What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Discuss deer hunting tactics, Deer behavior. Post your Hunting Stories, Pictures, and Questions/Answers.
User avatar
comeback_kid
Posts: 225
Joined: Sun May 14, 2017 5:51 am
Location: PA
Status: Offline

What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby comeback_kid » Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:11 am

I was reflecting on how much I have learned from the Beast. Sometimes there are these hidden nuggets of knowledge here on the beast that turn out to be difference makers. For example, on my buck this year placing the stand facing away from where I thought the deer would be coming turned out to be key. I was set up in a tri-trunk and had one of the trunks hiding my body and therefore was much harder to pick out and the trunk somewhat shielded my drawing movement.

So what has that one thing been for you?


User avatar
Boogieman1
500 Club
Posts: 3866
Joined: Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:18 pm
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby Boogieman1 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:11 am

Monkeys but powder! Game changer early season for jungle rott on the feet and swamp ace! Take care of the feet and crotch that takes care of you. That's my motto
"Man who catch fly with chopstick, Accomplish Anything"
mheichelbech
500 Club
Posts: 3811
Joined: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:00 am
Facebook: mheichelbech@gmail.com
Location: Charlestown, IN
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby mheichelbech » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:15 am

Different for different people. I went from hunting by myself to hunting with my brother on a new (to me) property and it has really messed me up.
"One of the chief attractions of the life of the wilderness is its rugged and stalwart democracy; there every man stands for what he actually is and can show himself to be." — Theodore Roosevelt, 1893
User avatar
Crazinamatese
Posts: 5042
Joined: Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:25 am
Location: Wisconsin
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby Crazinamatese » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:21 am

If you aren't totally confident in your set up then pick up and move to a different spot. I don't know why it took me this long to figure that out but this year it has paid off for me.
The cave you fear hides the treasure you seek!!!
User avatar
Hawthorne
500 Club
Posts: 4610
Joined: Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:13 pm
Location: michigan
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby Hawthorne » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:04 am

Mapping
EllieTheChubb
Posts: 293
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:22 pm
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby EllieTheChubb » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:27 am

paying more attention to a deers POV on thier approach.
User avatar
hunter_mike
Moderator
Posts: 7222
Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:24 pm
Location: south central WI
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby hunter_mike » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:33 am

Picking the "spot within the spot" to setup the treestand or ground seat. Seeing the trails and predicting how a buck will move through has more than once been the difference between seeing a buck and killing a buck.
“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”
Bogle
Posts: 220
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:51 am
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby Bogle » Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:52 pm

It’s hard for me to say just one thing but for me it’s been knowing where they generally bed, where they feed and the routes they take to get back and forth. I feel like if I know theses three things I can at least be in the game.
User avatar
Dewey
Moderator
Posts: 28309
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:57 pm
Location: Wisconsin
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby Dewey » Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:02 pm

Milkweed by a long shot. If you don’t understand air currents and how they carry your scent you are really limiting yourself. Most times this will make or break a hunt. Sometimes you have to thread the needle and give a buck a slight advantage if you want to see him in daylight. Just off winds on a known bed have worked well for me.

I was gonna say in-season scouting but this is something I have always done since my early years of hunting. Sure it's been refined some but the basics have been there for a long time.
User avatar
funderburk
500 Club
Posts: 673
Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:16 am
Location: South Carolina
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby funderburk » Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:03 pm

comeback_kid wrote:I was reflecting on how much I have learned from the Beast. Sometimes there are these hidden nuggets of knowledge here on the beast that turn out to be difference makers. For example, on my buck this year placing the stand facing away from where I thought the deer would be coming turned out to be key. I was set up in a tri-trunk and had one of the trunks hiding my body and therefore was much harder to pick out and the trunk somewhat shielded my drawing movement.

So what has that one thing been for you?


Understanding the wind and trusting it to be my only form of scent control. And it has worked extremely well!

Great topic. Looking forward to this one developing. Lots to learn!
Love God. Love Your Neighbor.
User avatar
Edcyclopedia
Posts: 11156
Joined: Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:54 pm
Location: S. NH
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby Edcyclopedia » Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:04 pm

More scouting = more sightings/opportunities!
Hunt fresh sign
Expect the Unexpected when you least Expect it...
User avatar
Lockdown
Moderator
Posts: 6638
Joined: Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:16 pm
Location: MN
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby Lockdown » Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:08 pm

Hands down: IN SEASON SCOUTING.

Great fisherman use their locator to find fish before the start fishing. Great hunters find hot sign before they start hunting.
Jdw
500 Club
Posts: 582
Joined: Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:00 am
Location: SE Ohio
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby Jdw » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:38 pm

Moving slow when I need to and using the correct access to catch them by surprise.
User avatar
JAK
500 Club
Posts: 943
Joined: Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:49 pm
Location: Wisconsin
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby JAK » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:48 pm

In season scouting. I've hunted plenty of spots that looked like a slam dunk in spring. But when I went in to hunt it was dry.
mheichelbech
500 Club
Posts: 3811
Joined: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:00 am
Facebook: mheichelbech@gmail.com
Location: Charlestown, IN
Status: Offline

Re: What's that one thing that's been a difference maker?

Unread postby mheichelbech » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:05 pm

Looking for and finding buck beds...and when I see a buck, thinking about why he is doing what he is doing.

Also, realizing just how sensitive they can be to human/hunter presence.
Last edited by mheichelbech on Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:06 pm, edited 1 time in total.
"One of the chief attractions of the life of the wilderness is its rugged and stalwart democracy; there every man stands for what he actually is and can show himself to be." — Theodore Roosevelt, 1893


  • Advertisement

Return to “Deer Hunting”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests