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.

 

Small Tracts Big Bucks

big bucks of Gwinnett county

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.

Big Bucks

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.