November 13, 2013
A Better Deer Drive: Post Someone at the Backdoor - 1
You can no more “drive” a whitetail where you want it to go than you can steer the sun through the sky. Whitetails simply won’t cooperate with even the best-laid hunting plans. They go where they want.
When you team up with hunting buddies to nudge whitetails into each other’s gun sights this season, it’s essential to cover oddball escape routes, not just convenient crossings predictably situated at the other end of cover. One favorite whitetail escape route involves the back door.
It took a ringside seat for me to learn this. Perched atop a bluff in Wisconsin’s southwest hill country, I once witnessed a deer drive develop across a coulee. Nothing came out the far end of the woodlot the hunters worked. But several whitetails exited the cover behind the skirmish line and snuck away, tails and heads down, with the wind at their backs. The hunters were none the wiser.
My brothers called me crazy the next season when we staged one of our own little family pushes and I elected to stay behind the pushers instead of posting ahead. The roly-poly 6-pointer I dropped 10 minutes after they started out forever changed the way we plan and stake out these kinds of hunts.
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