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  • When is the best time to scout? Would I have a better chance killing a big buck in the woods or in a planted field?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    It really depends on many variables. In all honesty, more mature bucks are more often taken in cover but not always. If the food source that is being used early in the season by big bucks is a field, you may have a chance. More often than not the older, more wise deer tend to show up in fields well after shooting light.
    If you can, find areas where deer are leaving the food source and heading to areas to bed for morning hunts. Also find where deer are staging to get to the fields or food source for evening hunts, or just good travel routes, your chances are probably greater hunting more mature deer in cover, meaning the woods. Best of luck.

  • Where do deer stay around late July or early August? I have scouted around food sources but there isn't any trails. How should I set up early bow season?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Give it a bit more time until it starts to cool down a bit. Deer will change their habits as a rule as the weather changes. In early bow season you probably will want to try to hunt the food source that the deer are utilizing at that particular time. Be patient and best of luck. (P.S. Don't forget about water sources, also).

  • What is the max yardage I should be practicing for deer?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    I would not recommend shooting over 40 yards. You should practice up to 40 yards so you are comfortable doing it. The average shot on a deer is 20 yards so make that your major target range.

  • When hunting the Eastern turkey in the Midwest do you change your style of calling? For example: Will you change up the pitch and length of a yelp in Texas when hunting Rio's then you would if hunting Eastern's in Indiana?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    You can use the same techniques for both turkey sub species. The one thing I do when I'm in Texas is call a little faster with a higher pitch call, which by the way can work in the Midwest as well. However I tend to slow my calling down a use more rasp. Reproduce whatever the sound that the hens are making. I hope this is of some help. Good luck to you out in the turkey woods this spring.

  • What is the best way to set up a scent corridor during the rut with scrapes and rubs just being made? The best lures/attractants? Which scrapes are the best to hunt over? Field edges or back in the woods?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    The best scrapes to hunt are in the woods. The best lures to use depend on the time of the year somewhat. Natural Doe Urine works well all season. Tarsal Supreme works well during the rut. Making a scent corridor is best done by finding an area a buck is using then make your own scrapes around his. Make sure to not contaminate the area with human odor as it will run the bucks out if they know of your presence. Good luck.

  • The post rut has started. I hunt an area that is mostly pasture land. What scents do I use along the wood line to get the bucks to come out of the thickets to where I can get a better shot with my bow?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    I use 2 Drop Supreme as a call lure. Premium Doe Estrus also works well in the post-rut. Some of the younger does may still be coming in to estrus. You may also want to use a decoy to bring the deer in the open for a shot.

  • How do you know if you are calling too much? How high should you be in the tree?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    I like to put my tree stands about 20 feet off the ground. However, I have shot deer from as high as 6 feet off the ground. I think every hunter has a comfort level of how high they want to be. I would say that somewhere between 16-20 feet would be good in most cases.

    As far as calling too much or too little, it depends on the situation. One thing I don't do is call to a deer that is looking in my direction. Get his attention and if he starts to walk away, call again. I like to rattle and grunt a lot during the pre rut and rut. Try calling a lot and a little and see what works best in the area you are hunting. Good luck hunting.

  • What is the best varmint rifle for a young beginner in predator hunting?
    Answer:

    I would recommend that you consider .17 calibers or .25-06 or.32-20.

  • I am just starting out. Do you have any tips for calling hogs?
    Answer:

    Gerald Stewart's reply:

    Calling hogs sight unseen can be hit or miss unless you are in an area hogs are known to be at various times of the day. If you spot the hogs during the daylight hours, set up downwind no further away than a few hundred yards. They will not come from great distances.
    If you are in an area of great hog sign (Rooting or feeding areas) or they are known to frequent daily, simply set up, preferably on an elevated spot, with good visibility and turn on your player with moderate volume. After several minutes, if nothing has shown up, increase your volume for about a minute or so and then return to where you started.
    If nothing comes in after 10-15 minutes you should move on to another spot.
    The CT127A Feral Hog Feeding Frenzy will attract both sexes and the CT124B Wild Piglet Distress will attract mainly females.

  • I have two questions please. How does severe weather (storms) affect turkeys? During the day do they take to heavy cover, and what about on the roost?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    I have found that turkeys are usually not as vocal when bad weather moves in. I have also found that birds will have a tendency to stay in the roost longer during stormy days. If hunting in rain look for good cover. I have also found that hunting after the rain can be very productive. When hunting after the rain I will try to hunt open areas because turkeys like to get out in the open to dry out. You will have a good chance finding turkeys around roads at this time. Good luck and I hope this will help you out. Hunt safe.

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