Brown Bag Blog

The Brown Bag Blog is dedicated to all the hunters and sportsmen/women out there that are trying to get better everyday.  Here you’ll find tips, tricks, how-to’s, and more from RAKS staff and other hunting enthusiasts!

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bowhunting basics
Ask anyone who bowhunts and they will tell you there is nothing like it.  Not to mention, bowhunting really isn’t as expensive to start as people think.  There are many beginner bow packages that are very affordable.  Of course there are many things to look at when wanting to get started with bowhunting.  Here are some bowhunting basics that I think will help you. Finding The Right Equipment There are numerous amounts of bows toRead More
Early Season Bowhunting
Ask a bowhunter what his favorite time of year is and more times than not, you’ll hear “the rut”.  Let’s face it, who doesn’t like a late October through mid-November hunt?  When thinking about early season bowhunting though, there are several great advantages to this time of year.  There are a few key areas of the early season that I’d like to discuss along with some strategies for success. Weather Throughout the Midwest, early seasonRead More
Obtaining Hunting Permission
One of the most difficult things to do is obtaining hunting permission on private ground.   Several factors make it harder and harder to get access.  First is the rise in hunter numbers taking to the field.  Second is that landowners hunt themselves along with their family members.  Third the landowners lease the hunting rights to an outfitter or individual.  And last but not least is they plain just don’t want anybody on their land.Read More
Deer Corn
Corn is What Most Hunters Use Corn is what most wildlife lovers offer deer.  Even though it is one of the poorest types of deer feed available.  It is not beneficial just because it is cheap and labeled as “deer corn”. Corn is low in protein and high in carbohydrates. With approximately seven to ten percent protein, corn does not provide adequate protein levels.  Bone and muscle development require higher levels.  However, corn is aRead More
Hunting Women - Doe
When I was growing up, the only hunting women I knew were my mom, aunts and grandmothers.  Most of my friends thought that only the men should hunt.  It was their job to bring home the meat for all of the family to eat.  However, my family was quite the opposite.  As a matter of we did what was necessary to feed our family of nine. On an average day, chores were done and we gotRead More
Post Hunt Scent Control
Moisture Causes Odor I’ve always felt that post hunt is just as important as the “at home pre-hunt”.  When you think about it, it’s the start of that step.  During your walk in, the hunt and the walk out, your body is producing moisture and your clothes become wet.  As we discussed before, that moisture is what causes odor.  While you’re undressing at the truck, it’s important to know that when you put those dampRead More
Scent Elimination Spray
In the Field Pre-Hunt I never wear anything on the drive to the hunt that I’m going to where while hunting.  Once I’m parked, I will get dressed outside the vehicle with the clothes and gear I stored in the Scentmaster box.  In any case, you could do the same out of whichever sealed container you implement in your setup.  I spray myself down with my scent elimination spray from head to toe. Cover EverythingRead More
Scent Control - Scent Master
Disclaimer: I don’t pretend to be an expert, nor am I pushing brands of products.  Simply sharing my scent control procedure that has worked for me. Scent Control Offers a Better Chance When it comes to scent control, without a doubt the wind is gospel.  The nose on a whitetail deer is just too good.  It simply doesn’t matter what you do for scent control if you don’t play the wind.  That being said, IRead More
Practice Makes Perfect - Cornett
While the saying, “You won’t miss if you never take the shot”, may be true.  There is even more truth to the fact that while you won’t miss, you will also never MAKE the shot if you don’t learn to take it.  And herein lies another very old saying of “practice makes perfect”. For years and years, I had this idea in my head that a bow shot over 40 yards was unfathomable.  I meanRead More
Create Deer Sanctuaries - Sign
I want to talk to you about how important it is to create deer sanctuaries.  About eighteen years ago I got permission to hunt a farm.   This farm had not been hunted in about five years.  However, the neighbors hunted hard from what we were told.  It was mid December when I gained permission to hunt.  Being young, I decided to go out hunting without ever stepping foot on the property.  The landowner told meRead More