Bow Hunting White Tailed Deer

There is no greater challenge in my opinion than bow hunting white tailed deer.

achery pursuit of deer

I have hunted white tailed deer for 30 years now and nothing other than trying to hit a golf-ball straight is more challenging than consistently harvesting mature white tailed deer bow hunting.

Bow Hunting White Tailed Deer

A mature trophy buck can be very hard to outsmart.

There is just something special about using a primitive weapon deer hunting matching wits with a trophy buck. It takes great attention to detail thorough scouting and countless hours on the stand, getting up at 4:00am when you easily could be tucked in a nice warm bed.

Bow Hunting White Tailed Deer

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There is no greater challenge than bow hunting mature whitetails.

It takes getting the animal within a very close range which anyone who has gone bow hunting knows it isn’t as easy as it sounds. You have to use the wind to your favor because if they have an unbelievable sense of smell and if they smell you the game is over and they will be long gone. Then once the buck is in range you have to be able to draw your bow without being seen or heard. Sound easy? Well I promise you it’s not! I grew up chasing deer all over Georgia, with a bow and rifle. But once I experienced harvesting a big deer with my bow it is the only way I prefer to hunt now. The extreme rush of taking that animal at such a close range with a primitive weapon was something I wanted to experience more and the challenge of matching wits with such a smart beautiful creature was an challenge that I unless you have tried it you just can’t understand. It is not even all about the kill, it’s so many things, the harvest is just a part of it. Yeah it’s a big part of it but not the only part. Last year I let about 20 bucks walk right by that I could have gotten shots at, and a couple of them were nice but just seeing them and being out in the great outdoors breathing in that fresh air is very rewarding. I have successful seasons without ever taking a shot. If you get a chance to introduce archery to a child or friends, do it. Studies have shown that children that get involved in the great outdoors at an early age are less likely to get in trouble and harvesting a big trophy buck is far better than running the streets doing drugs or getting into trouble. Spending time shooting archery or chasing whitetails is a great way to spend time with your family and I promise it will bring your family closer and you will make memories that will last a lifetime. And once you experience being face to face with a trophy buck at close range with a bow in your hand you will have never felt a rush like that and you will crave those short moments of those close encounters for the rest of your life!

 

Trophy Buck Deer Tracks

I went shed hunting at the deer camp this past Monday, and although I didn’t find any sheds it was a very good day to be out walking in the woods with my camera. As I was walking I saw a lot of deer tracks, some you could tell were doe tracks and some you could tell were  made by a trophy buck.

It always gets my blood boiling when I see a nice big set of trophy buck deer tracks. Have you ever been walking and when you see big boys tracks you stop in yours and follow them? Then, when you loose them you turn around and backtrack his steps to see where he came from. There is just something about seeing that trophy buck tracks that gets me going.

You can learn quite a bit about the deer by the tracks. Most of the time you can tell if it is a buck or a doe, you can tell if it is a big or small deer, you can tell which direction it was coming from and going to.

I have noticed that does front tracks will be on top of each other, while a big buck tracks will be further apart. I have heard that you can’t tell them apart but you can. A bucks hooves will be spread apart wide and a does will not.

I like looking for deer tracks the next day after a good rain. You can really see them good then.

I like to hunt where I see a nice big set of tracks going both directions on a particular trail. I get fired up when I see that. I like to get in a stand just down wind of a trail like that.

deer track

It always gets me fired up to see trophy buck tracks.

I walked up on this nice set of tracks while I was out shed hunting Monday. If I had to guess I would say this buck was two to three years old.
trophy buck deer tracks

I was thinking about which one I would rather see, a big set of tracks or a big rub on a tree? That’s a good question. I don’t know which one I would choose. They both make me stay in the stand longer and want to hunt in that area. How about you? Would you rather hunt where there is a big rub or a big set of tracks?