Guiding and Lessons

The Avid Ape is now offering guiding and educational services throughout the Finger Lakes Region of NY! Follow the Links bellow to find out more! Guiding Home page Guiding: Hunting … Continue Reading →


Sexy Turkey Decoys

Turkey vision holds an almost mystical respect among avid longbeard enthusiasts, and for good reason. We don’t cover ourselves in camouflage, ghillie suits, face paint, and sit dead-still in uncomfortable … Continue Reading →


Drop-Shotting For Early Season Trout

    Early season can be dynamite for catching trout on year round streams. While you may be lucky enough to catch an early hatch, most of your success will … Continue Reading →

DIY Coyote Decoy and E-call

Predator setups are expensive. Between the calls and the decoys, the guns, scopes, etc Mr. Coyote can cost you a pretty penny. That is, if you’re lucky and skilled enough … Continue Reading →

Korean Style Venison Stir-Fry

This is an easy way to do something a little different with your venison scraps. Most of the ingredients can be substituted for things you have in your kitchen. Add … Continue Reading →

Driveway Doe

I almost didn’t post anything about my only deer kill of 2016 because it was honestly somewhat embracing. On further consideration, I decided to tell the story because I believe … Continue Reading →

Bowhunting Is Hard

I could use a good pep talk about now, and I’m sure there are many others out there who feel the same. This is sort of an attempt at one, … Continue Reading →

2015-2016 NY Bow Season Update

I haven’t had a chance to post in awhile due to personal circumstances, but I thought I’d give a quick update on my progress for the season. My main goal … Continue Reading →


The Importance of A Professional Bow Technician

I have spent hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars and countless hours trying to get my bow working properly. From fletchings to broadheads, tweaking arrow weights and testing different spines, … Continue Reading →

Ice Fishing Rod DIY – Re-Purposing Old Junk

I was recently laid off. With plenty of free time on my hands, I’ve been trying to clean, organize, and take care of small projects. While cleaning today, I found … Continue Reading →

Foam Archery Target Repair DIY

I destroy things. Whether a clumsy accident, or through deliberate use, I am constantly breaking, wearing out, or losing stuff. Some things can be cheaply replaced or repaired, and others … Continue Reading →

2015 Turkey Season Summary

My 2015 spring turkey season exemplified the highs and lows of hunting. I was committed to public land hunting from the start. My access to private land had been diminished, … Continue Reading →

Archery – The Little Things

People often talk about the “Witchery of Archery,” meaning – all of the minute details, gear tweaking, and magic that goes into getting a bow and arrow to shoot to … Continue Reading →

Fly Fishing- Hungry Trout

  I’ve been trying to cover the entirety of an inlet in gradual chunks. Yesterday I made my way upstream to a new section I hadn’t previously explored. Upon reaching … Continue Reading →


Spring Fishing – First Trout!

I’ve been casually fishing for the last few weeks, but hadn’t closed the deal until this morning. Throwing a few casts before work, I hadn’t seen anything but suckers in … Continue Reading →


Spring Turkey 2015 – Opener

Well, its finally here. I got a grand total of 2 hours of sleep, but it was worth it. No birds on the ground yet, but I had a fantastic … Continue Reading →

Realistic Archery Practice

One of my goals is to harvest a turkey with a bow from the ground. Whatever your goals are, make sure you practice realistically. For example, I may have to … Continue Reading →

A Case for Hunting

Hunting is no longer a dirty word. While hunters only constitute about 6% of the US population, interest in and attention to hunting has noticeably increased in the past decade. … Continue Reading →

Seared Venison Backstrap With Pan Reduction

I was recently given some beautiful venison through a mutual friend with a nuisance permit for an apple orchard. I whipped up this simple preparation for a quick meal before … Continue Reading →

Vortex Diamondback Binocular First Impressions

*Update- I would like to thank Vortex Optics for responding positively to my review and sending me a few T-shirts! All my life, I have wanted to be a hunting … Continue Reading →