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Friday, 07 October 2016 18:20

Tactics for Hunting Pre Rut Does

Pre Rut Doe Hunting available in many States Across the US

Kansas Pre Rut hunting does not last long.  Many states are allowing a very short time frame in order to allow hunters a chance to get a doe in the freezer months prior to hunting for their buck.  For two days Oct 8th and 9th hunters will begin to take to the fields to find their prize.  

Pre Rut Doe Tactics

Prior to the rut many does are still traveling in packs.  Where their is one, you will probably find many.  This increases not only your chance to load your freezer but select which doe might be best to pull from the herd.  If you are hunting an area you return to year after year, taking certain does from the herd will increase not only your chances of not only create a better herd but increasing the competition for the larger more mature bucks.  It has been shown when their is an increase in the competition for does, larger bucks tend to compete for those select herds.

Due to the fact that the does have not been harassed prior to the rut they tend to be more calm than during the rut.  Though care still needs to be taken due to their inherent nature they tend to look out for one another.  Once you have select the doe you would like to shoot take care to be as stealthy as possible so that if the herd is not totally spooked you might get another look at your second doe choice. 

Good luck, stay safe and as always post your hunts to the photo wall once you have collected your hunting prize.

 

Hunting the Right Place at the Right Time

Although research confirms that the whitetail rut takes place at virtually the exact same time every year, most hunters know that the rut’s intensity varies from day to day and season to season. As much as your head spins with the mental images of scrapes, full moons, rubs, monster bucks, and rut-crazed chase scenes, the best times to be in the woods will rarely coincide with calendar anniversaries. Through years of personal experience and research gathered from other hunters, I have discovered three critical rut-­influencing elements that can help you tame the annual madness, and also help you predict what I refer to as “high-­intensity rut-hunting days” with great precision. So, let’s leave the long-range rut prognostications behind and get down to brass tacks.

Monday, 11 November 2013 23:42

Veterans Day Launches The Rut

We at Shotem and Caughtem find it fitting that in a celebration of our Troops and the sacrifices they have made, that it is also the day that has launched the rut here in the Midwest.  As hunters we know that weather can be one of the key ingredients to launch a change in Mother Nature.  We have been watching deer patterns in our area and have began to notice that does have began to move earlier and earlier in the day.  Many of our fellow hunters have noticed smaller bucks chasing young and mature does.  All we were missing was a cold snap to hit the rut button.  Lucky for us our friends from the North have pushed a cold front down across the Midwest.  

Those signs can mean only one thing.  The big boys are coming out to join the crowd.  So to our fellow hunters we would like to say get out your rattlers and get into the field.  There is no better way to settle into trophy season than during the rut.  Be Patient and follow the signs that are going to begin to show in the form of large rubs as to what is moving through your area.  Setting yourself along or next to large rub marks should allow you to land the big one in your area by rattling and calling in a challenger.  

Let us know how things are progressing in your area in the comment section below and keep posting your photos to the Shotem gallery.    

Monday, 14 October 2013 20:48

Tracking Trophy Deer

We at Shotem and Caughtem are enjoying some much needed October rain.  Many farmers have already harvested their fall crops and planted the winter ones.  With that in mind we are now in the realm of tracking and setting up feeders for the upcoming deer rifle season.  Others are beginning or have already started their hunting and might need some important little facts to procure their trophy animals.  

Deer, Elk and Moose all begin to have a pattern this time of year.  With the cooler weather most of the trophy animals us hunters chase are starting to think about one thing, the next generation.  Males begin marking their territories and are busy making sure the younger generations know who is boss.  Animals will begin to mark trees to let others know who is where.  The rain will begin to hide those marks so if you know of a good place where large rubs where prior to the rain those animals will begin to retrace their steps and redo their rubs.  Setting up a spot from these no longer fresh rubs might land you your trophy.

Should you still be in tracking mode the rain will allow you to find fresh tracks and see the movement through your hunting area.  Knowing how and where deer are moving through an area can let you set the perfect spot.   

Let us know your favorite tracking methods in the comment section below and keep sharing your photos in the galleries.