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First day of hunting season and hubby bagged a seven-pointer! He'll be headed out a couple of times yet this week and then later this month will be archery and muzzleloader - or Flintlock, for some late season whitetail deer hunting.
And if you haven't tagged your deer yet or you prefer hunting during the later seasons, there are some extreme tactics you can use to gain an edge on holed-up bucks when you're out there.
These are some of the tricks my husband's used during the late season and it's helped him bring home some nice sized bucks that were holed up for the winter.
Why do you need to take some slick and radical methods during this time of the year?
Well, depending on where you live, some winters won't see bottomed out temps and high snowfall until sometime in late January or February. And it's those low temps and deep snows that force the bucks out of their beds to feed during daylight hours.
Without those frozen wintery conditions, those bucks will stay in their beds during the day and come out at night to feed. So that means breaking and entering into their nests and pushing them out or ambushing them from a hidden position.
Set Up Close to Possible Beds
The first of the late season deer hunting tips is to look for a secluded place to quietly hang your tree stand. This will give you a good vantage point over a buck as he moves from his lair out to the food. Try to position the stand on the trail that leads to his feeding spot.
If hanging a stand isn't possible, using camouflage outer clothing will help you blend right into the background and become virtually invisible. This gives you the vantage point of being able to hide down behind a stump or brush on the trail and position yourself for an ambush.
Breaking and Entering
Next, if you've found a nest and those bucks aren't leaving during the day to feed, you'll just have to wake them up and get them out of their beds. This is a pretty severe tactic that might prove fruitful if you keep yourself alert.
Once the late season hits, the deer will look for a thick area close to food where they can bed down. And they're not too quick to leave it for any length of time, except to feed.
So what you want to do is find the beds then bust right in and get yourself set up for the kill. As the deer come back from feeding, as soon as one sees you and starts to run, he may easily spook the others, and one of them may just end up walking right back to you.
Heading out with your muzzleloader? Read this important tip!
The weather can have some strange effects on your muzzleloader, especially if you sighted it during the warmer weather.
Once the temps dip down toward the freezing point, the gun sight may end up being off just enough so that you're bound to miss your target every time.
So make it a point to set time aside either at the shooting range, or your own land if you're able to, and resight your muzzleloader. You don't want to miss your trophy deer because your sights were off!