The Les­son

Field and Stream - - GIANT -

In the open coun­try here, we don’t have tra­di­tional tim­ber pinch points, but there are def­i­nitely ar­eas where deer just pre­fer to walk. A lone tree on the prairie is like a mag­net to deer; it’s a place where you had bet­ter put a tree­stand. The late rut is also way over­looked. Peo­ple hunt so hard in Novem­ber that they for­get about deer come De­cem­ber. But the cold weather then keeps deer on their feet, and those year­ling does in heat are scared to death of a buck, so they’ll just run out in the wide open. If peo­ple hunted De­cem­ber as hard as they do ear­lier in the fall, they’d con­sis­tently kill bigger bucks.

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