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Bowhunter November/December 2018 - WhiteTail Special

Bowhunter brings you expert advice from legendary Bowhunters! Each issue is filled with updates from major bowhunting organizations, coverage of bowhunting locations across North America, complete coverage of the sport and much more.

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United States
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English
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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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Monthly
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3 minutos
pet peeves in the whitetail world

IN THIS ISSUE, our Whitetail Special, we cover the wonderful world of whitetail deer. The vast majority of our readers hunt whitetails, and this issue is dedicated to all of you who love to pursue this most spectacular game animal from trees, blinds, or on foot. Despite our addiction, I’m fairly certain that every one of you “whitetailers” could compile a list of things that make you just a little bit crazy when you’re deer hunting. Pet peeves, so to speak. Here is my list. ✓ It bugs me when a fellow deer hunter snivels about the practice of giving a specific buck a name. I hear the whining, but I don’t hear the logic. Let’s say you’re out scouting, and you see a buck with a twisted main beam. Why wouldn’t…

2 minutos
strike early

THERE’S NO DENYING the fact that t e November rut is a great time to tag a mature whitetail buck that is suddenly on his feet in daylight searching for does. That said, the rut can also be an unpredictable and difficult time to kill a buck, especially when they’re chasing does hard, or locked down with a doe for several days. While I love the excitement that is the rut, in recent years I’ve found myself experiencing more consistent success on whitetail bucks in the early season — particularly the month of September. At this time of year, bucks are still in their bachelor groups and are traveling on their more-predictable summer feeding patterns. I like to glass fields in the evenings and mornings from long distance to see where deer…

7 minutos
dark-to-dark essentials

THE ALL-DAY SIT seems easy while daydreaming during the preseason, when November is still far enough into the future that it doesn’t feel quite real. It’s no problem at all conjuring up images of barrel-chested bucks slipping through at noon, when the rest of the bowhunters are at home munching on a sandwich, or taking a nap. It’s a different story when the alarm goes off for the fourth day in a row, and your back is sore before you even get out of bed. Add in the fact that it might be windy, rainy, super cold, or unseasonably warm, and the illusion of perfection in bowhunting dark to dark can shatter quickly. Sitting all day is a grind. It just is. But, it is also a calculated Hail Mary chance at…

6 minutos
buck movement during the fall

SO MANY TIMES, hunting whitetails turns into a game of cat and mouse. And whether we like to admit it or not, too many hours on stand are wasted because many of us are too stubborn to try new strategies. After the season ends, we conclude with something like this: “That buck must have moved out of the area onto the neighbor’s property. If I only owned or had permission to hunt that acreage!” Does this sound like you? Do you really need thousands of acres to effectively manage and keep deer on a property? Before we answer that question, you must know that a deer’s yearly home range is generally one square mile, or roughly 640 acres. Biologists know the size of a deer’s home range is regulated by both…

7 minutos
deer management 2018

THE TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY did a fantastic job hosting the 41 meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group earlier this year. There were 38 presentations of the latest science on whitetail deer biology and management. Obviously I can’t cover them all here, but what follows is a summary of the critical presentations that should be of interest to most serious bowhunters. The opening session is usually material not directly related to deer biology but more toward hunting in a modern society. I usually don’t cover these studies, but the presentation by Steve Williams with the Wildlife Management Institute was extremely pertinent to the future of hunting. We all know that we live in a changing world, but we don’t tend to relate that to the decline of hunting. We should. Consider…

8 minutos
sweet november

IT’S VERY HARD TO GAIN access to private ground in southern Iowa. Outfitters, ranchers, and the very wealthy have a lot of the land there tied up and don’t allow hunting, and the price for leased ground these days is through the roof. It’s not like it was 20-plus years ago, when all you had to do was knock on a door and someone would let you hunt their ground. Most of the good farms I had permission to hunt on have either been bought or leased by people with deep pockets, and I’ve learned this the hard way. I had a lot on my plate in the summer of 2017 with family obligations and a job that had me working out of state for months at a time. I didn’t…