Habits, we all have them in our life, whether they are good or bad. Think about how our habits influence our life in general. I am always saying, "jeez, I really need to start doing this", or "I really should stop doing that". The same thing applies to deer hunting. "I really need to start paying more attention to the wind", "I need to shoot my bow more often". Developing and creating consistent good habits can make a world of a difference when it comes to deer hunting.
A month and four days until bow season opens where I’m located. I can’t believe it’s almost here. I am counting down the days until September 2nd. Early season can be a great time to arrow a mature buck. In fact, I think it may be the best time of the year to do so. If your archery season opens in September, you have some time to make it happen. For those of you that live in a state that opens October 1st, the first few days of the season can be really good, if the right conditions apply. Here’s how you can go from no target buck to a shooter on the ground between now and opener.
This weekend I had the chance to get back to Nebraska, a place that I love to hunt as much as anywhere. I was more excited than I should have been due to the fact I didn't get the chance to hunt there last year. As I was headed down, my anticipation was at an all time high. I had one trail camera that I had set up while shed hunting in February and was pumped to see what was on it. I also was thrilled to do some glassing on a new property that I had picked up in the spring, and was hoping for big things. Yet, the weekend didn't go as planned, and I thought this would be a good time to touch on the ability to adapt as whitetails hardly ever do exactly what you want them to, and how adapting can lead to harvesting many more mature bucks.
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.