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!
My good friend Mac took this old buck late season deer hunting in Dooley county in Georgia.
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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I have got to get out and check my mineral licks and put out my deer hunting trail cameras. Have you put out any mineral licks or cameras yet? Now is a great time to start getting them out. The bucks will be growing their antlers soon and the does will be giving birth so it’s a great time to get some wonderful wildlife pictures.
Put Out Deer Hunting Trail Cameras
The bucks should be growing their antlers about now and I hope to get some great pictures of them developing their antlers.
I’ve got a new Moultrie game camera, a Mathews Z7 and a new Canon XHA1 hd video camera to film all my adventures this year. It should be a great season and should be action packed. If you want to help the bucks grow bigger racks where you hunt now is the time to plant food plots and or put out mineral licks to provide them with the nutrients to grow bigger antlers. Also now is a great time to put out your trail cameras to watch those big bucks develop their antlers throughout the year. I put out a bag of Whitetail institute 30-06 in two locations on one of the properties I hunt a few weeks ago and I am going to go back and freshen them up with another bag of Whitetail Institute 30-06 minerals real soon. Also while I am there I will pull the sd card and put a new one in and hopefully have some good pictures. While I am at it I will check the batteries and if they are low I will replace them. I have have heard of a few people who have had cameras stolen so I keep mine locked with a firearm child safety lock and then I put a cable lock through that. If someone wanted it they could still get it but it would be a little more difficult for them. I just hate thieves. It is a shame we have to lock our stands and everything we leave in the woods. I grew up hunting in Georgia and have always had to deal with thieves and poachers and when I moved to Kansas I quickly learned it is no different here. It’s that small few that ruin it for everyone. That’s just the way it is I guess. Anyway get out and plant those food plots and put out some mineral licks and put out those cameras and watch those bucks grow.
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I wanted to share a few of my deer hunting states. Just the other day I was thinking about how lucky I am to have been transferred to Kansas, and to be able to hunt as a resident of what I believe is one of the best states to hunt whitetails. This past season was my second in Kansas and it was a great year.
There are some great deer hunting states all over the United States.
Even though I didn’t get one of those monsters I was after. I missed him at 35 yards with my bow and yes I got a little buck fever. He was only the biggest buck I have ever shot at with my bow or gun for that matter. So I thought I would do a post on my favorite states I have hunted and the states that I most want to go deer hunting. I just took a look outside and realized it is snowing like crazy, that’s one thing I learned about Kansas if you are going to hunt here you better dress warm. That northwest wind is cold. So here is my list of states that I have hunted that are my favorite deer hunting states.
Deer Hunting States I love
- Georgia– I grew up chasing whitetails in the Piedmont region of Georgia, with it’s rolling hardwood ridges and tall Georgia pines, swamps and fields it is my home turf and always will be my favorite state just purely from a sentimental point of view. I remember sitting in that permanent stand my dad and I built for the very first time. My dad dropped me off and watched me climb up in the stand and then went to get up in his stand not to far away. As the sun came up I remember sitting on the edge of that cold seat and every sense in my body was at full alert. The squirrels started bouncing through the hardwoods and the birds began singing and I sat and waited for my first encounter with a whitetail. It was 8:55am when I heard the unforgettable sound of the deer running towards me, it all happened so fast and I watched in amazement as the big doe effortlessly jumped the big creek I was perched over. I have been hooked on the great outdoors and chasing whitetails ever since that cold November day in Madison county in Georgia. So this is why Georgia is my favorite state to hunt. I have so many great memories of chasing whitetails in Georgia.
- Kansas– I have hunted for two years in Kansas and it is definitely one of the best states to hunt whitetails in my book. The first thing I noticed when I arrived in Kansas was the unbelievable amount of corn and soybeans everywhere. It is obviously a whitetail paradise. Not to mention you can bait deer in Kansas legally. I had never baited deer before but it is a definite plus. Another thing that I like being a bow hunter is the rifle season is short and after the rut. It give the bucks a chance to mature and get all nice and big!
3. Illinois– I harvested my biggest buck ever public hunting in Illinois.
I harvested this buck hunting in Illinois on public land.
And the next year I rattled in a very nice buck and got him almost within bow range but his sixth sense told him something was up. So in two weeks total hunting in Illinois I saw two of my biggest mature bucks ever with a bow in hand. Enough said. When you are hunting in Illinois you can just tell it is big buck heaven.
States I Would Love To Hunt
- Montana– I grew up watching Team Realtree and seeing them hunting the milk river in Montana it just looked like a beautiful place to hunt and the unbelievable number of deer was well, unbelievable.
- Kentucky– When I was growing up I never realized Kentucky was such a great place to hunt whitetails but I started hearing more and more about the big bucks being taken in Kentucky. Recently I thought I may be transferred to Kentucky and my wife and kids and I drove up there to look around to see if we would like to live there and I could tell right away that there was plenty of prime whitetail habitat in Kentucky. One day I want to hunt Kentucky.
- Iowa– I have heard about and seen a lot of big bucks coming from Iowa and with all that corn it has to be awesome. And the stories I here from friends that hunt in Iowa it is awesome. I have a friend at work who has a farm in Iowa and some of the trail camera pictures on here are from his farm and he has got some big bucks running around his farm and a lot of them.
Big bucks like this trophy whitetail caught on trail camera on a farm in Iowa are plentiful there.