Putting pressure on a mature buck too early (also known as mugging a buck) can push him off your property. Whitetail expert Neil Dougherty explains how to pattern a deer without mugging him. He also tells you when is the right time to go in for the kill.

This is the fifth part of Dougherty’s five-part series on targeting and killing the trophy buck on the property you hunt.

Part 1: The Top Ten Percent
Part 2: How To Use Trail Cameras
Part 3: Understand Food Per Acre
Part 4: Deer Personality and Behavior