Hunting mature bucks takes a great deal of work. For those people who don't hunt and just see pictures of people sitting behind a giant buck during the fall, it might even seem easy. Except, we all know it isn't easy, not one bit. There is a story behind every buck, and for every bow kill, there is a lot of year round work that goes into it. It can range from shed hunting, summer scouting, running trail cameras, planting food plots, all the way to your archery equipment.
With June already almost behind us, and July on the horizon, I have been starting to put together my hitlist for 2016, or what bucks I consider "shooters". Time and time again, I end up shooting a buck that isn't on my hitlist, or wasn't on my radar during the summer. I have been spending a lot of time thinking about why this occurs, and how I determine what a shooter is.
It’s summertime and is a nice night outside. You are just sitting around the house, and decide to go out back a let a few arrows fly. All too many times, the common theme is you shoot for a while, maybe shoot halfway decent, and then had back inside, not really putting much thought into your performance out in the backyard. This summer, start taking your archery skills more seriously, and it just might reduce the chances of missing that big buck this fall.