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Biggest Mistake Deer Hunters Make

velvet buck compressI asked that simple question of my friend, Dr. Grant Woods, one of the top whitetail scientists in the world. He told me:

“Whitetails react incredibly quickly to either a positive or a negative stimulus. A lot of hunters fail to take that into account quickly enough. For example, if deer see or hear you in a tree stand near a food plot, they will learn to avoid that spot very fast. They will still go to the plot (positive stimulus) but they will circle your stand (negative stimulus). You might sit there, not see any deer and wonder what is wrong.

Hunters, especially bowhunters, need to take into consideration how fast deer, and especially mature bucks, react and adjust their feeding and travel patterns. Then the hunters need to adjust their stands and strategies accordingly.”

You’d better remember that.


North Carolina Woman Shoots 2 Bucks—175-Inch Giant and Velvet 8

NC woman 175 buckSeptember 14, 2016 is a hunting day Carla Inman won’t soon forget.

As Carolinasportsman.com reports: Carla…set up with her crossbow in a small ground blind looking down a shooting lane…in the middle of an overgrown cutover. After sitting quietly for 45 minutes…”a buck stepped out into the lane and started walking right straight to me,” she said.

Carla fired the bolt when the buck was 20 yards away, and she heard him crash. But I really wasn’t sure how big he actually was… It all happened so fast.

Now the story gets really interesting.

She reloaded her crossbow and waited. (Note: There is no daily bag limit on deer in NC.) As Jeff Burleson wrote, Minutes later, another buck stepped out in her lane, and this one also carried a head full of antlers. She put the crosshairs on him and let fly.

Carla’s husband, Dean, and a friend showed up, and they started tracking the bucks. They found the first buck first, which turned out to be a 175-class freak with 3 beams. Dean yelled, Do you realize how big this buck is? This will be one of the biggest bucks to come out of the state this year!

They then found Carla’s second deer, a small 8-pointer, his rack still cloaked in velvet.

NC woman velvet buck

Let’s see, one of the biggest non-typical bucks that will be shot in NC this season…a second unique velvet trophy…a freezer already  crammed and overflowing with fresh red meat protein… What a way to kick off 2016, way to go Carla!

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Trail-Cam Tuesday: Illinois Ugly Buck

IL zach ugly buck

Our friend Zach just got this picture of “Ugly Buck” (my name and term used with affection) with a lop-sided rack and a crazy brow tine. I love character racks, and this buck is a great shooter.

Zach has history with Ugly.

“I missed this deer last year at only 5 yards, he was right underneath my stand and that’s the one shot that no one ever practices,” he said. “I got a picture of him this year on 4th of July but hadn’t seen him since, until now. Come on October!”

This is at least the fourth shooter that Zach has on his land, good luck buddy.

zach 3 bucks

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