We have also received some nice reports of hunts. Hunters staking out food sources and/or hunting travel routes to and from food sources are taking some beautiful bucks. Most of the mature bucks are still in their summer feeding patterns and are definitely huntable. The trick is to learn where and when they feed and set up accordingly.
How to Hunt**
This weekend, the smart hunter will be hunting food sources. Unlike me, he will have figured out what the deer he is hunting are feeding on and hunt accordingly. This may be the last week this strategy will work. Some bucks are already retreating from their summer feeding pattern and starting to think about more than their stomachs. Unfortunately, things generally get very quiet for a few weeks after they quit their heavy feeding cycle and move on to chasing. If you are hunting older age-class bucks by patterning them on food sources, you had better get it done in the next week or so.