August 02, 2022
By Lynn Burkhead, OSG Senior Digital Editor
In days gone by, hunting whitetails was something of a seasonal thing, an enjoyable pastime that you did when the crops were in and the autumn leaves were changing colors in the local woods.
But that was then—as in the days before North American Whitetail magazine came into being back in the 1980s, and the NAW television show some years after that—and this is now, the most deer-rich time in our nation’s long and storied history.
In fact, with a nod to America’s long hunting heritage, these are actually the good old days of deer hunting, a time filled with countless white-tailed deer roaming from coast to coast, enough record-class trophy bucks to fill a New York City phone book (remember those? Me either!), and a year-round deer hunting lifestyle that never ceases.
In fact, as fans of NAW’s magazine, television, and social media empire can attest to, these are times that are equipment driven, filled with never ending preparation, and occupying two basic times on the annual calendar: deer season, and getting ready for deer season.
The Work Never Stops
For NAW television show co-host and Outdoor Sportsman Group magazine publisher Laden Force, the most important time of the year isn’t when he’s sitting in a tree stand or a deer blind, but all of the work intensive times that he’s preparing for the hunt.
“It's not just about those four or five months that we have open tags to fill,” said the Missouri resident. “It's actually more about all the off-season work that we put in in the other six months of the year or eight months of the year, depending on what season it is that we're talking about. But from January 15th, which is the last day of the bow season, to September 15th in the state of Missouri, we're constantly on. We're constantly moving. We're constantly employing our machines, our ATVs, our UTVs, and our trucks.”
“And we're using them in all kinds of environments,” Force added. “We're using them in all kinds of weather elements. And at times, they stay stagnant for four or five days on end maybe out in the elements, parked in a field, or parked in a barn.”
That means that they’re sitting still in a collection of elements and natural energy that can leave an engine sputtering, fuming, and not working properly when its needed most.
And while time may be money in most places, in the big buck-rich Show Me State of Missouri, time also means big whitetails for serious deer hunters like Force and others on his NAW crew.
Start Strong and Stay Ready
“We need to be able to rely on our machines that whenever that moment hits and we need to go hang a new stand or we need to get to a part of the farm or a part of a new farm that we need to get to and we need to rely on that machine to do it, we need to be able to know that it's going to start,” said Force. “We need to have that level of confidence that it's going to perform like we need it to get us there, to haul a big load, or to haul a big load out.”
“While those examples fall within the autumn months when deer are moving in and out of food plots, looking for white oak trees dropping acorns, rubbing trees and making scrapes, and, or course, running like crazy during the height of the rut, having motorized gear start right up is also important during the rest of the year too.”
“In the off-season when we're managing our habitat, managing our land and preparing those hunting sites, we face a lot of the same immediately demanding time periods where we're trying to get those seeds in,” noted Force. “We're trying to turn that ground over, and we're trying to get it all done before that next rain front hits and we don't have the opportunity to deal or spend half a day with trying to get a UTV engine to start or a tractor to start that hasn't started for the last month. So, we have to know that we can depend on those engines to perform, to start, to be there for us when the time is right.”
That’s where using a product like Star brite’s Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment can play a big role according to Force. Helping to improve the combustibility of all fuel—and that includes all ethanol blends—the end result is more power and better fuel economy. Star Tron also works to ensure clean fuel delivery systems, from the gas tank to the fuel injectors, engines start more easily, run more smoothly, and avoid gum, varnish, and carbon deposits that can rob an engine of its best performance.
Add in the fact that Star Tron’s fuel treatment works in ethanol fuel and rejuvenates old fuel, and it’s a win-win situation for the deer hunter who needs his or her equipment to function properly and on-time.
“A lot of people probably don't equate their success in the field right back to the way in which their UTV or their ATV starts or runs in the month of November,” said Force. “But in all reality, for us, we are highly dependable on that engine starting and then that engine being able to perform in the way that we need it to perform. So, it's crazy to think, but there's a definite correlation between something like a fuel stabilizing element and integrating it into our fuel system of our UTVs and ATVs and our success in punching that tag.”
And that’s true even if you’re not the handiest person when it comes to taking care of engines and equipment that depends on fuel and quick start-ups. In a moment of deer hunting candor, Force admits that if he’s truthful, he isn’t always the best in that department.
“I was raised on the farm, and you by nature learn how to maintain your equipment, maintain your machines, but to be real straight and honest with you, I'm not a guy that's real good at maintaining my machines,” he said. “And I work them. I use them hard, whether it be land management or whether it be in the hunting elements, I try to do my best to provide the preventative maintenance that I need to, but as I've gotten older and I'm investing my own money in machines and equipment that I need to depend on, I begin to understand that I need to be a better steward of preventative maintenance and preventative maintenance employment on my machine.
“So, you look at a product like Star Tron that is going to help a guy like me that wasn't a mechanic by trade, (and) doesn't know all the ins and outs of the machine but needs to depend on that product, depend on that machine to help me get my job done and help me live out my passion,” Force added. “And you understand the importance of a product like Star Tron, and you look into the specifics of what it does as a fuel stabilizer. And I would equate it very quickly to the fact that I live in the Midwest and a lot of our fuels have some type of an integration of an ethanol element into the fuel system, the gasoline in particular here. And it has an opportunity to create gum or unwanted waste in your fuel system if not properly maintained.
And mind you, that’s not just true when it comes to ATVs and UTVs designed to work and perform around the farm and/or deer camp. Because as Force points out, the Star Tron fuel treatment products are also made for automobiles and marine engines, helping to ensure that motors in pick-up trucks and SUVs work on demand and properly, as well as the marine outboards that carry us around the lake for a little off-season fishing activity.
But then again, as has been pointed out here, when it comes to the outdoors world, there really is no offseason, right?
Especially when it comes to the year-round passion of deer hunting, an outdoors pursuit that knows no end!