Venison is much lower in cholesterol and fat than grain-fed beef, but unless you do your own hunting, it is difficult to find fresh venison. During the 2012-13 archery season in Illinois, hunters harvested about 180,669 deer. If you have completed the Illinois hunting safety course and are ready to start filling your freezer with venison, the following tips, tricks and cool gadgets will make your bow-hunting experience more rewarding.
In order to bag a big buck you have to know where to find him. The easiest way to know where to set up camp is by installing a trail camera in the preseason. The best trail cameras are those that capture the footage of the deer from a distance, have several time-lapse delays and widescreen video or images. One of the coolest trail cameras available is the Moultrie Game Spy D-444 8.OMP camera, available at Cabela's for $129.99. The Moultrie allows you to imprint each photo with the temperature, time, date, barometric pressure and the moon phase, so you will have the ability to narrow down the habits of the deer in the area.