Its no surprise that many whitetail hunters love to hunt the rut when deer are most active and only have one thing on their mind. When post rut deer hunting rolls around, many hunters are burned out or frustrated by not tagging out in the early season. But now is the time when hunters can take advantage of the post rut deer hunting conditions and tag a trophy whitetail. Use these post rut deer hunting tips this season to be successful.
Most hunters prefer post rut deer hunting over food plots, or travel corridors to food plots, many over look the ridges. As the season rolls on, hunters are less aggressive and many aren’t willing to get out of the stand and put in the leg work. This can be the best time to work the ridges constantly keeping an eye out for bucks ahead and below. The leaves will be off the trees and shrubs, giving hunters excellent visibility. At the same time, bucks will take to benches and overlooks within the upper third of the ridges that are in the sun. From this vantage point, deer can play the wind and see any threats below them, and hear threats from above. Bucks will always have an escape route in case of danger. Deer hunters will always want to keep the wind in their face or across their body, slowly work the ridges keeping an eye out for bucks ahead, and be able to constantly glance over the top of the ridge below. Be careful not to move too quickly through the woods, this is a game of patience.
No doubt post rut hunting for mature bucks should also include a food plot stand. After the rut deer will be focused on regaining the fat reserves and stores that they lost during the rut. Now is when they will be focused on rebuilding the fat from various sources of carbohydrates etc. This is when hunters should locate the pinch point that funnels deer down between the food source and the key bedding areas. Even though bucks will be driven to the food source, they are also wary and hunters should be careful. These stand locations should take into account that mature bucks may also be in more of a nocturnal pattern. This means that you may have to hunt closer to the bedding areas and catch them slipping through from the bedding area before sunset. Its extremely important to not get sloppy, you need to remain scent free and only hunt when the wind is ideal.
When all else fails, its time to do the man drive. Sometimes the weather conditions and hunting pressure can push the deer to the thickest cover, only feeding at night. These kinds of conditions can make it almost impossible to spot a mature deer during daylight hours. Even though you will be pushing the deer, it is critical to do it right. Safety is always important and has to be first on everyone’s mind. The hunters need to be slightly elevated with a good vantage point to be able to see deer slipping through. These positions also need to have the wind in the hunters face or perpendicular to them. Ideal areas are along bottom lands closest to thickets, as well as wood lines between food sources and bedding. The drivers need to go slowly so as to not push the deer to hard, as hunters should only make ethical shots when deer are not on the run. The drivers should be ready for a mature buck that decides to slip around and backstand the drivers.
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