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Deer Hunting Tips & Tactics Whitetail

10 Keys to Early-Season Deer Hunting

by Travis Faulkner   |  August 29th, 2013 5

Author Travis Faulkner with a nice buck he scouted for in the early part of bow season. Photo courtesy of Travis Faulkner.

Taking steps to accurately pinpoint and pattern mature bucks is what separates deer hunting legends from the hunters who occasionally get lucky. This is especially true during the early days of the season when excessive heat can drastically decrease daytime deer activity.

Bucks commonly escape the hot temperatures by moving primarily at dusk and throughout the night. Unfortunately, many of these nocturnal bucks will also hit their beds well before daylight and stay locked-down until dark.

To make matters worse, whitetails enjoy almost unlimited access to food throughout the early season. As you can imagine, focusing on a preferred food source can really be tough any time of year when bucks have multiple snack options. Early-season foliage also creates an abundance of thick cover and green browse that can be exploited by deer. In this situation, textbook feeding to bedding setups are basically obsolete because bucks can bed down just about anywhere they like. This is why it’s so important for you to take your early-season scouting skills to a whole new level. Here’s how.

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