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Deer Hunting Basics: An Overview of Hunting Gear.

If you pick up any hunting magazine, looking through the ads, you will think the only way to hunt deer is by wearing $100 base layers. Having your personal ozone machine, on hand and having the fastest bow made.

In this article,  let’s look at what it actually takes to be a hunter. First, pick a tool for hunting. Get a bow, traditional or compound or a crossbow. Just make sure you are proficient with it. Practice. It’s archery season in Indiana, so I started with that.

Next, find an archery shop run by a local guy that can teach you things. Avoid the big box stores, unless that is all that is available to you.

My gear: I picked up a used PSE Nova Sport Game compound bow for $50. Is it the fastest? No. Does it kill deer? Yes.

Hunting Clothes. On a basic budget, here’s what you need. Long Johns. Thermal Underwear. A pair of Carhartt bibs and Coat. Berne is another brand that is reputable. Comfortable boots that keep your feet warm. Sometimes, you can sit still for hours, hands and feet get cold being still. Orange hat, and some gloves.

My first pair of hunting boots, were made by Brahma. I bought them at Wal-Mart for around $40 and they  lasted 5 years of hunting.

This next thing, you cannot forget this. Listen, it is absolutely possible to hunt and kill deer without wearing any camo at all. You do not have to have it. Just make sure that one your hunting gear fits your budget and two, keeps you warm. That is what it’s supposed to do.

Next we will look at the big mystery behind scent control.

Kylar and Kylie Squirrel Hunting



Hunting Basics: Scent Control

Under Armor. Scent Lock. All the sprays, activated  carbon clothing, does it really do anything? Let’s look at what it’s supposed to do and then look at real people hunting and what it actually does.

The Base Layers: These are supposed to draw sweat away from your body and keep you dry. Usually made from synthetic materials, if you use these, you will need to buy a couple sets, a top and bottom. Or wash them every time you leave the woods because they will stink.

Hunting clothes in general need to be washed seperate from your work clothes or everyday clothing. In past years, I bought the no scent wash detergent, but I cannot justify spending $10 on a 10oz. bottle of detergent. So what can we do?

I started washing my clothes in baking soda. It’s cheap. It’s odorless. It doesn’t ruin the color of my clothing.

What about the other stuff? deodorant, no scent spray, dryer sheets.

Again, I found odorless Arm and Hammer deodorant for $2. In the past I have used a deodorant stick made from salt that is odorless also. As far as sprays go, I do use one of those. We use Scent Away Fresh Earth scent.

Part of hunting White Tail Deer is the man Vs. Nature aspect. Specifically a white tail’s nose. There are plenty of youtube videos that show people being found by a dog even when using a no scent spray product. For me, my whole thought process on scent control is this.

Hide your human scent as much as possible, but smell like you belong in the woods. I achieve this, by showering in Scent Away max. Washing my clothes in baking soda, as soon as they dry, I spray them down with Scent Away Fresh Earth Scent spray.

The biggest thing any hunter can do to increase the odds of beating a white tail’s nose, is to learn how to play the wind, and walk quietly in the woods.

I am a big guy and I’ve had to go to local parks to walk and learn to walk quietly before hunting season. There’s nothing worse than getting 10 yards into the woods and hear the dreaded snort wheeze of a mature doe that just busted you.  Happy Hunting.



Summer Project 


Kylar and I refurbished an old ten foot Jon boat, added paint, a removable deck and here is Kylar taking it out on Uncle Brents pond for the maiden voyage. He also learned to tie a fisherman’s knot. 


Small steps towards living an abundant life

So I’ve always thought that Little House on The Prairie actually had something to it. I have wanted to live a life in that manner for a long time. What I mean by that is, a simple life. One less plugged in, less busy, destressed, and maybe less medications.

After public school told us they did not have time to teach our daughter to read, our adventures in homeschooling began. As it happened I wanted to teach the kids where food actually comes fom. 

So we started with chickens. The picture at the top of this post is the whole setup now, but we started out with just building the coop which cost $400 in material but is still cheaper than a store bought one. The front half of the coop the chain link fence is a dog kennel we bought for $220 on sale. The other 180 was material to make the coop. We had trouble with chicken hawks so another $60 was spent to cover the kennel. Then we bought the chain link fence for the back of the coop for $50. We have wire that runs across the top of the back part, but we let the weeds grow up high to camouflage the chickens better and so far this has worked well. 

Before anyone comments about free range, I simply cannot do that. There’s a highway on one side and woods on the other, so far we have lost 5 chickens to coyotes, skunks and chicken hawks. 

In a continued effort to teach our kids where real food comes from, we have a large garden and can green beans, make pickles, and try to put enough away for the winter. The tricky part has been to figure out a planting/harvest ratio. 


Frustràtion, uncleaned rooms, we are about to get extremely busy. 

My children, like most children can clean up toys at church. They pick up at their cousins house, but, at home…it’s a never ending battle. 

So this week, I sat down with the kids and we had a Bible lesson. 

Psalms 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. 

First, I pointed out to the kids that rejoicing in this verse is the effect. I will rejoice because the Lord has made today. Joy isn’t to come from life being fair or how much we have to clean up or because someone does less cleaning. 

Then we looked at Psalm 24 The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. 

I pointed out to the kids that God owns it all. Therefore we are just care takers of the things we have. 

Then I pointed out that in Genesis God gave Adam a job. He was to care for and manage all that God created. So when mom or I ask them to do chores, we are doing a Godly thing. 

Then I asked them 1 question. Would Jesus like the way you’re taking care of the stuff in your room?  Each child replied no. On this day, they willingly cleaned up their rooms. Hallelujah! 



I am not by any means a real handy guy. I can’t tell you how much horsepower my engine has, or the stats of any sports team.

But I did have a rough idle in my truck…instead of buying a new part which was around forty bucks, I instead bought this… 

For $8.88 at Walmart.  Now the truck pictured at the top does not have a mass air flow sensor, but my wife’s vehicle does, the point it is, I cleaned the air intake valve on two vehicles and the mass air flow sensor on one vehicle in 2 hours and saved myself about $80 total. 

That is well worth learning a new skill for. God knows if I can learn to maintain a vehicle, so can you. 


The Garden, Canning Soon. 

Hard work pays off. Looking out over our family garden there’s a sense of accomplishnent, pride and knowing that as a family we worked together to provide for ourselves.