has done a ton of out of state hunting and had a lot of good information. You can read all about how to better plan and execute an out of state hunt by reading our Q&A below. 

3 Reasons Not To Rely on Summer Scouting

3 Reasons Not To Rely on Summer Scouting

By Alex Comstock

In my last blog post, I talked about certain things that can be important to summer scouting and with trail cameras. Depending on your hunting situation, summer whitetail preparation can differ from hunter to hunter. At the end of the day, summer is going to be important at some level. But, in the same breath, you can't rely on summer scouting. It goes for anything though, right? Trail cameras can be a great tool, no matter what time of year, but you can't rely on them either. It can be said for many things when it comes to pursuing whitetails. With that said, here's why you shouldn't rely on summer scouting for upcoming success. 

The Importance Behind Summer Scouting and Trail Cameras

The Importance Behind Summer Scouting and Trail Cameras

By Alex Comstock 

There are all kinds of ways you can hunt whitetails, and everyone has their own way of doing it. To some, summer might not be as important of a time frame. See Preparing for Whitetail Season with Brennen Nading for a good example. For others, summer can be a crucial part of the plan. In today's blog post, I'm going to hit on some of the important things that can be taken away from summer scouting and trail cameras if you still have work to do. 

3 Mistakes To Avoid This Summer

3 Mistakes To Avoid This Summer

By Alex Comstock 

As summer starts to get rolling, more and more of you will be doing whitetail related activities in preparation for the 2018 season, as will I. Depending on your hunting style, summer can be a crucial time of the year, and the outcome of your season could hinge on what you accomplish, and what you don't screw up. There are ways you can hurt yourself for fall, and it's important you don't make these following mistakes. The more you can accomplish and the less mistakes you make, will in turn create more optimal hunting for you in a few months.