As Jeff prepares to host #DeerWeek on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel, the timing makes it clear that we're on the verge of deer seasons across the country, and it's all that he can think about right now. Jeff says he's thinking big deer, he has his trail cameras out and he's ready for a great season. He talks about the big buck work it takes to get ready for the fall hunting seasons and says that although he is mentally ready, there is still work to be done. He says he has worked hard to get food plots in the ground and now his focus has shifted to dealing with drought conditions and keeping properties on track for early season hunting opportunities. He also talks about blind placement, cutting access points and keeping up with trail camera inventory on all of his properties so he can find and identify his target bucks for this season. One of the difficult parts of the early season is the heat. Jeff says scent control is something that has to be taken into consideration and watched closely. While scent control products are great, nothing beats scent like playing the wind. Jeff talks about setting up your property for a variety of different wind situations and why it's essential to have the discipline needed to leave the stand completely if the wind shifts into an unfavorable direction. He also talks about hunting food sources early in the season and highlights the importance of discretion getting into and leaving the stand. As the season progresses, Jeff talks about the opportunity that hunting over scrapes can present and how to time that kind of setup for maximum success.
Circling back to his own prospects this hunting season, Jeff talks about a buck that is on his potential target list. On one of his properties, he has trail camera photos of a big 4 year old buck with 4 drop tines and a mess of stickers on his rack. It's the kind of buck that would raise the blood pressure of any hunter and it's one that could help Jeff get a drop tine, something he has never done before. However, he says he's hesitant to name this big guy as his target buck yet. Knowing that he is probably only four and will end up around 175", it has Jeff wondering what he would be like at 5 years old. When he finds a special deer like this one, he says he likes to let them reach their full potential and that would mean passing on him this season. Regardless of whether he ends up hunting him or not, Jeff says it is one they will have cameras on and follow all season.
Be sure to tune into the week long DeerWeek event, September 13th - 19th. You can also watch Jeff each week on "BuckVentures" on Sportsman Channel, Wednesdays at 9:00 pm ET. Plus, watch "The Woodsman" on MyOutdoorTV and find ten seasons worth of "BuckVentures" on that platform, as well.