#DeerWeek is a celebration, Jeff says. This time of year with seasons open in some states and on the cusp of opening in others, it brings together an enormous group of outdoor enthusiasts with shared passions. There is something about deer hunting that bonds hunters more than any other game species. Whitetails, because of their broad range across the country, are something that so many hunters can identify with and a style of hunting so many hunters can relate to. The memories made in the field, around the fire, at camp, in the stand and more while chasing whitetails are priceless. #DeerWeek puts a special focus on deer hunting and all the great things about it.
This time of year, as it’s still early, Jeff says it’s all about patterning deer through the transition. Jeff says that the deer are just now coming out of velvet and there is a change in behavior so, he is utilizing trail cameras to locate where the whitetails are bedding, feeding and watering going into the pre-rut. Part of what makes deer hunting so exciting, both Jon and Jeff agree, is the competitive nature of it - hunter vs deer. Going head to head against a buck requires patience, skill and know-how. It’s a game you’ll lose a lot of the time, Jeff says, but the drive to get back out there, day in and day out, and to fill your tag is strong. When you finally find success, there is a lot of gratification in it.
Jon says last year he purchased a 200-acre farm in Tennessee and he can’t wait for the first full hunting season this year. He has focused his attention on implementing different habitat projects and planting food plots and he’s anxious to put boots on the ground and see what happens this fall. Not only has he created a sanctuary for wildlife, but Jon says that his farm also acts as a sanctuary for him. It’s a good place to come to after being on the road, he says, to rest and recharge his battery. Jeff agrees and says that although their lives are different, he too knows about life on the road and how it can wear on a person. Having a place to go home to and unwind is important.
While Jon calls Tennessee home, Oklahoma is Jeff’s stomping ground. An area that is used to drought conditions, Jeff says this year is different in that they’ve had a lot of rain. While water sources are generally critical, especially during the early season, they may not play as big of a role this year because of the availability of water. What does all the rain mean for deer? Jeff says for antler growth, it’s excellent. Anticipating good antler growth, he notes that he is looking forward to some special deer this year. An abundance of moisture can also mean that deer spread out more and are more difficult to pattern. Instead of coming to specific food sources, Jeff says, when you get that much rain all of the browse benefits and the deer spread out to take advantage of it. The onus is then on the hunter to change up their tactics to regain a competitive edge against their whitetail counterparts.
Listen in as Jon Langston, country music recording artist talks about his love of music, the outdoors, hunting and hosting #DeerWeek. Plus, stick around as Jeff Danker talks about an episode of his show, “BuckVentures” that will air during #DeerWeek that shows the true ups and downs of hunting as he and his daughter chase deer in Texas.
Be sure to catch all the #DeerWeek programming September 16th - 22nd, every night from 7:00 pm ET to midnight on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel. In the meantime, head to www.DeerWeek.com to find out more about hosts Jon Langston and Jeff Danker, take a look at the complete schedule of programming, find tips from the pros, recipes, hot gear suggestions and more! Don’t forget to use the tag #DeerWeek on all your deer hunting photos!
#DeerWeek, “Now You Know”!