5 Early Season Deer Hunting Tips
Author: Heath Wood (MossyOak.com)
For years bowhunters have debated about bowhunting deer during the early season. When is the best time of day to hunt? Should I only hunt evenings? Does calling deer during early season work? Can you harvest a mature buck early season? Those are just a few of the many questions hunters ask before getting in the stand for the first time of the year.
Here are 5 early season deer hunting tips that shouldn't be overlooked when trying to harvest a mature buck in early fall.
How Often Should You Check Trail Cameras?
Author: Mark Kenyon (WiredtoHunt.com)
How often should I check my trail cameras? Where should I put my trail cameras? What do I need to think about when I’m actually out there checking them?
I’d venture to guess that almost every one of you has asked one of these questions at some point, and for good reason. These are important things to consider! If used carelessly, trail cameras can actually screw up our chances of hunting success more than they could ever help. And that’s why you need to consider the above items carefully, and make sure you’re making the right decisions on each.
With that said, today we’re going to tackle each of those questions related to trailcams and look at them during both the summer and hunting seasons. And if you have additional opinions on any of these questions, let us know in the comments!
Getting the Most Out of Your Trail Camera
Author: Scott Bestul (MossyOak.com)
Scouting cameras have come of age. Only a handful of years ago, remote cameras were little more than a novelty; I vividly recall sticking out a camera, pulling the 35mm film roll a week later, then rushing to the one hour developer to get my photos processed. Invariably, those pictures contained a handful of deer, followed by a single weed or tree branch I’d forgotten to trim. The wind would kick up, blow the obstruction across the camera sensor, and it ate up an entire roll of film. When I was lucky enough to get a buck, it seemed the only good photos occurred when an animal paused to stare at the camera. If that event happened with only a few frames left, well…let’s just say I rarely left the processor in a good mood.
Like all things technological, scouting cameras have taken a quantum leap forward. These days, ultra-responsive sensors, digital cameras, sharp lenses, and memory cards that hold thousands of images have allowed even techno-idiots (like me) to capture high-quality photos. Instead of thumbing through a small stack of photos, I now have the luxury of storing literally thousands of digital images from a single season alone. Even better, prices for quality cameras seem to drop every year, allowing even folks of modest means to own several; increasing their scouting reach and viewing pleasure in the process. In short, scouting cameras have become so good — and are so much fun — that I now view them as an almost separate hunting season. While my state agency tells me how many days I can go afield to pursue deer with a gun or bow, trail camera season is always open.