“They’ll start acting like bucks again…they hang back in the hardwood close to their beds, and head to the fields after dark. But this is the easiest time to kill a good one,” said seasoned buck hunter, Harry Pozniak, in a recent article from Field & Stream. Understanding big game’s behavior in the early season is invaluable when pursing and killing whitetail deer. “We kill 70 percent of our early-season bucks from ground blinds, and most of our shots are 20 yards or less,” said buck expert, Ed Koger. Buck deer have patterns and personalities that, with patience—and maybe a few cameras—can be learned to increase your chances of a kill.
There is a certain sense of satisfaction when you walk away from a well-placed tree stand. Hang-On Treestands give you the versatility to hang your stand in virtually any type of tree, the way that you want it. Since the best trees for hang on stands might not be as ideal for a ladder tree stand or climber, hang ons can provide the ultimate foundation for bow hunters to ambush whitetail deer. Here are some things to consider when hanging your stands for bow season.
Failing to plan is essentially the same as planning to fail. When it comes to consistently tagging top-heavy giants, this popular adage is definitely true to its word. Shot opportunities at big bucks don’t come easy and that’s exactly why you better start planning and taking the right steps now. The following tips and deer management tactics will dramatically increase your chances of tagging wall hangers on your property throughout the entire season.
Many hunters have had the opportunity to share their thoughts and feedback about tree stands, even seeing some ideas from their “wish lists” come true as stands have developed and improved over the years. But what if a hunter could design the perfect tree? Since that’s likely not going to happen any time soon, Andy Morgan, host of “The Hit List,” reflects on five tips for finding – or for altering – that perfect tree this season.
You can have all of the right gear, a fantastic hunting location and the skills to get the job done, but if you’re not in the right place at the right time, none of that matters. There may be only one deer season a year, but a deer’s behavior changes radically through the various stages of the season. So, the sure-fire tactic that worked for you in the early season, may not work for you during the pre-rut or rut. To hunt successfully throughout the season, you need to be willing to modify and adapt your hunting styles to experience success.
At Summit, we are constantly striving to build the world’s best treestands. Every waking hour of our engineer’s lives is devoted to the pursuit of the perfect treestand. The truth about stands however is that there’s no such thing. Stands, like fishing lures or game calls are job specific – you wouldn’t ever go deer hunting with duck calls now would you? Similarly hunters should equip themselves with the stands that were engineered and built to fit their specific needs.
Want to revolutionize your hunt this turkey season? Utilize the same game cameras you trust for tagging trophy-worthy bucks. Strategically place game cameras in multiple locations to scout turkeys’ travel routes, feeding areas, and strut-zones. When gobblers are especially call-shy, you’ll know where to find them. Monitor fields and large open areas during spring mating season to determine peak daytime activity—making your hunt purposeful and your tag rate higher. For additional game camera strategies, visit MoultrieFeeders.com.
Avoid these commonly made errors this season and everyone at the dinner table will be asking for a second plate of your venison. Poorly Placed Shots – can lead to blood, stomach content and entrails tainting large portions of the meat. Hunters may also be forced to back out and leave the deer overnight to prevent pushing and possibly losing it, which is why accurate and lethal shots are so crucial.