I love the challenge of hunting big woods bucks and I also love the peacefulness. There is nothing better than hiking a mile or two back into the middle of nowhere in the morning darkness and then waiting for the sun to rise. As you wait for the first morning light you are listening for the sounds of a deer walking in the distance and all you hear is nothing but silence. No car noise, no dogs barking, no farm equipment running, nothing but the silence of the morning that is about to begin.
You listen again, there is now a faint light in the morning sky, a branch breaks, and here he comes the ghost you have hunted so hard for since the season ended last year is now heading your direction. Until you experience a morning hunt like this you do not know what you are missing. The thrill of hunting a big woods buck that is four, five, six years old or older and harvesting him with a bow, it just doesn’t get any better than that in my opinion. He may not be the highest scoring buck you have taken with a bow but he will be on of the most wary and hard earned trophy buck you will every take. With the number of wolves today in most northern states and Canada this old veteran has been hunted every day of his life so he cannot afford to make many mistakes, neither can you. Here are a few tips on what I have found out after many years of chasing these northwoods ghost.