Justin Zarr's  Field Journal
Bio:
Justin Zarr is an Illinois native who has been bowhunting the fields and forests of his home state for 14 years.  As General Manager for HuntingNet.com he spends much of his time making sure the website is as up to date  as possible with the latest hunting news, information, and articles- which is no easy task.  During the summer months he spends his free time either playing softball, scouting for the upcoming hunting season, or watching too many hunting TV shows and DVDs!

Join him this season from the suburban farmland of Northern Illinois to the County Forests of Northern Wisconsin as he attempts to harvest his first whitetail on camera.


A Buck Named Scar -12/17/2008
Trail cameras are like a lot of things in the hunting world, some people believe in them very much while others put little to no stock in their effectiveness.  I'd say my beliefs fall somewhere ...
Whitetail Hunting in December -12/17/2008
Despite my recent close encounter with a nice buck here at home my confidence was still pretty low in my hunting spots.  Late season seems like it's always hit or miss and given my trend of ...
Cuddeback Capture Continues to Perform -11/14/2008
It looks like that last week of October when the temps gold cold really brought the big guys out to hit the scrape lines. I put my Cuddeback Capture out in Mid-October in an area where scra ...
Campbell Outdoor Challenge Victory! -11/13/2008
For those of you who may not be familiar with the Campbell Outdoor Challenge, let me take a quick second to explain exactly what it is and how it works.  The Campbell Outdoor Challenge is a tele ...
Early Season Success in Illinois -10/16/2008
The 2008 season has been a long time coming for me.  For those of you who don't know, I got married two weeks ago and up until then much of my free time that I normally spent doing hunting-relat ...
Summer Sightings & the Acorn Drop -08/25/2008
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and summer is finally starting to wind down.  Here in Northern IL we had a great summer for deer sightings during the height of the s ...
The Season of New Beginnings -02/06/2008
As the snow continues to fall and cover my hopes of shed antler hunting this coming weekend I’m left once again to reflect on the season that was and look forward to the year to come. ...
Team HNI Wins the 2007 Campbell Outdoor Challenge! -11/09/2007
For those of you who have read mine or Todd's journals over the past year or so, you might remember way back at the ATA show in January when we signed up to compete in the 2007 Campbell Outdoor Chal ...
Illinois Bowhunting Update -10/12/2007
The beginning of the bowhunting season is always a sort of surreal experience for me.  With the beginning of the season comes a heightened sense of expectation and a fresh outlook on a new seaso ...
Illinois Opening Weekend -10/05/2007
Opening weekend of Illinois archery deer season has come and gone without much excitement or deer movement in my neck of the woods.  The 80+ degree temperatures really supressed movement pattern ...
2005 Bowhunting Season In The Books -10/05/2007
The sun has finally set on yet another bow season here in IL and while I certainly would've enjoyed more success in the traditional sense, I still had a great time and have some memories to last a li ...
Deer Hunting Is Upon Us -09/14/2007
With the break of tomorrow's sunrise I will be perched high in a tree somewhere in Wisconsin, waiting for a deer to make it's way toward my stand in hopes of getting that perfect opening day shot - w ...
Summertime Scouting Adventures -09/06/2007
Where do I even begin?  It's hard for me to even fathom that it's been nearly 3 months since my last journal, but the date stamp on the server doesn't lie.  Usually I admit when I've simply ...
Video: Refletching Your Own Arrows -04/26/2007
Click play on the video below to watch my first-ever Video Field Journal.  I'm still new at this whole "being on camera" thing, so don't laugh too much!   You ...
Family, Friends, and Deer Antlers -03/12/2007
Wow, I can't believe it's already been nearly 4 months since my last journal entry.  It's amazing how the time flies when you're having fun, or in my case staying busy at work and thinking about ...
An End To My Season - For Now! -11/30/2006
Heading into the peak of the Illinois rut this fall my hopes were higher than ever.  My stands had been hung for months, lanes were trimmed out, and luck - as it seemed - was on my side! Shortly a ...
Illinois November - Bring On The Rut! -11/06/2006
November is finally upon us and once again my mind is focused on but one thing - the rut!  As a whitetail deer hunter in Illinois there is no better time of the year than these first two weeks i ...
It's Been A Long Time -10/20/2006
The past few years have been, to say the least, trying times for me. Between moving several times, changing jobs into a whole new career, relationship issues (partially caused by hunting of course), ...
The Opening Day Doe -10/03/2006
Opening day of the 2006 Illinois archery season was upon me before I even knew it. Granted, I had been scouting, hanging stands, shooting my bow, and gearing up for the season for months and back in ...
First Weekend In The Woods -09/28/2006
With the Illinois archery season not opening until October 1 I decided to take advantage of the earlier Wisconsin archery season and get out in the woods sooner rather than later. Although I missed ...

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