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Rattling big bucks can be like fishing for a soft-mouthed, finicky eating, got-better-things-to-do-than-get-caught, seen-it-all-before granddaddy trout. They sometimes require subtle teasing as opposed to the aggressive noisy stomping and "tearing the forest apart" sounds some experts will have you make. This is especially valid if you think the buck might be closer than 800 yards away. Pardon me for mixing metaphors, but you will be better off playing your antlers gently like a flute, as opposed to a tuba, when the buck might be close.
Never sit in a tree that is thinner than you. This causes a very sudden break in the landscape that the deer will easily notice.
Never put your deer stand up without checking the entire area that you are hunting. All too often I have seen hunters put their stands up at the first buck or high deer concentration areas they land. I recommend that once you find the best stand location, set your stand down and make a 50 to 100 yard circle around the spot. This will insure you have selected the best location!!
Avoid placing your subject directly in the center of the frame. This 'bulls eye' effect is generally uninteresting. Place your subject along an imaginary one third line drawn vertically and horizontally.
Steel number four shot from a 2 ¾ inch or 3 inch magnum 12 gauge is the perfect load for decoying ducks. When using lead substitutes such as Bismuth or tungsten, number 5 shot is best.
The ultimate camo test: Here’s a great way to find out if your stand locations really allow you to blend in. Dress in your favorite camouflage and gather all of your gear. Have your hunting buddy grab a video camera and go with you to one of your favorite stands. Get set up in the stand just like you would if you were going to hunt. Now have your buddy walk all the way around your location, constantly filming you from all angles. Have him film you from close range and from 50 yards out. Have him film you doing all the things you do when preparing for the shot, such as drawing your bow. Now go home and put it on your TV and turn the color off (put the TV on monochrome setting). You’ll be shocked by what you see - amazed by how visible you are from certain angles, and by how little movement it takes to catch the eye. Learn from these things - this is what a whitetail deer sees when it looks up at you! Let us know what you learn from this test.
Use WD40 to lubricate compound bow cams
In order to be well prepared for the weather, dress in layers. If warm, you can take off layers and if cold, you can put the layers back on.


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