Do Not Overlook Late Season Bucks

Most hunters are gung-ho and want to be in the woods as soon as season opens.  There is practically nothing incorrect with early season hunting.  We get out of the home and get to enjoy nature.    We see summer season give way to fall 1st hand.  Weather turns cooler and days develop shorter.

Hunters look so forward to hunting season, they generally get burned out by the middle of the season or so.  Christmas and New Years concumes a lot of our time.  Deer hunting becomes significantly less essential as Christmas and New Years arrive.

There are some great factors that occur as the season draws to an finish.  Hunting pressure is decreased, less men and women in the woods, and the rut draws to an finish.

Hunting Stress

In the months major up to hunting season, there is noticeable improved activity on hunting lands.  Hunters are setting up stands and feeders.  Some people are clearing ATV trails.  Some hunters bring tractors to plant meals plots, such as, turnips, oats and rye grass.

On opening weekend, there are all sorts of trucks, trailers, ATVs, smells, and movements in hunting areas that deer are not utilised to.  Combine that with with bucks looking for does (female deer) to mate with, deer are stressed.

Significantly less People

As the season progresses and holidays take up a lot more of our time, there are significantly less hunters in the woods.  This indicates less noise, and fewer smells.

On public hunting lands this can make a huge distinction.  For the initial two months of deer season there could be individuals in camping websites that access public hunting lands each day.

There is a place on the Angelina River in Jasper Texas that I like to go camping at.  The camping internet sites are on public hunting land.  From October to December, the camping sties are booked full.  This signifies men and women are going into the woods from these sites just about each day for nearly two months.

Right after Thanksgiving factors start to ease up and deer are significantly less stressed.

Rut Draws To Finish

Whitetail does have a cycle when they are fertile, this is called estrus.  The cycle for whitetail deer typically starts in October, runs for 28 days, then repeats till the doe is bred.  While the doe is in estrus, the buck is in rut.  When the buck is in rut, all he wants to do is mate.

Although bucks are chasing does that are in estrus, neither the doe or the buck get much rest or take time to eat.

By the time rut is over, bucks have lost weight and are tired.  They are drawn to food, acorns, feeders, food plots, what ever is obtainable in late December and early January.

Do Not Underestimate Late Season

With the rut over, bucks are not fighting and are buddies again.  Several bucks will collect about meals plots to feast and hopefully regain the weight lost in the rut.

Deer return to their regular trails and feeding locations.  If you spotted a deer on a trail camera prior to rut, but did not see him in the course of hunting season, that is simply because he was off chasing a doe.  Now that rut is more than, there is a great chance you could see that buck again.

The Very best Days to Tag Trophy Bucks in 2016

Last year marked the initial time I shared my rut predictions with the readers of Petersen’s BOWHUNTING.

In that article, I particularly talked about essential occasions to hunt based on the moon phase and its relation to organic rut activity. My purpose was to give you an very efficient schedule of when to hunt if you have limited time to do it.


I laid out a bulletproof plan that has consistently worked for me for two decades. And to prove my own points, I decided to put my predictions to the test and limit my hunting to the dates and instances I had discussed. The results were thoughts blowing, to say the least!

So, prior to I get to my hunting forecast for 2016, I’d like to stroll you by way of 4 stellar hunts as they played out primarily based on my predictions and techniques. Then I’ll
finish up by providing you this year’s hottest dates so you can strategy for the season!

The Overview
Lets face it there are a lot of variables that play into a effective whitetail hunt. Exactly where you hunt, the size of the local deer population, weather, your capability to make the shot and a host of other variables come into play.

Regardless of these things, even so, you can be certain about the timing of the rut in your hunting region. Typically speaking, the whitetail rut kicks off in late October in the northern half of the United States. Then, the additional south you go, the rut pushes later on the calendar. For example, in the Deep South the identical activity I go over in this post will occur in late December and early January. Regardless of where you are on the map, I’m confident you know your window for the rut.


When I look at a calendar with that window in mind, I then appear at the moon. And whilst a lot of deer hunters concentrate solely on moon phase, I spend just as much attention to the occasions for moonrise and moonset. I believe nature likes to rise and fall with the moon. As one of my mentors after described it to me, the moon is a “magnet” that lifts game animals as it rises and sets on the horizon.

If the moon is anywhere on the horizon to about 40 feet above it, then I have historically observed good deer movement. That may possibly be at first light, two hours prior to dark or even at 1 p.m. But when the moon is in the appropriate position, then that’s when I see great movement of the large bucks. If you recognize this standard idea and then combine it with your strategies for the three phases of the rut, you will be more deadly!

I climbed into my stand for the first time last year on Oct. 22. This was the week leading up to the very first complete moon on the Oct. 26. I sat a couple evenings as the nearly full moon rose in the course of the final hours of daylight from Oct. 22-25. I saw numerous bucks in meals plots and virtually created the decision to take one about two hours ahead of dark as he fed in a plot not extended soon after the close to full moon rose.

I enjoy evening hunts for the few days prior to a complete moon, due to the fact the moon is clearly visible prior to darkness. During the pre-rut, this is important to know due to the fact big bucks will make their first daylight appearances to scent verify does on primary meals sources. This is also the time when mature bucks make their primary rubs and scrapes and actually claim their region. The huge bucks make an look for a quick period and appear to know which doe will come into estrus first.


As soon as the moon is full, then the early-/mid-morning hunts will be far better, given that the moon will be setting throughout these hours. On Oct. 27, I went in a stand for a morning hunt considering that the complete moon was rising right after it was currently dark. It was only my third sit for 2015. For the duration of the pre-rut, bucks will either be checking does, generating scrapes or making rubs. Simply because of this, I concentrate on stand areas along the edge of a creek or along some CRP. Two hours into my hunt, a small doe appeared about 150 yards away on the field edge.

Behind her was one of the most significant deer I had ever seen. He was sniffing her a little bit and then urinating on his tarsal glands and lip curling. I could inform he was claiming his region, so I waited until he wasn’t looking directly my way and blew a handful of grunts at him. Without having hesitation, he whirled about and headed my way. Several occasions along the way, he stopped to rub trees and scrape the ground.

When he stepped inside 40 yards, I put a Rage in the vitals. He is my biggest deer ever, and I spent fewer than 12 hours on stand to tag him! I credit my good results to keying on morning hunts soon after the full moon and choosing a stand place along a field edge exactly where bucks can check for does. Also, the grunt tube was critical to obtaining his interest.

Early Rut
As soon as the rut kicks off, you are at the mercy of becoming close to the first hot doe of the season. Many bucks will crucial in on the very same doe, and they are usually already close by them. One hot doe can have numerous bucks chasing it. My strategy in the course of the early rut is to hunt difficult in regions where a hot doe is most likely to be attempting to fend off several bucks.

This is usually in thickets, briar patches or thick CRP cover. The moon offers you a good thought on principal movement occasions, and for the early rut most does are nonetheless moving on their standard schedules. Nevertheless, they are much less likely to be wandering around in plain sight of bucks. This is why food plots tend to be much more vacant in the course of the early rut, given that bucks are constantly harassing the does.


On Nov. two last year, the moon was waning and nicely on its way toward a new moon. The moon was increasing nicely after dark and then setting down on the horizon throughout the late morning. I knew the morning would be the better time for a hunt, but my excellent buddy Christian Berg (our trusty editor) had drawn his non-resident Iowa buck tag and arrived for his hunt that afternoon.

That evening, we sat what I contact an observation stand. It overlooked a lot of CRP and thickets but was also on the edge of a food plot. As anticipated, the CRP and thickets had most of the activity as the food plot sat vacant. We did get to the see the first hot doe of the season with a swarm of bucks chasing her all through the thick CRP. Absolutely nothing came close adequate to shoot, but by using that evening to be in a spot exactly where we could overlook a lot of the area, we were in a position to crucial in on piece of timber about half a mile away for the morning hunt.

Following watching that doe get bred, we knew the rut was officially on! With that in thoughts, I told Christian we needed to get into that thick timber nearest that hot doe where key trails intersected. Primarily based on the moon setting late the subsequent morning, I told Christian I predicted excellent movement mid-morning. Following an hour, we saw our initial small bucks passing via. All of them had been on main trails, walking as if they were on a mission to choose up a scent trail.

Soon after only a handful of hours, a fantastic buck I had captured on my Stealth Cam more than the summer came walking along one of these principal trails. He obviously had completed breeding a doe early and was alone and covering ground to pick up a new track. He stopped and freshened up a scrape right just before providing Christian an 11-yard, broadside shot. When again, making use of what we knew about the timing of the rut, utilizing thick, high-site visitors regions and the moon all factored in to a profitable hunt soon after only two sits in the stand.

Peak Rut
The peak rut is a funny factor. It requires the “lock down,” when the bucks are tight to their one doe and are at times difficult to uncover. It can be hard to get shots when the chasing is quickly paced and it can be frustrating attempting to get bucks to slow down. Bucks are generally with the doe till later in the mornings and then they commence covering ground to discover yet another. This is when you can put rattling antlers to use to get their focus when the timing is correct.

Last year, the new moon was Nov. 12, proper during some of the peak rut activity. So, it played genuinely well into possessing movement throughout the day. During lockdown, movement can be spotty but becoming persistent with the rattling antlers, packing your lunch and sitting all day is what it is all about! If I only had one complete week to hunt the rut, I would pick the week that the new moon is happening and get mentally set on sitting these days, ALL DAY.

Last year, this week fell from Nov 9-13. I had 1 other buddy contact me who drew a tag here in Iowa. I talked him into waiting till this week to come, basically since it was the dark of the moon and I knew it was the very best time for all-day sits. I feel a lot of individuals want to use their holiday time to hunt the 1st week of November due to the fact they assume that is “the rut.” Even so, you need to appear previous just the dates and alternatively look at the moon calendar. On some years, that full week of the new moon might in truth fall in early November. Nonetheless, last year it fell in mid-November, which is when I had Mike come.

The important to this time of year is being in timber, creeks and cover exactly where bucks are comfy moving any time of the day. Mike and I both had lunches packed for sitting all day. We started out in pinch down points of bigger timber blocks.


We sat all day and saw a number of bucks at varying occasions of the day. One essential outdoors element that I haven’t mentioned but actually came into play for his 5 days off function. We saw on the weather map that there was a enormous method moving in later that week, with some dangerous climate and also significantly colder temps. I told him that the calm right before that storm would be a wonderful likelihood for big movement with deer.

Soon after 36 hours in the tree, we have been on our fourth day of his hunt. The new moon was truly increasing mid-morning that day, and that weather method was also supposed to hit about noon. I told him Mike required to be aggressive with rattling that morning. Beginning at initial light, I slammed the antlers collectively and right away we had a modest buck come in. Each hour, I rattled and created a calling sequence.

At 9 a.m., I began my third rattling session, and at 9:04 Mike created a ideal shot on a monster buck that literally charged appropriate in to our tree. The essential elements have been the new moon, all day sits, rattling and focusing on good cover along creeks in timber where bucks really feel safe to travel by way of the day.

2016 Predictions
This year, the moon calendar is a tiny distinct than final year. The new moons are falling extremely close to the very first of October and November. Given that, right here is what I predict for hunting situations in the Midwest:

• The 1st few days of October will be very good for movement for brief, two-hour sits morning or evening. Focus on transition zones between bedding and feeding regions. Oct. 13 and 14 will produce great evening sits overlooking food sources. Movement will occur properly prior to dark, so get in early.

• My favored pre-rut days are Oct. 26-29, and this year I will prefer to hunt the mornings far more than the evenings, merely simply because the moon will be in its ideal position right after 9 a.m. It sounds funny, but if I only had three hours to hunt on those dates, I would be in my stand from eight-11 a.m.


• As long as temperatures aren’t too much above normal, I see fantastic rutting activity beginning on the new moon, which is Halloween day. The 1st week of November will be significantly like the second week was final year. You will want to be hunting all day that very first week of November, and filling a tag early is extremely achievable.

• There will be some great early afternoon/evening hunts from Nov. 10-13, simply because the moon will be rising prior to dark! Nevertheless, do not just sit on a food supply simply because its an evening hunt. Alternatively, set up in some timber or a thicket just off of food sources. These are classic regions where a huge buck may possibly be holding a doe.

• The complete moon arrives Nov. 14, and this coincides with the time of the rut when bucks start leaving a doe late in the morning and covering ground to discover a new a single. With that said, the late-morning movement need to be excellent most of this week, and you shouldn’t be surprised to see a big buck you haven’t seen just before.

• The moon starts to go dark again in late November, which will make evening hunts get greater and greater. The very first week of December need to have some fantastic evening activity on food sources!

Final year, I literally wanted to practice what I preached. I stayed out of my stands until the time I had written about. It was really challenging for me to wait a lot more than three weeks
after opening day to get began! However, I think in what history and the moon has taught me.

I trusted what I told all of you, and I waited till that iron was red hot ahead of I struck. I hunted three days and was accomplished! Christian hunted two days and was completed! Mike hunted just over three days and was done!

When it comes to whitetails by means of the Midwest, understanding the moon, the timing and the techniques is all you need to have for success. Great luck, my friends!



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Bill Winke’s Thoughts on Nocturnal Bucks

Bowhunters often speak about how smart a certain buck is. That deer seems to know what they are going to do next, and it avoids the hunter with ease. They by no means see these ghosts, because the buck is presumably a single step ahead of them all the time.

Maybe there are bucks like that, but I think they exist mainly in the imagination. What keeps these ghosts alive is not superior intellect it is the fact they do not move considerably, if at all, in daylight. If a buck moves in daylight, it doesn’t matter how intelligent he is eventually, he will stroll on the upwind side of a tree with a bowhunter in it. He stays alive simply because he stays off his hooves when the sun is up. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bucks like this.


Bucks have a tendency to be really visible in the course of mid-summer. But as their testosterone levels improve and velvet is shed, they have a tendency to become increasingly nocturnal and will stay that way till the rut.

The best way to know no matter whether you are hunting a nocturnal buck is to run trail cameras exactly where you suspect good bucks could be living. If you set your cameras in great spots and don’t alert the deer when you verify them, it will not take lengthy to figure out what time of day bucks are moving.

If they are moving during legal shooting instances, the rest of this article is not for you — begin hunting immediately! If they aren’t moving in daylight, which is more common, then read on.

Evening Moves
Most bucks are hugely visible in early August, but as their testosterone level rises they shed their velvet and break up their bachelor groups. That is when they start becoming increasingly nocturnal. This also marks the start off of what can be a quite frustrating time for deer hunters. Many bucks remain mostly nocturnal all by way of October.

Each buck is various, but this is the standard timeline. Normally, as the rut nears, most bucks will improve daylight activity, and this is why we love to hunt the rut. Even so, some bucks stay nocturnal even throughout the rut.

However, when hunting with a bow, you rely nearly exclusively on organic movement to create opportunities. Your possibilities for killing nocturnal bucks are restricted. 4 strategies may put you inside variety of an otherwise nocturnal buck.

Hunt his bed: Some bowhunters have gotten really excellent at identifying buck beds based on size and place (frequently separate from other deer). They then hunt those beds. I have never ever tried this, but I know folks who do it efficiently. It requires a handful of weeks of trail-camera operate to discover areas exactly where bucks are present on the fringes at evening. After that, the foot scouting begins to locate the actual beds inside that cover.

Your scouting will most likely bump the buck from his bed, assuming he is making use of that one—they do not always bed in the very same place each and every day. So, don’t sneak about. Bucks do not like to be surprised in their beds. Ideally, you carry a chainsaw and fire it up from time to time to reduce up some dead wood.


In 2011, Massive was quite daylight active. That was when the deer turned six years old. Winke has noticed that bucks typically start moving significantly far more in daylight as soon as they reach six years of age.

Make plenty of noise. Give them the opportunity and time to move out ahead of you. Carry a stand and put it up as soon as you uncover a heavily employed bed that is big and situated by itself. Even though risky, hunting buck beds does provide some hope of seeing a nocturnal shooter in daylight. I have never tried this simply because it feels as well much like an all or practically nothing method. I like the other 3 choices better.

Hunt each and every passing cold front: If a buck is likely to snap out of his nocturnal approaches, if only temporarily, it will most probably occur when a cold front is passing by way of. This is correct for the duration of every single phase of the season. Hunt these cold fronts and you could see bucks you would never ever see otherwise.

When the initial doe comes into estrous: Sometimes, the only time you will see a buck in the course of the season is when the very first doe comes into estrous in his core area. Typically, this happens for the duration of the final couple of days of October through about Nov. eight. This is normally when I see the most significant bucks of the season. This is why I save my best stands for this time.

Hope the buck gets older: I will get into this in a lot more detail in the next section, but it has been fascinating to learn, over the previous 10 years, that bucks can (and normally do) become less complicated to kill after they attain complete maturity. While not everybody gets to hunt old bucks, if you do have that chance, you will likely notice this very welcome alter in behavior.

Nature vs. Nurture
I now believe some bucks are born to be nocturnal although other folks are born to be daylight active. I have observed this in numerous bucks I have hunted, but none much more so than a buck I nicknamed Massive. Large came up by way of the ranks at the same time as two other bucks I will go over later: Loppy and G4. Big’s story was reduce short when a car hit him for the duration of the fall/winter of 2011. That was disappointing, since he was actually starting to turn into daylight active for the initial time in his life.

Massive was nocturnal even as a young buck. I got hundreds of photos of him in 2008 when he was a 3-year-old, but every single single a single was at night. There is some hunting pressure on our farm, but not a high amount compared to some areas. There was no cause for Large to be nocturnal other than it was just his nature.

My buddies and I meticulously hunted the area exactly where Big lived almost each and every day the subsequent year (2009) when he was four years old. We only saw him twice in daylight that year. Interestingly, the two times we saw him had been the exact same day when a hot doe pulled him out in the open. That was Nov. five. I got hundreds of pictures of Big that year, but not a single 1 in daylight.

Even though I hunted Large relentlessly (but carefully) in 2010, when he was five years old, I never saw him after. Once again, I got no daylight photos on any of my cameras, although I got hundreds of nighttime photographs of the deer. I think Big was born to be nocturnal. He didn’t learn this, simply because there had been other bucks in the identical area that moved a lot in daylight. He just wasn’t wired that way. Even as a youngster, Big was nocturnal.

But then things got intriguing with this deer. In 2011, when Big was 6 years old, he was all more than the place once more, but now in daylight. Every single camera in his range lit up with daylight photos of him. Regrettably, his antlers had slipped for some reason and he likely would have scored at least 40 inches much less than the year prior to. Otherwise, he looked wholesome. So, I decided to let him go to see if his rack would straighten back out the next year. Of course, that is when the auto hit him later that fall.


This is what Loppy looked like in 2010. Loppy spent his complete life as a mainly nocturnal buck, even up till the day the author ultimately killed him in 2012 — 3 years after final seeing the buck in daylight

I consider it would have been pretty straightforward to kill Large in 2011. His behavior changed 180 degrees. I certain want he would have lived one more year, since he would have been fun to hunt. Right here are the two important points to take from Big’s story. Very first, some bucks are born to be nocturnal. Second, most bucks turn into daylight active when they reach complete maturity. I have reinforced lesson number two a number of instances over the years.

Two bucks in the identical location may possibly act entirely various as they get older. That is why I now believe nocturnal behavior is each discovered (from heavy hunting pressure) and genetic (a solution of their personality). In areas with heavy hunting pressure, you finish up with only nocturnal 3-year-old bucks for both of these reasons. The bucks get educated rapidly when younger, and the daylight active bucks just get shot when young. Believe about that for a second. The daylight roamers are the ones that get killed, so hunting stress in fact culls out the easy bucks when they are young. They in no way get to grow to be simple old bucks!

You could think some hunters (me, for example) have a secret method for killing big deer. In reality, we just get to hunt bucks that are less complicated to kill. Not only do they tend to get less complicated as they get older, but we are not killing the ones with daylight roaming tendencies when they are young. That is a double bonus. The fact that a lot of bucks grow to be much more killable when they get old is the most fascinating thing I have discovered about deer hunting in the final decade.

Simpler With Age
Pondering back, I am not positive I have ever hunted a buck that didn’t get less difficult to kill when he got old. By old, I mean six years old or older. Granted, it is uncommon for most individuals to have the opportunity to hunt old bucks, since couple of reside that long. But deer management is evolving, and a surprising number of folks are now much more focused on increasing them old rather than just filling tags. If the rest of this section does not apply to you, I hope it is at least exciting.

Over the past numerous seasons, I have been sending in the incisors on the bucks we have shot on the farm to have them professionally aged. The method is named cementum-
annuli testing. The lab tech sections a tooth and counts rings or something like that, to establish the age quite accurately.


Loppy was shot on Dec. 21, 2012, the day a cold front went by way of. Passing cold fronts (regardless of the point in the season) are usually the single trigger that will bring otherwise nocturnal bucks out in daylight. In no way miss the likelihood to hunt a cold front.

We aren’t guessing any longer when we say a specific buck was six years old, for example. Interestingly, we have encountered and killed some really dumb-acting bucks more than the years, and all of them ended up getting six years old or older.

I hunted a buck from 2006-2010 I referred to as “Jamie.” He was already mature when I began hunting him. I saw him twice in daylight in 2006 but not once again till 2010. The buck was strictly nocturnal from all the photos we had of him in 2008 and 2009, but in 2010 he was quite the opposite. I finally killed the old buck on Nov. 22, 2010, just 150 yards from our residence — the third time I had observed him that season and the second time within bow range. He was 8 years old.

The Timeline
I killed two bucks in 2012 that typify this procedure. I nicknamed the bucks Double G4 and Loppy. Not surprisingly, the names came from antler traits that each and every buck exhibited when he was young. Here is the timeline of my hunt for these two bucks.

2009: In 2009, both Loppy and Double G4 lived on the exact same ridge. A couple of instances, I even saw them on the very same day. I am guessing they were both 4 years old. DG4 was a mid-160s bucks, and Loppy was just cool — not a high-scoring deer. I was not able to kill either one particular. Regardless of my greatest efforts, the hunt for both bucks carried over into the subsequent fall.

2010: In 2010, Double G4 was still living a lot more or significantly less on the very same ridge. Loppy had moved about a quarter-mile to the west. Each bucks had been five years old. I got only a few photos of them, and all the photographs had been at night. They got away again, even although I hunted that location (and those bucks) every single day I could.

2011: As six year olds, the bucks kept changing. G4 was nonetheless in the same region where I began hunting him in 2009, but Loppy had moved an additional quarter-mile to the west. Loppy remained nocturnal in 2011. We got a bit of summer season video footage of him, but zero daylight photos or sightings during the season. G4 was just the opposite. Seemingly, he was sick of being a ghost and began operating on his tan that year. No buck on the farm, regardless of age, was much more daylight active! Double G4 should have felt bulletproof. As a 6-year-old, he acted much more like a two-year-old. I would like to say I killed him that year, but I didn’t get it done. The hunt for each bucks spilled over into its fourth season.

2012: I was fortunate adequate to kill both of these bucks in 2012, but once again their personalities took some interesting twists. Loppy moved yet another quarter-mile west (now three quarters of a mile from where he lived in 2009) and G4 once once again lived on the exact same ridge and was still extremely visible. G4’s entire range (as ideal I could inform) was about 30 acres. Believe about a daylight active buck living in just 30 acres. I doubt G4 was truly dumb but he could have been. He certain became an easy target in the end. I killed him in early November.


Double G4 Buck was the most visible deer on Bill Winke’s farm by the time he was ultimately capable to kill the deer in 2012.

OK, back to Loppy. He was displaying up on trail cameras frequently but nevertheless at evening. On Dec. 20, a large snowstorm came through and the next day was really cold — the perfect recipe for late-season accomplishment. I killed Loppy that day it was the 1st time I saw him in daylight since 2009. Evaluate that to the alterations that took location in G4’s character more than those years and you can clearly see one of my major points — each mature buck has a exclusive personality, and you have to hunt them as people.

Whitetails are fascinating, but if you pursue just 1 buck lengthy sufficient you realize there is absolutely nothing actually mystical about them. They remain alive simply because they do not move much during the day. That does not diminish the thrill of the hunt. If something, it makes the hunt even richer as you get the privilege of finding out each buck’s individual traits. Some are killable and some aren’t. It is that basic, but fortunately it can alter from year to year. Figuring them out is a lot of entertaining and very rewarding.



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6 Best Ideas for Glassing Summer Bucks

Conventional summer scouting wisdom suggests mounting a tripod to your truck window and driving about to locate bachelor groups. For some hunters, this is a fine technique. For other individuals, not so a lot. It all depends on your hunting situation. My predicament fairly considerably dictates that glassing from my truck will outcome in extremely tiny beneficial information.

For starters, I hunt numerous properties that are little and not visible from any roads. The properties I do have permission to hunt, which are also conducive to some glassing from roads, are not exclusive to me by any means.

Other hunters invest time there as effectively, and guess what? They also drive those same roads attempting to catch glimpses of bucks in the back corners of fields.

I’d a lot rather get out of my truck and sneak into prime glassing points. The ideal bucks I uncover every single summer know the drill, and are not likely to invest daylight time visible from any roads. They like those food sources and ponds that are hard to get to, exactly where they don’t get bothered.

It is that basic, and analogous to hunting in basic — perform a small harder than your competitors and reap the positive aspects.

Following are six suggestions to assist you spot the summer time bucks other folks miss.