Posts Tagged: bucks

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Scott Bestul

Spring Scouting: Invade the Bedroom


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I’ve been scouting pretty intensely the last few weeks; unraveling rub lines, inspecting scrapes, and tracking down trails. Last weekend I dedicated myself to finding bedrooms. I’m talking, of course, about those critical sanctuaries where bucks feel the most safe, and where wise hunters fear to tread…at least during the hunting season. Bump a buck […]

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Grant Woods

Patterning Doe Fawns to Kill Mature Bucks


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Most adult does have now been bred throughout most of the whitetails’ range. They are back to a feeding/seeking cover pattern and taking their female fawns in tow with them. Female fawns will enter puberty and become receptive once they weight about 70 pounds. In areas with enough quality forage for all deer in the […]

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Aging Whitetail Bucks in the Field


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Grunting, chasing, rubs, scrapes and big bucks on the move – all things that raise the excitement level for any deer hunter! And, all these things become more common when you increase the numbers of adult bucks (2 1/2 years or older) in the local deer population. To do this, hunters need to be able […]

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spooked buck trophy kill

Bob Foulkrod

Hunting Spooked Bucks


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Four-year-old bucks achieve trophy class age by luck and learning. They recognize the tell tale signs of hunter nearby by recognizing everything from scent and how the blue jays scream, to the slightest noise that is out of place in their world. When spooked, a mature buck often goes beyond the usually predictable 300 to […]

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Tim Herald

Big Buck Medicine


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I had experienced an extremely rough whitetail season the year before, so redemption was on my mind. I planned a nine-day trip to Nebraska and South Dakota, and had three tags in my pocket when I hit the ground. The game plan was to shoot the first good buck I saw in Nebraska, and then […]

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