Sometimes the only way to fool a gnarly old buck is to get bold and hunt near his bedroom. Risky, but it can be done. First, find which patch of cover a big deer favors. Spend a few sunrises glassing field edges, fencerows, brushy ditches, and the like. Try to spot Mr. Big slipping home after a late night on the woods. Consult an aerial photograph and draw on your past experiences to predict where the buck is holing up. One day around lunchtime go in from downwind and hang a stand on a ridge flat, along a trail, or near a funnel 100 to 150 yards downwind of the cover where you think he’s bedding. Some days. your target [...]
Should I sight-in my deer rifle with 3 shots groups or 5 shots like they did in the old days? Sight in with 2 or 3 shot groups. If you shoot 5, the barrel will heat up and the bullets’ point of impact might keep changing. You’ll fiddle with your scope settings too much and mess things up. BTW, zero your rifle and scope so that bullets group about 1½ inches high above a target’s bulls-eye. Now you have a rig with a 200-yard zero, so hold spot on a buck. I’d like to shoot my rifle more, but I’m squeezed for time and there’s no range near my house. What can I do? Set several archery deer targets or [...]
Mike: Terry Murphy, a.k.a. Big Daddy, I have been following your TV show and blog for quite some time now. I believe from the very beginning of your blog (almost 15 years ago!) I have been a fan. Here’s my 2022 archery buck from PA. My 46th bow buck in a 1 buck state. I am still getting it done at 70 years of age! Keep it real man.-- Terry " BD" Murphy Awesome BD, super buck! Thanks for sticking with me all these years. If you missed it, click here to see and read about BD’s 45th bow buck from last season.
Here’s an 8-step plan for staying cool and collected, and making all the right moves when a big buck is close. Set up smartly. Play it smart before you lay eyes on a big deer. Do you normally hang a tree stand 18 to 20 feet high? Well, move it on up to 22 feet when archery hunting. A little extra elevation lets you get away with a lot more movement (which we will discuss later) when a buck approaches. Also, if you shoot right-handed, angle a perch on a tree so that your left shoulder points toward a spot where you expect to see deer (vice versa for southpaws). If a buck shows there, you can stand up and [...]
Big hunting weekend coming up. You and millions of other guys and gals have a few days off, and for many of you this is your last best chance to get your buck. After stuffing your face Thursday, get out there and try these 3 tactics. “Dumping Ground” Stand In farm country, head for a strip or pocket of timber that borders a corn or bean field. Inside those woods, look for an inner structure where two or three ridges and draws converge and peter out into a creek bottom. The thicker the cover in the draws and down in the bottom the better. With food, water and bedding, a spot like this is a dumping ground for whitetails that [...]