Your quick dashboard for important dates, benefits, and the latest giveaways. The fall is over and cold winter temperatures are headed our way. With the exception of a few late whitetail seasons and some desert hunting down south, most of the hunting seasons in the west are ending.
When lockdown brings hunting the Whitetail pre-rut scraping and chasing activity to a screeching halt you can do two things. Wait for it to end and activity to resume, or make things happen. To do the latter, you need to focus on where the bucks are now: hunkered down with does in breeding nests—secluded spots they slink off to for privacy while mating.
After waiting over a year, I'm glad to say we finally got Jeff on the podcast! We actually recorded this during the summer so that may give you better context while listening to our conversation. There is just so much information in Jeff Sturgis' head that we will probably have to do several interviews with him before we've even come close to repeating tips or tactics.
They say one of the hardest things to do in sports is to hit a 90 mph fastball. The equivalent in outdoor sports would be to kill a mature whitetail buck with a bow and arrow. As challenging and difficult as that is, bagging a trophy big enough to qualify for the bowhunting record books is even more elusive. Some hunters have traveled to the Midwest to bag their trophy in Illinois or Kansas, where mature bucks are generally more plentiful and certainly patternable.
When I first captured this buck on camera into say I became obsessed with hunting this deer would be an understatement. While I was a young hunter with respect to field experience I gave it my all that year. I hunted hard.
The pursuit via spot and stalk, above all else, is exhilarating and will give you a rush like no other when closing the distance on a mature whitetail buck. Western hunting in states such as South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas offer some of the best whitetail deer hunting in the nation and in order to be successful, it is critical to think outside the box. Do you roll the dice or do you play it safe?
Instead, my lesson was learned when I chose to hunt a wise old buck in his bedding area. After four straight days on no action, he suddenly appeared out of nowhere and, to my chagrin, looked up and spotted me. Despite that awful outcome, that hunt reinforced my belief that sometimes you have to use unconventional hunting tactics to beat gray-muzzled monarchs that have given hunters the slip for years.
Find stand sites that combine these six features, then get ready to call your taxidermist. What makes one stand better than another when it comes to harvesting mature bucks? Why do some stands seem to produce year after year while others fail to yield a mature-buck sighting?
To subscribe, click here. Many land managers implement food plot programs and timber stand improvement. They also practice sound herd management and have everything whitetails could ever need, yet they still find it difficult to harvest mature bucks.
Every deer hunter dreams of that monster buck stepping out into the shooting lane on a cold fall morning. Statistics suggest that this opportunity happens once every seven years to a determined deer hunter on common land. Not every state and area is equal when it comes to deer size and concentration of mature deer.