3 Crucial Mistakes You Are Already Making Before Deer Season

Are you making these 3 crucial mistakes even before the season begins?

Checking Cameras Too Much

This might be the number one mistake eager hunters make before and during season. Let’s be honest, every hunter is anxious to see which bucks made it to the next season, and how big they’ve gotten. In lieu of this eagerness we simply minimize the fact that each time a hunter checks a camera he or she is leaving scent and pressure in that designated area.

In fact, there’s a good chance when September and October arrive some of those bucks will no longer frequent the area. It’s possible they have moved on to another area of their home range, or even worse, it could mean they’ve already begun patterning you as the hunter.

Though it will be difficult, set the camera up and leave it for as long as possible. If that means until the rut or until after the season then do it. If you must check it, place it on a fringe where you can drive or walk directly up to it without entering a deer safety zone.

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Procrastinating On Projects

This is easy to do. Life simply gets in the way. However, when deer season rolls around and these little items haven’t been crossed off the hunting ‘to-do’ list than you’ll end up spending more time playing catch-up than planning what you need to.

This includes, but not exclusive to, placing deer stands, checking straps, trimming shooting lanes or shooting your bow just to name a few. All of these help make you a better, more prepared hunter when the season gets closer. Our tendencies are to take short cuts if we haven’t finished these when the season rolls around.

Forgetting to Use Bug Spray

I’m guilty of this. By the time I realize I need bug spray I’m already in the woods working on something. I simply don’t want to stop what I’m doing just because I don’t have insect repellent. Next time you’re at the store buy a good permethrin based bug spray and leave it in your vehicle.

With diseases like Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and red meat allergy, it’s not worth taking the risk. Think about it this way. Your whole hunting season, or at least a significant portion of it, could be in jeopardy if you contract one of these. Take the safe route, use bug spray, wear proper clothing, shower and check yourself within 24 hours of leaving the woods.

If you’re one of the few that have successfully avoided these mistakes what else are you doing to prepare for that big, mature buck?

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FOB Archery Gear Review: It’s Just Like Your Normal Fletching, Only Better

We break down the FOB in this article and how it works. Visit the Whitetail Guru YouTube page to see a demonstration.

Facebook/FOB Archery FOB Archery, aka Fletching Only Better, has created a new innovative way to ‘fletch’ arrows. Recently I caught up with Brinck Bowers and Luke Hardin of FOB Archery to discuss their newly designed cylindrical FOB, which is poised to shake up the… 478 more words

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #32: FOB ARCHERY AND SPRING TURKEY HUNTING UPDATE

In this episode we talk with the owners of FOB Archery about their product and why archers should try the FOB.

On this podcast episode I talk with Luke Hardin and Brinck Bowers of FOB Archery. We discuss the difference between the FOB and traditional fletchings. We discuss the science about the FOB and how they handle well in crosswinds. The FOB installs in seconds and stabilizes broadheads. The FOB will also pop off and mark the spot of impact when there is a clean pass through. We get into the knitty gritty of how FOBs work and how to maximize your shooting potential with the FOB.

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iTunes link: Episode #32

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/whitetail-guru-hunting-podcast-episode-32-fob-archery

In this episode we discuss:

  • Turkey hunting stories and update
  • 2018 South Carolina deer season
  • FOB Archery company’s background
  • How to use the Fob
  • FOB sizing
  • The difference between the FOB and traditional fletchings
  • Crosswind effects with the FOB
  • Getting set up with the FOB
  • Using the FOB with different bows
  • Whitetail Rally Round©

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #31:MICRO PLOTS AND A MATURE INDIANA BUCK WITH WESTON SCHRANK

In this episode I talk with Weston Schrank of Indiana about micro food plots and a hunt for a mature buck.

On this podcast episode I talk with Weston Schrank of Stone Road Media. Weston has also worked with Growing Deer TV and the Buck Advisors in recent years.  In our discussion we cover everything from digital media, managing micro food plots, feeding deer and an Indiana mature buck hunt.

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iTunes link: Episode #31

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/31-micro-plots-and-a-mature-indiana-buck-with-weston-schrank

In this episode we discuss:

  • Stone Road Media
  • Taking advantage of the digital media
  • Micro Food plots
  • Mock scrapes
  • The story of a Kentucky mature buck
  • The story of an Indiana mature buck
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of a food plot fence
  • DeerGro
  • Post season deer feeding and acidosis
  • Whitetail Rally Round©

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #26: MY VIRGINIA SUCCESS AND 2018 SEASON RECAP.

In this episode we recap the 2018 deer season as well as discuss my successful Virginia hunt.

On this podcast Aaron Whiting and I recap our 2018-2019 deer seasons. Between the two of us we hunted Georgia, Virginia and Ohio. We dive into each of these states on what went well and what didn’t. We discuss my 8-point buck I killed in Virginia, and how it all went down. We talk about plans for 2019, and what we’re looking forward to next season.

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Virginia whitetail buck

iTunes link: Episode #26

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/whitetail-guru-hunting-podcast-episode-26

In this episode we discuss:

  • My success hunting the Virginia rut
  • Aaron’s quest in Ohio
  • Unusual weather in Georgia this year
  • Entrance and exits to stands
  • Stand preparation
  • Tweaks for the 2019 season
  • What we implemented that went well this season

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #25: ALABAMA PUBLIC LAND HUNTING TACTICS WITH PARKER MCDONALD

On this podcast we talk to Parker McDonald of Southern Ground. Parker is a resident of Alabama. In our discussion we recap the his Alabama hunting season where he tagged out with three bucks on public land. We discuss several of his tactics and what led to him tagging out.

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iTunes link: Episode #25

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/25-alabama-public-land-hunting-tactics-with-parker-mcdonald

In this episode we discuss:

  • Alabama public land hunting
  • Hunting buck and doe bedding
  • Thermal tunnels
  • Scouting Public land
  • Stand locations
  • Two successful hunts
  • Kayak hunting
  • Whitetail Rally Round©

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #24: ATA RECAP AND LATE SEASON PUBLIC LAND REVIEW WITH BRIAN GROSSMAN

In this episode Brian Grossman and I recap the ATA show as well as late season hunting and public land success.

On this podcast we talk to Brian Grossman of Georgia Afield. Brian is a native to Kentucky and now lives in west Georgia. In our discussion we recap the Archery Trade Association show also known as ATA. We discuss several new products released by the leading brands in the hunting industry including bows, crossbows, broadheads, scents, treestands and much more.

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iTunes link: Episode #24

In this episode we discuss:

  • Late season hunting tips
  • Hunting buck bedding
  • Public land recap
  • Archery Trade Association recap
  • Compound bows, crossbows
  • Broadheads
  • Treestands
  • Cellular Cameras

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