Matt Dye Getting Whitetail Ready
Matt Dye Getting Whitetail Ready. Yeah, that’s actually the first step I guess, to say if we break it down I got kinda five steps laid out here that get you ready. The first one like we just stated is getting bucks on camera. You gotta kinda know what you’re working with. Right now is a great time to get bucks on camera and daylight photos, too. There’s a lot more detail in daylight.
But the reason in getting ’em on camera right now is there’s so much daylight throughout an entire 24 hour period, that deer feed more during the day. That’s just what they do. So summertime’s a great time to get those daylight pictures. And they’re hitting food sources hard. If you’ve got high-quality food plots, beans, soybeans, or if the local farmer does, then that’s a great place to get deer on camera. Matt Dye Getting Whitetail Ready
and it’s just a great place to get deer on camera
They come there consistently, they’re not pressured this time of the year, so they’re consistently coming there feeding heavy, and it’s just a great place to get deer on camera. That translates building your hit list for the fall. Seeing who’s there, building the inventory and going from there. Matt Dye Getting Whitetail Ready
Yeah, yeah. There’s multiple ways to do it. One technique is doing a camera survey. And that way you’re identifying unique bucks. You’re identifying unique bucks from your household all the way up to whatever your top age class is.
And you’re specifically naming those deer based on their antler characteristics or if you have past history with those deer you’re naming him, okay that was Little John from last year, or whatever it is. You’re in that technique or that method you’re identifying each buck by their characteristics and from there learning more about your deer herd. Buck to doe ratio, fawn recruitment rate and so forth. So that’s one way of doing it. Matt Dye Getting Whitetail Ready
You’re in that technique or that method you’re identifying each buck
If you don’t have time for that, you’re just sticking trail cameras out we tend to name bucks, of course, that are mature because they know we’re chasing them it just kinda gives them within profiling allows us to look more into their personality or their traits, patterns. We’ve got more people working with Growing Deer. So if you start naming deer let’s say, G2 ticker10, it’s like wait, hold on who’s G2 ticker right 10?
It’s just harder to identify with that deer versus a buck called, let’s say Little John again. So everyone knows who Little John is but G2 ticker right 10, whatever it is. So we do start naming ’em now, it’s just for ease and it give them a little bit of a personality and allows us to identify with ’em easier.
Definitely just tuning everything up.
Definitely just tuning everything up. You’ve got time somewhere during the summer to do that. You don’t want to wait until the beginning of the season as it opens up the night before, just like a rifle, you wouldn’t want to sight in your rifle the night before, you want to do that in advance. Make sure everything’s tuned up and in line, so you’re shooting straight, so you got your bow, you got your arrows cut to length, you’ve paper tuned your bow if you got a new bow everything sight in, and we like to practice with our bow just as we hunt.
There’s a couple of techniques that we use throughout the season or throughout the preseason I guess you would, we use a blind veil technique and that’s just focusing on form, the way we drift a bow, how we anchor and we’re actually doing all that with our eyes closed so we’re just working on form, the target’s four feet away from us.
So we’re not worried on aiming specifically, it’s just getting from and building that muscle memory so when a buck does run in say for a doe we’re not trying to get everything set and it just comes naturally at that time. So we’re practicing so that’s blind veil technique, we’re practicing blind veil throughout the summer and it seems kind of boring but in the long run it works out. So if you’re flustered or something happens in the woods and everything can turn bad especially if you’re hunting the right buck.
it’s just getting from and building that muscle memory
That’s just building that muscle memory, your body reacts to it and you get fit and you get in the right form so you’re going to make a clean ethical killing shot.
So we’re doing blind veil at this time, and if we go on and start practicing on a 3D target we’re aiming for the lower third of the kill zone always tend to do that just because if a deer does react to the sound of a string we’re in the kill zone. If it drops six, seven inches, a foot, we’re probably still in the kill zone by aiming on the lower third. So even on our 3D targets, we’re not aiming center mass we’re getting that picture in our mind of where we’re aiming on that lower third of the vitals.
So we’re aiming heart trying to tuck it in the pocket on each shot whether we’re 20 yards away or 50 yards away. Every time it’s just lower third, lower third, and if a deer doesn’t duck guess what, it’s still a lethal shot, you’re still in the vitals you’re still gonna make that shot.
Other gear that we’re getting ready is our tree stand. We’re going out and trimming tree stands. Make sure our straps are on tight and everything’s locked in and cutting shooting lanes and doing all that task. So I say it’s not a busy time but it is a busy time for deer hunters, getting all that gear ready and prepared for season.
Other gear that we’re getting ready is our tree stand
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