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Five Steps to Early season Success
Most deer hunters regard the early season as that time of year to shoot does or scout for the buck they want to chase during the pre-rut and rut. Some don’t even bother to hunt because of the heat or insects. There is nothing you can do about the heat but dress for it. As for insects, products like ThermaCELL have all but eliminated them as a problem. For some of us, those first days of bow season, the early season, are the prime days of the year to harvest a mature buck. It takes some understanding of deer and deer habits that go beyond the information found in most magazine articles or on most hunting videos. In most areas, early season hunting means by bow. There are five basic steps to early season success. Once you understand them and commit to hunting those early days properly, you may well be amazed. 1: Understand the advantages to hunting early season bucks. In the early season, the bucks are still in bachelor groups and in their summer patterns. They are undistu... More

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Ken Piper / Buckmasters Editor

Ken Piper

Buckmasters editor Ken Piper grew up hunting whitetails with his father, uncles and cousins on public land in Blair County, Pennsylvania. He earned a journalism degree from Penn State in 1987 and joined the Buckmasters team in 2000. "Thanks to Buckmasters, I’ve hunted some of the best places in the country, but I’ll never forget that public-land, blue-collar hunters are the heart of our sport," he says. "Hopefully we can all remember the simple joy of taking any deer and spending time with friends and family. That’s what I strive for in the pages of Buckmasters."

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