Create Watering Holes
Another high-impact strategy that Jackson relies on during the pre-season is to create small watering holes near big buck bedding areas or ideal ambush points. It doesn't take too much time or work to fix a really good watering hole in locations that a veteran buck will feel safe using during the daylight hours. In fact, all you really need is a shovel and some careful planning to create the perfect early-season pre-rut hunting stand. This technique can be lethal during periods of extremely hot weather or droughts. It's amazing how much wildlife activity a secluded watering hole can receive on a daily basis. In the past, I've personally used this strategy and have observed large flocks of turkeys, raccoons, foxes, bobcats, and deer hitting my manmade watering holes. However, the key times to encounter bruiser bucks seem to be during the mid-morning to early afternoon hours when temperatures begin to climb. Even bucks with strict nocturnal schedules can't wait until dark to grab a cool drink when the heat is cranked up on a smoking hot day. What are you waiting for? Right now is the perfect time to get the ball rolling with both of these professional pre-season planning strategies in your own hunting area. These two tips can undoubtedly bring you one step closer to taking down a giant pre-rut buck during the opening weeks of season.