11-09-2007, 08:24 PM
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B&C 180 Class
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Join Date: Mar 2007
Originally Posted by muleskinner
I need some expert advice on bagging a trophy buck. I hunt in S.E. Ohio and there are plenty around but i have never managed to harvest anything over a basket rack 8 pointer. I have averaged 3 bow kills a year over the last 20 years. I have absolutely no problems with does and basket racks. I passed up around a dozen bucks and a ton of does each of the last 4 to 5 years waiting on the big boy
I have had a couple close entcounters, but they always come up behind me. I don't shoot does when I am hunting bucks until it is the last day before going home. I wear scent lock, rubber boots and go to extremes with scent control. It has to be something with my set up. The area I hunt has a lot of hills 800 to a 1000 feet elevations. lots of agriculture. I tend to set up 2/3 of the way up the hills in the morning between beds and feed. I often sit all day. Any expert tips will be greatly appriciated. i am definately missing something
wind you are probably experiencing thermals/convection currents.get yourself a little squeeze bottle and fill it with cornstarch.squeeze and it'll tell ya the wind direction.During different times of the day the wind will rise or fall depending on temp and your surroundings.Since you set up on a hill i'll garentee this is whats happening,i sit in a similar location.the fact that they are sneaking in behind confirms this. experiment with the bottle and you'll see what i mean.It also gives ya something to do besides count trees while waiting.
Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky