One in a Million

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Statistically, only one in 1 million deer will ever grow antlers large enough to qualify for the Boone and Crockett record book. (About the same odds as a high school football player making it into the NFL)

Yet, I hear from scores of hunters every year that the next world record whitetail is hanging out in their backyard. This just isn’t so.

Any hunter works hard on developing his skills will become an accomplished hunter, but chances are he’ll never kill a record book buck.

On the other hand, he’ll have one of the most gratifying hunting careers imaginable.

In the end, it’s not the quality of the deer that matters. It’s the quality of the hunt.
-Jim

Finding the Buck Instead of It Finding You

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One approach to hunting is to wait for the buck to appear and to hope a shot presents itself. The other is to seek out the opportunity. The first method plays on fear. After all, if the buck doesn’t show it’s not our fault.

The second method challenges the fear and announces that were going to succeed no matter what. It doesn’t matter if you fail once or 10 times, once you dedicate yourself to harvesting the trophy buck, it will make all the difference.

-Jim

The Head Fake

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One method used by deer to detect predators is the head fake. A deer will be staring at some unidentified object and then slowly lower its head as if about to feed. As soon as his jaw drops below his chest, the head will snap back up to see if the object is moved. A key to recognizing this behavior is if the head drops painfully slow and there is no tail switching.

-Jim

Be Careful Who You Hunt With

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We have precious little time to hunt.

The single most important decision a hunter can make is to hunt with.

Our hunting success will only be the average of the five people who spend the most time in the woods with. We might need to find new hunting buddies.

If you want to become the kind of hunter gatherers would kill to hunt with, you will need to be real picky about whom you hunt with.

-Jim

Feeding Time

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Deer typically spend more than one third of their time feeding. It takes a tremendous amount of vegetation to support a whitetail deer. A mature buck needs over 8 pounds of browse each day. A deer eats 25,000 or more bites of browse and graze each day.

-Jim