Craig Morgan's Early-Season Deer Secrets

When singing sensation Craig Morgan is not rocking the stage or tearing up the music charts, he is probably in the outdoors somewhere flinging arrows at long-tined bucks. Over the years, this country boy from Tennessee has smoked some heavy-racked monsters with his bow all across the nation. With that being said, one of his favorite times to get after bucks is during the opening weeks of hunting season. According to Morgan, here is an inside look at some of the deadly pre-rut deer secrets and high-impact hunting strategies he uses to consistently connect with giants on the road:

1. Focus on Food -- Locating the preferred food source is one of the first moves Morgan makes when hunting a new area during the early season. Agricultural fields, food plots, and fruit trees are usually at the top of his hit-list.

2. Step-Up Surveillance -- Trying to pinpoint and pattern a mature buck is probably Morgan's favorite part of hunting whitetails. He absolutely loves studying topo maps, setting up trail cameras, and glassing potential hotspot locations from safe distances. With Morgan's demanding road tour and television show schedule, this type of high-tech scouting enables him to quickly get on shooters without wasting any precious time.

3. Stay Scent-Free -- Taking steps to be virtually invisible in the woods plays a big role in Morgan's phenomenal success rate. He thoroughly washes his hunting garments with a scent-eliminating detergent from Hunter's Specialties before storing these items inside of sealed travel bags. Next, he showers with Hunter Specialties odor-neutralizing soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. Morgan finishes his pre-hunt ritual by applying scent-free deodorant and spraying down with a scent-eliminating spray. All of these odor-free steps help keep him under a skittish buck's radar, especially during the early season.

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