Most of my life, I had hunted deer, both white-tailed deer in Wisconsin and Sitka-black tail deer in Alaska. His tree stand research, his tree stand hunting techniques, writings on how to hunt from tree stands, and his evangelizing at hunting shows really made an impact. The reason is, there is hardly a whitetail buck anywhere in America today that has survived three or more hunting seasons that does not know exactly how to safely locate, identify and avoid hunters making drives, hunters moving about on foot in search of deer and hunters using elevated or ground level stands. It is only available as an ebook through iTunes. During the rest of the hunting season, additional stand sites are used right away or later the day they are selected or the following morning. Availability: No Longer in Print The new third edition ebook is available now. They wanted to walk around.
A triangle of tacks along the way marks the nearest we can approach without deer beyond our stand sites spotting our approaching flashlight beams. . They all got their tree stand hunting knowledge from Doc. Though cautious and extra alert at first, they will finally resume feeding and move freely about the area, likely soon becoming visible. It has enabled countless hunters to take trophy-class black bears weighing 300—600 pounds or more. There is also a large free preview version that you can download.
The first five times we tried this with me or one of my sons sitting upwind and my son, Ken who discovered the railroad tracks, sitting downwind, it worked perfectly. We feel that Apple's ebook format is far superior and that this book will set a new benchmark for other outdoor writers to follow. Other techniques Doc has developed have names like: Mile-a-Day Still Hunting 1992 , Portable Stump Hunting 1992 , Johnny-on-the-spot Buck Hunting 1994 , Cover-all-bases Buck Hunting 1994 , and Mid-hunt Cruising 1995. If you go to all the trouble to find a good hunting area and put out the required effort to hunt, then do yourself a favor and mind the wind. Doc has repeatedly stressed that using just tree stands, or just ground blinds, or overusing any technique quickly looses its effectiveness. Within a square mile dominant breeding buck range live 14—29 other deer, depending on deer numbers and habitat. Look for sites with steeply-falling points or edges, placing baits on a flat bench, your stand down a severe drop where breezes are carried into open space well above the ground below.
Spring bowfishing is an excellent way to jumpstart bait sites. We will provide you the bait for that week as well as solid hunting advice. Should we put minnows on our hooks, cast them next to a weed bed and sit in our boat at the same spot all day long watching our bobbers? Fine Points When setting up initially seek tracks and droppings along ridges, trails or at water, helping you discern population densities, but also trophy quality. There is a minimum of 4 hunters per party for this hunt. Hopefully, some new research will soon find a new way to stop this disease.
Your first successful bear hunt will be an experience of a life-time. Stand hunting where one is active right now logically improves your odds of taking such a buck. They have been invaluable for all levels of bear hunters — from beginners to bear hunting guides. It contains color photography and new videos. Should we then return to the same weed bed and fish the same way, anchored at that same spot, every day for a week or two and do the same year after year? I have presented countless deer hunting seminars at sports shows and sportsmen clubs in the eastern half of the U.
Hunters had come to rely on high-powered repeating weapons and the ability to shoot accurately at running deer they jumped. You don't get to hunt black bears often. The most agreeable baiting experiences require desolation. Some preliminary studies began in the early 1960s. See subjects covered in each book and ordering information in Dr. Laws sometimes dictate what can be used to contain bait even how big they can be , so read regulations carefully. You will greatly appreciate learning from one of the greatest outdoorsmen of the last 80 years.
Dominant breeding bucks taken by my daughter Kate and me while using this tactic are looking down at me from my office wall as I write this. Though designed specifically to provide easy shots at unsuspecting standing or slowly moving older bucks short distances away, they also provide frequent opportunities to observe or take other deer. They figured they needed to walk around until they jumped one. Over the long run a ground level stand hunter usng a backpacked stool and mature-buck-effective hunting methods can outhunt any deer hunter using any other hunting method. All are mature-buck-effective and fair chase no bait hunting methods. You spend a lot of time, money and effort.
There is much to learn about portable stump hunting, the simplest form of mature-buck-effective stand hunting. Preview Images: Table of Contents: Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Acknowledgements Forward eBook Tips Author's Introduction Chapter 1: What Hunters Should Know About Black Bears Sizes and Weights Sex Characteristics Longevity Coloration Speed Paws Breeding Gestation Cubs, Yearlings and Subadults Denning Home Ranges Feeding Hours Other Factors That Influence the Timing of Feeding Hours Winds Precipitation Air Temperature Human Activities Are Black Bears Dangerous? Many bear hunters will purchase an iPad just to get this ebook. Back then, other outdoor writers did not write about them. This bait certainly didn't take long to get hit! Sure, every now and then someone takes a deer at one of these sites. This will minimize your chances of wounding your bear.
There it was: a beautiful 8-pointer lying motionless across the scrape see photo above. Avoiding being smelled by whitetails near our stand sites is simple: we always approach from downwind or crosswind only it has been proven by recent research with K-9 dogs nothing available today can completely eliminate airborne human odors. All this prepared me well to begin my formal independent hunting-related research with wild Minnesota deer and black bears in 1970. If black bear hunting is in your future, you will treasure this book like hunters treasured my first bear book back in the 1990s, the book that introduced the newly pioneered black bear hunting methods still used almost exclusively today. One of our first and most important discoveries was, larger black bears were mostly nocturnal preferring to move about during nighttime hours only , especially during our warm days of early September when we hunted them. I knew where this particular buck fed twice daily, a thirty acre lowland dominated by black spruces, tall aspens and alders loaded with favorite winter foods of northern Minnesota whitetails, mainly red osiers.
In case you haven't heard, Doc also has a new bear book — his 4th Edition. Over the years, Doc closely studied how the timber wolf hunts. It includes both classroom instruction and in the field instruction. Now — in addition to using mail, email and his website — Doc will use Twitter, this blog, and other social media to help the latest generation of young hunters become as good or even better hunters of deer and bear than their forefathers. Shorty before the end of August when antlers are finally fully developed, blood flow to velvet shuts down and these yet sensitive tissues begin to rot and smell, attracting a new wave of vicious flies and wasps. Before scouting, I will download and print an enlarged copy of my map, likely taping to it copies of surrounding areas. Mature whitetails not fawns and yearlings are determined to avoid being driven far in any direction by hunters or predators, especially downwind, apparently expecting an ambush ahead.