Past 30 yards, bowhunting for whitetail deer becomes much more a game of luck and guesswork. Bucks change their minds and their direction of travel on a whim. One second everything looks good, the buck is heading toward your shooting lane. Then the next s
The rut is the one time each season when bucks leave their safe zones – the places where they know the curve of every branch and the smell of every turd. Suddenly they are in situations where they don’t always have the upper hand. Throw in a little testos
You’re chomping at the bit. After months of dreaming about big bucks, and watching your favorite hunting videos repeatedly, the season is finally here. The temptation to dive right in and start hunting your best stands is like a moth’s attraction to fire.
Navigating the last ten seconds of any encounter with game is an art form that only matures with practice. It is easy to be an armchair quarterback when someone else is telling you how the buck they were hunting gave them the slip at the last second. “Why
We all want the rut to last until the end of the season, to keep the excitement going as long as possible. For most deer hunters, the late season hunting is more like an experiment than a true hunt. They dream that maybe this year it will be just as good
There are two separate situations where ground blinds can be very productive even when trees are available. The first occurs when a buck is approaching a specific part of a feeding area regularly but using a variety of trails. The second opportunity occur
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 mor
Even though we own more land, the best hunting on our farm in the past three seasons has occurred in the 40 acres right around our house. It is almost bizarre how many big deer we have seen and actually shot in that small area even though we live in the h
Once the bowhunting season ends many hunters hang up their gear and don't think about scouting until the following fall. However, post-season scouting can provide invaluable information for the bowhunter who is willing to put in th extra time and effort.
The three most important decisions you'll make while bowhunting are if you should shoot, when you should shoot, and where you should aim. Planning ahead for these questions will unquestionably help you when the time of truth arrives.