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Guest Post by Todd Woodard, Editor, Cartridges of the World.
With Thanksgiving only a few days away, the question of how to best kill a whitetail or mule deer intrudes on
Previously, I related my yearlong battle with undiagnosed Lyme disease. The number one transmission of the Lyme disease Spiron is the deer tick. Trust me when I tell you that you do not ever want to go through what I went through.
A new full-power load resurrected the 10mm Auto, transforming it into a potent big-game platform. Hogs. Bears. Deer. Whatever the target, most handgun hunters traditionally opted for stout revolvers chambered in .44 and .41 Rem. Magnums, .357 Magnum and the like. Semiautomatic handgun options have been slim. That is changing with ammunition such as the new Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded Jacketed Soft Point in 10mm Auto.
Being in top shooting shape requires diligent practice year round. The last thing you want is for the trophy of a lifetime to step out—with a 10 second window—and you miss the shot because of under preparation. I am often asked what type of preparation that really takes, especially during winter. So, where do I practice shooting in wintertime? Why, outside of course!
Have you ever asked yourself: “Why does (the other guy) get a nice buck every year when I do all the right things and hunt where good bucks are known to be but still come up short?” It is a tough question. However, I will help you find the answer.
Shoot Now or Let it Walk for Another Year!
If we were playing football, this would be the two minute warning. In much of the country, the Whitetail season is winding down to its final days and minutes. If you haven’t wrapped your tag around something at this point, you may need to either change your tactics, your goal or both.
The words preorbtial, vomeronasal and olfactory might sound like something from a science fiction movie, but they are not. They can also be challenging to say or even spell, but the greater challenge for any hunter is what these tongue twisting words actually mean.
As firearm deer seasons head into the coldest months of the year, in many northern climes, the whitetail rut is over or winding down. Or is it? The answer to that question, like so many others in hunting, is “maybe…”
So, you have hunted hard all season. You spent the summer cutting shooting lanes and putting up stands. You cemented relationships with property owners that give you permission to hunt. You worked hard all season, and things finally came together. You shot a deer. The adrenaline has risen and subsided, and you stand over your trophy. Now what?
Something happened to me a week ago that has only happened one time before in my life. I lost a deer. Not only that, but it was a really nice deer. I can feel good in the fact that the loss was not my fault, but rather the complete malfunction of a mechanical broadhead-tipped arrow shot from a crossbow.
The other types of scents—often used by hunters—are the lure or attractant scents. These are not to be confused with other types of “attractant” products such as foods or supplements such as salt or mineral licks. The attractants I am referring to are aroma attractants used to draw bucks to your location such as the sex-attractant type of scents used during the rut.
This has been a year of firsts for me. In an earlier series, I wrote about my transformation from tactical neophyte to MSR owner and shooter. I shot my first coyote with an arrow. I was there when my daughter shot her first deer during Wisconsin’s youth deer hunt; my first time hunting a private, Mississippi River duck club, and I hunted Kansas for the first time.
Three hundred and ninety-two years ago, after an incredibly rough first year in their new home, a group of English folks looking for religious freedom celebrated for three days after their first successful corn harvest. These people—we now call Pilgrims—included local Native Americans, a group they had developed allied relationship with. They feasted for three days. We really have no idea what the Pilgrims and Native Americans ate on what we now consider the first Thanksgiving, but Edward Winslow recorded in his journal the Pilgrims went on a waterfowl hunt and the Wampanoag Indians brought deer.
Didn’t hit your tags quite yet? To bag those late season bucks, you might be facing down some long hours in bitter cold weather. In order to take your shot, you need to be warm and comfortable in your stand or blind.
Tell me if you’ve heard this one: “More deer have been killed with a lever-action .30-30 than any other caliber. It is a great caliber for deer hunting.”
Or this one: “The .30-06 is the best caliber for deer because it balances a large bullet with higher velocity.”
Or even this one: “The 7mm Remington Magnum is the best caliber for deer hunting, as it has a flat trajectory over long distance and, as the venerable hunting writer Jack O’Connor, considered by many to be the “ultimate” authority on shooting in his day and Outdoor Life’s Shooting Editor for over 30 years and major proponent of the .270 cartridge said, ‘The 7mm Mag. does everything the .270 does, and does it better.’”