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How should I hunt this buck?
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 Posted: Thu Dec 22nd, 2016 02:28 PM
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The buck appeared very quickly, crossing the trail strewn with peanuts and corn. He did not slow his pace and before I could get my cross hairs on him, he was back in the timber and gone. That was the third time I had spotted him this year.

At the club to which I belong near Americus Georgia no bucks without heavy mass are to be taken. Preferably with antlers extending beyond the ears. I have 100 acres to hunt exclusively on a 2000 acre parcel. My acreage has a wide trail going around the perimeter, having two elevated shooting towers and two ground blinds, plus what ever portable blinds that I want to put up. I have not stepped onto my lease, inside of the perimeter trail, choosing to leave the entire interior as a safe haven. It has worked, as I have seen lots of deer going in and out of my protected 100 acres.

The owner puts out literally tons of local grown corn and peanuts. The baiting is legal and does not "bunch" the deer, as it is strewn up and down every trail on the place. After his initial baiting, I am expected to put out my own bait. I already went through two 55 gallon barrels of corn, putting it not only spilled out in long lines, but into feeders. There are also numerous feed plots, but they are sparse do to the months of drought. Thankfully there are small lakes on the place, so the deer have not suffered thirst.

I have noticed that because of the drought, deer are moving more at night, as witnessed by my trail cameras. The very dry, dusty, hot days, appear to limit their scenting ability. So, to feel more secure they move in the damp, cooler nights.

Since October opening, I have had 8 very good bucks in my cross hairs, but none qualified, save for the ten pointer that I have spotted three times.

During the rut, I saw him chasing, but to fast and too far away. The second time he was at 400 yards, on the neighbor's property.

This last time, he walked across the baited trail, but did not give me a chance to bring him under fire, before he was again, gone!

Just before I left for my elk hunt on Dec. 10, I took a doe for freezer meat. That was late in the day and I felt I had no light left to wait for the big buck.

I will again head up to Georgia and my lease late on Christmas day. The season closes on Jan. 8, so I must outsmart the buck by then.

In reality, I have killed enough good bucks up to this point in my life. I do not feel pressured to take him, or any other buck. Hunting satisfies me very much. Doe can fill the freezer. In this county, I can kill 10 doe and 2 bucks of 4 point or more, which is stated in the game book. I will not be a hog on the doe, only taking maybe three more for family members who much enjoy my venison.

Still I want to hunt him. What should I do, that I am not already doing? On my stands, I check the prevailing breeze, before I settle in at one end of the fire lane, or the other. What else should I do?

Merry Christmas
Steven



 Posted: Thu Dec 22nd, 2016 02:51 PM
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" it is strewn up and down every trail on the place." This seems like a big mistake to me. you should use a few well defined bait stations. The bait should be used to bring in batches of does...the bucks will follow.

But you have what you have now.

Only you know what the 'lay of the land is'. I'd hunt the ' interior as a safe haven'. entering into the wind to an elevated stand between the water source and the area 'off the lease' where you have seen him.

Big bucks have defined travel routes, you need to find one.



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Thanks Bear, for the suggestions. Of course, the owner of the property already had feed plots in and the peanuts and corn heavily distributed all over the place.

The land is mostly flat with no overlooks. Elevated stands are my only advantage.

I will take your advice and put a stand inside the 100 acre covert on what I can identify as his trail and see what happens during these last few weeks of the season.

Best,
Steven



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BEAR wrote: " it is strewn up and down every trail on the place." This seems like a big mistake to me. you should use a few well defined bait stations. The bait should be used to bring in batches of does...the bucks will follow.

But you have what you have now.

Only you know what the 'lay of the land is'. I'd hunt the ' interior as a safe haven'. entering into the wind to an elevated stand between the water source and the area 'off the lease' where you have seen him.

Big bucks have defined travel routes, you need to find one.


What he^^ said, times 2. No need this late to leave "safe haven" inviolate. Go for it.



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 Posted: Fri Dec 23rd, 2016 09:34 PM
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deer love greens also.
But something I noticed years ago.. the more you feed them they more they will just show up at night to eat.

My largest bucks are not killed near any food plot.

I did dump some(2 quarts) maple syrup onto the ground that was covered with acorns this year.

Buddy hunted that spot and said a deer came up that next morning and ate the dirt and all.. I poured it out in the evening before.

But in all honesty there was a tree there with oyster mushrooms at the base and the deer ate some of those also.

I have used peanut butter..No idea what ate it .. but it got eaten.

Probably just need to get into your stand and wait him out.



 Posted: Sat Dec 24th, 2016 04:30 AM
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if he has food everywhere then he isn't gonna just stand around eating.
you'll either need to catch him going to/from water or to his bedding area.



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Thanks to all who responded. When I go back up Tues., I will just go into the 100 acres that I have not been into all year and look for hot sign, crossings, etc. and put up a portable stand. Will report after Jan. 8, when the season closes. Anyway, I love being out there.
Merry Christmas,
Steven



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