How to Outsmart Crafty Whitetail Bucks

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Have you ever come across a buck while out deer hunting, that seemed to be smarter than you are? If you are an avid buck hunter, I’m sure you have, as most of us have at one time or another. It seems that whatever you try to do, he always seems to be one step ahead of you, right?

Well I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. Deer hunting whitetail hunting tips can make a big difference in the outcome of the hunt. Let me explain a little further. It may seem like the buck can read your mind. Although it may seem this way to you, we know that he really can’t. Evasive bucks as well as all bucks do what comes naturally to them in times of perceived danger. They flee, but sometimes they only hide and wait for you to pass.

Deer habits have taught the wise old buck many tricks to evade danger!

They have many ways to be forewarned of danger, which enables them to act accordingly, sometimes even before we get a chance to lay eyes on them. Lets look at some of the ways that they become alerted to danger. Every deer born learns important survival instincts from the doe deer that bore them.

Doe deer teach their young at an early age to hide and be still in times of danger, just as all caring parents strive to do. From this we learn that doe deer, plays a very important role in the young deers life. When a doe deer perceives danger, it alerts all deer in the area of the inherent danger, in several ways.

These doe deer habits are the key to many white tailed bucks survival rate!

When a doe is out in the open and it is content at feeding, its tail will sway back and forth in the down position. A buck may be close by observing the does’ actions, but it is hidden from view. If he can see the does feeding, he can tell if they detect danger by their reactions. However, what about the buck that can’t see the does’ reactions?

If danger arises, and the doe deer are alerted to the point of taking evasive action, they will give a vocal alert. This also leads to the doe deer taking flight. When leaving an area because of a perceived danger threat, their tail will fly left and right in the upright position, which is another warning to deer in the area.

This visual warning is referred to as a flag. It can be seen rather well in heavily forested areas, thereby alerting silently other deer in the area. So as we can see, besides their own acute senses alerting them of danger, a buck also has the help of any does’ in his domain. Now, for us to outsmart these bucks, it will take effort that you may have never considered before.

We must consider a bucks domain and what it includes.

  • Feeding Areas
  • Bedding Areas
  • Watering Areas
  • Hiding Areas Or Secure areas

Why do we need to know these areas and how well do we need to know these areas?

For starters, we need to know these areas as good as the deer in the area does to be able to plan our ambush correctly. Very Important! Wind direction always plays the most important factor in our game plan as well as how the deer will react. As wind conditions and directions change so must our game plan. The why part is obvious. Because deer always try to use the wind to their advantage, so should we in considering not just our plan of attack, but also how the deer will react.

Deer habits are crucial to the success of the hunt.

This is very important. If you want to consistently down a white tailed buck, you need to learn what he will do when he is in danger and where he will head, and what route he will use in any given wind direction. If you spend enough time in his domain through out the year, and record your findings on each outing, you will know how he will react, as well as where he will go and what route he will take to get there come deer hunting season.

This my friend is how you outsmart even the craftiest of bucks. Now, some things change during the fall hunting, such as food and water availability, as well as hunter pressure, so you will need to stay on top of the changes and make the necessary adjustments to your game plan.

Let hunter pressure work for you. You already know how, where, and why the buck will react if you do your homework, so you need to be where he will head when the pressure is on.

Yes to be a successful white tailed buck hunter you need to get out there and let the buck tell you his secrets, then and only then will you be in your very best position to outsmart even the craftiest of bucks.