During the past two seasons, I have had great success patterning and, ultimately, killing mature bucks. I never would have thought this possible before I started to use trail cameras. This tool has allowed me to systematically learn the behavior and decipher the personalities of the bucks Iâ€™ve hunted. Hereâ€™s how it works.
Bucks like this are a blast to hunt! There may not be many of them, but theyâ€™re definitely out there.
Pay attention to the direction from which bucks approach the camera on the first photo you get in the evening. That is likely the direction to his normal bedding area. While not foolproof, this is a valuable piece of information.
I stop using bait once I start patterning, but if you are going to hunt over bait, there is no reason to stop putting it out. My preference is to use a feature on modern cameras called â€śField Scanâ€ť or â€śTime Lapseâ€ť mode. Using this feature, I set my cameras to take a photo every minute for the last 90 minutes of daylight. The camera will still take a photo if triggered by movement, so using this mode has no downside.
Place cameras on the edges of feeding areas and overlooking well-used funnels. By checking the cameras often, you can stay on top of what the deer are doing, adjust your camera locations if needed and quickly jump into a stand when the buck you are after shows behavior you can exploit.
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