Whitetail Deer Hunting Secrets - Tips - Bowhunting - Rifle - Trophy Bucks
Whitetail Deer Hunting
Secrets - Tips - Tricks - Rifle - Bowhunt - Trophy Bucks
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Do You Love Deer Hunting?
- Are you hooked on deer hunting?
- Do you daydream and think about deer all the time?
- Are you always looking at new huntin' gear?
- Can't wait to get out to the field to scout and hunt deer?
Yep... you're bit with the disease! Read on...
10 Killer Tips for
Taking Monster Whitetail Bucks
Are you a deer hunter after that elusive monster buck? Are you sold out to getting one or do you just dream about it? Have you taken a fair sized buck in the past and now want to plan for and map out your tactics for that big one? Or perhaps you're new to deer hunting and want to maximize your opportunity for taking a big buck?
It's going to be more difficult for the beginner to learn enough in a short time to take a monster buck. So much of the knowledge about deer hunting (almost any kind of hunting, for that matter) is learned over time. And, there's no education better than being out in the wilds seeing, experiencing, reading signs, adjusting to seasons, weather and other factors.
I've put together the best tips gathered over years of experience, talking to successful hunters and reading everything about deer hunting I can get my hands on. My personal deer hunting library contains over 30 books on whitetail hunting alone, plus lots of other books on hunting and the outdoors. Each year I add a handful more. I've distilled the best tips and tactics to present here. Read them and heed the advice.
You must understand that your ability to harvest a big buck will completely rely on your willingness to adjust your thinking, your tactics and your determination to find and ultimately shoot that animal you have set your mind on killing.
Let's start the list of my 10 UNBEATABLE Tips that will lead you to that monster buck:
- Taking Exceptional Deer Requires Using Exceptional Tactics. You won't bag a trophy by using standard techniques that everyone else uses. In fact, it probably doesn't even matter if there are big bucks in the area you hunt. The truth is that if you're using all the normal tactics you won't get the monster. The really BIG bucks are old bucks. They don't grow old by falling prey to the normal tactics the majority of hunters use. Make sense? You must use big buck tactics to consistently bag big bucks.
- You must hunt where big bucks live! Now don't start groaning… it's so obvious, yet how many days or seasons have you spent hunting in areas where you never saw a really big buck? Part of bagging a huge buck is maximizing your chances of finding one or more. You must realize that not all areas hold even one really big buck, let alone a few. But it is a fact that some parts of different counties in the country hold many large bucks within a given area due to quite a few factors. Things like cover, food sources and other nutrition, hunting pressure, and genetics play a huge role in finding areas that hold big bucks. If your own scouting, or the testimonies from trusted sources, can't verify the existence of large bucks in the area then your chances are getting real slim for finding that monster buck. It is so obvious - but we sometimes deceive ourselves. We HOPE they're there. If your overriding goal is to find that monster - you need to find out where they are and hunt there. You can't shoot what doesn't exist.
- Be selective in what you shoot. Don't shoot small bucks. Think about this - in most cases after you harvest your buck you're done for the season - so if your goal is to shoot a monster why do you harvest a smaller one? Are you sold out to finding the really big one? If so, let the smaller ones go, let them mature into bigger bucks, and wait for your monster to appear. Most veteran hunters that shoot big bucks will tell you that the larger bucks follow the smaller ones out because the big ones are much more weary. That's how they get to be monsters. If you're satisfied with shooting a smaller buck than you set your goal to shoot, then you're compromising and your interest and desire are lacking. One more thing on this tip: immature deer hunters don't understand how the mature bucks think and end up taking the smaller bucks because of it. If you're committed to taking the big one, don't take the first buck you see unless it meets your goal.
- You'll find that big bucks will frequently have wet feet. Huh? Yep - find areas where there is a creek bottom or low-land wet areas such as a swamp and other wetlands. Talk to the experienced hunters who have shot big bucks…. most of them will tell you that big bucks like to frequent the heavy cover and are loners in these areas. They like the thick cover the wetlands produce because it gives them security. Also, deer are excellent swimmers. It is nothing for them to swim major rivers, let alone creeks and lakes. When pressure increases the big bucks head for cover. In fact, it is not unusual for islands in lakes to hold more than one large buck. You may have a hard time approaching them but many a survey has shown that they hide out there.
- Stay away from the crowds and your hunting buddies in the field. Is the area you hunt frequented by lots of other hunters? Do you have to share access to these areas? The more human traffic in a given area the less chance you have of finding that big ole buck. Obviously, your odds drop quickly for finding trophy deer in a limited size area. Find an area more remote or that has limited access for others to use. You must think of increasing your odds if you're going to find that big one and staying away from others in the field will help you do that. Be a loner when you hunt for big bucks.
- Let the experienced and successful hunters be your role models. It's no different than any sport or avocation. If you want to be great, if you want the big prize, if you really want that big buck you need to learn and do what other successful whitetail hunters have done to harvest their big bucks. While no situation is identical, remember that the 1% or 2% of the top deer hunters are very disciplined and have developed methods and skills that work consistently. They know and talk to others about deer locations, sightings, behavior, etc. Luck has helped some over time but by and large the hunters who take the big ones year after year know things you don't. Or perhaps they are more persistent.
- Big, Old Bucks are unique and you must adjust your hunting accordingly. Some say you have to treat them like a different animal or a different species if you're going to take one. Besides being older, they're wiser, heavier, more mellow, slower, and much more deliberate in their actions. The fact that they got to 4, 5, or 6 years old is an indication that they found a safe way to exist and avoid the hunters. These big boys won't typically run at the slightest pressure - they may hold tight. The younger, less experienced bucks will flee and possibly run into another hunter. I've heard story after story about how smart the old bucks can be - they'll swim, crawl, hold tight in cover, and use their natural color and stealth methods to avoid even the most experienced hunters. You must use different tactics for these big boys. Prepare to use every sense that you have and adjust your methods to maximize your odds of even seeing and shooting one.
- Can you predict the actions of the buck you seek and can he predict or pattern your movements? No old buck is real predictable - it just doesn't make sense that he'd live long if he was. So think outside the box, find him where he is and use great skill to locate and take him. In the same way, don't you think that the real weary bucks can pattern you as you go to your stand or blind, as you make noise going through the woods, etc.? Avoid going to the same area a lot. Hunt different areas now and then. Big, old bucks learn and adjust. You must do the same. Change up your plan of attack, the way you enter an area, etc.
- Hunt long and often. There is no exception to this rule. Big bucks are seldom taken by hunters who don't spend lots of time in the field. If you only hunt a couple hours in the morning and a couple more in the evening you're missing some of the best hours to bag a big buck! Lots of B+C bucks are taken in the late morning and noon hours. Surprised? While most hunters are heading to lunch at the local diner or taking a nap, the more successful hunter that is set on taking a large buck will stay in the field and be mindful that the big ones may be moving at this time. It's not unusual for a big buck to be scared or pushed into other areas by hunters leaving in late morning. Also, during the rut lots of large bucks have been seen checking their scrapes during the noon hour.
- And finally... flexibility is the key to success. If you've been hunting an area and haven't seen any large bucks there's a few reasons why. Could be your approach into the area, could be scent, could be your stand placement, etc. There's an old saying that rings so true in these situations: "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results!" If you're hunting the same stand season after season, if you're not hunting long hours, if you have lots of hunting pressure in the area, etc….. then doing the exact same thing over and over isn't likely to produce a big buck. If that area doesn't hold big bucks you sure aren't going to harvest a big buck there. Be flexible - change your tactics, change stand locations, do some more scouting, do some stalking, go into the area from a different direction. Hunt alone. Be stealthy. Study the area. Get maps of the area. Plan your attack. Figure out a way to hunt the heavy cover areas. Success comes to those who adjust their thinking, then their actions.
So there you have it. The 10 KILLER Tips above are real nuggets. Please take time to study each tip and truly assess where you're at in your quest for that elusive buck. You will be rewarded over time for your diligence and attention to the details. Get out in the field, scout those areas, plan your approach and tactics. Be mindful of weather changes and other factors that will put deer on the move.
All the best with your hunting,
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Information, Skills & Hands-on Experience.....
The foundation for a successful hunt.
Ever thought about how to maximize your deer hunting experience? I mean, if you're going to spend hundreds, if not thousands of $$ on guns, bows, clothing, stands, accessories, leases, travel, meals, tags, etc.... then do you leave your brain at home? Have you spent even a portion of your deer budget on information?
Are you feeding your brain with new information, fine-tuning your understanding and learning the tips and techniques of the experienced hunters?
I'm not trying to be cute - but seriously - how many times have all of us quickly dropped a few hundred $$ on new equipment or the like but haven't taken the time to sharpen our knowledge or skills about what it is we're trying to do. Now, don't get me wrong - I'm tempted with all the new gear all the time. I sometimes don't take a real long time to "justify" my want (not need) of those new items.
I will be the first to admit that if I spent as much time on the archery range or gun range as I do shopping for new equipment at the stores and online then my shot placement and consistency would improve without a doubt!
I am an information junky - I must have 10 or more books specifically on deer hunting within reach of me right now as I type this.... and piles of magazines and articles I've saved over time. I study deer hunting, I read about what others are doing, I study deer patterns, etc.
My goal is to go into the field with a very good understanding of what has worked for others over time. If I see a pattern emerging then I know how to adapt - at least to a point. My ultimate goal is to enjoy the experience the most by putting myself into position where the big bucks are. It's a lot more fun to be in the field and see deer and have the option of taking the one you want.... than seeing nothing or few.
We often have to take vacation time and make all kinds of special arrangements to be in the field for just a few days a year. Why not invest in your knowledge and, ultimately - your positive experiences - by reading, learning and honing those skills you already have. Maximize your time in the field - and increase the quality of your hunting experience with a little additional knowledge.
I like to think of it this way - if you're a soldier going into Iraq, Afghanistan or any battle area - you don't just strap on a rifle and venture out. You train, you learn, you know how to "read" situations, your fine-tune your senses and skills way before entering that battle theater.
I just talked to the son of a good friend of mine. He's an Army sharpshooter. The training they go through is amazing. The discipline they have is unbelievable. The knowledge they have of their environment, their equipment, their enemy, their limits - is top-notch.
Do the same with your deer hunting skills and knowledge. I promise you - you won't regret the additional knowledge once you get to the field. It may just give you that "edge" that is the difference between getting skunked and bringing home that buck you've been dreaming of.
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Please feel free to leave a comment!
RonanBill from United Kingdom on December 21, 2009:
DeerHunter (author) on February 06, 2008:
I definitely agree! The best time to take a big buck is during the rut when their guard is down and they're on the prowl for hot does.
I write about that extensively in my book "Deer Hunting Secrets Exposed: How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life".
All the best,
DeerFeederHelper on February 06, 2008:
I really enjoyed your article. However, you did not mention the rut or the pre-rut. In my neck of the woods, a hunter's odds of seeing that majestic nocturnal buck drastically increase with the breeding season and all the changes that it initiates. Do you agree?
DeerFeederHelper on January 24, 2008:
Very nice article. Thnak you