[Video] 2019 Georgia Deer Hunting Season: 5 1/2-Year Old Buck Falls

Here’s the story of the three journey of a buck I call “Car-Jacker.”

2019 Georgia Deer Hunting Vlog: I catch up with a 5 1/2-year old known as “Car-Jacker.”

This story started at least three years ago when this buck showed up on my trail camera looking a little gimpy. After watching him over the years I knew he was a resilient animal. After seeing him for the first time on the small 10-acre parcel I hunt I dropped for a conclusion to the story.

This buck had a broken leg which undoubtedly affected his antlers in 2017 (see video). Additionally, he had a sore on his leg which made it seem like he drug his leg whenever he walked. He also had a split ear and a bare spot on the back of his heel. This buck was truly a warrior. I’m thankful I got to punch my tag on him. Through jawbone analysis we aged him at 5 1/2-years old. He had 6-inch bases and 10 scoreable points.

This is the three year journey of “Car-Jacker.”

 

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast #45: Tagged Out! Two Late Season November Bucks.

On this podcast episode we break down a four-year quest for a 5 1/2-year old buck I refer to as car-jacker. I also tagged out in late November in less than two weeks. We break down how all this happened and more on this episode!

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast Episode 45

iTunes link: Episode #45

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/whitetail-guru-hunting-podcast-episode-45-november-bucks

Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast Episode 45

In this episode we discuss:

    • Rut hunting updates
    • Two Successful Buck Hunts
    • A 5 1/2-year old buck
    • North Georgia buck
    • Late season tactics
    • Trail Camera Tactics
    • Hunting food sources

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast #44: (Part 2) Rut Update, Lockdown, Late Season Tactics

Learn how to approach the late season with these tactics we discuss.

On this podcast mini-sode we break down our rut hunts as well as my late season tactics that we’ll implement over the next few weeks. This is a short segment detailing with what we’ve been seeing in the woods. Though it may not necessarily be the same in your region hopefully some of these ideas will make something click for you as the hunter to have success this season.

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iTunes link: Episode #44

Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast Episode 44

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/whitetail-guru-hunting-podcast-episode-44-late-season-tactics

In this episode we discuss:

    • Rut hunting updates
    • Weather fronts
    • Lock-down phase
    • Late season tactics
    • Buck movement
    • Time in the stand
    • Hunting food sources
    • Hunting edges and transitions

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Shed Hunting: Where To Find Them

By Nathan Unger

It’s that time of the year again when bucks begin to drop there antlers and hunting season kicks back in! Not with a bow or a rifle but with your eyes, friends and maybe even a dog! Yes, it’s shed hunting season and not the kind that houses your lawn mower in the backyard. The kind where you cover miles of ground maybe just to find one or two pieces of bone. The reality is you can increase the possibility of finding more sheds in a smaller amount of time if you focus on these high percentage areas instead of aimlessly wondering through the woods. Here are a few to get you started!

1.) Bedding Areas

This is probably the location that even the amateur shed hunter is familiar with because you want to, with any location, find where bucks are spending most of their time. Bucks are traveling the minimum they have to in order to survive the harsh conditions of winter. Many times they’re going straight from their bed room to a food source. This is why if you can find the bedding area then there is a pretty good chance you will find antlers if they have already dropped. This leads me to our next location.

2.) Food Sources

This is arguably the second best place to search when looking for sheds because this is where bucks are going to frequent. Why? Because a buck has to eat to survive. Often times you will be able to see white bone sticking up among the food unless of course it has snowed you’ll probably have to walk the food plot. This is when training your dog comes in handy. Between the two of you (and a dog’s nose probably counts as two) you will be able to cover a lot more ground in a shorter time span.

Shed

3.) Deer Highways

This is quintessential just as much as the other two because how do bucks get between a bedding area and food source? Via the highways they travel. This is a great place to look because bucks will rub against trees or shrubs while they are traveling which can jar the antlers loose, or even when they duck below limbs it might be ample movement to lose the left or right side. You should especially be on the look out for rough terrain such as a gully, ravine or stream crossing. Anything that might force the deer to add extra movement could be just enough for that bone to come loose!

4.) Fence Crossings

Last but certainly not least are fence crossings. Anytime a deer attempts to jump over a fence or duck below a fence is perfect for finding sheds. The jump can jar sheds lose as well as barbed wire that catches the antlers when a deer tries to go underneath. If the deer have lost their antlers towards the end of winter, and you know where a fence is, there’s a high percentage chance you will find some bone. As long as the squirrels or neighbors haven’t beaten you to it!

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A Few Ways To Prepare For The Off Season

By Nathan Unger

As deer season comes to an end it’s easy to sit back turn the television on and watch a show by the crackling fire, kind of like I am right now. However, there are still tasks to be finished and things you can start to prepare for next season!

1.) Collect Your Deer Stands

It’s very easy to call it quits and leave your deer stands out until next season. I encourage you not to for several reasons! First, you want your stands to remain as safe as possible for next year, and rain, snow, wind and heat will destroy your straps quickly if they are not stored properly in the off season. Secondly, you do not want to have to go purchase another seat cushion for your stands next year after squirrels and other rodents destroy them. Additionally, you may find that deer are moving or taking a different route when hunting season arrives, and by taking your deer stand down you are one step away from placing that stand in a successful spot!

2.) Manage Your Trail Cameras

Another simple but effective item to focus on is managing your trail cameras. This will help you find where the deer are moving in the late season and where they might be bedding down which will help you get the shot you need next season when that mature buck is being elusive. For those of you that turkey hunt, trail cameras can still be effective. Turkeys are such smart birds that you’ll need every advantage possible to locate them on those days when they’re not gobbling. Last, but not least, you want to make sure you have fresh batteries so that you don’t miss anything while your camera is out in the woods.

3.) Begin Looking At Food Plot Mix

As winter will eventually turn to spring you want to have the perfect food plot mix for your location. It’s never too early to start looking! Plus, turkey season is around the corner and early spring food plots will be perfect to shoot a big gobbler. A combination of clovers is what I love to use for spring turkeys! You can also be looking at what you might plant next fall or winter for deer season as well whether its rye, brassica, oats, corn or whatever your food plot mix of choice is!

4.) Check Your Hunting Gear

One thing that never seems to fail is when I begin the next hunting season there is always something that’s messed up, ripped or broken and I find myself last minute scrambling to find what I need at a local hunting store. This will save a lot of headache come hunting season if you take care of it in the off season. Likewise, you can clean your guns, restock ammo, sight in your gun, purchase new arrows, broadheads, and fletchings. The list goes on and on of what you can do to prepare yourself for whichever season is right around the corner for you!

 

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Chasing My Dream

As a boy, I always wondered what I would do as I grew into adulthood. It wasn’t because I was unsure about my career choice, but it was because I wondered how I would make it a full time career.

I grew up hunting and fishing in middle Georgia and always dreamed of owning my own hunting camp or farm one day to manage and take care of myself. However this isn’t the most popular choice because many people view the outdoors much like they view reading a book or riding a bike. Just a hobby. So over the years I’ve wondered how I can make it my career. I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods and by the lake mulling over how this dream would come true. One of my biggest role models in this particular area is my uncle who for as long as I’ve know him has made a good living and has been able to travel to various places and see some pretty incredible animals and landscapes. However, he still works a full-time job and takes these trips one or twice a year. Yes, such a career as traveling and seeing the outdoors can be expensive, but, it takes starting at the bottom and working your way up. Over my 22 years I’ve boiled it down to three points that are essential for my dream to become a reality.

1. Do not give up or give in

2. Keep chasing despite critics

3. Work hard

Now these are very simple, but maybe a more professional blogger and deer hunter can articulate it better than I.

http://wiredtohunt.com/2013/10/04/today-im-quitting-my-job-for-deer-for-you-and-for-a-dream/

This blog has inspired me to not give up my dream of the outdoors, and to pursue it relentlessly even if it means making some sacrifices. Author of the blog, Wired To Hunt says it best,

“So that I may fully pursue my dream of chasing whitetails and sharing my experiences with the world. And so that I may truly live.” – Mark Kenyon

What will I do, you might ask?

I will continue to pursue my dream relentlessly until I hit a wall and then I will find a way around or through the wall and press on until my dream is reached!

(Written by Mr. Nathan Unger. Nathan is a Senior at the University of Georgia majoring in Public Relations. Nathan is an avid hunter and a passionate outdoorsman from Southwest Virginia)