Buck Recognition: Core or Non Core Buck?

Practicing buck recognition through several methods is critical if your desire is to successfully target a specific mature buck this Fall. While that concept may seem rather obvious, your efforts should extend well beyond a pretty picture from a trail camera or an in-the-field observation of an evening feeding giant. In fact what you decide to do with that little picture of intel can contribute greatly to filling your tag or not.

One of the most important questions that you can ask yourself is, "Where is he now, and where will he be Then".

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Manage Trail Camera Locations with Ease

Sometimes managing where your trail cameras are can be a pain, especially if you’re moving them around to target particular bucks, or if you have a number of cams on one or more properties. Once you start using over 10 cameras it becomes quite a chore. Some DeerLab customers have over 200 cams. Can you imagine?

To help hunters manage their cams, as well as all their photos, stats, and reports from various camera locations, we just released a new feature called Camera Statuses that's now available in everyone's account. Check out this short video tutorial to see how Camera Statuses work.

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Bow Shooting Tips for Must Make Shooting Scenarios

In my opinion, releasing an arrow at a trophy-caliber whitetail might be one of the most pressure packed, throat-tightening events you will ever experience. Think about the endless hours spent scouting, hanging stands and tuning gear, all in the hopes of getting just one shot at the buck of your dreams.

Now, consider that if all of that hard work and preparation does finally lead to an encounter, that encounter will likely only last a minute or two; most likely less. And in that brief moment, all of your whitetail hopes and dreams will either be won or lost. It all comes down to one thing….can you make the shot?

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Walk Back Tuning Your Bow

As I write this I am knee deep in testing a few different products in the hopes they will help me fill my whitetail tags this fall. Most recently, I dove into a few different broadheads for an upcoming big-game hunt. In the midst of the testing I realized two important procedures that I had neglected to perform on my bow. One was walkback bow tuning my arrow rest and the other was setting the 2nd and 3rd Axis on my bow sight.

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Creating Mineral Sites to Encourage Daytime Buck Movements

Ask any avid bowhunter what he/she is doing right now and you will likely get an answer that deals with either planting whitetail food plots, distributing supplemental whitetail feed or starting and maintaining a whitetail mineral site. And, while much has been written on each, I would like to discuss why simply throwing out a mineral block with little thought about deer movement isn’t going to cut it. I would also like to talk about why that whitetail mineral block might not be what your local deer herd needs.

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Deer Camera Survey Says…

Trail cameras have a variety of uses, most of which involve trying to track the movement of specific bucks. However, the advent of quality deer management has spawned a new generation of hunter-conservationist interested in more than just hunting. They also want to manage their land and the animals on it for maximum sustained yield. For them, the trail camera has yet another quite useful application.

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Hunting Late Season Mature Bucks

I’m staring at the screen as I write this with an unfilled tag in my pocket. However, I’m not about to give up on my dream of killing a Mature Buck before my season ends on December 31st. To do so I’ve got to change a few of my tactics. If you are in the same boat as me then consider these Late-Season, Mature Buck Hunting strategies.

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Pre-Rut Trail Camera Tactics

Right now the big question is “when are the does going to come into estrus and when will the bucks start actively pursuing them”? I wish I had the answers. Honestly, there are too many variables involved to spew out a definitive response. However, what I can tell you is that if you get aggressive with your trail camera placement you just might find the answers for yourself. Here are some thoughts to consider when using your trail camera to hunt down a pre-rut buck.

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Using Trail Cameras To Locate Post Summer Bucks

It’s a tough pill to swallow but every year thousands of bowhunters are faced with the daunting task of relocating those once unguarded bucks that filled up SD cards and imaginations during the lazy days of summer.

It is almost a guarantee that once velvet is shed that buck you thought you had patterned suddenly vanishes into thin air. This is even truer as the calendar folds into the dreaded October lull. But where do this once highly visible bucks go? That’s the million dollar question that so many of us try to answer each year; myself included.

Honestly, there are a few theories on the subject but I don’t think a lot of hunters know why. No matter the reason, the focus of this article is methods you can use in conjunction with your trail camera in order to relocate these bucks. Here are some thoughts to consider.

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