No one is denying that a bit part of whitetail hunting (as well as other species) involves the trophy—the bigger the better. However, that is a very misunderstood statement. Bigger deer equates to an overall healthy herd with good genetics and nutrition. Far from simply leaving it up to nature, hunter are the ultimate conservationists and game managers. A critical part of that strategy for many is scouting cameras. Scouting cameras do not do the work for you. They are not an early warning system or offer some critical advantage. For the most part, they are a preview to the caliber of animals that roamed a particular area in the past and little more.
Posts Tagged ‘Whitetail Deer’
The ubiquitous whitetailed deer is the most popular big game animal in North America. And given the time, energy, and resources expended annually on deer hunting, it’s somewhat surprising how many hunters consider whitetail nutrition a no-go zone.
The mercury is rising across the nation which means this is the time of year that parts of the whitetails’ range are, or could soon be, under a drought. Don’t spoil your season before it starts! Following these 6 steps for drought proofing food plots could mean the difference between having some food for deer or a complete withered failure.
Mineral supplements and food plots have caused some controversy due to diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). However, they can be very productive for the hunter and increase the overall health of the herd—especially during harsh winter seasons and when the fawns are starting to drop.
Food plots will not only increase your odds of success by localizing the deer population, they can increase the health of the herd and provide forage during critical times. The problem for most hunters and whitetail managers is
For the prime whitetail states, the rut is right around the corner. You have probably been hunting the early season, but
All summer long you watch deer; they seem to be everywhere. Then the season starts and there you are, alone and not a buck to be found. For years, I wondered
I grew up in western Pennsylvania where fences and property lines didn’t mean much during deer season.
We have all suffered from the great ammunition crunch. Prices soared and shelves stood empty. What used to start off with a couple of buddies on the phone
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…”
I have been accused of a lot of things, but never of being kind to my equipment. Don’t get me wrong, I do not intentionally abuse it, but things just seem to happen. I slide down a hill on a hunt, the baggage monkeys at the airport toss it around, or it magically ends up on the bottom of a gear pile in the back of my truck. Maybe it’s just me, or perhaps I am just a victim of Murphy’s Law, but I have learned over the years to look for certain qualities in my equipment.