In the Wild with Greg Wagner


Deer Hunting Tip #3 Hunt the Thick Stuff by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
November 9, 2009, 1:06 pm
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Research indicates that older, more mature whitetail bucks are wise and know that the best places to avoid humans and heavy hunting pressure are in the oddest of areas – in the thickest, most tangled, brush and bramble available. In his research, USDA Wildlife Biologist Dr. Kurt VerCauteren found that hunters on public land often walked right by big trophy bucks hiding in brier patches, tight stands of cedar trees and plum thickets. VerCauteren suggests setting up treestands overlooking feeding areas that are bordered on one side by dense cover with good escape routes. VerCauteren says hunt the stand only when the wind is blowing from the heavy cover to the feeding area. “Knowledgeable hunters locating such places generally take a better-than-average buck or even find the doe group that’s been eluding them,” he adds. 

 VerCauteren reminds deer hunters to check the unlikely cover, too! “I can’t count how many times a nice buck has surprised me in a fence row, an old shelterbelt or a large weed patch. I’d tell your hunters this, Greg: Look for the little places that appear too small or isolated to hold deer but has enough cover to conceal one.”

 Remember, if it looks tough to you, it has to other hunters and the deer are likely there, avoiding all of you! Have a great, safe hunt! See you out there!

By the way, do you want to see a whitetail buck hiding in some dense habitat? Then, go to Daryl Bauer’s blog, at: http://barbsandbacklashes.wordpress.com/

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