The last hunting season came, you ventured into the woods…and even with your high expectations, you didn’t reach the number of whitetails you’ve planned to put in your freezer.
As the next season approaches, I’m sure you’ve set a new goal- the number of whitetails you want to take home.
BUT…you might get disappointed again because you’ll probably repeat the same tactics you used last time.
What if you put in new, proven tactics? Truly, this will raise your game (and flood your freezer with whitetails).
That being said, I’ll share with you 4 Powerful tips below that will help you bag more deer in the next season.
FOUR Bowhunting Tips for More Whitetail Success:
You’ve probably heard this a million times- that you must practice well in advance with your bow.
But how do you do it?
Some bowhunters would just head to the backyard shoot at a target for a few minutes or hours and believe they’re good to go.
But I doubt if that alone will add value to your real-life deer hunting situation.So, how should you practice?
Get yourself into a lifelike hunting situation (for instance, setting your 3D targets in the woods and take shots at them). This not only helps you prepare adequately during the offseason but also improves your yardage guesstimating and delivering shots that count.
I’ve also learned that when using 3D targets, they’ll teach you how incline or decline shots can easily send your arrows off the market if you’re not shooting correctly.
Another tip you can use to make your practice realistic involves practicing in the adverse weather (windy) conditions as these are the same conditions you’ll be dealing with during the actual hunt.
Be sure to make your shots at different distances. This is a surefire way to help you discover your maximum accurate range- and it will reward you greatly when the next season kicks in.
If you had your share of disappointments during the last whitetail hunting season, the problem could be how you conducted your scouting.
A good number of bowhunters will wait until a week before the start of the season to do the scouting.
This dangerous ruins your chances of hunting the deer (even when you spot them).
Because when you and other hunters do the last minute scouting, you’ll pout the game on a high alert.
This is what I do:
I kickstart my scouting in August by the glassing fields, as I set up some trail cams around my favorite hunting spot. And after I’ve located the whitetails, I go ahead and put up my stand, clear lanes, and eventually shift the trail cams to the treestand sight.
And a few weeks to the season, I retrieve the cards from my cameras. The pictures give me clues on where to hunt the deer.
Trust me: if you utilize my formula above, the next season will be the luckiest season of your hunting life!
The technology has also made it possible to get a hawk eye view of your hunting spot(s). Talking of Google Earth, it gives you a detailed imagery of your hunting locations, making it incredibly easy to pick the strategic spots for placing your stand.
Heck, you can even zoom in that imagery and get to see the deer trails right from your computer chair!
Isn’t that a smart way to do your scouting?
It’s not a mistake that a high percentage of bowhunters own several climbing treestands.
Over 10 million whitetail hunters have attribute successful ambushing of the deer- as they feed, travel or interact, etc. - to their treestands.
Even when you want to look for new hunting grounds, the climber becomes you best friend. You’d want to move around the nearby lands or property, and nothing allows you to do it easily, while staying safe and elevated, like a treestand.
Bottom line: Make it a habit of carrying a high-quality tree-stand if you want to become a successful bowhunter of the whitetails.
As a general carefully studies his enemy before launching an attack, so should you study the whitetails before hunting them.
The point is:
Don’t wait in your stand clueless. Take time to know when the deer avail themselves. According to experts, the game (the big bucks) are usually active at night. They usually wake up around midday to feed, browse, and so on.
And because they’re intelligent creatures too, they’ve learned that hunters come to look for them in the morning and afternoon hours.
With this information in mind, you’ll agree with me that the best time to hunt them is during the midday hours.
Personally, staying in my stand in the midday hours (between 10 and noon) have always given me great results.
Likewise, I’ve met expert bowhunters who will only hunt between 9.30 and 2.00 during the rut period.
As with any other task, hunting whitetails with a bow requires you to put in sufficient effort. This is a secret well known to the accomplished bowhunters who are always lucky to fill their freezers with deer every new season.
You can also increase your luck in the next hunting season by incorporating the four tips I’ve just shared above with you. I’ve personally employed all of them in the fields and will continue doing it because they’re sure to give you real results.
Whether you’re a new bow hunter or you’re already a pro, you need to prepare before you set out to the field come hunting season. One essential preparation you need to do is scout for deer and check out the woods you’re planning to hunt in.
Do you know how to scout for deer? If you’re looking for tried and tested tips for a successful deer scout, then read on.Continue reading
While many bow hunters prefer to hunt during the rut, starting to hunt early in the season has its advantages, too. Not only will you get the first pick of bucks, you’re less likely to have competition as well.
If you wish to start early with your whitetail hunting, these seven early season deer hunting tips could help you make the most of your hunting trip.Continue reading
It’s bow hunting season once again! Whether you’re heading off to a hunting site to catch that perfect buck or you’re just interested in the sport, now’s the perfect time to read up on this exciting activity!
Even seasoned bow hunters need to review their knowledge of bow hunting every once in a while. What tools and equipment should you use? What is the best strategy to attract some bucks? How do you properly butcher a deer?
This handy guide gives you a comprehensive view of how to hunt deer with a bow. Read up, learn more, and immerse yourself in the fun and challenging world of bow hunting!Continue reading
Bow hunting could be an exciting and challenging hobby, but it also poses risks if you are not careful. Accidents could easily happen to a bow hunter who does not pay attention to his weapon and surroundings.
Over the years I’ve compiled a list of bow hunting safety tips that have helped me and other bow hunting colleagues stay safe during shooting practice and actual shooting in the field. I’m sharing them today with the hope that they might help you stay safe and make the most of your bow hunting experience.Continue reading
Having chased the deer for years now, I can comfortably attest to the fact that it’s quite an elusive animal.
There are days I could sit on my stand the whole day without seeing a single whitetail, leave alone striking one down with my bow.
Truly, this was a frustrating experience until...
…until I discovered that I could easily attract the deer to my hunting spot and hold them “hostage” for easy shooting.
I know you might have found yourself in this scenario too. So, I’ve put up this post to share with you the best methods of attracting the deer to your hunting zone/property.
PS: There are many methods shared in other blogs but here, I’ll ONLY share with you the FOUR methods I’ve personally used and brought in real results.
These 4 effective methods of attracting deer are:Continue reading
Today, I want us to do things in a different way…
BUT wait! Where are your deer calls?
If you’ve not been using these highly important pieces of equipment in your deer hunting life, you’ve been missing quite a lot.
Though there are numerous deer calls out there, today we’ll focus one of the most important calls and how it can help you bag a deer easily and quickly - the deer grunt call…Continue reading
The deer tick, commonly referred to as black-legged tick- or scientifically as Ixodes scapularus (dammini) - is an arachnid that’s well known for feeding on the white tail deer. Not only that, it tends to feed on other mammals, including human beings (where it might cause the Lyme disease).
That sounds scary, right?
Now, most hunters don’t have an idea what this tick looks like. Some even confuse it with the brown dog tick. If you’re one of these hunters, I’m going to enlighten you on everything you need to know about the bloodsucker in this post.
I want to make everything easy for you to understand, so I’ll divide the post along the following subheadings:Continue reading
So you’ve caught your first buck. Congratulations! Now you may be thinking of keeping its head as a trophy, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a shoulder mount. Instead, you want to make a European style mount that you can hang proudly anywhere you like.
In order to make a beautiful European mount, you need to learn how to clean a deer skull properly. To do that, you can choose from these two options. I’ve also included the pros and cons of using both options to help you decide.
Have you ever tried to make rattle calls but still fail to attract any bucks your way? If yes, then you may have been rattling your antlers at the wrong time, in the wrong place, and using the wrong way.
Don’t just rattle randomly and hope for the best! You need to have a strategy and good technique to attract bucks with your rattle calls. Today, not only will I discuss when to rattle for deer, but I will also give helpful tips on how to make the most of your rattling efforts.Continue reading