Best Youth Crossbow – Get Them In A Stand Early!

So if you happened to read my “About Me” page, you will see that I have 2 boys that are following in my footsteps and really enjoying hunting and the outdoors. Being from PA, you can legally start hunting at the age of 12. But a Tristan Crossbowfew years back, they passed the mentoring program. This actually will allow a child under the age of 12 to get out there in the woods, with a licensed father, grandfather, brother, or friend with a few rules to follow.

1. Must purchase a Mentored Youth Hunting Permit (for $2.90).

2. The youth must be accompanied by a licensed hunter, 21 years or older.

3. Only one weapon may be with the 2 hunters and the mentee must carry the weapon while moving.

4. Once at your spot, the mentor can hold the weapon but the mentee must be within arms length.

Archery Season! Great Time To Cut Your Teeth!

Both of my kids actually participated in the “Mentored Youth Hunting Program”. And it was an awesome experience. But, when archery season started, neither of my kids could pull back a compound bow with enough power and speed to kill a deer. This is when I became a fan of crossbows! A crossbow allowed my kids to get out in the woods at a young age of 8 to 10 years old AND have an opportunity to harvest a deer!

Quality time with my kids in the outdoors. The ability to teach my kids, hands on, not just at the kitchen table during dinner, but in an actual real life hunting situation, in a stand or blind!

And the first crossbow each of my kids learned with was the Barnett RC150.  This was a great bow that I bought at a sporting goods store for under $100!


The Best Youth Crossbow!

Even though both my kids are now old enough, and strong enough to use a compound bow, and they do most the time, sometimes they will still take out their Barnett Crossbow. The Barnett RC 150, in which both my boys basically learned to archery hunt with is still hanging in the garage. They have since upgraded. Now they both use the Barnett Recruit Terrain Crossbow! You really cannot go wrong with this crossbow for the price and for what you get out of the gate!


More Expensive Does Not Mean Better!

One of the reasons I believe this is the best youth crossbow; the best bow for any young or new hunter to start out with, is the bang you get for your Buck! No pun intended!

For ~$250 dollars, you or your young hunter are ready to rock! And this is no toy bow! Barnett makes some of the best crossbows on the market and this “starter package crossbow” will sling bolts (arrows) at 330 feet per second! Check out some of the details and all that is included below:

  • 330 feet per second. Draw weight: 140 lbs Kinetic energy: 91.9 ft lbs
  • Overall weight 6.4 lbs | axle to axle 16.125″ | dimensions 34.25″L x 18.25″W
  • Ships mostly assembled.
  • Anti-Vibration Foot Stirrup
  • Trigger Tech Technology with 3lb zero-creep release. All stainless steel components.
  • Nock sensor and adf eliminate dry fires
  • Includes: 4×32 scope, rope cocking device, lightweight quiver, two 20 inch Headhunter arrows, lube wax (we suggest you lube strings every 10 shots).

You are getting everything you need in a crossbow to start hunting immediately. What I put in bold above is what sold me at first. You’re not just paying for the bow. You also get the bolts, a scope, and quiver! Obviously, you need to site it in for yourself or your young hunter before you actually get out there, but I will say it is fairly accurate right out of the box! After 1 or 2 days of practicing with a target, you will be shooting 2 to 3-inch groups up to 30 or 40 yards!   And you will need to purchase some crossbow broadheads to actaully start hunting game, but that is it!

Spencers Deer
First Barnett Doe!

You Can’t Go Wrong!

Like I’ve said in previous posts, I’m not just touting products here. I only recommend products that I, my children, or my trusted hunting buddies have or have had experience with. I can honestly say you will not be disappointed in this crossbow!

The most important thing is getting your kids, loved ones, or friends out there in the woods. Share the love of hunting with our youth and allow our sport of hunting to continue to grow and get more popular year after year!

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you try to encourage our youth and newbies of all ages to the sport of hunting.  And this crossbow will help you get them out there!

Yours in Hunting,


Deer Hunting Leases – Ohio

Why did I chose Ohio for one of my deer hunting leases? Well, for one, I’m from PA. A 6-hour drive for me is nothing to do some “out of state” hunting. But the main reason, I do believe Ohio is a hidden gem when it comes to big whitetails! All you have to do is take a look at the record books over the past years! Or maybe, if you’re a hunter, you remember the Beatty Buck! Take a look at this monster! Non-Typical, 304-inch giant, shot with a long bow in Green County, year 2000!







The # 1 Typical was taken in 2004 in Warren County with a crossbow. Over 201 inches of beautiful head decorations!

So you know the genetics are there! The habitat is there! The food is there OhioBuck9with plenty of crops depending on the county you are hunting in or are looking to hunt in.

Look Up The Huge Ohio Bucks Yourself!

If you don’t want to believe me, or need some extra proof as to why I’m touting the Buckeye State as your next stop to harvest a big buck look it up for yourself!

The Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Buckeye Big Buck Club has combined its efforts in putting together an easy access data base with all of Ohio’s record bucks.

Check it out here:

Ohio Buck Database

Do Some Research!

As I mentioned, there are plenty of excellent areas in Ohio to find big bucks. AHLA2But do your own research. Check out my affiliate site, American Hunting Lease Association, to find what leases are currently available. And there are plenty left for this year to be found.

Check out the link I left above to the Ohio DNR. Look at where these big bucks are being harvested and try to find a place to hunt near there.

My lease happens to be in Vinton County. And let me tell you it is a great area! Check out some of my trail camera pictures from this year!






There is currently a lease available in Vinton and a few more at neighboring counties (Gallia and Scioto), and you can get more details at the AHLA site, but you must act quick and check often as these leases come up and get filled pretty fast!





Low Hunting Pressure

One of the key aspects of a good hunting lease or just a good hunting area in general is hunting pressure. The lower the better obviously!

I’m used to doing most of my hunting in North East PA. Hunting pressure can be pretty high there so say the least! During shotgun season (the counties I hunt do not allow rifles) it can sound like a war zone at times!

The first thing I noticed that first year I hunted Ohio during shotgun season was how quiet it was! I was thinking to myself, with all this great deer habitat, all these farms, all these beautiful woods and fields, and hardly any shooting going on.

I honestly do not know why that is, but I’m not going to complain about it that’s for sure! But when I keep getting pictures like this year after year, I can tell you these deer are definitely not over-hunted! At least in area I hunt which is South Central.

One Buck!

I believe another reason Ohio has been producing such quality bucks is because you can only shoot 1! This is the same in my home state of PA and I believe it’s a great law. One buck per person, per year.



Cuddeback 3 + 1 Pack


This and allowing hunters to harvest more than 1 doe (if you purchase an extra permit) helps to keep a healthy buck to doe ratio. Add in the low hunting pressure and everything else stated above and you will be hard-pressed not to have a great hunting experience!

Give An Ohio Lease a Shot!

If you do end up giving the Buckeye state a shot with a great hunting experience don’t forget to let us know here at how it went. What County did you hunt? What kind of experience did you have? How did it compare to hunting your home state? Would you recommend to other hunters? And of course, pictures are always a plus!

Hope you enjoyed this post and good luck this season!

Yours in Hunting,



Lease Spotter – Finding A Hunting Lease


Since I wrote a couple posts on leasing hunting land and also specified the site I love to use as my #1 resource “The American Hunting Lease Association“, I would like to show you how simple it is to visit their site and find a lease!

Landowner or Hunter

Are you a landowner, looking to make some money by posting your property here on the site for people to see?

Are you a hunter, trying to find that perfect piece of land to shoot your next trophy?


Where To?

Pick the state or states you are looking to find your lease in.  You can also add acreage and a price range.

Lease Map


Go through all the listings for the states you have chosen for a basic overview of each property.

Lease Listings


Click the “see more” button to get the specifics which normally includes plenty of pictures of the property and some of the deer taken off it!

Lease Description

Finalize the Deal

Click on the “contact leasing company” button and you are done.  It really is aAHLA2 super easy process and there are many properties to choose from across our great country!  As you can see, the prices vary depending on acreage but it also gives you the maximum amount of hunters allowed.  So if it’s a $2000 dollar lease with 4 maximum hunters, you can do the math…only $500 each.

The only other thing I want to add is if you are going to spend the money on a lease, spend the little bit extra for the lease insurance!  $185 bucks is nothing compared to the peace of  mind and the actual coverage you do get with American Hunting Lease Association!

Please check it out, let me know how it goes,  and happy Lease Hunting!

Yours in Hunting,



Whitetail Deer Hunting Stories – Share Yours (2019)!

The whole point of Hunterpages is to share information on deer hunting and all that it implies. I want to make this website as interactive, informative, interesting, and nonjudgmental as possible.

I have to say, I did learn a lot about deer hunting from doing my own research (reading articles, watching videos, taking hunter courses, etc). But I will honestly say, I have actually learned the most over the year’s by simply listening to other hunters and their deer hunting stories!

Ohio Buck
Ohio Buck
Trail Cam Pic
Early November

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Nesco Professional Food Dehydrator

Since I wrote a post on making venison jerky, I figured I would give my recommendation on the 2 dehydrators I have the most experience with. The first is the Nesco Professional Food Dehydrator. The second is the Cosori Food Dehydrator. In this post I will concentrate on the Nesco Professional since it was my first.

The Nesco is the dehydrator I cut my gums with. It is the one I used for my first few years of butchering my own deer. I had no children at the time, was not married, and only harvested 1 or 2 deer per season. I wanted to get into the whole jerky making process and to be honest, the first 2 times I actually used my oven to dehydrate the meat. This took forever and was just plain messy!

Nesco Food Dehydrator 1

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American Hunting Lease Association

If you had time to read the article I wrote on “Leasing Deer Hunting Land”, I briefly brought up the site I use very frequently for everything that has to do with leasing land for hunting. The name of the organization is the American Hunting Lease Association (AHLA) and I would like to basically give you guys a review on this organization and it’s website.

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Game Trail Camera

As I mentioned on my “Bow Hunting – Tips and Tactics” page, one of the best tools I utilize when in comes to bow hunting and just deer hunting in general are game trail cameras.  These little beauties allow you to scout your hunting area, non-invasively!  Sure, when you get a new hunting spot it’s a good idea to physically learn the area.  Walk the property, look for deer sign, and look for good spots to hang your stand.  But you do not want to go pouncing around your hunting area too often.  This will spook the deer and, if you go in there too much, lower your chances of bagging a nice buck.

This is where game trail cameras come in, and in particular, the ones my buddies and I use, love, and want to write a recommendation for is theCuddeback, CuddeLink Starter Kit 3 + 1 Trail Camera Cellular Combo Pack“!

Cuddeback 3 + 1 Pack

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Hunting Deer with a Crossbow – I’m Game!

I have to say, as an avid archery hunter, the word crossbow used to make me cringe! Up until recently, the crossbow was actually illegal during archery season here in Pennsylvania. There were special circumstances for disabled hunters (physically not able to draw a compound, recurve or traditional bow) in which a special permit could be obtained. I had absolutely no problem with that. It was the hunters that used them illegally or the ones that would fake an injury to obtain a permit that quite frankly, ticked me off.


Well, in 2010 it didn’t matter if you were disabled or not, crossbows officially became legal in PA to use during archery season! So why did it still bother me? Here are a few thoughts that went through my mind at the time:

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Leasing Deer Hunting Land – Yes or No?

Hunting Big BuckSo as you may have read in my previous posts or articles, it does get very frustrating these days trying to find a decent place to hunt deer. It gets frustrating seeing a  nice big patch of woods nearby, seeing a bunch of deer every morning or evening on the way to or home from work. And usually seeing a bunch of “No Hunting” or “Posted” signs surrounding the property.


I don’t know about you guys, but I really DO NOT like knocking on doors! I get nervous. I feel like everyone that has posted signs up are anti-hunters before I even pull in the driveway. I know this is not always the case, but the worse case scenario is what’s always in my mind as I’m on my way there. I’ve got a couple friends that seem to never fail at getting permission to hunt. They also happen to be salesman, and good salesman at that, so maybe that has something to do with it?? I myself am not a salesman. I am just a normal guy trying to get access to a spot for me and my kids to hunt. I know there are awesome tips and tactics for getting permission to hunt private land, which we can definitely get into during another post. But this post is about another option. An option I never thought I would dive into!

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