For the last 5 years I have hunted in Oklahoma and/or Kansas (when I drew a tag) in early December. On all those hunts I witnessed good buck movement and some of the best rutting activity of the year. I’ve shot 5 mature bucks over that span, including this stunning 160-class giant in southeast Kansas last December 3. The early post-rut has become my most productive time, and I urge you not to miss these 3 days this season. Best conditions: This December 3-5 two things will work in your favor. While Sunday could be tricky, there will be noticeably less hunting pressure in your woods on Monday and Tuesday. On December 4, the moon will be waxing to last-quarter, [...]
The calendar just flipped to December, and a buck tag is still burning a hole in your pocket. Most of your buddies have killed their deer, and you’re starting to worry. Maybe even panic. What am I doing wrong? Did I miss the rut? Will I get my buck? Take a deep breath and look at your predicament as an opportunity. You still get to roam the woods for a few more days, and the buck hunting is a lot better than you might think. Try these tips to score at the buzzer. Hunt Hard in the Early Post-Rut I hunt in several states in early December, from Kansas to Oklahoma to Virginia. All over I am witnessing good to [...]
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 [...]