Bringing it back to the lower 48, Curt will also talk whitetail hunting. November is here and prime whitetail hunting action is upon us. With the pre-rut winding down, the bucks aren’t yet totally blindsided by does, they are still establishing a pecking order and concerned with other bucks. However, the transition is coming, and they will soon be concentrating all their attention on does. For that reason, hunting does to take a big buck in November can be a solid strategy. You want to be where the does are, Curt says. This is the time of year when deer are on their feet all day and you never know when one will show up so it’s important to be prepared. By setting up near pinch points or funnels you can really dial in on actively traveled areas and ambush unsuspecting bucks as they travel from one block of cover to the next. Creek bottoms are also great areas to focus on as bucks, Curt says, will cruise these areas looking for does crossing the creek. You can have 10 to 15 acres of land along a creek bottom that may be better than 600 acres of land anywhere else, that’s how effective those creek areas can be he says. Does will also be hitting food sources and wherever the does are, the bucks will show up too. Unharvested agricultural fields, especially corn, can make hunting more difficult as they create a lot of cover and hold the deer. If you are hunting an area with seas of standing corn, don’t worry Curt says. When it comes to rutting activity, the deer generally leave the cover of the standing corn and get out to rub, scrape and chase does. For that reason, he suggests hunting woods near cornfields or surrounding shelterbelts where the deer can cruise. As the lock down phase gets closer, Curt says a more aggressive approach may be necessary during this difficult to hunt period. An edgy and aggressive tactic that can be very effective is the use of a Stalker Decoy, a bow mounted decoy that shields the hunter behind it. With bucks sequestering does, this situation gives hunters the opportunity to put the stalk on a bedded buck using the illusion of another buck encroaching on their territory and doe(s) and often times encouraging a buck to get up and come right toward the approaching hunter. Listen in as Curt explains in more detail how this tactic can be used with success during lock down and beyond.
Be sure to watch Curt Wells on “Bowhunter TV” on Sportsman Channel, Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET and anytime on MyOutdoorTV. Plus, make sure to pick up a copy of Bowhunter Magazine for tons of archery hunting tips and advice.