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!
The Pro-Tracker® Transmitter is a rechargeable, lightweight, water resistant transmitter that disengages from the arrow upon impact; allowing for pass-throughs. The transmitter hooks into the animal’s hide and begins sending Radio Frequency (RF) signals every three seconds for the duration of the battery life (10-12 hours). You will need the Pro-Tracker® Receiver to read and track the signal.
The Carrier is what screws into your arrow and holds the transmitter. It is aerodynamically designed to compensate for the weight and shape of the transmitter. Meaning minimal adjustments to your equipment for the same precision. Our Aluminum Carriers are made from a 7075 aluminum alloy which is typically used in aerospace programs. It is the strongest aluminum alloy in the market and made to resist high velocity impacts.
The Pro-Tracker® Radio Frequency (RF) Receiver is a compact system with an easy to attach antenna. This state of the art receiver can track up to 6 different transmitter signals at the same time. Displaying signal strength, transmitter number, current time, time spent tracking, and current battery life, all on an easy to read LED screen. Available only in the Pro-Tracker® System
The Pro-Tracker® Custom Carrying Case helps you keep track of your Pro-Tracker system and ensures everything stays together. Its lightweight and durable design ensures your equipment is protected while being as easy as possible to carry during your hunting trip and recovering your trophy.
This dual-charging station allows you to charge up to two transmitters at a time. It includes both a USB and outlet adapter. The outlet adapter allows you to charge your transmitters at home while the USB adapters allow you to charge your transmiters in your truck for extended hunting trips.
The patented Pro-Tracker® Recovery System will help you locate your trophy with durable state-of-the-art technology.
The compact receiver can track up to 6 different transmitters at once. Displaying signal strength, transmitter number, current time, time spent tracking, and current battery life, all on a easy to read backlit LED screen. By watching the receiver you can even determine if the animal is moving or is stationary.
Once activated upon impact with the target the transmitters have a 12 hour battery life. They are also waterproof and rechargeable so they can be reused over and over again. They come with a charging station that can be plugged into wall outlets or vehicle USB ports for extended hunting trips.
The Pro-Tracker® System has been field tested by top experts in the archery industry. With the Pro-Tracker® System you’ll see virtually no difference in the trajectory of your arrow because of the aerodynamic and lightweight design of the carriers and transmitters.
Tests have even shown the system does not impact the level of penetration the arrow has. The Pro-Tracker® System has the durability and precision to recover your trophy.
Not only does the Pro-Tracker® system not interfere with ethical shots, but numerous wounded loss studies have shown just how much it is needed in bowhunting. According to one study done by the Oklahoma Fish and Wildlife Agency, 50% of deer that were shot were never recovered.
There are many reasons why it could become nearly impossible to recover an animal. Sometimes game only bleed internally and don’t leave a blood trail, or flee into impossible terrain. Sometimes the weather takes a sudden turn.
Whatever the reason, the Pro-Tracker® System is designed to overcome these obstacles and recover the animal without detracting from the method in which you choose to hunt. Whether in a tree stand, ground blind, or stalking your favorite game, the Pro-Tracker® System is the one sure method for the ethical recovery of all wounded game.
Q. Is the Pro-Tracker® Legal in my State?
A. ‡ Indicates states where we believe based on our reading of the State regulations the use of the Pro-Tracker System are prohibited. In no way is this considered to be a legal opinion.
‡ Alaska: No
Arizona: Use at your own discretion (unlawful to use electronic night vision equipment, electronically enhanced light-gathering devices, thermal imaging devices or laser sights; except for devices such as laser range finders, scopes with self illuminating reticles, and fiber optic sights with self-illuminating sights or pins that do not project a visible light onto an animal. I is unlawful to use tracking devices to aid in the taking of wild game).
‡ Arkansas: No (It is unlawful to use electronic tracking devices to locate wildlife or computer assisted hunting equipment)
California: Use at own discretion (has several municipalities, most of which have their own additions or addendums in regards to legal hunting equipment)
Colorado: Use at own discretion (Colorado does have specific restrictions in regards to battery operated equipment on bows and arrows. Tracking devices, specifically, are not mentioned in the regulatory manual).
Georgia: Use at own discretion (it is unlawful to kill or cripple game without reasonable efforts to retrieve. Unlawful to use electronic communications equipment to aid in the pursuit of game).
‡ Idaho: No (cannot take big game with aid of radio telemetry)
Illinois: No (electronic devices, including but not limited to those that use radio telemetry, are not permitted)
Iowa: Use at your own discretion (it is unlawful to use dogs, domestic animals, bait, radios, handguns, rifles and crossbows , automobiles, aircraft, electronic calls or any mechanical conveyance or device to hunt deer. You cannot use a two-way mobile radio transmitter to communicate the location or direction of game or furbearing animals, or to coordinate the movement of other hunters).
‡ Kentucky: No
‡ Minnesota: Yes
‡ Montana: No (electronic or battery-powered devices attached to a hunting bow. – A bow sight or arrow which uses artificial light, luminous chemicals such as tritium, or electronics).
Nevada: No (it is unlawful to hunt any wildlife with an arrow that has any chemical, explosive, or electronic devices attached).
New Hampshire: Yes
New Jersey: Yes
New Mexico: Yes
‡ New York: Yes
‡ North Carolina: Yes
‡ North Dakota: Use at your own discretion (Telescopic sights, range finding devices, battery- powered or electronically lighted sights or other electronic devices attached to the bow, or the arrow, are not permitted (exception: lighted nocks and recording devices which do not aid in range finding, sighting or shooting the bow are permitted). Handheld range finding devices are legal).
‡ Oregon: No (electronic devices may not be attached to bow or arrow).
South Carolina: Yes
‡ South Dakota: Yes
‡ Washington: No (It is unlawful to have any electrical equipment or electric device(s), except for illuminated nocks, attached to the bow or arrow while hunting).
West Virginia: Yes
*Disclaimer: This research was obtained by the staff of Pro-Tracker and is not to be considered a legal representation as to law. When using the Pro-Tracker system the user must assume any responsibility as to the State regulations that they are in. This is only a guide.