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Deertour rain delay – Michigan Bowhunting Deerhunting

When you’re in a rain delay, you just have to make do. We’re having a great time hitting up local archery shops and talking with local deer hunters.

Next stop, Gander Mountain.

 Deertour rain delay – Michigan Bowhunting Deerhunting

No Deer Hunting Today in Michigan Due to Bad Weather – Deertour

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 No Deer Hunting Today in Michigan Due to Bad Weather – Deertour

Great Deer Camp Reading Material #Michigan #deertour

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 Great Deer Camp Reading Material #Michigan #deertour

Opie @Firstlightgear is ready #deertour #deerhunting #bowhunting #Michigan

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 Opie @Firstlightgear is ready #deertour #deerhunting #bowhunting #Michigan

@Firstlightgear Michigan Deer Camp #deertour #bowhunting #deerhunting

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 @Firstlightgear Michigan Deer Camp #deertour #bowhunting #deerhunting

Pure Michigan! #deertour #deerhunting #bowhunting

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Off to Michigan to film the boys from @Firstlightgear #deertour #deerhunting #bowhunting

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 Off to Michigan to film the boys from @Firstlightgear #deertour #deerhunting #bowhunting

Meet Jesse Coe: Gen Z Whitetail Deer Bow Hunter with 10,000 Facebook Fans

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What is Generation Z?

Gen Z consists of people born between 1992- 2010. Yup, many are in high school or still in strollers. But don’t underestimate this group. The older folks in this group are very social and tech savvy. According to eMarketer, “By the end of 2011, 96% of US teens ages 12 to 17 will use the internet at least monthly, significantly higher than the 74% penetration for the total US population. Nearly three-quarters of teens will use Facebook monthly this year”

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So What Does this have to do with Whitetail Deer Hunting?

As more folks begin to use social media channels and tools to connect with each other around their main interests, such as whitetail deer hunting, more opportunity arrises. Opportunity to meet great new friends. Hunt new land. Learn new hunting tactics and strategies. Learn about new trends and products. Share stories. And more.

In the old days, many of us would talk about deer hunting with our immediate sphere of friends during hunting season. Then we’d fall back into our daily day-to-day routine after deer hunting season. Today, we can talk to them about deer hunting online. All year around. From our mobile device or via many social networks and forums. We can even talk to the companies whose products we use. Imagine that. That was really not possible, at this level anyways, when I was younger.

We are all becoming better connected with each other. So if I’m a deer hunting fanatic in any major city, I can now meet many like minded outdoors folks online, much easier. I can even meet people from around the country or even the world. Growing up, that was not possible for me. I just had hunting friends from contacts in my family or local friends.

Generation Z is growing up talking about and learning about deer hunting and the great outdoors online. They are mobile. They are doing things we never had the opportunity to at their ages. They have more ways to meet other hunters than I ever did at their ages.

Hopefully, this is a good thing for our industry and outdoor heritage. Reason being, as many Civics and Baby Boomers get older, our hard core deer hunting ranks will decline. In many instances they already have. The folks who I learned to hunt from, including my dad, no longer hit the woods in search of a deer each fall. Believe it or not, priorities and interests change as you get older. I’m sure many other Gen X and Gen Y folks have similar stories. Because of this, someone has to pick up the difference.

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Meet Jesse Coe.

Huntography: When & Why did you get started bowhunting?

Jesse: I started in 2009, I was 13 years old. I started because I was visiting my family up in Michigan, and my uncle handed my a little Mathews Genesis bow, and told me that I could use it this season if I wanted to try out Bow Hunting. So I did, and that season changed my life. Plus, I LOVED the warmer weather that October and early November brought!

Huntography: You have a great Facebook page with over 10,000 fans, tell us how you got that started and where it is today?

Jesse: I started it the same year I started bow hunting. I loved bow hunting so much, so I decided to make a silly facebook page. The same night I had made it, I was already getting folks on there that I did not know! By the next season, we had enough fans to do a big giveaway, so I got a hold of some companies and we came up with a giveaway for our fans. That really boosted the number of likes and brought in a lot of people. In early 2011, a friend of mine suggested that I should get a hold of some companies and start doing partnerships ( like a sponsor ). So I took his advise, and then I teamed up with Tru-Fire, Hatcams, Rack1, DoubleTake Archery, RhineHart Targets, and soon to be Gorilla Tree Stands! Never in my craziest dreams did I ever think I would end up here. To God Be The Glory! Oh yeah, I also signed a contract with Harvest Time Archery as an Advisory Shooter Staff.. icon biggrin Meet Jesse Coe: Gen Z Whitetail Deer Bow Hunter with 10,000 Facebook Fans

Huntography: Dang! How old are you again? 

Jesse: I am only 15 years old, this will only be my third season! I have A LOT to learn still. And my only deer harvested with a bow was in my second year.

Huntography: Where do you see yourself in 3 years? [age 18]

Jesse: To tell you the truth Rudy, I dont know! I had no idea I was going to be here 3 years ago. Lord Willing, and His Will alone, I will end up as a host of TV show. But I’m still young, I would like to fine a good enough Job to support a family on until that happens.

Huntography: Bow or rifle?

Jesse: My passion is the bow. I’ve used rifles as a kid, but it never really appealed to me. Not like a bow did! Plus, a lot of gun hunters around my neck of the woods ( West Virginia ) left a bad taste in my mouth, not saying all gun hunters are jerks, but living and bow hunting in one of the most over hunted states in the USA is hard with crazy gun hunters.

Huntography: Favorite outdoor show?

Jesse: I dont really have a “Favorite” show. If its got bow hunting in it, I’m good!

Huntography: Describe your ideal hunting scenario? [environment, temperature, time of year, gear etc….]

Jesse: Mid October, falling leaves, crisp cool morning, sitting in the stand in some West Virginia woods, and of course, with my Mathews bow in hand. The sound of a deer coming in on the crunchy leaves is like no other sound! Im sure every bow hunter can agree with me on that one? This year, they will be coming into my spot to tear up some Rut Fuel/ Acorn Crush by Rack1!

Huntography: You’re a part of Generation Z, people born between 1992 and 2010. How does your generation perceive deer hunting, archery and the shooting sports?

Jesse: Im sure it’s safe to say that many in my generation have never been into the woods, and that’s not there fault. The love for hunting, archery, shooting sports, fishing, trapping, ect, was never taught to them by the older generations. So they never think about it. And when they see a redneck like me with my torn up blue jeans tucked into my big camo boots and a flannel shirt and my camo hat, they look upon us like outcast from normal society. ( although there is a lot of folks like me around here in WV. ) They were not raised like us, so they are not going to think like us. And I don’t expect them to. I really enjoy it when ever I find someone my age that has a love for the outdoors like me, because its hard to find!

Huntography: How many of your high school friends hunt deer?

Jesse: I’m home schooled, so I dont really “get out” much. But I have two high school friends, and they both love hunting as much as I do and we often go hunting together when we get the chance. Its always fun to have a little friendly competition during the hunting season!

Huntography: Do the friends you mentioned have older family members or friends who have passed down hunting traditions and ethics? Or are they just learning from what they see on TV/ DVD’s?

Jesse: All of them do. And thats something that really helps me and my friends. Their dads have really showed me some good tips and tricks when it comes to hunting and shooting.

Huntography: Do you have a Smartphone like an iPhone or Android?

Jesse: No, I dont. I would rather save that money to buy some new boots or a camo coat!

Huntography: Have you ever shared a real-time update on Facebook or Twitter LIVE while deer hunting?

Jesse: I have, sometimes I’ll say something like ” just got in the stand, a little late but better than not getting in at all!” or my favorite was ” dragging my buck through the woods! “.

Huntography: How do you feel about social media and deer hunting?

Jesse: I think the social media is a great way to ‘get the word out’ for a company that is trying to sell product or advertise a new TV show! I know that I am on the internet a lot more then I am watching a TV show. The internet is a hard thing to master, but when you learn how to use it, its a powerful tool.

Huntography: What advice would you give to today’s youth about deer hunting?

Jesse: Don’t give up, and listen to what your elders tell you! It might be a few years until you put your first deer on the ground, let alone a big buck! Remember to take in EVERYthing that happens in the woods, and learn from it. Don’t give up. Respect the animal that your chasing. Learn from it. Become a better hunter. The best hunters are those that KNOW what the animal is going to do, before it does it. Dont rush anything. Take your time. The shot will come, and when it does, DONT RUSH IT.

Huntography: What would you like to see the Gen X and Gen Y generation do more of for our way of life?

Jesse: Just pass on the knowledge, that’s all they need to do. Teach your kids how to stalk a whitetail in the snow. Or how to get with in 20 yards of a buck with a nose that can smell a mile. PASS ON THE KNOWLEDGE. If they dont have a kid of there own, ask to take a friends kid. Some how, pass on the knowledge, even if they have to use the internet to do so!

Huntography: Would you like to be in Season 3 of Huntography?

Jesse: I would LOVE to! The first season was awesome, and I know that the 3rd will be way more better. Your doing a great thing, Rudy. Keep up the good work!

Huntography: How has being home schooled effected you compared to other kids your age?

Jesse: I grew up home schooled with my 3 older brothers. My mother did an extremely good job teaching and raising us. I really believe I would not be who I am today if it was not for my education.

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The above demographics are for Jesse’s Bow Hunting page on Facebook. Compare to your own pages numbers. 

Ages 13-17: 19% Male and 4.6% Female

Ages 18-24: 25% Male and 7.1% Female

Ages 55+: 2.1% Male and 0.24% Female [Almost non-existent]

Huntography: I noticed you have so many young folks that are fans of your page compared to other popular fan pages I’ve seen. Are you doing anything unique to reach out to them? How are today’s youth finding your page?

Jesse: No, Im not. I think its awesome that we have so many young people on the page, and I love passing down my knowledge down to them, but I’m not targeting younger kids more then any other age. I think the best answer to that is question is this, Generation Z, my generation, is also called Net Generation, Generation Text, or the Internet Generation. I think its just that there are more younger folks on FaceBook then there are older.

I do what I love, and I put food on the table for my family. I have yet to kill a decent buck in my past 2 seasons. But my time will come sooner or later, until then, I’ll be busting some does!

Jesse Coe, Owner of Bow Hunting On FaceBook.

Advisory Shooting Staff at Harvest Time Archery

Thanks so much Jesse! You have a bright future ahead of you.

One last thought

As a Gen X parent myself, I’m already passing down all of my outdoor knowledge to my Gen Z children. They love the outdoors. I hope many of you do the same. Let’s keep our fabulous outdoor tradition and family hunting heritage going, for many more generations to come.

 Meet Jesse Coe: Gen Z Whitetail Deer Bow Hunter with 10,000 Facebook Fans

Huntography Whitetail Deer Hunting Documentary Trailer: Filming America’s Hunters-One at a Time #ff

Hi, I’m Rudy and I’m a Huntographer!

[hunt-og-ra-pher, noun] – A Huntographer is someone who combines their passion for hunting, videography and photography.

Ever since I could remember, I’ve loved the outdoors. As a kid growing up in New York City, I looked forward to heading upstate New York on the weekends to our mountain cabin. There we’d get to enjoy the clean crisp air, lakes, streams, fishing, target shooting, hunting, campfires, the stars, the people, the stories and most of all, just being in the woods. It was a memorable time that left a huge impression on me. One that helped shape much of who I am today. I thank my parents deeply for that.

So what does this have to do with the video above? Well, it turns out there are many of you out there just like me. Regular folks who had the privilege being introduced to the outdoors at an early age. You grew up with a love for hunting and fishing. You experienced traditions passed down by our elders. You became outdoorsman!

Yet, on the flip side, some of your were not as fortunate. You may not have had the same opportunities to experience loading up your Marlin .22 rifle and taking aim at a target or casting a bass lure in a swampy pond or getting up at 5am at deer camp on a cold and frigid morning. Yet somehow along the way, you picked up a love for it on your own, at a later stage of your life. And today, it is a deep part of you.

Each one of you has something in common. A deep passion for hunting, fishing or our shooting sports. But there is something else as well that bonds us no matter what side of the tracks we come from. Our Stories.

It’s these stories that allows us to be able to sit down with each other for the first time and have a good time as if we’ve been lifelong friends.

Last fall, I had the honor of joining some of you on your deer hunting adventures. I travelled across the country to four different states including Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and New York. Each deer camp turned out to be very different and unique. I pretty much took all my vacation days off from work and sacrificed my own opportunity to hunt in return for a chance to get behind the lens to capture your whitetail deer hunting memories on camera. Looking back, I had some life altering experiences and wouldn’t change a thing.

Filming America’s Hunters. One at Time.

A snippet of what I captured can be seen in the trailer. More details will follow when I complete the video documentary. Countless memories will be forever engrained in our memory banks. But all would not be possible without the good folks who are the stars of Huntography. Regular people like you and me who hunt public land, their own private land or have managed to pool together a group of folks to get a deer lease. I’ll do my best to cover each of them in detail in follow up blog posts.

I wanted to capture our deer hunting culture as pure as it could be, on their turf, in their own words. It’s not about how many points a buck has or what it will score. It’s not just about the kill. No kill needed for a good time to be had. It’s about capturing everything that happens, before, during and after a hunt. It’s about the small talk, the banter between good friends. It’s about you. For a first time Huntographer, I’m pretty happy with the results.

Yet this is only the beginning. This fall, the journey will continue. Across more states. More deer camps. I will personally come to you, on my dime. The end result, more of your stories available for the world to see through my lens. More lifelong friendships to be made.

Do You Want to Be a Huntographer?

Many of you already are huntographers. Whether you film your own hunts, help your friends and family or film professionally for large companies like Drury Outdoors or Realtree. You do it for fun and with passion. For this, I applaud you. There’s nothing better than capturing a deer hunting moment on camera and later reliving it with family and friends. The video story of the monster buck that got away can now be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and more all from your iPhone 4 of Droid mobile device- imagine that.

If you’d like me to visit your deer camp this fall to film you, just contact me and we’ll set it up.

If you think your family and friends might enjoy a different kind of deer hunting video that focuses on our heritage and the everyday hunting experiences of our peers, please share this with them on Facebook and Twitter.

I look forward to filming America’s hunters, meeting new friends, sharing stories and making everlasting memories. One at a time.

 Huntography Whitetail Deer Hunting Documentary Trailer: Filming America’s Hunters One at a Time #ff

Cabela’s World’s Foremost Customer

I love Cabela’s. It’s my favorite hunting store hands down. I received this certificate along with a large hard covered special limited-edition catalog many years ago. When you spend a decent amount of money in their store, This is what you get icon smile Cabela’s World’s Foremost Customer

I haven’t received one since then as most of the gear I currently own has lasted the test of time. That’s a good thing as it proves the quality of the gear and better yet, my pocket sure appreciates it as well. However, I do plan on upgrading to some new gear within the next year as one piece of gear actually failed. My Cabela’s rain suede gear tore on some briars in both Michigan and Georgia. Oh well, that’s just a part of deer hunting.

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