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Mike Kuhns

I'm a lifelong hunter, who in the last 10 years, has found a reborn passion for archery hunting. In general, when it comes to hunting I like to listen and learn, and I think many of us can learn from one another. Hope you like the blog. Feel free to email me at or follow me on Twitter at @Mike_Kuhns. See you in the woods.

Don’t overlook deer’s sense of hearing

We’ve all been busted in the deer woods at some time in our lives. There’s nothing worse than having a deer snort at you. I did this year – 100 yards away straight downwind I heard the unmistakable sound of a deer alarming the forest that something wasn’t right. Of all the senses, beating a […]

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Hunters need to stand united

Why do we hunt? Chances are if you ask multiple hunters that question, you may get various responses. Fun. Challenge. Food. Exercise. Friendship. Comradery. Tradition. The list may go on and on. We all have our reasons of why we hunt. But hunters have a little ongoing battle with one another these days. Maybe it’s […]

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Learning from our mistakes

The terms “expert” or “professional” can be thrown around quite a bit in the world of hunting. The fact is, even the best hunters fail. Yes, soak that in, Michael Waddell has been unsuccessful at calling a turkey a time or two I’m sure. At some point, all hunters fail. We miss shots. We jump […]

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It’s time to stop Saw Creek cull

I’ve sat quietly on the sideline so far. I’ve seen small groups form with the help of social media and a cause they deem worth speaking out against. I’ve done my best to understand both sides – those who support the deer cull in Saw Creek Estates and those who oppose it. Today, there is […]

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An experiment with a positive reaction

We’ve all heard the saying, for every action there is a reaction. It’s true for hunting tactics as well. Yes, sometimes we hope the reactions come sooner – we use grunt tubes and rattle horns in hopes of luring a buck to investigate. We use scents to attract deer, camo to hide from them and […]

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Archery hunting on rise – and it’s no surprise

Archery hunting in Pennsylvania is bucking the trend. While the sales of general hunting licenses continue to dip at a rate of approximately 10 percent in the last decade, the sales of archery licenses is on the rise. Surprised? We shouldn’t be. In 2016, the Pennsylvania Game Commission sold 612,000 licenses. Of those hunters, 327,000 […]

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More to the hunt than the kill

Hobbies, I’ve got a couple. I fish a little and I play a little golf (not very well, mind you). But I love to hunt. Some people may think it’s all about the kill – taking down a whitetail buck, a black bear or spring gobbler must be the highlight, right? Well, sorta. Don’t get […]

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Cameras work if you don’t pressure them

Around July 4 the photos begin the trickle in. If you’re a hunter in Pennsylvania, you know what I’m talking about. “Look at this one!” or “I wonder if this is the buck from last year?” It’s fun time in the Pennsylvania woods. It’s the time of year when trail cameras begin to shape the […]

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Close isn’t always good enough

As I walked out of the woods on Saturday, I felt like I had done everything I could. Yes, I wasn’t pulling a whitetail behind me, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. I was close to releasing an arrow on a fine 8-point buck on a chilly 18-degree Saturday morning, but as many […]

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The chase is on for whitetail hunters

Early November – it is arguably the best time of year to hunt whitetails in Pennsylvania. The start of the rut is in full swing this week – a phase many call the chase phase. It’s a time of year where it’s not uncommon for archery hunters to see bucks, especially young bucks, cruise through […]

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