Time is running out.
Opening day was a warm, colorful fall Saturday, and it seemed like the season would last forever. But Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all went by in a flash, and now you only have a few days left until the end of hunting season.
It’s time to get moving. Whether you’ve hit the stand every week or let the season slip away, there is still time to hunt.
However, the cold weather, snow cover, and dormant plant life create unique challenges for late season hunters. But with an adjustment to your strategy, you can harvest a trophy deer that will make your season a complete success.
Winter is a time for foraging, as food for all wildlife, including whitetail deer, becomes more difficult to locate. Areas where food can be found, including harvested cornfields and food plots, become the place to be for whitetail deer. Start your late season hunt with a mind towards finding food.
Tracking deer in the early season is tough, especially if the ground is dry and hard. However, you don’t have to be a great tracker to follow a deer through snow. If you find a track, there is a deer at the end of it; all you need to do is catch up. Even if the tracks were made the night before, the deer probably bedded down somewhere in the area.
Some of your fellow hunters might see this as a desperate, last-ditch effort, but at this point, what do you have to lose? Leave early and get into your spot before daylight. Keep the wind to your advantage and wait for early-morning feeders to return to their bedding. It’s a gamble, but it just might pay off when a buck comes back for a late-morning nap.
Many hunters get out of their truck, haul their gear to the stand, and then get ready for the hunt. However, when hunting in the late season, you need to take advantage of every possible opportunity, including the walk to your spot. Have your bow or rifle ready for a deer that you might spot along the way, and walk slowly and quietly, as if you were actively stalking a deer. Of course, when you reach the stand, make sure to unload your firearm before hoisting it into the tree.
A tree that is perfect in fall may not be perfect in winter. During the late season, trees have been stripped bare, so a backdrop of leaves that was hiding you on opening day is gone, exposing your silhouette. If you only have blue sky at your back, consider moving to a spot that is backed by trees dense enough to hide your form.
When you’re hunting the late season, you need layered apparel that will keep you warm while masking your sounds and smells. Visit the online store from NOMAD and you’ll find top-quality performance hunting apparel, including the Dunn Hunting Vest, which is warm, water-resistant, and flexible.
Alaska is arguably the best place in the world for a NOMAD to hunt. You can pursue everything from waterfowl to grizzlies and Dall sheep within the state’s borders. The scenery and challenge of the terrain is simply unmatched. But many ignore one of the most intriguing targets lurking out in the rugged Alaskan wilderness: the Kodiak mountain goat. Denizens of some of the most inhospitable terrain in the state, these large goats are worthy and challenging quarry for your next trip. Here’s everything you need to know about Kodiak mountain goat hunting in Alaska.
There’s nothing wrong with hunting rabbits, squirrels and other small game. But few hunters drift off to sleep at night dreaming of these critters. It’s big game that quickens the pulse and inspires the imagination. And you can’t talk about big game without mentioning moose. Standing nearly 7 feet high at the shoulder and weighing as much as 1,500 pounds, moose are one of the largest animals pursued by hunters anywhere. And moose hunting in Alaska adds all of the challenges that make for a dream trip. To give you the edge, here are some essential moose hunting Alaska tips and gear.
Although it can take a lifetime to master, bowhunting can be extremely rewarding. You’ll be surprised how quickly the bow will begin to feel like an extension of your body. Even if you use the most sophisticated compound bow available, you’ll still feel a primal connection with the hunters who came before you. After all, NOMADs have been feeding their families with bows for far longer than with high-powered rifles and commercially produced tree stands. Feeling the urge and ready to learn to bow hunt? Use this comprehensive guide to bowhunting for beginners.