It is often said that a hunter’s first time in a particular area yields the best odds of taking a mature buck, or any deer for that matter. The reason for this is simple: The hunter alerts deer to his presence, and the deer adjust accordingly.
I am a firm believer that it only takes one negative event to cause a mature deer to significantly alter where it feels safe during daylight. In a perfect world, every hunter would have access to enough land that they could simply choose a new, unpressured spot every time they went hunting. Unfortunately, this is far from reality.
Fortunately, there is a seemingly endless number of precautions that a hunter can take to decrease his impact—his level of disturbance—upon the deer and increase his odds of taking a mature buck that otherwise would have learned to avoid his hunting area during daylight.
There are three main categories of things that affect how “low-impact” a...
Clint Shipman won his third—and likely final—Georgia state duck-calling championship by topping a tough field of nine of the state’s elite competition duck callers. The event was held July 27 during GON’s Outdoor Blast at the Gwinnett Center.
After a third state title, there is an unwritten but widely followed rule that duck callers don’t return to a state-championship event. Clint was the Georgia state champion in 2008 and 2010.
Thanks to a surge of cold air that blew through the state on Wednesday, Feb. 26, rabbit hunters will gladly take a pair of comfortable days to finish out rabbit season, which will close at dark on Friday, Feb. 28.
GON Forum member "J Mitchell" pretty much sums up the feelings of all rabbit hunters on a recent post on the GON web forum: "Hot weather and rabbit hunting don't go together."
For the last several weeks, temperatures have been in the...