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Bump a Buck

January 9, 2015
By Curt Grimm - The Marathon Hunter , Ohio Valley Outdoors

A game plan I employ for gun hunting season is what I refer to "Bump a Buck". When I was younger and entered the woods after selecting my spot to hunt I would arrive at my destination and waited at the edge of dense cover. What I didn't realize was that often times I would bump the buck away from me and all my scouting efforts were in vain because a fellow hunter would harvest a deer that I actually drove to them. It took me a few years, but I came up with an alternative plan.

The evening before I went to hunt the edge of dense cover, I would move the deer away from my hunting area by walking quietly with the wind at my back. I would take note of the wind direction and that would determine my position to intercept the deer on their way back to the cover when it is pushed back into my hunting area. In the morning I would reevaluate the wind direction to note any change. This will increase my odds to have an encounter with a trophy buck that I was scouting. I became the guy that was protecting the fort rather than the hunter that was pushing the deer in the opposite direction.

To add to this game plan I spent early dawn scouting the locations for vehicles and other hunters from a distance. I drive the local roads that surround this area and look for florescent orange from higher locations. I estimate their movement as they become restless and started to leave their stands. The hour before lunch time and an hour after lunch time was the most productive to have the opportunity to bag the deer I've been tracking.

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The author in his mancave that includes several trophy deer he’s harvested over the years.
Photo by Gary Grimm

Confirming the location to hunt was always based on wind and the direction I move the deer the evening before, and the anticipation of the movement of other hunters. To determine the wind direction I release cotton fibers into the open air and they float with the wind. The little cotton fibers are pulled from a cotton ball that is pinned inside my hunting coat that I could reach conveniently. The cotton fibers make no noise; are a natural product; easy to see in low light; and react to the slightest breeze with no noise. They are also environmentally friendly because they are natural and biodegradable.

Looking at the big picture can produce great results. The game plan is similar to any other sport. Anticipation, preparation, and practice are the determining factors when you realize the total large game plan. Everyone seems to be concentrating on the newest equipment and the most sophisticated approach, but sometimes the basic approach and ideas work the best. People in general are quick to take a short cut to try to arrive at their goal. In this case bigger is better, taking all factors into consideration will sometimes produce the greatest reward like a trophy buck.

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Confirming the location to hunt was always based on wind and the direction I move the deer the evening before, and the anticipation of the movement of other hunters.

 
 

 

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