Deer Scene Investigation: The Big Ten

In this episode of DSI, we're visiting the property of another good friend of mine. Jim loves to chase good deer. But that instinct almost jammed him up on this Big Ten buck.

It was tempting for Jim, and indeed most of us, to hunt the spot he last saw the deer. This turned into following the deer from stand to stand -- based on visual sightings and trail cam photos -- all around his farm. But if you stop and consider why deer in the rut are running so wild, it becomes clear that its not the best strategy for getting that kill.

Bucks during the rut are looking for does. When they're running wild, cruising huge swaths of property, they're sent checking for nearby girls. I think of it as a grid search. The deer doesn't find a doe, he moves on. So when a hunter moves into an area where he saw a good deer the day before, he's moving into a place that buck has temporarily crossed off his list.

The better approach is to pick one place and wait it out. Yes, you might go a few days without seeing deer, but season-long you have better odds of being in position when that deer does show up.

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