Tips & Tactics

Reel ‘Em In

Reel ‘Em In

By Ken Piper

Think like a fisherman to find your next buck.

Statistics say 70% of deer hunters spend at least some time fishing. Interestingly, bucks and bass are very much alike in how they relate to their environment.

One of the first things bass fishermen learn is to look for underwater structure – changes in the lake bottom that dictate fish movement. The next thing to find is good cover – items on the structure that tend to hold and concentrate fish.

Deer relate to structure and cover the same way. Just as fishermen are taught to look for points, humps, holes, sharp changes in depth and underwater creek beds (structure), hunters should look for points, funnels, sheltered depressions, ridge lines and creek beds, too.

Just as fishermen then key in on stump fields, rocks and docks (cover), deer hunters should look for preferred deer cover and food sources for likely stand locations.

Sometimes we tend to look at a tract of land and feel overwhelmed trying to decide where to start looking for deer. If you think like a fisherman, you just might catch a buck.

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