Hunting big woods bucks can present quite the unique challenge. There's a reason people travel to the true midwest to hunt big whitetails, and that's not only because they get bigger in cornfed country, but they are easier to hunt as well. I've hunted mainly in three states during my lifetime. Minnesota (northern region), North Dakota, and Nebraska. In North Dakota and Nebraska, deer in general are more predictable and it doesn't take as much work to look at a map and guess how they are going to move. I'm not saying it's easy, but there's an added challenge trying to arrow a mature buck in thousands of acres of hardwood forests. This coming season I'll be spending more time in the Northern Minnesota big woods than I ever have, and here's three things I'm keying in on during my scouting efforts and what you could be too if you hunt in a big woods setting.
Turkeys are a fascinating animal to me. I'd venture to say that most whitetail hunters who chase gobblers in the spring would tend to agree. This weekend I'll be headed to Nebraska for only my second ever turkey hunt and I'm quite excited. As I was thinking of why I was so pumped to get down there and hopefully shoot a turkey again, I wanted to go over a few reasons us whitetail hunters love to hunt turkeys as much as we do. Here's what I came up with!
As a hunter, you are inevitably going to be asked at some point in your life why you hunt. It might be someone challenging you, or it could be someone that's genuinely interested in hunting who wants to understand where you come from. It's actually pretty compelling to me. As a hunter, we're in the center of everything that has to do with hunting right? We live it and breath it everyday, and sometimes it can be hard to see it from the perspective of someone who has never hunted a day in their life. So if you were to take and try to explain to them why you hunt, how would you put it? It can be a unique conversation, and here's my attempt at how I would explain to someone why I hunt.
This past weekend signaled the end of my shed hunting for the year as I took a last minute day trip out to North Dakota and was able to scoop up a couple antlers. Now that shed hunting is over, I wanted to take a look back at the last few months through some photos, and show you how my shed hunting went this year.