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Top Off-Season Hunting Strategies

How you can make next hunting season great, right now!

Chad Stillman photo credit

When whitetail season is over, what do you do? Sitting around pining away for next season, or getting lost in last season are tempting, but now is the time you should take action to make next hunting season a great one. Here are top practices you should start now, to tip the scales in your favor on bagging that big buck next season!

1. Be a High-Tech Daniel Boone! With the all down time you now have, begin locating new areas you’d like to check out on google maps, or your favorite app. Yes, this is another way to say you should be scouting, hardcore. Private, or public, locate potential pinch points, bedding areas, food sources, and travel corridors you may like to hunt next year. With a new excitement and some potential hot spots located, you can now pick days throughout the winter and spring to put boots on the ground to confirm and prep these spots. Winter and spring, before foliage appear, are great times to gather data on how the deer use the area, identify stand locations, and also get tabs on any good bucks that may still be around. Prepping a spot now for a stand will eliminate the need to closer to season, allowing the most stealthy hunt and chance at success come fall. This is also a good time to acquire new leases, or approach landowners in attempt to secure new areas. This gives you some time to develop that vital hunter-landowner relationship before the next season.

2. Be a QA Freak! Quality Assurance is vital to making sure every part of your arsenal is in tip top condition. So, this is a great time to take inventory. Your gear should be checked for safety, and any worn or loose parts. Also make a list of what was working, what wasn’t, what was squeaky, and any other problems you had now, while it's fresh in your memory. Buying needed gear now will also get you some deals as stores closeout items and are trying to move last year's inventory. You can also organize, and better inventory your deer through trail camera pictures collected from this past season. Sort through, delete, organize, and study these pictures to give yourself a much better idea how deer, and certain bucks use your land. The more detailed the better. Look at time of day, pressure, temperature, weather patterns, even moon phases to see if you can find a pattern and document this in an excel file for easy reference. This can give you insight into that target buck’s quirky behavior, and possibly reveal chinks in his armor that you can leverage to your advantage next season!

3. Don’t Take Your Ritalin! For you ADHD folks, this is not the time to slow down. Use that restless energy now to not only inventory, but fix that worn or broken gear. Bolts, nuts, squeaky pivots, or anything that wasn’t working up to par should be tightened, fixed, or replaced(all things on your list). Procrastination is your enemy. Go through all stands, sticks, weapons, and packs to get everything in top condition now, so you are ready to hit the woods completely prepared come opening day. Also, this is the best time to take stealth to that next level and completely sound-proof all your gear. Eliminating the chance to make noisy mistakes (small or large) is key to elevating your success rate on all deer, especially mature bucks. Tested products, like Buck Bumper, do this effectively and easily, creating a barrier to sound and path to success for serious hunters (Discover more & see testimonials of big buck hunters Adam Hays, and Jimmy Sites HERE ).

So don’t sit thinking about the past, take action on these top 3 off-season strategies to make next season great, right now!




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