Best Time to Kill a Big Buck
published in HuntOnly.com)
it is true that trophy bucks can be taken at
any time during the hunting season, there are times during the hunting
that are better than others. A look into the trophy record books shows
most mature bucks are taken in the late winter. And for good a reason.
Consider this. In the early season the vegetation is thick, plenty of
that makes it hard to see a deer. Food is plentiful and everywhere
the deer. Most hunters generally agree that the early season is the
time to take a buck, or any deer for that matter, simply because they
During the rut a buck travels non-stop in search of hot does. Bucks do
during the breeding season, in fact they will loose as much as 25% to
their body weight. A smart hunter will stay with the doe's and set up a
treestand in the thick stuff downwind from doe feeding and bedding
hunters will sit over a scrape for days on end, like a brooding hen
But all this will not ensure that a buck can be killed, simply because
here it comes again - it is though to pattern a buck that could be here
and gone tomorrow. In the tireless search for hot does bucks do not
predictable travel pattern, they could turn up anywhere any time.
Now comes the winter, food is scares, in many places there will be a
snow on the ground and it is cold, very cold. The rut has slowed down
nothing and the buck's priorities change again. Now his only concern is
as much as he can in order to gain his weight back and make it trough
winter. Eat and sleep that is all a buck does in the winter. Very often
will bed close to the available food source to conserve energy. In
the bucks become now very predictable, their once huge territory has
a few hundred yards. This is the reason why I depend on the late season
if I am
after a monster buck. Because it is now much easier to pattern a buck,
plus to the late season is that most hunters never leave the house
the rut is over and so I have the woods all to myself. Even the deer
of this fact and are nowhere near as spooky in the late season.
move now during daytime again too.
In the southern regions of North America it may not be so important for
to find food and quickly gain back lost weight as the climate generally
and food is available in decent quality and quantity for much longer.
the northern parts where the snow lays in thick layers for many months
be the best time to kill a big monster buck.