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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. 

3 Summertime Whitetail Chores That Need to Get Done

3 Summertime Whitetail Chores That Need to Get Done

By Alex Comstock 

Before you know it, the next few months will fly by, and summer will be over seemingly before it even started. With that in mind, there are numerous critical things that need to get done over the coming months, and today I wanted to highlight a few summertime whitetail "chores" that need to get done before season rolls around. 

Two Things To Accomplish This Summer for Big Payoffs in The Fall

Two Things To Accomplish This Summer for Big Payoffs in The Fall

By Alex Comstock 

As a hardcore deer hunter, I'm always looking for an edge or a way to get better as a hunter. There's usually a list of things I could be doing to get better as a mature buck hunter, but inevitably, not all of them are going to get done. As I was thinking of things to accomplish this summer, two have rose to the top of the list, and by accomplishing both of these, they'll hopefully lead me to a better chance of a big payoff come fall. 

3 Keys To Scouting Big Woods Bucks

3 Keys To Scouting Big Woods Bucks

By Alex Comstock 

Hunting big woods bucks can present quite the unique challenge. There's a reason people travel to the true midwest to hunt big whitetails, and that's not only because they get bigger in cornfed country, but they are easier to hunt as well. I've hunted mainly in three states during my lifetime. Minnesota (northern region), North Dakota, and Nebraska. In North Dakota and Nebraska, deer in general are more predictable and it doesn't take as much work to look at a map and guess how they are going to move. I'm not saying it's easy, but there's an added challenge trying to arrow a mature buck in thousands of acres of hardwood forests. This coming season I'll be spending more time in the Northern Minnesota big woods than I ever have, and here's three things I'm keying in on during my scouting efforts and what you could be too if you hunt in a big woods setting.