Archive for whitetail season

Whitetail Season: Back in the Tree

This fast-paced recap of a several-day hunt reveals how Bill Winke spotted and eventually bagged a great buck that he has a history with, but wasn't one of the four

November 02, 2011

Whiteail Season: Targeting Giants

Whiteail Season: Targeting Giants

October 26, 2011

This Old Buck is Surprising Me

The most ironic development of this season has been the behavior of one of my top hit-list bucks named “Big.”

October 26, 2011

Whitetail Season: Pre-Rut Plans

Bill Winke reveals his pre-rut plans, and advises you on how to go about solidifying your strategy for this season.

October 19, 2011

The Secret to Nocturnal Bucks

Nocturnal bucks are the biggest challenge I run into at this time of the year; in fact, nocturnal bucks are the biggest challenge I run into at all times of the year, but it seems to be more prevalent during the first two weeks of October than at other times. Starting in early September I was getting many daylight photos of the bucks I am hunting on my trail cameras; however, as September came to an end and October started, the number of mature bucks I was getting on my cameras in daylight dropped off to almost none. This is common. There is even a term for it: “The October Lull.” The bucks are still feeding, they are just doing it at night. Knowing that this naturally occurs will help you sort out changing buck behavior at this time of the year, but it won’t necessarily help you to tag one. Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do or say that will help there. It is not possible to make a nocturnal buck move naturally during the daylight.

October 05, 2011

Whitetail Season: Stand Placement

Whitetail Season: Stand Placement

October 04, 2011

Whitetail Season: Plans for Big


September 28, 2011

Low-Profile Stand Placement

I believe there are two ways to scout and to place stands. You either need to get perfectly clean and do it without alerting any deer, or you need to make a bunch of noise well before you get anywhere near the area, and give the deer plenty of warning before you arrive. They seem instinctively to have a different reaction to obviously loud human activity than they do to sneaking. They don’t like to be surprised.

September 28, 2011

Whitetail Season: Youth Hunt

Whitetail Season week 8 - TBD

September 20, 2011

How High Should a Stand Be?

I always try to hang my treestands between 18 and 22 feet off the ground. This is high enough to be out of the peripheral vision of the deer, which is about 16 feet, but low enough to get a good shot angle on a passing buck. Any higher and shot angles become difficult, as you need to shoot out both lungs on a deer for a clean kill. Also, the higher you go up a tree the smaller the target becomes, as the angle needed to take out both lungs becomes smaller.

September 06, 2011

Whitetail Season: Deer Personality

Whitetail Season: Deer Personality

August 24, 2011

Five Pre-Season Shooting Tips

As I show in the accompanying video, as the season approaches you need to shoot often to build strength and to make good shooting habits.

August 22, 2011

Time to Look Up

This is the time of year when I walk around staring upward. No, it is not a spastic reaction to the intense heat of another summer, or a fear of UFOs that draws my gaze skyward, but rather it is my desire to learn more about where the deer will be in late September and early October. You see, mid-August is the first real opportunity to study the oak trees and determine which ones will be putting out acorns this year. That is very important information because the deer will abandon all other food sources when the acorns start falling.

August 17, 2011

Whitetail Season: How to Prepare for a Deer Hunt

Whitetail Season: How to Prepare for a Deer Hunt

August 16, 2011

Whitetail Season: A Giant Pair of Bucks

Bill sneaks his way through pre-season scouting two giant bucks on his lease in Iowa.

August 10, 2011