Tonight on the show (8 and 11 PM Eastern on Sportsman Channel) I lay out my Top 10 whitetail tactics, one or a few of which I hope will help you shoot a giant this fall. Here’s an example from the script:
# 3 Hunt Terrain, Not Sign (with graphic):
“Many hunters find hot rubs and scrapes and rush out to hang a tree stand right beside it. Sometimes that works out, but there’s a better way to do it. Hot sign is obviously important because it tells you bucks are in the area and active. Then scout out from those rubs/scrapes/trails for 50 yards, 100, even 200 yards. Find those draws, creek crossings, points of ridges…that bucks have traveled for years, and will travel again this fall as they move to and from the sign. Play the wind, set a stand near one of those funnel spots and shoot a big deer…”
The tactics are backed up and illustrated with to-the-point video clips, on-screen tips and 2 awesome graphics by Nick. Watch or set your DVR and tell me what you think.
Good tip Mike. It took me quite awhile to figure that out. When I was younger, I would see fresh sign such as a hot scrape, and try to set up within shooting distance of it.
After several years of traveling out of state and encountering new and varied terrain features, I began to look at the big picture. This is where maps and topos really come into play. In fact, I would say that sometimes they are more helpful than actual sign on the ground. The reason being, we sometimes get mesmerized by hot trails or big buck sign instead of looking at the bigger picture of buck travel routes.
Great show last night. It’s nice to see a break from the norm. Education is a good thing. Thanks!