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Where firearms are concerned, the "same ole, same ole" rule should be followed if you want consistent success. Here's a for instance: in my muzzleloader, I use the same load, 100 grains of Pyrodex, pushing a 300 grain sabotted Swift bullet for every single hunt I go on. It doesn't matter, moose, grizzly, antelope, elk, musk ox or deer-it's the same load, performing exactly the same every time. The hunt ruining complications of trying to remember the "new" trajectory of a "new" load during the critical seconds when I should be concentrating on sight picture and actual shooting basics are not for me.
If you have a great hunt in the marsh today and everyone limits out on ducks. You can string them across your wading stick and two of you can easily carry many ducks with the wading stick on each of your shoulders.
If a buck you are tracking becomes aware of your presence, he will run ahead to a pocket of cover and then watch his back trail for you before going out the other side. You can often fool a buck by circling a patch of cover and ambushing the buck when he slips out the back side of the cover.
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.
When it comes to trying to call in mature whitetails, more isn’t better. Rattling antlers and grunt calls should be used sparingly—and they should be put away once a big buck is headed your way.
Soaking wet boots can be dried overnight by filling them with the absorbent used by garages to soak up oil spills. When using boots with heavy felt liners it's a good idea to buy an extra set of liners. If your felt boots get wet, simply replace the liners overnight and you'll have dry boots for the next day's hunt.
If you can't get away from left and right paper tears, check out your grip. If it is incorrect it may be affecting the arrow flight.
Contrary to what some would have you believe, judging big bucks is not a science and is certainly not an art, it's a feeling. Given the time most big bucks give a hunter judge and shoot, there simply isn't time to apply complicated "length of the ear divided by the width of the spread times the number of tines compared to the ratio of nose hairs..." equations. A big buck is a big buck, you'll know because you'll feel like shooting and shooting quickly. If you feel compelled to waste valuable seconds (maybe the only seconds you have), judging the buck, then it likely isn't big enough to shoot.


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