Based on several beasts recommendations, I picked up a copy of Mapping Trophy Bucks by Brad Herndon and really enjoyed it. It seems that Herndon focuses primarily on terrain-specific travel routes (saddles, inside corners, hilltop field funnels, etc.). But I don’t remember him mentioning how all of that, as useful as it is, relates to buck bedding. On the other hand, Dan, as we all know, starts
with bedding and then works his way out - or better yet - IN!
As both are clearly big buck killers who understand terrain and deer movement extremely well, how do I harmonize the terrain-driven content in Herndon’s book with big buck bedding-driven content that I’m learning everyday on the beast? Both tactics are obviously working, so how should I harmonize the two approaches? Dan, I’d really love your thoughts on this!
I have read Brad's book and thought it was rather informative and I did find it be true in most cases.
I have kinda of done the same as what you refer to. Many spots I hunt in the northeast don't have as predictable bedding as the terrain Dan hunts, but there is still bedding. I try to find bedding then evaluate the surrounding terrain and food sources to try and setup in between the two. Some spots have better bedding and sign to use to setup and some have less sign or lessor bedding and I try to use terrain travel more. Really it just depends on the spot.
My point is put in enough work to decide which tactics you think work better for that spot and try something, then adjust as you go.
Also the beast style and tactics are to try to get on Mature bucks, not just deer. I found that Brad's tactics definetly get you on deer, but I have not seen many mature bucks setting up on travel routes epecially in areas with strong or soild populations, it mostly does and 2.5 yrs or younger bucks.
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