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Monday, June 22, 2009

Secrets To Hunting White Tailed Deer

Acquire The Secrets To Hunting White Tailed Deer

Hunting white tailed deer with today's technology far surpasses that of times past, yet so many hunters fail to be as successful as they should be.

There are elements missing in the deer hunters traits, that often times hinder a successful hunt. Let's examine times of yesteryear's white tailed deer hunter, to determine the basic differences.

Hunting white tailed deer in times past, not so long ago even, was a necessity to supplement the food table.

How could just this one aspect change the way we hunt today?

Well, when hunting success or failure means your survival, we have a tendency to look at our situation in an entirely different light.

When we know failure will mean that we or our family won't eat, we pay more attention to our game plan, and rightfully so.

Today's white tailed deer hunter really doesn't have to depend on venison for survival purposes, in most cultures.

This tends to let us be more at ease when we are hunting white tailed deer. How can this affect the manner in which we hunt? A hunter that is hunting in this manner, will no doubt miss the opportunity to read the environment around them properly.

Any white tailed deer hunter that has done all their homework and successfully executed a successful white tailed deer hunt will know that successful hunts don't come easy.

They are aware of all the effort that it takes to be a successful deer hunter. We have all had easy hunts that were successful, however, we also know that is the exception not the rule.

In times past, if you weren't successful you went hungry. This eager trait made you do and learn what was necessary to be able to feed your family.

For the most part today's hunter isn't in this frame of mind, and therefore tends to be not as observant as they should be.

The white tailed deer woods is full of knowledge that one needs to observe and learn to receive the rewards of successful hunting.

If we as deer hunters are too lax to learn... then we suffer sufficiently on every hunt. The signs are there, we just need to think in a survival mode, to see them.

Reading everything that we can get are hands on, is only half the equation, learning to implement what we learn, often times is the hardest part, for one reason or another.

If you become part of the deer woods, you will see that which needs to be revealed to you. If you have read this far then you no doubt understand what I am talking about.

Hunting white tailed deer is serious business, and if you treat it that way, you will see the bounty.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Understanding Buck Behavior

The whitetail buck is often times misunderstood.
They start out in life learning basic survival instincts. One instinct that saves them more than usual, is the ability to stand motionless at critical times. Many whitetail hunters fail to recognize the importance of this fact, to the survival of whitetail bucks. Critical moments and the ability to stand perfectly still enables a buck to go unnoticed by many hunters during many deer hunts.

If we actually knew how many bucks that we walk by, it would surprise most of us, I'm sure.
Bucks learn from a very young age to rely on their mother, when danger approaches. Hence, as they grow older they rely on does' to detect danger. Often times in the whitetail woods, it is the doe that warns of impending danger first.

This unique trait can be witnessed by most hunters that can pay attention to detail. Perhaps you have witnessed this yourself. The more closely that one pays attention to the animal, the more that will be revealed to you. Generally, it takes a lot of time around bucks, to learn the many traits that enables them to survive to monarch stage.

A whitetail buck will outsmart most hunters, by simply relying on the natural instincts that it possesses. Perhaps you have found this to be true.Cracking a whitetail bucks code isn't difficult, if you have the time to invest. They react to most circumstances, in a manner that has enabled them to survive in previous encounters of danger. Since, most deer only inhabit about one square mile its whole life, a hunter needs to familiarize themselves with every feature that is in a bucks home range.

During buck encounters through out the year, it is imperative that you observe his behavior closely, to learn what it will take to bring him down during the next deer hunting season. Veteran whitetail hunters, do not rely on luck. Although a lot of bucks have been shot with luck involved, like being in the right place at the right time, the veteran deer hunter takes the time to figure out exactly where the right place will be, beforehand.

They familiarize themselves beforehand on what the buck will do in many circumstances, and then they use this information to insure a good clean harvest of the animal.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Timing A Crucial Factor

How important is timing when we are trying to bag a trophy whitetail buck? If you have ever hunted day in and day out and not seen a buck, much less a trophy buck, then you already know that something is wrong in your game plan.

It could be something as simple as your timing. Deer are most active during daylight hours, mainly a few hours first thing in the morning, as well as the last couple of hours of daylight.

However, this is not to say that you won't see bucks through-out the day, as different circumstances may cause even a trophy buck to move even at mid-day, such as hunter pressure.

The easiest way to bag your buck, is to find a primary trail and set up just off the trail, preferably downwind, and be ready well before the deer become active.

A simple ground blind will work easily. Just find a tree that is downwind of the trail that has branches that start at ground level. Next trim off the branches just high enough for you to sit down and lean up against the tree, facing the primary trail.

Next drive the branches into the ground in front of you and wait for the does' to come by. If the buck isn't with them, he should be along before to long, if you are hunting the rut, and there is a buck around.

So you can see that timing is very crucial along with many other factors, in determining our success rate.

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Deer Hunting For The First Time... Alone

I remember hunting with my dad and my grandfather as a junior hunter. My first hunting license cost me $1.50

I was 11 years old.

During the years of 10 to 15 years old junior license holders need to be in the company of an adult license holder here in the state of Maine.

I bagged my first deer as an 11 year old and was hooked from that day onward. I couldn't wait until I was 16 years old, so that I could hunt alone.

I save up my hard earned money and bought my first rifle, it was a 30-30 winchester model 94 pre 64.

Each fall I tagged along with my dad and grandfather as they ventured out into the deers domain.

I was as thirsty to learn as anybody could be for the sport. During the next few years I read everything that I could get my hands on, as well as listening very intently to my relatives sitting around talking about their deer hunting adventures.

Then the day came when I could hunt on my own. It happened to be on a school day, but my dad gave me permission to take the day off from school, and go hunting.

The night before my mom made a big batch of chocolate chip pumpkin cookies to take with me out hunting the next morning.

I could hardly sleep that night waiting for the alarm clock to ring the next morning.

My parents owned a good piece of land and down back of the farm was plenty of forests that was loaded with deer, back at that time.

I felt sure that I would get a deer on opening day. Well it came time do head out. It was a cold morning with plenty of snow on the ground.

I made my way down back as daybreak began to arrive. It wasn't long before I cut my first track, it was a buck. I could tell this because he was dragging his feet.

I began to track the deer and before to long I came to the chopping, and decided to sit on a stump and have a cup of cocoa and some cookies.

As I was getting everything out of my pack, my rifle was laid across my lap, just in case.

While I was eating I would let out a call from my mouth, every so often, just as I had been taught by my dad and grandfather.

I didn't really expect what happen next. All of a sudden I look up and there is a very nice 8 point buck that had stepped out of the fir thickets and was staring me in the face.

I dropped everything and tried to get my rifle up to my shoulder to get a shot off, but the deer was quicker than I was. I sat there in a state of confusion.

After a bit I put everything away and went after him, but never saw him again. He made me one tired boy that day and I will always remember that deer as long as I live.

I never bagged a deer that season and realized that I needed to learn a lot more.

It was an exciting day nonetheless.

In the years that followed I realized how many mistakes that I had made on my early hunting adventures and soon realized how to break my old habits and start putting venison on the table.

I'm pretty sure most young hunters go through the same thing. Even when we learn what we are supposed to do, it still takes time and a lot of effort to be able to utilize what we have learned effectively.

So don't despair you can learn and utilize, hopefully a lot sooner than I did.

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Snow Changes Every Aspect Of The Hunt

In cold weather regions snow plays a big role in the hunt. When snow arrives it is now possible to really study deer patterns and habits closely. If you really want to know how deer react in a stalking situation, now is your very best chance.

In a stalking situation, you will notice, deer will always be traveling into the wind, and will often times try to circle back around you. Their nose plays a very important role in their survival, and they use it always.

You will also note that they will take you into the heart of their home range. This is usually the thickest area in the region. More commonly know as a bedding area. This is where they feel the safest, and affords them the upper hand in escape.

They can easily depend on their hearing, and sense of smell to tell where you are at all times. They also can escape un-noticed, should you venture into their bedding area.

This will be where you will see the most tracks of deer activity.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Don't Learn The Hard Way

Yeah I got one for ya. I had a treestand on my uncles 500 acre woodlot. It was positioned on a pipeline that was about 75 feet wide. I was walking to my stand , on snow, which was about a half mile down the pipeline, one morning, just before daylight.



Just as I could start to see a bit I was about 3 or 4 hundred yards from my stand, I noticed the figure of a rather large deer standing broadside in the middle of the pipeline. I didn't have a scope so I couldn't tell if it was a buck or not.



We just stared at each other for what seemed to be an eternity. After 5 minutes or so I let my curiosity get the best of me. I decided to walk slowly to see if I could get closer. I got closer alright, but I should have stayed put and let the sun come up.



Oh well, the deer which I was sure was one of the bigger bucks in the area, decided I was getting to close, and decided to skip off. When I got to where he was standing I saw from its' tracks that it was a nice buck.



Well no stand today, I took after him. I had continuosly jumped him but never had a good shot. About 2 or 3:00 pm he led me to the brook that ran through my uncles property. The brook was to wide for me to jump across, but not for the buck.



The ice wasn't all that thick as I soon found out. Down I go into about 4 1/2 feet of ice cold water. Now I'm pissed. I get across the brook and I take after him again, and I swore to myself I was going to get him, for this.



As luck would have it in the back portion of my uncles lot it was all clearcut. I am hot on his trail because I am wet and cold. I was about 3 or 400 yards from the clearcut, which was where the buck was headed, and me too, when I heard 3 or 4 shots coming from the clearcut.



I proceeded to get to the clearcut and noticed a person standing right in the middle of the clearcut, dressed completely in flouresent orange, with a nice 9 pointer laying at his feet.



I proceeded to walk up to him and tell him thanks for putting an end to my day, and that I had been on that buck since daybreak.



He said he could tell. when he first noticed the buck he was standing just inside of the timberline, and he was real nervous, as he kept looking behind himself.



Well to make a long story short the kid was only 19 years old and was home on leave from the service. It was his first deer. He didn't even have a knife on him to dress it out, so I told him I would dress him out and help him drag it out. And I did.



I got warmed up then LOL.



The buck dressed out about 210. I saw him again the following weekend. Yup you guessed it, right back in the middle of the clearcut.



Funny how things go sometimes.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Pair Of Fawns Under My Apple Trees


I woke up this morning and there were a couple of fawns under my apple tree bedded down, it is the second week of deer season and the mother hasn't been with them for about a week now, so I figure she is in someones freezer.

Just thought I would post this picture of the pair of fawns.