By John Workman
Many non hunters, or even anti hunter, don't understand the brain of a Whitetail hunter. These people have a tendency to think that we are all out to just slaughter an innocent species in its habitat. What they don't understand is that season never ends and the care for these animals never end. The respect we as hunters pay to these animals is incredible.
Most think the last day in the stand is the end of season. But in reality season never ends for us. Within days of the last hunt, we are moving cams and feeding to find out what deer made it though the season. Helping them recover from a grueling fall breading season.
By the first signs of spring or break of winter weather we are shed hunting for antlers of those bucks who survived. Suppling mineral sights, adding feed to supplements and begin to plant food plots.
Then comes spring turkey season. When we are out there we mentally record travel routes and left over sign from previous fall. So turkey season isn't just about chasing those notorious Toms everyone talks about. its a scouting mission as well.
When summer comes the much anticipated watching of antler growth and the birth of fawns. The trail cameras come out and many hours of silent planning and learning the movements of that amazing buck that has caught your eye begins.
Before you know it, it's the night before opening day. Even though we know we have to be up at 4am. Our brains will not allow us to sleep. The anticipation will almost kills us. Its a year long process for another season worth of memories that will fill our lives and keep us going.
This is what we do. This is what we love. This is why we do it.
Could you survive without deer hunting? I know we couldn't.
Does Baiting Give You A Unfair Advantage While Hunting Deer?
I asked this question on my Twitter account. With many good responses I wanted to share my thoughts as well as some others.
Responses from Twitter
Post -Supplemental feed is off season w/ primary objective of keeping healthy diet plentiful. Yes, keeps mature bucks interested and close but not "easy." Once season starts, matters not, including minerals. Rare to see mature buck drawn to mineral after Sep 1.
Post-The problem is if you are allowed to feed corn, then everyone else is probably feeding corn too... Your supplement area has to be better and make deer feel safe. Most mature bucks know they aren’t suppose to be there. You may get 1-2 chances all year
Feeding, no. Baiting , yes. But feeding , to me, is done during the off season. Baiting is done during season. In states where baiting is legal, it would help some, but the animals are used to it, so it may not draw animals in lime it would here.
My opinion is if its legal in your state do it. Whitetails are incredible hard to hunt. So any advantage is a good thing. I do believe it helps getting a deer to stay around your area more. But doesn't resolve in making him easier to kill.
What Do You Think About Baiting?
Thinking back to when I began hunting. The amount of mistakes I made is uncountable. From not playing the wind, being loud, not setting still or long enough. Even hunting where there just wasn't any deer.
If I could give advice to my younger self. It would be to always have fun. Don't get caught up on the drama of shooting a big buck. If you don't shoot a buck it is still a successful season. I asked this question on Twitter . I'm gonna share some of the responses with you.
Writes- Don't look at the antlers. Don't look at the antlers. Still a vivid bad memory of what would have been my biggest buck if I didn't just focus on the rack the whole time. While I shot at 30 yards away. I was 12 years old when this happen.
If You Had The Chance What Would You Tell Your Younger Self. Leave A Comment
If you couldn't run trail cams. Do you believe you would have the same success in the field. We honestly believe that it would change the entire way we scout, access property and hunt.
I asked this question on our Twitter @WhitetailLegacy. Here are some of our followers responses.
@homeynel writes -As much as I want to check the cams all the time, seeing deer that I won't see hunting, but knowing if I was there I could have shot the deer. Gives me confidence in my setup. And running cams can get wives and kids involved in less pressured areas.
@one80_outdoors writes- Trail cameras have caused me to pass many deer that I would have happy to kill on the last week of the season! Once you see the dominant bucks in your area I choose to pass on other deer.
@FlatlandW writes-Not for me. I basically use them to see what deer are in a particular area. My success has come from scouting and a lot of luck. It also depends on how you measure success. I have killed more mature deer since I have been using cameras but i do not think I am successful for using them.
@Sean010201 writes- I think I would be. Took a season of on the ground tracking, with photos to back it to learn the property. Without those cameras I think I would of been in the ballpark for travel corridors, but time of travel would of been a crap shoot.