Friday, August 24, 2012

From Chasing Fins to Chasing Mr. WhiteTail

             We had an average Rockfish Season on the Chesapeake Bay.   The boys did well this Spring Gobbler Season and it took Gary quite a while to get those simple birds off his mind!   We think he is finally back and starting to focus on Whitetails!  The Off Shore fishing season has been one of the best in years!  The Tuna bite was hot and a steady with some decent Bill fish mixed in!   White Marlin Open tournament week wore us out!   Congrats to my buddy on The Fish Wistle for winning $55,000 with a big Tuna. Congrats to a Mike Runk Jr who hunts in our clubs he is the mate on Reelentless and is currently 1st on the leader board in the Mid Atlantic with a 79 pound White Marlin worth over $700,000!!!  Sure hope it holds up for those boys!!!

            We  are excited for the upcoming Whitetail  season.  This year it opens 8 days earlier on the 7th of September instead of the usual Sept 15th opener!   We are getting fired up over the hit list that we posted this week and are sure it will be growing with new camera locations we just set up!   We will be doing are best to give you updates as the season progresses at least once a week.   We we will bring you a video as often as we get the good action. So stay tuned We are Back!  Game on!  

             Our prayers go out to the family's that were touched in the Ellicott City train accident a few days ago.

Friday, February 3, 2012


More hunters are trying to exercise solid QDM principles and harvest does and pass up young bucks.  Afterall we all have dreams of killing mature bucks that carry an incredible set of antlers.   While you can do your best to protect younger deer there are still deer that will die that you were hoping to hunt the following season.  Each season we find dead deer that die for unknown reasons.  Some die of natural causes and others are killed by predators, hit by cars or killed by hunters on adjoining properties.  The reasons may vary but there is one thing that stays the same....   You have little or no control over those factors and therefore should not let them affect whether you decide to release an arrow or pull the trigger.   The one thing that is for certain is that if you shoot him he will not make it to the next season!  The other thing that we have learned is that once a deer reaches 3 1/2 or older they start to become extremely  nocturnal and will only be seen in hunting situations a few times each year.  So chances are good that if you pass him there is a good chance that he will slip through to the next season!  

Once your group decides on a management program do your best to follow the criteria you set.  Use all the tools in your arsenal to make that decision easier and to identify the deer so that when he shows up you already know if he is a shooter.  In particular use trail camera photos, shed antlers and the video you might have from the prior season to help you make an informed decision.  Each year we try to gather trail camera photos and look at the deers body size and shape to determine whether the deer is old enough to harvest.   However that still does not make it easy and you can still make mistakes.   On several occassions we have identified deer that appear to meet our requirements but once they were harvested we decided that maybe we could have passed them one more season.  That is okay though....  If you get it right 80% of the time you will still be way ahead of the game.  There will still be plenty of bucks that make it through until the next seaon and you will have a blast chasing them!  

There is nothing more gratifying then when the plan comes together and one club members harvests a deer that you were targeting.  Everyone in the club should feel a huge sense of accomplishment.  At one point or another he was probably passed by each member in the club probably and that allowed him to reach maturity.  So be happy for your club member and stick with the program.  It will be your turn the next time around!

Take a look at one of the deer we found dead this season.  Brendan had velvet footage of him in early fall when he was traveling with a buck that Jake killed during the rut.  They were both incredible bucks and we all were hoping that he made it through and that we would be hunting him next season.  Matt found him dead while goose hunting and it appears that he died while he was still in velvet.  It is unfortunate but we are not discouraged...  We will stick with our plan knowing that there will be another buck to fill the void!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


The waterfowl hunting has been extremely tough this year.   The migration of geese and ducks to Md's Eastern Shore has been way behind schedule due to the unseasonably warm temperatures .  Last week things finally started to pick up a bit due to colder temperatures and we are having a decent start to this week with rain and fog in the forecast Monday.    

We have been a bit overwhelmed with hunting and filming and have not done a great job of updating the blog or the website.   We should be back on track now and will do our best to keep things current!  Bow season goes out the 31st and waterfowl season on the Eastern Shore goes out the 28th.   We are going to hit a our favorite deer spots a few more times and try to put a few more does on the ground!   Go climb a tree  or get in a blind there are only a few days left!  

Stay tuned to Bitmore Outdoors.