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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.
Dreaming about becoming a hunting guide? Here's a little advice: before you head out and mortgage your house, tell the boss to take a hike and risk your marriage, ask yourself what your favorite food is, the food you crave above and beyond all other food. Now ask yourself if you're willing to watch everyone else eat that food while you, responsible for cooking the meal, have to stand by and watch. On the other hand, the rising mortgage, no job security and marriage aside, complaining about being a guide is like sitting on a pot of gold and whining about your sore rear end.
If hunting along a fence row, tie a fence area down. Since deer take paths of the least resistance, bucks will jump over the tied down part. This will enable you to ambush him at the location you want.
A black bear can be lured into range by a hunter using a fawn/calf-in-distress call. The Lohman Circle call is used by many experienced bear callers. Start calling loudly to simulate a fawn in distress, and then tone down the call when the predatory bear gets within one hundred yards.
If an elk responds to your bugle but won't come all the way in to your calling, try sneaking close to his position on the downwind side and then bugling. Elk are territorial. A bull that was content to answer a distant competitor may stomp forward to rout an adversary that suddenly calls from nearby.
Wear dark soled boots. When sitting in the woods deer sometimes spot the light colored soles of boots first.
The best hunts these days are generally not the "purchase the tag over the counter" variety that hunters have become so used to in decades past. The best hunts now-a-days are often the "limited entry" type where the hunter has to submit an application to a drawing process months in advance of the hunt. These limited entry hunts may be the best, but they can be as complicated to apply for and understand as anti-trust tax law. Do yourself a favor and write or phone Garth Carter. Garth owns "Hunting Services, Inc." tel: (435) 386-1020, and publishes "The Huntin' Fool's Guide to Western Big Game Hunting," a newsletter that will lead you by the hand through the complicated process of applying for limited entry hunting tags.
Buck or Doe? One of hunting’s most endearing debates centers on whether or not hunters can distinguish buck tracks from doe tracks. A fistful of tips should help tip the odds in your favor. First, concentrate on the width of the track rather than the length or overall size; invariably, buck tracks are wider than does. Second, the space between the rear tracks of bucks will be proportionately narrower than the front (the opposite is true of does). Reason being, bucks are more barrel-chested, while does are wider at the hips to bear offspring. Hand third, buck tracks are more blunt than doe tracks, presumably from extra scraping and pawing activity triggered by the rut. A final clue is the way bucks tend to drag their feet and swagger slightly, whereas does walk pigeon-toed and more upright. Incidentally, you’re looking at a whale of a buck if the rear tracks do not come close to overlapping the front tracks in the animal’s normal gait. Simply stated, a big buck is noticeably longer than does and adolescent bucks and it shows up in his stride.

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