Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Behind the Scenes Scouting Progress

When I am not in the woods hunting I am either practicing at the archery range or online researching or on the phone hunting down areas to hunt. One of the key ingredients to my success this year is gaining access to some other areas in Southern California. So far things are moving in the right direction!

Late last season, my friend and hunting partner Brett and I discovered one of my hunting spots was closed down. Come to find out, a new person bought the property and decided it was best to block access. With a little digging and positive email correspondence I have been able to get in touch with the new owner in the hopes of gaining access to the property. I am keeping my fingers crossed that with a little help in upkeep of the land that Brett and I might gain access late in the season!

Last season, as we came out of our gated hunting spot, we picked up an incredible amount of trash. I proposed to the powers that be that cleaning trash out of that area would not only benefit the wildlife, but make it a better place in general. My proposal was received and they are reviewing it for a future project. My goal is to clean the area with a bunch of my fellow hunters and outdoorsmen and women in hopes of making it a better place and getting in deeper to scout that area for deer season.

In my online scouting, I have found an area that holds many deer, but is gated. The gates aren't a big deal as we can still hike in, but it would certainly benefit us if we could drive in a few miles and then hike another couple to find the deer. Getting a key to a gated area is a goal of mine and so far I have hit the proper channels. Again, with some email correspondence and me offering some insight into me as a bow hunter, I have made progress and I am hoping that in future weeks I will have access to this area.

On a side note, meeting with manufacturers was a goal of mine in 2012. While I didn't get to do as much as I would have liked, I started off 2013 with a bang. So far I have contacted, or been contacted by multiple manufacturers. I have a couple plant tours in the works and will be meeting with some manufacturers of top gear in the industry. I am a gear junkie by nature and this just feeds the fire!

So as you can see, even though the blog hasn't been pumping out new information these past couple weeks, I have been hard at work behind the scenes trying to make new things happen. I am pursuing new ventures and loving the challenge. This year is building up to be one of the best hunting years ever and that's only because i am willing to put in the extra effort. I hope you are, too! Best of luck this year!


  1. Not surprisingly, the hunting world is much different in Southern California than Kansas. Always having access to family-owned property, I can't fathom the amount of work and schmoozing that goes into gaining and maintaining access for quality deer hunting land. I hope all works out well for you, as I'm looking forward to reading about more of your adventures.

    1. It was very different for me when I lived in NY, too. I just took it for granted. It was my own fault and I have certainly learned to appreciate what I can get out here. It's super tough every year, but we still try hard. Heck back in NY I could take multiple deer and almost every year I did. I have yet to take my first California deer. That being said, I love getting out and hunting and just being in the outdoors is great for me!

  2. This will be the year that you get your CA deer.

  3. What's the best approach to cold-calling a landowner to get permission? I see deer behind my house on someone's 150 acres. I don't know who owns the land and the house is behind a mile-long gated driveway.