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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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
Food Plots - Clover
When it comes to food plots there are several ways to go.  From how you plant, where you plant and in particular what all to plant.  When I am planning food plots for the upcoming year I like to split them up into two time periods; early season and late season. Food Plots for Early Season First let’s start with my early season plots.  These food plots are the ones that get planted in earlyRead More
Seeding - No Till Drill
All the hard work is finally done!  Now it’s time to get some seed down and watch it grow!  Generally speaking, seeding food plots is pretty easy.  Based upon your budget, here are the best options for planting your food plots. Broadcast Spreaders Broadcast spreaders come in a variety of shapes and sizes.   The majority of food plotters use this type.  They are relatively cheap and easy to use.  Not to mention can be used onRead More
Soil preparation is tough if you do not have access to the right equipment.   Breaking ground on new areas can be a daunting task, especially if there’s an existing sod layer.  Minimal equipment can tackle spraying and planting somewhat easily but tilling ground requires much more horsepower.  For your sake, I at least hope you have access to an ATV and disc.  If there ever was a time to contact a local farmer orRead More
Sprayers are first on the list of tools.  Not only is weed control the most important task but it also the most difficult.  Jumping right into tilling up the ground is easy because it feels like you are getting something done.  Slow down and do not get carried away.  The time to get dirty and play in the dirt will come soon enough.  Of course it will be much more rewarding playing with the big boyRead More
Equipment - Food Plots
Equipment you have available will determine how hard you will have to work.  Food plotting is no easy chore.  For most of us, gaining access to the right implements is the biggest hurdle.  You can borrow from friends, neighbors or local farmers until you can afford some of your own.  At a minimum, you will need to kill the weeds, expose the soil and disperse/plant the seed. Equipment Available For Every Budget Most food plotting equipmentRead More
Soil Testing - Dirt
Soil testing is the most critical part of any food plot.  Before planting, it’s of the utmost importance to analyze your soil.  You want to make sure that the soil composition is perfect for growing the seed you’re about to sew. Most soils have a low pH.  Correspondingly they are acidic in nature and most seed will not do well. Ideally you want your soil’s pH to be in the 6 to 7 range withRead More
Food Plots
Food plots play an important role in the drive towards healthy animals and bigger bucks. They can transform deer management on tracts big or small.  What’s the big difference between food plots and native vegetation? On average, native vegetation will produce about 200 to 300 pounds of deer food annually.  However, they can only use about 100 pounds per acre without destroying the area.  An adult deer will consume 6 pounds of feed per day. Read More
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