Jarrod Erdody

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Jarrod Erdody, owner of NextBuk Outdoors, with Wisconsin bow buck

Jarrod with a nice “split G2” buck

Jarrod Erdody started NextBuk Outdoors (formerly Blood Brothers Outdoors) in 2002 out of a desire to “break the mold” that most hunting videos seem to fit into these days. Jarrod’s friends and mentors in deer hunting pointed out something obvious to him that is not being shown on television or hunting videos these days; anyone with the desire, determination, and dedication, can kill mature bucks consistently. Jarrod’s goal is to demonstrate how to do this through instructional hunting videos that show you how to take your whitetail hunting to the next level.

“Watch today’s hunting shows and DVDs, and a person might get the impression that to kill big bucks, one needs to own a lot of land, plant lots of food plots, run lots of trail cameras, and leave properties undisturbed. In other words, it takes a lot of money. Although that scenario works, it’s not your only option. I’ve met and become friends with many hunters that knock down big bucks every year, and they don’t have bottomless wallets. They don’t travel all over. They don’t use outfitters to put them in front of big deer. They do it by scouting. I’ll say it again, they do it by scouting! And when they can’t find a big buck to hunt, they scout until they do. They know how to find them and when to move in. Meeting guys like this…guys like Lee Gatzke, Andrae D’Acquisto, Paul Ranft, and many others are why I wanted to make these instructional hunting videos. Big bucks are a product of their environment. They must be hunted based on the local terrain and pressure. For this reason, I’ve chosen to focus each of our videos on how to hunt specific types of terrain. Each video features hunters that get it done time and time again

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Jarrod with a nice Iowa bow kill

on their own. We demonstrate the scouting behind the hunts. We’ll show you exactly how we determine where and when to hunt. The only secret is that there are no secrets…there’s no magic pixie dust to consistently killing big bucks. If you want it bad enough and are willing to put in the time and effort, you can do it too.”

Jarrod lives in Plainwell, Michigan with his wife and three children, where he operates Erdody Studios, a graphic arts business with national clientele, many of which are in the hunting industry.


  1. Justin kerkau

    First off Your hill country video was awesome.I just had a few questions I’m confused on.I’m on public land in Michigan in Cadillac state forest. I know there are big bucks that I’ve got on camera and seen randomly. My question is once I find the points they are bedding do I hunt down in a flat under the point? Or usually a point is in-between 2 valleys, do I set up there ? Also I noticed alot of times the big hills you see on caltopo don’t have the cover that are on the flats of the area. Usually I have 3 to 4 year old cuttings I would picture them bedding in,my question is are they bedding in the low flats that are really thick of deep cuttings or should I still focus on points near the cuttings. Please help me understand my questions to make be a better eary October hunter and not a lucky rut hunter..

    1. Jarrod Erdody

      Hi Justin, Thanks for the comments! I actually lived in Cadillac from 1st to 7th grade…that’s where I shot my first deer!
      Regarding the terrain and bedding, your scouting will need to tell you where they’re bedding and if you’re saying you already have found the beds on the points, then trust this. Do pay close attention to whether they’re buck beds or not, of course. Once you find the beds, you want to figure out where they’re going from those beds and why. If their destination is to the low areas because of oaks or ag fields, then, yes, I’d be thinking about setting up down low… but probably evening only and only once the thermals have dropped. If they’re heading elsewhere from their beds, then a low setup might not be in order. Outside of the rut, food and water is really what dictates where they go when they get up, and as you know, those things can change often throughout the fall. In early October in that area, you’ll want to pay attention to oaks and any nearby crops. Again, scouting (especially in the winter) will tell you how they travel in and out of their bedding. The degree of topography change will also determine if they bed high or low. If the high spots aren’t much different from the low, then they might favor the thicker low spots. With big bucks, usually they are in spots that are just plain hard to “get in on” without bumping them. That’s why they’ve gotten big…they’ve figured out a place where they can hear people coming (or other predators) and stay hidden or safely escape. Public land in northern Michigan doesn’t get much tougher so you’re correct to be thinking about hunting closer to bedding than their food. Hope this helps, keep me posted on how you’re doing!

  2. Josh Leffel

    Hello, my name is Josh Leffel. I live, and hunt in, the state of Indiana. I too, hunt all private ground, that is for the most part what i consider heavily pressured. I have never leased or used an outfitter, but instead as you do, put in alot of time and sweat equity, to kill a few pope and young bucks, around 8 or 10 now, i believe, as well as several pope and young “class” bucks in my earlier years. I just wanted to say thanks for producing a good video, Farm Country Bucks, that normal guys like myself, can relate too, and actually learn a bit from. Keep up the good work, as i believe you are doing it the right way!

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