Five Handy Off Season Deer Hunting Tips

off season deer hunting tipsDeer season may be over until this fall but the earlier you can start preparing the better. I wanted to share with you these five off season deer hunting tips to help you be ready to get out and get that big brute this year.

Off Season Deer Hunting Tips

  1. Learn about Whitetail Behavior and habitat: The more you know about whitetails and their habitat the better prepared you will be when hunting season comes around. Learn to pattern the deer and it will help you to be able to pick good stand locations that increase your odds of harvesting that big boy. Read deer hunting books, magazines, get on the internet, go to seminars, join clubs like the Quality Deer Management Association etc. Knowing what the deer are doing at certain times of the year and why can and will help you solve the big buck puzzle.
  2. Practice Quality Deer Management Where You Hunt: Quality deer management can improve your deer herd and increase your odds at getting that buck of a lifetime. Planting food plots and or starting a supplemental feeding program can help the health of your deer herd and attract and hold deer on your property. Learning about and implementing quality deer management will tremendously improve your overall deer hunting experience.
  3. Get Fit for Deer Season Now: Starting an off season fitness program can make a big difference when deer season rolls around. Being fit will help you stay in the woods longer and make you more alert and help you when scouting, putting up deer stands, checking trail cameras etc. Eating healthy and getting fit will help make you a better deer hunter.
  4. Make Your Deer Hunting Equipment Checklist Now: By starting your deer hunting equipment checklist now you will have an idea of things that you need or want to get before next deer season and can prioritize which ones you want to get first. A lot of products will be on sale this time of year and you can get some really good deals. Buying the  things you need throughout the year will be a lot easier on your wallet rather than having to purchase them all right before the season.
  5. Practice With Your Bow or Gun Throughout the Year: Practice makes perfect and a lot of practice makes you even more perfect. Practice as much as you can, make it fun, practice in your gear you will be hunting in, like gloves, head net etc…  Practice with friends and family and even make it competitive. Go to 3d ranges or gun ranges and shoot.

    Practice shooting your bow in the gear you will be wearing in the field.

These are just a few tips that will help you be better prepared to get after those whitetails when September rolls around. What are some of the off season deer hunting tips you use to help you be more prepared for deer season to get your big bucks?

 

Top Ten Boone and Crockett Non Typical Bucks

By Adam Doby

Top Ten Boone and Crockett Non Typical BucksThe top ten Boone and Crockett non typical bucks are absolutely amazing and I wanted to share them with you here. Indiana and Kansas recently had a couple of 300″ bucks join the top ten(at this time they may be unofficial). I recently did a post “The Top Ten Boone and Crockett Typical Bucks” and I wanted to also do one on the top ten Boone and Crockett Non typical bucks. Hope you enjoy this unofficial list of the top ten Boone and Crockett non typical bucks.

Top Ten Boone and Crockett Non Typical Bucks

  1. Hunter: Picked Up Score: 333 7/8 Location: Missouri Year: 1981 Found in northern St Louis inside a fence along a road. A hunter saw him and told the game warden who got permission to retrieve it. Just an awesome buck.
  2. Hunter: Picked up(Hole in the Horn Buck) Score: 328 2/8 Location: Ohio Year: 1940 This huge buck was hit by a train and was acquired by sportswriter Dick Idol a few decades later and he had it scored and declared it was the new number one buck but it had to go before a panel of judges and due to a rules interpretation didn’t score as much as originally thought but still today comes in at number two and is a incredible deer. Check out this great video on The Hole in the Horn buck.
  3. (unofficial pending panel judging) Hunter: Picked Up Score: 312 1/8 Location: Northeast Kansas Year: 2013 Check out this video, this is the worlds first true 50 pointer and new Kansas state record. A hunter had trail camera pictures and sheds of this buck and when the trail camera pictures of him stopped he went looking because there was a bad outbreak of EHD reported in the area and sure enough he found him dead.
  4. Hunter: Tony W. Lovstuen Score: 307 5/8 Location: Iowa Year: 2003 Can you say largest whitetail ever taken by a hunter? Tony’s father actually got a shot at this buck in 2001 and grazed him. Trail camera pictures told them the buck was still alive and Tony was able to hunt a youth hunt in early 2003 and his dad put him on the buck and he shot him with his muzzle-loader and hit the deer back but was able to recover the buck the next day.
  5. Hunter: Tim Beck Score: 305 7/8 Location: Indiana Year: 2012 Tim usually takes two weeks off to hunt during the Indiana gun season. Opening day 2012 turned out to be his lucky day the buck followed a doe into a corn field and Tim shot him at around 50 yards. Just an amazing world-class trophy buck!
  6. Hunter: Jerry D. Bryant Score: 304 3/8 Location: Illinois Year: 2001 Jerry took this buck on a buddies farm with his crossbow which he hunted with due to an injury. The buck followed a doe in and he shot him at 15 yards.
  7. Hunter: Tony Fulton Score: 295 6/8 Location: Mississippi Year: 1995 Tony’s wife urged him to go hunting that day and he went to a small food plot he had planted behind his house and this buck followed a doe out and Tony shot him.
  8. Hunter: Scott R. Dexter Score: 295 3/8 Location: Illinois Year: 2004
  9. Hunter: Jonathan R. Schmucker Score: 295 3/8 Location: Ohio Year: 2006
  10. Hunter: Michael D. Beatty Score: 294 Location: Ohio Year: 2000

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Top Ten Boone and Crockett Typical Bucks

By Adam Doby

top ten boone and crockett typical bucksI was checking out the top ten Boone and Crockett typical bucks of all time and they are all just some amazing bucks. From the Milo Hanson buck to the John Breen buck they are all beautiful whitetail. I thought I would share the unofficial top ten Boone and Crockett typical bucks with you here.

The Top Ten Boone and Crockett Typical Bucks

  1. Milo N. Hanson buck Score: 213 5/8 Location: Saskatchewan Year: 1993 A school bus driver had told locals of a huge buck feeding in Milo Hansen’s alfalfa field.   Milo and several other hunters made a plan and had a hunter walk into a thicket of willows where the buck was seen to push the buck out and Milo was in the right place at the right time.  After 3 shots from Milo’s 308 Winchester the world record was down. Check out this video of an absolute giant The World’s Biggest Typical Whitetail Deer: The Milo Hanson Buck. You can listen to a great podcast interview with Milo Hanson on his incredible buck here Milo Hanson Interview | World Record Whitetail Buck.
  2.   James Jordan buck Score: 206 1/8 Location: Wisconsin Year: 1914 Jim Jordan took this amazing buck to the taxidermist only to have the taxidermist move and he didn’t find his buck until some 64 years later. Just a bizarre story on an amazing whitetail typical buck.
  3. Larry W. Gibson Score: 205 Location: Missouri Year: 1971 Larry shot this special brute at ten yards with his 308 and then sold the antlers for $200. He could have gotten way more for them if he had of waited.
  4. Melvin J. Johnson Score: 204 4/8  Location: Illinois Year: 1965
  5. Stephen Jansen Score: 204 2/8 Location: Alberta Year: 1967 Stephen Jansen didn’t really care for the buck he said it wasn’t perfectly balanced. Not sure how any deer hunter couldn’t like this awesome buck.
  6. Hubert Collins Score: 203 3/8 Location: Saskatchewan  Year: 2003
  7. Kevin S. Petrzilka Score: 202 6/8 Location: Nebraska Year: 2010
  8.  This buck is actually tied for #7 Bruce Ewen Score: 202 6/8 Location: Saskatchewan Year: 1992
  9. John A. Breen  Score: 202 Location: Minnesota Year: 1918 Check out this great video of the John Breen buck John Breen Buck – One of the Biggest Bucks in the World.
  10.  Wayne A. Bills Score: 201 4/8  Location: Iowa  Year: 1974 The Wayne A, Bills buck is the Iowa state record typical whitetail and is just a real brute. You can see a video of the huge typical here Wayne Bills Buck — Legendary Whitetails

I wanted to show you an article and video of one of the most controversial bucks of all time that could have been the world record buck, the Johnny King buck which could have been the new number one typical whitetail ever but was declared by a controversial decision only to score 180″. You can read a great article on it here King Buck is Not Crowned New World Record and here is a video Johnny King Buck.

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