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BIG WOODS BUCKS PODCAST is a knowledge-based podcast dedicated to teaching people the skills, tactics, and techniques needed to become a successful hunter by taking each of you along on our adventures. Hosted by legendary whitetail tracker Hal Blood and co-hosted by Joe Kruse and Lee Libby, listen as they share the vast knowledge they have of big woods deer hunting. They are some of the best big woods deer hunters in the world. Education through entertainment is the corner stone of our business.
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· Big Woods Bucks Chief Executive Officer and camera guy Brian Connor comes on the podcast with Hal, Joe, Rick, and Lee, to talk about his journey from camera guy to Big Woods Bucks CEO, with lots of crazy big woods adventures along the way. He discusses his and Rick's hunt from 2023 when a misfire on his old guy provided a costly lesson on being p…
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· Hal and Joe speak to Bill Greaves, director of the North Maine Woods. Bill share stories and advice about navigating 3.5 million acres of wilderness accessible to the public, what seasons it gets most crowded, and what to do if a logging truck is barreling down the road toward you. · Connect with Big Woods Bucks. · Big Woods Bucks on Facebook, In…
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Hal, Joe, and Rick Labbe sit down to talk with Alaskan Guide and big woods hunter Billy Molls of Wisconsin. Billy shares stories of how he got into the big woods lifestyle, stories of guiding hunters on big Alaskan game, and how he goes about approaching the hunt. Billy also shares his story of how he got into filming and sharing his hunts on his Y…
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· Join Hal & Joe as they have an informative discussion about the new gun law that the Governor of Maine let through recently. Dave explains the in’s and out’s of the law and his take on what really happen during the process. Decide for yourself, but if you want to help fight the law go to Sportsmans Alliance of Maine and click on the tab “Donate t…
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· Join Hal, Joe and Rick as they compare, contrast and share different yet extremely effective big woods tactics with “The Hunting Beast” from Wisconsin, Dan Infalt. You will feel like you are at deer camp listening to an in-depth conversation between these gifted hunters/woodsmen sharing their knowledge, tactics, stories, and passion for the outdo…
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· In this episode of the Big Woods Bucks podcast, Steve Sherk of Sherk’s Guide Service out of Pennsylvania comes on to talk about hunting the Big Woods of Pennsylvania. Steve talks about his methods for scouting and bagging big mountain bucks on large tracts of public land in the mountains of Pennsylvania. · Connect with Big Woods Bucks. · Big Wood…
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· In this episode of the Big Woods Bucks Podcast, Hal, Joe, and Good Lee talk with Todd Havel of Misty River Trackers about tracking bucks and hunting the big woods of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Todd talks about his approach to hunting these big woods areas of the Midwest, and how tracking is growing as a popular method of hunting these areas. The ga…
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· In this episode of the Big Woods Bucks Podcast, team member Jeff Paradis discusses his hunts in South Dakota, Illinois, and hunting sika deer in Maryland. Also, Matt Breton drops by to talk about recent efforts to restructure Vermont's fish and game regulators, with potentially disastrous consequences for sportsmen. Email Matt Breton @ vt@backcou…
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· In this episode of the Big Woods Bucks Podcast, Hal Blood, Joe Kruse, and Chris Dalti visit Tucker Carlson at his home in Maine to talk about hunting, fishing, and family. Tucker and the gang trade hunting and fishing stories, talk about hunting tradition and ethics, and discuss Maine history and lore. Tucker introduces the gang to his hunting do…
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· In this episode, recorded live at Huntstock 2023, the Big Woods Bucks team sits down and discusses the ins and outs of running a guide business in the northwoods. It is a snapshot into how much experience the BWB team members have in the woods and what qualifies them to educate to help fellow hunters be the best they can be.…
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· In this episode, Rick Labbe and Garnett Robinson sit down with Joe and Hal to discuss how their seasons went. Rick tells the story of his 5 bucks in 5 different states, as well as his Wyoming elk hunt. · Connect with Big Woods Bucks. · Big Woods Bucks on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. · Shop Big Woods Bucks Wool Hunting Gear. · Check out Minus…
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· In this Big Woods Deer Season Wrap-up, Hal, Joe, Mike Stevens and Rylan talk about their bucks, including Hal’s trip to the Adirondacks where he shot a big woods ADK buck he tracked down on snow. · Connect with Big Woods Bucks. · Big Woods Bucks on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. · Shop Big Woods Bucks Wool Hunting Gear. · Check out Minus33 woo…
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· Join Hal, Joe, and Stephen Schanz as they sit down and talk with Big Woods Outfitters Guide John Benway as they talk with some of the hunters who killed bucks during the third week of the Maine rifle season, including Stephen Gemma who shot a slammer of ten-point buck. · Connect with Big Woods Bucks. · Big Woods Bucks on Facebook, Instagram, and …
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· · Join Hal, Joe, Bad Lee & Mike Stevens as they discuss the lead up to what is predicted to be a productive deer season. · A bit of talk about moose talk to share. · Every coyote is a wolf now”??? · Preparation is important – Tire Chains · Connect with Big Woods Bucks. · Big Woods Bucks on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. · Shop Big Woods Bucks …
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· In this podcast, recorded live at Huntstock 2023, Rodney Elmer and Taylor Elmer of Mountain Deer Taxidermy in Vermont talk big woods hunting on bare-ground and snow across the NorthEast. · Connect with Big Woods Bucks. · Big Woods Bucks on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. · Shop Big Woods Bucks Wool Hunting Gear. · Check out Minus33 wool, Skinne…
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· Hal and Joe sit down at Huntstock with Jim Massett, Joe DiNitto, and Steve Grabowski of the ADK Trackers to discuss still-hunting and tracking in the Big Woods of the Adirondacks and Maine. Don’t forget to use the discount code for your onX membership. Go to on onxmaps.com and enter discount code bwb for 20% discount. Please keep important feedba…
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· Maine Game Warden Corporal Kris MacCabe of North Woods Law sits down with Hal Blood, Joe Kruse, and Lee Libby to talk about big woods hunting, land owner relations, and the future of Maine's unique system of public access on private land. · Connect with Big Woods Bucks. · Big Woods Bucks on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. · Shop Big Woods Bucks…
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· Jason shares his story from last year’s buck which gross scored 168” with Maine Antler & Skull Trophy Club and dressed at 217 lbs. · Jason has been a big part of coyote crusade in Jackman, Maine area which has had a real positive effect on deer population. · Good tip shared when in a tangled mess: “Walk the skid roads.” · When the leaves fall, th…
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· Big Woods Bucks team members Brad Willey of New Hampshire and Kevin Stone of the Adirondacks sit down with Hal Blood and Joe Kruse at the 2023 Big Woods Bucks picnic to talk big buck hunting in New Hampshire, the Adirondacks, and Maine. Brad tells the story of how he shot his most recent buck still-hunting and grunting, and Kevin Stone describes …
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Big Woods Bucks team member Neil Pendleton and CEO Chris Dalti join Hal Blood and Joe Kruse to talk about Neil's film "The Next One." The Next One tells the story of Neil's 2022 deer season, and how Neil killed an archery buck, a Maine buck tracking, and an Adirondack buck tracking. In this episode, Neil talks about how he set goals for himself and…
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Title: 128| “Old School Maine Deer Tracking Stories with Matt Vining” Local Jackman, ME legend Matt Vining joins Hal and Joe to tell some stores about tracking deer. Born and raised off-the-grid in the Big Woods of Maine, Matt Vining grew up hunting, trapping, fishing, and living the Big Woods lifestyle. In this episode, Matt shares his knowledge a…
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Bad Lee for Governor??? Hal’s deer clinic inspires new buck trackers. Scouting has indicated even more deer than last year based on tracks . Bucks wander more in hardwoods. Spring scouting can reveal “New Special Places.” Don’t get in the routine of visiting the same old places, veering off helps you discover new places. Bucks fights are rare to wi…
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Smelting update. Joe finds deer antlers while hunting for moose sheds. Green on top, green on bottom, hardwoods in the middle??? Some older bucks winter up high. Mike said not one piece of old man’s beard on any trees in the area. What does that mean??? Lone Star ticks are nasty. Hal finds a new signpost with his grandson while moose antler shed hu…
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If you are into shed hunting it is a great time to combine with deer scouting for next fall. Gathering intel from the network. Spring Scouting can lead to strategy for next fall especially for hunting the big woods. Logging can change where feed grows which can affect where you find the deer next fall in the big woods. For Hal, signposts remain his…
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Our special guest, John Glidden founder of Minus33 and Chairman of the Board, is truly an expert in all aspects of wool from shearing the right sheep to softening to the skin to explaining how it keeps you warm even when wet. The Glidden family has been in the wool business for 116 years and specifically John has approximately 50 years of experienc…
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Our guest is Tim Farrar who is an expert coyote hunter from Maine and been hunting ad studying them since early 70’s. Anti-hunting legislation being heard in legislative session – Bill LD814 anti-hunting assault on coyote hunting year-round. After we recorded this podcast, Maine House Bill LD 814’s public hearing date was changed to April 3rd. 2023…
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Rick shares details of some of his last hunts and it is jam packed with tips and some close encounters. When you feel you are close is when the wind game starts. 20 to 25 ft. bounds going down hill off mountain is a big buck. Buck just knew that a road was there, so he paralleled the road for a 1 ½ miles then swung back up the mountain. When do bin…
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As expected, some lighthearted fun with Garnett and his escapades from last fall. Rick Labbe and Garnett Robinson’s bikini contest. Lots of deer being sighted and they are in great shape. Don’t forget to use the discount code for your onX membership. Go to on onxmaps.com and enter discount code bwb for 20% discount. Please keep important feedback. …
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Coyote update – deer are pretty much spread out and not concentrated. Team member Stephen Schanz shares his deer season after he finished guiding clients. Stephen shares a good example of how deer habits change as food and cuts change. Deer dig for food near planted red pines but not sure what they feed on. Got to sound like a deer when hunting in …
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Lee Schanz shares his account of the buck he killed but didn’t find till the week after. Lee wanted to share to help you avoid making the mistake he did. Even with a killing shot deer don’t always bleed. Ravens can be a tell-tale sign. At this year’s Yankee Classic in VT. Jan. 20-22, 2023, we will announce BWB buck pool winner. Deer have been every…
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Boys discuss their experiences with tracking bucks in Mass. Bucks are starting to show up in bachelor groups. Clumps of hair indicate sparring. A saddle between mountain tops is a good spot for deer to travel. Freezers are full. Tail flicker indicates deer are calm. Jeff Paradis shares his experience with a tracking dog. Dogs are amazing but traili…
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Hal shares another close call with plenty of lessons in the story Sometimes you must break your own rules The ½ hour rule Rick shares story of his bruiser from South Dakota Out west, giant bucks don’t mine laying in the cattle – they use them as radar Ricks story of his Maine buck from this year with plenty of lessons in it. Big Woods Bucks can be …
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The Stomach Flu Excuse. Too Many Details!!! It is all about getting on the right one at the right time. Step on high spots around water and when in the woods but DON’T step on high spots when you’re in the high ground. Mark describes his method of 3rd gear, 2nd gear 1st gear, death creep. Joe said: " if I could have teleported myself, I would have …
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Even with record higher temps more deer sightings then we can remember Lots of stories that add up to learning experiences Guide/Team Member Ben Allen gets nominated for guide of the month??? Many hunters come up here not expecting to see anything, but things can happen fast Have to keep going through the motions even when conditions are tough. Did…
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Lots of droppings and beds indicates a healthy deer herd. Things just getting going some scrapes but halfhearted. Snorting back at a deer you jump just might hold him long enough. Most guys in camp saw deer today. “Stove up with buck sign” Good Lee Lingo. Even though cut hard deer like them but hard to kill one in there. Hal gets injured again!!! D…
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2nd season Maine Moose Hunt results. When leaves come down it is time to scout. Most leaves come down in the mountains sooner than anywhere. Scout a little later because leaves cover up sign. You should wait to scout till bucks move into fall range in October. Last week of October generally signposts start to get hit. Daylight controls everything. …
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Hal’s 13-year-old grandson Rylan gets his 1st big game animal with his 300 Savage pump gun. The discuss why the moose where not responding. Antler quality seemed to be down. Bad Lee has totally different experience in another zone - he had plenty of action all week and enjoyed it with his wife. You won’t believe who else was in camp with him! Lee s…
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We are proud to announce our new partnership with Minus33. Our guest is Lawson Glidden, President of Minus33, who shares the long history of his company and their extensive product line. Layering is key to dealing with weather changes while hunting so Lawson shares his wealth of knowledge on Merino Wool and why his products stand out from competito…
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Many asked to hear more of Garnett’s stories, so we invited him back. Bad Lee has some kind of KRUD ???? says Hal Many times, deer hear or see something and just want to get out of the way. There are 1000 things to be negative about, but you have to know you will see one! Every day you are in the woods and hunt big woods style you will be within an…
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The idea of hunting big woods bucks is the significance not the kill There are more bucks out there don’t worry Way back when nobody scored anything Meeting Lanny Benoit for the 1st time “I’ve arrived” kidded Good Lee! Lanny said “I relied on my shooting ability “ You will kill more deer taking last 100 yards slow More miles you put on the better D…
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Another injury to report! This time somebody lost a battle with a nail gun. Trail cameras Hal’s take on using them for bear Signposts – how many different bucks there are Daytime vs. nighttime pics Beware of trail cam info in the big woods – not trustworthy for trying to time visits Deer sometimes move on from where you have seen abundant sign in y…
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Old Guide Mike Stevens has had quite a ride health wise since co-hosting episode 106. He is tough as nails and is back, but you will wonder how!!! Joe shares his nightmare that occurred since episode 106 but not surprisingly has a plan. You will be shocked at what he plans to pull off in just a little over a months’ time. Common theme that comes to…
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Our longtime friend & Epic Adventures Outfitter & Taxidermy Brian Donaghy talks with the boys about an array of subjects hunting and fishing. He is an interesting and well rounded woodsman and one of the best fisherman we know. Check him out on his website Epic Adventures & Taxidermy Website Mike Stevens touches on the subject of the need for heari…
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Jeff Paradis discusses tag line contest winners: 200+ submissions - Ryan Wasin, Bryan Conger & Steven Oaks – Congrats! Team Member Jason Delpalazzo talks about his past season as well as well his son Cole did Meet New Team member Brandon Sylvester Some of the next generation of hunters (BWB team member children): Austin, Lea & Sam Team Member Ben A…
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Lee explains, in depth, the philosophy of how they manage the Maine Moose Herd Compensatory mortality properly defined – you will be surprised at how many collared moose survived Should you shoot a cow or a calf? Are deer better self -groomers than moose? Maine Moose have a territory of 10 to 12 miles Last year’s adaptive zone results This past Mar…
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Hal & Deb share the chronological events that led up to starting their outfitting business; all the trials, tribulations as well as the successes they enjoyed and what inspired them to sell all they had created. Hal’s a “Renaissance Man” by good Lee Schanz More words from a dictionary written by Hal Blood – what is a puss pocket??? Another adventur…
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The boys reminisce with longtime friend and Guide Garnett who worked for Hal when this all began. Different tactics to consider when hunting a big woods buck. What Garnett learned from bucks is where they travel. That is extremely important when trying to figure how to breakdown the big woods. Look for a Notch! Whatever works including getting off …
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Detailed stories from Team Members Logan Rackliff & Neil Pendleton Both hunters killed 200 lb. bucks in 2021 Logan - Should I take track that is nearly filled with snow? Logan – circle time? Neil killed two 200 lb. bucks in 2021 Neil gives tips on utilizing onX features Neil – long drag still fun??? Don’t forget to use the discount code for your on…
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100th podcast contest announcement – great prize for the winner Update from Sportsman’s alliance Executive Director Dave Trahan Restructure of Maine antlerless deer program Sam’s position on Sunday Hunting More money appropriated to deer management account Reverse Posting Getting to know one of BWB 's newest team member Glenn Bombardier Both Hal an…
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A little housekeeping right off the bat with wool update and show dates Wintering deer update Moose wintering & tick update – Joe says “found beds with blood in it while shed hunting “ Coyote update Lots of stories about the early times at BWB as well as some funny stories of travels to their annual deer hunts in Ontario. Don’t forget to use the di…
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