Food Sources Late Season Deer Hunting Tactics

I can’t believe it is already December, I hope everyone has had a much fun as we have getting after those big bucks this year. Do you plan on doing some late season deer hunting?

Late Season Deer Hunting

I sure do and there are some late season deer hunting tactics to think about that will help improve your odds at getting a mature buck on the wall. My main focus this time of year is finding where the food is. With their being less food sources this time of year if you can find a hot food source and set up in between there and the bedding area with the wind in your favor you got a chance. Food plots can make for some exciting late season deer hunting. Not everyone has the time or resources to plant food plots but if you have a food plot to hunt this time of year it can pay off big time deer hunting. If you don’t have food plots to hunt locate what the whitetails are eating on the land you are hunting and focus on that area looking for trails to and from and deer droppings, rubs, scrapes or any kind of whitetail sign. Some late season food sources are hay fields, cut agriculture fields, native grasses, acorns, leaves, or if you can bait in your state that can be the place to be. Find out what food sources you have available on your property this time of year and you can plan a way to set up in between the bedding area and feeding area and plan to approach your stand or blind with the wind in your face and hunt downwind of where you expect the whitetails to be traveling or feeding and you can get it done. Also if you find where the does are feeding and one of those does that didn’t get bred goes into estrous all heck could break loose and you will be there waiting on that big boy. Chasing whitetails this time of year can be tough and draining but it can be very rewarding too. Every year I see pictures of several huge brutes taken this time of year even after the rut is over, heck they have to eat so find those food sources. If you haven’t gotten your buck yet don’t give up just yet, remember persistence pays off!

 

Mac Late Season Deer Hunting Buck

My good friend Mac took this old buck late season deer hunting in Dooley county in Georgia.

Georgia 12 Pointer

I have heard several reports of big bucks like this hitting the ground all over Georgia. Preston got this nice buck in Dooley county in Georgia.

I have heard of several nice bucks being taken this year, and I have heard a lot of my friends in Georgia have had really good years in the peach state. My good friend Mac and his son Preston both got nice bucks in south Georgia in Dooley county. Preston took a really nice 12 pointer, he had to whistle at the buck to get him to stop and he put him down. Congratulations to Preston and Mac, I love seeing the Georgia boys getting it done.

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AntlerGear DHBB Bow Hunting Kansas

bow hunting Kansas eight point

My self filmed whitetail bow hunting Kansas November 14, 2012.

I hope everyone is having a great deer season. So far I have seen some really nice bucks being taken bow hunting Kansas. I was lucky enough to film myself shoot a nice eight pointer with my Mathews Z7 here in Northeast Kansas last Sunday evening. He was one of the biggest bucks I have had on trail camera this year he was a nice buck but not a giant by any means as far as Kansas standards go. It was some awesome footage and I will be sharing it with you in the future. I can’t wait to eat some tasty venison and now I’m planning on trying to get at least two does deer hunting.

Bow Hunting Kansas

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AntlerGear and DHBB Pro-Staff members Mike, Troy and Adam

This past week I had a blast bow hunting Kansas with my good friends from AntlerGear.com. Pro-Staffers and my good friends Troy Redner and Mike McKenzie flew in for a week of bow hunting Kansas whitetails and we had such a good time hunting, eating, laughing and cutting up. It was warm for the first few days but we made the best of it. Any time spent hunting with family and friends is always good. Be sure to checkout AntlerGear on facebook and give them a like. They have some really cool stuff.

8 point Kansas whitetail

Mike with his first bow buck taken in Kansas!

My friend and newest DHBB Pro-staffer Mike took his first bow buck this Wednesday morning, he had a quick two hour hunt on his last day before he had to get on a plane back to Atlanta and he got it done on a 8 pointer. He came close to getting a shot at three or four different much bigger 8 pointers but just couldn’t get a shot at them but he finally sealed the deal at the last possible minute. Congratulations Mike on your first bow buck, next year we are gonna get you and Troy on some big boys.

I believe that there has been a pretty bad outbreak of EHD around here and even though I haven’t found any dead deer I have gotten several reports of dead deer being found all around where we live. I have only gotten one 150″ buck on my trail cameras this year where last year I had several really nice bucks. It seems we just don’t have the big bucks like last year. It is kind of a scary deal when you see places like Montana’s Milk River last year where the deer herd was hit very hard. I guess it’s natures way of balancing the herd. I haven’t seen the usual number of deer being hit by cars either.

It has been a very quiet year for me and my buddies as far as rut activity here. We only saw one buck following a doe all of last week and that is pretty much it. I don’t know if it just hasn’t happened yet or what. I have seen a few scrapes and rubs but nothing that just was exciting and got me fired up. What kind of rutting activity have you seen where you are hunting? I have heard from a few of my Georgia buddies that the rut has been full bore all over the state the past couple of weeks. I’ve seen a lot of great peach state bucks taking the ole dirt nap.

I’d like some of you to send me some pictures of your big bucks being taken this season to share with the good folks on my DHBB facebook page. Lets see those hero pictures everyone. Good luck out there and stay safe and wear those safety harnesses.

 

Deer Eating Acorns Beans

 deer eating acorns daily

This deer eating acorns is the biggest I have on trail camera this year so far.

I have seen a lot of deer eating acorns this year. We have tons of them this year.

Deer eating acorns

Whitetails love to eat acorns and they are an important food  for them. I have seen them choose acorns over any over food sources at times. If you think of acorns you think deer, well and squirrels. Acorns are a favorite whitetail food source.There are many different types and some are better for the whitetails than others. Acorns have good nutrition and over half the calories in an acorn comes from fat. That’s why you see deer eating acorns prior to winter. They need to store fat to be able to survive the cold winters. I have seen whitetails loading up on them this season and there are plenty of them for them to eat. If you have acorns you might want to do some scouting around them, you might just find a honey hole.

Well I hope everyone is having a deer season so far. It has been a dry one here in Kansas, and the whitetails have changed their patterns from last year. We have a creek that is completely dried up so the water supplies are limited to a couple of ponds just off of the property that I am deer hunting.

This time last year I had about four shooters on trail camera and this year I have had pictures of one and he hasn’t been back since late September. I am not to concerned though because I am still getting pictures of a lot of does and where the does are during the rut the big bucks will come. The biggest buck I saw last year didn’t show up until late October so I’m crossing my fingers that the same thing happens this year. We finally got some rain last night and more is expected today, I have never been so happy to see rain. How has your season been so far? I have been out on four different hunts and each hunt but one I saw whitetails.

The other night I saw a bunch of does and I had whitetails running all around me but I couldn’t see what it was, I thought I heard some grunting but I can’t be sure. I don”t know if the whitetails were just playing or if there was some chasing going on.

I have been able to get some good footage so far and it should only get better as the season progresses. I can’t wait to hunt the rut this year with two of my good friends and fellow DHBB Pro-staffers Troy and Mike hopefully we will be able to get some great Kansas whitetail rut action. We just had a frost last week and the soybeans are turning brown quick and they will be cutting them soon. Right now on this particular piece of property there are a lot of soybeans either on it or just off of it and the deer are really eating them. Also there is a lot of acorns so food is abundant right now but as the season goes on the food sources won’t be as abundant and the deer should change there patterns and be a little easier to pinpoint. It is going to be fun getting after these big brutes and hopefully we can get one on the ground, it’s always fun trying to match wits with big old smart bucks. Good luck this season everyone.

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