Yes they really do roar! During the rut (Sept. through Oct.) these animals will raise the hair on your neck. They are very aggressive, so the lions roar is very appropriate. When these guys lock horns , you are in for a real show. When I stocked our preserve we added females to the mix, adding females makes this preserve hunt much like it would be in the wild, and I do mean wild!
Stalking these animals is extremely exciting, when you consider you are on the ground with them and they weigh 600 lbs, with a massive rack. For the not so brave, a comfortable tree stand is a safer choice, but if you want excitement, take to the ground, but look out!
At night you can hear the stags ROAR from a long ways off. We hope to build a hunting camp outside of our preserve, and I can only imagine what the hunter will be thinking when he or she hears this constant roar through the night! Talk about the excitement that will build overnight, anticipating the next days hunt, you will not need an alarm-clock! ........From down on the farm, Mark
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...