Hunt Does to Find Bucks in November

When November arrives, everyone is on the lookout for that big buck. However, it’s easy to overlook the main factor controlling buck movements in November – does. As the rut kicks in, bucks will be criss-crossing their home ranges to dial in on does, and if you find and pattern does too, you’ll find the …

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How to Hunt Native Warm-Season Grasses

Just 170 years ago, a seemingly boundless prairie blanketed the Midwest, one of the largest ecosystems in the world, and it provided natural cover for whitetails and many other wildlife species. Today, only one tenth of one percent of the original tallgrass prairie remains, but the potential value for deer – and deer hunters – …

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8 Rules for a Successful Hunting Plot

Beautiful fields of green dot the landscape, evidence of hunters attempting to attract deer. Many of these food plots are intended not just for nutrition but for hunting, and they are often called “hunting plots” or “kill plots.” In my experience, as the level of attraction increases, so does the level of risk when hunting …

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Digest This: Scouting Deer Food from the Inside Out

What drives deer movement? Food! Yes, the rut drives buck movements, but they are searching for does. Where are the does? Where the food is! Like me, deer are slaves to their stomachs, they feed many times each day, and food is what drives their movement. Identifying deer movement patterns results in successful hunts. To …

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7 Ways to Relocate Missing Bucks

Velvet is dropping, bachelor groups are breaking up, and those easy-to-find summer bucks are changing patterns and will soon “disappear” as they spread out into the far corners of their home ranges. It’s time to use your trail-cameras to relocate mature bucks, discover their new fall movement patterns, and set up an opening-day plan. Here are …

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