Spring Brook Deer Cooperative had their 10th Anniversary meeting last week. They invited Mark Kenyon to come and share some of what he has learned about hunting in the high pressure, small parcel state of Michigan. Mark is a nationally published outdoor writer featured in Outdoor Life, North American Whitetail Magazine, Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine, Quality Whitetails Journal and Whitetail News. He is the founder and full-time managing editor of Wired To Hunt (wiredtohunt.com), the deer hunting blog for the next generation. Mark is also the Director of Digital Content for the National Deer Alliance, and in 2014 he was named the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Communicator of the Year. Mark has hunted whitetails all over the United States, yet calls Michigan home. He does not own land himself, but has gained permission to hunt a few properties near his home.
This past October, Mark bagged a nice Michigan buck behind his house. His decision to hunt here in Michigan, rather than his planned hunt trip in Ohio, was based on some information that he used strategically, and led to his successful harvest. Mark has spent a lot of time talking with well educated and experienced hunters. The information he shares with the group comes from a variety of individuals. To learn more about his mentors, please visit wiredtohunt.com.
Cold Fronts: A few days before opening day, Mark was checking the weather forecast. He saw that a 20 degree drop was predicted for opening day. Cold fronts are something Mark looks for because there is typically more deer movement right around these larger drops in temperature.
Barometric pressure: When there is a high rise in barometric pressure - higher than usual - there seems to be more deer movement. Plus, when you take the moon rise/set into account, there seems to be a sweet spot where the deer are more active if the moon is rising/setting when the sun is.
Wind: Direction and strength are important to make sure you can get into your stand, and stay there without being picked up by the deer.
Recent scouting intel: Either in person sightings or trail camera pics of a buck in the daylight. Mark saw three different mature bucks in the food plot he hunted over a few days before this hunt.
When he added up all of these factors - he was convinced that the likelihood of contact with a buck he had been watching was possible. So he cancelled his trip, stayed home, and filled his tag on one of his target bucks.
“I geek out on the details, which I think has lead to a lot of the success I’ve had - stacking up the little things” Mark said. “Sometimes you get skunked… But sometimes it works out!”
It worked out this time around! Congratulations Mark on your awesome Michigan deer. Thanks for sharing your story with the folks at Spring Brook Deer Cooperative.