Gun Cleaning

Now that the deer season is over in most parts of the country , now is a good time for a good gun cleaning. You want to make sure you don’t just put it back in the case after using it all season and forget about it. Cleaning your gun thoroughly is very important.It is easy to use your favorite rifle all season and then put it away after deer season and forget about it. It is important to store it nice and clean to prevent rust. And when deer hunting rolls around you will have a nice clean gun that works properly and that is safe to shoot.

gun cleaning

Proper gun cleaning can make a huge difference in performance.

Safety: Don’t ever point any firearm at anyone even if you know that is unloaded. Take out the magazine or clip and clear the chamber, don’t just eject the shell visually check to ensure the chamber is clear.To make sure a firearm is functioning to its specifications you must ensure the firearm is clean. Most malfunctions shotguns,pistols,  and rifles have are due to dirty actions and bores. Gun Powder can be corrosive and damage your firearm if not properly cleaned on a regular basis.Read the owner’s manual and go only as far recommended. Always inspect each part of the firearm for wear. Also check for rust,hair-line cracks and signs wear. If you have any doubts take it to a gunsmith.

Gun Cleaning Tips

Attention: Before doing anything make sure the firearm is unloaded! Only then proceed with your gun cleaning.

1.Clean your firearm from the breach end if possible because you don’t want to get any shavings or debris into the action. Using the proper cleaning kit for your caliber firearm. Assemble the rod and screw the desired tip patch holder in. Pull a patch through the tip and soak it with cleaning solvent.

2. Push the rod with the soaked patch down the barrel to coat the bore. Take off the dirty patch at the other end of the barrel. Wait a few minutes to let the solvent soak into the dirty barrel.

3. Pull the rod back out of the barrel without a patch, then screw in the correct brush to the rod. Soak this brush with solvent and push and pull it up and down the barrel 5 or 6 times. Put the patch tip back on and put a patch on the tip and dip it in solvent and push it down the barrel with a clean patch until the patch comes out clean. Then push a dry clean patch down the barrel to get rid of ant remaining solvent.

4. Then put a few drops of gun oil to a clean patch and push it through to leave a slight coat of oil inside the barrel.

5. With a proper(nylon) brush coated with solvent brush any powder away that you see or any debris away from the action. Once the action is clean use a gun oil to barely coat all parts and surfaces.

6. Reassemble the firearm and wipe any areas you touch with your skin with a soft cloth slightly oiled.

Check and make sure the guns action is working properly or the bolt. Also make sure the bore is clear of anything before firing.

 

Deer Hunting Nocturnal Whitetail

Nocturnal whitetail Fat Albert

This nocturnal whitetail showed up later in the season at one of my favorite deer hunting honey holes.We named him Fat Albert.

A nocturnal whitetail is the toughest to hunt.

Nocturnal Whitetail The Toughest

There is no greater challenge in my opinion than trying to kill a late season  mature nocturnal whitetail buck. It can be downright impossible. The number 1 factor that will cause a big buck to become nocturnal is presence of human activity. And for that very reason I like to do my scouting and hang my stands late in the summer and get out of my favorite deer hunting spots and leave them heck alone. I don’t want the whitetails to have a clue that I even exists when it is time for deer hunting.

The thing I look for when scouting for good deer hunting locations weather it be on foot or using a topographic map or aerial photo is the thickest bedding areas I can find. And if I can find a thick bedding area on the edge of a steep elevation that is where they like to bed where they can see downhill in front of them and smell danger from behind them. Then I like to find all potential food and water sources in the area and make a note of when these food and water sources will be available throughout the year.If I find a place like this then I go in on foot and try to locate trails leading to and from the bedding areas to the food and water sources. I try to pay attention to the tracks and see which way they are heading and this can help me figure out what time of day these tracks are being made. If the tracks are leading to the bedding area this trail is probably a great morning spot where you can catch him returning to bed early in the morning. If the tracks are leading away from the bedding area this is probably a great spot to setup in the afternoon when he is leaving his bed to go feed or get water.

By paying attention to details you can greatly improve your odds deer hunting. I think the most critical things you can do when you find these trails and decide to hunt them is always have a favorable wind, that is get downwind of these trails with the wind blowing from the bedding area in your face, otherwise you are wasting your time. And you need to be able to approach the location quietly so the buck has no clue you are there. I believe these tips can help you improve you chances of getting a shot a mature nocturnal whitetail buck.

nocturnal whitetail rare day shot

A nocturnal whitetail can be very hard to kill.

Late Season Bucks

late season bucks in November

Getting after late season bucks can be a real challenge.

Having food can really increase your odds at getting late season bucks.It can be a real challenge if you don’t have any  food sources to focus on when getting after  late season bucks.

Late Season Bucks Tips

Having food can really increase your odds at getting late season bucks deer hunting.

Is the rut over where you are? It seemed to peak around the second week of November here in Kansas. I know there will still be some does that were not bred that will come into estrous but for the most part it seems to be over. With the cold weather it seems the bucks are focusing on the food sources to regain the weight that they lost during the rut in order to be able to survive the harsh winters here in the mid-west. If you have some food sources available this time of year you really have an advantage in trying to score on late season bucks. It seems like the better the buck to doe ratio is the shorter more condensed the rut seems to be. If the buck to doe ratio is not that balanced the rut will be longer and more spread out. It was an intense rut here in Kansas in early to mid November and I got a lot of trail camera pictures of bucks fighting and pictures of bucks with busted up racks from fighting.

It has turned cold here in northeast Kansas and I have seen some really nice bucks that have been taken so far this year from all over the country. I had shoulder surgery last week so my deer hunting is over for this season. This was my third season of deer hunting in Kansas and I like it better every year. I was able to film myself taking a very nice 11 pointer with my bow in mid October and was able to film my good buddy and fellow DHBB pro-staffer Troy getting a shot at an unbelievable 12 pointer that was the biggest buck either of us have ever seen in the woods. Unfortunately we were not able to find the buck but we haven’t given up hope that we may still be able to find him.

I got a lot of trail camera pictures of bucks fighting in November.

If you haven’t gotten that big buck you have been after don’t give up. If you have some late season deer food sources focus on them and go get him. Good luck everyone I hope you get that big brute you’re after.