Q: Do you hunt with archery equipment or firearms or both?
A: I hunt with both archery and firearms, but mainly with my bow. There is just something to getting within 30 yards of your game and closing the deal. I do however love my flintlock muzzleloader and do a ton of hunting with it. I guess when it comes to flintlocks, it’s just a Pennsylvania thing!
Q: What’s your hunting style?
A: I think any successful hunter is someone who works hard but is also very patient. I like to think I am a combination of both. I spend a lot of time in a tree stand as well as ground blinds.
Q: On a level of 1 to 10 how important are game cameras to your hunting success and why?
A: Some years, like last year, it’s a 10! I never would have shot one of my biggest bucks ever if it wasn’t for the daily updates I received from my Moultrie Cellular Trail Camera
Q: If you’re hunting a specific property, how do you typically use your trail cameras for scouting and hunting?
A: I use my trail cameras in different ways during different times of the season. In the summer months, I will find those open fields and use corn to really get an inventory of the deer. As we get closer to season, I will adjust my approach and use a combination of cameras on game trails, food sources, etc. It becomes all about finding that shooter buck in daylight hours.
Q: What roll do cellular game cameras play in your scouting and do you use them differently than traditional trail cameras?
A: Cellular game cameras have been a game changer for me! First, it cuts off about 2 hours’ time just going and checking all my cameras. Secondly, it let’s me stay out of those areas and know what is going on at the same time.
Q: Tell us about a buck that got away and you still think about him to this day?
A: I was hunting Illinois and probably the biggest buck I have ever had an encounter with got away. He was a giant. He came in to 30 yards and I just completely misjudged the distance and shot over him. Needless to say, I came unglued. It was a giant. To make matters worse, he just went and stood at 40 yards and stared at me for about 10 minutes. A memory that I will have forever.
Q: Tell us about a time you skipped something important to go hunting instead? Was it worth it?
A: I skip my anniversary just about every year because I was dumb enough to get married on November 4th. My wife and I came to an agreement that we would just celebrate on November 15th. Lol!
Q: If you could only give one piece of advice to a new hunter, what would it be?
A: There is no better teacher than experience, but with that being said, hunting and learning from someone who is successful sure can cut down on the growing pains!
Jason’s videos are available on our Wired Outdoors YouTube Channel, Wired Outdoors Roku Channel and Waypoint TV. His podcasts are available on Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast and our websites at DeerEater.com and WiredOutdoors.com. Say has been hunting for the past 36 years in Pennsylvania and also travels to Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin and New Mexico.
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