The most important player in hunting is the deer. You must focus on the deer at all times. Deer are fickle, changeable, impatient, and elusive. Too many hunters want the deer to adapt to their strategies. Nonetheless, it’s the deer who sets the pace and rhythm of the hunt and we must adapt to their movements.
The most important question you ask, to solve any problem, overcome any obstacle, or achieve any hunting goal is "Why?" Top hunters always ask the question "Why?" and then act on the answers that come to them. If you know "why" you hunt the "how-to’s" will reveal themselfs. It’s the "Whys" that tell us the "Hows".
Primary scrapes are used by several deer and are generally reopened season after season. They are often found on high ground, in funnels, and where one buck’s territory intersects that of another. Primary scrapes always have a licking branch above them and several rubbed trees in the vicinity. I’ve seen primary scrapes as small as 3 feet in diameter and as large as a sheet of plywood.
Most hunters want to hunt the same way their fathers did, only they want significantly betterresults.
If you hunt the way your father or uncle hunted, then you can’t expect to kill any more or bigger deer than they did.
Albert Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
We must be willing to change ourselves and the way we hunt if we expect to change our results.
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In a society that demands instant gratification, patience is a skill lost to most hunters. Few hunters can win a stare down with a buck. Fewer yet can wait patiently enough to harvest a good buck. Learning to be patient is a far more valuable skill than learning the right moves. Patience is the central requirement for you to become an ever more accomplished hunter.
Good scouting uses a combination of both aerial and ground scouting. Google Earth has become an indispensable tool for trophy hunters. Not only will it give you a good idea where the brush patches are, but it also reveals food sources and travel funnels.
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The bucks, for their part, secrete their own strong hormones to help induce the females to ovulate. Researchers have long understood the effects of male odors on hormone levels in females, and have found that the length and timing of the menstrual cycles are markedly influenced by odors produced by males. This is why big bucks will always enter the field upwind of the doe herd. Not only does this promote estrous, but also the buck can visually detect even the slightest sign of sexual arousal his scent might be causing in the doe.
Observations aren’t enough, especially when you’re scouting multiple properties. Notes are necessary. All details should be noted, even some that may seem unimportant at the time. Journaling can make all the difference in hunting.
Good scouting is not so much looking for the answers as it is looking for the questions. In nature nothing is random and nothing happens by accident. The when and the where are a lot easier to figure out if we know what makes the we’ll go around.
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I feel very fortunate to have been raised in a rural community nestled in the rugged mountains of Idaho. In my youth, the locals paid little attention to game laws and seasons. Back then everyone hunted for meat. There was a certain amount of red meat that was needed be brought in to get everyone through the winter and we hunted until that supply was met. Hunting wasn’t for sport. It was for survival. We killed a lot deer. Those were the run, gun, and grin days of hunting here in Idaho. I loved every minute of it.
Times have changed. Those days are gone. But I would like to thank all the old-timers who so freely shared their hunting lore and secret spots with me. The lessons have not been forgotten. Thank you all.