Archive for whitetail hunting

Cold Fronts are Helpful

 

This past week was characterized by a mid-October cold front that passed through much of the central part of the U.S. Buck activity really spurred up after the two weeks of warm days. Several of the members of the Midwest Whitetail Pro Staff were hunting and a few actually took nice, mature bucks. This is the first flurry of activity we have seen since very early in the season. Don’t think you are the only one that has been experiencing tough hunting. Everyone is seeing the same thing. Other than the odd buck here and there being killed, it was very slow prior to the cold snap.

October 19, 2011

Dealing with the October Lull

I haven’t been hunting, but I got to thinking about where I would go if I did hunt. Some people hunt every weekend regardless of the time frame. If the season is open they are hunting. This, as I have stated a few times in the episodes, can do more harm than good at times. If you are leaving scent and intruding into your good areas at times when the bucks aren’t moving during daylight, you are taking the risk of educating them with very little hope for a reward. Okay, we get that, but where would I actually hunt?

October 12, 2011

Whitetail Season: October Lull Tips

Bill Winke gives his tips for dealing with the “October lull."

October 11, 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: Plans for Big

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September 28, 2011

Whitetail Season: Youth Hunt

Whitetail Season week 8 - TBD

September 20, 2011

Whitetail Season: Connecting the Dots

Bill Winke explains how to pick a stand location by using deer sightings and a map to determine the best spot.

September 07, 2011

Using Sightings to Pattern Deer

In the most recent episode of Whitetail Season, I went into some detail about how I use history with a buck to help me set the plan for the next season. I have had some success with this in the past and we’ll hammer the point hard in the next episode too. For example, my history with the buck we’ve named “Big” has taught me a lot. I have many data points on the aerial photo where I (or others) have seen Big, photographed him or found his sheds. Assuming we have his range covered pretty well through several seasons of hunting him, I can use the map and the dots to suggest where his core area is most likely located—the area with the highest dot density.

August 31, 2011

How to Pre-Season Scout

When scouting for deer before the season you have to be careful not to educate them. Use locations where you can watch feeding areas; however, be sure to use locations where you can slip in and, more importantly, slip out of without spooking deer.

August 29, 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 with Bill Winke"

Tune in each week for a new installment of Winke's video blog featuring his best whitetail tips and tactics of the season, exclusively on AmericanHunter.org.

August 04, 2011

Five Best DIY Bowhunts In the West

If you have the ambition to launch your own bowhunt, the West offers the best in do-it-yourself adventure.

July 20, 2011

Finding Your Public Hunting Spot

The key to success in public-land hunting is doing research and scouting to find overlooked hotspots.

June 27, 2011

The Inside Scoop on the Hoyt Carbon Element

Randy Walk, the president of Hoyt, was kind enough to answer some questions about his company’s new carbon bows, and American Hunter magazine Executive Field Editor Frank Miniter was kind enough to share those answers with One-Track Mind. Here’s what he had to say in the exclusive interview for an article in the August issue of Hunter.

June 09, 2011