By Dan Infalt
Ever hear about the kid or new hunter who shoots the biggest buck from the area the first time out? It’s a story that repeats itself over and over way too many times to be coincidental.
Listening to these stories over the years always has me searching for the ah-ha moment. The part where you think, ok that’s why this kid was successful on this monster. The kid and his dad always seem to think it was some sort of fluke of luck, where I always analyze and decipher to find some pattern or reason.
The one common part of all these stories has been that the kid was new to hunting, and rather than getting special treatment, he was stuck off to the side where he would not interrupt any of the adult hunts. He gets sent over to an area where no one hunts, and whammo, he gets the biggest buck in the history of this farm on his first day hunting!
It all comes down to the fact that these kids are getting fresh hunts. This kind of goes hand in hand with the whole “mobile hunting” theory of hunting new spots, and also uses the tactic of hunting over looked spots.
The average guy hunts the same four or five stands every time he hunts. You can usually find him in one of those trees and he probably even has a name for the tree or spot. I truly believe the same guy would do much better, assuming his goal is a mature buck, to just toss a dart at the aerial of the property and hunt wherever it lands. At least he would be getting a fresh hunt.
I have also noticed a trend where a lot of mature bucks don’t seem to leave much for rubs and scrapes on their home turf where they move and live in daylight. So a lot of these areas lack in the sign that all the magazines and TV shows push down everyone’s throats, saying that’s what we should look for.
So, now that we agree there is a reason these kids are killing big bucks their first time out, what can we do to mimic there success? How can we use this as a tactic?
Well, I think the key is to not overlook any certain area of your property. One thing I have done successfully in the past is to mark the property in grid fashion, and break it down into 10 acre squares. Then make sure you scout each square fully and try to find at least one spot to hunt within each 10 acres of suitable habitat to hunt at least once.
I remember one farm I hunted around the late 80’s or early 90’s where I was after a nice palmated buck but could never lay my eyes on him during shooting hours. I knew he was on that farm somewhere, so I decided to hunt each section till I saw or killed him.
A couple hunts into it, I set up on a hill in an open hard woods that had thick potential bedding areas surrounding it. There where some trails and even a big track or two, but no other sign in sight. My buck stepped out of a thick transition area and headed straight to me. First time I had ever hunted that stand and it was probably a spot most people would of passed by …
The kind of spot where a greedy dad would shove his kid so he didn’t screw up his hunt.
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