12 REASONS YOU CAN'T KILL A TROPHY BUCK!on Sep 19, 2012
8) Married To One Stand: When you consider all of the plotting, the planning, the setting up, and the trimming of shooting lanes, it’s easy to understand why we sometimes get attached to certain locations. Working up the courage to “break it off” when you realize that it is time to move on, can be harder than telling your first love goodbye. Yet, in certain circumstances, it must be done.
Just as the conditions change over the course of a season, sometimes your stand locations must do the same. True, you may have a large amount of time invested in your current setup, but that fact alone should never keep you in one location when everything around you suggests its time to move on. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the next time you hunt your “sentimental favorite” things will be better, because odds are they won’t be. If you’re not seeing deer movement, there is a reason why.
Become "intimate" with your gear and always check to ensure everything is working like it should.
7) Lack Of Patience: Patience can come in many forms. For example, patience during the moment of truth, while walking toward your stand or perhaps even when stalking your prey. However, in this case I’m talking about patience while in the stand. I know a lot of good hunters, who hunt in good locations that simply don’t kill good deer. Why? They don’t have the patience, or “staying power” to remain in the tree long enough to let things unfold. It takes a lot of resolve to remain in the stand for hours on end, day in and day out, waiting on that one special buck to arrive. Some guys simply can’t do it.
The key to putting in the greatest amount of time while in the stand is confidence and comfort. You have to be confident the buck you are after is in the area, either by first hand observation or by scouting camera pictures, otherwise, you will find any excuse to leave. Additionally, staying warm and dry will also ensure you keep your “never give up” attitude over the course of a long morning, afternoon, day, and season. When it comes time to work on improving your patience in the tree stand, remember the 2 C’s.
Only "situational" practice can prepare you for the real thing. If your not practicing how you hunt, your odds of pulling off a successful shot are dramatically reduced.
6) Little Practice: I routinely start preparing for the October bow opener sometime in the spring; usually around April or May. I know most of my hunting partners think I am crazy; some even flat out tell me I am. But you know what, the way I see it, when the opportunity comes along to harvest a true monster of a whitetail…..I want to be ready. That chance may not come around again for a very long time, so why wouldn’t I want to be prepared as best I can be.
The only way to assure that you will be ready is by putting in plenty of practice time. Not sloppy practice with little or no purpose. That only reinforces bad shooting habits. Remember also, too much practice can actually be counter productive; wearing down the mind and possibly injuring the body. Practice often, with a specific purpose in mind, but don’t over do things.
For example, if you hunt primarily from an elevated position, then practice from a treestand. If you hunt mostly from a ground blind, crawl inside one and sling some arrows long before opening day arrives. Ultimately, you should strive to match your practice sessions to the hunting gig. Consequently, when that shot of a lifetime does come your way, and someday it will, you will be ready.
5) Hunting The Wrong Wind: We’ve all got a little renegade pumping through our veins; you might say a bit of a gambling side. While those may be beneficial traits on “Lets Make A Deal” or in a Kenny Rogers song, when it comes to chasing big whitetails, they can be the kiss of death; especially when it comes to playing the wind. If you decide to roll the dice with air currents, you will most often loose. Sure, anything is possible. And yes, there are times you will get lucky and blow every theory you’ve ever read about “hunting the wind” right out of the water. But over the long haul your success rate will suffer drastically; particularly if your scent control regimen isn’t quite up to par.
The bottom line: gamble with other parts of your overall game-plan if you must, but give the wind the respect it deserves.