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Small Cover, Big Bucks
Any time after the hunting pressure starts and particularly during the late season, it pays to check small pockets of cover. All deer instinctively avoid human contact, and mature bucks do so with honed skill. They quickly learn where hunters don’t g...

Scout for Success
To take a big buck, with a gun or bow, you have to know that buck. Good scouting is how you get acquainted. First look for the food. Deer have a lot to eat, and bowhunters often take big bucks by staking out hot food sources. During gun seasons, foo...

Reflections on Rattling
Rattling started in Texas and has spread across the country with mixed success. In well managed areas with a low doe-to-buck ratio, bucks must truly compete for available does, and rattling and other forms of deer calling are more effective. In area...

Monsters of the Midday
The first hour of dawn and the last hour of dusk are the magical and highly productive deer hunting times. The white-tailed deer prefers the low-light periods surrounding sunrise and sunset. However, under some conditions, hunting in the middle of th...

Driving Deer Well
Deer drives can be an effective tool for a coordinated group of hunters to take deer during midday and other low-movement periods. Driving also helps root out “islands” of heavy cover where bucks seem to vanish during daylight hours. Safety and coord...

Fools Rush In
The number one rule for taking a trophy buck is to not allow the buck to know he’s being hunted. That requires extreme caution, and it also requires not hunting in what others might consider to be the most promising spots. Start by studying the buck...

Post-Season Deer Scouting
Perhaps the most useful thing you can learn from post-season deer scouting is where the deer, and particularly the buck, end up. Get out right after the season is over and take a look. Once the hunting pressure slacks off, and certainly by the time s...

Grunt Any Time
Try to match the habits of the deer when calling. Grunting can be effective anywhere, any time. Many pros carry a grunt tube at all times, and for some it’s the only call they use. Try your call when you see a deer to see what kind of “music” your lo...
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