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Practice for the game

April 6, 2016
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Practice for game Hi welcome to the Hunting Channel Online’s Tip of the week sponsored by The Whitetail blueprint.com I am your Host John Stallone. For the next 3 weeks we are going talk about practicing for the game. I am always preaching about practicing life-like scenarios.

It is so important to practice situations that you might be faced with during your hunt. The year leading up to my ’07 deer season, I was spending most of my practicing hours on

spot and stalk type hunting because I was releasing my first book Secrets of Hunting Western Game and we were gonna be doing some shows and videos to support the book and give some video tips that went hand in hand with the book, etc. During all of this, I did not shoot one arrow from a tree stand

that whole year. My first deer trip was in Illinois and the very first morning on stand I had an absolute monster stop right in front of me, quartering away at 19 yards; this was 180 inches of pure stud. I was a little shaky and had a bit of the fever but not enough to throw me off. I let the arrow fly and it sailed harmlessly over the brute’s back, I chalked it up to buck fever. The next morning I decided

to shoot a doe to get the first hunt jitters out, she was broad side at 20 yards. Thump! said the arrow as it hit the dirt on the other side of the doe. Wow, I was baffled, I shot my Mathews at the range at the lodge and I was hitting tic tacs at 60 yards but I couldn’t shoot a 300 pound deer at 30? What was going on

here? It wasn’t buck fever because I missed the doe too. It is because I had been shooting at 60-80 yards from the ground, kneeling, sitting, and every which way you could think but not from a tree stand. I had trained myself so well for my western game hunts that my muscle memory would not allow me to

shoot the way I needed to from the stand. With some mental adjustments I was able to score a

turkey at 45 yards and a doe at 19. As for the buck, I never did get an opportunity at that big buck again and because he was burned in my skull I would not except the 10 other 130” deer that passed within range. Moral of the story is practice for the hunt, standing 20 yards away from a big target shooting field points is not gonna help you get prepared to shoot a deer from 20 feet up and out 30 yards with a broad head. So next week and the week after we are going to give you some drills to do to get ready for your hunts. Make sure you tune in next week and remember for and in dept look at preparing for your hunt check out www.thewhitetailblueprint.com an pick up your copy today…..thanks for joining us we’ll see you out in the field.

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John Stallone Marketing Director: The Hunting Channel Host of Days in the Wild Content coordinator: for The Outdoor Insiders Field Editor for Earned DIY journal  Facebook Twitter Instagram I am the marketing Director for The Hunting Channel, a National pro-staff shooter for Mathews, Swhacker, trufire, Sneek Tec, Bow IQ , cogburn and Gold tip as well as many more . I am a outdoor videographer and writer in the hunting industry. My program is viewed over  4million x monthly, I am a published outdoor writer and have over 4 million views on youtube and receive traffic upwards of 65 million each year on my video clips. I have completed my whitetail slam and currently working on my super slam. My TV show was voted viewer’s choice for 2014 on Carbon TV and I have been successfully producing shows for over 11 years. Here is some of my video work: Chevy :Mathews, Tenzing Swhacker Broadheads, Cogburn    Here is a sample of my Hunting Show My books: The Whitetail Hunter’s Blueprint The Secrets of Hunting Western Game  Some of my accolades:  Featured in Tom Miranda's book rut hunters  Certified Deer Steward from QDMA and Clemson University Certified Wildlife Manager from Penn Foster Master Degree from Colorado State in Rangeland Management and Ecology   Some more about me:  1981 first deer hunt 1990 first deer with a bow 1996 won first archery tournament 1998 Received a Bachelor’s of Science from Grand Canyon University 2001 Started shooting Mathews as Pro-shop field staff 2002 Became chief of Infield testing for Huntech Inc 2004 started The Hunting Channel online 2004 Published First article in Midwest Whitetails 2005 Started TV Show Days in The Wild 2006 Release 1st book The Ultimate Guide to staying Scent Free 2006 Enter # 11 pope and young by spot and stalk Antelope 2007 Started Market My Hunting Business 2007 Started THC’s Tip of The Week 2008 Released  2nd Book The Secrets of Hunting Western Game 2008 Began The Hunt Fit Program 2009 Released 3rd Book The Whitetail Hunters Blueprint 2009 Began The Hunting Channel Blog 2013 Completed Master’s of Science Rangeland Management and Ecology 2013 Was awarded  The Whitetail Slam 2013 Was featured in Tom Miranda’s book The Rut Hunters 2014 Became Field Editor for Earned Magazine 2014 -2015  Days in The Wild awarded Viewer’s Choice Carbon TV 2015 first to Harvest a Florida Mt. Ibex with a bow on film 2015 Became The Content Coordinator for The Outdoor Insiders