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.
NOMAD Outdoor is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Now, you can get the same high-quality, premium outdoor wear you’ve come to love and expect from NOMAD, but with a special turkey twist. These items will feature the NWTF logo and be available in both the new NWTF Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage pattern as well as the Bottomland pattern. The best part? A portion of each NWTF collection sale will go to the organization to support their work.
NOMAD is pleased to announce the start of a new multi-year relationship with one of the greatest groups in the outdoor industry: Drury Outdoors. We are proud to sponsor the Drurys, providing innovative performance hunting apparel and gear for use in their line-up of incredible hunting programming.
At NOMAD, we love the excitement and challenge of turkey hunting. It’s one of the most difficult yet rewarding forms of hunting, and like many American outdoor enthusiasts, we are always waiting for spring and fall turkey hunts. However, we all need to be reminded that turkey hunting, however enjoyable, can be a very dangerous sport. When done recklessly, turkey hunts can cause injury and even death.
You may have taken a hunter’s safety course, but it’s always wise to review proper turkey hunting safety so you and your fellow hunters can stay safe in the woods and the fields.