The chess game may be coming to end soon. It's time to make some moves of your own to beat the buck that has skirted you all season.
The hunting season is winding down and pressure to fill tags is going up. While you were careful and conservative in the early season, now may be the time to become aggressive. Here are a couple ways you can get proactive and close the deal on a late-season buck.
Move Your Hunting Blind
Whether you are hunting with archery tackle or firearms, it can be incredibly frustrating to have distant encounters with bucks and no shot opportunities. You can so close, yet so far from making it happen. Sometimes, all it takes is a slight move in hunting blind locations. It worked for Kentucky hunter and hunting land specialist, Mark Williams, this season.
After two evening hunts, Williams saw this deer following the same pattern – beyond shooting range of his elevated Stump 4 hunting blind. On the third day, Williams made a change that would finally bring the buck down. He move his blind closer to the predicted path the buck would take, and a few hours later, his Winchester Model 70 barked and dropped the buck.
If you’ve been observing deer movement and waiting for a buck to come to you, it may be time to go to him. In open areas, moving your hunting blind a few hundred yards shouldn’t raise any deer tails, but it may raise your odds of success considerably.
Ground a Open-Field Buck
Food sources, food sources and food sources. This is what a late-season deer hunting strategy revolves around. Problem is, cover can be lacking around big agricultural fields getting hammered by the deer herd this time of year.
Next season, set up a tower blind right in the middle of these food sources, like Rich Baugh of Whitetail Properties does. Until then, take your Stump ground blind and dress it up with the ghillie cover. Put it right in the middle of the field and setup a decoy or two within shooting range (make sure you are on private property and other hunters know you are using a decoy). Wait for the action to pick up in the evening. If you are still having trouble attracting the deer to your location, get their attention with a grunt call or doe bleats.
As long as the deer can see the decoy from a long way off and your blind, it shouldn’t spook them. Banks Stump Ice – combination hunting and ice fishing shelters – are perfect for this setup. The sled base makes it easy to maneuver and the ghillie suits blends in with the surrounding.