Series Finale! We talk to Dan Infalt, the “Big Buck Serial Killer” from Wisconsin and a Michigan legend John Eberhart about their unique scent control tactics. We interviewed these guys separately and have combined the interviews into a 3-part series. Both hunters have had tremendous success hunting mature bucks on public land. They don’t pull any punches when it comes to comparing their scent control tactics and how they differ.

Dan Infalt

Dan grew up and has lived in SE Wisconsin his whole life. He was the youngest of 11 children. Because he grew up without much money, hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering were more of a way to survive than a hobby. Dan now works as a Prototype machinist. On the side he teaches workshops where he shares his personal scouting and hunting tactics, showing students the properties he hunts while examining some of his most successful set-ups on mature whitetail deer. Dan and his tactics have been featured in many magazines, such as Field & Stream, Deer & Deer Hunting, North American Whitetail, and more. His scouting and hunting tactic videos have helped countless hunters revolutionize the way the chase mature whitetails. He has taken well over 30 Pope and Young quality deer over the years, mostly on heavily pressured public land. He doesn’t like hunting by or supporting their strict guidelines, so you won’t find most of them in any record books.

John Eberhart

John currently has 30 bucks listed in the Commemorative Bucks of Michigan record book and they came off 19 different properties in 10 different counties with many coming from public land. He took the Michigan state record muzzleloader buck in 1981 from public land and that has been the only state record buck to come off state land. In 1997, he began bowhunting out of state, during Michigan’s gun season and to date has taken 19 P&Y class bucks on his 21 week long out of state hunts. John along with his son Chris has written 3 books on hunting pressured whitetails and he has written instructional bowhunting articles for Deer & Deer Hunting, Peterson’s Bowhunting, Bowhunting World, & many more. He has also produced instructional DVDs on his hunting and scouting techniques.


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What We Learn In Part 3:

  • When was the last time John was winded by a deer?
  • The Scent-lok lawsuit details and results
  • The Rutgers study on Scent-lok effectiveness
  • Does Scent-lok work in hot weather?
  • Can waiting for the right wind cost you an opportunity?
  • Success stories from Dan and John
  • How to learn more from Dan and John

Show notes, resources, links:

Link to Rutgers Study

  • Dan’s Website- www.thehuntingbeast.com
    • Dan’s Videos
    • YouTube Channel
  • John’s Website- www.deerjohn.net
    • John’s Books/Videos
    • YouTube Channel

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This project has been in the works for months! We talk to Dan Infalt, the “Big Buck Serial Killer” from Wisconsin and a Michigan legend John Eberhart about their unique scent control tactics. We interviewed these guys separately and have combined the interviews into a 3-part series. Both hunters have had tremendous success hunting mature bucks on public land. They don’t pull any punches when it comes to comparing their scent control tactics and how they differ.

Dan Infalt

Dan grew up and has lived in SE Wisconsin his whole life. He was the youngest of 11 children. Because he grew up without much money, hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering were more of a way to survive than a hobby. Dan now works as a Prototype machinist. On the side he teaches workshops where he shares his personal scouting and hunting tactics, showing students the properties he hunts while examining some of his most successful set-ups on mature whitetail deer. Dan and his tactics have been featured in many magazines, such as Field & Stream, Deer & Deer Hunting, North American Whitetail, and more. His scouting and hunting tactic videos have helped countless hunters revolutionize the way the chase mature whitetails. He has taken well over 30 Pope and Young quality deer over the years, mostly on heavily pressured public land. He doesn’t like hunting by or supporting their strict guidelines, so you won’t find most of them in any record books.

John Eberhart

John currently has 30 bucks listed in the Commemorative Bucks of Michigan record book and they came off 19 different properties in 10 different counties with many coming from public land. He took the Michigan state record muzzleloader buck in 1981 from public land and that has been the only state record buck to come off state land. In 1997, he began bowhunting out of state, during Michigan’s gun season and to date has taken 19 P&Y class bucks on his 21 week long out of state hunts. John along with his son Chris has written 3 books on hunting pressured whitetails and he has written instructional bowhunting articles for Deer & Deer Hunting, Peterson’s Bowhunting, Bowhunting World, & many more. He has also produced instructional DVDs on his hunting and scouting techniques.


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What We Learn In Part 2:

  • Tracking Dog Test Results and Analysis
  • How does hunting high effect scent control?
  • How do Dan Infalt and John Eberhart feel about Ozonics, Nose Jammer, cover scents, etc.?
  • Where does John Eberhart buy his scent free products?

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Field and Stream test goes here

Myth Busters info goes here


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Chase the Mountain Blog

This project has been in the works for months! We talk to Dan Infalt, the “Big Buck Serial Killer” from Wisconsin and a Michigan legend John Eberhart about their unique scent control tactics. We interviewed these guys separately and have combined the interviews into a 3-part series. Both hunters have had tremendous success hunting mature bucks on public land. They don’t pull any punches when it comes to comparing their scent control tactics and how they differ.

Dan Infalt

Dan grew up and has lived in SE Wisconsin his whole life. He was the youngest of 11 children. Because he grew up without much money, hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering were more of a way to survive than a hobby. Dan now works as a Prototype machinist. On the side he teaches workshops where he shares his personal scouting and hunting tactics, showing students the properties he hunts while examining some of his most successful set-ups on mature whitetail deer. Dan and his tactics have been featured in many magazines, such as Field & Stream, Deer & Deer Hunting, North American Whitetail, and more. His scouting and hunting tactic videos have helped countless hunters revolutionize the way the chase mature whitetails. He has taken well over 30 Pope and Young quality deer over the years, mostly on heavily pressured public land. He doesn’t like hunting by or supporting their strict guidelines, so you won’t find most of them in any record books.

John Eberhart

John currently has 30 bucks listed in the Commemorative Bucks of Michigan record book and they came off 19 different properties in 10 different counties with many coming from public land. He took the Michigan state record muzzleloader buck in 1981 from public land and that has been the only state record buck to come off state land. In 1997, he began bowhunting out of state, during Michigan’s gun season and to date has taken 19 P&Y class bucks on his 21 week long out of state hunts. John along with his son Chris has written 3 books on hunting pressured whitetails and he has written instructional bowhunting articles for Deer & Deer Hunting, Peterson’s Bowhunting, Bowhunting World, & many more. He has also produced instructional DVDs on his hunting and scouting techniques.


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What We Learn In Part 1:

  • Dan’s strategy of taking no scent control and only playing the wind
  • John’s strategy of using activated carbon garments and completely ignoring the wind
  • Why each guy believe’s their strategy is correct

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First, Mike and Adam talk about the last month of deer season prep. If you want to skip straight to the saddle hunting stuff with David Toms, go to the 30-minute mark. David Toms, a public land bowhunter with nearly 40-years of experience discusses what a tree saddle is, and some tips to using one.


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What We Learn In This Episode:

  • Mike and Adam are bad with trail cameras
  • Mike is going gator hunting!
  • Adam will be hitting some public land.
  • David knows a lot about tree saddles
  • If you aren’t going to use a saddle, why you should try a rock climbing harness.

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Adam and Mike interview David Toms, a public land bowhunter with nearly 40-years of experience. David uses a tree saddle and a recurve bow to get in close to mature buck bedding areas. He has hunted many states and brings a vast amount of hunting experience to the table. They discuss how David developed his strategies and tactics for closing in on mature bucks including his use of traditional bowhunting equipment. David has several pieces of advice that will probably be new to you.


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What We Learn In This Episode:

  • Why Mike thinks you should get a lawn service
  • Public Land Scouting
  • How coyotes and other predators can help you locate deer
  • The how and why of traditional bowhunting
  • Non-traditional methods for accessing your stand
  • How hogs affect deer hunting
  • What time should you be in your stand?
  • How to become a Super Secret Sample tester for Grizzly Bean Coffee

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Adam and Mike interview Jeff Bryant from Chasin’ Creation TV. Jeff learned to hunt through the school of hard knocks on the North/South Carolina border. His passion for hunting has brought him hunting in several other states, across the US. He refined his filming and hunting skills while hosting the Midwest Whitetail Southeast Regional Show and now his next endeavor, Chasin’ Creation, will be launching on the Pursuit Channel this summer. Jeff shares how he has grown as a hunter, and the tactics and strategies he uses.


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What We Learn In This Episode:

  • Jeff Bryant’s interesting Southern(?) dinner
  • Yes, Charlotte is near South Carolina
  • Lectric Carts
  • Hunting White Oaks
  • Food Plot Strategies
  • The importance of minimizing hunting pressure on Whitetail
  • All about Jeff’s new endeavor, Chasin’ Creation

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Mike and Adam interview Dr. Bronson Strickland, Professor of Wildlife Management and Co-Director of the Mississippi State Deer Lab. They discuss the summer nutritional needs of deer, especially in the South and how property managers can help out their herd. Dr. Strickland shares his thoughts on the use if mineral licks. The conversation then turns to wild hogs and the threat they pose to native wildlife.


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What We Learn In This Episode:

  • The latest news from Mike and Adam, including Mike’s new hunting property.
  • What is the MSU Deer Lab and what is the facility like?
  • Summer Deer Nutrition
    • Why should hunters worry about deer nutrition in the summer?
    • What is senescence?
    • How can land managers help the local deer herd in the summer, improving body condition and antler size?
    • Do mineral supplements help?
    • The untapped potential of an empty cow pasture.
    • How small can a summer food plot be?
  • Wild Hogs
    • What makes hogs so dangerous to native wildlife?
    • How have hogs spread across the South so quickly?
    • What is the best method to remove hogs from your property?

Show notes, resources, links:

Mississippi State University Deer Lab Website– Huge catalog of resources including Deer 101

WildPigInfo.com – Comprehensive resource for land managers and hunters regarding feral swine.

How to Build a Corral Trap

Contact Dr. Strickland-

Follow MSU Deer Lab-


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Adam shares his experiences this turkey season. Mike talks about his business, www.huntinggeardeals.com

Adam and Mike interview Capt. Billy Henderson about Osceola Turkey, alligator hunting, and deer hunting in various North American habitats. Captain Billy has lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida for his entire life. He grew up on the Gulf of Mexico fishing the flats as well as offshore and his love for the outdoors continued into the woods chasing everything the Florida Flat woods had to offer. He has traveled the country hunting whitetail, mule deer, elk, and various other species in pursuit of his passion. For nearly 20 years now, he had been a full time, full service outfitter offering hunting a fishing excursions in Florida.

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What We Learn In This Episode:

  • Hunting Osceola Turkey
    • Where to find them
    • How to kill them
  • Alligator Hunting
    • The best methods
    • How to judge size
    • What not to do
  • What food plots work best in the south
  • The differences between hunting whitetails in the South vs. other parts of the country

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Deep South Outfitter Website


Microdraft Skiffs– Billy’s Boat Company


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Adam and Mike start this episode off talking about the type of property they hunt on.  Adam will be taking a trip to a new state this year and uses the podcast to break the news to his wife. Mike is hoping to gain access to a new piece of private land in the coming weeks.

The interview is with Lindsay Thomas Jr, editor of Quality Whitetails magazine, the journal of QDMA, and the QDMA’s Director of Communications. He has been a member of the QDMA staff since 2003. Prior to joining the staff of QDMA, Lindsay was an editor at a Georgia hunting and fishing news magazine for nine years. Throughout his career as an editor, he has written and published numerous articles on deer management and hunting. He earned his journalism degree at the University of Georgia.

They discuss the 2017 Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting and the latest research projects that were presented there. The Southeast Deer Study Group meets annually for researchers and managers to share the latest information on the most important wildlife species in North America. These meetings provide an important forum for the sharing of research results, management strategies, and discussions that can facilitate the timely identification of, and solutions to, problems relative to the management of white-tailed deer.

-MH

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What We Learn In This Episode:

  • What is the Southeast Deer Study Group?
  • The effect coyotes have on deer behavior.
  • The best method to manage coyote populations.
  • How to pinpoint your local peak rut using trail cameras.
  • Explanation of the crazy rut timing in the south.
  • QDMA Deer Steward classes
  • How does QDMA help with deer conservation?

Show notes, resources, links:

Follow Lindsay Thomas Jr.


About the Southeast Deer study Group


How to Run a Trail Camera Survey- QDMA.com


QDMA- Online Deer Stewart Classes


Southern Rut Map and Dates Explanation- QDMA.com


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Welcome to the first episode of the Down South Hunting Podcast! On this episode, we introduce Mike and Adam and speak with Wildlife Biologist for the National Forest Service Daryl Ratajczak. Daryl began his career working with black bears in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park focusing on research and education, which soon landed him a position with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. He was promoted to become the Agency’s Big Game Program Coordinator overseeing Tennessee’s deer, elk, black bear and wild hog programs. In 2001, Daryl was appointed as the Chief of Wildlife and Forestry for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The call of the mountains and a desire to get back into the field brought Daryl to his current position as a wildlife biologist for the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico. He keeps tabs on the latest southern wildlife research and news since it has been a major part of his career and hunting experience.

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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • Summertime whitetail behavior
  • Studies and thoughts on supplemental feeding
  • Mineral stations: fact & fiction, realistic expectations, nutritional needs for a whitetail
  • Food plots and how to use them
  • Whitetail habitat
  • Discussion of the core range of a whitetail
  • The fluctuation of rut dates in the South

Show notes, resources, links:

Follow Daryl-

Daryl’s Blog- Nemophilosophy

Unforeseen Effects of Supplementary Feeding– Polish study showing effects of baiting on ground nesting bird predation.

Alabama Wildlife Document highlighting deer management issues with baiting and supplemental feeding.