Pressure Making Bucks Elusive

bucks elusive late season

Human pressure makes deer hunting challenging and the bucks become elusive.

The pressure of a lot of hunters in the woods and guns going off makes bucks elusive.

Bucks Elusive

Have you ever noticed the later it is in the season the less big buck sightings there are. It’s because the big boys are smart and know not to be out roaming around during daylight hours because they have heard, smelled and even encountered the hunters invading the woods during gun season and it makes the bucks elusive. The smart old bucks have been through this all before and a lot of them will become nocturnal. You must change your strategies if you want to score on a late season trophy buck.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, mine was great. Although I gained a few pounds, we had some delicious food and got to spend time with the family. I slept in this morning and then I decided to go deer hunting. I had to stop by the taxidermist and drop off my Illinois bow kill. I am so pumped that I finally harvested a mature whitetail with a bow. I have got the fever for archery now. Today I took my bow, gun and video camera with me, if any big bucks came within bow range I was going to sling an arrow, and I was going to try to film it all as it unfolded. But there was only one problem, I left my arrows at home, oh well, it happens. At least I brought my gun, with bullets. 

Illinois big buck

The big bucks were rutting in Illinois.

Sometimes when I go deer hunting, I stop by the taxidermist and checkout all of the big bucks. DD’s Taxidermy in Mansfield Georgia does a great job. He has had some real studs brought in this year. I can’t wait to see the mount once he finishes it. I think I am going to get him mounted in a semi-sneak pose looking left. It should be awesome! I am already looking forward to going back bow hunting in Illinois. 

I arrived at  camp around 1:00 pm and decided on a good place to set up where the wind was right and an area known for big bucks. It is a strip of hardwoods and pine mix that has a huge food plot beside it, there is a big bedding area near that is real thick. Once I got in the stand around 1:45 I saw a huge black headed reddish brown fox squirrel. He got on a nearby limb and was giving me a earful of what he thought about me. I told him I would be back during squirrel season to see if he felt the same way then. Just seeing that big beautiful fox squirrel made my day. I think they are gorgeous with the different colors.

About 3:30 I saw movement in the food plot about 150 yards away. four whitetails made there way into the food plot, two fawns, a mature doe, and a young three pointer. I got some great footage with my video camera of them. If only I could get my camcorder to download videos I could share them with you. I should have taken some pictures of them to put on here. The next time I go deer hunting I plan on doing that. I watched whitetails all afternoon saw a beautiful fox squirrel and got to breath some fresh air and listen to all the sounds of nature going on all around me. Although the pressure seems to be making the big boys elusive, man I have a lot to be thankful for.


Whitetail Rut Texas

With the  whitetail rut happening all over the United states I thought I would do some research and see what the rutting activity was like in some other great states. There is not a more exciting time to be deer hunting than when the whitetail rut.  They say everything is bigger in Texas, and I have always heard about big deer Texas. I have enjoyed watching the different hunting shows through the years, and I have seen some great ones filmed in Texas. One day I hope to be able to go to Texas. The Lone Star State is definitely known for trophy whitetails.

Whitetail Rut

There are two different rutting periods in the Lone Star State: December in the southern part and November in the northern half of the state. The north Texas rutting moon would be Nov. 13. this year and December 12 in South Texas.

Down in South Texas, the big bucks necks are starting to swell  as the big boys rut in big deer Texas.  Expect the rut in  the Brush Country of the famous South Texas  to start the last few days of November, but it will probably peak about mid-December as it has done for many years,  and some rutting activity will probably continue until the first week of January. Man I would like to be there when the monsters are chasing does. I bet the brush country is an exciting place to be when the big boys go bonkers! I’m getting pumped just thinking about it.

The other night my son wanted me to make something out of play dough so I did. The picture below is what we came up with. I ran out of brown so I drew the rest with crayons. I guess I could change careers and become an artist. I know, keep my day job right. My sons and wife liked it.

whitetail rut art

This whitetail rut buck art was made by a famous artist. Not really!


I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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Deer Hunting Kentucky Supplies Dreams

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Kentucky supplies hunting dreams.

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Hunting Kentucky is excellent.

Have you ever been hunting Kentucky, The Bluegrass State? I sure would love to.  Do you dream about hunting Kentucky?

Hunting Kentucky

I sure do. Some buddies and I were on our way to a recent bow hunting trip in southern Illinois and we stopped at a sporting goods store in Paducah Kentucky for a few last minute items for deer hunting. I didn’t remember to bring all my supplies hunting. They had some deer on the wall that quickly caught my attention.  And now I know, in Kentucky there are definitely some big bucks. I could tell right then and there deer hunting Kentucky supplies hunting dreams. As a matter of fact when we were driving to Illinois, we saw a huge trophy whitetail buck in Kentucky, he was running down the side of a big hardwood ridge, right beside the highway at 9:30 am. That sure got our attention. That monster buck almost caused a pile up on the highway. Kentucky is such a beautiful state. I am hoping to transfer there with my job in the near future.One of my favorite blogs is Outdoor Life’s Big Buckzone. Travis Faulkner has a lot of great stories and articles on there, and he is from Kentucky, and he definitely knows what he’s doing when it comes to hunting big mature whitetail bucks in Kentucky. And he seems like such a great down to earth good ole southern man. So be sure to go to my blog roll and check out the Big Buckzone.

There are many different public hunting opportunities in Kentucky. I found a great link to them on  Field & Stream. It is a great place to research all the different ones and see which one you would be interested in. I have been wanting to hunt the Land between the Lakes public hunting area. With 107,594 acres of prime deer habitat, and 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, and abundant whitetail deer, it sounds like a great place to take a trophy buck. They offer quota hunts for firearms and archery and crossbow hunts. If you are interested in a Public hunt in Kentucky be sure to check out the above link and I think it will be very helpful to you.

I look forward  to one day deer hunting Kentucky big bucks, and see if indeed it supplies hunting dreams.

On one last note I wanted to include a picture of me with my boys with my recent Illinois bow kill. They were proud of their daddy. My oldest son Noah was happy for me and my youngest son Sawyer wasn’t real sure what to think.

hunting Kentucky

Hunting Kentucky is a great place.