Deer Hunting Ontario with Dr. James Mather

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No one knows the importance of planning your hunts better than Dr. James Mather. As a small town private practice and ER doctor, his daily life consists of working for ten hours while still taking care of his family. As busy as he is, Dr. James has managed to figure out having that free time dedicated to hunting whitetails north of the border in Ontario. He shares how he did it, giving us great insights about time management, scheduling, and pre-planning. Dr. James also lets us in on his own way of deer hunting while discussing some hunting traditions, adult-onset hunters, and how to become a better a hunter.

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Deer Hunting Ontario with Dr. James Mather

We’re going to head north of the border to a good friend of mine, Dr. James Mather. Dr. Mather and I got together because I found his blog. What’s the title of your blog?

Go to the and check it out. They’re doing some renovations there, but you’re going to find some interesting stories. Dr. James and in his buddies share their experiences there.

You can find us on Instagram @TheHuntBlog as well as on YouTube under the same name as well for some of our other media.

Just google the Hunt Blog, you’re going to find a Dr. James and the rest of their people. Dr. James has a couple of kids. He’s a private practice doctor, plus he is an ER doctor in a small community near Toronto. He loves hunting whitetails. That’s why I reached out to him. I said, “Let’s catch up and let’s get your alumni on the show. Let’s get you back and figure out what’s going on.” The main question that I asked was the time element for you. How do you get free time being as busy as you are to hunt whitetails?

It made me think about the costs of hunting, cost of out of state trips, going out of province, tags and the trophies and all these things. For me at this point in my life, the biggest cost is time. You put money away here or there, but it’s hard to put extra time away. Time management is probably the biggest thing for me at this point in my life. I have three young children, a busy workload, family commitments and these kinds of things.

When you think about that, there’s a lot of people that are going to hear. The mantra is, “I’m too busy,” yet people go shed hunting, people go trout fishing and turkey hunting. They all fit it into their time. How do you schedule your time for prime-time whitetail hunting?

Time management is important. For me it’s, it’s preplanning and actually writing these things in. I have multiple calendars. I have a work calendar, a family calendar and a hunting calendar. All of these things get molded together to set aside time. It’s easy to find excuses not to do things but you can schedule a time in advance and my wife’s very understanding. We work together on the calendars, managing three children and recording things down. Everything’s planned out well in advance. My buddies know that my hunt weekends for this coming fall are already set up and already booked in the calendar because I have to arrange time off work. I have to arrange childcare for the children. My in-laws and my parents are great for helping out with the kids as well and getting kids to hockey, baseball, soccer, all of these things. Planning, pre-planning and booking time off is a big thing.

When you think of whitetail deer, there are many different parts of the hunting season. We get the early season and then deer shift from acorns to mass. They shift their feeding. There’s another transition late September then we bump into October. They’re doing some different things because they’re setting it up for the rut in. You’ll start seeing scrapes open up and stuff like that. When do you prefer to take the time that you can invest? Because you’re investing time hunting whitetail deer. We’ve always been told to invest wisely. How do you do that?

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I exclusively bow hunt for whitetails. Our season in Ontario basically runs from October the first until December the 31st. Interjected in there are three separate gun seasons. There’s a muzzleloader season the first week in November, then a shotgun season in the middle of November and then a late muzzleloader season, usually the first week of December. That is my starting point. I grab the calendar, mark off of those three weeks as to where they are because they’re a no hunt zone. Then we try to plan around that. I laughed sometimes, people say, “What’s the best time of the year to go deer hunting?”

Whenever I have free time, that’s the best time. It’s whenever there’s time available. There are obviously better days than others but it’s when things work out. The first prime time that we always try to set up is the very last weekend before our first gun season, which usually falls around Halloween, usually the first week of November. It changes from year to year, but we always book off that weekend. We dance around Halloween and a little bit because we all have done in children. We make sure we’re available for the kids on Halloween Eve to go trick or treating but otherwise we try to schedule that weekend as our bow hunt.

How many days do you take?

Generally speaking, we all get together on a Thursday night, then we hunt Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That is generally how we work. If we can squeeze in a hunt on a Thursday night and can get off work early, then we will. That’s generally the game plan. Since we are limited with time, we do a version of party hunting. We all work together. The gentleman’s agreement is that we share all the venison between the five of us or seven of us whoever can make it and even the guys who can’t make it that particular weekend or day. We work together. There are obviously some spots that are better than others, but we take turns rotating through who hunts what stands. I’m trying to formulate a game plan and we have to adjust from year to year based on weather conditions, based on how high the river is, how easy it is to cross, based on food and agriculture that’s in the local area, crop rotation. That’s generally a three-day hunt that we hunt hard. They’re all-day sits for the most part, sometimes some small bushes or a bush or something to that effect.

Do you have a journal?

I make good use of a couple of different apps on my phone to log everything, to keep track of things. We do keep notes a year in, year out. We also have a hard copy printed maps that we print out every year. I keep copies of those so that we have notes from year to year. A lot of it gets stored in our heads. Be careful, sometimes stories get exaggerated from year to year and certain things are harder than it actually is. We use a couple of online apps on my phone that we keep track of. That helps us attract deer setting and trails. It’s interesting to see how things change from your year.

One thing people have found through the millions of trail camera photos that had been taken is that there’s a trend to deer behavior throughout the whole season. Everybody knows that. When it comes to rut, there’s also a defined trend where bucks are spotted or not spotted. The ghost buck, the buck’s that have been on your camera consistently through the fall, all of a sudden, they disappear but they go someplace. They are someplace. The people that are being very successful hunting ghost bucks or mature bucks have figured out that they’re not that far away. They might be within 200, 400 yards of that trail camera, but you have to adjust because they’ve made a move based on the time of year. We all know that you get chasing phase, seeking phase, locked down phase, then the post rut and all those types of situations. The key is to determine on a long-term basis where those bucks go when they disappear. Have you guys got enough data and you to analyze it on that basis?

There are a couple of points there. The first thing we were talking about time and trying to find time for scouting, for planning and for hunting. We mentioned about keeping track of things over time over the years, understanding our hunting spots and getting information. As you said, it doesn’t happen in one season. It happens at over five, six, seven years that we started to see some of these trends. Similar to what you’re saying about the ghost buck, we see somewhat the opposite. Where we hunt is almost exclusively public land. They tend to be smaller-ish tracks between 1,000 and 300 acres of public land. My trail cameras strategy during the summer is usually to put cameras on heavy used trails. Mostly it’s to get an inventory of what deer in the area. Most of these deer don’t live in our properties, so we don’t actually see good feeding patterns, but the feed patterns in the early season. They tend to travel through once in a while in the summertime. To us, that means that they know the area and at some point, that they may be back. In all likelihood, during the rut when you talked about the behavior changes, the bucks disappear.

We hope that those blocks are disappearing back onto our property. The reason that they don’t live there in the summertime is probably just because of hunting pressure, but people are walking their dogs, people going on hikes, mountain biking. The deer probably live and bed more on some of the adjoining properties. We do have a lot of doe family groups, which is also something we key on so we can keep track of what does are on the property. At the end of the day, we know when the rush starts that those bucks might come back and search for that. That’s what we’ve seen on a year to year basis with their trail cameras. Once the rut hits later in October, we move trail cameras to scrapes again to get inventory. That’s the transition we see in deer that we haven’t seen at all year, all of a sudden start showing up on our properties because they do hold a good number of doe groups that don’t get pressured as much.

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Public land is called crown land in Canada. Is that correct?

In northern Ontario, we call it all crown land. In the areas where I hunt in Southern Ontario, most of it is actually land that’s owned by the municipalities or conservation authorities. One area, in particular, is owned by conservation authority and you basically buy a pass to be able to go and hunt there. They fundraise for the conservation authorities by taking money from hundreds to do this. A couple of areas are, public drains that the farmers use that are owned by the municipality because they’re not buildable or not farmable. The municipality owns them and they’re kind enough to let hunters go in and make use of them during the hunting seasons.

Now you mentioned in your bio you have some camp. Is your camp obviously close to this public land?

We call it Hunt Camp. On the first weekend in November, the last weekend before the gun season starts and our Hunt Camp is usually at the basement of my house. My wife was kind enough to take the kids and move out to the in-laws and give us the house for the weekend. I make sure I hire a cleaning lady to come in afterward, buy some flowers and that kind of thing. We also usually try to do the second weekend of hunting and that weekends usually yet the first weekend of December. That’s up to Northern Ontario, about five hours north of Toronto and a place called North Bay. We have a more formal hunt camp there that is one of our buddy’s cottage that his parents are kind enough to let us use as a base camp.

That hunt is definitely different from down here. It has big woods and it’s vast. It has forest everywhere, no agriculture whatsoever, deer feeding on cedars and cedar swamps. It’s a bit of a different hunt. To be honest, we’ve been doing that for five years. It’s the same timeframe but a three-day hunt. We’ve probably seen maybe four or five deer in the five years that we’ve been up there. It’s hard bow hunting up there. It’s so thick and so vast, but we do that more for the camaraderie and to get together. It’s a weekend that we all have booked off every year to get together and get caught up. We don’t see each other as much with families and things. It’s a different kind of hunt but enjoyable, just the same.

You do have wolves up there too.

Lots of wolves. In fact, I can tell you a story. We went up and winter came early. We’ve got a good blast of snow. We went up on December 1st and we had both three feet of snow and there would be absolutely no way to move through the forest without snowshoes. I didn’t know this when I first pulled in and there’s a meadow that oftentimes we’ll set up because we’ll see deer come out there to feed. I grabbed all my gear and the first night that I went up there and decided I was going to walk out into this meadow. I got about 200 yards into the meadow in waist deep snow drifts and was barely able to move. I was flopping around, there wasn’t a deer track in sight for a kilometer.

There was nothing. There was no sign of dear there. As I’m flopping around, I said, “You know what? There’s no deer here because any deer that came out here would be a sitting duck for a wolf flopping around like this.” There are lots of wolves up there. We’ve seen lots of wolves. They are an eerie creature. I have to tell you this. We’ll go out hunting, we’ll park the truck. If we get fresh snow, we’ll park the truck, we’ll go hunting for our morning hunt and we’ll come back after our hunt. You can see where the wolves have around the truck and smelling where we are. It’s interesting, they know you’re in the area and the number of wolf tracks will increase over the weekend that we’d been there.

I remember the first show we did talk about habitat and the impact wolves have had and they continue to have. Northern Wisconsin faces the same thing with Michigan where they have wolves. It makes it harder. When you go to your northern camp, it’s about the hunting tradition and connecting with people. I know this will be my 53rd year of hunting, not basically the same farm in Wisconsin for 53 years. You think about how people grow and things change. It’s a great connect time. Talk about the hunting tradition and what it’s meant to you over the years.

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I was lucky enough to grow up in a hunting family. My dad hunted, my uncles hunted and my granddad hunted. To me, the earliest memories were always telling stories, sitting around in the hunting cabin talking about past times, talking about this year’s hunts, talking about plans for this year. That is where it got me into hunting. Then over the years, we have developed my own group of guys that we get together. My dad comes to our hunt camps every year and a couple of his friends. We live long ways apart. Most of us are two to three hours apart. We have busy jobs and families. It’s nice to get together and get caught up. When you share a common interest like hunting that everyone’s passionate about, the conversations are always great. We share good food, some good drink and just enjoy ourselves.

Thousands of people can relate to that and everybody has a little bit different tradition. Let’s talk about adult-onset hunters and Canada. Are you seeing an increase in that?

That’s an interesting thing. Probably one of the things that I pride myself on a lot is trying to get new people into hunting. I was lucky enough to grow up in a hunting family. The other three guys that we hunt with did not grow up in hunting families. They took up hunting in their late twenties. They’ve heard stories for me. We’d been friends, we played hockey together all our lives. We went to high school together. They’ve always known that I hunted and done these things. As they got older and got interested in hunting and started to ask more questions, they eventually got their hunting licenses. They’re just as gung-ho, if not more so than myself. If you can take one person and bring them into hunting, then that’s awesome, especially adult hunters.

I had a couple of people that I work with and the females start to show some interest. I always offer up the option and say, “If you’re interested and you want to learn more about it, get your hunting license. I will happily bring you out and show you my spots. If you don’t know if you’re going to be interested, come on out and sit in the turkey woods with me on opening day. Listen to all the gobbles and tell me that that doesn’t get you excited or get you more in touch with nature.” Being able to introduce other people into the sport is something that more people should pride themselves on when you talk about success. How big a buck did you shoot? How many deer have you shot? How long was the beard on your turkey? How many people have you introduced into our sport and they’re now getting enjoyment out of it?

Thousands of people can relate to that. The other thing is organic meat. I know down here in the States, people are going organic crazy. If it is not organic, then I am not going to eat that meat. Hunters had been eating organic meat forever. We never made a big deal of it. We kill something, process it and ate it. It’s a fad with some people, but at least some people are getting to the point. I know one lady’s been on my show, Stephanie Vu, who was a vegan. I found out about her through some other people and I had her on the show and it was interesting. She said she finally came to grips with the fact that she wanted to know where their food came from. She wanted to know how it was taken care of, how it was processed and all those types of things. Plus, this lady climbs mountains and skins mountains.

She is an outdoors lady. She never connected the hunting aspect to it. What you said is so well taken. You want to invite people, watch your lifestyle and say, “Why don’t you come along?” Forget about carrying a gun. In the springtime, hear the turkeys come off the roost. It’s exciting. There’s no question about it. It’s up to each one of us to introduce people to take the time and not just say, “You don’t hunt, so you can’t be my friend.” It’s the wrong answer. “Why don’t you come over for a barbecue? Why don’t you come over for dinner?” Give a nice venison roast, if you get any backstrap, a good glass of wine, good fellowship, friendship and then all of a sudden, they are going, “What is that?” “It’s venison,” cooked correctly is as good as anything else you’re going to find there.

I was going to say to that organic meat aspect, there’s no doubt that it’s healthier. You don’t need me to site studies about calorie content, the fat content of venison versus beef and all these things. Everyone knows that it’s healthier for you. To me, it’s also about knowing where your food comes from, that understanding that an animal gave its life for you to have that meet, that experience of being in touch with nature. Knowing that I am in the same boat with how I’m introducing my children to hunting. My six-year-old daughter is starting to get a better concept of life and death and that an animal has to die. I’ve talked to her about that with regards to hunting and her understanding that when you eat chicken nuggets from McDonald’s, that chicken has to die for that.

In talking about deer hunting, I’m open with her in talking about death. That’s what happens to the animal. I’ve asked her if she wants to see the deer. She’s interested when we bring them home faster. She wants to see the process of butchering the deer because we do all our own processing. She wants to know and to eat it. I’ve never forced any food on them. I’ve always offered it, but they need to know where it came from. It didn’t just pop out of the sky. She comes turkey hunting with me. My first turkey hunting this season is always with her and it doesn’t tend to be the most successful in the world.

Six-year-olds don’t sit very still out in the turkey woods and they get distracted but it’s also my most enjoyable hunter of the year. I always have told her, if the turkey does come in, it’s your decision whether we want to shoot it or not. Once you see it walking in then we’ll talk about it and decide, is this something that you want to be a part of or not? You’re not forcing the hunting on them, but they need to understand. I talked to people who are non-hunters in that regard as well. It’s great. The meat is fantastic. It’s organic. It is healthy for you. You know where the food comes from, but it’s also experience, an understanding and respect for nature that this is an animal. It gave up his life for this. That’s important.

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As a doctor, let’s talk about the physical aspects. Hunters tend to be healthy. They tend to be active. They tend to keep their body in shape and their mind sharp, because it does take the mental process to hunt all day. How do you help your clients do that as a doctor?

My profession as a doctor, it’s fun. I meet a lot of people. I tend to meet a lot of patients who are hunters and we can talk shop a little bit after we talk about health care and things. There’s certainly more of a trend now than there ever was. I don’t know if it’s social media related or what. There are these fitness freaks who are hunting and all these kinds of things. That’s great to promote fitness to an extent. More of them are promoting fitness, they can climb three mountains and carry this ram load on my shoulders just promote general health. That can be as simple as going for a walk and doing some shed hunting to eating healthier and getting out in the outdoors, getting our kids out in the outdoors, getting them away from a computer screen or a phone and going for a walk. Go to look for some wild turkeys.

I talked to people about general health stuff rather than fitness training. I want people to do things that are sustainable over a long period of time. If you were like, “What diet can I do to lose ten pounds so that I can be ready to go on this backpacking sheep hunts? I said, “A crash diet for three months isn’t going to be a sustainable life change. What you should look at is what can I do every day that is an achievable goal to be healthier?” If that’s going for a walk, if that’s doing yoga in the morning, if it’s meditation before bed, lots of different types of health. Those things are more important than the other. I hope that makes sense. I didn’t exactly answer the question, but if everyone looked, took a small piece and tried to make small steps at being healthier day to day, it is going to be easier than trying to make changes. There’s lots of information about quick fixes and that thing to try to make yourself healthier. It’s smaller steps that are sustainable over the long term.

That’s how to become a better hunter. Over the years, you’ve seen things change up for yourself. Let’s share a couple of those things that you changed to make yourself a better hunter.

Some of that is a facet of where you’re hunting opportunities are. How you hunt has to change. When I was younger, we hunted. We were lucky enough to have a gracious farmer that had given us a private farm to hunt that was fifteen minutes from home. We can zip out after school. When I get off work, I’d be waiting for him ready to go hop in the truck and zip out for a few hours. It was an unpressured place. There was great food. Our hunting focused on that feeding pattern in the evening, traveling to bed in the mornings, hunting funnels. Over the years, I’ve changed locations and I hunt primarily public land. It changes your hunting strategy a little bit. For one, you can’t hunt the farmer’s fields because they are part of the public lands. By definition, you can’t really hunt over a field edge. You have to hunt in travel areas. You have to find alternative food sources and browse. In the last two years, I know you’ve had some of these people like Dan Infalt, talking about hunting bedding and these kinds of things.

I’ve started to dabble in that a little bit, but I’m just barely touching the cusp of that concept of looking for deer bedding. I was doing it without knowing it before trying to find a heavy trail closer to thick cover or deer and feel more comfortable. We’re trying to transition more to that. Again, back to bringing it full circle to discussing time. I don’t have tons of time to go scout and deer beds. It’s an accumulation of knowledge over the years that’s changed their hunting style. If you were to plot where our tree stands are on the maps of the properties that you hunt, you’d slowly see them moving closer to the thicker cover, closer to areas that we might have overlooked before. Some of our better spots are right beside the road, whatever best spots to that small tract of land. That’s not very wide, but it follows a river where the deer uses to travel between two large private farms that probably would not have even considered hunting because it’s maybe only 200 yards across. Over time, you accumulate knowledge and it changes you both because of necessity and learning more things.

I’m going to a camp on this a little bit. Eddie owns a farm and his son in law has had a stand there in big pine less than 50 yards off the road. He doesn’t do bow hunting, but he rifle hunt. That’s his stand. This year I got below his stand and was sitting there and five bucks came over. It was one ten-pointer. I didn’t shoot him and they were all chasing one doe. It was an unbelievable experience. I had the ten-pointer and an eight-pointer ten feet from me. Then I’m backed into a hollowed-out tree, a tree dies and it just hollows out. I had put myself in there, I shoot a compound. I was on my shooting sticks and I’m going, “Oh, my goodness.” I couldn’t move. I couldn’t do anything. They were right there. I wasn’t going to shoot him anyway. Folks, you need to figure out where the deer want to cross a road, but travel corridors are evident within 200 yards from a county road. Two cars go back there every minute, but they go by there all day, farmers are on it, trucks around it and all that other good stuff.

A lot of people miss that opportunity and that’s my two cents and start paying attention. You don’t have to go a mile into the woods. I know if your elk hunting, it’s a completely different story. For whitetails, they get used to where people aren’t and where hunters aren’t. I find it just interesting and I’ve only been hunting this farm for 50 years. The tree stand has been there the whole time because we knew it was a crossing route. They go up the other side and it was right on a ridge. It wasn’t on a saddle. The saddle is about a quarter mile to the east, but for whatever reason, they loved this crossing. Don’t minimize that and find places like the pinch points and the funnels that connect large bodies of land, plus the water source. The meandering stream is a good cover. In dips down, a deer doesn’t need very much to become invisible and to walk by you. You could be 50 yards from that little creek bottom and you’ll never see that buck. You might see the top of its horns if he’s big.

I couldn’t agree more. I used to sometimes get into the habit of the enemy of good is great and you’d be walking by this trail. It’s only 50 yards from the road. This trail looks good and I look at all these rubs and this big padded down area which I now know were probably beds. I’d walked past them. There is no way the deer would be here. It’s too loud. It’s too busy and I walk past it. Try those spots and keep them in mind. That thick cover near that creek bottom is awesome. The deer travel through there. As you say, they can disappear into anything. You have to be comfortable not seeing the deer coming in a long way. You’re not going to be able to watch a deer struck 200 yards across an open CRP feel to you. They’re going to pop out at twenty yards. You better be ready and better be listening because you’ll probably hear them before you see them. You have to be comfortable with that and not seeing them for extended periods. It’s a fun way to hunt.

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How do you move your stands around on the public land?

A number of things. We use a couple of different methods. We have climbing tree stands and we use those a lot. We have pre-marked trees. We GPS them on a phone app and then put a single tack on the trees so that we can find that particular tree. We have a couple of permanent ladders stands for some of the guys who aren’t keen on using a climbing tree stand. Those permanent ladder stands are labor intensive to move from year to year. They do have to be adjusted depending on what the food source is, what the deer behavior is and how high the train is or the creek is. We’ve just gotten into this in the last probably two years and hang and hunt, using some climbing sticks in a tree stand on your back and going up that way as well.

The main difference between that and a climbing stand is the hang and hunt gives you a little bit more opportunities for different trees. Whereas the climbing stands you have to have a pretty specific tree to be able to get up. It needs to be relatively straight and needs to be a certain diameter. The climbing sticks and hang and hunt stand, you have a few more options of what to do. We use a mix of everything. We don’t have to look hunting from the ground if we have to. We have to make the best of the situation and try to do what works.

I’ve heard people are using slings and I’ll never do that just because of my age. That’s an interesting concept because with a set of sticks, you can go into any tree you want in the forest.

I met a gentleman working in the emergency department because he had a corneal abrasion, took a stick in the eye. I asked him how he got it and he said, “Bowhunting.” That obviously sent us off on a tangent and I later found out that he hunts primarily using a sling. This was years ago before it was popular. He was basically riding the coattails of the Eberhardt’s and doing his thing. That guy killed some big deer, he had preset, he was on trees with foot pegs and hunted with a sling. I haven’t dabbled in it, but the guys who do it say he’ll never go back. It’s something to think about.

Correct me if I’m wrong, they call it sling saddles. I’ve just never done it but they’re highly effective and highly functional. It’s interesting how our industry keeps evolving because running and gunning is nothing but putting them on your back and three sets, three feet. You get up nine feet and a little higher. You just go where the deer or you see deer and you pattern a deer. I’d like to do that if I’m hunting a place three days. That’s my technique. I’ll only hunt one stand for three days and that’s it. Then I’ll commit to that stand for three days and the first day is the best day, then it goes 60%, then it goes to 40%. I know there’s deer there. I already know they’re there. You have to be willing to move and adapt. What advice do you want to give to the people about adapting your hunting style?

My biggest advice is to look at the place that you’re hunting, what your hunting opportunities are, then adapt your style from there. If you’ve got 40 acres and it’s private land, then you’re going to want to be a little less aggressive. Probably you’re going to want to watch the wind, you’re going to want a time that those situations. If you’ve got 1,000 acres of public land to trace, then you can be a little more aggressive and running gun and move around. How you want to do that, whether it’s with a saddler, climbing stand or hunting from the ground, there’s more than one way to skin a buck and lots of these things will work. There are lots of people who have hunted from the ground for years and years.

This is tried and true that can work as well. You have to look at what your scenario is, what your goals are and work from there. That said, traveling a mile back into a swamp, looking for buck beds and getting soaping coming out of the woods two hours past dark isn’t for everyone either. There are lots of guys who are very successful doing that hunting and they put your work in, but it’s not for everyone. Do you have to think about what are your goals? What are you looking to get out of the experience, not the size of the antler, the size of the deer that you’re going to get? What’s the experience that you’re looking for? Are you looking for just a hunt camp experience? Then get a bunch of likeminded guys together, set a weekend that you’re going to use every year. Find a place where you can go and hang out and have fun, enjoy it. You need to know what your goals are and then you can adapt your hunting style appropriately.

Dr. James Mather, thank you so much for being alumni of White Tail Rendezvous and I certainly will find too many years go by before we have you back on the show. As always, you’re a gracious guest and I just enjoy our relationship and I look forward to tomorrow.

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Thanks very much, Bruce. I appreciate you having me on the show. I enjoyed listening to it over the years and hopefully it won’t be so long before I can get back and chat again with you.

One last thing. How do people reach out to you or listen to what you got going on social media?

The best way at this point is to look us up on social media, Twitter and Instagram. The handle is @TheHuntBlog. The website is and it’s under some reconstruction. If you go through our social media, you can get in touch with our YouTube page where we have a lot of our self-filmed up on there for Turkey deer, a little bit of fishing, some educational videos as well. That’s probably the best way to get in touch if you wanted to reach out or see what we’ve got going on as far as our social media.

With that, thank you. Be on the lookout for Deer Hunting Institute part one. It’s coming to social media close to you very soon.

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About James Mather

WTR James | Deer HuntingMy name is James Mather, 34 years old and currently reside in Ontario Canada about 1.5 hours south of Toronto. I have 3 young children 6, 4 and 2 years old. By trade, I am a general practitioner and also work in the emergency department in a small rural town. Between my career and family, it keeps life busy but entertaining.

My passion, however, is bowhunting whitetail deer. Together with my friends John McClelland and James Williams we started our website back in 2010. It was originally designed in ‘blog’ format with the purpose of sharing hunting stories as well as what I’d call ‘editorials’.

As a facet of how times are changing, we are currently in the process of revamping how we produce content and the site is temporarily under rebuild. In the meantime, we have a busy YouTube channel with many self-produced whitetail, turkey, fishing, and educational videos. Like everyone time is generally the limiting factor but we hope to have the site running soon and are just finishing up the editing on last fall’s hunting video’s. We keep busy on social media on both Instagram and Twitter as well.