Deer Hunting Nocturnal Whitetail

Nocturnal whitetail Fat Albert

This nocturnal whitetail showed up later in the season at one of my favorite deer hunting honey holes.We named him Fat Albert.

A nocturnal whitetail is the toughest to hunt.

Nocturnal Whitetail The Toughest

There is no greater challenge in my opinion than trying to kill a late season  mature nocturnal whitetail buck. It can be downright impossible. The number 1 factor that will cause a big buck to become nocturnal is presence of human activity. And for that very reason I like to do my scouting and hang my stands late in the summer and get out of my favorite deer hunting spots and leave them heck alone. I don’t want the whitetails to have a clue that I even exists when it is time for deer hunting.

The thing I look for when scouting for good deer hunting locations weather it be on foot or using a topographic map or aerial photo is the thickest bedding areas I can find. And if I can find a thick bedding area on the edge of a steep elevation that is where they like to bed where they can see downhill in front of them and smell danger from behind them. Then I like to find all potential food and water sources in the area and make a note of when these food and water sources will be available throughout the year.If I find a place like this then I go in on foot and try to locate trails leading to and from the bedding areas to the food and water sources. I try to pay attention to the tracks and see which way they are heading and this can help me figure out what time of day these tracks are being made. If the tracks are leading to the bedding area this trail is probably a great morning spot where you can catch him returning to bed early in the morning. If the tracks are leading away from the bedding area this is probably a great spot to setup in the afternoon when he is leaving his bed to go feed or get water.

By paying attention to details you can greatly improve your odds deer hunting. I think the most critical things you can do when you find these trails and decide to hunt them is always have a favorable wind, that is get downwind of these trails with the wind blowing from the bedding area in your face, otherwise you are wasting your time. And you need to be able to approach the location quietly so the buck has no clue you are there. I believe these tips can help you improve you chances of getting a shot a mature nocturnal whitetail buck.

nocturnal whitetail rare day shot

A nocturnal whitetail can be very hard to kill.

Late Season Bucks

late season bucks in November

Getting after late season bucks can be a real challenge.

Having food can really increase your odds at getting late season bucks.It can be a real challenge if you don’t have any  food sources to focus on when getting after  late season bucks.

Late Season Bucks Tips

Having food can really increase your odds at getting late season bucks deer hunting.

Is the rut over where you are? It seemed to peak around the second week of November here in Kansas. I know there will still be some does that were not bred that will come into estrous but for the most part it seems to be over. With the cold weather it seems the bucks are focusing on the food sources to regain the weight that they lost during the rut in order to be able to survive the harsh winters here in the mid-west. If you have some food sources available this time of year you really have an advantage in trying to score on late season bucks. It seems like the better the buck to doe ratio is the shorter more condensed the rut seems to be. If the buck to doe ratio is not that balanced the rut will be longer and more spread out. It was an intense rut here in Kansas in early to mid November and I got a lot of trail camera pictures of bucks fighting and pictures of bucks with busted up racks from fighting.

It has turned cold here in northeast Kansas and I have seen some really nice bucks that have been taken so far this year from all over the country. I had shoulder surgery last week so my deer hunting is over for this season. This was my third season of deer hunting in Kansas and I like it better every year. I was able to film myself taking a very nice 11 pointer with my bow in mid October and was able to film my good buddy and fellow DHBB pro-staffer Troy getting a shot at an unbelievable 12 pointer that was the biggest buck either of us have ever seen in the woods. Unfortunately we were not able to find the buck but we haven’t given up hope that we may still be able to find him.

I got a lot of trail camera pictures of bucks fighting in November.

If you haven’t gotten that big buck you have been after don’t give up. If you have some late season deer food sources focus on them and go get him. Good luck everyone I hope you get that big brute you’re after.

Whitetail Vocalizations Deer Hunting

I have been learning about whitetails and the types of whitetail vocalizations they use and when and why they use each type. I have been calling whitetails while deer hunting for 31 years and have used deer calling techniques to help me harvest several nice bucks and have missed a few along the way, but we won’t discuss those. I started learning about and using these calls early in my deer hunting adventures but didn’t really understand what each of them meant and the best times to use each one. I was just using them kind of blindly hoping to get good results. But understanding each call and using them at the right time can improve your odds of getting big bucks in range.  Knowing each vocalization whitetails use and when they use them and why can help you tremendously when you are deer hunting.

Whitetail Vocalizations

whitetail vocalizations calls

If you know the three types of whitetail vocalizations use and the variations of each and what they mean you can simulate them at the right times and greatly improve your odds deer hunting.

The three types of whitetail vocalizations are the bleat, the snort, and the grunt and there are several different types of each one. It is important to know what to say when to say it and have the call to say it with.

This is a list of each whitetail vocalization and the different types of each one.

  • Bleat a. lost contact: “here I am”   b.estrous bleat: lets bucks know they are ready to breed    c. breeding bellow: bleat with extended bellow tells buck” I am ready to breed and I mean now”
  • Distress bleat cry throughout year “help”
  • Grunt a. buck ball: throughout the year like a doe bleat but deeper “here I am” b. tending grunt: during rut loud short grunts saying “come here” c.attention grunt: louder more aggressive best to use during the rut the bucks will usually circle downwind. Softer shorter less aggressive use throughout year made by both bucks and does say “come to me”
  • Snort a.danger “get out of here” b.snort wheeze: aggressive, tells other bucks “this is my territory and I’ll whip your butt back off”

Learn the basic whitetail vocalizations and the different types of each one and when the best time to use each one and you can greatly improve your odds of calling in and harvesting big bucks on a consistent basis.