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The Best Week for Finding a Trophy Buck

Where to Find Thick-Cover Sanctuaries

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: Famed baseball announcer Dizzy Dean once said, "If you done it, it ain't braggin'." And friends, I've done it. I've found the magic week to hunt deer that increases my odds for bagging a trophy buck. You don't have to bet on moon charts, tide charts, soothsayers or any hunting aids. But you can bet on experience from top biologists and hunters. Read on to learn how to down a buck during the best week of the year.Click to enlarge

Where to Find Thick-Cover Sanctuaries
Many deer hunters have the mistaken idea that a thick- cover sanctuary must cover 30 acres of a 5-year-old clear cut or a briarpatch as large as a football field. "Though does may hold in as much as 30 acres during the time of estrus, they may spend most of their time in patches of cover as small as 1/2- to 1-acre," Dr. Keith Causey, former professor of wildlife science and a wildlife researcher at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama reports. "The doe will look for a thick-covered region where she feels sure a buck will come to sometime during that 24-hour period when she is in estrus." Often overlooked honeymoon sites for deer include . . .
* a patch of thick cover,Click to enlarge
* the edge of a drainage ditch in a field,
* a pile of limbs,
* sticks and tree roots piled up in the middles of fields,
* a briarpatch in the center of a mature pine forest,
* a cane thicket that runs along the edge of a creek or a branch and/or
* a patch of thick cover behind a gate, a house or a barn.
Remember tClick to enlargeo search for a thick-cover honeymoon suite big enough to only hold one doe away from the spots where you see young does and yearlings. "Hunting these little patches of thick cover by using a man drive often will pay big-buck dividends," Harold Knight , the co-creator of Knight and Hale Game Calls in Cadiz, Kentucky, mentions. "If you know places where does go and hold during the rut, and you put on a man-drive in that region, you'll move-out the does along with the buck hoping to breed them." You can pinpoint the best week of the season to take a trophy buck based on when most of the does in the area you hunt conceive. However, weather conditions can slightly alter when that week occurs. Generally you will see and have the opportunity to take the best bucks on or near the date the biologist in your area gives you as the peak of the rut. By hunting isolated, thick cover, you'll greatly increase your chances for taking a trophy buck.


Check back each day this week for more about "The Best Week for Finding a Trophy Buck"

Day 1: Know the Best Day to Bag a Buck
Day 2: Do Your Homework, and Know You Have A Trophy Buck To Hunt
Day 3: Understand the Does' Secrets, and Hunt Between the Honeymoon Suites
Day 4: Recognize the Different Types of Classes, and Realize How the Rut Affects the Home Range
Day 5: Where to Find Thick-Cover Sanctuaries



Entry 386, Day 5