Tips and Tactics

Understand Thermals To Beat A Buck's Nose

Understand Thermals To Beat A Buck's Nose

By Ken Piper

Did you ever get winded by a deer when you were sure the breeze, if any, was in your favor? Or maybe a deer started blowing at you long before it should have been able to know you were there? It could be you were a victim of thermals. Thermals are air currents caused by the heating or cooling of the earth's surface. As the ground warms in the morni...

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Recent Tips and Tactics

It's the Setup, Nimrod
It's the Setup, Nimrod

By Ken Piper

Every week I receive dozens of questions about rattling, scents and grunting for white-tailed deer. With all the focus on these techniques, I wonder if we're all not losing sight of the most important part of a successful hunt (no, it's not luck). A good setup -- one that is... READ MORE


Hunt the "Second Rut"
Hunt the "Second Rut"

By Ken Piper

If you're getting depressed because the rut is over (in most areas of the country, anyway), don't despair. There's still a key phase to come that is actually favored by some very good whitetail hunters. The second rut, or more precisely the time when the does that didn't get... READ MORE


The Rut Is Critical
The Rut Is Critical

By Ken Piper

One thing every deer hunter should know is the approximate time of the whitetail breeding season in the area they hunt. The rut is critical because this is the time of the season when a mature buck is most likely to move during daylight hours. The buck's instinct to breed is... READ MORE


Patience, Patience, Patience
Patience, Patience, Patience

By Ken Piper

Taking bucks consistently is an art; anyone can luck into a big buck, but it takes work to harvest bucks year after year. Even for veteran hunters, patience is the key. Deer don't always do what we expect them to. If you have scouted a particular buck and have a good setup, ... READ MORE


Deer Body Language
Deer Body Language

By Ken Piper

Psychologist can interpret a person's mood by reading his body language, and a hunter can do the same thing with deer.  Deer will give you a lot of signs if you pay attention.  I watch the deer's tail.  If the tail gets in an arched position with the ears alert, something is... READ MORE


Ammunition
Ammunition

By Ken Piper

You should shoot a variety of ammunition from your rifle or shotgun to see which works best in your particular gun. Just because a particular brand and grain size works for your buddy doesn't mean it will work well in your gun. Once you have found a bullet design and brand t... READ MORE


Real-World Calling is Less Aggressive
Real-World Calling is Less Aggressive

By Ken Piper

As fun as it is to watch on TV, mashing antlers together like thunder and playing a grunt call like a flute are not the best tactics for most hunters after a trophy buck. The reason it works so well on the shows is that the hunters on film often hunt private land with well-m... READ MORE


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