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Successfully Bowhunt the Whitetail Rut [Video]

The whitetail rut is gaining speed and will be here before you know it.  Are you ready?

More big bucks are killed during the rut than any other time of deer season. Some hunters luck into killing a big buck, and others put the odds in their favor. Here are 5 tactics that will help you be a successful hunter during the whitetail rut.

FIND WHERE THE DOES SLEEP

This is the time of season bucks are constantly looking for does. The best place for a buck to begin his search is where the does spend the majority of their time during the day, bedded down.

Begin by going to a favorite food source of the deer, and enter the surrounding woods and other terrain. Search for probable bedding grounds like slightly brushy benches, groves of pine trees, overgrown pastures, CRP fields, and tall grass fields.

Try and locate the does actual beds on the ground. They are easily recognized by their oval depressions of various sizes, and matted down areas on the forest floor.

Mark the bedding areas that you locate on an aerial photo or topo map of the area you intend to hunt. Next, look on the photo or map for possible travel corridors connecting the bedding areas you have located. These routes could be creek beds, through thick vegetation, and gullies.

Bucks will always cruise downwind of a bedding area hoping to catch a whiff of an estrus doe. This is the perfect place to hang a stand. As the rut heats up, mature bucks will go from bedding area to bedding area along the travel corridors you found on your photo or map of the area. You need to hang stands along these routes, too.

Not all does come into estrus at the exact same time. If you come across does that seem to not have a worry in the world, that are content to just eat likely means they are not “hot” yet. Move on until you find active does that can’t stand still, and are often looking to see what is going on behind them. These are the does that are more than likely ready to mate.

If you do not kill a buck by the time these females are out of estrus, return to the carefree does you located a few days earlier. They are likely in estrus by now.

HUNT ON WINDY DAYS

Hunters tend to stay away from the deer woods when the winds are fierce, and for good reason. Deer can’t hear, see, or smell as good as they would like.  Whitetails often stay bedded down until the high winds subside. But, when the rut is in full swing, deer do strange things, and hunters should to.

High winds seem to get bucks on the move for a couple of reasons. First, smart does that have not yet come into estrus yet think they can avoid the bucks with the wind concealing their movement and noise. Second, high winds often bring in a cold front following hot temperatures. Whitetails enjoy the cooler temperatures, and take advantage of them by getting up and moving.

Bucks will eventually smell these does that are in heat as they try to outsmart an old buck. Before you know it, deer are all over the place.

PACK A LUNCH

Most of the bucks you see early and late in the day will be smaller bucks. This is the time of the day does will be moving a lot, and it is difficult to narrow down where they will be. Mature bucks know this, so they save their energy until the does return to their beds. When the does bed, big bucks will begin to cruise downwind of known bedding areas.

Hang your treestands in funnels, and along overgrown fencerows that connect deer bedding areas. The best chance to kill a buck is the first time you hunt from a stand. For that reason, save these stands until the very best time, the peak of the rut.

You might go a couple of days without seeing a buck, but when you do he will likely be a mature buck.

SOUND LIKE A BUCK

Hunters are going to have to get aggressive with their tactics, and this includes when you are calling. When it is all said and done, calling will provide more shot opportunities.

Calling softly with dull grunts with long intervals between calling is not aggressive. In order to call in more, and bigger bucks, you have to add some emotion. When you spot a shooter buck that is out of range, call with a series of deep grunts with lots of bass to get him interested. This might be enough to get him to commit.

If a few deep grunts are not enough, sound off with a series of blaring grunts, and finish off with a snort-wheeze.

Most of the bucks will respond positively to calls, but some bucks will feel threatened, and hightail it out of the area. But, what do you have to lose if the buck does not respond to the call, he wasn’t going to offer you a shot anyways.

FAKE ‘EM OUT

As the rut progresses, and the chase and breeding phases begin, smaller bucks are not seen very much. Rub and scrape lines are not seeing much activity. Mature bucks can be seen cruising for, and breeding receptive does. Decoys work well near field edges, food plots, doe bedding areas, and travel corridors that connect these locations.

A buck and a receptive doe decoy is a good choice during this phase of the rut. Use a dominant buck scent for the buck decoy, and estrus doe scent for the doe. Place the scents on the ground around the decoys. Keep the decoys upwind of your position, and within shooting range. Keep the decoys clean, and spray them down with scent elimination spray.

Your calling sequences should be a combination of buck grunts and doe bleats. This should be enough to get any monster buck in the area excited.

Decoys alone will help, but add calling and scents to the mix, and you have a potentially deadly combination.

CONCLUSION

There is no magic tactic that will allow you to kill a mature buck during any part of the season. But, these 5 tips I have shared with you will put you in a better position to fill a tag.

Realtree Outdoors has some good advice in this video about bowhunting the whitetail rut.

 

Where Should Bowhunters Shoot Deer? [Video]

Bowhunters are always debating where is the best place to aim at a deer in different shooting situations.

Deer & Deer Hunting’s Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt talks about where the best place is to shoot a deer in an episode of Deer Talk Now.

In the video, Dan takes a look at the Wraith Broadhead from Bloodsport Archery also.

Amazing Bull Moose Archery Shot [Video]

I have seen bucks from my treestand that got my knees shaking. I can’t imagine how I would be able to stay in my tree with a mature bull moose just yards from me.

 

Check out his video as a mature bull steps in the open just yards from the hunter.

 

Somehow the hunter kept his composure, and made a perfect shot on the moose.

 

The loss of blood from the moose is amazing.

 

Amazing Broadhead Kill Shot on Wild Hog [VIDEO]

Recently I had the pleasure of using the Rage Hypodermic 125 grain broadhead with my new Prime Centergy bow down in Texas at Twin Boars Outdoors.

At first I was a little skeptical of its effectiveness on wild hogs, but the head proved it had the power to make a pass-through shot on a tough Texas hog.

I had always hunted with fixed blade heads, but I wanted something that would fly like a field point.

The Rage Hypodermic 125 gr. head proved deadly on this hog I recently shot in Texas at Twin Boars Outdoors.

The chisel tip style had everything I wanted, and proved durable.

For those of you that think you need an old-fashioned broadhead to penetrate tough animals, think again.

G Howze has a great video showing how effective the Rage Hypodermic is on hogs. Watch as this hog dies before it ever hits the ground.

Two Coyotes Taken With One Arrow [Video]

Not many hunters can say they have killed a coyote with a bow, let alone 2 coyotes with one arrow.

It is hard to get a coyote to come into bow range, without being noticed. If you have deer hunted for any amount of time, you know how easy coyotes can bust you.

When hunter, Christopher Jay, had 2 coyotes within 50 yards, he let an arrow fly. Christopher did the unthinkable by taking out 2 coyotes at one time. Truly awesome.

Thanks to this hunter, there will be a few more whitetail fawns making it through the spring.

Hunter Misses His Mark, Shoots Buck in Antler [VIDEO]

As hunters, we’ve all made a bad shot on an animal. If you hunt long enough, it’s bound to happen. Every hunter misses eventually.

When it does happen, all we can hope for is to recover the animal, or that the wound was not life-threatening. We hate to do it, and for most of us, it’s a rare occurrence.

Mistakes are made for a number of reasons. The animal might have moved, the arrow or bullet may have hit an object in flight, buck fever… the list is endless.

I couldn’t even guess as to why this hunter missed, but I can tell you it was not a fatal injury. You can tell that the targeted buck was not happy, as he stares down the hunter. I wonder what was going through the hunter and the deer’s mind after this shot.

Would You Get This Close to a Bull Moose? [VIDEO]

Bowhunters like to be as close to a moose as possible for shooting.

But it’s possible to be too close.

I think this bowhunter was on the edge of being a little too close. Five yards from a mature bull moose, with only the open air separating you from the giant, is close. Not to mention that the only defense if the moose decided to charge is an arrow.

12-Year-Old Hits Two Deer with One Arrow

It’s important to always know your target — and what’s behind your target. It’s also very important to never shoot at a deer that’s standing in front of another deer.  The last thing you want to do is shoot two deer.
Sure, it’s possible that both deer might die if an arrow passes through one deer and travels into a second. But it’s also very likely the second deer would only be wounded and left to suffer, possibly to die a slow death.
So what if you have only one deer tag and you did kill two deer? Game wardens rarely have sympathy, even when it is accident. Check out what happens in this video.

In the end, a conservation officer was contacted, and both deer were tagged. This is a good reminder to always know your target, and what is beyond it.

Watch This Perfect Quick and Ethical Heart Shot [VIDEO]

As hunters, we strive to achieve the most ethical and humane shot on animals as possible, as those shots will quickly put an animal down. Hunters debate whether to shoot for lungs or heart. I prefer the heart shot ,because any deer shot in the heart will go down very quickly, and stay down. As the saying goes, “the proof is in the pudding.”
Watch as this deer that has been shot in the heart expires quickly.
This is humane and ethical shooting as its finest.

Rage Offers Complete Arrow Packages

Rage is k own to bowhunters for their broadheads, and  is one of the more popular broadhead brands among hunters.But, now they have dipped their hands into offering arrow packages ready for the field that includes broadheads.  This is something new for Rage lovers.

The packages are available for both traditional bows, and crossbows.

This time saving package is now available nationwide according to a press release issued  by Hunter Outdoor Communications.

Rage, the number-one-selling mechanical broadhead on the market, now offers two complete arrow packages so archers can spend less time building arrows and more time shooting them. The new Rage Simply Lethal Arrow package combines a popular Gold Tip pre-fletched carbon arrows with the archer’s choice of either the Rage SC 2-Blade 100-gr. or the Rage SC 2-Blade Chisel Tip 100-gr. broadheads and a set of field points for practice. Extremely tough and very dependable, these arrows come out of the box pre-cut and fully equipped with nocks, inserts, and 2-inch GT vanes installed.

Designed for draw weights up to 70 lbs., the arrows in the Rage Simply Lethal package are pre-cut to 29.5 inches to fit most archer’s setups. They have a straightness ±.006-inch and weight tolerance of ±2.0 grain. The deadly cut-on-contact Rage SC 2-Blade is a proven 2-blade Slip Camdesign with advanced Shock Collar technology that keeps the blades in place until the moment of contact. This delivers full kinetic energy to provide extremely large wounds and better blood trails. The Rage SC 2-Blade Chisel Tip incorporates a bone-crushing chisel-tip design and features the Shock Collar retention system for dependably devastating entry and exit wounds.
Both Rage Simply Lethal packages come with three fletched arrows, three broadheads and three field points. The Rage Simply Lethal arrow packages are now available at retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $59.99. They are easily distinguished apart by the red packaging of the Rage SC 2-Blade and the yellow packaging of the standard 100-grain Rage SC 2-Blade. Spend your time shooting instead of getting your equipment prepared to shoot.
Rage Broadheads is the world’s number-one manufacturer of expandable broadheads. It also manufactures quivers and accessories. A FeraDyne Outdoors brand, Rage is headquartered at 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880; call 866-387-9307; or visit www.ragebroadheads.com.
Another press release discussed the crossbow bolt package.
Photo supplied by Hunter Outdoor Communications

To address the ever-growing crossbow market, Rage has announced the immediate availability of new ready-to-shoot Rage bolts with the introduction of the Simply Lethal crossbow bolt package. Rage does all the work in finding the perfect combination of carbon-fiber bolts, CrossbowX broadheads, vanes, field points and inserts, so hunters can spend more time shooting and less time getting ready to shoot.

The Rage Simply Lethal bolts are pre-cut in two sizes: 20 and 22 inches to fit most crossbow setups. The Rage Simply Lethal crossbow bolt package comes with three factory-fletched carbon bolts, three 100-grain CrossbowX mechanical broadheads and three 100-grain field points for practice. The package includes both Omni-style and half-moon nocks that are designed to fit most crossbow manufacturer recommendations. The popular Rage 100-grain CrossbowX broadhead flies like a field point and expands to a 2-inch-plus cutting diameter, and the Shock Collar provides proper retention of the tough, razor sharp .035-inch stainless steel blades until moment of impact.
The new Rage Simply Lethal Crossbow Bolt packages are available at retailers nationwide for $59.99, and the distinctive white packaging is marked with the bolt size at the bottom of the front panel. Spend less time setting up your crossbow this season and more time shooting it.

Rage Broadheads is the world’s number-one manufacturer of expandable broadheads. It also manufactures quivers and accessories. A FeraDyne Outdoors brand, Rage is headquartered at 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880; call 866-387-9307; or visit www.ragebroadheads.com.