The November 2022 edition of the JPT member-only update
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Visit the JPT website to view the October 2022 newsletter here
Check it out! Another Junior Pro Team member was featured on the COVER of an edition of Outdoor News! Congrats to Joe for a successful deer hunt. Share your hunting photos here.
 the seven most important facts for deer hunters to know about deer vision from the National Deer Association

Not only is she a huge fan of the Outdoor News Junior Pro Team, Melissa Bachman is an accomplished huntress who has a great way of sharing the knowledge she's gained from countless hours in the great outdoors.
In this video, Melissa Bachman shares a great whitetail hunting tip with Outdoor News: hunting over a deer decoy.
She offers a few secrets to make this popular technique stand out from the crowd and bring you more success afield.
Check out the video below!

Here's a tip:  "Whenever I hunt over acorns, I always carry a few small rocks in my pocket. When acorns are thick on the ground, deer have little trouble finding them, but it’s rarely that easy. Deer quickly learn to listen for the sound of an acorn hitting the carpet of leaves  below. When they hear the “plop” of an acorn, they wander over to find it. I’ve seen young deer race each other to the site of a falling acorn. A stone sounds just like an acorn when it falls to the leaves. Pretty sneaky!"
Learn more about identifying oak trees

Core safety reminders you need to follow - and share with everyone you will be spending time with afield this season!
• Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded.

• Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
• Be certain of your target and what’s beyond. Be 100-percent sure of your target’s identity and make sure you have an adequate backstop. Do not shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.
• Keep your finger outside the trigger guard and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
• Keep the safety ON until you are ready to shoot.
• Don’t run, jump or climb with a loaded firearm. Unload a firearm before you climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch. Pull a firearm toward you by the butt, not the muzzle and be sure you are not pointing it at someone else, even if you are positive the gun is unloaded.
• Unload your firearm before raising and lowering it from an elevated stand. (CLICK TO CHECK OUT COACH BRODY'S TIPS FOR SAFELY GETTING GEAR IN AND OUT OF THE TREE STAND IN THIS VIDEO)
• Never tie your tote rope to the trigger guard and always raise and lower your gun with the barrel pointing down.
Follow your state's regulations for wearing "Hunter Orange/Blaze Pink". In most states, all firearm deer hunters on any land during daylight hunting hours must wear a hat, cap, vest, jacket, rainwear or other outer garment of blaze that is visible from all sides.
Always let someone know where you are hunting and when you plan on returning. This information helps conservation officers and others locate you if you get lost.
• Carry your cellphone into the woods. Remember to turn your ringer off or set your phone to vibrate rather than ring. While there are regulations regarding your use of technology during the hunt in some states, your cellphone emits a signal that can help rescuers locate you when you are lost. If you have a smartphone, go to the settings and enable your GPS to help searchers find you if you get lost. Make sure before you leave for the woods each day that your phone is fully charged. If you have a smartphone, download a compass and flashlight app –  there are many versions of these apps that are free to download in the iPhone App Store or on Google Play for Android.

These tips were shared by Michigan Outdoor News editor, Bill Parker click for more!

Get some tips on getting the best harvest shots of your deer from Coach Brody in this quick video.
An important reminder when you're out hunting and exploring this fall, whether it's the duck blind, the deer stand, or a couple of casts off the shoreline -
Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks
  • REMOVE plants, animals and mud from boots, gear, pets, and vehicle.
  • CLEAN your gear before entering and leaving the recreation site.
  • STAY on designated roads and trails.
We want to hear about the things you've learned when you've been enjoying the great outdoors.
Here are some ideas to share with us:

-What meant the most to you when you went on your first hunting trip?
-Is there something that was hard for you to learn, and now you've gotten good at it?
-Who do you look forward to sharing time outdoors with?
-What was the biggest surprise you had when you started hunting?
-Is there an amazing thing you saw when you were out exploring outdoors?

Are you interested in squirrel hunting and you enjoy fishing too? Get the scoop on this program from Mepps
Here's a recipe using squirrel meat that your family can enjoy:
In this video, you'll jump in the boat with JPT Coach and Virtual Mentor, Brody Boese, as he heads out for some fall fishing with his buddy Sam Pullar. They took the morning off from the deer archery season to pitch for bass in this video. They have a little fun on the water before heading back to put the boat up for the season. You'll catch some tips on storing your boat and freshwater gear when the season wraps up too.
JPT member, Clay Ellis Escobar shared his methods for storing his open water fishing gear in this blog... read it here
Coach Jason Revermann is one hardcore angler, and he knows what it takes:
Ice fishing tips: Stay safe with the proper gear as you venture onto first ice
As we approach early ice season, now is the time to prep the safety gear you'll need when the temps drop and there is enough ice to head out. Learn More
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