I’m very excited today to bring you this guest post from John Eberhart, it’s really a privilege for me to be able to have him share his vast knowledge with all of us at Wired To Hunt. John is one of the most accomplished deer hunters in Michigan, if not the whole country. He has taken 23 bucks that have been entered into the Commemorative Bucks of Michigan and has been published in magazines such as Deer & Deer Hunting and Petersen’s Bowhunting. In addition he has wrote several books, including “Precision Bowhunting”, and has produced multiple instructional DVDs for hunters. John truly holds a wealth of information and everyone of us would be wise to heed his advice. Thanks to John again and I hope you all enjoy and learn a lot from John’s guest post.
Hope you hunters are having a good season and enjoying our wonderful outdoors just as much as attempting to take a deer. Hunting should never be all about the kill, it is about the entire experience.
Let’s get something out of the way before we begin. Never watch hunting TV shows or videos and set your expectations at a similar level of animal as they regularly take. Always remember that the vast majority of TV and video personalities hunt on large micro-managed properties or ranches where bucks are allowed to grow to maturity before being taken, similar to raising cattle before taking them to market. Most of the instructional information they offer will rarely work on pressured whitetails that inhabit areas that recieve heavy hunting pressure. In pressured areas you are hunting a much wiser animal and there will not be near the numbers of mature bucks roaming the area in which to choose from.
A few simple tips:
-The most important factor in being a successful hunter year in and year out is properly learning how, when, and where to scout and knowing what to look for when doing so. I view hunting similar to a game of chess, scouting is like strategizing the game, the checkmate or kill is simply the end result of your prior strategy. I spend much more time scouting and properly preparing locations during the course of the year than actual hunting. Taking animals is the byproduct of doing your homework (scouting).
-Make sure you have a proper entry and exit route to every hunting location so that you do not spook deer. Having non-invasive entry and exit routes will aid greatly in your success. You can mark your routes with reflective tacks so that they are easy to follow in the dark, use white reflective tacks on private property and brown reflective tacks by HME Products on public land so other hunters can’t see them well during daylight.
-As the foliage drops and the trees become bare, try to hunt a bit higher up the tree. You can be sitting in the best location in the world, but if you get picked off by the deer by being to exposed, it is worthless from a killing location standpoint. Deer have tremendous peripheral vision and can pick up out of place objects such as your body when sitting to low or exposed.
-A deer’s nose is it’s best defense against us as hunters. Their eyes will often pick you out and if you don’t move they may go on about their business. Their ears may hear something but if they stand there and don’t pick up any more noise they may also continue on their merry way. But, if they smell you the gig is up and they are gone, their nose needs no further confirmation. I am a huge Scent Lok advocate when it and the rest of your hunting regiment is cared for properly.
-Save your best rut locations until the rut phases begin. Many hunters alter the doe traffic at their rut locations by hunting those locations before the rut begins. Altered doe traffic equates to altered bucks traffic once they start pursuing those does. All buck traffic during the rut phases revolves around doe traffic so leave those locations alone until the rut starts.
GOOD HUNTING – John Eberhart
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