Kicking things off, the Sportsman Channel Outdoor Fest is happening this weekend in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This is a celebration of the outdoor lifestyle, a hunting, fishing and shooting event happening July 20 – 22. You can get all the official info right here, and purchase tickets. Michael Waddell will be there along with other tremendous outdoor personalities you see on your favorite hunting and fishing shows on Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network. The great thing about this event is that it’s built around the people. Fans will have access to hunting and fishing pros like Pigman, Pat and Nicole Reeve, Michael Waddell, Tom McMillan and more through meet and greets. Attendees can also attend seminars, see live product demos and so much more. It’s going to be a fun event. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out!
We are getting really close to the opening of some big game seasons across the country. One of those is early season elk. Michael has taken some incredible bulls and he’ll talk about the differences between elk hunting and deer hunting strategies. Michael tells Jim and Trav that unlike deer hunting, he takes a much more aggressive approach to pursuing elk and puts more pressure on them than he does whitetails. When hunting elk, especially on public land, Michael says time is of the essence as you never know when other hunters may push in and blow out the bulls you’ve been pursuing. Knowing that, hunters have to find situations where the elk are the most vulnerable and, even with small windows, work to get your shot. In the event that you blow your stalk and bump the elk, Michael says hunters still have a chance. Elk are good at giving their positions up through noise, bugling and when hunting open areas, glassing from a high point can help you get back on them.
Archery seasons for deer will soon be opening as well and Michael weighs in on how to use their needs against them. He says that people often over complicate how smart deer actually are. In truth, deer are very curious animals with good instincts and a will to live that helps them avoid, to the best of their ability, predators. Depending on the time of year, Michaels says they either want something to eat, something to breed or to establish their dominance. The ability to manipulate one or all of these factors to your advantage can help you find success. Michael says that decoying can be very effective and uses it mostly in the height of activity leading up to the rut. Because they are so eager to breed, they can often make mistakes. Finding a location where you can set up a buck decoy to catch them as they are out cruising early in the morning or just before dark looking for does can be a recipe for success. When they see another buck and hear grunting and/or rattling, many times it’s enough to bring them in and offer the perfect shot opportunity.
Tune in for an in-depth talk on elk, deer, archery equipment and hunting strategies with Michael Waddell.
Happy hunting, y’all.