Some people have trouble deciding how to spend their spare time when it comes to outdoor activities. Trying to decide whether to go fishing, water fowl hunting, golfing, or even watching football. For myself the decision is always something to do with bow hunting.
There are always trail camera pictures to file into folders on my computer, land owners to reconnect with, tree stands to move or clear shooting lane for the next season.
One of the most important things I do in the cold winter months to improve my odds of harvesting a target buck is reviewing my trail camera pictures and videos. The picture of the buck above is from the 2014 season. This buck was named "KICK BACK," because the G2 tines tilt back more than normal. Keeping track of this buck in earlier years and learning his habits, travel patterns and feeding habits proved valuable in the late season of 2015.
Kick Back had a great growth spurt in 2015 and was a buck that was moved to my hit list. This buck lived in big timber and received a lot of hunting pressure.
Nearly all the hunting pressure this buck would encounter came from the same direction. I was able to access his core area from the opposite direction through property that was off limits to the other hunters. Using this information to my advantage and keying in on Kick Back's late winter food sources was the key piece of the puzzle to filling a tag on this heavily hunted monarch.
For me the season never ends, there are countless things that can be done to improve on future seasons if you are willing to put forth the effort. To me some of the off season activities can be as enjoyable as the actual season itself.
Good luck shed hunting and keeping your mind" hunting" all year!
Mike Lutt has been bow hunting since 1976 and has been a member of the NBA for 30 years. He has been married for 32 years to Rhonda and they have three children that are out of the nest! Mike spends hours scouting and bow hunting in Nebraska and any other place he can find.