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How to Hunt Deer – the Most-Productive Hunt Plan

Day 2: What About Bucks You Can’t Take and When to Start Hunting Deer

Editor’s Note: Thanks to new developments in photography and GPS navigation, you’ll find taking a trophy buck easier than ever. You can learn where that buck lives, and where, when and why he travels. With that information, you can select a tree-stand site along the route the buck takes and bag him. Although in the past, hunters spent hundreds of hours to gather that kind of information, that’s no longer the case.

What About Bucks You Can’t Take:

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewJohn Frank of Rubio, Iowa, has used motion-sensor cameras to study deer movement for many years. “I’m convinced that there are big bucks that live in many woodlots that no hunter ever will see or take,” Frank explains. “I’ve photographed these bucks at night with my motion-sensor cameras, and the only time I’ve actually seen these deer has been at night. Apparently, they don’t move during daylight hours. They’re old enough to have learned that the only way to survive is by not moving during the daytime. The only chance you may have to take a buck like this during bow season is to go in before other hunters disturb the woods.” Ever since Frank has begun using motion-sensor cameras, he’s gained a wealth of clues about what bucks do, and when they do it.

When to Start Hunting:

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewFrank puts his motion-sensor cameras out immediately after deer season ends. “I want to learn where the big bucks have been staying at the end of the season,” Frank says. “I want to see what bucks are left on the property for me to hunt the next year. And, I want to know all I can about the racks they have before they start dropping their antlers. Then I can better guess what the racks will look like when they grow a new set of antlers. With these facts, I can keep-up with individual bucks to determine how old they are, where they live, where they move, and where and when is the best time to bag those bucks. By compiling a database on each buck, I can determine with a high degree of accuracy where and when that buck should appear during deer season.”

To learn more about hunting deer, get John E. Phillips’ new eBooks How to Hunt Deer like a Pro,” “PhD Whitetails,” “How to Hunt Deer Up Close: With Bows, Rifles, Muzzleloaders and Crossbows” and “Deer and Fixings.” Go to, type in the names of the books and download them to your Kindle, and/or download a Kindle app for your iPad, SmartPhone or computer.

About the Author

John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (AMA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: Gathering Sheds, Keeping Detailed Records to Take More Deer and Setting-Up Trail Cameras

Check back each day this week for more about "How to Hunt Deer – the Most-Productive Hunt Plan"

Day 1: How Technology Has Made Taking a Buck Deer Easier than Ever
Day 2: What About Bucks You Can’t Take and When to Start Hunting Deer
Day 3: Gathering Sheds, Keeping Detailed Records to Take More Deer and Setting-Up Trail Cameras
Day 4: Move Trail Cameras to Buck’s Core Areas to Learn More about Deer
Day 5: How to Best Plan Your Deer Hunt

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Entry 693, Day 2