In part two, I will talk about some of the things I learned my first season hunting on the 80-acre farm, in which I received permission to hunt. One of the things I did wrong was I hunted it too often.
Once you’ve identified the timeframe of The Chase Phase for whitetails in your area — about one week before the peak breeding period — you will need to know some hunting tactics to take advantage of this period. Here are some of the things that have worked for me.
A friend of mine did something very nice for me two years ago. My friend asked his friend if I could hunt on his land. And that is how I came to hunt on Jim and Mary’s little 80-acre farm. I learned a lot about hunting a small parcel that has helped me when I hunt big tracts of land.
Twice in the 20 minutes it took for shooting light to seep out of the night sky, I heard deer running … another doe came running full tilt… behind her were a pair of immature bucks. The trio darted into a finger of brush… and disappeared. That’s the chase phase for you. Lot’s of action, but trying to pick the precise stand location to best take advantage of that activity will drive you nuts!
I’ve hunted whitetail deer in 20 different states and provinces and have rattled in deer in over half of them. How well it works, as in how many bucks are gong to come running to the clattering of antlers, depends upon four factors. One is buck to doe ratio. Two is timing. Three is hunting pressure. And four is realistic expectations. Here is the bottom line on all four.
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Most bowhunters of my acquaintance tend to focus on all of the negatives of early season bowhunting. They include that there are too many bugs; it is too hot; the cover is too thick; the deer are not moving; and the rut is not even a glimmer in a buck’s eye. All of these are true, but there are many, many reasons to bowhunt the early season.