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How the DEER and I Survive the Winter Season

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Uncategorized |

Can You Survive the Winter Like a Deer?

How well deer survive the winter depends on three primary factors:

  • The amount of stored fat
  • The availability of natural foods
  • The severity of the winter

Stored Fat

In late summer and fall deer build up fat that will become winter fuel. Acorns and beech nuts — often referred to as “mast” — are valuable sources of this fat. Fat reserves can supply almost one third of a deer’s winter energy needs. The more fat a deer can accumulate before winter, the greater its energy reserves and the greater the amount of winter weather it can survive.  Deer also develop highly insulated winter coats. Dense inner fur and long, hollow outer hairs create a coat 10 times thicker than the summer coat.  They look very stylish in their new coats!!

Availability of Natural Foods

In winter, deer subsist on buds and twigs of deciduous trees and shrubs such as yellow birch, hazel, dogwood, mountain, striped, red and sugar maple. Cedar and hemlock foliage also provide food. Deer will eat snow for water in the winter, and can survive eating bark and some wintergreen bushes. In winter, deer move to suitable cover. They move around less and decrease their metabolism and body temperature. This biological “fine-tuning” enables deer to conserve energy and survive our northern winters.

Severity of the Winter

Deer pack accumulated snow into a network of trails and runways. Trails allow deer to move easily between food and cover, saving valuable energy reserves. Conifers also reduce winds and moderate the temperature. On cold nights temperatures beneath heavy conifer cover can be ten degrees warmer than in open areas. Deer spend many hours lying under this protection.  However, when temperatures drop to 0 and lower, deer are forced to use increasing amounts of energy to keep warm. To counter this, deer select areas that minimize their exposure to cold and windy conditions and thereby lessen the impact on their energy reserves. For deer, one of the biggest energy drains in winter is movement through snow.

Now that I know these 3 factors for the DEER to survive the winter,  I have decided to try this myself.

  1. Stored Fat:  I have loaded up on carbs and lots of good sweets..the “mast”  to load on the fat.
  2.  Availability of “NATURAL” foods:  Well there is no shortage of natural chips, Natural Beer, Natural Burgers — you know what I am talking about – we all have our favorites.   Also, I try not to move around too much so that I don’t diminish my fat supply. (Very Important)
  3.  Severity of Winter:  I have my favorite jammy’s and a few handmade quilts to bundle up in  – flip on the gas logs and lay back for a winter of binge watching a bunch of series on Netflix.  If I have to move around it will be a short distance to the supply of natural foods.

I will let you know in the spring how this worked for me. I may actually survive this winter!!

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The End of Hunting Season

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Bow Hunting |

Now that deer hunting season is pretty much over lets see how many of you can relate to this:  A normal day out in the country where there are peaceful open fields, a few animal tracks in the snow, and not another person to be seen for acres.

Such a contrast to the Opening Day of Hunting Season when the two tracks look like a Los Angeles traffic jam at rush hour. Ok, maybe not THAT bad, but chances are you will encounter another hunter out there.

Everyone has to be first to scout out their favorite spot for the big kill!!

The First Day of Hunting Season

They have taken off all the days from work, well in advance.  Warned the family that they would not see them for quite some time.  Spent their whole wad on the latest hunting equipment… After all this is a one time a year thing!!

Every piece of camo clothing is out of the closet and the layered look is very much IN.  Any hunter worth his weight in arrows would have packed up enough supplies for at least 6 months when the season in Michigan is only a few weeks long.

Speaking of arrows……during  Bow and Arrow season, you can find anything and everything with an arrow stuck in it!!

Watch out all you furry friends –they are coming for us!! Especially us with the big antlers!!

A Hunter’s Tale

A great white hunter from the Upper Peninsula related a story that he swore to be true:

He and a friend were out hunting in their normal “lucky spot”.  Yep, you guessed it – he spotted a big ole buck, took perfect aim and shot it!!  Yeah a trophy for sure!!!   Well now he and his friend cut down a small tree and tied this lovely specimen front and back hoofs to their pole.  After carrying this big guy out of the heavy brush for what seemed like forever, they were heading  to the jeep to load it on for display to all the other hunters.  They, to this day, claim that the deer had two extra arrows in him that they did not put there.  Now I don’t know about you but these  guys now feel that some of these hunters should find their own “lucky spot!”

Hope you had a great hunting season and  that you are already preparing for next year.   Check out our fletching tools to make your own arrows in your down time.  Here is a video that will get you geeked for next season.

Don’t forget to like our page on Facebook. We will be giving away several jigs over the next few months!

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Christmas Gifts for ARCHERS: Awesome items for Awesome Shooters!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Archery, Bow Hunting |

If you are lucky enough to have someone interested in Archery on your Christmas list, let me tell you they would be thrilled with ANYTHING related to their sport!!  Let’s look at a few items that could make you the BESTEST gift giver of all!!!

Great Gifts for Archers anytime of the year!

Bitzenburger World Class Fletching Jig

It’s not surprise that we started the list out with our own amazing item. This jig will allow any archer to make his or her own arrows with ease. Trust us, they will be thrilled! Oh, and we will be giving away several of these on our Facebook page, so like our page and check it out for a chance to win!

I Don’t Wear Bows, I shoot them Women’s Classic T-shirts!!  

Available in many color and sizes.  These are for the gal on your list that wants to make sure “they” know that she does not mess around and no one should mess with her!

How about an arrow fletchers LARGE mug?

Everyone loves coffee mugs that describe their passion.  You can take it anywhere and it will surely start up a conversation about the beloved sport of archery!  You can customize these and order in ceramic or stainless steel.

SKELETON ARCHER APRON!!

Now let’s consider that kinda off the wall person on your list. Why not??    I should mention you can also get this Skeleton guy on several other items such as water bottles, playing cards, ornaments (really??) but this apron is the best!!  Three big pockets in the front to hold/hide some more weird stuff!!

THE ARCHERY SHOP -TARGET STAND + COASTER.  

This is a must for the home decorator on your list!  Wow talk about the envy of the neighborhood…whip one of these babies under that glass that someone sets on your new coffee table –NO rings at your house.

French Fry Car Holder

Now this is not so much for that Archery person on your list but it would make you that really cool gift giver we mentioned.  They ship all over the world so do not limit yourself on this one. Honestly, how often has this happened to you that you order french fries and have NO PLACE to set them while driving?

Kids Bow and Arrow Set

Let’s not forget the kids on the list – how could we this time of year while they are all going bonkers??? Here is a quality bow and arrow set so they can go with Mom and Dad to the range. Pretty cool!!

Lancaster Archery Gift Cards

Ok, we have done our best to come up with a few unique and some what “practical” ideas but if you really get stuck or just put if off too long …remember you gotta give the gift some time to arrive… you can always do the GIFT CARD thing – but yours will have a theme since after all, you are the bestest gift giver!!

Merry Christmas to all and we wish for a safe and enjoyable time with those on your list.

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Archery for Kids – GOOD REASONS TO GET KIDS INVOLVED!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Archery in Schools |

Archery for Kids is a great sport!

I think you can agree that extracurricular activities at school provide a safe environment for adolescent growth while preventing students from starting bad habits like smoking and drinking.

Kids want to be with other kids, but let’s try to make this a positive thing!! Not every child is cut out for running back and forth across the basketball court or soccer field.  Football can be pretty brutal with concerns of head damage etc. not to mention these sports are very seasonal so what do we do the rest of the year?

YEAR ROUND …IN AND OUT

Archery for kids is available in indoor and outdoor settings, and it appeals to many audiences, come rain, snow or sunshine.

SAFETY FIRST!!

According to the Archery Trade Association, archery is safer than every school-offered ball sport, except bowling and table tennis.  (not sure about the DEBATE TEAM – that can get pretty scary).

ANY CHILD CAN DO IT

It’s also adaptable for those with disabilities, known as para-archers. Para-archers shoot from a stool or wheelchair. Some even use their teeth or feet to draw their bow.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Whether students earn cash or college scholarships at tournaments, archery can help meet their long-term goals.  Many organizations are now recognizing Archery as a great sport to offer scholarships to.  (YEAH!!  It’s not all about the money, but it helps!!)

BETTER BEHAVIOR

Do you agree that “Rules outside of the classroom can improve behavior inside the classroom?  Mastering archery requires skill, concentration and perseverance. It’s a sport that’s fun, but also allows participants of any age or skill level to compete against others or challenge themselves individually. The sport has long helped archers gain confidence and physical strength. Once kids realize they can only shoot if they follow the rules, they get it.  Kids with the worst behavioral problems straighten up because they know if they follow the rules, they can shoot. It’s like magic.”

LIFE SKILLS

Archers must respect the sport’s rules, as well as each other and range/tournament organizers.

As with so many sports they learn respect for coaches and leadership figures.  Whether solo or as a team, archers interact while honing their goals and determination. Instead of spending hours after school staring  at video screens by themselves, they learn to  interact while honing their skills, goals and determination. You can always get to a higher “level” in archery!

FOCUS AND SELF-DISCIPLINE

Archery is learning a step-by-step method for drawing a bow and shooting an arrow. Even the youngest archers quickly learn that by slowing down and focusing on one step at a time, they are more successful at putting arrows in the middle of the target.

When archers make mistakes, they are taught that the solution is to analyze their steps and focus on improving one thing at a time…LIFE LESSON!

IMPROVED PHYSICAL HEALTH

Regardless of the setting, archery builds core, chest, back and shoulder muscles. Case in point: drawing 40 arrows at 25 pounds each equals 1,000 pounds of weight.

Did you know: Archers walk as much as 5 miles through the course of one tournament? All that walking improves heart health, muscle tone and leg strength.

Drawing a bow strengthens core muscles, which improves archers’ balance and stability. In turn, balance and stability improve posture, hand-eye coordination, and the chances of hitting the target.

A MORE CONFIDENT YOU!!

Whether their  “target” is improving their health,  physique, sociability or focus, archery can help our student  hit the bull’s-eye and be a more confident young adult going forward in and out of the classroom.

There are many private archery association in our area  http://www.naspschools.org/

or check out the Grand Ledge High School Ledge High school archery team on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/search/str/grand+ledge+archery+team/keywords_search

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A BEAR

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Bow Hunting |

When you are out of doors enjoying the hunt, remember you are sharing this space with many other creatures!!  One of these creatures is the BLACK BEAR!!

You may be curious since we don’t see one every day!

Warning: Bears are wild animals that are dangerous and unpredictable. Do not approach bears or allow them to approach you!

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A BEAR

  • Remain watchful.
  • Do not approach it
  • If your presence causes the bear to change its behavior (stops feeding, changes its travel direction, watches you, etc.) you are TOO close.
  • Being too close may promote aggressive behavior from the bear such as running toward you, making loud noises, or swatting the ground. The bear is demanding more space. DON’T RUN but slowly back away, watching the bear.
  • Increase the distance between you and the bear

WHAT TO DO IF A BEAR FOLLOWS YOU:

  • Change your direction.
  • If the bear continues to follow you, stand your ground.
  • If the bear gets closer, talk loudly or shout at it.
  • Act aggressively to intimidate the bear.
  • Act together as a group if you have companions. Make yourselves look as large as possible (for example, move to higher ground).
  • Throw non-food objects such as rocks at the bear.
  • Use a deterrent such as a stout stick.
  • Don’t run and don’t turn away from the bear.

If the bear’s behavior indicates that it is after your food:

  • Separate yourself from the food.
  • Slowly back away.

If the bear shows no interest in your food and you are physically attacked, the bear may consider you as prey:

  • Fight back aggressively with any available object!
  • Do not play dead!
  • Don’t leave food for the bear; this encourages further problems.

HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS ON BEAR BEHAVIOR:

  1. Bears are most active during early morning and late evening hours in spring and summer.
  2. Mating usually takes place in July.
  3. Both female and male bears may have more than one mate during the summer.
  4. Bears choose a denning site with the coming of cold weather. Dens are usually hollow stumps, tree cavities, or wherever there is shelter.
  5. Bears do not truly hibernate, but enter long periods of sleep. They may leave the den for short periods if disturbed or during brief warming trends.
  6. One to four cubs are born during the mother’s winter sleep, usually in late January or early February.
  7. Bears weigh eight ounces at birth.
  8. Females with newly born cubs usually emerge from their winter dens in late March or early April.
  9. Commonly born in pairs, the cubs will remain with the mother for about eighteen months.

FACTS AND FIGURES OF BEARS

Speed: bears can run faster than 30 mpH

Weight: Average 110-300 lbs. Large males can reach 400 lb

Height: A little smaller, from 2.5-3 ft at the shoulder. Around 5 ft standing.

BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN!!

As with all trips, be sure to research where you are going and what wildlife is in the area. Preparation and knowledge are the keys to ensuring a safe trip. Keep an eye out for BEAR warnings and always talk to a ranger if you have questions or concerns.

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