Big Deer Hunting Preparation

The season may just be over or just about to be over but start preparing now if you want to increase your odds next season hunting big deer. There are many different things to help you do this and each hunter will have different things that will help him or her. I would like to share a few of things that have helped me over the years. The thing is make you a plan and start executing that plan now.big deer

One of the biggest factors I believe is, there have to be trophy bucks where you hunt to be able to kill trophy bucks. The more brutes you have in the area the better your chances are. It doesn’t matter if you are on private or public land with a little homework, hard work and preparation you can increase your odds of taking taking big deer.

Grow Big Deer

I have hunted public and private land over the years and preparation is the key on both. Whitetail habitat and quality deer management are key factors that make a huge difference key factors that make a huge difference deer hunting. If you hunt public land make sure it has good whitetail habitat and if you hunt private land practice quality management. The Quality Deer Management Association is a great resource to help you learn to manage your property and herd.

Illinois big deer

I took this big deer in Illinois.

If you plan on hunting public land do your homework and hunt the places that have high success rate of hunters taking trophy bucks. Years ago I put in for a very tough draw hunt in Georgia and although it took me three years to get drawn I finally got it done and killed a nice nine pointer. It was a three day, seventy five hunter quota and I was the only hunter to kill a buck and it was all because I did my homework and was determined. I increased my odds by being where there were a good number of trophy bucks and I prepared.

Here is a list of some things that will help you prepare for next season.

  • Locate Prime Whitetail Properties: Locate properties known to have good whitetail habitat and get access to hunt them.
  • Scouting: Scouting is a great way to help you increase your odds and the inter-net can help you find whitetail hot spots before ever stepping foot on a certain piece of property. You can locate pinch points, saddles, travel corridors, water, elevation changes etc.. Google Earth is a great way to scout properties and help you figure out where to start your search once you arrive to do you scouting on foot and can save you a ton of time and walking. Once I do my inter-net inter-net scouting and first foot scout a piece of new property I like to walk the complete boundary and look for trails entering or leaving the property and try to figure out where those trails are leading to and from and why. Don’t over scout, keep human activity to a minimum, the less they have to deal with you the safer they feel and the better your chances are of seeing a monster.
  • Equipment Checklist: Having good equipment is a must and making an making an equipment checklist will help you prioritize what equipment you need to upgrade or purchase. By doing this early you can get the things you need throughout the year and not have to purchase it all right before the season and it won’t take a chunk out of your wallet at one time.
  • Archery Practice: You need to practice, practice, and practice some more. Simulate hunting conditions when practicing such as shooting from elevated spots, wear the clothing you will be wearing in the field, shoot at life size targets and practice shooting in all weather conditions etc…
  • Quality Deer Management: Learn about and implement strong quality deer management practices where you hunt. Plant food plots, implement supplemental feeding programs, manage the herd with antler restrictions and manage buck to doe ratio etc…
  • Trail Cameras: Use trail cameras to help you survey your bucks and to help you decide the best locations to place stands.
  • Hunting Tips And Techniques: Learn as much as you can about whitetails behaviors and feeding habits.  Learn tips and techniques from the pros  by attending seminars at hunting shows to help you in the field.  Learn whitetail vocalizations and what they are saying when they make those sounds and learn how and when to make those sounds.
  • Get Fit: The better shape you are in the better hunter you will be.
  • Deer Stand Preparation And Concealment: Get your stands put out early and leave the area alone. Make sure you stands give you plenty of cover when you are in them.

These are just a few things to help you get ready, the season will be here before you know it. If you are like me you are already wishing opening day was here. By starting to prepare early you can give your self a much better chance at getting that buck of a lifetime when next season rolls around. When you get that buck of a lifetime all that hard work and preparation will be worth it… I promise!

I wanted to share a hunt I filmed during the 2011 season in Kansas, preparation helped us to get a shot at this once in a lifetime buck.

 

 

Deer Season Over

Deer season is over here in Kansas except for an extended firearms season in a small area in northeast Kansas.

Deer Season

Is the deer season over where you hunt? Did you get that big buck you where after? If so send us some pictures to share with our readers. It was a good deer season for us here in Kansas, but it was tough. We were hit by EHD pretty hard and it made for some really tough hunting and there were not a lot of big bucks to be found on the properties that I was hunting. I was still able to film myself shooting a nice buck with a bow but he was no monster by Kansas standards for sure. Hopefully next year will be better but we will just have to wait and see.

deer season northeast Kansas

The Kansas deer season is over for 2012.

The DHBB forum has had some issues lately but I think we have them fixed and it should be up and running now. If you get a chance stop by and check it out. You can share hero pictures, share trail camera pictures, talk deer hunting. You can also buy or sell hunting equipment, buy or sell video equipment and more. So stop by and check out the DHBB Forum if you get a chance.

We have had two snowstorms the past couple of weeks here in Kansas and this time of year can be tough on whitetails. Food sources become harder and harder to come by, that’s why if you can plant food plots and implement some type of supplemental feeding you can really help the overall health of your deer herd. The more quality food whitetails have during the cold months of winter the better. Does are pregnant and need nutrition for their babies and bucks are trying to recover from the rut and gain back the weight they lost chasing those does. I have been putting out corn for the deer behind my house because there just isn’t much food for them this time of year. Year before last I saw a doe that was staving and freezing to death and it wasn’t pretty.

I plan on doing some coyote hunting in the next couple of weeks, I have seen quite a few lately, I guess the cold snowy weather gets them moving more looking for food. I’m gonna see if I can’t thin them out a little.

 

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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