Although we’re at the height of summer, opening day isn’t too far away. It has us dreaming of cooler weather and hunting season.
It seems like every July we start to get antsy. We no longer countdown to hunting season in months, but rather in weeks. Heck, if the season opened tomorrow, we’d be ready. Our blinds have been in place for weeks, trail cameras have been monitoring the herd since spring, and although our gear is stored, it’s ready to be summoned at the drop of a hat. We’ll call it what it is: an addiction.
To pass the remaining weeks of summer before the opener, we’re scouting and checking trail cameras. The recon will help build a hit list of bucks we’ll want to target in the fall. And now is the perfect time to learn their early season patterns.
Dan Perez, host of Whitetail Properties TV, will tailor his hunting blind locations for one or two bucks that are on his hit list. This summer, he has set up a Whitetail Properties Pro Hunter blind in an area of his farm called “The Bowling Alley.” The blind is situated in the middle of a food plot among an island of forbs dissected with shooting lanes. Through scouting, he determined that two bucks are frequenting the area, which he calls “Showgun Rua” and “4-out.”
This vital information could be the key to gaining an edge on one of these mature bucks before the season sets in earnest and the rut begins. Learning a buck’s personality, planning a strategy around his routine and sticking to it has brought Perez success in the past. However, the key is to tread as lightly as possible, especially when dealing with a mature whitetail. According to the Quality Deer Management Association, deer often quickly respond to hunting pressure. “For example, on two [research] projects where deer had spent considerable daytime hours pre-season in open fields and food plots, the same individuals intentionally avoided those same areas until after dark once the season opened; the fact they continued to use them confirmed their value.”
A Banks blind decreases the likelihood of causing a buck to change his early-season pattern. It starts with the hunting blind windows. They’re vertical and allow for shots of varying yardages, but the best asset is how quiet they are. You keep them closed until you’re ready to draw back your bow. The blind also contains your scent and dampens noise.
Add the comfort and ability to keep the elements at bay and remain comfortable on all-day hunts, and a blind is the perfect tool. Plus, Banks blinds can be elevated or used on the ground, and moved around your property if the buck on your hit list changes his patterns.