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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 mkuhns@poconorecord.com or follow me on Twitter at @Mike_Kuhns. See you in the woods.

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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Next! Passing on deer a challenge

When the deer antler restrictions went into effect in Pennsylvania in 2002, I didn’t know how to feel about it. I was a fan of the possibility of shooting larger-racked deer, but could it really happen? I think it’s safe to say that the biologists were right, and that antler restrictions have worked quite well. [...]

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Have an exit plan

One of the best pieces of advice was given to me years ago: Never let the deer know you are hunting them. It seems so simple, but yet the concept rings so true. It’s also easier said than done. I am guilty of educating more than one deer in my lifetime. I’ve also learned some [...]

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What to do first? The laundry!

About this time every year I make a checklist. If you’re a hunter, you’ve been there. You go through all of your gear — ropes, lights, batteries, broadheads, clothing, boots and the list goes on and on. In fact, making the list can be quite maddening. The one item that can be easily overlooked is [...]

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You only get 1 shot

About 10 years ago, I had a chance at a tremendous buck. I remember like it was yesterday. It was a big deer, big body, tall, white rack. He ran at me so fast I barely had time to blink, yet alone hook my release to my string, aim and shoot. And just like that [...]

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2017: Let the countdown begin

You’ve felt a different feel in the air recently. The mornings are crisp. It’s nearly that time of year – hunting season. You’ve shot your bow a few times by now, or have taken the shotgun out of the safe for a cleaning. Whether you are an archery hunter, muzzleloader, or small game hunter, you’ve [...]

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Cold has my spirits on ice

My energy level has a tendency to hit rock bottom at this time of year. It’s cold outside. The days are short. And let’s face it, many of us have been hunting since early October. Throw in trail camera season, summer scouting and hanging stands, and it’s a six-month hunting season. So, by time Christmas [...]

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My little yellow reminder

Every time I go hunting I can’t help but look. On the side of my backpack is my untouched tag. Multiple tags actually. Buck tag. Doe tag. Bear tag. All untouched and perfectly folded in my license holder. It’s like an ugly zit that won’t go away. In the early archery season, I had some [...]

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Look out for yourself first

Some days I feel like I should have my head examined. If you’re a hunter, or a fisherman for that matter, we’ve all asked ourselves, “why did I do that?.” There’s days where you drag yourself out of bed, or rush home from work early to get a few hours in the woods before dark. [...]

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