As we approach the rising full moon on November 27-29, I predict the hunting will be good to great across whitetail country. But hunting pressure, especially a good amount of rifle heat that many of you have been dealing with where you hunt, can and will subdue daytime buck activity, so factor that into your plan. If you’re out this seek, hunt for bucks on green food sources in the afternoons; the cooler the weather the better. I’m stoked with this full moon November 27-29, and predict it will keep some bucks moving and rutting into the first week of December, especially if your air is seasonably chilly. I’ll be filming my TV show in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle [...]
Got this note from a hunter named Tracy K. It encourages me, and I hope you as well, to stay positive in mind and spirit this holiday season: Mike, suffering from diabetes and from multiple surgeries, I lost my lower right leg. Being 59 and a hunter all my life I was uncertain about my future in the deer woods. I would like to share with you that no matter what you go through, please “Never End The Fight,” as our brothers and sisters in the armed forces would say.—Tracy Bravo Tracy, hang in there man and good luck. To all of you, happy Thanksgiving.
Sneak 15 yards…lean against a tree…look for movement…listen…glass ahead and to the sides with your binoculars…then slip another 20 yards…look and listen. I’ve killed quite a few rutting bucks that way with a gun, but only when conditions are right. This is NOT something you do on public land. And I “slip hunt” only on a private property with very light hunting pressure. You want to still-hunt without worry of bumping into a stranger, or driving an 8-pointer into his sights. Stalking has advantages. You cover a lot of ground, which increases your odds of encountering more bucks trolling for does if you do it right. The more you move around, the more rubs, scrapes and big tracks you’ll find [...]
When deer scientists talk, I listen. Men and women who make a career of studying the whitetail don’t do it for fame or money. Having grinded for years to obtain a master’s degree in wildlife ecology, and in many cases a PhD to boot, they are passionate about learning all they can about America’s most popular game animal, and then implementing best practices for managing herds across the nation. When the biologists are also hunters, as most mentioned here are, I double down on their data because I’m confident it will help me, and you, shoot more big deer. Rubs: Zero to 100s In a Michigan study, whitetails were totally removed from an enclosure; no deer inhabited the place for [...]
One morning in Oklahoma, a guide named Jim pointed me to a box blind and whispered, “When the sun comes up, you can see and shoot a country mile brother. Watch the tree line out front. Good luck.” I climbed into the box and the sun rose splendid pink and blue. I couldn’t see a mile to the tree break, but might as well have. My rangefinder read 412 yards to the front edge of the timber. I refuse to shoot at a deer that far away, not even with a finely tuned rifle and a solid rest, so I was basically an observer the rest of the morning. Might as well make the best of it. I glassed 3 [...]