Top Ten Dream Hunting Trips


Do you have a top ten dream hunting trips? I know I have been wanting to go for years on a guided hunt. I have always wanted to go deer hunting in Alberta for big bucks in the snow. I just have never done it. I thought it would be fun to make a list of my top dream hunting trips.

dream hunting trips

I have several dream hunting trips I would love to do.

Dream Hunting Trips

10.Kentucky – I think Kentucky is quickly rising  up as one of the top deer hunting states to bag a trophy deer.  Todd and Christian counties in western Kentucky have beautiful open fields and heavy dense timbers, with some really nice big bucks. 

9.Nebraska – When I think of Nebraska deer hunting  I think of corn. That’s all I need to know. With the wooded river valleys and farmlands its prime habitat for big bucks.

8. Iowa – Corn same as above. Iowa ranks #3 in the nation in Pope and Young Bucks yet hands out the fewest tags. Its firearms season consist of muzzle-loader and shotgun only. Iowa is home of the new world record Lowenstein buck.

7.Kansas -  Ranks #4 in the Pope and Young record book. 6 of the top 10 Pope and Young typical entries belong to Kansas. Kansas is the greatest location to harvest a non-typical Boone and Crockett buck.

6.Illinois – Pike county is #2 in the nation in highest number of Pope and Young and Boone and Crockett  bucks. It’s in extreme west-central Illinois. Lying between the Illinois river basins and the Mississippi. The firearms season consist of muzzle-loader and shotgun only.

5.Ohio – Home of the world record Beatty buck. Ohio is awesome for trophy bucks. With plenty of farm land and trophy bucks. During the 2006-07 season Ohio hunters harvested a state record 237,316 deer.

4.Texas -  I’d like to hunt San Miguel Ranch in south Texas. With 30,000 acres of prime brush country. And some really big trophy deer.

3.Georgia – My home state. I’ve had the chance to hunt a lot of places in Georgia. It’s beautiful with some really nice trophies. I’d like to hunt on the Banks farm in Madison, Georgia. Man they take some nice whitetail every year.

2.Canada – Anywhere that has 300 pound whitetail has got to be awesome. I’ve always wanted to go to Alberta and hunt in the snow, for world-class whitetail.

1.Montana – I’ve always liked the Milk river in Montana. It just looks so beautiful. With some really big trophies.

 

Deer Hunting Windy Days

Do you like deer hunting windy days? It can be extremely frustrating. It’s harder to pick up movement on a windy day, and it’s hard to hear a deer approaching also. They can’t pick up your movement as well, or hear you as well either. I have decided not to hunt on windy days before. But if you are thinking you cant bag big bucks on windy days think again.

Hunting Windy Days

My father was deer hunting the first week of the season in 1997. He hunted that morning then went back to camp and decided to eat lunch and get back in the woods early. It was very windy to be deer hunting. But he was back out there early with hopes of seeing some big bucks. It was around 1:20pm and the wind was wiping. He was in a tripod stand that we called the rock stand. It sits on a hillside in some pines looking down to the most beautiful food plot beside a creek surrounded by a big hardwood ridge. Suddenly some does rushed out in the food plot, followed by a very nice trophy buck. He knew it was a shooter immediately. He aimed and shot but missed. The buck didn’t know which way the shot came from and ran closer to my father. His second shot didn’t miss. It was his biggest buck ever and it came on a very windy day.

Dads Jasper county buck  Hunting Windy Days

This is the trophy buck my dad took deer hunting windy days in Jasper county.

One morning one of my good friends and I went hunting at a club I was a member of in Walton county, in Georgia. That morning driving to the club we noticed how windy it was. But we didn’t let that discourage us. I took my friend to a location in some mature pines close to a big hardwood ridge. Then I went to a stand about four hundred yards away. It was so windy, I thought I was going to get sea sick up in that pine tree. About 9:30am I had enough, I decided to get down and still hunt around the edge of a big clear-cut. Then I heard my friend shoot. When I got over to him he was grinning like a mule eating briars. He had just taken his biggest buck ever, and it was on a very windy day. So if you are having second thoughts about hunting on a windy day, just remember you just might get that buck of a lifetime hunting windy days.

This is the Jasper county trophy my father took on October 27, 1997

Deer Hunting Bucks Bedrooms

hunting bucks bedrooms

There are many different strategies and techniques that can help increase your odds deer hunting. We all have our favorite strategies for big bucks.

Hunting Bucks Bedrooms

My favorite one is hunting bucks bedrooms. Once I’m able to locate where he is bedding, then I can use that to increase my odds of getting him. When I’m deer hunting big bucks, I like to scout during the season. I like to look for trails leading to or from a feeding area to his bedding area. I look for rubs, scrapes, fresh droppings, tracks, and secondary trails. Rubs can tell you which way a bucks are heading. If the rubs are heading towards the bedding area these are made usually just before daylight as he makes his way back to the bedroom before daylight to bed for the day. If the rubs are leading away from the bedding area to the food source usually these are made late evening to dark. The rubs and scrapes made close to the bedding area may be his staging area where he holds up until he feels safe enough to come out once it’s dark. My favorite strategy is to locate the freshest scrape closest to the bedroom and depending which way the rubs are leading set up on the downwind side of that scrape. You may want to get there way before daylight or dark. Making sure to approach the area from the downwind side and being very careful not to be heard or seen. You don’t want to get to close to the scrape. The buck may just try to scent check the scrape and end up being downwind of you. Depending on weather you are using a bow or gun get within that range but not to close. This a super effective way to harvest mature whitetail bucks. Just make sure not to bump him or put to much pressure on him. Or he will leave the area for good! One time I set up on a scrape close to a bedding area, but I was to close and the buck scent checked the scrape and the game was over, and I was the loser. He made a complete circle around me to get wind of me. I know for a fact this strategy works if done properly. I’ve done it. I harvested a nice ten pointer using this technique. Sounds easy right? Not so fast my friend! The wind must be right or it wont work. Good luck hunting your bucks bedroom.