Trophy Buck Secrets
Discover the trophy buck secrets that will bag the biggest buck of your life!
Quickly and easily master the proven whitetail deer hunting secrets, strategies, tips, tricks and skills you need to get those monster whitetail bucks – before other hunters do!
If you’re like most hunters who have arrived at this site, you’ve probably asked yourself why you haven’t tagged that trophy buck of a lifetime yet, and you are getting frustrated and feeling like ‘when is it going to be my turn’?
Some hunters feel that all the good trophies are gone, but the fact is wildlife biologists all agree there are more trophy bucks in the woods now, than ever before! It is estimated there are more than 30 million whitetails in North America today, with more Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young bucks than ever before!
The opportunity for you to score that trophy rack for the wall has never been better. If you haven’t tagged the trophy of your dreams yet, what has stopped you?
Getting tired and frustrated with putting in the hours but not getting the results you want?
You might get really lucky, but most people don’t. There is sometimes a little bit of luck in hunting, but most of the time it is knowledge and skill.
I’m sure you don’t want the same results you’ve always had, so you need to do something different!
You need to take action using proven secrets and techniques. If you don’t, you will end up with the same results. Wouldn’t it feel great to impress and amaze your hunting buddies and friends when you bring home that well earned trophy?
If you want to:
- master the skill of knowing where to find trophy whitetail bucks
- learn the keys to success with pre season whitetail scouting to identify areas holding big bucks
- discover innovative tricks to bring the bucks to you
- uncover hot new advice and research to get closer to those elusive monsters
Here’s what you need to be successful:
You need up-to-date, proven secrets that the top hunters use such as:
- how to identify if an area holds big bucks
- where to look for the big bucks
- strategies on how and when to hunt them
- a hunting plan to put you in the right place at the right time
- tips and techniques to get the bucks into your sights
- skills blood trailing whitetail deer
You also need to know about stacking the odds in your favor by knowing the best time to hunt whitetail, and also the tricks and tips with scents, scrapes, rubs, deer calls and decoys.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to know about Texas whitetail deer or the whitetail deer rut in Alabama, if you are ladder stand deer hunting or still hunting, using a rifle or bow, you still need the same key skills.
The hunters who consistently drag big bucks out of the woods do so because they understand the deer they are hunting. They know how to find out if an area holds big bucks, know where to look for them, and when. And they have a toolkit of deer hunting tricks and techniques to get the bucks into their sights.
Over the years the deer habitat has changed in a lot of the country due to developers, and therefore, so has the habits and travel patterns of the deer.
In these areas, what worked 5 or 10 yeas ago, doesn’t work now. These hunting areas now need new deer hunting strategies.
The best hunters keep learning so they stay ahead of the deer.
They keep up to date with the latest research that reveals how pressured bucks behave and what the mature bucks do to survive each hunting season – such as how far they travel when disturbed, and their favorite hiding spots.
In heavily hunted areas, the deer now look up into the trees for hunters because they have learnt the trees are a source of danger. Tree stand hunting in these areas needs new techniques.
What you need is the information to put you amongst the big bucks, and then, the skills to tag the monster bucks.
You need just the good oil – no hunting stories, no section on survival techniques, regulations, deer management, hunting equipment, or field-dressing deer, because you probably already have this information in the hunting books you own or have read.
Also this information doesn’t give you the knowledge and skills you need to tag the trophy bucks!
We’re dedicated to providing you with the secrets, strategies, tricks, tips and skills to get your trophy buck.
It’s never too late. Don’t waste another minute hunting without the information you need to get the buck you want!
Among all the different species in the wilderness today, it is believed that the whitetail deer is the most clever and most elusive creature of all. Many hunters find it very difficult to understand their habits and tendencies, but once you get this part figured out you have half of the game already won. If you want to be consistent and successful in your hunts you must understand the tendencies of the whitetail in order to be able to scout, hunt, track, and most importantly bag them.
It is common for the deer to live in thick forest areas and graze in grasslands or fields of local farmers. In the dead of winter it is normal to see bucks, does, and fawns feeding in a field in the morning. Many hunters see this and take it that this is standard, but that is far from the truth. Bucks tend to be loners and even travel different paths to and fro. Typically when you are scouting and see a trail, this is a highway for does and fawns.
Bucks tend to stick to more thick brush and creek beds in order to remain out of sight and out of mind. It is not out of the ordinary for an older and wiser buck to stand at the edge of a wooded area for up to an hour before showing his presence in an open field to graze. After all, this is how he made it this far. The older buck will follow the younger bucks and let them lead out first just to see how things shake out. So before you go to take out a smaller and younger buck, wait and be patient because the chances that a big one coming next is great. The whitetail deer can normally be found around fields containing cotton and alfalfa. Deer have even been known to eat the tender of small shoots of various trees and like to snack on the fruit from persimmon trees. There are over 500 different plants deer take in for their diets, but the ones mention above is most common.
Corn fields are a great place to locate these animals due to the simple fact that the corn is not only is a wonderful food source, but the corn stalks also provide great cover. It is also not uncommon for deer to bed down dead in the middle of a corn field. Deer are a very cautious and observant species. Deer tend to want to eat and get out of the open as soon as possible. Their goal is to get back to bedding areas so they can chew their cud. Yes, deer are like cattle, they chew their cud. They also have four stomachs like cows.
With great research I have found that the steps a deer takes while feeding are almost like clockwork. A deer take a few fast bites, look around and observe the environment, walk a few feet, and graze some more. They do this for about an hour to an hour and a half and then head to the bedding areas where they regurgitate what they have consumed only to eat it again. These bedding areas can normally be found adjacent from fields and grasslands in thick cover inside the forest. It is also common to find near bedding and feeding areas a water source such as a river, pond, or lake. A bedding area can be spotted easily while scouting. Make sure to keep an eye out where you see patches of grass mashed down. Many times you will see a half circle in the ground from the backbone of the animal. You may see on average 4-6 beds in a bunch.
These that are found easily should be assumed as bedding areas for does and fawns.
When finding the bedding areas of the buck, you must think like the buck. Try to locate thick cover and look for a secluded area. Many bucks will pick an area with thick brush and hillside cover and bed down facing downwind in order to be alerted to any oncoming threat. Make no mistake about it finding does and fawns is nothing like finding bucks. You must change that way of thinking if you want to get more out of your hunts. When finding these bedding areas investigate the spot.
It is common to see deer pellets, or droppings in these areas also so keep a sharp eye for that. Look to see if it is fresh or looks to be days old. It matters! This will help you track the patterns of the complex creature. Deer tend to travel like rabbits, yes rabbits! The difference is while it is common for a rabbit to live in one acre all his life other than breeding, a rabbit will make a complete circle and come back to the exact spot when something is hot on his trail. Deer tend to travel in circles but much farther than the rabbit. Deer normally travel in a 12 mile diameter. So if you go on a hunt one or two days and don’t see anything, keep your patience, your third day on the hunt just might pay off. You should also take into consideration that deer are equipped with a great sense of smell, sight, and hearing. Deer will see you long before you see them and they will hear and smell you long before that. Whitetail deer have the capability to move and target their ears in the direction of sound. The deer also use thermal air currents to their advantage to pick up any and all scents.
Many hunters are smoking a cigarette in their trucks and in their hunting clothes and can’t figure out why a deer won’t come near them! They have the ability to pick up the slightest scents such as human breathe. Now, I will say there is only so much you can do to help bring the advantage to you, but smoking in your hunting clothes and pumping gas in your pick-up 30 minutes before going into the fields is not helping you at all.
When scouting for whitetail deer be sure to be careful what you do while in the woods. If you put too much pressure you can actually push the deer back and even change when they eat or push them out of the area all together. For example, if you go scouting 4 days in a row at 9-10 a.m. and that is when this particular herd is feeding in the said area, you are disturbing them! Do it too much and they will start eating at night and change their patterns and you will have even a harder time tracking them and their movements. You want to be cautious of what you do, where you step, and when you go. If you know the herd you are tracking has been seen feeding at 9-10 a.m., wait until they have left the area and then gather your needed evidence. You don’t want to take the chance of disrupting the herd that you are trying to gain intelligence about.
Now that you have a better sense of what you’re dealing with you can better understand this species and better prepare for your hunt so you can determine what the animal is going to do next. Now, before you go out through the forest there are a few more things you want to make sure you do before setting the first foot in the woods. One of the most overlooked things hunters do is wear their clothes into their hunting area filled with scents of everything from gas and cigarettes to your wife’s wonderful fried chicken. I would advise that when you are out getting all of your necessary hunting supplies you should purchase these items as well:
Scent Eliminating Washing Detergent- I use Hunter’s Specialties and it works great for me.
Earth Scent Fabric Softeners– I use these while drying my clothes to give a natural earth smell and believe me it really smells like pure soil for the earth. I love them!
Scent Eliminating Hair and Body Wash– This will cover any body scent you will give off hours into your hunt.
Scent Eliminating Deodorant– I use this also as an odor guard as you are going to perspire naturally. I also use Hunter’s Specialties deodorant as well.
Scent Eliminating Spray (Earth Scent)– Use this to spray all of your belongs and yourself.
Bottled Urine– I purchase doe urine, buck urine, dominate buck urine, doe estrus, and usually a bottle of fox or raccoon urine. I carry the deer related urine for my scouts and hunts, which I will explain what I do with them in a short while, but I use the fox or raccoon urine to cover my tracks by spraying my boots with it and letting a wick soaked in the urine drag behind me that is attached by a string to my belt loop.
Earth Scent Wafers– When you purchase them you get three wafers. I generally attach one to the top of my hat so it works great no matter the wind direction. I attach the others on my chest and on my back pack. That way I am still covered from front to back. If you keep putting them back in their case after each hunt they can last for a couple of years.
Artificial or Real Antlers– I know some of you care scratching your head right now, but yes bring a rack with you. These will be used to trick the deer. Yes, I am going to let you in on a secret to lure the big boys in with.
Scrapping Tool– Making one of these is simple and easy. Go online and look for pictures of a deer’s footprint. Print this out, cut out the pattern, and trace it onto a 3/4 inch piece of wood. If you are handy with a saber saw or what I call a jigsaw, cut out the print. Get a small piece of rebar about 20 inches long. Drill a hole almost all the way through the wooded hoof pattern in the center. You should use a bit smaller that the rebar itself. Lay the pattern on solid concrete, and drive the rebar into the hole. It should be very snug. I will explain what to do with it in a short while.
So, now you’re all set! Let’s prepare for the night before the hunt. You should wash your clothes in the scent eliminating detergent you bought as well as drying them with the earth scent fabric softeners you got. As your clothes and socks, as well as underwear, are dried put them in a sealed tote. You should spray the tote down and your boots. You will want to do this again when you arrive at your destination. I wear shorts and a tee shirt to the field and then get dressed at the site. This way I am sure I keep my clothes and belonging protective against scents. I will take my clothes and rub them in the dirt to help as well. It’s a natural scent. It may seem unordinary, but I don’t shoot ordinary deer. Once you have found a place to hunt and have taken the steps above, pick a day when it is raining or a day before it rains. This will also help keep your scent down in the area you intend to hunt. It would be wise to go in the afternoon hours as well so you cut down on your chances at disrupting the herd. I like to start scouting around late August or the first of September. Remember to tie on your urine soaked wick to cover your scent! With the information I have given you about the whitetail’s tendencies and habitat you should stop thinking so much like a hunter and more like a buck. Many hunters tend to just walk and walk until they find a rub or trails and think they are really getting somewhere. It’s much more to it than that. You should slow down and observe!
What type of trees is around you? What type of vegetation is nearby? Where are the wooded areas? Where is the water source? What would I do if I was a deer? Take into account what your surroundings are and let that dictate your decisions of where to go and search. If you are walking down a field road and are searching along wooded areas look for paths leading into the woods with rubs on saplings. These are trees anywhere from one inch to three inches in diameter.
Depending on what time of the year it is, you may find the shedding of a whitetail deer’s antlers. Each year deer shed their antlers and grow new ones. They will use these saplings to aid in the removal of the old ones. The shedding process only takes a couple of weeks which takes place late winter sometime between January and April. Then the process of grow back the new rack occurs throughout spring and summer until they shed again.
The substance that’s shedded is referred to as velvet. After the old antlers have fallen off in late winter the new ones come back with this velvet material as they grow and this will stay intact until a hardening ring forms around the base of the antler and cuts off blood supply, killing the velvet and exposing the antler bone. So be on the lookout for sheds and velvet by the rubs or nearby on the trails of a buck. Anywhere from a few inches off the ground to a few feet up, rubs are common to spot and many times you will see skinned bark hanging from it and small pieces on the ground below. Later in the hunting season it is not uncommon to see a “rage rub”. This is solely a rub out of anger against another buck for invasion of the deer’s territory. A rage rub is easy to spot too because the tree will practically be destroyed and tore to shreds.
Walk into the woods a few yards and try to spot another one. You may find several. Take into consideration how many rubs there are and to what extent the rub is as well as how big the sapling is. Be looking for foot prints in this area too. If you see a knuckle type print in the ground on the deer’s backside of the track, it’s a buck. They are distinctive tracks that can be easily identified. All these things mentioned can help you determine the size of the deer in question. Look for trails, tracks, and droppings along the way. These all can be ways to figure out which way a deer is going. Be aware to spot any places of tall grass mashed down than is usually about 45 inches long. These are bedding areas and you very well may find droppings here as well. These will appear to look like Milk-Duds. You should pay close attention to how dry or fresh the droppings are. Be on the lookout for a water source such as creeks, steams, or ponds. This is a prime spot as this is where the deer come to drink. Look for trails leading to and fro. While trails many times are an interstate for does and fawns, ones with rubs leading into the woods belong to the bucks.
Does and fawns tend to wander wherever in the open of fields and grasslands, but the tracks leading back from the pond to a large and wooded thicket are more likely the route of the buck. The buck doesn’t stay with the herd as most would think. He is a loner and he will only start to hang out with the herd towards the rut to find a mate. Think like a buck and look deep into the woods and areas that seem thick with cover to find the big bucks. Otherwise you may just be trailing a common deer only a few years old. I am sure you want the grand-daddy five or more years older don’t you? Well you have to think like a wise old buck if that’s what you want. After all, he didn’t get to be that age standing out in the open 24 hours a day and parading around in open fields and grasslands. Now let’s go over scrapes.
Scrapes are commonly found at a rub or a nearby tree with a branch hanging approximately five to six feet off the ground. This can be identified by a spot on the ground where a buck has taken his hooves and moved the leaves and foliage unveiling the soil. He will urine in that spot and urine in a matter to let the urine run down his back legs over his scent glands. He will also rub his face and saliva on the overhanging branch as well. This is the bucks way of saying, “Hey, this is my territory bucks, STAY OUT!” or it’s a bucks way of letting the does know he is in the area and his way of hoping they are intrigued and impressed. Bucks will come back to check rubs and scraps regularly. Check these areas on the ground and the skin of the bark. Is the soil dry or does it look fresh? Is there moisture or sap in the tree’s exposed wood? If so, it is very fresh.
Now the next steps I make are usually more near to the pre-rut to the prime of the rut. Where I find these rubs I go into the woods nearby or next to the sapling and I become a challenging buck! I take natural deer antlers for the realistic factor and make my own rubs. Don’t just rub up and down. Go in a manner a deer would. Snap a few limbs with the antlers. If the sapling is small enough push against it with a glove sprayed with buck urine a push on the tree to give it a look that something was putting force on the sapling.
Make scrape marks on the ground at a nearby tree with an overhanging branch as stated before. Do this simply by using the scrapping tool to remove leaves from the area and pour dominate buck urine here and tear up the ground with your antlers. Pour your urine on the branch as well. This will back up proof to the buck you tore up the ground with your antlers and in the process got urine on your skin and touched the branch with it.
You become the buck. Using these little secrets has always produced reliable, big bucks for me. It really works and the deer are totally fooled by it. When the buck comes to inspect, he will spot the rub and smell another buck’s presence. This will definitely upset the buck and he will become enraged many times and be back looking for you. I have done this stuff before only to go back a day or two later to find my scrap destroyed and a nearby sapling which fell victim to a rage rub sometimes literally near uprooting small saplings. This is a dangerous practice as later I will tell you about hanging a wick near you soaked in that same bottle of urine will help draw him in. Sometimes out of curiosity and sometimes looking to fight, so you must be careful.
You need to keep in mind that when scouting and especially when scouting the woods be careful what you touch and what your clothes are rubbing up against. You want to disturb as little as possible. Don’t go tearing your way through the woods with a machete! Deer notice these things believe it or not and they will take notice to unnatural changes in their environment. You want it to be like you were never there. You don’t want to take the chance of pushing the herd back into the woods deeper or out of the area all together.
After you have collected all needed data write down important notes about what you saw and things to remember about the scout. After going and scouting an area a few times you will be able to determine what trails and rubs are permanent and which ones were a one timer’s, in turn getting you more familiar with your hunting area and the herd’s tendencies.
While many hunters only scout a few weeks before hunting season, I prefer to go late in the winter and early in the spring as well as a few weeks before hunting season opens. I can easily find the rubs and trails because of the lack of foliage in the winter and early spring. A few weeks before a scouting trip will help me determine any chances that have occurred since my last scout. As long as there haven’t been any drastic changes in the area, deer will commonly keep a consistent pattern and predictable behavior. Now once you have mastered scouting, believe it or not you got have the battle won!