Winter is fast approaching, and for many hunters that means the end of their season. We can’t blame you; we know that while lots of people love winter that it is most definitely some people’s least favorite season. In fact, we have a few people in our offices who grumble every time someone mentions that winter is coming (and we have one who makes obscure Game of Thrones references every time this phrase is uttered). Regardless of your feelings on winter as a whole, there is one amazing benefit to winter: Winter Buck Hunting. If you’ve never been winter buck hunting it is an experience that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetimes. It has many challenges, but once you get your buck the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment makes everything worthwhile. However, winter hunting is a unique experience with unique challenges. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks to help make your winter hunt successful.
1. Bring your fully charged Pro-tracker, ultimate recovery system. We made this number 1 on our list because it can literally be a lifesaver. Winter weather is temperamental at best. Often times the weather report will show clear weather, only to have a spontaneous blizzard come seemingly out of nowhere in the middle of your hunt; or maybe you’re a hunter who loves to hunt mid-storm. Regardless of your timing preference in regards to winter storms, there are a myriad of challenges in the snow. Sometimes you have a great blood trail that later goes cold, sometimes you have no blood trail at all, and sometimes the terrain can become slippery and dangerous unexpectedly. This is where our system can help to save you. Our system can help track your animal so that you can recover it quickly in case of an emerging blizzard or to help you find it during a blizzard to help you get home safe with your animal in tow.Get yours here!
2. Do not rely on your deer stand. While deer stands are a reliable way to get a buck during the main season, this is not the case for a winter hunt. Since food is scarcer, the bucks move around significantly less so the likelihood of one wandering by your stand is slim to none. If you want a winter buck, you have to rely on your skills as a tracker. This aspect of winter hunting is why the reward is so, so good; you have to put in some serious work.
3. Look for food. This one seems pretty obvious: in winter food is harder to come by, so you’re likely to find them close to a food source. However, this is a key aspect of winter hunting; particularly if there is sleet. Sleet penetrates a deer’s coat, so they tend to hunker down in between trees near their main food sources prior to or after ice or sleet storms. That means if you perch in a spot with a good view your chances of snagging a beautiful winter buck are much higher.
4. Pay attention to the wind. It doesn’t matter how good of a tracker you are if the deer can smell you a mile away. Winter winds can be notoriously strong and harsh, so you need to position yourself accordingly. You will constantly be changing your position to suit the wind in order to be successful. Wind is also important because bucks tend to use trees to act as blocks from particularly strong, chilly winds. If you know the direction the wind is blowing, you can usually pinpoint 2-3 locations near you that would make a good wind block and therefore will know a good place to bust out your binoculars and glass for bucks that are bedded down.
5. Carry your bow in a shoot ready position. Since your hunting on the move, most shots will need to be made quickly in order to be successful. Having to shift your bow to a shoot ready position can cost you precious time causing you to lose your animal. The fact that winter buck hunting does require swift shots is another great reason to bring along your Pro-Tracker; often times swift shots are not as accurate as one would hope and our system can help you recovery your animal in case you have a poorly placed shot.
Those are our top 5 tips for hunting winter bucks. We hope they help you to bag an awesome winter buck and help you enjoy your winter hunting experience! Don’t forget to send us pictures of your winter trophies or stories about hunting with your Pro-Tracker, ultimate recovery system because we love when you share your stories with us! Happy winter hunting!