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|Joined: 03 Jan 2007|
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| Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:21 pm
Hunting Farmland is a great way to kill a deer every year but its hard to hunt in farm fields and still kill big bucks. I'm not saying hunting those fields are bad (i hunt them a lot) It's just that big deer didn't get big by coming into fields before dark and just sitting around for the hunters picking. The best time to hunt farmland is during the RUT or pre-rut when bucks are following the does around and Does gota eat.
The best way to kill bug bucks consistently is to find where big bucks are consistently.
The four best areas to hunt are staging areas, bedding ares, rub lines, and hidden food sources.
Staging areas are the area in the words where the smart deer hang out before dark waiting to go into the farm fields. Staging areas can be from 50-200 yards back from the field. The best way to hunt these is to find the trails, rubs and scrapes in the 200 yards perimeter. Then set yourself on the outside of the area closest to the field as you can. This way you can shoot deer in the staging area and in the field if a big buck can't resist a hot doe.
Bedding area is also a great area to hunt bucks but risky. Bucks usually bed in thickets or swamps where its very secluded. the hardest part about this hunting is finding the bedding area which takes persistent scouting. Once found you have to be carefull not to spook and deer when your coming in to hunt the area. Set up right oustide the bedding area so you don't spook and deer already bedded.
Rub lines are another good area tho hunt. rub lines are a group of rubs on a trail. To hunt rub lines you have to find them. a great way to find them is to hunt in the early archery season when only the big bucks have started to make rubs and scout the area for rub lines while still stalking. Then you come back later in the season and set yourself along the line/trail.
Hidden food source hunting is probably the hardest to do but the most rewarding. To find these hidden food source you have to know what the deer like then scout in the spring to find these sources. Deer like honey suckle, berries, acorns, and apples. Acorns and apples are probably the best. Once you find these food source the rest is easy you just hike up to the food and set up a tree stand. WARNING- never hunt these in the morning because you'll spook all the deer already feeding on the source and you'll spoil your chance for hunting it in the evening.
These aren't the only ways to do it many of you already have your way of doing it (feel free to share these). These are just some of the ways i have and many other people have found to be the best.