It’s time once again folks, for one of the most exhilarating sports in the world, whitetail deer hunting.
While archery season has come and gone in many areas of the nation, there are a certain few that are allowing extended archery, but the majority of the USA is gearing up for rifle season.
All states have different ways of doing things and the seasons change from place to place, but there are similarities in the deer and how to hunt them from Pennsylvania to Texas.
We’re here to show you the best way to get that trophy buck you have been dreaming all year about. Good luck and safe hunting!
Rutting Season: Starting in mid September or so, depending on the area you’re in, the best time to start tracking the actions of deer is during rutting season, and it's key to start watching tendencies of deer starting far before you ever step foot in the woods for a hunt.
Deer are ready to mate around this time each year, and they will be shedding the velvet that has grown on their antlers during the year. It’s during this period that you want to be observing the trees around trails where you will hunt for rubs.
Rubs are scrapes on trees where deer grind off the velvet on their antlers and expose the bone antlers. These rubs happen along common pathways the deer use to obtain food and these spots can be used as great reference points to find your hunting location.
Great Link: Field and Stream’s Rut Report
Keep Warm: While many hunters worry first about the weapon they carry into the woods, that's where they make their first big mistake. Hunting season is late fall and winter and avoiding the cold at all costs is the most important part of the hunt.
If you are cold and sitting for long periods of time, your body will start having trouble functioning and you will not be able to last as long in the woods as your fellow hunter who has the proper attire.
The key for me has always been layering your clothes so that the temperature doesn’t have the chance to permeate your clothing. Another key has been the insulated one-piece suits that allow for good functioning but still keep you cozy.
The most important body parts to keep warm should be your extremities and your head because that’s where most of the heat is released from your body, but when covering your head be sure to make sure you can still hear what’s going on around you.
Great Link: Cabela’s the Premier spot for Hunting Gear
Finding the Perfect Spot: Finding the right spot is going to take at least one, and preferably more, trips to the spot you want to hunt for the main portion of hunting season. Pick a general area in public hunting lands or on private property you have secured permission to hunt on, and scout the land.
All of the technology in the world can’t make up for a good, old-fashioned walk where you leave the cell phone at home, keep your mouth shut and eyes open and study the land.
Deer are creatures of habit, and if you can pick the location where they will appear in the morning hours or the evening hours, you will be in the right spot to take that prized buck.
Great Link: Some Really Great Hunting Tips
Patience: This will be the biggest key to hunting every single year you decide to try to take the trophy bucks. Big deer aren’t all around us, but the key is putting yourself in the best position to have a chance at seeing the monster buck.
You won’t get a monster deer on your first time in the woods, heck; there is a good chance that you could not see a deer the whole day at times. Don’t worry, though, there’s always tomorrow.
In a fast paced world of instant gratification, hunting hearkens back to a time where you waited patiently for things and enjoyed the free time. Hunting is an old sport and people who don’t understand that will miss the point of the adventure and the majesty.
Great Link: Learn to Be Patient!