Thursday, August 29, 2013

SHH! A Little Known Secret About Attracting Monster Bucks

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I want to share with you a little known secret on attracting Big Bucks.


If you really want to put your buck into a tizzy, try making a mock scrape. Dig up the dirt from a scrape in a different location and place it in the scrape you’re hunting over. Be sure to use scent-free gear and a shovel. Dig down about six inches and transport the dirt in a clean plastic bag. Empty this dirt into your hunting scrape and your buck will perceive this as an intrusion by another buck. He’ll begin refreshing this scrape in earnest. This is most effective in the pre-rut, before the bucks are on the does.

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Realizing why scrapes are made, and how deer use them to communicate with each other will help boost your hunting to a higher level.


Monday, August 26, 2013

The Truth About Luck?

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Luck has been in my corner since day I shot my first whitetail buck.

I was extraordinarily lucky to be born in Idaho into a lower-middle class family with six children.

I was lucky enough to have parents, who worked hard for very little money, which has given me a good work ethic.

I was lucky to grow up in a time when hunting was a necessity, not a luxury. And boy was I lucky to have went to grade school with patches on my knees. 

I've also been lucky to make friends with some of the best hunters in America. Lucky to have a father that would rather be hunting or fishing than at work.

What about your luck? Have you lucked out and been fortunate to have gone through similar struggles? Have you been given the inspiration to hunt harder than ever?

I can only hope you've been as lucky as I have over the years. And the old saying is true, you know, "The harder I work, the luckier I get".

You can greatly increase your luck by learning from my mistakes and getting a copy of my book, Buck Naked.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Houdini Effect

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Bucks seem to appear out of nowhere and vanish into thin air. It’s so common, we expect it. Houdini couldn’t preform such magic or could he?

The magic isn’t in the buck’s movement. In reality, it’s a problem within our own minds. Understanding how we see and what we don’t see can greatly improve your hunting success.  More often than not, the deer moved in plain sight. We just failed to see it.

A deer’s eyes are on the sides of its head to help in the detection of movement. Our eyes are located on the front of our faces to ad in depth perception and focus. However, we are only able to achieve sharp focus in about 1/1000th of our entire field of vision. Everything outside of our center of vision becomes blurry and darkened. It’s a loophole in our brain and the deer take advantage of it. This ability to focus keeps us from seeing a lot of what’s going on around us.  It’s the same tactic magicians use to fool us with “sleight of hand” tricks.

Let me explain:

Have you ever seen the magician’s trick where he hides a ball under one of three cups? Quickly, he moves the cups around and we are to guess which cup the ball is under. We get it wrong almost every time. While we focused on the cup the ball was originally under, the magician slides the ball to another cup. We missed it. This happens because our minds have trained our eyes to focus on objects and not on the gaps between objects.

Humans focus in extremely high resolution. This leaves our peripheral vision capable of only low resolution.  Our minds can only focus on one thing at a time. We draw associations of where we expect the deer to appear or re-appear, when the buck doesn’t show where we expected, we sharpen our focus and miss any movement in our peripheral vision. A lot of this movement is in plain sight, believe it or not. An enhanced field of vision is an illusion.

The more we concentrate our focus, the less we see in our peripheral view, and the more action we miss. This tendency to focus on objects, rather than the gaps between objects, is called unintentional blindness.

As hunters, our eyes focus on trees, rocks, and limbs. We wait for a deer to appear and miss a lot of going on in the gaps. Those gaps are where the deer are moving.  We just missed it. The brown color of the deer just makes its escape easier.

Try not to let your mind see what it expects to see. You’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll see, if can lose this concentration and become more aware of everything around you. It doesn’t matter if you are still hunting, tracking or stand hunting, if you ease up on your concentration and instead look into the gaps, you’ll see a lot more deer.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Make the buck hear more than one deer

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During the rut it’s natural for a buck to hear the sounds of more than one deer. After all it takes two to tango. I like to carry one grunt call and two different bleat calls with me while hunting. This gives the illusion of there being more than one receptive doe in the area. Giving least three bleats to every grunt has worked best for me. Remember does don’t estrous bleat to sound their receptiveness, they bleat when they are trying to flee an overly aggressive buck.
In the end the tool that takes most deer is patience.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Keep the Sun at Your Back

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Always approach deer or place your stand where the sun is at your back. A face bathed in sunlight is just too easy to be seen by the buck. I often use one stand for morning hunts and another for evening hunts to take advantage of the suns angle.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Look for Easy Travel Routes

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Big bucks prefer to travel the easy way. Often they will follow a trail or abandoned logging road. When standing over a road or trail always set up on a curve. Deer can’t see around the bend and will often be in range when he comes into view.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Rattle Downhill from Bucks when Possible

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Bucks like the advantage of being on the uphill side of a sparring match. Giving the buck a path to respond to rattling which allows him to come in from an uphill location will greatly increase your chances of calling. Be sure to avoid any obstructions the buck won’t want to go around. Ledges, large blow downs and the like often discourage a buck from coming in.


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Monday, August 12, 2013

Aggressive Calling Rarely Works

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Overly aggressive calling has saved more bucks lives than just about anything else. Aggressive calling is only used when bucks are a long ways off. The buck has to hear your call in order to respond.
If a good buck is responding to your call, shut-up. If he stops or hesitates, try a few subtle calls. A few doe bleats will often get a buck that is hung-up to begin to move in your direction again. Don’t get forceful with your calling until all else has failed.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bucks on Does are Tough Customers

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Most bucks will not leave a doe to respond to calling. Try calling in areas where more than one buck is present or in funnels where the lone buck feels comfortable traveling during daylight hours.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Don’t Call in Open Areas

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If you don’t have a decoy, calling where the buck can see everything is useless. You have to give the buck a reason why he can’t see the deer that’s calling, or he won’t be comfortable coming in. always take full advantage of the cover and vegetation in your area.


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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Keep Your Head Down

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Avoid lifting your head to get a better look at the deer. The sudden appearance of your face usually gets instant attention. Wait until the deer comes into your view if possible. If you just have to see, it’s best to look around objects and not over them.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Take Careful Shots

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Too often a buck will come in from behind you. Be patient and don’t take shots at an extreme angle. A missed shot and your chances of seeing that deer again will go to slim to none instantly.


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Friday, August 2, 2013

Dress for Success

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Invest in hunting clothes that will keep you comfortable. A good camouflage pattern won’t help you if you’re freezing your buns off. I prefer to dress in layers. This way I can remove layers to keep from overheating and add layers when I’m not moving.