Posts Tagged: whitetail hunting

Ron Spomer

Hunting Bucks in the Western US – Go to the Grass!


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In each case we faced a grand mix of habitats: wheat, milo, alfalfa and corn fields; extensive pastures and grasslands with vegetation varying from ankle-high to head-high; brushy thickets of plum, chokecherry, sage and willows; bottomland woodlands of oak, cottonwoods, willows and cedar. Whitetails use all of this, but we made a mistake by assuming […]

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Scott Bestul

Where to Locate Late Season Whitetail


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No, I’m not suggesting that Yankee whitetails migrate to a beachfront for winter, but they pull a similar stunt, albeit on a much smaller scale; they move—sometimes a significant distance—to a place where winter is a little easier to bear. Those places are south-facing slopes, and if you’re going to be a successful late-season deer […]

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Scott Bestul

What Effect Does the Moon Have on Whitetails?


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*The moon has zero influence.  Biologists are usually the ones spouting this one, and I don’t buy it, mainly because no one (to my knowledge) has designed and run a study made specifically to examine the topic. Most biologists are not as interested in deer behavior as they are biology/management, so I doubt this topic […]

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Scott Bestul

A Whitetail Honey Hole – Public Lands


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Despite those bad experiences, public ground continues to be an important part of my deer hunting plans each fall. For every experience like those listed above, I’ve had dozens of absolutely stellar hunts, all on land that I didn’t have to ask permission to hunt. With that in mind, here are four tips for finding […]

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Scott Bestul

Buck Personality – Understand It and You’ll Shoot More Deer


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Obviously, a mellow buck would be easier to hunt than an edgy one, an aggressive stud more likely to come to rattling than a scaredy cat. It helped me a bunch, and it can help us all. Take the trail cam pics of this buck, just snapped awhile ago. While he’s no world beater, he’s […]

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Ron Spomer

I Should Have Used The .30-30


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Young Andrew Hollenbeck, back from college for the weekend, started the action by rattling cast off antlers. The bucks weren’t long in coming. Four. Four whitetail bucks, all inside of 80 yards, the biggest carrying a burdensome rack of 8-point antlers that towered high over his head. A good buck, a great buck, a dream […]

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