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Buck Bedrooms

July 02, 2009
Buck Bedrooms - 5

 

 

 

Archery whitetail seasons start in two months or less. Do you have all your preseason chores finished? Now is the time to make your major intrusion so any mature buck has ample time to forget about you tromping through his bedroom, dining room and mass transit system.

 

What constitutes a major chore? Anything to do with setting up a treestand or a ground blind ambush location is a major chore. You're going to be seen, heard and smelled so why not give your intrusion away early and have everything ready for a sneaky entrance on opening day? Set up a couple of ambush locations now and save a couple to set up if you see a different pattern emerging during the season. 

 

1. Stand Setup

Despite most companies leaning toward light and quiet treestand setups, there still is some rattling, banging and clanking that takes place when you put up a stand. In addition, getting a 20-foot ladder stand into the woods often requires the use of an ATV. Get several of your favorite ambush sites set up now and get the noise out of the way.

 

2. Trimming The Hedges

It's difficult not to leave scent behind when you're trimming shooting lanes and walking through waist-high brush. Get it done now and let the rain wash away your presence later. Trim your shooting lanes now when foliage is at its utmost and be sure not to overharvest the foliage camouflaging your treestand setup. In addition, make sure to clip and trim any underbrush that may rub up against your legs and waist while going to, or from your stand site. These innocent-looking saplings can hold scent and give you away during the season.

 

3. Mowing The Yard

If you have a weedeater or better yet, a tractor-operated deck mower, use it to make a patch of least resistance. Deer love to follow easy trails in and out of the woods. Mowing or clearing a path to and from your stand, or along a field edge is a great way to entice deer to your location. They'll appreciate the easy route and nip the new growth along the way.

 

4. Gardening Chores 

Finally, if you have a remote stand location in deep timber, plant a mini food plot, or several around your stand. You can use an ATV and a drag or even a hand-operated rake to get the chore done. Sprinkle some seed and fertilizer on the tiny plot and you may just attract a big buck afraid to leave the timber before darkness. 

 

Summer is a time to loaf before the rush of the hunt, but don't let the opportunity to get some preseason chores done slip away. If you have any other summer setup chores you find helpful, please share them with us. 

 

 


 

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Great article!
I had a buddy who decided to clear a path straight through a major bedding area a week before gun season. I told him it probably would have been better to do that chore in July,maybe August,but the deed was done.

Sure enough,the huge buck showed up at the trails end ... well lets just say,buck fever and Murphy's Law,allowed the big buck to see another day.

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from DeerHuntingBigB... wrote 5 years 4 days ago

Great tips Mark!

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from bbusse wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Great article Mark. Now is definately the time to get stand sites ready. Great advice.

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from mb915 wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Great article as always. Took of work this friday so I can hang my stands in the National Forest in VA. With the seasonal gates closed for the season, it is going to make it a much longer hike than normal, especially having to carry some hang-on stands. But getting it done earlier in the season and giving the deer a chance to settle back into their routines, I hope will pay off with a huge buck come october and november.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

well its not really a chore but befor the season starts I like striking hunting & deer conversations with ranchers & other local hunters to see what they have to say about local deer. People are pretty nice they wont hide the deer they see they will gladly tell you about what they have seen at what they know about the local monsters sneaking around. So strike up a conversation with a rancher are someone who looks like they hunt localy you will suprised how much information you will leave the conversation with & how good the both of you feel after talking about deer hunting and monster bucks heck you never know you might have a new hunting partner are friend for life. Talking & a good vibe will get you along ways so strike that conversation up with someone you dont If they are hunters like us they wont pass on telling there storie of the ones that are out there and the ones that got away.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

well its not really a chore but befor the season starts I like striking hunting & deer conversations with ranchers & other local hunters to see what they have to say about local deer. People are pretty nice they wont hide the deer they see they will gladly tell you about what they have seen at what they know about the local monsters sneaking around. So strike up a conversation with a rancher are someone who looks like they hunt localy you will suprised how much information you will leave the conversation with & how good the both of you feel after talking about deer hunting and monster bucks heck you never know you might have a new hunting partner are friend for life. Talking & a good vibe will get you along ways so strike that conversation up with someone you dont If they are hunters like us they wont pass on telling there storie of the ones that are out there and the ones that got away.

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from mb915 wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Great article as always. Took of work this friday so I can hang my stands in the National Forest in VA. With the seasonal gates closed for the season, it is going to make it a much longer hike than normal, especially having to carry some hang-on stands. But getting it done earlier in the season and giving the deer a chance to settle back into their routines, I hope will pay off with a huge buck come october and november.

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from bbusse wrote 5 years 1 week ago

Great article Mark. Now is definately the time to get stand sites ready. Great advice.

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from DeerHuntingBigB... wrote 5 years 4 days ago

Great tips Mark!

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Great article!
I had a buddy who decided to clear a path straight through a major bedding area a week before gun season. I told him it probably would have been better to do that chore in July,maybe August,but the deed was done.

Sure enough,the huge buck showed up at the trails end ... well lets just say,buck fever and Murphy's Law,allowed the big buck to see another day.

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