Using Scents should be a part of every whitetail hunters strategy, especially if you are a bowhunter. Getting that trophy buck within bow range can be tricky and you need every advantage possible if you hope to consistently harvest mature whitetails. The use of scents is one of those strategies that can tip the scale in your favor. As with every strategy, sometimes they work better in combination with other strategies. I want to talk about my overall scent strategy starting at the beginning of the season all the way to the end.
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The Learn more details about the importance of wildlife foot plot here.importance of planning wildlife plots cannot be over emphasized. Careful planning can be the difference between successful plantings that provide quality nutrition and survival to wildlife in comparison to plots that offer very little or no benefit. Maximum production is not the top priority of food plots; therefore, variety selection is not critical. What is very important, however, is proper fertilization and weed control. The presence of some weeds actually benefits wildlife by providing additional cover and food, but too many weeds create excessive competition.
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The season is fast approaching and the Working Class Hunter crew is hard at work getting treestands hung, shooting lanes trimmed and getting those fall plots in. As always, finding time is a challenge but we are dedicated to our craft. Trail cams are starting to tell us the story, and those of us that have been lucky enough to identify a target buck have started to put together a game plan.
Sometimes, even the best plans don't come together. As of right now, I personally haven't identified a target buck. One of the challenges my property presents is that bucks tend to be other places during the summer. This summer has proven to be even tougher than most, as we have been experiencing a major drought here in NW Missouri. I haven't had a picture of a mature buck in over 6 weeks. My mind wonders, man I hope we haven't been hit with EHD. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they are just hunkered down near food and water, just not travelling as much as usual.
I have faith that come mid-October, those mature bucks that I know made it through the winter will start showing back up. That's when it matters the most. Summer time trail camera pics are great. They give us something to look forward to, but experience has told me they can also be fools gold. Those bachelor groups that may have summered in front of your camera could vanish at any time, leaving you with a plan, but no way to execute it. I've learned to adapt and evolve, I always have a backup plan.
With the season fast approaching, always remember Safety is First. We all wanna come back home to our wives, husbands and children. We owe that to them to come home safely from a day in the outdoors.
Some of you guys leave your stands up year round and some take them down and store till the following season. Either way is fine and whatever your comfortable with. Remember if you leave your Treestands up year round, Please Check all of Your Straps. REPLACE them every year, check all the bolts and nuts on your stands. Be proactive, ALWAYS wear YOUR Safety Harness when your hunting from an elevated platform. It can happen in a blink of an eye, strap breaks, broken bolt lets go or the stand develops a weak spot in the metal or a weld joint.
You owe it to yourself and YOUR Family to check all of these things before season gets here. Be proactive. God Bless and Good Luck to all of you this Hunting Season. #workhardhuntharder