This is my of my first big bucks.
One should never under estimate the potential of small tracts of property for deer hunting big bucks. More and more big bucks are being taken every year off of small tracts of land. I think due to the fact that these tracts have everything that the deer need to survive, along with little or no hunting pressure. This allows the deer to reach the age to develop to full potential.
Just a few weeks ago a friend of mine called me while I was on my way to work at 4:30 am. He drives a big rig for UPS. I could hear the excitement in his voice. He had just seen a monster buck crossing Roswell road in the city of Roswell, Georgia. Which is a very busy city. Then just yesterday a friend of mine said another friend of ours saw a monster buck in Roswell in broad daylight. That’s two big bucks within a month in a very busy city. The deer are very good at adapting to all the development going on around them. Another friend of mine regularly goes deer hunting for suburban trophies and has been very successful at it, he has taken several nice bucks hunting with a crossbow. Some of the nicest bucks taken in Georgia every year come from Fulton county, which is as big city as it gets. One of the biggest bucks I have on my wall at home came from a fourteen acre tract of land my dad owned in Gwinnett county. It wasn’t in the city but it was a small tract of hunting property. If you have deer hunting privileges on a small tract of property and you haven’t hunted it yet you might want to. You just might get that trophy buck of a lifetime.This is the Gwinnett Buck I took on a fourteen acre tract.
Using internet scouting to find big bucks deer hunting is another helpful tool to add to your list of things to make you a more consistent trophy hunter.
Use internet scouting to pinpoint hot spots.
Internet Scouting Whitetails
Internet scouting is a great tool to help you find those spots to get big bucks.You can get topo maps and aerial photographs that will really help you pin point big bucks travel corridors and bedding locations. You can narrow down your locations to scout on a certain piece of property, to areas of interest to check out when you go scouting. The topo map will give you the elevation and depressions. The aerial photos can help you determine hardwoods and pines. The pines are darker and the hardwoods are lighter. Deer will travel natural corridors or funnels. Deer hunting can be hard work, why not let the topo maps and aerial photos eliminate some of that work for you. Once I pinpoint several good locations then I’ll actually go scout them. Big bucks can be bumped very easily so you don’t want to do to much scouting in an area. With the maps and photos you can pin point an area of interest and get in and back out without disturbing the area to much. There are many companies that offer different maps and aerial photos. I bought some from mytopo.com a couple of years ago that were very nice and inexpensive. They were a little older than I had hoped but they were still very helpful. Other recommended sites are www. topozone.com, and Google Earth. There are many others. These can be very helpful tools to help your deer hunting. You can pin point areas of interest, scout them and locate the exact area with the best deer sign and place your stand accordingly. I’m going scouting tonight when I finish this article. I’ve got a place I’ve been wanting to check out. Technology is a wonderful thing. Locating areas of interest on a map and then going there and seeing the deeris really neat. These can be of great value if you are going to a public land hunt or somewhere you have never hunted before.
Now that February is upon us, it’s a great time to start looking for those big bucks sheds you were hunting last deer hunting season.
Search For Big Bucks Sheds
Big bucks sheds are fun to find.
Finding a big bucks sheds you were hunting last year, can be a trophy in its self. This time of year if your deer hunting property has food plots that’s the place I would look first. They are concentrated on the food plots. Since other food sources are at a minimum this time of year. After checking the food plots I would check the trails leading to and from the food plots. The best way is just to get out and start walking these trails. You will be looking for tips of antlers or something that just catches your eye. The antler may be in the open or under debris. It may just be the tip sticking up out of the leaves. It can be really tough to find both sides of a big bucks rack. It can be great exercise to get out and go looking for sheds. If you know were they are bedding that’s a great place to look. Some of the bucks wont shed until later but by now some have already shed. I got an email yesterday that one shed has already been found on our club. It was one of our small bucks, but it was a start. If you enjoy deer hunting you will enjoy shed hunting as well. Figuring out where the bucks are bedding, feeding, and traveling is the key. Focus on food sources. Whitetails will be concentrated near food sources this time of year so start there. It can be a great way to get exercise, have some fun, and it can be rewarding. So get out there and find those sheds.