If you hunt in states such as Pennsylvania or Michigan, you know what it means to hunt pressured deer. You know that deer act differently when they’ve been chased willy nilly around the woods by stinking, loud, orange clad hunters. You definitely know atleast one thing about hunting big deer in one of these high pressure areas. It’s not easy! But there are certain things you can do to increase your chances of success.
This is where John Eberhart’s “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails” DVD’s come in to play. John Eberhart is an expert hunter and outdoors writer who has been published in Deer & Deer Hunting, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter Magazine and Bow and Arrow Hunting. He and his son have also wrote several books and published a series of hunting DVD’s. I was fortunate enough to have a couple of these DVD’s sent to me by John and boy am I glad he did. These are some seriously information packed DVD’s.
“Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails” is a three part series covering post-season scouting and tree preparation, pre-season and in-season scouting and hunting tactics. Volume III covers “Hunting Tactics and In-Season Scouting”, and this being the most relevant topic this time of year, I will review this DVD now.
John Eberhart’s DVDs are incredibly unique because they are purely instructional. There are no kills on these DVDs at all. But in my eyes, this is can be a good thing. The bulk of the video is John walking you through each step of the hunting process and demonstrating different set-ups, techniques and strategies that will help you bag more deer. The focus of the DVD is not on monster bucks killed on preserves, it’s all about hunting mature bucks on highly pressured private and public land. This DVD is full of straight forward, no nonsense advice about how to prepare for and effectively execute a first class hunting strategy in tough situations.
Volume III of the series covers many important tactics and strategies to take into consideration during the season. Here is a selection of topics covered in the video.
- Getting to where other hunters aren’t
- Scent control measures
- Stand placement and timing
- Calling techniques and demonstrations
- How to hunt different types of terrain
One thing that really stuck with me from the DVD was the importance of timing your stand locations for different parts of the season and then only hunting them during the appropriate time. It’s easy to get sucked into hunting your “best spot” early and often, but typically this is not a good idea. John really emphasized this and offered more successful alternative strategies.
Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails is full of great information, but it isn’t something to watch if you are looking for a thrill. For someone who is honestly interested in learning, it is great, but if you are a casual watcher you probably won’t be too excited. Although there are no actual kills shown, there are plenty of videos of bucks in the wild that keep your eyes occupied while information is being laid out for you. Another possible qualm is that the overall film quality is not the highest, but it is adequate.
What I like most about this video is it’s focus on providing deep and relevant information. These aren’t DVDs full of fluff, rather it is a crash course on what you need to do to get a buck in pressured areas. If you are truly interested in learning more about the tricks of this trade, this DVD is for you. But if you’re looking for a beautiful hunting video with lots of gnarly bucks getting stuck, this is going to disappoint. Overall I’d say that Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails is a tremendously informational resource that would be great for any beginner hunter looking to learn everything they need to know for the hunt but also a good watch for the old veteran who just wants to pick up a few new pointers.