Moving Forward with Deer Hunting


We are now 2/3 of the way through hunting season. The rut has come and gone. My mind is starting to drift from big bucks to fishing. My favorite time to deer hunt is now over. However, I still have a little bit more hunting to do and a couple tags in my pocket. I would really like to fill my second buck tag but it may not happen. Burnt out is really starting to take an effect. I really do not like December hunting. For some reason I also bid on and won permission to hunt 160 acres for the remaining part of the year. I wish I would not have done that.

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December hunting up north

I am currently up north looking for a swamp donkey. After checking all my trail cameras spread out through 100 acres of prime state land I am left with no idea what to do next. The only shooter buck was caught on cam November 22nd. Who knows where the others went. Maybe dead? I threw out a hail mary and laid some bait out for the deer. I don’t really expect it to work on any of the big boys but maybe I can create a feeding frenzy with the freezing weather that is hitting us. Baiting has never worked well for me but I have also never baited this time of the year. I plan on hunting it either tomorrow or the following day and then heading home. I plan on putting some bait out at some other cameras just to see if I can get any pics of bucks in the area for next year. It’s never too early to start looking for the next year bucks or new stand locations.

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A buck I call “Crooked Clinton.” Have two week straight of pictures of him. Haven’t seen him since. 

I don’t think I will shoot a buck on state land the remaining part of the year. It would be nice but from my experience, I am not sure where those bucks are anymore. My deer numbers have always taken a tumble this time of the year. Maybe its because of the hunting pressure or not having access to those prime December locations. I really don’t get why people loves this part of the year so much. If you do, please share your state land strategy with me.

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Our food plot loaded full of does

However, on our private property, that is a different story. I am excited because this is the first year we have had a great food plot and the deer are still hitting it in December. As long as the snow doesn’t cover it up, they should continue to hit it until there is nothing left. We have the only lush green food plot in the neighborhood I believe. We have a major cold front blowing in within this week that will bring the temps down to single digits. The deer will be stressed and I think they may finish the plot off in the next two weeks. I have cameras all over our property and we can see the food plot from our house. We have one buck called Tall Boy who has gone MIA(missing in action) since November 9th. He is a 3 ½-year-old buck. There is also another buck we call Charlie hanging out at times. I have yet to see him up close but I think he is 2 ½. We have stayed out of our plot since the middle of the gun season. I am hoping with the little pressure we have put on these deer, the big boys will start to show a pattern during this cold weather. Then I will sneak in and do an ambush. I can only hope this is how it will work out. If, after the cold front comes in and nothing big shows up, I will start looking to fill some doe tags and finish off the season. Part of being a hunter is filling the freezer and I love feeding my family.

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Tall boy

Good Luck to all those that are still trying to fill that last tag. There are probably only a few of us that are left. I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Either way, I will enjoy the little pressure in the woods.

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